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Summer's Still Here Edition   |   |   Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009

[Photo / Saul Daniels]
WHIRLIBIRD -- Fire Department helicopter awaits activation in Van Nuys Airport hanger.

LAFD to Build Helispot at Reservoir
In This Issue
  • LAFD Plans Helispot
  • Brownout Debate
  • Metrolink Memorial
  • Stoney Point Scouts
  • Remembering Art
  • Facelift for McD
  • Commissioners Return
  • Ad Trailers Move
  • Monsters Made, Not Born
  • Movie Finalie
  • Speed Limit Forum
  • Meltdown Panel
  • Chatsworth Construction
  • More Church Opposition
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  • Chatsworth in the News
  • Action Calendar


    Your Neighborhood Council Meets 
    Wednesday, Sept. 2

    The next meeting of your  Chatsworth Neighborhood Council is Wednesday, Sept. 2. Join us at 7 p.m., at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., for the meeting and light refreshments.

    Note: The Council will hold a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of founding board member Art Schlefstein. Information about the rules and procedures for the special election will be discussed at the Sept. 2 meeting.

    Bring your questions and civic announcements.


    Commemorating Chatsworth's Day of Accidental Heroes

    Sept. 12, 2008, was a day when a lot of ordinary people became accidental heroes.

    Chatsworth has always been a community that cares. On that fateful day, the outpouring of assistance was nothing short of phenomenal. Dozens -- perhaps hundreds -- of neighbors didn't just stand by gawking, they immediately ran to the scene of the Metrolink train crash to help in any way they could. They provided everything from cases of water and boxes of medical supplies to manpower to help pull victims from the wreckage.

    People didn't hesitate to help in any way they could. Others were in need, and this community didn't stop giving and helping until well after the hundreds of rescue workers had left the area and the cleanup began.

    A year later, many can't get the gruesome scenes and the awful sounds out of their minds. Many who live close to the tracks pay close attention to the sound of every train that rumbles through.

    Motorists crossing the tracks on Chatsworth Street can see a makeshift memorial that has been maintained since a few days after the accident. Many look north at the two sets of tracks at Chatsworth Street and still wonder why the Metrolink train left its safe haven there and rolled north onto the single track that goes through the old, narrow tunnel at Stoney Point -- only to have the freight train barrel through on its journey south.

    For a few months after the incident, there were a number of award ceremonies and acknowledgments that something extraordinary had occurred here. But the people who ran to help all those strangers on a train just wanted to help others in need, they weren't looking for glory or kudos or even a simple thanks. Chatsworth cares, and people just knew that there was a problem and it had to be solved immediately.

    As we reach the one-year anniversary, most of the neighbors' lives have returned to normal. There will be a Sept. 12 memorial ceremony at Stoney Point primarily intended to honor the lost souls and those who were injured.

    It will also be a time for the community to remember a day when a tragedy of monumental proportions befell a neighborhood that showed how extraordinary average people can be.

    Judith Daniels
    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council


    We Get E-Mails

    We love to hear from our stakeholders. If you have a comment, news release or story idea, send it to
    E-mails can be edited for content and length.

  • Signed Out

    I am a resident on Mason Avenue  and have been for the last 18 years.

    Recently there has been an increase in billboards with tires on local and surrounding streets and I was wondering if this is even legal? 

    It's insulting on numerous levels, for starters the ads are generally all poorly designed and they are definitely an eyesore. I'd imagine drivers are accustomed to being bombarded with advertisements but to have them placed directly on the road where drivers are sometimes forced to drive around them seems a bit much.

    Mohsen Yazdanian

  • There are still a few unhitched trailer advertising signs on Topanga.  One of the problems, as I explained to Jim Dellinger of the Councilman's office, is that they take up the few street parking places for the apartment buildings near and north of Nordhoff.  In addition, they sometimes block the view of drivers attempting to exit driveways onto Topanga, where the speed limit is high.  He kindly explained the department in the City which is handling this transportation issue.
    Thanks for the great work clearing the signs off Devonshire Street, and I can't wait until they do the same on Mason.  I was there a few days ago, and one was blocking the view of oncoming traffic when trying to exit Chase Bank.  It was frightening to not be able to see the traffic.

    Julie Stranges

    All Fired Up

    I am sending this to protest the "brownout" at our Fire Station 96 here in Chatsworth, and to all of you in different communities  in Los Angeles who will also be affected.

