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VNNC Retreat / Executive Committee Agenda – January 22, 2018 (Monday) @ 6:30 pm

My Fellow Citizens,
 
The Van Nuys Council will be having our Executive Committee Meeting this coming Monday at the Van Nuys Public Library.  As you know, the library is located at 6250 Sylmar Avenue, so please come by and voice your concerns and goals for our community in 2018 and beyond.
 
Thank you for your continued interest in Van Nuys, the San Fernando Valley, and the Los Angeles area.  I invite you to get more involved with the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, and maybe possibly apply to become a “Council Ambassador” in the future.
 
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
 
1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America
2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
3. Comments from the Chair (President) of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
4. Secretary’s Report — Jeanette Hopp 
5. Treasurer’s Report — Veronica Marin and/or Second Signatory 
6. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report, Elected Officials’ Reports & Election Chair’s Report
7. New Business
a. The VNNC to begin to generate and brand the Van Nuys area to create a specific identity and neighborhood feel.  The VNNC to establish the “Official Sport of Van Nuys” as well as the “Official Dinosaur Of Van Nuys” and the “Official Color of Van Nuys.”
b. The VNNC to completely and official review the bylaws and the amended changes.  The VNNC to discuss once again all bylaws and amended changes.  The VNNC to vote on and accept the current bylaws before the council, and all amended changes.
c. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the proposed language.  “Under Article V Governing Board 1) Section 7: Absences, (the language was changed to) {(Any Director who misses three (3) unexcused consecutive regular board meetings in any six (6) month period may be subject to removal by majority vote of the Board.)}”
d. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the proposed language. “2) Under Article V Governing Board Section 3: Selection of Officers (the language was changed to ) Section 12: Selection of Officers {The Board will elect its Officers every two (2) years by simple majority vote by the Directors present at the General Board meeting. The selection of Officers will take place in July of that year.(starting in 2019, then 2021, followed by 2023 etc.////The wording “The selection of Officers will take place in July of every odd number year.” was also acceptable)} (there already is a Section 3 in Article V).
d1. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the proposed language. “3) Under Article V Governing Board Section 4: Officer Terms (the language was changed to ) Section 13: Officer Terms {(The Officers shall serve a term of two (2) years. There are no term limits.)} ( there already is a Section 4 in Article V).”
e.  Refunds and over-payments returned to the Board.  Procedure to return an overpayment of a boardmember reimbursement to the City of Los Angeles, its agency, section or department pursuant to a Court decision.  The above wording complies with Cal. Gov Code, § 54954.2(a).
f.  The VNNC to discuss and debate the advice and rules of having Standing and Ad Hoc Committees.  The VNNC to go over and review the Department Of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) handout and flyer.  The VNNC to once again discuss committee goals and assignments.  The VNNC also to go over the PDF “Tips On Chairing A Meeting.”
g.  The VNNC to discuss and debate the step by step guide on how to file a Community Impact Statement.  The VNNC to elect those Councilmembers than can file a Community Impact Statement,  The VNNC to become the most prolific council in Los Angeles in regards to filing CIS statements.
  
h.  The VNNC to discuss the requirements of Committee Chairs in regards to the Ralph M. Brown Act.  The VNNC to officially train the Committee Chairs in how to run a meeting, how to post the agenda, and all other requirements that come with being a VNNC Committee Chairperson.
i.  The VNNC to discuss coming up with a handful of “actions” that we know the Board will most likely utilize (e.g. amending a motion, tabling a motion, postponing a motion, referring to committee) and providing clear step-by-step guidelines that VNNC members can follow.  If these modified sets of parliamentary procedures work for the Board, perhaps the VNNC can adopt it into the VNNC Standing Rules.
 
