City Council Honors Neighborhood Councils

The Los Angeles City Council celebrated National Volunteer Week in Council Chambers by honoring seven Neighborhood Councils for the work they do in their communities. There are 95 Neighborhood Councils in the City of Los Angeles, led by over 1700 Boardmembers, and their Charter Mandate is to engage their Communities and to monitor the delivery [...]

By | April 26th, 2013|Blog, Local Heroes|Comments Off on City Council Honors Neighborhood Councils

North Hills West “Dynamic Dozen” Scores Big Land Use Win, Sends Restaurant Depot Back to the Kitchen!

In September 2012, a slate of twelve newcomers took control of the North Hills West Neighborhood Council after running on a platform to defeat a proposed 82,000 sq. ft. Restaurant Depot development in a single-family home residential community. On Thursday, January 24, the long fight resulted in victory, when the City Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny the Restaurant [...]

By | February 15th, 2013|Blog, Local Heroes|5 Comments

Ted Thomas is a Local Hero!

“You have to keep organizing all the time. You can’t ever stop organizing.” – Ted Thomas, President of the Park Mesa Heights Community Council “You have to keep organizing all the time. You can’t ever stop organizing,” explained Ted Thomas, President of the Park Mesa Heights Neighborhood Council. Though Thomas is a soft-spoken man in his 70s [...]

By | January 30th, 2013|Blog, Local Heroes|4 Comments

EmpowerLA Award Recipient North Hills East Neighborhood Council

EmpowerLA Awardee North Hills East Neighborhood Council (NHENC)was only certified in December 2010, but they have been busy reaching out to their community to fulfill the mission of Neighborhood Councils. Their Board members and volunteers have been working hard to promote citizen participation in government by trying different methods to spread the word about the [...]

By | November 2nd, 2012|Blog, Local Heroes|3 Comments

EmpowerLA Award Recipient Mar Vista Community Council

EmpowerLA Awardee Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) won for their outstanding community outreach and their "green" program, which has brought in many stakeholders from Mar Vista and beyond.   MVCC educated and actively involved participants in taking personal responsibility for reducing their footprint and water usage and planting drought tolerant gardens and food producing gardens.  Their annual "Green Garden Showcase" [...]

By | October 26th, 2012|Blog, Local Heroes|Comments Off on EmpowerLA Award Recipient Mar Vista Community Council

Joel Jaffe is a Local Hero!

Joel Jaffe, Chair of Environment and Energy Committee for Tarzana Neighborhood Council. 1200 Tarzana-Area Youth Participate in Earth Day Poster Contest. Joel Jaffe of the Tarzana Neighborhood Council enlisted the artistic talents of 1200 local young people from Tarzana-area K-7 schools in an Earth Day poster contest in April of this year. “The results were spectacular!” [...]

By | October 26th, 2012|Blog, Local Heroes|Comments Off on Joel Jaffe is a Local Hero!

Bonney Klabunde is a Local Hero!

Bonney Klabunde’s neighbors affectionately call her “The Cleaning Lady,” but she said she doesn’t mind. In the last year, Klabunde (pronounced Klah-bun-dee) has made it her mission to sanitize the formerly garbage-strewn streets of her North Hills East neighborhood. “Before, the streets were just cluttered with trash – unbelievable amounts of trash,” Klabunde explained. “It [...]

By | September 7th, 2012|Blog, Local Heroes|7 Comments

Julie Monroy is a Local Hero!

Julie Monroy Helped 400 Immigrants Become Citizens in Sun Valley “It’s really hard to live in this country without citizenship,” explained Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council Vice President Julie Monroy. Monroy, an émigré from El Salvador, recalled that when she attended California State University at Northridge, she could not get student loans because of her [...]

By | August 24th, 2012|Blog, Local Heroes|1 Comment

Lydia Grant is a Local Hero!

Lydia Grant: From Quiet Volunteer to Leading LAUSD Reform Firebrand “Before I came out to the neighborhood council, I didn’t even want to speak at meetings. I was active as a volunteer, but I didn’t have a voice,” explained Lydia Grant, of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council. Grant is now recognized as a leader in education [...]

By | August 10th, 2012|Blog, Local Heroes|6 Comments

Anise Goldfarb is a Local Hero!

“I was a lucky person,” Anise Goldfarb explained, “I had a job.” Many of her friends at school were not so lucky, and they often complained that it was impossible to find work. Time and again, her fellow students would ask, “Do you know anyone who is hiring?” She decided to do something about it [...]

By | August 3rd, 2012|Blog, Local Heroes|2 Comments