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June / July , 2024 Edition



Hello Encino Neighbors!

We hope you are enjoying the beginning of your summer!

June gloom is upon us here in Encino. Many of you may be feeling a little depressed or anxious, Seasonal Effective Disorder is a real thing. Most places it happens in the fall and winter, but here in Sunny LA we have our own special version known as “June Gloom.” It can start as early as April and it is usually long gone by July 4th. It annoys tourists, makes summer beach days chilly and leaves a hazy afternoon layer in the sky that most people mistake for smog. We are so used to the sunny weather here in Southern CA that this seasonal marine layer really does a number on us all. But it does have to? So, what to do, let’s look on the bright side (no pun), shall we?


Well, we know we can’t change the weather but we can look at it another way.. the marine layer is surprisingly beneficial to our ecosystem, think of how hot it is in the rest of the country while we are enjoying summer life at a high of 70. We can laugh it off and remind ourselves how lucky we are to have a month of low utility bills; remember we will be cranking the air next month.

So, here are a few suggestions to help all of you Encino residents shake off the gloom and enjoy the weather. First, get outside! Enjoy this cool June weather while you can by exploring the amazing hiking trails at the top of Encino Hills Drive & Mulholland, The West Ridge-Canyon Back Trail (info) has some of LAs Most spectacular views spanning from Downtown LA, Malibu, Catalina Island and the San Fernando Valley, beautiful wild flowers are still blooming. Check out the historic Nike Missile Tower (info) for more fantastic views, shop the Encino Farmers Market every Sunday (info), Stroll the Sepulveda Garden Center (info), enjoy the gorgeous oak trees at Encino Park (info), go for a guided Audubon bird watching walk in the Sepulveda Basin (info), feed the ducks at our own Los Encinos State Historic Park (info), check out some of the new coffee shops in Encino and engage with your neighbors and before you know it the afternoon sun will break through and you will remember with a sense of gratitude why you live in Encino and LA.


ENC Outreach Committee


Meet our LAPD Senior

Lead Officer,

Pravind Walia,

Encino Area,

LAPD West Valley

Join us at our regular ENC monthly board meeting on June 26nd at 7pm on Zoom to connect with Officer Walia.

(Zoom link can be found on General Board Meeting Agenda posted on ENC Calendar 72 Hours prior to meeting)

Officer Walia's Tip For The Summer:

June 2024

Officer Walia’s Fun Summer Safety Tips

Summer’s here—let’s keep it safe and fun! Check out these cool tips to secure your home and property while you enjoy the sunshine.

1. Mail and Deliveries: Heading out on a vacation? Make sure to have the post office or your mail carrier hold your mail. You don’t want a pile of letters shouting, “No one’s home!” Same goes for those online shopping splurges—pause the deliveries or ask a neighbor to grab them for you.

2. Neighborhood Watch Party: Before you go, chat with your neighbors and ask them to keep an eye on your place. They can alert you if something seems off and pick up any stray packages. Plus, it’s a great excuse to get to know them better!

3. Community Connection: Build a little neighborhood squad! Stay in touch with those around you so everyone knows what’s normal on your street. Familiar faces, usual cars, and even the routine barks from dogs can help everyone spot when something’s out of place.

4. Home Alone Tricks: Set timers for your lights and leave a radio on to make it look like someone’s home. It’s an easy way to deter any would-be intruders.

Have an awesome and safe summer, everyone!

Also please see below,

Mayor Karen Bass wants to hear from you on choosing our next LAPD Chief!

Use the QR code below or go to: HERE


Pride Month is traditionally celebrated in June around the world. In 2024, Pride Month will take place from June 1st to June 30th.


For scheduled events in the San Fernando Valley!


Juneteenth Community Celebration: Black in the Valley

Saturday, June 17, 2023

  • Location: 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91371 MAP
  • 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm.


Join Umpja of Pierce College for a community celebration for Juneteenth on Saturday, June 17 from 1-6 pm in Rocky Young Park at Pierce College. They will have music, food, vendors and activities! Sponsored by Umoja of Pierce College in collaboration with Zawadi Cultural Collective. Parking is free! Contact

Meet Aaron Yates, Recreation Facility Director,

Encino Community Center

Hello, everyone!

I'm Aaron Yates, the Recreation Facility Director at the Encino Community Center. Since August 2023, I've had the pleasure of serving our vibrant community by ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all. My goal is to offer diverse and affordable recreation and cultural activities for people of all ages.

