Thursday, June 25, 2015

862-70 Moraga Project Update from President Ron Hudson


The full board of the Neighborhood Council for our area last night unanimously passed a motion recommending that the Planning Department deny the application for a  
4-story-plus-roofdeck, 13-unit apartment building project. 

The Neighborhood Council will soon send a letter to this effect to the Planning Department.

I spoke at the meeting against the project and in favor of the motion to deny the application. 

The Bel-Air Association previously sent a letter to the Planning Department and to our Councilmember’s office, expressing the Association’s extreme concern about the project, and urging denial of the application.

More than 20 Bel-Air Association members and neighbors of the project attended and spoke against the project. We thank them all for their support and attendance.  

I would also like to thank Bruce Kuyper one of our Bel-Air Association members for his dedication, time, and effort on working on this construction issue.  

The Bel-Air Association will continue to provide updates on this project as information becomes available.  




Thursday, June 18, 2015

President Obama Visit Today - Update from LAPD

The Los Angeles Police Department has issued a traffic advisory in regard to President Obama’s visit to Los Angeles and has advised motorists to avoid the following streets at the following times today.

– The area around Sepulveda Boulevard between Lincoln Boulevard and Century Blvd.   between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
– The area around Pico Boulevard and 23rd Street between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
– The area around Barrington Avenue and Palms Boulevard between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
– The area around Centinela Avenue and Bundy Avenue between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
– The area around Bundy Avenue and 10 Freeway between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
– The area around 405 Freeway and Sunset Boulevard between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
– The area around Evans Road and Monorca Drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
– The area around Napoli Drive and Sunset Boulevard from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
– The area around Sunset Boulevard and 405 Freeway from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
– The area around 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
– The area around Mulholland Drive and Coldwater Canyon 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
– The area around Coldwater Canyon and Beverly Drive 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
– The area around Beverly Drive and Sunset Boulevard 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
– The area around Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

LAPD has also issued a traffic advisory for the following areas on 
Friday, June 19, 2015:


– The area around Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
– The area around Santa Monica Boulevard and Century Park East from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
– The area around Century Park East and Pico Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
– The area around Pico Boulevard and Overland Avenue from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
– The area around Overland Avenue and National Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
– The area around National Boulevard and Interstate 10 Freeway 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
– The area around Interstate 405 Freeway and Centinela Avenue 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
– The area around Arroyo Boulevard and Mountain Street 8 a.m.to 12 p.m.
– The area around Mountain Street and the 210 Freeway 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
– The area around 134 Freeway and Colorado Boulevard 8 to 12 p.m.
– The area around Colorado Boulevard and Figueroa Street 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
– The area around York Boulevard and North Avenue 51 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
– The area around Yosemite Drive and North Avenue 56 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

President Obama Visits Los Angeles - Thursday, June 18, 2015

Southland motorists should begin preparing for some late-week traffic headaches, with President Barack Obama scheduled to visit the area for a pair of Thursday fundraisers.
Obama is set to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015 just in time for the evening rush hour. Obama is expected to attend a pair of Democratic National Committee fundraisers — a roundtable discussion hosted by producer/director Chuck Lorre in Pacific Palisades and a reception/dinner at the Beverly Hills home of filmmaker Tyler Perry.
Although specific details about the president’s travel plans are never released, motorists in the West Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades and Beverly Hills areas can likely expect sporadic road closures as the president’s motorcade moves through the area.
Obama typically gets to and from the airport via helicopter, but is still driven on city streets to reach his ultimate destination.
Obama is scheduled to spend the night in the Southland, then return to LAX for an 11:40 a.m. Friday departure to San Francisco, where he will attend more fundraisers and speak at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The president’s departure on Friday won’t end the traffic issues.
Some additional disruptions will likely be caused that day thanks to presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will also be in town for a series of fundraisers.
She is expected to attend a luncheon event at the home of Westfield Corp co-CEO Peter Lowy and his wife Janine; a late-afternoon event the home of HBO executive Michael Lombardo and husband Sonny Ward; and an evening event at the home of actor Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyer, according to Variety.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Community Update from President Ron Hudson - DWP Trunk Line Project Begins on Monday, June 15, 2015

