Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council

Graffiti Watch Program

The Beautification Committee is launching a Graffiti Watch program. Your help is needed to stop graffiti now. When you see graffiti, contact Your Local “Graffiti Watchers” and have graffiti removed in 48 Hours:

  • Call (818) 885-8885 (West Valley Alliance Graffiti Removal). Please program that number into your cell phone. A call to West Valley alliance (paid by the GHNNC to clean graffiti) results in cleanup about one week quicker than by calling 311.

Graffiti Watch Flyer

2nd Annual Blood Drive and Health Expo

This Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM

The Granada Hills Rotary Club aims to collect 400 pints of blood for local hospitals at their 2nd Annual Blood Drive and Health Expo.GH Blood Drive

Saturday, October 2
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Granada Hills Recreation Center
(corner of Petit & Chatsworth)

and

North Valley Youth Sports Complex
(just north of the corner of Woodley Ave. & Balboa Blvd.)

Both in Granada Hills.

At last year’s event, the Rotary collected more than 165 pints of blood for local hospitals. All blood donors will receive a free t-shirt, a free pancake breakfast or lunch, a gift certificate for Baskin-Robbins ice cream, and a free raffle ticket. Non-donors can purchase tickets for the breakfast or lunch, with proceeds benefiting the Granada Hills Rotary Club’s youth service programs.

Blood donors may pre-register online at http://www.Rotarygivesblood.org to obtain a priority appointment time, but walk-ins are also welcome.

The health expo will feature free health screenings and information at both collection sites. For vendor applications and sponsorship information visit http://www.Rotarygivesblood.org.

For more information, please call Jim Feffer at (818) 802-8452 or email [email protected].

Learn How to Prepare for Disaster at the 3rd Annual North Valley Disaster Preparedness Event

This Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM

Chatsworth, Granada Hills North, Granada Hills South, Lake Balboa, Northridge East, Northridge West, and Porter Ranch Neighborhood Councils are organizing the 3rd Annual North Valley Disaster Preparedness Event on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Fire Station 87 (Balboa south of Devonshire) in Granada Hills from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The Neighborhood Councils will be giving away 300 emergency preparedness bags, as well as Yogi Bear Shakey-Quakey School House coloring books. Free child ID cards will be available. There will be information and demonstrations from American Red Cross, the L.A. Fire Department, LAPD, DWP, HAM Radio, Community Emergency Response Team, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and more.

For more information, call Semee Park at (818) 756-8501.

Click here for the official event information flyer.

In addition, GHNNC is providing two backpacks filled with emergency preparedness supplies to be given away in two drawings to be held during the 3rd annual North Valley Emergency Preparedness Event. Winner need not be present, but a valid E-mail address (at least) is required (so the winner can be contacted if not present) to enter the drawing.

Here’s a list of the backpacks’ contents (subject to slight change if we can gather any more stuff). Very impressive!

1 – 3″ gauze roll, non-sterile
2 – triangle bandages w/ 2 safety pins, non-sterile
2 – 4 x 4 gauze sponge, sterile
1 – 5 x 9 ABD pad (extra absorbent), sterile
1 – pair leather-palm gloves
1 – pair exam gloves
1 – flashlight using D batteries, included
1 – pair safety goggle, vented (King 0572-098), not liquid-tight
2 – N95 folding masks with valve, 3M # 9211
1 – metal signal whistle with lanyard
1 – plastic box knife with snap-off blade
1 – plastic whistle w/lanyard
2 – light sticks
2 – foil packs of emergency drinking water
1 – cold pack
2 – hand warmers
2 – warm packs
2 – emergency blankets
2 – emergency ponchos
1 – preparedness brochure
2 – suntan lotion (SPF50) with carabineer
2 – suntan lotion (SPF50) in travel-size tube
2 – travel-size body lotion
2 – travel-size shampoo
2 – travel-size conditioner
1 – toothpaste promo
1 – sticky note pack
1 – Northridge East NC note pad
2 – GHNNC pens
2 – GHNNC chip bag closures
1 – clipboard
1 – keychain LED light
1 – canvas tote (Josh Groban)
1 – Digalert (811) card
1 – lantern from Lake Balboa NC (batteries included)
1 – erasable notepad w/pen from Lake Balboa NC
1 – 12-pack of Dentyne gum
1 – ZIP-lock bag for first aid supplies
1 – HELP/OK 11″ x 17″ sign from Chatsworth NC

