Keeping Your Car Safe From Electronic Thieves

I originally wrote this post in June of 2016. Over the years, I’ve continued to point people to this post as they continue to post on NextDoor that they can’t believe they left their car door unlocked….

Last week, I started keeping my car keys in the freezer, and I may be at the forefront of a new digital safety trend.

From Osage to Kentwood, our neighbors have been reporting that their cars are being broken into, even though there are no outward signs of the breakin.

Law enforcement’s response? “Surely you must have forgotten to lock your car.”

As usual, the bad guys are miles ahead of law enforcement.

Turns out that for less than $100, a creep on a bike can can pull your door handle and your car will obediently call out for its key. While generally your car will only call out for a couple of feet, there is a cheap device available that will amplify the call significantly further.

If you’re like me and your key is 50′ away on the kitchen counter, this is bad news for the expensive sneakers I keep in my trunk.

So, what to do? Apparently keeping your keys in the freezer is one answer. I bought one of these instead.

Westchester-Playa del Rey Community Plan Update

Our Community Plan is in process for a long overdue update, but will it matter?

What Is A City Plan?

The City of Los Angeles is a massive area and to help manage land use policy decisions, the city is divided into 35 community plan areas.

Each Community Plan establishes goals and policies to guide land use and development within each plan area. Plan maps identify where uses such as jobs, housing and open space will be located. Continue reading “Westchester-Playa del Rey Community Plan Update”

Please Tell The County We Need A Safe Parking Program

Photo courtesy of The LA Times. Click the photo for the source article.

Comments to the County are due by Monday. I’ve made it super simple to comment by sharing the link and a proposed comment for you below.

As you might know, the City was sued a few years ago by a group of homeless people who had been prosecuted under the City’s “no vehicle dwelling law.” The 9th Circuit (one step below the Supreme Court) said that our law was vague and unconstitutional and the City paid out $1.1 million to the attorneys as a result of losing that lawsuit.

The Court basically told the City how to fix the law, but the City was gun-shy and did nothing for several years. The ultimate response by the City was LAMC 85.02 with the map that we’ve all heard about. 85.02 became effective in January 2017 and enforcement was supposed to start in February.

Fast forward a few months and 85.02 is still not being enforced! The RV problem is getting worse everyday in 90045/PdR. If you look at the map, Manchester from Sepulveda to the beach is either red or yellow. Red is no parking ever, and yellow is no overnight parking. People are counting RVs parked on Manchester in the double digits and those rigs aren’t moving (violations of both 85.02 and parking laws against parking longer than 72 hours in one place).

One of the issues raised in the civil rights lawsuit was that the City shouldn’t be prosecuting people for being homeless. This is still a conundrum under the new law and possibly why the new law isn’t being enforced (along with, apparently, the problem of having to enforce in person with RV dwellers simply not answering the door).

One of the suggestions that I learned about when I attended a homelessness forum last year was to offer Safe Parking to the RVs in exchange for a promise to get on a City-sponsored path to housing. If a vehicle dweller (lots of people are living in cars, as well as RVs) doesn’t agree to the offer, they can be legally removed from our streets. That is, they are not being prosecuted for being homeless because homeless people will agree to the City’s offer of housing help (not 100% true, but we’ll leave that part of the discussion for another day).

Thus, having a safe parking alternative for the homeless RVers gives law enforcement the ability to run everybody else out. Presumably, this solves the issue of the rolling crime scenes posed by other RVs, as well as the lifestylers who want to live in our beach community without paying taxes or for services.

It’s a fair and legally enforceable solution.

So today I saw on NextDoor that Los Angeles County officials are seeking public comment on the preliminary spending proposal for the estimated $355 million to come annually from the Measure H sales tax increase approved by voters in March to reduce homelessness. Possibly it isn’t on their radar because the Safe Parking proposal is a City idea, but I’m bothered that the County isn’t allocating any of the money that I’m paying and that I voted to support to a solution that gets rid of the RV’s.

The Safe Parking Program is the solution we need.

I’m asking everybody to take one minute to register a comment with the County right now. Here is the link to submit comments.

Feel free to cut and paste the comment that I left at the bottom in the General Comments section:

Where is the money for a Safe Parking Program? We need to immediately start separating the RV’ers on our streets who need housing assistance from the rolling criminal enterprises. This is critical and glaringly absent from what I see above. Please, please allocate some of the Measure H money to this important initiative.

