Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ABC 7 Video - Missing Brentwood man killed walking on 405 following Bel~Air Party

Monday, June 28, 2010

Authorities confirm missing Brentwood man was struck and killed on 405 Freeway over the weekend

A man found dead on the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass early Saturday was identified today as the 20-year-old Brentwood resident who failed to return home from a party in Bel Air.

Authorities used fingerprints in identifying the freeway victim as James Daniel O'Connel, said Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner's office.

O'Connel, who attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, was last seen alive early Saturday at a party on Lancelot Lane, which he attended with his brother, according to a Los Angeles police statement.

He left the party on foot.

O'Connel's mother reported him missing later Saturday, and police dispatched helicopter crews and patrol officers to search for him, said LAPD Sgt. Carlton Cook of the West Los Angeles station.

"There were no unusual circumstances,' Cook said. 

"He was in good mental condition.'

O'Connel's family hired a private detective and brought in a bloodhound to aid in the search, according to Cook.

Friends used the social networking website Twitter in an effort to locate him.

This afternoon, investigators confirmed that the missing man was the same person found dead on the northbound San Diego Freeway near Getty Center Driver about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

When CHP officers arrived, they found the man dead in freeway lanes.

It appeared the man had been struck by two vehicles, Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the coroner's office said earlier. The drivers of those vehicles sped away before officers arrived, authorities said.

All lanes of the freeway were closed for nearly five hours as authorities investigated the death.

The initial report indicated that the freeway victim was a white male of about 35 years old -- 15 years older than O'Connel.
 - CNS

Family, Friends Search For Missing Brentwood Man in Bel Air


LOS ANGELES (CBS) ― Family and friends were looking for a 20-year-old man from Brentwood who was believed to be missing. 

Jamie O'Connell of Brentwood had attended a party with his brother at a home in the Bel Air Crest private community Saturday, a family friend said. At around 1:00 a.m., O'Connell's brother reportedly left the gathering without him under the assumption that he would spend the night. On Saturday morning, his brother returned to pick O'Connell up, but he was nowhere to be found, according to the family friend.

O'Connell was last seen at around 1:30 a.m., according to friends. 

The LAPD, West Los Angeles division Saturday afternoon sent a squad car to the location and a helicopter to scan the area twice, but were unable to locate him. 

O'Connell is described as a 5'7 Caucasian male who weighs about 140 pounds with a muscular build. He has short blonde hair with gray eyes.

(© MMX, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Friday, June 25, 2010

FROM CITY PLANNER: Baseline Hillside Ordinance & Baseline Mansionization Ordinance Sunset Update

Greetings All:

You haven't heard from us in a while, so we wanted to make sure you are all brought up to up to speed. We have also included answers to our most frequently asked questions.

City Planning Commission Action
The City Planning Commission Determination Letter on it's May 27, 2010 recommendation for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance (CPC-2010-581-CA) was sent to the City Clerk's Office on June 8, 2010 for their processing and was assigned Council File Number of 10-1001. They have created the equivalent of an electronic case file. If you go to the following link, you can subscribe to receive direct email from the City Clerk whenever the "file" is updated (look for the envelope at the top of the webpage): http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=10-1001

You can download the Planning Department documents listed below by following the links:
April 22, 2010 City Planning Commission Staff Report:

http://planning.lacity.org/StaffRpt/InitialRpts/CPC-2010-581.pdf

May 27, 2010 City Planning Commission Staff Report: http://planning.lacity.org/Code_Studies/BaselineHillsideOrd/CPC-2010-581-CA052710SRpt.pdf

City Planning Commission Determination Letter: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2010/10-1001_rpt_plan_6-8-10.pdf


What's Next?
We are still waiting to find out when the Baseline Hillside Ordinance will be heard by the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee. 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. From what we have heard, they are likely to hear this proposal sometime in mid- to late-July. When we are given a specific date, we will send an email to the interest list.

