The 2014-2016 Palms Neighborhood Council Board

Please welcome the incoming leaders of the Palms Neighborhood Council Board for 2014-2016. The new board will be seated at the next General Assembly meeting on June 4th, held at the IMAN Center at 7pm. The agenda can be downloaded here. Food and refreshments will be provided. Congratulations to the new Board Members!!

President: Marisa Stewart
Vice President: Ryan Bradley
Secretary: Len Nguyen
Treasurer: Nick Greif
Residential Representative Area A: Willie Bell
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Residential Representative Area B: Cat Stevens
Residential Representative Area C: Eli Lipmen
Residential Representative Area D: Paulina Quaranta
Residential Representative Area E: Trevor Mulligan
Business Representative Area 3: Eliot Hochberg
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Important Statewide Election on June 3! Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

On June 3, Los Angeles residents will go to the polls to vote in the statewide direct primary election.  After passage of the open primary proposition, all candidates, regardless of party, now participate in one primary.  So, voters will select among candidates from every party in this election.  In most races, the primary will result in two candidates who will then proceed to the general election, but they do not have to be of different parties.  So, if two Democrats or two Republicans, for example, get the most votes, they will then vie for that seat in November.  For some races, like the position of Sheriff, if one candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, that candidate is deemed elected.  If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, then the top two proceed to the general election.

This election is historic in that, for the first time in decades, we do not have a sitting Sheriff running for re-election.  This is a unique opportunity for Angelenos to decide the direction of one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country.  Be a part of it!!

Voting by mail has already begun.  California is choosing a governor and other statewide officials, as well as members of Congress and the legislature. Los Angeles County will be electing a new sheriff, assessor, supervisors, and judges. There are two statewide propositions.

You can confirm whether you are registered to vote by checking here.

You can view your sample ballot and polling place information here.

If you are a permanent vote-by-mail voter, your ballot should have arrived during the first two weeks of May. Permanent vote-by-mail voters can check the status of their ballot here. That link will show when your ballot was mailed to you, and later, will show whether it has been received back by the Registrar-Recorder.

If you received a vote-by-mail ballot but forgot to send it, you can drop it off at any polling place in the county, during election hours, on Election Day. Ballots that are received after 8 pm are not counted. On June 3, polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

The June 3 ballot includes 15 seats on the Los Angeles Superior Court. Twelve of them are contested by two or more candidates. All voters in Los Angeles County may vote for all of these seats.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) reviews judicial candidates in contested races, and rates each, in ascending order of qualification, as “Not Qualified,” “Qualified,” “Well Qualified,” or “Exceptionally Well Qualified.” LACBA has released its ratings of the 2014 judicial candidates in this chart.   The full text of the report is here.

To see where different organizations stand on the candidates, click here.

 

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Full Closure of Bagley Avenue this Weekend

What:   Full Closure of Bagley Avenue and Exposition Boulevard

When: Continuous Closure – 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 31 to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Work Hours:    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday

Where:            

  • Bagley Avenue, between Exposition Boulevard and the I-10 Freeway
  • Exposition Boulevard, between Cardiff Avenue and Durango Avenue

Traffic Impacts:

  • Bagley Avenue and Exposition Boulevard will be temporarily closed. Please refer to the detour map and follow detour signs for alternate routes.
  • Westbound and Eastbound Exposition Boulevard will have limited access during the closure.
  • Westbound and Eastbound National Boulevard will remain open.
  • Local access in the closure areas will be maintained at all times.
  • Electronic message boards, directional signage and flaggers will be used to direct vehicles and pedestrians around the construction zone.

Advisories:

  • Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels. Sound blankets will be installed if required to buffer any noise that may impact the surrounding community.
  • Work crews will water down the work area to minimize dust, sweep adjacent streets of debris as needed, and will monitor the air.
  • Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced at all times and signage with specific restrictions will be in place in all construction areas.
  • Please obey all posted construction signs and do not enter the construction work zone.

(Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.)

To view the construction notice – please click here.

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PNC Board Election…Come Out & Vote! Sunday May 18th!

Come Out & Vote for the next future leaders of the Palms Neighborhood Council. The Election will be held at the IMAN Center, 3376 Motor Ave. from  9a.m.-3p.m.

For a list of the Candidates running, click here

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21st Annual Palms Bicycle Rodeo-Saturday, May 10th

The 21st Annual Palms Bicycle Rodeo is just two weeks away!!! – Bring the family for an educational fun-filled day on Saturday May 10 from 10am-2pm at Palms Elementary School, 3520 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034.

This year’s Bike Rodeo… will featurbike-rodeo-webe an Interactive Bike and Traffic Safety Course presented by Safe Moves, a non-profit organization that provides bicycle safety and transit education programs for Elementary and Middle Schools.

We are also pleased to announce that in 2013, the Palms Neighborhood Council (PNC), a leader in the urban sustainability movement in Los Angeles, took great strides toward making the Palms Bike Rodeo a “Zero Waste Event” (ZWE)…and WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN!

A ZWE is designed with the intention that none of the waste generated by the event will be sent to the landfill, but instead will be diverted by reducing waste in planning and restricting new waste to items that can be composted and recycled.

***All children who attend the Palms Bike Rodeo and bring a reusable beverage container will be eligible for a second chance at winning a bicycle.  Adults in attendance with a reusable beverage container will receive a chance to win a refurbished adult bicycle.***

 

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Meet the Candidates- May 3rd and May 12th

forumElection Day May 18th is quickly approaching! Mark your calendars for May 3rd and May 12th when we will host candidate forums where you will have the opportunity to meet, mingle and ask the candidates your questions.

May 3rd Candidate Forum will be held at Culver Palms Church of Christ, 9733 Venice Blvd., from
2pm-5pm.

May 12th Candidate Forum will be held at the IMAN Center, 3376 Motor Ave. from 7pm-9pm.

If you want to volunteer on Election Day or have any questions in regards to the upcoming Election, e-mail your Election Chair, Linnéa – elections@palmsla.org

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Palms named the best neighborhood in Los Angeles for Millenials!

Niche Ink, a website dedicated to education analysis, put together a list of the best metro areas for millennials. They ranked the metro areas in the U.S. using a dozen factors, including data from the U.S. Census, FBI crime rates, and Niche Ink user opinions on the best places for life after graduation. Los Angeles was ranked #17 and Palms was calculated as the best neighborhood for Millenials (young graduates) in LA (You can read the full methodology here.)

Read more here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-25-best-neighborhoods-for-young-people-164751910.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory

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Caution! 6-Day Full Street Closure of Bagley Avenue

What:   Full Closure of Bagley Avenue and Exposition Boulevard for Street Improvements

When: Continuous Closure – 7:00 a.m., Monday, April 14 to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014

Work Hours:    7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday

Where:            

  • Bagley Avenue, between Exposition Boulevard and the I-10 Freeway
  • Exposition Boulevard, 1/2 block east and west of the Bagley Avenue intersection

Traffic Impacts:

  • Bagley Avenue and Exposition Boulevard will be temporarily closed. Please refer to detour map and follow detour signs for alternate routes.
  • Local access in the closure areas will be maintained at all times.
  • Electronic message boards, directional signage and flaggers will be used to direct vehicles and pedestrians around the construction zone.

Related Work Activities:

  • In addition, the week of April 21, 2014, work crews will also implement intermittent lane closures on Bagley Avenue and Exposition Boulevard, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to continue additional utility work. Traffic in one direction on Bagley Avenue will be maintained at all times.

Advisories:

  • Work crews will water down the work area to minimize dust, sweep adjacent streets of debris as needed, and will monitor the air.
  • Parking restrictions will be required. Restrictions will be strictly enforced at all times and signage with specific restrictions will be in place in all construction areas.
  • Please obey all posted construction signs and do not enter the construction work zone.

(Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.)

To view the construction notice – please click here.

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Request for Proposals! Community Purpose Grants

Big Sunday Palms Middle paintingEvery year, the Palms Neighborhood Council provides grants to community organizations for neighborhood projects. The PNC is now accepting applications for grants! We will provide up to $4,000 to any public school or 501(c)3  nonprofit organization for projects that serve a non-discriminatory, public purpose and benefit the public at-large in Palms. Projects may encompass a wide range and can include, but are not limited to:

  • The Arts
  • Beautification
  • Community Support
  • Education
  • Community Improvements

Please download the application, fill it out, and submit it to treasurer@palmsla.org by midnight on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Applicants can also mail the completed application to Palms Neighborhood Council, 10008 National Blvd, #210, Los Angeles CA 90034 postmarked by Friday April 25, 2014. As part of your application, you must be able to provide evidence of your tax deductible status as well as a Los Angeles Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC). For more detailed information about the Neighborhood Purpose Grant process and the evaluation criteria the PNC will use, please review this applicant packet.

Applications will be reviewed by the PNC Budget Ad Hoc Committee on Tuesday  April 29 at 5:30pm at Wild Thistle, 3456 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034 and a final decision to fund grants will be made by the full PNC General Assembly on Wednesday May 7, 2014, 7pm at the IMAN Center (3376 Motor Avenue).

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Lock Your Windows! Message from LAPD Pacific Division

LAPD Pacific Division has noticed an increase in burglaries in the Palms area, specifically with burglars who are entering apartments through first floor bathroom windows. This is occurring during the hours of 8am to 3pm in the area between Venice/Palms and Overland/Hughes. Most locations have open or unlocked windows. Residents were urged to close and lock all windows and to be on the lookout for small or slender suspects who may use trash cans or bins to gain entry through small bathroom windows.

Please close and LOCK ALL WINDOWS. ALL WINDOWS!!
Report suspicious activity to police immediately.
Call 9-1-1 for emergencies or if you see a crime in progress.
Call 1(877)ASK-LAPD for non-emergencies or suspicious activity.

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