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Special Election Edition   |   |   Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

9 Neighborhood Councils May Face Charges On Finances
Chatsworth Aids Audit; General Manager Fears $100,000 Embezzlement

of as many as nine Neighborhood Councils may be subject to criminal sanctions for misuse of taxpayer money, a city auditor told the treasurer of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council Wednesday.

The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council (CNC) is not under suspicion.

Chatsworth is one of 14 councils selected at random during an examination of the functions of EmpowerLA, formerly known as the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE). There are 89 councils in the Neighborhood Council system. Each has $45,000 in taxpayer money to spend on projects in their local communities.

DONE supervises the councils.

Following a recent meeting of
the Board of Neighborhood  

Council Commissioners held in Chatsworth, DONE General Manager BongHwan Kim commented that there might be as much as $100,000 embezzled from the Council system. CNC President Judith Daniels had just excoriated the department for its "make up the rules as you go along" method of overseeing finances and paying bills.

In 2008, a South Los Angeles Neighborhood Council chairman/treasurer was arrested for stealing $30,000, in part by making withdrawals of city funds at the Normandie Casino ATM over a three-year period. For details, click here.

The audit comes after recent extended debate over the city budget when an attempt was made to cut Neighborhood Council funding from $50,000
annually to only $11,000. At
that time, CNC President 

Daniels warned city councilmembers that such a drastic cut would mean an end to important community services while not coming close to solving the city's budget crisis.

Daniels always reminds her council that it is spending taxpayer money when it embarks on a project. In the end, Neighborhood Councils were each allocated $45,000.

After completing an inventory of six years of Chatsworth Neighborhood Council expenditures, Treasurer Allen Glazer  met with an auditor from the office of new city Controller Wendy Greuel.

That was when auditor Erendira Sanchez  mentioned that as many as 10 percent of Neighborhood Councils might face criminal sanctions. She did not name any specific Councils.

Also In This Issue
  • Embezzlement Suspected
  • Council Race Begins
  • Free Movie Finalie
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  • Action Calendar

  • Greetings!

    Special Election Is Oct. 7; You Can Be
    a Candidate

    The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council will hold a special election Wednesday, Oct. 7, to fill the seat left vacant after the recent death of founding board member Art Schlefstein. 

    The term expires in March 2010.

    Here are the rules...

    Stakeholders interested in running must complete a candidate filing form,  available by clicking here or on the CNC website along with instructions. The form must be received by the CNC by 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1. Candidates may mail, fax or email the form.

    To qualify as a CNC stakeholder, a candidate  must live, work, own property, board a horse within the council boundaries or declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm the factual basis for it. Stakeholders must be at least 18 on the day of the election. There are no absentee ballots or write-in votes. If you want to vote, you must attend the meeting during the specified time period.

    Stakeholders are invited to meet with the CNC board and candidates for a Q&A session at 7 p.m. Voting will follow from 7:15 to 8 p.m.  If candidates provide biographies of a maximum 100 words, they will be posted on the council website.

    All candidates and voters must complete a new stakeholder registration form, which is available at the door, or online by clicking here, Only simple identifying information is required to show that the candidate qualifies as a stakeholder. A stakeholder does not have to be registered as a voter for city, state or national elections to qualify for this election.

    Votes will be counted and the newly elected board member will be seated immediately.

    All board members are encouraged to volunteer for one or two committees. The new member may choose any of the CNC committees except Land Use, which has reached the maximum number of members. Information about the committees and their meeting times is available on the website.

    The council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Check the website for current information about the council and the election or e-mail or call (818) 464-3511.

    Judith Daniels
    Chatsworth Neighborhood Council


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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.


    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.,

    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.

     Disaster Links

    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.

    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

    An invitation from the District 12 Council Office...

    Chatsworth Train Memorial Dedication
    Set for Saturday


    One year ago, our lives were changed forever.

