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Clean Up Day
Saturday November 15
9:00 a.m. to Noon
LA Valley College (Lot A)
VGNA invites you to join Councilmember Krekorian and LAPD for a clean up day. Meet at LA Valley College’s southwest parking lot – Lot A – at the northeast corner of Fulton and Burbank. Help identify graffiti and bulky items so that City services can assist in beautifying Valley Glen. Click the flyer above for a better image.
The half-day project on Saturday, November 15th, will start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around noon. Volunteers will meet at the command post located at L.A. Valley College in its southwest Parking Lot A. The parking lot is bordered by the northeast corner of Burbank and Fulton. Volunteers will organize in reconnaissance teams of approximately four including a driver. Armed with cell phones and note pads, they will drive their sectors to identify and call in abandoned junk, dumped bulky items and used furniture, cast-offs and other litter as well as graffiti to the volunteer command center staffed by the North Hollywood and Van Nuys LAPD officers. With notifications in hand, the Bureau of Sanitation will follow-up and remove all of the reported items.
Councilman Paul Krekorian and his office will take all of the graffiti reports and coordinate with the city’s graffiti removal department. Anyone wishing to sign up can leave a message at 818-785-5525 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be free coffee and donuts for volunteers courtesy of Lusy’s Mediterranean Café & Grill and a free lunch served at the conclusion of the project.
Tuesday December 9
Kittridge Street Elementary School
This is our annual Holiday Party and it’s all about offering you and your family holiday hospitality. Please bring the family and get your picture taken with Santa. This event is free for young and old and your picture with Santa will be ready to take with you at the end of the meeting! Please look at our pictures from last year’s event.
You’ll want to stick around because there will be lots of free food and refreshments and raffles. Win a Christmas tree from Santa & Sons or a $100 Ralph’s card!
- Recent Events -
Congratulations to Greater Valley Glen Council on Movie Night in the Park this past Saturday October 25th.
Over 300 children and parents attended to watch Despicable Me 2. Here’s a picture during the day as families congregated an hour before the movie started.
VGNA October 21st General Meeting
Our October 21 general meeting was most enjoyable. We honored LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky for his many years of service to Valley Glen. He is retiring from his position on December 1, 2014 as he is termed out of office. Supervisor Yaroslavsky spoke and thanked the association and Valley Glen for their long term support. Thank you also to our LAPD Senior Lead Officers from Van Nuys Division for updating us on public safety matters. Thank you to Padrino’s Pizza for a fine buffet.
Here are some pictures (credits to the webmaster unless otherwise noted).
VGNA President Dean Abston calls meeting to order.
Board member Asta Criss presents Supervisor Yaroslavsky
with a farewell cake (picture by Board member Waltona Manion).
Close up of the cake. It was very good.
Group shot of board members Asta Criss and Judy Price with Supervisor Yaroslavsky.
Supervisor Yaroslavsky spoke about his many years of service and expressed gratitude for all our support.
We had updates from our SLOs. SLO Underwood is pictured above.
Valley Glen Voice Fall 2014 Issue
Our 12-page issue of the Valley Glen voice has been distributed and is posted here for your review.
Survey Deadline Extended
$100 Says Your Opinion Counts
The Valley Glen Neighborhood Association (VGNA) is conducting a survey to determine how the VGNA can better serve the Valley Glen community. You may have received a copy of the survey in your newsletter. As a member of the Valley Glen community your opinions and comments are valuable.
Tell us what kind of support and information you want to receive and what activities you feel are most beneficial.
Just click on the link (below) and when the survey opens, just click on it to save a copy on your own computer.
Print it out for completing. You can scan and email your completed survey to:
or fax it to 818-698-8155; or mail it to 6342 Allott Avenue, Valley Glen, CA 91401; or bring it to the October 21st VGNA meeting.
All full responses will be entered into a drawing for first prize – $100.00 cash. The second prize will be dinner for two at Lusy’s Mediterranean Café & Grill. All responses must be received by October 31st midnight. The winner will be notified by email or by contact information furnished.
