The Mission Hills Neighborhood Council Board of Governors needs your help in participating more actively with the neighborhood council.

Your feedback and advice helps in framing the discussions and policies of the council. It is imperative that you participate in this process, otherwise, decisions tend to be made by a few people instead of a more broader stakeholder base.

We encourage all of you who have been reading our newsletters to sign-up for our weekly email calendar. It’s simple and convenient at www.mhnconline.org. Click on the “Join our Email List” tab and type in your contact information.

You can participate by attending meetings as a stakeholder or by participating on any of the committees that comprise the board. Mission Hills is your community, your home, and your voice should be heard.

Specific Needs Awareness Planning (S.N.A.P)- voluntary disaster registry website for Los Angeles County

For millions of Los Angeles County residents who have access and functional needs including those relating to physical, medical, sensory, cognitive or age-related conditions; disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires or floods will present a real challenge.

Disasters can strike at any time and without warning. To better prepare County residents for these and other types of disasters, the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announced the launch of the Specific Needs Awareness Planning (S.N.A.P.) voluntary disaster registry.

The S.N.A.P. registry is an Internet-based system that allows residents to provide information, which will be kept confidential, to public safety officials about their access or functional needs. S.N.A.P. does not guarantee priority response to registrants, it assists emergency response officials in planning and responding to the requirements of people with access and functional needs during a disaster by integrating database and mapping technology together.

S.N.A.P. was developed by the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Affairs in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, Chief Executive Office, Office of Affirmative Action Compliance, Community and Senior Services, Fire, Health Services, Internal Services, Mental Health, Public Health, Public Social Services, Public Works and Sheriff, cities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, and non-profit organizations such as American Red Cross and Emergency Network Los Angeles.

TO REGISTER FOR S.N.A.P., go to http://snap.lacounty.gov and click on “Register Now.” Registrations can be made on an individual basis or as a group. Those individuals who do not have access to the Internet or may require additional assistance can ask a family member, friend or caregiver to register for them.

submitted by Fred Ginsburg

DONE is finally catching up on their reporting. A few days ago they posted our more recent activity. For the longest while, DONE had only reported up to Aug 24. Now, they are close to being current.

In terms of our Demand Warrants, DONE is up to date. Payments did go out in Sept for the newsletter, and the projectionist services for Movie in the Park. Thrifty Answering Service received two payments; DONE will not pay them for services in advance, but is paying their invoices month by month. The system seems to be working.

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To help residential customers save energy and money, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will increase many of its rebates for the most energy efficient appliances and home improvement products on the market.

Starting October 1, 2010, LADWP will raise rebate amounts for qualifying high efficiency central air conditioners, pool pumps and motors, dual pane Energy Star® windows, and recycling old refrigerators. In addition, LADWP is adding two new products that are eligible for rebates: whole-house fans and cool roofs, both of which help keep your home cooler and reduce your air conditioning costs.

“We want our customers to get the very most for their money and help them to conserve energy,” said Lorraine Paskett, Senior Assistant General Manager, LADWP Sustainability Programs and External Relations. “These raises in rebate amounts are an invitation to embrace energy efficiency, save money and help the environment all at once.”

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It’s our goal to make this website as helpful as possible to our Mission Hills stakeholders. Therefore, we are excited to let you know about some new pages on our website, located under the Resources tab above.

Want to know when the Post Office is open? Where your nearest library is? How to contact your local elected government officials? Those are just some of the things you can find in the Resources section of our website.

–Webmaster Aaron

Friends say you cook like a top chef. Now find out whether your home kitchen earns an “A” for restaurant-level cleanliness standards, too.

Using the A, B, C grading system similar to the one posted in restaurant windows, the county’s Department of Public Health lets you take an online “Home Kitchen Self-Inspection” and then scores the test to show where your kitchen’s standards are high—or not.

After submitting the test, you’ll get a letter and number grade, along with suggestions on how to correct any “violations.”

The test is intended to increase your understanding of day to day food safety issues, especially areas you may have long overlooked.

The 44 mostly yes-or-no questions range from super-basic (“My refrigerator is working properly”) to the tougher (“I wash and sanitize my sponge daily and replace it routinely when soiled.”) The test questions aren’t exactly the ones food inspectors use to grade restaurants, but they are adapted from the same state Health and Safety Code regulations.

Before the quiz, you’re required to answer several personal questions, such as your city, age range and gender. You’re also asked a series of questions that the department’s director, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, says are designed to “help us enhance our domestic food safety outreach efforts.”

If you score 90 percent or better, the public health department will mail you an “A” grade inspection card to display proudly in your kitchen.

And, in case you don’t feel like cooking tonight, here’s the department’s grading list for retail establishments.

Would you like to help the City of Los Angeles better prepare for emergencies?

Take the survey before Sept. 28, 2010 at http://www.piersystem.com/go/survey/2511/4511/.
For preparedness tips, visit the City’s official readiness, response and recovery website at http://readyla.org.
Follow our updates during an emergency or critical event at:
For more information contact:
Veronica Hendrix
LA EMD
213-484-4894
veronica.hendrix@lacity.org