Meet Rep. Brad Sherman Feb. 2 Details Below
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Hey, It Got Chilly Again Edition   |   |   Monday, January 31, 2011

Also In This Issue
  • Meet the Candidates
  • Meet the Rep. Sherman
  • Chatsworth News You May Have Missed
  • Neighborhood Watch Resumes
  • LAPD Fundraiser
  • Today's Events
  • Dealing With Foreclosure
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
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    Council Meets
    7 p.m., on Feb. 2

    Join us for light refreshments, a chance to meet Congressman Brad Sherman, and a discussion of neighborhood issues, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave. 

    Questions? Write to us at


    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


    CNC Video

    Click image for VIDEO.

    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 flier.

     Disaster Links

    Quick 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 151st 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 Phones

    Neighborhood Council 
    (818) 464-3511

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

    Police Tipoff Line (818) 832-0563

    L.A. City Infoline 311

    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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    Forum invitation

    City Council Candidates Face Voters at 2nd Forum Tonight


    The second in a series of town-hall style City Council candidate forums will be held beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. this evening (Monday) at Community Integration Services, 10100 Balboa Blvd. in Granada Hills. Questioning begins at 7 p.m.


    A third forum is planned for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17,  at Patrick Henry Middle School,17340 San Jose St. in Granada Hills.


    The primary election is March 8, with a runoff scheduled for May 17 if no candidate wins a majority of the vote. 

    The first forum was held by the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council on Jan. 5.


    Six candidates for the Council District 12 seat being vacated by retiring Councilman Greig Smith, are scheduled to appear this evening. They are: Kelly Lord, a Northridge East Neighborhood Council board member; Brad Smith, a Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council board member (no relation to the current councilman); Dinesh Lakhanpal, an area businessman; Navraj Singh, also a businessman; Armineh Chelebian, a Reseda Neighborhood Council board member; and Mitchell Englander, chief of staff for Councilman Smith. Englander is on leave during the campaign.


    There will be a reception from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the forum until 9 p.m.


    A moderator will ask questions from each of the 15 neighborhood councils in CD12.


    Meanwhile, voters are asked to submit questions for the Feb. 17 Granada Hills forum which will be moderated by political activist Ron Kaye, the former editor of the Daily News of Los Angeles. Submit questions to Sean Rivas of the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council at


    Seven out of 15 Los Angeles City Council district seats are up for election.


    Meet Rep. Brad Sherman  

    at Wednesday's Meeting

    Congressman Brad Sherman will be the special guest, 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council meetin
    Rep. Brad Sherman
    Rep. Brad Sherman

    He will update stakeholders on legislation in Washington, and take constituent questions. Rep. Sherman represents the 27th Congressional District.

    "Listening to Valley residents is one of the most important parts of my job." he says. "Town Hall Meetings are an opportunity to discuss issues facing Congress, including health care, the economy, taxes and education."

    The Neighborhood Council meets at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave. in Chatsworth. Click here for the agenda.


    Elections Candidates Agree That City Government Is Broken Jan 6, 2011

    Government Chatsworth Land Use Committee Seeks to Preserve Horse Properties Jan 21, 2011

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    Preserving History One Rose at a Time

    The Chatsworth Historical Society and local friends gathered to prune roses at the only homestead cottage remaining in the San Fernando Valley.

    By Melissa Lambarena | Jan 31, 2011

    Holocaust Survivor Creates Unique Jewish Museum in His Valley Home Jan 31, 2011
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    Gala Officially Opens Valley Performing Arts Center

    A variety of performers, many with ties to the Valley and CSUN, put on a show for eager arts patrons during the black-tie fundraiser.

    By Barry Garron | Jan 30, 2011

    News Weekender: Beloved Volunteer Mourned, Mysteries of Tango Explored Jan 30, 2011
    Police & Fire
    Teen Rescued After Fall at Chatsworth Park South Jan 30, 2011
    Police & Fire
    Reckless Driving, Assaults and Other Crime Heard on the Police Radio Jan 30, 2011
    Man Accused of Mailing Powdery Poison Jan 30, 2011
    Sports Heavy-footed Chatsworth Loses to ECR in Hoops Jan 29, 2011
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    Teen Rescued After Fall at Chatsworth Park South

    He tumbled 25-feet off his bicycle injuring his head. The park has been closed since 2008.

    By Saul Daniels | Jan 29, 2011

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    Valley Performing Arts Center Set for Black-Tie Opening

    A gala fund-raising event will inaugurate the Valley's world-class performance facility Saturday and raise more than $1 million toward construction costs.

    By Barry Garron | Jan 28, 2011

    News The Homeless Census Begins Jan 28, 2011
    Hoops Video Special: Chatsworth Nips Birmingham 81-77 in Overtime Jan 27, 2011
    8866edbad4a26cc038244b2ced70f29f Sports
    Hoops Video Special: Sierra Canyon Defeats Brentwood 80-59

    Jahmel Taylor scores 22 points as Sierra Canyon knocks off the visiting Eagles in an Alpha League game. Jake Downey has the scoop.

    By Jake Downey | Jan 27, 2011

    Baa997d1c5c2b3c7425199624c40a069 Opinion
    Easy to Forget

    There's so much to remember about being a good parent - like diaper bags, snacks, and toys.

    By Ryan E. Smith | Jan 26, 2011

    Plans to Widen Topanga Canyon Blvd. Caught Between Some Rocks and a Hard Place Jan 26, 2011
    Chatsworth Readies for Homeless Count; Volunteers Needed Jan 26, 2011
    Police & Fire Weekend Police Calls Start Early, End Late Jan 26, 2011
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    Video: The Art Lady Brightens Up the Chatsworth Farmers Market

    She's stopping traffic on Mason Avenue with bold, colorful paintings that can be spotted from a distance away.

    By Melissa Lambarena | Jan 25, 2011


    Neighborhood Watch Meets Feb. 24

    Det. Gilbert Escontrias of the LAPD's Mental Evaluation Unit is scheduled to speak at the Next Chatsworth Neighborhood Watch meeting.

    The February
    meeting will be 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at  St. John Eudes Church,  9901 Mason Ave. Officer Danny Del Valle is senior lead officer for Basic Car 17A23.


    LAPD Fundraiser at Islands Restaurant

    Click here and present this coupon from 5 to 9 p.m. at Islands Restaurant, 11400 Porter Ranch Drive, and 20% of your food and beverage purchases will be donated to SOLID.

    That volunteer organization buys essential equipment and supplies for police officers of the LAPD Devonshire Division that the city fails to provide.


    Post Your Calendar Items Here

    Let the community know about your meetings and special events by posting them online here for the Neighborhood Council website, and here for the events calendar. All postings are free.

    Click here for today's events.


    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.

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    job title or skills
    Jobs by SimplyHired

    You might also click on WorkSource California.

    Free Gift
    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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