Holmby News 8-18-17

HOLMBY NEWS
August 18, 2017

 

From the Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association, serving the Holmby Westwood community since 1960.

1.  LAPD Crime Report
2.  Congressman Ted Lieu’s Office Can Help
3.  Student Newsletter – from Congressman Lieu
4.  UCLA Happenings
5.  Upcoming Community Events

6.  HWPOA Communication and Ad Policy
7.  Resident Ads
8.  HWPOA Contact Information

1.  LAPD CRIME REPORT

THEFT FROM VEHICLE – PETTY ($950 & under)
Incident #: 170814260
300 BLOCK COMSTOCK AV  |  8/15/2017 @ 1:37 AM

BURGLARY PREVENTION
Even when an alarm is in place and activated Burglars know that they will have several minutes to complete their work.  An alarm in and of itself is no longer enough!  It is important to have other technologies in place that will immediately detect and notify the homeowner/resident to verify the activity and then notify 911 of a crime in progress.

Watch as these burglars run through the house to commit the crime while the alarm can be heard sounding in the background: http://abc7.com/news/lapd-warning-public-about-rash-of-knock-knock-burglaries/1918163/

Immediate Detection is key to prevention and apprehension.  The Los Angeles Police Department recommends the following tips to help secure your home and harden the target:

SURVEILLANCE/SECURITY CAMERAS:  Web based surveillance and doorbell camera syste ms will alert and allow homeowners to immediately view and monitor activity from any smartphone or computer which are motion sensor activated and will alert your device when there is activity.  They will also lend valuable information and clues to the investigation.

ALARMS:  Ensure that security alarms are in good working order and set when not at home whether leaving for 10 minutes or 10 hours.  Accessible upstairs doors & windows should have alarm sensors and upstairs rooms should have motion sensors to include the master bedroom.

ALARM RESPONSE:  Consider a private patrol alarm response to enhance your current alarm and security system.  In many cases private patrols a re already contracted in many neighborhoods or associations.

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.

2.  CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU’S OFFICE CAN HELP

FROM Congressman Ted Lieu:

If you are a resident of the 33rd district and are seeking help in resolving a matter with a Federal agency, contact my Los Angeles district office. My capable staff is ready to assist you. We will do our best to help you receive a fair and timely response to your issue by acting as an intermediary between you and Federal agencies.

Common Federal agencies include (but are not limited to):

  • U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
  • .U.S. Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Postal Service

Residents of the 33rd Congressional District of California can contact my district office for assistance with Federal agencies at (323) 651-1040, Lieu.casework@mail.house.gov , or via walk-in at 5055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90036 from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

3.  STUDENT NEWSLETTER – FROM CONGRESSMAN LIEU

Congressman Ted Lieu’s Student Newsletter contains information regarding:

  • Congressional App Contest (for grades K-12)
  • Service Academy Nominations
  • Congressional Art Contest
  • Congressional Internships

To see the newsletter, please click here:
Student Newsletter

4.  UCLA HAPPENINGS

UCLA Happenings is a collaboration between the UCLA Events Office and UCLA Communications and Public Outreach.  They maintain a master calendar of all events at UCLA, including exhibitions, performances, film, conferences, workshops and lectures.

For a calendar of all events coming up at UCLA, please click here: http://happenings.ucla.edu/

5.  UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Pop Up Book Sale at Westwood Library – Saturday, August 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Don’t want to wait three months for the next big one? Fully loaded carts of carefully curated books (including kids books) will be for sale at the usual GREAT PRICES.  Come and purchase some wonderful books for family and friends!  We have a great collection of Coffee Table books, Children Books and DVD’s.

Cinema Under the Stars: Moana – Friday, August 25, 2017.  Located in the surface parking lot located at 1031 Broxton Ave. next to Barney’s Beanery.  With the Westwood Village Fox Theatre in the background, fans can enjoy films completely free on a big screen under the stars.

Moviegoers are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the screening in this unique outdoor setting. Attendance is free and open to the public, and moviegoers are encouraged to show up early to stake a sweet spot and grab some snacks.  Tickets are not required to attend.

Doors open at 6:00pm
Live DJ set with DJ Chantz at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Movie starts at 8:30pm
Prizes, giveaways, & snacks!

