August 10, 2012
In this issue:
Assemblymember Feuer town hall
How to stay cool and conserve energy as summer heats up
Select cooling facilities will remain open over the August 11th-12th weekend until 9 p.m.
Pet safety in EXTREME heat
Ribbon Cutting at Poinsettia Recreation Center
National Night Out 2012
I-405 Announcement from Metro
Century City update and history
West LA Office
822 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
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Encino, CA 91436
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Los Angeles, CA 90012
UPCOMING EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
The West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce will host their 3rd Annual Wine Tasting event at
The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Blvd., LA 90064 on
Thursday, August 16, 2012
This event will provide opportunities to promote local businesses while meeting new friends and clients while tasting fine wines from California and around the world.
The evening will also feature an array of delicious hors d'oeuvres, music and a treasure chest raffle opportunity to win assorted gift certificates from various hotels, restaurants and other Chamber supporters.
$35 with RSVP by 8/1/2012
$45 after 8/1/2012
For Information on Sponsoring a Wine Tasting Table please contact:
Jack Berlin 310.341.3695 or email@example.com or
Linda Behar 818.379.9822 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace will present The George Regas Courageous Peacemaker Award to the Reverend James Lawson on Saturday, September 9th, at 7:30pm at
Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., 90018.
For more information please contact: email@example.com or call 213.748.1643 or visit www.icujp.org.
Liberty Hill Foundation is offering a free downloadable 80-page resource guide to help L.A. City businesses become more sustainable. Go green while saving money.
Check it out!
Living safely with the Wildlife that shares our City
Coyotes are wild animals and can pose a risk to people and pets. The goal of Los Angeles Animal Services is to educate the public fostering a relationship of mutual respect between wildlife and the community so we can live together safely.
Here are a few guidelines for how to have a safe community for you and for the coyotes:
-Do not approach or feed wild animals, including coyotes. It is unsafe and a violation of the law. Never leave small children and pets unattended outdoors even if your yard is fenced.
-Remove pet food dishes when your pet has finished eating and do not leave food outside. Pick ripe fruit and clean rotten produce off the ground.
-Walk your dog on a leash at all times, not only is it the law, but it will keep your pet safe. Do not allow your dog to interact or “play” with a coyote.
-When you are walking your dog in areas known to have coyotes, you can carry a loud whistle of even an umbrella that you can open and close rapidly to scare them away. Unlike the approach with an aggressive dog, you can raise your arms above your head and stomp your feet while shouting at the coyote to scare them away.
-Put all trash bags inside trashcans and keep all outdoor trashcan lids securely fastened on the containers. Ammonia or pepper sprinkled in the trash may also discourage a scavenging coyote. Keep your property well lit at night especially when you go out with your dog for the last potty break before bed.
-Trim hedges from the bottom and keep brush cleared to limit hiding places for coyotes.
-Close off crawl spaces under porches, decks and sheds. Coyotes use such areas for resting and raising young.
Share this information with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood safe. If you belong to a neighborhood association, call Los Angeles Animal Services to schedule an educational presentation for your next meeting.
If you have coyotes near your home, please call (888) 452-7381 for non-lethal assistance.
The Los Angeles Animal Services Department has a Wildlife Expert and several very knowledgeable speakers. You can arrange for them to attend Neighborhood Council or other neighborhood meetings to talk about wildlife and to answer questions about wildlife.
Please click here for more information.
Melrose Trading Post
Described as a cool, eclectic gem of a place to find treasures and rare goodies, the Melrose Trading Post is a great Sunday destination. You can expect to find something to make you say "wow" every single time you visit. Enjoy the food court in the beautifully landscaped upper quad. Relax to the live jazz band's melodic vibes. Treat yourself to a different kind of day.
When: Every Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Rain or Shine.
Where: Located in the parking lot of Fairfax High School (Corner of Fairfax and Melrose Avenue)
The Westwood Village Farmers' Market
When: Every Thursday from 12 - 6pm.