    Our mayor and several people on the City Council have decided to implement what are called "brownouts" to save money.  What does it mean to us here in Chatsworth?

    If one fire engine is away on another incident/accident/fire there will be not be immediate backup to respond to us and our properties.  The firefighters will be stretched thin.  The closest fire stations with hook and ladder trucks are at Victory and Fallbrook, Vanowen and DeSoto and up at Porter Ranch. These stations are not near us and it will take approximately 10 more minutes to reach us. 

    In the event of you or your loved one goes into cardiac arrest, there is a 4-5 minute window of survival.  If your local fire company is "browned-out" that day, you will not have any chance of survival. 

    We don't deserve this and it is a terrible way for the city to try to save money. 

    Michele DeGaetano

    Re-Design Time

    When I attended a recent meeting about plans to build a church on CHIME's property at Devonshire and Valley Circle, I  learned that previous specific objections were still not being addressed. I became concerned.

    1)  Why doesn't the architecture firm re-design the church to conform with the neighborhood? I see no reason why the builders cannot design one or more subterranean levels to accommodate classrooms, parking, etc. It's done all the time everywhere in the world.

    2.) Upon going back to the drawing board, the firm could then present those ideas to the church members, who could  subsequently inform the entire surrounding neighborhood in an extensive, thorough fashion.  My guess is that the plans would be readily accepted.

    Vicki Ahlers

    No Meltdown

    First, I want to thank you for printing my letter on the farm at Pierce College last month. Your newsletter is a model that should be used by all Neighborhood Councils.
    I noticed that you had a lot of content about the "meltdown" in the last issue. I want you to know that I personally do not believe that there was a "meltdown" at the reactor in the Simi Hills.

    I spent almost the whole month of July interviewing over 20 former Atomics International employees -- all in their late 70s and 80s. These ranged from reactor operators to physicists -- some with PhDs. And the Sodium Reactor Experiment  (SRE) Building was not evacuated and shut down. In fact it went back online about a year later. From the documents that I have read, and the people that are still alive today, I think there is no health risk from that particular project.
    Former Daily News editor Ron Kaye's printed my conclusions. Here is a link.
    Thanks again for all that you do.
    Chris Rowe
    West Hills Neighborhood Council

    We're Blushing

    Thank you.  This publication is very very informative and keeps me in the know about what is going on and about my community.

    Debra K. Williams
    General Services Administration

  • What a great issue of The Chatsworth Roundup. I have been on vacation. I feel as if in one issue I got all caught up as to the "doings" in the area.

    Diana Dixon-Davis

  • Good job of covering all the important happenings in your community.

    Ed Crowe
    Publisher, West Valley News
    West Hills


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    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.


    DWP Water Conservation Measures in Effect

    DWP water conservation measures are now in effect, restricting 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.

    Here are several links with detailed information on the water conservation measures:

    Shortage Year Rates Fact Sheet

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Sprinkler Use Ordinance

    Prohibited Uses of Water

    DWP Phone: (800) Dial DWP
    DWP Website: 

    To report water waste call   (800) Dial DWP.

    For information on the DWP's Residential Drought Resistant Landscape Incentive Program, call (888) 376-3314. For information on any of the Department's other rebates and incentives visit
    and click on "Rebates and Programs" or (800) dial DWP.


    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.

    Bureau of Sanitation Accepting Old TVs

    With the switch from analog to digital broadcasting, the City of Los Angeles' Bureau of Sanitation reminds the public to properly discard analog televisions, antennas and other electronics by taking them to a S.A.F.E Center. For information on locations and hours of S.A.F.E. Centers, go to their website.


    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


    L.A. 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.


    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 jong, 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 chatsworth4seniors@yahoo.
    com; or contact Phyllis Fisher at (818) 701-6099.


    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, visit


    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

    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:

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    Choppers to Load Water, Fuel During Battles Against West Valley Wildfires

    When fingers of fire from the next Sesnon-type blaze spread through Chatsworth and the West Valley, homeowners may have additional protection from water-dropping helicopters.

    After two years of planning, the fire department is ready to establish an emergency helispot on the grounds of the Chatsworth Reservoir and Nature Preserve north of the former DeVry campus, Fire Capt. Wendell F. Smith said. The closest street is Fallbrook Avenue.