There are still at least 4 steps left to go before the Ordinance is officially adopted, which have been summarized below:

+ A PLUM Committee recommendation to the full City Council;

+ The preparation of the official Baseline Hillside Ordinance (a legal description of the changes to the Code that would incorporate the proposed hillside provisions) by the City Attorney's Office, among other City Charter mandated steps taken by their Office;


+ The adoption of the proposed Ordinance by the City Council; and

+ The signature of the Mayor.

Once these steps have been taken, the City Clerk's Office will post the adopted Ordinance for a period of 10 days and a 30-day effective date will begin after that.

It is important to note that the City Council goes into a recess period in August and is not likely to act on this Ordinance in that month. It is not likely that the Council will act on this item in the month of July, since the City Attorney's Office needs time to prepare the documents mandated by the City Charter. This means that we are possibly looking at sometime in September as the earliest date for an official City Council action.


Projects in Early Design Stages or Submitted for Discretionary Actions
For those of individuals working on projects which are currently in the early design stages or is waiting for a discretionary action of some sort, please use the information above to gauge whether you will be able to submit for plan check prior to the effective date of the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance. Just to clarify for all, any property zoned R1, RS, RE, or RA which is designated as Hillside Area pursuant to Section 12.03 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) will eventually be subject to the Baseline Hillside Ordinance if it is adopted by the City Council; please refer to ZIMAS (http://zimas.ci.la.ca.us/) under the "Planning and Zoning" tab to find your "Hillside Area (Zoning Code)" designation.

Pursuant to Section 12.26 A.3 of the LAMC, any project which is accepted by the Department of Building and Safety for plan check with a complete set of plans and for which the fees have been paid prior to the effective date of an Ordinance will be considered to be a Vested Development Plan; meaning that the applicable regulations in place prior to this change will continue to apply. However, there are some limitations to this provision that you should be aware of, but the more relevant ones are that you have 18 months after the fee is paid, and that you cannot make changes to those plans which increase or decrease the height, floor area, or occupant load of the proposed structure by more than 5%. Feel free to reference our online Municipal Code for more details (http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=amlegal:lamc_ca); go to Chapter 1, Article 2, Section 12.26, Subsection A, Subdivision 3.

The only way to "vest" a typical single-family development project under the current Code is through the Vested Development Plan provision summarized above. Applications for, or approval of discretionary actions (i.e. Zoning Administration Determinations, Adjustments, Variances, etc.) prior to the effective date does not confer vesting rights to a project. If you are not able to submit for plan check to the Department of Building & Safety prior to the effective date of the Baseline Hillside Ordinance, it is recommended that you consider the proposed hillside provision when making design choices or determining a course of action.


Baseline Mansionization Ordinance Sunset Extension
The June 29, 2010 sunset date for the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (the "flats" Ordinance - does not apply to Hillside Area or Coastal Zone) was extended for a period of 90 days by the City Council on June 22, 2010. The new sunset date is September 27, 2010, which should give us enough time to get to the City Council if the August Recess scenario plays out; the Resolution left open the possibility of further extensions should they need more time.

The following link will take you directly to the City Council Resolution: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2010/10-1058_CA_06-22-10.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 time and 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
erick.lopez@lacity.org

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

COYOTE ATTACK TODAY: Stone Canyon Road

** Thank you to one of our Bel-Air neighbors for reporting this incident! It is an important warning sign that we continue to face many wild animals and predators in Bel-Air. Fortunately, this incident resulted in the dog being okay.**


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


TODAY, ANOTHER COYOTE INCIDENT OCCURRED JUST NORTH OF THE 1000 BLOCK OF STONE CANYON ROAD. A COYOTE TRIED TO ATTACK AND SNATCH A FAMILY DOG.



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, June 22, 2010

511 PHONE SERVICE HAS ARRIVED

A new phone and Internet service to help travelers navigate the confusing and congested maze known as Southern California made its debut.

Unlike sites such as Sigalert.com and Traffic.com, or good old drive time radio traffic dispatches, the new Go511.com and 511 toll-free phone service offers freeway traffic reports augmented with information about ride-sharing, carpooling, bicycling and taking the bus or train.

