Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
The Chatsworth Roundup
Breaking News from your Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
No "June Gloom" Edition   |   |   Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Another Chatsworth Park Faces Closure
In This Issue
  • Santa Susana Park Faces Closure
  • Seniors Meet Monday, Thursday
  • Dealing With Foreclosure
  • PALS Plans Golf Tournament
  • DWP Offers Conservation Rebates
  • Animal Services Needs Foster Parents
  • Jobs for LA Youth
  • College Scholarship
  • Free Medical Services
  • Electric Lawn Mower Discount
  • You Can Recycle Locally
  • Advertising Trailers Vanish
  • New Chatsworth/Porter Ranch School
  • Community Blood Drive
  • Burglaries, Hate Graffiti Increasing
  • Citizen of the Year Honored
  • Water Rationing Now In Effect
  • Family Movie Under the Stars
  • Successful Citrus Sunday
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  • Chatsworth in the News; Landmark Rocket Bowl Closes
  • Police Fundraiser Dinner
  • .New Controller to Hold Town Hall
  • CERT Class in Progress
  • Be Alert to Squatters and Scam Artists
  • Action Calendar

  • Greetings!

    Despite L.A.'s    Budget Crisis, Neighborhoods
    Win a Big Victory

    The City Council voted unanimously May 18 to give each Neighborhood Council $45,000 for FY 2009-10.
    The mayor's crisis budget proposed 10% cuts from every city department, including Neighborhood Councils. In previous years we received $50,000 to invest in our communities. A City Council committee had considered cutting our funding to only $11,200.

    As part of our hard-fought victory, NCs also get to bank unspent funds from previous years, to use in future projects. Also, as planned, the City Clerk will conduct all NC elections in 2010. NCs will provide volunteers to help limit costs of those elections.

    It was a total victory for the Neighborhood Councils.

    For those of you who do not already know, about 150 people from across the city testified May 12 before the City Council's Budget & Finance Committee about how important NCs are and what good work we do. They heard us loud and clear. Our comments lasted more than 3 hours, at only 1 minute per person.

    On a personal note, I want to urge every committee, every board member and every stakeholder to remember that this was a very challenging decision during an extremely difficult budget process. We must ensure that every dollar we spend is a good use of tax money. I think CNC has done this in the past, but now more than ever, we must show the City Council that we understand how difficult is was to provide this funding.

    Thanks go to Councilman Greig Smith. He initially sought less funding for NCs, in a valiant attempt to save city employee jobs, but was one of the B&F Committee members who worked overtime to put together a package that honors the role of NCs in grass-roots involvement. Greig and his chief-of-staff, Mitch Englander, worked all that week to support the Neighborhood Councils and preserve our funding.

    We are partners with the city. We have tremendous volunteer resources and stakeholder talent to share with the city. Now we must step forward and emphasize how significant our contribution is.

    Judith Daniels
    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council


    Your Neighborhood Council Meets 7 p.m.
    This Evening

    Join us at 7 p.m., at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., for the meeting and light refreshments.

    For the agenda, click here.

    Bring your questions and civic announcements.

    Write to Us

    Have a story idea or news release? How about a question for the Neighborhood Council? Want to write a letter to the editor? Write to us at

    Join Our Mailing List!

    Click here for the archive of previous Roundup newsletters.


    CNC Video

    Click image for VIDEO.

    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, 10100 Variel Ave.

  • 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.


    Seniors Meet Every Monday, Thursday

    Chatsworth seniors 50-plus meet every Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mason Park Recreation Center,
    10500 Mason Ave.

    A hot lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. But, because lunches are limited in number, seniors need to sign up beginning at 9:30 a.m.

    A lunch donation of $1.25 is requested for seniors 60-plus and  $4.50 for seniors age 50-60. You do not have to be a member
    to enjoy lunch, which is funded by the Department of Aging.

    Membership activities include chair exercise, line dancing, mah jongg, bridge, square dancing, poker and more. Exercise chairs were donated by the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council.

    For information, stop in or call the park, at (818 ) 998-6377 on meeting days, or e-mail Chatsworth Senior Center President Harriet Van Tiger at;
    or contact Phyllis Fisher at (818) 701-6099.


