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Virtual Interpretive Training in Boyle Heights

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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On Thursday, January 21st, the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) in partnership with the L.A. Zoo and the Community Nature Connection, begins an online Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course. It is designed for individuals with public contact at interpretive sites (i.e., the L.A. Zoo) or delivers interpretive programs on video or for streaming services. The online course includes all of the material available through the face-to-face classroom setting.

Training Options for Boyle Heights Participants

Participants may take the course without obtaining the certificate as a Certified Interpretive Guide or CIG. This option costs $235 and includes all course material, but not the Core Literature Review exam necessary to become a CIG.

The second option includes the exam and costs an additional $150. CIG Certification is for four years and includes a paid, one-year membership in the NAI. For participants who are already NAI members, it will be implemented at the end of their current membership.

Storm season is here, so floodwater removal for Boyle Heights homes may soon be necessary. To schedule a service visit, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake /Echo Park today at (213) 628-2000.

Flags and Magic in Los Angeles Is on Fire

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

light show at six flags, nite, If a fire-damaging event lights up your Los Angeles home call SERVPRO. Enjoy the Six Flags/Magic Mountain Light Show!

Come See the Biggest Neighborhood Light Show in Los Angeles

Six Flags / Magic Mountain has taken the idea of a drive-thru business to the next level. On January 11th, and thru-out December and January, the theme park has converted its entire operation into what may be the biggest commercial light show in Los Angeles.

Music, Ornaments, Santa, and Muscle Cars – Only in Los Angeles

Included in this holiday experience are dancing lights timed to the music participants hear over the park’s sound system. Rides and support structures are now 30-foot-tall ornaments, and everything that doesn’t move has a layer of fake snow covering it, making Magic Mountain look more like the Sierras. Children can wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus, while Moms and Dads get to enjoy the classic cars on display thanks to West Coast Customs.

Tickets run from $20 to $25 per person, and every car entering must have at least two people. Arrive early for the show and avoid the rush!

If your Los Angeles home needs fire damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake /Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 today. Especially in today’s environment, we are here for you.

Assisting Los Angeles Businesses with Local Disaster Relief Teams

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

seal of the LA city council The Local Los Angeles CIty Council even Relies Upon SERVPRO for water damage mitigation

SERVPRO Provides Rapid Support to Los Angeles Commercial Operations

The Los Angeles City Council meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 am in City Hall’s John Ferraro Council Chamber (Room 340), on 200 N. Spring St. On the first Friday of every other month, however, the City Council gathers at the Van Nuys Civic Center.

The Council is made up of single members elected from every district. The 15 members each serve a four-year term. The President and President Pro Tempore of the Council are elected at the first regular meeting of each term. Each Councilmember serves on several Committees, and all matters are referred between the Council and Council Committees based on the adopted Council Committee Structure Resolution.

All meetings for both the Council and Committees are open to the public, except for a few "closed sessions" on sensitive issues. The public may interact and comment on agenda items at both Council and Committee meetings. If a public comment on any item is not heard in Committee, an opportunity for public comment can occur in the next Council meeting.

Los Angeles City Council Agendas and Transparency

The City Council is committed to being a transparent part of the city. To further access to the Council and understanding of the city’s issues, they have developed these methods:

  • The Council & Council Committee Meetings Calendar provides the agendas released for upcoming Council and Committee meetings. The Council Recess Schedule identifies the special days and events when the Council does not meet.
  • The Council Administration office provides Meeting Agendas, Audio and Video recordings, Journals/minutes for all City Council meetings going back to 2008, and Computer-Aided Real-Time (CART) Transcripts to 2016.
  • All public members with a valid email address can subscribe to Meeting Agendas, Hot Sheets, Journals, and Motions. The "Hot Sheet" Referral Memorandum (detailing where Council items are referred) when they are published, Motions the day they're introduced, and Council journals/minutes. The Hot Sheets are also posted on CFMS's Referral/Journal page.
  • The Council Vote Verification System (CVVS) shows how the City Council voted on each issue. The public can also track Council meeting votes live during streamed Council meetings held at the Los Angeles and Van Nuys City Halls.
  • The Council Meeting Attendance Log is published monthly and provides the attendance record of each councilmember. While not an official record, it provides a summary of every meeting attended, regardless of the member sat in for the full session or a shorter time.
  • The public can also access a copy of the Council Rules, which apply to both Council and Committee meetings. The Council regularly amends its procedures to ensure city business conduct complies with local, county, and state law.
  • Translation Services: The City Clerk's Office provides translation services for Council and Council Committee meetings only. Any member of the public requiring translation services should contact the Council and Public Services Division's Translation Services coordinator at least 72 hours before the meeting they need to attend and specify the language service required.

