You Can Serve Your Community
ONCE a year
, the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council adds stakeholders as
voting members of each of our six committees. Three of the committees
will be doing that this week.
Stakeholders must attend this week's committee
meeting to be eligible, although new members can be added later if not all seats are filled at this first meeting of
the board year.
All meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Chatsworth Train Depot, 10038 Old Depot Plaza Road.
The Equestrian Committee
meets Tuesday, Community Enhancements
Wednesday and Land Use
is Thursday. Other committees will be meeting
later in the month.
For descriptions of the committees and meeting times, click HERE
. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
members have full voting status and are expected to attend and
participate in the monthly committee meetings. Each committee has a
limited number of stakeholder seats that may be filled on a competitive
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council Bylaws require that all committees reconstitute at the
beginning of a new board year. The Nov. 1 Council election and
subsequent installation of new board members marked the start of the
2008-09 board year.
All stakeholders are always welcome and encouraged to attend committee
or board meetings. Every meeting includes time for stakeholders to
make public comments.
you can read any of the previous Chatsworth Roundup newsletters online.
Just click HERE
for the archive.
Is There a Place
for 'Sober Living'?
Do so-called "Sober Living" halfway houses belong in residential neighborhoods?
The debate rages: Thom Senzee: Give sober living a chance to thrive
legislation to restrict the number of sober-living houses in Los
Angeles will result in fewer housing options for addicts and alcoholics
who have just completed rehab programs.View Full StoryGreig Smith: These unlicensed businesses are causing significant negative impacts on the quality of
We have been working on a citywide ordinance that would regulate these homes.
In this response, a member of our
community underscores the need to regulate unlicensed group homes in
residential neighborhoods. View Full Story
OFFER YOUR OPINION
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 www.culturalplan.lacity.org or call (213) 202-5539.
| ARE YOU READY?
Prepare Today for the Next Disaster
Learn how you and your
family can become better prepared for earthquakes, wildfires, floods
and other disasters, 2-5 p.m. today at Fire Station 87, 10124 Balboa Blvd., Granada
Emergency planning experts will explain the best ways to
prepare yourself, your family and your workplace in the event of a
disaster. Kids can ride on the Yogi Bear Earthquake Simulator. The
event, co-sponsored by area Neighborhood Councils, will feature booths, displays and demonstrations.
For more information, call (818) 756-8501.
|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: Enhancements.
3rd Thursday: Land Use.
4th Tuesday: Outreach.
4th Wednesday: Public Safety & Transportation.
Election Committee, TBA
Check the CNC website for last-minute changes.
West Valley Alliance (graffiti removal)
Police Tipoff Line
L.A. City Infoline
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.
Bridge Will Carry Buses Over
Lassen Street Into Train Depot
reveal the proposed designs for the Lassen Street Orange Line bus bridge Monday at Chatsworth High School and Tuesday at New Academy of Canoga Park.
The designs, by Gruen Associates architectural firm, will be available for viewing beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night. A project presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and the project staff will take questions at 7:30 p.m.
This will be the final presentation for the proposed four-mile northern busway extension to connect the Metro Orange Line Canoga Station with the Chatsworth Metrolink Station. Metro expects 9,000 daily riders within 20 years.
The plans were recently previewed by several community groups including several members of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council. Metro representatives said the span would displace about 100 parking spaces on the south side of the station. The northern parking lot would be expanded for a net gain of 130 spaces.
Stakeholders suggested that vacant land across the tracks from the southern lot be purchased for parking, but Metro officials said there was no budget for that acquisition.
Plans include a street-level 15-foot-wide multi-use bike path. Station bathroom facilities may be expanded, but there are no plans to make rest rooms available to the pubic during hours when the depot waiting room is closed, they said.
The presentation will explain the project's elements, details on the release of the Final Environmental Impact Report and the schedule for Metro Board action. Topics covered will include plans for stations, operations, landscaping, privacy walls and parking.
