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Mayor’s Gun Buyback 2017 – May 13th, 2017

Mayor’s Gun Buyback 2017

The City of Los Angeles’ anonymous Gun Buyback is an initiative led by GRYD in partnership with the LAPD.  Launched in the spring of 2009, the Gun Buyback marks the beginning of the City of Los Angeles summer violence reduction strategy.  The GRYD office aligned its outreach efforts on the Gun Buyback initiative to specifically focus its outreach to areas within the City that have the highest propensity for violence.

How It Works
On Saturday, May 13, 2017, there are two Gun Buyback locations located within the City.  In exchange for surrendering a firearm, an individual receive a gift card.

Participants drive through the collection line, firearms are inspected and classified Participants then completed a survey and received a gift card upon departure.

The amount per firearm is up to $100 for all handguns, rifles, and shotguns surrendered and up to $200 for assault weapons as classified by the State of California.

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

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.

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

LAFD Fire Service Day 2017 – Citywide Open House – May 13th

LAFD Fire Service Day 2017 – Citywide Open House

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM all Neighborhood Fire Stations in the City of Los Angeles will be expecting your visit during our annual open firehouse celebration.

Along with personal tours of Neighborhood Fire Stations, special displays are planned at locations across the City. Final preparations are also underway for pancake breakfast events at select fire stations. Those sites will be announced here soon!

For those unable to join us on a Saturday, some Neighborhood Fire Stations are scheduling public events for Sunday, May 14, 2017.

So please SAVE THE DATE and stay tuned for more information about this popular family event.

Know Your Rights Event – Saturday, April 8 @ 10 am, Marvin Braude Constituents Service Center

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, is presenting a “Know Your Rights” workshop to inform the community about your rights and to learn more about immigration laws, recent Federal Executive Orders, ICE process, and City and State sponsored resources for immigrants.

Saturday, April 8th 2017

10 am – 12 pm

Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys Ca 91401

RSVP Not required but encouraged. To RSVP call: 818-227-0497  or by visiting:

Know Your Rights SFVBA Revisions

North Valley Occupational Center Job Fair and Open House – April 28 @ 10:30 am

North Valley Occupational Center Job Fair and Open House

I would like to invite you to participate in the Annual North Valley Occupational Center’s (NVOC)Job Fair and Open House 2017.  The event will take place on:

  • Friday, April 28, 2017 at (NVOC) from 10:30 m. to 1:30 p.m. NVOC is located at 11450 Sharp Avenue in Mission Hills, California 91345

NVOC is a full-time Regional Occupational Center that offers students the ability to t rain in Career Technical Education courses, including:

Aircraft Mechanics Real Estate Accounting HVAC
Web-Page Design Emergency Medical Technician Auto Technology Welding
Graphic Design Administrative Assistant Refrigeration Tech Electrician
First Responder Machinist/CNC Computerized Drafting Solar PV
Computer Repair Computer Operator Medical Assistant A+ Certification

In 2016 we had over 1,200 job seekers, and approximately 102 educators, business representatives and elected officials participating in the event. This year we would like to increase employer participation. Our theme is “Bridging Your Future into the Workforce and into Higher Education” which includes uniting all of our community stakeholders, government, business leaders and educators to assist students to secure high-wage, high skilled jobs and getting them exposed to higher education. At NVOC we have been celebrating excellence, commitment and service to students, businesses and to our community since 1971. North Valley Occupational Center served more than 7,500 students this past semester. This included more than 800 high school student s, who benefit from a variety of academic and career technical education programs.

Booths for the event are complementary. In order to register Please: Fax your completed registration to (818) 759-5856 or email it back to me at by Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Medical/Recreational Cannabis Forum – Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Medical/Recreational Cannabis Forum

Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations & Neighborhood Committee Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr – Chair Invites you to participate in Panel Discussion on Medical/Recreational Cannabis


Cannabis State Regulators from Washington & Oregon State Regulators

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: Starts at 6pm
Where: Los Angeles City Hall (John Ferraro Council Chamber)
200 N. Spring Street, Rm 340
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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