Elysian Valley News 10-17-2014

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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“There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things”…Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Crime Stats Between 10/08/2014-10/17/2014

Date: 10/14/2014 4:45 PM
Location: 2800 DENBY AV
Description: ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON (ADW) (likely to produce great bodily injury)

Date: 10/12/2014 11:30 AM
Location: 2300 DORRIS PL
Description: THEFT – PETTY (plain theft-petty) ($950 & under)

Community Dialogue With Capt. Jeff Bert

“Cerda, Aida”
Sent: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 4:30:52 PM
Subject: NE Community Forum by Parent Leaders

Dear Community Leaders and Partners,

 Please find attached a bilingual flyer announcing an upcoming Community Dialogue with Captain Jeff Bert on Monday, October 20 from 6-8:00pm at Divine Savior Catholic Church.  The event is being coordinated by our parent leadership group, Padres Activos, Jovenes con Futuro (PAJF) and being supported by the Northeast Community Collaborative composed of community stakeholders and leaders.
Please help us spread the news by posting the flyer (colored flyers are also being disseminated) and encouraging families who reside in Cypress Park, Glassell Park, and Highland Park to attend!
Special note:  Childcare and Spanish translation will be kindly provided by Divine Savior.     Also, note the raffle items —  an LCD flat screen TV and microwave among other goodies!
Thank you for your continued support,
 Aida S. Cerda, MPH  | Director of Youth Violence and Gang Prevention
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine
5000 Sunset Blvd., 5th Floor  |  Los Angeles, CA 90027

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 General Election Voter Guide

United States Representative =  Vote Adam B. Schiff

State Senator = Vote Kevin De Leon

Prop 1 (Water Bond) = No Vote
Prop 2 (Rainy Day Fund) = Yes Vote

Prop P (Safe Neighborhood, Parks, Gang Prevention) = No Vote

This is a $23 per parcel tax for 30 years (2015~2045) rushed into ballot with little to no public outreach

Prop 45 (Healthrate Insurance) = Yes Vote

Would require rate increases to individual and small group health insurance to be approved by the Insurance Commissioner before taking effect.  This is working with auto insurance regulation and will work with health insurance.

Prop 46 (Drug & Alcohol testing for Doctors, Increase Mal Practice Award Limits & Prescription Database) = No Vote

This discourages doctors from entering the profession, invites lawsuits.  The prescription databased condition is something that can be done without piggy-backing the Drug Testing of Doctors and Increasing Mal Practice award Limits)

Prop 47 (Criminal Sentences) = Yes Vote

This would reduce felonies to misdemeanors for certain drug and property offenses.  Inapplicable to person with prior conviction for serious or violent crime and registered sex offenders.

Prop 48 (Indian Gaming Compacts Referendum) =  Yes Vote

This approves a new Casino and means revenue to the state.  If its good for Vegas its good for California and the Tribal communities.

Elysian Valley Recreation Map
source FOLAR

Save the Doris Pl School Music Program Fall Festival Fundraiser

The kids deserve music!  The annual Fall Fest fundraiser to save Dorris Place School’s violin, cello, ukulele, and woodwind program is October 25, 2014 11am-6pm!  Check out the PSA video of the kids and their beloved music programtinyurl.com/PODSaveTheMusicPSA<http://livepage.apple.com/>

Please show your support for music in public education.  It is so important on many levels.  If you can’t come, you can still help save the program and make a huge difference in these kids’ lives by donating today online via PayPaltinyurl.com/PODSaveTheMusic<http://tinyurl.com/PODSaveTheMusic>.

Make sure to check out the POD website<http://podpartnersofdorris.org/> and “like” and “share” the POD Facebook<http://facebook.com/dorrispod>, Twitter<http://twitter.com/dorrispod>, and Instagram<http://instagram.com/dorrispod>. This cause needs exposure!

