Foster Volunteers Urgently Needed to Expand Shelter Walls

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 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, or call (888) 452-7381. Our heartfelt thanks will be nothing compared to the purrs and kisses you will get from your foster pet.

Get to Know Metro


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.

Pet Safety in EXTREME Heat

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.

Senator Hertzberg Calls on Metro to Amend its Expenditure Plan, Include Project for CSUN

The $120 billion plan for LA County transportation improvements over the next 50 years provides no guarantees for state’s largest CSU campus

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued a call today to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan (Metro) Board to consider amending its expenditure plan for a proposed sales tax measure scheduled to be placed on the November ballot and include specific projects benefiting

The board is scheduled to vote on June 23rd on the plan and placing the tax measure on the ballot. If approved by voters, the sales tax increase would provide an estimated $120 billion over the next 50 years to fund transportation infrastructure improvements throughout the county.
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CSUN Mass Transit Update

Dear Friend,

As you may recall from recent communications and news coverage, CSUN has been advocating on behalf of our nearly 50,000 current students and employees and the hundreds of thousands who will attend CSUN in the future, to improve mass transit services to our campus. Improvements would assist students in their progress toward a degree, help reduce the 200,000 plus weekly car trips to campus, ease the parking congestion in the surrounding neighborhoods, provide better service for the Northwest San Fernando Valley, and reduce carbon emissions.

We are grateful to the many area leaders and the staff at Metro who have worked with us to make progress on our transportation needs, however, we were disappointed to learn that CSUN was not included on the final draft list of projects in the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan that will go before the voters this fall. This list, with hundreds of projects and billions of dollars in investments, will be given final consideration and review by the Metro Board at their meeting on June 23.

Our time is short and I need your help urgently.

Please contact the Metro Board and ask them to:
Please amend the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement plan to include a significant and permanent solution specifically serving CSUN and its surrounding area that will be adequately funded in the first ten years of the plan.

You can contact the Board Secretary here:

Contact information for individual Board Members is available here:

Please contact them as soon as possible. We have only a few days before this list is finalized by the Metro Board at their June 23 meeting.

You can learn more about CSUN’s transit priorities at: Thank you for your support of CSUN, our current students, and the hundreds of thousands of future students and employees who will benefit from improved transportation services.


Dianne F. Harrison, President
California State University, Northridge

June Emergency Preparedness Update

Hi, Everybody:

This Saturday, June 11th, 9:00 to 11:00 AM, is our Emergency Preparedness Meeting at the Flyaway Bus Terminal, Community Meeting Room on the 2nd Floor (take the elevator INSIDE at the north end of the building, or the steps outside), at 7610 Woodley Avenue (NE Corner of Saticoy and Woodley).  Plenty of FREE PARKING in the short-term lot out front in the spaces closest to the street.

One of our favorite speakers, Erin Huey, will be our guest instructor!  She’ll be teaching us about Pet Preparedness and Pet First Aid!  We hope she’ll be bringing Rascal, everybody’s favorite Party Pom, to demonstrate on!  We always learn so much from Erin, and she has that special knack for making learning FUN!  And, if there’s time, she might even show us how to properly lace and tie our shoes!!!  You won’t believe this one!  Worth the price of admission (FREE!), all by itself!  🙂

Say “Hi” to our brand new Emergency Preparedness Co-Chair, Sandy Joseph, and ask her how she “aced” her Ham Radio Technician Exam!  We’re soooooo proud of you, Sandy!  Brian Tessier promises he isn’t going anywhere and will still be available for EP — just not on our Neighborhood Council Board any longer.  Sob…  Already missing you, Brian!

Dan Tomlinson will be reminding us about the upcoming Field Day for Ham Radio operators, and Bill Hopkins will have the latest info on the upcomingValley Disaster Preparedness Fair, October 1st.  Can you believe it’s less than a month until we can go on line to register?!?  Has YOUR Neighborhood Council signed up to help support the Fair?  It takes all of us working together to make this the biggest and best EP Fair in all of Los Angeles, you know.  And we’re in need of some truly DEPENDABLE VOLUNTEERS!  Sign up to help this Saturday!

Our Ham Radio Check-In is this Sunday morning at 9:00 AM, Simplex 145.570.  And our FRS/GMRS/Walkie-Talkie Check-In is at 9:45 AM on Channel 5.  We’re looking forward to hearing YOU this Sunday!

Questions about any of the above?  Call or Email us!

Linda Pruett and Sandy Joseph, EP Co-Chairs
Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council
(818) 384-8375 Direct to Linda to email Sandy

Got Unused Medications?

Kits for Personal Disposal, Do Not Bring Medication

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
10:00AM TO 2:00PM

FACEY MEDICAL PARKING LOT (Next to Mission Police Station)
11333 Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345

For more information call Mission Community Relations Office at:
(818) 838-9860


Voter’s Guide to the June 7 Primary

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.

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