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.
Update April 17, 2019
The Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously 12-0 AGAINST the terrible gentrification law, SB 50, being peddled by state Sen. Scott Wiener.
City Councilman Paul Koretz slammed the widely-ridiculed SB 50 as “trickle down economics” that would gentrify much of Los Angeles and force the city’s large working class further away from their jobs.
Koretz said Wiener’s vision of erecting 6-story to 8-story buildings in thousands of low-rise and single-family residential areas is focused on the wrong questions and wrong answers.
Wiener “has called single-family homes immoral” and his bill would destroy yards and space to raise a family in L.A., Koretz told the packed and cheering Los Angeles City Council chambers. Council members David Ryu and Mike Bonin cited their own long lists of objections to the misguided bill.
“Los Angeles has 100,000 fully approved housing units that have not been built” by developers, Koretz said. It would be absurd to invite developers to now wipe out vibrant existing neighborhoods while they sit like gloating toads on land they can develop right now.
Angelenos you were awesome today. You came downtown to City Hall this morning to oppose SB 50 from San Fernando Valley, South L.A., Koreatown, Eastside, Northeast L.A., Westside, West Adams, Boyle Heights, Crenshaw, Sunland-Tujunga, Hollywood and more.
THANK YOU ANGELENOS! Your next fun, easy, duty happens right now! Let’s build on this HUGE success.
From home or work right now, send a quick easy email to the Sacramento legislative committee that has the power to KILL SB 50 on April 24 — the Governance and Finance Committee. Email Anton.email@example.com
April 15, 2019
HGNNC voted to oppose SB 50, which would allow very dense development, even in single-family zones, if they are near bus routes or light rail or jobs centers. This would mean almost every part of our Neighborhood Council area. Meanwhile, there are not any strong guarantees that the new housing will be affordable or help with the housing crisis.
We invite you to share your own strong opposition to SB 50 (Weiner) with State Senator Bradford and Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson and any other State legislators. Please comment by April 16 by 5 p.m.
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.
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)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Join United Way’s Home For Good and Everyone In teams on Saturday, May 18 at Grand Park for our annual HomeWalk 5K family run/walk to raise awareness and funds to end homelessness. This year, there will be the usual fun of partner booths, food trucks and live music, with more onsite engagement and entertainment than ever before, thanks in part to a new presenting event sponsor, LA RAMS football.
Take a minute to START YOUR HOMEWALK TEAM by
Picking your Team Captain to help communicate, coordinate and, most importantly, be a cheerleader for your team. Or, consider taking up the charge yourself!
Have your Team Captain register and create a “New Team” at https://homewalk.unitedwayla.org/.
Send the word out to friends, family, and coworkers to create an account and join your team using that same website.
Everyone In! HomeWalk is welcomes everyone in for a great day of celebrating together. The path to ending homelessness is a collaborative effort that takes all of us. Your donation creates broad systemic solutions while also offering on-the-ground support that our homeless neighbors need now. This includes permanent supportive housing, strategic investments in research and innovation, capacity building, system connections, and community engagement needed to end homelessness for good.
“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.”
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:
To locate your nearest services center, visit: http://www.laanimalservices.com/shelter-locator/
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
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.