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Noted Speakers at the 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair on October 3, 2015

Noted Speakers at the 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair on October 3, 2015

Starting at 10:30 am in the Community Room at Fire Station 87, 10124 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills, we’ll have a series of four 30-minute talks from four notable speakers. LAFD Paramedic/Captain Stacy Gerlich will lead off with a discussion of the recent San Andreas movie, personal preparedness, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the LAFD’s new configuration. At 11:15 am, we’ll hear from Dr. Kate Hutton, describing how amateur (ham) radio, including the National Traffic System (NTS) and other groups, provides communications during disasters. Then, at 12:00 noon, Dr. Jill Barnes from the Office of Emergency Services, School Operations, for the Los Angeles Unified School District, will describe how LAUSD prepares for and responds to emergencies and disasters. She will be followed at 12:45 pm by Mr. Tim Kneeland, wilderness and survival expert, helping us learn how to stay alive during emergencies and disasters. We’re also working on a bonus presentation starting at 1:30 pm, so stay tuned!

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Please encourage your stakeholders, family, and friends to register and attend! Everything at the Fair is free, thanks to our generous supporters and contributors, including many Neighborhood Councils throughout Los Angeles.

For more details, or if your NC would like to host an Outreach booth at the Fair, send an email to Info@ValleyDisasterFair.com. Don’t miss this great opportunity to communicate with your stakeholders.

Thank you for helping all of Los Angeles get prepared for disasters.

The 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills. Visit www.ValleyDisasterFair.com for more information and online registration. A Save The Date flyer can be downloaded here.

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LA Budget Advocates Weigh In On 2024 Olympic Bid!

LA Budget Advocates Weigh In On 2024 Olympic Bid!

The Los Angeles Budget Advocates representing the interests of the Neighborhood Councils and their millions of stakeholders would be proud to see Los Angeles host the 2024 summer Olympics provided that those who pursue the nomination carefully evaluate the direct and indirect manpower and resources that will be needed. They must promise not to saddle the citizens with a huge debt, which will impair services and further delay obligatory upgrades creating another shell game of debt to pass on to our children.

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Boston has rejected the 2024 games after the Mayor stated that he could not commit to signing the host city contract as it was presented to him because it would put the city and taxpayers at risk of paying for potential cost overruns – costs estimated to exceed $15 billion with projected revenues of less than $5 billion.

The City of Los Angeles is relying on the infrastructure remaining from the 1984 games to keep costs down and point towards the benefits that can accrue including pride and an increase in tourist income.

Pride does not pay the bills. The City of Los Angeles has many issues that need to be dealt with including a crumbling infrastructure with dangerous sidewalks and pothole filled streets.

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates have concerns about the ability of the City of Los Angeles to avoid costs to our stakeholders and recommend the City pursue the nomination of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for 2024 summer Olympics IF and only IF:

 

  1. a full and complete budget of ALL direct and indirect costs is drawn up and posted on the City’s website for input by interested parties;
  2. the problems with our City’s infrastructure are addressed while identifying what needs to be done specifically for the Olympic Games and how those upgrades will impact the long term City maintenance;
  3. the documented proposal includes fallback and contingency plans for every possible circumstance including our water shortage, not getting a new football stadium, what would happen if there was a police strike or the possibility of a war;
  4. realistic revenue streams are devised to cover direct costs (refurbishing of existing structures, building the Olympic Village, security provisions, technical upgrades) and indirect costs like (road repairs, acceleration of public transportation, overtime for city staff, dealing with our increasing homelessness population) with at minimum of a 10% contingency pad built into the budget; and
  5. an independent organization or commission is set up to run the Olympics with full authority and no material interference from City Hall provided they meet their targets on a timely

 

 

Although a number of the games since 1984 seem to show a profit, they do not account for the millions invested by national governments or absorbed into department budgets and, according to sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, “There’s not any evidence that this helps the city economically.”  Let’s do the right thing.

Without addressing all of the foregoing issues, we do not believe it is in the best interests of our City to pursue the nomination for the 2024 summer Olympics.  So, let’s make it happen!

Let’s bring a responsible Olympic experience to Los Angeles in 2024 and help us create the World Class City of our dreams. Address our concerns and we will help you promote Los Angeles as the Olympic City for 2014.

If you have any questions please contact LABudgetAdvocates@gmail.com.

