NANDC 2019 Year In ReviewPosted on 01/02/20
NANDC had a very busy 2019. We exist to encourage more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs. To that end we completed community beautification projects with the assistance of the Department of Sanitation and provided support to a number of festive community events, either fiscally or with good old-fashioned sweat equity. We improved our outreach to our stakeholders and voiced our support for projects in our area that will bring more employment opportunities to our community.
We won’t brag too much, but here are some of our 2019 highlights:
- On March 9, NANDC partnered with Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson’s office and KYCC for a cleanup of King Blvd. Along both sides of MLK Blvd from Western past Normandie. Members of Voices Neighborhood Council also joined us and together we picked up trash, cleaned sewers, weeding and more.
- We partnered with Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson to co-sponsor well-attended Movies in the Park over the summer, providing a wonderful opportunity for families to connect to, and enjoy, their local parks via movies, games and of course, food!
- Our inaugural, annual SeniorFest took place in June at the Martin Luther King, Jr Recreation Center. NANDC provided an opportunity for the senior citizens in our community to learn and engage about topics that affect them every day. The presentations addressed wellness & mobility, financial literacy, healthy eating, estate planning and more. We welcome several exhibitors such as the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, the Department of Water and Power and CERT specialists. This event will return in 2020, rich with content and fun. Please stay tuned!
- NANDC presented close to $8,000 in Neighborhood Purpose Grants to local non-profit organizations and groups, such as Engage the Vision, LAPD Southwest, Koreatown Youth Community Center and the Community Literacy Initiative.
- NANDC had a record turnout for this year’s Neighborhood Council elections on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Elected board members were sworn in by then city attorney Carmen Hawkins on July 9th.
- On October 26th, NANDC board members joined Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Bureau of Street Services and The Department of Public Works for the groundbreaking for the Reimagine Western Ave project in the King Estates community. This streetscaping and beautification project will bring over $3Million of improvements to the Western Ave corridor between Exposition Blvd and MLK, Jr. Blvd. We look forward to Western Ave becoming more walkable with the addition of inspirational sidewalk messages, shade trees, decorative benches and pedestrian lighting, public art, bike racks, and safe crossings for pedestrians, students, cyclists, and transit riders.
- We established our first-ever Homelessness Committee which will enthusiastically work to tackle critical issues related to homelessness in the NANDC area via service initiatives and community partnerships. They held their first official meeting on November 3rd.
- NANDC created a special committee designed to update our bylaws. The committee met several times in 2019 to discuss changes to the bylaws. Those updates will be presented to the full board in early 2020 for full approval.
It cannot be expressed how much we appreciate everyone who attended our monthly meetings, took part in our events and showed their support at our local community projects. We could not have accomplished all that we did as volunteers without our most important partner, YOU! We are looking forward to doing even more in 2020 to build a stronger community – together!