2019 began a new chapter for the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council as we held an election, thanked outgoing members for their service and swore in new members in June. We have had a change in leadership, electing new officers and new committee chairs have stepped up. Everyone is working on learning how to work together and be mindful of how Neighborhood Councils are to function.
Our focus is to give stakeholders the opportunity to consider and make their voice heard on a few key issues each meeting, allowing the Board to then vote on sending a Community Impact Statement to City Council which is the official way we are able to represent our constituents.
Topics we have heard and weighed in on include:
- Supported a call to LADWP to adopt a 100% real, clean energy by 2030 scenario as part of its ongoing 100% Renewable Study
- Supported completing an Environmental Impact Study for the Bus Rapid Transit in North San Fernando Valley
- Supported Permanent Supportive Housing at 14142 W Vanowen with 64 units in a currently vacant lot
- Supported a Vacancy Tax as a strategy to increase the amount of homes available to rent.
Supported Medicare for All
- Bridge Housing for 7700-7798 Van Nuys Blvd
Our committees are up and running and an easy way for you to plug in and make a difference. From Beautification to Planning and Land Use, we have something for everyone. Check them out here: https://vnnc.org/board/committees/
“My 2020 Vision is to support Van Nuys to grow and flourish, making it a safer place to live and a shining example of success and resilience,” shares VNNC President Sam Woolf.
All of our meetings are open to the public and present you will an opportunity to share in our public exchange of ideas so that we might collectively make our Van Nuys voice heard! Join us second Wednesdays at 7pm at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys. For more information please contact info@VNNC.org.
The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council invites you to bring a new unwrapped toy for newborns to age 10 worth at least $10 to our meeting on Wednesday, December 11. A toy bin will be provided at the meeting! Toys collected will helps support pediatric patients at our Van Nuys Pediatric Health Center!
About NEVHC – NEVHC is one of the nation’s largest community health centers providing care for the uninsured and medically underserved residents in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. Our young patients are some of the most vulnerable residents of our community.
November 21, 2019 the Los Angeles Planning Commission voted to approve the permanent supportive housing project called The Confianza proposed for 14142 Vanowen St, which we discussed at our November 13 meeting.
The Confianza will be managed and operated by Skid Row Housing Trust. The project will have a total of 64 units – 63 of which are Permanent Supportive Housing, with one market rate manager’s unit. Construction for this project is tentatively scheduled to begin in September 2020.
According to UrbanizeLA, “The Gensler-designed complex would consist of five residential structures surrounding a rear-facing courtyard. A series of pedestrian bridges would connect the buildings on their upper floors.”
Many thanks to all who attended the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Town Hall Meeting on September 11th. Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to postpone our normal board meeting until September 18, 2019. Please come and join us at 7:00pm in a great new location: The State Office Building Auditorium on 6150 Van Nuys Boulevard.
Topics we plan to discuss include:
- Metro Bus Rapid Transit Project in the North San Fernando Valley
- Medicare for all
- Vacancy Tax
September 18, 2019 Special Board Meeting Agenda
On Wednesday, June 12 our newly elected Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Board was sworn in by City Council Member Paul Krekorian who also brought us an update from City Hall and took questions. Among his notable news was that City Council has banned discrimination for rentals on the basis of the tenant having a Section 8 Voucher. It is hoped that this step will accelerate housing for the homeless.
The Board then elected new officers and filled two vacant seats. We welcome new members:
Riguey Mercado, At-Large Resident Representative Zone 1 (2021)
Sandy Moreno, Non-Profit #1 Representative (2021)
Three vacant seats remain. We invite qualified candidates to apply with this VNNC Boardmember Application. Please email your application by June 27, 5pm.
- School representative
- At large commercial business owner or employee Seat 2 & Seat 4
Our new Officers are:
Existing board members were thanked for their service with certificates by our elected officials.