Monday, October 31, 2011

Coyote grabs Dog by neck: Stradella Road near Stradella Court

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

Saturday morning, near the intersection of Stradella Road & Stradella Court, a Coyote attempted to snatch my dog. It came up my steps in the back-yard and grabbed my dog by the neck. Fortunately, I was out there and was able to make enough noise and scream at the Coyote to release her. She has a puncture wound on her neck, but thankfully I was watching closely. Thank you to my neighbors who have warned me of Coyote activity.


In addition to notifying our Bel-Air resources at, 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 is power when it comes to how we will address the coyote problem in Bel-Air & West L.A.


Happy Halloween Bel~Air!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sunset Blvd Bridge Demolition Info

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Sunset Bridge Demolition

The contractor will begin demolition and reconstruction of the northern half of the Sunset Bl Bridge. The demolition will take place during 12 nights, followed by a 12-month reconstruction period. Work is anticipated to start on Monday, October 31, 2011, for 12 consecutive nights, between the hours of 9pm to 6am, with bridge demolition occurring between 11pm and 5am.


Thank you all.

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:




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

405 Construction Notice: Sunset Bridge & Church Lane


The reconstruction of the Church Ln approach to the Sunset bridge has entered its second week of the 14-day closure. The intersection and utilities have been raised to meet the new height of the reconstructed Sunset Bl bridge, with only above surface work remaining for completion. This progress in the schedule will allow for the opening of the SB I-405 Sunset off-ramp from 6:00 am and 10:00 am.

What: Ongoing 14 day Sunset Bl bridge reconstruction closure

When: October 15 - October 29, 14 day and night closure

Where: North Church Ln between Sunset Bl and the SB 405 ramps; Sepulveda Way to westbound Sunset Bl between Sepulveda Bl and Sunset Bl

What to expect:
• 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 be detoured to 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.

Bus Line 2 detour information:
• Eastbound: Regular route to Sunset Blvd. and Barrington Ave., then continue via Sunset Bl to SB Church Ln, to EB Montana Av, and then regular route.

• Westbound: Regular route to Gayley Av and Veteran Ave., then continue via Gayley Av/Montana Av to NB Church Ln, WB Sunset Bl, and then regular route.

Bus Lines 233 & 761 detour information:
• Northbound: Regular route to Sunset Bl and Bellagio Rd, then continue via Sunset Bl to SB Veteran Av, to EB Montana Av, to NB Sepulveda Bl, and then regular route.

• Southbound: Regular route to Sepulveda Bl and Ovada, then continue via Sepulveda Bl to EB Montana Av, to NB Veteran Av, to EB Sunset Bl, and then regular route.

This information is subject to change. For the latest closure information please visit

Monday, October 24, 2011

Full Directional Freeway Closure / 4 Nights starting October 25th


The contractor has scheduled the implementation of a full directional freeway closure for four nights
starting Tuesday, October 25, 2011 during the late night hours, weather permitting. A number of work
activities will be conducted concurrently during these nights of the full directional freeway closures. These
activities are as follows:

 Installation of walkway on the north half of the Skirball Bridge
 Mulholland Bridge column construction work
 Removal and replacement of overhead freeway signs and structures to support freeway widening

Each night, ramps within the freeway closures limits may begin to close as early as 7:00 pm and freeway
lanes will begin to close as early as 10:00 pm, leading up to the full directional freeway closure between the
hours of 12:00 am, midnight, to 5:00 am. See table below for schedule of upcoming freeway closures.

What: The implementation of a full directional freeway closure for several work activities in the area.

When: Work is anticipated to begin Tuesday, October 25, 2011, and last four nights during the late
night hours, weather permitting. See table below for schedule of upcoming freeway closures.

Where: I-405 freeway between the Getty Center Dr. ramps and 101 freeway.

