Category Archives: LA County Information

Voting Machine

Not Your Dad’s Voting System

This election cycle, Los Angeles County has launched a new voting system. Voters will now have between three and ten days before election day to cast their ballots. Additionally, voters will be able to pre-select their choices for each office through an interactive sample ballot, which will produce a unique QR code that can be scanned by the new voting machines. Most notably, voters will no longer be required to vote at a specific polling location, and instead will be allowed to vote at any of the 1,000 voting centers throughout the county.

Vote as early as February 22.

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County Kicks Off River Master Plan to Connect Communities

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council was represented at the recent The LA River Master Plan Community Meeting on July 25, 2018 at Canoga Park High School to learn about the Los Angeles County Plan to update the 1996 LA River Master Plan, addressing the entire 51 mile LA River.

The County Draft Vision is: A re-imagined River to connect and serve the diverse communities of LA County.

This was the first of 17 Community Meetings to provide opportunities for community input on the drafting of the LA River Master Plan which will be finalized in early 2020. County officials will identify the challenges and unrealized opportunities for 2,100 contiguous acres of publicly-owned land along the river corridor. The 25 month long process will focus on 6 preliminary goals:

1. Reinforce local culture and community.
2. Provide a protective and resilient flood management infrastructure.
3. Identify and address potential adverse impacts to housing affordability.
4. Provide equitable, inclusive, and safe parks, open space, and trails.
5. Support healthy, connected ecosystems.
6. Improve local water supply reliability.

Canoga Park kicked-off the meetings because the LA River begins in Canoga Park, runs for 51 miles and terminates in Long Beach. Future community meetings will be held in various jurisdictions along the river route. Some of the major challenges include addressing safety concerns and crafting a unifying vision that will be supported by all 17 overlapping jurisdictions that will be affected.

The meeting was hosted by Michelle Miranda (President of the Canoga Park Neighborhood Council), and speakers included Concilman Bob Blumenfield, Sheila Kuehl’s office and a slide presentation from the Department of Public Works.

For more information and to sign up for notifications go to: http://larivermasterplan.org/

Or see https://www.riverla.org/

Rabies, Wildlife and how to protect your Family

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Rabies, Wildlife and how to protect your Family

In Los Angeles, you may encounter wildlife when you’re walking your pet, playing outdoors with your children or jogging down a trail. The Department of LA Animal Services is reminding the community to be safe and keep away from sick and deceased wildlife that could potentially carry rabies.

Rabies is caused by a virus that is usually transmitted through the saliva from a bite of an infected animal. According to The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, bats are the animals that most commonly carry rabies in Los Angeles County. About one out of every 12 bats tested by the health department has rabies. Rabies can occur in other wildlife such as skunks, coyotes, foxes and raccoons but rabies has not been detected in other wild animals in the County for over twenty years.

Despite the low rabies cases, it’s important to know that wildlife could have the fatal disease and to take precautions to protect yourself and your family including your furry family members. The best way to protect your family is to vaccinate your dogs and cats. State law requires, all dogs four months or older to be vaccinated. It is also highly recommended that cats be vaccinated.

If your pet encounters wildlife, especially if it is bitten or comes in contact with their saliva, wear rubber gloves when handling your pet, cleanse any wounds with soap and water and take him or her to a veterinarian for examination.

If you come in contact with bats and other wildlife, alive or dead, do not touch the animal with your bare hands. If you find a sick or injured wild animal, call LA Animal Services at 888-452-7381 and follow the prompts.

The following precautions are important to reduce wildlife in your neighborhood and to protect your family and pets:

  • Never feed wildlife. It is against the law, under L.A.M.C. 53.06.5, to feed predatory mammals (badgers, bobcats, bears, coyotes, mountain lions, opossums, raccoons, skunks, etc.) in the City of LA.
  • Animal-proof your trash. Put all trash bags inside the garbage cans and keep them securely fastened with tamper proof lids.
  • Closely supervise children and pets while outside.
  • When walking your dog, keep them on a leash. Don’t let them roam free. It’s against the law, under L.A.M.C. 53.06 to take your dog off the leash when off your property.
  • Feed your pets indoors. Leaving food and water outside often attracts wildlife to your yard.
  • If a wild animal is on your property, let it wander away. Bring children and pets indoors and alert neighbors who are outside.

Recently, during a public meeting, a citizen said that she has been feeding coyotes to keep them from eating her cats. This is not only illegal, it only encourages coyotes and other wildlife to move to her backyard where they can have a regular food supply. Although this lady meant well, she is really inviting more coyotes to her neighborhood and creating an unsafe situation. We must stop feeding wildlife and encourage them to move back to the undeveloped areas away from people and pets.

If you are ever bitten, scratched or otherwise exposed to saliva from wildlife, cleanse the contact area with soap and water. Call your physician or the health department and get medical attention immediately.

For more information about rabies, visit The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/rabies.htm.

Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program Launches, October 1

trafficstopTraffic Ticket Amnesty Program Launches October 1

Beginning October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2017, people with qualifying unpaid traffic tickets and infractions whose fines were originally due to be paid on or before January 1, 2013, may have their debt reduced by 50 or 80 percent depending on income and have their driver’s license reinstated. The program also includes a waiver of any civil assessments.

People whose unpaid fines and fees were originally due to be paid after January 1, 2013, are not eligible for a reduction for that ticket, but may be eligible to have their driver’s license reinstated, if they are in good standing on a payment plan with the County of Los Angeles comprehensive collection program.

On June 24, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 85, which provided for a one-time mandatory eighteen month Statewide Traffic Tickets/Infraction Amnesty Program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. Known as the “Traffic Tickets/Infractions Amnesty Program,” this state legislation makes the amnesty program available through March 31, 2017.

Anyone eligible to have a driver’s license, including undocumented individuals who are eligible for a driver’s license under AB 60, is entitled to participate in the traffic amnesty program if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Exclusions from the program include:

  • Anyone owing victim restitution or with certain outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants
  • Parking tickets, reckless driving, and DUI offenses

Persons with more than one ticket may not be eligible for a reduction on an individual ticket if the eligibility criteria are not satisfied for the ticket. Please check with your court for additional information.

Those interested in the program must contact GC Services, the Los Angeles Superior Court’s collection agency at (800) 950-6280 (English) or (800) 939-8068 (Spanish) or via their website at www.trafficticketamnesty.com, or by visiting one of the GC Service windows at an LA County Superior Court location.

For more information, visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/trafficamnesty.htm.

If you have unpaid traffic tickets and/or a suspended license, take advantage of this program today to reinstate your driver’s license and reduce your ticket debt!

LADOT New Bicycle Corral Installed

LADOT New Bicycle Corral Installed

Today LADOT Bike Program installed a new bicycle corral at the Peddlers Creamery, 458 S Main St in Downtown Los Angeles. This is also one of the newest Bicycle Friendly Business Districts. BTW, the creamery makes ice-cream in small batches by peddling a stationary bicycle hooked up to a churning machine. This is a marriage made in heaven. Bicycling and ice-cream, who knew!!

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