Our next PLUM Committee meeting is Wednesday, July 25.
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. Click here for a map of our boundaries.
Please make your submission no later than July 6.
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].
This week, Council District 12 received the results for the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The results show that our Neighborhoods FIRST strategy is working with a reduction of homelessness by almost 20% within Council District 12.
By funding both increased outreach services and code enforcement, our all-hands-on-deck approach is turning the tide by reducing the total number of individuals experiencing homelessness on our streets. This crisis is far from resolved, but Neighborhoods FIRST provides a blueprint for how we can help those living on our streets while protecting the health and safety of neighborhoods.
The 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count surveyed 700 homeless individuals living within Council District 12. This is a reduction from 869 in 2017 and a peak of 906 in 2016.
Neighborhoods FIRST began in late 2016 with the Clean Streets Clean Starts Initiative which paired individuals experiencing homelessness with job skills training through a neighborhood beautification program. In exchange for attending regular neighborhood clean ups, participants received drug treatment, job training, food gift cards, and access to housing. The program model has since spread to communities across Los Angeles.
In 2017, Councilmember Mitchell Englander began directing office resources to fund additional deployments for LAPD HOPE teams and LA Sanitation workers. These teams work jointly with homeless outreach services to ensure that encampments don’t threaten public health and that individuals living on the street are given the option of immediate shelter and access to LAHSA’s Coordinated Entry System.
Additionally, Neighborhoods FIRST has involved launching public-private partnerships with the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission including fund raising for two mobile shower units to provide approximately 1500 showers per month per unit along with outreach services, Donuts & Donations drives to support the Mission, and the 250LA Project to engage local small businesses in supporting homeless services.
The full 2018 Greater Homeless Count is available on the LAHSA website.
Councilmember Englander’s office has worked with L.A.’s Bureau of Engineering and the Department of Recreation of Parks to ensure that the Granada Hills Pool will be operational and open for use during the hot summer months.
The pool is decades old and has developed leaks which threatened the ability to keep it open for summer. However, by working with various departments, the Councilmember’s office was able to make sure the necessary repairs were done to keep it open. They have also fully-funded and developed plans for a new aquatic center at the location which will replace the old pool in time for the 2020 swim season!
Aquatic centers such are important community gathering spaces during summer months that provide a safe and fun place for youth and families to gather while school is out and the weather is hot. See you at the pool!
Here’s the first look at renderings of the proposed gondola that could take fans from Union Station straight to Dodger Stadium.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) April 26, 2018
This week, Councilmember Mitchell Englander joined LADWP Chief Operating Officer Marty Adams, LADWP Chief Sustainability Officer Nancy Sutley, Los Angeles County Business Coalition President Mary Leslie, Actor/Environmental Activists Ed Begley Jr. and Matt Walsh, and students from Porter Ranch Community School to introduce legislation calling for LADWP to explore options to install “floating solar” panels on Los Angeles reservoirs.
Floating solar is an emerging and extremely efficient form of renewable clean energy. By covering the surface of reservoirs, floating solar conserves water by reducing evaporation and prevents harmful algae growth by blocking sunlight. Additionally, there is no land costs associated with the installation and there is greater efficiency of output due to the cooling effect of water.
Los Angeles reservoirs provide hundreds of acres of local surface area that can be used as a platform for capturing solar energy. The initial pilot calls for approximately 11.6 MegaWatts of solar installation on DWP reservoirs. That is enough energy to power approximately 3,190 homes per year and the offset 15.9 million lbs. of CO2 emissions per year or the equivalent of removing 1,567, cars from the road. LADWP estimates that Los Angeles Reservoirs have an achievable potential of 53 MW which translates to the electrical use of 21,000 homes annually or the equivalent of taking 10,320 cars off the road.
According to the State Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), retail sellers and publicly owned utilities are required to procure 50 percent of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030.
Los Angeles is in a unique position to lead the country in the adoption of clean, renewable energy. With our geography, our climate, and our city-owned and operated utility, we have all the ingredients necessary to push for the wide-use and adoption of solar energy. By co-locating these panels on city-owned reservoirs, we eliminate the land-use cost and impacts of traditional solar panels.
Read the motion, here and watch news coverage below.
