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Next Saturday, Feb. 20th – Connect the Dots event from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Van Nuys

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Reveal | Reimagine | Realize

the future of Van Nuys Boulevard

We believe Great Streets work for businesses, residents, rapid transit, pedestrians, businesses…. plus stormwater, bikes and KIDS!
Bring your bikes and your families, rain or shine!

Saturday February 20th, 2016

Free Design Workshops at 1, 3 and 5 pm

Free Block Party Celebration 6 pm to 9 pm

Art, Science, Design, Bikes, Food, Music, Fun, Free

Register for hands-on design workshops here.

Tour de Van Nuys: 12:30 pm

Start your day with a family-friendly bike ride (helmets required):
Join LA County Bicycle Coaliton for a free 5-mile Feeder-Ride.
Meet at the Van Nuys Orange Line Metro Station at 12:30 pm.

For the Tour de Van Nuys, sign up here.
Bike Rodeo: 2-4 pm

LA County Bicycle Coalition + Walk’N Roller Kids invite you to a Bike Rodeo at Van Nuys Blvd & Erwin St.
– kids bicycle courses: 2-4PM
– learn how to ride safely on the street
– Bring your bike to Connect the Dots!  (limited rental fleets available)
– You get a free helmet!! (First come, first serve)
– Bike decoration available on the site.

Block Party and Water Festival: 6-9 pm

Join Connect the Dots, Tamarind Rossetti Public Art, MacLeod Brewing Co., Los Tres Hermanos, Mr. Green Juice, Happy Dogs, Country General Store, Tern Bicycles, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, Greywater Corps, TreePeople, WaterLA, CD6, Walk-n-Rollers, WeTap, Retro Xpress Bikes, Metro, Ciclavia, Friends of the LA River/RiverRover for a celebration of a reimagined boulevard.

Access and Parking

The Marvin Braude SFV Constituent Service Center in the city of Van Nuys is served by Metro Local lines 154/156, 164, 233, 237, Metro Rapid 761 and nearby Metro Orange Line,
as well as DASH routes Van Nuys/Studio City and Panorama City/Van Nuys.
Public parking is available on Erwin, Sylvan, and Friar streets, one block west of Van Nuys Boulevard. Or consider parking for free at Metro’s Sepulveda Station and taking Metro Orange Line one stop to Van Nuys.
Sepulveda Station is located at 15430 W. Erwin St. in Van Nuys.

Connect the Dots | Van Nuys invites citizens, cyclists, and designers to envision Van Nuys Boulevard as a climate-resilient Great Street, one that embraces multimodal transit, working public space, and optimized stormwater capture as integral to LA’s future.  Register here.

Connect the Dots uses hydrologic data, public design workshops, and citizen cyclist-scientists in distinctive ways to help shape our city’s transit, public space, and water future. Organized around a series of free public design workshops and pop-up bicycle clinics at the Marvin Braude SFV Constituent Services Center, Connect the Dots reimagines LA’s Great Streets performing at their fullest potential: serving as engaging public spaces; healthy, active transit corridors in lively economic zones; and strategic groundwater assets.
Connect the Dots | Van Nuys is honored to be part of the Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Challenge.  Connect the Dots is led by the Arid Lands Institute in partnership with Pacoima Beautiful, and LA County Bicycle Coalition with support from Councilmember Nury Martinez, representing Council District 6.  We are grateful for the generous in-kind support of Production Resource Group and LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Connect the Dots is a program of Divining LA | Arid Lands Institute.

For more information about participation, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, contact:Aja Bulla-Richards, CtD Creative Directoraja.bulla-richards@aridlands.org

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2016 Elections

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council 2016 Elections

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please email Elections@EmpowerLA.orgor call 818-293-VOTE(8683).

