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1 The Porter Ranch Newspaper - By Local Residents 71,428 Readers - and Growing! Find Us 24 Hours a Day at: Serving Northridge, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills and Chatsworth Volume 4, Number 5 Your Award-Winning Free Local Newspaper May, Digits, New 747 Code Upsets Locals By Jay Kim, Valley Voice Reporter L ocals are currently troubled with mounting issues worldwide and locally. International diplomacy issues have been making recent headlines over the aggression of North Korea. Right when I heard that the North Koreans released a satellite, I was extremely shocked and worried. I never thought that the North Koreans would make such a hostile gesture, Finn Oh, a resident from Chatsworth stated. Adam Johnson from Northridge also feels the same, the unexpected act from North Korea really got me thinking that perhaps a nuclear war or attack is possible, or even inevitable. Now with the declining health of North Korea s leader, Kim Jong II, there might be an explosion of confusion and chaos when he dies. North Korean people look up to him like a God, once he dies who knows what would ensue, Teresa Lam, Northridge said. Others recognize the oil crisis as a more prominent and urgent issue. We really need to discover or create another alternative source of oil or energy; our reliance on the OPEC makes Americans weaker and more vulnerable by the moment, Michael Vaughn from Granada Hills said. America used to Valley Voice Photo be one of the most powerful nations in the world, but oil is slowly draining us of our supremacy. I absolutely hate how we re so dependent on other countries, especially the more belligerent ones, for our prime source of mobility and energy, Lucy Fine, Granada Hills said. Frustrations from the restrictions of oil are constantly disturbing many of our nation s citizens. The need for another source of energy, and perhaps a more clean and efficient one, Roxana Saberi reporting is urgent. Other than the aggravating issue of oil, a more local irritation has come to stay in the San Fernando Valley region. Current phone number shortages have caused the need for the dialing of the specific area codes every time a user calls, which began to be enforced on April 18. The new area code in the valley and the fact that I need to dial every single time on my home phone is absolutely ridiculous, Shayna Gu from Northridge stated. I always forget to punch in the area codes and end up redialing several times. I didn t even know that this new policy went into effect until I tried calling my mother and an operator told me that I had to press the area code, Tina Korcheva, a resident from Granada Hills claimed. The new area code, which is 747, will be implemented beginning on May 18th. It s going to be difficult to always remember or discern who has an 818 area code or the new 747 one, Jorge Nam from Chatsworth stated. I wish we could just go back to the old days when the dialing of certain area codes weren t needed. While the dialing of a couple of extra numbers may be a concern for some of the residents, others are worried over the safety of the U.S. journalist, Roxana Saberi, who s captured (Continued on page 6) Soaking Users Starts June 1 Water Conservation Rates Approved by L.A. City Council A bout 15 percent of Angelenos could see their water rates go up if they don t conserve water under a new rate structure approved by the City Council. The Department of Water and Power s current billing structure allows customers to use a certain amount of water before they are charged a higher rate. The amount is different for different categories of water users. Under the new rates, which will go into effect June 1, the threshold for that increased fee will be reduced by 15 percent, and the higher rate will increase from $3.59 per hundred cubic feet to $5.19. A hundred cubic feet is equal to 748 gallons, and the average Los Angeles household uses 1,200 cubic feet per two-month billing cycle. Most residents are not expected to see their water bills go up, but some customers who use a lot of water - expected to be about 15 percent of Los Angeles residents - will pay significantly more. DWP General Manager David Nahai said Los Angeles has made great strides with water conservation, but that the situation has gotten dire. We re doing a good job, he said. It s just not enough. Coupled with a public awareness campaign that is still being fleshed out, city officials hope the new rates will encourage residents to take simple steps to reduce water consumption - such as not leaving the water running while brushing teeth, making sure sprinklers work properly and taking shorter showers. This is not a revenue generator. This is not about raising rates, said City Council President Eric Garcetti, adding, if we don t do this today, we lose the summer. The proposal to authorize DWP to implement the new rates passed on a 9-to-2 vote, with Councilmembers Dennis Zine and Janice Hahn casting the dissenting votes. Hahn criticized the plan as ``unproven, saying it was unclear whether the new structure would actually encourage water conservation. I just can t believe this is our best strategy, Hahn said. Zine, meanwhile, characterized the rate hike plan as rushed. (Continued on page 7) Lawn Watering Cut to 2 Days L os Angeles lawns can be watered only on Mondays and Thursdays under a conservation plan approved by the Los Angeles City Council. The restrictions, which take effect July 1, come less than a year after the city approved an ordinance aimed at reducing water consumption. Angelenos are already prohibited from watering their lawns between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., using a hose to wash off paved surfaces and washing vehicles with hoses not equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle. In 2008, Angelenos cut their water usage by 5.3 percent compared to the previous year. However, with the state in the third year of a drought, Department of Water and Power head David Nahai said more conservation efforts are needed. Water is not a free commodity. Every drop that is going down the drain is money that is being spent by that person, Nahai said. Water use equals money spent. When we re telling people to cut back to only two days a week, we re also telling them that they re going to be saving money. The DWP has staff known as Drought Busters who routinely investigate complaints of water waste. Since the restrictions were implemented last year, Drought Busters have investigated 5,400 calls and issued about 2,800 citations, 50 of which resulted in fines, Nahai said. Residential offenders can be fined up to $300 and commercial customers up to $600.

