Englander E-News: Utility Poles, Ecology Pond, Shopping Carts and More ...

This is the councilman's weekly newsletter for the 12th District.


Sept. 14, 2012

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Improving Regulations on Above Ground Facilities On Our Streets...

This week, I voted in favor of improving regulations on Above Ground Facilities (AGFs) in City Council. AGFs are pieces of equipment installed on utility poles and other parts of the public right-of-way that are necessary for telecommunications services. The change to the existing ordinance will require companies to provide better notification for nearby residents of new AGFs. Many community members have voiced concerns about inadequate notification and a negative impact of some AGFs on the aesthetics of their neighborhoods. 
 - Mitchell Englander, Councilmember, Twelfth District

Re-Appointment of a City Commissioner...

I was proud to vote to re-appoint David Wolf to the Commission on Disability in City Council on Wednesday, Sept.12. David has done an outstanding job representing the disabled community on the Commission, whose function is to respond to and advocate for the needs and concerns of people with disabilities living in Los Angeles. They hold public hearings on important issues, identify priorities, and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.  

We are also proud that Commissioner Wolf is a longtime resident of Council District 12; attended high school in the San Fernando Valley; earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from CSUN; and earned a Master's Degree in International Relations from USC. 

 - Mitchell Englander, Councilmember, Twelfth District

Chatsworth Nature Preserve Ecology Pond to Remained Filled Always...

I received a letter from Department of Water and Power (DWP) General Manager Ron Nichols saying that DWP would always keep the Ecology Pond in Chatsworth Nature Preserve filled with water. In August, DWP filled the Ecology Pond in response to my requests. 

The water level of the Ecology Pond had been sinking lower and lower due to natural evaporation. Many nearby residents and members of the environmental and wildlife protection community shared my concerns that this could have destroyed what was a beautiful and delicate ecosystem supporting numerous plant and animal species. 

The Chatsworth Nature Preserve and its ecology pond are treasures of open space and natural habitat. They are very special to me and to the surrounding community and I am committed to protecting them. In addition, the Ecology Pond offers a location for the Fire Department's water-dropping helicopters to fill their water buckets so they respond more quickly to wildfires in the nearby hills. 

I am grateful to Mr. Nichols for recognizing the importance of protecting the Ecology Pond and responding quickly to my request. 

To see the letter from Mr. Nichols, click here

 - Mitchell Englander, Councilmember, Twelfth District

Always Looking Out for Our Community...

Even when they are off-duty, our staff is always on the lookout for ways that they can help with problems, or act to protect the quality of life in our community. 

For example, this week on her way to the office, our Council Aide/Case Worker Melody Jaramillo spotted an abandoned shopping cart on the sidewalk. Rather than reporting the single cart to the Bureau of Street Services to be picked up as part of the Abandoned Shopping Cart Program, she and Field Deputy Erik Richardson drove down in Erik's pickup truck and put the cart in the bed. They saw the cart was from Lowe's Home Improvement Store, so they drove to Lowe's and returned it to the store.  

This is one of the many ways our staff is always on duty to help preserve the quality of life in our community. 

CSUN Transit Center Opening...

We were proud to help celebrate the grand opening of California State University, Northridge's Transit Center last week. 

CSUN's new Transit Center, on campus at Darby Ave. and Vincennes St., opened for service in June. The station will offer CSUN students who use public transportation a convenient on-campus drop-off and pick-up location on weekdays. 

Bus lines stopping at the Transit Center include: 
Metro Rapid Line 741 from CSUN to Ventura Blvd. and Metro Line 167 from Studio City to CSUN and on to Chatsworth; AVTA Line 676 to and from the Antelope Valley; the CSUN Metrolink Shuttle. 

The Transit Station is expected to reduce car traffic on campus as well as the need for more parking structures. 

Click here to watch the CSUN Sundial's video of the Grand Opening Event. 

Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce's Family Fest...

We are proud to co-sponsor the Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce's Family Fest this Saturday, Sept. 15 in Porter Ranch. 

Saturday, Sept. 15
10:00 am to 7:00 pm
At Porter Ranch Dr. 
& Rinaldi St. in 
Porter Ranch

Bring your family for this kid-friendly celebration of our community, featuring pony rides, rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, kid's train rides, live music, balloon animals, facepainting, carnival games, bouncers, an obstacle course and more! Our co-sponsors include Egremont School, Galpin Ford, and Facey Medical Group. 

Northridge United Methodist Church Gospel Concert...

The Lincoln Avenue Celestial Temple Sanctuary Choir is a regional winner of Verizon's "How Sweet the Sound" competition to find the best gospel choir in the nation. Come and enjoy the winning songs as they present a program of traditional and new gospel. 

