Tuesday, May 26, 2015

UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT RON HUDSON - LADWP TRUNK LINE PROJECT 2015-2016


Thursday, May 21, 2015

FIRE STATION #71 ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

Please support Fire Station #71 and our Firefighters who put themselves on the line everyday at their 
Annual Pancake Breakfast on 
Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am 
at the fire station located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Glen. 

Breakfast is free!
Enjoy Antique Cars and Fire Trucks
T-Shirts and Caps

A special raffle will be held for three lucky families to win dinner at the Fire Station!


If you are unable to attend, please consider making a 
tax-deductible donation to:
Adopt Fire Station #71
PO Box 573
914 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90024



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie Announces New Wellness Initiative






Dorchester Collection’s iconic Hotel Bel-Air announces a new wellness initiative with intuitive counsellor Susan King at their Forbes Five Star Spa by La Prairie. The first of Susan’s two week-long visits is scheduled from June 3 to 8, 2015, and the following specialty packages combining counselling services and therapeutic treatments have been created exclusively for this occasion:                                                                                               
 Intuitive Counseling Sessions: $500
60-minute Intuitive Counseling session with Susan will heal the mind and reduce stress levels, leaving one refreshed, lighter and happier.

·       Mind, Body & Spirit Package: $725
75 minute Massage with focus on the scalp and head; to deeply relax and rejuvenate the body. This will be followed by a 60-minute Intuitive Counseling session with Susan.

·       Renewal Package: $1,075
Two hour Ultimate Indulgence Body Therapy with two spa therapists for a full body relaxation experience. This will be followed by a 60-minute Intuitive Counseling session with Susan.
Intuitive counselling helps participants see clearly and look at their life in a new and different way. It is ideally combined with any type of massage or holistic therapy, allowing this unique partnership to heal the mind, body and spirit alike. Susan will return to the iconic hotel November 5 to 9, 2015, and the same packages will be offered.
Susan King has over 25 years of experience in intuitive counselling, nurturing deep feelings, and helping clients find new perspective on what may be troubling or confusing in life. With a particular strength on relationships, she assists people in navigating today’s relationship problems, which can include dealing with difficult partners or understanding what may be causing angst.

Susan has shared her reputable expertise as a columnist for leading publications such as US Elle and Marie Claire, and has hosted her own TV show in the UK. She has also been a regular guest on the David Fortune show in Monaco, France. Susan has a dedicated international following, including celebrity endorsements by Oprah Winfrey and Donna Karan. Ms. Karan has remarked “I often rely on the guidance of motivational speakers, life coaches and healers to help me work and live efficiently. Sometimes that means thinking outside of the box and using modern methods to find the balance in such a busy life. The one person who has been able to help me with this is psychic Susan King. For over a decade, I have considered her not just a guiding light in my life…the vision, support and guidance she has for me and my future have been crucial in decisions that I have had to make over the years. Decisions that have had a great impact on my personal, and professional life.”
Hotel Bel-Air’s Spa by La Prairie showcases a spacious guest relaxation lounge, elegantly designed women’s and men’s facilities, each equipped with steam, and seven treatment rooms including a private couples’ room with an outdoor patio, as well as a 24-hour fitness studio. It one of only 48 spas in the world to have earned the prestigious Forbes Five Star rating, and has been named Best Spa by Robb Report Magazine.         
To reserve a package or request additional information, please contact Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie at 310-909-1681.  
Advance reservations are required, and a 24-hour cancellation policy applies.   



Monday, May 18, 2015

DWP Trunk Line Project Update from President Ron Hudson

Dear Bel-Air Association Neighbors, 

On Wednesday of last week I attended a meeting of the Community Police Advisory Board to continue our dialogue on the impacts of the LADWP trunk line project and again advocate for additional coordination and transparency.  

While infrastructure improvement such as this is critical, I have ongoing concerns that the true impact of this first phase of work is not being properly accounted for. 

This portion of the trunk line upgrade will be located underneath Sunset Boulevard and as such it will force the closure of two-lanes of Sunset from June through August. 

Our city continues to discuss the work and mitigation in general … it is time for specifics. 

