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The Del Rey Residents Association
Spring General Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Transportation Hot Spots in Del Rey

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to be held at
Westside Neighborhood School
5400 Beethoven Street
(north of Jefferson Boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Come help us prioritize our list of the top problem intersections and streets in Del Rey. Local transportation officials will be in attendance.

We will also have our biennial officers’ election and continue our annual membership drive.

Tis the Season

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Yes, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Here are two upcoming events that provide Del Reyans a chance to help make the Holidays a little brighter for our less fortunate neighbors.

As they do every year, the LAPD Pacific Division is hosting:

Winter Wonderland Holiday Toy Giveaway
Saturday, December 10, 2016
12312 Culver Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(LAPD Pacific Station back parking lot)

The LAPD is accepting toy donations, which may be dropped off at Pacific Station as late as Friday night.  For further information, contact Officer Darrell Matthews at 310-482-6397.

 

As he does every year, Councilmember Mike Bonin is hosting The Winter Shelter Donation Drive from now until Friday, December16.

The shelter, which offers 160 beds for homeless people in the Westside community, is currently accepting clothing, toiletries, personal and miscellaneous items. Suggested clothing donations include T-shirts, pants, coats, gloves, and shoes. Suggested toiletries include razors, deodorant, hairbrushes, toothpaste, shower shoes, bath towels and hand sanitizers. Miscellaneous items such as backpacks, reading glasses, coffee, sugar, creamer, board games, books and first aid kits are also welcomed.

Donations may be dropped off at any of the following Council District 11 offices until December, 16:

Westchester Office
7166 W. Manchester Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
310-568-8772

West Los Angeles Office
1645 Corinth Ave. #201
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310-575-8461

City Hall
200 Spring St. #475
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-473-7011

 

Thank you and may your Holidays be bright.

Safety Tip of the Month, December 2016

Tis the season to follow a few simple suggestions that will make your holidays festive and safe.

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Christmas Tree Safety:

  • Make sure your real tree does not dry out. Obviously, a dry tree is more likely to catch fire than a well watered one.
  • Water your tree daily! As a rule of thumb, a tree needs one quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.
  • Trees should be more than 3 feet from candles, fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, heat vents and other heat sources.
  • Artificial trees are not immune to fire risks.  Fake trees are likely to catch fire when electrical sockets are overloaded.

Lights and Electrical Safety:

  • Only purchase UL-listed lights and extension cords.
  • If you are decorating outdoors, use products that are rated for outdoor use.
  • Before placing your lights (inside or outside) inspect them for any damage that may have occurred in storage.
  • Unplug lights before you change bulbs.
  • If you need to get on a ladder to hang lights, try to use a wooden or fiberglass-reinforced plastic one instead of a metal one.
  • Do not connect too many strings of lights together. The general rule is three, but check with the packaging.
  • Do not overload extension cords or sockets, and do not make a daisy chain (connecting an extension cord to another extension cord.)
  • Check your lights every now and then and make sure the wires are not warm to the touch.
  • Always turn off your lights before going to bed or leaving the house. This is a big one that many of us are guilty of ignoring. We get it! After spending all that time decorating,it’s natural to want to show off your display. But safety experts agree that leaving lights on when you’re asleep or away could create an accident waiting to happen.
  • Please be sure all smoke detectors and CO alarms are in good working order.

 

The Del Rey Residents Association wishes all members and friends a very happy holiday season.  We hope to see you in 2017.

Del Rey Art Walk, 2016

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016
11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Every year since 2010, this mini arts district has held a neighborhood-wide open house, allowing the public to see where some of Del Rey’s talented artists live and create.  Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, music and more can be found along the walk.

For the Artwalk map and other information, visit www.delreyartwalk.com .

DRRA Fall General Meeting — Housing Affordability and Homelessness in Del Rey

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Councilmember Mike Bonin and LAHSA Associate Director Daniel Holt
(photograph courtesy of Ghassan Malek)

The Del Rey Residents Association thanks Councilmember Mike Bonin and Donald Holt, Associate Director of Homeless Services with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), for speaking at our Fall General Meeting on Housing Affordability and Homelessness in Del Rey.

Councilmember Bonin began his remarks by thanking Del Rey for “saying yes” to projects that provide housing for formerly homeless individuals, and voting in favor of Measure HHH, the recently approved $1.2 billion bond measure to build 10,000 units of housing for the homeless.

Both Councilmember Bonin and Mr. Holt reminded attendees that law enforcement measures alone cannot solve the problems of homeless encampments and RV dwellers because homelessness is not a crime.

However, dumping waste, drinking in public, littering, excessive noise or violation of parking laws are enforceable.  Residents are encouraged to download the MyLA 311 app, which makes it easy report these violations.

Mr. Holt informed attendees of LAHSA’s 72 outreach teams for Los Angeles County. Teams of two outreach workers visit the homeless, work to build trust and offer services.  LAHSA also has HOPE teams comprised of 10 LAPD officers and four members of LAHSA’s Emergency Response Team.

