Holiday Open House

The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 2010 Holiday Open House on Friday, December 3. Join Mayor Fritz Coleman and your fellow Tolucans for a night of fun, food and entertainment. For more information, visit tolucalakechamber.com.

Tom LaBonge Passing Grades

The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to implement the Los Angeles County Health grading system to the thousands of food trucks, carts and trailers in the City of Los Angeles. The ordinance consideration was continued from Tuesday after Councilmember Tom LaBonge introduced an amending motion requiring careful consideration of the county’s regulatory authority over the motion picture catering trucks. Testimony from the Motion Picture and Television Mobile Catering Association (MPTMCA) stipulated that catering trucks for the film industry operate and prepare food differently than the gourmet food trucks and carts popping up all over the City.

“The city wants to continue the partnership we’ve had with the film industry for over 100 years,” Tom said. “These trucks don’t sell to the public. They’re hired by a production company to serve food to the workers on set. That means they don’t get to dictate where the nearest washroom is, where the nearest trashcan is, etc. etc.—things that the county considers during the health inspections.”


Quality of Life

The LAPD North Hollywood Area Annual Senior Lead Officer Summit will meet to identify quality of life issues within the community. The meeting is Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m at the Maurice Sendak Elementary School Auditorium, 11414 Tiara St. between Lankershim and Tujunga. Parking is available on Tiara Street, and also in the parking lot entered off of Tiara Street. The meeting is open to all area residents. Please bring a friend and/or neighbor.

Messiah Sing-Along

The Westwood Presbyterian Church, as part of its Music at Westwood Concert Series, hosts the Messiah sing-along on Friday, December 10 at 8 p.m. The audience is invited to sing the choruses of the Christmas portion of G.F. Handel’s magnificent oratorio, including the rousing and immediately recognizable Hallelujah Chorus. Bring your own score, purchase one at the door, or borrow one from them!

The church is located at 10822 Wilshire Blvd. near the Westwood Village in Los Angeles. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For information, call (310) 474-4535 or visit www.westwoodpress.org.

St. Nicholas’ 60th Anniversary

St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral will take “pride” in commemorating the 60th anniversary of the cathedral on Sunday, December 5 (St. Nicholas Day). There will also be several honorees to receive recognition for comemorable service for the Cathedral. A banquet featuring entertainment will follow in the auditorium after the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. For reservations and tickets please contact Kh. Eva Majim at (626) 966-1314, Curt Annett at (909) 518-3042 or Don Costa at (626) 255-8905. Tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children 17 and under. The church is located at 2300 W. 3rd St. in Los Angeles.


Please Donate!

Please help the men and women of the North Hollywood Police Station reach their goal of collecting toys and food to assist needy families this holiday season.

Please bring unwrapped toys and/or non-parishable food donations to the North Hollywood Station located at 11640 Burbank Blvd. For more information, contact the community relations office at (818) 623-4001.


Billboard Blues

Expressing concerns about the legality of the initiative and voter deception during the signature gathering process, the West Hollywood City Council has voted to refuse to place an initiative on the ballot that would place a tax on off-site advertising and allow tall wall advertising signs to be placed on buildings on Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard.

The proposed, “Tax Billboard Act” initiative would change the City’s tax scheme by imposing a 7 percent excise tax on advertising revenue received from the purchase, rental, lease or licensing of any billboard, video sign tall wall or other off site sign; and amend the City’s zoning code to allow tall wall signs as a matter of right on Santa Monica Boulevard or Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Smells Like a Winner

The City of West Hollywood has been chosen to receive a 2010 B.E.S.T. APWA Project of the Year Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the City’s Robot Sewer Inspection program. APWA is the professional association of Public Works leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Southern California Chapter includes more than 1,400 members. The purpose of the Chapter’s awards program is to recognize public agencies for their outstanding projects and programs and to share the wealth of good ideas.

“A special congratulations to the City’s Public Works Department for their continued dedication in the exploration of new technologies,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “The Solo robots have been an excellent infrastructure investment, helping to inspect miles of sewer pipe, much of which is several decades old, in order to maintain the City’s vital infrastructure.”


Dance in a Winter Wonderland What: “Winter Wonderland” Dance

When: Friday, December 10. Dancing will be from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.

Who: Sponsored by BCR “a place to grow” and Burbank Department of Park, Recreation and Community Services. Adults, teenagers (16+) with developmental disabilities. Dancers $3; caregivers free.

Music by: Mainline Sound Mobile DJ & refreshments by Foothill Civitans.

Where: McCambridge Park Recreation Center, 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd.

Dad, I want a pony!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may have the perfect gift for that special someone on your holiday list. Six black burros and 10 wild horses, including tri-colored Pintos and large two-year-old bay horses, will be offered for adoption at $125 each on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., first come, first served.

On Friday afternoon, Dec. 10, from 1 to 5, you may preview the animals available for adoption. On both days, celebrate the season with complementary cider and take advantage of the opportunity for you and your family to meet some of the BLM “holiday” wild horses and burros at the Sundance Ranch, 27273 Pilgrim Road in Redlands.

Election Time

Council Member Anja Reinke has announced that she will not seek re-election to the office of City Council Member in the 2011 Municipal Elections. Pursuant to the California Elections Code, voters have until today at 5:00 p.m. to nominate candidates for this elective office.

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