“Help Mr. Snook” Campaign

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Mickey Snook, a beloved History teacher at Frost Middle School has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Brain Cancer. He has four children including little Cameron who is 3-years-old. Mickey is the breadwinner for the family. Friends and family have set up a charity website to try to create a nest egg as they go through this terrible time: www.youcaring.com/MrMickeySnook.

The students at neighboring Van Gogh Elementary are holding a t-shirt campaign in honor of Mr. Snook at Van Gogh Elementary and online at www.HelpMrSnook.com.

The campaign runs from now until December 31.

Frost Middle School Receives Funds for Computer Lab

The computer lab at Frost Middle School.

Frost Middle School in Granada Hills received a $50,000 check Friday morning to help build a new computer laboratory at the school. Last year, parents and staff donated $18,000 and purchased 45 new Lenovo computers for a second computer lab at the school. Frost’s Parent Teacher Student Association, in coordination with Councilmember Mitch Englander’s office, secured $50,000 in contributions to add to the effort.

The second lab is being added in anticipation of online standardized testing.

By Matt Thacker on Dec. 5


Englander Set to Run Unopposed in Council District 12

Mitch Englander

Mitch Englander

The filing period for the 2015 Los Angeles city election ended Wednesday.

Incumbents Paul Krekorian, Herb Wesson, and Mitch Englander are the only candidates to have qualified for the ballot in their council districts.

Two possible candidates had initially filed to run against Englander, who represents the northwest San Fernando Valley.

Candidates had to file petitions with at least 500 valid signatures from voters in their districts and pay a $300 filing fee by 5 p.m. to qualify for the March 3 ballot, according to City Clerk Holly Wolcott. The filing fee is waived for candidates filing petitions with at least 1,000 signatures.

The offices being contested are the City Council seats for Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14; the District 1, 3, 5 and 7 seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and seats 1, 3, 5 and 7 on the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees.

The list of candidates will not be complete until the Office of the City Clerk concludes verifying signatures.

The Sixth District, which includes Van Nuys and surrounding neighborhoods, could have a rematch of last year’s special election. Councilwoman Nury Martinez has qualified for the ballot, while former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez filed her petition Wednesday. Martinez defeated Montanez, 55 percent to 45 percent, in the special election to replace Rep. Tony Cardenas.

The Fourth District City Council seat being vacated by Councilman Tom LaBonge, who is barred from running for re-election because of term limits, has the most candidates to have qualified for the ballot, seven, including Carolyn Ramsay, a former chief of staff for LaBonge; Joan Pelico, the chief of staff for Councilman Paul Koretz; former Assemblyman Wally Knox; and Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees member Steve Veres.

Five candidates have filed petitions to run for the Eighth District seat held by Councilman Bernard Parks, who is barred from seeking re-election because of term limits. Robert L. Cole Jr., a member of the Los Angeles County Citizens’ Economy & Efficiency Commission, and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a community coalition director, have qualified for the ballot, according to the Office of the City Clerk.

Councilman Jose Huizar and former Supervisor Gloria Molina have both qualified for the ballot in the 14th District. Six other candidates have filed to run.

City News Service and Post-Periodical

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra Concedes AD39 Race to Patty Lopez


From http://www.postperiodical.com/assemblyman-raul-bocanegra-concedes-race-patty-lopez/

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 Read more »

Granada Hills Street Faire 2014 Video

IT’S BACK! After a five year hiatus the Granada Hills Street Faire came back with a vengeance. 15 to 20 thousand people poured into the streets to celebrate their community. Rides, bands, dancers , food, gifts, education, and a classic car show… There was fun for all!!

Special thanks to stakeholder, Mark Hovater, for producing the video.

Limiting Mansionization throughout the City of Los Angeles


On Tuesday, the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee heard a Planning Department report on the City’s Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) and the Department’s Neighborhood Conservation Initiative.

While the Planning Department begins work to close loopholes in the BMO and develop additional neighborhood conservation tools, the report recognizes that certain specific communities may need immediate relief. Councilman Englander introduced a friendly amendment asking that the Old Granada Hills area be added to this list of areas in need of protection.

The report will return to the Committee prior to moving to full Council for adoption.

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