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2017 LGBT Heritage Month

2017 LGBT Heritage Month

Official Heritage Month Celebrations in Los Angeles date back to 1949, when Mayor Fletcher Bowron issued a proclamation to recognize African American Heritage Month.  Over time, the City has elected to celebrate various heritage months consistent with federally designated monthly observances. Many cities celebrate residents’ cultural heritage during these federally designated monthly observances.

The City of Los Angeles has historically celebrated a handful of culturally-specific communities officially for at least one month each per year, and in one case has done so for over 65 years:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTHM):  June

The first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Heritage Month (LGBT HM) Celebration in LA began in 2011.

Download 2017 Program Guide

Let’s Play Everywhere Challenge – Now Open!

Let’s Play Everywhere Challenge – Now Open!

WHAT IS LET’S PLAY EVERYWHERE LA?

Let’s Play Everywhere LA is a competition presented by Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! in partnership with the City of Los Angeles to award a total of $200,000 in grants to 10 winners citywide. The grant winners will show their commitment to bringing play to everyday spaces, making play easy and available to kids and families. Let’s Play Everywhere LA is about bringing kids more chances to play citywide. It is about ensuring all kids, no matter where they come from or where they live, have a chance to build the skills—and have the fun—they need to succeed in life.

WHY DOES PLAY MATTER?

Science and common sense agree: kids need play to grow up healthy, resilient and ready for life. Play is serious business; it’s pivotal to kids’ chances to develop healthy bodies and healthy minds. Play builds better bonds—among kids, neighbors, and communities—and those relationships are the foundation for communities that thrive.

WHY PLAY EVERYWHERE?

All kids need play to grow and thrive. But not all kids have the same access to places and spaces where they can engage in safe, creative activity. For millions of kids living across the U.S., the opportunity and space to play can be hard to come by. Kids know that play can happen anywhere: waiting in the laundromat, or on the way to the grocery store or school. Let’s Play Everywhere LA is asking the residents of Los Angeles to make play a way of life in everyday and unexpected places—sidewalks, vacant lots, bus stops, open streets and beyond—especially in communities where families are working hard to get by.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

You! We invite applicants from all sectors to turn everyday spaces into play spaces! This includes city agencies, community organizations, local business groups, faith leaders, teachers, parents. We’re looking for ideas that support the local community, in places where kids and families could benefit most from increased spaces and chances to play.

TAKE ACTION

• Apply to Let’s Play Everywhere LA Submit your idea at playeverywhere.kaboom.org.
• Spread the word: Share the information about the Let’s Play Everywhere LA and encourage people in your community to apply.
• Find out why play matters for kids and communities to thrive: follow @kaboom on Twitter. Learn more about Let’s Play, visit letsplay.com.

LEARN MORE

Jen DeMelo
Director of Programs and Operations
650-389-9556
jdemelo@kaboom.org

Make Music LA

Make Music LA

Make Music LA
Wednesday, June 21st

Wonderful things are happening this year for Make Music LA.

We are a part of the solution to help community’s distress. Bring a little music to your neighborhood on Wednesday, June 21st.

You Tube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN3iR4lNWZg

Your Neighborhood Council still has time to participate.  All you have to do is check out the artists on the Make Music LA website to select an artist to perform.

You can have a potluck event at your local park and invite your neighbors. Make it organic and easy.

  1. The US Bank Tower crown will light up in Make Music Day orange.
  2. The Pylons at LAX will light up in Make Music Day orange.
  3. The Clock Tower in Santa Monica will light up in Make Music Day orange.

Light up your neighborhood with music, laughter, neighbors, family and friends.

Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about heat dangers

As the temperature starts to climb in Southern California, remember when it is hot for you, it is even hotter for your four-legged friends. Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means dogs and cats must work extra hard to stay cool.

Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for companion animals. LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about the hazards of hot weather and how to keep your furry loved ones healthy and comfortable. Here are some pet safety tips:

Never leave your pet alone inside a vehicle
If your pet cannot go inside at every stop with you, they are safer at home on hot days. Car interiors heat very quickly, even with the windows open. If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block. In fact, it’s against the law to leave an animal in a vehicle if doing so endangers the health or well-being of the animal.

Give your pet extra water
Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan. Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.

Care for your pet’s coat
Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a clip will make your buddy much more comfortable. Newly clipped and lighter coated pets, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer and they are more susceptible to sunburn.

Don’t leave your pet outdoors for a long time
If your dog has to be left outdoors for awhile, make sure they have plenty of access to shade such as trees, a covered patio or cool spot under the porch. Apply a pet specific or hypoallergenic sunscreen on sensitive areas like the nose, tips of ears and belly especially if they have light or thin fur.

Avoid hot ground surfaces
While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention to the pavement, sidewalks or sand. Check the temperature with your hand, if it’s too hot to touch then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

Know the signs of overheating
If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing and looks very distressed, they could be having a heatstroke. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your pet and take them to the veterinarian immediately.

