Monday, May 31, 2010

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SHOP ATWATER VILLAGE FIRST!


Atwater Village is filled with fantastic small and independently owned businesses. These independently owned businesses are the backbone of our local economy and help make Atwater Village the great neighborhood that it is! Atwater Village also has many businesses that are branches of large corporations that provide some services not otherwise available and fill another need.

Let’s show support for our local businesses and keep our community economy healthy! It’s simple – spend your consumer dollars at a business in Atwater Village first.



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The “Shop Atwater Village First” campaign I brought to you by the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce; creating a positive and successful business environment in Atwater Village since 1947.

Special thanks to Leonora Pitts for inspiring us to “Shop Atwater Village First”!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY ACTIVIST ACTION ALERT!

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA ‘S MESSAGE TO HISTORICALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS: EXECUTIVE OFFICES FOR MY PROGRAMS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY.

THIS WEDNESDAY, LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONSIDER GIVING NO-BID SWEETHEART LEASE TO CITY OF LOS ANGELES AFTER $6.3 MILLION OF SCHOOL BOND FUNDS WERE USED TO ILLEGALLY CONVERT CLASSROOMS INTO EXECUTIVE OFFICE SUITES FOR UNEMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS FUNDED BY FEDERAL ECONOMIC STIMULUS FUNDS DIRECTED BY THE MAYOR.

Van de Kamps Coalition Urgently Seeks Los Angeles Residents to Call or E-mail LACCD to Protest The Lease Of The Campus When LA City College Should Be Offering A Mix Of Profit-Oriented Classes That Would Allow Van de Kamps to Open

Executive Administrative Offices Place At Risk The Entire Future of Van de Kamps As A Community College to Serve Underserved and Relatively Isolated Hispanic and Minority Students That Could Attend Community College at Van de Kamps

What Your Voice Can Help Accomplish Now:

Your telephone call or e-mail demanding that the LACCD Board of Trustees vote against the Mayor’s Political Theft of Van de Kamps can defeat for a second time the effort of LACCD staff to “hand off” the brand new $72 million community college campus. Defeat of the City’s Lease will force the LACCD to return the campus to community college use. All economic viability studies done by LACCD showed overwhelming demand and financial viability to succeed.

Can you help by making a quick phone call or sending a quick e-mail to the Board and other public officials?

THE TIME HAS COME FOR YOU TO SPEAK BLUNTLY TO LACCD BOARD MEMBERS AND THE MAYOR ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS SCHEME.

A draft letter to the officials of Los Angeles Community College District and other officials is set forth below. The proposed letter below is self-explanatory. Details about the controversial conversion of the historic Van de Kamps Northeast Satellite Campus of LA City College into a “commercial leased-tenant facility” to benefit unemployment programs funded by the Mayor are found at http://www.vandekamps.org/.

This Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District (“LACCD”), the Board will consider a resolution to hand most of the Van de Kamps Building over to the City which in turn will sublease it to the same unemployment programs it tried to give it to in mid-April. You can view the resolution yourself at:

http://www.laccd.edu/board_of_trustees/board_agendas/

The resolution is on pages 155-156 of the Adobe pdf of the posted agenda package for May 26, 2010 available for download and viewing.

The Van de Kamps Coalition, for almost a decade, worked to save the historic Van de Kamps bakery building and helped former State Senator Richard Polanco and LACCD officials to bring a Northeast Campus of Los Angeles City College to an area of the City that LACCD’s own studies showed were historically underserved by the District. We need your voice to hold LAACD to its promises.

IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE ON WEDNESDAY, May 26, 2010 at 3:30 p.m., your voice and/or appearance is requested to support this key resolution:

Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting
West Los Angeles College Campus
Fine Arts Theatre, Room FA 100
9000 Overland Avenue
Culver City, California 90230

IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON WEDNESDAY:

The Van de Kamps Coalition is asking Los Angeles residents from all over the City to telephone to express outrage over the propose loss of the brand new $72 million community college campus to executive offices and a few training rooms for unemployment programs.

IF YOU CAN MAKE A TELEPHONE CALL, CHOOSE ANY ONE OR TWO OF THE FOLLOWING:

LACCD Board of Trustees Secretary (213) 891-2044
Chancellor of LACCD (213) 891-2201
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (213) 978-0600 or (213) 978-0721

IF YOU CAN SEND AN EMAIL TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS:

Cut and paste the draft letter below to the list of recipients to put Van de Kamps back on a path to be the Satellite Campus of Los Angeles City College at the historic Van de Kamps Bakery.

