A Sylmar Family is Thankful for Adoption of Three Grandchildren

Posted on 11/24/2023

Emily Carranza (second from right) and her husband Alex Lerma (third from left) are pictured in court with Judge Donald A. Buddle, Jr. shortly after finalizing the adoption of their three grandchildren. (Photo courtesy of Emily Carranza)

For Emily Carranza and her husband Alex Lerma of Sylmar, this Thanksgiving is especially meaningful. After being foster parents for three of their grandchildren for nearly three years, the couple officially adopted the trio of adorable toddlers on Nov. 14.

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Holiday in the Park • Dexter Park, Sylmar

Posted on 11/24/2023

Holiday in the Park

Join La County Parks this holiday season for a night of Festivities and Family Fun!

Saturday, December 16th, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dexter Park - 11053 N. Trail RD. SYLMAR, CA 91342 

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Posted on 11/21/2023

For Immediate Release:

November 21, 2023


Public Health Investigating Respiratory Disease in

LA County Dogs

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Veterinary Public Health Program has received multiple reports of dogs experiencing a sudden respiratory illness of unknown origin, similar to case reports in other states. Symptoms include cough, nasal discharge, sneezing and lethargy in dogs. Currently, Public Health is in case-finding mode to determine if and to what extent there is a new respiratory illness impacting dogs in Los Angeles County. As additional information becomes available, we will update the public. 

Since Thursday, November 16, 2023, we have received ten case reports from veterinarians of dogs that have respiratory illness but tested negative on the respiratory panel that tests for common viruses and bacteria seen in dogs with similar symptoms. Owners are being contacted to determine where the dogs may have become infected. We are communicating with federal and state entities to ensure coordinated efforts as we learn more from our ongoing investigations.

This respiratory illness is currently known as Atypical Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (aCIRD). Cases are currently defined as having a negative canine respiratory PCR test panel, which tests for common viruses and bacteria identified in dogs with similar symptoms, PLUS one of the following clinical scenarios:

  • Chronic mild-moderate respiratory infection that lasts more than six weeks that is minimally or not responsive to antibiotics;
  • Chronic pneumonia that is minimally or not responsive to antibiotics; or
  • Acute pneumonia that rapidly becomes severe and often leads to poor outcomes in as little as 24-36 hours.

Given the lack of knowledge about the cause of this disease, veterinarians and dog owners are advised to be on the lookout for symptoms such as cough, sneezing, nasal discharge, and lethargy (lack of energy) in their dogs.

If a dog is experiencing these symptoms, owners should take the following steps:       

  1. Contact their pet’s veterinarian so the pet may be evaluated, and, if indicated, the appropriate tests and medications may be provided.
  2. Isolate sick dogs at home for a minimum of 28 days past the first day of the onset of illness. Dogs exposed to the sick dog should quarantine at home and away from other dogs for 14 days to monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness.
  3. Clean regularly and disinfect surfaces, doorknobs, keyboards, and animal equipment. To disinfect, use an EPA-registered disinfecting product or a stronger bleach solution.
  4. Keep the dog home and away from day care, boarding kennels, grooming facilities, and dog parks.
  5. If a dog becomes ill after being boarded or being in a facility, owners should take it to a veterinarian for evaluation and they should also notify the facility about the illness.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Posted on 11/20/2023

This past Sunday, 11/19/24, Sylmar Stakeholders, members of the LAPD, and Sylmar Neighborhood Council members came together.

In turn helped our community to be even more beautiful and unified.

A huge thank you to all of the incredible Volunteers, LAPD Senior Lead Officer Crawford, Sylmar Graffiti Busters, and the members of the Sylmar Neighborhood Council.


Sylmar Rocks!

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SNOW DAY • El Cariso Park • Dec. 16th

Posted on 11/20/2023

Happy Holidays!

Snow Day at El Cariso Park is back!

Saturday, December 16th, 4pm - 8pm

El Cariso Park - 13100 Hubbard St. Sylmar, CA 91342

80 TONS of Snow for sledding, and playing around in.

• Family Holiday Photo

• Hot Coco and Snacks

• Stocking Decorations

• Edible Holiday crafts

• Crafty Village

• TEEN ZONE (DJ, Holiday t-shirt silk screening, and Santa hat)

• Festive Holiday Music

• Carnival Games


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Posted on 11/19/2023

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6th from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Presentations and resources to be prepared for earthquakes, flooding, wildfires, etc. Food will be provided! Free flu and COVID-19 shots!


11200 Herrick Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331

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No Community Watch meeting in November due to the Holidays

Posted on 11/17/2023

Have a safe and happy holiday. Please see the flyer for important emergency and non-emergency numbers.


Be well!

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Fire Safety • Fire Extinguisher Training

Posted on 11/16/2023

Olive View - UCLA Medical Center will be hosting a Fire Safety and Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training on Tuesday, December 5th, from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in their Conference Center.

This training is FREE and open to anyone who is interested. (MUST RSVP)

14445 Olive View Dr. Sylmar, CA 91342 / Conference Center


Join us for a practical ONE-HOUR safety training, including a hands-on session with Fire Extinguishers

No Walk-Ins. To RSVP please email [email protected]



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Sylmar Holiday Party • December 14th 6:30p-9:00p

Posted on 11/15/2023

Your Sylmar Neighborhood Council is holding its Annual Holiday Party!
Come join us for free food, drinks, music, and Holiday Cheer!
Meet and talk with your neighbors and your elected representatives.
All are Welcome!
Thursday, December 14th. 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
13570 Eldridge Ave. Sylmar, CA 91342
(Discovery Prep. School corner of Eldridge & Sayre)

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CA State Senator Caroline Menjivar • Holiday Party

Posted on 11/15/2023

Our California State Senator for the 20th District Caroline Menjivar invites you to the Senator’s Inaugural Holiday Open House on Dec 9th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at their District office, which is located at 6150 Van Nuys Blvd, Suite 400 Van Nuys. Parking is free and located in their building. Please join us for a winter wonderland and enjoy warm food, and hot cocoa, get to meet other community members, and hear a legislative update from the Senator.


Please RSVP here or by clicking the link on the flyer. We hope you can join us. 

Here is the link as well in case there is trouble accessing the link, https://bit.ly/SD20HolidayOpenHouse.

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