|You Can Help Fight Against Unhitched Trailer Blight
Councilman Greig Smith's office has been working on solutions to the blight of trailers with large advertisements parked on city streets.
Recently the City Council passed a resolution supporting Assembly Bill 2756, introduced by Assemblymembers Feuer and Blumenfield.
The bill would ban these mobile billboards in the state of California, unless a local community specifically allows them. If it passes, the city can begin work on an ordinance to ban them outright within city limits.
to voice your support for the bill.
7 p.m., June 2
Join us for light refreshments and a discussion of neighborhood issues, 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave. Questions? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE COUNCIL SYSTEM
|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.
|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:
Enjoy Some Free Family Fun
at Stoney Point Ranch
Come celebrate our community's equestrian heritage at Chatsworth
Neighborhood Council's 7th Annual Day of the Horse, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday,
, at Stoney
Point Ranch, 10861
Andora St. Admission is free.
for the flyer.
This year's theme is "Having Fun Safely with
Horses." Enjoy a day of fun and learn about our horse-keeping community.
There will be food vendors, exhibitions, equestrian wares, riding
demonstrations, crafts, activities for kids and the student winners of the annual Horse Safety
Poster Contest will receive their awards. Here are the winners:
Kindergarten Elementary SchoolMiddle School
- First Place-Marc Francis-St. John Eudes School
Special Artistic Award
Place-Marilyn Reyes-Lawrence Middle School
- Second Place-Monique Moe-Lawrence Middle School
- Third Place-Diego Guillen-Lawrence Middle School
- Honorable Mention- Melissa Reyes-Lawrence Middle School
- Honorable Mention-Christine Kellikidis-Lawrence Middle School
- Honorable Mention - Jesse Nemick- Lawrence Middle School
- Honorable Mention - Ayleen Martinez-Lawrence Middle School
- John Francis- St. John Eudes School
Details, call Jan Eddy-Languein at (818) 709-4822.
- Ryle Eskander-Chatsworth
Stakeholder (Trails End Ranch)
|CITIZEN OF THE YEAR|
[Photo / Saul Daniels]
HONORED -- Steve Mathias was named Chatsworth Citizen of the Year at the Chatsworth Community Coordinating Council banquet Friday for his years of coaching young Chatsworth Junior Baseball League athletes. Other nominees included Louise Cornwall of the Chatsworth Women's Club, Judith Daniels who is president of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, Ann and Ray Vincent of the Chatsworth Historical Society and Friends of the Library, and Vanessa Watters of Save Chatsworth Inc.
|TWO BIG SHOWS|
Just Can't Get Enough of That Old Time Rock 'n Roll
"Ain't No Spring Chickens ... and a coupla hot chicks," an old time rock 'n roll show, has been extended Sundays through August at Chatsworth's Big Oak Theatre, 22200 Chatsworth
For dates, details and tickets,
call (818) 998-0185, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit bigoaktheatre.com.
Also, enjoy "Shake Rattle and Roll: A Tribune to the Greatest Hits of the 1950s and 1960s" at the Historic Madrid Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 22. The theater is at 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park.
For tickets and information, call
(818) 347-9938 or go to culturela.org/madridtheatre.
|DUMPING FEES WAIVED|
[Photo / Jennifer Dandurand]Volunteers Clean Up Santa Susana
Debris removed from Santa Susana Pass State Historic
Park; Council Donates New GPS Unit
than 200 volunteers, including members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints of Canoga Park, spent
May 8 cleaning up Chatsworth's Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park.
Separately, park docents received a new GPS unit from the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council to help in their work.
One crew collected half a dumpster of glass shards and smashed
bottles. A second group did trail maintenance and filled a
truck with green waste. Meanwhile, a small group pulled out two one-ton
truckloads of furniture and debris which had been dumped along Santa Susana Pass Road.
Waste Management, GI Rubbish in Simi Valley,
the dumping fees and allowed State Parks to dispose of the debris in their landfill.