Los Angeles City Archives and Records Center

The City Clerk's Records Management Division is comprised of the City Archives and the Records Center. Its assigned duty, under the City Clerk’s Charter, is to serve as the custodian of the City Records. Included among them are Planning, Historical, and Departmental Records.

Members of the public wanting to review City Planning Records must first call the Planning Department's Automated Records Unit to obtain the box numbers for the files related to their property of interest. Once they have the box numbers, members of the public next contact the City Clerk’s Office to schedule a visit.

By appointment, historical city records are available to all.  City Council Records from 1940 - 1979 are indexed online at Council Files (1940 - 1979), and Records from 1980 to today are indexed online at Council Files (CFMS). All files identified in the CFMS may be reviewed at the City Archives. Records maintained include the following:

  • Council Minutes
  • Archived Digital Vault
  • Council Minutes from 1850 to 1979
  • Indexes to Council Minutes from 1940 to 1979
  • City Council Indexes from 1940-1979
  • Images
  • Videos

Departmental Records can be reviewed by City employees of their department. Before scheduling a visit with the City Clerk’s Office, employees must get the box numbers for the files they want to review from their department’s Records Coordinator.

The Records Management Division is also responsible for the disposition of Obsolete City Records. Obsolete Records prepared for disposal are posted for the public’s review on the City Clerk’s webpage under Records Disposition Reports for 60 days. Members of the public can request to be placed on an e-mail notification list of Obsolete Records pending destruction activities by contacting the Records Management Division.

SERVPRO Supports Los Angeles City Council and Business Operations

The City of Los Angeles has worked diligently to eliminate paper records. The effort to move to digital protects the integrity of stored records for not just the City but also businesses trying to serve their clients and meet the needs of digital record keeping.

Even with paper eliminated, carpets, furniture, and interior walls are still at risk from water that pool in a storage closet or spread across floors. At SERVPRO, our goal is to eliminate or reduce these risks and return each facility to its original, dry state.

Our first step is to quickly remove excess water using extraction devices on floors, carpets, and out of items like upholstered furniture. Next, our response teams dry every affected item using a combination of fans and air movers to draw out the damp air and replace it with a flow of warm air across the affected property. Where needed, team members hand dry items to prevent the destruction of varnish and other finishes. Our team can utilize special drying chambers to mitigate water damage to stored documents and other paper items.

SERVPRO is proud to support L.A. businesses, especially at this time. If your commercial operation needs water removal after a burst pipe or flood, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake /Echo Park today at (213) 628-2000.

Drive Through Wonderland and Enjoy the Los Angeles Festivities from Your Car

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

person with sleigh snowglobe in hand Whether snow or rain storms, SERVPRO can take the worry about of emergency restoration so that you can enjoy the holidays.

This Massive Holiday Themed Event is Something Los Angeles Residents of All Ages Will Love 

Snow may not often happen in Los Angeles, but that does not stop Santa or the holidays. This year enjoy a drive through North Pole experience at Wonderland. This Christmas event includes: 

  • Christmas light tunnels
  • Festive tree forest
  • Holiday lights synchronized to music
  • Elves
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Holidays around the world display
  • Candy canes  

It is a fantastic family event. Tickets are per car, up to 8 people, and are $70. Early bird specials are $60. Have more than eight people? No problem. Vehicles with nine or more are $80 per vehicle.  

This event runs from November 30th to December 23rd. Wonderland is not open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. It all reopens on December 26th and can be enjoyed through December 30th. Order your tickets online and then head for 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd. 

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park provides flood water removal services in Los Angeles. If we can help with any flooding, contact us at (213) 628-2000. We wish all our customers a very happy holiday. Stay healthy and safe.

Boyle Heights Can Kick Off the Holiday with Miracle on Ocean Ave

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of Holiday Lights; Lights blurred SERVPRO is here to make sure that the only soot that you see during the holidays is on Santa's Suit!

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Invites Boyle Heights Residents to Join in the Fun 

Just because it is a bit warmer in California and beaches abound does not mean Santa isn’t on his way. The Loews Beach Hotel is excited to bring back the Miracle on Ocean Ave event. The fun is not just for hotel visitors. It is for the public as well and is brimming with holiday delights.  

