T14-Community News LaBonge 1 DCTLwJaniceHahnNational League of Cities: 2014 Congressional City Conference Councilmember LaBonge had the honor to attend the National League of Cities in Washington D.C. This conference brings together over 2,000 elected and appointed city leaders to focus on the federal policy issues that are important to local governments. National League of Cities ensures the nation’s cities a seat at the decision-making table with members of Congress, the White House, and federal agencies looking for solutions to addressing the nation’s most pressing challenges. Councilmember LaBonge learned about federal programs, funding opportunities and resources available that could potentially implement innovative practices at the local level. Pictured, Councilmember LaBonge with his great friend, Congresswoman Janice Hahn.


T14-Community News Studio City St. Patrick'sThe Stars Come out for St. Patrick’s Day Gala Several Hollywood stars were awarded “Golden Halo” awards for their career work by the Southern California Motion Picture Council at the group’s annual St. Patrick’s Gala in Studio City March 10. Pictured, from l, actor Christopher Atkins, Council President Randal Malone, actor George Chakiris, and singer Rita Coolidge. For information about The Council and its next Gala event, call Randal at (818) 648-2700.

Free C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) Course Studio City Neighborhood Council is proudly sponsoring CERT 1 Classes. This class runs on consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30—9:30 p.m. Classes are FREE to the public and your CERT instructor will be LAFD Firefighter McKnight. First-Aid/CPR/AED* also offered (fee required*). The information and knowledge you will gain is PRICELESS! You will learn such basics life-saving skills as: — Manage public utility functions and safely put out small fires. — How to prevent the three “Medical Killers” by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock. — Provide basic emergency medical aid to your neighbor. — Search for and rescue accident victims safely. — Organize yourselves and other CERT volunteers to be effective rescuers. — Collect disaster intelligence to support First Responder efforts.

CBS Studio Center (MPR-9) 4024 Radford Ave. Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., from March 20 to April 10

RSVP to: scnc.2014certtraining@gmail.com


Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Programs at North Hollywood Regional Branch Library Every Saturday in April at 2 p.m. North Hollywood Regional Branch Library will present a program in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The PBS three-part documentary, The Abolitionists will be shown the first three Saturdays. Then Saturday, April 26, the library will present Dr. David Horne of the CSUN Pan African Studies faculty who will discuss the role of California in the Underground Railroad. Actress CeCe Antoinette will portray Sojourner Truth and female Buffalo Soldier, Cathay Williams. To complete the program, soprano, Tammy Jenkins, formerly of the San Francisco Opera will perform spirituals written as code for the Underground Railroad.  North Hollywood Regional Library is one of the nineteen branches, along with the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library system which has received the grant, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Programs will be presented over the next two years. Be sure to check the library’s Web site lapl.org for information on upcoming events at all the branches. For more information call the North Hollywood Regional Library at (818) 766-7185.


2014 Gypsy Awards The Professional Dancers Society’s 2014 Gypsy Awards will honor Leslie Caron with a special award to Dee Dee Wood and the late Marc Breaux.

Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m. Beverly Hilton Hotel 9876 Wilshire Blvd.

For more information including tickets and ads, please visit professionaldancerssociety.org or call (310) 285-1411.


Writers & Photographers Wanted Are you an outgoing person who’d like to cover the “beat” of the Valley? We’re looking for experienced photographers & writers to profile local businesses in our paper. If you think this is you, shoot us an email: info@tolucantimes.com.

A Message from LADWP to Their Customers About Billing Problems As you probably know, we are experiencing significant operational problems implementing our new customer billing system. We sincerely apologize to you and to our customers that have been directly affected by these problems. We replaced our 40-year old customer billing and related systems. It was a massive and complex task. While over 95% of our customers are currently experiencing no problems with their bills, too many have experienced problems: bad estimates, improperly drafted accounts, and in some cases, no bills at all. If you were one who experienced these problems we understand how frustrating it was. Water and electricity are essential to our lives and we have long made it a priority to provide you with reliable service. We have set up a new webpage to provide continuous information about our billing and customer service challenges. You can find it at ladwp.com/BillingInfo.

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