Sunday, May 31, 2009

Conservation Measures for Lawn Watering in Effect TOMORROW - June 1

WHENMonday, June 1, 2009

Starting June 1, DWP water conservation measures go into effect restricting lawn watering with automatic sprinklers to Mondays and Thursdays. Watering must be done before 9am or after 4pm. Rotator-type or gear-driven sprinklers may not be on for more that 15 minutes per day, or not more that 10 minutes for other (i.e., non-rotation type) sprinklers.

Violations are subject to fines.

Also, the "hand watering" exception mentioned does not override the 9a to 4p restriction. If watering by hand, you still have to do it before 9am or after 4pm., and the hose has to have a self-closing nozzle.

Below are several links with detailed information on the water conservation measures.

Shortage Year Rates Fact Sheet…

Frequently Asked Questions…

Sprinkler Use Ordinance…

Prohibited Uses of Water…

Amended Water Conservation Ordinance…

To report water waste call 1-800-Dial-DWP or email

Friday, May 29, 2009

Schwarzenegger proposes 5% cut in California employee salaries

The reduction would affect 235,000 state workers who already are taking mandatory unpaid furloughs to help close a projected budget gap of $24.3 billion.
By Eric Bailey and Michael Rothfeld 
May 29, 2009
Reporting from Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday readied a proposal to cut state worker salaries by an additional 5% as local government officials lambasted his bid to take $2 billion from cities and counties to help curb the state's growing budget deficit.

The governor's proposed salary reduction would affect 235,000 state workers who already are taking mandatory unpaid furloughs to help the state grapple with a projected budget gap of $24.3 billion.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More on Sunset Blvd. / Brentwood Street Widening

The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Rita Robinson, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, requesting Metro's CEO Arthur Leahy to (temporarily) halt the proposed widening of Sunset Blvd.  The March 18th letter reads in part:"The communities in the Brentwood area have expressed concerns about the potential impacts of this project and have requested that the application undergo further study. Therefore, at the request of the Eleventh Council District, I am formally requesting that Metro officially withdraw the Sunset Boulevard Widening -- Barrington Avenue to Gunston Drive application from consideration as part of the 2009 Call for Projects." 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


2009.03.signsign.jpgThe Los Angeles Times is reporting that the City Council has decided to postpone a vote on the proposed sign ordinance (which would attempt to regulate billboard and sign usage in the city) until September. Sounds like they want the new guy to figure out the mess. Via the Times: "When things look dicey, politicians at City Hall have a time-tested strategy: punt. So, faced with criticism from business leaders and neighborhood councils, the Los Angeles City Council put off a vote on the complicated overhaul of its sign ordinance, agreeing to wait until after July 1 to make a decision -- after City Atty.-elect Carmen Trutanich is seated." Additionally, this morning both City Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Jan Perry introduced motions that would regulate signage. Basically, LaBonge's motions would only allow sign districts to operate in downtown and Hollywood. Perry's motion (expected to be filed shortly) deals with wording about signage in the Greater Downtown Housing Incentive Area as defined by the Downtown Housing ordinance. [LA Times via CURBED LA]

L.A. weighs changes in billboard law

The proposal, due for a vote TODAY, would allow the City Council to create sign districts in up to 21 neighborhoods.

CLICK HERE for the complete LA TIMES Article

Prop 8 Ruling - Announcement Today at 10 a.m

UPDATE: The California Supreme Court has upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but it also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed.

Supreme Court of California

Justices of the Supreme Court of California

The California Supreme Court has announced that it will issue an opinion in three cases challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. (Strauss v. Horton, S168047; Tyler v. State of California, S168066; City and County of San Francisco v. Horton, S168078.) Tuesday at 10 a.m., the opinion will be available on the California Courts Web site at this link:

Proposition 8 Cases

Responses to Amicus Curiae Briefs
Amicus Curiae Briefs
Supreme Court Orders
News Releases
Case Filings

MP3 Audio This is an external link. Click this icon for our external linking policy. of the March 5th oral argument
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Video: California Courts News report on the March 5th oral argument

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Victorious! For now. . . Plan to widen Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood is halted

Responding to widespread community opposition, Los Angeles city traffic officials have aborted the project to add an extra eastbound lane.

By Joanna Lin 
May 22, 2009
Los Angeles city traffic officials have abruptly dropped a plan to widen congested Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood after the proposal generated widespread community outcry.

The controversy underscores the challenges traffic planners face in attempting to improve traffic flow -- even in notoriously clogged areas such as the Westside. City officials say this stretch of Sunset is one of the most congested in the region.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation last month proposed adding one eastbound lane on Sunset, from Barrington Avenue to Gunston Drive, about a 0.4-mile stretch. Officials had asked the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to fund about $4 million of the project's estimated $6.1-million price tag.

