Dear Neighbors and Stakeholders of Granada Hills North:
You may have heard of our upcoming Neighborhood Council Elections for Granada Hills Neighborhood Council. The Neighborhood Council is your liaison with City Hall. We are your voice for issues that affect our community. This is an opportunity for you to engage in the process of electing the members of our wonderful Neighborhood Council.
The elections will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Knollwood Plaza, 11850 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA (Between Lorillard and Midwood). The polls open at 10:00am and close at 4:00pm. Read more »
Our Granada Hills Emergency Plan Event will be held at Granada Hills Charter High School located
10535 Zelzah St. in Rawley Hall.
This meeting will help you to save lives including your own, your families, and your neighbors. The Granada Hills Emergency Plan is dedicated to keep you and your loved ones as safe as possible. During the meeting, you can hear local guest speakers and government officials present helpful information about the following:
Instruction Slideshow on Earthquakes
Local Shelter Locations
Local School Pick Up Instructions
Utility Controls/Fire Instructions
Food and Tool Supply Check List
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Map Your Neighborhood
Your Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance (NCEPA) tells us that during a major catastrophe we will all be on our own for 3 to 14 days or more; our emergency responders (LAPD and LAFD) do not have the resources to take care of all of us. It is up to us to take care of ourselves and each other!
For more information please call Mike Benedetto (818) 723-8087 or visit www.GHSNC.org
Mailing Address: 11024 Balboa Blvd., Box 767; Granada Hills, CA 91344
The Neighborhood Councils of Granada Hills want YOUR input on the update to the General Plan for the City of Los Angeles.
We will be soliciting community feedback on: – Long-Term Growth – Air Quality – Conservation – Housing – Mobility – Noise – Open Space – Public Services and Recreation – Safety – Anything YOU think is important
WHEREAS, on January 06, 2015, Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council recommended that the City of Los Angeles should prohibit all street vending within the City limits;
WHEREAS, on March 01, 2016, Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council reaffirmed its opposition to street vending, and further resolved that if the City of Los Angeles chose to support street vending then Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council would, in principal, support Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition’s conditions on such street vending;
WHEREAS, on February 15, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize the act of vending food and products along the streets of the City of Los Angeles;
WHEREAS, Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council now seeks to provide a more definite statement on the conditions under which the community would support a street vending ordinance for the City of Los Angeles;
WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles is one of the most diverse and populous cities in the world, and is comprised of neighborhoods with such substantially different characters and needs that those neighborhoods will desire significantly different types and amounts of street vending;
WHEREAS, each of the ninety-seven Neighborhood Councils recognized by the City of Los Angeles is in the best place to determine what types, amounts, and locations of street vending their own community will be willing to support, able to maintain, cause the least detrimental effects associated with street vending, and be to the most benefit to the community;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council supports the following conditions and requirements on the permitting of street vending, and urges the Los Angeles City Council to integrate these suggestions into any ordinance in the City of Los Angeles that establishes a legal framework for permitted street vending:
Prior to the City issuing a permit, any applicant seeking a permit should be required to submit to a review and obtain an opinion from the Neighborhood Council(s) wherein they seek to engage in vending activities;
There should be a process for the local Neighborhood Council(s) to be able to recommend to the permitting agency: (a) conditions on the hours of operation, (b) conditions on the location(s) in which the applicant may conduct business within the neighborhood, and (c) conditions on the types of products they may vend;
Prior to a permit-holder being issued a renewal for an existing permit, the permit-holder should be required to return to the local Neighborhood Council(s) and obtain another opinion under the same conditions as for new applications;
There should be different lengths of time that a permit can be valid prior to requiring a renewal depending on whether food it being sold at the location: (a) permits for the sale of non-food (products-only) should be able to be approved for a period of either one-year, two-years, or three-years; and (b) permits for the sale of food and non-food products, or only food, should be renewed every year;
There should be different categories of permit for street vendors that will primarily sell their food and/or products: (a) at a stationary location, or (b) in a manner that is non-stationary (i.e. using handcarts, at multiple temporary locations, using trucks, et cetera);
An applicant seeking a permit for a stationary location should be required to submit a plan that describes: (a) the proposed location of their merchandise, (b) their plan for any deliveries or drop-offs, (c) the proposed locations of any signs, and (d) how their proposed location will permit the free flow of (i) foot traffic, and (ii) automobile traffic;
Any permits issued for a non-stationary street vendor should specifically delineate the boundaries within which they are permitted to vend;
No permit for a stationary street vending location should be issued within 100 feet of a single-family residence or a school;
Non-stationary street vendors should be barred from selling anything (food or products) within 100 feet of a school;
After obtaining an opinion by the local Neighborhood Council(s), and prior to the issuance of any permit, the agency in charge of the permitting process should review the application for compliance with all relevant laws and deny the applicant if the applicant is not in full compliance;
The agency in charge of the permitting process should take the opinion of the local Neighborhood Council(s) into consideration when determining whether to grant or deny a permit;
The City should not set minimums on the number of permits the agency in charge of the permitting process should be required to approve;
If an applicant seeks a permit with a component that includes the on-site preparation of food, the Department of Health & Safety and the agency in charge of the permitting process should review the application for compliance with all relevant food-handling laws and deny the applicant if the applicant is not in full compliance;
Depending on the types of food or products that an applicant seeks to vend, the applicant should be required to demonstrate compliance with any of the following on an as-needed basis: a Food Handling Certificate, FTB Resale License, Los Angeles County Health permit, and compliance with relevant federal, state, or local statutes, ordinances, or regulations;
Upon receipt of a permit, the permitted street vendor should be required to openly and visibly post their permit during all hours they are engaged in vending, including setting up and tearing down a stationary location;
The permit should clearly and visibly list: (a) hours of operation, (b) the location(s) in which they may engage in business, and (c) the types of products they may vend;
Failure to adhere to the permitting, display, or operational limitations and requirements should lead to incrementally more severe punishments, including but not limited to: (a) impounding of any products on offer by a noncompliant vendor, (b) a fine that can incrementally increase, and (c) up to 6 months in jail for egregious violations or repeated violations by the same person(s).
Regarding the construction proposal at San Fernando Mission Blvd. and Woodley Ave.
The project proposes the demolition of an existing shopping center and associated parking lots, and the construction, use, and maintenance of a new 500,000 square-foot mixed-use development consisting of 440 residential dwelling units and 64,650 square feet of commercial space, having a total of 937 on-site parking spaces within one basement and one subterranean level of parking on a 7.95 acre site. The project will be a maximum of 54 feet in height. The project is concurrently requesting a Vesting Tentative Tract Map for the merger and re-subdivision of the project site for condominium purposes.
Why do neighborhood councils matter and why should you run for a board seat on your NC? At their best, and some excel at this, they serve as local political organizations that are empowered to monitor the critical issues in their communities such as land use and development, transportation and parking, and public safety. These are three key issues facing every neighborhood and depending on the NC, there are other issues to tackle as well.
The Mayor, Department heads, and City Councilmembers all listen to NCs for what’s happening in their communities. Through written advisories and “community impact statements” the NCs let city government heads know from the neighborhood level why a specific proposal may be a good or a bad idea. When the City Charter established the Neighborhood Council system over a decade ago, it gave them advisory roles that the smart occupants at City Hall have learned to pay attention to.
As stated in Article IX of the Los Angeles City Charter, the “Purpose of Neighborhood Councils” is “To promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs”.
So what’s in it for you? Service to your community. What could be better than that? This service includes, but is not limited to, keeping your neighborhood whole, challenging development that does not fit the character of your neighborhood, and working closely with the police and fire departments on public safety issues.
As an NC board member, you will have the opportunity to Read more »
On Tuesday of this week the updated Granada Hills Community Plan was approved in City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUM). The approval of this plan clears the way for its final acceptance in City Council.
The Community Plan is the long range land use plan for the area that will shape the future of the community, guide future growth, protect neighborhood character, and enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and invest in the area. Having a strong and updated Community Plan will ensure that we can preserve the character and quality of life in Granada Hills. The Plan also includes goals, policies and programs to help the community achieve a shared vision for the next two decades.
Special thanks to the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Old Granada Hills Residents Group, Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council and Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council for their input and dedication to ensuring that the community plan is geared to reflect the nature of the community.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
7th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair last Saturday that drew nearly 1500 people, which Councilmember Mitch Englander, Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, said was the largest in Los Angeles. Many Valley Neighborhood Councils supported this great event.
Last week, GHNNC was proud to join Councilmember Mitchell Englander, community members, and stakeholders in activating the new traffic signal at the Knollwood Plaza.
The Balboa Blvd-Knollwood Plaza Driveway project added a traffic signal and vehicle entrance/exit to the Knollwood Shopping Center. Secondary work added new curb and access ramps that will provide safe passage to the center for pedestrians. The project’s undertaking is unique in that the local community and business owners of the Knollwood Plaza were instrumental in achieving its success. Without their support, this project would not have come to fruition.
Best Of Ongoing Collaboration Award presented to Valley Disaster Preparedness Team at Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Council’s (VANC) annual mixer held at Carla’s Café, CBS Studios, Studio City, CA, on Thursday, April 10, 2014
About 8 years ago, a small group of Neighborhood Council members passionate about emergency preparedness formed the North Valley Disaster Preparedness Team for the sole purpose of managing and presenting a Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair.
Their success has been phenomenal. Now in its 7th year, the group previously dropped the “North” from its name because there had been so much interest in Read more »