Congratulations to EmpowerLA Awards Winners!

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Neighborhood councils are on the move! The winners of the 2014 EmpowerLA Awards were announced at the August 18th board meeting of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners. The vote for the winners of the EmpowerLA Awards 2014 was the culmination of stiff competition to name neighborhood councils of the year. A total of 38 nominations were received for projects that exemplified the mission of neighborhood councils to engage local stakeholders with government and make government more accountable and responsive to the needs of their communities.

In evaluating the submissions, we particularly focused on those initiatives that reflect the highest ideals of inclusiveness, non-discrimination, transparency, and creativity in program activities. The Selection Committee members of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners consisted of Board President, Karen Mack, Commissioner Leonard Shaffer, and Outreach Committee Chair Joy Atkinson. The Committee was particularly impressed with the array of activities that neighborhood councils have undertaken and the dedication of NC board members. It has been an extremely positive experience to discuss the wonderful work of neighborhood council nominees and finally decide on the seven very worthy winners. Selecting the winners was quite a deliberative process because of the diversity of our neighborhood councils. However, after lively discussion, the Committee has come up with the most deserving entrants.

The winners are:

NORTH VALLEY: Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council
Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council is a prime example of creating a community project that involved every aspect of the neighborhood represented.  This council created the powerful Neighborhood Pride Day that was a day of rehabilitating homes needing renovations and improvements. The council engaged the city through Neighborhood Housing Services to rehabilitate 3 homes; then the board assessed other homes requesting help and through volunteers of neighbors eleven more homes were improved. The business community was approached to supply goods and services and food for volunteers. This project took vision, hard work, complete cooperation of board members, and a lot of flexibility and determination.  A job well done!

SOUTH VALLEY: Valley Village Neighborhood Council
Valley Village Neighborhood Council emphasized an important aspect of their community, a need to have a strong business center and to grow business support for the neighborhood council.  This is an aspect that many neighborhood councils could view as a best practices project.  The council initiated a program entitled “Light Up Valley Village.” They first recruited 50 businesses that grew to 99 where these establishments would provide special holiday lighting open the doors of their businesses, providing coupons, snacks, music, and where citizens could stroll the shopping districts in the evening.   Why was this project important? Valley Village NC identified 300 known businesses in the immediate area and a strong retail sector all of which can provide a strong economic base for the community.

EAST L.A.: Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council is considered the turn-around neighborhood council of the year.  They have moved forward from low-turn out meetings to standing room only at their regularly scheduled meetings.  Outreach has become a prime concern of Arroyo Seco NC.  Their council has expanded its participation in community events; has directly hosted their own special events; has actively grown their database of citizen contacts; established regular email blasts; and created a newsletter.  It is great to see this neighborhood grow and enhance their capabilities.

CENTRAL: Los Feliz Neighborhood Council
Los Feliz Neighborhood Council is being recognized for it fabulously newly designed website.  Their creativity and thoroughness in including important city and neighborhood council business is admirable and is of course a “Best Practices” leader in website design.  The new website has an updated calendar of local events and an array community service programs to peruse.  An important addition has been the “Survey of the Month” where citizens have the opportunity to voice their opinion on a variety of subjects.  This survey interaction with citizens is an important way for citizens to voice concerns and keep in contact with the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council.  This website is a job well done.

WEST L.A.: Venice Neighborhood Council
Venice Neighborhood Council has worked hard to become an integral part of the Venice community.  Their election outreach is phenomenal and the time spent on recruiting candidates for NC office is extraordinary – the theory being that high recruitment of candidates means increased election turn-out and participation of citizens supporting favorite candidates.  Venice NC hosts a yearly Community Bar-b-que; the Great Venice Toy Drive; and invite an array of elected officials to their high profile meetings.  This council also has extremely active committees and ad-hoc committees on housing, transportation, the Arts, environment, public safety and Ocean Front Walk.  Venice is a Best Practices example of a neighborhood council integrated completely into the community.

SOUTH L.A.: Empowerment Congress West
Empowerment Congress West used the neighborhood council election season to orchestrate an all out campaign to reach stakeholders and recruit new board members in the process. Recruitment was done at special events and council meetings.  Then the most important strategy was to hold elections in conjunction with the local very popular Farmers Market.  This resulted in a 100% increase in voter turnout.  This neighborhood council plan for elections could be considered for action in other neighborhood council areas where there are farmers markets, large shopping centers, or activities created in conjunction with elections.

