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TOLUCA LAKE

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

Ringing in the Holidays

Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Tom LaBonge and members of the Los Angeles Sister Cities Committees will join Santa Claus to announce the details of the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Monday, November 22 at 9:15 a.m. in the Hollywood & Highland Courtyard. The press conference will take place in front of the Hollywood Christmas Tree, to be lit later that evening.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade has been an American tradition for over 80 years. This year, Grand Marshal Larry King will preside over the procession of floats, celebrities and activities. Actors Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada will host the event.

Cracking Down

In an effort to ban the illegal sales of used cars along the Los Feliz Boulevard corridor, Assemblyman Gatto, along with Los Angeles LaBonge and the Department of Motor Vehicles Investigation Unit, have begun the process of cracking down on the culprits who have caused a public outcry and significant inconvenience to local residents.

For years, unlicensed dealers who “flip” automobiles have taken advantage of the great exposure along busy Los Feliz Boulevard, by parking their vehicles for sale there. In recent months, however, Los Feliz Boulevard has seen a sharp increase in parked for-sale vehicles, giving the residential street an odd commercial look, and preventing those who live along the boulevard from parking their own cars there.

“This is extremely burdensome for residents and their visitors,” said Assemblyman Gatto. “Allowing Los Feliz Boulevard to become a used-car lot would perpetuate an eyesore, and is unfair to residents and their visitors who need on-street parking.”

LOS ANGELES

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne, namesake of the Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles Mission, are hosting the annual dinner for the homeless. The Los Angeles Mission is located at 303 E. 5th St. in Los Angeles.

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.

STUDIO CITY

Acclaimed Guitarist to Perform at Library

Those who enjoy guitar music are invited to a Taro Wayama concert at the Studio City branch of the Los Angeles Public Library on Thursday, December 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The library is located at 12511 Moorpark St. in Studio City.

BURBANK

You Love Burbank

The City of Burbank received high marks from a recent independent survey of its citizens.

Godbe Research was selected by the city to conduct a survey of residents to assess overall perceptions of living in Burbank and to gauge satisfaction with the City’s performance in providing services. Overall, 94 percent of those surveyed say they are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with services in Burbank.

“We are very pleased with the feedback,” says Justin Hess, Burbank Deputy City Manager. “Our employees work diligently to provide the best municipal services in Southern California and we strive to improve every day.”

WEST HOLLYWOOD

No Smoking!

In an effort to promote public health and limit exposure to second hand smoke, the City of West Hollywood’s City Council has directed its staff to develop a draft ordinance to prohibit smoking in outdoor dining and other public areas. The ordinance will strengthen the city’s existing regulations protecting public health and improving quality of life for residents and visitors.

The major provisions of the proposed smoking ordinance include the following:

Outdoor dining areas of restaurants will be covered, but outdoor areas of bars and nightclubs will be exempt from the smoking prohibition. Restaurants that operate as nightclubs in the late evening will be permitted to create smoking operation plans that will allow for smoking in outdoor areas during those hours.

The two hookah cafes currently located in the City will be exempt from the smoking prohibition

A “no-smoking buffer zone” of five feet will be created around covered outdoor dining and service areas.

Hotels will be encouraged to establish smoke-free pool areas through incentives.

The smoking ordinance is scheduled to be adopted in early 2011 and will become effective in January 2012.

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.”

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