Free Parking at the Broxton Avenue Structure.
Popular food trucks and shops open late as well as offer promotions.
When: First Thursday of every month
Where: Melrose Avenue between Ogden and Stanley
Get Water Quality Grades on the Go
Beachgoers can now check the latest water quality grades at 650+ West Coast beaches via Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card mobile app for the iPhone or Android, at http://www.beachreportcard.org/.
The new, free Beach Report Card app provides the only access anytime and anywhere to a comprehensive, weekly analysis of coastline water quality. The mobile app delivers A through F grades, weather conditions and user tips throughout beach locations in California, Oregon and Washingtonto swimmers, surfers and anyone who loves going in the ocean water.
In addition to discovering which beaches are safe or unsafe, beachgoers can look up and save their favorite local beaches, as well as learn details on beach closures.
Know before you go!
LAFCU Announces New Shop LA City Visa® Card with Triple Rewards
Shop LA City, in partnership with Los Angeles Federal Credit Union (LAFCU), is proud to announce the new Shop LA City Visa Platinum Plus credit card. The card, available to all Southern California residents, is the first of its kind to offer triple reward points for all purchases at merchants in the city of Los Angeles and single rewards points in other cities.* The rewards can be redeemed for travel, merchandise or gift cards through CURewards, or used for consumer loan rate discounts at LAFCU.**
The card also has a six-month 0% introductory rate (for new LAFCU credit card holders) then variable rates as low as 9.90% APR.*** This is almost 50% lower than the average rewards card rate of 17.27% APR**** and could save thousands of dollars in interest charges. Cardholders can save even more by transferring their higher-rate balances from other cards to their new Shop LA City Visa.
Besides earning triple rewards, cardholders will also help the city of Los Angeles. For every $10 in sales tax paid in the city, the city earns one dollar to help support services like police, fire, libraries and parks.
Applying for the new Shop LA City Triple Rewards card is quick and easy at www.lafcu.org/ or by calling (877) MY LAFCU (695-2328). The website also has details about this exciting new card, and LAFCU’s range of beneficial, low-rate or free financial products and services.
LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REVAMPS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ADDED CUSTOMER SERVICE
LAX Facebook Page Increases to More Than 28,300 Fans
Recent improvements to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Facebook page increased the numbers of its fans and followers. The Los Angeles International Airport Facebook fan page, which first launched in April 2009, now has more than 28,300 fans.
LAX operated two Facebook fan pages under two accounts – one under “Governmental” and the other under “Places”. Fans did not have the option to “check-in” under the governmental fan page. Now with one LAX primary page, under a new URL, fans and followers can now check-in, receive up-to-the-minute information on airport conditions, videos, photos, flight delay, travel-related news, and much more.
LAX’s social media websites are designed to provide real time announcements including airline fare deals, new passenger services and amenities; flight status, current airport conditions, and developments on various modernization projects. LAX’s Twitter site at increased to more than 7,100 fans since its launch in February 2009. LAX’s YouTube, the newest edition social media site, at is a channel that provides videos of recent events, construction, and airline news, which reached more than 12,400 video views since its launch last year.
Jewish Family Service is offering an educational workshop / support group for family members impacted by domestic violence. For more information, please call Vivian Engle, M.A. at 818-789-1293 x1215.
Call 3-9-9 for Non-Emergency Roadside Assistance on the Highway...
If your car breaks down on the freeway and there is no Call Box in sight, you can use your cellphone to get non-emergency roadside assistance quickly and easily by calling 3-9-9. You can also use this to report obstacles or hazards in the road, (but wait until you have stopped driving to call!). Calls to 3-9-9 are connected to Call Box operators who can Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow trucks to your location. If you are covered by AAA, the dispatcher can patch your call straight through to AAA. FSP help is free of charge, and is funded by an additional $1 on every Vehicle Licenses Fee in the State of California. In emergencies, you should still always call 9-1-1.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is pleased to unveil LAFDmobile, a free application for iPhone and Android smartphones. For more information, please click HERE.
