Archive for February, 2010


Friday, February 26th, 2010

EC AGENDA022710A SPECIAL MEETING of Olympic Park Neighborhood Council’s EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will be held this Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the STARBUCKS located at 1258 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90019. Click on the Agenda to the left to view or dowload here: OPNC ECAGENDA022710

Contact for further information.


Friday, February 26th, 2010

Neighborhood Council Coalition

The LANCC meets on the first Saturday of each month.
See our web site for details and agendas.

This Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 10:00 AM




February 27, 2010, 10:00 am
Hollywood Presbyterian Church
Upper Terrace Hall (enter on Yucca, park on Yucca)
1760 N. Gower Avenue, Hollywood , CA 90028

Leonard J. Shaffer
Chair, LANCCoalition


Friday, February 26th, 2010


Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. Sunday, March 7, 2010
10:00am – 2:00pm

Women’s History Month Program begins at 1:00pmCalifornia African American Museum
Exposition Park
600 State Drive LA 90037Car Seat Checks will be at:
Figueroa Street & State Drive
in the Round-a-bout.
Parking: parking lot at 39th Street
& Figueroa Street.

  • CHP sponsored Car Seat installation and safety checks
  • Child ID kits available from KIDS ARE 1st
  • Enjoy the California African American Museum
  • Learn about resources in your community.
  • Talk to Senator Price about issues affecting you.

For more information please contact
Rebecca in Senator Price’s District office at (213)745-6656 or e-mail


Thursday, February 25th, 2010

OPNC AGENDA030110The monthly Olympic Park Neighborhood Board of Directors’ meeting will be held on Monday, March 1, 2010 – 6:30 PM (NOTE EARLIER START TIME) at the LAPD West Bureau Community Room – 4849 West Venice Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90019. This meeting will be a DONE coordinated NC RETREAT with training sessions in Planning and Goal Setting, Funding, Board Member Roles and Responsibilities and Outreach. We will also have a RE-VOTE on stakeholders Kelly McConnell and Peter Schulberg’s applications to fill the open EAST REP board seat. STAKEHOLDERS will participate in re-vote and are ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE in the RETREAT and learn about the NC system in advance of the upcoming board ELECTIONS (Candidate Filing Packet). Click on the Agenda to the left to view or dowload here:  OPNC AGENDA-RETREAT 030110Contact for further information.

Election Committee Meeting This Thursday Feb 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Please join us for our next Election Committee Meeting this Thursday February 25, 2010 at Gelaco on Olympic Blvd.  We’ll be discussing the upcoming elections and procedures.  This is a great way to get involved and learn more about your Neighborhood Council.Election Committee Meeting Thursday February 25, 2010


Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

In his letter to Mayor Villaraigosa, BH Kim stated “I support the consolidation of our department with the Community Development Department (CDD) understanding that the General Manager for CDD will become the General Manager for the new department that includes Neighborhood Empowerment, I will no longer be serving in this position effective upon this appointment or June 30, 2010, whichever comes first.” Download the letter here: BH Kim Letter

Mayor Expected To Announce Dismantling of DONE

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Lots of neighborhood council news circulated this weekend and this piece from Curbed LA effectively brings many of the voices together:

The Daily News’ Rick Orlov reports that today Mayor Villaraigosa is expected to announce that the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which oversees Neighborhood Councils, will be folded into another agency. Via the news: “A recommendation to the mayor on Sunday calls for placing the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, or DONE, within the Community Development Department and reducing its staff from 42 to about a dozen. DONE has a total budget of $3.2 million. Under the action, DONE General Manger BH Kim is expected to step down as director. Responsibility for the agency will be placed with CDD Director Richard Benbow.” As previously reported by other papers, there’s been strange screw-ups recently at the agency ($880,000 in unaccounted credit card purchases, for instance). And while admitting that he’s “not a fan of DONE’s performance,” Our OpEd writer Noel Weiss questions the legality and protocol of folding one city agency into another.
· DONE expected to be folded into another agency to save money [Daily News]

LANCC Budget LA Meeting Discusses NC Budget

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

This is a re-post of an article originated from the BudgetLA website.OurLA, by Michael Cohen, 15 February 2010

At Saturday’s LANCC Budget LA meeting, moderator Stephen Box reminded us that when the oxygen masks on an airplane in distress are lowered we first put them on ourselves and then assist others. NCs need to take care of themselves because like the airline passenger we won’t be of help if we are incapacitated by defunding.

It was suggested in passing at City Hall? That to save the City money those NCs that didn’t show up to the BudgetLA meetings should lose all their funding.

A proposal to reduce DONE staffing by including NC volunteers something previously endorsed at the Feb. 6th LANCC meeting got some serious discussion. One queried can we get enough NC members to staff the 30 or so volunteer positions and another Paul Hatfield, was concerned about continuity in the DONE with NC volunteer turn over.

Doug Epperhart presented the plan in place of Shawn Simons, away in New York. He said the final numbers or conditions are not cast in concrete.