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Technology & User eXperience — TUX Boot Camp – 9/2/15

TUX Boot Camp – 9/2/15

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Has your Neighborhood Council been working on increasing their online presence and using tech tools to engage stakeholders? Still figuring out the best tools, tips, and tricks for making your social media presence pop? Make sure to RSVP to next week’s Technology & User eXperience (TUX) Boot Camp to learn more about digital tools including social media 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.

If you want to delve deeper and get some one-on-one time with a TUX Team member who can help you cater your social media and outreach strategy to your needs, sign up for a half hour session of TUX 1:1 (timeslots available from 4:30pm – 6:00pm on on the same day). A TUX Team expert will be on hand to answer your questions and guide you through creating an outreach plan that works for you and your Neighborhood Council.

To register for a 30-minute TUX 1:1 session, email TUXTeam@empowerla.org  with your preferred timeslot, and we will get back to you to confirm your appointment. Click to RSVP or view the Facebook event for the TUX Boot Camp.

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Echo Park Branch Library 1410 W Temple St Los Angeles, CA 90026 [map]

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.

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New Deputy City Attorney To Serve Neighborhood Council Advice Division

CityAttorneyThe Office of the City Attorney is pleased to announce the addition of Deputy City Attorney Dania Minassian to the Neighborhood Council Advice Division. Dania joins the Division after serving over 16 years in private and public practice. She joined the City Attorney’s Office in 2008 and has worked in the Employment Litigation Division.

Dania will be the regional attorney assigned to advise Neighborhood Councils in the Valley and the East Los Angeles area.  Neighborhood Councils in Dania’s region should send their questions to her email at dania.minassian@lacity.org.

Deputy City Attorney Carmen Hawkins continues as the regional advisor for Neighborhood Councils in the Central, West, South and Harbor areas of the City.  Carmen may be reached at carmen.hawkins@lacity.org.

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Meet Your New Neighborhood Council Support Staff

StaffImageEmpowerLA is excited to introduce to you the new staffers who will be supporting Neighborhood Councils. We’re in the process of training them and reorganizing our teams for the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have questions please contact our Neighborhood Council Support Helpline at (213) 978-1551 or via email at NCSupport@lacity.org. Thank you!

MikeMike Fong – Director of Policy and Government Relations

Mike has worked for the City of Los Angeles for nearly 14 years working at the Mayor’s Office, Council District 1, Community Development Dept., and Economic & Workforce Development Department. He previously served as the East Area Director for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the primary liaison between the Mayor’s office and the dynamic and diverse communities in the Northeast and East areas of Los Angeles. In addition, he was the Policy Director for Workforce Development in the Mayor’s Office and the Senior Liaison to the city’s Asian Pacific Islander community. Mike also worked for former Councilmember Ed Reyes (CD 1) as Deputy to the communities of Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Echo Park, Angeleno Heights, Westlake, and engaged many Neighborhood Councils in civic empowerment issues. Mike graduated from CSUN with a Master of Public Administration in Public Sector Management and Leadership and from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology and a minor in Education.

LorenzoLorenzo Briceno – Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations

Lorenzo Briceno joins the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment with 10 years of legislative experience in Los Angeles City Council government. He previously worked as Assistant Chief of Staff to Councilmember Bernard C. Park. His management experience leading a political office’s legislative team brings great value to EmpowerLA and to Neighborhood Councils to better understand City Council and Committee processes. Lorenzo has a passion for increasing civic engagement while building strategic partnerships with stakeholders and advocacy groups to further collaborations between government and the people.

OctavianoOctaviano Rios – Outreach and Communications Advocate

Octaviano Rios is a native Angeleno with over 10 years experience in local government working as a staffer for Councilman Dennis P. Zine and Mayor Eric Garcetti. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of California San Diego and a graduate degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York. His efforts have focused heavily on civic engagement, community activism, and engaging the younger generation. In his capacity with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and its partnership with Neighborhood Councils, Octaviano aims to continue forming positive community partnerships, creating an environment of inclusivity, and helping Angelenos become more effective leaders and advocates.

Jasmine DJasmine Duckworth – Policy and Government Relations Advocate

Jasmine Duckworth has explored and engaged in the analysis of various legal and public policy issues with her degree in Public Policy and Law. From initiating fundraising campaigns to drafting policy memorandums relating to educational equity and employment law, she brings passion, experience and an overall desire to learn and grow. Coming from a family who actively participates in neighborhood associations, including a Neighborhood Council, Jasmine is excited to join the EmpowerLA team as she sees Neighborhood Councils as a catalyst for change in their communities and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment dedicated to being part of that change.

