Thursday, June 30, 2011

Suspicious Activity outside of Bel-Air Home - Sarbonne/Chalon-area - Saturday June 25th - 3:30pm

A suspicious incident occurred last Saturday (June 25) in the Sarbonne/Chalon-area whereby a man went to every gate of a Bel-Air home and attempted to look into the property for over six minutes. The man was Caucasian--between 22 and 28 years old. He had dark hair, glasses, wearing khaki shorts with a blue shirt (#2 on the back). The housekeeper saw his behavior and went out to ask him what he wanted. He ignored her (which was suspicious, too). The housekeeper thinks she may have seen the same man a few weeks ago sitting in his car in front of the same home with a laptop and file, but isn't sure. During Saturday's incident, he appeared to be carrying a pen and small notepad. At one point he intentionally waved at one of the security cameras and continued staring into it.

Below are several pictures. Please notify LAPD @ 1-877-ASK-LAPD, ACS Security @ (310) 475-9016 and the Bel-Air Association 310-474-3527 should you see any additional suspicious activity or have any information related to the above activities.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

COYOTE AROUND RESIDENT'S POOL - Monday, June 20th - Midnight

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

Because of the hot weather last night (Monday 20th) we left the window open in the room when our medium-sized Golden Poodle sleeps overlooking the rear yard. We heard the dog barking around 10:30 last night and at the same time we also heard a coyote howling but didn’t recognize it at the time for what it was. We knew the dog was safe as a solid insect grill protected his window. 90 minutes later (around midnight) I switched off the exterior lights around the pool (on the other side of the house) to be confronted by a solitary coyote staring at me. We stayed looking at one another for a minute or so – separated by the pool and a distance of about 10 yards - and then I banged the sliding doors to and fro and the coyote fled. What shocked us was that, presumably attracted by the scent of our dog, the coyote appeared to have lurked around our house for at least an hour and a half looking for a way in. He was desperate and, like your other correspondents, we are concerned that there will be return visits.

Our house is in the 1600s on Stone Canyon Road.


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


Dept. of Fish & Game Recommends Caution Around Coyotes

Media Contacts:
Kevin Brennan, DFG Inland Deserts Region, (951) 659-2468
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

If you’re in the outdoors anywhere in California this spring, you might cross paths with one of the state’s most common predators – the coyote. Clever, nimble and quick, the coyote may at first glance appear to be more of a nuisance than a direct threat. But don’t let your guard down, the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) warns.

Coyotes – especially those who live in urban settings and have grown accustomed to humans – can become emboldened to the point where they become a public safety threat.

“Once coyotes become habituated to people, they begin to exhibit increased levels of aggression, which can lead to biting incidents,” explained Kevin Brennan, a DFG biologist who works out of Idyllwild (Riverside County). Brennan has responded to hundreds of coyote incidents and is familiar with the inevitably unhappy result when coyotes become accustomed to humans.

The coyote (Canis latrans) is a member of the dog family and is native to California. It closely resembles a small German shepherd with the exception of the long snout and bushy, black-tipped tail. Because they are tolerant of human activities and rapidly adjust to changes in their environment, the highly adaptable coyote populates virtually the entire state.

Brennan notes that coyotes are actually the most populous in suburban neighborhoods, in part because there are so many food sources available to them in addition to their usual diet of rabbits, mice, birds and other small animals, young deer and sheep. Those additional food sources include left-out pet food and left-out pets, as well as unsecured garbage in neighborhoods and the rodents such garbage attracts. When coyotes are allowed access to human food and garbage, either deliberately or inadvertently, they can lose their fear of people and become a real danger.

The key to minimizing coyote-human contact is based on educating the public about coyote behavior and taking sensible precautions, Brennan said.

“Never allow coyotes to become accustomed to your surroundings, because familiarity can lead to contempt,” Brennan said.

While DFG does not collect statistics on coyote attacks, Brennan said, “There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t receive calls concerning nuisance coyotes.”

To avoid problems with coyotes, people should follow these guidelines:

  • Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes. The result may be deadly conflicts or serious injuries to pets, livestock and even small children.
  • Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.
  • Be aware that coyotes are more active in the spring, when feeding and protecting their young.
  • If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction.
  • Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.

Most coyote sightings should be reported to local animal control districts. However, if a coyote acts aggressively or attacks people, call 911. For more information, visit


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


Friday, June 24, 2011

Mulholland Bridge Closures



The closure of the Mulholland Bridge will continue for three more nights next week between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am.  The scheduled work requiring the closure of the Mulholland Bridge will occur tonight, Friday June 24, 2011, as planned.  The Mulholland Bridge closure is anticipated to resume next week starting Monday, June 27, 2011, for three consecutive nights between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am.  This work is required as part of early preparation work for the demolition of the Mulholland Bridge on the weekend of July 16-17.


