ne of the most common questions from stakeholders centers on group
that have been springing up throughout not only Chatsworth, but
also most other areas of the North Valley. Residents are concerned that
they often don't know that these homes are operating until there is
some trouble in the neighborhood.
The homes are not subject to any local control, but Councilman
Greig Smith has introduced a city ordinance that would require them to
obtain a Conditional Use Permit, which would require notification to
all neighbors within a 500-foot radius and a public hearing. Although
this would not stop a group home from opening in a single-family
neighborhood, it would at least give notice to neighbors and allow them
to voice their concerns to the city.
These homes are governed by state legislation, which makes it more difficult for the city to limit them.
The Department of City Planning will present a written report to the
City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) with
recommendations for a draft ordinance to regulate sober living homes
next week. The meeting is Tuesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. in Room 350 at
City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.
The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council is among several Valley-area
Neighborhood Councils that are supporting such an ordinance.
Individuals are encouraged to contact Councilman Smith's office to let
him know if you support this action. The council office counts the
number of constituents who support legislation, so make your voice
heard now. You can e-mail, regular mail, fax or phone your comments to Councilman Greig Smith at 1004 Old Depot Plaza Rd., Chatsworth, CA 91131, (818) 701-5253, (818) 756-8501 or fax (818) 756-9122 or go to cd12.org
nother issue that garners lots of comments from stakeholders is
the proliferation of unhitched trailers
with advertisements on our main
roads. The Neighborhood Council supports local businesses and
encourages advertising, however, these signs present many safety
issues, especially in high-wind areas.
When these signs are in the roadway, they can flip over and land in
traffic lanes. Some signs have been knocked over into equestrian
trails, making it impossible for horses to stay on the trails. Along
Topanga Canyon Boulevard, this has resulted in horses having to walk on
the busy highway when the trails were blocked by these advertising
The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council is working closely with
Councilman Smith to add parking restrictions to limit where these
unhitched trailers can be parked. New parking-restriction signs will be added soon on the
west side of De Soto Avenue, between Chatsworth and San Jose streets.
We are keeping a list of other major roads where these advertising
signs are regularly appearing and are clearly hazards, with the
intention of adding parking limits in those areas.
limits should not affect horse trailers, they are aimed only at
advertising signs on unhitched trailers on major roads.
This is an effort to respond to stakeholders' concerns. We hope you see the benefit to our community.
we are your voice in City Hall. We want to hear from you about your
concerns about our community. We are here to try to help you and help
President, Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
|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.
The City has a Zero Waste
team soliciting opinions on how to reduce solid waste.
Find out how you can participate.
Zero waste brochure
Bureau of Sanitation
The BOS is working to
convert our solid waste into renewable energy.
Read the brochure
.Be Prepared for
the 'Big One'
This is the 150th
anniversary of the last great San Andreas Earthquake.
Dare to Prepare is a campaign to prepare for the next
big quake. Find out what you can do at the
Dare to Prepare site
. Read the
Free Shade Trees
You can get free shade trees through DWP.
Read about the Trees for a Green LA program
DWP Residential Energy and
Water Saving Programs
The DWP offers incentives to recycle your old
refrigerator and buy an energy efficient one. Other
appliance incentives are available too. Receive $100
towards an ultra low flush toilet. Read about DWP rebates
Online Service Requests
can place service requests for street repair, tree trimming,
downed trees or palm fronds in the street
is a service provided by the
Bureau of Street Services
Property Activity Reports
Did you know that you
can view all permit requests for a property online?
to access the City's online reporting
system. Enter in the address and view the permits.
This is a service
provided by the
Department of Building and Safety
--Adapted from the PRNC newsletter.
West Valley Alliance (graffiti removal)
Police Tipoff Line
L.A. City Infoline
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
Post Office Box 3395
Chatsworth, CA 91313-3395
Ph: (818) 464-3511
Fax: (818) 464-3585
Complete CNC activities calendar:
Complete community events calendar:
|CHATSWORTH PARK SOUTH
When Will the Park Open Again?
The Department of Recreation and Parks is holding a community meeting to
provide information about lead testing and the status of Chatsworth
Park South on Thursday, June 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Mason Park
Chatsworth Park South was
closed in February as a health and safety precaution after lead
contamination was discovered. Lead shot and bullet fragments were found
at the site, which once served as an outdoor shooting range long before
it became a city park.
from L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks, California Department of
Toxic Substances Control, L.A. County Health Department's Childhood
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and L.A. Environmental Affairs
Department will provide information and take questions.
Thursday, June 12
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Mason Park Recreation Center
10500 Mason Ave.
For more information on the meeting, please call (213) 928-9200.
|Orange Line buses will use railroad right-of-way.
New Bridge Above Lassen Street
Will Serve Metro Orange Line Buses
Metro plans to build a three-story flyover above Lassen Street when it extends the Orange Line busway from Warner Center to the Chatsworth rail station.
A Metro spokeman told the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council that the articulated buses would use railroad right-of-way on the journey north. He called the flyover plan, which would eliminate part of a mobile home community as welll as much of the southern station parking lot, the "locally preferred alternative."
Members of the Council who attended scoping meetings in Canoga Park and at Chatsworth High School earlier this year, protested the Metro plan, saying most who testified preferred a route which would take the buses under Lassen to a new parking lot on vacant land west of the tracks.
