Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
The Chatsworth Roundup
Breaking News from your Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
Thursday, October 30, 2008
In This Issue
  • Did You See Our Newspaper Ad?
  • 38 Attend First Aid Class
  • Free Community Picnic
  • Free Baby Safety Seat
  • City Seeks Your Opinion
  • Chatsworth in the News
  • ShakeOut Nov. 13
  • Action Calendar

  • Greetings!

    Why It Is Crucial That You Vote In This Local Chatsworth Election

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

    Who are the candidates?

    Here's an alphabetical list:
  • Kamesh Aysola
  • Judith Daniels
  • Vernalie Deirmenjian
  • Diana Dixon-Davis
  • Janice Eddy-Languen
  • Mary Kaufman
  • Hember Maldonado
  • Joseph A. Martin
  • Richard Nadel
  • Art Schlefstein
  • Robert Searcy
  • Andre van der Valk
  • Linda van der Valk
  • Lucie Volotsky

  • How can I learn about them? As they submit their candidate statements, you will find them here.

    In addition, there will be notebooks at the polling place with each candidate's campaign flyer available for your review.

    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.

    Who can vote? If you live, work, own property, board a horse in Chatsworth, or declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm a factual basis for it, and you are at least 18 years of age on Saturday, Nov. 1, then YOU can vote to fill the 10 at-large seats on the board of directors.

    But why should I vote? If you are concerned about changes in the unique character of our community, you can have a voice. Are development, traffic, open space, public safety, seniors, parks and equestrians among your hot-button issues? Then join the Stakeholders of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council and help us work with the City of Los Angeles to utilize available city services and make Chatsworth an even better place to live and work.

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

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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.

    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.
    CNC Contact

    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:


    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM



    WHO CAN VOTE: To vote, you must live, work,
    own property, declare a stake in the neighborhood
    and affirm the factual basis for it, or board a horse
    within the council boundaries and must be at least
    18 on the day of the election. A stakeholder does
    not have to be registered as a voter for city, state or national elections to qualify for this election.

    For details and candidate statements
    or call (818) 464-3511


    First aid classChatsworth Stakeholders learn first aid. [Photo / Jelena Csanyi]

    38 Attend Free First Aid Class

    Thirty-eight people attended the latest in a series of emergency-response classes sponsored by the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council.

    The Oct. 25 First Aid class taught by Stacy Gerlich was held at the Chatsworth Mobile Home Park Club House.  The Council thanks the mobile home park for making their club house available.  The class was free to Chatsworth stakeholders. 

    Graduates of the previously offered CERT and CPR classes joined in rescue efforts following the recent Metrolink train crash.

    If you are interested in attending future public safety classes sponsored by the Council, check our website at  For information about Community Emergency Response Team classes check


    Free Picnic Honors Our Community

     A free community picnic to show appreciation for the public safety officers, community Picnic Invitemembers, businesses, Neighborhood Councils and community groups that came together during the recent wildfire and train wreck.

    Join Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmembers Greig Smith and Richard Alarcón, for  free food, entertainment, activities for kids, police and fire vehicles, public safety booths, and more, 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, at Holleigh Bernson Park, 20500 Sesnon Blvd., Porter Ranch.

    To see the flyer for the event, click here.
    For a map and directions, click here.

    For more information call (213) 473-7012 or email


    You May Qualify for a Free Baby Seat

    Did you know that child safety seats can reduce fatal injury in motor vehicle accidents by 71% for toddlers, ages 1-4.

    Eligible low income participants in a child car seat safety workshop may receive a seat for free.  The program, run by New Economics for Women, is funded by Los Angeles County.

    The next workshop is 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7006 Alabama Ave., Canoga Park.  You must RSVP with David Flores at or call (818) 887-3877.

    Please bring to the workshop: proof that you live in Los Angeles County, proof of income and proof of the child's height and weight.

