Just Two Weeks Left to Register as a Candidate for Our Upcoming Board Election

Online registration submissions end at 11:59 pm on Wed, February 17, 2016.

Register at http://empowerla.org/nccr

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Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council Election Info — Vote Online this Year!

NEW! Online Voting
2016 Board Election

Register to Vote Online at www.empowerla.org/vrp
Voter Registration Period: December 1, 2015 – April 10, 2016

Run for a Board Seat:
Candidate Registration:  January 3, 2016 – February 17, 2016

Election Dates:
Registered Online Voters can Vote: March 27 – April 17, 2016
At Polling Place: Sunday, April 17, 2016

Election info: EmpowerLA.org/Elections or call 818-293-VOTE (8683)

Lunar New Year Celebration on the LA Waterfront


Please join us at the 2nd Annual Lunar New Year Festival on the LA Waterfront, held on Saturday, February 6, 2-7 p.m. at the Downtown Harbor in San Pedro (Harbor Blvd. and 6th Street)

Join us for unforgettable activities, compliments of the Port of Los Angeles:

• Cultural Entertainment
• Lion Dancers
• Crafts
• Petting Zoo
• Food
• Fireworks Finale
Click here for 2016 Lunar New Year Festival flier


2:00 p.m.

  • Festival, booths, and activities officially open
  • Tai Chi Demonstration with Angie
  • Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center Folk Dancers
  • Magic with Fantastick Patrick
  • Japanese Cultural Dancers
  • Korean Dance Academy of Los Angeles Folk Dancers
  • Dragon Martial Arts Demonstration
  • Lion Dancers (Tentative)
  • Kokoro Taiko Kai of Long Beach (Japanese Drumming)

7:00 p.m. Fireworks Finale
7:15 p.m. Festival Closes

Spay/Neuter Event

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian’s office will be hosting a Spay/Neuter Event on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

The event will take place at the East Valley Animal Shelter (14409 Vanowen St. Van Nuys, CA 91405).

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2016 Congressional Art Competition

All high school students who reside in California’s 29th Congressional district are invited to participate in our annual 2016 Congressional Art Competition.

Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the event is a nationwide annual art competition that allowed high school students from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability.

The winning piece of art from each Congressional district is displayed in an eleven-month exhibit in the Cannon tunnel that leads into the U.S. Capitol, alongside the winning artwork from other congressional districts across the nation.

All artwork must be submitted to the Office of Congressman Tony Cárdenas located at 8134 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 206, Panorama City, CA 91402 by April 15, 2015. Artwork entered in the contest may be no larger than 28”x28”x4” when framed and may not weigh more than 15 pounds. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution, and must be two dimensional. Please see the attached Congressional Art Competition Flier for more information. Also, included are the Rules for Teachers and Students, and Student Release Form.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the competition, please contact Jenny Rayas at (818) 781-7407 or Jenny.Rayas@mail.house.gov. You may also visit www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/ or Cardenas.House.gov.

Join the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT)

Volunteers: Have you been told that you are a good listener? Are you usually the one to comfort your friends and family in difficult times? Do you want make a difference in someone’s life? The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team is looking for kind and compassionate Angelenos to join our team.

Description: Members of the Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, traffic fatalities, officer involved shooting, death notification, infant deaths, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents.

Notes on Application and Training: The training program is 9-weeks (6 hours a week, twice a week between 6pm and 9pm, at the Los Angeles, Police Administrations Building. This training provides volunteers with information, training and support to be able to respond to crisis situations as a member of the CRT. We require volunteers to be on-call 36 hours a month, to be deployed within their respective bureaus. A minimum of a one year commitment is required. You must be 21 years of age to apply.

Please contact: edward.alamo@lacity.org with any questions.

Follow the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team on Facebook and Twitter @LA_CRT

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Go, Go, Go LA App Debuts

Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Xerox for the launch of Go LA, a transportation app that provides detailed information on every available mode of getting around the Los Angeles region.

Watch the Go LA App video, which highlights a significant step in improving safety for people who walk, roll, bicycle, use transit and drive on our streets. This is the first app in the nation which will be able to compare multi-provider trip itineraries, i.e., trips that combine arbitrary modes of transportation including personal (car, walk, bike), shared (ZipCar, bikeshare, etc.), ride hailing (Uber, Lyft, taxis, etc.) and public (bus, subway, train, etc.) options. Even parking information is included! It provides a higher level of transparency and allows people to make more knowledgeable decisions about how they travel.

To download and learn more please visit GoLAapp.com

Los Angeles Fire Department Career Expo – Saturday, January 30

Come join us at the Los Angeles Fire Department Career Expo on January 30th from Saturday, noon to 4pm at LAFD Drill Tower 81, 14355 Arminta Street, Panorama City, CA 91402

Register today and call the LAFD Firefighter Recruitment Section at (213) 893-9899 for more information. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lafd-career-expo-tickets-20730638899

The LAFD is about more than fighting fires. You’ll be able to take advantage of career opportunities as diverse as our city. Come and learn about what we do from active firefighters and paramedics. You can try on equipment, learn about tests and requirements, and familiarize yourself with the department.

