July 4th Fireworks Expected to Fill Shelters with Scared/Lost Pets

LA Animal Services is gearing up for our busiest time of the year and we need YOUR help to create life-saving space in our City shelters.
We know that the July 4th Holiday and FIREWORKS will cause an influx of lost and frightened dogs and cats. You can foster a shelter animal for just four days (or more) and create life-saving space for orphan and abandoned shelter pets.

Last year, the East Valley Animal Shelter, placed 64 dogs out of the shelter, through fosters, adoptions or rescues before the holiday rush. Over the 4th of July weekend, 264 animals came into the shelter and no dogs were euthanized because of the extra space that was made from the generosity of the last minute foster volunteers. LA Animal Services goal is to repeat this again and help even more pets this year at all six of our City animal shelters.

By Monday, July 4th, LA City Animal Shelters will be filled to the brim with scared pets who couldn’t find their way home. They will be depending on us to help reunite them with their families.

logo (3)Meanwhile, other great dogs and cats who have been with us for a while could be at risk if we run out of kennel space and all of our shelters are filled to capacity. We have dogs and cats of all ages and sizes just waiting for an opportunity to crash at your place for a few days to a week around the July 4th holiday weekend. You will be a life-saver!

Brenda Barnette, LA Animal Services General Manager said, “The July 4th holiday is one of the busiest intake periods for municipal shelters. While many people are out celebrating, the shelters will be flooded with pets, many will never find their way home. Our hope is that animal lovers in Los Angeles will come together to help pets in their community by fostering for a few days.”

It’s easy to become a Foster Volunteer! Just go online to download your application at LAAnimalServices.com/volunteer/foster-program or go to the City animal shelter nearest you and ask for a Foster Volunteer application. Take your completed form to the shelter and we’ll get you fostering a pet right away.

By temporarily opening your home to an animal in need, you are preparing an animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as DIRECTLY SAVING LIVES by fostering animals from our overcrowded shelters.

Or, have you been thinking about adopting but aren’t sure…fostering is a great test drive to see what it is like to have a four-legged addition to your home.

The shelters are open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. We will be closed on the Fourth of July.  To find the shelter closest to you, visit:LAAnimalServices.com/shelters or call (888) 452-7381. Our heartfelt thanks will be nothing compared to the purrs and kisses you will get from your foster pet.



Over the last 25 years, Metro’s growth in LA County has transformed mobility and connectivity across the region. As the nation’s third largest transit agency, the organization is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors and led by Metro CEO Phil Washington, who oversees 9,892 full-time employees.

When the Blue Line opened in 1990, Metro Rail’s system consisted of one line, spanning 22 miles and 22 stations. Now, 25 years later, Metro’s six different rail lines with 86 stations, 100 miles of rail and 169 bus routes accommodate 1.3 million people every day, moves 450 million riders per year and supports 88 unique local communities.


Southern California is in for a heat wave this weekend, as temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees or more over the next few days.

When it is hot for you, it is even hotter for your pet. Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means animals must work extra hard to stay cool.

Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for them. If your best friend has a shorter nose, like Persian cats and bulldogs, he is more susceptible to heatstroke than breeds with longer noses.

If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing, and looks very distressed, she could be having a heatstroke. Heatstroke is an emergency. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your furry friend and then take her to the vet immediately.

The best plan is to keep your dog and cat protected from the hot weather.

  • Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan. Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.
  • Dogs and cats do sweat a little through the pads of their feet. Most cats do not appreciate water added to any part of their body, but dogs often enjoy having cool water on their feet. Some dogs enjoy walking through or even lying in a child’s wading pool.
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car. If he cannot go inside at every stop with you, he is safer at home on hot days. Car interiors heat very quickly in the hot sun, even with the windows open. If it is 85 degrees outside, it will climb to 102 degrees inside your car within ten minutes. If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block. In fact, it’s against the law (California Penal Code Section 597.7 PC) to leave an animal in a vehicle if doing so endangers the health or well-being of the animal.
  • While walking your dog outdoors, pay particular attention to the hot pavement or sidewalks that make your dogs walking area hotter and can even burn their feet. Early morning and later evening walks will be more comfortable for you both.
  • Animals who go outside need access to shade. Dark coats absorb heat. Lighter coated animals, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer from exposure to the sun and they are more susceptible to sunburn. If your dog spends time in the yard, make sure she has access to shade trees, a covered patio, or a cool spot under the porch.
  • Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a summer clip will make your buddy much more comfortable and allow you a new start at keeping him brushed. Remember, newly clipped animals can be sunburned.

Companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.

LA-32 NC Committees

We are happy to announce the following committees were appointed by our President Ms. Jen Markewych and ratified by the General Board on June 1st at a public meeting.

Click on pic below to see your leaders that will be making a positive difference in our community of 90032.  
board@la32nc.org to email entire board.

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Woodrow Wilson High School, 4500 Multnomah St, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sponsored by: Councilmember Huizar, Grifols Inc, El Sereno Bicentennial Committee, and Our Town El Sereno


Do you have questions about the June 7 primary? Not sure where your polling place is or what’s on the ballot? We’ve got you covered.