New Rebates Go Into Effect October 1

LADWP RebatesTo help residential customers save energy and money, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will increase many of its rebates for the most energy efficient appliances and home improvement products on the market.

Starting October 1, 2010, LADWP will raise rebate amounts for qualifying high efficiency central air conditioners, pool pumps and motors, dual pane Energy Star® windows, and recycling old refrigerators. In addition, LADWP is adding two new products that are eligible for rebates: whole-house fans and cool roofs, both of which help keep your home cooler and reduce your air conditioning costs.

“We want our customers to get the very most for their money and help them to conserve energy,” said Lorraine Paskett, Senior Assistant General Manager, LADWP Sustainability Programs and External Relations. “These raises in rebate amounts are an invitation to embrace energy efficiency, save money and help the environment all at once.”

The following new rebates will go into effect on October 1, 2010:

  • $500 on a high efficiency variable speed pool pump and motor
  • $100 per ton on 15 SEER and above for a central air unit or heat pump, or $120 per ton on 16 SEER and above
  • $50 for recycling an old, inefficient refrigerator
  • $2 per square foot of glass on Energy Star® dual pane windows, doors and skylights
  • $200 for a whole-house fan
  • $0.30 per square foot for a cool roof

In addition, LADWP will continue offering rebates of $65 for an Energy Star® refrigerator and $50 for an Energy Star® room air conditioner.

For more LADWP Consumer Rebate Program information and an application, visit www.ladwp.com/crp or call toll free 1-800-374-2224.

Rebate amounts apply only to qualifying purchases made after September 30, 2010. Rebates are offered for qualifying products only. Terms and conditions apply.

Community Advisory Meeting Tonight – New High School #4

Public School Choice Resolution for Valley Region High School #4

The Public School Choice (PSC) Resolution process is designed to expand the number of quality school options available to students and to support school transformation efforts that may include new campuses that provide relief from overcrowding.  this resolution directs the LAUSD to provide quality educational options to all students.

Parent and community engagement is a key component of the proposal selection and evaluation process, and a cornerstone of the PSC Resolution.  Please join us for this very important community advisory meeting.

6:00 PM – TONIGHT – September 15, 2010

Patrick Henry Middle School
17340 San Jose St.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

You can view the official meeting flyer HERE.

Brush Fire North of Aliso Canyon Park Fully Contained

Porter Ranch FireFire crews knocked down a brush fire that broke out this afternoon (Monday, September 13, 2010) near Porter Ranch, and partially within GHNNC Boundaries.

The flames scorched about 15 acres, but no homes were threatened and there were no reports of injuries.

Firefighters were sent to the 19000 block of West Sesnon Boulevard about 1:50 p.m., said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Crews in at least two air tankers were involved in the firefighting effort, according to a Porter Ranch homeowner, who — at the height of the fire — could see the flames from his kitchen window.

About 100 firefighters also were sent to the scene, along with three helicopter crews, according to Scott.

The fire was reported out about an hour after the blaze was first reported, Scott said.

Read the complete story on the Daily News website.

Back-to-School Movie Night

GH Back to School Movie Night

The Incredibles

We will be watching

Disney/Pixar’s “THE INCREDIBLES”

(Winner of our July Movie Poll)

** Free Popcorn and School Supplies will be handed out **

Event Sponsors:

  • Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council
  • Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council
  • Old Granada Hills Residents Group
  • Greig Smith, Councilman, 12th District
  • gigagranadahills.com
  • Granada Hills Recreation Center
  • Granada Hills Recreation Center Park Advisory Board

Bill Banning Ad Trailers Goes to Governor

Schwarzenegger Has Until September 30 to Sign

A bill allowing cities to ban mobile advertising trailers has passed the California Legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk.