For the latest construction notices and closures along the I-405, please visit Metro HERE.
For more information on the Asian citrus psyllid and how it can affect California citrus, please click HERE.
Shopping within the City limits of Los Angeles not only supports local businesses, it also supports City services, its neighborhoods and the well-being of all Los Angeles residents. For every $10 you spend on taxes - $1 goes back to the General Fund! Whether shopping along Melrose or grabbing some food in Encino, every dollar we spend within the city is an investment to the future of Los Angeles. Details HERE.
iWATCH is a community awareness program created to educate the public about behaviors and activities that may have a connection to terrorism. It is a partnership between your community and the Los Angeles Police Department. For more information, please click the logo above.
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Assemblymember Feuer town hall
Recent horrendous shootings in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater and Sikh temple in Wisconsin accounted for numerous deaths by gun violence and caused pain, injury, trauma and loss for many innocent people. The news media granted these stories big headlines, but the tragic truth is that when the headlines for those particular massacres cease, gun violence in this nation will continue to take a daily toll that is devastating for victims, loved ones and society as a whole.
There is room and there is need for information, debate and action. That's why Assemblymember Mike Feuer is holding a town hall discussion on current city, state and federal gun laws regarding where we are and where we are headed. Councilmember Koretz will be among the speakers, as will be Councilmember Tom LaBonge, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and LAPD Assistant Chief Michel Moore. Complimentary parking is available in the Pritzker Parking Garage, located on 6th Street just east of Fairfax Avenue. For additional information, please contact Assemblymember Feuer's district office at (310) 285-5490.
On Sunday, August 5th, tragedy struck in the state of Wisconsin, where a Sikh Temple was attacked by a hateful individual who left six people dead and many wounded.
CD5, one of the most diverse districts in the City, is home to the Sikh Ashram on Robertson. As soon as Councilmember Koretz was alerted to the tragedy in Wisconsin, he directed staff and City services to assist the Ashram's congregation in any way necessary.
In a show of support and unity, the Councilmember also attended a brief memorial arranged by the Sikh Ashram.
Sikhs believe in:
• The equality of all people
• The right of all people to worship freely
• Earning honestly and sharing what you have with others
• The power of prayer and meditation to bring peace to the home and to the world
• Doing service for neighbors and community as an important part of the faith (the Golden Temple in India feeds 50,000 people a day at no cost).
15,000 people from Southern California gather to celebrate the festival of Baisakhi here in Los Angeles (in the spring). The Sikhs in Southern California are working within the community to quell gang violence. Sikh organizations in the United States serve in numerous ways: building interfaith
understanding; responding to natural disasters; working to protect the Constitutional rights of freedom of religion; protecting people from harassment and discrimination; uplifting the spirit of others; discovering how meditation can help heal people where other medicine fails.
Sikhs stand for peace. The Los Angeles Sangat of Guru Ram Das Ashram has been promoting peace in the community with the introduction of the Annual Peace Picnic, since 2005, at the Robertson Recreation Center
Sikhs devote time and effort to educating the public about the turban and the Sikh identity. As the tragedy in Wisconsin so sadly demonstrated, hate crimes against turbaned and bearded Sikhs are still occurring. The Sikh community works to clear up the misperceptions that exist around Muslims and Sikhs, and to reach out to neighbors, the interfaith community, public officials and the media in order to educate and to create bonds and friendships with others.
How to stay cool and conserve energy as summer heats up
Rather than curse the darkness – or more literally, the heat which can be miserable and even dangerous to endure – the Los Angeles DWP provides the following guidance:
With high temperatures in the forecast for the next several days in Los Angeles, LADWP offers these tips to help customers stay cool and conserve energy. Energy conservation during high temperature summer days helps prevent strain on power system infrastructure while also helping LADWP customers save money on their power bills.