The “above” reference is my comment refers to all the categories of $ allocations that you’ll see on the form before you get to the General Comments section. Here is the link again to submit comments.

Please take two seconds right now to click that link and leave that or another comment asking for an allocation for Safe Parking so that we can start cleaning up the criminals and lifestylers. And then, take another minute and share this post with 10 friends. Even easier, post a link to this article on your Facebook page. Comments are due Monday by 5 pm. 

❤ Westchester Weekly – April 9, 2017 ❤

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Happy Sunday!

This Thursday is the town hall I mentioned a few weeks ago, intended to provide more details about the LAX Northside Project. As you’ll recall, this is the project that once and for all puts a stop to LAX moving north into our neighborhood and provides some buffer for us from the noise and pollution of LAX. Some very cool stuff is planned, including shopping, community space, creative office and recreation/open space. I think the project looks super exciting for our community and I plan on attending the town hall to see if reality matches my expectations. 😉 Wouldn’t it be nice to have a cluster of new retail and recreation? Rumor has it that we’ll all be riding bikes to the beach via those facilities. Find out more and RSVP here.

I’m so flipping sad to report that Westchester lost two schools this week. First came the announcement that pilot school Incubator is folding, and then came word that Westchester Secondary Charter School was denied charter renewal due to declining enrollment. Gee, do you think the District sending WSCS to co-locate at Horace Mann Middle School in South LA had anything to do with declining enrollment? That school is half an hour from Westchester without traffic. And the Incubator decision seems a little suspicious as LAUSD gets ready to welcome the new Playa Vista middle school to the same campus (Westchester HS).

If you’re as mad as I am about the antics and failures of our School Board, please make plans to join me at the polls for the May 16th run-off election for our Board member seat. This election is extra important because the winning candidate will sit for an extra long 5-1/2 year term, as LA realigns its election cycles. If you can’t get excited about another trip to the polls, consider voting by mail. The paperwork can be found here. Vote for change and #picknick, Nick Melvoin, that is!

Here are links to a couple of news items that caught our eye this week:

Excavation of 2nd tunnel for LAX/Crenshaw rail line is complete
Westchester 4th of July Parade entry packages available
The LA Times thinks PdR is a “sleeping giant”
LMU’s baseball team is having a historic season
300+ more cars headed to Sepulveda at Howard Hughes
Musical terminals starting soon at LAX
Find a local Easter egg hunt

Have a great week!
Tracy & The Living90045 Team

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Breakfast Joints We Like In 90045

Breakfast in Westchester CADo you know about the Westchester, PdR & Playa Vista Moms Group on Facebook? 2400+ very engaged moms asking questions and offering advice on a variety of mom topics.

Today, a new mom in the neighborhood asked for recommendations for breakfast joints within a 10 minute drive, and within six hours of her request, she had 70 comments. With so much passion on the topic, I knew I needed to capture the information in a post for future reference. We do like our breakfasts out in these parts!

So, in no particular order except for some rough geo sorting, here is the list with the number of votes in parens. No parens means only a single vote. I added links to websites, facebook or yelp for more information.

I have to say, I’ve been here 15 years and have more than a little experience with many on the list, but I picked up more than one idea from this conversation. Enjoy!!

Playa del Rey/Marina del Rey & Adjacent

Playa Provisions (7 votes)
26 Beach (5 votes)
J Nichols Cafe (6 votes)
Ronnie’s Diner (6 votes)
Cafe Milan (4 votes)
Rutt’s Cafe (3 votes)
Cafe Buna (3 votes)
Killer Cafe (2 votes)
Maxwell’s
C&M Cafe (bonus focus on clean eating) (3 votes)
Panini Cafe (Playa Vista)
Gjelina (Venice)

Westchester

Cafe Solar (9 votes)
Coffee Company (11 votes)
Classic Grill (2 votes)
Dinah’s Family Restaurant
Pann’s (2 votes)
Good Pizza (2 votes)
Truxton’s (5 votes)
Bay Club Health Cafe

El Segundo/Manhattan Beach

Wendy’s Place Cafe
The Local Yolk (2 votes)
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House (2 votes)
Four Daughters (3 votes)
Good Stuff Restaurant (3 votes)
El Segundo Beach Cafe
Main Street Cafe

Culver City

Cafe Laurent
Sage Vegan Bistro
S&W Country Diner

Don’t see your favorite on the list? By all means, tell us about it in the comments!

