Thursday, September 30, 2010

COYOTE SIGHTING: Sarbonne Road - TODAY

COYOTE SIGHTING: Sarbonne Road - TODAY - 5:42AM


A coyote was sighted very early this morning trying to enter through the spokes of resident's pedestrian gate.

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PLEASE VIEW THIS LINK TO A PAST BLOG POSTING TO LEARN TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND DETER COYOTES.


http://belaironline.blogspot.com/2010/07/coyote-sighting-in-bel-air-today.html


http://belaironline.blogspot.com/2010/06/coyote-update.html


Please continue to contribute to the log by emailing all sightings to
coyotereport@hotmail.com. Information is power when it comes to how we will address the coyote problem in Bel-Air & West L.A.

More On the Replacement Mulholland Bridge - From Zev's BLOG

Neighborhood traffic concerns—and the potential for saving millions in construction costs—have prompted a radical rethinking of plans to bring down the Mulholland Bridge over the 405 Freeway.
Instead of demolishing and rebuilding the 1959 structure—one of three bridges targeted in the405 Sepulveda Pass project—workers instead would construct an entirely new Mulholland overpass just south of the current bridge. Coming from the west, drivers would enter the new bridge in the same place they do now, then angle slightly south across the freeway before ending up on Skirball Center Drive. Only after the new span was completed would the old one come down, thus reducing traffic-related inconvenience during construction.
Adopting the new approach is “about 99% sure,” said Mike Barbour, who is heading up the project for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He estimates the new method would save between $4 million and $10 million, most of that due to a more straightforward, single-phase building process and a more streamlined approach to temporarily relocating utilities.
The impetus to take another look at the construction plan grew out of meetings this summer with community activists concerned about how dismantling and rebuilding the Mulholland Bridge would affect traffic in the area, home to many educational and religious institutions.
There was applause when the new approach was announced at a recent meeting of the project’s Community Advisory Committee. The group was convened to provide input on the $1.034 billion project, a partnership between Metro and Caltrans that will create a 10-mile northbound carpool lane on the 405, along with other improvements.
“This group of decision-makers is actually listening to the public,” said Richard H. Close, president of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association and a member of the advisory committee, who was not at the recent meeting but took part in an earlier session where community concerns about the Mulholland Bridge were discussed. “They’re willing to redesign and solve a problem. It’s a much more collaborative process with the MTA than with other agencies.”
“On other projects, we’ve been told, ‘we are the experts.’” That may be true from an engineering standpoint, he said, but people who live in the area have an invaluable perspective, too: “We know traffic flow.”
He said Metro’s decision to take another look “is somewhat historic, especially on a transportation project.”
Still, other community concerns linger, many relating to the bridge at Skirball Center Drive, where demolition work on the northern side of the structure is slated to begin on October 12. Project plans currently call for freeway on- and off-ramps to be redirected onto Sepulveda Boulevard, rather than directly onto the bridge, as they are now. Residents say they fear the change will create traffic problems on Sepulveda.
“There are a lot of issues with the Skirball Bridge,” said Laurie Kelson, an advisory committee member and chair of the Encino Neighborhood Council’s traffic and transportation committee. “Our community does not want the ramps moved.”
Barbour said those concerns are being reviewed and alternatives are being evaluated. But he said he doesn’t see “a win/win at this point” regarding the Skirball ramps, given what the community wants and what traffic engineers say is needed for improved traffic flow.
Some also have posed questions in recent days about what a new Mulholland Bridge would look like, said Ron Macias, a Metro community relations officer. A 2007 Caltrans assessment described the current structure as an historic example of transportation engineering that “exemplifies the minimalist or modernist aesthetics of the period.”
And there are those, like Louis Krokover, president of the Encino Neighborhood Council and a 3rdgeneration builder, who argue that the Skirball and Mulholland bridges don’t need to be replaced at all.
Officials on the project say that building a wider freeway requires rebuilding and modernizing the three bridges, which, in addition to Skirball and Mulholland, include the bridge at Sunset Boulevard, whose southern side has been demolished and is now being rebuilt.
Barbour said he hopes that construction on the new Mulholland Bridge will start in January, 2011, and take about 12 months to complete.
He’s currently in the process of negotiating the new plan with the project’s contractors and working out details with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
And he credits the community groups—which he acknowledged frequently get “blown off” in dealing with public agencies—with sending his staff back to the drawing board. That review helped determine that the project had the right of way to land on which to build the new Mulholland Bridge, which made rethinking the process possible.
“They pushed us,” Barbour said. “They asked us and we went back and looked at it.”

Notice of Construction - I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project

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

As part of the reconstruction of the Sunset Bridge, the contractor will remove the abutments from the westside and the eastside of the Bridge. This work will be followed by the driving of piles.

What: Sunset Bridge abutment removal

When: Work is anticipated to start on the eastside of the Bridge on Thursday, October 7, 2010 for approximately two nights, followed by approximately two nights of work on the westside of the Bridge starting on Monday, October 11, 2010. Anticipated work hours are from 9:00pm to 6:00am, weather permitting. Removal of the wing walls on both ends of the bridge will take place on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1, 2010 between the hours of 7:00pm and 6:00am.