    The proposal won quick approval from the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council at the August meeting.  "We will be meeting with Councilman Smith's office in the near future to review the project," Chief Joseph Foley said in a email.

    The DWP will run a water line with a standard fireplug to  removable landing pads, made of rectangles of asphalt cut from Lankershim Boulevard during a recent construction project, Smith said. The fire department will use the site only when fighting fires and for training sessions and plans to consult with the West Hills Neighborhood Council.

    An interlocking, closed system is used to prevent fuel spills in the environmentally sensitive area, he said.

    Capt. Wendell F. Smith
    [Photo / Saul Daniels]
    Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Wendell F. Smith demonstrates interlocking fueling system which prevents spills.


    Councilman Smith, Firefighters Square Off Over 'Brownouts'
    Union Members Knock on Chatsworth Doors

    Members of the firefighters union and their supporters canvassed parts of Chatsworth urging residents to complain to their council member about budget cuts to the Fire Department.

    The Aug. 15 action followed the City Council's decision to close fire stations and redistribute personnel in a rolling "brownout" fashion as a money-saving move.

    The union also struck back with a controversial flyer mailed to 100,000 voters throughout the city urging residents to contact their councilmembers. The mailer featured photos from the Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth and asked whether the city could respond as quickly today.

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa claimed the photos of the train tragedy were exploitive.

    Councilman Greig Smith responded with an email and newspaper opinion piece.

    "I am very disappointed that the Union that represents our firefighters has engaged in a shameful campaign that exploits one of the worst tragedies that our community has ever experienced, the Chatsworth Metrolink train crash of Sept. 12, 2008," Smith said.

    "This tragedy took the lives of 25 people, injured 135 and traumatized our entire City... This is particularly insensitive on the eve of the anniversary of the disaster, as the entire community prepares for the one-year memorial."

    For his full statement, click here.

    Under the current plan, 87 firefighters, out of the 1,100 who are working at any given time, are off-duty and cannot collect overtime. The plan addresses a $39 million shortfall in the LAFD budget.

    LAFD Mailer

    CONTROVERSIAL --  Mailer with photos of Metrolink tragedy.


    Unveiling of Memorial Plaque Set for One-Year Anniversary

    One year ago, our lives were changed forever.

    Train CandleThe Chatsworth Metrolink train disaster of Sept. 12, 2008 was a tragedy that brought trauma to the families of the victims, those who were injured, the rescue workers, groups that offered assistance, and the entire community.

    Please join us on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9:30 a.m. in Chatsworth for the unveiling ceremony of the monument dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Chatsworth Metrolink train disaster one year ago.

    On the one-year anniversary of this tragic event, we will unveil a public monument overlooking the crash site and hold a dedication ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives, and their loved ones.

    Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. to park at the Church at Rocky Peak, located at 22601 Santa Susana Pass Rd., Chatsworth. Shuttles will bring visitors to the event location at Stoney Point Park. The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

    For more information, please call (818) 756-8501.

    --Previously published in Councilman Greig Smith's Briefing.


    [Photo / BSA]  
    TIDY TIME -- Scouts will be returning to Stoney Point on Oct. 24 for their annual cleanup. They were unable to do it last year because of the Metrolink train crash and the Valley wildfires. They are shown following their 2004 service day. September is recruiting month for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. For details, click here or email Paul Oliver at  For Girl Scout information, click here.


    Arthur Herbert Schlefstein, 69
    He Served the Chatsworth Community

    Arthur Herbert Schlefstein, 69, a founding member of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, died Aug. 6 after a 15-year battle with prostate cancer.

    Art SchlefsteinHe was born in New York on Nov. 7, 1939, and came to Los Angeles in 1962 in a red convertible after serving six years in the Army. He lived in Chatsworth for about 40 years.

    During his three terms on the Neighborhood Council, Art served on the Enhancements, Beautification, Land Use, Public Safety & Transportation and Equestrian committees. He was active with the council from the time it was formed in 2003.

    Among his many volunteer activities, Art was a member of the Chatsworth Historical Society, Chatsworth Community Coordinating Council and Elks Lodge. He was a longtime reserve Sheriff's deputy, a Big Brother and ham radio operator. He was a member of many Realtor organizations.

