Alejandra Rodriguez, 10, of Reseda, is helped by her mother, Gladys (right), and Encino Chamber of Commerce President-elect Karie Purcell during an earthquake drill. Rodriguez was pretending to be injured so trained volunteers could practice their emergency response.

Dozens of children pretended to be earthquake victims Saturday as community organizations in the western San Fernando Valley prepared for a real disaster. Billed as the largest earthquake drill in the San Fernando Valley, practice runs were held in Lake Balboa, Tarzana and Encino.
Four vehicles, including several motor homes and a boat, were destroyed Friday by a fire off of Oxnard Street in West Hills.

Four motor homes were destroyed Friday by a fire in Woodland Hills.The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a home in the 22800 block...
Retired Fire Department New York Lt. Paul Geidel, whose son died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, talks about his experiences searching through the rubble.

Los Angeles Fire Department and city leaders honored those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Speaking at LAFD Station 88 in Sherman Oaks on Thursday, City Councilmember Paul Koretz called 9/11 “one of the greatest evil acts we’ve seen in the history of the human race.”

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GOVERNMENT

Local leaders joined marijuana legalization supporters outside Los Angeles City Hall today to call on federal authorities to end the "war" on cannabis that began 100 years ago with a raid on two marijuana gardens in Los Angeles.

EDUCATION

A Vista Middle School parent shows off a safety vest which she wears while making sure children make it to and from school safely each day. City Attorney Mike Feuer was joined by LAUSD board member Monica Ratliff and City Councilmember Nury Martinez in announcing a comprehensive new school safety pilot program.

A San Fernando Valley Middle School will participate in a pilot program aimed at reducing health and safety hazards near school campuses. City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the new comprehensive school safety program at Vista Middle School.

PUBLIC SAFETY

An Iraq War veteran said to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges he fatally shot a 73-year-old...

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

Performers with Ezralow Dance rehearse before their show at the Ford Amphitheatre.

Director-choreographer Daniel Ezralow and his new Los Angeles-based company, which includes five San Fernando Valley dancers, will have the final performance at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood before it closes for renovations until 2016.

The inaugural Calabasas Film Festival next month will showcase two major U.S. film premieres, including Denzel Washington’s latest thriller, “The Equalizer.” The festival opens Friday, Sept. 12.
"Myself: Timed Exposure (CSUN War Protest), 1971" by Mike Mandel.

An art exhibit called “Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley, ca. 1970-1990” featuring the works of CSUN alumni, faculty and local artists will examine the history of the San Fernando Valley.

Jewel has canceled her Southern California tour, including a concert scheduled for Saturday at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.

GUEST COMMENTARY

By becoming a groundbreaking pioneer in an area previously dominated by men, the late comedienne Joan Rivers inspired many women to pursue a career in comedy. At the time of her recent passing at age 81, we recall the extraordinary career of the classic comic.

BUSINESS

Los Angeles is desperately in need of doctors. According to the website BetterDoctor, Los Angeles is third among the top 25 cities that don't have enough physicians to treat their residents.

Events and Meetings

Date/TimeEvent
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Canoga Park Neighborhood Council General Board Meeting
Canoga Park Community Center, Canoga Park
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Northridge East Neighborhood Council Board Meeting
Northridge Woman’s Club, Northridge
Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North Hills West Neighborhood Council General Board Meeting
New Horizons – Sam’s Cafe, North Hills
Friday, September 19, 2014 - Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00 am
Two-Day Used Book Sale@Granada Hills Library
Granada Hills Library, Granada Hills CA
Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
LAPD West Valley Open House
LAPD West Valley Station, Reseda
Sunday, September 21, 2014
5:00 pm
33rd Congressional District Candidates Forum
Founder’s Hall of the Calabasas Library, Calabasas