On November 23, 2016, the City adopted an ordinance repealing Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 85.02 in its entirety, in response to a U.S. Court of Appeals judgment and replaced it with a version that decriminalizes living in vehicles, while balancing the needs of all City residents, businesses and visitors for clean, healthy and safe public areas. The new LAMC Section 85.02 regulates the conduct of dwelling in a vehicle on a public street and is not a parking restriction. From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., persons are allowed to use a vehicle for dwelling, subject to posted parking restrictions, in most areas of the City that are more than 500 feet from licensed schools, pre-schools, day care facilities or parks. From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., persons are allowed to use a vehicle for dwelling, subject to posted parking restrictions, on streets in non-residential zones that are not located within 500 feet of a licensed school, pre­school, day care facility, or park. The provisions of the new LAMC Section 85.02 become effective on Saturday, January 7, 2017 and expire on July 1, 2018, unless extended by ordinance. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has indicated enforcement will begin in early February.  Continue reading

The cost to settle suits such as police brutality, wrongful imprisonment, and disability act violations has LA in a precarious position.

The City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee Monday voted in support of a staff recommendation that the city borrow up to $70 million to help cover the rising cost of civil lawsuit payouts.

The report from City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana recommends the council proceed with a judgment obligation bond issuance of between $50 million and $70 million to reimburse the city’s reserve fund “for extraordinary liability payouts made resulting from settlements and judgments” during this fiscal year.

The city has made $135.5 million in liability payouts since the fiscal year began on July 1, which is $67 million more than was budgeted for, according to the report.  Continue reading

The 2017 Homeless Count is looking for volunteers for this year. Please see the information below.

Los Angeles County has the highest unsheltered homeless population in the nation, but we don’t have to accept homelessness as an insolvable problem. Together, we can help end this.

lahsa160101h_homelesscount_primarylogo_rgbAll across Los Angeles, every January, we embark on a three-day mission to count our homeless neighbors. We are gearing up for the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count – January 24-26. Honor this season of good works and gratitude by pledging your time as a volunteer – it’s a meaningful way to make a difference. If you want to participate in the San Fernando Valley, our count is on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, so please take note.

Registration is open at www.theycountwillyou.org Continue reading

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is opening the application period for the Community Partnership Grant that will be awarded to our local non-profit organizations. This is LADWP’s fifth round of grants and will be used for new community outreach and public education activities to improve energy efficiency and water conservation throughout Los Angeles.

Building upon the success of the previous four grant cycles, this fifth round of funding will further engage City of Los Angeles residents and businesses in reducing their energy and water use, and allow them to benefit from lower utility bills. The program will assist non-profit organizations to affect behavior change in populations that may not be adequately addressed through more traditional communication strategies.

Applications should describe the organization’s proposed approach to engaging residents and businesses in their local community. LADWP is particularly interested in projects that result in LADWP customers accessing energy efficiency and/or water conservation incentive programs, or changing their energy and/or water use behavior. Collaborations among organizations and innovation are encouraged. As necessary, LADWP will provide grant recipients with content language and guidelines for energy efficiency and water conservation messages which will include information on relevant services, incentives, rebates, financing and tips for residents and businesses.

Applications are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017.

To apply, go to www.ladwp.com/np. For more information, click here or contact nonprofitgrants@ladwp.com

The CD 14 Clean Communities Crew, the Fuego Tech Rangers, continue to work hard on community clean-up projects throughout El Sereno. At the request of community members, this week they focused on Yellowstone St. & Cyril Ave. If you know of a public area that needs attention, please contact the El Sereno Field Office at (323) 226-1646.

The next Ascot Hills Park Green Team’s regular second Saturday work party will be on Saturday, January 14 from 8 to 10:30 am. Tasks will include pulling out invasive weeds such as Castor Bean and Russian Thistle (Tumble Weed) along roads and in the West Ridge Meadow, as well as continuing to clear weeds and restore tread on the West Hillside Trail.
For those who prefer not to climb on hillsides (or in case conditions for access are too muddy), there will also be work tasks at the picnic tables where you sign in. These tasks include potting sprouting Black Walnut seeds and fabricating wire mesh root guards as preparation for latter transplanting.

