2nd Annual GREEN LIVING FAIR on April 18, 2015

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The Studio City Neighborhood Council and Village Gardeners are pairing up to bring the 2nd Annual Green Living Fair!

Last year we had over 600 people attend this free community event – they baked pies (for contest), listened to live music, watched a theater troop and Irish dance troop, visited the over 30 nonprofits and schools and took a fruit or shade tree home.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

10 am – 2 pm

2nd Annual Green Living Fair in Studio City

at Richard Lillard Outdoor Amphitheater

FREE!

We would like to get your organizations on board as participants – booth or entertainers.

HOW to GET INVOLVED:

  1. Email me lcdavis@studiocitync.org with YES – NO – MAYBE with your organization name + contact info
  2. Tell me what “activity” you will be doing at your booth or as entertainer
  3. Tell me if you want to do a “presentation” ie. how to compost, how to create an easy vegetable garden, healthy cooking in 15 minutes, etc.
  4. Share ad’l ideas to make this a wonderful event!
  5. DEADLINE to let me know your involvement: January 30, 2015

Also, please share this with other “like” groups who would benefit from this wonderful community event.

Have a great holiday season, and feel free to call me at 312-882-4246 (312-TV-AGAIN) to answer any questions.

Always,
Lisa

PS – We always welcome in-kind help ie. coffee, eats, treats, water, etc. for volunteers and/or attendees​

​PSS – Attached is the 2014 – last year’s – poster/flyer. It gives you an idea of the day’s event.

Lisa Cahan Davis
Studio City Neighborhood Council Board Member
Co-Chair of Outreach Committee
Mayor’s Budget Advocate 2011-2012 & Budget Rep 2014-2015

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VNNC Council Summit Tonight!

Greetings Good People of Los Angeles,

I would like to formally and cordially invite everyone to our Special Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Meeting tonight.  We are hosting a “Homelessness & Mental Illness” Summit starting at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers.  We have speakers flying in from as far as Boston and Washington, D.C. and really look forward to addressing this issue that effects all of us in Southern California.

Please come by and participate in this important summit. (6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys, CA)  It is an honor and privilege to serve as your Council President, and thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
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Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
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Van Nuys, CA 91407
Telephone (818) 533-VNNC (8662)
Email: Info@VNNC.org

Web:  www.VNNC.org

HomelessnessSummitAgenda

Homeless Summit Agenda, Tomorrow

Homelessness Summit Agenda (VNNC)