Where: Sunset Bridge at the I-405

What to expect:
Sunset Bl between Gunston Dr and Thurston Av will be closed nightly starting on Thursday, October 7 through Tuesday, October 12, 2010 between the hours of 9:00pm to 6:00am, except Saturday and Sunday.
•WB Sunset Bl traffic will be detoured to Sepulveda Way, to NB Sepulveda Bl, to SB Church Ln, back to Sunset Bl.
•EB Sunset Bl traffic will be detoured to NB Church Ln, to SB Sepulveda Bl, to EB Sepulveda Way, back to Sunset Bl.
•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.
Closures for the eastside of the bridge October 7 and 8:
•Nightly –NB Sunset Bl ramp closures may be required: closures will be coordinated with Caltrans, ramp closures may start at 7:00pm.
•Sepulveda Bl between Montana Av and Church Ln will be closed in both directions for two consecutive nights starting on Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 9:00pm to 6:00am.
•NB Sepulveda Bl traffic will be detoured to EB Montana Av, to NB Veteran Av to westbound WB Sunset Bl to Sepulveda Way, back to Sepulveda Bl.
•Southbound (SB) Sepulveda Bl traffic will be detoured to EB Sepulveda Way and continue on Sunset Bl to SB Veteran Av, to WB Montana Av, back to Sepulveda Bl.
Closures for the westside of the bridge October 11 and 12:
•Nightly – SB 405 on-ramp closures may be required: closures will be coordinated with Caltrans, ramp closures may start at 7:00pm.
•SB 405 freeway will be fully closed between the WB Sunset Bl- SB on-ramp and the EB Sunset Bl-SB on-ramp.
•SB I-405 traffic will be detoured at Sunset Bl off-ramp to NB Church Ln, to SB Sepulveda Bl, to WB Wilshire Bl-SB I-405 on-ramp.

BEL-AIR LANE CLOSURE: Monday, Oct. 4 - Friday Oct. 8, 2010

BEL-AIR PARTIAL LANE CLOSURE: Monday, Oct. 4 - Friday Oct. 8, 2010


THIS IS A WEST LA DOT PERMITTED PARTIAL LANE CLOSURE FOR STONE CANYON AND BELLAGIO ROADS.


With appropriate flag control, the partial lane closure will be conducted between 9 AM and 1 PM each day.



The Bel-Air Association received word about the closure this morning (Thursday, September 30th).

BEL-AIR ROAD CLOSURE: Friday, Oct. 1, 2010



BEL-AIR ROAD CLOSURE: Friday, Oct. 1, 2010

THIS IS A WEST LA DOT PERMITTED FULL ROAD CLOSURE (local access only) ON NIMES ROAD.

With appropriate detour signs, the road will be closed Friday, October 1st between 9 AM and 3 PM.

The Bel-Air Association received word about the closure this morning (Thursday, September 30th).

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Notice of Construction - I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project

ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF SEPULVEDA BL BETWEEN MONTANA AV AND CHURCH LANE

As part of the last phase of the temporary relocation of the Exxon Mobil line, a 36-hour closure will be in effect to perform a final tie-in of the line on southbound Sepulveda Bl between Montana Av and Church Ln. Access to thru traffic will be maintained with one lane in each direction.

What: Exxon Mobile utility line tie-in, full closure of southbound Sepulveda Blvd.

When: Work is anticipated to start at 9:00pm on Friday, October 1, 2010 through 9:00am on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Pre-construction work will take place on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 7:00pm to 7:00am on SB Sepulveda – number two lane.

Where: Sepulveda Bl between Montana Av and Church Ln

What to expect:
•Sepulveda Bl traffic will be maintained with one lane in each direction of traffic on Wednesday, September 29 from 7:00pm to 7:00am and starting at 9:00pm on Friday, October 1, 2010 through 9:00am on Sunday, October 3, 2010.
•Nightly-NB Sunset Bl ramp closures may be required; closures will be coordinated with Caltrans, ramp closures may start at 7:00pm.
•Exxon Mobil staff will conduct the operation on a pre-drained line.
•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.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Community Message: SAVE THE DATE... WEST L.A. POLICE STATION OPEN HOUSE SAT. 10-16-10 11:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.

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

Friday September 24, 2010 3:05 PM PDT

SAVE THE DATE... WEST L.A. POLICE STATION OPEN HOUSE
SAT. 10-16-10
11:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.
FLYER TO FOLLOW SOON

SAVE THE DATE... WEST L.A. POLICE STATION OPEN HOUSE
WHEN: SAT. 10-16-10
TIME: 11:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.
FLYER TO FOLLOW SOON

For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/3565445/?sub_id=138807.


Contact Information:


West Los Angeles Area

Mountain Lion & Coyote Sightings - Casiano Road Area





A resident on Casiano just called to report a mountain lion/bobcat and coyote sightings.


The mountain lion was about the size of a small German Shepherd, grayish-black and very scrawny looking. It seemed to be very hungry. It was spotted both yesterday (2:30pm) and today (noon) near the 1100 block of Casiano. It was in and around different properties and at one point jumped a hedge.

Separately, the same neighbor spotted a whole pack of coyotes near Casiano Road last week. She said they were traveling near the Sepulveda/Moraga intersection.


PLEASE VIEW THIS LINK TO A PAST BLOG POSTING TO LEARN TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND DETER BOBCATS.


