NANDC is a self-governed, self-directed and independent organization empowered by the Los Angeles City Charter. This charter offers neighborhood councils a role in the City's decision-making process. We as citizens are given the opportunity and obligation to stay involved with developments in our area that affect us. Come get involved! After all, it's your community!
Take a few moments to find out who we are, what we do and how you can become involved.
We promote public participation in city governance and decision making processes, to make government more responsive to our local needs and requests, creating more opportunities to build partnerships with government and private entities to create more opportunities for our neighborhood. We work with stakeholders to make a difference in the community with such projects as I Hablo U, the Pet Park Project, and the Community Involvement Program.
Anyone who lives, works or owns property in our boundaries is welcome to get involved. View the Boundary Map. Opportunities include:
Come to a meeting! We meet First Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Park gymnasium, 39th and Western Avenue, the building just south of the Exposition Park Library, entrance on the south side.
Join a committee: Go to the Committee list under What We Do on the top menu
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Our mailing address is:
PO Box 77367
Los Angeles, CA 90007
According to the Expo Line website, the Expo line is planned to comprise two phases. Phase I is from Downtown to Culver City. Phase II is from Culver City to the beach. Phase I is currently being built; Phase II is in engineering and design with construction to begin as soon as late 2010.
Expo Line Phase I Project Description
The Exposition Light Rail Transit Line (Expo Line) will travel along the Exposition railroad right-of-way between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City. It will share a track and two stations (7th St/Metro Center and Pico) with the Metro Blue Line as it leaves downtown Los Angeles. It will then travel along the Exposition right-of-way to the newly approved and funded aerial station at Venice/Robertson. Nine new stations will be constructed along the Expo Line route. In addition to the station at Venice/Robertson, the new stations will be located on Flower at 23rd Street and Jefferson, and on Exposition Boulevard at USC/Expo Park, Vermont, Western, Crenshaw, La Brea, and La Cienega.
The Expo Line will be approximately 8.6 miles in length and parallel the heavily congested I-10 freeway. Estimated travel time from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City is under 30 minutes with a projected ridership of 27,000 by 2020. The Expo Line project is considered a “Transit Parkway” that will be enhanced by bike and pedestrian paths, as well as trees and landscaping along the alignment.
NANDC is focused on safe mass transit. With the Expo Line, the board identified safety risks with the speed, frequency and proximity of the trains to pedestrian children and elderly and passed a resolution calling for a below grade rail line. The project is planned to be at grade directly in front of two large schools without proper safety precautions at crossings.
Review the concerns
View an Environmental Justice Chart showing how the costs of the project vary by neighborhood.
NANDC supports the efforts of FixExpo.org. Their site details the efforts underway to improve the project. Among their concerns is that MTA's street-level proposal at Dorsey High School (the famous "holding pen") was rejected as UNSAFE by the CPUC over a year ago, MTA has brought back the street-level holding pen proposal and added a station. Now MTA is requesting the CPUC rubber-stamp the unsafe proposal.
This holding pen-street-level station design is being pushed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Westside County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and local council members Herb Wesson, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry. Instead of heeding to the warnings of international rail safety experts and appropriating the resources to build a Dorsey HS grade separation (a train under-crossing like MTA has built at Figueroa by USC, or a train over-crossing like MTA is building in Culver City), Villaraigosa, Yaroslavsky, Wesson, Parks and Perry are hell bent on seeing Dorsey High School students corralled into a holding pen like cattle or inmates in a prison, while 225-ton trains pass by their noses. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
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The early Eighth District Empowerment Congress, created by now Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was a community-based education and mobilization program. It has been acknowledged as the model for the Los Angeles citywide neighborhood council system created by the change City Charter.
We still proudly carry the early moniker in our name as the 'Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council'. You may call us NANDC for short!
NANDC is located in West Adams, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with most of its buildings erected between 1880 and 1925. It was once the wealthiest district in the city, with its Victorian mansions and sturdy Craftsman bungalows home to Downtown businessmen and professors and academicians at USC. In the 1990s, three areas of West Adams were designated as Historic Preservation Overlay Zones by the city of Los Angeles, in recognition of their outstanding architectural heritage.