Weekend News & Notes

Graffiti Clean-Up at Hansen Dam. Our good friend Kris Sabo, who is the caretaker of Amir’s Garden in Griffith Park has organized a graffiti clean-up of the Hansen Dam area for this coming Saturday. The Dept of Parks & Recs is the sponsoring agency and they will be providing paint, brushes, and bottled water. The event starts at 7:30am on Saturday September 24, and runs through noon. If you need service hours this is a great opportunity to earn some! If you want to participate and join us, send an email to Kris at ksabo@wildwildwest.org. She will fill you in on the details including the meet-up location. Some of this graffiti is pretty offensive, so parents be aware if you are bringing young’uns.

The homeless camps have returned to the Tujunga Wash. You may recall that LAPD Officer Larry Martinez coordinated an effort back in May to remove many of the camps and find alternative housing for those that were residing there. This effort brought together agencies such as LA Family Housing and SFV Community Mental Health Center. The Dept of Public Works and DWP provided the dumpsters and the skip-loaders, and People in Progress were a big help in removing the tons of rubbish. Councilman Krekorian’s staff also helped to coordinate the event and were present to lend a hand as well. Several people chose to go to Valley Shelter in North Hollywood where they received medical attention and lodging. I have remained in contact with one gentlemen that relocated to Valley Shelter and although it hasn’t been a picnic by any means, he is still living at the facility and will soon be enrolled in Computer Training classes. Sadly, there are new encampments now in the Wash and with it the huge amounts of trash and damage to this delicate environment. We did a brief hike through the area early Saturday morning and spotted at least 4 new camps and lots of trash and discards in the area nearest Riverwood Ranch.

I am being told that the new tenant at 7937 Foothill (the old Coffee Stop) will be attending Monday night’s Land Use Committee meeting. Hopefully, we’ll get a better idea of what he is building,and what he intends to improve at the site . This new restaurant reportedly will be named “Code Blue”.

The public hearings for the new Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market that is proposed for 6348 Foothill will be on Monday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Braude Center in Van Nuys, 10:00 a.m. Here is the notice.

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