The Education and Neighborhoods Committee will take up the issue of DONE and NC structure and funding this Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

BongHwan Kim, General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, welcomes the changes put forth. He reminds us that the neighborhood councils are considered mini-city councils by the City , at least for the purposes of oversight. That requires NCs to have various department resources and support. That makes DONE an enforcer of numerous regulations and keeps it involved in many areas, diluting focus and requiring expertise in those areas. That is inefficient.

Community Partners, a non-profit was proposed to handle financial oversight of NC funding, taking a large workload off of DONE’s shoulders. BongHwan Kim felt that a non-profit could likely do it better and cheaper, largely because the non-profit wouldn’t be burdened by the City pension system.

When the NC pulse was taken to support outsourcing there was some hesitation with a split vote. The motion was amended to explore the possibility of outsourcing rather than recommending it presently.

At the LANCC BudgetLA meeting Feb. 6th a 7% charge for all transactions by Community partners was thought to be their fee. At Saturdays meeting Lupe Solorio of Community Partners said the fee could be 12%.

The hybrid plan presented Saturday consists of reorganizing DONE into four departments:

  1. Administration – Responsible for the efficient running of the DONE office
  2. Public Relations – To create a citywide NC campaign to encourage stakeholder participation in the system
  3. Governmental Relations – Create relationships with City departments and foster communication with City Hall
  4. Training – Programs to create strong boards and seamless transitions.

The total paid City personnel required is just 17 which includes a General Manager and Assistant GM. This is less than the proposed cut by the CAO to 19. The slack left by the reduced staff would be formally picked up by 35 NC unpaid positions staffed by NC volunteers, permanently assigned to DONE.

The reported savings to the City is at least $4 Million, again more than required by the CAO’s plan.

In exchange the NCs want minimal cuts leaving funding largely intact, re-instituted a one year rollover of unspent funds year, maintain the current system of bank cards for small disbursements and to allow NC involvement in determining expenditure categories.

Everyone is asked to arrive at Tuesday’s City Council meeting early to meet City Council staff and to attend the Education and Neighborhoods Committee meeting starting in the same chamber at 3 p.m.

Michael Cohen is a long time community activist and Reseda NC Council Liaison. He can be reached a


Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

ELECTC AGENDA VIEWThe Olympic Park Neighborhood Council ELECTION COMMITTEE will meet this Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 6:30pm at I LOVE BOBA located at 1144 Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Western Ave., south of Country Club Drive). The Committee will cover topics including election OUTREACH, CANDIDATE FILING and ELECTION PROCEDURES. All are invited to attend.

Download the AGENDA here: Election Committee AGENDA 021810

Stakeholders interested in participating in the election as a candidate may download a filing packet here: Complete Candidate Filing Packet

Make the Homeless Count Sock Drive – Feb 14-March 14

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

From the Mayor’s office:
Sock Flyer VIEWAttached is a flyer for the “Make the Homeless Count Sock Drive” taking place from February 14th to March 14th.  Many of the homeless in our communities lack basic necessities including socks.  The City of Los Angeles will organize events on Tuesday, March 30th to support the U.S. Census Bureau’s Homeless Enumeration program in order to boost the homeless count and deliver socks, food, and other much-needed items.

Download the flyer here: Sock Drive Flyer

Please pass this information on to your family, friends, colleagues, and contacts within the community so that we can ensure that EVERYONE gets counted in the 2010 Census!  Thanks!


Friday, February 12th, 2010

The City of Los Angeles and LA Unified are sponsoring a Day of Service event to be held on March 20, benefitting LA High and Wilshire Crest Elementary. Contact (213/ 978-0812) for more info. We invite you to post the attached flyers at appropriate locations in your neighborhood and to be a part of this event.

Day of ServiceDay Of Service flyer (english)

Dia de ServicioDia de Servicio (en espanol)

BudgetLA to Discuss DONE reorg & NCFunding -2/13/10

Friday, February 12th, 2010

 The organization BudgetLA will meet this Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 10am at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, Upper Terrace Hall, 1760 Gower Avenue (enter on Yucca, park on Yucca) and as part of their planned agenda will discuss the following topics:

Regenerative – DONE Reorganization – NC Collaborative Proposal
1) The “Hybrid” version of DONE – staff and volunteers
2) The Departmental Focus of DONE
a) Administrative
b) Public Relations
c) Government Relations
d) Training
3) Outsourcing Funding Oversight
4) The proposed budget

Collaborative – NC Funding and Structure – Forum
1) Rollover Funding – Proposed Elimination
2) Petty Cash Procedures – End BankCard System
3) Neighborhood Council Funding – 50% Cut
4) Transfer of Funding Program Oversight

BudgetLA supports the activities of several neighborhood council groups, all working together to pursue solutions to LA’s Budget Crisis. Participants include the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition, the Saving Los Angeles project, the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, the Mayor’s Budget Advisory Committee and representatives from neighborhood councils throughout the city. For more information visit where you will find a Calendar of upcoming events, the Speakers Bureau, an archive of BudgetLA videos and links to individual neighborhood councils. Join BudgetLA on Facebook and follow BudgetLA on Twitter (@BudgetLA) To get involved, join BudgetLA on Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 am for “Look for the Union Label” at Hollywood Presyterian Church, 1760 Gower Ave., Hollywood 90028.


