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CD 14 Facebook Post Goof-Up Causes a Stir

An official flyer from the office of Councilmember José Huizar opens recent wounds by giving the wrong address for an El Sereno park.

CD 14 flyer posted on El Sereno Historical Society Facebook page.
CD 14 flyer posted on El Sereno Historical Society Facebook page.

Let’s say you live in Garvanza and decide to expand your mental and geographical horizons in the New Year by visiting Ascot Hills Park in El Sereno, based on the park’s address in a Council District 14 flyer posted on the El Sereno Historical Society Facebook page.

It’s a good bet you’d be in for an unpleasant surprise. Instead of finding yourself in El Sereno, you’d discover that you in fact never left Garvanza.

Here’s why: According to the CD 14 flyer on the El Sereno Historical Society Facebook page, Ascot Hills Park is located on Avenue 63 and Meridian Street. If you relived on the GPS in your car—or on Mapquest—to take you to that location, you’d arrive not a Ascot Hills Park but at Garvanza Park.

The Facebook flyer goof-up was brought to the attention of Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch by Joe Walker, a NELA neighborhood historian who grew up in Highland Park. 

“Am I reading this right?” asks Walker on the El Sereno Historical Society Facebook page, referring to the wrong address for Ascot Hills Park and then taking a dig at Huizar's office: “Good going, folks—that has been Garvanza Park since the 1930s. Ascot Hills is about four miles south.”

Indeed, the shortest road distance between the two parks is 4.6 miles. Inviting people to visit Ascot Hills Park on Meridian and Avenue 63 is “similar to me saying, come see the magnificent Eagle Rock boulder in Lincoln Heights,” says Walker, tongue firmly in cheek, adding: “This is what happens when you have staffers who have no buy in to the community.” 

The error on the CD 14 flyer would probably not have attracted much attention were it not for the fact that this past September the Los Angeles City Council approved a proposal by Councilmember José Huizar to rename a section of El Sereno as Rose Hills.

Huizar’s success in ascribing community status to Rose Hills was reportedly seen as a defeat for the El Sereno Historical Society, which opposes any effort to carve up the neighborhood and has threatened the city council with a lawsuit over the issue of renaming Rose Hills.

In a response to the botched CD 14 Facebook flyer, the El Sereno Historical Society refers to a 2012 CD 14 pamphlet  in which Hermon and Monterey Hills are evidently listed as communities within El Sereno.

“Does that mean that Hermon and Monterey Hills are part of El Sereno?” asks the historical society. “When and who decided this? This is how our tax-dollars are being used—promoting misinformation.”

Adds the historical society, referring to Huizar: “Why doesn't he cut up Boyle Heights or Eagle Rock the same way he is cutting up El Sereno?”

Rick Coca, Huizar's communications director, confirmed that the wrong address for the park on the El Sereno Historical Society Facebook page was a "clerical error from a previous batch that has already been corrected" in the latest CD 14 brochures as well as online.

For the record, here’s the correct address for anyone who may wish to visit Ascot Hills Park: 4371 Multnomah St., 90032.

Annette Cruz January 06, 2014 at 03:01 PM
This pamphlet style flyer that was posted by the El Sereno Historical Society was from 2012. The clerical error has since been corrected and accurate ones are available throughout CD14.
Juan Jones January 07, 2014 at 05:22 PM
"SEX SCANDAL"... PEOPLE IN COUNCIL DISTRICT 14 NEED TO KNOW. Anyone with a sister or mother should read this. Yes...everyone. I have no political agenda...just stating the truth. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar is not telling the truth. He is trying to say his relationship with Francine Godoy was consensual to continue his career,as many politicians have done before him. If the truth came out, which is that he used his position to harass and torment this poor girl, his life/marriage would be over.The fact is, Francine Godoy was a victim and is now being portrayed as a home wrecker because huizar "admitted to an affair" which just isn't true. People are just stuck on her salary...in the public sector, if a guy over 7 years worked his way up the corporate ladder, it wouldn't be a big deal. All this girl did was work hard and kept her honor the whole time. Anonymous posters on blogs who made up rumors years ago were just jealous of her and in competition. .... Don't be fooled ...Jose is a scum bag. FYI Huizar's poor wife knows the truth but is remaining silent because she needs him to work to support her and their kids. Sincerely-someone who knows
Nimby pimp January 07, 2014 at 05:41 PM
@juana - Your posts are pure innuendo and rumor mongering. The courts will determine the validity of Godoy's claims. If you do indeed "know" anything, perhaps you'll be called to offer testimony. Until then, shoo fly.
Juan Jones January 08, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Truth is truth...Nimby pimp.
El Cid January 08, 2014 at 12:26 PM
@Juan - No one truly knows unless you happen to be the fly on the wall or GOD Almighty. If I were Ms. Godoy, I would not be forthcoming in stating how I climbed to that amazing salary in a few years! Now, if she can produce evidence via emails, texts, phone calls, etc...then maybe she can connect the dots to her case. Otherwise, it's no secret that SOME men and women will do whatever it takes to get to the top by whatever means possible! As for Jose Huizar's wife, she is focusing on her family and children! Do you blame her? This case is about Councilman Huizar and Ms. Godoy. The Court will determine who is to blame? Or will they settle before they expose their dirty laundry? Most parties do right before! And, if she does.....she looks as GUILTY as he! If she wants JUSTICE, then take it to COURT! Don't settle! Leave his wife and children out of it!
Juan Jones January 08, 2014 at 04:08 PM
She was originally hired way under her skill set, thus the raises/promotions because she was that great. Like I said, People are just stuck on her salary...in the public sector, if a guy over 7 years worked his way up the corporate ladder, it wouldn't be a big deal. All this girl did was work hard and kept her honor the whole time. Anonymous posters on blogs who made up rumors years ago were just jealous of her and in competition. .... Don't be fooled ...Jose is a scum bag. And who's bringing his wife and kids into it? I feel sorry for them...it's sad.
Juan Jones January 08, 2014 at 04:12 PM
"evidence via emails, texts, phone calls, etc...then maybe she can connect the dots to her case" ...conversations etc....you're absolutely right!
El Cid January 08, 2014 at 05:42 PM
@ Juan, in my opinion as I previously stated, if Ms. Godoy takes the matter to Court and sees it thru...then based on the evidence presented by the parties will the truth hopefully be known. Otherwise, no one other than the two parties involved truly know what happened. What you are conveying is hearsay rumors too! You didn't live it! Unless you are Ms. Godoy or Councilman Huizar? I have no allegiance to either individual. If a wrong was committed, then I expect the City of LA and Courts to determine the damages, criminal or civil penalties! And, I expect accountability and transparency! A settlement would prove both parties to be douchebags! You said, "FYI Huizar's poor wife knows the truth but is remaining silent because she needs him to work to support her and their kids." I do not sense sympathy or compassion for her with your choice words! I do not know Ms. Huizar. I do not know what you expect her to do? My personal opinion, after 30 years of marriage, three college educated adult children, "Do what you need to do for you and your family!" Everyone else, "Can hit the road!"And, unless you are Councilman Huizar or Ms. Godoy, you do not know for a fact what happened! What you know is called, "Hearsay!"
Juan Jones January 08, 2014 at 09:43 PM
"Do what you need to do for you and your family!"...that's what his wife is doing. She is devastated and knows the truth, but is standing by him so his career is ruined. See countless politicians' wives who have done this....what a travesty. I feel for her because she is married to him. Godoy will do what she needs to do for her family too. Truth is truth guy and I just want to bring to light what kind of character your elected city official is.
Juan Jones January 08, 2014 at 09:45 PM
*isn't ruined

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