Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles – Panel Discussion

Homelessness is the most pressing issue affecting people and quality of life of Los Angelenos. Come learn from the experts and those on the ground executing Los Angeles county and city coordinated plans to end homelessness. The event will show you ways you can be involved in a true, long term solution to homelessness in our community.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Doors open at 8 am • Discussion 8:30 am – 10 am
Suggested Donation $20
Continental breakfast included • Late walk-ins welcome

Ebell of Los Angeles
741 South Lucerne Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90005
FREE parking in the lot across from our entrance on Lucerne Blvd.
Please call 323-931-1277 ext. 131 or email tickets@ebelloflosangeles.com

Guest speakers:
Phil Ansell, Director of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative; Alisa Orduña, Homelessness Policy Director, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti; Kerry Morrison, Executive Director, Hollywood Property Owners Alliance; Tommy Newman, United Way of Greater LA, Home for Good; Veronica Arteaga, Vice President Housing Programs, St. Anne’s Moderator: Jill Bauman, CEO, Imagine LA

GWNC Meeting Date and Location Changes

The next meeting of the Greater Wilshire NC Land Use Committee will be at a new location:

Eastern Presbyterian Church
Multi-purpose Room
4270 W 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Free parking available in the lot behind the church complex. Enter on Norton Ave.

The October Board Meeting of the GWNC has been moved to Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Meetings will resume on the second Wednesday after this meeting.

The Safe Sidewalks LA (SSLA) Notice of Preparation / Initial Study

The Safe Sidewalks LA (SSLA) Notice of Preparation / Initial Study was released at the end of July. You can download the documents below which are also posted on the SRP website, sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process.

Download the Notice of Preparation
Download the Initial Study / Environmental Checklist

Public scoping meetings will be held to obtain input on the scope and contents of the EIR:

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium
100 W 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Event time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Mid-Valley Senior Citizen Center
8825 Kester Avenue, Panorama City, CA 91402
Event time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Westchester Senior Citizen Center
8740 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Event time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information regarding the Environmental Review Process, please contact:

Shilpa Gupta, Environmental Supervisor I
Department of Public Works
Bureau of Engineering, EMG
1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Or email at Shilpa.Gupta@lacity.org

You can submit comments online at the following link: http://sidewalks.lacity.commentinput.com/.

Please be sure to include your contact information. You may also upload documents when submitting a comment.

The comment period ends September 15, 2017.

FREE Workshop on Civic Engagement & City Services

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Young Israel of Hancock Park (upstairs)
225 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment are hosting a FREE workshop on civic engagement and city services for your neighborhood.

Guest speakers from the neighborhood council will attend and be available for questions, and John Darnell (Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, formerly with the office of Councilmember Paul Koretz) will give a presentation on DONE and city services.  

2016-2017 Neighborhood Purposes Grant Deadline Update

The due date for all NPG applications is Friday, May 19, 2017, 5:00 p.m. (PST) . Please also note that all NPG applications received after the Friday, May 20, 2017, 5:00 p.m., deadline will be considered for the 2017-2018 Neighborhood Purposes Grant awards. Deadline for the 2017-2018 NPG applications to be announced shortly.

In order to be considered for the 2016-2017 GWNC NPG Awards, the project start date and the date the funds are required for the project (items 10(a) and 10(b) in the NPG Application) must be no later than June 30, 2017. All applications with a start date and a date funds required after June 30, 2017, will be considered for the 2017-2018 GWNC NPG Awards.

2016-2017 Neighborhood Purposes Grant (NPG) Awards

The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council is currently accepting applications for 2017 Neighborhood Purposes Grants (NPG). Two neighborhood purposes grants up to $1,000 each will be available. Neighborhood Purposes Grants can be used by either certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or public schools for community improvement projects.

Applications are due Friday, June 02, 2017, by 5:00 p.m. (PST). Interested organizations should seek to apply as soon as possible.

For more information, guidelines, and official application forms, visit our Neighborhood Purposes Grant page.

Measure S Forum – Tuesday, February 28th

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Learn about Measure S, an initiative on the March 7th ballot that could have wide-ranging effects on many types of development and housing in Los Angeles, in a moderated public forum organized by Mid City West Community Council and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. Representatives supporting and opposing the measure will present, participate in a moderated discussion, and take submitted questions from the public.

Moderator – Greg Goldin
Greg Goldin is an architectural historian specializing in the story of unbuilt urban and design schemes. He is the author of Never Built Los Angeles and its sequel Never Built New York. He has been a Los Angeles-based journalist for more than 30 years, covering local politics, urban affairs, and the environment.

No on S – Luke Klipp:
Luke Klipp is the President of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, and he spends his days crunching numbers for the LA Metro. At the neighborhood council, he’s also served on the Transportation and Planning committees. He and his husband own their Los Feliz home, where their two dogs run the show.

Yes on S – Jack Humphreville:
Jack Humphreville is the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Budget and DWP Representative, a Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate, the chair of the DWP Advocacy Committee, and a contributor to CityWatch where he writes about Department of Water and Power and the City of Los Angeles and their finances.

Tuesday, February 28th
7:30 – 9:00 PM

NCJW of Los Angeles
543 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036 [map]



Volunteer for the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count


It’s only a week until the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Count on January 26th. Join the over 1,000 volunteers participating in this annual census of our neighbors experiencing homelessness throughout Los Angeles. The Greater Wilshire area needs about 45 volunteers for the 22 Census Tracts we’ll canvass. This is a visual-only count done mostly by car in teams of 2-4 and we’ll provide training on the night of the census.

For more information and to register at our deployment site at 600 S. La Brea Ave: http://www.theycountwillyou.org/600slabrea

We hope to see many of you again this year!

Sycamore Square Walking Tour – Sunday, December 11, 2016

Want to learn more about our local neighborhood history? On Sunday, December 11, please join the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association for a free, informal, one-hour walking tour of the Sycamore Square neighborhood (bordered by Wilshire, Citrus, Olympic, and La Brea).

The theme of the tour is “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” We’ll trace the neighborhood’s origins, history, and development (including its unique residential zoning pattern that fosters a multiplicity of generations and lifestyles)…as well as introduce current neighborhood issues and preservation efforts.

The event is open to everyone; no advance reservations required. Just meet at 2 p.m. at the NE corner of Sycamore and Olympic (the corner of the front lawn of Wilshire Crest School) to explore this historic, well-preserved, wonderfully diverse and livable community. (The tour will take about an hour, and is an easy, level walk.) Please join us if you can!