E-News for the Week: November 2, 2018...
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Last weekend, the country was shocked and heartbroken upon hearing the news of a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. And while we mourned the 11 lives lost during the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in our country's history, the unfortunate truth is that this kind of tragedy is all too familiar.
It’s been less than 20 years since a similar tragedy driven by anti-Semitism visited this city when a gunman targeted the Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills.
And it was only the week before the shooting in Pittsburgh when a gunman murdered two African Americans in a grocery store after attempting and failing to enter a black church in Kentucky.
Violence in all of its forms is horrific. But there is something particularly heartbreaking when victims of violence are targeted because of and while practicing their faith.
When we gather as faith communities, we do so to reject fear and express our love for our fellow human beings and for all of God’s creation. To violate that sanctuary with hatred and acts of violence is man at his absolute worst.
It is hard to know how to react to such a heinous crime. While it may be tempting, we should not be driven to fear and hatred, as that is what drove this murderer.
Instead it is those we lost who should guide our actions. Their love and their faith should inspire us to engage our own communities so that -- no matter the differences in how we look or how we worship -- the fundamental truth is reflected across our society and culture: we are all equal in the eyes of God and it is our duty to love and care for one another accordingly.

Getting Help to Those In Need…

Since launching Neighborhoods FIRST, one of the major challenges we face during interactions with individuals experiencing homelessness is connecting them to treatment and services. For residents experiencing homelessness, for social service workers working in the field, and for anyone who may be looking to help a friend or family member in need, the difficulty of locating quality services is well documented.

Whether it be treatment centers that are only interested in financial gain, or illegitimate treatment center scams, the residents of Los Angeles that experience homelessness, addiction, or mental health emergencies deserve resources that are dedicated to providing services, and to the science of addiction and mental health. All too often, treatments are sold as if they were a product line.

There are legitimate treatment centers and services that exist in Los Angeles, but locating and accessing them for those most in need has been burdensome at best and sometimes impossible. As a result, those in need find themselves in illegitimate treatment centers that do not have the patient’s best interests at heart.

Legitimate treatment centers and services require tools that help them reach the most vulnerable in our City. Likewise, first responders and those in need require a resource that enables them to reach the help that is available to them, without a broker intervening.

In searching for a technological solution to this issue, I discovered and met with the developers of an app that provides this very resource. The GetHelp App gives treatment centers, clinicians, interventionists and detox facilities a new and innovative way to reach the vulnerable population in Los Angeles and connect them to the treatment they need. The app also engages the same vulnerable population, their families, and first responders, who can use the app to access treatment that may be needed and to connect to providers without jumping through the usual status quo hoops.

This app can be an ethical and essential tool for the City of Los Angeles’ tool belt in the fight to end homelessness. It is essential for the City to investigate the possibilities of this app and work with the application’s team in order to tailor the app for Los Angeles.

In the coming weeks, I will be introducing legislation to direct the City's Information Technology Agency to work with this app to develop and test its use by city employees and first responders.

If successful, this technology could become a central part of outreach efforts as we look to get homeless residents off the streets and and into housing.

YMCA Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway…
Every year my office supports the North Valley YMCA annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive to give turkeys to families that may otherwise have difficulty affording the main course of a Thanksgiving meal. 

In the twelve years since it began, this event has become a Thanksgiving tradition in the San Fernando Valley with volunteers helping assemble, transport, and distribute baskets. You can help too by signing up for a shift at any of the specified times on their volunteer project website.

I hope you will sign up and help make this a special Thanksgiving for thousands of families throughout our community! 
Department of Aging's Project CARE for Seniors Annual Holiday Campaign…
The Los Angeles Department of Aging is proudly celebrating 12 years supporting older adults in need during the holiday season. For the past 12 years, the City family has come together to remind older adults that they are not alone, generously donating gifts for the holiday season.

Many of the older adults served struggle to allocate their fixed income to obtain basic necessities such as food, blankets, or socks to keep them warm. We are asking for your assistance. Your gift may be the only gift received during the holidays by our participants.

Support Project Care by visiting their website where you can donate or build a bag of gifts yourself.


Community Plan Update Meeting: Canoga Park-Winnetka-Woodland Hills-West Hills…
The City of Los Angeles will hold an Open House regarding proposed Zone Changes and Plan Amendment to the Canoga Park- Winnetka- Woodland Hills-West Hills Community Plan, in accordance with the Los Angeles City Charter. The existing Community Plan was adopted in 1999 and is being updated to reflect current policies, practices, and conditions. The proposed Zone Changes and Plan Amendments are initiated by the City of Los Angeles and involve private and publicly-owned land. Kids and walk-ins are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, November 3
9 AM - 3 PM

Rose Goldwater Community Center at Westfield Topanga
21710 Vanowen St.
Canoga Park

For more information visit

Free Paper Shredding Event…
If you have too much paper cluttered in your life or are maybe worried about identity theft, worry no longer! One of the best ways to protect yourself against identity theft and clear the clutter in your storage areas and filing cabinets is to discard your unneeded documents safely by shredding. This is a free event and there is no limit to the amount of paper you can bring!

Saturday, November 10
9 AM - 12 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills
10400 Zelzah Ave.

For more information visit the church's website.

Used Book Sale with Friends of the Granada Hills Library…
Support your local library at the Granada Hills Library used booksale. Items for sale include hard covers, paper backs, coffee tablebooks, DVDs, and children's books all at steep discounts. All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Granada Hills Library.

Friday, November 16
9:30 AM - 5 PM

Saturday, November 17
9:30 AM - 4 PM

Granada Hills Library
10640 Petit Ave
Granada Hills

Movie Screening at the Chatsworth Library…
The Chatsworth Library is hosting a screening of "Won't You Be My Neighbor", the acclaimed documentary about the life, career, and legacy of children's television host Mr. Rogers. The event will be held the the Chatsworth Library Community Room and is free for the public to attend. Light refreshments are available for attendees.

Thursday, November 29
1:30 PM

Chatsworth Library
21052 Devonshire St

For more information, call (818) 341-4276.

Holiday Concert…

Our West Valley Animal CAT of the week is "Astra" (#A1779026), a gorgeous white and black female with light emerald eyes who loves to be pet and held. She purrs even louder when you pet and scratch behind her ears and head. Astra is 7, calm, very loving and gentle and will appreciate every moment with you. If you are looking for a laid-back cat who loves lots of lap time and cozy quiet purr-time with you, come adopt beautiful Astra! Please, Astra needs to stay indoors only, to stay safe always!

As of this writing, our West Valley Animal Dog of the week has been adopted! Let's find Astra a new loving forever home, too!

To give these pets a forever home, visit the shelter at 20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth, (818) 756-9325. See all the City shelter animals at the L.A. Animal Services Search-By-Shelter Page.

Our Director of Communications, Colin Sweeney would like to remind you of the importance of exercising your constitutional right and civic obligation to vote in Tuesday's election. No matter how you intend to vote or your political preference, casting your ballot is the single most important step to having your voice heard and your choices reflected in our government. 

Unfortunately only 60% of eligible voters bother to turnout on average for a presidential election. That average falls to 40% during midterm elections such as we are having this year when every member of the House of Representatives is up for election and 1/3 of the US Senate. In addition, there are numerous state and local issues and offices that will also be determined by Tuesday's vote.

The right to vote and have a government representative of the people is at the very heart of this country’s founding. Numerous generations fought, struggled, and died to protect that right and to expand it for all citizens of our country regardless of race, gender, or ability. We dishonor their legacy when we fail to exercise that right.

Please vote on Tuesday. Information on polling places and other election materials are available at the California Secretary of State's website, the LA County Registrar's website, and


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Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7012
Fax: (213) 473-6925

9207 Oakdale Ave

Chatsworth CA 91311
Phone: (818) 882-1212
Fax: (818) 701-5254

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