Jasmine ElbarbaryJasmine Elbarbary – Outreach and Communications Advocate

Jasmine Elbarbary is an LA native and graduate of Boston University where she studied International Relations. She has conducted research on policy for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland where her work has been presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Her experience has given her a unique perspective on civic engagement and the importance of meaningful partnerships between government and the public. Jasmine aims to foster an increasingly diverse and inclusive environment for Angelenos in the Neighborhood Council System

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Mayor’s Message

Mayor Eric Garcetti will be celebrating Women’s Equality Day this evening by signing an executive directive calling on city departments to implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which the City adopted in 2004.

“Our city only succeeds if everyone has an equal shot at success.  For too long, our women and girls have been left behind and counted out, and I want Los Angeles to lead in employing and empowering women,” said Mayor Garcetti.  “With this executive directive, we recognize that while we still have far to go, we can make progress — by working collaboratively, measuring what we do, and trying innovative approaches.”

The directive requires each General Manager or Head of Department to submit a Gender Equity Action Plan by February 1, 2016 to implement a gender-equity strategy that:

  • upholds an inclusive work environment that promotes fairness and fosters the equal participation of women in leadership positions at all levels;
  • tracks recruitment in fields where women remain underrepresented (such as public safety, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and addresses such underrepresentation;
  • tracks contracts and promotes ways to ensure equal contracting opportunities for women-owned business enterprises;
  • evaluates City services to discover ways to increase gender parity and to promote equal opportunities for, and the advancement of, women and girls;
  • provides any raw data regarding sex and gender on the City’s open-data portal;
  • identifies and develops baseline metrics regarding the status of women and girls; and
  • publishes to the online Gender Equity Dashboard metrics and indicators related to the status of women and girls.
The directive also creates a Gender Equity Coalition, made up of liaisons from each department, that will coordinate with the Commission on the Status of Women to fulfill the City’s responsibilities under the CEDAW ordinance, review and monitor all plans and dashboards, and identify additional goals and critical areas that require focus, including targeting women from particularly vulnerable groups such as transgender women, women living with HIV/AIDS, undocumented women, women of color, seniors, and young women and girls.
Mayor Garcetti also announced today the final results of The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, the first-ever study focusing on the issues and trends affecting the women and girls in the City of Los Angeles.
In line with his commitment to delivering solutions for Los Angeles that are based on the best possible information, Mayor Garcetti asked the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women to commission the report to guide policymaking to address economic, social, and other inequalities facing women.
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The five-part report was researched by Mount Saint Mary’s University.  The first two parts, released in March, examined gender equity in the areas of Demographics and Leadership. The final three parts focus on Veterans, Education and Workforce Development, and Public Safety.
Key findings of the final three parts of the report include:
  • Los Angeles is home to roughly 108,000 veterans, 6% of whom are women, compared with 8% at the national level.
  • In Los Angeles, female veterans are more diverse and younger than their male counterparts. Fifty-six percent of female veterans are people of color, compared with 47% of male veterans. Twenty-five percent of female veterans are under the age of 35, compared with 9% of male veterans.
  • Employed female veterans in Los Angeles earned a median income more than $9,000 greater than non-veteran females in 2012.
  • Los Angeles women with year-round, full-time jobs earn $0.97 for every $1 earned by men. However, for the pool of all employed women, including those with temporary or part-time jobs, 11% have salaries below the poverty line, and women working year-round, full-time jobs in L.A.
  • Twenty-five percent of L.A.’s women currently lack a high school degree. An additional 20% have a high school degree but no additional educational attainment.
  • Overall crime rates in the City of Los Angeles decreased for 12 consecutive years, yet 2014 and the first half of 2015 saw an increase in reports of violent crimes, including aggravated assaults and domestic violence crimes. In 2014, reports of violent crime in Los Angeles increased 14.3% from the previous year, with reports of spousal abuse increasing 27.7%.
  • In 2014, women comprised 19% of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)’s approximately 10,000 police officers. Out of a total LAPD workforce of 12,711 people (including both civilian and sworn staff police officers), 28% are women.
  • Out of 3,244 total firefighting positions in 2014, women made up just under 3% of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)’s force of firefighters.  Out of a total LAFD workforce of 3,470 people (including both civilian and sworn staff firefighters), 7% are women.
The report can be viewed at www.lamayor.org/statusofwomen

About Mount Saint Mary’s University 

Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equality, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. Since 2012, Mount Saint Mary’s has published an annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California, one of the most authoritative and comprehensive compilations of current research focusing on the issues and trends affecting women and girls statewide. Mount Saint Mary’s assists cities and counties throughout the state in creating reports on the status of women and girls in their own communities. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. www.msmu.edu MayorPhoto
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Executive Committee Meeting This Monday

