Category Archives: Department of Neighborhood Council (DONE)

July 15 NCSA Forum: Getting to 100% Renewable Energy in LA

July 15 NCSA Forum: Getting to 100% Renewable Energy in LA

City Council passed a motion last year directing LADWP to study 100% renewable energy for Los Angeles, and a lot has happened in the meantime. Join the NCSA on Saturday, July 15 to hear from experts and local advocates about the status of the study, what’s next for LA, and how you and your Neighborhood Council can take action on initiatives to green our ports and curb neighborhood drilling.

We’ll also set aside time for networking and discussion.

All welcome, though space is limited, so please RSVP HERE today!


July 15, 2017 from 1pm – 4pm


Holy Nativity Episcopal Church
6700 W 83rd St, Parish Room
Los Angeles (Westchester), CA 90045
Google map and directions


Adopt a Fire Hydrant

Adopt a Fire Hydrant

In April, Canoga Park Neighborhood Council collaborated with Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s Office, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Home Depot, and Department of Water and Power, to hold the Adopt a Fire Hydrant – Become a Hero event.  Over 230 volunteers spent their Saturday morning painting over 250 fire hydrants, making them easier to spot in the event of an emergency.  This event brought the community together and provided individuals the opportunity to beautify and increase the safety of their neighborhood.

North Hills West NC Open House

North Hills West NC Open House

On Saturday, April 22, the North Hills West Neighborhood Council hosted an open house at the New Horizons – Sam’s café. All the neighborhood council committees set up booths in order to interact with residents who wanted to voice their concerns on various neighborhood issues. In attendance was Congress man Tony Cardena’s office, Assembly member Adrian Nazerian’s office, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office. North Hills residents had the opportunity to converse with Council Member Mitch Englander over a wide array of quality of concerns. Board Member Sam Kwasman had the audience laughing with his animated Donald Duck voice impressions.

This well attended event provided residents with the opportunity to participate in the Neighborhood Council. Thanks to the North Hills Neighborhood Council for this amazing event, by seeking to increase attendance community participation, engaging with the local elected representatives and empowering residents to take ownership of their neighborhood.

Tampa Avenue Median Beautification Project

Tampa Avenue Median Beautification Project

Here are the proud members of the Northridge West Neighborhood Council (NWNC) starting their Tampa Avenue Median Beautification Project.  The NWNC worked diligently for over two (2) with the Council Office, the City’s Office of Beautification, Urban Forestry and local community organizations to make this project a reality. NWNC retained the services of American Heritage Landscape, LP to install a drip irrigation system for the trees on the Tampa Avenue center medians between the 118 Freeway and Devonshire Street for the Northridge West Neighborhood Council.  Good job NWNC and special THANK YOU to American Heritage Landscape, LP.

PlanCheckNC – Tomorrow @ 10:00 am



10:00 AM to 12 Noon
2111 E 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
10:00 a.m. — Announcements
10:10 a.m. — Introductions
10:15 a.m. — LA City Planning

Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program (TOC Program)- Presented by Matthew Glesne, Housing Planner, Dept. of City Planning


10:45 a.m. – Announcements

– PlanCheckNC Matrix updates
– April 8 PlanCheckNC meeting

11:30  – Adjourn
Affordable Housing Linkage Fee
Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance Comparison Chart
Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance Background & FAQs

We recommend that all Neighborhood Council Land Use Chairs and Committee Members attend this Meeting.

Are you on a Neighborhood Council or Community Council Land Use Committee? If so you need to attend PlanCheckNC meetings every 2nd Saturday of each month.  Everyone welcome.

About PlanCheckNC
PlanCheckNC is a unique grassroots network of Neighborhood Council Committee members dedicated to promote more stakeholder participation in planning and land use issues and make government more responsive to local community needs. It is the purpose of PlanCheckNC to help Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders to have the knowledge and tools to develop a vision reflective of the values of neighborhood residents and to develop and implement a land use framework that enables all stakeholders to feel that they are a part of the community, supported and valued by the community and safe in the community.

