A Safe and Smart Start to School

This week, hundreds of thousands of students in Los Angeles went back to school. As students get back to learning, the LAPD, the LA Unified School District and city officials remind parents, families and students to be safe and smart while making their way to school.
LA police want drivers to use caution and common sense on the roads. Motorists, including all parents, should slow down in school zones, be alert for small children and come to a full stop when a school bus’s flashing lights are activated. Additionally, students should remember to look both ways before crossing the street and use designated crosswalks and intersections.
Homework Help
As the homework begins to pile up, don’t let the anxiety get the best of you and your family. The LA Public Library has many resources to help students get through their assignments. The library’s Live Homework Help program can give them the tools they need to get ahead in school.

More than 3,000 online tutors are available on demand every day from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. for one-on-one help with homework, skills building and test prep. Professionally trained and experienced tutors will help K-12 students and adult learners with math, science, English, writing, foreign languages and social studies.
Visit www.lapl.org/lhh to access the library’s tutoring program.

New City Program Educates Renters

This summer, the LA Housing and Community Investment Department launched a new program to help educate Angelenos on renters’ rights under the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).
One in every two LA families lives in an apartment protected by the RSO. The “Home for Renters” campaign provides information to both tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities as renters and owners of the city’s 640,000 rent-controlled units.
The program aims to bring better awareness to renters about how to protect against excessive rent increases and unlawful evictions, while providing owners with information on how to receive reasonable returns on their rental housing investment in a responsible way.
For more information about the city’s law, how it applies and more about the Home for Renters program, visit http://hcidla.lacity.org/home-for-renters.

LADOT Public Hearings On Proposed DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride Service Changes

LADOT Transit is conducting public hearings for the proposed changes to DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride services as well as its Title VI Disparate Impact and Disproportionate Burden Policies. Attend a public hearing near you:
  • Saturday 8/20 1pm-2pm: Robert M. Wilkinson Multi-Purpose Center, 8956 Vanalden Ave, Northridge, 91324
  • Monday 8/22 12pm-1pm: Caltrans Bldg., Conference Rm. 01.037, 100 S Main St, LA, 90012
  • Monday 8/22 6pm-7pm: Constituent Service Center, 8475 S Vermont Ave, LA, 91324
  • Tuesday 8/23 6pm-7pm: Glassell Park Senior Center, 3750 Verdugo Rd, LA, 90064
  • Wednesday 8/24 6pm-7pm: Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, 90025
  • Monday 8/29 6pm-7pm: San Pedro Library, Community Room, 931 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731
  • Tuesday 8/30 6pm-7pm: Hollywood Recreation Center, 1122 Cole Ave, LA, 90038
  • Wednesday 8/31 6pm-7pm: Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Rm. 1A, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, 91401

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Beyond Neighborhood Councils – How to Run for Higher Office, Get Appointed to a City Commission, or Find a Job with the City

You are cordially invited to “Beyond Neighborhood Councils – How to Run for Higher Office, Get Appointed to a City Commission, or Find a Job with the City”. Featured speakers include Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, Board of Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto, and Personnel Department representatives.

Beyond Neighborhood Councils – How to Run for Higher Office, Get Appointed to a City Commission, or Find a Job with the City

Tuesday, August 23
5:30 pm – Registration/Networking
6:00 pm – Workshop

Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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LADWP Customer Service Saturday


Customer Service Centers (CSC) are open for business the Second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Customer Service Saturday. You can expect assistance from staff who are able to take payments, process service order requests, answer and resolve billing questions.

There will also be informational tables and displays with helpful materials to answer questions about how to save on your bill, provide details about rebates, conservation tips and more. Read more

Save Energy LA for Sustainable Living

The City of Los Angeles recently launched SaveEnergy LA, a campaign encouraging Angelenos to make small changes in their lives to reduce the amount of power they use every day. Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off the campaign by turning off the lights at dozens of buildings, including City Hall.

With increasing heat due to climate change, more residents and businesses crank up their air conditioners at the same time they’re using energy for lights, appliances and other needs. This puts a strain on neighborhood power distribution equipment and the entire electricity grid, especially on hot days. In the aftermath of the disastrous Aliso Canyon leak, the electric grid is under extra pressure this summer, creating a higher risk of power outages during peak days.

