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Preserve LA: Learn More About The Movement

L.A.’s planning system is broken. The process is controlled by deep-pocketed developers and powerful politicians to serve their own self-interests. This rigged system pushes forward luxury mega-projects that cause traffic gridlock, the destruction of neighborhood character, and the displacement of longtime residents, including senior citizens on fixed budgets.

The Coalition to Preserve L.A. and its supporters are saying no more. We believe that the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is our best hope to ensure that local residents have greater voice in how their communities grow and develop by enacting the following reforms.

This citizen initiative will:

  • Preserve neighborhoods by preventing developers from building as big and dense as they want, no matter how much this harms the community
  • Make the City Council do its job, by creating a rational citywide plan for Los Angeles, called a General Plan, with updated Community Plans tied directly to infrastructure limitations, true population figures and community desires
  • Make city officials prove that each community has enough water, good roads and safety services to handle changes along transit lines and other streets being planned by City Hall
  • Institute a protective 2-year timeout that stops the Los Angeles City Council from its current practice of spot zoning – bending the rules to approve mega-projects and inappropriate development that destroys neighborhood character and displaces longtime residents and businesses. This timeout doesn’t stop development that adheres to zoning, nor does it affect downzoning, for such things as parks. It affects only OVERdevelopment, not Development
  • Protect affordable housing projects by exempting those developments from the 2-year timeout
  • Bans developers from writing their own self-serving “Environmental Impact” reports, an obvious conflict of interest that is used against communities as an unfair tool of overdevelopment

We are not opposed to growth and change; we understand that these are inevitable. But what’s not inevitable is reckless and irresponsible development by a handful of politically connected developers and their army of lobbyists, attorneys and PR consultants.

We believe in development that is responsible and respects the priorities and values of local residents and we urge you to support the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative when it appears on the ballot in March 2017.

Preserve LA FAQ

PreserveLA Letter to Mayor Garcetti
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July Public Safety Update

Video Cameras Resulted in More Arrests Last Month

A team of 4 thieves who focused on cutting catalytic converters from underneath cars were arrested in Brentwood in late June after home security video cameras caught them in the act. It took only 90 seconds for them to crawl under a vehicle, cut converter and leave the scene. Each converter retails for $1200-2000 each.

The LAPD recommends Prius owners to buy a catalytic converter cover, as those cars were targeted.

New Homeless Habitat/Encampment City Law on Books:

MC5611 was recently passed by the City Council and changes the primary City intervention department for homeless encampments from the LAPD to the Sanitation Department. This circumvents the multiple injunctions against the LAPD regarding interacting with the homeless. Now, the process will entail posting notices 2 days before the Sanitation Department is set to clean up a specific encampment. The homeless are allowed to keep 60 gal of personal belongings. Anything else on public or trespassed property will be thrown away by sanitation department. Resisting the process can result in arrest.

The first use of this process was Monday, May 27 at the Ohio & Cotner intersection. All homeless left the area as directed and it was cleaned up. The LAPD offered shelter information and other social services, all of which was declined.

Misdemeanor Diversion Program

The City Attorney of Los Angeles has agreed to provide all non-violent misdemeanor offenders with an option for diversion and restitution before being charged with a crime. Early results show a decrease is recidivism with this program and it has been rolled out to 6 locations throughout the City.

Overall crime stats are down for Brentwood. Reminder to lock windows and doors in hot weather and please do not leave anything visible in your car.

 

Food Forward: Harvest Food, Fight Hunger, Build Community

From our neighbor:

Hi Everyone! I’m Susan Wilking Horan – aka Susan Fleischer – married to Mark Fleischer. We’re your neighbors at 169 S. Rockingham. I want to bring your attention to an organization with which I am involved called Food Forward.

foodforward2Now, this wonderful non-profit group has the sole purpose of sending volunteer pickers to properties all over Los Angeles to collect the unused fruit on privately and publicly owned trees. They then box the fruit on site and immediately deliver it to Food Banks and Shelters all over Los Angeles to feed the hungry.

If you have a fruit tree or two that may be in need of attention – and you would like to donate that fruit to a terrific cause – please let us know! The process is easy. All you have to do is call me at 310-395-6142 or email Alan Finkel at amfinkel@mac.com. Then we’ll get the ball rolling and do the rest. This is how it works:

  1. You contact Alan or me at the above numbers/email.
  2. I will come to your property personally to assess how many trees you have and how much fruit needs to be picked.
  3. I will then contact Food Forward. They will determine how many pickers will be needed for the job.
  4. At your convenience, Food Forward will send 2-6 pickers to your property. They will bring their own equipment. The job is typically completed in 1-2 hours.
  5. The fruit is boxed by the pickers on site.
  6. Any loose leaves or branches will be cleaned up and placed in your green recycle bin.
  7. The boxed fruit is delivered the same day to one of over 300 organizations in Los Angeles with whom Food Forward partners. These include the Kitchen Lab, Foothill Unity Center, Seeds of Hope and several Food Banks who distribute the produce to the homeless and needy.
  8. There is no cost to you AND you can claim a deduction for your donation.

