Los Angeles Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette To Speak At Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Meeting Next Week

GM Brenda Barnette Will Address The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council on March 11th, 2015

VAN NUYS, CA — The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will have the esteemed honor and privilege of welcoming the General Manager of the Department of Los Angeles Animal Services, Mrs. Brenda Barnette to speak and answer questions at its next General Meeting.  GM Brenda Barnette is participating in the ongoing “Distinguished Speaker Series” hosted by the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. (www.laanimalservices.com)

“It is important to bring the people of Van Nuys and Los Angeles 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 the General Manager of the Department of Los Angeles Animal Services at the Council Meeting next week, and seeing how we can all work together to promote the common good throughout the City of Los Angeles,” said Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys & Council President George Christopher Thomas.

The Los Angeles Animal Services Department was formed by ordinance in 1947. With the General Manager as executive, the Department is under the control of a Board of Commissioners, with five members appointed by the Mayor, and by the City Council of Los Angeles.

Brenda F. Barnette was appointed General Manager of Los Angeles Animal Services after a national search and she began her service on August 16, 2010.

Brenda has earned a reputation as a positive change manager. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she served as CEO of The Seattle Humane Society. Brenda left the Seattle Humane Society with a remarkable record of success. Under her leadership, in 2009 the Seattle Humane Society had the best year in its 113-year history with the placement of 6,091 animals and a Live Save Rate of 91.4 percent. Much of this success was due to a robust Foster Care Program that allowed over 4,300 animals to benefit from home care while they waited for homes of their own.

Previously, Brenda served as CEO of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Before joining ARF, Brenda was the Executive Director of Pets In Need, and the Development Director at The San Francisco SPCA.

City of Los Angeles-Flood Plain Survey 2015​

The City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works want to know if you are prepared for a Flood?

Please, would you take a few minutes to complete the attached brief survey about your perception of flood risks and return it via email?

The City of Los Angeles is updating its Flood Plain Management Plan and public input is an important part of this effort.

Thank you for your time.

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LACookout in Van Nuys, March 14, 2015 @ LAPD Van Nuys Station

Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LAPD are hosting the LACookout in parts of the LA area and they invite the public to attend their local area at these dates below to receive LAPD information. The date for the event in Van Nuys will be March 15 at the Van Nuys Police Department, located at 6240 Sylmar Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91401 LACookout Flyer_final

The 2015-16 Budget: Transportation Proposals

Orange The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just issued the following report:

The 2015-16 Budget: Transportation Proposals

The Governor’s budget provides a total of $17.6 billion from various fund sources for all departments and programs under the California State Transportation Agency in 2015-16. This is an increase of $1.9 billion, or 11.8 percent, over estimated current-year expenditures.

In this report, we review the Governor’s 2015-16 budget proposals for various transportation departments and programs, including the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA), California Highway Patrol, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Based on our review, we make recommendations for legislative consideration and oversight. For example, given the state’s significant investment in the high-speed rail project, we recommend that the Legislature take steps to allow for adequate oversight of HSRA’s progress toward completing key nonconstruction activities (such as environmental reviews and acquiring necessary land) in order to ensure completion of the project’s Initial Construction Segment in 2018. Specifically, we recommend requiring HSRA to establish specific benchmarks and to periodically report on its progress in meeting these benchmarks.

In addition, the Governor’s budget proposes resources to implement recently enacted legislation that requires the development and implementation of a road usage charge pilot program. This pilot program will test the concept of charging individuals for each mile they drive as an alternative to the state’s existing gas tax system. In this report, we identify concerns with the Governor’s proposal, as well as Caltrans’ recent action to enter into a contract to implement the program. In order to ensure that the budget appropriately funds the development and implementation of the program as envisioned by the Legislature, we recommend requiring the administration to provide additional information to justify its proposal.

This report is available using the following link: http://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Detail/3189

Mike Gatto Proposes a “Public Caltech” — A New UC Campus to Increase UC Capacity, Specialize in STEAM Subjects

image001Mike Gatto Proposes a “Public Caltech” — A New UC Campus to Increase UC Capacity, Specialize in STEAM Subjects

First-of-its-kind university would blend science and technology with creative arts to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.

SACRAMENTO – The University of California system is overcrowded, with slots increasingly scarce for California’s growing population.  California industries, from animation to aviation to app-design, are finding it increasingly difficult to find the specialized graduates they need.  To solve these two problems, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has introduced AB 1483, legislation that will start the process for a new, public University of California campus.  It will provide the much-needed extra capacity to meet demand, and promote the so-called STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).  It can be thought of as a public version of Caltech.

Gatto’s legislation would start the process with the required study on the feasibility and potential locations for the campus.  But it also appropriates $50 million for land acquisition and initial building costs for the future “UC-Tech” campus, once the UC Regents have determined the ideal location.  This new campus would provide an elite technical education comparable to Caltech.  However, with Caltech’s base tuition at $43,000 a year compared to the $13,000 base tuition for in-state students at UC, this elite public education would save California students at least $120,000 during the course of a four-year degree.

