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:
  • HIGHLAND PARK
  • SANTA CLARITA
  • SKID ROW
  • SOUTH LOS ANGELES
  • SYLMAR
  • LONG BEACH
  • BELL

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

Los Angeles residents have several options for recycling their Christmas tree this year.

cnt014941LA Sanitation has curbside collection for Christmas trees. If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place inside the green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin on collection day.

Recycle your Christmas tree in the green bin:

  1. REMOVE all ornaments, decorations, tinsels and stand from the tree.
  2. CUT the tree pieces before putting them inside the green bin for regular pick-up on collection day.
  3. PLACE the tree pieces inside the green bin.

Collected Christmas trees will be recycled into compost and mulch that is available to residents for free.

In addition, holiday wrapping paper, cartons, cardboard, Styrofoam® and other expanded polystyrene products, plastics and gift boxes are also recyclable and should be placed in the blue bin. However, it is illegal to place household hazardous waste, such as electronics (i.e. televisions and computers) and batteries into the collection bins. Please take those items to one of seven S.A.F.E. Centers for safe disposal and recycling. Continue reading

This week the Public Safety Committee approved a grant from the Innovation and Performance Commission for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) SOBER Unit pilot program. The program will partner a Nurse Practitioner with a Firefighter/Paramedic to provide service to serial inebriates – patients who are transported multiple times to emergency rooms for intoxication.

5711767f2ec6a-imageThese individuals comprise a disproportionately large percentage of calls for service. Some individuals are transported to emergency rooms more than once per shift, tying up scarce resources. After treatment they are then released back onto the streets. The SOBER Unit will change this dynamic by working with a new County Department of Health Services operated Sobering Center. This center will help with detox and housing resulting in fewer calls for service.

This program follows in the footsteps of the highly successful LAFD Nurse Practitioner Response Unit, an alternative Emergency Medical Services response model for Los Angeles that allows non-urgent, low-level 911 call requests to be screened by LAFD Firefighter EMTs and rerouted to nurse practitioners within the LAFD organization. In their scope of practice, nurse practitioners can conduct comprehensive on-site assessments and perform, treat and release, or treat and transfer.

More info here: http://laist.com/2016/06/07/911_superusers.php

Councilmember Huizar worked with the Department of Transportation to install a new stop sign at the intersection of Newtonia & Maycrest Ave. Near Sierra Vista Elementary, this important safety measure will make the crossing much safer for students and their parents.