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Estos edificios en Pacoima corren riesgo si hay gran temblor

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En abril 2016, la ciudad de Los Ángeles publicó un reporte donde identificó miles de edificios que considera inseguros en caso de un terremoto de gran magnitud.   Aunque muchos de los edificios enumerados en el reporte están ubicados en el oeste de Los Ángeles y en el oeste del Valle de San Fernando, Pacoima tiene sólo cinco edificios en la lista.

A primera vista, uno puede entender cómo estos edificios de varios pisos corren riesgo, ya que en muchos de los edificios los pisos superiores están sostenidos por

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El estacionamento de los apartamentos Las Palmas demuestra el diseño inseguro que tienen los edificios mencionados. Foto: El Boletín/ Pacoima Bulletin.

postes o columnas caprichosas. No hay necesidad de imaginar lo que puede suceder en caso de un terremoto de gran magnitud; muchos de los edificios que se derrumbaron en el terremoto de 1994 fueron construidos de esta manera.

 

Este estilo de arquitectura fue popular siguendo la Segunda Guerra Mundial, cuando Los Ángeles se fue desarrollando al oeste y el Valle de San Fernando,  según el informe del Los Angeles Times.  El nuevo diseño adecuadamente acomodaba  la nueva cultura cochera que se manifestaba con la expansión de la ciudad, ya que ofrecía plazas de aparcamiento en el primer piso.

Los cinco edificios en Pacoima mayormente son apartamentos y están a lo largo o cerca de Van Nuys Boulevard. En total, los edificios identificados contienen 87 unidades. Dos edificios tienen alrededor de 25 unidades cada uno, y uno de los edificios es el Coral Bells Motel.

En una entrevista con el KPCC, una representante del despacho del alcalde, dijo que los propetarios fueron notificados en marzo 2016 del riesgo que corren sus edificios y que tienen siete años para cumplir con una orden de reacondicionar los edificios- el cual tiene un costo estimado de $5,000 por unidad- o demolarlos.  Igual, los propetarios también deben notificar a sus inquilinos quienes podrían permanecer en sus unidades durante las obras.

Los edificios identificados en el reporte se pueden apreciar en este mapa interactivo:

 

 

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Watch video of Northeast SFV residents donate to homeless in Pacoima on Christmas Eve

On Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, the morning after a cold and windy storm topped the San Gabriel mountains with snow, a group of residents from the Northeast San Fernando Valley gathered to aid those left in the cold.

The residents met at a homeless encampment near the train tracks on San Fernando Road and Branford Street to distribute warm clothes and food to those residing there.

They organized on Facebook and called the operation, “Valentine’s Mission,” after a Pacoima resident who brought the camp to the communities attention.

The volunteers handed out burritos prepared the night before, tamales, doughnuts, and water, as well as blankets, jackets, gloves, scarves, and socks to about ten people that remained at the camp. Those who received aid said others from the camp left to seek shelter from the storm the night before.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found in the last homeless count conducted in January that the homeless population increased in the San Fernando Valley by 35 percent. That’s a noticeable difference compared to a 5.7 percent increase countywide.

“It’s worse than I’ve ever seen it,” Wade Trimmer, executive director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, told ABC News in May when the report was released. He said homeless camps are popping up everywhere.

In Council District 7- which includes Pacoima, Sylmar, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, Shadow Hills, and Sunland-Tujunga -they counted 1,206 people living in vehicles, shelters, and tents.

Since the report was released, officials have taken small steps to alleviate the burden of homelessness, mostly seek funds from the state and impose new voter-approved taxes.  Felipe Fuentes, while still a councilmember, established a homeless agency in Sunland-Tujunga, which did not sit right with some residents after he evicted the neighborhood council from that space.

Currently additional shelters have opened throughout the city for the winter. But some say that is not enough. A local organization, Valley in Action, started a petition online asking officials to open a year-round homeless shelter in the Sylmar, where the current winter shelter is located.

