Rep. Cárdenas Issued the Following Statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Rep. Cárdenas Issued the Following Statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) released the following statement marking Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

“This May, I am honored to join my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus in celebrating the countless contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have made to America. The AAPI community is a fast-growing racial group in America, and Congress has a responsibility to make sure that AAPI communities have the resources they need to continue to grow and to thrive.

“From artists to entrepreneurs to educators to public service leaders, AAPIs are a fundamental part of what makes our nation uniquely diverse and competitive. The AAPI community stands as a reminder that diversity is a key driver of innovation and a catalyst to economic development.

“They also stand as a reminder of the injustice that some families face due to our broken immigration system. Congress has a responsibility to adopt immigration policies that make sense for our families and for our economy. I proudly stand in support of the AAPI community and look forward to celebrating its vibrant heritage and contributions all month long.”


Jewish American Heritage Month


Office of Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)

U.S. House of Representatives

Office of Congressman Tony Cárdenas

Representing California’s 29th Congressional District

CONTACT: Jacqueline Ortiz Ramsay, (202) 225-6131


May 2, 2016

Congressman Cárdenas Issued the Following Statement on

Jewish American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) released the following statement marking Jewish American Heritage Month:

“Jewish Americans have contributed greatly to the United States for centuries. This year, we celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month by honoring the lives of those who left centuries-old legacies behind and brought to this nation talents that have shaped our culture.

“During Jewish American Heritage Month, we must recognize the inspiring history of contributions that Jewish Americans have made in our music, politics, science, law, business, and education. From Steven Spielberg’s greatest films, to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, their impact is felt and seen across so many aspects of the American way of life. Most importantly, in times of struggle, the Jewish American community stood in solidarity with ethnic minorities to fight against injustice and racial disparities. Their leadership has left long-lasting impacts on labor and civil rights movements across the nation.

“The Jewish American community is a leader of priorities that strike at the heart of American values. This, among many other reasons, is why I joined the Latino-Jewish Caucus upon my first year in Congress. It is a privilege to stand by my friends in the Jewish American community and honor them this month, and every day, for their commitment to community, religious freedom and faith.”

Green Living Fair – May 14, 10am-2pm.

FINAL_png_SCNC-GLF 2016-PosterSaturday, May 14, 2016
10 am – 2 pm
at Richard Lillard Outdoor Classroom
(located at Valleyheart Drive & Longridge Ave. in Studio City along the L.A. River)


Please walk, run, bike or take public transportation to this wonderful annual “green” event.
NEW this year will be the WORKSHOP tent where 4 informative seminars will take place on a host of topics such as: using rain barrels, safe biking, what energy saving rebates are available (including water efficiency) and maintaining drought tolerant yards and gardens.

Other event activities include:

  • Bring your home-made pie to enter the BEST BAKED PIE CONTEST at 10:30 am.
  • Receive a FREE shade tree (while supplies last)
  • Hear live ​music performances by local artists
  • Stop by each of the 35 participating schools, nonprofits, civic and city organizations and local associations that want to share interactive activities to information
  • ​Partake in The Village Garders’ RAFFLE!​

The Green Living Fair event is presented by the Studio City Neighborhood Council and The Village Gardeners. And, a huge THANK YOU goes out to sponsorships made by the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council and Council District 2, Councilmember Paul Krekorian.

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Farewell My Fellow Citizens

P1000820My Fellow Citizens,

It is with a heavy heart that I write this, as next week is my final meeting as the Council President.

It has been a wonderful experience serving as the President, but I am afraid it is time for me to move on. (As I am officially termed out, and four years is a long time to preside over a local government.)

Please join me next Wednesday night at the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council’s General Meeting.  The fun starts at 6:30pm and will run until midnight. (We will be ordering Armenian food, and it is second to none.  The hummus is award winning, and the skewered chicken is something to write home about.)  Seriously, come by and make yourself a chicken pita taco, it is the best food in the San Fernando Valley.

Ever since I went to Sacramento with my elementary school in the fourth grade, I have wanted to serve in public office.  This experience of serving on the council and presiding over a local government for four years has been a dream come true.  I thank everyone that has supported me throughout the years, and even those that have opposed me, as it has made me a stronger person.

It has been a special privilege to serve as the Council President and Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys, and I thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.  Cheers.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President Emeritus & Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

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Congressional Art Competition Ceremony – May 2, 2016



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Congressional Art Competition Ceremony

Congressman Tony Cárdenas cordially invites you to join him at this year’s Congressional Art Competition Ceremony where we will showcase the 2016 art submissions and announce a winner!

When: Monday,  May 2, 2016

Where: Office of Congressman Tony Cárdenas

8134 Van Nuys Blvd

Suite 206

Panorama City, CA 91402

Free parking available behind the building

Time: 5:00 P.M.


This event is free and open to the public

Our goal is to highlight young, local artists to the community and bring together people from around the district to celebrate the beauty of art. Attendees will be able to see dozens of unique art on display and can get more information about how to apply for the competition next year.