6.  HWPOA COMMUNICATION AND AD POLICY

Please direct all comments, questions or issues regarding the Holmby News to hwpoa@aol.com.

Ads for plumbers, housekeepers, garage sales, etc. will be posted in the weekly News. Emergency situations such as coyote sightings, lost and found pets, traffic alerts and similar situations will continue to be published during the week as received.

When placing an ad, please send to hwpoa@aol.com for the Holmby News moderator to review.  Responses to ads should be directed to the ad placer, not to HWPOA.

7.  RESIDENT ADS

SEEKING APARTMENT IN MANHATTAN – NYC

I am looking for a 1 BR apt in NYC ( Manhattan) for two to three weeks in September.

Please reply to pchantra@yahoo.com

Thanks.

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PEST CONTROL – HELP NEEDED

We just discovered that we have bedbugs.

We are looking for a recommendation for a great debugging company.

Marion Solomon
(310) 475-8300
drmarionsolomon@gmail.com

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SEEKING BEE REMOVAL SERVICE

We are in need of a bee removal service.  Please send recommendations to tracypenhas@hotmail.com.  Thank you.

8.  HWPOA CONTACT INFORMATION

HOLMBY WESTWOOD PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.
P.O. Box 49180
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-470-1785
Email: hwpoa@aol.com
Web site: www.holmbywestwoodpoa.org
Pay Membership Dues: https://squareup.com/store/hwpoa

You Are Invited . . .

  • To attend our monthly Board Meetings*
    NEXT MEETING – SEPTEMBER 12
  • To let us know your concerns about our community and your ideas about how we might work to improve it
  • To become involved in our Association.

*Board Meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 pm at Belmont Village (10475 Wilshire Blvd.).  Please confirm prior to attending.

Holmby News 8-11-17

HOLMBY NEWS
August 11, 2017

 

From the Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association, serving the Holmby Westwood community since 1960.

1.  Street Repair Requests – Final Reminder
2.  Construction Hours
3.  Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills – Lane Closures
4.  Back to School Safety

5.  Westwood Village Improvement Association
6.  Village for Vets – Volunteers Needed
7.  Upcoming Community Events

8.  HWPOA Communication and Ad Policy
9.  Resident Ads
10.  HWPOA Contact Information

1.  STREET REPAIR REQUESTS  – FINAL REMINDER

The Bureau of Street Services has scheduled a Small Asphalt Repairs (SAR) truck (which is described as 1 small asphalt repair truck, consisting of 2 workers and asphalt), for the Westwood Neighborhood Council area, to perform small asphalt repairs on August 30, 2017.

The type of repairs that can be addressed with this program include the following:
– Potholes and pop outs
– Skin patching of eroded or cracked areas
– Some repairs on concrete streets

The Westwood Neighborhood Council has asked us to submit suggested locations in our neighborhood for small street repairs. The city will only send the SAR truck to a total of 15 locations in the entire Westwood Neighborhood Council area, so Holmby Westwood will only see a handful of repairs.

If you are aware of any spots in our neighborhood that would be particularly good candidates for this program, please send requests to Dana at hwpoa@aol.com no later than Tuesday, August 15.  Please only send street repair requests, not sidewalks or curbs.

2.  CONSTRUCTION HOURS

We have received comments from concerned neighbors regarding construction noise outside of the permitted construction hours.  If you are doing any sort of construction on your home, please be sure to follow the Los Angeles Municipal Code rules:

41.40 LAMC- Construction Noise

Allowable Construction Hours:

  • Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays and National Holidays between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, no construction except by residents in their own home

3.  SANTA MONICA BLVD. IN BEVERLY HILLS – LANE CLOSURES

For approximately 3 weeks starting August 12, North (Big) Santa Monica Blvd. between Wilshire Blvd. and Alpine Dr. will be open to two lanes of ONLY WESTBOUND traffic.  Similar to the detours in June, eastbound traffic will be diverted to South (Little) Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd.

For more information about this project, please click here:
www.beverlyhills.org/smblvd

4.  BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY

This Tuesday, August 15 is the first day of school for LAUSD.  Please be careful when driving around the neighborhood at drop-off and pick-up times, and if you are a parent of a student, please observe all safety regulations when dropping off or picking up your children.  Let’s keep the neighborhood safe!

