Wednesday, February 29, 2012

[From Curbed LA] UCLA Lists Japanese Garden-Adjacent Carter House For $9MM

News came in January that UCLA is planning to sell off its lovely Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel Air, and preservationists sprang into action, hoping to keep the property intact. Meanwhile, the supporting player in all the fuss has been the adjacent Carter House, which was donated to UCLA with the garden in 1965, but occupied by Hannah Carter (the widow of former chair of the UC Board of Regents Edward W. Carter) until 2006. Now here it is, quietly up for sale for $9 million. The five bedroom, six and a half bathroom house sits on its own .85 acres and has a library, "formal & junior dining rooms," five fireplaces, staff quarters, a guesthouse, and a pool and pavilion (plus some killer brokerbabble: "it will disarm even the most ardent traditionalist"). According to a 2009 report (pdf) from UCLA's Revenue Task Force, the house and guesthouse total about 7,300 square feet and were appraised at $9 million in 2007. A press release from last year said that the university is looking to sell the garden and house to raise $4.2 million for endowments and professorships "identified by the Carter estate to benefit UCLA's academic mission."

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Three 405 Work Notices: SB 405 btwn Santa Monica & Olympic -- Ohio Bridge -- National, Sepulveda & Sawtelle

· The contractor will demo 300 feet of roadway along the shoulder of the SB 405 between Santa Monica and Olympic for one night, Tuesday February 28, 2012 from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am.

· The contractor will install and grout post tension rods on the east side of Ohio bridge, along NB 405 for four nights starting Thursday, March 1, 2012. Work will take place from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am. No weekend work is required.

· The contractor will be pouring concrete at an inlet structure, moving excess rebar and cleaning up a future construction zone along National at Sepulveda and Sawtelle for one night, on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

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Westwood Neighbohood Council Public Safety Committee's FIRST Meeting

The Westwood Neighborhood Council's Public Safety Committee will be
having its first meeting this Wednesday, 6:30pm, at the Delphi Greek
Restaurant, 1383 Westwood Blvd. Please join us if you can, and share
the news.

I apologize for the short notice. The agenda is attached, and it will
be posted at all five physical locations by the morning. We plan to
meet six times a year, pending any time-sensitive issues that require
more meetings.

This is a forum to discuss all public safety issues, whether they
relate to crime, disaster preparedness, or similar topics. Among
other agenda items, we will be discussing last year's disaster prep
fair and ideas for next year's.

The WWNC board members on this committee are Dave Crew, Roozbeh
Farahanipour, Clinton Schudy, Laura Winikow, and myself. There are
not yet any formally appointed committee members from among our
stakeholders, but we definitely invite you to either formally join our
committee or just sit in on our meetings, as you desire.

Monday, February 27, 2012

405 Work Notice: Mullholland Bridge Falsework

The contractor will implement additional full directional freeway closures during the late night hours in order to advance the completion of the temporary falsework structure for the reconstruction of the Mulholland Bridge. These full directional freeway closures between the 101 freeway and the Getty ramps will begin Friday, March 2, 20012. Please see attachment for details.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

405 Work Notices: Getty Ramps, Sunset, Bellagio Road & Acanto Drive

Please see below notices for additional information on activities in the Sunset Segment. Thank you.

Power relocation work continues on Sepulveda Bl at the Getty ramps.

An additional weekend for vault installation work has been scheduled to start at 9pm Friday, February 24, 2012 through 6am on Monday, February 27, 2012.

Installation of false work for bridge reconstruction at the Sunset Bl has been scheduled from Friday, February 24, 2012 through Wednesday, February 29, 2012 and from Friday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 7, weeknights.

Removal of the freeway wall along NB 405 between Bellagio Rd/Acanto Dr to Getty Center Drive started on Thursday, February 23, 2012 and will continue through Monday, March 19, 2012. Work hours are from 8am to 5pm, weather permitting.

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Two Coyotes: Linda Flora & Chalon Road - 6:30AM

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

Around 6:30AM Saturday the Feb 18th a neighbor was out walking on Linda Flora just near the John Thomas Dye school when she spotted 2 coyotes about 50 ft away from her walking towards her in the street. Worried for herself and three dogs, she quickly turned around and headed home. The coyotes began to follow her for several houses until a car drove by scaring them both away.

All is well, no pets or people were injured, but thought it was important to share so neighbors could be alert.


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.