Dear Bel-Air Residents:
Please be aware that the DWP Trunk Line Project will begin on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 7:00 am. It is important for you to be prepared to use an alternate travel route in this area directly affecting Bel-Air.  I have enclosed the following fact sheet to help you better navigate your daily routine and commute.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

862-870 Moraga Project Update from President Ron Hudson


The Planning and Land Use Committee of the Neighborhood Council for our area last night unanimously passed a motion recommending that the full NC board pass a motion to recommend that the Planning Department deny the application for this this 4-story-plus-roofdeck, 13-unit apartment building project. The full NC will consider the motion at its June 24 meeting at 7:00 p.m. at American Jewish University (15600 Mulholland Dr., LA 90077, off of upper Casiano Road at Mulholland Blvd.; http://www.aju.org/).

I spoke at the meeting against the project and in favor of the motion to deny the application.  I also presented a letter to the committee that the Bel-Air Association has sent to the Planning Department and to our Councilmember’s office, expressing extreme concern about the project and urging denial of the application.

More than 10 Bel-Air Association members and neighbors of the project attended and spoke against the project.

A special thank you to Bruce Kuyper one of our 
dedicated Bel-Air Association members for his hard work and effort in working with the Association on this project!     


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

862-70 Moraga Project Meeting Notice 7:00 PM Tonight


The Planning and Land Use Committee of the Neighborhood Council for our area will be considering this 4-story-plus-roofdeck, 13-unit apartment building project at its regular meeting tonight. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Stephen S. Wise Temple (15500 Stephen S. Wise Dr., LA 90077, off of upper Casiano Road at Mulholland Blvd.; http://www.wisela.org/). 

Everyone is welcome to attend and speak on the project.

If you plan to attend, please send an email to PLUC Chair Michael Kemp (mkemp@babcnc.org) in order to have your name placed on the security guard’s attendee list. Please also copy Bel-Air Association Member Bruce Kuyper (bruce@kuyper.namewho has spent a great deal of time monitoring this project and working closely with Ron Hudson our Bel-Air Association President on the details.

Please feel free to contact Bruce by email or cell (213-304-3150) if you have any questions or would like further information.




Thursday, June 4, 2015

COMMUNITY ALERT - LAPD SENIOR LEAD OFFICER CHRIS RAGSDALE


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.

Contact me directly should you have any questions or concerns.

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Christopher Ragsdale
Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0741
Cell: 213-305-5895
Email: 26690@lapd.lacity.org
Website: www.lapdonline.org

Current Trending Analysis:
Residential Burglaries: North of Santa Monica Blvd. (4 crimes), North of Wilshire Blvd. (4 crimes). North of Sunset Blvd. (4 crimes). Auto related crimes (Break Ins and Stolen Vehicles): North of Santa Monica Blvd. (7 crimes), North of Wilshire Blvd. (3 crimes) North of Sunset Blvd. (4 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!
Burglary:
10400 block Eastborne Ave. RD: 0829. Hot prowl. On 6/2/15, at 3:10 AM, suspect pried rear apartment window and fled when resident screamed.

