Van Nuys Council Meeting This Wednesday!

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VNNC board member Maria Skelton and California State Assemblyman Adrin Narzarian district staff Angie Aramayo with the manager of Van Nuys Sizzler’s on Van Nuys Blvd. receiving a recognition from Narzarian’s office.

Greetings My Fellow Citizens,

I am just reaching out to remind you we are having a Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (VNNC) meeting this coming Wednesday night in our regular Council Chambers.  Thank you for your continued interest in our neighborhoods, and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night.

It is a special privilege to serve as the Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys & the Council President, and thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President & Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys
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Van Nuys, CA 91407
Telephone (818) 533-VNNC (8662)
Email: Info@VNNC.org

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COUNCILMEMBER ENGLANDER’S E-NEWS E-ARLY E-DITION- July 2, 2015

 RECENT LEGISLATION 

Englander Reelected Council President Pro Tempore…

On July 1, I was honored to be unanimously re-elected by my fellow Councilmembers to serve another term as President Pro-Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council. In addition, we welcomed two new members to the Los Angeles City Council, Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and David Ryu.

This is an exciting time of change in the City of Los Angeles. The past two years this Council has made significant strides in every aspect of governance but we still have much to do.

Over the next few years, we must continue to create a more responsive City Hall, fund core City services first – police, fire, streets, sidewalks, graffiti removal, parks and planning, concentrate our efforts on increasing the available affordable housing stock in the region, and make it easier for businesses to create jobs and grow our economy.

As we embark on this journey, I remain as committed to our community as I was on day one. I have enjoyed hearing your ideas and suggestions for improving and maintaining our neighborhoods and I hope you will continue to reach out.

    

-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District

Exploring New Technologies for LAPD…
This week, I submitted a motion requesting the Los Angeles Police Department report on the feasibility of using a mobile app to expedite and automate police reporting, similar to the one being utilized by the Palm Springs Police Department.

When police officers respond to a scene of the crime, they are responsible for completing paper forms that document what occurred at the scene. Police officers may have to complete 50 to 60 forms depending on the type of incident. In addition to being time consuming, paper forms are costly for police departments. However, technology may be able to reduce the need for paper forms, and in turn, create efficiencies in police reporting.

The Palm Springs Police Department recently piloted the use of a new mobile app called SceneDoc. This app securely digitizes paperwork and slashes reporting time for incidents. The mobile app takes the paper forms and populates them into a mobile dashboard. The officers can open the app on their mobile devices and access and complete the necessary forms. Police officers are also able to take pictures and record audio at the scene and add it to the case file. The date/time and GPS location of the photos and videos are automatically placed in the app’s photo log.

The mobile app has transformed the Palm Springs Police Department’s reporting system from a multi-step system to a single step. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office, which also uses the app, stated that the County saved $80,000 in paper costs alone and $800,000 in salary costs.

The use of a mobile app would not only create efficiencies in police reporting, but would also allow police departments to keep more officers out in the field by reducing the time needed to complete the required paper forms. This is crucial for departments who may be facing issues with their staffing and who struggle to maintain a consistent level of deployment coverage.

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-Mitchell Englander, Chair of Public Safety Committee

 COMMUNITY NEWS 

VIDEO: From Tragedy to Triumph: The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission’s Home Again Family Shelter…

Shepherd of the Hills Church 17th Annual Fourth of July Spectacular…
Shepherd of the Hills Church is proud to present their Fourth of July Spectacular where the entire community can celebrate our great nation during a free, family-friendly environment. Enjoy a day filled with great food vendors, live Americana-style music, face painting, and a 21-minute fireworks finale just after sundown.

Saturday, July 4
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Shepherd of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi St.
Porter Ranch

For more information, call (818) 831-9333 or go to www.theshepherd.org.

7-Eleven: All Youth Swim Free…

7-Eleven has partnered with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to host “7-11 Day: All Youth Swim FREE” at pools throughout the City of Los Angeles. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, youth (0-17) can swim FREE at 47 pools across the city.

Saturday, July 11
Click here for a list of free pool sites.

