Monday, August 30, 2010

New Watering Rule in Effect for Los Angeles

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The City Council approved new watering hours for homes in a move designed to lessen the impact on the city's exhausted water supply and simplify the rules for residents and the Mayor has signed the approval.
DWP customers whose street addresses end with an odd number - 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 - will be permitted to use their sprinkler systems on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

Those whose addresses end in even numbers - 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 - will be permitted to do so on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m.


Addresses ending in fractions will be treated as whole numbers and observe the same day restrictions as others on their same side of the street, (ie: 4321 ½ is regarded as 4321, an odd-numbered address.)

Awareness and enforcement efforts are conducted by the LADWP Water Conservation Team, a group of trained professionals whose sole mission is to spot and stop wasteful water practices. Team members actively patrol Los Angeles communities to help inform customers of water waste they observe in progress and learn about through tips from neighbors and concerned citizens who call 1-800-DIAL DWP or send e-mails to waterconservationteam@ladwp.com
You will be ticketed and maybe fined for violations. First offenses are given verbal "warning" in the form of water conservation tips, water saving devices where possible and printed educational materials in order to raise customer awareness. Subsequent violations, however, can result in fines.  Monetary citations, when given, range from $100 to $600 and are listed as specific charges on the LADWP utility bill. No monetary citation is given without prior warning.
Some statistics and facts:

 Since September 2008, when the Team was first deployed, they have investigated 21,740 incidents, issued more than 7,500 warnings and fewer than 250 monetary citations.

 Changes to the Ordinance have no impact on Shortage Year Water Rates. Under active enforcement of the Ordinance, DWP asks customers to stay within their Tier 1 water allotments. Those customers who exceed their Tier 1 allotments will pay a higher price for the additional water they use. Shortage Year Water Rates, along with the prohibited uses of water, are effective tools for reducing water use in Los Angeles.




Prohibited uses of water, which apply to all phases of the Ordinance and all LADWP customers, include:
·   Watering of any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking areas unless flushing is needed to protect health and safety;
·   Outdoor watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.;
·   Outdoor watering during periods of rain;
·   Allowing runoff onto streets and gutters from excessive watering;
·   Allowing leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired;
·   Washing vehicles without using a hose with a self-closing water shut-off nozzle;
·   Serving water to customers in restaurants unless requested.
·   Using water to clean, fill or maintain decorative fountains unless the water is part of a recirculating system;
·   Installing single-pass cooling systems in new buildings;
·   Installing non-recirculating systems in new car wash and commercial laundry systems; and
·   Allowing large landscape areas to be watered without rain sensors that shut off irrigation systems.

The Ordinance also requires that hotel and motel operators provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.

 Since June 2009, when the City enacted the Ordinance, thereby launching Mandatory Water Conservation, LADWP customers have reduced their water use by 20%. The amount of water saved in Los Angeles - more than 42 billion gallons - is enough to serve the cities of Burbank, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Beverly Hills combined.

Conservation is necessary. Rain in Los Angeles is not a real factor in terms of our city's water supply since most of our water - 89% last year - is imported from external sources. Water supply shortages continue across California and much of
the West.

Customers may apply for a Hardship Variance from specific Ordinance requirements, including customers in High Fire Severity Zones. Variance Instructions and Forms are online at www.ladwp.com/waterconservation and at all LADWP Service Center locations. For more information, call 213-367-0771.

I-405 Project - Community Advisory Committee Update

As a quick refresher, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is composed of representatives from Home Owner Associations, Neighborhood Councils and Institutions adjacent to the I-405 Freeway, including, of course, representation from the Bel~Air Association.

The CAC / METRO webpage can be found by linking HERE

The initial purpose of the CAC was to serve as a mechanism to finalize design on the aesthetic elements of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, by presenting preliminary design concepts and soliciting feedback from each of their respective groups.

