7 p.m., Feb. 3
Join us for light refreshments and a discussion of neighborhood issues, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave. Questions? Write to us at email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You can sign up for bulletins based on
your home ZIP code or you can register for multiple locations to keep up to
date on traffic, crime and emergencies at your workplace or
homes of relatives.
To sign up for this free service or for more information, visit http://www.nixle.com.
Chatsworth Seniors Sponsor Health Fair
The Chatsworth Senior Center will be holding a
Senior (50+) Health Fair and Open House from
11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, March 13, at the Mason Park Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave. Information will be available on area health services and what Senior Center programs are available. Refreshments will be served.
|3 DAYS A WEEK|
Seniors Enjoy Hot Lunches, Movies
St. Stephen Presbyterian Church is offering hot lunches for seniors at noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Arrive at 10 a.m. to sign up. The lunches are part of the City of Los Angeles Senior Citizen Nutrition Program.
Tuesdays will also feature a seniors exercise class. Wednesday will offer movies. And Friday there will be games and classes. Bridge will be organized after lunch. A $1.50 donation is requested. The church is located at 20121 Devonshire St.
For details, click here or call (818) 360-7460.
|APPLY BY MARCH 1
Parks Program to
Grant $368 Million
Park Program will award $368 million in grants to projects that create new
parks and recreational opportunities in underserved communities.
Applications are due on March 1.
Contact Darryl Ford at email@example.com for more information.
In addition, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation is a non-profit
created to support the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks
Department. Its mission is to enhance, preserve and expand LA City
parks. This newly founded organization provides a way for communities
to be better connected to their local parks through funding programs
that directly benefit neighborhood parks. For more information, see laparksfoundation.org.
THE COUNCIL SYSTEM
|About the Council
The mission of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council is to provide an open forum for public discussion of issues concerning the Chatsworth community and to facilitate communication between the City of Los Angeles and Community Stakeholders.
Map of Chatsworth Neighborhood Council boundaries. Click here.
|When We Meet
All volunteer committees meet monthly. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Chatsworth Train Depot at
10038 Old Depot Plaza Road, Chatsworth, unless otherwise noted.
CNC Board at Lawrence Middle School, 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.
KEEP IT GREEN
Here's Where You
Can Recycle LocallyVons Shopping Center
20440 Devonshire St. (behind Rite-Aid)Valley Recycling Center
20220 Plummer St.,
21250 Nordhoff St.,
|WATCH AT HOME
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
Volunteers Available for Day of Service
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
HELP IS AVAILABLE
Facing Foreclosure? Pick Up the Phone
Need help with your mortgage? Call (888) 89-LA NHS, email email@example.com or see http://www.lanhs.org/.
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.
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 www.SocalGas.com/assistance, or call toll-free at (800) 427-2200. For energy saving tips, click HERE.
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
for the 'Big One'
This is the 150th
anniversary of the last great San Andreas Earthquake.
Dare to Prepare is a campaign to prepare for the next
big quake. Find out what you can do at the
Dare to Prepare site
. Read the
Free Shade Trees
You can get free shade trees through DWP.
Read about the Trees for a Green LA program
DWP Residential Energy and
Water Saving Programs
The DWP offers incentives to recycle your old
refrigerator and buy an energy efficient one. Other
appliance incentives are available too. Receive $100
toward an ultra low flush toilet. Read about DWP rebates
Online Service Requests
can place service requests for street repair, tree trimming,
downed trees or palm fronds in the street
is a service provided by the
Bureau of Street Services
Property Activity Reports
Did you know that you
can view all permit requests for a property online?
to access the City's online reporting
system. Enter in the address and view the permits.
This is a service
provided by the
Department of Building and Safety
--Adapted from the PRNC newsletter.
West Valley Alliance (graffiti removal)
Police Tipoff Line
L.A. City Infoline
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:
|22 ARE RUNNING|
Please join us and...
MEET THE CANDIDATES AT WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S FORUM
Twenty-two candidates have qualified to run for the 21 at-large seats on the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council board. Meet them Wednesday evening at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel St. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and the Forum begins at 8 p.m.
For the agenda, click here
The Los Angeles City Clerk's office has responsibility to organize elections formerly run by the individual Neighborhood Councils.
The filing period for write-in candidates ends at 5 p.m., today (Feb. 1). Those interested should call (213) 978-0444 to register.
Eleven Councils will have elections on March 2. In addition to the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
, the others are Canoga Park, Granada Hills North, Granada Hills South, North Hills West, Northridge East, Northridge West, Porter Ranch, West Hills, Winnetka and Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Councils. Click here
for the City Clerk's election information page. Click here
for the City Clerk's Chatsworth information page.
