Category: Public Safety

Holiday Message: No Cooking Grease in Drains

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In preparation for the holidays, L.A. Sanitation is asking people not to pour fats, oils, and grease down the drain. This can be damaging not only to pipes in the home, but also to outside sewer lines.

LA Sanitation is now accepting household fryer oil for recycling at our S.A.F.E. Centers. The oil will be recycled for fuel and energy.

Pouring oil down the kitchen sink or drains can clog up your house plumbing and sewer pipes and may cause sewage backups and overflows. Let’s take care of our environment as we celebrate the holidays by recycling our fryer oil.

Make sure the oil is in a closed leak-proof container (such as the container from the store) and take it to one of our six S.A.F.E. Centers listed below. Please limit to 10 gallons or less. All centers will follow normal days and times of operation.

NORTH VALLEY
Nicole Bernson S.A.F.E. Center
10241 N. Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91325
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

EAST VALLEY
Randall St. S.A.F.E. Center
11025 Randall St.
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

NORTH CENTRAL LOS ANGELES
L.A.-Glendale S.A.F.E. Center
4600 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90030
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

HARBOR
Gaffey St. S.A.F.E. Center
1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

EAST LOS ANGELES
Washington Blvd. S.A.F.E. Center
2649 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

PLAYA DEL REY
Hyperion S.A.F.E. Center
7660 W. Imperial, Gate B
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

Please note that no oil will be accepted from businesses, and that the UCLA S.A.F.E. Center located in West Los Angeles, 550 Charles E. Young Dr. West, will not be accepting cooking oil. If you do not bring household fryer oil to the S.A.F.E. Center, please put the sealed container in your black bin.

S.A.F.E. (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, Electronics) Centers collect those items all year long, so bring them with you! For more information, please visit www.lacitysan.org or call 1-800-773-2489.

Click these links for PDF flyers in both English and Spanish. This message is relevant to holidays in both November and December.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

So Cal Gas Advisory

UPDATE: THE ALERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. FAMILIES NO LONGER NEED TO STAY INSIDE.

Alert from the Gas Co: During activities to stop the flow of gas from a leaking gas storage well, there was a release of oily mist into the air, and oily liquid to surface. Quantities are unknown, and the release is ongoing. It started approx. at 1:17 pm Friday November 13. Out of an abundance of caution, we’re asking residents to stay inside until further notice.

Well-control experts are pumping a heavy brine solution into a leaking gas storage well at the Aliso Canyon facility near Northridge, CA. The weight of the liquid acts as a stopper to stop the flow of gas. The liquid is being pumped into the well under pressure, and resulted in an oily mist that has floated into the air and may float over neighborhoods. The liquid is a mixture of brine water and oily residues from the gas storage field. Based on the information we have at this time we do not believe these materials pose a threat to public health.

Aliso Canyon Leak Updates

Help Keep the Street Lights on in Your Neighborhood

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There has been a significant increase of copper wire thefts targeting the city’s street lighting system in various neighborhoods, causing street lights to go dark for a period of time. If you observe a wire theft in process or see any suspicious activity around street lights, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

How to determine what is official city work on street lights and what isn’t?
  • The work is valid if there a yellow Street Lighting maintenance vehicle on the street. The vehicle should have a city seal, the words “Street Lighting” on the doors and the word “Exempt” on its license plate.
  • The work is valid if there is street lighting staff working on a light. They will be wearing and orange vest, hard hat and city identification.
  • The work is valid if it is being performed by Bureau of Street Lighting contractors working on streetlights. The names of their companies will be identified on their vehicles.
  • Anything else is suspicious and should be reported by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

Click here for an English- and Spanish-language flyer to pass out in your neighborhood.

Police Warn Angelenos About Phone Scam Operation

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The LAPD is alerting the public about a recent rash of phone scams that seek ransom for taking family members hostage.

