In response to your article
When we moved to the neighborhood in 2004 we realized that we had practically moved into Rural Los Angeles. Here's why: there's no HOA that covers a large area, the NC was trying to get it's legs underneath it, and the neighborhood is divided by a city council district.
So, the question is how do you stay in the loop?
Want to know when to expect a parade, protest, or community festival? LAPD will 9.9 times out of 10 know WTF is going on. And...even better...LAPD sends out these things called "First Amendment Notifications"
Sign up here: http://www.lapdepolicing.org/
Want to know about filming in the neighborhood? Sign up for FilmLA's notices. Be warned: Nearly all of the notices come out between 5:10 and 6:30 at night. Sign up using an email address you can access on the evenings and weekends.
Sign up here: http://filmla.com/enotifications.php
There are two City Council members who cover most of Downtown. Each have newsletters that you should be interested in:
Huizar and Perry
Finally, DLANC. Your Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
It will be more email (esp FilmLA) but at least you will be in the know.