Friday, April 24, 2015


Dear Bel-Air Neighbors,
I am writing to notify you of upcoming Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) work on Hilgard Avenue. DWP will be installing approximately 385 feet of trunk line at the intersections of Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue and on Hilgard Avenue south of Charing Cross Road.

This new trunk line will assist as DWP removes the Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir from service to install a floating cover. It also allows DWP to provide redundancies not currently available in the system to allow for future maintenance and/or during emergencies.

The project is currently scheduled to begin in June of 2015, and to be completed in January of 2016. While traffic along Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue will be impacted, it is clear other streets will be as well. 

The Bel-Air Association is working with DWP, Department of Transportation, Building & Safety, and the Council Office to better understand the logistics and mitigations that will be in place as well as to identify the appropriate contact people if there are concerns. We will continue to update you as the construction gets closer and we have more details and information.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released his 2015-16 budget Monday, an $8.6-billion fiscal plan that boosts money for tree trimming, park restroom cleaning and additional trash cans.

New funding for anti-gang initiatives and new animal control officers is also included in the budget.

Reflecting the mayor’s support of California’s film and television industry, Garcetti’s budget also allocates hundreds of thousands of dollars to help facilitate Hollywood film and television shoots in the city.

Speaking to reporters at Los Angeles City Hall, Garcetti said his budget “continues our progress toward fiscal sustainability and making L.A. a city that works for everyone.”

The mayor’s financial plan arrives amid a rebounding economy and improved job market, factors which are helping pump more property and sales tax into the city’s general fund.

City revenues increased 5.5 percent this year, officials said.

“Clearly the economy is back and it is showing in those revenues,” said top City Hall financial advisor Miguel Santana.

With a brighter financial outlook, more money is being allocated this year to “back to basics” services, the mayor said, including $2.5 million for tree trimming and $1 million for bathroom cleaning at 35 park locations.

The budget also adds $4.1 million for Garcetti’s “Clean Streets Program,” which provides each council district one dedicated cleanup a month. As part of that program, 1,200 new trash cans will be added.

Reaction to Garcetti’s budget Monday was mixed.

Sherman Oaks-based animal advocate Daniel Guss praised Garcetti’s decision to add 12 new animal control officers — at a cost of $564,000 — but said a dozen new officers wasn’t enough.
“Those officers are desperately needed,” Guss said.

Frank Lima, president of the city union representing firefighters, said he was pleased with the new firefighter training classes in the 2015-2016 budget, adding that staffing the “decimated” department needs to be a top priority.

Garcetti’s budget comes amid ongoing contract negotiations with the Coalition of L.A. City Unions, which represents about 20,000 employees.

His budget assumes no raises through 2017 for those employees, and an expectation that workers will contribute toward their health care costs.

Coalition members have rejected those calls, saying they shouldn’t have to pay toward health care costs. Members have also sought raises and called on Garcetti to hire more workers.

The Coalition of L.A. City Unions declined to comment Monday on Garcetti’s budget.

Garcetti last year helped lead political support for state legislation authorizing $330 million in subsidies for the film and television industry.

His budget allocates at least $430,000 to help facilitate filming in the city. The Department of Transportation, for instance, is budgeted with staff to post signs for the film industry.

Separately, the Library Department will spend $777,300 on “library outreach and promotion,” which includes aiding the film industry, according to the mayor’s budget.

Garcetti’s fiscal plan requires Los Angeles City Council approval.

City Hall hearings on the fiscal plan start April 28 and are expected to last about two and a half weeks.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Please join our Firefighter Team at Station #71 for their Annual Adopt a Fire Station Pancake Breakfast on:

Sunday, June 7, 2015 
8:00 am to 11:00 am 
At the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Glen  

Special Antique Cars and Firetrucks will be featured and enjoy a special raffle for the day!

If you are unable to attend the festivities, donations can be made to:

Adopt Fire Station #71
P.O. Box 573
914 Westwood Boulevard 
Los Angeles, CA  90024

All donations are allocated to maintain repairs and daily upkeep for the Fire Station. 


Updated Information from LADWP
LADWP customers cannot:
• Use water to wash any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking areas, unless flushing is needed to protect health and safety
• Use water to clean, fill or maintain decorative fountains unless the water is part of a recirculating system
• Serve water to customers in eating establishments unless requested
• Permit leaks from any pipe or fixture to go broken or unrepaired
• Allow for the washing of a vehicle without using a hose with a 
self-closing, shut-off device

• Permit watering during periods of rain
• Irrigate landscaping between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm
• Water outdoors for more than 15 minutes per watering station, 10 minutes for other irrigation systems
• Allow runoff onto streets and gutters from excessive watering
• Install single-pass cooling systems in new buildings
• Install non-recirculating systems in new car wash and commercial laundry systems

• Permit large landscape areas to water without rain sensors that shut off irrigation systems
Looking Forward
It appears likely that water rationing measures will be put in place that take a carrot and stick approach.
First there will be a baseline conservation rate, say of 10 or 20% (it has still not been decided).  Customers will have to cut their average water use by that amount or pay more. Average use is based the size of a home and an average amount used by those with similar sized houses.  
If you use less than the targeted amount, in other words below the average by an amount equal to the target, you  will pay the lowest rate for your water. If you exceed the conservation target will pay anywhere from a third to more than double the lowest base rater for all the “extra” water you use.
The above restrictions about using water in and outside of your home, in restaurants and in hotels will also be revised.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Our Keep Bel-Air Beautiful Team was busy this morning sprucing up the East Gate entrance island.

A special thanks to all of our Bel-Air Association members for their constant support and donations that help us to continue to maintain the twenty-two traffic islands and three signature entrances located in Bel-Air.  

This year we have received overwhelming support for the program and we thank all of you who have generously contributed.

In addition, we would like to thank Green Tree Landscaping for their creative assistance and hope you will enjoy the new spring design and color as you travel in and out of Bel-Air.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Firefighter and paramedic Jason Shelton is a true American hero. A former Navy SEAL, Jason has served the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) for 13 years. He has spent three of them spearheading the Tactical Emergency Medical Support unit (TEMS), a specialized unit of the LAFD that provides medical support to law enforcement agencies such as the LAPD and FBI during tactical operations like active shooter, hostage rescue, or barricaded suspects. Jason and his unit have been involved in hundreds of incidents including both the Dorner manhunt and the 2013 LAX shooting.

Injuries occur in as many as one-third of tactical operations, and law enforcement agencies that respond to these potentially violent encounters are minimally trained to treat casualties. In an effort to bridge this gap, Assistant Chief Michael Little of the LAFD Homeland Security Division approached Jason to organize the LAFD TEMS program in 2007.

The 12 paramedics who make up the TEMS unit are meticulously selected and trained based on experience, medical certifications, and department-wide good standing. Once selected, each must complete 80 hours of SWAT training and 40 hours of tactical medical courses, participating in the same demanding physical fitness regimen as SWAT officers.

The Bel-Air Association would like to congratulate Firefighter Shelton on this honorable award and dedication to the community!  


Open Days Program 2015 - Garden Conservancy

Explore five private gardens in Bel-Air, Brentwood, and Santa Monica, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include a pair of small, drought-tolerant gardens in 
Bel-Air and West LA, a chic and sophisticated garden in Santa Monica and a large ‘working’ farm right in the heart of Brentwood, and the gorgeous garden of actress Julie Newmar. Maps and tickets will be available at the Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden, 100 Davis Avenue, Westwood from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm; gardens are open 10 am to 4 pm. 

No reservations needed; rain or shine. For more information, or call us toll-free at

Admission: $7 per garden; children 12 & under free.