Thursday, July 14, 2016

Protest Occurring at East Gate TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m.

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,
 
We have just learned that a group has planned a protest TONIGHT at the East Gate at 6:30 p.m. A copy of the organizer's announcement image is below.
 
Please anticipate traffic delays and consider using alternate routes.
 
Sincerely,
 
Your Bel-Air Association
 
 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Remembering Former Director Ray Michaud

The Bel-Air Association mourns the recent passing of Ray Michaud, a former Bel-Air Association Director and former Head of School for The John Thomas Dye School. His hard work and dedication to the School and the Bel-Air Association were invaluable. Our community is forever enriched by his efforts and caring. Our thoughts are with his family.


More information on Ray's giving life is thoughtfully written on The John Thomas Dye School's website at http://www.jtdschool.com/page/News-Detail?pk=826678.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Alliance Members’ “Motion to Strike Portions” of Our Lawsuit’s Complaint Is No Impediment

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The Alliance members who purport to have taken over the Bel-Air Association incorrectly accused us Sunday night of having “left out” an allegedly “salient point” from our last communication, the fact that they have filed a motion to strike our complaint and that it is scheduled before our judge on May 27, 2016. (Their Sunday night communication is available here.) Their motion, which they have not shared, is available here.

It’s not a “salient point” because their motion is to strike only portions of our complaint, only five “phrases” and only one introductory paragraph. It does not seek to strike our entire complaint, nor any significant portion of it.

We strongly believe that their motion to strike portions of our complaint is unlikely to succeed, and that it is even more unlikely to delay our June 1 court hearing on their invalid self-election.

We remain undeterred in holding them accountable for the immense harm that they have done to our Association and community by their invalid and selfish actions.

Sincerely,

Ron Hudson
Your Bel-Air Association President

Sunday, May 8, 2016

June 1, 2016 Court Hearing to Determine Invalidity of March 17, 2016 “Special Meeting”; May 11, 2016 Annual Meeting of Members Postponed to June 29, 2016; and May 11, 2016 Special Meeting Canceled

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

Further to our last communication to you (April 22), the court has set a hearing date on June 1, 2016 to determine whether the purported March 17, 2016 “special meeting” by members of the Bel Air Homeowners Alliance was an invalid meeting of the Bel-Air Association. (Our prior communication to you is available here. Anyone who is interested may review copies of our complaint here and our opening brief here.)

Because the court hearing is set to take place after May 11, 2016, the date previously set by the Association’s Board of Directors for the Annual Meeting of the Association’s Members, the Association’s Board met on Friday afternoon to postpone the Annual Meeting until June 29, 2016.

Additionally, the Board canceled the Special Meeting of Members that it had previously set at the request of some of the same Alliance members for the same date (May 11, 2016) because, among other reasons, those Alliance members have publicly communicated their withdrawal of their request that the Association hold that Special Meeting.

We know how confusing the situation is with the current litigation pending to determine who are the valid representatives entitled to control the Association, especially with all of the desperate takeover actions by and communications from the Alliance members purporting to act on behalf of the Association, including the incessant, biased “articles” published in the Beverly Hills Courier, which has Alliance member Marcia Hobbs as its Publisher. But the good news is that we expect a favorable court decision resolving the situation on or soon after June 1.

Please be comforted in knowing that we will continue to fight for your interests and seek to hold these Alliance members accountable for their unauthorized, harmful and selfish actions.

Sincerely,

Ron Hudson
Your Bel-Air Association President

Friday, April 22, 2016

Further Update on Litigation to Declare March 17, 2016 "Special Meeting" Invalid

The Bel-Air Association's lawsuit is scheduled for a status conference on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The Alliance continues its attempts to delay a judicial resolution.
 
Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

As I previously reported, our Secretary and General Counsel (and board member) Bruce Kuyper brought our current lawsuit (on April 5) to invalidate the Alliance’s unauthorized March 17 “special meeting” in the name of the Bel-Air Association, which violated the California Corporations Code and our bylaws.

The Alliance’s CEO Fred Rosen and his cohorts (including Courier Publisher Marcia Hobbs, Dan Love, Jamie Meyer and other Alliance members) have of course done everything possible to delay a judge from hearing and deciding this issue, even though the California Corporations Code requires that a hearing be set within 5 days of the filing of the lawsuit. When the first assigned judge set a hearing on April 15, in accordance with the Corporations Code, their attorney immediately accused the judge of prejudice and exercised a peremptory challenge. The next assigned judge set a hearing for May 12, over their objections and further attempts to delay a hearing indefinitely. Then, last Friday, the judge assigned to our first lawsuit acted on the notice of related case that we’d originally filed with the lawsuit on April 5, sending the case to that judge. That judge has now set a status conference for this Tuesday, April 26.
 
We continue to be barraged by brazen missives containing blatant misstatements and unfounded threats that Alliance members send to the Bel-Air Association’s board members. The following is what Fred Rosen himself sent to an Executive Committee member Tuesday evening:  


"Just keeping you informed--and this note is just between us--unless you decide to circulate it. In my opinion, you have been a total asshole to our community--as a matter of fact, I think that you have had your head so far up your ass you haven't smelled fresh air in years. You have dumped on the community and its [sic] about to be reciprocal. We all have nothing but contempt for you. Putting your wife in harms [sic] way shows me what a truly miserable human being you are. Books and records need to be returned--or there will be consequences.

