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Earthquake! Be Prepared, Save Lives!

The Annual NELA SHAKEOUT is on Tuesday, October 14, hosted at the Highland Park Old LA Farmers’ Market, on Marmion Way at Avenue 57. The Great Shake Out event is a full Earthquake Preparedness Fair, planned in conjunction with the official Great California Shakeout (http://www.shakeout.org/california/)

According to the website, “Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” at 10:16a.m on October 16th.” The Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills and educational events began in California in 2008. (Remember though, the NELA Great Shake Out event is on Tuesday, the 14th.)


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Organizer Loyd Kattro, self-proclaimed, and fully engaged official fault line and earthquake expert of Highland Park, has an impressive line up of organizations and agencies coming to help us learn how to protect ourselves and save lives when a major earthquake hits southern California. Among them are: Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council; The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sempra Energy, Department of Water and Power, LA Department of Public Health, Community Emergency Response Team program, LA Police Department, Southwest Museum Friends of Highland Park, Drop cover and Hold On Demo, Shake Out, Office of Emergency Services and California’s Earthquake Country Alliance, Emergency Watershed Protection, Be Ready, Red Cross, LA City Emergency Management District, City Council District one, the LA Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team, LA county Fire Department and the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council.

In addition to the information booths and demonstrations there will be a prize wheel and an opportunity to experience a major earthquake! Brave the Shakey-Quakey School House earthquake simulator. This mobile unit is designed to look and feel like a schoolhouse inside, with real desks and a chalkboard. It is outfitted with nine child-sized seats, one adult seat and one wheelchair accessible seat. Inside the trailer children will watch a short video featuring Yogi Bear, who is voiced by actor Dan Akroyd.. Yogi and his friends will guide them through an exercise where they see, feel and react to the sensations of a virtual earthquake, including shaking, falling objects and sounds. Each segment is approximately three minutes in length. Afterwards, each child receives an official Yogi Bear earthquake preparedness booklet to take home and share with their families.

The fact is California is earthquake country, and everyone knows the old cliche, ”It’s not ‘if’, it’s ‘when!’” When an earthquake hits our first responsibility is to ride it out as safely as possible. The “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill is the current standard for earthquake safety. Drop to your hands and knees, crawl for Cover under a table or other solid piece of protective furniture, and Hold On to the protecting item. Expect to remain in the safe position as an earthquake rocks for up to four minutes.

Earthquake shaking can move almost anything, even large or heavy items, Imagine your home or workplace being picked up and shaken sideways, what would fall or be thrown around? Parof preparedness is securing small and large items to prevent them from causing injury.

After an earthquake we may face many situations. Roads and buildings may be broken and crumbling. Water pipes, gas lines, and electrical wires may be dislodged or severed. Supplies of food and water, and first aid and medical help, may be delayed for weeks. Preparedness means being ready for all of these possibilities. Basics include having clothing, including sturdy shoes ready in case of evacuation.

According to Loyd, the top three items to have in supply are water, water and water. We take it for granted, but three days without water can be fatal to humans. The guideline for emergency water on hand is to have 1-3 gallons per person per day, for 14 days at least. You cannot have too much water available. Do not rely on swimming pool water, the Fire Department may need that water for fire control.
Can’t wait for the Shake Out to get prepared? Get a jump on the action, lay in water and emergency supplies, extra food, sturdy clothing and shoes. Then play beat the quake http://www.shakeout.org/beatthequake.html

This event is partially sponsored by the Office of Senator Kevin De Leon. For more information please contact Loyd Kattro, info@earthquakewaterproducts.com (323) 254-8282

FREE Pet Education Seminar

FREE Pet Education Seminar with Veterinarians Dr. Lisa Hsuan and Dr. Alondra Pasallo at Hermon Dog Park!

Sunday, August 31, 2014 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hermon Dog Park (5568 Via Marisol, Los Angeles, CA 90042)

“Summertime Health Issues”

Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo will speak at 5 pm on different topics including allergies, fleas and fox-tails. Questions and answers will begin at 6pm. At the end of the seminar, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo are providing a door prize.

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and new perspectives about our four-legged friends.

