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Welcome to the South Carthay Neighborhood Association
The Planning Department Office of Historic Resources is looking for historic preservation-minded architects to serve as board members for the South Carthay HPOZ. Serving on an HPOZ Board is a great opportunity to get to know the historic neighborhoods of Los Angeles and become a part of the design review process that shapes these communities. Specifically, we are looking for a new board member willing to serve on the South Carthay Board who would be appointed by the Cultural Heritage Commission. The appointee must be a licensed architect to meet the criteria of the HPOZ Ordinance and may also be an owner of property or resident of the district. The term would begin in August 2015 and run through July 2019. The board is scheduled to meet twice a month on the first and third Thursday at the Temple Beth Am. Meetings are cancelled when there are no items to review. For more information on the South Carthay HPOZ and its boundary please visit, http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/south-carthay.
Please help us by spreading the word to a targeted list of individuals who you think would meet these qualifications. We are looking to fill the positions by August. Anyone who is interested should submit a resume and brief statement of interest to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More information about the City's HPOZ Program can be found on the City's Office of Historic Resources webpage, http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz. The Planning Department will gladly provide training for all new Board Members. Any questions can be directed to: Blair Smith, Assistant Planner, Office of Historic Resources,

The Dispute Resolution program is a community-based program which provides free mediation, conciliation, and facilitation service in English and Spanish. Other languages are provided upon request. Mediation is a process in which the parties to the conflict meet face-to-face to discuss their dispute with the guidance and support of a neutral mediator. In addition, disputes between parties may also be solved through the telephone through a process known as conciliation, in which the mediator discusses the dispute with both parties until the dispute is resolved. Mediators do not provide any legal advice whatsoever and serve as a neutral party to alleviate disputes. Facilitation is also available and is a process in which a neutral individual leads a group discussion and dialogue between diverse members of a community. Mediation is 100% a voluntary process and all of our mediators are qualified and trained individuals who volunteer their time to this service


2015 MEMBERSHIP PDF Print E-mail

Here is the correct list of addresses that have paid their 2015 membership dues so far this year as of April 20th.  If your address is not listed and you have paid, please contact our Secretary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There is a membership form located at the top of this page which can be downloaded.  Please fill it out and mail it to the association's address along with your check. 


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MySafe:LA, the non-profit that collaborates with the Los Angeles Fire Department and other agencies
is installing free smoke alarms in homes that are without working alarms.
“This is a practice we’ve been pursuing since 2011, ”
reports MySafe:LA executive officer David Barrett.
“There’s no doubt that fire safety begins in the home.
We can’t always prevent a fire from occurring,
but there’s no excuse for not having the tools in place to alert us and help us to escape safety.”

Working with the LAFD and the American Red Cross, in addition to L.A. City Council officials,
MySafe:LA has installed several thousand smoke alarms in just the past year.
In addition, many thousands of alarms have been distributed to the organization’s Junior Fire Inspectors and via LAFD fire stations. “We’ll work with any accredited agency, “Barrett states.
“We’re most fond of collaborating with individuals who are committed to a specific community,
such as councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, who is a huge supporter of home family fire safety.” Councilmembers O’Farrell, Tom LaBonge, Herb Wesson, and others have been very active
in supporting the MySafe:LA smoke alarm initiative.

“Because we’re conducing this type of operation on a weekly basis,
our numbers will be higher than other organizations, “Barrett says.
“But, that doesn’t mean the efforts undertaken by anyone are non-productive.
There are probably close to half a million homes with either no alarms,
or with alarms that are very old, so the more entities doing this, the better.”

MySafe:LA conducts a full home inspection when they install new smoke alarms.
If there are other fire hazards, the resident is told about them, and offered education to mitigate the risk related to the hazard. Free family escape plans and fire safety brochures are also provided.
There is no charge for the smoke alarms or for the installation


