Elysian Valley News 10/ 22/ 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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The EVNW newsletter intends to communicate first and foremost Community news and information.  We are an equal opportunity newsletter and there is no issue that we will not cover if deemed important by the author (including entertaining).  We welcome and invite the opinion and contributions of EV stakeholders and others.

“If there is no movement from you, nothing happens”……Bill Cosby

Jardin Del Rio Community Garden

The Frog-Spot Thanks  & Invites Elysian Valley This Friday Evening 10/24/14

You’re invited to a special community thank you on Friday, October 24.  We have a Latin playlist, one free beverage for all community members, and I have hired a Mariachi as a surprise.

When: Friday 10/24/14
Time: 6:30~8:30 PM
2825 Benedict St, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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

Crime Stats Between 10/08/2014-10/21/2014

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)

Beware of Unsecured Wi-Fi

connecting through a public Wi-Fi network or hotspot can compromise your security and put your information at risk.
Whether you are on your computer or your mobile device, it’s relatively easy for hackers to access the information you type and send over an unsecured Wi-Fi network, including your login and password information. There’s even a name hackers use for the act of cruising around, looking for unsecured Wi-Fi networks and potential victims: it’s called “war driving.”
You could be at a cafe or library, not knowing that a cybercriminal is just outside intercepting the information that you’re typing on your computer. Just imagine how dangerous it is to do online banking on an unsecured network—cybercriminals can potentially steal your login credentials and access your accounts!
Even if you are not directly accessing a Wi-Fi network, some of your mobile applications such as Skype, Twitter and instant messaging apps may be using local hotspots without you realizing it. If the network is not secure, it’s possible for hackers to access the information you are transmitting, and even eavesdrop on your voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) conversations when you are using the Internet as your phone service.
What’s more, Skype and some instant messaging apps allow you to transfer files through their applications, so these too can be intercepted.
Even if you’re not worried about cybercriminals overhearing your conversations or reading your text messages, you should be concerned about holes1 that have been found in some communication apps that allow attackers to access personal information on your mobile device, such as your address book.
No matter how tempting it is to use the closest Wi-Fi spot rather than pay for an expensive data plan, always make sure that you only connect to secure networks, and follow these mobile Wi-Fi safety tips to ensure that you keep your information safe:

  • Only do online banking and shopping using your secure home network.
  • Avoid using communication apps, such as for free phone calls, instant messaging and Twitter unless you know the network you’re using is secure.
  • Consider using Twitter’s new HTTPS setting which ensures that your communications are sent via a secure channel.
  • Use strong passwords for all your online accounts and change them often.
  • Use a product such as McAfee® Mobile Security, which provides mobile antivirus and safe search protection, as well as giving you the ability to locate your phone in the case of loss, remotely lock and wipe the information you have stored on it, and restore your data.

Although Wi-Fi networks make it easy and convenient to connect anytime and anywhere, remember that unsecure networks can allow cybercriminals to access your information and compromise your mobile security. Take the necessary precautions to ensure that your mobile device is secure.
1 http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-20109020-233/skype-for-ios-has-major-security-hole-may-put-your-address-book-at-risk/


DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies, limiting legal sales of pot-infused food to lozenges and some liquids.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told marijuana regulators that many forms of edible marijuana “are naturally attractive to children” and violate the law’s “requirement to prevent the marketing of marijuana products to children.” Click the following link to read the full story http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/photos/A/ab1c4a60-6109-4a93-9c99-db254c3534a9.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Citizen Pulls Over Police Officer

In an attempt to bring attention to the issue of unlawful traffic stops by police impersonators, Gavin Seim of Washington state flagged down a police officer.

In the state of Washington, police are allowed to drive unmarked vehicles for special undercover work but not for regular patrols. This is not a national law. Seim then went through all the normal steps of a traffic stop: taking the officer’s name and asking to see his license. Then after a lengthy discussion about the law, Seim let him off with a warning. He urged the officer to speak with his bosses about their illegal patrol cars.  Click the following link for the complete story.