Open Board Seats 2016 – VAN NUYS NC
BOARD POSITION
# OF SEATS
ELECTED OR APPOINTED?
QUALIFICATIONS TO
RUN FOR THE SEAT
QUALIFICATIONS TO
VOTE FOR THE SEAT
Resident Representative Zone 1
Term: 4 years
1 Elected Resident from Zone 1, bounded from the railroad tracks north of Saticoy Street, Van Nuys Boulevard, Vanowen Street and the 405 Freeway, who is 16 years or older. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
ALEJANDRO FIGUEROA – (Pending)  My intentions are to watch, listen, and learn in order to better serve my community. Our city has potential for great things, things we will only achieve through organization, fortitude, and compassion.
 JEANETTE HOPP – (Certified)  My name is Jeanette Hopp. I have lived in Van Nuys 39 years. I am the mother of two sons.I am an activist. I have volunteered as an Inspector for the Elections Division for the past 33 years.

I have also volunteered for the LAUSD for over 20 years. During that timeframe I held various offices, such as Chair, 1st Vice Chair and Secretary of the DAC. I am an inaugural member and officer of the Parent Collaborative, an umbrella of all parent groups. I was instrumental in writing the Parent Section 1118 of PL 103-382 the Reauthorization of Title I prior to ‘No Child Left Behind.’

I would like to help bring back the status of Van Nuys as the center of the valley and renewed civic center, and advise the city council on issues of import to residents of Van Nuys.

 BRIAN EDELMAN – (Certified)  Brian Edelman – First of all, I love the Van Nuys community. If elected, I will use my experience and knowledge in Public Safety, Homelessness, Public Relations, and Housing to benefit our community. I look forward to representing Zone 1 on the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. Vote Brian Edelman
JEREMY PESSOA – (Certified)  Jeremy Pessoa has lived in Van Nuys for over 5 years and he is committed to maintaining and improving the community through public service. He is now seeking the the opportunity to serve on the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. Jeremy works as a business sales consultant providing technology solutions to SMBs in the San Fernando Valley. He believes his knowledge and experience could be an asset to both the council and the community.
 CHRISTOPHER TROY TRAHAN –(Certified)  As a proud resident of Van Nuys, and a local Entertainment Industry Professional, I am aware of the importance of community and the support of local business. Knowing that things could be better, I am placing my name as a candidate in hopes of representing my community and my neighbors. I have also served on the Board of Governors of the LA chapter of the National Academe of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS/The Grammys) for 4 consecutive years and then elected to serve as 2nd Vice President of the LA chapter. I look forward to serving our community and I am hopeful that I will earn your vote.
BOARD POSITION
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Resident Representative Zone 3
Term: 4 years
1 Elected Resident from Zone 3, bounded by Vanowen Street, the 405 Freeway, Burbank Boulevard, and Van Nuys Boulevard, who is 16 years or older. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
JON HENDRY – (Certified)  Van Nuys is a city of homes. First – and foremost – the ‘suburban dream’ updated to 2015. But we can work to make it better. Some density – mixed use – open for all. But will light rail on Van Nuys Bl ruin your commute and our desires for better merchants? The next years will tell. I ask for your vote.
BOARD POSITION
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At-Large Resident Representative Seat 1
Term: 4 years
1 Elected Residents within the VNNC boundaries who are 16 years or older. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
JACOB M. LYNN – (Certified)
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At-Large Residential Renter Representative Seat 1
Term: 4 years
1 Elected Resident renters within the boundaries of the VNNC who are 16 years or older. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
JASON ACKERMAN – (Certified)  Hello I’m Jason.
I’m 30, I’ve been active in the Neighborhood Council system since 2012, and I’ve been on the Van Nuys NC since November 2015. I have always been, and will continue to be an outspoken advocate for affordable housing, mobility, and the dignity of all people regardless of class, race, age, gender, or legal status. I want to make sure Van Nuys can improve in terms of community safety, but does so in a way that doesn’t raise rents and displace the hard working families that call it home. We need to help our brothers and sisters living in our alleyways and on our corners find their way off the streets and into stability. It is criminal that in the second largest city in the country we see such blatant inequality, not only in economics, but in our criminal justice system as well. We need our Police to protect us from violence, especially when that violence comes from their own ranks. Let’s work together to make Van Nuys the model of justice and equality we deserve!
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At-Large Industrial Business Owner or Employee Representative Seat 1
Term: 4 years
1 Elected Industrial business owners or employees within the boundaries of the VNNC who are 16 years or older. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
HOWARD BENJAMIN – (Certified) For the last four years I have served as vice president of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council and in that time I have helped to lead the board and stakeholders into a new era of cooperation and goal setting.In addition to vice president I am also the second signatory and oversee all financial expenditures for this council. As a result we have curtailed wasteful spending and I have made it a priority that as a council we maintain the proper use of public funds.