Ron Macias

Community Relations Officer

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project

(310) 846 - 3564


I-405 Project Hotline 213-922-3665


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

From NBCLA: Local Businesses Preparing for So-Called "Carmageddon"

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The warnings from city and county officials began weeks ago -- a major weekend closure is planned for the 405 Freeway this summer.
The message might be getting across, but some business community leaders on the Westside think an important detail might be getting lost in the anticipation of what's become known as "Carmageddon."
"In Brentwood Village, in particular, we've seen about a 40-percent drop in traffic," said Jay Handal, chair of the West LA Neighborhood Council and owner of San Gennaro restaurant. "All they hear is, 'The 405 will be closed on the weekend.' They don't hear that it's the 15, 16, 17 of July."
Just so we're clear: The 405 will be closed between the 101 and 10 freeways, starting July 15. The road will reopen the following Monday. Details, tweets, alternates, updates available here.
"What are our elected officials thinking?" Handal asked. "Let's scare everybody out of town and make sure nobody in the area does business."
From the mayor: "Plan ahead. Avoid the area. Or, stay home."
From Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky: "Stay the heck outta here."
Yaroslavky also has a feature on his website: 53 Ways to Survive Without the 405. It includes suggestions like tear out your lawn and replace it with native plants, plan your next vacation, shop online and play board games.
As for Handal, he plans to stay open and offer free delivery.
Manny Ghaffari plans to keep his pizzeria open, too. His restaurant is located on Sepulveda Boulevard near the 405 Freeway entrance ramp.
"It's only two days. It's not the end of the world," he said. "Why should I close down? I have my neighbors. They need me."
Ghaffari said he plans to be "very busy" during that weekend because people might not leave the neighborhood.

Manny's Pizzeria
651 N. Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90049
Dine in- Delivery-Catering

From Assembly member Mike Feurer: Stop Urban Blight: Report Illegal Mobile Billboards!

Thanks to a bill that Assembly member Bob Blumenfield and I jointly authored last year, the City of Los Angeles can now take action to get ugly mobile billboards off our streets.  These signs create a safety hazard by impairing the visibility of pedestrians and drivers, reduce on-street parking, and constitute visual blight. LAPD has stepped up enforcement of the ordinance and has set up a hotline so that you can help them locate and remove these trailers from the streets of Los Angeles.

If you see a billboard mounted on a trailer and parked on a public street (not private property), please call the mobile billboard reporting hotline at either (818) 752-5100 or (213) 485-4184, press 2 and be prepared to provide the trailer's license plate number and the street block location. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact my district office.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

405 Closure Maps for July 16-17th - Confused Yet?


Coyotes Kill Another Pet & More Coyotes Sighted in Bel~Air

From a resident on the 100 Block of North Bentley:
Sadly I am reporting that our dog was killed by coyotes last night.  She has an outdoor, fenced dog house and dog run.  The coyote(s) jumped the fence and took her out into the garden. We found hair and her collar under some trees.  I had thought about making the fence taller, but never did -- we have kept her there when she wasn't in the house for 10 years.  Perhaps our bad experience will encourage others to be alert to coyotes stalking small domestic animals.

From a resident on the 1000 Block of Chantilly:
We had 3 coyotes in our backyard.  Our dogs were in the back and we heard one of our pugs barking like crazy.  Our housekeeper looked and saw that there was a coyote staring at our pug and stood only 15 feet away.  There were two other coyotes (approx 100 feet away) that were moving in closer.  When we heard our housekeeper screaming, we ran down the stairs two see these HUGE coyotes in our backyard (approx 40lbs each).  My husband ran into the back and grabbed a pipe to scare the closest coyote away.  Eventually all 3 scampered off up the hill.  We have never seen them in our backyard before and we are devastated that they may have now "marked" our house.  

From a resident on the 2000 Block of Stradella Rd:
We spotted a young, thin coyote crossing Stradella Rd about 10:30PM on June 14th. He disappeared into the side of someone's yard.

Please continue to contribute to the monitoring program by emailing all sightings to


LA City Street Services repair the East Gate Antique Lantern Today!

The Bel-Air Association in partnership with LA City Street Services was able to work together in repairing the antique street light at the East Gate.  It has been broken for several years and the Bel-Air Association was placed at the top of the list because of security reasons and darkness in the neighborhood at night.  The antique light was repaired quickly and efficiently by the crew today.  

Monday, June 20, 2011

Additional Mulholland Bridge Work



This construction notice is regarding additional work that is required to complete the installation of a water valve near the Mulholland Bridge.  This work will require the Mulholland Bridge to be closed from 10 pm to 6 am for four nights beginning Sunday, June 19, to the night of Friday, June 24.  This work is necessary to prepare for the upcoming demolition of the south half of the Mulholland Bridge.






