Sustainable City pLAn for Los Angeles

Sustainable City pLAn for Los Angeles

Earlier this year Mayor Eric Garcetti launched several Executive Directives, one of which was the first ever Sustainable City pLAn. Sustainability is about more than combating climate change and reducing pollution: it encompasses economic development, social development, and environmental protection. The pLAn looks at ways the whole city of Los Angeles: citizens, communities, and businesses, can be more cognizant about responsible waste, clean energy, water conservation, efficient transportation, improved air quality, and the creation of green jobs. Sustainability is about making sure that the natural resources we have today are available for future generations tomorrow.

Mayor Garcetti has taken a proactive approach in Los Angeles becoming a leader in sustainability. On Monday, Mayor Garcetti joined Vice President Joe Biden and leaders in the clean-technology industry for a roundtable discussion on ways to develop clean technology. Vice President Biden sees Los Angeles as leading the country in innovation and sustainability as Mayor Garcetti has pledged an aggressive goal for the City to cut emissions 80% by 2050, stop using coal by 2025, and embedding sustainability into everything that City Hall does. In addition, last week Mayor Garcetti announced a campaign called the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) or ‘Drop 100’ where commercial buildings will take the necessary steps to save 100 million gallons of water every year. This campaign helps by conserving water for the drought, as commercial buildings account for 19% of the city’s water supply. Learn more about the Mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn.

With the Mayor taking a proactive stance on sustainability, Neighborhood Councils can also engage with this important campaign by exploring new areas and ways in which they can help the city reach sustainability goals, specifically by submitting a Community Impact Statement on reducing greenhouse gas in the city as proposed in Council File #14-0907. A CIS is an opportunity for NCs to influence legislation. To learn more about Community Impact Statements, attend an upcoming EmpowerLA CIS training workshop!

Community empowerment starts with you, so thank you for your continued interest to stay connected, engaged, and empowered.

About the Author:
Danielle Merriweather is a current graduate student at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy specializing in State and Local Policy and American Politics. She currently interns for EmpowerLA as an outreach and communications strategist. She is working closely with EmpowerLA to inform NCs about various issues that are taking place in Los Angeles, as well as encouraging NCs and their stakeholders to use the power that they have to influence legislation through community impact statements. Her passions and goals are to help find and establish resources for impoverished communities, create ways to make it easier for the average citizen to navigate through local government, all while creating positive change to better the lives of others.

NCSA invites all to Dec. 5 Neighborhood Council Climate Forum

The UN announced this week that the Paris Climate Summit will proceed on Nov. 30. Leaders across the globe, including President Obama and Mayor Garcetti, plan on attending to lay out their plans for confronting the growing dangers of climate change.

Locally, climate change is bringing wide-ranging effects on the health and welfare of Angelenos.

Please join the NCSA on Sat, Dec 5, to learn the latest about climate change challenges and solutions, from the City of Light to the City of Angels, and participate in a dialogue with local climate leaders.

Then, explore with us how Neighborhood Councils can build climate-resilient communities in LA and secure a healthy future. From climate advocacy to community education and project opportunities, you’ll leave feeling inspired and prepared to act.

Participating organizations:

Climate Resolve – Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director
GRID Alternatives – Lidia Castelo and Sofia Ratcovich, Outreach Coordinators
LA County Bicycle Coalition – Eric Bruins, Planning & Policy Director
LADWP – Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer
LA Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) – Krista Kline, Executive Director
North East Trees – Aaron Thomas, Urban Forestry Manager
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti – Lauren Faber, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer
TreePeople – Torin Dunnavant, Director of Engagement and Partnerships

This event is FREE, but space is limited. Please RSVP here.


-Has your Neighborhood Council taken on any climate advocacy, education, or action initiatives? Is there a particular climate-related topic, organization, or solution you’d like to see highlighted at the forum? If so, please send us a note!
-The NCSA will also be celebrating its 1st anniversary in December. Come early (12:45 pm) to enjoy a light lunch and cake with us! The program begins at 1:15 pm.
-The meeting venue, the Junipero Serra Branch Library in South LA, was selected in part for its proximity to public transportation services. Plan your trip here. We also encourage carpooling! It’s easy to join or start a carpool to our event, here.

Map Your Neighborhood Program- December 2, 2015

On behalf of Assemblymember Nazarian, the VNNC would like to invite you to our Disaster Preparedness Event presented by the Red Cross. We are having this event on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the State building.

Map Your Neighborhood is a free program designed by the Washington Emergency Management Department and implemented locally by the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, to improve readiness at the neighborhood level.

I have attached the flyer for you to share with anyone who would benefit from this event.

