‘Dangerous’ Heat Wave Prompts Warnings for LA Region

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Check in on your neighbors and elderly loved ones as this heat wave creates “a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.”

Summer is almost officially over, and it’s going out on a dangerously hot note. Weather Service officials issued a heat advisory for the Los Angeles region, warning of “a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.”

Residents in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains should be particularly comfortable as Friday’s temperatures were expected to top 104 degrees in some valley neighborhoods. Temperatures inside vehicles parked in hot weather “can quickly rise to life-threatening levels” even with windows left open, meaning people and pets must not be left in such vehicles, warned the National Weather Service.

The advisory will be in effect from 11 Friday morning until 7 Friday evening, the National Weather Service said. Read more »

City Council Confirms Raquel Beltrán’s Appointment as Neighborhood Empowerment General Manager

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On Tuesday September 3rd, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to confirm Mayor Garcetti’s appointment of Raquel Beltrán as the new General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Congratulations and welcome to the Neighborhood Council system, Raquel! If you haven’t yet had the chance to meet her, Raquel will be one of the headline speakers at the opening session of Congress of Neighborhoods on September 28th.

NSFV Transit Corridor Project Postponed from Metro’s September Board Meeting

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Presentation of the North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project to be Rescheduled

Metro staff was scheduled to appear before the Metro Board of Directors on this project in September, but has deferred the item to a later meeting, largely due to the big response to the outreach efforts. Metro Staff expects to return to the Metro Board on the project as soon as October.

Metro thanks everyone who has participated and provided input on this project. Three informational meetings were held in August in North Hollywood, Panorama City and Northridge to inform, discuss and solicit feedback on the project. More than 400 people attended the meetings and Metro has received over 1,500 comments. Due to the large volume of comments, Metro is still in the process of sorting and analyzing the feedback that it has received for sharing with the Metro Board.


La presentación sobre el proyecto del corredor de transporte del norte del Valle de San Fernando se reprogramará.

Estaba programado que, en septiembre, el personal de Metro se iba a presentar antes que la Junta Directiva de Metro, sin embargo la presentación se ha aplazado para más adelante, sobre todo, por la gran respuesta que se ha obtenido a los trabajos de difusión. El personal espera regresar a la Junta del Metro para el proyecto tan pronto como octubre.

Metro les agradece a todos los que participaron y dieron su opinión sobre este proyecto. En Agosto, se llevaron tres reuniones informativas en North Hollywood, Panorama City y Northridge para informar, debatir y solicitar opiniones sobre el proyecto. Más de 400 personas asistieron a las reuniones y Metro ha recibido más de 1,500 comentarios. Debido a la gran cantidad de comentarios, Metro aún se encuentra en proceso de clasificación y análisis de las opiniones que ha recibido para compartirlas con la Junta de Metro.

John Lee Claims Victory In Special Election For LA City Council Seat

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With 100% of precincts reporting, John Lee is leading Loraine Lundquist in the special election to represent District 12 on the Los Angeles City Council.

At last count, Lee, a Republican, was ahead of Democrat Loraine Lundquist, who has not conceded, by more than 1,300 votes. The seat was last held by Mitch Englander, who stepped down last year to take a private sector job.

Lundquist isn’t throwing in the towel yet, in part because of how the June 4 primary went down, according to Jesse Switzer, political consultant for her campaign. Lee initially led by 50 votes the following morning, but after the final certified tally, Lundquist topped him by nearly 440 votes.

The margin is wider this time, but Lundquist “wants to see every vote counted,” Switzer told LAist.

But the L.A. City Council didn’t wait that long, welcoming Lee to council chambers Wednesday as councilman-elect and congratulating him on his victory.

“I’m ready to come here and start the work,” Lee said before Council President Herb Wesson requested a couple rounds of applause.

Lee and Lundquist ran to finish out the term for Englander, who stepped down last year to take a job with a sports entertainment company. The primary election for a full-term leading District 12 will be held in March, along with several other council seats. Read more »

North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Public Meetings

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Metro is holding a series of meetings regarding the proposed North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Corridor project. These informational meetings give the public the opportunity to learn more about the project, provide input on proposed project alternatives as well as meet the project team and have questions answered. The BRT project is scheduled for consideration at the Thursday, September 26 Metro Board of Directors regular meeting to accept the Alternative Analysis Report, which you can view on the project website, and advance the project to environmental review.  Three separate meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

Thursday, August 8
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Laurel Hall School, Cafeteria
11919 Oxnard St.
North Hollywood
(Limited parking is available)

Saturday, August 10
11 AM – 1 PM
(Spanish Meeting with English Translation)
Plaza Del Valle Community Room
8160 Van Nuys Blvd
Panorama City
(Limited parking is available)

Monday, August 12
6 PM – 8 PM
CSUN Orange Grove Bistro
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge
(Validated parking is available)

To get the latest updates about this project, sign-up for the email by contacting [email protected]netCheck out the website for additional updates.

