September is Civic Engagement Month in honor of the work of the Neighborhood Councils and of all the City’s public engagement efforts! Civic Engagement is about getting involved in your community. You are never too young or too old to get involved. Find out how!
The month was kicked off in City Hall on September 1 with a proclamation presented by City Council President Herb Wesson to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners President Joy Atkinson and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment General Manager Grayce Lui.
2016 EmpowerLA Award winners were honored in City Council Chambers: SORO Neighborhoods Council, Reseda Neighborhood Council, Mid City West Community Council, Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, Echo Park Neighborhood Council, United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council and Northridge West Neighborhood Council. For more information on their accomplishments, click here.
Also part of the celebration is a Neighborhood Council display on the bridge between City Hall and City Hall East. One of our Clean Ups was featured in this panel displayed on the bridge:
The big event of Civic Engagement Month is the Congress of Neighborhoods, which was held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at City Hall, with over 1,100 participants including neighborhood council board members and stakeholders. The annual day long event brings attendees together with elected city officials and representatives of city departments for a day of learning and networking.
Participants were welcomed in the morning session by Mayor Eric Garcetti, who reminded the crowd how important they are to the City of LA. “Congress of Neighborhoods brings together hundreds of leaders from all of L.A.’s Neighborhood Councils — where our residents become active partners in our democracy, help chart a course for our city, and make your voices heard and your values known” said Garcetti. “Neighborhood Council Leaders are Local Stars”.
The keynote address was given by LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who began the Empowerment Congress back in 1992 to Educate, Engage, and Empower. He said the need is as strong today to build community together.
But it was a 17 year old who stole the show. The Mayor was anxious to hear from Lily Larsen, a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council. She is literally a poster child for civic engagement. She spoke about how her mom took her to the Million Man March when she was five and she has been politically active ever since. She exhorted the crowd, “You are never too young to get involved in your community.” And we presume that you are never too old either!
So let’s get started! You have a lot of options on how to get civically engaged:
Community Emergency Response Training classes were held at 135th Street Elementary School from May 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017. The training usually includes seven sessions, but we were able to combine sessions six and seven to speed things up.
We were excited to have 31 residents start the training with us. Ultimately 23 graduated on June 7th. Our classes were taught by firefighter, Officer Randall Opperman. He covered the information needed before, during, and after a disaster, including how to search a building in the dark. He also trained us in how to organize a medical triage.
Residents attending all classes received a green CERT backpack with hard hat, emergency kit, and vest. At the end of graduation, Officer Opperman stated we were his largest class, and fun to teach with great hands on participation.
I want to thank HGNNC for sponsoring this event, CERT LAFD, and a special thank you to board members that attended.
Deborah J. Lee
Community Organization Representative
According to an LA Times article, the City’s Planning and Land Use Committee unanimously declined this proposal as unsafe noting that other residences close to freeways have air filters, but backyards can’t have air filters.
Harbor Gateway North Board Member Rosalie Preston is quoted about the result and fact that Councilmember Buscaino was silent on the project.
Rosalie Preston, who sits on the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council, said she was “ecstatic” with the committee’s decision to reject the proposal. But she voiced unhappiness with Buscaino, who sits on the board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, an agency that frequently objects to freeway-close developments, on the grounds that they would expose occupants to toxic exhaust gases and other harmful pollutants.
“I am disappointed,” Preston said. When the project was discussed in 2012, “his planning deputy was here and worked on behalf of the residents to make a good decision.”
Developer Ali Awad proposed to build 24 houses in a vacant space at the northeast corner of the 110 & 91 freeway interchange five years ago. When his proposal was declined, he restructured his proposal to include 15 houses. Neighbors are concerned about the health hazards, noise and traffic for that project. Others say the health hazards and noise are the same as for everyone else in Harbor Gateway. They further point to the proximity of Da Vinci developments to freeways downtown.
The developer proposes to minimize windows facing the freeway and to include air conditioning systems with high performing air filters. Harbor Gateway Board Member Rosalie Preston expressed concerns that residents will be at risk for pollution when they are out in their yards.
The developer appealed the most recent decision by the planning commission.
The huge open lot on the northeast corner of W. Redondo Beach Blvd and S. Vermont Ave has been the topic of conversation and controversy at the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee meetings on May 6 and May 24.
Prologis, the largest owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate in the US, according to their website, proposes to build a two story, 54’ tall industrial / office space with up to 466,402 square feet of floor space designed for light manufacturing. They own and operate more than 21.1 million square feet in 191 buildings in the Los Angeles area. A tenant has not been announced, but there are suspicions that the facility could be used as an Amazon distribution center. The building is designed to accommodate 72 trucks at one time.
On March 9, 2017 a Conditional Use Permit was requested to allow the facility to operate 24 hours a day. It is not yet known how many trips a day trucks would make to and from the facility during a 24 hour period.
During the HGNNC meetings, Prologis made a presentation about the project and responded to questions. Community members had a lot of concern about increased traffic, noise and air pollution. In particular, the facility would be just south of the Rosecrans Recreation Center and sports fields, which could be negatively impacted by truck exhaust. Representatives from the Gardena City Attorney’s Office and Hustler Casino were both in attendance and sharing their concerns.
W. Redondo Beach Blvd is already congested with traffic from the 110 freeway and drivers leaving the adjacent shopping center with Staples and Goodwill on Orchard St. are frequently involved in accidents at that intersection. Streets in this area could possibly benefit from better traffic light synchronization.
On the positive side, the rendering did make the facility look nice and there is an expectation that the project would have a positive impact on reducing the homeless encampments in the railroad right of way on the north edge of the property.