- Other Current Events -
Annual “Adopt-A-Family” Program
We adopt two families (sometimes more, depending on the donations) from each of our three Valley Glen public elementary schools for Christmas. Cash/check donations can be made in any amount or gift cards to Vallarta or Ralphs markets or gift cards to Target. The cards should be in $25. increments. Each family receives these gift cards in order to be Santa Claus to their children by doing their own shopping for toys and/or clothes. We also donate to Jewish Family Services for their Adopt-A-Family program which helps families with special needs children. In addition, we give each family a frozen turkey and a stuffed stocking for each child. If you want to adopt a stocking to stuff or donate a turkey, please contact Asta Criss who is coordinating the turkeys and stockings – email@example.com. This is our 13th year of doing this and it is very sad and disturbing to see the hardships that families within our own community face everyday. From homelessness to unemployment to grave illnesses, I’ve seen this program give these families hope not to mention the joy of being able to provide for their children for the holiday. So if you want to help, contact Judy Price for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycle your used motor oil & filters and electronic waste
When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Information: (800) 98- TOXIC (800-988-6942)
Free Smoke Alarms
#NoTag Campaign Kicks Off Graffiti Clean Up
Councilmember Krekorian kicked off a new program, called #NoTag Our Valley, to remove graffiti from our communities and keep them clean, beautiful and safe. To make the program work, we need your help. Constituents from across the Second District and the Valley are taking action by sending in photos of graffiti vandalism–like the photo above taken by a constituent in Valley Glen–with tips and locations.
Here’s how you can make our Valley a #NoTag Zone. When you see graffiti, contact the Office of Councilmember Krekorian immediately:
Tweet: @PaulKrekorian (use #NoTag)
Provide all of the following information:
- Day/time you saw it.
- Surface: wall, billboard, building, mural, bus bench, school, home.
- Location: address or intersection. If it’s a billboard, note the billboard owner’s name or billboard number.
- Description: what the graffiti looks like.
Once we hear from you, the Councilmember Krekorian will take action to make sure the graffiti is removed as soon as possible. Keep an eye out for graffiti wherever you go. If you see it, report it immediately.
First West Nile Virus Death in L.A.
A San Fernando man died from complications of West Nile virus, becoming the first person in Los Angeles County to die from the virus this season, health officials announced Friday. Health officials urged residents to take steps to prevent the spread of the disease. Those measures include emptying all standing water that can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, maintaining secure windows and screens, using insect repellant, limiting outdoor activity at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outside.
Most people who get the infection do not feel symptoms, but about 20 percent can become feverish and feel headaches, body pain, nausea, fatigue and develop a skin rash. More serious symptoms include, severe headaches, neck stiffness, confusion and muscle weakness or paralysis.
The public can report dead birds — which can be a sign of West Nile activity — by going online at http://www.westnile.ca.gov/report_wnv.php or calling (877) 968-2473. Stagnant pools of water should be reported to the county Public Health Environmental Health Bureau at (626) 430-5200, or to a local vector control agency.
New motorist and bicyclists law
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) would like to remind the public that on Sept. 16, a new law affecting motorists and bicyclists takes effect. According to the law, a driver must allow three feet of distance when overtaking or passing a bicyclist. If three feet is not available, a driver must then slow to a safe speed and pass when no danger is present.
Victory Medians Get a Fresh Look
The Greater Valley Glen Council in collaboration with the office of Councilmember Krekorian transformed the long-blighted medians on Victory Blvd. With the help of a beautification grant from Councilmember Krekorian, the neighborhood council removed overgrown brush and weeds, trimmed trees, and removed trash and debris from the median along Victory Blvd. from Babcock to Goodland avenues.
FREE WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP (back by popular demand)
Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian invites you to attend a free safety workshop. Come learn “hands-on” how to protect yourself and discuss legislation on women’s issues.
October 4 – 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
LA Police Department, Mission Area
11121 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills
October 4 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Panorama Recreation Center
8600 Hazeltine Ave., Panorama City
October 18 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
North Hollywood Recreation Center
11430 Chandler Blvd., North Hollywood
October 25 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center
5060 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks
November 15 – 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Studio City Recreation Center
12621 Rye St., Studio City
All participants must sign a waiver. Dress comfortably. Loose clothing preferred. Ages 12 and up. Limited space available. To RSVP or for more information, please call (818) 376-4246.
“It will never happen” should not be your plan. 5 Steps to Disaster Preparedness
The City of Los Angeles is offering September workshops that will teach you a simple way to prepare your neighborhood for the next disaster. Visit www.5Steps.LA to register. Space is limited and will fill quickly.
WORKSHOPS ARE FREE OF CHARGE. REFRESHMENTS AND DOOR PRIZES ARE PROVIDED. Workshops are sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department. Workshop dates/locations and flyer appear below.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Cheviot Hill Recreation Center
2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Alpine Recreation Center
817 Yale St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sunland – Tujunga Municipal Building
7747 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91042
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Crenshaw Christian Center
7901 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044
More details are contained in a flyer. Please click here to open the flyer.
Tuesday, October 21: As mentioned above…next Valley Glen Neighborhood Association General Meeting Kittridge Elementary School, 6:30 p.m. “Meet & Greet”, 7:00 p.m. Meeting. More information to come….
