Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti To Co-Host The “Homelessness & Mental Illness” Summit In Van Nuys This December

P1010808VAN NUYS, CA — The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is pleased to announce the involvement of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in the “Homelessness & Mental Illness” Summit next month. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is hosting this Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 6:30 pm to address homelessness in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles.

“Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his office have always been readily available and supportive of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.  Mayor Garcetti has co-sponsored several of our summits, providing invaluable input and an ongoing collaboration that has helped us successfully host these events.  This continuing partnership with the Mayor of Los Angeles is highly beneficial to address the issues facing Van Nuys and the San Fernando Valley as a whole,” said George Christopher Thomas, President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His “back to basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.

Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village — all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti’s leadership.

Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.

“It is a great honor and privilege to work alongside all of the high profile speakers we have scheduled for the summit this December.  Each one brings an interesting and unique perspective to addressing homelessness in the San Fernando Valley.  This is a major issue in Van Nuys, as well as throughout the Valley and Southern California.  This summit is a perfect opportunity to come together with community leaders in our area, and really tackle this terrible problem head-on,” said George Christopher Thomas, President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

A list of confirmed speakers include but are not limited to: Don LeStrange, Van Nuys LAPD Volunteer and Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) Homeless Committee Chair.  Representatives from the Office of Councilwoman Nury Martinez (CD6).  Anthony Gonzales from the Village Family Center in North Hollywood.  Ryan Bell from Community Outreach for PATH in Los Angeles.  Representatives from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.  Representatives from the National Coalition For The Homeless.  Representatives from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.  Representatives from the Weingart Center Association.  Representatives from the Homeless Health Care Los Angeles.  Representatives from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  And representatives from the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness.

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council meets at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard and the Summit will take place in the Council Chambers starting at 6:30 pm. If your Neighborhood Council or organization would like to co-host this summit with the VNNC, please email Council President George Thomas at george.thomas@vnnc.org. For more information please visit www.vnnc.org.  The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is the largest Neighborhood Council in the San Fernando Valley, and the second largest of all 95 Neighborhood Council’s in Los Angeles. (http://www.vannuyscpab.org/)

All media and the general public are invited to attend.  Please email any questions or comments to george.thomas@vnnc.org.

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

Web:  www.VNNC.org

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Floodplain Management Plan – Open House, December 9 @ 1:00 – 4:30 pm

The Floodplain Management Plan Open House is taking place Tuesday, December 9th from 1pm to 4:30pm.

The purpose of the FMP update is to complete the required steps to receive classification under the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). The target audience for this meeting will be those citizens that live within regulated floodplains.

Attendees will be able to learn about resources, find out if their property falls within a floodplain area, and get information about how to plan and prepare should a flood occur.

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December VNNC Executive Meeting. December 1, 2014, 6:30 pm

Executive Meeting Agenda (VNNC)

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
December 1st, 2014 (Monday 6:30 – 8:00pm)
Van Nuys Public Library
6250 Sylmar Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91401 — (818) 756-8453

  1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair (President) of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.) *Speaker Cards: 2 minutes, 1 Public Comment Time. (This includes speaker cards on any and all agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per Stakeholders and Councilmembers alike)
  5. Secretary’s Report — Approve October & November Minutes (2 separate votes)
  6. Treasurer’s Report — Jeanette Hopp and/or Howard Benjamin (Second Signatory) — Approve Treasurer’s Report
  7. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report, Elected Officials’ Reports & Election Chair’s Report
  8. New Business.
    • a. Speech and Presentation by Los Angeles Zoo Director John R. Lewis. Mr. Lewis is participating in the ongoing “Speaker Series” hosted by the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (VNNC). (Background: To serve the community, the Los Angeles Zoo will create an environment for recreation and discovery; inspire an appreciation of wildlife through exhibitry and education; ensure the highest level of animal welfare; and support programs that preserve biodiversity and conserve natural habitat.) (30 minutes)
    • b. The VNNC to consider submitting a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on the proposed use of the property at 14926 Kittridge Ave. in Van Nuys, CA. The VNNC is aware of the concerns that the neighbors have, and would like to work with all parties involved to come to a mutual understanding to mitigate this issue.
    • c. Officially elect the 5 representatives authorized by the VNNC to submit Community Impact Statements (CIS). (An individual or a committee may draft a CIS and the Board approves the document and position. This is then uploaded to the City Clerk’s portal by authorized members. The selection of these authorized persons is confirmed by an official Board vote and submitted either in a Letter of Resolution or by Approved Board Minutes stating the selection of up to five (5) people. Submission of the names must also include both the phone number and the email address for each person. This information must be on file with DONE’s Field office.)
    • d. Brainstorm and begin the planning of the “Natalie Wood Palm Garden” at the Government Center in Van Nuys. This garden will be the first one of its kind in the Valley, and will aim to have as many different species of palm trees as possible in one specified designated government area. The “Natalie Wood Palm Garden” will be a continuing work in progress and living garden for the enjoyment of arborists and the general public alike. During each tree planting ceremony, a community clean up will be planned immediately afterwards to spread the word about the VNNC, and clean up our neighborhoods. The VNNC to possibly consider doing one tree planting and community clean up a month, and continue the newly established tradition for years and years to come. The VNNC to seek out staff at the Huntington Library, who currently maintains a palm garden in Pasadena. (George Thomas)
    • e. Update and request for action on the parking situation on Cedros Street. The VNNC has been addressing an ongoing problem with the residents and the businesses in the area, and has reached out to Councilman Tom LaBonge and his field staff to assist the council in resolving the situation.
    • f. The VNNC to start the process of re-naming the Van Nuys Orange Line Station after Marilyn Monroe. The VNNC will specifically address the government process of re-naming the station, and will assign tasks to Councilmembers to make this happen.
    • g. Approve all items that have passed through the PLUM Committee and are ready for General Meeting Council Full Board Action.
    • h. Additional items
    • i. Funding requests
  9. Old Business
    • a. Consideration and possible vote on filling vacant seats on the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. The VNNC will entertain any and all membership applications submitted for vacant seats. — ACTION ITEM.
  10. Announcements
  11. Adjournment

