Granada Hills Aquatic Center Update


This Tuesday, Councilman Mitch Englander put in a motion to transfer $1,000,000 to the Bureau of Engineering to fund the full design process for these upgrades. The funds come from the Sunshine Canyon Community Amenities Trust Fund for improvements within 5-miles of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill.

The CD12 office is working with the Department of Recreation and Parks to renovate the Granada Hills Pool and Bathhouse. The new Aquatic Center will feature a new, 25-yard pool – regulation short course length used for high school and NCAA competitions. They will also be adding sports, security and underwater lighting. The Bathhouse will be brought into ADA compliance and will be given a major upgrade to make it a facility more suited to hold swim meets. Read more »

Homelessness Town Hall


Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield and Mitchell Englander invite you to a town hall conversation focusing on the homelessness problem in the San Fernando Valley. The town hall will feature leaders from the City, County, and relevant agencies, who will address and answer questions on homelessness throughout the City and the complex challenges the City faces.

Monday, September 12
7:00-8:30 pm

Canoga Park Senior Citizen Center
7326 Jordan Ave.
Canoga Park

Panelists include Peter Lynn, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA);Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, President and CEO of LA Family Housing; Commander Todd Chamberlain, LAPD Homeless Coordinator; Raffy Astvasadoorian, West Valley Neighborhood Prosecutor for the LA City Attorney; Molly Rysman, Housing and Homelessness Deputy for LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl; and Nancy Volpert, Director of Public Policy for the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles.

We will be accepting donations of canned goods, socks, and toiletries at the event.

RSVP at [email protected] or by calling (818) 774-4330.

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Council Approves Funds for Cleanups

This week, the City Council voted to transfer nearly $2 million to the Bureau of Sanitation to help make our streets and communities safer and cleaner for all people. The City Council initially approved the funds as part of the city’s budget process, led by Councilmember Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.
The funds will be allocated to clean areas in the public right-of-way and expand the regional capacity for involuntary storage of unattended personal belongings removed during the course of cleanups. It is part of the City Council’s ongoing work to improve neighborhoods and reduce the impacts of homelessness on our city.

Clean Streets Challenge Workshop – August 25


Clean Streets LA is a city-wide effort to clean our neighborhoods.The Departments of Public Works and Neighborhood Empowerment will distribute awards totaling $25,000 for proposals to improve area neighborhoods based on the strengths of each application, including creativity, innovation, volunteer engagement, and social media strategies. We will also be evaluating the improvement metrics proposed and completed.

We will having a workshop to let you know how to be a part of the challenge and how to apply.

Clean Streets Challenge Workshop

Thursday, August 256 PM


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


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


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.

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