Upcoming Events – Jan-Feb, 2016

Below please find upcoming events in our communities


January 20
Homeless Court Citation Clinic on January 20, 2016
10am to 2pm
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood
60547 Yucca St.
LA, CA 90028

Assisting adults who are homeless and/or at risk of being homeless throughout Los Angeles County who may also struggle with:

  • Mental Illness
  • Substance abuse
  • Co-occurring disorders, or
  • Veteran related issues

Click to download the flyer with additional information


Youth Job FairFebruary 11
Los Angeles Opportunity Fair
LA Convention Center South Hall
Register and schedule and interview at: www.100kOpportunities.org/LA
Ages 16 – 24
If you are between 16 & 24 years old, more than 20 national and local companies are looking for you at the LA Opportunity Fair
Download Flyer!

Internships with the Office of Public Engagement – LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
For undergraduate or graduate students or recent grads of 2 or 4 yr University or Vocational School.
Download the PDF for full details and contact information

Arts Activation Fund will award $200,000 in grants to support the creation and installation of art and cultural projects throughout Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a $200,000 grant program that will support the work of local artists and bring new vibrancy to public spaces across L.A.

The Arts Activation Fund, a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will provide funding to artists with inspiring ideas for public art projects and cultural events in their neighborhoods.

“Art has the power to transform our perception, attitude and behavior — and is especially impactful when it lives in places that are accessible to everyone,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Arts Activation Fund will support the creative genius that thrives in our city, and give Angelenos an opportunity to reimagine public spaces in their neighborhoods as vibrant, exciting, and creative places.”

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Upcoming Events – Oct. – Nov. – Dec.


October 21, 2015, 6:30 pm
VNNC First Inaugural Education Summit

@ 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 2B
The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is hosting their first Inaugural Education Summit this month on October 21, 2015 starting at 6:30pm, located at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., room 2B. We encourage stakeholders, teachers, school officials, students, parents, police and interested parties to attend the summit.

This upcoming summit will be the start of the Education Committee established this year and will focus issues on policies, innovation & participation to allow better opportunities for all. The council would like to work with the City of Los Angeles to acheive the goals of Advocacy, Empowerment, Knowledge, Organization/ Mobility, Engagement, Amibition and Tenacity.

We are looking in you to attend this summit to get the future children towards higher education and training.

If you have questions, please contact our VNNC Education chairperson Stacey Rains at: stacey.rains@vnnc.org

October 24 – 25
Presented by Shadow Hills Equestrian Center
Halloween Fun & Goblins Welcome!

Haunted Pumpkin Patch
10263 La Canada Way
Shadow Hills, CA 91040
Oct. 24 – 12pm – 10pm
Oct. 25 – 12pm – 9pm
Admission $5/person – Family Packs Available


November 14th, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Holiday Boutiqu
American Legion Post 520
9026 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352
The American Legion Auxiliary is holding a Holiday Boutique on November 14th from 9am- 4pm, featuring local vendors with homemade crafts, clothing, gift baskets, jewelry, specialty foods and desserts and many items for your Holiday gift shopping needs. All proceeds from our Raffle will go to our Veterans programs. Please come out and help support our Veterans and get your Christmas shopping done early! Hotdogs, Chips, Soda or Water available for $3 while you shop. Vendors contact Dee Barba 661-400-1349 or Kathy Gosling 818-319-9832

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Citizenship Workshop – 9-26-15

Citizenship Workshop
And Fee Waiver Assistance
in Sun Valley
Saturday, September 26, 2015
9:00AM to 1:00PM
Registration recommended!

In connection with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), SVANC is co-sponsoring a Citizenship Workshop at:
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church
7800 Vineland Avenue (at Stagg, northeast corner)
in Sun Valley.

If you —
are at least 18 years of age
have been a green card holder for at least five years
wish to enjoy the privileges of U.S. citizenship, including voting, petitioning for more family members, and obtaining a U.S. passport
… then contact IRC to learn more and make your appointment.

Registration recommended! Walk-ins will be accepted as capacity permits.

