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VNNC September General Meeting – Wednesday, September 14 @ 7:00 pm

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VNNC General Meeting Agenda

September 14, 2016 (Wednesday, 7:00- 11:00 pm)

Van Nuys Constituents Building, Conference Room

6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Conference Room

Van Nuys, CA 91401

  1. Call To Order & Pledge Of Allegiance To the United States of America.
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair — Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.)
  5. Secretary’s Report – Jeremy Pessoa
  6. Treasurer’s Report — Stacey Rains and/or Howard Benjamin (Second Signatory) — Approve Treasurer’s Report
  7. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report & Elected Officials’ Reports.
  8. Old Business:
    • A. None
  9. New Business:
    • A. Administrative item. Proposal for Budget Advocate to give report at beginning of each General Meeting NTE 5 minutes. (Jay Handel)
    • B. Administrative item. Council to discuss the applications of Wendy Molina and Jeanette Hopp seeking for a position at the Non-Profit Board Seat# 2. Supporting Docs.: hopp-dox hopp-tax-id molina-dox
    • C. Administrative item. VNNC to vote to fill currently vacant Non-profit Seat #2.
    • D. Administrative item. Proposal that all VNNC Committee agendas must first be reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee for accuracy before being posted and disseminated. (Howard Benjamin)
    • E. 6600 Van Nuys Blvd. Mixed-use project. 5 Story mixed-use project with 4-floors of 54 apartment rental units (48 market, 6 VL), over 3,160 Sq. ft. ground floor commercial space and adjoining parking space. Case #: DIR-2016-2062. (Shahab Ghods/ Plus Architects) Supporting Docs.: ArchDwgs Application Landscape Van Map Preferential Parking
    • F. 6569 N. Van Nuys Blvd. Mixed-use project. 184-unit mixed use apartments w/ approximately 20,000 sq. ft of commercial space. Developers request to consist of a zone change from P-1VL to Mixed Use (Commercial & Residential) + Density Bonus; 168 Market Rate units with 16 earmarked for Very Low income units. In addition, owners are requesting an increase the density bonus above 35% and increase the affordable unit set-aside. Asking for a Letter of Support. (Boaz Miodovsky/ Ketter Designs) Supporting Docs.:
    • G. Outreach CommitteeThanksgiving Event. Proposal for a Thanksgiving event hosted by the VNNC in coordination with the Department of Parks & Recreation at Van Nuys Recreational Center. (Maria Skelton/ VNNC Outreach Chair)
    • H. Administrative item. Discussion of possible locations and cost of rental of office space for the VNNC.
    • I. Administrative item. Proposal for VNNC to hire a note taker to assist the Secretary in recording minutes of the General Meeting (Jason Ackerman).
    • J. Administrative item. Proposal for VNNC to send letter to Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Controller Ron Galperin demanding that VNNC (Purchasing) P Card spending limit to be raised to $2,500 per day. (Howard Benjamin).
    • K. Clean Streets Proposal for Van Nuys. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will discuss in participating in the city’s program Clean Streets which will partner with Mid Valley Police Council and other Neighborhood Councils & Associations. (Sahag Yedalian/ District 6th Field Deputy).
    • L. Presentation by John Mardoyan regarding parking issues in his neighborhood.
    • M. Funding item. VNNC to discuss funding for the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair with the NPG funds. (NTE $2500)
    • N. VNNC to discuss supporting and providing a booth or booths for the event celebrating the anniversary of the Country General Store in November or December of 2016.
    • O. Administrative item. VNNC to Vote on proposed revisions to the VNNC bylaws, Article V- officers.
    • P. Administrative item. VNNC to vote on proposed revisions to VNNC bylaws, Article XII – Amendments.
    • R. Administrative item. VNNC to vote on proposed revisions to VNNC Bylaws, Revisions to officers to create an official fifth officer to the board.
  1. Public Comment
  2. Announcements
  3. Adjourn

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VNNC August General Meeting – August 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

VNNC General Meeting Agenda

August 10, 2016 (Wednesday 7:00-10:00 pm)