    Facing Foreclosure?
    Pick Up the Phone

    Need help with your mortgage? Call (888) 89-LA NHS, email or see

    County Offers Foreclosure Aid: The County's Department of Consumer Affairs is offering a variety of information and assistance for homeowners and property owners at risk of foreclosure, trying to refinance, or otherwise navigating through today's economic turbulence. 

    For more detailed information on the range of homeowner-related programs and services the department offers, visit the Homes page.

    Beware of Property-Tax Scams: Beware of firms charging a hefty fee to "assist" area homeowners in filing property assessment reduction forms. You can download them free, here: Change in Assessment form, and visit the County's Assessment Appeals page for full details on all aspects of property assessment, including proposed reductions. Property owners can also call toll-free (888) 807-2111 for assistance.

    Gas Co. Has Energy Aid: For information on the Gas Company's bill assistance programs, visit, or call toll-free at (800) 427-2200. For energy saving tips, click HERE.

    PALS Plans July
    Golf Invitational

    LAPD Devonshire PALS and the Barbara McIntyre Memorial Foundation invite all golfers to enter the 30th Annual Grand Golf Invitational, Monday, July 13 in Northridge. 

    The event raises funds for Devonshire PALS (Police Activities League Supporters) sports, tutoring, camping trips and leadership programs for at-risk youth. These programs are designed to help steer kids away from gangs, crime and drugs.

    The $200 entry fee includes breakfast, lunch & dinner.
    Registration is 7:45 a.m. with tee-off at 10 a.m. at the Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Dr., Northridge.

    For more information or to register email or call (818) 349-1706.


    DWP Offering Water Conservation Rebates

    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is still funding rebates for water conservation devices.  All qualified rebate applications from DWP customers will be honored.  To apply for your rebate or for more information, please contact the So Cal Watersmart Program at (888) 376-3314 or go to


    LA Animal Services
    Needs Foster Parents

    Los Angeles Animal Services needs your help to recruit volunteers to be foster parents for their orphaned puppies and kittens.  Please contact LA Animal Services New Hope coordinator at (888) 452-7381 or visit for more information.

    16,000 TO BE PLACED

    HIRE LA Creating Jobs   for Los Angeles Youth

    Leading the nation in job creation for youth, Hire LA is placing over 16,000 young people in jobs through July 2010.  Hire LA's Youth Employment Program works to provide young adults ages 14-24 with employment opportunities ranging from summer jobs to full time employment.  Since its inception in 2006, Hire LA has placed more than 28,000 young Angelenos in jobs.  For more information, please visit or call (213) 744-7206.


    Bureau of Sanitation Holding Open Houses

    The Bureau of Sanitation will be holding Open Houses around the city at each of its six district yards in Northridge, Sun Valley, Lincoln Heights, South Los Angeles, San Pedro, and West Los Angeles to showcase its collection and recycling programs in order to improve awareness and increase recycling practices.  For more information, please call (800) 773-2489 or visit To learn more about the City's progress towards "Zero Waste" and the future of reducing, reusing and recycling, please visit


    One Child at a Time Scholarship Offered

    The Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services is offering scholarships for high school students. The deadline is June 12.

    Please see the flyer for more information.


    Summer Jobs
    for Youth Ages 14-24

    The Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board is offering a Summer Youth Employment Program.  Please see the flyer for more information.


    Pico Union Plans   June 6th Health Fair

    On Saturday, June 6, Pico Union Neighborhood Council  will be co-hosting a Health Fair for the community with their partners from churches, local hospitals, City agencies, and community organizations.  A number of free medical services will be provided.  For more information, please see the event flyer.      


    Donate DVDs
    to Benefit Veterans

    DVDs4Vets is a non-profit organization that collects new and used DVDs and donates them to wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Many of these veterans have physical and economic hardships that make it difficult for them to obtain some of the basic entertainment that most civilians take for granted.

    In the last year, DVDs4Vets has delivered more than 38,000 DVDs to various V.A. Hospitals, homes, centers and clinics for veterans.

    For more information on how to donate DVDs,


    Donate Items
    for VA Silent Auction

    The Veterans Administration Voluntary Services Executive Committee is seeking donated items to be auctioned at its Silent Auction to raise funds to benefit veterans at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare system.

