• Hot thermometer
    High temperatures are a fact of life in the Los Angeles summer, especially in our part of the Valley. We can all hope that the heat waves are few and far between, but we should be informed about how to take care of ourselves, our families, and our neighbors in the summer weather. Understand heat illness, especially during heat waves. Some great information from NIOSH is on our Bulletin page under the Community tab of this site. The first signs of overheating can include cramping, numbness, dizziness, and nausea, but it's different for everyone. Watch yourself and those around you. If you feel bad, take a break. Read More
  • Delta Smelt
    The delta smelt is a tiny fish in the vast and crucial San Joaquin Delta near Sacramento, but it's impact on California water issues is far larger. Smelt is critical to salmon in the Delta, a vast network of wetlands fed by greatly diminished snowmelt from the Sierra every spring. The Bay Delta is a major water source for California. But a sharp drop in smelt populations led to court decisions protecting it, affecting Delta pumps that support the state's complicated water system, and threatening state agricultural areas that depend on water from the Delta. Read More
  • Mayor and Street Crew
    The City's Pothole Blitz team is coming around again. When the Bureau of Street Services came by in August and they were able to act on many of the repairs our Council requested during their last Blitz operation. Now, the crews will be back on July 14th, and our Land Use Committee is taking the lead to compile a new list of our worst potholes. Read More
  • Our Council, in coordination with the City Council District 2, and our neighbors at the North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council, returned to the Whitsett Slope on March 31. Our Council has visited this slope many times over the past years for trash cleanup, weed removal, planting, and now another weeding, including hundreds of volunteer hours. And the results speak for themselves. Read More
  • L A City Site
    You have been able to get our Board agendas when you sign up for our e-mail list. You can also get notifications of our meetings and events just by looking on the right side of our webpage. But now, there is a way to get agendas for meetings from Neighborhood Councils across the City. Read More

Take Care in Summer Heat

High temperatures are a fact of life in the Los Angeles summer, especially in our part of the Valley. We can all hope that the heat waves are few and far between, but we should be informed about how to take care of ourselves, our families, and our neighbors in the summer weather.

  • Understand heat illness, especially during heat waves. Some great information from NIOSH is on our Bulletin page under the Community tab of this site.
  • The first signs of overheating can include cramping, numbness, dizziness, and nausea, but it's different for everyone. Watch yourself and those around you. If you feel bad, take a break.
  • Wear light clothing, drink plenty of water, take regular breaks from activity, and avoid activity during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade. Many will shed more for the summer, but a haircut helps too.
  • Never leave pets or kids alone in a car, even for a few minutes. Cracked windows don't help enough in the summer sun. Take them into the store during your errands or leave them at home.
  • If you can't get cool at home, visit a library or recreation center during the day. They often have extended hours and the City and County open more cooling centers during bad heat waves. To find a cooling center near you for yourself or a neighbor who needs one, call 3-1-1.
  • Turn off devices like TV's and computers during heat waves. They not only generate more heat in your home, but they also put extra strain on the power grid.
  • Check your insulation and energy efficiency. DWP and other agencies have many programs to help upgrade older appliances to energy efficient models, and other incentives to be more energy efficient. Visit LADWP.com and look for Rebates under the Residential section to learn more.
  • Plants and lawns have a tough time in the heat, but if your water bill is rising too high with the temperature, consider an alternative landscape. One of the Residential Rebates on the LADWP website will pay to take replace your green lawn with a water-smart alternative.