Van Nuys Constituents Center Conference

Room

6262 Van Nuys Blvd. Conference Room 1A

Van Nuys, CA 91401-2707

  1. Call To Order & Pledge Of Allegiance To the United States of America.
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair — Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.)
  5. Secretary’s Report — Jeremy Pessoa
  6. Treasurer’s Report — Stacey Rains and/or Howard Benjamin (Second Signatory)A. Board to vote to approve June 2016 MERs B. Board to vote to approve July MERs C. Board to vote to adopt annual budget for new fiscal year.
  7. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, and Budget Advocate’s Report
  8. Old Business
  9. New Business:
    • A. Jean Chadwick of the Literacy Club to make a presentation on the Literacy Club’s free books for kids program and how the Literacy Club might partner with and/or receive funding from the VNNC for the aforementioned program.
    • B. Edgar Schulz of the Andres and Maria Cardenas Elementary School to make a presentation on shade structures at the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten portions of the school and how the school might partner with and/or receive funding from the VNNC for the aforementioned shade structures.
    • C. Former VNNC Board Member Kambiz Merabi has offered to rent one of two offices at his building located at 14551 Friar Street in Van Nuys to the VNNC for office space at a cost of $399 per month. Board to vote to authorize the LIC Committee to investigate the feasibility of the offer, and any further alternative offers, to ensure that any agreement hereafter entered into with respect to VNNC office space meets all DONE and City requirements from a financial perspective and otherwise.
    • D. Board to vote to approve creation of ad hoc committee, consisting of designated members of PLUM and LIC Committees, to hold a hearing on the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative (NII), observe presentations for and against the NII, and thereafter make a recommendation to the full Board as to whether the Board should or should not formally support the NII and/or a Community Impact Statement (CIS) in support of the same.
    • E. Board to authorize the Governmental Relations, Rules, and Bylaws Committeeto investigate and hold a hearing on current and proposed procedures pertaining to membership on VNNC Committees, and grounds for removal of committee members from said committees, and thereafter make appropriate reports and recommendations to the full Board for further action by the Board.
    • F. Dr. Wiseman to give presentation to Board on increasing traffic, increasing number of vehicles, and inadequate parking throughout the jurisdiction of the VNNC, and what steps can be taken to combat these problems.
    • G. Village Family Services to give presentation to Board and request funding (NTE $1,000) for the Village 5k Run/Walk to be held on 10/16/16.
    • H. VNNC to discuss requesting that the City of Los Angeles install a left turn signal for traffic transitioning from northbound Van Nuys Boulevard to eastbound Oxnard Street in Van Nuys.
    • I. VNNC to discuss and/or vote on making Dr. Wiseman the Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys.
    • J. VNNC to vote to authorize/re-authorize a donation of $3,000 in funding to Community Partners for two field trips to the Santa Monica Mountains for students attending Van Nuys Middle School, Kester Elementary, Van Nuys Elementary, and Sylvan Park Elementary in honor of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the US National Parks.
    • K. VNNC to discuss sponsoring an event over the Christmas Holidays to celebrate the upcoming anniversary of the Country Western Store on Van Nuys Boulevard.
    • L. VNNC to discuss having a booth at the showing of the Kung Fu Panda movie in the Civic Center on 8/12/16.M. VNNC to vote to designate Quirino de la Cuesta as the VNNC representative to the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA).
  10. Consent Calendar
    • A. 7055 N. Lennox Ave. Variance — Adjustment on Density. Requesting zonevariance to permit an additional 3 units for a total of 152 units in lieu of 112.36 allowed by the current zone [Q] R3-1. Case #: ZA-2016-1161-ZV. (Octavio Perez/ Octavio Designs). Supporting Documents: Arch Drawings Master Land Use Application Photo Board Vin Map
  11. Public Comments
  12. Announcements
  13. Adjourn

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VNNC July General Meeting Agenda – July 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm.

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6719-6705 N. Sepulveda Blvd (former Ridge Motel location)

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VNNC General Meeting Agenda

July 13, 2016 (Wednesday, 7:00-10:00 pm)