Thank you to EmpowerLA’s Octaviano Rios for letting us share this thoughtful overview of Mayor Garcetti’s 2018 State of the City address, which Octaviano originally wrote for the Harbor area Neighborhood Councils that he supports. He highlights the Mayor’s callouts to Neighborhood Councils, and issues that Councils might wish to partner with the Mayor on during the coming year.
In his State of the City address Monday morning, Mayor Garcetti said that he needs the help of Angelenos to improve our quality of life in Los Angeles. This coming fiscal year, please consider joining the Mayor, the City Council, City departments, and community partners to spur economic growth in key industries, improve regional infrastructure connectivity, and ensure everyone benefits from the progress of the City.
In his address, the Mayor said the word “neighborhood” 25 times, which is a call not just to City Departments to take action, but a partnership opportunity for all Neighborhood Councils to engage in those instances where resources are being planned for neighborhoods. Here are a few objectives for the year: Read more »
Former Assemblywoman Linda Halderman alleged that he gave her an unwanted embrace in 2010 that she considered to be assault.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, was reprimanded by the state Senate for hugging fellow legislators and staffers, according to documents released Thursday, and he said that while there was no illicit intent behind his actions, he will respect the reprimand.
“Even so, I understand that I cannot control how a hug is received, and that not everyone has the ability to speak up about the unwelcome behavior,” Hertzberg said. “It is my responsibility to be mindful of this, and to respect the Rules Committee’s request to not initiate hugs.”
An investigation into Hertzberg’s behavior began in December when a former Assemblywoman, Linda Halderman, alleged that he gave her an unwanted embrace in 2010 that she considered an assault. That led two other legislators to express concern about Hertzberg’s penchant for hugging.
Hertzberg noted the investigation found that “the claim brought forward in December was not supported.” He also sent a letter to his Senate colleagues, explaining that hugging “has been my way of greening friends and colleagues” his whole life, and he considers them “a gesture of warmth and kindness and a reflection of my exuberance.”
L.A. City Council to impose new fines in crackdown on ‘party houses’
On Wednesday, February 21st, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to rein in out-of-control party houses in Los Angeles. The ordinance creates a series of escalating fines against the homeowners or those who rent from them, who use their homes for massive gatherings that disturb neighbors, block the public right-of-way, and threaten public safety. It includes increasing fines of up to $8,000. The ordinance also requires those who violate the ordinance to post a public notice for 30 days notifying neighbors of their unlawful conduct.
The new law, first proposed by Councilman David Ryu in 2016, expands the definition of “loud and unruly conduct” to include loud noises, obstruction of a street or public right-of-way, public intoxication and more.
The ordinance, which was supported by a variety of neighborhood councils and community organizations, is meant to dissuade property owners from renting out their homes to professional party-throwers and reduce the likelihood of future violations, freeing up law enforcement personnel for other purposes.
“Too often, we have seen people renting out their homes for the express purpose of turning it into a venue for elaborate events,” Councilmember Paul Koretz noted. “These aren’t barbeques or birthday parties, these are massive events with cover fees and throngs of people tossing cigarette butts in fire prone areas. Trying to control them has been a challenge for the City because the laws and jurisdictional authority have not been clear. This ordinance changes that.”
The new ordinance provides the City with a focused set of procedures and punishments to better address the phenomenon.
“With this new ordinance, the party is over for these completely out-of-hand neighborhood headaches,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. “With escalating fines into the thousands of dollars, this ordinance has the teeth to help us continue our house party prosecutions with greater effectiveness.”
Apologies in advance to party fans Chad Kroeger and JT Parr.
Learn more about how to submit an application to build a #PeopleSt plaza in your neighborhood – join us at a public info seminar near you! Plaza applications will be accepted April 2-May 31.
Call and Email L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger TODAY!
It’s time for Supervisor Barger to do more, and call on Gov. Jerry Brown to shut down Aliso Canyon before he leaves office.
CALL her TODAY! (213) 974-5555
Supervisor Barger has agreed that:
- Aliso Canyon is not safe
- Residents are too sick
- AND we don’t need it for energy reliability.
She worked to keep Aliso Canyon closed to gas injections when Governor Brown push to open it. Now we need her to make a final stand in Brown’s last year. Call on Governor Brown to use his authority to shut down Aliso Canyon now, not in ten years!
We want Supervisor Barger to pass a resolution like LAUSD did to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to #ShutItALLDown!