CHP-Chips for Kids Toy Drive

IMG_0008California Highway Patrol-Chips is having their annual Kids Toy Drive at The Van Nuys Amtrak Station which Is a drop off site for the toy drive. Anyone who wants to bring an unwrapped toy should take it to the drop off station.

The Van Nuys Amtrak Station address is 7724 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405.

The toys can be dropped off during the Stations business Hours. The Station’s Hours are 6:30am to 10:00pm, Everyday. Ticket Agents Monique, Paul, Travis and Brandy will be there who are happy to accept the toys.

The toy drive kicks off on Sunday Nov 30th and will last until Dec 22nd.

Thank you, Dora Esparza from State Assemblyman Adrin Narzarian, for helping on this event

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Please Join State Assemblyman Adrin Narzarian for a Holiday Open House and Toy Drive, Dec. 11, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Representing the 46th Assembly District


Holiday Open House and Food & Toy Drive

Please Join Us

  • Meet the Assemblymember and his staff to discuss legislation.
  • We would greatly appreciate any non-perishable foods or unwrapped toys you would like to donate for our holiday toy and food drive. Drop them off at our office on or before December 11.
  • Light food and soft drinks will be served.

Time and Location:

Thursday, December 11
5pm – 8pm
Van Nuys State Office Building
6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 300
Van Nuys, CA 91401

For more information, call the office at (818) 376-4246.

RSVP Online

Parking is available in the structure located on Calvert Street.

California Assembly Democratic Caucus
Website: http://asmdc.org/Nazarian
Email: Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

Capitol Office:

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0046
Tel: (916) 319-2046
Fax: (916) 319-2146

District Office:

6150 Van Nuys Blvd
Suite 300
Van Nuys, Ca 91401
Tel: (818) 376-4246
Fax: (818) 376-4252

 

22nd Annual Veterans Holiday Celebration – Sunday, Dec 7

VHC2014 Sunday, December 7 2014Greetings,

To our Veterans and Civilians, you are welcome to volunteer and attend this Veterans event on Sunday, Dec 7, Lunch and Music for all our Veterans and their families.

It is a free event for our Veterans and their families.

Please help the organizer with your Veterans registration
http://www.vhcevent.org/veteransregistration.htm

Free event. See flyer attached.
Thanks for helping.

Jose Arevalo
Volunteer at SFV Veterans Employment Committee
Twitter https://twitter.com/jlapolo

 

Zoo Director John R. Lewis To Speak At Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Meeting In December

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Los Angeles Zoo Director John R. Lewis Will Address the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council On December 10th, 2014

VAN NUYS, CA — The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will have the esteemed honor and privilege of welcoming the Director of the Los Angeles Zoo, Mr. John R. Lewis to speak and answer questions at its next General Meeting.  Zoo Director John R. Lewis is participating in an ongoing “Speaker Series” hosted by the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. (http://www.lazoo.org)

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“It is important to bring the people of Van Nuys and Los Angeles closer to their government and the powers that be. It is our job as local elected officials to facilitate meetings, workshops and summits to make this possible.  I look forward to hearing from the Director of the Los Angeles Zoo at the Council Meeting in December, and seeing how we can all work together to promote the common good throughout the City of Los Angeles,” said Council President George Christopher Thomas.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $19 for adults and $14 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.

The Los Angeles Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit the AZA website at www.aza.org.

