Thursday, November 29, 2007

Red Flag Parking Restrictions Lifted

Please be advised, the red flag parking restrictions have been lifted as of 8 p.m. on November 28, 2007.

Although the red flag restrictions have been lifted, it is important everyone adhere to all other posted parking restrictions.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

RED FLAG CONDITIONS IN EFFECT

The National Weather Service has declared a "Red Flag" for tomorrow. Parking Restrictions will be in effect @ 10:00 AM and until further notice. Please call 3-1-1 or visit our website at: WWW.LAFD.ORG/REDFLAG

The Fire Department will have companies pre-deployed to strategic locations and they will be ready to respond as required by the day's events.

Please be sure you and anyone who visits your home or is doing work for you (particularly contractors) obey all posted parking restrictions.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

DWP ANNOUNCEMENTS

-Neighborhood Council MOU Notification-

NOTIFICATION NO. 1 - LADWP SEAWATER DESALINATION PILOT PROJECT WORKSHOP SCHEDULED

LADWP has scheduled a workshop on December 4, 2007 to discuss the process screening evaluation efforts that were undertaken to identify potential seawater desalination process systems for the pilot research project.

LADWP would like to invite you to this workshop to share information regarding our pilot project, and to have an open discussion of issues and concerns.

This workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2007, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
John Ferraro Building (JFB)
111 North Hope Street
Conference Center, Portland Room, Level A
Los Angeles, California 90012
(Parking validation will be provided.)

Please RSVP to Mr. Alvin Bautista at (213) 367-0800 or via e-mail: alvin.bautista@ladwp.com by Wednesday, November 28, 2007.

An introductory workshop Held on October 17, 2007 provided an introduction and an overview of goals and objectives for the Scattergood Seawater Desalination Pilot Project. The presentation document for the October 17 workshop can be viewed by clicking on October 2007 Desalination Workshop Presentation.


NOTIFICATION NO. 2 - NEW LADWP CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Mr. Matt Lampe has been appointed as Chief Information Officer at LADWP. Mr. Lampe will be responsible for directing all staff and functions of the Information Technology Services Division.

Mr. Lampe comes to LADWP from the City of Portland, Oregon where he served as Chief Technology Officer, developing and implementing new technologies to increase city service levels and reduce costs.

A more detailed biography is posted along with this MOU notification at www.ladwp.com/nc.

If you have any questions regarding this MOU notification, please contact Greg Bartz, LADWP Neighborhood Council Liaison at (213) 367-2800 or greg.bartz@ladwp.com.

A plan to speed traffic on Pico and Olympic Boulevard

Mayor Villaraigosa is to announce a plan that is expected to cut travel times on the boulevards by eliminating parking during rush hour and re-timing lights.

By Steve Hymon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer November 26, 2007

In a move that could be a preview of future traffic-busting efforts, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to announce a plan today that aides say would significantly reduce travel times on Pico and Olympic boulevards while keeping them two-way streets.

The plan, however, is to make them behave more like one-way streets, which are far more prevalent in other cities but have not been used much in Los Angeles outside downtown. In this case, the plan is to give a decided time advantage to those traveling east on Pico and west on Olympic.

The move comes as part of an attempt by the city to more efficiently get people to jobs on the congested Westside in the morning and help them get out in the afternoon. City officials say travel time could be cut by as much as 45%.

The first step in the mayor's plan would be to immediately begin to eliminate parking on both streets during rush hour. Then, beginning next year, traffic lights would be re-timed so that those traveling west on Olympic and east on Pico would be rewarded with longer green lights. Those driving in the other direction might see their rides take longer.

If those two steps speed up traffic, mayoral aides say the city might take an additional step and restripe both streets, so most lanes on Pico would be for eastbound motorists, while westbound lanes would predominate on Olympic.

"This is a new, smart approach," Villaraigosa said in a prepared statement. "We are going to prove it works along two of the most congested corridors in the city. And when it works on the Westside, we'll take it citywide."