Chatsworth High School is located at 10027 Lurline Ave., Chatsworth, and New Academy is at 21425 Cohasset St., Canoga Park.
For more information, see metro.net/canoga
or call 818-276-1289.Click map for larger pdf version.
Reach Out and Aid Someone
More than 500 homes were destroyed. Many families escaped with little more than the clothes on their backs.
Anna Cox, former member of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, urges Chatsworth stakeholders to offer an immediate helping hand to those burned out by the Sylmar/Sayre fire. She speaks from experience.
Cox lost her home and everything inside to the recent Sesnon wildfire.
Evacuees need clothes, blankets and other household goods to re-establish their lives, Cox said. "They could use Walgreen's gift cards to buy toothpaste and toiletries," she said. And they need duffle bags, backpacks or sport bags in which to carry these offerings.
Cox said that donations should be taken directly to the evacuation centers
and handed to the displaced.
Hundreds of evacuees were staying at Sylmar High School, 13050 Borden Ave., Sylmar; San Fernando High School, 11133 O'Melveny Ave., San Fernando, and John F. Kennedy High School, 11254 Gothic Ave., Granada Hills.
However, by 8:30 p.m., Saturday, only 40 had registered at the Chatsworth High
School evacuation center, according to Art Rutherford, a Red Cross
volunteer. None remained to spend the night on cots in the school
They were among 10,000 residents ordered out of their homes as more than 1,000 firefighters used water-dropping
helicopters, bulldozers and engines from across Southern California to
try to halt the erratic march of the blaze, according to the Los Angeles Times.
As the fire more than doubled
in size to 6,500 acres, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
said at an early-afternoon briefing: "We've never lost in recent times
anything close to this number" of homes. The fire was 20% contained; officials hoped that the
advance of the blaze into the previously burned area of last month's
Sesnon fire would allow firefighters to get the upper hand.
BOARD OFFICERS ELECTED
Council candidates huddle
during Nov. 1 rainstorm as stakeholders vote in the Chatsworth Train Depot. Winners were seated at the Nov. 5 board meeting where Judith Daniels was elected to her third term as Council President. Linda van der Valk became vice president, Allen Glazer became treasurer and Linda Ross was re-elected secretary. [Photo / Allen Glazer]
PRIVATE MEMOIRS OF AN ELECTION DUDE
'L.A. Is a Collection of Small Towns, Complete With Unique Character, Personality, Needs and Desires'
Stephen Box has twice officiated at the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council election as the city's Independent Election Administrator. Under new city rules, the next election will be conducted by the City Clerk in 2010.By Stephen Box
[November] marked the end of my tour of duty as an Independent
Election Administrator charged with supervising Neighborhood Council
elections throughout the City of Los Angeles.
My final election was held in Chatsworth, where stakeholders have
traditionally been identified as those who "Live, work, own property or
board a horse." The week prior, I was in Coastal San Pedro where
stakeholders have traditionally been identified as those who "Live,
work, own property or dock a boat." Such is the diversity of Los
Angeles. Of course all of that changed when our City Council imposed
the new "Live, work, own property or whatever" stakeholder status on
Neighborhood Councils and it was then that I knew the end was nigh.
Through it all, I learned a great deal from those I've worked with,
encountering along the way a multitude of people with unique talents
and perspectives who challenged me to be innovative in making the
election process relevant to the needs of their local community.
I've also been humbled
as I watched newly immigrated senior citizens
listen patiently as a translator explained how to use a ballot, all as
they prepared to vote for the first time in their lives. I listened to
a candidate explain to a Forum audience that he came from a country
that held no elections. Now that he was here, he felt that it was his
duty to run. These experiences served to remind me that Neighborhood
Council elections are a significant and important step into the world
of participatory democracy.
As an IEA, I've been run ragged and overwhelmed with voters. I've sat
in an empty room, bored and holding an empty ballot box, waiting for
the day to end. I've been yelled at and cursed and I've been hugged and
thanked and made to feel like family.