Please see the details below:

December 2, 2015


State Building Auditorium

6150 Van Nuys Blvd

Van Nuys CA, 91401

(Corner of Calvert and Van Nuys)

December 2 Map Your Neighborhood

Holiday Message: No Cooking Grease in Drains

Holiday Message: No Cooking Grease in Drains

In preparation for the holidays, L.A. Sanitation is asking people not to pour fats, oils, and grease down the drain. This can be damaging not only to pipes in the home, but also to outside sewer lines.

We have attached a PDF flyer in both English and Spanish. This message is relevant in both November and December.

Thank you for your continued support!

Now Open! Mid Century Modern Exhibit – The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

53c23f1f-b5c3-4bda-9829-cbbfde60aff8The Museum Presents…

Mid Century Modern Exhibition

On View Now

The MidCentury Modern (“MCM”) era finds its genesis in the Bauhaus in Berlin, Germany, 1919. As pre-WWII tensions compelled many architects and designers to immigrate to other countries, many came to the United States.

These architects and designers flourished in US with the high-point of their influence being generally recognized between 1930 to 1965, but we see a great deal of their influence today in all manner of design as seen in The Museum’s MCM exhibition.

Pioneering builder and real estate developer, Joseph Eichler, was instrumental in bringing MCM architecture (“Eichler Homes”) to subdivisions in Granada Hills, CA, ‘The Highlands’ in San Mateo, CA and select housing developments on the east coast, too. Share your stories and learn more about the San Fernando Valley’s connection to this great era.

Wine & Cheese Reception

Saturday, November 21, 2015
4PM – 6PM

Suggested Donation $10


18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204

Northridge, CA 91324
(SE Corner of Wilbur Ave. and Nordhoff St.)


Tuesdays: 1pm – 6pm

Thursdays: 1pm – 6pm

Saturdays: 1pm – 6pm


The Museum is primarily funded through memberships and donations.
Become a member or donate today!

TODAY- Krekorian, Buscaino Announce LA Sidewalk Repair Plan

PK Press Release Header_BlueKrekorian, Buscaino Announce LA Sidewalk Repair Policy

City Councilmembers to Discuss, Debate and Recommend Comprehensive Plan for Approval

LOS ANGELES- Today, a joint City Council committee hearing with announce a final policy framework to repair all of LA’s broken sidewalks. Led by City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Joe Buscaino, who started this process 8 public meetings and 16 months ago, the plan will address the miles of sidewalks outside of people’s homes, schools, apartments and businesses. After the committees approve the sidewalk repair policy today, it will then go to the full City Council for a vote.

WHAT: FINAL Committee Hearing on Citywide Sidewalk Repair Policy

WHEN: TODAY- Monday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m.

WHERE: LA City Hall, Room 340 (Council Chambers), 200 N. Spring St., LA 90012

“We’ve read reports, considered staff recommendations and received invaluable input from hundreds of Angelenos about what LA’s sidewalk repair policy should look like,” said LA budget chair Paul Krekorian. “All of this has helped us get to a place where we can make some decisions. My goal is to approve a fair and comprehensive policy that we can bring to the full City Council, one that will result in the repair of every sidewalk that needs it.”


Already, the work by Councilmembers Krekorian and Buscaino has resulted in tens of millions of dollars going toward sidewalk repairs at public parks, libraries and rec centers and the creation of a sidewalk repair trust fund. In line with an ADA settlement, the city has dedicated $1.4 billion over the next 30 years to repairing sidewalks and ensuring accessibility for all residents.


 Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, represents Council District 2, which includes the east San Fernando Valley. His website is, where you can sign up for news updates. Visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook.

Mayor Garcetti swears in new wave of AmeriCorps Members to serve in L.A.

americorpsMayor Garcetti swears in new wave of AmeriCorps Members to serve in L.A.

Mayor Eric Garcetti administered the oath of service to close to 100 new members of AmeriCorps, who will provide tutoring, college counseling and career counseling to young people at schools and community centers in some of L.A.’s most underserved neighborhoods.

In an afternoon ceremony held at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, Mayor Garcetti welcomed them to a year of service in a program funded by three major grants awarded earlier this year.

“The young men and women who answered the call to service today have made an important commitment to Los Angeles, our future, and themselves,” said Mayor Garcetti. “One interaction at a time, they will change lives in neighborhoods from Watts to Pacoima. Their dedication will make an extraordinary difference in the lives of students, families, and entire communities.”

Earlier this year, the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency which administers AmeriCorps, awarded $4.4 million in funding to the Youth Policy Institute (YPI). These funds allowed for the establishment of 118 full-time AmeriCorps tutoring and college and career ambassador positions. Integrated with the Los Angeles YPI mission of place-based change in low-income neighborhoods across Los Angeles, these AmeriCorps members will support cradle-to-college-and-career programming for youth and wraparound services for families.

