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Hands Around City Hall – April 28th – 12 noon – 1:00 pm

Hands Around City Hall

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Los Angeles’ Civil Unrest, Council President Herb Wesson and the Los Angeles City Council invites you to:

“Hands Around City Hall”

A symbolic gesture of cross-cultural support and understanding

Join us as we stand together, hands clasped around City Hall, to reclaim one of our City’s most destructive and divisive dates in our history and mend the wounds with peace, unity, and cross-cultural understanding
Friday, April 28
12-1 pm 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information, please contact Justin Wesson
at 213-473-7010 or

Invite to LA Animal Services Commission – April 25th @ 7:00pm

Invite to LA Animal Services Commission

Next Tuesday, April 25, the Los Angeles Board of Animal Services Commissioners will hold its meeting in Van Nuys. On behalf of Commissioners Olivia Garcia, Roger Wolfson, Alisa Finsten and myself, Larry Gross, we would like to extend an invitation to attend our meeting at 7:00 PM at the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, CA 91405 (between Van Nuys and Hazeltine)

See English and Spanish flyer here.

We encourage community members to attend the meeting and make their concerns regarding animal issues in the City of Los Angeles known directly to officials of the Animal Services Department.

Prior to the meeting, at 6:45 pm, we will conduct a tour for the public of the East Valley Animal Shelter facility 

The public will be able to make general comments on any subject matter that the Board has jurisdiction on during the public comment period. 

The agenda will include a discussion on finalizing the Department’s 2017-2011 Strategic Plan.

The Department of Animal Services is making significant strides in ensuring the protection and safety of our animals. Euthanasia rates have dropped dramatically in the past two years. We recently were provided new enforcement tools to help ensure our laws protecting animals and the public is upheld. We have also been authorized to fill a number of new and vacant Animal Control Officer (ACO) positions. While we are making progress on many other fronts more is needed to increase adoptions and educate the public on why it is crucial to spay or neuter. We need your help and support on these issues.

In his 2017 State of the City Address, Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “Today, I am proud to announce that, in 2017, Los Angeles will become the largest ”no kill” city in the nation.” The Department is charged with making that happen. 

The agenda for this meeting will be posted today, Friday, April 21, on the Department’s website at

Please join us. Attached is a bilingual (English/Spanish) leaflet announcing the Commission meeting and the meeting agenda. Help us spread the word by distributing the leaflet to neighbors, friends, Neighborhood Council members and other parties of interest.

Spanish language and sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request prior to the meeting. For information please call (213) 482-9558.

Immigration Town Hall

Immigration Town Hall

Join Sycamore Park Foursquare Church and the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council on Saturday April 29 at 10:30am for a Town Hall to address immigrant rights in the current political climate. Speakers to include elected officials, their representatives and attorney Angela Ramos. Audience Q & A to follow.

Event is free and open to the public. Child care will be provided.
Sycamore Park Foursquare Church
4328 N. Figueroa St, LA CA 90065.

Free Bulky Item Drop Off

Free Bulky Item Drop Off

LA Sanitation is offering six (6) Saturdays: (4/22/17, 5/20/17, 6/17/17, 9/16/17, 10/14/17, 11/18/17) from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for City of Los Angeles residents to drop off their bulky items at five (5) different locations throughout Los Angeles. Residents must present proof of residency by providing their most current LADWP bill along with a state-issued driver’s license or state identification.

For more information about the free drop off events or residential curbside collection of bulky items at your home or apartment, please call 311 or use the MyLA311 app for smart phones; or call LA Sanitation Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489.

See English flyer here.

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Vision Zero Traffic Safety Improvements

Vision Zero Traffic Safety Improvements

As part of the implementation of the City of Los Angeles’ 2017 Vision Zero Action Plan, Councilmember’s Current Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson are hosting the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to discuss Vision Zero Traffic Safety Improvements planned for the South Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles Community Plan Areas.

Open House Dates & Locations are below, and we have attached a flyer  for more information. RSVP at this link to help us manage any updates And please help spread the word!

Southeast LA
Thursday, April 27, 6 – 9p – Estelle Van Meter Center – 7600 S. Avalon Blvd (updated location address!)
Tuesday, May 02, 6 – 9p – Fire Station 64 – 10811 S. Main St.
South LA
Wednesday, May 24, 6 – 9p – Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center 8475 S. Vermont Ave
Thursday, June 01, 6 – 9p – EXPO Center / Roy Anderson Rec Center 3980 Bill Robertson Ln.

Note: All meetings will be in Open House format; drop by anytime between 6 – 9PM

Summer Night Lights 2017

Summer Night Lights 2017

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) is currently accepting applications for Summer Night Lights (SNL) program’s

Site Artists , Zumba/Fitness/Dance Instructors and Culinary Artists.

