Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Mónica Ratliff (Board District 6) is seeking qualified applicants for appointments to the following positions for the rest of the 2016-2017 school year:

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333 S. BEAUDRY AVE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90017 | T: (213) 241-6388 | F: (213) 241-8451 | ACHIEVE.LAUSD.NET/RATLIFF
Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Mónica Ratliff (Board District 6) is seeking qualified
applicants for her appointment to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health
(L.A. Trust). The L.A. Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to improve the health of the
children of the Los Angeles Unified School District. An ideal candidate will have a background in the
health, legal, and/or education sector and a passion for student wellness. Applicants should submit a
résumé and letter of interest explaining their qualifications to Ruby R. Chavez, Chief of Staff, via e-mail
with the subject line, LA Trust Board Application, at ruby.chavez@lausd.net or fax at (213) 241-8451 by
Friday, August 19, 2016.
About the L.A. Trust
The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health (L.A. Trust) is a 501(c)3 organization exclusively focused on
school health programs in Los Angeles County. Working specifically within L.A. Unified, the mission of
the L.A. Trust is to improve student health and readiness to learn through access, advocacy and
programs. The L.A. Trust provides strategic funding and support for the L.A. Unified Wellness
Networks, school health centers and other student health services. Programs supported by the L.A. Trust
have provided in excess of 200,000 healthcare visits annually to the students of L.A. Unified. More
information is available at thelatrust.org.
About the L.A. Trust Board of Directors
The Trust’s board of directors currently has members representing diverse communities, universities,
physicians, L.A Unified health and human services staff, and school administrators. The Trust’s charter
provides that each L.A. Unified Board of Education member may appoint a member to the Trust’s board
of directors. The Trust board also includes several supportive at-large members who are committed to
student and community health and wellness.
The Board of Directors meets at the L.A. Unified administrative headquarters in Downtown Los
Angeles. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 25, 2016.
About Board District 6
The L.A. Unified Board of Education District 6 is comprised of the diverse San Fernando Valley
communities of: Arleta, Lakeview Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima,
Panorama City, Reseda, San Fernando, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and Van Nuys. There are
over 130 schools in Board District 6 serving students in K-12, early education, and adult and career
education.
Qualifications:
• A demonstrated passion for student wellness;
• Professional background in health, law, and/or education preferred;
• Familiarity with the communities of L.A. Unified Board District 6 preferred; and
• A commitment to attend the Board of Directors meetings.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
MÓNICA RATLIFF
BOARD MEMBER, DISTRICT 6
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Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Mónica Ratliff (Board District 6) is seeking qualified
applicants for appointment as a Commissioner on the L.A. Unified Diversity and Equity Human
Relations Commission for the rest of the 2016-2017 school year. An ideal candidate will have a
background in the public service, civil rights, legal, and/or education sectors and a passion for diversity
and equity in human relations. Applicants should submit a résumé and letter of interest explaining their
qualifications to Ruby R. Chavez, Chief of Staff, via e-mail with the subject line, Human Relations
Commission, at ruby.chavez@lausd.net or by fax at (213) 241-8451 by Friday, August 19, 2016.
About the L.A. Unified Human Relations Commission
The L.A. Unified Human Relations Commission was founded over a decade ago to serve as a “critical
