So, Who Opposes Solar? Apparently Plenty of Folks
There's a city election coming up on March 3, and already a hot issue is roiling the water at City Hall and in the courts.
The hullabaloo is all about solar power. Well perhaps not just about solar power, but more about City Hall power.
The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, in a boisterous two-hour Thursday night meeting, unanimously oppose ballot Measure B, the Solar Initiative. The Alliance represents all 20 Neighborhood Councils in the Valley.
But who would opposed clean, pollution-free solar energy?Ron Kaye
, former editor of the Daily News, and now a community activist and blogger, explained it this way:
"...The measure is really about paying blackmail to the DWP and its union,
the IBEW, which originated the proposal, to drop their opposition to
solar energy by giving them a monopoly on ownership, installation and
maintenance on rooftop solar units on commercial, industrial and
"Even beyond what's wrong with the solar
plan, ... [Measure] B is a charter reform measure that destroys
all safeguards against corruption and public oversight by giving the
mayor and City Council the ability to revise the plan at any time in
any way and channel billions of dollars in public money to the special
interests that fund their campaigns."
This is a big deal and involves big bucks. Your Big Bucks. And whether or not you support or oppose Measure B, you need to become familiar with the issue.
Here is the motion unanimously approved by the Alliance:"Solar Power is the Future...
But "B" is Bad for L.A.
--Say NO to Blank Checks to the DWP.
--Say NO to a City Hall Power Grab.
--Say NO to non-competitive Contracts.
--Say NO to planning without Public Input.
--Say NO to Higher Rates.
Take Control of the Future of Solar & Renewable Energy in Los Angeles...Vote NO on Measure B."-- Judith DanielsPresident, Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
The DWP will hold a presentation of the Solar L.A. plan on Saturday, Jan. 10
at DWP Headquarters, 111. N. Hope St.
The invitation is here
. And an overview is here
But you can learn even more about Measure B. To get you started, I've done some of the work. Just click here
you can read any of the previous Chatsworth Roundup newsletters online.
Just click HERE
for the archive.
THE COUNCIL SYSTEM
|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.
2nd Wednesday: Equestrian.
3rd Tuesday:Public Safety & Transportation.
3rd Wednesday: Enhancements.
3rd Thursday: Land Use.
4th Tuesday: Outreach
Check the CNC website for last-minute changes.
OFFER YOUR OPINION
Take L.A. Budget Survey Today
You can help determine how your Chatsworth tax dollars will be spent by participating in this city-sponsored online survey.
Click here for the budget survey.
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
KEEP IT GREEN
Here's Where You Can Recycle LocallyVons Shopping Center
20440 Devonshire St.Valley Recycling Center
20220 Plummer St.,
21250 Nordhoff St.,
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.
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:
|Speak on Orange Line Final Brief and You're Gone in 60 Seconds
Metro Panel Set to Certify Impact Report
If you have yet to voice your opinion on the planned extension
of the Orange Line busway from Warner Center to the Chatsworth Depot you have only 60 seconds to do so.
Metro's Planning and
Programming Committee is expected to certify the
Orange Line Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)
and Final (FEIR) Addendum
Wednesday, Jan. 14. This 1 p.m. meeting will be held in the Metro
headquarters Board Room at One Gateway Plaza, adjacent to
Public comment is limited to one minute per speaker.
Once approved, Metro could begin construction in 2010 and the Orange Line extension could be in operation by 2013. The busway will follow the railroad right-of-way and cross Lassen Street on an overpass.
The FEIR is comprised of the Draft Environmental Impact Report
(DEIR) plus the newly published FEIR Addendum. The FEIR Addendum
contains responses to comments made on the DEIR plus a summary of the
Locally Preferred Alternative and the Mitigation, Monitoring and
Copies of the report are available at the Chatsworth Library, 21052 Devonshire St., as well as other area libraries.
Those stakeholders who commented on the Orange Line plan at recent Chatsworth High and New Academy High meetings, were to be mailed a CD copy of the FEIR. If you did not comment and would like a CD copy, please send your address to Walt Davis, Metro project manager at Daviswa@metro.net
. He can also be reached at (213) 922-3079, or faxed at (213) 922-6358.
For more information, please visit the project website at metro.net/canoga
or call the Project Hotline at (818) 276-1289.
Mason Park to Close in Stages; Meeting Set About Chatsworth Park South Gym
as New Soil-Contamination Studies Begin
The northern half of Mason Park will close by April 1 for installation of new sprinklers. And Chatsworth Park South remains closed as new in-depth studies of lead-contaminated soil begin this month, according to Megan Cottier, field deputy for Councilman Greig Smith.
