Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bel~Air Coyote Activity Heat Map (Beta)

The Coyote Task Force is has been working hard on creating a Coyote Heat Map (in beta) to graphically illustrate the proliferation of Coyote activity in our community.

The locations indicated are broken down into the Year (currently from 2009 through 5-31-2012) and you can find more details of each reporting by clicking on each marker.

We rely on the Bel~Air community to provide us with this information, so the more data you give us, the more complete and valuable this tool will become.

Click on the below IMAGE to LINK to the LIVE INTERACTIVE MAP

This map will be updated as more reports are received.  We have placed a permanent link to this map in the right side column of this BLOG.

Full closure of Sunset between Veteran and Barrington Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29, 2012 from 10pm to 6am


A full closure of Sunset Bl between Veteran Av and Barrington Ave and Church Ln between Sepulveda Bl and Kiel St, will take place on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29, 2012 for waterline removal.


Waterline removal at Sunset Bl with full closure  


Full Sepulveda Bl closure is anticipated on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29, 2012.  Closure and work hours are from 10pm to 6am.


Sunset Bl between Veteran Av and Barrington Ave
Church Ln between Sepulveda Bl and Kiel St

What to expect:

  • Local access will be maintained.
  • EB Sunset Bl traffic will be detoured to SB Barrington Av, to EB Wilshire Bl, to NB Veteran Av, back to Sunset Bl.
  • WB Sunset Bl traffic will be detoured to SB Veteran Av, to WB Wilshire Bl, to NB Barrington Av, back to Sunset Bl.
  • NB Church Ln traffic will be detoured to EB Montana Av to NB Sepulveda Bl, back to Church Ln.
  • SB Church Ln traffic will be detoured to continue SB on Sepulveda Bl, to WB Montana Av, back to Church Ln.
  • The NB Sunset on and off ramps and the SB on-ramps will be closed starting at 8pm.  The SB off-ramp will remain open with access to Sepulveda Bl only. 

From CurbedLA - Cheatingest 'Hoods in LA - Bel~Air's Virtue Triumphs

Fancy Westsiders love to cheat, or at least they love to do it online, according to cheating-facilitating website They've shared the "top 10 adulterous LA neighborhoods" with the HuffPo, and the 'hoods are overwhelmingly wealthy and west of the 405, or very close (a spokesman says "the more successful you are, the more prone to cheating you are," so yay for struggling actors and screenwriters!). LA as a whole didn't make the top 10 most cheatingest cities, but it has about 475,000 AM members. And here's the weirdest thing for this early bird city: most AM users in the US have their affairs between 9 am and 5 pm, but nearly half of Los Angeles users cheat between 5 pm and midnight.
1. Santa Monica (Also has the most cheaters who've been married for three years or less.)
2. Sherman Oaks
3. Brentwood (The sluttiest--Brentwood users have the highest number of affair partners each.)
4. Beverly Hills (Has the most "encounters" and the highest percentage of female users.)
5. Calabasas (The most monogamous cheaters--it has the lowest number of partners per user.)
6. Thousand Oaks
7. Malibu
8. Burbank
9. Van Nuys
10. Venice (Has the most single women seeking married men.)
· LA's Westside Cheats More Than Its Eastside, Says (PHOTOS) [HuffPo]

Monday, June 25, 2012

Bellagio Rd @ Moraga Dr and Casiano Rd - Full closure will take place from 10am to 1pm TOMORROW


As part of the ongoing undergrounding of power lines, vault installation on Bellagio Rd requires a 3 hour-full closure between 11782 Bellagio Rd and 11720 Bellagio Rd.

What: Vault installation and temporary full street closure

When: Work is anticipated to take place on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Work hours are from 9am to 4pm. Full closure will take place from 10am to 1pm.

Where: Bellagio Rd between Moraga Dr and Casiano Rd

What to expect:
Access will be maintained to local residents via a flagger.
Bellagio Rd traffic will be detoured through the alleyway.
Driveways within the excavation limits will be temporary block with barriers to prevent vehicles from driving into flagger-control traffic.
Residents will be assisted out of the driveway.
Street parking will be restricted. In locations where the street narrows down, parking will be restricted on both sides of the street in order to allow for the movement of local traffic.
Residents are asked to be vigilant of posted parking restrictions to prevent towing.
Duct bank excavation will resume from 11720 Bellagio Rd to the intersection of EB Moraga Dr at Bellagio, after vault placement is completed.
Relocation work is anticipated to be completed at the end of August.
Access to pedestrians will be maintained outside the work zone.
Emergency access will be maintained.

