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Mayor Garcetti delivered his State of the City Address April 16 saying that he needs the help of Angelenos to improve our quality of life in Los Angeles. This coming fiscal year, please consider joining the Mayor, the City Council, City departments, and community partners to spur economic growth in key industries, improve regional infrastructure connectivity, and ensure everyone benefits from the progress of the City.

In his address, the Mayor said the word “neighborhood” 25 times, which is a call not just to City Departments to take action, but a partnership opportunity for all Neighborhood Councils to engage in those instances where resources are being planned for neighborhoods. Here are a few objectives for the year:

  • Homelessness – providing emergency shelters, supportive services, parking, and storage
  • Crime – strategically deploying officers, expanding the Domestic Abuse Response Teams, investing in gang prevention and intervention services, and decreasing the number of gun possession
  • Jobs – attracting and supporting filming, innovation and the tech industry
  • Transportation – investing in regional transportation connectivity
  • Community Health – increasing youth participation in Recreation and Parks sports programs

On eradicating homelessness in the City, the Mayor called for a partnership with NCs to help in City Hall’s efforts to provide more long term solutions to the needs of homeless Angelenos, and I quote, “I met with business leaders, service providers, and the 44 Neighborhood Council homelessness liaisons from across L.A. to brief them on our efforts. They all plan to work closely with their Councilpersons to identify sites and build support for safe parking, shelter, and storage for homeless Angelenos. And it starts here at City Hall, where everyone shares in the responsibility of ending this crisis.”

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The CARE Study will assess arsenic, lead, mercury, and other chemicals in your body and provide information on what you and your family can do to reduce your contact with these chemicals.

The goal of the California Regional Exposure (CARE) Study is to measure and compare environmental chemicals in people across the state. This information will support efforts to reduce chemical exposure in Californians and improve public health. Visit the CARE website to take a 2-minute survey at www.cdph.ca.gov/CARE

  • Enroll between 300-500 adults, representing different racial and ethnic backgrounds, income levels, and communities within the study area
  • Collect information from participants to identify potential exposure sources
  • Collect blood and urine samples
  • Measure levels of selected metals and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances
  • Return individual results to participants
  • Hold community meetings to describe overall study findings
  • Release summary results to the public through our website

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On Saturday, January 27, 2018, Harbor Gateway North received a Clean Streets LA award at City Hall. This is our second win. Thanks go to Saira Cooper, HGNNC Vice Chair and organizer of our Clean Streets effort and all who participated.

March 2018 the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council was nominated for an EmpowerLA Award for this project.

Here’s what we did:

HGNNC worked with the schools in our area to empower youth on community beautification and promote the 311 applications. We collaborated with 3 schools in the area: Alliance J. Skirball MS,EC-MS, Gardena ES.

  • Saira Cooper, HGNNC Vice Chair, created a MY LA 311 power point to use at the workshops so the parents can see first hand how to use 311 online.
  • We used MY LA 311 brochures and flyers in both English and Spanish, sent from Clean Streets of LA Office to give out at every 311 workshop.
  • We sent an email blast to 450 of our constituents to use 311 services for autumn clean ups.
  • We brought guest speakers from LAPD, Councilman Joe Buscaino’s Office, Dept. of Sanitation.

A group of USC students, working to develop a proposal for transportation electrification for the LA Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, is conducting a survey in communities with high traffic and pollution, on electric vehicles.

Please take the survey.

Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council has received news that former Board Member, Ramon Montoya has passed away. We remember and are grateful for his service and share this news with you:

Ramon Montoya Age 67
May 7, 1950 – March 15,2018

Ray went home to be with the Lord the morning of Thursday March 15th, after an extended battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.

Ray is survived by his wife of 47 years, Maureen and his three children Raymond Montoya, Ricardo Montoya & Yvonne Muñoz. He was a wonderful Grandfather, Great-grandfather, Uncle, Cousin & Friend.

He was very involved in his church & in the community. He was a deacon at Grace Baptist Church, served on the Harbor Gateway North council and was a member of ILWU local 13 longshore union.

Please join us as we celebrate his life and remember the gift that he was.

~Viewing~
Friday March 23,2018
6:30-8:30pm
Restoration- Life Church
4234 W. 147th St.
Lawndale Ca. 90260

~Funeral~
Saturday March 24,2018
12 noon
GraveSite service 2pm
Green Hills Memorial Park
27501 S. Western Ave.
Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca. 90275

The two affordable supported housing projects which Meta Housing has been building at 535 W. El Segundo Blvd., west of Figueroa Street, and at 550 W. 127th Street will both open in April.

127th Street Apartments

To qualify for one of the 85 units in the 127th Street Apartments, you must be currently homeless or a chronically ill homeless person and referred by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health or the Health Department.

El Segundo Boulevard Apartments

The general public can qualify for one of the 22 3-bedroom, 2 bath units in the El Segundo Boulevard Apartments if your income is below 50% of the area median income. No pets are allowed, except for service animals. Of the 22 units, 10 will be reserved for those with mobility impairments and 4 will be reserved for those with visual or hearing impairments. Applicants need to either apply online before March 12 or send a card or postcard by March 12. The 22 new renters will be chosen in a lottery of those who have applied either online or via postcard or letter.

