Thursday, July 28, 2011

Severe Pothole: To Be Fixed - Copa de Oro & Bel-Air Road

The Bel-Air Association's Project Pothole program has identified and is working with Street Services to have the below pictured severe pothole filled.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

From CurbedLA: Red Light Camera Tickets - To Pay or Not To Pay. . .

As Los Angeles officials have debated killing the city's red light program over the last month and a half, we've all learned a startling and important fact: there's not a lot of consequence to not paying your ridiculously expensive red light ticket (some run close to $500). But, it's also important to know that there is still some consequence. Every red light runner (or rolling right turner) must choose for himself whether or not to pay--and to help, the LA Times ran an article today on all the things that can and can't happen to those who skip out on the check. Here's the rundown for and against non-payment:
Pros: Not Paying Your Red Light Ticket
-- LA County Superior Court has decided that the practice of mailing tickets to offenders rather than handing them over is unfair, so it doesn't really enforce collections
-- The Court won't notify the state DMV, so the ticket won't show up as a "pre-conviction" and affect your license or registration renewal
-- The Court might send your ticket to a collection agency, but it won't show up on your credit report
Cons: Paying Your Red Light Ticket
-- If you've fought your ticket in court and been ordered to pay a fine, you'll still have to pay
-- Some drivers have said insurance companies "threatened" to raise their premiums for unpaid red light tickets
-- If someone (like a potential employer) runs a background check, it'll show your red light ticket as delinquent
What about the poor schmucks who've already paid? (The Court, which covers all of LA County, estimates that 60% of tickets get paid.) City Councilmember Paul Koretz says refunds aren't likely, but supposedly class-action lawyers are watching the red light situation and judging whether to swoop in. Ticket via Photo Enforced 
· Who knew L.A.'s red-light camera fines were 'voluntary'? [LAT]

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

LAPD National Night Out - Tuesday August 2 , 2011 5:00-9:00 PM

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Stoner Park Recreation Center

1833 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025



For further information, call

West Los Angeles Community Police Station,

Community Relations Office: 310-444-0730







Monday, July 25, 2011

POTHOLE PATROL: On Thurston this past weekend

The Bel-Air Association's

Project Pothole Program

conducted a sweep this past weekend.

It hit Thurston Ave, Place & Circle.

We hope the neighbors of these streets have noticed the repairs and felt a little smoother ride during their travels.

A big thank you to those Thurston-area neighbors who donated to this new program in order to make it a success!

CAR VANDALISM: Linda Flora Drive

Over the weekend, a member near the 1000 block of Linda Flora Drive reported two separate car vandalism incidents. The time frame of the first is not specific, but in that instance, the vehicle window was broken. Just this past Saturday night, the owner's taillight was busted on one vehicle while another brand new vehicle endured some additional damage.

The vehicles have been parked on the street in all instances.

The incidents have already or will be reported to ACS Security and LAPD.

In the event of any incident or vandalism, please contact LAPD immediately. If it is a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. If it is not life threatening, please call 1-877-ASK-LAPD.

Separately, please contact ACS Security at 310-475-9016.

The Bel-Air Association's contact info is as follows:

310-474-3527 /

COYOTE DETERRENT: Close Trash Lids Tightly

As a COYOTE DETERRENT technique, please wait and put trash out as close to time of pick-up as possible, and make sure lids are tightly fastened. Over-filled cans that don't allow closed lids are an appetizing target for hungry wildlife.


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, July 22, 2011

Bel~Air bottoms out on New Los Angeles Walk Scores Ranking

Downtown LA shamed Bel~Air in the latest Walk Score Ratings for our fair city.
Downtown scored a whopping 92 while Bel~Air limped in at 26 with a 92 out of 95 ranking.
Silver lining?  At least we beat Beverly Glen!

CLICK HERE for the full rankings and scores

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

From Metro: I-405 Freeway Closure Thank you, we couldn't have done it without you.

Dear Partner,

Thank you again for your cooperation during the Mulholland Bridge demolition and freeway closure. We have one final request. Please click here to complete a short survey, which should take less than 5 minutes. We would like to understand how we can improve our communication system for the second phase of demolition.

We appreciate your continued support of Metro and the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project!

Thank you.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The 405 Freeway has REOPENED!

Certain on/off ramps are still closed until 3PM.

405 to Reopen Early! Range 11am to 3pm Sunday. Stay tuned!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Bridge is Already Coming Down! Live Photos Blow

Live Photo - Timelapse Project

Metro is creating a timelapse video of the July 16-17 demolition. Once demolition is complete, we will provide links to the finished video for viewing. In the meantime, we’re posting real-time photos of work below.
New photo every 30 seconds, no need to refresh your page!

More Info You are seeing the making of a timelapse video in real time. We have installed a solar-powered digital still camera with a clear view of the Mulholland Bridge. The camera shoots an HD image every fifteen seconds throughout the demolition and uploads the image to our server. In order to emphasize the demolition's progress several images are being averaged into one. Click here for more information about this project.

