Monday, November 30, 2009

Police Seek Parolee in Series of Westside Home Burglaries

daniel-perez-burglary.jpgA spike in daytime residential burglaries on the Westside during October had detectives scratching their heads. That was until October 16th when a fingerprint from a recovered cell phone taken in a Santa Monica burglary led back to parolee Daniel Perez. Later that day, another burglary in West Los Angeles was connected to Perez.

In all, he's believed to be involved with at least 21 burglaries, according to the LA Times.

After a burglary conviction, Perez was paroled in 2004 from state prison and has twice violated parole. He is described as twenty-eight year old male Hispanic, with black hair and brown eyes. He stands at five feet nine inches tall and weighs one hundred and eighty-five pounds.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call (213) 444-1523 or after-hours and on weekends at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

West LAPD - New Police Alert Program

Sergeant David PodestaNew TechnologyDecember 2009

The West Los Angeles Community Police Station is always trying to improve our communication with the community of West Los Angeles. Often times we close down streets due to a natural disaster, such as the mudslide on Sepulveda Blvd. , or we need to evacuate residents, Mountaingate Fire, or we set up a perimeter to catch a criminal, and we don't have the ability to inform you in a timely manner.

Now we have NIXLE. This program allows us to communicate timely, pertinent information to everyone registered within the area we are working in. It can be an area as small as an apartment building to the entire west side.

This program allows you to register your cellphone to multiple addresses, such as your home, work and kids' schools, and receive information via your cellphone. By going to you can register your information. It is a free service. Messages can only be sent to your cellphone by members of emergency services such as the police and fire departments. This program is nationwide so if you have a dependent in college outside the state you can register that address and receive information from the area police.

Most of your questions will be answered on the website. If you want to discuss this with me further please contact me at (310) 444-0743. I will be going to community meetings and discussing this program. If you would like me to stop by with some flyers then call me at the above number.

Sergeant David Podesta - WLA Community Relations

BAA BLOG Editorial Note - I just checked this out and it looks very useful. I am signing-up and hope all our community members do as well. Be sure you are subscribed for all alert types for "LAPD - West L.A. Area 8".

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Bel~Air!

What are you thankful for?

I am thankful that I am not Gus. the one-eyed, three legged Chinese Crested dog who won the 20th Annual World's Ugliest Dog Competition this year.

On second thought, he sure looks happy!

Be well and save some stuffing for me.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Invitation...Especially for YOU

NCL Liquidation Company is organizing a
for Bel-Air Neighbors and Hotel Partners
Friday, November 27th thru Tuesday, December 1st
10:00am - 7:00pm (Monday - Saturday)
Noon - 5:00pm (Sunday)
1251 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(Former Circuit City Store)
Mode of Payment

Credit Card / Debit Card / Cash


National Housing Prices - Finding a Bottom?

There has been much reporting that the housing market may be improving (or perhaps has finally found a bottom). Above is a graph showing the price declines from the peak for each city included in S&P/Case-Shiller indices.

In Las Vegas, house prices have declined 55.4% from the peak. At the other end of the spectrum, prices in Dallas are only off about 4.7% from the peak - and up in 2009. Prices have declined by double digits from the peak in 18 of the 20 Case-Shiller cities.

[Credit to Calculated Risk BLOG]

Monday, November 23, 2009

Moraga Project 2009 - Beautifying the Moraga Traffic Island

Moraga Residents -

Please see below a letter requesting your support to restore and beautify an important portion of the neighborhood.



Dear Moraga Resident:

As Chairman of the "Keep Bel-Air Beautiful Fund", I am writing this letter with your neighborhood resident Mr. Fred Sands.

As you well know, the Moraga Island is in serious need of landscaping. In addition, just around the corner from the island on the east side of Sepulveda, blighted trees have recently been removed only to reveal an unsightly backdrop.

Immediate action must be taken to restore the beauty of this part of your neighborhood.

In 1993, the "Keep Bel-Air Beautiful Fund" was created to improve many public sights in need of upgrading. In these challenging economic times, we have learned we all have to be more vigilant in dedicating ourselves to maintaining our neighborhood. We cannot depend on our local and state governments to provide funds for even the smallest of maintenance projects.

The Bel-Air Beautiful Fund, and the Bel-Air Garden Club have joined together to combine funds for what we are now calling the “MORAGA PROJECT.” We are asking that you as neighbors partner with us and adopt your island.