Remember, companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.

Metro Bikes for Free for the Entire Month of May

Metro Bikes for Free for the Entire Month of May

Here’s How to Ride Metro Bikes for Free for the Entire Month of May

About a year ago, our city joined the ranks of places like London and New York and Chattanooga and got a bike share—you know, those docking stations downtown that are filled with bikes you can rent for short periods of time.

Monthly passes typically cost $20, BUT because it is (apparently?) “Bike Month,” Metro is offering them for free. Here’s how to get one: Sign up online and use the promo code BIKEMONTH17 at checkout. You can choose to have a new bike share TAP card mailed to you, or you can add it to a Metro TAP card you already have.

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About L.A.’s New Bike Share

Now, here’s the important part. Just because the pass is free doesn’t mean you get unlimited access to the bikes. All trips for 30 minutes or less (between when you check out a bike and when you dock it at another station) won’t cost you anything, but trips longer than that will cost $1.75 per half hour.

Also, note that after your first free month, you’ll be charged $20 for every month thereafter unless you switch off auto-renewing. To do that, login to your account on the Metro Bike website, and uncheck the auto-renewing button in the bottom right corner of the page.

Thomas Harlander is a staff writer at Los Angeles magazine. You can follow him on Twitter andInstagram. He recently wrote: This Might Be the Best Argument for More Bike Lanes

Homelessness Civic U Event

Homelessness Civic U

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will be hosting a Neighborhood Council Homelessness Liaisons Civic University on April 17, 22, and May 1st.  It will be a 3-day series diving into Mayor Garcetti’s agenda on ending homelessness and to hear updates of Measure H and Measure HHH. The 3 day series will be broken up into three sessions. Session 1 will be on Monday, April 17 at 6 pm. In this session, the Mayor’s office along with other speakers will be presenting on Mayor’s overall goals, outreach, supportive services/interim bridge housing, and housing models. There will be an update on Proposition HHH and maybe an update from the County on Proposition H. Session 2 will be on Saturday April 22 at 9 am and it will be a site visit. The Mayor’s office will organize a visit to a permanent supportive housing site and provide bus pick up for site visitation. The sites will be geographically close to your area for example West, Valley, Harbor/South LA, East/Central LA. We will let you know when the sites are finalized. The final session, Session 3 will be on May 1 at 6 pm and will be an overview and recap of Sessions 1 and 2. Topics to be covered during Session 3 include Mayor’s Welcome Home Project and next steps. You will have a chance to break out into your areas and discuss next action steps.

We highly recommend attending all 3 sessions to gain the full benefit of this Civic U on Homelessness. If you cannot attend a session, then please send a representative on behalf of your council.   Please feel free to invite your Homelessness Committee members or interested parties.

Meeting location for Session 1 and 3 are at: Ron Deaton Auditorium (LAPD Police Station) 100 W. 1st St. Los Angeles, 90012

Parking will be available at City Hall, P2 (Entrance off of Los Angeles St. between Temple St. and 1st Street.)

Session 2:  Location is TBD.

To RSVP, please go to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/82H8XFV

VECC, ECOM & VPOD: Train-The-Trainers Training

VECC, ECOM & VPOD: Train-The-Trainers Training

A three(3) hour multiple platform training program

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 7:30am – 11:30am
Where: Volunteer Emergency Command Center (VECC)
19040 Vanowen Street
Reseda, CA 91335

This is a NO FEE For The Training (Register Here)

Trained Volunteer Preparedness
Learn systems, operations & procedures of the volunteer emergency command center (VECC) program and how it will be activated and operated by trained volunteer following a whole community emergency & disaster.

Emergency & Disaster Communications
Learn the benefit of being a HAM Radio Operator and how the VECC & Mobile ECOMM Trailer will connect with LAEMDEOC  and LAEPF BOC Emergency Communications in the LAEMD EOC.

Volunteer Point of Distribution (VPOD) Disaster Relief Services
Learn how VPODs will be opened and operational in the First Hours following a While Community Emergency & Disaster – With Disaste First Aid, Sheltering & Basic Commodity Beverage + Food Service.

Public Service Announcement – Should Video should be made Public After An Officer Involved Shooting?

The Los Angeles Police Commission Wants Your Input

If an LAPD officer shoots a civilian, should video of the incident be released to the public? If so, when? And who should make the decision?

The Los Angeles Police Commission wants your input.

Please go to www.LAPDVideoPolicy.org to take an online questionnaire and help shape the LAPD’s policy on this important issue.

And please share the URL with your members and friends. The Police Commission wants to make sure it hears from all of the City’s many communities, and needs your help to get the word out.

The Commission is gathering public input with the help of the Policing Project at NYU Law, UCLA School of Law, and UCI Law. In addition to the questionnaire, there will be community forums in different parts of the city that you could attend to provide input in person.

April 20 Forum Flyer

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: http://sfvbareferral.com/workshop-register/

Know Your Rights SFVBA Revisions

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