Traffic engineers in Southern California have been dealing for decades with the vexing issue of trying to squeeze more capacity out of roads.

In Los Angeles, the old way of dealing with the problem was to call in the bulldozers and simply widen the street.But such solutions no longer are feasible in many quarters because of lack of space. The problem is particularly acute on the Westside, where Beverly Hills, Century City and Santa Monica have become huge job centers that are served primarily by the Santa Monica Freeway and a few major surface streets, such as Olympic and Pico. As in much of the city, there is no rail service.

It remains unclear where else such an approach might be used -- if it even works. Los Angeles and many surrounding cities are bisected by large two-way boulevards that run parallel, often with neighborhoods in between. The upside of one-way operations is that traffic usually flows more smoothly. The downside is that more streets that are one-way or programmed to act as if one-way probably means that residents would have to adjust the way they reach their homes.

The mayor could implement his plan without lengthy hearings by the City Council, and the project has the support of Councilman Jack Weiss, whose district would be most affected by it. Mayoral aides said Villaraigosa early next year would roll out other initiatives to combat traffic citywide, which polls repeatedly show is a big concern to residents.

The debate over Olympic and Pico goes back decades but was revived this year when county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky proposed making each street mostly one way, along with adding a bus lane.

That plan met some opposition from community groups that said residential streets would be used as shortcuts between Olympic and Pico, while city officials said going entirely one way would yield only marginal improvements.

Yaroslavsky said he was pleased with the mayor's plan, even if initially it doesn't go quite as far as what he had in mind. The supervisor said it typically takes an hour to travel from Santa Monica to the 405 Freeway during afternoon rush hour, at about 3 mph.

In his view, the most gains would occur in the project's third phase, when both streets would be restriped to provide four lanes in one direction and two in the other. The cost of that is expected to be about $1.5 million.

"For that amount of money, the payoff is huge," Yaroslavsky said.

Los Angeles transportation officials quietly re-timed the lights on both streets, between Centinela Avenue and Century Park East, a distance of just over two miles, for two days last month to test the plan.

The change shaved one to seven minutes off the travel time, according to the city's Department of Transportation. Officials said even more time probably would be saved once motorists learn which directions on Pico and Olympic are favored.Deputy Mayor Jaime de la Vega said it was unclear what impact the plan would have over the long haul. He said officials would be willing to scrap it if it doesn't work.The plan would be in place on Olympic and Pico between Centinela -- the city boundary with Santa Monica -- and La Brea avenues. Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad said the city supports the plan but is taking a somewhat different tack, using a different technology to synchronize traffic signals on its stretch of Olympic.

Los Angeles transportation officials say Pico and Olympic already are exceeding their capacity by 25% between the 405 Freeway and Century City; 83 of the city's 322 known traffic bottlenecks are in that approximate area.

The mayor's staff does not believe the plan would enable motorists to speed. "Our goal is to get traffic moving as fast as possible, but within the existing speed limit," De la Vega said.

The mayor's office has circulated the plan to just a few local officials. Terri Tippit, the chairwoman of the Westside Neighborhood Council and the president of the West of Westwood Homeowners Assn., said she was open to the plan but had not yet seen it. Tippit, who has lived near Pico in West L.A. for years, said the earlier one-way proposal was unacceptable because she could not have gotten "to my house anymore."

She remained worried about any plan that would benefit commuters from other cities at the expense of Los Angeles residents.

"Why is it just L.A. -- and really just a portion of the Westside -- that has to make sacrifices for Santa Monica?" she asked.

Tippit lives in the Fifth Council District, represented by Weiss. On a drive down Olympic and Pico last week, Weiss predicted the plan would save motorists time.

"There's no question that streets in Los Angeles were not built to carry the kind of traffic that we ask them to," Weiss said as he navigated through Rancho Park. "The data shows that we can make an improvement to help people's daily lives.

"But to revolutionize Westside traffic, he added, "we need a subway."

steve.hymon@latimes.com

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Christmas Parade Will Go On!

