Monday, February 28, 2011

TOWN MEETING: Proposed UCLA Residential Conference Center Project



Town meeting to discuss UCLA Residential Conference Center Project
St. Alban's Church (Hilgard and Westholme)
Thursday, March 3, 6-8pm



This Meeting is hosted by Westwood-Holmby Property Owners Association and
all are invited.



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Transit officials back down on plan to move Mulholland Drive bridge

By Rick Orlov rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390 Staff Writer


Faced with opposition that threatened to delay the project for more than a year, transit officials have backed away from plans to relocate the Mulholland Drive bridge over the 405 Freeway.

"We've decided that moving forward with a parallel bridge will not be feasible," said Dave Sotero, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "We made a good faith effort with the community to explore alternatives, but we are going back to our original plans."

Caltrans and Metro had originally planned to build a new overpass about 200 feet south of the current Mulholland bridge, then dismantle the old one, as part of the freeway widening project.

Now, however, the bridge will be rebuilt in its current location as part of the $1.03 billion widening of the 405 Freeway to accommodate carpool lanes.

The decision, announced late Thursday at a community meeting held by Metro and Caltrans, came amid complaints about the bridge project by nearby residents.

In addition, the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Design Review Board last week set a series of conditions on the plans for the new bridge - which would have allowed the existing bridge to remain in place for the nearly two-year construction period as the new one was built.

The main problem was the board's demand that a "world-class" architect be hired to design the new bridge.

"After careful consideration, it would be difficult to accept the recommendations ... because it would invalidate the process used," Metro said in its report.

"Due to anticipated delays in the approval process through the city of Los Angeles ... we will return to the original baseline design for the demolition and reconstruction of the Mulholland Bridge."

Sotero and other officials said the decision came down to the additional time and cost in undertaking what was demanded, which could have added a year to the decision-making process.

"When we originally planned this, we were told by the community to take a minimalist approach, which we did," Sotero said. "We had already gone through a vetting process with the community. Hiring a new architect and getting new plans would disrupt our schedule."

Plans now call for the replacement of utilities in the area to begin this summer, with construction to start on the north side of the bridge in late summer.

That work will take seven to 10 months to complete and then the south side of the bridge will be replaced.

Tom Freeman, co-founder of the Canyon Back Alliance, said he was pleased by the decision to revert to the original plans.

"There's no great victory for anyone, but we believe Metro and Caltrans did the right thing by returning to their original plans," Freeman said.

"The realignment would have created a permanent detour, dividing Mulholland into two, non-contiguous roads, forever degrading the scenic and recreational amenities of Mulholland Drive in exchange for dubious short-term traffic benefits."

Questions over the alternative proposal had been raised by several homeowner groups and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which said it wanted more details on the impact of the new bridge as it related to the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Plan.

Paul Edelman, deputy director of Natural Resources and Planning for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, said it would have been a major test of the plan, which was adopted in 1992.

Edelman said officials at the conservancy believed a new environmental impact report would be needed.

Councilman Paul Koretz, who had supported the alternative proposal, said he understood the decision.

"I thought the alternative plan would have been better by having less impact on traffic," Koretz said. "But hopefully, this will work out for the best."

 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Meeting & Protest: Tomorrow 8 - 10am -- "Save Franklin Canyon"



There will be a meeting/protest tomorrow at Hastain Trail from 8 - 10 a.m. to oppose a development in Franklin Canyon. It is organized by the group "Save Franklin Canyon."


COMMUNITY NOTICES & INFORMATION FOR YOUR REVIEW




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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING:
Onsite Shopping Cart Containment Ordinance


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Q&A: Onsite Shopping Cart Containment Ordinance


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AB 52: Health Insurance Rate Approval

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Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Villaraigosa

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REMINDER: Disable Irrigation Systems During & After Rainy Days



Thank you to the BAA member who suggested this. Please see a selection of their note below.

During the rains just before Christmas, we suffered a significant hillside failure on our property that the engineers believe was due, at least in part, to water runoff and buildup from the properties above us, including excessive irrigation runoff prior to and during the rains. On those days that rain is forecast, it might be very useful for the BAA blog to send out a notice alerting homeowners to turn off their automatic sprinklers for the duration of the rain (and for several days thereafter). In addition to perhaps preserving hillsides, this will also help preserve our water and supply and reduce homeowners' water bills.


