Members of The Sylmar Neighborhood Council gave this account of their experience when counting the homeless in their community.
Fifty volunteers showed up Thursday night, January 29, for Sylmar’s part in the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which is organized by Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) as part of a nationwide effort. Two volunteers were formerly homeless themselves. The purpose of the event is to ensure that Federal, State, County and City funds are fairly distributed for programs that provide shelter, housing and services to homeless persons in Los Angeles City and County. This was the first time that Sylmar had opted in to the count and was the first time for most of those participating. Peggy Courtney volunteered to be the Sylmar Coordinator and Ann Job volunteered to be the Trainer. Both are on the board of the Sylmar Neighborhood Council. Concordia Jr./Sr. High School, a local Christian school, volunteered the campus to be the deployment site.
The night started out clear and cold, (Read more)
Currently the Sylmar Neighborhood Council is accepting applications for the open Board seats of At-Large Representative and Retail 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.
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 the public, the SNC is planning to sponsor a community meeting on the issue and offer ways that ordinary citizens can make a difference.
What You Can Do…
1)Learn about the 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.
Image of the Pacoima Resevoir sediment removal options, as
presented by the DPW at their October 2013 community meetings.
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.
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
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St
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
Meeting schedule TBD
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