Visit JOINLAFD.ORG for more information about a career with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Mayor Garcetti Announces New Fund for Art and Culture in Public Spaces

Arts Activation Fund will award $200,000 in grants to support the creation and installation of art and cultural projects throughout Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a $200,000 grant program that will support the work of local artists and bring new vibrancy to public spaces across L.A.

The Arts Activation Fund, a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will provide funding to artists with inspiring ideas for public art projects and cultural events in their neighborhoods.

“Art has the power to transform our perception, attitude and behavior — and is especially impactful when it lives in places that are accessible to everyone,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Arts Activation Fund will support the creative genius that thrives in our city, and give Angelenos an opportunity to reimagine public spaces in their neighborhoods as vibrant, exciting, and creative places.”

The $200,000 fund, established with the support of the L.A. City Council, will be allocated to between eight and 15 projects, with each project eligible to receive as much as $15,000. The program is designed to fund a range of projects across the City that complement the unique character of their neighborhoods. In this spirit, the fund will prioritize artists with proposals for their own neighborhoods, and whose projects have strong support from their local communities.

The projects can take the form of temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are free to the community and situated in public places or within public view anywhere in the City. They will be conceived, developed, and presented within a two- to three-month timeline. Individual artists, collectives, limited partnerships, nonprofit organizations, and commercial businesses across the City are all eligible to apply.

“Through the work in my committee, we reactivated the Mural Ordinance, revived the Arts Development Fee resulting in millions of dollars for new public art, and guided the new Arts Activation Fund, which will contribute to Los Angeles as a city that values its arts and culture,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, and Los Angeles River Committee. “I want to thank DCA General Manager Danielle Brazell and her staff for their work to identify even more opportunities for artists to shine in the City of Los Angeles.”

The Arts Activation Fund propels Mayor Garcetti’s effort to improve public spaces across the City through community place-making and public art. Last year, the City launched a $200,000 Great Streets Challenge Grant Program that funded eight community projects to reimagine their Great Streets as public spaces.

“Public spaces in our neighborhoods and along our City’s Great Streets provide an open canvas for us to use our creative strength to animate and activate our communities through arts and culture,” said Danielle Brazell, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. “The Arts Activation Fund connects local artists to these spaces and the people indigenous to them to reinforce neighborhood identities and celebrate L.A.’s diversity.”

For more information, and to submit a proposal for funding through the Arts Activation Fund, visit dcaredesign.org/artsactivate. To find out more about Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative, visit www.lamayor.org/greatstreets.

The DCA ARTS ACTIVATION FUND (AFF) supports creative, community-benefit projects in Los Angeles.

AAF is a bi-monthly fund to support creative-placemaking projects in neighborhoods or near the City of LA’s designatedGreat Streets.

AAF projects should be temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are free to the community and appropriately sited in public places or within public view. These experiences can be planned, developed, and inaugurated within a 2-3 month production schedule.  If proposed objects are to be publically placed beyond three years or proposed events are to reoccur, applicants should make note of this possible longevity in their application.

Applicants may request up to $15,000 of support. Applicants are not required to raise additional funds to match their city investment; however, crowd-funding and supplementary funding is welcome and may be considered a sign of grassroots support. Projects that cost $15,000 or greater should be broken into two phases of construction or implementation.

Approximately 8-16 projects will be supported each year.

Preparing Your Home For El Niño

What is El Niño?
El Niño is a warming of the Pacific Ocean near the equator caused by a weakening of the trade winds that normally push sun-warmed waters to the west. When ocean temperatures are warmer or cooler than normal, they can affect weather around the world. In the United States, El Niño often changes typical weather patterns and could bring drier conditions to some areas and intense rainfall amounts to others.

When are the heavy rains expected?
In Los Angeles, the normal wet season happens between October and February. The peak of our wet weather for this El Niño is expected to occur between December 2015 and February 2016. After four years of drought and wildfires, much of the land across Los Angeles is incapable of absorbing large amounts of rain, increasing the potential for flooding and mudslides.

What are the effects of a strong El Niño winter?
El Niño is expected to bring heavy rainfall this winter, especially to the southern tier of the United States. The intensity and duration of rainfall in the coming months could lead to devastating floods, mudslides and debris flows, especially in areas affected by prolonged drought or areas scarred by past wildfires.

How can you get ready for El Niño?

  • Know your flood risk. Flooding is the costliest and deadliest disaster in the US. Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flooding. Decide if flood insurance is right for you.
  • Pay attention to the weather and to any advisories or warnings related to winter storms.
  • Get free emergency alerts sent to you via text, voicemail, or email by registering at NotifyLA.org, the City of Los Angeles official emergency alert system.
  • Keep streets and gutters clear before and during storms. One plastic trash bag can block a storm drain and flood an entire street.
  • Get a kit and make a plan. An emergency kit stocked with food, water, flashlights, and extra medications and batteries will help you weather the storm.
  • Fix poorly draining or leaky roof tops.
  • Check your windshield wipers and brakes, replace if necessary.
  • Never try to drive through a flooded roadway. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet or disable your vehicle.

We encourage all Angelenos to register with NotifyLA, the City’s mass notification system to find extensive information about storm and emergency preparedness. Once an individual registers, they will receive information via voice, text, or email message alerts only if their geographic area is impacted by an emergency. To register, go to www.ElNinoLA.com.

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