Friday, May 28, 2010

Baseline Hillside Ordinance Approved by City Planning Commission

Greetings All:

The City Planning Commission approved the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance provisions at their regular meeting today, and has recommended to the City Council that they adopt the hillside regulations as shown on Exhibit A of the May 27, 2010 Staff Report (http://planning.lacity.org/Code_Studies/BaselineHillsideOrd/CPC-2010-581-CA052710SRpt.pdf). We expect to have a Commission Determination Letter prepared for transmittal to the City Clerk by the end of next week.

The next step will be to take the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance provisions before the Planning & Land Use Management Committee (PLUM). PLUM is a Subcommittee of the City Council that reviews all planning related matters. The Department of City Planning does not have any control over the timing/scheduling of PLUM agendas, but will do everything it can to make sure that the City Clerk's Office has everything it needs to be able to schedule this item.

We will send an email to the interest list when a date has been determined.

I just want to take the time to thank everyone for their participation and the input we have received up to this point. We will continue to be here if you have any further questions or concerns as we move on to the next steps. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or Jennifer Driver at jennifer.driver@lacity.org or at (818) 374-5034.

Feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel might be interested.

If you received this email via forwarded message from someone other than myself, and you want to obtain updates directly from the Department, please email erick.lopez@lacity.org and ask to be added to the interest list. Please type "Add Me To Hillside Notification List" in the subject line and provide your group/organization/company affiliations and contact information (please include at least your ZIP Code).

Facebook™ Users: Look for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance page; add the page and receive updates in your news feed. You can also view our events calendar and participate in discussion boards.


__________________
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
erick.lopez@lacity.org

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

COYOTE SPOTTED: Near Bellagio Rd. & Bellagio Terrace Intersection


** Thank you to one of the Bel-Air Association's newest members for taking this picture! It is an important warning sign that we are facing many wild animals and predators in Bel-Air. **


PLEASE KEEP YOUR PETS & CHILDREN SAFE. BOBCATS HAVE RECENTLY CARRIED OFF SMALL ANIMALS AND COULD DO THE SAME TO A SMALL CHILD!





WHAT YOU CAN DO
(Thank you to Director Chris Hameetman for these tips on a previous blog post!)





FENCES
Coyotes are capable of scaling or jumping fences upwards of 5 1/2 feet in height. They can be deterred by increasing the fence height to at least 6 feet and adding an angle at the top facing outward at 45 degrees and 16 inches wide.
(For fences over 6 feet check local fence height laws, a variance may be required.)
Bury the bottom of the fence at least 12 to 18 inches underground and line the trench with rock to prevent the coyote from digging underneath.
An apron underground at the base extending an additional 18 to 24 inches out from the fence should be added as well.

DO’S and DON’T’S
Keep your pets indoors or secured in an outdoor kennel.
Environmental factors can affect the time a coyote may appear.
Coyotes are active during daylight hours also.
Walk your dog on a leash at all times.
If your yard does not have a fence, use a leash while on your property to keep your pet close to you.
You may carry something with you for protection such as an air horn, whistle, walking stick or cane.
Confine small animals and birds that you cannot keep indoors to covered enclosures constructed of a heavy gauge wire mesh.
Coyotes can break through chicken wire.
Put all trash bags inside the trash cans and keep all outdoor trash can lids securely fastened to the containers.
Place trash bins inside sheds, garages or other enclosed structures.
Pick fruit from trees as soon as it ripens and pick up all fallen fruit.
Cut low hanging branches to avoid the coyote feeding from trees.
Trim ground-level shrubbery.
Vegetable gardens should be protected with heavy duty garden fences or enclosed by a greenhouse.
Check with your local plant nursery to see what deterrent products are available.
If you have access to the Internet, you may find some items on-line.
Keep your property well lit at night.
Close off crawl spaces under porches, decks and sheds.
Coyotes use such areas for resting and raising young.
Share this information with your neighbors.

Your efforts may be futile if someone is providing food or shelter for coyotes. Remember this is a neighborhood effort. Do not feed wild animals. It is illegal to feed predatory wildlife in the City of Los Angeles. (L.A.M.C. Sec. 53.06.5) Do not leave pet food or water bowls outside if your pet is not outdoors. Local law requires that food and water be available to your pet when it is kept outside.However, bring in the dishes when your pet is inside. Do not allow pets to roam from home. Do not set your trash out for pick-up until the day of pick-up to reduce attracting predators in the middle of the night. Do not attempt to pet or otherwise make contact with them. Coyotes are wild animals and should be treated as such.Never leave small children unattended. Do not throw food into an open compost pile.

DETERRENTS & SCARE TACTICS
Spray a little ammonia in your trash can several times a week to cut the odor of food.
Place moth balls or moth ball cakes in areas where coyotes sleep or hang out to deter them from staying.
Motion activated devices such as lights, strobe lights and sprinklers can be useful.
Use radios that are set to talk or news stations to help deter the coyotes.
Use a Coyote Shaker: A can containing a few coins which can be shaken and thrown at the coyote.
Throw balls or rocks.
Bang two pans together, blow a whistle, use an air horn or use high pressure water sprayer.
Alternate the deterrents to prevent the coyote from getting used to one method.