2 Po r t e r R a n c h N e i g h b o r h o o d C o u n c i l Creating A Local Forum on Issues That Matter OPENING May 4th PORTER RANCH QUALITY CARE A Family Practice Medical Group A Medical Walk-In Center Family, Occupational and Urgent Care Medicine May 5 - Street Lighting in Porter Ranch Mr. Stan Horwitz, Senior Project Manager, Bureau of Street Lighting, Department of Public Works June 2 - Traffic Solutions for Our Times Hillary Norton, FASTLA.org Senior Services to Consider James Don, Asst GM, Dep. of Aging, City of Los Angeles Business Meeting at 6pm, Presentations at 7pm Shepherd of the Hills Church Rinaldi St. Helping You Make Porter Ranch A Better Place to Live, Work, and Grow Rinaldi Street, Suite 100 Northridge, CA (818) 363-CARE (2273) Call Now For An Appointment Hours: Monday Friday: 8:00a.m. 8:00p.m. Saturday: 9:00a.m. 6:00p.m. Jeffrey B. Nordella, M.D. Medical Director we don t monkey around when it comes to health care. P O R R A T N E C R H PEDIATRICS INTERNAL MEDICINE Facey Medical Group provides San Fernando Valley families with the health care they need, when they need it. Three Valley locations give you convenient local access to primary care and specialist care! DR. DAVID DR. TANYA DR. ELISE DR. RICHARD DR. FREDRICK CHIEN FALKOWSKI KWON LANDERS RUSSO PORTER RANCH Tampa Avenue Porter Ranch, CA (818) MISSION HILLS Sepulveda Boulevard Mission Hills, CA (818) Urgent Care available here NORTHRIDGE Roscoe Boulevard Northridge, CA (818) watch for news on our upcoming move to the corner of Rinaldi & Porter Ranch Drive! Facey accepts most types of insurance plans, including: HMO, PPO and POS plans. A complete listing of the current plans we accept is available online at: May, 2009 For Advertising Rates, Visit Page 2

3 Anti-Semitic Outrages Blemish the U.N. Reiter-Wrong? By Mel Reiter, Valley Voice There is a major plague spreading here in the United States, and throughout the world. It is like a terrible disease, unknown virus, global warming, an economic meltdown, hunger. Unfortunately little, if anything is being done. Just days before writing this column, the United Nations invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to make the opening speech to delegates of more than 100 nations attending the Durban II Racism Conference in Geneva. Similar to the initial Conference eight years ago, it is held for the purpose of reacting to Racism, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, and only Israel was sanctioned, the only Democracy in the Middle East. Israel again, was labeled as subjecting Palestinians to racism. Yes, Israel, the country that has a large Arab population, allows them opportunities to work in private and government jobs, to vote, to serve in Parliament, have access to the best medical care and universities, free movement to mosques, retirement benefits, and much more. Compare this to Libya, chosen as chair of the conference, which has a long history of supporting terrorism and violating human rights and worse, Iran, where women are forbidden to congregate publicly, its press restricted, and citizens subject to arrest, torture, and death for speaking against the government. His anti-semitic, anti-israel tirade included the usual Holocaust denials, from a man who wishes Israel be wiped off the map. Unfortunately, the real issues were ignored women not being able to drive in Saudi Arabia, or to congregate in Iran, or to North Korea where millions are starving to death, and to the hundreds of thousands murdered in Darfur, and the human rights violators of Rwanda, Syria, and Zimbabwe. His speech caused all 23 European Union nations, the United States, Israel, Canada, New Zealand and Australia to walk out, tired of listening to a demagogue and his anti- Semitic propaganda. The negative obsession with Israel is completely out of proportion. Blatant racism, human rights violations and intolerances by numerous nations go undeterred and unremarked upon, while Israel is vilified. Where is the outrage from the media, citizens, religious leaders, politicians here and worldwide? How many Americans even heard of the conference, and the collective singling out of Israel? Almost 75 years ago, the world stood still as Adolph Hitler threatened to rid the earth of Jews, Homosexuals, Gypsies, Socialists, or any person or group opposed to his Third Reich. The major difference between Hitler and Ahmadinjad, is that the Little Hitler will soon have nuclear weapons. Imagine if the madman of Germany had the bomb. Will Muslims always libel Israel because it s that little Democratic nation that stands in the way of the entire Middle East from falling in line with Islamic extremists? Why do most of their spiritual leaders remain so silent about the hatred, the lies? DIE JEW, GET THE HELL OFF CAMPUS! This outburst was recently reported at York University in Toronto, similar to other anti-israel campaigns escalating in the U.S. and internationally. The hate-filled rhetoric is harsher and more menacing as many more anti-israel students and faculty lead the larger crowds, usually protected under our nation s freedom of speech laws. However, they are beginning to cross those lines, as much as one cannot yell fire in a filled theatre. These events are occurring here among us in Los Angeles and our state. In January, a UCLA department hosted a symposium of professors who relentlessly distorted and bashed Israel. When visiting UC Santa Barbara Law Professor Lisa Hajjar declared that nations like Israel should be enemies of all mankind, the audience erupted in wild applause. This panel discussion was attended by hundreds of UCLA students and faculty members. In February, San Jose State University students repeatedly verbally abused Israel Consul General Akiva Tor, who had to be escorted out because of a physical threat from an audience member. In the same month, a UC Santa Barbara professor ed anti- (Continued on page 6) Why a UN? Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, Did you hear about the U.N. Racism Conference? U.N. Racism Conference? Please, could there be a more racist organization. And people wonder why the US and other mainstream countries did not attend. Ahmadinejad was speaking his usual rhetoric. I think someone should write an article regarding the need for a new global group to replace the UN. One that is truly impartial. Just my 2 cents. Simon, Chatsworth Coyote Dangers Dear Editor, Our north valley nature trails are unsafe. Between the fires of last fall and the coming of puppy season, our beautiful, peaceful trails are teaming with hungry coyotes who want your dog and, perhaps, your small child. As an avid canyon walker, I have spotted coyotes in Limekiln and Aliso Canyons on several occasions. Recently, a small dog was snatched in front of its owners in Limekiln. We as responsible individuals need to be aware of the danger and need to protect our children and pets. When walking, small children need to be kept close and small dogs must be kept on leash so you have a fighting chance against a coyote. In addition, the governing entities who take our large tax dollars need to try to protect us. While we are going in to the dens of many animals when we choose to walk into canyons, those canyon trails are maintained for the enjoyment of humans as well as the animals that live there. The Department of Animal Control s wildlife officer told us they could do nothing. A law passed a few years ago prohibits them from trapping and relocating coyotes. The coyotes are safe. Our children and pets are not. Our dogs have no defense against coyotes. Also, coyotes will lure larger dogs away from the trail so that they can be attacked by packs. Last year, a small child was bitten by a coyote while playing in a sand box in a park in San Bernardino County. This can happen here. At Viking Park, it is not uncommon to see coyotes. The park at the top of Wilbur is next to the entrance to Palisades Trail and just down the street from Limekiln. We need to call and our local officials and ask that something be done to change the laws before one of our children gets grabbed by a coyote in a canyon. Coyotes have a right to be here. Truth be told, they were here first and we are the poachers. Still, we are here now and we need to do something to reduce the threat before we lose any more dogs and definitely before a child is harmed. Maria, Porter Ranch May, 2009 For Advertising Rates, Visit Page 3

