Dear NWNC Community and Stakeholders,
On behalf of Northridge West Neighborhood Council, our Board wishes our neighbors, community, and stakeholders a prosperous and happy New Year. As 2019 comes to an end, we would like to thank our stakeholders and neighbors for their continued support as our Board works to represent Northridge West in the Mayor’s office. We would like to highlight some of the work we accomplished in 2019 and projects that will continue as we enter the New Year:
In May we held a successful election welcoming six new Board members along with the re-election of two members to NWNC. Since then, the Board has been engaged in increased committee work, hosted various speakers at our General Board Meetings, and participated in various outreach and community events.
Our General Board Meetings included informative speakers throughout the year including:
- Once elected, Councilman John Lee offered an update about the work he is doing on behalf of our community.
- LAUSD School Board Member Scott Schmerelson
- Ken Craft President and CEO from Hope of the Valley
- Dario Alvarez President of Public Urbanism shared some of the data his organization has found about demographics, home ownership, and labor in Northridge West. Read the Northridge Census Data Report.
- Captain Kathleen Burns from LAPD Devonshire Division discussed some of the public safety concerns for Northridge West and her Division’s response.
- Debra Scott from the Bureau of Street Services shared the City’s resources to address potholes, community concerns with street vending, and ways to report issues to the City.
- Laura Herrera from the LA Registrar’s Office shared the City’s new Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) voting experience. Learn about Voting Solutions for All.
- Tanaz Golshan from the Mayor’s Office shared the Bridge Housing program. To learn more, visit the Mayor’s site on Bridge Housing.
- Corinne Ho from Everyone In shared her organization’s role in addressing the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. Learn more about the work Everyone In does.
Our Outreach and Communication Committee partnered with neighboring councils to co-host and co-sponsor a successful City Council District 12 Town Hall between then candidates Loraine Lundquist and John Lee. We are currently working to co-host another such town hall ahead of the March 3rd 2020 CD 12 election. Additionally, NWNC participated in the various events including:
- Salute to Recreation in July
- National Night Out in August
- Disaster Preparedness Fair in October
- Granada Hills Street Faire in October
Our Homelessness Committee through the work of our Homeless Liaison, Gail LaPaz, has participated in over 20 events, attending community meetings, teach- ins, and coordinated efforts on the issue of homelessness bringing forward import issues and initiatives for the community.
Our Public Safety Committee has been and continues to work closely with CD 12 on street lighting issues and facilitating community members, local businesses, and CD 12 on issues related to homeless encampment concerns.
Our newly formed Government Affairs Committee has been working to better help the Council interact with and monitor the actions of City Council and City agencies. The Board authorized the creation of a Sex Education Ad Hoc committee through Government Affairs to explore the ramifications of the State’s revised 2019 Sex-Ed curriculum with the potential of collaborating with other Councils on a Town Hall on the topic.
The Public Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee made suggestions for improving parking at the Plaza Del Northridge Shopping Center that were adopted and implemented.
Our Beautification Committee is kicking off a Public Arts program to bring vibrancy to our community with Utility Box art. They also continue to volunteer monthly to clean streets in our neighborhood. (Say hi if you see them on the road!)
Finally, we have supported local organizations through Neighborhood Purpose Grants (NPGs) such as the YMCA Thanksgiving Day Basket event, Granada Hills Street Faire, and beautification efforts on the Tampa median. We look forward to continuing such important work in the New Year and partnering with our local community. If you would like to get involved and learn more about the work we do, please visit our website and our Facebook page. See our list of our active committees to contact their Chairs.
Once again, we appreciate you, our neighbors, community, and stakeholders for allowing us the opportunity to represent you in the Mayor’s office. We look forward to working with you in keeping Northridge a wonderful place to live and work.
Northridge West Neighborhood Council
your community voice in the Mayor’s office