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These Pacoima apartments are unsafe if major earthquake hits, says city

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Las Palmas apartments has 26 units and is one of the larger buildings listed as needing earthquake retrofitting.  Photo by El Boletín/ Pacoima Bulletin

Earlier this month, the city of Los Angeles released a list of thousands of apartment buildings that are considered unsafe in the case of a major earthquake, requiring the buildings to be retrofit or demolished.  Although many of the building listed were located in West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley (mostly in the west Valley), Pacoima has only five buildings listed.

All five buildings have apartment units and are along or near Van Nuys Boulevard.  In total the identified buildings hold 87 units.  Two buildings hold about 25 units each, and one of the buildings is the Coral Bells Motel.

At sight, one can can understand how these multi-story buildings are dangerous; usually a

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Las Palmas apartments’ parking lot demonstrates the unsafe design the listed buildings have.  Photo by El Boletín/ Pacoima Bulletin.

second floor is being help up by whimsy posts or columns.  There is no need to imagine what would happen in case of a major earthquake; many of the building that collapsed in the 1994 earthquake were built in this fashion.

This style of building were popular after World War II, when Los Angeles sprawled to West LA and the Valley, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.    These apartments accommodated the evolving angeleno car culture, usually offering parking spaces on the first floor.

In an interview with KPCC, the mayor’s chief resilience officer, Marisso Aho, said the building owners were notified in March and have seven years to comply to an earthquake retrofit order, which has an estimated cost of $5,000 per unit in each building.  Building owners must also notify their tenants, who, in most cases, will be able to stay in their units during the retrofitting process.

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Attend these last bullet train informational meetings

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The series of community outreach meetings organized by the High Speed Rail Authority is coming to an end, meaning that the decision to choose a route is near.  In fact, routes will be suggested next month to the executive board, who will then give the OK for the environmental review.

These meetings are the last chance to see what the High Speed Rail Authority is proposing, and, just the same, the last chance to leave your comments.  The Authority is adamant in saying public input is an important factor in determining whether the train will pass through Pacoima or not, so much to have even suggested proposed routes have been adjusted to reflect this input.

Below is a flyer for the remaining meetings.  If you can’t make it to the meetings, much of the information presented can be found on the HSR website here.

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Este sábado puede enviar donar alimentos a MEND por el correo

El Servicio Postal de Estados Unidos (USPS) colocó bolsas como éste en buzones  la semana pasada. Alimentos no perecederos recolectados en estos o cualquier bolsa o caja y colocadas cerca de los buzones el 9 de mayo serán recogidos y entregados a MEND.

El Servicio Postal de Estados Unidos (USPS) colocó bolsas como éste en buzones la semana pasada. Alimentos no perecederos recolectados en estos o cualquier bolsa o caja y puesta cerca de su buzon el 9 de mayo serán recogidos y entregados a MEND.

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Es posible que haya sido sorprendido por haber recibido una bolsa de papel en su buzón de correo esta semana, pero no es una broma. El Servicio Postal de Estados Unidos (USPS) puso las bolsas en buzones para una recogida de alimentos para el la campaña “Stamp Out Hunger.”  Cada residencia puede llenar las bolsas con alimentos enlatados y no perecederos y colocarlos cerca de sus buzones el sábado 9 de mayo para que los carteros puedan recogerlos. La comida será entonces transportado a los bancos de alimentos locales, como MEND en Pacoima.

Este es el vigésimo tercer año en cual los carteros estarán recolectando alimentos.

El año pasado, MEND recibió cerca de 12o,000 libras de alimentos a partir de la campaña, dijo Marianne Haver Hill, presidenta y directora ejecutiva de MEND. Este año, esperan recibir 150,000 libras.

No es obligatorio usar las bolsas de papel enviadas; alimentos pueden ser colocados en cualquier bolsa o caja. Sólo tiene que poner la comida junto a su buzón antes que llegue su cartero.

MEND también pide voluntarios para ordenar la comida. Para ser voluntario, vaya a la recepción en 10641 San Fernando Road o presente una solicitud en línea.

Did you get one of these brown paper bags in the mail? Don’t throw it away!

The U.S. Postal Service placed bags like this one in mailboxes this past week.  Non-perishable foods collected in these or any bag or box and placed near mailboxes May 9 will be picked up and delivered to MEND.

The U.S. Postal Service placed bags like this one in mailboxes this past week. Non-perishable foods collected in these or any bag or box and placed near mailboxes May 9 will be picked up and delivered to MEND.

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You might have been surprised to have received a brown paper bag in your mailbox this week, but it is no joke.  The U.S. Postal Service placed those bags in mailboxes throughout the area t0 collect food for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.  Residents are suppose to fill those bags with canned and non-perishable food and place them near their mailboxes on Saturday, May 9 when letter carriers will pick them up.  The food will then be transported to local food banks, like MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) in Pacoima.

This is the 23rd year mail carriers will be collecting food.

Last year, MEND received about 120,000 pounds of food from the campaign, according to MEND President and CEO  Marianne Haver Hill.  This year, they hope to receive 150,000 pounds.

It is not obligatory to use the brown paper bags sent out; food can be placed in any bag or box.  Just set the food next your mailbox before you letter carrier arrives and they will pick it up.

MEND is also calling for volunteers to sort the food.  To volunteer, go to Reception Desk at 10641 San Fernando Road or submit an application online.

[Video] Valley residents march into Pacoima in memory of two women killed last week

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Following the deaths of two women in the area last week, about two dozen northeast Valley residents marched up Van Nuys Boulevard from Arleta to Pacoima City Hall Thursday demanding an end to violence against women.

Maria Ontiveros was fatally stabbed across the street from the Foothill Division police station the evening of January 28.   Three days later, Yazmin Vash Payne, was murdered and her body lit in flames by her boyfriend in her Van Nuys apartment January 31.  Suspects in both cases have been arrested.

In the Facebook page for the event, the organizers wrote, “We were not sure what we should do in response to these senseless acts of violence, but felt we had to do SOMETHING.”

With chants in English and Spanish, the demonstrators marched to Pacoima City Hall, where they held a vigil for the victims.