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 July 12. 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.
This April come down to the River for Friends of the Los Angeles River’s 27th annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza!
This year there is an urgent need for the 27th Annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp. The dramatic El Niño swept through the watershed washing trash from surrounding areas into the channel which needs to be removed.
April is Earth Month you have three Saturdays – April 16th, 23rd, and 30th – and fifteen sites to choose from along the entire course of the LA River.
One of the things that helps makes our areas special is O’Melveny Park. At 672 acres it’s second in size in the city park system only to Griffith Park. It may not have some of the things Griffith Park has, like a golf course, zoo, or merry-go-round, but that’s actually a good thing. O’Melveny is a wonderful splash of undeveloped landscape nestled up next to the busy streets of the city.
If you haven’t been through the park lately it’s time to head back for a visit, especially while the hills are still green from the rain of past months. There are some great splashes of color from a wide variety of wildflowers, especially if you take the time – and effort – to hike past the meadow at the base of the park. Please enjoy the flowers and feel free to take as many pictures as you like, but don’t take the actual flowers themselves. There may be a lot of them up there, but if everyone took just one flower home the hills would soon look pretty barren. Not only that, picking flowers on city property is prohibited by law, and there are some nasty penalties if you get caught!
The city has recently installed new water fountains in the lower section of the park, and they even have a special section for thirsty dogs. Thanks to the Patriot Oil Community Benefit Trust for funding the project. Please remember that the city leash laws do apply in all sections of O’Melveny Park. It may be tempting to let your four-legged friend loose for a romp, but please keep the safety of other visitors in mind and keep your dog safely on a leash.
Speaking of safety, as things warm up you run a chance of coming across a rattlesnake basking in the sun. Keep alert and watch for them, and if you spot one, keep a safe distance. The snakes are another good reason to keep your dog close to you, and away from any snake that might be out there. Don’t let the snakes scare you off, though. They’re up there but they would prefer to stay far away from you as well.
A final word of caution. Don’t leave any valuables in sight in your car before you head into the park. The video cameras watching the parking lot have greatly reduced the problem of thefts from the cars in the lot, but don’t make it easy for anyone who might be interested in your items.
If you spot anything in the park that needs repair, or have any questions about the park facilities, you can reach the Parks & Recreation Dept. at (818) 363-3556.
The children’s playground in Bee Canyon Park will be closed and remain fenced off from March 10 until April 10, 2014 while undergoing extensive renovation and improvements courtesy of the Patriot Oil Community Benefit Trust Fund administered by the North Valley Coalition.
Among the improvements will be the removal of outdated play equipment (rocking bulldozer and whale) which will be replaced by a new home/rescue climbing unit, the installation of new curbing, rubberized matting and a new smaller sand box to replace most of the existing sand which created a daily maintenance nightmare sifting for potentially harmful objects that might injure the children. The installation of new shade structures to protect the existing climbing structure and slides (also a part of the project) will occur about 1 month after the park reopens and before the hot weather.
The Recreation & Parks Department will also be adding additional benches which are more strategically located, and adding pads for existing benches that currently don’t have them.
While not a part of this project Patriot Oil has also funded the replacement of the existing drinking water fountain located at the bridge leading into the playground with a combination water fountain/pet watering station after observing residents permitting their animals to drink directly from the faucet mouthpiece. This replacement should be completed in the next month or so.
President NVC/Patriot Oil Community Benefit Trust Fund
The City of Los Angeles currently has a federally grant funded program in which free street trees are being planted along the parkway. The only requirements are that participants must agree to water their tree(s) and they must live within the City. For more information please go to www.environmentla.org or call (213) 485-3954. Can you please share this information and help spread the word. Together we can beautify the neighborhood and create a more sustainable City!