After a preliminary presentation and subsequent working session with the CAC, the Contractor incorporated CAC feedback and prepared final design concepts to be presented at an Open House. The elements included: sound walls, retaining walls, undercrossing bridges, overcrossing bridges (Mulholland, Sunset and Skirball) and landscape.

Following the Open House, the CAC voiced an interest in continuing their role as liaisons for their respective groups. They will work closely with the project team on issues related to construction. As liaisons, they will funnel queries from individuals in their area. CAC meetings will take place on the fourth Thursday of each month.

The most recent CAC Pending Member Request (& Action) Log Follows:

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Bel~Air BLOG LOGS OVER 100,000 Page Views!

We at the Bel~Air Association & BLOG are very lucky to be part of the amazing and supportive community of Bel~Air!


And in celebration of this momentous occasion, we share the following video of other lucky people around the world.  Enjoy!



Friday, August 27, 2010

PLEASE HELP KEEP THE NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN

Bel-Air Residents & Neighbors -

There has been a lot of concern lately regarding trash around Bel-Air. Although many of us may not be directly responsible for the trash that makes it to the curbside, we all have a responsibility to keep the place we call "home" clean.

While you are out-and-about, please consider carrying a small bag with you that could hold just a few pieces of trash. If we all pitch-in together, it will go a long way and make our neighborhood even more beautiful than it already is!

One of the best times to do this is while walking your dog(s)! You've already (hopefully) got one bag for "Fido's" business, another for a couple pieces of paper or bottles (which are great to recycle) is not much more effort!

THINK ABOUT IT! Together, we can make a HUGE difference.
(Also, if you have construction occurring at or near your property, encourage the many workers to pick-up, too! - This will help a lot, as well!)

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

The Bel-Air Association Coyote Task Force


The Bel-Air Association Coyote Task Force
Coyote Log Update - August 27, 2010
Prepared by Team Member Jamie Meyer

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Dear Bel-Air Residents and Neighbors:

Thank you for taking the time and effort in reporting coyote sightings and attacks in our community. In response to our August 6, 2010 letter requesting homeowners to notify us of these incidences, we have received over 70 reports, 61 of which have taken place from June 1, 2010 to date. This includes 22 reports of occurrences happening in the last few weeks alone. Here is the data we have collected so far - "UPDATED - 8.24.10 - Bel-Air Association Coyote Sighting Log" (https://sites.google.com/site/belaironline/documents-for-download).

We are certain that there are far more incidences than what is reflected in this report and we need EVERYONE to help us with this challenge we now face in our neighborhood. Please distribute our letter - "LETTER - Bel-Air Association Coyote Task Force Letter (Requesting Sightings To Be Reported)" (https://sites.google.com/site/belaironline/documents-for-download) and make sure everyone in your area is notifying us of all activity. This reporting is critical in our first step to being able to put forward the most forceful case to the appropriate authorities and city officials to begin to take action to eradicate this escalating problem.

As we have indicated before, the coyotes in our neighborhood are becoming much more aggressive and prevalent at all times of the day and night. Included below are several links to recent articles in other areas where coyotes have attacked children and even killed a woman obviously we do NOT want this happening in our community!!

It is imperative that we all work together and address this alarming trend to protect our children and pets. Please see below for additional information.

Seven attacks/attempted attacks on children in Chino, California: click on link: http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/32904

A 12-year-old girl attacked by a coyote: click on link: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/3647

Three coyote attacks on children in one week in Southern California: click on link: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/rash-of-coyote-attacks-on-southern-california-toddlers.html

A coyote attack on 6 year old girl, wounds on her neck and torso: click on this link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38015001

A video of a woman who was attacked by a coyote: click on this link: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/station/as-seen%20on/Coyote_Attack_in_Westchester_County_Prompts_Search_New_York.html

A 19-year-old woman was tragically killed by two coyotes: click on this link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/29/folk-singer-coyote-attack-canada

Coyotes killed two dogs and hurt two people in Orange County http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-oc-coyote-attacks,0,7326502.story

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ATTENTION BEL-AIR COMMUTERS: Be Sure To Stop at All Stop Signs



**ATTENTION BEL-AIR COMMUTERS**

PLEASE NOTICE AND OBEY ALL STOP SIGNS! A POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN ISSUING TICKETS TO MOTORISTS WHO DO NOT OBEY THE STOP SIGNS.