Until then, residents like these on Christmas Eve do what they can to help.

“It seems like bad place for me to be, but I’m very grateful to be alive and healthy,” said Barry, a thin man with a wide mustache and leather jacket who accepted some of the donations.  He seemed preoccupied when he spoke, holding back tears as his voice cracked.

“A series of unfortunate events landed me outside, but I’m trying to fix that, I really am.”

Angie Castro, who organized the event on  Facebook, said there were less people than expected at this particular site.  But at their next stop, they ran out of donations real quick.

Shooting yesterday: 1 Injured, 2 Suspects at Large

Police are searching for two suspects after a shooting yesterday injured one person in San Pacoima.

Police said the incident started with a confrontation between a man who was driving a pick up truck and two pedestrians near Fifth and Arroyo in San Fernando. Shots were fired a little after 5 p.m., and Los Angeles police were called to assist San Fernando police in searching for the suspects near San Fernando’s city limits at Arroyo and Glenoaks.

Arroyo Street was closed off, and LAPD Air Support assisted in the search and circled the neighborhood for hours. Police thought the suspects jumped on a Metro bus at Glenoaks and Arroyo, and evacuated the bus passengers one-by-one with guns drawn.

At time of of publishing, no suspect is in custody, The man injured was hit in the leg and drove himself to Holy Cross Hospital.

San Fernando Police are still investigating the incident.

Nuevo plan del tren bala propone vías subterráneas debajo Pacoima

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Rutas revisadas del tren bala fueron presentadas al Consejo de Gobiernos el 7 de marzo del 2016 en Van Nuys. Imagen cortesía de la Autoridad del Tren de Alta Velocidad de California.

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Ante el Consejo de Gobiernos la semana pasada, la Autoridad del Tren de Alta Velocidad de California presentó  las “refinadas” rutas que están siendo estudiadas para la trayectoria Burbank a Palmdale, revelando que el plan anticipado de correr el tren a lo largo de San Fernando Road se ha abandonado.  

Aunque la ciudad de San Fernando y la comunidad de Sylmar, al igual con otras comunidades a lo largo de la carretera CA-14- se libraron de los impactos que el tren iba traer al disecar las comunidades, Pacoima aun no se ha desecho completamente de los rieles del tren.

La ruta, conocida come SR-14, se ha acortado  y su mayoría es subterránea, pasando debajo de las sierra de San Gabriel.  Sin embargo, en zonas pobladas la vías se presentan elevadas o a nivel de calle.

La nueva “refinada” trayectoria de SR-14 muestra la estación del Aeropuerto de Burbank siendo subterránea, la vías ascendiendo  al nivel de la calle en Sun Valley, luego elevadas sobre el derramare de Hansen Dam, hasta que sumergen de nuevo poco antes de la calle Branford en Pacoima.

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El plan originalmente proponía el tren viajar parejo a vías existentes, pero consideración  a la justicia ambiental de las comunidades que hubieran sido afectadas desvío ese plan.  La ruta SR-14 se encuentra a la izquierda extrema.  Imagen cortesía de la Autoridad del Tren de Alta Velocidad de California.

El Presidente de la Autoridad Dan Richards dijo que un factor que contribuyó a la desviación del plan original de correr el tren a lo largo de vías existentes fue la “justicia ambiental.”  

“Empecé a realizar,” dijo Richards, dando crédito a los políticos de la zonas afectadas, “una gran cantidad de estas alineaciones que ya están allí fueron creados en un momento en que la gente no pensaba acerca de los impactos de dividir a las comunidades.”

Las comunidades donde se están considerando que el tren pase, el cual viajará a más de 200 millas por hora, se han manifestado en contra del proyecto.

En la hora del comentario público, Georgina Carranza, residente de Pacoima y activista con las Comunidades Anti-Desplazamiento, dio gracias a Dios en la reunión por “salvar a Sylmar, San Fernando, y Pacoima.”