Van Nuys Constituents Center Conference Room

6226 Van Nuys Blvd. Conference Room 1A

Van Nuys, CA 91401-27

  1. Call To Order & Pledge Of Allegiance To the United States of America.
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair –Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.)
  5. Old Business:
    • A. none
  6. New Business:
    • A. Presentation by candidate Marcela Rodriguez to be followed by election for one (1) open non-profit seat on the Council Board.
    • B. Presentation by Outreach Chair Maria Skelton, reviewing the recent activities of the Outreach Committee.
    • C. Discussion on the feasibility of the VNNC renting local office space for the purpose of establishing an ongoing VNNC office.
    • D. Discussion on the feasibility of creating a map of local establishments and eateries to be made available by the Los Angeles Superior Court to visitors, jurors, and other various patrons of the Van Nuys Courts so as to stimulate local businesses (John Hendry)
    • E. Anna Huizar of the City of LA Office of Community Beautification to speak on community cleanup tools, graffiti abatement, bulky item pickup, and other similar services offered by the City.
    • F. Discussion in regards to doing community cleanups in the Van Nuys District area and the possibility of partnering with Public Works and the City Council.
    • G. 6719-6705 N. Sepulveda Blvd. On Menu Incentive For Affordable Housing. The demolition of an existing motel, less than 50 units, consisting of (2) one-story buildings and (1) two-story building in order to construct a new 3 story, 44 unit residential apartment building over on grade parking. (Armin Gharai of GA Engineering, Inc.) Supporting Docs.: 6709 Sepulveda Blvd.Drawings Master Land Use Application Photoboard Letter of justification Vin Map
    • H. 6533 Columbus Ave.Propose for 5 single family homes in a R-1-1RIO zone property. Asking for a letter of support. No Case # available. (Boaz Miodovsky/Ketter Designs)
    • I. 14557 Haynes Street. Develop 64 unit apartments with retail store. Zone change (ZC) from [Q] P1-1VL-CDO to RAS4 to develop a 64 or 68- unit apartment building with retail store on the ground floor. Retail store= 7400 Sq. Ft. Case No.: CPC-2015-2597 (Michael Braun) Supporting Docs.: A1.0-SITEPLAN-Layout1 A2.0-UNDERGROUNDPARKPLN-Layout1 A2.1-GROUNDFLRPLN-Layout1 A2.2-FIRSTFLRPLN-Layout1 A2.3-SECONDFLRPLNFLRPLN-Layout1 A2.4-THIRDFLRPLN-Layout1 A3.0-ROOFPLN-Layout1 A4.1-ELEVATIONS_recover-Layout1 A5.0-SECTIONS-Layout1 14557 Haynes – Master Land Use Appl w case number14557 Haynes – Photo Key Map 14557 Haynes – Photos-Layout1 14557 Haynes-Radius Map
    • J. 14626 Raymer Street. Renewal of Conditional Use Permit for Adult Cabaret/ Entertainment w/ Alcohol Beverage. Asking for a letter of support. No Case ZA-2013-0819-CUB-PA1. (Peter Garrell/ Garrell Law, PC) Supporting documents: Arch Drawings Condition Compliance one year Plan Review Findings Master Land Use Application Pre-application reasearch
    • L. The VNNC to discuss a motion to implement a consent calendar comprised of items that pass unanimously through committees; items pulled from the consent calendar will go to the end of business: Consent Calendar Standing Committee Descriptions (From 5/29/16 Government Relations/Rules & Bylaws Committee Meeting:
      • A) Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM): Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding all Planning and Land Use issues within the boundaries of the VNNC. All members of the PLUM Committee must complete Ethics Training (Anand/Ackerman).
      • B) Budget and Finance Committee: Reviews and makes recommendations regarding all fiscal issues before the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (VNNC). All members of the Budget and Finance Committee are required to complete theTreasurer Training.
      • C) Public Health and Safety: Reviews and makes recommendations regarding all Public Health and Safety issues before theVan Nuys Neighborhood Council(VNNC). Such issues include crime, homelessness, and sanitation (Richard Hopp / Jacob Lynn).
      • D) Outreach and Communications: Oversees all outreach and marketing communications issues for theVan Nuys Neighborhood Council (VNNC). Such issues may include special events and website maintenance.
      • E) Government Relations, Rules, and Bylaws Committee: Reviews and makes recommendations regarding all Government Relations, Rules, and Bylaws issues before the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (VNNC). Such issues include revisions to the Standing Rules and Bylaws and recommending Community Impact Statements (Anand/Ackerman).
      • F) Sustainability, Transportation, and Public Spaces Committee: Reviews and makes recommendations regarding all Sustainability, Transportation, and Public Spaces issues before the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (VNNC). Such issues may include parks, transit, mobility, sidewalks, and sustainability (Ackerman/Anand).
  7. Community Impact Statements
    • A) The VNNC to submit Community Impact Statements (CIS) in support of the following Council Files:CF 15-0524 (Wesson-O’Farrell). Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils”andCF 15-0389 “(Wesson-Krekorian)Neighborhood Councils Representatives / Addressing City Council, Commissions or Boards / Sufficient Presenting Time”
      • -Motion to allow Neighborhood Council Board Members at least five (5) minutes of public comment when speaking to Los AngelesCity Council on an item for which the neighborhood council has filed a CIS, including possible amendment to the Council Rules,allowing for official representatives of Neighborhood Councils or Neighborhood Council Alliances to address the City Council, its committees, city commissions, and boards with sufficient time to present the official view of their Neighborhood Council Boards or Alliances. MOTION: The VNNC supports CF 15-0524 (Wesson-O’Farrell) and CF 15-0389 “(Wesson-Krekorian) with the condition that authorized speaker(s) be allowed to speak at the same meeting for which the item is agendized (Anand/Jeff Lynn).
  8. Public Comments
  9. Announcements
  10. Adjourment

VNNC June General Meeting Agenda – June 8, 2016, 7:00 pm @ 6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

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Van Nuys Community Clean-up at Sepulveda Blvd. back in May. VNNC board Member Penny Meyer with girls from CPAB.

