Renderings Revealed for Mixed-Use Development in Granada Hills

An environmental report published by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning offers a first look at the Woodley & San Fernando Mission Project, a proposed mixed-use development in Granada Hills.

Harridge Development Group, a Los Angeles-based real estate firm, intends to raze a shopping center at 16201 W. San Fernando Mission Boulevard to replace it with a residential-retail complex.  According to an August case filing from the Department of City Planning, the project would consist of three- and four-story structures featuring 418 market rate apartments, 22 units of very low income housing and approximately 65,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space.

The Spanish Colonial style buildings are being designed by VTBS Architects, and would employ a color palette of white cream, tan and grey.  Amenities are planned throughout the site, including a pool courtyard, roof terraces, a community room and parking for 937 vehicles. Read more »

2016 Granada Hills Holiday Parade Video

It was a spectacular day for 33rd annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade. Over 120 entries and some 10,000 spectators lined Chatsworth Street to enjoy the spirt of the season. This is the largest Holiday Parade in the San Fernando Valley!

Thank you to Mark Hovater for another amazing video to show off our neighborhood.

LAFD Launches New SOBER Unit Pilot Program

This week the Public Safety Committee approved a grant from the Innovation and Performance Commission for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) SOBER Unit pilot program. The program will partner a Nurse Practitioner with a Firefighter/Paramedic to provide service to serial inebriates – patients who are transported multiple times to emergency rooms for intoxication.

5711767f2ec6a-imageThese individuals comprise a disproportionately large percentage of calls for service. Some individuals are transported to emergency rooms more than once per shift, tying up scarce resources. After treatment they are then released back onto the streets. The SOBER Unit will change this dynamic by working with a new County Department of Health Services operated Sobering Center. This center will help with detox and housing resulting in fewer calls for service.

This program follows in the footsteps of the highly successful LAFD Nurse Practitioner Response Unit, an alternative Emergency Medical Services response model for Los Angeles that allows non-urgent, low-level 911 call requests to be screened by LAFD Firefighter EMTs and rerouted to nurse practitioners within the LAFD organization. In their scope of practice, nurse practitioners can conduct comprehensive on-site assessments and perform, treat and release, or treat and transfer.

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LADWP Customer Service Saturday

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold Customer Service Saturday at four of its Customer Service Centers on December 10, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Customers who attend Customer Service Saturday at any of the four locations can expect assistance from staff members who are able to take payments, process service order requests, answer billing questions and resolve billing issues. There will be informational tables and displays with helpful information on LADWP programs and services available to customers, as well as sign-up materials.

The locations are the Van Nuys, Watts, West Los Angeles and Crenshaw Customer Service Centers (CSC.) Read more »

L.A. City Council to Discuss Energy Conservation

4% of City’s buildings use half of our electricity

A program initiated by a Councilmembers Huizar and Blumenfield motion to save energy by working with the City’s largest energy consumers to better track their usage and increase their efficiency is scheduled to be considered by the Los Angeles City Council next week. The plan would require buildings 20,000 square-feet or larger to report annually energy- and water-use rates to the Department of Building and Safety.

A mere four percent of L.A. buildings use half of the total electricity in the city, so this program is a crucial aspect of the conservation goals set for Los Angeles. By 2020, the City of L.A. aims to reduce energy usage by 15 percent. To help us get there, every five years these high energy users – as well as City buildings larger than 15,000 square-feet – will be required to take action to reduce water and energy use, such as through self-audits or Energy Star certifications.

City Council Approves Historic Recycling Program

Today the L.A. City Council unanimously approved our game-changing Zero Waste L.A. program, which will implement a complete overhaul of commercial and multi-family waste collection and dramatically increase recycling throughout the city.

The program, which Councilmembers Paul Koretz and José Huizar introduced as a motion in 2010 and worked on during Huizar’s time as Chair of the Energy & Environment committee, will also ensure fair pricing, improve service and working conditions, and help us meet our zero waste goals for Los Angeles. Councilmember Nury Martinez helped usher this long-working policy as an advocate and the recently appointed chair of the E&E committee.

While 70% of L.A.’s waste comes from commercial and apartment buildings, this new program aims to reduce landfill disposal by 1 million tons per year by 2025 and reduce waste by 65% in all 11 of the City’s new service zones!

The program will also decrease food waste and provide all Angelenos with Blue Bin access, no matter where they live or work. The City of Los Angeles has the number one curbside single-family home recycling program in the nation, and now our commercial and multifamily recycling program is well on its way to becoming its equal. Thank you, Don’t Waste LA and all our partners!

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