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Thursday, May 22, 2008
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May has been a busy and very productive month in Chatsworth.

The biggest single event sponsored by the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council coincided with the largest all-volunteer effort in the country on May 3. Hundreds of people attended the 5th Annual Day of the Horse and nearly a thousand people participated in a variety of volunteer projects in Chatsworth, Canoga Park and Winnetka as part of the combined Mayor's Day of Service and Big Sunday.

CNC board members Vicki Briskman and Kamesh Aysola spearheaded the effort to coordinate activities and provide breakfast for about 650 volunteers spread across Chatsworth for the Mayor's Day of Service. They were assisted by a small but enthusiastic and efficient group of community-minded family, friends and neighbors. Projects included street cleanups, school plantings and cleanups, tree trimmings, and a major project at the fairly new Chatsworth Trails Park, at the top of Canoga Avenue.

When the morning work was done, volunteers gathered at the train depot for lunch and a resource fair, complete with entertainment and a visit by the mayor to say thank you for a job well done.

When you participate in any of the many organized opportunities to help spruce up your street, one of our parks or a school, you are helping your family, your neighbors and your entire community. It's a great way to get children to care about the world in which we live,  for a family to spend important quality time together, maybe even a way to meet neighbors.

The Day of the Horse grows every year, showcasing the equestrian community that helps define what is special about Chatsworth. There were demonstrations of therapeutic riding, Parelli, reining, dressage, jumping and Cavalry, as well as displays, informational booths, a trick rope show, stick horses to decorate and race, and a visit by one of the largest horses in the world, sharing a corral with one of the smallest horses. The mayor made an appearance and showed everyone that city dwellers can always appreciate being on horseback. (See photo elsewhere in this newsletter.)

The full day's activities were coordinated by CNC Equestrian Committee member Mary Kaufman, with assistance from all members of the committee as well as the staff and management of Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship. The event was held at Ride On for the second year. Ride On teaches horseback riding to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities.

Winners of the annual children's safety poster contest were on display and cash prizes were awarded to the winning artists and their schools. More than 350 posters were entered this year, making the judging process extremely difficult because so many were outstanding.

And while we're talking about good works, thanks to Jeanie Plumb who successfully pushed for the installation of a street lamp on Variel Street at the Browns Creek crossing.  The improved lighting will benefit pedestrians and equestrians alike.

Congratulations to Yoori Chung, a Chatsworth High senior, whose volunteer community service earned her Youth of the Year honors from the Chatsworth Community Cooridinating Council.  Sue Pickup, a volunteer at Superior Street Elementary School since 1978, was named Citizen of the Year.

We are all busy and have plenty to fill our days. Volunteering may not be on the top of your to-do list. But if every Chatsworth resident spent just one day a year participating in some service to the community, we could accomplish an amazing amount of work that would leave our community cleaner, happier and more responsible. The CNC website frequently lists volunteer opportunities. Check us out. We are here to be your voice in City Hall, but also to encourage you to get involved in our community.

Thank you to everyone who helped at the Mayor's Day of Service. Thank you to everyone who has helped at other volunteer events. And thank you for everyone who will participate in the near future to help your neighborhood.

--Judith Daniels.
President, Chatsworth Neighborhood Council


Chatsworth Neighborhood Council Equestrian Committee 5th Annual Day of the Horse Poster Winners
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
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Properties in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone are being inspected by the Fire Department to check for mandatory brush clearance to help protect neighborhoods from wildfires. 

Homeowners living in this zone, which includes the northern and western edge of the San Fernando Valley, are receiving reminders by mail from the Fire Department.

Brush fires occur every year during hot, dry conditions, especially in summer when vegetation that grows during winter and spring becomes dry and flammable. Homeowners' participation in brush clearance helps keep the community safe from wildfires.

For more information on brush clearance, visit the L.A. Fire Department's website at or call the Brush Clearance Unit at (818) 374-1111.


Community activists and representatives from the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council came out in support of legislation to regulate unlicensed group homes in residential neighborhoods at the recent  Planning Land Use & Management (PLUM) Committee hearing.
Unlicensed group homes of all kinds, including sober living homes, have proliferated in residential neighborhoods, posing some serious problems. These are unlicensed, unregulated businesses being operated in quiet residential neighborhoods, and have had a negative impact on the quality of life in the neighborhood.

The City Council motion seeks to devise a regulatory tool so that the city can control their placement and operation.

Councilman Greig Smith's office expects to receive a report from the committee next month.

--Adapted from the CD12 newsletter.

Chatsworth has been chosen as the neighborhood of the month for May by the Daily News.

There will be a feature story about Chatsworth every day on page A4 of the newspaper.

If you have a story tip or idea, contact reporter Mark Kellam at (818) 713-3398 or email  mark.kellam@

About the Council

The mission of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council is to provide an open forum for public discussion of issues concerning the Chatsworth community and to facilitate communication between the City of Los Angeles and Community Stakeholders.

When We Meet

All volunteer committees meet monthly.  Meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Chatsworth Train Depot at  10038 Old Depot Plaza Road, Chatsworth, unless otherwise noted.