Jenny Arevalo is LAHSA’s representative for this area.  Her email is jarevalo@lahsa.org

DRRA thanks the Westside Neighborhood School for providing us with the meeting locale.  We also thank the LAPD Pacific Division’s Explorer Cadets for providing the color guard and performing the flag ceremony.

Finally, thank you to all concerned citizens who attended the event and voiced opinions and concerns on this pressing issue.

 

 

Safety Tip of the Month (November, 2016)

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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 fires happen each Thanksgiving Day, usually in the kitchen.  Here are a few tips to help keep your holiday safe:

  • Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.
  • Use a timer and occasionally check what you’re cooking.
  • Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner, as it may explode when overheated.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it, but remember that…
  • Grease fires need to be treated differently than non-grease fires. Do not use water; turn off the heat; do not move the pan as you could splatter yourself; cover the pan with a metal lid to smother the fire; if the fire is small, baking soda if effective; if you have a CLASS B dry chemical extinguisher (which is different than your standard extinguishers), it should be used only as a last resort since it will contaminate your kitchen.
  • If you’re deep frying your bird, keep the fryer outside, away from walls and free from moisture.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are connected and in working order.
  • After the party, walk around the home and check that candles and fireplaces are extinguished, unnecessary appliances are turned off, and no potential hazards (leftovers, sharp/flammable objects) are in reach of your kids or pets.

The Del Rey Residents Association wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Fall General Meeting 2016

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You’re Invited to Attend Our Fall General Meeting
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
on the topic of

Housing Affordability and Homelessness in Del Rey

to be held at the Westside Neighborhood School
5400 Beethoven Street
(off Jefferson Boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Our speakers will be Councilmember Mike Bonin and Donald Holt, the Associate Director of the Homeless Services Department of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. 

The passage of Measures HHH and JJJ makes the chosen topic exceedingly timely, and our guests are uniquely positioned to answer your questions and listen to your input.

Because of time restraints, the meeting will begin promptly at 7:00.  We look forward to seeing you.

Safety Tip of the Month (September, 2016)

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Travel, Social Media and Safety

Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become as much a part of our daily lives as the telephone or automobile.  They’re popular because we enjoy announcing to friends and co-workers that we are currently strolling along the Champs-Elysee.

But telling the online world when you are away from home has its risks.  Criminals increasingly trawl social media for information such as this, and there are even filter programs that allow them to monitor specific neighborhoods by zip code.

You wouldn’t announce to a crowd of strangers that you’re going on vacation for a week, would you? You put a hold on your postal delivery so a pile of uncollected mail doesn’t scream “empty house”, right?

Be equally circumspect about your online presence when you are away.  The safest strategy is to simply stay offline while on vacation.  Relax and forget Facebook for a few days.  Wait until you’ve returned home to post those fabulous photos and videos.

 

Safety Tip of the Month (July, 2016)

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July 4th Pet Safety Tips

Did you know that more animals end up in shelters on July 4th and 5th than any time of the year?  The reason is simple: Companion animals do not respond to fireworks with the “ooh” and “aah” fascination of their owners.  They get spooked and dash off in search of safety.

The best defense against this unfortunate outcome is to bring your pets inside before the fireworks start.  If you can stay with them, great, but if you and your family are heading off to an event, leave music playing (not too soft, not too loud) to provide a soothing backdrop.

If your pets aren’t chipped, please do so.  An ID chip is the safest, surest way to recover your animal if it does end up in a shelter.

Also, remember that backyard insect repellents such as citronella candles and coils are an irritant — or worse — to your pets.  Keep your animals away from these products when they are in use.

One final tip for everyone, whether you have a pet or not:  The only truly safe and sane fireworks are those set off by professionals.  Every year from mid-June to mid-July, a daily average of 230 people nationwide end up in the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries.  A few clicks on your favorite search engine will locate several local fireworks display options to meet your Yankee Doodle needs.

 

 

DRRA Honors Local Scholars

For the sixteenth straight year the Del Rey Residents Association proudly honored the top students at Marina del Rey Middle School.  Current president Elizabeth Pollock and former president Lillian Jenkins presented the honorees with gifts cards in recognition of their accomplishments.

 

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From left to right: Ayanna Thomas; Ruby Macias; Sabrina Maximo; Osric Holt; Ava Easter.  Regrettably Kenya Hall, the 8th Grade Class Representative, did not make it into the picture.

There were so many outstanding students this year that the Marina del Rey Boosters Club  joined us in purchasing gift cards.  There were also twenty — count ’em, 20! — students who had perfect attendance throughout their time at the school.

DRRA’s recognition of the school’s outstanding students dates back to Lillian’s tenure as president.  All three of her children attended Marina Del Rey Middle School, and her son was in the first graduating class.  When she retired as DRRA’s president, she asked the association to recognize the school’s stellar students in lieu of any personal honor, thus beginning a tradition that we proudly continue.

Congratulations to all the honorees and their proud families.

 

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