VNNC PLUM Committee Meeting – January 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

VNNC PLUM Committee Meeting Agenda

January 17, 2017 (Tuesday 6:30- 8:30 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. 14306 Oxnard Street, So Cal Collision Center. Zone Variance. Allow continued maintenance and operation of automotive repair with spray paint booth. Asking the board to reconsider their decision from last general board meeting. Case no#: ZA-2016-3146. (Antonio Peurtas/ SoCal Collision Center.)
  6. New Business:
    • A. None
  7. Public Comments
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjourn

2017-01-17-VNNC PLUM Committee Meeting

43rd Program Year (PY) of the Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan – Fifth Year Action Plan (2017-2018)

43rd Program Year (PY) of the Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan – Fifth Year Action Plan (2017-2018)

As Los Angeles’ economy continues to surge with job growth and new businesses, we will continue to strategically deploy City resources to improve the livability and sustainability of our neighborhoods, investing in the people of our city to create a better Los Angeles. It is particularly critical that low- and moderate-income communities have access to all available economic opportunities. The budget for the consolidated plan has been developed to achieve the primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the development of urban communities of providing decent housing and suitable living environments, and to expand economic opportunity for all City residents.

The City of Los Angeles receives four entitlement grants: (1) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); (2) HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME); (3) Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG); and (4) Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). These entitlements comprise the City’s Consolidated Plan, a comprehensive, integrated approach to planning and implementing the City’s housing, community development, and economic development needs and priorities.

The Consolidated Plan consists of more than $89.6 million in annual allocations of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME}, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The City’s 43rd Program Year (PY) 2016-17 Annual Action Plan (Action Plan) continues to make investments that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities. (Click here to continue reading)

Animals Services Department meets with Neighborhood Councils

Animals Services Department meets with Neighborhood Councils

This past Monday, Department of Animal Services General Manager Ms. Brenda Barnette and her staff met with Neighborhood Council Animal Services Liaisons at Ramona Hall in Highland Park to share information about the services and programs it provides to Angelenos and to listen to feedback from NCs. Some of the items highlighted included updates on improving the strategic plan; their partnership the Departments of Recreation & Parks and the Bureau of Sanitation to protect wildlife at large parks; how often to meet with Liaisons; and the ongoing efforts to protect the life and improve the safety of Angelenos, domestic animals, and wildlife. Ms. Barnette invited all NCs to work with her to monitor legislation and to weigh in on issues that matter the most to NCs by attending or monitoring the Board of Animal Services Commission and City Council Personnel & Animal Welfare Committee meetings to gather information about LA Animal Services programs, goals and projects, as well as the City animal ordinances and rules. Thank you to those NCs that took the time to be at the meeting on a chilly winter evening and thank you to Animal Services for their welcoming efforts to partner with NCs. For any questions or comments with regards to this meeting or engaging as an Animal Services Liaison, please contact Sara Ebrahimi with the Department of Animal Services at

About Animal Services Liaisons
By each Neighborhood Council appointing an Animal Services Liaison (Liaison), the NC creates an opportunity to partner with the Department of Animal Services (DAS) to work on issues and services impacting Los Angeles neighborhoods. Liaisons are the eyes, ears, and voice for their respective communities; complement the outreach efforts of the DAS; and serve as the primary point of contact for the DAS. Liaisons receive direct communication from the department and get invited to meetings with department staff to discuss relevant issues. Animal Services Liaisons will help the Department of Animal Services and City Hall focus on getting “Back to Basics” and helping make the city safer, more prosperous and livable with a well-run government. To sign up as an Animal Services Liaison click the following link and go to the “Liaisons”

About the Department of Animal Services
The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services has one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six shelters annually serving approximately 60,000 animals and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. Appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, the Board of Animal Services Commissioners serve as the head of the Department of Animal Services. The Board is primarily concerned with making policy decisions, and the General Manager, as the chief administrative officer of the Department, manages the day-to-day department activities and makes and enforces rules and regulations necessary to exercise the powers conferred upon the Department. For more information about the Department of Animal Services please go to

Clean Streets LA Challenge Ceremony – Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10am to 12pm

Clean Streets LA Challenge Ceremony

Tomorrow, All Clean Streets Champions, Public Works Liaisons, and Clean Streets LA Challenge participants are invited to attend a special Board of Public Works meeting being held to recognize approximately 150 community leaders and partners who have helped bring to life the City of Los Angeles’ Initiative to improve the cleanliness of our streets, sidewalks, and alleys. Please make the time to attend this very special event that will showcase and celebrate the enthusiasm and collaboration that Neighborhood Councils have demonstrated!

