SFV Town Hall on Feb. 26th at Van Nuys

MR2_SFVCOG_Invite5.jpgPlease Join the SFV Council of Governments and Move LA for

Imagining Our Transportation Future
in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys

With featured speakers from the LA Metro Board Including:

LA County Supervisor
Mike Antonovich

LA County Councilman
Paul Krekorian

Glendale City Councilman
Ara Najarian

This Town Hall meeting will examine important issues of public transit and other transportation investment alternatives for the San Fernando Valley region including the Santa Clarita Valley. We hope to encourage and facilitate a meaningful public dialogue as LA Metro moves forward with its Long Range Transportation Plan update and considers a possible transportation funding measure that may be placed before LA County voters.
(Light refreshments will be served)

Thursday, February 26, 2015  6:00 pm – 9:00pm
Valley Municipal Building, Council Chambers
14410 Sylvan Street, 2nd Floor  Van Nuys, CA 91401


Brought to you by SFV Council of Governments and Move LA
in cooperation with The Transit Coalition, Valley Industry and Commerce Association, The Valley Economic Alliance, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and Pacoima Beautiful

Marisa at Move LA – 310.310.2390 or email Marisa@movela.org

Denny Zane for Move LA


1/26/15 Los Angeles Wins Nation’s Largest New Homeless Assistance Funding Award

For Immediate Release

January 27, 2015  

Los Angeles Wins Nation’s Largest New Homeless Assistance Funding Award


                  Los Angeles Continuum of Care Awarded $91,956,831 in

FY 2014 Homeless Assistance Grants

Los Angeles, CA, January 27, 2015 – The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), lead agency for the L.A. Continuum of Care, today announced U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homeless Housing and Services awards will provide $91,956,831in funding to 232 projects in Los Angeles City and County, including the largest new grant in the country – $10,120,541 awarded to support 550 units of permanent supportive housing rental assistance for chronically homeless individuals.

The grant was awarded to the Los Angeles Continuum through a national competition for bonus funding, in which Los Angeles received the maximum award possible. The FY 2014 awards also include $6,915,158 in funding for other new projects, providing 376 units of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people and 74 units of rapid re-housing assistance for homeless families. These new grants were generated by strategically reallocating Continuum resources from older grants to increase their efficiency.

“This $10 million in new homeless assistance funding is a strong vote of confidence by our Federal partners in the work Los Angeles has undertaken to end homelessness. These grants provide critical funding to house and support our homeless neighbors,” said Executive Director Peter Lynn, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). “These new projects will help more than 1,100 men, women and children move into permanent housing over the next year. LA can effectively compete for new funds and can efficiently reallocate the funding we already have to put it to best use housing our community’s most vulnerable.”

LAHSA Commission Chair Kerry Morrison also acknowledged the importance of these awards. “On the eve of the homeless count, where we so clearly see the need for more resources in LA County, $17 million in awards for additional permanent housing presents a significant and much needed boost in funding for the region. These awards will help our community partners to accelerate our progress toward ending homelessness in Los Angeles.”

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro has awarded $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A complete list of the state and local homeless projects awarded funding can be found at the link below.

HUD funding will continue to support programs that provide opportunities for stable housing to people experiencing homelessness and provide service support to help individuals and families retain their housing long term.

About the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages more than $70 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing housing and services to men, women and children experiencing homelessness.

For specific grants in Los Angeles County visit:https://www.hudexchange.info/onecpd/assets/File/2014-california-coc-grants.pdf

For a National look visit:  




(Washington, DC) – Today, continuing his efforts to promote the environmental and health benefits of consuming less meat, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) sent a “Dear Colleague” message to his fellow Representatives, urging them to join the global “Meatless Monday” movement.

Cárdenas’ congressional staff chose, last year, to observe Meatless Mondays along with the Congressman.

“Raising livestock for food causes the destruction of open space in favor of factory farms, the release of millions of tons of greenhouse gases, and the consumption of valuable drinking water,” said Cárdenas in the letter. “By going meat-free even one day a week, we can help conservation efforts and take one more action to help mitigate the threat of global climate change.”

