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Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Glenn Bailey
42:51
Please send any questions to Councilmember Rodriguez via Chat to Co-Host Linda Gravani. Thanks.
Glenn Bailey
01:35:18
Ariel Jones, Valley Liaison for the City Planning Department, could not stay for her report but she has submitted a written report which has been posted on the LANCC Alliances webpage that includes VANC. Here is the link to her report: http://www.lancc.org/resources/VANC%20Planning%20Department%20Update%20April%202021.pdf
Glenn Bailey
01:37:42
Her report includes the follow topics: 2020 Annual Report, Processes and Procedures Ordinance and Citywide Sign Ordinance.
Glenn Bailey
01:42:30
Announcements, etc. may now be shared via Chat with all attendees
Jeffrey Brown
01:46:05
For all air quality complaints can be filed on line at: www.aqmd.gov
cindy cleghorn
01:49:03
Brown Act ?
Tony Wilkinson
01:50:50
July 1 won't happen if we get it reversed by ordinance. Should be an immediate crusade
Jeffrey Mausner
01:50:53
Hi Everyone. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. The West Valley Animal Shelter has reopened, with regular Covid restrictions, thanks to VANC and the Neighborhood Councils. I’ll give more details during item 11 on the agenda.Here is a new resolution I propose for item 11 on the agenda:[PROPOSED] VALLEY ALLIANCE OF NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS (VANC) RESOLUTION REGARDING APPOINTMENT OF NEW GENERAL MANAGER OF THE ANIMAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTBackground Information Sheet:The current General Manger of the Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) Department has announced her retirement as General Manager, effective in early May 2021. The new General Manager will be appointed by the Mayor and must then be confirmed by the City Council.This is an extremely important position, which determines the lives, health, and safety of thousands of animals and of the people who care about them. L.A. Animal Services Volunteers, Rescue Organizations, and other stakeholders are essential to the operation of the Animal
Jeffrey Brown
01:51:06
The Ralph M. Brown Act, located at California Government Code 54950 et seq., is an act of the California State Legislature, authored by Assemblymember Ralph M. Brown and passed in 1953, that guarantees the public's right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies.[1]The Brown Act, originally a 686 word statute that has grown substantially over the years, was enacted in response to mounting public concerns over informal, undisclosed meetings held by local elected officials. City councils, county boards, and other local government bodies were avoiding public scrutiny by holding secret "workshops" and "study sessions." The Brown Act solely applies to California city and county government agencies, boards, and councils. The Act has been interpreted to apply to email communication as well, leading to restrictions on the number of parties that can be copied on electronic messages.[2] The comparable Bagley-Keene Act mandates open meetings for State government agencies.
Jeffrey Mausner
01:51:22
This is an extremely important position, which determines the lives, health, and safety of thousands of animals and of the people who care about them. L.A. Animal Services Volunteers, Rescue Organizations, and other stakeholders are essential to the operation of the Animal Services Department, more so than any other City department. The department simply could not operate effectively on its budget without the involvement of these stakeholders.The concerned stakeholders of the City -- Animal Rescue Organizations, Animal Services Volunteers, Animal Activists, and Neighborhood Councils -- should have input into the decision of who the new General Manager will be. In order to choose a highly qualified candidate and assure a cooperative and productive environment, the stakeholders must have a real voice in choosing the next GM, rather than simply having someone thrust on them. Input from stakeholders must be solicited well before confirmation hearings at the Personnel, Audits, and Animal Welfare Committee
Jeffrey Mausner
01:52:51
The concerned stakeholders of the City -- Animal Rescue Organizations, Animal Services Volunteers, Animal Activists, and Neighborhood Councils -- should have input into the decision of who the new General Manager will be. In order to choose a highly qualified candidate and assure a cooperative and productive environment, the stakeholders must have a real voice in choosing the next GM, rather than simply having someone thrust on them. Input from stakeholders must be solicited well before confirmation hearings at the Personnel, Audits, and Animal Welfare Committee of the City Council, before Mayor Garcetti names his selection; this should be a truly collaborative process.The new General Manager should readily accept input from stakeholders regarding operation of the department. Volunteers should not be penalized or fired for making suggestions regarding the department, or even being critical of it. Please see: Budget Advocates Call for Investigation of Animal Services Department Volunteer Program: https:/