With swim season here, it’s time to get your kids a City of Los Angeles Summer Swim Pass! For only $10, youth (ages 0-17) can enjoy endless summer pool season entries through Labor Day, September 7. For each child ages 0-7 who buys a pass, one adult can accompany them for FREE. Visit any LA City swimming pool to purchase.

-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District

Movies Under the Stars…
Our community Movies Under the Stars summer movie series continues on July 18 with “Paddington” at Shadow Ranch Park in West Hills. Admission is free and popcorn, face painting and children’s activities, including a rock climbing wall, will also be available at no charge.


Saturday, July 18
Event begins at 7:00 pm
Movie will begin at nightfall (approximately 8:00 PM)

Shadow Ranch Park
22633 Vanowen St.
West Hills

Join us for a great night of family fun! For more information call (818) 882-1212.

-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District

Did you catch our video last week? SFV Rescue Mission: Homelessness in LA County…

 UPCOMING EVENTS 

Department of Building & Safety and LADOT Coming to CD12 Community Service Center…
We are now taking reservations for community members to meet one-on-one with representatives of City Departments at our Community Service Center in Chatsworth.

We have regularly scheduled time slots for community members to meet with the Planning, Police, Transportation (LADOT), Housing & Community Development, Neighborhood Empowerment Departments and the Bureau of Sanitation. This will offer community members a chance to get information and assistance in Chatsworth without having to travel all the way to Downtown.

Meetings are by appointment only. The following Departments are currently taking appointments:

Department of Building and Safety
Tuesday, July 7
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Department of Transportation
Wednesday, July 8
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Our Community Service Center is located at 9207 Oakdale Ave., Second Floor, in Chatsworth.

For more information call (818) 882-1212.

Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park Summer Sunset Hikes…
The Summer Sunset Hikes is a popular two hour, easy to moderate level hike that that will take you to the perfect destination to grab a bite to eat while enjoying a view of the San Fernando Valley, all while learning interesting facts about the park.

Saturday, July 4
7:00 pm

Lilac Lane Entrance
Park in the dirt parking lot and meet at the kiosk.

To get to Lilac Lane Trail Head: Take Topanga Canyon Boulevard north, and just past Stoney Point is the Santa Susana Pass Road. Turn left. After the Rocky Peak exit off the 118 Freeway, turn left on Lilac Lane. Drive a short way and look to your left for a large dirt parking lot with a State Parks wooden kiosk.

For more information, call (818) 784-4849 or email Santasusana@parks.ca.gov. Please do not park on the street.


The Museum of the San Fernando Valley Historic North Hollywood “NoHo” Walking Tour…
Attendees of the North Hollywood walking tour will learn about real cowboys, pioneer families, movie television and recording stars, the Spanish conquest, Mexican ranchos, great steam trains, vast ranches and orchards, land barons, wars, architecture, and much more!

Saturday, July 11
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Tour meets at Amelia Earhart Statue
NW corner of Tujunga St. & Magnolia Blvd.
5211 Tujunga Ave.
North Hollywood

Attendees are encouraged to make a $10 suggested donation in advance to: www.themuseumsfv.org/events/tours. Attendees can also pay on site. Thank you and we look forward to having you on an upcoming historic walking tour.

City of Angels Children’s Chorus Summer Musical Theatre Camp…
The City of Angels Children’s Chorus Summer Musical Theatre Camp will include 7 sessions of professional vocal instruction and choreography and on stage performance and full day admission to Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure.

From Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 25
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church
20121 Devonshire St.
Chatsworth

For more information and to register, go to www.coacc.net or email coaccmusic@aol.com.


Save the Date: The 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair…
Prepare yourself by attending the Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair. This is a great opportunity for everyone to come out and get information on how to protect your family, pets, neighbors, and friends when a disaster strikes. There will be demonstrations and hands-on practice on how to handle emergencies, a speaker series, a multitude of exhibitors, raffles, and free Family Emergency Preparedness Starter Kits (while supplies last).

Bring your emailed voucher to the Express Check-in lane at the Registration booth the day of the event and you’ll be quickly on your way. You will receive Fair updates, directions, and a map. Best of all, you’ll receive a free gift when you check in.