VNNC General Meeting Agenda

June 8, 2016 (Wednesday 7:00- 10:00 pm)

Van Nuys Constituents Center, Conference Room

6226 Van Nuys Blvd. Conference Room 1A

Van Nuys, CA 91401-2707

 

  1. Call To Order & Pledge Of Allegiance To the United States of America.
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair — Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *Speaker Cards: 2, minutes, 2 Public Comment Times. (This includes speaker cards on agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per stakeholder.)
  4. Public Comment (On matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction.)
  5. Old Business:
    • A. Los Angeles Citywide Ordinance Item. Preparation of a letter to Senator Hertzberg regarding the Sepulveda Boulevard Orange Line Station per the VNNC’s prior consideration of same (John Hendry)
  6. New Business:
    • A. VNNC Government and Bylaws item. VNNC will vote on the proposed VNNC standing rules Board Vacancies Amendment from 5/29/16 Government Relations/Rules & Bylaws Committee Meeting. (Co-chairs Ackerman and Anand) Supporting Documents: VNNC Government Relations report
    • B. VNNC to arrange a retreat involving all VNNC Board members. The VNNC to request that DONE also participate in the retreat, give training and update board members on their status. The retreat will hopefully give Board members a chance to get to know one another better, as well as to get to know our counterparts at DONE better.
    • C. Budget and Finance Committee item. VNNC to vote to approve the Monthly Expenditures Report (MER) for the month of December 2015, prepared by the VNNC Treasurer and submitted to the appropriate City Department. Motion and Action.
    • D. Budget and Finance Committee item. The VNNC to vote to approve the MER for the month of January 2016, prepared by the VNNC Treasurer and be submitted to the appropriate City Department. Motion and Action.
    • E. Budget and Finance Committee item. The VNNC to vote to approve the MER for the month of February 2016, prepared by the VNNC Treasurer to be submitted to the appropriate City Department. Motion and Action.
    • F. Budget and Finance Committee item. The VNNC to vote to approve the MER for the month of March 2016, prepared by the Treasurer to be submitted to the appropriate City Department. Motion and Action.
    • G. Budget and Finance Committee item. The VNNC to vote to approve the MER for the month of April 2016 as prepared by the Treasurer to be submitted to the appropriate City Department. Motion and Action.
    • H. Budget and Finance Committee item. The VNNC to vote to approve the MER for the month of May 2016, prepared by the Treasurer to be submitted to the appropriate City Department. Motion and Action.
    • I. 6344 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Condition use permit to allow an accessory (vacuum cleaner stations) to an existing auto uses (car wash, auto body, tune up) to a new proposed C2 zone, adjacent to a R zone with current proposed hours of operation from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Zone change (ZC) from P1-1VL-RIO to RIO to permit (auto related) uses that otherwise is not permitted in a P zone. Case No.: APCSV-2016-1344 (Nathan Freeman/ FMG) Supporting Documents: Arch-Drawings Environmental Assessment Form Master Land Use Application Photoboards
    • J. The VNNC to arrange for a clean-up day adjacent to the Chit Chat Restaurant on Van Nuys Boulevard. The VNNC to coordinate with the Council office re same, as well as any other difficulties Chit Chat may be having related to maintenance and clean-up of adjacent property. Successful implementation will assist in the beautification of Van Nuys Boulevard.
    • K. The VNNC to vote to extend the life of the Legislative Advisory Committee (LIC) to January 30, 2017. Said extension is required pursuant to the Sunset Clause and the Brown Act. The VNNC believes that such extension is warranted at the present time.
    • L. The VNNC to vote to amend the current budget to remove the sum of $10,000 presently allocated to community improvement funds and reallocate such sum to outreach. Said reallocation is necessary due to the impending end of the current fiscal year. The VNNC believes that such reallocation is in the best interests of the Van Nuys community.
    • M. The VNNC to vote to approve an expenditure of $3,200.00 to California Safe Schools in order to enable students from Sylvan Park Elementary, Van Nuys Elementary, Kester Elementary and Van Nuys Middle School to take field trips to national parks this Summer. All such schools are Title 1 Schools, and the students would not otherwise be able to attend such field trips. The VNNC believes that such field trips would be of great benefit to the students of said schools and to the Van Nuys community. (Robina Suwol)
    • N. The VNNC to purchase a cowbell for use at the general meeting. The cowbell would be used to indicate that a given speaker’s time has expired. This will serve to expedite the general meeting and make same more efficient.