The contractor will resume minor utility work, involving the installation of a water valve,

within approximately 500 feet to the west of the Mulholland Bridge. This work will require

the closure of the Mulholland Bridge between the hours of 10 pm – 6 am for a total of four

more nights throughout the week of Sunday, June 19, to the night of Friday, June 24. The

water valve installation is part of early preparation work activities for the upcoming

demolition of the south half of the Mulholland Bridge.


This full closure of the Mulholland Bridge is necessary to safely complete this operation.

The schedule for the upcoming full closure of the Mulholland Bridge is as follows:


Nights of Mulholland Bridge Closure

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011


What: The installation of a water valve, within approximately 500 feet to the west of the

Mulholland Bridge.


When: Work and the closure of the Mulholland Bridge is anticipated to continue for four

more nights during the week of Sunday, June 19, 2011 through the night of Friday,

June 24, 2011, between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am, weather permitting.


Where: Mulholland Drive Bridge


What to Expect:

The Mulholland Drive Bridge will be closed from 10 pm to 6 am for four nights during the

week of Sunday, June 19, to the night Friday, June 24

Emergency vehicle access will be maintained

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

For latest updates visit our website at or follow us on twitter: and Facebook at project .



Ron Macias

Community Relations Officer

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project

(310) 846 - 3564


I-405 Project Hotline 213-922-3665


Friday, June 17, 2011

REMINDER: HOTEL BEL-AIR NEWS – June 20, 2011 - 10 am to 4pm – STREET DELAYS

STREET DELAYS next Monday, June 20th
The Hotel Bel-Air will have a delivery of a new trailer.

The trailer will be brought in around 10am on June 20th and it will take a couple of hours to move the trailer into place in the lower car park.

During that time, the street will be blocked for short periods of time as the trailer will be maneuvered up the drive.

Flag men will be directing and supervising traffic.

Thank you to our Bel-Air neighbors who have been so patient during the renovation project.

Paulette DuBey, Executive Director, The Bel-Air Association

I-405 Closure: Community Meeting

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COMMUNITY MEETINGJoin us for a community meeting regarding the Mulholland Bridge Demolition & Reconstruction activities scheduled for July 16-17 and the related closure of the I-405 freeway. Representatives from Metro, Caltrans, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol will be on hand to provide you information regarding the closure of the 405 freeway from I-10 to US 101 in the northbound direction and US 101 to Getty Center Drive in the southbound direction. The representatives will be available to answer your questions.
Thursday, June 23, 2011


The Skirball Center, Ahmanson Hall
2701 N Sepulveda Bl
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Will be available in the parking garage onsite, just north of the entrance
to the lobby

            213.922.3665       or email

Thursday, June 16, 2011

From Zev's BLOG: 53 ways to survive without the 405

In case you haven’t heard, Los Angeles wants you to get out of town the weekend of July 15-18, or to make it a stay-close-to-home time as demolition of the Mulholland Bridge shuts down the 405 Freeway. For those of you planning to tough it out here in L.A., we asked some of our county colleagues to help us compile tips for turning 53 hours of Carmaggedon fever into some good communal karma. Here’s what we came up with:

Hunkering down

1. Honor the demise of the Mulholland Bridge by holding a mini-film festival of movies from 1960, the year it was completed. Some classic options include “Psycho” and “Spartacus.” Or see how far you can get, screening your way through AFI’s list of  America’s 100 Greatest Movies
2. Continue the mid-century theme by making a playlist that includes 1960 hits such as “It’s Now or Never” and “Only the Lonely.”
3. Adopt a pet from a local animal shelter, and spend the weekend introducing your newest family member to your home and neighborhood. Locate a nearby L.A. County shelter here; call ahead to find out whether they have animals ready for same-day adoption.
4. Dust off some old board games and hold a Clue, Scrabble or backgammon marathon. At least that little Monopoly car will still be able to zip around the board, even if the rest of Southern California is stuck in a weekend-long Sigalert.
5. Plan your next vacation(s).
6. While away a few hours perusing the Los Angeles Public Library’s digital collections of old movie posterstravel postersfruit crate labels and photographs. (Just type in a keyword such as “Hollywood” and a year span of, say, 1959-1960, and start feasting your eyes on some amazing shots.)
7. Join Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne in his yearlong “Reading L.A.” project. The July titles include “The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory” and “Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir.”
8. Get an early jump on your holiday shopping without getting out of your pajamas by patronizing some of these L.A. County online stores.
9. Get organized, and do some good at the same time: Clean out your pantry and donate non-expired canned goods to a food bank. Go through closets for items to give to a charitable thrift shop. Gather up loose change and earmark the proceeds for a cause you care about.
10. Take this quiz and see if your kitchen could earn an “A” from county public health inspectors.
11. Make sure you have emergency kits in your car and at home. Check out the Department of Public Health’s emergency preparedness site for its list of 10 essential items. Update your familyemergency preparedness plan and practice it. And while you’re at it, check out the county Fire Department’s fire prevention resources, too.