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


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PLEASE VIEW THIS LINK TO A PAST BLOG POSTING TO LEARN TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND DETER COYOTES.


http://belaironline.blogspot.com/2010/07/coyote-sighting-in-bel-air-today.html

http://belaironline.blogspot.com/2010/06/coyote-update.html




Please continue to contribute to the log by emailing all sightings to coyotereport@hotmail.com. Information is power when it comes to how we will address the coyote problem in Bel-Air & West L.A.

Big Bridge News - Mulholland Bridge to remain Open while (SURPRISE!!) an entirely New Bridge is Built

LA Metro has made a major change in its plans to rebuild the Mulholland Bridge. They will construct a NEW Bridge just South of the existing bridge while keeping the existing bridge open and fully operational. After completion, the road will be reconfigured and the new bridge will be opened. Thereafter the old bridge which will be out of use will be taken down. The new approach will save 2-3 years of major chaos. This is a great improvement in daily life issues for the community!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

BOBCAT Sighting: Casiano Road



One of our members called and wanted to report a bobcat sighting near the 1200 block of Casiano Road at 2:30 pm today in the back yard of their property. It was just walking around the yard. No attack or issue to report, just a sighting of the animal.





PLEASE VIEW THIS LINK TO A PAST BLOG POSTING TO LEARN TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND DETER BOBCATS.

UPDATED: Coyote Sighting Log - 9.17.10



PLEASE FIND BELOW A LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE UPDATED COYOTE SIGHTING LOG.


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


Please continue to contribute to the log by emailing all sightings to coyotereport@hotmail.com. Information is power when it comes to how we will address the coyote problem in Bel-Air & West L.A.


Please don't limit your reports to coyotes...we want to know about any agressive wild animal sightings!


In your report, please include the following:


- Exact Date (DD-MM-YY)

- Exact Time (HH:MM) Military Format

- Type of Wildlife

- # of Adults

- # of Young

- Exact Location Observed (Address, Block # and Street, Intersection, etc)

- Health Condition of Wildlife or Notes. (Brief Note)



YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD A BLANK LOG FOR YOURSELF USING THE SAME LINK (https://sites.google.com/site/belaironline/documents-for-download). THEN, WHEN YOU HAVE A FEW ENTRIES, YOU CAN EMAIL IT TO coyotereport@hotmail.com OR MAIL A COPY TO THE BEL-AIR ASSOCIATION OFFICE AT:

100 Bel-Air Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077


THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT ON THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY ISSUE!

PLEASE SEARCH "COYOTE" IN TOP LEFT SEARCH BAR ON THE BLOG. THIS WILL GUIDE YOU TO PAST REPORTS AND TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY/PROPERTY SAFE FROM COYOTES AND OTHER AGRESSIVE WILD ANIMALS.

Times Festival of Books will move to USC

The popular annual literary event was held at UCLA for 15 years. But talks between the newspaper and university foundered on cost and logistical issues.

By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
September 23, 2010


The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will move its weekend-long celebration of the written word to the USC campus next spring after 15 years across town at UCLA, officials announced Wednesday.

The change of venue to USC's main University Park campus south of downtown Los Angeles will offer a more central location, better access to public transportation, easier parking and the use of newly expanded university facilities for the annual event, leaders of the newspaper and USC said.

The decision came after negotiations between The Times and UCLA foundered over differences about how to reduce and share expenses, as well as some logistical issues, according to several people with knowledge of the talks. A UCLA spokesman said state budget cuts to the UC system also have made it more difficult in recent years for the campus to bear its share of festival costs.

The 16th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is scheduled for April 30 and May 1, 2011. It will feature the traditional array of lectures by authors, book signings, musical performances and sales booths that have made it a major event in the city's cultural life and the nation's largest public literary festival. Last year, an estimated 140,000 people attended the event at UCLA's campus in Westwood.

"After 15 years on the Westside, we are very excited to move the Festival of Books to its beautiful new home and have the opportunity to work hand in hand with USC to ensure we grow bigger and better in the future," Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein said in a statement. "Attendees and exhibitors can expect more to see, do and experience in addition to great access and a refreshing change of scenery."

USC President C.L. Max Nikias said he was delighted to provide the festival a new home.

"The festival is a great fit for our world-class faculty authors and writing programs, as well as for our literacy work in the community," Nikias said. "USC and the Los Angeles Times are two of the oldest institutions in Los Angeles, and it's fitting that we would be joining together for this event that is so important to the intellectual life of Southern California."

The new agreement is for three years with an expectation for long-term renewals after that. Financial arrangements between the newspaper and USC were not disclosed.

UCLA's Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications Lawrence Lokman said his campus had hoped to continue negotiating with The Times to find a way to keep the festival there. "We are disappointed by this news but not surprised," Lokman said. He said that many festival-goers "surely will miss attending the event on the Westwood campus and we will miss having them here."

Lokman said the negotiations reflected financial pressures on both sides. He said the university took in more than $300,000 in revenues from festival parking and food sales last spring, defraying such costs as custodians' pay and electricity, but still had $176,000 in remaining expenses. Such an outlay would have been difficult for the university to continue, he said.

Times spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan declined to discuss the disagreements with UCLA or give an estimate on the festival's overall costs. "The Times has shared a long, successful history with UCLA and we intend to continue to collaborate with them on other events and projects far into the future," she said.