    • O. The VNNC to purchase a new lock for the VNNC storage locker. It is the sense of the VNNC that too many people know the combination to the existing lock, thereby creating a security issue. Purchase of a new lock will therefore serve to safeguard and secure all VNNC property.
    • P. The VNNC to purchase a flagpole for the Marilyn Monroe Post Office on 6531 Van Nuys Boulevard. Such Post Office currently does not have a flagpole. Purchase of the flagpole would allow the Post Office to proudly fly the flag, thereby increasing community morale and making the Post Office more visible to community members. NTE $1,000
    • Q. The VNNC to propose that the Katherine Avenue traffic circle be renamed the Penny Meyer traffic circle. The VNNC believes that such name change is appropriate in recognition of Penny Meyer’s long service to the community. The VNNC further believes that such re-naming would make the traffic circle more visible and a focal point in the community.
    • R. The VNNC to propose that street lights be installed on Sylvan Street between Tyrone and Hazeltine in Van Nuys. There are presently no such lights on that section of Sylvan Street. The VNNC believes that installation of such lights would be in the best interest of the community, would deter crime and would improve safety for local residents.
    • S. The VNNC to purchase three laptops and office suites for use by the VNNC President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Such laptops would only be used for authorized VNNC business. Such laptops would become the property of the VNNC in perpetuity for use by future Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers. (NTE $4,000).
    • T. The VNNC to announce that there are presently two (2) openings on the Board for non-profit representatives. Said openings to be filled pursuant to the procedure recommended by the VNNC Government Relations/Rules and Bylaw Committee and approved by the full Board of the VNNC. Election of the two (2) new Board members would not take place unless and until such recommendation and approval have been completed.
    • U. The VNNC to officially vote on the five representatives authorized by the VNNC to prepare and submit Community Impact Statements. This is required by DONE. The VNNC also believes that having five such representatives will expedite and streamline the submission of Community Impact Statements. The Executive Committee recommends that the five representatives be (1) the President of the VNNC, (2) the Vice President of the VNNC, (3) the Secretary of the VNNC, (4) the Treasurer of the VNNC, and (5) Quirino de la Cuesta.
    • V. City Council File item. VNNC to vote for a Community Impact Statement (CIS) for CF 15-0524 (Wesson/ O’Farrell). It allows Neighborhood Council Board Members at least five (5) minutes of public comment when speaking to Los Angeles City Council on an agenda item on City Council meetings. (Paul Anand & Jason Ackerman) Documents: 15-0524_ORD_184243_6-4-16
    • W. City Council File item. VNNC to vote for a Community Impact Statement (CIS) for CF 15-0389 (Wesson/ Krekorian). The City Attorney, with the assistance of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and in consultation with interested Neighborhood Councils, be requested to report with options, including possible amendment to the Council Rules, allowing for official representatives of Neighborhood Councils or Neighborhood Council Alliances to address the City Council, its committees, City commissions, and boards with sufficient time to present the official view of their Neighborhood Council Boards or Alliances. (Jason Ackerman) Documents: 15-0389_ORD_184243_6-4-16
    • X. The VNNC to require all Committee Chairs to hold monthly meetings with their respective Committees. Reports to be rendered monthly by the Committee Chairs at the next general Board meeting. The VNNC believes that this would give a meaningful role to the various Committees, and expedite the general Board meetings.
    • Z. The VNNC to consider whether to hire a transcription service to transcribe the minutes of the monthly general meeting. Such service would allow the minutes to be posted on the VNNC website and otherwise as rapidly as possible. The VNNC believes that thus would expedite the general meeting and otherwise eliminate much needlessly wasted time and effort.
  1. Public Comments
  2. Announcements
  3. Adjourn

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Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Agenda

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Agenda

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (Wednesday May 11th 7:00pm) 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. – Van Nuys, CA 91401 Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center

I. WELCOMING REMARKS: (5 minutes) a. Call to order & Flag salute
b. Recognition of outgoing Board

II. ROLL CALL

III. ELECTION OF BOARD OFFICERS (15 minutes)
a. Board designation of Bank Card Holder and Second Signatory
b. Board designation of NC Liaisons to City Departments (Legal Liaison and any other categories available)

