In Brief

Rosemont Preserve Renewal Day
Native plant expert Roger Klemm will be leading volunteers in the first of many sessions to restore the natural habitat at the newly established Rosemont Preserve. The focus will be on identifying and removing invasive plant species to allow room for the native flora to become reestablished.

All are invited on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. until noon for a few hours of fresh mountain air. Wear sturdy shoes, comfortable work clothes and garden gloves (long pants and sleeves are recommended.) Participants should bring a shovel if they have one; other specialized plant removal equipment will be provided.

The preserve is located at the north end of Rosemont Avenue, just past the chain link fence. Because street parking is limited, park at Two Strike Park.

This event is free to the public, all ages, no reservations required.

For further information, contact the Friends of the Rosemont Preserve at

Coffee with the COPPS
The next Coffee with the COPPS is on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Leon’s Bakery and Café. Local residents and business owners are invited to stop by and meet Area Commander Lt. Scott Bickle.

Leon’s Bakery and Café, 2519 Cañada Blvd, Glendale

Deadline Approaching for Tax Relief from 2011 Wind Storm Damage
The Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor urges property owners who may have been affected by the 2011 wind storms to submit a misfortune/ calamity form on or before Nov. 30, 2012. Property owners could receive potential tax relief if related damage amounts to $10,000 or more, including destruction to chimneys or structures by falling trees or branches.

Section 170 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code requires the application form be submitted within one year of the date of damage. Photographs and any other documentation, such as repair estimates, should accompany the form.

Additional information may be obtained by calling the Office of the Assessor’s main office at (213) 974-8658 or district office in Sylmar (818) 833-6000.

Misfortune/calamity forms are available on the assessor’s Internet website at for property owners to fill in, print and then submit by mail.

Meet the Author
The Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley is hosting Art Cobery, author of the “The Great Crescenta Valley Flood – New Year’s Day 1934” at its next meeting on Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living.

As Crescenta Valley residents gathered to ring in the 1934 New Year, a cloudburst broke over Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains, unleashing a deluge on mountainsides denuded by recent fires. A roaring wall of rocks, mud and water crashed down the canyons, uprooting trees, tossing boulders and automobiles like toys and carving a path of destruction. Using painstaking research and heart-rending firsthand accounts, historian Art Cobery paints a picture of survival and redemption in the face of natural disaster, including the heroic efforts of eleven-year-old Marcie Warfield to save her father and younger brother, the devastating debris flow that claimed the lives of refugees and aid workers at the American Legion Hall and the selfless acts of neighbors caught in the storm of events.

Mike and Pam Lawler will be appearing with Cobery.

All are invited to this free event.

Center for Spiritual Living, 4845 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta.