Recycled Water Fill Station open on weekends at LAG

residential-rwfs-image-01LADWP customers can now pick up free recycled water for irrigation at the Residential Recycled Water Fill Station at the Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant located at 4600 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039. The fill station is open every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. See the attached flyer for details, or visit<>. To RSVP, please email<>.

NOTE: Operations have been suspended for the Residential Recycled Water Fill Station at the LA Zoo.

This recycled water project is brought to you by Los Angeles Sanitation, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, One Water Los Angeles and the Save the Drop LA campaign.

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VNNC October PLUM Committee Meeting Agenda 2016

VNNC PLUM Committee Meeting Agenda

October 18, 2016 (Tuesday 6:30- 7:30 pm)

Van Nuys Constituents Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 2b on the Second Floor

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 — Speaker’s times, cell phones, conversations, correspondence received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s jurisdiction.)
  5. Old Business:
    • A. Administrative item. Update on the proposed bus service routes of DASH. Committee is discussing the proposed routes of LADOT DASH service within the Van Nuys jurisdiction. An update will include a resolution and draft on the board’s position of the latest information. Update, discussion and action. (PLUM Committee Board member Jerry Martin).
  6. New Business:
    • A. 6639 Norwich Ave. Second Dwelling Unit. A Zoning Variance to allow 2nd dwelling unit in a R1-1 Zone with yard setback and fence height adjustments. Case no#: ZA-2015-4305-ZV-ZAA-F (Diahanne Payne/ Plans Are Us) supporting docs.: november-23-zv-findings november-23-2015-zaa-findings letter-of-consent-october-29-2015 chief-architect-premier-x5_-24×36-layout-6639-norwich-actual-1 case-mlu-applic118
    • B. 14306 Oxnard Street. Zone Variance. Allow continued maintenance and operation of automotive repair with spray paint booth in existing CM-1 zone closer than 500 feet of R-2 zone. Case no#: (Tigran Vardanyan/ SoCal Collision Center.) Supporting Documents:
    • C. Administration Item. Asking the VNNC to support the call for Eric Garcetti, LADWP to reach 100% renewable energy by 2030, to refrain from any new investments in fossil fuel infrastructure, and to ensure that all residents of Los Angeles reap the benefits of the transition to renewable energy. Discussion and Action.
    • D. Administrative item. Discussion for a new park on Sherman Circle near the corner of Sherman Way and Van Nuys Blvd. Committee will discuss in bringing a new park to the Van Nuys area. Discussion and Action.
  7. Public Comments
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjourn


VNNC October General Meeting Agenda

VNNC General Meeting Agenda

October 19, 2016 (Wednesday 7:00-9:30 pm)