Once signed, the Los Angeles City Council will be able to pass a motion regulating the signs within city limits. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Sept. 30 to act on the legislation or it will become law without his signature.

“These mobile eyesores have been a threat to our community, blighting our neighborhoods and creating horrific safety issues. This legislation will finally give us the local control to ban them once and for all,” said Mitch Englander, chief-of-staff to Councilman Greig Smith.

Bob BlumenfieldThe bill was co-sponsored by state Assemblymen Bob Blumenfield (D, San Fernando Valley) and Mike Feuer (D, Los Angeles).

Bruce Boyer, owner of a mobile billboard company has parked a trailer outside Blumenfield’s Van Nuys office reading: “Free Valley Streets … Fire Fascist Bob Blumenfield.” The sign has already attracted at least one parking ticket.

Ad Trailer“Even if the legislation is signed into law, we will file for declaratory relief in Federal Court. The legislation is such a perversion of the rights of vehicle owners that it would most likely be blocked by the courts,” Boyer said in an email. “If that failed, Blumenfield did such a sloppy job writing the legislation that we could fire cannons through the loopholes in it,” he said.

“Bottomline, the sign trailers will still be out there, and the pols will have Bruce as their straw-man. I will not yield to the fascists and surrender my rights. Oh, and I don’t scare well either!” Boyer said.

Several months ago Boyer parked a trailer beside the Devonshire Division police station. “I have a license plate. The state of California says I can operate on any street or highway in the state. I have every right that everybody else does,” Boyer told KABC-TV.

“I’m tired of seeing these unsightly billboards on unhitched trailers all over our neighborhoods. They are nothing more than road spam,” Blumenfield said. “I know many others are sick of them too. Literally thousands of people in our community have complained to me about these eyesores. It’s time to get rid of them once and for all,” he said.

“These signs are a distracting safety hazard for drivers, a source of blight in neighborhoods, and a drain on scarce parking spaces intended for business patrons. They should be outlawed, and this legislation will help communities take action against them,” said Feuer.

The bill is strongly supported by the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, a Blumenfield spokesman said.

To express your opinion on this issue, you can contact the governor at http://gov.ca.gov/. Choose the Interact tab for email instructions. Or you can phone his Los Angeles office at (213) 897-0322.

New Watering Schedule Now in Effect for LADWP Customers

Watering Days Expanded, Schedule Based on Customer Street Address

LADWPChanges to the City of Los Angeles’ Water Conservation Ordinance went into effect today (August 25, 2010) for Los Angeles City residents and businesses, allowing LADWP customers to water with sprinklers up to three days per week. Customers whose street addresses end with an odd number – 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 – are permitted to use their sprinkler systems on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Customers whose addresses end in even numbers – 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 are permitted to do so on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  Addresses ending in fractions are treated as whole numbers and observe the same day restrictions as others on their same side of the street, (ie: 4321 ½ is regarded as 4321, an odd-numbered address.)

Sprinkler time limits are based on the type of nozzle used.  Spray head sprinklers and bubblers, which are non-conserving models and are common in most landscapes, are allowed up to 8 minutes per watering station per day. Rotors and multi-stream rotary heads are allowed 15 minutes per cycle and up to two cycles per day per watering station. Watering with sprinklers is restricted to hours before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m., regardless of the watering day.

All other prohibited uses of water, which include prohibiting hosing down driveways and sidewalks and water runoff, requiring all leaks be fixed and only using hoses fitted with shut-off nozzles, remain in effect.   Hand-watering using garden hoses fitted with shut-off nozzle devices is permissible any day of the week before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.

