Vote for Echo Park/Silver Lake's Person of the Year

Cast your vote for the person who made the biggest difference this year.

, we asked you to submit your nominations for Echo Park- Silver Lake’s person(s) of the year. We heard back from a number of you about locals who’ve made a valuable and lasting contribution to our  neighborhoods.

Nominations are closed, but your voice can still be heard.

It’s time to vote.

Check off the individual below who has made our community a better place to live over the last twelve months.

The nominees are:     


Charles Herman-Wurmfeld:  Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and the Micheltorena School Community Garden

-"Charlie is everywhere—in the garden cooking dinner, listening attentively at meeting after meeting. He is an artist and activist and a great example of what Silver Lake has to offer the future.– Christal Smith


Luis Ochoa: Principal, Logan Street Elementary School

-"He arrived at Logan three years ago in the wake of dismal morale. He has rallied parents, students and teachers. Mr. Ochoa faces daily challenges in dealing with two schools on a single campus. He is admired and respected by the Logan family for always going to bat for them." -  Cheryl Ortega



 Autumn Rooney: Co-Founder, Echo Park Time Bank

-"Autumn is caring, sincere and committed to positive social change. Through her vision, she has brought time banking to Echo Park. The Echo Park Time Bank is a great forum for building stronger ties within the community and offers an alternative to the monetary economy.”– Marya Villarin


Ida Talalla: President, Trash Abatement Project (TAP)

-“She does so much for Echo Park.”-Gabriella Waterman


The Working Families of Echo Park

-"I nominate the men and women of Echo Park who on a daily basis do their best to provide for their families and survive in a time of uncertainty, economic disparity and monumental challenges. Their courage, fortitude and resolve as they try to keep their heads above water is truly admirable. They represent to me the true 99%, unfiltered and genuine.”– Jose Sigala


Anthea Raymond December 23, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Hey voters -- We appreciate the enthusiastic response to this story. Please share the chance to weigh in as widely as possible, but use the honor system and vote only once yourself. Thank you! AR
Cheryl Ortega December 23, 2011 at 08:12 PM
Nominee Luis Ochoa did bring the Dual Language Program to Echo Park realizing that this is an excellent way to serve this diverse and changing community. English-speaking kids learn Spanish. Spanish-speaking kids learn English. And they all study in two languages. What a great vision for the future!
Gary Leonard December 24, 2011 at 01:42 AM
my daughter, xiu ling, would like to nominate christine peters.


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