CUT AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL ADDRESSES INTO YOUR “TO” ADDRESS:

mayor@lacity.org, councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org, councilmember.reyes@lacity.org, assemblymember.deleon@assembly.ca.gov, larry.frank@lacity.org, georgia@gmercer.net, mailto:candaele@sbcglobal.net,%20mfield@laccd.edu, mfield@glendale.edu, mona.field@gmail.com, tpark@email.laccd.edu, nancysuepearlman@aol.com, msantiago@email.laccd.edu, justincl@laccd.edu, webmail@da.lacounty.gov, vdkcoalition@gmail.com

CUT AND PASTE THIS LETTER INTO THE BODY OF YOUR E-MAIL (EDIT AS NEEDED FOR YOUR COMFORT WITH THIS ISSUE) AND ADD YOUR NAME AT THE END:

May 24, 2010

RE: Reject City Lease Of Van de Kamps Building; Return the Van de Kamps Campus to Community College Purposes Promised to Voters for A Decade

Dear LACCD Trustees and Mr. Mayor:

I am writing in opposition to Com. No. FPD3 on the Wednesday agenda of the Los Angeles Community College Trustees for the following reasons:

1. LACCD used $72 million of taxpayer bond monies to build the brand new community college satellite campus for students, not commercial office space.
2. For more than a decade Trustees such as Sylvia Scott-Hayes, Kelly Candaele, and Mona Field have promised voters that they would DELIVER a Northeast Satellite campus to address the unequal access opportunities for young adults in Northeast Los Angeles.
3. The State of California gave $3 million to this campus for the restricted purpose of a Satellite Campus of LA City College, and this action takes away the Satellite Campus.
4. The voter approved Measures AA and J that allocated $60 million of new taxes to develop this high priority community college access opportunity.
5. LACCD staff have ignored two economic feasibility studies showing Van de Kamps can be initiated as a successful campus with both profit-oriented and traditional community college classes.
6. These studies mean that the Board has no substantial evidence to support its proposed “finding” that that the Northeast Campus buildings are NOT NEEDED for community college purposes. They are needed now!
7. The City funded unemployment classes may properly be included among the possible profit-oriented classes offered at Van de Kamps, but the placement of executive administrative offices in 60% of the school building is highly offensive to the core mission of the Los Angeles Community College District.
8. LACCD and City of Los Angeles joint actions improperly discriminate against the historically underserved and predominately minority communities. The action tell our young adults they are not deserving of a community college.

For the above reasons, the LACCD must begin offering as many community education classes (non-credit fee-based classes like computer skills, artistic endeavors, conversational foreign languages, creative writing, etc.) and contract classes (employer paid skills training) as possible. This is the positive path to establish the Van de Kamps campus as a financially self-sustaining Satellite of LA City College.

I join the Van de Kamps Coalition and urge you to halt ill-conceived efforts led by your former Chancellor to abandon promises you made to open Van de Kamps under LA City College supervision. The effort to hand this $72 million new campus over to tenants of the Mayor’s Office, instead of maintaining City College stewardship, will be an action remembered by voters at the next election. If there is a vote to approve this ill-conceived LACCD staff proposal, I know I will not forget how the LACCD Board helped Mayor Villaraigosa literally steal this campus away the community it is intended to serve.

Most sincerely,

Saturday, May 22, 2010

HAPPY HARVEY MILK DAY


Happy Harvey Milk Day
May 22, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

VAN DE KAMPS COALITION UNCOVERS LACCD "GUTTER TALK" DISDAIN FOR OFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMEMBER KEVIN DE LEON QUESTIONS

The Van de Kamps Coalition continues its ongoing investigation of the REAL reasons the Los Angeles Community College District transferred the Northeast Satellite Campus out of the hands of Los Angeles City College and into the hands of District Administration under the direction of Chancellor Mark Drummond. The Van de Kamps Coalition has uncovered a "shocking" misuse of standard American English by the esteemed former Chancellor of LACCD.

Just over a year ago, representatives of the Office of Assemblymember Kevin de Leon sought answers to questions regarding rumored changes in use of the $72 million Satellite College scheduled to open at the historic Van de Kamps site in Fall 2009.