Land Use Committee Training Class – If your Neighborhood Council is interested in a Planning 101 training class to assist you in the organization and structure of your Land Use & Planning committees please contact us at for more details and to schedule a class.  Currently we are working to schedule classes to begin in January 2017.
reCode LA draft  is online.  The public draft is posted at     You can use the markup  to comment and also use the map-it feature.  Next reCode ZAC meeting is Wednesday, March 22 — info:  then click on events.
Save the 2nd Saturday of each month for PlanCheckNC
Topics held in 2015-17:
– Mansionization
– Beekeeping Ordinance
– Community Plans – How the law can help communities
– Neighborhood Revitalization
– Entitlement & Case Processing Basics
– CEQA Workshop 101
– Conversation with David H. Ambroz, President L.A. City Planning Commission
– Baseline Mansionization/Baseline Hillside Ordinance
– Neighborhood Integrity Initiative – Measure S Pro & Con
– Metro Ballot Measure
– Conversation with City Planning Director Vince Bertoni
– Planning 101 – Community Plans & ZIMAS
– City Controller Ron Galperin
– City Planning Small Lot Subdivision
– Accessory Dwelling Units
– General Plan – LA2040

Grow Your Business: FREE Solutions for Your Business Needs – April 14, 2017

Grow Your Business: FREE Solutions for Your Business Needs

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
6pm – 8pm at the Studio City Branch Library
12511 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604

Presented by the Studio City Neighborhood Council

This free networking and seminar event presents several no-cost expert resources who offer helpful information and answer your questions on how to start and grow a business. Everyone is welcome from small businesses to entrepreneurs to nonprofits.

Refreshments will be served.

Presentations from:
* California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
* City of Los Angeles Office of Finance
* ICON CDC – South Valley Region City of Los Angeles – Business Source Center

* California State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Assembly District 46
* California State Senator Robert Hertzberg, Senate District 18
* Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Council District 2
* Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District
* Studio City Branch Library
​* Studio City Business District​

Questions? Contact Lisa Cahan Davis

For ADA accommodations, call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to event.

​#SCNCEvent #BusinessSeminar2017​

Green Living Fair – Tomorrow!

Green Living Fair

The 4th Annual Green Living Fair is a FREE family-friendly event that creates excitement and enthusiasm for “greening” our lives and becoming more environmentally conscious citizens. By using this fun, environmentally responsible forum of education and entertainment, attendees get to learn first hand about water conservation, sustainable best practices, importance of native plants, urban farming, climate change, and more.

Be a part of a grass-roots effort to ignite ideas, improve quality of life for all living things, and spur on civic activism.

4th Annual Green Living Fair
Saturday, March 11, 2017
10 am – 2 pm
at 12061 Moorpark St. @ Moorpark Park (corner of Laurel Canyon)
Studio City, CA 91604


  • Live Entertainment
  • Kid’s Activities
  • Over
  • ​ ​​30 Nature, Conservation, Preservation & Education Exhibitors
  • Interactive “Learning” Stations​
  • FREE SHADE TREE Adoption* ~ Take home a tree!
  • Pie Contest ~ Enter YOUR homemade pie by 10:30 am!
  • E-Waste Collection for Desktop/Laptop computers, LCD and CRT monitors and TVS, MP3 players, Camcorders, Smartphones, PDAs, and Cell phones
  • Solar Mobile Station
  • Urban Farming
  • Pet Adoptions by LA Animal Services-East Valley ​Shelter and Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats
  • Lectures by NRDC and The Climate Project
  • And More!


* California State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Assembly District 46
* Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Council District 2
* Mid-Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council
​* Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council
* Studio City Recreation Center – Los Angeles Recreation and Parks

Presented by the Studio City Neighborhood Council

Questions? Contact Lisa Cahan Davis


*Trees will be available if you live or own property within the City of Los Angeles. Trees must be planted on private property. Verification is required (DL, ID or DWP bill). Trees are distributed on a first come, first served basis and must be planted in the ground.



At the February 16th General Board meeting several of the founding and former North Hills West Neighborhood Council (NHWNC) Board and Committee members joined us to commemorate this milestone event.  Fratelli’s delicious pizza with antipasto salad was served and topped off with Costco’s chocolate layer cake. The meal and ambiance was enjoyed by all in attendance, in honor of the celebration. A photo shoot of the current and past board members took place before the cake cutting and will be posted on our website. It was a pleasure to share this memorable event with our stakeholders, speakers and other City representatives who joined us. We look forward to another year of working with our stakeholders in order to better North Hills West in our effort to “Foster Community”


A big THANK YOU shout out to some of our stakeholders for their help:

Dallas Moore, for the photo shoot.
Maggie Egermain, for pick up & delivery of Costco cake.