To read the rest of this LADWP news release, go to: http://www.ladwpnews.com/go/doc/1475/881355/

Recap of Our July Meeting with the Guest DWP Representatives

In July 2010, GHNNC welcomed Jim Yannotta and Evelyn Cortez-Davies from the L.A. Department of Water and Power to give a presentation to our stakeholders and efforts to recycle water in Los Angeles.

Here’s is a video of their presentation.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/14557635[/vimeo]

Click here for the powerpoint slideshow they presented (available to you in PDF form).

Click here for the most recent LADWP Annual Water Quality Report.

Community Cheers “Very Major” Council Vote to Improve Neighborhood Empowerment

From the CD2 website

That big sigh of relief you heard this morning was from the city’s 91 neighborhood councils, who cheered a vote by the City Council Wednesday on a motion to they say will strengthen community empowerment.

The motion, by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chair of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee, restored five positions to the embattled Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) and transfered $1.3 million to it from the Community Development Department (CDD).

“This is a budget-neutral action that does not cost taxpayers a dime, but still allows the department to function in support of neighborhood councils,” Krekorian said. “DONE’s budget and staffing have been decimated of late, so this fiscally prudent move was an important step to strengthen community participation in governance.”

In fact, DONE itself was close to decimation after the mayor proposed rolling the department into CDD during this year’s budget negotiations. Neighborhood councils railed against that proposal, fearing it would be the death knell for the community empowerment department after its funding – and staff positions – had been steadily siphoned off.


Community empowerment: Alive and well in L.A.

 

As late as 2008, DONE operated with 72 staff members to help the city’s neighborhood councils flourish. Earlier this year, as the city’s fiscal situation worsened, the department’s budget was greatly reduced as its staff was cut to 36 people. Later, that figure was slashed in half again, to 18, where it stood before Wednesday’s action.

“Today’s vote was very major,” said Barbara Monaghan-Burke, chair of the Studio City Neighborhood Council’s Government Affairs Committee. “This is just the beginning of restructuring [DONE] as an independent system so we can operate most effectively.”

The 2010-11 adopted city budget provides $1.34 million to the CDD for functions that had been performed by DONE. Pursuant to the reccomendation of Krekorian’s committee, that amount of funding was transfered out of CDD and into DONE. The additional positions are to be paid for out of that existing funding.

“We’ve never wavered in our support for this,” said Nina Royal, a member of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council and chair of the public safety committee. “This is great. It will strengthen DONE and give us better service.”

While many of DONE’s staff fan out across the city, helping the city’s neighborhood councils solve a plethora of problems, the five new positions will work internally to help the department function and maintain a high level of accountability.

While Krekorian cheered Wednesday’s action, he added that it was one step on the road to ensuring greater neighborhood empowerment.

“Today, we sent an important message to Los Angeles that we value the importance of neighborhood councils, and  my office will always stand with those who care passionately about community empowerment,” he said. “However, this is not an end, but another important step as we continue to reorganize and improve one of our city’s most important movements.”

Former Assemblyman Keith Richman: 1953-2010

Keith Richman, a former California Assemblyman who would have been mayor of the San Fernando Valley if the 2002 secession drive had prevailed, has died after fighting brain cancer for more than a year.

Richman died Friday night at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He was 56.

“Keith Richman was a great leader and passionate public servant,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. “He advocated for so many important causes in California, including health care and pension reform, and his work for our state made a lasting impact that will be remembered.”

Colleagues remembered the longtime Northridge resident’s political courage in being one of the few prominent elected officials who supported San Fernando Valley cityhood before the movement became popular.

“There are few people that have done so much for the San Fernando Valley,” said Richard Close, who was chairman of the secession effort.

“Keith was a warrior, and we needed warriors,” said attorney David Fleming, a major backer of secession.

Dr. Richman’s funeral service is scheduled for this Wednesday, August 4, from 2-4 pm at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

Read the rest of this article on the Daily News website.

