LA Department of Parks and Recreation at the Van Nuys Recreation Center is sponsoring an event for preschool children about to enter kindergarten. It is program to the young child to help them integrate into kindergarten and to develop social skills. For more information, please contact: 818-756-8131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the last VNNC Outreach Committee Meeting on August 22, 2014 at the Van Nuys Community Park:
From Estrid Gamonal (Community Member and Stakeholder): “I would like to see us create a Van Nuys Community Garden.”
From Lateste Williams from Rock of The Valley Church of God In Christ on the work of the Puppetry Show and a community: “”Puppetry” supporting the voice of young people. Would your children like to learn a new talent? Also, I’m in complete support of a Van Nuys Community Garden.
From VNNC Board member and chairperson of VNNC Outreach Committee Maria Skelton: “I had a great meeting at the VNNC Outreach Committee meeting at the V.N. Park. It was small but mighty. I would like to thank Van Nuys Park for the great warmth, clean and friendly family atmosphere for allowing me to have my VNNC Outreach Committee meeting there.”
Reminder: VNNC Executive Meeting is tonight at 6:30 pm at the Van Nuys Library.
The Public Works Board President Will Address The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council On September 10th, 2014
VAN NUYS, CA — The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will have the esteemed honor and privilege of welcoming President Kevin James to speak and answer questions at its next General Meeting. President Kevin James is participating in an ongoing “Speaker Series” hosted by the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.
“It is important to bring the people of Van Nuys closer to their government and the powers that be. It is our job as local elected officials to facilitate meetings, workshops, and summits to make this possible. I look forward to hearing from President Kevin James at the Council Meeting in September, and seeing how we can all work together to promote the common good throughout the City of Los Angeles” said Council President George Christopher Thomas.
The City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works (BPW) is a five-member executive team that administrates the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. The Department of Public Works consists of over 5,400 employees who are responsible for design, construction, renovation and operation of public projects ranging from bridges to wastewater treatment plants and libraries; curbside collection and graffiti removal; and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, sewers, street lights and street trees.
Kevin James is a former Mayoral candidate who spent time with more than 50 of the City’s neighborhood councils as part of his campaign. He says that experience was very useful in his current position presiding over the Board of Public Works Commission.
Beginning his legal career almost 25 years ago in Los Angeles, James has worked for several firms, most recently for Lavely & Singer, where he was an entertainment litigator with a broad practice from right of publicity to accounting/profit participation cases.
James also served for a time as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice, prosecuting both criminal and civil actions. He received the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys’ 1992 Director’s Award for Superior Performance, presented by then US Attorney General Janet Reno.
In parallel to his legal career, James also has worked as a broadcaster. He started as an on-air legal analyst on Court TV, then transitioned to radio about 10 years ago, at first to provide his legal expertise. He transitioned in 2005 into the role of host of a local issues talk show that focused on City Hall. He most recently spearheaded “The Kevin James Show” on 870 KRLA (AM 870).
James donates his time and legal expertise to local charities, including the AIDS Project Los Angeles, of which he was Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. James also served on the boards for Operation Progress, working with LAPD to identify South LA’s most promising at-risk young students and awarding them with full scholarships from second grade through college, and First-in-Fire Foundation that supports the LAFD.
After growing up in Texas, James completed his accounting degree at the University of Oklahoma before pursuing his law degree at the University of Houston College of Law.
I apologize for the delayed reminder, my computer wasn’t turning on yesterday afternoon and I fell asleep with it last night. Anyways for those who are up early and interested. YO-Cycle is happening this morning we are meeting at the Valley Bikery at 8:30 A.M. and heading out for the bike ride at 9:00 a.m. Thus, we should be arriving to the Balboa Lake Park south end around 9:30 a.m. to practice our yan yoga class. After yoga we will head back to the Valley Bikery. If you have any questions feel free to call or text me on my cell 818-912-3895.
The agenda for the September 3rd Service Council meeting has been posted and is attached for your reference. The September meeting will feature a follow up presentation on the Red Line – Orange Line Pedestrian Tunnel Design, presentations on Metro’s Rider Relief Transit Program and Fare Restructuring Outreach, and the monthly Director’s Report.
The Summary of Public Comments received during the August Public Hearings on Proposed Service Changes for December 2014 or later and staff response will also be received and the Council will consider adopting service change recommendations.
Presentation materials are made available for review as received via embedded links within the online agendas:
Please feel free to contact me should you have questions regarding the agenda or any other Regional Service Council matters.
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Councilman Cedillo Repairs Sidewalk
On August 2nd under the leadership of Councilman Gilbert Cedillo of CD 1, BSS repaired a sidewalk in front of EL ARCA, an organization that was established in 1965 to provide essential services to the disabled population of Greater Los Angeles. The Councilman took time out of his busy schedule to apply the finishing touches to the sidewalk and take pictures with the crew.
UFD Presents at the California Urban Forest Council
On August 6, George Gonzalez, Chief Forester with the BSS gave a presentation at the California Urban Forest Council’s (CUFC) regional meeting in Chula Vista, CA. The presentation consisted of an overview of the City Plants program; from its inception to present day. The presentation focused on successes the program has had and what challenges it has faced. The presentation also focused on how to fund a program that does not rely on the City’s General Fund as well as also how to mobilize volunteer groups and manage the organization of nonprofits to best leverage resources. Finally, the presentation compared the successes of Los Angeles tree planting initiatives with those of other municipalities including New York. The conclusion by the well known Urban Forestry researcher Dr. Robert Young is that the City Plants model produced the highest survivability rates of newly planted trees at the lowest cost.
