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48-unit affordable housing complex debuts at 9502 Van Nuys Boulevard

At a ceremony held on October 12 in Panorama City, officials with LA Family Housing and Domus Development marked the completion of the Talisa Apartments, a new permanent supportive housing complex.The project, located on a corner lot at 9502 Van Nuys Boulevard, is a four-story edifice which features 48 one- and two-bedroom apartments priced for...

At a ceremony held on October 12 in Panorama City, officials with LA Family Housing and Domus Development marked the completion of the Talisa Apartments, a new permanent supportive housing complex.

The project, located on a corner lot at 9502 Van Nuys Boulevard, is a four-story edifice which features 48 one- and two-bedroom apartments priced for extremely-low income households, as well as one unit for an on-site manager. Parking for 30 vehicles is located within an at-grade garage.

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“For the first time in my life, I feel in control of my life,” said Talisa resident Diana Smith in a news release. “I love seeing my kids finally feel happy, safe, and relaxed after so many years of uncertainty. Finally, instead of worrying about where we’re going to sleep next month, I get to think about what comes next for my family. I’m currently looking for a job, and I’m enrolled in school with a goal to work in communications in public service.”

Built on the former site of an auto body repair shop and a single-family home, the apartment complex incorporates common features such as a playground, a community garden, and a computer lab.

FSY Architects designed the Talisa development, while Alpha Construction Company served as general contractor.

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Domus, one of the co-developers, will also serve as property manager, while LA Family Housing will offer on-site supportive services to residents.

In addition to Talisa, LA Family Housing and Domus are behind multiple ongoing projects in the Los Angeles area. LA Family Housing is behind plans for an upcoming motel conversion not far away in Panorama City, while Domus is attached to an 85-unit complex now taking shape in Florence-Firestone.

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Health care workers picket outside US hospitals in multiple states, kicking off 3-day strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tens of thousands of Kaiser Permanente workers took to picket lines in multiple states on Wednesday, launching a massive strike that the company warned could cause delays at its hospitals and clinics that serve nearly 13 million Americans.The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, representing about 85,000 of the health system’s employees nationally, approved a strike for three days in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.Some 75,000 people were expected to participate in the pickets. That ...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tens of thousands of Kaiser Permanente workers took to picket lines in multiple states on Wednesday, launching a massive strike that the company warned could cause delays at its hospitals and clinics that serve nearly 13 million Americans.

The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, representing about 85,000 of the health system’s employees nationally, approved a strike for three days in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

Some 75,000 people were expected to participate in the pickets. That includes about 180 workers from facilities in Virginia and Washington, D.C., who planned to picket only one day since many had to travel long distances to converge in Springfield, Virginia, on Wednesday, according to Local 2 Secretary-Treasurer Sarah Levesque.

Most of the facilities are in California, where scores of workers picketed outside hospitals.

“Kaiser has not been bargaining with us in good faith and so it’s pushing us to come out here and strike,” said Jacquelyn Duley, a radiologic technologist among the hundreds of picketers at Kaiser Permanente Orange County – Irvine Medical Center. “We want to be inside just taking care of our patients.”

The Oakland, California-based nonprofit company said its 39 hospitals, including emergency rooms, will remain open. Doctors are not participating, and Kaiser said it was bringing in thousands of temporary workers to fill the gaps. Still, appointments and non-urgent procedures could be pushed back.

Kaiser said in a statement late Wednesday that while no contract deal was reached, there were tentative agreements on a number unspecified issues. The company said it would “reconvene bargaining as soon as possible.”

The union coalition said it was “awaiting a meaningful response from Kaiser executives regarding some of our priorities,” including demands for pay raises and increased staffing. “Currently, the strike continues, and there are no sessions scheduled at this hour,” said a coalition statement Wednesday night.

Early Wednesday, workers at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center cheered as the strike deadline arrived. The strikers include licensed vocational nurses, home health aides and ultrasound sonographers, as well as technicians in the radiology, X-ray, surgical, pharmacy and emergency departments.

Brittany Everidge, a ward clerk transcriber in the medical center’s maternal child health department, was among those on the picket line. She said that because of staffing shortages, pregnant people in active labor can be stuck waiting for hours to be checked in. Other times, too few transcribers can lead to delays in creating and updating charts for new babies.

“We don’t ever want to be in a situation where the nurses have to do our job,” she said.

Patients like Carlos Herrera, 65, walked by picketers in Los Angeles.

Herrera, who was there for a kidney test, said there were few people inside urgent care and his 10:40 a.m. appointment was on time. He said he supports the strikers because they need more people to combat staffing shortages to treat patients like him.

The strike comes in a year when there have been work stoppages within multiple industries, including transportation, entertainment and hospitality.

