Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council

Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council

2019 SVANC Board of Directors with City Councilmembers Nury Martinez (5th from Left) and Paul Krekorian (in suit)

Help make Sun Valley a better place to work, live, drive, and thrive!
All are welcome to attend our meetings.
Our Regular meeting is held on the SECOND TUESDAY of EVERY MONTH, 6:30-8:30 PM.

Date Time Event Type Location Details
Sept. 10,

Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center
Assembly Room
10631 Vinedale Street (MAP)
(north of Glenoaks Bl., near Sunland Bl.)
Sun Valley, CA 91352
(plentiful parking available in front)
(Mail not accepted at this address)
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For a complete list of meetings including special and committee meetings, please go to our Meetings Page and also check our
Calendar Page for other relevant events.

LAFD CERT Class to be given in Spanish (en espanol)

El Depto de Bomberos de Los Angeles, estará dando clases gratuitas en preparación de Emergencias en caso de desastres naturales en el area de Sun Valley a partir del Martes, 27 de Agosto, 2019. Si usted, sus familiares o sus vecinos quieren participar, pueden hacer mediante el Eventbrite link.


Do you know about Assembly Bill 516?
If passed, it will restrict the
towing of vehicles in the City of LA

At the June 11th City Council Board Meeting, the councilmembers passed Resolution 19-0002-S50 that opposed AB-516. AB-516 has already passed the Assembly and is now on to the State Senate.This is the version in summary of the changes that were made in State Senate on July 2, 2019. It has been approved in the Senate Public Safety Committee..

This bill was put into SUSPENSE by the State Senate Appropriations Committee in their meeting of Aug. 12th. It will be heard with all the other bills in Suspense on Aug. 30th in the Appropriations Committee.

(Read the Senate Appropriations Summary) Because it exceeds the $50k general fund estimated cost threshold, it was placed into the Suspense File. Proposed legislation in the Suspense File will be read in a list format en masse in order of Author's name (not by bill number) on August 30th. It's not a hearing, bill numbers are simply read (again, in order of Author's name) as a list and if they were or weren't amended (e.g., "AB xxx as amended").

Note: If the author was told to amend the bill and he/she refuses, the bill dies. There are 3 basic outcomes for a bill held in the suspense file: (1) the bill may move to the floor for a vote; (2) the bill may be turned into a 2-year bill and its final fate delayed; or (3) if the bill is NOT called on August 30th, it dies. There are around 350-400 bills in the suspense file. NOW is the time to submit your comments to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Here is the link to use (you have to register but it's very easy).

AB516 (Summary): Existing law authorizes a peace officer, as defined, or a regularly employed and salaried employee, who is engaged in directing traffic or enforcing parking laws and regulations, of a city, county, or jurisdiction of a state agency in which a vehicle is located, to remove a vehicle located within the territorial limits in which the officer or employee may act, under designated circumstances, including, but not limited to, when a vehicle is found upon a highway or public land or removed pursuant to the Vehicle Code, and has been issued 5 or more notices of parking violations to which the owner or person in control of the vehicle has not responded within a designated time period. Under existing law, a vehicle that has been removed and impounded under those circumstances that is not released may be subject to a lien sale to compensate for the costs of towage and for caring for and keeping safe the vehicle.

Existing law authorizes a peace officer and specified public employees, as an alternative to removal of a vehicle, to immobilize the vehicle with a device designed and manufactured for that purpose, if, among other circumstances, the vehicle is found upon a highway or public lands by the peace officer or employee and it is known to have been issued 5 or more notices of parking violations that are delinquent because the owner or person in control of the vehicle has not responded to the appropriate agency within a designated time period.

This bill would delete the authority of a peace officer or public employee, as appropriate, to remove or immobilize a vehicle under those circumstances. The bill would also modify the authority to remove a vehicle parked or left standing for 72 or more consecutive hours in violation of a local ordinance by requiring the vehicle to remain parked or left standing for 10 5 or more business days after a notice is affixed to the vehicle specifying the date and time after which the vehicle may be removed. The bill would also require the notice to include specified information. The bill would repeal the related authority to conduct a lien sale to cover towing and storage expenses. The bill would make various conforming and technical changes.

By requiring local authorities to provide specified information on parking notices, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Vote: Majority, Appropriation: No, Fiscal Committee: Yes, Local Program: NO YES

So, instead of deleting the authority of peace officers to be able to EVER tow vehicles, this revision states that after 72 hours, the police affix a notification on the vehicle stating it will be towed in 5 days (an earlier change made it 10 days). However, the part of the pending law still states that the tow yards cannot have a lien sale if the car is not claimed, and cars cannot be towed with 5 or more parking violations. Read the CA State Senate Transportation Analysis.

