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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Active Recycling image from Google Streetview
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
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.