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Reseda Neighborhood Council Meetings & Happenings
Monday, April 14, 2014
CD3 Field Office
19040 Vanowen St.
Environment & Recreation Committee
CD3 Field Office
19040 Vanowen St.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Senior Symposium Committee
ONEgeneration Senior Center
18255 Victory Blvd.
Economic Development Committee
18401 Sherman Way
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Reseda NC Outreach Committee
18401 Sherman Way
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A special thank you to all of our gracious hosts for our various meetings, including American Legion Hall, Aura’s Restaurant, 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 and more locations to come.
TWO BOARD VACANCIES FILLED AND THE NEW RESEDA NC
BOARD SWORN IN BY COUNCILMAN BLUMENFIELD
The new Board of the Reseda Neighborhood Council was sworn in officially on Monday April 7th by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.
A standing room crowd was there to welcome the new board and cast their votes to fill 2 remaining vacant seats. Nasim Bahadorani and Tamara Alcantara (pictured below) bring the number of elected Board members to a full slate of 15.
Kevin Taylor was re-elected as Chairman for an additional 2 year term, and Francis Piazza is the new Vice Chair, Spike Dolomite Ward returns as Secretary and Cyndy Pickel is the new Treasurer. Phil Merlin is the new Parliamentarian and Brandon Balderas is the new Sergeant-At-Arms.
We thank all those that attended and hope that they will continue to support the Reseda NC’s efforts to improve the quality of life in Reseda by joining one of the many active committees and volunteering some of their free time.
TREE TRIMMING IN RESEDA RESUMES THIS WEEKEND
COMMITTEE SEEKS FEEDBACK FOR STREETS, SIDEWALKS & TROUBLED TREES
Committee Chair Ken Erbeznik’s Report:
On Saturday April 12, 2014 city work crews will be trimming trees on both sides of Sherman Way beginning at Amigo in the early morning and working east to Lindley. The work will then continue on Sherman Way going west from Lindley back to Reseda Blvd. There will be no parking tow away signs from 6am to 4pm posted along both sides of this section of Sherman Way for Saturday April 12.
The following Saturday we can expect to see work crews beginning the work of trimming the trees on Baird Ave between Sherman Way and Wyandotte and in the adjacent city owned parking lots. The exact schedule has not yet been determined. This work will commence after all the sidewalk plane trees along Sherman Way and Reseda Blvds have been trimmed.
Follow up plans include the removal of dead and or diseased trees along Reseda Blvd, Sherman Way and a few other locations in Reseda. Additional plans include the removal or grinding of the stumps along Reseda Blvd and Sherman Way for future tree planting in the empty sidewalk tree wells. As this work is scheduled the locations and dates will be announced.
In addition we can expect to see asphalt repair crews working in downtown Reseda in the near future. The Reseda NC Transportation Committee has developed an implementation plan to use the small asphalt repair trucks in a manner that provides the greatest benefit to the most stakeholders as possible. The focus for repair will be high traffic streets and alleys that serve businesses, schools and churches. Locations and dates will be announced as developed.
The next transportation committee meeting will take place on Monday April 14, 2014 beginning at 6:30pm. The committee meets at Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s office located at 19040 Vanowen Street, Reseda, CA 91335. All stakeholders are welcome to attend.
I have a list of dead trees on Vanowen, Saticoy, and a few other streets that will be added to the list for removal. We have no date set for this work yet.
I have received several emails and text messages as a result of the email blast sent out Friday morning. So far most of the requests are for addtiTonal tree trimming or dead tree removal in residential areas. I am a little surprised at this. I thought it would be more evenly divided between street and sidewalk repairs and tree issues.
Ken Erbeznik, Phone 747.777.0292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEXT INSTALLMENT OF “CLAIM BACK THE SIDEWALKS” SATURDAY APRIL 19TH
The 4th month of the Claim Back The Sidewalks continues on Saturday, April 19. This is the second “Claim Back The Sidewalks” of the month and the fifth of this year. Join us on Saturday morning at 7:30 AM for sign in and coffee at the McDonald’s Parking Lot, 18761 Sherman Way as the Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB), the Reseda Neighborhood Council, Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s Office, West Valley LAPD, Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber, Reseda Is Awesome Block Club, and our neighborhood volunteers to “Claim Back The Sidewalks”, a community clean up.
