May has been a busy and very productive month in Chatsworth.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
President, Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
|DAY OF THE HORSE
Neighborhood Council Equestrian Committee 5th Annual Day of the Horse
Click for Poster winners
HAVE YOU CLEARED YOUR BRUSH YET?
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
For more information on brush clearance, visit the L.A. Fire Department's website at http://lafd.org/brush/
or call the Brush Clearance Unit at (818) 374-1111.
|GROUP HOME UPDATE
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|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.
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
Check the CNC website for last-minute changes.
Angeles City Charter calls
for each Neighborhood
Council to survey its
stakeholders at least once
every two years, to assess
whether they have met
applicable goals set forth
in the Charter. Please
download, print and complete
Survey and bring it to
the next Neighborhood Council meeting or submit
DONE Before June 30.
West Valley Alliance (graffiti removal)
Police Tipoff Line
L.A. City Infoline
Senior Lead Officer Daniel Del Valle patrols Mason Park on horseback with the LAPD Volunteer Mounted Patrol after a police sweep of the area.
TEENS CHARGED IN MASON PARK ASSAULT
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.
|SAVE A LIFE
NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL'S FREE CPR CLASS IS FULL
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.
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.
|DEVELOPMENT NORTH OF CHATSWORTH
HIDDEN CREEKS ESTATES PLANS FOR 188 HOUSES INCLUDING 25 EQUESTRIAN LOTS
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
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.
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, email@example.com.
The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council has also set up a convenient email address for comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. The CNC will collect all your comments and forward them as a group message.
-- Porter Ranch
Neighborhood Council Newsletter contributed to this report.
|TOWN HALL MEETING
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY
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.
|SUMMER FAMILY FUN
DON'T MISS THE BIG SALUTE TO RECREATION
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
|ART AT THE DEPOT
CREATIVITY ON DISPLAY IN CHATSWORTH
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,
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
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. -
10040 Old Depot Plaza
|MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
FAMILY-FRIENDLY FEATURES SCREENED IN THE PARKS
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
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.
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, NorthridgeFor more information, please call (818) 756-8501 or email Megan.Cottier@lacity.org.
| CHATSWORTH ACTION CALENDAR
|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.Send your event to email@example.com
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.
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.
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
Post Office Box 3395
Chatsworth, CA 91313-3395
Ph: (818) 464-3511
Fax: (818) 464-3585
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