Hermon Los Angeles Vote

Tiny Northeast LA community of Hermon will get its own neighborhood council

It will break away from the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council

This article it written by the folks over at Curbedla

Look out Larchmont and Carthay, Los Angeles may have a new tiniest neighborhood. On Saturday, residents and stakeholders of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council voted to allow Hermon—a Northeast Los Angeles community established in 1903 and annexed by the city in 1912—to branch off from the surrounding communities and form its own neighborhood council.

As Eastsider reports, 360 voters supported the new neighborhood council, while 186 voted against it. Helping things a bit, the only polling station available to voters was in Hermon.

At just over a half square mile in area, Hermon is around the same size as similarly minuscule neighborhoods like Carthay and Larchmont, but with only around 3,500 residents, it will be among the smallest regions with its own neighborhood council.

In 2012, EGP News noted that the community’s small size could be an impediment to gaining its own council. The city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment mandates that new neighborhood councils have at least 20,000 stakeholders.

But last year the City Council adopted a new Neighborhood Council subdivision process, paving the way for communities like Hermon to declare independence from councils encompassing multiple neighborhoods.

Map of Hermon

Proposed boundaries for Hermon Neighborhood Council Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Hermon community leaders argued that the neighborhood should have its own council in order to “allow stakeholders to focus their attention and volunteer efforts primarily on the issues and concerns of their own, home community.”

In addition to more focused representation, a Hermon-specific council will also bring a bit more money for community improvement projects to the area. Each council currently receives $37,000 in annual funding from the city.

The success of the Hermon council closely follows the defeat of a proposed Skid Row Neighborhood Council earlier in the week. Advocates for that council hoped to bring more community-serving facilities to the area, like public restrooms and showers. The council was narrowly defeated, with 764 yes votes and 826 no votes.

Check out the full article here http://la.curbed.com/2017/4/9/15236366/hermon-neighborhood-council-northeast-los-angeles

Hermon planning-for-future

Hermon is now in Long Range Planning

Initiated by Wendi Riser with a Steering Committee of pros- Architect Helena Jubany (NACArchitecture, Los Angeles), also owner of Hermon’s Fresco Market, Kevin Ocubillo, Planning Deputy for Councilmember Jose Huizar, and Susie Lopez, Huizar Field Deputy.

Committees of Hermon residents have been formed, and are planning now: here, for the feel and the information of it, are notes from the Committee Reports, taken in the April Long Range
Planning Meeting, by Hermon resident Andrea Findlay Moran (Franklin High – oh those Mighty Tritons – class of S’59)



  • Repair broken sidewalks & curbs to encourage walking
  • Street repairs – especially the sink hole & bumps on Via Marisol
  • Better street lighting on side streets
  • Street cleaning, especially on Monterey Road, to be reinstated
  • Repair & maintain stairs leading from Bushnell Way School to Via Marisol
  • Improved marking on all crosswalks & install red lights where possible
  • Graffiti removal
  • Better city services


  • Keep development low – no high rises
  • Do not tear down single homes & replace with condos or apartments
  • Need updated list of zoning codes for Hermon – especially Monterey Road
  • Main corner of Monterey & Ave. 60 to have mixed use commercial
  • businesses to better serve neighborhood such as storefront businesses & café
  • Nice restaurant on Mika Color site but not a chain restaurant
  • Redevelop Fresco Center so it is more eye pleasing from the street with better mixed use businesses
  • More small type Mom and Pop businesses along Monterey Road that people can walk to such as ice cream store and coffee shop
  • Redevelop property on Monterey Road & Wheeling Way into something more eye pleasing that can serve the community


  • While everyone thought that Hermon is a very safe community, they would still like to see more police presence in the neighborhood
  • Reduce heavy traffic along Monterey Road & along Avenue 60 leading to Oak Hill Development and Collis Avenue
  • Monitor homeless encampments in our community
  • Keep streets & sidewalks clean & in repair to encourage a walking community


  • Install better lighting at our Hermon Park
  • Need better access to our dog park – perhaps a better walking path access from Avenue 60
  • Better walking paths and bike paths in park – maybe connect to paths already in place in South Pasadena
  • Median on Monterey Road needs to be upgraded and improved


  • Bushnell Way – need to know from LAUSD what the plans are for the school campus. Whether or not a charter school vs. traditional school
  • LAI – what is going on regarding any development of the property that the school is currently leasing
  • Community likes having these schools in our neighborhood and are willing to help them build and maintain a strong reputation for scholastic achievement


  • Does the community need to be concerned about the development of the 710 Freeway affecting our community?
  • Hermon Church: Enjoy having a church in our area that is so supportive and involved in community affairs
  • Fresco Market: Everyone loves the market and appreciates all the support they give to Hermon Community
Home Dev Featured


Inevitable – and Hermon is ready to work with them (see Long Term Plan). Within a month of the formation of Hermon’s Long Term Planning Committees, news of a significant proposal resulted in a meeting with the Developers, scheduled for May 3.