The DOT shelved the project at the request of Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose district includes Brentwood. Rosendahl said he initially supported the department's funding application because he believed the money would not be restricted to a specific road proposal. But Rosendahl said he learned the money would be limited to widening Sunset Boulevard, a proposal to which there was "tremendous opposition."


The homeowners association, along with the Bel-Air Assn., in 2004 commissioned traffic consulting firm Linscott Law and Greenspan to conduct a study of congestion on Sunset Boulevard. One of the study's conclusions was that an additional eastbound lane on the road could ease gridlock.

Hunt said the proposed lane would decrease delay time by an estimated 39% in the morning and 50% in the evening in the 0.4-mile zone.
The time estimates were based on pending changes to the 405 Freeway, including a reconfigured Sunset Boulevard overpass and on and off ramps. Construction for the Sunset project would have begun after the 405 Freeway changes were complete, Hunt said.

But many Westside residents said the cause of congestion is the 405, not Sunset.

"We could put 18 lanes on Sunset Boulevard, but if cars can't get on the 405, there's still going to be a backup," said David Heldman, whose Brentwood Glen home is adjacent to the Sunset overpass.

CLICK HERE for the Complete LA TIMES Article

No word on whether the potentially devastating Westbound Sunset cross-traffic 405 on-ramps are still on the table. . .

Koretz widens his lead in L.A.'s 5th District council race

Former state Assemblyman Paul Koretz has widened his lead in the race to replace Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss, pulling ahead of neighborhood council member David T. Vahedi by 551 votes.

The tally, released Friday by county election officials, gave Koretz 50.8% of the vote, compared to 49.2% for Vahedi. 

County officials will continue counting the remaining ballots from the Los Angeles election next week, with the next update expected Tuesday.Koretz and Vahedi were running in the council's 5th District, which stretches from the Westside to Encino.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Please Remember to Renew your Association Membership!

Bel~Air Association Community Residents:

and remind your neighbors and new residents to do so as well. . .

Your renewal and contribution is vitally important to allow the Bel~Air Association to continue all the great work it does for our community.

The Bel~Air Association is an entirely community funded organization whose primary goal is to maintain the high standards of living that we all have come to cherish (but perhaps take for granted) in Bel~Air. 

Would Bel~Air be the same without the iconic Bel~Air Gates?

The Bel~Air Association - without any help from the City - exclusively maintains our gates and all the beautiful landscaped islands throughout our community.  Without your support, these would very quickly fall into disrepair.

Bel~Air Security Cam Project 
Are you concerned about the security of your home,  property and neighborhood?

The Bel~Air Association Security Committee has been working with the LAPD and security companies to enhance security and deter crime - including the installation of video surveillance systems at various entry point to our community (with the goal of providing video surveillance at almost every access point to the Bel~Air Hills.)

Are you aware of all the municipal projects surrounding our community that could have a devastating impact on Bel~Air? 

Just recently the Bel~Air Association help prevent a disastrous alternative redevelopment of the 405 that could potentially have caused a number of our residents to lose some or all of their property to eminent domain.  

The Bel~Air Association is strongly opposed to the proposed widening of Sunset Blvd. and the addition of cross-traffic Westbound Sunset Blvd.  on ramps to the 405.  These actions could dramatically increase the already unacceptable levels of traffic on Sunset Blvd. and create a virtual traffic blockage in front of the entirety of Bel~Air.  MOREOVER, we understand that the City's long term goal is to have the entire length of Sunset Blvd. widened and straightened to create yet another concrete thoroughfare (like Wilshire, Santa Monica and Olympic) -- destroying the beauty and history of one of our City's most precious residential streets.  

The Stone Canyon reservoir must be replaced with enclosed storage to meet current Federal & State water regulations.  The DWP's original proposal to cover the reservoir with a corrugated steel roof was deemed unacceptable by the Bel~Air Association as it would ruin the aesthetic qualities that we cherish and reduce our homes’ values.  The BAA's efforts instead resulted in an important victory when the DWP Commissioners approved building 3 buried tanks to replace the existing Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir.  The project was approved because it included a limited access hiking/walking trail park which will provide the citizens of LA a much needed recreational resource.   NOTE that the DWP has recently attempted to backtrack on its agreements -- and therefore the Bel~Air Association must remain vigilant.

Have you attended the Bel~Air Association annual meetings?

The next Bel~Air Association annual meeting will be on June 23rd -- and it is an event you do not want to miss.  We will discuss numerous community matters that will impact you and your property as well as  providing you with valuable information.

These are but a very few examples of what the Bel~Air Association does for you and our community. 