I've conducted elections in museums, churches, community centers,
schools, a train station and even the Farmer's Market. I've even held
meetings in parking garages and I've held two elections on the sidewalk
after getting locked out by LAUSD. Along the way, I was perpetually
reminded that it was never the comfort of the facility but it was
always the spirit of the people that made for a successful election.
In spite of the fact that Los Angeles is the second largest city in the
country, I now think of LA as a collection of small towns, NC sized,
complete with unique character, personality, needs and desires. It's my
experience that it was the ability of NC's to make unique the
Neighborhood Council experience, tailoring the bylaws and election
procedures to their needs and philosophy, that was key to creating
ownership and responsibility.
While critics claim
that the old system of elections allowed for too
much variation, deviation and even failure, I counter with this: True
democracy is a guarantee of process, not of result. Granted, it allows
for failure but it also allows for success. Either way, the results
belong to the participants and that is the essence of participatory
For all of the pontificating and posturing as the City Council weighed
in on the Neighborhood Councils and revised the DNA of the system, I
never encountered a City Councilmember at an NC election. Perhaps they
think it inappropriate to meddle in NC politics and they might have a
point, a good point.
Still, it would have been nice to see them drive by, drop off a box of
Krispy Kremes and thank the volunteers. After all, this is where the
business of the people takes place.
As this era fades, I'm optimistic for the Neighborhood Council system,
not because of the recent changes in process but because of the people
I've met, the friends I've made and the passion and enthusiasm I've
encountered along the way.
To the neighborhood councils I've worked with, thanks for the ride![This article first appeared in the CityWatch newsletter.]
Mayor Thanks Neighborhood Council
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presents an award to area stakeholders, including the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, for the Council's assistance during the Sept. 12 Metrolink Crash.
Chatsworth Says Thanks, Too
Jelena Csanyi, chairman of the Outreach Committee, presents a certificate of thanks to Nick
Montaņo of Los Toros restaurant for donating meals to the Metrolink accident first-responders. Council certificates are being presented to the local businesses that answered the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council's call for assistance.
CONTEST AT CHATSWORTH HIGH
CanStruction to Benefit Food Banks
Students in the ED Tech Academy of Chatsworth High School are collecting non-perishable food items to create sculptures like this flag. The food collected will be donated to Valley Interfaith Pantry, M.E.N.D. and St. John Eudes Pantry.
The CanStruction Contest will be held 3:30-5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, in the Quad at Chatsworth High School, 10027 Lurline Ave.
To participate or donate canned goods, RSVP by Nov. 19. Details, contact Amy Aviv at email@example.com.
Prepare for earthquakes, wildfires, floods
and other disasters, at a safety fair, 2-5 p.m. on today, Nov. 16, at Fire Station 87, 10124 Balboa Blvd., Granada
Hills. Details, call (818) 756-8501.
Metro 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.
Metro 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, 21425 Cohasset St., Canoga Park.
Meet Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Chatsworth-Porter Ranch Chamber's annual Heroes and Legends
Luncheon, will be 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 at Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Dr., Northridge. This luncheon will pay tribute to police officers, firefighters and other local heroes who selflessly helped
those in need during the Sept. 12 Chatsworth train disaster. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. To RSVP or for more information, call (818) 341-2428.
The CanStruction Contest will be held 3:30-5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, in the Quad at Chatsworth High School, 10027 Lurline Ave. To participate or donate canned goods, RSVP by Nov. 19. Details, contact Amy Aviv at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More 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, Saturday, 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.
Holiday Toy Express arrives at the Chatsworth Depot, Sunday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. with a festive gathering beginning at 5 p.m.
The Chatsworth Holiday Parade is scheduled to march down Devonshire Street beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14.
LAPD 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.
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
Post Office Box 3395
Chatsworth, CA 91313-3395
Ph: (818) 464-3511
Fax: (818) 464-3585
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