j.  The VNNC to discuss the Strategic Plan, Self Assessment, Outreach Survey and Budget Packet.  The VNNC to address NPGs – Establish application period for Board to accept applications (quarterly? 2 times a year?) Once the application period has closed, the Board can review at one meeting and approve.  The VNNC to discuss Outreach Events – Establish calendar of events for Board to sponsor and co-sponsor. By pre-identifying, you’re able to prioritize and also there’s clarity for the Board on which events to support and recruit volunteers for in the future.  The VNNC to address CIS – Identify Council Files / legislation. Have a committee identify, review, and formulate follow up questions/positions/actions. At the Board meeting you can have respective elected offices follow up and/or field questions from the Board. The VNNC to address Community Advocacy – Have the Board agree upon 4 issues in the community for the Board to tackle for the year. Once issues have been identified, list which City Departments are responsible, assign Boardmember and/or committee and refer all stakeholder inquires re: topic to Committee/designated person.
k. The VNNC to consider the following Community Impact Statements.  The VNNC to discuss and debate, then vote on the following Community Impact Statements.  The VNNC to pass between 30-60 CIS statements at the retreat, thus making the VNNC #1 in the entire city in regards to submitting CIS statements.
k1.  The VNNC to discuss and debate the VAN NUYS CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT COMMUNITY DESIGN OVERLAY (Council File # 06-3189).  Motion – Van Nuys Boulevard is a major corridor running through the heart of the San Fernando Valley. This Boulevard has always served as an important part of the economic growth of Van Nuys. Councilmember Miscikowski in 2000 introduced a motion to institute changes along the Boulevard that would eventually lead to the development of the Van Nuys Central Business District Community Design Overlay (CDO). Due to that motion, we have slowly started to see improvements in the quality of the buildings and the businesses along the portion of Van Nuys Boulevard that the CDO covers. The Van Nuys CDO covers the area on Van Nuys Boulevard from Calvert Street to Vanowen Street. There are a few gaps along Van Nuys Boulevard that would benefit from extending the CDO to cover those areas and star a uniform design and upgrade to Van Nuys Boulevard. THEREFORE MOVE that the City Planning Department be instructed to prepare an amendment to extend the Van Nuys Central Business District CDO to include the commercial areas south to Oxnard Street and north to the railroad tracks (north of Keswick Street). FURTHER MOVE that the City Planning Department be instructed to amend the guidelines/regulations on storefront signage, relating to sign square footage, on Van Nuys Boulevard to be comparable with the Ventura Boulevard Specific Plan. OLD COUNCIL FILE 01-2527 AND SUPPLEMENT  —  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k2.  The VNNC to discuss and debate, assess and coordinate revitalization opportunities / Van Nuys Civic Center / Van Nuys Boulevard between Victory Boulevard and Oxnard Street.  (Council File # 16-0411)  — The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k3.  The VNNC to discuss and debate Council File # 11-1878.  Van Nuys Airport / Management Structure / Airport Commission Creation / Privatization.  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k4.  The VNNC to discuss and debate Council File # 10-1753.  Downtown Van Nuys Public Safety Improvement Plan.  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k5.  The VNNC to discuss and debate Council File # 17-0937.  6262 Van Nuys Boulevard / Pacoima Beautiful / Right of Entry (ROE) Permit.  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k6.  The VNNC to discuss and debate Council File # 15-0367.  Van Nuys Airport Quiet Jet Departure Program / Noise and Abatement Program / Stage 3 Aircraft.  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k7.  The VNNC to discuss and debate Council File # 07-3323.  WIRELESS BROADBAND SECURITY CAMERAS / VAN NUYS CIVIC CENTER.  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k8.  The VNNC to discuss and debate Council File # 14-1174-S12.  Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima / Public Infrastructure Improvements / CRA/LA Excess Bond Proceeds.  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k9.  The VNNC to discuss and debate Council File # 13-1103-S1 14415 Sylvan Street / Old Fire Station 39 / Exploring Potential Economic Development.  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k10.  The VNNC to discuss and debate Council File #16-0121.  6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Suites A,C,D and E / Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center / Connect the Dots Van Nuys Event / Aria Lands Institute / Pacoima Beautiful / LA County Bicycle Coalition.  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k11.  The VNNC to discuss and debate Council File # 10-1751.  Van Nuys Airport Industrial Core Public Safety Improvement Plan.  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k12.  The VNNC to discuss and debate Council File # 11-0897.  Van Nuys Central Business District Community Design Overlay District / Allowable Signage.  The VNNC to submit a CIS in regards to this Council File.
k13.  The VNNC to reach out and establish a working relationship with the Affordable Housing Commission,  Meeting Time: 3rd Wednesday of every month, at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm,  Meeting Location: City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Room 1070.  The VNNC to elect and/or appoint a liaison to be the main contact person between the VNNC and the aforementioned Board/Commission.  The VNNC to invite the Chair of the aforementioned Board/Commission to participate in our “Distinguished Speakers Series.”  The VNNC to come up with and address three issues the Board/Commission and the VNNC can collaborate on for the betterment of the community. The VNNC to submit a Community Impact Statement to the Board/Commission in regards to the actions established on this agenda item at our Council Meeting.
k14.  The VNNC to reach out and establish a working relationship with the Airport Commissioners.  Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.  Meeting Location: LAX, Board Room, #107, Administration Building.  The VNNC to elect and/or appoint a liaison to be the main contact person between the VNNC and the aforementioned Board/Commission.  The VNNC to invite the Chair of the aforementioned Board/Commission to participate in our “Distinguished Speakers Series.”  The VNNC to come up with and address three issues the Board/Commission and the VNNC can collaborate on for the betterment of the community. The VNNC to submit a Community Impact Statement to the Board/Commission in regards to the actions established on this agenda item at our Council Meeting.
k15.  The VNNC to reach out and establish a working relationship with the Board of Animal Services,  Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Monday at 10:00 a.m.  Meeting Location: City Hall, Room 1060  The VNNC to elect and/or appoint a liaison to be the main contact person between the VNNC and the aforementioned Board/Commission.  The VNNC to invite the Chair of the aforementioned Board/Commission to participate in our “Distinguished Speakers Series.”  The VNNC to come up with and address three issues the Board/Commission and the VNNC can collaborate on for the betterment of the community. The VNNC to submit a Community Impact Statement to the Board/Commission in regards to the actions established on this agenda item at our Council Meeting.
k16.  The VNNC to reach out and establish a working relationship with the Area Planning Commission (APC) / South Valley,  Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.  Meeting Location: Marvin Braude San Fernando Valley Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., 1st Floor Mtg. Room The VNNC to elect and/or appoint a liaison to be the main contact person between the VNNC and the aforementioned Board/Commission.  The VNNC to invite the Chair of the aforementioned Board/Commission to participate in our “Distinguished Speakers Series.”  The VNNC to come up with and address three issues the Board/Commission and the VNNC can collaborate on for the betterment of the community. The VNNC to submit a Community Impact Statement to the Board/Commission in regards to the actions established on this agenda item at our Council Meeting.
k17.  The VNNC to reach out and establish a working relationship with the Building and Safety Commissioners, Meeting Time: Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.  Meeting Location: 201 N. Figueroa St., Room 900The VNNC to elect and/or appoint a liaison to be the main contact person between the VNNC and the aforementioned Board/Commission.  The VNNC to invite the Chair of the aforementioned Board/Commission to participate in our “Distinguished Speakers Series.”  The VNNC to come up with and address three issues the Board/Commission and the VNNC can collaborate on for the betterment of the community. The VNNC to submit a Community Impact Statement to the Board/Commission in regards to the actions established on this agenda item at our Council Meeting.
k18.  The VNNC to reach out and establish a working relationship with the Building and Safety Commissioners, Meeting Time: Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.  Meeting Location: 201 N. Figueroa St., Room 900The VNNC to elect and/or appoint a liaison to be the main contact person between the VNNC and the aforementioned Board/Commission.  The VNNC to invite the Chair of the aforementioned Board/Commission to participate in our “Distinguished Speakers Series.”  The VNNC to come up with and address three issues the Board/Commission and the VNNC can collaborate on for the betterment of the community. The VNNC to submit a Community Impact Statement to the Board/Commission in regards to the actions established on this agenda item at our Council Meeting.
k19.  The VNNC to continue to use the exact language from the last five agenda items, with considerations for the following Boards/Commissions. (See Below)  The VNNC to reach out and establish a working relationship with the following Boards/Commissions  The VNNC to elect and/or appoint a liaison to be the main contact person between the VNNC and the aforementioned Board/Commission.  The VNNC to invite the Chair of the aforementioned Board/Commission to participate in our “Distinguished Speakers Series.”  The VNNC to come up with and address three issues the Board/Commission and the VNNC can collaborate on for the betterment of the community. The VNNC to submit a Community Impact Statement to the Board/Commission in regards to the actions established on this agenda item at our Council Meeting.
k19a.  Citizens Committee for the Selection of the Executive Director of the Office of Public Accountability — Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 2:00 pm — Meeting Location: City Hall, Room 1060
k19b.  Civil Service Commissioners, Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. — Meeting Location: 700 E. Temple St., Room 350
 
