|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., August 4
Join us for light refreshments and a discussion of neighborhood issues, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave. Questions? Write to us at email@example.com.
There will be no July meeting.
|WE GET EMAIL|
Thanks for Day of the Horse
My family attended the Day of the Horse. We had a lovely time
as a family and really enjoyed the day. The ranch was amazing inside
and my kids loved meeting so many friendly horses all in one day.
The sock horses we made there have become one of life's big joy and
are the main reason I am writing today. It was such a wonderful craft
and such a simple, beautiful toy for the kids to enjoy. I now have three
galloping children enjoying their creations. They even ride them around
while they do chores. We were also surprised that our five year old got
right in the middle of the herd and ran with all the other sock-horse
riding kids. He's been talking about it all week.
As a family strapped for cash this year, I want to express my
appreciation for the Chatsworth Council paying for the horses and the
hotdogs and hamburgers. It meant a lot to attend a low cost event full
of fun for everyone. It reminds me why I love Chatsworth so much.
I know there are lots of ways to spend money and I want you to know
that we appreciate it when you keep the events accessible. We had so
much fun and learned a lot that day.
Community School parent
Septic System Issue
Sunland-Tujunga's Neighborhood Council hosted quite a tangle between property owners and representatives from the Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) over AB 885.
AB 885 directs the State Water Resources Board to create minimal septic system regulations. The bill's goal is to solve problems like the presence of unusual amounts of fecal bacteria in drinking water resources.
Signed into law in 2000, its regulations are about to be finalized, and if you own a septic tank, this law will most likely affect you financially. The BOS wanted homeowners (including those in Chatsworth) to bear a $900 cost of mandatory
septic tank inspections, as well as the cost of repair or replacement or, alternatively, hook-up to the public sewer system.
The BOS estimates the repair, replacement or hook-up cost could be up to $30,000. Yet, residents confirmed quotes of up to $100,000. That's right, $100,000 in an era when many homeowners are hard pressed to provide their families with basic necessities.
It's not that angry residents lack of sympathy for treasured water resources. Rather, this is about
authorities whose cavalier actions left homeowners wondering whether they have the resources to continue living in their homes.
Now, here's the rub: AB 885 was inspired by the federal Clean Water Act which only applies to
waters where septic systems are identified as contributing to pollutants. I am not aware that the BOS proved that unsafe levels even exist anywhere in our district, let alone come from septic tanks.
Under those conditions, it's hard to rationalize bankrupting homeowners.
Thankfully, resident reaction has sent BOS back to the drawing board. Here are some
1. The State Water Resources Board should rewrite the regulations so that Californians aren't threatened with financial ruin.
2. Test the water! Mass septic tank inspections paid for by the homeowners for a hypothetical
problem simply will not do. The BOS should hire an independent firm to perform spot water
analysis. If these tests prove the existence of pollutants, then and only then should there be a
determination whether the unsafe levels can be traced to septic tanks;
3. If it cannot be proven that there is a hazard, leave the community to deal with their septic problems..
4. There must be a way to radically cut estimated costs of repair or replacement. The BOS reps alluded to financial assistance, but couldn't come up with any source or amount. The BOS must do better than that before implementing these regulations
5. Finally, make sure there is no connection between the testers, the companies licensed to make
repairs and governmental institutions.
Residents have the impression that this endeavor is a plan to line the pockets of big political contributors. Leaders need to earn our trust. They've done a sorry job in this instance.
I applaud efforts to make BOS listen. Hopefully, the BOS is up to the challenge. Residents
deserve success and I will do what I can to make sure you are not forgotten.
Candidate for the 38th Assembly District
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To sign up for this free service or for more information, visit http://www.nixle.com.
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
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:
Customized Traffic Reports Now Available by Phone, on Internet
A new phone and internet service to help travelers navigate the
confusing and congested maze known as Southern California has debuted.
Unlike sites such as Sigalert.com
or good old
drive time radio traffic dispatches, the new Go511.com
and 511 toll-free phone service
offers freeway traffic reports augmented with information about
ride-sharing, carpooling, bicycling and taking the bus or train.
It's now in beta testing mode, which means that Ken Coleman, the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority's motorist services program
manager, wants to hear from you on what works-and what doesn't-in the
new service. The system offers prompts for feedback both on the phone
and on the website.
Since billboards and other publicity for the service started rolling
out, 511 usage is growing, topping 20,000 calls on a recent Tuesday. Hundreds of users have offered comments, two-thirds of them positive,
Coleman said. Those who didn't like it were frustrated by things like
having the system's voice recognition technology offer them travel times
between two freeways rather than specifics on congestion at one point
along the freeway.
The initiative is being funded for a 10-year period with $30.8
million from the Los Angeles County Service Authority for Freeway
Emergencies (LA SAFE.) Most of the funds had previously been directed
toward supporting a network of freeway callboxes, which are being used
far less frequently these days because of the proliferation of mobile
phones. (Coleman said L.A. County, which once had 4,500 callboxes, now
has 1,700. In the early '90s, he said, 90,000 calls a month were made
from the boxes. Now that number is closer to 2,500 calls a month.)
Metro's partners in the 511 system include Caltrans, the CHP and
transportation agencies in Orange and Ventura counties.
The 511 automated phone system -- to be used hands-free while driving,
of course -- covers Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties, while the
website offers information on San Bernardino and Riverside counties as
Upcoming improvements include voice recognition for Spanish
language prompts and smart phone applications, including a configuration
of the website that works on a mobile phone.
Ultimately, Coleman envisions tapping into more sources of data to
offer a comprehensive, traveler-focused service that would assist not
just the region's commuters but also tourists arriving for a visit.
Southern California, he said, "can be a very daunting place to
navigate if you have no idea." As those who live here know only too
--From the blog of Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Supervisor
[Artist's Conception / Synergy Development Services]
TOWERING -- That's not a oil derrick going up near the McDonalds on Devonshire Street. Rather it is an old-timey faux water tower designed to hide a mass of antennas to improve cell phone reception in Chatsworth.
|STABLES AND RANCHES|
Equine Advisory Committee Meets
July 12 to Discuss Water Allotments
The L.A. Equine Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting with Marty Adams, the DWP's director of water quality in response to concerns
about water allotments for local equestrian stables and
The meeting will be 6:30 p.m., July12
at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center is 480 West Riverside Drive, Burbank.
For more information, contact Lynn Brown at (323) 876-6858.
Federal Officials Begin Key
'Rim of the Valley' Preservation Study
The federal government is beginning a study of the Los Angeles-area
foothills that could ultimately lead to more nature preservation.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who
began lobbying for the so-called Rim of the Valley study in 2001,
announced the beginning of the work. The
study was authorized as part of federal legislation signed by President
George W. Bush in 2008.
Two years later, the study was allocated $500,000, which will begin
with an extensive public outreach and exploration process this summer.
"It's a long process... I'm glad we have finally reached the stage of
this study getting underway," Schiff said recently to a group of
stakeholders and community activists gathered at the Eaton Canyon
The final recommendations could help preserve the more 500,000 acres
above the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita Simi and Conejo
valleys that are known collectively as the Rim of the Valley.
The study will create a "conservation strategy" and examine the
feasibility of including some or all of the land into the federally
protected Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.Read the full story here
-- Melanie Hicken reporting for the Glendale News-Press
Don't Miss 'Surf's Up,' the Next Free Outdoor Movie Under the
date for a free family outing at the next Movies Under the Stars, a
series of free outdoor films in public parks on Saturday, July 10 in
There will be a screening "Surfs Up," an animated
kid-friendly film, at Northridge Park. There will be free picnic dinners
(while supplies last), free popcorn, facepainting, and prize drawings.
Bring blankets, chairs and picnics. No alcohol, dogs or BBQs please.
