Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
Breaking News from your Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Sunday, October 5, 2008
'Learning Tree' to Be Dedicated in Memory of School Board Member Jon Lauritzen Today
California Coastal Oak Has Been Planted at Chatsworth Historic Acre

Yes, we know this is a last-minute advisory, but we didn't procure and plant "The Learning Tree" until Saturday.

-- Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, (818) 464-3511

-- Chatsworth Historical Society, (818) 341-3055

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.

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    (818) 464-3511

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    (818) 885-8885

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    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.

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    You can get free shade trees through DWP. Read about the Trees for a Green LA program

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    Online Service Requests
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    This is a service provided by the Department of Building and Safety.
    --Adapted from the PRNC newsletter.
    WHO:  Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
    WHAT:  Dedication of "The Learning Tree" oak on the anniversary of the death of School Board Member Jon Lauritzen.
    WHEN:  Noon ceremony, during Pioneer Day festival.  His family and Councilman Greig Smith are expected to attend.
    WHERE:  Chatsworth's Historic Homestead Acre, at Chatsworth Park South, 10385 Shadow Oak Drive.
    HOW:  Organized by Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
    WHY:  To honor civic leader, school board member, educator and mentor Jon Lauritzen on the anniversary of his death.

    Good photo opportunities during Pioneer Day festival, today, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    ABOUT JON LAURITZEN:  Former School Board Member Jon Lauritzen, right, was a teacher at Columbus Middle School and Canoga Park High School for almost 40 years.Chatsworth Neighborhood CouncilHe died of a brain tumor in 2007.

    Lauritzen was diagnosed the previous year, yet never missed a school board meeting, even after brain surgery. Once he had surgery on a Thursday and was at the school board meeting the following Tuesday.

    Lauritzen was active with the Santa Susana Mountains Park Association and the Iris Society. And he was the man who spearheaded the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council organizing committee.

    He came from a family of educators. Lauritzen started the computer science program at Canoga Park High, but earlier taught history and math. He was one of the first computer science teachers in the LAUSD. A graduate of CSUN (BA and MA) Lauritzen lived in Chatsworth for most of his adult life. Both his mother and his wife were teachers and his daughter is a science teacher at Lawrence Middle School.

    He was elected to the L.A. Unified School Board in 2003 and served until 2007. He established a district office at the former Devonshire Elementary School. He held regular open houses at that office so parents and students could have local services instead of having to travel downtown to interact with a school board member.

    Lauritzen was all about education. He was a champion of the average guy and had a great reputation as a teacher -- from students, other teachers and administrators.

    When he died last year from the brain tumor, it was suggested by Chatsworth Neighborhood Council President Judith Daniels that a tree be planted in his honor.

    That California Coastal Oak, called "The Learning Tree," was planted Saturday in preparation for today's dedication.


    ABOUT PIONEER DAY: The annual festival features a chili cook-off, tours of the historic Palmer-Hill cottage and the Chatsworth History Museum.

    Youngsters will participate in "Chores of Yore."  They can help a blacksmith, pan for gold, visit the railroad hands-on exhibit, churn butter, beat a rug, or try their hand at quilting.

    The Veterans Quilt Display will be on  view.

    Free parking is available at the Chatsworth Train Station with shuttles to the Acre every 15 minutes.

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

    For more information call the Chatsworth Historical Society at: (818) 341-3053.

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    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.

    Metrolink logoWhether you were a first-responder, a volunteer, or a neighbor living in the Chatsworth community, join this Chatsworth Neighborhood Council sponsored 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.

    Meet 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 11 at the St. Stephen Presbyterian Church community room, 20121 Devonshire St., at the corner of Winnetka Avenue. RSVP and questions: or phone (818) 464-3511. Refreshments will be served.

    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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