VNNC Outreach Committee Meeting – September 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

VNNC Outreach Committee Meeting Agenda

September 29, 2016 (Thursday 7:00- 8:00 pm)

Van Nuys Recreational Center

14301 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405

  1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair — Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.)
  5. Old Business:
    • A. None
  6. New Business:
    • A. Plans or events for the community.
    • B. Introduce new business owner to the board
    • C. Questions and answers.
  7. Public Comments
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjourn



VNNC PLUM Committee Meeting Agenda – September 20, 2016 @ 6:30pm


Current: LA Water Public Art Biennial 2016 art installation at Balboa Park by artist Rirkrit Taravanija

VNNC PLUM Committee Meeting Agenda

September 20, 2016 (Tuesday 6:30- 8:30 pm)

Van Nuys Constituents Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 2b on the Second Floor

Van Nuys, CA 91401

  1. Call to order & pledge of allegiance to the United States of America.
  2. Roll call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the chair — Speaker’s times, cell phones, conversations, correspondence received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s jurisdiction.)
  5. Old Business:
    • A. None
  6. New Business:
  7. Public Comments
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjourn


Nevermore Metro Immersive Arts Festival – October 29th 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Join the first ever haunted Valley bus ride!

The NEVERMORE METRO Immersive Arts Festival is LA’s first immersive arts festival that explores the East San Fernando Valley along METRO’s Orange Line from Woodley Park through the Eclectic Company Theatre @ Laurel Canyon.

In the world of NEVERMORE, the Orange Line is transformed by the escaped works of Edgar Allan Poe, which have mingled with local legends and Mexican folklore and haunt special sites near METRO stations. It is up to you to lay these poems to rest and release Poe’s spirit.

Check-in, get a METRO Day Pass and travel on a guided tour, or choose your own adventure, building your own experience by traveling on METRO to each of the performance spaces throughout the day.

This sandbox adventure will coexist with regular METRO riders and community passersby, who will be free to mingle with audience members and performers and join the experience.  For one day, you will be in the driver’s seat, discovering the hidden treasures of the East San Fernando Valley, dining with local street vendors, and exploring the visceral power of poetry and immersive performance as never before!

Festival Info: Nevermore Metro

* Free parking, check-in at Woodley Park in Van Nuys

* Sandbox performances throughout the day starting @ 11am through 5pm

* Exclusive guided tours @ 11am, 12, 2 & 3pm (3pm tour followed by VIP reception honoring LA civic leaders).

Features: Poets, musicians, dancers, literary artists, performance artists, Virtual reality (VR) station, community open mic hour, food and drink from local street vendors and more…

Come in your favorite Halloween costume!  Special gifts for best costume!

(image photo credit: Rick Davitt)

Congressman Tony Cardenas Service Academy Event

service-academy-flyer-jpegThere are four United States Service Academies that require Congressional Nominations for consideration for a Service Academy appointment: the United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  Each member of Congress is able to make 10 nominations and the Vice President is able to make 5 nominations.

Congressman Tony Cardenas has the honor of nominating eligible applicants for consideration for an appointment at a United States Service Academy. The mission of the U.S. service academy is to provide instruction and experience to all cadets so that they graduate with the knowledge and character essential to leadership and the motivation to become career officers in the U.S. military.

This is a great opportunity for students to attend one of the top colleges in our nation.

If you plan to attend, send me a note and I will make sure to reserve a seat.

Please feel free to share my contact information for questions.  I am here to help and serve.

Thank you all for your time and assistance with this event.



Ken La Salle

Joseph Kenneth La Salle

Field Representative

Office of Congressman Tony Cárdenas

8134 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 206

Panorama City, CA 91402

Tel: (818) 781-7407

Fax: (818)781-7462

2016 MILITARY WOMEN LUNCHEON AT VA SEPULVEDA – Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 11:30 am

Attached is the invitation to this year’s luncheon at VA Sepulveda.  Please pass it on to others at any of our GLA and Vet Center Locations, and let us know if you will be able to attend.

