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LIBRARIES & MISCELLANEA
- Los Angeles Public Library (City)
- **NEW:** Online Learning now includes access to lynda.com
- 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
- Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations
(ALTAFF), a division of ALA.
- For access to the special Friends area, write firstname.lastname@example.org
- Library Pathfinders
- topic guides to the best resources.
- This is a finding tool to free and easy access -- of image/text combinations -- to find collections for sharing and storage. This P is linked to the LAPL Pinterest page for various kinds of information, ideas, books, lists, bibliographies, technology, and special interests.
- 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
CREDIT REPORTS, IDENTITY THEFT, OPT-OUTS, LEGAL, MEDICAL
- Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce
- Tarzana Community & Cultural Center
- (includes a museum featuring community history and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan memorabilia)
- Petition to block Robo Calls - May, 2015 - Consumer Reports magazine has started a petition to urge phone companies to give consumers the option to block Robo Calls -- where there's nothing but a robotic message at the other end of the line when your phone rings.
If you would like to block Robo Calls, go to www.endrobocalls.org and sign the petition.
- 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
- IDTheftInfo.org - 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. (not available 1/23/15)
- 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 - Suggested best sources for 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
- 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.
- Dept. Motor Vehicles - drivers license:
- Samples of Driver License Written Tests from the DMV - very useful; also the Driver's Handbook for review. Also, the main DMV site
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
Previous selections for Editor's Choice
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 rec.food.cuisine.jewish
Curiosity -- About.com
Music -- National Music Museum
History and collection of musical instruments from virtually all cultures and periods of history.
Theatre -- TheatreHistory.com
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
Consumer Information Catalog (U. S. Gov.):
Education, Employment, Family, Food, Money, Travel - etc. Free and very low cost publications; print and online
Plant Societies -
SFV Rose Society
SFV Bromeliad Society
SFV Orchid Society
SFV Iris Society
LA Cactus & Succulent Society
Theodore Payne Foundation - - (wild flowers, native plants)