Community Plan Update Coming

LOS ANGELES – On Wednesday, February 8, 2017 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.

NHNENC Ready To Roll in 2017

North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council has restructured, retooled and is ready for 2017. Early 2016 we completed the election process and appointments adding five new board members. Partnering with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, we revisited our bylaws and standing rules, completed training, and created a strategic plan to promote participation in government and make government more responsive to our local needs.

Part of our approach was to rebrand ourselves with a newly redesigned website, full of great information about what we are doing and how you can get involved presented in an easy to navigate, visually pleasing website. We have carried the same themes over to our eblasts and Facebook presence.

We are seeking to create stronger relationships with you, our stakeholders and have launched a forum speaker series starting with our first one in November on creating a safer community with Councilmember Paul Krekorian and Deputy City Attorney Diego Edber as our panelists. We are currently working on a forum in February on Homelessness.

Another way we are reaching out to our stakeholders is sponsoring and supporting community events where we make a point to meet attendees and invite them to get involved. We sponsored the summer movies in the park bringing ten movies to parks in North Hollywood. In October we partnered with LAPD Foothill Community Police Station for Operation Copsicle, passing out popsicles to kids at Strathern and Arminta Elementary Schools to build relationships and foster community policing.

We were proud to be part of the Village Family Services Run/Walk, as they serve those in our community who need help getting back on their feet from homelessness, neglect, or trauma. To bring fun to North Hollywood, we helped put on the Valley Plaza Recreation Center’s Halloween Carnival, putting together fun games and contests. And we wrapped up the year with a Holiday in the Oaks event at Valley Plaza Park with entertainment, food and live music. Fun was had by all.

As is our tradition, we are partnering with Upward Bound students from North Hollywood and Poly High schools for a clean up on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and we invite you to join us. Tools and refreshments will be provided on Monday, January 16, 8:30am at LAFD 89, 7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

Looking to make an impact in 2017? We are always looking for folks to join our committees and invest in North Hollywood. Sign up for our eblasts and follow us on Facebook, and come to our next meeting on January 19, 6:45pm at LAFD 89. See you there!

NHNENC Hosts Holiday in the Oaks December 10th!

The North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council hosted the Holiday in the Oaks -Holiday Event, Saturday, December 10th. The event, organized by Outreach Vice Chair Judy Harris, was in partnership with the Office of Paul Krekorian, North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council, LA Recreation and Parks, and the Upward Bound Program and North Hollywood High and Polytechnic High Schools. The event featured various acts, food, drinks, and live music was provided by our Council Vice President, Chuck Loring!

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Safe Sidewalks LA Approved by City Council

LOS ANGELES — The City of Los Angeles launched “Safe Sidewalks LA” –its comprehensive 30-year sidewalk repair program, an unprecedented City investment of $1.4 billion to fix its sidewalks, making them accessible to everyone and renewing them as a center of civic life and pride.

The program was approved unanimously by the Los Angeles City Council after nearly three years of public dialogue, led by the Council’s Budget and Finance and Public Works and Gang Reduction Committees in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, and bolstered by input from hundreds of residents from across the City. Safe Sidewalks LA is spearheaded by the City’s Bureau of Engineering (BOE) in close coordination with many departments and agencies, notably the Department on Disability, which will play a vital role in the program’s implementation.

“Safe and restored sidewalks make our neighborhoods more livable and our city more beautiful,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Working with the City Council, we took on a 40-year-old challenge to repair our broken sidewalks. We can now redouble those efforts, and I encourage all Angelenos to take advantage of this historic program. Together we are going to improve access and safety, boost property values and give people across Los Angeles reason to feel good about our public walkways.”

While repairs surrounding City facilities, such as fire stations, police stations, parks, libraries and recreation centers, are currently in progress, this next phase is an expansion of the repair program that will address broken sidewalks and will prioritize repair requests from people with disabilities, their families and caretakers. Through a cost-sharing initiative, this next phase will also offer a limited number of rebates to property owners who are willing to fix their own sidewalks.

“For decades, the City of Los Angeles lacked a coherent plan to deal with crumbling sidewalks in our neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chair of the City’s Budget and Finance Committee. “That’s all changing with Safe Sidewalks LA, an equitable and sustainable plan to repair every sidewalk in the city that needs it. The plan makes good on the city’s promise to improve our neighborhoods and make walkways safe and accessible to everyone, while also offering a limited rebate to home and business owners who want the freedom to initiate repairs themselves. It’s going to completely renew our sidewalk infrastructure in the years to come.”

“Today we are moving one step closer to efficiently and effectively fixing every sidewalk in LA,” said Councilmember Joe Buscaino. “The Sidewalk Rebate program is a limited opportunity for LA property owners to accelerate their sidewalk repair by completing the work themselves and receiving a 50% rebate from the City as well as a warranty on the work.”

“In leading the public-private partnership that is implementing the City’s Sidewalk Repair Program, we are delivering these improvements to the highest standards possible as we work together to make sidewalks accessible to everyone in Los Angeles” said Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer.

Specifically, Safe Sidewalks LA includes:

*Access Request Program: People with a mobility disability who encounter physical barriers due to broken sidewalks, missing curb ramps or other barriers in the public right of way can request a repair.

*Rebate Program: A limited-time rebate for eligible property owners willing to pay for their own sidewalk repairs and get them fixed in an accelerated time. Owners can receive up to $2,000 for a residential lot or $4,000 for a commercial lot. The rebate program will be available for three years.

*Also, the general public can report a sidewalk in need of repair.

To submit a sidewalk repair request and for more information on Safe Sidewalks LA, go to www.sidewalks.lacity.org or call 3-1-1.

City Councilman Paul Krekorian and more join forum 11/30

We kick off our first of our forum series tackling issues in our community, starting Wednesday, November 30th. Councilman Paul Krekorian, Deputy City Attorney Diego Edber and more will join us in the Arminta Elementary School Auditorium at 7:00pm to discuss a range of topics like gang violence, immigration issues, community policing, and more!

Have a question for our panelists? Send our moderator, Outreach Chair Drexel Heard your question or topic of interest and we’ll make sure to add it to our list of questions! Email all questions to dheard@nhnenc.org by Monday, November 28th!

NHNENC Co-Sponsors Valley Halloween Carnival

NoHo North East and NoHo West co-sponsored the Valley Plaza Recreation Center’s 2016 Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 29th. Recreational Center Coordinator, Brenda Shaw and her team did a phenomenal job of putting together games like Graveyard Jenga, Ghost Toss, Chocolate Eating contests, costume contests and more! Council Vice President, Chuck Loring, Outreach Chair Drexel Heard, Judy Harris, and Eric Freedner joined the recreational team to hand jive and shake through the ‘Grease’ themed event!

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