Elysian Valley News September 4, 2014

Dear Neighbor:

Please be alert for any suspicious criminal activity and don’t hesitate to call 911 to report.  Better you call a false alarm than to not call what may very well be a crime in progress.  Know that you can contact police and request to remain anonymous.  You too can request that they call you back with a status report on the criminal activity you report.   If a victim of a crime, please remember to file a police report in person at the San Fernando Rd. Station.  The day is coming when we will be able to do so on-line from the comfort of our own home computer.  Know that No report=No Crime, which in turn equals no police resources to EV.  Thank you for doing your part.

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Crimes between 8/13/2014 – 9/4/2014

Date: 8/27/2014 1:05 PM
Location: 2800 PARTRIDGE AV
Description: VEHICLE, STOLEN

Date: 8/26/2014 7:30 AM
Location: 2300 DORRIS PL
Description: BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony) INCLUDES VESSELS
Date: 8/20/2014 9:00 AM
Location: 2300 GLOVER PL
Description: BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony) INCLUDES VESSELS
City mandates free medical marijuana for low-income residents
Weed welfare?
That’s what the Berkeley City Council in California has unanimously approved, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their stash to patients making less than $32,000 a year.
The new welfare program in the liberal-leaning city is set to launch in August 2015.
The ordinance, which passed in August and is the first of its kind in the country, comes at a time when several states are debating how to handle a growing movement to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
But Berkeley’s decision to effectively order weed redistribution is prompting a vocal backlash.
Bishop Ron Allen, a former addict and head of the International Faith Based Coalition, told Fox News he doesn’t understand why the California city would want to dump pot on the impoverished.
“It’s ludicrous, over-the-top madness,” Allen said. “Why would Berkeley City Council want to keep their poverty-stricken under-served high, in poverty and lethargic?”
John Lovell, a lobbyist for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association, agrees.
“Instead of taking steps to help the most economically vulnerable residents get out of that state, the city has said, ‘Let’s just get everybody high,’” Lovell told The New York Times.
But others, like Mason Tvert, director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project, say it’s a community program.
Tvert told Fox News that the decision to provide the drug to some of its low-income residents is up to the community.
“So it’s a matter of the democratic process, people following the state’s laws, and this law appears to accommodate both of those,” he said.
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana nearly 20 years ago.
California dispensaries are prohibited by law from turning a profit. But some places have been giving pot away to patients who couldn’t pay for years.
One of Berkeley’s largest dispensaries, Berkeley Patients Group, has been doing it for a decade, The New York Times reports. One recipient, Arnie Passman, a poet and activist, said he’s couldn’t remember exactly how long he had been given medical marijuana or why.
“It could be for my allergies, or my arthritis — you know what happens to us folks: We forget,” Passman, 78, told the newspaper

September is National Preparedness Month:
Now is the time to take action by following the recommendation of the American Red Cross:

Key Emergency Preparedness Essentials

  • Developing a family/business Disaster Plan (i.e., where to meet, evacuation, etc.)
  • Be prepare at home, at work & in your vehicle
  • Plan for 2-3 week survival without emergency responders (i.e., food supply, water, cash in hand in small bills, etc.).
  • Gift of Life idea (gifting family emergency kits for birthdays & other special occasions)
  • Having at minimum ½ a tank of gas in your car at all times.  This will enable you to run the air conditioning, heater & radio should you be unable to live in your house.
  • Knowing where the shut-off is for electrical, gas & water
  • Proper storage of water (i.e., 6 month life span-keep away from the sun and raised-not resting on concrete or ceramic floors as these have chemicals that will seep through the plastic water container and contaminate otherwise fresh water).
  • Having a minimum of two fire extinguishers in the house to put out fires (two (2) because one out of two have been known to fail).
  • Being mindful of Children and Elderly needs (i.e., formula, diapers, bottles, medications, eye glasses, toys, comfort blankets, etc.).
  • Be mindful of neighbors with special needs (i.e., disabled/elderly)
  • Learn and practice “Drop/Cover/Hold” drill
  • Have a gas powered generator with reserve gas in storage
  • Have a list of emergency contact number
  • Know your community resources & gathering places
  • If a qualified medic, give consideration to making yourself available to assist those in need
  • Hold Practice Emergency drills

No, it’s not your imagination: The Los Angeles area is feeling more earthquakes this year http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-la-quakes-20140603-story.html

Pickup Tailgate Theft is on the Rise in California