HARBOR AREA: Harbor City Neighborhood Council
Harbor City Neighborhood Council isa great example of a neighborhood council bringing citizens together to address an important public policy issue regarding public safety.  This neighborhood council worked with their state senator and assembly representatives, their city council representative, and the State Department of Transportation (Cal-Trans) to arrange funding to build a safety fence along Western Avenue (state highway) to prevent Narbonne High School students from jaywalking across this very dangerous portion of the street.  Harbor City Neighborhood Council civically engaged and brought together citizens, students, parents, school staff and politicians to accomplish this task.  This council is a good example of an organization that researched a problem, engaged all aspects of the community that could influence the decision-making process, and carried out a plan of action that would help fund this important public safety project.

Our goal with these awards is to celebrate Neighborhood Councils, furthering positive perceptions of their work, providing a platform for sharing best practices and encouraging high standards as they work to engage community members and work with the City to address local needs.

Metro and the Digital Future

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Metro is hosting a unique pitch-style event exploring technology in public transportation. Join industry experts as they discuss how creative technology could help improve the Metro customer experience. Metro and the Digital Future encourages industry leaders to bring innovative solutions to the city’s public transportation issues and the public to participate and share their opinions on these ideas.

Qualified candidates with relevant experience and a talent for innovation are invited to ‘pitch’ their ideas to a panel of industry experts on one or more of the following transit-specific topics:

Multi-Modal Integration
Bike Sharing
Car Sharing
Autonomous Vehicles

Defining the Station of the Future
Virtual Agents/Kiosks
Concierge Services
Wireless Connectivity

Smart Trip Planning & Next-Gen Fare Payments
Smart Trip Planning
Gamification/Loyalty Programs
Next-Gen Fares

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Metro Headquarters
One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012 [map]

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and closed when filled. Space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.

Discover LA at the 9th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

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Come experience the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the 9th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region’s history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions—from the Autry National Center of the American West and the Los Angeles Public Library to private collectors whose materials fill the gaps left in the region’s history. In all, more than 70 archives will be represented at this event, which is free and open to the public. Browse rare collections, consult with experts, and learn how the region’s historical archives have informed new scholarship and creative works.

City Councilmember Tom Labonge will be giving the keynote address at 11:00am. A tireless advocate for his beloved city, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge represents the heart of L.A., from Sherman Oaks to Hollywood to the Miracle Mile. From his daily hikes since 1978 through Griffith Park to his appearances at and passionate support for events throughout the region, LaBonge is one of our most accessible politicians. He has also spent the past few decades documenting the changing landscape through photography, including a collection of images he donated to the Los Angeles Public Library of city workers, and L.A. buildings and street scenes.

In addition, the bazaar will feature an archives roadshow, where anyone can bring historic photos or documents from home they want scanned; panels featuring specialists discussing the monsters that lurk throughout Southern California and L.A.’s “magical” year of 1939; and a screening of Monomaniacs, a documentary sponsored by Cal Humanities and airing on KCET about the motives and passions of collectors. Click here to view the program for the day’s events.

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Doheny Memorial Library, USC University Park Campus
3550 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089 [map]

The USC Libraries serve as the host institution for L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The relationship complements the USC libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of the libraries’ efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of L.A. history.

USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways, and the new Metro Expo line. Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. For information regarding parking on campus, visit the Parking Services Website.

Mayor Kicks Off Volunteer Corps With Tree Planting Event

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Join Mayor Eric Garcetti and Mayor’s Volunteer Corps Members to plant trees, remove graffiti, and fulfill other community enrichment activities to help beautify Cesar Chavez Avenue on Saturday, October 25. City Plants will be giving away free shade and fruit trees to members of the community who participate.

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 8:30am
Location: Metro Parking Lot
2530 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033 [map]MVC

The Mayor’s Volunteer Corps connects people with meaningful volunteer opportunities that support Mayor Garcetti’s objectives to revitalize Los Angeles, strengthen neighborhoods, improve the workforce, and inspire civic pride in all Angelenos — resulting in real, measurable, long-term change for the residents of Los Angeles. The Corps provides opportunities in one of five Specialty Corps: Education Corps, Family Corps, Workforce and Economic Corps, Neighborhood Corps, and Veteran Corps.

To RSVP or become a volunteer, visit lamayor.org/volunteer.

 

 

Downtown Dia de los Muertos Concert at Grand Park

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¡Altars, food trucks, face-painting, amazing bands, and a bar en el centro de Los Ángeles!

