Friday, July 30, 2010
Alert Message: Be on lookout for construction site burglaries in Palisades, Brentwood areas at night.
Friday July 30, 2010 12:07 PM PDT
Be on lookout for construction site burglaries in Palisades, Brentwood areas
Be on the lookout for suspicious activity at construction sites in
residential neighborhoods in the Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and Bel Air
areas. Look for vehicles returning to the construction sites after hours.
Report it to your local police station (West Los Angeles Area (310)
For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/3001009/.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee of the City Council has officially recommended that the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance provisions be moved to the City Attorney's Office for their review and preparation of an official Ordinance. The version that was moved forward essentially upholds the City Planning Commission recommendations with three technical changes as recommended by the Department of City Planning; two procedural changes that will enable the Department of Building & Safety to better implement the proposed regulations, and the other is a correction to a typographical error. The recommended changes should be available for download on the online Council File within the next day or two.
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
Online Council File: http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=10-1001
The PLUM Committee has referred the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance provisions to the City Attorney's Office (with the recommended changes). The City Attorney will now review the proposal for both form and legality and will prepare the official Ordinance (a legal description of the changes to the Code that would incorporate the proposed hillside provisions), in addition to a few other City Charter mandated steps. Once everything is reviewed and prepared, the City Attorney will transmit a report to the City Clerk and will likely go back to the PLUM Committee for their final action on the matter and the proposal will then go before the full City Council.
At this point, Planning staff does not have an idea how long this review and preparation will take, but when we have any updates we will send an email to the interest list.
There are still at least 3 steps left to go before the Ordinance is officially adopted, which have been summarized below:
- The preparation of the official Baseline Hillside Ordinance by the City Attorney's 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.
Even if we have an official Ordinance quicker than expected, it is important to note that the City Council goes into a recess period in August and is not likely to act on it in that month. This means that we are possibly looking at sometime in September as the earliest date for an official City Council action. This means that the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance could be in effect as early as late-October/early-November, but this timeline is still subject to change depending on how long it takes to get through the next 3 steps.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (818) 374-5034.
Department of City Planning
Community Planning Bureau - West Coastal Division
200 N. Spring St., Room 621
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1226 - fax
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Monday, July 26, 2010
No people or animals were injured, but for obvious reasons, very frightened. The homeowner felt the residence was very well protected, but the predator was able to squeeze through even a tiny fence gap.
Thank you to the Bel-Air Association member who reported this and provided this great photo.
Please keep safety top-of-mind!
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!
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!
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 DONT'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.
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. I
t 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
Please visit this link to download your blank log.
Please fill it in accordingly and keep track of your sightings. Be as specific as possible when recording the data. When you feel you've collected a good amount of information, please email (email@example.com) or mail (100 Bel-Air Road, 90077) the document (with your name, address and phone/email address) to us so we can compile every one's sightings.
Please don't limit your recordings to coyotes, but any wild predator that may be harmful to the neighborhood.
As always, we are here to help. Please feel free to call 310.474.3527.
Co-Chair: Captain Evangelyne Nathan
Co-Chair: Robert A. Ringler
Questions or to add agenda items contact:
Robert A. Ringler H- (310) 475-5978
Email: – firstname.lastname@example.org
|Ain't no food trucks at the Taste of Beverly Hills|
Celebrate the country’s most famous ZIP code with The Taste of Beverly Hills, a four-day feast beginning September 2 (ahem, 9/02/10).
Buy your tickets now for Food & Wine's Labor Day Weekend gourmet throwdown, headlined by Jon and Vinny from Animal, Michael Voltaggio and Wolfgang Puck, plus the city's favorite sommeliers.
Friday night opens with a picnic, plus mixologists whipping up cocktails in The Art of Mixing.
Saturday, top chefs and sommeliers share their secrets in the afternoon leading into Date Night, with tasty bites, easy drinking wine and music.
If you’re not too stuffed by Sunday afternoon, head out for free-flowing brunch cocktails, live gospel and jazz and KCRW’s annual pie contest. (KCRW’s ubiquitous Jason Bentley will be handling sounds all weekend long.)
|The Taste of Beverly Hills|
Thursday September 2 through Sunday September 5
Tickets: $75-$150; $500 festival pass here.
Out-of-Towners: Sweet hotel specials are available at places the Beverly Hilton, The Thompson, the Peninsula, Avalon, Beverly Wilshire, Maison 140, and Mosaic Hotel.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Closures to begin on 405 Freeway, Sunset Boulevard for bridge project
The heavily traveled structure will be demolished and rebuilt in two phases.
By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2010
The Sunset Boulevard bridge is ready for its close-up.
After weeks of preparation, construction crews Friday night will shut down portions of busy Sunset Boulevard and the 405 Freeway on the Westside to begin jackhammering and demolishing the southern half of the bridge. Workers will then spend 10 months rebuilding it before going through the same drill on the bridge's northern half.
Transportation officials have met regularly with neighbors and businesses, sent e-mail blasts and communicated via Twitter and Facebook to keep them apprised of closures and detours. Still, the project — designed to ease congestion, save carpoolers time and improve safety — promises to wreak a fair measure of havoc for drivers caught unaware as well as for residents who have known for years that this night was coming.
