President's Message

President’s Message

Pilar Buelna

It was 1983 and I was a freshman at Sacred Heart High School in Lincoln Heights when I was first introduced to Mount Washington by a friend, whose family were long-time residents. The winding, narrow road and the trees that lead to her house were a world apart from my 90 minute RTD ride from South Los Angeles. Her house was tucked in somewhere on Jessica Drive, with a breathtaking view of Downtown LA. It was love at first sight and when it came time to buy a house, it couldn’t be anywhere else. Mount Washington has been home to my husband Gabriel, our three daughters and me for thirteen years.

President’s Message

Rob Schraff

When I joined the Mount Washington Association some 20 years ago, I never imagined I would attend meetings, much less become more involved. I thought the Association was something like a homeowner’s group, and while I wanted to support the community, I was also aware of the sad history of homeowner’s groups, redlining and the rise of the radical right here in Southern California. Proposition 13 is perhaps the most unfortunate example of this history, at least after desegregation and bussing controversies.

President’s Message

Rob Schraff

For those of us who lived through the 90’s in Mount Washington, with that decade’s focus on real-estate values, ever-bigger homes and what seemed, at least to me, like an unstated desire of some to turn Mount Washington into Bel-Air East, Nina Zippay’s recent Patch article was a delightful breath of fresh air. We have reprinted it here because Nina deftly captures what brought so many of us to Mount Washington in the first place – Mount Washington’s sense of community, an unusual brand of togetherness based on tolerance of wide differences and sincere appreciation of other points of view. I think the Mount Washington Association’s half-century of welcoming all voices has a lot do with this sense of our community and should make us all feel a little pride in that long history.

President’s Message: Summer Fun Meeting 2011

Rob Schraff

It’s that summer time of year, and we’re getting ready for the summer fun meeting. This summer, we’ll be sampling the cuisine and culture of El Salvador with pupusas and a marimba band. Organized by Carol Jaques, Pilar Buelna and Natalie Seaman, the Summer Fun meeting will be held this year in and around the Mount Washington Elementary multipurpose room, so you will definitely find a comfortable pace to sit as well as a bunch of friendly neighbors to chat with.

President’s Message: Gloria Molina & Going Solar

Rob Schraff

Gloria Monday, September 19th

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina will be joining us for our September Membership meeting, where she will be discussing her latest cultural initiative - La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. This is a wonderful new institution designed to highlight Latino Los Angeles, past and present, and is, shockingly, the first of its kind.

President’s Message: Finances

Rob Schraff

After 50 years, thanks to your support, the Mount Washington Association will continue to do our best for our community, our environment and our kids. Our finances continue to be healthy. But, as always, we need your help. First, remember to renew your membership. Second, and just as importantly, help us make sure that every dollar we spend goes to a cause worthy of our support.

President’s Message

Rob Schraff

Well, it’s that time of year. Time to look back, and to look forward. Here, with a peek back at 2010, is what your Mount Washington Association will be working on this year.

President’s Message: My Friend Carol

 Rob Schraff

One of the great things about Mount Washington, and your Mount Washington Association, is the people you meet. One of the fascinating people I’ve met through the Association, whom I am now proud to call my friend, is Carol Jacques.

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