Teen Disaster Preparedness Event in Van Nuys, August 11 @ 5:30pm

An upcoming Van Nuys event that is directly geared towards preparing teens (6th grade-12th grade) for a disaster preparedness on August 11, from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Van Nuys Public Library. Information is below. Aug. 11Prepare TeensAug. 11Prepare Teens

Mayor’s Message

Mayor’s Message

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced last week the winners of the Great Streets Challenge Grant. This grant program will award up to $20,000 to eight community-driven projects that re-imagine Los Angeles’s iconic commercial corridors as public spaces reflective of each unique neighborhood and community.

“I launched the Great Streets Initiative to activate public spaces, provide economic revitalization, increase public safety, enhance local culture, and support great neighborhoods,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I’m excited to see how these projects will enhance our effort to create vibrant places where Angelenos can come together as communities.”

Applicants from each of the 15 Great Streets corridors proposed temporary, low-cost improvements that would transform under-utilized urban spaces into more engaging social ones where Angelenos can spend time meeting and shopping with their friends and families.

An expert review panel selected eight winners from over 30 applications based on the proposals’ potential to engage fellow residents, demonstrate a creative use of space, measure the impacts of each projects, and inform long-term improvements through the Great Streets Initiative.

“Our neighborhoods vividly capture why Los Angeles is the creative crossroads of the world. The projects selected through the first round of the Challenge Grant program harness the vision our residents have to re-energize our streets and communities,” said Danielle Brazell, General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. “The projects awarded through the Challenge Grant will pave the way for future partnerships that put art and culture at the forefront of neighborhood identity.”

Ninety-four local organizations participated in the process, many partnering together on applications to create a unified community vision for their Great Street. A complete list of the funded projects is attached. Projects will be rolled out beginning September and through February 2016. To learn more about all awarded projects, visit: lamayor.org/greatstreetswinners.

“Participation from nearly 100 local organizations is a testament to the passion Angelenos have for their streets and their desire to take the lead in creating great public places,” said Seleta Reynolds, General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. “These projects will improve safety, health, and fun in Los Angeles neighborhoods. And because they are led and designed by community-based organizations, the results will have a lasting impact on how the City creates partnerships with Angelenos to make streets great.”
The funding for this program comes from LADOT and demonstrates the department’s new approach to community engagement. The $20,000 funding commitment from the City requires that each team fundraise a portion of the project’s budget. Today marks the first round of crowd-funding for each project.

The Great Streets Challenge Grant program is a partnership between the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and ioby.org, a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led, neighbor-funded projects. Grant recipients will initially be awarded $10,000 for their projects and then work with ioby.org to raise additional funds. For every additional dollar raised, the Great Streets Challenge Grant Program will match those funds dollar for dollar, up to an additional $10,000, for a total of $20,000 in city funds per project.

About the Great Streets Initiative

Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the Great Streets Initiative in October 2013 to help re-imagine neighborhood centers, one main street at a time. Our neighborhoods are the backbone of Los Angeles – the places where we live, work, learn and recreate on a daily basis. All of our great neighborhoods deserve Great Streets that are livable, accessible and engaging public spaces for the people who live and work around them. With this Community Challenge Grant, the Great Streets Initiative will partner with the community to showcase these Great Streets and their potential to serve as vibrant public spaces. Read more at lagreatstreets.tumblr.com and https://twitter.com/LAGreatStreets. Check out the Great Streets monthly newsletter found here http://eepurl.com/blBZjH.

About ioby.org

ioby is a nonprofit organization that works nationwide to help neighbors grow and implement great ideas one block at a time. Through an online crowd-resourcing platform, ioby connects leaders with funding and support, helping to make our neighborhoods safer, greener, more livable and more fun. ioby believes that it should be easy to make meaningful change “in our backyards” – the positive opposite of NIMBY. Through a simple online tool and tailored trainings, coaching, and support, ioby helps ensure project success. Visit ioby.org to learn more about crowd-resourcing and the services ioby provides.

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Committee Meeting At The Library – Monday


International Olympians entering Van Nuys Civic Center for the Special Olympics in Los Angeles going on right now.

Greetings My Fellow Citizens,

I am just reaching out to remind you we are having a Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (VNNC) Executive Committee meeting this coming Monday night at the Van Nuys Public Library.  Thank you for your continued interest in our neighborhoods, and I look forward to seeing you on Monday night.

