Sunday, August 31, 2014

Construction Notice: Church Ln Between Sepulveda Bl and Southbound Sunset Off-Ramp

Church Ln between Sepulveda Bl and southbound Sunset Bl off-ramp will be closed intermittently beginning Tuesday, September 2 at 10pm and continuing each night until 6am, Tuesday, September 23 to facilitate drainage work, slurry and concrete pours.

·         This operation requires the following ramp closure:
Southbound Sunset Bl off-ramp.

Detour:
·         From southbound Sepulveda Bl – Go west on Montana Av, to north on Church Ln to access Sunset Bl.

·         From northbound Sepulveda Bl – Go west on Montana Av, turn north onto Church Ln to access Sunset Bl.

·         From either eastbound or westbound Sunset Bl – Go south on Church Ln, turn east on Montana Av to access Sepulveda Bl.

Please confirm nightly activity with  I-405 Metro Daily Closures .


Construction Relations I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project

Tel.: 213.922.3665 Fax: 213.922.2898


Construction Notice: Full Closure of Sepulveda Bl (Mountaingate Dr to Skirball Ctr Dr)



Segment: Mulholland

Location: Sepulveda Bl from Mountaingate Dr to Skirball Center Dr

Notice: Sepulveda Bl will be fully closed between Mountaingate Dr and Skirball Center Dr nightly, 10pm to 6am, beginning the night of Tuesday, September 2, to the morning of Monday, September 8. This operation will require the closure of the southbound Skirball Center Dr on-and off-ramps. Please see notice for details.


Construction Relations I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project
Tel.: 213.922.3665 Fax: 213.922.2898


Construction Notice: Full Closure of Getty Center Dr

·         Getty Center Dr will be fully closed from 9pm Tuesday, September 2 nightly through 6am Saturday, September 6 to install irrigation
lines under Getty Center Drive.

·         Though Sepulveda Bl southbound 2 lane will be closed, both northbound and southbound lanes will be open. 


Friday, August 29, 2014

Bel-Air Association - Member Benefits Card - Discount Vendor: AMAL of Beverly Hills


Amal of Beverly Hills is one of the Bel-Air Association's
Member Benefits Card's Discount Vendors. 

Amal provides an exclusive 20% discount to BAA members on any custom clothing, alterations or tailoring!

You can view a full list of our participating vendors, by clicking this link:




Metro: I-405 PM Closures for Friday, August 29, 2014



Here are the PM closures for Friday, August 29, 2014. The latest closure information can be found at metro.net/405. The Wilshire Segment runs from National Bl to Constitution Av. The Sunset Segment runs from Constitution Av to the Getty Center ramps. The Mulholland Segment begins at the Getty Center ramps and ends at Ventura Bl.

Streets
FR-MUL: Sepulveda Bl fully closed from Mountaingate Dr to Skirball Center Dr tonight, 10pm to 5am.

Freeway
FR-MUL: Southbound off-ramp to Skirball Center Dr closed tonight, 9:30pm to 5am.
FR-MUL: Southbound on-ramp from Skirball Center Dr closed tonight, 9:45pm to 5am.


Construction Relations I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project
Tel.: 213.922.3665 Fax: 213.922.2898

Metro: I-405 -- NO Closures Sat - Monday



Due to the three day holiday weekend, there will be no closures on the I-405 freeway from the morning of Saturday, August 30 through the evening of Monday, September 1.  
Thank you.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BEL-AIR ASSOCIATION LAND USE COMMITTEE NEIGHBORHOOD CONSTRUCTION ALERT




BEL-AIR ASSOCIATION
LAND USE COMMITTEE
 NEIGHBORHOOD CONSTRUCTION ALERT

In the efforts of helping the community be aware of upcoming construction projects, the Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee has provided the following report. Please utilize this as a tool to stay abreast of activity in the neighborhood.