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Special Council Meeting December 17th, 2014 (Wednesday, 6:30 – 10:00pm)
Marvin Braude Constituent Services Center, Council Chambers 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, 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 (President) of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.) *Speaker Cards: 2 minutes, 1 Public Comment Time. (This includes speaker cards on any and all agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per Stakeholders and Councilmembers alike)
  5. Secretary’s Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report, Elected Officials’ Reports & Election Chair’s Report
  8. New Business
    • a. Speech and Presentation from the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The Mayor of Los Angeles or a member of his staff will discuss homelessness in Los Angeles, and how we can work together to address this important issue. (Background: Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His “back to basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents. Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village — all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti’s leadership.) (Joseph Chicas, Amanda Mejia, Eric Garcetti) — 10 minutes
    • b. Speech and Presentation from the Office of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. The Los Angeles City Attorney or a member of his staff will discuss homelessness in Los Angeles, and how we can work together to address this important issue. (Background: Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has long been one of California’s leading lawyers and lawmakers. He has brought a collaborative, problem-solving focus to the City Attorney’s office, emphasizing quality of life improvements in L.A.’s neighborhoods. Already Feuer is expanding the Neighborhood prosecutor Program, leading efforts to prevent gun violence, developing innovative approaches to gang violence, domestic abuse and school safety, and aggressively pursuing environmental justice and other efforts to protect vulnerable Angelenos.) — (Darren Martinez, Nicole Carcel) — 10 minutes
    • c. Speech and Presentation from Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian. The Councilman or a member of his staff will address homelessness and how it affects the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles as a whole. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Paul Krekorian is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, where he serves as the chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee. Paul graduated from Reseda’s Cleveland High School before earning his B.A. in political science from the University of Southern California and a law degree from UC Berkeley. Upon graduating, he spent two decades practicing business, entertainment, and property litigation, while also devoting his time to reduce domestic and gang violence. (Nikki Ezhari, Paul Krekorian) — 10 minutes
    • d. Speech and Presentation from Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez. The Councilwoman or a member of her staff will address homelessness and how it affects the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles as a whole. (Background: Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Nury Martinez has dedicated her life to her community, working to create good-paying local jobs, keeping our communities safe and advocating for our children and students. A neighborhood watch captain, homeowner and a mother, Nury is working to deliver resources to Valley residents.) (Linda Levitan, Nury Martinez) — 10 minutes.
    • e. Speech and Presentation from Congressman Tony Cardenas. The Congressman or a member of his staff will address homelessness and how it affects the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles as a whole. (Background: After 16 years in public office, Cárdenas has made history, becoming the first Latino elected to represent the San Fernando Valley in our United States Congress. He will continue his passionate commitment to the community in this new capacity. He currently sits on the House of Representatives Natural Resources and Budget, and Oversight and Government Reform committees.) — 10 minutes.
    • f. Speech and Presentation by Council President Radomir Luza, North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council. (Background: The North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council of the City of Los Angeles is dedicated to serve as a voice in the best interest of the community quality of life within the City’s decision-making process and to provide an open forum in which stakeholders may discuss and resolve community issues.) — 10 minutes.
    • g. Speech and Presentation by Barbara Wilson, Mental Health Policy Specialist. (Background: The Mental Health Hook Up agency provides referrals to mental health and other community services. We design high quality cost effective programs for hospitals and other intensive programs and we coordinate care management for people who suffer from severe and chronic forms of mental illness.) — 10 minutes
    • h. Speech and Presentation by Philip F. Mangano, President and CEO of The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness. (Background: The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness has one goal, one mission, one intent — to abolish the human tragedy of homelessness in our country. We work with researchers, innovators, and practitioners to identify what’s working to end homelessness in local communities: NEXT PRACTICES that will forward our mission. Through rapid dissemination and peer-to-peer colloquy with local leaders in cities, counties, and states, we make new strategies visible and foster inclusive local partnerships to scale solutions and plan the reduction and abolition of homelessness.) — 10 minutes
    • i. Speech and Presentation by Dr. Adrienne Sheff, Director of Adult Services and Bonnie Roth, LCSW, Asst. Director of Homeless and Veterans Services. (Background: The San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. founded in 1970, is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals and families within the community. Primary emphasis is placed on providing services to children, adolescents and transitional age youth with serious emotional disorders, and services for adults and older adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The Center is committed to treating all consumers with dignity and enhancing their quality of life.) — 10 minutes
    • j. Speech and Presentation by Don LeStrange, Van Nuys LAPD Volunteer and Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) Homeless Committee Chair. (Background: The Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) is a group of volunteers who live or work in the Van Nuys Area, comprised of the following neighborhoods: Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Valley Glen, Sherman Village, Valley Village and a small portion of Studio City. C-PAB members act as a liaison between the LAPD and the citizens to strengthen the lines of communication. All C-PAB members will put forth their best effort and participate in agreed upon committee assignments for the betterment of the Community in the Van Nuys Divisional areas.) — 10 minutes.
    • k. Speech and Presentation by Anthony Gonzales, Representative of Village Family Center in North Hollywood. (Background: The Village Family Services is Southern California’s leading bilingual family wellness agency providing a comprehensive range of services to achieve permanency and safety for neglected and abused children and youth. Our approach centers on family wellness amid client-centered, strength-focused, trauma- informed, evidence-based and culturally competent care delivered by a compassionate, bilingual staff. The Village Family Services envisions a day where all children and youth are free of social, emotional, verbal and physical harm.) — 10 minutes.
    • l. Speech and Presentation by Ryan Bell from Community Outreach for PATH in Los Angeles. (Background: PATH is a family of agencies working together to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities throughout Southern California. We strive to do this by prioritizing housing while providing customized supportive services for people in need. Our agencies each address homelessness in a different way—supportive services, permanent housing development, support for homeless families, and community engagement—all of which ultimately help the people we serve make it home.) — 10 minutes.
    • m. Representatives from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. (Background: Established in an effort to serve the homeless in the greater San Fernando Valley, the roots of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission grow deep, span over 40 years and were established as an outreach ministry of the Rescue Mission Alliance – a Christian based non-profit organization. Founded in 1998, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission began as the Rescue Survival Outreach Services (S.O.S.) Program serving meals to the Valley’s homeless. In 2002, the Mission launched the Family Shelter program in a collaborative effort with San Fernando Valley area churches in response to the critical unmet need for a year round emergency shelter.) — 10 minutes
    • n. Speech and Presentation by Brandon Beckman, Director of Program Services for The Midnight Mission. (Background: The Midnight Mission offers a path to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost everything. Our emergency services, 12-step recovery program, job training, education and work programs offer a compassionate bridge to productive lives. We remove obstacles to self-sufficiency and provide the accountability and structure that people who are experiencing homelessness need to rejoin their communities. Our conviction and commitment to their success define us.) — 10 minutes
    • o. Speech and Presentation from John Horn, Representative from Los Angeles Family Housing. (Background: John has been with LAFH since 1996. He manages temporary housing and services for the agency’s single adult population, including chronically homeless individuals and veterans and also serves as co-chair of the San Fernando Valley Homeless Coalition. John holds a BA and a Masters in Public Administration from Cal State University, Northridge.) — 10 minutes
    • p. Speech and Presentation by Jim Randall, Maria Funk and Lisa Wong, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. (Background: The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) is the largest county mental health department in the country. DMH directly operates 75 program sites and more than 100 co-located sites. DMH contracts with approximately 1,000 providers, including non-governmental agencies and individual practitioners who provide a spectrum of mental health services to people of all ages to support hope, wellness and recovery.) — 10 minutes
    • q. Speech and Presentation by Mark Gale, National Alliance on Mental Illness, San Fernando Valley. (Background: NAMI-SFV’s mission is to provide FREE education, support and advocacy to anyone impacted by mental illness in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. NAMI San Fernando Valley is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness.) — 10 minutes
    • r. Speech and Presentation from Representatives from Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. (Background: For homeless individuals we provide a variety of services including housing, case management, individual therapy and support groups, referral to treatment, family services, primary medical care, and an array of additional holistic services. Clients are referred from the HHCLA Harm Reduction Center or outreach team, hospitals, community clinics, or temporary shelters.) — 10 minutess. Additional Speakers & Final Comments
  9. Announcements
  10. Adjournment