Full Closure Limits
Bellagio Rd Detour via Alleyway
Bellagio Rd traffic will be detoured through the alleyway on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 between the hours of 10am and 1pm.

'Rampture' Begins It's First Week Of Work Along The I-405 At Wilshire Blvd (Fox News)

Los Angeles, CA -
(CNS) L.A. today began its first work week of "Rampture'' - the three-month closure of the westbound Wilshire Boulevard onramp to the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway and the northbound 405's offramp to westbound Wilshire.
The ramps were closed Friday night in the first phase of a yearlong effort to demolish and rebuild all eight ramps at the interchange. They are to be replaced with ramps designed to reduce traffic jams and dangerous lane-weaving. The work is part of a project to add a 10-mile carpool lane to the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass.
The ramp closures are proving to be a source of anxiety for thousands of commuters scrambling to find alternate routes to and from the Westside, and residents of Westwood and Brentwood who expect that already congested routes - Sepulveda, Santa Monica and Sunset boulevards, for example - will experience even worse traffic jams.
The Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles campus has advised employees to allow twice as much time as usual for commuting, the Los Angeles Times reported. To reduce cut-through traffic and help ensure access for emergency vehicles, the campus plans to close its gates on Eisenhower and Gorham avenues.
UCLA has urged employees to telecommute, work alternative hours and carpool, bike or walk, according to The Times. And Blair House, a Westwood condo building on Wilshire, has agreed to subsidize monthly bus passes for its employees and caregivers, housekeepers and other workers employed by residents.
On Friday night, two of eight of the Wilshire Boulevard on and off ramps to the I-405 were shut down as demolition got underway  This is part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, and no other intersection needs more improvement than the Wilshire Boulevard/I-405 interchange.  Drivers are merging on and off on a heavily congested Wilshire which creates hours of delay each year.

The first two ramps to close:
Ramp 1: The I-405 off-ramp to Westbound Wilshire
Ramp 2: Westbound Wilshire on-ramp to The I-405 North

Each series of ramp closures will be shut down every 90 days. All eight ramps are expected to be completed in at least a year.  The ramps were built in the '50s and need to be up to speed with earthquake standards of today.

In FOX 11's interviews with Metro's Dave Sotero and Westside City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Rosendahl thinks traffic will be widely impacted on city streets and the 405 from LAX to the San Fernando Valley. Sotero thinks there will be a wide ripple effect on city streets, but not so sure about the I-405.

Westwood Village restaurant manager Andrew Clinco is concerned about reduced business and is working with his staff of 50 to get about half of them on a group bus for their commute.

More info can be found at:

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Meg Ryan sells Bel-Air home for $11 million

The LA Times is reporting that Actress Meg Ryan has sold her house in Bel-Air for $11.125 million. The two-story home had been on and off the market since 2008, when it was listed for $19.5 million.

The classic Spanish-style house, built in 1931 and recently restored, features period details such as stenciled beam ceilings, arched doorways and ironwork.

French doors open to a loggia, a dining pavilion, lawn and a swimming pool. There are city and ocean views, two family rooms, a pub room, a screening room, six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 6,877 square feet. The four fireplaces include one in the guesthouse.

Rampture Graphical Recap

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sherman Oaks Full Sepulveda Closure


The contractor will close Sepulveda Bl in both directions in order to further construct the
new center bridge column of the freeway overpass. Sepulveda Bl will be closed from Valley
Vista Bl to Sherman Oaks Ave beginning Wednesday, June 27, 2012, for approximately two
nights between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am. In addition, the southbound Valley Vista on
and off-ramp will be closed from 7 pm to 6 am during this operation.
What: Full closure of Sepulveda Bl to support the construction of the center bridge

When: The full closure of Sepulveda is anticipated to occur Wednesday, June 27, 2012,
for approximately two nights between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am

Where: Sepulveda Bl from Valley Vista Bl to Sherman Oaks Ave

What to expect:
- Local access for residents will be maintained

- Additional work activities associated with the widening of the freeway overpass will
be conducted concurrently with the bridge column construction.

