Important Council Meeting This Wednesday

Hello Angelenos,

Happy Superbowl Sunday!  Today is the most American of all the days in the calendar year, minus the 4th of July.  I wish you many buffalo wings and little plates full of nachos and carrot sticks.  I am not going to say who I am rooting for, but as an Indianapolis Colts fan, I have enjoyed watching games with Peyton Manning as the quarterback.

This coming Wednesday is our General Meeting, and I would like to invite you to attend.  We are working on several issues that continue to come before our community.  The child sex trafficking in the Valley is the number one public safety concern of neighborhoods, and we are looking at new and different ways to combat this epidemic.

At our next Council Meeting we will be voting on on allocating $20,000 to purchase Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and license reading software to start collecting data on pimps and johns to stop this plague we are facing day in and day out.

We are also beginning to undertake the very ambitious notion of creating a “Business Improvement District” (BID) along Van Nuys Boulevard from Sherman Oaks through Van Nuys all the way up to Pacoima.  (The entire length of Van Nuys Boulevard, including Panorama City & Arleta as well.)  If you would like to get involved and help create this BID, please let me know.  Cheers.

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

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President & Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys
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Plans for the 9th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Are Already Underway

Plans for the 9th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Are Already Underway

The Valley Disaster Preparedness Team, in conjunction with the Southern California Preparedness Foundation, is already planning the next Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair, which will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills.

As you know, preparing the community for disasters is key to our survival when an earthquake or other disaster becomes reality. Last year, EmpowerLA, Neighborhood Councils, and other supporters came together to host the 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair. The Fair educated and informed attendees in an enjoyable manner and 1,000 families left with free Emergency Preparedness Starter Kits containing basic items and educational material to jumpstart their preparedness efforts. Attendees enjoyed a free lunch as well. If you missed the Fair, this video will give you a good idea of what it’s all about.

In this year’s Fair we’ll bring back the favorite events and demonstrations, including the Red Cross Shakey-Quakey Schoolhouse and Children’s Safety Puppet Show, sidewalk CPR instruction, safety demonstrations from DWP and the Gas Company, the Speakers Series, and we’ll add new features as well.

We sincerely appreciate the support and participation of the Neighborhood Councils and EmpowerLA in helping all our stakeholders get prepared for disasters.

The 9th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills. Online registration begins July 1. A Save The Date flyer can be downloaded here. For more details, visit www.ValleyDisasterFair.com or contact Bill Hopkins, Valley Disaster Preparedness Team Chair at Bill.Hopkins@SoCalPrep.us.

Earthquake Tips for Commuters and Public Transit Riders

Earthquake Tips for Commuters and Public Transit Riders

An earthquake can happen at any time and at any place. That’s why it is best to not only be prepared at home, at work, and at school, but also in transit.

In this month’s bulletin, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department shares tips on earthquake preparation and safety tips for commuters and public transit riders.

Have emergency supplies in your car. Include items such as:

• Basic first aid kit.
• Bottled water, non-perishable food like nuts and energy bars, and extra medication.
• Flashlight with extra batteries, basic toolkit, shovel and utility gloves.
• An extra change of clothes including a jacket, tennis shoes and a blanket.

If you take public transportation make sure you carry:

• Mini flashlight.
• Water, extra medication, and a non-perishable snack like nuts or an energy bar.
• Hard copy of important contact numbers in case your phone is lost, stolen or the battery dies.

Quake safety tips for public transit riders before the shaking starts:

• Look around and observe your surroundings on your commute each day. Some pathways, areas and places may be safer than others.
• Notice stairs and exits.
• Read posted emergency signs and procedures at transit station, bus stop or platforms.

When the shaking starts on public transit:

• If on a bus or train, stay where you are, hold on and protect your head and neck.
• If at a transit station, bus stop or platform, drop to ground, cover your head and neck with your arms. If necessary, get under something for protection and hold on until the shaking stops.

After the shaking stops:

• Check yourself for injury.
• Assist others if you can.
• Listen for verbal directions from the driver or over the public address system.
• Prepare for possible aftershocks.

Additional Resources:

• Ready.gov http://www.ready.gov/car
• ReadyLA http://readyla.org/

“As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities.”

Reminder of 40 Hour Full Closure of the 101 Freeway

40 Hour Full Closure of 101 Freeway

The City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering, has announced that a portion of US 101 will be closed for 40 hours this weekend, February 5-7th, to enable safe demolition of a section of the Sixth Street Viaduct, located over the freeway. The bridge closed to all traffic on January 27th as part of the $449 million Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project. Plan ahead, expect delays and use alternate routes. For more information please check out our blog or visit: http://www.sixthstreetviaduct.org/

Inspirational Women of SFV- now accepting nominations

The United Chamber’s Inspirational Women of the SFV awards are now accepting nominations until March 1st, with honorees announced in April, and with the event on May 5th at 11:30am at the Hilton in Woodland Hills.