This property is best remembered as the huge Chinese house on Monterey Road – unlike anything else in Hermon, it has held a place of respect and curiosity for over 70 years. It does not have standing to be saved as a Historical Structure – so, it’s being demolished.

What takes its place is to be determined by the Community in conversation with the Developers; reports on that will be posted on HermonLA.

Below is a report on the proposal, written by Andrea Moran.


New Development proposed for 6111-6117 Monterey Road. Architects are bien-willner located in Beverly Hills. Ilanit Maghen is the Design Architect and their phone number is (310) 742-7112. Their proposed design can be viewed on their website at www.studiobwa.com. They are young architects with modern design ideas that do not fit into the overall architecture that we currently see in Hermon. However they did cite all the other high rise condo and apartment units that are currently in Hermon as examples of other high density buildings in our community. At the conclusion of their slide presentation followed by a question/answer period, they did say they would be happy to repeat this presentation at a community meeting in Hermon and address all our concerns at that time. We have to coordinate such a meeting with them. Here are a few notes that I took.

  1. Current lot in question is 12,000 square feet.
  2. Proposed development calls for 8 individual homes with each home being 1,500 to 1,800 square feet in size.
  3. Each home would be 3-4 stories high and when asked they said the city zoning for Monterey allows buildings up to 45 feet in height or 1-4 stories.
  4. The lot would be divided in half with 4 homes on one side and 4 homes on the other with a central driveway running down the center of the property.
  5. The 2 homes facing on Monterey Road would be 3 stories and the ones toward the rear of the property would be 4 stories.
  6. Each home would be stucco with wood and concrete design elements and have metal railings.
  7. Windows would be long to allow for more light.
  8. The homes will be individual, however there will only be 12 inches of space between each home. This space will be permanently blocked off.
  9. Homes will have a 2 car garage on the bottom level, 1 small bedroom or office and 1 bathroom.
  10. Second level will have the living room and kitchen and maybe a bedroom.
  11. Third level will be 2 more bedrooms and the 4th level will be either a bedroom or a family entertainment space.
  12. Large trees on the right side of the property will remain but all small trees will be removed.
  13. Bedrooms will be small. Minimum city requirement for a bedroom is 10 feet in width. Some bedrooms may be 14 feet wide.
  14. Each home will sell for $300,000 to $350,000.

These homes basically fall into the new resolution passed by the city that allows for small lot subdivision. They will be small but with 3-4 bedrooms will target young couples starting out with small families.

The overall appearance is a very large modern structure with offset design elements on each floor. With 4 stories high, this development will dwarf other single residential property, as well as the 2 story units currently in that block. For those residing on Toltec, their views will be obliterated.

Concerns raised about the strain on Hermon infrastructure, especially street parking, water usage and especially strain on our already crumbling sewer system as well as aging pipes. They said they would comply with all city requirements to address these issues.

Each home will be sold individually and there will be no homeowners association so they could not explain how the communal areas would be maintained and/or repaired.

They said all their funding was done individually with no federal or state funding involved.

Most of those in attendance were of the opinion that this development was far too dense and too high rise for our neighborhood.

Committee said they would not make any decision regarding the property until the developers have presented their plans to Hermon community and have considered community input into their plans.

Hermon L.A. Bulldogs


Word comes from the athletic director at our local, HERMON-based charter high school that for the SECOND time this year one of their girls’ sport teams has made the CIF playoffs . . .

I’m Excited and Proud to Announce that our Girls Basketball Team has made Playoffs!!

We will be hosting Tomorrow, February 17th, @7pm. Location TBD. Please join us on the excitement and join us by wearing your Spirit shirts for the game starting with our Tailgate tomorrow from 4-5:30pm here on campus. We look forward to seeing all the support.

Hermon L.A. Joe-Wendi-1

HERMON “unplugged”

HERMON “unplugged” . . . you don’t HAVE to be a nose-to-the-smartphone person to still keep up with new developments here. A group of friendly local community advocates (see if you recognize anyone) just last week unveiled a new community bulletin board space at our local Fresco Community Market, for any shoppers, or still-“analog” folks, living here who want to keep up that way — in the coffee house/dining area of that market.

