Toluca Lake Zebra tee Supports the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry

All proceeds of this Limited Edition Zebra T-Shirt & mug to benefit the NHIFP.

Toluca Lake Zebra lovers can rejoice. The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry has teamed up with designer Mitchell Bernal for a limited edition T-shirt & mug, with all proceeds benefiting the all volunteer pantry’s efforts to feed the community. Tee available in 5 colors until 10/20/20.

Bernal, former Disney artist and creator of Skelanimals, shed some light on the meaning behind the zebra caricature.

“The zebra combines elements of color that work cohesively together to create this beautiful and elegant creature,” Bernal said. “By all of us working together as one to help each other, we too can be part of something beautiful and elegant in our world.”

To order click  here.

Toluca Lake HOA group to “Like” our Toluca Lake HOA Page

I would like to personally invite you to like our new page.


From the page not only will we have the social media posts, but we can create events, set up polls, and do different sorts of engagement.



Insta and Twitter handles for them to follow, here they are:






Vote against SB 902, SB 1120, AB 725 and AB 3040

If you do nothing else today, please, PLEASE, PLEASE contact our Senator and Assemblymember:

Senator.hertzberg@senate.ca.gov                                        916-651-4018

Assemblymember.nazarian@assembly.ca.gov                     916-319-2046

About the following bills.  A phone call will suffice.

Our Single-Family Neighborhoods Are on The Chopping Block


Senate Bills 902 & 1120 and Assembly Bills 725 & 3040 will end single-family neighborhoods.

Most senators and assembly members are supporting these bills!

SB 902 and SB 1120 will allow 10-unit apartments built in every neighborhood and all single-family lots to be split in half, to build multiple housing units on each half.

AB 725 and AB 3040 will mandate that single-family neighborhoods be identified as locations for multi-family development and allow four dwellings built where one home stands now. In most cases, these changes are “by right” (meaning no community input) and no affordable units are required. In case you’re wondering: No communities are exempt — not gated, not hillside, not working-class or middle-class communities. These bills increase land speculation, gentrification, and displacement of vulnerable communities.

Join our coalition of diverse neighborhood groups from South LA, South Bay, the San Fernando Valley, Wilshire District, Venice, Calabasas, Altadena, Brentwood and Sunland-Tujunga and beyond to fight these bills.

On August 10th , we need to act together!

On August 10 th , each of us must send an email to our state senator and state assembly member urging them to stand up for single-family neighborhoods and vote NO on
SB 902, SB 1120, AB 725 and AB 3040 .

Please vote against SB 902, SB 1120, AB 725 and AB 3040. These laws, rushing toward approval in Sacramento in August, would allow: 10-unit luxury apartment buildings in every neighborhood; single-family lots split in half to build multiple housing units on each half; and four dwellings on single-family lots. Most allow destruction of stable existing housing — to build more expensive housing.

Your senator and assembly member are listed below:
Senator.hertzberg@senate.ca.gov    916-651-4018
Assemblymember.nazarian@assembly.ca.gov    916-319-2046

Join Us August 15th for South LA’s Virtual Town Hall on SB 1120
Call 669-900-9128
Meeting ID 823 264 9979
assword 1121

Toluca Lake Drive Thru Food Drive

We held our first Food Drive last month to benefit the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry that has been supporting those in need in the Valley for 35 years. Chase Bank lent us the use of their parking lot in order to have a contactless food drive through drop off.

Many members of the community of all ages volunteered in the effort and Councilman David Ryu came by to lend his support. Twenty-five tubs and boxes of dried and canned food were collected from over 60 cars, plus bikes and walk ups. We plan to hold another drive during the Fall Holiday season.

Thank you to all who donated and helped.

Toluca Lake Food Drive

Sunday, June 14, 2020   10:00 am – 1::00 pm

To benefit the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
A no contact drive through event at
Chase Bank,
Donors are encouraged to wear masks when passing off donations.

Volunteers are needed to help set-up, collect and sort non-perishable food donations.

For more information, ontact Terry Herkner 818-606-8635 or email: membership@tlhoa.org


Changes to Riverside Drive

Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council
meeting Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 pm
via Zoom

Plans are being made regarding changes to Riverside Drive, including bicycle safety lanes and bus stops. Please join this online meeting to express your views on these improvements.

Check the GTLNC.Org website for information.

