Category: Granada Hills North

Register to Vote Now for the March 7th Municipal Election

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Tuesday, February 21 is the deadline to register to vote in the March 7th Election. March 7th’s Municipal Election has important LAUSD Schoolboard, Los Angeles Community College, County, and City measures on the ballot. In order to participate you must be registered to vote by Tuesday, February 21.

  • Click here for more information on how to register.
  • Click here to view your sample ballot and polling location.
  • Click here for information on how to vote by mail.

Demanding SCAQMD Utilize Funds from SoCal Gas Settlement in Affected Communities

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This week, Council Member Mitchell Englander submitted a resolution to the Los Angeles City Council asking that the City of Los Angeles support any administrative action by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to utilize proceeds from the $8.5 million settlement agreement with Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), including the $5.65 million revenues in emission fees, for the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak to benefit the communities most affected by this calamity.

This settlement agreement completely ignores the needs of the communities directly affected by this disaster. It is imperative that the proceeds of this settlement benefit those most affected by the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak – those whose lives were upended by relocation, illness, school closures, and business hardship.

Click on the Daily News to read the full article.
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Click here to view the press release and full motion.

Regional Budget Day – Saturday, February 25

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YOUR VOICE

The Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Present:

Your Opinions And Your Ideas On Your Budget

Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

CENTRAL
L.A. Zoo
Griffith Park Drive
Los Angeles 90027

NORTH/SOUTH VALLEY
Braude Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys 91401

SOUTH
Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center
8475 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044

WEST L.A.
1645 Corinth Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049

HARBOR
510 West 7 Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

info: [email protected]

L.A. City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Street Vending

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The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending — a move long sought by immigrant advocates who argued that sidewalk sellers should not face criminal charges that could place them at risk of being deported.

Fearing a coming crackdown on immigrants, Los Angeles City Council members Joe Buscaino and Curren Price vowed to stop punishing vending as a crime and to begin setting up a regulated system. In January, the council voted to draft an ordinance decriminalizing vending.

Previously, selling food or goods on the sidewalk could lead to misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles.

City staffers say it could take months for Los Angeles to work out all of the details and begin handing out permits to vendors. In the meantime, vendors who ply their trade on city sidewalks still could be cited and fined for violating the municipal code, but they would not face criminal convictions.

Dave Michaelson, a chief assistant city attorney, said Wednesday that a first-offense citation would result in a $250 fee, and a second offense would have a $500 fee. Future violations would result in $1,000 fees.

It is unlikely that more than one citation could be issued within the same day, Michaelson said.

Though lesser citations have been more common, city prosecutors filed misdemeanor charges for sidewalk vending in more than two dozen cases between October 2015 and October 2016, according to the city attorney’s office.

More at http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-street-vending-20170215-story.html

 

A Tentative Compromise is Reached

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At the February 7th hearing on the San Fernando Mission Blvd/Woodley project, a compromise was reached in principle. Harridge Development has two weeks to submit a new design. Everyone will then have two weeks after that to submit comments, suggestions, and objections to the city planner.

Here is the summary of what Councilmember Englander said about the proposed compromise:

Two main choices:
300 apartments or 330 condos
(the differential is probably to provide incentive to build condos, which cost more and don’t provide a steady stream of revenue).

For either option:

  • Move Woodley driveway south 40 ft, as previously offered, buffered from the school by landscape only, to provide sight lines; right turn only
  • Put in a median on Woodley (must be approved by LADOT). Prevents more dangerous left turns and prevents northbound residents from entering that way, so number of cars are decreased).
  • Do a new geological study including drilling new soil test wells closer to Bull Creek, by independent consultant
  • Do a revised Traffic study by independent consultant
  • Provide a community room
  • Height maximum 45′ as in the Specific Plan (and better if lower in front)
  • Change “very low income” units to “moderate low income”.
  • No studios (this one was softer, maybe allow 20 depending on design)
  • Keep the record open for comments for 2 weeks after submitted.

Harridge picked the option for condos, which was one of the main points heard from neighbors because of “pride of ownership” – if you own a property you tend to take better care of it.