Saturday, Sept. 15
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Northridge United Methodist Church
9650 Reseda Blvd., Northridge 

$10  suggested donation. For tickets and additional information please visit 
http://www.northridgeumc.org/ or call (818) 886-1555.

Oakridge Estate Park Advisory Board Meeting...

Join the Oakridge Estate Park Advisory Board for its quarterly meeting coming up on Thursday, Sept. 20. 

Thursday, Sept. 20
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Fire Station #87 
Community Room 
10124 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills 

The Park Advisory Board is providing community input, sharing with the public and helping to determine the future use of the Oakridge Estate. 

The English Tudor-style manor in Northridge was designed by famed architect Paul R. Williams and was built in 1937 for Barbara Stanwyck. It was later the home of actor Jack Oakie for decades in an era when many stars lived in the San Fernando Valley. 

Our office rescued the historic-cultural monument in Northridge from development and we are working to preserve and restore it, and turn it into a haven of green open space and culture for the public to enjoy for generations. To learn more, visit www.theoakridgeestate.org

Free parking is available in the shopping center adjacent to Fire Station. For more information, call Megan Cottier at (818) 882-1212
or email Megan.Cottier@lacity.org

New Horizons 11th Annual Golf Classic...

Don't miss the New Horizons 11th Annual Golf Classic on Monday Sept. 24, at Porter Valley Country Club in Porter Ranch. Enjoy a fun day of golf and support a great cause! 

Monday, Sept. 24
Porter Valley 
Country Club
19216 Singing Hills Dr., Northridge 

Registration & Contests  - 9:00 am
Shotgun Start - 11:00 am
Cocktails - 4:00 pm
Awards Dinner - 4:30 pm

The grand prize is a six day stay at a luxurious vacation home in Palm Desert. Sedond prize is a $500 Apple gift card. Third prize is a Kindle e-reader. 

For more information, to register as a play or as a sponsor, visitwww.newhorizons-sfv.org

Free Waste Collection Events...

The City is holding two free waste collection events up in the San Fernando Valley to offer residents a convenient place to safely and properly dispose of waste items that are illegal to throw away in the regular trash. 

Motor Oil, Used Filters, and Electronic Waste
Saturday, Sept. 22
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
15800 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys 
Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics 
Saturday, Sept. 29 
Sunday, Sept. 30
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge 
(Parking Lot F-10, at Lassen St. & Lindley Ave.)

For more information and future waste collection events and locations click here

Police Community Meetings Coming Up... 

The LAPD is holding two community meetings in the Northwest San Fernando Valley. These meetings are a great to get to know your local Police Officers, and learn about crime trends and public safety. 

LAPD Devonshire Division Community Police Advisory Board Meeting...

The LAPD Devonshire Division's Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) Meeting is on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in Northridge. 

Wednesday, Sept. 19
7:00 pm
St. Nicholas Greek Church
17037 Plummer St., Northridge

The LAPD's Community-Police Advisory Boards (C-PABs) were created in 1993 to provide community members with an opportunity to share information with the local Police Officers that protect and serve their neighborhoods. It also offers the LAPD to share important public safety, crime prevention and crime trend information with the community. 

Each of the 21 geographic Areas (community police stations) throughout Los Angeles has its own C-PAB which meets monthly. Each C-PAB has two co-chairs - one is one of the Area Commanding Officers while the second is a civilian member voted on by the Advisory Board. Many C-PABS also have subcommittees focusing on specific issues such as graffiti, youth, homeless outreach and traffic. 

LAPD Devonshire Division Basic Car 17A35 & Neighborhood Watch Meeting...

Join Senior Lead Officer Dario Del Core for a Basic Car & Neighborhood Watch meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 in Granada Hills. 

Thursday, Sept. 20
7:00 pm
St. Euphrasia Church
11766 Shoshone Ave., Granada Hills

The Basic Car Meeting is every 3rd Thursday of the month at 
at St. Euphrasia Church. These meetings are a great way to learn how you can get involved in keeping our neighborhoods safe, and build strong relationships with our local Police.

For more information, call Senior Lead Officer Dario Del Core at (818) 634-0577 or email 27286@lapd.lacity.org. To see a map of the Devonshire Basic Car Area, click here.

Get Ready for Citrus Sunday!!!

Save the date for our 7th Annual Citrus Sunday coming up on Sunday, Sept. 23. This volunteer fruit drive brings tens of thousands of pounds of fresh oranges and grapefruits to food banks that serve struggling San Fernando Valley families. 

