On the Agenda for Van Nuys Neighborhood Council


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Good citizen Maria Scherzer sent me an agenda document from the much respected Van Nuys Neighborhood Council whose work is so fundamental in making Van Nuys a great place to live. (See photo above)

I hadn’t thought much of the VNNC lately…except when I walked down Van Nuys Boulevard last week past homeless men, garbage piles next to the Marvin Braude Center, and finally stopped at the shuttered doors of the closed down Post Office. I wondered how a post office next to government offices, the police, library and in the center of the so-called business district goes dark, but I guess that is Van Nuys, 2013.

So let’s see (some of ) what’s on the agenda for the Wednesday June 12th meeting of the VNNC:

1. Comedy Show Presentation
2. Procedure to elect an Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys: Robert Redford, Tom Selleck, Sally Field, Paula Abdul or the “Lollipop Guild Actor from the Wizard of Oz”. The last named contender would have to be a minimum of 73 years of age, if he were only one year old when the 1939 Wizard of Oz was made.
3. Vote for removal of Katrina White from VNNC Board (that Cat is sure hated).
4. Sister City Proposal to link Van Nuys with Abuja, Nigeria or Van Nuys, Indiana.

Drive by shootings, a business district that is full of pawn shops and trash, vast treeless and unrented sections of commercial streets (Victory, Vanowen), crime, littered and neglected slum malls, abandoned houses , neglected properties, and falling down apartments. Those are the priorities and the problems of our district.

Abuja, Nigeria
Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria looks to be a vibrant, modern city, much more advanced than, say, Van Nuys, CA.

But let’s get back to the Munchkins.

The VNNC is spending its time electing a Munchkin for honorary mayor….

Think about that.

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12 thoughts on “On the Agenda for Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

  1. The photo of Abuja is actually Salt Lake City.
    Each time I visit Van Nuys (my birthplace) I am struck by its great potential going to waste.

    –DonW St. Louis, MO

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  2. Remove me for cause? What’s up with that? Just so they have an agenda item to bad mouth me in public? That is slander, people! Something I could easily sue for!

    I tendered my resignation to DONE, VNNC members, and the City Attorney. Was I supposed to notify the Pope too?

    What cause did they want to remove me for? That I blew the whistle for misappropriation of funds? That I told them a certain board member spent
    money on the p-card- and wasn’t an authorized user? That they did not have the funds for projects, but continued to discuss allocating funds for projects- after I had done a full audit and reconciliation of the books?

    I’m just wondering… And considering suing for trying to ruin my good name.

    Some of the VNNC don’t even live in Van Nuys and are not legally considered stakeholders.
    I will be a resident of Van Nuys for 12 years in 2 weeks time.

    And[after my experience on the VNNC) I think I know what is best for Van Nuys and the City: to disband all NC’s.

    The model is a failure, unfortunately. That’s my 2 cents from here in Van Nuys!

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  3. Hey, I hate to be a dick, but shouldn’t the VNNC put forth a few solutions? You say “talk is cheap”, but it really isn’t. People have died to make their voices heard, so Talk certainly wasn’t Cheap, IMO.
    However, if you’re referring to VNNC, then yes, it’s all talk. Cheap talk that opens with a stand-up comic. When I look at this list, I see nothing that is of any relevance to any resident in Van Nuys. If this agenda is real, then this meeting is the political equivalent of masturbation.
    If the VNNC isn’t embarrassed by their lack progress, their lack of ideas, their web-site (which is less informative than a junk-yard business card), or their grotesque waste of money on fluff meetings, then I would suggest it simply be disbanded. VNNC clearly serves no purpose.

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  4. For eight years this blog has opined, photographed and documented life here in Van Nuys.
    I dare say more people have read and thought about Van Nuys, due to this publication, than have ever seen the inside of a Van Nuys Community Council meeting.
    I’ve proposed many ideas throughout the years to provoke change and discussion.
    The problem with the VNNC is the VNNC, a group of backbiting, infighting, angry, and disillusioned people whose open warfare is painful to see, because it is so beneath true civic virtue, and does nothing to help or progress the district of Van Nuys.

    Instead of inventing imaginary mayors, bringing the Munchkins into the mix, why don’t you take a broom and a dust pan and walk up and down Kester picking up trash? One of the VNNC can do the photography and the others can do the sweeping. Start at the corner of Victory and Kester and you will actually find that your work has some value and meaning.

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  5. It is so easy to render a scathing comment on someone or something, it’s another to do something about it. What have you done or what do you intend to do to fix the city that you feel is in need of fixing? Talk is cheap and action speaks louder than words. If you want change stop being a detractor and put forth some useful solutions. If you feel that you have any ideas that would change the percertion and problems faced by Van Nuys join with the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council’s attempt to make this city a better place to live and work.

    Howard Benjamin
    Member & Vice President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

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    1. Was listening to a comedy routine or trying to elect an honorary mayor what you had in mind to do when you decided to participate in the Van Nuys city council. You are aware that Robert Redford has done nothing but bad mouth Van Nuys when asked about the subject. I do believe this blog just made a suggestion about something the council could do that may actually be helpful and, lord help us, perhaps inspiring. Seeing people organized to clean up the area a bit would show civic pride. It isn’t a huge solution but definitely would be more effective than an honorary mayor who could, frankly, care less.

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    2. the city needs to encourage all the artists and hipsters that are being forced out of venice and downtown los angeles and silverlake, because of high rents and property values, to move out here…it needs to encourage a walking neighbourhood with hip coffee shops, book stores etc…its difficult to do, because van nuys typifies suburban sprawl and ghetto blight…but if artists and galleries set up shop here, especially in the industrial areas near sepulveda and erwin, the entire place would transform

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