    The 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 Saturday at 9:30 am 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, a public monument will be unveiled overlooking the crash site and a dedication ceremony will be held 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 Councilman Greig Smith's office at (818) 756-8501.


    Metrolink Places a Plaque Downtown

    The bronze plaque is revealed at Union Station in downtown L.A. days before the first anniversary of the deadly Chatsworth collision. The deceased, their loved ones and rescuers are commemorated. Click here for story.

    The plaque, which also honors victims' loved ones and first responders, is unveiled at Union Station in downtown L.A. during a gathering that included law enforcement officials, Red Cross workers and commuters. [Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times]

    Related news:

    Englander Running to Succeed Smith in City's 12th Council District... in 2011

    As reported by LA Observed:

    Mitch Englander, the chief of staff to City Council member

    Mitch Englander with root beer floats at summer movie in Northridge Park.

    Greig Smith and a longtime City Hall figure, has landed the first press release of the next race for City Council -- in 2011.

    It lets anyone else thinking of running in the 12rth district, or raising money, know that Englander has the backing of Smith, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Sheriff Lee Baca, neighboring council member Dennis Zine, Valley power brokers Bert and Jane Boeckmann and former Assemblymember Keith Richman, who won the election for shadow mayor of the Valley in the 2002 secession vote.

    The release also makes prominent mention of chief campaign strategist John Shallman, whose clients have included Greuel, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and DA Steve Cooley.


    '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 at Northridge Park.

    There will be free popcorn Madagascar 2until 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


    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, 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.


    Have Your Say on New LAPD Chief
    The City of LA's Personnel Department would like input from all stakeholders in identifying key characteristics required for the next Chief for the Los Angeles Police Department.  They have created an online survey, which will be available for completion until Sept. 17. The information collected will assist in establishing the criteria for selecting the next Chief of Police. 


    Homeland Security Wants to Know

    Today is the deadline for you to participate in an online review of the priorities of the Department of Homeland Security.  Public study groups have been working to refine the thinking that formed this survey.  What you will see is the product of their work and not final DHS policy.

    Issues include:  counterterrorism, employers that violate labor laws, disaster responses, immigration laws, and airport security, according to the CityWatch newsletter.

    There is also a place for you to post your comments.


    Volunteers Available for Day of Service

    L.A. Works is a nonprofit volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service opportunities throughout the greater Los Angeles area.  They are currently looking for ideas for a Day of Service that would revitalize community centers, transitional living facilities, schools, parks, beaches, and more.  All services including supply costs are free.  Please contact Gil Gonzales at for more information. 


    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.


    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.

    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.

    Ham RadioCalling CQ... CQ... CQ...
    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.

    Eagle & BadgeEagle & Badge Gala
    Hosted reception, silent auction, "LAPD Experience," gourmet dinner and presentation of awards plus a celebrity auctioneer and headline entertainment will benefit the Los Angeles Police Protective League's foundation. Honorees include: Carmen Trutanich, Eric Garcetti, Castulo de la Rocha, Harvey C. Barnum Jr. and Jim Hill. Begins 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, 2025 Avenue of the Starts, Los Angeles. RSVP required. Details, (818) 994-4661
    . Click for web page.

    PALSPALS Monte Carlo Night
    SFV Honorary Mayor Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson) and poker champion Jamie Gold host a night of entertainment at Cartwright's Northridge home for the benefit of the Councilman Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire PALS Youth Center. Begins 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3. Wear your cowboy finery. Click here for details, or call (818) 882-7336.

    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

    LA County SealState of the County Meeting
    Supervisor Michael Antonovitch will deliver an address, noon,  Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge. The meeting is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Northridge/Chatsworth and Granada Hills. Cost is $20. RSVP to (661) 753-3056 or email

    Arts for LAArts in Crisis
    Arts for LA, the Center for Cultural Innovation and the California Community Foundation will present the Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center initiative 50 State Tour at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, 9-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 8. RSVP here by Oct. 6.

    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

    • Submit an event HERE.
    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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