STOP 440 – What’s Next?

Next community meeting: Tuesday, January 24th, 6:30 PM

Granada Hills Women’s Club
10666 White Oak Avenue
Granada Hills, CA 91344

The proposal for a mixed-use development at San Fernando Mission and Woodly has sparked a strong neighborhood reaction.

On Friday January 13, Councilmember Englander met with the developer and some neighborhood representatives (the two neighborhood councils and the Chamber). This effort to decrease the size of the proposed development and to bring the two sides closer together, succeeded only partially.

The developer offered to decrease by a net of 50 apartments, and also changing the mix so that the decrease came from the number of studio apartments. The driveway near the school would also be moved and be separated by a landscape berm, affording greater visibility to cars entering and leaving. The moving of the driveway would also result in the loss of about 2,000 sq ft of commercial space.

The neighborhood representatives did not find this to be sufficient change, so another meeting is to be set. The expectation is that the developer will consider what he heard and come up with perhaps another proposal.

There is a request to move the February 7th hearing date to early April, but the developer must agree. We hope to find out this week what the final date will be.

The topics to be considered at the hearing have broadened to a discussion of the whole project, not just the possible merging of the underlying parcels.

Since this will be the ONLY public hearing (except perhaps for appeals), and since there is an expectation that each speaker will have a very limited time (1 to 2 minutes depending on the number of speakers), it is essential to coordinate efforts so that all topics are covered. That is the main purpose of the meeting January 24th – to coordinate who will speak on what topic.

For participation at some of the neighbor outreach efforts, and to participate in these programs, please contact Esther Chung at stop440inGH@gmail.com.

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ALERT: Governor Declares State of Emergency for Rain-Ravaged Los Angeles

The series of storms that culminated with Sunday’s record-setting rainfall caused millions of dollars in damage to the region.

Gov. Jerry Brown Monday declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles and Orange counties for the powerful winter storms that have caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.

Brown issued emergency proclamations “to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from” the storms, which “have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways,” according to a statement from Brown’s office.

The proclamations direct Caltrans “to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program” and order the Office of Emergency Services to “provide assistance to the counties, as appropriate and based upon damage assessments received from local governments.”

Flooding, mud, and rockslides shut down three freeways and major streets such as Pacific Coast Highway, Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard. The storm toppled trees including one that fell on a car in Pasadena Monday. Falling limbs knocked out power lines, leaving nearly 20,000 people were left without power in the latest storm. And several people had to be rescued from raging rivers and flood control channels. Read more »

Notes on January 13 Meeting with Councilmember Englander

Present at the meeting were Councilmember Englander, Deputy for Land Use Hannah Lee, and other members of CD12 staff; representatives of the developer – Marc Annotti,COO; an attorney; and Erika Iversen of Rosenheim & Associates, a land-use consulting firm.

Also present were representatives of the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council (GHNNC); of the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council (GHSNC); the Old Granada Hills Residents’ Group (OGHRG); and of the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce.

The purpose of the meeting was apparently for Mr Englander to try to bring representatives of the developer and the community closer together in their views of the project.

The councilmember said the developer claims that the project meets the “by right” criteria for the location and the zoning. (see ghnnc.org, “Developer’s Rationale Attachment A). No changes to the Specific Plan (copy available on ghnnc.org) or the Community Plan are requested. No zoning change is required.  Read more »

Speak Out about the Proposed Re-Opening of the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility

The State Department of Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) and the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) are about to give the Gas Company the green light to resume operation of the Aliso Canyon Gas Facility before the cause of the gas well blowout has been determined.  They will be holding a public meeting on February 1 and 2 in Woodland Hills on this matter.  The meetings will be from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm each evening.

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. NOW IS THE TIME TO SHOW UP AND SPEAK UP.