At around February 22 we should have the new design to review, though this might slip by a couple of days.

We are working on setting up a meeting after the new documents are available, and we will notify you.

LADOT Reactivates Speed Hump Program

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Starting this month, the LA Department of Transportation will begin accepting applications for the Speed Hump Program.
The popular program was halted in 2009 amid the city’s recession. In June 2016, the Budget and Finance Committee restored the program and approved the allocation of $540,000 to begin speed hump construction.
Starting Feb. 28, the department will begin accepting application. Once the 45-day application period is over, construction is expected to begin this summer. For more information about how you can apply for a speed hump in your neighborhood, speed hump guidelines and frequently asked questions, visit ladot.lacity.org.

LA to Speed Up Community Plan Updates

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On Wednesday, the LA City Council voted to require regular updates of the city’s community plans. As a result, the Department of City Planning will build a framework that accelerates updating the city’s 35 community plans to once every six years.
Community plans direct what can and cannot be built in neighborhoods and allow residents to weigh in on what they want their community to look like. Currently, the majority of the city’s community plans have not been updated in more than 15 years.

SoCal Gas Reaches $8.5 Million Settlement Over Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

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Southern California Gas Co. settle with the South Coast Air Quality Management District over the four-month Aliso Canyon leak.

Southern California Gas Co. reached an $8.5 million settlement Wednesday to resolve a lawsuit filed against the utility by the South Coast Air Quality Management District over the four-month leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Porter Ranch.

The settlement of the lawsuit, which was filed in January 2016, includes funding for a AQMD-sponsored health study on the impacts of the leak.

“Consistent with the commitment we made last year, SoCalGas has agreed to fund AQMD’s health study. We are pleased to have worked with AQMD to settle this and other matters,” according to a statement from the utility.

According to AQMD, $1 million of the settlement will go toward the health study. Read more »

Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) 85.02 – Vehicle Dwelling

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The provisions of the new LAMC Section 85.02 became effective on Saturday, January 7, 2017 and shall expire on July 1, 2018, unless extended by ordinance. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has indicated enforcement will begin in early February.

Living in a vehicle (vehicle dwelling) is prohibited at all times within one block (500 feet) of licensed schools, pre-schools, daycare facilities, or parks.

Persons may live in a vehicle:

  • Daytime Hours – between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. – more than one block (500 feet) away from licensed schools, pre-schools, daycare facilities, or parks;
  • Nighttime Hours –  between  9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. – in non-residentially zoned areas which are more than one block (500 feet) away from licensed schools, pre-schools or daycare facilities or parks.

General reminder:

Ensuring the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility Remains Closed

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From Councilman Englander:

This week, I spoke during the Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) Public Meeting on the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility.

The Aliso Canyon Gas Leak was the largest in US history. With over 15,000 residents relocated, 2 schools closed, Holleigh Bernson park closed due to oily residue, dozens of local businesses affected, thousands of homes professionally cleaned from oily residue, and thousands of complaints of bloody noses, headaches, rashes and nausea the Porter Ranch, Chatsworth, Northridge, Granada Hills and West Hills communities were directly impacted by this disaster.

Over a year later, we are no closer to learning the root cause of the blow out than we were on day one. This is a community that has suffered. This is a community that has not been adequately protected by the regulatory community. This is a community that is entitled to the safe and healthy enjoyment of their homes and their neighborhood. This is a community that has fought in opposition when the Gas Company and, in fact, the State decried falsely, that there would be brown outs and blackouts this past summer due to the lack of ability to draw down and to reinject natural gas at Aliso Canyon.

Currently, SoCalGas has been allowed to draw down, despite the fact that after a year, the root cause of the blow out is still unknown. I cannot fathom how any responsible regulatory entity could allow this facility to resume its functions without knowing if they were again putting the host community at risk with their lack of knowledge and understanding of the root cause of this failure.

I implore DOGGR to do right by this community and not allow draw down or reinjection until it can be known if it’s even possible for this facility to operate safely.