  • 1st Wednesday:
  • CNC Board at Lawrence Middle  School.

  • 2nd Tuesday:
  • Beautification.

  • 3rd Tuesday:
  • Equestrian.

  • 3rd Wednesday:
  • Enhancement.

  • 3rd Thursday:
  • Land Use.

  • 4th Tuesday:
  • Outreach.
  • 4th Wednesday:
  • Public Safety & Transportation at Rockpointe Club House, 22300 Devonshire St.

  • Election Committee, TBA

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    Senior Lead Officer Daniel Del Valle on horseback.Senior Lead Officer Daniel Del Valle patrols Mason Park on horseback with  the LAPD Volunteer Mounted Patrol after a police sweep of the area.


    One teenage boy was charged with rape and another with sexual battery Monday, in connection with an assault on at least one of three ninth-grade girls found unconscious at  Chatsworth's Mason Park last week. Both boys - a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old - were set to be arraigned Tuesday in Sylmar Juvenile Court, Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, told the Daily News.  Click for MORE.



    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Chatsworth's annual Day of the Horse.

  • Mayor Villaraigosa takes to the West Valley for Big Sunday
  • St. Stephen Presbyterian serves as a solid base for its community
  • `Unforgettable' veterans too often forgotten
  • Kiwanians to adopt students
  • In search of long-lost love story
  • `Miracle baby' takes some of family's hurt away
  • `Tongues of fire' coming to church
  • Museum will call attention to aerospace pollution
  • Middle school artists color to help other kids
  • Interfaith Council in Chatsworth unites faiths for the greater good
  • Chatsworth Station keeps historic feel
  • Chatsworth holds 5th annual Day of the Horse
  • Chamber to honor Maltese for work in child education
  • Stools given in exchange for prayers


    The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council (CNC) is sponsoring a CPR class to be held on Saturday, June 14, at Rockpointe in Chatsworth.  So many stakeholders have expressed interest in taking this class that the 50 openings were filled in less than two weeks. 

    An additional class may be scheduled in the future.

    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council Stakeholders (anyone who  lives, works, owns property, or boards a horse in Chatsworth) may wish to sign up for the this electronic newsletter to learn about future CPR classes and other CNC sponsored events.  Sign up your friends and neighbors.
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    Hidden Creeks Estates developers are planning a 188 single-family home gated community in the hills due north of Chatsworth.  It will be situated between Browns Canyon and Porter Ranch.

    To gain access to utilities, developers need to have the land annexed in the City of Los Angeles.  Access will be through Porter Ranch on an extension of Mason Avenue.  A locked Browns Canyon gate will be available only to fire and police department emergency vehicles.

    The Draft Environmental Impact Report has been reviewed by the Land Use and Equestrian committees of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council as well as by the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council.  Both Neighborhood Councils have raised concerns.

    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
    This is a view looking from the north toward the proposed development site. The Renaissance and Villagio developments are to the left of the image.

    Of the 188 residential lots, 25 will be 20,000-square-foot equestrian properties. The average lot size in the project is 18,000 square feet, but lots can be as small as 11,000 square feet. The development site is approximately 285 acres, of which 118 acres will remain open space. There will be a public 18-acre park with ball fields, restrooms, tot lot, basketball courts, and a recreation building, developers said.

    They want to negotiate with a major building company to construct the luxury homes, or sell the lots to buyers who want to build their own custom "dream homes," developers told the CNC Land Use Committee.

    The Mountain Meadows equestrian facility, on Browns Canyon Road at the southern edge of the proposed development, will be remodeled to board 120 horses. The existing operation can accommodate 80 horses. Developers told the CNC Land Use Committee that they are buying the boarding facility and plan a lease-back or resale to the current operators after additional negotiations. There will also be a staging area adjacent to the facility for local equestrians who want to ride the Hidden Creeks trails that will connect to regional trails, they said. Fire hydrants will be located at the staging area for emergency use in Browns Canyon. The Developer's Project Description is available online.

    Porter Ranch stakeholders expressed concerns about wildlife corridors and traffic on Mason Avenue.  Chatsworth Land Use Committee members questioned plans to prohibit Hidden Creeks residents from breaching the southern security gate and using Browns Canyon Road rather than Mason Avenue.  There were also questions about whether Mountain Meadows would continue operations or shut down if the current management decides to depart.  Requests were made that construction include the latest "green" and energy-saving technology.  Provisions for water runoff and the preservation of legally protected trees were also concerns. The Chatsworth Equestrian Committee heard several comments about whether existing trails would be closed for an extended time during construction and whether expanding Mountain Meadows would create more traffic on Browns Canyon Road.
    Porter Ranch stakeholders asked where the Hidden Creeks children would go to school. Developers claimed that LAUSD said there was plenty of capacity and that would not be an issue. However, another stakeholder said that the community had gone to much trouble get a new school to serve Porter Ranch. The community would be frustrated if 25% of the school's capacity was taken up by Hidden Creeks students at the expense of Porter Ranch students.

    The developer hopes to secure annexation by the City of Los Angeles by the end of 2008.  They told the CNC Land Use Committee that the process might take up to two years.  They were advised at the Land Use meeting that movement on annexation might take considerably longer.

