Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday Funnies


BOOMBOX from Ely Kim on Vimeo.

Admittedly, this has nothing to do with Bel~Air -- but it is a slow (Bel~Air) news day and I got a big kick out of this kid who did 100 dances to 100 songs over 100 days in the above video.  Click on the Play button on the bottom left corner of the above picture to start.

Somehow, I made it through the entire thing.  It is silly but inexplicably captivating -- and a good example of "new media" viral video.

UPDATE

After seeing the above post - a friend of mine emailed me the below video done last year that might be better (and is certainly far more heartwarming) than the video above.  Enjoy Matt as he dances across 42 countries with a cast of thousands.


Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The 10 Most Expensive Properties in Los Angeles

The Real Estalker just published a fascinating list of the 10 Most Expensive Properties on the Market in Los Angeles.  In that the (below excerpted) 2 of the 10 are in Bel~Air, it makes for some fun reading.

Le Belvedere / The newest member of the mega-manse club to arrive on the open market belongs to real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and carries a porcine asking price of $85,000,000. The Nimes Road residence measures in at approximately 48,000 square feet and, as far as we're concerned, if this hotel-sized house were a person it would wear Versace head to toe, drive, a white Rolls Royce and go around screaming, "I have so much more money than you!" The 10 bedroom and 14 bathroom house sits on a 2.2 acre parcel in a choice section of Bel Air and the owner claims to have spent a jaw dropping $59,000,000 building the behemoth.

La Belle Vie / Also new to the suddenly over-populated Los Angeles area mega-mansion market is philanthropist Iris Cantor's palatial Platinum Triangle mansion known as La Belle Vie that recently appeared on the open market with a staggering asking price of $53,000,000. Measuring in at around 35,000 square feet with 9 bedrooms and a total of 21 bathrooms, the 18th-century style pile was built in the 1990s with what would appear to be a limitless budget.

Behind the Curtain - How Does your Bank Stack Up?


Nice chart from American Banker comparing various U.S. banks' tangible common equity capital ratio (a highly conservative measure of solvency) and Tier 1 capital ratio (a marginally less conservative but regulator-favored approach).

As you can see, the differences are fairly stark at many U.S banks. Straight up, most U.S. banks are at or close to insolvency by TCE measure, which speaks at least as much to the harshness of the test as it does to the actual financial condition of many of the banks.

Nevertheless, by the TCE measure the "safest" (I use that word advisedly) U.S. banks are JP Morgan and U.S. Bankcorp. The riskiest banks are Citi, BNY Mellon, and Wells Fargo.

There are lots of reasons why you should (really!) be critical of TCE as a measure of bank solvency, but there is no doubt that skepticism towards bank capital is deserved, so other measures were always going to come forward.

Credit to paul.kedrosky.com

Monday, February 23, 2009

From Bad to Worse

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Break-out your Pocketbook - 2+ Acre Bel~Air Home for $85 Million


Mohamed Hadid, developer of Ritz-Carlton hotels and high-end custom homes, has listed his personal Bel-Air residence at $85 million. The 48,000-square-foot house has 10 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, a 70-foot infinity pool, 5,000-bottle wine cellar, gym, Turkish sauna and ballroom that seats up to 250 guests.

Friday, February 20, 2009

COMMUNITY ALERT
NOTIFICATION

We are starting to see a resurgence of thefts from mailboxes where the suspect has resorted to breaking into the mailboxes to remove the victims' mail. This action usually preceeds identity theft. Please consider these options to protect your identity.

1. Picking up your mail at the post office

2. When you receive unwanted catalogues call the company and request to be taken off their mailing list

3. Go to ZabaSearch.com and input your name to see what information is available to the public. You can request to have your information removed.

4. Check into companies that specialize in protecting your identity, and sign up.

If you have any questions you can contact Sergeant David Podesta at

(310) 444-0743 or by email at 32305@lapd.lacity.org

Town Hall Meeting on California's Budget Crisis

Town Hall Meeting on California's Budget Crisis

 

·        The State eliminated its 42 billion dollar deficit with huge cuts, increased taxes, borrowing, reliance on the federal stimulus package and by paying legislative ransoms to obtain key votes

·        LA County government receives 23% of its budget from state funds that are already being cut; another 21% comes from property tax revenues - which are showing "negative growth"

  • LA City government gets 23% of its revenue from property taxes; while another 33% of its revenues - sales & utility taxes, permits & fees, business & hotel taxes - are in free fall.