"The longest detour is two miles max," said Dave Sotero, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "It's not going to be that large, and it's going to happen in the middle of the night."
Sotero said crews will work day and night to rebuild the bridge with 16 pre-stressed concrete girders. When completed, the bridge will be 30 feet wider, a bit higher and better able to withstand earthquakes.
Nonetheless, the prospect fills some Westsiders with dread.
Some people "will be upset no matter what because what you're dealing with is change," said Cori Solomon, president of the Brentwood Glen Assn., one of the neighborhoods most heavily affected.
For months, "short-term pain for long-term gain" has been the oft-expressed mantra of the MTA, which is partnering with the California Department of Transportation on the $1-billion-plus project, funded by local, state and federal money.
The project will add a 10-mile northbound carpool lane to the stretch of the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways through the Sepulveda Pass. The extra lane will allow carpoolers and some drivers of hybrid vehicles to traverse the entire 405 from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley. The project also calls for realigning 27 onramps and offramps, widening 13 existing underpasses and structures and building about 18 miles of retaining and sound walls.
Sunset Boulevard is one of the most heavily traveled east-west roads on the Westside. On average, about 3,500 vehicles cross the 54-year-old Sunset bridge each hour. More than 300,000 drivers travel on the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass each day, officials said.
Demolition-related activities are expected to begin about 9 p.m. on each of six consecutive nights. Ramp closures might begin as early as 7 p.m., the MTA said, with traffic control officers directing motorists onto local streets.
On Friday night, lanes on the northbound 405 will close one by one until all have been shut down. The bridge, freeway and local streets will be reopened starting about 6 a.m. for the daytime travel hours.
Even before the launch of demolition, residents and businesses have been coping with disruptions caused by the project. Concrete K-rails, new striping and sound curtains have dramatically altered the look of the bridge.
"Traffic backs up to PCH in the afternoon," said Corby Baumgarten, who lives off Gunston Drive just south of Sunset and west of the freeway — in the thick of the action.
Complicating matters, Church Lane, which runs parallel to the freeway just to the west, has been closed to all but local traffic because of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power project.
As a result, Acari Drive, a narrow street that curves through Brentwood Glen, "is a freeway now," said resident Barbara Stolar. "It's always been a shortcut. Now it's an alternative route to Sepulveda."
The bridge demolition is starting about a month behind schedule. Later this year, workers plan to begin demolishing the bridges at Skirball Center Drive and Mulholland Drive. The MTA and Caltrans expect the entire project to be completed in 2013. In the intervening years, construction will occur on all three bridges at the same time.
During demolition, Sunset Boulevard will be closed at night in both directions Friday through next Wednesday. Detour information and maps are available at http://www.metro.net/405.
"It is our goal to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible," said Mark Van Gessel, a manager of the project. "If people could avoid the area at night, it would be beneficial."
Copyright © 2010, The Los Angeles Times
[from Supervisor Yaroslavsky's Weekly Web Flash]
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Dear CAC Members,
This e-mail is to inform you that the I-405 Project staff will be hosting extended office hours at our Wilshire Construction Office on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 from 7-8pm. The purpose of the office hours is to provide an opportunity for residents to talk one-on-one with project staff about the
demolition activities that are scheduled to begin on the night of July 23, 2010. Sunset Bridge
A letter announcing these office hours went out earlier this week to approximately 200 residences and businesses in close proximity to the bridge. The letter describes the mitigation measures the contractor will put in place to reduce noise during the demolition as well as the process that neighbors can follow if they have urgent concerns, including noise-related concerns, at night.
Some of the highlights from the letter include the following information:
· The demolition of the
is expected to generate noise. In advance of this work, our contractor will implement noise mitigation measures intended to decrease the impact of noise on the surrounding community. Throughout demolition, sound blankets will be placed around the work zone to reduce construction-generated noise to sensitive receptors. Sunset Bridge
· According to the approved FEIR/EIS and to state and federal standards, construction noise generated at night must not exceed 86 decibels (measured 50 feet from the source). Technicians will be onsite during the bridge demolition activity to measure noise levels and ensure compliance with this requirement.
· Throughout the duration of construction, Community Relations Officers (CROs) will be on-call at night to address emergency situations related to construction. The cell phone number for the on-call CRO is listed each night on the project hotline (213-922-3665).
· In the event that you have an urgent concern or emergency to report outside of business hours, including nights and weekends, please feel free to call the on-call CRO. He or she will contact the Caltrans Engineer on-duty at the work site to obtain information related to the emergency you are reporting. If your concern is specific to noise, the Resident Engineer will obtain information regarding actual noise levels, expected duration of the activity and additional measures that may be taken at the work site to mitigate the noise. He or she will then report this information back to you as quickly as possible.
Please share this information with interested members of your organizations. If you or members of your organizations have additional questions or concerns, I encourage you to attend the extended office hours or call us at 213-922-3665. All of this information will also be discussed in detail at the July 22 CAC meeting.
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Friday, July 16, 2010
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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