UCLA is a larger campus, but USC spokesman James Grant said his university had plenty of room for the festival's many outdoor activities and indoor seminars and lectures. He said he expected the festival to be anchored at the campus lawns and plazas near Doheny Memorial Library and Leavey Library.

larry.gordon@latimes.com

Monday, September 20, 2010

A MESSAGE FROM UCLA

Hello Everyone,

I trust this email finds you well, and rejuvenated from a restful/peaceful summer. The fall quarter is approaching, and we are preparing to embrace a new freshmen class and welcome back returning students the week of September 20.

As we make this transition, your patience and understanding would be greatly appreciated. We do not anticipate any form of disruption to your normal routine. However, should you experience any inconveniences as our students move back to their campus life, we sincerely apologize in advance.

In addition, UCLA is also holding its second annual Volunteer Day on September 21, which will be kicked-off Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. with a light show in Royce Quad (the middle of campus). Be assured the light show will not cause any form of distraction to the surrounding neighborhood, we just wanted to share this with you. During our Volunteer Day more than 5,000 of our incoming freshmen and transfer students devote a day to community service. Students paint, garden, clean up, landscape and otherwise improve 22 sites throughout the greater Los Angeles community.    

I stated in the past living next to a university has its merits and challenges. However, I sincerely believe one call from a neighbor to complain is too many. I applaud each of you for the manner in which we are able to discuss situations and reach amiable solutions.  

Please feel free to contact me should you require additional information.  

Regards, E. Felicia Brannon, UCLA Executive Director Community & Local Government Relations 310.794.6824 ,310.794.6827 fax, www.advocacy.ucla.edu   

COYOTE ATTACK: Ambazac Way



TWO SMALL DOGS WERE TAKEN AND KILLED BY COYOTES LAST WEEK ON AMBAZAC WAY.


PLEASE REPORT ALL COYOTE / AGGRESSIVE WILD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS TO:



COYOTE ATTACK: Near Casiano / Bellagio Intersection - Approx. 10pm



(This resident lives near the Near Casiano / Bellagio Intersection)


E-mail from resident to coyotereport@hotmail.com is below.

PLEASE REPORT ALL COYOTE / OTHER AGGRESSIVE WILD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS TO THE E-MAIL ADDRESS ABOVE! WE NEED TO LOG INFORMATION FROM EVERYONE!

E-Mail:

Last week as I walked my little dog, Carmen, at about 10:00pm, a coyote suddenly appeared within 15 feet of her. I yelled at it and walked aggressively towards it, thinking I would scare it off. But it only retreated a few feet and then circled back again. After a couple more attempts to scare it off, I realized it was so intent on Carmen that I scooped her up in my arms and carried her back home. It was very disturbing to see how aggressive and fearless this coyote was. So I bought some pepper spray at a gun store in Culver City and keep it with me on our evening walks. Last night I heard a commotion outside just as I was about to walk Carmen. When I opened the front door the coyote was standing in the street just a few feet from the curb. He bolted when he saw me. One of my neighbors hurried up to me to tell me the coyote had just grabbed his wire haired terrier in my driveway and was running off with it. He managed to scare the coyote off, but it was still lurking around. As he walked back home with his dog the coyote stalked him, and again he drove him off. There have been several signs posted in the last few weeks about lost cats and a lost dog, Bailey. Now I'm sure they were dinner for this very aggressive, single coyote. I would like to know what animal regulation agency I can call the next time I see a coyote. I'm an animal lover, but this coyote looks young and is way too aggressive to be stalking our neighborhood.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pizza - Bel Air Style

The new retail building on Sepulveda @ Moraga has its first tenant. Looking forward to opening day and sampling the cuisine.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I-405 Widening: Notice of Night Work Activity

ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF THE SAN DIEGO FREEWAY (I-405) AND THE SANTA MONICA FREEWAY (I-10)

The Contractor will be removing soil and will need to close the eastbound and westbound Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) connectors to the northbound I-405.

What: Full closure of the NB I-405 connectors from EB I-10 and WB I-10.

When: EB 10 connector to NB 405 will be closed from 11:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2010 and will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2010. WB 10 connector to NB 405 will be closed from midnight to 6:00 a.m. Closures will continue on Monday, September 20, 2010 for two nights.

Where: Westbound I-10 and eastbound I-10 connectors to NB 405.

What to Expect:
• Full closure of northbound I-405 connectors from I-10.
• Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.
• For daily closures, please visit us at Twitter, http://twitter.com/I_405
• Work is weather permitting and subject to change.
• Visit our website for the latest project updates, www.metro.net/I-405

I-405 Notice - SAN DIEGO FREEWAY (I-405) AND SKIRBALL CENTER DRIVE

ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS, AND BUSINESSES IN THE
VICINITY OF THE SAN DIEGO FREEWAY (I-405) AND SKIRBALL CENTER
DRIVE

On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, the contractor will reconfigure the traffic along the Skirball Bridge.
The purpose of this work is to modify the traffic along the Skirball Bridge in order to maintain access
and traffic during the reconstruction of the bridge. Traffic lanes will get re-striped to maintain a total
of three lanes along the bridge during the upcoming reconstruction, two lanes westbound and one
lane eastbound. K-rail (concrete barriers) will get placed on the center of the bridge to separate the
traffic from the work zone. In addition, the southbound Skirball off-ramp will get reduced to one
lane. This night time work activity to reconfigure the traffic is anticipated to take place over three
nights. During the course of this work, the Skirball Bridge will be closed from 10 pm to 6 am. The
southbound Skirball on- and off-ramps and the northbound Skirball off-ramp will be closed from 7
pm to 6 am.