Make a difference. Make it count. Make the music happen.
Much love and gratitude,
Partners Of Dorris
Douglas Lara
Marketing and Publicity

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

Plan for a Safe Halloween

Trick or Treat With an Adult
-Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
-If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
-Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
-Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
-Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

See more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips#sthash.Pq8TJP4J.dpuf
Walk Safely 
-Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
-Always walk on sidewalks or paths.
-If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
-Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

Funeral home’s drive-thrue window
By Mike Householder Associated Press

Michigan funeral home’s drive-thrue window allows mourners to pay their last respects on the go. Click the below link to read the full story. http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/df60f126c15b4a6f895032acbb7779ca/US–Drive-thru-Viewings

Yellow Fever Mosquito Now Found in Los Angeles County

From: steven appleton [
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 8:51 AM
To: David Delatorre
Subject: Fwd: Pre-Notify: Yellow Fever Mosquito Now Found in Los Angeles County

As City of Los Angeles Trustee to the Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District, I am apprised of public health risks from vectors.  Below find the latest message.  At our October Board meeting we heard about two new invasive species that have been found in Los Angeles County.  I am wondering if you’d be interested in having a Neighborhood Watch where I would arrange for staff of GLACVCD to present important public health information about how to protect oneself from West Nile and information on how to avoid creating breeding areas for mosquitos – especially the newly discovered day-biting specifies?
Steven Appleton

The Frog-Spot is Planning Elysian Valley Community Thank you Event

David, also I want to do a special community thank you on Friday, October 24. I was thinking of doing a nice DJ playlist, one free beverage for all community members, and then I have hired a Mariachi as a surprise.

It seems as if The Frog Spot will be open for a while this fall. Yay!

Laura Kelly
The Frog Spot General Manager
M: 323.286.1321
Friends of the Los Angeles River

The Funnies!
LA Times

Welcome to Daisy’s Kitchen

Pumpkin Upside Down Cake

  • 1 large can (28 oz) pumpkin
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/4 cusp melted butter

Mix the firs 7 ingredient together. Pour into a buttered 9x13x2 inch Pyrex baking dish. Sprinkle yellow cake mix over the mixture.  Then spindle the nuts over this. Drizzle the butter on top and bake in 350 degrees F oven for 1 hour or util knife inserted int the center comes out clean.  Serve war with whipped cream or cut into bars, chill and sift powdered sugar on top.  Serve and enjoy!
Join Councilmember O’Farrell at Mars St. Park on Oct. 25th

Bible study @ St. Ann Parish Every Monday at 6 pm

2302 Riverdale Ave.
1365 Blake Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031

We would love to have you at our Bible study.  We meet every Monday in the Hall from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM including refreshment time.  The purpose of the study is to help folks understand the Biblical sources of the Catholic faith and how we can tap into the power of God to enhance our everyday lives.  We look at the readings for the upcoming Sunday.  We use a number of church approved sources to help us to fully understand what God is saying to us in in those readings.  Come and check it out!
Gary Krauss

Los Angeles Department of City Planning Workshop

We would like to inform you that the Los Angeles Department of City Planning and the Los Angeles Conservancy will be hosting a day of interactive workshops and networking with historic preservation experts and community stakeholders. This is an opportunity for stakeholders to learn more about how to protect the unique character of Los Angeles’ historic neighborhoods. The theme of this year’s conference is “Sustainable Practices.” The event is open to anyone interested in historic districts and neighborhood conservation. The day will culminate with walking tours of Windsor Village, Country Club Park and Wilshire Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs). The conference will take place at Wilshire United Methodist Church, a designated City Historic-Cultural Monument.

Saturday, October 18
8:30 am – 4:00 pm 

Wilshire United Methodist Church 
4350 Wilshire Blvd. 
Los Angeles

For more information or to register for this event please visitwww.laconservancy.org/neighborhoods.

FREE Dispute Resolution Program

Get free dispute resolution with business, consumer, family/domestic, neighbor to neighbor, work/personal injury issues.  This program too offers “free mediation” training.   This office too has a voluntary mediation between individuals and law enforcement to help improve relations between LAPD & the Community. To schedule an appointment or for more information contact Ms. Alma Martinez at 213.485.8324alma.martinez@lacity.org.

Free Stuff
https://www.freecycle.org/  is a free site that matched up people who are giving stuff away with people who are looking for selected items.  So check out this site before going out to buy something you can get for free.

Bulky-Item/Illegal Dumping Reporting
Our community has a serious bulky item/illegal dumping problem.  In addition to reporting said items for pick-up via my 311 App (smart phone users) and dialing 311, this too can be reported via fax to: 213.473.4096 to the attention Mr. Domingo Salgado.  Lastly this can too be done on line http://san.lacity.org/solid_resources/ The City has a $1000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone illegally dumping trash.

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/

Funeral Planning Services

http://efuneral.com/users/site/index is a site that helps simplify funeral planning. Find the funeral information you need to plan with confidence.  “With our free funeral comparison tools, articles, and videos, you’ll plan a memorable funeral service – and stay within your budget.”

