Holmby News 12-15-17

HOLMBY NEWS
December 15, 2017

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

1.  LAPD Crime Report
2.  Westfield Century City – Sold
3.  Westwood Rec. Dog Park – Grand Opening
4.  Photos with Santa at Westwood Farmers’ Market
5.  Give Wisely this Holiday Season

6.  My LA 311 – City of L.A. Information & Services
7.  UCLA E-Waste Disposal Service
8.  HWPOA Contact Information

1.  LAPD CRIME REPORT

THEFT – PETTY (plain theft-petty) ($950 & under)
Incident #: 170819622
800 BLOCK DEVON AV  |  12/11/2017 @ 6:45 PM

VEHICLE, STOLEN
Incident #: 170819621
10500 BLOCK LINDBROOK DR  |  12/9/2017 @ 4:30 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

2.  WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY – SOLD

From the So Cal Patch:

Westfield Century City Sold To French Company In $16 Billion Deal

Westfield Corp., which operates malls in the Los Angeles area, around the nation and in Britain, is being sold to French commercial real estate giant Unibail-Rodamco in a $16 billion deal, the two companies announced Tuesday.

The cash-and-stock deal values shares of Australia-based Westfield at $7.55 a share, an 18 percent premium over Monday’s closing price, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Westfield’s 16 California locations include its Century City shopping center, which recently completed a $1 billion makeover.

For the complete story, please click here:
Westfield Century City – Sold

3.  WESTWOOD REC. DOG PARK – GRAND OPENING

Save the Date:
On Monday, December 18th at 2:00 pm, Councilmember Koretz and the Department of Recreation and Parks hope you and your canine companion will join them at the grand opening of the Westwood Recreation Center Dog Park located at 1350 Sepulveda Blvd. (on Veteran Ave. side of the park near the intersection of Veteran Ave. & Wilkins Ave.)

4.  PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT WESTWOOD FARMERS’ MARKET

Join the fun on Thursday, December 21st at the Westwood Village Farmers’ Market.  From free photo ops with Santa to holiday crafts, celebrate the holidays at the Westwood Village Farmers’ Market!

On December 21st bring your family, friends and co-workers to the Westwood Village Farmers’ Market for free Santa photos.

Photos with Santa
Thursday, December 21st
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Westwood Village Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

5.  GIVE WISELY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

During the holiday season, many Angelenos traditionally donate money and goods for charitable causes around the world. The charities include their favorites as well as start-up charities created in response to crises. This generosity, however, produces a spike in solicitations.

Angelenos can arm themselves with methods to distinguish the honest and effective charities from the frauds and ineffective charities. The Charitable Services Section (CSS) of the Los Angeles Police Commission offers assistance and advice for giving wisely to charities.

For the complete advisory, please click here:
LAPD: Give Wisely this Holiday Season

6.  MY LA 311 – CITY OF L.A. INFORMATION & SERVICES

MyLA311 links Angelenos with the services and information they need to enjoy their city, beautify their community and stay connected with their local government.

Websitehttps://myla311.lacity.org/
Also available as a mobile app – check your webstore

The ‘Create Service Request’ feature allows you to quickly and easily request the City’s most popular services, including graffiti removal, pothole repair, and bulky-item pickup.

You can keep up to date with the latest City Hall News by browsing through our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube feeds.

No more stamps and envelopes needed! MyLA311 also allows you to pay your Los Angeles Water and Power Bill right from your mobile device.

Looking for the nearest park? Want to cool off on a hot day? Need to return a library book? The ‘Find City Info’ feature conveniently maps the closest parks, libraries, fire and police stations, golf courses, public pools, tennis courts, golf courses, parking lots, and more.

7.  UCLA E-WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICE

UCLA has a FREE e-waste disposal service on Saturdays, so that means you don’t have to leave your old electronics, paint, batteries, etc. . . on the sidewalk (or in the trash).  You can simply take it to them and they DISPOSE of or RECYCLE them safely and in an environmentally friendly manner.

E-waste collection is only on Saturdays, but you can take the following materials on Thursday-Saturday:
Paint  and  solvents;  used  motor  oil  and  filters,  anti-freeze,  and  other  automotive  fluids;  cleaning products;  pool  and  garden  chemicals;  aerosol  cans;  all medicine;  auto  batteries;  household  (alkaline)  batteries; fluorescent tubes and bulbs, thermostats, and other mercury-containing lamps.

E-waste (Saturdays only):
Computers, monitors, printers, network equipment,  cables,  telephones,  televisions,  microwaves, video games, cell phones, radios, stereos, VCRs, and electronic  toys.

*Residents  are  limited  to  a  total  of  six pieces  of  electronic  waste  per  visit  to  a  SAFE  Center and will be accepted on Saturdays only.