Saturday, July 10
Picnic dinners at
Movie starts at nightfall
The Northridge Pool at
Northridge Park will also be open for the
summer season, so come
enjoy this top-notch aquatic facility before the movie. For information
about pool hours and activities visit http://laparks.com/dos/aquatic/pdf/poolPrg/northridge.pdf.
event is funded with Cultural Affairs funds that can only be used for
cultural activities in the City, and can not be used for other purposes.
more information, call (818) 756-8501.
-- District 12 Newsletter
Metro Sponsoring a Video Contest, Winner Get a 12-Month Travel Pass
Show us why you like LA County transit - You might
win a free pass for a year!
All you have to do is create a brief video - two minutes maximum - that
explains how transit helps you and encourages others to try it.
Entries will be judged on originality, believability, and how well
they convince others to try transit. The top contenders will be posted
on the web so everyone in Los Angeles County can choose the winner.
The entry deadline is July 15. So get ready for
your close-up... you might win a free pass for a year!
For more information, go to Transit Flicks
information on metro.net
Celebration for New Chatsworth / Porter Ranch School
[Photo / PRNC]
Officials dig deep for new K-8 span school set to open in 2012.
Area stakeholders came out to
celebrate the new school on June 5 at
corner of Mason and Sesnon. The construction site event was sponsored
by LAUSD and Shapell
Homes and co-sponsored
by Councilman Greig
Smith and the Porter
The school is planned to
serve 1,047 student K-8
starting in Fall of
2012. The school is the
result of a
LAUSD, the City, Shapell
Homes and the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council
-- PRNC Newsletter.
Vacant Buildings Demolished
Along Orange Line Right-of-Way
In preparation for construction of the Metro Orange Line Extension, the contractor has begun to demolish vacant structures along the right-of-way, slightly east of Canoga Avenue between Vanowen Street and Lassen Street. The Orange Line busway will connect Woodland Hills and the Chatsworth train depot.
Metro reports that access for pedestrians, businesses, residents, and fire department and emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.
|SOME SIDESTEP LAW|
Ordinance Shutting Down
Out-of- Compliance Marijuana Shops
The citywide ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries went
into effect on June 7, shutting down more than 400 of the pot
shops that opened in the last several years.
There may be some
marijuana dispensaries that attempt to remain open illegally. City
prosecutors have set up an email address for the public to
confidentially report scofflaws at atty.
To see an interactive map showing all the known dispensaries in
the City, visit tiny.cc/LAPotShops.
-- District 12 Newsletter
New Technology to Fight Graffiti
addition to calling 311, you can now report graffiti directly using the city's online 311 function at http://tiny.cc/311LA. Just enter the exact address
and a report and clean-up order are automatically generated.
The city now has its own application to report non-emergency problems. The
app for iPhones and other handheld devices was created by Citysourced in
a public-private partnership and can dowloaded for free.
allows users to take snapshots of graffiti, potholes, illegal dumping
and other issues. Using GPS, the location and a description of the
problem are sent directly to the City's 311 system. It even notifies the
user when the problem is resolved.
To download the app or see a
demo of how it works, visit http://tiny.cc/0s21t.
-- District 12 Newsletter
iWATCH Anti-Terrorism Tip System
iWATCH system was launched in 2009 by the LAPD as a tool to allow
members of the public to report suspicious activity that can help
efforts to fight and prevent terrorist attacks.
Like a 21st
century Neighborhood Watch, iWATCH brings tips and information from the
public into SAR, the LAPD's Suspicious Activity Reporting system
developed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
To access iWATCH
-- District 12 Newsletter
|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.
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.
|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.
Chatsworth Neighborhood Watch meeting will be 7 p.m., Thursday, July 22,
at St. John Eudes Church, 9901 Mason Ave. Officer
Danny Del Valle is senior lead officer for Basic Car 17A23.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
call Golf Tournament Chair Sally Barnes at (818) 349-1706.
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.
While supplies last 7.4.10