Monday, July 27, 2009

I-405 SEPULVEDA PASS WIDENING PROJECT - NIGHT CONSTRUCTION NOTICE

ATTENTION RESIDENTS IN THE VICINITY OF THE I-405 SEPULVEDA PASS WIDENING PROJECT

As part of the pre-construction activities for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project, the Contractor will be potholing and will perform geophysical survey of underground utilities on streets running along the San Diego Freeway (I-405).

This night time and day time activity requires street lane closures to facilitate the safe use of boring equipment.

What: Street lane closures and potholing

When: Work is anticipated to start on Monday, July 27, 2009 for approximately one month.

Where: Day time lane closures; work is anticipated to start on Monday, July 27, 2009 to Friday, July 31, 2009 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
There will only be one closure at a time per direction of traffic.


• Right lane on northbound Sepulveda from Montana Ave. to Moraga Dr.
• Right lane on southbound Sepulveda from Montana Ave. to Moraga Dr.
• Left lane on northbound Sepulveda from Montana Ave. to Moraga Dr.
• Left lane on southbound Sepulveda from Montana Ave. to Moraga Dr.
Night time lane closures; hours of construction are from 9:00pm to 6:00am.
• Right lane on northbound Sepulveda from Montana Ave. to Moraga Dr.
• Right lane on southbound Sepulveda from Montana Ave. to Moraga Dr.
• Left lane on northbound Sepulveda from Montana Ave. to Moraga Dr.
• Left lane on southbound Sepulveda from Montana Ave. to Moraga Dr.


What to expect:
• Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
• Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
• Traffic will be reconfigured with one lane in each direction where allowable.
• Access to all on and off freeway ramps will be maintained.
• Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hillside Area Amendment Update from City Planner Erick Lopez

Greetings All:
The Hillside Area Amendment (CPC-2008-4683-CA; Council File No. 09-1390) was heard before the Planning & Land Use Management Committee today. The item was continued to Tuesday, September 1, 2009. If any new information becomes available, I will be sure to send it to you.
We do not have any new updates to give regarding the Baseline Hillside Ordinance.
Thank you for your continued interest in this project.
Sincerely,
__________________________________________
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

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Free pastry Tuesday, July 21 at Starbucks

Freebee ALERT!

Starbucks controvery erupts over topless mermaid logo: this is green logoTo promote its new pastry items, Starbucks is offering a coupon for a free pastry valid on Tuesday morning.

Click here to download and print a coupon. Valid from opening to 10:30 a.m. with the purchase of a drink.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

From Curbed LA: UCLA Pauley Pavilion Renovation Gets Paid For

UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Renovation Gets Paid For

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UCLA hammered out the details of how it'll pay for the $185 million Pauley Pavilion renovation.The UC regents approved a financing plan cobbled together from donations, athletic revenues, and student-facilities fees yesterday. Looks like thosepossible naming rights sponsorships never came through? The regents had been concerned, naturally, about sinking money into a stadium remodel when the entire system is crippled financially. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block assured the regents that funds going to Pauley couldn't legally be used for anything else (although directing fundraising efforts toward raising $100 million for Pauley is probably at the expense of other campaigns), and said that it was a good time to build with contracting bids nice and low. The school has already raised $52 million for the renovation, which will update the arena's 1965 facilities and safety systems. There's been no word on changing the NBBJ designs for the renovation, despite Frank Gehry's objections. Construction is scheduled to start in February 2010.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project - Notice of Night Construction x2

ATTENTION RESIDENTS IN THE VICINITY OF THE I-405 SEPULVEDA PASS WIDENING PROJECT As part of the pre-construction activities for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project, the Contractor will be taking samples of the soil on streets running along the San Diego Freeway (I- 405). This night time activity requires street lane closures to facilitate the safe use of boring equipment.

What: Street closures and soil testing

When: Work is anticipated to start on Monday, July 20, 2009 for approximately one month.