friend” and to advise the District on matters related to human relations, diversity and equity. The
Commissioners represent L.A. Unified Board Members, bargaining units, and community partners, such
as the Anti-Defamation League, Museum of Tolerance, the Human Relations Commissions for Los
Angeles County, and the City of Los Angeles, et al.
The Commission meets the second Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m., in the L.A. Unified headquarters
in downtown Los Angeles. Commissioners may also be asked to serve on subcommittees that align with
their areas of interest or strength. The sub-committees focus on a variety of topics such as parent
engagement, LGBTQ, disproportionality, ethnic studies, and restorative justice.
About Board District 6
The L.A. Unified Board District 6 is comprised of the diverse San Fernando Valley communities of:
Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Panorama City,
Reseda, San Fernando, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and Van Nuys. There are over 130 schools
in Board District 6 serving students in K-12, early education, and adult and career education.
Qualifications:
• A demonstrated passion for diversity and equity in human relations;
• Knowledge of related topics, such as parent engagement, LGBT, disproportionality, ethnic studies,
and restorative justice;
• Familiarity with the communities of L.A. Unified Board District 6 preferred;
• Professional background in public service, civil rights, law and/or education preferred; and
• A commitment to attend the Human Relations Commission meetings.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
MÓNICA RATLIFF
BOARD MEMBER, DISTRICT 6
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333 S. BEAUDRY AVE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90017 | T: (213) 241-6388 | F: (213) 241-8451 | ACHIEVE.LAUSD.NET/RATLIFF
Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Mónica Ratliff (Board District 6) is seeking qualified
applicants for appointment as a member of the L.A. Unified School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention
Support (SWPBIS) Task Force for the rest of the 2016-2017 school year. An ideal candidate will have a
background in the public service, civil rights, legal, and/or education sectors and a passion for
progressive disciplinary policies. Applicants should submit a résumé and letter of interest explaining their
qualifications to Ruby R. Chavez, Chief of Staff, via e-mail with the subject line, SWPBIS Task Force,
at ruby.chavez@lausd.net or by fax at (213) 241-8451 by Friday, August 19, 2016.
About the L.A. Unified SWPBIS Task Force
The L.A. Unified Discipline Foundation Policy states that all students will attend schools with climates
that focus on safety, teaching, learning and interpersonal relationships that enhance student learning and
well-being. Positive behavior support is a systems approach for establishing the social culture and
individualized behavioral supports needed for schools to achieve both social and academic success for all.
The SWPBIS Task Force provides input on the implementation of the Discipline Foundation Policy and
Restorative Justice.
The Task Force meets the third Thursday of each month, 3:30-5 p.m., in the L.A. Unified headquarters
in downtown Los Angeles. The next meeting is on August 25, 2016.
About Board District 6
The L.A. Unified Board District 6 is comprised of the diverse San Fernando Valley communities of:
Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Panorama City,
Reseda, San Fernando, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and Van Nuys. There are over 130 schools
in Board District 6 serving students in K-12, early education, and adult and career education.
Qualifications:
• A demonstrated passion for progressive disciplinary policy and restorative justice;
• Professional background in public service, civil rights, law and/or education preferred;
• Familiarity with the communities of L.A. Unified Board District 6 preferred; and
• A commitment to attend the SWPBIS Task Force meetings.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
MÓNICA RATLIFF
BOARD MEMBER, DISTRICT 6

