Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council was proud to host the One Community Fair in partnership with the office of Councilmember Joe Buscaino on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Attendees mingled with Neighborhood Council members, learned about running for a seat on our council and how to get involved in our community. City Department representatives were on hand to answer questions. We provided free health screenings through the Benevolence Health mobile van, a free screening of Black Panther and free food. Thank you for those who volunteered and who came out to join in our community!
There will be a special meeting of the Cannabis Regulation Commission on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340, inside City Hall at 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
The highlight on the agenda is to discuss enforcement of unlicensed dispensaries. This is a major problem in HGNNC. You may wish to attend and speak up!
All meetings are open to the public.
Agendas are available on the Cannabis Regulation Commission web page.
The Department of Cannabis Regulation will provide an update concerning the status of the Department’s review of applications for Phase 1 Proposition M Priority Processing and Phase 2 Priority Processing, the development and implementation of the Social Equity Program, and the status of the City’s enforcement efforts against unlicensed commercial cannabis businesses.
February 15, 2019
Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to redirect plans for replacing the decrepit Men’s Central Jail facility in Downtown Los Angeles. Rather than move ahead with plans to replace the facility with a mental health jail known as the Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility, the Board voted to replace the jail with a Mental Health Treatment Center operated by the Department of Health Services and staffed by the Department of Mental Health.
“Men’s Central Jail is a decrepit, outdated facility inconsistent with human values and basic decency,” said Supervisor Hahn of one of the oldest jail facilities in California. “It puts both our inmates and our sheriff’s deputies at risk. It must be torn down.”
The Board had been set to vote on whether or not to approve a design-build contract to build CCTF. Instead, Supervisors Hahn and Ridley-Thomas authored an amendment to move forward with the design-build contract but change the project to a Mental Health Treatment Center operated by the County’s Department of Health Services and staffed by the Department of Mental Health. As opposed to the CCTF jail run by sheriff’s deputies, the mental health treatment center would be a treatment-centric facility focused on healing, not punishment.
“Thousands of people in our jail system right now suffer from severe mental illness and are not getting the treatment that they need,” said Supervisor Hahn, who authored the amendment to replace the jail with a Mental Health Treatment Center. “Study after study has shown that punitive environments are counterproductive to mental health treatment. No amount of training will turn a Sheriff’s deputy into a mental health professional– nor should it. We don’t need a new jail. What we need are mental health care facilities run by mental health professionals– and that is what we voted on today.”
“Over the years, the County has learned what is effective – and ineffective – in mental health treatment and criminal justice, and it is clear that a punitive approach runs counter to our goals of rehabilitation and treatment,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “The County must now embark on a collaborative planning process, led by our health leaders, to envision a new approach that provides a continuum of care for our most vulnerable residents while still ensuring public safety.”
The Departments of Mental Health, Public Health, and Health Services will report back regarding the right size, scale, and scope of the project including how the facility could fit into a continuum of decentralized clinical facilities. The ultimate goal of these facilities will be diversion to community-based mental health treatment whenever possible.
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council, in partneship with the office of Councilmember Joe Buscaino, is hosting an informational fair on Sat. February 23 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Rosecrans Recreation Center, 840 W. 149th Street, Gardena, CA 90247.
A number of City Departments will be present to answer your questions, including the Dept. of Water and Power, Sanitation, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and the City Clerk. The City Clerk will be giving our information on the upcoming Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Board election, which takes place on Sat. June 8, and will be signing up candidates who wish to run for one of the 17 Board seats. Free health screenings will take place in the Benevolence Health mobile van. Food trucks will give out free food to the first 125 who sign up and the movie “Black Panther” will be screened for free at 3 pm inside the gym with free snacks provided. Stop by our booth to say “hello” and to let us know what neighborhood issues are of concern to you.
Active Recycling is joining forces with the Neighborhood Councils of Los Angeles to mount a Citywide collaborative effort to combat Illegal Trash Dumping in our City.
Illegal Trash Dumping is out of control in the City of Los Angeles. I have worked very hard the past two years to give people an alternative to dumping their trash illegally. I truly want to rid Los Angeles of unsanitary and unsightly trash.
People need to know there is a place open 365 days a year to legally dump trash and it is not in the Alleys, Streets and Vacant Lots!
The goal of our proposal is to take a proactive approach in addressing the illegal trash dumping problem. Many times, it may just be a split-second impulse and decision to dump the load illegally if faced with a closed dumping venue.
If the individual knows in advance of their options, they just might take it.
Our main focus is Pick Up trucks, small Stakebed trucks, small Dump trucks, Vans and small Pull trailers as these are the vehicles most often involved in the illegal dumping of trash.
Since I began my program of allowing individuals to bring in up to 500 pounds of trash for free, I have taken in over 5 million pounds of trash for free.
Bring your items to Active Recycling at 2000 W. Slauson Ave, 3 blocks west of Western Ave. Telephone: 323-295-7774
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