Following up on our conversation, here is the map for K2.5 Amendment 1
It is found on the redistricting website in the mapping and data section under Commission Maps and Data: https://laccrc2021.org/mapping-data-2/
As you can see the east/west border between CD12 and CD7 is the 405 freeway keeping North Hills West Neighborhood Council intact and in CD12.
Here is a link to the meeting on October 14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7E_ZGNg2m0 At the 4:03:14 point of the meeting they discuss the section of Nordhoff to Lassen/Aqueduct to 405 freeway that was in CD7 on the previous version of Map K2.5.
The line drawer noted that it was an error and the Commission moved back the section in question to back CD12 to without objection. The discussion took approximately 2 min.
Feel free to forward this information to all interested parties. Let me know if you need any additional information for your upcoming meeting.
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Councilmember John S. Lee
Council District 12
City Hall: 213-473-7012 | Community Service Center: 818-882-1212
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Submit Community of Interest Feedback: https://laccrc2021.org/community-of-interest-form/
NHWNC Community of Interest Comment
Submitted on behalf of NHWNC by President Carol Hart September 27, 2021:
Our stakeholders are quite different from those living east of the 405, a man made division that affected the direction in which our community has been developed. We are much less densely populated with only 4044 housing units housing our 13664 stakeholders (per empowlerla.org/data) as opposed to 11178 housing units shared by 41085 stakeholders in NHENC, which is 3 times more populous. While we are culturally diverse, 92.27% of us speak ONLY English or speak it “very well”, compared to 73% in NHENC. This speaks to accessibility and being able to communicate with our neighbors. Our mean income level is 2.11 times and our average income is 1.69 higher that of our neighbors to the east. Clearly our needs are very different. Many retirees live here whereas there are more young families in NHENC. Everything from labor & wage justice to education and EITC & CTC must be of greater concern. Allocation of city, county, state, and federal funds will no doubt be different for each of our communities, in order to meet our very different needs.
Our’s is a bond of community aesthetic and history. Properties and their owners located in what is now “North Hills West” have been part of what is known collectively as the “West Valley” going back nearly 150 years ( 1874) when the historic Porter Ranch property was first acquired by Benjamin F. and George K. Porter, the lines of which were drawn long before cars were invented or the 405 freeway was built. Our identity is based in part upon this sense of community and our roots in this area’s history and features like Sepulveda VA, once a full-service hospital, now a walk-in clinic and Veterans Service Center.
Our stakeholders register to vote, take an active part in various campaigns and elections and they engage in the political process through participation in our Neighborhood Council and via our interactions with representatives and staff in City Council, LA Co BOS, State Assembly, Senatorial, and Congressional Offices.
Do you believe you should change your council district boundaries at all? If so, in what ways? If not, tell us why.
All of the stakeholders and constituents that have reached out to us have unanimously declared that they’re happy and at home in CD 12 (District L.) Please NOTE: This includes neighbors seemingly left out of the current iteration of the plan living along Aqueduct Avenue between Parthenia and Nordhoff Streets. Without exception our stakeholders have made it crystal clear that they have absolutely no desire to change our City Council District boundaries or our representation at various levels of government. We’ve built excellent relationships with our current representatives and all those who provide services to our community, including but not limited to LAPD – Devonshire Division, Fire Stations 87 & 90, West Valley Animal Shelter and nonprofits who serve our aging stakeholders ONEgeneration and Valley Inter-community Council, all operating out of the West Valley.
Describe your community’s relationship with the City and how it is affected by policy decisions made by the City Council.
Our relationship with the City, like all relationships, is a work in progress. We communicate well – but we could always communicate better. We’re aware and considerate of the many facets to building good strong relationships not only with our currently elected leaders but their staff, and Civil Servants working at various City Agencies, Commissions, Departments, etc… We’ve invested a huge amount of time in learning their names and how we can most effectively work with them to address our needs. There’s always room for improvement but we’re dedicated to continuing this relationship-building and gaining a better understanding of how things work, and how to get things done, when working with the City of LA. Certain ordinances, processes, and regulations put in place by various City Agencies affect us in different ways. How the City addresses re-homing those currently without a secure living situation is very important to our stakeholders in many ways for many reasons. Most agree that we need this process to move more quickly and we’d really like to see our tax dollars spent wisely to address the actual issues at the root of homelessness in LA. They definitely don’t want the monies set aside for this to wind up being a boon to developers, rather than the tax-paying public of LA. Affordable Housing is certainly an issue but many have asked why there’s so much unoccupied housing stock that’s been purchased by speculators or foreign investors – made unavailable for immediate occupation. We’d all like to see our leaders address this and nearly free pass that developers currently seem to be given when building new housing stock. We feel that the requirements for affordable units are too low and the fines they may elect to pay in lieu of building affordable units are ludicrously low, too low to be an effective motivation to do the right thing by the people of LA, not just maximize their profit for a handful of investors. Currently a chief concern is about losing any voice in the future development of our community or our right to self-determination. We wish to retain local autonomy rather than ceding all control to people hundreds of miles away in Sacramento.