It’s now in beta testing mode, which means that Ken Coleman, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s motorist services program manager, wants to hear from you on what works—and what doesn’t—in the new service. The system offers prompts for feedback both on the phone and on the website.

Since billboards and other publicity for the service started rolling out, 511 usage is growing, topping 20,000 calls recently.  Between 400 and 500 users have offered comments, two-thirds of them positive, Coleman said. Those who didn’t like it were frustrated by things like having the system’s voice recognition technology offer them travel times between two freeways rather than specifics on congestion at one point along the freeway.

The initiative is being funded for a 10-year period with $30.8 million from the Los Angeles County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (LA SAFE.) Most of the funds had previously been directed toward supporting a network of freeway callboxes, which are being used far less frequently these days because of the proliferation of mobile phones. (Coleman said L.A. County, which once had 4,500 callboxes, now has 1,700. In the early ‘90s, he said, 90,000 calls a month were made from the boxes. Now that number is closer to 2,500 calls a month.)

Metro’s partners in the 511 system include Caltrans, the CHP and transportation agencies in Orange and Ventura counties.

The 511 automated phone system—to be used hands-free while driving, of course—covers Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties, while the website offers information on San Bernardino and Riverside counties as well. Upcoming improvements include voice recognition for Spanish language prompts and smart phone applications, including a configuration of the website that works on a mobile phone.

Ultimately, Coleman envisions tapping into more sources of data to offer a comprehensive, traveler-focused service that would assist not just the region’s commuters but also tourists arriving for a visit.

Southern California, he said, “can be a very daunting place to navigate if you have no idea.”  As those who live here know only too well.

 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Night Time Work Activity


Please see attached construction notice of night time construction activity to support the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project.

 

 

 

Skirball Bridge Demolition and Reconstruction Presentation - June 23 BABCNC Meeting

 

Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council

 

 

Dear Stakeholders,



I-405 ProjectThe I-405 Project Team will be making a presentation at our Wednesday, June 23rd BABCNC meeting.  They will provide a briefing on the upcoming Skirball Bridge Demolition and Reconstruction Activity and answer any questions. 

 

The meeting begins at 7 pm at the Community magnet School, 11301 Bellagio Rd, 90049. 

 

Hope to see you there.

 

Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. National Debt Clock

As a shocking start to the week, click on the following link to visit the "U.S. National Debt Clock". There is a lot to take in.

Coyote Update

At last week's Bel~Air Association Annual Meeting, we discussed our community's Coyote problem and actions one could take to better protect their home, pets and family. Below is FENCING information from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. [Note that the Bel~Air Association is not making any endorsements -- especially as to the potential liability associated with an electrified fence!]

Build a coyote-proof fence. Coyotes don’t leap fences in a single bound but, like domestic dogs, they grip the top with their front paws and kick themselves upward and over with the back legs. Their tendency to climb will depend on the individual animal and its motivation. A 5-foot woven-wire fence with extenders facing outward at the top of each post should prevent coyotes from climbing over (Fig. 6).

However, all coyotes are excellent diggers, and an effective fence needs to extend at least 8 inches below the surface, or have a galvanized-wire apron that extends out from the fence at least 15 inches (Fig. 6).

Fence extensions.Figure 6. Fence extensions are required to keep coyotes from jumping over a 5-foot fence. Angle the top of a woven-wire fence out about 15 inches and completely around the fence. An effective fence extends below the surface, or has a wire apron in front of it to prevent digging.
Six-foot electric fence.

Figure 7. A six-wire electric fence can keep coyotes out of an enclosed area.

(Drawings by Jenifer Rees.)

Figure 8. Two electrified wires, 8 and 15 inches above ground and offset from an existing wood fence by 12 inches will prevent coyotes from accessing the fence. A single strand may be sufficient, but two electrified wires will provide added insurance.

Electric fences can also keep coyotes out of an enclosed area (Figs. 7 and 8). Such a fence doesn’t need to be as high as a woven-wire fence because a coyote’s first instinct will be to pass through the wires instead of jumping over them. Digging under electric fences usually doesn’t occur if the bottom wire is electrified.