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Please consider monitoring your irrigation systems closely during rainy times of the year. If you have a gardener that manages them directly, please ask them how they can support you in turning off irrigation during and after rains. There may be gadgets, tools or accessories on the market that will automatically disable the systems when a certain amount of rain has accumulated.


WE WELCOME SUGGESTIONS AS TO THOSE KIND OF TOOLS OR GADGETS! WE CAN THEN POST THEM ON THE BLOG FOR THE COMMUNITY TO SEE.


We can be reached at baa@belaironline.org or (310) 474-3527.

LAST NIGHT: Budget & Town Hall Meeting with Councilmember Paul Koretz



The Bel-Air Association, in partnership with Headmaster Ray Michaud of the John Thomas Dye School, hosted its first Budget and Ballot Town Hall Meeting with Councilmember Paul Koretz and his staff last night in John Dye Hall.

The City of Los Angeles Budget Hearings are coming up in March, as well as, the Measures on the City's March 8, 2011 Primary Nominating Ballot. Councilmember Koretz had an opportunity to share an in-depth report with the Bel-Air Community and neighboring residents.

A special thank you to Councilmember Paul Koretz and his dynamic team for their incredible efforts in being consistently accessible and for their efforts in communicating pertinent information on issues that affect the Bel-Air community every day.

COYOTE SPOTTED NEAR THE 2000 BLOCK OF STRADELLA ROAD

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


Around 2 PM Thursday, I saw a coyote crossing a lawn near the 2000 block of Stradella Road, then cross the street into another yard.

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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, February 24, 2011

WARNING: Burglars Posing as Contractors & Service Members



It has been brought to our attention by LAPD that recent burglaries have been conducted by individuals posing as contractors and service members (i.e. tree trimmers, pool cleaners, gardeners, etc). Instances have been reported where the burglars will approach the home unsolicited, knock on the door and offer their specific service without a prior scheduled appointment, phone call, etc. Upon gaining access to the home, whether by force or invitation:

+ one of the burglars distracts the homeowners while another loots the home; or

+ they tie-up the homeowners while the residence is robbed; or

+ (in an extreme case) they injure or kill the homeowners during the robbery

It is advised to not open the door to any unscheduled service member or contractor, and if suspicious of the individual(s), quickly mentally note their description and call 911 immediately.


TODAY -- EARLY MORNING: COYOTES ON ACANTO PLACE NEAR HOMEOWNER AND DOG

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

This morning at 6:45 my husband was approached by two coyotes while walking my son’s dog toward the Acanto Place cul-de-sac in front of the neighbor’s house. The two coyotes were full sized and healthy looking.

The animals had come down a driveway near the 1000 block – they retreated back toward the driveway at the beagle’s barking and my husband’s presence, but came forward again as he reigned in the loudly barking dog.

When I heard the strange barking of the dog I went out with an ‘instrument’ in my hand to try to chase them away as we all backed up toward our home.

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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

REMINDER - TONIGHT: Budget and Town Hall Meeting with Councilmember Paul Koretz

Dear Community Leaders and Members,

Councilmember Paul Koretz would like to invite you to a Budget and Ballot Town Hall Meeting on:

Thursday, February 24 from 7:00pm - 8:30 pm.

The event will be held at the John Thomas Dye School located at 11414 Chalon Road. LA 90049.

There is parking on the lot of the school as well as, Chalon Rd.

As you know, Budget Hearings are coming up in March as well as, the Measures on the City's March 8, 2011 Primary Nominating Ballot and the Councilmember wanted to have the opportunity to discuss both with you.

I hope you will be able to join us.

Please RSVP to me directly by Tuesday, February 22 at this email.joan.pelico@lacity.org Thank you.

Refreshments will be served.

COYOTE GRABS & DROPS SMALL DOG: Sept. 2010 near Bellagio & Casiano Intersection

Please see below a serious note from a Bel-Air neighbor. It is a sighting from the fall, but certainly noteworthy enough to still make the neighborhood aware:


On Sept 17, 2010 8:30pm (the sun had just set) we were walking our 2 dogs along the 11800 block of Bellagio (close to where Casiano and Bellagio meet). One of our dogs was off-leash about 5 feet away from me and had wandered behind a hedge. I called out to her and suddenly a coyote ran out into the street, with our dog held by the throat in its jaws. I chased after them into the street and after about 10 yards, the coyote released our dog and moved to the other side of the street. Fortunately our dog was not seriously hurt (but rather shaken)---just 2 small puncture wounds at her throat. Both our dogs had just seen the vet the day before and had their shots, so we did not take her to be examined.

