Upcoming Events: March – April, 2016

Below please find upcoming events in our communities

MARCH

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March 23
Traffic Safety Summit
7pm to 9pm
Colfax Charter Elementary School
11724 Addison St.
Valley Village, CA 91607
Traffic Safety & Speed Reduction Summit to improve roadway & pedestrian safety in the East San Fernando Valley. Join Paul Kerkorian, LA Police Dept’s Valley Traffic Division, & the LA Dept. of Transportation to learn about traffic issues in your neighborhood.

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LAPD Community Police Academy starts Sept. 10th

Starting September 10th, LAPD is offering its 8-week series of Thursday-night Community Police Academy classes as part of its Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) program.
Classes are held Thursday nights, 6PM to 9PM, September 10th through graduation ceremony on October 29th.
Each class is led by a highly experienced (and communicative!) officer or detective from gang, narcotics, vice, communications, cybercrime, even traffic departments.

  • Each talks about their beat, equipment, in-the-trenches conditions, and the laws that govern their actions
  • They show you videos, diagrams and slides from real-life situations-and are eager to answer questions
  • In your final class, you get to practice in the same “shoot/don’t shoot” firing simulator that LAPD trains in!
  • It’s very relaxed! Ask questions. Pose challenges. No exams or tests. If you must miss a class or two, that’s not a problem.

When finished, you receive a certificate and the opportunity to participate in a committee of your choice to help LAPD reduce and prevent crime.
In return, LAPD asks that you educate friends, family and others with your new knowledge!

Classes held in the Bomb Squad room at:
LAPD Davis Training Facility
12001 Blucher Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344
Google Map Link: http://tinyurl.com/nup83ow

To sign-up, email Officer Wall at: 30204@lapd.lacity.org and include the following information:
Your Name (Name(s) if coming with spouse/partner)
Telephone Number
Address
Email

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LAFD Scam Alert

Scammers representing themselves as bill collectors. No billing agency will ask you to do this, that is buy a pre-paid debit card (you need a paper trail to show you did pay your bill), so if someone calls with this ruse, hang up.
lapd-scam-alert

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Meeting: The State of Public Safety in the Valley

Hi,
Below is from the EmpowerLA.org website about an important meeting you, as a resident or business owner of the Los Angeles Valley should consider attending. Here is the link (http://empowerla.org/state-of-public-safety-in-the-valley/), but I have copied it below:

The LAPD’s Operations-Valley Bureau is partnering with the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils to host a “State of Public Safety in the Valley” Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, January 29 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Van Nuys City Hall where they will take a look at the past, the present, and future of public safety in the San Fernando Valley.

The Daily News recently reported that “crime is down throughout Los Angeles for the 11th straight year, and the numbers show a steep decline in what have long been some of the toughest areas in the San Fernando Valley.

Homicides citywide are at the lowest level since the 1966, when the city had a fraction of its current population – and in some areas of the Valley, the decline is as much as 47 percent compared with the same period in 2012.”

Deputy Chief Jorge Villegas, who commands LAPD’s Operations – Valley Bureau and will be the featured speaker at the Town Hall, said “I would attribute it to the overall effort. Not one strategy, but all of the strategies working together. Every single day we look at the data from the last 24 hours, 36 hours, last seven days, so we are quickly deploying our resources where they are needed. We’re being agile. You combine that with community outreach, Facebook, Twitter, all of the other ways we’re getting people involved and it is helping.”

The Town Hall is designed for Neighborhood Council Presidents, Public Safety Chairs, Neighborhood Watch members, CERT Teams, Community Police Advisory Boards, Home Owner Association members as well as anyone that has an interest in public safety.

The LAPD’s Operations – Valley Bureau is made up of seven Community Police Stations plus the Valley Traffic and is responsible for the public safety of 1,426,071 people who make their homes in the 226.47 square miles of San Fernando Valley, plus the many property owners, business operators, customers, guests, and visitors.

The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils is made of of 34 Neighborhood Councils that represent those who live, work, own property or participate in organizations within their boundaries.

For more information on the “State of Public Safety in the Valley” contact one of the four Independent Election Administrators for the Valley.

North West Valley – Kevin Taylor - Kevin@EmpowerLA.org
North East Valley – Jose Sandoval - JoseS@EmpowerLA.org
South West Valley – Tony Wilkinson - Tony@EmpowerLA.org
South East Valley – Alisa Smith - Alisa@EmpowerLA.org

The LAPD performance has the power to shape the future of your community, this is your opportunity to shape the LAPD’s policies and strategies and to partner with the LAPD in the quality of life in your community.

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What would you do?

We have all been devastated by the news of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. It is impossible to understand. I’m sure you have asked yourself, what would I do in a situation similar to Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech… But what if you were in one of those life or death situations?

I am a member of CERT – Community Emergency Response Team (visit http://www.cert-la.com for great online preparedness materials). We are trained (and we have refreshers to review our training) to deal with emergencies such as earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, etc. We are taught how to respond to these incidents for to help our family and the community. The training is available nationwide, contact your local fire department for class availability or look up your local CERT unit. In Los Angeles the classes are posted on the home page of the CERT-LA website. The one part of the training that has been invaluable for me is how not to panic. When the emergency is over I know I can then fall apart, but in the middle of it you need every brain cell to get you through, which brings me back to the scenario of a shooter in a workplace, a mall, a hospital and yes, tragically…a school.

I would like to share with you two postings that appeared on the Los Angeles Fire Department/CERT-LA Facebook page. When your emotions are less raw from these past few days, perhaps it is time to visit these materials and recommendations that have been supplied by those that are trained to deal with these situations.

