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Sylmar Stakeholders: This is a CALL FOR CANDIDATES for the Sylmar Neighborhood Council

Register to vote or apply as a candidate for one of 21 available seats on Sylmar Neighborhood Council's Board of Directors. The SNC is proud to be one of a handful of Los Angeles neighborhood councils that will be introducing online and telephone options for voters in this election, in addition to the usual physical voting.

RUN FOR A BOARD SEAT: Click here to learn more (in English or Spanish) and then apply to run as a candidate for a seat on the SNC Board of Directors. All 21 board seats are up for election and are 2-year terms. Candidate application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 5.

For applications filed online the deadline is 11:59 PM. Paper applications must arrive by 4:00 PM at Piper Tech, 555 Ramirez Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

EmpowerLA Voter Registration VOTE: Click here to register to vote.

In order to be a candidate and/or to vote you must be a stakeholder. You must be 14 years of age or older on election day, and you must live, work, go to school, or have an ongoing interest in the community of Sylmar.

Online voter registration closes on Saturday, March 26, 2016. However, you can still register and vote in person on election day at the polling location.

ELECTION DAY is Saturday, April 2 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Sylmar Park, 13109 Borden Ave (corner of Borden and Polk).

For questions, please contact SNC Elections Committee Chair, Ann Job at Ann.Job@SylmarNC.org or leave a phone message at 818-833-8737.

Make Your Horse Count Event

Registering your horse ensures the City maintains and preserves K properties in our neighborhoods.

Council District Seven has a number of communities that permits homes zoned for horsekeeping and it's not uncommon to see riders parading their horses along the sidewalks of main thoroughfares.

Thanks to the Sylmar Neighborhood Council and the Sylmar Equine Coalition for hosting this year's event at Stetson Ranch Park.

Register your animals!

Help Prevent Burglaries

According to Sylmar's police, burglaries are up lately. Protect yourself and your family. Read this helpful article, which a caring Sylmar resident suggested we share to ensure we're all taking proper precautions.

LA City Releases New Sylmar Community Plan

We are pleased to announce that the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Sylmar Community Plan Update is now posted on the Planning Department's website. You can review the document online on the Department's website, planning.lacity.org (click on "Environmental" and then "Final EIR"). The Final EIR can also be purchased on cd-rom for $7.50 per copy or $12 per hard copy. To order your copy contact Priya Mehendale of the City of Los angeles at Priya.Mehendale@lacity.org or (818) 374-9919. You may also review a copy of the Final EIR at the Sylmar Branch Library, 14561 Polk St, Sylmar. The new plan includes changes in policies, land use designations and zones that are intended to accommodate growth anticipated in our area in ways that promote sustainable development and healthy living. Click here for a fact sheet that presents the main objectives of the Sylmar Community Plan.

To get involved in Sylmar's planning and land use affairs, attend one of the Sylmar Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Committee meetings that are generally held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in El Cariso Park's Community Building, 13100 Hubbard Street.

Sylmar Neighborhood Council Town Hall on the Pacoima Reservoir Sediment Removal Project a Success!

On April 1 the SNC held a town hall meeting at Concordia Jr/Sr High School in Sylmar. Around 50 stakeholders showed up to hear a range of perspectives on the PRSR project and to gain support for writing and submitting formal comments to the DPW.

CASM President Dan Feinberg addressing stakeholders

Panel members were Chris Stone, Assistant Deputy Director of the DPW Water Resources Division; Dan Feinberg, CASM President (CASM is a local environmental nonprofit with a wealth of knowledge on the topic); John Holmes, a long-time Sylmar resident who lives near May Sediment Placement Site; and Kathy Grubert, Chair of the SNC Sediment Removal Committee.

Attendees included Jaqueline Serrano representing US Congressman Tony Cardenas, William Ulmer representing the office of State Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, Angelica Ayala of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl's office, Abigail Moreno of the office of City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, and San Fernando Mayor Joel Fajardo. Also in attendance were members of the Pacoima and Mission Hills neighborhood councils.

The Sylmar Neighborhood Council would like to recognize and thank Concordia Jr/Sr High School for generously providing the venue, and SNC Directors Kathy Grubert, Ann Job, Peggy Courtney, Kathy and Amanda Bloom, Patti Rau, Diane Valencia, Carlos Lara, and Cheri Blose for their support in organizing and supporting the event.

Please Help Sylmar NC Find Office Space

The Sylmar Neighborhood Council lost its temporary office space and is now operating virtually until it can find another suitable office space. Do you know a local business in Sylmar who may be open to sub-letting space to the SNC? We continue to scour Sylmar for suitable office space that is affordable on our very limited budget and that also conforms with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's (DONE) requirements. For those interested in helping with us find space, below are some of those requirements and a link to further information on DONE's website:

  • Either a privately owned rental facility; a City-owned or leased facility; or a privately owned, donated facility.
  • Compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)requirements
  • Landlord must be willing to enter into a standardized City of Los Angeles lease, subject to a maximum term of one year.
  • Approximate size ranging from 150 to 1500 square feet. (smaller size would be best)
  • Sub-leases may be acceptable

    Anyone with a possible lead is encouraged to contact Diane.Valencia@sylmarnc.org, who will follow up with the landlord or leasing agent.

    SNC Meetings

    The SNC Board and Committees meet regularly as shown:

    Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee: Kathy Grubert, Chair
    Meetings scheduled on an as-needed basis

    Board of Directors Meeting: Ann Job, Chair
    4th Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, Sylmar High School's Spartan Hall, 13050 Borden Avenue

    Budget Committee: Pat Rau, Chair
    Meetings scheduled quarterly and additionally as needed

    Bylaws Committee: Roy Smith, Chair
    Meetings called on an as-needed basis

    Education Committee: Chair TBD
    Meeting schedule TBD

    Equestrian Committee: Cheri Blose, Chair
    3rd Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, Concordia Jr/Sr High School, 13570 Eldridge Ave

    Executive Committee: Ann Job, Chair
    2nd Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sylmar Recreation Center, Computer Room, 13109 Borden Avenue

    Government Affairs & City Services Committee
    Meeting schedule TBD

    Outreach Committee
    Every 3rd Thursdays at 6:30 at Concordia Jr/Sr High School 13570 Eldridge Ave Sylmar

    Planning and Land Use Committee
    2nd Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St

    Underserved Stakeholders Committee
    2nd Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, Concordia Jr/Sr High School, 13570 Eldridge Ave