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Men's Central Jail and bank of phone booths

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“Men’s Central Jail is a decrepit, outdated facility inconsistent with human values and basic decency,” said Supervisor Hahn of one of the oldest jail facilities in California.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.

Gardena Elementary Students at City Hall

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.

Spanish Candidate Information Guide

How to Work With NCs English

How to Work With NCs Spanish

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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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.

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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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Enjoy the Pan African Film Festival this February 7-18. This event is sponsored by the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, the LA County Arts Commission. The festival will screen Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace concert at Directors Guild of America on Opening Night, February 7

Directed By: Sydney Pollack
Date: Thursday, February 7
Time: 6PM Red Carpet | 7:30 PM Screening
Location: Directors Guild of America, DGA Theater Complex, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90047

Synopsis: In 1972, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, brought producer Jerry Wexler, her backup singers, the Reverend James Cleveland, and the legendary Atlantic Records rhythm section to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, California, to record a gospel music double-album before an enthusiastic live audience. The album, “Amazing Grace”, went on to become the top-selling gospel record of all time, Aretha Franklin’s most successful album, and one of her most beloved works. Few realized that the sessions that produced the album “Amazing Grace” which are certainly among one of the most exciting musical events ever to take place in a church, had also been filmed. But, due to technical problems and conflicts over rights, the electrifying events had not been seen; until now!

January 28, 2019 Update

The Budget Advocates are extending the deadline on the City Services Survey. You can still complete it at:

December 6, 2018

All Los Angeles residents are invited to take the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate City Services Survey to provide feedback on city services:

Our area  is seeking Budget Advocates. Budget Advocates do not need to be NC board members but they do need to be appointed as the Budget Rep for their council.

Note that anyone can attend Budget Advocate meetings – dates, locations and agendas are posted at If a potential nominee cannot attend that meeting, that does not preclude their running for the position – however, attendance at a majority of our meetings is important.

Working with the Budget Advocates is a great opportunity to have your voice heard by the City and to learn more about how Los Angeles’ government and its departments work. Here is some additional information about what Budget Advocates and Budget Representatives do: Budget Advocate Trifold.

There will be 36 of us to share the work so you will be joining a team not taking on the City single- handed.

And, if you have any questions or concerns about any of the above, please feel free to e-mail, Co-chair, Budget Advocates.

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“This past summer was HOT! How hot? Daily temperatures were 17% hotter in the summer of 2018 when compared to the summer of 2017. This resulted in many customers using more water and electricity than they did a year ago, and, as a result, average residential electric bills were up 12% in August and September, while the average water bill went up 6% (June – September). This increase included the recent rate adjustments which took effect July 1st.” Reported LADWP CFO Ann Santilli in her Citywatch article: How Much Have LADWP Bills Really Increased?

Update January 23, 2019

You may have heard the great news that Los Angeles Unified has reached a tentative agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). This new contract provides a 6% salary increase for educators, adds new supports to schools, and maintains the fiscal solvency of the school district.

The agreement must be approved by members of the teachers’ union and the board of education.

Schools will be open tomorrow to welcome all of our students and educators back to the classroom.

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Salary Raises 6% increase

– 3% in 2017-18

– 3% in 2018-19

6% increase

– 3% in 2017-18

– 3% in 2018-19

Nurses 176 in Elementary Schools


Increase in nursing services in every school

150 (2019-20)

150 (2020-21)

Librarians 43 in Middle Schools


Increase in library services in every secondary schools

41 (2019-20)

41 (2020-21)

Counselors 86 in Comprehensive High Schools (2019-20) In Secondary Schools

17 (2019-20)

0 (2020-21)

60 (2021-22)

Class Size Reduction -2 in Middle Schools

-2 in High Schools

-4 in the 90 Highest Need Schools

(75 Elementary and 15 middle schools)

39 Max for Secondary Math and English Classes

No over 35 in Grades 4-6

In Grade 4-12

-1 in 2019-20

-1 in 2020-21

-2 in 2021-22


Investment in Nurses, Librarians, Counselors and Class Size Reduction $130 Million $175 Million (2019-21)

$228 Million (2021-22)

Los Angeles Unified and UTLA have also agreed to work together through joint committees that would provide recommendations on:

  • Charter co-location.
  • Pay equity across adult, early education, Regional Occupational Centers/Regional Occupational Program.
  • English Learner Master Plan including American Sign Language.
  • Green space on campuses.

UTLA Strike Takes Its Toll: January 17, 2019

These past three days have been incredibly challenging for families and the principals, school employees, and volunteers working tirelessly to ensure kids are safe and properly served.

The impact of the UTLA strike further puts a strain on the district’s finances. The gross revenue lost for the three days of is estimated at $69.1 million based on attendance numbers reported.

Below is a chart that outlines the numbers:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

January 14

January 15

January 16





Breakfast Served




Bus Ridership




ADA Revenue Lost

*$22.8 million

*$21.7 million

*$24.6 million

*Numbers available at the time of reporting. Attendance needs to be validated for K-12 students only.

The Mayor reports that negotiations have rebegun on January 17.

Resources available to families include extended programming at recreation centers and libraries and free transportation.

More information about resources and services can be found at and by dialing 311.

Para más información sobre recursos y servicios, visite la página o llame al 311.


MLK Celebration

The L.A. South Chamber of Commerce “King Week Celebration” honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin L. King Jr.

This year, our theme is “Keeping the Dream Alive, A Day of Service”. Our mission is to Engage, Educate, Empower, and Inspire Hope to build a better community.

Our goal is to collaborate with our members, and community partners to continue the work of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. by promoting entrepreneurship, financial literacy education, and advocating for social & economic justice.

January 19, 1-4pm at the Southbay Pavilion, 20700 Avalon Blvd, Carson, 90746

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