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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:

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 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:

Know Your Rights SFVBA Revisions

It’s Tax Time… Don’t Become The Victim of A Phone Scam

It’s Tax Time… Don’t Become The Victim of A Phone Scam

If you get an aggressive phone call from “the IRS” demanding money or your personal information, you likely are the target of a phone scam.  So how do I know if it is really the IRS?  According to the IRS, THEY WILL NEVER:

  • Call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill
  • Demand you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to appeal
  • Require you use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying

If you suspect a phone scam from someone claiming to be the IRS, here’s what you should do:

  1. Do not give out your social security number or personal information
  2. Call the IRS yourself at 1.800.829.1040. This will ensure you are dealing with a legitimate IRS representative
  3. Report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General at 1.800.366.4484 or

As the saying goes, the only sure things in life are death and taxes… not phone scams.  Click here to learn more about phone scams from the IRS.

An Affirmation of Cultural and Creative Expression

An Affirmation of Cultural and Creative Expression

The City of Los Angeles is a culturally vibrant metropolis fueled by innovation and creativity. It is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States with more than 224 languages spoken by its close to 4 million residents.

The creative community is reflective of our city’s rich cultural diversity. The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is committed to uplifting, celebrating, and supporting cultural traditions, freedom of artistic expression, and human migration. We honor the creativity and talent in Los Angeles that inspires the world through our creative content.

Freedom of creative expression and ideas fosters an inclusive and informed society. Arts and culture lift our souls, affirm our identity, create a sense of belonging, and develop connected communities.

Through each of our divisions, DCA supports creativity and cultural expression at all levels of our city. In addition to our robust network of city-owned and operated community arts centers and theaters, we partner with over 300 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, independent artists, presenters, and cultural producers to provide cultural services reflective of our city’s population.

We proactively stand united with our community of artists and cultural practitioners in support of a democracy that promotes diversity, builds bridges, expands access, and defends the creative and cultural vitality of our communities.

Join us by showing your support of arts, culture, and creativity by following DCA on Facebook, Twitter @culture_la, and Instagram @culture_la.

There is an abundance of free and low-cost cultural activities taking place throughout our city virtually every day of the year. Take an art class at one of our community art centers, experience one of our city’s eclectic museums, and attend one of the many neighborhood community festivals. Make a family memory that will last forever. Visit DCA’s new website for a list of cultural events for the entire family to enjoy. Below are a few highlights that we want to bring to your attention.

We are proud and honored to co-present African-American Heritage Month again in the City of Los Angeles with Mayor Garcetti, the City Council, Our Authors Study Club, and the City’s African American Heritage Month Committee. The first African-American Heritage Month Celebration began in 1949 when Mayor Fletcher Bowron issued the first proclamation calling for all citizens to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans. In 1959, the opening ceremony was moved to City Hall. In 1976, the entire month of February was officially declared African-American History Month in LA. Every Mayor since then has recognized the month, especially the late Mayor Tom Bradley. Please see our website or download a copy of DCA’s 2017 African American Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide to find out about the many events happening throughout the month at venues all over town!

This month we are pleased to present: Ours is a City of Writers, an exhibition featuring art writers in collaboration with contemporary visual artists. The writers and artists participating in the exhibition collaborated to produce either a piece of writing, an artwork, a performance, or a lecture. The exhibition will be on view until March 26, 2017, with additional programming including readings and performances. Please visit the LAMAG website for more information.

We are deeply committed to providing access to arts and culture for all. Our artists and cultural partners reflect the best of our democratic ideals and we rely upon them to give us hope for a better tomorrow. Together as a City, we continue to partner with our creative artists and cultural producers to recognize our similarities and respect our ethnic, socio-economic, gender, sexual, religious, and cultural expressions.

Thank you for celebrating the rich and diverse creative forms of expression taking place throughout our city. Together we reinforce the unity in our diversity that makes the City of Los Angeles the Creative Crossroads of the World.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer

NAMI San Fernando Valley is once again glad to offer Peer-to-Peer classes. NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their conditions and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentation, discussion and interactive exercises.


  • Create a personalized relapse prevention plan
  • Learn how to interact with health care providers
  • Develop confidence for making decisions and reducing stress
  • Stay up-to-date on mental health research
  • Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
  • Access practical resources on how to maintain your journey toward recovery


  • Current information about the major mental illnesses and the most current research available on the biological aspects of these illnesses
  • Information on recovery, including a variety of treatment strategies currently available
  • Skills training in the areas of problem solving, listening, communication techniques and handling crisis and relapse
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and offer tips of advocating for those supports and services
  • Promotes stigma reduction through education and personal contact with individuals with a mental illness.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery education course open to anyone experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is designed to encourage growth, healing and recovery among participants.

All participants are required to register by calling  (818) 994-6747 or by email us at


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