5.  WESTWOOD VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

Please join us for the:

Westwood Village Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 8:30AM
Skylight Gardens
1139 Glendon Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

AGENDA

For a full list of meeting dates and times for our Board and committees, please visit our website, www.thewestwoodvillage.com.

6.  VILLAGE FOR VETS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Over 100 Community Volunteers are needed on Friday, October 27 for the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and their Dependents.

The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is hosting their 3rd annual Stand Down on October 27, 2017 from 6AM – 6PM.  The Stand Down provides resources and services free of charge to America’s heroes.  The services include Hot Meals, Housing Assessments, Legal Assistance, Disability Claims, and much, much more.

Village for Vets is organizing the volunteers for the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.  We are a 501c3.  We need YOU on October 27.  Visit us at villageforvets.org to register to volunteer or to donate funds for the event.

Volunteers are also needed with set up the night before and break down after 6 pm on October 27.

There will plenty to eat and drink for the volunteers as well as the Veterans.  Please take time out of your day to help the homeless veterens and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

Go to villageforvets.org to register – we are looking forward to seeing you there.

7.  UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

2017 World Police and Fire Games – August 7-16.   Join us in cheering on police and fire personnel from around the world compete in over 65 sports in over 30 venues across Southern California!  Check out the website for more info: http://www.la17wpfg.com/6/index.htm

Pop Up Book Sale at Westwood Library – Saturday, August 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Don’t want to wait three months for the next big one? Fully loaded carts of carefully curated books (including kids books) will be for sale at the usual GREAT PRICES.  Come and purchase some wonderful books for family and friends!  We have a great collection of Coffee Table books, Children Books and DVD’s.

Cinema Under the Stars: Moana – Friday, August 25, 2017.  Located in the surface parking lot located at 1031 Broxton Ave. next to Barney’s Beanery.  With the Westwood Village Fox Theatre in the background, fans can enjoy films completely free on a big screen under the stars.

Moviegoers are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the screening in this unique outdoor setting. Attendance is free and open to the public, and moviegoers are encouraged to show up early to stake a sweet spot and grab some snacks.  Tickets are not required to attend.

Doors open at 6:00pm
Live DJ set with DJ Chantz at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Movie starts at 8:30pm
Prizes, giveaways, & snacks!

8.  HWPOA COMMUNICATION AND AD POLICY

Please direct all comments, questions or issues regarding the Holmby News to hwpoa@aol.com.

Ads for plumbers, housekeepers, garage sales, etc. will be posted in the weekly News. Emergency situations such as coyote sightings, lost and found pets, traffic alerts and similar situations will continue to be published during the week as received.

When placing an ad, please send to hwpoa@aol.com for the Holmby News moderator to review.  Responses to ads should be directed to the ad placer, not to HWPOA.

9.  RESIDENT ADS

HELP NEEDED – TEMPORARY CHILD CARE

I need help for two days the week of August 21, taking care of my 16 month old granddaughter.

Contact Sandra at swy333@gmail.com

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TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM LAX AND LITTLE HOLMBY

We are looking for a reasonably priced and reliable company to provide transport to and from Little Holmby and LAX. Any recommendations would be appreciated.  sunkab@earthlink.net   310.497.1876 Thank you.

10.  HWPOA CONTACT INFORMATION

HOLMBY WESTWOOD PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.
P.O. Box 49180
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-470-1785
Email: hwpoa@aol.com
Web site: www.holmbywestwoodpoa.org
Pay Membership Dues: https://squareup.com/store/hwpoa

You Are Invited . . .

  • To attend our monthly Board Meetings*
    NEXT MEETING – SEPTEMBER 12
  • To let us know your concerns about our community and your ideas about how we might work to improve it
  • To become involved in our Association.

*Board Meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 pm at Belmont Village (10475 Wilshire Blvd.).  Please confirm prior to attending.

Holmby News 8-4-17

HOLMBY NEWS
August 4, 2017

 

From the Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association, serving the Holmby Westwood community since 1960.

