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Local de El Girasol será Salón del Reino de Los Testigos de Jehová

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Photo de El Girasol después de su cierre.  El edificio fue demolido marzo 2016 y la propieded está bajo obras. Photo from Yelp/ El T.

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Los Testigos de Jehová han adquirido una propiedad popular, la cual era antes un nightclub en Pacoima.

De acuerdo con registros del condado de Los Angeles, la propiedad ubicada en 13535 Van Nuys Blvd, previamente el sitio de El Girasol, está titulada al Regional Building Committee of Jehovahs Witnesses Inc.

No se pudo confirmar los planes para la propiedad, pero un representante de las oficinas centrales del la religión, situadas en Brooklyn, Nueva York dijo que cuando la iglesia adquiere propiedades, probablemente es para construir un Salón del Reino, cuyo nombre de sus centros de congregación.

Si se construe el nuevo Salón del Reino, será el segundo en Pacoima; se encuentra otro por la Pierce y Dronfield. Los Testigos de Jehová se fundaron en el estado de Pennsylvania en el año 1881, y hoy día forman 8.2 millones de feligreses por el mundo.

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El Girasol es la segunda propiedad deteriorada que se convierte en una iglesia en Pacoima. El 19 de junio 2016 fue la apertura de esta catedral de la Iglesia Universal, donde antes operaba El Mercadito de Valle por la Glenoaks Boulevard y Vaughn Street. Antes de la catedral, la propiedad estaba vacía y cercada por más de cinco años. Foto El Boletín.

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Former El Girasol property acquired by Jehovah’s Witnesses

 

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El Girasol’s street sign and building after the business shut down. The building was razed March 2016 and the property is currently under development. Photo from Yelp/ El T.

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The property that once was the location of a popular Pacoima nightclub is now owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

According to Los Angeles County records, 13535 Van Nuys Blvd., the former site of El Girasol, is now owned by the Regional Building Committee of Jehovahs Witnesses Inc.

A representative at the religion’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York could not confirm what the land was going to be used for, but said usually when the organization acquires land, it probably will be for a Kingdom Hall, the place for worship and congregation.

In March 2016, the building on the property was razed, and the property is currently under development.

Presently, there is one Kingdom Hall in Pacoima on Pierce at Dronfield. The Jehovah’s Witnesses was formed in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania in 1881 and claims more than 8.2 million members worldwide.

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El Girasol is the second blighted property that will be converted to a church. On June 19, 2016, the Iglesia Universal opened this cathedral where former grocery store El Mercadito de Valle used to operate on Glenoaks Boulevard and Vaughn Street. Prior to the cathedral, the property was vacant and fenced off for more than five years. Photo by El Boletín.

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.

Tens of thousands expected in Pacoima for CicLAvia

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CicLAvia in MacArthur Park 2015. Although the Pacoima route is about two miles shorter than previous routes, it is still expected to attract 20,000- 50,000 people. Photo by Steve and Julie/ Flickr.

Imagine Van Nuys Boulevard closed and car-free from Panorama City to Pacoima, where adults and kids alike can enjoy the street on bicycle, foot, scooter, or any other means except automobile.

Well, that is what is going to happen Sunday, March 6 when the popular Los Angeles event, CicLAvia, will make it’s first appearance in Pacoima.  The 4-mile route is planned to be along Van Nuys Boulevard from Roscoe Boulevard in Panorama City to Lehigh in Pacoima.  Although this is a shorter route than previous ones, 20,000 to 50,ooo are still expected to attend.

This is the furthest the popular Los Angeles events extends from downtown’s epicenter.  Previous CicLAvias have been held in Pasadena, South LA, and Culver City, Venice and downtown LA; the first time in the valley was last year when it rolled down Ventura Boulevard.

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Van Nuys Boulevard will be closed to cars for most of the day March 6, 2016 from Roscoe Boulevard to Lehigh Avenue. Cars can cross only certain intersections noted on the map. Image courtesy of CicLAvia.

The route was originally desired to extend all the way to Oxnard Street to connect to the Orange Line, but complications with major retail stores at The Plant in Panorama City caused that plan to be abandoned, a CicLAvia representative said at a community meeting. Issues with crossing the railroad tracks at San Fernando Road, however, were resolved allowing the route to extend further east.

One of CicLAvia’s goals aside from transforming streets into “safe spaces for thousands of people to bike, play and smile,” is to allow people to explore new neighborhoods.  Local businesses are encouraged to set up stands along the route, and, even though street vending is a controversial subject, a CicLAvia representative said there are no restrictions banning them from participating as long as they are not blocking the route.

So get those bikes ready and get ready to ride! CicLAvia is coming to town!

 

[Video] What is the Chicano Moratorium? And why is it in Pacoima?

The Chicano Moratorium is happening in Pacoima tomorrow.

But what is the Chicano Moratorium?  And why is it in Pacoima?

Here is La Raza Unida member Ernesto Ayala, who also is part of the Pacoima Neighborhood Council, explaining what is the Chicano Moratorium and why it is in Pacoima.

The march tomorrow will begin at 11 a.m. at Ritchie Valens Park and end at Bradley Plaza.

Estas son las últimas presentaciones informativas acerca el tren de alta velocidad (Una en español)

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La serie de reuniones informativas que organiza la Autoridad del Tren de Alta Velocidad está llegando a su fin, lo que significa que la decisión de elegir una ruta está cerca. De hecho, las rutas se sugerirán el próximo mes a la junta ejecutiva, que luego dará permiso para la revisión ambiental.

Estas reuniones son la últimas oportunidades de ver lo que la Autoridad del Tren de Alta Velocidad está proponiendo, y, de la misma manera, la última oportunidad de dejar sus comentarios. La Autoridad se mantiene firme en decir que la opinión del público es un factor importante para determinar si el tren pasará por Pacoima o no, por lo mucho que han sugerido que rutas propuestas se han ajustado debido a la reacción de algunas comunidades.

Aquí puede encontrar las fechas de las reuniones restantes. Si no puede asistir a las reuniones, mucha de la información es presentada se puede encontrar en el sitio web haciendo clic aquí.

Ojo: La reunión del 28 de mayo en San Fernando será en español.

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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.