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There's a new Neighborhood Council in town!

Come meet the stakeholders of North Hollywood Neighborhood Council, and find out why they're so excited!

Three years is a long time to be in labor, but the birth (a.k.a. Certification) in January was worth it! Over two hundred friends and neighbors - known as stakeholders - attended the event, and we've been busy ever since.

Maybe I should start not at the beginning, but I'll introduce us. I'm Cara Alson, and I've been working with a core group of stakeholders to reach that birth I mentioned. We're the North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council with the snazzy acronym of "NoHoWest NC." I've been acting as the unofficial outreach chair, and later on you'll meet some of the others who worked to get us where we are. We were the last area in the San Fernando Valley without a neighborhood council to represent us.

What's a neighborhood council? Well, our boundaries are Roscoe on the north, Vanowen on the south, the Tujunga Wash on the west and Whitsett on the east. We live here, work here, own business or property here, are connected to or served by the schools, houses of  worship and non-profits or declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm the factual basis for it. We receive funding from the city and the stakeholders decide how to use the money to improve our neighborhoods. We'll have advance notice of changes going to the City Council, such as businesses that plan to move here, and our combined voices will be heard. We'll give our opinions in favor or against plans that go in front of the city.

Last week we held our Town Hall Selection - think old-time grass roots election - and chose thirteen of our fifteen-member Board of Directors. Even though none of the seats in the six categories representing the stakeholders were contested, it was an exciting night.

At our next meet meeting the new Board of Directors will fill the two remaining seats - one each in the categories of "youth" (minimum age sixteen) and "Community-Based Organizations" (schools, etc. mentioned above). The board will also elect the officers - president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary - from within the board. The meeting will take place in the James Madison Middle School auditorium (located at Hart Street and Ethel Avenue) on Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.   All meetings are open to the public.

For additional information, feel free to respond here, check out our website at www.NHWNC.wordpress.com or call me at 818-512-6600. If I can't help you I'll connect you with someone who can.

I hope you didn't nod off while reading. I enjoyed this visit, and I hope you'll come meet some of our other neighbors.

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Cathy Flynn May 06, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Congratulations on the monumental birth of your new Neighborhood Council! I have been on the board of Neighborhood Council Valley Village for just a few months, and if has been a fabulous experience reaching out to the community. I look forward to hearing what's going on just north of us. Thank you in advance for keeping us informed.
Cara Alson May 07, 2011 at 07:15 AM
Hello, Cathy - Our members that attended the VANC Mixer sat at a table with VV members; were you there? Reaching out, getting to know our neighbors and working together is empowering and comforting. The first time I heard of Neighborhood Councils was at the first Basic Car Plan meeting I attended. It was just three months after I stopped a member of a "distraction burglary" team just two feet from my back door. Recently I realized that being part of positive action in my "turf" has healed me, pushed away the fear and feeling of helplessness. This week I attended a committee meeting with others planning a Health & Safety Fair at Saticoy Elementary School on June 11. Principal Roger Avila and his staff have been fully supportive, providing meeting space and helped us to introduce ourselves to the neighborhood. Being part of this event is exciting - both my children attended Saticoy. This is another way of saying "thank you" to our neighbors. Thanks for writing!
Cathy Flynn May 10, 2011 at 07:36 AM
Yes, Cara... I'm the new NCVV member who sat next to you at the VANC mixer. I am thrilled that you're you're meeting at the school both your children attended. It's probably not a place you would normally frequent these days, so it's wonderful that you have the opportunity to interact with the next generation of North Hollywoodites.
Cara Alson May 13, 2011 at 07:57 AM
Cathy, you were so friendly, introducing us to your members. The different NC projects and improvements in their own communities are inspiring! The NCVV banner is unique; when I wonder about what kind of logo we'll have, your banner style is what I picture! Our Installation Meeting will be held May 25, 6:30 - 8:30, in the James Madison Middle School auditorium. I hope our neighbors will join us to celebrate the seating of our first Board of Directors. For our boundaries, see my first entry at the top of the page. I think I told you I grew up around here. Well, I went to Madison when it was still a "Junior High," and yes, so did my two children. A lot of NoHoWest neighbors grew up here - some have been in the same home all their lives. Our roots run deep, and we're committed to working with our stakeholders to improve this part of our world. And I'm sure some of you reading this want the same thing. Come to a meeting. Get to know us. Share your ideas and get in on the action! Browse our web site at www.NHWNC.wordpress.com .
jeanneu February 23, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Rest in peace, beautiful Cara. Your service to the community and your loving friendship will be your legacy forever. God Bless you, dear one.

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