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Volunteers Needed for January 29 LA Homeless Count

Sylmar has officially opted into the LA Homeless Count for January 29, 2015. Concordia Junior/Senior High School is the deployment site. Peggy Courtney, SNC Chair of the Underserved Stakeholders Committee is the coordinator for the Sylmar site.

Volunteers Needed: 60-80
Time Commitment: 3 hours, 8:00-10:00pm, January 29
RSVP at http://lahsa.nationbuilder.com/sylmar

Sign-in is at 8:00 PM with training and census maps assigned. Teams of 3-4 individuals start the count at 9:00 PM and last about an hour.

Make an important impact in the lives of homeless men, women and children by volunteering your time and service to help out with the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Most of the count will take place from the comfort of a car, but we are hoping to have some teams of volunteers willing to walk as well. (See flyer and FAQs for details.)

About the Count Flyer

FAQS

Accepting Applications for Open SNC Board Seat

Currently the Sylmar Neighborhood Council is accepting applications for the open Board seat of At-Large Representative. Any interested Sylmar stakeholder who believes he/she meets the requirements is encouraged to apply. Completed applications should be submitted by email to the President, Ann.Job@SylmarNC.org. Deadline for receiving applications is Monday, February 23.

SNC Planning Community Meeting to Educate Stakeholders on the Pacoima Sediment Removal Project

A growing number of Sylmar stakeholders are becoming aware of the Department of Public Works’ (LADPW) project to remove vast amounts of accumulated sediment from the Pacoima Reservoir. According to Rosemary Jenkins, In her October 2013 CityWatch LA article, “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 upon which option is selected.” Which option is selected will determine to a great extent how our community’s health, safety, property values, and overall quality of life will be impacted. That is why a large public turnout and input at the upcoming community meetings is vital.

The SNC encourages stakeholders to learn about the project and the SNC’s approved position statement. To further raise public awareness and educate stakeholders, in early 2015 the SNC will sponsor a community town hall meeting on the topic.

What You Can Do…
1)Learn about the project:
  • Attend the SNC-sponsored town hall in early 2015 (details to be announced soon).
  • Read about the project by visiting the LADPW’s website and reading the SNC Position on the DPW Pacoima Sediment Removal Project.
  • 2) Attend a LADPW community meeting. As we recently learned, those meetings will be sometime in February 2015.

    3) Sign up to receive email updates via the SNC distribution list and/or the LADPW’s distribution list. You will then be sure to know the dates, times, and locations of meetings and the status of the project as soon as the DPW makes that information available.

    4) Attend a meeting of the SNC Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee, which are held every first Tuesday of the month – usually at El Cariso Regional Park’s Community Room from 6:30-8:30pm.

    For comments or inquiries on the topic, please email Kathy.Grubert@SylmarNC.org or Ann.Job@SylmarNC.org.

    Sediment Removal Map

    Image of the Pacoima Resevoir sediment removal options, as presented by the DPW at their October 2013 community meetings.

    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 each month as shown:

    Board of Directors Meeting: 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30pm.

    Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee
    1st Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St

    Bylaws Committee
    2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St

    Equestrian Committee
    3rd Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, Concordia Jr./Sr. High School

    Executive Committee
    2nd Mondays, 7-8:30 pm, Sylmar Recreation Center, Computer Room

    Outreach Committee
    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 time.
    Government Affairs and City Services Committee has not scheduled any meetings at this time.


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