FBI Raids Los Angeles City Hall, Again

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Federal investigators served a search warrant at City Hall and the Department of Water and Power Monday.

FBI agents raided the downtown headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and City Hall Monday. The mysterious investigation is the latest to rock City Hall this year. It’s unclear if the latest raid is related to an ongoing corruption probe reaching the highest levels of City Hall.

Authorities declined to discuss the nature of the investigation. The affidavit for the search warrant served Monday morning was under seal, and no arrests were made. Authorities also declined to confirm if the mysterious investigation is related to an ongoing corruption probe into foreign investment in major Los Angeles real estate developments. That investigation has touched multiple city departments, at least three Los Angeles City Councilmen and prominent business leaders. According to multiple reports, that investigations appears to be linked to Chinese investors with development projects before the city.

“We are confirming a search warrant at Los Angeles DWP in downtown Los Angeles, but are prohibited from commenting further because affidavits involved in the warrant are sealed,” Katherine Gulotta of the FBI in Los Angeles told City News Service.

There was minimal activity visible at the DWP office building at 111 N. Hope St. in the Civic Center area. A van with an FBI placard was parked outside the building, and at least two agents were seen going inside.

There were also reports of warrants being served at Los Angeles City Hall, but it was unclear exactly what offices were being targeted. Read more »

Valley Vote CD12 Debate Photos – July 15, 2019

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Thank you to Mark Hovater for the photos.

State Appeals Court Says Residents Affected By Aliso Gas Leak Can Seek Restitution

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An appeals court ruled that residents affected by the Aliso Canyon leak can seek restitution stemming from the company’s delay in reporting.

A state appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that Porter Ranch-area residents affected by the 2015-16 Aliso Canyon natural gas leak can seek restitution from Southern California Gas Co., but only stemming from the company’s delay in reporting the leak to state regulators.

The three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal remanded the issue to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge for a hearing on “whether petitioners can prove damages from the three-day delay in reporting the leak, as charged in the criminal complaint.”

Southern California Gas Co. pleaded no contest in September 2016 to a misdemeanor count of failing to immediately report the gas leak, which began Oct. 23, 2015, and wasn’t capped until mid-February 2016. Three other misdemeanor charges — one count of discharging air contaminants and two more counts of failing to report the release of hazardous materials — were dismissed as part of the deal.

At the sentencing hearing in November 2016, Read more »

At Least Now When Your Power Goes Out, LADWP Will Text You

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Or send an email, in your choice of English or Spanish. That’s a change from days of yore, when you had to get the information for yourself.

During last July’s heat storm, parts of Los Angeles sustained lengthy power outages, along with a shortage of information about when they would end. The Twitter rants from Angelenos kept (literally and figuratively) in the dark were as heated as the asphalt melting in the streets.

The Department of Water and Power is now rolling out a new service intended to close the power outage information gap, but to get alerts, you have to opt-in.

Instructions are in this video, but the brief version is to sign in to your customer account at www.ladwp.com and click the “Outage Alerts” tab on the left side of the screen and follow the instructions.

Customers can get email or text alerts in English or Spanish about outages in up to three different parts of L.A…  For example, one for yourself, and the others for your family or your workplace.

The system also sends updates on expected repair times and when the power is back on.

In the past, LADWP has used social media to inform the public of outages. It posts an outage map online, too. People could also call in to ask when repairs would be completed. But this is the first messaging app that pushes the information directly to customers.

July 4th Guide to Fireworks & Parades – 2019

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Your complete listings of times and locations of Independence Day fun throughout the San Fernando Valley.

Looking for Independence Day celebrations in your area? Find an event near you, don your red, white and blue, and Happy Fourth of July 2019!

Not all events occur on Thursday, July 4. Double-check with event organizers to confirm times and locations in case activities were updated or changed since posted.