“Pero la lucha no ha terminado,” ella le aseguró a los gobernantes. “Todavía tenemos a Shadow Hills, todavía tenemos a Sun Valley” refiriéndose a las comunidades que aún no se han desecho de la amenaza del tren bala. 

Las nuevas revisiones completas se pueden ver aquí.

Revised route proposes bullet train under Pacoima

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At the Council of Governments meeting March 17, the California High-Speed Rail Authority presented its revised Burbank to Palmdale routes.  Although San Fernando and Sylmar- along with communities along Highway CA-14 have been spared with the revision of the SR-14 route, Pacoima is not entirely clear of the controversial train’s tracks.

However, the plan to run the train along San Fernando Road, which would have severely impacted Pacoima, San Fernando, and Sylmar has been abandoned.

From Burbank to Palmdale, the SR-14 route is shown underground at Burbank Airport Station, ascending to street level in Sun Valley, elevated over the Hansen Spreading Grounds, until it submerges underground before Branford Street in Pacoima.

The route has been shortened and put part underground. The revised alignments show the train mostly underground through the San Gabriel Mountains and with street-level and elevated areas in populated areas.

 

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The SR-14 route is furthest to the left. The original proposal to have it run along San Fernando Road has been abandoned, and now it is proposed to go underground at Branford Street. Image provided by California High-Speed Rail Authority.

 

High Speed Rail Board Chairman Dan Richards said at the meeting that “environmental justice” was a contributing factor in deviating from the original plan of running the train along current train corridors.

“It started to dawn on me,” Richards said, giving credit to the area’s politicians, “a lot for these alignments  that are there already were created at the time where people did not think about the impacts of dividing communities.”

Residents from the communities where the train is being considered to pass through at 200 miles per hour have opposed and rallied against the train.

Georgina Carranza, a Pacoima resident and activist with Communities Against Displacement, thanked God at the meeting for “saving Sylmar, San Fernando, and Pacoima.”

“But the fight is not over,” she said, “We still got shadow hills, we still got Sun Valley.”  

To see the complete revised routes, click here.  

 

Teens hold vigil for their murdered friend

William Barrios' friends and schoolmates gathered for an unplanned vigil Tuesday evening.

Willy Barrios’ friends and schoolmates gathered for an unplanned vigil Tuesday evening.

A group of nearly 15 teenagers gathered Tuesday evening on Van Nuys Boulevard by Pacoima Charter Elementary to hold a vigil for their friend and schoolmate Willy Barrios, who was found dead there Monday morning.

“This wasn’t a regular murder; this was some guys wanting to start something,” one of them said.

They all said they knew Barrios from César E. Chávez Learning Academies, where he attended the Academy of Science Exploration, and described Barrios as a respectful kid who always looked after his two younger brothers. They said he sometimes sold chips and candy out of his backpack to

Community members stopped by the memorial to leave flowers and candles for the 15-year-old killed Monday morning.

Community members stopped by the memorial to leave flowers and candles for the 15-year-old killed Monday morning.

financially help out his mother, and every day after school he would walk or ride a scooter to San Fernando High School to visit his girlfriend.

As far as they all knew, Barrios was not in any gang, they said. They cannot understand why he would be targeted.

According to police, Barrios was shot in the head with a semiautomatic weapon by two suspects who fled on foot.

No suspect has been arrested, and police are still investigating the case.

A woman at the vigil gave her version of the story, saying the boy was visiting his cousin, woke up late, and stopped by the nearby 7-Eleven store nearby to buy something to drink before heading home on foot. As he left the store he noticed two guys following him so he ran, fell, and that is when the murderers killed him.

The teenagers had a different story.

According to one of the teenagers who said to have known Barrios since middle school, police detectives told the group gathered at the vigil that Barrios was drinking at his cousin’s house. His cousin fell asleep, and Barrios, drunk and bored, walked across the street to David M Gonzales Park where he fell asleep drunk. Barrios was then taken by homeless persons who saw him passed out drunk to Los Angeles Fire Station 98, where he woke up startled and fled. A few minutes later, Barrios was killed.