❤ Westchester Weekly – February 26, 2017 ❤

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Here’s your weekly recap of what’s new and notable in Westchester 90045, including fun things to check out this weekend!

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Happy Sunday & Happy Oscar Day!

Are you as ready as I am for Election Day to get here and be gone? Social media has been so exhausting lately, right?

Well my favorite candidate is canvassing today in our neighborhood. If you get a door knock, peek out and see if Nick Melvoin is on the other side. This is what he looks like. 🙂 OK, maybe you’ll find this photo more helpful.

On the topic of our City Council race, Mike Bonin and Robin Rudisill are appearing tomorrow night at the forum hosted by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils. WRAC is group of Westside Neighborhood Councils. All three candidates were invited. Initially Rudisill and Ryavec were pretty vocal about not showing for reasons that I don’t recall. Rudisill apparently figured out a way to change her schedule and Ryavec is submitting pre-recorded responses to questions. Bummer! I would loved to have seen all three interact with each other.

If you can’t attend, WRAC is live-streaming the event on its Facebook Page. If you are attending, WRAC wants you to know that Windward School is located at 11350 Palms Blvd., but the parking entrance is located at 3481 Sawtelle Blvd.

Who has a spare sewing machine?? A WISH teacher reported on NextDoor that she is teaching over 100 kids to sew on four machines and is asking for the community’s help in providing additional machines. If you don’t have access to NextDoor and want to help, email me at tracy@living90045.com and I’ll facilitate.

Here are links to a couple of news items that caught our eye this week:

WISH Charter is offering a Summer Art Camp to the public for 5-8 year olds
Registration for YMCA Summer Camps has opened
Practical advice for dumping the clutter
Thieves steal everything from Playa del Rey man, including his dog
Returning hero has big plans for WHS’s baseball program
Ramen Joint scores a business spotlight
LMU Extension class wants to help you write, share and sell your story

Have a great week!
Tracy & The Living90045 Team

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Big Conversations In 90045 This Week

90045 Chatter

westchester ca trending, #90045, about westchester ca 90045, 90045 newsThis is a weekly roundup of the 90045 online chatter that catches my eye. I tend to hang out mostly on NextDoor and the Moms’ Facebook Group, although I do loosely follow other neighborhood-related platforms. After each blurb below, I reference which platform the conversation is happening on and how you can find it.

The Moms Facebook Group is “secret.” This means that you can’t find it on Facebook unless you are a member. Email me at tracy @ living90045.com and I’ll get you hooked up. It’s a very worthwhile resource for moms and it’s open to moms from 90045, PdR and Playa Vista.

By the way, NextDoor is pretty restrictive with how you deal with your neighbors. There may be super active conversations where the original poster didn’t include my neighborhood, Kentwood South. If you see big conversations that you think the wider 90045 community might want to be aware of and you don’t see Kentwood South tagged, send me a summary and I’ll include it in the roundup.

With that, let’s look at the chatter that caught my eye this week.

Got Blankets?

One of my favorite animal rescue advocates is collecting blankets for the South LA shelter. If you have any left after my daughter and I cleaned you out last Spring, gather them up, please. 🙂 She reports that the South LA shelter often gets overlooked when it comes to donations, volunteers and adoptions because of its location. To share your blankets with the animals, head over to NextDoor and search “blanket drive” or drop me a note and I’ll get you connected with Claire.

PU in PV

Quite the stench hits your nose as you head north on Lincoln from 90045. Turns out that overgrown vegetation in the wetlands was presenting a mosquito problem. Mention mosquitoes these days and agencies pop to attention. The vegetation was promptly cut, but left to rot. The official statement is posted as a comment in the “what’s that smell” thread on NextDoor.

Manchester Square Update

A particularly active thread on NextDoor this week involves a post-mortem on the Manchester Square update presented at Tuesday’s Neighborhood Council meeting. The Readers Digest version is that there are probably 300 homeless people camped out at Manchester Square and LAWA is coming for its property in January 2018. This is a serious issue that we all need to monitor so that we don’t end up with all those people on our streets. Mike Bonin’s office, LAWA and a homeless advocacy agency have formed a task force. We need to keep them on task within the allotted timeline. If you want to read the 225 comments on the thread, search “good news bad news” and “big and serious problem” and “manchester square.”

