Friday, September 30, 2011

405 Notice of Work Activity - Utility Investigation - Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 4th for one week - 9am - 4pm



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Neighborhood ANNOUNCEMENT: Getty Event - PACIFIC STANDARD TIME Exhibit Opening - Sunday 10/2 - 6pm - 11pm

The Getty museum will be conducting an opening event for the new exhibit:

Pacific Standard Time
Art in LA 1945 - 1980

The event will include normal opening-style activities and light show in their courtyard.

There will likely be an increase in traffic during the start and finishing times of the event. If possible, it is advised to use a different route to ease your travels.

For more information, please visit www.getty.edu.

Neighborhood ANNOUNCEMENT: Hotel Bel-Air Alarm Testing & Trailer Removal - This Weekend & Monday

Tomorrow, Saturday, 10/1 - From 7am - 10am, the Hotel Bel-Air will be conduction mandatory Fire & Safety alarm tests.

Sunday, 10/2 - From 10am - 10:15am, additional fire and safety alarm tests will be conducted.

Monday, 10/3 - From 9am - noon, trailers will be moved off property. Please take extra caution during your Stone Canyon travels Monday morning.


The Hotel Bel-Air and the Bel-Air Association appreciate you understanding and cooperation.

Green Living Workshop - Save $ by Learning Green Lifestyle Solutions - Westide Pavillion - Starts Thurs 10/13



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Thursday, September 29, 2011

From Hotel Chatter: Why You Should Stay at The Hotel Bel-Air on Opening Night


Where: 701 Stone Canyon Road [map]Los AngelesCAUnited States90077
September 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM | by  Comment (1)
We can't believe this day is almost near. The Hotel Bel-Air, which closed two years ago for a massive renovation, will be reopening on October 14.
If you're one of the longtime fans of the hotel (and there are many) who can't wait to sleep inside the new rooms, then you probably already booked your reservation when they went online inJune. But now there's another incentive for staying at the Hotel Bel-Air on opening night and that'sexclusive access to Wolfgang Puck's new restaurant, The Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air as well as the new bar and lobby lounge.
These spaces will open to the public on November 1st but hotel guests will be among the first to try them out for two weeks. Yay! We love special guest perks!
Room rates start at $565 a night but the hotel's preview rate includes a $100 dining credit which you should certainly use for a meal at Wolfgang Puck's. The hotel also has a "Suite Experience" package on offer which includes breakfast for two, a $200 dining credit, a $100 spa credit for the La Prairie spa. A three-night minimum is required.
So um, anyone want to split a room with us on October 14th?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Jewish High Holy Days -- Recommended Travel Routes Due to I-405 Ramp Closures

Good afternoon.

I'd like to wish those of you observing the Jewish High Holy Days, a wonderful new year. I recognize that this time of the year is very important and we appreciate the sensitivities associated with observing these most solemn holidays.

Over the last few years, your communities and organizations have endured a great deal of change and inconvenience related to the construction of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. While not always easy, many of you recognize that there will be impacts for a while longer and then the project will wrap up and be done. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued support of the project and apologize for what this has meant to your daily travels!

Currently, we are in the middle of what is fast becoming the tipping point for project construction. We are on track to complete the project on time, something we all want, and to do that we have to keep of our most critical path activities on course and on schedule.

Last week we received 18 requests related to traffic detours and closures around the Jewish High Holy days. We want you to know that we worked very closely with the Contractor and were able to reasonably accommodate over 75% of them. We understand that those areas in which we were unable to accommodate the requests, there will likely be some impact and inconvenience for you and your congregants. We apologize profoundly for those inconveniences and will do our best to provide additional signage and information to all so that people will know what to expect, plan accordingly and get to and from your location in as painless a manner as possible.

Attached is a matrix that identifies the closure and alternate routes to your destinations. We will send another communication next week to provide updated information for Yom Kippur. Thank you once again for your understanding. We wish you good health and happiness for the coming New Year.

Best regards,

Kasey Shuda

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project

Acting Manager, Community Relations

6060 Center Drive, 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90045

(310) 846-3563

shudak@metro.net

www.metro.net/I-405

http://twitter.com/I-405

www.facebook.com/405project

I-405 Project Hotline 213-922-3665



Recommended Travel Routes Due to I-405 Ramp Closures

Closure

Day & Time

Recommended Travel Route

Northbound Skirball

On-ramp Closure

Wed., Sept. 28

9:30 pm – 6 am

And

Fri., Sept. 30

9 am – 3 pm

· Take Skirball Center Dr. southbound to the Skirball Bridge

· Make a right turn on Sepulveda Blvd.