Refreshments will be provided by Friends of Hermon Dog Park. Come by the booth for dog treats and to get other valuable information.

(If you are going to use the dog park, your dog must be spayed or neutered)

Friends of Hermon Dog Park is pleased to sponsor this event!
Chairs are provided by Council District-14

Dr. Lisa Hsuan’s and Dr. Pasallo’s clinic is Animal Health Care Center in Eagle Rock. To learn more about Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo click here (www.ahccla.com/our-staff)

For more information, please email contact@hermondogpark.org.
Kat Spofford, President, Friends of Hermon Dog Park, kat@hermondogpark.org

First Meeting: NELA Homeless Coalition, a voice for people whose needs are overlooked.

Thursday, May 15, 7pm, Eagle Rock City Hall – Upstairs room
2035 Colorado Blvd 90041

Highland Park based Recycled Resources for the Homeless has been working with the homeless neighbors of North East Los Angeles for several years. Through regular contact, aimed at learning about the needs of the individuals, they have made great strides. In addition to distributing food, clothing, and hygiene kits and documenting the long term and most at risk among them, they have reunited families and found permanent housing for some of them.

Now they are taking their next step, forming a NELA Homeless Coalition.

This from Director Rebecca Prine:

“As new interest continues to grow in neighborhoods throughout Northeast Los Angeles significant changes happen in our community; new businesses open, new parks and parklets are formed, streets are repaired, and houses remodeled as the value of real estate in NELA continues to sore. The economic revitalization within our community is noticeable, however, so are our homeless neighbors.

“The NELA Homeless Coalition will be a voice for people whose needs are overlooked as funding for residential and commercial projects gets distributed to further beautify our neighborhood.

“This coalition will need support and ideas from community leaders, stakeholders, businesses, faith-based groups, community groups, families, individuals, and of course our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

“This meeting is open to everyone and we hope you can join us as we begin to take giant steps in forming a community network in NELA dedicated to addressing chronic homelessness in our community.”

Contact: Rebecca Prine 323-697-0001

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Neighborhood Council Elections are Saturday April 26, 2014

Make it an outing, a celebration of your community…  Plan to VOTE this Saturday! NELA polling locations are listed below. Polling Hours vary by Neighborhood Council

You are a stake holder in a neighborhood council if you: Live, work, or own a business or property, in the council area, or have a community interest in the area based on “substantial and ongoing participation in some aspect of the community.”

Find your neighborhood, get involved, vote, come to meetings.

POLLING PLACES AND HOURS BY NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL in North East Los Angeles

Arroyo Seco Neighborhood council
Representing: Hermon, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Mount Washington and Sycamore Grove.
Polling hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Ramona Hall Community Center Lobby
4580 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90065
To review candidates: http://empowerla.org/asnc/arroyo-seco-nc-2014-elections/

Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council
Polling hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Benjamin Franklin Branch Library
2200 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
To review candidates: http://empowerla.org/bhnc/boyle-heights-nc-2014-elections/

Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council
Polling hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Eagle Rock City Hall
Downstairs Community Room
2035 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041
To review candidates: http://empowerla.org/ernc/eagle-rock-nc-2014-elections/

Glassell Park Neighborhood Council
Polling hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Glassell Park Recreation Center
3750 N. Verdugo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065
To review candidates: http://empowerla.org/gpnc/glassell-park-nc-2014-elections/

Cypress Park Neighborhood Council
Polling hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Cypress Park & Recreation Center (Auditorium)
2630 Pepper Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
To review candidates: http://empowerla.org/gcpnc/greater-cypress-park-nc-2014-elections/

Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council
Polling hours: 9 am to 3 pm
Highland Park Recreation Center
6150 Piedmont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90042
To review candidates: http://empowerla.org/hhpnc/historic-highland-park-nc-2014-elections/

LA-32
Polling Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Farmdale Elementary School
2660 Ruth Swiggett Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
To review candidates: http://empowerla.org/la32/la-32-nc-2014-elections/

Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council
Polling Hours: 11 am to 5 pm
Cafe in the Heights
3510 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031
To review candidates: http://empowerla.org/lhnc/lincoln-heights-nc-2014-elections/

See you at the polls!