Jeffrey Mausner
01:53:05
Please see: Budget Advocates Call for Investigation of Animal Services Department Volunteer Program: https://citywatchla.com/index.php/budget-advocates/19044-budget-advocates-call-for-investigation-of-animal-services-department-volunteer-programThe new GM should also be attuned to the will of the voters of the City and the Neighborhood Councils when it comes to issues involving animals. Please see: What’s Going on At the West Valley Animal Shelter—Will It Remain a City-Run Shelter?: https://citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/los-angeles/20457-what-s-going-on-at-the-west-valley-animal-shelter-will-it-remain-a-city-run-shelter andhttps://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=20-1114
Tony Wilkinson
01:53:14
DO NOTHING and you get the good old decades old rule. (Seated immediately after certified election and resolved challenges)
Jeffrey Mausner
01:53:48
Proposed VANC Resolution:The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC), representing all 34 Neighborhood Councils in the San Fernando Valley, requests that Mayor Garcetti meet by Zoom with representatives of the relevant stakeholders -- Animal Rescue Organizations, Animal Services Department Volunteers, Animal Activists, and Neighborhood Councils – prior to naming a new General Manager of the Animal Services Department, so that the best candidate can be selected for the position.
Jeffrey Mausner
01:54:08
Neighborhood Councils are encouraged to pass resolutions to send emails or letters to Mayor Garcetti, in support of Stakeholder participation in selection of the new General Manager. As well as sending letters addressed directly to the Mayor, emails or letters can also be sent to the Mayor’s representatives for the East and West Valley and Deputy Mayor who oversees the Animal Services Department:Deputy Mayor Barbara RomeroEmail: Barbara.Romero@lacity.org | Phone: (213) 978-0724East Valley Area Representative – Caroline MenjivarEmail: Caroline.Menjivar@lacity.org | Phone: (818) 659-2334West Valley Area Representative – Vahid KhorsandEmail: Vahid.Khorsand@lacity.org | Phone: (213) 399-1645
Tony Wilkinson
01:54:23
The Cigty Attorney is advising BEYOND the Brown Act. Standard operating procedure. Like t6he quorum of a quorum
cindy cleghorn
01:54:58
People are going to communicate. It’s a new world with social media. Ours passes info onto stakeholders and they circulate it.
Tony Wilkinson
01:55:55
I have read the one page state update to the Brown Act and *I* (not attorney) do not think it limits us. Only the City Attorney does ("in abundance of caution...")
Sidney Gold Granada Hills North
01:56:58
Granada hills North voted yesterday to scrap the proposed social media plan and that NC being taught by Done and city attorney how to implement the amended Brown Act
Tony Wilkinson
01:58:10
YES SID! At BONC I suggested the problem is that is was a proposed RULE. Suggested a document that set out "recommended practices".
Chris Rowe
01:59:38
Can people attend those Grievance meetings? How can we attend if we attend those meetings?
Keren Waters-Granada Hills North
01:59:54
What is the council file # for the digital media policy?
Chris Rowe
02:00:21
Can you see the Grievances? I go to Woodland Hills Warner Center NC meetings.
Tony Wilkinson
02:00:45
The issue with public notice is that there is no right of public comment at the hearings. The hearings should be based on the specific allegations and findings, not on public persuasion.
Tony Wilkinson
02:01:06
No one can give an authoritative answer to Assad.
Tony Wilkinson
02:01:20
He could ASK. Not get and answer.
Tony Wilkinson
02:01:57
Department SAYS they got a brief training.
Tony Wilkinson
02:03:59
The panel has the authority. Complaints about their trainingwill not succeed.
Keren Waters-Granada Hills North
02:04:07
I am against fellow NC board members handling grievances. We are unpaid. DONE should be handling them.
Tony Wilkinson
02:04:58
What happened wuth the STATE law on fireworks?
Tony Wilkinson
02:05:17
Was a (Senate?) vote this week...
Chris Rowe
02:08:21
Can you get Planning to come to VANC?
Glenn Bailey
02:08:42
There is no Council File number for the BONC Digital Media Policy. Please file your NC's Community Impact Statement directly to BONC using the drop down option.
