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WSIA Square Party – Recipes, Thank You’s, & Pics

A great time was had by all!

The Square Party Committee (Denise Cusano, Sylvia Lacy, Rudy Streitz, and myself) would like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the WSIA Square Party BBQ & Chili Cookoff.  About 150 were in attendance – and from the feedback we’ve gotten so far, the event was definitely a success.  Our local police and fire officials were on hand to enjoy in the festivities – and they have already suggested that next year they’d like to enter the chili cookoff themselves! 

Speaking of which – congratulations goes out to Fabian Wesson for her fantastic turkey chili which took home the top prize.  Thanks so much to our “celebrity” judges – MINC President Allan DiCastro, WAHA President John Patterson, and CD10 Councilmember Herb Wesson – who all applied their culinary expertise and refined taste buds to vote on this years contest entries.

The food was truly delicious – with the meat (or in some cases “meat” for the vegetarians) provided by the WSIA – and side dishes, paper goods, drinks, and desserts provided by the residents.  There were so many yummy things to eat!  It’s been requested that we share the recipes from this year’s party – and post them online.  So if you’d like to share your recipe with those in the Square, just head on over to our Yahoo! Group where you can enter the recipe online – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wellingtonsquare/app/recipes/.  I’ve already kicked it off by adding the recipes for the two Gooey Butter Cakes that I brought to the potluck.

And lastly, we’d like to give a special thanks to some of our residents who really supported us so much in putting together this party.  We truly could not have done it without you!

Potluck Coordinators:
Librada Hernandez
Nick Kasparek

Block Coordinators:
Lora Davis
Kym Foley
Ptolemy Slocum
Hatsey Egziabher

Willette Lever – you really outdid yourself – those goldfish prizes were awesome (the looks on the kids faces were priceless)!

Party Setup, Running, & Cleanup: 
(I know I may not have everyone – but this is at least a list of those who signed-up to help)

Fabian Wesson 

Cheryl Teetzel-Moore
Skip Moore
Steve Davis 
Oliver Talbert
Andy Miller
Lore Hilburg 
Greg Brown 
Zainab Austin
Jim Downey 
Georgia Toliver 
Ted Sims 
Mary Power 
Cheryl Franklin 
Ella Franklin
Carl Brame
Leroy Batiste
Tene Harris Duckworth
Anne Block 
Wendy Dallas
…and everyone else who lended a hand, or helped us put stuff away at the end of the party!

Lisa & Steven Vasquez 
Sue Strickland & Shelley Cooper
Eric & Kim Bowers
Georgia Brown


New Location For WSIA General Body Meeting – This Sunday!

You should have received a posted notice on your doorsteps this week about the next Wellington Square Improvement Association General Body Meeting this Sunday.

The change from years past, is that we will be returning the meetings to the police stop-in center on Washington. Please join your neighbors for this first meeting after our last election. Meet the new board, hear their plans for the next year in the Square, and discuss several pertinent issues with our neighborhood. There is a lot of stuff on the agenda that I think you will find interesting.

Here are the details:

WSIA General Body Meeting
Sunday, October 10th, 2010

LAPD Washington Square Stop-In Center
4014 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(right in front of the Washington Square Market – facing the street)

We hope to see all of you at the meeting this weekend!

Wellington Square Residents Show Up In Force For MINC Meeting Tree Issue

I promised a now long-overdue summary on what transpired at last week’s MINC meeting regarding the issue of saving the trees along Washington Blvd. in Wellington Square. To put it mildly, Wellington Square rocked the meeting! We had 14 residents from our neighborhood in attendance (including Sylvia Lacy and myself – who technically had to be there for other reasons as well, but I’m counting us!) – which is more than the quorum of board members from MINC in attendance that night.

At the meeting, we had a lively and thorough discussion of the issue – both of the need for the repair of our sidewalks along Washington, as well as the need to protect the historic trees that line the boulevard and make/keep them safe so that branches and other pieces of the trees will not fall into the roadway and injure anyone. Ed Struzik of Victoria Ave. actually showed up with a protest sign (supposedly from a conversation he had with the trees!) made of a saw – that implored “please don’t cut us down” – which got a big laugh from the other stakeholders and the board members.