Online registration opened on July 1, 2015.
Saturday, October 3
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Fire Station 87
10124 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.valleydisasterfair.com/.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater San Fernando Valley Mixer…
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter (AFP-GSFV) is having a mixer open to everyone who is interested in networking and learning more about fundraising, development, nonprofit work and leadership. Talk with men and women from NGO’s and NPO’s with experience ranging from volunteer management, grant writing, event planning, major gifts, planned giving, leadership, database management, writing, campaign development and more!

Thursday, July 9
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Front Yard at The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood

For more information email Jenny Daniels Freese at jenny@vvc.org.

The Porter Ranch Library Discussion Group Invites You to Join…
The Porter Ranch Library will be hosting a discussion group to talk about the book, Miral by Rula Jebreal.

Saturday, July 11
10:00 am

Porter Ranch Library
11371 Tampa Ave.
Porter Ranch

For more information, call (818) 360-5706.

Chatsworth Host Town Special Olympics Luncheon Fundraiser…
The Chatsworth Host Town Committee and St. Sava Church San Gabriel are hosting a Special Olympic Luncheon in order to raise funds for the Chatsworth Host Town. The Chatsworth Host Town will be hosting over 100 Special Olympics Athletes as they prepare for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games beginning on July 25.

Sunday, July 12
12:30 pm

St. Sava Church San Gabriel
1640 S. San Gabriel Blvd.
San Gabriel

For more information, email: chatsworthhost@gmail.com. To donate to Chatsworth Host Town and to find out how you can volunteer for the Special Olympics, go to http://www.la2015.org/host-town/chatsworth.

Mid-Valley Regional Library Music Program…
Celebrate Americana Heritage with a Music Program, featuring Jennifer Seidman and Andy Watson, will sing classic songs from the Great American Songbook.

Saturday, July 18
11:00 am

Mid-Valley Regional Library
16244 Nordhoff St.
North Hills

For more information, call (818) 895-3650.

LAPD Devonshire Police Activity League Supporters (PALS) 36th Grand Golf Invitational…
This year, golfers will have lots of fun on the course with a chance to win a car, a vacation, and MORE! Non-golfers can still join PALS for dinner and auction. All proceeds directly benefit the Devonshire PALS Youth program.

Monday, July 20
Golfing Registration:
9:00 am
Dinner:
5:00 pm

Porter Valley Country Club
19216 Singing Hills Dr.
Northridge

For sponsorship, golfer, adopt-a-cop golfer, scholarship or prize donations and dinner information, please contact Hank Miller, our Golf Committee Chair, at golf@devonshire-pals.org or visit www.devonshire-pals.org/news-events/.

CD 12 Special Olympics World Games Law Enforcement Torch Run…
Join Councilmember Mitchell Englander and Council District 12 as we welcome the torch into our community in preparation of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The Special Olympics World Games will be in Los Angeles where we will welcome over 10,000 athletes and coaches from over 170 Countries around the world.

The Flame of Hope will be lit from the rays of the sun in Greece, the home of the Olympics, and will travel across the sea to the United States, once there, it will journey to communities throughout the country and Southern California, coming through Council District 12 and ending at the Opening Ceremony in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to start the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games.

Thursday, July 23
8:15 am – 9:30 am

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship
10860 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Chatsworth

For more information, call our office at (818) 882-1212 or email Bree.Breckenridge@lacity.org.

Great Streets Revisit Reseda Blvd. Art Walk and Scavenger Hunt…
Last summer, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the Great Streets Initiative for 15 streets throughout the City of Los Angeles. Being an iconic street in the San Fernando Valley with wide sidewalks and mid-century modern architectural features, Reseda Boulevard was selected to be a Great Street.

In celebration of the unveiling of the Phase Two improvements made along Reseda Blvd., we will be hosting an art walk and scavenger hunt to highlight the changes that have been made along the boulevard. Various businesses have committed to discounting prices and showcasing artwork hosted by local artists. Other activities include live music, free bike share facilities/bike valet, live artwork, henna tattoos, arts & crafts for all ages, photo booths, and food sampling.

Although it recently received formal recognition as a great street, Reseda Blvd. has always been a highly diverse commercial strip that has continued to bring the community together. We hope that you will join us in celebrating this Great Street designation as it would not have been possible without your continued support!

Thursday, July 30
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

On Reseda Blvd. between Parthenia St. and Nordhoff St.
Northridge

For more information, call our office at (818) 882-1212, email resedablvdgreatstreets@gmail.com or to online to resedablvd.wordpress.com.

 STAFF REPORTS 

Reports From Our Staff…
Our Communications Director, Stephanie Saporito, wants to remind you to make this Independence Day fun and SAFE for your pets! Some people love big gatherings and loud noises – but that can be frightening for our pets. Here are some Pet Safety Tips for Independence Day:

PLAN AHEAD—Make sure your pet is licensed and microchipped and that the microchip registration has your current address. In addition, make sure your dog is wearing a license tag. These two simple steps help us reunite families if a pet does get lost.

Click here for more information about getting your dog microchipped. You can also contact any of our L.A. Animal Services Shelters and schedule an appointment to have their companion animal microchipped. The cost for the public is $25.00 per animal. Most veterinary clinics also offer microchipping.

KEEP PETS INDOORS—Keep your pets inside. If you are having guests over, keep pets in a room that is off-limits to guests with plenty of water and food.

CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT—Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.

KEEP AWAY FROM FIREWORKS—Even if your pet does not seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.

ADOPT and Help Us Save MORE Animals—The fourth of July is a time shelter when staff knows that we will have a sudden influx of lost and frightened animals. Our shelters are already over-crowded. If you are considering adopting, please visit our shelters and adopt NOW or consider fostering a great dog or cat! They are counting on us. We are all they have.

For more information please visit http://LAAnimalServices.com or call (888) 452-7381.

Red Cross Issues Top 4th of July Safety Steps for Travel, Grilling and Fireworks

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Red Cross Issues Top 4th of July Safety Steps for Travel, Grilling and Fireworks 

(Torrance, CA, June 23, 2015) — This Fourth of July, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.

“Everyone looks forward to having fun over the Fourth of July, and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO for the Los Angeles Region American Red Cross.

HIGHWAY SAFETY Millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross offers these five things everyone should do to stay safe while traveling:

  1. Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
  2. Do not drink and drive.
  3. Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.
  4. Use caution in work zones.
  5. Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.

FIREWORKS SAFETY The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Here are five safety steps for people setting fireworks off at home:

  1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  5. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. 

GRILLING SAFETY Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  2. Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

EMERGENCY APP People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive severe weather watches and warnings in their local area, at travel destinations and where loved ones live. “Family Safe” is a unique feature that allows app users to notify family and friends who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster. First Aid steps for situations such as heart attacks, heat-related emergencies and water safety information are also included. The content is available in English and Spanish. The app can be downloaded from app stores by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to redcross.org/apps.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcrossla.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA

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Blumenfield Cuts Ribbon at Costanso Fire Station 84 Park

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New Woodland Hills park the result of extensive community outreach effort. 

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WOODLAND HILLS, CA – Councilmember Bob Blumenfield today was joined by representatives from the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Los Angeles Fire Department, the United Fire Fighters of Los Angeles and a host of neighbors and community members to cut the ribbon at the new Costanso Fire Station 84 Park in Woodland Hills.

Fire Station 84 operated at the corner of Canoga Ave. and Costanso St. from 1949 until being relocated to a new location in Warner Center in 2007. The vacant fire station remained unused and became blighted, overgrown with weeds and a place where illicit activity occurred. ln 2013, Blumenfield, newly elected to the Los Angeles City Council, undertook a massive community outreach effort to determine the future use of the site, and began working feverishly to transform the area.

“Today, I’m proudly checking this park opening off my list of first term priorities,” said Blumenfield. “The neighborhood around the old Fire Station 84 is one of the oldest and most beautiful in the Valley, but after years of neglect, the property had fallen into disrepair. After two years of hard work and community input, we have transformed what was a blighted piece of land into an incredible neighborhood resource.”