This is their 11th year !!


Solar Careers for Women opportunities in the solar industry are booming, and women are especially in demand. The team has created a new guide that encourages girls and women to envision their paths to a clean energy career and thus help bridge the gender gap within the renewable energy industry.

The team is reaching out to you because I believe our resource would be valuable to your community, including:
– Solar STEM career paths for girls and women
– Advice from women finding success in the solar industry
– Top solar salaries for women

They would love it if you’d take a minute to check out Success for Women in Solar:

The information provided will further encourage girls and women in your community to flourish in traditionally male-dominated fields.


Van Nuys Neighborhood Council and CD 2 Clean up Day.

P1020145Hi all,

I hope this posting finds you well. Recently, I had sent all of you information about a workshop being held by the City’s Sanitation Department for their Clean Streets program. The program tries to kick-start and encourage neighborhood clean ups. The program gives a small grant that can help cover the cost of the event and a possible reward for the clean up afterward. They’re still trying to finalize how much, when and how they’ll precisely measure a potential reward payout.

They encourage to have at least three community partners (An NC, a non-profit, a Council office, Homeowner Associations, etc.). I know all of us have brought up the idea of having a cleanup day, but since many, if not most of our streets, are kept up well(In the CD2 Van Nuys area), if we had a traditional cleanup day, it wouldn’t give our volunteers a reasonable amount of things to do.

I know that in the past Van Nuys has had cleanup days. But what I’d like to do is to take that to take the regular cleanups to the next level. What the Sanitation Department emphasizes is the collection of data via the 311 app and how it can help with providing increased and more efficient City services.

The clean up day we would be a mix of a cleanup day and an educational campaign to inform our residents of the services that the City provides. After the cleanup, we can use a portion of the grant money given, for a community BBQ to show our thanks and appreciation to our volunteers.

What the Van Nuys Clean Streets Day will consist of…

  • Getting a team of volunteers to download, use, and get educated about the 311 app.
  • Divide volunteers into teams and form grids for teams to walk/drive.
  • While walking these teams will report bulky items(via the 311 app.), clean up trash, and pass out informational flyers about how to report bulky items.


  • Mid-Valley Police Council
  • Community Police Advisory Board
  • Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
  • Council District 2

Possible Flyers:

  • 311 Flyers (To inform resdients of City services)
  • VNNC information Flyers
  • Movie Night Flyers
  • Fireworks flyer

There is an application process for this grant/ award. The application I believe is now due in late September, so we really should discuss any possibilities of a team effort as soon as possible.

I think that all the groups I’ve mentioned above, want to improve and create a greater sense of community in Van Nuys, and I think having all of us work together like we’ve done in the past, is a good first(second) step in getting there.


1) Break-up of the streets into grids

2) Map of the parts of Van Nuys CD2 covers.

The ask: Would Van Nuys Neighborhood Council like to partner up for a cleanup day, with our Council office, and Mid-Valley Police Council?

VNNC and our Council Office would work together to organize the event, and help get volunteers out for the day of the clean up.

Working together we can get more accomplished, than either one of us alone. If you have any questions or thoughts, please let me know! We would love to work with the Neighborhood Council and improve our community.

Thank you,

Sahag Yedalian

Council District 2 Field Deputy

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VNNC September General Meeting – Wednesday, September 14 @ 7:00 pm


6559 Van Nuys Blvd.

VNNC General Meeting Agenda

September 14, 2016 (Wednesday, 7:00- 11:00 pm)