IV. COMMUNITY/GOVERNMENT REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS: (15 minutes) (Representatives from government offices, Police Department, and community-based organizations. Reports and Brief presentations only. Any questions, please follow up with presenter on the side so meeting may proceed as scheduled. Thank you.)
a. LA City Council District Representative
b. LAPD Senior Leads
c. Other Government Departments/Agencies
d. Community Organizations

V. GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS: (10 minutes)
Comments from the public on non-agenda items within the Board’s jurisdiction (Up to two minutes per speaker)

VI. PRESENTATIONS: (60 – 90 minutes)
a. Neighborhood Council General Board Orientation

i. Facilitated by Department of Neighborhood Empowerment staff

VII. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: (15 minutes) a. Review and Adoption of Minutes

b. Review and Adoption of the Monthly Expenditure Report (MER)
c. Discussion and possible action to update the Neighborhood Council Board Roster to submit to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
d. Discussion and possible action to update the Neighborhood Council inventory list to submit to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

VII. BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS (10 minutes)

VIII. REQUESTS/MOTIONS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS (5 minutes)

IX.. ADJOURNMENT

PUBLIC INPUT AT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETINGS – The public is requested to fill out a “Speaker Card” to address the Board on any agenda item before the Board takes an action on an item. Comments from the public on agenda items will be heard only when the respective item is being considered. Comments from the public on other matters not appearing on the agenda that are within the Board’s jurisdiction will be heard during the General Public Comment period. Please note that under the Brown Act, the Board is prevented from acting on a matter that you bring to its attention during the General Public Comment period; however, the issue raised by a member of the public may become the subject of a future Board meeting. Public comment is limited to 2 minutes per speaker, unless adjusted by the presiding officer of the Board.

PUBLIC POSTING OF AGENDAS – VNNC agendas are posted for public review as follows:
 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401 near the front door to the conference room.

 VNNC.org
 You can also receive our agendas via email by subscribing to L.A. City’s Early Notification System at

http://www.lacity.org/government/Subscriptions/NeighborhoodCouncils/index.htm

THE AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT – As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices and other auxiliary aids and/or services, may be provided upon request. To ensure availability of services, please make your request at least 3 business days (72 hours) prior to the meeting you wish to attend by contacting the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, at (213) 978-1551 or email ncsupport@lacity.org.

PUBLIC ACCESS OF RECORDS – In compliance with Government Code section 54957.5, non-exempt writings that are distributed to a majority or all of the board in advance of a meeting may be viewed at our website: www.VNNC.org or at the scheduled meeting. In addition, if you would like a copy of any record related to an item on the agenda, please contact the Neighborhood Council through our website vnnc.org/contact-us .

RECONSIDERATION AND GRIEVANCE PROCESS
For information on the VNNC’s process for board action reconsideration, stakeholder grievance policy, or any other procedural matters related to this Council, please consult the VNNC Bylaws. The Bylaws are available at our Board meetings and our website

SPECIAL NOTE:
Time projected for each item is an estimation. Items can go longer or shorter than listed time.

www.VNNC.org

SERVICIOS DE TRADUCCION
Si requiere servicios de traducción, favor de avisar al Concejo Vecinal 3 días de trabajo (72 horas) antes del evento. Por favor Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (213) 978-1551 o por correo electrónico
ncsupport@lacity.org para avisar al Concejo Vecinal.

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Cricket In The Olympics & Our Van Nuys Council Meeting This Wednesday!

My Fellow Citizens,

We are roughly a month away from our neighborhood council elections, and I would like to thank the candidates that are running for public office for the first time, and those Councilmembers seeking re-election.  I hope we have a high voter turnout, and look forward to welcoming some new blood to the Council and the local government in Van Nuys.

We are having our regularly scheduled Van Nuys General Council Meeting this coming Wednesday, and I invite all residents and stakeholders to come by and participate.  We are also having a candidates forum starting at 6pm, so the community can “Meet & Greet” those running for city government posts. (6262 Van Nuys Boulevard)

Another one of our agenda items is building a subway from Van Nuys to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  Creating improvements to our transportation infrastructure is important, and coming up with long term goals is one of the priorities of this council.

We are also beginning to undertake the very ambitious notion of creating a “Business Improvement District” (BID) along Van Nuys Boulevard from Sherman Oaks through Van Nuys all the way up to Pacoima.  (The entire length of Van Nuys Boulevard, including Panorama City & Arleta as well.)  If you would like to get involved and help create this BID, please let me know.  Cheers.