k19c.  Community and Family Services, Commission for — Meeting Time: First Monday of every month at 10:00 a.m to 12:00 pm — Meeting Location: City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Room 1060
k19d.  Community Forest Advisory Committee — Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of every month at 1:00 p.m. — Meeting Location: City Hall, 200 N. Spring St. – BPW Rm. 361
k19e.  Convention and Tourism Development, Board of Los Angeles — Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. — Meeting Location: 1201 S. Figueroa St., LA Convention Center Exec. Board Rm.
k19f.  Cultural Affairs Commission — Meeting Time: 3rd Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: 201 N. Figueroa St., Ste. 1400
k19g. Cultural Heritage Commission — Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. — Meeting Location: City Hall, Room 1010
k19h.  Disability, Commission on — Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: 200 N. Spring St., BPW, Room 350
k19i.  Disabled Access Appeals Commission — Meeting Time: Thursdays at 10:00 
k19j.  El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority — Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Thursday at 2:00 p.m. — Meeting Location: 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Biscailuz Building, Basement
k19k.  Employee Relations Board — Meeting Time: 4th Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: City Hall East, 200 N. Main St., Room 1100
k19l.  Ethics Commission, City — Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. — Meeting Location: City Hall, Room 1060
k19m.  Fire and Police Pension Commissioners, Board of — Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.  Meeting Location: 701 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
l.  The VNNC to recap the goals of winning every award given by the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC).  The VNNC to come up with a plan to shine by being the #1 Neighborhood Council in all of Los Angeles.  The VNNC to establish ten (10) categories that City Hall can judge Neighborhood Councils, then submit the list to DONE and the Los Angeles City Council.  The VNNC to completely dominate the NC scene, and be #1 in every category. 
 
