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The two affordable supported housing projects which Meta Housing has been building at 535 W. El Segundo Blvd., west of Figueroa Street, and at 550 W. 127th Street will both open in April.

127th Street Apartments

To qualify for one of the 85 units in the 127th Street Apartments, you must be currently homeless or a chronically ill homeless person and referred by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health or the Health Department.

El Segundo Boulevard Apartments

The general public can qualify for one of the 22 3-bedroom, 2 bath units in the El Segundo Boulevard Apartments if your income is below 50% of the area median income. No pets are allowed, except for service animals. Of the 22 units, 10 will be reserved for those with mobility impairments and 4 will be reserved for those with visual or hearing impairments. Applicants need to either apply online before March 12 or send a card or postcard by March 12. The 22 new renters will be chosen in a lottery of those who have applied either online or via postcard or letter.

For applications and further information, apply online at www.elsegundoboulevardapartments.com

or send a letter or postcard with your name, address, and telephone number to

El Segundo Boulevard Apartments
c/o The John Stewart Company
888 S. Figueroa Street, suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

There are a total of 74 units in this building, with the other 52 units being filled via referrals by agencies, such as the Department of Mental Health and LAHSA Coordinated Entry System.

Harbor Gateway residents are mobilizing to fight a 54-foot-tall, 466,000-square foot warehouse that would be built across Redondo Beach Blvd.

Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council (HGNNC) has taken the position that “the Mitigated Negative Declaration is completely inadequate and incomplete and that the over-all proposed Project is incompatible and objectionable in many respects with the location and existing uses.”  HGNNC takes this position after extensive review of the proposal and with advice from technical experts. HGNNC cites the major impacts of noise from the large trucks driving in and out of the warehouse facility at night, if 24-hour operation is granted, air pollution impacts to nearby residences, outdoor sports fields, other sensitive uses from more than 338 daily diesel truck trips along Redondo Beach Blvd. from the I-110 freeway, and traffic impacts to all of the intersections along Redondo Beach Blvd.  Because the environmental review of the Mitigated Negative Declaration was so superficial and inadequate, the Council seeks a full Environmental Impact Report be completed which would consider alternative to the current project, such as a smaller warehouse project with re-oriented siting which would not so severely impact the outdoor sports fields of Rosecrans Recreation Center, a commercial use similar to the nearby Gateway Crossroads Center, 200 units of affordable housing with public park space, and using the full site as public park space.  On January 17, the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Board voted 11-0-0 to approve a position letter regarding the  466, 402 square foot, 54-foot tall warehouse which is proposed to be built at 747-761 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., the northeast corner of Redondo Beach Blvd. and Vermont Avenue on a currently vacant lot.

The letter has been submitted to Oliver Netburn, the City Planner assigned to the case CPC-2017-1014-CU-ZAA-ZAD-SPR; ENV-2017-1015-MND.  The project will be discussed by the full City Planning Commission at their Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8:30 a.m.meeting at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting and make comment.  To view agenda, Click Here

In recognition of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the California Legislative Black Caucus hosted a 2018 Unsung Heroes Breakfast Celebration and Assembly floor ceremony to honor those who continue to carry on Dr. King’s legacy and vision. This year, Assemblymember Mike A. Gispon honored Pamela Thornton of Harbor Gateway for her work on environmental, health, and economic disparities among people of color.

Harbor Gateway residents are mobilizing to fight a 54-foot-tall, 466,000-square foot warehouse.

The AQMD issued a letter on December 19, 2017 expressing concerns that the Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Prologis Warehouse with 24/7 operations on the corner of Vermont and West Redondo Beach Blvd underestimated the amount of truck traffic and potential cancerous effects.

The AQMD estimates 338 diesel truck trips in the 1,659 daily vehicle trips. The Daily Breeze reported that the AQMD proposed the following mitigation steps:

  • Using trucks no older than 2010 models.
  • A designated truck route to ensure they do not enter nearby residential areas
  • Limiting the number of trucks to that identified in the assessment.
  • The use of natural gas or electrical trucks and the installation of vehicle-charging stations.
  • Imposing a 1,000-foot “buffer zone” between the warehouse and “sensitive receptors,” such as nearby parks.

The Planning and Land Use committee will be meeting on Saturday, January 6 to discuss the AQMD findings.

Public comment can be submitted by January 19  to planner oliver.netburn@lacity.org and copied to councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org and the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council at hgnnc@sbcglobal.net.

The Planning Commission will hold a hearing February 8, 8:30 am at City Hall.

Read the Daily Breeze Article: Health analysis for large Harbor Gateway warehouse project stirs concerns at air quality agency.

Image from the Daily Breeze.

On average, 200 home structure fires begin with Christmas trees per year.

These fires caused an estimated average of six civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $14.8 million in property damage per year. (NFPA 2017)

According to a Local Los Angeles City Fire Department Official, the City of Los Angeles Fire Department receives numerous Christmas Tree Related Fire calls per year.

For this reason, the City of Los Angeles is working on an initiative with the Department of Sanitation where individuals can drop off their old Christmas Trees at eleven Fire Stations throughout the City. The Trees will then be collected by the Department of Sanitation. They will also offer free curbside pickup. While this is commendable, it does come at a cost to Taxpayers in money and service hours.

Following the 4th Annual Free Christmas Tree Giveaway, at which 400 Christmas Trees were given out to members of the community by Active Recycling Company; Sr. Recycling Consultant Errol Segal, says the job is not over!

Active Recycling, a Community Partner and Stakeholder in South Los Angeles for over 40 years, is announcing its Fire Safety 2018 Campaign.