"Heard you have been complaining that Dan has been on tough you--to be candid---its [sic] only what you deserve. Enjoy the evening. You can stay above the fray--but the fray won't stay above you!!

"Fred"



This of course is NOT the way that anyone in the Bel-Air Community should behave, let alone purport to lead.

Despite the Alliance’s continuing attempts to delay a judge from conducting a hearing in our lawsuit, we remain confident that the court will make a relatively quick decision in our favor. We also remain confident that the court will then hold these Alliance members accountable for their wrongful actions.

As always, we thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Ron Hudson
Your Bel-Air Association President

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bel-Air Association Update on Litigation to Declare March 17, 2016 "Special Meeting" Invalid

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

I would like to update everyone on the situation regarding the invalid March 17, 2016 “special meeting” and the subsequent unauthorized takeover of our office and bank accounts.

As we have previously communicated, the Bel-Air Association and I filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against those who organized the March 17 meeting (members of the Alliance) and participated in the takeover of the Association’s office and bank accounts. After an unexpected judge reassignment in that case, we determined that it was better to pursue a new lawsuit targeting just the improper “special meeting” and those claiming to have been elected as a new board of directors.

Accordingly, one of the Association’s directors (Bruce Kuyper, our Secretary and General Counsel) filed a new lawsuit in accordance with a specific provision of the California Corporations Code for challenging improper director elections. We therefore voluntarily dismissed the first lawsuit in favor of the second lawsuit, filed on Tuesday. (We could still bring the same first lawsuit again.) We believe that the new lawsuit is the most advantageous form to get us a rapid court determination of the issues because the Los Angeles Superior Court assigns a few specific, specialized judges to corporate election challenges like this one.

We welcome anyone who is interested to review the new lawsuit’s complaint, which is available at https://www.dropbox.com/s/dy4qyejgwamsmeq/Complaint.pdf?dl=0. The complaint details the wrongful conduct of the 9 people incorrectly claiming to have been “elected” to replace the Association’s 25 directors.

We know that the situation has been complicated by the incessant communications of the alleged “new” organization. We therefore invite you to read the complaint to understand that your Bel-Air Association directors are standing firm to protect your rights against those who seek power through the unauthorized and undemocratic March 17, 2016 “special meeting”, in violation of the California Corporations Code and the Association’s bylaws.

We anticipate that the court will make a relatively quick decision in our favor and are confident that a court will ultimately hold those responsible accountable for their wrongful actions.

We again thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Ron Hudson
Your Bel-Air Association President


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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Traffic Advisory for Presidential Visit: April 7th & 8th, 2016


TRAFFIC ALERT
Traffic Advisory for Presidential Visit
President Barack Obama will be in Los Angeles April 7 through April 8, 2016 
and the Los Angeles Police Department has released the following traffic advisory 
which has been approved by the United States Secret Service,
and which may always be subject to change: 
      
In an effort to assist the public in avoiding possible traffic congestion 
during the visit of the President of the United States, April 7 & 8, 2016,
the following areas of the City should be avoided when possible
 to prevent travel delays for community members:

Thursday, April 7, 2016
The area around S. Centinela Avenue between Ocean Park Boulevard & W. Pico Boulevard
7:15p.m. – 8:15p.m.
The area around Sunset Boulevard between S. Sepulveda Boulevard & S. Beverly Glen Boulevard  
7:15p.m. – 8:30p.m.
The area around St. Pierre Road and St. Cloud Road between Bel Air Road & N. Beverly Glen Boulevard 
7:30p.m. – 9:45p.m.
The area around Sunset Boulevard between S. Beverly Glen Boulevard & Royce Drive
9:00p.m. - 10:30p.m.
The area around Hilgard Avenue between Sunset Boulevard & Weyburn Avenue
9:00p.m. – 10:30p.m.
The area around Tiverton Avenue between Le Conte Avenue & Weyburn Avenue
9:00p.m. – 10:30p.m.

Friday, April 8, 2016

The area around Hilgard Avenue between Weyburn Avenue & Sunset Boulevard
9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m.
The area around Sunset Boulevard between Loring Avenue west to Burlingame Avenue
9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m.
The area around Bristol Avenue between Sunset Boulevard & Westboro Street
9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m.
The area around N. Cliffwood Avenue between Westboro Street & Highwood Street
10:30a.m. – 12:00p.m.
The area around Sunset Boulevard between Bristol Avenue & N. Sepulveda Boulevard
11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
The area around S. Centinela Avenue between Ocean Park Boulevard & W. Pico Boulevard
11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.

**HARD CLOSURES (no bus routes impacted by the hard closures)**

St Cloud Road - closed April 7 from 7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.
Hilgard Avenue – street will be closed April 7 at 4:00p.m. and will re-open on April 8 at 1:00p.m.
Malcolm Avenue – street will be closed April 7 at 7:00p.m. and will re-open on April 8 at 1:00p.m.
Cliffwood Avenue – closed April 8 from 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.