Volunteers Needed on December 17, 2104 at Downtown LA!

AP Photo/Nancy Yuille

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his wife, Amy Wakeland have raised more than $100,000 to replace 2,000 gifts bags destroyed in the downtown fire (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mayor-presents-20141210-story.html ). The Mayor’s Office is kindly asking for our community leaders to volunteer their time to help assemble these bags, as we wish to provide 4,500 bags this Christmas to seniors around Los Angeles. Volunteers are needed Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10 am-1 pm. The volunteer event will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Petree Hall , 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Parking is $15, we ask that you carpool to lower the cost of parking. If you would like to help, please contact Amanda Mejia, amanda.mejia@lacity.org as soon as possible. The Mayor’s Office THANKS YOU for considering this volunteer event.

Note* The Mayor will be attending the volunteer event. There will also be media present, if you would like to wear any gear which represents your community group please feel free to do so.

VNNC launches Instagram

The Van Nuys  Neighborhood Council (VNNC) is announcing that we have launched Instagram. If you have an account, click on the button below the Instagram feed to follow the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.  A special thanks for new board member Stacey Rains, the school representative, for creating the Instagram account.

Congressman Tony Cardenas To Co-Host The “Homelessness & Mental Illness” Summit In Van Nuys Next Week

HomelessnessSummitFlyer-(6)-VAN NUYS, CA — The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is pleased to announce the involvement of Congressman Tony Cardenas in the “Homelessness & Mental Illness” Summit next week. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is hosting this Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 6:30 pm to address homelessness in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles.

“Congressman Tony Cardenas and his office have been delightful to work with over the past two years.  Congressman Cardenas co-hosted our last Summit in October, and his Chief of Staff Sam Jammal flew out from Washington D.C. to brief us on Immigration Reform and its progress in the U.S. House Of Representatives. The Congressman introduced the Marilyn Monroe Post Office Bill on behalf of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, and his office has always been receptive to the issues facing Van Nuys and the San Fernando Valley.  I look forward to working with him to address homelessness in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, and to tackle this terrible epidemic head-on” said George Christopher Thomas, President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

Raised by hard-working immigrant parents, Tony Cárdenas was brought up with simple ideals — that integrity and dedication were the keys to success. These are the qualities that he has brought to his 16 year career as a public servant for the people of the North East San Fernando Valley, and that he continues to offer today as a United States Congressman.