Saturday, October 25: “Halloween Movie Night in the Park” – Valley Glen Community Park (time to be determined but around dusk – free popcorn and drinks and free family friendly movie) – sponsored by Greater Valley Glen Council and Councilmember Paul Krekorian. More information to come….
Yard Sale (July 19, 2014)
Our July 19th Yard Sale was like no other. With over 500 items for sale, we raised $1,450. This was a record. Thank you to all who generously donated items and to the many volunteers who helped out. From the set-up crew to the clean-up crew and throughout the day, there were many hands on deck. And, thank you to Lusy’s Mediterranean Cafe for providing lunch and a huge cooler of ice tea for the volunteers. The weather cooperated and wasn’t the hot and humid days we are now experiencing. We also appreciate the use of Peer Ghent and Bobbie Fresh’s yard. Vietnam Vets picked up the remainders on Monday.
The proceeds of the Yard Sale help further the efforts of the Valley Glen Neighborhood Association by supporting the Valley Glen Voice, the bi-monthly public meetings, and our annual holiday “Adopt-A-Family” program. Here are some pictures of the event below.
What a spread!
Lisa Freedman (left) is the cashier. President Dean Abston (right) takes a break
Other Past Events
General Meeting (June 17, 2014)
We enjoyed seeing you at the June 17th General Meeting. The ambiance brought to us by Waltona Manion’s residence was exquisite. Food from Tequila’s and Lusy’s was fantastic and we recommend you visit them more often for your dining pleasure. The meeting itself was informative as Councilmember Paul Krekorian spoke and took questions.
Other speakers included LAPD SLO Paschal and Neighborhood Prosecutor Tamar Galatazan. Also represented were the Offices of Congressmember Tony Cardenas and Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.
Valley Glen Festival (May 18, 2014)
Our Valley Glen Festival was quite a success. Here is a montage below.
Valley Glen Voice
Please enjoy our latest newsletter. Please click here to read the Spring 2014 Issue of the Valley Glen Voice.
Did you know?
Just about anybody you need for help in Valley Glen, like public services, is on our updated list of service providers. Please click here to review our latest Valley Glen Public Services Directory.
To ask us a question, please click the “Contact” icon in the upper right hand corner.
We receive a wide variety of questions, suggestions and complaints. Hopefully, our wealth of wisdom can guide you to a good outcome.
OTHER TOP NEWS.
Minutes of past meetings. You can get updated by viewing the minutes of our most recent meeting. Click here to review the last 3 months of meeting minutes.
Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council (“GVGC”). the next meeting of our City-funded neighborhoos council is August 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at LA Valley College Campus Center Room 104.
The Greater Valley Glen Council (“GVGC”) meets the first Monday of every month at Valley College. GVGC is our City-funded Neighborhood Council. GVGC receives annual funding from the City to spend on outreach, beautification, arts, educational and other community projects. Money has been spent on projects for our public schools and beautification of our Parks and neighborhoods. As well, the GVGC has supported your Association’s outreach efforts.
To reach the GVGC web site please copy and paste this link into your browser. www.gvgc.us
Please enjoy some 2014 photos of Spring and Summer in Valley Glen gardens:
Valley Glen Community Park
Earlier this year, the northeastern part of the Park was closed for re-grassing and installation of more benches and trees. This area is now open. More benches and trees will come but the installation of 3 more benches and planting of several trees may not happen until well into the fall season. All this is as a result of lots of organized soccer league play invading our Park over the last several years. From 1949 to 2005 this was a “No-Soccer Park” until the No-Soccer signs were removed in 2006. We have been working with our Council Office, LA Department of Recreation and Parks and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (with an initial complaint as to the dust that intense soccer creates) to reach a permanent solution as to how to keep the Park “green.”
Unfortunately, hot weather and watering restrictions have caused much of the grass in the northeastern area of the Park to die. However, the soccer traffic has been moderate. Let’s watch out for any league play and let’s hope the Department of Recreation and Parks installs the benches and plants more trees by October/November.
For some history, you’re welcome to review the attached correspondence package to get a better understanding of what has happened, what is going on and what is hoped for. Please click here to read correspondence to the Department of Public Health in September 2013, LA Recreation and Park’s response in December 2013 and January 2014 correspondence.
If you would like to know more, please contact Mickey Jannol, Grid A Representative at Jannol6@aol.com.
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Tujunga Wash – Walking Path
The Tujunga flood control channel is open to nature lovers. The 1.6 mile stretch from Burbank Blvd. to Sherman Way begins at the Great Wall; 300 feet north of Burbank and west of Coldwater Canyon. Click here to read a little background and view some images of the Great Wall. This entire 1.6 mile stretch is 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.
For those of you visiting us for the first time, here is some background
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.