Glenn Bailey
02:09:46
Planning representative was at tonight's VANC meeting but she had to leave earlier. Her report is posted on the VANC portion of the LANCC.org Alliance webpage.
cindy cleghorn
02:10:39
Karen — I think it’s that grievances are determined by your peers. With DONE in its current state I would not like DONE deciding grievances. They already have done enough to divide councils with their involvement in Budget Advocates and the Congress. They’ve also done little to assist councils that need help with candidates and getting out the vote.
Tony Wilkinson
02:15:45
The state Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) law is already changing single family zoning. See it in Panorama City. Allows 2 units NOW. SB9 splits any single family lot in half and then allows a duplex on EACH SIDE *plus* 2 ADUs. Essentially requires a tear-down.
Tony Wilkinson
02:16:08
And NO PARKING!!!
Rudy Melendez
02:16:46
It sounds like tony was making an excuse in advance of hertzberg supporting SB 9 &10.luz rivas in the n/e sfv and jesse gabriel in the west valley both vote in lockstep w the assembly and adrin nazarian will too when push comes to shove
Kathleen Edwards, NWNC
02:17:37
Any transit line...a bus traveling up Tampa, if you’re within 500’, you may build an apartment next to your home!
Tony Wilkinson
02:17:44
I won't give up on Bob. Just stating the practical realitgy in today's legislature. What happens in a ONE PART state.
Tony Wilkinson
02:17:59
ONE PERTY
Tony Wilkinson
02:18:04
PARTY
Rudy Melendez
02:19:14
nithya raman the newly elected fauxgressive already supports sb9&10
Rudy Melendez
02:19:55
lets get the feuer and koretz on record
Kathleen Edwards, NWNC
02:20:21
All part of the high density plan for LA: Street diets, designated bus lines, bike lanes, etc. With high density comes increased crime as well as the spread of disease/pandemic issues.
Tony Wilkinson
02:20:30
And amid all the virtue signaling about "equity", these biils will destroy LOW INCOME neighborhoods OF COLOR (NE Valley and South LA).
Chris Rowe
02:21:12
Jill - Bob Hertzberg has a huge back yard! I probably have photos of an event that was held there with numerous elected officials. It was at a fundraiser.
Tony Wilkinson
02:22:03
The low income neighborhood only route to building equity and changing generational poverty is purchasing a home. This bill will make CHEAP couses prime targets for CORPORATIONS to buy and build RENTAL units.
Tony Wilkinson
02:22:17
Houses
cindy cleghorn
02:23:02
STNC has.
Tony Wilkinson
02:23:51
A motion form VANC is fair game. We can all use it to persuade legislators when we write as individuals.
Glenn Bailey
02:24:07
Thanks Jeff. We can post a link to the SB 9 & 10 presentation at the SONC meeting on the LANCC.org Alliances webpage.
Kathleen Edwards, NWNC
02:24:10
I’m sorry, I missed that CF. What is that CF?
Tony Wilkinson
02:24:58
Adrin Nazarian spoke on it deliberately at great length just before midnight last session. Forced the (successful) vote to come AFTER MIDNIGHT. It failed because of his deliberately long speech.
Kathleen Edwards, NWNC
02:26:25
Thank you!, Tony!
Rudy Melendez
02:26:35
I’ll tell you all right now
Tony Wilkinson
02:26:54
Two LITMUS TEST issues in the next election: (1) defund the police, (2) SB9 SB10 and all other attacks on single family zoning.
Chris Rowe
02:26:55
Who is running for Mayor right now?
cindy cleghorn
02:27:04
Who are those new ones Jill ?
Glenn Bailey
02:27:15
The Council File numbers are 21-0002-S18 (SB 9) and 21-0002-S21 (SB 10)
Tony Wilkinson
02:27:38
MRT probably want to run for Mayor. Probably also (horrors!) Kevin DeLeon.
Miriam Preissel
02:28:00
I had a company here yesterday looking at convincing me to add an ADU and they said their boss is buying real estate in Bakersville and adding these ADU’S. They pointed out that if they own so many rentals they can control rental prices in the area. Very powerful argument against this.