Alternatively, install a commercial device, such as the Coyote Roller™ , to prevent coyotes from being able to get the foothold necessary to hoist them over a fence (Fig. 9). [CLICK HERE for more information from one Southern California supplier of COYOTE ROLLERS.]

Coyote Roller TM
Figure 9. The Coyote RollerTM prevents coyotes from being able to get the foothold necessary to hoist them over a fence. (From Coyote Roller™)

Enclose poultry (chickens, ducks, and turkeys) in a secure outdoor pen and house. Coyotes will eat poultry and their eggs if they can get to them. Note: Other killers of poultry include foxes, skunks, raccoons, feral cats, dogs, bobcats, opossums, weasels, hawks, and owls.

To prevent coyotes from accessing birds in their night roosts, equip poultry houses with well-fitted doors and secure locking mechanisms. To prevent them from trying to go under the fence, stake the bottom of the fence flush to the ground, or line the bottom of the fence with bricks, fence posts, or similar items. For ways to prevent coyotes from digging under a fence or structure see Figure 10.

To prevent coyotes and other animals from accessing poultry during the day, completely enclose outdoor pens with 1-inch chicken wire placed over a sturdy wooden framework.

Figure 10. Various ways to install a barrier to prevent coyotes from digging under chicken coops and similar places. To add to the life of the barrier, spray on two coats of rustproof paint before installation. Always check for utility lines before digging in an area. (Drawings by Jenifer Rees.)

Barrier

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Barrier

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a. Lay large flat stones, concrete patio pavers, or 1/4-inch hardware cloth (held in place with stakes) on the surface of the soil next to a wall. The barrier forces coyotes to begin digging farther out and they will most likely give up in the process.b. Bend hardware cloth into an “L” shape and lay it in a trench so that the wire goes at least 1 foot below ground and 1 foot out from the wall.c. Excavate a 3 x 3 inch trench along the side of a wall, and hammer 2-foot lengths of 1/2-inch rebar, spaced a few inches apart, into the ground. Cover the tops with concrete or dirt.


video
This Video Shows a Coyote Roller in Action.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I-405 Notice - Bronwood at Sepulveda

ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF BRONWOOD AV. AND SEPULVEDA BL.

The contractor will be doing a full closure of Bronwood Av. at Sepulveda Bl. to perform vault vent work.

What: Full closure for vault work

When: Full closure is anticipated to start at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 21, 2010 until approximately 3:00 PM on Wednesday, July 10, 2010, weather permitting. Work hours are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Where: Bronwood Av. at Sepulveda Bl.

What to expect:
•The intersection closure will be in effect 24 hours a day.
•Access to residences will be maintained via Thurston Av.
•Access to emergency vehicles will be maintained.
•Homedale St. will remain open during this activity.

Note: The Contractor is scheduled to continue utility relocation work on northbound Sepulveda Bl. between Montana Av. and Sunset Bl. This closure is in effect Monday –Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

A separate notice providing more information about this work is available at metro.net/I-405.

I-405 Notice - Montana off-ramp closure

ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF THE MONTANA OFF-RAMP

As part of the utility relocation work on Sepulveda Bl. between Montana Av. and Sunset Bl., the contractor will implement the closure of the Montana off-ramp in an effort to minimize traffic impacts around the work zone.

What: Ramp closure

When: Intermittent closures are anticipated to start on Monday, June 21, 2010 between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm Monday thru Friday and on Saturdays from 8:00am to 6:00pm for approximately one month. This closure is weather permitting.

Where: NB I-405 Montana off ramp

What to expect:

•Traffic can exit the freeway at the Wilshire Bl. and Sunset Bl. off-ramps.