During my term we have accomplished a great deal including creating a sense of pride for the Van Nuys business owners and stakeholders alike. I also spearheaded expanding the council jurisdictional boarders to encompass an unincorporated area which not only increased the size of the council district, but provided additional stakeholders into our fold that had previously not been represented. I worked tirelessly in establishing a close working relationship with our city, county, state and federal elected representatives.

BOARD POSITION
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At-Large Commercial Business Owner or Employee Representative Seat 1
Term: 4 years
1 Elected Stakeholders who are commercial business owners or employees within the boundaries of the VNNC and who are 16 years or older. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
VERONICA JOHANA MARIN – (Certified) I have lived more than 20 years in the San Fernando Valley Community and I am blessed to be working in Van Nuys as a Business Owner. I pledge to work along the city in order to help the Van Nuys Neighborhood to improved each year.
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Senior Representative
Term: 4 years
1 Elected A stakeholder 55 years of age or older. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
 KATHLEEN PADDEN – (Certified)
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Religious Institution Representative
Term: 4 years
1 Elected A stakeholder who is a member of a religious institution within the boundaries of the VNNC and who is 16 years or older. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
DORIS L. ANDERSON – (Certified)  Some of the community residents have reached out to me asking to hold a rally to stop gang initiation in our community
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Non-Profit Community Based Organization or Service Club Representative Seat 1
Term: 4 years
1 Elected Member of a community based organization or service club that is located within or includes Van Nuys within its service area and who are 16 years or older. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
ROCIO RODRIGUEZ – (Certified)  Thank you for the opportunity to run for such an important role. I look forward to sharing my experience as a Community Based Organization leader to continue promoting resources for our community members.
 CHARLES ROBBINS – (Certified)  I’m a nonprofit professional who is passionate about the health and well being of the people of the San Fernando Valley.
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Youth Representative
Term: 4 years
1 Elected A stakeholder between the ages of 16 and 22 years or an employee or acknowledged volunteer of a recognized youth organization. Candidates who are 16 years to 22 years will have priority over adults for the seat, i.e. the highest vote getter among the young people will be elected regardless of whether s/he was the highest overall vote getter in that contest. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
AUSTIN NOLL – (Certified)
BOARD POSITION
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At-Large Commercial Business Owner or Employee Representative Seat 3
Term: 4 years
1 Elected Stakeholders who are commercial business owners or employees within the boundaries of the VNNC and who are 16 years or older. Stakeholders who are 16 years or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
PAUL ANAND – (Certified)  As a product of growing up in Van Nuys, attending Van Nuys Math/Science Magnet High School, and volunteering in the Courthouse and the Veteran’s Administration, I have always been grateful for all the Van Nuys has given me. Recently, when I had the opportunity to open up new businesses, I chose to open them in Van Nuys and to work on revitalizing Van Nuys. I have brought jobs and social programs to the community. I am currently a board member of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, the former chairman of the Government Affairs Committee, and chairman of the Sustainability Committee.