City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation 100 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8406 Fax (213) 972-8410

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STREET CLOSURES ANNOUNCED FOR HOLLYWOOD PARADE
Cars parked illegally will be towed

LOS ANGELES (November 19, 2007)—The City of Los Angeles, Departments of Transportation and Police, anticipate about a quarter-million people Sunday to attend the Hollywood Santa Parade. The new parade planned for Nov. 25 replaces the 79-year-old Hollywood Christmas Parade, following the same route and will be led by game show icon Bob Barker and the cast of "High School Musical." About 35 bands, floats and equestrian units are booked so far for the event.

The City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation will be strictly enforcing the restricted no-parking policy for the Hollywood Santa Parade. This will include the citing and impounding of vehicles parked on temporary restricted no-parking streets. Vehicles parked on the following streets will be towed to the Official Police Garage, Hollywood Tow located at 1015 N. Mansfield Avenue in Hollywood at the request of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation. Motorists are advised to call 311, or if calling from outside City limits dial 1-866-4LA-CITY; or Hollywood Tow (323) 466-8583 to redeem their vehicles. Below are street closures to accommodate the festivities:

Saturday, November 24, 2007 “Tow-Away No Stopping, Any Time Saturday”
- Hollywood Blvd. from Orange to Highland
- Orange from Hollywood Blvd. South to the alley north of Hawthorn.

Sunday, November 25, 2007“Tow-Away No Stopping, Any Time Sunday”
- Franklin Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Vine Street
- Yucca Street between Gower Street and Highland Avenue
- Hollywood Blvd. between Formosa Avenue and Western Avenue
- Hawthorn Ave. between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue

- Selma Avenue between Gower Street and Highland
- Lanewood Avenue between Orange Drive and La Brea Avenue
- Sunset Blvd. between Western Avenue and Formosa Avenue
- De Longpre Avenue between Gower Street and La Brea Avenue
- Fountain Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue
- Fountain Avenue between Bronson Avenue and Cahuenga Avenue
- Lexington Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue
-Santa Monica Blvd .between Hobart Blvd. and La Brea Avenue
-Melrose Avenue between Western Avenue and Highland Avenue
-Alta Vista Blvd. between Fountain Avenue & 100’ northerly
-Formosa Avenue between Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd
-La Brea Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Fountain Avenue
-La Brea Avenue between Romaine Street and Melrose Avenue
-El Cerrito Place between Franklin Avenue and Hollywood Bvld.
-Sycamore Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Fountain Avenue
-Orange Dr between Franklin Ave & Santa Monica Blvd
-Mansfield Ave between De Longpre Ave & Fountain Avenue
-Highland Ave between Franklin Avenue & Melrose Avenue
-Cahuenga Blvd. between Franklin Avenue and Melrose Avenue
-Vine Street between Franklin Avenue and Melrose Avenue
- Gower Street between Franklin Avenue and Melrose Avenue
- Bronson Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd.
- Western Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Melrose Avenue
- Sunset Blvd. between Vermont Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue
- McCadden Place between Hollywood Blvd. and 150’ northerly
- McCadden Place between Hollywood Blvd. and 150’ southerly
- Cherokee Avenue between Hollywood Blvd and 150’ northerly
- Cherokee Avenue between Hollywood Blvd and 150’ southerly
- Wilcox Avenue between Hollywood Blvd. and 150’ northerly
- Wilcox Avenue between Hollywood Blvd. and 150’ southerly
- Wilcox Avenue between Sunset Blvd. and 150’ northerly
- Wilcox Avenue between Sunset Blvd. and 150’ southerly
- Schrader Blvd. between Sunset Blvd and 150’ northerly
- Cassil Place between Sunset Blvd. and 150’ northerly
- McCadden Place between Sunset Blvd. and 150’ northerly
- McCadden Place between Sunset Blvd. and 150’ southerly

“Tow-Away No Stopping, Sunday Only, 4PM to 11:30PM”
- Melrose Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Highland Avenue

Freeway Closures:
Hollywood Freeway, HWY 101: Northbound & Southbound off ramps of Cahuenga Blvd. and Highland Ave. will be closed at 3:00 p.m. reopening at 10:00 p.m.