m.  Any additional items for the agenda, additional comments, or anything else for council consideration.
  
8. Public Comment (on matters within the VNNC Board’s jurisdiction.) *Speaker Cards: 2 minutes, 1 Public Comment Time. (This includes speaker cards on any and all agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per Stakeholders and Councilmembers alike.)
 
9. Announcements
10. Adjournment

VNNC Outreach Chair Maria Skelton Celebrating Martin Luther King Day last Monday

Amended Special Joint Board Budget and Finance Committee Meeting Agenda – January 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

www.VNNC.org

Amended Special Joint Board Budget and Finance Meeting Agenda

January 10, 2018 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center 6262 Van Nuys Blvd

Van Nuys, CA 91401

  1. Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America and Roll Call
  2. Reports from Public Officials/Departments/Community Agencies (10 minutes)
  3. General Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items within the Board’s Jurisdiction (up to two minutes per speaker)
  4. Old Business
    1. a)  The VNNC to look into hiring Wendy Moore of Moore Business Results. The VNNC to continue to discuss possible work assignments for Ms. Wendy Moore, including marketing and email address capturing, web administrator duties, and press release distribution. The VNNC to vote on the expenditure of $350 a month.
    2. b)  The VNNC to formally elect Committee Chairs at the January General Meeting. The VNNC to publicly discuss the roles of the committees, and potentially setting a list of 3-5 goals for the committee to accomplish in 2018. The VNNC also to consider giving each committee a budget of $1000 for operating expenses and miscellaneous needs. (NTE $6000)
    3. c)  The VNNC to continue hosting a “Taste Of Van Nuys” at its January General Meeting. The VNNC to pick one ethnically diverse restaurant per month in order to sample the delicious dishes from the businesses that make up the community of Van Nuys. The VNNC to continue to reach out to different restaurants and businesses in Van Nuys to continue the “Taste Of Van Nuys” at least once a month. (NTE $150 a month)
  5. New Business

a) The bureau of Street Services scheduled a Small Asphalt Repairs (SAR) truck for the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council District to perform small asphalt repairs
on 02/12/18, The VNNC to submit our top 15 nominations for consideration and forward the completed form to bss.nnci@lacity.org by 01/29/18

b)  Discussion and possible action for the VNNC to hire a certified court reporter to transcribe an interview of the VNNC Board member in regards to a possible litigation mater NTE $750.00.

c)  Discussion and possible action for a NPG from Southern California Preparedness Foundation for 6 Lenova T400 refurnished laptop for upcoming Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair. NTE $669.17

d)  Discussion and possible action for a NPG from Southern California Preparedness Foundation for 12 MURS Two-way radios, 12 speaker mics and accessories for upcoming Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair. NTE $1,070.65

6. Board Comments on Non-Agenda Items (10 minute)

7. Adjournment

Budget and Finance Committee Agenda January 10 2018

VNNC General Board Meeting featuring Cuban Food & Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian – January 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Christmas giveaway event organized by VNNC board member Maria Skelton featuring a group picture of Delano Park staff, fellow VNNC board member Jeanette Hopp, Angie Armayo of State Assemblyman Adrin Narzarian and Eduardo “Duke” Perez (holding a certificate).

