Monday Is Your Deadline to Register to Vote

Trump or Clinton? Legal marijuana? No more death penalty? Property tax increases? Homeless aid? There’s a lot at stake this election.

County election officials reminded residents Thursday that Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election.

There is a variety of ways people can register in time for the Nov. 8 election.

New voters can register online at Registration forms are available at libraries, post offices and most government offices, and can be mailed in. The forms can also be dropped off at the registrar-recorder’s office at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk, on the third floor.

Residents can also use the website to check their registration status.

In addition to the presidential race and the senate race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, there are a myriad of statewide measures tackling everything from the legalization of recreational marijuana to the abolishment of the death penalty.

A littler closer to home, here are the local measures facing Los Angeles voters:

  • Measure HHH would authorize the city to issue up to $1.2 billion in bonds to buy, build or remodel facilities to provide housing and services for the homeless. The bonds would be paid for with an increase in property taxes. Expenditures would be monitored by a citizens oversight committee and an administrative oversight committee, and a financial audit would be conducted annually. (Requires two-thirds of the vote for approval.)
  • Measure JJJ would require certain residential projects of 10 or more units seeking General Plan amendments or zoning changes to provide affordable housing and meet training, local hiring and wage requirements, limit the city’s ability to deny amendments for projects that meet those requirements, require the city to ensure that Community Plan changes do not reduce the capacity for affordable housing units, and create a new affordable housing incentive program for developments near major transit stops.
  • Measure RRR would amend the City Charter to expand the Department of Water and Power board from five to seven members, add qualification requirements, stipends and removal protection, double the minimum budget for the Office of Public Accountability, allow the council and mayor to reappoint the OPA executive director for an additional term, require the DWP to provide a four-year strategic plan for council and mayoral approval, establish a DWP analyst office, expand the board’s contracting authority, and require monthly billing by 2020.
  • Measure SSS would enroll all new airport peace officers in Tier 6 of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions Plan, allow current airport peace officers to enroll at their own expense, and allow new airport police chiefs to enroll in the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System.

9th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair a Huge Success!

Sincere thanks to everyone who attended and supported the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair on Saturday, October 1, 2016. A very special Thank You to those Neighborhood Councils that hosted an Outreach table. We had a great turnout with about 3,000 attending. Over 50% of families responding said they learned about the Fair from Neighborhood Councils. Stakeholders from 69 of the 96 NCs and 14 of 15 Council Districts learned how to be prepared, and in some cases to be better prepared, for disasters and large-scale emergencies. What a great Outreach opportunity!

We distributed a Family Emergency Preparedness (EP) Starter Kit to over 1,100 appreciative families to jump-start their Read more

LA Parks Survey

Our parks are important to our communities. This questionnaire is a great opportunity to let the City of Los Angeles know your thoughts about our parks. What is working? What needs improvement? What’s missing? What would you love to see more of in your community park?

Your feedback is valuable. It will be part of a series of LA PARKS Report Cards that the Office of the City Controller is developing of our community parks in collaboration with KH Consulting Group (KH) and its team members from RAND Corporation and the Office of the Designed Landscape. KH will treat your individual responses confidentially, but will use your concerns to hone recommendations to make our parks even better!

Here is the link to the questionnaire (English and Spanish):

We encourage you to share the link with others – friends, family members, neighbors, park users, constituents… anyone who cares about our parks and their future.

The deadline is October 31st for responding. We want to hear from you!

A Call for Cool Block Leaders!

book-cover-775-px-widthThe nonprofit Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA), in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles, invites Neighborhood Councils and city residents to learn about Cool Blocks LA, a free, five-month pilot program that helps neighborhoods become planet-friendly, disaster-resilient, and community-rich.

The NCSA seeks three Cool Block Leaders within each Council District to build Cool Block teams in their neighborhoods.