No Parking Postings:
On Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, posting will began on those streets that were designated “NO PARKING” for Saturday, Nov. 24, Sunday Nov. 25 and Monday, Nov. 26, 2007

For further information about the Observatory Shuttle, DASH Hollywood or other LADOT transit services affected, call (213, 310, 323, 818) 808-2273 or visit the LADOT website at www.ladottransit.com.

Area commuters can visit http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/ real-time traffic information. Real-time traffic reports are a product of LADOT, innovators of Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control System (ATSAC) technology.

Parade-watchers are urged to use public transit. For more information call Metro at (800) 266-6883 or visit their web site at: http://www.metro.net.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I-5 Tunnel Reopens

Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces the Early Reopening of I-5 at Newhall Pass
Repair Work Completed More than Two Weeks Early

Just in time for holiday travelers, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced today's early reopening of the southbound Golden State Freeway (I-5) Newhall Pass truck lanes and tunnel. The tunnel will officially reopen at 5 pm tonight. The tunnel has been closed since Oct. 12, when a 31-vehicle pile-up ignited a devastating fire inside it, temporarily closing I-5 in both directions.

"Keeping people and goods moving across our state is vital to our economy, so I am proud to announce the opening of this tunnel for the thousands of motorists who depend on I-5," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "I want to thank motorists for their patience during this emergency. I commend Caltrans Director Will Kempton, his entire team and the contractor for working around-the-clock to get this project done ahead of time."

Caltrans awarded a contract for the repair work to Security Paving of Oxnard on Oct. 29. The repairs were completed 15 days before the earliest projected opening date.

The contract included an incentive/disincentive clause to encourage early completion. The contractor will earn a $2.9 million bonus for completing the $11 million project by or before Nov. 15. As a disincentive, if the contractor failed to complete repairs within 33 days, the contractor would have owed the State $150,000 per day for each day of uncompleted work over 33 days plus liquidated damages.

Earlier this year, the Governor announced the reopening of the San Francisco Bay Area's MacArthur Maze when repairs were completed 26 days after a gasoline tanker carrying 8,600 gallons of fuel overturned and caught fire, closing both the southbound I-880 and the eastbound I-580 connector.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

DWP ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER
We're Working For LA!

Neighborhood Council
MOU Notification
Sent on November 14, 2007

You are receiving this notification under guidelines established by the LADWP-Neighborhood Council MOU. LADWP will provide notifications of significant matters or proposed actions by the Board of Water and Power Commission. Such actions include, but are not limited to, major policies or programs; changes in major policies or programs; significant projects, such as those requiring environmental impact documents; the upcoming fiscal year draft budget; and any proposed rate action.

In addition to these email notifications, all notifications are posted on the LADWP website at www.ladwp.com/nc.

NOTIFICATION NO. 1 - RON DEATON, LADWP GENERAL MANAGER RETIRES

Ron Deaton, LADWP General Manager for the past three years, announced his retirement in October. Mr. Deaton was instrumental in directing LADWP's development of an MOU with the Neighborhood Councils city-wide and led the Department into an era of increased environmental awareness and conservation. For a biography of Mr. Deaton and the media release containing his retirement statement please click on the following two links: Ronald F. Deaton Retirement Statement;
Biography of Ronald F. Deaton.


NOTIFICATION NO.2 - LADWP BOARD ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

At its regular meeting on November 6, 2007, the LADWP Board of Commissioners made the following selection of officers:

Board President: Nick Patsaouras
Board Vice-President: Edith Ramirez

The Board also voted on officers for its standing committees and those results can be viewed by clicking on LADWP Board Committees.


NOTIFICATION NO. 3 - 12th ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHT FESTIVAL

The LADWP Holiday Light Festival will be held from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. nightly beginning November 21 through December 30, with a focus this year on conservation and making the event environmentally friendly.

