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
For the first time the Department of City Planning has issued an annual report highlighting their major accomplishments in 2016 and providing readers an overview of the Department and an understanding of how they have adopted a more community-driven approach to planning.
75 fifth grade students from the 116th Street School visited Los Angeles City Hall on Fri. January 13, 2017 for a tour and introduction to how local government works. The trip was coordinated by HGNNC Youth Representative Richard Lee. HGNNC District 8 Representative Larry Morrison helped with trip supervision. Councilmember Buscaino’s office arranged for the bus and the Councilmember introduced the students, including four of their student body leaders (all girls) at the beginning of the day’s City Council meeting.
During our October 2016 meeting Councilmember Buscaino gave an update to our stakeholders.
He spoke about the new sidewalk repair program and how residents can speed up repairs by paying for half of the repair. More information about sidewalk repair is here. If you need to remove a city tree, it must be replaced with two trees from a specified list of approved trees.
He also addressed the homeless issue explaining that the homeless can sleep on sidewalks from 9pm to 6am and then must clear out. Vermont Villas has wrap around resources to go along with housing. He encouraged voting for measure HHH to build housing.
On the subject of traffic and speeding, Buscaino acknowledged a request for increased LAPD presence on 135th street. For 135th and Vermont, he mentioned that they are working with the City of Gardena which has indicated that they will install a left turn lane. Los Angeles is committed to VisionZero which makes safety the highest priority of our streets. Gardena Blvd is our unofficial Great Street with some new lighting.
His Public Works update includes: trimmed over 2,500 trees, added 8 new trash cans on Gardena Blvd, repaired the bus pad at Imperial and Avalon, issued 80 illegal dumping notices, and made over 41 illegal vending arrests. We have been working with a non profit to clean up illegal dumping areas. A skate park is in the works with the design phase about complete. Construction is planned first or second quarter of 2017.
He supports Neighborhood Councils being more involved at City Hall meetings and has advocated for NCs to have more time to speak at City Hall. Their approach recently changed so that when an NC has submitted a Community Impact Statement, then they may send a representative to speak up to five minutes at City Hall when that item is agendized.
We appreciate Councilmember Buscaino addressing our community. View the video.
Members of the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Neighborhood Council came together in partnership with the community to take on the #CleanStreetsLA challenge and clean up the neighborhood in October 2016.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council members and representatives of labor, business and nonprofit groups officially launched a campaign Monday to convince Los Angeles voters to approve a $1.2 billion bond measure to pay for about 10,000 units of homeless housing over the next decade.
“I urge all Angelenos to vote for Measure HHH,” Garcetti said at a kick-off event at New Genesis, a 106-unit permanent supportive housing complex in downtown Los Angeles.
15th District Councilmember Joe Buscaino will be present at the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council booth during the Athens Blvd. Block Party on Sat. August 27 from 10 to 11 am. at 12300 S. Denver Avenue, between Athens Blvd. and 124th Street. Stop by for complimentary coffee and pastries and let him know what’s on your mind.
Thirty volunteers showed up for the first of a series of mini clean ups planned for the District 7 area of the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council on Saturday December 5. District 7 Representative Janet Mitchell led the effort which included a number of the residents along 116th Place. This street north of the 105 Freeway has long been the site of repeated illegal dumpings along the freeway side of the street and also on the partially fenced-off Caltrans cul-de-sac at the west end of the block. The Bureau of Sanitation provided the dumpsters. Tools were provided by the Bureau of Street Services. Caltrans provided some volunteer workers of their own. The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council brought the lunches and waters for the volunteers.