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council has not taken a position on the proposal as we have not yet received the results of the traffic study or Environmental Impact Report, both of which are expected shortly. However, members of the Council are concerned that the project could be the wrong proposal for this property which has been vacant for many years. HGNNC has not yet heard Councilmember Buscaino take a position on the project either.
HGNNC submitted a letter with our concerns and is keeping a close watch on this property which has the potential to positively impact our community. We invite you to work with us to advocate for the best use of this space.
City Planning Case # for Conditional Use Permit: CPC-2017-1014-CU-ZAA-SPR
City Planning Case # for Environmental Assessment: ENV-2017-1015-EAF
747 W REDONDO BEACH BLVD, 90247
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council requests that all funding requests for the 2017-2018 fiscal year be submitted by June 30 midnight via email to both the firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Use the attached Funding Request form:
Funding Request Form
Funding guidelines and policy are below:
HGNNC Funding Policy
If you are a school or non-profit applying for funding, also complete the Neighborhood Purposes Grant form and attach a copy of your IRS determination letter if you are a non-profit. If you are a school, also attach a letter on school letterhead, signed by the Principal. Include a detailed budget:
Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. was joined by Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Koretz and Nury Martinez in releasing the city’s draft regulations governing commercial cannabis activity. The City Council is conducting a 60 day public comment period of the proposed requirements starting June 8, 2017.
The Department of City Planning has prepared the proposed Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance, which would establish location restrictions and a limited immunity from enforcement of specified City prohibitions relating to commercial cannabis activity. In addition, the Department has prepared an ordinance supplement with a land use review process option, which the City Council may incorporate at its discretion.
The proposed ordinance has been assigned a City Planning case number of CPC-2017-2260-CA. Please reference this number when corresponding with the Department regarding this case.
The Department will conduct a public hearing to gather input on the proposed ordinance. This hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1010. All interested persons are invited to attend.
To find all relevant documents including the Hearing Notice; a Questions & Answers document providing additional information; the text of the proposed Ordinance; and the Ordinance Supplement, along with a series of maps illustrating the approximate locations where commercial cannabis activity would be eligible to assert limited immunity under the proposed regulations, please see: http://planning.lacity.org under “Ordinances” and “Proposed Ordinances”
To submit public comment, please send contact Councilmember Buscaino’s office at (310) 732-4515 or email the city at RICHARD.WILLIAMS@LACITY.ORG.
More than 30 students, residents and stakeholders took part in Environmental Charter Middle School’s Clean- up Day event on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Trash was removed, bulky items discarded and streets and alleyways were swept from 167th Street to Gardena Avenue between Hoover Street and Vermont Avenue.
Also, trash was removed at Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve, near Vermont Avenue and Artesia Blvd. In addition, vegetables were planted and garden boxes were stenciled on-campus.
Environmental Charter Middle School Gardena (ECMS-G), 812 W. 165th Place, is a stakeholder with Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council (HGNNC) and is located in its boundaries.
Future outstanding Clean up Days like this one are planned as bi-monthly events that started in January 2017 and will continue in the fall as the current semester ends in June. More upcoming Green Up Days will be posted on the HGNNC website. Stakeholders, both youth and adult, are invited to participate. Call ECMS-G for details at (310) 425-1605.
HGNNC will meet on Tuesday, May 9th and will discuss and vote on official position and support needed to address public safety and Street Takeovers in the Harbor Gateway North Community.
Meeting details: Tues. May 9 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the 135th Street School, 801 W. 135th Street, Gardena, CA 90247.
Donald Galatz of Project Street Legal will discuss his proposal to create an off-street racing location in the Harbor area which would discourage illegal street racing on public streets. The Board will appoint two Budget Representatives for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and also discuss sending a letter to Mayor Garcetti and the City Council stating the budget priorities for the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council area based on the issues stakeholders have raised in person, via email, and by telephone.
Image from Fox News
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council is sponsoring seven CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes starting tomorrow, Wed. May 3 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the 135th Street School, 801 W. 135th Street, Gardena, CA 90247. Come at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Attend all seven classes (or some of us and complete your training during another session) and receive one of our red emergency preparedness bags with a flashlight and first aid kit.
The classes are taught by the Los Angeles Fire Department and cover the supplies you need to have on hand to survive for 5-7 days at home with possibly no electricity or gas, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster psychology, and how to set up medical services during a disaster.
Find out more and Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lafd-cert-harbor-gateway-tickets-31108567563
NSTRUCTOR: FIREFIGHTER RANDALL OPPERMAN (213) 202-3129
7:00PM – 9:30PM
Class 1 – May 3 (Introduction, Disaster Awareness)
Class 2 – May 10 (Disaster Fire Suppression Techniques)
Class 3 – May 17 (Disaster Medical Operations 1)
Class 4 – May 24 (Disaster Medical Operations 2)
Class 5 – May 31 (Light Search & Rescue Operations)
Class 6 – Jun 7 (Team Organization & Disaster Psychology)
Class 7 – Jun 14 (Terrorism & Homeland Defense)
YOU MUST ATTEND ALL CLASSES TO RECEIVE A “CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION”.
Prior to the beginning of our meeting on Monday, February 27, we took some time out to celebrate Black History month with a display of sculpture, photos and memorabilia. Dr. Princess Sykes made a short presentation on the Decatur Alabama protest and photo presentation of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC. Currently Dr. Sykes is President of the Watts/Willowbrook Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Princess Sykes (left) participated in Selma March with Lu Watkins, District 5 Stakeholder