7 p.m., March 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.
Click here for the archive of previous Roundup newsletters.
|WE GET EMAIL|
Thanks for Offering the Free CPR Class
My daughters and I just completed the CPR class this past Saturday in
Chatsworth and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the great
turnout and the very informative instruction we received. My daughters
have told their co-workers about the class and they are now interested
in taking such a class.
|BY PHONE OR EMAIL|
Sign Up for Instant Police News
The LAPD now offers a free service that allows Los Angeles residents to sign up to receive messages directly from the police on
crime, traffic, missing persons, emergencies and other public safety
information directly to their phones or email inboxes.
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:
|MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MARCH 2|
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With the city in the midst of a budget crisis and the department that facilitates the activities of your Neighborhood Council about to be dissolved, this may be the most important grassroots election ever.
Bring your friends and neighbors to vote 2-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, at the Chatsworth Train Depot
. Candidate statements will be posted here
as they become available. In addition, a binder of candidate statements will also be at the polling place. Stakeholders can vote for up to 21 candidates. If you are a reading this newsletter, you qualify as a stakeholder.
There are 21 at-large seats up for election. Those on 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. Jan Eddy-Languein
is a write-in candidate.
The election is being conducted by the Los Angeles City Clerk. For more information or vote-by-mail ballots, contact (213) 978-0444 or email Clerk.Election@lacity.org
.For information about being a volunteer pollworker, or to sign up, please see the flyer and application. To be a Challenge Review Panelist, or to sign up, please see the flyer and application.
|CRITICAL TIME FOR CITY
As the city faces a $212-million budget shortfall, Controller Wendy Greuel has become one of the most important players in the search for solutions.
City Controller Wendy Greuel
to Speak in Chatsworth
Neighborhood Council Forum March 3
She will speak and take questions at the Chatsworth
Neighborhood Council board meeting, 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave.
The controller, an elected citywide official, is the
taxpayers' watchdog and the city's chief auditor and accountant. The controller's job is to investigate and publicly report problems with
city departments, increase governmental efficiency and save taxpayer
money by improving operations, conduct financial and performance audits
of all city departments, offices and programs, monitor and report on
all matters relating to the city's fiscal health, keep the city's
official financial records, and supervise all expenditures of city
funds, including payroll.
Her department's recent audit of the Neighborhood Council system uncovered numerous financial irregularities including the failure of the supervising Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to balance its books since 1999.
|SAVE THE DATE: MAY 23|
Day of the Horse Festival
Moves to Stoney Point Ranch
Chatsworth's annual Day of the Horse will be 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday, May 23, at Stoney Point Ranch, 10861 Andora Ave.
The free festival sponsored by the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council and the Council's Equestrian Committee will feature dressage, horsemanship, jumping skills, equestrian displays and
the 2010 student poster contest. Refreshments will be available.
John Francis, 2009 poster winner, 4th grade, St. John Eudes School
This year's poster contest theme is "Having Fun
Safely with Horses." Winning posters will be
displayed and awards will be handed out at the event. Participants
must be there to claim their award.
Those eligible to participate in the poster contest include any child who either attends school in Chatsworth or resides in Chatsworth. In addition, if a child boards a horse in Chatsworth, he or she is eligible. Posters must be
received by April 23. Judging will take place on April 28. Winners will
be notified by May 3.
It is very important that each poster submitted
have the entrant's name, school, and contact phone number printed clearly on the back. Children
who either reside in Chatsworth
or have a horse in Chatsworth must include their home address
or the name of the facility where their horse is boarded. If you have
questions regarding the art contest, please call Mary Kaufman at (818) 326-5772.
This year's Day of the Horse is being held at Stoney Point Ranch, a new location. Please plan to park on the street and walk into the ranch. Parking inside
the ranch is limited. The ranch is just south of Stoney Point at the top of Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
Jan Eddy-Languein is chairing
the event with the help of the rest of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council's Equestrian Committee. If you have questions, suggestions for
exhibitions, or if you want to volunteer, call (818) 709-4822.
-- Mary Kaufman
|FUNDED BY MEASURE R SALES TAX|
$82.5 million Orange Line
Contract Awarded by Metro
extension of the Orange Line busway from Canoga Park to Chatsworth is
scheduled to open in 2012. Metro has awarded a contract for
much of the work that needs to be completed. Here's the memo from Metro
CEO Art Leahy's email to staff:
[have] issued Brutoco Engineering & Construction, Inc. a Notice of Award
in the amount of $82.5 million for the design and construction of the
four-mile busway extension for the Metro Orange Line (MOL). The
contract includes: four new stations; new platforms at Canoga Station;
grade-separation structure over active railroad tracks and Lassen
Street providing direct access into the Chatsworth Metrolink Station; a
bicycle/pedestrian path connecting to an existing path at Browns
Creek; a park/ride lot at Sherman Way Station; expanded parking at
Chatsworth Metrolink Station; landscaping; Los Angeles River and Santa
Susana Wash bridge crossings; street improvements; and satellite bus
The $215.6-million busway
extension will be the first major transit project to open that was
funded by the Measure R sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles
County voters in November 2008.
|DEADLINE IS MARCH 12|
Artwork Needed for Orange Line Stations
Metro is seeking five artists to design public art for the Orange Line extension.