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RESERVE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER (RACO) PROGRAM

LA Animal Services

Are you interested in trying something different? The RACO Program welcomes volunteers to become Reserve Animal Control Officers serving in the same capacity as our Animal Control Officers.

The program requires a commitment of 16 hours of volunteer service each month at any one of our six Animal Care Centers for 3 months prior to the first class. This commitment will provide a great opportunity to serve and observe. Prospective candidates will learn about care and handling of a variety of animals, interface with Center, Medical, and Field Staff, work with Supervisors and become familiar with day-to-day operations.For those that are already volunteering, you’ve already learned this – and much more!

During this three month commitment, there will be an application process. Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years of age, a high school graduate or equivalent, and must have a current driver’s license. A background check, drug and alcohol screening will be performed as a part of the process. Prospective candidates should also be prepared for a physical requirement check. RACOs must be able to lift at least 70 pounds and sometimes in excess of 70 pounds. Other physical agility requirements, such as stooping, crawling, and bending, will also be tested.

The training program will run for approximately 6 months with a schedule of 4 hours on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings with classroom and field training during the program. Uniforms, equipment and training will be provided by the Department (at no cost to the RACO). We do, however, require a 1 year commitment of 16 hours per month after graduating from the class. We need you!

We are currently accepting applications from volunteers who have finished or will soon finish their required volunteer pre-service. Please complete a regular City Application located at: http://per.lacity.org/application.pdf and mail it to: RACO Program, LA Animal Services, 200 N. Spring St., Room 1805, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The next class will begin after we have 15 qualified applidants. Slots are limited.

Thanks, again, for your interest. We can’t wait to see you – in a uniform!

Human Trafficking Meeting, December 6, 10:00 am

The Los Angeles area Leagues of Women Voters has been investigating the human trafficking going on right under our noses and we need to share what we have learned.  Human trafficking has become a serious problem everywhere, but also here in our own neighborhoods.  The gangs have become involved and find it much more lucrative than the drug dealing.

The Los Angeles Police Department is one of the many organizations very much involved in trying to educate the community and help solve the problem, especially with the young people who get caught up in various types of trafficking.  We hope to bring in the whole community to learn what is going on, how to identify trafficking in our stores, in our shops, in our neighborhood. Their comprehensive presentation will be very enlightening and perhaps surprising.  Please join us to see what is going on and what is being done about it…..even what you can do to help.

Jean Thomson

League of Women Voters of Los Angeles

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The Midnight Mission To Participate In The “Homelessness & Mental Illness” Summit In Van Nuys This December

MidnightMissionVAN NUYS, CA — The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is pleased to announce the involvement of The Midnight Mission in the “Homelessness & Mental Illness” Summit next month. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is hosting this Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 6:30 pm to address homelessness in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles.

“The Midnight Mission offers a path to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost everything. Our emergency services, 12-step recovery program, job training, education and work programs offer a compassionate bridge to productive lives. We remove obstacles to self-sufficiency and provide the accountability and structure that people who are experiencing homelessness need to rejoin their communities. Our conviction and commitment to their success define us,” said Georgia Berkovich, Director of Public Affairs for The Midnight Mission.

The Midnight Mission is the oldest continuously operating human service organizations in the Los Angeles region. Centered in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, The Midnight runs one of the most efficient direct service operations in the country. With only four executive managers throughout its 100 year history, The Midnight has been a consistent beacon of light for those with no where else to turn.

“It is a great honor and privilege to work alongside all of the high profile speakers we have scheduled for the summit this December.  Each one brings an interesting and unique perspective to addressing homelessness in the San Fernando Valley.  This is a major issue in Van Nuys, as well as throughout the Valley and Southern California.  This summit is a perfect opportunity to come together with community leaders in our area, and really tackle this terrible problem head-on,” said George Christopher Thomas, President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

A list of confirmed speakers include but are not limited to: Don LeStrange, Van Nuys LAPD Volunteer and Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) Homeless Committee Chair.  Representatives from the Office of Councilwoman Nury Martinez (CD6).  Anthony Gonzales from the Village Family Center in North Hollywood.  Ryan Bell from Community Outreach for PATH in Los Angeles.  Representatives from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.  Representatives from the National Coalition For The Homeless.  Representatives from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.  Representatives from the Weingart Center Association.  Representatives from the Homeless Health Care Los Angeles.  Representatives from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  And representatives from the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness.

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council meets at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard and the Summit will take place in the Council Chambers starting at 6:30 pm. If your Neighborhood Council or organization would like to co-host this summit with the VNNC, please email Council President George Thomas at george.thomas@vnnc.org. For more information please visit www.vnnc.org.  The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is the largest Neighborhood Council in the San Fernando Valley, and the second largest of all 95 Neighborhood Council’s in Los Angeles. (http://www.midnightmission.org/)

All media and the general public are invited to attend.  Please email any questions or comments to george.thomas@vnnc.org.

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