Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Widget : Patch.com provides Westwood-Century City News

A new widget & community news tool has been added to the Bel-Air Blog's right-hand column. It has a lime green header bar! It provides links to local Westwood & Century City news as reported by Patch.com's Culver City Division.

We encourage you to utilize this tool for local headlines/stories/info.

Just visit www.belairblog.com to see the latest updating headlines and links to their subsequent stories.

Enjoy!

2 Coyotes Sighted: Savona Road & Roberto Lane - 10:30pm

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

I was walking my 35 lb dog west on Savona Road near the intersection with Roberto Lane when a coyote came running out of the private road at that intersection, running east on Savona. A minute later a second coyote followed the first. Both of them saw us on the sidewalk but fortunately they kept to the other side of the road, and disappeared down Savona. This was about 10:30 pm January 30.

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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

Monday, January 30, 2012

Upcoming Full Northbound 405 Closure

ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS IN THE VICINITY OF THE
MULHOLLAND BRIDGE AND THE I-405 SAN DIEGO FREEWAY

The contractor is scheduled to construct a falsework structure to facilitate the reconstruction of
the Mulholland Bridge. A bridge falsework structure will get erected temporarily at the freeway
median to provide support during the reconstruction of the Mulholland Bridge. A full directional
northbound freeway closure is scheduled for two nights beginning Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
The northbound I-405 freeway will be closed from the Getty Center Dr. ramps to the 101 freeway
during the late night hours, weather permitting. Each night, ramps within the freeway closure
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. After the freeway closure the contractor will continue to construct the
bridge falsework structure for about a month, which may require freeway lane closures and
additional full directional freeway closures.

What: Falsework erection to support the reconstruction of the Mulholland Bridge

When: The full northbound directional freeway closure is anticipated to begin Wednesday,
February, 1, 2012, and last for two nights, weather permitting. 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
northbound freeway closure between the hours of 12:00 am, midnight, to 5:00 am.

Where: A full directional northbound freeway closure between the Getty Center Dr. ramps to
the 101 freeway

What to expect:

- Sepulveda Blvd. will remain open during the nights of the full directional freeway closures
and will be used as a detour route. Detour maps are available at www.metro.net/405

- Emergency access will be maintained at all times

- Further updates concerning additional freeway closures will be provided once scheduled

- For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/405

Bel-Air Association's PROJECT POTHOLE: Completed Another Sweep in the Bel-Air Road-area on 1/28




The Bel-Air Association is excited to announce a recent Project Pothole sweep.

The City Street Services team was out Saturday 1/28 to fill the holes specifically requested on-and-around Bel-Air Road.


Even more exciting, the Project Pothole team will be back out for additional days in the coming weeks to fill as many holes as we can.

A BIG THANK YOU is due to the many Bel-Air Road-area residents that supported the Project Pothole program through generous donations.

Please stay tuned for more reports, and contact us at the office
(310-474-3527 or baa@belaironline.org) to request Project Pothole in your area.

Thank you to the City Street Services team that partners with us to get this accomplished for the neighborhood.


THE MOST NOTICEABLE WORK IS AT THE EAST GATE ENTRANCE ON BEL-AIR ROAD @ SUNSET BLVD.

We hope you enjoy this before and after photo...





Friday, January 27, 2012

Letter: Councilmember Koretz to UCLA Chancellor Block Re: Potential Sale of Japanese Gardens


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The Garden Concervancy Meeting to Help Save the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden - Jan 31st @ 5pm

Please join The Garden Conservancy
to help save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

Tuesday, January 31
5-7 p.m.

Auditorium
Community Magnet School

11301 Bellagio Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Garden lovers, neighbors, and the interested public are invited to a meeting in Bel-Air on Tuesday evening, January 31, to discuss the future of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden. UCLA has announced plans to sell the garden, and challenged the community to help identify a buyer who will maintain it and keep it open to the public. The Garden Conservancy, a national garden preservation group, has joined the Los Angeles Conservancy, California Preservation Foundation, the California Garden and Landscape History Society, and concerned individuals to gather public interest and support to save the garden.

Kendall Brown, noted authority on Japanese gardens in America, will discuss the history and significance of the garden at this gathering. We have invited UCLA officials to join us and share their perspective. We welcome your ideas and help in saving this garden treasure.