Our goal is to have your island and the Sepulveda area repaired, restored, and landscaped for the upcoming holidays.

A beautiful and low-maintenance landscaping model has already been prepared for the island. Drought resistant trees have been identified that will camouflage the questioned Sepulveda area.

We hope that you will support the fantastic "Moraga Project" and that you respond quickly to our fundraising effort via the enclosed envelope. Our goal is to have completion take place before the Holiday Season, so it can bring cheer to our neighbors and visitors.

Very Sincerely,

Cynthia Arnold
Chair, Keep Bel-Air Beautiful


Fred Sands
Moraga Neighbor

Sunday, November 22, 2009

UCLA's Beat 'SC Bonfire & Rally This Monday Night

Be prepared for a little noise Monday night. . .

Beat 'SC Bonfire & Rally

Monday, November 23, 2009
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm, Intramural Field

Rally the football team to victory against USC


For UCLA students, staff, faculty, alumni and the UCLA community


The Student Alumni Association at UCLA
(310) 825-2722


Additional Information

The Beat 'SC Bonfire & Rally, a celebration for the entire Bruin Community, energizes Bruins for the upcoming football game against USC.

The Rally will feature musical performances from student groups, the UCLA Marching Band, the UCLA Spirit Squad, and members of the UCLA Football Team. It will ... end with the lighting of the Bonfire.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bel~Air Association meets with Councilman Paul Koretz on 405 Widening

Representatives from the Bel~Air Association met with Councilman Paul Koretz yesterday (November 19th) and were gratified that he has a complete grasp of the issues and challenges facing our area from the massive I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project. Our Councilman's office has assured us that they will remain fully engaged and will be as helpful as possible.

Later that evening at a public presentation, LA Metro held a meeting to explain the project overview and answer questions. The massive project will create challenges and delays for some time, but LA Metro promised to deal with the problems as best as possible while completing a difficult and major construction project -- noting that they will be proceeding along with other major construction at Skirball and a major DWP project at Sunset near Church Lane.

LA Metro Community Relations Hotline is 213/922-2665; email and website is

LA Metro I-405 Sepulveda Widening Project Construction Notice


As part of the pre-construction activities for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project, the Contractor will perform geophysical survey of underground utilities and pothole at the intersection of Sepulveda and Montana. This activity requires street lane closures and the detour of traffic to facilitate the safe use of boring equipment.

What: Street lane closures and potholing

When: Work is anticipated to start on Monday, November 23, 2009 for approximately one week. Anticipated work hours are from 9:00am to 3:00pm and 9:00pm to 6:00am.

Where: Intersection of Sepulveda Blvd. and Montana.

What to expect:
•Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
•Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
•Right turns for eastbound Montana traffic will be restricted.
•Eastbound Montana traffic to southbound Sepulveda will be detoured to northbound Church Lane to southbound Sepulveda.
•Access to all on and off freeway ramps will be maintained.
•Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Getty Center: Emergency Drill Monday, November 30 @ 3 p.m

In coordination with the Los Angeles Fire Department, Police Department and Department of Transportation, the Getty Center will be conducting an emergency drill Monday, November 30, at approximately 3 p.m. The emergency drill for the site will take place on a day when the Museum is not open to the public.

After sheltering-in-place, Getty staff will be directed by Emergency Drill Staff to evacuate the site. Vehicles will exit the Getty Center campus using non-public exits including the South Gate onto Church Lane and the Norman Gate onto Norman. Exiting traffic from both gates will be directed towards Sunset. Again, this will happen after three o'clock in the afternoon and the drill is likely to be complete within two hours.

This drill will be conducted to help the Getty and the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments in their coordinated efforts to be prepared and efficient in the event of an emergency that requires evacuation from the site. Both the Police Department and the Department of Transportation will help with traffic control along the exit routes toward Sunset.

Construction @ Moraga / 405

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Thursday, November 19, 2009

NEWEST Bel-Air Association Member - The HUMANE SOCIETY of the United States

A resounding "THANK YOU" to Bel-Air Association (B.A.A.) Board Member Ron Hudson who yesterday added The Humane Society of the United States as the NEWEST B.A.A. Member!

Mr. Hudson provides enormous value to the Association through his tireless work of establishing key partnerships between the B.A.A. and many distinguished organizations.

