California’s 29th Congressional District is based in the Northeast San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. It includes the communities of Arleta, Granada Hills, Lake Balboa, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sun Valley, Sylmar, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, and the City of San Fernando.
Looking for a new best friend? Scooter is up for adoption at Best Friends Animal Society in Mission Hills.
Meet dashing Scooter! His favorite activities include running, playing and learning new tricks. He can take a bit of time to warm up to you, but once he does, it’s all love after that.
Think you and Scooter might hit it off? Shoot him an email at to set up a date!
Or, come visit him in person at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center (15321 Brand Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345). The Adoption Center is open every day from noon to 8pm. For more information, call 818-643-3989 or visit bestfriendsla.org.
In honor of its senior dogs and cats, Best Friends is holding a “Senior Prom” on April 30. Check out the lovely ladies and dapper gents—including Scooter!—in the running for King and Queen, and vote for your favorite here.
Pay with cash or even a personal check at the new machines
To help out the unfortunate drivers who’ve gotten tickets, LA Superior Court has added five new traffic ticket payment machines at courthouse locations throughout the county, so that if someone has to pay a ticket, they can at least avoid having to physically go into a courthouse to do it.
According to a release from the LA Superior Court’s Public Information Office, the new kiosks are available 24/7 to help people take care of a whole host of traffic transactions, most notably paying those pesky tickets as soon as possible.
Though people can already pay parking and traffic tickets online around the clock, the advantage of the kiosks is that they accept cash, personal check, and money order payments, which the online portal does not. Who doesn’t like options?
The kiosks will provide services in Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese, in addition to English. They’re installed at LA Superior Courts in Beverly Hills, Chatsworth, Van Nuys, West Covina, and the Metropolitan Courthouse. An LA Superior Court rep tells LAist that the machines were installed by a third-party vendor at no cost to the court, though they do charge a $3 fee for each transaction.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, artist Shepard Fairey, City Librarian John F. Szabo and L.A. Cultural Affairs General Manager Danielle Brazell were joined by students from the Downtown Magnets High School for the unveiling of L.A.’s first limited-edition, artist-designed library card today at the Central Library. The card launch concludes the library’s celebration of National Library Week.
Designed by artists Shepard Fairey and Cleon Peterson, the new library card is now available at all 73 locations of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL). The design features an illustration of the historic Central Library, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2016. Continue reading →
Los Angeles animal shelters’ save rates have reached unprecedented levels, but hundreds of animals have already been put down this year.
Los Angeles city animal shelters appear to be on their way to becoming “no-kill” facilities, with 84.3 percent of cats and dogs saved from being euthanized so far this year, according to figures released today by the Department of Animal Services.
Dogs were saved 86.3 percent of the time, while cats had a lower save rate of 79.2 percent, Animal Services Department officials said.
During the first three months of the year, 854 animals were euthanized, down from 1,226 in 2015.
The city’s latest overall save rate of 84.3 percent at its six shelters puts it near the 90 percent national standard used to designate shelters as “no-kill” facilities, according to Animal Services officials.
The overall rate is an improvement over the city’s 57.8 percent save rate in fiscal year 2011-2012, city officials said.
Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette attributed the reduced number of animal euthanizations in recent years to a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, which helps place dogs and cats into homes.
The city has “made steady progress towards saving the lives of thousands of orphaned pets,” Barnette said. “We are hopeful to have our best year of reducing shelters deaths and increasing the live save rate since establishing to become a no-kill city.”
The Mayor’s proposed City Budget has been released and will be reviewed by the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee during intensive hearings that begin on Wednesday, April 27th at 9 a.m. in the City Council chambers in City Hall.
The $8.76 million proposed Budget strives to increase efficiency and services in a variety of areas, begin the process of bringing civilians into LAPD’s ranks to allow more sworn officers to be on patrol, inject more muscle and compassion into the City’s attempt to deal with homelessness, and start a wholesale updating of Community Plans across Los Angeles, among many other things.
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