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Movie Night in the Park – May 9th
Thank you all for attending Movie Night In The Park (center of the Park). A crowd of 200 braved the cool weather and enjoyed themselves. The 17 foot screen showed a crisp view of the 1982 release of E.T. Some of the older folks cried when they say E.T. flying in the sky on the bicycle (it’s been a long time since the release in 1982 so there were a lot of tears that were waiting to be released). Pictured below – in the Valley Glen Community Park late afternoon – are the early birds that came to the event to claim their spot for the movie 30 minutes before the movie started.
We hope you enjoyed the movie and the baked goods. It looks like we sold 200 items so I guess the brownies, cupcakes, muffins and cookies went well with the free popcorn and water. Thank you Greater Valley Glen Council, Councilmember Krekorian, NBC Universal and your VGNA Board and neighborhood volunteers for making this event possible.
Please keep on checking this website as rumor has it that we there might be another Movie Night in July; perhaps July 4th.
Thank you all for attending. After excellent reports from SLO Steven Underwood and Neighborhood Prosecutor Tamar Galatzan, Dr. Erika Endrijonas, LA Valley College (LAVC) President, gave us an update on the master building plan at LAVC. As well Dr. Endrijonas shared some interesting aspects about LAVC.
Presently, LAVC’s enrollment of full time students pursuing a degree and other students pursuing general education is 19,000, an increase from the 18,000 level of the past 3 years. Tuition is $46 per unit, probably the cheapest you will find at any college in California. And the good news is that the acceptance rate for admission at LAVC is still 100%. This and the fact that LAVC has 15,000 trees, probably the most trees of any community college in California, makes visiting LAVC a must. Please consider taking courses at LAVC or taking advantage of its facilities. The new facilities are beautiful and impact Valley Glen in a very positive way.
It’s Your College. Use It.
Note: Next General Meeting is scheduled for June 16, 2015. Location to be determined.
The Spring 2015 edition of the Valley Glen Voice is out the door and in your hands. Our crack team of Grid Reps and volunteers has been sorting and stuffing the 12-page issue.
Noteworthy Items & Early 2015 Events
Asta Criss Honored by United Chambers of Commerce
The United Chambers of Commerce held its first Inspirational Women of the San Fernando Valley Luncheon May 7, 2015 in Woodland Hills, CA. Here the seven honorees join event chairman Vahid Khorsand. The honorees are Kafi Blumenfield, Kellie Cueto, Maureen Ryan, Michelle Miranda, Joan Maltese (back l-r) Gloria Pollack and Asta Criss (front l-r). (Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News).
Congratulations Asta! Please click this link for the full article.
Councilmember Paul Krekorian has come out with his latest newsletter. It contains lots of good information.
It’s time to save water; or else you may pay an additional $350 per year in water penalties to DWP
Here is a recent article from Los Angeles Central News Service that indicates that the Metropolitan Water District, DWP’s provider of water, has mandated a 15% cut in the amount of water it supplies to DWP. We can expect DWP to be more serious in mandating cuts in water usage.
From LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District, the water wholesaler for Southern California, has voted to mandate a 15 percent cut in the amount of water it supplies to its 26 member agencies.
MWD officials said it was only the fourth time in the agency’s history that it has taken such an action. “Southern California has led the way in water conservation for more than 20 years, and now we’re asking people to do significantly more,” said Randy Record, chairman of the MWD board. “We know it will be difficult, but we’re in an unprecedented drought.” The board’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee approved the drought-management plan on Monday, April 13.
The amount of the cut to each city or agency would be based on their reliance on MWD supplies, while also taking into consideration conservation actions already being implemented. Cities and agencies that use more than their MWD allocation would have to pay punitive costs ranging from $1,480 to $2,960 per acre-foot of water. An acre-foot is roughly the amount of water needed to serve two households for a year.