We WHOLEHEARTEDLY welcome The Humane Society to the Bel-Air Association family.

Below is some additional information about the organization. Please use the link provided to directly visit their site. Please join us in a warm welcome and help support the Society in any way you can.


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one in every 28. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. We are America's mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.

Our mission statement: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty.

We work to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world. We are the lead disaster relief agency for animals, and we provide direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries and rescue facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.

We celebrate pets, as well as wildlife and habitat protection. We are the nation's most important advocate for local humane societies, providing shelter standards and evaluations, training programs, direct support, and national conferences. We are building a Humane Wildlife Services program to provide homeowners and businesses with humane and effective solutions to conflicts with our wild neighbors. The HSUS publishes All Animals, a membership magazine, and Animal Sheltering, a bi-monthly magazine for animal sheltering professionals.

We confront national and global cruelties through major campaigns targeting the barbaric practices of dogfighting and cockfighting; abusive puppy mills where dogs are treated not like family but like production machines; the worst cruelties of factory farming in modern agribusiness such as confinement of animals in crates and cages; inhumane and unsporting hunting practices such as "canned hunts" of captive exotic animals; the slaughter of American horses for export to foreign countries where horsemeat is considered a delicacy; and the clubbing of baby seals and other animals for the commercial fur trade. Our track record of effectiveness has led to meaningful victories for animals in Congress, state legislatures, courtrooms and corporate boardrooms.

More Protests @ UCLA Expected Today during Regents Meeting

More protests are expected today at UCLA (near Covel Commons - between the Sunset Rec. Area and Drake Stadium) as the full Board of Regents meet at UCLA to vote on a proposed 32 percent student fee increase.

Hundreds of students are expected to descend upon the meeting, which is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. today (Thursday).

To keep up to date as this situation progresses, visit:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hear All Those Helicopters Overhead? This is Why - 8 Protesters Arrested at UC Regents Meeting at UCLA

UPDATE: I am watching the Regent Meeting live and things are getting very heated and a bit scary. The Regents just asked that the room be cleared. . .

The Committee on Finance of the UC Board of Regents approved two undergraduate student fee increases that would raise current fees by a total of 32 percent for fall 2010.

If passed by the full board tomorrow, a mid-year increase will go into effect for winter quarter, and the remaining hike will be instituted fall 2010.

Fourteen protesters have been arrested so far.

LOS ANGELES -- Campus police at the University of California, Los Angeles have arrested eight protesters who repeatedly interrupted UC regent board members meeting about a student fee increase.

Hundreds of boisterous protesters remain outside the campus room in the Covel Commons area where the meeting is being held.

They're holding banners protesting the likely vote to increase fees and shouting, "Cut from the top!"

The people were arrested Wednesday morning and booked for unlawful assembly, according to University police Sgt. John Gutierrez.

As armed, uniformed officers approached the protesters, they locked arms and sang the civil rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome."

No one was injured.

It wasn't immediately clear how many of the arrested protesters were students.

The Board of Regents is considering boosting fees by 32 percent in two stages. A vote is expected by a board committee later Wednesday.

Football Stadium Follow-up - Bel~Air Association Helped Stop 1990's Construction of NFL Stadium at VA Campus

How We Stopped Construction Of An NFL Stadium In West Los Angeles

by Russ Alben

In 1994, Disney executives Michael Eisner and Michael Ovitz approached the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in Washington, DC in a bid to bring an NFL Football Stadium to the West LA Veterans Administration campus!

Inspired by the outcry of the Veterans Park Conservancy, a community group dedicated to the preservation and beautification of land deeded to Veterans after the Civil War, VPC has been successful in keeping VA Land out of the hands of commercial developers.

Local veterans and community members responded by raising money and creating the “Friends of Veterans Park” lobbying group. The group secured legislation (HR 2099) that halted the process.

Can you imagine dodging 50,000 more cars on the 405?

The Bel-Air Association has supported the work of the Veterans Park Conservancy since it first advocated the passage of the Cranston Act in the late 1980’s which rescued 300 acres of VA Land from developers. VPC Board members have also played an active role on the board of the Bel-Air association.

These men and women are currently active on the VPC’s most important project which is the creation of the 16 acre Los Angeles National Veterans Park on the corner of Wilshire and Federal Avenue.

And, yes, there will be room in the new park for veterans who want to play ball.

