Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fight for your Community Alert: Restore Parks Funding

As we have noted previously, the City's Department of Recreation and Parks sees much of it's city charter mandated funding eroded in crippling charge backs to the Parks for things such as DWP services, fees for things provided by the City to parks. This in violation of the City Charter; it's a shell game to balance the City Budget without looking like the City is cutting park funding, which in fact, it is.

Imagine what full funding could do for a park poor community such as Sunland-Tujunga, where many of the problems we've seen at Sunland Recreation Center, for example, such as the skate park issues, the homeless problem, maintenance, lack of programs, etc. could be addressed if the park was receiving the funding it is entitled to.

A motion is coming before the City Council, sponsored by Council Members Herb Wesson, Paul Krekorian and Tom LaBonge that calls for a process for restoring full funding to parks.

A significant part of restoring park funding, is that Park Rangers are made a priority in the funding. These positions have been severely cut over the years, with a dramatic impact on the parks. Park Rangers not only fulfill a unique law enforcement function (one not easily filled by your average LAPD officer) but they also provide educational services to park users in many ways.

Parks advocate Kristin Sabo, who is actively involved with both Griffith Park and Hansen Dam, is calling for more Park Rangers to be part of the budget and is asking that you contact and reach out to Council Members Krekorian, Wesson and Mitch O'Farrell and urge funding for Rangers. Contact information is below:

Paul Krekorian
200 N. Spring St., Room 435
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7002

Mitch O'Farrell
200 N. Spring St., Room 450
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 715-0997

Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
200 N. Spring St., Room 430
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7010

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Could We Be Getting Closer to a Resolution on the Skate Park?

Following a winter and then a spring of discontent, skateboard moms (which are basically hockey moms on wheels) in Sunland-Tujunga got tired of getting the run-around from City Rec and Parks as to the status of Sunland Park's beloved skate park. 

The skate park, extremely popular, prevents opportunities to our youth, many of whom are at-risk, in a community that is park and opportunity poor for youth. 

An impromptu coalition of skate park stakeholders was assembled by locals Yvonne David, Sophia Theodoropoulos-Herbaugh and Irene Theodoropoulos-Anderson. The group demanded answers, started a petition and fired up the social media channels that led the local Neighborhood Council to put the item on it's next agenda and a scurry by Rec and Parks spokesfolks to come up with some kind of story.

Despite a lot of jamming, fear, uncertainty and doubt created by the usual sources, the Skateboard Moms persevered and got action from Rec and Parks. Construction began, and occasionally, one or two or three workers would be seen on the site.

As we got closer to a scheduled June completion date, radio silence has been once again the nature of the game with emails and calls going unanswered - until today.

According to Mrs. David, "Robert Oyakawa, RAP Landscape Architect, will be attending the Oro Vista Meeting and will provide an update on the Sunland Skate park project.". The meeting he apparently is referring to is the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council meeting this Wednesday night.

Will there be an official announcement of completion? Will the kids of Sunland-Tujunga be able to skate again? Stayed tuned to this channel for important news and information as it becomes available!

Enjoy Summer with Mr. Magoo!

Fourth of July is over, it's summer time, so let's watch a cartoon!

We're working on lots of new STUFF for you, going through our files and ready to inform and entertain.

So here's Mr. Magoo!

Mr. Magoo is a fellow who gets into a series of comical situations as a result of his nearsightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem. He never realizes he's a fool; thinking everyone else thinks he's a very important and talented man!

In this episode, Mr. Magoo sets off to go to the movies but instead he goes to an airport by mistake and gets on a plane thinking it to be a theater! What a doofus! So often we are told stories that go one way, but when we put on our glasses, we see they're really another.

Sit back, and enjoy!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Y Sponsors Trip to Shuttle Endeavour!

Have you ever wanted to see a Space Shuttle up close? Here's your chance as the YMCA of the Foothills sponsors an adult day trip the California Science Center.

The United States Congress authorized the construction of Endeavour in 1987 to replace Challenger, which was lost in the STS-51-L launch accident in 1986. The orbiter is named after the British HMS Endeavour, the ship which took Captain James Cook on his first voyage of discovery (1768–1771). Endeavour was the fifth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built, and first flew in May 1992 on mission STS-49 and its last mission STS-134 was in May 2011. After more than twenty organizations submitted proposals to NASA for the display of an orbiter, NASA announced that Endeavour would go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

The trip is scheduled for Thursday, July 11th from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A bus will pick up participants at the Lowell Park and Ride at 8:45 and make a second pickup at the UA Theatre in LaCanada at 9:00 a.m. The price which includes transportation and ticket cost is $49 per person. For more information contact Suzanne McMillan at the Y at 818.790.0123, extension 225.

Happy Fourth Weekend from Barney Fife!

Nothing like the Fourth of July weekend to make us feel a bit nostalgic and here's one for you - everyone's favorite, The Andy Griffith Show. When I first moved to Sunland-Tujunga it sure reminded me a lot of Mayberry, North Carolina, the setting for the legendary show.

And one of the best parts of the old Andy Griffith show was of course Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife. Barney thought he was pretty important and loved being in charge, but in reality he was quite incompetent and never really accomplished much. Often, the town privately viewed him as a laughing stock. Still, he had a good heart which was probably why Sheriff Andy, his second cousin and best friend, went to great lengths to cover for Barney's many mistakes.

Enjoy now, a great scene with Barney Fife.