For more information, please click here:
UCLA S.A.F.E. Center Flyer

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*
    NO DECEMBER MEETING
    NEXT MEETING IN JANUARY – DATE TBD
  • 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 12-8-17

HOLMBY NEWS
December 8, 2017

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

1.  Fire Stations #71 and #37 – Thank You!!
2.  Fire Safety
3.  Emergency  Notifications
4.  Survey – Metro Bike Share
5.  New Businesses in Westwood Village
6.  Movie Premieres – Street Closures
7.  Upcoming Community Events

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

1.  FIRE STATIONS #71 AND #37 – THANK YOU!!

To our firefighters at Stations # 71 and # 37,

On behalf of our Board of Directors and the members of Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association, I would like to offer our gratitude to each of you for the fantastic job you did to save our adjacent communities in the recent fires. We can’t begin to tell you how very appreciative we are. You are the best first responders any community could have and we are so grateful for your service.

We thank you, and wish you a wonderful holiday season!!

Sandy Brown
President, Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association

2.  FIRE SAFETY

This week’s nearby fires should be a wake-up call. Even though Holmby Westwood is not in a canyon or hillside area, we’re not immune from having a fire spread through our neighborhood during periods of low humidity and windy conditions.

Two months ago, a large fire occurred in a house on Beverly Glen Blvd. it is suspected that the fire was electrical and started in a walk-in closet before spreading to the attic. 63 firefighters from four stations battled the blaze from 10:0 PM to 4:00 AM. After initially putting out the fire in one hour, the fire started again.

Fortunately, there wasn’t much breeze that evening, but surrounding homes over a block away were filled with smoke. If we’d had high winds that night, surrounding homes and trees could easily have ignited from embers, which can travel a mile from a fire. Many fires spread to nearby homes by flying embers entering attic vents.

This is an LAFD reminder for all residents to have a “firewise” home. For additional information regarding ways to make your home safe as well as information regarding planning for evacuation, please click here:

FIRE SAFETY NOTE

Be safe and help to keep Holmby Westwood safe

3.  EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

During an emergency, there are several ways to receive emergency notifications:

NotifyLA
NotifyLA is the City of Los Angeles’ official mass notification system used to send voice messages, text messages and email messages to residents and businesses during times of emergencies and disasters.

Because NotifyLA uses the 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system. In order to receive a notification via your cell phone, Voice over IP (VoIP) number or email, you must register those telephone numbers and/or e-mail address in NotifyLA.  To register these numbers, please click here:

http://emergency.lacity.org/notifyla

NIXLE
Nixle keeps you up-to-date with relevant information from your local public safety departments & schools.  Nixle sends alerts for severe weather, criminal activites, severe traffic, missing persons and local events.  To sign up, please click here:

http://www.nixle.com/

SMART PHONES & GOVERNMENT ALERTS
In addition, you may wish to double check that your smart phones are set to receive government alerts. On the iPhone, go to settings, then choose notifications, then scroll down to the bottom. Where it says “government alerts,” be sure that the toggle is green for “on.”

4.  SURVEY – METRO BIKE SHARE

Metro Bike Share wants your feedback whether you’ve ridden bike share or not.

Metro Bike Share is constantly evolving to best serve the residents of L.A. County. In the past year we’ve grown from 60 stations in Downtown LA to 120 stations in DTLA, Pasadena, Venice, and the Port of LA.

To continue to expand and improve the system we need to hear from you. Take our first annual survey here! We want your feedback whether you’re a monthly passholder, a casual rider, or someone who’s never used Metro Bike Share.

This short, confidential survey will take just five to 15 minutes to complete. To show our thanks, you will be entered for a chance to win a $200 gift card! The winner will be selected randomly. We want to hear from as many people as possible, so share the survey with your friends and family – even if they don’t know about Metro Bike Share, their feedback is important to us. We look forward to hearing from you, and providing the best bike share system possible!

Take the survey here

5.  NEW BUSINESSES IN WESTWOOD VILLAGE

New businesses opening in the District are always a welcome addition to the Westwood Village community. Last month we welcomed two new businesses to Westwood Village: the Ministry of Coffee (MOC) and ULTA Beauty.

After great success with MOC in both Istanbul and Sydney, Ministry of Coffee has opened their first US location in Westwood Village on Glendon Ave. The MOC offers Australian and Turkish inspired coffee and food. Daily coffee hours run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with food served 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ministry of Coffee
1010 Glendon Ave.

ULTA Beauty opened on the corner of Kinross and Gayley Ave. The store has a wide variety of makeup, fragrance, skincare and haircare products, as well as a full-service hair, nail and skin care salon located on the store’s lower level. Daily hours run from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

ULTA Beauty
10925 Kinross Ave

6.  MOVIE PREMIERES – STREET CLOSURES

“Bright” Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Netflix will be holding the Premiere of “Bright” at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Regency Village Theater, located at 961 Broxton Avenue in Westwood Village.

