We thanked and honored the fire and police first responders.


Over 100 people attended

​Click here for Vision Zero powerpoint; click here for Agenda with Notes



SHPOA held its year-end meeting Monday night at Tierra del Sol before a full house of grateful friends and neighbors. The decor, food and holiday entertainment created an uplifting spirit in which to also conduct business. Thank you to the holiday committee for its tremendous work during these tough times and to all who attended, including Teresa Lamb, representing Congressman Schiff and Vickere Murphy, representing Senator Portantino.

Board elections were held with these results:

President - Dave DePinto
Vice President - Cindy Bloom
Executive Secretary - Bill Eick
Recording Secretary - Gerri Summe
Treasurer - Lynne Toby
Membership Director - Jacqy Gamble

Per SHPOA's bylaws, the Board will soon appoint chairpersons to various committees such as Equestrian, Volunteer, Communications, Newsletter, Land Use, Hospitality, etc. Most chairpersons will remain the same and we have had commitments from two new individuals to assist the Board. We'd welcome and request additional volunteers - if you're interested in serving as a committee leader or committee member, please contact SHPOA at shpoa@shpoa.us.

Other meeting highlights included prayers and appreciation for all affected by and assisting us in our recent fire emergency, planning priorities for 2018 (separate report to follow), high speed train update, reminder to renew your SHPOA membership for 2018, a treasury report, holiday music featuring Frank Camara (regular performer at Farmers' Market) and Lili Singer of Theodore Payne Foundation, "After the Fire: Flowers."

Before and at the meeting, many residents offered, suggested and supported SHPOA's involvement in providing financial and educational assistance to victims of the La Tuna and Creek fires. SHPOA is setting up a special account from existing funds and your donations for this purpose, just like we have done for the high speed train effort. Please call Dave DePinto, president (310-502-7928), if you'd like to make a donation to this Fund and/or mail your contribution to SHPOA, P.O. Box 345, Sunland, 91041, or visit our website (www.shpoa.us) and use PayPal. Please be clear in indicating that your donation is for fire recovery. 

The Board, with input from meeting attendees made the following decisions:

SHPOA requests the names, addresses and phone numbers of residents suffering damage to their homes and displacement from either the Creek or La Tuna fires. Please forward that information to shpoa@shpoa.us.

Short-term financial assistance will be offered, based on need, to those victims, as they await insurance coverage, government assistance, etc. We ask that those people contact Dave DePinto, SHPOA president, confidentially if desired, to discuss/request support. 

SHPOA is soliciting media/creative/production assistance from residents who would like to assist in an educational video project. The initial concept (to be developed further) is to create two uniquely Shadow Hills videos: one on how residents may prepare for disasters, and a second focused on special training/planning benefiting equestrians and those with animals. We will post the videos on our website, Daily Fodder, Next Door and Facebook, as well as provide CDs, as requested. Please contact Cindy Bloom, SHPOA vice president (818-445-5602), to discuss your support.

SHPOA will consider financial assistance to neighbors engaged in fire recovery efforts such as Kagel Canyon, Lake View Terrace, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, La Tuna Canyon and Sun Valley. Please contact Dave DePinto if you have suggestions or requests at 310-502-7928.

Again, thanks to all for a great meeting. On behalf of the SHPOA Board, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! And, a heartfelt thanks to the fire, first aid and police responders within LA City and LA County.

Thanking our firefighters