Rudy Melendez
02:28:37
As your candidate for State Senate District-18 I will never support destroying single family homes.
Tony Wilkinson
02:28:49
Thanks Miriam. The universal nightmare.
Dave Brown
02:28:49
If DeLeon won, I would join the exodus and cash out and bail from CA
Tony Wilkinson
02:30:01
And young enough to run for Mayor again later. 16 years of Kevin!
Tony Wilkinson
02:34:29
The "rebels" (about 3 NCs involved) are trying to get Budget Advocates MONEY. Those "Budget Tribunes" will have a competing report that includes about 30 pages on the police. Suspect something like the "People's Budget".
Tony Wilkinson
02:38:06
The Mayor has named a candidate. That doesn't mean we can't weigh in. If others move and second, Mayor can't blame Jill.
Tony Wilkinson
02:38:26
MAYOR NAMED A CANDIDATE.
Heather S. Michaels
02:38:42
Hi Jill Can I speak on this for a moment?
Chris Rowe
02:38:53
I know that the WHNC really supported the reopening of the West Valley Animal Shelter. Since they are not here, and I live in West Hills, I would support this letter.
Heather S. Michaels
02:38:57
I have had meetings with all parties associated
Tony Wilkinson
02:40:58
The key issue is NOT having another GM that has the agenda of outsourcing city employee operations and city shelters to one favored non-profit organization.
Keren Waters-Granada Hills North
02:41:11
The People's Budget is worthless. It never took into consideration, the San Fernando Valley.
Miriam Preissel
02:41:57
I believe that there needs to be an audit of Brenda’s leadership along with the commission before anyone can expect a new GM to jump in and do better.
Tony Wilkinson
02:43:00
The People's Budget was put together by radicals (many literal communists) who had ZERO civic engagement experience. For example, suggested that police funds could be used for purposes (health, safety, education) controlled by the county and LAUSD.
Susan Kumar
02:44:01
Please listen to Miriam Preissel.
Tony Wilkinson
02:44:34
ON Jeff's motion, the "ask" will never be grated. Might be more realistic to just ask for broad input from neighborhoods and animal rights and care organizations.
Tony Wilkinson
02:45:00
An VOLUNTEERS, who are critical to shelter operations.
Heather S. Michaels
02:45:05
ALL NCs should have a stake in this, as does the entire community. The GM of Animal Services will serve all LA Shelters, 6 shelters. We need a GM appointed who will work WITH the community, NCs, stakeholders and our rescue advocates and partners.
Tony Wilkinson
02:48:14
Is (my opinion) VERY controversial. ACTION NEEDED TONIGHT. The ultimate director has already been named. No action tonight = not use.
Heather S. Michaels
02:48:19
It is imperative that the Mayor appoints a highly qualified GM who understands and respects that animal welfare is a collaborative work in progress WHICH needs to include the community's engagement here as well. A productive and respectful relationship between the LAAS GM and the community it serves. Many of our NCs have issued CIS statements, and my NC, at Encino and many others have been active in this space. THANK YOU
Miriam Preissel
02:49:35
hold on I need to activate video
Tony Wilkinson
02:50:32
TONIGHT is ESSENTIAL. We may lose bc Mayor has acted. He should not get away without knowing we STRONGLY SUPPORT PUBLIC INPUT.
Tony Wilkinson
02:51:39
NC votes are nice and will be too late. VANC is (only( vote that can have an impact.
Tony Wilkinson
02:54:21
We all know she was aloof to the community and had an agenda of moving operations to the nonprofit where she was a former top executive.
Glenn Bailey
02:55:09
For filling General Manager positions, there is a search and interview process that takes a few months....
Chris Rowe
02:55:17
Can you request an audit from Controller Galperin ?
Heather S. Michaels
02:57:47
there's 44 participants, and those on council, please vote
Heather S. Michaels
02:58:13
We can ask Controller Galperin. I am following up with him as well, as we spoke on this recently
Heather S. Michaels
02:58:43
THANK YOU so very much
Heather S. Michaels
03:00:26
yes, the process of interviewing takes months, however the Mayor has someone in mind. THIS needs to include the voice of NC and stakeholders. New GM must be operating from a place of compassion
Tony Wilkinson
03:01:43
2021 Congress of Neighborhoods Planning Committee MeetingSaturday, April 10, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMZoom Meeting Link:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82102039514Meeting ID: 821 0203 9514
Miriam Preissel
03:02:31
I would like to point out that Garcetti replaced John Mukri at Recreation and Parks immediately when he took office with Michael Shull which was the best thing that happened to city parks. So I do credit him for that decision and the community with respectful input should be a good combination.
