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VNNC Executive Board Meeting – March 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Executive Committee Meeting Agenda

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (March General Council Meeting) March 5th, 2018 (Monday 6:30pm – 8:00pm)
6250 Sylmar Avenue — 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 February Minutes)
5. Treasurer’s Report — Veronica Marin and/or Second Signatory — Approve Treasurer’s Report (Approval of February’s Monthly Expenditure Report (MER))
6. Committee Chairperson’s Reports, Budget Advocate’s Report, Elected Officials’ Reports, Election Chair’s Report, City Attorney’s Report, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Report, Comments & Further Discussions

7. New Business
a. Venessa with Precision Concrete Cutting will present the concept of creating a sidewalk repair

program for the entire neighborhood, where residents and business owners work together to complete the repairs. They have worked with other communities and the results have went well. They have been helping communities and cities repair & develop safe and ADA compliant sidewalk plans for over a decade. Venessa will have 10 minutes to discuss how we can assist the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council have safer sidewalks in the community.

b. The VNNC to feature Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu in it’s ongoing “Distinguished Speaker Series.” The Councilman will address the Council for 15 minutes, with a question and answer session to follow up the speech. The VNNC will also take 5 minutes to brain storm with the Councilman and come up with four new ways to collaborate with his organization in 2018.

c. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 13-0192, TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE REPORT relative to the formulation of a multiple-provider carshare fixed-space and point-to-point carshare permit program. Passed 13 to 0 at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

d. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 16-1178, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY COMMITTEES’ REPORT relative to the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) Expansion Pilot Program combining rapid re-housing and transitional social enterprise jobs for homeless individuals in the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles Regions. Passed 13 to 0 at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

e. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 16-1178-S1, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY COMMITTEES’ REPORT relative to authorizing the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) to access $1,000,000 of earmarked Unappropriated Balance (UB) funds from the 2017-18 Adopted Budget for implementation of the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) 3.0 Program. Passed 12 to 0 at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

f. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 18-0087, BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT relative to determining the extent of errors in the calculation and allocation of sales tax throughout the City of Los Angeles, and options for remedies. Passed 12 to 0 at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

g. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 18-0044, HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY COMMITTEE REPORT relative to the use of Parking Lot 5, at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (El Pueblo), for temporary use as emergency shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Passed 12 to 0 at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

h. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 09-0969, CONTINUED CONSIDERATION OF EXEMPTION, PLANNING AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT and ORDINANCE FIRST CONSIDERATION relative to amending Sections 19.00 through 19.10 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) to update fees for applications and appeals for planning approvals. Passed 12 to 0 at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

i. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 17-1438, PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE REPORT relative to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grant. Passed 12 to 0 at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

j. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 18-0002-S8, RULES, ELECTIONS, AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT and RESOLUTION relative to establishing the City’s position regarding the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposal to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire. Passed 12 to 0 at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

k. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 17-1105-S1, MOTION (ENGLANDER – BUSCAINO) relative to approval of funding instructions to facilitate the purchase of maritime response equipment to be used by first responders in the event of a terrorist incident. Passed 12 to 0 at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

l. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 18-0128, Focus Towards Developing Successful Local Business Practices and Opportunities/Local Business Preference Program/Business Inclusion Program: Introduced on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and referred to the Ad Hoc on Comprehensive Job Creation Plan Committee.

m. TheVNNCtodiscussanddebatethefollowingCouncilFilefromtheLosAngelesCityCouncil. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 18-0127, Task Force on 21st Century Policing/ Guiding Principles on Use of Force/Obama Administration Introduced on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and referred to the Ad Hoc Committee on Police Reform.

n. The VNNC to discuss and debate the following Council File from the Los Angeles City Council. The VNNC to take an official formal position on the following Council File. The VNNC to file a Community Impact Statement (CIS) on this Council File. ACTION ITEM. Council File 17-0878-S4, RecycLA Program/Exit Exclusive Waste Franshise/NonFunctioning Program Introduced on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and referred to the Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice Committee.