Whimsical Wonderland Escape 

When you make your way into the hotel, you are entering a seasonal wonderland that includes: 

  • An upside-down forest
  • Santa letter writing station
  • A private igloo for dining in the restaurant
  • Dog friendly “yappy hours” Dec 4 & Dec 18
  • Holiday cocktails 
  • Themed activations 

The event goes through January 3rd with lots of special weekend activities. 

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park provides professional fire smoke removal in Boyle Heights and surrounding areas. Let us put your house back to normal after a fire. You can contact us at (213) 628-2000 for more information. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Relax, Renew, and Heal with Meditation in Los Angeles

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Room with wood floors and plastic sheeting hung with blue and red tape Don’t let mold damage stress you out, call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Enjoy Harmonizing Music in the Los Angeles Area

After Thanksgiving, many Angelinos need to eliminate holiday stress. Mystic Journey Crystals specializes in hosting events that use sound to relax its attendees' spirit and return them to a sense of balance often in jeopardy during the holidays. 

Many Blessings, Jenny & Seth The Dynasty Electrik Crystal Sound Bath

This team of musical healers carefully participates in a healing journey using chimes, crystal singing bowls, and a gong. They combine these instruments with nature sounds, soundscapes, and vocals to also help listeners discover a new dimension of their inner being. 

The technique clears discordant energies in the body. This then helps healers re-harmonize the body's energy, which returns attendees to a proper equilibrium state.  

So why call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park? We cannot help with holiday stress, but if you have mold damage in your Los Angeles home, call us at (213) 628-2000 to schedule an inspection and return your home to a clean state in time for the New Year. 

Los Angeles Homes Hit by Fire Can Depend on SERVPRO to Help

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Flowers at Exposition Park Los Angeles has lots to offer, including Exposition Park.

Fire Restoration is Our Specialty – Let Us Help You Get Your Home Back to Normal 

Los Angeles is an ultra-modern city that is packed with history. From Spain and Mexico claiming it and onwards to it becoming one of the United States, it has had a colorful past. Over the years, landmarks have developed that are worth the trip. Thousands of visitors each year visit these attractions – some are historical, some are modern, but they all represent some aspect of Los Angeles. 

An Iconic Sign Everyone Recognizes 

Towering above Los Angeles is the Hollywood Sign with lettering that is 45 feet tall and 350 long. It began life as a Hollywoodland and was an advertisement for a new housing development. Over time it would be repaired and shortened to the current sign. Although it no longer serves its first purpose, a local real estate advertisement, the area of Santa Monica Hills wouldn't be the same without it. Visitors from around the world hike to see this sign each year. 

Venice Canal Historic District 

This residential suburb of Venice is home to this historic district. It was created to have the appearance and ambiance of Venice, Italy. Abbot Kinney began these man-made wetlands canal in 1905. It was complete with arched bridges and gondoliers and trips through the lit canal. It was designed to draw buyers for residential lots. Interesting facts about the Venice Canal District include: 

  • It was 3 to 4 times bigger than today before 1929
  • The canals were reduced down to 6 from the original 13
  • The seven canals that were destroyed became roads
  • Many attempts were made to restore and repair the canals over the years
  • Changes were made for improvement in the 1980s 

Walt Disney Concert Hall 

The Walt Disney Concert Hall doors opened on October 24, 2003. It is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and can seat over 2,000 people. The Los Angeles Master Chorale is also based out of the concert hall. The venue was a gift to Los Angeles by Lillian Disney as a tribute to Walt Disney. It is a impressive work of architecture and has a concert organ that is second to none. 

USS Iowa Battleship 

A retired battleship, the Iowa is the last lead ship of battleships of any kind. In her vessel class, she was the only one who saw duty in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled on her when he crossed the Atlantic headed toward Algeria. The president was meeting with Churchill and Stalin to discuss important issues of the day.  

In 1944 the Iowa was moved to the Pacific Fleet, where she was active in the war measures. She was flying Admiral William F. Halsey's flag as the Third Fleet flagship during the Japanese surrender in Tokyo bay. She took part in the Korean War and was later decommissioned to the Navy reserve fleets. In 1982 she was reactivated only to be permanently decommissioned in 1990. Today visitors can tour the battleship for a glimpse back into time. 