Can LA Survive a 10% Sales Tax!

Can LA Survive a 10% Sales Tax!

JACK HUMPHREVILLE

25 JULY 2016

 

LA WATCHDOG–On June 23, the politicians on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Board voted to place on the November ballot the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan” which, if approved by two-thirds of the voters, will increase our sales tax by a half cent to 9½%, one of the highest rates in the country.

The Supervisors also decided to make this a permanent increase, eliminating the 40 year time horizon that was an integral part of the previous proposal in March.

This ballot measure will also make permanent the Measure R half cent tax increase that County voters approved in 2008, eliminating the 2039 sunset provision.  Interestingly, in 2012, the County’s voters did not approve extending this tax for another 30 years until 2069.

If this measure is approved, it will increase Metro’s tax revenue over the next 40 years by $120 billion to an estimated $300 billion.  These funds will be used to subsidize Metro’s money losing operations, fund its pensions, and finance its very ambitious, debt fueled capital expenditure program that will burden future generations of Angelenos.

But this appears to be just the beginning of our Enlighten Elite’s efforts to raise our taxes to astronomical levels.

In all likelihood, once Janice Hahn (who never met a tax or rate increase she did not like) is elected to the Board, the Supervisors ……………………………….

 

http://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/la-watchdog/11529-can-la-survive-a-10-sales-tax

Metro Stakeholders

Metro Stakeholders,

 

There are currently three vacancies on Metro’s Regional Service Councils. Metro’s Service Councils contribute to the planning and approve implementation of bus transit route service changes within their area, call and conduct public hearings for all major service changes within their area, provide locally accessible public forums (monthly meetings, public hearings) to voice concerns, suggestions, questions and input on how Metro can best serve our customers, and facilitate partnerships with municipal and local transit service providers to improve service integration and coordination. To be eligible to serve, applicants must live, represent, or work in the communities within the boundaries of a designated region they wish to represent, and should use public transit multiple times each month. Representatives may be elected officials and/or private citizens. Representatives serve in three-year terms, and can serve more than one three-year term if re-appointed by the nominating authority and confirmed by the Metro Board. More information about the Service Councils is available at metro.net/about/local-service-councils/. Current vacancies and application process are as follows:

 

Gateway Cities: (1) Vacancy, Current Term 7/1/2014-6/30/2017, Gateway Cities Council of Governments: The current Gateway Cities vacancy appointment will be made by the Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG). For more information, please visit their website at www.gatewaycog.org/ or call (562) 663-6850.

 

San Fernando Valley: (1) Vacancy, Current Term 7/1/2016-6/30/2019, Third District Supervisor Appointee: The current San Fernando Valley Service Council vacancy appointment will be made by Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. To apply for the vacant Third District seat, please send your resume to the Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl at NEnglund@bos.lacounty.gov.

Westside Central, (1) Vacancy, Current Term 7/1/2016-6/30/2019, City of Los Angeles Mayor Appointee: The current Mayoral vacancy appointment will be made by Mayor Eric Garcetti. For more information on how to apply for the vacant mayoral seat, please contact the Transportation Deputy in the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti at (213) 978-2751 or daniel.rodman@lacity.org.

 

Please note that all Metro Service Councils voted to go dark in August. There will be no Service Council meetings convened in August. The regular meeting cycle will resume in September.

 

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions any Regional Service Council matters, and thank you for going Metro!

 

­Dolores Ramos
LA Metro
Sr. Administrative Analyst
Regional Service Councils
213.922.1210 W
metro.net | facebook.com/losangelesmetro | @metrolosangeles
Metro provides excellence in service and support.

Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition A Coalition of Councils Budget Day July 30, 2016 All Invited! City Hall 200 N Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 LANCC August 6, 2016

 

   

Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition
A Coalition of Councils

Budget Day

July 30, 2016
All Invited!

City Hall
200 N Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

LANCC

August 6, 2016

Great Streets, are they safe?

Homelessness, time to implement LANCC’s Phase II Plan to temporarily house 10,000 homeless people in one year.

Why your NC should have an Animal Services representative.

Film LA and how the NCs can work with the industry.

LADWP Headquarters

111 N. Hope Street Los Angeles, California 90012

GoogleMap to LADWP

Website: www.lancc.org
WEB-BLOG (Notices, etc.):  lanccreports.blogspot.com
Send emails (questions, comments):
LANCC@EMPOWERLA.ORG

Appoint Your Budget Representative!
Appoint Your LANCC Rep!

 

Making it better together

 

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Terrence Gomes
Chair

David Uebersex
Vice Chair

Glenn Bailey
Treasurer

Vacant
Secretary

 

Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition
A Coalition of Councils

August 6, 2016, 2016 10:00 AM

LADWP Headquarters
111 N. Hope Street
Los Angeles, California 90012

Website: www.lancc.org
Send emails (questions, comments):
LANCC@EMPOWERLA.ORG

 

*NEW*

Council Files tracking matrix for Neighborhood Councils

LANCC Citywide Issues webpage link: https://goo.gl/iohNB4

 

An Informed Community is an Empowered Community
You are cordially invited to attend Budget Day 2016, an annual event put on by the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, about the financial aspects of running Los Angeles on Saturday, July 30th at City Hall.

