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If you live, work or own property in District 1, we have a seat for you! Please complete the HGNNC District 1 Rep Application and email it by August 9 to davidmatthews@harborgatewaynorth.org for consideration at our August 13 meeting. Candidates should also plan to attend the August 13 meeting to share their interest and possibly be seated.

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City Controller Ron Galperin reports that voters had a right to expect more progress by now. Not one unit has been built under HHH.

Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council held a whole fiesta around our elections this year on June 8, 2019 to encourage people to come out and vote. Voters were invited to enjoy free tacos, document shredding and more. Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations to the winners! Below are the UNOFFICIAL elections results. Official results are due by June 30.

Chairperson

  • David Matthews

Vice Chairperson

  • Franz Rodriguez

Recording Secretary

  • Rosalie Preston

Treasurer

  • La Juana Mitchell

At Large

  • Eva L. Cooper-Pace

Community Organization

  • Shobie Qazi

District 2

  • Joan Jacobs

District 3

  • Reynaldo “Rey” Paduani

District 4

  • Betty Hawkins

District 5

  • Llewyn D. Fowlkes

District 6

  • Jackie Jackson

District 7

  • Vanessa Johnson

District 8

  • Angela Marie Springs

Outreach/Communications

  • Janet D. Mitchell

Youth Advocate

  • Viridiana Yahuaca

Youth Representative

  • Anahi V. Gomez

Unofficial Election Results

The ADU Bills nearly universally represent incremental assaults on single family zoning and historic districts and HPOZs.

THE ADU BILLS: I think there are too many to just say no so on balance, I would support the lone Senate bill SB 13 (Wieckowski)

***Of Most Concern: AB 587 (Friedman) and AB 670 (Friedman) both assigned to Senator Wiener’s Housing Committee and already set for hearing on June 4, 2019. If passed by housing committee, AB 587 goes to Senate Governance & Finance. AB 670 is also set for hearing on June 4, 2019 and already was extensively amended in the Senate Housing Committee to make it even worse (from my perspective) so it will likely pass to the Judiciary Committee. PLEASE NOTE: NO HISTORIC PROTECTION UNLESS ON STATE REGISTER. SACRAMENTO SHOULD NOT BE SUBDIVIDING ALL SINGLE-FAMILY ZONING BY STATE FIAT, INCLUDING IN PLANNED COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER WHAT THE CONDITIONS ARE. OPPOSE.
+AB 587 permits the an ADU to be severed from the primary residence for sale with a lot of niceties around it about how it is just an enabling ordinance that permits local jurisdictions to enact an ordinance permitting the separate sale if built by a nonprofit, only applies to recorded covenanted affordable housing, etc. But this is what has been happening with land use legislation. A fundamental concepts creeps into law in year 1 with all kinds of conditions that make the medicine go down (SB 35 anyone?) and then the very next year or the year after, a bill is introduced to alter or erode those conditions.
+AB 670 invalidates all covenants, deed restrictions or any other provisions in planned communities or other common interest developments that would “effectively prohibit” or “unreasonably restrict the construction or use” of an ADU or a junior ADU on a single family zoned lot. The “effectively” and the unreasonable restriction language was added BY THE SENATE HOUSING COMMITTEE chaired by Senator Wiener. When the bill clears the Housing Committee on June 4th, it is then referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Call your Senators and those on the Housing and Judiciary Committees, please get your opposition in by submitting on the website no later than this Thursday May 30th if possible. Link: https://shou.senate.ca.gov/ If you support SB 13, please couple your opposition to these bills with your support for SB 13.
Senate Housing Committee Members: Senate Governance & Finance Members:
Senator Scott D. Wiener (Chair) Senator Mike McGuire (Chair)
Senator Mike Morrell (Vice Chair) Senator John M.W. Moorlach (Vice Chair)
Senator Patricia C. Bates Senator Jim Beall
Senator Anna M. Caballero Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Senator Maria Elena Durazo Senator Melissa Hurtado
Senator Mike McGuire Senator Jim Nielsen
Senator John M. W. Moorlach Senator Scott D. Wiener
Senator Richard D. Roth
Senator Nancy Skinner
Senator Thomas J. Umberg
Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate Judiciary Committee Members:
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair)
Senator Andreas Borgeas (Vice Chair)
Senator Benjamin Allen
Senator Anna M. Caballero
Senator Brian W. Jones
Senator Bill Monning
Senator Henry I. Stern
Senator Thomas J. Umberg
Senator Bob Wieckowski

+AB 68 (Ting) (OPPOSE)(STATUS: REFERRED TO SENATE. Not yet assigned to Committee). The assault on single family zoning continues. AB 68:
Establishes a STATEWIDE “by right” 60 day approval process (no notice, no protections locally):

On single family lots, creation of 2 units within house footprint OR construction of one detached ADU PLUS a junior ADU, effectively turning every single family parcel in the State into triplex zoning.
On multifamily lots (including duplex zoning), permits multiple ADUs within an existing single-family home (no limits on density) OR 2 detached ADUs.

STATE WIDE, this removes any minimum lot size, maximum ADU size below 800 square feet and 16 feet in height (and the legislature has already demonstrated how willing it is to go back and revisit any limits year over year), require parking, setbacks greater than four feet,
changes local ordinances RETROACTIVELY to January 1, 2017 and removes all “discretionary processes, provisions, or requirements for those units” other than for places listed in the state Register of Historic Places. Thus, this eliminates all local designations including HPOZ Boards.

+AB 69 (Ting) (Oppose but not as much as some others.) )(STATUS: REFERRED TO SENATE.)
Requires the State Department of Housing and Community Development to have the California Building Standards Commission develop standards for micro units — accessory dwelling units and homes smaller than 800 square feet.

+AB 671 (Friedman)(Status: REFERRED TO SENATE. Oppose but not as much as others). Requires local agencies to include a plan that incentivizes and promotes the creation of ADUs that can be offered for rent for very low-, low- and moderate-income households in their housing elements.

+AB 881 (Bloom)(STATUS: In Senate, referred to Housing and Governance & Finance Committees)(OPPOSE) Eliminates ability of local jurisdiction to mandate that an applicant
for an ADU permit be an owner-occupant. Deletes language that permitted consideration of criteria and impact other than “adequacy of water and sewer services and the impact of accessory dwelling units on traffic flow and public safety.” That eliminates historic designation including HPOZ, trash collection, and other important criteria.

+SB 13 (Wieckowski) (SUPPORT) Prohibits minimum square feet that would rule out efficiency units and prohibits requiring replacement parking but maintains local jurisdictions’ ability to define height, setback, lot coverage, parking and size of an ADU related to a specified amount of total floor area. Perhaps most importantly, SB 13 allows a local agency to count an ADU for purposes of identifying adequate sites for housing and meeting housing goals. STATUS: REFERRED TO THE ASSEMBLY. Not yet assigned to Committees.

Dead bills (The pattern seems to be that ENABLING or FINANCING BILLS for local authorities to act never got out of Committee while the top down Sacramento mandates to all were pushed forward):
AB 1585 (Boerner/Horvath) Never made it out of a Committee in Assembly.
AB 1074 (Diep) Construction Bond Act of 2020. Never made it out of a Committee in Assembly.
AB 1239 (Cunningham) Never made it out of a Committee in Assembly. Pending in Assembly Housing Committee.
SB 15 (Portantino): Held in Appropriations Committee in Senate (which he chairs).

The Larchmont Buzz speaks to the ever present threat to end single family zoning and suburban housing as we know it in Los Angeles. There was a Town Hall May 22, 2019 at Holman United Methodist Church. City Planners explained the impacts of the law allowing 4 units by right on any housing lot and increasing density where multi family housing is already allowed. Speakers warned that while the bill is currently not being considered it will likely come back and opponents need to be ready for the next round.

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May 8, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán introduced legislation to improve security at our nation’s airports, railways and mass transit systems. The Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act, H.R. 2539, would reduce emergency response times by putting more federal law enforcement officers and resources near high-risk surface transportation assets, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The bill would also provide new terrorism-focused training, and improve cooperation between federal, State and local law enforcement partners by establishing a framework for unified operation centers.

“Transit systems are the lifeline to our communities, providing mobility to millions of Americans traveling every day,” said Rep. Barragán. “Often the hardest to protect, commuter rail, buses and airports are well-known targets for terrorists. This bill is critical for providing the necessary resources to keep our transit systems, and all those who use them, safe and secure.”

A section of H.R. 2539 was signed into law last year as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act, H.R. 302.

The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Committee has been meeting for six months to carefully review zoning concerns by district. Their recommendations were reviewed and approved by the HGNNC Board as a whole and were sent to Vince Bertoni, Director of City Planning on April 12, 2019.

HGNNC Harbor Gateway Community Plan Preliminary Recommendations for HG North area April 2019

The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning will hold Planning 101: Planning for the Environment trainings in the month of May in collaboration with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Participants in Planning 101: Planning for the Environment will learn about the role the City and its residents have in planning for the environment and the regulations that guide environmental analysis, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Seven Planning 101 trainings and one online webinar will be held in the month of May 2019. The training will include an educational presentation, an interactive scenario activity, and a question and answer period.

For more information please see: https://planning.lacity.org/documents/ExternalAffairs/Planning101_Planning_for_the_Environment.pdf. Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/P101Env.

May 2nd (Thursday)
Los Angeles City College,
Student Union Multipurpose Room B
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
855 N. Vermont Avenue

May 6th (Monday)
Department of Water & Power Crenshaw Customer Service Center
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
4030 Crenshaw Boulevard

May 7th (Tuesday)
Canoga Park Senior Citizens Center
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7326 Jordan Avenue

May 13th (Monday)
Ramona Hall Community Center
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
4580 N. Figueroa Street

May 20th (Monday)
Henry Medina Parking Enforcement Facility
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
11214 W. Exposition Boulevard

May 22nd (Wednesday)
Pacoima City Hall
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
13520 Van Nuys Boulevard

May 23rd (Thursday)
Banning Landings Community Center
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
100 E. Water Street

May 29th (Wednesday)
Webinar
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
RSVP: bit.ly/p101env

The highest human act is to inspire

“The highest human act is to inspire,” said Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, and he did.

The Los Angeles Times and many other media outlets have been lamenting the loss of South LA Native Nipsey Hussle who was murdered March 31 in front of his own clothing store in Hyde Park at the young age of 33. Other than being a rapper, what he was most known for was choosing to stay in his neighborhood and invest in it, even though he could have moved out.

The LA Times quotes, “He was investing in this part of town because he understood … if we ever wanted it to be in the condition it deserved, and for our people to be treated the way they deserved to be treated, we have to own it,” said L.A. City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “There was no shortcuts to that.”

Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council President Pamela Thornton agrees with Hussle’s approach, “The economic empowerment of buy back the block is something I’ve advocated our Board and stakeholders to consider.”

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During April, LA Animal Services will be offering free Cat Spay/Neuter Certificates to all LA City residents (three pet cats per household), regardless of income, to encourage our community to get their cats spayed or neutered before they have unwanted litters.

Kitten season is starting early again this year and LA Animal Services is seeing an increase in cat and kitten impounds citywide. By taking advantage of these Free Spay/Neuter Certificates, you can help prevent unwanted kitten births.

To get your Free Certificate immediately, visit the nearest LA City Animal Services Center, or apply online for a print-at-home Free Certificate at https://www.lacityvet.com/onlinevoucher/.

“By spaying or neutering your cat or kitten, you are helping LA Animal Services get one step closer to reducing unwanted kitten births and helping LA Animal Services place more animals in homes of their own,” said Brenda Barnette, LA Animal Services General Manager. “With our new print-at-home system, it’s never been easier to spay or neuter your pet!”

This program is available for residents of the City of Los Angeles who are 18 years of age or older. Each household is eligible for Free Spay/Neuter Certificates for up to three cats. Free spay or neuter surgeries are for companion cats only, and stray animals are excluded. Once a Free Certificate is received, it must be redeemed at a participating veterinary hospital within 10 days of issuance.

To learn more about how to apply for a Free Spay/Neuter Certificate and to find participating veterinary hospitals, spay/neuter clinics and mobile spay/neuter clinics in your area, please visit:
http://www.laanimalservices.com/general-information/spay-neuter/.

To locate your nearest services center, visit: http://www.laanimalservices.com/shelter-locator/

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