What: The reconfiguration of traffic along the Skirball Bridge in order to maintain access and traffic
during reconstruction of the bridge. A total of three lanes will remain on the bridge during
reconstruction, two lanes westbound and one lane eastbound.

When: Nighttime work is anticipated to begin on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 for approximately
three days between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am, weather permitting.

Where: Skirball Center Drive from Sepulveda Blvd. to the northbound Skirball off-ramp.

What to Expect:
 Skirball Center Dr. from Sepulveda Blvd. to the northbound Skirball off-ramp will be closed from 10 pm
to 6 am.
 After the completion of this work activity, there will be a total of three lanes along the bridge for the
upcoming reconstruction, two lanes westbound and one lane eastbound. This configuration will remain
in place throughout the demolition and reconstruction of the north half of the Skirball Bridge,
approximately seven months
 The southbound on- and off-ramps and northbound off-ramp will be closed from 7 pm to 6 am.
 Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.
 Please note that the work is weather permitting and subject to change.
 For latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/I-405 or follow us on twitter: twitter.com/I_405

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Friday Night's Closures For The Jewish Holiday

Hello,

 

The I-405 Project Team has adjusted its construction work activities in order to accommodate the evening traffic due to the Jewish Holidays on the night of Friday, September 17, 2010.  The adjusted closures are as follows:

 

 

1.       Northbound Getty on-ramp open until 11:30 pm

 

2.       Southbound Getty on-ramp open until 11:30 pm

 

3.       Southbound Getty off-ramp open all night

 

4.       Southbound Skirball on-ramp open all night

 

5.       Southbound Skirball off-ramp open until 9:30 pm

 

6.       Northbound Skirball off-ramp open until 9:30 pm

 

7.       Northbound Skirball on-ramp open until 11:30 pm

 

8.       Skirball Bridge will remain open and accessible with a lane of traffic in each direction from 9 pm to 6 am

 

9.              Northbound 405 freeway # 1 lane near Skirball Bridge closed at 10 pm

 

10.          Northbound 405 freeway # 2 lane near Skirball Bridge closed at 11 pm

 

11,     Northbound Moraga off-ramp open all night

 

12.     Northbound Moraga on-ramp open all night

 

 

 

Ron Macias

Community Relations Officer

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project

(310) 846 - 3564

MaciasR@metro.net

 

I-405 Project Hotline 213-922-3665

www.metro.net/I-405

 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fwd: Alert Message: Traffic Safety Campaign “Slow Down for Julia”

> Traffic Safety Campaign
> "Slow Down for Julia"
>
> September 14, 2010
>
> Traffic Safety Campaign
> "Slow Down for Julia"
>
> What: Traffic Safety News Conference
>
> When: Friday, September 17, 2010
> 8 a.m.
>
> Where: Intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Cliffwood Avenue in Brentwood
>
> Who: LAPD Captain Nancy Lauer, West Traffic Division
> Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Council District 11
> Jody Siegler, Mother of Julia Siegler who was fatally struck by a car on February 26, 2010
>
> Why: Now that school is back in session, the LAPD will be teaming up with Councilmember
> Rosehdahl, community leaders, parents, and students to raise awareness of pedestrian and
> vehicle safety. 13-year-old Julia, was a student at Harvard Westlake School and was
> killed while crossing the same intersection where the "Slow Down for Julia" campaign is being
> launched. Her tragic death highlights the importance of driver and pedestrian safety. Flyers with
> safety information will be handed out to motorists beginning at 6 a.m.
>
>
> For more information contact LAPD Media Relations at (213) 486-5910
>
> For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/3471552/?sub_id=138807.
>
>
> Contact Information:
>
> Karen Rayner
> MRS
> 818-838-9913 31527@lapd.lacity.org
>
>

Friday, September 10, 2010

Westside story-always a traffic drama [from Zev's Blog]


It’s official: Rush hour on the Westside is nasty, brutish and long.
A new report assessing potential routes for the Westside subway extension looks at current traffic conditions in the area to project what the future would likely bring, with or without a subway.
In doing so, it quantifies some of the modern-day commuter horror stories that have become the stuff of local—and international—legend.
The report offers a snapshot of a deeply dysfunctional network of freeways and surface streets in which rush hour traffic moves at less than 10 miles per hour. A major incident can bring the entire area to a standstill. (Remember President Obama’s motorcade last month?) Rush hour starts at 6:30 a.m. and continues till 10 a.m., then picks up for the afternoon onslaught from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. “and beyond.”
“During a typical weekday evening, an auto trip along Wilshire Boulevard from Santa Monica to Beverly Hills takes up to 60 minutes to cover a distance of only 8 miles,” according to the report. “Morning and evening peak-hour speeds along Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills average less than 7 mph.”
The report’s analysis confirms what Westside road warriors have known—or at least suspected—for years. But the document, formally known as a draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report, offers a level of detail that goes beyond anecdotal complaints.