Van Nuys Constituents Center Conference Room

6262 Van Nuys Blvd. Conference Room 1A

Van Nuys, CA 91401-2707

  1. Call To Order & Pledge Of Allegiance To the United States of America.
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair — Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.)
  5. Secretary’s Report — Jeremy Pessoa
  6. Treasurer’s Report — Stacey Rains and/or Howard Benjamin (Second Signatory) — Approve Treasurer’s Report
  7.  Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report, & Elected Officials’ Reports.
  8. Old Business
    • A. None
  9. New Business:
    • A. 6569 N. Van Nuys Blvd. Mixed-use project. 184-unit mixed use apartments w/ approximately 20,000 sq. ft of commercial space. Developers request to consist of a zone change from P-1VL to Mixed Use (Commercial & Residential) + Density Bonus; 168 Market Rate units with 16 earmarked for Very Low income units. In addition, owners are requesting to increase the density bonus above 35% and to increase the affordable unit set- aside. Asking for a Letter of Support. (Boaz Miodovsky/Ketter Designs) renderings
    • B. Outreach – Proposal for VNC to purchase 500 VNNC logo bags for Outreach Committee purposes. Not to Exceed (NTE) $1,000. (Howard Benjamin)
    • C. Outreach – Proposal for VNNC to purchase 61 light pole banners to replace those damaged by wind. (NTE) $9,000. (Howard Benjamin)
    • D. 14741 Calvert Street (MacLeod Ale Brewing Company). Conditional Use Permit. Renewal of CUP for the on+off-site consumption, sale, and manufacture of beer in conjunction with existing (Type 23) license and expansion of brewery permit into adjacent site with daily hours 6:00-2:00am. Existing approval ZA-2012-02658-CUB contain term grants. Asking for a Letter of Support. Case No#: ZA-2016-3245-CUB (Alastair & Jennifer Boase/ MacLeod Ale Brewing Company) Supporting Docs.:drawings-and-maps macleod_eaf_082216 macloed_new-mlua_082216
    • E. 7639 Van Nuys Blvd. Proposal for Bonus Density to build 5-story residential apartments. On menu item to increase the building height from 45 feet to 56 feet and increase the floor area ratio from 1.5:1 to 2.5:1. Case No#: DIR-2016-2920 (Armin Gharai/GA Engineering Inc.) Supporting Docs.:arch-drawings environmental-assessment-form photo-boards master-application justification-letter
    • F. 6719-6705 N. Sepulveda Blvd. On Menu Incentive for Affordable Housing. The demolition of an existing motel, less than 50 units, consisting of (2) one- story buildings and (1) two-story building in order to construct a new 3 story, 44 unit residential apartment building over on grade parking. Case No#: DIR-2016-0725 (Armin Gharai of GA Engineering, Inc.) 
    • G. Community partners requests $3,000 for an educational program at the Santa Monica Mountain National Park in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks for (4) Van Nuys Schools—(Sylvan Elementary, Van Nuys Middle School, Van Nuys Elementary & Kester Elementary). 
    • H. Proposal that the VNNC adopt the following motion and issue a Community Impact Statement (CIS) stating that: “The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is concerned with and supports our Stakeholders in resolving our parking, street quality, and safety problems.” (Dr. Weissman) 
    • I. Proposal that the VNNC allocate funds to the Outreach Committee to support a community Halloween event, NTE $500. (Maria Skelton) 
    • J. Proposal that the VNNC allocate funds to join with the Country General Store in sponsoring an event to benefit Children of the Night, NTE $2,500 (Candido Marez) 
    • K. Proposal that the VNNC create a Special Committee On Policy Education (SCOPE Committee) to begin as an ad hoc committee with an initial six (6) month sunset period. The VNNC SCOPE Committee will make recommendations on organizing forums to address special policy issues on homelessness, sex trafficking, gang reduction, and valley-wide transportation needs, provided that opposing viewpoints are represented, as well. The VNNC General Board is to have the final say on all presenters to appear before the SCOPE Committee. The SCOPE Committee will include at least one (1) stakeholder member and will comply with the provisions of the Brown Act.
  10. Public Comments
  11. Announcements
  12. Adjourn

2016 October General Meeting

Ciclavia – This Sunday, October 16, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Can’t wait to see you this Sunday at CicLAvia – Heart of Los Angeles! Let’s play and celebrate our streets on CicLAvia’s sixth birthday celebration.

There are lots of activities going on along the route: from Chinatown to Mariachi Plaza, from MacArthur Park to Grand Park, you can enjoy a fun-filled day of play!

Take a ride in a pedicab, sponsored by AARP in Los Angeles, available for pick up at all four hubs. Enjoy playground games in Chinatown while listening to live bands presented by the Chinatown Business Improvement District. Get caffeinated with free Don Francisco’s Coffee at MacArthur Park, and pedal your way to AARP’s Classic Game Play Zone at Mariachi Plaza! While there, stay hydrated at Drink Up – Partnership for a Healthier America’s water station!

IMG_0564.JPGAs always, each CicLAvia hub will have first aid, basic bike repair, restrooms, and water stations brought to you by LADWP. Information and merchandise booths will also be at every hub. Be sure to check out our brand new CicLAvia Nutcase helmet! These beauties are limited edition, and are sure to become a collectors item.

Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors for helping make CicLAvia one of LA’s favorite holidays. We can’t wait to play with you on Sunday!

‘Til soon,
Romel Pascual, CicLAvia – Executive Director

Town Hall Meeting – October 22 @ 11:00 am

valley-town-hall-color-flyer-v4Please join on Saturday Oct. 22 at 11 am at the wonderful (but endangered) Sportsmen’s Lodge on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City as the Coalition to Preserve LA and several Community groups hold our very own Town Hall on over-development, gridlock and harm to our neighborhood character — and what we can do about it in the San Fernando Valley.

Our Valley Town Hall will feature every day people trying to save their neighborhoods from huge developments that tower over our residential homes and out of scale projects that destroy the character of our neighborhoods.  The speakers panel will feature heroic community fighters like Richard Close, leader of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, who know what it’s like to fight — and win.

Co-sponsors are the Chase Knolls Residents and Neighbors Association and the San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Coalition.

