Reseda Neighborhood Council Meetings & Happenings

December 1, 2014

6:30 PM
Reseda Neighborhood Council General Meeting
Council District 3
19040 Vanowen St.

Open seat on Reseda NC Board can be filled at this meeting. Are you interested in making Reseda A better place?  See below for more info.

December 2, 2014

6:00 PM
Planning & Land Use Management Committee
West Valley Police Station Community Room
19020 Vanowen St.
Here’s the agenda <—click to open as PDF

If you are interested in new development projects proposed for Reseda, then this is the committee for you!


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. 

Dear Friends,

Very sad news came to Reseda, and the world, today. Nancy Sweeney, the President of Revitalize Reseda, has passed away. 

Nancy has wrapped her arms around the community of Reseda in a way that may never be matched by any efforts again. The love, care and energy she has put into the revitalization of a neighborhood that has struggled over the years will be an eternal legacy of great achievement to be celebrated, and going forward hers will be a truly profound loss. 

Among so many individual efforts Nancy has made in our community, she was a major catalyst in turning the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life into one of Reseda’s most important annual events. Ultimately, Nancy lost her own battle with cancer, but along the way there are countless people who have been able to take advantage of the services and opportunities the American Cancer Society provides because of her efforts to help raise awareness, and the over $100,000 cumulatively raised toward fighting the terrible disease.

As you drive through the central business district at night on Sherman Way and Reseda Blvd. throughout this holiday season, take a moment to notice the annual holiday decorations lit up to bring a sense of joy into our neighborhood and join us in being extraordinarily grateful for the incredible work she did to assure this tradition continued year after year. This is a bright and illuminated remembrance of Nancy’s commitment to improving the quality of life in Reseda. Nancy’s passion for volunteerism and her ability to inspire Reseda to believe in a revitalized future is a truly wonderful gift that our new generation of community volunteers will strive to emulate for years to come. We are deeply saddened by her loss and immeasurably grateful for her dedication and years of service to our community.

Let’s honor Nancy’s legacy by raising our level of dedication to a fully Revitalized Reseda and accomplish all that she imagined for it. 

In remembrance,
Kevin Taylor
on behalf of the Reseda Neighborhood Council


The annual display of Holiday Decorations in the Reseda Downtown business district once again graces Sherman Way and Reseda Blvd. This year the decorations have been spruced up to include a red garland newly purchased by local non-profit, Revitalize Reseda.

Special thanks to Revitalize Reseda who have matched all contributions from the community, for all costs associated with hanging the decorations.

The following local benefactors pitched in by contributing to Revitalize Reseda:

Platinum Sponsor ($1000 and over)

The Discovery House

Platinum Sponsor ($500-$999)

Majestic Investments, LLC

Traders Loan & Jewelry

Gold Sponsors ($250-$499)

H & M Appliances

Jacques Hakimi and Century 21 Valley Properties,

Lorenzen Angeleno Mortuary, Mike Volante, The Anchor,, Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC) Veronica Perez, Walt & Nancy Sweeney

Silver Sponsors ($150-$249)

Abode Communities, Advance Loan & Jewelry, Cary Iaccino, Central Valley Builders Supply

Gene Zdenek M.D.- Valley Multi- Specialty Surgery Center Inc., Harold Longanecker, Kevin Taylor,

Magnolia Science Academy-Reseda, McDonalds – Reseda, Wells Fargo Bank – Reseda Branch

Bronze Sponsor ($100-$149

Admiral Carpet Cleaning, City Dental Group

Continental Art Supplies, Cyndy Pickel, Kennedy Lock & Key, Lee Smith, Leon’s Transmission

Lifestyle Upholstery & Drapes, Northridge Care Center, NR Accounting, The B.A.R Studio, The Great Wall

Copper Sponsor (Under $100)

A & A Tire & Wheel, Ace Auto Tuning, Advanced Communications, Allen’s Flower Market , American Pizza, Big T Express, Bombay Motor Sports

Carniceria Corona X Market, Fabkutz Barber Shop

Leon’s Body & Paint, Mary Mc Mannes, Mil Futbol Rienda Deportiva, Nyla Whitehill, Padco Auto Parts, Reseda Janitorial Supplies, Reseda Pharmacy, Reseda Printing, Rob Vogel, Sam Auto Service, Shannon Blair, Sherman Way Fabric (Milan Gallery), Saul’s Brake Supply, Smogsters, The Olvera Insurance Company, The Pony Shop, Tile & Stone Connectiion, Tip Top TV, Total Control Insurance Services, Total Control Travel & Tours,

Valerie Metz, Wayne & Betty Wright.

Illuminating these main boulevards in Reseda with holiday cheer stemmed from the effort of longtime Reseda resident, Harold Longanecker, who approached the Reseda Neighborhood Council to bring the tradition he remembers growing up back  to the neighborhood in 2006. Reseda NC boards for years have continued to partner with the community to execute this annual tradition.



Phil Merlin, a founding member and the longest serving Reseda Neighborhood Council Board Member has resigned his position on the Board. This, however, provides an opportunity for a stakeholder in Reseda to become a member of the Board. In accordance with the bylaws an election will be held on December 1, 2014 to fill the vacant seat in the category of At-Large Stakeholder Boardmember, which means that anyone that fits the description of stakeholder is eligible. A stakeholder is one that lives, work, owns property or business or participates on a regular basis in an organization within the Reseda Neighborhood Council Boundaries..