10700 block Rochester Ave. RD: 0834. On 6/1/15, between 3:15 AM and 4:35 AM, suspects pried garage door lock and removed tools.
10300 block Wilshire Blvd. RD: 0829. Between 5/29/15, 9:20 PM and 5/30/15, 9:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered apartment building garage, painted security camera lenses, and broke into several vehicles.
1300 block Westwood Blvd. RD: 0833. Between 5/30/15, 2:30 PM and 5/31/15, 5:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) smashed through side wall and removed eyewear.
1500 block Midvale Ave. RD: 0855. On 5/26/15, between 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM, unknown suspect(s) pried guest house window screen to gain entry and removed laptops.
10700 block Sunset Blvd. RD 0806. On 5/18/15, between 7:30 AM and 7:00 PM, unknown suspect(s) kicked the front door of residence to gain entry and removed iPod and camera.
11200 block Cashmere Ave. RD: 0815. On 5/20/15, at 10:15 AM, unknown suspect(s) smashed the a rear glass door to gain entry, activating the alarm.
700 block Glenmont Ave. RD: 0828. On 5/20/15, between 9:00 PM and 10:05 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered residence by forcing attached garage window and removed jewelry.
9500 block Heather Road. RD 0809. Between 5/18/15, 4:30 PM and 5/19/15, 9:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) forced open side bathroom window in an attempt to gain entry. Unknown if entry was made.
2200 block Coldwater Canyon Drive. RD: 0809. On 5/19/15, between 3:00 PM and 3:10 PM, suspect(s) smashed side glass door to gain entry, activating alarm. Suspect(s) ransacked interior, no identified loss. Most likely related to below suspects and incident.
1800 block Heather Way. RD: 0809. On 5/19/15 at 4:30 PM, suspects door knocked residence. When there was no response, suspects entered rear yard and smashed rear glass door to gain entry removing jewelry and watches. Witnesses notified police and Beverly Hills Police responded and apprehended 3 suspects attempting to flee in a vehicle at Rexford Drive and Lexington Drive. All 3 suspects were arrested and charged with 459 PC-Burglary.
10400 block Kinnard Ave. RD: 0829. Between 5/11/15, 5:30 PM and 5/12/15, 7:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) used hidden key to enter residential construction site and removed tools. DNA N.
Grand Theft Auto:
Veteran Ave./Kinross Ave. RD: 0838. On 5/20/15, between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM, unknown suspect(s) stole a 2013 Toyota Corolla which was parked on the street.

Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle:
1500 block Clearview Drive. RD: 0808. Between 6/1/15, 9:00 PM and 6/2/15, 3:00 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked in driveway and removed vehicle Cover and Tail lights.

10700 block Ohio Ave. RD: 0834. On 5/31/15, between 12:10 AM and 2:50 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked in driveway and removed Money and GPS.
1000 block Glendon Ave. RD: 0817. Between 5/29/15, 9:30 PM and 5/30/15, 8:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked in parking garage and removed Money, Jewelry and Clothing.
10300 block Wilshire Blvd. RD: 0829. Between 5/29/15, 9:20 PM and 5/30/15, 9:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked in apartment garage and removed Mercedes bumper and headlights.
10400 block Ashton Ave. RD: 0829. Between 5/30/15, 10:00 PM and 5/31/15, 9:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) smashed side window of vehicle parked in subterranean garage and removed iPod and iPad.
3100 block Hutton Drive. RD: 0808. On 5/28/15, between 1:20 AM and 6:50 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked in driveway and removed Mercedes bumper and headlights.
1200 block Manning Ave. RD: 0834. On 5/28/15, between 5:45 PM and 6:10 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked in apartment garage and removed vehicle License Plates and iPod.
1300 block Club View Drive. RD: 0829. Between 5/25/15, 10:00 PM and 5/26/15, 9:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked street and removed Mercedes bumper, grill and headlights.
10000 block Wanda Drive. RD: 0807. Between 5/19/15, 9:00 PM and 5/20/15, 5:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked in driveway and removed vehicle Rugs.
10500 block Kinnard Ave. RD: 0834. Between 5/19/15, 6:00 PM and 5/20/15, 9:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked on street and removed Honda Airbag
10600 block Eastborne Ave. RD: 0834. Between 5/17/15, 5:00 PM and 5/18/15, 7:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) smashed side window of vehicle parked in subterranean garage and removed headphones.
1800 block Roscomare Road. RD: 0805. Between 5/17/15, 4:00 PM and 5/18/15, 2:00 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered vehicle parked in carport and removed vehicle documents.
1700 block Selby Ave. RD: 0855. Between 5/15/15, 9:00 PM, and 5/16/15, 2:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) smashed side window of vehicle parked in street and removed Laptop.
Grand/Petty Theft:
1300 block Tower Grove Drive. RD: 0808. Between 5/28/15 and 5/30/15, unknown suspect(s) removed cash from bedroom night stand drawer.