In April 2009, word was leaking out of Los Angeles City College that the District planned to take the campus away from the College. Instead of offering the full schedule of community college classes promised for more than a decade, word was the District was trying to unload the buildings to "commercial lease tenants" to make the site a revenue stream for the District's general fund. This disastrous policy decision was being questioned not only by the community but the Assemblymember too.

Field Representative Alana Yanez of De Leon's Office forwarded a series of questions to LA City College President Jamillah Moore. Moore deflected direct answers by telling Yanez she would follow up with a telephone call. Moore then sent a copy of the questions to LACCD Chancellor Dr. Mark Drummond. Dr. Drummond had just two words in response. Well, really neither of them were words used in standard American English taught in the classrooms of LACCD. Instead, Dr. Drummond used the crude street vernacular to refer to Assemblymember DeLeon's inquiry: "fuk em" he wrote in reply to Dr. Moore's e-mail. Click here to download "fuk em" email (pdf file)

Now this non-standard English form grates the nerves like squeaky chalk on a blackboard. It makes one ask: "What kind of a role model is the Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District for our young adults if he chooses to use non-standard American English in a business setting?" It's "shocking". Simply "shocking". Every good English teacher would instruct a student that the proper usage of that phrase is "Fuck them" and don't omit the proper punctuation! It would be either a period or exclamation point, depending on the Chancellor's mood in the middle of the afternoon.

Of course, persons of greater taste would counsel avoidance of the use of such trash talk when referring to a member of the State's Assembly in the first place. But at LACCD, neither the public nor elected officials are entitled to respect and accountability by community college officials. The full e-mail string is set forth below.

On a more substantive note: The fact that Dr. Drummond was cussing out anyone who dared to question his hand in the withdrawal of the Center Status application, strongly suggests that voters do not yet know the real story of why Dr. Drummond and some of the LACCD Board members began pushing an effort to hand one building over to the Mayor's favorite charter high school (Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools) and to hand the historic bakery building over to the City of Los Angeles for a bunch of unemployment projects funded with Economic Stimulus money from the federal government. If the City really wanted to stimulate the economy with those funds, it should have been renting private sector office space. Isn't that the idea of the Economic Stimulus package? Apparently not as envisioned by Antonio Villaraigosa and his Deputy Mayor Larry Frank who are intent to hand the Stimulus money to a bunch of SEIU and Workforce Union buddies. That is worthy of a few choice words, but most of us are more polite than the trash talking former Chancellor of LACCD.

One more note: For more than a year, the LACCD has NOT made hundreds of thousands of dollars of exercise equipment procured with federal grant funds obtained by Congressman Becerra available in any community room. President Moore's "assurance" that such equipment would be made available to the community remains another broken promise to Northeast LA. At LACCD, disrespect of elected officials is an equal opportunity offense: both state and federal officials get no respect.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

COALITION OBTAINS E-MAIL SHOWING LACCD OFFICIALS KNEW THEY WERE MISREPRESENTING THE FACTS ABOUT VAN DE KAMPS

It was just over a year ago that officials of the Los Angeles Community College District announced that Los Angeles City College "could not open the Van de Kamps Satellite Campus of Los Angeles City College" due in part because adjoining community college districts would not give letters of support for the new satellite campus. LACCD officials claimed in meetings with Northeast community organizations that the District could not obtain "Center Status" for Van de Kamps which would provide a source of administrative funding for the site. They publicly blamed this in part on what Los Angeles City College President Jamillah Moore had claimed was the inability to get letters of support from officials at the nearby community colleges.

New records obtained by the Van de Kamps Coalition from the LACCD pursuant to its obligation to provide records in a pending environmental law case now reveal that LACCD Board member Sylvia Scott-Hayes knew that the claims of Dr. Moore to the public about Center Status support letters were false. Below is a copy of an e-mail sent by Sylvia Scott-Hayes to Dr. Jamillah Moore on May 7, 2009 after Dr. Moore sent an e-mail to both LACCD Board of Trustees members Sylvia Scott-Hayes and Mona Field thanking them for "coming out last night to the town hall. The faculty and staff of LACC [Los Angeles City College] greatly appreciate the support and assistance of the district in the operations of the Northeast Center [at the Van de Kamps Bakery]. Thank you!!!" The bracketed material is inserted by the Van de Kamps Coalition to help readers understand the e-mail.