PET EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR

PET EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR

This Sunday, Friends of Hermon Dog park will sponsor this free seminar to all park patrons!

When:  February 23 (from 3-5 pm)
Where:  Hermon Dog Park (5568 Via Marisol, Los Angeles, CA 90042)
How:   Show up at 3 pm to exercise your pet, then stay for the seminar beginning at 3:30 pm
What:  Topic: “Are You Prepared With Your Pets When A Disaster Strikes?”

  • What supplies are really needed?
  • How to approach an injured pet?
  • What if I get separated from my pet?
  • How do we keep our pets safe?

Emergency checklist handouts, as well as other valuable material will be available after the seminar.

Who:  Two experts presenting the seminar: Cindy Sanchez is certified and an instructor with the American Red Cross (since 2001).  Thea Martin, is a regional representative and part of the volunteer recruiting training team with Animal Response and Rescue Coalition. They are both members of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). 
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Yappy Hour & Pet Emergency Preparedness Seminar 2/23!

February Yappy Hour & Pet Emergency Preparedness Seminar Friends of Hermon Dog Park is pleased to sponsor this event!  This seminar is FREE to all park patrons! When:  Sunday, February 23 (from 3-5 pm) Where:  Hermon Dog Park (5568 Via Marisol, … Continue reading

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Alternative Presentation Triggers Rude Bicyclist Outbursts

At a raucous committee meeting of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, bicyclists exploded in angry outbursts as “Alternative Views” on North Figueroa bike lanes was the subject of the meeting.
Opponents of removing car traffic lanes for bike lanes were there only because they were requested by ASNC leadership to give a presentation on “Alternative Views.” They were shouted down by bike lane promoters, and not allowed to continue with what they were prepared to present.
Here is the presentation video of Alternatives that Hart Fisher of Highland Park created to grant the request of the ASNC.

NORTHBOUND SR-110 FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE PLANNED

NORTHBOUND SR-110 FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE PLANNED

 

LOS ANGELES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the northbound Pasadena Freeway (SR-110) from midnight to 8 a.m. on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 between the Golden State Freeway (I-5) connector and Orange Grove Avenue.

 

Detours will be in place.

 

The closures are in relation to a slab replacement project.

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Come check out Jimmy Gomez’s NEW District Office

Friend,

I wanted to make sure you knew about the Open House we’re holding this Thursday at our NEW District Office.

I’m excited about our new location in Echo Park and want to introduce you to our staff.

Join us:
Thursday, February 28th
6 PM – 8 PM
1910 West Sunset Boulevard, Suite 810 (CitiBank Building)
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Entrance to the building is on the Glendale Blvd side.
To RSVP or for more information, click here or please call 213-483-5151.

I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts about legislative and community issues.
Your friend,

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Jimmy Gomez

Assemblymember, 51st District
Democratic Whip

Boulevard Sentinel Endorses Kevin James

Normally we don’t go for Republicans, but after seeing So-Cal connected report tonight on double dipping by L.A. police and fire (they collect retirement while they are still working!) I see that Kevin James is the lone voice who at least says he would put a stop to it. The Boulevard Sentinel endorses Kevin James for Mayor of L.A.

learn about neighborhood emergency supply bins today

Hermon O’Bin House

Imagine having no power, no food, no water, and no communications for days, possibly weeks.  How will your neighborhood cope?   Have you ever seen a neighborhood emergency supply bin?  Do you want to learn how to get one for your community & prepare at the grass-roots level? 

 

One Northeast Los Angeles community is working hard to prepare for the next big emergency. Hermon’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is hosting their first “O’Bin House” on Saturday, Feb 9th to show other communities how to set up, store and maintain their own community emergency supplies.

Everyone is invited to attend this unique outdoors event, rain or shine, from 2-4pm at Hermon’s Emergency Supply Bin. Located at the back of the empty church lot at 5710 Monterey Rd, the large bin will be the location for interesting tours which are free and fun for the entire family.

Hermon’s 25-member CERT team was trained by the Los Angeles Fire Department, who continues to support the community by attending and participating in Hermon’s annual disaster drills and ShakeOut exercises.  Most of Hermon’s emergency preparedness events are organized and sponsored by town residents and emergency expert volunteers.

See what Hermon and its neighbors have for emergency supplies, which are meant to complement, not replace individual family supplies.  Also learn what individual emergency supplies you may still need and place an order with our local vendor, Earthquake Solutions of Irwindale.

At 3:00pm you’ll be able to see the correct way to use a fire extinguisher to safely douse small fires.  Throughout the event guests will be able to spend time lounging in cozy Hermon Emergency Village, while listening to tranquil music and playing games for great prizes!

Citizens will be able to register for free local CERT and CPR training and possibly a new pilot Teen CERT Program.   An event flyer is included to assist with publicity and outreach.

There will be a special, free door prize to the first 100 who attend!  So mark your calendars and come
taste our preserved 5-yr-old food and drink while you learn about CERT and how to prepare your community for the Big One.

Contact:  Mark Legassie, LAFD/CERT Batt 2
323-895-6275marklegassie@gmail.com

 

February Boulevard Sentinel is on the Street

February Boulevard Sentinel

Huizar’s Vicious Circle of Disenfranchising Voters

Jose Huizar is working on refining the factual basis stakeholder definition for neighborhood council elections in response to the 313 factual basis voters who voted in the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council elections. He is shopping it around to get support from neighborhood councils in his area, as well as the BONC (board of neighborhood council commissioners).

Not surprisingly, Huizar left out a very important piece of information on the issue because it was their actions of conspiring to disenfranchise voters that caused it.

A few weeks before the election, Huizar, independent election administrator Terrence Gomes, ERNC leaders and a deputy city attorney (unnamed) openly conspired to disenfranchise voters who owned and worked at tax-paying marijuana dispensaries. Note that at that time there were no city laws or ordinances prohibiting such businesses, and in fact, law from a superior power, state law, allowing them was in full effect.

This widely distributed email message was sent out by ERNC leader Maria Nazario, who quotes it as being from a deputy city attorney (unnamed) and forwarded to her by Terrance Gomes.

“Our Office has advised that Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are not authorized under the Los Angeles Administrative Code as any of the permissible and enumerated uses contained within the Code. Therefore, the use of property as a Medical Marijuana Dispensary is unauthorized and illegal.
“Under the Plan for a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils a factual basis stakeholder is a person who “declares a stake in the neighborhood.” (Plan, art. II, § 1.) That “stake,” however, must be based on legally permissible activity. Thus, a person who claims an interest in a neighborhood alleging that it is based on a Medical Marijuana Dispensary, which is an unauthorized and illegal use, is not an eligible stakeholder.”

Hence, taxpaying stakeholders and voters, authorized by State law, were disenfranchised from voting by Huizar, independent election administrator Terrence Gomes, ERNC leaders and a deputy city attorney (unnamed).

To excuse themselves from doing this, they reasoned that all a interested potential voter had to do was go down the street, buy a coffee at Starbucks, and bring the receipt in to qualify for factual basis. This was publicized widely.

Therefore, the entire situation occurred only because Huizar, independent election administrator Terrence Gomes, ERNC leaders and a deputy city attorney (unnamed) encouraged such factual basis stakeholders as a way to excuse themselves from critic’s charges they disenfranchised legitimate voters.

Now, with this new push to redefine the factual basis voters, Jose Huizar completes his viscous circle of flawed reasoning.

Disenfranchise voters. –>  Encourage factual basis to deny disenfranchising. –>  Eliminate factual basis. –>  Disenfranchise voters. –>  Encourage factual basis to deny disenfranchising. –>  Eliminate factual basis. –> Disenfranchise voters. –>  Encourage factual basis to deny disenfranchising. –>  Eliminate factual basis. –> Disenfranchise voters. –>  Encourage factual basis to deny disenfranchising. –>  Eliminate factual basis. –> Disenfranchise voters. –>

You get the idea. Jose? Do you?

Former Councilman Art Snyder, a City Hall ‘character,’ dead at 79