Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Advice on Protecting Your Property + Wasp Spray and Car Alarms (Reprinted from an Email)



BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU:

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste... and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..

5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it HERE
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8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU:

1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.

4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs 
http://www.crimedoctor.com// and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis , who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.

Protection for you and your home:

If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's evil plans for you. (I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.):

WASP SPRAY

A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection. Thought this was interesting and might be of use.

FROM ANOTHER SOURCE...

On the heels of a break-in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self-defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, "spray the culprit in the eyes". It's a tip he's given to students for decades. It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out."

Maybe even save a life.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr.'s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

This would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. Also carry your car keys in case of a fall, injury, emergency outside. You can activate the car alarm and your family will know there's a problem. 
 
 


 
  

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I-405 Project - Pile Driving at Sunset

> The contractor will resume pile driving operations at the Sunset Bridge. Please see attached notice for additional information.
>
> Marice Quezada, Community Relations Coordinator
> Community Relations Capital Projects
> One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-17-11
> Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
> T 213 922 7028
> F 213 922 2898
> quezadama@metro.net

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bel-Air Power Outages: Mon PM (12/13) - Tues PM (12/14) - Last Night (12/20)



PLEASE SEE BELOW INFORMATION REGARDING LAST WEEK & LAST NIGHT'S BEL- AIR POWER OUTAGES

As many experienced, there were power outages in the western portion of Bel-Air on Monday & Tuesday night last week. These outages were a result of a DWP equipment failure with some of their lines. We've confirmed with their Power Trouble Division that the loads were shifted and the equipment was replaced/repaired.


Some Stradella -area (and maybe others) residents also experienced a power outage last night. Thank you for reporting them to us! We checked with the same DWP division this morning and were told last night's outage was due to a tree that had fallen on some high-wire lines. The tree has been cleared off and everything should be back to functioning properly.

With the large amounts of rain, and the worst yet to come, please ready your homes and bedrooms with flashlights & candles in case of other weather-related outages!

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Information: COYOTE ATTACKS DOG ON WALK WITH OWNER

The below references the same coyote that recently attacked a dog on a walk with its owner near the 11800 Block of Bellagio Road:

We have seen a coyote several times this week near the 11800 Block of Bellagio Road . He has hung out in this same area off and on over the past few months. The coyote hides in the bushes across from my house, and tries to attack dogs as they walk by. On Sunday night, he tried to take my neighbor’s dog at around 8:45 p.m. on the east side of Bellagio. The coyote was very aggressive in stalking my neighbor who held his dog after the dog was bitten by the coyote. My neighbor chased the coyote away, but the coyote turned around and followed my neighbor after he had initially been chased off. Last night, he was in my front yard on the drive way near our front door at around 9:30 p.m.. I have two young children, and two dogs and am growing increasingly concerned about this problem. Also, last year, we lost our cat to a coyote in the same area across the street from our house.


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


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

COYOTE ATTACKS DOG ON WALK WITH OWNER

Please see a note from a Bel-Air neighbor near the 11800 block of Bellagio Road:


I dropped my guard and almost lost my dog to a coyote.

I've reported previously about a coyote stalking my dog Carmen while I was walking in the 11800 block of Bellagio. It's been a couple of months since I ran it off. Sunday the 12th at 8:15 pm I was walking Carmen. I was preoccupied with my phone when I heard Carmen yelp. I turned to find the coyote bolting out from between two parked cars. Carmen was limping but not bleeding. I took her into my arms and chased the coyote off, but yelling at him didn't phase him and he kept just out of range of my pepper spray. I thought I had convinced him to go, but as I walked back home he reappeared. I chased him off again, but I'm very concerned about the escalating boldness. The vet checked Carmen out and luckily she had nothing broken. She's badly bruised and this morning was walking without a limp.

We were very lucky!

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


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

Friday, December 17, 2010

COYOTES PROWLING IN CHALON BACK YARD


Please see a note below from a Bel-Air Neighbor:

This morning I was woken by our Labrador puppy barking . I went to let him out only to find two large coyotes wandering around a tree in the garden.

Having seen me, they sauntered off and jumped over a wall to a raised part of the garden , then stopped and stared at me for sometime before walking away . We live on Chalon Rd .


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


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

Thursday, December 16, 2010

COYOTE ATTACKS DOG ON WALK WITH OWNER

Please see a note from a Bel-Air neighbor near the 11800 block of Bellagio Road:


I dropped my guard and almost lost my dog to a coyote.

