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The LA-32 NC voted, with a community impact statement, to reject Los Angeles City Council motion to ban plastic grocery bags. Voting to reject basically states that there will be no benefit to the NC community by not allowing plastic bags at grocery store outlets, also rejects council motion that paper bags must be purchased by grocery shoppers.

The impact statement can be viewed here. More info is included in the link below: a Los Angeles Times article with background info.

The ordinance goes into effect Jan 1, 2014.

Dear Friends,

Starting October 1, millions of Americans have the opportunity to shop for and enroll in quality, affordable health insurance. California’s health insurance marketplace, Covered California, will give consumers here in Los Angeles and across the state a new, easy-to-use marketplace where they can compare health insurance options.

Covered California offers a number of options that are based on your specific situation. Depending on your income and family size, you could be eligible for no-cost Medi-Cal or for financial assistance to help reduce your monthly premium costs.

You may apply at, via phone at 800-300-1506 in 13 different languages, in person through a certified enrollment counselor, or by mail. Insurance plans can only be purchased during pre-enrollment starting October 1, 2013, and during open enrollment (January 1 – March 31, 2014) annually.

Have questions?

I invite you to my next Affordable Care Act information session on Saturday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Burbank Middle School, 6460 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

As always, if you have additional questions on finding afffordable health coverage, please call my office at 213-481-1425.

Member of Congress

applesandorangesDear Neighborhood Council Board members and Community Stakeholders:

Please take a moment to complete this on-line survey regarding the proposed consolidation/realignment of city departments:

Direct link:

The direct link is also available via the Planning Department’s Website, please visit: and you will see the link to the survey under “What’s New” on the upper right hand corner.

An online survey has been published as an on-line tool to gather input from as many residents and Neighborhood Council members as possible.  If this issue regarding the proposed consolidation interests you, please take a few minutes to complete the survey. To provide additional feedback, ask questions, and make suggestions about the new department, you may also send the CAO an email at:

Feedback from the survey and your input will help the CAO understand how to implement the new department to better serve the City’s residents. Please note that the consultant will be issuing a final report in early October 2013 with detailed recommendations for implementing the new department. Your input prior to the final report issuance will provide an important perspective on how the new department should be structured, its mission, and how the City can improve delivery of its development services.

For further questions or inquiries you may contact:

Jason Killeen

Office of the City Administrative Officer
Tel:  (213) 473-7574
Fax: (213) 473-7515

Thank you for your time and if you can please encourage your neighbors to also fill out this survey.

Register for the NC CONGRESS OF NEIGHBORHOODS today.  The CONGRESS will take place on Saturday, September 28th 2013 at CITY HALL at 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles!  (18 days from now!)
Remember to put this on your Neighborhood Council Agendas and encourage your board members and active stakeholders to register ASAP!
We have some amazing workshops this year that are filling up quickly!  You can see the line up of workshops here:
The event is completely FREE and includes meals, parking, workshops and networking !
A printable parking pass will be available after registering.
Anyone without access to the Internet can register by calling: 213-978-1481.
Dress code for the event will be casual. There will be a group photo taken during the opening session so feel free to represent your NC with t-shirts, buttons and flair!