My Fellow Citizens, 

The Van Nuys Council will be having our January General Meeting this coming Wednesday in our Council Chambers.  As you know, we meet at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard the second Wednesday of every month, so please come by and voice your concerns and goals for our community in 2018 and beyond.
 
Thank you for your continued interest in Van Nuys, the San Fernando Valley, and the Los Angeles area.  Our meeting will promptly start at 7:00pm and we will be done by midnight.  I invite you to get more involved with the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, and maybe possibly apply to become a “Council Ambassador” in the future.
 
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

General Meeting Agenda (VNNC)

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
January 10th, 2018 (Wednesday 7:00pm – 11:59pm)
6262 Van Nuys Blvd — Van Nuys, CA 91401
Council Chambers @ Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center

1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America
2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
3. Comments from the Chair (President) of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
4. Secretary’s Report — Jeanette Hopp  — Approval of December Minutes 
5. Treasurer’s Report — Veronica Marin and/or Second Signatory — Approve Treasurer’s Report & Monthly Expenditure Reports (MER) from December 2017
6. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report, Elected Officials’ Reports & Election Chair’s Report
7. New Business
a. The VNNC to feature State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian in its ongoing “Distinguished Speaker Series.”  The Assemblyman will address the Council for 15 minutes, with a question and answer session to follow the speech.  The VNNC will also take 5 minutes to brainstorm with the Assemblyman and come up with four new ways to collaborate with his office in 2018. 
b. The VNNC to look into hiring Wendy Moore of Moore Business Results.  The VNNC to continue to discuss possible work assignments for Ms. Wendy Moore, including marketing, email address capturing and press release distribution.  The VNNC to vote on the expenditure of $350 a month.  (Funding NTE $350) 
 
c. The VNNC to formally elect Committee Chairs at the January General Meeting.  The VNNC to publicly discuss the roles of the committees, and potentially setting a list of 3-5 goals for the committee to accomplish in 2018.  The VNNC also to consider giving each committee a budget of $1000 for operating expenses and miscellaneous needs.  (NTE $6000)
d. The VNNC to continue hosting a “Taste Of Van Nuys” at its January General Meeting.  The VNNC to pick one ethnically diverse restaurant per month in order to sample the delicious dishes from the businesses that make up the community of Van Nuys.  The VNNC to continue to reach out to different restaurants and businesses in Van Nuys to continue the “Taste Of Van Nuys” at least once a month.  (NTE $150 a month)
e. The VNNC to vote on and take action on filling the one remaining vacant council seat currently on the roster.  The VNNC to also consider making the seats an “At-Large” designation until the end of the term of the seat, as to make it easier to fill for those that seek to represent their community.
f. Discussion and Possible Action. 7002-7004 Van Nuys Blvd. Mixed Use Development, Vesting Zoning Change. Requesting to allow a zoning change from [T][Q] C2-1L to RAS4-1L to permit a new construction for a 170-unit mixed used development. Case no#: CPC- 2017-0737. (Zachary Andrews/ three6ixty.)  
g. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on proposal from Councilman Mike Browning.  The language is as follows: “Currently there are large blue recycling dumpsters on Van Nuys streets in front of multi-family housing units.  The dumpster are attracting graffiti and illegal dumping.  The dumpsters are always on the street and sometimes block available parking spaces.  I propose a VNNC discussion on the policy for the recycling dumpsters and suggestions on improving it. it would be great if a City representative could participate in the discussion.”
h. The VNNC to begin to generate and brand the Van Nuys area to create a specific identity and neighborhood feel.  The VNNC to establish the “Official Flower of Van Nuys” as well as the “Official Motto Of Van Nuys” and the “Official Mineral of Van Nuys.” For example the California State Flower is the golden poppy.  (Background information: Official State Flower of California — The California poppy (Eschscholzia Californica) was designated the state flower of California in 1903. Also known as the flame flower, la amapola, and copa de oro (cup of gold), the California poppy grows wild throughout the state. Native Americans in California valued the poppy as a food source and for the oil extracted from the plant.  Every year, April 6 is California Poppy Day and May 13th – 18th is Poppy Week. Gold is a theme in California symbols; the state colors are blue and gold, the state nickname is The Golden State, and gold is the official state mineral.)
i. The VNNC to completely and official review the bylaws and the amended changes.  The VNNC to discuss once again all bylaws and amended changes.  The VNNC to vote on and accept the current bylaws before the council, and all amended changes.
j. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the proposed language.  “Under Article V Governing Board 1) Section 7: Absences, (the language was changed to) {(Any Director who misses three (3) unexcused consecutive regular board meetings in any six (6) month period may be subject to removal by majority vote of the Board.)}”
k. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the proposed language. “2) Under Article V Governing Board Section 3: Selection of Officers (the language was changed to ) Section 12: Selection of Officers {The Board will elect its Officers every two (2) years by simple majority vote by the Directors present at the General Board meeting. The selection of Officers will take place in July of that year.(starting in 2019, then 2021, followed by 2023 etc.////The wording “The selection of Officers will take place in July of every odd number year.” was also acceptable)} (there already is a Section 3 in Article V).
l. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the proposed language. “3) Under Article V Governing Board Section 4: Officer Terms (the language was changed to ) Section 13: Officer Terms {(The Officers shall serve a term of two (2) years. There are no term limits.)} ( there already is a Section 4 in Article V).”
m.  The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the new “Council Ambassador” program being proposed by Councilman George Thomas.  The VNNC to consider offering these positions to 30 prominent community leaders in the area, as well as others that may qualify.  The VNNC to also look into designing a sash for new Council Ambassadors. (NTE $1000)
n. The VNNC to nominate and vote for Mr. Hendry to become the  VNNC HISTORIAN.  Mr Hendry has served 13 years as a Van Nuys Councilman.  Mr HENDRY needs “title and acknowledgement”  for his application to AMTRAK–NAT PARK SERVICE “Trails to Rails” docents on the COAST STARLIGHT. 
o. Discussion and possible action for the VNNC to hire a certified court reporter to transcribe an interview of a VNNC Boardmember in regards to a possible litigation matter.  (NTE $750).
8. Public Comment (on matters within the VNNC Board’s jurisdiction.) *Speaker Cards: 2 minutes, 1 Public Comment Time. (This includes speaker cards on any and all agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per Stakeholders and Councilmembers alike.) 
9. Announcements
10. Adjournment

