Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council

Census 2020 – Are You Ready To Be Counted?

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Census 2020 is around the corner. The results will determine not only our representation in Congress, but how more than $115 billion is spent every year on California schools, healthcare, housing, transportation, and other vital programs in our neighborhoods.

But we won’t get an accurate count in 2020 unless everyone participates.

Your 2020 Census invitation should arrive in your mailbox this month. To submit your responses online please use the user ID included in your mailing and submit responses at census.lacity.org.

Did you know…

  • Los Angeles County is the hardest-to-count in the country.
  • It is estimated that the City of Los Angeles receives billions every year in federal funding.
  • Census data helps drive funding for programs like Medi-Cal, Title 1 grants, Special Education grants, SNAP (food stamps), Head Start, the repair and construction of highways, bridges, roads, and more.
  • For the first time since obtaining statehood in 1850, California missed an opportunity to gain a seat in Congress after the 2010 Census by an estimated 13,000 individuals.

California & City of Los Angeles Declare Coronavirus Official Emergency

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A declaration of a state of emergency is a preparedness measure. It authorizes government agencies to mobilize resources quickly to respond to any noted threat. For this reason, while there are still only a few known active coronavirus cases in California, Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti have declared an official state of emergency for both the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, to allocate the resources necessary to preparing for and preventing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Please visit these links to learn what the City of Los Angeles is doing with regard to coronavirus, and to read the declarations from the Mayor and the Governor.

Penalties have increased for illegal dumping

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Penalties have increased for illegal dumping. Dumping waste, materials, packaging, and equipment on L.A. streets, sidewalks, and alleys or in public bins is a crime and is subject to increased fines or criminal prosecution.
The City is cracking down on those who trash our sidewalks and streets. Penalties for violations under City and/or State law are punishable from a $200 fine up to as much as $25,000 and/or jail time.
Surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the City. Footage from these and private business cameras is being used as evidence in pursuing criminal cases against illegal dumpers.
Undercover and uniformed officers have been deployed in an effort to catch illegal dumping in real-time.
Citizen Reporting: the MyLA311 app has been updated to make it easier for witnesses of illegal dumping with evidence or first-hand information to report it to the City for investigation.
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Collect $3,000 — Free — To Retrofit Your Home

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When a big earthquake hits your area, your house might fly off its foundation and collapse if:

  • It’s wood–framed
  • Built before 1980
  • Has a crawl space and/or a cripple wall
  • It’s never been retrofitted before

The good news is that this year the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is offering as much as $3,000 each to 4,400 California homeowners to help pay for retrofitting their places.

There are an estimated 1.2 million homes across the state that could be vulnerable, according to the CEA. Considering it could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in fixes, and years out of your house if your home is thrown off of its foundation, the program might be worth looking into.

More info here: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6782011-Earthquake-Brace-Bolt.html#document/p1/a551657

We have all the details:

Primary sources:

Earthquake Brace + Bolt

New Vote Centers Open This Weekend, But Most Angelenos Have No Idea

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From https://laist.com/latest/post/20200221/vote-centers-primary-election-polling-places

Election “Day” is so 2016. Californians have been voting by mail since the beginning of this month, and in L.A. and Orange Counties, voting in-person starts Saturday morning, when the first round of centralized “vote centers” will open.

Let’s recap the changes for WHERE to vote:

  • Most neighborhood polling places are going away, so your old voting spot may no longer be there. Instead, you’ll probably have to travel a bit farther to a new vote center.

The first group of these centers is open for 11 days beginning this weekend. The rest open on Feb. 29th, through election day.

  • You can go to any location in the county where you’re registered — and you don’t need to bring a mail-in ballot to surrender if you decide to vote in-person.

HOW to vote is also different in 2020:

  • In L.A. County, most in-person voters will use a new ballot marking machine that prints a paper ballot. If you’d rather vote on paper at your kitchen table, you have until Tuesday, Feb. 25 to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

WILL THESE CHANGES LEAVE SOME VOTERS BEHIND?

New research is painting a troubling picture about whether Angelenos know about the new vote centers, spelled out in a 2016 law called the Voter’s Choice Act.

On Thursday, the USC Price-Schwarzenegger Institute published results from its California Issues Poll showing just over 37% of likely voters in the 15 counties implementing Voter’s Choice Act changes in 2020 were aware that where and how to cast ballots was changing.

In Los Angeles, 62.2% either didn’t know about the changes or couldn’t answer the question. In contrast, over half of respondents (51%) in Orange County knew about the changes.

GO DEEPER:

Draft EIR Report on the City’s Sidewalk Repair Program is Now Available for Public Comment

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The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the City’s Sidewalk Repair Program is now available for public review and comment.  The comment period closes on February 24, 2020.

The report is available on the City’s website at this link: https://sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-impact-report.  As one can imagine, this is a very large report but it is posted online in sections so you should be able to review or download it in pieces.

In addition, hard copies of the report are available at three public libraries in Council District 12.  These are:

Granada Hills Library at 10640 Petit Ave., Granada Hills (map)
Mid Valley Regional Library at 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills (map)
Chatsworth Branch Library at 21052 Devonshire St., Chatsworth (map).

Details on how to submit comments are available at this link:
https://sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process

If you have any questions on how to submit comments, please send an email to [email protected].

The City will also be holding seven public meetings to discuss the EIR and receive public input.  The two meetings closest to Granada Hills are here:

Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library
7771 W Foothill Blvd., Tujunga, CA 92042 (map)
January 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Reseda Recreation Center
18411 W Victory Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335 (map)
February 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Trash Pick-up Moved Forward by One Day Starting December 25th

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🚨 HOLIDAY SERVICE REMINDER 🚨 – Due to the holiday, LA Sanitation offices will be closed on Wednesday December 25th. There will be no bin collection service on Christmas Day. If your collection day is normally on Wednesday, your bins will be serviced Thursday. If your collection day is Thursday, your bins will be serviced Friday. If your bins are usually serviced on Friday, collection will be pushed to Saturday. Sanitation will resume their standard collection schedule on Monday – December, 30th and Tuesday – December, 31st.