Earlier this month, 130 Volunteers completed the clean up of the south side of Sherman Way between Reseda Blvd. and Wilbur Ave. and several of the streets south to Vanowen St. Project area for this upcoming CBTS will be to complete the north side of Sherman Way between Reseda & Wilbur.
Be sure to bring your gloves and energy.
2014 SENIOR SYMPOSIUM SIGN UPS BEGIN
On Saturday May 17, the 2014 Senior Symposium will be held at the ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center, 18255 Victory Blvd.
For those that have attended before, know it will definitely be a MUST-attend. If you are a Senior, Boomer or Senior Caretaker, you must put it on your calendar to attend. There will be great speakers and workshops on Healthy Aging, exhibitors for goods and services that may be of value to YOU, and Health Screenings.
In addition, those that register in advance can enjoy a Continental breakfast, a great healthy lunch, and raffle tickets. All of the above are at the great price of $0.00, yes that’s right, FREE.
Last year, all available registered slots were filled in advance, so it would be in your best interest to register ASAP to be sure of your spot. Call ONEgeneration at 818-705-2345
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY COALITION ON GANGS BRINGS ‘A SALUTE TO KIDS’ TO RESEDA PARK SATURDAY APR 12
On Saturday, April 12th, kids and families are invited to a celebration at the North End of Reseda Park. It kicks off at 10:00 Am and there will be a variety of activities including a parade through the neighborhood. Kids that participate will receive a free t-shirt and a ticket for free lunch and a chance to win a bicycle! For the parents that accompany them, various booths will be available providing information on programs and activities for their kids.
FREE BUSINESS WORKSHOP AND MIXER – USING CENSUS DATA TO TARGET MORE CUSTOMERS
If you own or manage a small business in Reseda this event is for you. On April 22, the Census Bureau will present some ways to use Census data to reach out and bring in more business to your place.
The doors will open at 5:30 PM at the Everest College at 18040 Sherman Way. Bring along a stack of business cards to pass out to those that attend and enjoy some refreshments while you circulate.
Please RSVP so we have enough goodies. email@example.com or 818-419-2513.
2014 BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL OPENING DAY PARADE & CELEBRATION
On April 12 the party begins with a parade from Louise Park, staring at 9:00 AM and the parade ends at Reseda Park at about 9:30 AM with the teams riding on floats.
The Ceremony begins at about 9:30 AM. It will be held on the “Dodger Dream Field”.
Trophies will be awarded to the best floats in different categories.
CLAIM BACK THE SIDEWALKS MARCHES ON INTO APRIL
The 4th month of the Claim Back The Sidewalks continues on Saturday, April 5. This month we will be meeting at the Bridge Bible Fellowship, 18644 Sherman Way. Registration and coffee begins at 7:30 and work begins at 8:00 AM, as the Bridge Bible Fellowship joins the Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB), the Reseda Neighborhood Council, Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s Office, West Valley LAPD, Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber and our neighborhood volunteers to “Claim Back The Sidewalks” clean up.
Last month, the Northwest corner of Reseda and Sherman way was the starting point and worked Westward. Previously, much of the South side of Sherman Way was attacked between Reseda Sherman Way, with the balance to be done this weekend. Come on out and join the party.
RIDE RESEDA RIDES TO EARTH DAY CELEBRATION IN TARZANA
Saturday, April 12 Earth Day for Tarzana @ the Tarzana Community Cultural Center and ride around Tarzana. Ride begins at CD3 office parking lot (Vanalden and Vanowen) at 9AM
People should call me on my cell on the day of rides.
Ride, Reseda Ride
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS BOOT CAMP, C.E.R.T., CPR, HAM LICENSE, AND MORE
On Saturday, April 12 and Sunday April 13, the CD3 Public Safety Committee will be holding a weekend Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Training. Normally this training is a 7 week evening course provided by the L.A.F.D. In this instance the course will be offered over a 2 day period to make it easier on all of you busy folks.