GRYD’s mission is to strengthen youth/young adult, family and community resilience to the influence of gangs by fostering public/private collaboration and supporting community-based prevention and intervention services. SNL is a key component of the comprehensive GRYD strategy which was piloted during the summer of 2008 as a response to research that point to youth being most likely to commit violent crimes during the summer months in the City of Los Angeles. Now in its 10th consecutive summer, the SNL program is implemented in 32 parks across the city with the goal of reducing gang related violence in and around SNL sites & providing community engagement and employment opportunities for youth as well as adults.


  • Develop and implement a workshop series tailored around the SNL Art program’s mission of presenting unifying themes in black/brown cultures and engagement of community members across the family life cycle.
  • Development of lesson plans for each workshop, including a culminating project or performance, a budget for supplies and an outreach plan.
  • Communicate with GRYD SNL staff via email, cell phone, and written reports (nightly/end of program)
  • Maintain communication with Art Program Coordinator/site staff regarding programming, special events, and areas that require follow up.
  • Maintain working relationships with site team and SNL Partners (i.e.Recreation and Parks, LAPD, Community Intervention Workers).
  • Be committed to working with a diverse population and participants along the family life cycle (children to elders).
  • Maintain detailed accounting records of supplies purchased and follow invoice reimbursement protocols for payment.

Period of Employment: 6/28/17 – 8/5/17 for all candidates
Days: Wednesdays – Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Total Hours per Week: 12

Period of Employment: 8/11/17 – 8/25/17 for all candidates
Days: Fridays and Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Total Hours per Week: 6
(Candidates will be notified of any modifications to employment period and orientation.)

To view job description, please click here


To access the application, please click here; you will be required to submit a cover letter, resume and sample of your art form (for Dance/fitness Instructors, a flyer of where you teach a class is sufficient).

Applications’ due date is May 12th at 5:0 0 pm. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and early submission is encouraged.

Please share with your networks/contacts. For more information please visit:

For more information on SNL, please click here

VNNC PLUM Committee Meeting – April 19th @ 6:30 pm

VNNC Planning and Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda

April 19, 2017 (Wednesday, 6:30- 9:30 pm)

Van Nuys Community Police Station

6240 Sylmar Ave. Conference room

Van Nuys, CA 91401

  1. WELCOMING REMARKS: (10 minutes)
    • a. Call to order
    • b. Pledge of allegiance
    • c. Committee roll call (The Board is composed of 7 members. A quorum of at least 3 members present is required to hold official Board meetings.)
  3. PRESENTATIONS: (10 minutes)
    • a. None
  4. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: (5 minutes)
    • a. Review and adoption of minutes
  5. MOTIONS & RESOLUTIONS: (2 hours)
    • A. Discussion and Possible Action. 6500 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Development of a 160-unit apartment complex, the development of a 160-unit apartment complex within a 156,288-sq. ft. building including 7 very low income units & 21,780 sq. ft. of open space. Case No#: DIR-2016-4380. (Eric Lieberman/QES, Inc.) Supporting Docs.:
    • B. Discussion and Possible Action. 7128 Van Nuys Blvd, ACYE (All You Can Eat). Conditional Use Permit & Beverage. Conditional Use Permit to allow the installation of +/- 20 pinball game machines as an ancillary use to an existing restaurant and the expansion of the restaurant to serve alcohol. Case no#: ZA-2017-327-CUB-CU (Michael Morgan) Supporting Docs.: Arch Drawings Planning Application EAF Photo boards Special Instructions for Alcohol
    • C. Discussion and Possible Action.14530-14544 Erwin Street. Development for a 48-unit apartment complex. On menu incentive to increase the building height by 11 feet from 45 feet to 56 feet. Density Bonus for a 48 unit, 5-story residential building. Case no#: DIR-2017-1079-DB-CDO (Varoosh Abedi/ GA Engineering Inc.) Supporting Docs.:
    • D. Discussion and Possible Action.14831 Burbank Blvd., Brother’s Pizza, Conditional Use Beverage, Application to allow the onsite sale of beer and wine to an existing restaurant. Case no#: ZA-2016-4989-CUB. (Patrick E. Panzarello/ Patrick E. Panzarello Consulting Services) Supporting Docs: bradius CUB FINDINGS BROTHERS PIZZA CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FINDINGS BROTHERS brotherssite24x18 Brothersfloor24x18 mluanotarized
    • E. Discussion and Possible Action. 7745 & 7747 Sepulveda Blvd., Avio Coach Craft, Conditional Use Permit, Application to allow to add spray booths within fully enclosed structure in full compliance with the provisions of Article 7, Chapter 5 of LAMC, Section122.22.A28 and AQMD Rules 1132 & 1151. Case no#: ZA-2017-340-EAF. (Michael Kirillos/ MK Designs) Supporting Docs.: Planning Appilcation Arch Drawings & Photos Vin Map
  6. ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