Need A Vet?

Check out 20+ recommendations for 15 different vets (ok, I didn’t actually count, but you get my point) from your neighbors on NextDoor. Search “pet lovers.”

From The Book Of “You Don’t Need Them Until You Need Them”

Who knew that bed bugs were so well traveled?? If you find yourself with these little critters hanging out at your house, run — don’t walk — to NextDoor and search for “bed bugs.” There you will find tons of great advice from your neighbors.

New Restaurant In The Hood

I saw raves about this place in a couple of posts. It’s called Cafe Solar and it’s located near Manchester/Truxton. Hmmm, sounds like a little competition for Truxton’s? Read more on NextDoor (search “new restaurant”) and the Moms Group (search “next to Thai Dishes”).

Anybody want to write a review for Living90045.com? Drop me a note.

Don’t Mess With The Moms

I know I say this all the time, but time and time again, I’m so impressed how the moms band together when one needs help. In this case, it’s a mom in a rent-controlled home with a new landlord up to some shady business. These kinds of issues are when you find out that we have plenty of mom lawyers in 90045. Word up, shucksters! Don’t mess with a mom. Moms Group, search “help with tenant’s rights.” And on the topic of moms swinging into action, when an elderly neighbor was evicted, the moms helped her into transitional living. If you want to join in to help, a private facebook page has been set up here.

Need A Halloween Costume For Your Little One?

The Moms Group has a very active thread where moms are listing costumes they are giving away. Search “halloween costumes.”

Looking For A Fall Harvest Farm Experience?

A mom posted on the Moms Group asking whether Underwood Farms or Tanaka Farms is the way to go. The consensus seems to be that if you want a bigger farm with more activities, Underwood is your ticket. If your kids are little, the smaller Tanaka might be a more manageable experience. Search “tanaka” for the full discussion.

There you go, friends! Now you’re in the 90045 know! Did I miss anything? Drop it in the comments for your neighbors!

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Big Conversations In 90045 This Week

90045 Chatter

westchester ca trending, #90045, about westchester ca 90045, 90045 newsThis is a weekly roundup of the 90045 online chatter that catches my eye. I tend to hang out mostly on NextDoor and the Moms’ Facebook Group, although I do loosely follow other neighborhood-related platforms. After each blurb below, I reference which platform the conversation is happening on and how you can find it.

The Moms Facebook Group is “secret.” This means that you can’t find it on Facebook unless you are a member. Email me at tracy @ living90045.com and I’ll get you hooked up. It’s a very worthwhile resource for moms and it’s open to moms from 90045, PdR and Playa Vista.

By the way, NextDoor is pretty restrictive with how you deal with your neighbors. There may be super active conversations where the original poster didn’t include my neighborhood, Kentwood South. If you see big conversations that you think the wider 90045 community might want to be aware of and you don’t see Kentwood South tagged, send me a summary and I’ll include it in the roundup.

With that, let’s look at the chatter that caught my eye this week.

Lots of Love for WAM

By all accounts, our community enjoyed the 1st Annual Westchester Arts & Music Block Party last weekend. The organizers have vowed to make it an annual event. Read the comments and/or drop your own love note on NextDoor, search “first annual.”

Got Some Spare Time On Your Hands?

A new neighbor in PdR posted that she was looking for something to get involved in and the 40 replies represent a nice rundown on volunteer opportunities in our community. NextDoor, search “need something to do.”

Another Predator To Watch Out For

Apparently, we should be paying attention to owls. They might not be big enough to carry off a dog, but their talons can reportedly do deadly damage. I love the commenter who said he’s been trying to convince his wife to leave LA to be closer to wildlife. As he pointed out, we’ve got everything except the mountain lions. NextDoor, search “huge owl stalking.”

Coyote Forum

I personally missed the Forum this week, but neighbors on NextDoor did a great job summarizing the details. A couple of highlights that I saw on that thread include “a fed coyote is a dead coyote” (feeding coyotes make them lose their fear of humans and ups their chances of needing to be euthanized), it’s illegal to feed the coyotes in any event, feeding feral cats likewise puts the ecosystem out of whack, if coyotes don’t have access to food and water, they will move on, the average coyote in our area is 18-25 lbs., hazing coyotes is humane and more. NextDoor, search “rundown on the coyote” and “handouts from westchester” and “wildlife meeting recap” and “coyote mtg starting.”

