NU Block Party - Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12 to 5 PM
Join us for Neighbors United’s Block Party 2015 on Saturday, August 8 from 12 noon until 5 p.m. on the 1900 block of Stearns Drive. We’ll have great entertainment, games, prizes and special guests. The Fire Department and Police Department will demonstrate their equipment and there will be information booths. The food will be FREE but you’ll need tickets for each member in your family. Tickets will be available on a first come-first served basis at the registration table beginning at 12 noon at Stearns Drive and Sawyer Street.
So that we will know how many neighbors will attend we’d like for you to complete the form below and bring it to the July meeting, return it to your block captain or mail it to Neighbors United,
P. O. Box 35103, Los Angeles, CA 90035 no later than Saturday, August 1.
By Laura Anderson
I am looking forward to seeing all my friends and neighbors at our annual Faircrest Heights neighborhood block party in a few short weeks. I am especially looking forward to the dance performance from the lovely young ladies of Seventh Dancers.
Seventh Dancers, located in the Evolve Dance studio over on Pico and Fairfax, is an amazing ballet dance program for young girls and boys ages 8-16yrs old. The students of Seventh Dancers have been practicing all summer for their first performance at the Faircrest Heights neighborhood block party.
The very talented Tahira Aliya is the visionary behind this amazing dance program. Miss Tahira, as the girls call her, has traveled the world to study her love for dance, with much of her training spent at the Le Petite Danseuse, Debbie Allen and The Dance Arts Academy. With 30 years experience, Miss Tahira took her passion to the next level by continuing her education at The National Academy of Sports Medicine studying injury prevention, personal training, and wellness coaching. This combination of experience, education, and dedication to the art of dance is what makes Seventh Dancers an extraordinary program here in Faircrest Heights.
Seventh Dancers is more than just a ballet class, it’s a lesson on sophistication, leadership, community pride, and teamwork. From the moment you step inside the studio you are greeted with warm smiles and friendly faces. It is clear that these young ladies take their lessons seriously and absolutely love being apart of this program.
Dance practice typically runs between 2 ½ – 3 hrs. In addition to their traditional lessons, the students enjoy exploring the local farmer’s markets, swimming at LACES, book club at the local library, and field trips on Fridays. Miss Tahira believes that education is very important and encourages the girls to strive for excellence in the classroom too. During the school year, students break up into study groups and work on their homework for a full hour. Miss Tahira’s assistant, Miss Danielle, is a teacher and helps tutor the students as needed.
Lessons are on going throughout the year and parents can enroll their children at anytime. For more information about Seventh Dances contact Miss Tahira at email@example.com.
Be sure to see and meet Miss Tahira and her talented students at the Faircrest Heights neighborhood block party Saturday, August 8th!
From Laura Anderson
Neighbors and friends are needed to work with the Block Party Committee! The Block Party will be held on August 8, 2015. We're looking for help with:
Entertainment - Looking for our talented neighbors to help us with a great show--singers, dancers, comedians, instrumentalists
Soliciting Donations - Beverages, prizes, in-kind donations
Set up and Clean up
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and let us know how you can help.
From the Office of LA City Attorney's Nextdoor posting:
Profile of our Neighborhood Prosecutor Program
Our Neighborhood Prosecutors are like a 'street team' of local, go-to community problems solvers who are here to help you and your neighbors address quality of life problems where you live - illegal dumping, abandoned homes, street racing, prostitution and more. They are assigned to each of the city's LAPD stations.
This profile of the program contains a downloadable list of our Neighborhood Prosecutors plus contact information. Please keep this list handy and don't hesitate to reach out.
On Wednesday April 29, 2015, the Los Angeles City Council voted to extend (for 22 months and 15 days) Interim Control Ordinances (ICOs) to protect select neighborhoods from mansionization.
With many thanks to (Field Deputy) Liz Carlin and Council President Wesson – who responded to community members’ requests, Faircrest Heights is one of the neighborhoods included in the ICO.
Our ICO permits new construction - and allows homeowners to remodel or reasonably expand their homes - but places limits on new or remodeled structures, relative to the lot size. We hope the ICO will prevent proliferation of the “out-to-the-lot-line” McMansions that tower over other homes, block neighbors’ air and sunlight, ruin their privacy, and destroy the scale and character of existing neighborhoods.
The ICO can be found at:
Faircrest Heights’ ICO is modeled after the Beverly Grove RFA, which can be found at:
We have included in the newsletter a flyer that may help you better understand the ICO.
See Comparison of BMO vs ICO based on
Beverly Grove RFA (Residential Floor Area) formula
On separate document attached.
On behalf of Mayor Eric Garcetti, I invite you to nominate or recommend a few passionate students to partake in the Mayor's Youth Council. We are looking for highly motivated 10th and 11th graders who are interested in civic engagement, community and youth issues, and the municipal government system.
Each of Los Angeles’ eight areas (East Valley, West Valley, South L.A., Downtown, Eastside, Harbor, Westside, and Central) will have its own Youth Council made up of around 25 local applicants, and they will participate in civic engagement and community service projects sourced from their local area. The students' area will be determined by the school they attend, rather than the area they live.
The goal of the Youth Council is for young Angelenos to learn about civic engagement, while expressing their own views on how to improve government and affect change in their communities. Monthly meetings will consist of discussions and workshops focused on their communities as well as Los Angeles at-large. There will be quarterly meetings during which the 8 Youth Councils will get together and meet in a large group. Youth Council members will have the opportunity to meet many figures working inside of, outside of, and with government. They will also work on creating a long-term project that will affect their community. This is a wonderful opportunity for the youth and city to work together and learn from one-another. If you know of any qualified candidates for the Mayor's Youth Council, please pass along the attached application. The application also includes the qualifications youth must meet to apply.
Although I have a list of high-schools in the Central Area, it is one I have made myself and there is no comprehensive list available by LAUSD. In an effort to get this application to as many youth as possible, please pass this application along to principals in high schools near your area, including private, public, and charter schools.
If you'd like me to make a presentation about this program or if you have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail or call me (direct line: 213-453-3157). You may pass on my contact information to the youth applicants as well. The application, recommendation, and unofficial transcript are due to me (via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) by midnight on FEBRUARY 12TH. Please read the instructions carefully.
Thank you for your participation and assistance in getting this important program started.
Central Area Representative
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Sadly, we received word that Fred Anderson has passed away. Fred was our neighbor, former NU President and block captain. Funeral services will e held on Tuesday December 2 at 11 am at McCarty Memorial Church. The church is located at 4101 West Adams Boulevard. A repast will follow at Claude Pepper Senior Center.
Condolences may be sent to Joan Anderson at 1948 Crescent Heights, 90034.
Land Use Committee Meeting Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm PICO NC Office, 5651 W Pico Blvd.
Dear Council President Wesson,
Attached please find a copy of the PICO Neighborhood Council’s community impact statement supporting Councilmember Koretz’s motion to amend the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (Council File 14-0656). The Studio City and Valley Village Neighborhood Councils have submitted community impact statements, and the Westwood NC CIS is in the pipeline. More neighborhood councils are expected to follow suit. Beverly Wilshire Homes Association and the Miracle Mile Residents’ Association also went on record in favor of the amendments in advance of the July 29 PLUM hearing.
With so many neighborhoods seeking relief from mansionization for such a long time (supporting CM Koretz’s Motion and requesting RFAs, HPOZs, moratoriums and ICOs ), the message is exceedingly clear: Citywide, Los Angeles residents oppose mansionization. Councilmember Koretz’s motion to amend the BMO offers a citywide answer to a citywide problem, and we are grateful that you have been encouraging and supportive.
As it seems the motion may be stalled, we implore you to use your leadership - and your powers of inspiration and persuasion - to:
· Expedite and shepherd this item through the Council review process (on July 29, PLUM chair Huizar asked Planning to report back in 30 days, and the item still hasn’t returned to PLUM).
· Encourage your fellow Council members to support the motion to amend the BMO, to protect the residential communities that are so critically important to the vitality and sustainability of this great city.
· Advocate for an urgency clause to be included with the adoption of the amendments, to provide desperately-needed relief from this destructive trend.
With appreciation to you and your staff for your leadership on this critical issue,
Join City Attorney Mike Feuer to meet your newly appointed Wilshire Division Neighborhood Prosecutor Mehrnoosh Zahiri on Monday, September 15 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Brown Auditorium, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Mehrnoosh Zahiri will represent the following areas as Neighborhood Prosecutor: United Neighborhood, Greater Wilshire, Olympic Park, and Mid City.
The Neighborhood Prosecutors Program of the City Attorney’s Office aims to identify, prioritize, and address criminal problems before they grow into more serious offenses that can lead to urban decay in our communities. City prosecutors understand that the ability to respond to neighborhood complaints and address criminal problems proactively is critical to improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Light refreshments will be served.
Complimentary Parking is available in the lot located at Wilshire Blvd. and Spaulding Ave. Additional parking is available in Pritzker Parking Garage, located on 6th St, just east of Fairfax Avenue.