Active Recycling wants members of any community in Los Angeles to bring in their (one only) Christmas Tree and dump it for Free. (no matter if they received it from Active Recycling Co, or not)

As an added bonus, for those wanting to begin 2018 with a Resolution to clean up their yards and garages, Active Recycling is offering them the ability to bring in up to 500 pounds of trash and dump it for Free! (Provided they have not taken advantage of any prior free trash offers)

The program being offered by Active Recycling Company does not come at any cost to Taxpayers.

Fire Safety begins with you and it begins at home. Act now and bring in your highly flammable old Christmas Tree.

Active Recycling wants to be your Community Partner and is dedicated to improving the Safety & Quality of Life in Los Angeles.

The Daily Breeze reported on December 17, that while traffic and air quality studies for the proposed warehouse at the corner of West Redondo Beach Blvd and South Vermont show there would be no significant environmental impact or health concerns, the community is pushing for a full environmental review.

A city hearing is set for Wednesday, December 20, where the mitigated negative declaration could be approved, allowing the project to move forward. Concerned stakeholders should attend the meeting at City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 1020 on Wednesday, December 20, noon.

The article quotes our eight page letter submitted to city planners:

The project should be halved in size or other redevelopment considered, such as up to 200 units of affordable housing on the site along with some much-needed parkland.

The increased level of air pollution and noise pollution will further degrade the existing quality of life for nearby residents, particularly those who live in apartments on the south side of Redondo Beach Boulevard and who already suffer from a high-level of traffic noise…

“We also note that this project has an environmental justice impact for the community, because more than 85 percent of the impacted residents are Latino or African-American, according to recent census data,” the letter added. “Furthermore, air quality issues from the 110 Freeway already impact the local community. The income level of a majority of those living in the apartments along Redondo Beach Boulevard is below the median.”

Read the full article

December 15, 2017 Letter to City Planning Requesting Full EIR for Prologis Project, 747 W Redondo Beach

 

Harbor Gateway North was pleased to welcome Santa’s sleigh on December 11, as part of the Winter Wonderland Celebration. The sleigh left the Southeast LAPD Division about 4pm and traveled south through our community distributing candy along the way.

The Section 8 waiting list for housing vouchers has been closed since 2004. The waiting list application will open on Monday October 16 at 6 a.m. and close on Sun. October 29 at 5 p.m. Applications must be received online and applicants must have an email address. Free email sign ups can be done in advance at local public libraries.

Before starting the application process, have the following information on hand:

  1. Your email address
  2. The name of the head of household, his/her date of birth, current address and mailing, phone number, and social security number or alien registration number, if he/she has one.
  3. The name of the spouse/co-head of the household (if applicable), his/her date of birth, current address, phone number, and social security number or alien registration number, if he/she has one.
  4. The total number of people (including yourself) that will live in the household;
  5. Your household’s total annual income from all sources; and
  6. A paper and pen ready to write down the confirmation number of your submitted application for the lottery (you will also receive an email with this information).

September is Civic Engagement Month in honor of the work of the Neighborhood Councils and of all the City’s public engagement efforts! Civic Engagement is about getting involved in your community. You are never too young or too old to get involved. Find out how!

The month was kicked off in City Hall on September 1 with a proclamation presented by City Council President Herb Wesson to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners President Joy Atkinson and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment General Manager Grayce Lui.

2016 EmpowerLA Award winners were honored in City Council Chambers: SORO Neighborhoods Council, Reseda Neighborhood Council, Mid City West Community Council, Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, Echo Park Neighborhood Council, United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council and Northridge West Neighborhood Council. For more information on their accomplishments, click here.

Also part of the celebration is a Neighborhood Council display on the bridge between City Hall and City Hall East. One of our Clean Ups was featured in this panel displayed on the bridge:

The big event of Civic Engagement Month is the Congress of Neighborhoods, which was held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at City Hall, with over 1,100 participants including neighborhood council board members and stakeholders. The annual day long event brings attendees together with elected city officials and representatives of city departments for a day of learning and networking.

Participants were welcomed in the morning session by Mayor Eric Garcetti, who reminded the crowd how important they are to the City of LA. “Congress of Neighborhoods brings together hundreds of leaders from all of L.A.’s Neighborhood Councils — where our residents become active partners in our democracy, help chart a course for our city, and make your voices heard and your values known” said Garcetti. “Neighborhood Council Leaders are Local Stars”.

The keynote address was given by LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who began the Empowerment Congress back in 1992 to Educate, Engage, and Empower. He said the need is as strong today to build community together.

But it was a 17 year old who stole the show. The Mayor was anxious to hear from Lily Larsen, a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council. She is literally a poster child for civic engagement. She spoke about how her mom took her to the Million Man March when she was five and she has been politically active ever since. She exhorted the crowd, “You are never too young to get involved in your community.” And we presume that you are never too old either!

So let’s get started! You have a lot of options on how to get civically engaged:

  • Come to a meeting
  • Join a committee
  • Join the Board
  • Help with a clean up or event
  • Apply for the Mayor’s Youth Council
  • Apply to be on the Grand Jury by November 3

Contact the Board now to share your interest.

Community Emergency Response Training classes were held at 135th Street Elementary School from May 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017. The training  usually includes seven sessions, but we were able to combine sessions six and seven to speed things up.

We were excited to have 31 residents start the training with us. Ultimately 23 graduated on June 7th. Our classes were taught by firefighter, Officer Randall Opperman. He covered the information needed before, during, and after a disaster, including how to search a building in the dark. He also trained us in how to organize a medical triage.

Residents attending all classes received a green CERT backpack with hard hat, emergency kit, and vest. At the end of graduation, Officer Opperman stated we were his largest class, and fun to teach with great hands on participation.
I want to thank HGNNC for sponsoring this event, CERT LAFD, and a special thank you to board members that attended.

Deborah J. Lee
Community Organization Representative

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