Van Nuys Constituents Building, Conference Room

6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Conference Room

Van Nuys, CA 91401

  1. Call To Order & Pledge Of Allegiance To the United States of America.
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair — Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.)
  5. Secretary’s Report – Jeremy Pessoa
  6. Treasurer’s Report — Stacey Rains and/or Howard Benjamin (Second Signatory) — Approve Treasurer’s Report
  7. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report & Elected Officials’ Reports.
  8. Old Business:
    • A. None
  9. New Business:
    • A. Administrative item. Proposal for Budget Advocate to give report at beginning of each General Meeting NTE 5 minutes. (Jay Handel)
    • B. Administrative item. Council to discuss the applications of Wendy Molina and Jeanette Hopp seeking for a position at the Non-Profit Board Seat# 2. Supporting Docs.: hopp-dox hopp-tax-id molina-dox
    • C. Administrative item. VNNC to vote to fill currently vacant Non-profit Seat #2.
    • D. Administrative item. Proposal that all VNNC Committee agendas must first be reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee for accuracy before being posted and disseminated. (Howard Benjamin)
    • E. 6600 Van Nuys Blvd. Mixed-use project. 5 Story mixed-use project with 4-floors of 54 apartment rental units (48 market, 6 VL), over 3,160 Sq. ft. ground floor commercial space and adjoining parking space. Case #: DIR-2016-2062. (Shahab Ghods/ Plus Architects) Supporting Docs.: ArchDwgs Application Landscape Van Map Preferential Parking
    • F. 6569 N. Van Nuys Blvd. Mixed-use project. 184-unit mixed use apartments w/ approximately 20,000 sq. ft of commercial space. Developers request to consist of a zone change from P-1VL to Mixed Use (Commercial & Residential) + Density Bonus; 168 Market Rate units with 16 earmarked for Very Low income units. In addition, owners are requesting an increase the density bonus above 35% and increase the affordable unit set-aside. Asking for a Letter of Support. (Boaz Miodovsky/ Ketter Designs) Supporting Docs.:
    • G. Outreach CommitteeThanksgiving Event. Proposal for a Thanksgiving event hosted by the VNNC in coordination with the Department of Parks & Recreation at Van Nuys Recreational Center. (Maria Skelton/ VNNC Outreach Chair)
    • H. Administrative item. Discussion of possible locations and cost of rental of office space for the VNNC.
    • I. Administrative item. Proposal for VNNC to hire a note taker to assist the Secretary in recording minutes of the General Meeting (Jason Ackerman).
    • J. Administrative item. Proposal for VNNC to send letter to Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Controller Ron Galperin demanding that VNNC (Purchasing) P Card spending limit to be raised to $2,500 per day. (Howard Benjamin).
    • K. Clean Streets Proposal for Van Nuys. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will discuss in participating in the city’s program Clean Streets which will partner with Mid Valley Police Council and other Neighborhood Councils & Associations. (Sahag Yedalian/ District 6th Field Deputy).
    • L. Presentation by John Mardoyan regarding parking issues in his neighborhood.
    • M. Funding item. VNNC to discuss funding for the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair with the NPG funds. (NTE $2500)
    • N. VNNC to discuss supporting and providing a booth or booths for the event celebrating the anniversary of the Country General Store in November or December of 2016.
    • O. Administrative item. VNNC to Vote on proposed revisions to the VNNC bylaws, Article V- officers.
    • P. Administrative item. VNNC to vote on proposed revisions to VNNC bylaws, Article XII – Amendments.
    • R. Administrative item. VNNC to vote on proposed revisions to VNNC Bylaws, Revisions to officers to create an official fifth officer to the board.
  1. Public Comment
  2. Announcements
  3. Adjourn


NCSA, Cool Blocks LA program up for Community Award; voting open


NCSA, Cool Blocks LA program up for Community Award; voting open

The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA)’s Cool Blocks LA project — which builds green, healthy, and resilient neighborhoods, block by block, in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles — is in the running for a Green Festival Community Award! Finalist projects were selected based on their demonstration of creative ideas, measurable goals and a direct benefit to the local, sustainable community.

Click here to have a look at all the finalists. Then, either VOTE online for your favorite by Thursday, Sept. 15, or join the NCSA at the Sept 16-18 Green Festival, and vote in person.

You can also click here to learn how you can get your Neighborhood Council involved in Cool Blocks LA!

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