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California Evacuates 100K People as Wildfire Ravages Parts of Los Angeles

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California officials evacuated roughly 100,000 people from their homes as a wildfire plows through the northern edge of Los Angeles, authorities said Friday.

The fire has burned more than 25 homes and 23,000 residences are ordered to evacuate, officials said. The fire began Thursday night and went on for over 7 square miles as of early Friday, Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said, according to The Associated Press.

Ten percent of the fire has been contained, AP noted. The evacuations came as the state’s public utility company began shutting off power to prevent sparking a wildfire.

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) cut off the power to 513,000 northern California homes and businesses Wednesday, with thousands more set to lose power. Additionally, California’s wind-swept terrain and dry grass is a tinderbox.

The Woolsey Fire was one of two wildfires that burned through Ventura County and Los Angeles County in 2018. The two blazes scorched tens of thousands of acres, reports that year show. More than 80 people were killed in the Camp Fire, which ripped through the northern part of the state at approximately the same time as Woolsey.

Saddleridge Fire School Closures

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College and elementary school students across northeastern San Fernando Valley will not have school Friday due to the Saddleridge Fire.

The massive Saddleridge Fire threatening communities in northeastern San Fernando Valley prompted the closures of colleges and elementary schools throughout the region.

The LAUSD School Closures:

  • Castlebay Lane Charter School, 19010 Castlebay Lane in Porter Ranch;
  • Danube Avenue Elementary School, 11220 Danube Ave., in Granada Hills;
  • El Oro Way Elementary School, 12230 El Oro Way in Granada Hills;
  • Haskell STEAM Magnet, 15850 Tulsa St., in Granada Hills;
  • Knollwood Preparatory Academy, 11822 Gerald Ave., in Granada Hills;
  • Porter Ranch Community School, 12450 Mason Ave., in Porter Ranch;
  • Van Gogh Charter School, 17160 Van Gogh St., in Granada Hills;
  • Kennedy High School, 11254 Gothic Ave., in Granada Hills;
  • Rinaldi Adult School, 17450 Rinaldi St., in Granada Hills;
  • Granada Hills High School, 10535 Zelzah Ave., in Granada Hills;
  • Bert Corona High School and Bert Corona Charter School in Pacoima;
  • Frost Middle School in Granada Hills;
  • Jane Addams Continuation High School in Granada Hills;
  • North Valley Military Institute in Sun Valley;
  • Montague Charter Academy in Pacoima;
  • Valley International Preparatory High School in Chatsworth;
  • Magnolia Public Schools 1,2,5,7; and — all three Valor Academy Charter Schools
  • Fenton Avenue Primary Center and Elementary Charter School in Pacoima;
  • Fenton STEM Academy Elementary Charter;
  • Fenton Charter Leadership Academy;
  • HighTech Los Angeles Middle School in Van Nuys;
  • Ivy Academia Charter in Woodland Hills;
  • Valley Charter elementary and middle schools in Van Nuys.
  • Discovery Charter Preparatory School #2 in Sylmar;
  • James Jordan Middle School in Winnetka;
  • New Academy Canoga Park;
  • West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills;
  • Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in San Fernando

College Closures:

  • Los Angeles Pierce College,
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Los Angeles Valley College,
  • California State University, Northridge

No closures were immediately reported at College of the Canyons or The Masters University in Santa Clarita.

Aliso Canyon Storage Facility Closes as Saddleridge Fire Rages

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Southern California Gas Company officials shut down the Aliso Canyon storage facility as a precaution due to the fire threat Friday.

The Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon storage facility has been evacuated due to the Saddleridge Fire, authorities said Friday.

“All SoCalGas Aliso Canyon storage facility staff are safe, and the facility has been evacuated by fire officials,” utility spokesperson Melissa Bailey said in a statement.

“L.A. (city) Fire and L.A. County Fire have multiple fire engines and personnel fighting the fire in and around the Aliso Canyon facility,” Bailey said. “There is no known damage to our facility at this time.”

SoCalGas maintains a “detailed and systematic” brush-clearing program around its facilities to minimize the chances of a brush fire affecting storage wellheads, Bailey said.

“We do not anticipate any damage to our storage wellheads due to the fire,” Bailey said. “Once the facility evacuation is lifted, crews will assess any damage to the facility.”

Bailey cautioned residents whose natural gas service was shut off not to try to turn it back on themselves.

“Only a SoCalGas technician or certified contractors are authorized to operate the natural gas service shut-off valve,” Bailey said. “We urge customers to continue to report suspected gas leaks by calling 1-800-427-2200 or 911 after evacuating the immediate area.”

‘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.