In addition, your bin collection services may be impacted during heavy rain, if it’s deemed too dangerous to attempt collections on your street/neighborhood. Collections will be completed as soon as streets are dry enough and safe to travel. Thanks for your patience! Please visit their website at www.lacitysan.org/holidayschedule for information about other holidays. Although the LA Sanitation offices will be closed on December 25th, their Customer Care Center is available to assist you twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-773-2489. Also, Marketing will have limited access to their social accounts during the holidays. Please call their call center with any questions you may have about their programs and services. We wish you a safe, healthy, and sustainable holiday season!

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New Interactive Map Shows Homelessness and Housing Across LA County

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Los Angeles County now has an interactive map allowing you to view the distribution of the County’s current homeless population, as well as sites where shelter or supportive housing already exists or is under development. Info on population numbers and density is drawn from the January 2019 Countywide Homeless Count. New info and capabilities will continue to be added to this map tool, which just launched Dec 12.

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/400d7b75f18747c4ae1ad22d662781a3

Peach Fruit Fly Eradication Activities – Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, and Northridge

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On October 31, 2019, the County Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures (ACWM) detected two Peach Fruit Flies (PFF), a major agricultural pest, in Granada Hills.  In response, the ACWM will be implementing eradication efforts to prevent the growth and spread of the pest infestations, and protect backyard fruit, community gardens, and California’s commercial agriculture.

The eradication effort will include the use of an attractant to lure the flies to a “bait station”.  Specifically, small spots of bait will be squirted onto street-side tree trunks, with approximately 600 such bait stations placed about eight feet up on trees.  The flies feed on the bait and are killed by a small amount of natural pesticide in the bait.  These activities will be occurring this month, and possibly extend into December, and will take place in parts of Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, and Northridge as shown in the map below.

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Residents with questions about this or any exotic pest can call the California Department of Food and Agriculture Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899.

LADWP Turf Replacement Program – Free Workshops and $3 per Square Foot Rebate

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LADWP customers interested in transforming their lawns to drought-tolerant landscaping have a free resource in the form of hands-on workshops offered by LADWP’s Turf Replacement Program.  The free workshops tach customers how to remove turf, grade soil for capturing rainwater, and the step-by-step process to create sustainable landscapes in their own yards.

LADWP’s residential customers are now eligible to receive $3 per square foot rebate for up to 5,000 square feet of turf removed (up to a potential $15,000 in rebates!).

For more information on attending or hosting a Workshop, visit www.lawnbegonedwp.com.  For rebate and incentive details, please visit www.ladwp.com/landscaping.

North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Project Moves Forward with Board Approval

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The North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Project will Move Forward into Environmental Review

Thank you to all who attended Thursday’s Board meeting and provided feedback. Metro’s Board of Directors received and filed staff’s recommendation to begin the environmental review for the project. The feedback received at the meeting will continue to help shape the project.

If you were unable to attend Thursday’s Board meeting, the meeting minutes and audio of the meeting will be available here.

Next Steps

Metro will continue engaging stakeholders as the process moves forward and we will keep you informed of all upcoming meetings. Metro looks forward to seeing everyone at the Latino Expo and Dia de los Muertos Festival at Panorama Mall today, October 26.

Saddleridge Fire Update

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As of LAFD’s 7 am update this morning (Friday), the Saddleridge Fire is 68% contained and has burned almost 8,500 acres.

Please note that Limekiln Canyon Park and O’Melveny Park remain closed for the time being. Please do not enter these parks until they are re-opened in the next few weeks.

Please take the time to double check that you have signed up for emergency notification systems:

  • Notify LA here or by texting “READY” to 888-777
  • Reverse 911 here
  • Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) here
As always, we ask you remain vigilant and report any emergencies to 911.

Dept of City Planning is Holding Info Sessions on LA’s New Home-Sharing Ordinance

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From the Los Angeles Department of City Planning:

The City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance (CF 14-1635-S2) in December of 2018. To prevent the wholesale conversion of homes into rental properties, the legislation establishes a regulatory framework to restrict short-term rentals to one’s primary residence. The Home-Sharing Ordinance requires hosts who wish to engage in short-term rentals to register with the City and post their registration number on all advertisements. Further information on eligibility requirements and host responsibilities may be found on the City Planning Department’s Home Sharing webpage.

Eligible hosts may now apply to the program through the Home-Sharing Online Registration Portal. The City will begin enforcement of the Home-Sharing Ordinance on November 1, 2019. Anyone who continues to engage in or advertise short-term rental activity after November 1 without posting an approved registration number will be in violation of the Home-Sharing Ordinance. Sign up here to receive email updates on the Home-Sharing Program.

Los Angeles City Planning will be holding several Home-Sharing Program Information Sessions throughout October and November. Please fill out the RSVP form on the session you would like to attend: http://bit.ly/LAHomeShareRSVP

Session Dates & Times
Download a one-page flyer with a full list of dates and times for both in-person and online Home Sharing Ordinance info sessions

More Info
For additional information, please contact:

Home-Sharing Unit
Department of City Planning – Development Services Center
201 N. Figueroa Street, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 202-5464
24/7 Complaint Hotline: (213) 267-7788
[email protected]org

How to Report Spam Texts

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If your mobile phone service provider is AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon, you can now report spam texts by forwarding them to 7726 (which spells SPAM). A report will be automatically made to your carrier, who will handle it from there.

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