LA has an energy reduction target for municipal buildings of five percent from August to October, the region’s hottest months. SaveEnergy LA also encourages commercial building owners, universities, and other large employers to aim for the same reduction target in their facilities.

Find tips and incentives offered to help save more energy here: www.SaveEnergyLA.org.

Clean and Green

The Clean and Green folks came out and cleaned the median on Burbank Blvd from Balboa Blvd to Hayvenhurst Ave. They are also continuing down east to the 405 freeway (CD 6). They completed the CD 5 side on August 11. Lake Balboa NC enthusiastically thanks Clean and Green and its volunteer staff!

Lake Balboa’s HighTech Los Angeles Makes Newsweek’s List of Top High Schools

Newsweek’s list of the best public high schools in the country is out, and 51 California high schools made the list, which ranked the 500 best high schools nationwide.

The top-ranked school in the state was Whitney (Gretchen) High School in Cerritos, which came in seventh nationwide. The school ranked the highest in California for 2015.

Here’s a look at all of the California high schools that made Newsweek’s list and where they came in on the list: (Click here to view the full list of Newsweek’s 500 best.) Read more

LBNC EP Meeting, Saturday, 8/13/16, 7:00 AM!!!

Hi, Everybody:  Can’t believe it’s almost mid-August and the kids are already back at school in some areas!  The year is flying by, and if you’re like most, there are still things on your Emergency Preparedness “TO DO” list!  We have them on ours too, but we’re going to mark another item off the list this Saturday, August 13th, 7:00 AM — that is, restock our Emergency Preparedness Bin at Stagg Street Elementary School here in Lake Balboa.
Invite your favorite Fire Fighters and Station Captains, Paramedics, Police Officers and Station Captains, medical professionals and CERT-trained individuals to come and see what we have in our bins.  After all, these items are for THEIR use after a disaster, and we want them to know where they’re located!  Invite your neighbors, too!  This will be a gathering spot for the neighborhood after a disaster for the exchange of critical information (locations of open shelters, medical facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.), and everyone should know the bin location.  We’ll have ham radio there so we’ll have communication into and out of the area.
Stagg Street Elementary School is located at 7839 Amestoy Street, between Louise and Balboa, north of Saticoy, and south of Roscoe.  The bin itself is located about mid-block on Arminta Street, just north of the school

We’re going to start very early on Saturday (7:00 AM), since the weather folks say it will reach 100 in the Valley that day.  We should be finished before 11:00.  Bring a hat, sunscreen and water!  (We’ll have some water there…)  And don’t forget to wear sturdy shoes — no flip-flops or sandals please.

Just a reminder — Go online NOW (www.ValleyDisasterFair.com), to register for the 9th Annual Valley Disaster  Fair, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 1st.  This is the BIGGEST and BEST Disaster Preparedness Event in the City!  The family oriented Fair is located behind Fire Station 87, 10124 Balboa Blvd., just south of Devonshire, in Granada Hills.  Plenty of FREE PARKING behind the Shopping Center on the SE corner of Devonshire and Balboa.  Cross the driveway directly into the Fair Grounds!  FREE EP KITS*, FREE LUNCH* (hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers), AS LONG AS SUPPLIES LAST*!
Great speakers again this year, including MySafe:LA (for Seniors 55 and over, with a free goodie bag from MySafe:La with participation.)  Also, Louise Masin Sattler, advocate for persons with Access and Functional Needs (AFN), and Grayce Liu, General Manager of the Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment, discussing how NCs can and do help prepare their citizens for disaster.  And, Erin Huey, beloved speaker, long-time Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED instructor-trainer to teach us how to prepare before and safely care for our pets during and after disaster.  And our very own Brian Tessier will show us how to create a personalized preparedness kit on the cheap!  And much, much more!!!  And don’t forget — as long as supplies last*, a small FREE APPRECIATION GIFT TO CERT MEMBERS*!  Stop by our (Sandy and Linda’s) booth to get yours!  Wear your CERT vest or bring your certificate for your free gift!
Check out the Agenda below, and we’ll look for you this Saturday at the EP Bin.  Questions?
Linda Pruett and Sandy Joseph, Co-Chairs
Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council
Emergency Preparedness Committee
(818) 384-8375 Direct to Linda
bubbarooz@yahoo.com Sandy’s email

