VNNC Special Budget and Finance Committee Meeting – December 9, 2016

VNNC Special Budget and Finance

Meeting Agenda

December 9, 2016 (Friday 6:30- 8:00 pm)

Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd Room 1B

Van Nuys, CA 91401

  1. Call To Order & Pledge Of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair –Speaker’s Times, Cell phone conversations, Correspondence received and approval of minutes.Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders.*Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2
  4. Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)decePublic Comment (On matters within the VNNC Budget and Finance Committee Capabilities.) 2 minutes Maximum per person, 20 minutes Maximum time for Public Comment under this item
  5. Old Business
    • The VNNC will provide funding to the Children of the Night for their outgoing services in the Van Nuys Committee (NTE $2500) (5 minutes presentation by Children of the Night Representative)
    • Outreach Item: The VNNC to organize two holiday events for December 2016 a) First event for the children’s stakeholders of Van Nuys and the Second event for the homeless stakeholders of Van Nuys (NTE $2,500 for both)
    • The Mayor’s Youth Council for local students to be provide with food while participating in the program until May 2017 (NTE $450).
    • The VNNC to Co-Sponsor and provide food for a job fair hosted by Assembly member Nazarian’s Office scheduled for January 2017 (Amount TBD)
  6. New Business:
    • Van Nuys Neighborhood Council to partner again with La Iglesia en el Camino on January 27 from 11am-2pm for their Annual Fair. The VNNC will provide lunch for the employers at 12pm. The cost should be no greater than $500.
  7. Public Comment
  8. Announcements

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BMO/BHO Code Amendment at full City Council Weds. 12/7/16

Dear Stakeholders,

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the City Council will consider the proposed Baseline Mansionization/Baseline Hillside (BMO/BHO) Code Amendment at its regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. in the John Ferraro Council Chamber (Room 340) of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The meeting agenda is available at the following link: http://ens.lacity.org/clk/councilagendas/clkcouncilagendas3108029_12072016.html

We do not know whether the City Council will be taking public testimony on the item, as the Public Hearing was held and closed by the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee on November 29. To have written comments included in the record, please email Sharon.Dickinson@lacity.org and reference Council File #14-0656 in your correspondence.

Adoption Process

The proposed ordinance will not be up for a final adoption vote at Wednesday’s meeting. There are at least four steps remaining in the adoption process, including:
  • Approval of the proposed BMO/BHO ordinance provisions by the City Council (under consideration at Wednesday’s meeting).
  • Preparation of the official BMO/BHO ordinance by the City Attorney.
  • Adoption of the BMO/BHO ordinance by the City Council.
  • The Mayor’s signature of the ordinance.
Once these steps have been completed, the City Clerk will post the adopted ordinance for a period of 10 days, at the end of which a 31-day waiting period will begin before the ordinance goes into effect.
PLUM Recommendations

As part of its action at the November 29 meeting, the PLUM Committee recommended several modifications to the proposed ordinance. The PLUM Committee’s recommended changes to the proposed ordinance include:

  • Reduce Hillside Area guaranteed minimum Residential Floor Area from 1,000 to 800 square feet.
  • Reduce R1 Zone, Hillside Area by-right maximum grading from 2,000 to 1,000 cubic yards.
  • Change starting height of R1 encroachment plane from 20 to 22 feet.
  • Remove front articulation requirement in the R1 Zone.
  • Restore 0.5 Floor Area Ratio for R1 lots smaller than 7,500 square feet.
  • Restore full 400 square foot exemption for garages, regardless of location.
  • Clarify that conditionally permitted uses are subject to the provisions of the BMO and BHO.

  • Add a provision exempting projects currently in the process of seeking zoning entitlements from following the ordinance.
  • Other technical edits and clarifications.

The Committee also recommended that the Department of City Planning be instructed to report back with a policy recommendation on limiting the Hillside Area grading exemption for pile and caisson foundations.

To have written comments included in the record, please email Sharon.Dickinson@lacity.org and reference Council File #14-0656.

For questions, please contact Niall Huffman, niall.huffman@lacity.org 213-978-3405.

Thank you for your continued interest in the BMO/BHO Code Amendment.

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Neighborhood Conservation Team
Department of City Planning

HPOZ | Community Planning | Code Studies

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Bassett Park Weather Shelter Now Activated

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Bassett Park Shelter Location Now Open

Los Angeles, CA (November 30, 2016) The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announces the immediate opening of Bassett Park due to cold and wet weather conditions. Bassett Park, located at 510 Vineland Avenue, La Puente, CA 91746, will remain open until December 8th and is accepting clients in need of shelter. Warm meals and pet accommodations are provided. Doors open at 6pm or, when rain occurs, will be open for a 24 hour period. Click here and here  for more information and transportation options available.