This is our second year holding this event. Last year we were blessed with a strong turnout in terms of nominations, nearly 50, and attendance, over 250. We hope to surpass the results from last year. But we need your help.

If you’re like me, you’ve been inspired and mentored by countless women. These individuals, whether in business, nonprofit, education, or public service, have not only leant hand to those who needed it, but also were there to provide guidance and mentor the next generation. These individuals have not only impacted the valley, they’ve also entrusted the valley with countless other professionals and leaders with tools and knowledge to be utilized for the betterment of the entire region.

I hope you will take the time and review the attached nomination form and consider nominating women for the second annual Inspirational Women of the San Fernando Valley.

If you have any questions you can contact me or Marian Jocz at the United Chambers office, 818-981-4491.

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Mass Transit Forum – This Thursday, February 4, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

AD46_headerACTION: Fighting for Our Fair Share of Transit Funding in the SFV

Thank you!

You have joined over a thousand of your neighbors across the San Fernando Valley who answered our transportation surveys, either by mail or online.

As Metro continues to plan for transit projects throughout LA County, we need to make our voices heard to ensure the San Fernando Valley’s priorities are met.

Please join Metro, Councilmember Paul Krekorian and me for a forum at Los Angeles Valley College, right next to the Orange Line, to discuss the survey responses and hear from Metro on their upcoming transit goals.

Los Angeles Valley College
Monarch Hall in the Campus Center
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401

Thursday, February 4, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Please RSVP and show your support for mass transit in the San Fernando Valley. We will discuss proactive steps we can all take to make sure we get our fair share of transit funding and there will be a Q&A period towards the end.

RSVP Online

 

Please visit my website for more upcoming events.
Sincerely,
Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Signature
Adrin Nazarian
Assemblymember, 46th District

 

Northern Trust Open Military Appreciation – February 20, 2016

military flyer Feb 20All active duty, Reserve, military retirees, non-retired veterans and their dependents are inviting to attend

Northern Trust Open Military Appreciation. At The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, CA

Military Appreciation Saturday, February 20, 2016

Proud Supporter of U.S. Military Personnel

All active duty, Reserve, military retirees, non-retired veterans and their dependents:

  • are admitted free of charge to the Northern Trust Open by presenting valid military ID and
  • Receive access to the Patriots’ Outpost, a private hospitality venue specifically for our military personnel.

RSVP / Register / FREE

For more information, please contact Daniel Garcia Community Outreach Specialist  310.573.5810 / danielgarcia@pgatourhq.com

Get your Tickets:

http://www.northerntrustopen.com/plan-your-visit/military-appreciation

Special VNNC Executive Council Meeting

My Fellow Citizens of Los Angeles,

It is an exciting time in Van Nuys, as we come together as a community and address the issues facing the San Fernando Valley.  Last week I had the honor and privilege of sitting down with Congressman Tony Cardenas and LAPD Captain Lillian Carranza to address the child sex trafficking epidemic facing Van Nuys and the Valley.

We are congruently working with the Congressman, the LAPD, and Federal Agencies like the FBI and Homeland Security to come up with new and better tactics to fight this horrible travesty and plague upon the Valley.

At our next Special Council Meeting we will vote on allocating $20,000 to purchase Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and license reading software to start collecting data on pimps and johns to stop the number one public safety issue facing the San Fernando Valley.

We are also beginning to undertake the very ambitious notion of creating a “Business Improvement District” (BID) along Van Nuys Boulevard from Sherman Oaks through Van Nuys all the way up to Pacoima.  (The entire length of Van Nuys Boulevard, including Panorama City & Arleta as well.)  If you would like to get involved and help create this BID, please let me know.  Cheers.

It is a special privilege to serve as the Council President and Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys, 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, CA 91407
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GREAT STREETS LAUNCHES $200,000 ARTS ACTIVATION FUND

GREAT STREETS LAUNCHES $200,000 ARTS ACTIVATION FUND

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Dear neighbor,

We are delighted to help announce the launch of the Arts Activation Fund, a program of the Department of Cultural Affairs, to help Angelenos bring art and cultural programming to our Great Streets and neighborhoods across Los Angeles.

Below you can find the press release and application materials. If you’re an artist — or know an artist — who wants to bring art to Los Angeles’s Great Streets, let us know at greatstreets@lacity.org or on our new website at lamayor.org/greatstreets.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the news on Twitter and Facebook.