Memorial Day Special Events in Granada Hills

Memorial Day 2010 Flyer
There are three consecutive events on Monday May 31st (click for an informational flyer), comprised of two ceremonies and also a Charity Fundraiser Barbeque Steak Dinner.

  • The first is at 1600 (4 PM) on the new patio at VFW Post 2323 dedicating our new flag pole featuring a 21 gun salute and bugle call for memorial day taps.
  • The second will be at 1700 (5 PM) at Veterans Park on the southeast corner of Chatsworth and Zelzah with the same service plus other activities for 3 new flag poles and the New Beautiful Veterans Park Grand Opening rebuilt by the Rotary Club of Granada Hills.
  • These will be followed by a great Charity Fundraiser Barbeque Steak Dinner at 1800 (6 PM) at Post 2323 on our beautiful new patio by the waterfall, across from the putting green. The Post is located just a few blocks east of the park at 17522 Chatsworth St. with parking in the Verizon lot in the rear. Dinner tickets are a $12 donation purchased at least two days before the event at VFW Post 2323, or a $15 donation after and on the day of the events. You may call the Post at 818 366-7799 for information any afternoon, 7 days a week.

The Granada Hills Veterans’ Park project by the Granada Hills Rotary Foundation has transformed a dilapidated traffic median at the corner of Zelzah Ave. and Chatsworth St. into a beautiful tribute to the military men and women who have served our country.

The improvements include a new pergola (thanks to the generous contributions of the Granada Hills Improvement Association), new landscaping, brick and cement work, flagpoles, a monument and a statue (thanks to the generous contribution of Jake Parunyan, the 2009 Gil Benjamin Granada Hills Citizen of the Year).

Contributors have been Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, Councilman Greig Smith’s office, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2323, and the Granada Hills Rotary Foundation.

The tribute bricks are currently being installed, and more are still available for community members to dedicated to veterans, businesses, friends and loved ones. For information about donating for tribute bricks, contact John Weitkamp at (818) 363-3144 or [email protected].

Mayor Villaraigosa Addresses Current Financial Crisis and Ways to Balance the Budget

Mayor asks the City Administrative Officer to develop a plan to shut down all General-funded city services except for public safety and revenue-generating positions for two days per week beginning the week of April 12

With the looming possibility of the City of Los Angeles running out of money in less than a month, Mayor Villaraigosa called upon the City Administrative Officer to develop a plan to save money by shutting down all General-funded city services, except for public safety and revenue-generating positons – for two days per week beginning the week of April 12.

“There are no easy decisions or simple ways to solve this budget crisis,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “But as the CEO of this great city, it is my responsibility to make these difficult but necessary decisions to steer the city out of this crisis and onto solid financial ground.”

The Mayor said he would immediately ask the CAO to develop the plan to shut down the City for two days per week and calculate the savings the city would earn from this. He also called an emergency meeting of the Executive Employee Relations Committee to discuss the next steps to replenish the General Fund.

Last night, Mayor Villaraigosa also sent a memo to all General Managers asking them to adhere to the spending controls initiated in the joint Mayor-Controller memorandum issued last month, expedite repayment of Reserve Fund loans to ensure that the Reserve Fund is fiscally sound by the start of the next fiscal year, and to submit the requested repayment information from each department with an outstanding loan to the City Administrative Officer immediately.

Yesterday, in reaction to Fitch Ratings, a major credit rating agency, withdrawing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s AA- bond rating, the LADWP informed the City Controller that they could not transfer $73.5 million to the City’s General Fund.  Controller Greuel immediately issued a memo saying the Los Angeles was in danger of running out of money by May 5, 2010 and recommended draining money from the City’s limited reserve fund.

A complete copy of the Mayor’s remarks as written for delivery follow:
My fellow Angelenos,

Good morning.

For the past year, I have been trying to work with the City Council to put the Department of Water and Power on a more sustainable path: a path towards transparency and accountability, a path towards clean renewable energy and a path towards fiscal health.

It has been clear to me and it has been clear to the City Council that the DWP needs to change.