Clean Streets LA Challenge Ceremony
Saturday, January 14, 2017
10am to 12pm
City Hall’s Board of Public Works Hearing Room
200 North Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Park at City Hall East, 200 North Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Email questions to Jen Marony at

About Public Works Liaisons– Public Works Liaisons serve as the primary point of contact within Neighborhood Councils on the Clean Streets Initiative, which was announced by Mayor Eric Garcetti on April 23, 2015. Focused on creating a cleaner and more livable city, the Clean Streets Initiative provides funding for additional trash bins, a third Clean Streets Strike Team, the development of a cleanliness assessment system, and increased enforcement of illegal dumping. A key component to the success of the Clean Streets Initiative is a coordinated and robust public engagement campaign. The Liaison works with the Board of Public Works, the Mayor’s Volunteer Corps, and the Office of Community Beautification to organize clean ups, increase 311 reporting in their area, and engage local stakeholders on how to maintain street cleanliness. Liaisons receive communication from the Board of Public Works regarding legislation, programs, and meetings with staff. For more information to go

Control Ron Galperin invites you to a Workshop: Jan 25, 6-7pm

Control Ron Galperin invites you to a Workshop: Jan 25, 6-7pm

Controller Ron Galperin invites you to the Financial Planning for After-Holiday Stress workshop on January 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library.

General Information:
Event: Controller Galperin’s Financial Planning for After-Holiday Stress workshop
Location: North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library – 5211 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Goodie bags for the first 30 people

Attached is a PDF of the flyer so that you may email blast or post on social media and your website about this event. In addition, we encourage everyone to sign up via this link: Signing up is not mandatory, however, it will give the office an outlook on attendance.

We look forward to seeing you and some of our mutual constituents at this event. If you have any questions please contact me at and at 213-978-4026.

Ron Galperin
City Controller

New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Pet

New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Los Angeles, January 10, 2017 – There is still time to make your New Year’s resolutions! And, may we suggest that you consider including your companion animals too? Maybe your goal is to eat healthier, work out more often and spend more time with your family. Well, does “Fido” need to drop a few pounds or exercise more? LA Animal Services shares some ideas with you to keep you and your pets happy and healthy in 2017.

1. Help your pet eat healthy and watch their weight.
Is “Fido” a little chubby? Perhaps he needs a few carrot snacks rather than higher calorie food treats? Dog biscuits are generally more fattening than regular dog kibble and may not be as balanced.

2. Schedule a vet check-up.
Make sure your best friend is healthy by scheduling an annual exam with your vet and checking that his or her vaccines are up-to-date. Yearly examinations by the veterinarian are a key component of good preventive care. Many medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis or heart problems are common in aging pets and much easier to manage and more affordable when found early.

3. Start a daily grooming routine.
Brushing your dog or cat daily only takes a few minutes and helps remove dead hair which also reduces the amount of fuzz you find on your clothes, floor and furniture. It helps distribute oils from the skin to their fur, keeping their coat shiny and healthy. Most of all, daily grooming feels good to dogs and cats. This can be your special day with him or her.

Don’t forget to brush his or her teeth too! Daily brushing is the best way to keep tartar and plaque under control.

4. Teach an old dog a new trick.
Teaching your dog a new trick or playing a new game with your cat stimulates their mind. It could be as simple as a puzzle feeder you can get at the pet store. By keeping your furry friend’s brain active you can actually help make it healthier and keep your pet out of trouble.

5. Update your pet’s ID information.
If you moved or have a new phone number, be sure to update your pet’s license, tags and microchip with your current contact information. It’s the best way to reunite you and your buddy if they happen to get lost.

6. Exercise together
Do you and “Fido” need more exercise? Fido would love to have extra walks each week or play Frisbee with you. It’s a great way to bond, it’ll get you both out of the house, and you and your pet will reap the rewards of healthy physical activity.

These six resolutions won’t only benefit your pet, but strengthen your companionship with them, which only means more nuzzles from your best friend in the new year!