Plans for the two-phase Mason Park sprinkler construction were endorsed by a Local Volunteer Oversight Committee on Dec. 11, she said. Installation will cost $572,000 in Proposition K money approved by voters. The southern portion of the park will close later with the entire project completed by Nov. 1, she said.
A 6 p.m., Jan. 12, public meeting is scheduled at the Mason Park childcare center to discuss park and recreation projects as well as replacement of the deteriorated gym floor in the Chatsworth Park South recreation center. That $100,000 repair is also funded through Proposition K indebtedness, Cottier said. However, there is still no target date for reopening the gym and the park, she said. A skeet-shooting range once occupied
a portion of what is now contaminated parkland.
At Mason Park, the recreation center, childcare center, paved outdoor basketball courts and parking lots will remain open during irrigation installation, Cottier said.
The Historic Acre featuring the Virginia Watson Chatsworth Museum and the Hill-Palmer House is the only area of Chatsworth Park South currently accessible to the public.
Violent Crime Drops 9% While Property Crime Rises 2% in Devonshire Division
By Daniel Del ValleSenior Lead Officer, LAPD
The LAPD Devonshire Division closed 2008 with a 9% reduction in violent crimes, and a 2% increase in
We experienced a
slight increase in residential burglaries. Over-all crime stats looked pretty good for the area and 2009 will be
Recently there were burglaries in the 21900 Merridy St.,
10400 Aldea Ave. and 17200 Mayerling St. blocks. The LAPD Communications
desk received phone calls from concerned citizens saying that they saw
suspicious individuals in the area attempting to break into homes, and we were
able to make a great arrest.
We were able to catch the thieves with your support and link the suspects to multiple
crimes. This was a great example of
community and law enforcement working together.
Even though arrests were made we need your continuous support with keeping
a watchful eye.
The new LAPD
Topanga Station opened last weekend and divisional boundaries changed.
Our Basic Car 17A23 patrol area kept
most of the territory. But we transferred a small
southern portion south of Lassen Street and east of Canoga Avenue to
the new Topanga Station. Most of Chatsworth was kept intact and we
Porter Ranch patrol area.
I look forward with working with you all and thank you for
|CHATSWORTH TRAILS PARK
Clara Woll, Jelena Csanyi,
Vanessa Watters, Warren Stone and Katherine Weisman with one of the two information kiosks. [Photo / Marty Woll]
Kiosks Repaired, Information Posted
at Rustic Park Swept by Sesnon Fire
By Vanessa WattersSave Chatsworth
Board members of Save Chatsworth braved freezing wind recently to
install long-awaited informational panels on kiosks at Chatsworth Trails Park. One of two kiosks plus some fencing was destroyed by the Sesnon fire in October.
There is space for four
out of seven displays, so the panels will be rotated on a quarterly
The rustic and wild park is at the north end of Canoga Avenue in Chatsworth, just past the 118 Freeway.
The city Department of Public Works helped rebuild the burned kiosk. Save Chatsworth is now seeking funds to repair 10 sections of damaged split-rail fencing. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich's office has given
$750, the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council voted to contribute $1,000 worth of fencing materials, and the city's Office of Community Beautification is planning to contribute. To help, please contact
Vanessa Watters at (818) 341-4554, or e-mail email@example.com
The Only Float That Floats
[Photo / Mitch Englander]
Celebrating an imaginary Boating Holiday in Hawaii, Council President Judith Daniels waves to the crowd beside Councilmember Jelena Csanyi at the annual Kiwanis-sponsored Chatsworth Holiday Parade. The Dec. 14 event featured 83 scheduled bands, floats and equestrian units under the theme of Holidays Around the World. Kent Shocknek of KCBS News was grand marshall. To see the World War II B-25 flyby, click HERE
. And to see the Metrolink Holiday Train, click HERE
Remembering Jay G. Davis, 77Jay G. Davis, 77, was a founding member of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council. He served five years and was elected to two terms as treasurer. Davis, a CPA, retired from the Council in November. He and his wife Helen were also active in Neighborhood Watch. Jay Davis died on Dec. 26.
By Cantor Patti
LinskyTemple Ahavat Shalom
It was almost 53
years ago that Jay didn't
propose to Helen... They met when Helen needed a date
for her Junior Prom. She was very much ahead of her time, you see, and she was the
one who made the call to that very dashing and great looking gentleman whom she
saw at the JCC.