Cárdenas’ San Fernando Valley district has suffered along with all of Southern California in the current drought.

“Some of the nation’s largest school districts, workplaces and public figures are signing up to start the week off by taking a day off from eating meat,” the letter continued. “Going meat-free means enjoying delicious vegetarian options at restaurants and trying out new recipes at home.”

Meatless Mondays is not a new idea. During the first half of the 20th Century, particularly throughout the years of World War I and II, millions of American families pledged to observe Meatless Mondays in an effort to support our troops and allies fighting abroad.

Cárdenas’ staff takes part in the Meatless Monday efforts by not only avoiding meat, but also posting favorite vegetarian recipes on various social media outlets.



(San Fernando Valley, Calif.) – To help businesses and non-profit organizations in the San Fernando Valley seek, and eventually secure, funding from government grant sources, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas will host his second annual grant workshop this Thursday in the Valley.

Guest presenters and congressional staff will cover requirements for local, state and federal grants; different types of grants; and the most effective way for grant writers to ensure they receive the awards they seek. Presenters will include representatives from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Cal Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cárdenas’ website offers help to local organizations as well, including much of what will be discussed and handed out at the workshop, at http://cardenas.house.gov/services/help-with-grants.

More than 100 local organizations have already RSVP’d for the grant workshop, which will begin at 10 a.m., Thursday, at the North Hollywood Regional Library.

     WHAT:         Second Annual Grant Workshop, hosted by U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas
WHEN:        Thursday, January 29, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE:      North Hollywood Regional Library, 5211 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Bulletin on Campus Sexual Assault and Safety


News Release

January 27, 2015

For Immediate Release
(415) 703-5837

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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Bulletin on Campus Sexual Assault and Safety

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued an information bulletin to California law enforcement agencies, higher education administrators and campus security personnel, providing enforcement guidance on new and amended sexual assault and campus safety laws. The bulletin summarizes SB 967 (Senate pro Tempore Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles) and AB 1433 (Assemblymember Mike Gatto, D-Glendale), gives enforcement guidance in the context of existing state and federal statutes, and encourages increased collaboration between law enforcement and campus authorities.

“The threat of sexual assault is real and pervasive,” said Attorney General Harris. “Last year California adopted some of the most aggressive campus sexual assault laws in the country. Today’s bulletin ensures that education leaders and law enforcement understand their responsibilities under these laws, enforce them consistently, and collaborate to protect victims.”

The two new laws create reporting requirements and standards for campus disciplinary procedures.

SB 967 requires California postsecondary institutions – in order to receive state funds for financial assistance – to adopt comprehensive, victim-centered policies and disciplinary procedures concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Under the law, an institution’s policy governing its campus disciplinary process must use an affirmative consent standard – defined as an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity – to determine whether a sexual assault complainant consented.

SB 967 requires campuses to use a preponderance of the evidence standard when adjudicating complaints in the campus disciplinary process. This means the evidence must show it is “more likely than not” – i.e., greater than 50 percent likelihood – that the victim did not consent. The law also requires postsecondary institutions to partner with campus and community organizations to refer both victims and perpetrators to health, counseling, advocacy and legal services.

“The laws we pursue in the California legislature set an example for the rest of the country,” Senate pro Tempore de León stated. “With 1 in 5 women on college campuses experiencing sexual assault, it’s our responsibility to secure a safe learning environment for our students.”

AB 1433 specifies that as a condition for participation in the Cal Grant program, campus security authorities are required to immediately – or as soon as practicably possible – disclose to local law enforcement any report of a violent crime, hate crime or sexual assault, whether committed on- or off-campus. Postsecondary governing boards must implement policies and procedures by July 1, 2015, to ensure reports of these crimes are immediately forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

“Students at our colleges and universities deserve to learn without living in fear of sexual assault, and they deserve to know that crimes that occur on campus won’t be treated any differently than those that occur elsewhere in our community,” said Assemblymember Mike Gatto.  “I thank Attorney General Harris for her advice and collaboration in these matters.”