These simple tips are easy to implement in daily routines and are highly effective conservation measures:
Tips for the Home
• Adjust thermostat to 78 degrees to reduce energy usage during the hottest hours of the day when air conditioning systems have to work hardest to cool.
• Limit the use of appliances during peak hours of the day- use washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and other heavy appliances during evening hours.
• Try to avoid using your stove or oven during peak hours of the day since it will add to the heat inside the home.
• Ventilate your home at night and early morning by opening windows and doors to clear out the heat and allow cooler air to circulate.
• Turn off lights and equipment when they are not in use.
• Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) wherever appropriate.
• Close draperies, shades or blinds during the heat of the day to reduce the extra heat from direct sunlight.
• Check your home for adequate insulation and for proper sealing of windows and exterior doors.
• Plant shade trees to reduce heat gain inside the house.
• Install / use ceiling fans or "whole house" fans for comfort cooling. A whole house fan will cool down your house early evenings and early mornings for a fraction of the energy cost of operating an A/C unit.
• Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically and maximize your energy savings.
• Clean or replace air-conditioner filter(s) every month to maintain efficiency and air flow.
• Regularly brush or vacuum the condenser coils at the bottom or rear of your refrigerator and check door gasket for tight fit and adjust if necessary.
• When buying appliances, choose energy-saving EnergyStar-rated models.
• Limit the time you run your pool pump during summer to six hours a day, and schedule the run time to avoid operation between 1 pm and 5 pm.
• Unplug "energy vampires" like cell phone chargers, DVD players, microwave ovens and other appliances that use energy even when turned off or in sleep mode.
Tips for the Workplace
• Turn off your desk and overhead lights, and meeting room lights, if they are not needed, or install motion detector switches in each room.
• Keep personal appliance use to a minimum.
• Turn off all computer equipment when you leave the office or when they are not in use for long periods of time.
• Be sure your computer equipment goes into sleep mode when temporarily not in use.
• Go paperless when possible. Reduced printing and copying translates into reduced energy use.
LADWP Energy Conservation Rebate Programs
• Energy Star-Rated Room Air Conditioners. $50 rebate on qualifying models.
• Central Air Conditioners. $100-$120 rebate on an energy efficient model.
• Refrigerator Exchange for Low Income Customers. Qualifying low-income or Lifeline customers can receive a free energy efficient refrigerator in exchange for an old inefficient model.
• Refrigerator Turn-In and Recycle. LADWP customers who buy new Energy Star-rated refrigerators and turn in their old model for recycling can receive up to $115 in rebates.
• Whole House Fans. $200 rebate per unit.
• Energy Star-Rated Residential Window Products. Rebate of $2.00 per square foot of glass for qualifying models.
• Cool Roofs. Rebate of $0.30 per square foot.
• Pool Pump and Motor Replacements. $500 rebate on variable speed models.
For More Information
• How to apply for the above rebates, please click here.
• For energy-saving tips and programs, click here.
• The City of Los Angeles "Ready L.A." for information on how to prepare for a heat wave.
Sustainable Works (http://www.sustainableworks.org) is among the environmental organizations offering heat safety and conservation tips, while noting that many of these are also on the LADWP website:
1. Replace your incandescent bulbs with more energy efficient CFLs or LEDs.
2. Pay Attention to Heating and Cooling in your home. Set the furnace thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in winter and the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in summer. 3 - 5% more energy is used for each degree the furnace is set above 68 or the air conditioner is set below 78.
3. Increase the efficiency of your appliances by unplugging unused appliances and use a Smart Strip to minimize standby energy usage by banding together "phantom loads" and conveniently turning them off. Look for the Energy Star label when purchasing new equipment to cut down on energy use.
4. Make your Home more Energy Efficient through energy efficient retrofits. Caulk leaking doors and windows, add insulation to walls and attic, replace older less efficient windows with energy efficient windows and wrap your water heater in an insulating hot water heater blanket and your pipes with insulating pipe wrap.