Most of us in California have fruit trees – and many of us just don’t use it all. So, please consider donating your excess fruit to this wonderful organization. There are many hungry people in Los Angeles and your donation would go a long way to helping those in need. And, it’s good for the trees!

Thank you Brentwood Park! Thank you all for your time and attention to this important matter. And, thank you in advance for your participation!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sending our best, Susan & Alan

FoodForward.org

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  • FRUIT FOR THOUGHT: Did you know that it takes twice as long to pick a tangerine tree than any other fruit tree? This is because the rind of a tangerine is very susceptible to tearing and ripping. And, once the rind is open, the fruit will spoil and cannot be shipped. Each tangerine must be carefully picked and cut from the tree by hand. No fruit picking poles can be used. ☺

Home Sharing Ordinance Public Hearing on May 21st at 10am

Here is some information about the upcoming public hearing on the Home Sharing Ordinance proposal that the City Planning Department is working on. The ordinance will have a direct effect on services such as AirBNB, allowing homeowners to provide their homes, short-term, to others for a fee.

**The Brentwood Community Council has NOT yet commented on this ordinance and the attached documents.

Attached is a FAQ of the ordinance and the Notice of Public Hearing document.

Additional information can be found at the City Planning Department website

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Expo Line Opens May 20th – Free Rides on the 20th and 21st

The Expo Line to Santa Monica opens May 20! Metro, Los Angeles has created this cool video to get us ready. Check it out.

The Los Angeles Metro system is set to offer free rides on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, as part of the grand opening of the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica, informally known as “Expo 2.”

The free rides will be available on the entire Expo Line, not just the new extension, Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo told KPCC. The free rides begin at noon May 20 and last until close of service each day.

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WLA Crime Report for April 13th – 26th

Robbery

None reported

Burglary From Motor Vehicle

04-13-16 0130 Hrs- 1130 Hrs Beloit/Ohio street. Property taken was a backpack.

04-13-16 1740 Hrs- 1840 Hrs 1900 Bundy Dr. Property taken was credit cards.

04-13-16 0940 Hrs- 1545 Hrs 11900 La Grange Ave. Property taken was a computer.

04-17-16 1500 Hrs- 04-18-16 0730 Hrs 1300 Amherst Ave. Property taken was Bluetooth adaptor and cable.

04-20-16 0700 Hrs- 1600 Hrs 1800 Colby ave. Property taken was U.S. currency.

04-21-16 1305 Hrs- 1315 Hrs 11500 Ohio Ave. Property taken was plumbing tools.

04-22-16 1615 Hrs- 04-23-16 0630 Hrs 1700 Barry Ave. Property taken was vehicle registration.

04-24-16 1200 Hrs- 1630 Hrs 2400 Sawtelle Blvd. Property taken was painters equipment.

Remember to ALWAYS lock your car and NEVER leave valuables in view. Read more

Anawalt Circle Starting Construction This Week

Construction is set to start this Wednesday on the landscaped traffic circle at the intersection of Avondale Avenue and Hanover Street after three years of design and permit processing.   The circle, first envisioned by the late Barbara Goldenberg, was then sponsored by the late Patty Anawalt and her family.  Patty Anawalt PhotoThe new Anawalt Circle will be dedicated in memory of Richard and Patricia Anawalt.

Construction is scheduled to be complete by early May, and then the circle will be landscaped.  The dedication of the Anawalt Circle is expected in late June.

 

 

 

Video from the BPPOA 2016 Annual Meeting

For those who missed our annual meeting this year, it was quite informative and educational.  We had Maria Gray, Senior Lead Officer from the LAPD discuss security and safety in the Park.  Mike Harriel from SoCal Gas Co. explained why our recent gas bills have been so high.  The bulk of the meeting focussed on westside traffic issues. Specifically, Sunset Blvd and San Vicente Blvd gridlock during rush hour times.  Ray Klein, head of the Brentwood Homeowners Association and former head of the Brentwood Community Council, led the panel discussion.  I am including Ray’s presentation for review.

Ray Klein’s slides

Video for the meeting has been separated into three parts. First is the official BPPOA business. This is quite brief.  The second part covers Maria Gray and Mike Harriel.  The third video covers the panel discussion on transportation, and subsequent Q&A.

 

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