• The spirit of the 4th of July is embodied in our flag, and in our neighbors who display it so proudly and respectfully. That feeling is also with us as we celebrate the day with family, friends, and our community. For many of us, that has meant a tradition of backyard fireworks. But with the drought continuing, the fire danger is very high. It's easier than ever to start an unintentional fire or cause a serious injury with fireworks. Read More
  • heat picture
    The heat wave that has been baking our part of town may be slowly fading. But if the rest of the summer is anything like the past week, the thermometer may break a few records this year. But hot weather doesn't have to ruin your day. - Watch out for heat illness, especially during heat waves. It can happen as fast as 15 minutes and take up to two weeks or more to get used to working in the heat, so when temperatures rise, be extra careful. Read More
  • The Neighborhood Council system is built on the goal of improving the connection between the City and its residents. Downtown and City Hall can seem far away, and we don't always feel that our voices in the Valley and elsewhere are being heard. Read More
  • drop
    There's a new fashion sweeping California that's more sensible than stiletto heels and easier to get into than last year's skinny jeans. It's all about water saving. And as California plows headfirst into historic droughts, people are finding and sharing new ways to save water. Lawns are coming out. Showers are getting shorter. And the hot topic of conversation is the latest life hack to save a drop at the faucet. Read More
  • Pipe Replacement Project map and timetable
    Though it is happening outside of our Council boundaries, the construction work that has started on Lankershim Boulevard has an impact on us. Lankershim is a major route for our residents going south, particularly to the North Hollywood Metro station to connect to the Red Line subway or the Orange Line busway. Read More

Celebrate the 4th of July

The photo here is permitted by our Good Neighbor, Lee Adrian. In going green, this neighbor, Lee Adrian on Stagg Street, has built a swale to collect and let drain into the groundwater. The drought tolerant plants will flourish during our drought, and the plants will lend beauty to our flag.

The flag standard is embedded is a solid concrete foundation and mounted with a solar panel that illuminates the flag during the night hours, so that our flag is never in the dark as it waves above us.

We are so pleased to share this photo, and the heart-felt respect and love for our country in the celebration of this 239TH birthday of the United States of America. Much appreciation to Lee Adrian for helping to make his corner of the neighborhood a better place, and to Sarah Ramsawack, our Board Member who brought this to our attention.

The spirit of the 4th of July is embodied in our flag, and in our neighbors who display it so proudly and respectfully. That feeling is also with us as we celebrate the day with family, friends, and our community. For many of us, that has meant a tradition of backyard fireworks. But with the drought continuing, the fire danger is very high. It's easier than ever to start an unintentional fire or cause a serious injury with fireworks.

But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the sparkles, lights, and booms of some spectacular fireworks this holiday. There are safe firework shows all over the LA area this weekend. We've found websites like this one from about.com that list everything from parades to food festivals, and of course, light shows. Page 2 of the site includes the San Fernando Valley Independence Day Celebration at nearby Hansen Dam, and nearby events at CBS Studios and in the West Valley.

For another great list of fireworks shows, the City and County Fire Department and many other agencies have posted their list at www.SafeJuly4th.org starting Thursday and going through Sunday night.

And the North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council wishes you a safe, happy, and fantastic 4th of July.