Two public hearings are scheduled to collect public feedback on the proposed well reopening:

Wednesday, February 1, 5:30-9:00pm
Thursday, February 2, 5:30-9:00pm

Hilton Woodland Hills
Trillium Room
6360 Canoga Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

The meeting is being held as required by Senator Pavley’s Senate Bill 380 to provide an opportunity for comment on the findings of the comprehensive gas storage well safety review conducted at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility and on the Division’s proposed minimum and maximum pressure limits for the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility.

The CPUC will be on hand to discuss energy reliability and how to participate in a future proceeding to determine the feasibility of minimizing or eliminating the use of the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility.

Relevant Documents:

The Aliso Canyon Storage Facility comprehensive gas storage well safety review and related documents and information are available on the Division’s website at: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dog/AlisoCanyon/Pages/Well-Detail.aspx.

The proposed minimum and maximum pressure for the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility and related documents and information are available on the Division’s website at: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dog/Pages/AlisoCanyon.aspx.

Information about the range of working gas necessary to ensure safety and reliability for the region will be available on CPUC’s website at: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/aliso/.

City Council Passes Zero Waste LA Program

Zero Waste LA is a new public private partnership designed to address the 3-million tons of waste disposed annually by businesses, consumers and residents. This innovative franchise system establishes a waste and recycling collection program for all commercial, industrial, and large multifamily customers in the City of Los Angeles.

The program, which Councilmembers Paul Koretz and José Huizar introduced as a motion in 2010 and worked on during Huizar’s time as Chair of the Energy & Environment committee, will also ensure fair pricing, improve service and working conditions and help us meet our zero waste goals for Los Angeles. Councilmember Nury Martinez helped usher this long-working policy as an advocate and the recently appointed chair of the E&E committee.

While 70% of L.A.’s waste comes from commercial and apartment buildings, this new program aims to reduce landfill disposal by 1 million tons per year by 2025 and reduce waste by 65% in all 11 of the City’s new service zones! The program will also decrease food waste and provide all Angelenos with Blue Bin access, no matter where they live or work.

Zero Waste LA Goals:
The franchise system and its agreements include these environmental outcomes and service mandates:

  • Reduction of landfill disposal by 1,000,000 tons per year by 2025;
  • Transparent and predictable solid waste and recycling service rates for the next 10-20 years;
  • Quality customer service standards with LASAN monitoring and enforcement;
  • Franchise hauler accountability for program outcomes and customer satisfaction through a series of measures implemented by LASAN, up to and including liquidated damages;
  • Compliance with environmental regulations, including mandatory commercial and organics recycling;
  • Investment of over $200 million in new and improved solid resources infrastructure;
  • Clean fuel vehicles; and
  • Decrease and recycling of food waste, and increase in food rescue.

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TechFair LA

Join the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City’s Entrepreneur in Residence Jason Nazar, for one of the City’s largest Technology Job Fairs taking place on Thursday, January 26th from 11-8pm at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles. The fair will feature 200+ of LA’s premier technology companies looking to hire great candidates in engineering, marketing, sales, and more.

The tech ecosystem in Los Angeles has experienced enormous growth the last few years, marked by record numbers of companies being started, massive funding rounds, and many high-profile acquisitions and exits. With more students graduating with engineering degrees in LA than any other market, there is no better time than now, to stay in LA and work for one of LA’s premiere technology companies.

The event is free to attend for job seekers – you must register to RSVP.

For more information, please visit lamayor.org/TechFairLA

For all City of Los Angeles jobs, please visit lacity.org/find-jobs

Financial Planning for After-Holiday Stress Workshop

Controller Ron Galperin invites you to the Financial Planning for After-Holiday Stress workshop on January 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library.

General Information:
Event: Controller Galperin’s Financial Planning for After-Holiday Stress workshop
Location: North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library – 5211 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Goodie bags for the first 30 people

Attached is a PDF of the flyer so that you may email blast or post on social media and your website about this event. In addition, we encourage everyone to sign up via this link: http://www.lacontroller.org/financial_planning_workshop. Signing up is not mandatory, however, it will give the office an outlook on attendance. Read more »

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