The meeting was videotaped and I’ll post the tape on facebook when it is released.

A Message To The DOLTs

OK, the message is for their owners. Are you one of those people who believes that your dog passes the Dog Off Leash Test (DOLT) with flying colors? Your neighbors on NextDoor would like to remind you that it’s illegal to walk your dog off leash. Seriously, do you really know what your dog is going to do if a coyote approaches? And why should an owner with a leashed dog not worry about your unknown, unleashed dog approaching? If you’d like to jump into the fray with an opinion, go to NextDoor and search “walking dogs off leash.”

The Big One Is Upon Us

Have you heard? The experts have been warning of the possibility of a major quake in the next few days. What do the moms do when an earthquake is threatened? They exchange ideas on what to do to get ready! Amazon is a great resource or you can shop in person at this Hawthorne store. Best advice I saw was having buckets available to use as toilets, cash on hand, flashlights with fresh batteries, a handheld radio, a full tank of gas, a 55 gallon barrel of water in the garage and a solar charger for cell phones. Moms Group, search “increased risk.”

Migraine Sufferers Unite!

Moms and migraines go together like … peas and carrots? Lots of suggestions for remedies. My money is on the food detoxes and acupuncture. 🙂 The “most intriguing” award goes to the botox suggestion. Moms Group, search “fellow migraine sufferers.”

Feel Like Greek?

Need a restaurant recommendation? Post to the Moms Group and you’ll get lots of ideas. I had no clue that we have so many Greek options nearby, including an uber authentic place named Aliki’s that most people would apparently drive past without a second thought. Moms Group, search “greek.” Or maybe you feel like Italian. There’s a post for that one this week, too. 😀 Moms Group, search “great italian.” And if it’s a great burger you’re after, search NextDoor for “best burger.”

There you go, friends! Now you’re in the 90045 know! Did I miss anything? Drop it in the comments for your neighbors!

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Westchester Playa Safety Forum

Packed house for Safety Forum
Packed house for Safety Forum

A Westchester/ Playa Public Safety Town Hall was recently held featuring Councilman Mike Bonin and various law enforcement agencies. I wanted to share a couple of my takeaways from the event.

First, Mike Bonin monitors social posts and hears what we’re saying about crime. He says that we need to insist on more officers for our area. Our complaints reinforce his insistence at budget time that we need more support. He’s working on a plan to institute a “constant staffing” model similar to what the fire department uses. Complaining on NextDoor and other social media platforms is not helpful. Calls, emails and letters to his office are.

Second, Pacific Division Captain Nicole Alberca wants us to know that Pacific Division leads the entire city in crime reduction. Our Senior Lead Officer covering Westchester west of Sepulveda, Ruben Garcia, leads Pacific Division in crime reduction.

Third, US Postal Inspector Gerry Ramirez says that all of SoCal is experiencing big mail crime problems due to meth and other drug addiction issues. He advises not leaving personal mail in home mailboxes overnight and not dropping mail in blue street corner and post office boxes after the last posted pick up.

Fourth, Angel Gomez, Pacific Division Detective for property crimes, encourages victims and witnesses to stay involved in cases through trial or the criminal will go free. He also wants people to know that detectives carry heavy caseloads. They want to help, but can’t without evidence and active witnesses. He also wants us to know that we need to lock our homes and cars. A drug addict only needs $5 to secure a high, and will steal your loose change. He also shared a story about a local family who were gone 20 minutes and within that time, a girl crawled through an unlocked window and made off with $25K in valuables in 10 minutes.

Finally, a question from the floor elicited the following about LAPD response times: Calls are prioritized – Code 3 is a crime in progress and the average response time with lights and sirens is 6 minutes; Code 2 is no imminent danger and the average response time (no lights, no sirens) is 18 minutes; Uncoded calls (barking dogs, etc.) have an average response time of 41 minutes. These are Pacific Division times and are all well under the average LA City times. 911 calls do NOT go to the Pacific Division station. They go to a dispatch center in the Valley and the operator may or may not be familiar with our area. Be prepared to provide additional details as needed.

Did you attend the event? Did I miss any other big points? Please share in the comments.