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Los Angeles City Confirms: LAUSD Schools to Stay Open Despite Upcoming Storm on Monday

Heavy Rainfall and Flooding Alert

Heavy rainfall is continuing in the region, resulting in a flood warning and flood watch. The National Weather Service reports significant rainfall in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties, with some areas receiving up to five inches of rain. The storm has also caused power outages in the North Glendale area, affecting around 6,000 customers.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for certain areas in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties due to the incoming major storm. It is crucial for residents in mountain, canyon, and coastal areas to prepare for potential debris flows and flooding. Pay attention to any indications of land movement and follow evacuation orders and warnings. Stay updated with information from reliable sources.

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Stay Safe and Informed, from Mayor Karen Bass

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I was briefed earlier today by the National Weather Service about the tropical storm’s trajectory. Based on the current forecast track, our region could see scattered thunderstorms overnight, with heavy rain and wind impacting Los Angeles tomorrow and Monday morning.


Tonight, our City’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated at Level 2 ahead of Hurricane Hilary making landfall. As we mobilize and prepare, Angelenos should stay safe and informed.

Stay Safe During the Storm

Avoid any unnecessary travel. If you do not need to be on the road please postpone all non-essential travel until the peak of the storm passes. Have your emergency kit and essential devices on hand and ensure that all your devices are charged. Call 911 if there is a life-threatening emergency.

Be Careful During Power Outages

Please take official weather warnings seriously. Prepare for potential widespread and unpredictable power outages. If your power goes out, report it at Make sure you have a flashlight with extra batteries nearby. Do not use a candle as a light source as it poses a fire risk.

Sign up at for updates on outages. Remember to stay away from downed wires.

Report Damages and Request Assistance

The City of Los Angeles has made additional emergency trucks available at all times, citywide to respond to storm damage. Report storm impacts like roadway flooding or mudslides through or by calling 311.

Support for Unhoused Angelenos

The Mayor’s Office has worked to open temporary emergency shelters located near areas at risk of flooding and the City has been offering transportation to shelters as a part of outreach efforts. Additional shelter will open tomorrow. For those who are unable to move, provisions including tarps and emergency blankets are being provided.

The City’s emergency response departments will be on standby to assist those in life-threatening situations.

Stay Informed

Sign up for emergency notifications at

It’s important for all Angelenos to take precautions today to ensure that we can address the impacts of this storm.

Click here for the latest information

Thank you for doing your part to ensure that we can all stay safe together.

Karen Bass

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Hurricane Hilary Updates from Ready LA County

Extreme weather conditions are expected to impact LA County due to Hurricane Hilary. It’s predicted that Southern California will see heavy rainfall through early next week – with the most intense conditions occurring Sunday into Monday – as Hilary approaches, likely as a tropical storm. Below are resources provided by Ready LA County @readyla (Instagram).

ALWAYS CALL 911 if you are in immediate danger and need emergency help.

National Weather Service Safety Tips
Hurricane safety tips and resources provided by the National Weather Service are available at:

Road Closures
Visit the Los Angeles Department of Transportation at for updates on road closures.

For impacts like roadway flooding, tree limbs, blocking roads, or mudslides, Angelenos should request service through or by calling 311.

Power Outage Alerts
Sign up for Power Outage Alerts at: or by calling 1-800-342-5397.

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Heat-Related Safety Tips and Resources

Los Angeles is no stranger to intense heat waves as this past week has demonstrated. With July bringing in some of the hottest days of the year so far, it is important to be informed of all heat-related safety tips and resources especially as temperatures are expected to continue rising over the weekend:

If you are looking for a place to cool down and escape the sun, remember that ALL Los Angeles City libraries double as cooling centers. Follow this link to see the full list of the city’s libraries.

Follow this link to visit Cool Spots LA, an interactive application that shows you all of the locations you can visit to cool down in one place.
The Emergency Management Department’s most recent newsletter compiles a summary of heat-related resources and tips for Angelenos.
Additionally, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is offering an increased rebate to income-qualified customers who are interested in purchasing a more efficient cooling unit throughout the summer. Click here to learn more.
Lastly, the Los Angeles Fire Department’s website has tools and information regarding wildfires, including how to help prevent them and what to do in the event a fire sparks near your home.

By staying informed and vigilant, we can keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe throughout these summer days.

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Join a Committee – Appointments Made July 11

The HGNNC Board will be appointing members to the Standing Committees and Community Impact Statement filers on Tuesday, July 11 during the next Board meeting.

To indicate your interest in being appointed, send an email with the Committee(s) you are interested in to by Friday, July 7. Please be prepared to be present at the Tues. July 11 Board meeting to give a one-minute presentation on your interest/relevant background for the Committee position(s).

Committees shall have no more than nine members, with at least two of those members being Board members. No more than four Board members can be appointed to any one Committee.  Non-Board members shall be HGNNC stakeholders.

Community Interest Filers must be Board members.

Standing Committees:

Bylaws – review/update the HGNNC Bylaws and Standing Rules for presentation to the full Board and further review by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Executive – Is composed of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer and meets to review overall goals and plans of the Neighborhood Council

Finance – helps to create the fiscal year budget and update it, reviews monthly expenditures, and reviews and recommends approval of Neighborhood Purposes Grants and proposed events to the full Board.

