Elysian Valley News – 9/18/2014

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.


Diana Albarran -Buissiness Admin. Major-Cal State LA                 Wendy  Xitlali Garibay-Nursing Major-Mount St. Mary 
Freshman                                                                                         Freshman

The De La Torre family BEMA Scholarship fund congratulates Diana and Wendy for their pursuit of higher learning.  These first generation college students each received a $500 award toward their college expenses.  CONGRATULATIONS!

Date: 9/14/2014 9:30 PM
Location: 2700 NEWELL ST
Description: ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON (ADW) (likely to produce great bodily injury)

Date: 9/12/2014 5:00 PM
Location: 2300 ALTMAN ST
Description: VEHICLE, STOLEN

Fake IRS Phone Scam Making the Rounds

By Clark Howard

Just before the holiday rush, scamsters are working overtime trying to get your money in a continuing phone scam.

The Internal Revenue Service reports sophisticated IRS impostors are calling people and demanding immediate payment.

In some cases they’re also impersonating local law enforcement and threatening you with immediate arrest unless you send untraceable money amounting in the thousands of dollars for back taxes that you supposedly owe.
Here’s how this IRS phone scam works
The scamsters use phone spoofing to make their number come up as “IRS,” and they already have the last 4 digits of your Social Security number — both of which lends them an air of legitimacy.

Here are some of their other tactics to watch out for:

  • They use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
  • They send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
  • They call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.

You’re told to submit payment either by wire or by prepaid debit card. So far, 1,000 people have been swindled out of $5 million, according to IRS officials

BOE to install signs at each end of the bridge

From: Sergio Infanzon [mailto:sergio.infanzon@lacity.org]
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2014 2:54 PM
To: David Delatorre
Subject: Re: Request for visible signage South/North alerting residents to pedestrian access on the New Riverside Dr./Figueroa Bridge.

Mr. De Latorre,

BOE has indicated that a sign will be installed at each end of the bridge.  BOE will work with the Department of Transportation to get the proper sign and direct the Contractor to install it.
Let me know if you have additional questions.
Thank you,
Sergio Infanzon
Office of Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo
Los Angeles City Council, District 1
200 N. Spring St., Room 470
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Homeless Man Allegedly Shot by Men on BMX Bikes Near LA River

The man was undergoing surgery and will most likely survive, police said.

A homeless man was shot by two random men near the LA River in Atwater Village early Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The homeless man, believed to be around 50 years old, was approached by two unknown men on BMX bikes just before 2 a.m., police said.
The men on the BMX bikes allegedly shot the homeless man twice. He was struck once in the arm and once on the side, police said.
The man was undergoing surgery and will most likely survive, police said. Homeless Man Allegedly Shot by Men on BMX Bikes Near LA River

Invitation for Community BBQ | Wednesday, Sept. 24th from 5-8

Dear neighbors,
Let’s celebrate the people that make Frogtown a vibrant place and create  collective vision for what is best for our community.Join us for our first Open House BBQ – a fun evening of exchanging stories and meeting your neighbors. Enjoy free tacos by Kevin’s tacos, homemade churros by Vicente & Suzie Diaz, and poems by 9 year old Jolett.

Wednesday, September 24th
5-8 PM
LA Más | 3051 N. Coolidge Ave.

This event is part of Futuro de Frogtown – a short community based project that explores what it means to create effective change.
BBQ invitation, project summary & calendar in both English & Spanish are attached. Please share with your neighbors!

We hope to see you next Wednesday!