This will be a part of a boot camp on public safety that will include C.E.R.T., Emergency Communications (HAM), CPR and emergency food preparation training.
Registration Form http://www.123contactform.com/form-870414/CD3PSC-CERT-2-Day-Intensive
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, YOU, YOUR COMMUNITY
YOU AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
On Sunday, February 23, 47 Reseda stakeholders participated in a CPR/First Aid Training through the efforts of the Reseda Neighborhood Council’s Emergency Disaster and Community Safety Committee.
This is an ongoing project to prepare the folks that live work, own property or otherwise have a significant stake in Reseda to be prepared for the next disaster to hit Reseda. This may or may not be the huge earthquake that is long overdue according to the experts.
In the process, the EDCS Committee is encouraging YOU to participate in the following ways:
1. Prepare an evacuation and emergency plan that will prepare you to safely leave your home or place of business and includes a place to meet when separated, and an out of the area contact to leave messages for any that are separated.
2. Prepare your home with water & supplies for at least a week of survival if necessary.
3. Communicate with your neighbors (preferably your block or housing complex). Share a list of contact information that includes, home work and cell phone numbers, email addresses and any HAM or CB radio information that can facilitate communication.
4. Prepare a list of skills, equipment and supplies that would be available for any rescue or survival needs.
5. Share this with the Reseda NC’s EDCS Committee so that we can coordinate across the community.
The skills that may be vital for YOUR survival include, but are not limited to C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) training, CPR/First aid Training, other medical related skills, military or police experience, skills that involve construction or rescue equipment usage, communication skills such as HAM radio or CB, outdoor survival skills or any others that you think might be of value in a disaster situation.
As a start, the Reseda NC’s EDCS committee is compiling a list of those that have completed training in C.E.R.T., CPR/First Aid, and amateur radio licences.
If you have current or past training in any of these skills please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-419-2513 or join us at our next meeting on the 2nd Tuesday each month at the American Legion Hall, 7338 Canby Ave. at 7:00 PM. .March 11 is the next meeting.
Please include the approximate date of the last training in each area and your HAM license number.
Next EMERGENCY, DISASTER & COMMUNITY SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 pm at the American Legion Hall, 7338 Canby Ave.
FREE TAX HELP AT WEST VALLEY LIBRARY
Free Tax Preparation is available at the West Valley Library, 19036 Vanowen St.
Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted. This Free service is provided by the AARP Foundation every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM, until April 10.
FREE TAX HELP AT ONEGENERATION
Free tax preparation is available to Seniors, compliments of AARP at the
ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center
18255 Victory Blvd
Reseda, CA 91335
TUESDAY and FRIDAY 9:00 AM – Last appointment 2:00 PM
APPOINTMENTS - Adriana 818-705-2345
Walk-ins during afternoons only when time or workload permits
No steps, handicap accessible, ample parking
For those needing a Spanish speaking tax preparer can go to the Canoga Park AARP site:
7769 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91304
MONDAY and WEDNESDAY – 9:00 AM – Last return stated at 3:00 PM
WALK-IN ONLY. No phone service available.
No steps, handicap accessible, ample parking.
HOW WOULD YOU SPEND $7.2 BILLION?
MESSAGE FROM COUNCILMEMBER BLUMENFIELD:
The City of Los Angeles’s budget for everything we do is approximately $7.2 billion. We are facing a $242 million structural deficit entering the next fiscal year which begins on July 1. A “structural deficit” fundamentally means that our expenses (money going out) are outpacing our revenue (money coming in). Because the City can’t continue to live beyond its means, I need your input on what is most important as the Council faces the tough budget decisions this year.
Please know that I will continue my concerted efforts to make City government more efficient, cost effective, transparent and rooted in performance measures and metrics.
However, despite ongoing successes in this realm, and more expected, the budget choices we have to make cannot be completely averted.
Please take the survey at blumenfield.lacity.org/budget_survey to let me know your budget priorities, thoughts and concerns for the upcoming budget.
Councilmember Bob Blumenfield