4 3 rd or 4 th Quarter UCLA Sees Recession Lasting Into 2010 W ith California s economic engines running on fumes, there is no indication the state will emerge from recession until next year despite federal stimulus packages, UCLA economists said. The state s unemployment numbers likely will remain high until late 2010, even after the economy has begun showing signs of rebounding, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast. The current forecast reflects a deeper and longer recession than we previously thought, wrote senior Anderson economist Jerry Nickelsburg in a forecast segment titled, The California Economy: Running Out of Gas. Overall, our outlook for California is for a very weak first three quarters of 2009 and virtually no growth in the fourth. The economy will begin to pick up in 2010 and by the end of 2010 will be growing at more normal levels, according to Nickesburg. There is some good news, he wrote, in that the correction in the housing market is almost complete and the downturn in the retail sector is nearing the end of its run. But, there does not appear to be anything uniquely Californians to bring us out of the recession. Nickelsburg said California s economy will grow once the nation s financial markets are settled and American households begin to spend once again. In the meantime, California is in for a rough ride in 2009 and is not going to see economic growth return until shortly after the U.S. economy begins to grow toward the end of the year, he said. The forecast brought California job-seekers bad news, with economists projecting rising unemployment. Nickelsburg said the state s jobless rate, now above 10 percent, is higher than in the 1973, 1990 and 2001 recessions and approaching 1982 recession levels. He also noted that in the previous recessions, unemployment continued rising even after economic activity began to rebound. The current recession is anything but over, so if the past is our guide - and to reiterate, this time it might not be - we are due for significant increases in unemployment through the second quarter of 2010, Nickelsburg wrote. The forecast was pessimistic in painting a picture of the coming months, more so, even, than its gloomy December Anderson Forecast, which predicted that the recession would surpass the 16-month recession of , the longest of the post-world War II era. By year s end, however, economic contraction will cease and new fiscal and monetary policies will begin to work - leading to an average quarterly growth in 2010 on the order of 2.7 percent and a more robust 4.1 percent in 2011, wrote senior economist David Shulman. But the United States cannot return to prosperity on its own, Shulman asserted, insisting recovery will hinge on a revival in world trade. Your Business Card Here Only $75 Monthly Reaches Over 50,000 Readers Mail your Check & Business Card to: Rinaldi St., Suite 502, Porter Ranch, CA PORTER RANCH MEDICAL CENTER LOGO. FINAL East Meets West. graphic design: paola.vera.padilla. Barbara Weinberger, MTCM, L.Ac. LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST Porter Ranch Medical Center (818) Corbin Avenue, Suite 200, Porter Ranch, CA TEL: (818) FAX: (818) COLORS: 100c 70m 0y 0k 10c 80m 100y 40k 0c 45m 90y 20k FONTS: 0r 91g 171b 146r 56g 17b 205r 130g 42b PORTER RANCH MEDICAL CENTER --GILL SANS LIGHT EAST MEETS WEST --NUEVA STD ITALIC PRNC a Forum For Local Issues By Mel Mitchell Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council President Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council meetings have been the place to be lately to stay informed in the community. In April we had a packed house attending one of the only forums in LA about proposed DWP rate increases to encourage water conservation. At our May 5 meeting, the PRNC will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a presentation on street lighting by Mr. Stan Horwitz, Senior Project Manager, Bureau of Street Lighting, Department of Public Works. Come find out how street lights are operated and how to get yours fixed. Come early, large attendance is expected. At the June 2 meeting we will have two speakers. Hillary Norton from Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST) will be making a presentation on FAST s 13 near-term traffic reduction strategies and to seek our partnership to help solve traffic problems. You can find out about them at Attention seniors! James Don, Assistant General Manager, Department of Aging, City of Los Angeles will be speaking in June on city services offered to Senior Citizens, including senior dining centers, home delivered meals, assistive transportation, legal services, health screening, adult day care and support groups for caregivers. Come and learn how you can Help Make Porter Ranch a Better Place to Live, Work and Grow. Our next meetings are May 5, June 2, and July 7 at Shepherd of the Hills Church. Business meeting at 6pm, presentation at 7pm. Find out more at www. PRNC.org. 818 Welcomes 747 S an Fernando Valley residents have been warming up their dialing fingers. On April 18, a 747 area code was implemented in the 818 area. As a result, all residents must dial 1 plus the area code plus the seven-digit phone number to make a call - even if they are calling a number with the same area code. People using cell phones don t need to dial the 1, just the area code and seven-digit phone number. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the 747 overlay, similar to the one in effect on the city s Westside, last April. Starting May 18, new phone customers in the 818 area will get numbers with a 747 area code, meaning some residents could wind up with a different area code than people who live right next door. Telecommunications officials noted that dialing 1 and the area code before the seven-digit number does not increase the cost of the call. Residents should be sure to re-program any automatic dialing equipment to include the 11-digit numbers. LAUSD to Seek Part Of $ 3.1 Billion U.S. Aid C alifornia school districts and universities can immediately begin applying for $3.1 billion in federal economic stimulus funds, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced. This is $3.1 billion coming from the federal government, he said. This is not the federal government s money, this is the taxpayer s money, so it s going in the right direction - it s going into the classroom to help our kids, and this is great, great news. The money can be used to minimize layoffs of teachers and other school employees and preserve school programs, he said. Schwarzenegger and the U.S. Department of Education announced that California was the first state to be approved for a share of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund dollars under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sought by President Barack Obama. When President Obama signed the Recovery Act, I pledged to quickly make sure California taps into every available dollar of federal funding and that we would put those dollars to work immediately and effectively, Schwarzenegger said. I am proud to say that California is the very first state to receive this money from the federal government and we are the first state to pass these dollars immediately to local school districts and protect teachers jobs. With his Recovery Task Force, Schwarzenegger signed the application for the funding, opening the door for about $4.9 billion to flow into California and quickly to schools where it will preserve education programs and protect jobs, as well as an additional $1.1 billion to protect other state programs. School districts can tap into the first installment of that funding - $3.1 billion, of which about $2.6 billion is estimated to go toward K-12 schools and $537 million toward the California State University and University of California systems. Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which was facing layoffs of thousands of teachers, stated on the district s Web site that more needs to be done. During my many years as an educator, I have seen bad times, but never a budget crisis as large as the one we currently face, he said. As we wrestle with a $596 million budget deficit for the school year, we need help from everyone in the LAUSD community, starting with parents who can make sure their students attend class every day. City Budget Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled a proposed city budget that envisions a 10 percent cut in personnel costs in order to avoid layoffs and close a $530 million deficit, his office says. The draft budget includes a combination of spending reductions, private investment and efficiencies, including some departmental consolidations, according to the Mayor s Office. The mayor will propose maintaining the police buildup and gang reduction efforts while preventing as many as 2,800 layoffs through shared responsibility and sacrifice by all city employees. Layoffs of that magnitude would hit nearly every city department and result in a dramatic reduction in city services, according to his office. On April 6, Villaraigosa said the city could save 580 jobs if every city employee took off one unpaid hour of work a week. His proposed budget calls for all employees to contribute 2 percent more to their retirement benefits - and the city to contribute 2 percent less - which is meant to save nearly 700 jobs. He also wants employees to agree to defer scheduled pay raises, saving 1,300 jobs and the services they deliver. The various sacrifices by city employees would reduce personnel costs by 10 percent, according to the Mayor s Office. But city workers are calling on City Council members to pledge to implement workers ideas before cutting services and laying off employees who deliver those services. May, 2009 For Advertising Rates, Visit Page 4