(CLICK CHART TO ENLARGE)








Metro: I-405 AM closures for Thursday, August 28, 2014

The abbreviations below help us organize the Daily Updates by segment.
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
All
Wilshire
Sunset
Mulholland
ALL
WIL
SUN
MUL

Here are the AM closures for Thursday, August 28, 2014. Unless noted below, AM closures occur from 9am to 2:30pm. The latest closure information can be found at metro.net/405. The Wilshire Segment runs from National Bl to Constitution Av. The Sunset Segment runs from Constitution Av to the Getty Center ramps. The Mulholland Segment begins at the Getty Center ramps and ends at Ventura Bl.


Streets
TH-WIL: Cotner Av fully closed from Santa Monica Bl to Ohio Av today.
TH-WIL: Sepulveda Bl northbound 2 lane closed from Wilshire Av to north of Ohio Av today.
TH-SUN: Sepulveda Bl will be reduced to one lane each direction from Cashmere St to Sepulveda Way today.
TH-SUN: Sepulveda Bl northbound 2 lane closed from Montana Av to Church Ln today.
TH-SUN: Sepulveda Bl southbound 2 lane closed from Ovada Pl to 500ft north of Moraga Dr today.
TH-SUN: Sepulveda Bl southbound 2 lane closed 500ft north of Moraga Dr to Getty Center Dr today.
TH-SUN: Sepulveda Bl southbound 2 lane closed 500ft north of Moraga Dr to northbound Getty Center off-ramp today, 11:30am to 2:30pm.
TH-SUN: Sepulveda Bl southbound 2 lane closed from southbound Getty Center on-ramp to south of northbound Getty on-ramp today.
TH-SUN: Sepulveda Bl northbound 2 lane closed north of southbound Getty Center off-ramp to south of Getty off-ramp today.
TH-SUN: Sepulveda Bl southbound 2 lane closed from northbound Getty Center off-ramp to north of Sepulveda Undercrossing (near Getty ramps) today, 11am to 2:30pm.
TH-MUL: Sepulveda Bl northbound 2 lane closed from Bel Air Crest Rd to Mountaingate Dr today.
TH-MUL: Sepulveda Bl southbound 2 lane and Skirball Center Dr westbound left turn pocket closed from Skirball Bridge to Mountaingate Dr today, 10am to 5pm.
TH-MUL: Sepulveda Bl northbound 2 lane closed from 1,000ft south of Skirball on and off ramps to Skirball Center Dr today.
TH-MUL: Skirball Center Dr eastbound 2 lane right turn pocket closed from Sepulveda Bl to northbound Skirball Center on-ramp today.
TH-MUL: Sepulveda Bl southbound 2, 3 lanes closed from Sherman Oaks Av to Valley Vista Bl today.
TH-MUL: Fiume Walk southbound fully closed from Valley Vista Bl to Sepulveda Bl today.

Freeways
TH-SUN: Northbound off-ramp to Getty Center Dr closed today, 11am to 2:30pm.
TH-SUN: Southbound off-ramp to Getty Center Dr closed today.
TH-MUL: Northbound off-ramp closed to Skirball Center Dr today, 9am to 11am.
TH-MUL: Northbound on-ramp closed from Skirball Center Dr today.
TH-MUL: Southbound on-ramp closed from Valley Vista Bl today, 10am to 2:30pm.
TH-MUL: Southbound off-ramp closed to Valley Vista Bl today.


Construction Relations I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project

Tel.: 213.922.3665 Fax: 213.922.2898

Metro: I-405 AM closures for Friday, August 29, 2014

The abbreviations below help us organize the Daily Updates by segment.
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
All
Wilshire
Sunset
Mulholland
ALL
WIL
SUN
MUL

Here are the AM closures for Friday, August 29, 2014. Unless noted below, AM closures occur from 9am to 2:30pm. The latest closure information can be found at metro.net/405. The Wilshire Segment runs from National Bl to Constitution Av. The Sunset Segment runs from Constitution Av to the Getty Center ramps. The Mulholland Segment begins at the Getty Center ramps and ends at Ventura Bl.


