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Apply for the Mayor’s Youth Council

High School Students are invited to apply for the Mayor’s Youth Council for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

What is the Mayor’s Youth Council?
● A one-year program for Los Angeles high school students
● The Youth Council works to empower its members to advocate for causes relevant to
the youth of Los Angeles
● The Youth Council gives the next generation of leaders a voice in City Hall.

Who will be on the Mayor’s Youth Council?
● Student leaders currently enrolled in high school from diverse educational
backgrounds representing all 15 Los Angeles City Council districts.
● The Youth Council will be divided into cohorts based on their respective areas, and
the monthly meetings facilitated by the respective Area Representative from the
Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement.

What will happen during Mayor’s Youth Council meetings?
● Meetings will discuss various themes of public service such as, Government 101, Civic
Leadership, Community Organizing, Civic Engagement, Public Speaking & more!
● Guest speakers from the local governmental, non-profit, corporate and labor sectors
will be invited to address the Youth Council.
● Youth Council members will have the opportunity to volunteer at community events
and receive professional development training.

Please visit www.lamayor.org/myc to complete the electronic application and
recommendation form.
Should you have any questions, please contact: Jaqueline Serrano or Tanaz
Golshan (Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement) at mayor.youthcouncil@lacity.org .

Mayor’s Youth Council Flyer

West Nile Virus Found in Van Nuys

Los Angeles County, Calif. — Ten additional samples of mosquitoes collected from six San Fernando Valley communities were confirmed positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The mosquitoes were collected from Encino, Northridge, Panorama City, Porter Ranch, Sherman Oaks, and Van Nuys. A list of all positive samples to date can be found at: www.glacvcd.org.

“We are beginning to see the anticipated increase in WNV activity in the region,” said Kelly Middleton, director of community affairs for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. “Last week, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported a total of 6 human infections in the County so far this year, so the time to start taking this seriously is now,” she added.

To help increase awareness, vector control districts are working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to launch the 2018 Champion for WNV Prevention Challenge, encouraging cities and communities to take specific measures to help reduce the risk of mosquito-transmitted disease. Vector control districts across the County encourage everyone to ask their city what they are doing, and get involved and help their community get recognized as a True Champion and keep their residents safe.

The District works year-round to actively search for and manage water-holding areas such as gutters, ditches, storm drain channels, basins, and non-functional pools and ponds, but there are many more mosquito breeding sites on private property that require the public’s attention. The District cannot do this alone.

Residents, business owners, and property managers must ensure no standing water is permitted on their property. Yard and parking lot drains, air conditioner drip pans/buckets, rain barrels, non-functional swimming pools, and other containers such as rain barrels, plant saucers, and old tires must be removed or sealed to prohibit mosquito access.

To prevent bites, and the risk of disease transmission, the District recommends EPA-registered repellents that have been shown to be both safe and effective when used according to label directions: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

About West Nile virus:
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, West Nile virus is a leading cause of severe infections of the nervous system among adults older than age 50 in Los Angeles County.

WNV is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no cure for WNV. One in five persons infected with the virus will exhibit symptoms. Symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash. These symptoms can last for several days to months. One in 150 people infected with the virus will require hospitalization. Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, paralysis, and possibly death.

For more information, residents can contact the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at 562-944-9656 or online at www.glacvcd.org.

Van Nuys – North Sherman Oaks Community Plan Kicks of 3 Year Process

The Department of City Planning has initiated a Community Plan Update program for the following three Southeast Valley community plans: North Hollywood-Valley Village, Sherman Oaks-Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass, and Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks. A portion of the Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks Community Plan falls within the boundaries of Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

The Planning and Land Use Committee will work with the Department of City Planning to schedule their brief presentation (10-15 minutes) this Fall, possibly in September to introduce the Community Plan Update team (Andy Rodriguez, City Planner, and myself), provide more detail regarding our overall three-year work program, and briefly respond to inquiries. The Community Plan Update process is an opportunity to assess existing conditions, identify neighborhood and community issues, and to respond with appropriate land use recommendations. The updated Community Plans will reflect community values, direct new growth by promoting a sustainable pattern of development where it makes the most sense, and apply new zoning designations that are consistent with the Community Plans’ goals and policies.