I've reported previously about a coyote stalking my dog while I was walking in the 11800 block of Bellagio. It's been a couple of months since I ran it off. Sunday the 12th at 8:15 pm I was walking her. I was preoccupied with my phone when I heard her yelp. I turned to find the coyote bolting out from between two parked cars. She was limping but not bleeding. I took her into my arms and chased the coyote off, but yelling at him didn't phase him and he kept just out of range of my pepper spray. I thought I had convinced him to go, but as I walked back home he reappeared. I chased him off again, but I'm very concerned about the escalating boldness. The vet checked my dog out and luckily she had nothing broken. She's badly bruised and this morning was walking without a limp.

We were very lucky!

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


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

COYOTE CHASES CAT IN BACK YARD: Linda Flora Drive



Please see below a note from a Bel-Air neighbor near the 1100 block of Linda Flora Drive:

Last weekend a large coyote jumped over my fenced-in backyard and attempted to grab my cat who was outside on the back porch. My cat tore in the house at breakneck speed and the coyote kept coming. I banged on the glass doors to try and get it to leave, but it wasn't afraid. Seeing that his lunch had disappeared, he sauntered back to the chain link fence and hopped over. This is the first time in many years that I have seen such aggression and lack of fear in coyotes in my neighborhood.

We have lived peacefully with the coyotes for years, losing an occasional pet, but in general they have been wary of humans. Not now. That's scary.



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Please continue to contribute to the monitoring program 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 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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

IMPORTANT COYOTE MEETING


In response to the escalating dangerous coyote situation, we will be holding a meeting with Lieutenant Kent Smirl from the Dept of Fish and Game and other coyote professionals. The meeting will take place in Bel-Air on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This will be a rare opportunity and we encourage all homeowners to attend. At this meeting the latest information regarding coyote populations in urban areas; evaluate and make recommendations on how to deter the coyotes from coming into our neighborhood as well as make them stay in their natural habitats. The experts will listen, address our concerns, and provide a road map of how to best proceed. After this meeting, the Department of Fish and Game will be analyzing our coyote logs on a frequent basis to determine when and if further methods need to be implemented. We will also be in direct communication that Department on a routine basis and whenever needed. By doing this program, we will have a pro-active way of effectively dealing with this alarming safety issue. Representatives from the Bel-Air Country Club and ACS will also attend the meeting and participate in our program.

This meeting is only for residents that live in the Bel-Air Association "area." The boundaries of the Bel-Air Association are as follows: west of Beverly Glen and north of Sunset and east of Sepulveda; it includes almost to Mulholland excluding all of Glenridge, Roscomare, and Bel-Air Crest; it covers up to the 2000 block Stradella as well as all of Vicenza, Portofino, Via Verona, Savona and Roberto.

Membership in the Bel-Air Association is not mandatory for you to attend the meeting. Please ask all residents living in the area to participate!

Anyone who wishes to attend must contact us by January 15 at 310-600-5882 or coyotereport@hotmail.com and provide their contact information--as no one will be allowed access whose name is not on the attendance list.

LARGE COYOTE IN BACKYARD OF RESIDENCE WITH SMALL CHILDREN INSIDE


At 8:30 this morning we received a call from a resident on Chantilly Road. She said that she was in the kitchen with her three-year-old daughter and six-month old baby when her daughter said "mommy I'm scared" and pointed at the window. The resident looked out the window and, to her shock, she saw a very large coyote in her backyard just outside their window. She then saw the coyote walk up the stairs of the children's tree-house and then back down toward the window again where she was inside the house with the children. The coyote came very near the window and then exited the backyard. She said that the coyote was on her property for a few minutes, and did not appear to be "hunting" anything. Rather, the coyote was investigating her backyard. The family does not have any dogs and keeps their trash in tightly sealed containers. Fortunately, the children were inside and no one was harmed. This is an IMPORTANT reminder not to leave children or small dogs outside unattended. Also, it is imperative to use any deterrent method (loud noise, etc) to scare the coyotes.



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Please continue to contribute to the monitoring program 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 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

Monday, December 13, 2010

DOG FOUND -- Saturday on Carcassonne Road


On Saturday, a resident found a dog on Carcassonne Rd. She had no collar, and the animal
hospital found no chip.