    Suggested donation items include vouchers for services or goods from local businesses such as salon and spa services, carwashes, restaurants, or movie theatres, or new items suitable for auction such as sports memorabilia.
    Donations are tax deductible. Funds raised will be used to purchase items or services requested by veterans.

    Donated items should be labelled "VAVS Executive Committee Fundraiser" and can be dropped off at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills, Bldg. 20, Room B104, or contact Julie Stranges, lead volunteer, VA GLA Sepulveda Campus at (818) 895-9325 or


    Trade in Your Old
    Gasoline Lawn Mower

    You can trade in your old polluting gas-powered lawn mower for a deeply discounted new electric lawn mower and help reduce air pollution.

    Using electric mowers also reduces fuel costs.

    The cordless rechargeable electric mowers will cost $100 to $160 with the trade-in. They operate for up to an hour on a charge and come with a rear-mounted bag and a mulching kit.

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will hold several exchange events in several locations during June. For location information click here.

    For elegibility and registration information click here or call
    1 (888) 425-6247.


    Workshops to Help Small Business Owners

    The Small Business Development Center is offering low-cost workshops in Chatsworth to help local entrepreneurs successfully start, build and grow their small businesses. 

    Writing a Useful Business Plan
    This interactive three-hour workshop will help you write a short- and long-term business plan that you can use to build and grow a successful business. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, June 23. Cost: $30. Premier America Credit Union, 19867 Prairie St., Chatsworth.  To reserve call (661) 294-9375 or email

    Call for other classes:
    • June 24. Effective Marketing for Small Businesses
    • June 25. California Construction Contractors Program
    • Free Business Counseling

    Here's Where You Can Recycle Locally

    Vons Shopping Center,
    20440 Devonshire St. (behind Rite-Aid)

    RecycleValley Recycling Center,
    20220 Plummer St.,

    Budget Recycling,
    21250 Nordhoff St.,
     Disaster Links

    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 toward 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:

    211 logo

    311 logo

    Santa Susana Pass Park on Governor's Budget Hit List

    First, popular Chatsworth Park South was fenced off when lead pellets from a decades-old skeet range were discovered polluting the soil. Then plans were announced to close sections of heavily used Mason Park so that a new sprinkler system could be installed.
    Santa Susana Map
    Click map to enlarge.

    These are the top 30 of the 220 state parks, state beaches, state recreation areas, museums and state reserves that officials say could be closed under the proposed state budget cuts:

    1. Leo Carrillo State Park.
    2. Los Angeles State Historic Park.
    3. Los Encinos State Historic Park.
    4. Malibu Creek State Park.
    5. Malibu Lagoon State Beach.
    6. Pio Pico State Historic Park.
    7. Point Mugu State Park.
    8. Rio de Los Angeles State Park.
    9. Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach.
    10. Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park.
    11. Topanga State Park.
    12. Verdugo Mountains.
    13. Will Rogers State Historic Park.
    14. California State Capitol Museum.
    15. Governor's Mansion State Historic Park
    16. Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park.
    17. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park.
    18. State Indian Museum State Historic Park.
    19. Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.
    20. Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area.
    21. Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
    22. California Mining & Mineral Museum.
    23. Caswell Memorial State Park.
    24. Columbia State Historic Park.
    25. George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area.
    26. Great Valley Grasslands State Park.
    27. Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park.
    28. McConnell State Recreation Area.
    29. Carpinteria State Beach.
    30. Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park.

    -- Sacramento Bee

    Now, as the state faces an unprecedented $24.3 billion budget shortfall, Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park is No. 10 on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's shutdown list. The mostly undeveloped rustic park surrounds Chatsworth Park South and could also be chained off by Labor Day.

    As many as 220 of California's 279 state parks and beaches could close to save money.

    "The ultimate outcome will be determined by how the Legislature structures the budget, but will likely include deep cuts to many state services, including parks," Juan Bustamante of the mayor's office told The Roundup.

    The governor addressed the Legislature Tuesday as Controller John Chiang warned that California will run out of money to pay its bills on July 29.