Building community

12. If you have a pool, invite your neighbors over for a swim and an outdoor movie.
13. Go door-to-door and collect neighbors’ phone numbers and email contacts for an emergency phone tree.
14. Organize a block party.
15. Buy a large canvas and set it on an easel in front of your house along with paints, brushes and a sign asking passersby to get artistic.
16. Enlist your neighbors in a community walking group.
17. Start a Neighborhood Watch group.
18. Drop by your local firepolice or sheriff’s station and say hello.
19. Take an interest in where your neighborhood lands in the county’s redistricting process by weighing in here. The Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt a redistricting plan by August, 2011.
20. Make a list of 10 people you haven’t spoken to in a long time and call them to say hello. Better yet, surprise each of them with a handwritten letter.
21. Check in on a sick or elderly neighbor and offer your services in the yard, kitchen or laundry room, or as an errand-runner for the afternoon. A ride to religious services might be appreciated, too.
22. Form a neighborhood group to ride in the new northbound 405 carpool lane that will stretch from the 10 to the 101 when the Sepulveda Pass project wraps up in 2013…and share the gainthat comes after the pain.

Out and about

23. Be the first on your block to experience the Natural History Museum’s spectacular newDinosaur Hall, which opens July 16. Public transportation options are probably best; find themhere.
24. Frolic in a local park. Los Angeles County has more than 150 of them, so pack your Frisbee and a picnic and enjoy the summertime weather with your family. More information about park locations and amenities is here.
25. Get a library card. Or, if you already have one, make it a point to drop by over the weekend and learn about opportunities for volunteering or donating.
26. Get a group together for a Metrolink daytrip. San Juan Capistrano, anyone? Check out the station map here for other possible destinations.
27. Plug your address into and find out how walkable your neighborhood is. Then start hoofing it.
28. Patronize locally-owned businesses. (Many will show up, along with other amenities such as parks, on Walk Score, above.)
29. Take a hike. Trail systems in Los Angeles range from easy strolls to challenging hillsides.  Find one that’s close to you.
30. Hit the links at a county golf course. Skip the cart rental and enjoy the walk.
31. Stock up on healthy fruits and vegetables at your local farmers market.
32. Grab your camera and head out in search of your neighborhood’s most distinctive features, from lampposts and architecture to flowerbeds and wildlife. Share your photos on Supervisor Yaroslavsky’s website.
33. Whether your taste in entertainment runs more to “Shrek The Musical” at the Pantages orSarah McLachlan at the Hollywood Bowl or “Les Misérables” at the Ahmanson, there’s a way to get there by public transportation. And this is just the weekend to give it a try.

Make it a green weekend

34. Tear out your lawn and replace it with native plants.
35. Plant a tree. Or outsource the work to TreePeople, in honor of someone you love.
36. Start a garden. The benefits—fresh air, exercise—will go well beyond the tasty vegetables and herbs you’ll harvest. Tips are here.
37. If you’ve already got a garden, host a garden party (fancy hats optional) and send everybody home with a cutting.
38. Organize or join a produce-sharing cooperative on your block…and start off by pooling backyard lemons and making a giant batch of lemonade for everyone to share.
39. Start a backyard compost pile. (Read up first on all the benefits here.)
40. Get in line for some green by signing up your house for Energy Upgrade California
41. Calculate your home’s solar energy potential.
42. Grab your reusable shopping bags and flaunt them everywhere you shop in honor of the county’s new plastic bag ban.
43. If you live near the beach, or can get there on the bus, take to the sand and help clean it up. For a list of more organized clean-up activities, look here.
44. Find out how and where to get rid of used motor oil or old computers and other “e-waste.”
45. Install some eco- and design-friendly rainbarrels to store rainwater from your roof for future use. (More information starts on Page 27 of this county manual.)

Go car-free for a day—or forever

46. Ride the subway for free all weekend long.
47. Explore a wealth of summer destinations on public transportation.
48. While you’re riding, check out the art. Or really save energy and check out Metro’s artvirtually.
49. Go out to eat without guzzling gas. The possibilities range from pastrami to rice porridge on Metro’s Dining Map.
50. Help plan and promote the next car-free CicLAvia.
51. Look up the bike trail that’s nearest to your house, and give it a try. Detailed path maps arehere.
52. Get a pedestrian’s eye view of L.A. history by following one of these self-guided Angel’s Walk itineraries. Other downtown walks are here.
53. Practice riding your bike to work …and then when Monday rolls around, really do it. And congratulations, you made it through 53 hours without the 405 Freeway!