Please call: 818-937-2878 or email Katelyn.Masket@rescue.org

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Invitation to Los Angeles Board of Animal Services Commission Meeting

LAAS Board Mtg 9-8-15 MH [Eng-Sp] – Flyer to Download
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, the Board of the Los Angeles Animal Services Commission will hold its meeting in Mission Hills. On behalf of Commission President David Zaft, Commissioners Jennifer Brent, Roger Wolfson, Alana Yañez and myself, Larry Gross, we would like to extend an invitation to attend our meeting at 7:00 PM at the Mission Hills Pet Adoption Center (west of the 5 Fwy & Laurel Canyon Blvd.), 15231 Brand Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345.

The Mission Hills Pet Adoption Center is operated, for the City of LA, by Best Friends Animal Society, a non-profit animal rescue group.

We encourage community members to attend the meeting and make their concerns regarding animal issues in the City of Los Angeles known directly to officials of the Animal Services Department.

Included on the agenda will be an update on Best Friends Animal Society activities at the Mission Hills Shelter and an important animal cruelty issue.

The Department of Animal Services is making significant strides in ensuring the protection and safety of our animals. Euthanasia rates have dropped dramatically in the past two years. We recently were provided new enforcement tools to help ensure our laws protecting animals and the public is upheld. While we are making progress on many other fronts more is needed to increase adoptions and educate the public on why it is crucial to spay or neuter. We need your help and support on these issues.

The agenda for this meeting will be posted on Friday, September 4th, on the Department’s website at http://www.laanimalservices.com/about-us-2/commission/.

Please join us. Attached is a bilingual (English/Spanish) leaflet announcing the meeting. Help us spread the word by distributing the leaflet to neighbors, friends, Neighborhood Council members and other parties of interest.

Spanish language and sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request prior to the meeting. For information please call (213) 482-9597.

Hope to see you next Tuesday evening.

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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

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Upcoming Events – July 2015

Here are some events coming up for July 2015

Youth Summer Swim Pass

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Free Youth Swim Day
7-Eleven has partnered with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to host 7-11 Day: All Youth Swim FREE.
On Saturday, July 11, 2015, youth (0-17) can swim FREE at forty-Seven (47) pools across the city. For a list of sites, CLICK HERE This includes North Hollywood, Valley Plaza, and Sun Valley pools.

In addition, with swim season here, it’s time to get your Youth (0-17) Summer Swim Pass! For only $10, youth can enjoy endless summer pool season entries through Labor Day (9/7/15). For each child 0-7 who buys a pass, one adult can accompany them for FREE. Visit any LA City swimming pool to purchase. Click here for a list of all city pools.

Map Your Neighborhood Train the Facilitator Session
Download PDF in English
Download PDF in Spanish

(Presented in Spanish and English)

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Sun Valley Park Recreation Center
8133 Vineland, Sun Valley, CA 91352

Hosted by Sun Valley NC Emergency Preparedness Committee
Sponsored by American Red Cross

What is Map Your Neighborhood?
Neighbors who work together as a team to prepare for disasters save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduce property damage. In addition, working together as a team and contributing as an individual develops stronger communities and improves the quality of life in the community.

Join us to learn more about what to do after you’ve prepared your home and family for a disaster. Odds are, in a major event, you and those closest to you will be the first responders. Map Your Neighborhood is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters.

Who should attend?
This meeting is intended to train ordinary residents interested in bringing the Map Your Neighborhood Program back to their communities and hosting a session themselves with their neighbors. Those interested in becoming facilitators or just learning more about this fantastic program should attend. This session is open to ANYONE interested in the program.

RSVP to: kristin.sales@redcross.org

Looking forward a month…
Events for August 2015

NNO2015NoHo North East NC: National Night Out cleanup and BBQ
NoHo West Neighborhood Council, NoHo North East NC, and Strathern NW are having a National Night Out cleanup and BBQ on August 4th!

Event is from 6-9pm at the Whitsett Slope/DOT parking lot
Address is 12544 Saticoy St.
Tools and food will be provided, we hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Events – June 2015

Here are some events coming up for June 2015

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SOS Survival Products Annual Sidewalk Sale
June 5th & 6th
9am – 4pm
15705 Strathern St. #11
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Google Map

Don’t forget, if you are a member of CERT, you get a 10% discount!