On November 1, 2014, Grand Park will host a Dia de los Muertos concert event, hosted by Mario Hernandez and featuring music by Palenke Soultribe, La Chamba, Very Be Careful, and DJ Paw, and dance by Xocoyote (Aztec), Nueva Antequera (Oaxacan), and Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company.

The event will also feature altars (Bring Your Own Offerings for the community altar), traditional and folkloric sculptures, and large-scale botanic installations created by Lore Productions.

Face painting will be available from 3pm to 8pm and will be FREE for children 12 and under and $5 for adults.

Food will be provided by Curiel’s Mediterranean Greek Cuisine, Fahrenheit LA, Jugo Verde Today, Lion King Productions, and Pop-Gram Kettle Corn.

Dia de los Muertos altars will be on display from October 26 to November 1st during park hours (5:30am – 10pm).

Grand Park is transit accessible via the Red and Purple Lines to the Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or the Gold Line to the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.

Pedal to the Port: A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween

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Halloween has long been a walking holiday; enjoy the entire day without a car and swap four wheels for two to visit the Harbor area’s annual waterfront event!

On Saturday, October 25, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), along with Mujeres Unidas and other community partners, will lead a costumed bicycle ride, “Pedal to the Port: A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween!” From Banning Park, participants will ride to the Happy Harbor Halloween Festival at the Port of Los Angeles for waterfront festivities, performances, games and more. Local leaders will highlight creative street murals and other community gems along the way. Grab a front row seat/saddle for this festive event for all ages. Capes and costumes encouraged, for both you and your bike!

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after visiting the festival for one hour. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders, an EMT and volunteers. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing. This ride is less than 6 miles. Secure bicycle parking will be available at the festival.

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: Meet at 10 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10:30 a.m. The ride will return to the starting location by 1 p.m.
Location: Banning Park
401 E. M Street (at Cary Avenue), Wilmington, CA 90744 [map]

Banning Park is accessible by Metro Buses 246 and 232. Use Metro’s Trip Planner to figure out your route!

What to bring: Water, a snack and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

About C.I.C.L.E.: C.I.C.L.E. is a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice. They believe that our cities can be places that support an overall high quality of life–where people can enjoy clean air, calm and friendly streets, and closely connected and diverse communities. They envision our streets as vibrant, welcoming spaces that safely accommodate all road users, and prioritize the safe passage of people–on bike, on foot, by wheelchair, by bus and/or by train.

About Metro: Metro is the planner, operator and builder of LA County’s expanding public transportation system. The agency plays an important role in bicycle planning across LA County, funding more than $155.5 million for bicycle projects since 1993, facilitating first mile/last mile connections to transit and supporting bicycle transportation through various policies and programs. Metro’s sponsorship of C.I.C.L.E. events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.

About Mujeres Unidas: Mujeres Unidas is a Chicana/Latina grassroots collective based in Wilmington that raises awareness for safe and sacred spaces, womyn’s dialogue for support and empowerment, and celebrates the victories and beautiful struggles of Womyn of Color today. Through cycling they promote a more healthy and active lifestyle.

Immigration Summit & Health Fair, October 29th, 6:30 pm

vannuys1911Greetings My Fellow Citizens,

First and foremost, I would like to invite everyone to the Immigration Summit and Workshop on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.  It is important to bring the people 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 all of the presenters at our Immigration Summit, and seeing how we can all work together to promote comprehensive immigration reform throughout the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, and all of the United States.

Secondly, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is partnering with LA City Councilwoman Nury Martinez to present a Health Fair.  The event is this coming Saturday, October 25th located at the Children’s Community School –14702 Sylvan Street Van Nuys, CA 91411.  This event is open to the public, and will be a great opportunity to become informed and make contacts with those in the health industry throughout the San Fernando Valley.

And finally, the VNNC has started to plan and work on our “Homeless & Mental Illness Summit” in December, and is seeking speakers and co-sponsors for the event.  Please email our council at info@vnnc.org for more information and partnership opportunities.  Cheers, it is an honor and privilege to serve as your Council President, and thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
www.vnnc.org

Immigration Summit Agenda (VNNC)
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
October 29th, 2014 (Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30pm)
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. (Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center)
Van Nuys, CA 91401 — Council Chambers