“We are serving water at a wholesale level, and so we are sending a message to our member agencies that you will have to pay a surcharge if you don’t achieve a 15 percent reduction of Metropolitan’s imported water usage,” MWD General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger said after the committee vote. “Most of our local cities, the governor’s order is what governs there. They have to achieve a 25 percent reduction.”
The MWD action will “implement surcharges on member agencies that don’t reduce their deliveries in order to achieve a roughly 15 percent reduction in regional deliveries,” according to an MWD staff report. MWD officials said that in addition to limiting the amount of water it supplies to its members, it will also move ahead with efforts including expanded media campaigns to encourage conservation, working with the state for funding of rebate and conservation-incentive programs, and monthly tracking of its members’ usage rates to ensure compliance.
Adopting restrictions on water deliveries “is consistent with actions taken by our member agencies and retail agencies and will assist in public outreach efforts to communicate the severity of the current drought and the need for conservation in managing through the drought,” according to the MWD report.
Gov. Jerry Brown has called for a 25 percent reduction in water use across the state.
Note: Imagine if DWP institutes a tiered system whereby you pay a sizable penalty over a certain water usage level. If an acre-foot of water serves two households’ needs for water each year and if you are 15% over your limit in water usage, you would have to pay an additional $350 per year (or close to an extra $60 per billing period for water) for just that 15% you failed to cut. This is based on the above $2,960 per acre-foot surcharge to DWP mentioned above multiplied by 1.50 times to account for DWP charging a penalty on top of the $2,960 per acre-foot surcharge. Here are some tips on how to cut water usage by 20%.
VALLEY GLEN MEDIANS
Thank you to Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s Office and the Greater Valley Glen Council for their efforts in conducting a recent clean up of the Victory and Whitsett Medians. The weeds are gone and they look good.
VALLEY GLEN SLO KATY PASCHAL
IS COMING UP ROSES
Valley Glen LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Katy Paschal is recovering from a brief hospital stay and is on desk duty for a few weeks. She reports she is doing very well. Katy was thrilled with the flowers delivered to her by her friends and fans from the Valley Glen Neighborhood Association. Thanks to all the people who took the time to email in or send messages through nextdoor.com – they turned into a five page get-well card for Katy and she loved them. And Katy is looking forward to a great meal very soon with the dinner-for-two gift certificate she received from Lusy’s Mediterranean Café & Grill.
Thank you all for coming and contributing to our meeting. Nearly 100 of us listened to….no…..enjoyed pizza from Padrino’s and participated in Warmington Residential’s presentation of a proposed small lot subdivision on the parcels at Atoll and north Victory Blvd. The Warmington people are in escrow to buy these parcels form Kennedy Wilson and this meeting helped them significantly in their due diligence as to whether to pursue closing the purchase of the land. Assuming they purchase the land and successfully go through the entitlement process, Warmington indicated they would be able to start construction in late 2016. For the 100 of you that attended, you asked a number of questions that were very constructive and the Warmington folks stayed after the meeting to handle more questions. Here some pictures below.
Here is a quick review of the Warmington proposal
Warmington Residential, in business as a home-developer since 1926, is in escrow to purchase the vacant parcels totaling 2.4 acres on the north side of Victory Blvd at Atoll Ave. (west of the Tujunga Wash); the southern portion of Grid 6. Please note the red arrows in the satellite image below.
Known as The Glen, Warmington is sounding out the community on its proposal to construct a small lot subdivision development on these parcels. This will involve 68 homes ranging from 3 bedroom to 4 bedrooms with 2-car garages. Parking is to be at grade (no subterranean parking) via Atoll Ave. but not Victory Blvd. The height of each home being 3 stories (this includes the first story parking garage). The homes have minimal frontage and back yards and would be best described as rows of town homes but are actually separate homes with no specified HOA. Prospective selling prices for these homes has been represented to be around $525,000. Warmington is in escrow to purchase the land but has not filed any application for this project with the City of Los Angeles.