COMMON Q&A
What should I do if a coyote approaches me?
- Wave your arms.
- Shout in a low, loud tone.
- Throw objects at the coyote while maintaining eye contact.
- Make yourself look as big as possible; if you are wearing a jacket open it up like a cape.
- If possible, go towards active or populated areas but do not turn your back on the coyote.
How can I keep my dog safe?
- If you live in coyote country, closely supervise your dog.
- Walk your dog on a leash at all times and stay close to high pedestrian traffic areas.
- Try not to establish a regular routine and route to avoid setting up a pattern for the coyote to detect.
- Avoid bushy areas or paths near abandoned properties.
- If you notice a coyote when walking your dog, keep your dog as close to you as possible and move towards an active area.
- Never encourage or allow your dog to interact or “play” with coyotes.
How can I keep my cat safe?
- Keep your cat indoors at all times.
- If your cat must be outside, consider constructing an outdoor 6 sided enclosure that is made of heavy gauge wire or chain-link with an enclosed access way to the house.

Related Link: http://www.fundwildlife.org/coexist/coyotes.html




Tuesday, May 25, 2010

LETTER: From Councilmember Bill Rosendahl Regarding Proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance



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Baseline Hillside Ordinance - May 27 CPC Staff Report (direct link)

Greetings All:
 
As promised there is a direct link to the May 27, 2010 City Planning Commission Staff Report for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance: http://cityplanning.lacity.org/StaffRpt/InitialRpts/CPC-2010-581-CA-05272010.pdf
 
Please note that the Staff Report that was linked to the May 27 Agenda on Friday was the wrong one, but has now been corrected.
 
Reminder, the City Planning Commission meeting will start at 8:30 AM and will he located at:
 
Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber, 2nd Floor
14410 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys, CA 91401
 
There are only two cases on this agenda, and this project is first (Item No. 4).  You can download the May 27, 2010 CPC Agenda by following this link: http://planning.lacity.org/MeetingsNHearings/dsp_viewFileDetail.cfm?filename=36291
 
If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you should be able to listen to it over a touch-tone phone by calling CouncilPhone at (213) 621-CITY, (310) 547-CITY, (310) 471-CITY, or at (818) 904-9450.
 
The Commission has adopted rules regarding written submissions to ensure that it has reasonable and appropriate opportunity to review your materials. The mailing and email addresses, deadlines, page limits, and required numbers of copies for your advance submissions may be found at www.planning.lacity.org under "Forms and Instructions".  Day of hearing submissions (15 copies must be provided) are limited to 2 pages plus accompanying photographs, posters, and PowerPoint presentations of 5 minutes or less. Non-complying materials will NOT be distributed to the Commission.  [Direct Link: http://planning.lacity.org/Forms_Procedures/CpcPolicy.pdf]
 
Feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel might be interested.
 
If you received this email via forwarded message from someone other than myself, and you want to obtain updates directly from the Department, please email erick.lopez@lacity.org and ask to be added to the interest list.  Please type "Add Me To Hillside Notification List" in the subject line and provide your group/organization/company affiliations and contact information (please include at least your ZIP Code).
 
Facebook™ Users: Look for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance page; add the page and receive updates in your news feed.  You can also view our events calendar and participate in discussion boards.
 
As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Jennifer Driver at jennifer.driver@lacity.org or at (818) 374-5034.
 
Thank you for your attention.
 
 
__________________________________________
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

ΓΌ Please consider the environment before printing this email.

