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!