Rain Barrels can be Free with MWD – LADWP rebate

The rain barrel truckload sale was so successful that we’re having another one! It’s Sunday January 11 at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market near Grand View and Venice Blvd. To ensure that you get one, order and pay for it ahead of time at www.rainbarrelsintl.com/events.asp. Local retailers sell these rain barrels for $130-$150. Rain Barrels International and TreePeople ‘s truckload sale on Jan. 11 lets you purchase them at cost, for $85 each! MWD/DWP’s SoCalWaterSmart offers rebates for up to 4 barrels, making the barrels FREE

91-Year-Old Driver Kills 74-Year-Old Pedestrian at Post Office

Los Angeles:  On Monday, December 15, 2014, around 9:56 a.m., an elderly driver accidently ran over two pedestrians, killing one and causing the other to be hospitalized with severe injuries.

The 91 year-old driver in a 1987 Mitsubishi Montero was backing up her vehicle in the 3800 block of Grand View Boulevard when she struck the two pedestrians.  One pedestrian, a 74 year-old female resident of Los Angeles, died at the scene.  The other pedestrian, an 83 year-old male resident of Los Angeles, was transported to a local hospital with severe injuries.  The driver was interviewed by officers and after drugs and alcohol were determined not to be a factor, she was released from the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident, or for more information, is asked to call West Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 473-0234.  During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Winter Shelter Donations Drop off at CD 11 offices

Requested Items Include:

Razors; Soap (bar and shower gel); Hand sanitizer; Toothpaste; Feminine hygiene products; Foot spray; Deodorant; Combs; Hairbrushes; Nail clippers; Shower shoes; Bath towels.

Men’s underwear; Women’s underwear; Socks; T-shirts; Coats; Jackets; Hats; Scarves; Gloves; Men’s pants; Women’s pants; Shoes; Adult diapers.

Personal Items
Backpacks; Reading glasses.

Misc. items for shelter
Coffee; Creamer; Sugar; Books; Magazines; Board games, Cleaning items (i.e. brooms, mops, scrub pads, bleach, disinfectant, and trash bags).

Donations will be accepted at any CD11 office until December 20, 2014.


Westside Food Bank Collection at Councilman Bonin’s Offices


The following are the types of food requested by the Food Bank:  (no glass please, except for baby food.)

Please make sure that all food donated has not been opened if it is not individually wrapped, and that the inner packaging is still intact. Please, no expired food.

Cans of:

Tuna, Vegetables, and Soup
Fruits and Fruit Juices
Pork & Beans
Stews & Other Meats
Packaged Foods:

Pasta, Lentils, Pinto and other beans.
Macaroni & Cheese & Packaged Dinners
Instant Soups
Hot and Cold Cereals
Peanut Butter & other Nut Butters
Nutritional Bars: protein, granola, energy or breakfast bars
Baby foods are also urgently needed. Sadly, two thousand babies and toddlers are without adequate nutrition each day right here on the Westside of Los Angeles.  We want to help them receive the nutrition they need to grow and develop into strong and healthy children.  We now have a special section at our warehouse devoted exclusively to infant and toddler nutrition so that our member agencies have easy access to the foods that are so vital to the health and well-being of the children in our community.

Please consider collecting the following items:

Infant formula
Jar foods – all flavors and stages
Crackers, teething biscuits, and cookies
Raisins & fruit snacks
Juices: jars, cans, pouches and boxes
Infant and children’s cereals
You can also donate online with the Westside Food Bank’s VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE


Donations will be accepted at any of Councilmember Bonin’s three offices. Visit our maps page to find the office closest to you.


Westside Food Bank is an independent, non-governmental, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1981, which provides food to social service agencies on the Westside of Los Angeles County. Food donated to the Westside Food Bank enables low-income people to stay in their homes, deterring the problem of homelessness, because it saves them from having to make the agonizing choice between paying for rent or food when they can’t afford both. Receiving food also enables the Westside Food Bank’s 70 member-agencies to devote more of their own resources to other ways of helping clients achieve self respect and economic independence. Click here to find out more.