THE HOTEL BEL-AIR STOP SIGN HAS BEEN A FREQUENT LOCATION OF MANY TICKETS.


YES, IT IS TERRIBLE TO GET A TICKET, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE KEEP IN MIND YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF THOSE AROUND YOU.


**ADDITIONALLY, PLEASE NOTE YOUR SPEED ON BEL-AIR STREETS AS MANY ARE VERY WINDY, FULL OF PARKED VEHICLES, OBSTRUCTED WITH LARGE CONSTRUCTION TRUCKS AND ESPECIALLY PEDESTRIANS!**

Sunday, August 22, 2010

High-tech L.A. parking meters will take credit and debit cards; sensors monitor when time's up

From the LA Times

Parking meters

The days of lugging around fistfuls of quarters to feed hungry parking meters, or circling the block repeatedly in search of a parking space, could be nearing an end for downtown Los Angeles motorists.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has begun installing 10,000 high-tech parking meters throughout the city that allow for credit-card and debit-card payment, in addition to coins. And next year, the downtown area will host an experimental program that aims to take much of the hassle out of parking.

The yearlong ExpressPark program, slated to begin next summer, will use not only new meters but also a network of wireless pavement sensors to keep track of parked vehicles in real time. The sensors will help transportation officials determine which meters are in use and which have expired. Eventually, roadside signs will guide motorists to empty spaces in municipal parking garages and lots.

The program — which involves only city-owned parking in a 4.5-square-mile area — will feature adjustable parking rates, or "dynamic pricing." In other words, when parking demand increases, meter rates increase; when demand drops, rates drop.

"ExpressPark will allow Los Angeles to take the lead in testing new ways to manage curb parking," said Donald C. Shoup, a UCLA professor of urban planning and a longtime proponent of pricing based on supply and demand.

Read more: "L.A. Program Aims to Make Parking Easier."

-- Martha Groves

Photo: Broken parking meters sit in a pile at the Piper Technical Center in Los Angeles. The city is replacing many coin-only meters with ones that also accept credit and debit cards. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Friday, August 20, 2010

EMERGENCY / SECURITY CONTACT INFORMATION



Please keep on file the following emergency / security contact numbers.

THE LAPD NON-EMERGENCY DISPATCH NUMBER IS (877) 275-5273. PRESS OPTION #1 TWICE TO REACH A DISPATCHER.


ACS SECURITY CAN BE REACHED AT (310) 475-9016.

SECURITY ALERT: Gentleman Going From Home to Home in Bel-Air Asking for a Room for the Night

**AS A SECURITY ALERT...**
It has been reported that gentleman claiming to be from Switzerland has been going from gate to gate (home to home ) in Bel-Air ringing the gate intercom/bell saying he is looking for a room for the night.

The resident (on Copa de Oro Road) who reported the incident said that after they turned him away over the intercom, he appeared to hang-around, somewhat seeming to case the property/home. A staff member from the residence then went out to the gate and he immediately took off on a motorcycle.

He was wearing all black with a black helmet and appeared to be on a sporty-type bike (non-Harley type). The gentleman appeared to be of regular build and took off toward Sunset when leaving the Copa de Oro residence.

The resident informed ACS Security of the strange behavior and incident.

Separately, the Bel-Air Association called LAPD who sent a broadcast message out to the patrol cars in the area to keep a look-out.


PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE YOU DON’T KNOW ONTO YOUR PROPERTY.