 

Bringing California's government budgets into balance will have a dramatic effect on the Westside.

 

®     Services will be cut

®     Aid to education will go down

®     Support for transit programs will vanish

®     Taxes will go up

 

Join our featured speakers

 

 

Ted Lieu

53rd Assembly District Member & Chair of the State Assembly Rules Committee

 

 

Zev Yaroslavsky

LA County 3rd District Supervisor

 

 

Wendy Greuel

LA City Council Member from the 2nd District & Budget Committee Member

 

 

In a discussion moderated by

 

Kitty Felde

Special Correspondent for Public Radio Station KPCC

 

to discuss the Budget Crisis at a Town Hall meeting arranged by the Venice Neighborhood Council

 

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Thursday, Feb 26th

at

Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice

 

Questions & Answer Session!

Refreshments!

and

No Admission Charge! 

LAPD Westside Crime Update

COMMUNITY ALERT
NOTIFICATION

If you see what you believe may be a crime in progress, call 911!If you see other suspicious activity, notify the Los Angeles Police Non-Emergency number 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!
Christopher Ragsdale
Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0741
Cell: 213-305-5895
Email: 26690@lapd.lacity.org
Website: www.lapdonline.org
*All addresses are in hundred blocks and do not reflect exact addresses*
Burglary:
11400 Bellagio Rd, RD 0805. Construction Site. MO: Between 02/13/09 and 02/18/09, suspect(s) entered open framing, broke the locks/popped the lids of metal tools boxes, removed tools.
1400 Stone Canyon, RD 0806. MO: Between 02/17/09 at 2030 and 02/18/09 at 0800, suspect(s) forced a door, removed power tools.
1400 Davies Dr, RD 0807. MO: On 02/17/09, at 1000, suspect(s) smashed the door glass in apparent entry attempt. Entry was not gained.
1700 Glendon Ave. RD 0855. MO: On 02/10/09 at 1100 hours, the victim discovered that an unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter his residence through the front door by prying it open. The unknown suspect(s) never made entry.
Grand Theft Auto:
02-13-09 1000/2230 RD 0829 1500 Woodruff Street 02 Honda M/C
02-17-09 2315/2345 RD 0817 1000 Westwood Street 06 Cobalt
02-09-09 1800/0845 RD 0833 10900 Wellworth Street 97 Honda Accord
Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:
02-18-09 1300-2210 RD 0809 11300 Mulholland Dr street smash
02-18-09 1200-1335 RD 0829 Beverly Glen/Rochester street smash

02-14-09 1330/1330 RD 0855 1600 Veteran Ave Sub Gar Smash 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Traders Revolts! Rick Santelli and the "Rant of the Year"



Fed up with Obama's plan, CNBC commentator goes on a rant.

'The government is promoting bad behavior... do we really want to subsidize the losers' mortgages... This is America! How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor's mortgage? President Obama are you listening? How about we all stop paying our mortgage! It's a moral hazard'

Stock Market - Trying to Hold the Line



Above you will see a chart of our current recession as compared to the other major stock market crashes from the modern age.  If we break the support levels today and reattach to the Great Depression trend line, I will be very worried. . .   

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

UCLA Helps Take Your Mind off the Economy

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television presents:
 
You can get more details about each screening by clicking on the title. A hyperlink will open, Cut and paste the link to your web server and the full program and program details will open.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Now (Post Crash) what $1,000,000 can Buy you Across the Country.