The following Winter Shelter Programs will also be open as of December 1, 2016:
  • BELL
  • EAST SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
  • HIGHLAND PARK
  • LANCASTER
  • SANTA CLARITA
  • SKID ROW
  • SOUTH LOS ANGELES
  • SYLMAR
  • WEST LOS ANGELES

Shelters in Lancaster and Santa Clarita opened November 24. Shelters in Pacoima, Long Beach, and Pomona will open later in December.  All Winter Shelter Programs will remain open until March 1, 2017. Please check LAHSA’s Winter Shelter Program webpage for shelter locations and transportation schedule. Please check the website often for updates regarding shelter opening dates. You can also call the winter shelter hotline at 1-800-548-6047 or call 211.

Winter shelters provide shelter, warmth, food and comfort to homeless individuals during the cold and wet weather season. In addition to temporary emergency shelter, each program location provides access to supportive services and housing assistance. More than 1,400 beds will be available during the 2016-2017 Winter Shelter Program season across the City and County of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority coordinates the Winter Shelter Program in partnership with the California National Guard, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles.

For media inquiries contact Tom Waldman at 

twaldman@lahsa.org, O: 213-225-8491, C: 213-247-5726

VNNC Outreach Committee Joint Meeting with Executive Board Meeting – December 5, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

VNNC Outreach Committee

Joint Meeting Agenda

December 5, 2016 (Monday 6:30- 8:00 pm)

Van Nuys Public Library, (Backroom of Library)

6257 Sylmar Avenue Van Nuys, CA 91401-2707
Stakeholders wishing to comment are requested to submit Speaker Cards and may not exceed Two (2) minutes Per Item, including speaker cards on agenda items; stakeholder and comment is limited to a total of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.

  1. Call To Order &Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  2. Comments From the Chair
  3. Old Business

    A. none

  4. New Business
    1. DiscussionandAction
      Crafting and clarification for events in December 2016 regarding the use

      of the $2,500 in funds approved at the VNNC General Board Meeting on November 9, 2016 for two (2) Holiday Parties to be held December 2016.

      1. Event for the children of Van Nuys
      2. Event for the Homeless Stakeholders of Van Nuys
    2. Funding Request: The VNNC to co-sponsor The Mayor’s Youth Council for local students to be provided with food while participating in the program until May 2017 (NTE $450).
    3. Funding Request: The VNNC to Co-Sponsor and provide food for a job fair hosted by Assemblymember Nazarian’s Office scheduled for January 2017

      (NTE $500)

  5. Public Comment on matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction) Not on the Agenda
  6. Announcements
  7. Adjournment 8:00PM

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VNNC December Executive Meeting – December 5th , 2016 – 6:30 pm

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Joint Meeting Agenda

December 5, 2016 (Monday 6:30- 8:00 pm)

Van Nuys Public Library, (Backroom of Library) 6257 Sylmar Avenue Van Nuys, CA 91401-2707

Stakeholders wishing to comment are requested to submit Speaker Cards and may not exceed Two (2) minutes Per Item, including speaker cards on agenda items; stakeholder and comment is limited to a total of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.

  1. Call To Order & Pledge Of Allegiance To the United States of America.
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Executive Officer and Committee Chair Reports
    • A. President’s Report- Jeffrey Lynni. Comments from the Chair — Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations,Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *)
    • B. Secretary’s Report — Jeremy Pessoai. Approval of the Minutes of all missing VNNC Executive Committee Meeting Minutes not approved from April 2016-November 2016
    • C. Treasurer’s Report — Stacey Rains and/or Howard Benjamin (Second Signatory)i. Approve Treasurer’s Report
    • D. Vice-Presidents Report – Jason Ackermani. MOTION: The Chairs of all VNNC Committees must submit written lists of all current Members of their respective committees to the Secretary, President and Vice-President of the VNNC by December 31, 2016 and hold Brown Act Compliant meetings no later than January 31, 2017. Failure to comply will result in the removal of said committee chair(s) pending approval of the General Board at the February 2017 Meeting.
    • E. Reports From Committee Chairs regarding Items NOT on the Agenda.
  4. Old Business
    • A. Planning and Land Use Management Committee
      • i. Call for reconsideration of approval of Zone Variance for 14306 Oxnard Street, So Cal Collision Center. Allow continued maintenance and operation of automotive repair with spray paint booth. The PLUM Committee is asking the board to reconsider their decision from last general board meeting. Case no#: ZA-2016-3146. (Antonio Peurtas/ SoCal Collision Center.) (Ackerman/ Benjamin)5.
  5. Items of New Business that Have Been Heard in Committees
    • A. Planning and Land Use Management
      • i. 6429 N. Van Nuys Blvd. CUB Renewal and live entertainment. Asking for the approval to continue the sale of beer and wine for on-site consumption in conjunction with an existing restaurant. Case no#: ZA-2010-261-CUB-PAI (Oscar Ensafi/ Approved Plans Inc.)
      • ii. Administration Item. Asking the VNNC to support the call close Aliso Canyon site from operation. Draft will be provided prior to general board meeting to be sent to Mayor Garcetti, City Council, County Supervisor and Governor Brown. Discussion and Action.
      • iii. VNNC to submit CIS on the proposed changes to DASH bus service and routes.VNNC PLUM Committee is currently discussing & drafting the proposed routes of LADOT DASH service within the Van Nuys jurisdiction. The board will take motion once the draft has been crafted, edited and approved to be sent to City Council. Discussion and action. (PLUM Committee Board members Jerry Martin and Jason Ackerman).
    • B. Outreach Committee
      • i. Approval of plans from session of Outreach CommitteeJoint Meeting regarding the use of $2,500 in funds approved at the VNNC General Board Meeting on November 9, 2016 for two (2) Holiday Parties to be held in December 2016.
    • C. Executive Committee
      • i. Request by State Senator Hertzberg’s Office to grant the Senator time to speak at the VNNC General Board Meeting on December 14, 20166.
  6. Items of New Business that Have Not Been Heard in Committees Submitted from the Floor (Items received in this section to be listed in the Minutes of this Meeting)
    • A. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council declares that aside from the two (2) events being planned, this body holds the remainder of the year 2016 to be over, due to the excessive levels of bad and sad news that has warranted the title of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year to“Death”. #JustEndIt
    • B. TBD
  7. Public Comment on matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction) Not on the Agenda
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjournment 8:00PM