Cárdenas was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1996. He went on to serve three terms in the assembly and was later elected to the Los Angeles City Council, in 2003. An engineering degree, and a business background, prepared him for the day-to-day duties of an elected official and his experience has allowed him to find practical and realistic solutions to difficult problems. Born in Pacoima, Cárdenas was raised with ten brothers and sisters and still resides in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Norma, and their children.

As a state legislator, Cárdenas focused on ensuring that his community received the programs and services they needed, while he made sure the state’s finances were managed responsibly. As Chair of the State Assembly’s powerful Budget Committee, Cárdenas oversaw the most robust reserve budget in the history of California. His state reforms brought 78,000 new classroom seats to Los Angeles, as well as 15 universal playgrounds throughout the city. He also secured more than $650 million for new school construction in Los Angeles to help relieve overcrowded classrooms.

It was in the Assembly, that Cárdenas began working on juvenile justice issues. His state legislation included the overhaul of California’s gang prevention and intervention programs, with the passage of the Schiff-Cárdenas Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act. He brought his passion for juvenile justice to the Los Angeles City Council. As Chair of the City’s Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development, Cardenas identified millions of dollars overlooked by the City to help keep kids off the streets, and reduced crime while reducing expenditures on crime abatement programs.

As Vice Chair of the City’s Public Safety Committee, Cárdenas spearheaded the most comprehensive gang intervention model in the country. The Community-Based Gang Intervention Model standardized and defined the methods used by gang intervention workers to help stop violence in some of LA’s most dangerous neighborhoods.

In 2012, Cárdenas also passed landmark amendments to the City’s daytime curfew ordinance. The new policy eliminated costly fines, of up to $500 that students were facing. It also reduced lengthy court visits for parents and students, and gave students the opportunity to do community service to eliminate their citations.

As an animal rights advocate, Cárdenas also created Los Angeles’ first Animal Cruelty Task Force which, for the first time, targeted animal abuse city-wide. One of the task force’s first felony convictions put a known gang member away for three years for abusing a family pet. Cárdenas also co-authored the City’s mandatory spay/neuter ordinance, helping Los Angeles become the largest no-kill city in the country. Cárdenas also launched the city’s first Task Force on Human Trafficking and Child Prostitution, addressing an often overlooked crime. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 14,000 to 18,000 people are trafficked into the country annually in Los Angeles.

Attacking persistent blight in his community, Cárdenas launched district and city-wide efforts to improve the environment. Community clean-ups in his district collected more than 56,000 tons of trash and bulky items during his tenure and Cárdenas added more than 100 acres of new park. Cárdenas demanded that L.A.’s Department of Water and Power establish its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, laying out specific goals and timelines for their use of clean energy. And he consistently drafted and supported green energy legislation including his plan to convert the City’s taxi fleet to fuel efficient vehicles.

After 16 years in public office, Cárdenas has made history, becoming the first Latino elected to represent the San Fernando Valley in our United States Congress. He will continue his passionate commitment to the community in this new capacity. He currently sits on the House of Representatives Natural Resources and Budget, and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

“It is a great honor and privilege to work alongside all of the high profile speakers we have scheduled for the summit this December.  Each one brings an interesting and unique perspective to addressing homelessness in the San Fernando Valley.  This is a major issue in Van Nuys, as well as throughout the Valley and Southern California.  This summit is a perfect opportunity to come together with community leaders in our area, and really address this issue and propose solutions,” said George Christopher Thomas, President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

A list of confirmed speakers include but are not limited to: Don LeStrange, Van Nuys LAPD Volunteer and Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) Homeless Committee Chair.  Representatives from the Office of Councilwoman Nury Martinez (CD6).  Anthony Gonzales from the Village Family Center in North Hollywood.  Ryan Bell from Community Outreach for PATH in Los Angeles.  Representatives from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.  Representatives from the National Coalition For The Homeless.  Representatives from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.  Representatives from the Weingart Center Association.  Representatives from the Homeless Health Care Los Angeles.  Representatives from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  And representatives from the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness.