· Take northbound Sepulveda Blvd. to northbound Ventura on-ramp

Northbound Skirball

off-ramp Closure

Wed. Sept. 28

9:30 pm – 6 am

· Exit I-405 Fwy. at Getty Center Dr. off-ramp

· Make a left turn on Sepulveda Blvd.

· Take Sepulveda Blvd. northbound toward Skirball Center Dr.

Southbound Skirball

Off-ramp Closure

Wed. Sept. 28

9 pm – 6 am

And

Fri., Sept. 30

9 am to 3 pm

· Exit I-405 Fwy. at Valley Vista off-ramp

· Make a left turn at Fiume

· Make a right turn on Sepulveda Blvd.

· Take Sepulveda Blvd. southbound toward Skirball Center Dr.


Mulholland Segment Area

Saturday, Oct. 8th

· No Closures

Westwood Neighborhood Council EMERGENCY PREP EXPO - Earthquake Similator - 10/15 from Noon - 4pm



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I-405: NOTICES of WORK ACTIVITY - Sunset Blvd, Church Lane & Sepulveda


Please see below notices for updated information on continuing activities in the Sunset Segment.

The contractor continues the construction of the retaining wall along the NB Sunset Bl off-ramp. This activity requires the setting of wall panels during the day and the delivery and placement of backfill materials at night. Retaining wall construction is on going during day time hours. Nighttime backfilling operations are anticipated to resume on Monday, October 3, 2011 for approximately two weeks. Anticipated work hours are from 9pm to 6am.

As part of the ongoing utility relocation, LADWP and SCG (Southern California Gas) will perform work on manholes and utility lines. This activity requires the temporary reconfiguration of traffic on Church Ln to one lane in each direction. Night work is on going and is anticipated to continue through Thursday, October 6, 2011. Anticipated work hours and lane reductions are from 9pm to 6am.

The removal and reconstruction of the wall on the west side of Sepulveda Bl between Moraga Dr and the Getty ramps is ongoing and will continue in phases, each phase lasting for approximately six months. The contractor will excavate the retaining wall from the freeway side and from the Sepulveda Bl side for its removal. Anticipated work hours are from 9pm to 6am. This activity is subject to change.


Olga N. Arroyo

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project

Community Relations

6060 Center Drive, 2nd Flr.

Los Angeles, CA 90045

310-846-2357

ArroyoO@metro.net

www.metro.net/I-405

http://twitter.com/I_405

www.facebook.com/405project

I-405 Project Hotline 213-922-3665



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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

From The Rundown LA: Don't Miss DineLA!



In these cash-strapped times, it's comforting to know that a high-end three-course meal downtown can go for the same price as a government muffin.

Mark your calendar for DineLA Fall Restaurant Week(s), actually two weeks of deals over a whopping 307 local eateries from Santa Monica to South Central.

Dine upscale for less at favorites like Drago, JiRaffe, and Casa Vega, and get a taste of hot newbies from the Obama-approved Fig & Olive to Picca and Scarpetta Beverly Hills.

Snag a rez now by choosing from three dining categories (Deluxe, Premier, and Fine Dining) with three-course prix fixe menus from $16-$28 at lunch and $26-$44 at dinner.

Cut an additional $5 off your meal when you check in using foursquare and pay with your Amex card (instant $5 credit).

Paying with credit?

It's more American than those senatorial muffins.
DineLA Fall Restaurant Week
Sunday-Friday, October 2-7 and October 9-14
dinela.com

Lunch: $16, $22, or $28
Dinner: $26, $34, $44

Coyote Spotted in Canyon Near Bellagio Road & Cascada: Sunday @ 2:30pm

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

On Sunday afternoon around 2:30 I was out planting in the canyon behind my house just below the magnet school on Bellagio, between Bellagio Terrace and Cascada. A coyote crossed over Bellagio Road and walked down into the canyon. We yelled at it, but it was about 20 yards away. It paid little attention and proceeded to mark the area. Then it leisurely strolled on down the canyon. It appeared to be in excellent health with nice fur and not skinny.

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In addition to notifying our Bel-Air resources at coyotereport@hotmail.com, please report ALL coyote or aggressive wildlife sightings to the below authorities. It is imperative they receive this information as it clearly depicts the serious issue facing Bel-Air and its neighboring communities.


You MUST immediately contact the West Los Angeles Animal Services at 310-207-3156 and file a Wildlife Sighting Report. If they say that they do not accept reports over the phone, say that you were told by Officer Randall (the Wildlife Officer in charge of our area) that they are supposed to accept phone reports. You would file this report whether it was a mountain lion or a coyote.

Also, please file a report with the Dept of Fish and Game at 562-596-3885.

We need to keep notifying the appropriate wildlife authorities about this serious problem that threatens human safety.


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

Two Coyotes Spotted near Stone Canyon & Strada Corta: 3pm Saturday

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

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th we saw two coyotes in the vicinity of Stone Canyon and Strata Corta.

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In addition to notifying our Bel-Air resources at coyotereport@hotmail.com, please report ALL coyote or aggressive wildlife sightings to the below authorities. It is imperative they receive this information as it clearly depicts the serious issue facing Bel-Air and its neighboring communities.


You MUST immediately contact the West Los Angeles Animal Services at 310-207-3156 and file a Wildlife Sighting Report. If they say that they do not accept reports over the phone, say that you were told by Officer Randall (the Wildlife Officer in charge of our area) that they are supposed to accept phone reports. You would file this report whether it was a mountain lion or a coyote.

Also, please file a report with the Dept of Fish and Game at 562-596-3885.

We need to keep notifying the appropriate wildlife authorities about this serious problem that threatens human safety.


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

Sunset Closure starts now - opening estimate 10am

Monday, September 26, 2011

Obama's Motorcade passing Bel~Air at Sunset & Westwood Blvds

Sunset Blvd Closed for next hour +/-

President Obama had landed at the VA. He will be driving along Sunset past Bel-Air to the House of Blues in WeHo. Sunset will be completely closed until he passes. Sit tight!

From LA Observed: Here's your Obamajam advisory for Monday (and Tuesday) *

Kevin Roderick
405-traffic.jpgIt's sounding like President Obama will arrive at LAX on Monday afternoon about 4:40 p.m., then fly above afternoon traffic by helicopter to the Veterans Administration campus near Brentwood. From there, judging by a notice to the media from Councilman Bill Rosendahl's office, Obama will be driven up Barrington Avenue to Sunset Boulevard, then east to the House of Blues on Sunset Strip for hisfirst fundraiser of the evening. This keeps Obama off Wilshire and Santa Monica, the boulevards that have gotten smacked hard the last couple of times he has visited to raise money, and it affords him that nice view of mansions and the Beverly Hills Hotel (he could even wave in the direction of the Playboy Mansion as he sails through Holmby Hills.) This route, though, puts the motorcade in direct conflict with the afternoon crush headed from the Westside, UCLA and Beverly Hills across Sunset to West Hollywood and beyond — and the cross-traffic traversing the mountains via Beverly Glen or Coldwater Canyon. It could be ugly, no way around it. Sorry. But at least it should be over quickly. Rosendahl says the plan is to reopen Sunset by about 5:15.
Will things be better in West Hollywood? No. WeHo sheriffs are warning of traffic closures on these streets:
* Sunset Boulevard (from Doheny Drive to Sweetzer Avenue)
* Santa Monica Boulevard (from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard)
* Olive Drive (from Sunset Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard)
* Holloway Drive (front Sunset Boulevard to La Cienega Boulevard)
* La Cienega Boulevard (from Sunset Boulevard to Rosewood Avenue)
* Fountain Avenue (from La Cienega Boulevard to Sweetzer Avenue)
* Delongpre Avenue (from Fountain Avenue to Flores Street)
It sounds as if part two of the night's Obamajam will focus along La Cienega, apparently the route the president will take to Olive & Fig on Melrose Place for the high-roller dinner. Rosendahl's alert says La Cienega will be closed for about two hours, during the stretch between 7:15 and 10 p.m. That might create the biggest traffic mess of the whole night, with commuters spilling over onto Fairfax, Crescent Heights and Robertson or diverting through residential streets.
I haven't seen any word on where Obama is spending the night — and I'm not sure I'd say specifically even if I knew. But plans are being made for Tuesday morning traffic as well. West Hollywood is closing San Vicente between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 6 a.m. Monday until noon Tuesday. Rosendahl says Sunset will be impacted from Rodeo Drive west to Barrington between 9:30 a.m. and 10:05 a.m. So yeah, I guess that strongly suggests some Beverly Hills impact at the end of the night on Monday.
Anyway, be careful — and patient — out there. Presidential visits (of both parties) typically create the most intense surface street traffic jamsmost of us ever see in L.A., but they tend to be localized and avoidable if you can plan ahead. (If you don't have to get, you know, home.) Above all, remember it's a high security situation for the authorities. It's not unknown for the routes to change and some streets to be closed as diversions and alternates.
* Addendum Turns out there are barriers up around the Beverly Wilshire, and nearby tenants are being advised to expect traffic on Wilshire Boulevard at Rodeo Drive tonight and in the morning.

