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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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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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‘Dangerous’ Heat Wave Prompts Warnings for LA Region

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Check in on your neighbors and elderly loved ones as this heat wave creates "a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible." Summer is almost officially over, and it's going out on a dangerously hot note. Weather Service officials issued a heat advisory for the Los Angeles region, warning of "a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible." Residents in the San Fernand...
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At Least Now When Your Power Goes Out, LADWP Will Text You

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Or send an email, in your choice of English or Spanish. That's a change from days of yore, when you had to get the information for yourself. During last July's heat storm, parts of Los Angeles sustained lengthy power outages, along with a shortage of information about when they would end. The Twitter rants from Angelenos kept (literally and figuratively) in the dark were as heated as the asphalt ...
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Sign Up Today for the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair 2019

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A Fun and Free Family Event that Just Might Save Your Life, Your Pet’s Life, or the Life of a Loved One Saturday, October 12, 2019 9:00 am to 1:30 pm Northridge Fashion Center—Pacific Theaters Parking Lot (9400 Shirley Ave., south of Plummer St.) Click here to register: https://www.valleydisasterfair.com/registration/index.php Exhibits Demonstrations Displays Speakers Speci...
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Valley’s Record Heat Wave To Continue

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A ridge of high pressure will continue to keep temperatures above normal Monday, but relief is in sight. A weekend heat wave is expected to continue to scorch the Los Angeles region with above average temperatures Monday. Sunday saw record heat in parts of the city and triple digit temperatures in the valleys. A ridge of high pressure is to blame, and it will remain in the Los Angeles area Mon...
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New Way to Report Suspicious Activity in Our Neighborhood on LAPD Website

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Hello stakeholders, we learned of a new feature on LAPD website when I'd to call non-emergency LAPD for another issue. The helpful dispatcher informed us about this new feature, iWatchLA and we wanted to share with our neighborhood: "http://www.lapdonline.org/iwatchla" --> then click "To file an online report click here." You can also download the iWatchLA app on iOS/Android. Let's be vigilan...
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Flooding, Mudslides, Falling Trees Among Biggest Concerns as New Storm Moves Toward SoCal

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Another storm is headed to Southern California Tuesday, prompting evacuation orders and concerns about flooding, mudslides, and falling trees. Evacuation orders were in effect for areas in Santa Barbara County and Ventura County. In Montecito, sheriff's deputies were going door to door, letting residents know they needed to leave. Signs and traffic cones blocked off roads, and front doors...
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Get Your SHAKEALERTLA Phone App

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L.A. County earthquake early-warning app is now available on iPhone and Android devices through the Apple APP Store and Google Play Store. This phone app alerts Los Angeles County residents to earthquakes, possibly giving critical seconds of warning before shaking starts. You may receive the alert before during or after shaking.
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Halloween Tips

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As you all know Halloween is around the corner and we want to make sure we take protective measures. Below is a link with useful information that may prevent children from eating bad candy and making themselves as visible as possible while trick-or-treating. There is also good information for adults. We want to make sure we all have a spooky Halloween, but a SAFE one at that. Be safe. Officer L...
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New Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Named for Lake Balboa Community

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After several months of search and interviews, West Valley LAPD has named a new Senior Lead Officer (SLO) who will replace retired SLO Steve Olivares. Veteran Officer Hugo Fuentes will officially assume the 10A39 patrol area effective in October. Officer Fuentes is a 10+ year LAPD veteran and brings extensive and successful experience while serving as a patrol officer and working closely with West...
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New State Law: AB 1719 now in effect: In case you didn’t know

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In case you weren’t aware, a new CA state law (AB 1719) just went into effect (August) that now requires mandatory hands-on CPR training in all High Schools and Charter Schools – grades 9-12. Hands-on CPR training is now a graduation requirement. This new law was enacted to help increase survival rates for victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, a major cause of death striking more than 1,000 persons/da...
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West Nile Virus Detected in LA, Riverside, and Kern Counties

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In case you missed it... it's official. The start of the summer West Nile Virus season has begun. Both the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health issued press releases late last week reporting the first human cases of 2018. Panic? no. Take action? YES. Keep repellents handy; find and remove standing water; and keep doors and windows screene...
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FIREWORKS SAFETY FOR PETS

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No matter where you celebrate our nation’s 242nd year of Independence, July 4th is the one holiday ALL pets hate. And while we know that ALL fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles – punishable by a hefty fine and a jail sentence- there are some persons, not realizing the devastating effects fireworks have on animals, who will break the law despite the best efforts of law enforcement and community aw...
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West Valley LAPD Volunteer Community Patrol Includes Lake Balboa Residents

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The recently launched West Valley LAPD Volunteer Community Patrol includes two Lake Balboa residents among the 18 volunteers announced during a special press conference held at West Valley LAPD headquarters on May 24. Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council (LBNC) board members Mary L Pennomon (left) and James Brown (right) stepped up to help make a difference in the quality of life in Lake Balboa. ...
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Turning Down the Volume on Party Houses

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L.A. City Council to impose new fines in crackdown on 'party houses' On Wednesday, February 21st, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to rein in out-of-control party houses in Los Angeles. The ordinance creates a series of escalating fines against the homeowners or those who rent from them, who use their homes for massive gatherings that disturb neighbors, block the public right-of...
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24 Years Later, the Lesson Remains the Same

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It was this week 24 years ago that residents of Los Angeles awoke to one of the most severe earthquakes to ever strike our region. The Northridge Earthquake resulted in 57 lives lost, over 8700 injuries, tens of billions of dollars in damage, and reminded us all of the precarious geography of our city. It was in the wake of this destruction and terrible loss that Los Angeles came together like ...
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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Retires Early Following Year of Scandal

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck will retire after nearly a decade at the helm, he announced today Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck will retire, he announced today. After serving 40 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, the city's top cop said he will step down in June. Beck oversaw major changes at the department during his tenure as well as some of the most dramatic moments...
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