Mayor’s Message

Mayor’s Message

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Garcetti today announced today that, as a New Orleans appeals court is set to hear oral arguments today in the lawsuit temporarily delaying President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, cities across the nation kicked off Immigrant Heritage Week (IHW) by hosting events in advance of the new reforms. Immigrant Heritage Week is a celebration from April 17-24, honoring the experiences and contributions of the millions of immigrants who have shaped cities for generations.

Today’s hearing will hold oral argument on the question of whether to lift a judge’s order temporarily blocking President Obama from carrying out new immigration executive actions. Earlier this month, as part of Cities United For Immigration Action, 73 cities and counties filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging immediate implementation of the new actions.

“Cities are on the front lines when it comes to the consequences of leaving hardworking, taxpaying people in the shadows. We must put the politics aside and focus on the human and economic costs incurred by delay in the President’s action,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

On Tuesday during Mayor Garcetti’s State of the City address, he announced that $4 million has been raised in support of the city’s StepForwardLA campaign to assist 100,000 Angelenos with DACA and DAPA, to help keep families united and strengthen the economic and civic fabric. (Full story at LA Mayor)

Civic U Wraps Up with Inspiring Third Session

Civic U Wraps Up with Inspiring Third Session

Civic University, the three-week series of civic engagement workshops catered specifically to Neighborhood Councils, wrapped up in a final session this Wednesday evening at LAPD’s Deaton Hall. Dr. Raphael Sonenshein continued his illuminating lecture on city government, power structures, and the role of Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles politics. Dr. Sonenshein reminded attendees that Neighborhood Councils have come a long way from their humble beginnings. “The very first victory of Neighborhood Councils,” he said, “is that they have survived.” Through the tireless work of countless committed volunteers, Neighborhood Councils have gained increasing influence and continually advocated for their communities.

The Neighborhood Council system can also serve as a training ground and a springboard for women who want to pursue civic engagement and political work. While only one of our eighteen City Councilmembers is a woman, 38% of Neighborhood Council board members are women who are gaining valuable experience in civic leadership.

Dr. Sonenshein also discussed voter turnout and engagement, remarking that voting is “the culmination of a series of steps you take in civic engagement” and emphasizing the need for people to get involved and engaged with their community and local government as a precursor to going to the voting booth. Neighborhood Councils, as hyper-local organizations, can engage their stakeholders at the block level and build an informed and involved community of neighbors passionate about their local politics.

Participants of all three Civic U sessions came away with certificates of completion of the program, a newfound understanding of LA’s municipal government and the complex web of elected officials and agencies that create and influence policy, and a sense of empowerment to go out and make meaningful change in their communities.

If you missed Civic University this time around, don’t worry! Resources including video from the three sessions will soon be made available on the EmpowerLA website. And of course, board members who attended the event are encouraged to spread the information they learned to their fellow board members, volunteers, and stakeholders. An informed Neighborhood Council is an empowered Neighborhood Council!

You can join the conversation and see some of the questions that came up during Civic U session (and your neighbors’ answers) on MySidewalk.

EmpowerLA is grateful to the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA, Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Mayor Garcetti, and AT&T for co-sponsoring this important educational opportunity for Neighborhood Council board members.

Commemorating 100 Years Since the Armenian Genocide

Commemorating 100 Years Since the Armenian Genocide

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Paul Krekorian cordially invite the public to a centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

A reception, ceremony, and performance by the Element Band will take place on Thursday, April 23, at 3pm at Los Angeles City Hall, on the Spring Street Steps.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 17 at 5pm to Anna Aroutiounian at (213) 473-7002 or Upon RSVP, parking can be arranged.

Recycle Your Used Tires Properly

Recycle Your Used Tires Properly

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation provides an environmentally sound opportunity for LA residents to drop off their used and unwanted tires for recycling at several convenient locations FREE of charge. Beginning in May, LASAN will host six Used Tire Recycling Collection Events on selected Saturdays from 9:00am to 2:30pm.