Bel-Air Association Meeting Concerning Proposed New Development at 1400 Linda Flora Drive

100 Bel-Air Road Los Angeles, CA 90077

Date: September 26, 2011

To: Bel-Air Association Members

Re: Meeting Concerning Proposed New Development at 1400 Linda Flora Drive

October 13, 2011, 5:30 – 6:30PM, John Thomas Dye School, 11414 Chalon Road, Los Angeles 90049

RSVP to Cameron Falzone at 310.474.3527 or email cameron@belaironline.org

Dear Members:

You are invited to an informational meeting concerning a new development planned for 1400 Linda Flora Drive, which will be co-hosted by the Bel-Air Association and the Roscomare Valley Association. The project’s developers, architect, engineer and others will be in attendance to explain their plans. They will reserve the last thirty minutes of the meeting to answer your questions about the development.

The developers’ plans are to build on 3.5 acres of the owner’s property at 1400 Linda Flora totaling 30.5 acres, all of which now consists of vacant land. The plans include:

  • a 46,000 square foot primary residence with 3,025 square feet of underground parking;
  • a 4,532 square foot accessory living quarters, 600 square foot summer house, tennis court, pool/spa, and landscaping;
  • Grading of 76,618 cubic yards, including the grading of an existing ridgeline to create the pad for the primary residence;
  • A 20’ foot wide private drive across the property connecting the northern portion of Linda Flora with the southern portion of Linda Flora;
  • Two 10’ high retaining walls paralleling the drive and running 1,600 linear feet each;
  • Drainage system with retention basin and bio-filtration sites; and
  • Possible conservation easement granted to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy over a portion of the property.

Please plan to attend this important meeting to learn about the planned development on Linda Flora and to meet your Roscomare Valley neighbors.

Sunset Bridge 14-Day Reconstruction Closures and Detours



ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE
I-405 AND
THE SUNSET BRIDGE

As part of the reconstruction of the southern side of the Sunset Bl bridge and in preparation for
the demolition and reconstruction of the northern side of the bridge, two 14-day closures will be
implemented to reconstruct all approaches to the bridge. These closures are necessary to raise
the street intersections and utilities to meet the new height of the reconstructed Sunset Bl
bridge.


What: Sunset Bl bridge reconstruction closures

When:

- Phase I: September 30 - October 14, 14 day and night closure of EB Sunset Bl to SB
405 on-ramp

- Phase II: October 15 - October 29, 14 day and night closure of north Church Ln
between Sunset Bl and the SB 405 ramps and WB Sepulveda Way between
Sepulveda Bl and Sunset Bl. Week day closure of the SB Sunset Bl off-ramp from
6am to 10am

Where: Sunset Bl bridge at the I-405 freeway

What to expect:

- Phase I: September 30 – October 14

• EB Sunset Bl to SB 405 traffic will be detoured to NB Church Ln to the SB 405.
• NB ramps and the WB Sunset Bl to SB 405 will remain operational.
• Sunset Bl traffic will be maintained with two lanes in each direction.

- Phase II: October 14-16

• Sunset Bl will be closed between Thurston Av and Gunston Dr on the night of Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 for traffic reconfiguration and k-rail placement.
• The EB Sunset to SB 405 on-ramp and the NB ramps will be closed as early as 7pm; closures will be coordinated with Caltrans. Ramps will remain open during daytime hours.
• Sunset Bl traffic will be maintained with one lane in each direction the weekend of October 15 only.

