Thursday, September 24, 2015

ACS SECURITY LEASE CLARIFICATION FROM PRESIDENT RON HUDSON

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

It has been brought to our attention that a false rumor has begun circulating in our community that our Bel-Air Association’s Executive Director, Paulette DuBey, and our Bel-Air Association’s past President, Cynthia Arnold desire a Real Estate Agency to take the space in our offices that is currently occupied by ACS Security.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

To the contrary, ACS’s owner Al Radi recently implied to the Bel-Air Association that he was leaving his space, despite his longterm lease.  

Our Board met with him immediately.  

Mr. Radi did not attend the meeting in person but participated by phone.

In addition, Mr. Radi agreed on the call that his lease remains in effect and that he does not intend to vacate his leased space.

Our Association has never discussed or even contemplated leasing the space to any other company, let alone a Real Estate Agency.

We cannot respond to every rumor in the community.  But we felt that it was important to respond quickly to this specific misinformation before it spreads any further.

Sincerely yours,

Ron Hudson
President


1200 Bel-Air Road Haul Route Update from the Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

Your Bel-Air Association has negotiated and obtained from the developer of 1200 Bel-Air Road the following conditions on its application for a haul route:

1. No crossing of two hauling vehicles shall be allowed in Bel-Air. (Once one hauling vehicle leaves Bel Air, the next hauling vehicle may enter.) No staging or queueing of hauling vehicles shall occur on streets within Bel-Air.
2. All hauling vehicles must be identified by a unique placard prominently identifying the project address and prominently displayed in the front windshield of such vehicle.
3. The hauling operations are restricted to the hours between 9:00 am. and 3:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays only. No hauling is allowed on Saturdays, Sundays or federal or state holidays. Hauling vehicles may not arrive at the site before the designated start time.
4. All clearing, earth moving, or excavation activities shall be discontinued during periods of high winds (i.e., greater than 15 mph), so as to prevent excessive amounts of dust.
5. All dirt/soil loads shall be secured by trimming, other appropriate means (other than watering) to prevent spillage and dust.
6. All dirt/soil materials transported off-site shall be securely covered.
7. General contractors shall maintain and operate construction equipment so as to minimize exhaust emissions.
8. Trucks having no current hauling activity shall not idle but be turned off.
9.  All flagmen shall be properly trained.
10. All flagmen shall be prohibited from smoking or consuming alcoholic beverages while on duty.
11. All flagmen shall remove their trash from their stationed location upon being relieved of duty for any period of time.

The developer recorded these in a Covenant and Agreement on September 21, 2015. A copy of the recorded C&A is below. The recorded C&A that we obtained makes the conditions enforceable against future owners, in case the ownership changes before the haul route is completed.

We were able to obtain these agreed conditions in a recorded covenant because we submitted comments within the 20-day time limit specified by the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), thereby preserving our objections to the project.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other project in Bel-Air.

Sincerely,

Your Land Use Committee






Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Department of City Planning Report from the Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community, 

The Department of City Planning (“DCP”) issued its biweekly case filing report on September 22, 2015. An excerpt of the report for Bel Air that we created is attached. The full report is available on the DCP’s website at: http://planning.lacity.org/CNCRpts/dsp_viewFileDetail.cfmfilename=327.

Two projects in Bel-Air are shown in the report:

1. The Bel Air Bar and Grill has filed for a renewal of its conditional use permit for the continued sale of alcoholic beverages. Information on the application’s case is available on DCP’s website at http://planning.lacity.org/Pdiscaseinfo/CaseId/MjA0MjUz0 and http://planning.lacity.org/Pdiscaseinfo/CaseId/MjA0MjU00.

2. The owner of 1000 Stradella Road has applied for an environmental review of the construction of a new single-family dwelling that involves hillside grading and the hauling of 5,600 cubic yards of dirt. Information on this application case is available at http://planning.lacity.org/Pdiscaseinfo/CaseId/MjA0MzI40.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about any of these projects, or any others. These blog posts are the most effective method for us to disseminate information quickly to you and solicit your input.

Sincerely,
Your Land Use Committee


Monday, September 21, 2015

Keep Bel-Air Beautiful Update

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community:

As you drive past our neighborhood’s traffic islands, you might wonder who’s doing the landscaping maintenance and are they following drought restrictions?

The Bel-Air Association "Keep Bel-Air Beautiful" Flagship Program is pleased to announce and acknowledge the good work of our partner, 
GreenTree Landscaping.

Their company motto is "creating beautiful surroundings.” And we might add “with creative problem solving” to that motto, as smart horticultural choices and careful service means, our community benefits from both lovely results and strict adherence to current 
City of Los Angeles water irrigation restrictions. 

Thank you to all of our generous members and supporters for helping us Keep Bel-Air Beautiful everyday! 


Sunday, September 20, 2015

HAM RADIO TRAINING SCHEDULE - EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

The Bel-Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council is encouraging neighborhood groups and anyone interested in learning Ham radio skills and becoming licensed or who wants to brush up on his/her skills to take advantage of the local training opportunities. 
The goal is to create a cross mountain communication network to link area residents in case of an emergency.
Below is a schedule for upcoming training classes:
Technician Exam Study Class
Date: October 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 
Bel Air Ridge Homeowners Association
(Club House)
2760 Claray Drive 
Los Angeles, CA  90077 

Technician Exam Study Class
Date: October 17,2015
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Location: 
Bel-Air Crest Homeowners Association 
Club House
11701 Bel-Air Crest Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077 

Technician EXAM
Date: November 7, 2015
Time: 10:00 am
Location: 
Bel-Air Ridge Homeowners Association
Club House 
2760 Claray Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90077 






Saturday, September 19, 2015

LADBS UPDATED HAUL ROUTE AND LARGE SCALE PROJECT REPORT

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The latest report of haul routes and large-scale projects in Bel-Air, revised on September 17, 2015, is enclosed below. A PDF version is also available from the Department of Building and Safety’s website, at: http://ladbs.org/LADBSWeb/LADBS_Forms/InformationBulletins/CD5-PermitsMATRIX.pdf.