Registration and a free breakfast buffet will start at 7:30, with formal presentations from 8:30 to 10:30 in City Council Chambers.  Scheduled speakers include Council President Herb Wesson and Budget and Finance Committee Chair, Councilmember Paul Krekorian as well as current Budget Advocates who will talk about our perspective on how the City is faring financially and how you can get involved and contribute to the City’s budget health.

In addition, this year there will also be a discussion on the Metro Tax and the Homeless Bond, both appearing on November’s ballot.

Budget Day will be of interest for both newcomers to the Neighborhood Council system as well as those who have attended previous Budget Days, with an opportunity to learn more about the City’s budget and finances as well as being a chance to network with people from other neighborhoods who share your common concerns.

The session in Council Chambers will be followed by Regional breakout meetings.  All those who choose to attend will be invited to express their views and concerns so the new Budget Advocates have a better idea of priorities for the coming year.

Also, people with expertise or interest and enthusiasm are always welcome to join our committees as we research and report on issues relating to the City budget… and everyone’s wallets

Please click here https://lacity.quickbase.com/db/bkx2exfeh?a=nwr to register.  Feel free to  forward this invitation to friends and neighbors in Los Angeles.

Terrence Gomes
Liz Amsden

Co-Chairs
Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates FY 2016-2017
 

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Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC)
All rights reserved.
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Our email address is:
LANCC@empowerla.org
Got Plans for Saturday?
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VNNC Outreach Committee Meeting – July 28, 2016 @ Van Nuys Recreation Center

VNNC Outreach Committee Meeting

July 28,2016 (Thursday 7:00- 8:00 pm)

Van Nuys Recreation Center

14301 Vanowen Street

Van Nuys, CA 91405

 

  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. New Business:
    • A. Plans or events for the community
    • B. Introduced new business owners
    • C. Questions and answers
  6. Public Comments
  7. Announcements
  8. Adjournment

July VNNC Outreach Mtg

On the Brink of Folly: Will City Council Unwittingly Upzone LA’s Single-Family Neighborhoods?

Hello,

 

I hope this email finds you well. The Coalition to Save LA’s Neighborhoods continues to work to persuade the City Council to reject the proposed repeal of LA’s second dwelling unit ordinance. We appreciate your continued support in this effort.

 

City Watch LA has recently published an article on this issue. The article can be accessed through the link below:

 

On the Brink of Folly: Will City Council Unwittingly Upzone LA’s Single-Family Neighborhoods? By Carlyle Hall

 

It is our understanding that the Council will be taking up this issue in the next couple weeks, but, as the article mentions, “it is not too late for the City Council to step away from the brink. The Council can easily reject the Department’s proposed repeal ordinance and act to protect our single-family neighborhoods… Anyone who cares about their neighborhood should call or email their Councilmember immediately to stop the repeal ordinance!”

 

It is a critical time to make our voices heard with our Council offices. I’ve attached a draft email that we hope you will consider sending to Councilmember Krekorian, Councilmember Ryu, and Councilmember Martinez. We hope that you will forward the email to neighbors and members of your neighborhood association and ask them to call or email the Councilmembers as well.

 

 

If you do choose to send an email, the contact information for your Councilmembers and the relevant staffers involved are:

 

Councilmember Krekorian

Councilmember.Krekorian@lacity.org

Areen.ibranossian@lacity.org

Karo.torossian@lacity.org   

AND

 

Councilmember Ryu

David.Ryu@lacity.org

Sarah.dusseault@lacity.org

Julia.duncan@lacity.org

 

AND

 

Councilmember Martinez

Councilmember.Martinez@lacity.org

Jim.dantona@lacity.org

ackley.padilla@lacity.org

 

If you could, please also BCC me and my colleagues at:

 

Dylan@rodriguezstrategies.com

carlylehall@gmail.com

mhtrujillo@gmail.com

 

The Council returns from recess on August 1 and it is our understanding they will take take up the second unit ordinance shortly following their return. We must make our voices heard now before they move forward in stripping protections from our neighborhoods.