•The closure will be in place intermittently to support the undergrounding of overhead utilities on Sepulveda Bl.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Community Crime Report - Includes Recent Bel-Air Burglaries



COMMUNITY ALERT
NOTIFICATION

EMERGENCY: 911
NON-EMERGENCY: 1-877-275-5273
All other City Services: 311
Christopher Ragsdale
Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0741
Cell: 213-305-5895
Email: 26690@lapd.lacity.org
Website: www.lapdonline.org
Residential Burglary:
1700 block Beverly Glen Blvd. RD 0807 MO: Between 06/15/10 at 1530 and 06/16/10 at 0715, suspect(s) smashed the lock off the SFR rear door, removed a TV and guitar.
3200 block Toppington RD 0808 MO: On 06/09/10, between 1200 and 1800, suspect(s) attempted to pry upstairs balcony door. No Entry.
600 block Perugia Way/10600 block Bellagio Road. RD 0806 MO: On 06/12//10, at 2130 hours, suspects pried the Perugia Way residence downstairs living room French door, activating the alarm. Suspects ransacked upstairs master bedroom walk-in closet removing property. Suspects proceeded to Bellagio residence, hopped the grounds wall, and were casing SFR when residence security called PD. LAPD Air Support Unit and Patrol units responded and established a perimeter. One suspect eluded the perimeter and one was taken into custody by K-9. Follow up investigation active for outstanding suspect.
Suspect 1: Male Black 22 ARRESTED for burglary
Suspect 2: Male White 22 yrs-Investigation Continued.
Grand Theft Auto:
06-07-10, 1900/2400 RD 0833 1300 block Midvale Ave Sub Garage 2007 Suzuki M/C
Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:
06-14-10, 2030/0730 RD 0834 10500 block Ashton Ave Sub Garage Smash multi-8
06-13-10, 2200/1000 RD 0819 800 block Devon Ave Driveway Susp remvd Cartier watch, purse
06-09-10, 0915/0945 RD 0817 10900 block Le Conte Ave Street Susp removed laptop
06-10-10, 1000/1100 RD 0808 2000 Desford Driveway Susp removed cash, Ipod
Grand/Petty Theft:
Market-1500 block Westwood Blvd. RD 0855 Wine $3000
Street-Broxton Ave& Weyburn Ave RD 0817 Purchased fake tickets $180
Business Office-1300 block Westwood Blvd. RD 0833 Wallet $140
Senor living-10400 block Wilshire Blvd. RD 0819 Jewelry $7050
Residence-10800 block Bellagio Road RD 0806 Jewelry $88,700

68th BEL-AIR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

Last night, at the Bel-Air Country Club, the Bel-Air Association hosted its 68th Annual Meeting.


A big thank you to all the members who support the Association, and a special thank you to all those who attended! It is YOU that gives us the opportunity to protect and maintain Bel-Air as one of the most prominent communities in the world.

We thank outgoing President Harvey Saferstein and Directors Cyrus Nownejad, Erik Ridgley and Steve Wallace.
We welcome new President Carol Inman and Directors John Gropper, Teresa Lee, Amir Mossanen & Pat Ryan.

If anyone missed last night, please click the link below to view a PDF of the meeting PowerPoint. It provides a great overview of the topics discussed.


If you have any questions or would like any further information, please feel free to contact us at the Bel-Air Association office. 310-474-3527 or baa@belaironline.org.

Bel~Air Association Annual Meeting - a HUGE Success!


Thank you to everyone who spoke at, hosted and attended last night's Bel~Air Association Annual Meeting.
The event was a huge success and was both entertaining and information.

More details and pictures will follow in upcoming posts -- Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bel~Air Association ANNUAL MEETING Tomorrow Night


To all Bel~Air Association Members & Residents:

The 2010 Annual Bel~Air Association Meeting will be held tomorrow

Wednesday June 16th at 6PM.

The program is anticipated to last from one to two hours

and will include words from our honored representatives & guests

Paul Koretz and Mike Feuer.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please contact our Bel~Air Association General Manager
Paulette DuBey @ 310.474.3527 for further information

Coyote Safety - Step One: Be Informed

Coyote Alert & Information

COYOTE (CANIS LATRANS)

The California Department of Fish and Game surveys an estimated population range of 250,000 to 750,000 coyotes throughout California. The coyote weighs an average of 18 to 40 lbs. They can run at speeds of 25 mph and sprint up to 40 mph. They mate January through March with pups being born in April through June. They average about 4 to 8 young. Urban coyotes may often die early as a result of being hit by cars, or become afflicted with disease and parasites, such as distemper and mange.