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
Join Councilmember O’Farrell at Mars St. Park on Oct. 25th

Roundhouse Shines  by Olga Koumoundouros 

Opening Saturday October 25th @ 4:00pm – sunset

2800 Casitas Ave. (approx.)
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Roundhouse Shines is a site-determined artwork using the neglected foundation of a historic train turn-around. For this work, Koumoundouros has constructed a 90+ foot long wooden table that bisects the center of the roundhouse and mirrors the topography of the ground. Rectilinear benches made from salvaged rail yard planks line the table and shade canopies provide relief from the sun. The entire structure including the roundhouse floor and its native debris are coated in a multicolored gradient of acrylic house paint.
Olga Koumoundouros makes installations, sculpture, photos, and social practice events that explore the psycho/social affects of the single family home and the idea of the American Dream. Recent solo exhibitions include We made life here for a little while, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects Off-site, Altadena, CA (2013), Dream Home Resource Center, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2013). She received her MFA from the California Institute for the Arts and is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

Roundhouse Shines is located on the southern end of the Bowtie Project – a short walk of about 500 yards from the parking lot. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

This project is produced by Clockshop with California State Parks as part of our on-going collaboration The Bowtie Project.

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Clockshop · 2806 Clearwater St, Los Angeles, CA 90039, United States

Drop, Cover and Hold On

This past Thursday, the nation practiced preparedness with the Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill. This year, over 10.4 million people in California and over 26 million people worldwide participated in the Shake Out Drill. Our Communications Director, Stephanie Saporito, would like to remind you that preparing for an earthquake doesn’t end after the Shake Out. Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake.

Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness. Great Shake Out earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes: “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” Shake Out also has been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to update emergency plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

Many areas of the globe are prone to earthquakes. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation. Are you prepared to survive and to recover quickly?

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

The Funnies!
LA Times

Facts About Ebola

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.

can I borrow a cup of sugar?
and maybe you can refer me
to some other fantastic products:

on thursday october 23
elysian teams up with our good neighbors good eggs down the block for a dinner menu featuring a bunch of the seasonal and other stuff they peddle

prix fixe $52
a portion of the proceeds from this dinner will benefit
Elysian Valley Community Garden and Jardin del Rio

reservations required
reserve HERE
for groups of 8 or more please email us

menudandelion, persimmon, pomegranate, date, feta

porterhouse pork chop, cabbage, apple, spoonbread, bacon, pepita salsa verde


black cod, asian pear, radish, snap pea, fishy black rice


harisa chick pea, butternut squash, cauliflower, super baby chard, mint, yogurt

guava sabayon tart, whip

a la carte items


speck, melon, cippolini onion, burnett, shaved parmesan

roasted cauliflower soup, purple cabbage, pickled sultanas

smoked trout, apple, celery root, treviso, herbs


Bloomberg to Back Soda Tax in Berkeley

As mayor, Mr. Bloomberg tried to impose a ban on the sale of large soft drinks in New York City and to persuade the New York State Legislature to impose a statewide soda tax. He was defeated on both counts. But he contributed close to $10 million to a successful campaign to impose a heavy tax on sugary drinks in Mexico last year, and there has been a notable drop in soda consumption since it went into effect this year.  Click the below link to read the complete story.

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.

Welcome to Jazmin’s PR-101
University of Laverne

  • Address the issue immediately to maintain control of information
  • Always have your Organization’s Brand Logo in the Shot during media interviews

Welcome to Daisy’s Kitchen

Cookie Delight

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 /2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup nuts (ground medium)
  • 3 1/2 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar together well.  Add other dry ingredients and nuts.  Last, add flour 1 cup at a time, and mix until too stiff to stir in bowl.  Then, turn mixture out on well floured board and knead in more flour until firm enough to hold shape.  Shape into rolls in pan. Cover with wax paper so that they will not absorb moisture an set in ice box overnight.  Slice very thin and bake in hot oven.  Watch carefully as they burn easily.   Serve and enjoy!

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

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: Monday-Friday, 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

  • 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/