  1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair (President) of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.) *Speaker Cards: 2 minutes, 1 Public Comment Time. (This includes speaker cards on any and all agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per Stakeholders and Councilmembers alike)
  5. Secretary’s Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report — Jeanette Hopp and/or Howard Benjamin (Second Signatory) — Approve Treasurer’s Report
  7. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report, Elected Officials’ Reports & Election Chair’s Report
  8. New Business
    • a. Speech and Presentation from Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian.  Adrin Nazarian is a product of the San Fernando Valley.  Adrin served as Chief Of Staff to Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who represents the communities of Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, North Hollywood and Valley Glen, before being elected to the State Assembly. Previously, Adrin had served as Chief Of Staff to then-Assistant Majority Leader Paul Krekorian in the California State legislature, representing the communities of North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Valley Glen and Toluca Lake among others, since 2006. (30 minutes)
    • b. Speech and Presentation from Congressman Tony Cardenas’ Chief Of Staff Sam Jammal. Congressman Tony Cardenas has been a leading advocate of Immigration reform in the US House of Representatives.  Mr. Jammal is the Congressman’s top aide, and will be flying in from Washington, D.C. to discuss and brief the attendees of the summit on the latest happenings on Immigration legislation in Congress. (30 minutes)
    • c. Speech and Presentation from Reshma Shamasunder, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center.  (1137 Wilshire Blvd — Los Angeles, CA 90017 — Office: (213) 250-0880 ext. 110 www.caimmigrant.org) The California Immigrant Policy Center is a non-partisan, non-profit statewide organization founded in 1996. The Policy Center seeks to inform public debate and policy decisions on issues affecting the state’s immigrants and their families in order to improve the quality of life for all Californians. (15 minutes)
    • d. Speech and Presentation from Judith Wood. Mrs. Wood represents immigrants from all over the world.  She also represents people seeking asylum in the United States due to persecution in their home country.  Mrs. Wood also specializes in other types of immigration cases. (15 minutes)
    • e. Speech and Presentation from Ingrid McCall, Interim Executive Director at Community Lawyers, Inc. Community Lawyers, Inc. provides low and moderate-income people access to affordable legal services and develops innovative opportunities for attorneys and law students in underserved communities. (15 minutes)
    • f. Speech and Presentation by Meghan Tumilty, Executive Director & Attorney at Law — Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles — Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service (IRIS) — Chair, Refugee Forum of LA County.  Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS) serves an extensive client base through programs founded with sponsorship from the Diocese.  Noting that Latinos are the majority population group in the city of Los Angeles, the Diocese continues as a leader in Spanish-language outreach through the Program Group on Hispanic Ministries and some 30 local congregations. (15 minutes)
    • g. Speech and Presentation by Ivy Dulay Daulo, Community Educator, Campaign for Social Justice.  The TEAM and CHANGES program at Campaign for Social Justice provide language advocacy and assistance to customers who have been overcharged or mislead by their utility company. The Campaign for Social Justice provides one-on-one assistance, bill overview, consulting and retrieve money or credit for any unfair charges. All services are free for anyone living in California and funded by the California Public Utilities Commission. Presentation Description: Protecting consumers from Third Party billing and also the Do Not Call registry. How to avoid being charged and receiving unwanted calls from telemarketers.  (15 minutes)
    • h. Speech and Presentation by Pastor Fernando Chacon.  Mr. Chacon is El Salvadorian American and his wife is Mexican American.  Pastor Chacon is fluent in both the Spanish and English languages.  It is important to the Pastor that the church is involved in the Community and in the City of Van Nuys events.  The congregation desires for the all city departments to know that the church doors are open to the city and available to participate at community events and where there may be a need for prayer at various events.  (15 minutes)
    • i. Speech and Presentation by the San Fernando Valley Dream Team (SFVDT) — Community Organization  Founded in 2009, DREAM Team Los Angeles (DTLA) aims to create a safe space in which undocumented immigrants from the community and allies empower themselves through activism and life stories. Through these shared experiences, individuals develop as efficient advocates for their own rights and those of the larger immigrant community. DTLA is a grass roots organization that welcomes anyone who is interested in being part of the work, both in L.A. and nationally; we do as part of the immigrants rights movement. (15 minutes)
    • j. Speech and Presentation by Sonia Aguilar CADIF.  Mrs. Aguilar will be discussing immigration issues and how they effect the San Fernando Valley.  Mrs. Aguilar will also touch upon the immigrant community, and how to get them more involved in the democratic process. (15 minutes)
    • k. Speech and Presentation by Alicia Moguel, the Director of Adult Services for the Los Angeles Public Library. Mrs. Moguel will speak about the library’s Citizenship Initiative and other services for new Americans.  (15 minutes)
  9. Announcement
  10. Adjournment