Las Vegas Home
Price: $1.19 million
Square Feet: 5,417
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3

New York Home
Price: $1,095,000
Square Feet: 939 interior, 885 exterior
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2 

Bel-Air Home
Price: $1,975,000
Square Feet: 800 of "open-air" living
Rooms with Floor Mattresses: 2
Outhouses: 2 



Just kidding about the Bel~Air Home. . .  
Or AM I!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ARCHITECTURAL FORUM - March 18, 2009

 

Presents:

 AN ARCHITECTURAL FORUM

 

A Discussion of Bel-Air’s Distinctive Architecture

Past, Present, and Future

 

Featuring Distinguished Panelists Including:

Bret Parsons, Author, Colcord Home, and an upcoming book about Bel-Air architecture

Alejandro Ortiz, Architect and Member of the LA City Planning Commission

Michael Buhler, Advocacy Director, LA Conservancy

Dion Neutra, Architect, Former Partner of his father Richard Neutra, and current Director of The Neutra Foundation

Harriet F. Williams, Granddaughter of Architect Paul Williams

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Exact time & location available

Through the association offices

 

Please reserve your seat at this event by calling The Bel-Air Association office at 310.474.3527 

 

This event is presented free of charge to Bel~Air Association Members as a Community Service of the Bel-Air Association!

Four of Top Ten Deadliest Stretches of Road in America are in California

Eight of the top 10 were in Western states — California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. The other two roads were in Florida. And all but the last road on the list were major Interstates.

If you live in the neighborhood, you probably already are aware of the danger that lurks ahead. If you don't, but you're planning on doing some cross-country travel, be alert:

Roads With the Most Fatalities Over The Last 5 Years, By County

1) 346 deaths: I-15 in San Bernardino County, California

Ironically, many fatalities on this stretch of I-15 may be because the road is so straight and wide.

“That road will put you to sleep,” said Baker Fire Station Chief Dan Tellez, whose station deals with all the emergencies along 75 miles of the highway. “And a lot of people tend to be speeding because it's so wide and so straight.”

Alcohol also plays a role in this highway's death toll. “We get a few people driving under the influence, coming from Vegas after partying all night,” Tellez said.

An accident last week killed two people when their car crashed into water barrels lining the freeway.

2) 182 deaths: I-10 in Riverside County, California

Two people were killed and four were injured in a four-car crash here in January, after a pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic.

But don't blame the road design, local officials say.

"Most of it doesn't have to do with the road per se," said California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Chris Blondon, whose area includes part of I-10 in Riverside. "It more has to do with the drivers. Most of the crashes we see along that area are due to unsafe speeds. They're going too fast for the road conditions."

3) 178 deaths: I-10 in Maricopa County, Arizona

A local musician was killed in September after an 18-wheeler turned over in front of him.

State officials say the road is too narrow for the amount of traffic it now handles. Some parts are already being widened, and the state is asking for $61 million in federal stimulus funding to widen the rest of the road and do minor repairs.

"The purpose of the I-10 widening is to transform it from a rural style highway to an urban one," Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Timothy Tait said. "Right now it has two lanes in each direction, which is very inadequate for a place like Phoenix."

4) 158 deaths: I-5 in Los Angeles County, California

On Oct. 12, 2007, a speeding truck crashed into a concrete barrier in a tunnel near Santa Clarita, causing a chain reaction of crashes. Three people were killed and 26 vehicles were destroyed in an inferno that engulfed the tunnel. The fire shut down the highway for two days.

This week, a California Highway Patrol report determined that speeding was the primary cause of the accident — at least 13 of the vehicles were going over the speed limit.

But Saia Motor Freight, the company that owned the truck that started the chain reaction, told the Los Angeles Times that poor lighting conditions in the tunnel and inadequately maintained warning signs were to blame. The California Department of Transportation said it has since improved conditions in the tunnel.

5) 153 deaths: I-45 in Harris County, Texas

A man was killed last month when he was speeding and missed a turn on I-45 near Fuqua. The car rolled over at least twice and ended in a ditch, FOX 26 reported.

State officials say the sheer amount of traffic on the road is the main problem.

"[I-45] is a major traffic corridor through the city of Houston. Whenever you have more cars, you're going to have more crashes," said Mark Cross, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Texas DOT has identified $3 million in safety improvements, such as signs and pavement markings, that it would like to see funded with federal stimulus money.

6) 148 deaths: I-15 in Clark County, Nevada

Two men died in a head-on collision in September, caused by one of the drivers going in the wrong direction on the freeway.

But this road is getting better: Fatalities fell from 39 in 2006 to 19 last year.

Kevin Honea, a trooper with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, attributed the decline in fatalities to increased police activity, which has been particularly focused on this stretch of I-10 going from California to Las Vegas.

