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Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about heat dangers

As the temperature starts to climb in Southern California, remember when it is hot for you, it is even hotter for your four-legged friends. Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means dogs and cats must work extra hard to stay cool.

Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for companion animals. LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about the hazards of hot weather and how to keep your furry loved ones healthy and comfortable. Here are some pet safety tips:

Never leave your pet alone inside a vehicle
If your pet cannot go inside at every stop with you, they are safer at home on hot days. Car interiors heat very quickly, even with the windows open. If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block. In fact, it’s against the law to leave an animal in a vehicle if doing so endangers the health or well-being of the animal.

Give your pet extra water
Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan. Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.

Care for your pet’s coat
Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a clip will make your buddy much more comfortable. Newly clipped and lighter coated pets, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer and they are more susceptible to sunburn.

Don’t leave your pet outdoors for a long time
If your dog has to be left outdoors for awhile, make sure they have plenty of access to shade such as trees, a covered patio or cool spot under the porch. Apply a pet specific or hypoallergenic sunscreen on sensitive areas like the nose, tips of ears and belly especially if they have light or thin fur.

Avoid hot ground surfaces
While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention to the pavement, sidewalks or sand. Check the temperature with your hand, if it’s too hot to touch then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

Know the signs of overheating
If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing and looks very distressed, they could be having a heatstroke. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your pet and take them to the veterinarian immediately.

Remember, companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.

VECC, ECOM & VPOD: Train-The-Trainers Training

VECC, ECOM & VPOD: Train-The-Trainers Training

A three(3) hour multiple platform training program

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 7:30am – 11:30am
Where: Volunteer Emergency Command Center (VECC)
19040 Vanowen Street
Reseda, CA 91335

This is a NO FEE For The Training (Register Here)

Trained Volunteer Preparedness
Learn systems, operations & procedures of the volunteer emergency command center (VECC) program and how it will be activated and operated by trained volunteer following a whole community emergency & disaster.

Emergency & Disaster Communications
Learn the benefit of being a HAM Radio Operator and how the VECC & Mobile ECOMM Trailer will connect with LAEMDEOC  and LAEPF BOC Emergency Communications in the LAEMD EOC.

Volunteer Point of Distribution (VPOD) Disaster Relief Services
Learn how VPODs will be opened and operational in the First Hours following a While Community Emergency & Disaster – With Disaste First Aid, Sheltering & Basic Commodity Beverage + Food Service.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at El Pueblo – Today @ 5:00 pm


Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at El Pueblo

El Pueblo Historical Monument’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This family event will feature entertainment, arts and crafts, refreshments, children’s bounce house, and more.

This event is free and open to the public– please feel free to share this invite with your friends and family.

For further inquiries about the event, please contact: (213) 485-8435 or e-mail:

Town Hall Meeting – October 22 @ 11:00 am

valley-town-hall-color-flyer-v4Please join on Saturday Oct. 22 at 11 am at the wonderful (but endangered) Sportsmen’s Lodge on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City as the Coalition to Preserve LA and several Community groups hold our very own Town Hall on over-development, gridlock and harm to our neighborhood character — and what we can do about it in the San Fernando Valley.

Our Valley Town Hall will feature every day people trying to save their neighborhoods from huge developments that tower over our residential homes and out of scale projects that destroy the character of our neighborhoods.  The speakers panel will feature heroic community fighters like Richard Close, leader of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, who know what it’s like to fight — and win.

Co-sponsors are the Chase Knolls Residents and Neighbors Association and the San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Coalition.

An invitation flyer is attached. RSVP is required to This is a FREE event. Find out about the quiet deals underway to over-develop our livable communities in the Valley, and what you can do about it.  For more information visit

And please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested.


June EMD Bulletin – 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness

June EMD Bulletin – 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness

This month’s Emergency Management Department (EMD) bulletin focuses on neighborhood disaster planning and the 5 Steps program, the City of Los Angeles official neighborhood disaster planning tool.

Los Angeles is home to over 4 million residents. There are just under 10,000 police officers and nearly 4,000 firefighters. In the event of a large, catastrophic disaster, it could take up to 72 hours to a week before first responders can provide assistance. When you do the math, chances are you will be your first responder.

Individual and family preparedness plans are important first steps in preparing for disasters. The City of Los Angeles has many resources to help you and your family get prepared.

However when neighbors team up and work together in times of crisis, they can provide the critical support and resources needed until first responders arrive.

EMD created 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness to help neighborhoods develop a plan on how to prepare, respond to and recover from any disaster – together. This nationally recognized, award winning program is the City of Los Angeles official neighborhood disaster planning tool. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal is that every neighborhood in the City adopt and use this program to help them respond to disasters and become resilient enough to bounce back quickly. The program includes providing support for neighbors with disabilities, seniors and others of all ages who may need extra help following a disaster.

Creating a neighborhood plan doesn’t have to be an overwhelming endeavor. EMD has made the process very simple. In 5 easy steps you:

  • Define your area – identify a manageable area you can organize with ease.
  • Recruit leaders – develop a team of leaders who can build the plan and carry it out when the time comes.
  • Scout your area – assess what resources you have, and identify hazards, threats and risks.
  • Build your team – find out who lives in your area, how they can help, and who may need extra help.
  • Plan your approach – create a plan outlining what your neighborhood will do before, during and after a disaster.

Get started by visiting Download the easy toolkit which is available in English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. There you will find a sample plan, templates, training videos and other resources to create a plan that is specific to your neighborhood’s needs. When your plan is finished, contact us on any of our social media sites and let us know so we can recognize your efforts with the Mayor’s office and though social media.

Additional Resources:
5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness
PrepareLA Now

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DWP Reform: The End Game – Proposal Out Next Week

DWP Reform: The End Game – Proposal Out Next Week

By Tony Wilkinson

The Los Angeles City Council’s Rules committee, with input from Mayor Eric Garcetti, will announce its revised proposal for DWP Reform sometime between next Wednesday and Friday, June 1 to 3. This is the last chance for input before the plan gets made.

If you have strong opinions on what should be in the DWP Reform package, send a personal email NOW to Andrew Westall, who is Council President Wesson’s assistant chief deputy (

Here is the planned schedule. These dates are tentative.

May 17 (Friday) – Rules Committee final input hearing (Environmental Issues / CAO-CLA Reports
June 1 to 3 (Wednesday to Friday) – Rules Committee special meeting announces proposal
June 7 (Tuesday) – City Council discussion of DWP Reform
June 8 (Wednesday) – City Council adopts recommendations and instructs City Attorney to prepare
June 17 (Friday) – Rules Committee meeting adopts ballt language resolution and ordinance
June 22 (Wednesday) – City Council adopts ballot language resolution and ordinance
June 29 (Wednesday) – City Council has second reading if necessary

On Thursday, May 26, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) issued three joint reports on DWP Reform issues. The reports provide options for changing the Department’s Contracting Powers, Board Support, and Board Structure. These reports were heard at a special meeting of the Rules committee at 8:30 am today, Friday, May 27. This Rules meeting will also focus on DWP Reform input from the environmental community.

Check out the documents on Council File 16-0093 for copies of these reports and other documents and public input on the DWP Reform proposal.

Please send your questions and comments on DWP Reform to DWP Reform information will be posted regularly at There is additional information at

Tony Wilkinson is the Chair of the Neighborhood Council – DWP MOU Oversight Committee. He will be contributing information on the DWP Reform process to the EmpowerLA newsletter each week.

Congressional Art Competition Ceremony – May 2, 2016



The U.S. house Of representatives

Congressional Art Competition Ceremony

Congressman Tony Cárdenas cordially invites you to join him at this year’s Congressional Art Competition Ceremony where we will showcase the 2016 art submissions and announce a winner!

When: Monday,  May 2, 2016

Where: Office of Congressman Tony Cárdenas

8134 Van Nuys Blvd

Suite 206

Panorama City, CA 91402

Free parking available behind the building

Time: 5:00 P.M.


This event is free and open to the public

Our goal is to highlight young, local artists to the community and bring together people from around the district to celebrate the beauty of art. Attendees will be able to see dozens of unique art on display and can get more information about how to apply for the competition next year.

To RSVP, please contact Jenny Rayas at:,  (818) 781-7407.

Abilities EXPO Los Angeles February 5 – 7

Abilities EXPO Los Angeles February 5 – 7

The City of Los Angeles Department on Disability is once again a proud Sponsor and Community Partner of the annual Abilities EXPO. This year it will again be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from February 5th-7th on Friday, February 5th from 11am to 5pm, on Saturday, February 6th from 10am to 6pm, and on Sunday, February 7th from 10am to 2pm. This is an excellent opportunity to come out and see the newest assistive technology and devices/services/products available for persons with disabilities. Register today to attend!

Whether your disability is physical, sensory, learning, developmental or a combination, Abilities Expo strives to provide the products and services to help you. It provides a forum where you can gain knowledge and access to life-altering products. The Expo features compelling sessions focused on travel, home modifications, finance, dating, physical therapy for kids, cutting-edge technologies, finding the correct mobility device. There will be sports, dance, music, celebrities, assistance dogs, therapy horses, face painting for kids and much, much more.

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