SCAQMD Hearing Board Hearings on Sunshine Canyon Landfill – August 27 & September 10 – Granada Hills, September 6, 7, 8 – Diamond Bar

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The Hearing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will hold several public hearings to consider the issuance of an Order for Abatement addressing odors from the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Sylmar.

Below is the hearing schedule:

Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 9:00 am
Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences
Multipurpose Room
10445 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

September 6, 7, 8, 2016, at 9:00 am
Hearing Board Room
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 9:00 am
Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences
Multipurpose Room
10445 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Councilmember Englander Submits Testimony on Order of Abatement for Sunshine Canyon Landfill

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As the Councilmember of the Granada Hills community where the Sunshine Canyon Landfill is located, it has been my unfortunate predicament to see the odor issues at the landfill escalate, without having the jurisdiction necessary to mitigate the problem. I have served the Twelfth District through the previous South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Stipulated Order of Abatement, and have been extremely disappointed at the lack of improvement in conditions despite myriad actions on the part of the City, Local Enforcement Agency and even the landfill operator.

In my position as a Sunshine Canyon Landfill Local Enforcement Agency (SCL LEA) Board Member, I requested the SCAQMD to form, organize and lead the SCAQMD Interagency Working Group on Sunshine Canyon Landfill Odor Mitigation, and requested collaboration from all of the member agencies in recognition that SCAQMD has the primary statutory jurisdiction over the control of odors at the landfill.

It is my sincere hope that the draft Order of Abatement be enforced so that the SCL LEA’s included recommendations can be fully implemented without the impediment of other government or regulatory agencies. This community has suffered enough.

-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District

Click here to read the full letter submitted at the AQMD Town Hall last night.

Click here to view the Order of Abatement.

A Safe and Smart Start to School

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This week, hundreds of thousands of students in Los Angeles went back to school. As students get back to learning, the LAPD, the LA Unified School District and city officials remind parents, families and students to be safe and smart while making their way to school.
LA police want drivers to use caution and common sense on the roads. Motorists, including all parents, should slow down in school zones, be alert for small children and come to a full stop when a school bus’s flashing lights are activated. Additionally, students should remember to look both ways before crossing the street and use designated crosswalks and intersections.
Homework Help
 
As the homework begins to pile up, don’t let the anxiety get the best of you and your family. The LA Public Library has many resources to help students get through their assignments. The library’s Live Homework Help program can give them the tools they need to get ahead in school.

More than 3,000 online tutors are available on demand every day from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. for one-on-one help with homework, skills building and test prep. Professionally trained and experienced tutors will help K-12 students and adult learners with math, science, English, writing, foreign languages and social studies.
Visit www.lapl.org/lhh to access the library’s tutoring program.

New City Program Educates Renters

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This summer, the LA Housing and Community Investment Department launched a new program to help educate Angelenos on renters’ rights under the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).
One in every two LA families lives in an apartment protected by the RSO. The “Home for Renters” campaign provides information to both tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities as renters and owners of the city’s 640,000 rent-controlled units.
The program aims to bring better awareness to renters about how to protect against excessive rent increases and unlawful evictions, while providing owners with information on how to receive reasonable returns on their rental housing investment in a responsible way.
For more information about the city’s law, how it applies and more about the Home for Renters program, visit http://hcidla.lacity.org/home-for-renters.

SCAQMD Town Hall Meeting on Sunshine Canyon Landfill – August 18

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SCAQMD will host a Town Hall Meeting to discuss air quality and odor issues related to Sunshine Canyon Landfill.

Thursday, August 18
6 p.m.

Van Gogh Elementary School, Auditorium
17160 Van Gogh Street
Granada Hills, CA 91344

LADOT Public Hearings On Proposed DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride Service Changes

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LADOT Transit is conducting public hearings for the proposed changes to DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride services as well as its Title VI Disparate Impact and Disproportionate Burden Policies. Attend a public hearing near you:
  • Saturday 8/20 1pm-2pm: Robert M. Wilkinson Multi-Purpose Center, 8956 Vanalden Ave, Northridge, 91324
  • Monday 8/22 12pm-1pm: Caltrans Bldg., Conference Rm. 01.037, 100 S Main St, LA, 90012
  • Monday 8/22 6pm-7pm: Constituent Service Center, 8475 S Vermont Ave, LA, 91324
  • Tuesday 8/23 6pm-7pm: Glassell Park Senior Center, 3750 Verdugo Rd, LA, 90064
  • Wednesday 8/24 6pm-7pm: Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, 90025
  • Monday 8/29 6pm-7pm: San Pedro Library, Community Room, 931 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731
  • Tuesday 8/30 6pm-7pm: Hollywood Recreation Center, 1122 Cole Ave, LA, 90038
  • Wednesday 8/31 6pm-7pm: Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Rm. 1A, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, 91401
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