June 6, 2013
In this issue:
President of the United States Visit
A victory for seniors
Fairfax High seniors receive Irene Epstein Memorial Scholarship Awards
LGBT Heritage Month
West LA Office
822 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
15760 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
UPCOMING EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
On Monday, June 10th, please join West LAPD Captain Evangelyn Nathan, Sergeant Mark Durrell and Senior Lead Officer Mario Gonzalez at the Westside Pavilion Room B to discuss any concerns you may have. If you live in Castle Heights, SoRo, Beverlywood, Cheviots Hills and in West LA, this will be a great opporunity to interact with other stakeholders and to meet the Council District 5 staff.
Community Room B
10850 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Use the parking entrance for the Landmark theaters either from Pico Boulevard or Westwood Boulevard.
Parking at Westside Pavilion is free or the first 3 hours. If you exceed this amount, simply go to valet and pay a flat rate of $3.00 for any additional hours.
Take the elevator to Landmark theater Lobby on Level 1.
Exit the elevator, turn left and walk across the Lobby to another elevator directly opposite.
Take this elevator up to M3. From that elevator go left and then right following the signage to Community Room B through a marked door to the left of the Landmark Theater entrance, down a corridor and then right along the back of the building to Community Room B.
Hope to see you there!
CicLAvia | Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
The next round of CicLAvia will take place on Sunday, June 23rd.
No cars, open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport marks CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard… the most walkable CicLAvia route ever!
Wilshire Boulevard was first carved out as a long path through a barley field in 1895. While its beginnings were humble, this path has transformed into one of the most notable boulevards in all of the United States.
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on CicLAvia day, participants can stroll through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution from Victorian vision to modernist experimentation; massive towers of business to intimate houses of worship; world class museums to working class mercados.
The CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route will connect One Wilshire in Downtown Los Angeles to Fairfax Avenue along Miracle Mile. These two anchor hubs will feature pedestrian zones with performers, activities sponsored by several fantastic museums, programming by some of our community partners, food trucks and more. Additional hubs along the route include MacArthur Park, Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire.
The day will also include a free, downloadable podcast by architectural researcher and commentator Edward Lifson, a Guide to Wilshire Boulevard by Catherine Gudis and designed by Colleen Corcoran, a family friendly workshop inspired by the Googie-centric geometry of the 1950s with artist Marni Gittleman, and more.
CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local arts institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways. Major support for CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard has been provided by the Getty Foundation.
CicLAvia is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is not required and there is no starting or ending point along the route. From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard offers six miles of car-free, open streets and participants can join the fun at any point along the route.
For additional information, please visit the CicLAvia website.
The City of Los Angeles through its Bureau of Sanitation will hold FREE Used Tire Recycling Collection Events
Each person who brings tries will receive a coupon for 15% off your next purchase of Firestone and Bridgestone tires.
Properly dispose of used and old tires from 9am - 2:30pm at the locations listed below:
Saturday, June 8, 2013
So. Los Angeles District Yard
at The Expo Center
3990 Menlo Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Harbor District Yard
1400 N. Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
Saturday, June 29, 2013
West Los Angeles District Yard
2027 Stoner Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
• City of Los Angeles RESIDENTS ONLY
– No tires from businesses (To verify residency, bring your current DWP bill and
California Driver’s License)
• Maximum of nine (9) tires per person per trip. Contact (213) 485-3568 for additional information
• Passenger and light truck tires only
• Tires on rims will not be accepted
Pet Safety in EXTREME Heat,
a message from the Department of Animal Services
According to composer George Gershwin, Summertime means “the livin’ is easy, fish are jumpin’, and the cotton is high”.This special season can also mean we need to protect our companion animals from extreme heat.
Keep in mind that when it is hot for you, it is even hotter for them.Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin.They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means animals must work hard to stay cool.
Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal.If your best friend has a shorter nose, like Persian cats and bulldogs, he is more susceptible to heatstroke than breeds with longer noses.
If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing, and looks very distressed, she could be having a heatstroke.Heatstroke is an emergency.Get the animal out of the heat.Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head.Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly.Cool off your furry friend and then take her to the vet immediately.
The best plan is to keep your dog and cat protected from the summer heat.
- Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink.A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan.Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.