IF HE IS SEEN AGAIN, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CALL 911 OR THE LAPD NON-EMERGENCY DISPATCH NUMBER @ (877) 275-5273 (PRESS OPTION #1 TWICE) AND PROVIDE ANY LOCATION & UPDATED INFORMATION TO THE DISPATCHER.


THEN, PLEASE CALL ACS SECURITY @ (310) 475-9016 TO UPDATE & INFORM THEIR DISPATCHER SO THEY MAY SEND OUT AN OFFICER AS WELL.

Fun Weekend Activity - UCLA Football Fall Scrimmage - August 21 at 5 PM

UCLA Football Fall Scrimmage
Catch It On Campus!


This Saturday, August 21, 5:00pm at Drake Stadium (UCLA Campus)
get a sneak preview of your 2010 UCLA Bruins. Admission is Free!









This is your chance to see a sneak preview of the 2010 UCLA Bruins. Come out and watch the Bruins and meet the players and coaches following the scrimmage.


AUGUST 21st TIMELINE
UCLA Store Hours: 12pm - 5pm
UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Hours: 3pm - 8pm
Drake Stadium Gates Open: 4pm
Scrimmage Begins: 5pm


PROMOTIONS:
FREE 2010 FOOTBALL TEAM POSTER: The first 2,500 fans will receive a free 2010 UCLA Football team poster. Posters will be distributed inside the main gate.
MEET THE BRUINS: Would you like a chance to meet your favorite Bruin football players? Enjoy our post-scrimmage autograph session.
UCLA TICKETS ON SALE: 2010 Football season tickets will be on sale at the Fall Scrimmage.
FOOD ZONE: UCLA Concessions will be available to serve your thirst and appetite.


PARKING: Parking is available in Lot 7 & 8 for $10.00. Click here for a map of the UCLA campus.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

BEGINNING NEXT WEEK: Free Bel-Air Association Hosted LAFD CERT Emergency Preparedness Training Class

August 19, 2010

Hello!

Great news from the Bel-Air Association Emergency Preparedness Team!

The Bel-Air Association will be conducting our next FREE CERT/Emergency Preparedness series beginning next week!

What does CERT mean? It stands for Community Emergency Response Team. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Understanding that this is very short notice we wanted to secure the class as LAFD received a cancellation and has offered the new time slot to us specifically in Bel-Air. The classes start promptly at 6:00pm and run til 9:00 pm.

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FOR THE SPECIFIC DATES.


In order to receive the Los Angeles certification you must attend ALL classes.

Please let us know via email (baa@belaironline.org) if you are interested in taking the class as soon as possible!

Best,
The Bel-Air Association Team

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I-405 Project - Montana Ramp activity

I-405 Project Community Meeting

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Our friend Dr. Frank Ryan Passed Away Monday in Malibu

Dr. Frank Ryan -- a prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon to the stars was killed in a car crash.

According to law enforcement, Dr. Ryan's Jeep went over the side of Pacific Coast Highway yesterday at around 4:30 PM. The Jeep landed on rocks and lifeguards initially tried to help Ryan, to no avail.

Ryan, who was 50, was trapped in the vehicle and had major head injuries. The Ventura County Fire Department tried hoisting Ryan using a helicopter, but the attempt was called off. Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Minutes before the crash, Ryan Tweeted, "After 25 years of driving by, I finally hiked to the top of the giant sand dune on the pch west of Malibu. Much harder than it looks! Whew!"

Ryan's last Tweet, "Border collie jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune." Ryan posted the picture below with his Tweet. Law enforcement tells us the dog was injured but survived.

Advisory Message: NB 405 off ramp at Sunset closed from 8pm to 6am starting tonight for one month

Advisory Message has been issued by the LAPD - West L.A..

Tuesday August 17, 2010 6:48 AM PDT

NB 405 off ramp at Sunset closed from 8pm to 6am starting tonight for one
month. See email for details.

ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF THE SAN
DIEGO FREEWAY (I-405) AND THE SUNSET BL BRIDGE

Exxon Mobil will begin the temporary relocation of the utility line on the
Caltrans right of way. This activity requires the nightly closure of the
Sunset Bl-NB 405 on ramp.


What: Exxon Mobil utility line temporary relocation


When: Relocation is anticipated to start on the night of Tuesday, August 17,
2010 for approximately one month. Anticipated work hours are from 8:00pm to
6:00am.

Where: Sunset Bl-NB 405 on ramp

What to expect:

.Ramp closures on the Sunset Bridge will be coordinated with Caltrans; EB
Sunset Bl-NB 405 on ramp will be closed for one month between the hours of
8:00pm to 6:00am.

.Ramp will be open intermittently at night.

.Ramp will remain open during the day.

.Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.

.Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

.Work is weather permitting and subject to change.

Contact Information:

David Podesta
West Los Angeles
310-444-0743 32305@lapd.lacity.org

L.A. fuming over Obama traffic, demands investigation


Los Angeles Times Mobile News
The massive traffic jam that resulted from President Obama's motorcade and speech Monday night in Hancock Park is prompting calls for an investigation from some residents, who say they were caught in traffic for hours.
Obama was only in L.A. for a few hours, but his presence caused numerous streets to be blocked off.
Residents reported that commutes and errands that typically took minutes turned into hours-long ordeals. One particular complaint was that streets remained blocked for hours -- even when Obama was inside TV producer John Wells' Hancock Park home at a fund-raiser.
"What has occurred is way beyond reasonable and can only be described as negligent," L.A. resident Kevin McCarthy said in an e-mail to The Times. "If it isn't my story, currently evolving, of beginning my 1 mile journey home at 5pm and at 7:50pm now being 3 miles from home with no viable idea of how to get closer, it should be about the two sirens-wailing ambulances I have witnessed stuck in this unnecessary gridlock."
The Los Angeles Fire Department reported no delays for emergency vehicles. But the LAPD heard an earful from angry motorists.
One man, who did not want to give his name, said it had taken his wife four hours to drive home from Brentwood. Another man trying to walk west on 6th Street to his office shouted at the officers blocking his way and told them he wished he had voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Obama's opponent in the 2008 presidential race.
Carlos Garcia, a 25-year-old waiter from Miracle Mile, had the misfortune of setting out on a run about the time the area went on lock-down. He had planned on a four-mile run, but it turned into 5.5 miles as he tried unsuccessfully to get back home, ultimately waiting 25 minutes at a yellow-police-tape barrier.
"They waved me through, but then they stopped me coming back," he said. "I can't believe they did it during rush hour on a Monday."
-- Maeve Reston, Robert J. Lopez and Shelby Grad

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bel-Air Association Gets "No-Right-Turn-On-Red" Signs Removed at Thurston



Thanks to the Bel-Air Association’s Traffic Committee and our integral relationships with DOT and Caltrans, the No-Right-On-Red signs have been removed from Thurston Avenue!

Additionally, the traffic light signal timing has been adjusted to relieve congestion and back-up in the Bel-Air community.

We consider this a major accomplishment for our community!


RESIDENTS: Now that the signs have been removed, PLEASE be careful when making the right on red due to traffic on Sunset. USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN EXITING THURSTON!


A Big Thank You to our Bel-Air Association Members! It is your support that allows us to create these relationships and defend, protect and advocate for you, the residents, on numerous, critical issues facing our community each day.


If you are not a member of the Association, we need your support to continue advocating and achieving these changes on your behalf. Please call (310-474-3527) or email (baa@belaironline.org) us to request membership information & materials.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Skirball Bridge Construction Update - Email from Metro

Hello,

On the date of August 23, 2010 we anticipate implementing the traffic reconfiguration for supporting the upcoming construction of a temporary sidewalk along the Skirball Bridge.  The right hand lane in the eastbound direction on the Skirball Bridge will be closed for approximately three weeks.  This temporary sidewalk will allow for pedestrian access during the reconstruction of the Skirball Bridge.  The construction of the temporary sidewalk will occur for approximately three weeks and will require a full freeway closure in one direction for approximately two weeks from the hours of 12:00 am to 5 am.  These full directional freeway closures are anticipated to begin on August 30, 2010.