    The governor outlined a series of cuts that include an additional $5.2 billion reduction in funding for public schools, laying off 5,000 state workers and further cutting the pay of 200,000 others. He has proposed eliminating welfare for 500,000 families, terminating health coverage for nearly 1 million low-income children and closing 220 state parks, according to the Associated Press.

    "People come up to me all the time, pleading 'Governor, please don't cut my program.' They tell me how the cuts will affect them and their loved ones," Schwarzenegger said. "I see the pain in their eyes and hear the fear in their voice. It's an awful feeling. But we have no choice."

    Bustamante said, "With the failure of the state budget propositions this May and the ever-widening budget gap in Sacramento, the state will be looking for money anywhere it can -- including city coffers and shuttering parks."

    "The mayor went to Sacramento last week to work with state leaders on how to preserve vital services that depend on state aid and to try to prevent the state from balancing its books on the backs of cities," Bustamante said.

    "While he feels that the state budget system is fundamentally broken and hard-wired for failure, the mayor is committed to fighting to keep state resources flowing to our cities, our local governments, and, most importantly, to neighborhoods, communities, and families across our state," he said.

    Assemblywoman Audra Strickland (R-Dist. 37) finds common ground with the mayor.  "Santa Susana State Historic Park is an important part of California's history and one that provides great recreational and educational opportunities for Southern California residents," she told The roundup.

    "It is unfortunate that our state legislature has tolerated waste, fraud and abuse in previous spending plans.  This mismanagement of your hard-earned tax dollars has put us in a predicament where we have to choose between health care for the neediest people of our state, a top-rated education for our children, providing public safety in our neighborhoods and other items that are a priority to us all."

    The Daily News reported that "critics say closing 80 percent of the Golden State's parks could ultimately cost California far more than any budget savings, with $350 million lost in tax revenue to surrounding businesses from 80 million park visitors.

    "They also said the world-famous parks risk becoming vandalized, severely overgrown or scorched by fire if shut.

    "A parks recovery could take years and cost millions in deferred maintenance.

    "And the loss of recreational and cultural value to local families and schoolchildren would be priceless," the newspaper reported.

    The popular 80-acre Chatsworth Park South closed last year on Valentine's Day and has remained shut after state toxics regulators warned of a positive test for lead.

    Meanwhile, the gym floor in the park's recreation center has been replaced.  The $100,000 repair was funded through Proposition K indebtedness, said Megan Cottier, field deputy for Councilman Greig Smith. "We are working with Rec and Parks to get the gym opened as soon as possible," Matt Myerhoff, Smith's director of communications, said.

    "Regarding Mason Park, the [lawn sprinkler replacement] project was delayed because of the two-part design and getting approval from the Prop K Commission to go out to bid," Myerhoff said.  "The Bureau of Engineering is currently reviewing the bids that have come back," Cottier added.

    "We are working with Rec and Parks to keep the project moving forward with minimal impact to municipal sports and AYSO as well as our community," Myerhoff said.


    Unhitched Trailers Vanish     From Devonshire Street

    After the Department of Transportation (DOT) installed more than 100 additional no unhitched trailer signs along Devonshire Street last month, the advertising signs were removed.

    The move comes after many requests from the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council. The "No Unhitched Trailers" program will eventually expand to other streets where a few of the trailers have been relocated.

    "We have been working for several years to find solutions to the large numbers of unhitched trailers with advertising signs on them which, under State law, are 'vehicles' and can be parked legally on the streets," according to Hannah Lee, associate planning and transportation deputy for Councilman Greig Smith.

    Two years ago, the City Council passed an ordinance allowing "No Parking Unhitched Trailers" signs.

    Lee said, "Our original request to DOT covers the entire stretch of Devonshire in the district, from Valley Circle to the 405. More specifically, it asked that DOT fill the gaps between existing restrictions (i.e. peak hour, time limited, etc.) with 'No Parking Unhitched Trailer' signs."

    "Devonshire was pretty hard hit, so we thought it a logical first request for our district-wide systematic posting program. We'll be continuing on with other major streets in the district," she said.

    Some stakeholders said they telephoned businesses and politely asked them not to use billboard trailers.