October 17-29
• EB Sunset Bl to SB 405 on-ramp will remain operational.
WB Sunset Bl to SB 405 on-ramp will be allowed a left turn onto the SB 405.
• EB Sunset Bl traffic to NB Church Ln will continue EB on Sunset Bl, to SB Veteran Av, to WB Montana Av, to NB Sepulveda Bl, back to Church Ln.
WB Sunset Bl traffic to NB Church Ln will be detoured at Sepulveda Way to NB Sepulveda Bl, back to Church Ln.
• SB Church Ln traffic to Sunset Bl will be detoured to continue SB on Sepulveda Bl to:
- EB Montana Av, to NB Veteran Av, back to Sunset Bl.
- WB Montana Av, to NB Church Ln, back to Sunset Bl.
• Two lanes will be maintained in each direction on Sunset Bl.
• Access will be provided for emergency responders.
• This activity will be followed by demolition of the northern half of the Sunset Bridge with reconstruction lasting approximately 12 months.


This information is subject to change. For the latest closure information please visit
www.metro.net/405.


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Sunset Bridge 14-Day Reconstruction Closures and Detours

ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE I-405 AND
THE SUNSET BRIDGE

As part of the reconstruction of the southern side of the Sunset Bl bridge and in preparation for
the demolition and reconstruction of the northern side of the bridge, two 14-day closures will be
implemented to reconstruct all approaches to the bridge. These closures are necessary to raise
the street intersections and utilities to meet the new height of the reconstructed Sunset Bl
bridge.

What: Sunset Bl bridge reconstruction closures

When:

Phase I: September 30 - October 14, 14 day and night closure of EB Sunset Bl to SB
405 on-ramp

Phase II: October 15 - October 29, 14 day and night closure of north Church Ln
between Sunset Bl and the SB 405 ramps and WB Sepulveda Way between
Sepulveda Bl and Sunset Bl. Week day closure of the SB Sunset Bl off-ramp from
6am to 10am

Where: Sunset Bl bridge at the I-405 freeway

What to expect:

Phase I: September 30 – October 14
• EB Sunset Bl to SB 405 traffic will be detoured to NB Church Ln to the SB 405.
• NB ramps and the WB Sunset Bl to SB 405 will remain operational.
• Sunset Bl traffic will be maintained with two lanes in each direction.

Phase II: October 14-16
• Sunset Bl will be closed between Thurston Av and Gunston Dr on the night of Friday,
October 14 and Saturday, October 15 for traffic reconfiguration and k-rail placement.
• The EB Sunset to SB 405 on-ramp and the NB ramps will be closed as early as 7pm;
closures will be coordinated with Caltrans. Ramps will remain open during daytime
hours.
• Sunset Bl traffic will be maintained with one lane in each direction the weekend of
October 15 only.

October 17-29
• EB Sunset Bl to SB 405 on-ramp will remain operational.
• WB Sunset Bl to SB 405 on-ramp will be allowed a left turn onto the SB 405.
• EB Sunset Bl traffic to NB Church Ln will continue EB on Sunset Bl, to SB Veteran Av, to
WB Montana Av, to NB Sepulveda Bl, back to Church Ln.
• WB Sunset Bl traffic to NB Church Ln will be detoured at Sepulveda Way to NB Sepulveda
Bl, back to Church Ln.
• SB Church Ln traffic to Sunset Bl will be detoured to continue SB on Sepulveda Bl to:
- EB Montana Av, to NB Veteran Av, back to Sunset Bl.
- WB Montana Av, to NB Church Ln, back to Sunset Bl.
• Two lanes will be maintained in each direction on Sunset Bl.
• Access will be provided for emergency responders.
• This activity will be followed by demolition of the northern half of the Sunset Bridge with
reconstruction lasting approximately 12 months.

This information is subject to change. For the latest closure information please visit
www.metro.net/405.
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REMINDER - Redistricting Public Hearing Notice September 27



Reminder
: The Board of Supervisors' noticed second Public Hearing on Supervisorial Boundary Redistricting will start at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept 27th at the County’s Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, in the Board hearing room.

You can view the three plans submitted by County Supervisors as well as related plan reports at http://redistricting.lacounty.gov.