unnamed (2)Discovery Cube Los Angeles is officially open in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Council District Seven. The 71,000 square foot, hands-on museum allows kids of all ages to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through fun exhibits, displays, programs, and learning spaces. The DCLA becomes LA’s latest must-see family entertainment/educational destination and the first major museum in the history of the Valley. DCLA is expected to draw 180,000 visitors during its first year and create 24 local, full-time jobs and 70 local, permanent part-time jobs.

For tickets or hours of operation, click here.
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What would you like to see at the Mission Hills Plaza?

Complete the survey and let the developer know what you would like to see in our community. Share with other neighbors. Help spread the word.

The website for the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/missionhillsplaza

We can also get you the paper version. Please let us know. Thank you.


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From http://www.postperiodical.com/assemblyman-raul-bocanegra-concedes-race-patty-lopez/

Patty Lopez, a mostly unknown candidate from San Fernando, has defeated incumbent Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), according to the official election results released Monday.

Patty Lopez

Lopez led by 182 votes on election night and won by 467 votes with provisional and mail-in ballots counted. Bocanegra said he will not ask for a recount.

“While the vote tally is incredibly close, it is clear that my opponent will be victorious by the narrowest of margins,” he said. “Although many residents and community leaders throughout the 39th Assembly District have urged me to undertake a recount, I do not want to put the state — and particularly the residents of the northeast San Fernando Valley — through such a costly and time-consuming process.”

The result shocked the political establishment from Los Angeles to Sacramento. Bocanegra, a first-term candidate, was considered a strong candidate for Assembly speaker. He won his primary by nearly 40 points and collected more than $600,000 in campaign contributions this year.

Meanwhile, Lopez said she never expected to win and only ran to advocate for more local school funding. She was fined $400 for not reporting any campaign contributions until after the election. She said she spent less than $10,000, and the money came from small donations from friends and family members.

Raul Bocanegra

Lopez, a former outreach coordinator for the North Valley Occupational Center, believes she won by reaching out to every person in the community and focusing on education. Bocanegra mostly campaigned for other candidates and appeared to spend little time campaigning in his own district.

In the weeks since the election, the reasons for the surprising result have been debated. Shortly before the election, Bocanegra received praise for co-authoring a bill to expand the state’s tax credits for television and movie filming, but the legislation may have been less popular at home.

Political analysts have suggested Lopez also may have benefited from having her name first on the ballot. Some voters selecting all Democrats may have chosen her name without noticing the race featured two Democrats.

Others have said Lopez may have seemed more relatable. She moved to the United States from Mexico as a child, and she describes herself as a hard-working housewife who serves as a parent volunteer and community organizer.

In a statement Monday, Bocanegra noted he comes from a working-class immigrant family. He said he is grateful for his family’s hard work.

“I am proud to have represented the northeast San Fernando Valley –- the community in which I was born and raised and have spent my life serving,” Bocanegra said. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the past two years.”

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Help your MHNC by supporting the rework of this mural. Have you seen it lately?

Please everyone LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT on this video. First we need to raise awareness.

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7th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair last Saturday that drew nearly 1500 people, which Councilmember Mitch Englander, Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, said was the largest in Los Angeles. Many Valley Neighborhood Councils supported this great event.

Photo locations:
Photos by Firefighter Adam VanGerpen
Photos by Tom Johnson
Photos by Office of Councilmember Mitchell Englander

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In 2011, Los Angeles adopted a Bicycle Plan that includes a network of bike facilities spanning the entire city.

In 2013, LA DOT proposed installing 0.4 miles of bicycle lanes along Devonshire between Haskell and Sepulveda within the right-of-way. This installation will bridge the existing bike lanes on either end and create a continuous bike lane from Topanga Canyon in Chatsworth to Woodman in Arleta (8.7 miles). The then-department manager of DOT, signed off on the project in October of 2013.

The proposed  project would include restriping only. No excavation or construction will occur as a result of this project and will not change access to existing facilities and properties. On-street parking spaces will not be eliminated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ray Garcia  Zoning and Land Use Chairmen Member.

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As California continues to weather through the drought, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Water Conservation Response Unit (WCRU) is stepping up public education and enforcement of the water conservation ordinance with three additional staff members and specially marked vehicles. The additional staff has already begun patrolling the city of Los Angeles for water waste and responding to tips provided by phone, email and through social media.

LADWP’s General Manager Marcie Edwards says, “The WCRU will help remind customers about our watering restrictions, the importance of saving water, and enforce the ordinance in a friendly yet firm way.” She adds, “They are also great sources of information on how to become more water efficient in your home and outdoors, where about half of all water is used.”

L.A. is currently in Phase 2 of the mandatory water conservation ordinance. This phase prohibits the following uses of water in Los Angeles: Continue reading

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Goose Egg.

There were NO robberies reported within the boundaries of LAPD’s Mission Area last week.

“Frankly, I can’t remember another week when that happened, not even Christmas week,” said Lt. Paul Vernon.

So how does that compare?

In the prior 4 weeks there were: 5, 14, 8, and 5, respectively.

This year, the weekly average of robberies is 7.

One-quarter to one-third of the robberies are what’s called ESTES (court case) robberies, where a shoplifter at a store is confronted by security then then the thief uses force to overcome resistance to arrest in order to keep the stolen loot and get away.  Such action elevates a petty theft to a robbery, by law.

Year to date, there have been 219 robberies in the Mission Area, compared to 238 last year, a drop of 8 percent.

by Lt. Paul Vernon

Mission Det. Division

For full details, view this message on the web.

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