Category Archives: CD 6 Nury Martinez

Reminder: Van Nuys Community Clean up Tomorrow @ 8:00 am

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Reminder, Van Nuys Community Clean-up will be at side median on the 6500-6600 Block of Sepulveda Blvd. There will be gloves, tools and trash bags with food and refreshments for the clean-up.

We are looking forward in bringing more community clean ups in Van Nuys and hope to see you there tomorrow.

2016.05.04 VN Clean Up Flyer

2016.05.04 VN Clean Up Flyer

Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Jan. 12th- Feb. 12th

Councilwoman Nury Martinez is co-hosting Human Trafficking Awareness month with Journey Out. From January 12th to February 12th, they are collecting toiletries to help human trafficking survivors as they attempt to leave the life and build a better future.

They are collecting items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. They are accepting donations at all Council District 6 Offices, Journey Out and at the Van Nuys Branch of the L.A. Public Library. 

Please help out with this worthy cause.

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COUNCILWOMAN NURY MARTINEZ & LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT Operations-Valley Bureau, Human Trafficking Task Force

56483081-5514-43ce-ae85-9002ff406036Councilwoman Nury Martinez and Deputy Chief Bob Green cordially invite you to the launch of the Operations-Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force. This newly formed task force focuses on prostitution related crimes, arresting pimps, “Johns,” traffickers and other vice and gang crimes associated with human trafficking.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm Van Nuys City Hall, 2nd Floor 14410 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys, CA 91401

The task force will work with personnel from various entities throughout the City to
combat the aforementioned criminal element from a variety of angles. The various problem-solving approaches involve victim services, environmental improvements, court mandated diversion programs, building meaningful relationships with the community, vigorous prosecution and other evolving concepts.
A new email address has been created so the community can better communicate with the Human Trafficking Task Force and receive improved service.
The e-mail address is: 647Tips@lapd.lacity.org

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19th Annual Van Nuys Health Fair and Family Festival – Today @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Health Fair Flyer 2015Today, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Van Nuys will have their 19th annual Van Nuys Health Fair and Family Fair at the corner of Sylvan Street and Cedros Avenue. It is a fun event for the community which is hosted by Councilwoman Nury Martinez in the 6th District. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will be there with their booth giving out goodies (while supplies last) who are at attendance and sign up to received email information on events and news around the Van Nuys area.

There will be free health screenings, dental & eye check -ups and flu shots. We encourage the community to attend this event if you haven’t received your flu shots or haven’t check out your health in awhile.

We are looking forward to see you there.

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

L.A. Metro Joins San Fernando Valley Officials and Community Members to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Innovative Metro Orange Line

New Metro Transit Milestone

L.A. METRO JOINS SAN FERNANDO VALLEY OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF INNOVATIVE METRO ORANGE LINE

  • In its first decade, the Orange Line has exceeded expectations to become one of the most successful BRT lines in the nation, with new improvements and amenities planned

image001            The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) yesterday joined a host of San Fernando Valley representatives, stakeholders, community members and others to officially celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Metro Orange Line, the most innovative Bus Rapid Transit line of its kind in Los Angeles County and the nation. New amenities, development and connecting transit services are now in the works to make Orange Line service even better for Metro customers.

Dubbed “The Valley’s New Shortcut” when it opened to the public on October 29, 2005, the Orange Line surpassed ridership expectations from the very first day of service to become one of the most heavily used and best performing bus lines on the Metro system.

Ridership has nearly doubled in the last decade, vaulting from approximately 16,000 average weekday boardings in November 2005 to more than 29,000 boardings in September 2015.

In total, the Orange Line has accommodated 74 million boarding passengers in the past decade, and its fast, frequent and reliable service has logged a 91 percent on-time performance record.  The bus line serves as a natural extension of the Metro Red Line in North Hollywood that connects Valley commuters to Downtown L.A. and beyond via Metro’s expanding rail system.

“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Metro Rail this year, we also take note of the 10th anniversary of the Metro Orange Line. It is further evidence that Metro has galvanized a transit revolution here in Los Angeles County,” said Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair.  “With 10 years of service under our belt, we can confidently proclaim that the Orange Line has done exactly what it was intended to do: provide better mobility for the San Fernando Valley.  But we don’t intend to rest on our laurels. We are now planning improvements that will better serve our customers in the coming decade and beyond.”