January Executive Committee Meeting 2018

Executive Committee Agenda (VNNC)

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
January 3rd, 2018 (Wednesday 6:30 – 7:50pm)

6250 Sylmar Street — Van Nuys, CA 91401 Van Nuys Public Library

1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America
2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
3. Comments from the Chair (President) of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
4. Secretary’s Report — Jeanette Hopp — Approval of October Minutes & Approval of November Minutes (2 separate votes)
5. Treasurer’s Report — Veronica Marin and/or Second Signatory — Approve Treasurer’s Report & Monthly Expenditure Reports (MER) from December 2017
6. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report, Elected Officials’ Reports & Election Chair’s Report

7. New Business

a. The VNNC to feature State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian in its ongoing “Distinguished Speaker Series.” The Assemblyman will address the Council for 15 minutes, with a question and answer session to follow the speech. The VNNC will also take 5 minutes to brainstorm with the Assemblyman and come up with four new ways to collaborate with his office in 2018.

b. The VNNC to look into hiring Wendy Moore of Moore Business Results. The VNNC to continue to discuss possible work assignments for Ms. Wendy Moore, including marketing and email address capturing, web administrator duties, and press release distribution. The VNNC to vote on the expenditure of $350 a month. (Funding NTE $350)

c. The VNNC to formally elect Committee Chairs at the January General Meeting. The VNNC to publicly discuss the roles of the committees, and potentially setting a list of 3-5 goals for the committee to accomplish in 2018. The VNNC also to consider giving each committee a budget of $1000 for operating expenses and miscellaneous needs. (NTE $6000)

   d. The VNNC to continue hosting a “Taste Of Van Nuys” at its January General Meeting. The VNNC to pick one ethnically diverse restaurant per month in order to sample the delicious dishes from the businesses that make up the community of Van Nuys. The VNNC to continue to reach out to different restaurants and businesses in Van Nuys to continue the “Taste Of Van Nuys” at least once a month. (NTE $150 a month)

e. The VNNC to adopt language from 10 different Community Impact Statements.