Among its key findings:
§  Of all the busy intersections in the 38-square-mile area around the proposed subway routes, Wilshire Boulevard west of Veteran Avenue is by far the worst, with daily traffic averaging 122,618 vehicle trips. It is followed by Santa Monica Boulevard east of Cotner Avenue (68,277) and Sunset Boulevard east of La Cienega Boulevard (66,043.) Among north/south surface streets, the most crowded intersections are Sepulveda Boulevard at Pico Boulevard, with 59,081 daily trips, and Bundy Drive south of Pico, with 59,022.

Click here for a list of all the key intersections and their daily traffic volume.
§  Freeway interchanges, not surprisingly, are even busier. The Santa Monica Freeway at Bundy Drive averages 244,000 vehicles a day; at Crenshaw, the figure is 291,000. It’s even more jammed on the 405 Freeway, where the Olympic Boulevard interchange averages 319,000 vehicles daily.
§  Some 42% of intersections in the area are flunking the test for rush hour navigability. With six “level of service” grades beginning at A (flowing freely) and ending at F (unacceptably congested,) 80 of the 192 intersections studied were rated an E or F.

This map shows where rush hour traffic is most jammed.
§  About 50% of Metro’s entire weekday bus ridership comes from routes that go through the subway study zone. Those buses, with some 550,000 boardings each day, average only 10-15 miles per hour on Wilshire, and 10-14 mph on Santa Monica. (The addition of a dedicated bus lane on Wilshire should improve average passenger travel times by 30%, the report said.)

The report did not compare the conditions in the study area to those elsewhere in the county, although it said: “Wilshire Boulevard represents the single heaviest used transit travel corridor in Southern California.”
Tom Jenkins, a consultant who acted as project manager for the subway extension report when he was with the firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, said there are certainly trouble areas elsewhere, such as in the San Fernando Valley and on the 101 Freeway. However, he said, when the subway study area’s concentration of jobs and activity are factored in, “you’re not going to find any area in the county that’s as congested.”
The draft report marshaled the data in order to make the case for building a westward extension of the subway. The routes under consideration could extend Metro’s Purple Line to Westwood or Santa Monica, with the possible addition of Red Line stations in West Hollywood.
In addition to analyzing the current traffic picture, the report looks ahead to 2035 and predicts worsening congestion in the area because of projected population and job growth.
Metro officials say the subway would not be a “silver bullet” to assuage all of the Westside’s traffic woes.
But the report noted that the area is highly urbanized and “built-out,” and has few, if any, options for adding or expanding roads. It stated that the only such project currently underway is the 405 Sepulveda Pass widening, which will add a 10-mile northbound carpool lane to the 405 as it heads away from the 10 Freeway.
“Local jurisdictions are not planning any major roadway expansion projects through 2035,” the report said, adding: “In the cities on the Westside, policy-makers have taken strong positions against the wholesale widening of streets and narrowing of sidewalks to accommodate more travel lanes.”
The subway, the report said, would offer a much-needed transportation alternative—one that is expected to be faster and more reliable than getting behind the wheel.
“The improved capacity that would result from the subway extension,” it said, “is the best solution to improve travel times and reliability and to provide a high-capacity, environmentally-sound transit alternative.”

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I-405 PROJECT: NOTICE OF WORK ACTIVITY - SEPULVEDA BL AROUND WILSHIRE BL

ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS, AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF SEPULVEDA BL AROUND WILSHIRE BL

The Contractor will be performing geophysical utility surveys on Sepulveda Bl, north and south of Wilshire Bl. This night time activity requires street lane closures to facilitate the safe use of potholing equipment.

What: Potholing and lane closures on Sepulveda Bl.

When: Work is anticipated to start on Monday, September 13, 2010 for approximately three weeks, weather permitting. Anticipated work hours are from 9:00pm to 6:00am.

Where: Sepulveda Bl, north and south of Wilshire Bl.

What to expect:

• Traffic on Sepulveda will be reconfigured with one lane in each direction.

• Please share the road with cyclists. “Give Me 3” requires that drivers allow three feet when passing bicycles. Be especially cautious in construction zones.

• Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

• Work is weather permitting and subject to change.

• Visit our website for the latest project updates, www.metro.net/I-405

Revised Skirball Bridge Construction Schedule Notice

ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS, AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF THE

SAN DIEGO FREEWAY (I-405) AND SKIRBALL CENTER DRIVE

 

The schedule for the freeway closures regarding the construction of the temporary sidewalk along the

south side of the Skirball Bridge has been revised. For approximately two weeks, there will be some

directional freeway closures, freeway lane closures, and ramp closures during the late night hours. In

addition, the Skirball Bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the night time hours.

The table below demonstrates the revised anticipated schedule of the freeway closures.

 

What: Freeway closures to support construction of a temporary sidewalk along the south side

of the Skirball Bridge.

 

When: Nighttime work will last for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.

Where: Skirball Bridge and the I-405 freeway.

 

Anticipated Dates of Closures Type and times of Freeway Closures

September 9 Northbound #4 and #5 lanes from 10 pm to 6 am and

the Northbound Skirball off-ramp from 9 pm to 6 am

 

September 10 and 11 Northbound directional freeway closure from Getty

Center Dr. to Ventura Blvd. from 12 am to 5 am

 

September 13 Northbound #1 and #2 lanes from 10 pm to 6 am

Southbound #1 and #2 lanes from 10 pm to 6 am

 

September 14 and 15 Southbound directional freeway closure from Valley

Vista to Getty Center Dr. from 12 am to 5 am and

Northbound #1 and #2 lanes from 10 pm to 6 am

 

September 16, 17, and 18 Southbound #3, #4, and #5 lanes from 10 pm to 6 am

 

What to Expect:

Access and traffic will be maintained on Skirball Center Dr. with a lane in each direction during

construction. Lane closures are anticipated to occur from 9 pm to 6 am.