“Tech and creative jobs are the future, yet too many California students are unable to get the education they need here in California,” said Gatto.  “It is time for the legislature to prioritize higher education with bold moves, ones that will make a meaningful difference in the educational levels and skill-sets of Californians for generations to come.”

Gatto’s concerns mirror those expressed by education and political leaders from across the state, including UC President Janet Napolitano and Governor Jerry Brown.  The UC Master Plan, written in 1960, promised that all California students who finished in the top one-eighth (12.5%) of their class could access a state-run university for free.  Yet as Governor Brown recently noted, demand has resulted in California’s flagship university – the University of California at Berkeley – closing its doors to “normal” people.  In 2014, 44,564 Californians applied to Berkeley and 8,391 were admitted.  Even affirmative action proponents have acknowledged that much of the controversy can be resolved with additional higher-education capacity. Gatto Press Photo

Specialization within California’s public higher-education system is not new.  UC Hastings College of the Law is the United States’ only public, stand-alone law school, and UCSF is dedicated solely to graduate education in health and biomedical sciences.  By creating a UC school with a focus on STEAM education, AB 1483 would help fill the needs of employers looking for employees who are both creative and technologically savvy.

In a 2013 interview with code.org, Mark Zuckerberg, of Facebook, explained that, “Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.”  Virgin Founder and CEO, Richard Branson, expressed similar concerns when he stated that, “Whether we’re fighting climate change or going to space, everything is moved forward by computers, and we don’t have enough people who can code.”

Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, and the longest-serving current member of the State Assembly.  He represents California’s 43rd Assembly District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake. www.asm.ca.gov/gatto




LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched “OurCycle LA,” a City of Los Angeles program to refurbish City computers slated for replacement and give them to Angelenos in need.  Computers not suitable for refurbishment will be recycled by a local e-waste social enterprise company committed to providing job training to previously incarcerated Angelenos who face barriers to employment.

“By getting creative and innovative, we’re stretching our taxpayer dollars by providing a second life for city computers,” Mayor Garcetti said. “Each computer represents an opportunity – an opportunity to connect, an opportunity to protect the planet, an opportunity to work.  With OurCycle LA, we’re not only helping bridge the digital divide, we’re simultaneously supporting our economy by providing job training, creating employment opportunities, and boostingL.A.’s growing e-waste management sector.”

Mayor Garcetti worked with Council President Herb Wesson, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, the City’s Information Technology Agency, General Services Department, and Bureau of Sanitation to collect approximately 10,000 old computers from all city departments and jump start the OurCycle LA program.  The computers were donated to the LA Cleantech Incubator which contracted with human-I-T, a local non-profit dedicated to transforming old technology into educational tools for those in need, to assess each computer’s viability.  The approximately 3,000 computers determined to be refurbishable will be fully retooled by human-I-T and loaded with software including Microsoft Windows 7, MS Office, and a web browser.  The computers that are not viable will be transferred to Isidore Electronics Recyling, an e-waste recycling social enterprise company that provides on-the-job training and employment for previously incarcerated Angelenos.

“OurCycle LA meets our shared goal of building 21st century skills and bridging the digital divide for disadvantaged youth, seniors and adults in the community,” said City Council President Herb Wesson. “It’s a great privilege to be able to give refurbished city computers to families that have never had one which will open doors for opportunities.”

A number of partner organizations are engaged in the distribution component of OurCycle LA.  The refurbished computers will either be donated to non-profit centers that provide computer labs to low-income communities or given directly to families who have never had high-speed internet at home.   Non-profit recipients are determined by a lottery through LA Shares, and individual participants are recruited by Community Build and the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance.

Individual recipients will be required to participate in digital literacy training and to sign up for high-speed internet service.  Although recipients can choose any internet provider, OurCycle LA has partnered with the non-profit organizations Everyone On and the Southeast Community Development Corporation to provide internet service for as low as $10/month, plus a one-time equipment fee of $65.  The digital literacy training will be provided by Best Buy’s Geek Squad, the Youth Policy Institute, and Citi.

“With OurCycleLA, the City is repurposing those computers for the purposes of bridging the digital divide, enhancing workforce development, and promoting educational opportunity. I believe this innovative approach to e-waste management will be a model for other cities,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, who chairs the City’s Innovation Technology and General Services Committee. “With access to information becoming more and more a right rather than a privilege, OurCycleLA reflects Los Angeles’s commitment to creating a fully connected, 21st century city.”

The California Emerging Technology Fund has donated $150,000 to OurCycle LA to refurbish 2,500 computers and to provide digital literacy training to 2,500 individual recipients and to help 1,500 households get internet service.  REDFhas donated $50,000 to provide hands-on job training for ten Angelenos who have barriers to employment, and Citi provided $50,000 in support of financial literacy training for 2,500 recipients.