FROM HER 2017: In Honor of National Women’s History Month

FROM HER 2017: In Honor of National Women’s History Month

FROM HER 2017:
In Honor of National Women’s History Month

March 2 to April 9, 2017
at the Biscailuz Gallery
Address: 125 Paseo de La Plaza | Los Angeles, CA 90012


This year’s exhibition theme is:
“Latinas in Our Communities: Women Making a Difference.”

All throughout history, Latina women from various countries have made remarkable strides as leaders in education, art, music, business, community advocacy, social justice, environmentalism, politics, and in many other fields.

To this day, there are countless Latinas who exemplify leadership in their communities and continue to make a difference in society.

In honor of National Women’s History Month, artists are invited to submit pieces that celebrate and commemorate various Latina women who have gone above and beyond as leaders and change makers, in history or present day.

All submissions must be received no later than
Saturday, 2/4/17 by 5:00 p.m. PST

A maximum of four (4) submissions from each artist.
All submissions must be the artist’s original work.

Website Link:

For more information, please see the attached .PDF regarding submissions and notifications.

You may also email with the subject line
“FROM HER QUESTION” or with “QUESTION” or “URGENT” as the subject line.
We receive many e-mails and will try to respond as promptly as possible.


The Lucille and Edward R. Roybal Foundation and El Pueblo Historical Monument present:
Roybal: Man of the People
An art exhibition and tribute to the activism and community undertakings of Edward R. Roybal.

Exhibit Dates: January 6 – 30, 2017
Exhibit Hours: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays (Closed Mondays)
Location: El Tranquilo Gallery and Information Center | w-19A, Olvera Street


The El Pueblo Park Association and El Pueblo Historical Monument present:
Escenas de México: Una Exposición Fotográfica
(Scenes of Mexico: A Photo Exhibition)
Experience an illuminating glimpse of Mexican imagery, its people, cuisine, and traditions.

Exhibit Dates: January 6, 2017 – February 26, 2017
Exhibit Hours: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays (Closed Mondays)
Location: Biscailuz Gallery | 125 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Also, please feel free to join us at this exhibit’s opening reception:

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Biscailuz Gallery, El Pueblo Historical Monument
Address: 125 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

There will be light refreshments served and a short program to celebrate the opening of our first site-hosted exhibit of 2017. Please feel free to share this event with friends, family, and colleagues; admission to both the exhibit and reception are free!



On November 23, 2016, the City adopted an ordinance repealing Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 85.02 in its entirety, in response to a U.S. Court of Appeals judgment and replaced it with a version that decriminalizes living in vehicles, while balancing the needs of all City residents, businesses and visitors for clean, healthy and safe public areas. The new LAMC Section 85.02 regulates the conduct of dwelling in a vehicle on a public street and is not a parking restriction. From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., persons are allowed to use a vehicle for dwelling, subject to posted parking restrictions, in most areas of the City that are more than 500 feet from licensed schools, pre-schools, day care facilities or parks. From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., persons are allowed to use a vehicle for dwelling, subject to posted parking restrictions, on streets in non-residential zones that are not located within 500 feet of a licensed school, pre­school, day care facility or park. The provisions of the new LAMC Section 85.02 become effective on Saturday, January 7, 2017 and expire on July 1, 2018, unless extended by ordinance. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has indicated enforcement will begin in early February.

The City will continue to provide public outreach regarding the provisions of this ordinance. The City’s outreach efforts will be further supplemented with the assistance of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and their homeless service providers. Additionally, the City has developed several maps to assist the public in identifying streets where vehicle dwelling is allowed. The maps are publicly available on the City’s website ( The maps are also available within the City’s Zone Information and Map Access System ( Printed versions of the maps are available at local City Halls, libraries, and community police stations for surrounding neighborhoods and street segments. If requested, our Office encourages all departments with public counters to provide the 85.02 pamphlets (attached) and if feasible provide printed maps.

Our Office will coordinate the collection and analysis of data and information by City departments and third party organizations with relevant expertise for purposes of determining the impacts to public health, safety and the physical environment due to the implementation of these vehicle dwelling regulations. The resulting data and analysis will be compiled into a report with recommendations for action to the City Council and Mayor within eighteen months of the effective date of this ordinance.

If you have any questions, please call Jason Killeen 213-473-7574 in my Office.

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