An invitation flyer is attached. RSVP is required to This is a FREE event. Find out about the quiet deals underway to over-develop our livable communities in the Valley, and what you can do about it.  For more information visit

And please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested.


L.A. Historic Neighborhoods Conference October 15, Tomorrow

2016-la-historic-neighborhoods-conference-flyer-2The Department of City Planning and the Los Angeles Conservancy invite all neighborhood council leaders and stakeholders to sign up today for the L.A. Historic Neighborhoods Conference, on Saturday, October 15, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 514 W. Adams Blvd. (at Figueroa), City Historic-Cultural Monument #516.  To register, visit:   

The registration fee (only $25 if you register by October 6, $30 by October 14, or $35 at the door) covers all conference activities, including morning refreshments, lunch, and your choice of walking tours.

Here are six great reasons to attend this year’s conference:

1) Relationships and Networking: It’s the only chance all year long to meet and connect with neighborhood leaders focused on historic preservation and neighborhood conservation from across the city, to share ideas and build relationships.
2) Charles Phoenix!: The day will kick off with a dose of humor — an hour-long presentation by showman, tour guide, and author Charles Phoenix, the “Ambassador of Americana,” who will take us on a whirlwind adventure through Los Angeles’ neighborhoods, exploring architecture, themed environments, and more!

3) HPOZ Awards Ceremony: As part of our lunch program, we’ll be honoring the project teams, property owners, and community leaders responsible for exemplary projects in Los Angeles’ Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs), or historic districts.

4) The Venue: Experience the historic 1925 St. John’s Cathedral, one of Los Angeles’ most monumental examples of Romanesque Revival architecture, with a grand array of golden-hued mosaics and Italian marble columns and altar.

5) The Sessions: This year’s discussions promise to be lively and informative, with a theme of “community character.”  There’s something for everyone — from sessions on neighborhood conservation tools and re:code LA to “You’re an HPOZ, Now What?,” focused on strategies for neighborhood engagement and building community support.  We’ll also feature half-hour “power sessions” on topics such as architectural styles and small-lot subdivisions.

6) Neighborhood Walking Tours:  In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to see some of Los Angeles’ most significant historic neighborhoods and experience first-hand the architecture, the community and the “lessons learned” from your choice of four historic districts near the conference venue, through walking tours of the University Park HPOZ, North University Park Specific Plan Area, Adams-Normandie HPOZ, and the proposed 27th and 28th Street HPOZ.

Please help us spread the word to other interested organizations in your area, including neighborhood preservation organizations, homeowners/residents associations, and other non-profit organizations.

VNNC General Board Meeting rescheduled to October 19th, 2016

p1020780In observance of Yom Kippur on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, this month’s general meeting is rescheduled October 19, 2016 at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. in the Conference Room. The VNNC apologizes for any inconvenience and looks forward to seeing you at the next meeting on October 19.

Have a safe weekend.

Jeffry Lynn

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

Support NCSA’s call for 100% renewable energy by 2030; Call for Cool Block Leaders; and More

Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance

Support NCSA’s call for 100% renewable energy by 2030

The NCSA Board urges its member Neighborhood Councils to call for LADWP to shift its energy generation portfolio to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and refrain from further investment in its fossil fuel infrastructure— lofty and impactful goals. And the timeline for this issue is immediate, as LADWP is setting their Integrated Resources Plan right now.

Want to learn more about the issue? The NCSA will be hosting an informational conference call on Sunday, October 16 at 3pm, in which you’ll hear both supporting and opposing viewpoints on this action. All NCSA Member Representatives are encouraged to attend. Please email to RSVP for the call. (Is your NC not a member yet? See here to join.)

Ready to take action? We are encouraging a few related yet independent actions:

  • NCSA Member Representatives will vote! While the NCSA Advocacy Committee and Board recommend this advocacy position, our members determine whether we officially adopt this stance or not. We will be emailing out for votes as late as possible in order to accommodate NCs, but the DWP must submit its plan to the state by the end of the year. (Stay tuned for information about voting!)

  • Everyone is encouraged to take this issue to their Neighborhood Councils. The more councils that act, the more resounding it will be for LADWP to adopt this position. See our Advocacy page for our letter, sample agenda motion language, and support materials.

  • Speak up at the upcoming LADWP’s Integrated Resources Planning workshops, scheduled for the end of the month and early November. The schedule for the workshops can be found below, and here.

Questions or thoughts? Contact NCSA Energy Committee Chair Tyler Aguirre at

WANTED: Cool Block Leaders!