“Old Fire Station 84 served the City of Los Angeles for nearly 50 years, and it is the Department of Recreation and Parks’ honor to be able to carry on its legacy with Costanso Fire Station 84 Park,” said Michael A. Shull, General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks. “Its creation involved a lot of input and help from the surrounding community, and we can’t wait for them to enjoy this great park for many years to come.”

“I’m thrilled to see that the site of former Fire Station 84 will continue to be of service to the community,” said Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph M. Terrazas. “The LAFD is an integral part of our City and as we continue to provide the highest level of service, we are also proud that our leaders and the community are vested in the history and traditions that make Los Angeles great. My thanks to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and the entire community for their vision and commitment to this project.”

Through neighborhood canvassing, mailed surveys, and tabling at local businesses, over 500 responses were collected with an overwhelming consensus in favor of an open space use for the park. Blumenfield worked to ensure the community was engaged in every stage of the park’s construction, holding a community design meeting to inform Recreation and Parks of the community’s vision for the park, and even a contest to name the park. The final design honors the site’s former use as a fire station, while reflecting the community’s vision of a neighborhood park.

What we’ve accomplished from CD3 Bob Blumenfield

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Friend —
Today marks the completion of my second year as your Councilmember and the midway point of my first term in office. It has been a partnership, and I am grateful to you for helping make it possible. Together we have accomplished much, but many challenges remain.

Please take a look at my Mid-Term Report e-book at blumenfield.lacity.org/midterm. It outlines the accomplishments of the past two years and sets the course for an even greater future for the San Fernando Valley.

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Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
http://blumenfield.lacity.org/

P.S.: Join me this Independence Day for the annual July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza at Lou Bredlow Pavillion at Warner Ranch Park

With one of most spectacular fireworks display in Southern California, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza delights over 60,000 people every year with a free concert and 20-minute spectacular fireworks display. There will be local restaurants on hand along with arts and crafts vendors and local businesses promoting and selling their goods. The event takes place on July 4th of each year from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come early!

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Warner Ranch Park is located at 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Parking is available for $20 in any of the Warner Center structures between Topanga and Canoga or Califa and Oxnard.

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield – Council District 3 · 19040 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91335, United States

Fwd: 7-11 Day: All Youth Swim Free

7-11.Day.Free.Swim.Picture 7-Eleven has partnered with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to host 7-11 Day: All Youth Swim FREE. 

On Saturday, July 11, 2015, youth (0-17) can swim FREE at forty-Seven (47) pools across the city. For a list of sites, click here: http://j.mp/1HqAsm9

In addition, with swim season here, it’s time to get your Youth (0-17) Summer Swim Pass! For only $10, youth can enjoy endless summer pool season entries through Labor Day (9/7/15)For each child 0-7 who buys a pass, one adult can accompany them for FREE.

 Visit any LA City swimming pool to purchase. Click here for a list of all city pools: http://www.laparks.org/dos/aquatic/aquatic.htm

 
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Join Us for Water Safety and Fun

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Representing the 46th Assembly DistrictYou’re invited!
Join us for Water Safety and Fun


Pool Safety Sunday, July 12th
12 – 2 p.m.

North Hollywood Swimming Pool & Splash Pad
5301 Tujunga Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

  • Demonstrations on pool safety starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Informational booths on swimming, fire, and earthquake safety
  • A puppet show and a raffle

First 200 participants will swim for free at the end of the entire presentation!

Space is limited. Please call (818) 376-4246 to RSVP.

RSVP Online

California Assembly Democratic Caucus

Website: http://asmdc.org/Nazarian
Email: Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

Capitol Office:

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0046
Tel: (916) 319-2046
Fax: (916) 319-2146

District Office:

6150 Van Nuys Blvd
Suite 300
Van Nuys, Ca 91401
Tel: (818) 376-4246
Fax: (818) 376-4252

 

Tax Rate on Gasoline Drops in Time for 4th of July Weekend

Tax Rate on Gasoline Drops in Time for 4th of July Weekend

Sacramento – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) announces the state excise tax on gasoline will drop by six cents per gallon on July 1, 2015. This will lower the excise tax rate from 36 cents to 30 cents per gallon.

