Tom LaBonge Food Trucks

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 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,” Councilmember LaBonge 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.”

NBC Universal Evolution Plan

There will be a meeting regarding the NBC Universal Evolution Plan, which will affect Toluca Lake and the surrounding communities. The meeting is on Monday, December 13 at 4 p.m. at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City hotel, 555 Universal Hollywood Dr. in Universal City. For more information, visit www.gtlnc.org


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, December 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., first come, first served.

On Friday afternoon, Dec. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m., 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.


Play My Armonica

Virtuoso William Zeitler will present a benefit Christmas concert featuring the glass armonica, a rare musical instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the Lighthouse at Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.

The armonica uses a series of glass bowls graduated in size to produce musical tones by means of friction.

Zeitler is one of only a handful of glass armonica players in the world. He also is a recording artist, composer, pianist and organist and has performed globally He has been commissioned to compose and perform for the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and others.

Tickets to the concert are $10 each and may be obtained at the church office. Zeitler is donating his talent for the concert. All proceeds will go to Youth With a Mission (YWAM.) More information about the concert can be obtained by calling the Rev. Phillips Wang, church pastor, at (818) 846-2866.

Dancing in a Winter Wonderland

What: Winter Wonderland” Dance

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

Who: Community Services. Adults, teenagers (16+) with developmental disabilities.

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

Check It Out

The City of Los Angeles has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed “NBC Universal Evolution Plan” for public review. The EIR analyzes the possible environmental impacts from the proposed project, which would be located in the Universal City area next to Burbank.

Although the project is not located within the City of Burbank, it will have effects on Burbank. As such, Burbank residents and businesses may wish to review the EIR and submit comments. The proposed project includes substantial new development at and around Universal Studios including about 2.01 million square feet of new commercial development, 500 hotel rooms, and 2,937 residential units.

The EIR and additional information about the project can be viewed online at the Los Angeles Planning Department’s web site at cityplanning.lacity.org/eir/NBC_UnivPlan/DEIR/index.html. Because of the size of the document, each section may be downloaded separately. CD-ROMs with electronic copies of the EIR may be purchased from the City of Los Angeles by contacting Mariana Salazar at (213) 978-1882.


Tax Time

Mark J. Saladino, Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector, reminds property owners that the first installment of the 2010-2011 property taxes becomes delinquent if not paid by Friday, December 10. To avoid the assessment of late penalties, payments must be received by 5 p.m. or United States Postal Service postmarked before midnight, December 10.

“To avoid late penalties, taxpayers should not wait until the statutory deadline; please pay early,” said Treasurer and Tax Collector Saladino.


Don’t Drink and Drive

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 31 minutes and injures someone every two minutes. To increase public awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving and help reduce the number of drunk driving-related fatalities and injuries, members of the West Hollywood City Council, West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station Captain Kelley Fraser, deputies from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station and Public Safety staff will join together on Thursday, December 9 for a “Don’t Drink and Drive” call to action news conference at 7 p.m. at the House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Immediately following the news conference, the group, along with volunteers, will distribute “Don’t Drink and Drive” cocktail napkins to bars, clubs and restaurants along Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards. In its thirteenth year, the “Don’t Drink and Drive” Cocktail Napkin Campaign will urge patrons to take a taxi or use a designated driver if they have been out drinking. The napkins will also remind patrons that the Sheriff’s Deputies are watching closely for drunk drivers.


Happy Declaration of Human Rights Day

At the end of World War II, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the brand new United Nations to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to promote peace, tolerance and dignity around the world.

To the celebrate the document’s 62nd anniversary, the City of Pasadena has joined with the Pasadena Unified School District to present a special program Friday, December 10, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Pasadena High School, 2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.

After welcoming remarks by Mayor Bill Bogaard, the Pasadena City College Student Alliance will present a video tribute to human rights. Five PUSD students introduced by Superintendent Edwin Diaz will present their award-winning essays on the topic. Two hundred members of the Pasadena Unified High School Choir will perform “A Choral Quilt of Hope: The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights Preamble” adapted by Susan Suntree with music by Adrienne Albert, “Inspiration of Hope” by Z. Randall Stroope and the traditional canon “Dona Nobis Pacem.”

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