The Bel-Air Association, along with fellow neighbors and community members, identified three critical items that need answers immediately:

1) When is the construction actually going to start?

2) How many traffic officers will be deployed, at what times, 
and at what locations?

3) What is the plan for communication?

While no amount of traffic officers were identified nor a specific plan for communication discussed, LADWP did finally identify a start week. Construction will start the week of June 14th. I am working to obtain additional specifics on all of these items later this week at another update meeting.

The Council Office is aware of the Bel-Air Association's desire that this work not be looked at in a vacuum. But we must all realize that there will be impacts associated with any infrastructure project. 

It is my job to continue to ask pointed questions and urge the city to prioritize our neighborhood’s safety and livability as part of that work plan. To do that, the city must not focus solely on the LADWP work, but on all the construction happening in parallel with its stated timeline. 

All impacts, from LADWP and private construction (i.e. haul routes, construction traffic, etc.), must be reviewed collectively and balance sought. It is clear that there will be impacts, but as I’ve stated before, it must not be done at the cost of our safety. We must find balance.

As always, we will maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Council Office, LADWP and LADOT to ensure that our local government is hearing our concerns. 

I will provide you additional updates after this week’s meeting. 





Friday, May 15, 2015

COMMUNITY ALERT FROM SENIOR LEAD OFFICER CHRIS RAGSDALE

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COMMUNITY ALERT!
Protect your home from Residential Burglary. A common MO that has been occurring is suspects who typically knock or ring the doorbell to verify if the resident is home. When there is no answer, the suspects enter the side or rear of the residence and force entry by smashing the window or door glass to gain entry. Suspects are targeting the master bed and bath areas of the home and removing Jewelry and small electronics.
If you are home when someone knocks on the door or rings the doorbell, announce yourself to let them know that someone is home but do not open the door unless you verify who they are and you know the person at the door.
Another Burglary trend that has been occurring is construction site thefts and break ins. Items of value being targeted are construction tools, equipment, appliances and building materials. If you observe after hours suspicious activity at a construction site or major remodel location, call 911 immediately!
The Los Angeles Police Department recommends the following tips to help secure your home and harden the target.
• ALARMS: Ensure that security alarms are in good working order and set when not at home whether leaving for 10 minutes or 10 hours.
• ALARM RESPONSE: Consider a private patrol alarm response to enhance your current alarm and security system. In many cases private patrols are already contracted in many neighborhoods or associations.
• SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS: Web based surveillance camera systems will allow homeowners to view and monitor activity from any smartphone or computer which are motion sensor activated and will alert your device when there is activity. They also lend valuable information and clues to the investigation.
• MOTION SENSOR LIGHTING: Install motion sensor lighting around your home to illuminate normally dark areas around the home. This will also alert residents to outside activity around the home when motion lights are activated.
• GATES: Ensure that all gates and access points to the side or rear of the residence are locked and secured.
• DOOR AND WINDOW LOCKS: Ensure that all doors and windows are locked and secured with sturdy secured locks and that there are second locking mechanisms securing all doors and windows as a second line of defense.
• MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU'RE HOME…Even when you're not.
• NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Monitor suspicious activities in your neighborhood and alert your neighbors. Should the activity escalate to a crime about to occur, crime in progress or crime that just occurred,
CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
• SECURITY PATROLS: Consider after hours on site security at construction sites or major remodel projects. Many neighborhoods contract with private security patrols which monitor neighborhoods and can quickly respond to burglar alarm activations or reports of suspicious activity when they occur.
You may access the crime mapping feature listed below on a day to day basis to obtain up to date crime information for your area or any other area in the city.
To sign up for E-Policing, simply go to the E-Policing link below and enter your address and your email address. You will receive crime updates and Community Alert information from the Los Angeles Police Department. You may also view recent crimes that have occurred in the area on the LAPD website. To receive text alerts when critical information is sent, sign up for Nixle. Feel free to print this out or share this information.