5 More Taxes Ahead? Californians Vote May 19 On Six New Propositions G ov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Los Angeles-area leaders to seek support for six propositions on California s May 19 ballot that would extend tax increases and make other efforts to close a multibillion-dollar state budget deficit. California is facing a $42 billion shortfall in the coming fiscal year, and Schwarzenegger said that if the propositions don t pass, the state will be on the brink of financial collapse. What we have to do is make cuts and have revenue increases and on top of that is budget reform so this never ever happens again, Schwarzenegger said. Proposition 1A, the Rainy Day Budget Stabilization and Accountability Act, would extend the state s temporary 1-cent sales tax increase for a year and extend the vehicle license fee and personal income tax hikes for another two years, generating an estimated $16 billion for California. The proposition would also require the state to put 3 percent of general fund revenues into a rainy day fund. If we don t pass these initiatives, California will go into bankruptcy, said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who supports the six ballot measures. The fact of the matter is we re in a crisis. However, Proposition 1A is strongly opposed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which warns that now is the worst economic time to place additional tax burdens on California families. On April 1, the sales tax in Los Angeles County went up to 9.25 percent, and on July 1 it will increase to 9.75 percent because of the voter-approved half-cent increase in the county sales tax to fund mass transit projects. Proposition 1A is a tax extension of the new (state) taxes just approved - taxes that have already made us the highest taxed state in America. If Proposition 1A passes, you ll pay these higher taxes for up to an additional two more years. And, if we let them win here, these politicians and special interests will be encouraged to make higher taxes permanent, said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Also on the May 19 ballot is Proposition 1B, which would provide $9.3 billion to schools beginning in the fiscal year to make up for current cuts in education spending. The money would come from the contingency fund to be set up under Proposition 1A. Proposition 1C would allow California to borrow $5 billion against future state lottery sales. Proposition 1D, the Children s Services Funding, would redirect money from the tobacco tax to children s health and social services, while Proposition 1E would take money from the Mental Health Services Act to pay for children s health programs. Under Proposition 1F, the governor, lawmakers and other state officials could not get a pay raise any time the state has a budget deficit. Facing Foreclosure? Pick Up the Phone From Chatsworth Neighborhood Council honey - i m running in 2 the store 2 pick up some milk. better stop texting & watch the road! C U L8R LOL! Need help with your mortgage? Call (888) 89- LA NHS, or see County Offers Foreclosure Aid: The County s Department of Consumer Affairs is offering a variety of information and assistance for homeowners and property owners at risk of foreclosure, trying to refinance, or otherwise navigating through today s economic turbulence. Beware of Property-Tax Scams: Beware of firms charging a hefty fee to assist area homeowners in filing property assessment reduction forms. You can download Change in Assessment form, and visit the County s Assessment Appeals page for full details on all aspects of property assessment, including proposed reductions. Property owners can also call toll-free (888) for assistance. Gas Co. Has Energy Aid: For information on the Gas Company s bill assistance programs, visit or call toll-free at (800) New SAFE Center Work on the new SAFE Center in Northridge is moving forward. The SAFE Center will be located at the site of the old Fire Station 87 on Balboa Blvd. and Devonshire St. The old fire house was leveled last month, clearing the way for construction to begin. The new SAFE Center will offer residents of the Northwest San Fernando Valley a convenient location to dispose of household hazardous waste, electronics, batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs and sharps. Previously, 12th District residents had to drive all the way to Sun Valley, the nearest permanent SAFE Center. SAFE stands for Solvents, Automotive, Flammables and Electronics. That includes all kinds of household hazardous waste and other items containing toxic materials that may not be disposed of in the regular trash. They can pollute the soil, groundwater and air if disposed of in landfills, posing a threat to the environment and public safety. Councilman Greig Smith secured the site for the new SAFE Center when a new, larger, more modern Fire Station was built across the street to replace the older facility. The new SAFE Center is scheduled to be completed in November of Sierra Canyon School is an academically excellent, college preparatory school committed to an empowering environment in which students realize their greatest intellectual, creative, ethical and physical promise. We are defined by an energized, attentive and diverse student-teacher culture. Sierra Canyon School is a special place to grow for the challenges of a fast-changing world. Lower Campus Upper Campus Early Kindergarten Sixth Grade Seventh Twelfth Grade Independence Ave Rinaldi Chatsworth, CA Chatsworth, CA May, 2009 For Advertising Rates, Visit Page 5

6 11 Digits (Continued from page 1) in Iran for espionage. I hope and pray for the safe release and return of the U.S. journalist in Iran, Pauline Long from Northridge said. It s painful to even think about what she might be going through right now, the fear she s experiencing. There s been a couple of incidents where journalists have been captured. First with the two young ladies being held in North Korea and now a journalist capture in Iran, Daniel Koh, Granada Hills said. We need to protect these people! There s always a plethora of issues and problems that concern the San Fernando Valley locals. Hopefully with time these issues will be eventually appeased. Related to the global warming crisis, heavy pollution burdens some residents with concern about our overall environment. Have you seen the gray haze covering the valley region lately? There s this huge gray cloud that covers the entire valley; it s visible from the high hills and mountains of both Granada Hills and Porter Ranch, Nicole Wendt from Granada Hills said. It s sad to think that we caused all this pollution from our activities. We need to do something about them since they re starting to get out of hand. Pollution not only degrades the environment but our own health as well, and because we live so closely to the highly polluted region of Los Angeles, we need to start thinking of ways to solve this disaster, Ron Hernandez, Northridge stated. While pollution may pose a clear threat to our health and well-being, others are more concerned with the safety of our homes and communities. My friend s house recently got robbed during the daytime in the Granada Hills area, and I keep hearing these stories about robberies during the night around the valley, Jeanie Lee from Northridge said. I double check to see if I closed all my doors and windows whenever I leave the house now. It seems like the crime rates are up lately because of the struggling economy. Because there seems to be an increase in gang activity and violence in general in the valley, I hesitate to go out alone at night and I always worry about the safety of my family members, Alex Martin from Chatsworth said. Besides the threatening violence and crimes going around, others are troubled by the progressive occurrences of ethnically isolated communities. The valley s full of clustered places where only a certain ethnicity lives. If you visit one part of the valley, one ethnicity would be predominant there and vice versa, Vinay Gupat from Granada Hills claimed. We should be diverse and well spread out to promote good feelings amongst each other; we need to discourage isolation. Local issues are burdensome to all residents in the valley. Hopefully a solution to each and every one of them will soon be discovered and applied. Holy Poop-a-Scoop, It s a Pet Airline The first all-pet airline, which bans people but allows pooches, felines and other pets to fly coach rather than cargo, is to begin service between five U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, this summer. Florida-based Pet Airways, which promises four leg room, will soon begin flying pets - or pawsengers, as they re called on the airline s Web site -- between Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City for a base fee of about $150. Pet Airways is not accepting reservations yet, but when it begins operating, pets are to fly in the main cabin, never in cargo, and a flight attendant will be on board to take care of them. Other airlines charge a fee for a small pet to fit under the seat and require larger pets to ride as baggage, unless they are classified as service animals. People will not be allowed to ride with their pets on Pet Airways, but will be able to track their pet s flight status online and meet their pet in its arrival city. Pet Airways co-founders Dan Wiesel and Alysa Binder said on their Web site that they got the idea for the airline from Zoe, their Jack Russell Terrier, who was too big to fit under the seat when they flew. Of course, there s one thing Zoe is certainly not, and that s cargo, Wiesel and Binder said on their Web site. As we re fond of telling our neighbor Janet, her boxer Samson isn t Samsonite, and she agreed. Reiter Wrong (Continued from page 3) Israel articles to his students, though Israel had nothing to do with his class. In the York situation, Jewish students took refuge in the Hillel office, where they were held hostage by the mob until campus police arrived. We all must do better, we must prevent our nation of being hijacked by the hate mongers. NEVER AGAIN! More than 7,000 marchers from 40 countries, carrying the flag of Israel, marched through the infamous former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz to honor those that died in the Holocaust, and to counteract Ahmadinejad s speech. Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom dismissed the Iranian President s speech as one of hatred. Let us not repeat the errors of the past we cannot give up we must continue the vigilant fight to stand up for what is right. (B nai B rith and Stand With US contributed to this artcle). Bill Would Reduce Drunken Driving The Assembly Public Safety Committee is studying a bill intended to reduce drunken driving in Los Angeles County. AB 91 would create a pilot project in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Alameda counties from July 1, 2010 to Jan. 1, 2015 requiring convicted drunken drivers to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. A driver is required to blow into the device to start the vehicle. The vehicle will not start unless the driver s blood alcohol level is below the legal limit of.08. Research shows that 50 to 75 percent of drunken drivers whose licenses are suspended continue to drive... Even with restricted licenses, DUI offenders still have the ability to drink and drive and to harm innocent people, said Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, the author of AB 91. The bill s supporters include Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Los Angeles Police Department. MADD National President Laura Mooney said a strong ignition interlock law could have prevented the collision last month that killed Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, Cal State Fullerton student Courtney Frances Stewart, 20, and law student Henry Nigel Pearson, 25, who was also beginning a career as a sports agent. Andrew Thomas Gallo, who has been charged with second-degree murder in their deaths, had a previous drunken driving condition. Research shows that 50 to 75 percent of drunken drivers whose licenses are suspended continue to drive and that ignition interlocks reduce repeat drunken driving offenses by 64 percent, according to MADD. The bill s opponents include Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the California DUI Lawyers Association and the American Beverage Institute. The two lawyers groups have questioned the effectiveness of ignition interlock laws in other states and criticized the bill for eliminating judicial discretion. + = + = DISCOUNTS. Dr. Janet and Cavity-Free Kids! P /05 See me today and get the discounts and service you deserve. Ronald G Rauschenberger, Agent Insurance Lic. #: Tampa Avenue Northridge, CA Bus: Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. statefarm.com State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company Bloomington, IL Harvard and UCLA Trained Toothcare for Kids & Orthodontics for All! 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7 Pastor Dudley - Shepherd of the Hills Season of Hope By Pastor Dudley C. Rutherford We would be hard pressed to find a situation more distressing than being faced with imminent death. The mere thought is so troublesome, it s no wonder such controversy arose over the audio tapes of the final moments of the Challenger space shuttle disaster in The New York Times vehemently fought to obtain the tapes of the cabin conversation under the Freedom of Information Act. Ultimately, NASA won as the court ruled that such a release would constitute an invasion of the survivors privacy if the public heard the sound of the victims voices in the moments before their death. In the official transcript, the final comment is pilot Michael Smith s uh-oh, indicating he might have been aware of impending danger. According to a TIME Magazine article in December 1990, a NASA investigator confirmed suspicions that the astronauts were conscious of their fate, and that among the last words from the craft were those of one astronaut saying to another, Give me your hand. In today s culture where no topic no matter how controversial or obscene is off limits, it is interesting that most of us still avoid talking about death. A few movies have been made and books written exploring this theme, but just imagine how you or I would agonize at the anticipation, or the meaningful things we would accomplish, if we knew the exact day and hour in which we would die. Arguably, there has been no death quite as cruel or imminent as the death of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and no life quite as brilliant or momentous as His short ministry on earth. Jesus foreknew the betrayal and cruel death He would suffer. He also foretold His death and resurrection to his 12 disciples. Despite this foreknowledge, Jesus continued to live out His purpose in this world: saving the lost, loving the lonely, healing the sick, serving the needy, and ultimately showing the world the boundless love that God the Father has for us. The assurance of Jesus resurrection and His love and obedience empowered Him to fulfill His mission to die on that old, rugged cross for you and for me. Jesus also forecasted the suffering and the joy we will experience in our lives if we follow Him. Putting one s trust in Jesus Christ that He is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead to give believers eternal life and obeying His commands is not a guarantee for a problem-free life. In fact, as the Apostle Paul said so concisely, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus warned that those who follow Him are bound to suffer, just as He did. However, we are assured that despite our grief, we will find joy in the Lord through His unconditional love and the plan He has for our lives (John 16:20). No matter what you are going through in life, if you know and believe that you will receive joy through Christ, you, my friend, live in a season of hope! Furthermore, Jesus facilitates our hope in eternity. He reveals that the difficulties we experience in this world are momentary compared to the surpassing joy we will experience with Him in Heaven (2 Corinthians 4:17). Just as a woman experiences terrible pain during childbirth, Jesus reminds us in John 16:21 that she forgets her anguish because of the joy that her child is born. Similarly, while we may experience grief today, we have hope because Christ conquered death and we will share everlasting life with Him. As it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9). Are you ready to tap into the infinite strength and joy God has in store for you? So many of us are experiencing financial hardships, health troubles, strained relationships, and broken hearts. You do not have to endure these trials alone, nor must you face the next life alone, which is the bleak fate of those who reject God s grace. Today, God is calling you and He is saying to you, Give me your hand! Come learn more about God s love for you, as we examine the Seven Wonders of the Spiritual World through an exciting sermon series at Shepherd of the Hills Church. Pastor Dudley C. Rutherford is the Senior Pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch. Edited by Rhona Cue Weekend Service Times Saturday 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm Sunday 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am