How We Almost had a Bel~Air Adjacent Football Stadium

The Los Angeles Times published a very interesting article on how UCLA almost built a massive college Football Stadium in 1966 in the location of UCLA's current Drake Stadium.

From the article by Jerry Crowe:

Talk of an on-campus stadium has rekindled over the years, but hopes realistically were extinguished 44 years ago.

Residents of the affluent surrounding communities, mindful of the noise and traffic congestion football Saturdays would bring to the area, were dead set against a large Westwood stadium.

And more important, suggests former UCLA administrator John Sandbrook, they had two powerful, motivated allies aiding them in their anti-stadium stance: then-Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown and University of California regent Dorothy Chandler.

Brown, bracing for a 1966 reelection campaign against Ronald Reagan, had no interest in alienating deep-pocketed supporters in Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Westwood.

Chandler, mother of then-Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler and wife of former Times publisher Norman Chandler, may have felt indebted to homeowners in the area whose financial backing helped her get the Music Center built downtown.

The proposal as envisioned by then-chancellor Franklin D. Murphy, Sandbrook notes, was to build a 44,000-seat stadium into the hillside where Drake Stadium now stands -- "in the same manner that Cal's Memorial Stadium was built into a hillside at the base of Strawberry Canyon" in Berkeley.

Robert Loggia sells Bel-Air home for $2.95 million


Actor Robert Loggia has sold his longtime Bel-Air home for $2.95 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows.

The French Country-style home, with five bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,620 square feet, sits on half an acre. The gated house, built in 1968, was recently remodeled and has a flexible floor plan with two second-story master suites. There are two-story windows, high ceilings and four fireplaces.

Loggia, 79, has been a familiar face on TV and movies for decades. His scores of credits include "The Sopranos" (2004), "Independence Day" (1996), "Prizzi's Honor" (1985) and "The Rockford Files" (1976-78). He starred in "T.H.E. Cat" (1966-67).

The property came on the market in March at $3.65 million.

Tania Ferris of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills South office had the listing. Charles Pence of Coldwell Banker's Santa Monica Montana office represented the buyer.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009



From: The Bel-Air Association Security Committee

We understand that two criminal incidents have occurred in our community in the last week or two.

A burglary incident occurred on Bellagio just west of the West Gate during the late afternoon. We believe a carload of 3-4 perpetrators broke into the house. The residents were not home, but the house alarm was activated and ACS, the primary security company for Bel-Air, responded immediately to the house alarm and the perpetrators left within 2-4 minutes, just seconds before ACS responded with its patrol service. The quick action by ACS prevented greater losses in the burglary.

And, a brazen auto break-in occurred late at night around 4 am on Sarbonne near Chalon when a perpetrator jumped over an 8' wall and broke into a homeowner's garage and burglarized his car. The residents were home and it is possible that the perpetrator would have tried to enter the house, but an ACS patrol car was on normal patrol and the perpetrator jumped into the "get-away car" and drove off.

We understand the LAPD may be able to obtain video images of the perpetrators or their cars, but we encourage all residents to take action to protect themselves and their possessions.

For example,always lock your doors and be aware of your surroundings. When leaving the house, check and make sure you are not being watched. If you see anything you feel is suspicious, (vehicles, persons, activity) do two things.

1. Immediately call ACS Security ((310) 475-9016) and request an officer to respond to the location.

2. Write down everything you can observe, particularly the vehicle license plate number, color, make,descriptions of occupants and activity and date/time.

If you have such items as ladders, or items that might be used to gain access to windows or balconies, make sure that they are locked up or chained so they are not available to potential criminals.

Do not leave anything in the passenger compartment of any visible vehicle. It only takes 30 seconds to smash a window and grab an article. If you leave anything in the trunk, be sure no one is watching you put things in the trunk.

If you leave your house even for a short time, it is a good idea to leave some lights, and possibly a radio, on some sort of timer that will give the impression someone is there.

If you have an alarm system, be sure to activate the system when leaving home, even for short periods. It is a good idea to also activate it when watching TV at home or retiring for the night. And, if possible, alarm systems should also make sure that areas like master bedrooms, offices, or closets, are protected by motion sensors.

Finally, if you believe a crime is taking place, immediately call 911!