Two other seats are now vacant on account of the resignation of Spike Dolomite Ward and Brandon Balderas, and will be up for election at the general meeting on December 15, 2014.

The vacancies are in the categories of (1)At-Large Stakeholder seat which means that anyone that fits the description of stakeholder is eligible. A stakeholder is one that lives, work, owns property or business or participates on a regular basis in an organization within the Reseda Neighborhood Council Boundaries and (1) Residential Boardmember Stakeholder seat which means Stakeholders who live within the RNC boundaries and who are at least 18 years of age or older.

If YOU have an interest in the future of Reseda, YOU might be the right person to join the Reseda NC Board!


This is some pretty great news for Reseda. With huge thanks to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and his staff (particularly John Popoch and Safi Lodin), a Motion was filed by the Councilmember to act to formally dedicate and rename the section of land between Aliso Creek and Crebs Ave. stretching from Sherman Way to Vanowen (aka “The Crebs Project”) as the “LAPD Officer James C. Beyea Memorial Walk”.

Next step in the process is that it will be heard by the City Council’s Public Works Committee before hopefully being recommended to the full City Council for a final vote.

A major thank you to every single person (and there have been hundreds) who gave volunteer hours to transform this space into a community asset.

Officer Beyea, a Reseda resident, was shot and killed in the line of duty in June 1988. Reseda resident and current LAPD Sergeant Walter Hanna has been at the helm for years of this effort to transform this community space and honor his fallen brother with this memorial.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress!



Kick off your holiday shopping by stopping by the Holiday Boutique that benefits the Senior Center’s programs and classes. Hand made crafts, gifts and much more are available from unique vendors with one of a kind merchandise.

Saturday, November 22, 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM at the ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center, 18255 Victory Blvd.



On December 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the Community Room of the West Valley Police Station, The Reseda NC PLUM (Planning & Land Use Management) Committee will hold a meeting in order to advise the appropriate City agencies on the community’s advice regarding these proposed 3 developments.

At this meeting the projects will be presented by the developers and responses from neighbors and other concerned stakeholders will speak for or against the motion. The Committee will vote to recommend to the full RNC Board whether to vote in favor or against.

The projects are:

Construction of 8 family homes at 18730 Vanowen St.

Construction of 30 unit Apartment complex at 18711 Sherman Way

Construction of 14 homes at 19149 Saticoy St.

Click here for the Agenda


You may have seen work being done on 2 vacant properties that were owned by the defunct CRA located at 18124 and 18210 Sherman Way. These buildings that have been a magnet for graffiti vandalism and the homeless since they were cleared for a possible construction project several years ago.

Los Angeles has received an OK from the State of California to ask for Request For Proposal from prospective purchasers of the property.

The RFPs are a way for the City to determine the purchaser based on price and proposed development. The buildings will be torn down and this will clear the way for some development to take place.

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield will be appearing at an upcoming Reseda Neighborhood Council Meeting to fill us in on the details.


Black Friday is the day when the mega-stores and shopping malls entice you to participate in their sales and people wait in line for days (and even weeks?!) to be sure to get the deals. Sometimes overlooked are the smaller businesses that make up the bulk of our Reseda shopping opportunities.

Shop Small Saturday is a program that promotes the small business community. The SHOPRESEDA Card program promotes this the year round. Businesses that are in the SHOPRESEDA Card program offer a special or discounted price any day when the card is presented.

Before you battle the crowds at the malls and big retailers, consider using the Reseda Business Directory to find a small retailer that can provide you with what you need without the hassle. You can access it at

Check the businesses that you can use your SHOPRESEDA Card to get the best price.

What, don’t have a SHOPRESEDA Card? Many locations have them on display and available. The Directory also begins the listing with the word Cards if they have them available.

If you own a business in Reseda and are not listed in the Directory and/or wish to include your own discount or special price please contact Garth Carlson at 818-419-2513 or

As an added bonus, approximately 45 cents out of each dollar stays or is returned to Reseda when you spend your money here, but not if you spend it elsewhere.

Consider that Tuesday is the 25th of the month and we urge you take advantage and spend $25 in one or more places in Reseda.


The Annenberg School of Nursing is now accepting applications for all three of its nursing programs: vocational nurse, nurse assistant, and home health aide.The vocational nurse (VN) program is designed to prepare students for the NCLEX-PN® licensing examination. The 12-month, full-time program includes classroom and skills lab instruction as well as clinical training at local hospitals and other sites. The program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) and accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Beginning in October, ASN will host Open House events to provide comprehensive information about the VN program. The next Open Houses are scheduled for November 18th and December 2nd. Classes start April 2015.The 22-day nurse assistant (NA) program focuses on all aspects of patient care. The program is designed to prepare students for passage of a state certification examination.

The home health aide (HHA) program trains students to help people who are elderly, disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. Home health aides assist with activities such as bathing and dressing, and provide other services, such as light housekeeping. The five day (40 hours) program will meet Monday through Friday from 6:45 AM to 3:15 PM. Enrollment for ASN’s nurse assistant and home health aide programs are ongoing. The Annenberg School of Nursing is a program of the Los Angeles Jewish Home and is located on the Home’s Hirsch Family Campus in Reseda. All programs feature small class size and low tuition. Interest-free deferred loans are available for those who qualify in the vocational nurse and nurse assistant programs. In addition, financial aid is available to those who qualify. For more information about programs at the Annenberg School of Nursing, please contact Cindy Thomas at 818-757-4431 or visit our website at

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