LA's City Clerk was kept busy, certifying a total of 10 Candidates
for the open Council District 2 seat that represents an area stretching
from Sunland-Tujunga, Foothill Trails, Sun Valley and NoHo across Valley Village, Studio City, Sherman Oaks,
Valley Glen, and picking up a bit of Van Nuys.
roster of candidates is as diverse as the council district itself and
voters were busy this past weekend framing a "Vision Platform" that
they intend to use to frame the upcoming debates and forums.
for a campaign that is based on the issues, on a vision and on a shared
commitment to improving the quality of life in CD2. Most importantly
for the City of Los Angeles as a whole, look for CD2 to demonstrate the
power of an issues based campaign, driven by the voters and used to
position the prevailing candidate in a working relationship with the
To the right is a list of upcoming CD2 election events, also to the right is the final list of candidates.
Park[ing] Day LA says
"Streets are for People!"
|The East Hollywood Neighborhood Council has unveiled their plans
for their 3rd annual celebration of Park[ing] Day LA and Alfredo "the
Park Czar" Hernandez promises that it will have something for everybody.
Day LA hits the streets of Los Angeles on Friday, September 18th, as
artists, designers and activists throughout the city step up to the
curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to transform curbside
metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
for East Hollywood, this year their park
will become permanent as the LA Guerrilla Garden(ing) uses the
Park[ing] Day LA materials to build a park in the neighborhood as a
leave-behind and community improvement.
For more information on Park[ing] Day LA, visit www.ParkingDayLA.com, join the facebook page and email Stephen@ThirdEyeCreative.net if you'd like the Park Czar to give a presentation to your Neighborhood Council.
Trailer Park[ing] Day LA is on the move!
The Greensters transported
all Grip & Electric gear, Camera and Sound equipment, food and
supplies for the entire film shoot. The transpo team convoyed through
the streets of Hollywood using Xtracycles, wagons, trailers and pedal
power, all in a demonstration of commitment to a sustainable lifestyle.
Greensters are plann[ing] to celebrate Park[ing] Day LA doing what they
do best, haul[ing] all the elements of a park through the streets of
LA, paus[ing] to build parks as opportunity presents itself.
Greensters will be creat[ing] parks with music, vegan cupcakes,
ice-cream, beverages, witty repartee, a zero waste commitment, and an
LA Guerrilla Garden[ing] seed bomb element which will allow
participants to pollinate their neighborhoods with their very own
Neighborhood Councils develop
MOU with LADOT
Final preparations are underway on the Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) between the Neighborhood Councils and the Department of
MOU Representatives from
Neighborhood Councils are invited to join the NCTranspo Team on
Saturday, August 1st to take a look at the proposed Draft MOU as
developed by the NC negotiating team.
Saturday, August 1 @ 1 pm
Marvin Braude Constituent Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91401
Bikes, Bikes, Bikes!
What's with all the Bikes?
|LABAC - Where's the Bike Plan? Cyclists gather on Tuesday
evening at LAPD's Parker Center to join the LA Bicycle Advisory
Committee as they take on the issues that are important to cyclists
throughout the City. Meeting every two months, the LABAC will be
addressing the City's missing Bike Plan, LAPD training on bike issues,
and the Expo Line Bike Path.
7:00 PM, Tuesday, August 4
Parker Center Auditorium
150 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
BWC - Cyclists' Bill of Rights!
The Bike Writers Collective developed the Cyclists' Bill of Rights a
year and a half ago. Since then, the CBR has been featured in the Wall
Street Journal, the London Telegraph, Bicycling Magazine and LA
Magazine. It has been featured on radio and television and has picked
up endorsements from Neighborhood Councils around the City of Los
Angeles. East Hollywood was the first, Mar Vista and Palms were the
most recent and somewhere in the middle, the LA City Council also voted
to endorse the CBR. Has your Neighborhood Council taken a stand in favor of the Cyclists' Bill of Rights? Take a look and give us a shout. We'd love to present the CBR and to engage in
a larger discussion of how to make our streets safer for everybody! "Bike-on-Rail" (or not!)
