By Pamela Bolin, President, NWNC
NWNC board members being recognized for supporting the Salute to Recreation Festival presented by Jasmine from the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
The April Northridge West Neighborhood Council meeting started with the pledge of allegiance followed by “Come Alive With Your Eyes Wide Open”, a beautiful song sung by eight members of the City of Angels Community Choir. It was heartwarming to hear the children’s performance. Jasmine from Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks presented NWNC with a certificate for supporting the Salute to Recreation Festival. This event will be held on Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2 at Northridge Park, 18300 Lemarsh Street. There will be carnival rides, a senior dance and dinner (Friday night) and fireworks (Saturday night). Our NWNC meeting was filled with many public city officials, including:
- Matt Hernandez, Public Safety Field Deputy for CD12
- Jarrod DeGonia, Field Deputy for Supervisor Kathryn Barger
- Danni Wang, Communication Director for Assemblywoman Christy Smith
- Jose Galdamez, from the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE).
The NWNC board was delighted to have Tazan Golsan from the Mayor’s office as our guest speaker. Ms. Golsan represents the West Valley area and she did a presentation on the Bridge Home, temporary emergency housing providing private beds, toilets, meals and showers to homeless individuals so that they can have a feeling of security and dignity. They also provide on-site storage and communal space, allowing residents to focus on the goal of finding a long-term home as quickly as possible. Ms. Golsan explained how a huge part of her position is working on homelessness and how in 2015 there were nine outreach workers, and now there are 500. In the past three years, the City of Los Angeles has housed over 26,000 homeless individuals, while the county has found housing for more than 40,000 people. You may refer a homeless neighbor to an outreach worker by going to the homeless outreach portal at http://la-hop.org.
The neighborhood council is in full swing for the upcoming election on May 4, 2019, at Nobel Charter Middle School, 9950 Tampa Avenue, Northridge from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The NWNC had a candidate forum moderated by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s (DONE) Jose Galdamez. Eight candidates are running for six seats on the NWNC board. For more information on the election and our candidates, please visit http://empowerla.org/elections.