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council meets at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard and the Summit will take place in the Council Chambers starting at 6:30 pm. If your Neighborhood Council or organization would like to co-host this summit with the VNNC, please email Council President George Thomas at george.thomas@vnnc.org. For more information please visit www.vnnc.org.  The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is the largest Neighborhood Council in the San Fernando Valley, and the second largest of all 95 Neighborhood Council’s in Los Angeles. (http://www.vannuyscpab.org/)

All media and the general public are invited to attend.  Please email any questions or comments to george.thomas@vnnc.org.

Driver License Forum, December 19, 6:00-8:00pm at Hermandad Mexicana Nacional (11559 Sherman Way North Hollywood, CA 91605)

Good Afternoon,

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian is hosting another California Driver License Forum and would like to invite you or anyone that might be interested.  For those who were not able to make it to the first one this is a great opportunity to learn more about how the undocumented will be able to apply for a driver license in the state of California.  We will have answers for all of your questions!

The event will take place Friday, December 19, 2014 from 6pm-8pm at Hermandad Mexicana Nacional (11559 Sherman Way North Hollywood, CA 91605).  Attached you will find a flyer with all of the information.  The Event will be in Spanish.

Do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

Best Regards,

Dora Y. Esparza

Field Representative

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

46th District

6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 300

Van Nuys, CA 91401

Email: dora.esparza@asm.ca.gov

Ph: 818.376.4246    Fax: 818.376.4242

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Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer To Co-Host The “Homelessness & Mental Illness” Summit In Van Nuys This December

HomelessVAN NUYS, CA — The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is pleased to announce the involvement of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer in the “Homelessness & Mental Illness” Summit this December. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is hosting this Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 6:30 pm to address homelessness in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles.

“It is a significant and exceptional opportunity to work alongside Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and his office on this important issue.  The City Attorney’s office writes every municipal law, advises the City Council, Mayor and all city departments and commissions, including neighborhood councils.  I look forward to addressing and proposing new ideas and approaches to this continuing matter facing our society, and to working with the City Attorney’s office for months and years to come,” said George Christopher Thomas, President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has long been one of California’s leading lawyers and lawmakers.  He has brought a collaborative, problem-solving focus to the City Attorney’s office, emphasizing quality of life improvements in L.A.’s neighborhoods.  Already Feuer is expanding the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, leading efforts to prevent gun violence, developing innovative approaches to gang violence, domestic abuse and school safety, and aggressively pursuing environmental justice and other efforts to protect vulnerable Angelenos.

Feuer previously served as the Majority Policy Leader of the California Assembly and Chair of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, writing many of California’s most important public safety, children’s health, transportation, consumer protection and environmental laws.  Feuer jointly-authored the Homeowners’ Bill of Rights and the Iran Contracting Act.  He wrote the Crime Gun Identification Act and the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, as well as the nation’s most comprehensive law to remove cancer-causing chemicals from consumer products, the law requiring insurance companies to insure children with pre-existing conditions, the law authorizing L.A. County’s transformative transportation initiative, Measure R, and much more.

As a Los Angeles City Council member, Feuer chaired the Budget and Finance Committee, delivering on-time, balanced budgets, fighting successfully for anti-gang and after-school programs, jobs for disadvantaged youth and meals for indigent seniors.  Feuer wrote some of America’s toughest laws to curb gun violence, initiated L.A.’s 3-1-1 non-emergency services system and spearheaded ethics and business tax reforms.

A champion for senior citizens, Feuer served as Executive Director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, one of the nation’s leading public interest law firms.  Under Mike’s leadership, Bet Tzedek helped more than 50,000 indigent, primarily elderly or disabled clients on crucial cases involving nursing home abuse, consumer fraud, access to health care, housing, Holocaust restitution and more.  The Los Angeles Daily Journal wrote that Feuer turned Bet Tzedek into a “national success story.”

The recipient of dozens of awards for his achievements for seniors, children, environmental protection, gun violence prevention, access to justice, transportation improvements, civil rights, education reform and more, Feuer has taught at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA School of Public Affairs.  He practiced law at two prominent firms, Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley and Morrison & Foerster, and was a commentator on NPR member station KPCC.  He began his career as a judicial clerk for California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin.

Feuer is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.  He and his wife, Gail Ruderman Feuer, have been married for thirty years and have two children, Aaron and Danielle.