Click below to view my KTLA interview. 

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City of Los Angeles Reminds Local Businesses It’s Time to Renew

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The Los Angeles Office of Finance is reminding entrepreneurs, business owners, and individuals that conduct business activities within the City of Los Angeles that it’s time to submit their Business Tax Renewal Form.

The filing period ends February 28, 2017, and businesses are encouraged to avoid lines or delays by filing early online or at one of three office locations (listed below).  The Office of Finance has a newly updated website that makes it easier than ever to submit the form online from any kind of device:  finance.lacity.org.

All registered businesses must submit a Business Tax Renewal Form even if they don’t owe taxes.  You may qualify for an exemption, especially if you have a new or small business.  Businesses that qualify for the Small Business Exemption are also eligible to receive assistance in completing their tax renewal forms until February 10, 2017.  For more information, visit finance.lacity.org or call 844-663-4411.

Office of Finance Locations (open Monday through Friday8 AM – 5 PM):

City Hall (Use Main St. Entrance)
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 101

Van Nuys Civic Center
Braude Constituent Services Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Rm. 110

West Los Angeles
1828 Sawtelle Blvd, Rm. 102

Purposeful Aging: Good for Seniors, Good for LA!

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Community leaders representing 46 Neighborhood Councils met with General Managers Laura Trejo of the Aging Department and General Manager Jan Perry of the Workforce and Economic Development Department in LA’s first Neighborhood Council Purposeful Aging Liaison Town Hall.

The evening began with welcoming remarks from Commissioner Jerry Gaines of Coastal San Pedro who recognized the councils that were celebrating their 15th anniversaries and acknowledged the long road to empowerment that has resulted in partnerships such as the Purposeful Aging Task Force which brings elected officials, city departments, and community leaders together to engage communities and make government more responsive to local needs.

Margaret Wynne of the Mayor’s Office  opened with an overview of Mayoral Directive #17 which establishes the city’s commitment to improving the lives of today’s older adults and to creating a better tomorrow for future generations.

Trejo initiated a community dialogue with an overview of the State of Aging in LA County and detailed the significant number of partners who have come together to assess every community to determine priorities and needs, engaging the community in establishing priorities for the delivery of services and support. Read more »

"Alexa, Ask L.A. City what City Council meetings are happening tomorrow."

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71iKZjOA9HL._SL210_QL95_The free L.A. City Skill for Alexa has been updated so Angelenos with an Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot, or any other Alexa-enabled device can “Ask L.A. City” about City Council, Council Committee, and featured events occurring within the City. Many more features and information will be coming in the near future.

Instructions:

To enable this skill on your Alexa-enabled device, just say “Alexa, enable L.A. City skill.

For more information, please visit the L.A. City Skill on Amazon

LA Celebrates African American Heritage Month

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February is African American Heritage Month. This week, the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Garcetti kicked off of the month-long celebration to recognize and honor the vast contributions of African Americans to our communities, cities and country.

Throughout the month, Angelenos can attend community events, exhibits and programs that showcase the influential role of African Americans in the arts, politics, education, science, entertainment and much more.

This year, City Hall is hosting a special exhibit celebrating momentous cultural milestones in African American history over the past 10 years. From the historic presidency of Barack Obama, to the centennial birth of former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, the exhibit features information about African American elected officials serving Southern California, executive level city employees, the Los Angeles Association of Black City Attorneys, the 1984 Summer Olympics, and narrative art from past exhibitions. The exhibit is free and open to the public through March.

A 10 Year Retrospective of African American Heritage Month 
Exhibitions at City Hall from 2006 to 2016
February 1 to March 18, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Los Angeles City Hall, Floors 1, 2, 3 (DCA Bridge Gallery)

For more information, contact (323) 733-8233. To view the 2017 African American Heritage Month calendar, click here.

