Holmby News 9-1-17

September 1, 2017


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

1.  Are You Prepared?
2.  Street Repair Update
3.  Westwood Post Office – Temporary Location
4.  Extreme Heat Warning
5.  Westwood Library – September Happenings

6.  Porto’s Bakery Coming to Century City
7.  Westwood Village Annual Meeting
8.  Upcoming Community Events
9.  HWPOA Communication and Ad Policy
Resident Ads
11.  HWPOA Contact Information


Courtesy of Brentwood Homeowner’s Association:

Your safety and security is paramount. As we watch the news in Texas unfold, we are reminded of the importance of emergency preparation. We have been told that first responders will be spread thin and not immediately available to our neighborhood should a major earthquake hit. Specifically, they have said it could be days (or weeks) before damaged power and water lines are restored.

We urge you and your family to spend a little time reading up on the City’s ReadyLA site so you know what to do then and what to do now.

For instance:

  • Do you have a reasonable supply of drinking water in your home?
  • Do you have a reasonable supply of sustainable foods?
  • Do you have flashlights with fresh batteries?
  • Do you have an out of state contact for family to check-in with?

We hope you will never need it, but like insurance, it’s good to have the knowledge and supplies you hope you will never use.

For additional information regarding disaster preparedness, please visit HWPOA’s disaster preparedness page on our website.


Thank you to the City of L.A. Bureau of Street Services (BSS), who recently made 8-9 street repairs in the Holmby Westwood neighborhood, filling potholes and fixing other street problems.

Street Resurfacing vs. Street Repair
Many residents have requested repairs on streets where there are numerous bumps and potholes.  These type of repairs are so significant that they fall under the category of street resurfacing rather than pothole repair.  The City of L.A. has already finalized their list of streets that will be resurfaced in the 2017-18 year.  We are in contact with the council office to determine which streets in HWPOA are designated for resurfacing.  Once the information is made available to us, we will let you know.


The U.S. Post Office has finally secured storefront space on Broxton Avenue, directly across the street from the city’s Broxton Parking Garage.

(This will fill in temporarily for the now closed Village Station, which is closed due to fire damage, until that station is repaired and restored to public service.)

Post Office customers will be able to park for two hours free on Broxton Avenue, and walk directly across the street to the Post Office.


Dear Friends,

Extreme heat is NO joke.  With both day and nighttime temperatures remaining near record-highs, the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, LADWP and LA Animal Services have asked us to share some tips to keep you, your family, and your pets safe.

Yesterday’s Electricity Demand was the Highest of 2017 and New Highs Are Expected as Extreme Temperatures Persist

LADWP is asking customers to continue conserving electricity during the heat storm.

Yesterday, there were nearly 1,930 customers without power. LADWP crews will continue working around the clock throughout the heat storm to restore customers’ lost power as quickly and safely as possible. In order to decrease strain on the electric grid, we urge customers to do what they can to help conserve energy.

Some energy-saving measures that customers can take include keeping their thermostats set at 78 degrees; keeping curtains, blinds and drapes closed to keep sunlight out and keep home interiors cool; avoiding the use of major appliances at peak usage hours during the day; and opening doors and windows at night to allow cool air to circulate.

To report any loss of power, call 1-800-DIAL-DWP. To monitor outage status, see www.ladwp.com or follow @LADWP on Twitter.

Cooling Centers Extending Hours of Operation

If you need to cool off, the City of LA offers cooling centers where you can beat the heat. Due to extreme heat, cooling center locations are offering extended hours.   You can call 3-1-1 or go to emergency.lacity.org/heat for a full list of cooling center locations throughout Los Angeles and for updated hours of operation.

In addition, follow these simple tips to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of cool water! Stay hydrated.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing that will keep you cool. Wear sunscreen and a hat for protection.
  • Check on neighbors who might be vulnerable to the heat, especially those without air conditioning.
  • Never leave children or pets in a car – not even for one minute. Temperatures inside a car can quickly skyrocket to deadly levels.
  • If you work or play outside, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool off in the shade.  Symptoms of heat-related illness include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention.

Remember, when it is hot for you, it may be even hotter for your four-legged friends.

Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means dogs and cats must work extra hard to stay cool.  Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for companion animals.

LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about the hazards of hot weather and how to keep your furry loved ones healthy and comfortable. Here are some pet safety tips:

Never leave your pet alone inside a vehicle
If your pet cannot go inside at every stop with you, they are safer at home on hot days. Car interiors heat very quickly, even with the windows open. If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block. In fact, it’s against the law to leave an animal in a vehicle if doing so endangers the health or well-being of the animal.

Give your pet extra water
Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan. Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.

Care for your pet’s coat
Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a clip will make your buddy much more comfortable. But, be aware, that newly clipped and lighter coated pets, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer and they are more susceptible to sunburn.

Don’t leave your pet outdoors for a long time
If your dog has to be left outdoors for awhile, make sure they have plenty of access to shade such as trees, a covered patio or cool spot under the porch.  Apply a pet specific or hypoallergenic sunscreen on sensitive areas like the nose, tips of ears and belly especially if they have light or thin fur.

Avoid hot ground surfaces
While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention to the pavement, sidewalks or sand. Check the temperature with your hand, if it’s too hot to touch then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

Know the signs of overheating
If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing and looks very distressed, they could be having a heatstroke. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your pet and take them to the veterinarian immediately.

Stay cool!

Paul Koretz, Council Member – 5th District
City of Los Angeles


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 Sept. 9
  • Mug Painting
  • Mystery Book Club
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Day of the Dead Art Lab

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



Courtesy of LAIST.com author Tim Loc:

Porto’s pop-up bakery will arrive at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City in September. As noted at Eater, the Cuban bakery will crop up as a café called Doña Dulce. It will dole out Porto’s classic cheese rolls and raspberry besitos, among other items. There will also be coffee from F. Gaviña & Sons, which was founded in Cuba in 1870.

The Cuban connection is not a coincidence—the pop-up will be part of an exhibit that focuses on photography in Cuba. Titled CUBA IS, the exhibit builds up to an intimate portrait that reveals the humanity taking place behind the island country’s colorful walls. There’ll be over 120 photos that touch on subjects ranging from El paquete, an underground system of sharing digital content, to the Cuban punk rockers dubbed “Los Frikis.” The exhibit includes works by Leysis Quesada, Raúl Cañibano, Tria Giovan, and Elliot Erwitt.

CUBA IS will kick things off with an opening celebration on September 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be food, cocktails, music, and dance performances. The exhibit, which is free, will run from September 9 to March 4.

The Porto’s Doña Dulce pop-up will be in place from September 9, 2017 to March 8, 2018, and will only be open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Annenberg Space for Photography is at 2000 Avenue of the Stars #10, Century City. (213) 403-3000. Admission is free for exhibits and public programming.


Mark Your Calendars!

On Thursday, October 26th from 8:30am to 10:30am, the Westwood Village Improvement Association is having its Annual Meeting to highlight the progress of the past year. There will also be a special presentation from Mott Smith, co-founder and Principal of Civic Enterprise Associates.

Seating is limited. To assure your seat, please RSVP by September 29, 2017.  To RSVP, send an email to info@thewestwoodvillage.com.


Free Bulky Item Drop Off – Saturday, September 16th
It’s time for fall cleaning! Do you have bulky items to get rid of? We have options for you!  You can bring your items to one of five locations around the City, including:

West L.A. District Yard
2027 Stoner Ave.
Los Angeles, 90025

For more information about this event, please click here:
Bulky Item Drop-Off

Free Museum Admission Day – Sunday, September 17.  Free admission: It’s coming for one day to more than 50 museums across Southern California as part of the upcoming Pacific Standard Time exhibitions.  PST: LA/LA, which will explore Latin American and Latino art here and beyond through four months of exhibitions, public events and performances at SoCal museums, has its official launch party on Sept. 14. Dozens of museums will offer free admission on the following Sunday, Sept. 17. They include the Hammer Museum, the Skirball Cultural Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the California African American Museum, all in L.A.; as well as the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

For more information about free admission day, please click here:


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.



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P.O. Box 49180
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Email: hwpoa@aol.com
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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.