“Biggest reason is an increased officer presence out there,” Honea said. “We’ve got a very aggressive group of guys out there.... People see our officers, and they know they had better buckle up.”

Scott Magruder, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation, said major projects to widen the highway and add an express lane are under way and due for completion next April. Less congestion should improve safety even more, he said, as drivers feel less of a need to weave between lanes.

The state is planning another widening of the road between Tropicana and State Road 160, which would cost up to $250 million. Magruder said funding from the proposed stimulus bill may help pay for that.

7) 131 deaths: I-95 in Palm Beach County, Florida

The driver of a gasoline tanker truck was sentenced to 35 years in prison in December after being found responsible for an accident in which his truck turned over on a car, exploded, and killed four people.

Prosecutors said the driver was going 25 miles per hour over the speed limit and had not taken the mandatory rest breaks for truck drivers.

The Florida Department of Transportation has listed $160 million in additions and repairs to I-95 in its wish list for federal stimulus money.

Tied for 8) 118 deaths: I-10 in Pinal County, Arizona

Local firefighters who respond to calls on the road say a main problem is bored drivers who fall asleep.

"It's probably one of the straightest sections of I-10 there is," said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Morgan of the Casa Grande Fire Department. "This stretch of the road is basically the center point between Tuscon and Phoenix. It's a long-distance trip, and we're at the middle point.... Most people who survive wrecks usually tell us they were getting fatigued."

Tied for 8) 118 deaths: I-5 in San Diego County, California

A pregnant woman was killed in January after another car clipped her vehicle while switching lanes. The offending driver will stand trial for speeding and driving recklessly.

10) 102 deaths: US-1 in Miami-Dade County, Florida

A woman was sentenced to three years in jail in 2007 after making a U-turn that led to the death of a motorcyclist. She was also sentenced for possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

By Maxim Lott FOXNews

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

LAPD Community Crime Alert

COMMUNITY ALERT
NOTIFICATION

If you see what you believe may be a crime in progress, call 911! If you see other suspicious activity, notify the Los Angeles Police Non-Emergency number 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!

Senior Lead Officer Christopher Ragsdale
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0741 Cell: 213-305-5895 Email: 26690@lapd.lacity.org
ATTEMPTED STREET ROBBERY: 1600 Glendon Ave (RD 833). 2/4/09, at 1945 hours, Victim walked, looked back, and observed suspect walking behind her in front of the building. The victim was fearful so she walked towards the driveway near the front stairs. The suspect grabbed the victim from behind. The victim fell to the ground, suspect attempted to take the victim's purse, and victim held on to her purse and screamed for help. Suspect released purse and fled on foot from the location. Suspect: Male Hispanic or Asian Blk hair unk eye color 5-2/5-4 100 20-25 yrs. Weapon: Bodily Force. Property Taken: None (Attempted Robbery)
Assault with a Deadly Weapon:
1100 Westwood Blvd., RD 817. On 2/8/09, 2245, Suspect, an area transient, tried to buy alcohol at Rite Aid and was refused by store management. Victim Torres, the security guard, forced the suspect to leave the business. A short time later the victim saw the suspect in the parking lot and the suspect engaged the victim in a dispute. The suspect then struck the victim, in the head, with a hammer. Suspect: Male, White, Blonde, Blue, 5-9, 180, 25 years - NFI
Burglary:
300 Saint Pierre Rd, RD 0806. MO: Between 02/07/09 at 1630 and 02/09/09 at 0645, suspect(s) entered construction site, disabled video cameras, opened storage containers and an office, removed tools.
1200 Beverly Glen, RD 0807. MO: On 02/08/09, between 1130 and 1230, suspect(s) attempted to pry the SFR front door. Entry was not gained.
1000 Acanto Pl, RD 0805. MO: On 01/30/09, between 0910 and 1140, suspect(s) opened the window and removed property.
700 Beverly Glen, RD 0819. MO: On 01/26/09, at 1500, suspect(s) smashed the SFR rear French door, removed a $6.00 costume ring. Suspect: Male Black 506 180 25-30, Suspect veh: Unk year Mercedes 4dr SUV, blue
Grand Theft Auto:
02-01-09, 1900/1400 RD 0816 Veteran/Levering Street 2000 Honda Civic
02-07-09, 0730/1200 RD 0805 11000 Chalon Rd. Street 88 Toyt Pk
Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:
02-04-09, 2300/0830 RD 0855 1700 Malcolm Ave. Street Suspect removed laptop
02-02-09, 0700-1930 RD 0816 600 S. Veteran Ave street smashed
01-31-09, 1500-1130 RD 0834 1600 Manning Ave garage unlocked
02-03-09, 2000-0730 RD 0833 10900 Wellworth Ave garagae unlocked
02-03-09, 2000/2040 RD 0833 Santa Monica/Westwood Pkg lot Smash GPS
01-28-09, 1100/1400 RD 0829 1300 Beverly Glen Bl. Street
01-30-09, 1130 RD 0805 200 Glenroy Dwy
01/27/09, 1915/0730 RD 0834 10500 Wilshire Bl. Garage Smash computer bag
01-26-09, 0930/1500 RD 0815 Sepulveda/Montana Street Smash Stereo
01-26-09, 2130/2230 RD 0855 1700 Westwood Bl. Pkg lot Smash Clothes

