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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.

 

Martin Cadillac Project – Public Hearing on March 2

From Councilmember Mike Bonin:

Last month, the City Planning Department hosted the first public hearing on a proposed mixed-use development project at the Martin Cadillac site on the corner of Olympic and Bundy in West LA. This project is proposing to build residential units, office space, and retail stores near the soon to be opened Expo station at Olympic and Bundy. This is a significant project for Westside communities, and it could have a major impact on the future of our neighborhoods.

I feel strongly that transparency and public input are crucial components of the planning process – especially for a project of this size, so I have insisted that the Planning Department host additional public hearings to allow you to offer input on the project. Another hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the West Los Angeles Municipal Building’s Second Floor Hearing Room (1645 Corinth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025).

An auto showroom is not the best use of a property adjacent to the only Expo Line stop in Council District 11, and a genuine transit-oriented project makes a lot of sense, but I am insisting it be the best transit-oriented project in the City. I need your help to shape this kind of project. Will you attend the March 2 hearing to offer your input on how to change and improve the current proposal? You can find out more about the meeting by clicking here.

Martin Cadillac Meeting

Travel Down the Pacific Electric Air Line, the Expo Line Predecessor That Ran From 1908 to 1953 | Curbed LA

Circa 1953. Courtesy of the Metro Transportation Library.

Circa 1953. Courtesy of the Metro Transportation Library.

With the new Expo Line about to begin service from Culver City to Santa Monica, it’s interesting to learn more about the train line that ran more than 60 years ago on the Westside.

Excerpt:

The rails the Air Line ran on had been used early in LA’s history by a more traditional rail line, the kind traveled by steam engines, and linked the waterfront at SaMo to Downtown LA. In 1908, that railroad was overtaken by Pacific Electric’s passenger trolley cars, says KCET. As with the Expo now, the idea of the Air Line then was to service the Westside, including Culver City, Palms, and Santa Monica.

Because of its roots as a railway for big steam engines, the Air Line’s path was different than other trolley cars, with the luxury of not having to share the road quite as much (many old photos show the route passing behind houses and through fields). It also made fewer stops than other lines and passed through through less busy, more empty-field parts of town. The effect was a shorter trip, like an express bus between Downtown and Santa Monica.
Read the full article here

Solicitors: A Message from Maria Gray at the LAPD

I use door to door solicitors as the perfect example of when to call the LAPD non-emergency dispatch number, 1-877-ASK-LAPD (or 1-877-275-5273).  This number is ideal for occasions that you need the police to check something out, but whatever that something is, it doesn’t rise to the level of an emergency (which of course is 911).

As we all should know by now, the ‘Knock, Knock’ burglary MO is to knock on a door to see if anyone is at home.  If they don’t hear anything in response, they may assume it’s an empty home and a good opportunity to burglarize it.  Then they slither to the back and either break a window or door to get inside or, unfortunately in too many cases, simply enter through an unsecured door or window. So again, you don’t have to answer the door, but make sure they know someone is home by yelling through the door, in plural– ‘We can’t come to the door right now’.  Then call the non-emergency dispatch number to have the police come check them out.  If you are able to, watch them as they traverse the neighborhood.  If you see them looking in windows or walking to the sides of your neighbor’s home, then call 911 immediately.

If the solicitor is aggressive in any manner, refuses to leave, seems to be under the influence, bullies you or anything similar, call 911.  Also be aware that if you are dealing with someone like that at your door, he or she may have a partner that is going around to the back or your house while you are distracted. Read more

Regarding burglaries… from LAPD Senior Lead Officer, Maria Gray

Again, this reminder… Please keep in mind that if there was ever a time to evaluate your home and modernize it in terms of security and lighting, it’s now. I don’t have to tell you that crime is up in Los Angeles. And for areas like Brentwood, property crime is our Achilles’ heel. This is particularly true if your home has an alley running behind it and/or your home is in relative close proximity to a major thoroughfare – such as Sunset Blvd, Bundy, Wilshire, the 405 freeway, etc.

So take the time to give your home a hard ‘once over’ through the eyes of a bad guy (or gal). Would you find it relatively easy to access your side yards or gates? How easy is it to get to the back of your home or to a window where no one can see what’s going on? Are those privacy bushes/fences actually affording a hiding place for burglars to break into your windows? Is their signage letting people know they are under surveillance? (even if they actually aren’t, it serves as a deterrent).

And look at it during different times of the day and night. Does it have sufficient lighting? Sensor lights should click on the moment someone steps onto your property and stay on for a sufficient amount of time. They should also be situated in such a way that does not allow for any dark areas for criminals to hide.

I would also want to know the minute anyone steps onto my property. There are simple and affordable camera systems nowadays that can do just that and alert your Smart phone immediately whenever anyone is on your lawn, walkway, porch, etc. It will also give you surveillance footage of whoever triggered the camera. Ring.com is an example of one. If they actually ring your doorbell in an attempt to use the ‘knock knock’ method of burglary, you can answer immediately, even if you’re not at home. And FYI, it also helps in finding out who in the neighborhood is letting their dog poop on your lawn!

When you’re gone, can they hear anything that would indicate someone is home? I’ll say it again and again, I never had an issue living in a relatively high crime area when I left a stereo or TV on in my home each and every time I left.

Look at the cars parked on your street every time you step out. Are you familiar with them as your neighbor’s cars? Or is one perhaps a rental car (as evidenced by the license plate frame and/or bar code stickers in the windows?) Rental cars are commonly used by burglars to ‘fit in’ to a neighborhood and attract less suspicion. Jot down a license plate number and description. Pay attention.

When you leave your home, do you look to see if anyone is sitting in a parked car near your home? If you see a stranger in your neighborhood watching you as you’re leaving, feel free to wave back at the house, or holler a goodbye along with a “Don’t forget to feed the dogs’ even if no one is home. If you do see someone suspicious in the neighborhood that may be a good time to get the hose and water your lawn and simply watch (abiding by restrictions, of course). Feel free to stare, to look, TO WATCH!

Have you taught your children and home staff what to do? What not to do? Is there a regular routine of going around the house closing and locking windows and doors each and every time before leaving—even if it’s just a quick trip to the market?

Do you know your neighbors and vice versa? You don’t necessarily have to like them. But since we’re all in this together it helps to have some sort of relationship with your neighbors in order to look out for each other. It benefits us all to be cohesive and connected. Let’s buckle down.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

All the best,

Maria Gray
Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station 1663 Butler Ave
Los Angeles, Ca. 90025
Office: 310-444-0744
Email: 30469@lapd.lacity.org

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WLA Crime Report for Dec. 29th to Jan. 11th

ROBBERY: 0
ASSAULT OR ADW (Assault with a Deadly Weapon): 0 BURGLARY: 5

11900 Gorham
On 12/30/15, unknown suspect(s) entered victim’s locked and secured apartment building and removed mail.

3000 Elvido Drive (attempt only)
On 12/30/15 at 1740, suspects parked in front of the residence and two suspects exit while a third stays in the vehicle. The two suspects access the backyard and then into the house but are scared off when the victim’s daughter gets home. Surveillance cameras catch the act. Suspects are described as two Male/Blacks, average height/weight, 20 to 40 years old, wearing hoodies, in a 4 door sedan (no further description of vehicle or third suspect/driver)

200 Acari Drive
Between 01/03/16 and 01/05/16, unknown suspect(s) smashed 2nd story side door window and accessed house. Suspects removed currency and fled.

11900 San Vicente Blvd (commercial)
Between 01/06/16 and 01/07/16, unknown suspect(s) entered storage room by prying door and removed cleaning supplies/equipment valued at $6,700.00

900 S. Bundy
On 01/07/16, between 1100 and 1830, unknown suspect(s) entered victim’s residence through a kitchen window, ransacked location and removed victim’s property valued at $110,000.

GRAND THEFT AUTO: 1

300 Bowling Green Way
On 12/31/15, between 0645 and 0800, while parked in a driveway, a 2004 Honda Civic was stolen.

BFMV (Burglary and/or Theft from Motor Vehicle): 2

Church/Montana
Between 12/29/15 and 12/30/15, while parked on the street, unknown suspect(s) smashed vehicle window and removed glasses and baseballs valued at $1,240.00

Wilshire/Westgate
On 01/03/16, between 1500 and 1510, the victim parked and secured her vehicle in a commercial lot. Unknown suspect(s) removed victim’s vehicle rims valued at $500.00

GRAND THEFT & PETTY THEFT: 5

11900 San Vicente Blvd (commercial)
Between 11/27/15 and 12/31/15, the suspect, an employee, took personal and financial information related to clients.

11920 San Vicente Blvd (commercial)
On 01/02/16 at 1840, the suspect (Male/Black, 30 to 40 years of age), walked into a business, removed a jacket from the rack, left with the jacket and then tried to return it a few moments later.

13060 San Vicente Blvd (commercial)
01/07/16, at 0100, the suspects, working together, opened an ATM card reader and removed card reader from the tray resulting in a $1,500.00 loss.

11600 Gorham (residential)
Between 01/08/16 and 01/09/16, unknown suspect(s) took a bicycle valued at $320.00 that was locked to a pipe.

11900 Gorham (residential)
01/10/16, between 1130 and 1400, unknown suspect(s) entered garage, cut bike lock and fled with a bicycle valued at $600.00

Note:

Some folks may remember me mentioning an incident that occurred back in October, 2015, on the 100 block of South Saltair Avenue that involved an armed gunman confronting an elderly victim in her home as she exited the bathroom. If you recall, this brave woman told the suspect to get out of there—and he did! This is not something that I would always recommend… but thankfully for her, it worked out well in this case. Our outstanding detectives were able to identify the suspect from evidence collected at the scene. They located and arrested him on Wednesday, January 6th! These types of arrests are the most gratifying for officers—getting someone like this off the street that had victimized an elderly woman alone, in her own home. But I must say that I have met this woman and there is nothing ‘elderly’ about her! She has a strong and vibrant spirit and I hope she can now take some comfort in knowing that this perpetrator is off the street.

Bike thefts, bike thefts, bike thefts!! Don’t rely on the locks to keep your bike secure. They are routinely cut and bikes are easy pickins’ here on the Westside, particularly in the multi-unit complexes subterranean parking garages and lots. If you value your bike, keep it inside your condo or apartment. Also, just because your balcony is on the 2nd or 3rd floor, don’t expect that they can’t get up there to steal your bike. We’ve seen it time and time again. For single family residences, keep your bikes locked even within your own garages. Burglars who may have already stolen items from inside your home often times jump on bicycles stolen from the garages to make their getaways. So continue to always lock your bikes, just don’t rely only on that to keep your bike secure.

All the best,

Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray LAPD West Los Angeles Division 310-444-0744 30469@lapd.lacity.org

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