As I rejoined my friend and our other dog a few blocks down (closer to Moraga), we noticed that the coyote was actually tracking us from across the street. While I guarded both dogs, my friend gave chase to the coyote, yelling and chasing it off up Bellagio.

Please note that our dogs are very active Wire Haired Fox Terriers in excellent health and very alert and at about 17 lbs, not really that small. We were very alarmed that a coyote would take on such a healthy dog.

We have since spoken with neighbors who have encountered what seems to be the same coyote which has attacked their pets as well.

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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

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Full Day Closure at Montana 2-24-11

The concrete pour at the Montana undercrossing originally scheduled for
Monday, 2/21 has been rescheduled due to wet conditions. The full-daytime
closure to perform this work will take place tomorrow, Thursday, February
24, 2011 from 9AM to 3:30PM, weather permitting.

Olga N. Arroyo

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project Metro Community Relations - Sunset
Segment

Office: 310-846-2357
Hotline 213-922-3665

Visit us online:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/405project
Twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405
Web: www.metro.net/I-405

Friday, February 18, 2011

REQUEST FOR RESIDENTS TO REVIEW - COYOTE REPORT TO BE SUBMITTED TO DEPT OF FISH AND GAME ON MONDAY 2/21/11

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for your continued efforts in dealing with this serious safety issue in our community. As you know, our area is now a part of the Wildlife Watch Program and monitored by the Calif Dept of Fish and Game who has requested that we keep a log of ALL coyote encounters. We are submitting our report on Monday, February 21 to the Dept of Fish and Game.

Please take a moment to review our report and let us know of any revisions, editions and/or additional encounters. The descriptions contained in our report are color-coded: "red" means attack on an animal; "blue" means coyotes exhibited no fear; and "black" means a coyote sighting.

You can download a copy of a report by visiting this link:

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

It is the log dated 2.16.11

(Please note the second tab is a blank log for anyone to use. After accumulating 3+ sightings, it can be emailed or faxed to us.)

When making a report to coyotereport@hotmail.com, it is important to include as much as possible of the following information:

1) The reporter's name, general block address, contact number and email

2) The location of the wild animal (address within the closest block or intersection)

3) Type of wild animal observed (coyote)

4) The actual number/amount of wild animals observed (not how many observed in ones lifetime or how many they think they heard, this is the actual amount observed during the most recent incident)

5) The date and time the wild animal is observed.

6) The condition of the wild animals. (strong, stocky, sick, Injured, orphaned, distressed)

7) What was the wild animal doing while you observed it.

8) Your pets, type and number or other animals involved/affected.

9) Describe what happened during your Encounter with Wildlife. (coyote showed no fear, ran away, etc.)

In instances where there was an attack on an animal or where the coyote exhibited no fear, it is necessary for the reporting person to make an additional report to our local shelter at 888-452-7381 and say " I want to make a wildlife incident report." You may use this number to make a report on all types of wildlife. If you make a report to the local animal shelter, please make sure to advise us of same.

We need to report all coyote encounters so that we may help identify the habituated coyotes--the coyotes that have lost their natural fear to human interaction. These coyotes pose a far greater threat to human safety than coyotes that are not habituated. Coyote aggression tends to spike up dramatically in April and May when the pups are born--we need to all remain vigilant in limiting attractants and implementing scare tactics!

As we have said before, we can’t stress enough the importance of reporting during these next few months. Please encourage all homeowners to report—it is critical to dealing with this issue—as it is our log and our direct reporting to the West Los Angeles Animal Services that will be used as part of the analysis by the Department of Fish and Game to determine how to best proceed.

On a tragic side note, it is important to remember that humans can also be attacked and sometimes killed by coyotes. Please remain safe and cautious whenever out, especially when in the presence of a wild animal.

Thank you again for your continued community support!

Coyote Task Force Team

Montana Storm Drain Relocation

The contractor will relocate an 18 inch storm drain on Montana Ave between
Sepulveda Bl and Church Ln. The 20 foot excavation will require the nightly
closure of the Montana Av undercrossing. Support of excavation beams will be
drilled into place prior to relocation work starting. Preparation work and
drilling of beams is anticipated to start on Thursday, February 17, 2011 for
approximately one week. This operation will be followed by storm drain
relocation work. Storm drain relocation work is to take place for
approximately three months. Anticipated work hours and nightly closure hours
are from 9PM to 6AM, weather permitting.