Monday, February 9, 2009

UCLA CANDIDATES NIGHT Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Bel-Air Association invites you to the upcoming

UCLA CANDIDATES NIGHT

For the Los Angeles Municipal Prim

ary Election

The forum will take place on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. Reception)

California Nano Systems Institute Auditorium (CNSI)

UCLA CAMPUS

Please RSVP to (310) 794-6810 or advocacy@support.ucla.edu by February 9, 2009 

An evening of candidates, questions, and answers

 and our community coming together!  

The Primary Municipal Election for the City of Los Angeles will take place on 

Tuesday, March 3, 2009. 

The Bel-Air Association’s City Services Committee invites our members to meet the candidates running for the Fifth District position on the Los Angeles City Council.

The City of Los Angeles 5th Council District
candidates are:

ADEENA BLEICH
RON GALPERIN
PAUL KORETZ
ROBERT SCHWARTZ
ROBYN RITTER SIMON
DAVID T. VAHEDI 

This invitation is sent to you by the Bel Air Association, City Services Committee.  For more information please call Paulette M. DuBey, our General Manager at 310.474.3527. 

The evening will be moderated by Adrienne Alpert, KABC-TV Channel 7.

This program will be re-broadcast on KABC-TV and LA Channel 36 at a later date.  Parking is in LOT 9. 

CLICK HERE for interative UCLA CAMPUS MAP

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Wow! LA Times Quotes the Bel~Air Blog!!

From the LA Times

In Bel-Air, 'mansionization' might not be a bad word

Efforts by the city of Los Angeles to reduce mansionization in the hillside areas might make sense in neighborhoods where modest homes are being turned into monster homes.

But Curbed L.A. found that the reaction might be different in a place like Bel-Air, where mansions are, well, encouraged. Curbed reports that the rules are unlikely to prevent big homes in Bel-Air. But on the Bel-Air Association Blog, at least one residents said the tony neighborhood should be wary:

Bel-Air is a unique neighborhood with grand homes and high quality design and development and MUST NOT be painted with the same brush as many other parts of Los Angeles.

Here is a list of public meetings the city is having on the issue.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Los Angeles Times

Friday, February 6, 2009

Cool Picture of the Day

Facinating dicotomy of the newly completed Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 (right) and 
the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (left) as seen from above the 101 Freeway.

And an aerial shot of both campuses with Downtown LA in the background.

From the LA Times - Expo Line phase II public meetings to begin



Mayor Villaraigosa and MTA officials spoke late last year about victory of transit tax (Measure R) to pay for rail construction projects, including the Expo Line.

The draft environmental report for the second phase was released last week, and the meetings are designed to give the public a chance to provide feedback to the Expo Line Construction Authority, the government agency building the light rail line.

The authority supplied a briefing on the draft report for the media this morning in Culver City. A few interesting morsels popped up:

1. The authority still hopes to open the first phase to Culver City in 2010. But if there are delays resolving the crossings at Dorsey High and Foshay Learning Center, officials may try to open the line to Crenshaw Boulevard in 2010, said Samantha Bricker, chief operating officer of the authority.

