Staffing-Up for Chatsworth
If you've been enjoying the Chatsworth Roundup
every month with its mix of news photos and announcements, please watch for the launch of the daily Chatsworth Patch
in late September.
You'll see me and my reporters and all over Chatsworth as we collect the day's news to update Chatsworth Patch
every few hours -- every day.
Visit Chatsworth Patch
online for breaking news, Neighborhood Council coverage, exclusive business listings, and daily events. Check out photos and videos from around the community, see what neighbors are up to, and get in on the conversation.
And you'll find us on Twitter and Facebook, too.
So, tell your friends and watch for Chatsworth Patch
. Saul DanielsEditor
7 p.m., Sept. 1
Join us for light refreshments and a discussion of neighborhood issues, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave. Questions? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be no August meeting.
Write to Us
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 email@example.com.
Click here for the archive of previous Roundup newsletters.
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:
|ASSEMBLY BILL 2756|
Bill to Ban Unhitched
Ad Trailers Passes
Senate May Take Action This Week
[Photo / Saul Daniels] Unhitched advertising trailer was flipped from the traffic lane to the sidewalk on Corbin Avenue near Lassen Street Monday.
Long a hot-button issue in Chatsworth, the banning of dangerous and unsightly unhitched curb-side advertising trailers may be near.
Assemblymen Bob Blumenfield and Mike Feuer introduced the measure which would restrict the trailers to parking lots and parking garages.
"AB 2756 is currently in the Senate, and will be presented on the floor [this] week. If the bill passes there, it will either go to the Governor for signing, or back to the Assembly for concurrence if amended on the floor," according to Ellen Isaacs, transportation deputy to Feuer.
The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council has been working with Councilman Greig Smith to post "No Unhitched Trailer" signs on Chatsworth streets. Devonshire Street has been successfully cleared, but many trailers remain on Mason Avenue, Topanga Canyon Boulevard and other side streets.
Businessman Bruce Boyer, who owns many of the trailers, has been adamant about his right to park them on public thoroughfares, despite the parking tickets he has received. For several months he has even parked a trailer beside the Devonshire Division police station.
"I have a license plate. The state of
California says I can operate on
any street or highway in the state. I have every right that everybody
else does," Boyer told KABC-TV recently. The City Council voted in February to press the state legislature to change the law under which Boyer
is allowed to park the mobile signs.
In March, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich pledged: "I'm going to put those mobile signs
out of business. By the end of my first term they will be gone." As a private attorney, Trutanich successfully represented Boyer and his trailer business.
|6 - 10 P.M.|
Tonight's the National Night Out
With Free Hotdogs, Movie, Raffle
s the night for free hotdogs, soft drinks, popcorn, ice cream, cake, a Moon Bounce for the kids, a DJ with music, the movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and a chance to win great prizes.
It's the LAPD Devonshire Division's National Night Out at Northridge Park
, 18300 Lemarsh St., Northridge, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Bring your favorite blanket to watch the movie and please no pets.
When you enter the park look for the registration booth where you will receive your raffle tickets. Get red tickets for your free hotdog and soda. White tickets are for the adult raffle. Blue tickets are for the kids raffle.
For more information, call (818) 756-8501.
No Left Turns from Lassen Street
Into the Chatsworth Train Depot
Turn left, get a ticket. But not a train ticket.
Metro is blocking all left turns from Lassen Street onto Old Depot Road during construction of the Orange Line busway bridge.
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department will be issuing warning this
week. After one week of warnings the Sheriffs Department will begin
issuing citations to violators.
The railroad depot can still be reached by westbound Lassen Street traffic. Access is also possible from Devonshire Street on the north.
Construction will continue for about 15 months.
For questions or comments, call Metro Community Relations (213) 922-3668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. To see more information about the Orange Line Extension project, visit www.metro.net/projects/orangeline/orangeline_construction_notice
Register Now for Free CERT Classes
Offered by the L.A. Fire Department
The Los Angeles City Fire Department will be conducting the next series of free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training classes beginning the fourth week of August.
Register now for the 17 1/2 hour course taught by professional firefighters and paramedics. The class meets one evening a week for six to eight weeks.
Community members are taught how to provide assistance to their family, neighbors, co-workers, or others in case of an emergency. For more information about CERT please visit www.cert-la.com
. To find currently scheduled classes click on "CERT Class Schedule", then go to the month you are available for the scheduled classes.
One nearby class will be held at the Woodland Hills Elementary School Auditorium, 22201 San Miguel St., Woodland Hills. The first class begins Monday, Aug. 23, and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. To sign up for the course contact Firefighter Semerjian at (818) 756-9674. Classes will be held Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, and Oct. 4.
Another nearby class will be held at the American Legion, 7338 Canby Ave. Reseda, on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Classes will be held Aug. 26, Sept. 2, Sept. 9, Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30, and Oct. 7. Please contact Firefighter Howard at (818) 756-9674 to enroll in this course.
|AID FOR JOB SEEKERS|
North Valley Family Resource Fair
Scheduled for Saturday
Whether you're a job seeker or a local business or community based organization, the North Valley Family Resource Fair is a great opportunity to network and share resources.Saturday, Aug. 710 a.m. - 2 p.m.Hansen Dam Recreation Area11770 Foothill Blvd. Lake View Terrace
Businesses, organizations and service clubs are encouraged to attend to provide resources and information about jobs or training that could be beneficial to job seekers. Remember to bring program literature for distribution. Please contact Charlene or Cynthia at CDD at (818) 352-1356.
--From CD12 Newsletter
|CLOSED SUNDAY, MONDAY|
Chatsworth Library Now Operating
on a Limited 5-day Schedule
Because of budget cuts, the Chatsworth Public Library will only be open five days a week. The new schedule includes the downtown Los Angeles Central Library and all 72 branch libraries.
Branch library service hours will be: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; closed Sunday, Monday and holidays.
|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.
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.
Election Feedback Meeting
Provide constructive feedback to the recent Neighborhood Council election process, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Conference Room 2B, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys.
The August Chatsworth
Neighborhood Watch meeting will be 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26,
at St. John Eudes Church, 9901 Mason Ave. Officer
Danny Del Valle is senior lead officer for Basic Car 17A23.
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
us for light refreshments and a discussion of neighborhood issues, 7
p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave. Details, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more calendar items, click here
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