Thursday, May 31, 2012

Closures: ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF THE MULHOLLAND BRIDGE AND THE SKIRBALL BRIDGE

ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF THE
MULHOLLAND BRIDGE AND THE SKIRBALL BRIDGE


As part of the reconstruction of the southern half of the Mulholland Bridge, the contractor will need to
implement closures that will entail a slightly longer duration for approximately two more nights. The
limits of the closure will be from the west side of the Mulholland Bridge to Casiano Road, east of the
bridge. In addition, Skirball Center Dr. will be closed from the northbound Skirball Ramps to Mulholland
Drive. The longer duration of the bridge closure is necessary in order to conduct the pouring of concrete
for the bridge. The work involving the pouring of concrete is anticipated to resume Friday, June 1, 2012.
The following is the anticipated schedule:

What: Concrete Pour of the Mulholland Bridge.

When: Work is anticipated to resume on the night of Friday, June 1, 2012.

Where:
The closure will be from the west side of the Mulholland Bridge to Casiano Road. Skirball
Center Dr. will be closed from the northbound Skirball Ramps to Mulholland Drive.


-  Friday, June 1, 2012
10 pm to 10 am
-  Friday, June 8, 2012 10 pm to 10 am




What to expect:

- The Mulholland Bridge will continue to undergo frequent night time closures due to utility
relocation work on a nightly basis. The limits of these closures will continue to be from the west
side of the Mulholland Bridge to Casiano Road.

- Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

- Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside of the construction zone.

- Please note that the work is weather permitting and subject to change

- For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/405 or follow
us on twitter: twitter.com/I_405 and Facebook at facebook.com/405project

Community: Traffic Enforcement Section Focuses On Poor Driving Behaviors


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Thursday May 31, 2012, 8:39 AM

Santa Monica Police Department

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Community: Traffic Enforcement Section Focuses On Poor Driving Behaviors
Hi Bel-Air Association,
The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section focuses each month on different driving behaviors that are primary causation factors for traffic collisions. In June, motor officers will target violators who fail to stop for posted stop signs.
The California Vehicle Code - Section 22450 Laws Applicable to Stop Requirements:

22450. (a) The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection.

If there is no limit line or crosswalk, the driver shall stop at the entrance to the intersecting roadway.

(b) The driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign at a railroad grade crossing shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before crossing the first track or entrance to the railroad grade crossing.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a local authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution providing for the placement of a stop sign at any location on a highway under its jurisdiction where the stop sign would enhance traffic safety.

Santa Monica Police Sergeant Phillbo Rubish wants to remind everyone that “stop signs mean just that, STOP!” When you approach a stop sign you are required to come to a complete stop. Slowly rolling through a stop sign (sometimes called a California Stop), while yielding to traffic is still a violation for which you can be cited.

For more information, please contact Sergeant Phillbo Rubish with the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit at (310) 458-8950.
Contact Information:
Richard Lewis, Sergeant
Community Relations Unit
310-458-8462
richard.lewis@smgov.net
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Community: Santa Monica PD Working to Improve Motorcycle Safety


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Wednesday May 30, 2012, 4:34 PM

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Community: Santa Monica PD Working to Improve Motorcycle Safety
Hi Bel-Air Association,
The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on June 3, 2012 in an effort to continue lowering deaths and injuries. Additional officers will be patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be cracking down on traffic violations made by motorcyclist as well as other vehicle drivers that can lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities.

Motorcycle fatalities had been on the rise in California, increasing by 175 percent in 10 years, from 204 deaths in 1998 to 560 deaths in 2008. This trend has reversed and data now shows a 37 percent decrease, to 394 in 2009 and 352 in 2010, which is a positive trend we want to see continue.

California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Santa Monica Police Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

Some of the reduction in riders killed can be attributed to fewer improperly licensed riders. In 2008, 62.7 percent of motorcycle operators killed under age 25 were not properly licensed. In 2009, that statistic fell to only 45.5 percent. Riders, young and old, are encouraged to be properly licensed and to seek training and safety information.