The Zoom meeting ID is:   941 7068 4328
Link for the meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/94170684328

Mobility Plan Documents for Toluca Lake

Below is a link to the draft minutes from part 2 of the last GTLNC board meeting. The discussion regarding this motion starts on page 25. It’s important to highlight that these are only the draft minutes and haven’t been approved yet by the board. There might be some adjustments or corrections after the board has a chance to review them and provide feedback.

Below are excerpts from the 2035 Mobility Plan and its reference document the Complete Streets Design Guide. These documents are quite long, so these pages are those that pertain to Toluca Lake. 

These are the links for the full documents for those who want them for reference: 

Kari Negri-Donatelli
TLHOA President

At last month’s GTLNC Board meeting there was a Motion to approve the City’s “ADAPT” program and 2035 Mobility Plan.  The motion is listed below:  

  • MOTION N: To approve the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council’s statement requesting that the “ADAPT” (Adjusted Deployment to Accelerate Paving in High Traffic Corridors) program implement the 2035 mobility plan on the streets already scheduled for repairing.
      • Amendment Failed –  6/9/0
      • Motion Passed – 10/4/1

Below are some important items to note with this approval (full text is attached):

StreetsLA’s “ADAPT” program and the 2035 Mobility Plan

  • Whereas the Los Angeles City Council adopted a “2035 Mobility Plan” in 2015; 
  • Whereas the City’s normal modus operandi is to implement street reconfigurations (such as adding bike or bus lanes) while repaving a street; 
  •  Whereas the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is responsible for striping the street and therefore chooses how the space is used 
  •  Whereas it is expensive to the taxpayer and unrealistic to expect the city will return to add bus and bike lanes that were recently striped unless they need to be repaved
  • Whereas Mayor Eric Garcetti issued Executive Directive on February 10, 2020, instructing city departments to “deliver more and better bus transit” “activate streets” with more active transportation options and “prioritize the Right-of-Way” fulfilling commitments under L.A.’s Green New Deal; 
  • Whereas bike lanes could provide a post COVID-19 alternative to people fearful of transit; 
  • Whereas a comprehensive bus lane and bike lane network would provide a healthy, efficient, traffic reducing and climate change friendly alternative to single vehicle occupancy; 
  • Therefore be it resolved that the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council requests that the City implement the 2035 Mobility Plan (including any bus or bike lanes as specified in the plan) when repaving streets under the ADAPT program (and after the ADAPT program), or delay such repaving until such a time that the 2035 Mobility Plan can be implemented. 

This is a Community Impact Statement, the strongest overture the GTLNC can send to the LA City Council, meant to demonstrate community support for a pending City Council Motion.   This is an approval of the 2035 Mobility Plan.

As there have not been comprehensive community discussions, forum(s), or a survey on the 2035 Mobilty Plan prior to this vote, it would seem reasonble that this topic merits more discussion with our community.  We should solicit feedback on the propsed 2035 Mobility Plan improvements, specifically on Riverside Drive, before we indicate to the CIty to implement the plan.

GTLNC Vote Reconsideration Option

There is a formal process to request a vote be reconsidered by the GTLNC; see below an excerpt from GTLNC Bylaws regarding “Reconsideration”. (https://www.gtlnc.org/bylaws/).  

Article VIII Section 4, for Reconsideration, the GTLNC Bylaws, which is the governing document for this NC on conducting their meeting for reconsideration, states the following:

Any stakeholder may petition the Council to reconsider any matter on which the Council has previously taken an action. The petition must be submitted to the Council in writing prior to the regular meeting of the Council next following the meeting at which the Council action was taken. The petitioning stakeholder shall be afforded an opportunity to address the matter in person before the Council. The matter shall not be reconsidered unless a majority of the Council members vote affirmatively to take up the matter.

If further conversation is desired, a petition must be signed (by 50 individuals) and delivered to the GTLNC President to be placed on the June 16th Agenda.  

***  To be clear, this is NOT a request to reject parts / all of the 2035 Mobility Plan.  This is a request to have a comprehensive community discussion before a vote on a long term plan that will impact our community for years to come is approved.


Public Safety message from Captain Ramirez, LAPD North Hollywood


Good Afternoon,

Due to the current state of  civil unrest, the Department has mobilized and as a result North Hollywood officers have been redeployed to a Mobile Field Force Command Post to address the needs throughout the city.  I expect the unrest to last at least through the week and into next week.  Continue to monitor the local news media for real time updates as these incidents are very fluid and unpredictable.  