1.  HWPOA Security Survey – Final Reminder
2.  Street Repair Requests
3.  LAPD Crime Report
4.  Metro Purple Line Update
5.  Leaf Blower Exchange Program
6.  Westwood Recreation Complex – Update
7.  Amazon@Westwood – Now Open
8.  Westwood Library – August Happenings
9.  Upcoming Community Events

10.  HWPOA Communication and Ad Policy
11.  Resident Ads
12.  HWPOA Contact Information

1.  HWPOA SECURITY SURVEY – FINAL REMINDER

Dear Residents,

In our continuing effort to prevent crime in our community, the security committee of the HWPOA has prepared a survey to monitor overall performance of the security companies in our area.  We had a very good response to our last survey, more than 5 years ago, and a new survey would be very beneficial at this time.

Please take a few minutes to answer the following brief questions.  Note that your identities will be strictly confidential, unless you specifically request that a member of the security committee contact you.  The final day to participate in the survey is Tuesday, August 8.  To go to the survey, please click here:

HWPOA SECURITY SURVEY – CLICK HERE

2.  STREET REPAIR REQUESTS

The Bureau of Street Services has scheduled a Small Asphalt Repairs (SAR) truck (which is described as 1 small asphalt repair truck, consisting of 2 workers and asphalt), for the Westwood Neighborhood Council area, to perform small asphalt repairs on August 30, 2017.

The type of repairs that can be addressed with this program include the following:
– Potholes and pop outs
– Skin patching of eroded or cracked areas
– Some repairs on concrete streets

The Westwood Neighborhood Council has asked us to submit suggested locations in our neighborhood for small street repairs. The city will only send the SAR truck to a total of 15 locations in the entire Westwood Neighborhood Council area, so Holmby Westwood will only see a handful of repairs.

If you are aware of any spots in our neighborhood that would be particularly good candidates for this program, please send requests to Dana at hwpoa@aol.com no later than Tuesday, August 15.  Please only send street repair requests, not sidewalks or curbs.

3.  LAPD CRIME REPORT

THEFT FROM VEHICLE – PETTY ($950 & under)
Incident #: 170813587
700 BLOCK S BEVERLY GLEN BL  |  7/27/2017 @ 8:00 AM

You may access crime mapping at www.crimemapping.com to review recent crimes in your area. Sign up to receive alerts when crime is reported in your neighborhood.

E-Policing: http://www.lapdonline.org/e_policing
EMERGENCY: 911
NON-EMERGENCY: 1-877-275-5273
All other City Services: 311
Christopher Ragsdale, Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0741
Email: 26690@lapd.lacity.org
Website: www.lapdonline.org

4.  METRO PURPLE LINE UPDATE

There are a lot of construction activities in the City of LA and Beverly Hills for the Purple Line Extension Project. Check out the newsletter for a snapshot of what’s happened so far and what’s planned.

Link: http://mtro.la/AXgO30e7GcK

5.  LEAF BLOWER EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Leaf blower noise and exhaust can be complicated issues in Los Angeles.  Many people don’t like the noise, and the exhaust contributes to the overall air quality problem in the City.  At the same time, the blowers have made professional gardening and yard maintenance more efficient, and lots of homeowners and commercial properties hire gardeners who use them. Still, the number of complaints was such that it led to the City Council regulating the devices back in the ’90s.

This regulation specifies that leaf blower noise in excess of 70 decibels is illegal within a certain proximity to residences, conceivably addressed the main problem in our neighborhoods.  However, enforcing the regulation has proven to be tricky.  Like many laws, enforcement requires that an agent of the City, either the LAPD or the Bureau of Street Services, actually catch the perpetrator in the act.  Unfortunately, the blowers tend to only be in use for a few minutes at a time in any given location, making it almost impossible to get a Street Services Inspector out to the scene in time to cite the offense. It is also possible for the LAPD to issue a citation for improper use of leaf blowers.  However, patrol officers have so many higher priorities that they rarely, if ever, divert their attention from more serious crime-fighting to chase down a gardener with a leaf blower, assuming they could get to the scene on time.

Councilmember Koretz has heard from constituents over the years who wonder why the City doesn’t just ban gas-powered leaf blowers altogether.  Although Councilmember Koretz is very sympathetic, if someone is intent on violating the regulation they are likely to get away with it unless and until a City inspector can catch up with them. So contemplation of whether to revisit the idea of a full ban (which was attempted before the City Council finally adopted the current law) is a work in progress.