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Street Robbery:
400 block Midvale Ave. RD 837. MO: On 05/16/10, 0100 hours, the female victim walked to her residence when Suspect 1 and Suspect 2 approached from behind. Suspect 1 grabbed the victim's purse and attempted to pull it away from her. The victim attempted to hold onto the purse. Suspect 2 kicked the victim on her leg. The victim in fear for her safety released the purse. Both suspects fled S/B on Midvale with the victim's property. Suspect #1: Male, Black, unknown hair, Brown eyes, 5'07", 150 lbs, 18/19 yrs old, Gray hat, dark sweater, black jeans, NFD. Suspect #2: Male, Black, unknown hair/eyes, 5'07", 150 lbs, 18/19 yrs old, Dark gray sweater, black jeans, NFD. Weapon: Bodily Force. Property Taken: Purse, credit cards, passport, US Currency Total Value $380. Vehicle: None seen.
Burglary:
10500 block Ashton Ave. RD 0833. MO: Hot prowl. On 05/22/10 at 2330, suspect(s) entered the apartment via an unlocked front door, removed a TV and gaming system. Suspect(s) not observed.
1300 block S. Bevelry Glen Blvd. RD 0829. MO: Suspect entered the front door via possible key, removed tools vandalized interior.
1000 block Broxton Ave. RD 0817. MO: Between 05/11/10 at 2100 hours and 05/12/10 at 0645 hours the suspect(s) broke the lock on the front door to gain entry. Once inside the suspect(s) removed flat screen TV's and computerized registers.
1500 block Glendon Ave. RD 0855. MO: Between 5/8/10, 1645 hours and 5/10/10, 0645 hours, Unknown suspect(s) attempted to pry open door. Suspect(s) fled without making entry.
Prowler:
2000 block Linda Flora Drive. RD 0805. MO: Suspects entered backyard and fled when victim heard noises and told suspects police were coming.
Grand Theft Auto:
05-21-10, 1015/1030 RD 0808 3100 block Deep Canyon Dr. Street 1991 Toyota Tacoma
05-21-10, 1100/1730 RD 0829 10300 block Ashton Ave. Street 1993 Mercedes 400 E
05-10-10, 2100/1000 RD 0855 11000 block Ohio Ave. Street 2000 Ford Mustang
Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:
05-19-10, 1615/1730 RD 0817 1000 block Broxton Ave. Pkg Lot Unk Briefcase, Money.
05-22-10, 0300/0400 RD 0816 500 block Veteran Ave. Street Unk Purse, Money.
05-20-10, 0815/0830 RD 0806 1900 block Stradella Dwy Susp removed IPAD
05-13-10, 1500/0900 RD 0834 10600 block Wellworth Ave. Street Smash Laptop
05-14-10, 0000/0600 RD 0828 800 block Thayer Ave. Street Smash Bags
Grand/Petty Theft:
Business-10400 block Santa Monica Bl. RD 0829 laptop $2,000
Residential-3000 block Roscomore Rd. RD 0805 Home fixtures $500,000
Residential-10700 block Wilshire Bl. RD 0828 Gold Coins $10,000
Gym-10900 block Wilshire Blvd. RD 0817 Wallet $417
Business-9900 block Beverly Grove Dr. RD 0808 Failed to deliver merch. $33650
Ret. Home-10400 block Wilshire Blvd. RD 0819 Cash $300
Business-10400 Santa Monica RD 0829 Cash $5
Balcony-1600 block Camden Ave. RD 0855 Bike $800
Business-1000 block Westwood Blvd. RD 0817 Dogfood $20
Residential-10400 block Sunset Blvd. RD 0819 3D glasses $345
Business-1500 block Westwood Blvd. RD 0855 Wallet stolen from cart $650
Street-1300 block Westwood Blvd. RD 0833 Insurance card $0

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Monday, May 24, 2010

LIVE CHAT ABOUT THE I-405 SEPULVEDA PASS WIDENING PROJECT



Trying to figure out how to avoid traffic snarls around the 405 construction project?

Metro is now taking advance questions and comments on the topic.
They'll be answered live by Mike Barbour, Project Director of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project during a live chat on Wednesday, May 26 at noon.
He knows the traffic patterns, the construction schedules and the paths that just might help you make your trips around and through the area a little easier.
Click HERE to send in your questions now.

Friday, May 21, 2010

LETTER: From Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Regarding Proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance


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Evening at Dodger Stadium Celebrates Ray Michaud's 30 Years as JTD Headmaster

This past Saturday, May 15th, 800 guests gathered on the field of Dodger Stadium to celebrate Ray Michaud’s 30 years as Headmaster of John Thomas Dye School in Bel-Air. The event included a dinner, live auction and musical performance by a Neil Diamond tribute band. Those in attendance were current JTD parents, trustees, neighbors, Mr. Michaud’s family and John Amato, head of Harvard-Westlake School.

The evening began with a welcome from actors Jim Belushi, a JTD parent and star of the ABC show, “According to Jim,” and Chris O’Donnell, seen as Robin in the film “Batman Forever” and currently on the series “NCIS: Los Angeles.” After a salutation of the dawn and singing of the National Anthem, Mr. Michaud, a lifetime Dodgers fan, threw the first pitch to JTD alum and former team member Wes Parker. Current players saluted Mr. Michaud in a video tribute shown on the Jumbotron.

Guests bid on items like a private luxury Dodger suite with twenty seats on the first base line, a 2010 Toyota Prius, a VIP tour of Washington, D.C. and a trip to Las Vegas with Mr. Michaud himself, including transportation on a private jet. The auction raised over $650,000 that will go toward construction of the newly dedicated Raymond R. Michaud Academic Center, a 15,000 square foot building for 5th and 6th graders. According to Nat Damon, current Assistant Head, the new building will enable greater integration of technology into the classroom and allow JTD to continue its mission of providing students with individual attention.

The Bel-Air Association congratulates Mr. Michaud on his lifelong dedication to education and the betterment of our community.







I-405 Project - Clear and grub work activity notice


Please see attached notice for work activity for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project.

 

ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF SEPULVEDA BL. BETWEEN MONTANA AV. AND GETTY/SEPULVEDA RAMPS

 

The contractor will start clearing and grubbing, which is the removal of trees and vegetation along Sepulveda Bl., in preparation for the reconstruction of the Sepulveda Bl. retaining walls and the reconstruction of the Sunset Bridge.

 

What:         Clearing and grubbing

 

When:        Work is anticipated to start on Monday, May 24, 2010 for approximately one month. Anticipated work hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with some night work from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, weather permitting.

         

Where:       Sepulveda Bl. between Montana Av. and Sepulveda Way; shoulder and loops in the vicinity of the Sunset Bridge; Sepulveda Bl. between Getty Center Dr. and the Getty/Sepulveda ramps.

