IN Brief

Protest Against Dam Changes
Glendale-Crescenta V.O.I.C.E. is taking part in “Join Hands Across the Dam” in protest of the Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works’ plan to permanently remove trees, shrubs and wildlife from up to 120 acres in the center of the park.

Supporters of Hahamongna are invited to stand on top of Devil’s Gate Dam on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. The event will last only a short time; however, it will send a powerful message about the value of this wild parkland to our region.

Park on the east side of that dam on La Cañada Verdugo Road and vicinity or on the west side of dam at the south end of Oak Grove picnic area, then walk the paved service road across Flint Wash Bridge to the dam.

All who care about Hahamongna Watershed Park are encouraged to attend. Bring family, kids, neighbors, dogs (on leash) and horses!

Blood Drive Planned
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital will host a community blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 7 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, 4th Floor, Council Rooms B & D.

Parking is available in front of main hospital building.

In the United States, every two seconds someone needs blood. By supporting the winter blood drive, participants are helping patients at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital when there is a need for blood. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter the sponsor code USCvhh or contact Axel Arndt at (818) 952-2297.

Donors must be in good health; at least 17 years of age; should bring photo I.D.; weigh at least 110 pounds; drink plenty of water; eat a nutritious meal before donating; and have not received tattoos within the last 12 months.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale

Sheriff’s Toy and Food Drive
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station is requesting the assistance of the community to help with this year’s toy and food drive. For nearly 25 years the Crescenta Valley Station and its core of station volunteers have been providing assistance to the local families living along the foothills. The goal this year is to invite over 100 families to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station on Dec. 21 so that we can give away toys and baskets of food.

Donations are requested for new unwrapped toys valued at $10 or more. Toys can be dropped off at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station, 4554 Briggs Ave. in La Crescenta or any barrel throughout the local businesses.

For further information contact Deputy Jorge Valdivia at (818) 236-4021or email

Report on Fraud Requested
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich directed the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office and the Dept. of Public Social Services to report on strategies being implemented to address ongoing fraudulent and improper use of county social welfare dollars.

The county continues to learn of millions of dollars in public welfare dollars being spent in places outside Los Angeles County – such as Las Vegas, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and New York City – on questionable expenses including casinos, clubs and tattoo parlors.

“It is vital that public tax dollars for welfare programs are used for their intended purpose,” Antonovich said. The chief executive office and Dept. of Public Social Services will report back to the board in 30 days.