    Span School[Photo / Galatzan Gazette]
    VERY CLASSY -- An artist rendering of the Valley Region Span K-8 School to serve Chatsworth and Porter Ranch has been released by the LAUSD facilities department. According to Christos Chrysiliou, manager of the project to be built on Corbin Avenue in Porter Ranch, the next step in the process is approval of the design by the Division of State Architects in the late fall. A notice to begin construction is expected to be given in early 2010, with occupancy of the school in September 2012.


    Chatsworth Community Blood Drive

    The first in a series of Summer Givin' Red Cross blood drives will be 2-8 p.m., Monday, June 22, at the Chatsworth train depot, 10046 Old Depot Plaza Rd. See flyer.

    Why should you participate?
    • Fewer than 3% of Southern Californians donate blood.
    • The community blood supply is everyone's responsibility.
    • You could help save lives.
    • The Red Cross needs to collect 1,500 units of blood each day.
    • During last year's Metrolink train disaster, a single victim required 100 units of blood due to a liver laceration.  Imagine how many units of blood were used in total.
    Here's how to participate:
    1. Visit:
    2. Enter Chatsworth's Zip Code 91311
    3. Click on "sort by distance" to select all Summer Givin' blood drives
    4. Schedule your appointment
    5. Create a profile if you haven't done so already
    For questions on Summer Givin' blood drive locations, contact Sherry Nikirk (818) 992-2005. For more Information about the program, visit:

    Here are other Summer Givin' donation sites:
    • Harman International - Northridge - June 23
    • Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN) - July 1
    • LAPD Topanga Station - July 2
    • Time Warner Cable - Chatsworth - July 8
    • Northridge Hospital - July 9
    • St. Stephen Presbyterian Church - Chatsworth - July 12
    • Chatsworth Products - July 17
    • Northridge United Methodist Church - July 20
    • MRV Communication - Chatsworth - July 20
    • Canoga Perkins - Chatsworth - July 20
    • Iris International - Chatsworth - July 27
    • LAPD Devonshire Station - July 30
    • Chatsworth High School - July 30
    • St John Eudes Catholic Church - Chatsworth - Aug. 2
    • CalState University Northridge - Aug. 4
    • Community Christian Alliance Church - Northridge - Aug. 23
    • Cosmetic Laboratories of America - Chatsworth - Aug.  24 (not open to public)
    • Southern California Gas Company - Chatsworth - Aug. 26
    • Harman International, Northridge - Sept. 3

    Burglaries, Hate Graffiti Increasing

    By Danny Del Valle
    Senior Lead Officer, LAPD

    Our area crime of concern is burglary and vandalism/hate incidents. 

    Burglary: The primary method for suspects to enter residences is through unlocked doors, windows, and "doggy doors." 

    When you are not home, please try to lock all doors and windows.  Most criminals are opportunistsBadge, and opportunists look for the easy victim.  Burglars will usually try to "case" or research the area initially, and try to get a feel for the neighborhood they will victimize. 

    Once the burglar feels comfortable that he or she can roam about because the area is inactive -- no one in the area observing -- then he or she decides to act.  Reports have revealed that burglars look for homes that are easy to enter while avoiding loud noises (glass breaking or smashing doors) and having attention drawn.

    Anti-Crime tip: Keep an eye on who is strolling through the neighborhood.  Let those strangers know that you see them and you are not afraid to observe their actions.  It's always a good idea to have a telephone in your hand when the stranger/suspect looks in your direction.  Criminals do not want to be seen or feel that they will be caught and will usually leave and move on.  

    Graffiti: I have seen a spike of vandalism and graffiti around the division. But what concerns me are that some cases involve swastika or  hate related type incidents regarding race.  There is an old saying, "Can't you read the writing on the walls?"  I believe that this saying is so true. 

    The more we tolerate this activity or what is really behind it, we are allowing the hate to spawn into violent activity.  Please do not confront the criminals in the act, but immediately notify law enforcement to deal with the suspects.  After the act has been committed, first photograph it and then clean or have it painted out.  If you leave it on the walls, the graffiti will grow and so will other criminal acts. 

    If you can't paint it out yourself, a great free resource to utilize is West Valley Alliance Graffiti Removal (818) 885-8885. Working together is how we reduce crime.  Thank you and be safe.