Another note is that during this mobilization period, the city will be on a Tactical Alert and will not be responding to non-priority calls for service. Please be sure to utilize online and phone reporting for criminal activity as applicable.

Businesses should take ALL measures to protect their businesses such as removing merchandise and boarding up.  Please remember to secure your property and stay safe. We are doing everything we can to restore order and keep you safe.
Thank you for your continued support.


Commanding Officer
North Hollywood Area


Bills You Must Be Aware Of

Hi Everyone,
There are many bills going through the legislature quickly.  I wanted to encourage all of you to read these and make your own decision in sending opposition papers to the senate portal for a couple of them.  This must be done ASAP.
SB 902- allows a local jurisdiction to rezone single-family neighborhoods in job rich areas to allow 10 units on a parcel.  This gives local government the right to do this or not.  We think it’s a bad bill to allow.
SB 1085- allows for more incentives for an increase in the Density Bonus Law.  They feel that the old density law did not incentivize enough developers to build housing so this tries to make it more attractive to do so.
SB 1120-  allows any single-family lots to be subdivided into units that can be no smaller than 1200 sq ft ( 12 ft width) and can be sold off.  This would literally allow for row type housing in single-family neighborhoods.  We think this is awful. We oppose
SB 1385- allows office and retail space to be turned into housing if they are not needed for their original purpose.
SB-3173- allows for micro rental units within apartments of 80 sq ft. in size. In some cases not requiring a kitchen.
AB 3155- Streamlines approval for 10 units on a lot in single-family neighborhoods. We oppose
AB 3040- allows for 4 units on a lot in single-family neighborhoods. We oppose
SB 899-  allows non profits like hospitals or churches to use their property to build affordable housing.
SB 1299-  allows use of abandon department story sites for affordable housing.   
AB 3308- allows school districts to use their land for housing for their own workforce.
We support some of these bills.  Others that open up single-family neighborhoods we have opposed.  It is very important for you to be heard on these issues because the legislature is passing bills quickly now and are not going through multiple committee hearings.  These bills are mostly in the Housing committee of each branch.  So your comments must be directed to the Senate or House Portal.  Also please let your elected representatives know how you stand .  They have lots of bills to worry about and these get passed without their full understanding.
If I can help please let me know
Kari Negri

Your area Senator, Robert Hertzbrg    senator.hertzberg@senate.ca.gov 
Your area Assemblymember, Adrin Nazarian    assemblymember.nazarian@assembly.ca.gov  
Housing Chair, Scott Wiener    scott.wiener@sen.ca.gov
The Assembly and Senate use same portal. Create an account and then specify which bill and it will go to right place so you can post your papers. After you look up the bill, you can also send letters to the author of the bill.  

Toluca Lake Restaurants You Can Order From

We’ve contacted our local eateries for updated information. Here’s a listing of offerings for delivery, take out, and online ordering during the Safer-at-Home mandate. Help sustain these local businesses until they can reopen their dining rooms and people feel comfortable returning. If you have any additions or comments, please let us know.

Angelino Trattoria  Takeout • Delivery
4386 Lankershim Blvd.  818-769-5241
Delivery 5:00pm-8:30pm Sun-Thur, Sat 5:00-9:00
Pickup 5:00-9:00

Diniz Cellars – Portuguese Wines  Free Delivery • order online or phone
Burbank 310-734-9066

Don Cuco Mexican   Takeout • Delivery
3911 W Riverside Drive  818-842-1123
online www.doncuco.com  daily 11am-11pm

Ernie’s Mexican Restaurant   Takeout • Delivery by Postmates
4410 Lankershim Blvd  call to order 818-985-4654
Daily 11am-9pm www.erniesnoho.com

Ghindi Thai – Thai & sushi
4017 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505
Tel. (818) 567-1221 Fax. (818) 567-1331
Monday – Sunday : 5:00pm – 8:30pm www.ghindithai.com

Gourmet Romano  Free Delivery • Curbside Pickup • Online & phone
4017 W. Riverside Drive 323-740-0004

Hank’s Bagels  Bagels & sandwiches/catering  Takeout • Delivery
4315 W. Riverside Drive
T-Sun 8am-2pm (or until sold out)
www.hanksbagels.com info@hanksbagel.com