From engaging with our youth through sports to organizing seasonal events like Halloween and spring festivities, my time here has been incredibly rewarding. I'm committed to growing alongside this community and am eager to hear your ideas, concerns, and questions about the center.

Let's work together to expand and enhance the programming at Encino Community Center. Your feedback is always appreciated.

With gratitude, Aaron Yates

Meet Aaron Yates, Recreation Facility Director, Encino Community Center

For More information Visit :

 Encino Community Center


Los Angeles Animals Services is asking for volunteers to help walk big dogs and help clean the shelters.

This is a fun way to get involved and help animals in need. More info: HERE

The Encino Neighborhood Council would like to welcome and introduce our new Neighborhood Council Empowerment Advocate, Vincent Autiero...

Representing the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, Vincent Autiero is the new Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate (NEA) for the Encino Neighborhood Council. Vincent earned his Baccalaureate of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and holds a Master's Degree in Education from Pepperdine University. Last year he earned his Doctorate Degree from UNLV with an emphasis in Public Policy. A review of Vincent's community involvement includes having previously served on the board of the Mid City West Neighborhood Council for five and a half years and a Budget Advocate for two years. In addition, he was a former active member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Vincent currently resides in the West San Fernando Valley.

Prior to joining the City of Los Angeles, Vincent's career path was in the private sector, serving in the fields of education and business.

In his free time, Vincent enjoys networking and building connections within his community and is an avid supporter of the Dodgers and Lakers.


Vincent Autiero

Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street, Suite 2005

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Email |  Web |

JUNE 14th Is Flag Day.

Flag Day is a holiday celebrated on June 14 in the United States. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

The California Audubon Society does business as San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, and was formed in 1906. Its mission is to promote the conservation of natural resources and to preserve and enhance wildlife habitats and biodiversity, to increase appreciation of bird life and the natural environment through education, presentations, guided bird walks and other activities, and to foster opportunities for a diverse population to come together for the protection and celebration of avian life. In addition to birding and related presentations, SFVAS is actively involved in habitat restoration and preservation as well as environmental education. SFVAS is partnering with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund to provide a series of classes on native plant landscaping later this year.

SFVAS will continue its family & beginner birding excursion in Encino’s own Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area, meeting on June 2, 2024 at 9 AM. Loaner binoculars are available at the family and beginner event. The 1st Sunday trips at the Basin meet every month at 8 am and generally go all the way to the Sepulveda Dam, often locating 50 or more different species of birds. The SFVAS birding events will be canceled in the event of rain.

See the SFVAS Website for more information and future monthly events. Events Calendar:

Southern California Garden Club

California Garden Clubs, Inc. –

Pacific Region Garden Clubs, Inc.

National Garden Clubs, Inc. –

Read our publications: 

The Green ThumbGolden Gardens eNewsWACONIAH, and The National Gardener

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Many of you have probably noticed the dreadful state of some of our streets in Encino after the heavy rain. We'd like to tell you about a convenient way to report potholes or other street maintenance issues.

You can now use the new MyLA311 App on your phone and easily report issues you may see.

With the MyLA311 app

City information and services are just a few taps away. Use the app to quickly and easily request the City's most popular services, including graffiti removal, pothole repair, and bulky-item pickup. Other features include access to the City Services knowledge base, map of nearby City facilities, City Social Media feeds, and more. Download the MyLA311 app for Android or iPhone or submit requests using the MyLA311 website.  



The 311 Call Center provides various options to connect to a wide variety of non-emergency City services and general City information. Some of the most popular City services can be requested by calling 311 or (213) 473-3231. or visit

Stay Informed with the Encino Neighborhood Council!

Feeling concerned with the increasing noise from Van Nuys Airport or the ongoing developments along Ventura Blvd? Interested in finding solutions to the traffic and congestion issues in Encino? The Encino Neighborhood Council is here for you, actively addressing community concerns through its dedicated committees.

To keep abreast of these discussions and contribute your voice, we invite you to join our committee or general board meetings. Our ENC Calendar is your go-to resource for all meeting schedules, most of which are conveniently held via video conference to ensure easy access for everyone.

Meeting links are made available 72 hours in advance and can be accessed through the agendas posted for each event. Simply visit our live calendar, select the event of interest, and find all the details, including the video conference links, in the posted agenda.

Stay connected and informed about the developments in Encino by joining us in our efforts to make our community a better place.

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