 

Again, I urge you to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

 

Best,

Dylan

 

 

Coalition to Save LA’s Neighborhoods 

e: dylan@rodriguezstrategies.com

p: 424-208-3202

Dear Councilmember Krekorian,

 

I am writing to strongly encourage you to reject the proposed repeal of the City’s existing second dwelling unit ordinance.

 

A recently published article in City Watch LA effectively lays out the negative impacts a repeal would have on our neighborhoods. The article, On the Brink of Folly: Will City Council Unwittingly Upzone LA’s Single-Family Neighborhoods?, effectively lays out the case against repealing our local ordinance.

 

After reading the story, it is crystal clear that adopting the lenient State standards for second dwelling is an unnecessary step that would have a major impact on LA’s neighborhoods.

 

I ask that you maintain our existing, sensible zoning standards that protect single-family neighborhoods throughout the City. It is irresponsible to act so hastily to repeal our standards and gut the character of single family neighborhoods, with no protections for nearby homeowners.

 

The article lays out some very pertinent questions that must be addressed:

 

  • Will the City’s homeowners, neighborhood associations and Neighborhood Councils be able to make their voices heard?
  • Will Councilmembers question the advice of the City Attorney and Planning Department that no option other than repeal is “feasible”? Will the City Council decide to pursue another option to maintain its SDU protections?
  • Will Councilmembers question the Planning Department’s policy objective to promote the development of large SDUs on a “one size fits all” approach throughout Los Angeles’ single-family neighborhoods?

Will the Councilmembers who represent Hillside areas realize that these neighborhoods will have no further meaningful protection from SDUs?

 

If the Council were to repeal the ordinance, Los Angeles would be the only major city in California to abandon its own standards and submit to the State standards.  The permissive State standards’ one-size-fits-all approach in a city as diverse as Los Angeles would operate to the great detriment of our neighborhoods, particularly in our hillside areas.

 

You have several options to comply with the recent court ruling. There is no reason to simply discard our protective local standards. If revisions to the Second Dwelling Unit ordinance are necessary, at the very least they must be considered with adequate public outreach, not on the current “fast track” basis, so that all stakeholders have the opportunity to consider proposed changes and express their opinion.

 

Please vote NO on the ill-advised proposal to repeal the Second Dwelling Unit ordinance.

 

Sincerely,

Dear Councilmember Martinez,

 

I am writing to strongly encourage you to reject the proposed repeal of the City’s existing second dwelling unit ordinance.

 

A recently published article in City Watch LA effectively lays out the negative impacts a repeal would have on our neighborhoods. The article, On the Brink of Folly: Will City Council Unwittingly Upzone LA’s Single-Family Neighborhoods?, effectively lays out the case against repealing our local ordinance.

 

After reading the story, it is crystal clear that adopting the lenient State standards for second dwelling is an unnecessary step that would have a major impact on LA’s neighborhoods.

 

I ask that you maintain our existing, sensible zoning standards that protect single-family neighborhoods throughout the City. It is irresponsible to act so hastily to repeal our standards and gut the character of single family neighborhoods, with no protections for nearby homeowners.

 

The article lays out some very pertinent questions that must be addressed:

 

  • Will the City’s homeowners, neighborhood associations and Neighborhood Councils be able to make their voices heard?
  • Will Councilmembers question the advice of the City Attorney and Planning Department that no option other than repeal is “feasible”? Will the City Council decide to pursue another option to maintain its SDU protections?
  • Will Councilmembers question the Planning Department’s policy objective to promote the development of large SDUs on a “one size fits all” approach throughout Los Angeles’ single-family neighborhoods?

Will the Councilmembers who represent Hillside areas realize that these neighborhoods will have no further meaningful protection from SDUs?

