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Open SNC Board Seats

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, November 17.

SNC Takes a Stand on the Pacoima Reservoir 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, in January 2015 the SNC will sponsor a community town hall meeting that will feature a panel of experts on the topic.

What You Can Do…
1)Learn about the project:
  • Attend the SNC-sponsored town hall in January (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 and third 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.

    Help Sylmar NC Find Office Space

    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 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

    • No sub-leases

    • 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.

    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 (valid through October 2014)
    1st and 3rd 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
    3rd Thursdays, 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.