o. Approval of Public Storage Redevelopment 15350 W. Oxnard, Van Nuys ZA 2017-4087. Demolition of 51,220 on a two-story mini warehouse constructed in 1977, 92,328 SF structure built in 2003 will remain, two new 3 story mini warehouses will be constructed, totaling 223,104 SF for total project size 315, 432 SF. Project to include 81 parking spaces.

p. Approval of Starbucks at 7040 N. Sepulveda. ZA 2017-4879, Conditional Use Permit for a 2,200 Sf restaurant with drive thru services and outdoor seating with operations from 4:00-12:00AM. Starbucks will re-use existing monument sign and pylon sign along Sepulveda.

q. Approval of California West Coast Paint & Body Shop, 5060 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90019, Kar Machine Inc. for the development of 6853-6859 Hazeltine into 18 small lot subdivision homes.

r. Quirino de la Cuesta voluntarily assisting PLUM Committee in the capacity of an observer to post approved renderings, narrative description of projects, applicant timelines on the VNNC website. Mr. de la Cuesta attending and supports assisting PLUM Committee with all web related issues. The PLUM Committee has elected Penny Meyer to the role of Co-Chair and thanks her for unflinching support of the PLUM Committee and numerous projects that will benefit VNY for years to come.

s. Discussion and update from Cristina Coria, Councilmen Martinez Office on the store front leasing

t. The VNNC to undertake the formal process of remodeling the pergola in front of the LAPD station. The VNNC to design office space for the Council, as well as a replica of the White House Cabinet Room and Oval Office which would be life size and be used as a museum of sorts. This item shall be discussed at the PLUM Committee with official Memo and graphics.

u. The VNNC to support the Center for Assault Treatment Services on Oxnard. This organization is dedicated to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. CATS to request $2,500 and Council sponsorship.”

v. Any additional items, comments, questions or things of interest for the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. Any funding items, requests for funds, or things that need to be funded.

w. The VNNC to officially declare and vote on the membership of the standing committees. The VNNC to formally decide the responsibilities of the committees, and the normal meeting times of our committees. The VNNC to turn over to City Hall and DONE the membership list of the committees. The VNNC to adhere to all requirements from City Hall in regards to the need for committee information and membership requirements. The VNNC to also brief Committee Chairpersons on what to do and when, and how in regards to the Ralph M. Brown Act. ACTION ITEM.

x. The VNNC to fill the vacant council seat left by Marcela Rodriguez moving to the United Arab Emirates. The VNNC to continue to have 21 councilmembers and have a full serving board. The VNNC to represent the community in every way shape and form by having all 21 councilmembers be actively involved in the neighborhood happenings of Braude Mall.

y. The VNNC to fill the 5 alternate Council seats. The VNNC to require the alternate councilmembers be fully trained by all regulations and requirements from Los Angeles City Hall. The VNNC alternate councilmembers also to be fully trained by the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Ralph M. Brown Act. The VNNC to vote in the new alternate councilmembers at our March general meeting.

z. The VNNC to take a moment of silence to reflect on it’s greatness. The VNNC to discuss and debate on how difficult it was to become #1 in the City of Los Angeles, and how coming together as a people and a community has benefited the local area. The VNNC to set the NEW STANDARD of greatness in the City of Los Angeles. The VNNC to behold it’s own greatness, if just for a moment, then get back to work representing the people. The VNNC to make sure and ensure that “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from this Earth.” ACTION ITEM.