“I salute the City of Los Angeles and Youth Policy Institute for this visionary project that will have a transformative impact on the community and its young people,” said Bill Basl, director of AmeriCorps. “National service is an indispensable resource for building stronger neighborhoods and communities. This project will harness the power of passionate, dedicated Americans who are committed to making a difference for Los Angeles, and for America. We are proud to be a part of an effort working to ensure more L.A. students have the opportunity to reach their full potential. “

“The Promise Zone and the Promise Neighborhood were created to change lives, and these AmeriCorps members are going to deliver on that promise,” said Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director of YPI. “They’re going to reach out to young people at their schools and in their communities, and they’re going to connect them to the resources and support they need to achieve their dreams.”

“I grew up in South Central, and meeting counselors at college who came from similar circumstances validated my experience and gave me the support I needed to push through,” said Jasmine Tovar, an AmeriCorps member serving as a Promise Corps Project Leader in a second year of service. Tovar tutors middle school students at Vista Middle School in Pacoima. “Today, I work with young scholars who faced the same struggles I did. I get to watch their confidence grow and their love of learning blossom. It’s like helping roses grow out of concrete.”

In addition to the Promise Corps members serving as tutors and college and career ambassadors, AmeriCorps VISTA members will build out college and career programs and set up a youth neighborhood justice council at posts in Mayor Garcetti’s Promise Zone office and the Youth Policy Institute. Additional AmeriCorps members will be stationed as college and career ambassadors at FamilySource and YouthSource centers, while others will participate in Youth Policy Institute’s college readiness GEAR UP program.

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RWAG Announcement: Community Meetings & Short Video

RWAG Announcement: Community Meetings & Short Video

The LADWP has scheduled five additional community meetings to provide more opportunities for the public to learn about its proposed five-year rate request, beginning November 10th in Glassell Park.

The proposed action seeks modest water and power rate increases each year, starting in 2016 through 2020, based on the following priorities: ramping up the replacement of aging water and power infrastructure to improve reliability, meeting regulatory mandates that require a complete transformation of the City’s power supply, protecting against drought conditions by expanding LA’s local water supply, and improving customer service.

Customers and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in any of the upcoming meetings and have their questions answered about the proposed rate changes. This is the second round of community outreach meetings. Prior meetings have been held in San Pedro, West Los Angeles, downtown Los Angeles, the East and West Valleys, and East and South Los Angeles. LADWP also makes presentations to individual community groups and neighborhood councils when invited.

The new series of community meetings are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, November 14 @ 10 a.m.
LADWP Customer Service Center – Crenshaw
4030 Crenshaw Boulevard

Van Nuys
Saturday, November 14 @ 10 a.m.
LADWP Customer Service Center – Van Nuys
6550 Van Nuys Boulevard

Pico Union
Tuesday, November 17 @ 6 p.m.
Pico Union Branch Library
1030 South Alvarado Street

East Hollywood
Wednesday, November 18 @ 6 p.m.
Cahuenga Branch Library
4591 Santa Monica Boulevard

Downtown LA
Thursday, November 19 @ 6 p.m.
LADWP Headquarters (JFB)
111 North Hope Street
Webcast available—sign up on

To learn more about the rates proposal and to RSVP for any meeting, visit

LADWP would also like to share a short video we prepared about our plans for the future of water in LA. We want you to know the work LADWP does to deliver the highest quality, reliable water to your tap 24/7. To access the video, please click on the picture below. Please share it with friends and family.

LA’s Water Future from LADWP on Vimeo.

NCSA invites all to Dec. 5 Neighborhood Council Climate Forum

earthtoparisNCSA invites all to Dec. 5 Neighborhood Council Climate Forum

Last Friday, the NCSA was privileged to join more than 500 Angelenos, including many Neighborhood Council members, for Climate Day LA, a collaborative and energizing event hosted by our friends at Climate Resolve that will yield the LA Declaration on Climate Action next week.

The Declaration will support negotiations beginning on Nov. 30 in Paris, for a new global climate agreement. This UN conference is an extraordinary opportunity for the international community to address the threat of climate change, considered by many experts to be the biggest single challenge facing humanity.

Locally, of course, climate change is already bringing dramatic changes that include wide-ranging effects on the health and welfare of Angelenos.

Please join the NCSA on Saturday, December 5, to learn the latest about climate change challenges and solutions, from the City of Light to the City of Angels, and participate in a dialogue with climate leaders.

Then, explore with us an array of actions that Neighborhood Councils can take to build climate-resilient communities in LA and secure a healthy future for our children and grandkids.

From environmental advocacy to community education and action opportunities, you’ll leave feeling inspired and prepared to make a difference in your community.

Confirmed speakers:


  • Has your Neighborhood Council taken on any climate advocacy, education, or action initiatives, or is there a particular climate-related concern or strategy you’d like us to address at the forum? If so, please send us a note!
  • The NCSA will also be celebrating its 1st anniversary in December. Come early (12:45 pm) to enjoy a light lunch and cake with us! The program begins at 1:15 pm.This event is FREE, but space is limited. Please RSVP here.
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