What to expect:
Closure Location Anticipated Night
Southbound I-405 freeway from the 101 freeway to Getty Center Dr.
(freeway lanes closures staring at 10:00 pm)
Oct. 25 & 26

Northbound I-405 freeway from Getty Center Drive to Ventura Blvd.
(freeway lanes closures staring at 10:00 pm)
Oct. 27 & 28

 Sepulveda Blvd. will remain open during the nights of these full directional freeway closures and
will be used as a detour route. Detour maps are available at
 Utility relocations will be conducted on the Skirball Bridge during the nights of the full directional
freeway closures which requires the closure of the Skirball Bridge from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am
 Emergency access will be maintained on the bridge at all times.
 Pedestrians will be rerouted to an area outside of the construction zone
 For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit our website at or follow
us on twitter: and Facebook at

W. LAPD Evening of Haunt & Fun

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Women of Achievement 2011: West LAPD Captian Evanelyn Nathan

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405/Sepulveda Construction Notice: Sepulveda Blvd between Moraga Drive & Montana Ave


Chevron will self-perform the relocation of their line on Sepulveda Bl between Moraga Dr and
Montana Av. To minimize impact and to expedite the work, underground directional drill
relocation will take place. Chevron will first build the line at its new location and will activate the
line at a later time.

What: Chevron utility line relocation

When: Relocation work is anticipated to start on Monday, October 24, 2011 for three months. Work at the staging areas will be from 7am to 7pm seven days a week, 24/7 work hours may be required.

Street reconfiguration and k-rail placement on Sepulveda Bl between Montana Av
and Cashmere St is anticipated to take place on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from
9pm to 6am.

Street reconfiguration and k-rail placement on Sepulveda Bl between Moraga Dr and Bell Terrace is anticipated to take place on Friday, October 21, 2011 from 9pm to 6am.

Where: Sepulveda Bl south of the Montana Av intersection and Sepulveda Bl north of the Moraga Dr intersection.

What to expect:
- The entry pit of the underground drill will be staged south of the Montana Av intersection.
- Sepulveda Blvd. will be reduced to two NB lanes and one SB lane directly in front of the
staging area south of Montana Av.
- The exit pit of the underground drill will be staged north of the Moraga Dr intersection.
- Sepulveda Bl will be reduced to one lane in each direction directly in front of the staging
area at Moraga Dr.
- This operation is not anticipated to be noisy; staging areas will be highly active 24/7 for the
duration of the operation.

For the latest road closure information, visit

Note Regarding 1400 Linda Flora Project -- Contact information for questions

Good afternoon,

Just wanted to send a quick 'thank you' for the opportunity to present the proposed construction of the single-family dwelling at 1400 Linda Flora Ave. We hope that the information we were able to provide was useful and constructive.

We understand that there will likely be further discussion regarding this project and we are available at the below contact information for any further questions. We anticipate that there will be a few recurring questions and therefore we ask that questions be provided via e-mail and the subject line include the property address of '1400 Linda Flora'. We also suggest that any inquiring parties provide their address (so we can understand their proximity to the project) and the best way to contact them for response.

Again, thank you and have a good weekend!

Patrick Topping
Political Consulting & Management
1017 N. La Cienega Blvd, Suite 103
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Office 1: (323) 463 - 0377
Office 2: (323) 463 - 8777
Fax: (323) 463 - 8742