“Downsizing” Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Pictures will be holding the Premiere of “Downsizing” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Regency Village Theater, located at 961 Broxton Ave in Westwood Village.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these events, feel free to contact Talia Shnaider at 310- 742-1064 or 818-926-8319.

*Ticket distribution is handled by the production company exclusively*

7.  UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Brentwood Village Holiday Festival – Saturday Dec. 9

CicLAvia on Iconic Wilshire Blvd. – Sunday, December 10th in Downtown L.A. CicLAvia temporarily closes streets to car traffic and opens them to Los Angelenos to use as a public park. Free for all, CicLAvia connects communities to each other across an expansive city, creating a safe place to bike, walk, skate, roll, and dance through Los Angeles.  For more information and a route map, please click here:  http://www.ciclavia.org/

Holidays in Westwood Village – Thursday, December 14th & 21st at the Westwood Village Farmers’ Market.  From free photo ops with Santa to holiday crafts, celebrate the holidays at the Westwood Village Farmers’ Market!

On December 14th & 21st bring your family, friends and co-workers to the Westwood Village Farmers’ Market for free Santa photos.

Photos with Santa
Thursday, December 14th & 21st
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Other holiday activities at the Market include free holiday crafts with help from our friends at the Paper Source Westwood Village, and UCLA’s Voctet A Cappella group singing and spreading holiday cheer on December 14th.

Holiday Crafts with Paper Source Westwood Village
Thursday, December 14th
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

UCLA Voctet A Cappella Singers
Thursday, December 14th
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Westwood Village Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

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

VENT CLEANING COMPANY

Do you know of a good company that cleans vents?  If so, please contact tracypenhas@hotmail.com

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*
    NO DECEMBER MEETING
    NEXT MEETING IN JANUARY – DATE TBD
  • 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 12-1-17

HOLMBY NEWS
December 1, 2017

 

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

1.  LAPD Crime Report
2.  Vandalism Incident – Seeking Suspects
3.  Security Update and SSA Meeting
4.  Holiday Safety Tips
5.  Westwood Library – Book Sale, Concert & More
6.  Metro Purple Line – Community Meeting Recap
7.  Upcoming Community Events

8.  HWPOA Contact Information

1.  LAPD CRIME REPORT

RAPE, FORCIBLE (any age, non consentual sexual intercourse)
Incident #: 170818976
SUNSET BL & MAPLETON AV  |  11/26/2017 @ 1:00 AM

On 11/25/17, at 10:30 pm, the victim attended a late night pool party with her friend at a residence located in the 100 block of S. Mapleton Drive.  The victim engaged in heavy drinking and became intoxicated.  When the victim went to use the bathroom, she was followed by another male party guest.  The victim was then sexually assaulted while in the bathroom.  Following the assault, the victim spent the night at the residence and left with her friend the following morning.  Later that night after returning home, the victim disclosed what had occurred to a family member who then transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment.  The police were then notified.  There is no suspect description other than a Male, Black, no further description.

BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony)
Incident #: 170819032
900 BLOCK HILGARD AV  |  11/27/2017 @ 11:00 PM

“KNOCK KNOCK” SERIES BURGLARY ALERT
On Monday, November 20 in the late afternoon (around 4:00), there was a series of “knock knock” burglaries in the Westwood community south of Wilshire Blvd.  It is believed that the same suspects are responsible for an additional Residential Burglary in the Westwood Hills community as well (the area west of UCLA/Veteran).

The suspects are described as three Male, African Americans, medium build, early 20’s, wearing Gray or Black Hoodies.  The vehicle is a early 2000’s silver Mercedes sedan, possible C Class, with paper plates.

These incidents are being investigated by the West Los Angeles Burglary Detail.  Anyone with additional information or leads may contact Detective Greg Davis at 310-444-1522 or email at 31554@lapd.online.

The Los Angeles Police Department recommends the below tips to help secure your home and deter a Burglary.

  • If you are home when there is a knock at the door, make your presence known but do not open the door.
  • Install a video/audio doorbell system that will immediately detect, alert and notify you if there is activity at your front door.

2.  VANDALISM INCIDENT – SEEKING SUSPECTS

A homeowner on Westholme reported the following:

On Nov. 11 at around 4 pm, several kids (approximately age 14-15) , one tall and one shorter, coming from the street above our house (on Westholme) used skateboards and slid on my railing (and destroyed them). They escaped down the road.

On Nov. 18 they came again around 4 pm and further destroyed the railing. A neighbor tried to chase them out but they continued and said that they are from Colorado.