- Dogs and cats do sweat a little through the pads of their feet.The cats I know do not appreciate water added to any part of their body, but dogs often enjoy having cool water on their feet.Some dogs enjoy walking through or even lying in a child’s wading pool.
- It is dangerous to leave your dog or cat in a car for 5 minutes.If he cannot go inside at every stop with you, he is safer at home on hot days!Car interiors heat very quickly in the hot sun, even with the windows open.If it is 85 degrees outside, it will climb to 102 degrees inside your car within ten minutes. In half an hour, it will reach 120 degrees or more!If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block.
- While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention the hot pavement or sidewalks that make your dog’s lower to the ground walking space hotter and can even burn their feet.Early morning and later evening walks will be more comfortable for you both!
- Animals who go outside need access to shade. Dark coats absorb heat.Lighter coated animals, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer from exposure to the sun and they are more susceptible to sunburn.
- Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat.However, if the coat has gotten matted, a summer clip will make your buddy much more comfortable and allow you a new start at keeping him brushed.Remember, newly clipped animals can get sunburned.
- If your dog spends time in the yard, make sure she has access to shade.Shade trees, a covered patio, or a cool spot under the porch can help keep her comfortable.
Companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend!
Living safely with the Wildlife that shares our City
Coyotes are wild animals and can pose a risk to people and pets. The goal of Los Angeles Animal Services is to educate the public fostering a relationship of mutual respect between wildlife and the community so we can live together safely.
Here are a few guidelines for how to have a safe community for you and for the coyotes:
-Do not approach or feed wild animals, including coyotes. It is unsafe and a violation of the law. Never leave small children and pets unattended outdoors even if your yard is fenced.
-Remove pet food dishes when your pet has finished eating and do not leave food outside. Pick ripe fruit and clean rotten produce off the ground.
-Walk your dog on a leash at all times, not only is it the law, but it will keep your pet safe. Do not allow your dog to interact or “play” with a coyote.
-When you are walking your dog in areas known to have coyotes, you can carry a loud whistle of even an umbrella that you can open and close rapidly to scare them away. Unlike the approach with an aggressive dog, you can raise your arms above your head and stomp your feet while shouting at the coyote to scare them away.
-Put all trash bags inside trashcans and keep all outdoor trashcan lids securely fastened on the containers. Ammonia or pepper sprinkled in the trash may also discourage a scavenging coyote. Keep your property well lit at night especially when you go out with your dog for the last potty break before bed.
-Trim hedges from the bottom and keep brush cleared to limit hiding places for coyotes.
-Close off crawl spaces under porches, decks and sheds. Coyotes use such areas for resting and raising young.
Share this information with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood safe. If you belong to a neighborhood association, call Los Angeles Animal Services to schedule an educational presentation for your next meeting.
If you have coyotes near your home, please call (888) 452-7381 for non-lethal assistance.
The Los Angeles Animal Services Department has a Wildlife Expert and several very knowledgeable speakers. You can arrange for them to attend Neighborhood Council or other neighborhood meetings to talk about wildlife and to answer questions about wildlife.
Please click here for more information.
Motor Avenue Farmers' Market
Weekly community event featuring fresh produce, French crepes, hot tamales, and artisanal sauces, musical acts, vintage clothing, as well as handcrafted items by local artists and designers and children’s activities like pony rides and a petting zoo.
When: Every Sunday from 9am to 2pm, year-round, Rain or Shine
Where: National Blvd west of Motor Avenue
Melrose Trading Post
Described as a cool, eclectic gem of a place to find treasures and rare goodies, the Melrose Trading Post is a great Sunday destination. You can expect to find something to make you say "wow" every single time you visit. Enjoy the food court in the beautifully landscaped upper quad. Relax to the live jazz band's melodic vibes. Treat yourself to a different kind of day.
When: Every Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Rain or Shine.
Where: Located in the parking lot of Fairfax High School (Corner of Fairfax and Melrose Avenue)
The Westwood Village Farmers' Market
When: Every Thursday from 12 - 6pm.
Free Parking at the Broxton Avenue Structure.
Popular food trucks and shops open late as well as offer promotions.
When: First Thursday of every month
Where: Melrose Avenue between Ogden and Stanley
Get Water Quality Grades on the Go
Beachgoers can now check the latest water quality grades at 650+ West Coast beaches via Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card mobile app for the iPhone or Android, at http://www.beachreportcard.org/.
