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Central Lutheran Food Distribution Update

10/21/2019 – we began serving our neighbors experiencing poverty twice monthly with the LA Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry, thanks to a grant for 1.25 years’ operation expenses from the St. Stephens Fund of Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Granada Hills, CA.

3/23/2020 – When other providers in our area shut down their food distribution programs following Safer At Home orders, we continued as the only on-going LA Food Bank program in a 6-mile radius, and ESSENTIAL SERVICE-certified program.

5/4/2020 – we opened WEEKLY Food Distributions, with the help of a grant from LA County Supervisor Sheila Keuhl, plus adding the Drop-Off Food Program from LA Food Bank, and recruitment through Volunteermatch to replace those volunteers no longer able to help us (COVID issues of age, underling conditions, being restricted-access sheltered while experiencing homelessness, etc). We are committed to continue weekly distribution through this year’s end, at a minimum.

6/30/2020 – thanks to a grant from the Loving Our Neighbors fund of the SW California Synod of the ELCA, we purchased a freezer to allow us to receive more donations, and to keep split pallets of frozen food from LA Food Bank deliveries.

CENTRAL is committed to serving Food Distribution weekly through the end of 2020. In November we will be assessing the budget and staffing + volunteer needs for 2021 to decide if we can maintain this or a similar level of service for Van Nuys. The success of our Fund-raising for the Refrigerator will have a direct impact on whether we continue to serve weekly (the extra money needed to act now – to replace the fridge that was leaving – was taken from our on-going service budget).

We are the ONLY WALK-UP Food Distribution happening consistently in our area. Many others offer drive-up pop-up’s but the level of poverty in our community means most families don’t have a car to bring during the day to get food.

Vote by mail

Ready to Vote?

Working on how to vote? You can get details about ballot propositions and more at the non partisan site created by the League of Women Voters:

Did you know  you have multiple options on where to vote?

All voters have been mailed a ballot. You may vote by:

  • Mailing it back
  • Putting it in a voting by mail drop box at the Van Nuys Library
  • Bring your ballot and vote in person at the Van Nuys Recreation Center, Central Lutheran Church, Van Nuys Elks Lodge, Latin Paradise Banquet Hall, Van Nuys Middle School. Find a location.

Select Vote Centers will be available beginning Saturday, October 24. All Vote Centers will be available beginning Friday, October 30.

Vote Centers will be open every day from 10 AM to 7 PM during the early voting period. On Election Day Vote Centers will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM. If you vote in person, avoid the line and go early!

You can sign up to track your ballot by subscribing to Where’s My Ballot and you can confirm your ballot was received and tallied through the Vote by Mail Status Tool.

More information on how to return your ballot at

Vote by mail boxes

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East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit

East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit

Environmental Documents available on the Project website

Join us to learn more about the Project’s Final Environmental Planning Phase. 

The East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (FEIS/FEIR) is now available for review and accepting comments through November 2, 2020. Learn more about the project and the Environmental Reports through our virtual online platform available on the project website:

We are hosting virtual meetings for you to join online or by phone: 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 4:30 PM- 6:30 PM (English meeting, with Armenian interpretation available by request)
  • Zoom link:
  • Passcode: 867267
  • Or join by telephone: US: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782
  • Webinar/Meeting ID: 998 7865 2421
  • (Press # when asked for Participant’s ID) Passcode: 867267

Monday, October 26, 2020, 6PM – 8PM (Meeting conducted in Spanish) (la reunión se llevará a cabo en español)

  • Zoom link:
  • Passcode: 605402
  • By telephone: US: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
  • Webinar/Meeting ID: 994 5650 0748
  • (Press # when asked for Participant’s ID) Passcode: 605402

Comments for the FEIS/FEIR will be accepted during the review period between October 2, 2020 and November 2, 2020 by email to or by visiting and completing the Comment Form under “Contact Us.”

For questions or to request a copy of the FEIS/FEIR , call the Project hotline at 818.701.3844.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions and concerns. 

Visit project web page
Call 818-701-3844

Free Flu Shots

Free Flu Shots

This week, we started the fall season and with it comes the challenges of the upcoming flu season. Every year, LA hospitals receive an influx of patients needing treatment for the flu, but this year will be especially challenging given that we are still in a COVID-19 pandemic. Medical experts are advising all Angelenos to get a flu shot as soon as possible to avoid a possible “twindemic” from overtaking our hospital resources.

In order to save lives, we must do all that we can. Please start with the simple step of getting a flu shot. Everyone should call their doctor, visit a pharmacy, or use to schedule a flu shot appointment.

If you don’t have insurance, you can still get a flu shot.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should wait to get a flu shot, stay in isolation, and consult their doctor before getting a flu shot.

Parking Enforcement Recommences

Parking Enforcement Recommences

On October 1, 2020, parking enforcement will resume. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation recently shared their plans to resume parking enforcement for previously suspended parking infractions, and proposed economic relief measures for parking fines.

Below, please find key dates for when each type of parking enforcement will restart:

Beginning October 1, 2020, LADOT will resume parking enforcement and impounds, when applicable, for street cleaning, abandoned vehicles, oversize and overnight restrictions, peak hour and anti-gridlock zones, and expired registration.

Beginning October 15, 2020, LADOT will resume enforcement of expired preferential parking district permits.

LADOT will suspend imposing new citation late penalties until October 22, 2020.

Beginning January 1, 2021, LADOT will resume scofflaw enforcement and impounds.

Learn more about changes to parking enforcement at