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The City has engaged in a massive Sidewalk Repair Program in part to repair and upgrade sidewalks and curb ramps adjacent to City-owned pedestrian facilities, so that they are compliant with applicable accessibility requirements.  Street tree removals and replacements, along with utility relocations, may be needed, as well. Additionally, the City may adopt policies and/or ordinances to assist in the administration of the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program and its objectives.

In order to do this, the City must engage in an environmental review of the project. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Initial Study (IS), which describe the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program and the anticipated scope of the Environmental Impact Review, are available for public review and comment at the following website: sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process.

Ways to provide input:

Make a comment at a scoping meeting:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ronald F Deaton Civic Auditorium
100 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Monday, August 14, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Mid-Valley Senior Citizen Center
8825 Kester Avenue
Panorama City, CA 91402

Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Westchester Senior Citizen Center
8740 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Submit comments at sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process
Email
 shilpa.gupta@lacity.org with “SRP” in the subject line and a valid mailing address in the email;
Mail written comments to:

Shilpa Gupta, Environmental Supervisor I
Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering
Environmental Management Group
1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Nestled high in El Sereno, by Ascot Hills Park, shaded by towering pines, is Woodrow Wilson High School, with 1600 students and, now, three LAUSD magnet schools.

One is for police, one is for law, and – maybe most appropriate given our new normal year-round wildfire season – a brand new magnet school for firefighters … and as I discovered Thursday, just three days into the new school year, its students are startlingly focused for high school freshmen.

15-year-old Matthew Ruiz, one of the 28 kids in the firefighting magnet, says he’s been watching wildfires burning around LA. “Yeah, those fires look kind of crazy, and I want to get out there, but I’m not old enough. I can’t wait til I’m older so I can actually do something.”

Genesis Williams, 14, says her friends ask her, “Is it hard? And even though we’ve barely started class, I told them that we’re putting a lot of effort in this. It’s not like something little; to train to be a firefighter in the future is not a game. You have to be really serious about it.”

14-year-old Israel Quinillo says his classmates say the same things to him, and he says, “It’s not something to fool around with. It’s really important because you see the mountains right now, some of them are burning down.” And without firefighters, “we would have no one to control it.” Continue reading

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Saturday, May 21
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

In front of Food4Less
4910 Huntington Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032

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This week, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Independent System Operator, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Southern California Gas Company released the Aliso Canyon Risk Assessment Report regarding the reliability of the power grid for summer 2016.

In the wake of the largest gas leak in US history, we are beginning to learn its far reaching affects for our region. SoCal Gas’ negligence in maintaining their infrastructure has left everyone with two unacceptable options: either they inject gas into their facility that has not been independently inspected or declared safe, posing an immediate risk to thousands of local residents, or we endure scheduled rolling blackouts in a region known for its extreme temperatures during the summer months potentially risking the lives of our most vulnerable.

This announcement comes on the heels of SoGasGas’ parent company, Sempra, paying out millions in bonuses to their top executives – this is appalling.

Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District

 

More info about the pending rolling blackouts can be found here: LA Can Expect Blackouts This Summer Thanks to Porter Ranch Gas Leak

Preparing Your Home For El Niño

What is El Niño?
El Niño is a warming of the Pacific Ocean near the equator caused by a weakening of the trade winds that normally push sun-warmed waters to the west. When ocean temperatures are warmer or cooler than normal, they can affect weather around the world. In the United States, El Niño often changes typical weather patterns and could bring drier conditions to some areas and intense rainfall amounts to others.

When are the heavy rains expected?
In Los Angeles, the normal wet season happens between October and February. The peak of our wet weather for this El Niño is expected to occur between December 2015 and February 2016. After four years of drought and wildfires, much of the land across Los Angeles is incapable of absorbing large amounts of rain, increasing the potential for flooding and mudslides.

What are the effects of a strong El Niño winter?
El Niño is expected to bring heavy rainfall this winter, especially to the southern tier of the United States. The intensity and duration of rainfall in the coming months could lead to devastating floods, mudslides and debris flows, especially in areas affected by prolonged drought or areas scarred by past wildfires.

How can you get ready for El Niño?

  • Know your flood risk. Flooding is the costliest and deadliest disaster in the US. Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flooding. Decide if flood insurance is right for you.
  • Pay attention to the weather and to any advisories or warnings related to winter storms.
  • Get free emergency alerts sent to you via text, voicemail, or email by registering at NotifyLA.org, the City of Los Angeles official emergency alert system.
  • Keep streets and gutters clear before and during storms. One plastic trash bag can block a storm drain and flood an entire street.
  • Get a kit and make a plan. An emergency kit stocked with food, water, flashlights, and extra medications and batteries will help you weather the storm.
  • Fix poorly draining or leaky roof tops.
  • Check your windshield wipers and brakes, replace if necessary.
  • Never try to drive through a flooded roadway. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet or disable your vehicle.

