Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
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
Jamie O'Connell of Brentwood had attended a party with his brother at a home in the Bel Air Crest private
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.
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Friday, June 25, 2010
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:
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
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.
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Thank you for your time and attention.
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Community Planning Bureau - West Coastal Division
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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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!)
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.
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
A new phone and Internet service to help travelers navigate the confusing and congested maze known as
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
Metro’s partners in the 511 system include Caltrans, the CHP and transportation agencies in
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.
Monday, June 21, 2010
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).
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.]
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.)
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.
Friday, June 18, 2010
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
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
EMERGENCY: 911NON-EMERGENCY: 1-877-275-5273All other City Services: 311LAPD Website: http://www.lapdonline.org/E-Policing: http://www.lapdonline.org/e_policingCrime Statistics and Maps: http://www.lapdonline.org/crime_maps_and_compstatNixle: www.nixle.comChristopher Ragsdale
Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Website: www.lapdonline.orgResidential 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 burglarySuspect 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/CBurglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:06-14-10, 2030/0730 RD 0834 10500 block Ashton Ave Sub Garage Smash multi-806-13-10, 2200/1000 RD 0819 800 block Devon Ave Driveway Susp remvd Cartier watch, purse06-09-10, 0915/0945 RD 0817 10900 block Le Conte Ave Street Susp removed laptop06-10-10, 1000/1100 RD 0808 2000 Desford Driveway Susp removed cash, IpodGrand/Petty Theft:Market-1500 block Westwood Blvd. RD 0855 Wine $3000Street-Broxton Ave& Weyburn Ave RD 0817 Purchased fake tickets $180Business Office-1300 block Westwood Blvd. RD 0833 Wallet $140Senor living-10400 block Wilshire Blvd. RD 0819 Jewelry $7050Residence-10800 block Bellagio Road RD 0806 Jewelry $88,700
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.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
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 SummitWednesday, June 16th, 20106:00 - 8:00 pmatL.A.F.D. Station #5911505 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
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
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.