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CITIZENS ASSERT POWER ON VALLEYNEWS.COM.

Byline: -- Alejandro Guzman

I received an e-mail last week from avid valleynews.com user Pam Vetter, telling me that our citizen journalism Web site had had another breakthrough in voicing local issues and concerns.

``Valleynews.com never ceases to amaze me,'' Vetter wrote in the e-mail after getting a response from local officials on a story she had written. She posted a story on valleynews.com about a confusing left turn signal on Victory Boulevard, just west of Fallbrook Avenue in West Hills. Vetter wrote that people have been getting tickets for making left turns as they pull into the Ralph's parking lot, as well as other nearby businesses.

She said Councilman Dennis Zine's office responded to the story by saying there are plans to install a left turn signal that will help ease the flow of traffic.

This is just one of many ways valleynews.com has become a tool for citizens of the San Fernando Valley.

But valleynews.com does more than just open up a forum for addressing concerns. Local residents have also effectively used the site to celebrate the community's achievements in various arenas such as business, volunteer programs and the arts.

Ed Crowe's coverage of the Sixth Annual Dia de los Muertos festival gives us a detailed account of what the celebration was like. Read his story on page 4.

You can also use the site to share thoughts with other people in your community. Jim MacNerland, a Lake Balboa resident, posted a story about how traditions we practice and pass on to our children reflect our strongest beliefs and values. Read his suggestions on page 5.

And don't forget to take the time to jot down your story. Maybe something is bothering you, or you have something wonderful to share. Post it on valleynews.com.
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Title Annotation:Valley News
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Nov 16, 2006
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