Maggi Fajnor, January 6, 1944 - June 5, 2013
We are deeply grieved to learn that our long-time friend and neighborhood activist Maggi Fajnor has died. Maggi was a founding member in 2003 of our local neighborhood council, the Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council, where she served for several years. For a long time she sent out weekly emails to a large list of community members about all kinds of issues that affected our neighborhood, from zoning and planning to crime and gang problems. She was a founder of PlanCheckNC (http://www.plancheckncla.com ), an ongoing alliance of neighborhood councils focused on land use matters. Warm hearted and always involved in the life of her community, she will be sorely missed. We offer our condolences to her husband Craig Fajnor. Below is the obituary that appeared in the June 16 Los Angeles Times.
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Maggi Fajnor, a devoted advocate for the North University Park and West Adams communities, and a founder of the community stakeholder participation organization PlanCheckNC, lost her courageous battle with cancer on June 5, 2013. Born the oldest of five children, Maggi grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In the late 1960's, she moved to Los Angeles with her first husband, where she subsequently earned her Bachelor's degree from UCLA, and Master's degree in urban planning from USC, all while raising their young daughter, Rebecca. For many years, Maggi worked for various planning firms on several high profile projects, including the inception of Los Angeles' first Metro Rail line, Staples Center and Hollywood & Highland.
After retiring from professional urban planning, Maggi devoted herself to empowering neighborhoods Citywide to engage with City government through community-based planning. She was an early and active participant in the grassroots Empowerment Congress established by then-Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas and was an original elected member of her local Neighborhood Council. She founded PlanCheckNC to help educate and empower neighborhood stakeholders and promote participation in neighborhood planning and land use issues throughout the City. She was named the 2006 Pioneer Woman awardee for Council District 8 by Councilmember Bernard C. Parks and was a long-time member of the North University Park Design Review Board. Maggi is survived by her husband Craig, daughter Rebecca (Hugues) Marchand; sister Mimi Duffy; brothers Harold (Linda) Hofsommer, Ken (Mary Carla) Hofsommer, and Bill Hofsommer; in-laws John and Carolyn Fajnor; sister-in-law Lisa Fajnor, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. A family service was held on June 8th at the historic Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. A celebration of Maggi's life will take place at a later date. Donations may be made in Maggi's memory to the American Brain Tumor Association at http://www.abta.org/.