“It is a great honor and privilege to work alongside all of the high profile speakers we have scheduled for the summit this December.  Each one brings an interesting and unique perspective to addressing homelessness in the San Fernando Valley.  This is a major issue in Van Nuys, as well as throughout the Valley and Southern California.  This summit is a perfect opportunity to come together with community leaders in our area, and really tackle this terrible problem head-on,” said George Christopher Thomas, President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

A list of confirmed speakers include but are not limited to: Don LeStrange, Van Nuys LAPD Volunteer and Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) Homeless Committee Chair.  Representatives from the Office of Councilwoman Nury Martinez (CD6).  Anthony Gonzales from the Village Family Center in North Hollywood.  Ryan Bell from Community Outreach for PATH in Los Angeles.  Representatives from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.  Representatives from the National Coalition For The Homeless.  Representatives from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.  Representatives from the Weingart Center Association.  Representatives from the Homeless Health Care Los Angeles.  Representatives from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  And representatives from the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness.

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council meets at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard and the Summit will take place in the Council Chambers starting at 6:30 pm. If your Neighborhood Council or organization would like to co-host this summit with the VNNC, please email Council President George Thomas at george.thomas@vnnc.org. For more information please visit www.vnnc.org.  The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is the largest Neighborhood Council in the San Fernando Valley, and the second largest of all 95 Neighborhood Council’s in Los Angeles. (http://www.vannuyscpab.org/)

All media and the general public are invited to attend.  Please email any questions or comments to george.thomas@vnnc.org.

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Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC) Workshops for January 2015

Thursday, Jan. 8- Small Business Seminar

“Branding and PR”

Valley Economic Development Center

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

Monday, Jan. 12

Small Business Seminar

“Business Plan Essentials”

Valley Economic Development Center

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

Monday, Jan. 12

Small Business Seminar

“Orientation/Intro to Business Ownership”

Valley Economic Development Center

4 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

Monday, January 12

Small Business Seminar

“Business Plan Essentials”

Valley Economic Development Center

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

Tuesday, January 13

Small Business Seminar

“Orientation/Intro to Business Ownership”

Valley Economic Development Center

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Pacoima

13172 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA

Free

(818) 834-0577 or cjarquin@vedc.org

Wednesday, January 14

Small Business Seminar

“Customer Service”

Valley Economic Development Center

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

 

Thursday, January 15

Small Business Seminar

“Tax Tips for Small Businesses”

Valley Economic Development Center

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

 

Thursday, January 15

Small Business Seminar

“Public Speaking for Small Business Owners/ToastMasters

Encino

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

17500 Burbank Blvd. Room 1, Encino

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

Saturday, January 17

Small Business Seminar

“Business Survival Strategies”

Valley Economic Development Center

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

 

Monday, January 19

Small Business Seminar

“Orientation/Intro to Business Ownership”

Valley Economic Development Center

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

Thursday, January 20

Small Business Seminar

“Business Plan Essentials”

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Pacoima

13172 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA

Free

(818) 834-0577 or cjarquin@vedc.org

 

Wednesday, January 21

Small Business Seminar

“Orientation/Intro to Business Ownership”

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Reseda

18645 Sherman Way, Suite 114, Reseda, CA

Free

(818) 705-9977 or lmartinez@vedc.org

Monday, January 26

Small Business Seminar

“Orientation/Intro to Business Ownership”

Valley Economic Development Center

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

 

Tuesday, January 27

Small Business Seminar

“Business Plan Essentials”

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Reseda

18645 Sherman Way, Suite 114, Reseda, CA

Free

(818) 705-9977 or lmartinez@vedc.org

Wednesday, January 28

Small Business Seminar

“New Media for Business – Social Media”

Valley Economic Development Center

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

Thursday, January 29

Small Business Seminar

“Public Speaking for Small Business Owners/ToastMasters

Encino

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

VEDC, third floor

17500 Burbank Blvd. Room 1, Encino

Free

(818) 907-9922 or hassali@vedc.org

Lisa Winkle

Communications and Media Manager

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  All VEDC offices will be closed from 3pm on Wednesday, December 24th through Friday, January 2nd. Regular business hours will resume Monday, January 5, 2015.

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5121 Van Nuys Blvd., 3rd Floor

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Tel:  (818) 907-9977

Fax: (818) 907-9720

www.vedc.org

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