Will You Be a Candidate?
rarely meet people who complain
that they have too much extra time. Friends and neighbors are always
busy with work, family and lots of other "stuff."
Somehow, the people
who are the busiest seem to be the ones who find the time for one more
meeting or one more activity.
Most of the people I talk to
care deeply about our community. You are concerned about public safety,
transportation, development, schools, cleaning up the streets and parks.
You want to know what's happening down the street. You want to know
who can help get city officials to respond to your concerns. The list
goes on, of course.
The Chatsworth Neighborhood
Council is your voice at City Hall and with Councilman Greig Smith.
We are here to help you navigate city government. We are here to listen
to your concerns about our neighborhood.
And now, we need your
. We need you to get involved so you can help your friends and neighbors,
n November 1, we will be holding
our annual election for half the 21 seats on our board
. This is your
chance to get involved and help lead our community by running for a
seat. It's also important for everyone to come to the Chatsworth Train
Depot to vote. City officials watch Neighborhood Council elections to
see how many people vote. The more voters, the more attention we get.
Also, when significant numbers
of people come vote, it sends a clear message to our councilman that
our stakeholders -- who are also his constituents -- care about our
community and expect him to be responsive to our requests.
You are eligible to vote and
to seek election if you are a Chatsworth stakeholder. Hint: if you are
reading this, you qualify
The basics are if you live, work or own property
you are a stakeholder. I am proud to say that even after the city modified
the definition of "stakeholder" earlier this year, we retained the
stipulation that anyone who boards a horse in Chatsworth also qualifies.
We remain the only Neighborhood Council in Los Angeles that specifically
includes equestrians. The city's definition of stakeholder also includes
anyone who believes they have a stake in the community.
There will be an information
session for candidates at 6:30 p.m. on August 6
, a half-hour before our regular
board meeting at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Avenue. All seats are at-large. For questions about the election,
Stakeholders can register to vote the
day of the election. You have to fill out a simple, 1-page form that
will be available at the poll or on our website
before the election.
You will not be asked for identification at the poll. There are no absentee
This is a separate process
from the registration to vote in the presidential election in November.
The Neighborhood Council election is on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chatsworth Train Depot. Binders will be available with
candidate biographies. There also will be a candidates' forum
as part of our regular October board meeting where you can ask questions
of all candidates.
No matter how busy you are,
remember that this is a chance to help your neighborhood.
e have committees that focus
on public safety and transportation, beautification, land use, equestrians,
outreach and enhancements. Every year we have $50,000 of your taxpayer dollars
to spend within Chatsworth. The board votes on how to spend that money.
All of our volunteer committees include
non-board-member stakeholders as voting members. If you aren't quite
ready to take the plunge as a board candidate, you can start as a stakeholder
member of a committee. All committees will be reconstituted after the
new board is installed.
Check our website
information about board meetings, committees and the election. Agendas
are posted online as well as at several public locations before meetings.
If you have questions or comments, send them to email@example.com
Please consider running for
a board seat. And please take a few minutes to come vote on November
1 so all of Los Angeles knows that we care about our community.
The only way we can make a
difference for you is for more of you to get involved.
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.
Map of Chatsworth Neighborhood Council boundaries. Click here.
|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.
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:
ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIG ONE?
The Great Southern California ShakeOut
You got a sudden 5.4 reminder earlier this week. And the 6.8 Northridge quake was much more severe. The Big One will be massive. Are you prepared?
Participate in the Great Southern California ShakeOut, a week of special events, Nov. 12-16, featuring the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history, organized to inspire Southern Californians to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.
These activities are based on the ShakeOut Scenario, a realistic portrayal of what will happen in a southern San Andreas earthquake.
The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
has been helping you to get ready. The Council sponsored Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes for neighborhood first responders. And recently it offered a CPR class [see story below].
Police and fire departments have warned that residents will most likely have to fend for themselves for as many as four days after a killer quake.
So, join 21 million residents in eight counties
across the Southland who are being asked to prepare for a likely jolt on
the San Andreas Fault.
Begin by registering at www.ShakeOut.org
The point: Everyone should know what to do during the "Big One."
FULL HOUSE FOR COUNCIL'S CPR CLASS
A sold-out class of 48 attended the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council's adult,
child and infant CPR training in June.
was taught by firefighter Stacy Gerlich and was held at Rockpointe Club House.
The CPR class was free to Chatsworth
stakeholders and $25 for others. Refreshments were provided.
you are interested in attending future public safety classes, please monitor the Council website at chatsworthcouncil.org
. For information about Community
Emergency Response Team classes check cert-la.com
TAKING DIRECTION--Bill Hughes of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council delivers portable GPS units to Fire Station 96 on
Marilla Street. The Council voted to purchase two GPS units for each
of the Fire Stations in Chatsworth upon learning that firefighters have
been using map books for directions. The city plans to install state-of-the-art GPS units in firetrucks later.
118/ TOPANGA SIGNALS ARE WORKING
Work on the 118/Topanga Canyon traffic signals has been completed, according to Millie Jones, senior deputy to County Supervisor
Final adjustments may have
caused some traffic disruption. Two more directional signs are yet be installed, but this will be done at night, she said. The engineer expects the work will be complete by the end of
BROWNS CANYON STABBING
WAS NOT GANG-RELATED
By Daniel Del Valle
Senior Lead Officer, LAPD
Recently an extremely violent crime occurred
in the area of Browns Canyon.
The crime was first reported by
the victim's younger sister. The sister stated that while on a hike
with her brother, her brother was viciously attacked, and stabbed
multiple times by a gang member.
The victim was left unconscious, and
struggling to stay alive when found by paramedics and police.
