You All Prove That
IT HAS been an eventful year in Chatsworth.
Many of us are
particularly busy during the holiday season. Maybe you are preparing
for family gatherings, looking for the perfect gifts for family and
friends or just doing your best to avoid the extra traffic and crowds.
No matter how busy you are right now, I have two things for you to think about.
I hope you will consider donating a Christmas gift for a needy child,
food for a struggling family or your time at a homeless shelter. There
are plenty of opportunities year round to help other people. Doing so
now may be the best gift you get, knowing that you have helped
others. Teaching children that they can give back to the community is
an important lesson that helps build confidence and character as well
as learning to care about others.
Check with any fire station or police department about donating
toys. Many schools as well as synagogues and churches work with food
banks that desperately need to stock their shelves. Homeless shelters
and missions can always use help serving meals or helping to distribute
gifts to children or warm coats to adults. These are just a few ideas.
There are almost unlimited opportunities to help others, no matter how
limited your time or money.
Second, you can never be "too prepared." While you are at the
grocery store pick up some water, batteries and other emergency
supplies for your family. If you need a practical gift for someone,
look at emergency packs that have all the supplies considered
necessary for one or more people for several days. Remember that
experts suggest we keep emergency supplies at home, work and in our
cars. There are also prepacked supplies for pets. Not sure this is a
good gift? Although I hope none of us ever needs a single emergency
supply, I guarantee that, if you actually need it, you will be
extremely grateful that you made the effort to help yourself, your
family or your friends.
I have had many opportunities this year to remind people across Los Angeles that Chatsworth Cares.
This is an incredible community. It has been gratifying to hear Mayor
Antonio Villariagosa, Councilman Greig Smith, police and fire captains,
business leaders and lots of "regular folks" talk about the outpouring
of help from Chatsworth after the Metrolink crash and the wildfires. We had
more than our share of disaster, and the community kept coming forward
to help those in need.
I am very proud to represent such a caring community. Thank you for contributing in so many ways, big and small.
Wishing everyone peace, happiness, prosperity, good health and love in 2009,
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
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If Rain Threatens, Sandbags Available
Stakeholders can get free sandbags at fire stations for use around their
driveways, yards and in front of doorways to protect their homes from rain water.
For ongoing flood and emergency updates visit LA Fire Department website http://LAFD.org.
SAND & BAGS AVAILABLE FOR FREE:
Burlap bags used
to make sandbags are available at all Fire Stations. The LAFD website
has information on where to find all locations where free sand is
available, as well as instructions on properly using sandbags at http://lafd.blogspot.com/2008/11/lafd-provides-sandbags-for-homeowners.html.
SANDBAGS AVAILABLE AT:
Fire Station 96 21800 Marilla St., (1 block south of Lassen, 1 block east of Topanga Cyn.) Chatsworth
Fire Station 18
12050 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills
Fire Station 28
11641 Corbin Ave., Porter Ranch
Fire Station 87
10124 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills
SAND IS AVAILABLE AT:
At De Soto Ave. and the 118 Freeway, Chatsworth
Knollwood Country Club Parking Lot
12040 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills
Bridge at O'Melveny Park
17300 Sesnon Blvd., Granada Hills
THE COUNCIL SYSTEM
KEEP IT GREEN
Here's Where You Can Recycle LocallyVons Shopping Center
20440 Devonshire St.Valley Recycling Center
20220 Plummer St.,
21250 Nordhoff St.,
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.
|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.
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.
Did you know that even if there is a mess outside your property wall, the law says it is your responsibility to clean it up?
Hate all those messy, eyesore trees adjacent to your property, but outside your wall? They're a blight
on Chatsworth, but they are your responsibility.
Did you know that as a property owner you are required to maintain public access areas such as a sidewalk or parkway even if there is no gate through your wall?
Specifically, the municipal code says:
"No person having charge or control of any lot or premises shall allow any soil, rubbish, trash, garden refuse, tree trimmings, ashes, tin cans or other waste to remain upon any sidewalk, parkway, or in or upon any street abutting on or adjacent to such lot or premises, or which will interfere with or obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles along any such street, sidewalk or parkway."
The Bureau of Street Services, Street Use Division, has the ability to cite residents to keep these areas clean. After a second notice, the resident may be required to appear at a hearing.
For more information, contact Sandy Clydesdale of Councilman Greig Smith's office at 818-886-5210.
And after the holiday, don't dump your Christmas tree in the gutter.
part of its environmental commitment, the City of Los Angeles offers
residents the chance to recycle Christmas trees at Recreation &
Parks sites and Fire Stations throughout the city on Saturday, Jan. 3,
and Sunday, Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Recreation &
Parks sites also accept bulky gift packaging for recycling.
To see all drop-off locations and instructions on how to recycle your tree in your green bin at home, visit www.ci.la.ca.us/san/tree-recycle.htm
Recreation & Parks sites will give a free green gift to every person who drops off a tree.
year the city collected more than 80,000 Christmas trees that were turned
into mulch and re-used, instead of going to the landfill where they
release greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
|HOLIDAY CHEER IN CHATSWORTH
Aboard the 2007 Chatsworth Holiday Parade float.