Olga N. Arroyo

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project Metro Community Relations - Sunset
Segment

Office: 310-846-2357
Hotline 213-922-3665

Visit us online:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/405project
Twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405
Web: www.metro.net/I-405

Vegetation removat at Moraga

> The contractor will begin the removal of trees and vegetation on the west side of Sepulveda Bl between Moraga Dr and Getty Center Dr. This activity is necessary for the widening of the freeway. Work is anticipated to start on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 for approximately two weeks. Anticipated work hours are from 7AM to 4PM with street lane closures starting at 9AM to 4PM. This activity is subject to change and is weather permitting.
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> Olga N. Arroyo
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> I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project
> Metro Community Relations - Sunset Segment
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> Office: 310-846-2357
> Hotline 213-922-3665
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> Visit us online:
> Facebook: www.facebook.com/405project
> Twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405
> Web: www.metro.net/I-405

Sunset and Montana soundwall removal

The contractor will remove approximately 150 feet of the freeway soundwall and barrier north of the Sunset Bridge and south and north of the Montana undercrossing. This work is necessary for the widening of the freeway and the reconstruction of the soundwalls.  Work north of the Sunset Bridge is anticipated to start the night of Tuesday, February 22, 2011 for two consecutive nights. Work at Montana Av is scheduled for three consecutive nights starting the night of Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Anticipated work hours and closure times are from 9PM to 6AM. This activity is weather permitting and subject to change.  Please see attached notice for additional information.


Olga N. Arroyo

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project
Metro Community Relations - Sunset Segment

Office: 310-846-2357
Hotline 213-922-3665

Visit us online:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/405project
Twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405
Web: www.metro.net/I-405

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Budget and Ballot Town Hall Meeting with Councilmember Paul Koretz

Dear Community Leaders and Members,

Councilmember Paul Koretz would like to invite you to a Budget and Ballot Town Hall Meeting on:

Thursday, February 24 from 7:00pm - 8:30 pm.

The event will be held at the John Thomas Dye School located at 11414 Chalon Road. LA 90049.

There is parking on the lot of the school as well as, Chalon Rd.

As you know, Budget Hearings are coming up in March as well as, the Measures on the City's March 8, 2011 Primary Nominating Ballot and the Councilmember wanted to have the opportunity to discuss both with you.

I hope you will be able to join us.

Please RSVP to me directly by Tuesday, February 22 at this email. joan.pelico@lacity.org Thank you.

Refreshments will be served.

Sincerely, Joan

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS TO PARTICIPATE IN VETERAN APPRECIATION EVENT

Dear Friends,

As you might recall from an earlier email, the VA is hosting a volunteer event this Thursday with a Valentine's Day theme. They are asking for community volunteers who are interested to participate as a sign of appreciation by spending time with Veterans who are patients there.

They need help with both set-up/organizing from 3-6 pm and for the event itself, which starts at 6 pm (end time not clear).

The address is 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.

If you want to go, please report to the Multi-Purpose Room in the main hospital, which is just south of Wilshire Blvd. and next to the 405.

When you check in at the front desk, you will likely be asked for ID. Tell them that you are going to the multi-purpose room for the Valentine's Day event and that you are looking for Barrett Wade.

I am also passing along the request that you sign up in advance by sending an email to Shannon Vaughn, one of the UCLA Veterans Coordinators, at SVaughn@saonet.ucla.edu. She will place your name on a list of volunteers. Please sign up in advance with her by sending an email by Tuesday night so that you're on the list. If you are not on the list, then entry might be delayed.

Please feel free to share this with others who might be interested.

Thanks

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Baseline Hillside Ordinance - City Attorney Draft Ordinance and Report Completed

Greetings All:

 

I know you haven't heard from us in a while, but we didn't want to send any email messages until we had an official update.  I am happy to announce that the City Attorney's Office has completed their draft of the Baseline Hillside Ordinance and has transmitted its report to the City Council.  To download a copy of the City Attorney Report go to the following link:  http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2010/10-1001_RPT_ATTY_02-11-11.pdf

 

For those of you who would like to see the final draft of the new regulations, the City Attorney Report contains a draft of the Ordinance as it will go into the Zoning Code.

