Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you in Valley Glen!
Feliz Navidad y Felices Fiestas a todos ustedes en Valley Glen!
Շնորհավոր Սուրբ Ծնունդ եւ Happy Holidays ձեզ բոլորիդ է Valley Glen.
Please note our new mailing address:
13300 Victory Blvd., #385
Valley Glen, CA 91401
Tuesday December 9th 6:30 p.m.
Kittridge Street Elementary School
13619 Kittridge Street
Bring the kids for free pictures with Santa Claus plus special treats. Picture taking will start at 6:30 p.m. as will our “Meet and Greet” with free pizza from Padrino’s. The meeting will start between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Our grand prize raffle will be a Christmas tree from Santa & Sons or a $100 Ralph’s card!
This is the yearly meeting for floor nominations for the VGNA officers and grid reps who make up the Executive Board. The election is at the VGNA February 17th meeting. If you want to join the Board, please come to the meeting.
We will also be honoring Pat Lloyd as our 2014 Citizen of the Year. Pat’s tireless efforts and contributions have made Valley Glen a better place.
The flyer for the meeting appears below. You may click on the flyer to get a better resolution image.
Please look at our pictures from last year’s event.
$25 Brings Holiday Light into a Needy Home
Below appears a message from Adopt-A-Family program director and board member Judy Price. Now in its 14th year, Adopt-A-Family provides needy families with children in Valley Glen based public schools with a dignified Holiday. This year, we are helping 32 children and are once again working with Jewish Family Services (JFS) to assist with their financial outreach to needy families.
We ask our Valley Glen stakeholders to support this program. Please consider donating $25 in the form of a Target, Ralph’s or Vallarta gift card. These gift cards make a difference to a child with no other means of enjoying a flicker of light during this Holiday season.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Time is growing short for donations for the annual Valley Glen “Adopt-A-Family” program. I still need $25 gift cards to Target, Ralphs and Vallarta. Alternatively, a check in any amount will be used to purchase the needed cards. Make out to VGNA, mail to 13414 Oxnard St., Valley Glen 91401. Put Adopt-A-Family in the memo. You can also contact me at (818) 787-9946. I’d like the donations by Dec. 8 or 9, even earlier is better. I’ll deliver to the families several weeks before Christmas so they have time to shop. And if you’ve already donated, thank you so very much. The families are in great need and appreciate the helping hand in giving their children a Christmas.
Asta Criss reports that all of the stockings have been adopted for stuffing but still needs frozen turkeys. She’ll deliver 5-7 days before Christmas. If you can donate a turkey, contact Asta at email@example.com or call her at (818) 780-4189.
Last week I was assigned our final family bringing the total to 7 families that we are adopting through our three elementary schools. We also contribute gift cards to Jewish Family Services (JFS) for their own Adopt-A-Family program and I’ll deliver to them the 2nd week of Dec. We have 32 kids, not including JFS.
This final family is especially hard hit as the 33 year old father suffered a debilitating stroke and his recovery is expected to take a year. The mother has been forced to take a 2nd job. The father had been a waiter. They have three sons under the age of 9. The stories for all of the families are equally sad. They include loss of jobs and homes; illness and abusive situations; death of the mother; deportation of the father. This is a terrible burden for these children to bear. That is why our help is so needed, especially for Christmas.
- Recent Events -
It’s Starting to Rain. Is the Drought over?
We have recently had over 2 inches of rainfall. However, we are in the third consecutive year of drought. Some of you have asked if we have have a good rainy season, will we be able to get out of the current drought condition. Here is an answer.
The National Weather Service tells us not to get too excited. In its opinion, California would need 150% of its normal seasonal rainfall through Spring of 2015 to make any significant impact on the State’s drought condition. According to Michael Anderson, a climatologist with the California Department of Water Resources, this means that the State would have to endure a storm one out of every five days over the next 3 months.
It’s too early to tell if this will occur so I would still plan on thinking about ways to save water including planting drought tolerant landscape. Stay safe.
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.
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Councilmember Paul Krekorian
Community Holiday Party
When: Tuesday, December 9 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fire Station 89, 7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91605
RSVP: Sahag Yedalian, (818) 755-7676 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Council Office is accepting donations of canned food to benefit the North Hollywood Interfaith Pantry and small toys for the LAFD Spark of Love Toy Drive.
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Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
Holiday Open House and Food & Toy Drive
- Meet Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and his staff to discuss legislation.
- We would greatly appreciate any non-perishable foods or unwrapped toys you would like to donate for our holiday toy and food drive. Drop them off at our office on or before December 11.
- Light food and soft drinks will be served.
Time and Location:
Thursday, December 11 – 5pm – 8pm
Van Nuys State Office Building
6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 300
Van Nuys, CA 91401
For more information, call the office at (818) 376-4246.
Parking is available in the structure located on Calvert Street.
6150 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, Ca 91401
Tel: (818) 376-4246
Fax: (818) 376-4252
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thanks to Nikki Ezhari, Field Deputy for Councilmember Paul Krekorian, here’s the scoop.
It is the Department’s policy that on National Holidays, the parking regulations listed are not to be enforced unless the signs indicate “Holiday Enforcement”. The holidays are:
The regulations that are not to be enforced are:
Parking Meters (unless posted to include holidays
No Parking signs with specific time limits (i.e. 9:00am to 4:00pm, 8:00am to 10:00am)
No Stopping signs with specified time limits (i.e. 7:00am to 9:00am, 4:00pm to 6:00pm). This includes Peak Hour parking
Preferential Parking (unless posted to include holidays).
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Friends of the Valley Plaza Library
North Hollywood, CA 91605
This is a reminder that the Library’s last book sale of 2014 will take place on Saturday, December 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is a great opportunity to pick up special books as gifts.
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
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 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.