The Board approved the six cent tax rate reduction at its February 2015 meeting. The 30 cent per gallon rate will remain in effect until June 30, 2016.

While Californians will pay less in state excise tax on gasoline starting July 1st, this may not necessarily translate to lower overall prices at the pump. Other factors, such as world crude oil prices and supply and demand, also affect gasoline prices.

“These annually changing rates can be confusing for California drivers,” said BOE Chairman Jerome E. Horton. “I look forward to a productive special legislative session where hopefully a more stable funding source for transportation projects can be identified and greater clarity provided to taxpayers at the pump.”

The BOE is tasked with annually adjusting the state excise tax rate on gasoline by March 1st of each year, after passage of 2010 laws known as the “fuel tax swap.” The new laws lowered the statewide sales tax rate on gasoline to 2.25 percent and raised the excise tax rate so that the total amount of tax revenue generated is equal to what would have been generated had the sales and use tax and excise rates remained unchanged. The excise tax rate for the coming fiscal year is based on estimates of the projected average price of gasoline and number of gallons to be purchased. The difference between the projected and actual revenue collected from the prior fiscal year is then subtracted from the coming year projection to arrive at the upcoming rate.

Visit our media resource page for more information.

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Re-elected in 2014, Chairman Jerome E. Horton is the Third District Member of the California State Board of Equalization, representing more than 9.5 million residents in Los Angeles County. He is also the Board of Equalization’s Property Tax Committee Chairman. He is the first to serve on the Board of Equalization with over 21 years of experience at the BOE. Horton previously served as a Member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2006.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60 billion annually in taxes and fees, supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.  For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit www.taxes.ca.gov.

Cárdenas Applauds Univision, Comcast-NBCUniversal Respect For Immigrant Communities

Cárdenas Applauds Univision, Comcast-NBCUniversal Respect For Immigrant Communities

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) today released a statement, following remarks made by Republican Presidential candidate Donald John Trump and responses from Univision and NBCUniversal, including decisions by those networks not to broadcast Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants.

“Our nation is a rich, diverse tapestry of human beings, many of whom are minorities, all of whom deserve simple, human respect,” said Cárdenas. “We are not just constituents, we are not just workers, we are also consumers. Donald Trump might have gotten away with disrespecting Latino men and women in another era. Today, however, companies nationwide realize that racism isn’t just immoral and insulting, it’s bad business. I applaud NBCUniversal and Univision for distancing themselves from these disgraceful remarks.”

In a recent statement, NBCUniversal said, “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.

NBCUniversal’s statement followed remarks by Trump that “Mexican” immigrants were “rapists.” Univision has made similar commitments.

Pet Safety Tips for 4th of July

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Brenda F. Barnette, General Manager
Email:  Brenda.barnette@lacity.org
Phone: (213) 482-9558

FIREWORKS ARE NO FUN FOR PETS!

Pet Safety Tips for 4th of July

Make this Independence Day fun and SAFE for your pets! Some people love big gatherings and loud noises – but that can be very frightening for our pets.

Here are some Pet Safety Tips for Independence Day:

PLAN AHEAD
Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the registration has your current address.  In addition, make sure your dog is wearing a license tag.  These two simple steps help us reunite families if a pet does get lost.

You can contact any of our L.A. Animal Services Shelters and schedule an appointment to have your companion animal microchipped.  The cost of for the public is $25.00 per animal.  Most veterinary clinics also offer microchipping.

KEEP PETS INDOORS
Keep your pets inside.  If you are having guests over, keep pets in a room that is off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.

CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects.  Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows and blinds.

KEEP AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
Even if your pet does not seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets.  Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.

ADOPT NOW and Help Us Save MORE Animals
The fourth of July is a time shelter staff knows that we will have a sudden influx of lost and frightened animals.  Our shelters are already over crowded.  If you are considering adopting, please visit our shelters and adopt NOW or consider fostering a great dog or cat!  They are counting on us.  We are all they have.