The Valley Disaster Preparedness Team, in conjunction with the Southern California Preparedness Foundation, is already planning the next Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair, which will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills.

As you know, preparing the community for disasters is key to our survival when an earthquake or other disaster becomes reality. Last year, EmpowerLA, Neighborhood Councils, and other supporters came together to host the 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair. The Fair educated and informed attendees in an enjoyable manner and 1,000 families left with free Emergency Preparedness Starter Kits containing basic items and educational material to jumpstart their preparedness efforts. Attendees enjoyed a free lunch as well. If you missed the Fair, this video will give you a good idea of what it’s all about.

In this year’s Fair we’ll bring back the favorite events and demonstrations, including the Red Cross Shakey-Quakey Schoolhouse and Children’s Safety Puppet Show, sidewalk CPR instruction, safety demonstrations from DWP and the Gas Company, the Speakers Series, and we’ll add new features as well.

We sincerely appreciate the support and participation of the Neighborhood Councils and EmpowerLA in helping all our stakeholders get prepared for disasters.

The 9th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills. Online registration begins July 1. A Save The Date flyer can be downloaded here. For more details, visit www.ValleyDisasterFair.com or contact Bill Hopkins, Valley Disaster Preparedness Team Chair at .

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This week, Councilmember Englander submitted a resolution to the Los Angeles City Council calling for the California Public Utilities Commission to investigate the unusual rate increases experienced by SoCal Gas customers this month across Los Angeles County.

Affected constituents have reported receiving SoCal Gas bills 4 to 6 times higher than their usual rate for this time of year. There is concern among constituents that the unusually large increases in the billed amount are either improperly linked to the ongoing natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility or due to a flaw in new “Advanced Meters” which electronically transmit gas usage data to SoCal Gas.

This bill spiking comes at a time when SoCal Gas is experiencing a major disaster at its Aliso Canyon facility. Councilmember Englander does not believe that these two incidents are not related. It appears that the entire Los Angeles basin is now feeling the effects of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak.

If you would like to file a complaint with the CPUC you can call the complaint line at 800-649-7570 or email . There is also an online complaint form available at https://appsssl.cpuc.ca.gov/cpucapplication/.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fernangeles Recreation Center
8851 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Sun Valley, CA 91352


  • Valid Photo ID.
  • Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for each family member and working adult.
  • W-2s, 1099s, 1098s and other forms. (If any)
  • Childcare provider name, address and tax ID, if applicable.
  • Bank Routing and Account numbers for checking or savings accounts.

For more information contact Rep. Cárdenas’ office at (818) 781-7407 or email 

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Please join us at the 2nd Annual Lunar New Year Festival on the LA Waterfront, held on Saturday, February 6, 2-7 p.m. at the Downtown Harbor in San Pedro (Harbor Blvd. and 6th Street)

Join us for unforgettable activities, compliments of the Port of Los Angeles:

• Cultural Entertainment
• Lion Dancers
• Crafts
• Petting Zoo
• Food
• Fireworks Finale
Click here for 2016 Lunar New Year Festival flier


2:00 p.m.

  • Festival, booths, and activities officially open
  • Tai Chi Demonstration with Angie
  • Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center Folk Dancers
  • Magic with Fantastick Patrick
  • Japanese Cultural Dancers
  • Korean Dance Academy of Los Angeles Folk Dancers
  • Dragon Martial Arts Demonstration
  • Lion Dancers (Tentative)
  • Kokoro Taiko Kai of Long Beach (Japanese Drumming)

7:00 p.m. Fireworks Finale
7:15 p.m. Festival Closes

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Mission Hills Neighborhood Council Board Election Update

The deadline to register as a candidate has been extended!

Online submissions end at 11:59 pm on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Register at http://empowerla.org/nccr

More information at http://empowerla.org/candidate-registration-how-to-file

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Volunteers: Have you been told that you are a good listener? Are you usually the one to comfort your friends and family in difficult times? Do you want make a difference in someone’s life? The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team is looking for kind and compassionate Angelenos to join our team.

Description: Members of the Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, traffic fatalities, officer involved shooting, death notification, infant deaths, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents.

Notes on Application and Training: The training program is 9-weeks (6 hours a week, twice a week between 6pm and 9pm, at the Los Angeles, Police Administrations Building. This training provides volunteers with information, training and support to be able to respond to crisis situations as a member of the CRT. We require volunteers to be on-call 36 hours a month, to be deployed within their respective bureaus. A minimum of a one year commitment is required. You must be 21 years of age to apply.

Please contact: with any questions.

Follow the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team on Facebook and Twitter @LA_CRT

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Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Xerox for the launch of Go LA, a transportation app that provides detailed information on every available mode of getting around the Los Angeles region.

Watch the Go LA App video, which highlights a significant step in improving safety for people who walk, roll, bicycle, use transit and drive on our streets. This is the first app in the nation which will be able to compare multi-provider trip itineraries, i.e., trips that combine arbitrary modes of transportation including personal (car, walk, bike), shared (ZipCar, bikeshare, etc.), ride hailing (Uber, Lyft, taxis, etc.) and public (bus, subway, train, etc.) options. Even parking information is included! It provides a higher level of transparency and allows people to make more knowledgeable decisions about how they travel.

To download and learn more please visit GoLAapp.com

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Come join us at the Los Angeles Fire Department Career Expo on January 30th from Saturday, noon to 4pm at LAFD Drill Tower 81, 14355 Arminta Street, Panorama City, CA 91402

Register today and call the LAFD Firefighter Recruitment Section at (213) 893-9899 for more information. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lafd-career-expo-tickets-20730638899

The LAFD is about more than fighting fires. You’ll be able to take advantage of career opportunities as diverse as our city. Come and learn about what we do from active firefighters and paramedics. You can try on equipment, learn about tests and requirements, and familiarize yourself with the department.

Visit JOINLAFD.ORG for more information about a career with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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