The Tripping Point Summit – The Valley Edition


9:30AM – 2PM (breakfast served at 9AM)
Panorama High School – 8015 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402

For over 40 years, our sidewalks, crosswalks, and bus stops have gone mostly unimproved in the City of Los Angeles. The Tripping Point goal is to highlight the importance of these public amenities on our quality of life. Come join the movement to support an even better Los Angeles with safe, accessible, and dignified travel options for all.

This past June we hosted a free Advocacy Summit to organize residents and build a constituency that can effectively advocate for fixing sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops, and planting more trees in our communities. We hosted over 150 residents from across the City in Boyle Heights (recap here), and this month we’re taking this organizing effort to the Valley in Panorama City on Saturday October 21.

Food, childcare, and English/Spanish translation will be provided all at no cost. Please register so we know how many people to expect. And help us spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and family. No experience necessary – come learn with us! Register today! 

Come join your neighbors, elected officials, and department staff and learn how to improve your neighborhood! 

  • How to Communicate with Decisionmakers
  • How to get a Street Tree
  • How to get a Sidewalk Ramp
  • Sidewalk Repair Program basics
  • Learn about the People St program
  • Meet local elected officials and City of LA staff
  • Help grow the movement for fixing #LAsidewalks by adding in your ideas and experiences

With an incredible lineup of workshops and trainings, you’ll gain new skills, strategies, and insights that will help you champion positive change in your community.

Register here for the Tripping Point – the Valley Edition
LA has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to align billions of dollars, and leverage transportation funds like Measure M, SB1 and Willits Settlement funds, to prioritize and address these concerns. Learn how to make change, who to ask for what, and when to make your voice heard to improve your neighborhood for all.

Thanks to all our partners working to make this happen: Los Angeles WalksLURNSouthern California Resource Services for Independent LivingKoreatown Youth Community CenterAARPAmerican Heart AssociationEmpowerLAOutfront/JCDecauxKaiser PermanenteFirst 5 LA, and Transit Center

CSUN Associated Students Sustainability Center Grand Opening

AS Sustainability Center Grand Opening flyer 2017.10.26

Thursday, October 26th at 1:00 PM

Sustainability Center / OST Lawn (corner of Lindley and Vincennes)
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA

AS Sustainability Center Grand Opening invitation 2017.10.26

Proposed Citywide Cat Program Environmental Review Process


The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering (BOE) is beginning the environmental review process for the proposed Citywide Cat Program, which would be administered by the City’s Department of Animal Services. The proposed Project focuses on public education and policy implementation in the City of Los Angeles. It does not include any physical construction of buildings or structures.  The City has determined that an environmental impact report (EIR) is required. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) is available for public review and comment.

Proposed Project: Key components of the proposed Project include:

  • Engaging in or providing funding for the spaying or neutering of free-roaming cats (feral or stray) to be returned where they are from.
  • Use of City facilities to provide educational programming on any animal related topic, including free-roaming cats.
  • Implementation of a Modified Trap, Neuter, Return (“Modified TNR”) program, which includes establishing collaborative relationships with organizations engaged in TNR, utilizing Animal Services Centers for public outreach and training, guidance on how to address resident  complaints regarding free-roaming cats, and waiving cat trap rental
  • Adopting changes to the City administrative and municipal codes related to accessing funds from the City’s Animal Sterilization Fund to spay/neuter free-roaming cats; and allowing an increase in the currently permitted number of cats per household from three to five with certain restrictions.

A more complete description can be found on the BOE website:

Public Comment Period:  The public comment period began on August 31, 2017 and will conclude on October 30, 2017. Environmental documentation related to the proposed Citywide Cat Program can be found on the BOE website at:

Scoping Meetings: Public scoping meetings will be held to receive input on the scope and content of the Draft EIR. The meetings will be held using an open house format to share information regarding the proposed Project and the environmental review process and to receive written comments. City staff and environmental consultants will be available, but no formal presentation is scheduled. You may stop by at any time during the meeting to view materials, ask questions, and provide written comments. The City encourages all interested individuals and organizations to attend one of the meetings. Written comments may be submitted, but there will be no verbal comments or public testimony taken.

The next scoping meetings will occur:

  • Tuesday, October 17, 11:00 m.–1:00 p.m.
    South LA, Chesterfield Square Shelter, 1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles, CA 90047
  • Monday, October 23, 5:30 m.–7:30 p.m.
    Ramona Hall Community Center, 4580 N. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065


The City requests your written comments on the scope and contents of the EIR, including project alternatives and any necessary mitigation measures to reduce potential environmental effects from the proposed Project. You must submit your comments by October 30, 2017. Please include the name, telephone number, mailing address, and e-mail address of a person to contact if we have any questions regarding your comment.

Comments will be accepted:

Dr. Jan Green Rebstock
City of Los Angeles, Public Works Bureau of Engineering, EMG
1149 S. Broadway, 6th Floor, MS 939
Los Angeles, CA 90015

  • Comment cards will also be accepted at the public scoping meetings.

If you have any questions about the environmental review process for the proposed Project, please contact Dr. Jan Green Rebstock at 213.485.5761.

Dr. Nordella’s Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Study Town Hall Meeting – Saturday, October 14, 2017

Aliso Canyon Health Study Town Hall flyer 2017.10.14

Many North Valley community members were gravely impacted by the Aliso Canyon gas facility disaster of 2015, and many continue to experience unexplained health ailments.  After many failed promises of a meaningful health impact study, Dr. Jeffrey Nordella, a local medical doctor, stepped up to the plate and decided to undertake the study by himself.  He set up an arrangement with an out-of-state laboratory, and many community members submitted hair and urine samples for toxins analysis, which they had to pay for themselves.  Dr. Nordella has spent countless hours seeing patients and analyzing their health data.  He is finally ready to present to the community the outcome of his study and his interpretation of the results.

With support from non-profit organizations in the community, Dr. Nordella will be presenting the results at a Town Hall meeting to be held at the Woodland Hills Hilton on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  The hotel is located at 6360 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills.  The Town Hall is scheduled from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Parking at the hotel costs $16, but there is free parking in the vicinity. The Orange Line Canoga Station is two walkable blocks to the north.  Please refer to flyer for further event details.

National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass Rate Increase


There are more than 400 National Parks in the U.S. and visiting them may become more difficult as entry passes become more expensive. As of August 27, 2017, the cost of the National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass (available to seniors 62 and over) will be increased from the current rate of $10.00 to $80.00.

The LIFETIME PASS for seniors allows entry to more than 2,000 sites managed by five federal agencies, including the 400 National Parks in the US. The pass comes in the form of a vehicle hang tag.

Seniors can take advantage of the current low price before the rate goes up at the end of August by obtaining passes through the National Park website, application by mail, or by buying the pass at a National Park location. (If a pass is purchased via website or mail there will be an additional $10.00 processing fee.)  Read more »

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