Helen & Maria
Helen Leung
Director of Social Impact
helen@mas.la<mailto:helen@mas.la> | 323.244.3630www.mas.la<http://www.mas.la

Attend Proposition P Information Workshop 

Join U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and President of Coca-Cola North America Sandy Douglas @ Marsh St. Park

Dear Friend:
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and President of Coca-Cola North America Sandy Douglas invite you to join them on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 11:30 am at Marsh Park on the Los Angeles River for an event on the Department’s ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of young people and veterans to play, learn, work and serve in the great outdoors.
Secretary Jewell will make a major public-private partnership announcement for 23 projects nationwide that support efforts to build a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps through expanding youth employment opportunities on public lands.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

11:15 a.m. (PDT) – Check-In
11:30 a.m. (PDT) – Announcement

Marsh Park
2999 Rosanna Street
Los Angeles, California 90039

We hope you are able to join us and ask that you RSVP at your earliest convenience by clicking HERE.  Casual attire is appropriate.
Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of the Interior

Beware of “Crapi” Development in Elysian Valley


RIck Cortez of RAC DESIGN BUILD (3048 North Coolidge Avenue) hung the above banner during the Frogtown Artwalk as a means  to provoke and elicit a response.  “We had the center table full of Zoning and resent sales information”, says Rick.  I invite EV residents to stay engaged with what is unfolding to safeguard against “crapi” development in our neighborhood.

Sanctions OK’d for minor Crimes

If you walk your dog without a leash in Los Angeles, you could soon be slapped with a $100 fine-or more it happens again.   That’s because the Los Angeles  City Council adopted a new system Tuesday that allows police officers to issue citations for minor “quality of life”  crimes that would typically be resolved with a warning.  Click the following link to read the complete story.

Cars must observe 3-foot buffer zones for cyclists

Drivers should already be sharing the road with cyclists, officials said, but the law-and the fines that come with breaking it should improve awareness.  A driver who veers to close to a bike could face a $35 fine.  If a car is in the buffer zone and a collision occurs that injures the cyclist, the driver could face a $220 fee.  “Colin Bogart, the program director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a cycling advocacy organization, said he hopes that the law will encourage drivers to take a deep breath and wait before speeding past cyclist.”  Drives who aren’t sure whether they are more than three feet away should err on the side of caution and give more space than they think is necessary, Bogart said.http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-bike-clearance-20140917-story.html

How about a 3-foot buffer zone for pedestrians on the Elysian Valley Bike Path?

Stop me if you have heard this before from me.  If cyclist can be so demanding of motorist and the lobby group so powerful to gain City concession after City concession, why can’t Elysian Valley pedestrians reasonably expect the same safety courtesy on the EV bike path from our elected officials and cyclists. 

If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it
Dan Walters:
Hilary Abramson is one of the most talented and prolific journalists ever to practice the craft in Sacramento.She’s also a personal friend for the past four decades, and thus it was horrifying to learn that she had been clobbered by a young bicyclist who was riding illegally on the sidewalk near her downtown apartment, causing very serious and permanent injuries.

The bicyclist paused briefly, then pedaled off without leaving his name – which, if he had been a motorist, would have been felony hit-and-run driving and earned him up to four years behind bars.
Hilary wrote about the incident in a lengthy Sacramento Bee article last month and about her mission to protect pedestrians from bicyclists who commonly use sidewalks as their personal paths.
A few days after the article appeared, I happened to be walking near the Capitol when a bicyclist cruised by on the sidewalk, ignoring a designated bike lane just a few feet away on 10th Street.

I told him – not impolitely – that what he was doing was illegal, but he then parked his bike and approached on foot with advice, loudly laced with f-bombs, to mind my own business. We agreed to disagree on that subject.  As it happens, a new state law mandating that motorists give bicycles a three-foot clearance on streets and roads takes effect today, including fines for drivers who don’t leave prescribed clearance.

Bicycle advocates are hailing the law as an overdue recognition that two-wheelers are an alternative mode of personal transportation, not merely playthings of children and spandex-clad enthusiasts.
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Nor is it the only thing that state legislators did for bicyclists recently. They passed another bill, now sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, that authorizes local governments, with voter approval, to hike vehicle licenses by up to $5 a year to pay for more bicycle paths and lanes, and still another to make prosecution of hit-and-run drivers easier.