Join Northridge West, Northridge South, Granada Hills North, Granada Hills South, West Hills and  North Hills West Neighborhood Councils along with Temple Ahavat Shalom for this great event!

Sunday, September 23
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Participating is easy! 
1. Just pick oranges, grapefruits or other citrus fruit from your trees, or ask your neighbors if you can pick from their trees.  
2. Drop them off at participating locations between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 23. Our partner organization, Valley Interfaith Council (VIC) will collect all the fruit and distribute it to families served at VIC food pantries in the San Fernando Valley.

Drop off locations: 
North Hills West NC
Fire Station 87
10124 Balboa Blvd., North Hills 

West Hills NC
Field’s Market
23221 Saticoy St., West Hills 

Granada Hills South NC
Granada Hills Charter High School
10533 Zelzah Ave., Granada Hills
Northridge West NC & 
Northridge South NC
Wilkinson Senior Center
8956 Vanalden Ave., Northridge 

Temple Ahavat Shalom 
18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge 
(8:30 am – 12:00 pm)

Get Involved in Your Community! Participate in the Upcoming Neighborhood Council Elections...

Looking for a chance to get more involved in your community? Participate in the upcoming election for Neighborhood Council Board Positions in the Northwest San Fernando Valley.

Joining your local Neighborhood Council is a great way to make a meaningful, positive contribution to your community, meet others who are engaged in the community, and get involved in rewarding community projects and events. 

Each neighborhood council will conduct their own election with various processes. For more information about the Neighborhood Council you're interested in, see links below and contact them directly.

Sept. 29, 2012 elections for:

West Hills Neighborhood Council
http://empowerla.org/whnc/ west-hills-nc-elections/

Reseda Neighborhood Council elections
http://empowerla.org/rnc/ reseda-nc-elections/

For complete rules and guidelines, information about acceptable forms of ID, candidate guidelines and frequently asked questions, visit the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's website athttp://empowerla.org/elections or call (818) 293-8683.

Join Ride with Pride’s Concert in the Canyon...

Ride with Pride will be hosting the 3rd annual Concert in the Canyon on Saturday, September 29. Enjoy a fun filled evening with community members while helping to raise money for Ride with Pride's programs. 

Saturday, Sept. 29
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
Browns Canyon Ranch
12051 Browns Canyon Rd., 

Ride with Pride offers therapeutic horseback riding to enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities. 

For more information please visit http://www.ridewithprideth.org/newsRoomUpcomingEvents.html
For sponsorship information contact Pat UpdeGraff at (818) 885-8138. 

West Hills 25th Anniversary Community Picnic and Elections...

We are proud to co-sponsor the West Hills 25th Anniversary Picnic and Neighborhood Council Elections at Shadow Ranch Park in West Hills. 

West Hills 25th 
Anniversary Picnic
Saturday, Sept. 29
1:00 pm to 6:30 pm
West Hills Neighborhood Council Elections
2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Shadow Ranch Recreation Center
22633 Vanowen St., West Hills

The event is hosted by the West Hills Neighborhood Council and co-sponsored by West Hills Hospital, Grossman Burn Center, Fairwinds West Hills Retirement Center, The Boeing Co., Foundation for Arts and Community Events (FaCE)/Cinema Heritage Project and the Department of Recreation and Parks. 

There will be live rock and roll bands, picnic games, a community resource fair, petting zoo, bouncers, health screenings, and gourmet food trucks. At 7:00 pm, there will be a free outdoor screening of the classic film The Wizard of Oz. 

For information or to reserve a booth, please call Ed Young at (818) 704-1505or email Ed19357@Yahoo.com.

Workshops for Disability Rights, Education and Advocacy...

The Family Focus Resource & Empowerment Center  in partnership with Gold Standard Advocates is offering several workshops for community members, focusing on children with Special Education needs and their families.

Family Focus Resource & Empowerment Center (FFREC) assists families of children who have special needs.  FFREC is a non-profit organization and is a sponsored project of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at California State University, Northridge. For more information, visithttp://familyfocusresourcecenter.org/.

Gold Standard Advocates is a Los Angeles-based Special Education Advocate group specializing in individuals with disabilities. For more information, visit  http://www.theiepadvocates.com/

"Special Education & IEP Rights"
Saturday, Sept. 15
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LAFD Fire Station 87
10124 Balboa Blvd., Northridge
RSVP by Sept. 13 to (818) 677-6854 

"Insurance Coverage for Autism-Related Services"
Thursday, Oct. 4
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Councilmember Mitchell Englander's 
Community Service Center
9207 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth

For questions or to RSVP to any of the workshops, contact Theresa Quary at(818) 677-6854 or Theresa.quary@csun.edu

Support the Granada Hills Rotary Foundation Blood Drive...