The Village Run/Park at Woodley Park, November 9th

RunWalkFlyerValley Village And The Village Family Services Collaborate for the First Annual Village Run/Walk 5K and Family Festival

Los Angeles, CA, September 15, 2014- The Village Run/Walk 5K and Family Festival commences on Sunday, November 9, 2014, with check-in at 8 a.m., and the race starting at 9 a.m. The event begins at Woodley Park (6350 Woodley Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91436), follows the Orange Line to Lake Balboa and returns to Woodley Park for a Kiddie K, entertainment, food, and a community resource fair featuring information from local businesses. For more information on registration and event details visit: www.VillageRunWalk.org.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and funds in order to provide vital human services to the people of the San Fernando Valley,” said Hugo Villa, CEO of the Village Family Services. “By joining together, we’re able to direct more resources to both agencies who represent two vulnerable populations: neglected and abused youth, and adults with developmental disabilities.”
This is the first time Valley Village and The Village Family Services have come together to host a community event that will benefit two San Fernando Valley organizations that are in need of awareness and resources. These two nonprofits serve different populations, yet share a vision of building a better community for all.

“The collaborative efforts between Valley Village and The Village Family Services have been tremendous, and we look forward to seeing everyone come out to support the event,” said Valley Village Executive Director Debra Donovan. “Partnerships like this allow us to maximize funds and make our programs stronger for the clients we serve.”

Valley Village and The Village Family Services will be hosting the event with the help of the Chatsworth Chiefs, a local cross country track and field training group. As participants register, they will be able to create teams on behalf of either organization to raise additional funds. Sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, Daily News, Metro, Fleet Feet Sports in Encino, Santa Clarita Running Company and the Bobby Sherman Volunteer EMT Foundation.

About Village Family Services:
The Village Family Services protects children from abuse, preserves families and build a stronger, safer community for all. The agency provides supportive programs and services such as mental health counseling, foster care services and a drop-in center for at-risk and homeless youth. The Village Family Services is Southern California’s leading bilingual family wellness agency that provides a comprehensive range of services to achieve permanency and safety for neglected and abused children and youth.
About Valley Village:
Valley Village works to protect, foster, develop and advance the rights and interests of people with developmental disabilities. They provide day programs, semi-independent condominiums, family style homes and nursing homes across the San Fernando Valley that serves nearly 400 men and women.

Media Contact: Gabe Serrato Serrato + Co. Phone 310-940-3400 Fax 949-376-3535 gabriel@serratoandco.com

Immigration Summit

IMG_0721Greetings My Fellow Citizens,

First and foremost, I would like to invite everyone to the Immigration Summit and Workshop on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.  It is important to bring the people of Van Nuys 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 all of the presenters at our Immigration Summit, and seeing how we can all work together to promote comprehensive immigration reform throughout the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, and all of the United States.

Secondly, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is partnering with LA City Councilwoman Nury Martinez to present a Health Fair.  The date for this event is this coming Saturday, October 25th.  This event is open to the public, and will be a great opportunity to become informed and make contacts with those in the health industry throughout the San Fernando Valley.

And finally, the VNNC has started to plan and work on our “Homeless & Mental Illness Summit” in December, and is seeking speakers and co-sponsors for the event.  Please email our council at info@vnnc.org for more information and partnership opportunities.  Cheers, it is an honor and privilege to serve as your Council President, and thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
www.vnnc.org

Immigration Summit Agenda (VNNC)
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
October 29th, 2014 (Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30pm)
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. (Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center)
Van Nuys, CA 91401 — Council Chambers