We encourage all Angelenos to register with NotifyLA, the City’s mass notification system to find extensive information about storm and emergency preparedness. Once an individual registers, they will receive information via voice, text, or email message alerts only if their geographic area is impacted by an emergency. To register, go to www.ElNinoLA.com.

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In preparation for the holidays, L.A. Sanitation is asking people not to pour fats, oils, and grease down the drain. This can be damaging not only to pipes in the home, but also to outside sewer lines.

LA Sanitation is now accepting household fryer oil for recycling at our S.A.F.E. Centers. The oil will be recycled for fuel and energy.

Pouring oil down the kitchen sink or drains can clog up your house plumbing and sewer pipes and may cause sewage backups and overflows. Let’s take care of our environment as we celebrate the holidays by recycling our fryer oil.

Make sure the oil is in a closed leak-proof container (such as the container from the store) and take it to one of our six S.A.F.E. Centers listed below. Please limit to 10 gallons or less. All centers will follow normal days and times of operation.

NORTH VALLEY
Nicole Bernson S.A.F.E. Center
10241 N. Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91325
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

EAST VALLEY
Randall St. S.A.F.E. Center
11025 Randall St.
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

NORTH CENTRAL LOS ANGELES
L.A.-Glendale S.A.F.E. Center
4600 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90030
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

HARBOR
Gaffey St. S.A.F.E. Center
1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

EAST LOS ANGELES
Washington Blvd. S.A.F.E. Center
2649 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

PLAYA DEL REY
Hyperion S.A.F.E. Center
7660 W. Imperial, Gate B
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

Please note that no oil will be accepted from businesses, and that the UCLA S.A.F.E. Center located in West Los Angeles, 550 Charles E. Young Dr. West, will not be accepting cooking oil. If you do not bring household fryer oil to the S.A.F.E. Center, please put the sealed container in your black bin.

S.A.F.E. (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, Electronics) Centers collect those items all year long, so bring them with you! For more information, please visit www.lacitysan.org or call 1-800-773-2489.

Click these links for PDF flyers in both English and Spanish. This message is relevant to holidays in both November and December.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

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Each year, LA Sanitation (LASAN) prepares itself and Los Angeles residents and businesses for the rainy season. This year, we are anticipating El Niño, which will likely cause higher-intensity storms and potential flooding.

What can residents and businesses do to prepare?

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There has been a significant increase of copper wire thefts targeting the city’s street lighting system in various neighborhoods, causing street lights to go dark for a period of time. If you observe a wire theft in process or see any suspicious activity around street lights, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

How to determine what is official city work on street lights and what isn’t?
  • The work is valid if there a yellow Street Lighting maintenance vehicle on the street. The vehicle should have a city seal, the words “Street Lighting” on the doors and the word “Exempt” on its license plate.
  • The work is valid if there is street lighting staff working on a light. They will be wearing and orange vest, hard hat and city identification.
  • The work is valid if it is being performed by Bureau of Street Lighting contractors working on streetlights. The names of their companies will be identified on their vehicles.
  • Anything else is suspicious and should be reported by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

Click here for an English- and Spanish-language flyer to pass out in your neighborhood.

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The LAPD is alerting the public about a recent rash of phone scams that seek ransom for taking family members hostage.

According to the police, the victims are contacted by a suspect who states they are holding a family member hostage. The caller then demands money to be wired, threatening they will kill or hurt the hostage. The scammers then advise the victim withdraw money from an ATM and send send it via wire services.  Other variations of the extortion include the caller contacting miscellaneous businesses for “protection money.”

Below are crime prevention tips from the LAPD to avoid falling victim to this scam:
  • Incoming calls made from an outside area code or country;
  • Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone, insisting you remain on the line;
  • Calls do not come from the victim’s phone;
  • Callers try to prevent you from contacting the “Kidnapped” victim;
  • Multiple successive phone calls;
  • Demands for ransom money to be paid via wire transfer;
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason;
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited; and
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to someone you do not know.
Anyone with information or questions regarding this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 800.222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 or go to “webtips” on LAPDOnline.org.

The LA Derby Dolls are proud to host their 7th Annual Health Fair Providing FREE healthcare services to anyone unisured or under-insured, including children.

Date: Saturday October 3rd
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: The Dollossem Home of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls
Address: 4900 Alhambra Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90032

We LA32 Neighborhood Council are proud sponsors of this event.
Also the following are proud sponsors of this event: CD14 Councilmember Jose Huizar and SRE

The FREE Health Fair will be offering eye and ear exam, dental exams/cleaning, cholesterol and glucose screening, BMI and body fat testing, CPR demonstrations and much more, all with no cost to attendees.
No reservation or appointments required.

The Derby Dolls are dedicted to keeping Los Angeles Healthy! Because giving back to the community is most important to us all.

see flier below for more details :
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