“The terrible trend of rising motorcyclist fatalities has been reversed, though there is more that everyone can do to save more lives. Riders and drivers need to respect each other and share the road,” said California Office of Traffic Safety Director, Christopher J. Murphy.

Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.

For more information please contact Sergeant Phillbo Rubish at the Santa Monica Police Department Traffic Division, 310-458-8950.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Contact Information:
Richard Lewis, Sergeant
Community Relations Unit
310-458-8462
richard.lewis@smgov.net
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REMINDER FOR SUNDAY: Fire Station #71 Pancake Fundraiser Breakfast - June 3rd (8 - 11am) -- BRING THE KIDS!!!!!!


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dumpster/Recycling Divers


It is thought that the below truck and it's owners may be involved in some of the recycling/dumpster diving in Bel-Air. To confirm, this is just a subject/person(s) of interest and nothing is confirmed.

It is an off-white Toyota truck (older model) with built up plywood sides and back.

It appeared to be driven by a Hispanic male looking to be 40+ years old. There also appeared to be a companion in the truck.



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METRO Wilshire On/Off Ramp Closures: Significant Traffic Delays Expected


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TRAFFIC ADVISORY
METRO Wilshire On/Off Ramp Closures
Significant Traffic Delays Expected


Location: West Los Angeles (WLA)
Construction: Los Angeles METRO will CLOSE two ramps:
  1. I-405 Northbound off-ramp to Westbound Wilshire
  2. Westbound Wilshire on-ramp to I-405 Northbound
Dates: Beginning June 22, 2012
Impact to WLA: Expect traffic delays around the WLA campus to increase significantly so please plan accordingly. In addition, these closures will result in detours for prolonged periods and many non-VA commuters will want to use the VA campus as a cut-through route around the traffic.
Action Plan: To ensure patient safety during the METRO Wilshire ramp closures, GLA will close two gates during the construction period located on Eisenhower and Gorham Ave. Each afternoon, approximately 1,200 non-VA

Map of Eisenhower and Gorham gate closures (click to view full size)
vehicles enter the WLA campus through the Eisenhower Ave. gate clogging campus roads with traffic. This extreme influx of vehicles has created a patient safety concern, as emergency vehicles and patient transport vehicles have difficulty in quickly accessing certain campus buildings and patient care areas. This traffic mitigation plan supports GLA’s mission of providing Veterans with Patient-Centered Care in a safe and healing environment. We realize this causes some difficulties with the staff and Veterans who use these gates to access WLA and we apologize for the inconvenience. The planned gate closures will reduce traffic congestion on the north side of WLA campus and ensure patient safety by maintaining adequate through ways for emergency service vehicles.
Additional Information about the Wilshire ramp construction provided by METRO:
METRO - http://www.METRO.net/projects/I-405/wilshire-bl-ramps-reconstruction/
METRO Way Ahead:
This is the first of eight ramps joining Wilshire Blvd and the I-405 freeway construction and demolition projects of series of ramp construction and closures along the 405 freeway. On Friday, June 22, 2012, the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project will begin demolishing. Reconstruction of all eight Wilshire ramps is expected to take more than one year.

These closures and the subsequent reconstruction of the other six Wilshire ramps are expected to create significant temporary impacts to Wilshire Blvd and adjoining streets, such as Federal Av, Sepulveda Blvd and Veteran Av. Sunset Blvd and Santa Monica are recommended alternatives.
Construction of the new ramps will reduce the conflict between Wilshire Blvd and the I-405 as it crosses Wilshire Blvd. In turn, this should reduce backup at other north/south streets, such as Westwood Bl and Veteran Bl.
For more information explaining the reconstruction:
Or contact:
Metro Hotline at 213.922.3665
VA GLA Public Affairs Office at 310.268.3340

405 Activity & Closure Notices: Sepulveda, Moraga, Ovada & Sunset Bridge


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LAPD: 2012 Van Nuys Senior Lead Officer Car Map


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Tuesday May 29, 2012, 4:50 PM

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Advisory: New 2012 Van Nuys S.L.O (Senior Lead Officer) Basic Car Map. Please review email attachment. Thank you!
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