75 Entries to March Down Devonshire;
Festival Scheduled for Mason Avenue
The 25th annual Chatsworth Holiday Parade will begin 1 p.m., Sunday, traveling east on Devonshire Street from
Avenue to Lurline Avenue.
The Kiwanis Club of Chatsworth
will present 75 scheduled entries, including marching bands, classic cars,
the California Highway Patrol motorized drill team, equestrian units and
Grand marshal is Kent Shocknek, right, KCBS (Channel 2) anchor.
The Parade Festival runs from noon - 5 p.m. at Mason Avenue and Devonshire Street.
for a video of last year's parade.
|FENCING WILL BE REPLACED
Trails Park Kiosk to Be Restored
One of two informational kiosks and 10 sections of split-rail Chatsworth Trails Park fencing were destroyed by the October Sesnon fire. The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council helped finance the original kiosks, and now the Office of Community Beautification is giving Save Chatsworth access to grant money to
rebuild. Supervisor Michael Antonovich's office
is donating $750 toward $2,750 needed to repair the fence. According to Vanessa Watters, fund raising will begin in January. For more information, contact email@example.com, or call 818-261-9654
CHATSWORTH IN THE NEWS
holds Christian Cox of Chatsworth and visits with his
parents, Clarissa and Casey Cox, on a Fillmore & Western
Railroad Co. holiday train ride. The company is offering holiday-themed
rides aboard its vintage trains through Dec. 26. [Ventura Star Photo / Jason Redmond]
400,000th Gift Package to Be Sent
to American Troops in the Middle East
With the assembly of more than 50,000 care packages
in just seven days, Operation Gratitude will reach a milestone on
Saturday: The shipment of its 400,000th package from Van
Nuys to the troops in the Middle East.
Operation Gratitude Director of
Operations Charlie Othold said he expects that package to
hit the assembly line between 11-11:30 a.m.
Packing begins 9 a.m. at the California
National Guard Armory at 17330 Victory Blvd., Van
In addition to regular Wish List items and
personal letters provided by more than 150 corporate sponsors and individuals across the country,
the 400,000th package will include
several surprise gifts.
Three previous Operation Gratitude milestone
packages contained the keys to new vehicles.
An additional 12,000-15,000 care
packages will be assembled and shipped during this weekend. "This is the last
weekend to mail packages that can still reach
the troops in time for Christmas," said Robert Bender,
Operation Gratitude Logistics Coordinator.
"We intend to get out as many packages as is humanly
possible," he said.
Volunteers, 12 years and older, are
welcome to assist in the weekend activities. For
additional information, please visit the operationgratitude.com
website, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the hotline: 818-909-0039.
TO THE EDITOR
Scouts Have a Wish List
As a result of our house burning down in the Sesnon fires, all of
our Scout Troop's camping gear was destroyed.
I personally paid for the majority of the gear so that
no child would be left behind
due to financial hardship of the families.
Both the Councilman and the Mayor have offered to help us replace
some of the items, and this is the best way for us to continue our outdoor
learning program for the kids.
I have set up a "Wish List" in partnership with the Wal-Mart store
in Porter Ranch. Your continued support of the Boy Scouts of America is truly
On behalf of the kids of Troop 921, I send you my advance thanks
for all you could do to help.
GET YOUR GREEN ON
Celebrities Expected for Saturday Environmental Youth Conference
The "Million Trees LA" Environmental Youth Conference is 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The free program, for and by teens, offers ideas about how teens can do their part to slow climate change as well as an opportunity to
meet some of today's young celebrity environmentalists who share
enthusiasm about caring for the Earth.
This year's youth conference opening ceremonies will be hosted by David Henrie of Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place and Olesya Rulin of High School Musical.
Click HERE for a list of the celebrities expected to attend.
And click HERE for a copy of the event flyer which is required for free parking.
The free Mason Park Recreation Center Holiday Show
offers childcare and senior activities, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., today, at 10500 Mason Ave. For more info call (818) 998-6377.
Packing of Operation Gratitude gift boxes for troops in the Middle East begins 9 a.m., Saturday, at the California
National Guard Armory at 17330 Victory Blvd., Van
additional information, visit the operationgratitude.com
website, email email@example.com or call 818-909-0039.
The "Million Trees LA" Environmental Youth Conference is 8 a.m. - 1
p.m., Saturday, in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Details HERE.
The Chatsworth Holiday Parade is scheduled to march down Devonshire Street beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday.
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.
Kids can learn ball-handling skills, basketball game rules, teamwork and good sportsmanship at a fun winter Basketball Camp at Mason Park, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22. Mason Park Recreation Center is at 10500 Mason Ave. For more info call (818) 998-6377.
|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.
2nd Wednesday: Equestrian.
3rd Wednesday: Enhancements.
3rd Thursday: Land Use.
4th Tuesday: Outreach.
4th Wednesday: Public Safety & Transportation at Rockpointe Club House, 22300 Devonshire St.
Check the CNC website for last-minute changes.
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
Post Office Box 3395
Chatsworth, CA 91313-3395
Ph: (818) 464-3511
Fax: (818) 464-3585
Complete CNC activities calendar:
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