- The Valley Vista on and off-ramps are anticipated to be closed from 7 pm to 6 am

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

- Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

- Work is weather permitting and subject to change.

- For a listing of daily closures and project updates visit our website at or follow us on twitter: and Facebook at

Wilshire Ramps Reconstruction

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Wilshire Ramps Reconstruction

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The Wilshire ramp closures are upon us! Tonight at 10pm, the westbound and northbound on and off-ramps from Wilshire will close at 10pm for 90 days. Below is a detailed schedule of upcoming work and the resulting detours.
Friday, June 22, 2012 - Night Shift
Place K-rail, restripe, and reconfigure traffic signals on Wilshire and Santa Monica Bl at Sepulveda Bl. Prepare bridges for demolition by cutting holes in the deck and removing the wood inside the bridge.
  • Full closure of Sepulveda, from Wilshire to Montana, 10pm to 11am.
  • Detours: NB Sepulveda detour: WB Wilshire to NB Veteran to EB Montana; SB Sepulveda detour: WB Montana to SB Veteran to WB Wilshire
  • Two lanes closed in each direction on Wilshire, from Veteran to Federal, from 10pm to 11am. All northbound on and off-ramps closed from 10pm to 11am.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Day Shift
No closures; remove wood from inside bridge and pull support of excavation beams; drill holes for support of excavation
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Night Shift
Place protective soil on Sepulveda Bl; demolish westbound Wilshire on-ramp to northbound I-405 and northbound I-405 off-ramp to westbound Wilshire; remove soil and clean roadway
  • Full closure of Sepulveda, from Wilshire to Montana, 10pm to 11am.
  • Two lanes closed in each direction on Wilshire, from Veteran to Federal, 10pm to 11am.
  • All northbound on- and off-ramps closed from 10pm to 11am.
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - Day Shift
Finish excavation and pulling beams; no closures
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - Night Shift
Demolish bridge abutments and footings; set up to drive pile
  • Full closure of Sepulveda, from Wilshire to Montana, 9pm to 6am.
  • Two lanes closed in each direction on Wilshire, Veteran to Federal, 9pm to 6am.
  • All northbound on and off-ramps closed 9pm to 6am.
Monday and Tuesday, June 25-26 - Day Shift
Start driving pile; no closures
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, June 25-27 - Night Shift
Post demo work on abutments and driving pile
  • Full closure of Sepulveda, from Wilshire to Montana, 9pm to 6am.
  • Two lanes closed in each direction on Wilshire, from Veteran to Federal, 9pm to 6am.
  • All northbound on- and off-ramps closed from 9pm to 6am.
Wednesday, June 27 through September - Day Shift
Northbound Sepulveda Bl 2 lane closed, 9am to 3pm (exact times may vary depending on traffic conditions)
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June 22, 2012 NR12289ne

Person of Interest in Sexual Assault Investigation Sought

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Operations West Bureau Sexual Assault Detail is investigating the sexual assault of a female in her 20s that occurred in the afternoon of May 31, 2012.

On May 31, 2012, around 3:30 p.m., the victim was taking a shower in her residence located in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles when an unknown male entered her apartment and forcibly sexually assaulted her.

Investigators reviewed the available surveillance video from the apartment building for evidence of the crime and to possibly identify the suspects and /or any witnesses involved.

Investigators are seeking information from a PERSON OF INTEREST/ POSSIBLE WITNESS who was at the location. Images of that person were captured by surveillance video and are available from LAPD Media Relations at 213 486-5910.

This appears to be an isolated incident and should not cause the community to be alarmed.

Anyone with information about this crime or recognizing the Person of Interest is asked to contact Operations-West Bureau Sexual Assault Detail, Detective L. Nunez at (213) 473-0447. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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RECAP: BAA Member Annual Meeting & 70th Anniversary Celebration

On June 13, 2012, the Bel-Air Association (BAA) hosted its Annual
Meeting at the beautiful Bel-Air Country Club. This year's
meeting marked the incredible milestone of 70 years in existence.

It was an exquisite evening that began by hosting the first ever
"Vendor Village," held in the foyer of the Bel-Air Country Club. The "village" featured several local vendors that provide exclusive discounts to Association members.