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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Los Angeles City Ethics Commission

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The President of the Ethics Commission has asked the staff to evaluate the limits and disclosure requirements that apply to political contributions made by non-individuals. Staff expects to make recommendations regarding these laws at the Ethics Commission’s next meeting on August 26, 2015.
Both City and state laws regulate contributions and disclosure requirements in City elections. City law generally imposes the same contribution limits and disclosure requirements on all persons, both individuals and non-individuals (businesses, political committees, and other legal entities). Some persons (certain lobbying entities, bidders, and contractors) are prohibited from making City contributions. In addition, state law subjects political committees to additional disclosure requirements. A summary of requirements for contributors can be found in the 2017 City Contributor Guide, posted on the Ethics Commission’s website.

The Ethics Commission is considering additional options, such as requiring more disclosure from non-individual contributors or, as is done in other jurisdictions, banning contributions from all non-individuals or from certain types of non-individuals. Your comments on these issues are extremely valuable and will help the Ethics Commission shape these important laws. Please email comments to ethics.policy@lacity.org. In order to be considered in time for our next Commission meeting, your comments will be most helpful if they are received by August 12, 2015.

Thank you for making a difference!

Senior Safety Event – Tomorrow 10:00 – 11:30 am at Bernardi Multipurpose Senior Center

AD46_headerYou’re invited to attend a Senior Safety Preparedness Event!

Dear Friend,

Seniors_eAlertIn partnership with Councilmember Krekorian, The Bernardi Multipurpose Senior Center and MySafe LA, I will be conducting a free Senior Safety Preparedness seminar to educate seniors on:

  • Fire safety
  • Fall prevention
  • Earthquake preparedness
  • Cooking safety
  • Family escape planning

Receive a free goodie bag with participation.

Friday, July 31
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Bernardi Multipurpose Senior Center
6514 Sylmar Ave.
Van Nuys CA 91401

For more information please call my office at (818) 376-4246 or visit my website.

Great Streets Challenge Grant Winners Announcement!

Challenge Grant Winners Announced!

The wait is over! Check out the winners of this year’s challenge grant heretumblr_inline_ns68szW2FM1qjq3in_1280


Request to submit street repairs in your neighborhood for Van Nuys – Neighborhood Council Initiative

street-repair-blitzIn coordination with the Bureau of Street Services as part of Neighborhood Council Initiative (Blitz), the VNNC is asking our stakeholders to submit information to our council what street(s) in your area or neighborhood to make small streets repairs such as:

  • Potholes
  • Skin patching of eroded or cracked areas
  • Some sidewalk and curb repairs
  • Some repairs on concrete streets

We are only allowed 15 locations for repairs that are needed the most in our Neighborhood Council District Area and the VNNC Executive Board will decide on the 15 locations to submit to the Bureau of Street Services. Each location will be inspected and assessed to determine the most needed attention to fix and repair our streets.

Please send the location of the spot with the street address & cross streets to us at info@vnnc.org under the head title “Neighborhood Council Blitz” for the VNNC executive board and city officials evaluate and make a determination on the state of the broken streets, sidewalks and infrastructure.

Below are some information on the Neighborhood Council Initiative (Blitz) –

NCI Guidelines 6-11-15    NCI FAQs 6-11-15

Invite to Domestic Violence Event – August 13, 2015 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Domestic Violence Event

United States Representative for California 26th District Tony Cárdenas invites you to the Victims of Domestic Violence on August 13 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm located at Sepulveda United Methodist Church on 15435 Rayen Street.

Learn to protect yourself by receiving information from experts and officials who will speak at this event. To learn more about this event, you can contact  Tony Cárdenas at 818-781-7407 or email RSVP.cardenas@mail.house.gov

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3rd Annual Veterans Economic Summit and 4th Annual Backpack Giveaway

vetseconsummit3rd Annual Veterans Economic Summit and 4th Annual Backpack Giveaway

Are you a U.S. veteran looking for a new job opportunity or resources for developing life skills? The Veterans Advocacy group of America invites all veterans to the 4rd Annual Economic Summit and Job Fair, taking place on Friday, August 7. The event will feature interview opportunities, life skills workshops, and the 4th annual backpack giveaway for kids.

Admission and parking are free. Veterans can register here.

Date: Friday August 7, 2015
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: American Legion Post 43
2035 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90068 [map]

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