Community Corner July

July’s “Community Corner” will focus on events around town as well as an update on a proposed property tax increase. Community Corner focuses on the Foothill communities; Shadow Hills, Sunland-Tujunga, La Crescenta, North Glendale, Sparr Heights and La Canada-Flintridge. Hard to believe it’s already just days away from July so naturally, I ‘ll keep you up to date on all the 4th of July events. As if any of us need to be reminded it’s fire season I have a link for a great app. Read up on a proposed piece of legislation. If passed this would be an increase in your property taxes without your voter approval.  If passed property owners will be taxed for stormwater capture via a new sewer assessment. Details below.
So let’s get started.


July 4th celebrations in our town as well as a list of events throughout the County of Los Angeles. 
La Crescenta: Crescenta Valley Fireworks Association presents the 11th annual event on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Held at La Crescenta Elementary. 4343 La Crescenta Ave, La Crescenta, CA 91214. Get your tickets early! Avoid lines and save money! $7 each pre-sale until July 3rd; on July 4th they are $10. Ticket information visit the CV Fireworks website or their Facebook Page Valley Fireworks

Sunland-Tujunga: The Family Fireworks Festival is held at Verdugo Hills High School’s Turner Stadium. The main entrance is off Hillrose Avenue at the athletic field. Gates open at 5 pm and there will be live music, fun games, and food. Tickets are just $8 – children 30″ and under get in free. Advance tickets can be purchased now for $6 each by clicking the button on the right. Advance tickets will be available until Monday, July 3. more information visit the Sunland-Tujunga Family Fireworks website Sunland-Tujunga Fireworks>

Here is a comprehensive list of Firework events throughout the County starting July 1 through July 4th provided by LA County Fire Department.
2017 Fireworks show directory. You can also call FIND A SHOW NEAR YOU 888-654-FIRE (3473)


SB-231 Local government: fees and charges If the term sewer is redefined as spelled out in this bill the State could then start taxing property owners without a vote by the public to start assessing and charging property owners for stormwater collection. Hertzberg the co-creator of the bill even sites prop 13. What I personally see in this deceptive bill is an attempt at undermining Prop 13 which will affect elderly property owners. This bill would define the term “sewer” for these purposes. The bill would also make findings and declarations relating to the definition of the term “sewer” for these purposes. “Sewer” means services and systems provided by includes systems, all real estate, fixtures, and personal property owned, controlled, operated, or managed in connection with or to facilitate sewage collection, treatment, or disposition for sanitary or drainage purposes, including lateral and connecting sewers, interceptors, trunk and outfall lines, sanitary sewage treatment or disposal plants or works, drains, conduits, outlets for surface or storm waters, and any and all other works, property, or structures necessary or convenient for the collection or disposal of sewage, industrial waste, or surface or storm waters. “Sewer system” shall not include a sewer system that merely collects sewage on the property of a single owner. Revises the methodology by which the tax, assessment, fee, or charge is calculated if that revision results in an increased amount being levied on any person or parcel.

View the Bill, SB 231 Bill Link We need to preserve the right to vote on taxes. If you want to voice your opposition or support here is a link to your representatives’ Link to your representative


Did you know we now have 3 Local Farmers Markets? Sunland-Tujunga just started a new Farmers market on June 3, 2017. This Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The market is hosted at the Tierra del Sol Foundation  9919 Sunland Blvd. Sunland-Tujunga 91040. In addition to bringing fresh food to the communities of Sunland-Tujunga and Shadow Hills, they have a beautiful and simple to use website if you want to be a vendor or a shopper. Check it out Sunland-Tujunga Farmers Market website.

Montrose Farmers Market: This market is large and consumes an entire block of the Montrose Shopping Park. The Montrose Harvest Market is a traditional farmers market, offering the best produce and flowers from certified Southern California growers and a variety of prepared foods. The Marketplace serves up a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, artisans and an interactive children’s area. Check the Montrose General Calendar for scheduled special events. Learn more Montrose Harvest Market.

La Canada-Flintridge: Since Fall 2003, the Chamber has sponsored a European-style Farmers Market every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1300 Foothill Blvd., across the street from Memorial Park. Learn more La Canada-Flintridge Farmers Market.



It’s Summer and that means Bach Bus. Catching the bus to the beach is easy in La Crescenta, La Canada-Flintridge, and Altadena and the cost can’t be beaten. Roundtrip, Children, and Adults. $3.00, Persons with Disabilities. $1.50, Senior Citizens (60+)*. $1.50.

Because the bus is so popular reservations are required. Spend the day at Santa Monica Pier without the hassles of parking. Here is the link to all of the participating cities Beach Bus details Want to make a reservation. here is the link, Book your reservation according to the Beach Bus reservation page the are suggesting in order to ensure your seating availability, make your reservation up to 10 days in advance, but no later than 10 a.m. one day prior to your trip.

The La Crescenta and La Canada-Flintridge Beach bus runs through the following dates, June 13 – September 4, 2017, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Labor Day. Here is the link to the La Crescenta and La Canada-Flintridge pick-up locations as well as other details. Beach Bus info to Santa Monica Beach.



Red flag alerts, Brush fires, traffic accidents, and more Sign Up now. With fire season upon us, it’s important for us all to be very diligent and aware. The LA Fire Department has an alert system you can sign up for. Everything from Advisory, car accidents, medical alerts, evacuations, fires, gas leaks and so much more can be set as alerts per your preference. Here is the link LA Fire alert sign-up.

Fire Safety Tips- Here is a great link for all types of fire safety tips learn about gas leaks, A Parents’ Guide to Fire Safety for Babies and Toddlers, Emergency Survival Guide and more. Fire Safety Tips

Fire Evacuation Information: We all live and work in the Foothills so we all need to be prepared for an evacuation. Per the LA Fire,”By leaving early, you will give your family the best chance of surviving a wildfire. You also help firefighters by keeping roads clear of congestion, enabling them to move in and out of your neighborhood, and thereby doing their job – saving the lives and property of people affected by the threat of fire”.
“If you’re told to evacuate, leave early enough to avoid being caught in fire, smoke, or road congestion. Don’t wait to be told by authorities to leave. In an intense wildfire, they may not have time to knock on every door. If you think it’s time to leave, don’t wait – get out.”
See all the evacuation preparedness tips, Be prepared, Fire evacuation tips.


The Real Estate Market is Hot throughout all of our Foothill Communities. Here are a few great buying opportunities.
La Crescenta: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths updated on a beautiful tree lined street.
View 6288 Hamilton Lane

La Canada-Flintridge: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths quiet flat street with loads of potential and charm. Take a look at Pequena

Hot Scoop Coming to the Market: Development opportunity. Glendale R4 zone, possible 3 units, 7147 square foot lot. Current home is 2 bedrooms 1 bath 1004 square feet. List Price $649,000. Call or email for additional details. Robbyn Battles 818-388-1631 or Email:

With all the information available online buyers and sellers are seeing a wide variety of online valuations for their properties. Zillow, Redfin, and others show an array of different values. Use this as a guide, not an absolute. The Foothills are unique and every house has qualities and features that affect the real value in today’s market. Planning on selling or preparing for a future sale or purchase?  Please do not hesitate to call and ask for a professional evaluation. FREE, informative and always here to help with all your real estate needs. Thank you, Robbyn Battles 818-249-7492.

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Robbyn Battles
Battles Real Estate- Keller Williams Realty
842 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada-Flintridge CA 91011