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Reseda Neighborhood Council Meetings & Happenings

Monday, August 25, 2014
Spend $25 on 25th in Reseda

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
6:30 PM
Liaison/Beautification Committee
West Valley LAPD Community Room
19020 Vanowen St.
Reseda, CA 91335

Monday, September 1, 2014
Labor Day.

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Our website continues to have new and updated information about YOUR Reseda community. This week, the latest Special Edition of SHOPRESEDA Card and Spend $25 on the 25th specials at about 200 Reseda Locations was posted. Also the Reseda Business Directory has been updated and has lots of information to help you shop in Reseda.

A special thank you to all of our gracious hosts for our various meetings, including American Legion Hall, Aura’s Restaurant, Cleveland High School, Continental Art Supplies, Reseda Park Rec Center, St. Catherine of Siena School and Parish Auditorium, VEDC Business Source Center, City Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s District Office, West Valley LAPD Station, Athenian Grill, West Valley Public Library and more locations to come. 


ASSEMBLYMEMBER MATT DABABNEH PARTNERS WITH
MILLION TREES LA TO GIVEAWAY FREE FRUIT TREES IN RESEDA

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BUSINESS WORKSHOP A SUCCESS; CONTACT THE CENSUS BUREAU

On Wednesday a group of folks from our business community got together with Luz Castillo of the U.S. Census Bureau as she presented some of the many tools that are available on the census.gov website and ways to utilize the info to market the goods and or services that your organization provides to the community.

The Census Bureau continually does surveys to supplement the Census that is done every 10 years.

They are available to present to your organization if you are interested. Contact Luz at luz.m/Castillo@census.gov or 818-267-1738 .


NEWS ON RESEDA BUSINESS CORRIDOR FROM CITY COUNCILMEMBER BOB BLUMENFIELD

reprinted from CM Blumenfield’s facebook page on 8/21/14:

In an important step, the CRA/LA Designated Local Authority today approved the Long Range Property Management Plan for nine Los Angeles sites, including 3 crucial parcels in Reseda. The approved plan will help to spur much needed economic development in the West Valley while ensuring that projects on the Reseda sites are in line with the needs of the community.

The next step is for the State Department of Finance to sign off on the plan. As part of my continued efforts to stay one step ahead of this process at every juncture, earlier this week I went to Sacramento to speak with key state officials about this. I’m hopeful that this is the start of something great in Reseda, and I thank the Designated Local Authority for their vote today.


RESEDA NC JOINS VICA ‘VALLEY ON TRACK’ COALITION TO ADVOCATE FOR METRO RAIL PROJECTS IN THE VALLEY

Your Reseda Neighborhood Council recently took the step of becoming the first Neighborhood Council to join as a coalition partner with the Valley Industry and Commerce Association’s (VICA) ‘Valley On Track’ initiative.  Find more information here: http://www.valleyontrack.org/

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FREE WIFI NOW AT RESEDA PARK AS PART OF PILOT PROGRAM

The City of Los Angeles has launched a new program at 6 of its Recreational Park Facilities. FREE WIFI is now available at Reseda Park as part of a pilot program.

The free service, dubbed “Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi,” is being backed financially by Toyota and will be available at designated “hot spot” areas at Cabrillo Beach, Echo Park Lake, Griffith Observatory, Pershing Square, Reseda Park and Venice Beach.

In conjunction with the pilot project, the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks will also introduce a mobile website, m.laparks.org, where park visitors can make service requests that will go directly to the department’s construction and maintenance division.

Read more on the program here: http://www.postperiodical.com/free-wifi-comes-reseda-park-five-other-city-parks/


WATER CONSERVATION TIPS WHILE IN A DROUGHT

As California continues to weather through the drought, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Water Conservation Response Unit (WCRU) is stepping up public education and enforcement of the water conservation ordinance with three additional staff members and specially marked vehicles. The additional staff has already begun patrolling the city of Los Angeles for water waste and responding to tips provided by phone, email and through social media.

LADWP’s General Manager Marcie Edwards says, “The WCRU will help remind customers about our watering restrictions, the importance of saving water, and enforce the ordinance in a friendly yet firm way.”  She adds, “They are also great sources of information on how to become more water efficient in your home and outdoors, where about half of all water is used.”

L.A. is currently in Phase 2 of the mandatory water conservation ordinance. This phase prohibits the following uses of water in Los Angeles:

  • Watering more than 3 days a week. Odd addresses may water with sprinklers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Even addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Absolutely no watering on Saturdays.
  • Watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Watering more than 8 minutes per station.
  • Watering of any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking areas, except for sanitary purposes.
  • Outdoor watering during periods of rain.
  • Allowing runoff onto streets and gutters from excessive watering.
  • Allowing leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired.
  • Washing vehicles without using a hose with a self-closing water shut-off nozzle.

Through conversations or informational materials, the WCRU will first educate water wasters about the ordinance and prescribe corrective measures. Repeat violators are subject to monetary fines, from $100-$300 for residential customers and $200-600 for commercial customers.

From January through June 2014, the WCRU has received 1,400 reports of ordinance violations, 863 resulted in warnings or citation letters. However, no fines have yet been assessed. According to Rick Silva, the supervisor of the WCRU, “We don’t expect to issue a lot of fines because people understand the drought but simply don’t know about the ordinance. After our interaction with them, they are usually able to correct the violation and comply with the ordinance.”  This approach worked well in previous years when LADWP used a small team to enforce the ordinance.  From 2009 through 2012, 9,000 warnings were issued and only 300 monetary fines were imposed while water use dropped over 20 percent citywide.

Overall water use in Los Angeles is down. Since the last drought in 2007, L.A. has reduced its water use by 17 percent. Following the state’s call for more water conservation, water use in Los Angeles in July 2014 fell 4.4 percent compared to the same month last year despite a 2.6 degree increase in temperature. Today, L.A. water customers as a whole use the same amount of water as they did 40 years ago despite the rise in population.

To report water waste to the WCRU, residents may email waterwaste@ladwp.com or call  1-800-DIAL-DWP. To learn more, visit www.ladwp.com/waterconservation.


ARE YOU ON NEXTDOOR.COM YET?

Check out the recent article in the LA Times “Nextdoor, A Free Social Network Site, Links Neighbor to Neighbor”

http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-nextdoor-20140628-story.html

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