Homeless Issues – assesses the current homeless situation in the HGNNC, hears from service providers, and recommends resources/solutions

Outreach/Communications – plans HGNNC outreach events and various methods of publicity for events and the Neighborhood Council in general, including website and social media

Planning and Land Use – reviews proposed development projects which require additional City hearings/approvals that are located within the HGNNC, evaluates Citywide planning and land use policies and statewide policies which will impact planning and land use, including Community Plan updates, and provides recommendations to the full Board. May meet monthly. Each member must complete a two-hour training to be eligible to vote.

Public Safety/Emergency Preparedness – discusses LAPD services, preparedness for major emergencies, and traffic issues relating to vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and street calming measures

Youth Issues – discusses issues related to those under 18 years of age living in or going to school within the HGNNC boundaries, works on developing close relationships with schools and other youth services within the HGNNC, and recommends youth-related projects and initiatives to the full Board

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Unprecedented Blizzard Warning Issued In Los Angeles County

Angelenos may get a rare snow day with snow in the Santa Monica Mountain foothills and blizzard conditions in the San Gabriel Mountains.

A blizzard warning has been issued for Los Angeles County, for the first time in history.

The blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service applies to the local mountains, but the storm will bring a “cold core” over the entire region Saturday. It’s a major concern in a county with roughly 70,000 unhoused people.

The warning will remain in effect from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon when as much as 7 feet of snow could fall at the highest elevations, according to the National Weather Service. At lower elevations and mountain passes 6 inches to a foot of snow is anticipated. Wind gusts may reach 75 mph, making visibility near zero. Officials are urging drivers not to try to head up the mountains during the storm.

“Travel should be restricted to emergencies only,” according to the NWS. “If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

“By Saturday night, 2-5 feet of total snow accumulation is likely above 4000 ft with isolated amounts near 7 feet at higher elevations, the weather service warned. “Accumulations of 6- 12 inches likely between 2000-4000 feet, including most major mountain passes.”

Snow levels may drop to 1,500 feet, meaning that the Santa Monica and Santa Susanna mountain ranges could get a rare dusting.

The low-elevation snow will contribute to what could be “the largest amount of 24-48 hour snowfall seen in decades, likely rivaling the 1989 storm, for our Ventura and Los Angeles County mountains,” according to the NWS.

“Snowfall of this rate and amount could lead to damage to structures and trees with an immense threat of avalanches, especially in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains by Saturday,” forecasters said.

Temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s in most of the area, although they will drop into the 30s in the mountains and some valley areas, particularly at night, and into the 20s in the Antelope Valley.

Though residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties awoke to sunny skies, Wednesday, the intense storm looms. The front end of the powerful winter storm moved into Southern California early Wednesday.

Winds began blasting large swaths of the area Tuesday night, rattling windows while knocking down trees and power lines in parts of the South Bay. A tree even fell onto some cars and an apartment building in Manhattan Beach.

High surf, meanwhile, pounded the coast, prompting the closure overnight of the Redondo Beach Pier due to the large waves.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory that will remain in effect for all Los Angeles County beaches until at least 3 a.m. Thursday. Forecasters said waves of up to 12 feet were anticipated, along with powerful rip currents that “can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea.” Forecasters also warned of possible coastal flooding.

The windy conditions that greeted many residents Wednesday morning were expected to diminish, “but it will still be a cool blustery day with a chance of showers mainly over the mountains,” according to the National Weather Service.

“An unusual winter storm will approach the area Thursday and will then produce periods of heavy rain and heavy mountain snow to the region Friday through Saturday night,” forecasters said.

According to the NWS Los Angeles office — which is actually based in Oxnard, this is believed to be the first time it has ever issued a blizzard warning for the area. Forecasters initially said one had previously been issued, but after checking records dating back 40 years, there was no evidence of any such warnings.

Ahead of the blizzard warning, a winter storm warning will be in effect in the mountains until 4 a.m. Friday for the mountains, thanks to anticipated “low elevation snow, strong winds, and very cold wind chills.”

In the Antelope Valley, a winter weather advisory will be in effect until 4 a.m. Friday, with forecasters anticipating 3 to 6 inches of snow in the foothills and 1 to 3 inches on the valley floor, with winds gusting to 45 mph.

When the brunt of the storm begins to arrive Thursday, all major mountain passes will be at risk of snow, while other areas could get up to a half-inch of rain.

By Thursday night, however, things will begin to worsen.

Coastal and valley areas could get between 2 and 4 inches of rain during the storm.

The cold weather posed a major health threat to the unhoused and people without access to adequate shelter and heating.

“Please take precautions to ensure you, your loved ones, and your neighbors are staying safe and warm,” said Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis, MD, MPH. “The most vulnerable people to the cold are children, the elderly, those with disabilities, and those with special medical needs. If you need a warm place to stay, there are shelters and other public facilities available to help keep you safe, warm, and dry.”

Persons seeking shelter services to stay in a warm place can visit

The county offered tips for staying safe during this unusual cold spell:

  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Never use a generator inside a home, shed, or garage even if doors and windows are open. Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors, and vents.
  • Never use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors. Deaths have occurred after people burned charcoal or used camp stoves in enclosed spaces, which produced lethal levels of carbon monoxide.
  • Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Do not touch or approach a downed power line; call 9-1-1 if you see a downed or damaged electrical line.
  • Avoid using candles. If possible, use flashlights instead. If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended or near children or bedding. Extinguish candles when you leave the room.
  • Have a plan for backup power if you or someone in your family is dependent on electricity for medical devices.
  • Wear layers and have blankets available to add additional warmth. Layers will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. Stay dry to avoid hypothermia.
  • If it is safe, check on neighbors who may need assistance — older adults, people with disabilities, and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.
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