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.)

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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


  • 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.


  • 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 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.

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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Neighborhood Street Repair Blitz in Palms!

Thank you to the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services that came to Palms today to fix potholes and streets around the community. This is part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Neighborhood Council Blitz project – repairs were selected via stakeholder outreach conducted by the Palms NC Transportation and Safety Committee.

These were the street locations that were repaired:

  1. 3647 Watseka Avenue
  2. 9802 Hannum Dr on Faris Drive side
  3. 10540 National Blvd on Valparaiso Street side
Workers from the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services repair a section of the street near the corner of Glendon Avenue and Charnock Road in Palms on September 27, 2013, as part of the Neighborhood Council Blitz.  The repairs were selected by the Transportation and Safety Committee of the Palms Neighborhood Council, based on stakeholder input.
Workers from the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services repair a section of the street in Palms. The repairs were selected by the Transportation and Safety Committee of the Palms Neighborhood Council, based on stakeholder input.
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Public Safety,Traffic and SB1818 Town Hall Meeting

The regularly scheduled Planning & Land Use Committee Meeting (normally on the fourth Wednesday of the month) has been cancelled so that members of the Committee and the community can attend this Town Hall on planning and safety.

Join Deputy Chief Teri Hara, General Manager Michael LoGrande, Councilmember Mike Bonin, Councilmember Paul Koretz and Neighborhood Council Leaders throughout the Westside to talk public safety, traffic, SB1818 and Small Lot Sub Divisions on the Westside.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Venice High School Auditorium
13000 Venice Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90066

Learn more about SB1818 For more information: Jay Handal Alisa Smith or 818-293-VOTE (8683) See attached flyer

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Executive Committee Meeting (Officers of the Board)

The Executive Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Fire Station 43, 3690 Motor Ave., to review and take possible action on items such as the

  • Election
  • PNC Bylaws
  • Committee updates
  • Budget for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Download the agenda

The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Community-Based Organizations Representative.

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Call for Candidates for the 2014 Board Elections

Interested in becoming a member of the PNC Board? Well here’s your chance!

All 13 board seats are open to New Candidates!

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Community-Based Organizations Representative
  • 5 Residential Representatives
  • 3 Business Representatives

Applications are  now being accepted through April 3, 2014…Sign-Up Today!



How do I qualify as a Candidate?  If you live, work, own property or declare a stake in the PNC as a community interest stakeholder and 18 years or older, you qualify as a Candidate. Visit the PNC EmpowerLA page to view the qualifications for all 13 Board seats.

What is a community interest stakeholder?  On December 18, 2013, the Los Angles City Council passed an Ordinance (LA City Ordinance 182830) declaring that a Community Interest Stakeholder is defined as a person who affirms a substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council’s boundaries and who may be in a community organization such as, but not limited to, educational, non-profit and/religious organizations.

Will I need to provide documentation to file for candidacy?  Yes, all Candidates will have to provide documentation when filing. The documentation must establish their identity AND stakeholder status according to the position they are seeking. Please refer to the Acceptable Forms of Documentation to know what supporting documents you may need for the seat you are running for.

Where can I get my Candidate filing form?  Click on the 2014 Elections button above to visit the PNC Elections page on EmpowerLA.

I am having problems filling as a Candidate online, is there another way I can register?  Yes, You’re first option is to file online. The second option is to download the Candidate form that is fillable and submit it by either emailing it to, fax to (213) 978-0376 or mail to:

City Clerk Elections Division
555 Ramirez Street, Space 300
Los Angeles, CA 90012

So much information, who can help me navigate the process?  Contact Alisa Smith, Independent Election Administrator for Region 11. You can email her or call her at (213) 910-3491 or

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Woodbine Park Reopens!

Dozens of community members came out on February 20th for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and official re-opening of Woodbine Park. woodbine opening-ribbon cutting

Students from Palms Elementary School gave the pledge of allegiance and Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz , former City Councilmember Rosalyn Wyman, and Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager Mike Schull spoke about the importance of park space to Los Angeles, particularly in Palms which has few green spaces.

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Palms Neighborhood Council President Eli Lipmen thanked all those who played a role in bringing this community project to fruition, specifically outgoing PNC Vice President Niall MacMenamin who shepherded the project from just an idea into a fully-funded, community-designed park. Children, and their gratefully parents, immediately got to playing on the brand new playground equipment, courtesy of the LA Parks Foundation, the Rosalyn Wyman Fund, and the Department of Recreation and Parks.woodbine opening-5

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Temporary Closure of Motor Ave: Thursday February 20

As part of the construction of Phase 2 of the Expo Light Rail Line, work crews will implement a temporary full closure of Motor Avenue between Irene Street and Walavista Road for street paving in the City of Los Angeles. The work is being managed and performed by the Expo Phase 2 design-build contractor Skanska-Rados, Joint Venture (SRJV) and its subcontractors.

What: Temporary Full Closure of Motor Avenue

When: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Work Hours: 9:00 p.m. Thursday night through 6:00 a.m. Friday morning (One night only) 

Where: Street paving will take place on Motor Avenue, just north of Irene Street

Work Description: 

Construction crews will implement a temporary full closure to complete asphalt restoration. Activities will include saw-cutting, asphalt removal, backfilling and asphalt restoration. Heavy machinery used may include excavators/backhoes, front-end loaders and trucks.

Traffic Impacts: 

  • Northbound and southbound Motor Avenue will be closed to all through traffic between Irene Street and Walavista Road during nighttime hours.
  • Southbound Motor Avenue traffic will be detoured at Manning Avenue.
  • Northbound Motor Avenue traffic will be detoured at National Boulevard.
  • Electronic message boards, directional signage and/or flagmen will be used to safely direct vehicles and pedestrians around the construction zone.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained and directional signage will be in place as needed.


  • Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced at all times and signage with specific restrictions will be in place in all construction areas.
  • Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout all construction activities.
  • Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.
  •  Please obey all posted construction signs and do not enter the construction work zone.
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