The purpose of the FTDNC is to participate as an advisory body on issues of concern to the stakeholders of the Council area as defined in the bylaws and in the governance of the City of Los Angeles.
The Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council, consisting of Lake View Terrace, La Tuna Canyon and Shadow Hills, exists to promote greater local participation in government in order to make the Los Angeles City Council and city government more responsive to local needs and wishes. Specifically, to advocate for stakeholders regarding land use, planning, and development, and all issues of concern to our stakeholders; to preserve the rural, recreational, ethnically diverse, and environmentally sensitive nature of our area as an important low-density oasis within the city limits; and to acknowledge that the FTDNC comprises 3 of the few remaining horse keeping areas within the entire city of Los Angeles.
The Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council will facilitate and encourage diverse interests in our community to work together in addressing common concerns and to promote and facilitate dialogue and collaboration with other neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Written By Randy Hammock
What is a Stakeholder and what can he or she do?
As defined by the FTDNC Bylaws, a Stakeholder is anyone who lives, works or owns property within the boundaries. A Stakeholder attends meeting, votes in the elections, participates in committees and participates at may levels with City's decision makeing processes.
What is the Composition of the FTDNC Board?
The FTDNC Board is comprised of 15 members representing diverse stakeholder interests and geographic locations. The area which makes up the neighborhood council was divided by census tracts into six areas. There are two board members representing each of the six areas, and three At-Large Representatives. All Board members serve for a term of two years.
What are FTDNC Board Members expected to do?
Board Members are expected to attend all general and special meetings and participate on committees; conduct outreach in their area by making community members and neighbors aware of the Neighborhood Council.
HISTORY OF FTDNC'S CITIES
ABOUT LAKE VIEW TERRACE
By Mali Bakhtar and Cile Borman
Lake View Terrace (LVT) is nestled in the Foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, located in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. It's history stretches to two Spanish land grants. Originally, it was part of the Tujunga and San Fernando Mission Ranchos. The first settlers arrived in the area in the 1870s, and it was open to homesteading in 1902. At the present time it is a small community with less than 3500 homes many of them horse property. The first school in the area was built in 1888, one room for elementary grades. Now Lake View Terrace has Fenton Charter School, an elementary school with over 1400 students, Brainard School with over 250 students, Delphi Academy a private School grades 1-12. The most recent school is Community Charter Early College High School that includes a middle and a high school. This school which opened in September 2007, will be having up to 1000 students and as the name indicates, it prepare students for college.
Perhaps the name Lake View Terrace came from the nearby Pop's Willow Lake that was an ideal destination for swimming, boating and picnicking up until the 1980's. That body of water in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area has been replaced by the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center, which is a 40-acre water recreation facility located on the northwest side of the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. The facility consists of a 9-acre recreation lake and a 1.5-acre swimming lake. The recreation lake is available for such activities as fishing, pedal boat rentals, public boating, and boating lessons, bird watching, jogging, walking, picnics etc. The facility is open year-round (including holidays), but is subject to closure during severe weather. It is also convenient for horse back riding and boarding with many beautiful trails and state of the arts facilities close by. The Recreational Area is also the location for many large scaled events such as the "American Heroes Air Show." It is also famous for it's all day "Fourth Of July at Hansen Dam" celebration, which is full of picnicking and entertainment with food and vendor booths. That day culminates with a spectacular fireworks display every year. Web-site (4th of July at Hansen Dam) (See City of LA web site for more info.)
If golf is your game LVT is home to the public Hansen Dam Golf Course and the private Angeles Crest National Golf Course
Lake View Terrace is home for a diverse group of people from many professions and ethnic backgrounds including doctors, registered nurses, teachers, businessmen, actors, cowboys, and lets not forget the blue and white collar labor force. It is a growing community with many new developments. This is a very special area with its rural atmosphere and city convenience close to the downtowns and airports of Los Angles LAX and Burbank's Bob Hope Airport with the city of Glendale close by. It is ideally close to the 5, 405, 210, 118, and the 2 freeways. Lake View Terrace is not an independent city, it is a part of City of Los Angeles and any building permit, zoning, safety, etc., is handled by the City of Los Angeles with strong community oversight.
The Lake View Terrace Improvement Association is an "old timer"; it has served the community since 1940 with low association dues. The Association strives to improve the community and is made up of local residents and member of the business community. Whether you own or rent a home in Lake View Terrace, you may attend the general meeting the first Monday of every month at the Lake View Terrace recreation Center at 7 pm. The association has been hosting a successful swap meet for over seven years, with the funds being used for scholarships, monthly newsletter and other worthy causes.
Lake View Terrace Library
The Library, Children's Museum (largest in the world) and All Nations Church have been built in the last few years and have contributed to the attractiveness of Lake View Terrace. Lake View Terrace is part of the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council (ftdnc.org)
Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council Receives 5 Year Anniversary Certificate
On Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at the regular Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC) meeting, Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council (FTDNC) was presented a “Certificate of Appreciation” commemorating the 5 year milestone. The usual cordial accolades were showered on FTDNC with impromptu speeches by Cilé Borman, Bart Paul and Cris Hughes, and the moment ended in a Kodak moment gala.
Let’s take a moment to recap on the challenging tasks that the initial organizers of FTDNC conscientiously completed successfully. Organizing the committee of neighborhood volunteers to take on the certification challenges. The countless hours spent collaborating to examine the criteria for certification by the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE). The countless hours spent brainstorming the plan of action for certification. The countless hours consumed in completing the application process. The countless hours spent going door to door getting the petitions signed and submitted to DONE. The countless hours spent writing and rewriting the Bylaws. The time spent to compose the creative and descriptive name “Foothill Trails District” which has an inviting and playful appeal. The time spent in DONE training classes. Most of all, the countless hours spent away from family and friends for the betterment of the community.
FTDNC was certified on March 25, 2003 by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. It was so befitting that several of the original pioneers that were enormously instrumental in the formation of FTDNC were present to accept the 5 year Anniversary Certificate.
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