Where: Day time closures; anticipated hours of construction are from 9:00am to 3:00pm. There will only be one closure at a time. Work is anticipated to start on Monday, July 20, 2009 to Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
• Right lane on northbound Sepulveda from Wilshire Blvd. to Constitution Ave. Closure will alternate with southbound closure.
• Right lane on southbound Sepulveda from Wilshire Blvd. to Constitution Ave. Closure will alternate with northbound closure.
• Left lane on northbound Sepulveda from Wilshire Blvd. to Constitution Ave. Closure will alternate with southbound closure.
• Left lane on southbound Sepulveda from Wilshire Blvd. to Constitution Ave. Closure will alternate with northbound closure. Work is anticipated to start on Thursday, July 23, 2009 to Friday, July 24, 2009.
• Right lane on westbound Wilshire from Veterans Ave. to Bonsall Ave.
• Right lane on eastbound Wilshire from Veterans Ave. to Bonsall Ave.
• Left lane on westbound Wilshire from Veterans Ave. to Bonsall Ave.
• Left lane on eastbound Wilshire from Veterans Ave. to Bonsall Ave.
• Center lane on eastbound Wilshire from Veterans Ave. to Bonsall Ave.
• Center lane on westbound Wilshire from Veterans Ave. to Bonsall Ave. Night time closures; anticipated hours of construction are from 9:00pm to 6:00am.
• Beloit Street from Santa Monica to Iowa Ave.; Monday, July 20, 2009
• Right lane on westbound Sunset from Thurston Ave. to Church St.; Monday, July 20, 2009
• Cotner St. from Santa Monica to Ohio Ave.; Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

What to expect:
• Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
• Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
• Traffic will be reconfigured with one in each direction where allowable during the construction activity.
• Access to all on and off freeway ramps will be maintained.
• Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

ATTENTION RESIDENTS IN THE VICINITY OF THE I-405 SEPULVEDA PASS WIDENING PROJECT As part of the pre-construction activities for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project, the Contractor will be taking samples of the soil on streets along the San Diego Freeway (I-405). This daytime and night time activity requires street lane closures to facilitate the safe use of boring equipment.

What: Street closures and soil testing

When: Work is anticipated to start on Monday, July 20, 2009 for approximately one month.

Where: Day time closures; anticipated hours of construction are from 9:00am to 3:00pm
• Right lane closure on southbound Sepulveda from Getty/Sepulveda on/off ramps to Skirball; Monday, July 20, 2009 and Tuesday, July 21, 2009. Closure will alternate with northbound closure. Night time closures; anticipated hours of construction are from 9:00pm to 6:00am.
• Right lane on southbound Sepulveda from Getty/Sepulveda to Skirball; Monday, July 20, 2009 through Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
• Right lane closure on eastbound Skirball from Sepulveda to the Skirball/Mulholland northbound I-405 on-ramp; Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

What to expect:
• Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
• Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
• Traffic will be reconfigured with one in each direction where allowable during the construction activity.
• Access to all on and off freeway ramps will be maintained.
• Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.


I405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project
Community Relations
6060 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Tel. 310-846-2357
arroyoo@metro.net

I-405 Project Hotline 213-922-3665

Sunday, July 12, 2009

BE ALERT! Dangerous Predator Animals in Bel~Air


From one of our concerned and thoughtful residents:

Please be aware - people are seeing coyotes and bobcats in their yards and
on their streets.

Better to be aware than uninformed. A neighbor on Bellagio Terrace called
me two days ago about a bobcat she saw in her backyard - she watched it jump
the fence into her neighbor's yard. This was a day after the fire at the
Getty. Last evening, a neighbor on Ashdale Place called to tell me about a
coyote that grabbed a dog from the leash of the owner who was walking it
last week, and then yesterday, they saw a coyote grab an orange and white
tabby. So if you have small animals, please, please do not let them out
alone, and be very careful when walking them in these hillside areas.

Fires and lack of water will disturb the natural habitat and food sources
for these animals of prey and drive them into more settled areas.

Animal Control will be of little assistance if the animal is not cornered
in a house, garage or tree. They will not chase animals into canyons or
down streets. The best way of handling this is to be cautious and aware.

Keep small animals and small children protected. Do not leave them outside
alone and unattended - especially at dusk or in the dark hours. Use comnmon
sense.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words - Or is it?


Most of you certainly saw the above picture. It depicts US President Barack Obama (C) and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) as they take their places with junior G8 delegates, including Brazil's 16-year-old Mayora Tavares (L), for a family photo at the summit.

I saw this picture lead stories for days captioned by increasingly creative zingers. One of my favorites -- "A Second Stimulus?"