All Things HERMON


You owe yourself a little trip to Zosa Café, on Monterey Road at Redfield Avenue.  Say hello to Daniel behind the counter and then order their very special Pumpkin Latte that, oh my goodness — can only be described as Thanksgiving in a cup.  The balance of subtle spices, lightly sweetened, the earthy pumpkin flavor, and cream all in a perfect cup of coffee . . . just delish!


So here’s the story.  Back in December of 1908, Los Angeles Seminary (which founded the Hermon community, around the school) “seeing that the students . . . have no field for play or proper place for recreation and feeling that their physical training should form an important part of all education, asked the question, was it not possible to build a gymnasium for the benefit of the students.”  And so a Student Association was formed to raise funds for the building and equipment.  Soon construction began on a 39-foot by 60-foot, two-story wood plank structure (where the outdoor amphitheater is now on the historic hillside campus).  By the 1909-1910 school year the building was completed for $500, with a large “manual training” room, dressing rooms, and showers on the first floor and a gymnasium on the upper floor.


Basket hoops were hung on either side of the upstairs gym and outside lines were placed only down the sides – this made it so players could actually jump up onto the outside walls and use it to help them shoot a basket while still staying “in bounds.”  (There must have been some really different rules back then).  The side walls were hinged doors approximately 10-feet by 10-feet which could be swung out and up.  For one Homecoming game, the doors were pushed clear up and out, and then seats were dug in the adjacent hillside to watch the game (where Monterey Hills now begins).


However, on the evening of January 21, 1926, a defective heater started a fire that crept up the side of the building and across the roof.  The roof collapsed but the equipment was saved and the fire was put out before the entire structure was engulfed.  Here’s the very cool part . . . some of the 1909 gymnasium’s remaining timbers were used in the nearby Sumner home.


Now, jump ahead 76 years.  Bethesda Christian University (owner of the property that Los Angeles International Charter High School shares), now has a demolition crew set to demolish that same home.  However, the lead architect has agreed to have the crew save several outside trim boards from the house, originally from the first gymnasium, to help the Hermon community preserve part of its earliest history.  


All this great info on Hermon’s unique past was gleaned out of “Echoes from Half a Century,” written in 1961 by Edna F. Goodhew about Los Angeles Pacific College and the surrounding community.


*** Recently, a neighbor that lives on Wheeling Way, near Ebey Avenue, wrote that though he felt we had a very safe community, he wanted to warn people about what had just happened to him.  His Toyota CJ-7 was vandalized and the spare tire was taken.  It’s hard to tell if his vehicle was chosen at random, or if it was because of the make and model, but there are other CJ-7’s around the neighborhood, and he just wanted people to be aware.  What was kind of strange was that the robbers left the tire cover and lug nuts behind.  All for a word to the wise . . . park in your driveway if possible and have a motion sensitive light aimed at your car, or a motion detection alarm on your car.  Use a wheel-lock device, don’t leave any valuables visible, and always lock your car doors and windows.  If there is a crime, it’s very important to report it to Hollenbeck police, because that is what they use to determine future patrol levels.


*** If you’re seeing the large tree at the Avenue 60 end of the Monterey Road median and thinking that sadly it must be dying as it’s leaves turn a foxy red-brown– not to worry, it’s a Dawn Redwood, one of just a few redwoods that are deciduous.  The tree is native to the Sichuan-Hubei region of China and was re-discovered in 1944.  In 1948 an expedition to China collected seeds and soon seedling trees that were then distributed worldwide.  Two interesting bits of information . . . the tree can actually grow in water, which could explain its happy growth amidst the many artesian wells in Hermon.  Secondly, even if the tree were to be cut down, it will not die, but instead would grow many new leaders.  Very Hermon-esque, don’t you think?


Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving, with time to appreciate the very best in your family and home.  And when I stop to give thanks, I think of you . . . 


Because it’s all good . . . in Hermon

        where quirky works,

        families return,

        and dogs sleep all night long.



Hermon’s big ol’ annual Bulky Item Drop-off


This Saturday, Hermon’s big ol’ annual “Bulky Item Drop-off” event kicks off at 9 a.m. and goes to 3 p.m. (or whenever the two huge bins are full).  We’re waiting for you at our generous host’s parking lot, Mika Color –6000 Monterey Road (enter off Avenue 60).  Some of Hermon’s strongest will help you empty your vehicle of all its bulky un-wantedness.  We can take almost anything — except . . .  oil, paint, TV’s, electronics, car parts, batteries. or tires.  Most of those can be taken to the City’s S.A.F.E. Center, every Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 4600 Colorado Blvd. (L.A. 90021).  Tires, without rims can be taken to the City’s North Central District Yard at 453 N. San Fernando Road (L.A. 90031) Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring your current DWP billing statement and your driver’s license to verify L.A. residency.