 

What to expect:

·         Access to Sepulveda Way will be maintained.

·         Northbound Sepulveda Bl. between Getty Center Dr. and the Getty/Sepulveda ramps will be restricted to one lane of traffic in each direction.

·         Ramp closures will be coordinated with Caltrans; ramp closures may start as early as 7:00 pm.

·         Access to emergency responders will be maintained.

 

 

Olga N. Arroyo

 

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project

Community Relations

6060 Center Drive, 2nd Flr.

Los Angeles, CA 90045

310-846-2357

ArroyoO@metro.net

 

www.metro.net/I-405

http://twitter.com/I_405

www.facebook.com/405project

 

I-405 Project Hotline 213-922-3665

 

 

 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

REMINDER: Baseline Hillside Ordinance at City PlanningCommission Meeting Next Thursday (5/27)

Greeting All,

 

This is email to remind you that the Baseline Hillside Ordinance (CPC-2010-581-CA) will go before the City Planning Commission on Thursday, May 27, 2010.  The meeting will start at 8:30 AM and will he located at:

 

Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber, 2nd Floor

14410 Sylvan Street

Van Nuys, CA 91401

 

At this point the May 27, 2010 Agenda and Staff Report have not been posted onto our website, but should be available tomorrow.  I will be out of the office tomorrow, but if you want to check our website for the agenda before I return on Monday, please follow this direct link: http://planning.lacity.org/MeetingsNHearings/dsp_Results_CPC.cfm?subtype=Agendas

 

To download the May 27 Staff Report, open the agenda and click on the hyperlinked case number (CPC-2010-581-CA) next to the item number.  I will also send out another email with a direct link on Monday.

 

If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you should be able to listen to it over a touch-tone phone by calling CouncilPhone at (213) 621-CITY, (310) 547-CITY, (310) 471-CITY, or at (818) 904-9450.

 

The Commission has adopted rules regarding written submissions to ensure that it has reasonable and appropriate opportunity to review your materials. The mailing and email addresses, deadlines, page limits, and required numbers of copies for your advance submissions may be found at www.planning.lacity.org under “Forms and Instructions”.  Day of hearing submissions (15 copies must be provided) are limited to 2 pages plus accompanying photographs, posters, and PowerPoint presentations of 5 minutes or less. Non-complying materials will NOT be distributed to the Commission.  [Direct Link: http://planning.lacity.org/Forms_Procedures/CpcPolicy.pdf]

 

Feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel might be interested.

 

If you received this email via forwarded message from someone other than myself, and you want to obtain updates directly from the Department, please email erick.lopez@lacity.org and ask to be added to the interest list.  Please type "Add Me To Hillside Notification List" in the subject line and provide your group/organization/company affiliations and contact information (please include at least your ZIP Code).

 

Facebook™ Users: Look for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance page; add the page and receive updates in your news feed.  You can also view our events calendar and participate in discussion boards.

 

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Jennifer Driver at jennifer.driver@lacity.org or at (818) 374-5034.

 

Thank you for your attention.

 

 

 

__________________________________________
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


ü Please consider the environment before printing this email.

ADDITIONAL NOTICE & PERCAUTIONS -- EMAIL: From a Stradella-Area Resident To the Bel-Air Association - COYOTE JUMPS FENCE AND TAKES PUPPY

ADDITIONAL NOTICE & PRECAUTIONS


It is also VERY important to consider small children being at risk of similar attacks. Obviously, it is extremely unfortunate that pets are lost to incidences like these, but a child would be unfathomable.


These, and similar, animals are clearly becoming more prominent not only in Los Angeles, but right here in Bel-Air. Please take extreme caution to protect your pets AND families.


For easy reference, safety tips are pasted below!

_______________________________



Bel-Air Association,

My family and I experienced a traumatic event yesterday morning, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Our one year old 10 pound puppy was taken by a coyote around 7 am. My mom was in our backyard gardening just a few feet away from our two puppies. Our other puppy barked and as she turned around she saw a coyote had quietly jumped our fence and had taken our other puppy in his mouth. In seconds the coyote jumped over the fence and ran down the hill with her in his mouth. We searched for two hours with no luck, only to assume that she did not make it. These past two days have been extremely difficult but have received support from our neighbors.

We have always been as cautious and are saddened that this has happened. We live off of Stradella and have seen coyotes around late at night and early in the morning. I feel the need to share this news so every member and their pets in Bel-Air will take caution to their safety. I think something needs to be done to prevent this from happening. I read one of the blog entries written last month about another small dog in the area taken by a coyote. We need to contact animal control to see what actions we can take. (The Bel-Air Association has gone ahead and contacted Animal Control). We want our families and pets to feel safe in this community, but how can we if so many of these wild, vicious animals run so freely? My family and I are taking action to make changes as pet owners and build taller fences.

Please share our news on the blog so we can raise awareness about coyotes that pose huge threats in the neighborhood. Offering tips to keep animals safe from coyotes is great, but we need to do more. If you haven't already formed a group to take action against these coyotes, please let me know. I am compelled to do something.