Here is Trustee Scott-Hayes' response to Dr. Moore, copied to Mona Field (click here for email document, PDF file):

"May 7, 2009

Re:Bakery [The transfer of the Van de Kamps Bakery to LACCD Administration]

Jamillah, [Dr. Jamillah Moore, President of Los Angeles City College]

Hope all is well. I have a few comments regarding bakery site. I know you will be handing this problem off soon, but because you are still seen as the main person in the presentations that are taking place [to the community groups in Northeast LA], I think you still need to take the lead for now.

Given recent L.A. Times article, I think we need to rethink the message the presentation you and the LACCD team are sending. I think team needs to re-focus so that it is clear we are putting a satellite there, it's just going to be an LACCD site [District Administration run] instead of an LACC site [Los Angeles City College run]. We should rethink adding a few transfer classes, I'm sure ELAC [East Los Angeles Community College] will be interested. I suggest we regroup and set up a meeting with all before you guys go out and do another presentation [to the Northeast Community].

I know for a fact there are a group of disgruntled individuals who already have a game plan as to how to discredit what we are doing at bakery site--especially those who have issues with charter school. This can quickly turn into a nightmare if we don't address this in a smart way. [Scott-Hayes fears and disparages the Van de Kamps Coalition]

I also have heard from PCC [Pasadena Community College] board members, they want to know who refused to provide a support letter for us acquiring center status [at Van de Kamps] because they said they do NOT have any problem providing us with a letter of support. I also spoke with Glendale [Community College District] board member who thought we could sit down and work something out. If these colleges [Pasadena and Glendale Community Colleges] start getting calls from a legislator and they hear something different from them than what you stated at the community meeting it can be a real problem. I only tell you this because we need to get a strong handle on this project before it blows up in our faces.

Sylvia [Sylvia Scott-Hayes, Trustee on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees]"

ANALYSIS:

The Van de Kamps Coalition notes that after this e-mail, neither Trustee Scott-Hayes nor Trustee Mona Field did anything to change direction to try to hand off the Van de Kamps campus buildings to outside programs supported by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: 50% of the campus was leased to the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools and the other 50% was proposed to be leased to three favorite unemployment programs funded by the Mayor's office through the Workforce Investment Board. These two trustees knew their staff was lying to the public about the reasons Van de Kamps was about to be transferred to District Administration. These trustees supported Los Angeles City College abdicating its responsibilities to program the Van de Kamps campus with both profit-making classes (to cover operating costs) and traditional credit courses (to offer educational opportunity to transit dependent young adults in Northeast Los Angeles).

This is shameful revelations that now take responsibility for misconduct involving Van de Kamps to members of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Atwater Village History Book, Call for Help

Dear Fellow Atwater Villager,

This year, 2010, Atwater Village is celebrating its centennial. To help commemorate this important milestone Friends of Atwater Village (FAV), in partnership with Arcadia Publishing, is producing an Atwater Village photographic history book for the Images of America series.

In order to fully preserve Atwater’s history we are asking for help in obtaining old photographs, documents, newspaper articles, receipts or advertising from local businesses and any other historic information regarding Atwater Village between the years of 1900-2000. The book is a way to share and preserve your Atwater Village history and a great way to mark the Centennial of our neighborhood.

We hope that you could personally assist us in this preservation effort. We would appreciate any contribution of Atwater Village related photo and/or memorabilia you may have. The contribution would include your permission to duplicate and use the items for the book. Your treasured Atwater Village photo or other memorabilia would continue to be yours and remain in your position.

In addition, at the June 13th Atwater Village Centennial Street Festival FAV will be taking oral histories from those that would like to share their memories of Atwater Village’s past. We invite you to attend and share your oral history with us.

If you have any questions or if would like to contribute your historical item please contact FAV Board Members Netty Carr at 323.913.2999 or Sandra Caravella 323.660.0312. Also, for more information about FAV visit our website at http://www.friendsofatwatervillage.org/  

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors
Friends of Atwater Village

Friday, May 14, 2010

HOMEMADE COOKIE CONTEST AT STREET FESTIVAL, JUNE 13TH

Homemade Cookie Contest
Atwater Village Street Festival
Sunday, June 13th, 2010
3100 Block of Glendale Blvd
Prizes will be awarded at 1:30pm

To Enter: Bring your entry with the recipe no later than 11:30am to the Stree Festival. 12 cookies on a disposable container.

