March 2019

The Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates is a group of Neighborhood Council Members who come together and make recommendations on the City Budget. This year they have not only issued their White Paper with comments and recommendations about the budget, they have also issued a Position Paper The Legacy of Redlining in Los Angeles FINAL which states that the crisis of high rents, displacement, homelessness, budget shortages and other injustices identified in the 2019 White Paper can be attributed in part to the legacy of redlining.


The Interstate 105 (I-105) corridor experiences heavy demand that exceeds the freeway’s capacity, and projected growth is expected to place even greater demands on the corridor. As a result, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are preparing preliminary engineering studies and an Environmental Document (ED) for the possible implementation of ExpressLanes along I-105 between Interstate 405 and Interstate 605. These efforts were kicked off with public scoping meetings in Spring 2018 and the release of the draft ED for public review is anticipated in Fall 2019.

Please join us for Community Update Meetings to learn more about the project on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:00pm. Discussion items will include an update on the alternatives under consideration, possible design features, the traffic and revenue study, environmental considerations, and the concept of operations.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6-8pm
Hawthorne Memorial Center
3901 W El Segundo Bl, Hawthorne, CA 90250

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Our community needs You!

Now is the time to think about running for a seat on the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council and being the change you want to see in our community.

We will hold elections on June 8 for all seats for a two year term. Please see the last page of our HGNNC Approved Bylaws 080318 to determine your eligibility for a seat and reference our Boundary Map below.

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What do I need to know about running for a seat?

This brief 3-1/2 minute What It Means To Be A Candidate Video is a great introduction to running for a seat on our council.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about Harbor Gateway North and wanting to work together to make a difference in our community. We increase civic engagement by creating a forum to discuss our concerns, particularly about proposed land use developments and steps we can take to address homelessness. Then we work with elected officials, the City and our City Council Member, Joe Buscaino, regarding our community needs to shape what happens in our community. We also have many other opportunities to reach out into the community via clean ups, interactions with our schools, events in the park and more.

Candidates should be available to attend our monthly meetings and quarterly membership meetings and be active in at least one committee.

Learn more about joining us and running for a seat by coming to a meeting, reading the Neighborhood Council Candidate Information Guide, reviewing this website, or going to a Candidate Workshop.

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Candidate Workshops

At a Candidate Workshop you’ll learn tips for:

  • running a successful campaign
  • connecting with voters
  • advocating for issues you’re passionate about
  • writing your personal statements

Workshops are being held across the city of Los Angeles between January – March 2019. If the class you want is sold out, make sure to join the waitlist, to receive a class packet. Sign up for a workshop on Eventbrite.

Sign up to run

You may declare your candidacy by signing up on the Candidate Registration Portal starting February 23.

More information is available on the City Clerk NC Elections Portal.

Who can vote?

Stakeholders 17 or older can vote for candidates in their area. For example if you are a resident of District 2 you can vote for the candidates in District 2, the officers and other non district seats. You do not have to be a citizen to vote and you do not need to register online ahead of time.

Election timeline

Candidate Filing Period: February 23-March 26
Candidate Information Session: March 2
Certified Candidate List Available: April 9
Election: June 8, 2019

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 12, 2019 Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) joined Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Nydia Velazquez (NY-7) and Yvette Clarke (NY-9) to introduce the Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6, as an original co-sponsor.

“For far too long, millions of immigrants have been forced to live with uncertainty and fear of being torn away from the country they call home,” said Rep. Barragán. “Today’s groundbreaking legislation puts forth permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for over two million DACA, TPS and DED recipients. As someone who represents more than 12,000 DACA-eligible youth and approximately 3,000 TPS holders, I know that when given a chance to fulfill the American Dream, our immigrant communities have excelled. For decades, immigrants have been an integral part of our society, our economy and our workforce by contributing in areas of education, public service and business. The Dream and Promise Act will finally provide relief for TPS holders and Dreamers and will forever change the course of our country. I’m proud to support H.R. 6 and stand with Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, Congresswoman Velazquez and Congresswoman Clarke.”

In 2017, the Trump Administration eliminated protections for Dreamers when the decision was made to rescind the DACA program. Although court injunctions have so far permitted Dreamers to renew, their status remains in limbo. This bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for eligible Dreamers who entered the U.S. under the age of 18 and who were continuously present in the U.S. for 4 years prior to the date of the bill’s enactment. Dreamers would be provided conditional permanent resident status and would need to fulfill an education, employment or military track to adjust to permanent resident status. Additionally, the Dream and Promise Act would secure permanent residency for people with TPS and DED. After 5 years, those permanent residents would be eligible to apply to become citizens.

This bill is designed to promote justice and fairness for Dreamers, and for the TPS and DED holders who fled brutality, violence and natural disasters many years ago to come to this country.

News from Coalition to Preserve LA March 8, 2019:

Civil Rights Attorneys Beat Heartless Business Developers
A Win for the Homeless on Skid Row

The homeless on Skid Row finally got a break on Wednesday when the City Council agreed to stop confiscating the precious belongings of those living on the streets.

Except for Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Joe Buscaino, the City Council understands that sweeping up the personal belongings of the homeless is inhumane and cruel.

The FBI investigation continues into Councilmembers Huizar and Curren Price along with a senior aide to Council President Herb Wesson and former top aides to Mayor Garcetti. Huizar’s vote this week against protecting the belongings of the homeless is another sign of his utter disconnect from Los Angeles.

Beloved civil rights attorney Carol Sobel won a clear victory for civil rights last year when the Judge in the case issued an injunction stopping the sweeps. Sobel and the Judge sent a strong message to the developers and heartless Business Improvement District security guards who repress the poorest people in Los Angeles through regular sweeps to confiscate their belongings.

Sobel told the Coalition to Preserve LA this week she is very happy about the City Council’s vote. “We have a housing crisis: it can be solved. Build homes, not skyscrapers, so every Angeleno has a safe place to sleep at night.”

On March 4, the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) issued its guidelines for the homeless. These guidelines help cement the settlement of the Mitchell lawsuit to further the protection of the homeless. Sobel agrees that these guidelines are important. The guidelines state, in part, that, “We need to end our neighbors’ homelessness, not sweep it out of sight.”

Jill Stewart, Executive Director of Coalition to Preserve LA, said, “Ending homelessness will come not because Mayor Garcetti makes a statement every year that he is going to end homelessness for good. It will end when the city stops giving away favors to billionaire developers to build endless luxury apartment towers.”

Shortly after the Mitchell v. City of Los Angeles lawsuit was filed, the City Council swiftly passed an ordinance limiting a homeless person’s belongings to a 60-gallon bag and required the city to give 24-hour notice of cleanups.

As a result, homeless residents lost their medications, warm clothes, important ID and papers to indiscriminate sweeps.

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