Metro has steadily improved bus frequencies to meet demand and extended the line to serve more Valley communities.  Buses now operate every four minutes during peak rush hour periods.  Just three years ago, the Orange Line was extended an additional four miles north from Canoga Park to Chatsworth to create an 18-mile multi-modal transit connection at the Chatsworth Metrolink/Amtrak Station.  The busway’s pedestrian path/bikeway has grown in lockstep, and is now the longest transit-adjacent amenity of its kind in L.A. County.

“The San Fernando Valley is an economic and entertainment hub for our City, and the Orange line continues to play a pivotal role in connecting Angelenos from all corners of our region to the places they want and need to go,” said Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles and Metro Second Vice-Chair.  “By giving Angelenos more transportation options, we are working to ease traffic flow, cut air pollution and ultimately improve livability. Future Metro transit projects promise to further expand the reach of the Orange Line and create the robust, sustainable transit network that Valley commuters deserve.”

The idea of high-capacity buses running every few minutes on their own dedicated right-of-way and stopping at rail-like passenger stations was borrowed from similar BRT lines operating in Curitiba, Brazil.  L.A. County officials visited Curitiba in 1999 and later tailored the BRT concept to meet the L.A. region’s particular transit demands.

“From the first day the Orange Line opened, it was an immediate hit and helped relieve congestion on the 101 freeway,” said Sheila Kuehl, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member. “This line is a custom-made transit solution that gives Valley residents a real alternative to sitting in traffic.”

Plans for the busway were originally conceived on the back of a napkin to be a “rail car on rubber wheels.” Public officials and transit planners envisioned high-capacity buses to run on the line.  The bold new “Metro Liner” articulated compressed natural gas bus built by North American Bus Industries was built expressly for the new service, and was a radical departure from the “breadbox” design of typical Metro buses.  Metro Liners were the most aerodynamic, technologically advanced transit vehicle ever placed into Metro service, and the first articulated transit bus to operate on local streets in more than 20 years.  Like Metro’s other BRT lines, Metro Liners contain a signal priority system that shortens the duration of red signals and lengthens green signals to help the buses more quickly traverse intersections.

Metro continues to look for new ways to improve service capacity.  In early October, Governor Brown signed new legislation that authorizes Metro to utilize double-articulated buses on the Metro Orange Line to significantly increase future capacity on the line.  This new legislation will allow Metro to continue the agency’s leadership role by utilizing new technology to provide transportation service.

A host of new amenities and services will improve parking capacity, safety, improve conditions for bicyclists and offer new residential, retail and commercial  opportunities for Valley commuters.

For example, next week Metro is planning to open a brand new nearly 200-space temporary park & ride facility, as well as off-street bicycle path on Chandler Boulevard between Vineland Boulevard and Fair Avenue near the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station.  The lot is constructed by sustainable elements like special permeable paving and LED lighting.

In addition, the new bike path will connect the Chandler Bikeway to the Orange Line Bikeway, encouraging the continuation of multi-modal trips for bicycle commuters traveling east-west across the Valley.

“The construction of much needed additional parking and the closure of the bikeway gap near the North Hollywood Station really addresses two of the biggest challenges we face at this important Valley transit hub,” said Paul Krekorian, L.A. City Council Member and Metro Board Member. “These improvements will make it easier and safer to access North Hollywood Station, whether by foot, bicycle or car.”

Metro contractors are also now constructing an underground pedestrian passageway between the Metro Red Line and Metro Orange Line stations.  The passageway will provide safe, convenient and direct access between stations, eliminating the need to cross Lankershim Boulevard at street level.  Portals will be constructed between the Mezzanine level of the Metro Red Line Station and the Plaza level at the Metro Orange Line Station.  Escalator, stair and elevator access will be available from both ends of the passageway, and additional ticket vending machines will also be installed for added customer convenience.  The passageway should be completed in mid-2016.

Metro’s restored Lankershim Depot at the corner of Lankershim and Chandler Boulevards is now planned to house a coffee shop in spring 2016.  Additionally, Metro also plans to utilize space within the depot for a new Metro Bike Hub.  The Bike hub will provide customer service, bike repair and retail, as well as provide approximately 200 secure bike parking spaces on adjacent property.  Metro plans to start design work for the bike hub in 2016, with a possible opening in 2018.

As the eastern terminus of the Orange Line, North Hollywood is central to Metro’s future plans to create a thriving transit-oriented community that focuses on compact, walkable and bikeable places in a community context.  Metro owns four parcels encompassing nearly 16 acres of property at or near its transit stations.  Metro is now working closely with the community on development guidelines that will be provided to a future developer. Current concepts include building a high-density but vibrant, walkable and transit-friendly development for North Hollywood that could also include affordable housing, commercial and/or office space.