Although coyotes may be seen in a family group which may contain 4 or more, it is the urban coyote that is often seen traveling alone or in pairs. The coyote is a very clever indigenous predator that has conformed to living in close proximity to humans. They are often seen in residential areas around vacant lots, hillsides, parks, city streets, landscaped areas and abandoned properties. Coyotes will travel via use of horse trails, fire roads, aqueducts, flood control channels, freeways, erosion gutters, city streets and sidewalks. Coyotes find water from a variety of sources throughout the City. The coyotes diet consists primarily of rodents, small mammals and insects. When hunting in a pack they will go for larger prey such as deer. Coyotes are also scavengers and will eat fruit, vegetable matter and trash. They are opportunistic as well and will not hesitate to kill cats, small dogs, poultry, sheep and goats when given the chance.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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 Links

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

Monday, June 14, 2010

Senior Lead Officer Summit




NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWS
Volume 8, Issue 7 West Valley Senior Lead Office (818) 374-7630 July 2005


The L.A.P.D West Los Angeles Area would like to encourage all members of our residential and business community to attend:
The 2010 Annual Senior Lead Officer Summit
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
6:00 - 8:00 pm
at
L.A.F.D. Station #59
11505 West Olympic Boulevard
(Community Room)
Please join L.A.P.D. Captain I, Ruben Del A Torre, along with West Los Angeles Area Senior Lead Officers, in a discussion of your neighborhood concerns. A presentation will be made on Emergency Preparedness as well as what you can personally do to combat terrorist activity (IWATCH).
Please join us. Refreshments will be served!
For questions, please contact Sgt. Durrell at 310-444-0732


Fwd: Construction Notice

Please review notice of upcoming construction activity to support the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project.

 

 

 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Heavy Police Activity in Lower Bel~Air

Not sure exactly what is going on, but there has been a LAPD Helicopter with full spotlights on circling parts of lower Bel~Air for the better part of an hour. Monitoring the police scanner has targeted the "hot" area as being on Bellagio near Peruiga. Hope everything turns out OK. . .

UPDATE - 2 Helicopters circling now. Courtesy of the police scanner, they have a suspect possibly on the golf course with three K-9 units on the hunt. Code "459" was thrown around -- i.e., Burglary.

MORNING UPDATE - In speaking to the desk officer at West LAPD, there were "burglaries" on Bellagio near Perugia last night. One suspect is in custody while one remains at large.

I405 Sepulveda Construction Notice


Thursday, June 10, 2010

E-mail from concerned Bel~Air Resident - Coyote Problem Out Of Control

Last Friday, June 4th at about 6pm (it was daylight) I was playing with Missy Moo, my ten pound black miniature poodle, 18 months old, in my back yard. A coyote scaled the fence and murdered her not ten feet in front of me. It took about 5 seconds for him to kill her and scale the fence again with her. It was lightening fast.

I too climbed the fence and ran after them but am in no way as fast as he/she was. He would stop and wait and look back at me every now and then but I still couldn't catch them. Four golf holes on the golf course later he ran into the woods (across No. 17). I was too afraid to follow. I understand that there have been 5 other attacks in the past month or so… ending in the death of the pet.

Perhaps it’s time to form a committee of neighbors to bring this issue to the attention of the powers that be to get something done about these packs that are running rampant in our community. I am now afraid to go outside at my home.

Community Crime Report - 6/10/2010

 

COMMUNITY ALERT
NOTIFICATION

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF WEST LOS ANGELES AREA

 

 

 

As of June 1, 2010, Basic Car 8A29, which covers the area north east of Santa Monica Blvd and Sepulveda Blvd to Mulholland Drive on the north and east of Coldwater Canyon on the east, is showing a 20% reduction in total Part 1 Crime. But as noted below this does not mean the area is crime free. In order to maintain this trend, the role of the community and police partnership is imperative. Your efforts to help safeguard and secure your homes, cars and property and educate your neighbors on doing the same through your neighborhood and community councils, associations and block clubs, is an important element of this and is much appreciated.