Thank you.



_________________________


WHAT YOU CAN DO?


(Thank you to Director Chris Hameetman for these tips on a previous blog post!)

ALSO VIEW THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR BOBCAT PRECAUTIONS & TIPS!

http://belaironline.blogspot.com/2010/05/bobcat-sighting-on-bel-air-road-near.html




FENCES

Coyotes are capable of scaling or jumping fences upwards of 5 1/2 feet in height. They can be deterred by increasing the fence height to at least 6 feet and adding an angle at the top facing outward at 45 degrees and 16 inches wide.
(For fences over 6 feet check local fence height laws, a variance may be required.)
Bury the bottom of the fence at least 12 to 18 inches underground and line the trench with rock to prevent the coyote from digging underneath.
An apron underground at the base extending an additional 18 to 24 inches out from the fence should be added as well.

DO’S and DON'T'S

Keep your pets indoors or secured in an outdoor kennel.
Environmental factors can affect the time a coyote may appear.
Coyotes are active during daylight hours also.
Walk your dog on a leash at all times.
If your yard does not have a fence, use a leash while on your property to keep your pet close to you.
You may carry something with you for protection such as an air horn, whistle, walking stick or cane.
Confine small animals and birds that you cannot keep indoors to covered enclosures constructed of a heavy gauge wire mesh.
Coyotes can break through chicken wire.
Put all trash bags inside the trash cans and keep all outdoor trash can lids securely fastened to the containers.
Place trash bins inside sheds, garages or other enclosed structures.
Pick fruit from trees as soon as it ripens and pick up all fallen fruit.
Cut low hanging branches to avoid the coyote feeding from trees.
Trim ground-level shrubbery.
Vegetable gardens should be protected with heavy duty garden fences or enclosed by a greenhouse.
Check with your local plant nursery to see what deterrent products are available.
If you have access to the Internet, you may find some items on-line.
Keep your property well lit at night.
Close off crawl spaces under porches, decks and sheds.
Coyotes use such areas for resting and raising young.

Share this information with your neighbors.

Your efforts may be futile if someone is providing food or shelter for coyotes. Remember this is a neighborhood effort. Do not feed wild animals. It is illegal to feed predatory wildlife in the City of Los Angeles. (L.A.M.C. Sec. 53.06.5) Do not leave pet food or water bowls outside if your pet is not outdoors. Local law requires that food and water be available to your pet when it is kept outside. However, bring in the dishes when your pet is inside. Do not allow pets to roam from home. Do not set your trash out for pick-up until the day of pick-up to reduce attracting predators in the middle of the night. Do not attempt to pet or otherwise make contact with them. Coyotes are wild animals and should be treated as such. Never leave small children unattended. Do not throw food into an open compost pile.


DETERRENTS & SCARE TACTICS
Spray a little ammonia in your trash can several times a week to cut the odor of food.
Place moth balls or moth ball cakes in areas where coyotes sleep or hang out to deter them from staying.
Motion activated devices such as lights, strobe lights and sprinklers can be useful.
Use radios that are set to talk or news stations to help deter the coyotes.
Use a Coyote Shaker: A can containing a few coins which can be shaken and thrown at the coyote.
Throw balls or rocks.
Bang two pans together, blow a whistle, use an air horn or use high pressure water sprayer.
Alternate the deterrents to prevent the coyote from getting used to one method.

COMMON Q&A

What should I do if a coyote approaches me?

- Wave your arms.
- Shout in a low, loud tone.
- Throw objects at the coyote while maintaining eye contact.
- Make yourself look as big as possible; if you are wearing a jacket open it up like a cape.
- If possible, go towards active or populated areas but do not turn your back on the coyote.
How can I keep my dog safe?
- If you live in coyote country, closely supervise your dog.
- Walk your dog on a leash at all times and stay close to high pedestrian traffic areas.
- Try not to establish a regular routine and route to avoid setting up a pattern for the coyote to detect.
- Avoid bushy areas or paths near abandoned properties.
- If you notice a coyote when walking your dog, keep your dog as close to you as possible and move towards an active area.
- Never encourage or allow your dog to interact or “play” with coyotes.
How can I keep my cat safe?
- Keep your cat indoors at all times.
- If your cat must be outside, consider constructing an outdoor 6 sided enclosure that is made of heavy gauge wire or chain-link with an enclosed access way to the house.

Related Link: http://www.fundwildlife.org/coexist/coyotes.html

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CERT TRAINING TIP OF THE WEEK

Did you know that 95% of all bleeding can be controlled by applying direct pressure over the wound?

Simply put a clean dressing over the wound and press firmly. Then, maintain pressure on the dressing over the wound by wrapping it firmly with a pressure bandage, gauze, etc. The pressure bandage should be tied with a bow so that it can be loosened to examine the wound and then retied. Direct pressure can take 5 to 7 minutes to stop the bleeding completely.

**Except under extreme circumstances, it is not recommended to loosen the pressure or bandage (including examination of the wound), unless under supervision of a trained medical professional. Releasing pressure may cause bleeding to re-start or become worse and could cause further detriment to the individuals health, including death if too much blood is lost.**

Additionally, your list of emergency telephone numbers should include the number for the Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222. Add this right below 911.