At 5:45pm, we opened the doors to a beautifully outfitted room
featuring wonderfully decorated tables, incredible flower
arrangements, vintage old-Hollywood posters and much more.

At 6pm, Executive Director Paulette M. DuBey and President Marvin
Elkin hosted a focused business meeting, highlighting several
accomplishments of the past year (Project Pothole, Operation
Guardrail, Keep Bel-Air Beautiful, Coyote Task Force, E-Prep,

Then the celebration really kicked-off, with a surprise guest
appearance by long-time Bel-Air resident & Association member
Bob Newhart.

At the end of his appearance, he introduced the second
entertainer of the evening, Robin Swenson, an excellent pianist
and singer who entertained the members with countless Sinatra
-style tunes and renditions. To celebrate the Association's 70th Anniversary, everyone
joined in signing "Happy Birthday."

The remainder of the evening was filled with a wonderful buffet
of hors d'oeuvres, wine, conversation and celebratory atmosphere.

If you weren't able to join us this year, we hope you will in
2013 and for many years to come.

If you're not a member and would like to be, we encourage you to considering joining. Please call the office for details or with any questions. 

If you'd like to join online, please visit and follow the instructions to pay your 2012-2013 membership dues.

Keep Bel-Air Beautiful: St. Pierre Traffic Island Under Redesign

The Bel-Air Association & it's flagship program "Keep Bel-Air Beautiful" are excited to announce the redesign of the St. Pierre Traffic Island.

Please see below a couple pictures showing the beginning of the transformation.

Thank you to all who donated to this critical program. The landscaping & upkeep of our entrances & islands is of utmost importance to the value of the Bel-Air community.

Concilmember Paul Koretz: Wilshire Ramps Reconstruction

Wilshire Ramps Reconstruction

Dear Friends,

Starting this Friday night, June 22nd, major work begins on the Wilshire Ramps Reconstruction – an effort that is being managed by Metro on behalf of Caltrans and in collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and other agencies. 

The good news is that the eventual outcome, once work is complete on the Wilshire Ramps Reconstruction, will be one of significant improvement for motorists traveling through the area. The Wilshire-405 "intersection" has long been considered among the worst designed intersections/interchanges in the state, leaving many drivers and passengers feeling like they're on a roller coaster ride when they're getting off or on the freeway.  Because of the Reconstruction, vehicles will have a longer and more graceful transition phase between the freeway and Wilshire, thereby providing greater safety and a steadier and speedier traffic flow on freeway and Wilshire alike.  Here is the link to the educational video that explains why Metro is rebuilding those ramps:
The bad news is that many of us are likely to suffer some inconvenience, maybe even major inconvenience, in the weeks and months to come, because of closures that will necessarily occur as work progresses. While the immediate phase that starts on Friday night is scheduled to last approximately three months, the entire Wilshire Ramps Reconstruction could last for more than a year.  There will be no magic detour – we will all just have to adjust as best we can, including by keeping track of changes in closures (some of them, overnight closures) as they occur.  That will be a big strain on those who live or work in the immediate area, but even those of you who travel infrequently through this area might want to determine in advance if any pertinent closures have been scheduled.
Metro has created some excellent tools for tracking the work and determining closures, and I recommend that you explore their use:

Here is the direct link to the Wilshire Ramps Reconstruction webpage:
The easiest way for someone to receive e-blasts and more frequent Construction Notices is to send an email to the project email address: – you can always request to be deleted from that list, if you wish.
Each closure is posted on the Metro website – – and on Metro's Facebook and Twitter pages – and

The Project hotline is  213.922.3665.

If you or your business have a robust website, here is a link to the applet that allows a webmaster to add a compact display version of daily closures:
With an effort this mammoth, and with so many differing agencies and jurisdictions involved, even the best plans can prove problematic if there's a failure in communications and implementation, and if the people in their home communities are not recognized or heard in the process. It is also important to note that work on other portions of the 405 causes inconvenience for local residents, and we are always eager to find ways to mitigate any hardship. Please know that I always invite you to contact me and my office whenever you feel there might be a problem that we can help resolve, or when you have an idea for making our quality of life better.
Thank you all for your patience and for your love of community.


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