Community Volunteers Rally to Help Police Find the Killer of Cheree Osmanhodzic

Cheree Osmanhodzic | Photo courtesy the Facebook memorial page set up in her honor

LOS ANGELES - On Sunday, October 3 at 12:30 p.m., Councilmember Paul Krekorian will gather volunteers at the northwest corner of Lankershim and Chandler in North Hollywood, and then lead them on a community-wide awareness effort to help the LAPD find the killer of Cheree Osmanhodzic.

The event will be held in partnership with Cheree's family and the LAPD to ensure that local businesses and the surrounding community know her killer is still on the loose, and to distribute "wanted" posters to help generate tips and information that will help police bring the suspect to justice.

On July 24, 2010, Cheree was found dead by her fiancée, brutally murdered in her Valley Village townhome - which was set on fire by the suspect - just two months before her wedding.

Through some remarkable detective work, the LAPD identified Omar Armando Loera (right) as the sole suspect in the killing. Loera, a transient, is also known as “Taz” and Arturo Benitez.

At Sunday's event, residents will fan out across North Hollywood and Studio City to pass out Loera’s picture and other details from the police department to let businesses, parks, recreation centers, etc. know who they should call if they come across the suspect, and to remind potential informants of the $50,000 reward that Councilmember Krekorian secured int his case.

If you would like to help, join us at the corner of Lankershim and Chandler boulevards in North Hollywood. You can make a difference in bringing this killer to justice.

: 12:30 p.m. to about 3:30 p.m.

What to bring: Walking shoes, sunscreen, friends and family. We will provide water and snacks.

Governor Signs Anti-Mobile Billboard Legislation

State legislation to help local communities stop the proliferation of mobile billboards, authored by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D – San Fernando Valley) and Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D – Los Angeles) was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Thursday.

The bill, AB 2756, was strongly supported by the city of Los Angeles. It would give local communities the ability to prohibit the parking of an unhitched trailer with advertising attached to it on any public street, and impose penalties on billboard owners. Not only are these mobile billboards a visual blight, they are a safety hazard for drivers who must swerve around them, and they use up valuable parking spaces.

Councilmembers Krekorian and Dennis Zine authored a motion to completely ban mobile billboards in Los Angeles. The City Attorney is drafting that ordinance now, and the state legislation will be of great help in eliminating these annoyances from our streets once and for all.

Coastal Cleanup a Rousing Success

TUJUNGA - Tens of thousands of volunteers cleaned up more than 100 miles of the California coast and inland waterways on Sept. 25. All told, 14,131 volunteers cleaned up 103,524 pounds of trash during Coastal Cleanup Day.

In Tujunga, 114 volunteers joined Councilmember Krekorian and braved the heat to help clean the Tujunga Wash. Together, these local volunteers removed about 3/4 of a ton of trash and litter in the wash. Much of the trash otherwise would have traveled along L.A.'s watersheds and storm drains and ended up polluting our beaches and oceans.

Volunteers and the Councilmember braved temperatures which topped 100 degrees to remove trash ranging from food wrappers and cigarette butts to tires and car parts from the wash.

In addition, graffiti on the Foothill (210) Freeway was painted over by Northeast Graffiti Busters.

Debris Basin Cleared as Rainy Season Nears

Councilmember Krekorian with officials from the city's Bureau of Sanitation

ALPINE VILLAGE - Two days before Coastal Cleanup Day, the Councilmember met with officials from the Department of Public Works' Bureau of Sanitation to review the work done to clear debris basins in north Los Angeles.

The meeting on Sept. 23 in the Alpine Village community in Tujunga (
see a map here), came as officials are busy clearing the basin of mud, garbage and other debris as the rainy season approaches.

The Alpine Village basin captures debris from the surrounding hills and its effectiveness is vitally important for the safety of residents of Alpine Village. Like other debris basins in the area, it prevents mud and debris from causing damage to neighborhoods during heavy rainstorms.

Deepwater Horizon Motion Paves Way for Reimbursement

LOS ANGELES - The L.A. City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion by councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Dennis Zine that ensures full city pay and benefits to city of Los Angeles employees who were called into active military duty in Operation Deepwater Horizon.

“This motion is an important recognition of the sacrifice so many of our city employees routinely make to their country as members of our National Guard and military reserves,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said.
“Many of our city employees were called into duty to face one of the worst off shore oil disasters in history when the BP oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. This motion does two things: 1) It gives some relief to these patriotic employees whose service was so important in the Gulf of Mexico by providing their full city salaries and benefits and, 2) It puts the responsibility for that cost on the companies responsible for that disaster and instructs the city attorney to aggressively recover those costs.”