Also, check out their various training classes such as Emergency Preparedness, CPR, First Aid and Outdoor Survival Workshop! Click Here to View

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Upcoming Events – May 2015

Here are some events coming up for May 2015

Jeopardy-Flyer-LAPDLAPD Jeopardy Fundraiser
May 27th (Wednesday) from 10am-8pm
At Bob’s Big Boy in Sun Valley
8274 Sunland Blvd (at Roscoe, next to the 5 FWY entrance/exit)
Sun Valley, CA 91352

All money raised will support the LAPD Jeopardy program
Come join us!

Fruit Tree Adoption With Home Depot
May 30th (Saturday) 8am – 12pm
11600 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA 91605

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Beware Solar City in Los Angeles!

Here is a Facebook exchange regarding the VERY recent shenanigans with a company called Solar City. Fair Warning!

This is from my husband:
Earlier this week a representative from Solar City knocked on our door wanting to show us how going solar would save us a lot of money over the years. (We already have solar which they could see on top of our room from the street!) We weren’t interested and sent him on his way. Today a Facebook friend (who lives in Orange County!) posted the following:

“I am on the phone with Solar City. We met with them to hear their pitch and said no thank you. Yesterday, we got a letter from the city saying the building permit had expired and they needed to inspect it or there would be problems. Turns out Solar City pulled a permit. We also got a letter from Solar City saying we needed to sign a notice of cancellation. WTF? Sounds like a scam to me. Talked to the city – told them what happened. I have to send a letter and they will remove it from the books. On the phone with Solar City. They are moving me up their management chain. DON’T DEAL WITH SOLAR CITY FOLKS!”

A friend of his posted the following nightmare:

“On April 29, 2014 in the evening, I had two Solar City salesmen come walking up to me in my front yard. Me being a pretty environmental guy, has always thought about solar for my house and because several of my neighbors already use Solar City I figure I would start asking questions and seeing if it would work for me.

I have a very high end roof so I was not interested in having the system put on the roof of the house. We started talking about alternatives and looked at an out building on the property which is an un-permitted building that has been on the property since the 50′s. The salesmen informed me that the structure has to be permitted and that Solar City could possibly cover the costs to permit the structure so they could get the system in. I informed them I would have to think about it as it would significantly change my property taxes if it were permitted and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that.

The other alternative was for Solar City to rebuild the covered RV parking on the side of the house and put the system on top of that or just place the system on racks in the back yard (which I wasn’t interested in as they would have been right next to my pool), all of which the Solar City salesmen said would need to be assessed by a Solar City technician before anything could be decided.

So the Solar City salesmen and I were talking for a little over an hour and in that process I asked for more information to be sent and I gave them my name and e-mail address. Later the Solar City salesman tells me he will enter my information preliminarily into an account so after the assessment by their Solar City technician, if we decide to move forward, it will already be done. All of this is being done over the hour long discussion on an IPad the Solar City salesman is holding.

At the end of the conversation the Solar City salesman says we really need a Solar City technician to come out and evaluate if we can even set up a system with these unique issues. I agree and decide to set up an appointment for a Solar City technician to come out and assess. The Solar City salesman calls the Solar City appointment scheduler, verifies my name, address and e-mail and that the Solar City technician will come out the next day to see if we can move forward. The Solar City salesman says I have to sign a box on his IPad to give authorization for the Solar City technician to come out and assess. Once I sign I will get a confirmation e-mail. So I sign on the IPad – nothing on the screen except a signature box.

The next day the Solar City technician doesn’t show up in the time identified. He comes an hour later. The Solar City technician tells my wife he didn’t know what time he was suppose to be there. I left before he got there because he was late and I had stuff to do. So later that day I go to the confirmation e-mail from Solar City to see what time it said.

It wasn’t a confirmation e-mail – it was an executed 20 year service contract with my signature on it!

It was completely binding with a three day cancellation clause that I wouldn’t have even opened if the Solar City technician wasn’t late.

Now I’m upset! I immediately email “Customer Care” demanding that the contract be cancelled immediately because it was done under false pretenses and the Solar City salesman lied to me to get my signature. I receive no immediate response.