For applications and further information, apply online at www.elsegundoboulevardapartments.com

or send a letter or postcard with your name, address, and telephone number to

El Segundo Boulevard Apartments
c/o The John Stewart Company
888 S. Figueroa Street, suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

There are a total of 74 units in this building, with the other 52 units being filled via referrals by agencies, such as the Department of Mental Health and LAHSA Coordinated Entry System.

The LAPD has released their draft policy regarding releasing critical incident video, which calls for releasing the video within 45 days of the incident or sooner along with relevant information to provide context. Critical incidents are described as:

-Officer-involved shootings, regardless of whether a person was hit by gunfire

-A use of force resulting in death or serious bodily injury requiring hospitalization;

-All deaths while an arrestee/detainee is in the custodial care of the Department unless there is no preliminary evidence of any of the following: misconduct, a use of force, or an act committed by an arrestee/detainee that appears intended to cause injury or death; or

-Any other police encounter where the Commission or the Chief of Police determines release of video is in the public interest.

There may be cases for delayed release. Read the whole policy on the LAPD site.

The public is invited to comment:

Email: videoreleaseinput@lapd.online, or in writing by mailing comments to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, 100 West 1st Street, Suite 134, Los Angeles, California 90012. A summary of the comments received will be provided to the Board of Police Commissioners on March 13, at which time they may act to approve the policy. Explanation of Development of Video Policy Process.

Police Chief

The LAPD is also conducting a survey to collect the public’s opinion on the qualities needed in the next Chief of Police. The deadline is March 23, 2018. You may complete the survey, email your comments to Per.COP.comments@lacity.org or mail them to:
LAPD – Police Commission
100 West 1st Street, Room 134
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Harbor Gateway residents are mobilizing to fight a 54-foot-tall, 466,000-square foot warehouse that would be built across Redondo Beach Blvd.

Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council (HGNNC) has taken the position that “the Mitigated Negative Declaration is completely inadequate and incomplete and that the over-all proposed Project is incompatible and objectionable in many respects with the location and existing uses.”  HGNNC takes this position after extensive review of the proposal and with advice from technical experts. HGNNC cites the major impacts of noise from the large trucks driving in and out of the warehouse facility at night, if 24-hour operation is granted, air pollution impacts to nearby residences, outdoor sports fields, other sensitive uses from more than 338 daily diesel truck trips along Redondo Beach Blvd. from the I-110 freeway, and traffic impacts to all of the intersections along Redondo Beach Blvd.  Because the environmental review of the Mitigated Negative Declaration was so superficial and inadequate, the Council seeks a full Environmental Impact Report be completed which would consider alternative to the current project, such as a smaller warehouse project with re-oriented siting which would not so severely impact the outdoor sports fields of Rosecrans Recreation Center, a commercial use similar to the nearby Gateway Crossroads Center, 200 units of affordable housing with public park space, and using the full site as public park space.  On January 17, the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Board voted 11-0-0 to approve a position letter regarding the  466, 402 square foot, 54-foot tall warehouse which is proposed to be built at 747-761 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., the northeast corner of Redondo Beach Blvd. and Vermont Avenue on a currently vacant lot.

The letter has been submitted to Oliver Netburn, the City Planner assigned to the case CPC-2017-1014-CU-ZAA-ZAD-SPR; ENV-2017-1015-MND.  The project will be discussed by the full City Planning Commission at their Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8:30 a.m.meeting at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting and make comment.  To view agenda, Click Here

In recognition of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the California Legislative Black Caucus hosted a 2018 Unsung Heroes Breakfast Celebration and Assembly floor ceremony to honor those who continue to carry on Dr. King’s legacy and vision. This year, Assemblymember Mike A. Gispon honored Pamela Thornton of Harbor Gateway for her work on environmental, health, and economic disparities among people of color.

Harbor Gateway residents are mobilizing to fight a 54-foot-tall, 466,000-square foot warehouse.

The AQMD issued a letter on December 19, 2017 expressing concerns that the Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Prologis Warehouse with 24/7 operations on the corner of Vermont and West Redondo Beach Blvd underestimated the amount of truck traffic and potential cancerous effects.

The AQMD estimates 338 diesel truck trips in the 1,659 daily vehicle trips. The Daily Breeze reported that the AQMD proposed the following mitigation steps:

  • Using trucks no older than 2010 models.
  • A designated truck route to ensure they do not enter nearby residential areas
  • Limiting the number of trucks to that identified in the assessment.
  • The use of natural gas or electrical trucks and the installation of vehicle-charging stations.
  • Imposing a 1,000-foot “buffer zone” between the warehouse and “sensitive receptors,” such as nearby parks.

The Planning and Land Use committee will be meeting on Saturday, January 6 to discuss the AQMD findings.

Public comment can be submitted by January 19  to planner oliver.netburn@lacity.org and copied to councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org and the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council at hgnnc@sbcglobal.net.

The Planning Commission will hold a hearing February 8, 8:30 am at City Hall.

Read the Daily Breeze Article: Health analysis for large Harbor Gateway warehouse project stirs concerns at air quality agency.

Image from the Daily Breeze.

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