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, located about 41 miles off the Louisiana coast, exploded, leading to the worst oil spill in history unleashing more than 4 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, about 22,632 personnel are protecting the shoreline and wildlife in helping to clean up the impacted coastlines.

Studio City Celebrates 75 Year Legacy of Republic Pictures

Photo courtesy the office of Councilmember Paul Koretz, used with permission

STUDIO CITY - It helped launch the careers of some of Hollywood's best-loved stars, and last week Republic Pictures celebrated its 75th anniversary in Studio City with a host of luminaries. Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz and Tom LaBonge joined actors, crew members and film fans at the celebration at CBS Studios, on the former site of Republic Pictures.

"Today we celebrate not only Republic Pictures' lasting contribution to cinema, but we toast the film industry's enduring history in Southern California," Councilmember Krekorian said. "This is an industry that was born here and one we need to work harder to protect."

As a member of the State Assembly, Councilmember Krekorian wrote the first successful legislation that incentivized in-state film production. That tax incentive has already created or saved  tens of thousands of jobs and is making a huge difference in preserving California's heritage industry. Krekorian has continued his advocacy to protect jobs as a member of the City Council.

For 25 years, Republic Pictures ran an independent film production studio, specializing in westerns, mysteries and action films, helping launch the careers of John Wayne, Gene Autry and others.

While the event honored cinematic history, it was produced largely by the Studio City Neighborhood Council, its president, John Walker and the SCNC Cultural Affairs Committee, made up of:
-Christine From - Chair
-Lisa Cahan Davis - Secretary
-Lee Davis
-Madelaine Kelly
-Mary Mallory
-Richard Neideberg
-Lana Ford
-Rita Runyon

Councilmember, LAPD Tour North Valley

Councilmember Paul Krekorian with Sgt. Michael Hammett as they prepare to tour the North Valley.

Studio City Business Tour

On Thursday, Sept. 30, Councilmember Krekorian toured small businesses in Studio City, gaining a better perspective on the issues facing the local economy

Pictured is the Councilmember with Clay Clement, Owner of Studio City Tattoo, 11032 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.

On the business tour, Councilmember Krekorian also met with  Jacob Zarrabi, Co-Owner of NuColor Printing, located at 3962 Laurel Cyn. Blvd., Studio City.

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In this issue
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Community Volunteers Rally to Help Police Find the Killer of Cheree Osmanhodzic

Governor Signs Anti-Mobile Billboard Legislation 

Coastal Cleanup a Rousing Success

Debris Basin Cleared as Rainy Season Nears

Deepwater Horizon Motion Paves Way for Reimbursement

Studio City Celebrates 75 Year Legacy of Republic Pictures

Councilmember, LAPD Tour North Valley

Studio City Business Tour

Community Events

Foothill Police Station Open House
On Sat., Oct. 2 - from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Join officers in the Foothill Police Department as they swing open their doors for a day filled with food, music & entertainment. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (818)756-8866.
The Foothill Police Station is located at 12760 Osborne Street in Pacoima

Healing from the Ashes
On Sunday October 3rd from 2 to 5 p.m., join Councilmember Paul Krekorian at the Healing from the Ashes art exhibit.
The exhibition features artwork made using remnants from the Station Fire and will benefit survivors of one of the worst fires in history. More than 65 beautiful and inspirational artworks from 33 contributing artists will be shown.
The event will take place at
8263 Foothill Blvd Sunland, CA 91040. See for more information

The Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee is slated to meet Monday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Sunland-Tujunfa Field Office Auditorium, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga.

The Little Landers Historic Society Free Community Program will take place Sat, Oct. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m.
in the Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave.

For more events, see our Community Calendar

Neighborhood Councils 

 The Valley Glen Neighborhood Council is slated to meet Monday, Oct. 4 at 7p.m. in the L.A. Valley College Faculty Room, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. Check for more details. Parking is available in Lot B.

Contact us

City Hall
200 N. Spring St.,
Room 425
Los Angeles 90012
(213) 359-8606

North Hollywood
6350 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Suite 201
North Hollywood 91606
(818) 755-7676
Fax: (818) 755-7862

7747 Foothill Blvd.
Tujunga 90142
(818) 352-3287
fax: 352-8563

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