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Neighborhood Council Newsletter


October 2011




7 ½ tons (15,000 lbs.) of organic mulch was delivered to the parking lot behind Councilman Dennis P. Zine’s Office for a first come – first serve giveaway to the community on Saturday September 10. Arranged by RNC board member and employee of the L.A. Urban Forestry Division, Brandon Balderas hand delivered the massive pile and oversaw the event as the pile dwindled rapidly.

Each Month we welcome businesses that have opened their doors recently. Despite the current economic conditions they have the confidence to open their business in Reseda. We encourage you to check them out and spend a few dollars if you have a need for their goods and/or services.

After 3 months of spend $25 on the 25th of the Month in Reseda, more and more folks are participating, the community is activated.

Beginning at 7:00 AM, folks from all across the area showed up with trucks, cars, bags and containers of all shapes and sizes to haul it away, depleting the entire supply well before Noon. By popular demand, an encore event will be held in the same location, again honoring the first come – first serve credo, on Saturday October 22. The community is asking for it, and the Reseda Neighborhood Council intends to deliver!

FREE FOR RESEDA BUSINESSES—MIXER & SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP Mark your calendars - the Economic Development Committee of the RNC will be hosting a Reseda Business Mixer & Social Media Workshop on Wednesday October 19th from 6:30pm-8pm in the Ann Kinzle Community Room at the West Valley LAPD (19020 Vanowen St). Come meet your fellow Reseda businesses & Community leaders while learning how to make the most of Social Media for your business. Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Yelp, & Email Marketing will all be discussed. RSVP to Noelle Guzman at

This month, on October 25, in addition to the growing list of businesses offering incredible savings with coupons and a variety of discounts, we will celebrate with an event at ConMore info is available at the Reseda Business tinental Art Supply at 7041 Reseda Blvd. Directory at The evening will include some of L.A.’s best signature gourmet food trucks and a fantastic ♦ Allied Video Service & Repair art show curated by 11:11 I of the Arts, a San 7453 Reseda Blvd. 818-757-3750 Fernando Valley based arts collective. They are ♦ Best Supreme Car Wash & Retail Supplies. fresh off an incredible run of Canoga Park 3rd 18509 Valerio St. 818-300-0111 Thursday Artwalks run all Summer long. The inaugural Reseda art/food/fun event at Conti♦ European Vision nental will take place from 6-10 PM. 7444 Reseda Blvd. #L 818-881-4296 But don’t put all your eggs just in that basket. ♦ G & I Fabrics & Custom Drapes T he latest Business Di recto ry o n 7447 Reseda Blvd. 818-776-1264 has grown to nearly 750 and those offering discounts has passed ♦ Golden Party Supply, 65. Watch for our weekly email updates and go 18047 Saticoy St., 818-344-2534 online to get the latest info on who is partici♦ It’s All About Me, pating. Eat out, buy gas, do some shopping and 7536 Tampa Ave. 818-757-0721 be sure to tell the merchant that you are participating in Spend $25 on the 25th. ♦ Mid Valley Flowers 7601 White Oak Ave., 818-345-2009

Victor’s Auto Repair, 7052 Reseda Blvd. 818-521-4925

Note that in last month’s listing S. Gyro’s was listed at the wrong address. The correct address is 7221 Tampa Ave.

Inside Emergency, Disaster & Community Safety


Youth Corner


Community Announcements


Senior Corner


RNC Committees


Recognizing Reseda Businesses


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book. You can visit Readers' Favorite at Patty Pom-Poms is availRevitalize Reseda is hosting its 5th food bank able online in book and eBook formats. drive. If you are interested in sponsoring a box to collect non-perishable food at work, ST. CATHERINE’S FALL CARNIschool, church or other organization, please VAL contact or by teleGet ready for some family fun at St. Catherine phoning us at 818-832-2280 to arrange for a of Siena's Annual Fall Carnival from Friday Ocbox to be dropped off. Last year over 4,000 tober 14th through Sunday October 16th! St. pounds of non-perishable food were collected Catherine's Carnival has Rides & Games for all for those in need in our community with the ages, lots of diverse food, live music, & plenty help of Community Groups, Stakeholders and more! St. Catherine’s Parish was established in the RNC. Reseda in 1949 and is a longstanding cornerEmpty boxes will be dropped off the last week stone of the community. The Carnival is loof October and filled boxes will be picked up on cated at 18115 Sherman Way. For more inforNovember 9 and 10. Help us as we as- mation, call 818-343-2110 or visit catherineofsist others for this upcoming holiday season! For more information please visit our web site RWC NEEDS YOU at The Reseda Woman's Club (RWC) is looking for RESEDA TEACHER WINS new members!

BOOK AWARD Alise Cayen, Reseda High School program coordinator, teacher, writer, and former professional cheerleader can now add "awardwinning children's book author" to her profile. On September 1st, Readers' Favorite awarded Alise's book a five-star rating and finalist seal under the category of kindergarten through third grade category in their 2011 contest. Hundred's of books are reviewed by Readers' Favorite each year and honored at a special award ceremony in Las Vegas. Patty PomPoms, Alise's first children's book will now dawn a special seal; quite an award for her first

ties for volunteers who are committed to individual growth and community improvement to enrich the quality of life throughout California and the world. If you are interested in joining or have additional questions please contact Betty Sherman, Membership Chairman, at 818-8811196 or Natalie Adams-Hatley, Community Chairman at

RIVER LOOP PROJECT UPDATE All the hard work and support from the community and local agencies is beginning to pay off. Funding for the 1.8 acre Los Angeles River and Aliso Creek Confluence Park has been secured! Construction on the new park project is slated to begin in 2013. The Trust for Public Land is now seeking grants to fund the remaining amenities planned for the project including 1.5 miles of walking, jogging and biking paths, decorative gates, native plants and interpretive signage. For more information about the project contact Tori Kjer at 323-223-0441 ext. 11.

Monthly meetings are held September through June on the second Tuesday of the month from KEEP RESEDA BEAUTIFUL! 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Reseda, which in- What will you do to Keep Reseda Beautiful? cludes a general meeting, lunch, and some sort of entertainment. Women of all ages are en- One option is to invest 5-10 minutes to join the Keep Reseda Beautiful team in making Reseda couraged to join! beautiful by reporting illegal dumping, graffiti, The Reseda Woman’s Club is affiliated with unsightly property, abandoned cars, abanThe General Federation of Women's Clubs, doned shopping carts, and keeping Reseda (GFWC), website: , and the California Beautification & Greening. Federation of Women's Clubs (CFWC) website: The California Federation of The team have reported over 300 issue in the Women's Clubs is part of an international com- past 6 weeks to the city of LA. Learn more munity service organization which provides about Keep Reseda Beautiful by sending email education, training and interaction opportuni- to

YOUTH CORNER TRI-TURKEY CHALLENGE Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it is time to start your family’s post-holiday workout early this year. Make sure your family is happy, healthy and active this holiday season and join in the fun at the YMCA. Motivate your family to get off the couch and bring them to our Thanksgiving Tri-Turkey Challenge. If your family can bike, run and play their way to the finish line your family could win a free turkey! Invite your friends and family to compete in this free community challenge. Saturday November 9th from 5pm-7pm

15 from 11:00 3:00 p.m.. You have a chance to win free prizes which include: a lapThe West Valley Y Service Club will hold their top computer, bicycles, skateboards, soccer monthly book sale on Thursday, Friday and balls, basketballs, YMCA memberships, martial Saturday, October 20th, 21st, and 22nd from 10 arts lessons, dance lessons and much more! AM to 6 PM at the West Valley Family YMCA, This event is being hosted by Councilman Den18810 Vanowen Street nis P. Zine, the West Valley Area L.A.P.D., San RESEDA FAMILY RESOURCE Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs, Revitalize Reseda and the Reseda Neighborhood Council, FAIR KIDS – LAPTOP COMto bring awareness and education to kids and their parents about community resources with PUTER GIVE AWAY Kids, come and bring your parents to the Re- over 20 booths. Enjoy FREE entertainment and seda Family Resource Fair at Reseda Recrea- a FREE lunch! Don’t miss this event and retion Center, 18411 Victory Blvd. (north west member … the grand prize is a new laptop entrance on Kittridge St.) on Saturday, October computer!


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SENIOR CORNER WEST VALLEY SENIOR SYMPOSIUM The 3rd Annual West Valley Senior Symposium held at the ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center was quite well received. Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback of the more than 300 attendees we are currently in the planning stages of the next symposium to be held on May 12, 2012.

previous ones, we’d like to hear your feedback. If you haven’t received a participant survey, please stop by the ONEgeneration Senior Center and pick one up or send an email to or or call Garth Carlson at 818-419-2513 and we will forward one to you. Your comments and suggestions will help us plan an even larger and more interesting event.

If you are a Senior, Boomer or Caregiver, put it If you have a business or organization that on your calendar and join us for a most prospecializes in goods and services for seniors ductive experience. If you attended any of the and would like to be an exhibitor, please con-

Senior Friday Movies Each Friday the ONEGeneration shows an afternoon movie at 1:30 PM. This follows the lunch program at the center

10/07 Something Borowed Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin (2011) (112 min.)

10/14 Jane Eyre Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender (2011) (121 min.)

10/21 Soul Surfer AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, (2011) (106 min)


The Bad and the Beautiful Kirk

COMMUNITY Cont. The Reseda Central Business District (CBD) is constructing the Streetscape Plan, which will By Alexi Chidbachian improve city side walks, street furniture, lightWe all want it, we all need it, but can we afford ing, and public art. The streetscape plan will it? Can we maintain it? – A better Reseda city. be constructed on Sherman Way just west of Wilbur Avenue and east of Lindley Avenue, and We, as Reseda citizens, are longing for a Reseda Boulevard north of Saticoy Street and change in the appearance of the Reseda. We southerly to Kittridge Street. have spent much of our tax money, time, and dedication in cleaning up Reseda and trying to The intent of the Streetscape Plan is to provide restore it back to its old beauty, but haven’t standards and direction for improvements to seen any change. When will we see a change? the public right-of-way that create a pedes-


trian-friendly environment and enhance the identity of the area. Read the extended version of Alexi’s article at:

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The Emergency Preparedness Unit of the West Valley Area L.A.P.D. has partnered with RevitalThe Reseda Neighborhood Watch meets on the ize Reseda as we prepare for the "Big One”! 3rd Thursday of the Month, October 13 at 7:00 Help us prepare our officers for the first 72 PM in the West Valley Police Station Commuhours after a disaster. $30.00 will sponsor an nity Room. Crime Stats for our area are disemergency cussed and Reseda Senior Lead Officers Royal Barber, Isela Parra and other speakers discuss kit for an officer. To assist by making a donation contact or (818) RNC BOARD MEMBERS: 832-2280. Chair It’s not a secret that we will be on our own for Cary Iaccino the first 72 hours after a disaster before emergency resources arrive. Please help our officers obtain these resources so they are able to continue “To Protect and To Serve” your neighborhood. Donate now as we have 150 kits to purchase!

DJ Frank


Vahan Chaparyan


Lee Smith


Phil Merlin


Juan Guzman

Sergeant Arms

Magdy Abdalla

Board Member

Brandon Balderas

Board Member

community quality of life issues.

WEST NILE IN RESEDA It has been reported that West Nile Virus has reached Reseda. Do your part in preventing mosquitoes in your neighborhood by eliminating standing water that may provide a breeding ground for the mosquitoes. Armineh Chelebian

Board Member

Michael Cohen

Board Member

Noelle Guzman

Board Member

Timothy Mulholland

Board Member

Adna (Nani) Shaked

Board Member

Kevin Taylor

Board Member

Hank Truxillo

Board Member

To contact Board Members, visit the RNC website at: or email us at:

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Reseda NC email Reseda NC Mail Address

RNC@RESEDACOUNCIL.ORG 7324 Reseda Blvd. #118 Reseda, CA. 91335



The following businesses are celebrating anniversaries in our community during August:

Reseda NC Phone * Office & Meeting Location

18341 Sherman Way #102

** American Legion Hall Meeting Location

7338 Canby Ave

Economic Development Committee

Emergency Disaster and Community Safety Committee

Finance Committee

Graffiti Committee

Liaison Committee

Outreach/Public Relations Committee

Register your business with our Outreach Committee and have your yearly anniversary included here. Contact and we will add you to our database. ♦

1974 David Spore Vitamins -6919 Zelzah Ave.

1982 Las Fuentes Restaurant -18415 Vanowen St.

1991 Walgreen’s -18430 Sherman Way

1994 El Rancherito -17734D Saticoy St.

1994 Melody's Restaurant -6747 Reseda Blvd.

1996 Carnitas Michoacanas -18507 Victory Blvd

2001 Admiral Carpet Cleaning -7030 Darby Ave.

2002 DC Donuts -18501 #1 Victory Blvd

Planning and Zoning Committee

Senior Advocacy Committee

Transportation Committee

Youth Advocacy Committee

October 2011 Sun














6:30 RNC Outreach Committee

RNC Planning & Zoning Committee

1:30 PM Free Movie






RNC Emergency Disaster Committee

RNC Senior Advocacy/WVSS,

7:00 Reseda Neighborhood Watch

1:30 PM Free Movie

11:00AM Reseda Family Resource Fair






6:30 RNC Social Media Business Workshop

7:00 1038 Neighborhood Watch

1:30 PM Free Movie

7:00am Free Mulch Give-Away





7:00 RNC General Meeting




17 6:30 RNC Finance Committee 7:00 RNC General Meeting




7:00 C-PAB

All day ShopReseda RNC Senior Advo$25 on the 25th cacy/WVSS,

Do you have an events coming up in Reseda? Contact Garth Carlson at GCARLSON@RESEDACOUNCIL.ORG about inclusion in our newsletter.

1:30 PM Free Movie

For events address and full details use the Reseda NC online calendar at