2016 Executive Committee Agenda

Global Forum 2016 adopts Donostia Declaration

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Global Forum 2016 adopts Donostia Declaration

From 16 to 19 November 2016, 200 people from all continents of the world gathered in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, to attend the sixth Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy.

This year’s edition of the world biggest conference on participatory democracy addressed the question whether direct democracy is in retreat or on the rise and how to connect social movements around the globe to encounter the backlash against democracy and human rights.

At the end of the Global Forum the participants commonly adopted the “Donostia Declaration” that reads as follows here.

Further information on the Global Forum and coverage at: 
www.2016globalforum.com
www.swissinfo.ch/directdemocracy
www.people2power.info
–  www.democracy-international.org 
www.zocalopublicsquare.org

Bureau of Street Services (BSS) Street Talk Newsletter

Street Services Blitz

BSS Street Talk Newsletter

The Bureau Supports Trojans
bss-1On Saturday, November 23rd the Bureau’s Investigation and Enforcement Division helped with the permitting of USC’s last home football game. Held at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the USC Trojans beat Notre Dame during the rainy day. While the USC football season comes to an end at the Coliseum, the Division will still be present at permitted events near the college campus to ensure public safety and enforce permit requirements.

How Stump Removal Works
bss-2How are tree stumps removed from the ground?Before modern-day technology, street services would manually dig out the stumps from the ground with picks and shovels. While this was effective, it was time consuming and very labor intensive. Today, the Urban Forestry Division employs the use of the stump-removal ma-chine. This machine grinds stumps into small wood chips and turns the soil. The area is then ready for a new tree to be planted.

Keeping LA Clean and Green
With a fleet of over 1,700 pieces of equipment, the Bureau of Street Services provides quality street services in an effective and efficient manner. In collaboration with the General Services Department, the Bureau staff recently traveled to the Elgin Sweeper Company in Illinois to inspect the new street sweepers that will soon replace the old equipment. These new motor sweepers use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for power, reducing the need for fossil fuels. The Bureau continues to be the nation’s leader in sustainable practices for street sweeping with 135 CNG sweepers.

bss-3Entrada Drive Pedestrian Improvement Project
The Bureau of Street Services has joined forces with Council District 11 and its community to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. On September 19th, construction for the Entrada Drive Pedestrian Improvement Project began. Funded by the Highway Safety Improvement program, the project will create a six foot wide sidewalk along Entrada Drive from Almafi Drive to Adelaide Drive. Not only will the project include a new sidewalk, but also new curb ramps, a retaining wall and crosswalks. These new designated pedestrian crossings will further enhance the area’s safety. The Bureau’s Special Projects and Engineering Divisions are proud to be involved in the process for creating these improvements in Council District 11.

Invitation to Public Forums to Discuss the Development of a Regional Plan for Workforce Development

Invitation to Public Forums to Discuss the Development of a Regional Plan for Workforce Development

The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board and the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department are conducting a series of public forums to gather input for the development of a regional workforce development plan. This is a requirement of the State of California Workforce Development Board.

The seven Workforce Development Boards within Los Angeles County – and their network of WorkSource Centers / America’s Job Centers of California and youth centers – are developing a Regional Workforce Plan which will map training pathways to ensure needs of demand industries and employers are met. This plan will also ensure all workers, including those with barriers to employment, have the opportunity to develop skills required for jobs in demand industries.