After reading the 17 page contract I discover there is a formal cancellation procedure. So I have to print the contract, sign all the cancellation documents and overnight the documents by certified mail to the Solar City offices in northern California to make sure it is within the 3 day cancellation window identified in the contract I didn’t know I was signing. Now my interaction with Solar City has taken up several hours of time and has cost me $20 to certify mail the cancellation, again on a contract I didn’t know I was signing.

Your company, Solar City, is dishonest, Solar City salesmen lie to people and are implementing bait and switch tactics to make sales. I was never told anything about a service agreement, it wasn’t mentioned at all!

Finally, 24 hours after my e-mail to Solar City “Customer Care” I receive this response:

Dear *,
I am sorry to hear that you would like to cancel your contract with us at this time. I have alerted your sales representative to this request. You will hear from them shortly.

So “Customer Care” attempts to send me back to the Solar City salesmen that lied to me in the first place.

Here is my immediate reply back to Solar City “Customer Care”.

Please do not have the sales account people contact me, I have no desire to continue to work with sales people that use illegal tactics to attempt to lock in customers. I simply demand that the contract be cancelled immediately.

I have also followed through with the 3 day cancellation procedures identified in the contract, which you should be receiving by certified mail by 3:00 p.m. today. I am now completely irritated and angry by the amount of time and money I have had to put out to fix this.

Your sales people were 100% dishonest, immoral and did something straight up illegal. They should be terminated from your organization.

I have filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and added this illegal activity to Yelp so others are not duped into a 20 year agreement unknowingly with an extremely short 3 day cancellation clause and I sent it to the local consumer advocate in television media. I am also looking into filing a complaint with the Contractor’s License Board. I plan to send a letter directly to the CEO to let him know the illegal behavior his employees are implementing to lock in customers.

We never discussed an agreement, I never saw an agreement and I would have never signed an agreement – but I got an electronic one with my signature on it that the salesman obtained through lies and dishonesty.

I have also sought legal council in preparation that this matter does not get resolved immediately.

I hope you are understanding the severity of this situation. Now cancel the contract!

Thank you,

Friday evening, almost 27 more hours, I received a follow up from Solar City “Customer Care” that said this:

Dear *,
Thank you for your email. This is Christina, with Solar City Customer Account Management. I hope that you are having a wonderful day.

Your contract has already been cancelled.

I hope this information helps. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email for further assistance. Thank you and have a good day!

I appreciated getting the confirmation of cancellation but there was nothing from “Customer Care” about how sorry Solar City is regarding my experience or that Solar City doesn’t normally do business this way or that Solar City would investigate the situation. The reality is that Solar City’s “Customer Care” could care less about the situation nor did it seem to worry them that Solar City sales representatives were acting illegally or dishonestly to obtain customers.

Since the May 2, 2014 contract cancellation confirmation, I have gone back to Yelp to review more comments about Solar City. I have discovered many other similar complaints. As a person that runs a business I felt compelled to express my utter disgust and shock at the tactics of the Solar City sales representatives and the sheer disregard for customer value and customer care. Shame on you and your company, Solar City!
Completely irritated.

The general rule is, NEVER do business with anyone soliciting door-to-door. Never do business with anyone soliciting on the phone for home improvements. NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!

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Upcoming Events – April 2015

Here are some events coming up for April 2015

Lunch with Paul Kerkorian
April 2, 2015
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Hayat’s Kitchen
11009 Burbank Blvd.
RSVP to geoffrey.yazzetta@lacity.org
Download Flyer

Fundraiser for LAPD Officers
North Hollywood LAPD will be hosting a fundraiser for two North Hollywood Area officers who are both home and unable to work due to a serious illness.
Date: April 2, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Pinz Bowling Center (12655 Ventura Blvd, Studio City)
There will be bowling, food, and raffles throughout the entire event.
Download Flyer

Spring Carnival, Sunland Park

Earth Day Cleanup
Sponsored by CD2 & NoHo East NC
Saturday April 11th, 8am – Noon
Location: Fire Station 89
7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood 91605
Tools & Refreshments will be provided
Download Flyer

Citrus Sunday
Vitamin C is a crucial element in maintaining good health, and is especially important for our homeless clients and families living below the poverty​ ​line. Since fruit is an expensive food
item, our clients often go without. However, we are​ fortunate here in Los Angeles County, to have an abundance​ ​of citrus fruit trees as a natural resource.