Due to the NBA Lakers and Celtics Finals, changes have been made in scheduling and deployment to address departmental deployment needs. During the next week my availability for meetings and events may be temporarily interrupted. The Los Angeles Police Department has planned for and is prepared to immediately respond to any post game action or celebratory unrest should any event arise. This is a temporary change and your understanding is appreciated.

EMERGENCY: 911

NON-EMERGENCY: 1-877-275-5273

All other City Services: 311

Nixle: www.nixle.com

Christopher Ragsdale
Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0741
Cell: 213-305-5895
Email: 26690@lapd.lacity.org
Website: www.lapdonline.org

Attempted Robbery:

Santa Monica Blvd/Westwood Blvd. RD: 0855. MO: On 06/05/10, at 1500 hours, Suspect approached victim and demanded money, the victim refused. Suspect became angry and kicked victim in the chest. The suspect fled the location on foot. No property was taken. Susp-1: M-WHT LONG GRY HAIR (NFD) ,CLOTHING-BLUE JEANS. WEAPON: BODILY FORCE.

Attempted Robbery/Arrest:

900 block Broxton Ave. RD: 0817. MO: On 06/04/10, West Los Angeles Patrol Officers responded and arrested one male adult transient for Attempt Robbery. Suspect approached the victim and asked him for a cigarette, the victim refused. Suspect became angry and punched the victim in the crotch and attempted to grab the cigarette out of his hand.S-1 M-BLK BLK-BRO 5'05-185. WEAPON: BODILY- FORCE. PROPERTY TAKEN: NONE

Street Robbery:

1500 Block Veteran Ave. RD: 0855. On 06/02/10, at 2300 hours, Suspects approached victim on the sidewalk. Suspect-2 punched victim in the face, and removed her purse from her shoulder. Suspects fled location in an older model white vehicle (unknown-plate). Susp-1 M-BLK BLK-6'00-200 GOATEE, SHORT HAIR AGE: 35 BLACK CLOTHING. Susp-2 M-BLK BLK 5-11-180 SHORT HAIR AGE: 35 BLACK CLOTHING.

Burglary:

900 block N. Beverly Glen Blvd. RD 0807. MO: On 06/01/10, at 1830 hours, the below described suspects removed the SFR rear window screen, entered via the open window, removed cash and jewelry.

Suspect #1: Male Black shaved head 25-35 years, dark clothing. Suspect #2 & 3: Male black hoodie.

200 block Bentley Ave. RD 0815. MO: Between 05/11/10 and 05/27/10, suspect(s) removed the victim's vehicle keys. No forced entry, elderly victim is art teacher, has multiple visitors to residence. Reported as burglary.

Grand Theft Auto:

06/01/10, 0145 RD 0829 Pandora/Eastbourne Street 2009 Merz 350CLK

05-25-10, 2130/0845 RD 0833 1300 block Kelton Ave Street 2003 Ford Econoline Van

05-20-10, 2100/1400 RD 0817 Glendon/Lindbrook Alley 2005 Chevy Cobalt

Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:

05-28-10, 1400-1600 RD 0817 800 block Broxton Ave. Camera and cell phone.

05-26-10, 1700-2230 RD 0833 Westwood/Ohio tooth crown bank statement

06-01-10, 0800-1400 RD 0819 500 block Loring Ave. License plate

Grand/Petty Theft:

Residential-1300 block N. Beverly Glen. RD 0806 US Currency $1,100

Street-10800 block Weyburn Ave. RD 0817 Wallet, US Currency $5

Business-900 block Broxton Ave. RD 0817 Ipod $399

Business-1400 block Westwood Bl. RD 0833 Cell phone $700

Parking Garage-700 block Westwood Bl. RD 0818 Laptop $3,100

Business-10900 block Wilshire Bl. RD 0817 Blackberry, Iphone, currency. $2,950

Business-900 block Westwood Bl. RD 0817 Currency, ID. $25

Residential-1200 block Stone Canyon Rd. RD 0806 Coins $18,943

Residential-10600 block Eastborne Ave. RD 0834 TV $2,000