In order to save energy and protect the environment, all lights have been converted to energy efficient and LED lights. The festival will be walking only (closed to car traffic) from November 21-25.

The third annual special preview "Bike Night" will be held on Monday, November 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., when the festival route will be closed to car traffic and open to cyclists only.

For details and complete information, click on
LADWP 12th Annual Holiday Light Festival.


NOTIFICATION NO. 4 - LADWP BOARD AND PUBLIC WORKS BOARD JOINT MEETING ON WATER INTEGRATED RESOURCES PLAN AND WATER RECYCLING

As indicated in the notification sent on October 3, 2007, the LADWP Board of Commissioners and the Board of Public Works met on Saturday, October 6, 2007 regarding the Water Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) and Water Recycling.

The presentation document can be viewed by clicking on October 2007 Joint Water IRP Presentation.


NOTIFICATIONNO. 5 - LADWP SEAWATER DESALINATION PILOT PROJECT

LADWP is currently embarking on an evaluation effort to explore and pilot test seawater desalination technologies.

This technology testing effort is designed to study the feasibility of various seawater treatment technologies that are currently available and will pilot test the selected technologies over an 18-month period. The pilot testing site will be located within the Scattergood Power Generation facility in Playa Del Rey, California.

An introductory workshop was held on October 17, 2007, with a follow-up workshop tentatively scheduled sometime in December 2007. The presentation document for the October 17 workshop can be viewed by clicking on October 2007 Desalination Workshop Presentation.

TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT ANNOUNCEMENT

You are invited to the first
WESTSIDE TRANSIT/SUBWAY SUMMIT

A Discussion with Elected Officials and Experts of Goals, Policy Objectives, and Next Steps to Connect the Westside with the Region’s Light Rail and Subway Systems

Hosted By
COUNCILMEMBER JACK WEISS
COUNCILMEMBER BILL ROSENDAHL
COUNCILMEMBER HERB WESSON
COUNCILMEMBER TOM LABONGE

Monday, November 19, 2007
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
(at Fairfax. Parking is available onsite for $6.)

RSVP or for more information call (310) 289-0353
Sponsored by the David Bohnett Foundation

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Community Clean-Up Day in Westwood

WEISS PLANS COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY IN WESTWOOD VILLAGE

With the help of numerous Westwood Village stakeholders, including J.S. Rosenfield & Co., Councilmember Jack Weiss is organizing a Community Clean-Up Day in the Westwood Village. Last month, the Westwood community saw brand new decorative sidewalks placed on Westwood Boulevard and other revitalization efforts in the Village. However, the day to day maintenance of the Village has been increasingly difficult. Maria Camacho of J.S. Rosenfield's Office and Weiss Field Deputy Evan Gordon has begun outreach to get as much of the community involved as possible. Working in conjunction with Bureau of Sanitation, Public Works, Clean and Green, UCLA, Westwood Village business and property owners and Westwood residents, Weiss hopes that this effort will be a catalyst for a Westwood Village revival. The Community Clean-Up Day will likely be in April of next year. For more information please contact Weiss’ Field Deputy Evan Gordon at (310) 289-0353.

Transportation News from the Council Office

WEISS & COLLEAGUES HOST TRANSIT/SUBWAY SUMMIT NOVEMBER 19

On Monday, November 19, from 3 PM through 5 PM, Councilmember Jack Weiss, along with Councilmembers Bill Rosendahl, Herb Wesson, and Tom LaBonge, will host a Westside Transit/Subway Summit sponsored by the David Bohnett Foundation. KPCC host Kitty Felde will moderate this discussion with elected officials and experts of goals, policy objectives, and next steps to connect the Westside with the region’s light rail and subway systems. It will take place at the Peterson Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd, at Fairfax (Parking is available onsite for $6). To RSVP or for more information call (310) 289-0353.