Please join us for a Cool Block Cafe on Sunday, October 23 in Hollywood, to learn all about the program and what’s involved in being a Cool Block Leader.

Click here for more information, and RSVP now for a Cool Block Café to learn more, hear from current leaders, and meet other prospective leaders. And please spread the word!

East Valley Emergency Preparedness Summit

Wednesday, October 26 at 6pm

LA Valley College, Monarch Hall
5800 Fulton Ave.
Valley Glen, CA 91401

Are you prepared for the next natural disaster? What should you do in an active shooter situation? Join Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and David Ryu, and the North Hollywood Community Police Advisory Board for an emergency preparedness workshop and training session. Learn how to respond to an emergency or disaster situation, including guidance for how to address an active shooter scenario.
To RSVP, visit

Homelessness Town Hall

October 13, 2016 at 6pm – 9pm

Rosa Parks Learning Center
8855 Noble Ave
North Hills, CA 91343

EP Communications Meeting Meeting this Saturday, October 8th

Hi, Everybody:
Come to our EP Meeting/EP Communications Meeting meeting this Saturday, October 8th, 9:00 AM, at the Flyaway Bus Terminal, Community Meeting Room on the 2nd FloorGo INSIDE — take the elevator at the north end of the building (or the steps outside the building.)  7610 Woodley Avenue (NE Corner of Saticoy and Woodley in Lake BalboaFREE PARKING in the short term lot out front in the spaces closest to Woodley Ave.
Autumn is here (at least according to the calendar!), and we’ve done so much!  The CERT Conference is over, the Neighborhood Council Congress is complete, and the 9th Annual Disaster Preparedness Fair is a great memory!  On top of all that, we’ve put in some long hours at our bins, updating and reorganizing. WHEW!!!  Your EP Committee has been BUSY!  Time to slow down just a tiny bit, take a breath and have some fun!  Hint:  Review your CERT notes and manual!  🙂
Come pat each other on the back for all you’ve accomplished, and enjoy a few of the rewards for all your hard work.  We’ want to think about things we want to accomplish in the coming months, too, so put on your thinking caps!  What do YOU want us to get done???
It’s going to be a less intense meeting this month, so come relax, enjoy, learn a few things, and anticipate the coming of the Great Pumpkin!  😉
Linda Pruett and Sandy Joseph, Co-Chairs
Emergency Preparedness Committee
Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council
(818) 384-8375 Direct to Linda

City Approves Neighborhood Council Division Reform

This month, the City Council voted to support a plan to simplify the process to allow for new neighborhood councils in smaller communities that are part of existing NCs. The old de-certification process was an unfair and overbearing process to people who serve as volunteers. The new ordinance allows for up to five new sub-division neighborhood council additions every two years while incorporating safeguards to protect the integrity and long-standing goals of our neighborhood councils.

Recap of LA’s 2016 Congress of Neighborhood Councils

This year’s Congress of Neighborhoods for the Neighborhood Councils (NCs) was up in attendance by the hundreds and consistent in quality as previous years. The program was well planned out and consisted of workshops from gaining knowledge of City departments’ protocols to improving pertinent management skills required of NC board members for successful interactions in increasing City engagement. There were 39 workshops coordinated with presenters, some with moderators and panelists that included City officials.

The LAPD Cadets served as hospitality hosts, adding charm and formality to the NC Congress. Their elegance was all around the rotunda of the 3rd floor at City Hall, providing directions to arriving visitors. “In that direction,” said one as she pointed with her white gloves.

In the opening session, City Council President Herb Wesson, Chair of the L.A. City Neighborhood Councils Committee, opened with Read more

Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair 2016

Saturday October 1, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Free admission • Free family EP kits* • Free parking
Free food* (all-beef hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggieburgers with fixings)
Everything is free at the Fair to encourage everyone to be disaster ready.

Fire Station 87

10124 Balboa Blvd
Granada Hills, California 91344
(between Devonshire St. & Lassen St.)
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