Basically they had a blind date...which later, Jay had relayed to
daughter Sheri, was to be the beginning of a life together of
which fairy tales are made.
For it was on that night that Helen and Jay began their story.
The way Jay
propose was full Jay fashion. He was helping Helen on with her coat and
just managed to slip on an engagement ring in the process... no getting down on
one knee business...he just said: "My mind is made up -- don't confuse me with the
facts!" As Daniel said, this was a great philosophy for a
The rest, as they
say, is history.
Jay loved his
work. He loved his life. Whenever anyone would ask him how he was, the answer
would inevitably be "somewhere between
great and fantastic!" Always positive, always sure of himself. Helen told me
how much they loved each other.
He loved doing
what was right.. and had little tolerance for people who knew what was right and
did the wrong thing anyway. He loved Hawaii. Maui
and Helen and Jay equal the perfect balance sheet in CPA terms. All was right with
the world when they were there and they were there a lot.
Jay believed in
giving back to his community. In Rockpointe, where they lived, Jay was very
active in community relations. With their local Police Department, Jay had
tremendous respect and supported them tirelessly. And to Sova, the Jewish
Response to Hunger, Jay donated generously, making sure that our broken world
became healed a bit more. He was also on the board of the City of Hope.
This is what he
This and so much
Jay was a proud
member of the Jewish War Veterans. We will witness a presentation of our
American Flag later at graveside to Helen in Jay's honor.
When I met with
Jay's family last evening, I learned that he imparted many lessons to his
family. Jay had 4 children who meant the world to him. Glenn learned to work hard. He also
learned to be an expert with numbers. His wife Marla told me of sage wisdom that
Jay said on their wedding video:
happiness." Simple. To the point. The essence of what would be his life.
Jay always made
Sheri feel like a priority. He was a good friend. She could talk to him about
anything (except of course, about boys...that was where her mom came in). Jay
taught her that there was a public face and a private face, and always to be
careful with your words. He also was VERY patient when he taught her to
honesty, charity and what she described as a PMA (positive mental attitude).
While he was patient with Harriet's driving, he tended to also white knuckle it
Karen learned the
love of math, tools, space packing, being kind just "because," giving to others
who have less, being grateful for what you've got. He even loved her through her
dropping the transmission out of the car.
He fought for her
in high school, getting her into math and science classes because she was
female... and he won. He was a feminist even then.
grandchildren were also his lights. Teri told me how she played a lot with her
Grandpa as a kid, and how as she went to college, he came to see her in Tucson. They went to a
football game, and went to Homecoming. All of the kids, when they would come to
their Grandma and Grandpa's home, would immediately go to the slot machine and
put in a coin and see what would happen.
There were tchotchkes
let's not even get started talking about the garage
To all of
you, Teri, Eric, Erin, Mikela, Julia, Dagny and Jeremy, you may feel sad and angry
and confused. You may not understand this for a very long time. But one thing
you have to know is this: your Grandpa loved you more than anything. You are in
his soul and he is in your heart. If you ever need him near you, think of him
and talk to him, or come to this place. You can cry....you can feel whatever you
need to and it is OK. You can feel it all.
One thing can be
said, though. For all that Jay collected in his life, be it tchotchkes
, or El
Pollo Loco leftovers from the many dinners he ate from there, or receipts for
his deductions, one thing was incredibly clear. He collected us. How blessed and
how much richer we are for having made the journey.
- Record your Jay Davis memory HERE.
DAY OF THE HORSE IS APRIL 18
Chatsworth Student Artists Can Enter Equestrian Safety Poster Contest
By Mary Kaufman
This year's 6th Annual Chatsworth Day of the Horse will be April 18 at Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship, 21126 Chatsworth St.
An integral part of the Day of the Horse celebration is the safety
poster contest whose theme is "Safety Around Horses." One of the
biggest risks in being around horses is when they are
Basic Safety Guide for Beginning Horse People can be found HERE
This contest is open to any child in grades K-8 who attends school
in Chatsworth or who resides in Chatsworth and attends school elsewhere. To the right is the 2008 overall winner by Ashlee
Macalino from St. John Eudes School.
Here are the rules: Only one student may work on a poster. The posters should not be larger than 24" x 36" and MUST
be labeled on the back with the student's name, address and phone
number, school and teacher. Winning posters will be on display at the
Day of the Horse Celebration. Poster judging will be done at the
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council Equestrian Committee meeting on March
11. Winners will be notified by March 16. Winners must be
present at the Day of the Horse Celebration to collect their awards.