Attached is a description of the Skirball Bridge Demolition and Reconstruction work activity, which contains anticipated dates for additional upcoming work activities.  We will provide further updates soon.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Ron Macias
Community Relations Officer
I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project
(310) 846 - 3564

I-405 Project Hotline 213-922-3665

Welcome Home Zsa Zsa!

Zsa Zsa Released From Hospital, Returns Home to Bel~Air
By Brenton Garen

Zsa Zsa Gabor is feeling “much better” after she was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after being hospitalized since a July 17 fall at her Bel-Air home.

Gabor's daughter, Fran-cesca Hilton, said her 93-year-old mother arrived home at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

“She’s much better, but she’s not perfect,” she said. “I just want to thank everybody for being concerned and I’m sure she appreciates all the outpouring of her fans.”

Hilton said her mother called the nurses and doctors at UCLA Medical Center wonderful people.

Gabor's husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt said she was very happy to be home.

“She smiles already,” he said. “She flirted already with the guys who took her home. When she starts flirting then she is in good shape.”

Gabor had been expected to go home Saturday, but suffered a setback and was kept at the hospital for a few more days. Gabor fell at her home while reaching to answer a telephone July 17.

She underwent hip-replacement surgery two days later.

Zsa Zsa is the last of the three Gabor sisters, all of whom had careers in show business. Magda, who was the eldest, died in 1997 at age 82. Eva, who starred in the 1960s CBS sitcom Green Acres, died in 1995 at age 76.

Born Sari Gabor on Feb. 6, 1917 in Budapest, she was discovered by opera tenor Richard Tauber during a trip to Vienna in 1936. She has lived in the United States since the early 1940s.

I-405 Closure Notice

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sunset Bridge Notice - Construction & Noise Warning!!

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405 / Sepulveda - Notice of Day Work Activity: Gas line work on Thurston Circle



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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Coyote Sighting Log - Help the Bel-Air Association Track Coyotes in Bel-Air

A big THANK YOU to members of the newly formed Bel-Air Association Coyote Task Force and Councilmember Paul Koretz's office for acquiring and supplying this great Coyote Sighting Log.

This will provide community members the opportunity to quickly jot down specifics of coyote sightings throughout the neighborhood and surrounding areas. The more information we collect, the more knowledgeable we can be about wild predators (like coyotes) in Bel-Air. Please visit this link to download your blank log.

https://sites.google.com/site/belaironline/documents-for-download

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 (coyotereport@hotmail.com) 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.

Coyote Task Force At Work: The Bel-Air Association Needs Your Help

Dear Bel-Air Neighbor:

I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the summer with your families and friends!

I am writing you today to share that the Bel-Air community is experiencing an alarming escalation of coyote sightings and attacks. I am asking the assistance of residents living in Bel-Air to join us in reporting past and current incidents of coyote sightings and attacks in our area.

The most valuable information we need to gather to combat this problem are date, time and location of the incident and any additional details that would describe the situation.

The Bel-Air Association is already creating a log that compiles activities from January 1, 2009 - present. Our point of contact for this project is Jamie. She can be reached at (310) 600-5882 or via email at coyotereport@hotmail.com. Jamie has kindly offered to gather the necessary data as an integral member of the Bel-Air Association Coyote Task Force.

Since the beginning of this year, the Association has received an alarming number of disturbing reports in regard to coyotes. The most recent include a beloved dog that was snatched by a coyote in front of the owner’s eyes in the late afternoon and a coyote trying to break into a home through a window. We have also noticed a serious trend in increased aggression and lack of fear in these animals creating an important safety concern for all of us. In addition to our pets being attacked, it is extremely important to consider small children being at risk of similar attacks. Please take the necessary precautions to protect your pets and families.