Would you like to help your neighborhood become climate-friendly, disaster-resilient, and community-rich? Then join the NCSA on Saturday, October 15 or Sunday, October 23 at a Cool Block Cafe to learn all about our new Cool Blocks LA program, and how both Neighborhood Councils and individual residents can participate in our Nov 2016 – June 2017 pilot! Details and RSVP here:

Local events and opportunities

Oct. 5. 10th anniversary celebration of CA Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), live webcast

Oct. 5-7. Greenbuild 2016 Expo & Conference, DTLA

Oct 7. LADWP La Kretz Innovation Campus Grand Opening, DTLA

Oct. 7. SUMMIT: Shaping the City of the Future, Santa Monica

Oct. 11. California Housing Summit, DTLA

Oct. 13. Sustainable Works Green Living Workshop series, Westwood

Oct. 15. Cool Block Cafe + Hyperion Treatment Plant Sustainability Features Tour, Playa del Rey

Oct 15. 2016 Great Streets Challenge: “Call for Community Partners” workshop, DTLA

Oct. 16. NCSA advocacy action opportunity, conference call (see details above).

Oct. 16. CicLAvia – Heart of LA, Boyle Heights, Chinatown, DTLA, and Westlake

Oct 18-20. Earth Now: Earth 2050 Symposium, UCLA

Oct. 19. Sustainability Day, CSU Northridge; topics include water, energy, and social justice

Oct. 22. P-22 Day & Urban Wildlife Festival, Griffith Park

Oct. 23. Cool Block Cafe, Hollywood

Oct. 26. One Water LA workshop, Atwater Village

Oct. 26. LADWP Integrated Resource Planning workshop, DTLA

Oct. 28. 2016 Mayoral Housing, Transportation, and Jobs Summit, UCLA

Nov. 2. LADWP Integrated Resource Planning workshop, Wilmington

Nov. 3. LADWP Integrated Resource Planning workshop, Pacoima

Thank you, 2016 Congress of Neighborhoods participants!

Many thanks to all who joined NCSA at the very successful 2016 Congress of Neighborhoods on Sept. 24! Whether you shared your experiences at the sustainability or other workshops, volunteered at our outreach table, or joined us for our pizza social at the end of the day, we greatly appreciate your interest and support!

We invite you to continue the conversation with us and help the NCSA achieve even greater impact in the year ahead, by getting involved with one of our many committees. Please contact NCSA board chair Torin Dunnavant for more information: In addition, please take a few minutes to share your feedback about the Congress with the Neighborhood Council Congress Planning Committee, by Oct. 7, here. Thank you!!

Green Festival Expo wrap up: congratulations and thanks

Congratulations to Claudia Cooper and Joe Harper, the winners of the NCSA’s recent prize drawing at the Green Festival Expo! Claudia will receive a $500 collection of eco-friendly skin care products, compliments of Josie Maran Cosmetics in Hollywood, and Joe will enjoy a $69 SunPort X1 solar-powered light and charger, courtesy of Compact Solar Devices.

Much thanks to Josie Maran, Compact Solar Devices, and our other terrific event and program partners — LA Sanitation; Empowerment Institute; LATE BLOOMER – An Urban Garden Web Series; Recycle by City; and TreePeople — for their support!

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Want to find or share local sustainability events, resources, or opportunities for action? Need help with a community sustainability challenge? Join your peers and the NCSA today at our Facebook Group and Facebook Page. Also, to assure that NCSA emails land in your primary inbox, please take a moment to add our Nationbuilder email address to your contacts:

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Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance at City Planning Commission Meeting Next Thursday (10/13)

the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance (CPC-2016-3161-CA) will go before the City Planning Commission on Thursday, October 13, 2016. The meeting will start at 8:30 AM, but we have been informed that due to a packed agenda, the UAIZ Ordinance will not be heard and acted on until after 12:00 PM. The meeting will be located at:

City Hall,  Room 340 (Public entrance on Main Street)

200 N. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

At this point, the October 13 CPC Agenda and Staff Recommendation Report have not yet been posted to the Department’s website, but should be available within the next few days. You should receive another email with direct links by the end of the week, but please view the following links if you wish to check the website in the meantime.

CPC Agenda:

Staff Report:

If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you should be able to listen to it by calling the Council Phone number listed for Downtown here:

The Commission has adopted rules regarding written submissions, including Day of Hearing Submissions, which can be viewed here: