2015 Senior Symposium

Saturday, April 25, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center
18255 Victory Blvd.
Reseda, CA 91335
(Parking available on-site for Handicapped parking only!)

Additional Parking Located at: 17400 Victory Blvd.
(between White Oak and Louise on the south side of the street)
FREE on-going shuttle service to and from symposium

Come Join us for an exciting day of:

  • Great Speakers and Workshops on Healthy Aging
  • Over 50 Exhibitors offering products and services!
  • Health Screenings
  • Great Prizes and Giveaways
  • FREE Continental Breakfast and Lunch!

Register Now by calling ONEgeneration at (818) 705-2345
Or stop in the Main Office at OSEC
For Sponsorship or Vendor Information:
Please call Bria Verdugo-Uy at 818-708-6618 or email bverdugo-uy@onegeneration.org

Lake Balboa Spring Egg Hunt – April 4

Saturday, April 4, 2015

10:00 A.M.-12:00 PM
Ages: 1-12 years
FREE ADMISSION*

Please join us at Balboa Sports Complex for crafts, moon bounce, side walk chalk, games, entertainment, egg hunt, giveaways, snacks, Jujitsu Presentation, and pictures with our very own Peter Cottontail!

Balboa Sports Center
17015 Burbank Blvd
Encino, CA 91316

MAGIC SHOW 10:00am
*Be sure to bring your own basket! Read more

3 Great Classes You Should Know About!

A “How to” Course on FRS/GMRS Radios

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This FREE class covers the basics of different forms of emergency communication after a disaster.

Topics will include:
• How to pick an FRS/GMRS radio
• The differences between FRS and GMRS radios
• How to program and use an FRS/GMRS radio
• GMRS licensing
• Other choices for emergency communication (i.e., CB radio and Amateur radio)
• Question and answer session

Materials Needed:  Please bring your radios if you already own one.

Instructor: Dan Tomlinson —  Member of Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), CERT Level 1, 2, & 3, Member of LAFD CERT Call Out Team

Location:
SOS Survival Products,  C. Denise Edwards Training Center
15705 Strathern St., #11 — Van Nuys, CA 91406

Call 800-479-7998 to Register
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EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulses)
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
This FREE class will answer your questions about EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulses), and what threat they actually pose to our technologically based society.Topics will include:

  • What are EMPs?
  • How are they caused?
  • Natural vs. man made
  • Myths vs. facts
  • How you can protect yourself
  • Question and answer session

Instructor: Dan Tomlinson — Member of Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES),
CERT Level 1, 2 & 3, Member of LAFD CERT Call Out Team

Location:
SOS Survival Products C. Denise Edwards Training Center
15705 Strathern St., #11 — Van Nuys, CA 91406
Call 800-479-7998 to Register

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Mark Seigel will be teaching a Six Week Class in Amateur Radio beginning April 16th.  Please see the attached Flyer for information on this class!  It’s a good one — I know, because I’ve taken it!  Mark is a great instructor and makes it all fun!  You know you need to get your Amateur Radio License and this is one of the best ways I know to do it!  Enjoy!
Ham Radio Technician Level Class

Lake Balboa residents angry over increased propeller noise near Van Nuys Airport

For Craig Welzbacher and his neighbors, the racket begins south of Van Nuys Airport then rumbles in like an air attack from 12 o’clock high.

For the past 18 months, they say flight instructors and their new pilots have defied a long-standing tradition of flying propeller-driven aircraft over the uninhabited Sepulveda Basin before swinging back to the airport for touch-and-go practice landings.

This has resulted, they say, in fleets of pilots making early turns above their Lake Balboa homes, often blasting them with excruciating propeller and internal-combustion engine noise.

“It’s equivalent to a Harley-Davidson driving around your house every four to five minutes,” said Welzbacher, 44, who lives with his wife, Heather, a mile southeast of the airport. “We’re pulling our hair out. You can’t have a conversation on the phone in your backyard.”

Since January 2014, he and scores of homeowners have complained about the increasing propeller-driven aircraft noise. They’ve appealed to a Van Nuys Airport advisory group and voiced their anguish to airport, city, congressional and federal aviation officials.

But despite their pleas — and apparent Van Nuys Airport attempts to reach out to area flight schools to rein in the racket — they say the daily din from early airplane turns continues, recorded on video, audio, in photographs and on Web-based flight tracking systems.

Federal air regulators, however, contend there’s no evidence of a recent spike.

“We reviewed radar data and did not find any pattern of early turns by aircraft doing practice work at Van Nuys Airport,” said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. “Van Nuys controllers will sometimes instruct pilots of small propeller planes to turn early if a jet is departing behind them, but this occurs very infrequently.

“We would consider any request that Los Angeles World Airports makes to address residents’ concerns. But again, a review of radar data did not reveal any pattern of early turns.”

HISTORY OF RESPECT

For decades, pilots at what was once the nation’s busiest general aviation airport respected a voluntary tradition of taking off and flying south past Victory Boulevard over the Sepulveda Basin golf course before exercising any turns. New pilots then swung back to the airport for continual touch-and-go landings and practice takeoffs.

Signs have long been posted on the taxiway saying, “No turns before the Sepulveda Basin” and “Fly Quietly” on the airport runway.

All was relatively quiet, neighbors say, until a few years ago. Despite a steep drop in prop aircraft and flight schools at Van Nuys Airport, the growl grew over their homes, often from the same planes circling round and round every few minutes. Residents felt like they were under attack.

The noise near the airport got so bad that residents shied away from gardening, they say. They couldn’t hold patio cook-offs. They even had trouble with their animals, with one 80-year-old neighbor struggling to bring in her spooked cat.

For Gary and Cherie Aragon, TV watching inside their Gaviota Avenue home even went into a steep tailspin. When planes fly over, they have to put a show on pause.

“It’s almost a desperate situation, we’re so angry about it,” said Gary Aragon, who once videotaped a plane flying for an hour and a half directly over his house, looping back every few minutes. “This is constant, daily. When we moved here 16 years ago, I don’t remember ever having planes. … It’s maddening.”

“You cannot have the family outside for a barbecue,” adds Cherie Aragon, whose tutoring at home is interrupted during the day. “It’s almost comical. It’s wild.”

CHANGES AT THE TOP

The neighbors took their noise beef to the Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council, which determined that the early turn problem corresponded with a recent changing of the guard at the FAA control tower and the hiring of a new airport director. While veteran controllers once advised instructors to guide their charges over the Basin, the newer controllers do no such thing, they say.

They also suspect flight schools from Santa Monica Airport, which charges $11 each time a new pilot makes a practice touchdown, fly their students to nearby Van Nuys for free touch and goes. They say they have identified culprits on Van Nuys Airport flight trackers coming up from the south, disturbing neighbors during numerous runway passes, then heading home.

“We don’t think this is a regular habit by pilots at Van Nuys Airport,” said Don Schultz, a 30-year member of the Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council, which took up the issue nearly two years ago. “We think that this is occurring when pilots from out of the area not familiar with Van Nuys Airport come in and do touch-and-goes. Nothing has happened: There’s been no change.”

The problem may be one of jurisdiction.

While Los Angeles World Airports governs planes on the ground, the FAA controls planes in the air. But the federal agency says it cannot enforce a voluntary noise-avoidance tradition of not turning early; it can divert planes only to protect aircraft safety. A pilot must follow directions from a controller if he or she has a flight plan, but flight instructors have no flight plans.

Jess Romo, general manager of Van Nuys Airport, could not immediately be reached for comment. Two VNY flight schools, among a handful still operating at the airport, did not return calls.

A change may be in the works, however. A LAWA Board of Airports commissioner, Cynthia Telles, has reportedly said she will soon introduce a resolution to address the noise. And City Councilwoman Nury Martinez also plans to introduce a noise control motion this month restricting State 3 jets and early turning propeller planes. Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Panorama City, is also monitoring the airport noise issue.

“I want to see Van Nuys Airport succeed,” Martinez said. “It employs 1,000 people, is one of the biggest job generators in my district, but it can’t be at the expense of the quality of life of the residents of Lake Balboa.

“The FAA has jurisdiction of what happens in the air. I want to get to what we were doing before … directing small propeller pilots to delay their left turns.”

For Welzbacher, it’s an easy fix. It’s simply a matter of pilot courtesy, he said, where pilots would agree to fly the extra mile.

“Good pilots know when to stay straight in a plane,” said Welzbacher, a film producer, director and actor who also lives on Gaviota Avenue. “New pilots drift to the left right over my house.

“We want the noise to stop. We’re not anti-aviation; we love planes. We just want some peace and quiet — and safety. We want them to fly further south before turning.”

City Uses App to Alert People Trained in CPR of Nearby Emergencies They Can Help With

LA partners with PulsePoint to empower residents to help save lives.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and the fire chief unveiled a smartphone app Wednesday that alerts people with CPR training if someone in a nearby public area is suffering from cardiac arrest and needs their help.

The PulsePoint app sends alerts to its users at the same time fire department dispatchers are notifying emergency crews; guides users through the CPR steps; and also shows the location of nearby defibrillators.

The alerts are only sent out for cardiac arrest victims who happen to be in a public area. Health privacy and safety concerns prevent alerts to be sent out on people suffering heart attacks at private residences.

The app also displays data about ongoing and recent emergency calls handled by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which gets about 1,200 calls daily, about 85 percent of them for medical emergencies.

The mayor announced the app with Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas at Woodrow Wilson High School in El Sereno, where 120 students have been trained in CPR.

“This app connects trained lifesavers who may already be on scene with people who need immediate help, when seconds count the most,” Garcetti said.

Terrazas said the department worked out a contract with the appmaker, PulsePoint, that “allows the LAFD to help save lives with our smartphones, which is technology that most of us already have in hand.”

“I am excited that Angelenos have another crucial tool at their fingertips that can help them further engage with their communities and fire department,” he said.

Anyone trained in CPR, whether they are off-duty public safety responders or an average citizen, can download and use the app, which is available for iPhones and Android devices.

The app is also in use in areas covered by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which integrated the app last summer.

The creator of PulsePoint, Richard Price, is a former Bay Area fire chief who was on break eating at a restaurant when a person in the next building had a heart attack. Price was not monitoring the dispatch system and did not learn about it until the fire trucks pulled up.

Mayor’s Message 01.28.2015

Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that the first annual National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Exposition will be held in Los Angeles. This is the first stand-alone FDI event in the United States co-sponsored by the Commerce Department that will focus on a single industry: aerospace manufacturing.

The Mayor and LAEDC collaborated last year to bring the exposition to Los Angeles, working jointly to find a suitable venue for the expo, and submitting the winning proposal in a competitive process against other cities and states. The selection of Los Angeles to host the first aerospace expo reflects L.A.’s dominant position in the United States’ aerospace market. More aerospace companies are located in Los Angeles County than any other county in America.

“The aerospace cluster surrounding the Los Angeles Air Force Base is the most concentrated in the U.S., and this event will help us leverage that built-in advantage to boost exports and create middle class jobs,” Mayor Garcetti said. “As a primary entry point for Foreign Direct Investment and as home to aerospace’s most innovative companies, Los Angeles is the natural choice for the Department of Commerce’s first Aerospace FDI Expo.”

The National Aerospace FDI Exposition will provide prospective investors with resources to make smart decisions about where and how to establish or expand their presence in the United States. These will include one-on-one meetings with state and local economic development organizations that are interested in attracting aerospace FDI. Other expo activities will include workshops geared specifically to aerospace manufacturers, such as contracting with the Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration. The Aerospace States Association (ASA), a non-profit organization of state lieutenant governors and governor appointed delegates, is co-sponsoring the expo.

Read the full story here.

WaterWise Solution: Recycled Water

As the City’s imported water supply becomes more critical, so does the need to expand our local, sustainable water resources, including water recycling. Water recycling offers a reliable, economically feasible and environmentally sensitive way to augment the city’s water supplies. Recycling programs treat wastewater so that it can be used safely for irrigation and industrial purposes, groundwater replenishment, as a barrier against seawater intrusion and for other beneficial environmental uses.

Los Angeles has used recycled water since 1979 for irrigation. Recycled water keeps the landscape healthy in areas of Griffith Park, along with the Mount Sinai and Forest Lawn Memorial Parks. Currently, the LADWP is expanding its recycled water program to include both groundwater replenishment utilizing advanced treated purified recycled water to recharge groundwater supplies and a large purple pipe distribution system.

LADWP has made water recycling a key strategy of the Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). The UWMP is a blueprint for creating reliable sources of water for the future of Los Angeles. The goal is to increase the total amount of recycled water to 59,000 acre-feet per year by 2035.

As technology advances, the possibility of recycling water to potable quality has become even more realistic. The Omniprocessor, a water purification device designed by Janicki Industries and partly funded by the Gates Foundation, recently successfully demonstrated how it converts sewer sludge into drinking water, electricity, and pathogen-free ash. A pilot project in Dakar, Senegal later this year will test the Omniprocessor in an urban context.

Improved purification technologies and better infrastructure can drive solutions for reducing the use of fresh water and dependency on imported water. For now, recycled water can already be put to a multitude of non-potable uses, and plays a major role in the strategy for a less thirsty Los Angeles.

LADWP Offers $10 to Go Paperless

Go-Paperless-Get-$10LOS ANGELES — For a limited time, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is offering a $10 bill credit for new paperless billing customers. Customers who currently receive printed LADWP bills, and who sign up for paperless billing through ladwp.com, will receive a $10 credit on their next bill.

Paperless billing is a secure, convenient and environmentally-friendly billing option. Once enrolled, customers will receive bill notifications via email. This will reduce paper clutter, help decrease the environmental impact from printing paper bills and provide easy access to informative online newsletters.

“This program is part of an ongoing effort to reduce our environmental footprint through all the services we provide,” said Randy S. Howard, Senior Assistant General Manager of the LADWP Power System. “Also, when we don’t have to print and mail a bill, the Department saves money, which in turn saves our customer-owners money. We are happy to offer our customers this bill credit, especially right after the holidays.”

For complete program information and to sign-up to receive the $10 bill credit, please visit www.ladwp.com/paperless.

The $10 paperless billing incentive is available through June 30, 2015 to all LADWP customers who currently receive printed LADWP bills.

https://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/faces/ladwp/residential/r-customerservices/r-cs-billpayment/r-cs-billpmnt-paperless

Cárdenas Welcomes Van Nuys Airport Expansion

Jet-Charter-Van-Nuys

After working to encourage United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to offer services at Van Nuys Airport, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas joined Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in welcoming those services, beginning in 2015.

LAWA and Signature Flight Support, who will operate a dedicated customs facility at the airport, announced plans for the facility and services today. The facility will allow civil aviation aircraft that have been forced to stop at other airports to clear customs to do so at Van Nuys Airport. The costs to build and operate the facility will be paid by user fees at the airport.

“Van Nuys is one of the busiest and most important civil aviation hubs in the country,” said Cárdenas. “With this service and facility available, aircraft coming in from other countries can use Van Nuys for the convenience and ease of access that domestic flights have always enjoyed. The increased capacity will create a positive economic impact on Van Nuys, the airport and the entire Valley.”

Van Nuys Airport currently has four Fixed Base Operators for private aircraft, as well as passenger lounges, fueling service and maintenance areas. More than 270,000 aircraft operations were undertaken by the airport last year, contributing more than $1 billion to the Valley economy.

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