5. Plant trees to provide shade and cooling. Participate in LADWP's Trees for a Green LA Program. This partnership with Million Trees LA (milliontreesla.org) has made it simple for Los Angeles City residents to receive free shade trees through the Trees for a Green LA program (TFGLA).
6. Install an alternative-type water heater.
7. Install Solar Technologies and Photovoltaic (PV) systems by buying or leasing PV panels.
Select cooling facilities will remain open over the August 11th-12th weekend until 9 p.m.
The Los Angeles Office of the National Weather Service forecasts that excessive heat will continue over the weekend in Los Angeles. Temperatures in the west and north San Fernando Valley could climb as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The relative humidity will make temperatures feel even hotter.
To help Angelenos during this period of excessive heat, the following Recreation and Parks facilities will be open on Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th until 9:00 p.m.
Canoga Park Senior Citizen Center
7326 Jordan Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Sepulveda Recreation Center
8801 Kester Ave.
Panorama City, CA 91402
North Hollywood Recreation Center
11430 Chandler Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Sylmar Recreation Center
13109 Borden Ave.
Sylmar, CA 91342
Sunland Senior Citizen Center
8640 Fenwick St.
Sunland, CA 91040
Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center
5060 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Pet safety in EXTREME heat
Hot times are not kind to our pets, so Brenda Barnette, General Manager of Los Angeles Animal Services, has sent out a bulletin as a reminder and to share tips. Here is the message and information she has shared:
According to composer George Gershwin, Summertime means “the livin’ is easy, fish are jumpin’, and the cotton is high”. This special season can also mean we need to protect our companion animals from extreme heat.
Keep in mind that when it is hot for you, it is even hotter for them. Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means animals must work hard to stay cool.
Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal. If your best friend has a shorter nose, like Persian cats and bulldogs, he is more susceptible to heatstroke than breeds with longer noses.
If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing, and looks very distressed, she could be having a heatstroke. Heatstroke is an emergency. 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 furry friend and then take her to the vet immediately.
The best plan is to keep your dog and cat protected from the summer heat.
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.
Dogs and cats do sweat a little through the pads of their feet. The cats I know do not appreciate water added to any part of their body, but dogs often enjoy having cool water on their feet. Some dogs enjoy walking through or even lying in a child’s wading pool.
It is dangerous to leave your dog or cat in a car for 5 minutes. If he cannot go inside at every stop with you, he is safer at home on hot days! Car interiors heat very quickly in the hot sun, even with the windows open. If it is 85 degrees outside, it will climb to 102 degrees inside your car within ten minutes. In half an hour, it will reach 120 degrees or more! If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block.
While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention the hot pavement or sidewalks that make your dog’s lower to the ground walking space hotter and can even burn their feet. Early morning and later evening walks will be more comfortable for you both!
Animals who go outside need access to shade. Dark coats absorb heat. Lighter coated animals, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer from exposure to the sun and they are more susceptible to sunburn.
Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a summer clip will make your buddy much more comfortable and allow you a new start at keeping him brushed. Remember, newly clipped animals can get sunburned.
If your dog spends time in the yard, make sure she has access to shade. Shade trees, a covered patio, or a cool spot under the porch can help keep her comfortable.
Companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend!
Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your summer,
Ribbon Cutting at Poinsettia Recreation Center
From left to right: Martin Hernandez, Andrea Epstein, Carl Cooper, Jimmy Newsom, Runako Ellis, Sophia Pina Cortez, Kevin Regan (Assistant General Manager), Councilmember Paul Koretz, Kortley Norris, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich at the ribbon cutting event at Poinsettia Park
On Tuesday night, August 7 – as part of the National Night Out gathering that took place that night at Poinsettia Park (7341 Willoughby Avenue) – a special ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the completion of the park renovation.