So in March 2009, I began to speak about the Department’s fiscal health and the need to increase the Energy Cost Adjustment Factor to account for the rising cost of energy and fossil fuels.

In August 2009, the DWP Board recognized this need and proposed a two-cent rate adjustment. The Council rejected it and instead, asked for an independent fiscal review. I supported the Council in this decision, and I welcomed the outside opinion.

In February, the independent consultant finished their exhaustive review and recommended an even larger rate adjustment of 2.7-cents. The DWP Board correctly used this outside, independent review and approved a 2.7-cent rate hike spread over four quarters in a manner that not only secured the Department’s fiscal health but put us on a path to a greener, cleaner future.

The Council rejected it.

I listened to the Council’s concerns.  And I agreed to a compromise for a one-time 0.8 cent adjustment with added protections for residents and employers.

The Council rejected it.

The DWP Board listened to the Council and did its best to address the concerns and, over my objections, tried to meet the Council halfway with an even more modest adjustment than what I authorized.

And again, the Council rejected it.

The politics of no is no more sustainable than the DWP’s over-reliance on coal. Instead of acting in the tradition of past city councils, where progressives put partisanship aside and positioned Los Angeles as a national leader,  this Council leadership has demonstrated what we’ve already seen at the national level: they have shown the results of the politics of no.

With the Council leadership saying no to my every attempt at compromise, at the DWP Board’s attempt at compromise, and NO to their own outside, independent fiscal review, we’ve seen the detrimental effects of only saying NO, and it is simply not acceptable for the council leadership to continue this practice.

The facts tell us that the cost of energy and fossil fuels will only continue to rise.

The facts tell us that the DWP gets 44% of its energy from dirty coal.

The facts tell us that the State and Federal governments will soon penalize us because of this over-reliance on coal.

The facts tell us that the DWP has been under-collecting by $6 million per week.

And the facts tell us that the national agencies have withdrawn the DWP’s credit rating because of this under-collection.

The facts don’t lie.

There are no easy decisions or simple ways to solve this budget crisis.But as the CEO of this great city, it is my responsibility to make these difficult, but necessary decisions to steer the city out of this crisis and onto solid financial ground.

As such, today, I am asking the CAO to develop a plan to shut down all General-funded city services – with the exception of public safety and revenue-generating positions – for two days per week beginning the week of April 12.

I am also calling an emergency meeting of the EERC to discuss the next steps to addressing this fiscal crisis and ways to balance our budget.

We can no longer wait. We can no longer keep saying no. We must act now.

For the Mayor’s official press release, click here.

Granada Hills’ Fire Station 18 to Lose Their Ambulance at Night?

Local Councilman Greig Smith’s Response to the City’s Budget Dilemma:

Greig SmithDear Friend:

It has come to my attention that there has been some misunderstanding about certain proposed reductions in the Fire Department as part of the City’s efforts to close the $212 million budget shortfall.

We received messages from community members in Porter Ranch, Granada Hills and West Hills voicing concern about a proposal from the L.A. Fire Department to reduce the BLS (Basic Life Support) ambulance to 12 hours a day at Fire Stations #8 in Porter Ranch, Station #18 in Granada Hills, and Station #106 on Roscoe Blvd. in West Hills (which is in District 3 but serves part of our area).

I sincerely understand this concern. As an LAPD Reserve Officer, I serve as a first responder myself, and the last thing that I would support is a cut that would affect emergency services.

However, it has been incorrectly stated that this was my proposal. This proposal was made by the Fire Department, and was brought forward to the Police and Fire Efficiencies Working Group as one of the means to meet the goal set for budget reductions in the Fire Department.

When the Fire Department presented this package of proposed reductions, Fire Chief Millage Peaks stated that he did not want to do this, but that it was the “easiest to suggest.” I served as the moderator of the Police and Fire Efficiencies Working Group and the group forwarded this proposal as part of several options. The City Administrative Officer then created a report recommending that proposal to the City Council. It was not my proposal. In fact, the Fire Chief has full authority over Fire Department deployment and could do this now without our approval.