    Art served on the Devonshire-Topanga Corridor Design Review Board since 2004 and was on the Chatsworth Business Improvement District board for two terms. He also was an officer with the Bluegrass Country Court Homeowners Association.

    Art studied business at City University of New York-Baruch College and founded two companies in Chatsworth. For 35 years he was president of Contact Enterprises Inc, providing business supplies and equipment and manufacturing pressure sensitive labels and aircraft tapes from 1971 to 2006. He was president of Wizard of OsZ, a well-known computer company in Chatsworth that he owned from 1981 to 1998. He was an active Realtor for 30 years, most recently with Prudential California Realty.

    He also was active with PAACT (Patient Advocate for Advanced Cancer Treatment).

    He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Alicia; four sons, Scott, Casey, Claudio and Steven; a sister, Judi; and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations for prostate cancer research to


    [Photo / McDonald's Corp.] 
    McBUILDING -- McDonald's has proposed a total remodel of the Devonshire Street restaurant. This architect's rendering will be presented to the Design Review Board for approval. The Board has jurisdiction over all building and signage on the Devonshire Street commercial corridor.


    Commissioners Return to Chatsworth

    The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners is returning to  Chatsworth for the first time since 2003.

    The board, which certifies, decertifies and polices Los Angeles' 89 neighborhood councils, schedules meetings every month in different communities around the city. At 6 p.m.,  Tuesday, Sept. 1, the panel will meet at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave.

    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council President Judith Daniels has been invited to speak.

    The panel will be discussing ongoing problems with some  neighborhood council operations and considering remedies for communities that have no neighborhood councils.

    The meeting is open to the public and there is a public comment period.


    Advertising Trailers Move to Side Streets

    Although the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council has been successful in clearing unhitched advertising trailers from Devonshire Street, some are now appearing on side streets.

    Stakeholders who find the unhitched trailers to be a safety hazard can call the advertisers and politely let them know these signs are not appreciated.  Here are some signs seen recently:
    • Alarm Monitoring, (818) 341-0811
    • A & E Auto Detailing, (818) 625-5640
    • Baby Gifts to Cherish, (818) 579-3777
    • Cash 4 Your Car, (818) 304-7280
    • Nantucket Creek Apartments, (818) 717-0370
    • Payless Paving, (818) 888-5888
    • Valley College of Medical Careers, (818) 883-9002
    • Vive Night Club, (818) 226-9911
    • Magnetic Signs, (818) 999-5151
    • Subway, (818) 773-9495
    • Zumba Fitness/Time 4 Class, (818) 700-1756
    • Cash 4 Gold, (818) 822-7014
    • Chiropractic/Acupuncture, (818) 831-0100
    • Massage Simple, (818) 882-5878
    • Mold Inspection, (818) 822-7014
    • Powerhouse Music Lessons, (818) 993-5952 
    • Carpet Installed, (818) 822-7014

    Movie Screen
    [Video / Saul Daniels]  
    Monsters Are Made In Chatsworth

    Nearly 500 attended free tours and a screening at Chatsworth's Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. (ADI) on Aug. 8. The  Academy Award-winning studio builds aliens, monsters, beasts and costumes for Hollywood's science fiction and fantasy films.

    The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council provided the inflatable screen on which Alien vs. Predator was shown.

    The event, organized by the Cinema Heritage Project, offered the first public tours of the studio, where the creatures in the AlienPredator and Tremors films were created. ADI also built the "bugs" in Starship Troopers, the beasts of Jumanji and Goro of Mortal Kombat, as well as costumes used in the Spider-Man films. ADI founders, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., explained the studio's operation.

    [Photo / Saul Daniels]
    Obi-Wan Kenobe and Yoda take tour at the fantasy factory.


    'Madagascar 2' to Screen Under the Stars

    The season finale of free "Movies Under the Stars" will feature "Madagascar 2," at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at Northridge Park.
    Madagascar 2
    There will be free popcorn until 9 p.m. and drawings for prizes. There will also be free face painting for kids provided by Ken Sampson of Coldwell Banker.

    Northridge Park is at 10100 Reseda Blvd., Northridge.

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


    Updating Local Control of Speed Limits

    Assemblymember Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank) will host a safe streets forum 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sep. 15 in Burbank.

    He will give residents an update on AB 766, the Safe Streets Bill, and what lies ahead for ensuring local control over speed limits.