From The Huffington Post: More on Pres. Obama's LA Visit Today

The Huffington Post   

President Barack Obama is back in Los Angeles on Monday to attend two Hollywood fundraisers in the Hancock Park neighborhood, and he's landing at LAX just in time to take part in LA's infamous evening commute.
The night's events, at the homes of "Hitch" producer Jim Lassiter and then actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, are expected to rake in $1 million for the President's 2012 run, according to KTLA.
The following morning, President Obama is headed to Burbank to do a taped segment for Jay Leno's "Tonight Show," and is set to take off from LAX before noon.
As usual, neither the President's routes nor hotel accommodations will be disclosed by the Secret Service ahead of time out of concern for his safety, but there have been a few clues thrown out here and there for commuters to consider.
In an interview with KNX on Sunday, Councilman Rosendahl said that four different west-east boulevards are being considered as a possible route for the presidential motorcade: Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, Olympic Boulevard and Pico Boulevard.
As for north-south routes, major streets between the 405 freeway and Highland Avenue will be temporarily closed as the motorcade rolls through, but Councilman Rosendahl took pains to emphasize to KNX that there will be no prolonged blockades: "over and over there will be no hard closures. After the president clears a certain location, they will immediately open up the streets."
Check out our map of streets that could be impacted by President Obama's motorcade and then check out his full Monday schedule below:
President Barack Obama's Monday, 24 2011 Schedule in Los Angeles
4:45PM: The President arrives at LAX. Councilman Rosendahl revealed that he will be transported by helicopter to a UCLA-area helipad. Then he'll take an undisclosed route to Hancock Park, where he will attend two fundraising events.
Fundraising Dinner 
What: Fundraising Dinner
Hosts: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Where: The home of Jim and Mai Lassiter in Hancock Park
When: 6:15pm
Who: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Troy and Rebecca Carter (Troy is Lady Gaga's manager), and Roc Nation president Jay Brown and his wife, Kawanna, head of Magic Johnson Enterprises are some of the high-rolling couples expected at the dinner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Price: $35,800 per person
Latino Gala
What: Latino Gala
Hosts: Eva Longoria
Where: The home of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas in Hancock Park
When: 8:45pm
Who: Prominent figures from the Latino community across the nation are expected, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Price: Gala tickets range from $5,000 to $35,800

Friday, October 21, 2011

Notice from Senator Fan Pavley: National Prescription Take Back Day

National Prescription Take Back Day

Dear Friends:

On Saturday, October 29th, cities across the nation will be participating in the National Prescription Take Back Day. On that day, the Drug Enforcement Agency will be working with local police departments and other agencies to assist in hosting drug drop-off locations, where people can safely dispose their unused, unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications, including narcotics.

Each day approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. More than seven million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

But many of us are confused about what do with our unwanted medications. Improper disposal of pharmaceuticals creates a public health concern: persistent disposal of these medications into our waste streams pollutes our water supply and causes harm to humans and animals. Pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, anticonvulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.

Working in partnership with cities throughout our area to promote the safe and proper disposal of unwanted and unused pharmaceuticals, I would like to encourage you to turn in your unused or expired medication on National Prescription Take Back Day at locations throughout Senate District 23 on October 29th.

National Take Back Day Drop-Off Locations
For October 29th, 2011 from 10pm-2pm

Ventura County:

Oxnard Police Dept. Lobby

215 South C St., Oxnard CA


Ventura Police Dept. Westside Resource Center

110 N. Olive, Unit #K Ventura, CA


Ventura Police Dept. VPD Headquarters

1425 Dowell Dr., Ventura, CA


Ventura Co. Sheriff's Dept. Camarillo Police Dept.

3701 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, CA


Ventura Co. Sheriff's Dept. Thousand Oaks Police Dept.

2101 E. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA


L.A. County:

Santa Monica Police Dept. Curbside Drop-off

333 Olympic Dr., Santa Monica, CA


L.A. Co. Sheriff's Dept. Malibu/Lost Hills Station

27050 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, CA


L.A. Co. Sheriff's Dept. West Hollywood Station

780 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA


For more information or to find a drop-off location nearest you, please check the websites below:
Drug Enforcement Agency:
Earth 911:

With your participation, you are helping to keep our homes safe and our water clean.


Senator Fran Pavley
California Senate District 23

California State Senator Fran Pavley - District 23

The 23rd Senate District includes the cities of Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Westlake Village, as well as several communities in the City of Los Angeles, including Bel Air, Beverly-Fairfax, Beverly Glen Canyon, Brentwood, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Pacific Palisades, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana, West Hills, Westwood and Woodland Hills. The district also includes Topanga, Channel Islands and other communities in unincorporated Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Web site:
E-mail: Senator Fran Pavley

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4035
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 651-4023

District Office
2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 3088
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tel: (310) 314-5214
Tel: (805) 815-3917
Tel: (818) 831-6082

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