Streets
FR-SUN: Sepulveda Bl northbound 2 lane closed from Cashmere St to Sepulveda Way today.
FR-SUN: Sepulveda Bl northbound 2 lane closed from Montana Av to Church Ln today.
FR-SUN: Sepulveda Bl southbound 2 lane closed from Ovada Pl to 500ft north of Moraga Dr today.
FR-SUN: Sepulveda Bl southbound 2 lane closed 500ft north of Moraga Dr to northbound Getty off-ramp today.
FR-MUL: Sepulveda Bl northbound 2 lane closed from Bel Air Crest Rd to Mountaingate Dr today.
FR-MUL: Sepulveda Bl northbound 2 lane closed from Skirball on and off-ramps to Skirball Center Dr today.
FR-MUL: Mulholland Dr westbound 2 lane closed from Skirball Center Dr to Zeldins Way today.




Construction Relations I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project

Tel.: 213.922.3665 Fax: 213.922.2898

Metro: I-405 PM Closures for Thursday, August 28, 2014

The abbreviations below help us organize the Daily Updates by segment.
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
All
Wilshire
Sunset
Mulholland
ALL
WIL
SUN
MUL

Here are the PM closures for Thursday, August 28, 2014. The latest closure information can be found at metro.net/405. The Wilshire Segment runs from National Bl to Constitution Av. The Sunset Segment runs from Constitution Av to the Getty Center ramps. The Mulholland Segment begins at the Getty Center ramps and ends at Ventura Bl.

Streets                                
TH-WIL: Wilshire Bl eastbound 3, 4 lanes closed from northbound off-ramp to eastbound Wilshire Bl to 500ft east of northbound off-ramp to eastbound Wilshire Bl tonight, 10pm to 5am.
TH-WIL: Cotner Av fully closed from Santa Monica Bl to Massachusetts Av tonight, midnight to 5am.
TH-WIL: Sepulveda Bl reduced to one lane in each direction and turn pockets closed from 1000ft north of Wilshire Bl to Wilshire Bl tonight, 9pm to 5am.
TH-SUN: Sepulveda Bl northbound 2 lane closed from Montana Av to Ovada Pl tonight, 9pm to 5am.
TH-SUN: Sepulveda Bl reduced to one lane in each direction from southbound Getty Center Dr on-ramp to northbound Getty Center Dr off-ramp tonight, 9pm to 4:15am.
TH-SUN: Church Ln fully closed from southbound Sunset Bl off-ramp to Sepulveda Bl tonight, 10pm to 4:15am.
TH-SUN: Church Ln reduced by one lane in each direction and left turn pocket closed from southbound Sunset Bl off-ramp to Sunset Bl tonight, 9pm to 5am.
TH-MUL: Sepulveda Bl reduced to one lane in each direction from Mountaingate Dr to Skirball Center Dr tonight, 9pm to 11pm.
TH-MUL: Sepulveda Bl fully closed from Mountaingate Dr to Skirball Center Dr tonight, 11pm to 5am.
TH-MUL: Skirball Center Dr Bridge eastbound lanes reduced by flaggers from northbound Skirball Center Dr off-ramp to Sepulveda Bl  tonight, 2am to 5am.