WEISS, MAYOR ANNOUNCE SEPULVEDA REVERSIBLE LANE PLAN

On October 18, Councilmembers Jack Weiss and Bill Rosendahl along with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the unanimous passage of the Sepulveda Reversible Lane Project in a press conference at the Skirball Cultural Center. The $11.3 million project will switch the middle southbound lane to northbound during evening rush hour traffic to assist commuters heading home to the Valley.

"When you're leaving the city and going to the Valley during rush hour, it makes no sense to require drivers to go from two lanes to one lane," said Weiss.

The 18 month project set to begin in June of next year will install message boards in both directions and special lights within the tunnel to inform motorists when the lanes are open. The middle southbound lane will switch northbound from 4 PM to 7 PM Monday through Friday.

For more information on the project, please contact Weiss’ Field Deputy Matthew Schupbach at (818) 756-8083.

WEISS SUBMITS COMMENTS ON 405 SEPULVEDA PASS PROJECT

On October 1, Councilmember Jack Weiss submitted written comments to Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) raising questions and concerns about the Interstate 405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project. These comments followed a number of meetings in recent months involving Weiss, members of his staff, community members, Caltrans staff and members of the LADOT staff regarding various aspects of this project.

In response to issues raised by residents of the Westwood Hills and other communities along this freeway corridor Weiss appealed to Caltrans to ask for a federal government waiver for non-standard 11 foot lanes and non-standard shoulders along portions of this project. If such a waiver is granted it could minimize property takings and intrusion into the communities. It would also keep future options available for LADOT to improve Sepulveda Blvd.

Weiss also questioned the Caltrans recommendation to replace bridges at Mulholland and Skirball Center Drive. He has concerns about the potential impacts of closures during the replacement process upon commuters during the construction process. This could be disastrous for local residents and those who attend many nearby schools and other institutions.

Weiss appealed to Caltrans to minimize property takings for various portions of the project including new freeway on and off-ramps proposed in the Sherman Oaks area, and also proposed that a portion of the money saved from the avoidance of bridge replacement and from avoidance of property takings be used to make improvements to Sepulveda Blvd.

If you would like to receive a copy of this letter or have questions please contact Weiss’ Senior Field Deputy Jay Greenstein at (310) 289-0353 or by e-mail at jay.greenstein@lacity.org.

WEISS PRAISES COMPLETION OF 101-405 INTERCHANGE PROJECT

Councilmember Jack Weiss lauded the completion of the 101-405 Interchange Project on October 19, the day the interchange was officially opened for commuters. The northbound 405 transition to the 101 has been described as one of the worst bottlenecks in the country.

"Representing parts of the Valley and the Westside, I have been in the unique position of hearing frustrated Westside residents complain about the morning bottleneck on their way to work while Valley residents complain about the evening one going home," said Weiss. "I'm glad to see that commuters will finally get a much deserved traffic break at the interchange."

The $46 million project widened the northbound 405 from five to six lanes between Sepulveda and Ventura, reconfigured the Sepulveda 101 onramp, and added a northbound 405 onramp from Sepulveda.

COUNCIL PROPOSES CAR SHARING PILOT PROGRAM

In a creative effort to give City residents alternatives to car ownership, the City Council recently moved forward on a proposed one year car sharing pilot program. Participants in car sharing pay a subscription fee and share access to vehicles. Cars are reserved online or by phone, used, and then returned to the car's designated parking space. Several areas of the City are being considered for the pilot program, including North Westwood Village. The Department of Transportation and the City Attorney's office are working on the next step, which is communicating with car sharing companies to determine interest in participating in this historic program. Studies prove car sharing programs are a green way to help alleviate parking woes. For more information please contact Weiss’ Field Deputy Evan Gordon at (310) 289-0353.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hotel Bel-Air to Change Hands - Kind-of

One of the world's most extravagant spenders, Prince Jefri, the younger brother of the Sultan of Brunei has been ordered to give back his toys. Five English judges have settled a billion-dollar battle between Jefri and the Sultan of Brunei. Prince Jefri has been ordered to give up ownership of two hotels: the New York Palace Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, three houses: Cavell House in London, St John's Lodge in London and in 3-5 Place Vendôme, Paris as well as paintings, jewels and a large trust fund.