Voting will be 2 - 8 p.m. at the Chatsworth Train Depot.
Those already qualifying for the ballot are: Linda Ross, Varoujan Deirmenjian, Jelena Csanyi, Mary Kaufman, Chuck Knolls, William Lander, Carol Lucas, Kurt Lowry, Allen Glazer, Dorothy Allison, Kamesh Aysola, Vicki Briskman, Judith Daniels, Diana Dixon-Davis, Vernalie Deirmenjian, Jeff Hammond, Dan Huffman, Linda van der Valk, Andre van der Valk, Lucie Volotzky, Richard Nadel and Scott Munson.
|SIGNS OF THE TIMES
L.A. City Council Votes to Eliminate Unhitched Trailers
Now the State Needs to Take Action
What's bugging you? Mobile billboards
Viewers told Eyewitness News it bugs them when these ads park in front of their homes or apartments.Click image to view video.
[KABC-TV] Council votes to eliminate mobile billboardsThe Los Angeles City Council is trying to eliminate mobile billboards. Click image to view video.
KABC-TV's Carlos Granda reports: "The city tried to regulate them, but Friday the City Council voted to
eliminate them all together. Officials say these signs prohibiting
unhitched trailers are often ignored. So now they want to change state
law." Click here for the full story.
Stakeholders take action
Meanwhile, some Chatsworth stakeholders have been calling advertisers who use these unhitched trailers and asking them politely to find another form of advertising. Reportedly, many have complied.
Here is a list of just some trailer advertising recently seen in Chatsworth: Computer Repair, (818) 999-9000; Computer Toner, (866) 303-5546; Finmark's, (818) 280-0602; Hi-Tech Liners, (818) 340-4431; Jobs, (818) 701-9800; Nantucket Creek Apartments, (818) 717-0370; Safari Printing, (818) 709-3752; Vive Night Club, (818) 226-9911; Garden Wedding Chapel, (818) 794-1443; Kitchen & Bathroom, (818) 701-5500; Time 4 Class, (818) 700-1756; Wrinkle Free, (818) 831-0100; and Race Supply, (888) 672-6577.
Marine Choppers Targeting Chatsworth Nature Preserve
Department of Water and Power (DWP) has issued a public
notification that the U.S. Marine Corps will be conducting helicopter
training exercises at Chatsworth Nature Preserve between Feb.4 and 10.
DWP issued the notice in order to prevent nearby
residents from becoming alarmed if they hear loud helicopter activity
on those days. Some exercises will take place at night. The Marine
pilots will practice landing and taking off with between two and four
helicopters. Scheduled Training Exercises
Thursday, Feb. 4, 1 - 4 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5, 6 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 6 - 9 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., and 6 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and 6 - 9 p.m.
-- From CD12 Newsletter
Mayor Asks You to Take
the 'L.A. Budget Challenge'
's office is launching the fiscal year 2010 -11 Budget
Survey, the "L.A. Budget
Challenge," an interactive online survey that allows Angelenos to provide direct input on real budget
issues that the city is facing.
Please visit http://labudgetchallenge.lacity.org/budgetchallenge/default.php
to take the survey.
The survey asks respondents to address next year's projected general fund budget
deficit of more than $400 million by making decisions on reductions
to programs and services, implementing citywide cost-cutting measures,
and by raising revenue through taxes or other initiatives.
Foreclosure Clinic at CSUN
County NeighborWorks Center for Foreclosure Solutions is offering
weekly foreclosure clinics and monthly foreclosure fairs
throughout 2010 at California State University, Northridge. The next session is Saturday, Feb. 6.
The clinic will be 9 a.m. - noon in the Student Union Building. Use parking structure G3.
For a complete schedule or other information, call (213) 381-2862 ext. 204 or visit www.lanhs.org.
|ORANGE LINE UPDATE|
Metro Is Seeking Artists
is seeking artists to create public art at each of the new Orange Line busway stations.
The artwork will include porcelein enamel steel panels and platform
floor paving. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 12.
information about submission requirements visit www.Metro.net/Art and click "Artist Opportunities" or call (213) 922-4Art.
|LESSON No. 3|
Makeup CERT Class Available
Anyone needing to make up Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
classes can taking them at Northridge Academy High
School, 9601 Zelzah Ave., Northridge.
classes are in their multi-purpose room on Thursdays from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.. Sessions began Jan. 21st, so the next
session will be lesson No. 3.
