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Spotlight On:
Consumer Information
(U. S. Gov.):
Education, Employment, Family, Food, Money, Travel - etc. Free and very low cost publications; print and online.

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Libraries & Miscellanea
Newspapers - Print & Online
Credit, Identity Theft, Opt-Outs, Legal
Local, State and Federal Government
* Books and Authors on Radio and TV
* Prize-Winning Books for Adults

NOTE: Asterisked menu items above (*) have separate pages.
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Los Angeles Public Library (City)
Encino-Tarzana Branch on Facebook
County of Los Angeles Public Library
American Library Association
including Intellectual Freedom and Banned Books, among others of interest.
California Library Association (not available 5/25/14)
Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations
       (ALTAFF), a division of ALA.
 For access to the special Friends area,
iPL2 = Internet Public Library 2
A standard for research - done by humans - live librarian content specialists who monitor the websites and keep iPL2 current.
Pathfinders - Special Collections of iPL2
     A bibliography to help research or learn about a specific topic, in a logical, organized
     method; see Wikipedia definition
100 Places to Connect With Other Bibliophiles Online
Gnash about your favorite books with your fellow bibliophiles.
Google Art Project
Explore 155+ museums from around the world with hundreds of artworks photographed in extremely high resolution. Create and share your own galleries or tour museum galleries.
Los Angeles Public Library's Job Hunting Guide
Includes: Coping with Unemployment, Financial and Health Care Issues; Where to Look for Jobs; Exploring Career Opportunities, Education and Training; Researching Potential Employers; Interviewing, Resumes, Cover Letters, Exams, Dress for Success, etc.
Places to Go
Need to entertain out-of-town visitors? Want to enjoy some of the cultural opportunities in Los Angeles? Over 175 local places to visit most with linked websites and docents from the Brandeis National Committee - San Fernando Chapter website.



L. A. Times
Daily News
Encino Patch

Encino Chamber of Commerce
Encino Neighborhood Council
Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce
Tarzana Community & Cultural Center
(includes a museum featuring community history and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan memorabilia)

Federal Trade Commission's "one-stop shop" for information on money management; credit, loans, and debt; scams and identity theft; with links to further resources. There are power point presentations to use, free government publications on the topics covered, descriptions of common scams, and much more.

Free Credit Reports
The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion - to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.
Identity Theft
U. S. Dept of Justice - What it is, how to avoid identity theft, actions to take if victimized.
Identity Theft - from Consumer Federation of America. New in September, 2011, features 'Best Practices for ID Theft Services,' and other resources.
Online Privacy
"Opt out" of targeted advertising from online tracking from Network Advertising Initiative member ad networks.
National Do Not Call Registry
Gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Or call (888) 382-1222
Catalog Choice
A free service that lets you decline paper catalogs you do not wish to receive.
Credit card and insurance offers
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you ("Firm Offers"). You have the right to "Opt-Out", which prevents Consumer Credit Reporting Companies from providing your credit file information for Firm Offers. Or call (888) 567-8688
Deceased Do Not Contact List
When you register a name with DDNC, the person's name, address, phone number and e-mail address is placed on a special do not contact file. All Direct Marketing Association members are required to eliminate these individuals from their prospecting campaigns.
U. S. Dept. of Education site describing parent and student rights regarding disclosure of information.
Data brokers
The nonprofit Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has an opt-out guide to data aggregators. Contact information for many companies which sell personal data are included.
(click on "opt out" on the menu bar) Allows consumers to opt-out of the dissemination of Personally Identifiable Information from ChoicePoint-owned marketing services databases. In addition, certain ChoicePoint products and services are subject to security "freeze" laws, which allow consumers to restrict access to certain consumer reports.
Offers individuals the opportunity to request that records about themselves be removed, under certain terms and conditions, from LexisNexis non-public information databases.
Medical sites from the L. A Times, January 17, 2013
MedlinePlus - sponsored by the National Institutes of Health: health, medicines, surgery, etc.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the CDC's mission is to improve public Health
Healthy Children - American Academy of Pediatrics - peer-reviewed medical information
Medical Library Association - A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web

County of Los Angeles:
Supervisors, licenses, real estate, services, directory, much more.
City of Los Angeles:
Information, boards & commissions, departments & bureaus, maps (including traffic), phone directory, much more.
Bob Blumenfield, Tarzana Councilman
Paul Koretz, Encino Councilman
L.A. Police Dept.
Check the crime maps
Los Angeles Fire Dept.
Household Hazardous Waste
Where to dispose of hazardous materials, recycling, illegal dumping, and more.
Metro (Metropolitan Transit Authority)
About public transportation in Los Angeles, includes a "trip planner" for specific directions.
Los Angeles Parks and Recreation

Experience LA - What to Do & How to Get There - A compilation of events in Los Angeles sponsored by many public and private groups. The site has a Los Angeles Heritage Portal which has links for special events for Los Angeles' 230th anniversary this year.

Dept. Motor Vehicles - drivers license:
Samples of Driver License Written Tests from the DMV - very useful; also the Driver's Handbook for review
California State Representatives:
        Senator Fran Pavley (District 27)
        Assembly Member Julia Brownley (District 41)
United States Congress:
        Senator Barbara Boxer
        Senator Diane Feinstein
        Representative Brad Sherman

Social Security Online Services
Federal Trade Commission: Credit, Privacy, Identity theft Specific information on policy, bills, or government agencies; access to national, state, and local governments as well as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and more.


California Franchise Tax Board
Internal Revenue Service

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Previous Spotlights

Cooks and cooking -- Mimi's Cyber Kitchen
One of the earliest and best food portals on the internet. Thousands of recipes, cookbook reviews and bibliographies, tips and hints, archive for the newsgroup

Curiosity --

Music -- National Music Museum
History and collection of musical instruments from virtually all cultures and periods of history.

Theatre --
Origins, medieval history; includes European and Asian theatre.

Sepulved Basin -- the Wildlife Reserve; Parks and Recreation

Thousands of years of history at Docents site for Los Encinos State Park or on the State Parks website

Tarzana Community and Cultural Center

Compiles reviews for film, DVD, music, tv, & games -- weighted ranking.

Pet Orphans of Southern California
Animal rescue and adoption

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