Link to UK Times Online Story

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Are you signed up for the "Do Not Call" list?

To register for the national "Do Not Call" list or if you want to verify if your number is already registered and the date of registration, go to http://www.donotcall.gov/ or call (888) 382-1222.

Once you register your number it will take 31 days to become effective. Having your number registered on the list will ban unsolicited sales calls from companies with which you have no business relationship. Unfortunately political and telephone surveys are not banned.

Some charity calls are allowed but if a third-party telemarketer is making the call for the charity, you can request it no longer call your number for that cause.

You can register your cell phone too! Sorry, the registry is only for personal numbers.

Originally your registration was good for five years and then it had to be renewed. But last month the FTC announced numbers would not expire, pending congressional or agency actions that might make registration permanent.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Trenching Work on Bel-Air Streets

Many of you have probably been impacted and are curious about what's happening on Stone Canyon Road. To give you a little background, the City approved a utility permit for a telecommunications company to lay fiber optic cable in the street (public right-of-way). The telecom company is a company that provides service to a network (such as Sprint/Nextel) not to you the end user/consumer. For point of clarification, the permit approved by the City is to lay fiber optic cable ONLY.

The following is a proposed schedule of trenching work to be done:
  • Stone Canyon Road to Strada Corta to be completed by November 9th
  • Bellagio Road at Stone Canyon to Copa De Oro. Copa De Oro to Bel-Air Road. Bel-Air Road to St. Cloud. St. Cloud to St. Pierre. St. Pierre to Beverly Glen. This work will be done from November 19th - 27th.
The company will also be doing restoration work, street resurfacing repairs/patches, beginning with Stone Canyon Road sometime next week, the week of November 12th.

The BAA is waiting for a more specific time line for the repair work and once we have that information we will post it here.

Street Lights Back to Normal

The Bureau of Street Lighting reported today that all the streets light in Bel-Air have been repaired and should be running normally. To ensure the system was operating properly, the BSL night crew checked the system last night, November 6, to identify any problems. Any problems they did find have already been repaired.

If by chance you do notice any street lights out, please report it to the Association at 310-474-3527.

West LA Police Open House

The Los Angeles Police Department, West Los Angeles Area Community Police Station will be hosting its annual Open House on Saturday, November 10, 2007, between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The West Los Angeles Community Police Station is located at 1663 Butler Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90025 (5 blocks west of the 405 freeway, 1 block south of Santa Monica Blvd.).

Come join the fun and festivities and enjoy the free barbeque. Free hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be served.

There will be displays of some of the new technology being used in the field patrol cars such as the FLIR-Forward Looking Infared and Automated License Plate Readers.

Vintage police cars will be on display along with the West Los Angeles Area Explorers Color Guard and the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

The community will have an opportunity to tour the police station and experience the shooting simulator which is the equivilant to a real life live video game.

For further questions and information contact Officer Ray Barron at the West Los Angeles Community Relations Unit at 310-444-0730.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bel~Air Golf Course Record!

Broadcaster Al Michaels has been involved in a lot of thrilling moments in sports during his career, and he witnessed another last week while playing a round of golf at Bel-Air Country Club.

His foursome included Dave Podas, the club's head pro, who shot a 63 from the blue tees.

Although Eddie Merrins, Bel-Air's head pro emeritus who has been with the club for more than 40 years, shot a 62 in 1970, that was from the white tees. The seven-under-par 63 tied the course record from the blues at the 80-year-old club.

Podas hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation. The only one he missed was on the par-three 10th hole, and he chipped within four feet and missed a par putt for his only bogey of the day.

The two others in the foursome were Anthony Chidoni and Paul Baerwald. Said Michaels: "We were like teammates on a baseball team when someone is pitching a no-hitter. We were afraid to say anything."

In other words, Michaels resisted hollering: "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"