    Neighborhood Watch: Our meetings are 7 p.m. the 4th Thursday of each month at Saint John Eudes Church located at 9901 Mason Ave.


    Citizen oif the Year
    [Photo / Saul Daniels]  
    HONORED -- Jelena Csanyi was honored as Chatsworth Citizen of the Year at the recent Chatsworth Community Coordinating Council banquet for her community service as a member of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, the Historical Society, Friends of the Library and a myriad of civic and charitable organizations. Gary Washburn made part of  the presentation.


    Water Rationing Now In Effect

    Los Angeles now requires residents to cut water consumption by 15% or pay higher utility bills.

    Phase III conservation measures restrict lawn watering with automatic sprinklers to Mondays and Thursdays, before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Watering by hand with a flow-control nozzle is allowed on any day, before 9 a.m, and after 4 p.m.

    "Under the DWP's tiered billing system, about 85% of single family homes, and 99% of apartment buildings in the 12th District fall into the lowest water usage tier, so they will see no increase in their bill," Councilman Greig Smith said.

    "For the remaining 15% the remaining options are to conserve more, or see rates increase. Single-family households are allocated a certain amount of water at the lowest rate -- Tier 1. This allotment is determined by three things: lot size, location and number of household members," he said.

    "The higher rate is for every additional gallon of water used in a billing period that is above that amount. This means that you will not be penalized if you have already been conserving water, because the Tier is not set based on your own use."

    Below are several links with detailed information on the Phase III water conservation measures:
    If your water bill does not currently show your Tier 1 water allocation you can get it by contacting the DWP directly at (800) 342-5397, or email The DWP website has a special feature that allows residents to look up their usage tiers and rates by entering their address to determine if they are currently below or above the water-use limit. Councilman Greig Smith also has a water update here.

    Under Phase III water rationing, it is illegal to:
    • Water using outdoor sprinklers on days except Mondays and Thursdays;
    • Use water to wash any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking areas except in incidences to protect public health;
    • Allow runoff onto streets and gutters from excessive watering;
    • Irrigate landscaping between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Permit leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired;
    • Permit watering during periods of rain;
    • Water outdoors for more than 15 minutes per watering station, 10 minutes for other irrigation systems;
    • Allow for the washing of a vehicle without using a hose with a self-closing, shut-off device;
    • Serve water to customers in eating establishments unless requested;
    • Use water to clean, fill or maintain decorative fountains unless the water is part of a recirculating system;
    • Permit large landscape areas to water without rain sensors that shut off irrigation systems;
    • Install non-recirculating systems in new car wash and commercial laundry systems; and
    • Install single-pass cooling systems in new buildings.
    To report water waste call 1-800-Dial-DWP or email


    Enjoy a Family Movie Under the Stars
    Save Saturday, June 13, for the season premiere of "Movies Under the Stars," to see a free family-friendly movie filmed right here in Hotel for DogsChatsworth.

    "Hotel for Dogs," will be shown outdoors at 8 p.m. at Holleigh Bernson Park, 20500 Sesnon Blvd., Porter Ranch. Bring picnics, blankets and chairs.

    The PG-rated "Hotel for Dogs" was filmed at the West Valley Animal Care Center in Chatsworth.

    There will be free popcorn and a free raffle. There will also be free face painting for kids provided by event co-sponsor Ken Sampson. See the flyer.

    Department of Animal Services will bring a mobile pet adoption booth for the event. Please do not bring dogs, alcohol and BBQs.

    Here's the schedule for other "Movies Under the Stars":

    Saturday, July 11
    Approximate Event Start Time:  5:30 p.m.
    Approximate Start time 8:15 p.m.
    Movie: "Madagascar"
    Location: Northridge Park

    Tuesday, Aug. 4 In partnership with LAPD's National Night Out
    Approximate Event Start Time:  5:30 p.m.
    Approximate Start time 8:15 p.m.
    Movie: "Kung Fu Panda"
    Location: Northridge Park

    Saturday, Sept. 12
    Approximate Event Start Time:  5:30 p.m.
    Approximate Start time 7:30 p.m.
    Movie: TBD
    Location: Northridge Park

    For more information, call (818) 756-8501 or email


    Citrus Sunday
    [Photos / Saul Daniels]
    Fruit donations are loaded at Chatsworth Fire Station 107.

