The 2016 Congress of Neighborhoods is Set for Saturday, September 24th
For the past 2 years, your NCVV Board and members of the Planning and Land Use and the Valley Village Vision Committees have worked with noted landscape architect firm Troller Mayer to develop a plan to landscape the Valley Village section of the Tujunga Wash. Located along the western boundary of Valley Village, this mile long section of the Wash is one of the few remaining Valley sections of the Wash/LA River that has not been developed for recreational and park use.
Under the direction of Dale Liebowitz-Neglia (Chair PLU) and Sandy Hubbard (former Chair VVV) the plan was produced with input from the two committee members, Board and local stakeholders. Richard Mayer, Principal of Troller Mayer, personally supervised the development of the plan, which includes hiking paths, benches, play areas, an amphitheater, trash receptacles and doggy bag stations, and extensive drought tolerant landscaping. The plan was funded by the NCVV Board of Directors.
“This is an exciting opportunity to bring much needed park space to the west side of Valley Village” said Marc Woersching, NCVV Board member and current chair of the Vision Committee. “It is also the final critical component in the effort to fully landscape the Valley sections of both the Tujunga Wash and LA River.” Woersching has been the driving force behind the accomplishment of the landscape plan, and will now help lead NCVV’s efforts to secure support for the project.
The final plan was presented to the NCVV Board in May. An effort has now begun to identify the resources needed to develop the Valley Village portion of the Tujunga Wash.
Click here to open landscape plans.
On August 25, 2016, the City Planning Commission will consider the proposed update to the Small Lot Subdivision (“SLS”) Ordinance and make a recommendation to the City Council. The proposed Code Amendment is part of a comprehensive update of the existing SLS Ordinance, and is in response to the input received throughout the public comment process.
Changes may still be made before the City Council’s final decision.
The Department of City Planning has prepared a staff report with updated recommendations for the Commission’s consideration. It is attached here for your reference. An agenda of the Commission meeting will be posted shortly at planning.lacity.org  under “Commissions & Hearings.”
Continue reading “Small Lot Code Amendment: Staff Report to the LA City Planning Commission”
I hope you are staying cool this summer!
Throughout the month of August, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be hosting “Summer Nights with LACMA.” This is an art project event filled with an array of exhibitions and a live DJ set. My staff will be at these events to meet with local residents and assist with any legislative or State related issues of concern.
(On Lankershim Blvd, north of Magnolia Blvd.)
8/6- Mapping NoHo
8/13- Shapes and Patterns That Make Us
8/20- Sonic Visualization of Art
8/27- Fear Itself
*The events start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.
Also, LACMA is currently offering a free youth membership (NexGen) for anyone 17 years and younger. Please visit this website for more information.
Neighborhood Council Valley Village is proud to be part of the 33rd annual National Night Out, Tuesday August 2 in Valley Village Park. The event, sponsored by your NCVV Board, Ring Wi-Fi Smart Doorbell Systems and Target, will feature the live music of Jimmy Dale, comments from our North Hollywood L.A. Police Department, and the third year of our exciting “Art in the Park” event with original artwork from Valley Village artists available for sale. This year’s NCVV Local Heroes are Steve Simon and Stuart Simen.
National Night Out’s principle sponsor, Ring, will be Raffled off and will also give a $25 discount coupon to families who sign up for NCVV’s Neighborhood Watch program. In addition, one lucky person who joins us on August 2 will win a new bicycle donated by Target.
National Night Out in Valley Village Park begins at 6:30 pm– 8:30pm. At sunset we will join officers from LAPD for our traditional walk around the neighborhood with Glo-Sticks. Be sure to “Turn On Your Porch Light” on to show your support of our LAPD officers and their efforts to keep crime low in Valley Village. Mark your calendar now for August 2, and join your NCVV Board and neighbors for an exciting evening of common unity for National Night Out!
Late last night, Stuart Simen, a founding member of Neighborhood Council Valley Village Board of Directors, passed away. In 2003, along with Peter Sanchez, Breice Reiner, Ginny Hatfield and Jody Hidey, Stuart helped coordinate the application of Valley Village to be an official Neighborhood Council. He was also a long time Board member of the Valley Village Homeowners Association. Over the history of our NCVV Board, Stuart served as an elected member (elected four times) through 2008, and served for all 14 years as our Parliamentarian.
Your NCVV Board is pleased to announce that yesterday, June 30, CALTRANS approved permits for Soundwall Package #11, which will now allow METRO to proceed with obtaining bids for the project. There may be slight adjustments to the overall plans but we’ve been assured they will not alter the goal of awarding a contract before the end of 2016, and beginning construction early in 2017.
We are grateful to the office of Councilman Paul Krekorian and his staff, Karo Torossian and Doug Mensman, for their continued effort to push this project forward. Without Mr. Krekorian’s support this project might have missed some key deadlines.
Please join us at the July NCVV Board meeting for a complete update on the soundwall project.