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ENTERTAINMENT
By Nicole Charky | April 1, 2010
If you ask 13-year-old Lukas Bartke or 14-year-old Clayton Bonura, ?Star Wars? is the best song to play at the Verdugo Youth Musicians Assn. As the orchestra inches to the intro, and the conductor announces the song, all the kids let out a sigh of relief. In 2001, the association began providing classical music training from professional musicians to children of all ages who live in Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada, Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley. As part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Partnership Program, the collaboration gives children their first seat next to a monstrous cello or drum.
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NEWS
By Megan O’Neil | March 18, 2010
Local agencies have until April 7 to file for federal reimbursement of costs related to recent rain storms and subsequent debris flows, officials said Wednesday. The announcement came during an information session on Wednesday that was hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and attended by dozens of representatives from agencies across Los Angeles County. “I can’t emphasize enough,” said Michael Baldwin, a FEMA public assistance officer. “If for some reason this is not in by April 7, we don’t have any provisions to provide any kind of assistance.
NEWS
March 11, 2010
Bill would require sale of houses in 710 path A state assemblyman last month introduced a bill that would require the sale of the hundreds of properties acquired by the state for a surface extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway. Introduced by Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), the bill would require the California Department of Transportation to sell the surplus properties and use the proceeds to fund local transportation projects within Los Angeles County. Officials estimate Caltrans owns more than 500 residential properties along the unconstructed portion of the 710 corridor, with some bought more than 50 years ago. If passed, the bill would essentially make the equally controversial proposed underground tunnel the only option for the proposed freeway extension.
NEWS
By Megan O’Neil | March 4, 2010
A rainstorm is expected to soak the foothills starting Friday night, potentially forcing an additional round of evacuations in some La Cañada Flintridge neighborhoods. Residents in the Station fire burn areas have been issued evacuation orders six times since January. The most recent evacuation was last Friday, but only 20% of residents complied with the initial order to leave, said Nicole Nishida, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The actual percentage may have been higher, as deputies generally do not make a second round of door-to-door calls, and do not know who may have left after an initial refusal to do so. The weekend rain did not trigger significant mudflows, and county crews resumed the ongoing cycle of excavating local debris basins.
NEWS
By Megan O’Neil | March 4, 2010
The Foothill Communities Reforestation Committee is inviting volunteers to participate in a training event this weekend at the Lytle Creek Ranger Station in the San Bernardino National Forest. The one-day session, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, will prepare participants to supervise citizen replanting efforts in the Angeles National Forest. The Foothill Communities Reforestation Committee, established in the wake of the devastating Station fire, is leading a grass roots effort to raise funds and attract volunteers as part of the reforestation of local hillsides.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | February 25, 2010
GLENDALE — A push by Los Angeles County to free up access to landfills for mud excavated from foothill debris basins is not expected to impact the main site in Glendale, officials said. As mud dumping sites reach capacity, county officials have been scrambling to find places to store large amounts of dirt, especially with more rain on the horizon. The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed officials to seek temporary fee waivers from state and city agencies to dump the dirt at landfills in an effort to minimize costs.
FEATURES
By Megan O’Neil | February 25, 2010
Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday opened a disaster assistance center in La Crescenta in an effort to connect foothill residents with government resources to help deal with recent debris flows. The center is being sponsored by the County Office of Emergency Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA). Representatives from more than a dozen federal, state and county agencies will be available at Central Christian Church, at 5027 New York Ave., through Saturday, said Ken Kondo, program manager for the County of Office of Emergency Management.
NEWS
By Megan O’Neil | January 28, 2010
Los Angeles County Public Works crews are working to excavate 27 debris basins in the Station fire burn area following a week of heavy rainstorms, officials said Wednesday. “[Excavation work] is ongoing,” said La Cañada’s Director of Administrative Services, Kevin Chun. “They have been doing it even while it was raining . . . Now that it is a dry period, they are working as hard as they can to get them cleared out.” Priority will be given to basins that impact Paradise Valley, including Mullally, Harter, Pickens and Starfall, county Public Works spokesman Bob Spencer said.
NEWS
By Megan O’Neil | January 22, 2010
Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for much of La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Glendale county officials announced Friday morning. The evacuations were issued at 9 a.m. Wednesday due to the threat of mudslides in the Station fire burn areas. Hard evacuations remain in place for a few streets in the Crescenta-Cañada area, including Briggs Terrace, Ocean View Boulevard, Rock Castle Road, La Forest Drive and Escalante Drive. Evacuations updates are available at www.dpwcare.
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