AB 1433 builds on existing state and federal requirements for campus and law enforcement collaboration. California law already requires postsecondary institutions to enter into written agreements with local law enforcement agencies. The federal Clery Act also requires campus officials to contact local law enforcement to obtain accurate statistics about crimes reported on or near campus.

Attorney General Harris has a longstanding commitment to reducing sexual violence and seeking justice for sexual assault victims. In her first year in office, Attorney General Harris eliminated a longstanding backlog of untested rape kits in state-run labs – which included 1,300 DNA cases.  In April 2014, the California Attorney General’s Rapid DNA Service Team received the United States Department of Justice Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services. Attorney General Harris is currently prosecuting two operators of cyber exploitation websites who, combined, facilitated the posting of over 10,000 sexually explicit photos and extorted victims to remove the illicit content.

 In the coming months, the Attorney General’s Office will release additional guidance suggesting ways in which law enforcement and campus personnel can comply with the new laws and facilitate justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators.

To view the information bulletin click here: http://bit.ly/1CcwfB1

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Blumenfield Demands Protections for Nonprofits

Blumenfield Demands Protections for NonProfits

Council calls on state and federal governments to raise reimbursement rates

LOS ANGELES, CA – Ahead of an important state legislative deadline, the Los Angeles City Council today urged state and federal lawmakers to increase reimbursement rates for nonprofit service providers. The resolution, authored by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, is designed to guard against any loss in services as the result of proposed increases to the City’s minimum wage.

Many nonprofits, particularly child-care centers and those who serve people with developmental disabilities and other vulnerable populations, rely almost exclusively on financial support from state and federal reimbursements but these reimbursement rates do not take in to account cost of living data, including local minimum wage. Consequently, unless that changes, they will likely have to cut services.

“The City of Los Angeles has the opportunity to act on an ambitious and important minimum wage proposal that can dramatically improve the lives of many, but we must do so in a way that will actually create jobs, improve our economy and best serve our entire community,” said Blumenfield. “As we work together to lift families out of poverty, it is crucial that we be deliberative and get it right.”

Speaking in support of today’s action were representatives from several San Fernando Valley nonprofits that would be affected by inaction on the part of the state, including AbilityFirst in Woodland Hills, Valley Village in Canoga Park, and Therapeutic Living Center for the Blind in Reseda.

“The proposed Resolution calling for the City to advocate for appropriate funding adjustments for LA’s nonprofits is both an economic imperative and an act of the highest ethical standards,” said Steve Miller, a representative of Tierra del Sol, one of the largest providers of services for people with developmental disabilities.

In October, Blumenfield brought that message directly to state lawmakers, testifying before the Senate Human Services Committee’s Los Angeles area field hearing at City Hall.

“It is often said that a rising tide lifts all boats; it is my hope that by doing our due diligence, a rising wage will strengthen workers’ pocketbooks, our economy and the spirit of this great City and its people,” concluded Blumenfield.


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WHO?:    LAUSD School Board candidates for District 5: Bennett Kayser, Ref Rodríguez and Andrew Thomas.

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Feliz Improvement Association, InnerCity Struggle, Children’s Defense Fund, Educators for Excellence, KIPP LA, LA Education Partnership (LAEP), California Community Foundation, CORO of Southern California, CHIRLA, media, educators, students, and local residents.

WHAT?:    The United Way of Great Los Angeles and it community partners will host a forum for school board candidates for District 5 (Atwater Village, Glassell Park, Eagle Rock, Mt. Washington, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Montecito Heights, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, East Los Angeles, South Gate, Cudahy, Maywood and Huntington Park). All candidates, including the incumbents, from the district have been invited to attend. Community members are expected to turn out en masse. The public is encouraged to attend the event. Food, childcare and translation will be provided free of cost. Attendees can also register to vote or sign up to receive mail-in ballots.

The seven-member LAUSD school board approves an annual budget of $7 billion for the second largest school district in the country. This forum will provide the public the opportunity to learn about each candidate’s values, strategies and goals during his/ her term on the board. Questions will cover a range of topics including priorities for the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), restorative justice, parent and student engagement, teacher retention, charter schools, strategies for advocating for English Language Learners and technology initiatives. There will also be an opportunity for community members to submit their own questions to be answered at the event.