Water Conservation Rates (Continued from page 1) We don t have our act together for consumers... we re going into a football game and we don t have a coach. How are we going to win the game? Zine said. City Council s approval comes just days after the board of directors for the region s water wholesaler, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, voted to reduce water deliveries to its member public agencies for the first time since 1991, effective July 1. Deliveries to most cities are expected to be reduced by about 10 percent. Up to 19 million Southern Californians this summer will feel the impact of a new water reality that has been in the making for years, if not decades, board Chairman Timothy Brick said in a statement. Taken in consideration with cuts already made to agricultural customers and ground water replenishment deliveries, Southern California faces a water supply reduction of about 20 percent, according to Jeffrey Kightlinger, the MWD s general manager. The MWD will penalize clients for exceeding targets, just as the city plans to penalize ratepayers whose exceed thresholds. If the city had taken no action, MWD price increases could have cost the city $150 million, Nahai estimated. The DWP has sought to raise rates in the face of an ongoing drought and a 2007 federal court decision that limited the amount of water that agencies can draw from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought last summer. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who was meeting with Schwarzenegger, announced that the state will get about $260 million in federal funds for drought aid. In February, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Nahai announced plans to impose rates aimed at cutting usage. Starting May 1, customers will be able to call (800) DIAL DWP or log onto to find out how much water they need to save to avoid a higher rate. May, 2009 For Advertising Rates, Visit Page 7

8 LOCAL Events Academics + Camp Activities + Sports + Field Trips For Children Entering Transitional Kindergarten - Grade Five 5 ONE-WEEK SESSIONS, AUGUST 2009 August 3-7 August August August August 31 - September 4 Camp Hours 9:30AM to 3:00PM Dropoff begins at 9:00AM Camp Office: Located at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School Devonshire Street, Northridge, CA KNOWN FOR ADVANCED MEDICINE & EXCEPTIONAL PATIENT CARE & CLIENT SERVICE Now Introduces Student Video Contest LAUSD School Board Member Tamar Galatzan invites you to participate in a Student Video Contest. Capture the impact of budget cuts in your school and you could win big. Grand Prize Winner will be determined by most votes online at Tamar s website from May 26 to June 7. Videos must be 1 minute max. Entries are due by May 18 at 5pm. Questions? Contact or call (213) For official contest form, rules and more info, go to Free Movie Event Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch premier screening of Fireproof, rated PG, will be on May 1 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Fireproof is an action packed love story about a firefighter, his wife and a marriage worth rescuing. The church is located at Rinaldi Street. For more info, please call (818) Relay for Life During this May 1 overnight community event, teams walk around a track, relay style, to raise funds, celebrate survivorship, and remember those lost to cancer. We will walk from Topanga Cyn. Blvd. to the Chatsworth Train Depot where we will have a reception. Please wear Purple. Meet time is 4:30 pm at the Train Depot. Sign team up that day and get $25 off registration fees. For more info, please visit org/chatsworthjca or call Ileana Plourde at or com Stress-Coping The Los Angeles County Psychological Association will offer a free public education workshop for adults on Saturday, May 2, The workshop will be held from am at the West San Fernando Valley YMCA, Vanowen Street, Reseda. Alzheimers, Dementia Missing At Risk: Understanding and Managing the Search for the Missing At Risk Alzheimer s and Dementia will be held Saturday, May 2 at Topanga Police Station Community Room, Schoenborn St., Canoga Park from 8 am to 4 pm. RSVP to (800) or at Community Clean-Up The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their 26th Annual Clean-Up Day and Go Green Community Festival on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 8:00 (Clean up from 8:30 to 12:30). In addition to the showcase, there will be an E-Waste (electronic) waste collection that day. Clean-Up Day will begin at The Church on the Way, located at Sherman Way at the corner of Sherman Way and Kester Ave., Registration begins at 8:00 with a continental breakfast and a great lunch upon return. Call the Chamber at (818) or visit com for more details. C H A M I N A D E COLLEGE PREPAR ATORY Setting the Standard for Catholic Education Voted one the best private high schools in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine 2008 San Fernando Valley Magazine Readers Choice Award Winner for Best Private Middle School SUMMER SCHOOL 2009 Pampered Boarding Under a Doctor s Watchful Eye Chaminade College Preparatory s Summer School 2009 offers academic and remedial courses as well as workshops, seminars and enrichment activities in a wide variety of subjects for students entering fourth through twelfth grades. Doctor Supervised Extraordinarily Clean Large Heated/Air Conditioned Runs and Suites Gated Off-Leash Play Area Heated Floors OPEN 7 DAYS & HOLIDAYS Devonshire Chatsworth Semester I: June 22 - July 8 Semester II: July 13 - July 29 Visit to register for summer school classes today! Middle School: grades Devonshire St., Chatsworth, CA High School: grades Chaminade Ave., West Hills, CA May, 2009 For Advertising Rates, Visit Page 8

9 LOCAL Events Tree Planting The Friends of the Sepulveda Basin Dog Park is hosting a tree planting to help provide more shade to the users of the dog park and their dogs, Saturday, May 2, from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm. The park is located at Victory Blvd. Encino. To volunteer, or call (818) or (818) Rummage Sale The San Fernando Valley Jaycees are hosting a rummage sale Saturday, May 2 from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm at Hamlin St., West Hills to raise funds needed to organize the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Birmingham High School in Lake Balboa. If you would like to donate items for the sale, please contact Shannah Compton at (818) Citrus Sunday Pick the extra citrus from trees in your yard Sunday, May 3. Put the washed fruit in plastic bags. Drop it off at a participating San Fernando Valley Fire Station between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fruit will be donated to area food banks. Details, org or call (818) Boys & Girls Club Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley will hold their 5th Annual Club De Cuba event, Friday, May 8, 6:30 pm at Warner Center Marriott, Oxnard St., Woodland Hills. For more information, reservations, or to donate, contact Jan Sobel at the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley at (818) or visit Valley Economic Summit The Valley Economic Alliance and CSUN present this business event, with expert speakers and panel discussions on how to find business opportunities during the economic recession. It will be held May 6, from7:30 am - 1:30 pm, Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City. To reserve seats call (818) For more info visit Spirit of VIC Awards The Valley Interfaith Council (VIC) presents its annual Spirit of VIC Awards Dinner on May 7, 6 pm VIP Reception and 7 pm Dinner at Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City. This year s theme is Keeping Faith With Those We Serve. For info and reservations call (818) x3003 Electronics Waste Beckford Elementary School and Northridge West Neighborhood are holding a free electronic waste collection day, Saturday, May 9 from 9 am - 3 pm at Beckford Avenue School, Tulsa St., Northridge. For info call Beckford Avenue School at (818) USPS Food Drive Every year, the United States Postal Service puts on their Food Drive in May. This year that will be Saturday, May 9th. The food that is gathered is distributed to area food banks, helping those in our own community. All you need do is put non-perishable food in a bag and leave it by your mailbox. The carriers will pick it up when they deliver the mail. Folklor De Mexico The public is invited to spend an evening at the Cal State Northridge Plaza del Sol Performance Hall, celebrating Dia de las Madres (Mother s Day) and traditional Mexican culture by the means of folkorico dance and music on Saturday May 9. The event will take place from 6 to 8 pm at Nordhoff Street in Northridge. Tickets for the dance concert are $15 general admission and can be purchased through CSUN s ticket office beginning April 9. To contact the CSUN ticket office please