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    Our very own Valley Glen Voice quarterly newsletter is soliciting articles and ads for the October newsletter.

    The deadline for submission of articles is Friday, September 19, 2014. To advertise in the Valley Gen Voice, the deadline for submission of advertisements is September 23, 2014.  Advertisers please click here to view The Valley Glen Voice Rate Sheet. Please contact Editor Mickey Jannol at jannol6@aol.com for more information or for submissions. As usual, this issue will be distributed door-to-door in early to mid October.  Until then, please enjoy our latest newsletter. Please click here to read the Spring 2014 Issue of the Valley Glen Voice. Please also click her to read our 8-page Fall 2013 issue.

    Come to our next General Meeting

    on October 21, 2014

    Our next General Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Kittridge Elementary School, 13619 Kittridge Street. Please join us for updates from our Senior Lead Officers and public official representatives. Meet and Greet is at 6:30 p.m. with free pizza.

    Click here to review the June 17, 2014 General Meeting Minutes. The August General Meeting Minutes are pending Executive Board approval.

    Updates (September)

    It looks like the 100 degree days are leaving us. We even may go below the 70 degree level at night.


    We are cooling off. However, in case we get a spike to 100, always take the advice of the Mayo Clinic and:

    • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
    • Protect against sunburn.
    • Drink plenty of fluids.
    • Take extra precautions with certain medications.
    • Never leave anyone in a parked car.
    • Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day.
    • Get acclimated.
    • Be cautious if you’re at increased risk.

    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 – astjikc@att.net. 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 judyprice1127@aol.com.

    Recycle your used motor oil & filters and electronic waste

    Motor Oil

    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

    Smoke Detector
    The Fire Department has been running a smoke alarm giveaway at each of its 106 fire stations since March, with home security company First Alert donating 500 alarms a month to the city. Of the 20 fire-related deaths so far this year, 16 took place in buildings that lacked working smoke alarms. Chances of survival go up 50 percent with working smoke alarms installed, according to studies from the National Fire Protection Association.

    #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:

    Call: 818-755-7676

    Tweet: @PaulKrekorian (use #NoTag)

    Email: councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org

    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. 

    West Nile

    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

    Median Work

    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.


    Updates (October)


    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….


    Past Events

    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.

    Big spread

    What a spread!

    amended group

    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.

    Don’t forget

    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.



    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:

    Other Announcements

    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.


    Facebook Page

    We are now on Facebook, so friend us and like us on Facebook under Valley Glen Neighborhood Association.

    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.

    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.