July 10, 2010

In this issue:

Krekorian Outraged at DWP's "Arrogance"

Krekorian Halts Elimination of Neighborhood Council Department

Park Improvements in Studio City

Summer Night Lights Begins

And, for next week...

Neighborhood Council Meetings

The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council will meet Monday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sherman Oaks Elementary School Auditorium, 14755 Greenleaf St., Sherman Oaks.

The Sun Valley Neighborhood Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Villa Scalabrini, 10631 Vindale St., Sun Valley.

The Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council will meet Wednesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of North Valley City Hall, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga.

The Mid-Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council will meet Wednesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in the East Valley High School Cafeteria, 5525 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood.

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will meet Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Room 1-B, Van Nuys.

The North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council will meet Thursday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Arminta Elementary School, 11530 Strathern St., North Hollywood..

The Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council will meet Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m at the Stonehurst Recreation Center, 9901 Dronfield St., Sun Valley.

Community Events and Meetings

The Community Emergency Response Team Training will be held Monday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at 7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood. Councilman Krekorian will join the LAPD in conducting a seminar informing residents how best to prepare themselves if disaster strikes.  For more information, contact our North Hollywood field office, (818) 755-7676.  

The Valley Plaza Library will show end-of-the-world thriller 2012 on Tuesday, July 13 at 2 p.m. in the Valley Plaza Library, 12311 Vanowen St., North Hollywood. The event is free and the movie is rated PG-13.

The Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer Thursday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the John Wells Driving Range, 11501 Strathern St., North Hollywood. For more information, call (818) 767-1954.

The North Hollywood Police Department Community Police Advisory Board will meet Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. in the Kaiser Permanente Laboratory Building, 11668 Sherman Way, North Hollywood.  

For more events, please visit our
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Krekorian Outraged at DWP's "Arrogance"
LOS ANGELES - Department of Water and Power officials refused to
answer questions Wednesday about whether they provided false information to the City Council to coerce an electricity rate hike in April.

The council's Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee and Energy and Environment Committee held a joint meeting to demand responses, but DWP management snubbed it.

Instead, DWP management submitted a letter stating the department would not respond until an ongoing internal investigation was done.

Councilman Paul Krekorian was outraged.

"I think where that leaves us is profoundly stonewalled by the DWP, and I can't begin to express in strong enough terms how offensive I find it," he said. "[The department's] decision not to attend the joint meeting was, again, a real indication of institutional arrogance."

Krekorian voted against the DWP rate increase proposal three times, on each instance citing a lack of transparency as one of the reasons for his opposition.

Krekorian Halts Elimination of Neighborhood Council Department
(reprinted from the
Beverly Press)

The Los Angeles City Council re-created the position of general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), which oversees the city’s neighborhood councils.

Bong Hwan Kim had resigned as general manager of the department following Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s announcement that he intended to merge DONE with the Community Development Department (CDD), as part of the plan to close the $485 million budget gap. The general manager position had not been included in the budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. In June, however, the city council nixed the mayor’s proposed merger, instead choosing to keep DONE as a stand-alone department.

Councilmember Paul Krekorian, 2nd District, who chairs the Education and Neighborhoods committee, led the charge to stop the merge of DONE with CDD.

“Over the course of their ten-year history, neighborhood councils have led the way in bringing greater democratization and neighborhood empowerment to this city’s governance,” Krekorian said. “Going forward, I will continue to fight to ensure the vitality of neighborhood empowerment while also implementing appropriate reforms to ensure efficiency and accountability.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Councilmember Paul Krekorian, voting during the Neighborhood Council Valley Village election, May 27, 2010.

Park Improvements in Studio City

The current path at Woodbridge Park, in Studio City. New fitness equipment will line the path along with a refurbished gazebo.| Picture from the office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian.

STUDIO CITY - Certainly it has been a difficult first half of the year for the city of Los Angeles. Many city departments have taken a hit while funding has been slashed across the board as we wrestle with a budget perpetually in the red. Because of this enduring deficit, Councilmember Paul Krekorian remains committed to ensure fiscal responsibility for Los Angeles.

"Still," he said, "it’s important to ensure the quality of life in our communities remain high. I am proud to announce that  my office has secured funding to renovate two parks in Studio City, without impacting our general fund deficit."

At Studio City’s Beeman Park, on Rye Street, crews are set to install new playground equipment to be surrounded by a brand-new fitness trail. The equipment was delivered to the city in May, the concrete foundations have already been poured and the materials are expected to be installed later this month and should be completed by August.

Two miles away, at Woodbridge Park, we also secured funding for an array of new park amenities. Once construction at Beeman is finished, crews will begin the improvements at Woodbridge that will include renovated picnic tables and gazebos. All equipment will be accessible for the disabled. Construction is set to be completed by November.

Summer Night Lights Begins

Councilmember Krekorian speaks with a park goer during the kick-off event of Summer Night Lights 2010, July 7 | Photo from the office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Councilmember Paul Krekorian kicked off this year's 2010 Summer Night Lights program Wednesday night at the Valley Plaza Recreation Center.

"This is exactly the kind of program we need to steer our youth clear of trouble and expose them to  the positive activities we will be holding here," Councilmember Krekorian said. "At a time when the city is cutting back its budget, and when we're having fewer and fewer opportunities for our youth, we were able to bring this program to Valley Plaza and bring more opportunities, longer park hours and more services to the children and families of North Hollywood."

The annual program combats gang violence in communities by keeping selected parks in L.A. open until midnight and providing recreational and sports programs, as well evening music and cultural activities. 

This is the first year the program is being held at Valley Plaza park, located at 12240 Archwood St., North Hollywood. For more information, click here.

And, for next week...

The Six-Month Report. Having now been in office for half a year, the office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian will release a comprehensive report on the work done in the district and in City Hall since Paul was sworn into office on January 5, 2010.

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