The update process will include a comprehensive outreach strategy to engage and involve the community. This process will begin with outreach to Neighborhood Councils and public kick-off events in each community plan area this Fall. Additional outreach will seek broad input from the community’s many constituencies to craft the guiding principles and policies that will be incorporated into the Plans. At follow-up public meetings, City Planning will share outcomes from the community outreach, staff analysis, and concept plans for review and comment. As they become more familiar with the issues important to Van Nuys, their outreach strategy will evolve to respond. To learn more about the Southeast Valley Community Plans, and to join the mailing list, please visit our website at www.southeastvalleyplans.org/

Van Nuys Recreation Center Gets a Makeover

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Parks and Recreation / Open Spaces Committee has been working closely with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks on the improvements underway at the Van Nuys Recreation Center. The city is currently focusing on upgrading parks and Van Nuys is benefiting!


Already complete are new park signs, improvements to the restrooms with new paint soap and towel dispensers, and new flooring and repaired cabinets in the recreation center foyer.

The Clippers are funding upgrades to basketball courts throughout the city. Our outdoor courts will have a new slurry seal, striping, polycarbonate backboards and rims. Our indoor courts will have new maple flooring, logo, varnish, volleyball sleeves, polycarbonate backboards and backboard padding.

The new multi-sport soccer field / baseball field will include two soccer fields (140′ x 217′), one baseball diamond and on mini futsal soccer field. There will be new four foot fencing, bleachers, sidewalks, and drinking fountains.

The picnic area will be upgraded and have exercise equipment adjacent to it , the parking lot will be resurfaced and striped and there will be upgrades to LED lighting and controls.

Mike Browning, VNNC Parks & Recreation Committee Chair has led the effort to work with the City on this important project, “Van Nuys community members want and deserve a better quality of life for their children, families, and neighbors and when we stand up and work with City officials, things can happen. ONWARD!”

The project is due to be completed September 2018.

Many thanks to VNNC Parks & Recreation Committee Member Jason M. Sherman for diligently photographing the park transformation and supplying us with these great images.

County Kicks Off River Master Plan to Connect Communities

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council was represented at the recent The LA River Master Plan Community Meeting on July 25, 2018 at Canoga Park High School to learn about the Los Angeles County Plan to update the 1996 LA River Master Plan, addressing the entire 51 mile LA River.

The County Draft Vision is: A re-imagined River to connect and serve the diverse communities of LA County.

This was the first of 17 Community Meetings to provide opportunities for community input on the drafting of the LA River Master Plan which will be finalized in early 2020. County officials will identify the challenges and unrealized opportunities for 2,100 contiguous acres of publicly-owned land along the river corridor. The 25 month long process will focus on 6 preliminary goals:

1. Reinforce local culture and community.
2. Provide a protective and resilient flood management infrastructure.
3. Identify and address potential adverse impacts to housing affordability.
4. Provide equitable, inclusive, and safe parks, open space, and trails.
5. Support healthy, connected ecosystems.
6. Improve local water supply reliability.

Canoga Park kicked-off the meetings because the LA River begins in Canoga Park, runs for 51 miles and terminates in Long Beach. Future community meetings will be held in various jurisdictions along the river route. Some of the major challenges include addressing safety concerns and crafting a unifying vision that will be supported by all 17 overlapping jurisdictions that will be affected.

The meeting was hosted by Michelle Miranda (President of the Canoga Park Neighborhood Council), and speakers included Concilman Bob Blumenfield, Sheila Kuehl’s office and a slide presentation from the Department of Public Works.

For more information and to sign up for notifications go to: http://larivermasterplan.org/

Or see https://www.riverla.org/