    Take Budget and Culture Surveys

    You can help determine how your Chatsworth tax dollars will be spent and also shape the cultural landscape of Los Angeles by participating in two city-sponsored online surveys.
    Click here for the budget survey.

    Click here for the cultural survey.

    For more information, please visit or call (213) 202-5539.


    Chatsworth Is Left Swinging

    Chatsworth fire

    It's a chilling image and would make for a very persuasive poster for a Hollywood chiller, directed by the likes of a Wes Craven. But this picture, lovingly framed and lit as if choreographed on a movie lot, is the real deal. It was taken in Chatsworth, as deadly wind-driven brush fires roared across the foothills and canyons on the northern fringes of Los Angeles. [Click for MORE]

  • California fire victims get offers of help from Utah Scouts
  • Rail agency sues contractor over LA collision
  • Rancher's landfill fuels legal furor
  • California Fires: Horse owners take a stand
  • San Fernando Valley is no longer Reagan Country
  • Downed power line in Sesnon fire not covered by state regulations
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger surveys fire damage
  • California Fires: Not all equine evacuations according to plan


    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
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    PumpkinHalloween Carnival, 4-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, at Mason Park Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave., features games, prizes and activities for all ages. Details, call (818) 998-6377.  More Halloween events, click HERE.

    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.

    StarburstEnjoy a free Community Appreciation Picnic to celebrate the public safety officers and community members, businesses and groups that came together during the recent local disasters, 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, at Holleigh Bernson Park, 20500 Sesnon Blvd., Porter Ranch.  Street parking will be available.  Also, free shuttles from World Vision Church, 19514 Rinaldi St., Northridge.  Details, call (818) 576-8501.

    ClockAn extra hour of sleep awaits you on Sunday, Nov. 2. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. the first Sunday in November then returns the second Sunday in March.

    Election logoTuesday, Nov. 4, is presidential Election Day Remember to cast your ballot at your local polling precinct for national and state offices as well as local propositions. Details HERE.

    StarburstPre-Veterans Day program is planned for 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave. Details, call Bruce Troe or Marylee Pena at (818) 678-7900.

    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.

    StarburstThe Special Olympics Tri-Valley Bowl-A-Thon
    and raffle will be Saturday, Nov. 15, at AMF Rocket Bowl, 9171 DeSoto Ave., from 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  The entry fee is $20 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Special Olym

    You can register as a 3-person team or sign up and be placed on an existing team. One Special Olympics Athlete will join each team as Team Captain.

    You can also sponsor a Special Olympics Athlete. Details, call (818) 342-0017.

    StarburstA Child Car Seat Safety Workshop is 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7006 Alabama Ave., Canoga Park.  RSVP with David Flores at or call (818) 887-3877.  Eligible participants will get a free child car seat.

    Chatsworth Neighborhood CouncilMetro will reveal design plans for the Orange Line busway bridge over Lassen Street, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, at Chatsworth High School 10027 Lurline Avenue.

    MetroMetro will reveal design plans for the Orange Line busway bridge over Lassen Street, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, at New Academy High School, 21
    425 Cohasset St. Canoga Park.

    StarburstMore than 30,000 kids from across the San Fernando Valley are expected for the first Children's Day celebration, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Woodley Park, Nov. 22.  The park, between Victory and Burbank Blvds., Van Nuys, will feature Radio Disney, NBC's Fritz Coleman, David Beckham Soccer Academy, Laker Greats, L.A. Kings, Elmo, the voice of Bart Simpson, music, rides, sports and more.  Details, click 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.

    StarburstLAPD Devonshire PALS are collecting new and unwrapped toys, games and books for underprivileged youth through Dec. 19.  Bring items to the Devonshire police station, 10250 Etiwanda Ave., Northridge.  Details, call Elizabeth Sandoval at (818) 772-1717 or Dan Slater at (818) 756-8270.

    Free Gift
    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.

    Name: ________________________________________

    Email: ________________________________________
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