That’s where Food Forward steps in.​ ​www.foodforward.org Food Forward is a non-profit,​ ​grass-roots organization, which sends picking teams into​ ​residential gardens to harvest citrus fruit for the homeless and working poor. They have created an event to​ benefit the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry called​ ​Citrus Sunday.

Citrus Sunday is an exciting​ ​occasion which enables the community to share citrus fruit​ ​from their yards with families in need. This year we will be holding it on TWO consecutive Sundays, April 12th and April 19th.

People register their local trees at Food Forward then we go pick and distribute to our clients. The intention is to expand this network so that we have more volunteer opportunities and more food. If you have a fruit tree that produces more than you can eat, you can register your tree with Food Forward here. You can also call Samantha at 818-764-1022 ext. 0#.

Please Download the Citrus Sunday​ Flyer ​containing all the pertinent information for participation.​ ​It would be incredibly appreciative if you could distribute these among your school communities, and​ ​encourage them to donate their unused citrus fruits to the​ ​Food Pantry on April 12th and April 19th.

The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry has their own pick team. We will do fruit picks once a month. If you want to participate in a fruit pick with our team please contact the pick leader Steve Cabrillos: steve@anthologychurch.com.

Cyber Security Info for your home & business
Join us as one of the area’s top cyber security experts describes the challenges of keeping the data on your home and business computers safe from prying eyes. Alexander “Sam” Moreno, a 27-year veteran of the LAPD retired from the department’s Computer Crimes Unit and is now Director of Security Incidents and Investigations at Fox Entertainment Group. This former street cop turned computer nerd turned corporate security expert will offer tips on Internet safety, discuss the evolution and devolution of information sharing and share practical ideas for keeping your private stuff private.
April 15 at 6:00PM
East Valley PALS
North Hollywood Christian Church
4390 Colfax Ave (at Moorpark Street) Google Map
For more information, contact PALS at 818.754.8477


American Cancer Society – Relay for LifeAm-Cancer-Relay-For-Life
May 2nd
Relay for Life of South Valley
10am to 10pm @ Walter Reed Middle School
4525 Irvine Ave, North Hollywood/Studio City
A 12 hour team walk and fundraiser with teams of 10-25 members. It’s a community event for all ages that focuses on joining together to Finish the Fight Against Cancer.

“Discover Recycling” Open House
11050 Pendleton Street, Sun Valley, CA (Google Map)
May 2, 2015
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

LA Sanitation holds “Discover Recycling”​ Open Houses every year. Each of our six wasteshed district yards will open to the public in a series of free ​Saturday events.​ The Open House​ ​program​ showcases ​LA Sanitation’s ​residential curbside collection programs with an emphasis on proper recycling practices​ ​and bulky item collection​ ​while​ strengthening partnerships​ ​with​ ​City​ ​residents. ​The Open House will ​​​feature trash trucks​ and equipment demonstrations in addition to facility tours, information booths, recycling games,​ and refreshments. Last year, nearly 7,000 residents attended​ the Open House events​ with ​290​ city employees ​who ​volunteered their time to “give back” to the neighborhoods they serve throughout the year.​ ​ There is no charge for admission and all ages are welcome, but we do request that pets be left at home for safety.

LA Sanitation’s Lopez Canyon Environmental & Education Center will host an information booth about the city’s green bin recycling program and give away small vegetable plants with mulch and compost made from yard trimmings. Visitors will learn about the benefits of green recycling, pot new plants and experience the recycling loop. More than 2,200 plants were potted and given away to residents last year. LA Sanitation will also partner with “City Plants” to provide 50 fruit and 50 shade five-gallon trees for adoption by city residents, on a first-come-served basis at each yard, while supplies last. (City residents must present valid identification with their city address or a current DWP bill to adopt a tree. Note: the limit is one tree per property address.) “Used Tires” from city residents will be collected, which is provided by a grant from CalRecycle. (City residents must present valid identification and a current DWP bill. Note: a maximum of nine passenger and/or light truck tires will be accepted but tires on rims and tires from businesses will not be accepted.)



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