Grauman's Chinese Theatre 

In 1922 Grauman's Egyptian Theatre was opened and successful enough to open the Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Its branded title is TCL Chinese Theatre, and it is located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is a movie palace that opened on May 18, 1927, where the King of King's of Cecil B. DeMille fame debuted. Since then, it has seen many premiers of blockbuster movies, including Star Wars. Another main attraction is the handprints, footprints, and signatures in the concrete blocks in the forecourt. Today it is also an IMAX theater. 

Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles 

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument includes Olvera Street. It has been the main square of LA since the 1820s when the city still belonged to Mexico. The street has had several names over time and became Olvera Street in 1877. One of the Plaza Districts' historic buildings, the Avila Adobe, is on the street. It dates back to 1818, along with Pelanconi Street established in 1857 and Sepulveda House in 1887. Today restaurants, craft stores, and troubadours line the street. It was designated as a "Top Five" street by the "Great Streets of America." 

Sightseers Dream Spot 

There is so much to experience in the City of Angels. The above does not begin to put a dent in the landmarks in LA. Some other well-known ones include: 

  • Capital Records Building
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
  • Angel Flight
  • Dolby Theatre
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Getty Center
  • Getty Villa
  • Stahl House
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • LA Live
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Bradbury Building
  • S. Bank Tower
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Watts Towers
  • Dodger Stadium 

SERVPRO Restores Homes with Fire Damage 

Homes and businesses alike in Los Angeles can be subject to fires at any time. When disaster strikes, SERVPRO is there to provide emergency mitigation. Even small fires can do extensive damage as smoke residue and soot move throughout the home. Our technicians know how to intercede and deliver fire restoration in Los Angeles.  

Professional Technicians Get the Job Done 

When your home experiences a fire, the extent of the fire determines the steps that are taken. There are specific actions that are basic to even small fires. These can include: 

  • Doing a scope of the area
  • Removing charred remains if needed
  • Determining the type of soot present
  • Using the appropriate cleaning methods
  • Water extraction if required
  • Deodorization
  • Restoration of home and content 

When we leave your home, SERVPRO wants you to feel, "Like it never even happened." We encourage homeowners to let our professionals handle the job as attempting to clean on your own can worsen the situation.  

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park prides itself on providing quality fire restoration services to LA. You can contact us at (213) 628-2000 and talk to our friendly staff. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Spend Time Watching Animals in Los Angeles at the Zoo

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

A big building with the words Los Angeles Zoo on it. Animals are the best, go out and safely support your local zoo.

Visit the Los Angeles Zoo by Making a Reservation Today

The Los Angeles Zoo is open and ready to take individual ticket reservations.  Each time slot has maximum capacity limits for safety measures. Keeping this in mind, it is important to plan ahead since time slots often sell out.  The zoo closed first due to the virus and then because of poor air quality during the local Bobcat and El Dorado wildfires. Although the zoo suspended their in-person talks to limit gathering in crowds, guests are still free to enjoy the zoo animals. 

Here's What You Should Know About Zoo Visits

  • Reservations are required for all visits.
  • The zoo reserves the right to close certain attractions to allow for appropriate social distancing. 
  • While eating and drinking without a mask, stay stationary to limit possible exposure. 
  • High-touch areas and equipment such as drinking fountains are closed for safety. 
  • Tickets range from $17 to $22. 

If you need water removal in the greater Los Angeles area, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park for 24/7 Emergency Service at (213) 628-2000.

Can You Prepare Kids for a Flood Damage Event in Boyle Heights?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home For flood damage remediation, you can call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000.

Boyle Heights Residents Concerned about Family Safety after Flood Damage?

Boyle Heights is a diverse and vibrant community situated close to the Los Angeles River. These days the river flows through concrete channels built after catastrophic floods in the early 20th Century. Unfortunately, that does not mean residents are entirely safe from floods, as California still suffers from storms and flooding.

It is better to be prepared for possible flooding to your Boyle Heights home. Then if disaster does occur, it will not take you by surprise. One way to prepare is talking to your kids about flooding and what to do if it happens.