_____________________________
Twenty-five Bel-Air residents are participating in a Bel-Air Association (BAA) sponsored emergency preparedness training program - CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The course (seven consecutive Monday evenings for approx. two hours) is being taught by LAFD Firefighter Sue Jenkins at the BAA headquarters. The training teaches residents and volunteers how to set-up and sustain an emergency operations center, light search and rescue techniques, fire safety, disaster psychology and medical assessment/treatment.

The BAA's goal is to train a cadre of residents and volunteers who are able to execute a coordinated response in a catastrophic disaster -- earthquake, fire, mud slide, riot, etc. CERT trained volunteers will not only be personally prepared for themselves and their families, but able to assist their neighbors and collect data needed by first responders.

If you are interested in being trained, email cameron@belaironline.org. A second course is be planned for Fall 2010.

DWP urges change to lawn-watering rules to ease strain on aging pipes

Users with odd-numbered street addresses would get two days a week and those with even-numbered addresses would get a different two.

By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Tuesday proposed changes to lawn-watering regulations aimed at preventing fluctuations in pressure blamed for widespread pipe ruptures that caused millions of dollars' worth of damage.


The plan, which must be approved by the City Council because it requires a change in city water-rationing laws, would divide water users into two groups that would water their landscaping on different days.

Currently, sprinkler use is allowed Mondays and Thursdays for 15 minutes or less per watering station.

In April, a panel of scientists said the water-line breaks that blew holes in city streets and flooded businesses last summer and fall were caused, in part, by the changes in water pressure resulting from the twice-weekly rationing schedule, which stressed the city's aging pipe system.

From July through September 2009, the city recorded 101 major breaks, up from 42 for the same months in 2008 and 49 for the same period in 2007, the report found.

During the DWP meeting Tuesday, Jim McDaniel, head of the utility's water system, acknowledged that the changes in water pressure needed to be reduced. But the utility said its internal review found that fluctuations caused by a major break in early September were a more likely cause of the increase in blowouts that followed.

Under the new proposal, residents and business operators with odd-numbered street addresses would be allowed to use sprinklers Monday and Thursday. Those at even-numbered addresses could water Tuesday and Friday. Using sprinklers between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. would still be prohibited.

Councilman Paul Koretz, whose district includes areas where several major breaks occurred, said he was pleased with the DWP's action. But he said he would recommend to his council colleagues that the watering cycles be shorter and spread out over two three-day periods.

"It would be less likely to contribute to water-line breaks," Koretz said of his modified plan.

The pipe ruptures proved to be an embarrassment for the DWP and the city. Officials began noticing an increase shortly after water-rationing rules were imposed in June 2009.

The problem was highlighted Sept. 5 when a 5-foot-wide line below Coldwater Canyon Avenue in Studio City broke, blasting a 10-foot geyser of water and mud through the pavement and into the air. The busy thoroughfare was shut down for a week and businesses in the area suffered major damage and a loss of customers.

That incident was followed by a blowout in Valley Village less than 72 hours later, which caused a sinkhole that partially swallowed a city firetruck.

The water main breaks have prompted more than 100 claims for damages against the city. At least 25 of those have been paid, city officials have said. The financial terms of those settlements were not available Tuesday evening.

City officials said the rationing program has been successful, in part because of residents who have reported abusers to the DWP.

Councilwoman Jan Perry said she plans to request that the DWP launch an education and outreach program about the new restrictions. She said she also wants to ensure that the utility works with people who want to report violations but might not be sure about the exact address.

"If you just have a cross street, that's good too," Perry said. "We want people to help us. We don't want to discourage them."

Joe Ramallo, a DWP spokesman, said the agency plans to conduct aggressive community outreach through the media and with promotional materials.

"Our water conservation team members will be out in the communities to help get the message out," he said.

robert.lopez@latimes.com

Monday, May 17, 2010

BOBCAT SIGHTING ON BEL-AIR ROAD (Near 1000 Block)

As a safety update, on Friday, there was another Bobcat sighting just north of the 1000 block of Bel-Air Road. One of our Bel-Air Association members spotted the bobcat in their backyard.



Please continue to keep your pets in safe quarters as there have been recent incidents involving these animals attacking neighborhood pets.



Additionally, please maintain a good-level of precaution for personal safety. Reports of sightings like these will help continue to keep our community safe.



Please feel free to report additional sightings or incidents as they arise. The Bel-Air Association can be contacted at 310.474.3527 or baa@belaironline.org.


TIPS

(Thank you to BAA Director Chris Hameetman for initially posting these tips).

Unlike mountain lions, bobcats have adapted to human settlement of wildlands. Even a woodlot in a farming area can sustain a pair of bobcats. Often people living on farms and in small towns are unaware of bobcats living nearby.

Bobcats avoid human contact as much as possible, and if you can share your land peacefully with a resident bobcat, it will help keep down rodent populations. Natural rodent control is preferable to man-made poisons and inhumane traps.

Bobcats remain a strong link in the ecological cycle. State laws protect bobcats in many areas.