The only update since the prior report (September 9) is for 10697 Somma Way, on page 3. The updated comments for that project state that hauling is now occurring, the proper route is being followed, the proper trucks are being used, signs are in place, and flagmen are in place.

Sincerely,
Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee












Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Updated Haul Route Requests - Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The latest status table of haul-route requests, dated September 11, 2015, is enclosed below. A PDF version is also available on the Department of Building and Safety’s website, located at: http://ladbs.org/LADBSWeb/LADBS_Forms/Misc/haul_route_status_table.pdf.

Sincerely,

Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee














Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee - Tortuoso Way Condition Revision and Update

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

We yesterday negotiated a revision to one of the 14 conditions of the Tortuoso Way project, which we previously obtained and announced on August 28, 2015. The revision gives us limitations on the number of hauling trucks per hour.

The revision is to Condition 1. It still provides that no two hauling vehicles shall cross in Bel Air. But the developer asked us yesterday to remove the second sentence of Condition 1, which is in parentheses. It stated that “[o]nce one hauling vehicle leaves Bel-Air, the next hauling vehicle may enter.” We agreed to delete this sentence because the staging of trucks on this large site should not substantially increase the burden on our community. Condition 9 already protects us by prohibiting staging or queueing on streets within Bel Air, with the exception of Tortuoso Way, which is the large development site itself. Condition 9 also already protects us by requiring that “[t]rucks having no current hauling activity shall not idle but be turned off.”

In exchange for the deletion of the sentence in the parentheses, the developer agreed to our request to substitute the following limitations on the number of trucks per hour:

“There shall be no more than 7 return truck trips per hour. If dirt hauling is occurring on other, overlapping or crossing haul routes and causing congestion, The Park Bel Air Holdings LLC will reduce its hauling to no more than 6 return trips per hour.”

We therefore now have additional protection on the number of trucks on our streets.


Sincerely,

Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Updated Haul Route and Project Information from the Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The latest report of haul routes and large-scale projects in Bel-Air, revised on September 9, 2015 is enclosed below. A PDF version is also available from the Department of Building and Safety’s website, located at: http://ladbs.org/LADBSWeb/LADBS_Forms/InformationBulletins/CD5-PermitsMATRIX.pdf.

Sincerely,
Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee











Thursday, September 10, 2015

TORTUOSO WAY HAUL ROUTE HEARING - September 15, 2015

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The Board of Building and Safety Commissioners will hold a hearing on the Tortuoso Way project’s proposed haul route at its meeting this coming Tuesday, September 15, 2015. The meeting agenda is below and is available at http://ens.lacity.org/ladbs/commagendas/ladbscommagendas25398379_09152015.pdf. The project is agenda items A.2-A.4, on pages 2-3.

As we have previously announced, we obtained the owner’s agreement to numerous conditions that will substantially mitigate the effects that this substantial project will have on our community. Those conditions will be specified in covenants and agreements that will be recorded, which will make the conditions enforceable against subsequent property owners.

Sincerely,
Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee








Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Tortuoso Way Certificate of Compliance Application

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The owner of the lots on Tortuoso Way filed an application on August 28, 2015 for a “Certificate of Compliance for illegal lot cut (2 of the 5 lots).” A summary of the case is available at http://planning.lacity.org/Pdiscaseinfo/CaseId/MjA0MTIz0.

The application has been assigned to:

Senior City Planner Jon Foreman. His office is in Room 720 of City Hall. His phone number is 213-978-1387, and his email address is jon.foreman@lacity.org

Anyone may review the Planning Department’s file on the application by making an appointment with him. 

(The file is a public record.)

Sincerely,
 Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

10460 Revuelta Way Application

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The owner of 10460 Revuelta Way filed an application on August 18, 2015 with the Department of City Planning for the following entitlements:

1.       A Zoning Administrator’s Variance to allow the construction, use, and maintenance of a full kitchen in a guest house, in addition to the main residence;
2.       A Zoning Administrator’s Determination to permit “over-in-height” elements (fences, hedges, and gates) up to 8 feet in height in the front and rear yards, in lieu of the required 3’-6” and 6-feet, respectively;
3.       A Zoning Administrator’s Adjustment to allow a guest house with a kitchen to observe a reduced setback of 6-12 feet, in lieu of the required 25-foot setback; and
4.       A Zoning Administrator’s Adjustment to allow a combination of sound walls and retaining walls to observe a height of up to 14’-1”, in lieu of the 6-foot limit in the property’s zone (RE20-1).

A summary of the case is available at http://planning.lacity.org/Pdiscaseinfo/CaseId/MjAzOTc30.

The application has been assigned to City Planner Lynda J. Smith. Her office is in Room 763 of City Hall. Her phone number is (213) 978-1196, and her email address is lynda.smith@lacity.org. Anyone may review the Planning Department’s file by making an appointment with her. 
(The file is a public record.)

Sincerely,
Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee

HAUL ROUTE STATUS AND PROJECT REPORT UPDATE FROM THE BEL-AIR ASSOCIATION LAND USE COMMITTEE

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community:

The latest status report of haul routes and large-scale projects in Bel Air, revised on August 28, is below.

A PDF version is also available from the Department of Building and Safety’s website, at http://ladbs.org/LADBSWeb/LADBS_Forms/InformationBulletins/CD5-PermitsMATRIX.pdf.

Sincerely,
Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee