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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.

LAPD at One Community Fair

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!

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Cannabis Regulation

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.

Febrary 28, 2019 Agenda
Past agendas

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.

 

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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

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AMAZING GRACE (US)
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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1Q3Zt9lvuovYN0s_cbfIe5m_v-wjMyB61YASpv1IxqMAUXw/viewform

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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1Q3Zt9lvuovYN0s_cbfIe5m_v-wjMyB61YASpv1IxqMAUXw/viewform

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 NCBALA.com. 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 LizAmsden@hotmail.com, 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?

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Coalition to Preserve LA, a citywide organization of several thousand residents who advocate for transparent government, filed on January 14, 2019 a request with the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury to open a wide-ranging investigation into corruption in L.A. City Hall’s land-development approval process.

The Coalition is asking the panel to probe unusually large projects proposed or approved in Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley and South L.A. amidst unusual circumstances, including the seeking of, or receiving of, city approvals for exemptions from existing zoning laws, state environmental laws and local planning standards.

We urge the Los Angeles City Council PLUM Committee, which denies or approves major projects, to delay highly questionable projects before it in which large cash donations are being made to city officials, including a proposal scheduled for a City Hall hearing tomorrow, January 15 — the Crossroads triple-skyscraper in Hollywood.

We also urge the City’s Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) and the Los Angeles City Planning Commission to delay placing on the calendar the controversial Millennium towers (Hollywood Center), being proposed atop the Hollywood Earthquake Fault by the very developers who built San Francisco’s infamous Millennium skyscraper. That tower is now significantly tilting and is the subject of 80 lawsuits.

Our own investigation of pay-to-play shows that Crossroads and other projects ride through approvals on a river of cash donations, and wining and dining of officials including Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Curren Price who are under investigation — as well as officials not yet named in the investigation,” said Coalition to Preserve LA executive director Jill Stewart.

Huizar was stripped of his chairmanship of the PLUM Committee in November after his home and office were raided by the FBI. Now, PLUM member Curren Price has also been swept into the FBI probe, which is seeking information on possible bribery, extortion, money laundering and other crimes.

Also named in the FBI investigation was Garcetti’s former Deputy Mayor Ray Chan, a controversial figure whose son landed an internship with lobbyists for Millennium towers, proposed atop the Hollywood Earthquake Fault. Chan told an interviewer with The Planning Report that in Los Angeles, “developers are the customer.”

How far will developers go in L.A.?

The Coalition to Preserve LA has been the subject of an intimidation attempt by Councilman Curren Price’s wife Del Richardson, whose company works closely with developers to remove tenants to make way for gentrification projects.

Del Richardson’s attorney, Clifton Albright, in 2018 threatened the Coalition in writing if it continued to criticize Richardson for pressuring Latino families to move out of an 80-unit community that stands in the way of the Crossroads skyscrapers.

Albright demanded that “Preserve L.A. cease and desist from further publishing and making similar assertions that place Del Richardson Associates in a false light.”

But in fact, Stewart notes, “The Coalition is protected under freedom of speech and California’s anti-SLAPP laws, to unmask the behavior of public figures such as Price’s wife as it fights for equitable housing, non-corrupt planning and government transparency.”

PLUM Committee member Price’s wife, Richardson, moved her operations inside the historic apartment complex of 80 Latino families who have lived there for decades, obtained their phone numbers without their permission, and pressured them to accept as little as $800 as “cash for keys.”

Under the state Ellis Act, the families are due at least $8,000 each for relocation.

Los Angeles Tenants Union verified that Crossroads tenants were forced to sign cash-for-keys agreements in English, even if English was not their first language; were not informed of their Ellis Act rights; and were followed by a Del Richardson employee as tenants walked to a tenant-organizing meeting.

The historic Latino community that would be wiped out by Crossroads, known as the Las Palmas Courtyard Apartments, has thrived for decades, and its multi-generational families have pushed back against gangs.

Yet their community was dismissed by Garcetti-appointed City Planning Commissioner Marc Mitchell in a racially toned criticism as “a dormant area of Hollywood — and it doesn’t need to be.”

From 2013 through 2016 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and his staff held multiple private meetings with Morton La Kretz, founder of Crossroads Management; Crossroads executive Linda Duttenhaver, Crossroads Management attorney, Jerry Neuman; Harridge executive David Schwartzman and developer lobbyist Kyndra Casper.

During that period, Crossroads developers showered key Councilmembers and Garcetti with $16,500 in campaign cash — and far more in lobbying wining and dining, according to city records obtained by the Coalition.

On Saturday, the story of the expanding FBI investigation into pay-to-play was broken by a Georgetown University professor on Twitter. Seamus Hughes named nine high-ranking current and former Los Angeles officials under investigation in a growing “pay-to-play” corruption probe of land deals. They include City Councilman Jose Huizar; Eric Garcetti’s recently retired Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan, City Councilman Curren Price; Board of Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto and his wife Ave Jacintino; Huizar’s Planning Director Shawn Kuk and Huizar’s former Special Assistant George Esparza.

Esparza lashed out at Jose Huizar in the Los Angeles Times today, saying that he quit as Huizar’s assistant a year ago after Huizar “wielded his political power in ways in which, while he apparently had normalized, I did not feel aligned with how I wanted to live my political and personal life … so I got out before I became collateral damage, and I took steps to protect myself.”

Numerous projects are surrounded by controversy and pay-to-play issues, and a few of those projects are:
– Bunker Hill Hotel, the proposed tallest building on the West Coast;
– the $2 billion City Hall Office Tower spearheaded by Huizar to provide questionable high-end luxury offices to city workers on the current site of Parker Center;
– proposed Warner Center luxury housing projects that include zero affordable housing;
– the NoHo West mall and luxury housing development, whose towering digital billboards will shine through curtains of homes up to a quarter-mile away.
– a 26-floor skyscraper on the site of Amoeba Records that would spew extensive pollutants into L.A. but is being called by L.A. officials “a sustainable community” to ease and speed up its approvals.

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