1. Do not feed the bobcat.

2. Never leave pet food outside.

3. Restrict use of birdseed. Bobcats are attracted to the birds and rodents that use the feeder.

4. If possible, eliminate outdoor sources of water. Generally, home owners cannot eliminate sources of water that attract bobcats (i.e., drip irrigation, fish ponds, bird baths). You might purchase a large water dish (as for a large dog), put it on the outside of your fence, and keep it filled with water.

5. Trim and clear near ground level any shrubbery that provides cover for bobcats or prey.

6. Use fencing to help deter bobcats. The fence must be at least six feet tall with the bottom extending at least six inches below ground level. Augment your existing fencing with outwardly inverted fencing, hot wire, or cement blocks and large rocks buried outside the fence line to prevent animals from digging into your yard.

7. Actively discourage bobcats by making loud noises and throwing rocks to make them leave.

8. Battery operated flashing lights, tape recorded human noises, scattered moth balls and ammonia- soaked rags strategically placed may deter bobcats from entering your yard.

9. Keep cats and small dogs indoors, allowing them outside only under strict supervision.

10. Keep chickens, rabbits and other small animals in well protected areas and in sturdy cages at night. Cages made of chicken wire are meant only for keeping small animals contained. They will not keep bobcats or other predators from entering.Stronger gauge wiring is a necessity in protecting these small animals.

11. Trapping and relocation of bobcats is not a recommended or viable alternative. Wild animals are territorial and like species will simply take over the area vacated by the relocated or dead animal.

Information was provided by the Fund for Animals and WildCare Terwilliger Nature Education & Wildlife Rehabilitation, San Rafael, CA.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Community Police Academy

 

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Los Angeles Police Department invites you to attend our Community Police Academy!

On June 9, 2010, Operations-West Bureau, will conduct a Community Police Academy for all community members.

The eleven-week course will be held at Ahmanson Recruit Training Center (ARTC), located at 5651 West Manchester Blvd., Los Angeles. This building is on the corner of Osage Avenue and Manchester Boulevard, approximately 1 mile West of the 405 Freeway by the Los Angeles World Airport. The class will meet each Wednesday evening between 6:30 and 9:30 pm. The course will conclude with a graduation ceremony and certificates of completion.

Through the Community Police Academy, enrolled students will be encouraged to build a lasting partnership with the Department, with the ultimate goal of reducing crime and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Each community member must meet the following criteria:

Must be 18 years or older;

Live or work in Operations-West Bureau;

No prior felony convictions;

No outstanding warrants;

No pending criminal cases; and

Must be approved by an Area Commanding Officer.

If interested please contact Sergeant David Podesta at 32305@lapd.lacity.org . You will need to fill out an application and be approved by the Commanding Officer of West Los Angeles.

For any additional information please contact the Operations-West Bureau, Community Police Coordinator, Officer Ray Arnold at (213) 473-0277.

 

 

 

Bel-Air Association Sponsors LAFD CERT Emergency Preparendess Training

Twenty-five Bel-Air residents are participating in a Bel-Air Association (BAA) sponsored emergency preparedness training program - CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The course (seven consecutive Monday evenings for approx. two hours) is being taught by LAFD Firefighter Sue Jenkins at the BAA headquarters.

The training teaches residents and volunteers how to set-up and sustain an emergency operations center, light search and rescue techniques, fire safety, disaster psychology and medical assessment/treatment. The BAA's goal is to train a cadre of residents and volunteers who are able to execute a coordinated response in a catastrophic disaster -- earthquake, fire, mud slide, riot, etc. CERT trained volunteers will not only be personally prepared for themselves and their families, but able to assist their neighbors and collect data needed by first responders.

If you are interested in being trained, email cameron@belaironline.org. A second course is be planned for Fall 2010.


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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - CERT TRAINING "TIP OF THE WEEK"
Every residence needs two (2) dry-chemical ABC fire extinguishers in an easily accessible location, both of which need to be checked annually. Professional companies provide extinguisher checking services (contact the BAA office for information). During the checking process, the extinguisher should be held upside down and shaken to ensure proper functionality. These fire extinguishers are suitable for small fires and may provide you and/or your family and friends extra time to exit a building/residence.
When using your portable fire extinguisher, remember to Pull the pin, Aim the hose, Squeeze the handle and Sweep the base of the fire with the foam -- P.A.S.S.
If you want to learn how to put-out small fires and operate a fire extinguisher, take the Bel-Air Association sponsored CERT training taught by LAFD. To sign-up for the fall training course, email cameron@belaironline.org.
**A new "TIP OF THE WEEK" will be posted following each Monday's class.**
Please check the blog regularly and/or sign-up to receive the automatic updates on the home page -- www.belaironline.blogspot.com. For any help with the blog, please feel free to contact us here at the office: 310-474-3527 or baa@belaironline.org.

LETTER: From California Senator Fran Pavley Regarding the Proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project - Community Meeting 6PM Thursday, May 20th

LANE CLOSURE: Bellagio Road between Bel-Air Road & Copa de Oro Road - May 13th

The Bel-Air Association received word from LADOT's Western District office that a temporary one-lane closure has been permitted on Bellagio Road (between Bel-Air Rd & Copa de Oro) for Thursday, May 13th. Operations will not exceed LADOT approved hours of operation -- 7:00am - 5:00pm.