Please be aware, LA City has a program in place to allow the homeless to serve community time to pay off any parking or impound fees. SVANC voted to OPPOSE AB-516 and to submit a CIS to the LA City Council to support their Resolution that opposes AB-516:

SVANC supports Council File #19-0002-S50 OPPOSING AB-516 which removes the authority of law enforcement or public employees from towing vehicles not in compliance with current CA registration laws, having accumulated over 5 parking citations, or ignoring the 72-hour parking restriction. This will have a severe and negative impact to Sun Valley.

Driving is a privilege. Citations are issued when the vehicle owner/driver ignores the law. Registrations and license fees are paid to ensure our roads and streets are safe as well as the vehicles traveling on them. Though it is a valid point that people without financial reserves can ill afford the tow and impound fees, the answer is not to legislate that no one will be subject to the parking & car registration laws. This is incredible legislative overreach, not taking into account the unique city and community conditions existing across the state, particularly in the City of Los Angeles. For LA, the ramifications of AB-516 are:
  • Parking of RVs and other vehicles used as primary housing will not need to move and street cleaning of the trash and human waste that has collected around those areas will not be possible.
  • Vans used as advertising will proliferate, as they will be allowed free parking and not need to be operational. This will expand an existing business model to the detriment of our communities.
  • It will be impossible to tell what vehicles are abandoned. No one will need to pay towing to a salvage-yard as they can be abandoned on the street. Auto salvage-yards will expand their business onto our streets.
We support the LAPD by not supporting AB-516. It removes the ability of law enforcement to deal effectively with issues of quality of life, public safety, nuisance, blight and other unintended consequences.


If you are interested in making your voice heard on this important piece of legislation, you can take the following action: Write your State Senator. (If you do not know who that is, go here: ) It has been recommended that the best way to let your senator know your thoughts is to go to their website and fill in the form on their contact page. The two State Senators who represent Sun Valley are:

If the State Senate passes AB-516, since the bill was amended, it will return to the Assembly to be revoted. Please contact your Assemblymember Luz Rivas and let her know your thoughts.

Also, you can easily get an account on the California Legislature Position Letter Portal. Just Create an Account, and after you confirm, you will be able to send a letter or post your comments to the Legislature about AB 516.

If you have friends in other parts of the state, please make this pending legislation known to them and encourage them to write their state senator as well as making their community aware of it. If you know any journalists, drop them an email expressing your concern.

Apply by May 27, 2019

Represent your Sun Valley community! The SVANC has open board seats that need to be filled by board appointment:
  • (3) seat(s) available for Resident Stakeholder (1 term ends 2021 and 2 terms ending 2023)

  • (3) seat(s) available for At Large Stakeholder (2 terms end 2021 and 1 terms end 2023)

  • (2) seat(s) available for Senior Representative Stakeholder (age 55+, 1 year appointment, term ends approximately April 2020)

  • (2) seat(s) available for Youth Representative Stakeholder (age 14-21, 1 year appointment, term ends approximately April 2020)

Click Election/Voting/Open Seats on the left menu for seat descriptions, qualifications, and forms.
Approved applications will be voted on by the SVANC board at the monthly meeting following the application date. Thank you for your interest!

Summer Sun Valley Library Programs!

Summer Fun at the Sun Valley Library! Click on the flyer below to read/download the PDF full size version.

TUESDAY, September 3rd

Come to Denny's on Vineland Blvd. near Strathern in Sun Valley on the first Tuesday of most months, from approximately 8AM-9AM. Meet your local Foothill Division Senior Lead Officers along with other local representatives. Everyone is welcome to stop by and address any questions or concerns in an informal environment.
[8022 Vineland Ave. (north of Strathern) - CLICK FOR MAP]

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About Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils

Neighborhood Councils were created through the 1999 Los Angeles City Charter reform package (Article IX) to promote citizen participation in government, better connect residents with their city government, and to make government more responsive to local needs. Neighborhood councils are direct links to our City Council and City governmental departments.

Neighborhood Councils are composed of volunteers from your community, elected by you, our stakeholders: those who live, work, own property or a business in Sun Valley. The Board consists of community stakeholders, just like you, who regularly meet to discuss and prepare presentations and address issues of needs and concerns of the local community and those affecting all of Los Angeles.

Neighborhood Councils work as a locally accessible arm of the City, working together to influence decisions and accomplish common goals for the City and within our local neighborhoods ... where we live, work, play, shop, study, and raise our families.

Additionally, Neighborhood Councils including the SVANC have Committees dedicated to specific concerns of the community and city, such as Beautification, Community Outreach, Planning & Land Use, Emergency Preparedness, etc. Anyone can attend these meetings.

We need and encourage your participation -- whatever time and talent you can volunteer. Join your fellow neighbors at our next meeting. All meetings of the SVANC are open to stakeholders and interested parties.

We are your community. Be part of your neighborhood council and help to change and empower our community. All for One - and One for All!