For further information regarding the Safety Poster Contest
contact Mary Kaufman at (818) 326-5772. For general information regarding
the 6th Annual Day of the Horse Celebration, contact Steve Columbus at
Los Angeles Recruiting Volunteers
for City's Crisis Response Team
of the most inspiring acts of heroism during the recent Chatsworth
train disaster and the wildfires that swept the San Fernando Valley
were performed by the volunteers of the city's Crisis Response Team
The city is recruiting community members to volunteer for the CRT.
At the request of police and fire departments, CRT
members provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, attend to
survival and comfort needs, act as liaisons between victims and
emergency personnel, and give referrals to victims and their families
affected by a death, a serious injury, a violent crime or other
member training will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Jan.
27 through March 12 at the L.A. Police Academy in Westchester.
Bilingual volunteers who speak Spanish or Korean are especially needed.
For more information or to register for the training, call (213) 978-0697 or email LACRT@lacity.org.
An Afternoon of Old Time Radio
Sunday, Jan. 11. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., show starts at 2 p.m. "The Life of Riley" and "The Aldrich Family." Granada Hills Women's Club, 10666 White Oak Ave., Granada Hills. $10 for adults, free for kids under 12. For more info and reservations call Janet Garwood at (818) 886-2577.
Metro Orange Line Hearing
Metro's Planning and
Programming Committee is expected to certify the
Orange Line Draft Environmental Impact Report and Final Addendum, 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, Metro
headquarters Board Room at One Gateway Plaza, adjacent to
Union Station. Public comment is limited to one minute per speaker. Details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call
(213) 922-3079, see metro.net/canoga
or call the Project Hotline at (818) 276-1289.
Chatsworth Relay for Life Kickoff
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, Casa de Carlos,
20549 Devonshire St., Chatsworth. Get a sneak peek at the Relay experience. Sign up for the committee. Form your teams or become a volunteer. RSVP to Ileana Plourde by Jan.12 at (818) 618-0559 or email@example.com
College Financial Aid Night
6 p.m., Wednesday,
Jan. 14, in the Chatsworth High School Library. Learn about FAFSA,
Financial Aid options, and scholarship opportunities. 10027 Lurline Ave. (818) 678-3400.
Span School Public Meetings
10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 15. LAUSD Facilities Committee will discuss the K-8 span school planned to serve the Chatsworth and Porter Ranch area. The School Board meets 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27. 333 S. Beaudry, 1st Floor, Los Angeles. Speaker cards required for each meeting. Call (213) 241-7002 to verify agenda times. For more information, call Joseph Piņa at (213) 893-6809.
Youth Field Trip to the Getty Center
10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17. See world-class art
exhibitions, architecture, spectacular views of the city and more. $15
fee includes round trip transportation. Departs from Northridge Recreation Center, 18300 Lemarsh St., Northridge. Call (818) 349-0535 for more information and reservations.
Giant Book Sale
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17. Sponsored by Friends of the Chatsworth Library. Hardcovers $1, paperbacks 50-cents, children's books 3
for $1. There will be a pre-sale for members of Friends, 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16. 21052 Devonshire St.
Archaeological Site Training Program
The California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program volunteer training workshop will be held 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18, at the Chatsworth Train Depot, 10038 Old Depot Plaza Road. This is a statewide program of volunteers who promote the protection of archaeological and historical resources. A $25 fee, payable to the Society for California Archaeology, will be collected at the door. The workshop is limited to 25 people who register by Jan. 12 with Beth Padon, Discovery Works, 10591 Bloomfield St., Los Alamitos, CA 90720, or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (562) 431-0300. For more information, see www.cassp.org.
City Attorney Candidate Forum
7-9 p.m., Monday.
Feb. 2, meet city attorney candidates Michael Amerian, Carman "Nuch" Trutanich and Jack Weiss. Written
questions will be asked of the candidates. New Horizons, 15725 Parthenia
St., North Hills, east of Haskell Avenue. Light refreshments will be
served. For more info contact email@example.com
Annual Rose Pruning Day
9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21. Sponsored by the Chatsworth Historical Society. Coffee and donuts at 8.30 a.m. We have 300 rose bushes. Please bring
gloves and pruning shears. Hill-Palmer Homestead
Acre, 10385 Shadow Oak Drive, in Chatsworth Park South. Enter at the west end of
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.
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