Current Trending Analysis:
Residential Burglaries: North of Santa Monica Blvd. (3 crimes), North of Wilshire Blvd. (7 crimes). North of Sunset Blvd. (8 crimes). Auto related crimes (Break Ins and Stolen Vehicles): North of Santa Monica Blvd. (3 crimes), North of Wilshire Blvd. (5 crimes) North of Sunset Blvd. (6 crimes). Package Thefts appear to be trending throughout the area. Packages being delivered and left unattended in accessible areas are being stolen. Please arrange to have packages dropped off in a secure location or receivable location.

Protect yourself from becoming a victim and crime statistic. Ensure that you remove all visible items and valuables from inside of your vehicle. Your car, regardless of whether it's locked and secured or not, is not a safe or secure place to leave ANYTHING! Remember, Lock It, Hide It, Keep It!


Armed Robbery (Handgun): Two Juvenile Suspects Arrested.
10800 block Wilkins Ave. RD: 0833. On 5/12/15, at 5:00 PM, The victim and the suspects arranged to meet as a result of a Craigslist ad for the sale of shoes. While one suspect was inspecting the shoes, the second suspect produced a handgun and demanded the shoes that were for sale and the shoes on the victim's feet. The victim surrendered the shoes and the suspects fled on foot. As the officers were conducting their investigation, the suspects were observed in the area. The suspects were apprehended by investigating officers and a search recovered two handguns and the stolen shoes.

Burglary:
700 block Malcolm Ave. RD: 0828. On 5/13/15, between 12:40 PM and 2:30 PM, unknown suspect(s) gained entry into residence by forcing a rear door open. Once inside, suspects ransacked location and fled. No property taken.
10500 block Lindbrook Drive. RD: 0828. On 5/13/15, at 1:30 PM, unknown suspect(s) kicked front door open to gain entry and ransacked location. Suspect(s) fled after hearing home alarm.
10400 block Bainbridge Ave. RD: 0819. Unknown suspect(s) entered residence by cutting the side kitchen window screen and removed jewelry.
1400 block Clubview Drive. RD: 0829. Construction site. Between 5/11/15, 4:30 PM and 5/12/15, 8:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) removed tools from interior locked room.
10700 block Rochester Ave. RD: 0834. Construction site. Between 5/11/15, 5:30 PM and 5/12/15, 8:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) forced open window to gain entry and removed jack hammer.
600 block N. Sepulveda Blvd. RD: 805. On 5/13/15, at 1:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) pryed open front door of business to gain entry and removed medical marijuana.
11000 block Santa Monica Blvd. RD: 0855. Between 5/8/15, 6:00 PM and 5/11/15, 7:00 AM, unknown suspects pried rear door to gain entry and removed radio.
9800 block Beverly Grove. RD: 0808. Construction site. Between 5/8/15, 5:00 PM and 5/11/15, 7:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) pried shed door and removed tools. Suspects then forced rear double door and spray painted the walls.
11300 block Thurston Ave. RD: 0805. On 5/8/15, between 8:00 AM and 12:55 PM, unknown suspect(s) pried rear window of residence, activating alarm. Suspect(s) removed a wristwatch and fled from location.
11100 block Cashmere St. RD: 0815. On 5/8/15, between 1:00 PM and 2:10 PM, unknown suspect(s) kicked in rear door of residence and removed jewelry and electronics.
2400 block Cherokee Lane. RD: 0809. Construction site. Between 5/5/15, 2:00 PM and 5/7/15, 11:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) forced entry into storage pod, ransacked interior and removed TV's and computers.
2400 block Nalin Drive. RD: 0805. Construction site. Between 5/6/15, 6:00 PM and 5/7/15, 8:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) pried rear door to gain entry and removed tools
1100 block Roberto Lane. RD: 0806. Construction Site. Between 5/6/15, 12:00 PM and 5/7/15, 10:10 AM, unknown suspect(s) pulled rear boards to gain entry and removed tools.
1200 block Chantilly Road. RD: 0806. Construction site. Between 5/6/15, 5:00 PM and 5/7/15, 7:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) cut storage room door lock and removed tools.
200 block Veteran Ave. RD: 0815. On 5/7/15, at 3:55 PM, suspect(s) pried front door of residence and fled from location.

200 block Bronwood Ave. RD: 0815. Construction site. Between 5/5/15, 6:00 PM and 5/6/15, 8:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered construction site vie open side window and removed tools.