WHERE?:    Goodwill Center, 3150 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065

WHEN?:    Wednesday, January 28, 2015    6-8 p.m.

WHY?:    The United Way of Greater LA hosts these forums every school board election season in an effort to promote an informed and broad base of voters across LAUSD. These events are part of a larger strategy of empowering the voices of parents, teachers, students and community members to advocate for policies that are rooted in equity. We aim to create pathways out of poverty by promoting the achievement of children of color and children living in high poverty areas.


Board District

Date & Time


Area Served

Candidates Present


Board District 3




North Hollywood HS, 5231 Colfax Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Northridge, Winnetka, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, Van Nuys, Studio City, North Hollywood

Tamar Galatzan

*United Way, CLASS, Valley Education Action Committee, Great Public Schools, Children’s Defense Fund, LA Education Partnership (LAEP), California Community Foundation, CORO of Southern CA, Northridge East NC, Northridge West NC, Winnetka NC, Canoga Park NC

Elizabeth Badger

Filiberto Gonzalez

Ankur Patel

Carl Petersen

Scott  Schmerelson

Board District 5, Northeast




Goodwill Center, 3150 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Atwater Village, Glassell Park, Eagle Rock, Mt. Washington, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Montecito Heights, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, East Los Angeles, South Gate, Cudahay, Maywood, Huntington Park

Bennett Kayser

United Way, CLASS, Los Feliz Improvement Association, InnerCity Struggle (ICS), Children’s Defense Fund, Educators For Excellence, KIPP LA, LA Education Partnership (LAEP), California Community foundation, CORO of Southern CA, CHIRLA

Ref Rodriguez

Andrew Thomas

Board District 5, Southeast




Old Timers Foundation, 3355 East Gage Avenue, Huntington Park, CA 90255

Atwater Village, Glassell Park, Eagle Rock, Mt. Washington, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Montecito Heights, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, East Los Angeles, South Gate, Cudahay, Maywood, Huntington Park

Bennett Kayser

United Way, CLASS, KIPP LA, Children’s Defense Fund, LA Education Partnership (LAEP), California Community Foundation, CORO of Southern CA, Great Public Schools LA, CHIRLA

Ref Rodriguez

Andrew Thomas

Board District 7




Granada Theater, 632 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744

San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, Carson, Harbor Gateway, Lomita, Garden, Willowbrook, Watts

Richard Vladovic

United Way, CLASS, South Bay Center For Counseling, I Heart Wilmington, Children’s Defense Fund, LA Education Partnership (LAEP), California Community Foundation, CORO of Southern CA, Great Public Schools LA

Euna Anderson

Lydia Gutierrez

*Lead Organizations

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council To Host LA City Council District 6 Debate

he largest Neighborhood Council in the Valley is moderating the community forum for one of the most watched races this election season.

VAN NUYS, CA — On February 11th, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will host a debate for the two candidates seeking election in the 6th City Council District. The event will take place at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in the Van Nuys Council Chambers starting at 7pm.

In what is being billed as one of the most interesting rematches for decades in Los Angeles City Council politics, the incumbent Councilwoman faces a former Assemblywoman for the coveted seat which represents a large portion of the mid and north Valley.

“The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is really looking forward to hosting this debate, and asking the tough questions to address the issues and concerns facing the 6th District of Los Angeles.  We are soliciting questions from the general public, and are inviting community leaders and the local media to participate as well,” said Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys & Council President George Christopher Thomas.

The two candidates on the ballot for the March 3rd election are incumbent Councilwoman Nury Martinez and former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez.  If you would like to submit a question for the debate, please email it to george.thomas@vnnc.org or visit the Council website at www.vnnc.org.  The VNNC meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

March for REAL Climate Leadership-Bus from Westside LA/SFV to Oakland

March for REAL Climate Leadership-Bus from Westside LA/SFV to Oakland
Culver City Expo Line Station – Van Nuys Metrolink Station
Bus to Sacramento!Bus from the Bay Area to Sacramento for Governor Brown’s State of the State Address (1/22/14)

Are you ready to join the largest march for climate change in California history?