Dear Boyle Heights Neighborhood Stakeholders,

My name is Milena Zasadzien and I work with the LA Department of City Planning. I will be the Hearing Officer assigned for the proposed 178-unit student housing project at 1550 San Pablo Street within the USC Medical Campus. It is scheduled for Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 10:00am at City Hall (200 N. Spring St, Room 1020 on the 10th floor).
[Click here for] a copy of the hearing notice and radius map. The radius map highlights three areas: the dark black shows the location of the student housing project on a 2.8-acre site, which is within a hatched area showing the larger 7.7-acre General Plan Amendment/Zone Change request area, which is within the gray area showing the entire USC Campus (the Campus properties are shown since they are included in the shared parking request).
I know that there are several proposed projects for the USC campus currently being discussed and presented at public meetings in your communities, and I just wanted to clarify that this hearing and case will not address any of USC’s plans for street re-designations for the Campus, streetscape plans, or Hazard Park, etc. USC has filed a case with City Planning for the street improvement project, but that case is currently on hold. Once the hold is removed, that project will have separate hearings and opportunities for public involvement, and you will be notified of those as well.
For this hearing, we will only be focusing on the request to change the existing land use and zoning of the site from industrial to commercial, a review of the site plan and elevations, a consideration of a shared parking agreement between the housing project and the rest of the USC campus, as well as determining the adequacy of the environmental review documents. These requests are for a proposed 178-unit student housing project with a 10,400 sq-ft daycare, and to allow for other potential development on the remainder of the site.
I’m currently located in our Valley office, but I can also accommodate any meetings or review of the file, building plans, environmental documents, and other materials at our downtown City Hall office, with reasonable advance notice. Also, please feel free to email or call me with any questions or concerns. If you would like to submit any written correspondence to the file to be included as public comment, you may email me a scanned copy or mail it to my office. Oral testimony will also be taken in at the public hearing on September 20th, and we will have Spanish-speaking translation available at the hearing.
Best regards,

Milena Zasadzien
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. Rm 430. Van Nuys. 91401
818.374.5054  f 818.374.9955


When your friends visit L.A., where do you take them?

Sure, they’re excited to see our world famous landmarks, but tell me about your Los Angeles: the places your friends never knew about until you showed them.

When your friends arrive at LAX, the “Welcome to L.A.” photos at the airport are their first impression of our city. With your help, we’ll identify the most exciting places to feature in those photos. I want to showcase the real L.A. — your L.A.

What do you want to see in those pictures? Suggest your favorite spots to show off our city.

One of the most talented and sought-after photographers in the world, L.A.’s own Catherine Opie, has volunteered to create a series of images to welcome people when they arrive at LAX.

Follow this link to recommend and vote on shooting locations. Your suggestion may become the next photo at LAX.

We Angelenos have so much to be proud of — let’s show the world what we got.

Eric Garcetti

USC and Council District 14 staffers receive mixed reception at latest community briefings.

By Paul Aranda Jr.,

Resident Laurence Calderon and USC official Martha Escutia engage in an animated discussion on parking issues amongst other concerns highlighted over the health science campus master plan. (EGP photo by Paul Aranda Jr.)
Resident Laurence Calderon and USC official Martha Escutia engage in an animated discussion on parking issues amongst other concerns highlighted over the health science campus master plan. (EGP photo by Paul Aranda Jr.)

Over 60 residents gathered at the Hazard Park Gym last week to voice dissent over the proposed master plan for the University of Southern California health sciences campus in Boyle Heights. While the range of objections covered all aspects of the project, the principal concern is the idea of Hazard Park being reduced in size to accommodate new roadways, specifically, the city plan to extend Norfolk Street to Soto Street to create a new entry point into the campus.

For many of the residents gathered in the gym on August 8, a follow up to a similar meeting held on August 3rd, Hazard Park is sacred ground and any plans to alter the area is grounds for suspicions. The park is considered sacred to many residents as it is the site where iconic educator Sal Castro addressed student protestors during the famed walkouts of 1968. Castro died on April 15 of this year and there is currently an ongoing effort to create a monument at the park to Castro and student participants.

Though the proposed Norfolk street extension would appear to have a minimal impact on the overall park, the move symbolizes a much larger concern that the deep-pocketed private university could easily expand its reach further down the line.

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The City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation’s Bikeways Section has completed the design to install bike lanes on Huntington Dr from Kendall Ave to Maycrest Ave.  We are expecting installation in 6-8 weeks.  The project will add bike lanes to the existing lane configuration.  There are no parking impacts in this project.

If you have any additional comments or questions, please contact Mr. Tim Fremaux at 213-972-4957.