Hello neighbors.

As readers of Heart of the Valley I know that the fight against climate change is one of my main political priorities. From supporting watershed bills that set plastic waste recycling targets to ensuring a smoother transition to green energy, the Hertzberg team members and I cannot express to how much we appreciate all efforts to slow or even reverse environmental degradation.

Fortunately, this just cause does not always materialize in the form of legislation. Many members of our own community have taken leadership roles in making our neighborhoods cleaner and safer for the elderly, the young and the future.

When I think of such a resident, Jill Mather comes to mind.

After noticing on daily walks how much trash was littered in her neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, Jill instantly embarked on a mission to promote eco-friendly practices – and Volunteers Cleaning Communities was born.

Soon after, she put Adopt-1-Street on her cleaning schedule.

Then she added a section of the LA River and the bike path.

Then part of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Refuge.

From Sylmar to Thousand Oaks, a green army of about 225 volunteers dedicate their time to its cause, with each member pledging for a year to pick up trash, record graffiti and report large items illegally dumped on their streets.

Something of a climax came last November, when Jill created the first-ever Environmental Awareness Day. It featured information booths and activities for children, such as painting rocks and turning trash into art.

His unpaid volunteer work does not stop there. Jill’s next goal is to create a school scavenger hunt to educate children about the importance of recycling.

(PHOTO COURTESY: JILL MATHER)

It’s clear that Jill is an environmental leader, someone who has made truly remarkable progress towards an exceptionally crucial cause. I am proud to live in a community that is made up of her and her hundreds of hardworking volunteers who truly make a difference.

Let’s work together to make our neighborhoods safe and clean, not just for ourselves, but for our children and future generations.

Learn more about VCC HERE. Watch, listen to Jill on YouTube HERE.

For additional news you can use, scroll down to learn more about free subway passes for students, the resumption of outdoor watering for Burbank and City of San Fernando residents, and more.

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Be well, stay safe and remember we are all in this together.


Bob Hertzberg


VALLEY NEWS

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LA REOPENS SECTION 8 HOUSING WAITING LIST FOR FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS

For the first time since 2017, the City of Los Angeles will reopen its waitlist for the Section 8 Housing Voucher Program. Beginning October 17, residents will have two weeks to submit an online application in order to be added to a lottery waiting list. There are 30,000 vouchers available and a projection of 365,000 eligible applicants, giving Angelenos a 10% chance of being selected. These people will have 180 days to obtain housing, the rent of which must respect program limits. Eligible families must meet housing and urban development criteria “extremely low” and “very low” income standards. These may be US citizens, non-citizens with legal immigration status, or mixed households where at least one person has legal immigration status. The online application is not yet available, but should go live by Tuesday, October 4. HERE.

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COUNTY RELAXING COVID MASK RULES

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Los Angeles County, health officials announced they have lifted the requirement for face coverings in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and emergency and cooling centers. The relaxed rules will affect counties where COVID activity is considered low. Masks will, however, continue to be mandatory in health care and long-term care facilities, as well as on many modes of public transportation. Authorities are reminding residents deemed to be at higher risk of infection or serious illness to wear a mask in crowded indoor public places. County guidelines for the general public regarding masking, testing and vaccinations align with updated California orders. After HERE.

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FREE SUBWAY PASSES FOR 500,000 COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS

The Los Angeles Community College District is using a $1 million grant to provide free passes for up to 500,000 students to ride subway buses and trains. As part of LA Metro’s GoPass program, the goal is to double ridership over the next year to reduce inequity and help break down barriers to student education. After HERE.

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BURBANK, CITY OF SAN FERNANDO RESIDENTS RESTRICT OUTDOOR WATERING

With the recent completion of repairs to the water main connecting the Colorado River to Los Angeles County customers, residents and businesses in Burbank and the City of San Fernando are among the communities now allowed to resume outdoor watering. limit. (Other cities include Beverly Hills, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena and Torrance.) However, officials are asking residents to continue saving as much water as possible to help ease the effects of the drought.


VALLEY ACTIVITIES

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METRO RAIL SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR YOUTH COUNCIL

In an effort to better represent local communities while meeting the needs of residents, LA Metro Rail is calling on all 14-17 year olds to join their Youth Council. Applicants must live in LA County, commit for one year, attend a mandatory onboarding session, and participate in monthly virtual meetings. Membership benefits include leadership development, mentorship and civic engagement. Applications are open until October 14. More HERE.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Studio City Ward Council)

STUDIO CITY LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES NOW OPEN

The Studio City Neighborhood Council has open seats for a youth member and a business representative. The Youth Member position is for people between the ages of 14 and 17 and applications can be sent to [email protected] Sales Representative is for individuals 18 years of age and older who provide goods or services to Studio City and have a tax registration certificate from the City of Los Angeles. Applications can be sent to [email protected] After HERE.


DATE BOB

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HOPE OF THE VALLEY RESCUE CELEBRATING MISSION 13E ANNIVERSARY

The North Hills-based Hope of the Valley rescue mission recently celebrated its 13e anniversary with congratulations from Senator Bob Hertzberg, far left. From humble beginnings, the Mission now operates over 17 shelters, including six home villages, three family shelters, one youth shelter, two transitional shelters and the new 107-bed Trebek Centre.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Eveline Bravo-Ayala)

TEQUILA TASTING HELPS RAISE FUNDS TO HELP SFV YOUTH

About 3,000 supporters of the Andrés Y María Cárdenas Family Foundation, including Senator Bob Hertzberg, attended last week’s fundraising event which was part of the 4th Annual LA Tequila Fest. Each year, the AMCFF uses proceeds to award scholarships to underserved young people in the San Fernando Valley who overcome all odds to graduate from high school and pursue higher education. The AMCFF has supported the educational goals of students by donating more than $1.3 million over the past 25 years to support more than 1,300 students. After HERE.

REMEMBER, WE ARE A TEAM

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