Cyclists were shocked to discover that the Metro's solution to
congestion is to limit cyclists to two per rail car, not just during
peak hours, but at all hours. Prior limits prohibited cyclists from
riding rail during peak hours but relied on common sense restrictions
during other hours. In other words, don't get on a full rail car!
Metro is currently proposing to lift the peak hour restriction but to
replace it with a universal restriction of two cyclists per rail car.
is difficult and sometime complicated, but if we work together we can
develop inspired solutions to the many opportunities we face. Join us
in urging the Metro to involve the cycling community in capacity
solutions that result in a robust Transportation System that serves all
people and all modes.
North East Central Alliance
Develops Its Voice
|Enci & I were honored with an invitation to present "Get Connected" to NECA, the North East Central Alliance of Neighborhood
Councils, and we shared an overview of social media and strategies for
creating community through communication.
mission is to provide the area neighborhood councils with a unified
voice, and based on our experience on Wednesday, they are well on their way
to making it happen. They were positive, they were aggressive and they
were committed to rallying the community and speaking clearly, all
while engaging the neighborhoods and developing their voice.
were inspired and encouraged and filled with hope. Especially when
we watched as the 15 at the table addressed their budget concerns with
a unique solution. "Let's keep it simple. If there's money involved, we
pass the hat!" It was then that we realized that LA's City Council had
just met their match!
NECA meets on the last
Wednesday of every month and includes the Silver Lake, Greater Echo Park
Elysian, East Hollywood, Atwater Village, Greater Griffith Park,
MacArthur Park, Westlake, Rampart Village, Pico Unio, Eagle Rock,
Glassell Park and Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Councils.
AB766 - Safe Streets Bill
Challenges Speed Limit Increases
|It's been several months since Enci and I went to Sacramento in
support of Assemblyman Paul Krekorian's AB766 Safe Streets bill, a
proposal that would give local communities more authority over the methods used for setting the speed limits on
Current State Law requires
local authorities to review speed limits periodically and to adjust the
speed limits to reflect the actual speed of motorists, using the 85%
rule which establishes the speed limit so that 85% of the traffic is
traveling legally, all in order to use radar/laser speed limit
The problem is that the speed
limits on many of our streets are slowly creeping up while our
Transportation authorities pass over other methods of traffic control
ranging from road diets, signal sync, bike boulevards and education and encouragement programs, all of which
support safer streets for everybody including pedestrians and cyclists.
didn't make it to through to the Assembly but it did result in a public
forum, to be held here in LA, to address the issues that have been
raised in the Safe Streets journey.
Saturday, August 22, 2 pm to 4 pm
Marvin Braude Constituent Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91401
|Upcoming CD2 Candidates Forums
|Equestrian Communities CD2 Candidates Forum
Sponsored by the
LA Horse Council
Tuesday, Aug 4, 6:30pm
All Nations Church
10000 Foothill Blvd
Lake View Terrace
Info: 818 353-3467~~~~~~~~~~Sunland-Tujunga CD2 Candidates Forum
Saturday Aug 8
Meet & Greet 1-2 pm Forum 2-4:30 pm
North Valley City Hall
7747 Foothill Blvd
Info: 818 438-7076~~~~~~~~~~Neighborhood Council
Council District 2
Wednesday, Aug 26 @ 7pm Colfax Elementary
Info: www.myvalleyvillage.com~~~~~~~~~~The Sherman Oaks
Wednesday Aug 19
"Meet & Greet" start @ 6:15pm
Wednesday Sep 16
candidate debate start @ 7:15pm
Notre Dame High School at Woodman & Riverside
~~~~~~~~~~The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council
Monday, Sep 14 @ 6:30pm
Info: (818) 990-4002 or email@example.com
Park[ing] Day LA
Friday, September 18, 2009
CityWide in a park(ing) space near you!
|(in Ballot order)|
JOZEF "JOE" THOMAS ESSAVI
DAVID "ZUMA DOGG" SALTSBURG