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LA’s San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Councils are having elections next week. But does anybody care?

Elections for most of the San Fernando Valley’s 34 neighborhood councils are set to begin next week, but many residents may not even be aware the local advisory bodies exist. Those community members are missing out, officials say, on an important opportunity to engage with city government. Certified in 2001, neighborhood council boards are comprised of elected volunteers that make recommendations to Los Angeles City Hall on local issues ranging from land use and development to traffic and road m...
Tags: Local News, News, Local-government, Top Stories LADN


Restaurants, food facility closed for health hazards in the San Fernando Valley, March 24-Apirl 6

  Downtown Philly Cheese Steaks on Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills. (Google Street View)   Three restaurants and one food facility in the San Fernando Valley were closed between March 24-April 6. The food facilities had their health permit suspended for cockroaches, rodents, sewage or no hot water according to reports from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Food facilities whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have b...
Tags: Local News, Restaurant Closures, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


In Valley neighborhoods, fight against upzoning bill gets fiery as it moves through state Senate

Community groups in the South Valley began deliberating the implications of Senate Bill 50 — pitched as a way to solve California’s housing crisis by overriding local zoning laws to allow denser development in transit- and job-rich neighborhoods — months before it was released in March by its author, state Sen. Scott Weiner. But the push against the proposed legislation is heating up now that it has cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature and is facing a tougher vote Wednesday. While most Ca...
Tags: Business, Local-news, News, Housing, Top Stories LADN


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, April 19-26

  Circus Vargas’ The Greatest of Ease show April 25-May 13 in Woodland Hills. (Photo by Wednesday Aja/courtesy of Circus Vargas)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   We Rock the Spectrum – Rockin’ Resource Fair: The event includes autism and other special needs information and vendors, Easter Egg Hunt and a Find t...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Council on American-Islamic Relations says Anaheim office received a bomb threat; no device found

ANAHEIM — The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported Wednesday that someone phoned in a bomb threat to its Anaheim headquarters. A woman, who did not identify herself, called the CAIR-LA office about 3 p.m. Tuesday and asked for the name of the organization. When told she had contacted the Council on American-Islamic Relations, she said, “I’m going to bomb the (expletive) building up,” according to Executive Director Hussam Ayloush CAIR officials sa...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Religion, Sport, Soccer, Hilton, Coachella, Discrimination, Local News, Public Safety, Trump, Omar, Anaheim, CAIR, Council on American Islamic Relations, Woodland Hills


1 driver arrested in deadly Sun Valley crash thought to involve racing, LAPD calls on 2nd motorist to surrender

Los Angeles police are calling on the driver of a dark-colored Dodge Charger to turn himself in following an alleged illegal street race collision that killed two people in Sun Valley on Friday, April 12. Two people in a Toyota who were killed in Sun Valley might have been innocent victims caught in a street race between two speeding Dodge Chargers. A white 2015 Dodge Charger was speeding eastbound on San Fernando Road about 7:10 p.m. Friday along with a dark-colored Dodge Charger when the ...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Toyota, Local News, Lapd, Valley, Corolla, Sun Valley, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Dodge Charger, Los Angeles Daily News


Ambrosia is cruising on the yacht rock revival with 5 shows across Southern California

The band Ambrosia formed in Los Angeles nearly 50 years ago in 1970, and it’s going on 38 years since they last released a studio album. So, you might think that the soft rock band, even one that had five Top 40 hit singles, including “How Much I Feel,” “Biggest Part of Me” and “You’re the Only Woman (You and I),” would be a vague memory at this point. Actually, they’re keeping busy, with upcoming performances at five venues across Southern California, from Temecula to Woodland Hills, April 25-J...
Tags: California, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ariana Grande, Coachella, Pacific, Southern California, Concerts, Drummond, Montclair, Woodland Hills, Temecula, Christopher North


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, April 15-22

  Homelessness panel discussion on April 18 at Platt Branch Library on Victory Boulevard in Woodland Hills. (Google Street View)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here are this week’s, and upcoming, get-togethers. Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet, 8:30-10:30 a.m. April 15, and Mondays. Wendy’s Restaurant, 22611 Ventura Blvd....
Tags: Health, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Veterans, Community, Homeless, Book Club, Osborne, Local News, Wendy, MPR, Rotary Club, Tarzana, Woodland Hills


Los Feliz’s Good Luck Bar is closing after nearly 25 years

For nearly 25 years, Los Feliz’s kitschy Good Luck Bar has strived to be “one of those only-in-L.A. unexpected places.” But Angelenos are out of Luck. Early this week, the bar’s owners announced on social media that Good Luck Bar was “being evicted to make room for the redevelopment of the building, reportedly a hotel and swinging hot spot” at 1514 Hillhurst Ave. The news of its closing, which is expected to come the first week of May, hit customers hard as they shared their remorse and fond mem...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Joni Mitchell, Don, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Los Feliz, Sherman Oaks, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories SGVT, Restaurant Reviews + Food, Restaurant Closures, Top Stories PSN, Pizza Cookery


Garden and home events in the San Fernando Valley, LA areas, April 12-19

  Romneya, also known as matilija poppy. (Photo by Stan Shebs/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, events and lectures in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   APRIL 12   Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve: Park hours: sunrise-sunset daily. The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday during the season and special events. Wildflower hotline: 661-72...
Tags: Home, Garden, Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Chatsworth, Local News, Hill, Conejo Valley, Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Santa Susana Mountains


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, April 12-19

    Pastel artist Otto Sturcke demonstrates using pastels on April 15 in Santa Clarita. (Photo of ‘El Musico’ courtesy of Otto Sturcke)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Bianchi Planetarium at Cal State Northridge: “Spring Sky” show, 7:30, and “Protoplanetary Discs – Nursery of Exoplanets,” 8:30 p.m. April 12. ...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Egg Hunt, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Man dies in possible Honda-vs.-Mercedes street race in Palmdale

PALMDALE — A man in his 20s died at a hospital from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash in Palmdale that authorities said may have been the result of street racing. Deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of Rayburn Road and Tierra Subida Avenue around 11 p.m. Thursday and found a 2004 Honda Civic that had collided with a light pole, according to Detective Eduardo Saucedo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Witnesses told investigators a champagne-colored Mercedes t...
Tags: News, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Honda, Local News, Lapd, Woodland Hills, Palmdale, Street Racing, Saucedo, Top Stories LADN, Crime + Public Safety, Rayburn Road, Tierra Subida Avenue, Eduardo Saucedo


Yucaipa mayor apologizes over offensive Facebook posts, but Muslim advocacy group demands resignation

A Muslim civil rights and advocacy group on Wednesday called for the resignation of Yucaipa Mayor Bobby Duncan after learning of a litany of posts on his Facebook wall attacking Muslims and undocumented Latino immigrants. “It is extremely alarming that this Islamophobic, bigoted material would be found on the Facebook wall belonging to an elected official. This man was elected to be a public servant, but instead he is demonizing members of his constituency,” said Hussam Ayloush, executive direct...
Tags: Facebook, News, Minnesota, Mexico, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New Zealand, Muslim, Local News, Riverside County, Trump, Duncan, Levin, Cal State San Bernardino


Strong winds knock out power to thousands of LADWP and Edison customers

LOS ANGELES — At least 33,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers across the city were without power Wednesday morning, and another 2,500 Southern California Edison customers in communities outside Los Angeles were in the dark as a result of a windstorm that has been wreaking havoc in Southern California, downing power lines. At the peak of the outage, 42,000 customers were without power, the DWP said. As of 5:30 a.m., the number of customers offline was 33,000. “Our electrical d...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, California, La, Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Sport, Soccer, Santiago, Long Beach, Wind, Pasadena, Local News, Orange County, Orange


Man charged with murder in shooting death of ex-girlfriend during child custody exchange at Hawthorne police station

A Hawthorne man was charged Tuesday, April 9, with murder after he allegedly shot and killed the mother of his 1-year-old son during a custody exchange in front of the Hawthorne Police Station, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Jacob Ryan Munn, 30, was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and the case includes a special circumstance allegation that had been was lying in wait and used a shotgun in the killing Sunday, prosecutors said. Officers were d...
Tags: Murder, Crime, News, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Riverside County, Denny, South Bay, Simi Valley, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Woodland Hills, Munn, Renteria, Hacienda Heights


From local standout to national champ, Kihei Clark makes San Fernando Valley proud

University of Virginia men’s basketball player Kihei Clark cut down the nets in the Cavaliers’ 85-77 National Championship overtime victory against Texas Tech Monday night and basketball fans in San Fernando Valley celebrated with him. Within one year, Clark’s audience went from a couple hundred in Woodland Hills at Taft High School to millions watching all over the world, including the 75,000 on hand at U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.   Virginia’s Kyle Guy, left, and Kihei Clark shake hands ...
Tags: Minneapolis, Virginia, Sports, Memphis Grizzlies, Sport, Soccer, Nba, College sports, Ncaa, Birmingham, University Of Virginia, North Carolina, Taylor, UConn, High School Sports, Ucla


High winds blow through LA and Orange counties

LOS ANGELES — Powerful winds will whip across Southern California Tuesday, forecasters said. L.A. County’s strongest winds will blow across the San Gabriel Mountains, according to National Weather Service meteorologists, who forecast northwest winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts of between 40 and 50 mph through this afternoon, increasing to between 25 and 40 mph with gusts of up to 70 mph later today into Wednesday morning. The strongest of the mountain winds will blow through the Inters...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Santiago, Long Beach, Wind, Local News, Orange County, Orange, Nws, Southern California


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, April 8-15

  A workshop meeting about plans for the upper Los Angeles River will be held on April 9 at the Rose Goldwater Community Center in Canoga Park. (Google Street View)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here are this week’s, and upcoming, get-togethers. Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet, 8:30-10:30 a.m. April 8, and Mondays. Wend...
Tags: Australia, California, Sport, Soccer, Community, Book Club, Chatsworth, Local News, Agatha Christie, Malibu, Wendy, Rotary Club, Sun Valley, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley


Charity events in the San Fernando Valley area, April 8-15, 2019

  Volunteers clean up trash in 2018 in the Sepulveda Basin area. Volunteers needed on April 13 for a cleanup of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. (File photo by Dan Watson) Here is this week’s sampling of charities in the San Fernando Valley area that need your support through donations or volunteer work.   EVENTS   Chipotle Mexican Grill fundraiser for Girls on the Run Los Angeles: Restaurants in Los Angeles donate 33 percent of food sales for scholarships to the organization that ru...
Tags: Comedy, Cancer, Charity, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Volunteer, Local News, Ventura County, Irs, Fundraiser, Seniors, Porter Ranch, Burbank, Sun Valley, Woodland Hills


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, April 5-12

    Iris ‘Mary Todd’ (Photo by A. Barra/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, 1.0 Generic)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, events and lectures in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   APRIL 5   Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve: Park hours: sunrise-sunset daily. The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday during the season and special...
Tags: Gardening, California, Home Improvement, International, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Rose, Hill, Burbank, Conejo Valley, Barbara, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, University of California Irvine


Las Vegas man killed in 90 Freeway crash in Del Rey area

LOS ANGELES — A Las Vegas man was fatally injured when the vehicle in which he was riding went out of control on the 90 Freeway in the Del Rey area of Los Angeles and hit a tree, authorities said Friday. The crash occurred on the eastbound freeway east of Culver Boulevard about 11 p.m. Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Kristian Vanwagner, 27, died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office and the CHP. A 32-year-old Las Vegas woman driving the vehicle was hospitalized fo...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Crash, Soccer, California Highway Patrol, Las Vegas, CHP, Local News, Woodland Hills, Palmdale, Del Rey, Van Nuys, North Hills, Canyon Country


Sisters hit by truck while walking to LA school; one dies at hospital

LOS ANGELES — A 12-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition Friday morning with injuries she suffered when she and her 14-year-old sister were struck by a big rig as they walked to school in the Exposition Park area, and the older one died from her injuries. The girls were crossing the street near 37th Street and Broadway about 8 a.m. Thursday when the big rig crashed into them, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The girls had a green light as they crossed the street. “T...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Broadway, Local News, Lapd, Castillo, Los Angeles Police Department, Woodland Hills, Palmdale, Van Nuys, Pacoima, North Hills


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, April 5-12

  Art Directors Guild Gallery 800 presents “Let Shape Color Form: A Tribute to Stan Johnson” on April 6 in North Hollywood. (Photo courtesy of ADG Gallery 800)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Aging into the Future Conference & Expo: St. Barnabas Senior Services, a nonprofit organization, presents the event th...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Movies, Museum, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Chance of rain comes to Southern California

LOS ANGELES — A weak storm out of the Gulf of Alaska may produce some rain in the Southland later Thursday and possibly Friday, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. “It won’t amount to much” said meteorologist Dave Bruno, predicting less than a 10th of an inch of rain in Los Angeles County. The system originated in the Gulf of Alaska, and the lion’s share of its energy will remain in Northern California, he said, adding that no flooding is expected — not even in areas denuded by wildfi...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Rain, Local News, Orange County, Nws, Southern California, San Pedro, Ventura, Northern California, Santa Clarita


Police chase of reportedly stolen truck ends with 2 seriously injured and 1 dead in Lake Balboa crash

A crash involving multiple vehicles Wednesday morning in Lake Balboa seriously injuring two and killed one, fire and police officials said. The crash occurred at 6800 North Balboa Boulevard at around 9:11 a.m., said Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. A fourth person suffered minor injuries. The crash came at the end of a police pursuit of a stolen pickup truck that started on Victory Boulevard south of the crash site, not long before the collision, according to LAPD Valley ...
Tags: News, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, Woodland Hills, Victory Boulevard, Palmdale, City News Service, Pacoima, Los Angeles Fire Department, Top Stories LADN, Brian Humphrey, Lake Balboa, LAPD Valley Traffic, Crime + Public Safety


LAPD probing whether illegal street racing was a factor in deadly Woodland Hills crash

  Los Angeles police are investigating whether illegal street racing may have played a role in a fatal, four-vehicle crash involving a minor driver arrested in Woodland Hills last week. Authorities say a 17-year-old male from Studio City was speeding west on Ventura Boulevard at Winnetka Avenue on Friday night when his black 2019 Mercedes Benz C300 failed to stop at a red light and collided with a Toyota Tacoma making a left turn from Winnetka to Ventura. The driver of the Tacoma, who was struck...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mercedes, Lapd, Tacoma, Ventura, Mercedes Benz, Tarzana, Toyota Tacoma, Winnetka, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Studio City


Coroner ID’s man killed in Woodland Hills crash; teen driver arrested

The coroner’s office on Monday released the name of the man killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Woodland Hills allegedly triggered by a 17-year-old boy driving a 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 who was arrested. Edgar Pineda, 51, lived in Panorama City, coroner’s Investigator Kelli Blanchard said. The teenager was traveling westbound on Ventura Boulevard on Friday night when he failed to stop for a red light at Winnetka Avenue, near Taft High School, and hit the driver’s-side door of a Toyota Tacoma pick...
Tags: Murder, News, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, Local News, Mercedes Benz, Toyota Tacoma, Los Angeles Police Department, Woodland Hills, Palmdale, Ventura Boulevard, Pacoima, Sylmar, Pineda


Coroner ID’s man killed in Woodland Hills crash; teen driver suspected of murder

WOODLAND HILLS — The coroner’s office on Monday released the name of the man killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Woodland Hills allegedly triggered by a 17-year-old boy driving a black 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 who was arrested on suspicion of murder. Edgar Pineda, 51, lived in Panorama City, coroner’s Investigator Kelli Blanchard said. The teenager was traveling westbound on Ventura Boulevard on Friday night when he failed to stop for a red light at Winnetka Avenue and hit the driver’s-side door o...
Tags: Murder, News, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, Local News, Cervantes, Mercedes Benz, Toyota Tacoma, Los Angeles Police Department, Woodland Hills, Van Nuys, Ventura Boulevard, Pacoima, Sylmar


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, April 1-8, 2019

  Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council presents candidates for council board election at their April 3 meeting at Gault Street Elementary School. (Google Street View)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here are this week’s, and upcoming, get-togethers. Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet, 8:30-10:30 a.m. April 1, and Mondays. Wendy’...
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Book Club, Chatsworth, Local News, Agatha Christie, Northern California, Wendy, Rotary Club, Burbank, Sun Valley, Tarzana, Millie


Motorcyclist killed on Ronald Reagan freeway transition in Sylmar

SYLMAR – A motorcyclist was killed Saturday in a crash on the transition from the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway to the Foothill (210) Freeway in Sylmar, authorities said. The apparent solo vehicle crash was reported at about 2 p.m. on the elevated eastbound 118 Freeway transition to the westbound Foothill Freeway, and the motorcyclist landed where the westbound 210 meets the beginning of the 118, California Highway Patrol Officer Stephan Brandt said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Br...
Tags: Crime, News, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, California Highway Patrol, Woodland Hills, Van Nuys, Brandt, North Hollywood, Sylmar, Motorcycle Accident, Foothill Freeway, Stephan Brandt, Top Stories LADN