Do you want to see a LIVE VIDEO FEED of the Action: 

Carmageddon: LAPD says no to parties, bike rides on 405

Click for historic photos of the 405 FreewayThere's no way to plan for Carmageddon, the three-day shut down of one of the most vital stretches of freeway in Los Angeles, without having to field some unusual requests or address oddball contingencies.

Take the Facebook group that has proposed holding a block party on a Santa Monica Boulevard ramp to the 405, complete with beer and guitars.

There's also the enterprising marketers who asked CalTrans for permission to spray paint a bridge abutment with graffiti reading "The Apes Will Rise" to promote the new "Planet of the Apes" movie.

Carmageddon: Full coverage of the 405 freeway closure

A group of bicyclists sought permission to ride down the steep inclines of freeway in the Sepulveda Pass during the weekend closure. But those ideas ultimately were nixed because of safety concerns.

"In planning for this closure, we gathered the best emergency around," said Cmdr. Andy Smith. "We tried to think of everything but some of these requests are beyond even what we had anticipated."

Friday, July 15, 2011

CARMAGEDDON: 405 Closure Reminder - Starting Tonight @ 10pm

This is Carmageddon weekend and the 405 freeway will be closed starting tonight July 15, 2011 at 10 pm and will reopen on Monday, July 18th at 5:00 am.

Our public officials are advising that you stay home and away from the affected area to avoid extreme traffic challenges. The Unified Command will have set up 13 satellite divisions throughout the region for the weekend. These will be fixed posts staffing personnel from police, fire and traffic ready to respond.

For real time traffic conditions, the public is encouraged to listen to KNX1070 AM radio, visit or contact the 405 Project Hotline at 213.922.3665.

Have a safe weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

from ZevsBLOG: Our Carmageddon cheat sheet

After months of preparations and weeks of dire prognostications, the 53-hour closure of the 405 Freeway is finally upon us. Whether L.A. faces Carmageddon this weekend or witnesses a benign replay of the traffic-lite1984 Olympics, knowing a few basics will help you successfully navigate the shutdown.
Beyond adopting the official mantra of “plan ahead, stay home, avoid the area,” here’s a short list of things you really need to know.
What’s happening when
As part of the $1.034 billion project to add a 10-mile northbound carpool line and other improvements to the 405 Freeway, on-ramps to the 405 between the 10 and 101 will begin closing at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15. Traffic lanes will start closing at 10 p.m. Friday, and the freeway is scheduled to shut down completely at midnight. It is scheduled to remain closed all of Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17. The closure, needed to demolish the south side of the Mulholland Bridge over the freeway, is scheduled to wrap up by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18, with the freeway reopening to traffic at 6 a.m. The project website has more information.
What’s closed
The northbound 405 Freeway will be closed from the 10 to the 101. The southbound 405 will be closed from the 101 to Getty Center Drive. Sepulveda Boulevard is designated for local access only, and officials are strongly urging non-residents to stay away (although IDs will not be checked to verify residency).  Canyon roads are expected to be clogged and gridlock could seriously affect freeways across the region—not just those on the Westside and in the San Fernando Valley—so don’t travel unless you really need to. (Here are some tips for making the best of it close to home.) And please note—The Getty and the Skirball Cultural Center are both closed all weekend.
Check out the detour maps
Getting around will likely be a challenge, no matter where you are in the region. If you must drive, here are the official detour maps.
Who to call in an emergency
As always, dial 911. Officials of the “unified command” overseeing public safety during the closure considered establishing a special number for nearby residents to call but decided that the capabilities of the 911 system (which can trace dropped calls and record all communications) made it the best way to go. For more on the emergency response plans, read this.
What to know before heading to LAX
This webpage provides valuable information for anyone who needs to get to or from the airport. Allow plenty of time, and plan ahead.
How to contact the project hotline
The 405 project hotline, (213) 922-3665, will be monitored all weekend. This is not the number to call in an emergency, or for driving directions, but is a good way to bring other matters to the attention of the project’s community relations staff. If you’d prefer to e-mail, contact informationis on the project website.
Staying on top of traffic conditions
For real time traffic conditions, check out Go511.
Keeping up with developments on Twitter and Facebook
Get up-to-the-minute updates on Twitter. (Search for #405Official.) The project website is hereand its Facebook page is here.
How to get a free ride on public transportation
Many Metro trains and buses will be free throughout the weekend, and extra service is planned. Read all about it here.
From the Valley to the beach—by bus
Just because the freeway’s closed doesn’t mean the beach is out of reach. Travelers from the San Fernando Valley and Topanga Canyon can ride the Topanga Canyon Summer Beach Bus to Topanga, Will Rogers and Santa Monica state beaches both days this weekend. The cost is 50 cents each way, with seniors and the disabled paying a quarter. The pickup and drop-off times and locations are here. The Topanga beach bus is adding special Sunday service this weekend to help offset the effects of the 405 Freeway closure. (Summer beach service from some other parts of the county is being suspended for the weekend; check the Department of Public Works website before making plans.)
What’s exactly happening out there anyway?
This detailed explanation of the demolition plans, posted on Metro’s blog The Source, gives a good sense of what will be going on while the freeway is closed. And in this live chat last month, officials explained why the Mulholland Bridge’s design—a steep single span with no center column—makes the full weekend closure necessary for safety reasons.
When do we get to do this again?
Mark your calendar: in about 11 months or so, demolition of the north side of the Mulholland Bridge is set to take place— which means another long freeway closure coming in 2012.

