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Equestrian Edition   |   |   Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Here's the memo just received

LADWP Proposes Modifications to Water Shortage Year Rates

LADWP has received numerous inquiries and suggestions regarding mandatory water conservation from various stakeholders as well as the Los Angeles City Council. During the discussion and consideration of Mandatory Water Conservation by the Council at its meeting on April 17, 2009, the Council requested LADWP implement a process to consider "hardship exemptions" and report back with a proposal that includes a hardship process for persons who have special medical needs, who own horses and/or have reduced their water use as much as possible.
In addition, the Council requested that the Water Shortage Year Rates ordinance be amended to provide the City Council with at least 30 days to consider any potential future request to implement Shortage Year Rates.
As you know, shortage year rates are designed to send a strong price signal to our customers to conserve water.  It is not our goal to adversely impact customers who are already conserving, but who may have extenuating circumstances. As a result, the LADWP plans to move forward with the proposed water rate modifications below:
  • Medical Use Allocations
  • Increased Council Review Time for Shortage Year Rates
  • Horse Allocations
In addition to the specific modifications requested by the Council, the LADWP is also proposing to increase the Low Income/Lifeline Subsidy and make a technical adjustment to the Tier 2 Rate.
  • To ensure that our Low Income/Lifeline customers are not adversely affected by mandatory water conservation, LADWP will increase subsidies by the degree of water supply shortage. In this case, LADWP proposes to increase subsidies fifteen percent, the current declared shortage.
  • Currently, the cost of purchased water is embedded in the Tier 2 rate and is added to the Tier 1 rate. In order to maintain the proper price signal and encourage conservation, LADWP proposes to add purchased water costs to Tier 2 rather than embed this cost in the current pricing structure.  If the current structure remains in place the Tier 1 rate will ultimately surpass the Tier 2 rate and customers who use only Tier 1 water will be penalized and take on the burden of heavy water users.
LADWP will host workshops in June to provide information relative to the proposed changes to the recently implemented water shortage year rates. In addition, LADWP is developing a Strategic Plan. The initial draft framework was presented to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners who in turn directed staff to seek input from interested stakeholders, especially Neighborhood Councils. To that end, a discussion of LADWP's Strategic Plan will be included in the June workshops. Please find below a schedule for these workshops.

June 24, 2009
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Marvin Braude San Fernando Valley
Constituent Service Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
First Floor Meeting Room
Van Nuys, CA
June 25, 2009
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Services Center
8745 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
June 30, 2009
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LADWP Customer Service Center
4030 Crenshaw Blvd.
(Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin L. King)
Los Angeles, CA

In addition, particularly for those who are unable to attend any of these meetings, you may provide input and/or ask questions online by using the Inquiry feature at

We hope to see you at one of the workshops and we thank you for your dedicated interest and participation.

Simone Taylor
Government & Neighborhood Relations Liaison
LADWP, Public Affairs Division

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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.

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  • Public Safety & Transportation.

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  • Enhancements.

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  • Land Use.

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    Orange LineOrange Line Groundbreaking
    Groundbreaking ceremony for the Canoga Avenue extension of the Orange Line busway will be 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 24, at the Chatsworth Depot, 10046 Old Depot Plaza Rd.. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilman Greig Smith, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Metro Board Member Richard Katz, and other city and county transportation officials will kick off construction on the new dedicated busway connecting the Orange Line terminus at Warner Center to Chatsworth.

    GavelSanta Susana Mountain Area Committee

    Discussion of committee organization and concerns about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, at the Fairwinds Retirement Center, 8138 Woodlake Ave, West Hills (the South east corner of Roscoe and Woodlake - enter from Woodlake). Agenda.

    Field LabSanta Susana 101
    Please join us 6:30 - 9 p.m.,Thursday, June 25, at ACME, 23350 Lake Manor Drive for a discussion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site, the regulatory overview, as well as the current issues. The Department of Toxic Substances Control will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have regarding the site cleanup. Details.

    ShovelMayor's Day of Service
    Volunteers are invited to participate in a brush clearance project in Aliso Canyon Park in Granada Hills 8-11 a.m., Saturday, June 27 as part of the citywide Day of Service. Aliso Canyon Park is on the north side of Rinaldi Street, one block west of Zelzah Avenue.

    City HallVolunteer Appreciation Festival
    This event serves as a gesture of gratitude to all those who have volunteered in their communities or participated at a Day of Service since July 2005. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Saturday, June 27, Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St. Los Angeles.

    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

    FilmStudent Films Premiere Night
    Los Angeles Valley College will screen student films about LAUSD budget cuts 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 30 at C - Monarch Hall, 5800 Fulton Ave, Vall
    ey Glen.  Enter Parking Lot B on the corner of Fulton & Oxnard. Children are welcome but childcare will not be provided.  Please RSVP at (213) 241-6386. See Flyer.

    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.

    FireworksFireworks at Dusk
    Gates open at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 4, at Shepherd of the Hills, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch.  There will be an indoor show, face painting and jumps for the kids, an outdoor stage show and of course a Spectacular Fireworks Show. There will also be food for purchase -- an array of carnival and fair-type choices such as funnel cakes, kettle corn, BBQ, tacos and more. Details, (818) 831-9333 or visit

    JobJob & Resource Fair
    Through exclusive partnerships with employers, access hundreds of job opportunities. The Resource Fair will also offer Education & Training Options and Community Services, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, July 8 at  21010 Vanowen St., Canoga Park. for more information, call  (818) 596-4128 or email

    MadagascarMovies Under the Stars
    Enjoy a free pool party and root beer floats at Northridge Pool before the movie Madagascar, 5:30 - 9 p.m., Saturday, July 11 at Northridge Park, 18300 Lemarsh St., Northridge. For more information, call (818) 756-8501 or email or visit

    RecyclingE-Waste Collection
    Bring your old, broken, unwanted electronic waste for recycling 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, to the Whole Foods shopping center at 19340 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Proceeds from the collection will go to the Child Development Institute. For more information, call (866) 410-9600 and ask for the recycling department. For drop off informationm or if you need a large pick up, call (818) 534-2316.

    BalloonsHealthy Air Healthy Communities Family Fair
    The South Coast Air Quality Management District in conjunction with the Valley Inter-Faith Council, Valley Industrial & Commerce Association, Progressive Christians Uniting, Valley Green Team, Pacoima Beautiful and Eco Family News are hosting the "Healthy Air Healthy Communities Family Fair."  The event is scheduled from noon-5 p.m., Sunday, July 12, at Valley College. Details here.

    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., Porter Ranch. Details and registration, or call (818) 349-1706.

    BooksBook Sale
    Friends of the Chatsworth Library has another book sale planned for Saturday, July 18 at 21052 Devonshire St.

    BadgeNeighborhood Watch
    The next Chatsworth Neighborhood Watch meeting will be 7 p.m., Thursday, July 23, at   St. John Eudes Church,  9901 Mason Ave. Daniel Del Valle is the senior lead officer for Basic Car Area 17A23.
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