More Affordable Funeral Services

Funeral services that are available for every budget.  For additional information and assistance, please visit http://www.funerals.org/.  The Funeral Consumer Alliance can be reached at 802-865-8300.  Stay away from the package sale as you have the legal right to purchase services separately (i.e., a $1000.00 coffin from Costco).  Also discourage the practice of buying funeral burial plots as people tend to move to other states and/or other parts of the world and don’t necessarily end-up being buried where they bought their plots.  Cremation too is now becoming very popular and an acceptable means by most faiths.  In short be informed and do what is within your means and best for your individual situation.  Funeral services are free for military personnel.

Affordable Prescription Glasses On-Line

There is a website that offers prescription eye glasses for as little as $7.99 at [zennioptical.com]-1800-211-2105.  It requires you get your prescription from your eye doctor…something they hate doing but which you have a right to.  Be sure to request your prescription with your pupillary distance measurement.  I have personally put this site to test and purchased a pair of glasses with some extras (i.e., tint, reflective coating, etc. for under $30)-received via US mail in two weeks.

Fill your Medical Prescriptions at Costco

Be reminded of the benefit of having medical prescriptions filled at the Costco pharmacy.  Considerable savings can be realized when filling generic prescriptions at Costco (i.e., $10 generic at Costco is costing $100-200 at outside pharmacies).  The good news is that no Costco membership is required for pharmacy services.  

Graffiti and Illegal Dumping

Graffiti Reporting
Please report any graffiti to 311 for clean-up.  Graffiti can also be reported via web address http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm.   For graffiti on the pedestrian/bike path, please report same to LA-River Corps for clean-up at the following e-mail contacts: igarcia@lacorps.orgymcorona@lacorps.org

Illegal Dumping
Please report any items on the sidewalk or on the side of the street to 311.  You can also report items online http://san.lacity.org/solid_resources/refuse/SR_IllegalDumping.htm.
Please Tell a Friend:
The city of Los Angeles has FREE bulky item pickup.  It is available to every resident, even if you are renting.  You can request items to be picked up FREE OF CHARGE.  Please help Keep Elysian Valley clean.
Telephone: (800) 773-2489
Webpage: http://www.lacitysan.org/solid_resources/refuse/services/bulky_items.htm
Online Service: http://www.san.lacity.org/solid_resources/refuse/service_request.htm

Full Description of Services
We encourage you to recycle your bulky items through charitable organizations and thrift stores. If you are unable to do so, the Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) will pick-up large or bulky household items, such as mattresses, couches, and other furniture from residents serviced by the City of Los Angeles. To arrange for the removal of these items from your curbside, please call 1-800-773-2489, from Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., at least one day before your regular collection day. Bulky items are collected on the same day that your regular trash collection is made.
Have an itemized list ready when calling in your request.
You can also request collection by clicking on the Web Site indicated below. Fill out and submit the Service Request form. On line service requests take two days to process. BOS does not collect automotive parts, construction material, commercial waste or cardboard as Bulky Item collections.

Customer Service Call Center
No Public Counter
Los Angeles, CA 90013
tdd: (213) 473-4095
800: (800) 773-2489
ctx: (213) 473-4180
email: san.callcenter@lacity.org
Hours: MondayFriday, 07:30a.m.-04:45p.m

Important Contact Resource Guide

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell
Los Angeles City Council, District 13
City Hall

Adam G. Bass
Elysian Valley Field Deputy
District Office5500 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.957.4500 – office
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell
Los Angeles City Council, District 13

  • Capt. Jeffrey Bert – 33112@lapd.lacity.org – Northeast Police Dept. (San Fernando Rd.) 323.344.5708
  • 911 – All Emergencies
  • 213.793.0760 – 30347@lapd.lacity.org – SLO  Gina Chovan
  • 323..344.5754 or 323.344.5726 – Gang Unit
  • 323.344.5739 – Vice Unit
  • 213.847.9722 – Narcotics Unit
  • 323.344.5712 – Community Relations
  • GRAFFITI ISSUES: Ofcr M. Beall #32430 and Ofcr E. Martinez #38054

District Office:  1910 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 810, LA, CA 90026 (213)483-5151, -5166/fax
Capitol Office: P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0051 (916) 319-2051, -2151/fax
The City automated permit process can be found @:  http://bsspermits.lacity.org/