San Fernando Valley roundup: L.A. River ready for kayakers, Power goes out in Chastworth, and Police arrest alleged Burbank bike thief

Good morning, readers. Today is Sunday, July 15, 2012. Have you ever walked next to the Los Angeles River and wondered how toxic the water is?

Members of the L.A. Conservation Corps navigated the river on kayaks yesterday, inspecting the area before paying customers trek the murky waters next week. Among some of the items they paddled by: Plastic bags, old clothes, shopping carts. L.A. Times

Over 1,000 Chatsworth residents lost power Saturday after a car hit a utility pole. Power was restored in the afternoon, after residents sweated through the 90-degree weather. Daily News

Reports of bike theft in Burbank have been on the rise, and yesterday police arrested a man suspected of taking an unlocked bike from a front yard. Another suspect is still at large. Burbank Leader

The home market is still struggling in Glendale, even though demand is high. The average home price rose to $672,000 last month. Glendale News-Press

-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News

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