Mary Armenteros, for helping to co-ordinate the festivities.

Peggy Burgess, for contacting and inviting former NC members.

Next Steps for Film Liaisons – 10 of Them!

Next Steps for Film Liaisons – 10 of Them!

Last month, Community leaders representing 57 Neighborhood Councils met with Public Works Commission President Kevin James and FilmLA President Paul Audley in LA’s first Neighborhood Council Film Liaison Town Hall.

For those who were there and for those who have signed up as Film Liaisons since then, here are 10 steps to Empowerment!

Make it Official – Take Mayoral Directive #6 to your Neighborhood Council and have them pass a resolution supporting the City of LA’s commitment to supporting the film industry and to working with Film LA.

Create a Space – Place the FilmLA logo with a link to their website so that your stakeholders can quickly connect with “the official film office of the greater Los Angeles region.” You can also place a link to the Film Liaison for your Neighborhood Council. Ultimately, the objective is to make it easy for the community to connect with FilmLA and to create good channels of communication in both directions.

Get Social – Follow, Like, Friend, and connect with all 96 Councils, all 42 Departments, FilmLA, and all of your new best friends – the other Film Liaisons. Then share the information with your network and become the trusted source of information in your community.

Work Together – There is strength in numbers and there is great value to be enjoyed by sharing best practices. Connect with your neighboring Neighborhood Councils and work together.

Forge Relationships – The fastest route to conflict resolution is to create a network of people who can identify issues, connect with the right people, and pursue solutions. Typically the most significant frustration comes from knocking on the wrong doors and getting bad directions to another wrong door. Establishing a Film Liaison who is connected to FilmLA’s representatives makes it easy to give great directions to the right people with the best solutions.

Partner with Power – Your City Council office is an awesome partner and CD3’s Michael Owens is a great example. He works with his community to ensure great relationships with FilmLA and he also gave location Managers a tour of his district to promote filming, resulting in a “double-digit” increase in local filming which generated local income. He also introduced WraPal which allows the community to register their property for use as a film location.

Invite those Guests – One of the great things about the Film Liaison Town Hall was the large number of Industry professionals that are ready to jump at the opportunity to meet with community groups to talk about filming and ways to create win-win opportunity. When they introduced themselves, they also gave their neighborhood and it turns out, they’re your stakeholders!

Inform to Engage – The simplest and most effective route to engaging your community starts with great information. Linda Alexander of Central San Pedro has done a great job creating a resource guide that informs and engages people by connecting them with the information they need. San Pedro also has a Filming Brochure.

Engage to Empower – The most resilient communities are those that are engaged, connected, sharing information and inspiration at every opportunity. The most significant route to Empowerment is to engage each other in the journey and to work together.

Share Best Practices – LA is the center of the creative universe, filled with storytellers! We’d love to hear your stories and we promise to share them with others so that we can all benefit from your hard work. Seriously, email us and let us know what you’re doing!

Each of LA’s 96 Neighborhood Councils can designate one Film Liaison who can be a Board Member or a stakeholder. The President can appoint the Liaison or the Board can select the Film Liaison. Some councils have more than one liaison but there must be a lead who is the single point of contact for FilmLA.

The Mayor’s Executive Directive #6 calls on the City of LA to support the Film Industry and it is in that spirit that the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is supporting the organization the Neighborhood Council Film Liaisons.

FilmL.A. is a 501(c)4 not-for-profit public benefit organization and the official film office of the City of Los Angeles, providing streamlined permit processing and production planning services to filmmakers and comprehensive community relations, marketing services, film policy analysis and more to local governments, FilmL.A. works to attract and retain film production in Greater Los Angeles.

LA is both the Film capital of the world and the civic engagement capital of the world, and the continued partnership between Neighborhood Councils and the Industry will be a force to reckon with!

For more information on the Neighborhood Council Film Liaisons, email Stephen Box at or call 213-978-1551.

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