Earth Month Los Angeles

earth_in_leafEarth Month Los Angeles

Western National Parks Association, El Pueblo
Historical Monument, G2 Gallery, National Park Service, US Forest Service, and CA State Parks present:

Earth Month Los Angeles is a collaborative project hosted by the Western National Parks Association and partners El Pueblo Historical Monument, G2 Gallery, National Park Service, US Forest Service, and California State Parks. Earth Month Los Angeles honors Earth conservation by celebrating our national parks and public lands during the month of April.

Please join us for the following events:

  • Earth Month Photo Exhibit & Opening Reception:
    – Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2
    – Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Opening Reception is free and open to the public- Exhibit Dates: April 2 – April 26
    – Open: Tuesdays – Sundays (closed Mondays)
    – Times: 10:ooam – 4:oopm
    – Location: Pico House Gallery
    – Address: 424 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, 90012

Please join us at the iconic Pico House here at El Pueblo Historical Monument on Thursday, April 2nd 6:oo p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for the grand opening of this photography exhibit featuring national parks and public lands such as Yosemite National Park, Angeles National Forest, Griffith Park, and many more.

  • High School Contest Competition Reception:
    – Date: Saturday, April 11
    – Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    – Location: Hellman Quon Building
    – Address: El Pueblo Historical Monument, South Plaza
    – Free and open to the public

Please join us the Hellman Quon building here at El Pueblo Historical Monument on Saturday, April 11th from 11:oo a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to recognize the talented high school youth participants of our essay, photo, and art contest.

CIS: Pacoima NC Supports Raise the Wage

CommunityCISCIS: Pacoima NC Supports Raise the Wage

Dear Honorable Members,

The Pacoima Neighborhood Council requests that the following Community Impact Statement
be added to Council File 14-1371, regarding the City Council’s effort to increase the minimum


The Pacoima Neighborhood Council supports the City Council’s effort to increase the minimum
wage, to create comprehensive enforcement, and earned sick days.

This Community Impact Statement is based on the action taken at the regularly scheduled Board
meeting on 3-18-15, when the Pacoima Neighborhood Council adopted the following motion by
a vote of 3-18-15, and directed that a Community Impact Statement be filed reflecting its

Motion: “The Pacoima Neighborhood Council supports the City Council’s effort to
increase the minimum wage and to include enforcement and sick days.”

Click here for the Pacoima CIS.

TUX Bootcamp: Amplify Your Technology & User Experience Skills

TUX-humans-technology-signTUX Bootcamp: Amplify Your Technology & User Experience Skills

Want to learn more about using tech tools to increase civic engagement and grow your network of supporters? Are you looking to increase your web presence and online interaction with your stakeholders?

Civic engagement and politics play a significant role in online interactions. A Pew Research survey shows that 39% of U.S. adults engage in political or civic activities on social networking sites, the most likely locations for young adults to take part in civic-minded activities. Many Neighborhood Councils have discovered the power of social media and maintain robust Twitter and Facebook feeds. But what tools go beyond simply posting and “liking?” How can you use digital tools to manage more effective campaigns and encourage community involvement?

On Tuesday, april 7, the Empower LA Technology & User Experience (TUX) Team will hold a bootcamp event in the Valley. We will go over digital tools including social media, NationBuilder, and NextDoor, platforms which allow civic organizations to focus their campaigns directly at their intended audience, effortlessly capture information about their stakeholders, organize data, create websites, and more.

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: TBD

The TUX Team will be on hand to provide support and answer your questions about going beyond social media to truly engage and inspire stakeholders and the public. Empower yourself and your Neighborhood Council by learning how to use these tools for more effective outreach and communication.

Please RSVP today!TUX-humans-technology-sign

“Leading the Way in Non-Traditional Roles!”

Leading-the-Way-in-Non-Traditional-Roles“Leading the Way in Non-Traditional Roles!”

Mario Hernandez & Vera PadillaLA’s City Council celebrated 25 Years of Pioneer Women in Council Chambers by honoring 15 women honored 15 Pioneer Women with awards celebrating them for “Leading the Way in Non-Traditional Roles!”

EmpowerLA’s Mario Hernandez was there to honor Vera Padilla, CD1’s Pioneer Woman nominated by Council Member Gil Cedillo for her work on the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council. Mario has worked with Vera on the many community events that she has organized to bring the community together, to support the children in the community, and to improve the quality of life.

Click here to view presentations on LA Cityview 35

Senior Citizens Community Resource Fair April 9, 2015

Senior Citizens Community Resource Fair April 9, 2015

Senior Citizens Community Resource Fair

Grace E. Simons Lodge
1025 Elysian Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90012 [map]

Thursday, April 9, 2015 8:30AM – 11:00AM

Come learn about vital services for seniors Light breakfast & refreshments will be served

Exhibitors include:

  • LA Care Health Plan
  • Office of Social Security
  • Administration
  • LA County Community & Senior Services
  • Department of Aging
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Health Screenings
  • And more!

Click here for the Flyer.

DoL Face Forward Grants

admin2DoL Face Forward Grants

The Department of Labor Face Forward Community grants offer organizations the opportunity to develop programs that address the employment barriers of youth who are court involved (or in diversion programs) while helping these youth develop the employment skills needed to obtain good jobs. These grants will help participants move forward into the future by combining the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies available.