After being inindated with this image - Good Morning America ran a video of the event (below). Appears to me that our President was being a perfect gentleman helping another woman down the stairs. The jury is still out on Sarkozy...

What does this have to do with Bel~Air? Very little. Nonetheless, I thought it fascinating enough to share how in today's society of instantaneous information distribution images and concepts can be co-opted and circulated world wide with little, if any, journalist oversight.



Friday, July 10, 2009

LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR I-405 HOV PROJECT

Date: July 9, 2009

District: Los Angeles/Ventura

Contact: Judy Gish

Phone: (213) 897-3487

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR I-405 HOV PROJECT

LOS ANGELES – As part of the preliminary work for the northbound San Diego Freeway (I-405) High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV, or carpool) lane from the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) to the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101), the following closures are planned from July 13 through July 17:

  • 10 p.m. Monday, July 13 to 7 a.m. Friday, July 17, nightly, one lane on northbound I-405 from Sunset Boulevard to U.S. 101;

  • 10 p.m. Thursday, July 16 to 6 a.m. Friday, July 17, one lane on northbound I-405 from I-10 to Wilshire Boulevard;

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16 to 6 a.m. Friday, July 17, one lane on southbound I-405 from I-10 to Wilshire Boulevard.

Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) are jointly implementing this $1 billion design/build project. Contractor is Kiewit Pacific Company. When this project completes, estimated in spring 2013, it will complete the HOV lane system on I-405 in Los Angeles County, making it possible for motorists to ride in the carpool lane in both directions from the San Fernando Valley to Orange County.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Los Angeles Police Department's interactive crime map is full of errors, Times analysis finds

This Crime Map of Bel~Air shows 3 crimes occurring from 6-24-09 to 7-1-09.
Click to Enlarge.

9:57 PM | July 8, 2009

There are major flaws with the Los Angeles Police Department's interactive map plotting crime across the city, according to a Times investigation.

Reporters Ben Welsh and Doug Smith found the map -- used by the public to look at crime in their neighborhoods -- somehow omits many crimes.

Here are details:

The Los Angeles Police Department's online crime map intended for public use has failed to include about 40% of serious crimes reported in the city, a Times analysis has found. The omissions, which date back at least six months, include thousands of crimes known to LAPD officials and included in their official crime statistics.


Among the 19,000 incidents between Jan. 1 and June 13 that do not appear at lapdcrimemaps.org:

* 26 homicides

* 3,798 burglaries

* 10,766 personal or vehicle thefts

* 137 rapes

In one of those rapes, a man hid in the back of a woman's car, forced her to drive to an abandoned North Hollywood apartment and assaulted her. It was the kind of incident that residents of the neighborhood around Sherman Way and Kester Avenue would have wanted to know about.

More on the Getty Center Fire


Sepulveda Pass fire
Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter circles a brush fire above the Getty Center in the Sepulveda Pass.
More photos >>>

Brush fire in the Sepulveda Pass forces evacuations

Visitors to the Getty Center and Mount St. Mary's College are ushered from the facilities. The apparent accidental blaze shuts down part of Sepulveda Boulevard and two 405 offramps.
By Ruben Vives
July 9, 2009
Hundreds of visitors at the Getty Center and dozens more at Mount St. Mary's College were forced to evacuate Wednesday afternoon when a brush fire swept through the hillsides and canyon walls in the Sepulveda Pass, fire officials said.

The blaze, which fire authorities said had been 90% contained by Wednesday evening, prompted street closures and left one firefighter with a minor foot injury.

The fire appeared to have been accidentally sparked during a midday weed-abatement program, fire authorities said.

No structures were threatened by the blaze, but Los Angeles Police Department officials issued voluntary evacuations for the surrounding homes, said Lauren DeRosier, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. The fire came within roughly a mile of the museum and college campus.

At one point, at least 350 city and county firefighters were attacking the blaze on the ground while seven helicopters helped fight from the air, DeRosier said. The fire broke out about 12:44 p.m. in the 1200 block of Getty Center Drive.

Sepulveda Boulevard between Mulholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard was closed to traffic, as were the Skirball Center Drive and Getty Center Drive offramps on the northbound 405 Freeway. Officials were unsure when the road and offramps would reopen.