Over the past three years, there has been over one million dollars in park renovations at Poinsettia Recreation Center, using Quimby and Proposition K funds. The improvements include a new children’s play area, a new community room, two upgraded baseball diamonds with new bleachers, a new jogging path that circles the park, a new gymnasium floor, new outdoor exercise equipment, repaved outdoor basketball courts, new benches and trash cans, and many, many other improvements. Councilmember Koretz cannot begin to express his gratitude for the hard work and efforts from the Department of Recreation and Parks, Bureau of Engineering, General Services Division, Poinsettia Recreation Center Park Advisory Board, Los Angeles Police Department, and all those in the community who have helped make this park what it is today.
Mid City West Community Council Board members and Councilmember Koretz attend National Night Out at Poinsettia Park. From left to right: Marlene Savage, Tim Deegan (Chair), Councilmember Paul Koretz, Stefani Poretz, Elizabeth Reynolds, Liz Sterbenz, Michael English, Michael Hilty, Keith Nakata
If you haven’t visited Poinsettia Recreation Center lately, or ever, please do because you won’t be disappointed!
National Night Out 2012
National Night Out 2012 is now in the past, but as always, the festivities were both tremendous fun and a remarkably effective means for making the future safer for all who participated. People gathered from throughout the neighborhood, ate and chatted and took part in various activities, enjoyed the entertainment and met and heard from local public safety personnel.
Council District 5 Field Deputies Jeff Ebenstein and Wesly Hernandez at National Night Out in Encino
The National Night Out goal is to help people and neighborhoods to become more informed, supportive and participatory regarding safety from crime. This year, the two big National Night Out (NNO) events in the 5th Council District were held on Tuesday, August 7th, in Poinsettia Park and Encino Park.
National Night Out at Poinsettia prompted wonderful summertime celebrations full of friendliness, food, games and music. Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the LAPD Wilshire Community Police Station did a marvelous job in helping to organize this grand event, and Councilmember Koretz thanks them and all the sponsors and volunteers. Over 1,000 people attended and there were dozens of food vendors, informational booths, collection of vintage police cars, fire trucks and emergency preparedness representatives from CERT. LAPD Wilshire Division Captain Eric Davis and other police officers and firefighters met with local residents.
A few years ago, this park experienced a great deal of problems with criminal activity. Many in the neighborhood remember the murder that occurred in early 2008. The silver lining from this tragedy was the creation of a neighborhood watch, Melrose Action, spurring a rise in activism from the Melrose community that focused on public safety. Many of the concerns of the local Melrose neighborhood regarded this park, but when the community joined forces with LAPD Wilshire Division and the Department of Recreation and Parks at Poinsettia Recreation Center, things started changing. A combination of neighborhood activism, police enforcement and park improvements has made this park safer and more enjoyable, full of lasting changes that are a true source of community pride. It is amazing how much impact a park can have on the community, and so Councilmember Koretz thanks all who join together on NNO and year-round to promote the well-being of the park and the surrounding neighborhood.
The Encino Park NNO was similarly a delightful success made possible by the crucial leadership and shared efforts of many key community groups, including the Encino Neighborhood Council, the Encino Chamber of Commerce and several local neighborhood watches. The West Valley LAPD and Encino Senior Lead Officer Rob Trulick played a central role throughout this event, as did neighborhood watch activists such as Margie Grossman and Barbara Hand, Sue DuBrin of the Chamber and Encino Neighborhood Council public safety chair Tanya Barseghian. Thanks, also, to all the businesses that donated time, effort and goods so generously. There are, of course, others who made valiant contributions, and so a huge round of applause goes out to everybody who showed up and did their part to make possible this celebration of community and public safety.
At NNO events, community members praise and thank our police officers – who reciprocate by saluting and thanking all our involved local residents and businesses and in particular the neighborhood watch programs that help fight crime. If you want to find out more about neighborhood watch programs and how to start one, please visit this LAPD site:
I-405 Announcement from Metro
As the second full closure of the I-405 freeway approaches, scheduled for September 29 through September 30, 2012, the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project wants to offer you tools for spreading the word. Below you will find links to Acrobat (.pdf) versions of documents advertising the upcoming closure.