On Saturday, February 7, Californians from across the state will come together on the streets of Oakland for the March for REAL Climate Leadership — a rally and teach-in to strengthen the climate justice movement in the Golden State, and to make sure Gov. Brown knows that to be a REAL leader on climate, he must ban fracking now!

We’ll take you round-trip to Governor Brown’s neighborhood in Oakland to join thousands of other Californians demanding an end to extreme forms of oil extraction (like fracking), refinery expansion and the rest of Big Oil’s toxic techniques. After the march, we will come together for a teach-in to focus on regional battles with Big Oil, and explore how we can grow the movement in 2015. Purchase your ticket below for pick-up from West L.A. or the San Fernando Valley.

Bus Pick-Up Time & Locations:

  • 3:30 a.m. — Culver City Expo Line Station, 8817 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA, 90232
  • 4:20 a.m. — Van Nuys Metrolink Station, 7724 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401

The bus will leave Oakland at 7:00 p.m. and will return to Van Nuys at 12:30 a.m. (2/8), and to Culver City by 1:45 a.m. (2/8).

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Mike Gatto Introduces DNA Privacy Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     Contact:  Justin Hager (818) 558-3043

January 22, 2015                                                                                                                               Mobile (415) 889-9762

Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces DNA Privacy Bill

SACRAMENTO – A government repository of the DNA of all children born?  It sounds like something out of 20th Century dystopian fiction. Surely, that can’t happen here, right?  Actually, millions of newborns each year provide a blood sample to the state, to be screened for congenital disorders.  But what happens to it next is alarming.  The blood (and DNA) samples are deposited into a biobank where they can be used by outside researchers (who pay), for tests that few parents know about or consent to.  These samples contain the most sensitive personal information: our children’s genetic information.  And the state is storing that information and selling it to outside entities.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced legislation today to protect the privacy of California’s citizens.  The bill, AB 170, would strengthen the notice requirements when dried blood spot (DBS) samples are taken from newborns to screen for diseases.  Gatto’s proposal would require that parents be provided information regarding the retention of DBS samples, including the parents’ right to request the destruction of their child’s DBS.  The bill would further permit children to request the destruction of their DBS when they reach adulthood.

“Whenever data is stored, data can fall into the wrong hands.  Imagine the discrimination a person might face if their HIV status, or genetic predisposition to a mental disorder were revealed to the public,”  said Gatto.  “Parents should have the right to protect their children and people should have the right to control how their personal medical records are used once they reach adulthood.”

All 50 states operate newborn screening programs to screen for certain metabolic, endocrine, or hemoglobin disorders, as well as genetic disorders including cystic fibrosis, phenylketonuria, and severe combined immunodeficiency.  California, which screens over 500,000 newborns each year, provides one of the largest population-based screening programs in the world.  Early detection and treatment of these disorders can prevent serious medical problems such as intellectual disabilities and life-threatening diseases.  The test is administered by taking a few drops of blood from the baby’s heel and placing the blood spots on special filter paper that is then sent to a state-approved lab for testing.

California is one of just four states where the DBS becomes the property of the state — and therefore a de facto, government-owned-and-operated DNA repository.  Furthermore, the California Department of Public Health loans DBS samples to researchers, for a fee.  These retention and loan practices have raised concerns that a person’s personal medical information, contained in their DBS, could become public.  Current laws do not mandate that parents to be provided information regarding the retention of DBS, nor their right to request the destruction of their child’s DBS.  It also does not allow for the person whose blood was taken as a newborn to request destruction of their sample once they reach adulthood.

“Newborn screening is an incredible tool that has saved millions of newborns.  But during an era of omnipresent intrusion in our lives, policymakers must take steps to safeguard our personal information, especially medical records, which are particularly personal,” said Assemblyman Gatto.  “AB 170 will ensure that parents can protect their children’s privacy and can destroy infant-screening records after they have served their purpose.”

Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Consumer Protection and Privacy Committee, and the longest-serving current member of the State Assembly.  He represents California’s 43rd Assembly District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake. www.asm.ca.gov/gatto