At least 453,000 workers have participated in 312 strikes in the U.S. this year, according to Johnnie Kallas, a Ph.D. candidate and the project director of Cornell University’s Labor Action Tracker. That figure includes Kaiser workers.

He said the strike will likely hurt Kaiser’s reputation and its narrative of patient care more than its bottom line.

“I do think there’s a deep connection between what health care workers had to go through on the front lines of a global pandemic,” he said, adding the feeling now is “they really deserve a lot more in terms of pay, staffing, workplace health and safety.”

The health care industry alone has been hit by several strikes this year as it confronts burnout from heavy workloads — problems that were exacerbated greatly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unions representing Kaiser workers in August asked for a $25 hourly minimum wage, as well as increases of 7% each year in the first two years and 6.25% each year in the two years afterward.

Union members say understaffing is boosting the hospital system’s profits but hurting patients, and executives have been bargaining in bad faith during negotiations.

Tonya Harris, who was on the picket line in Irvine, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Los Angeles in Orange County, said medical assistants like her are often asked to double up with doctors — each of whom has up to 20 patients — instead of working one-to-one.

“You’re running around and you’re trying to basically keep up with the flow,” she said, wearing her strike captain vest over her scrubs.

The single mother with two kids going into college said she also can’t afford to live in Orange County on her current pay.

Kaiser said in a statement Wednesday that it proposes minimum hourly wages between $21 and $23 next year depending on the location.

The company said it also completed hiring 10,000 more people, adding to the 51,000 workers the hospital system has brought on board since 2022.

Kaiser Permanente’s operating revenue climbed 7% in this year’s second quarter to more than $25 billion. The health care giant said in August that strong investment income helped it turn a $2.1 billion profit for the quarter, swinging from a $1.3 billion loss a year earlier. However, the company said it was still contending with inflation and labor shortages.

Kaiser executive Michelle Gaskill-Hames said the company’s practices, compensation and retention are better than its competitors, even as the entire sector faces the same challenges.

“Our focus, for the dollars that we bring in, are to keep them invested in value-based care,” said Gaskill-Hames, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of Southern California and Hawaii.

She added that Kaiser only faces 7% turnover compared to the industry standard of 21%, despite the effects of the pandemic.

The workers’ last contract was negotiated in 2019, before the pandemic.

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Associated Press writers Eugene Garcia in Irvine, California, Christopher Weber in Los Angeles, and Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this report.

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This story was first published on October 4, 2023. It was updated on October 5, 2023, to correct Kaiser Permanente’s minimum hourly wage offer. The company had said it was between $23 and $25 depending on the location, but now says it proposed $23 an hour in California and $21 hour in the other locations.

California is falling short of its food composting goals. Is a crackdown coming?

If tamping down Earth-warming greenhouse gases were as simple as separating coffee grounds, egg shells, leftover lasagna and other kitchen scraps from other waste, Californians certainly would be up to the task. Wouldn’t they?That’s the assumption behind a groundbreaking state law that took effect at the start of 2022: that the state’s residents and businesses can ...

If tamping down Earth-warming greenhouse gases were as simple as separating coffee grounds, egg shells, leftover lasagna and other kitchen scraps from other waste, Californians certainly would be up to the task. Wouldn’t they?

That’s the assumption behind a groundbreaking state law that took effect at the start of 2022: that the state’s residents and businesses can redirect at least three-fourths of the organic waste once destined for landfills, where it would decompose into methane, a super-potent gas that traps up to 84 times as much heat as carbon dioxide.

But after 18 months under the new law, California has made uneven progress toward that goal. While most cities and counties have complied with the law, 126 asked for more time. And many people who live in apartments and condominiums, in particular, have not been offered the green-bin option that would allow them to recycle compost-worthy items at home.

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Projecting that California would fall well short of its goal of removing 75% of green waste from landfills by 2025, the state’s Little Hoover Commission in June recommended a “temporary pause” in implementing the law. The good-government agency said more time is needed to fine-tune regulations, provide more funding for green waste facilities and launch a statewide education campaign.

But the Legislature has shown no signs of ordering a slowdown, and the top state official overseeing the reform said easing the pace would be counterproductive.

“What we really need is this cultural shift of moving away from a disposable lifestyle,” said Rachel Machi Wagoner, director of CalRecycle, “and really recognizing — from the manufacturer on through to the consumer at the point of use — the total value of any product and considering its next life.”

CalRecycle has worked cooperatively with local governments, which either haul green waste or contract with private companies to do the work. CalRecycle reports that most cities, counties and special districts are making adequate progress, but a review is underway to zero in on those that need to do more.

Wagoner said she remains confident that, once proper systems are in place, the environmentally minded state will happily redirect kitchen scraps and yard waste to separate containers.

