It was this week 24 years ago that residents of Los Angeles awoke to one of the most severe earthquakes to ever strike our region. The Northridge Earthquake resulted in 57 lives lost, over 8700 injuries, tens of billions of dollars in damage, and reminded us all of the precarious geography of our city.
It was in the wake of this destruction and terrible loss that Los Angeles came together like never before. We rebuilt, strengthened our building codes, instituted mandatory retrofits, and developed partnerships with the scientific community to keep residents safe in the event of the next earthquake. However, no matter how much we do collectively to prepare, recent events have shown that there is no substitute for individual preparation when it comes to protecting your home and family during natural disasters.
It is incumbent upon each of us to prepare a disaster kit, listen to emergency notifications, and have a plan in the event of an evacuation. 24 years later, the lesson remains the same: disaster preparedness is an endeavor in which we all must take part.
Visit readyla.org to learn more about how you can prepare your home and family.
– From Councilmember Mitchell Englander’s weekly newsletter
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck will retire after nearly a decade at the helm, he announced today
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck will retire, he announced today. After serving 40 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, the city’s top cop said he will step down in June.
Beck oversaw major changes at the department during his tenure as well as some of the most dramatic moments in department history, including last year’s cadet scandal and the murderous rampage and manhunt of former officer Christopher Dorner. He ushered in the era of police body cameras and was the target of countless Black Lives Matter protests, alleging he failed to take police brutality in minority communities seriously. His supporters, on the other hand, saw him as a reformer with enough clout among the rank and file to institute real change and the wisdom garnered from the mistakes of the LA Riots to steer the department toward a community-oriented approach to policing.
Beck issued a statement on Twitter, thanking the city where spent his career.
“Serving the citizens of Los Angeles for over 40 years has been the honor of a lifetime,” Beck wrote. “Leading the men and women of the LAPD — my family — has been a privilege I never thought I’d be worth of. Today, I am announcing my retirement effective June 27th of this year. Read more »
Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 7:00PM
St. Euphrasia School Auditorium
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Granada Hills, CA 91344
Help Shape the Future of Los Angeles
The Neighborhood Councils of Granada Hills want YOUR input on the update to the General Plan for the City of Los Angeles.
We will be soliciting community feedback on:
– Long-Term Growth
– Air Quality
– Open Space
– Public Services and Recreation
– Anything YOU think is important
Fire Investigators may be looking at the role Southern California Edison utilities could have played in the region’s wildfires.
Southern California Edison on Tuesday said it believes fire officials are investigating the company for its possible role in the catastrophic wildfires raging across the region.
About 250,000 acres have been burnt by multiple wildfires since last week, triggering some of the largest fire evacuations in the region’s history. Nearly 1,000 structures have been lost, and one person died in the fires.
The largest of the blazes, Ventura County’s Thomass Fire, continues to rage and is now the fifth largest in state history. The fires broke out during an intense Santa Ana windstorm that downed power lines across Southern California. The cause remains undetermined for most of the wildfires with the exception of Bel Air’s Skirball Fire, which investigators traced to a homeless encampment cooking fire.
In a press release, SCE officials said they believe CAL FIRE investigators are looking at the role of its utilities.
“The causes of the wildfires are being investigated by CAL FIRE, other fire agencies and the California Public Utilities Commission. The investigations now include locations beyond those identified last week as the apparent origin of these fires,” the company stated. “SCE believes the investigations now include the possible role of its facilities. SCE continues to cooperate with the investigations. The wildfire investigations may take a considerable amount of time to complete. SCE will provide updated information as circumstances warrant. ”
It’s not the first time this year that a utility has been investigated for its role in California’s wildfires. Authorities have been investigating Pacific Gas & Electric as a potential factor in the wine country fires that killed dozens of people.
Firefighters continued to make progress overnight, bringing the 15,600-acre Creek Fire to 95 percent containment
The Creek Fire was 95 percent contained Monday after destroying dozens of homes and scorching more than 15,600 acres, and full containment was expected later in the day, authorities said.
The upgraded containment figure from 90 to 95 percent was reported by Cal Fire Sunday night.
The wind-driven blaze broke out at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday. Over the weekend, more than 1,700 firefighters continued to patrol the area in Sylmar and improve lines of cleared vegetation.
The fire has destroyed 60 homes and 63 outbuildings, damaged another 55 homes and 26 outbuildings, and scorched 15,619 acres, Cal Fire reported. Currently, 2,500 structures continue to be threatened.
Three firefighters suffered minor injuries Tuesday.
On Friday, all evacuation orders were lifted at 6 p.m. Evacuation orders first issued Tuesday affected about 150,000 households citywide, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said “thousands upon thousands of homes” had been protected over the past few days.
All roads have reopened, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told reporters the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch’s horses.
Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time Tuesday morning but were not able to take their horses with them.
All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley and some on Los Angeles’ Westside — a total of 265 district schools and charter schools — were closed through last Friday. They have re-opened today.
Video Courtesy of Mark Hovater