Something's going on in Rampart Village if you haven't heard. We chatted up Diana Olivares, founding member of the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council, to find out what's new. Diana grew up in our area and and is running the Mexican family restaurant that her parents started in 1965. But she still makes time to be a good citizen and leader.
1. What is Rampart Village?
Rampart Village is a Neighborhood Council
area that encompasses the following boundaries:Hollywood freeway to the North,Vermont to the west, 6th St to the South and Rarmpart to the East till 3rd St and then at 3rd it goes to Benton Way.We have the Silverlake Blvd median of the west side of the freeway. Certified in 2007 by the city.
2. What are you trying to revitalize?
We are trying to revitalize the people, the students to feel proud of the rich historical History and Buildings that still exist in our area. We are looking at our area and trying to visualize it 10 years from now. We have many LAUSD and Charter schools within ourarea and many students coming from different parts of Los Angeles to get a better education. Some are through lottery and others are if you live in the school boundaries.
3. What can residents do to help?
Residents can come to our event on Oct 13th and get a thorough view of the what our neighborhood can become and is becoming. Our Neighborhood Council meets every 3rd Tuesday of the Month at St Annes on 155 N. Occidental Blvd between Beverly Blvd and Temple Street. We will have a Presentation that will really surprise the community.
Rampart Village Revitalization Forum
• 150 Guests from the community, education, culture and business are poised to hear the vision, aspirations
and needs of Rampart Village Stakeholders as they launch an initiative to preserve and improve the physical,
social and economic conditions of its constituents.
• Los Angeles (October 13, 2012) - 150 guests from the community, education, culture and business will be
hosted by the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council to attend a "familiarity" tour of the neighborhood
and its assets and receive a strategic briefing of the community's aspirations, needs and plans for a more
prosperous and healthy future for its constituents and stakeholders.
• This impact event was staged and will be presented in partnership with BDK Development (Bridging
Diversity and Kinship) and supported by Ryan Carpio, Field Deputy of Eric Garcetti, CD 13.
• Members of Rampart Village Neighborhood Council's Leadership and Quality of Life Ad Hoc Committee
for this initiative will present along with a representative of City Year, an "action tank" for national service
with a youth corps of 1,200-plus, ages 17-24 with diverse backgrounds. City Year currently has programs
and corps members in Rampart Village and beyond to include Virgil Middle School, The new RFK
Community Schools and Union Ave. Elementary.
• "A Celebration Of Possibility" is an "action" initiative and campaign conceived and produced by BDK
Development, LLC to "ignite" the hidden potential of neighborhoods utilizing its offerings by making
available information, resources and experiences, to all participants, regardless of backgrounds, to advance
the aspirations of each partnering community.
• The initiative is built on the pillars of health and well-being, education and culture and began in New York
City with an event that included a keynote address by Chris Gardner, the subject of the blockbuster biopic
starring Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happiness". Other speakers included Tomomi Moriwake, cultural
anthropologist and Hemanth Venkataraman, Math Teacher and social activist. A national tour and media
campaign is poised to launch from Los Angeles in late 2013.
• Notable guests expected to attend the October 13 event include: Amy Grat, CEO of International Trade
Education Programs, Inc., Michelle Burton-Director of Development, Alta Med Health Services Corp.,
Daniel Rizik-Baer- Marketing and Outreach Coordinator/Event Production Manager, Levitt Pavilions.,
Director-Center for Healthy Communities, The California Endowment, Manager, Corporate
Communications, Smart and Final others (TBD)
• From "The science of Early Childhood Development"- National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
at Harvard University):
• "The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the health and well-being of the next generation.
Simply stated, today's children will become tomorrow's citizens, workers, and parents. When we invest
wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a life of productivity and
responsible citizenship. When we fail to provide children with a strong foundation for healthy and
productive lives, we put our future prosperity and well-being at risk".
• "I was born near Camino Nuevo High School and received my primary education nearby which
demonstrates my vested interest in the well-being of this community".-Diana Olivares- Founding member of
Rampart Village Neighborhood Council and owner of The Mexican Village Restaurant, started by her
parents in 1965 and located across from Camino Nuevo High School.
RAMPART VILLAGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
RVNC Office at St. Anne’s - Suite #236, 155 N. Occidental Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
(Cross streets: Beverly Blvd. and Temple St.) TELEPHONE: (213) 283-RVNC (7862)