2. There are two main routes under consideration -- using a combination of Venice and Sepulveda boulevards or an existing rail right-of-way that runs north of the 10 Freeway. But the draft environmental report says Venice isn't wide enough to accommodate a train, one reason officials say the right-of-way would be better.

Putting aside the issue of which route is best, I suggested the Venice conclusion doesn't pass the smell test, given that Venice is about as big and wide a street as they come. But Steve Polechronis, a senior vice president and project manager for the firm AECom, which is helping plan the line, said the Expo Line would require a 30-foot right-of-way on Venice. "When we looked block-to-block, we couldn't put a continuous line in there without losing those lanes," Polechronis said. My guess is this issue will arise at the public meetings.

3. If the train travels down the median of Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica, 42 trees will have to be cut down. Santa Monica activists are already on high alert, and Construction Authority officials said they're still trying to come up with a mitigation plan.

So the stage is set: Will a $1.3-billion-plus light rail line be held up by 42 trees? Only time will tell...

The dates and times of the public meetings are after the jump.

--Steve Hymon

Expo Line Draft Environmental Impact Report meetings:

Feb. 18, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Santa Monica High School
601 Pico Blvd.

Feb. 23, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
3200 Motor Ave.

Feb. 25, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Webster Middle School
11220 W. Graham Place

Photo: Mayor Villaraigosa and MTA officials spoke late last year about victory of transit tax (Measure R) to pay for rail construction projects, including the Expo Line. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Why Not. . .Barneys Warehouse Sale Starts Tomorrow

Label: Barneys Warehouse Sale
Deal: 50% to 75% off clothing for men and women
When/Where: Thursday, February 5th through Monday, February 16th. Thu-Fri February 5th-6th, 8am-9pm; Sat February 7th, 9am-7pm; Sun February 8th, 10am-7pm; Mon-Fri February 9th-13th, 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun February 14-15, 10am-7pm; Mon February 16, 10am-7pm. Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Ave (310-276-4400)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

ALERT - Bel~Air to Face More Restrictive Residential Development Standards

Click on Image to Enlarge
Email from Erick Lopez
City Planner
Department of City Planning
Community Planning Bureau - West Coastal Division

Greetings All:
 
The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning invites you to attend the Hillside Kick-Off Meetings.  Department staff will be conducting a series of public meetings throughout the City in order to hear your comments, and discuss issues related to development in Los Angeles hillside neighborhoods.
 
Your input will help staff identify concerns, and influence the scope of the citywide hillside project.  These efforts will ultimately result in proposed Code Amendments affecting single-family development in the City's Hillside Areas.  The meetings will start with a presentation from staff and will move on to general comments.  Please feel free to attend any of the meetings listed below.
 
Harbor Area Meeting
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Peck Park Gymnasium
560 N. Western Ave.
San Pedro, CA 90732
 
Westside Meeting
Thursday, February 19, 2009
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Henry Medina Parking Enforcement Facility
11214 W. Exposition Blvd., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90064
 
South Valley Meeting
Monday, February 23, 2009
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Marvin Braude Building
6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 1A
Van Nuys, CA 91401
 
North Valley Meeting
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Council District Two Field Office
7747 Foothill Blvd.
Tujunga, CA 91042
 
Metro/Eastside Meeting
Thursday, February 26, 2009
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
City Hall, Room 1010
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 
In an effort to notify as many people as possible regarding this email we are using several email lists.  If you are getting this email it means that you are involved with your local Certified Neighborhood Council, or have expressed interest in the Hillside Ordinance, Baseline Mansionization Ordinance, or other Land-Use Policies.  Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you know that may be interested in this project or these meetings, or to post the attached flyer on any community bulletin boards.
 
Also, if you have not already signed up for the Hillside Project Interested Parties List please send me an email with your name, contact information (with at least a ZIP Code), and groups you are associated with.  That list will be used for any future email notifications and updates, so please be sure to let me know early on.
 
If you have any question regarding these meetings or the project as a whole, please do not hesitate to contact me.  We look forward to working with you all.
_________________________________________
Erick Lopez
City Planner
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