Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BEL-AIR ASSOCIATION'S LAND USE GUIDING PRINCIPLES


Dear Bel-Air Neighbors,
The Bel-Air Association has been engaged with a wide range of land use issues over the past few years, from:

·       the inundation of hauling trucks on our streets impacting the safety of our community, to
·       over-regulation reducing the value and enjoyment of our homes by restricting our ability to update and develop our properties

To appropriately and consistently address these matters as they arise, the Board of the Bel-Air Association recently adopted the following Land Use Guiding Principles when considering projects in our area:

1.    To protect our community, health and safety
2.    To protect our property values
3.    To protect our freedom to reasonably develop our properties

The Bel-Air Association has developed these principles to best reflect the wide-ranging views of our membership, which include members that desire zero development policies to those who support maximized residential development.  

While making these decisions is not easy, I feel strongly that these guiding principles will serve our community best as we strike the right balance allowing for reasonable development while demanding best construction practices and uncompromising safety for our streets and community.

Sincerely,
Ron Hudson
Bel-Air Association President

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Deadline for Submission of New Member Applications and Dues Extended to February 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

We have extended our previously announced deadline for acceptance of new member applications and dues in order to allow an additional opportunity to become members and participate in our future Annual Meeting of Members. 

Those within the community who are not currently a member and have not yet submitted their new member application and dues, and wish to become a member of our Association in order to be sent written notice of the Annual Meeting and have the right to vote at the Annual Meeting, must submit a completed application and annual dues of $350 by this Thursday, February 11, 2016. 

All new member applications and dues must be received in our office (100 Bel Air Road, Los Angeles, California 90077) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

This additional extension of time will necessarily require us to reschedule our Annual Meeting from the most recently announced date of March 23, 2016. 

Please stay tuned for further details.

Sincerely,
Your Bel-Air Association

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hearing on 27-Foot Verizon Wireless Pole at 1349 Stone Canyon Road This Friday, February 5, 2016


Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,



The Board of Public Works has scheduled a hearing this Friday on the appeal of the grant of a variance for a Verizon Wireless 27-foot monopole at 1349 Stone Canyon Road. The agenda for the meeting is below and at http://ens.lacity.org/bpw/agendas/bpwagendas86101372_02052016.pdf. The hearing is at 10:00 a.m. in Room 350 at City Hall.



The agenda item is #1, on page 3. It recommends granting Verizon’s request for a height variance on condition of designing a pole that is similar in appearance to the existing streetlight poles in the area:



Recommending Board (1) deny the appeal of the Bureau of Engineering determination to locate an Above Ground Facility (AGF) adjacent to 1349 North Stone Canyon Road; (2) approve the request for a variance from the height limitation requirements of the AGF Ordinance; and (3) authorize Verizon Wireless to install a 27-foot high mono-pole in the public right-of-way adjacent to 1349 North Stone Canyon Road with the condition that Verizon Wireless work with the appellants to design a mono-pole similar in appearance to the existing street light poles in the area.



We plan to appear at the hearing to support the condition that Verizon’s contractor work with the affected community members to design and use a monopole that is similar in appearance to the existing streetlight poles along Stone Canyon Road. We appeared at two Board of Public Works hearings last month on other Verizon cell sites on Stone Canyon Road, where we argued for and obtained the same condition and agreement from the Board and Verizon’s contractor. We did this after consulting and working with the affected community members and Verizon’s contractor.



Please let us know if you have any questions about any of the cell towers proposed along Stone Canyon Road, or any other issues in our community.



Sincerely,

Your Bel-Air Association






Sunday, January 31, 2016

HAPPY 87TH BIRTHDAY TO THE JOHN THOMAS DYE SCHOOL



The Bel-Air Association and our community of membership would like to wish the John Thomas Dye School a very Happy 87th Birthday! 





Our Board of Directors congratulate the Head of School,
Andrea Archer, and the entire "JTD" Staff on this amazing milestone!  

Thank you for your support and partnership!  

Cheers to an incredible year ahead!  

Ron Hudson
President

Friday, January 29, 2016

Update on Baseline Hillside Ordinance Draft Amendments

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The Planning Department issued the below newsletter today regarding the draft amendments to the Baseline Hillside Ordinance (BHO). The amendments are now scheduled to go before the City Planning Commission on May 12, 2016. The previously announced “tentative date of March 10, 2016 has been changed in order to allow for more public input and environmental analysis.”

The Planning Department also today issued the below summary of the public comments that it received its proposed draft amendments. We participated in submitting public comments, as we previously announced on this blog.

Please continue to let us know your thoughts and comments on the draft amendments.










Sincerely,

Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rescheduled Annual Meeting of the Members Now Confirmed for March 23, 2016; Reminder of February 1, 2016 Deadline for Submission of New Member Applications

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

Further to our blog post on January 15 (http://www.belaironline.org/2016/01/annual-meeting-of-members-rescheduled.html), the Bel-Air Association’s rescheduled Annual Meeting of the Members and election of 9 directors is now set and confirmed for 
March 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the John Thomas Dye School

(The School and the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, our inspector of election, were unavailable on the previously announced date of March 15, 2016.) 

All Association members will be sent written notice of the Annual Meeting.

As stated in our blog post, any community member who is not currently a member of our Association and wishes to become a member of our Association in order to be sent written notice of the Annual Meeting and have the right to vote at the Annual Meeting must submit a completed application and annual dues of $350 by February 1, 2016.

All new member applications and dues must be received in our office (100 Bel Air Road, Los Angeles, California 90077) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Sincerely,
Ron Hudson
Your Bel-Air Association President

Friday, January 15, 2016

Annual Meeting of the Members Rescheduled for March 15, 2016 Submission of New Member Applications and Dues by February 1, 2016

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

Further to our blog post on Wednesday (http://www.belaironline.org/2016/01/tomorrows-emergency-preparedness.html) and announcement at last night’s community meeting, the Bel-Air Association’s Annual Meeting of the Members and election of 9 directors has been rescheduled for March 15, 2016, at a time and place to be determined. All Association members will be sent written notice of the Annual Meeting.

Any community member who is not currently a member of our Association and wishes to become a member of our Association in order to be sent written notice of the Annual Meeting and have the right to vote at the Annual Meeting must submit a completed application and annual dues of $350 by February 1, 2016.

All new member applications and dues must be received in our office (100 Bel Air Road, Los Angeles, California 90077) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Sincerely,
Ron Hudson

Your Bel-Air Association President