Freeway                                             
TH-WIL: Northbound off-ramp to eastbound Wilshire Bl closed tonight, 9:45pm to 4am.
TH-WIL: Northbound on-ramp from Santa Monica Bl closed tonight, 9pm to 4am.
TH-WIL: Southbound off-ramp to Santa Monica Bl closed tonight, 9pm to 4am.
TH-WIL: Southbound off-ramp to westbound Wilshire Bl closed tonight, 9:30pm to 4am.
TH-WIL: Southbound 4, 5 lanes closed from north of Constitution Av to westbound Wilshire Bl off-ramp tonight, 10pm to 4am.
TH-SUN: Northbound off-ramp to Sunset Bl closed tonight, 9:30pm to 4am.
TH-SUN: Northbound on-ramp from Sunset Bl closed tonight, 9:45pm to 4am.
TH-SUN: Northbound 5 lane closed from Montana Av to Sepulveda undercrossing (near Getty ramps) tonight, 10pm to 3:30am.
TH-SUN: Northbound 4, 5 lanes closed from Montana Av to Sepulveda undercrossing (near Getty ramps) tonight, 11pm to 3:30am.
TH-SUN: Northbound 4 lane closed from Sepulveda undercrossing (near Getty ramps) to Bel Air Crest Rd tonight, 10pm to 4am.
TH-SUN: Northbound 4, 5 lanes closed from Sepulveda undercrossing (near Getty ramps) to Bel Air Crest Rd tonight, 11pm to 4am.
TH-SUN: Southbound off-ramp to Sunset Bl closed tonight, 10pm to 4am.
TH-SUN: Southbound on-ramp from westbound Sunset Bl closed tonight, 8:30pm to 4am.
TH-SUN: Southbound 2, 3, 4 lanes closed from southbound Getty Center Dr on-ramp to north of Moraga Dr tonight, midnight to 3am.
TH-SUN: Southbound 4 lane closed from Moraga Dr to southbound on-ramp from eastbound Sunset Bl tonight, 10pm to 11pm.
TH-SUN: Southbound 3, 4 lanes closed from Moraga Dr to southbound on-ramp from eastbound Sunset Bl tonight, 11pm to 4am.
TH-SUN: Southbound 2, 3, 4 lanes closed from southbound on-ramp from westbound Sunset Bl to southbound on-ramp from eastbound Sunset Bl  tonight, midnight to 3am.    
TH-MUL: Northbound HOV/ 1 lanes closed from Mulholland Bl to Ventura Bl tonight, 10pm to 3:30am.
TH-MUL: Northbound HOV/ 1, 2 lanes closed from 500ft south of Mulholland Bridge to 1,000ft north of Mulholland Bridge tonight, 11pm to 3:30am.
TH-MUL: Northbound off-ramp to Getty Center Dr partially closed tonight, 8:30pm to 5am.
TH-MUL: Northbound on-ramp from Getty Center Dr closed tonight, 7pm to 4am.
TH-MUL: Southbound off-ramp to Skirball Center Dr closed tonight, 9:30pm to 5am.
TH-MUL: Southbound on-ramp from Skirball Center Dr closed tonight, 9pm to 5am.
TH-MUL: Southbound HOV/ 1, 2 lanes closed from 1,000ft north of Mulholland Bridge to 1,000ft south of Mulholland Bridge tonight, 11pm to 3:45am.

Construction Relations I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project

Tel.: 213.922.3665 Fax: 213.922.2898

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee Q&A


Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee Q&A

"In light of the increase in recent property development in the community, the Bel-Air Association’s Land Use Committee has become very active in working with property owners, developers, community residents and the City in an effort to balance the health and safety of all residents and the preservation of the community infrastructure with the rights of property owners to the use and enjoyment of their properties.  In order for the entire community to understand the issues, the Land Use Committee proposes to issue from time to time, answers to questions that arise, and the following are a list of Q/As:"

Q:  Why can't the Bel-Air Association dictate the rules of construction/development of properties?

A.  The Bel-Air Association is not the legal entity that approves or disapproves permits for development; that is the role of the City of Los Angeles. 

Q.  Some communities, even those in Los Angeles, have CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) that add restrictions to those of the City.  Didn't Bel-Air have these CC&Rs; what happened to them?

A.  Bel-Air was originally developed on a tract by tract basis beginning about 80 years ago with the concept of an architectural review committee set up with CC&Rs.  But, these original CC&Rs had a limited life, generally, around 50 years subject to certain rights of extension, and some of them were not specific enough to enforce effective architectural controls anyway.  As each tract's CC&Rs were expiring, the Bel-Air Association tried to obtain the consent of property owners in such tract to new architectural controls, but since the original CC&Rs authority had expired it required the consent of every property owner in each tract; and no tract was successfully covered by such consents.  As a consequence, most of the tracts in Bel-Air have no active CC&Rs at this time.

Q.  But some property owners still want more restrictions. Can individual properties be covered by CC&Rs?

A.  The Bel-Air Association is willing to consider CC&Rs for individual properties on a basis that is fair and reasonable to property owners and the community.  But, any such CC&Rs can legally only restrict those properties whose owners sign the CC&Rs and those property owners must be willing to provide the support necessary for an active architectural committee/review function by the Assn.

Q.  If there are no CC&Rs, then what function can the Assn. and Land Use Committee play regarding development of properties?

A.  The City heavily relies upon the Bel-Air Association to be a voice in land use policies and individual property development in the community.  For example, the City seeks the Bel-Air Association’s input on haul route and variance issues for all developments in Bel-Air. 