Artwork may include porcelain enamel steel panels and paving designs.
The budget for the design and fabrication of artwork at each station is
anticipated to range from $48,000 to $96,000. The artist's fee will
be between 12-16% of the station artwork budget, depending on the final
scope of work.
information regarding submittal requirements, visit metro.net/art
and click on "Artist Opportunities" or call (213) 922-4ART.
for submittals (delivery, not postmark) is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12.
Relay for Life 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.
|22-24 YEAR-OLDS ELIGIBLE|
Free EMT and CNA Medical Training Offered
City and County of Los Angeles together with the Work Source, and the
Employee Development Department are funding free training for all 22,
23 and 24 years olds interested in becoming a Certified Nurses
Assistant (CNA) or an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). For more
information please see flyer.
|FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES|
City Offers Free Income Tax Assistance
Need help preparing your income tax return?
Los Angeles has 21 free tax preparation sites which screen for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) eligibility. Services include asset-building programs, financial education and resources to help families open low-cost bank accounts.
The EITC Campaign helps low-income, working families get their taxes prepared for free and claim refunds up to $5,657.
Visit http://www.eitc-la.com for more information.
|BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS|
High School Internships Available
High school students can apply for the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works High School Internship Program. Details and an application are available at www.bpw.lacity.org/pwhip. The application deadline is March 15.
Mayor Asks You to Take 'L.A. Budget Challenge'
's office is offering 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.
|CHATSWORTH AREA IN THE NEWS
Avi and Rachel Hen in the bedroom of their Chastworth home that has become a memorial to their deceased children.
Misfortune a Constant CompanionThe mortgage crisis has spawned an untold number of
hardship stories, but few could top that of Avinoam and Rachel Hen of
Chatsworth, whose tale of personal woe and tragedy approaches that of
the biblical Job. Read Tony Castro's report here. And the follow-up here.
And the rest of the 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.
Town Hall Meeting
Brad Sherman is holding a Town Hall Meeting 2-3:30 p.m., today, at Reseda High School, 18230 Kittridge St., Reseda. This will be a chance
to hear from Congressman Sherman about education, foreign policy, taxes,
and Social Security, and to ask questions. The Congressman's
constituent services staff will be available to help you deal with federal
agencies. Refreshments. Free parking. Details, (818) 501-9200.
The Chatsworth Emergency Preparedness Committee is committed to increasing emergency readiness and CERT training. the group meets Wednesday, Feb. 24. and the 4th Wednesday of every month. Details, (818) 427-4840.
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.
The March meeting will be Thursday, March 25.
The City is holding a free household hazardous waste and electronic
waste collection event on 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 and Sunday, Feb. 28 at
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, De soto Avenue and Gresham Street in Canoga Park. Details, call (800) 988-6942 or visit www.LACitysan.org.
A Matter of Balance
Wednesdays through March 31, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 20121 Devonshire St. Participate in a program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Details (818) 360-7460 or www.picf.org.
Counting the Census
The Chatsworth Community Coordinating
Council meets 11:30 a.m.. Monday, Feb. 22 at the Rockpointe Clubhouse, 22300 Devonshire St., for lunch and a presentation on the upcoming census. Donation to the Council Scholarship Fund is requested for lunch.
Enjoy a meal and help raise funds, 5
- 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, Islands Restaurant, 11400 Porter Ranch
Drive, Portrer Ranch. 20% of your food and beverage purchases will
support the LAPD. For details and required coupon, (818) 368-2305.
Spend an afternoon with hit songwriter Steve Dorf and friends, 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Big Oak Theatre, 22200 Chatsworth St. Reservations: Avenueact1@att.net or (818) 998-0185. Donation required.
Neighborhood Council Election
Vote 2-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, at the Chatsworth Train Depot, 10038 Old Depot Plaza Rd. Meet the candidates for the 21 at-large board seats and review their biographies in the parking lot tent. You don't have to be a registered voter for this election. You qualify to vote if you are 18 and live, work, own property
or board a horse in Chatsworth or have a declared interest in the community. Questions, call the City Clerk at (213) 978-0444 or email Clerk.Election@lacity.org.
Educate residents and encourage their
participation in the 2010 Census by signing up to host a "Census
Sunday" at your church or faith-based organization on Sunday, March 7. Click here to sign up. Visit http://www.lacounts2010.org/.
Daylight Saving Time
Yes, Daylight Saving Time begins 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14. It is reported that Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, but it
was not until World War I, in 1916, when it was adopted by several
counties in Europe that initially rejected the idea.
So don't be like those laggards in Europe, turn your clock ahead one hour.
.Ride On Pancake Breakfast
Ride On will hold a grand opening of their new permanent therapeutic riding facility in Chatsworth 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday March 20. The event is free. Tour the grounds at 10860 Topanga Canyon Blvd. For more information contact Sara Jones (818) 700-2971 or visit www.rideon. See the flyer.
Day of Service
Join Mayor Villaraigosa for a Day of Service in partnership with LAUSD on Saturday, March 20. This is a chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference in our schools and in our community.
Meet the Supervisor
The Chatsworth Community Coordinating
Council will meet 11:30 a.m., Monday, March 22 at the Rockpointe Clubhouse, 22300 Devonshire St., for lunch and a presentation by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Donation to the Council Scholarship Fund is requested for lunch.
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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