Thank you for your continued support -- with your membership and contribution, you will help ensure that Bel~Air remains one of the most revered and desirable communities in the world. 

Monday, May 18, 2009

An Invitation to the Bel~Air Community





Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 6-8 p.m.



Film Independent invites you and a guest to join your Westwood friends, neighbors, and cinephiles at our annual kickoff reception to celebrate the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival in Westwood Village.

Get an insider’s peek into the Festival and learn how you can gain VIP access to all the Red Carpet excitement and guarantee your seats to the largest film festival in the Entertainment Capital of the World.


WHEN:         Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 6-8 p.m.


WHAT:         Nibble on signature sushi & savory bites hosted by Tengu – Westwood Village

                        No-host bar

                        Sneak Preview of Official Festival Film Selections of the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival


WHERE:       W Los Angeles – Westwood Hotel, Terrace & Studio 3

                        930 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (validated valet parking $10)


RSVP:                        By Friday, May 22 at 310.432.1257 or via email

                        (Space is limited; RSVPs accepted on a first-come basis)


Following the reception you are invited to join your Westwood friends & neighbors at NINETHIRTY at the W and enjoy a special prix-fixe three-course L.A. Film Festival Celebration Dinner at a very special price of $37.50 ($55.00 value).  For reservations call 310.443.8211.



Sandy & Jerry Brown, Holmby-Westwood Property Owners Association

Paul Colichman, Here Media

Jessica Dabney, North American Realty

Joyce & Bob Foster, Westwood Homeowners Association

David & Gail Friedman, Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers

Leonard & Sunny Friedman, Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers

Philip Gabriel, Scrubs Unlimited

Paul Gienger, Topa Property Management

Karen Gutierrez, Geffen Playhouse

Ren Hirose, W Los Angeles – Westwood Hotel

Christie Lesinski, UCLA Live

Roela & James Louie, M.D., Westwood Hills Property Owners Association

Carole & Charles Magnuson, Westwood Hills Property Owners  Association

Sean McManus, Los Angeles Film Festival/Film Independent

Shannon Montoya, Napa Valley Grille

Mark Perry, Diddy Riese

Susan & Gary Reuben, Holmby-Westwood Property Owners Association

Steven Sann, NINETHIRTY, The Backyard at the W & Tengu – Westwood Village

Wendy & Stan Shane, Shanes Jewelry

Clinton Schudy, Oakley’s Barber Shop

Roxane Stern & Bob Stone, North Westwood Village Community Group

Rebecca Yeldham, Los Angeles Film Festival/Film Independent


       *Affiliations listed for identification purposes only


Film Independent is the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival.  Due to the philanthropic nature of this event, please know that you will be invited to join or renew your support of the Festival by purchasing a Festival Pass.  Film Independent is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Public Enemies

In the action-thriller Public Enemies, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard in the story of legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger (Depp)...more

DIRECTOR Michael Mann
WRITERS Ronan Bennett and Michael Mann & Ann Biderman
CAST Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Jason Clarke, Rory Cochran,
Billy Crudup, Stephen Dorff

Public Enemies

Gake no ue no Ponyo

From Academy Award-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki comes Ponyo, a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.”...more Japan.

DIRECTOR Hayao Miyazaki
DIRECTORS–ENGLISH VOICE TALENT John Lasseter, Brad Lewis, Peter Sohn
CAST Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Frankie Jonas, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin,
Betty White

SUMMER SHOWCASE (Partial List)  
Facing Ali

A gorgeous documentary portrait of the men who braved the boxing ring to face the greatest: Muhammad Ali. These heavyweights provide an intimate and moving study of the sport and the man.

DIRECTOR Pete McCormack
FEATURING Muhammad Ali, George Chuvalo, Sir Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier

American Airlines

Facing Ali

One drunken evening, two old buddies dare each other to have sex together for an "art" porn film in the most hilarious, awkward, and surprisingly authentic bromance of them all.

CAST Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard,
Alycia Delmore, Steven Schardt

It Might Get Loud

Witness the stuff legends are made of when Jack White, The Edge, and Jimmy Page come together to talk—and play—guitars in this exhilarating jam session of distinct philosophies and atomic sounds.

DIRECTOR Davis Guggenheim
FEATURING Jimmy Page, The Edge,
Jack White

It Might Get Loud
Paper Heart

Despite professing a belief that she's incapable of love, comedian and actress Charlyne Yi finds herself falling for Michael Cera in this utterly charming and intoxicating mix of documentary, improvisation, and romance.

DIRECTOR Nicholas Jasenovec
WRITERS Nicholas Jasenovec, Charlyne Yi
CAST Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera,
Jake Johnson

Paper Heart

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