Dear Friends:

On behalf of Mayor Eric Garcetti, I invite you to nominate or recommend a few passionate students to partake in the Mayor’s Youth Council. We are looking for highly motivated 10th and 11th graders who are interested in civic engagement, community and youth issues, and the municipal government system.

Each of Los Angeles’ eight areas (East Valley, West Valley, South L.A., Downtown, Eastside, Harbor, Westside, and Central) will have its own Youth Council made up of around 25 local applicants, and they will participate in civic engagement and community service projects sourced from their local area. The students’ area will be determined by the school they attend, rather than the area they live.

The goal of the Youth Council is for young Angelenos to learn about civic engagement, while expressing their own views on how to improve government and affect change in their communities. Monthly meetings will consist of discussions and workshops focused on their communities as well as Los Angeles at-large. There will be quarterly meetings during which the 8 Youth Councils will get together and meet in a large group. Youth Council members will have the opportunity to meet many figures working inside of, outside of, and with government. They will also work on creating a long-term project that will affect their community. This is a wonderful opportunity for the youth and city to work together and learn from one-another. If you know of any qualified candidates for the Mayor’s Youth Council, please pass along the attached application. The application also includes the qualifications youth must meet to apply.

If you’d like me to make a presentation about this program or if you have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail or call me (direct line: 213-304-5869). You may pass on my contact information to the youth applicants as well. The application, recommendation, and unofficial transcript are due to me (via e-mail: ) by midnight on FEBRUARY 15TH. Please read the instructions carefully. 

Thank you for your participation and assistance in getting this important program started.

Kind regards,

Amanda Mejia, MSW

External Affairs, Area Representative East Valley
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
818.778.4990 Van Nuys

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Go-Paperless-Get-$10LOS ANGELES — For a limited time, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is offering a $10 bill credit for new paperless billing customers. Customers who currently receive printed LADWP bills, and who sign up for paperless billing through, will receive a $10 credit on their next bill.

Paperless billing is a secure, convenient and environmentally-friendly billing option. Once enrolled, customers will receive bill notifications via email. This will reduce paper clutter, help decrease the environmental impact from printing paper bills and provide easy access to informative online newsletters.

“This program is part of an ongoing effort to reduce our environmental footprint through all the services we provide,” said Randy S. Howard, Senior Assistant General Manager of the LADWP Power System. “Also, when we don’t have to print and mail a bill, the Department saves money, which in turn saves our customer-owners money. We are happy to offer our customers this bill credit, especially right after the holidays.”

For complete program information and to sign-up to receive the $10 bill credit, please visit

The $10 paperless billing incentive is available through June 30, 2015 to all LADWP customers who currently receive printed LADWP bills.

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6,000 Volunteers Needed

Do something that counts

January 27-29
Make a difference
in the lives of homeless men, women, and children throughout Los Angeles County by taking part in the nation’s largest homeless census.

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Complimentary tickets for active duty, Reserve, military retirees, non-retired veterans and dependents. Must show Department of Defense issued ID along with voucher at tournament. Tickets are complimentary but a $1 verification fee per military individual does apply.

  • Active duty and Reserve military members, military retirees, and members of the Army National Guard, along with their dependents, receive complimentary grounds tickets each day of the Northern Trust Open (Wednesday – Sunday)
  • Veterans may receive up to two (2) complimentary grounds tickets each day of the Northern Trust Open (Wednesday – Sunday)
  • Fans 18 and under are admitted free of charge to the tournament with a ticketed adult.

All active duty, Reserve, military retirees, non-retired veterans and their dependents:

  • are admitted free of charge to the Northern Trust Open by presenting valid military ID and
  • receive access to the Patriots’ Outpost, a private hospitality venue specifically for our military personnel.

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Discovery Cube Los Angeles is officially open in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Council District Seven. The 71,000 square foot, hands-on museum allows kids of all ages to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through fun exhibits, displays, programs, and learning spaces. The DCLA becomes LA’s latest must-see family entertainment/educational destination and the first major museum in the history of the Valley. DCLA is expected to draw 180,000 visitors during its first year and create 24 local, full-time jobs and 70 local, permanent part-time jobs.

For tickets or hours of operation, click here.

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What would you like to see at the Mission Hills Plaza?

Complete the survey and let the developer know what you would like to see in our community. Share with other neighbors. Help spread the word.

The website for the survey is:

We can also get you the paper version. Please let us know. Thank you.


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Patty Lopez, a mostly unknown candidate from San Fernando, has defeated incumbent Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), according to the official election results released Monday.

Patty Lopez

Lopez led by 182 votes on election night and won by 467 votes with provisional and mail-in ballots counted. Bocanegra said he will not ask for a recount.

“While the vote tally is incredibly close, it is clear that my opponent will be victorious by the narrowest of margins,” he said. “Although many residents and community leaders throughout the 39th Assembly District have urged me to undertake a recount, I do not want to put the state — and particularly the residents of the northeast San Fernando Valley — through such a costly and time-consuming process.”

The result shocked the political establishment from Los Angeles to Sacramento. Bocanegra, a first-term candidate, was considered a strong candidate for Assembly speaker. He won his primary by nearly 40 points and collected more than $600,000 in campaign contributions this year.

Meanwhile, Lopez said she never expected to win and only ran to advocate for more local school funding. She was fined $400 for not reporting any campaign contributions until after the election. She said she spent less than $10,000, and the money came from small donations from friends and family members.

Raul Bocanegra

Lopez, a former outreach coordinator for the North Valley Occupational Center, believes she won by reaching out to every person in the community and focusing on education. Bocanegra mostly campaigned for other candidates and appeared to spend little time campaigning in his own district.

In the weeks since the election, the reasons for the surprising result have been debated. Shortly before the election, Bocanegra received praise for co-authoring a bill to expand the state’s tax credits for television and movie filming, but the legislation may have been less popular at home.

Political analysts have suggested Lopez also may have benefited from having her name first on the ballot. Some voters selecting all Democrats may have chosen her name without noticing the race featured two Democrats.

Others have said Lopez may have seemed more relatable. She moved to the United States from Mexico as a child, and she describes herself as a hard-working housewife who serves as a parent volunteer and community organizer.

In a statement Monday, Bocanegra noted he comes from a working-class immigrant family. He said he is grateful for his family’s hard work.

“I am proud to have represented the northeast San Fernando Valley –- the community in which I was born and raised and have spent my life serving,” Bocanegra said. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the past two years.”

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Help your MHNC by supporting the rework of this mural. Have you seen it lately?

Please everyone LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT on this video. First we need to raise awareness.

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