“Used tires stored in the garage or in the backyard are often a nuisance to city residents. Used tires must be recycled and properly disposed of. The city’s used tire collection events offer a great opportunity for city residents to get rid of those used tires at no cost,” said Los Angeles Sanitation Director Enrique C. Zaldivar.

The primary responsibility of LASAN is to collect, clean and recycle solid and liquid waste generated by residential, commercial and industrial users in the City of Los Angeles and surrounding communities. LASAN protects the public health and environment and enhances the quality of life in the City’s neighborhoods.

News from the Housing and Community Investment Department

News from the Housing and Community Investment Department

The goal of ending homelessness took another big step forward, or in this case, 264 big steps, as the Rossyln Hotel celebrated its grand re-opening on January 22, 2015. This 264-unit rehabilitation project was originally built in 1914 and the Rosslyn Hotel Annex was built in 1923 by the entrepreneurial Hart brothers for the staggering sum of $1 million (hence the signage, Million Dollar Hotel). Designated as a historic building by the Office of Historic Preservation, the exterior has been preserved with minimal changes to the interior. SRO Housing Corporation, a non-profit organization, purchased and renovated the building with new paint, flooring, lighting fixtures, kitchenettes, and refurbished communal facilities. The new look facility will provide 264 studio apartments for homeless and low-income residents with 46 units set aside for homeless veterans, 47 units for chronically homeless with mental illnesses, and the remaining units for low-income constituents.

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) awarded 93 project-based vouchers to SRO for the Rosslyn Hotel to house homeless and chronically homeless individuals and veterans. In addition, HACLA was awarded 75 HUD-VASH vouchers, which combines the housing vouchers for veterans with case management and clinical services from the Department of Veteran Affairs. This project was heralded as a successful collaboration between the City, County, and philanthropic organizations in their efforts to end veteran homelessness by 2015 and chronic homelessness by 2017.

Other newsworthy items:

  • Property owners can now pay Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) and Systematic Code Enforcement Program (SCEP) fees online or by downloading the HCIDLA Billing Mobile Payment App on their smart phone.
  • In honor of Women’s History Month, HCIDLA’s Commission on the Status of Women has collected artwork from local female artists and will showcase them at the City Hall Bridge.
  • This summer, HCIDLA will introduce, an online affordable housing listing service. This free service will list affordable residential rental properties, including ADA accessible units, throughout the LA County region.

To read the full HCIDLA April bulletin, click here.

UNNC To hold Public Safety Summit

UNNC To hold Public Safety Summit

Not sure what to do during a home fire or when the “Big One” hits? Want to learn more about self-defense and cyber-security? Join United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council on Saturday, April 18 for a free Public Safety Summit that will answer these questions and more!

Learn about CERT – LAFD’s free emergency training program and pick up info on how to prepare for a disaster. See video and communications demonstrations and experience the “jolt, rock, and roll” of Shakey Quakey’s 7.0 earthquake.

Meet your LAPD Senior Lead Officers from Olympic, Southwest, and Wilshire and firefighters from the LAFD.

Protect yourself and your identity by learning about new technologies designed to keep you and your family safe from cyber crimes and identity theft.

Learn how to avoid falling victim to physical attacks through self-defense demonstrations.

Sign up for block club training and learn best practices on forming your own block club.

The event will include:

  • Disaster preparedness and fire demonstrations with CERT and LAFD
  • Meet Senior Lead Officers from Olympic, Southwest, and Wilshire Divisions
  • Experience a “Live” 7.0 Earthquake in the Shakey Quakey Simulator
  • Learn about Cyber Security and Identity Theft
  • Learn about organizing Block Clubs
  • Self Defense Demonstrations
  • Refreshments and Goodie Bags

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Holman United Methodist Church
3320 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018 [map]

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please register and RSVP today!

Participate in the FY16 budget process!

We'd like your input on Metro's budget.

