Mayor Garcetti Announces Great Streets Great Business Program

Mayor Garcetti Announces

Great Streets Great

Business Program

Learn More about Great Streets Great Business

Today Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the Great Streets Great Business program.

This new program provides resources to all small businesses that are currently located on a designated Great Street corridor. The Great Streets Great Business program is administered by the Valley Economic Development Center, a small business expert serving Los Angeles for over 40 years.

Outreach specialists will be visiting every Great Street business over the next 12 months to provide the following services:

  • Access to Capital: Loans from $1,000 up to $250,000 for working capital, real estate acquisition, building improvements, tenant improvements, construction and more.
  • Business Retention: Technical assistance on marketing, accounting, and business plans to existing businesses through local Business Source Centers.
  • Business Attraction: Recruitment of additional neighborhood-serving small businesses to Great Streets with high commercial vacancies.

The Great Streets Great Business program joins other resources available through the Great Streets initiative including, the Great Streets Challenge, Arts Activation Fund, enhanced street maintenance and streetscape projects. Check out for more information.

And now, for the official press release…


A new loan program led by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative aims to give small business owners the boost they need to open their doors, grow their companies, and create good-paying jobs.

Great Streets Great Business is a $4 million business assistance partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative and the Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), a local non-profit financial institution. Mayor Garcetti launched the new program today alongside L.A. City Councilmember Curren Price.

“Small business owners inspire us because their stories reflect the best of our values — courage, hard work and a commitment to serving our neighbors,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Community businesses are the beating heart of our economy, and they deserve our support. That’s what Great Streets Great Business is about.”

Great Streets Great Business will support small businesses located along L.A.’s first 15 Great Streets corridors by providing easier access to capital than a standard business loan. It will also provide resources like site selection and lease negotiation assistance that give businesses the chance to put down roots and thrive in their communities. The loan program will prioritize community businesses, and offer loans of $1,000-$250,000 to qualifying applicants.

“I’m delighted that the Mayor’s office has launched a new small business assistance and attraction program for North Figueroa Street as part of the Great Streets program,” said Councilmember Gil Cedillo, who played a leading role in developing the initiative. “This will help retain and revitalize small business, create economic opportunities and foster a sense of community for the Highland Park business corridor.”

“As a former entrepreneur, I have a deep and very personal passion for serving small businesses in the Ninth District,” said Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., who chairs the City Council’s Economic Development Committee. “One of the first initiatives I spearheaded coming into office in 2013 was to form a Business Resource Center because I understand the importance of having access to business development tools. I’m honored to lend my support to Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Great Business program because it helps promote the growth of local, small and emerging businesses citywide. Entrepreneurs need capital, services and training and this initiative offers just that.”

Great Streets Great Business is just the latest of Mayor Garcetti’s efforts to support small businesses across Los Angeles. Last year, he announced a $250,000 grant from the Small Business Administration to help fund the development of online tools that will help get small businesses off the ground faster and more efficiently. Mayor Garcetti also launched a Small Business Academy that provides guidance to small business owners learning how to bid successfully for City contracts.

Great Streets Great Business is a close collaborative effort between Great Streets and VEDC. VEDC will work with L.A.’s BusinessSource centers to coordinate free workshops and one-on-one consultations, and provide assistance with site selection and lease negotiation. They will also contribute by providing business loan underwriting, and canvassing all 1,400 businesses on the first 15 Great Streets corridors to offer needs assessments and technical assistance to businesses.

“Great Streets Great Business recognizes the need to attract and retain new businesses such as restaurants and retail stores that can transform busy, but underutilized commercial corridors throughout Los Angeles by generating foot traffic,” says Nishen Radia, Chairman of the Board, VEDC. “These enterprises are essential in creating a sense of community that may be missing or dormant in these areas, and will stimulate progress in surrounding neighborhoods as well.”

In addition to VEDC, Great Streets Great Business is made possible by the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, with support from AT&T.

About Great Streets
Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the Great Streets Initiative in October 2013 to transform streets across the city into more vibrant public spaces. A Great Street is a street that serves as the center of a neighborhood, where people can walk, meet, learn, and play on a daily basis. The Great Streets Initiative’s goals include improving safety and access, increasing economic activity, and encouraging community engagement. For more information, including a full list of Great Streets corridors, visit

Clean Streets LA Challenge

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Clean Streets LA Challenge

Hello NC Public Works Liaisons and Neighborhood Clean-Up Leaders!

The Board of Public Works is asking for Neighborhood Councils’ help in cleaning up our neighborhoods by announcing the below Clean Streets LA Challenge! Mayor Eric Garcetti, the City Council, the Innovation & Performance Commission, the Board of Public Works, and theDepartment of Public Works have come together to make available the opportunity to join a very rewarding partnership. Please take the time to read and share this awesome opportunity and consider joining the thousands of volunteers working towards cleaning up our beautiful city.

