LA's Neighborhood Council Coalition "Dude, Where's My Constitution?"
The LANCC met this past Saturday and took on two subjects that stirred three hours of debate and resulted in one resolution.
banged on the hornet's nest and smoke came out. Medical Marijuana was
on the agenda and before the meeting started, it was apparent that this
was a hot topic with lots of emotion on all sides of the issue.
came from all directions, representing passionate supporters, vehement
critics and objective analysts, and speaking on behalf of medical
marijuana patients, collective operators and concerned neighbors.
& Safety's Frank Bush was there to present the City's perspective
from the administrative angle and Jane Usher, in her new position as
Senior Assistant City Attorney, was there to discuss things from the legal perspective.
Through it all, it was apparent
that the speakers were well informed and that the real crisis of
opportunity lay with the City Council of Los Angeles which has stood and rubbed
its hands, debating with more enthusiasm but with less substance than
As the topic wrapped and the LANCC
Chair prepared to move to the next agenda item, a cry went out. "If
we're going to debate for two hours, the least we can do is resolve the issue with
The crowd murmured consent and a
motion was made calling for "The City Council and the City Departments
of Los Angeles to support and defend the Constitution of the State of
out what happened when LANCC continued the meeting and discussed the
City's Budget woes with the SEIU's Julie Butcher, visit Paul Hatfield's blog
for an excellent review and CityWatchLA for Julie's response
NC/LADOT MOU update
"Are We There Yet?"
It has been a long journey, years in fact, since the Neighborhood
Councils first attempted to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the
Department of Transportation. The most recent effort, facilitated by
CityWatchLA's Ken Draper, appears to be approaching the end of the
road, or perhaps it would be more appropriate to refer to this as the
After six months of work, the NC
Negotiating Team and the NC Transpo Reps have a draft MOU which is now
in the hands of Rita Robinson, the General Manager of the LADOT. This
MOU is the result of meetings, both big and small, sometimes with the
LADOT participating and sometimes with NC Reps grappling with the
On Saturday, August 15th, at 10:00 am,
Ms. Robinson will meet with the NC Negotiating Team, the NC Transpo
Reps and the public at the Glassell Park Community Center to address
the proposed NC/LADOT MOU.
CD2 Campaign Events
"Is Everyone Here?"
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."
was the call to action of the Council District 2 Town Hall a couple of
weeks ago when community leaders got together to hammer out a CD2
Vision Platform that would keep the campaign for the empty City Council
seat focussed on the issues that are relevant to the voters of the
first Candidate's Forum, hosted by the LA Horse Council, took place
this past Tuesday night and the Candidates were given high marks for
knowing the issues, for engaging the community and for putting the
future of the community in the spotlight.
up is the Sunland-Tujunga CD2 Candidates Forum on Saturday the 8th
followed by the Valley Glen CD@ Candidates Forum on Tuesday the 18th.
Look to the right for the upcoming schedule.
"What's With All These Bikes?"
|On Sunday, September 27th, at 9:00 am
, cyclists from around the
city will pedal through the Crenshaw Crush, a discovery ride that will
tour the cultural, political and social highlights of the Crenshaw
District. Starting off with Chicory Coffee and Beignet, fired up by the
Drum Circle, the supported ride will be led by the Greensters, LA's
first pedal powered transpo team, and will have routes for the family
as well as for the core elite.
Council District 8's representative to the Bicycle Advisory Committee,
is the organizer who envisioned a bike ride that bringd people
together and gives them an opportunity to discover the community, the
streets, their history, their culture and each other. Aubrey has put
together hosts who will introduce riders to the many unique qualities
of the neighborhood, from the architecture, the backstories and the trivia
to the future, the possibilities and the vision!
Malibu Tragedy update
"What's It Going To Take?"
weeks ago, a hit & run motorist plowed into two cyclists from
behind, killing the father and crushing the son and leaving them both
in the street as he fled the scene. Rod Armas and his son Christian
were on the final stretch of the LAWheelmen's Grand Tour, and were only
a few miles from the finish of a 200 mile bike ride.
past week, the motorist was charged with Felony Vehicular Manslaughter,
Felony Hit and Run Causing Death & Injury, Misdemeanor Driving
Under the Influence. The suspect in this tragic story is employed by
the City of Malibu and as of the day the charges were filed, was still
reporting for duty.
story received minor news coverage when it occurred since then it has
faded from the awareness of even those within law enforcement. It took
several calls and a bit of prompting to get the simple updated
information from the Sheriff's Department.
the cyclists' perspective, this is too typical of the environment in
which we ride. Not only do we have to watch the road and the motorists,
but we also have to watch to see that justice is done when there is a
crime committed against cyclists.
in point, four years ago, two cyclists on PCH were run down from behind
by the operator of a catering truck
who barely tapped his brakes, even
as his truck crushed the cyclists and left them behind. He explained
that his passenger was in the back of the truck cooking and that
hitting the brakes would cause a mess in the truck. He stopped a
quarter mile down the road, was charged with Vehicular Manslaughter and
then sentenced to "time served" and released from jail at the
conclusion of his trial. The mainstream media didn't find the
conclusion of this tragic story to be of interest.
Thompson, the Mandeville Canyon
motorist charged with a road rage
incident that left two cyclists broken and bleeding, is due in court on
September 17th where he will face felony charges of Assault With a
Deadly Weapon, Battery with Serious Bodily Injury, Reckless Driving and
Again, the media was there when there was blood on the street but the pursuit of justice in LA is just so boring!
have long charged that they have the right to expect that "those who
endanger, injure or kill cyclists be dealt with to the full extent of
For this to happen we all need to pay attention, not just on the streets but in the courts.
|Upcoming CD2 Candidates Forums
|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~~~~~~~~~~
Valley Glen Neighborhood
Laurel Grove Neighborhood Association &
Valley Village Homeowners Association
CD2 Candidates Forum
Tue., Aug 18 @ 7pm
"Meet & Greet" start @ 6:30pm
Laurel Hall School
(Oxnard/Radford, east of Laurel Canyon)
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