I-405 Freeway Closure Reminder

Dear Partner,

Well, here we are with one day to go! Although we know you'd rather stay home, explore your neighborhood and just enjoy a nice leisurely bike ride, we want to make sure you have all the information you need in the event you MUST drive. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa thanks you too for doing your part. Click here to listen to a brief message from him.

Your first line for closure information is the webpage. You will find detour maps, closure boundaries, tweets, and after midnight, time lapse photography of the actual demolition.

For real time traffic conditions on the regional alternate freeways, you can call 511 or go to before getting on the roads.

If you are in the City of LA and need some information, you can call 311; or for the County of LA, call 211.

Of course, in the event of an emergency call 911. That should go without saying, but just in case...

Through the Joint Information Center, the Unified Command will be sending out updated messages via twitter. You can follow us at If you prefer Nixle, you can also receive updated messages by sending a text to 888777 with "LAPD405." Please keep in mind that all applicable charges will apply.

Another option for regular updates is radio and television. Many networks are committed to covering the 53-hour closure and will be providing the public regularly scheduled updates.

And just to remind you, ramps will begin shutting down as early as 7pm on Friday, July 15, 2011 with freeway lanes closing one-by-one starting at 10pm, in order to achieve a full closure by midnight, July 16, 2011. The full closure will remain in effect until Monday, July 18, 2011 at 5am when the freeway will reopen. All ramps and connectors will be open by 6am.

Thank you once again for your partnership. We appreciate you and all of your efforts! Together, we should be proud of this monumental undertaking - safe to say that the word has gotten out far and wide.

Thank you!

I-405 Countdown to the Closure - Demolition Information

Dear Partner,

Some of you have asked how the Mulholland Bridge will be demolished. Well, now you have it! Read on…

No explosions or columns collapsing in a cloud of dust this weekend as workers demolish the southern half of Mulholland Bridge. Instead, humans and machinery will perform a carefully orchestrated ballet, resulting in the 51-year-old bridge being pecked apart by the equivalent of multi-ton woodpeckers.

Consequently, the south half of the iconic three-span box girder bridge will be steadily chipped away over 53 hours July 16-17, not 3 seconds.

For over a year, Kiewit Infrastructure West, the project's contractor, has developed a 154-page demolition plan—approved by Caltrans and Metro—that breaks the work into precise, 15-minute increments, giving the contractor schedule milestones as it manages its progress toward reopening the freeway for early morning rush hour traffic on Monday, July 18.

The demolition process will begin Friday evening, July 15 when work crews begin closing freeway on- and off-ramps between the I-10 and U.S. 101. This may happen as early as 7pm. Crews will then begin closing freeway lanes one by one on both sides at 10pm to close the freeway completely by midnight. The Mulholland Bridge will be closed as well.

Fifteen pieces of heavy construction equipment (with another five on standby) and an army of 100 demolition workers and support staff will begin deconstruction.

Starting at midnight, dirt will be hauled onto the 405 freeway underneath the Mulholland Bridge to form a cushion four feet high onto the freeway roadbed. The dirt will catch falling debris and prevent them damaging the freeway surface.

At approximately 2am on Saturday morning, workers will use a large diamond-bladed saw to cut the bridge top deck. Other workers will cut slots in the southern side of the bridge. During demolition, workers will perform vibration monitoring and other tests to ensure the structural integrity of the northern side of the bridge.

At approximately 5am, as many as four "hoe rams" will begin to chip away at the south side of the bridge, creating approximately 2,200 cubic yards of concrete. Two hoe rams will be stationed on the bridge deck starting in the center working toward each end. Two hoe rams will work on the ground, also starting in the center and working toward both ends. The hoe rams will deliver between 1,200 and 7,500 foot pounds of power to break concrete from the bridge. Operators in these machines will be able to deliver between 300 and 600 blows per minute to create pieces no bigger than a basketball or microwave oven.

Later, the concrete will be pulverized and recycled as "aggregate base" which forms the foundation for the new lane of traffic created by the project.

While the hoe rams steadily chip away at the concrete, other workers using long-handled oxygen/acetylene torches will cut the steel rebar from the bridge deck amid a crackle of sparks. The rebar will also be recycled.

Once the demolition is complete, an army of laborers will clean the edge of the bridge to ensure that no particles fall on the traffic below.

This demo work will last until 2am Monday morning when crews begin their final cleanup to ready the freeway for reopening by 5am. Between 10 and 20 large trucks and several front end loaders will be used for the cleanup. The freeway surface under the bridge will be cleaned by a parade of street sweepers, inspected, and finally restriped with fresh paint. Ramps and freeway connectors will reopen by 6am.

A full description of the demolition process is available here.

Still photos of the demolition will be available throughout the weekend at