The Chief’s proposal states that Fire Stations #8, #18 and #106 will lose the BLS (Basic Life Support) ambulance for 12 hours a day at a time during which there are the lowest number of calls.

Station #8 gets only 2.2 calls a day in total, and less than one call per day during the affected time frame. Station #18 gets 3.8 calls per day and 1.4 calls during the affected time frame. Station #106 gets 2 calls per day and less than one call during the affected time frame.

(GHNNC.org note: The nightly average stated above is equal to 511 calls at night per year for the GHNNC area.)

The engine and the ALS (Advanced Life Support) ambulances from Station #96 in Chatsworth, Station #70 in Northridge, and Station #87 in Granada Hills will continue to cover the Porter Ranch and Granada Hills area as they have. The West Hills area will continue to be covered by Station #28 in Porter Ranch and #105 in Woodland Hills.

Finally, there has been some concern raised in the community about the Fire Department wanting to retain the Battalion Chiefs’ Staff Assistants whose functions include driving them to fire calls, and a feeling that they should be cut before reducing ambulance services.

The Fire Department and the Firefighters Union (UFLAC) both have fought vigorously against taking away the Staff Assistants. The City Council will consider the issue of whether we should eliminate service of 10 ambulances for 12 hours a day in very low-use areas, or eliminate the full-time Staff Assistants serving Battalion Chiefs.

I anticipate that eventually both will be gone, at least temporarily. But I am interested in hearing the community’s point of view in the debate at this time.

I hope this clarifies my position, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. (Click to email the Councilman)

Sincerely,
GREIG SMITH
Councilman, Twelfth District

March 2, 2010 Election Results (OFFICIAL)

GHNNC would like to thank all of the voters who showed up to the Election at our office. We were so excited to see a couple hundred stakeholders there!

The following results are final results that have been posted on the City Clerk’s website. We are now in a challenge period and will be fully certified should we pass the challenge period without and challenges.  We will keep you posted.

Click here for the Official List at the L.A. City Clerk’s website.

Neighborhood Council Funding Update

Your Voice is Urgently Needed!

Council to Consider NC Recommendations Today at 10 am

The City Council is set to consider, among other issues, five sweeping motions approved this week by the committee that oversees Neighborhood Council (NC) policy. On Tuesday, the Councilman Paul Krekorian-led Education and Neighborhoods Committee sent five recommendations to the City Council which set in  motion a series of regulations to increase NC efficiency and transparency. Those recommendations – tomorrow’s motions – can be seen here (.pdf) and a detailed account is here.

You can watch the meeting on Channel 35, online or by calling one of the phone numbers below to listen to the meeting in progress:

  • Downtown (213) 621-CITY (2489)
  • San Pedro (310) 547-CITY (2489)
  • West Los Angeles (310) 471-CITY (2489)
  • Van Nuys (818) 904-9450

THIS IS IT.  This week, the L.A. City Council WILL VOTE on drastically cutting Neighborhood Councils annual funding and may take ALL NC rollover funds back.  DONE staff will probably be cut at least in HALF, from around 38 to 19.

RIGHT NOW, we need to E-MAIL AND CALL the City’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee Members, because of the Monday holiday and because they’re meeting FIRST THING Tuesday morning.  Their staffs are working NOW, this weekend, on NC issues.

E-mail Chair Paul Krekorian, Vice-Chair Dennis Zine, and Janice Hahn at [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]. They can be called at (Paul Krekorian) 213-473-7002; (Dennis Zine) 213-473-7003; and (Janice Hahn) 213-473-7015.

If you took the time to write an email to these three Council Members (or if you’re planning on it), why not send it to all of the City Council Members, their chiefs of staff, and Mayor Villaraigosa? GHNNC has made it easy for you to do: just send your email to the list we have created at [email protected], and your letter will be automatically forwarded to all of them!