 

If you recall, the City Council had approved the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance provisions with some minor changes on August 4, 2010 and asked the City Attorney's Office to review and prepare the official Ordinance.

 

What's Next?

 

The next step is for the City Council to schedule the Baseline Hillside Ordinance for one of their upcoming meetings and take their final action on it.  FYI, the Department of City Planning has no control over when an item is scheduled to go before the City Council.

 

There are still at least 2 steps left to go before the Ordinance is officially adopted, which have been summarized below: 

·  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.

 

Useful Links

 

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.

 

Finally, we would like to thank you all for your patience as we've gone through the legislative process.

 

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
City of Los Angeles - 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

405 / Sepulveda Project: Full Day Closure at Montana 2-18-11

The contractor will pour concrete to form the abutment walls of the Montana
undercrossing. This work requires a one day-full closure of Montana Av
between Sepulveda Bl and Church LN. Work is anticipated to start on Friday,
February 18, 2011 for one day only. Anticipated work hours and closure
times are from 9AM to 3:30PM, weather permitting. This activity is subject
to change and might be reschedule to Monday, February 21, 2011, weather
permitting. Traffic will be detoured via Church Ln.


ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE VICINITY OF MONTANA AV BEWEEN
SEPULVEDA BL AND CHURCH LN

The contractor will pour concrete to form the abutment walls of the Montana
undercrossing. This work requires a one day-full closure of Montana Av
between Sepulveda Bl and Church LN.

What: Full closure for concrete pour

When: Work is anticipated to start on Friday, February 18, 2011 for one day
only. Anticipated work hours and closure times are from 9AM to 3:30PM,
weather permitting. This activity is subject to change and might be
reschedule to Monday, February 21, 2011, weather permitting.

Where: Montana Av between Sepulveda Bl and Church Ln

What to expect:
. Access to residents and businesses will be maintained via Church Ln.
. Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
. EB Montana Av traffic will be detoured to NB Church Ln, to SB Sepulveda
Bl, back to Montana Av.
. WB Montana Av traffic will be detoured to NB Sepulveda Bl, to SB Church Ln
back to Montana Av.
. Sepulveda Bl traffic will be maintained with one lane on each direction.
. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.
. Work is weather permitting and subject to change.

Olga N. Arroyo

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project Metro Community Relations - Sunset
Segment

Office: 310-846-2357
Hotline 213-922-3665

Visit us online:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/405project
Twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405
Web: www.metro.net/I-405

Monday, February 14, 2011

THREE COYOTES SPOTTED: 1100 Block of Casiano Road

Please see below several notes from a Bel-Air neighbor:


Three coyotes were confidently walking up the street at 8 pm, Sunday night, February 13th on the 1100 block of Casiano Road. They were not intimated by the appearance of an adult from the residential home. They continued on their merry way.

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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, February 11, 2011

BEL-AIR SKUNK PROBLEM - Info & Facts about Skunks and how to Discourage them



http://www.laanimalservices.org/wildlife_skunks.htm



UNIQUE AMONG ANIMALS

Many people have experienced skunks without ever having seen one. It is not that uncommon to have a skunk’s strong and musky odor permeate the air around our homes and find unusual holes in the lawn, which are telltale signs of a skunk’s nighttime forays.

Skunks are wide-spread, successful animals that are able to survive in many different environments. They can be found throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Skunks are small, furred mammals belonging to a family of animals known as Mustelidae. This family includes badgers, ferrets, fishers, martens, minks, otters, weasels and wolverines. The Genus name for skunk is Mephitis, which is Latin for “bad odor”.

A Skunk’s Life

Skunks owe their well deserved reputation to the two scent glands located on either side of their anus. These scent glands are a powerful defense against attack, and most animals will tangle with a skunk only once. Skunks are regularly preyed upon by coyotes and owls.

Skunks are omnivorous and nocturnal creatures. In the nighttime they can be found foraging in gardens and lawns for insects, fruit, vegetables, amphibians, bird’s eggs and many other food items. They relish snails, grubs and small rodents, among many other common garden pests.

Skunks are secretive and solitary, and although they prefer to flee if approached, they will stand their ground if threatened.

Skunks are relatively inactive during the winter months. Young are born in the spring to coincide with nice weather and abundance of food, and are blind and deaf at birth. On warm summer nights, female skunks are often observed with their 4 – 6 young following close behind. Youngsters usually disperse late in the summer.