According to the police, the victims are contacted by a suspect who states they are holding a family member hostage. The caller then demands money to be wired, threatening they will kill or hurt the hostage. The scammers then advise the victim withdraw money from an ATM and send send it via wire services.  Other variations of the extortion include the caller contacting miscellaneous businesses for “protection money.”

Below are crime prevention tips from the LAPD to avoid falling victim to this scam:
  • Incoming calls made from an outside area code or country;
  • Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone, insisting you remain on the line;
  • Calls do not come from the victim’s phone;
  • Callers try to prevent you from contacting the “Kidnapped” victim;
  • Multiple successive phone calls;
  • Demands for ransom money to be paid via wire transfer;
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason;
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited; and
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to someone you do not know.
Anyone with information or questions regarding this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 800.222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 or go to “webtips” on LAPDOnline.org.

City Aims to Cut Annual Traffic Deaths by 200

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More than 200 people die on LA streets each year, and most of those deaths happen on just six percent of streets.

Sitting at a desk in the middle of a Boyle Heights street, Mayor Eric Garcetti today signed an executive directive aimed at cutting traffic fatalities in the city to zero by 2025.

The directive calls for reaching the goal, dubbed “Vision Zero,” by creating safer streets, enforcing traffic laws and conducting more public education.

The mayoral action sets up a steering committee consisting of mayoral, police, fire, public works and county public health staff that will target areas most in need of safety upgrades. Those officials are to report back on Dec. 1 with suggestions for cutting traffic fatalities 20 percent by 2017. Read more »

Stop Calling 911. It’s the Forest Fire You’re Smelling.

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911 Dispatchers are being inundated with people calling because the fires in the Angeles National Forest and Simi Valley smell so close.

People around the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood Hills, Studio City and Mount Olympus are smelling smoke and calling 911 thinking there is a wildfire near them, says the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey.

However, it is just smoke from the Rustic and Cabin fires, says Humphrey. Humphrey urges people to seek a presence of flame if its safe to do so before calling 911.

A brush fire raced through dry vegetation in the hills north of Glendora today, scorching about 900 acres in the Angeles National Forest, destroying four cabins and sending thick smoke into the air. Read more »

Be Ready for Summer Heat Waves

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Temperatures reached over 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley last week before cooling off. More heat waves will come this summer, so be ready!

During extreme heat, the City opens up hundreds of facilities to be utilized as cooling centers, including Senior Citizen Centers, most Recreation and Parks facilities, and City Libraries. They offer residents cold water, and a place to rest indoors in the air-conditioning. For more information on where all the cooling centers are located, call 3-1-1 or click here.

Senior Centers: (213) 202-2700 or visit http://www.laparks.org/dos/senior/senior.htm.

Libraries: (213) 228-7000 or visit http://www.lapl.org/branches/.
Recreation & Parks Facilities: (213) 202-2700 or visit www.laparks.org.

TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT:

Drink plenty of water:
If you plan to be outdoors, take precautions to protect yourself from the sun and heat. Avoid the sun from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm when the sun’s burning rays are most intense. Reduce physical activity. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light- colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes. Avoid hot, heavy meals and alcohol. Drink Gatorade or other non-caffeinated drinks with electrolytes. If you do not have air-conditioning, visit one of the City’s public pools or go to a public park to sit in the shade. Go to a shopping mall. You do not need to purchase anything, and there are plenty of places to sit.

Be Aware of Symptoms of Dehydration and Heat Stroke:
Symptoms of dehydration and heat stroke include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst. To learn more, click here.

Never Leave Pets or Kids Unattended in a Vehicle:
Leaving a child or a pet in a closed vehicle on a hot or sunny day, even with the windows cracked, can be fatal. On hot or sunny days, the temperature inside a car can be 50 degrees hotter than outside.

Heat Wave and Other Emergency Information:
UpdateLA : http://www.updatela.com/
ReadyLA: http://www.readyla.org/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/readyla
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/readyla
Emergency Management Department: http://www.emergency.lacity.org/

-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember, Twelfth District

Breaking The Cycle Dealing With Domestic Violence

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Hello Devonshire Community,

I want to inform you about a growing concern in our community regarding Domestic Violence. Devonshire Division is experiencing a 62% increase in Aggravated Assaults, which includes Domestic Violence, Road Rage incidents, Battery, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon, just to name a few. Most of these assaults are Domestic Violence related.

Domestic violence is more than just a “family problem;” it is a crime. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recognizes that domestic violence is a major problem in Los Angeles County and throughout the United States. Each year, more than a million women are the victims of domestic violence, and one million children are physically abused.

In California, it is a crime for any person to threaten, beat, sexually assault or otherwise harm another person, even if they are married. Battering is not exclusively a crime against women, but they are the majority affected.

One of every two families in the United States is involved in domestic violence at some time. Domestic violence is a repetitive pattern in people’s lives. Victims or witnesses of domestic violence in childhood are most likely to repeat such acts as adults.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, now is the time to start thinking about protecting yourself. Calling the police, telling a friend, or contacting a shelter is the first step. Please don’t wait until it is too late. Many studies show that an uninterrupted cycle of violence only worsens over time. Hotlines and shelters are there to be used and counseling is available. It’s as close as a phone call and it’s free.

Domestic Violence: Emergency Referral Services and Hotlines Los Angeles County (800) 978-3600

Los Angeles: (213) 686-0950

San Fernando Valley: (818) 501-4447

TDD: (800) 660-4026

LA Rape and Battering Hotline, LACAAW (213) 626-3393 or (310) 392-8381

Southern CA Coalition on Battered Women (213) 655-6098

Take care and be safe!

Sr. Lead Officer Parker

Los Angeles Implements Citywide Hit-and-Run Alert and Reward System

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This Wednesday, Councilmember Mitchell Englander joined Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds, Los Angeles Police Department’s Captain Philip Fontanetta, and hit-and-run victim and founder of Finish the Ride Damian Kevitt to announce the implementation of a hit-and-run alert system throughout the City of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed my motion to direct the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to work with the City’s Emergency Management Department and the Department of Transportation to implement a hit-and-run mass notification system in the City of Los Angeles using existing technology platforms such as Nixle, Twitter, and Facebook.

Councilmember Englander thanked Councilmember Joe Buscaino for submitting companion legislation, also unanimously passed in Council on Wednesday, directing the City Attorney to draft an ordinance to offer a standing reward for the apprehension and conviction of those guilty of committing a hit-and-run crime.

Los Angeles and its surrounding communities are in the grips of a hit-and-run epidemic. The LAPD records approximately 20,000 hit-and-runs each year. Nearly half of all vehicle crashes in the City of Los Angeles are hit-and-runs, compared with the national average of 11 percent. Last year, there were 27 fatalities and 144 severe injuries due to hit-and-run crimes. On average LAPD was only able to solve 20% of the cases. Hit and run crimes are especially difficult to solve because often there is little or no evidence and no witnesses.

Currently, the State is considering the Yellow Alert System, which would broadcast similar information on hit-and-run crimes. The Yellow Alert models the Medina Alert system implemented in the State of Colorado. Similar to the Amber Alert system, the alert will be issued for a specific hit and run incident to the public on highway signs and through the media. Last week, the Los Angeles City Council passed Councilmember Englander’s resolution to support California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto’s Assembly Bill 8 which would authorize law enforcement agencies to issue a “Yellow Alert” if a person has been killed or seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident and there is a reliable description of the vehicle.

Knollwood Plaza Signal Activation

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Last week, GHNNC was proud to join Councilmember Mitchell Englander, community members, and stakeholders in activating the new traffic signal at the Knollwood Plaza.

