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How to start your activism in the New Year

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Look around your community, and you can find many ways to get involved in your neighborhood. Whether it's the PTA, or the Chamber of Commerce, or the local charities, there are many things you can be a part of.

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But, then, there's the Neighborhood Council system, too, which is unique to the city of Los Angeles. You can run for an office of the advisory board, or you can be a part of the many intriguing committees and get your hands dirty getting very involved.

In this long file there are not only summaries of what has occurred over the past year, but how you can run for the Neighborhood Council, and what committees are coming up just this week! Start now!

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City Councilman Paul Krekorian gave a New Year's note:

I'm encouraged by our progress so far, and while challenges still lie ahead, I'm confident that the New Year will be brighter still.

This year we celebrated the news that crime dropped in Los Angeles for the 10th consecutive year, making us the safest big city in America. In Council District Two, we've seen job growth and increased business revenues every year since I was elected to the Council, and I'm working hard to expand opportunity further by assisting small businesses, boosting local film and TV production and investing in our infrastructure.

As Budget and Finance Chair, I've led the stabilization of the city's fiscal health, and we've begun taking steps toward restoring services such as extending library hours, increasing graffiti removal and upgrading ambulance service. In my district, we've opened new playgrounds, resurfaced or slurry sealed nearly 50 miles of streets and increased tree trimming. And in the year that marked the centennial of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, we stood on the shoulders of William Mulholland and successfully completed one of the largest and most challenging infrastructure projects in recent memory by replacing one of the city's largest water lines, through Coldwater Canyon, ahead of schedule and under budget.

I'm incredibly grateful to have the honor of representing a district that is known for its activism, in which so many people devote their time, talents and energy to making their community a better place. I'm also blessed to have an exceptionally talented and committed staff of professionals who work hard every day for the people we represent, and as I reflect back on this year I'm very grateful that each of them is a part of our team. Working together, we will continue to build a better future for North Hollywood, Studio City, Sun Valley, Valley Glen, Valley Village and Van Nuys. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to play a part in that progress.

From Studio City Neighborhood Council President John Walker:

Because of your support and advocacy we have been able to accomplish what
heretofore has never happened! We have been able to fight for and be victorious
in keeping Studio City a community that others, all across Los Angeles admire.
We have been able to retain the *suburban* neighborhoods that we enjoy.

We have been able to (negotiate) on a good-neighbor basis, a resolve to
several major projects, not the least of which was the NBCUniversal Development.
We came to a resolve at the table that brought something important to both
Universal and our own community.

Just recently, we responded to another Draft Environmental Impact Report
regarding the Harvard-Westlake project and represented fairness for all sides.
That was accomplished through hard work, being receptive and hearing what
everyone in the community was saying. The result of that work can be seen on
our website: www.studiocitync.org.

In the coming year, you will be starting to read and see information about the
Neighborhood Council elections that will be taking place in March, 2014. I urge
you to stay involved and if you haven't yet thought about it, look at running
for a Board seat! All categories are open and you can find more information now
at: www.empowerla.org.

Sincerely,

Dr. John T. Walker, PhD. President, SCNC

From Lisa Cahan Davis, of the Studio City Neighborhood Council:

With your help, I invite you to share the attached flyer with your stakeholders to alert them that they can make a difference in their community by becoming a candidate and running for a Studio City Neighborhood Council board seat.

The following link provides details as to the 16 board seats available, candidate filing link, election date/time/location, candidate and voting requirements, council mapping, and more: http://empowerla.org/scnc/studio-city-nc-2014-election/.

Studio City sits in Region 4 for this year's neighborhood council board elections, which will be held on March 20, 2014 in the Walter Reed Middle School

Auditorium Foyer, 4525 Irvine Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91602 from 4pm - 8pm.

Please contact me at 818-506-8852 or via email (lcdavis@studiocitync.org) for any questions you may have.

Kind regards,
Lisa

What is going on locally? There are many committees, but this is going on just this week, check here for more: http://studiocitync.org

Budget Committee

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 After 7:00 PM 4024 Radford Avenue, Editorial 2, Room 6
Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 655-5400

1. Call to Order & Roll Call (1 min).
2. Public Comments on non-agenda items within the Committee's jurisdiction (10 min).
3. Response(s) to public comments by Committee Members (10 min).
4. Treasurer’s Report (10 min).
5. Presentation, discussion and possible motion with respect to funding up to $655 to the SCNC Outreach Committee
to Co-Host with The Village Gardeners of the Los Angeles River a Green Fair on February 22, 2014. (15 min).
Motion for discussion: The Board of the Studio City Neighborhood Council approves a funding
request of up to $655 to the SCNC Outreach Committee to Co-Host with The Village Gardeners of the
Los Angeles River a Green Fair on February 22, 2014.
6. Adjournment (1 min).

Public Safety Committee

Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:30 PM 4024 Radford Avenue, Editorial 2, Room 6
Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 655-5400

1. Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance & Roll Call (1 min).
2. Approval of November 21, 2013 Public Safety Committee meeting minutes (3 min).
3. Update by the Committee Chair (10 min).
4. Public Comments on non-agenda items within the Committee's jurisdiction (10 min).
5. Response(s) to public comments by Committee Members (10 min).
6. Presentation, discussion and possible motion with respect to the LAFD # 78 request to look
into the SCNC purchasing a ‘High Voltage Telescopic Hot Stick’ for downed power lines in Studio City
(15 min).
7. Presentation, discussion and possible motion with respect to scheduling both a CERT training
program and CPR/AED and First Aid certification with LAFD and American Red Cross (10 min).
8. Discussion with respect to setting a date to initiate an advisory committee on ways to proceed with
preparations for the August 5, 2014 “31st Annual National Night Out’ (15 min).
9. Presentation, discussion and possible motion with respect to hosting a Disaster Awareness
Course (DAC) taught by the LAFD Homeland Security Division (15 min).
10. Comments from members on subject matter within the Committee’s jurisdiction (10 min).
11. Closing comments by the Committee Chair (3 min).

Transportation Committee

Thursday, January 9, 2014 8:00 PM 4024 Radford Avenue, Editorial 2, Room 6 Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 655-5400

1. Call to Order & Roll Call (1 min).
2. Approval of November 11, 2013 Transportation Committee meeting minutes (3 min).
3. Update by the Committee Chair (3 min).
4. Public Comments on non-agenda items within the Committee's jurisdiction (10 min).
5. Response(s) to public comments by Committee Members (10 min).
6. Presentation, discussion and possible motion with respect to parking expansion at the
Studio City/Universal Metro Station and parking monitoring to limit parking to those using
the Metro Red Line vs. those avoiding parking fees at Universal Studios (15 min).
7. Presentation, discussion and possible motion with respect to parking restrictions at Troost
Avenue and Dilling Street to reduce loitering and possible illegal activity (15 min).
8. Presentation, discussion and possible motion with respect to morning cut-through traffic
on the Dona Streets and connecting streets to the north for those attempting to avoid
traffic congestion on Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Mulholland Drive (15 min).
9. Presentation and discussion of Transportation Committee Gripe List (10 min).
10.Comments from members on subject matter within the Committee’s jurisdiction (5 min).
11. Closing comments by the Committee Chair (3 min).
12.Adjournment (1 min).

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