Q.  In light of all of the issues surrounding construction and development, why not simply limit the size of houses to 20,000 sq. ft. or less since does anyone really need more than that to live in?

A.  Bel-Air is a unique area of Los Angeles.  It did not start with uniform lots or topography or as a tract-house development, but was created to allow people to design their own homes.  And, over the years, that freedom to design unique homes has contributed to the World Class reputation of Bel-Air.  That is also a reason that Bel-Air enjoys some of the highest land valuations in the City and even the entire country.  For many Bel-Air residents, their home represents a large portion of their wealth and the wealth of their family and heirs.  To arbitrarily limit the size of homes, with no basis other than "I don't like big houses" is neither reasonable nor fair to existing property owners who wish to develop their properties and is likely to adversely affect the reputation and value of the community.  For example, every house built in Bel-Air at one time or another was likely a burden to a neighbor, but that doesn't mean it should not have been built or none of us would live here.

On the other hand, the Bel-Air Association is well aware of the burden of construction and development on the community and is working with the City and property owners to minimize those burdens so that there can be a reasonable balance between the freedom of property owners to develop their properties and the protection of the welfare of the community.

The Bel-Air Association will continue to monitor and participate in discussions with the City regarding general land use matters and individual property development with the goal to protect the health, safety and infrastructure of the community while preserving the World Class status and value of properties.

Q.  Since Bel-Air is a fire prone area, should all construction be stopped to minimize the risks of fire related to construction such as the use of large trucks, construction materials and other construction related equipment and activities?

A.  As to the issue of Fire & Life Safety, the Land Use Committee believes that the health and safety of our community is of paramount importance, and we must do what we can to require all development in our hills to comply with best practices in this regard.  However, we also understand that the technical aspects of what is best to save lives and protect our properties is not going to be accomplished by taking the untenable position of "no construction". 
By logical extension and illustration, it is inherently more dangerous and a greater fire risk to simply live in the hillsides, and as such, should it then be illegal to live in the hillsides and thus all homes in Bel~Air should be torn-down?   Of course not.
As such, to take the position to "stop construction, stop trucks, stop everything" is neither fair nor reasonable, especially as the City has laws and rules to deal with fire safety that are enacted and enforced by experts in the area. 

Q.  We have heard some talk about a large development on Strada Vecchia (overlooking Rocca Place)that has been issued a stop-work order notice and may have some of its permits revoked.  Has the Bel-Air Association been involved in this matter?


 A.  Yes, the Land Use Committee has met with City representatives and presented information about what appears to be material building violations, however, individual property owners in close proximity to the development have played a significant role in explaining to the City the nature of the various alleged violations.  We understand that the City is investigating the matter and the Bel-Air Association will continue to monitor the situation in an effort to encourage the City to prohibit any development that is materially inconsistent with applicable laws.

BAA Connects with LA DWP Stone Canyon Reservoir GeoTech Project about Daily Project Stopping Times

Earlier today, the Bel-Air Association connected with the LA DWP representatives leading the Lower Stone Canyon Reservoir GeoTech Project. Several neighbors in the area had expressed concern about the loud equipment running well past the stated 5pm finishing time...sometimes almost 7pm.

The supervisor of the project immediately alerted the teams today that all loud noise making equipment is to cease at 5pm each day. They are appreciative we brought it to their attention and really want to be sensitive/understanding to the community.

If you missed our past posts about the project, here are some of the important highlights from DWP.


"We are drilling borings at the different locations at the embankment and toe of the dam to collect samples as part of the Stone Canyon Dam seismic stability evaluation. Most of the borings will be inside of the Stone Canyon Dam complex. There will be three borings located at the DWP landscape area outside of entrance gate at 1680 Stone Canyon Rd. The work schedule is from 7am-5pm with full time DWP employee supervision.

We will use different drill rigs to collect soil samples. One type of drill rig, similar to a pile driving machine, will be used at one boring location at the landscape area. This rig will generate pounding noise and vibration. At this time, we anticipate to use this rig next Thursday or Friday (Aug 28 or 29)."