Toyon Landfill Improvements See Finish Line

Toluca Lake resident Leon Michael Saliba turned 101 last February, and this energetic centenarian took some time out of his day to pose with Councilmember Tom LaBonge at the OTHER 101: the Hollywood Freeway. Leon was at the top of the Los Angeles High School Class of 1928 and is proud to have 6 children, 10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Leon still finds time to exercise on the golf course, go to movies, and dine out twice a day.

An improvement campaign at the Toyon Canyon Landfill has begun, with some improvements already complete and others projected to be finished by February 2013. The landfill, located at 5050 Mount Hollywood Dr. in Griffith Park, operated from 1957 through 1985, and a final closure, which capped the landfill with five feet of soil cover, was completed in December 2008. Councilmember LaBonge hosted several site meetings and tours with the local community to decide the future of this site, and the Bureau of Sanitation began construction this year. The planting of trees and shrubs throughout the site is complete, and currently perimeter fencing is being installed in strategic areas to guide hikers and equestrians. Also planned is

the construction of a small picnic area and horse drinking trough.

LA Times Praises LaBonge for Billboard “No” Vote

An Oct. 29, editorial published in the Los Angeles Times praised Councilmember Tom LaBonge for his recent “no” vote on a billboard ordinance brought before the Los Angeles City Council. The ordinance instructs the Planning Department to work to resolve legal disputes with billboard advertising companies that operate within the City of Los Angeles, with the likely goal of legalizing billboards that the Fourth District’s constituents may oppose. Councilmember LaBonge emphasized that he stood with his constituents on this issue, as his district has many historic neighborhoods that deserve to be preserved.

Apple Fixes iPhone Maps Hollywood Sign Display

At the insistence of the office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge as well as local residents, Apple has fixed its new mapping software to provide more accurate driving directions to the Hollywood Sign. Formerly, iPhone directions to the Hollywood Sign led users up non-public roads, leaving them dead-ended. Current directions now lead iPhone users to Griffith Observatory, one of the two viewing locations endorsed by the Hollywood Sign Trust.

Come to the Toluca Lake Turkey Trot

Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the Toluca Lake Homeowners Association invite you to a 5K run/walk, and there will be raffle prizes and free T-shirts. Register on Facebook.

Fourth District Valley Field Office

10116 Riverside Dr.

Sunday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m.


Debate for City Attorney:

Who should be the next Los Angeles City Attorney? Will it be the current City Attorney Carmen Trutanich or Assemblyman Michael Feuer?

There will be a debate between the two candidates at a community meeting of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association.

“The City Attorney is one of the most important City elected offices. The City Attorney protects the public as well as the City. Should the existing City Attorney be reelected or should Assemblyman Michael Feuer be elected?” Richard H. Close, President of the Association, asked.

The public has been invited to this free community meeting.

Notre Dame High School

13645 Riverside Dr.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:15 p.m.


St. Charles Borromeo Annual Christmas Boutique

Handmade holiday and everyday articles, and decorations plus baked goods. Sunday complimentary coffee and donuts.

St. Charles Borromeo Parish Center

10830 Moorpark St.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m.—5 p.m.;

Sunday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m.—1 p.m.; and

Sunday, Dec. 2, 8 a.m.—1 p.m.

If you have any questions or need additional information, call Mary Wiser at (818) 854-1258 or email m.wiser@yahoo.com.


Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Los Angeles,” a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses. More than 65 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America’s biggest employers to small companies from across the region.

Since its launch in March 2011, Hiring Our Heroes has held more than 320 hiring fairs nationwide, helping more than 10,400 veterans and military spouses find employment. Thursday’s event is also part of “Hiring 500,000 Heroes,” a national campaign announced by the U.S. Chamber, National Chamber Foundation, and Capital One, to engage the business community in committing to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.

Interested employers and job seekers should register for free at hoh.greatjob.net. Walk-in job seekers are allowed (veterans must provide military ID).

Proud Bird Event Center

11022 Aviation Blvd.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.—1 p.m.

Jack Black to Perform in Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

In his second concert at the helm of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, our new Music Director Roger Kalia will bring together an eclectic collaboration of musicians, actors, dancers, and stage direction for a moving and visually exciting performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. In keeping with Stravinsky’s vision the piece will be played, acted, and danced. Actor, musician, and comedian Jack Black will lead the cast, which includes seasoned actor Michael Lerner, accompanied by a chamber ensemble of seven musicians from our orchestra. The actors, and dancers from the Lulu Washington Dance Theatre, will bring the story to life under the direction of Richard Sparks, the librettist and director of the Los Angeles Opera’s major 2013 World Premiere, Dulce Rosa (conductor, Placido Domingo). Set designer Jenny Okun has created a series of images to be projected beyond the orchestra and performers, giving the production a contemporary feel. The performance is free.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

(LACMA), Bing Theater

5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 6 p.m.

(radio simulcast same time)

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