1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America
2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
3. Comments from the Chair (President) of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.) *Speaker Cards: 2 minutes, 1 Public Comment Time. (This includes speaker cards on any and all agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per Stakeholders and Councilmembers alike)
5. Secretary’s Report
6. Treasurer’s Report — Jeanette Hopp and/or Howard Benjamin (Second Signatory) — Approve Treasurer’s Report
7. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report, Elected Officials’ Reports & Election Chair’s Report
8. New Business
a. Speech and Presentation from Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian.  Adrin Nazarian is a product of the San Fernando Valley.  Adrin served as Chief Of Staff to Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who represents the communities of Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, North Hollywood and Valley Glen, before being elected to the State Assembly. Previously, Adrin had served as Chief Of Staff to then-Assistant Majority Leader Paul Krekorian in the California State legislature, representing the communities of North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Valley Glen and Toluca Lake among others, since 2006. (30 minutes)
b. Speech and Presentation from Congressman Tony Cardenas’ Chief Of Staff Sam Jammal. Congressman Tony Cardenas has been a leading advocate of Immigration reform in the US House of Representatives.  Mr. Jammal is the Congressman’s top aide, and will be flying in from Washington, D.C. to discuss and brief the attendees of the summit on the latest happenings on Immigration legislation in Congress. (30 minutes)
c. Speech and Presentation from Reshma Shamasunder, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center.  (1137 Wilshire Blvd — Los Angeles, CA 90017 — Office: (213) 250-0880 ext. 110
www.caimmigrant.org) The California Immigrant Policy Center is a non-partisan, non-profit statewide organization founded in 1996. The Policy Center seeks to inform public debate and policy decisions on issues affecting the state’s immigrants and their families in order to improve the quality of life for all Californians. (15 minutes)
d. Speech and Presentation from Judith Wood. Mrs. Wood represents immigrants from all over the world.  She also represents people seeking asylum in the United States due to persecution in their home country.  Mrs. Wood also specializes in other types of immigration cases. (15 minutes)
e. Speech and Presentation from Ingrid McCall, Interim Executive Director at Community Lawyers, Inc. Community Lawyers, Inc. provides low and moderate-income people access to affordable legal services and develops innovative opportunities for attorneys and law students in underserved communities. (15 minutes)
f. Speech and Presentation by Meghan Tumilty, Executive Director & Attorney at Law — Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles — Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service (IRIS) — Chair, Refugee Forum of LA County.  Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS) serves an extensive client base through programs founded with sponsorship from the Diocese.  Noting that Latinos are the majority population group in the city of Los Angeles, the Diocese continues as a leader in Spanish-language outreach through the Program Group on Hispanic Ministries and some 30 local congregations. (15 minutes)
g. Speech and Presentation by Ivy Dulay Daulo, Community Educator, Campaign for Social Justice.  The TEAM and CHANGES program at Campaign for Social Justice provide language advocacy and assistance to customers who have been overcharged or mislead by their utility company. The Campaign for Social Justice provides one-on-one assistance, bill overview, consulting and retrieve money or credit for any unfair charges. All services are free for anyone living in California and funded by the California Public Utilities Commission. Presentation Description: Protecting consumers from Third Party billing and also the Do Not Call registry. How to avoid being charged and receiving unwanted calls from telemarketers.  (15 minutes)
h. Speech and Presentation by Pastor Fernando Chacon.  Mr. Chacon is El Salvadorian American and his wife is Mexican American.  Pastor Chacon is fluent in both the Spanish and English languages.  It is important to the Pastor that the church is involved in the Community and in the City of Van Nuys events.  The congregation desires for the all city departments to know that the church doors are open to the city and available to participate at community events and where there may be a need for prayer at various events.  (15 minutes)
i. Speech and Presentation by the San Fernando Valley Dream Team (SFVDT) — Community Organization  Founded in 2009, DREAM Team Los Angeles (DTLA) aims to create a safe space in which undocumented immigrants from the community and allies empower themselves through activism and life stories. Through these shared experiences, individuals develop as efficient advocates for their own rights and those of the larger immigrant community. DTLA is a grass roots organization that welcomes anyone who is interested in being part of the work, both in L.A. and nationally; we do as part of the immigrants rights movement. (15 minutes)
j. Speech and Presentation by Sonia Aguilar CADIF.  Mrs. Aguilar will be discussing immigration issues and how they effect the San Fernando Valley.  Mrs. Aguilar will also touch upon the immigrant community, and how to get them more involved in the democratic process. (15 minutes)
k. Speech and Presentation by Alicia Moguel, the Director of Adult Services for the Los Angeles Public Library. Mrs. Moguel will speak about the library’s Citizenship Initiative and other services for new Americans.  (15 minutes)
10. Announcements
11. Adjournment

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Update for tonight’s VNNC Planning and Land Use Committee Meeting

van nuys a 01For all who is attending and are interested on tonight’s VNNC Planning and Land Use Committee meeting,

There is an update on agenda item:5A. Case no: VTT72877. 7327-7337 Hazeltine Ave. Attached is an updated Tentative Tract Map. Please disregard the latest Tentitive Tract Map from yesterday.

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See you at tonight’s PLUM Committee meeting.

Quirino de la Cuesta, Van Nuys Neighborhood Council PLUM Committee Co-Chair