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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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One of the most common questions from stakeholders centers on group homes 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

Another 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 signs.

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.
The parking 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.

Remember, 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 our neighborhoods.

--Judith Daniels.
President, Chatsworth Neighborhood Council

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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

    Check the CNC website for last-minute changes.

  • Stakeholder Survey 

    The Los 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 the attached Survey and bring it to the next Neighborhood Council meeting or submit it to DONE Before June 30.

    City Services

    Zero Waste
    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 LAFD letter.

    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
    You can place service requests for street repair, tree trimming, downed trees or palm fronds in the street online.
    This 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? Click here 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.
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    Neighborhood Council

    (818) 464-3511

    West Valley Alliance (graffiti removal)
    (818) 885-8885

    Police Tipoff Line
    (818) 832-0563

    L.A. City Infoline

    CNC Contact

    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
    Post Office Box 3395
    Chatsworth, CA 91313-3395

    Ph:  (818) 464-3511
    Fax: (818) 464-3585


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    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 Recreation Center.

    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.

    Representatives 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 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 Programing and Planning Committee
    Wednesday, June 18
    1 p.m.
    Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles

    Metro Board Meeting
    Tuesday, June 24
    9:30 a.m.
    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 1-877-275-5273, 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 clothing. 

    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 driving.

    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.


    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.

    Homeowners 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 Department.

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


    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
    Student equestrian performs at the recent Chatsworth Day of the Horse. Photo by Steve Columbus.

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  • Killer bees strike, injure hiking boy
  • Line Dancing and Live Music at the Chatsworth Barn Dance
  • Found in LA: Valley Ridin'
  • LEAP lost: 'Failed' charter was an LA success story
  • Chatsworth wins second straight City baseball title
  • Is the LA River up a creek?
    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council

    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.
    Suite 150
    Canoga Park

    For more details, see .

    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 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) 701-1600

    For more information about S.O.L.I.D., go to


    CPR Class is Full, But There Is A Waiting List

    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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    There's Still Time to Comment on Hidden Creeks

    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.

    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.


    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 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

    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

    Thursday, June 12 -
    Meeting on Status of Chatsworth Park South6:30 - 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.

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