Greetings My Fellow Citizens,

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Our council is continuing to address the major issues facing Van Nuys and the Valley as a whole.  I am proud to report some of the local Council Presidents in the Valley sat down and met with Congressman Tony Cardenas this past Wednesday.  The Congressman is going to work with us on fighting sex trafficking, immigration reform, and making our neighborhoods safer.  He is also reintroducing the Marilyn Monroe Post Office Bill in October, and has been a great ally in focusing on the concerns of Van Nuys.  We spoke for over an hour about gang reduction, homelessness and the Iran Deal.  We should be proud and fortunate to have such an engaging Member of Congress representing us in Washington D,C. and here in the district.

I am also 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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September VNNC Executive Meeting, August 31, 2015 @ the Van Nuys Library

Executive Committee Agenda (VNNC)
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
August 31st, 2015 (Monday 6:30pm – 8:00pm)
6250 Van Nuys Blvd. (Van Nuys Public Library)
Van Nuys, CA 91401

  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 — Approve August Minutes
  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 & Any Special Reports from Councilmembers
  8. New Business
    • a.  The VNNC to hear a speech and presentation from Jessica Borek about illegal street vending.  The VNNC to continue to support it’s position on illegal street vending, and to work with local community leaders to address this issue.
    • b. The VNNC to hold an election for leadership offices, Council President, Council Vice President, Council Treasurer & Council Secretary.
    • c. The VNNC to hold an election for Committee Chairpersons.
    • f. Additional Items
    • g. Funding Requests
  9. Announcements
  10. Adjournment

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
PO Box 3118
Van Nuys, CA 91407
Telephone (818) 533-VNNC (8662)
Email: Info@VNNC.org

Web:  www.VNNC.org

Special Meeting Agenda (VNNC), Tomorrow @ 6:30 pm

Greetings My Fellow Citizens,

This coming Wednesday night the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is having a “Special Meeting” to address certain concerns that have arisen in regards to the training of our Councilmembers. As you may be aware, those that sit on the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council are local elected officials, and in being such, are subject to state laws for Ethics & Funding Training. (This requirement is from Sacramento, and the State’s Fair Political Practices Commission.)

As the Council President, it is my elected duty to make sure our government runs properly and we can conduct business in a normal and timely fashion. This is why I have called this “Special Meeting” and will be overseeing and making sure that each and every Councilmember is properly trained so we can continue doing the work of the people.

Please feel free to stop by this coming Wednesday, and maybe you can offer up a couple of ideas or suggestions our council can work on or address.

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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Special Meeting Agenda (VNNC)

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
August 19th, 2015 (Wednesday 6:30 – 11:00pm)
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. (Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center) Van Nuys, CA 91401