Please RSVP to the Bel-Air Association
Telephone 310.474.3527

Parking is limited; please carpool. Directions

Questions or suggestions: info@gardenconservancy.org

For more information, please see the Garden Conservancy website, the Los Angeles Conservancy website, a Los Angeles Times article from this past Sunday, January 22, and a Los Angeles Times editorial from the same date.

- The Garden Conservancy

405 Work Notice: Some Postponed Work and New Notices

*Postponed work*

Work scheduled to start tonight at the Montana Av undercrossing to remove and replace a storm drain line and catch basin, requiring the full closure of Montana Av has been postponed. A revised notice will be distributed at a later time with the new start date.

*New notices*

The contractor will remove a duct bank along Sepulveda Bl starting the night of Thursday, January 26, 2012.

The contractor will perform preliminary investigation of underground utilities at the storm drain located on Church Ln and Waterford St starting Tuesday, January 31, 2012.

The contractor will perform preliminary investigation of underground utilities at the intersection of Sepulveda Bl and Moraga Dr starting Friday, February 3, 2012.

Please see attached notices for additional information.

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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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Letter from Bel-Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council President Robert Ringler - Re: CD-5 Redistricting Boundaries




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Community Police Alert Notification


COMMUNITY ALERT
NOTIFICATION

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF WEST LOS ANGELES AREA



**ATTENTION AREA RESIDENTS**

THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO COMBAT RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES. SINCE COMMUNITY AWARENESS IS THE KEY TO PREVENTION WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE:

Since January 2nd, there have been five Residential Burglaries targeting homes in the Coldwater Canyon community north of Beverly Hills. In one of the most recent incidents, the suspect's forced entry into the home while the resident was inside (Hot Prowl).

HOME SECURITY TIPS:

LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS, INCLUDING REAR AND GARAGE DOORS, BEFORE LEAVING THE RESIDENCE.

ENSURE THAT ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS INCLUDING SLIDING GLASS DOORS HAVE STRONG, WORKING LOCKS.

IF YOUR RESIDENCE IS EQUIPPED WITH AN ALARM SYSTEM, ENSURE THAT IT HAS APPROPRIATE COVERAGE FOR YOUR SECURITY NEEDS.

ENSURE THAT ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS ARE ALARMED. AND THE MASTER BEDROOM AND HALLWAYS HAVE MOTION SENSORS DETECTORS.

ACTIVATE YOUR ALARM WHEN EVER YOU LEAVE YOUR RESIDENCE.

ENSURE THAT YOUR VIDEO SURVEILANCE SYSTEM IS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER.

RECORD THE SERIAL NUMBERS OF YOUR ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, AND KEEP RECORDS IN A SECURE LOCATION.

KEEP RECORDS AND PHOTOS OF NON-SERIALIZED VALUABLES.

KEEP YOUR PROPERTY WELL-LIT DURING THE EVENING AND EARLY MORNING HOURS.

IF YOU OBSERVE SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, CONTACT POLICE IMMEDIATELY BY CALLING 911 (EMERGENCY) OR 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273) (NON-EMERGENCY).

OBTAIN A DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT(S)' PHYSICAL APPEARANCE, ACTIONS, AND ANY VEHICLE DESCRIPTIONS, INCLUDING LICENSE PLATE NUMBERS. DO NOT CONFRONT SUSPICIOUS INDIVIDUALS.

2400 block Coldwater Cyn. RD 0809.MO: On 01/02/12 between 1200 and 1730, suspect(s) pried the single family residence side door and removed computer and jewelry.

2000 block Coldwater Cyn. RD 0809.MO: On 01/02/12 between 1600 and 1800, suspect(s) pried the single family residence front door and removed firearms and jewelry.

2200 block Betty Lane. RD 0809.MO: On 01/02/12 at 1630 suspect(s) kicked in single family residence side door activating the alarm. Suspect(s) removed jewelry.

2100 block Coldwater Cyn. RD 0809. MO: (Hot Prowl) On 1/11/12, at approximately 2115 hours, suspects smashed a rear window and gained entry into the residence. The resident who was sleeping inside retreated to the master bathroom. The suspects entered the master bedroom and closet removing Jewelry and Watches.

1800 block Coldwater Cyn. RD 0809. MO: On 01/20/12, between 1930 and 2355, suspect(s) kicked the SFR front door, removed jewelry and antiques.

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Contact me directly should you have any questions or concerns.

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Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Baseball Bat.