500 block Veteran Ave. RD: 0816. Between 4/18/15, 2:30 PM and 4/20/15, 11:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) forced open apartment building lobby door and forced open attacked mailboxes, removing credit cards.

9500 block Moon Ridge. RD: 0809. Construction site. Between 4/29/15, 5:00 PM and 4/30/15, 9:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) forced open office door and removed power tools.
Grand Theft Auto:
1000 block Glendon Ave. RD: 0817. Between 5/6/15, 5:00 PM and 5/7/15, 1:30 PM, unknown suspect(s) stole a 2014 Mercedes CLS 250 from subterranean garage.

1300 block Veteran Ave. RD: 0833. On 5/6/15, at 12:20 AM, unknown suspect(s) stole a 2013 Yamaha Motorcycle parked on the street.
Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:
1000 block N. Beverly Glen Blvd. RD: 0806. Between 5/12/15, 6:00 PM and 5/13/15, 6:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) smashed side window of vehicle parked in driveway and removed tennis raquet.

1900 block N. Beverly Glen Blvd. RD: 0806. Between 5/12/15, 9:30 PM and 5/13/15, 6:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) smashed side window of vehicle parked on street and removed laptop computer.
1600 block Veteran Ave. RD: 0855. Between 5/11/15, 1:00 AM and 5/12/15, 8:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) unsuccessfully attempted to force entry into vehicle parked in carport.
1300 block S. Beverly Glen Blvd. RD: 0807. Between 5/11/15, 12:00 PM and 5/12/15, 7:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked in carport and removed roller skates.
700 block Thayer Ave. RD: 0828. On 5/10/15, between 6:30 PM and 10:00 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked on the street and removed iPad, luggage and clothing.
Gayley Ave./Wilshire Blvd. RD: 0817. On 5/8/15, between 11:10 PM and 11:15 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked on the street and removed prescription medication.
1200 block San Ysidro Drive. RD: 0808. Between 5/8/15, 6:30 PM and 5/9/15, 8:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked in a driveway and removed a Knife set and clothing.
13800 block Mulholland Drive. RD: 0808. On 5/2/15, between 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked on the street and removed a purse containing money and drivers license.
13800 block Mulholland Drive. RD: 0808. On 5/2/15, between 8:30 PM and 11:40 PM, unknown suspect(s) smashed side window of vehicle removing purse containing jewelry and cellular phone.
700 block Westholme Ave. RD: 0828. Between 5/2/15, 7:30 PM and 5/3/15, 6:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked on the street and removed Handicap Placard.
1400 block Warner Ave. RD: 0829. Between 5/2/15, 6:00 PM and 5/3/15, 9:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) removed side view mirrors from Mercedes parked on the street.
11000 block Weyburn Ave. RD: 0838. Between 4/25/15, 11:10 PM and 4/26/15, 9:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered unsecured vehicle parked in apartment parking space and removed Laptop Computer.
Grand/Petty Theft:
1600 block Greenfield Ave. RD: 0855. Between 5/10/15 and 5/12/15, unknown suspect(s) removed the door bolt from storage unit.

