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VNNC Stands in Solidarity with the Armenian People

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council voted at our November 18, 2020 Meeting to issue a Community Impact Statement in solidarity with the Armenian People. The full statement is:

Van Nuys is a home away from home to thousands of Armenian-American residents and numerous businesses, which contribute to the well-being of our community on a daily basis.

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council stands with the Los Angeles City Council in support of our Armenian neighbors, families, coworkers, stakeholders, business owners, and friends to
strongly condemn Azerbaijan’s egregious attacks against the Republic of Artsakh (also known as Nagorno-Karabakh). The VNNC offers our deepest condolences to the people of Armenia and Artsakh. They bravely defended their homeland against Azerbaijan and Turkish-backed foreign mercenaries, facing devastating drone attacks, and enduring atrocities committed by Azeri forces. We stand with Armenia and Artsakh and reaffirm our continued support for Armenia’s democratic government and Artsakh’s right to self-determination.

We urge the United States to immediately re-engage in the Minsk Group process, revisiting an agreement signed without the participation or consent of two of the three OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries – the U.S. and France. We also call upon the U.S. to condemn Azerbaijani and Turkish aggression and to sanction their regimes for war crimes.

We have heard our Armenian-American citizens as they cry out for change and visibility and we stood with them as they advocated peacefully for an end to the conflict. We will not sit by silently as our neighbors grieve while the human rights are being violated among their people by Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Liberty and the right to self-determination are core American values and the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council has a moral obligation to stand up and speak out on behalf of the Armenian-American citizens of Van Nuys and their people who lost innocent lives and are being displaced from their home by the tens of thousands.

The VNNC also acknowledges the Armenian Genocide as a matter of American foreign policy and we recognize the 1915 genocide of over 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. This is a fact, one on which there is no debate. The facts of the genocide were recorded in real time by US diplomats who watched the slaughter in horror. It is unfortunate that presidents from both parties, have issued statements that describe the facts of genocide, but stop short of calling it what it was. The denial of the genocide is an enduring wound to the Armenian people who descended from survivors to build lives here in the United States, in Armenia, and around the world.

For far too long, Turkey has been allowed to exercise a veto on the U.S. government’s recognition of the genocide. The U.S. government, rather than supporting Turkey’s denials, should pressure Turkey to come to terms with its past. A just resolution of the Armenian Genocide would decrease regional tensions, open the door to improved Armenia-Turkey relations, and contribute to an end to the cycle of genocide.

Despite the war waged by Azerbaijan and Turkey in Artsakh, Armenians around the world are one step closer to justice as the Library of Congress announced on October 21, 2020 that it will recognize the Armenian Genocide by amending the catalog entry which previously referred to the Armenian “massacre.” This change comes after both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation recognizing the facts of the Armenian Genocide in 2019.

This change is a significant and important one, a further step in overcoming the decades- long campaign of denial that has silenced too many about this dark period of history. And this decision takes on greater importance because of current events. The genocide of a century ago feels all too present for so many families as Azerbaijan and Turkey committed atrocities in Artsakh and Armenia today. Recognizing genocide is not simply a historic issue, it is a message to Presidents Aliyev and Erdogan that this issue will not be silenced.

Although this Community Impact Statement is non-binding, we do not want to see history repeated and urge the American government to intervene. The VNNC stands in solidarity with the Armenian community in Van Nuys, far and wide.

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Donate a Toy at Our December Meeting

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.

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Van Nuys NC April 10, 2019

Board Members Commended for Service

At our meeting on April 10, 2019 each member received a City Certificate thanking them for  their service to the community.

VNNC President George Thomas celebrated, “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, please allow me to present to you the #1 Council in Los Angeles. Look at us, we did it. There are 99 councils in Los Angeles, and we are #1. It was not easy. Not by a long shot. But the certificates are nice, and it is the only time during the council meetings when people are smiling, if only for a second. #1 and just getting started.”

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