  • DO NOT turn off gas to the meter unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a leak--and ONLY if it is safe to do so. If you turn off gas to the meter, leave it off. Do not turn it back on yourself. Interior gas piping and appliances must be inspected for possible damage before service can be safely restored. Call SoCalGas to turn the gas back on, to relight the pilots and service your appliances. Note that certain repairs may have to be performed by your plumber or heating contractor. However, only SoCalGas field employees are allowed to turn on the gas to the meter.
  • For safety, a shut-off valve should be installed at every gas appliance, and may be required by state and/or local codes. If a leak occurs at a specific appliance, the valve will permit you to turn off the gas at the appliance rather than shutting off all gas service at the meter. Some valves require a wrench to turn them.
  • Check your water heater and furnace vents. If the venting system becomes separated during an earthquake or other event, it could leak hazardous fumes into your home. Do not operate your appliance unless it is properly vented.  Signs of an improperly vented appliance may include moisture on the inside of windows or an unusual odor when the appliance is in operation.
  • DO NOT ignite a flame or use any electrical appliances, light switches or other devices that can cause a spark until you're sure there are no gas leaks.
  • Keep informed of the situation through local radio and television.
  • If evacuation is necessary, prepare an evacuation kit, including personal hygiene items, change of clothes, bedding and medication, if possible. Food, shelter and first aid are available at shelters.
  • If it is safe to do so, check on your neighbors, especially elderly and disabled persons.
  • Use the telephone only for family emergency needs or to report unsafe or dangerous conditions.
  • Do not use 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips. If you must travel during an emergency, dress in warm, loose layers of clothing and sturdy shoes. Advise others of your destination.
  • Use flashlights -- NOT lanterns, matches or candles -- to examine buildings, as flammable gases may be inside.
  • Follow instructions of local authorities regarding the safety of drinking water. If in doubt, boil or purify water before drinking or call public health officials.
  • Avoid "sightseeing" in disaster areas. You may hamper rescue efforts or place yourself in danger. For more info visit: http://www.socalgas.com/safety/preparation.shtml



In Los Angeles, our communities are ill-prepared for the destructive potential of the major earthquake that is now overdue.   When it happens, police, fire and medical services will be unavailable to local communities for days following the earthquake and citizens will have to rely on their own supplies, knowledge and organization

The NEIGHBORHOOD TEAM PROGRAM (NTP) coordinates L.A. Fire Dept. Trained CERT personnel working alongside their untrained neighbors into NETs, Neighborhood Emergency Teams. Each program is adaptable to the needs, resources and interests of each community, thereby improving preparedness and response at the neighborhood level. 

Volunteer teams living within a 3-5 block radius, are led by CERT trained personnel from the area and are instructed in personal, family and limited group preparedness techniques. These include search and report, light search and rescue, damage assessment, communications and field level medical treatment.

Participation in your NTP, will help ensure your family's safety, as well as yourself. You will learn the basics of emergency services protocols. You will learn about your neighbor's strengths and weaknesses.  You will be be prepared in advance with supplies and contact information.  To become a member of the South Carthay Neighborhood contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

ALERT L.A. PDF Print E-mail

Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency.  The system, called Alert LA County, will be used by the County’s Emergency Operations Center to notify residents and businesses of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations.  The system utilizes the telephone companies’ 911 database and is able to contact land-line telephone numbers, whether listed or unlisted.  If the call is picked up by an answering machine, the system will leave a recorded message.  If the number called is busy or does not answer, the system will redial the number in an attempt to deliver the message.  The system is also TTY/TDD compatible.

Because the Alert LA County system uses the 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system.  If you have a cellular or Voice over IP number and would like to be notified on that device, or if you would like an e-mail notification, you must register those telephone numbers and/or e-mail address.

Because the Alert LA County system uses geomaping, each telephone number and/or e-mail address can only be associated with one street address in the system.

Each telephone number and e-mail address registered will be contacted only when the street address it is associated with is impacted by a disaster or emergency.

Here is the link to the Los Angeles County website needed to register.




If your car breaks down on the freeway and there is no Call Box in sight, you can use your cellphone to get non-emergency roadside assistance quickly and easily by calling 3-9-9.  You can also use this to report obstacles or hazards in the road.

Calls to 3-9-9 are connected to Call Box operators who can dispatch Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow trucks to your location.  If you are covered by AAA, the dispatcher can patch your call straight through to AAA.  FSP help is free of charge, and is funded by an additional $1 on every Vehicle Licenses Fee in the State of California.

In emergencies, you should still always call 9-1-1.



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