Community Corner October 2018

Robbyn Battles October Community Corner

Enjoy an inspirational place, Shadow Hills Ranch. Helping kids with autism and building homes for Veterans are just a few of the wonderful activities taking place at the Ranch. More funding is always needed. A quick update on Rosie, don’t miss Oktoberfest in Montrose, Spooky activities to celebrate Halloween and two important propositions on the ballot regarding housing. Read all the details below the video.

On the Ballot in November Two Propositions dealing with Housing Prop 5 & Prop 10

Proposition 5:
California Proposition 5, the Property Tax Transfer Initiative, is on the ballot in California as a combined initiated constitutional amendment and state statute on November 6, 2018.[1]

A “yes” vote supports amending Proposition 13 (1978) to allow homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments, with a possible adjustment, from their prior home to their new home, no matter (a) the new home’s market value; (b) the new home’s location in the state; or (c) the buyer’s number of moves.

A “no” vote opposes amending Proposition 13 (1978) to change how tax assessments are transferred between properties for homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled.

Learn more about the initiative:,_Property_Tax_Transfer_Initiative_(2018)


Proposition 10:
California voters this fall will decide on Proposition 10, a statewide ballot initiative that would allow cities and counties to greatly expand rent control. Supporters argue the measure is needed to slow the state’s ever-increasing rents.

Proposition 10, which will go before voters in November, would repeal the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Act, a state law that severely curtails rent control in California cities. For example, under Costa-Hawkins, only San Francisco apartments built before 1979 may be subject to rent control.

Passing Proposition 10 would not in and of itself create any new rent control housing, but it would allow cities to expand rent control stock for the first time in decades if they so choose.

Rosen, however, argues that turning the clock back to 1994 will stifle new housing and drain apartment stock. Read the entire article :

YES On Prop 10 advocates: Read the argument

NO on Prop 10: Read the argument

In mid-September LA County Board of Supervisors voted to enact rent control for a period of  60 days. Many were ecstatic others not so much . But why 60 days? Could it be because voters will go to the ballot box in November to decide on Prop 10? Learn more about Prop 10 which will if passed Counties and Cities to have a much broader reach on rent control.

Events around Town

October 6 Noon- 10:00 pm Oktoberfest in Montrose
Expect bigger and better this year as Montrose Shopping Park will be taken over with great events for every age group. It’s not all about the beer this year it’s so much more. Starting at 10:30 am get fit and get your Yoga pose on with a yoga on in the street, right on Honolulu. While you are having a moment of deep breathing you can send your kids to a 45-minute fitness session down the way on Honolulu. Music and games start at Noon. Beer starts flowing at Noon and of course all that great food will start being served. Not a beer drinker then visit the wine booths.

Here are all the details:

Shadow Hills Riding Club: Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies
Throughout the world, hundreds of thousands of individuals with and without special needs experience the rewarding benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). A physical, cognitive or emotional special need does not limit a person from interacting with horses. In fact, such interactions can prove highly rewarding. For instance, experiencing the rhythmic motion of a horse can be very beneficial. Riding a horse moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, so riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

Whether it’s a five-year-old with Down syndrome, a 45-year-old recovering from a spinal cord injury, a senior citizen recovering from a stroke or a teenager struggling with depression, research shows that individuals of all ages who participate in EAAT can experience physical and emotional rewards. For individuals with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. For teams in the corporate workplace and any individual seeking better leadership, team building or communication skills, working with horses provides a powerful new paradigm.

Watch a video:

Learn more about the programs:

Taking care of our Veterans: Saddles for Soldiers
SHRC is proud to present the Saddles for Soldiers (SFS) program developed to assist US Veterans. This program is offered to all military personnel who live with emotional or physical disabilities and their families.

SFS utilizes a holistic approach in order to reach its main goal:

The reduction of suicide for veterans.

Short term goals are;

Reintegration into society, Learning new skills, Animal/human bond, Emotional stability, A safe, fun environment, Substance abuse recovery, New experiences.
Learn more about Saddles for Soldiers:

Shadow Hills Riding Club – Petting Zoo.  Many of the animals have been donated and rescued animals that are taken care of by volunteers and funded through donations. These animals also help as therapy animals.

October 14th The 3rd Annual Say NO Bullying Festival & Resource Fair
The event will merge the educational component with exciting empowerment and creative advocacy, through Dynamic messages from bully prevention experts and activists, Stimulating resource booths, High-energy entertainment, Giveaways with impact

Star power that shines a light on this monumental movement.

Every participant will walk away feeling EMPOWERED to say NO bullying and YES to compassion and kindness. Each registered attendee will receive a free LOVE BUTTON! ❤️

Registered attendees must have either the mobile or printed EventBrite ticket on display to participate in the Celebrity Meet & Greet. Location: Griffith Park-Pettigrew
Details and registration:

Saturday, October 13th 6:00 pm Rockin the Ranch
Admission $50.00
Want to support all of the great programs at the Shadow Hills Riding Club then join them for one of their major fundraising events: More details:

October 17th 7:30 – 9:00 am Coffee at the Commons
Stop by the pretty garden on the corner of Rosemont and Orange Ave. in La Crescenta for a FREE cup of coffee and some friendly conversation. Hosted by Crescenta Commons Committee and Robbyn Battles.

October 21st 7:00 am  Autumn on horseback with Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s Trail Blazer Ride
Welcome in the fall season with a horseback ride during Barger’s Trail Blazers ride on Sunday, Oct. 21, led by Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and

co-sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

More details:

This trail ride will take place at the Staging Area of Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, 120 Via Verde in San Dimas. Supervisor Barger will host the event beginning with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., to be followed by the trail ride at 9 a.m.

Non-riders are welcome, and riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Only service animals are permitted, and no stallions are allowed, which will be strictly enforced. Horse rentals are available.

The ride will consist of a combination of rolling hills, single file, minimal steep and sloping hills, and will last for approximately 3½ hours with two rest stops. The ride will end with a barbecue lunch and live country-western music!

Weekends in October: Boo at the LA Zoo
All month long, Boo at the L.A. Zoo will celebrate the Halloween season with family-friendly live shows, feedings, and animal encounters. Highlights of the 2018 program include masterpiece pumpkin carving demonstrations, fearsome animal feedings, and “boo bird show” focused on owls and vultures. Boo at the L.A. Zoo will also offer trick-or-treating stations throughout the park during the last two weekends of October, as well as an overnight “creature campout” at the zoo on the evening of October 27.

All ages | Tickets and Additional Information

Haunted Halloween inspired Events throughout Los Angeles.
From Haunted hayrides on Griffith Park to Mikey’s Halloween Party, there is something for all ages in this list of frightful events

Check them all out: