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Citrus Sunday – May 5, 2013


Citrus-Sunday-2013Save the date for Council District 12’s Eighth Annual Citrus Sunday coming up on Sunday, May 5.

This volunteer fruit drive brings tens of thousands of pounds of fresh oranges and grapefruits to food banks that serve struggling San Fernando Valley families.

Join Northridge West, Northridge South, Granada Hills North, Granada Hills South, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Chatsworth, and West Hills Neighborhood Councils along with Temple Ahavat Shalom for this great event!

Sunday, May 5, 2013
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Participating is easy!
1. Just pick oranges, grapefruits or other citrus fruit from your trees, or ask your neighbors if you can pick from their trees.
2. Drop them off at participating locations between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 5. Our partner organization, Valley Interfaith Council (VIC) will collect all the fruit and distribute it to families served at VIC food pantries in the San Fernando Valley.

Drop off locations:

Granada Hills North NC
Knollwood Country Club
12024 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA

Granada Hills South NC
Granada Hills Charter High School
10533 Zelzah Ave., Granada Hills, CA

Chatsworth NC
Fire Station 96
21800 Marilla St, Chatsworth, CA

Northridge South NC
Dearborn Park
17141 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA

Northridge West NC
Northwest corner of Tampa Ave. and Chatsworth Street
Northridge, CA

Porter Ranch NC
Temple Ahavat Shalom
18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge
(8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Reseda NC
CD3 Field Office
19040 Vanowen St, Reseda, CA

West Hills NC
Field’s Market
23221 Saticoy St., West Hills, CA

Report Air Quality Problems to (800) CUT-SMOG

Some residents in Granada Hills have reported foul odors coming from the area around Sunshine Canyon Landfill.

In response, we contacted the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), and they have sent an inspector to the landfill to investigate the odors and measure air quality.

Anyone who wants to report foul odors or other air-quality related problems can call the AQMD at (800) CUT-SMOG.

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)


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

Memorial Day Special Events in Granada Hills

Memorial Day 2010 Flyer
There are three consecutive events on Monday May 31st (click for an informational flyer), comprised of two ceremonies and also a Charity Fundraiser Barbeque Steak Dinner.

  • The first is at 1600 (4 PM) on the new patio at VFW Post 2323 dedicating our new flag pole featuring a 21 gun salute and bugle call for memorial day taps.
  • The second will be at 1700 (5 PM) at Veterans Park on the southeast corner of Chatsworth and Zelzah with the same service plus other activities for 3 new flag poles and the New Beautiful Veterans Park Grand Opening rebuilt by the Rotary Club of Granada Hills.
  • These will be followed by a great Charity Fundraiser Barbeque Steak Dinner at 1800 (6 PM) at Post 2323 on our beautiful new patio by the waterfall, across from the putting green. The Post is located just a few blocks east of the park at 17522 Chatsworth St. with parking in the Verizon lot in the rear. Dinner tickets are a $12 donation purchased at least two days before the event at VFW Post 2323, or a $15 donation after and on the day of the events. You may call the Post at 818 366-7799 for information any afternoon, 7 days a week.

The Granada Hills Veterans’ Park project by the Granada Hills Rotary Foundation has transformed a dilapidated traffic median at the corner of Zelzah Ave. and Chatsworth St. into a beautiful tribute to the military men and women who have served our country.

The improvements include a new pergola (thanks to the generous contributions of the Granada Hills Improvement Association), new landscaping, brick and cement work, flagpoles, a monument and a statue (thanks to the generous contribution of Jake Parunyan, the 2009 Gil Benjamin Granada Hills Citizen of the Year).

Contributors have been Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, Councilman Greig Smith’s office, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2323, and the Granada Hills Rotary Foundation.

The tribute bricks are currently being installed, and more are still available for community members to dedicated to veterans, businesses, friends and loved ones. For information about donating for tribute bricks, contact John Weitkamp at (818) 363-3144 or [email protected].

Sick of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill Odors???

We urge you to attend an important meeting Thursday evening.

Landfill Odor MeetingThursday, December 17, 2009 — 6:00 pm
Van Gogh Street Elementary School
17160 Van Gogh Street
Granada Hills, CA 91344

At the November 5, 2009 meeting of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill – Community Advisory Meeting, there was much discussion about the recent increase in odor events resulting from Sunshine Canyon Landfill operations and the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD) current and potential enforcement efforts in response to those complaints and documented public nuisance situations. At that meeting, the various corrective actions available to the AQMD that could be employed/imposed for purposes of resolving the odor problem resulting from landfill operations were discussed. One of the options was the possibility of the AQMD filing a petition for an Smelly faceOrder for Abatement with the AQMD Hearing Board in an attempt to bring the facility in to compliance with Rules and Regulations and the California Health and Safety Code, particularly as their compliance status relates to nuisance.

On November 17, 2009, the South Coast Air Quality Management District filed such a petition against Allied Waste Company, Inc., and Republic Services, Inc. dba Sunshine Canyon Landfill. The matter is scheduled to be heard and considered by the AQMD Hearing Board on the evening of Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. at Van Gogh Elementary School located at 17160 Van Gogh Street, Granada Hills, CA.

*** Please note that it was at AQMD’s request that this hearing be conducted in the community instead of at AQMD’s headquarters in Diamond Bar.

Click here for a copy of the Public Notice providing additional details about the hearing. During the hearing proceedings, the interested public will have the opportunity to provide testimony to the AQMD Hearing Board regarding this matter.

Holiday Safety Notes from our Public Safety Committee

Property crime is generally low in our area, but does up-tick during the holidays. Burglary-Theft from Motor Vehicle (BTMV) is the biggest one. Go to www.lapdonline.org and click on crime maps in your area hyperlink (http://www.lapdcrimemaps.org). Enter the address of concern and click on the GO button under all the colored dots. Only crimes that are reported (documented) are listed.

First, foremost, and easiest — don’t leave ANY mail by your mailbox for the postman. Wait to hand deliver it to the postal carrier or better, take it to the post office or drop-off location yourself.

Keep packages out of sight in your vehicle at all times while shopping.

If you return to your vehicle to drop off packages before continuing shopping, be sure to drive around, like you’re leaving, and then park in another spot.

Don’t leave anything visible in your vehicle while parked unattended, even for a moment, including in your driveway, anybody’s driveway, or on the street, and keep it locked. Prime targets are iPods, GPS units, laptops, cell phones, purses and the like. If your in-dash radio has a removable faceplate, consider taking it with you when shopping, etc.

Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Walk like you own the place.

Watch for suspicious activity in your neighborhood, such as someone staring into car and house windows, checking door handles, etc. If you see someone like this, it’s a 911call, although not a high priority 911 call. Get a good description without placing yourself in jeopardy. Police will respond.

Best not to let the world see your tree or other seasonal decoration with all the presents under it through that big window on the front (or side) of your home or business.

When disposing of boxes, especially those that once contained electronics, best to take them directly to a recycling center. Next best is to cut up and place in your blue bin, stored out of sight, and placed at the curb on the day of pickup. Don’t make it easy for scavengers to get a peek at all the new and expensive stuff you’ve recently bought. Never leave the empty box sitting in your driveway, parkway or other highly visible spot on or near your property.

Be alert for scams and door-to-door solicitors, especially requests for charitable donations. Also be alert to scams on public transportation and mall parking lots.

Watch for the delivery truck (UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc.) in your neighborhood. If you’re friendly with your neighbor and they get a package left on their doorstep while they’re not home, consider holding it for them until they return. And let your neighbor know you’d appreciate the return favor. You could possibly prevent a theft. Yes, the thieves are that bold!