Polls are open from 7AM – 8PM on Tuesday, June 7




If you’re already a member of a political party, you have to vote for a candidate in that party. However, if you don’t have a party affiliation (and there are over 4 million people in California who don’t), you are entitled to vote in the primary for the American Independent Party, the Democratic Party and the Libertarian party.

If you want to vote in the California Primary for a Republican, you have to be registered Republican.


California has an open primary system. The two candidates that get the most votes advance to a run-off on the November ballot, regardless of party.


California’s Open Senate Seat

There are 34 candidates running to fill the open Senate seat left by Barbara Boxer. It’s a big number for one seat, and to make things even more confusing, the California ballot layout isn’t going to do voters any favors.

House of Representatives

There are some competitive races in the state. Remember, California is a top two primary state so the leading candidates, regardless of party affiliation, will be on the November ballot. (More here).

LA County Board Supervisors for the 2nd, 4th and 5th districts

“It’s this incredibly powerful board,” said professor at Loyola Law School, Jessica Levinson. The Board of Supervisors controls a huge budget, and many aspects of life in Los Angeles County. They oversee county hospitals, transportation and a lot of health and safety issues. There are three open seats, and only two are contested. “The reason we have any open seats is because we’re now just feeling the implementation of term limits that were in place years ago,” said Levinson.

2nd District:

Incumbent Mark Ridley Thomas is running unopposed

4th District:

Ralph Pacheco, Governing Board Member, Whittier Union High School District
Janice Hahn, United States Representative
Steve Napolitano, Supervisor’s Senior Deputy

5th District:

Rajpal Kahlon, Real Estate Investor
Ara James Najarian, Mayor of Glendale
Billy Malone, Town Council Member Altadena
Darrell Park,  Educator/Budget Specialist
Kathryn Barger, Chief Deputy Supervisor
Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Granada Hills
Elan Carr, Criminal Gang Prosecutor
Bob Huff, Businessowner/State Senator

LA County District Attorney

Jackie Lacey won her seat last time around, and is running unopposed. You can read or listen to KCRW’s interview with her here.

Superior Court Judges

At some point, many Angelenos will encounter a judge whether it’s traffic court, a child custody case, a lawsuit or even jury duty. Judges wield enormous power. In Los Angeles County alone, there are 400 Superior Court judgeships. This election year, seven of those seats are being contested. (For a full statewide list, go here.)

Proposition 50

There’s one proposition on the June ballot. From the Los Angeles Times, which has a good explainerProposition 50 is a constitutional amendment giving the California Legislature the authority to suspend members without pay on a two-thirds vote. Currently legislators can only vote to suspend with pay. But up until 2014, they never had even done that.

Professor of Election Law at Loyola Law School and Vice President of the LA Ethics Commission Jessica Levinson told Press Play that this was put on the ballot in response to a series of scandals, in which state senators either lived outside the district, were accused of taking bribes and the state senate realized, you can’t pay people if they’re suspended.

Also, you can follow Dean Logan, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk on Twitter for real time election updates and information.


This month’s Emergency Management Department (EMD) bulletin focuses on neighborhood disaster planning and the 5 Steps program, the City of Los Angeles official neighborhood disaster planning tool.

Los Angeles is home to over 4 million residents. There are just under 10,000 police officers and nearly 4,000 firefighters. In the event of a large, catastrophic disaster, it could take up to 72 hours to a week before first responders can provide assistance. When you do the math, chances are you will be your first responder.

Individual and family preparedness plans are important first steps in preparing for disasters. The City of Los Angeles has many resources to help you and your family get prepared.

However when neighbors team up and work together in times of crisis, they can provide the critical support and resources needed until first responders arrive.

EMD created 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness to help neighborhoods develop a plan on how to prepare, respond to and recover from any disaster – together. This nationally recognized, award winning program is the City of Los Angeles official neighborhood disaster planning tool. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal is that every neighborhood in the City adopt and use this program to help them respond to disasters and become resilient enough to bounce back quickly. The program includes providing support for neighbors with disabilities, seniors and others of all ages who may need extra help following a disaster.

Creating a neighborhood plan doesn’t have to be an overwhelming endeavor. EMD has made the process very simple. In 5 easy steps you:

  • Define your area – identify a manageable area you can organize with ease.
  • Recruit leaders – develop a team of leaders who can build the plan and carry it out when the time comes.
  • Scout your area – assess what resources you have, and identify hazards, threats and risks.
  • Build your team – find out who lives in your area, how they can help, and who may need extra help.
  • Plan your approach – create a plan outlining what your neighborhood will do before, during and after a disaster.

Get started by visiting 5steps.la. Download the easy toolkit which is available in English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. There you will find a sample plan, templates, training videos and other resources to create a plan that is specific to your neighborhood’s needs. When your plan is finished, contact us on any of our social media sites and let us know so we can recognize your efforts with the Mayor’s office and though social media.

Additional Resources:
5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness http://5steps.la/
ReadyLA http://readyla.org/
PrepareLA Now http://preparelanow.org/
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/readyla
Twitter http://twitter.com/readyla

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