Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
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Candidate Forum Is Wednesday, and YES You Can Still Run

Don't forget to attend the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council Candidate Forum this Wednesday, Oct. 1, during the regular 7 p.m. Council meeting.

Candidates will speak beginning at 8 p.m. at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave.  Meet and question the community volunteers who are running to represent you on city issues.

How you vote on Nov. 1 will affect the way the City of Los Angeles responds to stakeholder needs in Chatsworth.  This election to fill 10 Chatsworth Neighborhood Council seats is local.  The national election will come a few days later.

Did I miss the deadline to run? Nope. An adjustment of the election timeline has extended the nomination deadline until 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2. If you are interested in running for a Board seat and having your name on the official ballot, submit an application and stakeholder form. These forms are located on the Council website, or click for the Candidate Filing Form and Stakeholder Registration Form.

If you wish to speak at the Candidate Forum, bring the forms with you this Wednesday.

Candidates are encouraged to campaign and leaflet throughout the area.

The Neighborhood Council also will accept write-in applications until Oct. 25.

When's the balloting? Vote on Saturday, Nov. 1. Balloting will be 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Chatsworth Train Depot, 10038 Old Depot Plaza Road. Unlike national and state elections, advance registration is not required.  Just register at the polling place, or fill out this form and bring it with you to save time. There is no provision for absentee ballots. So come out and elect your representatives for the 2008 - 2012 Board of Directors.

If you have additional questions please email or call (818) 464-3511.

Thank you,

Allen Glazer
Election Committee Chairman
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.

  • 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.

  • Quick Links
    Quick Phones

    Neighborhood Council

    (818) 464-3511

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

    Police Tipoff Line
    (818) 832-0563

    L.A. City Infoline

    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.
    Whether you were a first-responder, a volunteer, or a neighbor living in the Chatsworth community, join this group for conversation and grief/trauma education. This support meeting is planned to help you cope with thoughts and feelings about the Metrolink train tragedy.

    When: Saturday, Oct. 11
    Time: 10 a.m. - Noon
    Where: St. Stephen Presbyterian Church community room, 20121 Devonshire St., at the corner of Winnetka Avenue
    RSVP and Questions:
    Refreshments will be served.

    The program will be facilitated by Our House Grief Support Center, Randi Wolfson, LMFT, Adult Program Coordinator, in cooperation with the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council's Outreach Committee.
    This meeting is designed for adults 18 years of age and over.

    For those needing further counseling or therapeutic services, please contact: San Fernando Valley Mental Health Center at 10605 Balboa Blvd., Suite 100 Granada Hills, (818) 832-2400 or  West Valley Mental Health Center at 7621 Canoga Ave. Canoga Park, (818) 598-6900.

    The 24-hour crisis hotline is (800) 854-7771.

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    Zev 'Haunted' by Chatsworth

    By Kevin Roderick  LA

    In a personal reflection on his county website, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky writes about going to the scene of the Metrolink crash in Chatsworth and talking with the relatives of victims. Sample:
    Quote It's been more than a week since the Metrolink crash and I'm still haunted by Beckie Pompel.

    I met her at Chatsworth High School well past midnight on that horrible Friday night, September 12. She was among more than 100 people who'd gathered there in gut-wrenching uncertainty, awaiting word on the fate of loved ones whose names were missing from lists of the injured. There was despondency, and there were tears...

    When Sheriff Lee Baca first asked me to accompany him to the school, I was reluctant. I didn't want to deal with the immense grief I knew would be awaiting us. However, I also thought that perhaps I could provide a measure of comfort, that maybe I could hold someone's hand or put an arm around a shoulder. So, despite my anxiety, I went....

    When I arrived, the 63-year-old wife of Metrolink passenger Howard Pompel recognized me and immediately introduced herself. She was kind and open, and she instantly put me at ease. As we shook hands, she told me she was reasonably optimistic that her husband had survived the crash, even though there was no record of him being transported to a hospital. He always rode in the last car, the safest one. He'll turn up, she said.

    My heart sank. I couldn't be as upbeat. A few hours earlier, I'd been told by fire officials that two commuters, whom they did not identify, had in fact died in that final car. I gamely encouraged her to keep praying but, in my gut, I had a sinking feeling that she was never going to see her husband again.