  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 — Approve July Minutes, Approve Special Public Safety Summit Minutes
  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 & Any Special Reports from Councilmembers
  8. New Business
    • a. The VNNC to undergo a full training in Ethics to get all Councilmembers compliant with local and state laws. The VNNC to fully document the Ethics training, and send results to Sacramento and Los Angeles City Hall as to be compliant with local and state laws. (Jay Handel & The LA City Attorney’s Office)
    • b. The VNNC to undergo a full training in Funding to get all Councilmembers compliant with local and state laws. The VNNC to fully document the Funding training, and send results to Sacramento and Los Angeles City Hall as to be compliant with local and state laws. (Jay Handel & The LA City Attorney’s Office)
    • c. The VNNC to undergo a full training in Code of Civility to get all Councilmembers compliant with local and state laws. The VNNC to fully document the Code of Civility training, and send results to Sacramento and Los Angeles City Hall as to be compliant with local and state laws. (Jay Handel & The LA City Attorney’s Office)
    • d. The VNNC to undergo a full training in Code of Conduct to get all Councilmembers compliant with local and state laws. The VNNC to fully document the Code of Conduct training, and send results to Sacramento and Los Angeles City Hall as to be compliant with local and state laws. (Jay Handel)
    • e. The VNNC to undergo a full training in the Ralph M. Brown Act to get all Councilmembers compliant with local and state laws. The VNNC to fully document the Ralph M. Brown Act training, and send results to Sacramento and Los Angeles City Hall as to be compliant with local and state laws. (Jay Handel)
    • f. The VNNC to re-adopt all actions taken at the August General Meeting on 8-12-2015. The VNNC needed to be in full compliance of Ethics & Funding before being able to pass funding requests, or to have certain Councilmember’s votes count in the official record.
    • g. Connect the Dots –The winning Great Streets Challenge Grant is seeking for funds. The Arid Lands Institute (ALI), Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and Pacoima Beautiful is seeking funding from the VNNC in regards to the Great Streets Challenge Grant on Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys. Presentation and discussion on the amount to fund. (Aja Bulla-Richards/ Arid Lands Institute) The VNNC is going to formally enter into the parliamentary procedure called “Committee Of The Whole.” A committee of the whole is a device in which a legislative body or other deliberative assembly is considered one large committee. All members of the legislative body are members of such a committee. This is usually done for the purposes of discussion and debate of the details of bills and other main motions. Robert’s Rules of Order states that the committee of the whole is suitable to large assemblies. The procedure is invoked by a motion to commit to the committee of the whole, or simply to go into a committee of the whole. The only motions in order in a committee of the whole are those to adopt a proposal for inclusion in the committee’s report; to amend; to “rise and report”; as well as certain incidental motions and requests. Variants of the committee of the whole are the quasi committee of the whole and to consider informally. The difference between a committee of the whole and a quasi committee of the whole is that in the latter, the presiding officer of the assembly remains in the chair and presides. Informal consideration simply removes the normal limitations on the number of times members can speak in debate. After the VNNC finishes debating the agenda item, the VNNC will formally go back into the general meeting procedure and vote on funding $2500 for the Great Streets Challenge Grant. (NTE $2500) ACTION ITEM
    • h. 6075 Van Nuys Blvd. Conditional use to expand the existing conditional use of selling alcohol. A request for a Conditional Use to allow for an expansion of an existing deemed to be approved general off-sale alcohol license for an existing 24-hour convenience market. Motion and action. Case no: ZA 2014-4636 (Michael Pauls/Michael Pauls Associate)
    • i. The VNNC to address the concerns of Albert Hernandez. (Hello, I’d like to know if attending the neighborhood council meeting would give me a chance to see if something can be done about the parking in my neighborhood?)
    • j. The VNNC to implement and fulfill the vision of the “Education Reform Summit” we are hosting this August. The VNNC to invite every principal from the Van Nuys schools, and conduct a symposium addressing the current issues facing our schools. The VNNC to come up with a plan to fund after-school programs and anti-gang initiatives. The VNNC to also host a session for Councilmembers to address Ethics and Funding training required by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and the City of LA. The VNNC to have Commissioner Jay Handel host the training session from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.
    • k. The VNNC to hear a speech and presentation from Jessica Borek about illegal street vending. The VNNC to continue to support it’s position on illegal street vending, and to work with local community leaders to address this issue.
    • l. The Village Family Services is requesting sponsorship and funding for the October 31st Fun Walk and 5K run. The 5K will begin at the Sepulveda Park and Ride and continue along the Orange Line all the way to Valley College. The VNNC will have the logo on the t-shirts, as well as other opportunities to promote the council as the event nears. (NTE $5,000) ACTION ITEM
    • m. The VNNC to ask the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) to do a community Saturday calendar of events for all Neighborhood Councilmembers to learn more about the City of Los Angeles. VNNC Secretary to reach out and establish a list of places to visit.
    • n. The VNNC to entertain or address any concerns from stakeholders or other Councilmembers, including but not limited to procedure of committees, actions of the full council or anything else thereof.
    • o. The VNNC to hear testimony in regards to a lot line adjustment. The VNNC to possibly enter into a “Committee On The Whole” to address this issue and see what kind of recommendations we can offer. (Hello George, I understand that the VNNC Planning and Land Use chair is currently on leave so I am emailing you directly on behalf of our client, John Webster, regarding the filing on 8/7/15 of a lot line adjustment on his property located at 14700 W. Oxnard Street. This lot line adjustment is not related to any project or construction, but is being done so the owner will end up having two more or less equally sized lots rather than one big lot and one small lot, and also to clean up having a building that is on top of the lot line’s current position (see attached map). As the lot line adjustment is a parcel map exemption and not technically a discretionary action, it would not be an action item for a neighborhood council, but we wanted to let you know that we are happy to answer any questions regarding the lot line adjustment. Please feel free to contact me by email or my direct line 818-716-2797. Thank you, Joe) Joseph Bernstein
    • p. Additional Funding Requests
    • q. Additional Comments Or Questions
  9. Announcements
  10. Adjournment
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