In order to further protect our community, the Bel-Air Association is undertaking a new Neighborhood Monitoring Program to encourage all homeowners who have the ability to record images of street traffic to obtain cameras and recording devices and register with the Bel-Air Association so we will have a database to assist the LAPD in the event of future criminal activity. We will be sending out more information about the program in the near future, but if you would like to participate in the program, please contact us.

Thank you for time and attention!

The Bel-Air Security Committee


There has been a recent emerging trend of daytime Residential Burglaries (Break Ins) occurring between Wilshire Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd. on the north/south boundaries and Beverly Glen and Veteran Ave on the East/West boundaries. The suspect(s) have been forcing entry by prying open doors or windows. Once inside the suspect(s) are removing small electronics, laptop computers, cameras and jewelry.
Residents are encouraged to re-assess their home security. It is recommended all doors and windows have heavy duty industrial strength deadbolts installed on all doors. Windows should have a secondary double locking mechanism to re-enforce the existing window locks. All windows and doors should be alarmed including 2nd story exterior doors and windows and additionally motion sensors should be installed in the master bed and bathroom areas. Security surveillance cameras are also recommended. For night time I highly recommend motion sensor lighting for the side and rear yard areas of your residence.
Document ANY suspicious activity by obtaining a vehicle description, vehicle license plate, number of suspect(s) and suspect description of any uncertain activity. If you believe a crime may be in progress, has occurred or is about to occur call 911 immediately! Reference this community alert when calling. Neighborhood Watch has also been proven to be effective in preventing these or impacting these crimes.
Construction site Burglaries and Thefts continue to occur, especially in the hillside areas north of Sunset Blvd. These are difficult to impact due to the number of remodel and new build construction projects occurring throughout the West Los Angeles Area. Secure locked metal and steel storage containers have proven ineffective to deter these crimes. The property being targeted has primarily been construction tools and equipment. It is our recommendation that all tools and equipment be carried on and off site on a daily basis unless there is an onsite security guard after hours.
NON-EMERGENCY: 1-877-275-5273
Christopher Ragsdale
Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0741
Cell: 213-305-5895
Glenrock Ave/Ophir Dr. RD 837. MO: On 11/16/09, 0430 hours, The victim parked her vehicle at her residence and started to walk when suspect approached victim from behind and lightly pushed a sharp object to victim lower back. The suspect demanded the victim's money. The victim complied out of fear and handed suspect $40.00. The suspect ran to an unknown model white 4dr sedan and fled.
Suspect: Male, Black, black hair, brown eyes, 5'11", 180 lbs, 25/30 years old, wearing a Black sweatshirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes. Property taken: US Currency $40.00
1200 block Holmby Ave. RD 0829. MO: On 11/16/09, between 1045 and 1340, suspect(s) entered the SFR by unknown means, removed jewelry/coins.
500 block N. Beverly Glen Blvd. RD 0806. MO: On 11/11/09, between 1030 and 1330 hours, suspect(s) entered the SFR unlocked garage, removed gardening trowel, used trowel pry the bathroom window and remove jewelry.
1400 block Warner Ave. RD 0829. MO: On 11/13/09, between 1220 and 1330, suspect(s) forced the SFR rear doggy door, went through interior. There was no identified property loss.
10800 block Holman Ave. RD 0855. MO: On 11/14/09, between 1130 and 2120, suspect(s) pried the SFR front window, removed a computer.
9400 block Rembert Ln. RD 0809. Construction site. MO: Between 10-30-09, 0500 and 11-11-09, unknown suspect(s) entered unlocked door and removed kitchen appliances.
10500 block Ohio Ave. RD 0834. MO: On 11/11/09, between 1145 and 1300, suspect(s) removed the SFR bathroom window screen, removed a wristwatch.
10500 block Wilkins Ave. RD 0834. MO: On 11/11/09, between 1130 and 1710, suspect(s) opened the SFR rear slider, removed jewelry, a video camera, and handgun.
700 block Glenmont Ave. RD 0828. MO: Construction site. Between 11/07/09 at 1430 and 11/09/09 at 0650, suspect(s) torched garage door locks, removed tools.
500 block Kelton Ave. RD 0817. MO: Between 11/01/09 and 11/08/09, suspect(s) pried the apartment glass slider, removed a TV.
800 block Westholme Ave. RD 0828. MO: Between 11/05/09 at 1700 and 11/08/09 at 1200 suspect(s) removed $1500 from a larger stack of wrapped US currency. No forced entry, victim has household workers he suspects, reported as burglary.
2300 block Coldwater Canyon, RD 0809. MO: On 11/04/09, between 1015 and 1500, suspect(s) entered the SFR via an unlocked rear door, removed a Persian rug.
2200 block Betty Ln. RD 0809. MO: Construction site. Between 11/03/09 at 1530 and 11/04/09 at 0700, suspect(s) entered the open frame structure (no doors, windows, etc), cut open conveyable lock boxes, removed tools.
11-14-09, 1900/0630 RD 808 9700 block Royce Court. Driveway 98, Lexus Gry
11-12-09, 2030/0225 RD 828 900 block Hilgard Ave. Driveway 10, Chev, Mal Gry
11/08-11/09, 2345-1300 RD 829 1400 block Pandora Ave. street 04 H2 Hummer SUV
11-06-09, 2230/0130 RD 0817 Weyburn/Westwood Street 1998 Chevrolet Camaro
11-04-09, 2300/0600 RD 0805 200 block Ashdale Ave. Garage 2001 Lexus LS430
11-14-09, 2000/2100 RD 833 Wilshire/Veteran Prk Str, Smash, CC Wallet
11-13-09, 1930/0010 RD 808 1200 block Beverly Estate Dr. Street, key, No Prop taken.
11-10-09, 0200/0830 RD 833 1300 block Midvale Ave. Garage Camera
11/03-11/04, 2000-0600 RD 83310900 block Wellworth Ave. park lot wallet, cash, cc
11/08/09, 1500 RD 806 600 block Sarbonne Rd. carport GPS, phone chargers
11/02-11/03, 2300-0900 RD 833 10900 block Wellworth Ave. park lot GPS, Headset, keys
11-07-09/11-08-09, 2300/0800 RD 0819 300 block Norcroft Ave. Driveway Smash Purse
11-07-09/11-08-09, 2330/1000 RD 0828 10500 block Strathmore Dr.Driveway Smash Backpack
11-07-09/11-08-09, 2215/0600 RD 0828 10500 block Strathmore Dr.Driveway Smash Laptop
11-08-09, 0515 RD 0806 2000 block Roscomare Rd. Street Smash Wallet
Business-10900 block Wilshire Bl. RD 0833 Laptop $6000
Residential-1900 block N. Beverly Dr. RD 0808 Stereo $1800
Business- 10900 block Weyburn Ave. RD 0817 Currency $14
Residential- 700 block Thayer Ave. RD 0828 AC Unit $1030
Residential-2200 block Beverly Glen Pl. RD 0807 Jewelry $11,740
Residential/Garage-1300 block Midvale Ave RD 0833 Bike $50
Residential-400 block Kelton Ave. RD 0816 Coins, Q tips $6