call (818) For more information about the Folklor de México event contact Ballet Folklórico Aztlan de CSUN at (866) ext.7532 or via at Jazz Vesper Service The Jazz Vesper Service will be held on May 10, at 5 pm in the Sanctuary of Northridge United Methodist Church located at 9650 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, phone Golf Tournament Chatsworth Hills Academy announces its annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 11 at Moorpark Country Club. Breakfast and a Texas-style barbeque lunch will be served. For more information on sponsorships and general questions, contact Pete at (818) or visit Spring Fling Chatsworth area CHIME Charter Middle School announced that their annual Spring Fling fund raising event will be held Saturday May, 16, from 11 am to 3 pm on the school s campus at: Devonshire St., Chatsworth. The Spring Fling is open to the public. To buy raffle tickets in advance or for further information: (818) , or msn.com. May 16 Pancakes Don t miss the annual SOLID Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 16 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am at Devonshire Community Police Station, Etiwanda Ave., Northridge. Enjoy delicious, home made pancakes served up by our local police officers. Proceeds benefit SOLID (Supporters of Law Enforcement in Devonshire), a non-profit group that provides non City-supplied equipment for the police officers at Devonshire Division. For more info, visit (Submitted by Councilman Greig Smith) Chatsworth Hills Academy Chatsworth Hills Academy Day Camp Open House: May 16 th from 1 pm to 4 pm. Join us for some fun in the sun. Free food for all who attend. Phone (818) , chaschool.org. The school is located at Rinaldi Street, Chatsworth. For more info, visit International Festival St.John Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church is hosting the 22nd Annual Family International Festival on May 16th, 11am- 10 pm and May 17th, 12 pm-7 pm. There will be Foods of all Nations, games, rides, music, local performances, and a silent auction. Free Admission. The church is located at the corner of Chatsworth and Hayvenhurst. For more information, please call Ileana Plourde at Recreation Salute The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks and Council Member Greig Smith present the 27th Annual Salute to Recreation Family Festival on May 29, 30 and 31 at Northridge Park, Reseda Boulevard, Northridge. Free admission. LAPD Safety Fair and Car Show Come check out the classic cars, hot rods, race cars and custom choppers, 9 a.m- 3pm., Saturday, May 30, at Petit Park, Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. There will be police helicopter flyovers, skydivers, booths and demonstrations. See LAPD bomb squad vehicles, mounted police units, LAPD helicopters and more. There will be live music, prize drawings, a pancake breakfast and BBQ lunch. Admission is free. Details, call Valley Traffic Division at (818) or (818) Chatsworth Farmer s Market Every Saturday. 4-8 p.m., St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, Devonshire St. Farmer s Market features pony rides, petting zoo, jumpers, hot food, sweets, live entertainment, and fresh vegetables and fruit. YMCA Splash On May 30, the North Valley Family YMCA is holding its first annual Splash Festival. This event, running from 2 pm to 5 pm, is FREE and open to the public. Besides plenty of exciting games and crafts, youth will have the opportunity to participate in a water-themed obstacle course, as well as splash around in an indoor pool. For more information, please contact Sarah Baham at (818) , ext North Valley Family YMCA is located at 1336 Corbin Ave. in Northridge. Sierra Canyon Day Camp Sierra Canyon Day Camp Open House Date: May 31st at 1 to 4 pm. For more info, please call (818) or visit www. sierracanyondaycamp.com. Sierra Canyon is located at Independence Avenue, Chatsworth. Health Lectures The Tuesday night series of health lectures, provided free to the public by the North Valley Family YMCA (www. ymcala.org/nv), ends in May with three concluding lectures on diabetes, menopause and cardiovascular health. The lectures are held at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the North Valley Family YMCA, Corbin Ave. in Porter Ranch. For more information contact, Byrson Atkins, Senior Healthy Lifestyles Director, at Monthly Hikes Join the North Valley Family YMCA for monthly hikes. All hikes are free and open to the community. Sign up to receive information about each hike via , one or two weeks prior to the hike. For more information, contact Jody Guerrero or (Bryson Atkins at the North Valley Family YMCA Jay Kim May, 2009 For Advertising Rates, Visit Page 9

10 We must be willing to get rid of the life we ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell Dear Teacher A Listening Ear; A Listening Heart By Sandy Ojeda, Valley Voice Education Editor Editor s Note: Dear Teacher is finally a way for students, parents, and teachers to express their concerns, ask questions, and seek problem resolution regarding issues facing us in the educational arena. Dear Teacher is looking forward to hearing from you. or Dear Teacher - P.O. Box Mission Hills, CA Dear Teacher, My mom wants me to try to prepare for the Star test. Any suggestions? V.T.T., 5th grade Dear V.T.T., Visit your local educational supply store. They have great resources and are usually very helpful. Also, ask your teacher if your school has any prep materials. Dear Teacher, My granddaughter loves to read.. Are there any series available for a seven year old girl? Grandma Dear Grandma, There are some terrifc series out there. Here are a few suggestions. Junie B. Jones, Boxcar Mysteries, Ramona, and The Magic Tree House. Dear Teacher, My teenage twins, my son and daughter, like reading. Is there a website especially for teens and reading? Worthwhile Web - Economy Down, Vasectomies Up Mrs. Y., mom Dear Mom, Here are a couple of suggestions, but your local library will have a wealth of information. Try teenreads.com, timebanditbooks.com, or bookspot.com. Dear Teacher, I m in high school, just turned 16, and my parents want me to get a summer job. Help! J.B., 16 Dear J.B., With the economy the way it is, it might be a little bit more difficult, but I ve been told that there are still opportunities. Don t ignore your local stores and fast food places. Also, make sure to tell your family and everyone you know and meet, because spreading the word is always good. Someone always seems to know of someone who has a job opening. Some job sites that might help are: teens4hire.org, snagajob.com, summerjobs.com, and gotajob.com. Good Luck. S ome Californians are feeling the pinch from the sour economy in some unusual places, with an increase in vasectomies one consequence of the worldwide meltdown. Planned Parenthood of Southern California says requests for vasectomies were up more than 30 percent in the first three months of this year over the same period last year at its clinics in San Diego and Riverside counties. Perhaps not coincidentally, those are the epicenters of the foreclosure meltdown. The recession has created a new level of urgency among our clients, Vince Hall, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, told the New York Times. We used to have a three- to six-week waiting period. Now men have to wait two-and-a-half months to get an appointment. Helping spur demand, Hall said, might be the fact that unemployed men often qualify for free vasectomies under Family Pact, a California family planning program for low-income households. Hits to the Web site vasectomy.com were up 17.5 percent in the first quarter of 2009 as well, with a 40 percent hike in the number of patient referrals to doctors, said Maya Wank, its chief operating officer. She told The Times that the growing Internet activity might indicate consumers were not simply gathering information, but want to take action. A baby born in the latest year for which data are available - will cost middle-income parents $260,000 by the time the child reaches 17; and that does not include college, according to the Agriculture Department. Experts agree that from a practical and financial point of view, vasectomies are an ideal form of birth control. The procedure severs and seals the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis. The operation typically costs $500 to $1,000, but is usually covered by insurance, The Times reported. Porter Ranch Pharmacy Free Delivery Members to Vote SAG Board Narrowly Approves Studio Pact S creen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg vows to oppose ratification of a draft labor agreement narrowly approved by his union s divided board, but the pact is expected to be approved nonetheless. The 71-member board approved the two-year agreement by a narrow margin of 53 percent to 47 percent. The agreement, covering actors in motion pictures