In the meantime, our friends at the South Coast Air Quality Management District are offering a great program to encourage leaf blower users to ditch the noisy, exhaust-polluting gas models for quieter, clean electric models. The program offers a variety of electric blowers at steep discounts in exchange for gas-powered blowers. Eligible participants include professional gardeners and landscapers, school districts, cities and county governments and other local agencies.

LEAF BLOWER EXCHANGE PROGRAM FLYER

The AQMD is staging exchange events all over the Southland from August 14-31, including in Van Nuys and North Hollywood.  For more information on these events, or the program in general (which also includes lawn mowers,) please call (888) 425-6247 or visit their website at www.aqmd.gov/home/programs/community/.

6.  WESTWOOD RECREATION COMPLEX – UPDATE

New play equipment, including a zipline and a swing set, have been added to the Westwood Recreation Complex.  In addition, the outdoor basketball courts are scheduled to be resurfaced over the next several months. New, safe and clean bathrooms are being installed for all park patrons. A new dog park is expected to be completed in the next 60 days.

Councilmember Koretz would like to thank Friends of West LA for installing free WiFi in the park, and LA Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager Mike Schull for his personal involvement in this endeavor.

7.  AMAZON@WESTWOOD – NOW OPEN

Avoid package theft!  Amazon@Westwood is now open and offers convenient and secure pickup of your Amazon orders, in-person customer service and free returns of Amazon orders. Plus, Prime members receive Free Same-Day Pickup on millions of items when ordering by noon and shipping to Amazon@Westwood.

Come visit us at 923 Westwood Blvd, immediately south of UCLA hospital. We are open Monday – Friday from 9am – 9pm and Saturday – Sunday from 12pm – 9pm.

8.  WESTWOOD LIBRARY – AUGUST HAPPENINGS

The Westwood Branch Library has a busy month of events and activities for adults, teens and children.  Some of the programs include:

  • Pop-Up Book Sale on Aug. 19
  • Make Your Own Succulent Bonsai
  • Knitting Club
  • French Conversation
  • Author Talks

For a complete list of upcoming events, please click here:

https://www.lapl.org/branches/westwood

9.  UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

2017 World Police and Fire Games – August 7-16.   Join us in cheering on police and fire personnel from around the world compete in over 65 sports in over 30 venues across Southern California!  Check out the website for more info: http://www.la17wpfg.com/6/index.htm

Cinema Under the Stars: Moana – Friday, August 25, 2017.  Located in the surface parking lot located at 1031 Broxton Ave. next to Barney’s Beanery.  With the Westwood Village Fox Theatre in the background, fans can enjoy films completely free on a big screen under the stars.

Moviegoers are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the screening in this unique outdoor setting. Attendance is free and open to the public, and moviegoers are encouraged to show up early to stake a sweet spot and grab some snacks.  Tickets are not required to attend.

Doors open at 6:00pm
Live DJ set with DJ Chantz at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Movie starts at 8:30pm
Prizes, giveaways, & snacks!

10.  HWPOA COMMUNICATION AND AD POLICY

Please direct all comments, questions or issues regarding the Holmby News to hwpoa@aol.com.

Ads for plumbers, housekeepers, garage sales, etc. will be posted in the weekly News. Emergency situations such as coyote sightings, lost and found pets, traffic alerts and similar situations will continue to be published during the week as received.

When placing an ad, please send to hwpoa@aol.com for the Holmby News moderator to review.  Responses to ads should be directed to the ad placer, not to HWPOA.

11.  RESIDENT ADS

TERMITE INSPECTION AND TREATMENT

We have evidence of termites at a kitchen window. Does anyone have recent “good” experience with a termite company? Please let me know at: phyllis.guze@gmail.com. Thanks.

Phyllis

12.  HWPOA CONTACT INFORMATION

HOLMBY WESTWOOD PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.
P.O. Box 49180
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-470-1785
Email: hwpoa@aol.com
Web site: www.holmbywestwoodpoa.org
Pay Membership Dues: https://squareup.com/store/hwpoa

You Are Invited . . .

  • To attend our monthly Board Meetings*
  • To let us know your concerns about our community and your ideas about how we might work to improve it
  • To become involved in our Association.

*Board Meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 pm at Belmont Village (10475 Wilshire Blvd.).  Please confirm prior to attending.