Champion Crane will use a stinger crane to place miscellaneous trees and landscaping materials at a property on Bellagio.

The contractor is coordinating with Right of Way Incorporated to process The Public Right of Way Use Permit for the lane closure. Right of Way Inc. can be reached at (626) 930-9292.

As always, please feel free to contact us here at the Association office with any questions or concerns. Our phone is (310) 474-3527, and our email is baa@belaironline.org.

**We have asked about the overall duration of this project and will keep you updated as we receive information.**

Monday, May 10, 2010

Community Crime Report



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NOTIFICATION

As of April 30th Basic Car Area 8A29 is showing a 20% decrease in Part 1 Crime Year to date from last year. This is 64 less crimes this year from last year.
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Assault with a Deadly Weapon:
Westwood Blvd. & Wilshire Blvd. RD 833. MO: On 4/29/10, 1630 hours, 61 year old female victim (1) was walking on Westwood Blvd and was punched on her arm by transient/suspect. 73 year old male victim (2) confronted suspect and suspect hit victim (2) on the face, knocking him down. Suspect fled on foot but witness followed him and called police. Suspect was taken in custody without incident.
Burglary:
10400 block Wilshire Bl (Business) RD 0833. On 5-9-10, between 0400 and 0500 hours, Unk suspect(s) smashed window and removed Gold Coin Case.
2400 block Benedict Cyn, RD 0807. MO: Between 04/30/10 at 1400 and 05/03/10 at 0700, suspect(s) entered decedant's estate via rear sliding glass door, removed electronics, silverware, crystal, and a 1962 Jaguar.
500 block Levering Ave. RD 0815. MO: On 04/29/10, between 1130 and 1610, suspect(s) entered the SFR via an unlocked rear kitchen window, removed a laptop.
11800 block Bel Terrace. RD 0805. MO: On 04/23/10, between 0200 and 0745, suspect(s) entered the SFR garage by unknown means, removed two vintage cars.
200 block Mapleton Drive. RD 0819. MO: Between 04/23/10 at 1500 and 04/25/10 at 0630, suspect(s) entered construction site residence via unlocked front door, removed construction equipment.
2900 block N. Beverly Glen. RD 0807. MO: Between 04/24/10, 1900 and 04/25/10, 0845 hours, suspect(s) pried the business front door, removed high-end designer eyeglass frames.
Grand Theft Auto:
04-29-10, 2200/2355 RD 0837 11000 block Strathmore Ave. Street 2007 Genuine Motor scooter
03-22-10/4-28-10 RD 0807 2400 block Benedict Canyon Dr. Garage 1962 Jag Blk.
Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:
05-08-10, 1400/1630 RD 0809 2300 block Franklin Cyn. Street Smash Purse, cash.
05-03-10, 2010/1900 RD 0805 900 block Moraga Dr. Driveway Smash Laptop I-Pod
04-27-10, 1900/1200 RD 0829 1300 block Warner Av. Street Unk CD's
04-27-10, 1930/0700 RD 0834 10600 block Kinnard Ave. Prk Garage Smash Money
04-29/05-02-10, 0900/1600 RD 0807 2800 block Bottle Brush Unk Lic plate
04-28-10, 2200/0730 RD 0833 1200 block Veteran Ave. Sub Gar Smash Multi-5
04-24-10, 1505-1600 RD 0833 1300 block S. Sepulveda Blvd. Pkg lot Susp removed wheel/tires
04-25-10, 2000/0700 RD 0829 1500 block Ensley Ave. Street Smash Laptop
Grand/Petty Theft:
Res/lawn-10700 block Wellworth Ave. RD 0834 Outdoor Furniture $1300
Pkg Structure-10800 block Lindbrook Dr. RD 0828 Removed copper wiring $2000
Res Office-1100 block N. Beverly Dr. 0809 Laptop $1200
Res-1500 block Camden Ave. RD 0855 Money $708
Res-1600 block Veteran Ave. RD 0855 Jewelry $5400
Restaurant-1000 Tiverton Ave. RD 0817 Camera $640
Res-1400 block Selby Ave. RD 0834 Jewelry,camera $12300.
Res-10700 block Wilshire Blvd. RD 0828 Watch $15000.
Business/Gym-10900 block Wilshire Blvd. RD 0817 Cash $270
Business-1700 block Westwood Blvd. RD 0855 Camera $655
Res-1400 block Bella Dr . RD 0807 Plants $2000
Business-10900 block Wilshire Blvd. RD 0833 Laker Tkts $290
Garage/Apt-1600 block Veteran Ave. RD 0855 Bike $250
Res-10300 block Wilshire Blvd. RD 0829 Jewelry $500K
Business Office-1500 block S. Sepulveda Blvd. RD 0855 Laptop $1100
Res-1200 block Holmby Ave. RD 0829 Cash $8000
Res-3200 block Hutton Dr. RD 0808 Computer $2450
Res-1000 block Tiverton Ave. RD 0817 Hearing aid $5000

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