That Smell!

Skunks are well aware of the weapon they have at their disposal, and may discharge an extremely obnoxious scent if provoked. A skunk’s black and white color serves as a warning, particularly when displaying their tail high in the air. A skunk may stamp its front feet as further warning. Before spraying, a skunk may bend into a U-shape with both head and rump facing the enemy. The two streams of scent can travel upwards of 15 feet, and may permeate the air for a mile or more. Males also use this scent to mark territory and advertise to the opposite sex.

Skunk Hazards

Should people or pets get sprayed at close range, the noxious smell is likely to cause great discomfort and nausea. If sprayed in the eyes, the oily gland secretion will burn and may cause temporary blindness. According to current literature, this effect lasts only a few minutes as the chemical is purged from the eyes by tears.

Skunks and Disease
In many parts of the country, and especially Southern California, skunks are often carriers of sylvatic rabies (wildlife rabies), and are normally second only to bats as a source of the deadly disease. Fortunately, the State of California requires by law that our domestic pets are vaccinated against rabies and because of the nocturnal habits of the skunks, there are very few reported cases in pets and humans. Skunks normally avoid humans and the virus does not survive very long outside the body. Because of this, there is very little chance of contracting the disease from a skunk. Territory and mating disputes among skunks are two of the primary reasons for the spread of the disease in the species.

It is very important to avoid contact with a skunk. You should immediately contact your local animal care and control agency if you observe any of the following:

  • Any skunk during the daylight hours.
  • Any skunk that appears to be injured, sick or acting unusual.
  • Any direct contact between a skunk and your pet resulting in scratches or bites. (Speak with your veterinarian and Los Angeles County Veterinary Public Health if such contact occurs).
  • Any direct contact between a human and a skunk. (Seek medical advice and attention immediately upon any direct physical contact with any wildlife.)

Feeding Skunks?

In the City of Los Angeles, it is unlawful to feed wildlife. (53.06.5 L.A.M.C.) Feeding can increase the danger of the spread of disease and draws in larger predators. Wild animals fed by humans may quickly lose their natural fear and possibly attack without provocation. Wildlife habituated to humans feeding them often have to be destroyed because of the danger they pose to neighborhood pets and residents. There is plenty of natural food available for skunks in the wild.

Skunk Benefits

Skunks do a great job at keeping down rodents and insects. They will eat mice, black widow spiders, scorpions, and other insects as well.

DISCOURAGING SKUNKS

Remove woodpiles and debris to eliminate skunk hiding places. Thin dense vegetation. If you have fruit trees or a vegetable garden, remove all fallen, ripened fruit and vegetables on a daily basis.

  • Speak to your local nursery about control of insects and grubs skunks love to eat. The health of your garden is dependent on many of the small micro fauna and insects under the soil and in the garden.
  • If you suspect a skunk is living under your house, toss a few mothballs or ammonia soaked rags into the crawlspace. When the skunk leaves (it may take several days), make sure all crawlspace screens are in good repair and secure. Remember that April through August there may be babies that will orphaned by this procedure, so try to do it before or after this time. (do not place mothballs near air ducts leading into your home).
  • Use motion activated devices such as lights and sprinklers. Try placing a radio in the den site set to a talk station, this may cause the skunk to move on.
  • Fill or cover any holes under sheds or other structures that may provide a home for skunks.

Common Q&A

  • What should I do if I encounter a skunk? Make very slow, deliberate movements away from the skunk. Do not run or move quickly as they are easily frightened and sudden movement may cause them to spray.
  • What should I do if the skunk sprays me, my pet or in my house? To reduce the odor on hair, skin, or pets use tomato juice or vinegar. There are many products on the market designed to eliminate skunk odors, but it may take several treatments. You may find some remedies on the internet.

Tip: If you’re not sure whether a wild animal is currently under a house or shed, lay a thin layer of white flour in front of the opening, hole or space in question. Check the spot several times during the night. When animal tracks are seen leading away from the spot, you can secure the screen or hole. You may need to repeat this if there is more than one animal.

SEVERAL COYOTE REPORTS NEAR LINDA FLORA & CASIANO - Coyotes were size of a German Shepherd

Please see below several notes from a Bel-Air neighbor:


Report #1:

Tuesday, January 25th at 7:30 pm, homeowner saw a large coyote (size of German Shepherd) cross the street at Linda Flora and Orum Drive. This location is one block north of John Thomas Dye School.