 

If the Council were to repeal the ordinance, Los Angeles would be the only major city in California to abandon its own standards and submit to the State standards.  The permissive State standards’ one-size-fits-all approach in a city as diverse as Los Angeles would operate to the great detriment of our neighborhoods, particularly in our hillside areas.

 

You have several options to comply with the recent court ruling. There is no reason to simply discard our protective local standards. If revisions to the Second Dwelling Unit ordinance are necessary, at the very least they must be considered with adequate public outreach, not on the current “fast track” basis, so that all stakeholders have the opportunity to consider proposed changes and express their opinion.

 

Please vote NO on the ill-advised proposal to repeal the Second Dwelling Unit ordinance.

 

Sincerely,

Dear Councilmember Ryu,

 

I am writing to strongly encourage you to reject the proposed repeal of the City’s existing second dwelling unit ordinance.

 

A recently published article in City Watch LA effectively lays out the negative impacts a repeal would have on our neighborhoods. The article, On the Brink of Folly: Will City Council Unwittingly Upzone LA’s Single-Family Neighborhoods?, effectively lays out the case against repealing our local ordinance.

 

After reading the story, it is crystal clear that adopting the lenient State standards for second dwelling is an unnecessary step that would have a major impact on LA’s neighborhoods.

 

I ask that you maintain our existing, sensible zoning standards that protect single-family neighborhoods throughout the City. It is irresponsible to act so hastily to repeal our standards and gut the character of single family neighborhoods, with no protections for nearby homeowners.

 

The article lays out some very pertinent questions that must be addressed:

 

  • Will the City’s homeowners, neighborhood associations and Neighborhood Councils be able to make their voices heard?
  • Will Councilmembers question the advice of the City Attorney and Planning Department that no option other than repeal is “feasible”? Will the City Council decide to pursue another option to maintain its SDU protections?
  • Will Councilmembers question the Planning Department’s policy objective to promote the development of large SDUs on a “one size fits all” approach throughout Los Angeles’ single-family neighborhoods?

Will the Councilmembers who represent Hillside areas realize that these neighborhoods will have no further meaningful protection from SDUs?

 

If the Council were to repeal the ordinance, Los Angeles would be the only major city in California to abandon its own standards and submit to the State standards.  The permissive State standards’ one-size-fits-all approach in a city as diverse as Los Angeles would operate to the great detriment of our neighborhoods, particularly in our hillside areas.

 

You have several options to comply with the recent court ruling. There is no reason to simply discard our protective local standards. If revisions to the Second Dwelling Unit ordinance are necessary, at the very least they must be considered with adequate public outreach, not on the current “fast track” basis, so that all stakeholders have the opportunity to consider proposed changes and express their opinion.

 

Please vote NO on the ill-advised proposal to repeal the Second Dwelling Unit ordinance.

 

Sincerely,

The Pension Monster and How Much It’s Costing You to Keep It Fed JACK HUMPHREVILLE 21 JULY 2016

LA WATCHDOG–Why haven’t Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson followed up on the recommendation by the LA 2020 Commission to “establish a Commission on Retirement Security to review the City’s retirement obligations in order to promote an accurate understanding of the facts” and make “concrete recommendations on how to achieve equilibrium on retirement costs by 2020?”

Why?  Because these two ambitious politicians fear alienating the campaign funding leaders of the City’s unions who do not want a public discussion of the facts surrounding the City’s ever increasing annual contributions to the City’s two massively underfunded pension plans that are forcing the City to scale back on basic services.

Over the last ten years, the City’s contribution to its two pension plans (Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System and the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System) has tripled to $1.1 billion, up from $350 million in 2005.  As a result, pension contributions now chew up 20% of the City’s $5.6 billion budget, up from less than 10% in 2005.

This $750 million increase in pension contributions has forced the City to cut back on basic services ………………………

 

http://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/la-watchdog/11510-the-pension-monster-and-how-much-it-s-costing-you-to-keep-it-fed

VNNC Outreach Chair Maria Skelton – Are We Ready for Self-Driving Cars Event

At High Tech Los Angeles Charter High School on July 14.  I attended a informative meeting hosted by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian titled “Are We Ready for Self-Driving Cars”.