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council 2016 Elections:link: https://empowerla.org/elections/region4/vnnc16/

Important Dates to Remember:

Candidate Filing Opens: 12/24/2015
Candidate Filing Closes: 2/7/2016
Deadline for Candidate to withdraw: 2/21/2016
Candidates Certified: 2/22/2016
Candidate Challenge Period Ends: 2/17/2016
Election Day: 4/7/2016
Election Challenge Period Ends: 4/12/2016
Election Certified: 4/12/2016

The 2016 Neighborhood Council election and candidate details such as candidate guidelines, acceptable forms of documentation for voter and candidate, Neighborhood Council bylaws, election manual, the open board seats, number of ballots per Neighborhood Council, and the Neighborhood Council’s boundary/boundaries are easily accessible via a shareable URL.

Get yourself, your committee and your stakeholders the information they need. Here are the website URLs for your Election Committee to share on your Neighborhood Council’s website, at your committee and board meetings, at events, and via social media.

Neighborhood Council 2016 Election Manual
http://empowerla.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/NC-Election-Manual.pdf

Candidate Guidelines
http://empowerla.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/NCElections2016CandidateGuidelines.pdf

Acceptable Forms of Documentation
http://empowerla.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/AcceptableFormsofDocumentation.pdf

Our NC Bylaws
https://lacity.quickbase.com/db/bj3apxsp3?a=q&qid=32&qskip=0&qrppg=1000&dlta=su46~

Our NC Open Seats for 2016 Election, Number of Ballots and NC Boundary (or Boundaries)
http://empowerla.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Elections-Big-Report.pdf

VNNC District map on the boundary of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council: Van-Nuys-Neighborhood-Council-Map

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please email Elections@EmpowerLA.orgor call 818-293-VOTE (8683).

VNNC Elections Results:

2010 VNNC Elections Results

2012 VNNC Elections Results

2014 VNNC Election Results

Cárdenas So Proud Of Best Bill Ever Written

Marilyn-Monroe’s-DeathCárdenas So Proud Of Best Bill Ever Written

(Washington, D.C.) – With the support of nearly the entire California House delegation, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Beautiful San Fernando Valley, Calif.) this week introduced the most important piece of legislation ever etched into the Congressional Record.

This law is going to be so good and so smart that it will completely make America great again. America is going to be the best.

“All of the pieces of legislation introduced this year have been losers,” said Cárdenas. “Anyone can negotiate a multi-year transportation funding program, but in order to do what I’ve done, you have to be able to make deals. That is the reason I was elected, because I know how to make deals and I’ve got the best people, and they also know how to make deals. That’s how we got this done.”

Cárdenas used the most spectacular office staff in the Congress to pull together almost every California House member to support this absolutely huge bill.

 Not only is the bill being supported by the greatest, classiest Congressional delegation ever assembled, but the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council unanimously approved it, because they know it will be a super law.

 Cárdenas’ bill, H.R. 3938, will rename the Van Nuys post office after Marilyn Monroe, who attended Van Nuys High School in the 1940s. Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, referred to the time during which she lived in Van Nuys as the happiest in her life.

 Marilyn Monroe was the best.

19th Annual Van Nuys Health Fair and Family Festival – Today @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Health Fair Flyer 2015Today, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Van Nuys will have their 19th annual Van Nuys Health Fair and Family Fair at the corner of Sylvan Street and Cedros Avenue. It is a fun event for the community which is hosted by Councilwoman Nury Martinez in the 6th District. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will be there with their booth giving out goodies (while supplies last) who are at attendance and sign up to received email information on events and news around the Van Nuys area.

There will be free health screenings, dental & eye check -ups and flu shots. We encourage the community to attend this event if you haven’t received your flu shots or haven’t check out your health in awhile.

We are looking forward to see you there.

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

Local Government Meetings

P1010294My Fellow Citizens,

This coming Monday night the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will be having our regularly scheduled Executive Committee meeting at the Van Nuys Public Library.  We will also begin planning our second annual “Homeless & Mental Illness Summit” for our December General meeting.

Please make every effort to come by and participate in your local government.  We are addressing the issues facing our area, as well as trying to increase citizen activism in the San Fernando Valley.

It is a special privilege to serve as the Honorary Mayor and Council President, 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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