Provide Input on Metro’s Budget

Metro’s annual budget sets transportation priorities across Los Angeles County for the coming year. The budget for the 2016 fiscal year, which will be effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, will be presented to the Metro Board of Directors for approval in May 2015.

Before the budget goes to the Board, Metro would like to get your input. Metro will hold a Budget Public Forum and Public Hearing.

The forum will be an informal information session and discussion where Metro will review the budget process, highlight budget themes and receive comments:

Budget Public Forum 
Saturday, April 25th from 10am to 12pm
Metro Headquarters, Board Room
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Metro will also hold a public hearing to gather comments on the proposed budget:

Budget Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 20th at 1pm
Metro Headquarters, Board Room
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

All Metro meetings are held in ADA accessible facilities. ADA and Title VI Requirements: Special accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date; please call 213.922.4600 or California Relay Service at 711.

Persons unable to attend these events can submit comments by mail or email. The deadline for written comments is Friday, May 15th at 5pm.

Mail comments to:
Attn: FY16 Budget
One Gateway Plaza, 99-18-2
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Email comments to or use the online form to submit comments.

Available in multiple languages

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High-Speed Rail Authority Appoints Executive Staff

April 17, 2015

Adeline Yee

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High-Speed Rail Authority Appoints Executive Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today announced the appointments of Scott Jarvis as Chief Engineer, Kevin Thompson as Director of Engineering, Bruce Armistead as Director of Operations and Maintenance, Alan Glen as Director of Real Property and William Robinson as Senior Legislative Analyst.

“After an extensive search and recruiting effort, we are fortunate to add these individuals who possess the experience and knowledge to successfully deliver the nation’s first high-speed rail program,” said Authority CEO Jeff Morales. “Their expertise in their respective fields will provide strong leadership that is essential in moving this transformative project forward.”

As Chief Engineer, Jarvis will be responsible for the development and coordination of program management activities to ensure successful delivery for the high-speed rail system. Jarvis joined the Authority as the Assistant Chief Program Manager in April 2013 and has 30 years of transportation engineering, management and leadership experience. The compensation is $198,000.

As the Director of Engineering, Thompson will ensure that all of the engineering elements of the high-speed rail program are delivered within scope, quality standards, budget and schedule throughout the duration of the entire project. Thompson was previously the Director of Bridge Practice at URS Corporation, where he focused on technical risk management and general engineering practice coordination. The compensation is $180,000.

As Director of Operations and Maintenance, Armistead is responsible for advancing the implementation of the high-speed rail program and the system’s safety, security, operations and maintenance activities. Armistead was previously the Project Director for Fluor Enterprises where he provided leadership on public-private rail projects across North America and has over 25 years of experience in railroad construction, operation and maintenance. The compensation is $175,008.

As the Director of Real Property, Glen will administer, manage and direct all statewide activities associated with acquiring the property rights necessary to deliver the high-speed rail program, including right-of-way acquisition and property management. He was previously the Principal Engineer at Quincy Engineering where he served for 15 year as Project Manager to deliver large transportation projects including freeway interchanges, bridge replacements, highway realignments and railroad grade separations. The compensation is $175,008.

As the Senior Legislative Analyst, Robinson is responsible for analyzing and monitoring legislation of interest to the Authority and developing legislative proposals that further the Authority’s goals and objectives.  Robinson was previously Special Assistant for Appointments at the Governor’s Office, where he researched and made recommendations for appointments.  The compensation is $45,000.


About California High-Speed Rail Authority
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs. To learn more visit the Authority’s website at and join us on and follow us at


The Valley’s Honorary Mayors & Local Neighborhood Councils To Sponsor “Disaster Preparedness Summit”

The Valley’s Honorary Mayors & Local Neighborhood Councils To Sponsor “Disaster Preparedness Summit” And Launch The First Permanent Volunteer Preparedness Training Center In Los Angeles On April 25th

Contact: Summit Coordinator Cheryl Cashman, (562) 208-9917 — (

NORTH HILLS, CA — The San Fernando Valley’s Honorary Mayors and several local Neighborhood Councils are coming together to sponsor the first annual “Whole Community Volunteer Interactive Preparedness Summit” on April 25th, 2015.