1200 block Westwood Blvd. RD: 0833. On 5/30/15, at 9:50 PM, a suspect was observed on surveillance video removing a phone and charger from a restaurant counter and exiting.
2100 block Summit Ridge Drive. RD: 0808. Between 5/28/15 and 5/29/15, two suspects removed the iPad, Purse and its contents from a master bedroom closet during a party.
1000 block Westwood Blvd. RD: 0817. On 5/31/15, at 6:45 PM, suspect distracted a store clerk while a second suspect removed cellular phone and wallet from purse.

1300 block Casiano Road. RD: 0805. Between 5/25/15 and 5/28/15, unknown suspect(s) removed security camera from front gate.

1000 block Westwood Blvd. RD: 0817. On 5/27/15, at 11:06, suspect concealed medication and lotion in his jacket and exited the store without paying. Suspect was arrested by Loss Prevention.

1000 block Westwood Blvd. RD: 0817. Between 5/7/15 and 5/27/15, the same suspect (Identified named suspect) entered retail store seven separate times and selected Cosmetics and Skin Care merchandise concealing them on his person. The suspect then exited the store without paying for the merchandise.
1500 block Veteran Ave. RD: 0855. Between 5/16/15 and 5/26/15, unknown suspect(s) (Possible House keeper) removed Jewelry, Gift Cards and Identification from the victim's home.
1000 block Tiverton Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/27/15, at 1:30 PM, unknown suspect(s) removed a bin containing photos from apartment.
1000 block Tiverton Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/27/15, at 10:00 AM, suspect removed money from a bag inside of residence.
1000 block Gayley Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/26/15, at 8:30 AM, suspect selected food and merchandise and left the store without paying. The suspect was identified and located by store employees and confronted. The suspect paid for the items that were taken.
1600 block Manning Ave. RD: 0834. Between 4/1/15 and 5/15/15, unknown suspect(s) removed document from the victim's file cabinet.
10800 block Weyburn Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/19/15, at 4:45 PM, suspect entered store and selected medication items and attempted to exit location without paying. Suspect was detained and arrested by security officer.
10700 block Wilshire Blvd. RD: 0834. On 5/7/15, at 9:45 AM, an unknown suspect contacted the victim by phone and told victim that her grandson was injured in a traffic collision and needed money to assist him. The victim sent money via Wire to the suspect posing as her grandson. The victim later learned she fell victim to a scam. The caller was traced to New Delhi, India.
1600 block Selby Ave. RD: 0834. On 5/17/15, between 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) removed cash from a backpack that was in a school office.
10800 block Weyburn Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/18/15, at 11:20 AM, female suspect selected four sandwiches from display case and left the store without paying. Loss Prevention detained her outside of the store and recovered sandwiches.
10900 block Rochester Ave. RD: 0833. Between 4/28/15 and 5/14/15, unknown suspect(s) removed the victim's secured bike from a parking garage.
10800 block Weyburn Ave. RD: 0817. On 4/29/15, at 9:50 PM, a male suspect concealed a GoPro camera and Speaker in his bag and exited the store without paying.
900 block Hilgard Ave. RD: 0828. On 5/15/15, at 5:25 AM, a taxi picked up the suspect and drove him to the 900 block of Hilgard Ave where the suspect said he would return to pay his taxi fare but never returned.
9500 block Highridge Place. RD: 0808. Construction Site. On 5/16/15, between 5:50 AM and 6:00 AM, unknown Male suspect parked in front of the location, entered the unlocked site and began to load tools into pickup truck. The suspect made a few trips back and forth and fled in a Chevy pickup that was light blu with white trim.
10800 block Weyburn Ave. RD: 0817. On 5/14/15, at 10:00 PM, the suspect selected a computer tablet and hid it in his clothing. When Suspect walked out of the store. he was confronted by the store security who attempted to put Suspect in handcuffs. The suspect struggled with store security and was able to escape with the tablet.
10800 block Wilshire Blvd. RD: 0833. Between 5/11/15 and 5/14/15, unknown suspect(s) removed jewelry from an unlocked safe.
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