He advised Chatsworth stakeholders to address complaints to Canoga Transportation Corridor Project Manager Walt Davis at email@example.com
or fax 213-922-6358. He also suggested attending the June 18 meeting of the Metro Programming and Planning Committee as well as the June 24 meeting of the Metro Board of Directors at Gateway Plaza downtown. Details of the plan have been posted at metro.net
Metro Programing and Planning Committee
Wednesday, June 18
Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles
Metro Board Meeting
Tuesday, June 24
Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles
For more details, click HERE.
How to Stop Graffiti Vandalism
By Danny Del Valle, LAPD
Senior Lead Officer, Chatsworth
Our area has been experiencing a wave of graffiti vandalism.
I am asking for community support with
this problem. If you see an individual
or group committing the act of graffiti please call for police to respond.
The reality is that police officers can not
be everywhere and we need you to be our eyes and ears. Please do not place yourself in danger by
confronting a suspect. I ask you only to
be a good witness and informant. To
report activity to our communications division, the non-priority phone number is
, and the emergency contact phone number is 911
If you observe a suspect with a weapon dial
911 and immediately give a description to the operator of the type of weapon,
descriptors of suspects' sex, decent, hair eyes, height, weight, age, and
Try to observe if additional
suspects are involved and if they have a vehicle. Write down the
license plate number and give the description to the operator and direction of
travel. Also if you notice anything
distinct about the suspect or vehicle tell the operator.
Once the graffiti vandalism has been
photographed and documented we ask that you remove it immediately. For assistance with graffiti removal please
contact the West Valley Alliance at (818) 885-8885
. Working together we can crush crime. Thanks and be safe.
No Handheld Cell Phones While Driving
Two new traffic safety laws go
into effect July 1 regulating the use of cell phones while
The first law prohibits the use of handheld cell phones while
driving. Drivers under 18 years old may not use ANY cell phone behind
the wheel. Emergency calls are exempt.
The laws do not apply to passengers, only those driving the car.
For more information, click HERE.
|FIRE SEASON REMINDER
Brush Clearance Required
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.
living in this zone, which includes the northern and western edge of
the San Fernando Valley, shourld have received reminders by mail from the Fire
For more information on brush clearance, please visit the L.A. Fire Department's website at http://lafd.org/brush/
or call the Brush Clearance Unit at (818) 374-1111.
|27 TIPS TO SAVE YOUR LIFE
Are You Ready?Californians are constantly aware that earthquakes can cause damage and
create dangerous conditions. If you don't prepare, the next quake or
aftershock may cause greater personal damage than necessary. The Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles offers advice which won't stop the shaking; but they can help you survive and
prevent injuries. For 27 tips, click HERE.
The Red Cross is always looking for committed, action-oriented volunteers. The next orientation is Monday, June 16.
Monday, June 16
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
6800 Owensmouth Ave.
For more details, see redcross.org .
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Daily News reports on plans for a massive earthquake drill.
Up to 21 million residents in eight counties
across the Southland are being asked to prepare for a likely jolt on
the San Andreas Fault.
The ShakeOut drill will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 13
and invite residents to "drop, cover and hold on."
At the same time, thousands of firefighters, police and
emergency responders from Ventura to Imperial counties will share in an
unprecedented, weeklong Golden Guardian Emergency Response event. That
week, Los Angeles will host an International Earthquake Conference.
Residents are asked to prepare by registering at www.ShakeOut.org. While homeowners might store extra water, business owners might compile disaster plans.
The point: Everyone should know what to do during the "Big One."
Dine for Devonshire
When you dine at the Black Angus Steakhouse, 4 - 8 p.m., June 24, 15% of your check will be donated to the LAPD Devonshire division for equipment and supplies not provided by the city.
However, you must present a copy of the flyer being distributed by S.O.L.I.D. Call (818) 756-9011 ext. 1200.
Tuesday, June 24
4 - 8 p.m.
Black Angus Steakhouse
9145 Corbin Ave.
Northridge (818) 701-1600For more information about S.O.L.I.D., go to http://soliddev.org/index.htm
|SAVE A LIFE
CPR Class is Full, But There Is A Waiting List
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
There's Still Time to Comment on Hidden CreeksHidden 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council has also set up a convenient email address for comments at email@example.com. The CNC will collect all your comments and forward them as a group message.
|MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
Take Your Family to a Free Movie
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
|Tuesday, June 10 - Valley Region Span K-8 #2: Scoping Meeting for new Porter Ranch school, Germain Elementary School - Auditorium, 20730 Germain St., Chatsworth, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.Send your event to email@example.com
Thursday, June 12 - Meeting on Status of Chatsworth Park South, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Mason Park Recreation Center,
10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth. For details call (213) 928-9200.
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.
Monday, June 16 - Red Cross Orientation, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
6800 Owensmouth Ave., Suite 150, Canoga Park. Click for details.
Wednesday, June 18 - Metro Orange Line Programing and Planning Committee, 1 p.m., Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles. Click for details.
Tuesday, June 24 - Metro Orange Line Board Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles. Click for details.
Tuesday, June 24 - SOLID Police Fund-Raiser at Black Angus Steakhouse, 9145 Corbin Ave., Northridge. Flyer required. For details, call (818) 756-9011 ext. 1200.
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.
Monday, July 14 - LAPD Devonshire PALS 29th Golf Invitational. 7:30 a.m.registration, Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge. Click for details or call (818) 349-1706 for tickets.
Bring this coupon to the next Neighborhood Council Meeting and recieve a free Be Safe, Be Seen safety flasher. Wear it while jogging, cycling, walking the dog.
While supplies last. 5.22.08