The Balboa Blvd-Knollwood Plaza Driveway project added a traffic signal and vehicle entrance/exit to the Knollwood Shopping Center. Secondary work added new curb and access ramps that will provide safe passage to the center for pedestrians. The project’s undertaking is unique in that the local community and business owners of the Knollwood Plaza were instrumental in achieving its success. Without their support, this project would not have come to fruition.

Click here to view the E-Video of the project’s groundbreaking.
Click here to view photos of this event.

Los Angeles Police Commission Grants Chief Charlie Beck Another Five-Year Term

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Los Angeles: Today, Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff stated the following:

Today, my fellow Commissioners and I completed the process of reviewing Chief Charlie Beck’s request for a second five-year term, and we granted him that request in a 4 yes and 1 no vote.

We received a great deal of help in our decision making process, and that help came from the people of Los Angeles. I want to thank each and every person who sent an email, wrote a letter, or came out to a community meeting to let us know exactly what they want, need and deserve in their Chief of Police. These comments made an impact on each of us and we are very appreciative for the assistance.

This process lasted approximately three months and included numerous interviews with Chief Beck. During those interviews, Read more »

BASIC CAR 17A35 Crime Trends and Locations

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Good news for the Basic Car area as we continue our downtrend in Residential Burglaries and Burglary from Motor Vehicle activity.

The local neighborhoods have been quiet and, through this first quarter of 2014, we have reached the lowest number of vehicles and homes being broken into I ever seen in my time here at Devonshire.

Having said this we need to be more diligent in securing our property and keeping track of the smaller valuables as we are seeing an increase in miscellaneous thefts especially involving cell phones & wallets (while being left unattended) and thefts of delivery packages such as UPS, FED EX etc. especially when they are left on the porch for an extended period of time.

Neighborhood Watch Events:

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Saint Euphrasia Church, 11767 Shoshone Avenue in Granada Hills.

Crime Prevention Information:

Don’t open your door to strangers – this includes all solicitors. Ask what their business is without opening the door. If they claim they are there to do repairs or maintenance ask them to leave a copy of the work order outside the door way. Confirm the work order with the legitimate agency before granting access to any serviceman.

RULES FOR DOOR TO DOOR SOLICITATION

Legal if-

· Occurring anytime between 8 AM and 8 PM

· The solicitor has the product immediately available

· The solicitor can provide ID if over 18 years of age

· The solicitor has a business license (if he/she is in-fact offering items for sale) – enforced by Office of Finance.

Report all prowlers and suspicious activities to the L.A.P.D. direct dispatch (non-emergency) by calling 1-877-275-5273.

Senior Lead Officer Del Core

Mail Package Thefts Occurring in Granada Hills North

One of our stakeholders who lives in the El Oro Way neighborhood sent us these surveillance videos.  Do you recognize any of these men?  Contact our Public Safety Committee chair, Ray Pollok if you have any information.

Click the images below to watch the surveillance video clips of each theft.

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Update from Devonshire Community Police Station

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Los Angeles is prone to 13 of 16 possible federally-identified natural and man-made threats. Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable to the destructive affects wildfires, flooding, mudslides and earthquakes. Here in the Los Angeles area (particularly our Devonshire Area), wildfires and earthquakes can be part of our everyday lives.

Unpredictable wind conditions in Los Angeles can cause dense brush and dry hillsides and canyons. These areas are prone to bursting quickly into flames, starting deadly wildfires.

  • Wildfires are most common in the summer, fall and during droughts when branches, leaves and other materials dry out, leaving them susceptible to catching fire.
  • Earthquakes can strike at any time. Our last major one was in January 1994. That’s nearly 20 years ago and we should be prepared now!

Your Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments are always training and preparing for such situations and have our internal Standing Plans. LAPD’s job during times of disaster is to respond to calls of major importance, assess our critical locations and assist the LAFD in all their duties. In the event evacuations become necessary, we will assist under the direction of FD. Both fire and police will have additional info for the community regarding shelters and various services.