Run-Hide-Fight video image

First there is the video: “RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event” This was prepared by “Ready Houston” produced by a grant from Homeland Security. It deals with how to protect yourself and help others in a workplace/office setting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0

The other is from Homeland Security and is a downloadable PDF, “Active Shooter – How to Respond” This one deals more in a mall/retail environment. http://www.alerts.si.edu/docs/DHS_ActiveShooterBook.pdf

If I find more information, I will post it. The video and the pdf both have important advice: don’t panic (I know, easier said than done.) First Run and if that is not possible, then Hide, and if that is not possible, Fight.

Now, go hug your kids for me. I need to go find a teacher to hug…and to thank!

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Ok, it is legal to sell door to door, with a license…

Hi,
Well, is my face red. If you read the previous post, and the comment (thank you so much KK!), you will see I didn’t research this matter very well. I got the information from a magazine and I should have dug much deeper. In fact cities and municipalities have tried to impose ordinances prohibiting door-to-door solicitation, but it was struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Door-to-door)

So here is what I did find about the rules, laws & regulations for selling door-to-door:
http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/community-blogs/small-business-matters/quick-guide-successful-and-lawful-door-door-s

Here is a great link that will give you more specifics about licensing, such as the business license: http://www.sba.gov/bgsearch/permitme2_0.do?q=91352&bcat=0

However, as you the home owner, the warning still applies. Be very careful when you open your door to a stranger. Don’t worry about hurting their feelings, and again, if you see them loitering around your house, call 911 immediately. As KK suggested to me in an email, if you put up a “no solicitation” sign on your door, then it is illegal for someone to knock who is soliciting. Then you will know definitely not to answer if you are not expecting company. However, again, be careful, this does not mean that the person trying to sell you something will read the sign. :-)
Cheers,
Susan

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Illegal to sell door to door in LA City

Hi,
Did you know that it is illegal in the City of Los Angeles to sell door-to-door. This was posted today:
Door-to-Door Magazine Solicitors in the area of Topanga Division

Topanga Division is receiving complaints of persons going door-to-door soliciting magazines. It is now illegal to sale(sic) magazine subscriptions, periodical or other publication, or the sale of any tangible personal property door-to-door for delivery at a subsequent time in the City of Los Angeles. (42.19 LAMC)

Due to this activity also being consistent with door knock burglars we are asking the public to report your observations to (877) ASK-LAPD/ (877) 275-5273.

Address/Location
LAPD – Topanga Station
Schoenborn St
Canoga Park, CA 91304

Here is the actual “law”:

SEC. 42.00. REGULATION OF SOLICITING AND SALES IN STREETS.

(a) (Amended by Ord. No. 145,691, Eff. 5/2/74.) In this section, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires:

“News racks” shall mean any self-service or coin-operated box, container, storage unit or other dispenser installed, used, or maintained for the display and sale of newspapers, news periodicals or other news publications.

“Newsstand” shall mean any stand, shelter, case, cabinet, box or other structure installed, used, or maintained for the display, sale or storage of newspapers, news periodicals or other news publications which is attended by the owner or his employee while making sales therefrom.

“Street” shall mean all that area dedicated to public use for public street purposes and shall include, but not be limited to roadways, parkways, alleys and sidewalks.

“Roadway” shall mean that portion of a street improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel.

“Parkway” shall mean that area between the edge of the roadway and the adjacent property line excluding that area occupied by the sidewalks. Parkway shall also include any area within a roadway which is not open to vehicular travel.

“Sidewalk” shall mean any surface provided for the exclusive use of pedestrians.

(b) Street Sale of Goods Prohibited. (Amended by Ord. No. 169,319, Eff. 2/18/94.) No person, except as otherwise permitted by this section, shall on any sidewalk or street offer for sale, solicit the sale of, announce by any means the availability of, or have in his or her possession, control or custody, whether upon his or her person or upon some other animate or inanimate object, any goods, wares or merchandise which the public may purchase at any time. This subsection shall not apply to the sale of poppies, badges and labels as defined by Military and Veterans Code Section 1800 on a parkway or sidewalk by persons bearing a valid information card issued pursuant to Article 4 of this chapter authorizing such person to do so.

(c) Street-Soliciting Employment of Services Prohibited. (Amended by Ord. No. 145,691, Eff. 5/2/74.)

(1) No person, except as otherwise permitted by this section, shall on any street offer for sale, solicit the employment of, or announce by any means the availability of, any goods, wares, merchandise, services or facilities, or solicit patrons for or advertise any show, exhibition, entertainment, tour, excursion, sight-seeing trip, or real estate viewing or inspection trip. (Amended by Ord. No. 169,319, Eff. 2/18/94.)

(2) No person who is visible or audible to any person on any street shall, in a loud, boisterous, raucous, offensive or insulting manner, offer for sale, solicit the purchase of, announce the availability of, or solicit the employment of any goods, wares, merchandise, services or facilities, or solicit patronage for or advertise any show, exhibition, entertainment tour, excursion sight-seeing trip, real estate, or oil well viewing or inspection trip.

(3) Nothing in Paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be so construed as to apply to a sight-seeing tour operating under and by virtue of a permit from and regulations of the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California and for which tour a fixed charge is made to the person carried.

The best advice is just do not answer your door if you are not expecting someone. Those “peep-holes” are really a great investment esepcially if a potential burgalar knocks first, there is no answer and then tries to come in the back. You can keep an eye on them and if you see them not “leaving” call 911 immediately!
Thanks,
Susan

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