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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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SoCal Edison Investigated for its Possible Role in CA Wildfires

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Fire Investigators may be looking at the role Southern California Edison utilities could have played in the region's wildfires. Southern California Edison on Tuesday said it believes fire officials are investigating the company for its possible role in the catastrophic wildfires raging across the region. About 250,000 acres have been burnt by multiple wildfires since last week, triggering some...
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Dr. Nordella’s Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Study Town Hall Meeting – Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Many North Valley community members were gravely impacted by the Aliso Canyon gas facility disaster of 2015, and many continue to experience unexplained health ailments.  After many failed promises of a meaningful health impact study, Dr. Jeffrey Nordella, a local medical doctor, stepped up to the plate and decided to undertake the study by himself.  He set up an arrangement with an out-of-state l...
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The Sidewalk Repair Program Environmental Review Has Begun

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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 t...
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Update: Sepulveda Basin Clean-Up

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We would like to thank LA Sanitation, Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, the Los Angeles Police Department (Valley Bureau, HOPE Team, and Off Road Unit Officers), Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers for their coordinated efforts to help restore the storm wat...
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