The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils hosted its annual mixer at CBS Studios in Studio City last Thursday (March 1o).
Jill Banks Barad, founder and president of VANC, once again demonstrated her organization’s drawing power.
In addition to two-hundred stakeholders, the event attracted City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Council Member Paul Krekorian and City Council Member Jan Perry. Many political prognosticators believe that both Greuel and Perry will run for mayor. Greuel has already filed papers for what is expected to be a crowded field (radio host Kevin James has also announced he will run).
Awards were handed out, including the “Got It” award to Paul Krekorian for his efforts in support of neighborhood councils
Jan Perry also received a “Got It” award for involving Valley NC members in downtown happenings and also making appearances at VANC’s monthly meetings. The meetings are not for faint of heart politicians. Guests are subjected to hardball questions, and Perry has had to field her fair share of them.
Individual neighborhood councils received recognition for their achievements, too.
Sherman Oaks NC was honored for its energy conservation program at Castle Park, which included funding for new doors designed to prevent cool air from rushing out of the building in the summer.
Neighborhood Council Valley Village received the Public Safety and Community Awareness Award for involving the community during a period that saw an unparalled rash of murders atypical for the neighborhood. Even before the murders, the council had been building membership in the local neighborhood watch. Hundreds of stakeholders are now enrolled in LAPD’s Nixle program and receive timely electronic notification of possible criminal activity.
Without coalitions such as VANC, neighborhood councils would be little more than disconnected boats floating in a sea of city hall bureaucracy.
Jill and her counterparts throughout the city deserve our thanks for providing a venue and an outlet for expressing concerns with the city.