The GPIA Senior and Homebound Lunch Program will be winding down on Saturday, June 20.  Our thanks go out to Gilbert Cedillo for the funding, the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council for their support and Lemon Poppy Kitchen for cooking up the wonderful meals all of which helped us successfully feed more than 40 of our neighbors for over two months.  


With the funding nearing depletion, we’ve arranged for all the seniors on our program in Cypress Park and Glassell Park, as well a handful of seniors in Eagle Rock, to continue to receive food support through the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, MAOF. 


It must be noted that the key element that allowed us to reach out and support our neighbors was our volunteers.  I have been both humbled and impressed by the care and compassion of our volunteers, all neighbors who answered the call to help.  Each of them made arrangements in their lives so they could dedicate time to help their neighbors and contribute to their community.


Along with Bill Cody from CD1, Clint Birdsong, President of GCPNC and Lemon Poppy Kitchen, we thank; Jennifer Campbell, Diana Lannes, Karima Taylor, Heather Sabin, Julie Williams, Isaiah Soto, Patricia Rigney, Hannah Dunham, Hector Pino, Kim Haden, Amanda Toppe Lopez, Carol Garcia, Teresa Roman, Roberto Ayala, Robert Rivera and Bryan Kramer.


We hope to hold onto the volunteers who can remain available to help us with our latest effort.

The GPIA has received funding from the GCPNC through a Neighborhood Purpose Grant that will allow us to buy and distribute bags of supplies to our neighbors for additional support.  Each bag will contain a variety of goods that are needed on a daily basis such as toiletries, non-perishables, pet supplies, hand sanitizers and masks.


So we still need volunteers.  If you have a couple hours you can spare, one day a week, over a few weeks, please jump in and give us a hand.


Helene Schpak


Glassell Park Improvement Association (GPIA)

California High Speed Rail / Burbank to Union Station via Glassell Park

High Speed Rail could cut through Glassell Park | The California High Speed Rail (HSR) Authority released its Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), and it contains plans for running the “Bullet Train” route through Glassell Park above ground on existing railroad right of way. The route is now used by Metrolink, Amtrak and freight railroads.

The predominant planned land uses are industrial, open space and recreational and community facilities. The report finds “significant and unavoidable” impacts from emissions, and that noise impacts would likely require sound walls.

The Alliance of River Communities (ARC) will host a presentation by HSR at their July 7th online meeting. To attend, go to: https://  The call in number is 669-900-6833 (no password required).

California High Speed Rail will hold an online public hearing on June 18th and also July 8th. For more info go to

Public comments on the DEIR are due by July 16th (update the public comment period extended to 7/31/2020) and may be submitted by email at:, by regular mail at: ATTN: Burbank/LA DEIR/EIS Comment, 355 S. Grand Av, Set 2050, LA, CA 90071 and on the website:  

Verbal comments will be taken at the online hearing on July 8th (see above) and can be left at 877-977-1660.

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