    The bill, to give local municipalities greater control over setting their own speed limits, was held in the Assembly Transportation Committee in May after heavy lobbying derailed support, he said.
    The forum will be at Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. To RSVP, call (818) 558-3043 or email with "Safe Streets Forum" in the subject line.


    Panel to Discuss 1959 Nuclear Accident

    The U.S. Department of Energy is holding a public workshop to discuss the 1959 atomic accident that occurred in the Sodium Reactor Experiment in the hills above Chatsworth. 

    A panel of experts will review historical documents and share their observations and analyses, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Grand Vista Hotel in Simi Valley. Click here for the flyer. The workshop includes lunch.
    Three scientists will detail the design of the reactor, what is known about its normal operations, and the fuel that was in the reactor when the accident occurred.  The DOE compiled a set of more than 80 documents for the scientists to review. The DOE has made same documents available to the public at

    To RSVP for lunch, or to request  a compact disk with the documents, contact Debbie Kramer at (818) 466-8898, or


    Cables Being Moved; Sprinklers Delayed

    Train Depot: Quest Communications is relocating fiber optic cables in the southern parking lot at the Chatsworth train depot in preparation for construction of the Orange Line bus terminus.

    Construction will continue for about two weeks.

    Meanwhile, work is progressing on the new northern parking lot with a completion target of October.

    Mason Park: Instillation of a new irrigation system, which will require closing portions of the park, has been delayed until September, according to Megan Cottier of Councilman Greig Smith's office.


    Stakeholders Fear Increase in Traffic

    More than 80 stakeholders crowded the August Land Use Committee meeting to express concern that property owned by CHIME charter school at Devonshire Street and Valley Circle is being sold to a church.

    Most, from the Rockpointe condominium development, Devonshire Street and Craggy View Street, were dismayed by the potential increase in traffic, disruption of equestrian trails, and the possibility that two-story buildings would overshadow their neighborhood. Church representatives were not present. No church plans have been filed with the city.

    Stakeholders who want to be placed an a special Neighborhood Council CHIME/Church email list should send a request to .


    Reserve Now for Free Health Fair

    The Harold Pump Foundation is organizing a community health fair 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at Northridge Hospital. This free health fair will feature booths with a wide range of health, fitness, medical, nutritional and other information.

    People over 50 years of age can also take advantage of this opportunity to receive free blood glucose and blood pressure screening, prostate cancer screening, mammograms and cervical tests. Reservations are required for the free tests.

    Northridge Hospital is at 18300 Roscoe Blvd. at Reseda Boulevard, Northridge. Use the Cancer Center Parking Lot

    To make an appointment, call (818) 700-5668.


    New Live and On-Demand Video

    The Office of the City Clerk is offering new live and on-demand video and audio services of City Council meetings.  For more information, please see their flyer.


    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.


    Charlie Manson
    [Historic Photo]
    THE MANSON MURDERS -- Forty years ago on Aug. 8, from the  Spahn Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Charles Manson dispatched a band of devoted fanatics on a high-profile killing spree that shocked the world and terrified Angelenos, who never left their doors and windows unlocked again.  Tony Castro tells the tale.

    Get Your Ham Radio License

    In times of crisis, Ham radio is often the only means of communication. 

    The San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a free seven- to ten-evening Amateur Radio licensing instruction course. The class meets weekly beginning Thursday, Sept. 10, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. in Classrooms 1 and 2 in the basement of Northridge Hospital, 18300 Roscoe Blvd.

    The course prepares people to take the basic "Ham" radio test in order to become licensed Amateur Radio Operators. The class textbook, The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, can be ordered online at, or purchased from Ham Radio Outlet, 1525 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.

    To enroll, contact Bill Miller at (818) 368-4438 or email  If you are already a licensed Ham,
    the San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club invites you to join them on the 3rd Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Penthouse Auditorium of Northridge Hospital.

    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.


    LAPDNeighborhood Watch
    Bill Dworkin will speak about sexual preditors, 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, at St. John Eudes Church, 9901 Mason Ave. at Lassen Street. Meet Chatsworth Senior Lead Officer Daniel Del Valle. Have your policing questions answered.

    Farmer's MarketChatsworth Farmer's Market
    Every Saturday. 4-8 p.m., St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 20121 Devonshire St. Farmer's Market features, a jumping castle for kids, hot food, sweets, live entertainment, and fresh vegetables and fruit.