Please Join Us at One of the Following Four Forums

Thursday, December 1, 2016
4PM – 6PM
Boyle Heights Tech Center YouthSource Center
1600 East 4th St, Los Angeles 90033
Topic: Career Pathways

Join us for a discussion among practitioners, leaders and stakeholders from the education, labor, business, nonprofit organization and government sectors about strategies and approaches to train workers for hard-to-fill jobs and to ensure that their skills meet industry demands. We’ll also discuss what career pathways exist to help workers enter and succeed in these jobs and occupations and what we can do as a community to improve career pathway opportunities.

TO RSVP FOR THIS FORUM: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeU2DQNmQpk1UxW8ZWyqLR4NsceEfUEgZTVL5YaFyiex_ZB8g/viewform


Tuesday, December 6, 2016
2PM – 4PM
Expo Center, Multi-Purpose Room
3980 Bill Robertson Lane, Los Angeles 90037
Topic: System Accessibility

Join us for a discussion among practitioners, leaders and stakeholders from the social services, nonprofit, education, post-secondary, labor, business and government sectors about strategies and approaches to increase the pipeline of job candidates.

A list (not exhaustive) of potential “barriers to employment” will be presented as well as samples of education and employment services that individuals with barriers may need. The audience will then be invited to discuss:

  • Are basic skills training and other prevocational services available in sufficient quantity to meet the demands for these services?
  • How can workforce and education services be made more accessible to all job seekers?
  • What groups are most at risk of being left behind?
  • For foreign born individuals and English Language Learners, what workforce and education services are available to address workforce challenges?
  • What role do community-based organizations play in providing accessibility to the system?

TO RSVP FOR THIS FORUM: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfG8pTpmkNQjTL-IVfiIX8XoYCJGMIdW3OAMtqsOlK6gAihHA/viewform


Thursday, December 8, 2016
3:30PM – 5:30PM
Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center on Highland
1220 Highland Ave, Los Angeles 90038
Topic: Workforce and Education Resources

Join us for a discussion among practitioners, leaders and stakeholders from the social services, nonprofit, education, post-secondary, labor, business and government sectors about strategies and approaches to identify and utilize resources for training a skilled workforce. The audience will be invited to discuss:

  • What education and workforce resources does our community currently have?
  • How can we improve the ways in which these educational and workforce resources are used to help all job seekers (including youth and those with barriers to employment) succeed in the identified, highest priority career pathways?
  • How can we ensure that youth and job seekers with serious barriers to employment have access to and succeed on these career pathways?

TO RSVP FOR THIS FORUM: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddj2xVSgcp3Cv7ZWaNQQl3_Jf5NjRC6MxHXyRNEcAvWuiYaA/viewform


Tuesday, December 13, 2016
2PM – 4PM
Workforce Development Board Business Services & Marketing Meeting
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Ave, Van Nuys 91401
Topic: Industry-Valued Credentials – Certifying Worker Skills and Competencies

Join us for a discussion among employers, business leaders and stakeholders from the social services, nonprofit, education, post-secondary, labor and government sectors about strategies and approaches to identify and utilize resources for training a skilled workforce.

Are there particular credentials, certifications, degrees or other documentation of skills attainment that communicate to businesses that a candidates is qualified perform particular functions and do certain jobs? If so, what are the credentials most valued and recognized by businesses?

This forum is also the December meeting of the Workforce Development Board Business Services and Marketing Committee meeting, chaired by Kenn Phillips, CEO of Valley Economic Alliance

TO RSVP FOR THIS FORUM: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGpNqHUCJw8IalXkt6kNm42QkYLja2CsNuhdl04FLjGA1xfg/viewform

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Link to above article information online:

http://www.wiblacity.org/index.php/articles-hidden/223-public-forums-to-discuss-the-development-of-a-regional-plan-for-workforce-development

Winter Holiday Festival 2016 at Pershing Square in Downtown LA

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Winter Holiday Festival 2016

Join us for the Winter Holiday Festival 2016 at Pershing Square!

Saturday, December 3, 2016 & Sunday, December 4, 2016
11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Enjoy FREE Winter Holiday Festival Activities: 90 tons of fresh snow for sledding, free photo with Santa, giant ginger bread house,
jumpers, Polar Express train ride, ice skating rink (fee applies), food & craft booths.

This event is being hosted by the Department of Recreation and Parks.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at El Pueblo – Today @ 5:00 pm

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Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at El Pueblo

El Pueblo Historical Monument’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This family event will feature entertainment, arts and crafts, refreshments, children’s bounce house, and more.

This event is free and open to the public– please feel free to share this invite with your friends and family.

For further inquiries about the event, please contact: (213) 485-8435 or e-mail: lynard.garcia@lacity.org.

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