Neighborhood Council  Budget Day 2016

Neighborhood Council 
Budget Day 2016

Saturday July 30, 2016 
Breakfast Provided 
07:30AM  Registration and Breakfast 
08:30AM  Plenary Session – Keynote Speaker Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson 
10:45AM  Breakout Sessions by Region and Budget Advocate Elections  
12:30PM  New Budget Advocates Convene 

Los Angeles City Hall 
John Ferraro Council Chambers 
200 N. Spring Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90012 

Everyone is invited to this FREE event. 
Please see back of flyer for details on about Budget Advocates and Representatives. 
Traducción disponible en español para el evento principal en la cámara del consejo.  
To RSVP, register online at https://lacity.quickbase.com/db/bkx2exfeh?a=nwr
To speed up parking, please print the first page of this flyer and place it on your dash. 
Neighborhood Councils are responsible for:  

  • appointing or electing two (2) Budget Representatives pursuant to their Bylaws 
    having their Treasurer and/or President serve as de facto Budget Representative in the event no Budget Representative is designated or becomes unavailable during the term 
  • placing a Budget Advocate report on each agenda during which one of the Budget Representatives will report on Budget Advocate activities during the previous period 
  • promoting and encouraging board members and stakeholders to participate in Budget Day at City Hall and in Regional Budget Day in their area 
  • encouraging board members and stakeholders engage with the Budget Advocates in areas of interest and/or expertise facilitating Budget Advocate surveys by publicizing and actively encouraging board members and stakeholders to participate 

Budget Representatives (collectively by Neighborhood Council) are responsible for: 

  • soliciting input from their Neighborhood Council and stakeholders on priorities in their area and suggestions to improving City efficiency, increasing City income and reducing costs 
  • attending Budget Day, expressing the issues of concern to their Neighborhood Council and stakeholders, voting for Budget Advocates 
  • contacting one of the Budget Advocate co-chairs if cannot reach Budget Advocate for their Region or if have other concerns 
  • soliciting input from their Neighborhood Council and stakeholders on an ongoing basis as City political issues evolve and communicating it to the Budget Advocates on  a monthly basis 
  • ensuring a Budget Advocate report is on every Neighborhood Council agenda  
  • reporting on Budget Advocate activities, concerns 
  • encouraging stakeholders to join the Budget Advocates on areas of their concern and/or expertise  
  • help set up and work with other Budget Representative and Advocates to coordinate a Regional Budget Day (tentatively January in 2017) to address issues of interest to their region and solicit input on local concerns, AND to promote the attendance and participation of their board and stakeholders 
  • suggest/self-nominate Budget Representatives for the following Fiscal Year and help advertise/solicit attendance at Budget Day 2017 

Budget Advocates are responsible for: 

  • electing their executive officers 
  • attending twice‐monthly Budget Advocate meetings plus presentations to the City Council committees and Mayor as appropriate 
  • learning about how the City’s finances work (starting with attending Budget Day) and researching applicable information as needed to prepare for meetings 
  • if returning, mentoring new Budget Advocates as determined by the Co‐Chairs (input appreciated) 
  • being current on their Ethics Training and Code of Conduct 
  • if a first‐time Budget Advocate, working with a mentor to facilitate their work and provide feedback 
    suggesting any City budget‐related passion they (and others) might wish to pursue during the year at the retreat  
  • helping develop the Budget Advocate survey to target concerns specific to this year’s goals  
  • committing to coordinate/interview/draft and edit reports in connection with aims of the Budget Advocates as determined at their 2nd (retreat) meeting – these can be with senior staff of City departments in connection with the White Paper, 
    senior staff at City Councilmember’s offices in connection with addressing City services 
  • reviewing and commenting upon reports and the White Paper 
  • distributing the survey and encouraging as many stakeholders to respond as possible to ensure the demographic spread and numbers to produce valid results  
  • working with the other Budget Advocates in their Region to: 
    • synopsize Budget Advocate activities on an ongoing basis and send monthly reports on what Budget Advocates are doing to their Region’s Budget Representatives to report at their Neighborhood Council meetings 
    • solicit stakeholders to help with Budget Advocate projects  
    • attend meetings at every Neighborhood Council in their Region, as necessary but at least twice a year to support the Budget Representatives 
  • helping coordinate Regional Budget Day and report back to the Budget Advocates on what transpired 
  • helping on other projects as needed 
  • promoting and producing Budget Day 2017 
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