The Great Streets Team

PRESS RELEASE

MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES NEW FUND FOR ART AND CULTURE IN PUBLIC SPACES

Arts Activation Fund will award $200,000 in grants to support the creation and installation of art and cultural projects throughout Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a $200,000 grant program that will support the work of local artists and bring new vibrancy to public spaces across L.A.

The Arts Activation Fund, a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will provide funding to artists with inspiring ideas for public art projects and cultural events in their neighborhoods.

“Art has the power to transform our perception, attitude and behavior — and is especially impactful when it lives in places that are accessible to everyone,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Arts Activation Fund will support the creative genius that thrives in our city, and give Angelenos an opportunity to reimagine public spaces in their neighborhoods as vibrant, exciting, and creative places.”

The $200,000 fund, established with the support of the L.A. City Council, will be allocated to between eight and 15 projects, with each project eligible to receive as much as $15,000. The program is designed to fund a range of projects across the City that complement the unique character of their neighborhoods. In this spirit, the fund will prioritize artists with proposals for their own neighborhoods, and whose projects have strong support from their local communities.

The projects can take the form of temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are free to the community and situated in public places or within public view anywhere in the City. They will be conceived, developed, and presented within a two- to three-month timeline. Individual artists, collectives, limited partnerships, nonprofit organizations, and commercial businesses across the City are all eligible to apply.

“Through the work in my committee, we reactivated the Mural Ordinance, revived the Arts Development Fee resulting in millions of dollars for new public art, and guided the new Arts Activation Fund, which will contribute to Los Angeles as a city that values its arts and culture,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, and Los Angeles River Committee. “I want to thank DCA General Manager Danielle Brazell and her staff for their work to identify even more opportunities for artists to shine in the City of Los Angeles.”

The Arts Activation Fund propels Mayor Garcetti’s effort to improve public spaces across the City through community place-making and public art. Last year, the City launched a $200,000 Great Streets Challenge Grant Program that funded eight community projects to reimagine their Great Streets as public spaces.

“Public spaces in our neighborhoods and along our City’s Great Streets provide an open canvas for us to use our creative strength to animate and activate our communities through arts and culture,” said Danielle Brazell, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. “The Arts Activation Fund connects local artists to these spaces and the people indigenous to them to reinforce neighborhood identities and celebrate L.A.’s diversity.”

For more information, and to submit a proposal for funding through the Arts Activation Fund, visit dcaredesign.org/artsactivate. To find out more about Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative, visit www.lamayor.org/greatstreets.

APPLICATION WEBSITE AND FORM

Apply online here! Or click the image below to download the application manual.

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Clean Streets Heroes Recognized

Clean Streets Heroes Recognized

Two Neighborhood Council Cleans Streets Heroes were recognized today by the Board of Public Works for their exceptional leadership, support, and engagement with community clean-ups, including Cheron McAleece from East Hollywood Neighborhood Council and Thomas Johnson from Northridge West Neighborhood Council. Also in attendance to introduce the Neighborhood Council superstars were Board of Neighborhood Commissioner Josh LaFarga and EmpowerLA General Manager Grayce Liu.

Cheron McAleece has been living in East Hollywood for several years and has really made her mark in the community with some outstanding community-building monthly neighborhood clean-ups that she has coordinated with the help of so many volunteers and community organizations that show up to do their part in improving the community’s quality of life. She has also learned to partner with Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s Office, the Public Works Department’s Bureau of Sanitation, and the Office of Community Beautification who have been supporting her efforts in providing tools and trash pick-up. She also continues her fight to keep Los Angeles clean by working with the Council Office and the City Attorney’s Office to address blighted properties in her neighborhood. For more information about East Hollywood NC go to www.EastHollywood.net. You can learn more about Cheron’s efforts by watching this video:

Northridge West NC President Tom Johnson has, for over 7 years, helped lead neighborhood clean-up efforts, named Operation Clean Sweep, all over Northridge with the help of strong partnerships and support from City Hall, community members, and Northridge West NC board members. Key partners include Councilman Mitch Englander and his staff, the Bureau of Sanitation, the Office of Community Beautification, the Kiwanis Club, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, Northridge Christian Church, Chick-fil-A, and LAUSD schools. They currently hold neighborhood cleanups on Thursdays from 8am to 11am at various locations. Tom and the board are motivated to continue their clean-ups because of community pride, it brings neighbors together, and it connects the NC to the community. For more information about Northridge West NC go to www.NorthridgeWest.org. Check out Tom’s video to learn more: 

Congratulations to Cheron and Tom for taking great pride in their neighborhoods and for working to keeping Los Angeles beautiful. For more information on how you can get involved with Clean Streets please visit Van Nuys Neighborhood Council website for updates, Mayoral Directives, or Board of Public Works. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is working with the different city councils in our area to set a date and area for the community cleanups this year. Stay tune.

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