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Dear Friends & Neighbors,
Important City Election Coming
Next month, one of the most important elections will take place. The City of Los Angeles will be electing a new Mayor, City Attorney, and Controller, as well as various City Council representatives. Apathy has been the normal state of business for the past few years, it cannot be so for this election. The city is in dire financial status and the need for strong leaders that can guide the city back into being able to properly service its citizens is needed now more than ever….so regardless of your preferred candidate…GET OUT AND VOTE AND TELL YOUR NEIGHBOR TO DO THE SAME. VALLEY GLEN AND LOS ANGELES NEEDS YOU!
Greater Valley Glen Council
The Greater Valley Glen Community Council meets the first Monday of the month in a location to be determined for the rest of the year at 7:00pm. More information can be found by contacting www.greatervalleyglencouncil.org .
The 5th annual GVGC Pancake Breakfast will take place Sunday, May 19, 2013 at our very own firestation, LAFD #102 from 8am to Noon. Great food, Fun for the kids, and fantastic giveaways….
VALLEY GLEN COMMUNITY PARK
The playground is open and is utilized by our community’s children daily. Please, remember that there is no smoking, specially in the playground area. City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks & Bureau of Engineering have started the work of upgrading the irrigation system at Valley Glen Community Park. Trees have been planted and more are planned. New benches will installed as well as chess tables. Dog-poop bags stands are being looked into as a way to emphazise the need to pick-up after our pets. There has been incidents of graffiti in the newly installed tables and benches and the installation of cameras is being discussed and funding is being sought.
THE VALLEY GLEN VOICE
A regular schedule for the delivery of the newsletter has been established by your Board and a new feature is being iintroduced. An electronic informational newsletter will be emailed in-between the hard copy newsletterto keep you informed of Valley Glen’s activities. We are now on Facebook, so friend us and like us on Facebook.com/valleyglenfriends
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The Tujunga flood control channel is open to nature lovers. The 1.6 mile strech from Burbank Blvd. to Sherman Way is now open to all in the community. A project meant to provide habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife restores some of the natural function of the wash. The LA District of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers added trees, grass and walking paths in record time. We are all invited to enjoy this jewel.
Did you ever need to call a government agency but didn’t want to use 3-1-1 because you wished you had a Phone List?Please click here for a list of popular government contacts.
Did you know that you can promote the Valley Glen name and donate money to the Association at the same time. Valley Glen items are available for sale including assorted merchandise such as T-shirts, canvas bags, doggie shirts, coasters, post cards and “I Love Valley Glen” pins. What a great place to buy gifts for your friends and family. The Association receives a portion of the sales. Click this link to visit the VGNA Store.
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For all of you new to this web site, welcome to the official web site of the Valley Glen Neighborhood Association, an advocate for the interests of the City of Valley Glen. The goal of our Association is to foster community pride, civic betterment and community beautification, to make our neighborhood a better and safer place to live and work, to promote businesses and business growth in Valley Glen, and to foster education and the arts in Valley Glen. Over 20,000 of you viewed our web site last month. Perhaps you would like to know a little more about us.
The City of Valley Glen was created in 1998 by joining parts of southeastern Van Nuys and southwestern North Hollywood.With a population of 29,000, we are well-located in the San Fernando Valley with ease of access to major employment centers, schools, shopping centers and other amenities. We’re a safe city with many of our members active in neighborhood beautification and neighborhood watch.
We would like to guide you through this web site. First, please go to the History icon to find out how we got here. Then, go to the Map icon and see where we are located. Finally, read our latest issue of the Valley Glen Voice (link on the left side above) to see what was going on during the last 3 months. If you like what you see, go to the “Be a VGNA Sponsor” and support our organization including our “Adopt a Family Program.” It’s a novel and brilliant program that provides gift certificates for food and Holiday needs during the Holiday Season for poor school children and their families in Valley Glen.
And now for some local pointers:
Where to walk in Valley Glen - Consider a walk on the wild side. Walk along the terrain of the Tujunga Wash Greenway at Coldwater from Burbank to Sherman Way and view the Great Wall of Los Angeles (one of the longest murals in the world), native plants and wildlife of Valley Glen. Or, take a walk in our own Valley Glen Community Park. Two laps around the Park will get you one mile of exercise. Do not forget to walk or bike along the MTA Orange Line. At our very own Woodman Valley Glen Station, you get to see transit on one side and plants and trees on the other side.
Where to learn in Valley Glen - Of course, our very own Los Angeles Valley College, with unique features including a planetarium, offers a wide variety of relatively low cost educational and vocational courses taught by the best professors in Valley Glen. The College is undergoing a $160 million expansion. Valley Glen also boasts four public schools, Erwin Street and Kittridge Street Elementary Schools, Monlux Middle School and Grant High School. Grant High School is home of the Serenity Garden and Monarch Butterfly Conservation Project, an acre of suburban garden and wildlife; a work in progress in a busy suburb. Serenity Garden won a $10,000 AARP Ethel Percy Andrus Legacy Award, the only recipient in California, for providing unique gardening opportunities to a diverse community, including those over 50 years old. Notable private schools include Laurence School; providing elementary school education.
Do you have any questions or comments? Please click the “Contact” icon in the upper right hand corner to send an e-mail to the Association. We will respond.