    Citrus Sunday a Harvest of Plenty
    Citrus SundayThe Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, Fire Stations, community groups and hundreds of volunteers participated in the 4th Annual Citrus Sunday, on May 3.

    About 20,000 pounds of oranges and grapefruit were picked and dropped off at fire stations and distributed by the Valley Interfaith Council to needy families served by their food banks.


    Opportunity Clicks

    These are difficult economic times, so your Neighborhood Council has added an employment search engine to our website and newsletter. This convenient search engine reaches out to most job sites large and small and lists all your opportunities in one place.

    keywords location
    job title or skills
    Jobs by SimplyHired

    You might also click on WorkSource California.


    Chatsworth High Baseball
    [From LAT Video]
    CHATSWORTH HIGH DOGPILE -- Chatsworth players pile onto the pitcher's mound after defeating Cleveland for the City Section baseball title Saturday at Dodger Stadium. It was the Chancellors' third straight section championship.
    Landmark Rocket Bowl Closes After 47 Years

    Rocket BowlChatsworth's AMF Rocket Bowl fizzled this week after 47 years, the latest pin to fall among dozens of San Fernando Valley bowling alleys.

    The Cold War-era venue saw its last strikes Sunday as disabled kids launched balls down its lanes.

    With its lease not renewed, AMF is pulling its equipment while the landowner plans to raze the building for a shopping center. Click for MORE.

    SOLID Fundraiser Dinner at Islands

    Don't miss the SOLID (Supporters of Law Enforcement in Devonshire) fundraiser dinner, 5 -9 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, at Islands Restaurant in Porter Ranch. 

    A portion of your bill will help SOLID purchase non-city supplied equipment and materials for the police officers working at the Devonshire Community Police Station.

    Islands Restaurant is at 11400 Porter Ranch Dr.,  Porter Ranch. For reservations, call (818) 368-2305.

    Print out this announcement and present it to your server and 20% of your bill will be donated to SOLID. For more information visit or call (818) 363-1726.


    New Controller to Hold Town Hall

    Councilmember Wendy Greuel, who was recently elected as Wendy Greuelour new City Controller, will hold a Town Hall meeting 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, at the Northridge Recreation Center. Light refreshments will be served.

    The recreation center is at Northridge Park, 18300 Lemarsh St., Northridge.

    For more information or to RSVP email, or call (818) 755-7676.

    See invitation flyer.


    CERT Class
    [Photo / Saul Daniels]
    The room is filled for the Neighborhood Council's CERT class.

    CERT Class Filled to Capacity

    By Clara Woll
    Public Safety and Transportation Committee

    We received 120 calls about registering for the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council's latest Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class but had room for only 86 people. 

    We referred callers we could not accommodate to other classes in the Valley that had seats available.  We were pleased to see such a strong interest from our community in CERT training. 

    It is in Chatsworth's interest to have as many people as possible CERT-trained in case of emergency.  If you are interested in CERT classes please go to and click on "Current CERT Trainings."  In addition, we will try to list in The Roundup future classes near Chatsworth.

    For instance, there is a class sponsored by the West Hills Neighborhood Council beginning July 2 and going through Aug. 13 that is being held on Tuesday evenings from 7 - 9:30 p.m. at the Chapel, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills.  For more information or reservations contact Bobbie Trantaffelo at (818) 917-8932.

    This is the second series of CERT class offered by the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council. We have also offered CPR and first aid classes.


    Be Alert to Squatters and Scam Artists

    The Los Angeles Housing Department would like to alert residents to squatters and scam artists who illegally occupy foreclosed properties owned by banks or who hold themselves out as the new landlord and rent the units to unsuspecting tenants.  Please report any suspicious activity on any vacant or foreclosed properties in your neighborhood to the Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Division at (818) 832-0633.

    In addition, the City of Los Angeles has passed a new ordinance increasing the protections against mortgage modification scams, according to the mayor's office.