I would appreciate any help in detaining this kids or finding their parents to pay for the large damage.  If you recognize them, please contact me at warshel@usc.edu or contact the LAPD.  Thank you.

3.  SECURITY UPDATE AND SSA MEETING

In case you haven’t been following Crime Mapping updates (go to CrimeMapping.com to receive notices by e-mail), you may not be aware of the crime activity in Holmby Westwood and adjacent neighborhoods (19 crimes reported recently throughout the Westwood area and Westwood Village). Besides regularly occurring car break-ins, both north and south of Wilshire, there have been five residential burglaries early in the morning and in the evening when residents have been at home. This is a change from the typical late morning/early afternoon burglaries. A recent LA Times article reported that the LAPD was accused by one of its own officers of under reporting crime on the Westside in order not to alarm residents. The LAPD has not responded.

The safety of our residents is of prime concern, not just their material possessions, but also their physical safety should they confront a burglar who realizes residents will be able to identify him or her. The LAPD feels many burglaries on the Westside are committed by gang members as an initiation ritual.

On Thursday, December 7th, SSA Security will hold a security meeting for our community at Belmont Village, 10475 Wilshire Blvd. at 7:00 PM. SSA only hires off-duty and retired LAPD policemen who are able to make arrests and coordinate with local LAPD. They are not afraid to confront burglars at your home, and their response time average is under 5 minutes. SSA has dramatically reduced crime in Pacific Palisades.

If you are concerned about crime in Holmby Westwood, and want to know all your options, plan to attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend, you can call SSA for information: 818-773-5600.

Please note, HWPOA is not associated with SSA Security in any way and does not endorse or recommend any security company.

4.  HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS

The following Holiday Safety Tips were compiled, in cooperation with the LAPD Crime Prevention Section, to contribute to the safety and security of people during the holiday season.

The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors. The Los Angeles Police Department wishes you a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.

CLICK HERE – Holiday Safety Tips

5.  WESTWOOD LIBRARY – BOOK SALE, CONCERT & MORE

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

  • Stop Motion Animation Series
  • Red Cross: Emergency Preparedness
  • B&W Classic Movie Night (“12 Angry Men“)
  • HealthRHYTHMS Drum Circle
  • Kids Holiday Party
  • Family Mug Painting

Used Book Sale – Saturday, December 2 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.  A great selection of pre-loved books at amazing, can’t be beat prices! All proceeds go to making your branch library the awesome place that it is!

Pick up some great bargains while helping out your library!  Come and purchase some wonderful books for family and friends!  We have a great collection of Coffee Table books, Children Books and DVD’s.

L.A. Musical Salon – Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:30 PM.  Don’t miss the last concert in the 2017 Season of our popular FREE Concert Series @ Westwood Library, featuring the Encore Saxophone Quartet! If you have never heard a sax quartet, you are in for a special treat – mellow, rich, versatile, and downright wonderful! We’ll be upstairs in the library on a Sunday afternoon when the library is not open for regular business.

Library garage and doors open at 2:00 p.m.  Concerts last approximately one hour, with no intermission.

After the concert, meet the musicians and enjoy a complimentary reception hosted by SIMPLE THINGS Restaurant and the Friends of Westwood Library.

TO DOWNLOAD the FLYER, click here:
Westwood Library Concert

For a complete list of upcoming events, please click here:
https://www.lapl.org/branches/westwood

WESTWOOD LIBRARY
1246 Glendon Avenue • Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 474-1739

6.  METRO PURPLE LINE – COMMUNITY MEETING RECAP

Earlier this week, a community meeting was held regarding the Metro Purple Line Extension and the work on the Wilshire/Westwood station.  This is a recap of the meeting:

Your participation is appreciated!
It was a packed house last night at the Belmont Village in Westwood for the last Section 3 Community Meeting of the year! In attendance were Metro’s Construction & Community Relations staff, local residents, business owners and neighborhood leaders.

Overview
During the meeting, Metro staff provided an overview of the project and the advance utility relocation schedule.

The community meeting provided an opportunity for questions and community feedback on upcoming construction activities that will be taken into consideration as the project continues to advance.

Metro encourages stakeholders to submit any additional comments to purplelineext@metro.net.

Meeting Materials
If you could not make it out to the meeting, you can view the presentation by clicking the button below. All meeting materials are also available at metro.net/purple. See you next year!

Metro Purple Line Community Meeting

7.  UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Brentwood Glen Holiday Boutique – December 2nd, from 1 pm – 4:30 pm at the Village Church (343 S. Church Ln.).  We will have 21 vendors selling different items.  There will be a Barista, and Brentwood Art Center will also be providing an art activity for kids.  Please stop by to say hello.

Brentwood Village Holiday Festivus – Saturday Dec. 9

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*
  • 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.