I appreciate your assistance in reporting this information so that we can better address this critical safety concern as a combined neighborhood effort! The City of Los Angeles has an ordinance in place to not feed coyotes. The description of this ordinance can be found on the LA City website at www.lacity.org. Then, search for L.A.M.C. Sec. 53.06.5.

Below are some important steps that can be taken to address this issue:

•Report all sightings and attacks to the Bel-Air Association Coyote Task Force.
•Do not leave pet food or water bowls outside if your pets are not outdoors.
•Put all trash bags inside the trash cans and keep all outdoor trash can lids securely fastened.
•Place trash bins inside sheds, garages or other enclosed structures.
•Do not set your trash out until your scheduled day of pick-up.
•Spray ammonia in your trash can several times a week to cut odor of any food.

As a reminder, the Bel-Air Association blog is located online at www.belaironline.blogspot.com and is an informative resource for our community every day.

All the best,

Paulette M. DuBey
Executive Director

Art Exhibit

This Thursday, Councilmember Rosendahl will join Andy Takakjian at an Artists' Reception to kick off Daisy Crane and Andy Takakjian's exhibit at West LA Municipal Building. I hope you can join us. Details are listed below and in the attached invite:


Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
Cordially Invites you to an
ARTISTS RECEPTION featuring works of
Joyce Daisy Crane &
Andy Takakjian
Thursday, August 12, 2010
5:30-8:30 pm
West Los Angeles Municipal Building
1645 Corinth Ave, West LA 90025
Free refreshments and parking
Please park at City lot at northwest corner of Iowa and Corinth

Friday, August 6, 2010

405 - Notice of Night Work Activity - Beginning Monday, Aug. 9th - Skirball


BASELINE HILLSIDE ORDINANCE: City Council Approved the Proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance Provisions with 2 Changes

Greetings All:

The City Council approved the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance provisions with 2 changes and has asked the City Attorney's Office to review and prepare the official Ordinance. Just to clarify, this does NOT mean that the Ordinance was adopted - it's just one step closer. The changes, in the form of Motions, should be available for download on the online Council File within the next day or two.

Useful 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
Online Council File: http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=10-1001

What's Next?
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 completed, the City Attorney will transmit a report to the City Clerk. The Baseline Hillside Ordinance will then go back to the City Council where we expect they will issue their final action on the matter.

At this point, Planning staff does not know how long the City Attorney's 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. [This is when a specific effective date is usually given.]

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 the official Ordinance is prepared 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 again this month. This means that we are still possibly looking at sometime in September as the earliest date for a final 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 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.


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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, August 4, 2010

LOST BLACK CAT NAMED "DEMI" - 900 Block of Stone Canyon



LOST BLACK CAT

WHITE CHEST & PAWS

900 Block of Stone Canyon Road

Responds to name: "DEMI"

With any information, please call 310-429-9621

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Mayor to Attend National Night Out



NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWS
National Night Out August 2010

A last minute welcome addition to tonight's National Night Out celebration is the Honorable Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. You are invited to visit Stoner Recreational Park, (1833 Stoner Avenue) to meet and greet the Mayor and enjoy good food and friends. Festivities begin at 5:00 PM. It is through our committed partnership that we have been able to reduce crime and bring vitality to our neighborhoods.

Sincerely,
Captain Evangelyn Nathan
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Monday, August 2, 2010

West LAPD National Night Out

 

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

5:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Stoner Park Recreation Center

1833 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Free BBQ & refreshments

Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, DJ, Inflatable rides, Clowns, Face Painting, Balloon Animals and Snow Cone Machine.

For further information, call West Los Angeles Community Police Station, Community Relations Office:

310-444-0730

Monday Traffic Resource - Sigalert.com

With the continuing work on the 405 Freeway and the Sunset Blvd. Bridge demolition project, this real-time traffic map should prove very handy.