“Metro-owned property in North Hollywood is the single biggest opportunity we have on the Metro System to create a future thriving transit-oriented community,” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “Both Orange Line and Red Line customers as well as the surrounding community will benefit from new opportunities to live, work and play at this major hub.”

New bus services are also planned.  To coincide with the opening of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension on March 5, 2016, Metro now plans to launch a new pilot bus line: the North Hollywood to Pasadena Express. The service will operate from North Hollywood Orange Line and Red Line stations to Pasadena and will include six stops along the way.  The service will run every 15 minutes during weekday peak hours, every 30 minutes during weekday off-peak times and every 30 minutes on the weekends to better connect the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

Earlier this year, a new expanded bus service connecting the North Hollywood Station with Bob Hope Airport was launched.  The BurbankBus NoHo-Airport Route operates all-day, Monday through Friday, with buses departing North Hollywood Station every 15 minutes during morning and afternoon commute periods, every 20 minutes during the mid-day, and every 45 minutes in the late evening. This November, Metro is partnering with BurbankBus to extend this service during Thanksgiving weekend to include Saturday and Sunday.

Late last year, Metro introduced a new “Valley-Westside Express” that provides transit riders with a faster, easier way to travel between the San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles. The express buses run nonstop during peak hours between the Sepulveda Metro Orange Line Station in Van Nuys and Westwood.  The service takes full advantage of the completed network of I-405 carpool lanes that now travel both north and south through the Sepulveda Pass.

About Metro
Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.5 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,000 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and it is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County.  Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is, literally, changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, the I-5 widening and other major projects.

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti speaking on yesterday’s event celebrating the 10 year anniversary on the opening of the Orange Line at the Sepulveda Orange Line Station with LA County Supervisor Sheila Kruel, LA City Council Nury Martinez and Bob Blumenfield looking on.

Stay informed by following Metro on The Source and El Pasajero at metro.net, facebook.com/losangelesmetro, twitter.com/metrolosangeles and twitter.com/metroLAalerts and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.

19th Annual Van Nuys Health Fair and Family Festival – November 7, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Health Fair Flyer 2015On November 7, 2015, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Van Nuys will have their 19th annual Van Nuys Health Fair and Family Fair at the corner of Sylvan Street and Cedros Avenue. It is a fun event for the community which is hosted by Councilwoman Nury Martinez in the 6th District. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will be there with their booth giving out goodies (while supplies last) who are at attendance and sign up to received email information on events and news around the Van Nuys area.

There will be free health screenings, dental & eye check -ups and flu shots. We encourage the community to attend this event if you haven’t received your flu shots or haven’t check out your health in awhile.

We are looking forward to see you there.

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

Veterans Day Forum – November 11, 2015 – 4:00 to 10:00 pm

U.S. Representative for the 29th District of California Tony Cárdenas is hosting an event to honor our Veterans on November 11, 2015 from 4:00 to 10:00 pm at Richard E. Byrd Middle School in Arleta, CA. There will be light refreshments and encourage all military personnel to wear their military attire for the event.

Hope to see you there!

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Video of VNNC 1st Inaugural Planning Summit

Last March, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council hosted the first inaugural planning summit for Van Nuys featuring VNNC board members, Recode LA for Van Nuys, Office of Historic Resources, Survey LA, Quimby Funds, the Great Streets Initiative, Valley Relics, the History of Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, local residents, LA Planning policies, Mobility Plan 2035, San Fernando Valley East Transit Corridor, Water LA, FormLA, Theodore Payne Society, Transit Coalition, Plan for a Healthy LA, Development and design for Van Nuys and LADWP solar programs.

We hope this event will help the community to let them know the upcoming transition for Van Nuys into the next Millennium and encourage community participation and engagement toward the future of Van Nuys. Enjoy!

Van Nuys Movie Night Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7:30pm

Van Nuys Movie Night Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7:30pm

Councilwoman Nury Martinez invites you to this year’s movie night, August 13 @ 7:30 pm. in front of Van Nuys City Hall. The feature movie is Disney’s Brave. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and your enthusiasm.

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Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 w/ Councilwoman Nury Martinez

On July 23 (Thursday) at 12 noon, we encourage the community to join and welcome the Special Olympics to Los Angeles. Our Councilwoman Nury Martinez is hosting the event where the International Olympians will be carrying the Hope of Flame torch through Van Nuys.

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