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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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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VNNC Joint Board Executive Committee Meeting – October 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

VAN NUYS Neighborhood Council

Joint Board Executive Committee Meeting Agenda

October 2, 2017 (Monday 6:30- 8:30 pm)

Marvin Braude Constituent Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401-2707

  1. Call To Order & Pledge Of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Executive Officer and Committee Chair Reports
    • A. President’s Report- Jeffrey Lynn
      • 1) Comments from the Chair — Speaker’s Times, Cell Phones, Conversations, Correspondence Received and approval of minutes. Introductions of first time attending stakeholders. *)
    • B. Secretary’s Report — Jeanette Hopp
      • 1) Approval of the Minutes of all missing VNNC Executive Committee Meeting Minutes not approved from April 2016-November 2016
    • C. Treasurer’s Report — Veronica Marin and/or Jeanette Hopp (Second Signer)
      • 1) Approve Treasurer’s Report
    • D. Vice-President’s Report – Jason Ackerman
    • E. Reports From Committee Chairs regarding Items NOT on the Agenda
  4. New Business of the Executive Committee
    • A. Exhaustive Efforts Update 1) Discussion of timing and mechanics of election of VNNC executive officers as well as their duties. 2) Discussion and possible action of updating the VNNC By-Laws
    • B. Other Items of New Business
      • 1) The VNNC to Discuss and take possible action on the East Valley Rapid Transit Corridor so as to meet the comment period closing October 30, 2017 (https://www.metro.net/projects/east-sfv/ ) Motion: The VNNC to submit the following as a formal letter to Metro Regarding the East Valley Rapid Transit Project:
        • a. The VNNC Strongly Supports “Alternative 4” (High Floor Light Rail Train with 14 Stops), as it will be of maximum long-term benefit to Van Nuys and its neighboring communities along Van Nuys Blvd. The VNNC has been carefully vnnc.org studying other Light Rail Projects both completed, and in the process of completion in Los Angeles County and in Southern California and strongly recommends the following be studied.
          • i. That the route be Grade-Separated (above and/or below the surface of the street) for no less than 50% of its length (like the Crenshaw Line) and that above-grade sections be built with the smallest structural footprint possible, so as to preserve the maximum amount of space for ground-based mobility and minimize the negative impacts of having trains and cars sharing the same space.
          • ii. The Platforms should be built to accommodate 6-Car Trains. The Expo Line has shown the perils of thinking too small and we see the eventual SFV to LAX Line Carrying Red-Line Levels of riders once phases 2 and 3 are completed. iii. (c) Make sure that the “Sepulveda Pass” project is of the same Technology as the East Valley Rapid Transit Corridor so as to allow single seat rides between the SFV and the Westside and eventually LAX.
        • b. The VNNC Understands that if Rail is chosen a Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) will need to be built and :
          • i. The VNNC strongly Opposes MSF Option A (straddling the Orange Line between Kester Avenue and Vesper Avenue). This is a thriving Industrial and artisanal area that if chosen would displace dozens of small businesses and hundreds of workers that add tremendous value to the area and the community.
          • ii. The VNNC strongly suggests Metro pursue MSF Option B (south of the Metrolink tracks on the west side of Van Nuys Boulevard) or Option C (north of the Metrolink tracks on the west side of Van Nuys Boulevard) either site would benefit Metro as it would be roughly in the center of the route for Phase 1which minimizes the distance cars would have to travel to the southern or northern terminus.
          • iii. The VNNC also recommends that Metro consider acquiring 7600 Tyrone Ave from LADWP, which is and has for years been vacant and would be a far more suitable third option than ‘Option A.’
      • 2) Discussion of Election to fill Youth Seat vacated by Austin Noll.
  5. Items of New Business that Have Been Heard in Committees; Determination of eligibility of items for the Consent Calendar
    • A. Planning and Land Use Management
      • 1) Discussion of possible presentation by new PLUM Committee Member Heather Lee
    • B. Outreach Committee
      • 1) October Anti-Bullying Month Event, NTE $2500.
      • 2) Halloween Event, NTE $300.
      • 3) Thanksgiving Event, NTE $2,000.
      • 4) Holiday Event, NTE $2,000).
      • 5) Van Nuys Neighborhood School Health Fair
    • C. Other Outstanding Committee Items to Include If any vnnc.org 1) Items of New Business that Have Not Been Heard in Other Committees Submitted from the Floor (Items received in this section to be listed in the Minutes of this Meeting)
  6. Public Comment on matters within the VNNC Board’s Jurisdiction Not on the Agenda
  7. Announcements
  8. Adjournment

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