Community News


09
Oct

Los Angeles: In an effort to assist the public in avoiding possible traffic congestion during the visit of the President of the United States, October 9 & 10, 2014, the following areas of the City should be avoided when possible to prevent travel delays for community members:

Thursday October 9, 2014
The area around Centinela Ave between Ocean Park Bl & Olympic Bl from 1:30pm - 3:30p.m.
The area around Lincoln Boulevard between Pico Bl & Wilshire Bl from 1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
The area around Santa Monica Bl between btwn 26th St. & Ocean Ave from 3:30p.m. - 5:00p.m.
The area around Ocean Avenue between Pico Bl & San Vicente Bl from 3:30p.m. - 5:00p.m.
The area around San Vicente Bl between Ocean Ave & Bundy Dr. 5:00p.m. - 7:30p.m
The area around Sunset Bl between Allenford Ave & Barrington Ave from 5:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.
The area around Sunset Boulevard between Allenford Ave & Roxbury Dr. 5:00p.m- 7:30p.m.
The area around Beverly Glen Bl between Sunset Bl & Santa Monica Bl from 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m.
The area around Wilshire Bl between Sawtelle Bl & Santa Monica Bl 7:30p.m- 9:00p.m.

Friday October 10, 2014
The area around Wilshire Bl between Veteran Ave & Comstock Ave from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m.
The area around Beverly Glen Bl between Ashton Ave & Bellagio Rd. from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m.
The area around Sunset Bl between Hilgard Ave & Carolwood Dr. from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
The area around Beverly Glen Bl between Bellagio Rd. & Pico Bl. from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
The area around Pico Bl between Prosser Ave & Century Park East from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

A Hard Closure will occur along Hilgard Ave between Le Conte Ave & Weyburn Ave from Thursday October 9th, 8:00a.m. thru Friday October 10th, 6:00p.m.

Metro Bus Orange Line route 302/2 on Hilgard Ave between Le Conte Ave & Weyburn Ave will be cancelled from 11:00a.m. on October 9th through 4:00p.m. on October 10th.

This information has been provided to the public with the approval of the United States Secret Service (USSS). Any additional questions related to the visit of the President will be referred to the USSS.

06
Oct

Los Angeles:  In an effort to assist the public in avoiding possible traffic congestion during the visit of the Vice President of the United States, October 6 & 7, 2014, the following areas of the City should be avoided when possible to prevent travel delays for community members:

Monday October 6, 2014
The area around the 405 Fwy and Santa Monica Blvd. from 3:00 pm to 6:00 p.m.
The area around Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd. from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The area around Sunset Blvd between Barrington Ave & Mandeville Cyn. from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday October 7, 2014
The area around Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd. from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The area around North Broadway between 19th Ave. and Daly Street from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The area around Spring Street between 18th Ave. and Arcadia St. from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The area around Cesar Chavez and Grand Ave from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The area around Grand Ave. between Cesar Chavez and Olympic Blvd. from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


BUS STOPS AFFECTED

We do not anticipate that bus routes will be impacted by the movements of the Vice President except for short durations.  Alternate routes are available and riders should utilize Metro.net for  alternate bus routes if they are on a tight travel schedule.

This information has been provided to the public with the approval of the United States Secret Service (USSS). 

16
Sep

The heat has been horrendously stifling, and everyone in Southern California is feeling it.  The massive use of electricity is unprecedented.  Throughout the city, thousands have lost power, including hundreds in Encino, where the estimated time of return of service is shortly after midnight . though hopefully, power will be back sooner -- before the end of today (Tuesday).  To call the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to report an outage, or to request a callback about the status of a situation, call 1-800-DIAL-DWP.  You can also check out LADWPnews.com for information.

The City's Emergency Management Department has issued a bulletin that contains the following information about "cooling centers" open to the public:

The following City of Los Angeles facilities are utilized as “Cooling Centers” during extreme heat conditions to provide the public with relief from the heat. These City facilities are always open to the public during regular business hours.

Library Facilities

Library facilities will be operating during their normal posted hours today and tomorrow. The general public should visit http://www.lapl.org/branches or call (213) 228-7000 for specific hours of operation.

Recreation and Parks Facilities

Normal Operating Hours

To access the list of facilities with locations and operating hours go to:

http://www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/reccenter.htm.

L.A. County Facilities

For further information on cooling center locations outside of the City, contact L.A. County

2-1-1 or go to: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/docs/coolingcenters-7-14-14.pdf.