Santa Susana Pass State
Park is located in the Santa Susana Mountains on the border between
Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. It is an undeveloped hiking
park that is rich in historical, cultural, and natural resources. Due to budget cuts and staff reductions, State Parks depends heavily
on volunteers and partnerships to help keep the park clean, safe, and
accessible for the community. The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council has partnered with the volunteer park docents and purchased a GPS unit for use in rescues and pinpointing remote areas needing cleanup.
The local stakeholders, trained by State Parks
Rangers, patrol the park, map trails, organize citizen watch hikes and are preparing a new visitor
To volunteer or for more information, call (818) 784-4849.
-- Jennifer Dandurand and Teena Takata
|FOOD BANK DONATION|
[Photo / Jelena Csanyi]
HELPING HAND -- Baskets of food purchased by the Neighborhood Council's Enhancement Committee were recently donated to the local FISH food bank. The pantry was also the recipient of donations collected by workers at the Chatsworth post office.
|CHATSWORTH, PORTER RANCH|
[Artist Rendering / Galatzan Gazette]
Valley Region K-8 Span School for Chatsworth, Porter Ranch.
LAUSD to Brief Residents on Plans for New School; Groundbreaking Is June 5
The LAUSD will share information on construction plans for the new K-8 span school 6:30 - 8 p.m., Monday, May 24
, in Chatsworth. Groundbreaking will be June 5 in Porter Ranch.
The meeting will be in the auditorium of Germain Elementary School, 20730 Germain St.
There will be a groundbreaking ceremony 10 a.m., Saturday, June 5
, at the corner of Mason Avenue and Sesnon Boulevard in Porter Ranch.
The new school will
relieve overcrowding at Castlebay Lane and Germain Elementary Schools as
well Frost and Lawrence Middle Schools. For more
information, call Joseph D. Piņa of LAUSD Community Outreach at (213)
|EAST OF MASON AVENUE|
New Porter Ranch Shopping Center Planned for Rinaldi Street Site
The Porter Ranch
Development Company has
presented an update on the
development plans for
the Town Center West/ Aldea
to the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council. The property is located north
of Rinaldi between Mason
Avenue and Porter Ranch
The plan integrates
commercial uses on the
[Photo / PRNC]Erik Pfhaler of Shapell Homes
presents the Aldea site
plan. [Photo / PRNC]Artist rendering of the proposed Town Center West.
|ENJOY THE ART SHOW, TOO|
Pick Some Fruit for Struggling Families Around the San Fernando Valley
The 5th Annual Citrus Sunday is June 13. Join with the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council and Councilman Smith's staff in this annual fresh fruit drive that brings tens of thousands of
pounds of citrus fruit to needy families. Click here for the flyer.
You don't have to sign
up as a volunteer -- just pick oranges, grapefruit or other citrus from
trees in your yard, rinse them off with water, and put them in plastic bags.
Drop off the bags of fruit at The Chatsworth Train Depot, 10040 Old Depot Plaza Road, where you can also enjoy the free Depot Art Show.
Valley Interfaith Council will collect the fruit and distribute it to
struggling families served by their food banks in the San Fernando
If you need assistance picking fruit, please call
(818) 756-8501. For information on the art show, call (818) 772-1639 or visit email@example.com.
|COLLECTING LETTERS, TOO|
Operation Gratitude to Pack Boxes
for Military in the Middle East
On Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30
, hundreds of Operation Gratitude volunteers will assemble and ship thousands of Care Packages to U.S. military personnel deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and on ships at sea.
Meet 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the California Army National Guard Armory, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys.
Each Operation Gratitude Care Package assembled during Memorial Day Weekend will include more than 50 assorted products including snacks, entertainment items, toiletries and personal letters.
Noon, Saturday, the group will announce the total number of letters collected locally in pursuit of the $50,000 grant offered by BJ's Wholesale Clubs in its "$1 per letter" campaign.
Details, click here
|UTILITIES GOING UNDERGROUND|
Metro Prepares for Orange Line
Bridge Over Lassen Street
Now that the north parking lot is complete at the Chatsworth Train Depot, the Orange Line busway contractor has started the underground utility work on Lassen Street, according to Metro.