For more information about OurCycle LA, visit ourcyclela.com
About the California Emerging Technology Fund

The mission of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) is to provide leadership to close the Digital Divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband and providing computing devices and digital literacy training to underserved communities and populations.  To achieve the optimal impact and a higher return on investment of the original $60 million seed capital, CETF uses 5 overarching strategies:  (1) Civic Leader Engagement; (2) VenturePhilanthropy Grantmaking; (3) Public Policy Initiatives; (4) Public Awareness and Education; and (5) Strategic Partnerships.

California has made tremendous progress in connecting Californians to the Internet, gaining prominence as a national leader for innovations in advancing Digital Inclusion.  In 2008, California’s statewide adoption rate for broadband use at home was 55%. In 2014, it stood at 75%.  CETF has been a vital catalyst for this critical work, partnering with more than 100 business, government, academic and non-profit organizations.  The overall goal is to reach 98% of allresidences with broadband infrastructure and to achieve 80% home adoption by 2017.  This only can be accomplished if hard-to-reach target communities- low-income populations, Latino households, rural communities, and people with disabilities- achieve at least a 70% adoption rate.  For more information, visit www.cetfund.org.

LANCC Meeting Saturday March 7, 2015 & Radio Show


Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition
A Coalition of Councils
General Meeting Agenda
March 7, 2015 10:00 AM

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  1. LADWP Estimated Billing
  2. Presentation to answer questions about Online Voting for 2016 NC Elections
  3. Full agenda to follow


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A City of Los Angeles first.

Please tune into AM 870 from 6-7 pm and hear the Budget Advocates spew their knowledge along with Special Guests Grayce Liu from The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and former Budget Advocate, Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin.

You can listen live on the internet here: http://www.am870theanswer.com

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Hon. Mayor George Thomas Announces Street Repair Work In Van Nuys

Fishing for potholes

Hon. Mayor Thomas Seeks Public Input To Identify Specific Locations

VAN NUYS, CA — The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council & the Bureau of Street Services have scheduled pothole repairs for the beginning of March in the mid San Fernando Valley.  If you know of any specific spots that need addressing, please email Council President George Thomas at info@vnnc.org.  (A picture attachment would be supremely valuable, but an address will suffice.)

“The City of Los Angeles should address the very basic services local governments are intended for, and in this case we are filling potholes in Van Nuys starting next week.  I am pleased to work alongside the Bureau of Street Services, and lets see if we can do something about the interchange at Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevard.  Year after year, that is the top location and concern of people when asked about potholes in Van Nuys,” said Honorary Mayor and Council President George Thomas.

“The Bureau of Street Services (BSS) is one of the five Bureaus that comprise the Department of Public Works (DPW). We are responsible for maintaining numerous elements of the City’s public works infrastructure and for providing services that directly improve the quality of life of city residents, visitors, and stakeholders. While our mission is to provide quality street services in a timely and efficient manner, our strategic plan is committed to delivering the most innovative street services while being instrumental in the development of a green and prosperous City of Los Angeles,” said Director of the Bureau Nazario Sauceda.

If you know of any specific spots that need addressing, please email Council President George Thomas at info@vnnc.org

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Remember to Vote Next Tuesday!

Remember to Vote Next Tuesday!

On Tuesday, March 3rd, Angelenos will have a chance to go to the polls and vote for city councilmembers in many districts, as well as for two city charter amendments regarding election dates, school board, and community college board members. Wherever you live or work, remember to vote on the issues that are important to you!

Still unsure about the candidates in your district? Southern California Public Radio station KPCC, among others, has put together a voting guide with information on each candidate and their positions.

Additionally, Council District 8 stakeholders have a chance to hear from the candidates at one final candidate forum on Saturday, February 28. Hosted by the South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (SLAANC), the forum will take place from 11am to 1pm at Washington Preparatory High School located at 10860 S. Denker Ave, Los Angeles, 90047. More information about this forum available here.

In-Person Early Voting Available for March 3rd Election

In-Person Early Voting Available for March 3rd Election

If you’d like to vote before March 3rd, you may do so in person at City Clerk Offices at two locations. From now until Monday, March 2nd, 2015, voters may vote a vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot in person at:

Office of the City Clerk
Piper Technical Center
Public Counter – Elections
555 Ramirez St., Space 300
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm


Office of the City Clerk
City Hall
Public Counter – Council and Public Services
200 N. Spring St., Room 395
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Voters who have already received their VBM ballot may vote it early in-person at either of these sites.

For more information on voting by mail or the upcoming 2015 Primary Nominating Election visit the City Clerk election’s website at:http://clerk.lacity.org/elections or call (213) 978-0444. TTY: (213) 485-2121.

Register to vote for future elections online on the CA Secretary of State’s website: registertovote.ca.gov.

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