Monday, November 16, 2009

L.A. firefighters battling blaze in Sepulveda Pass [LA Times]

The Los Angeles Fire Department was battling a small brush fire in the Sepulveda Pass this morning.

The fire was reported after 10:30 a.m. near the 405 Freeway and Skirball Center Drive.

According to the LAFD, the fire was about half an acre in size but growing. The fire was not threatening homes, and the 405 Freeway remains open.

Several recent fires have occurred in the pass over the last few months.

[Updated at 11 a.m.: The fire is under control, according to the LAFD.]

-- Shelby Grad

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Security Alert - Recent Burglaries in Bel~Air

Bel~Air Security Alert - Burglary & Burglary Attempts

Please be advised that there has been recent elevated criminal activity in our neighborhood. Home break-ins and attempts have occurred on both Bellagio (on 10-23-09 at 3:50PM) and Sarbonne (last Sunday at 4:12AM).

Be vigilant and make sure your doors and windows remain locked, outdoor lights are on at night and your burglar alarm (including internal motion detectors) is set.

CLICK HERE for the California Attorney General's & the LAPD's Burglary Prevention Tips

The Bel~Air Association is in contact with both the LAPD and ACS Security and will provide additional information as it is received.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

December Architectural Digest - A Double Dose of Bel~Air

I just received my copy of the December 2009 Architectural Digest and was delighted to see not one - but two - wonderful Bel~Air Homes featured therein.

Congratulations to the Burrows' and the Grammer's and thank you for sharing!

Freebie Alert - Coffee Bean