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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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Judge Denies County’s Bid To Block Aliso Canyon Restart

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The ruling paves the way for Gas Co. to restart operations at Aliso Canyon, which was closed down following a catastrophic leak. Los Angeles County lost its bid Friday for a court order blocking the re-start of natural gas injections at the Aliso Canyon storage facility in Porter Ranch, the site of the largest methane leak in U.S. history. State regulators announced last week that injections c...
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ILLEGAL FIREWORKS… WHO CARES?… YOUR NEIGHBORS

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ALL fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles. In our Lake Balboa Community, everyone is urged to have a SAFE and FUN Fourth of July season. Instead of risking life and limb, please celebrate by visiting one of the more than 30 professional fireworks shows across the region. Both LAPD and LAFD officials warned that all fireworks are dangerous, especially to children. They also warned residents not ...
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Plan to Attend: “How to Survive an Active Shooter” Event

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According to the FBI, the number of sudden mass shootings in the U.S. has nearly tripled in recent years.  In 2015, there was only 1 week where there was NOT a mass killing. By the way, these mass shooting statistics do not include shootings tied to gangs or drugs. FBI officials found that: 70% of the active shooters attacked in schools, shopping malls or workplaces. 60% happened so fast that they...
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Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council Hosting a Free Community CPR/AED and First Aid Training Class

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Saturday, February 18th at 10:am If you are a parent, grandparent, babysitter, or any other caregiver, we invite you to take part in the Free Community CPR/AED and First Aid training class hosted by the Health & Public Safety Committee of your Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council. This training class is especially designed to provide CPR/AED, First Aid and Choking relief training for Infants, ...
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Active Shooter Preparedness at Our Upcoming Health & Public Safety Committee Meeting

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In today’s world, we know that bad things can and do occur anywhere despite precautions taken. They can occur at airports, schools, colleges/universities, night clubs and shopping malls – in our country or abroad. One of the most publicized incidents involves an active shooter incident. An active shooter’s intent is to kill as many innocent people as possible. In 2015, there was only 1-week that a...
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Illegal Fireworks Impact Survey

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The KutTheKaBoom Fireworks Reduction Campaign To take the survey and express your views, please go to: http://www.kutthekaboom.com/home-1.html Please help us understand this important issue and how it impacts area residents.  Survey results will be posted on our site and shared with elected officials and police and fire department staff. To get more information or to find out how you can help ...
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100 & Counting – Lake Balboa NC Offers Free Community CPR Training

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Every day, more than 1,000 persons fall victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Unfortunately more than 90% of victims do not survive the trip to the hospital. A major reason is the critical lack of people trained to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) – one of the simplest yet most important life skills that a person can learn. “Using CPR in the critical time before EMT’s & Paramedics arrive...
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Breaking: Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Temporarily Controlled

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A relief well has reached the Southern California Gas Co. well that has been leaking since October, forcing the evacuation of thousands. Signaling that relief is in sight for thousands of residents in Porter Ranch, Southern California Gas Co. crews temporarily controlled the leak of natural gas today from the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility well that has been spewing gas since late October. Acco...
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Preparing Your Home For El Niño

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What is El Niño? El Niño is a warming of the Pacific Ocean near the equator caused by a weakening of the trade winds that normally push sun-warmed waters to the west. When ocean temperatures are warmer or cooler than normal, they can affect weather around the world. In the United States, El Niño often changes typical weather patterns and could bring drier conditions to some areas and intense rain...
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Holiday Message: No Cooking Grease in Drains

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In preparation for the holidays, L.A. Sanitation is asking people not to pour fats, oils, and grease down the drain. This can be damaging not only to pipes in the home, but also to outside sewer lines. LA Sanitation is now accepting household fryer oil for recycling at our S.A.F.E. Centers. The oil will be recycled for fuel and energy. Pouring oil down the kitchen sink or drains can clog up ...
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