New Technology to Fight Graffiti

It’s now even easier to report graffiti to the City so it can cleaned up fast.

In addition to calling 311, you can now report graffiti directly using the City’s online 311 function at http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm. Just enter the exact address and a report and clean-up order are automatically generated.

The City also is making efforts to explore today’s rapidly evolving technology to make it faster and easier for citizens to report graffiti and other non-emergency problems. The City now has its own iPhone application to report problems. The application was created by Citysourced in a public-private partnership and can downloaded for free on iTunes. It allows iPhone users to take snapshots of graffiti, potholes, illegal dumping and other issues. Using the iPhone’s GPS system, the photo and the exact location are automatically sent directly to the City’s 311 system. It even notifies the user when the problem is resolved.

To download the app or see pictures of how it works, visit this link at iTunes.

The application should be available for Blackberry, Android, Palm, & Windows Mobile 7 platforms this year.

Graffiti Watch Program

The Beautification Committee is launching a Graffiti Watch program. Your help is needed to stop graffiti now. When you see graffiti, contact Your Local “Graffiti Watchers” and have graffiti removed in 48 Hours:

  • Call (818) 885-8885 (West Valley Alliance Graffiti Removal). Please program that number into your cell phone. A call to West Valley alliance (paid by the GHNNC to clean graffiti) results in cleanup about one week quicker than by calling 311.

Graffiti Watch Flyer

2nd Annual Blood Drive and Health Expo

This Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM

The Granada Hills Rotary Club aims to collect 400 pints of blood for local hospitals at their 2nd Annual Blood Drive and Health Expo.GH Blood Drive

Saturday, October 2
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Granada Hills Recreation Center
(corner of Petit & Chatsworth)

and

North Valley Youth Sports Complex
(just north of the corner of Woodley Ave. & Balboa Blvd.)

Both in Granada Hills.

At last year’s event, the Rotary collected more than 165 pints of blood for local hospitals. All blood donors will receive a free t-shirt, a free pancake breakfast or lunch, a gift certificate for Baskin-Robbins ice cream, and a free raffle ticket. Non-donors can purchase tickets for the breakfast or lunch, with proceeds benefiting the Granada Hills Rotary Club’s youth service programs.

Blood donors may pre-register online at http://www.Rotarygivesblood.org to obtain a priority appointment time, but walk-ins are also welcome.

The health expo will feature free health screenings and information at both collection sites. For vendor applications and sponsorship information visit http://www.Rotarygivesblood.org.

For more information, please call Jim Feffer at (818) 802-8452 or email [email protected].

Learn How to Prepare for Disaster at the 3rd Annual North Valley Disaster Preparedness Event

This Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM

Chatsworth, Granada Hills North, Granada Hills South, Lake Balboa, Northridge East, Northridge West, and Porter Ranch Neighborhood Councils are organizing the 3rd Annual North Valley Disaster Preparedness Event on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Fire Station 87 (Balboa south of Devonshire) in Granada Hills from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The Neighborhood Councils will be giving away 300 emergency preparedness bags, as well as Yogi Bear Shakey-Quakey School House coloring books. Free child ID cards will be available. There will be information and demonstrations from American Red Cross, the L.A. Fire Department, LAPD, DWP, HAM Radio, Community Emergency Response Team, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and more.

For more information, call Semee Park at (818) 756-8501.

Click here for the official event information flyer.

In addition, GHNNC is providing two backpacks filled with emergency preparedness supplies to be given away in two drawings to be held during the 3rd annual North Valley Emergency Preparedness Event. Winner need not be present, but a valid E-mail address (at least) is required (so the winner can be contacted if not present) to enter the drawing.

Here’s a list of the backpacks’ contents (subject to slight change if we can gather any more stuff). Very impressive!

1 – 3″ gauze roll, non-sterile
2 – triangle bandages w/ 2 safety pins, non-sterile
2 – 4 x 4 gauze sponge, sterile
1 – 5 x 9 ABD pad (extra absorbent), sterile
1 – pair leather-palm gloves
1 – pair exam gloves
1 – flashlight using D batteries, included
1 – pair safety goggle, vented (King 0572-098), not liquid-tight
2 – N95 folding masks with valve, 3M # 9211
1 – metal signal whistle with lanyard
1 – plastic box knife with snap-off blade
1 – plastic whistle w/lanyard
2 – light sticks
2 – foil packs of emergency drinking water
1 – cold pack
2 – hand warmers
2 – warm packs
2 – emergency blankets
2 – emergency ponchos
1 – preparedness brochure
2 – suntan lotion (SPF50) with carabineer
2 – suntan lotion (SPF50) in travel-size tube
2 – travel-size body lotion
2 – travel-size shampoo
2 – travel-size conditioner
1 – toothpaste promo
1 – sticky note pack
1 – Northridge East NC note pad
2 – GHNNC pens
2 – GHNNC chip bag closures
1 – clipboard
1 – keychain LED light
1 – canvas tote (Josh Groban)
1 – Digalert (811) card
1 – lantern from Lake Balboa NC (batteries included)
1 – erasable notepad w/pen from Lake Balboa NC
1 – 12-pack of Dentyne gum
1 – ZIP-lock bag for first aid supplies
1 – HELP/OK 11″ x 17″ sign from Chatsworth NC

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 www.ladwp.com/crp 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.

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