The new, free Beach Report Card app provides the only access anytime and anywhere to a comprehensive, weekly analysis of coastline water quality. The mobile app delivers A through F grades, weather conditions and user tips throughout beach locations in California, Oregon and Washingtonto swimmers, surfers and anyone who loves going in the ocean water.
In addition to discovering which beaches are safe or unsafe, beachgoers can look up and save their favorite local beaches, as well as learn details on beach closures.
Know before you go!
LAFCU Announces New Shop LA City Visa® Card with Triple Rewards
Shop LA City, in partnership with Los Angeles Federal Credit Union (LAFCU), is proud to announce the new Shop LA City Visa Platinum Plus credit card. The card, available to all Southern California residents, is the first of its kind to offer triple reward points for all purchases at merchants in the city of Los Angeles and single rewards points in other cities.* The rewards can be redeemed for travel, merchandise or gift cards through CURewards, or used for consumer loan rate discounts at LAFCU.**
The card also has a six-month 0% introductory rate (for new LAFCU credit card holders) then variable rates as low as 9.90% APR.*** This is almost 50% lower than the average rewards card rate of 17.27% APR**** and could save thousands of dollars in interest charges. Cardholders can save even more by transferring their higher-rate balances from other cards to their new Shop LA City Visa.
Besides earning triple rewards, cardholders will also help the city of Los Angeles. For every $10 in sales tax paid in the city, the city earns one dollar to help support services like police, fire, libraries and parks.
Applying for the new Shop LA City Triple Rewards card is quick and easy at www.lafcu.org/ or by calling (877) MY LAFCU (695-2328). The website also has details about this exciting new card, and LAFCU’s range of beneficial, low-rate or free financial products and services.
LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REVAMPS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ADDED CUSTOMER SERVICE
LAX Facebook Page Increases to More Than 28,300 Fans
Recent improvements to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Facebook page increased the numbers of its fans and followers. The Los Angeles International Airport Facebook fan page, which first launched in April 2009, now has more than 28,300 fans.
LAX operated two Facebook fan pages under two accounts – one under “Governmental” and the other under “Places”. Fans did not have the option to “check-in” under the governmental fan page. Now with one LAX primary page, under a new URL, fans and followers can now check-in, receive up-to-the-minute information on airport conditions, videos, photos, flight delay, travel-related news, and much more.
LAX’s social media websites are designed to provide real time announcements including airline fare deals, new passenger services and amenities; flight status, current airport conditions, and developments on various modernization projects. LAX’s Twitter site at increased to more than 7,100 fans since its launch in February 2009. LAX’s YouTube, the newest edition social media site, at is a channel that provides videos of recent events, construction, and airline news, which reached more than 12,400 video views since its launch last year.
Jewish Family Service is offering an educational workshop / support group for family members impacted by domestic violence. For more information, please call Vivian Engle, M.A. at 818-789-1293 x1215.
Call 3-9-9 for Non-Emergency Roadside Assistance on the Highway...
If your car breaks down on the freeway and there is no Call Box in sight, you can use your cellphone to get non-emergency roadside assistance quickly and easily by calling 3-9-9. You can also use this to report obstacles or hazards in the road, (but wait until you have stopped driving to call!). Calls to 3-9-9 are connected to Call Box operators who can Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow trucks to your location. If you are covered by AAA, the dispatcher can patch your call straight through to AAA. FSP help is free of charge, and is funded by an additional $1 on every Vehicle Licenses Fee in the State of California. In emergencies, you should still always call 9-1-1.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is pleased to unveil LAFDmobile, a free application for iPhone and Android smartphones. For more information, please click HERE.
For the latest construction notices and closures along the I-405, please visit Metro HERE.
For more information on the Asian citrus psyllid and how it can affect California citrus, please click HERE.
Shopping within the City limits of Los Angeles not only supports local businesses, it also supports City services, its neighborhoods and the well-being of all Los Angeles residents. For every $10 you spend on taxes - $1 goes back to the General Fund! Whether shopping along Melrose or grabbing some food in Encino, every dollar we spend within the city is an investment to the future of Los Angeles. Details HERE.
iWATCH is a community awareness program created to educate the public about behaviors and activities that may have a connection to terrorism. It is a partnership between your community and the Los Angeles Police Department. For more information, please click the logo above.
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