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Sign Up Today for the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair 2019

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A Fun and Free Family Event that Just Might Save Your Life, Your Pet’s Life, or the Life of a Loved One

Saturday, October 12, 2019

9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Northridge Fashion Center—Pacific Theaters Parking Lot
(9400 Shirley Ave., south of Plummer St.)

Click here to register: https://www.valleydisasterfair.com/registration/index.php

  • Exhibits
  • Demonstrations
  • Displays
  • Speakers
  • Special Events
  • Bloodmobile
  • Pet Preparedness
  • Free Parking
  • Free Admission
  • Free Lunch*

It’s All Free!

Complimentary Family Emergency Preparedness (EP) Starter Kit* for registered families attending the Fair. One kit per registered family. (While supplies last.)

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Planning for the North San Fernando Valley BRT Project is Moving Forward

Planning for the North San Fernando Valley BRT Project is Moving Forward

The Measure M sales tax initiative, approved by voters in 2016, included funding for a bus rapid transit (BRT) project in the North San Fernando Valley.  Planning for the project began in July 2018 with the initiation of an Alternatives Analysis (AA) that evaluated three alternative routes stretching from the Chatsworth Metrolink Station to either the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station or the North Hollywood Red/Orange Line Station.

Metro recently completed the Alternatives Analysis Report for the North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which will be presented to the Metro Board of Directors Planning and Programming Committee this Wednesday, June 19 to seek approval before the Metro Board of Directors Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, June 27.

The Alternatives Analysis Report recommends that the Nordhoff-North Hollywood Route move forward to be evaluated during the next phase of environmental review. This alternative received the highest level of public support as it serves the CSUN Campus and connects to the regional rail system in North Hollywood. The use of Parthenia to pass under the 405 Freeway was also supported by the public because it would avoid traffic congestion on Nordhoff or Roscoe at the freeway, and it would serve multi-family residential areas in Panorama City. The Nordhoff-North Hollywood route also had higher ridership forecasts than the Nordhoff-Sylmar or Roscoe-North Hollywood routes.

What’s next?

At the Metro Board Committee and full Board meetings, the Directors will review the Alternatives Analysis Report and recommendations and provide staff with direction on how to proceed with the environmental review on the recommended route(s) and potential variations to the route(s). Please be on the lookout for our next e-newsletter that will include information on the Metro Board of Directors Meeting. Following Board approval, Metro intends to hold public meetings in the community in early August. These meetings will allow the public to comment on the scope of the project and to identify issues to be evaluated in the environmental review. Metro values your input.

Contact Metro

Phone: 213-418-3082
Email: [email protected]
Web: https://www.metro.net/projects/north-sfv-brt/

Thank you again for your participation in the North San Fernando Valley BRT Project. We will keep you informed when the community meetings are scheduled.

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Valley’s Record Heat Wave To Continue

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A ridge of high pressure will continue to keep temperatures above normal Monday, but relief is in sight.

A weekend heat wave is expected to continue to scorch the Los Angeles region with above average temperatures Monday.

Sunday saw record heat in parts of the city and triple digit temperatures in the valleys. A ridge of high pressure is to blame, and it will remain in the Los Angeles area Monday. Expect above-normal temperatures to most areas, especially the valleys. However, the hot weather won’t challenge records as they did Sunday, forecasters said.

It was a strange kind of heatwave. An offshore flow blowing warm air from the deserts to the ocean helped the high pressure “squash” the marine layer that normally keeps temperatures down in June, Kittell said. But a shallow marine layer remained along the coastal plane and inland, so while Burbank temperatures hit 100 degrees the high in downtown Los Angeles was 82, he said.

The Sunday temperature in Burbank surprisingly hit 100 degrees, which tied a 1979 record for June 9 and a 101 in Woodland Hills and 102 in Van Nuys failed to break records, National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Kittell said.

Expect more of the same on Monday with valley temperatures in the mid-90s to 100 but highs downtown and other inland areas in low to mid 80s and mid-70s along beaches, Kittell said.

He did not expect records to be broken Monday because they are higher for this date.

A gradual cooling is expected to begin Tuesday, with valley temperatures in the low to mid-90s, inland temperatures remaining in the low to mid-80s and beach temperatures in the 70s, he said.

The marine layer will thicken and temperatures are forecast to decline Thursday and Friday with valleys in the 80s, inland areas in the 70s and beaches in the upper 60s to 70s, Kittell said.

“This is June Gloom season,” he said.

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