    That night, after getting home in the wee hours, I couldn't sleep. I kept thinking about all those shattered lives and about Beckie Pompel. I felt a bond with her. And, like her, I wanted to believe."

    Yaroslavsky saw Howard Pompel's name on the casualty list about 4 am: "The discovery sucked the air out of me."


    Red Cross Blood Drive Oct. 6 at Vons

    Chatsworth Neighborhood CouncilThere will be a Red Cross blood drive 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6, at the Vons Chatsworth, 20440 Devonshire St. Map. Contact for information.  Donations will help replenish blood supplies used to help those injured in the Metrolink train wreck.

    Any person age 17 or older (age 16 if accompanied by a parent) and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood.

    Many thanks to those who recently donated to the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center at the Ralphs supermarket.

    To donate at other times, call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit For Spanish, please call 1-866-POR-VIDA (1-866-767-8432).  The UCLA Blood and Platelet Center can also be reached at (310) 794-7217, ext 2.

    For family and friends of victims, the L.A. Fire Department has two hotlines to call for information on hospital patients: (213) 847-2117 and (213) 847-2118.

    Sign Up for Free First-Aid Class

    Will you be ready for the next earthquake or train derailment?

    The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council is sponsoring a first-aid class on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The class will be held at the Chatsworth Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 21500 Lassen St. 

    This is the third in a series of emergency preparedness  classes offered by the Council.  Previously, the Council sponsored CERT and CPR instruction.

    The class is free to any Chatsworth Neighborhood Council stakeholder.

    Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-registered-first-served basis, so please sign up ASAP.   Call (818) 464-3511 or e-mail and leave your name, address, and either a phone number or an e-mail address.

    StarburstLearn how to prepare, protect, and care for yourself, your family and your neighborhood in this free 17 hour CERT Course. The course will be taught today and Oct. 5 by L.A. Fire Department EMS Battalion Capt. Stacy Gerlich. Sign in 7:30 a.m. The class runs from 8 a.m. -  5 p.m. at Lake Balboa Studios, 7412 Balboa Blvd, Lake Balboa.

    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council Candidate Forum begins at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave.  Regular Council meeting begins at 7 p.m.  Refreshments are served. Details HERE.

    StarburstThe Chatsworth Historical Society's annual Pioneer Day will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Homestead Acre in Chatsworth Park South, 10385 Shadow Oak Drive.

    Free parking is available at the Chatsworth Train Depot. Free shuttles going to Pioneer Day depart every 15 minutes. The Train Depot is located at  10038 Old Depot Plaza Road.

    A $4 donation per adult, and $1 for children is requested. Children under 5 years old are free.  All proceeds go to the upkeep of The Homestead Acre.

    For more information call the Chatsworth Historical Society at (818) 341-3053 and leave a message.

    StarburstEnjoy an all-you-can-eat Pasta Dinner, sponsored by S.O.L.I.D., to support the Devonshire police, 5 p.m. -7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at the St. Nicholas Church at the corner of Balboa and Plummer.  Tickets are $6.  For information, call (818) 756-9011.

    StarburstThe Chatsworth Neighborhood Council is sponsoring a free first-aid class on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The class will be held at the Chatsworth Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 21500 Lassen St. RSVP at Space is limited.

    StarburstJoin Boy Scout Troop 921 as they clean up Stoney Point Trails at the north end of Topanga Canyon Boulevard below the 118 freeway, 8 a.m. - noon on Saturday, Oct. 25.  For information, email

    FlagSaturday, Nov. 1 is election day in Chatsworth.  Vote to fill 10 open seats on the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council. Balloting is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Chatsworth Train Depot, 10038 Old Depot Plaza Road. Details HERE.

    StarburstMore than 3.4 million people in earthquake-endangered Southern California are currently registered to participate in the Great California ShakeOut Drill on Nov. 13, and 1.8 million are from Los Angeles County. Register HERE.

    Chatsworth Neighborhood CouncilHoliday Toy Express arrives at the Chatsworth Depot, Sunday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. with a festive gathering beginning at 5 p.m.

    SantaThe Chatsworth Holiday Parade is scheduled to march down Devonshire Street beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday,  Dec. 14.

    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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