2017-04-19-VNNC PLUM Committee Meeting

PUBLIC INPUT AT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETINGS – The public is requested to fill out a “Speaker Card” to address the Board on any agenda item before the Board takes an action on an item. Comments from the public on agenda items will be heard only when the respective item is being considered. Comments from the public on other matters not appearing on the agenda that are within the Board’s jurisdiction will be heard during the Public Comments period. Please note that under the Brown Act, the Board is prevented from acting on a matter that you bring to its attention during the Public Comments period; however, the issue raised by a member of the public may become the subject of a future Board meeting. Public comment is limited to 1 minute per speaker, per item, unless adjusted by the facilitator.

THE AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT – As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate based on disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices and other auxiliary aids and/or services, may be provided upon request. To ensure availability of services, please make your request at least 3 business days (72 hours) prior to the meeting you wish to attend by contacting NC Support by calling: (818) 374- 9898 or via email at:

**PUBLIC POSTING OF AGENDAS – VNNC agendas are posted publicly near the front door to the conference room of the Marvin Braude Constituents Building, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401 and online at You can also receive our agendas via email by subscribing to L.A. City’s Early Notification System at

*PUBLIC ACCESS OF RECORDS – In compliance with Government Code section 54957.5, non-exempt writings that are distributed to a majority or all the board in advance of a meeting may be viewed at the following:

  • 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401,
  • our website:
  • at the scheduled meeting.

In addition, if you would like a copy of any record related to an item on the agenda, please contact NC Support by calling: (818) 374-9898 or via email at:

**RECONSIDERATION AND GRIEVANCE PROCESS – For information on the PNC’s process for board action reconsideration, stakeholder grievance policy, or any other procedural matters related to this Council, please consult the PNC Bylaws. The Bylaws are available at our Board meetings and our website

**SERVICIOS DE TRADUCCION – Si requiere servicios de traducción, favor de avisar al Concejo Vecinal 3 días de trabajo (72 horas) antes del evento. Por favor contacte a NCSupport, al (818) 374-9898 o por correo electrónico para avisar al Concejo Vecinal.


Open House Events 2017


Community Invited to Celebrate and Learn about LA Sanitation Environmental Services!

LOS ANGELES (April 11, 2017)
— LA Sanitation will once again welcome members of the public to its six district sanitation yards in Sun Valley, Northridge, Lincoln Heights, South Los Angeles, San Pedro, and West Los Angeles in a series of weekend events beginning Saturday, April 29, 2017. Families and children of all ages are invited to attend these free Annual Open House Events.

LA Sanitation Open House dates, times and locations are as follows:
April 29, 2017 / Saturday / 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

East Valley District Yard:  11050 Pendleton Street, Sun Valley, CA 91352


May 6, 2017 / Saturday / 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

West Valley District Yard:  8840 Vanalden Avenue, Northridge, CA 91324


May 20, 2017 / Saturday / 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

North Central District Yard:  452 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031


June 3, 2017 / Saturday / 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

South Los Angeles District Yard: 786 S. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90023


June 10, 2017/ Saturday / 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Harbor District Yard:  1400 N. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731


June 24, 2017 / Saturday / 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

West Los Angeles District Yard:  2027 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025


Open Houses are fun community events that encourage public participation in protecting the environment by featuring facility tours, trash truck and equipment demonstrations, information booths, recycling games with prizes, giveaways and refreshments. The city’s recycling mascots, Mr. Recycle and Robo Blue will be on hand to engage and bring recycling to life for both children and adults.  Young visitors will also be given the opportunity to plant small vegetables.


Additionally, City Plants will provide FREE shade trees to residents who live in or own property in the City of Los Angeles.   Since the inventory of trees will be limited, they will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies run out.   Identification will be required to verify city residency.  There is a limit of one tree per property address.


In conjunction with the free tree giveaways, LA Sanitation will also distribute free mulch that is recycled from its green waste program.

Used tires will also be collected at each Open House.  However, a maximum of 9 tires per person per trip will be collected and only passenger and light truck tires will be accepted.  Tires from businesses and tires on rims will NOT be accepted.  This used tire collection is made possible by a CalRecycle Grant and tires will be processed for beneficial reuse.
Last year, over 6,700 residents visited LA Sanitation yards to learn about recycling programs and services.  Some 300 city employees volunteer their time at Sanitation Open Houses to ‘give back’ to the community
For information, call (800) 773-2489 or visit House Events 2017

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