Rules: Only homemade cookies made from scratch are eligible. (Not acceptable: cookies from mixes or prepared dough). The recipe from you cookies is required. All types of baked cookies are eligible (bar, browine, drop, molded, rolled, cut out, or refrigerator). Prior winnings recipes will not be accepted.

Categories: Best Classic, Best Taste, Best Decorated, Best Youth Entry (age 13 and under)

Sponsored by the Atwater Village Residents Association (AVRA)
Prizes donated by: Atwater Village Farmers Market and Hugo's Taco

For more information call: 323.661.3283

ATWATER VILLAGE CENTENNIAL STREET FESTIVAL

Atwater Village Centennial Street Festival*
3100 Block - Glendale Blvd
Sunday, June 13th - 11am to 4pm

Bring the family, meet your neighbors. Food, music, dancing, arts & crafts, family fun, entertainment and so much more!

For Information: 323.661.3283

*Festival organized by the Atwater Village Residents Association (AVRA)

AVRA kindly thanks CD13 and the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council for their generous sponsorship

Thursday, May 6, 2010

CHANGE OF USE VIOLATION AT MARIJUANA UNIVERSITY SITE, ORDER TO COMPLY ISSUED


In response to numerous complaints from area residents and businesses the Department of Building & Safety (DBS) investigated potential violations for the new use (a marijuana “university”) at 3153 Glendale Blvd. The site was inspected on May 4th and a 15 day Order to Comply has been issued for a change of use violation, namely, approved retail property being used for instructional purposes.

Oaksterdam University / Patient ID Center will have to apply for a permit to legally change the use of the property from retail to instructional / educational use. The permit process is expected to trigger a public comment period. At that time concerned stakeholders will be able to voice their opinion about having a marijuana learning center in a primarily retail area.

The other site in use by Oaksterdam University / Patient ID Center (3161 Glendale Blvd) as a hemp product and equipment store is not subject to the Order to Comply issued by DBS on May 4th.

For more information contact DBS inspector Michael Tuck at 213.252.3986 or at michael.tuck@lacity.org

Saturday, May 1, 2010

REMINDER: THE GRAN LIMPIEZA IN ATWATER VILLAGE - MAY 8TH!

La Gran Limpieza - L.A. River, Atwater Village site

Saturday, May 8th, 2010
9:00pm to Noon
At the Sunnynook Bridge (Sunnynook Dr & Legion Ln), Central Atwater Village

Join Friends of Atwater Village (FAV) and Gran Limpieza volunteers to clean up Atwater’s section of the Los Angeles River. Bring work gloves and lots of energy!

Click here for more information

REMINDER: VDK COALITION "NATIONAL BEVERAGE DAY" FUNDRAISER

Celebrate "national beverage day" with a cool brew and tasty eats at Eagle Rock Brewery for a Fundraiser for Van de Kamps!

Eat tasty appetizers made by Netty’s & Crew and drink the original artisanal local brews of our own EAGLE ROCK BREWRY

Save the Van de Kamps Satellite Campus for our students.

When: May 6th, 6PM to 10PM
Where: Eagle Rock Brewery
3056 ROSWELL ST. L.A. 90065 ph: 323-257-7866
Donation : $30.00 (no host bar)

RSVP and purchase your tickets through PAYPAL or SEND A CHECK to the VDK Coalition at 236 South Avenue 60, LA Ca 90042

For more information call: 323-855-0764

The Situation: Recently, the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District voted to take away our community college at Van de Kamps before it was even constructed! Instead, the Board installed tenants inside our campus buildings: without competitive bidding the "FOAs" -- Friends of Antonio Villaraigosa -- took over. The Board was so nice to the FOAs that it wasted over $7 million of our bond funds (our taxes) to improve the buildings for the desires of the FOAs and in the process destroyed the classrooms intended for our students in Northeast LA. They think our Northeast Neighborhoods will quietly take anything they do to us. We don’t have to take this sitting down. The Van de Kamps Coalition is launching "Bring Back Our College" -- ways to hold LACCD accountable, for a change.

MARIJUANA UNIVERSITY EXPANDS TO 2ND LOCATION IN ATWATER VILLAGE


Oaksterdam University / Patient ID Center rented a 2nd commercial space on Glendale Blvd to expand its operations. Their 2nd location is located at 3161 Glendale Blvd and will house a hemp product and accessory store. The store is expected to sell marijuana related cultivation equipment, vaporizers and instructional books / DVD’s.

The hemp product and accessory store is located adjacent to the new book store, Alias Books, in that same building.