2500 block Wallingford Drive. RD: 0808. On 5/5/15 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, unknown suspect(s) removed purses from bedroom closet during Open House.
1000 block Broxton Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/3/15, between 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM, two suspects removed cell phones from the display rack and fled without paying.
10900 block Weyburn Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/3/15, at 10:15 PM, unknown suspect(s) removed cell phone left unattended on table.
10900 block Wilshire Blvd. RD: 0817. On 5/8/15, between 3:20 PM and 4:20 PM, unknown suspect(s) used a pry tool to force open locker and remove wallet, credit cards and identification.
1000 block Glendon Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/9/15, between 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM, unknown suspect(s) removed cell phone from purse.
10800 block Weyburn Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/7/15, between 9:20 PM and 9:40 PM, unknown suspect(s) removed secured bike from in front of a business.
800 block Linda Flora. RD: 0805. Construction Site. Between 5/5/15 and 5/16/15, unknown suspect(s) cut a hole in the chain link fence and removed air compressor.
10900 block Wilshire Blvd. RD: 0817. On 5/4/15, between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM, unknown suspect(s) removed victim's lock from locker by unknown means and removed wallet.
1700 block Ensley Ave. RD: 0829. On 5/1/15, between 12:30 PM and 12:45 PM, unknown suspect(s) removed purse from back of chair at restaurant.
10400 block Wilshire Blvd. RD: 0819. On 5/3/15, between 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM, unknown suspect(s) removed wallets from an unsecured closet and choir room inside of church during services.
10800 block Weyburn Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/3/15, at 3:45 PM, female suspect removed alcohol and makeup from the store and exited store without paying. Suspect was arrested
800 block Hilgard Ave. RD: 0828. Between 4/29/15 and 4/30/15, unknown suspect(s) removed bike from the bike rack in front of apartment building.
1000 block Westwood Blvd. RD: 0817. On 4/19/15, unknown suspect(s) entered retail garment store and removed clothing from the store.
1000 block Westwood Blvd. RD: 0817. On 4/16/15, unknown suspect(s) entered retail garment store and removed clothing from the store.
10400 block Wilshire Blvd. RD: 0829. Between a five year period of 1/1/10 and 3/30/15, suspect related to the victim made several unauthorized withdrawals and removed cash from the victim's safe.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Los Angeles Country Club Fireworks Anniversary Event


To Neighbors of The Los Angeles Country Club

Please be informed that on the evening of May 30, 2015 around 9:00 p.m., the Los Angeles Country Club will be conducting a fireworks show for approximately 8 minutes to celebrate the 104th anniversary of our Clubhouse. We want to ensure that you have proper notice so as not to startle anybody.

We also hope that you are able to enjoy the fireworks show from your own homes. We appreciate your understanding and hope this will not be an inconvenience for you.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Shannon Dunne at the
Los Angeles Country Club with any questions in regard to this event. 

Thank you,
The Los Angeles Country Club Management



Thursday, April 30, 2015

An Update from President Ron Hudson - LADWP Trunk Line Project

Dear Bel-Air Association Neighbors, 

On Tuesday of this week I met with Noah Muhlstein of Councilman Koretz’s office to continue our dialogue on the impacts of the LADWP trunk line project as well as to discuss additional potential mitigation measures.  

The work is broken into three phases, each lasting approximately 2½ months.

Phase 1, the portion of the trunk line that will impact traffic on Sunset Boulevard, will be worked on from June to August of this year.

Phase 2 and Phase 3 will turn the corner and be limited to work on Hilgard.

While the Hilgard work will likely still have impacts on our community, the Sunset Boulevard portion is of real concern.  

I continue to express to the Council Office the Bel-Air Association's desire to ensure that the Department of Transportation and DWP have thoroughly considered the fact that Sunset Boulevard could be backed up from Brentwood to Beverly Hills and that it is important to ensure that money is not merely approved, but allocated and spent to provide the extensive traffic control officers that will be necessary to keep traffic along Sunset moving and not spilling into our community looking for short-cuts.

It is clear that there will be an impact, and that traffic will increase. But, while the work must be done, it must not be done at the cost of our safety.

We will maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Council Office, LADWP and LADOT to ensure that our local government is making sure that we have officers at intersections to help ease turns in and out of the community.  

The other item I raised was that this gridlock must be taken into account during the review of any Haul Routes for the near term. 

The traffic on Sunset, its impact on our livability, and its impact on fire, life safety response times must be considered during this period.

As you know there are already extensive hauling permits in our community and these routes have been reviewed and approved. However, new applications are in the queue and continue to be received by the City of Los Angeles.

The Bel-Air Association always supports conditions being placed on these haul routes to ensure safety on our streets and in our neighborhood.

But, perhaps during the next few months it is worth having LADOT, the Bureau of Street Services, and the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners delay approval of Haul Routes until either after Phase 1 of the LADWP work is complete, or at least until the full extent of the impact of the lane closures are understood.  As you are aware, safety is our primary concern in matters of construction and hauling. 

To that end, the Bel-Air Association looks forward to continuing its work with Councilman Koretz’s team, LADOT, and LADWP as we prepare for the trunk line project.