About this Saturday — don’t wait to bring your discards, because once our two big bins are full, we will close up, and we won’t do this again ‘til next year.  You can of course always call in bulky items to 311 on the Friday before Monday’s pick-up.  You have to tell them what you have, and have it to the curb by 6 a.m., Monday.  But if you want to get all those things out at once, this Saturday’s drop-off is the deal.  Have bulky items but no truck?  Come by Mika’s on Saturday between 9 and 10 a.m. — give us the address (only in Hermon) and we’ll pick them up, thanks to Cliff Moseley with Los Angeles International Charter High School and his handy truck. (Sorry, we can’t accept commercial dumping loads).


*** Hermon’s monthly Clean Team is Saturday as well, starting at 8 a.m. Meet by Monterey Donuts for the delicious pre-clean “taking of the donuts.”  After which there’s grabbing bags, gloves, and heading out all over Hermon to pick up trash from curbsides, parkways, and public lands to clean up the town.


*** Think you’ve imagined seeing Hermon Christmas-tree lights in the Monterey median?  It couldn’t be, right?  It’s early November.  So chalk it up to a weird dream or city workers checking out the lights for December . . . which brings up our real Christmas Tree-lighting Party – Friday, December 2, 6:30 p.m., outside Hermon Church, at 5718 Monterey Road.  Santa, candy canes, music, hot drinks, and yummies . . . and so much more fun.  Circle the date on your calendar!


*** A week from this Saturday, November 12, is our bi-monthly Hermon Local Issues meeting of the City-certified Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, at 9 a.m., at Hermon Church Fellowship Center, 5800 Monterey Road.  Because it’s on Veterans’ Day weekend, there’ll be a time to recognize and honor those who serve and have served our country, discussion of basketball courts in Hermon Park, lights on our Hermon Monument sign, introductions to neighbors who “spin” at their studio, and so much more good . . . all for our stakeholders — anyone who lives, works, owns property, has a student at Hermon school’s or has a vested interest in our community . . . .


Have something you’d like to put on the agenda — for discussion or possible neighborhood council action?  Contact Local Issues Chair Darlene atDarlene@HermonChurch.org by this Sunday, at 3 p.m.


*** “Criminal Minds” (the television show) comes to Hermon!  Maybe you saw the trailers and catering trucks set up at Mika Color, the filming at Zosa Café or the bright night-time lights up in Debs Park last week?  That was “Hollywood” loving Hermon’s quaint coffee house for their coming January 18 episode of that crime series.  TV criminal profilers Dr. Reid and Emily Prentiss played out their scene at Hermon’s neighborhood coffee house.  Daniel of Zosa said that with all the takes, he pretty much had their script memorized by the time they wrapped the shoot.  Once again, Hermon shines with the stars . . .


*** Speaking of crime, there has been a reported crime trend — in nearby Highland Park along Figueroa Street — of criminals ripping gold jewelry necklaces off shoppers as they walk down the street.  With the high price of gold, it should make us all mindful of what and where we decide to wear our valuable, and/or sentimental keepsakes.


*** www.HermonLA.org is our community website — check it out, it’s really cool.  But our wonderful volunteer webmaster would now like us to find someone else who has web-talents and time to enjoy and further all that Hermon has become, by keeping the site up-to-date.  The transfer would be in January.  Interested?  Contact me at WendiRiser@cs.com


*** So have you tried the spicy tuna roll, Bento lunch special, or the comforting udon noodle soups at Hermon’s Aki Sushi and Roll Japanese Cuisine restaurant in the Monterey Plaza, on Monterey Road between Via Marisol and Avenue 60?  De-lish.  You can eat in or take out.  How about the curries, noodles, spicy sweet basil stir-fries, or glass noodle salad at Thai Fantasy, also at the Monterey Plaza?  Yum, with a side of heat; eat in, take out, OR delivery.  Yep, tired and want dinner?  Give Thai Fantasy a call at 323.257.0580, and they’ll bring you a yummy dinner in just a few.  From experience, it hardly gets better than that after a long day.  Just so you know, I own no stock in these restaurants, only the idea that everyone in Hermon deserves a good restaurant to eat at, celebrate at, and enjoy the food from at home with people you love.


Because it’s all good . . . in Hermon

where quirky works,

families return,

and dogs sleep all night long.



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