To RSVP, please contact Jenny Rayas at:,  (818) 781-7407.



Are you a high school student who is interested in a career in law enforcement or other public service career?

The Police Orientation Preparation Program (POPP) is an award winning free program that prepares high school seniors for careers in law enforcement. Earn your high school diploma while earning an Associate of Arts Degree in only TWO YEARS!

Want to learn more about POPP?

Come to our next orientation seminar for students and families:

May 21, 2016
Ahmanson Recruit Training Center, 5651 West Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles
8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Reserve your seat by calling (310) 342-0511

To learn more, check us out online: and see the attached flyer.

NFPA/LAFD Collaborative Training

NFPA/LAFD Collaborative Training

TITLE: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Remembering When Train-the-Trainer Course. May 16-17, 2016, 0800-1700 hours.

The Los Angeles Fire Department in collaboration with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is offering the two- day “Remembering When” training on May 16th & 17th at Council Member Bob Blumenfield’s office located at:

Council District 3 Field Office
19040 Vanowen Street
Reseda, CA 91335

Angelenos experience 33, 624 falls per year. According to NFPA statistics, falls are the leading cause of death from injuries in adults aged 65 and older. NFPA has agreed to partner with us as part of its ongoing effort to help reduce fires and falls among older adults.

The “Remembering When” program was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible. Together, NFPA and CDC created 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention – to help educate and protect the most vulnerable of older adults.

Participants completing the training will have the opportunity to deliver life-saving information to interested parties within Fire Station 93’s district in Tarzana.

Continental breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided.

Training materials are provided free of charge as a result of the generous donation of the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation ( and the National Fire Protection Association (

Attendance to this training will be on a voluntary basis only. There are no V funds available. You MUST attend both days.

Please sign up via Eventbrite:

Please select both days when registering.

Announcement of Year 17 / PY 2016-17 Annual Plan

Announcement of Year 17 / PY 2016-17 Annual Plan

The City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department is pleased to announce the release of the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board’s draft Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2016-20176 Annual Plan for public review and comment. The Annual Plan covers the service strategies, activities and budget for the City’s Workforce Development System. It outlines how the City will deliver services and meet the objectives of promoting a trained workforce with access to good jobs and a strong business/employer regional economy.

The WIOA supports the City’s workforce development activities that are provided through its Workforce Development System, comprised of 17 WorkSource/America’s Job Centers of California, two satellite sites, 16 YouthSource Centers, and the high-profile HIRE LA’s Youth initiative. This effort is impactful, over the past five years the WorkSource and YouthSource Centers have served over 755,000 Angelenos.

The Draft 2016-17 Annual Plan will be will open and available for public comments for 30 days, ending on Monday, May 16, 2016. The Draft 2016-17 Annual Plan is available for review online at the following EWDD website located at:

Job seekers, the public, non-profit service organizations, employers and the business community are encouraged to comment on the plan and its proposed strategies.

Comments may be submitted by email to:

LA Animal Services and Petco Team Up to Find Homes for Orphaned Cats

LA Animal Services and Petco Team Up to Find Homes for Orphaned Cats

Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2016 – The City of Los Angeles Department of Los Angeles Services is very excited to announce a new adoption partnership with Petco and the Petco Foundation to help more orphaned cats meet their new families. Starting today, adoptable cats from the West Valley Animal Shelter will have the opportunity to find a home of their own at the Petco in Porter Ranch (19869 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch, CA 91326).

“This adoption partnership is a great way to showcase adoptable cats in an environment outside of the shelter that pet owners visit already for their pet products, it’s a natural fit,” said Jan Selder, director of field operations of LA Animal Services. “The cats are able to play and lounge in a spacious habitat that invites potential adopters in to play and socialize with them.”

LA Animal Services, Petco and the Petco Foundation are committed to helping match wonderful adoptable felines with loving families. During LA Animal Services 2014-15 fiscal year, 20,570 cats entered city shelters and 11,309 were placed into homes of their own or in partnership with private rescue partners.

“Cats make great companions and, with the support of Petco and the Petco Foundation, we hope to find homes for even more amazing cats this year,” said Brenda Barnette. “By adopting a pet, you are saving a life and you are contributing to help make Los Angeles a no-kill city.”

The adoption fees, for cats 4 months old or older, are currently underwritten by a generous grant from the ASPCA. All adoptable cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.

To see adoptable cats or to find the nearest animal shelter, visit

Department of Los Angeles Animal Services

LA Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six shelters serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety and welfare of animals and people.

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Waves N’ Wheels (Free LA Harbor Boat Tours) – Saturday, May 21st

Waves N’ Wheels (Free LA Harbor Boat Tours) – Saturday, May 21st

The 2nd Annual Waves N’ Wheels event is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st! Please join us at the Port of Los Angeles for this free, family-friendly event. Please see the attached flyer for more information. We hope to see you there!

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