    You may review the Draft Environmental Impact Report at the Porter Ranch and Chatsworth Libraries or online, on the menu select "Environmental," then "Draft Environmental Impact Reports."

    The deadline for stakeholders to submit written comments about the project has been extended until 5 p.m., June 30. Comments should be sent to: Nicholas Hendricks, Environmental Review Coordinator, Department of City Planning, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Room 351, Van Nuys, CA 91401, (818) 374-5046,

    The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council has also set up a convenient email address for comments at  The CNC will collect all  your comments and forward them as a group message.

    -- Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council Newsletter
    contributed to this report.


    Learn how to protect yourself against Identity Theft at the annual Devonshire Area Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, May 28 at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch.

    Meet Police Capts. Sean Kane and Steven Ruiz, Chatsworth Senior Lead Officer Daniel Del Valle, and the other police officers working out of Devonshire Police Station.

    Wednesday, May 28, 7 p.m.
    Shepherd of the Hills Church
    19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch

    For more information, call Erica DeSmith at (818) 363-1726.


    This is the largest annual Department of Recreation and Parks event in the San Fernando Valley. Salute to Recreation features loads of activities for the whole family, including a children's area, a petting zoo, carnival rides, games, food booths, an International Village, a Hawaiian Village, an arts and crafts boutique, Teen Night, a Seniors Dance and entertainment on four stages.

    Catch the fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night.

    May 30, 31 & June 1,
    Friday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.,
    Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.,
    Sunday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Northridge Park, 10058 Reseda Blvd., Northridge

    For more details, click HERE.



    A variety of original art works created by Valley artists will be on display June 1 at the annual Depot Art Show. Booths will feature paintings, prints, watercolors, collage, sculpture, fused and painted glass, photography, and jewelry. 

    In addition, inside the Chatsworth Depot, there will be a "Horse Tales" art exhibit, and competition, plus a silent auction fundraiser to benefit the Chatsworth Fine Arts Council.

    Youngsters can join the fun at the free Children's Art Project booth. Live music will be performed by pianist John Corliss.  The Whistle Stop Café will be open, and there is a People's Choice Favorite Artist Award - you judge the art show.
    Free Admission and parking.  Information: (818) 772-1639.

    Sunday, June 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Chatsworth Metrolink Depot
    10040 Old Depot Plaza Road



    A series of free movie screenings in Northwest Valley parks begins Saturday, June 14, with Shrek 3 at Holleigh Bernson Park in Porter Ranch. Join friends and neighbors for a night of family fun under the stars, with free popcorn.

    Movies Under the Stars features family-friendly films screened at parks in the Northwest Valley once a month during June, July, August and September.  The film series is sponsored by Councilman Greig Smith.

    Bring water, picnics, blankets and chairs. Alcohol, BBQs and pets are not allowed.

    "Shrek 3," Saturday, June 14, 8 p.m.
    Holleigh Bernson Park, 20500 Sesnon Blvd., Porter Ranch 

    "Back to the Future," Saturday, July 12, 8 p.m.
    Northridge Park, Northridge

    "March of the Penguins," Saturday, Aug. 9,  8 p.m.
    Balboa Sports Center, Encino

    "Grease," Saturday, Sept. 6, 7:15 p.m.
    Northridge Park, Northridge

    For more information, please call (818) 756-8501 or email

    Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 24 - Monday, May 26 - Valley Greek Festival, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 9501 Balboa Boulevard, Northridge. 1- 9 p.m. Click for details or call (818) 886-4040.

    Wednesday, May 28
    - LAPD Town Hall Meeting, Topic is Identity Theft. 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Click for details or call (818) 363-1726.

    Wednesday, May 28 -
    Lawrence Middle School 40th Anniversary, 10100 Variel Avenue, Chatsworth.  Events begin at 1:30 p.m., tours, dinner. Click for details or call (818) 678-7960.

    Friday, May 30 - Sunday, June 1 -
    Salute to Recreation Family Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.,
    Northridge Park, 10058 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. Carnival rides, food, crafts from around the world, live performances and much more. Click for details.

    Sunday, June 1 -
    Depot Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Chatsworth Metrolink Depot, 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd., Chatsworth.  Click for details or call (818) 772-1639.

    Sunday, June 1 -
    Superior Street School Carnival,
    9756 Oso Ave., Chatsworth, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Games for all ages, prizes, food and music
    Call 818-775-1020, ask for Holly or Arash.

    Saturday, June 14 -
    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council Adult, Child, and Infant CPR Class (by reservation only), 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Rockpointe Club House, 22300 Devonshire St., Chatsworth. Click for Waiting List.

    Saturday, June 14
    - Free Movies Under the Stars, featuring "Shrek 3," 8 p.m., Holleigh Bernson Park, 20500 Sesnon Blvd., Porter Ranch.

    Saturday, June 28 - Barn Dance to Benefit Ride On's New Home.  Dinner and dancing. 6 p.m., 2116 Chatsworth St., Chatsworth.  Click for details or call Pat at (818) 700-2971 for tickets.

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    Chatsworth, CA 91313-3395

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