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Reseda Neighborhood Council Meetings & Happenings
General Meetings for the month of September have been changed to the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. This is a temporary adjustment for the Labor Day Monday holiday. Next meeting will take place on September 22 at 7pm at Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s District Office.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Reseda NC Transportation Committee
Council District 3 Office
19040 Vanowen St.
Reseda NC Environment & Recreation Committee
Council District 3 Office
19040 Vanowen St.
Wednesday, September 17. 2014
Economic Development Committee
18401 Sherman Way
Reseda Vision Committee
Continental Art Supply
7041 Reseda Blvd.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Reseda Neighborhood Council General Meeting
Council District 3 Office
19040 Vanowen St.
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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.
RESEDA STUDENT TRAVELS TO THAILAND TO SAVE ELEPHANTS
This summer, Monica Figueroa, 19, of Reseda, CA spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Traveling with the Boston-based Loop Abroad, Monica was part of a small team that volunteered giving care at a dog shelter and then spent a week working directly with rescued elephants at an elephant sanctuary.
The Veterinary Service program brings students to Thailand for two weeks to volunteer alongside a staff veterinarian. For one week, students volunteer at the Animal Rescue Kingdom dog shelter in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The shelter is home to over 100 dogs who have been rescued after being abandoned, beaten, or abused. While the dogs can be adopted, any who aren’t will be cared for by the shelter for their whole lives.
While they learned what it’s like to be a veterinarian, students made a difference in the lives of these dogs. By providing check-ups and cleanings, diagnosing and treating ear and eye problems, taking and testing blood, administering vaccines, cleaning and treating wounds, and helping with sterilization surgeries, the students were able to help support the health and well-being of these dogs.
The group also spent one week at the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand to work hands-on with the animals and learn about animal rescue and conservation on a larger scale. The Elephant Nature Park is home to over 40 elephants who have been rescued from trekking, logging, or forced breeding programs. Many of them have been abused and suffer from chronic injuries. At the Elephant Nature Park, they are cared for by volunteers from all over the world. Students were able to feed, bathe, and care for elephants, as well as learning about their diagnoses alongside an elephant vet. The Elephant Nature Park is also home to over 400 dogs and 100 cats, as well as rabbits and water buffalo, and is sustained in huge part by the work of weekly volunteers like Monica.
Of her trip, Monica says, “Neutering a cat and dog was the most amazing experience I could have at the age 19. I definitely want to do this as my career in the future!” Monica is a student at Los Angeles Pierce Community College.
COUNCILMEMBER BLUMENFIELD OFFERS INTERNSHIPS TO HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS, APPLY NOW!
Would you or someone you know like to experience the work of a City Council office? The office of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield accepts interns year-round and is currently accepting applications for the fall semester.
Our internship program exposes students to district and legislative office operations and activities of a Councilmember’s work. These experiences include working with constituents, conducting community outreach efforts, assisting community based organizations, organizing civic events and projects, databases, staffing the office, and other activities.
Many legislators and senior policy staff began their careers as interns. Earlier this year, Councilmember Blumenfield wrote about the value of legislative internships at his blog.
Internships are invaluable to gain an understanding of our democratic process, as well as an excellent opportunity to create important networks while serving the community.
Internships are available to all part-time or full-time students 18 years of age or older. Interns will gain valuable education and work experience by through working with our office. All internship work is voluntary and students will not receive any monetary compensation. Depending on their college programs, students may also receive different types of school credit for participating as interns.
Qualified candidates will be invited for interviews and should apply by visiting http://blumenfield.lacity.org/intern_with_us.
NEXT INSTALLMENT OF ‘CLAIM BACK THE SIDEWALKS’ COMMUNITY CLEANUP COMING SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20
The ongoing Claim Back The Sidewalks series continues this month, on it’s usual day, the 3rd Saturday of the month. September 20, we will meet at 8AM and work together to cleanup Sherman Way heading West from Etiwanda. Mark your calendars today!
UNINTERRUPTED LA RIVER BIKE PATH FROM RESEDA TO CANOGA PARK HEADWATERS NOW OPEN!
After several announcements of various sections being opened along the way, the last leg of the LA River bike path that connects Reseda to Canoga Park, non-stop with no at-grade traffic crossing is now open!
‘RESEDA IS AWESOME’ BLOCK CLUB MEETS ON MONDAY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
LEGENDARY RESEDA ICON JIMMY ANGEL AND BAND RECOGNIZED BY SFV COALITION ON GANGS
Reseda legends, Jimmy Angel & The Jason Gutierrez 3 were presented with an award for their ongoing volunteer support for the SFV Coalition on Gangs Salute To Kids events. Pictured here with Bobby Arias, SFV COG President.
ARTIST CALL: RESEDA ARTIST STUDIO TOUR PLANNED
Attention artists and musicians within the Reseda area and surrounding- you’re invited to participate in the Reseda Studio Tour! Let the public meet you in your studios so they can see/hear your work. The tour will be on November 1 and is being produced by the Reseda Renaissance and Arts in Education Aid Council. Ticket proceeds will go to the Academy of Arts and Technology at Cleveland High School.
A map of the coverage area for the tour can be found here https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=202139161492154557125.0005016598b4bd70369ab&msa=0
For guidelines email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also find more information at the Reseda Renaissance Facebook Page
REVITALIZE RESEDA SEEKS COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR YEARLY CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT HOLIDAY DECORATIONS TRADITION
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.
CONSTRUCTION ON SHERMAN WAY: MAJOR MEDIAN REFRESH
If you noticed the work being done on the center median along Sherman Way, It is the beginning of the project to redo 10 medians from Crebs Ave to Etiwanda.
The initial step is to remove the current growth of grass, flowers and shrubs. Also all of the old electrical and irrigation materials will be removed. Later, these will be replaced and vegetation of a more native nature will be planted.
Be careful as you pass by as it it is a construction zone.
ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE BUSINESS OWNERS: SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING OFFERED
Thinking of starting a new business? Want to be your own boss? Need help getting your business off the ground?
ICON, Community Development Corporation, is offering a Self-Employment Training Program for those of you who think you want to own or start your own business.
Check it out at www.set-demo.com or call 800-951-7359
The SET program is a new program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA), which seeks to help unemployed workers start businesses in their fields and expertise.
SERVICES OFFERED BY SET
The SET program will offer a customized package of free self-employment training and other services to each participant. Each participant will also have a self-employment advisor, who will provide ongoing guidance and support.
Services may include the following:
|* Individualized business development support. This includes one-on-one guidance on the type of business that the participant is trying to establish.* Microenterprise classes and training. These can be on a variety of subjects, such as business planning, marketing, finance, and operations.||* Access to seed capital funding. All participants are eligible for a seed capital grant of up to $1,000 upon meeting certain milestones in opening a business.* Logistical support. Participants might have access to computers, office space, specialized consultants, and other resources.|
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