Report # 2:

On Wed (January 26th)--around noon, A homeowner and her friend (6'1" male) along with their two big dogs were walking on a hiking trail near Casiano Drive. They walked about 1/3 of the trail when they saw a large coyote (bigger than German shepherds) approx 100 yards ahead of them facing toward them. The coyote walked toward them and stopped about 50 yards in front of them. As they got closer, they tried to "shoo" away the coyote. Then another coyote walked down and stood next to the first coyote. Both coyotes stood and stared at the the homeowner and her friend who were holding their dogs on leashes. They yelled, but the coyotes just stood there and stared at them. After a few minutes, the homeowner and her friend turned around and walked back on the hiking trail toward Casiano. This "stare down" took place just north of the John Thomas Dye School.

Report #3:

On Monday, Feb 1 at midday, homeowner saw a coyote (approx size of German Shepherd) at Linda Flora and Orum. This location is one block north of John Thomas Dye School.

Report #4:

On Sunday, Feb 6, homeowner saw a large coyote (size of German Shepherd) at 7:00pm in the front yard of a house located at Linda Flora and Chalon--across the street from John Thomas Dye. The homeowner shined her headlights at the coyote and the coyote ran into the flowerbeds of the house and up the hill.

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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, February 10, 2011

COYOTE FOLLOWS OWNER & SMALL DOG: TODAY -- 1000 Block of Chantilly Road

Please see a note from a Bel-Air neighbor:


This morning, near the 1000 Block of Chantilly Road, a neighbor was walking their small, 12-pound dog when the owner noticed the dog kept looking backwards. When the owner turned around, he saw what appeared to be a young coyote slowly following them. The owner stopped with the dog and turned around to face the coyote, who appeared to be unafraid.

The owner and his dog crossed the street back-and-forth over a couple minutes time, only to have the coyote continue to follow. Just before reaching their home, the coyote finally crossed to the opposite side of the road from the owner/dog.

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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

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

NEW Bel-Air Association Member Benefit Card VENDOR: Club Prive' Salon

The Bel-Air Association welcomes one of our newest Member Benefits Card Vendors:

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Only Bel-Air Association members are entitled to the following exclusive discounts:

50% Off First New Client Facial
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KCET's "SoCal Connected" Airing Story on Selling Advertising Space in City Parks And Recreation Facilities






This past October, BanBillboardBlight was the first to report that the L.A. Recreation and Parks Commission was planning to sell space in city parks for signs and banners with images from the upcoming Warner Bros. "Yogi Bear" movie. Community protest caused the plug to be pulled on that plan, but instead of dying it morphed into something much more insidious--a marketing campaign to sell thousands upon thousands of square feet of advertising space in parks across the city. KCET's excellent SoCal Connected series is airing a segment on the issue this coming Thursday at 9 p.m., and if you share a concern with commercialization of public space and pitching corporate brands to a captive audience of both adults and children who use parks for recreation and a respite from the urban environment, you'll want to be sure to watch. For a promo, click here.


Other News in the Wonderful World of Outdoor Advertising

City Attorney's Fight Against Illegal Supergraphic Ads Pays Off: Sign Company to Pay $4 million Fine
USC Graduate Student Creates L.A. Billboard Map
L.A.'s Major Billboard Companies Paid Almost $1 million to Lobby City Officials Last Year
City Councilman Says Budget Cuts Mean No Action Possible on New City Sign Ordinance



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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Project: Quarterly Meeting Notification

This email is to inform you of the location for the Quarterly Meeting.

 

The Quarterly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will take place at the Westwood Recreation Center located at 1350 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90025, Room # C

 

There is available parking at the center.

 

I look forward to seeing all of you on February 24, 2011.

 

Community Meeting

JOIN US FOR PROJECT UPDATES

Construction schedule, milestones, and upcoming activities

Community Relations updates

 

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Westwood Recreational Center

1350 S. Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90025

Room # C

 

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Community Relations at 213-

922-3665 or I405@metro.net

 

For project updates visit our website: www.metro.net/405

Follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/I_405

 

 

Regards,

 

Marice Quezada, Community Relations Coordinator

Community Relations Capital Projects

One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-13-1

Los Angeles, CA  90012-2952

T 213 922 7028

F 213 922 2898

quezadam2@metro.net