First, you register to enter the summit, then you will experience numerous exercises including: Hands On Interactive Preparedness Presentations, Trainings, Compression-Only CPR,  Urban Survival Techniques, “A Taste Of Preparedness” Disaster Relief Beverage + Food Service, What You Need To Know from the LA Dept. of Water & Power, the Gas Company, How To Use Portable Solar Power, Emergency Communications and lots more!  (10:00 AM TO 3:00 PM)  All food will be available starting at 11:30 AM and served on a first come, first served basis – as long as it lasts!  Every time you do a hands-on experience, you earn a completion ticket.  Once you have earned three hands-on colored tickets, you have earned the choice of  “A FREE LUNCH” or a free personal preparedness item. 

WHO: George Thomas – Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys * Dennis Zine – Honorary Mayor of Woodland Hills * Nancy Cartwright – Honorary Mayor of Northridge * The Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti * Van Nuys Neighborhood Council * North Hills West Neighborhood Council  * Woodland Hills/Warner Center Neighborhood Council * Greater Valley Glen Council * North Hills East Neighborhood Council * Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council * Canoga Park Neighborhood Council * U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas *  CA Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian * L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl * CA State Senator Robert Hertzberg * CA State Senator Fran Pavley * CD3 Councilmember Bob Blumenfield * CD7 Councilmember Felipe Fuentes * CD2 Councilmember Paul Krekorian * CD6 Councilmember Nury Martinez * Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) * Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) * California Highway Patrol (CHP) * COLA Sheriffs Department (LASD) * LA CAT: VPREP SFV Task Force * VPREP Net – Roozy Moabery ARES * VOLUNTEER Emergency Command Center (VECC) San Fernando Valley Bureau * Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) * Vantage Restaurant Group * Dave Brown (Sound) * LAPD Van Nuys Division CPAB * LAFD Auxilliary Communications Service (ACS) * 7-ELEVEN Franchise Owners Assn. * Denny’s (On Roscoe at 405 Fwy) * Bob Cupples (Videographer) * Western Bagel * Bob Ramsay Communications * LASD Deputy Augarten * Cal OES *  Rich Fleming (Dutch Oven Chef) * American Legion Post 308  * The Government Center Gazette & Van Nuys News Press * Warner Brothers – The Movie: SAN ANDREAS * First On Scene Training (Moulage) * Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (LA EMD) * COLA FEMA PrepareAthon 2015 * Event Department of Water & Power (LADWP) * Southern California Gas Company * MEND Poverty * Blue Can Water Company * Survival Educators *

WHAT: The “Whole Community Volunteer Interactive Preparedness Summit.” 

WHEN: Saturday, April 25th, 2015 from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  (Press Conference starts at 8:30am, and press can enter the property to start setting up at 6:00am.)

WHERE: North Hills United Methodist Church, 15435 Rayen Street, North Hills, CA  91343

HOW: The confluence of community leaders working together for the common good.

WHY: To kick off and launch the first in a series of training centers and summits throughout Los Angeles and the Southern California area.  (


Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
PO Box 3118
Van Nuys, CA 91407
Telephone (818) 533-VNNC (8662)


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Conor Lynch Foundation



Eighty percent of American drivers believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. But that is just not the case. More than 30 studies show hands-free devices are no safer because the brain remains distracted by the conversation. When talking on a cell phone, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what’s around them, such as traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrians.​

FACT: At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (NOPUS)

Take the Focused Driver Challenge and

pledge to drive cell free.




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Accessorize and
Save Lives!

