Please join us for our upcoming board meetings. Wednesday, August
27, 7pm at El Cariso we will have a special meeting to address some
funding items. On Thursday will be our regularly scheduled meeting
at Sylmar High School's Spartan Hall. We will have a presentation on
the High Speed Rail project.
Special Meeting Agenda
Thursday Board Meeting
Applications Being Accepted for Open SNC Board Seat
Currently the Sylmar Neighborhood Council is accepting applications
for an At Large Representative on its Board of Directors. Interested
stakeholders who believe he/she meets the
requirements are encouraged
to apply. Completed applications should be submitted by email to
Deadline for receiving applications is August 26.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin routine maintenance
of the Pacoima Base Camp Access Road (off Gavina below the dam)
beginning Monday, August 4. The work of clearing accumulated rocks,
sediment, and debris from May Sediment Placement Site (SPS) is
estimated to take approximately 2 weeks.
Trucks are authorized to work between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday
through Thursday. During that time expect DPW truck traffic between
the clearing site at the base of the Pacoima Dam and May SPS. Trucks
will travel back and forth along Gavina/Hubbard, the 210 Freeway,
Roxford St. and Olive View Dr. Further details are provided in the
For questions or concerns about the project contact Luis Perez at
the DPW: 818-896-0594,
On Saturday July the 5th, the SNC Government Affairs and City
Services Committee Chair, Christian Rubalcava and his sister Marisol
set out on a "Bike Ride for Sylmar." Their goal was to ride through
every single street in Sylmar in search of potholes, popouts and
other problems with our streets.
The ride began at 11am. But
after a break on Foothill and Glenoaks, Christian's bike gave out
and they were forced to resume the ride by car. "It is not the way I
wanted this to go," said a still-determined Christian, "but it looks
like we need to adjust."
By 9:00 pm the team finished their
sweep of Sylmar, with Christian saying of the day, "It has been a
long day... To be honest, I saw parts of Sylmar I have never seen
before. It was fun and exciting, and I'm happy I went through with
Christian and Marisol found 20 locations that would be
acceptable for the Bureau's "NC Blitz" program, and Christian will
use the pictures and notes they gathered to prioritize the damages.
Five stakeholders and 2 board members sent reports, and Christian
assures the community that those projects will be at the top of the
list. Once the Bureau receives the form Christian must now complete,
they will inspect the areas marked and tell us which projects are
possible. On July 21st the Bureau's small asphalt repair truck will
be sent out to complete as many repairs as possible in the time
The Sylmar Neighborhood Council calls all
stakeholders to help Christian and other caring citizens who have
thus far contributed to improve our streets. If you have information
on streets or sidewalks that need repairs, please email Christian at
Christian.Rubalcava@sylmarnc.org by the July 9 deadline.
Recently Sylmar Neighborhood Council lost its office space due to
water damage at our previous location in Sylmar Park. Since vacating
our former space and relocating to a temporary location in late
March, we have been scouring Sylmar for suitable office space that
is affordable on our very limited budget and that conforms with the
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's (DONE) requirements.
Stakeholders need not follow up on the details of whether or not the
property meets DONE's requirements. For those interested, below are
some of those requirements and a link to
information on DONE's website:
Either a privately owned rental
facility; a City-owned or leased facility; or a privately owned,
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 200
to 1200 square feet.
Anyone with a possible lead is
encouraged to contact
Diane.Valencia@sylmarnc.org, who will follow up with the landlord
or leasing agent.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Yaroslavsky speaks at the grand
opening of a community garden in Sylmar. (Ruben Aronin)
The first community garden serving families with young children in
Sylmar opened Saturday (May 17) as part of an effort to bring
healthy eating habits to the northeast San Fernando Valley.
The garden, in El Cariso Community Regional Park, features 39 raised
garden beds, fruit trees, a tricycle path and play areas.
"We've taken an unused section of the park and turned it into a
thriving garden for children and families to enjoy," Supervisor Zev
Yaroslavsky said in a statement. "It's a great addition because
while many residents already use the park for play and exercise …
They'll now have an opportunity to pick up some locally grown fruits
and vegetables for a healthier lifestyle."
Read the entire LA Times Article
Per an updated
fact sheet from April 2014, the CEQA scoping and drafting
process will take place during the summer and fall of 2014 through
winter 2015. It is planned to be available for public review spring
of 2016, with construction planned for summer 2017.
Two community meetings were held October 2013 to discuss various
proposed alternatives in managing the sediment at the Pacoima
Reservoir. "The amount that needs to be removed now equals seven
times the volume of the Rose Bowl, but by the time the project is
completed in about 10 years, even more sediment will have accrued.
The cost will range from 85 to 180 million dollars, depending on
which option is selected," states Rosemary Jenkins. View the rest of
CitywatchLA article to explore the options.
The below image shows proposed staging locations along Harding for
Pacoima Reservoir Sediment.
The SNC Board and Committees meet regularly each
month as shown:
Board of Directors Meeting: 4th Thursday of the month at
Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee (valid through October 2014)
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community
Building, 13100 Hubbard St
2nd and 4th
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St
3rd Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, Concordia
Jr./Sr. High School
3rd Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm, El Cariso Park
3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, Concordia
Jr./Sr. High School
Planning and Land Use Committee
2nd Wednesdays, 6:30
pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St
Budget Committee has not scheduled additional meetings at this
Government Affairs and City Services Committee has not
scheduled any meetings at this time.