The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has put out the following comprehensive information regarding the heat:
The Department of Public Health would like to remind everyone that precautions should be taken, especially by individuals who participate in outdoor activities, older adults, caretakers of infants and children, and those sensitive to the heat. This alert may be extended if weather conditions do not improve.

“When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days,” said Jeffery Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, Interim Health Officer, Los Angeles County. “Thus, it is critically important to never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels. If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor without air conditioning, make sure that they get to a cooling center or other air conditioned space between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.”

For a list of Cooling Centers and information on heat-related illnesses and prevention, please visit the Public Health website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, or call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone within the county. The posted Cooling Center list is effective through Wednesday, September 17. Call your local Cooling Center for hours. To view a map of the nearest cooling centers, go to: http://bit.ly/BeatTheHeat2014.

“While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out to those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of extreme heat, including children, the elderly, and their pets,” said Dr. Gunzenhauser. “Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly, but we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated.”

Schools, day camps, and non-school related sports organizations or athletes should take extra precautions during extreme heat. Practices and other outdoor activities should be scheduled for very early or very late in the day in order to limit the amount of time spent in the sun and heat.

Additional tips for those who must work or exercise outdoors:

Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.
Pay attention to signs of dehydration which include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. Individuals with these symptoms should be moved to a cooler, shaded place, and given water or sport drinks. More severe signs of heat-related illness may include diminished judgment, disorientation, pale and clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse, and/or fast and shallow breathing.
Coaches, teachers, and employers should seek immediate medical attention for those exhibiting signs of heat-related illness.
Avoid unnecessary exertion, such as vigorous exercise during peak sun hours, if you are outside or in a non-air conditioned building.
Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as cooling centers, shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
Do not rely only on open windows or a fan as a primary way to stay cool. Use the air conditioner. If you’re on reduced income, find out more about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, by calling (866) 675-6623 or contacting your utility provider.
Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.
Infants and Children:

It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.


Pets:

Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows ‘cracked’ or open.
Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water.
Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation.
Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat Cramps:

Symptoms include muscular pains and spasms, usually in the stomach, arms or leg muscles.
Heat cramps usually result from heavy exertion, such as exercise, during extreme heat.
Although heat cramps are the least severe of all heat-related problems, they are usually the first signal that the body is having trouble coping with hot temperatures. Heat cramps should be treated immediately with rest, fluids and getting out of the heat.
Seek medical attention if pain is severe or nausea occurs.


Heat Exhaustion:

Symptoms include heavy sweating, pale and clammy moist skin, extreme weakness or fatigue, muscle cramps, headache, dizziness or confusion, nausea or vomiting, fast and shallow breathing, or fainting.
First Aid: Heat exhaustion should be treated immediately with rest in a cool area, sipping water or a sports drink, applying cool and wet cloths and elevating the feet 12 inches.
If left untreated, victims may go into heat stroke.
Seek medical attention if the person does not respond to the above, basic treatment.
Heat Stroke:

Symptoms include flushed, hot, moist skin or a lack of sweat, high body temperature (above 103ºF), confusion or dizziness, possible unconsciousness, throbbing headache, rapid, or strong pulse.
Heat stroke is the most severe heat-related illness and occurs when a person’s temperature control system, which produces sweat, stops working.
Heat stroke may lead to brain damage and death.
First Aid: Call 911. Move victim to a cool shaded area. Fan the body, and spray body with water.

11
Sep

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold “Customer Service Saturdays” at four of its Customer Service Centers on September 13, 20, 27 and October 4, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Customers who attend any of the planned Customer Service Saturdays can expect assistance from staff who are able to take payments, process service order requests, answer billing questions and resolve billing issues. There will be informational tables and displays on customer-relevant issues like water conservation, which is of increased urgency during the current statewide drought, and energy efficiency, which is especially important during hot months like September. There will also be information on helpful LADWP programs and services available to customers, as well as sign-up materials.

Locations of the customer service centers (CSCs) are:

Crenshaw CSC
4030 Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Van Nuys CSC
6550 Van Nuys Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91401

Watts CSC
1686 E. 103rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90002

West Los Angeles CSC
1394 S. Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025

View, download and print the Customer Service Saturdays flyer here.

Earlier this Spring, LADWP opened these four customer service  centers on Saturdays for two months to assist customers experiencing billing problems. Customer Service Saturdays are a continued effort to be more responsive to our customers and the Department is considering opening on additional Saturdays throughout the year as well.

08
Sep

LADWP water system crews continue to make repairs on a 16-inch cast iron water main pipe that ruptured earlier today at approximately 9:40 AM at 17949 Karen Drive, located just south of the intersection of Zelzah Avenue and Valley Vista Drive in Encino.  Approximately 60 customers are currently without water service and two homes were evacuated as a precaution by LAFD. Water and mud also flowed across homeowners lawns and into swimming pools in the immediate area.  When excavating the area around the pipe, crews discovered a damaged sewer line that must also be repaired.  As a result, the current estimated time for completion of repairs to both pipes and restoration of service to customers is 10 pm.  Street repairs will follow.
The 66-year old water pipe was under relatively high pressure due to its' hillside location and crews had to work carefully to shut down the pipe slowly to prevent creating a water hammer that could have led to other pipe breaks in the area.  Positive water flow through the pipe also needed to be maintained to protect water quality and avoid having to issue a boiled water notice for the area.  The pipe is part of 7,200 miles of water mains and larger-diameter trunk lines that form a network across the city, delivering water 24/7 to four million customers.


For updated information on the status of repairs, please visit www.ladwpnews.com or follow us on Twitter at @LADWP.

25
Jul

The “Century Crunch” will take place the weekend of July 25-28 to allow for future construction of a new light rail station at Century/Aviation.

This key intersection near an entrance to LAX will be CLOSED for 57 hours beginning 9 p.m. Friday, July 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, July 28 in connection with construction of the Crenshaw/LAX project.Century Blvd. is a major artery leading into LAX, and the closure is occurring during one of the busiest travel times of the year. It also will restrict traffic on Aviation Boulevard. An estimated 92,800 motorists travel through the intersection on a daily basis; the message is: Plan Ahead, Use Public Transit or Stay Away!

25
Jul
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is a 5thDistrict mainstay that’s quite crucial to the City of Los Angeles.  For 60 years, The Foundation has helped individuals, institutions and professional advisors have the greatest possible impact on both the Jewish community and the community at large.  The Foundation currently manages assets of more than $900 million and ranks among the 11 largest Los Angeles foundations (based on assets). In 2013, The Foundation and its more than 1,000 donors distributed $65 million in grants to hundreds of organizations with programs that span the range of philanthropic giving. One lovely initiative that’s taking place in 2014, thanks to the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, is Voices of LA:  The Krupnick Festival of the Arts.  This is a citywide collaborative series bringing Jewish artists together with artmakers from diverse communities across Los Angeles to create original works featuring musicians, dancers, spoken word and visual artists.  The first events have already taken place, but a number more are still scheduled throughout the City, leading up to the “Culminating Festival” which will take place Sunday, September 14 at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple.  All events and performances are FREE and open to the public, but an RSVP required.  For more information, please visit http://www.voicesoflafest.com/ .
25
Jul
This summer, thousands of young Angelenos are able to enjoy a unique opportunity with a splendid endeavor known as the 2014 Los Angeles Summer of Learning. Young learners age three to twenty-four can participate in online and in-person programs offering opportunities to earn digital badges in topics ranging from swimming to robotics and writing to fashion. Best of all, most of the programs are free! The Los Angeles Summer of Learning is a collaboration of Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, parks, community-based organizations, museums and many others throughout Los Angeles. In-person classes are offered at some of Los Angeles’ biggest cultural institutions such as the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Getty Center, in addition to classes at city parks, schools and libraries.  Online opportunities and sign up happen via summeroflearning.la. Students can enroll now through the end of July on summeroflearning.la and choose topics they are most interested in. Once they complete a program, the student is awarded a badge.  For every badge earned another class will be suggested, giving youth the opportunity to “level up” or continue on their personal pathway to success. Students also have an opportunity to get a jumpstart on their professional dreams. To gain the Workforce Readiness Badge, students must earn five badges, such as Basic Job Skills and Build a Resume. Achieving these five badges unlocks the City of Los Angeles & LAUSD/Beyond the Bell's Workforce Ready Badge. Completing this also unlocks the LA Chamber of Commerce’s Work Ready Certification Badge to open up a world of professional possibilities. For more information on this, see: http://summeroflearning.la/workforce-readiness-challenge . The Los Angeles Summer of Learning is inspired by the idea of Connected Learning, a national movement based on the idea that learning happens anywhere and everywhere.  The program started in Chicago in 2013 and has since grown nationwide in cities such as Dallas, Columbus and Washington, D.C. This year’s Los Angeles program is the most ambitious endeavor yet, as not city has yet partnered with their school district to access as many learners as possible. The program is made possible by private donations, including $500,000 from JPMorgan Chase, and $200,000 from the California Endowment. The MacArthur Foundation, which helped Chicago pilot the program last summer, has also provided valuable technical assistance in designing the program, the website and digital badges.

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