It is a special privilege to serve as the Council President and Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys, and thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President & Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys

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Important Council Meeting This Wednesday

Hello Angelenos,

Happy Superbowl Sunday!  Today is the most American of all the days in the calendar year, minus the 4th of July.  I wish you many buffalo wings and little plates full of nachos and carrot sticks.  I am not going to say who I am rooting for, but as an Indianapolis Colts fan, I have enjoyed watching games with Peyton Manning as the quarterback.

This coming Wednesday is our General Meeting, and I would like to invite you to attend.  We are working on several issues that continue to come before our community.  The child sex trafficking in the Valley is the number one public safety concern of neighborhoods, and we are looking at new and different ways to combat this epidemic.

At our next Council Meeting we will be voting on on allocating $20,000 to purchase Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and license reading software to start collecting data on pimps and johns to stop this plague we are facing day in and day out.

We are also beginning to undertake the very ambitious notion of creating a “Business Improvement District” (BID) along Van Nuys Boulevard from Sherman Oaks through Van Nuys all the way up to Pacoima.  (The entire length of Van Nuys Boulevard, including Panorama City & Arleta as well.)  If you would like to get involved and help create this BID, please let me know.  Cheers.

It is a special privilege to serve as the Council President and Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys, and thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President & Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys
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Van Nuys Council Meeting In January

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VNNC Education Committee Chairperson Stacey Rains speaking at the 1st inaugural education summit.

Greetings Citizens of Los Angeles,

We made it through the first week of 2016, and your Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is back to doing the good work of the people.  We are entering election season, and the VNNC will be holding elections for 1/2 of our council seats this April.  So please consider throwing your hat into the ring and running for public office.

At our general meeting in January, we will begin the process of working with the National Football League in getting Los Angeles a football team.  I personally attended the last Los Angeles Raiders game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Coliseum, and it was a sad day for all of us who love American football and the amount of time that has passed since that day with no football in Los Angeles is an absolute travesty.

At the end of the day, our great city needs and deserves a professional football team, and the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will be making it one of our top priorities to bring football back to Los Angeles.

We are also beginning to undertake the very ambitious notion of creating a “Business Improvement District” (BID) along Van Nuys Boulevard from Sherman Oaks through Van Nuys all the way up to Pacoima.  (The entire length of Van Nuys Boulevard, including Panorama City & Arleta as well.)  If you would like to get involved and help create this BID, please let me know.  Cheers.

It is a special privilege to serve as the Council President and Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys, and thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President & Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys
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OFFICIAL LANGUAGE FROM THE AGENDA — The VNNC to address the need for Los Angeles to have a permanent professional football team, with the possibility of our city receiving an expansion team from the NFL.  The VNNC to also possibly explore building a stadium in the Valley to be the official home of the next expansion team coming to Los Angeles. The VNNC to submit a Community Impact Statement (CIS) supporting the idea of a new expansion team, with it being owned by the people of Los Angeles.  The VNNC to contact the NFL, and Los Angeles City leaders to facilitate a meeting and make this happen.  In the interests of expanding the NFL, the VNNC to also recommend an expansion team in London, England to even the number of teams out, and to bring American Football to the good people of Britain.

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Zev Yaroslavsky To Be Honored By Van Nuys Council

ZevPictureThe Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Will Be Renaming The Erwin Street Mall After Longtime Elected Official Zev Yaroslavsky

VAN NUYS, CA — At the General Meeting of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council this Wednesday night, the VNNC will be renaming the Erwin Street Mall after former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.  The meeting will start promptly at 7pm, and is expected to include numerous former staffers as well as all of the Van Nuys Councilmembers.

“Zev Yaroslavsky is a rock star in Los Angeles politics, and it will be a great privilege to rename the mall after the Supervisor, and take some time to honor a man who has served our community for nearly four decades. His office has always exuded the utmost in professionalism and quality service to all of us on the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, and this is an opportunity for all of us to say thank you for a job well done,” said Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys & Council President George Christopher Thomas.

During a career in public life spanning nearly four decades, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has been at the forefront of Los Angeles County’s biggest issues, from transportation to the environment to health care to the arts. He has been a pioneering advocate for the region’s homeless population and has played a key role in efforts to reform the county’s law enforcement agencies.