And as I already mentioned to those who attended, our show of force at the meeting really did shift the way things were going – we had a positive affect on how this whole thing will be approached. As Sylvia said at the meeting that night, CD-10 was already committed to work with the city to try to make sure that the trees didn’t come down, but all us being there last Monday night helped get MINC on the same page. Before the meeting, MINC was more concerned with the sidewalks, and the trees were secondary (or not a concern at all – hence, they could be cut down). After our discussion – and our strong show of support of the trees – that changed, and the trees will now be the focus of the sidewalk repair, at least along our stretch of Washington. In fact, MINC has decided to create a subcommittee to address the issue (something the other board members were surprised at since that rarely happens) – and it’s good for us, because it means that MINC will now be working to help save the trees as well – and that’s what we needed to have happen… we needed to get everyone, including MINC, on that same page.

So, it’s not over – and we’ll need to work with the city to figure out how to deal with this. But, I think working together… we’ll be able to accomplish this. I’ve already spoken to Bruce Durbin, who chairs the PLUM committee which will head this subcommittee, and the groundwork will be laid at the PLUM meeting tomorrow night, which I plan to attend. I asked Bruce whether anyone from our neighborhood beside myself should be there, and he said he didn’t think it was necessary, and most of it will be procedural, and I can easily convey all of the details to the residents afterward. So, I’ll be sure to follow up with all of you in a further post to let you know what happens. Also, Sylvia said she’d let us know when the meeting with the Urban Foresters was going to be, on September 1st – so that some of us could attend that as well. I’ll be sure to pass along any information I have, as I get it. And lastly, our new WSIA president has formed a committee with several concerned residents who know much more about the trees and the city plans than even I do – and they plan to work with CD-10 and MINC to make sure that our trees are protected, as well as our sidewalks repaired – and some other issues including the maintenance of the medians along Wellington Rd. and the further care of the trees along 23rd Ave. (thanks to the Bowers family for their continued watering – they’re looking great!).

Thanks again for all of you who showed up on a Monday night and gave of your time! It was so great to see everyone there! Way to go Region 3!!!

The Election Results Are In!

We had a fantastic turnout from so many of the residents in Wellington Square for our board elections yesterday.  78 households cast ballots in the election (which is huge!) – and the big talk around the room was how great it was to see so many people together, reconnecting, participating, and meeting up with one another.  Old friends, new friends, joining together with your neighbors – it felt great to have that level of enthusiasm.

So, without further ado – here are the results as tallied yesterday afternoon:

  • President – Rudy Streitz
  • Co-President – Lisa Vasquez
  • Secretary – Denise Cusano
  • Treasurer – Vinita Lark Williams

Congratulations to our new board – and to everyone who ran for this election!  And for all who came out to vote – a big round of applause.  The real winners are each of the residents of the Square – who have an opportunity to participate in such a vibrant community.  Kudos!

Have You Heard About The Election?

Unless you’ve been living underground this past week in Wellington Square, by now you’ve seen or heard that the Wellington Square Improvement Association Board elections are tomorrow – Sunday, August 1st from 3-4pm. There have been flyers, emails, signs, door-to-door campaigning, and an Ice Cream Social – all to make sure you know to come out and vote in the election.

But as cheesy as it may sound, the association is only as good and as strong as the members who support it and participate in it. So please… join all of your other neighbors and come out to vote tomorrow.

Here are the details:

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Herb Wesson’s CD-10 Office, 1819 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90006
(There’s lots of parking in the lot off Manhattan Pl., just south of 18th St.)

**Remember… you must be paid up on your $20 2010 dues to be eligible to vote – so if you haven’t paid yet this year, be sure to bring cash or your checkbook.

The doors to the CD-10 office will be closed at 4:00pm, and the ballots will be counted. Election results should be ready and will be announced shortly thereafter – most likely around 4:30pm.

Good luck to all of the candidates!

We All Scream For Ice Cream!

Join your neighbors THIS SUNDAY, JULY 25TH AT 2:00PM for the Wellington Square Ice Cream Social! All residents of Wellington Square are welcome to join in the fun. It’s a great chance to see neighbors and friends old and new.

And we’ll also be discussing the Wellington Square Improvement Association upcoming elections (next Sunday, 8/1 at 3:00pm). Each of the candidates will be given a few minutes at the Ice Cream Social to talk about why they’re running for office.

Bring yourselves! Bring your families! It’ll be a lot of fun!