Please mark your calendars, and ask friends, family and others to join, as more hands will make light work of the tasks. You will be working in groups focusing on specific tasks, and still have time to share information and discuss the visions for the park.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announces the temporary extension of hours at most winter shelters. The following shelters will remain open for a 38 hour window from Sunday, January 8th at 5 p.m. until Tuesday, January 10th at 7 a.m.  due to cold and wet weather conditions. On Tuesday, January 10th at 7 a.m. most shelters will resume normal hours.
The following Winter Shelters will stay open during this period:
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Friday, January 20, 2017
10am – noon

Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 1050
Los Angeles, CA 90012

PROPOSED PROJECT: An Ordinance amending provisions of Chapter I Article 7 and Chapter IV Article 6 of the Los Angles Municipal Code (LAMC) to expand the definition of “Protected Tree” to include the Mexican Elderberry (Sambucus Mexicana) and Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia).

PURPOSE: The purpose of the hearing is to obtain testimony from affected and/or interested persons regarding this project. The hearing will be conducted by a Hearing Officer who will consider oral testimony and any written communication received regarding this proposed Code amendment, as well as the merits of the draft ordinance as it relates to existing land use regulations. After the hearing, a recommendation report will be prepared for consideration by the City Planning Commission at a later date.

What would the proposed Protected Tree Code Amendment do?
The Protected Tree Code amendment proposes to expand the definition of Protected Tree to include the Mexican Elderberry (Sambucus Mexicana) and Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) shrubs. The number of protected native trees would increase from four to six.  Continue reading

Our New President – Anthony Manzano
Over the last several months, the election process and the discussion of voting has been front and center, nationally and locally. For those involved and for those who voted, the process needs your participation. Well, we all know what happened at the national level and who is leading our country as President. Here is where we let you know what is happening locally and introduce to you, the recently elected President of LA-32 Neighborhood Council, Anthony Manzano. For the last 12 years, Anthony has been involved in being an influential leader, and is using his experience to serve and guide the Neighborhood Council to achieve remarkable progress and growth.

Let’s learn a little bit more about Mr. Manzano….

Born in Los Angeles at White Memorial Hospital, Anthony was raised and still lives in the community he now represents. As a youth, he was involved with many little league sports groups which instilled the ability to be a team leader. As a young adult, he connected with other young and influential neighbors and made a positive impact by learning the value of giving back to the community. As a student of Wilson High School, Anthony used his musical talent and would be featured in a duet-solo, which would take Wilson High School Marching Band into the Sports Arena and earn a Championship in their division.

In education aspects, Anthony has studied electronics, immigration law, landscaping, audio technology, emergency preparedness operations, material science, OSHA – Safety Officer Management, and has learned a vast amount of community relations as a volunteer with over 15,000 hours of community service. He is well rounded and has what it takes to be an influential leader.

Over the years, he has worked and provided valued input to our Elected Officials including; (Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council Member Jose Huizar, Congressman Javier Becerra, Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez, Senator Gloria Romero, Senator Kevin De Leon, and the list goes on). This experience will allow him to continue to grow and be a pivotal representative for the entire 90032 zip code and beyond. Some of the accomplishments that can be credited to Mr. Manzano are the reduction in vandalism, the creation of programs (Walk the Block – Neighborhood Watch), the preservation of history, community projects (National Night Out – clean ups – CERT), and beautifying our Neighborhoods (by donating and volunteering).

With Mr. Manzano as our new LA-32 NC President, he has the knowledge needed to deliver much more in the sense of progress and will interact with the residents to increase participation and hear the concerns of the community. Please join us on the first Wednesday of each month at the El Sereno Senior Citizen Center, where you will be given a opportunity to express your input and take an active step in the future development of the North-East area of Los Angeles. Next time you see Anthony around; ask him ‘what is the next BIG project’? Then listen, because the answer just might be what you have been waiting for….

Congratulations Mr. President