Tony Wilkinson
03:02:38
Everyone with an interest, it is Saturday or nothing. Come and weigh in on the election. Everyone is welcome to participate in the planning. Only question is who will lead the efforts.
Nina Royal
03:03:09
It’s a takeover by a small group with a very personal agenda. IMO DONE interference is not warranted. It is suppose to be independent of the city! GRRR!!!
Suzanne Lewis
03:04:14
Congress has Always Collaborated with DONE. This is a Hostile Take Over
Kathleen Edwards, NWNC
03:04:17
I agree, Nina...Power grab!
Glenn Bailey
03:04:28
The Animal Services General Manager background and motion document will be posted on the LANCC Alliance webpage (scroll down to VANC) and the link to that webpage is: http://www.lancc.org/nc-alliances.php
Heather S. Michaels
03:04:30
my hand is up - please let me speak too
Keren Waters-Granada Hills North
03:05:08
Thank you Heather. The new GM should understand the West San Fernando and preferably live here. The Valley City Councilmembers and Assembly members should support VANC on this.
Nina Royal
03:06:33
I agree with Tony. NC’s are not supposed to be run by the city with their same BS!
Kathleen Edwards, NWNC
03:09:00
Cant agree with you on this, Heather.
Nina Royal
03:12:42
The bullying has been incredible! Lydia is also right!
Kathleen Edwards, NWNC
03:12:54
In my opinion, instead of an annual event, with this takeover, knowing the players, they’d be lucky to have a Congress once every 3-4 years
Glenn Bailey
03:13:07
The Animal Services General Manager background and motion approved tonight has been uploaded to the LANCC.org Alliances webpages and the link to the document is: http://www.lancc.org/resources/VANC%20New%20General%20Manager%20of%20LA%20Animal%20Services%20Background%20and%20Motion%202021.04.08.pdf
Tony Wilkinson
03:13:12
It will be an open election. Best way is to come and VOTE! Will settle all issues. After election, individual choice on future participation. We need BROARDER participation from neighborhoods, honestly.
Jeffrey Mausner
03:13:39
https://citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/animal-watch/21506-new-gm-for-la-animal-services-may-surprise-you
Tony Wilkinson
03:14:39
Repeating the link for Saturday...
Tony Wilkinson
03:14:42
2021 Congress of Neighborhoods Planning Committee MeetingSaturday, April 10, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMZoom Meeting Link:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82102039514Meeting ID: 821 0203 9514
Kathleen Edwards, NWNC
03:16:38
You’re right. We know the players, and they have and are infiltrating, rudely, every NC board meeting, it seems.
Rudy Melendez
03:17:13
socialists are taking over and they have been taking over for many years and they are coming for the alliances too!
Nina Royal
03:18:30
I agree with Sid!
Suzanne Lewis
03:18:45
Thank you Sid~
Tony Wilkinson
03:18:57
The central issue for NCs since the beginning is the city wanting to cripple NC power and influence. It is An issue where we need to always be vigilant.
Heather S. Michaels
03:19:15
its unfortunate that people keep insinuating that there is a takeover. Why would there NOT be inclusivity of ALL? This is very disappointing that there are attacks and disrespectful remarks being made. We are all here to serve our communities. Egos have no place in the Congress. Cindy has been a long standing influence, and while that has been valuable, there are some folks seemingly that are looking to push division. PLEASE, work together, show inclusivity and let's all be adults and proceed forward so that all voices, all members are included in the process. It's the Congress of NCs and that means that we are to have also a fair and democratic process that is balanced and fair to ALL. Let's all be supportive of one another and work together.
Kathleen Edwards, NWNC
03:19:20
Team Cindy
Suzanne Lewis
03:19:34
#TeamCindy
Rudy Melendez
03:19:39
Good Night All