Devonshire detectives investigated further, and later discovered the
true suspect to be the victim's sister. The victim, after surgery
and regaining consciousness, identified his sister as his attacker,
and she later confessed.
This was not a random gang member
attack, but a premeditated attack.
I want all to know that Browns Canyon is still a great place to go hiking,
but as in all secluded areas, I suggest being aware of your surroundings
and personal safety.
For those that do not know,
I injured myself and have to have surgery. I do not know yet how
long I will be on the disabled list, but I will return to duty as soon as I'm
able. For those in need of immediate assistance, please call the Senior Lead Office at (818) 363-1726.
We will do our best to assist you.
ORANGE LINE UPDATE
|BUSWAY MAY OPEN 2 YEARS EARLY IF SALES TAX PASSES
The Orange Line
bus project from Warner Center to the Chatsworth train station will be completed in 2014, two years ahead of schedule, if a half-cent sales tax is approved on the November ballot, according to the Daily News
Metro has approved using railway right-of-way for the articulated buses. They will enter the station by crossing Lassen Street on an overpass rather than through a tunnel, officials said. A sound and security wall will be erected between the busway
and an adjacent mobile home park at Lassen. An new traffic light will be installed at the mobile home park entrance, a spokesman said.
Metro plans to work with the community on the architectural appearance of the overpass, the spokesman said.
Parking spaces lost on the south side of the station will be relocated to an expanded parking lot north of the station, he said. There are no plans to purchase the vacant lot west of the station for parking, nor are there any plans to build a park-and-ride lot near the 118 freeway.
|FIRE SEASON REMINDER
BRUSH CLEARANCE REQUIRED
Properties in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, which includes the northern and western edge of
the San Fernando Valley, are being inspected by the Fire Department to check for mandatory brush
clearance to help protect neighborhoods from wildfires.
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.
MESSAGE FROM CITY HALL
|Help Protect Our Local Resources from Being Raided by Sacramento
By Greig SmithCouncilman, 12th District
need your help! City funds needed for public safety and other services
crucial to Los Angeles are at risk of being raided by the State of
State leaders who are unable to balance their
budget are attempting to reduce their $15 billion shortfall by
"borrowing" City funds. The City of Los Angeles uses these funds for
police, fire, paramedic and other critical services. The State would
take up to $124 million this year alone, a time when we have had to
trim services and raise fees because of our own budget shortfall.
State leaders are also considering taking $37 million in
voter-approved Proposition 42 funds set aside for local transportation
improvements. The City plans to use these funds to repair or resurface
nearly 200 miles of our streets.
California residents have twice voted
to stop the State Legislature from taking transportation taxes set
aside for traffic improvements from cities. Yet once again they are
violating the law to solve the problems they themselves have created.
If you want to help us protect our
funds, please call or email your Assemblymember and State Senator today
and demand that they oppose this effort to balance their budget by
raiding our resources.
To find out how to reach your representatives, go to www.CD12.org
, and enter your address in the search box under "My Neighborhood."
Thank you for your help!
|MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
TAKE YOUR FAMILY TO A FREE MOVIE
A series of free Movies Under the Stars
in Northwest Valley parks concludes with "March of the Penguins" and "Grease." Join friends and neighbors for a night of family fun under the stars, with
The film series is sponsored by Councilman Greig Smith.
Bring water, picnics, blankets and chairs. Alcohol, BBQs and pets are not allowed."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, Aug. 5 - 25th Annual National Night Out, 6 - 10 p.m., Picnic in the park across from the Devonshire Police Station, 10250 Etiwanda Ave., Northridge. Free soft-serve ice cream, jazz band. For details call Ofc. Erica De Smith at (818) 363-1726 and click here.Send your event to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, Aug. 5 - Hearing on Sober Living Homes Ordinance, PLUM Committee, 2 p.m., Room 350, 200 N. Spring St., Downtown. Read the report here. For details, click here.
Tuesday, Aug. 5 - Summer Reading Club Sports Spider, 2 p.m., Chatsworth Public Library, 21052 Devonshire St.
After rounding home, drop by the library to hear stories, do crafts and play games.
Wednesday, Aug. 6 - Candidates Briefing, 6:30 p.m., Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Avenue. Any stakeholder interested in running for a seat on the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council should attend. For details, call (818) 464-3511 or email the Election Committee.
Saturday, Aug. 9 - Summer Reading Club Spider Party, 2 p.m., Chatsworth Public Library, 21052 Devonshire St.
After climbing the walls at home come by the library to hear stories, play games and do crafts.Saturday, Aug. 9 - "March of the Penguins," free film, 8 p.m. Balboa Sports Center, Encino. For details, call (818) 756-8501 or email Megan.Cottier@lacity.org.
Tuesday, Aug. 12 - The Reptile Family, 2 p.m., Chatsworth Public Library, 21052 Devonshire St.
Come to this free program to see reptiles, amphibians and spiders.
Sunday, Aug. 17 - Chatsworth Youth Sports Fair, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Chatsworth Train Depot. Sports and recreation opportunities for boys and girls ages 5-15. Games, food, prizes. For details call Ken Moore (818) 266-9632.
Saturday, Sept. 6 - "Grease," free film, 7:15 p.m, Northridge Park, Northridge. For details, call (818) 756-8501 or email Megan.Cottier@lacity.org.
Thursday, Sept. 11 - Devonshire Police District Meeting, 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Topic: Group Housing. Speakers: Former Assemblywoman Paula Boland, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, Councilman Greig Smith. For details call Ofc. Erica De Smith at (818) 363-1726.
Bring this coupon to the next Neighborhood Council Meeting and receive a free Be Safe, Be Seen safety flasher. Wear it while jogging, cycling, walking the dog.
While supplies last. 8.1.08