Let MANY help you secure funding for your Employment & Education program. Our P3 Initiative can help you:

  • Identify promising practices and implementation tools for each program component
  • Increase your organizational capacity by leveraging our training and technical assistance experience in effective program implementation based on proven outcomes as well as successful strategies and pitfalls from previous grantees
  • Track required data elements online using our data collections system
  • Customize monitoring and financial reporting tools (as needed)

Additionally, MANY can provide grant development and proposal review services. 82% of organizations who used our proposal review services last year received federal funding, with even higher success rates for specific announcements such as the Face Forward program.

For more information, or to request a consultation, contact Kristen Truffa at or call (412) 366-6562.

For the full funding announcement, please click here.



(Washington, DC) – This week, U.S. Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.), a member of the House Subcommittee on Health (Energy and Commerce Committee) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing legislation to update the definition of the small group market under Obamacare in order to protect smaller employers from increased regulations.

Currently, the small group market is defined as 1-50 employees, however beginning January 1, 2016, that number will change to 1-100 employees.  In doing so, employers with 51-100 employees will not be able to keep their current health care plans or purchase or renew plans that do not conform to the new regulations.  By being subject to the new regulations, it is anticipated that their rates will dramatically increase.

H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act will prevent these catastrophic scenarios by maintaining that small group markets remain defined as 1-50 employees.

“The most important thing we can do to protect the health of the American people is to make certain that the Affordable Care Act continues to slow health care cost increases, and leads to more coverage, not less,” said Cárdenas.  “I am pleased that Rep. Guthrie was willing to join me in this effort, to make certain that we protect the employees of small businesses in Kentucky, in California and throughout the country, who are satisfied with the coverage and cost of plans offered by their employers.”

“If this policy is not changed before January, employees will see increased premiums and a disruption in their coverage,” said Guthrie, Vice Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee.  “With these new requirements, many could be forced to lose their current coverage.  Expanding the small group marketplace limits choice and promotes instability in the insurance market.  Our bill would address this head-on by allowing these employees to continue to have access to their current health care coverage.”

“As a business owner, I understand the value of providing health coverage to employees,” said U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK).  “But I also understand the damage caused by a spike in premiums.  This practical legislation protects job creators and hardworking Americans while respecting states’ rights to determine their small group markets.”

“When I talk to Arizonans and employers in Arizona about health care, the concern I hear most is increasing cost,” said U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).  “This bipartisan solution lowers costs, increases coverage options and ensures employees are able to keep their current coverage.  I’m committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this legislation and provide relief for Arizona workers and employers while increasing access to quality affordable health care.”

Sizzler & Cesar Chavez

Greetings My Fellow Citizens,

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Cesar Chavez Day.

Mr. Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW).

A Mexican American, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida.

In light of this holiday, we are including this addendum to the agenda, and our regularly scheduled Executive Meeting will be held at Sizzler on Van Nuys Boulevard instead of at the Van Nuys Public Library.  (7131 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405)  See you tomorrow evening at the Sizzler in Van Nuys.

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

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

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




Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Four Year Long Effort For Increased Conservation Results In New Program To Help Californians Save Water

image001Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Four Year Long Effort For Increased Conservation

Results In New Program To Help Californians Save Water

Gatto’s CalConserve Secures Its First Funding

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) goal of providing Californians with the tools they need to conserve water was partly realized today, after four years of legislative efforts.  As part of the legislature’s emergency drought measure (AB 92) the state has earmarked $10 million to fund the CalConserve program, established by Gatto’s AB 2636, which went into effect earlier this year.  The nuts-and-bolts program allows homeowners and businesses to finance water-efficiency upgrades through a state-administered revolving-loan program.

Full implementation of the program has been a goal of Assemblyman Gatto since 2011 when he first introduced legislation to create the program, even before California faced its current water crisis.  In Gatto’s testimony for the bill as far back as 2011, he warned his colleagues about the need for water-conservation infrastructure, even citing the prospect of future droughts.  After three attempts, the Legislature finally enacted Gatto’s CalConserve legislation in 2014, but did so without a funding source.  Today’s vote by the Legislature will finally create real incentives for homeowners and businesses to upgrade their infrastructure to save water.

The $10 million made available to CalConserve will be a self-renewing fund for water-use efficiency upgrades.  Homeowners will be able to install appliances such as low-flow dishwashers, washing machines, and toilets, while farmers will be able to finance improvements like efficient drip-irrigation systems.  As they begin seeing savings on their water bill, private parties will pay the loans back to CalConserve.

“Both the public will and the technology exists to save millions of gallons of water each year, but in many cases, the costs to install such technology can be out of reach for small businesses and homeowners,” said Gatto.  “I have fought for over four years to provide the mechanisms for Californians to do the right thing and conserve water.

“I am thankful the Governor and legislative leaders have finally provided funds that are desperately needed by homeowners and businesses to make water-saving infrastructure upgrades,” noted Gatto.  “With CalConserve, we can help people save water by paying the upfront costs and letting them pay back gradually from water-bill savings.”

Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Consumer Protection and Privacy 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. 

Register now to save your spot at the CleanUp!

26th Annual La Gran Limpieza - The Great Los Angeles River<br />

Will you join thousands of volunteers at our 26th annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp? Register now to reserve your spot!

Sat., April 11 – San Fernando Valley
Sat., April 18 – Glendale Narrows
Sat., April 25 – Lower River

Don’t forget, the CleanUp is more than just cleaning. It’s a “work party” with live music, food & drinks, and activities to help volunteers of all ages learn about the past and present of the River.

Come out and help us keep the River beautiful!

Friends of the Los Angeles River · 570 W Avenue 26, Suite 250, Los Angeles, CA 90065, United States

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