Speakers:

Dr. Sheila Tejada (USC), Colin Peppard (LA Metro),

Dr. Rajit Gadh (UCLA),

Dr. Bernard Soriano (DMV)

I’m glad that I did attend the meeting.  At the meeting I met Deputy Director  Dr. Bernard Soriano from the DMV.  Dr. Soriano  address many questions that people had about Self-Driving Cars. After the meeting, the speakers took time to answer individual questions.

New FREE LA Green Living Workshops starting soon!

Green Living Workshops

Do you feel threats to our environment are too critical to ignore but your individual behavior is too insignificant to make an impact?

What if you could learn effective solutions you could immediately implement?
You can, attend a Green Living Workshop!

Why Attend?
*It’s fun
*It’s FREE
* Connect with people who care as much as you do
* Become empowered/active in your community
* Get the facts
* Receive a Certificate of Completion
* Get a FREE Course Book & more

What to Expect:

Session 1: WATER
*Learn solutions to reduce your water bill, probably lower than most of your neighbors
*Take part in a “Water Walk” exercise
*Receive a FREE water saving shower head
 
Session 2: ENERGY

*Engage in a dynamic discussion on the latest climate change news and research
*Participate in a light bulb comparison experiment
*Take home the best bulb for FREE

Session 3: WASTE, CHEMICALS, TRANSPORTATION & SHOPPING/FOOD

*Discover how toxic your shampoo is and which sushi choices are best for the ocean
*Explore the best smartphone apps for the environment
*Make your own cleaning supplies
*Be part of a Fair Trade chocolate tasting

Funding is provided by LADWP

:
*Workshops are FREE for LADWP customers
Sponsored by LA District 5 Councilmember Paul Koretz

What are people saying about the Sustainable Works Green Living Workshop?
“I had been to many green living events before attending this workshop and I had only gathered bits and pieces of useful information.  These workshops, however, taught me everything about living sustainably all at once and provided me with attainable lifestyle changes for my daily routines.”
Leslie
“Sustainable Works gave me a great general understanding of the crisis that we are in, and provided many tools to help alleviate the crisis.  I hope the idea of the Sustainable Workshops spreads throughout the country.” – Paul
“Very informative, motivational and inspiring” – Suzie
“As a low-income senior housing resident, I am saving time, energy and money as the result of this workshop.” –Frank

Support Sustainable Works, Become a Member
Sustainable Works is a project of Community Partners
which appears as the merchant at PayPal and on your invoice.
The 3 Topic Workshop is
~FREE*~

When
Tuesdays; Aug. 23 & 30, Sept. 6, 2016 

6pm-7:30pm

Where
Palms/Rancho Park Library
2920 Overland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
When
Wednesdays; Aug. 31, Sept. 14 & 21, 2016
7pm-8:30pm
Where
Encino Community Center 
4935 Balboa Blvd. 
Encino, CA 91316

When
Tuesdays * Sept. 13, 20 & 27
7:30pm-9pm
Where
Temple Isaiah 
10345 W. Pico Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90064

When
Wednesdays; Sept. 14, 21 & 28 
7pm-8:30pm
Where
National Council of Jewish Women
543 N. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles CA 90036

What
An awesome event that you won’t want to miss out on!

For more information visit:

Quick Links
Funding provided by an LADWP Community Partnership Grant
310.DIAL.DWP
1744 Pearl Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310.458.8716

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NCSA: Environmental Advocacy

Wash2NCSA: Environmental Advocacy

Written by Pat Kramer.

Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance Gives L.A. Residents a Chance to Get Involved in Environmental Advocacy

On July 9th, 2016, the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance invited all of the neighborhood councils in the City of Los Angeles to an open meeting to share concerns about environmental issues in their specific area. The Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council was a part of that discussion, represented by Region 1’s Pat Kramer. Later, at the monthly board meeting for STNC, Pat was appointed – along with environmental advocate and former board member Ed Novy — as STNC’s representatives to the NCSA.