BSS Gets Creative with Alley Lift Project
The Resurfacing Division of the BSS received an urgent request, via social media, for alley repairs. Although the Bureau is currently not funded to perform this service, the alley was used to
test a modified repair technique. This specific alley was a suitable candidate for this pilot and was welcomed by the adjoining businesses and residents. Now with a new surface the alley can once again serve as an agreeable alternate travel route in the normally-congested area of Beverly Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. The lessons learned during this pilot will be incorporated in the future when funding resumes for alley repairs.
BSS Conducts Safety Workshop at LAX
On Tuesday morning, August 19, a workshop lead by Transportation Security Administration (TSA)and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) took place at LAX. This was a joint effort to conduct vulnerability assessments and perform risk analysis for the Sepulveda Tunnel underneath the LAX taxiways. Various public agencies including LAPD, LAFD, Airport Police, CHP, Caltrans, and the BSS attended the workshop to assist with antiterrorism assessment and site survey of the Sepulveda Tunnel. The Bureau was able to participate by giving TSA and USACE a tour of the Ventilation Buildings and provide operation related information and as-built drawings.
BSS Helps Repair Sunset Blvd
The Department of Water and Power requested the assistance of the BSS to help reopen Sunset Bl., Marymount Pl to Westwood Pz next to UCLA after a 36″ diameter water line pipe ruptured. As DWP crews completed their work on the pipe, BSS crews followed by immediately rebuilding the roadway with asphalt base materials on Sunday, August 3rd. BSS crews worked late into the evening to have Sunset Bl. open for Monday morning commuters. This was a collaborative effort as BSS worked alongside several other City of Los Angeles Public Works Agencies to complete the job in a timely and efficient manner.
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A City Councilman has called a special meeting Wednesday to address concerns that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s billing system is causing a new wave of problems.
Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and other members of the Energy and Environment Committee were hearing from the Department of Water and Power’s departmental response team about several issues, including complaints that from people who say they were over-billed, sometimes by as much as hundreds of dollars.
Fuentes told KNX 1070’s Dick Helton that although some progress has been made with billing and customer service response systems, he wants to stop any backsliding that could lead to bigger problems down the road. (Continue reading at Councilman 7thdistrict)
The Valley’s Largest Neighborhood Council Is Hosting Its Third Summit Of The Year Addressing Community Issues
VAN NUYS, CA — The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council has officially set the date for their third summit of the year, focusing on immigration issues and helping the majority immigrant community make adjustments to their immigration status. The Immigration Summit will be held on Wednesday, October 29th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys, CA.
“The population trends in Van Nuys show that our neighborhoods have increasingly become a community of Hispanics and Latinos. They make up the majority of the population, and many of them are foreign born and are English language deficient. We plan on increasing English language proficiency through partnerships with local non-profits and similar organizations that teach English. We are also going to start distributing bilingual materials and assistance for both government and social services,” said Council President George Christopher Thomas.
“We are going to get more Hispanic and Latino constituents involved in the neighborhood council. The majority of the population in Van Nuys speaks Spanish as a first language, and our council will continue to represent all of the people in Van Nuys and throughout the San Fernando Valley,” said Council President Thomas.
The VNNC’s Summit and Workshop on Immigration is set for Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. The location will be the Marvin Braude Constituent Services Center at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard. The VNNC is currently seeking co-sponsors and speakers for the summit. If you would like to participate, please email Council President George Christopher Thomas at email@example.com. For more information about the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, please visit www.vnnc.org.
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Van Nuys, CA 91407
Telephone (818) 533-VNNC (8662)
LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield was joined today by City officials and community members to cut the ribbon on the third and final phase of the LA River Bikeway in Winnetka, running along the southern portion of the Los Angeles River from Winnetka Ave. to Mason Ave. The first phase begins at Vanalden Ave.
“The completion of the LA River Bikeway project is a milestone accomplishment in realizing the dream of the LA River as a 51-mile long natural and recreational resource, and is an important addition to the bike infrastructure of the San Fernando Valley,” said Blumenfield.
Following the ribbon cutting, bicycle-mounted LAPD officers from Topanga Division joined community members to activate the bike path—entering at Delco Ave. and biking the stretch from Mason Ave. to Winnetka Ave., and beyond.
Phases 1 and 2, completed in 2012, extended the bikeway from Vanalden Ave. to Winnetka Ave., but with the final section now complete, West Valley residents have access to 2-miles of uninterrupted bikeway to promote both multi-modal transportation and healthy lifestyles. (Full story at Bob Blumenfield)
The Housing and Community Investment Department is, hosting 4 community forums throughout the City, in September 2014. In order to meet all the requirements that the plan entails, the City is organizing a series of Consolidated Planning Community Meetings to solicit and engage the public in providing feedback on their respective neighborhood needs.
We are requesting that you assist us with posting on your website/newsletter the attached flyers (English/Spanish) to help us outreach to the various neighborhoods where we will be holding the meetings. If you’d like to receive copies of the flyers for distribution or to have at your agency/public counters as hand-outs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request copies.