The fire prompted museum officials to evacuate 1,600 visitors and 800 employees, said Getty Center spokesman Ron Hartwig.

Chuck Bunnell, 59, of Chatsworth was inside the museum when employees began alerting visitors to the fire.

"They made us stand outside in the front entrance of the building for an hour," Bunnell said, adding that they were then allowed to return to their vehicles and leave.

About 75 attendees of an eight-day national Industrial Areas Foundation conference were evacuated from Mount St. Mary's College.

The attendees, from as far as New York, Baltimore and Seattle, camped out at the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church until being taken by shuttle to a downtown location.

"They all seem to be in good spirits," said Ernesto Cortes Jr., a director for the group.

Firefighters expected to gain ground on the fire overnight once cooler temperatures settled in. Officials said that forecast high humidity and possible fog would help keep the blaze in check throughout the night.

ruben.vives@latimes.com

Times staff writer Nicole Santa Cruz contributed to this report

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Brush Fire Burning Near Getty Center, Evacuations Underway

KTLA News

KTLA News

KTLA News

SEPULVEDA PASS -- Firefighters are responding to a fast moving brush fire burning near the world famous Getty Center art complex.

The fire has burned between 30 and 40 acres of dry brush at Getty Center Drive above Sunset Boulevard west of the 405 freeway, according to Los Angeles City fire spokesman Eric Scott.

CHP officials are considering shutting down a portion of the 405 freeway. Sepulveda Boulevard has been closed between Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland Drive, near the Skirball Center.

Officials at the Getty Center say they are evacuating staff and visitors from the complex as a precaution.

Getty spokesman Ron Hartwig says an estimated 800 employees are working at the site.

It's unknown how many visitors are at the museum, but video from the scene shows dozens of people lined up outside the museum waiting to board trams.

Its estimated 3,000 visitors were at the museum.

Once everyone is out of the area, they will shut down the tram system, Hartwig says.

Mt. St. Mary's College, which is located about a mile west of the Getty Center, has also ordered evacuations.

Classes are not currently in session, but 100 staff members and about 200 people who were attending a conference at the school are being evacuated, according to officials at the school.

The fire is not threatening any structures, but evacuations are underway as a precaution.

About 250 firefighters are battling the blaze along with at least four helicopters.

Firefighters are getting water from the Stone Canyon Reservoir.

The Getty Center is perched on the brush-covered Santa Monica Mountains above the west side of Los Angeles.

View of Getty Fire from Bel~Air Hills

ALERT - Brush Fire is Burning Near Getty Center

KTLA News

KTLA News
BRENTWOOD -- Firefighters are responding to a fast moving brush fire burning near the Getty Center.

The fire has already burned 5 acres.

Crews are battling the blaze from the air and ground.

Two-acre brush fire burning near Getty Center [Updated]

1:15 PM | July 8, 2009

A brush fire is burning near the Getty Center in Brentwood.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, fire crews are dealing with a 2-acre blaze burning in heavy brush at 1200 Getty Center Drive.

[Updated at 1:17 p.m.: Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said 55 firefighters are on the scene and that he was not aware of any structures immediately threatened.]

This is the same general area where a large brush fire burned through last year, forcing the closure of the 405 Freeway. That fire brought a huge fire department response, and no structures were damaged.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Bel~Air graces the pages of Forbes Magazine


Bel~Air got a mention in Forbes Magazine this week -- to bad it was in an article entitled "America's Fastest-Failing Neighborhoods." As it turns out, it is not as bad as it could have been:

"If you live in the leafy, mansion-filled Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, where sales prices have declined 31% at the median to $1.5 million, you're probably comforted by the fact that you don't live in Glassell Park in East L.A. In that part of town, buyers counting on neighborhood improvement when they bought in the fringe area have seen median sales prices plummet 50% to $225,000 in the last year."

Community Leaders’ Briefing - Friday, July 17, 2009

July 07, 2009



Starline's city sightseeing Double Decker tour - Official Westside Launch this Thursday


OK - so we are certainly not fans of tour buses or vans diving through our neighborhood creating traffic hazards and other mayhem, but Starlines new Westside (yellow) service is worth mentioning as a fun summer activity for our families or friends. (And let me highlight the fact that it does not enter Bel~Air.)