For those of us who live in Grid A, B, 5, 6, 7 and 8, this project will have impact as these lots have been vacant for years. Many of us attended meetings several years ago with a developer who ultimately obtained approvals for a 5-story mixed use residential 124-unit condo project over 30,000 SF of retail. That project was never built due to the Recession and the property was ultimately sold (along with Victory Plaza) to Kennedy Wilson. Kennedy Wilson hopes to sell the vacant residential portion to Warmington.
To better understand this project, we asked the developer for a sample of their recent work that would closely approximate this proposed project. Warmington is in the process of constructing and selling a similar project in the Eagle Rock area. Here is the link for that project http://www.homesbywarmington.com/california/los-angeles/nela-union/ as well as the Warmington Residential link http://www.homesbywarmington.com/
Please note our new mailing address
13300 Victory Blvd., #385
Valley Glen, CA 91401
We had a great time at our Holiday Party on December 9th at Kittridge Street Elementary School. Thanks to the efforts of Waltona Manion and Santa & Sons, we had a great background of Christmas trees for picture-taking with Santa. Here are some examples:
Left to right above Santa are President Dean Abston, past Board member Walton Manion, Board member Asta Criss and Judy Price as well as Talene Dermenjian, Field Deputy to Assembylmember Adrin Nazarian. A big thank you to our photographer Valli Aman, owner of Visions Services and Santa and his Elf, Nikko and Michele Tsiotsias. Here are some other pictures of Santa and members.
At our Holiday Party, we honored our Citizens of the Year. A few of our honorees are pictured below and include President Dean Abston and long-time Valley Glen contributor and Grid Representative Pat Lloyd.
The meeting also culminated a most successful Adopt-A-Family Program. Thank you to all who donated.
Clean Up Day
Congratulations to all for a great Clean Up Day at Valley College this past November 15th. 40 of us participated in identifying bulky items and other items needing attention in all 11 Grids of Valley Glen. We reported 126 bulky item locations, 49 abandoned shopping carts and 46 graffiti locations. Also reported were 3 debris clean up areas and 4 alleys that needed clean up. Within one week after the event, all these items and matters were addressed and removed. This event, sponsored by Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and LAPD was our 2nd annual clean up day.
Congratulations to Grid 8 resident Jean Sinatra for leading the organization of this event, Waltona Manion for her help coordinating the event and Lusy’s Mediterranean Cafe & Grill for the coffee and donuts. Thank you also to Nikki Ezhari and Councilmember Paul Krekorian, all of the volunteers who scoured the streets and alleys of Valley Glen to report items, the Officers from the LAPD Van Nuys and North Hollywood Stations, the LAPD Cadets for overseeing the Command Center, to the Bureau of Sanitation for doing the actual pick-up/clean-up and to New Directions for Youth for the graffiti clean-up.
This was a great collaboration between the Council Office, LAPD, Valley College and the various City Departments that helped clean up Valley Glen. Below appears some of the crew that made this event happen.
Left to Right appears President Dean Abston and Lusy of Lusy’s. Councilmember Paul Krekeorian appears on the middle. SLOs and Van Nuys Division staff appear on the right but the face in between the SLOs is that of Jean Sinatra. Missing from this picture is Waltona Manion, event coordinator from the VGNA board (Waltona Manion also took this picture).
An important “take-away” from this event is that you have the power to get bulky items or trash cleaned up by the City. Just call 3-1-1 0r 800.773.2489 to report the item and the address. You can also use this service to pick up any bulky items you may want to have picked up.
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).
Group shot of board members Asta Criss and Judy Price with Supervisor Yaroslavsky.
Other Announcements and
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.
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 took 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.
Mailbox alert warning
It has been reported that the community mailbox on the corner of Ethel Ave. across the street from the Valley Glen park, as been compromised by thieves. It has also been a problem at other mailboxes. One method is for thieves to use something to entrap the mail inside the box and then pull it out later. If you use a mailbox, look before dropping mail in.
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.
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
Valley Glen Community Park
In late 2013 and most of 2014, 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 early 2015. 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.