The remaining classes are on Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25. You can makeup classes here, or if you are new to
CERT you can take these classes and then do makeups of the first two
sessions later to get your
certification. Upon arrival, alert the Fire Department instructor that you are joining the class and fill out the sign-up form.
Relay Benefits Cancer Society
Relay For Life of Chatsworth is a 24-hour event meant to increase
cancer awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer
Society's patient service programs, cancer research, advocacy and
Local businesses, community groups and
community members form teams and raise funds, and then take turns
walking around the track for 24 hours on Saturday, April 24, and Sunday,
April 25. Throughout the Relay at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., there will be entertainment, food, music and fun activities.
For more information, contact Event Chair Ileana Plourde at (818) 618-0559 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Staff Partner Sonia Lopez at (818) 447-7778 or email@example.com.
|DOT... DOT... DOT...
My Kingdom for a Horse...
So here we go...
Think Los Angeles is strapped for cash?... San Diego is laying off one third of its police dogs... And Wam, Trigger, Major, Junior, Bret, Bandit and Austin, all members of the city's Balboa Park mounted police patrol are being auctioned off... Some for as little as a buck... Their tack, too... Hey, equestrians, check out the online auction action at Publicsurplus.com...
In the City of Angels, the ticket for parking at an expired meter clicked from $40 in 2008
to about $50, and "fix-it" tickets for minor moving
violations such as broken taillights have more than doubled... What's that sucking sound?... City Hall vacuuming your wallet...
Then there's the plan to sell of 10 city parking garages to help close the city's budget gap... And how will the city replace the parking income once the garages are sold?... Oh, that's the next mayor's problem...
Parking garages?... Heck, there is too much free parking... Yup, that's what state legislators think... It encourages people
to drive instead of taking the bus, walking or riding a bike... Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), won Senate
approval of a bill he hopes will prompt cities and businesses to
reduce free parking... No more traffic jams and pollution... Take the Orange Line...
Let's face it... Construction of the Orange Line busway from Woodland Hills to the Chatsworth Train Depot is going to disrupt your life... A monster bridge will be built over Lassen Street... DWP will be burying the utilities... And there will be months of detour signs... Want to keep abreast of developments? Email MOLExtension@Metro.net and get on the update list...
While we're still on the street, dodging those mobile ad trailers mentioned higher on this page, note the item in Valley historian Kevin Roderick's LA Observed blog... "Fuel's billboards around town may be illegal, but the city of Los
Angeles isn't the one posting violation notices on them.... Whoever is
hasn't taken credit yet. 'Looks to me that we've got renegade sign
bandits,' Bob Steinbach, a public information officer with the
Department of Building & Safety, told Zach Behrens at LAist... 'If we post them, there'd be contact info on them.' A little guerrilla activism, perhaps?"...
And as long as we're still talking about traffic, the Sigalert.com website offers maps showing live traffic conditions on L.A. area highways...
Here's another kind of drive... Please consider the great Haitian earthquake tragedy which continues to unfold... An easy way to offer relief is to donate to the Red Cross or your favorite charitable organization. Click the logo to see your Red Cross donation options... Or dial 90999 and text "Haiti" on your cellphone...
Sometimes giving begins in our own community...Schools and non-profit organizations in the Northwest Valley can attend a special shopping day at L.A. Shares on Thursday, Feb.
The L.A. Shares Griffith Park Re-Use Center will be filled
with calculators, paper, office supplies, arts and crafts materials,
chalkboards, cleaning supplies, books, films, and more...
items have been donated by local companies and will be offered free of
charge... However -- and you knew there would be a catch -- the event is only open to schools and
non-profit organizations in Council District 12... To attend, RSVP by Feb. 23 to shoppingCD12@lashares.org.
-- Saul Daniels
|CHATSWORTH AREA IN THE NEWS
[Daily News]Oakie House rescued
Councilman Greig Smith tours the grounds at the
Oakie House in Northridge. He helped the city secure the property for
$3.35 million and now hopes to turn the 9.5 acre site into a museum and
park. For Daily News story, click here.
Click headlines for other news:
|LOCAL JOB SEARCH
You might also click on WorkSource California.
Chatsworth Farmer's Market
Every Saturday. 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. (new time), 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.
The February Chatsworth Neighborhood Watch meeting will be 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25,
at St. John Eudes Church, 9901 Mason Ave. Officer
Danny Del Valle is senior lead officer for Basic Car 17A23.
For more calendar items, click here.
Bring this coupon to the next Neighborhood Council Meeting and receive a free Be Safe, Be Seen safety flasher. Wear it while jogging, cycling, walking the dog.
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