f. The VNNC to vote on and take action on filling the one remaining vacant council seat currently on the roster. The VNNC to also consider making the seats an “At-Large” designation until the end of the term of the seat, as to make it easier to fill for those that seek to represent their community.

h. Discussion and Possible Action. 7002-7004 Van Nuys Blvd. Mixed Use Development, Vesting Zoning Change. Requesting to allow a zoning change from [T][Q] C2-1L to RAS4-1L to permit a new construction for a 170-unit mixed used development. Case no#: CPC- 2017-0737. (Zachary Andrews/ three6ixty.)

i. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on proposal from Councilman Mike Browning. The language is as follows: “Currently there are large blue recycling dumpsters on Van Nuys streets in front of multi-family housing units. The dumpster are attracting graffiti and illegal dumping. The dumpsters are always on the street and sometimes block available parking spaces. I propose a VNNC discussion on the policy for the recycling dumpsters and suggestions on improving it. it would be great if a City representative could participate in the discussion.”

j. The VNNC to begin to generate and brand the Van Nuys area to create a specific identity and neighborhood feel. The VNNC to establish the “Official Flower of Van Nuys” as well as the “Official Motto Of Van Nuys” and the “Official Mineral of Van Nuys.” For example the California State Flower is the golden poppy. (Background information: Official State Flower of California — The California poppy (Eschscholzia Californica) was designated the state flower of California in 1903. Also known as the flame flower, la amapola, and copa de oro (cup of gold), the California poppy grows wild throughout the state. Native Americans in California valued the poppy as a food source and for the oil extracted from the plant. Every year, April 6 is California Poppy Day and May 13th – 18th is Poppy Week. Gold is a theme in California symbols; the state colors are blue and gold, the state nickname is The Golden State, and gold is the official state mineral.)

k. The VNNC to completely and official review the bylaws and the amended changes. The VNNC to discuss once again all bylaws and amended changes. The VNNC to vote on and accept the current bylaws before the council, and all amended changes.

l. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the proposed language. “Under Article V Governing Board 1) Section 7: Absences, (the language was changed to) {(Any Director who misses three (3) unexcused consecutive regular board meetings in any six (6) month period may be subject to removal by majority vote of the Board.)}”

m. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the proposed language. “2) Under Article V Governing Board Section 3: Selection of Officers (the language was changed to ) Section 12: Selection of Officers {The Board will elect its Officers every two (2) years by simple majority vote by the Directors present at the General Board meeting. The selection of Officers will take place in July of that year.(starting in 2019, then 2021, followed by 2023 etc.////The wording “The selection of Officers will take place in July of every odd number year.” was also acceptable)} (there already is a Section 3 in Article V).

   n. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the proposed language. “3) Under Article V Governing Board Section 4: Officer Terms (the language was changed to ) Section 13: Officer Terms {(The Officers shall serve a term of two (2) years. There are no term limits.)} ( there already is a Section 4 in Article V).”

o. The VNNC to discuss and take possible action on the new “Council Ambassador” program being proposed by Councilman George Thomas. The VNNC to consider offering these positions to 30 prominent community leaders in the area, as well as others that may qualify.

p. Additional items being submitted from other Committee Chairs, other Van Nuys Councilmembers, or the general public at large.

8. Public Comment (on matters within the VNNC Board’s jurisdiction.) *Speaker Cards: 2 minutes, 1 Public Comment Time. (This includes speaker cards on any and all agenda items — a limit of 10 minutes for the entire meeting per Stakeholders and Councilmembers alike.)

9. Announcements

10. Adjournment

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Christmas Gift Giveaway @ Delano Park 2017 – December 24, 2017

Yesterday, VNNC Board Members Maria Skelton & Jeanette Hopp join forces yesterday with Angie Armayo of State Assemblyman Adrin Narzarian in the 46th District of California, Delano Central Park, Eduardo “Duke” Perez – who went door to door in the neighborhood to notify the community the event the night before with a flyer in a Santa Claus suit, Your Way Out Bail Bonds, Your Freedom Bail Bonds and Bail Out Bail Bonds for free Christmas gifts giveaway event at Delano Park.

Many gifts were distributed at yesterday’s event and seeing the happy faces of children choosing their gifts brings warm thoughts to everyone who were involved in this event. Special thanks to Daniel Hernandez, director of Delano Park, and his staff in putting this all together and the families who attended the event.

This is the second annual event for the community. Merry Christmas from the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.