    Dept. of EnergyMeltdown Workshop
    Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE) Meeting is 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. RSVP required for lunch. Contact or call Debbie Kramer at (818) 466-8898. See flyer.

    Mitch EnglanderMitch Englander Speaks
    Mitch Englander, chief of staff to Councilman Greig Smith, will speak and take questions at the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch.

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    The San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a free seven- to ten-evening Amateur Radio licensing instruction course. The class meets weekly beginning Thursday, Sept. 10, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. in Classrooms 1 and 2 in the basement of Northridge Hospital, 18300 Roscoe Blvd. To enroll, contact Bill Miller at (818) 368-4438 or email

    CandleMetrolink Memorial
    Arrive 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, for the unveiling ceremony of the monument dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Chatsworth Metrolink train disaster one year ago. Park at the Church at Rocky Peak, 22601 Santa Susana Pass Rd. Shuttles will bring visitors to the event location at Stoney Point Park. The ceremony will last approximately one hour. Details, (818) 756-8501.

    Health FairHealth Fair
    There will be a community health fair 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at Northridge Hospital. This free health fair will feature booths with a wide range of health, fitness, medical, nutritional and other information, plus diagnostic tests for seniors. Northridge Hospital is at 18300 Roscoe Blvd. at Reseda Boulevard, Northridge. Use the Cancer Center parking lot. To make an appointment for diagnostics, call (818) 700-5668.
    Madagascar 2Free Film Finale
    The season finale of free "Movies Under the Stars" will feature "Madagascar 2," at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at Northridge Park, 10100 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. There will be free popcorn until 9 p.m., drawings for prizes and free face painting for kids. Details, (818) 756-8501, email or visit

    LANHS logoForeclosure Prevention Fair
    Counselors from HUD certified agencies, select lenders and servicers, and attorneys will meet with distressed homeowners 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at Jordan High School, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, to provide on-site assistance and one-on-one counseling. Homeowners must bring their loan documents, income verification and monthly budget.  They can also download and complete the Client Intake form in advance to bring to the event. Review the document called Items Needed for Review and make sure to bring those documents. Homeowners should RSVP to secure a spot at (213) 381-2862 and click here. Sponsored by The City of Long Beach and the Los Angeles County NeighborWorks Center for Foreclosure Solutions.

    SignSafe Streets and Speed Limit Forum
    Forum will address safe streets and speed limits at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sep. 15, at Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. The forum will give residents an update about Assemblymember Paul Krekorian's AB 766, the Safe Streets Bill, and what lies ahead for ensuring local control over speed limits.

    FairEmergency Preparedness Fair
    Learn everything you'll need to prepare yourself, your family and your workplace at the City of Los Angeles 18th Annual Emergency Preparedness on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Avenue, Northridge. Free samples, demos and lots of information. Click for flyer.

    BadgeNeighborhood Watch
    The September Chatsworth Neighborhood Watch meeting will be 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, at   St. John Eudes Church,  9901 Mason Ave. Danny Del Valle is the senior lead officer for Basic Car Area 17A23

    CleanupCommunity Cleanup
    The next Council District 12 community cleanup effort will be 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Nobel Middle School, 9950 Tampa Ave., Northridge. Click for flyer.

    QuiltPioneer Day
    The annual Chatsworth Pioneer Day will be 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Homestead Acre, 10385 Shadow Oak Drive. The Acre is adjacent to the entrance of Chatsworth Park South at the west end of Devonshire Street. The festival features a chili cook-off, woodcarvers, panning for gold, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, "chores of yore," and much more. Park at the Chatsworth train depot for free shuttle service every 15 minutes. Donations: $4 adults, $1 children, kids under 5 are free. Details: (818) 882-5614 and

    BooksGiant Used Book Sale
    The Chatsworth Friends of the Library is holding a Giant Used Book Sale on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Chatsworth Branch Library, 21052 Devonshire St., from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hardback books are $1. Paperback books are 50 cents. Child and teen books are three for $1 or 50 cents each. Funds go to purchase new books for the library and sponsor library programs.

    Boy ScoutsStoney Point Cleanup
    Scouts will be returning to Stoney Point on Saturday, Oct. 24 for their annual cleanup. Volunteers are welcome. For details, email Les Salay at

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