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Join special guests Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian, State Senators Ben Allen and Holly Mitchell, Council Members Mike Bonin and David Ryu, Stakeholders, and Concerned Residents for a forum on successful strategies on homelessness.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
7:00 pm

Harmony Gold Theater
7655 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Register at www.povertymattersusa.org

Free to Attend. Please donate what you can.

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With temperatures expected to exceed 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley today, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to conserve energy use where possible, while not jeopardizing their health and safety.

“During times of extreme heat, we strongly encourage customers to conserve electricity as long as it does not jeopardize their own health or the health of their pets,” General Manager Marcie Edwards said.

LADWP officials said energy demand on Thursday was the highest so far this year – 5,679 megawatts – and is expected to be about the same today. The all-time peak power demand was 6,396 megawatts, reached on Sept. 16, 2014. Power use in Los Angeles averages about 4,700 megawatts during the summer, and usually increases in late August through September. Continue reading

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More than 200 people die on LA streets each year, and most of those deaths happen on just six percent of streets.

Sitting at a desk in the middle of a Boyle Heights street, Mayor Eric Garcetti today signed an executive directive aimed at cutting traffic fatalities in the city to zero by 2025.

The directive calls for reaching the goal, dubbed “Vision Zero,” by creating safer streets, enforcing traffic laws and conducting more public education.

The mayoral action sets up a steering committee consisting of mayoral, police, fire, public works and county public health staff that will target areas most in need of safety upgrades. Those officials are to report back on Dec. 1 with suggestions for cutting traffic fatalities 20 percent by 2017. Continue reading

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Experience a run thru an actual, fully functioning LAPD training academy.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Los Angeles Police Davis Academy
12001 Blucher Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344

After the race enjoy:

  • LAPD static displays
  • SWAT, Bomb Squad, Motorcyles, Off-Roading Unit,
  • K-9, Air Support and more…
  • rock/wall climbing
  • face painting
  • jumpers
  • music and more…

Event details and schedule
All events start at 8:00am.

Check-in is from 6:00-7:45am on race day.

Please arrive early to ensure a parking spot at the race location.

Additional parking will be available at the Facey parking lot next door to Mission Police Station.

(A shuttle service will be available from the parking lot to the race location from 5:30-7:45am and after the race until 11:00am)

More info at http://www.active.com/granada-hills-ca/running/distance-running-races/mission-foot-pursuit-2015

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It was hailed as a modern makeover of an aging, inefficient way to bill customers. Instead, the new system at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power became a nightmare, spewing out thousands of faulty bills, some wildly inflated.

When upset customers called the utility for help, many languished on hold for a half-hour or more.

Nearly two years later, the utility announced Monday that it would credit or refund tens of millions of dollars to customers who were overbilled during the botched rollout, under a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement between the utility and aggrieved customers.

In all, the department says it billed $44 million in excessive charges after the system went into effect. DWP Chief Administrative Officer David Wright said the utility has already refunded or credited some of the money, reducing the sum still owed customers to $36 million.

Under the settlement, customers who were overbilled will get credit for the excessive charges. If they have closed their accounts, they will be mailed refund checks.

The utility says the vast majority of the billing credits and refunds will be small — around $10 or less — but customers will be made whole no matter how small the error. And the money will be returned even if a customer didn’t know there was a mistake.

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911 Dispatchers are being inundated with people calling because the fires in the Angeles National Forest and Simi Valley smell so close.

People around the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood Hills, Studio City and Mount Olympus are smelling smoke and calling 911 thinking there is a wildfire near them, says the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey.

However, it is just smoke from the Rustic and Cabin fires, says Humphrey. Humphrey urges people to seek a presence of flame if its safe to do so before calling 911.

A brush fire raced through dry vegetation in the hills north of Glendora today, scorching about 900 acres in the Angeles National Forest, destroying four cabins and sending thick smoke into the air. Continue reading

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Be the first to spot a Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair bus bench ad in the City of Los Angeles! Whoever sends the first email received at (based on the email timestamp) with a photo of the ad and the location (nearest intersection and city) of the bench in the photo will win a Mini Mystery Kit of EP Supplies. Will it be you? Keep your eyes open and you just might be the winner!

The 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Fire Station 87, 10125 Balboa Blvd., from 10:00 an to 2:00 pm. Info or to register: ValleyDisasterFair.com. To date, over 25 Neighborhood Councils have agreed to host Outreach booths at the Fair. Thank you!

Southern California Preparedness Foundation Board and Advisory Board members and employees of Martin Outdoor Media and their immediate families are excluded from participation in this contest.

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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has proposed a 5-year water and power rate action that provides funding to accelerate the replacement of aging infrastructure, better protect against drought conditions, and meet water and power supply mandates while improving customer service. The proposed rates are also designed to further incentivize conservation while keeping LADWP’s rates low in comparison with nearby utilities.

LADWP presented the Water and Power Rates Request 2016-2020 to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners during a special meeting Wednesday, kicking off a four-month outreach effort to inform L.A. residents, businesses, and stakeholder groups about the rates proposal and get their input.  The process follows an agreement LADWP has with Neighborhood Councils and other key business and community stakeholders to provide a 120-day review period prior to adoption of new rates.  Continue reading

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