When each of the attendees were finished introducing themselves, NCSA organizer Laura Mack asked each person to share a top environmental concern taking place in their neighborhood council area. Pat presented the topic of how to preserve clean and safe open space areas and a discussion soon followed which focused on the negative impact homeless encampments are having on the Tujunga Wash and other environmentally sensitive areas. The questions Pat posed to her discussion group included: How do we keep our environmentally – sensitive open spaces clean? Is it our responsibility as neighborhood council members to initiate efforts to clean up those areas? And what city entities can we count on for help if we choose to be proactive and organize cleanups? As a result of this topic, others attending the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance meeting were able to share their own strategies and solutions.

Over the past several years, the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council has led numerous efforts to clean up the Tujunga Wash area by Oro Vista Park and along Big Tujunga Canyon. Gail Carlson, STNC’s Beautification Committee Chairperson, has led many of these efforts organizing volunteers from church groups, schools, Boy Scouts, LAPD Cadets, equestrians, environmentalists, STNC board members, and occasionally, city officials.

She also was able to muster donations from several local markets and hardware stores for supplies and refreshments for those working in the trenches. In addition to these efforts, other local residents have organized cleanups of their own around the Tujunga Wash where large homeless encampments have caused untold damage to natural areas, polluting water resources, blocking equestrian trails, and leaving behind a buildup of biohazardous waste. By getting community members involved in these cleanups, tons of garbage and debris have been removed from these beautiful natural areas but the problem is always short-lived, as the homeless return and continue to despoil these areas disrupting wildlife and also causing dangerous fires.

After Pat shared about these issues in Sunland-Tujunga, other participants were asked to contribute their experience with community cleanups. George Ortega, a board member of the Sylmar Neighborhood Council, stated that they have mobilized students and board members for their once a year cleanup of the on and off ramps by the 210 freeway. He also talked about how they are working with the Department of Public Works on removing a buildup of sediment from the Pacoima Dam where there is a Land Use issue involving decomposed granite mine.

Another helpful perspective came from David Uebersax, formerly of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, which has called upon the resources of Friends of the L.A. River for their cleanups. Since relocating to the Winnetka Neighborhood Council, David reported on their big, 3-day event in April, Spring Clean, which has mobilized Girl and Boy Scouts, local charter school students, board members and others for cleanups at the Winnetka Recreation Area. Councilman Bob Blumenfield has been very supportive with funding and the City’s Recreation and Parks staff have also helped out with manpower.

Contributing to this conversation was EmpowerLA staffer Jasmine Elbarbary who encouraged everyone submit a Clean Streets LA Community Partnership plan for the Mayor’s Clean Streets Challenge by August 26, 2016. The action plan should outline a plan to cleanup a significant artery or street between September 1, 2016 and November 1, 2016. The Departments of Public Works and Neighborhood Empowerment will announce and distribute awards totaling $25,000 for the best action plans.

In addition to the panel on Clean and Safe Open Space, other discussions focused on how to safely address the issue of coyotes in urban areas, the ongoing use of illegal gas powered leaf blowers, homeless encampments, and how to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035 for the City of L.A.

Future plans for advocacy by neighborhood councils will focus on the High Speed “Bullet Train,” corporate air pollution at Aliso Canyon, ways to help trees survive in light of the City’s cutback of irrigation, and a campaign to ban Styrofoam. By coming together for an afternoon of informative discussions, diverse neighborhoods across L.A. got a clearer idea of how to organize efforts for sustainability and advocacy.

Anyone living within the City of L.A. who is interested in playing a critical role in advancing sustainability and resilience across the City through advocacy, sharing of best practices, and community action, is encouraged to get involved in NCSA. For more information, go tohttp://ncsa.nationbuilder.com or contact STNC Region 1 Rep Pat Kramer at:patkramerstnc@gmail.com.

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