    Here are the new homeowner protections:
    1. No work, no fee. It is now illegal for mortgage consultants to charge an advance fee to modify a mortgage.
    2. The homeowner has the Right to a Contract.
    3. The homeowner has the Right to Cancel a Contract, no questions asked, within 7 days.
    4.  Loan modification fraud victims have the Right to Sue for triple damages, court costs, and attorney fees.
    See the flyer.


    Come and Kick Up Your Heels

    The 4th Annual Chatsworth Barn Dance featuring live music, great food, line dancing and family fun will be held on Saturday, June 27 from 6 p.m. onwards.

    The Doo-Wah Riders, one of LA's most popular country bands who define their sound as "high energy country with a Cajun twist," will perform. Line dancing comes courtesy of the Borderline Club, Thousand Oaks.
    There will also be fun family activities including road apple bingo and horse shoes and a great selection of food from some of the area's most popular restaurants.

    The Barn Dance will be held at Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship's current ranch at 21126 Chatsworth St. Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple and can be purchased in advance from Ride On. For more information please call Pat UpdeGraff at (818) 700-2971 or email


    LAPD BadgePolice Fundraiser
    SOLID (Supporters of Law Enforcement in Devonshire) fundraiser dinner, will be 5 -9 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, at Islands Restaurant, 11400 Porter Ranch Dr., Porter Ranch. Print out this announcement and present it to your server and 20% of your bill will be donated to SOLID. For more information visit or call (818) 363-1726.

    Chatsworth Neighborhood CouncilHealth Fair
    Free medical services will be provided, Saturday, June 6, by the Pico Union Neighborhood
     Council. For more information, please see the event flyer.  


    YMCA GolfKids to Camp Golf Tournament
    North Valley Family YMCA golf tournament, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, June 8, raises funds for summer resident camp scholarships for kids who otherwise couldn't afford to attend, plus helps maintain North Valley's extensive away and day camping program that provides activities for 1,200 kids annually. Golfers enjoy an event-filled day during the tournament which has a full range of activities and many opportunities to win trophies and prizes. Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Dr., Northridge. Details, (818) 368-3231 or

    City HallController's Town Hall Meeting
    Newly elected City Controller Wendy Greuel will hold a Town Hall meeting 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, at the Northridge Recreation Center, 18300 Lemarsh St., Northridge. Details,, or call (818) 755-7676. See flyer.

    MoneyBusiness Workshop
    Build WorkSource is hosting a free two-day workshop, 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, and Thursday, June 11, at 9207 Eton Ave. To RSVP contact Ray Valdiviezo at (818) 701-9800 or

    FilmFree Summer Movies
    "Hotel for Dogs," will be shown outdoors at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 13, at Holleigh Bernson Park, 20500 Sesnon Blvd., Porter Ranch. Bring picnics, blankets and chairs. See the flyer.

    BloodBlood Drive
    The first in a series of Summer Givin' Red Cross blood drives will be 2-8 p.m., Monday, June 22, at the Chatsworth train depot, 10046 Old Depot Plaza Rd. See flyer.

    Business PlanWriting a Business Plan
    Workshop will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, June 23. Cost: $30. Premier America Credit Union, 19867 Prairie St., Chatsworth.  To reserve call (661) 294-9375 or email Other workshops will be:
    Effective Marketing for Small Businesses on June 24 and California Construction Contractors Program on June 25.

    Barn DanceBarn Dance
    The annual Barn Dance will be held beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 27 at Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship, 21126 Chatsworth St. Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple and can be purchased in advance from Ride On. For more information please call Pat UpdeGraff at (818) 700-2971 or email

    EconomyEvening of Help and Hope
    Free resource evening including dinner, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, at St. Steven Presbyterian Church, 20121 Devonshire St. Get help from specialists in employment counseling, resume upgrades, internet job hunting, coping with foreclosure and loan modification, credit restoration, budgeting, assistance with legal concerns and access to social services. RSVP  for dinner, (818) 360-7560 or See flyer.

    GolfPALS Golf Tournament
    LAPD Devonshire PALS and the Barbara McIntyre Memorial Foundation invite all golfers to enter the 30th Annual Grand Golf Invitational, Monday, July 13 at the Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Dr., Northridge. Details and registration, or call (818) 349-1706.

    • Submit an event HERE.
    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: ________________________________________
    While supplies last                                                                6.3.09