Each document includes the theme for the second full closure: “Plan Ahead, Avoid the Area, or Eat, Shop and Play Locally.”
The documents are small and should download quickly, click on the following links:
Your first line for information is the project website: www.metro.net/405, as well as the project’s social media sites: twitter.com/I_405 or www.facebook.com/405project.
Century City update and history
Century City has not always been the employment and commercial hub it is today. Until 1961 the entire 176 acres consisted of 20th Century Fox backlot. While today we remember Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s stellar performances and the real-life, red-hot romance between the two that was kindled during the making of that classic film, the movie famously also drove 20th Century Fox razor-close to bankruptcy. With cost overruns, the move ran the studio $44 million and they were forced to sell 180 acres of their backlot to Alcoa.
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra
Alcoa demonstrated the modern wonders of aluminum by constructing Gateway West Tower in 1963, followed by Monoru Yamasaki’s iconic Century Plaza Hotel in 1964. The original cut of Cleopatra has long been preserved but just last month the Century Plaza passed a major hurdle in its preservation. A City Hall hearing full of supporters gave preliminary approval to a project that will fully preserve and restore the hotel while adding retail and residential development to the rear and periphery of the property. Councilmember Koretz worked for the past three years to preserve the hotel and allow limited development on the site and is extremely thankful to the homeowners associations, development team and preservation activists who together made it all possible.
Century City was originally built and planned as a city within a city and a paradise for the automobile. While the City of Los Angeles continues to work toward moving cars into and out of Century City quickly through improved urban infrastructure, it is also working to make Century City a more walkable and transit friendly location. Recent accomplishments include new benches that were installed throughout Century City by the Business Improvement District, and the website and programs from the Century City Transportation Management Organization (TMO). Instead of operating hundreds of individual employer-based ride-sharing and transit programs, the TMO matches employees across all of Century City for more integrated and coordinated ridesharing, transit and bicycle programs. The City is also currently considering a new bike lane for Century City. Councilmember Koretz has objected to a plan that would install the lane on Avenue of the Stars and disrupt vehicle and pedestrian traffic but has proposed several alternative including sharrows, or the use of Century Park East or West as an alternate route. The bicycle plan implementation, including this stretch of Century City, will release a full EIR for the public to review later this year.
While Century City is today served by buses and some bicycle routes, a major opportunity to increase transit ridership exists with the Metro Westside Subway Extension. Councilmember Koretz worked hand-in-hand with area residents and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to ensure that the future subway station is built in the heart of Century City, at the corner of Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars. This is exactly what the MTA Board of Directors approved in May of this year.
The previous 5th District councilmember approved two high-rise residential towers and a loft mid-rise condo building at the northeast corner lot of Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars. Possibly a reminder about the boom and busts of our recent history, that plan for ultra-luxury condos sits on a shelf – the site itself currently sits as an empty pit in the ground. The developer, JMB Realty, has proposed an office building for the site that could bring new jobs and office space directly above the proposed subway stop.
The proposed office building has sparked dueling public-relations campaigns both by the developer and competing office building owners. Regardless of what the slick mailers may state, this project like all projects will go through a thorough neighborhood review, formal hearings and ultimately City Council review. Councilmember Koretz feels that this process is just beginning and wants to hear from all sides before taking any position or recommending changes.
The Councilmember has joined area homeowners associations in supporting other projects in Century City, including a new residential tower at 10,000 Santa Monica Boulevard and an expansion of the Century Woods residences onto the “moat lot” on Century Park West. With all developments, the Councilmember asks the property owner to work with neighboring residents and other property owners first before requesting formal approval from the City.
From updated plantings in the medians to restoring a historic hotel – the future of Century City is bright as a place to work, live and play.