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Collect $3,000 — Free — To Retrofit Your Home

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When a big earthquake hits your area, your house might fly off its foundation and collapse if: It’s wood–framed Built before 1980 Has a crawl space and/or a cripple wall It’s never been retrofitted before The good news is that this year the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is offering as much as $3,000 each to 4,400 California homeowners to help pay for retrofitting their pla...
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New Vote Centers Open This Weekend, But Most Angelenos Have No Idea

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From https://laist.com/latest/post/20200221/vote-centers-primary-election-polling-places Election “Day” is so 2016. Californians have been voting by mail since the beginning of this month, and in L.A. and Orange Counties, voting in-person starts Saturday morning, when the first round of centralized “vote centers” will open. Let’s recap the changes for WHERE to vote: Most neighborhood po...
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Important Upcoming Board of Airport Commissioners Meeting – Feb 6

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THE FEBRUARY 6, 2020 BOAC MEETING MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE IN YEARS FOR ANYONE AFFECTED NEGATIVELY BY AIRCRAFT NOISE THE BOARD OF AIRPORT COMMISSIONERS (BOAC) IS PLANNING TO CONSIDER THE MOTION THAT WAS APPROVED BY THE VNY CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR A VOLUNTARY NIGHTTIME FLIGHT CURFEW AT VAN NUYS AIRPORT. IF YOU CAN COME TO THE MEETING AND SPEAK OUT FOR THE CURFEW, YOU CAN HELP THE CIT...
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Be Prepared for the Coronavirus

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Flu season is bad enough as it is, but now there's a new deadly viral outbreak traveling the globe. There have now been over 2,000 confirmed cases in China and it has now spread to the United States with a growing list of states confirming infections. Although the chance of widespread contamination in the U.S. is low, it is important to understand the nature of coronavirus and how you can preve...
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LAUSD Board District 3 Candidate Forum February 15

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Why are our local LAUSD schools rated so low? Why are there so many charter schools? Why are so many parents sending their children to private schools? What needs to be fixed? Who can fix it? Where does the lottery money go? The seven Directors on the LAUSD Board of Directors are the head of LAUSD, NOT THE MAYOR. (boe.lausd.net) Your property values are partially determined by the local ...
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Draft EIR Report on the City’s Sidewalk Repair Program is Now Available for Public Comment

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The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the City's Sidewalk Repair Program is now available for public review and comment.  The comment period closes on February 24, 2020. The report is available on the City's website at this link: https://sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-impact-report.  As one can imagine, this is a very large report but it is posted online in sections so you should ...
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New Interactive Map Shows Homelessness and Housing Across LA County

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Los Angeles County now has an interactive map allowing you to view the distribution of the County's current homeless population, as well as sites where shelter or supportive housing already exists or is under development. Info on population numbers and density is drawn from the January 2019 Countywide Homeless Count. New info and capabilities will continue to be added to this map tool, which just ...
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Surviving an Active Shooter Training Class at West Valley LAPD on January 8, 2020

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With more than 3 weeks remaining in 2019, the U.S. has already surpassed 2018’s total for mass shootings. A total of more than 370 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of November 14th. The recent November 14th shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita marked the 44th shooting incident at a school. Of the 44 shooting incidents in schools, 32 of them were at facilities serving Kinderga...
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LA Gets Serious About Sepulveda Pass Toll Lanes

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The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will vote on funding a study for the proposed $27 million Phase 1 Sepulveda Pass ExpressLanes Drivers with means may soon be able to bypass the famous bottleneck that is the Sepulveda Pass. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will vote Thursday on whether to fund a study examining the merits of charging people to use its...
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Airbnb Launches Anonymous Complaint Portal

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You think that your neighbor is an Airbnb host and you and your neighbors have a complaint. As the City and short term rental platforms finalize regulations, be aware that Airbnb has established a link to their Anonymous Neighbor Complaint portal. While many people who use short term rental platforms are responsible hosts, it's vital that you report issues so Airbnb can help to resolve them. Wheth...
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North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Project Moves Forward with Board Approval

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The North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Project will Move Forward into Environmental Review Thank you to all who attended Thursday’s Board meeting and provided feedback. Metro’s Board of Directors received and filed staff’s recommendation to begin the environmental review for the project. The feedback received at the meeting will continue to help shape the project. If you were unable t...
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Dept of City Planning is Holding Info Sessions on LA’s New Home-Sharing Ordinance

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From the Los Angeles Department of City Planning: The City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance (CF 14-1635-S2) in December of 2018. To prevent the wholesale conversion of homes into rental properties, the legislation establishes a regulatory framework to restrict short-term rentals to one’s primary residence. The Home-Sharing Ordinance requires hosts who wish to engage in short-term re...
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LA Metro Board Report on North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Now Available

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Metro Board Report on the North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Project Available Online Metro’s staff report and agenda for the North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project is now available on the Metro Board page. You are encouraged to check out Metro’s blog The Source article for more information. The Board meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24 at the Metro ...
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“Text-to-911” Now Available in Los Angeles County

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Mobile users in LA County now have the ability to send text messages to 9-1-1, giving hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, and making noise could put their life in jeopardy, a potentially lifesaving option. Many people have found themselves in situations where they are unable to make 9-1-1 calls. But, text-to-9-1-1 offers a silent ...
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Controller Galperin Launches “Get Ready LA” Online Emergency Preparedness Resources Map

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To promote local emergency planning during National Preparedness Month, L.A. Controller Ron Galperin today released a new online resource map of emergency services and programs funded by the City of Los Angeles that will help families and communities prepare for unexpected natural disasters. https://lacontroller.org/data-stories-and-maps/get-ready-la/
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15 Apps Parents Should Know About

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With several reports of arrests made after online predator and human trafficking stings, law enforcement officers around the country are reminding parents about potentially dangerous apps their kids could have access to. Most of the apps involve talking to people or sharing videos and pictures. It’s a concept that officials say puts kids at risk and in a vulnerable position. Police said parents a...
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City Council Confirms Raquel Beltrán’s Appointment as Neighborhood Empowerment General Manager

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On Tuesday September 3rd, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to confirm Mayor Garcetti's appointment of Raquel Beltrán as the new General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Congratulations and welcome to the Neighborhood Council system, Raquel! If you haven't yet had the chance to meet her, Raquel will be one of the headline speakers at the opening session of Congre...
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NSFV Transit Corridor Project Postponed from Metro’s September Board Meeting

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Presentation of the North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project to be Rescheduled Metro staff was scheduled to appear before the Metro Board of Directors on this project in September, but has deferred the item to a later meeting, largely due to the big response to the outreach efforts. Metro Staff expects to return to the Metro Board on the project as soon as October. Metro thanks eve...
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Councilwoman Nury Martinez to be Key Speaker at September 11th C-PAB Meeting

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Make plans to attend the Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 11TH C-PAB meeting at West Valley LAPD and learn more about the Councilwoman that represents a KEY Los Angeles City Council District in the San Fernando Valley and her efforts to make our Community safer for everyone. Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the President Pro-Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council. As one of the only 2 women elected out of 18 L...
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