More than 1.5 million veterans live in California, including about 250,000 here in LA County. This is one of the highest concentrations in the country, and we simply cannot ignore the contributions of these remarkable individuals during today’s Veterans Day celebrations.
It goes without saying that veterans have shown extraordinary bravery and selflessness and should be celebrated. One of the ways we can thank our veterans is by supporting the 19th Annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade, which is scheduled to begin at 11:11 a.m. It begins at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and San Fernando Mission Blvd. and ends at Ritchie Valens Park at Laurel Canyon and Paxton Street. Observation stands line Laurel Canyon. Free parking and shuttle service HERE.
Today’s parade ends a two-year COVID-induced hiatus with thousands of residents expected to pay tribute to our country’s heroes in what has traditionally been the biggest Veterans Day event in the LA County. The parade also kicks off a three-day SFV Veterans Weekend Carnival at Valens Park which includes free entertainment (except the carnival rides). Seeing the widespread support from the community is truly heartwarming, and I’m glad the event has become a tradition for thousands of Angelenos.
A deserved tribute is Alfred Anthony Flores, who inspired his father, Fred A. Flores, to start the Valley Parade so veterans and their families could enjoy the vacation locally.
Our veterans have served, fought and sometimes died or suffered physically and emotionally to keep us safe and to create conditions where events like today’s tribute are possible. Keep in mind that the project ended in 1972, so most vets today enlisted voluntarily. I encourage you to honor veterans this weekend and spend time with your family and friends who served. A little respect and a simple “thank you” go a long way.
With this in mind, allow me to present to you the only veteran of my team. Ray Sotero, a San Fernando High alum, scored his 19e and 20e anniversaries serving two consecutive combat tours in Vietnam. He jokes that it helped prepare him for three stints serving Valley voters as my press secretary and director of communications. The first came during my stay in the Assembly; again after my first election to the Senate; and for a third when he came out of retirement last May at my request. (His duties include drafting Heart of the Valley). Thank you for your public service, Ray.
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Be well, stay safe and remember we are all in this together.
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BE PREPARED: PHONE SCAMS TARGETING SFV UTILITY CUSTOMERS
Residents of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley are among the top ten targets for phone scammers in the first few months of 2022, according to a recent warning issued by Southern California Edison. Scammers use a variety of techniques, including deleting official utility logs and using official-looking caller IDs. To hang up if a caller asks for money, your utility account number, or personal information such as your social security or bank account numbers. Then call the SCE customer service line printed on your utility bill to confirm the status of your account balance. Scammers will threaten to cut off your power supply if the money is not sent through Zelle or another cash app. SCE said it always mails notices to your home before cutting service. These calls are often made to businesses on Friday afternoons. Business owners who have experienced an attempted scam should call (800) 990-7788, email email@example.com, or complete SCE’s online fraud form. They should also report the scam attempt to local law enforcement. After HERE.
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OWNERS IN DIFFICULTY CAN DEFER PROPERTY TAXES
In an effort to help homeowners struggling to make ends meet in light of inflation and COVID-19-induced economic hardship, California is offering property tax deferrals to certain eligible homeowners. Called the Property Tax Deferral Program, this initiative allows elderly, blind or disabled homeowners to defer paying residential property taxes. All deferred taxes earn interest at 5% per annum and are due once the owner moves or sells the property, transfers title, refinances, dies, obtains a reverse mortgage, or defaults on a senior lien. For manufactured homes, a security agreement will be filed with the state Department of Housing and Community Development. Any lien or security agreement remains in effect until the account is paid in full. Participants in the TPP must reapply each year to ensure they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. Applications can be submitted until February 10, 2023. More HERE.
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NEW FUNDING FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS PROMISES VOCATIONAL TRAINING
CaliforniansForAll Youth Workforce Development Programs received $53.3 million in funding to provide career development opportunities for young Angelenos ages 16-30. Programs offered by Clean LA, the Early Childhood Education Student Advancement Project, City Pathways, the Student to Student Success Program, and Summer Night Lights relate to environmental conservation, COVID-19, and food insecurity. After HERE.
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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES RACIAL EQUITY OFFICE ACTION PLAN
As part of a five-year action plan, the LA City Council formally established the Office of Racial Equity to proactively address systemic oppression through intersectional policies and programs. The office has already put in place several programs to achieve these goals, the most notable of which is LA REPAIR, an organization that has initiated a $8.5 Million Participatory Budgeting Program and $2 million Peace and Healing Centers Program in LA’s historically underserved neighborhoods. Several local organizations, including the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights Los Angeles, Pacoima Beautiful, and the Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System will provide the office with key information on these equity-focused initiatives.
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DOCTORS WARN OF ‘TRIPLE THREAT’ THIS FLU SEASON
With flu cases this year expected to be higher than usual, doctors are urging parents to get themselves and their children vaccinated as soon as possible. This is especially important this year due to what officials call the triple threat of influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Although COVID-19 safety precautions have helped prevent people from catching the virus, they have also prevented people from boosting their immune systems and are largely responsible for the expected increase in disease over the past few years. coming months. RSV, in particular, is one of the biggest risks due to the lack of a vaccine. Symptoms tend to be mild in older children and adults, but can get worse in infants and the elderly. If you or a family member are at increased risk of infection or illness, authorities recommend that you avoid crowded indoor spaces and wear masks whenever possible.
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REDUCING ANIMAL EUTHANASIA INCREASES FUNDING FOR COMPANION ANIMALS
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control has seen a dramatic decrease in animal euthanasia over the past year, which has resulted in the allocation of $16 million to numerous animal welfare programs. pet care. The funds will be spent on managing the arrival of animals into shelters and meeting newly instituted sterilization requirements. More than 350 adoption organizations now cooperate with the DACC, including those that provide pet owners with the necessary resources. After HERE.
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CHANDLER BIKE PATH EXPANSION TO CONNECT BURBANK TO CHATSWORTH
In an effort to create greener, more bike-oriented communities in the San Fernando Valley, officials plan to complete a “Bicycle Highway,” or Chandler Bike Path, connecting Burbank to the western part of the San Fernando Valley. The G Bus Metro Rapid Transit Line Cycle Path, often referred to as the Orange Line Path, will connect the path to Chandler Boulevard through the creation of a 21-mile cycle route from Burbank to Chatsworth. The new section of the cycle path will improve safety for cyclists through protected cycle lanes and benefit the environment by reducing the number of cars on the road. The project is expected to cost $5.9 million, of which $1.9 million will come from the state; $800,000 from the city; and $3.2 million from Metro. After HERE. Watch the video HERE.
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DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY
To celebrate Día de Los Muertos, several community festivals were held in San Fernando, Pacoima and Canoga Park. The event in San Fernando began with a one-mile run with more than 600 participants and featured live music from Holmes Middle School Mariachi Aguilas, Juan Flautista Latin Band and the Master Mariachi Apprentice Program. Placed at the center of the event were altars blessed by the burning of Mexican copal incense and set up by residents who honored their loved ones.
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