Review and Comment on the Mayor’s Annual Consolidated Plan Draft Budget

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Pacoima City Hall
13520 Van Nuys Blvd.
Pacoima, CA 91331

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

WHAT IS THE ACTION PLAN?
Each year, the City of Los Angeles receives federal grant funds to assist businesses to create jobs; provide job training for adults and youth; improve neighborhoods through projects that eliminate slum and blight; provide affordable housing, domestic violence shelters, and fair housing services. These grant funds are limited and need to be prioritized and targeted in a way that will provide the most benefit to the most people. Once our needs and goals are prioritized, we will submit them to the federal government through the Consolidated Plan. The annual Action Plan, beginning April 1, 2017, will cover the fifth year of the City’s five-year, transit-oriented Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.

HOW WILL IT BENEFIT YOU?
Federal grant funds can be seen in action in your neighborhood through federally-funded community centers, after-school programs, training and assistance for small businesses, services for the homeless, affordable housing, domestic violence shelters and many other programs and projects.

WITH SO MUCH NEED IN THE CITY, HOW WILL THESE FUNDS BE PRIORITIZED?
In order to make the most use of the limited funds the City receives, our strategy is to take advantage of the additional funds the City will receive for public transportation. For example, we may want to invest our federal funds on projects that provide affordable housing and job creation near transit corridors, such as the Expo Line, the Gold Line, the Orange Line, the Vermont corridor, and in areas of need in the city. We want to create more livable and healthy communities where services and programs are available and accessible; where people can walk, bike, or take public transportation to work and school.

HOW CAN I COMMENT?
Oral comments can be made at any of the scheduled meetings. Written comments can be submitted at any of the scheduled meetings, via email at [email protected], or by mail to:
Housing + Community Investment Department 1200 W. 7th Street, 9th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017
Attn: Julie O’Leary, Director of Consolidated Planning
Comments will be accepted till February 13, 2017.

PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: hcidla.lacity.org Read more »

SAFE SIDEWALKS LA

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The City of Los Angeles has launched an unprecedented sidewalk repair program, SAFE SIDEWALKS LA, which will invest $1.4 billion over 30 years to make sidewalks accessible to everyone. These repairs will improve neighborhood safety and boost the quality of life.

Safe Sidewalks LA includes:

  • Access Request Program:  The program makes repairs requested by/for people with a mobility disability who encounter physical barriers such as broken sidewalks, missing/broken curb ramps or other barriers in the public right of way.
  • Rebate Program: A limited-time rebate for eligible property owners willing to pay for their own sidewalk repairs. Owners can receive up to $2,000 for a residential lot or $4,000 for a commercial lot.
  • The general public can report a sidewalk in need of repair.

To submit a sidewalk request or for more information on Safe Sidewalks LA, go to: www.sidewalks.lacity.org  or call 311.

City to Acquire ‘Crown Jewel’ of LA River

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The Los Angeles City Council just approved the purchase of 42 acres of property at the center of plans to revitalize the Los Angeles River. Known as the G2 parcel, the property is the final remnant of the 250-acre Taylor Yard owned by Union Pacific Railroad.

Taylor Yard is on the east bank of the LA River, north of Downtown in the Cypress Park neighborhood. The surrounding parcels at Taylor Yard have already been developed into Rio de Los Angeles State Park, the Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies and the Taylor Yard Transit Village. The G2 parcel will connect Rio de Los Angeles State Park with the Bowtie parcel, another State Park site — opening up more than one mile of direct riverfront access. Led by Mayor Garcetti, LA secured $25 million in state funding toward the city’s purchase and development of the G2 parcel. With today’s Council vote, the City will move forward to allocate nearly $60 million.

The G2 parcel is prioritized in both the City’s Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration project, which was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2016. Because of its size and location along a soft-bottom stretch of the river, G2 can help restore habitat, while also providing expansive new public views into Downtown and to the iconic Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign landmarks.

“Today’s action is an important piece of the greater puzzle that will eventually result in a fully renewed and revitalized LA River winding through our city,” said Councilmember and Budget and Finance Committee Chair Krekorian. “This parcel will give Angelenos acres of additional green space in the basin and complement the great work we’re doing to improve river access in the San Fernando Valley.”

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