We get it that bicyclists want respect and protection as they share roads with cars. But the flip side is that bicyclists need to drop the arrogance that too many exhibit as they cut in and out of traffic, blow through red lights and stop signs, and imperil pedestrians by careening down sidewalks.
The three-foot clearance law should be matched by one that absolutely prohibits bicycles on sidewalks statewide with stiff fines for violation, and another that makes hit-and-run bicycling just as much a crime as hit-and-run driving.

Moreover, if bicyclists want to be taken seriously, they should also be paying some of the cost of marking bicycle lanes and building bike paths, rather than making motorists pick up the tab, as the pending bill would do.Fair is fair. With privileges come responsibilities, both legal and financial. And receiving respect means acting like you deserve it.  Call The Bee’s Dan Walters, (916) 321-1195. Back columns, www.sacbee.com/walters. Follow him on Twitter @WaltersBee.

New device in the works to catch texting drivers
By Dave Forster
The Virginian-Pilot
© September 16, 2014

A Virginia company is developing a radar gunlike device that would help police catch drivers as they text.
The technology works by detecting the telltale radio frequencies that emit from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone, said Malcolm McIntyre of ComSonics. Cable repairmen use similar means to find where a cable is damaged – from a rodent, for instance – by looking for frequencies leaking in a transmission, McIntyre said.http://hamptonroads.com/2014/09/new-device-works-catch-texting-drivers

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  Invite the children in your life to join Let’s Move! West LA for a celebration with food tasting on Saturday, September 27th from 1-4pm in Culver City.  Visit http://letsmovewestla.ning.com/ for more information.

Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of Isil

Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of Isil, the Vatican has been warned, ahead of his first visit to a Muslim-majority country this weekend.  As the 77-year-old pontiff prepares to travel to Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit, Iraq’s ambassador to the Holy See said there were credible threats against the pontiff’s life. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/the-pope/11098905/Isil-want-to-assassinate-the-Pope-says-Iraqs-ambassador-to-Vatican.html


20′ Emergency Supply Container

I’m woking on securing a 20′ container to house EV emergency supplies.  There is a high probability of this coming to fruition in the coming weeks.  The subsequent challenge is finding a permanent place to rest the unit.  Anyone with open space is asked to reach out to the EVNW.

Beware of Phony debt collectors Scam
By Clark Howard

Phony debt collectors are now hacking the databases of real debt collectors. These criminals are calling people pretending to be the legitimate debt collectors.   Scam victims are asked for personal financial information (i.e., checking account, credit card number) and are known to use intimidating scare tactics.
Of course, if you owe a debt and have the money, pay the debt! But know that if you pay even so much as one penny against an old debt that’s not legally active anymore, the entire debt comes back to life even if it had been outside of the statute of limitations. (This is not legal, but this is common among rogue collectors who don’t respect the law.)

Most often, though, people can’t afford to pay. In that case, collectors may say horrible things. They may tell your kids you’re going to jail if they get them on the phone. Or they may call your neighbors to try to use them to humiliate you into paying.

Remember this: If a collector is harassing you, you can shut down their harassment by certified mail using my drop dead letter. And know that they can’t threaten to kill you or physically harm you. Mainly they want to create intimidation and fear.

If you legitimately owe a debt, you have specific rights under federal law. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when dealing with collectors:

  • Always record any calls from/to a collector.
  • If your debt is outside the statute of limitations, you are not required to pay up. However, you should honor your obligations when you’re financially able to do so. The statutue of limitations is 3 to 4 years on many debts in most states. Yet a negative mark resulting from a delinquent account can hang out on your credit for up to 7 years.
  • You have the right to tell a collector never to contact you again. Use a drop dead letter and send it via certified mail. You can still, however, be sued against the debt even after sending this letter.
  • If you legitimately owe money and wish to make a deal to pay, never give a collector your checking account number over the phone. Collectors routinely take more money than they say they’ll take.
  • Never pay one cent until you have an agreement in writing stating your payment(s) will resolve the debt in full.