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The organic material is hauled to facilities that either turn the material into compost, mulch or bio-gases that can help power natural gas vehicles.

“You don’t have to go out and buy an electric vehicle to fight climate change, though that is a great thing,” Wagoner said. “The single fastest and easiest thing that Californians can do is take a banana peel, or watermelon rinds and chicken bones, and put them in their green bin. Then they’ve already had a huge impact on climate change.”

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Experts describe the benefits of compost as exponential. It not only cuts methane emissions but returns nutrients to the soil, allows the ground to hold precious moisture and abets the “sinking” of Earth-warming carbon dioxide into the soil.

Scientists estimate that 20% of the methane plaguing California comes from landfills. If the state can reach its organic waste reduction goals, it would have a benefit equivalent to taking 3 million cars off the road, according to CalRecycle.

Those potential improvements inspired the California Legislature in 2016 to approve Senate Bill 1383, requiring all residents and businesses to separate “green” waste. The law went into effect on Jan. 1 of last year.

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CalRecycle officials have stressed that they want to use friendly persuasion to get cities and counties to comply. But the law allows fines of up to $10,000 a day for those that fail. Local governments have the power, in turn, to fine residents and businesses that don’t segregate kitchen and yard waste from landfill-bound garbage. Penalties can range from $50 to $100 for a first offense and increase up to $500 for third and subsequent failures.

City officials have said they are loath to penalize residents and business owners. No fines have been levied so far — or at least none have been reported publicly.

The city of Los Angeles has OKd all those who live in single-family and small multi-family residences to dump their kitchen scraps in green bins picked up at curbside. That’s a total of 750,000 customers. More than 10,000 other commercial and multi-family customers have signed up for the service.

But that leaves 24,400 multifamily properties — with an untold number of apartments and condominium units — that have not signed up for curbside service.

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L.A. lags behind environmental leaders such as San Francisco but is ahead of many other cities. In Long Beach, for example, a spokeswoman said residential collection of organic waste is not expected to start until late this year or in early 2024.

“We don’t need anything else going in landfills that are overflowing already. The greenhouse gases are such a big problem,” said Rose, a thirty-something who lives in the San Fernando Valley community of North Hills.

But Rose said other residents in her 21-unit condo complex have resisted. Members of the homeowner’s association said they don’t want to pay the added fees — likely at least $10 a month per unit — that accompany the service.

“I also don’t get the sense that a lot of them are thinking that much about the environment or climate change,” said Rose, who used her middle name to avoid touching off a feud with her neighbors.

Community gardens and farmers markets provide other alternatives for people like Rose, who works for an environmental group.

L.A. Compost offers green waste dropoff at nine farmers markets in the city: Atwater Village, Central Avenue, Crenshaw, Highland Park, Larchmont Village, L.A. River, Silver Lake, Playa Vista and Wellington Square Farmers’ Market. Elysian Valley also has a food scrap collection site.

The nonprofit also offers small amounts of finished compost four times a year, and more regular compost for members of its Co-ops.

A better solution would be not creating green waste in the first place.

The state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourage “source reduction” — growing, buying and consuming only what is needed, so food doesn’t get thrown out in the first place. California’s law also required that big providers, such as supermarkets and cafeterias, preserve surplus food for distribution to those in need, often via food banks. That resulted in 116,000 tons of unsold food being diverted in the first six months of last year, on track to meet the 2025 goal for saving surplus food.

“We’re feeding people. And that food never needs to be recycled,” Wagoner said. “That’s very exciting.”

$54M in funding coming for affordable housing at 8140 Van Nuys Boulevard

At its meeting yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council moved to authorize the release of just over $54 million in funding to developer Thomas Safran & Associates for the construction of a new affordable housing complex in ...

At its meeting yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council moved to authorize the release of just over $54 million in funding to developer Thomas Safran & Associates for the construction of a new affordable housing complex in Panorama City.

The Vista Terrace development, slated for a property located at 8130-8146 N. Van Nuys Boulevard, will consist of a four-story building featuring 102 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments - all of which would be restricted to rent by households earning no more than 50 percent of the area median income level, save for a manager's unit. Plans also call for 55 parking spaces to be located below the housing and amenities.

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The money approved by the Council, including $40.1 million in tax-exempt bonds and $14.2 million in taxable funds, will cover a portion of the overall $80.8 million budget. The approximately $793,000 per-unit cost is attributed to inflation during the course of 2022, the abatement of asbestos and lead paint from the project site, land acquisition, and a required ventilation system.

HED is designing Vista Terrace, which is portrayed in renderings as a contemporary low-rise structure clad in stucco and accented with fiber cement panels. Proposed on-site amenities include a courtyard, a recreation room, and a community room.