and television, provides for a 3.5 percent annual increase, including a 3 percent wage increase and a.5 percent pension and health contribution increase upon ratification, and a 3.5 percent wage increase in the second year of the contract. The agreement is largely the same as the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said was its last, best and final offer months ago, when SAG said it was considering going on strike to push for a better deal. The vote means the SAG National Board will direct the interim national executive director to send the tentative agreement to the membership for ratification, with a recommendation from the board to vote yes. Rosenberg, who lost control over the board majority earlier this year, voted against the contract and said he would fight ratification. This contract is anathema to everything we stand for, he told Daily Variety. But membership approval is expected despite Rosenberg s opposition, in part because moderates in favor of the deal now control the national board. AMPTP issued a statement lauding the SAG board for recommending approval of the contract. To be ratified, the contract must be approved by a majority of members in a vote that will occur in the next few weeks. Actors have been working without a contract since June 30, The Spring Winds of Change Staying Healthy with the Seasons (Part 2) By Barbara Weinberger, Licensed Acupuncturist A wakening us from winter s long slumber, spring is the time when nature dresses the earth in her verdant green splendor. Some cultures even celebrate spring as the beginning of their New Year whereby the spring wind is a symbol of change and transformation which spreads nature s seeds near and far, in a continuation of the circle of life. On the personal level, spring is a time when the mind can be especially receptive to new ideas, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and being. It is a time to revitalize the body with specific health endeavors. In Chinese medicine, spring belongs to the wood element which concentrates on the body s need to detoxify the liver (our main detoxification organ), as well as the gallbladder. And indeed most cultures have some form of springtime dietary practices which help with the body s cleansing process. There are many seasonal Herbs and foods that can protect and regenerate the liver. For example, rhubarb pie or dandelion greens are both great liver cleansers which are traditionally consumed in spring. Greens, including mustard, collard, arugula, chard and spinach, bring oxygen to the blood which aid in cleansing the liver. Aloe, parsley, chives/onions, lemons and apple cider vinegar (all with a bit of sourness to them) are also beneficial. Artichoke has been used as a medicinal food since early times. The King of Herbs is milk thistle. It can be taken in capsules, liquid and or as a powder sprinkled on grains and cereal. Rosemary, garlic, burdock root and camomile also detoxify, along with the Chinese herbs licorice, schizandra berries, buperum, ginger, tumeric, cardamom and ginseng. The eyes, tendons and ligaments are also reflections of the wood element in the body. Tendons and ligaments, like branches of a tree, perform at their best when supple. They should be able to support the whole body structure while remaining fluid and graceful to withstand these spring winds of change. You can aid in this by consuming carrots, essential fatty acids (such as fish or flax oil), and pumpkin seeds. (Note: If you are taking medications or blood thinners it is a good idea to consult your physician before trying certain Herbs.) Barbara Weinberger is a practicing licensed Acupuncturist who has studied Chinese Herbal medicine and Tai Chi and treats patients in Porter Ranch. 25% off Soaps, Lotions & Candles with this coupon Tampa Ave Porter Ranch, CA Tampa & Rinaldi (next to Facey) May, 2009 For Advertising Rates, Visit Page 10

11 Heschel Students Interview Six Holocaust Survivors Students at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge participated in an innovative project this spring in which they interviewed Holocaust survivors about their experiences during and after the Shoah (The Holocaust). The project was developed in partnership with the educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves, which worked closely with the teachers to create the unit. The 8th grade students worked in small groups to document the stories of six survivors, asking them sensitive and probing questions about how one re-builds a life in the aftermath of tragedy and what life lessons survivors would hope are passed on as their legacy. The interviews were recorded by award winning filmmaker Jodi Binstock. The integration between English, Social Studies, and Judaic studies teachers here at Heschel along with the resources from Facing History has empowered our students to think more about their own responsibilities to others, and to bear witness to this history, said Larry Kligman, Assistant Head of the School/Middle School Director. On April 21st, Heschel unveiled a wall entitled On the Wings of Hope remembering the 1.5 million children who lost their lives in the Holocaust. Heschel Day School is proud to be a global participant in the remembrance of those who lived through and those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. The butterfly has been chosen as a symbol of hope for the future of all people. The Heschel community including faculty, staff, grandparents, students, parents, board members, and friends hand painted over 800 ceramic butterflies over the course of nine months. These butterflies have been incorporated into a wall of art displaying messages of hope interspersed amongst the coloful buttterflies. Following the unveiling, the survivors and their stories were honored at a Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) ceremony in the Beit Midrash. At the ceremony, clips from the interviews were shown and students shared their reflections about what the experience meant to them. No Auto Insurance? State Has A Deal R ather than driving without insurance, some motorists facing financial problems can take advantage of the state s Low Cost Auto Insurance Program, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said. At a news conference downtown, Poizner said qualified motorists in Los Angeles County can pay just $368 a year for the insurance. In today s economy, many L.A. drivers are looking for ways to cut their expenses and some are undoubtedly considering eliminating auto insurance, Poizner said. But driving without insurance is illegal and puts all travelers at risk. However, to qualify, the motorist must make less than $26,000 a year - or $53,000 for a family of four - and the vehicle cannot be worth more than $20,000. Since the Low Cost Auto Insurance Program s launch in Los Angeles at the beginning of the decade, 36,890 policies have been issued to county residents. The insurance was made available statewide in The insurance is self-sustaining, with rates varying by county so that premiums cover losses, Poizner said. To qualify, an applicant must: - be a good driver, with no more than one atfault property-damage-only accident, or one point for a moving violation in the past three years; - be at least 19 years old with three or more continuous years of driving experience; - have no at-fault accidents on his or her record involving bodily injury or death in the past three years and no felony or misdemeanor convictions for the violation of a vehicle code; - have a family income that does not exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty level ($26,000 for a single person, $35,000 for two people, or $53,000 for a family of four); and - the insured vehicle cannot exceed $20,000 in value. In addition to facing criminal charges, motorists caught driving without insurance can have their vehicle registration suspended. More information about the program is available by calling (866) Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School students that participated in the Holocaust program, in front of the "On the Wings of Hope" wall. Kids Love Summer...We Love Kids. The Ultimate Day Camp Experience OPEN HOUSE DATES: May 31 st 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Day Camp Adventure Camp Teen Camp Sports World S.C.I. Prehistoric Play Game Zone Joey Magic The Rainbow Wizard Video Arcade Games Aquatics 10 Water Slide Theme Days & Overnights Inflatable Water Adventures Computers Movie Magic Climbing Wall Archery Go-karts Obstacle Course Karaoke Playground Karate Music Dance Hiking Ponies Field Sports Arts and Crafts Golf Drama Fun with Science Baking Gymnastics Nature Crafts Recreation Room Bingo Bonanza $ierra Bucks Prizes & Surprises Power Wheels...and More! SIERRACANYONDAYCAMP Independence Ave. Chatsworth, CA May, 2009 For Advertising Rates, Visit Page 11

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