Hungry Crowd Korean-California cuisine Takeout • Delivery
10140 Riverside Drive 818-853-7858
Tue-Sun 11:00-7:30 www.eathungrycrowd.com

Jinya Ramen Bar       Takeout• Delivery by Postmates
order online or phone
4011 W. Riverside Drive 818-238-9875

Kabosu   Japanese cuisine/sushi   Takeout
10155 Riverside Drive    818-623-4425
Daily 5pm-9pm no website

Lemonade  Delivery • Curbside Pickup
4400 W. Riverside Drive    818-841-3900
30% off using this code: SAVERESTAURANTS
Online ordering: lemonadela.com, postmates.com, grubhub.com, seamless.com, doordash.com

Lotus & Light  Vietnamese Takeout • Free Delivery • online orders
345 N. Pass Ave.   818-562-7777
www.talech.com/biz/ordering/141881/Lotus-Light-BURBANK – free delivery within 3 miles.;
or Facebook – Lotus & Light
M-T closed, W-F 12:00pm-8:00pm, Sat & Sun 4:00pm-9:00pm

Lou the French on the Block    Takeout only
Fri-Sat-Sun 8am-3pm
4007 W. Riverside Drive      747-241-8205
www.LouTheFrenchOnTheBlock.com    LouTheFrenchOnTheBlock@gMail.com

Malbec  Argentinean Takeout • Delivery • Online
10151 W Riverside Dr.   818-762-4860
www.malbeccuisine.com free delivery within 5 miles on
$100 order or GrubHub
M-Th 11am-9pm, F 11am-9:30pm, Sat/Sun 4-9:30pm

Olive & Thyme Takeout
3821 Riverside Drive   818-557-1560
www.OliveAndThyme.com info@OliveAndThyme.com
Online and telephone orders M-Sat 11am-3

Priscilla’s Gourmet Coffee, Tea & Gifts   Pickup • Takeout
4150 Riverside Drive    818-843-5707    www.PriscillasCoffee.com
Online & Telephone Orders M-F 7am-5pm Sat/Sun 8am-5pm
Free local coffee bean delivery – 2 lb minimum

The Rustic Spoon   Takeout only
4384 Lankershim Blvd 818-754-8998
https://rusticspoon.info/ Tue-Sun 4pm-9pm

Tocaya  Modern Mexican Takeout • Postmates Delivery
4303 W. Riverside Drive  order: www.tocayaorganica.com

Santuari Restaurant  Delivery • Curbside Pickup
6711 Forest Lawn Dr.  323-902-9700 Complete meals & cocktails
Order online at santuarirestaurant.com Tues-Sat 12pm-8pm

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican GrillDelivery • Curbside Pickup
10119 Riverside Drive        818-508-1900
online ordering & delivery providers

Smoke House Takeout • Delivery options on website
Takeout call 818-845-3731 or online Curbside order online
M-Sat 12pm-8pm Sun 3pm-8pm www.smokehouse1946.com

Spin the Bottle Wines    Takeout • Delivery
10139 1/2 Riverside Drive  818-509-7813
M-F 12-6pm Sat-Sun 11am-6pm no contact pickup
Same day delivery – cutoff 4pm
online orders www.spinthebottlewines.com

SweetSalt Food Shop Takeout • Local delivery
Breakfast & lunch
10218 Riverside Drive  818-509-7790 M-Sun 10am-4pm
www.sweetsaltfood.com  sweetsaltmgmt@gmail.com



Safer at Home Order in Los Angeles and Across California

Mayor Garcetti and Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced stronger “Safer at Home” orders, instructing Angelenos to stay at home for all but essential services. This announcement orders the closure of nonessential stores, playgrounds, and bans on gatherings of 10 or more people, effective at 11:59PM on Thursday, March 19th. Shortly after, Governor Newsom ordered all Californians to stay home except for essential purposes.

Some things you can do:

  • Take a walk outside
  • Shop for essential items at the grocery store
  • Order take-out or delivery
  • Commute to jobs deemed essential

Beautiful Words

Complements of Cindy Wexler


by Fr. Richard Hendrick

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other 
across the empty squares, 
keeping their windows open 
so that those who are alone 
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know 
is busy spreading fliers with her number 
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples 
are preparing to welcome 
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able 
to touch across the empty square,
~Fr. Richard Hendrick