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The proposed project, which will abut a future stop on Metro's East San Fernando Valley light rail line down Van Nuys Boulevard, emerges as new developments quickly reshape the commercial core of Panorama City. Across the street, developer Izek Shomof reopened a long-vacant office tower as 194 units of housing in 2020, and later initiated plans for a 200-unit mixed-use building on an adjoining site to the south. Construction is also underway for a 180-unit affordable and supportive housing complex on a property located just west of Van Nuys Boulevard.

The largest changes in the work for the neighborhood would arrive at the site of the Panorama Mall, where Primestor is looking to build a mixed-use complex featuring high-rise buildings and up to 4.5 million square feet of housing, hotel, and commercial space.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Panorama City is slowly shaking off its postindustrial trauma

Although the San Fernando Valley is perhaps best known as the birthplace of car-centric suburban sprawl, it is also home to Panorama City, a meticulously planned community that from its start strove to create a balanced neighborhood consisting of residential, commercial and industrial land uses.In its scope, scale and ambition, Panorama City outstripped Greater L.A.’s prewar attempts at creating master-planned neighborhoods.It was the brainchild of Henry Kaiser, a shipbuilder keen to put his formidable industrial might, w...

Although the San Fernando Valley is perhaps best known as the birthplace of car-centric suburban sprawl, it is also home to Panorama City, a meticulously planned community that from its start strove to create a balanced neighborhood consisting of residential, commercial and industrial land uses.

In its scope, scale and ambition, Panorama City outstripped Greater L.A.’s prewar attempts at creating master-planned neighborhoods.

It was the brainchild of Henry Kaiser, a shipbuilder keen to put his formidable industrial might, which had manufactured the famous Liberty cargo ships that transported U.S. goods around the world during World War II, to equally lucrative peacetime uses.

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Along for the ride was Fritz Burns, a developer who had previously teamed with Kaiser to build a neighborhood of manufactured homes in Westchester. Burns saw the untapped potential of the semirural San Fernando Valley as a propitious locale in which to house the massive influx of new Angelenos thronging L.A. in the aftermath of the war.

Together they bought 400 acres of the former Panorama Ranch and engaged the architectural firm of Wurdeman & Becket — whose notable postwar works include General Petroleum’s downtown offices, Museum Square and the Pasadena Bullock’s — to design the community.

The plans for the new “city” called for 4,000 factory-built homes and 30 acres of commercial development. Propitiously located near an emerging manufacturing hub anchored by GM’s new plant in Van Nuys, Panorama City was an instant hit with former GIs and their families.

The neighborhood thrived for decades until the manufacturing downturn of the 1980s and 1990s, which saw the GM plant, a Carnation food laboratory and the Schlitz brewery, among others, shutter for good, putting thousands out of work and sending many of them fleeing the city for greener pastures.

Immigrants from across Latin America found a home in Panorama City during this era, drawn by its central San Fernando Valley location and affordable home prices.

More than 25 years later the lost high-paying manufacturing jobs have not been replaced, and Panorama City struggles to compete with other areas of the Valley in attracting investment and employment opportunities for its residents.

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Affordable Valley living: Affordability is relative, but Panorama City offers home buyers the opportunity to purchase a sturdy postwar home for less than $500,000.

Green shoots: The planned mixed-use redevelopment of the old Montgomery Ward and other long-fallow commercial sites is slowly bringing new investment and jobs to the community.

The heart of the Valley: Panorama City is centrally located, with access to freeways, Metrolink, and Hollywood Burbank Airport, and Metro is now considering building a rail line through the area.

Neighborhood challenge

Postindustrial growing pains: Not unlike an old factory town struggling to reinvent itself when the plant closes down, Panorama City is still trying to find its economic footing.

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“Panorama City is one of the densest areas in the Valley,” said Joseph Fernandez, a real estate agent with eight years of experience in the area. “But that’s a good thing.”

He said there are always plenty of houses on the market, and single-family homes and apartments offer affordable options for incoming residents — many of whom are young.

“You’ll find a lot of postwar builds, but lately there’s been a focus on adding more mixed-use developments,” Fernandez said.

The biggest project, a 9-acre development called the Icon at Panorama City, recently received the green light from the City Council. With a $150-million budget, it plans to add 60,000 square feet of commercial space and 675 residential units.

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In the 91402 ZIP Code, based on 15 sales, the median sales price for single-family homes in April was $500,000, up 16.3% year over year, according to CoreLogic.

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There are nine public schools in Panorama City. Primary Academy for Success scored the highest on the 2013 Academic Performance Index, at 827.

Two others scored above 800: Ranchito Avenue Elementary, at 810 and Burton Street Elementary, at 807. The area’s high school, Panorama High, scored 680.

Times staff writer Jack Flemming contributed to this report.

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