Also, please take a look at the many resources that Public Works Liaisons have at their disposal to engage with public works issues by clicking here: Public Works Liaisons. This web page was developed to help NCs better access information, resources, and city leadership as it relates to cleaning up our neighborhoods and tapping into valuable resources that the Department of Public Works provides to Angelenos. Click here for more information: Public Works Liaisons

Join the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

Do you care about keeping your streets clean but don’t have the resources or information about how to make a difference? According to the Clean Streets Index, do you live or work on a street with a “cleanliness score” that needs improving? The Clean Streets LA Challenge is the ultimate civic experience for you! The Challenge provides:

  • Information on how to maximize City resources in your community
  • Networking opportunities with key Clean Streets LA stakeholders
  • Training on how to host Clean Streets LA events in your neighborhood
  • Assistance in developing a Clean Streets LA community plan
  • Access to a Clean Streets LA cash prize to fund community clean-ups

Interested Neighborhood Councils and other organizations that attend workshops will receive guidance on how to prepare and execute a Clean Streets LA Community Partnership plan, and may be selected to receive Clean Streets LA financial awards to support your efforts.
Clean Streets LA Challenge workshops will be hosted throughout the summer, and the challenge runs until the end of the year.

In order to meet upcoming deadlines, we are requesting that each Neighborhood Council, Alliance, and NC committees agendize this item for discussion and action at your June and July meetings.We want you to take full advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with community groups and be eligible for cash prizes.

Find out if you have what it takes to complete the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

To read the Mayor’s Press Release on the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge please click here.

Theatre Crash Course Workshop Series for High School Students


Theatre Crash Course Workshop Series for High School Students

Our popular FREE workshop series is back! On three Monday evenings in September, come together with other teens and professional artists to dive into “Zoot Suit” by Luis Valdez. Actors and directors will investigate scenes from the play, and costume, lighting, and scenic designers will get hands-on to develop design concepts. On the last day, we’ll throw it all together, invite our friends, pitch our designs and see what we’ve got! This is the fastest way to learn what it takes to put on a professional show from start to finish. No experience necessary to participate.

When: Mondays, 4:30–7:30pm, September 12, 19 & 26 at the Music Center Annex.


Please send us the following information:

  • Name
  • School
  • Grade
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Whether you will need parking reimbursement for the series.

• Tell us if you’re interested in jumping in as an Actor/Director, Costume Designer, or Scenic/Lighting Designer. (Please give us your top two choices.)

RSVP DEADLINE is Tue, September 6. The workshops are free but RSVPs are required. You must be a current high school student and must be available for all three dates to participate.

See the attached flyer for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sneak Peek of the 2016 Great Streets Challenge! Funds and TA Available!

It’s finally here!

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The 2016 Great Streets Challenge

The City of Los Angeles challenges you to turn your vision for Los Angeles streets into reality!

And this year, we’re opening it up to every street Citywide!

From September 20 to November 18 you can apply to partner with the City on a Great Streets Challenge project. This year, applicants can apply to partner on one of two types of projects: a “Pop-up Project” to test a new idea for your street; or a “Build Project” to permanently install changes to your local street. Selected partners will:

  • receive up to $13,000 for project outreach
  • receive assistance from technical consultant
  • partner with the City on project development, design, and installation

Applicants will be scored on their organizational capacity and alignment of their proposed project location to Citywide priorities and plans.

Click the button below to let us know you’re interested in applying to the 2016 Great Streets Challenge, then read on to learn more about how the program works.


Pop-Up Projects


Pop-Up Projects will temporarily demonstrate a new street improvement for a community. These projects are most appropriate for communities that are just starting to think about the needs and opportunities on their local streets.


  • A day-long commercial corridor festival with pedestrian improvements and vacant storefront activations
  • A weekend-long demonstration of residential street improvements connecting neighborhoods to a regional hub
  • Week-long demonstration of a half-mile protected bike lane

    Build Projects


Build Projects are enduring streetscape improvements that make streets more safe, livable, and prosperous. These projects are most appropriate for communities that have already started a conversation and developed consensus about how to improve their street.

Organizations applying to partner on a Build Projects are ready to work with the City on street projects that achieve an overarching vision for healthy and sustainable neighborhoods.


  • Permanent installation of pedestrian improvements, such as curb extensions and mid-block crosswalks
  • Permanent installation of bicycle infrastructure improvements, such as parking-protected bike lanes
  • Permanent transit stop improvements

    How the Challenge Works

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LGBTQ Youth Council – Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12-3 pm

Dear parents, friends, and allies:

This is a free opportunity for all LGBTQ and straight ally youth ages 10-17 who live in our San Fernando Valley. The Somos Familia Valle’s LGBTQ Youth Council provides a safe space for meaningful social connections, youth development, and leadership. The meetings take place every other Saturday. Next date: Saturday August 27 from 12 pm to 3 pm.


Women Veterans Jobs Initiative – September 27, 2016

Accenture is leading an effort to help 20,000 Women Veterans find employment by 2020, and we are hoping you can assist us in reaching Women Veterans in your respective regions. To help reach the goal, there will be 4 online career fairs hosted each year with the next one set for September 27. Hiring veterans is a cause near and dear to all of us, but Women Veterans have a much tougher time than their male counterparts. With your help, we can connect them with industry leading employers who are deeply committed to hiring them. This is a completely free service that is supported by dozens of the most veteran friendly employers across the country. I am happy to connect if you have questions, and have attached the event flyer that can be emailed out to veterans and support groups in your states.


VNNC Outreach Committee Meeting Agenda – August 25, 2016 @ 7:00 – 8:00 pm

VNNC Outreach Committee Meeting Agenda

August 25, 2016 (Tuesday 7:00- 8:00 pm)

Van Nuys Recreational Center

14301 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405

  1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair — Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.)
  5. Old Business:
    1. None
  6. New Business:
    1. Discuss the safety of kids walking to school by the homeless encampments
    2. What can Van Nuys Neighborhood Council do to help kids?
  7. Public Comments
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjourn

2016-8-25-VNNC Outreach Committee Meeting

VNNC Budget and Finance Committee Meeting – August 24, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

VNNC Budget and Finance Committee Meeting

August 24rd, 2016 at 6:00pm

Van Nuys Constituents Center, Conference Room

6262 Van Nuys Blvd. Conference Room 1A

Van Nuys, CA 91401-2707

  1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair — Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Budget and Finance Committee capabilities.)
  5. Old Business:
    • A. To set a date for the Physical Inventory of VNNC Storage unit.
  6. New Business:
    • A. Establish and Endorse Budget and Finance Committee members. Our Committee calls for any and all interested board members to volunteer and join the Budget & Finance Committee in order to either endorse or refused an item in our monthly agenda.
    • B. To discuss and review Van Nuys Budget and Finance Committee priorities. NPG’s will be prioritized making Education as our highest priority, being Schools and or nonprofits focusing in education our concentration.
    • C. Open the discussion for the Strategy procedure on the 2016 -2017 Annual Budget. Set up a date in the future with our schools and nonprofits in order to guide them in the procedures on request and acceptance of a NPG.
    • D. To Analyze, assemble and put together the documents for the Annual budget package to get it ready for approval for 2016-2017 fiscal year.
    • E. To set up an emergency meeting in order to approve the budget package 2016-2017 before DONE dateline set on Thursday September 1st. 2016.
    • F. To authorized and fund $200.00 to Community Partners as an outreach item. (Robina)
    • G. To review and advice if the Expensify App for Mr. Howard Benjamin council member and cardholder. This app will be of the best interest for the VNNC Board. To make our expenditures transparent and gradually keep the Treasure’s bookkeeping and MIR’s report submission on time to the board and DONE.
    • H. To review and discuss Village Family Services request for $1,000.00 NPG for October 2016.
    • I. To review and discuss Valley Disaster Preparedness Event. Review and advice on course of action for March 2016 NPG request now being made in the 2016/2017 budget year.
    • J. To review and discuss Literacy Club Presentation and request for NPG for $1,000.00K. Discuss strategy and update on situation with DONE in increasing the bank card limit.
    • L. Discuss and possible fund Cardenas Elementary Project.
    • M. To review and endorse the sponsoring of an event over theDecember Holidays to celebrate the upcoming anniversary of the Country Western Store on Van Nuys Blvd.
  7. Public Comments
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjournment

Budget and Finance Committee August Meeting

VNNC Legislative Information Committee (LIC) Meeting – August 20, 2016 @ 10:00 am

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Legislative Information Committee

PO Box 3118, Van Nuys, California 91407

Regular Meeting: Los Angeles Police Department, 6240 Sylmar Avenue, California 91401 Community Room/Main Lobby Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016 – Time: 10:00AM to 11:15AM

  3. COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTING BY COMMITTEE MEMBERS. Brief announcements by committee members and brief reports regarding activities.
  4. ORAL COMMUNICATION: Legislative Advisory Committee (LIC) to provide and forward findings, not conclusions, within the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council’s interest on legislation and legislative intent that is not on the agenda. A speaker card must be completed and presented to any committee member.
  5. COMMITTEE RESPONSE TO PUBLIC COMMENTS The committee members cannot act on items raised during public comment, but may briefly respond to statement made or questions posed, request clarification, or refer the item to staff.
    • a. Discussion – Traffic Relief and Rail Expansion Ordinance Measure R supporting document links: Los Angeles Council File Number 13-0384; Traffic Relief and Rail Expansion Ordinance; and, LA Times Article 
    • b. Procedures and qualifications to become a City of Los Angeles, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment approved vendor 1
    • c. Procedures and qualifications for VNNC’s Purchasing Card (P-Card) spending cap to increase from $500.00 to $2,500.00 for a single transaction
    • d. Discussion – Affordable Housing and Labor Standards Related to City Planning. Initiative Ordinance supporting document link: Council File 16-0684; Neighborhood Integrity Initiative supporting documents link: Press Release

Agenda August 20, 2016

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