Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils hosts Planning Forum

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Board members from 33 Valley neighborhood councils drove through the rain to pack the room at the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils’ Planning Forum on Thursday night.  The crowd filled Carla’s Cafe on the CBS Studio lot in Studio City for a supper buffet, networking and learning. Futurist Joel Kotkin presented his case for preserving LA’s unique decentralization.  Deputy Planning Director Alan Bell described the multicenter concept that underlies the LA General Plan, updated to include transit corridors.  Breakout sessions ranged from Planning 101 for new committee members to specialized sessions that covered subjects from CUPs and Variances to Planning Outreach. Jill Banks Barad of Sherman Oaks, the Alliance President, produced this crowd-pleasing show. VANC councils contributed funds to support the training program.  It was a great example of what neighborhood councils can do to help the system grow.


  • david aslan

    Mar 08, 2013


    you have a rough dept. it is the pv solar dept. i am a home owner. i went green and installed a 16 panel solar system on my roof. the inspection was made by bldg and safety. the inspector was at the home 2 days after the phone call to inspect the system.i was certified and passed. in the mean time 4 weeks earlier i sent a certified letter to solar incentive program ladwp. 111 north hope st room1021, this dept was supposed to sent a inspector to the house to turn on my system. these people are a joke. there is no office to go to . you need to leave a phone message and they will call you with in 24 hrs. they expect me to wait by the phone for there call. i have 25 thousand dollars sitting on my roof. i cannot turn it on with out the inspection. even the C. I. A. has a office. not them. they got millions of dollars belonging to the incentive program from the federal government.the government. the program is design to give home owners a rebate. ladwp is in charge of this. they are holding the money by not servicing there obligation to the home owner like me. they make it extremely difficult for me a home owner and a citizen of the united states to get certified. meaning turn on my system and collect the rebate money. there is something very wrong with this. please do some thing a bout it

  • David Barron

    Apr 26, 2013


    Your not the only resident and taxpayer with this problem. Apparently, others have been waiting for the longest time to get connected. Quite some time ago, DWP eliminated a rebate program when too many folks had applied for the program. University of Berkley was working on a new solar cell product what may be more durable and less costly, eventually, we hope. Oh, and the panels, they think they'll last about 20 years. And, in order to maximize their efficiency you need to get up there and keep them free of dust. Too much dust will reduce your savings. Even if you reduce your cost in electricity, the mayor and city council will grab your savings by increasing your water, sewer, trash fee and possibly your property tax with the proposed three billion dollar bond to repair streets. Your cost will eventually will almost equal a house payment. FYI: The Energy Code began in 1978. It required all manufactures, architects and bulders to reduce the amount of energy their products and projects use. Californians have done such a great job that since 1978 till about 2010, California has saved apx 56 billion dollars in energy and from apx 2010 till the end of 2013 the California Energy Commission estimates California will save an additional 26 billion dollars in energy. So, because of these tremendous savings in energy, California did not have to build additional power plants. I'm David Barron Sunland-Tujunga

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