The southbound Skirball Center Drive on- and off-ramps may be closed on some nights during

construction from 9 pm to 6 am.

Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Please note that the work is weather permitting and subject to change.

For latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/I-405 or follow us on twitter: twitter.com/I_405

Days of free parking at broken meters in L.A. coming to an end


Photo: Parking meter technician Gerardo Salazar pulls a wad of paper out of the coin slot in a meter on Santee Street in Downtown Los Angeles August 4, 2010. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The days of getting free parking at broken meters in Los Angeles are numbered.

The city has begun installing new solar-powered meters that are much less likely to malfunction and that accept credit cards and coins.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has replaced about half of the 40,000 meters across the city with the new models, making it easier for motorists to pay and harder for vandals to tamper.

Until all the meters are replaced, drivers who find a spot at an old, broken meter will not get a ticket, said Sean Anderson, a spokesman for the Transportation Department.

But drivers who park at a new meter that happens to be broken will be ticketed.

"That is unlikely to happen," said Anderson. "With the new meters, you don't have the reliability issue. There is a less than 1% chance they are ever down."

The new meters cost the city about $20 each a year to lease. They use wireless technology to communicate service problems and jams, allowing technicians to be dispatched to the field quickly.

City officials say they eventually hope to replace all the old meters, helping both the city and customers save money.

"It is less expensive to pay for parking than to get a ticket," Anderson said. "This makes it easier for you to pay, so you don't get a ticket."

-- Ching-Ching Ni

Photo: Parking meter technician Gerardo Salazar pulls a wad of paper out of the coin slot in a meter on Santee Street in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 4. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I-405 Project - Notice of work on Sepulveda and Sunset Bridge

ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY
OF THE SAN DIEGO FREEWAY (I-405) AND THE SUNSET BL BRIDGE
As part of the reconstruction of the Sunset Bridge, the contractor continues the drilling of
support beams in preparation for the excavation of abutments and will remove the wing
wall from the westside and the eastside of the Sunset Bridge. This work will be followed by
the demolition of abutments and the reconstruction of the Sunset Bridge.

What: Sunset Bridge wing wall removal
When: Work is anticipated to start on the westside of the Bridge on Thursday,
September 9, 2010 for approximately two nights, followed by approximately
two nights of wing wall removal on the eastside of the Bridge. Anticipated
work hours are from 7:00pm to 6:00am, weather permitting.
Where: Sunset Bridge at the I-405
What to expect:
 Work will take place behind k-rail.
 Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
 Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.
 Ramp closures on the Sunset Bridge will be coordinated with Caltrans, ramp
closures may start as early as 7:00pm.
 Work is weather permitting and subject to change.


ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY
OF SEPULVEDA BL BETWEEN MONTANA AV AND CHURCH LN
The contractor will continue to remove trees and vegetation (clear and grub) along the
westside of Sepulveda Bl between Montana Av and Church Ln and will continue to
temporarily relocate street lighting to the Westside of Sepulveda Bl. This work is in
preparation for the switch of pedestrian access from the eastside to the westside of
Sepulveda Bl in order to provide safe pedestrian access during the retaining wall
construction.

What: Clear and grub and temporary street lighting installation
When: Street lighting installation work is scheduled from Wednesday, September 1,
2010 to Friday, September 10, 2010. Clear and grub work is planned for
approximately two weeks starting Tuesday, September 7, 2010. Anticipated
work hours are from 9:00pm to 6:00am, weather permitting.
Where: Sepulveda Bl between Montana Av and Church Ln
What to expect:
 Sepulveda Bl traffic will be maintained with one lane in each direction.
 Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
 Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.
 Work is anticipated to resume the week of September 20th.
 Work is weather permitting and subject to change.

I-405 Project: Skirball Closures Adjusted for Tonight - September 8th

Hello,

In order to accommodate the evening traffic due to the Jewish Holidays, the I-405 project team has worked to adjust the closures for tonight, September 8, 2010, in the area around Skirball Center Drive. The closures around Skirball Center Drive are now as follows:

The northbound and southbound Skirball on-ramps will remain open all night
The southbound Skirball off-ramp will close at 1 AM
The northbound Skirball off-ramp will close at 9:30 PM
The Skirball Bridge will have all lanes of traffic maintained until 1 AM
The #5 northbound freeway lane near the Skirball Bridge will close at 10 PM
The #4 northbound freeway lane near the Skirball Bridge will close at 11 PM



Ron Macias
Community Relations Officer
I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project
(310) 846 - 3564
MaciasR@metro.net

I-405 Project Hotline 213-922-3665
www.metro.net/I-405

Westside Subway Extension Public Hearings on Draft EIS/EIR


The Draft EIS/EIR for the Westside Subway Extension has been released for public review and comment. To learn more about the project and share your comments with us, please plan to attend one of the five public hearings. This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the project alternatives, issues addressed in the Draft EIS/EIR, and share your opinions or questions.