Save Porter Ranch Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 7, 7-9pm
Are you sick of all the latest leaks? Want to do more to help us shut down Aliso Canyon? Join us at the next Save Porter Ranch monthly meeting to get more involved with our campaigns to shut down Aliso Canyon, get a health study, Dr. Nordella’s study, and more.
Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of every month for the Save Porter Ranch monthly meeting.
And please bring your checkbook, cash or credit card so you can donate to SPR! Ask your neighbors to help even if they can’t be at the meeting.
What: Save Porter Ranch Monthly Meeting
When: Wednesday, February 7, 7:00-900pm, social/food from 7:00-7:30, meeting from 7:30-9:00pm
Where: 9666 Lemona Ave, North Hills, CA
Bring: small dish of food to share, notebook, pen
IF YOU ARE SICK OR SMELL GAS, take these steps to report it!
- Call 1-800-CUT-SMOG or 1-800-288-7664 and report odors to the South Coast Air Quality Management District
- Report health problems online to the LA County Health Department: Report a problem here.
- CALL and EMAIL all of your elected officials:
- Governor Jerry Brown: (916) 445-2841
- Mayor Eric Garcetti: (213) 978-0600, [email protected]
- Councilmember Mitchell Englander: (213) 473-7012, [email protected]
- County Supervisor Kathryn Barger: (213) 974-5555, [email protected]
- Senator Henry Stern: (818) 876-3352, [email protected]
- Senator Bob Hertzberg: (818) 901-5588, [email protected]
- Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (818) 904-3840 [email protected]
- Assemblymember Dante Acosta: (661) 286-1565, [email protected]
- Representative Brad Sherman: (818) 501-9200
- Representative Steve Knight: (661) 255-5630
- Senator Dianne Feinstein: (310) 914-7300
- Senator Kamala Harris: (213) 894-5000
Our own Devonshire division of LAPD has published an app specifically tailored to our community so you can stay informed and connected with important public safety information. The app has info on real time crime data, filing a police report, youth programs, and much more.
It’s important that our public safety personnel remain connected to the people and communities they serve. I want to thank the Devonshire Division leadership for developing this app and using modern tools to better communicate with the people they protect and serve.
After 29 horses died in last month’s San Fernando Valley wildfire, the City Council voted to address shortcomings to evacuation strategies.
In the wake of the deaths of 29 horses in last month’s Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to devise some new strategies on the evacuation of horses and other large animals during emergencies.
The wind-driven Creek Fire, which broke out near Sylmar on Dec. 5 and grew to more than 15,000 acres, destroyed a number of buildings, including a stable where the horses were killed.
The 11-0 vote by the council directs the Department of Animal Services, with the assistance of the fire and police departments and Los Angeles Equine Advisory Commission, to report on strategies to increase cooperation and partnership between the city and the equestrian community on the evacuation of horses and other large animals during emergencies.
Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, who represents the area impacted by the Creek Fire, introduced the motion.
“I know that this would be a tremendous benefit to the city overall …,” she said. “I think it’s important to look at the lessons learned and be sure that we address some of our shortcomings so that we’re more effective in these evacuations going forward.”
Tuesday, February 13, from 6pm to 7pm
GRANADA HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS
THIS MEETING COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE BIG ONE?
(EARTHQUAKES, FIRE, AND OTHER DISASTERS)
February 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Our Granada Hills Emergency Plan Event will be held at Granada Hills Charter High School located
10535 Zelzah St. in Rawley Hall.
This meeting will help you to save lives including your own, your families, and your neighbors. The Granada Hills Emergency Plan is dedicated to keep you and your loved ones as safe as possible. During the meeting, you can hear local guest speakers and government officials present helpful information about the following:
- Instruction Slideshow on Earthquakes
- Emergency Contacts
- Local Shelter Locations
- Local School Pick Up Instructions
- Utility Controls/Fire Instructions
- Food and Tool Supply Check List
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- First Aid
- Disaster Psychology
- Map Your Neighborhood
Your Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance (NCEPA) tells us that during a major catastrophe we will all be on our own for 3 to 14 days or more; our emergency responders (LAPD and LAFD) do not have the resources to take care of all of us. It is up to us to take care of ourselves and each other!
For more information please call Mike Benedetto (818) 723-8087 or visit www.GHSNC.org
Mailing Address: 11024 Balboa Blvd., Box 767; Granada Hills, CA 91344
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
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.