How can you prepare your kids for flooding?
The best way to prepare your kids for potential flood damage in Boyle Heights is to talk to them about it:
    •    Bring up the subject in a way that allows space for questions
    •    Talk in terms of how to stay calm and safe, so it is less frightening
    •    If you do not know the answer to a question, look it up together

You can also involve children (and the rest of your family) in flood preparedness activities such as:
    •    Having a grab and go bag ready for if you need it
    •    Storing valuable papers away from the floor and in watertight boxes
    •    Making sure you have pet medicine, food, toys, and carry cases ready to grab in an emergency
    •    Ensuring you have a stock of any regular medicines stored in watertight containers

What about protecting your home?
You cannot prevent a storm, but you can take steps to protect your home from the effects of one.

Make sure your home is structurally sound. If you have leaky windows or doors or a missing roof tile, take care of it now, before disaster strikes. You should also check your gutters and downpipes and make sure they are clear.

If you have a sump pump, ensure it is functioning correctly and have backup power. You should also check your yard – in the event of a flood, would the water run away from your house or toward? You can employ a landscape gardener to direct water away from your home.

Consider adding flood barrier seals or storm doors if storms are a particular concern. You might also make sandbags to protect your home in an emergency.

What should you do with flood-contaminated materials?
Flood water from storms is sometimes classified as blackwater, meaning it could contain dangerous contaminants, raw sewage, or dead animals or fish. That is why SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park recommends calling us immediately after a flood. Do not try to handle flood-damaged materials yourself.

There may be some cases where you can safely manage materials if you are confident the water is from heavy rain, not a flooded river. In that case, you can:

    •    Remove colored items such as books or magazines from rugs and carpets
    •    Remove sofa cushions and tent them to encourage drying
    •    Pick up bulky items like rugs, furs, sheepskin rugs, or leather clothes, and hang them to dry
    •    Blot water from surfaces using a mop and wipe down furniture with an absorbent cloth

It is essential to keep your kids away from flood-damaged areas and not let them play with flood-damaged toys. Our team will assess what is safe to keep, what is not safe, and what we can clean.

How can SERVPRO help?
We train our technicians to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, so they are up to date on the latest and best flood remediation techniques.

We assess your home and contents to ascertain what is salvageable and to draw up a drying plan. Our assessment includes moisture level and humidity monitoring, which we continue to do throughout the remediation process.

Can SERVPRO clean your kids' favorite belongings?
Depending on the category of water and contamination level, it is possible to clean many kinds of belongings. We can wipe down plastic toys and furniture. We can use ultrasonic cleaning machines for many toys, soft toys, and textiles, or we can send them to our facility where we have Esporta hydraulic washing systems. We can also send clothes and shoes to our Esporta washers for a thorough but gentle cleaning process.

We can apply microbial treatments where needed to make items sanitary again.

When we have finished cleaning your home and belongings, we will deodorize to leave them fresh, “Like it never even happened.”

We understand that you are concerned about your family and their belongings. That is why we treat your loved ones and your possessions with the same care we treat our own.

For flood damage remediation, you can trust call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000.

Where Do Homeowners Go to Restore Their Residences After a Water Intrusion?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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For the Best Choice in Restoration After Flooding, Los Angeles Residents, Call SERVPRO.

Is a Professional Response Always Necessary?

Yes. Every Los Angeles home needs a professional agency like SERVPRO to not only remove water but to also eliminate moisture trapped in the floors, walls, and other parts of the structure. 

Why Should Homeowners Choose SERVPRO Over Other Companies?

Other water restoration companies simply do not have an extensive equipment inventory compared to what we have available at SERVPRO. With over 700 items ready to go, our teams are trained and prepared with everything from air movers to water extractors to restore local homes from nearly any type of water intrusion. 

Extractors – Our team specialists use a variety of devices. They have small extractors, designed to wear as a backpack for tight spaces such as closets. For larger parts of a home, specialists use pumps that range in size from models used in apartments to truck-mounted pumps with extensive hoses that have attached generators or can be run directly off the truck’s engine. 

Air Movers and Fans – After removing the standing water and any trapped in carpets or flooring, specialists install these devices to force moisture out of structural properties like drywall and other paneling, then draw it out of the interior to disperse outside. Where needed, they also use Dehumidifiers to augment the actions of the other devices. 

If There Is Damage, You Cannot Restore, What Happens Next?

Our restoration teams also have construction experienced technicians. Except for major repairs that require a licensed contractor, team members can accomplish the tasks needed to return each residence to its pre-intrusion condition, ready for occupation once more. 

To schedule a visit from one of our response teams or to learn more about what we can do for your home here or in Boyle Heights, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park today at (213) 628-2000. We are here for you.