Pickup Tailgate Theft is on the Rise in California

Elysian Valley resident reports pickup tailgate stolen from leaving vehicle parked at Metro parking lot.  Residents are reminded to bring their vehicles inside and when parking outside seek a space where vehicle can be backed into a wall to make difficult removal of the tailgate.  Thieves are said to be stealing tailgates and placing them on sale in websites like Craigslist.  Be alert and report any suspicious activity to 911.

Panhandling Support Substance Abuse

West Nile virus [Alert]

Hi David,

Thank you for your [inquiry] regarding exposure risk to West Nile virus in 90031 and 90039. Currently, West Nile virus is considered widespread throughout the county, including the zip codes you mentioned. Unfortunately, it is here to stay and it will return every year. To reduce your risk of getting West Nile virus or any other mosquito-borne disease, we recommend taking precautions including using insect repellent and making sure there is no stagnant water around the home.

“We know that residents are faced with a multitude of obligations and concerns on a daily basis,” says Public Information Officer Levy Sun.  “GLACVCD is asking residents to just take a brief pause and remember to apply insect repellent when they are outdoors between dusk and dawn and to eliminate breeding sources around their homes.  These prevention measures are easy to follow, don’t require a lot of time, and can save lives.”

Residents can be proactive and follow the 3D’s of West Nile virus prevention to help stop the transmission of West Nile virus:

  1. Dump/Drain:Eliminate standing water on your property because that’s where mosquitoes breed.
  2. Dusk/Dawn:Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active.
  3. Defend:Wear insect repellent containing EPA-registered ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin or Lemon Eucalyptus Oil and long-sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors. Use properly-fitted screens free from tears on windows and doors around your home to keep mosquitoes out.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no cure for West Nile virus. One in five persons infected with West Nile virus will exhibit symptoms. Symptoms usually occur between 5 and 15 days and can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash. These symptoms can last for several weeks to months. One in 150 people infected with the virus will require hospitalization. Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, paralysis, and possibly death.

GLACVCD recommends that individuals exhibiting these symptoms following a mosquito bite consult a physician as soon as possible. Those at highest risk for severe cases of West Nile virus are children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

For more information about West Nile virus and our vector control services, please contact Public Information Officer Crystal Brown at the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656 x511 or visit www.glacvcd.org. For statewide information and statistics about West Nile virus, or to report a dead bird or squirrel, visit www.westnile.ca.gov or call 1-877-WNV BIRD.

As always, we’re here to help so if you observe any mosquito problems around the home or in the neighborhood, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or submit a service request at www.ReportMosquitoes.org. Since we are a public health agency, we provide free property inspections and, if necessary, we can help you treat for mosquito problems. Also, if you happen to notice any mosquito problems along the LA River, which we monitor frequently, don’t hesitate to submit a service request.

Levy Sun
Public Information Officer
Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District
12545 Florence Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Website: www.glacvcd.org
Mobile: (562) 325-3271
Main Line: (562) 944-9656 ext. 511
Fax: (562) 944-7976

Funeral Planning 101

  • Know your spending budget and stick with it (treat it with the same planning given a house or vehicle purchase)
  • It has to work for you and your family
  • Shop around for the least expensive options by calling area funeral homes for pricing
  • Funeral homes are obligated by law to offer itemized options and to quote pricing over the phone.  You are not obligated to purchase funeral packages.
  • There are no charities to help with expenses (be suspicious of anyone claiming to do this)
  • Find funeral and cremation prices in your community by using this link: http://fcasocal.org/

Notice of Release of Call for Projects for Neighborhood Improvement Funds, September 2014

The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department soon will release a Call for Projects (Request for Proposals, RFP) to solicit applications from interested nonprofit organizations and City departments for the Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF) capital projects program.  The source of funds is Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  The RFP will be released on the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network website (labavn.org).  Please see the attached notice for additional information.


 CD 13 will evaluate each proposal on its merit and readiness.
Please let me know if you need any other information.
thank you, Marie