Yaroslavsky was first elected to office in 1975, stunning the political establishment by winning the Los Angeles City Council’s coveted 5th District seat at the age of 26. On the council, Yaroslavsky honed his fiscal skills as chairman of the Finance Committee and earned a reputation as being unafraid to tackle controversial issues, including the Los Angeles Police Department’s use of excessive force and its improper spying on law-abiding residents. He co-authored two landmark initiatives with his colleague, the late Councilman Marvin Braude: Proposition U, which cut in half the size of new commercial developments near residential neighborhoods, and Proposition O, which banned oil drilling along the city’s shoreline.

As the Los Angeles Times said of his City Hall tenure: “Yaroslavsky was more often than not a dominant player in virtually every municipal initiative of note since he joined the City Council.”

In 1994, Yaroslavsky was elected to the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, representing the western part of the county and a constituency of

two million people. He is now serving his fifth term as the board’s Third District representative. Because of term limits, he will leave office at the close of 2014.

As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Yaroslavsky quickly emerged as a leader on fiscal, health care, transportation, cultural and environmental matters. He authored the 1996 Proposition ‘A’ park bond, which resulted in the preservation of a broad swath of rural open space and the development of urban parks throughout the county. He also authored the 2002 Proposition ‘B’ trauma tax, approved by more than 73% of county voters—a measure credited with saving two public hospitals from potential closure and keeping the county’s emergency services intact.

Yaroslavsky was the driving force behind the hugely successful Orange Line busway across the San Fernando Valley, which opened in 2005 to record ridership, and he pushed hard for creation of the new light rail Expo Line, which, when completed by 2015, will travel to Santa Monica from Downtown Los Angeles. (The current terminus is in Culver City.) At the same time, Yaroslavsky, a member of the Metro board of directors, is leading the drive to bring a subway—the Purple Line—to the Westside.

In the area of social and human services, Yaroslavsky has launched a series of groundbreaking initiatives that have measurably improved life for individuals and families on the margins of society. For example, he is bringing innovative school-based health clinics to largely working-class neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley, where many residents are living below the poverty line and rarely seek medical attention. One of those is based on the Sun Valley Middle School campus, while two more are being constructed at Monroe and San Fernando high schools. Yaroslavsky also has been credited with helping to restore the lives of the region’s chronically homeless through his widely praised Project 50 program and its spinoffs, which have provided permanent supportive housing for hundreds of people who’ve been identified as most likely to die on the streets.

In the arts, meanwhile, Yaroslavsky championed efforts to rebuild and modernize the world famous Hollywood Bowl amphitheater and was instrumental in the development of architect Frank Gehry’s iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also helped fund major investments in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History and the Valley Performing Arts Center.

More recently, Yaroslavsky is credited with playing a leading role in the sweeping reforms now underway in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In 2011, he authored the board’s motion to create the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, a blue-ribbon panel that investigated alleged deputy brutality in the nation’s biggest county lockup and suggested dozens of measures to restore the department’s integrity.

Beyond his work with Los Angeles County, Yaroslavsky has long been associated with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), a non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that promotes the development of democratic institutions in burgeoning democracies. He has monitored four elections for NDI: Romania (1990), Mexico (2000), Ukraine (2004) and Nigeria (2011). He has conducted seminars on democratic institution-building in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Bosnia/Herzegovina.

Yaroslavsky was born December 21, 1948 in Los Angeles, California. He earned an M.A. in British Imperial History and a B.A. in Economics and History, both from UCLA. He is a graduate of Fairfax High School in Los Angeles.

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December General Meeting Agenda – December 9, 2015

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VNNC Board members Maria Skelton and Jery Martin at the Veteran’s Day event with special guest. Quote from Miss Skelton: ” Had a bless time at the event. Mr. Cardenas went above and beyond on making everyone feel special. The staff made the facility look very warm and beautiful.”

Greetings My Fellow Citizens,

This coming Wednesday the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is hosting a “Holiday Food & Toy Drive” for our constituents in the San Fernando Valley.  Please bring an unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item to our meeting on Wednesday night.

Secondly, we are also honoring former Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky by renaming the Erwin Street Mall after him, and the ceremony will take place at our General Meeting next week.

And we are beginning to undertake the very ambitious notion of creating a “Business Improvement District” (BID) along Van Nuys Boulevard from Sherman Oaks through Van Nuys all the way up to Pacoima.  (The entire length of Van Nuys Boulevard, including Panorama City & Arleta as well.)  If you would like to get involved and help create this BID, please let me know.  Cheers.

It is a special privilege to serve as the Council President and Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys, and thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President & Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
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PO Box 3118
Van Nuys, CA 91407
Telephone (818) 533-VNNC (8662)
Email: Info@VNNC.org

Web:  www.VNNC.org

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