Mayor Garcetti extends San Fernando Valley cooling center hours due to heat wave

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With the city gripped by a dangerous heat wave, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday ordered that the San Fernando Valley’s seven cooling centers extend their hours over the weekend.

The National Weather Service and the Los Angeles County Department of Public health issued heat warnings on Friday. The weather service said temperatures may hit 110 degrees during the weekend and its heat warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday.

The centers will be open until 9 p.m. today and from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday.

“L.A.’s libraries, recreation centers, and senior centers are all part of our network of cooling centers, and they are always available to you during regular business hours,” said Garcetti in a statement. “We’re adding hours at several centers on days when the temperatures will be highest, so that anyone who needs help — especially our most vulnerable residents — can stay cool, healthy, and safe.”

The Valley centers are:

•Canoga Senior Citizen Center, 7326 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park, (818) 340-2633.

•Lanark Recreation Center, 21816 Lanark St., Canoga Park, (818) 883-1503.

•Lakeview Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, (818) 899-8087.

•North Hollywood Recreation Center, 11430 Chandler Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 763-7651.

•Mid Valley Senior Center at Sepulveda Recreation Center, 8801 Kester Ave., Panorama City, (818) 893-3700.

•Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center, 5060 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 386-9674.

•Sunland Park Senior Center, 8640 Fenwick St., Sunland, (818) 353-9571.

High Heat Alert

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With temperatures expected to increase to triple digits in Los Angeles beginning Thursday, July 21 through the weekend, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to reduce their energy use where possible while not putting their health or the health of their pets at risk.

High heat can also impact power reliability as more residents and businesses use their air conditioners all at once, increasing the strain on neighborhood power distribution equipment. The most effective time to save energy is from Noon until 6:00 p.m. when energy use is typically the highest.

To help reduce energy use, LADWP recommends the following as highly effective conservation measures:

  • Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Be smart about lighting. Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Adjust your water heater down to 120 degrees.
  • Use your major appliances late in the evening or early in the morning. 
  • Turn off your pool pumps.

How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Following are ways that customers can be prepared for possible power outages:

  • Store flashlights and batteries in easy-to-reach places around the home. Make a mental note to know where they all are.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio nearby for updates on power outages.
  • Ventilate your home in the evening by opening doors and windows to clear out heat and circulate air.
  • Always have a phone charger in the car. Having a fully charged phone to speak with friends and family during an outage can be both comforting and informative.
  • Keep non-perishable food handy. If food in the refrigerator does spoil, you want to be sure and have plenty of alternatives nearby.
  • Keep a cooler nearby to transfer food, using whatever ice you have before the outage.
  • If you are medically dependent on critical equipment, consider purchasing a gasoline-powered backup generator.

LADWP urges customers to be alert and follow instructions when Flex Alerts are issued, signaling an urgent call for conservation during peak energy use periods.

For the latest information regarding power outages in Los Angeles, follow LADWP on Twitter @LADWP. Customers may also sign up for LADWP email notifications on www.ladwp.com and www.ladwpnews.com.

-Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

National Night Out 2016

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
(Movie begins at sundown)
Northridge Park
18300 Lemarsh St.
Northridge, CA
We invite you to attend our annual National Night Out event hosted by the Los Angeles Police Department to strengthen our police-community partnerships and promote neighborhood unity to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. Please come and meet your LAPD Devonshire Area Senior Lead Officers and learn about crime prevention and Neighborhood Watch programs. Join your community to take a stand against crime!

GHNNC Street Repair Blitz

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The Neighborhood Council Initiative (known to us as the Street Blitz), run by the Bureau of Street Services (BSS), will be in Granada Hills North real soon.  Our area will be assigned a two-person crew on a hot asphalt truck for one day to patch street potholes, pop-outs, small eroded or cracked areas, and do minor curb and sidewalk patching.  The crew is not equipped to handle tree roots that have damaged the street, or are they able to do any major repair for uplifted sidewalks.

Up to 15 locations will be inspected, so we’re looking for the worst spots that can be patched.  Depending on the conditions and amount of asphalt required, not all identified locations will get fixed during the blitz.  Remember, you can always report troublesome locations via 3-1-1. We’re asking for your help in preparing that list for submission to BSS. Since this is based on Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council boundaries, the locations MUST be north of the 118 freeway, west of the 405 freeway, and east of Aliso Canyon, up to the County line.

Please make your submission no later than noon on Thursday, July 14. Include the type of repair (pothole, pop-out, depression, minor lifted sidewalk, etc.), the address (preferred) or intersection, and which side of the street (north bound, east side, etc.). The more info you can provide, the less time spent by BSS trying to find the location. Remember, potholes and minor repairs only. Tree root damage is out, as are streets and sidewalks that require more extensive repairs.

Send your request to [email protected].

Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance Open Space Circle Event

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You’re invited to join the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA) on Saturday, July 9, for an Open Space circle (aka an “unconference”) where YOU propose topics for discussion, and then convene or join topic sessions you care most about.

Screen_Shot_2015-01-20_at_5.27.10_PM.pngDepending on interest, sessions might range from shaping the NCSA’s advocacy, programming, or outreach strategies, to brainstorming a community sustainability project, to helping a NC green committee address a thorny challenge — or something altogether different!

Anyone with the desire to contribute, learn, or network is welcome to participate!

Please RSVP here: http://ncsa.nationbuilder.com/ncsa_open_space

P.S. Come early (10:00 to Noon) to participate in PlanCheckNC‘s monthly meeting, which will be held at the same venue.

WHEN
July 09, 2016 at 1pm – 4pm

WHERE
Reseda Neighborhood Council Community Space
18118 Sherman Way
Reseda, CA 91335

CONTACT
NCSA · [email protected]

2016 Neighborhood Council Elections: Official Results

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The results are in for the 2016 Neighborhood Council Elections! 25,571 voters voted for 1,839 candidates in 82 elections and 8 selections this year. The oldest candidate was 93 years old; the youngest just 14.

34 Neighborhood Councils helped pioneer online voting this year – a first for any election in the City of Los Angeles. 34% of those who voted in this year’s Neighborhood Council Elections cast their ballots online, and half of those voters took advantage of the flexibility online voting offers, casting ballots either from their personal devices (34%) or at one of our 72 Pop-Up Polls (16%). The agility of online voting may be one reason why location and accessibility was one of the highest-rated aspects of the 2016 Elections, according to the 2,065 people who took our post-election survey.

The voting models this Election season were as varied as the 96 Neighborhood Councils themselves. There were 327 unique ballot types, and while many Councils used a single ballot, others used as many as 21 different ballots.

A BIG thank you to the Neighborhood Council leaders who worked with Independent Election Administrators, Election Managers, Election Assistants, Poll Managers, and Poll Workers to empower great candidates, engage passionate voters, and enlist enthusiastic volunteers. The Elections were successful because of the many people who pulled together to make the 2016 elections journey the best ever!

As your new Boards are convened and your Neighborhood Councils determine their vision for the coming years, please keep in mind the three key issues that surveyed voters felt affected their neighborhoods the most: Public Safety (16%); Planning and Development (15%) and Zoning and Land Use (12%). How can your Board best address the way these three issues impact your communities?

Finally, we hope you’ll attend one of the town halls being held over the summer at locations throughout the City. Your feedback on the 2016 Elections is welcomed as well as any other comments you’d like to share that would help EmpowerLA better support our Board Members. Click here to see the full list of town hall meeting dates; times; and locations. Hope to see you there!

Want to see all the numbers from the 2016 Elections? Check out the Election Report page.

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