Give the gift of life! Give blood! The Granada Hills Rotary Foundation is holding a blood drive in two locations in Granada Hills on Saturday, September 29 in an effort to raise at least 500 pints of blood. Free lunch will be provided to all donors. 
Saturday, Sept. 29
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Granada Hills Recreation Center
16730 Chatsworth St.,  Granada Hills
North Valley Youth Sports Complex
13100 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills

An appointment is required. To make an appointment visitwww.rotarygivesblood.org
For sponsorships opportunities and additional information email John Weitkamp at jweitkamp@aol.com 

Pioneer Day at the Homestead Acre in Chatsworth... 

Pioneer Day at the Homestead Acre in Chatsworth is coming up on Sunday, Oct. 7, so save the date for this great Northwest San Fernando Valley tradition. 

Sunday, Oct. 7
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Homestead Acre
Chatsworth Park South
10385 Shadow Oak Dr.
(At the west end of Devonshire St.)

This wonderful, family-friendly event celebrates the rich history of our community, and includes tours of the Virginia Watson Chatsworth Historical Museum and the historical Minnie Palmer Cottage. There will also be the famous Chili Cook-Off, a bake sale, and demonstrations of wood-carving, arrowhead making, weaving, panning for gold, quilting, blacksmithing, Native American artifacts, and more. 

There is free parking and a shuttle service to and from the park at Chatsworth Depot Metrolink Station, located at 10038 Old Depot Plaza Rd. (Enter from Devonshire St. between Canoga Ave. and Owensmouth Ave.). 

$5 donation for adults. $1 for kids. Proceeds support the Chatsworth Historical Society. 

For more information, visit  http://www.historicalsocieties.net

Darby Elementary School Fundraiser to Support Goodwill...

Please donate unwanted or used household items, electronics and clean clothing in good condition to Darby Elementary School's 5th Grade Class for their Goodwill donation drive. Darby has partnered with Goodwill Southern California to raise funds as well as support Goodwill’s mission of enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities through education, training and job placement services.  

This event is a win-win! For every trailer full of donated items, Darby Elementary's 5th Grade Class earns money to help pay for school supplies for students, and Goodwill receives donated items that will go to struggling families in our community. 

Saturday Oct. 13
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Darby Elementary School
10818 Darby Ave., Northridge
Teacher's parking lot on southwest corner.

To see the list of accepted and not-accepted items, click here
To have items picked up please call (818) 319-7139.

A Year of Emergency Preparedness...

On January 17, the 18th anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, we kicked off our Year of Emergency Preparedness in Los Angeles.

Throughout 2012, we will be working on legislation, programs and public awareness efforts to help the residents of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley be prepared for natural or man-made disasters.

Every week, our newsletter will feature a new item in an Emergency Preparedness Checklist. These are simple steps that everyone in Los Angeles should take in order to be prepared for any disaster. If you follow each item on this checklist, you will be highly prepared at the end of the year.

Week 33: Instant Cold Compresses / Chemical Cold Packs / Instant Ice Packs...
First Aid for some injuries is applying a cold compress. But if you are without power for an extended period, you won't have access to ice (unless you own a generator that can power your refrigerator). An easy, low-cost solution is instant cold compresses. The cold packs do not need to be refrigerated, and are activated by bending the package, which mixes two chemicals together producing a cold compress that lasts for hours. 
To see an example, click here.   

To see our printable Emergency Preparedness Checklist, with every week's entry, click here or visit our website atwww.CD12.org.

Honor a Hero/Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair...

Our Field Deputy Erik Richardson serves as our liaison to the business community. He reports this week on a great event coming up that can make a difference in the lives of our Veterans who are seeking jobs as they return from service. 

Businesses from across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties will come together on Thursday, Oct. 18 for the 7th Annual Honor a Hero / Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair at Warner Center. This is the largest regional job fair aimed at helping returning war veterans, National Guard members, and reservists who need to find jobs as they return to the San Fernando Valley community. 

The Job Fair serves as a one-stop opportunity for entry, middle, and upper- level career opportunities. Come dressed for success and bring multiple copies of your resume. 

The Job Fair is co-presented by The Valley Economic Alliance and the California Employment Development Department (EDD). 

Thursday, Oct. 18
11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Open for Veterans
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Open to the General Public 
Warner Center Marriott Hotel
21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills

For more information please call The Valley Economic Alliance at (818) 379-7000 Ext. 110 or email egass@economicalliance.org. Job Seeker Hotline -(818) 596-4498. 


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