Neither the Los Angeles Police Department or Fire Department would confirm that Barrios was ever at the Fire Station.

At the scene, community members built a memorial of flowers and candles.

The nickname "Risky" could be found at his memorial, yet it was not confirmed if Barrios went by that alias.

The nickname “Risky” could be found at his memorial, yet it was not confirmed if Barrios went by that alias.

Notes are posted on a lamp post saying “You will be missed” and graffiti markings on the ground read “We Love You Risk Rest in Peace.” Although the nicknames “Risk” and “Risky” are used, it could not be confirmed that Barrios went by those names.

“People in the community does care,” said a young mother as she rushed away after dropping off half a dozen white candles. Nearby, one of the teen’s father was waiting in his car in case anyone needed a ride, not wanting them to walk home.

The teens seemed sad about losing their friend, but not something out

of the ordinary.

“He’s not the first, and he’s not the last one,” they said.

LAPD forum in Pacoima considered a disappointment

It was accepted and welcomed, therefore, it was well attended. But the Community Perception of Law Enforcement forum put together by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Valley Bureau yesterday at the Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church turned out to be a disappointment to some audience members who did not have the opportunity to speak.

The panel- which was made up of the LAPD Operations Valley Bureau deputy chief, LAPD Inspector General, the president of the San Fernando Valley NAACP, and a religious leader from the King Fahad Mosque in Culver City- spoke for almost an hour responding to questions submitted on comment cards.

It was one of the ministers from the church, when he was unexpectedly given the microphone, who brought up the issue with the event format. He respectfully noted that many in the audience, including himself, thought this was suppose to be a dialogue. Instead, he said, it was merely the LAPD saying what they wanted the community to hear.

His comment was accepted and approved by a few applauses from the audience, rightfully so. From the stack of comment cards submitted, the moderator, KCAL 9 weatherman Josh Rubenstein, selected only about four questions that were mostly directed to Deputy Chief Robert Green touching upon subjects like Tasers, Proposition 47, community policing, and homelessness.

After the minister’s comments, there was a bit of back and forth dialogue between him and Chief Green, which can be seen in the video below.

There appeared to be some support for the police officers in the audience as well. Some people nodded with the chief’s comments and shook their heads whenever the chief was pressured to comment on race relations.   Only one woman was able to speak, saying that as a person with mental illness, she appreciates the kind interactions she has had with police.

Near the end of the event, which was scheduled for two hours, the pastor of the church where the forum was held, Rev. Dudley D. Chatman, addressed the room, bringing some closure to the event.

“The officers that asked for this occasion did say it would be a dialogue. It has been a dialogue, but it is a written dialogue,” Chatman said.

“All I want is the policemen and our astute panel is to remind all of us that it was in Pacoima where Rodney King was beat up by the LAPD,” he said.

The reverend then proceeded to relate the efforts church ministers did to prevent riots from happening in the San Fernando Valley as they were happening in the city, highlighting that this event, although not what expected, is an effort to extinguish any flames that might erupt from community and police tensions today, just as they did in 1992.

Patricia Mallory, a missionary at Greater Community Church, hoped to express her concern of when she claims to have been racial profiled near her home in North Hills.   She too was disappointed about the event.

“It would have been better if it was question-answer because that’s what I was under the impression that we were going to get the opportunity to ask questions,” she said. “They want to know why we don’t trust the police well this is one of the reasons: you can’t come to us and tell us what you want us to hear and think we are going to go for it. We are not those type of people.”

Rev. Georgia Booker from the nearby Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima noted the people from the local neighborhood watch groups and neighborhodd councils attended possibly expecting the same.

“So I think it was kind of a disappointment to the group as a whole, she said.” But all the questions I believe were answered honestly.”