Friday, February 5th, 2010

All lanes of the northbound San Diego Freeway (I-405) from Getty Center Drive to Greenleaf Street will be closed nightly beginning Saturday, February 6 through Friday, February 12 between the hours of 1 a.m. and up to 7 a.m.

Additionally, the eastbound and westbound Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) connectors to northbound I-405 will be closed nightly, from Monday, February 8 to Wednesday, February 10 between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6a.m.

The following ramps will be closed intermittently from Saturday, February 6 through Friday, February 12:  Sunset Boulevard on-ramp; Olympic/Pico Boulevard on-ramp; Moraga Boulevard on-ramp; eastbound and westbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramps and off-ramps; Getty Drive/Sepulveda Boulevard on-ramp; Skirball Drive/Mulholland Boulevard on-ramp and off-ramp; Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp and off-ramp and the Ventura Boulevard off-ramp.

Ramp closure hours could vary between the hours of 1 p.m. to midnight but will be predominantly between midnight and 6 a.m.

All closures are weather-permitting and subject to change.

The various closures are to enable striping, geotechnical boring, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) drainage, utility, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and drainage surveys for construction of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project.

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project, a joint effort between Metro and Caltrans, will complete the last remaining 10-mile gap on the northbound I-405 carpool lane system. Scheduled for completion in 2013, the project will significantly improve traffic flow for northbound I-405 commuters, providing a continuous carpool lane from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley.

For additional information and ongoing construction updates, visit or call the project hotline at (213) 922-3665.


Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

CWC Flyer“Citizens of the World Charter Hollywood: A Public School” (CWC) will be a free K-8 school serving a socio-economically, culturally and racially diverse community in the heart of Hollywood.” The school will open its doors in September 2010 and admission is by lottery. The next Parent Information Session will be held on Wednesday, February 10th, 6pm – 7:30 pm at the Historic Chapel at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard. Spanish translation will be avaliable. For more info visit the CWC website

Download the flyer here:  CWC Info Session flyer

City Council To Consider Ending NC Funding – Feb 1, 12:30pm

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Press Conference
Monday, February 1, 2010
12:30 pm
City Hall Rotunda
200 Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Budget & Finance Committee
Monday, February 1, 2010
1:00 pm
City Council Chambers
200 Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
LOS ANGELES – Neighborhood Council representatives from throughout the city are headed to City Hall to call on the Mayor and the City Council to honor the City Charter which established the neighborhood council system and which mandates appropriate funding. They take with them a BudgetLa Statement that says “At this time of financial crisis for the City, the solutions require a partnership between the elected officials at City Hall and the elected representatives of our 90 neighborhood councils.”

Neighborhood Councils exist to advise the Mayor and the City Council on City Budget priorities, to monitor the delivery of services, and to involve the community in the governance of the City of Los Angeles. The Charter goes so far as to call for periodic meetings with responsible officials of City departments.

As the CAO’s “City Restructuring Proposals” are considered by the Budget and Finance Committee on Monday afternoon, Neighborhood Council leaders will stand in defense of the neighborhood council system and will position the NC system as a Funding Solution, a Communication Solution, and as a Community Building Solution. Ultimately, the NC system is an ASSET, not a LIABILITY, and it is protected by the City Charter. To that end, neighborhood councils stand as partners with the Mayor, the City Council, and the City Staff in working together for “An LA that Works!”

BudgetLA has hosted two emergency workshops which have drawn 110 different members from 47 different neighborhood councils, all focused on working together to take on bankruptcy, pensions, the delivery of city services and the reorganization of the city system. The BudgetLA position starts with two basic premises, that “everything is on the table and must be considered as we work together to solve the budget crisis, and that neighborhood councils must be at that table as partners in the process.
The NC reps have taken a full-spectrum approach to the budget crisis and believe that it is essential that the community engage with our elected officials as well as city staff to pursue Revenue innovations along with Pension reform while maintaining prioritized delivery of City Services and the implementation of Organizational improvements, all of which work together to guarantee that Los Angeles take its place as a Great City.

This past Saturday, BudgetLA opened with Alex Rubalcava who addressed LA’s future on “The Road to Bankruptcy.” It also featured Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s GM, BongHwan Kim and his “Vision for Neighborhood Councils” presentation. Visit BudgetLA CityWatchLAfor a details on Saturday’s BudgetLA workshop. BudgetLA will meet again on Saturday, February 13 and on Saturday, February 27 at Hollywood City Hall. Both BudgetLA sessions will start at 10:00 am.
BudgetLA supports the activities of several neighborhood council groups, all working together to pursue solutions to LA’s Budget Crisis. Participants include the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition, the Saving Los Angeles project, the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, the Mayor’s Budget Advisory Committee and representatives from neighborhood councils throughout the city. For more information visit where you will find a Calendar of upcoming events, the Speakers Bureau, an archive of BudgetLA videos and links to individual neighborhood councils. Join BudgetLA on Facebook and follow BudgetLA on Twitter (@BudgetLA) To get involved, join BudgetLA on Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 am for “Look for the Union Label”  at Hollywood City Hall, 6501 Fountain Ave., Hollywood 90028.