GET PREPARED. GET READY. —The City of Los Angeles cannot be truly prepared without a prepared community. This is achieved with:

Personal Readiness – It is your responsibility. Only you can ensure you are ready.

  • Assembling emergency supply kits for our homes, work and cars
  • Having and practicing a family disaster plan for home or when at work/school
  • Your emergency supply kit and your plan should reflect personal sustainability for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Consider needs of small children, seniors, family members with disabilities
  • Pets should be included in this planning process

Neighborhood Readiness – Your neighbor could be your first responder. Take time now to meet and talk to your neighbors about the importance of preparedness. Just think what would happen if you are stranded in your neighborhood for days or weeks. Getting to know your neighbors and the skills and resources within your community could very well save your life.

Neighborhood Councils – Many are looking for ways to make a difference in their communities on the issues they care about, such as disaster readiness. Participating in a neighborhood council is one way residents, business owners and property owners can advocate directly for real change in their communities. Neighborhood councils are city-certified local groups made up of people who live, work, own property or have some other connection to a neighborhood.

Know what resources and trainings are available and how to access them – Find out which organizations and services are already in your area.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): Take your preparedness to the next level. CERT training will teach you skills that can keep you and your family safe. Reinforce your preparedness and awareness with seminars on issues like terrorism and disaster psychology while learning response skills such as light urban search and rescue, triage/disaster medical treatment.

·Ask your Senior Lead Officers for more info on these types of resources.

-LAPD Devonshire Community Police Station

LAFD Requests Input on “COMMUNITY-BASED” Strategic Plan

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The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is developing a new, community-driven strategic plan and is teaming up with EmpowerLA to get the word out to members of the community.

The partnership between the two city departments is the first of its kind and assists in connecting us to Los Angeles residents, to engage them in the process of charting our organization’s future.

The process went live at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) meeting last Saturday when LAFD Chief John Drake and Captain Kristin Crowley presented the plan to leaders from all 95 Neighborhood Councils.

Simply put, in order to dedicate time, energy, and resources on services most desired by its community, your LAFD seeks to understand community priorities, expectations, and areas of concern.

Your perspectives and input will be utilized in the development and creation of the LAFD’s community driven strategic plan.

Make your voice heard! Join in the conversation by taking a quick electronic survey by December 1, 2013, and help your Los Angeles Fire Department develop an optimal public service model.

Which buildings will survive the Big One? LA Times found 1,000+ that may not

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L.A.’s hidden earthquake dangers

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Thousands of Southern Californians live and work in a type of building vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake. To assess the danger, a team of Times reporters combed through thousands of city and county records to identify these buildings — concrete structures built before 1976. We found more than 1,000.

Experts say we’re overdue for a major earthquake. So find out where the dangers lie, and why so little has been done about them.

Interactive map: Where the buildings are»

Infographic: How concrete buildings fail»

Photos: The perils of concrete»

FAQ: Concrete buildings, earthquake safety and you»

Response: L.A.’s mayor weighs in»

Full coverage: The Times’ ongoing look at earthquake safety»

Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Video and Photos

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The 6th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair was held October 8th, 2013 at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills.  It was another great turn out by our stakeholders and community members and an amazing showing from all participating Neighborhood Councils.

We’d like to give huge thanks and acknowledgement to Mark Hovater for the video and Adam VanGerpen for the photos of the event.

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Scam Alert for DWP Energy Efficiency Programs

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In the last few months there have been a few instances of individuals approaching small business customers with LADWP’s CLEO application, asking for cash up front to perform lighting retrofit work, and then never returning to perform the installations that were promised.

Please urge community members to note that LADWP does not charge for energy efficiency rebates or direct installation of efficiency upgrades.

FYI – The Korean community seemed to have been targeted for these scams early on. In response, ads were placed on Korean-language radio to raise awareness. Any additional efforts you can make to reach out to small businesses in the Korean community would be helpful.

Thank you.

Victoria Cross
LADWP Government and Neighborhood Liaison
213-367-4141

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