San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission opens new 90-bed shelter in Northridge

The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission unveiled its new two-story shelter — which will include 30 beds for a short-term emergency shelter — to the community Monday with dignitaries’ speeches, tours and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 16,000-square-foot shelter, located at 8756 Canby Ave., triples the Rescue Mission’s capacity from 30 beds — located at a 10-bedroom house the nonprofit has been renting up the street since shortly after the fire — to 90 beds, said Wade Trimmer, the organization’s director.

More at: http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20150629/san-fernando-valley-rescue-mission-opens-new-90-bed-shelter-in-northridge

Local Public Pools Open for the Summer

granadaHillsPoolThe summer swimming season is here and L.A.’s public pools open in June and remain open through Labor Day! Please visit the links below to find out more information on hours and activities at LA City Pools.

Our public pools are a wonderful resource, offering kids and adults in the community a great, economical way to cool off, get exercise and have fun!

Northridge Pool
Opening Day June 13
10058 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge
(818) 709-7475

Granada Hills Pool
Opening Day June 13
16730 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills
(818) 360-7107

Canoga Park – Lanark Park
Opening Day June 13
21817 Strathern St.
Canoga Park
(818) 756-9364

Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park
Open Year Round
14201 Huston St.
Van Nuys
(818) 783-6721

The City’s Aquatics facilities include regular public swimming pools with a wide variety of amenities, programs, sports and classes for children, adults and people with disabilities and competitive athletes in training. The City also offers a Junior Lifeguard Training Program designed to prepare young people who are interested in pursuing a career as a Lifeguard.

Half the People in LA to Ditch their Cars? It’ll Happen, Insists Mayor

Mayor Eric Garcetti released a long-range plan multibillion dollar plan, including bikesharing and solar panels, to get Los Angeles green.

Mayor Eric Garcetti released a long-range plan today that lays out his goals for making the city more economically and environmentally sustainable, including adding electric car charging outlets and bikeshare stations around the city and installing more solar panels on local rooftops and lots.

Garcetti, who discussed the 20-year sustainability plan at Echo Park Lake this morning, wants the city to set goals — most of them to be achieved over the next 10 and 20 years — in dozens of areas, such as cutting water and electricity usage, making buildings more energy efficient and reducing dependence on cars for transportation.

He is calling for reducing per capita water use 22.5 percent by 2025 and 25 percent by 2035, and aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent by 2025, 60 percent by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050.

Garcetti wants to raise the amount of local solar power produced to 900 to 1,500 megawatts by 2025, and 1,500 to 1,800 megawatts by 2035. Among the ideas in the plan for increasing local solar energy is to put at least 1 megawatt of solar energy capacity atop the Los Angeles Convention Center by 2017.

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Los Angeles Will Finally Fix its Sidewalks!

For the first time in the history of Los Angeles, the City has made a commitment this week to establishing a sustainable, fair, long-term sidewalk repair policy by settling the Willits class action lawsuit. The City will invest $31 million per year for the next 30 years to fix our broken sidewalks!

“As chairman of the Public Works committee, I have been committed to finding solutions to fixing our streets and sidewalks since my first day on the Los Angeles City Council. The settlement of this lawsuit is a win for not only the mobility impaired, but for all Angelenos as it finally requires the city to fix its broken sidewalks. There are no losers here. I look forward to hearing from the public as we develop the details in the Public Works Committee on how residents can submit repair requests, which locations to prioritize and how quickly we can start the work,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino.

The basic terms of the settlement are as follows:

  • 30 year agreement
  • $31 million per year (in today’s dollars)
  • 15% cost escalator every 5 years to keep up with inflation
  • Will increase to $67 million per year in the final 5 years
  • Total: just over $1.3 billion
  • $5 million per year will be dedicated to curb ramps, and $26 million will be dedicated to sidewalks
  • 20% will go toward addressing specific requests made by disabled persons

Locations will be prioritized as follows:

  1. City offices and facilities (parks, rec centers, libraries, police stations, etc)
  2. Transportation corridors
  3. Hospitals, medical facilities, assisted living facilities and similar
  4. Places of public accommodation such as commercial and business zones
  5. Facilities containing employers
  6. Residential Neighborhoods

FAQ

  1. How can residents report broken sidewalks?

Call 311 or use the MyLA311 app

  1. How soon will my sidewalk be fixed?

The settlement requires repairs next to city-owned facilities first. It will take at least 2 years before that work is complete and we can move on to repairs of sidewalks adjacent to private property

  1. How can I see where my request is on the list?

There is no list of individual locations, only general direction on what types of locations get priority over what. The Budget & Finance and Public Works Committees will hold hearings in the coming months to solicit public input and develop a fair and transparent policy about priority of specific requests, as well as all of the other policy details like:

  • whether the city will pay for sidewalk repair after the 30 years or return the responsibility to the adjacent property owner
  • whether city workers or contract workers will do the work
  • whether alternative materials like porous pavement and rubber sidewalks will be allowed
  • whether the city will pay for 100 % of the repair costs, or implement a cost sharing program like 50/50.

After 40 years with no repair policy, we’re not going to get one in place overnight. But this week’s action commits the City to solving this problem.

LAPD Devonshire Division Hosts Bicycle Safety Clinic

Last Saturday, CD12 was happy to join the Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Division to host a free bicycle clinic in order to promote safety on the streets of our community at Park Parthenia in Northridge. The clinic included a free bicycle inspection, free repairs on each participants bicycle, and a raffle to win a free bicycle! The Devonshire Department also collected unwanted used bicycles.

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