The bridge over Lassen Street and active railroad tracks will provide direct access into the station. The bridge will be a three-span, cast-in-place concrete structure supported by abutments and two intermediate columns. The structure will be approximately 500 feet long and 30 feet wide, according to Metro. Construction of the bridge foundation is expected to begin in late spring.
Overhead power lines and Time Warner cables on Lassen Street will need to be relocated underground between
Canoga Avenue and Owensmouth Avenue This work is expected to be completed this summer.
Metro has relocated 82 leaseholders along the Canoga Avenue right of way, so the contractor can remove debris, demolish vacant structures and clear the right of way. This will take place through the summer. Excavation for the busway and a bikeway will then begin.
For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
|CLOSING THE BOOK|
Chatsworth Library will miss four long time staff members, Bruce Seidman, Bob Andress, Joan Stern and Linda Capicotto, who retired recently. The Friends of the Chatsworth Library hosted a send off for them with an Irish toast: "Here's to the Holidays, all 365 of them."
|LOCAL JOB SEARCH
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Chatsworth Farmer's Market
Every Saturday. 9 a.m.- 2 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.
The Day of the
The Equestrian Committee of the Chatsworth Neighborhood
Council invites you to the Day of the Horse festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, May 23, at Stoney Point
Ranch, 10861 Andora St. This free family event features equestrian
performances, exhibitions, booths, a poster contest, and vendors. Food
Live Music FestivalFrozen Yogurt
Chatsworth Lake Community Church's 12th annual music festival will be 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 5, at 23449 Lake Manor Drive. There will be a BBQ, arts and crafts, a water slide and prizes. Admission is free. Details, call (818) 347-1792 or (818) 399-5756.
Every Wednesday through June 23, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in Granada Hills will be donating a portion of the store's sales to SOLID (Supporters of Law Enforcement in Devonshire). SOLID provides non-city supplied equipment to the police officers of Devonshire Community Police Station. Menchie's Frozen Yogurt is located at 17840 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. Details, call (818) 368-7700.
Come to the first meeing of the recently formed Jack Oakie House Park
Advisory Board, 3 p.m., Thursday, May
27, and help shape the future of this San Fernando Valley
treasure. The meeting will be at Fire Station 87, 10124 Balboa Blvd.,
Granada Hills. Details, call (818) 756-8501.
Change the World
High school students are invited to attend "A World We Can Change: A Clean Air Conference & Expo for High School Students" 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, May 27 at the L.A. Convention Center, South
Exhibit Hall. The conference is free, but all students attending must pre-register and be accompanied by an instructor. To register online or to see a complete event schedule, visit http://tiny.cc/CleanAirConference. For further questions, email email@example.com.
Chatsworth Neighborhood Watch meeting will be 7 p.m., Thursday, May 27,
at St. John Eudes Church, 9901 Mason Ave. Officer
Danny Del Valle is senior lead officer for Basic Car 17A23.
Veterans' Park Dedication
Don't miss the grand opening of the Granada
Hills Veterans' Park 5 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at the corner
of Zelzah Avenue and Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills. Details, call John
Weitkamp at (818) 363-3144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Horsey Set
Get to the know the Chatsworth equestrian community at ETI Corral 54's Annual BBQ, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, at Mason
Park, 10500 Mason Ave. Guests should bring potluck dishes to share. Details, http://www.eticorral54.com.
Devonshire Division will hold its annual public Town Hall meeting, 7
p.m., Thursday, June 24, at
Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Avenue, Porter Ranch. The
topic is "How to Be a Star Witness."
Sign up early for a fun day of golf for a
great cause at the annual Devonshire PALS Golf Tournament 10 a.m., Monday, July 12 at Porter Valley
Country Club. The $200 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and
dinner, use of a golf cart, green fees, drinks and one entry for the
putting contest and raffle tickets for the dinner. Tickets for only the
dinner are $50 per person. To register online visit http://tiny.cc/PALSgolf. For more
information email email@example.com or
call Golf Tournament Chair Sally Barnes at (818) 349-1706.
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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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