You may have already seen the new Starline Tours' double-decker red sightseeing buses looping through Beverly Hills and Hollywood -- but the official launch of the new Westwide "hop on, hop off" service is planned for Thursday.

Passengers in the open-air conveyances may hop on and off at 16 stops including Rodeo Drive, the Santa Monica Pier, Montana Avenue, the Third Street Promenade, the Hammer Museum in Westwood and the Brentwood Country Mart.

The Westside route is the latest in a network that also covers Hollywood, Beverly Hills and downtown Los Angeles. Tickets may be purchased for 24 or 48 hours. Prices vary, but a family pass (two adults and as many as three children) costs $90 for a single day.

CLICK HERE for more details, include all the routes, stops, etc.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Monday Morning Linkage

Little love left for Weiss on City Council [LA Daily News]

SoCal-to-Vegas rail route wins federal designation [LA Daily News]


Quick topic for thought:
Did you know that oil and natural gas industry profits were about $0.11 per dollar in Q3 2008 while total government taxes (Fed & State) in California (Jan. 2009) was about $0.54 per gallon? (Source www.factsonfuel.org)

What do you think this means for government sponsored independence from oil - especially in these times when every tax dollar counts?
This is a classic case of not having your interests aligned. . .

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 233rd Birthday USA - And Have a Great Independence Day Bel~Air!



From CNET.com - Independence Day downloads

by Jessica Dolcourt

Red, white, and blue flags flapping in the breeze, smoking grills, and blazing sunshine. There's no better time to celebrate America's 233rd birthday. And what better way to wish Uncle Sam (and ourselves) many happy returns than a schmaltzy screensaver for your desktop? Show off your patriotism and passion for dazzling explosives with this collection of Independence Day downloads.

Liberty Shines screensaver

Liberty Shines Screensaver See an entire Fourth of July day from the water, looking onto Manhattan's shoreline. Lady Liberty and New York are the daylight stars in this well-animated screensaver. As dusk falls, the buildings light up and the fireworks begin to sparkle and burst behind this enduring symbol of America's freedom.


Fireworks screensaver

Fireworks Screensaver
This classic fireworks screensaver draws you in to the spectacular display you shoot onto your desktop. Interact with the screensaver by choosing the number of rockets to compose your grand finale. If your tastes run high, you'll be able create in no time a blast befitting America's birthday.


Scenic Reflections

Patriotic Scenic Reflections Screensaver
If to you Independence Day is more than just barbecue and pyrotechnics, you'll want a patriotic screensaver like this one on your desktop. This one displays more than 80 classic images of American icons, including a proud bald eagle, the Washington Monument, and the Statue of Liberty.


3D Magic Mahjongg

3D Magic Mahjongg
Brush aside the old-school graphics and you'll find a July Fourth-themed tile-matching game with addictive gameplay. The game opens with a stack of tiles covered with fireworks, flags, and Liberty Gells. Your job is to strategically match two unobstructed tiles. Pair them all off and you win the game, but get stuck and you'll have to start again.

3D Fireworks Extravaganza

3D Fireworks Extravaganza demo
If nothing but the most realistic fireworks will do to celebrate the Declaration of Independence, this could be the screensaver for you. The colorful blasts look right, and we are sure they are even better in the full version. Like many of its screensaver cousins, the trial download unfortunately obscures the view with a nag screen.

3D Fireworks by the Bay

3D Fireworks by the Bay
New York, Boston, and Philadelphia aren't the only places to celebrate the turning of the years! While San Francisco postdates the Declaration of Independence, the City by the Bay sure knows how to honor it. This jubilant screensaver shoots off rockets from San Francisco Bay over the city's unique nighttime skyline.


Flags demo

Flags Demo
You have an American flag waving in the breeze outside your door. But what about inside your home? You can easily show your pride there, too. Just download this patriotic screensaver to proudly hoist the stars and stripes on your desktop while you step away.


Awesome Navy Aircraft

Awesome Navy Aircraft Screen Saver Lite
Nothing says patriotism like the U.S. Navy. This high-flying screensaver features a slew of professional-quality photos of fighter jets and helicopters in action.


July 4th dreams

4th of July Dreams Screensaver
This nifty screensaver features a festive fireworks display against the backdrop of various symbols of American heritage including the Lincoln Monument, Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, and the Washington Monument.