If you or someone you know has lost a dog, please call the Association Office @ 310-474-3527 and we will connect you with the resident.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

TOY DONATIONS NEEDED: Bel-Air Association 2010 HOLIDAY CHARITY - Hollenbeck Youth Center

***The Bel-Air Association will be accepting unwrapped toy and monetary donations on behalf of the Hollenbeck Youth program.***

(Checks can be made-out to “Hollenbeck Youth Center” --- The Bel-Air Association can also process credit card donations and we will write one large check.)


Toys and contributions will be delivered to the youth center.


Thank you in advance for your support!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Taste of the Glen



Joe Rosa welcomes you back to the Bel-Air Marketplace after 5 years!

Look for our remodel after the 1st of the year.

Please visit our table at the Taste of the Glen.


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Friday, December 3, 2010

Fwd: Quarterly Community Meeting Notification

Dear I-405 Stakeholder,

 

This is to remind you that The Quarterly Community Meeting for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 6pm at the Mirman School Auditorium. A meeting notice with additional details is attached.

 

 

 We hope to see you there.

 

Marice Quezada, Community Relations Coordinator

Community Relations Capital Projects

One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-17-11

Los Angeles, CA  90012-2952

T 213 922 7028

F 213 922 2898

quezadama@metro.net

 

<Meeting Notice 12-9-10.pdf>

PROJECT POTHOLE'S INAUGURAL SWEEP - Saturday, Dec. 4th



ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Bel-Air Association's PROJECT POTHOLE is conducting it's inaugural sweep tomorrow, Saturday, December 4, 2010.

We've heard your concerns and fears regarding potholes in Bel-Air! Thanks to your help and contributions, we're going to work on the problem together!

After completing a Stradella -area fundraiser in September/October, the sweep will begin with portions of lower Stradella Road, Sarbonne Road, Cecina Way & Tione Road. (Other Stradella-area sweeps coming soon).


PLEASE BE ON THE LOOK-OUT FOR YOUR POTHOLES BEING FILLED IN YOUR AREA!

If you haven't, and would would like to contribute to the program, please call (310-474-3527) or email (baa@belaironline.org) the Association office.

Additionally, you can send a donation to the office at:


100 Bel-Air Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077

**Please note "Project Pothole" on the check or envelope.
(Donations typically range from $150 - $1,000)


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We met with the Bel-Air-area Street Services Supervisor today to get a good understanding of what can and can't be fixed by our pothole filling program.

Here are a few examples:

Things that cannot be patched under this program:

Alligator Cracking









Things that CAN be patched under this program:













Wednesday, December 1, 2010

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS BEING STOLEN IN BEL-AIR



It has been reported (by numerous residents) that Christmas Decorations are being stolen in Bel-Air, during both midday and in the early morning hours. We have received specific reports from Ashdale Place and north of the 1000 block of Stradella Road.

Reports of similar instances have been documented just south of Sunset Blvd on Veteran, Dreslow & S. Bentley.

The above instances have been reported to LAPD. We will be requesting LAPD and ACS to ramp up patrols for these areas.

Please keep a close eye out for suspicious activity and report it directly to W. LAPD @ 310-444-0702 or 877-ASK-LAPD. Please document license plate numbers, vehicle descriptions and specific traits of any individuals.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND COOPERATION IN STOPPING THESE THEFTS.

ACS Security can be reached at 310-475-9016.

In addition, please keep the Association updated of any instances via email (baa@belaironline.org) or phone (310-474-3527).


I-405 Project - Notice of night work Sepulveda/Sunset

ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE VICINITY OF SEPULVEDA BL BETWEEN MONTANA AV AND CHURCH LN/OVADA

The contractor will temporary reconfigure Sepulveda Bl between Bronwood Av and Sepulveda Way by shifting traffic lanes to the eastside of Sepulveda Bl., two traffic lanes in each direction will remain after the reconfiguration.

What: Street re-striping and k-rail placement

When: Work is anticipated to start on Thursday, December 2, 2010 for approximately two nights. Anticipated work hours are from 9:00pm to 6:00am, weather permitting.

Where: Sepulveda Bl between Montana Av and Church Ln/Ovada

What to expect:
· Access to residents and businesses will be maintained.
· 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 weather permitting and subject to change.

TOY DONATIONS NEEDED: Bel-Air Association 2010 HOLIDAY CHARITY - Hollenbeck Youth Center


***The Bel-Air Association will be accepting unwrapped toy and monetary donations on behalf of the Hollenbeck Youth program.***

Toys and contributions will be delivered to the youth center prior to the December 11th event.

Thank you in advance for your support!



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