Are you a fan of stylish, well made bracelets, supporting philanthropic groups and saving lives?  Of course you are!!
Who isn’t?!
Bravelets, a company who designs bracelets for non-profit organizations, has recently started this program that offers stylish, well made, specially designed, affordable bracelets for foundations such as Conor Lynch, to raise money and awareness for their specific cause.
They have been gracious enough to add Distracted Driving Awareness to their list of categories.,.Alzheimer’s, Breast Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and many other worthwhile philanthropic advocacy groups.  We are in great company and couldn’t be happier!
To date, they have raised over $1.2 million dollars for these charities, grown in numbers and added more and more designs to choose from.  By the way…both men’s and women’s styles are available and you not only get to choose which style, but you can also choose from 3 chord colors, teal, yellow and purple.
Lots of fun, lots of choices, stylish, affordable and for each purchase $10 will be donated to the Conor Lynch Foundation, enabling our continued efforts to support new and existing programs that raise awareness and promote safety for pedestrians, runners, cyclists and drivers of all ages.
Go check out our Brave Page and all the designs offered at
Summer’s coming…time to accessorize and save lives!

58% of Teen Car Crashes Involve Distracted Driving
A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 58 percent of teen car crashes involve distractions. The AAA Foundation analyzed nearly 1,700 crash videos from crashes involving teen drivers and looked at multiple forms of distraction, including interacting with other passengers, use of a cellphone, singing and dancing to music, and looking at something inside or outside the vehicle.
Read the full report here.

Support Local Distracted Driving Laws
Find out if your state or city has distracted driving laws in place. Support the adoption and enforcement of texting and cell phone bans.
Click here for a great way to develop hands on learning about the dangers of distracted driving.

Upcoming Events
MAY 2015

Whether you are a teen, have a teen or influence young drivers, it’s critical to learn how safe driving practices save lives.
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Check out the latest public service announcement from the NHTSA
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Every moment of Jacy’s life is altered because of one driver’s irresponsible choice. Put yourself in Jacy’s shoes and use it to inspire you to find a way to make our roads a less tragic place to be.
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My name is Nina Todd. November 29, 2010 a Distracted Driver changed my life forever.
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Chance Wilcox, 24
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Chelsey Murphy, 19
March 14, 2010
Clifton B. Gibbs, 23
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Cody Rutledge, 19
June 16, 2011
Daniel Kidd, 19
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David Muslovski, 55
June 17, 2010
Heather Dawn Bouchard, 25
April 15, 2008
Heather Leigh Hurd, 26
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Heather Lurch, 19
February 23, 2010
Howard Stein, 61
April 7, 2011
Jacob Daniel Freybler, 17
June 18, 2014
James Abram Schneck, 23
May 20, 2009
Jean Good, 58
May 18, 2008
Jay Good, 58
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Jody L. Bice, 35
April 21, 2013
Joe Cleveland, 79
February 25, 2012
John Sligting, 56
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John T. “Rusty” Gordon, 35
May 18, 2008
Joseph Teater, 12
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Julie Davis, 58  
April 15, 2009
Justin Clark, 17
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Justin Matthew Martinez, 18
July 20, 2011
Katie Brannelly, 24
June 11, 2013
Kaylin Blake Rice, 16
January 18, 2014
Kelson Michael Vaillancourt, 21
May 21, 2009
Matthew Crary, 18 
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Matthew Hughes, 17
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Nicholas Clegg, 22
May 16, 2013
Nikki Kellenyi, 18
April 14, 2012
Owen Brezitski, 8
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Ryan Jeffrey “RJ” Donato Bollis, 0
June 11, 2011
Ryan Robbins, 19
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Samantha Ibarra, 18
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Sarah Gray Edwards, 18
January 5, 2011
Toni Donato Bollis, 28
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Travis Masters, 19  
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About the Conor Lynch Foundation
The Conor Lynch Foundation has been established to support new and existing programs that raise awareness and promote the safety of runners, pedestrians, cyclists and young drivers. Your contribution, and events such as safety fairs and the annual 5K Run/Walk “In Honor Of Conor” directly benefit this foundation, and work to ensure that no family suffers a loss like this again.

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