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Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
The Chatsworth Roundup
Breaking News from your Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
Sunburn Edition   |   |   Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Also In This Issue
  • Unhitched Ad Trailers
  • National Night Out
  • No Left Turns
  • Free CERT Classes
  • Aid for Job Seekers
  • New Library Schedule
  • Instant Police News
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  • Action Calendar

  • Greetings!
    Patch logo
    New e-Newspaper
    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 Daniels


    Council Meets
    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

    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

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    Click here for the archive of previous Roundup newsletters.


    CNC Video

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    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.

  • 1st Wednesday:
  • 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.


    Here's Where You
    Can Recycle Locally

    Vons Shopping Center,
    20440 Devonshire St. (behind Rite-Aid)

    RecycleValley Recycling Center,
    20220 Plummer St.,

    Budget Recycling,
    21250 Nordhoff St.,

    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.

     Disaster Links

    City Services

    Zero Waste
    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.

    Be Prepared
    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 LAFD letter.

    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
    You can place service requests for street repair, tree trimming, downed trees or palm fronds in the street online.
    This 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? Click here 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.

    Quick Links
    Quick Phones

    Neighborhood Council

    (818) 464-3511

    West Valley Alliance (graffiti removal)
    (818) 885-8885

    Police Tipoff Line
    (818) 832-0563

    L.A. City Infoline

    CNC Contact

    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:

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    211 logo


    Bill to Ban Unhitched
    Ad Trailers Passes
    State Assembly
    Senate May Take Action This Week

    Ad Trailer
    [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

    Tonight'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.
    Meatballs logo
    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.

    15 MONTHS

    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 To see more information about the Orange Line Extension project, visit

    15 MONTHS

    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  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.
    --Clara Woll


    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.Resource Fair logo

    Saturday, Aug. 7
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Hansen Dam Recreation Area
    11770 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


    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.


    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


    New Technology to Fight Graffiti

    In addition to calling 311, you can now report graffiti directly using the city's online 311 function at 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.

    It 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
    -- District 12 Newsletter


    iWATCH Anti-Terrorism Tip System

    The 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 visit
    -- District 12 Newsletter


    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.


    Facing Foreclosure? Pick Up the Phone

    Need help with your mortgage? Call (888) 89-LA NHS, email or see

    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. 

    For 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, or call toll-free at (800) 427-2200. For energy saving tips, click HERE.

    Opportunity Clicks

    These are difficult economic times, so your Neighborhood Council has added an employment search engine to our website and newsletter. This convenient search engine reaches out to most job sites large and small and lists all your opportunities in one place.

    keywords location
    job title or skills
    Jobs by SimplyHired

    You might also click on WorkSource California.


    Farmer's MarketChatsworth 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.

    I Voted logoElection 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.

    BadgeNeighborhood Watch
    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 CouncilChatsworth Neighborhood Council
    Join us for light refreshments and a discussion of neighborhood issues, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave.  Details,

    For more calendar items, click here

    Free Gift
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