BudgetLA, a group of many NC Board Members and other NC Stakeholders from around the City, has a plan to SAVE MONEY for the City, SAVE THE NC SYSTEM, and RE-ORGANIZE DONE to better serve NCs.  See the www.BudgetLA.org website for the latest information and wording to use in your City Councilmember contacts, so we all present a unified message.

Also see www.LANCCoalition.org and www.CityWatchLA.com.The FULL City Council meets this THURSDAY MORNING THE 18TH at 10:00 a.m. downtown at the same location, L.A. City Hall, Room 340, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles.  The Neighborhood Council Agenda Items will be heard some time after that.

If you can get away for some hours THURSDAY the 18th, drive, carpool, train, bus, bike, do what you can to get to City Hall – with as many others as you can – to help save the NC System.

The City Council intends to take our rollover funds and cut next year’s funding in half at next Tuesday’s meeting

A Letter from the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition

LANCCwww.lanccoalition.org 

Our Neighborhood Council System is Under Attack

 We deserve a fair hearing before the City Council takes our current rollover funds and restricts our ability to carry out our Charter mandated functions.

 We need to have these agenda items referred to the E&N Committee where we can have a fair and open hearing and where NC members can have more than one minute to say why we should not lose our past rollover funds and future funding.

AGENDA
LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2010
10:00 A.M. 

Items for Which Public Hearings Have Not Been Held – Items 11-18

(10 Votes Required for Consideration)

ITEM NO. (11) – Motion Required

09-0600-S159 COMMUNICATION FROM CITY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER relative to a Three Year Plan to Fiscal Sustainability.

Recommendations for Council action,

SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MAYOR:

18. ELIMINATE the Neighborhood Council “rollover” policy and TRANSFER all suspended “rollover” funds totaling $1.61 million to the Reserve Fund.

19. ELIMINATE the Neighborhood Council bank card system and convert to a demand warrant system.

20. INSTRUCT and REQUEST as appropriate, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), City Attorney and CAO to evaluate and redefine allowable expenditure categories for Neighborhood Council funds.

21. INSTRUCT the General Manager, DONE to issue a memo to the Neighborhood Councils regarding a proposed 50 percent reduction to the annual allocation amount for 2010-11.

We need you to be at the City Council meeting next Tuesday.  Fill out a speaker card for agenda item number 11.  Even if you don’t intend to speak, fill out a card so they know we’re there.

The LANCC meets Saturday, 10:00 AM at 6501 Fountain Ave in Hollywood (a few blocks west of Vine St.)

GHNNC Elections Coming Soon!

GHNNC Election Ad

The Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council (GHNNC) has been actively seeking individuals who are interested in serving their community.  There are currently over 30 individuals who have signed up to run as Candidates.  These Candidates are volunteers.  We do not get a salary, we do not get a car, and the only perk we get is the satisfaction that comes from knowing that we are making a huge difference in our community!

You will have an opportunity to meet all of the Candidates at our informal Candidate Forum which will be held on February 22, 2010.  This Candidate forum will take place immediately after the GHNNC’s General Meeting.   The General Meeting will start at 6:00 PM, with the Candidate Forum following at 7:00 PM. You will have a chance to meet the Candidates, hear directly from them about their views of the community, what their future goals for GHNNC will be, and ask questions about issues that concern you.  You can see the list of Candidates below (on this web page).

Elections will take place on March 2, 2010 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the GHNNC Office which is located at 11139 Woodley Avenue, Granada Hills, in the Albertsons Shopping Center.  Please be prepared to state the nature of your interest in GHNNC and bring proof to show you are a stakeholder. Some acceptable forms are driver’s license, pay stub, property tax bill, utility bill, tuition statement, church statement, etc.

We invite and encourage all GHNNC Stakeholders to come out and vote for your Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council.   Your vote is important.  Your vote will make a difference.  Put these two important dates on your calendar and make 2010 the year you get involved in your neighborhood!