Saturday, May 31, 2008

Weiss Wire - June 2008

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

LAPD Community Alert Notification Wed 5/28/2008


There was one Hillside consistent residential burglary on 5/25/08, at 12:01 AM, in the 1100 block of Chantilly Road (see below). In the past month there have been two west of the 405 freeway between the Palisades and Brentwood. Overall year to date the area is experiencing a 14% decrease in all Part 1 crimes (Aggravated Assault, Residential and Auto Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, Robbery and Thefts).

Please remain vigilant to activity and people in our neighborhood. If you see what you believe may be a crime in progress, call 911! If you see other suspicious activity, notify the Non Emergency Dispatch at 1-877-275-5273. Forward any suspect information to me via e-mail or phone, so I can verify appropriate follow-up was conducted. Please record the date, time, type of activity, suspect(s) descriptions, and the description of any involved vehicles with accurate license plate information. Video cameras are great for capturing much of this information! We have received information from several alert community members and private security companies. This information directs us towards possible suspects and has resulted in several arrests.

Christopher Ragsdale Senior Lead Officer

West Los Angeles Community Police Station

Office: 310-444-0741/Cell: 213-305-5895


Street Robbery:

Rochester east of Westwood Bl (RD 833), 5/21/08, at 2230 hours

The victim walked eastbound on Rochester on the south side of the street. The victim observed suspect #1 walking westbound towards him. The suspect yelled, "Hey man" but the victim ignored him. Both suspects followed the victim and were able to surround him. Suspect #2 pointed a blue steel handgun at the victim and said, "Give me your money, cell phone, and bag. Suspect #2 reached into the victim's pockets and suspect #1 took the victim's book bag. Suspect #1 told the victim to remove his sweater, and took it. Suspect #2 struck the victim with a closed fist and the suspects ran eastbound on Rochester.

Suspect #1: Male Black Blk Unk 6-2 190 25-30 yrs, wearing a blue sweatshirt

Suspect #2: Male Black NFD, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

There has been some activity on the victim's credit cards since the robbery. The same suspects are possibly related to a robbery being handled by UCLA PD. Detectives will get together and compare information, and track the credit card activity.

Residential Burglary:

1100 Chantilly Rd, RD 0806

MO: Hillside consistent. On 05/25/08, at 0000 hours, suspect(s) positioned the victim's ladder under a second floor window, smashed the window, kicked open and ransacked the master bedroom closet. The loss is unidentified.

1600 Veteran Av, RD 0855

MO: Between 05/21/08 at 2230 and 05/22/08 at 1130, suspect(s) forced the victim's storage cabinet door in the apartment building parking structure, removed candle sticks and a lamp.

1400 Alt Ridge Drive, RD 0808

MO: Between 05/18/08 1200 hours and 05/19/08 1130 hours, unknown suspect(s) opened side door to vict's res. with unknown object. Victim did not observe any property missing at time of investigation.


Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:

05-24-08, 1630/1645. RD 0833 Alley 1400 Westwood Unlocked Phone

05-27-08, 1400 RD 0834 Driveway 10500 Wilshire Unlocked Guitar

05-25-08, 0030/0345. RD 0808 Driveway 2300 Benedict Cyn Smash window GPS

05-20-08 2130-0600 RD 0855 parking garage 10800 Holman Ave window smash wallet

05-21-08 2000-2200 RD 0829 parking lot 10250 Santa Monica Bl window smash I-pod cell phone

02-18-08 0800-04-20-08, 1400 RD 0838 parking garage 11070 Strathmore DR pried door lock car stereo


10700 Wilshire Bl RD 0834

MO: Vict rec'd call from hotel security that his old cancelled checks were found at loc. Checks stolen from his home at unk time. Loss: 0

10900 Wilshire Bl (Gym) RD 0833

MO: Unk suspect accessed victim's locked locker by unk means and stole cash Loss: $500

Thursday, May 8, 2008

WEISS WIRE - May 2008 (Click on Picture for Full Size)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Baseline Mansionization Ordinance Passes

Los Angeles limits 'mansionization,' downtown hotel conversions

The City Council adopts rules curbing the size of remodeled homes on the flatlands and preserving low-income housing, mostly on skid row, that advocates fear are in danger of becoming lofts.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

City Council voted unanimously to enact the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance

From Curbed LA:

No love for the mcmansion today at City Hall. Homeowners crying foul showed up in impressive numbers from "negatively impacted" neighborhoods (Tarzana, Hancock Park, Studio City, Cheviot Hills) to beg the City to enact the mansionization ordinance, which would forbid homeowners from building big ugly boxes on their lots by restricting floor areas. Builders, realtors and homeowner representatives from other neighborhoods (South LA) showed up to voice opposition to the "one size fits all" approach that they say would screw up the whole city for the benefit of a few affected neighborhoods. In the end, the City Council voted unanimously to enact the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance. What it says:

"...the maximum residential floor area contained in all buildings and accessory buildings shall not exceed 25 percent of the lot area, except that when the lot is 20,000 square feet or greater, then the residential floor area shall not exceed 20 percent of the lot area or 5,000 square feet, whichever is greater."

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Baseline Mansionization Ordinance at City Council on May 6,2008

Greetings All:

This email is being sent to inform you that the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (Case Number CPC-2007-160-CA; Council File Number 06-1293) has been tentatively set to be heard by the City Council at the May 6, 2008 meeting. This date is subject to change; please be sure to monitor the agenda by going to the City Council Calendar at the City of Los Angeles website ( The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM at:

John Ferraro Council Chamber

City Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 340

200 N. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you cannot attend the meeting, you can view the proceedings on Channel 35 or via webcast at the City’s website ( You may also listen to the City Council meeting over the telephone by calling the City’s “Council Phone” system at (213) 621-CITY, (310) 547-CITY, (310) 471-CITY, or at (818) 904-9450.

The most current official version of the proposed Baseline Mansionization Ordinance can be downloaded at the Council File Index website ( To find it just type in "Baseline Mansionization Ordinance" or "06-1293" in the search field and then click on the "Online Documents" section of the search results. Download the file named “Ordinance – Typographical Errors Corrected” dated April 30, 2008; it is in PDF format so you will need to be sure that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. This is also the place where you can track the progress of the proposal in Council as well as read any documents submitted to the City Clerk's Office.

The revised ordinance contains the amendments requested by the Planning & Land Use Management Committee on January 8, 2008. The proposed ordinance will only apply to single-family zoned lots, not located in a Hillside Area or Coastal Zone.

The proposed Baseline Mansionization Ordinance is the product of almost two years of public outreach, and has continued to evolve throughout the public hearing process to address various concerns heard from the public. The proposed ordinance focuses on establishing a baseline scale for each zone and addressing the issues of bulk and mass. In addition to the baseline limits, it also creates a new overlay district that will enable individual communities to increase or decrease the proposed size limits to fit the scale of their neighborhoods in special circumstances.

Extensive public input allowed the ordinance to strike a balance between establishing FAR limits that help to maintain the unique characteristics of these different zones, while still allowing room for smaller homes to be expanded to fit the needs of property owners.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Erick Lopez
Department of City Planning
Community Planning Bureau - West Coastal Division
200 N. Spring St., Room 621
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1243
(213) 978-1226 - fax