Weyburn Ave/Gayley Ave. RD: 838. MO: On 1/21/12, 0100 hours, the victim, who had been drinking became involved in a verbal dispute with a group of 4 male Hispanics. During the course of the argument the suspects became upset. Suspect-1 was armed with a baseball bat. The victim does not recall being struck but recalls waking up in the middle of the street. The victim was transported to the hospital and treated for his concussion and his injuries which required several stitches.

Suspect 1: Male, Hispanic, Black hair, 5'2"-5'5" tall, 23/24 yrs armed with baseball bat.

Suspects 2 thru 4: Male, Hispanic no further description

Robbery/Bodily Force:

10800 block Le Conte Ave. RD: 0818. MO: 1/13/12, 0730 hours, the suspect entered the grocery store, selected several items and exited the store without paying. When he was confronted by the store security, the suspect fought with them. The suspect was overcome and held for the police.

Residential Burglary:

3100 block Toppington Drive. RD 0808. MO: On 01/20/12, at 2300, suspect(s) kicked the residence side door activating the alarm. Suspects entered and removed jewelry.

1800 block Coldwater Cyn. RD 0809. MO: On 01/20/12, between 1930 and 2355, suspect(s) kicked the residence front door, removed jewelry and antiques.

11200 block Montana Ave. RD 0815. MO: (Hot prowl). On 01/16/12, between 2220 and 2225 hours, below suspect smashed the SFR glass front door window and unlocked the door from the inside. The suspect fled when confronted by the resident. No property loss.

Suspect: Male Unknown 506 160 20/30 dark hooded sweatshirt dark pants

2100 block Coldwater Cyn, RD: 0809. MO: (Hot prowl). On 1/11/12, at approximately 2115 hours, suspects smashed a rear window and gained entry into the residence. The resident who was sleeping inside retreated to the master bathroom. The suspects entered the master bedroom and closet removing Jewelry and Watches. Suspect: Male Black dark hair/eyes 507 20's black hooded sweatshirt, round face

10400 block Scenerio Ln. RD: 0807. MO: On 01/10/12, at 1155 hours, below suspects smashed a side window and attempted entry. Suspect fled when confronted by witnesses on foot in front of the location. Suspect 1: Male Black 510 200 dark hoodie orange backpack. Suspect 2: Female Black 509 190 dark coat and pants.

10500 block Wellworth Ave. RD 0834. MO: Between 12/15/11, 0800 and 01/09/12, 1200 hours, suspect(s) entered the elderly victim's residence without leaving evidence of forced entry. Suspects removed coins from safe without leaving evidence of forced entry into safe.

Grand Theft Auto:

1-21-12, 0750/1400 RD: 0834 Manning Ave/Eastborne Ave. Street 1985 Mercedes 190E

1-17-12, 2100/0830 RD: 0815 300 block S. Sepulveda Blvd. Street 1994 Honda Accord

1-10-12, 1130/1230 RD: 0807 1900 block N. Beverly Glen Driveway 1998 Porche 993

Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:

1-18-12, 2100/1130 RD: 0829 1200 block Woodruff Ave. Pried Street Escalade 3rd Row

1/18/12, 2045/2245 RD: 0833 Westwood Blvd.& Ohio Ave. Prkg Lot Smash Paperwork

Grand/Petty Theft:

Apartment Garage -10600 block Eastborne Ave. RD: 0834 Bike, Drill. $1350

Residence-800 block Levering Ave. RD: 0838 Currency $2657

Grocery Store-1000 block Glendon Ave. RD: 0817 Wallet $970

Residential Construction-2100 block Coldwater Cyn. RD: 0809 Chop saw, copper $475

Street-1300 block Kelton Ave. RD: 0833 Iphone $750

Residence-2300 block Benedict Cyn. RD: 0808 Jewelry $900

Apartment-Garage-1600 block Camden Ave. RD: 0855 Bicycle $500

Residence-300 block Loring Ave. RD: 0819 Jewelry $42,000

Residence-2900 block N. Beverly Glen Cir. RD: 0807 Jewelry,DecorativeItems $1,400

Grocery Store-10800 block Weyburn Ave. RD: 0817 Cellphone $200

Residence-600 block Holmby Ave. RD: 0819 iPod $178

Business-Weyburn Ave/Gayley Ave. RD: 0817 iPhone, Case $340

Garage-500 block Midvale Ave. RD: 0816 Bike $675


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