Updated: Dec 23, 2020
Despite all of the blows 2020 has dealt, we have a lot to be grateful for in our community. This has been a year of incredible giving, camaraderie, and new beginnings. Here is a rundown of some of the many accomplishments our Board and volunteers have worked very hard for.
A note from our President, David Oliver:
I am especially proud of the Board and Advisory members of the LHCA for rolling up their collective sleeves in a year when it would have been easy to say "we can deal with that next year after the Pandemic". Their collective efforts definitely took the lemons and made lemonade, which brought forth more community engagement than ever at a time when it was most needed.
Earlier this year, we teamed up with our neighbors at the United Homeowners Association II and the League of Women Voters to produce a candidate forum for the seat of outgoing County Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. The (Pre-Covid) event was standing room only and gave our community an excellent opportunity to ask questions and hear the candidates' answers in realtime.
Also in the first quarter of the year, we distributed a survey asking our community how we could help. We received lots of feedback from the community and here are the top three areas where our focus was requested:
You asked, and we listened. In February, our team began planning the logistics of a traditional farmers' market in Ladera Heights. However, once Covid hit, we had to rethink our plan. Instead, we opted for a pandemic-friendly approach and dramatically accelerated the timeline. Our team quickly pulled together a CSA (or farm box) program that over 20-weeks grew to become a modern, pandemic-friendly, online farmers market. Additionally, our community donated hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to local charities, Food Pantry LAX and 3.50 Cares.
We've also been very happy to welcome several new food options into our community this year, like Mike's New York Pizzeria, Simply Salad, Firehouse Subs, Sunday Gravy, and Chocolate and the Chip. We hope 2021 will bring us even more healthy food options.
The third most-requested area of improvement was our local public schools and we admittedly have a lot more work to do here. We were delighted to award a grant of $3,000 to the Robotics Club at the La Tijera Academy of Excellence who was in need of equipment earlier this year.
On the digital front, the LHCA made a lot of progress in 2020. We started with a new website, spent hundreds of hours cleaning up our membership records and have built a very active social media presence on Facebook. We started sending a weekly Sunday newsletter, and perhaps our biggest accomplishment was to begin hosting our community meetings over Zoom–setting new attendance records and getting more households involved than ever before.