All hearings are 6-8pm. 

Tuesday, September 21
Westwood United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 3rd Floor
10497 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Served by Metro Line 20
Free parking is available below Belmont Village, the building east of the Sanctuary. From Wilshire Bl, use the Belmont Village driveway and proceed under the overhang to the underground parking lot. Park on levels P2, P3 or P4 and take the church elevator in the southwest corner of the parking lot. There will be signs to direct you to the meeting room.
Spanish translation will be provided.


Please go to Completed Meetings to find out about meetings held throughout the Draft EIS/EIR and information provided.

ADA Requirements: Special accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please telephone the project information line at 213.922.6934.  Our TDD line is 1.800.252-9040.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Coyote Taskforce Update - Arcadia reinstates coyote trapping program



Controversy is brewing in Arcadia over the city's efforts to trap and kill coyotes.

Dozens of residents have complained recently to the city of Arcadia about coyotes in the area. Some people even say they've seen coyotes try to kill their small pets.

Now the city is paying a pest control company $30,000 to find coyotes and kill them. Once trapped, the coyotes are euthanized because state law prohibits trapped coyotes from being relocated to other areas.

"There are reports of the different ways that the animals are finally killed," said Bonnie Baron of Arcadia. "They are killed after they are trapped. They do exterminate them."

Baron says there are other ways to deal with the coyote issue. She feels the city started the program without giving residents the chance to discuss it.

"It bothers me greatly that there was no public input into this decision. It was decided at a special session on August 3," said Baron.
Since the program began on August 16, at least three coyotes have been trapped and killed. The program was in effect several years ago before budget cuts forced its closure. During that time, between 53 and 63 coyotes were trapped and killed each year.

Lisa Lange from PETA says that their homes were destroyed by the Station Fire and they are simply looking for food.

"These animals don't want to be in our neighborhoods anymore than we want them here," said Lange. "They are here because we are definitely feeding them our domestic animals. We have to take responsibility and bring our animals in. Never leave your dogs or cats out."
The city says it is using humane traps that are approved by the Department of Fish and Game. The traps will be checked daily.

The city says not all coyotes can be caught with traps, so people should be cautious and always supervise young children and pets while they're outside.

The Arcadia City Council will meet on Tuesday to hear from residents who both support and oppose the coyote trapping program.

(Copyright ©2010 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Firefighters battling blaze near Getty Center [Updated]

From LA Now

September 4, 2010 |  6:31 pm

More than 130 firefighters along with five helicopters were fighting an 8-acre fire near the Getty Center on Saturday afternoon, according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials.

Though fire officials said no homes were immediately threatened, they had dispatched engines to some neighborhoods to protect them in case the fire grows.

The blaze was reported at 5:01 p.m., By 5:45 p.m., 22 fire companies, with three water-dropping helicopters and two reconnaissance helicopters, were battling it.

[Updated at 7:33 p.m.: Firefighters said the fire, which grew to 10 acres, was fully contained at 7:25 p.m. with no injuries and no structures burned.]

-- Jessica Garrison

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A farewell to lawns [From Zev's Blog]


Earlier this year, the Long Beach Water Department started a program to encourage its residents to destroy their grass lawns. It wasn’t part of some vast government plot against green thumbs. Instead, the agency was hoping to persuade folks to go green by growing a different kind of green out in the yard. And the city was willing to spread around some greenbacks–$1 for every square foot of grass replaced with sustainable landscape or “hardscape” such as brick or tile—to get people to take the plunge into conservation-friendly landscaping.
Turns out they didn’t need much persuading. Within an hour of the application process opening in April, Long Beach had received 120 project requests—enough to completely wipe out the $250,000 initially budgeted for the program. The agency now has expanded the funding to $360,000 to meet the demands of everyone on the waiting list, and expects to save 40 million gallons of water over the next ten years.
Similar programs have been offered from Las Vegas to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and now customers of the Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts are getting a chance to join the break-up-with-your-lawn movement, too.
The Cash for Grass program (it’s nothing illicit, just kind of a “Cash for Clunkers” project aimed at your old sod instead your old Saab) will provide cash rebates of $1 per square foot to those who replace their water-guzzling grass lawns with water-efficient landscaping. One can expect to save 55 gallons of water per year for every square foot of grass replaced. Information on the program ishere, along with an application to print out.
The county Waterworks program began on August 20th and is slated to end on January 31, 2011, or until the $250,000 allotted for the program runs out. All Waterworks customers, in communities including Malibu, Marina del Rey, Topanga, Acton, Val Verde, Kagel Canyon and the Antelope Valley, are eligible to take part.
But think twice about delaying, given the program’s success in Long Beach.
Even Matthew Lyons, director of planning & water conservation for the Long Beach Water Department, was surprised at what he calls the “overwhelming response” to the Lawn to Garden Incentive Program in his city.
Replacing lawn with drought-tolerant plants doesn’t just save money; it also sets up a whole new way of keeping up with the Joneses, as these Long Beach lawn makeovers make clear. (And drought-tolerant doesn’t necessarily mean drab, as these plants colorfully demonstrate.) Most of all, the no-lawn movement acknowledges the reality of scarce water resources in the region.
“Getting rid of grass lawns is important for Southern California as we look into the future,” Lyons said, “because the fact is that in 20 years if people still keep their grass lawns, there won’t be water.”