New Rebates Go Into Effect October 1

LADWP RebatesTo help residential customers save energy and money, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will increase many of its rebates for the most energy efficient appliances and home improvement products on the market.

Starting October 1, 2010, LADWP will raise rebate amounts for qualifying high efficiency central air conditioners, pool pumps and motors, dual pane Energy Star® windows, and recycling old refrigerators. In addition, LADWP is adding two new products that are eligible for rebates: whole-house fans and cool roofs, both of which help keep your home cooler and reduce your air conditioning costs.

“We want our customers to get the very most for their money and help them to conserve energy,” said Lorraine Paskett, Senior Assistant General Manager, LADWP Sustainability Programs and External Relations. “These raises in rebate amounts are an invitation to embrace energy efficiency, save money and help the environment all at once.”

The following new rebates will go into effect on October 1, 2010:

  • $500 on a high efficiency variable speed pool pump and motor
  • $100 per ton on 15 SEER and above for a central air unit or heat pump, or $120 per ton on 16 SEER and above
  • $50 for recycling an old, inefficient refrigerator
  • $2 per square foot of glass on Energy Star® dual pane windows, doors and skylights
  • $200 for a whole-house fan
  • $0.30 per square foot for a cool roof

In addition, LADWP will continue offering rebates of $65 for an Energy Star® refrigerator and $50 for an Energy Star® room air conditioner.

For more LADWP Consumer Rebate Program information and an application, visit or call toll free 1-800-374-2224.

Rebate amounts apply only to qualifying purchases made after September 30, 2010. Rebates are offered for qualifying products only. Terms and conditions apply.

Community Advisory Meeting Tonight – New High School #4

Public School Choice Resolution for Valley Region High School #4

The Public School Choice (PSC) Resolution process is designed to expand the number of quality school options available to students and to support school transformation efforts that may include new campuses that provide relief from overcrowding.  this resolution directs the LAUSD to provide quality educational options to all students.

Parent and community engagement is a key component of the proposal selection and evaluation process, and a cornerstone of the PSC Resolution.  Please join us for this very important community advisory meeting.

6:00 PM – TONIGHT – September 15, 2010

Patrick Henry Middle School
17340 San Jose St.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

You can view the official meeting flyer HERE.

Brush Fire North of Aliso Canyon Park Fully Contained

Porter Ranch FireFire crews knocked down a brush fire that broke out this afternoon (Monday, September 13, 2010) near Porter Ranch, and partially within GHNNC Boundaries.

The flames scorched about 15 acres, but no homes were threatened and there were no reports of injuries.

Firefighters were sent to the 19000 block of West Sesnon Boulevard about 1:50 p.m., said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Crews in at least two air tankers were involved in the firefighting effort, according to a Porter Ranch homeowner, who — at the height of the fire — could see the flames from his kitchen window.

About 100 firefighters also were sent to the scene, along with three helicopter crews, according to Scott.

The fire was reported out about an hour after the blaze was first reported, Scott said.

Read the complete story on the Daily News website.

Back-to-School Movie Night

GH Back to School Movie Night

The Incredibles

We will be watching

Disney/Pixar’s “THE INCREDIBLES”

(Winner of our July Movie Poll)

** Free Popcorn and School Supplies will be handed out **

Event Sponsors:

  • Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council
  • Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council
  • Old Granada Hills Residents Group
  • Greig Smith, Councilman, 12th District
  • Granada Hills Recreation Center
  • Granada Hills Recreation Center Park Advisory Board

Bill Banning Ad Trailers Goes to Governor

Schwarzenegger Has Until September 30 to Sign

A bill allowing cities to ban mobile advertising trailers has passed the California Legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk.

Once signed, the Los Angeles City Council will be able to pass a motion regulating the signs within city limits. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Sept. 30 to act on the legislation or it will become law without his signature.

“These mobile eyesores have been a threat to our community, blighting our neighborhoods and creating horrific safety issues. This legislation will finally give us the local control to ban them once and for all,” said Mitch Englander, chief-of-staff to Councilman Greig Smith.

Bob BlumenfieldThe bill was co-sponsored by state Assemblymen Bob Blumenfield (D, San Fernando Valley) and Mike Feuer (D, Los Angeles).

Bruce Boyer, owner of a mobile billboard company has parked a trailer outside Blumenfield’s Van Nuys office reading: “Free Valley Streets … Fire Fascist Bob Blumenfield.” The sign has already attracted at least one parking ticket.

Ad Trailer“Even if the legislation is signed into law, we will file for declaratory relief in Federal Court. The legislation is such a perversion of the rights of vehicle owners that it would most likely be blocked by the courts,” Boyer said in an email. “If that failed, Blumenfield did such a sloppy job writing the legislation that we could fire cannons through the loopholes in it,” he said.

“Bottomline, the sign trailers will still be out there, and the pols will have Bruce as their straw-man. I will not yield to the fascists and surrender my rights. Oh, and I don’t scare well either!” Boyer said.

Several months ago Boyer parked a trailer beside the Devonshire Division police station. “I have a license plate. The state of California says I can operate on any street or highway in the state. I have every right that everybody else does,” Boyer told KABC-TV.

“I’m tired of seeing these unsightly billboards on unhitched trailers all over our neighborhoods. They are nothing more than road spam,” Blumenfield said. “I know many others are sick of them too. Literally thousands of people in our community have complained to me about these eyesores. It’s time to get rid of them once and for all,” he said.

“These signs are a distracting safety hazard for drivers, a source of blight in neighborhoods, and a drain on scarce parking spaces intended for business patrons. They should be outlawed, and this legislation will help communities take action against them,” said Feuer.

The bill is strongly supported by the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, a Blumenfield spokesman said.

To express your opinion on this issue, you can contact the governor at Choose the Interact tab for email instructions. Or you can phone his Los Angeles office at (213) 897-0322.

New Watering Schedule Now in Effect for LADWP Customers

Watering Days Expanded, Schedule Based on Customer Street Address

LADWPChanges to the City of Los Angeles’ Water Conservation Ordinance went into effect today (August 25, 2010) for Los Angeles City residents and businesses, allowing LADWP customers to water with sprinklers up to three days per week. Customers whose street addresses end with an odd number – 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 – are permitted to use their sprinkler systems on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Customers whose addresses end in even numbers – 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 are permitted to do so on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  Addresses ending in fractions are treated as whole numbers and observe the same day restrictions as others on their same side of the street, (ie: 4321 ½ is regarded as 4321, an odd-numbered address.)

Sprinkler time limits are based on the type of nozzle used.  Spray head sprinklers and bubblers, which are non-conserving models and are common in most landscapes, are allowed up to 8 minutes per watering station per day. Rotors and multi-stream rotary heads are allowed 15 minutes per cycle and up to two cycles per day per watering station. Watering with sprinklers is restricted to hours before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m., regardless of the watering day.

All other prohibited uses of water, which include prohibiting hosing down driveways and sidewalks and water runoff, requiring all leaks be fixed and only using hoses fitted with shut-off nozzles, remain in effect.   Hand-watering using garden hoses fitted with shut-off nozzle devices is permissible any day of the week before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.

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