As you may have heard, recently there has been a rash of burglaries throughout the Valley, 13 of which occurred in Toluca Lake over a short period of time. The LAPD has made arrests of several suspects associated with a burglary ring, and since then, things have settled down.
Message from Senior Lead Officer Barbara Galicia…
“Dear Neighbors, As you may have been aware, there was an increase of burglaries in the past few weeks. Immediately, LAPD placed resources, such as patrol, plain clothes officers and other police resources. During the investigation, there were a few arrests in which property was recovered from Toluca Lake and the North Hollywood area. These arrests were linked to a South Central gang in which firearms were found in their possession. This investigation is ongoing as more arrests are expected. Detectives have contacted the victims whose property they recovered. One of the keys to solving the crimes was video evidence of the suspects. This evidence came from citizens who had camera systems in their homes. I encourage anyone who has the means, to install camera systems or upgrade their current system. It is through hard evidence, like camera footage that we can solve many of the crimes. This proactive measure and citizens working with the police will help us with future crime prevention and enforcement in your neighborhood.”
Toluca Lake has a strong Neighborhood Watch Program. It operates under the direction of the GTLNC Public Safety Committee, however the TLHOA works closely with the program. If you are not currently receiving emails from a Neighborhood Watch Captain for your street, and want to be informed and part of the program, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with the Watch Captain for your street. The Neighborhood Watch program is stronger when we are all involved!
Toluca Lake Community and Stakeholders:
The Department of City Planning has officially launched a three-year effort to update the Community Plans for the Southeast San Fernando Valley. Toluca Lake sits in two Plan areas:
Community plans are the blueprints that guide development in our neighborhoods by establishing the community’s vision for the future, outlining policies to implement that vision, and designating land uses and zoning.
YOUR OPINION MATTERS – Help Shape the Future of Your Community!
You can help develop better plans for Toluca Lake by sharing your opinions with the Department of City Planning at any of the public events listed below (or see flyer for other dates/locations).
The Open House events will be an opportunity for you to tell the Planning Department Staff about the issues and opportunities in the Southeast Valley. What the Department of City Planning learns will help them set a new vision for the Community Plans.
The meetings will be focused on the Community Plan Area where they are located, but please attend any meeting that works for you.
North Hollywood-Valley Village Community Plan
Monday, October 15, 2018
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library
5211 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Sherman Oaks-Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass Community Plan
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Harmony Toluca Lake
4301 Cahuenga Blvd. Toluca Lake, CA 91602
5:30-7: 30 PM – Open House
6:00 PM – Presentation: Community Planning 101
6:30 PM – Listening Session
What to Expect from Attending Open House
The open houses will feature a brief introduction to community plans and how they work, as well as the public’s role in shaping them. Then you can participate in interactive activities with the Department of City Planning staff and other community members to discuss opportunities, issues and your vision for the future.
We are excited to present your new Toluca Lake Homeowners Board, bringing a wide array of expertise, all longtime residents of Toluca Lake, and all with an enthusiasm to serve!
Pictured above from the 2018 Annual Meeting at Honey Baked Ham, left to right:
Richard Bogy- Past President
Dana Wells Boyd- Director
Bob Wexler- Director
Jon Mukri- Director
Sol Ajalat- Director
Councilmember David Ryu
Pam Scharlach- Director and Membership Chair
Larry Singer-Director and Social Media Chair
Jay Goldberg- Director
Karen Winchell- Director
Mary Vossler- Director
Susanne Hayes- Treasurer
Beth Eras- Secretary
Steve Hampar- President
Kari Negri- Vice President and Events Chair
Ryan Kugler- Director and Turkey Trot Chair
Dianna Buck- Director
In case you don’t already know about it, the residents of Toluca Lake (and beyond) celebrate the 4th with an annual neighborhood parade, including drums, bugles, riders of bikes and trikes, etc., and marchers processing up Whipple Street at 11 a.m.
I encourage you to walk the short distance to Whipple St. (anywhere between Arcola and Strohm) to watch the parade, or, even better, if you are so inclined, to gather at Whipple and Arcola at about 10:45 a.m. to join your neighbors in this annual celebration of our Independence.
An important reminder, the North Hollywood LAPD will be cracking down on illegal fireworks this year.
HAPPY (And safe) 4TH!
For decades, the rising cost of housing and lack of funding for supportive services have left the most vulnerable citizens and families of LA County without shelter, jobs, or mental health services. With the Great Recession of 2008 and the housing crisis of today crippling those already in poverty, last year we saw more people living on the streets than ever before. Continue reading