Tracy Thrower Conyers is a long-time resident of Westchester 90045. Tracy closely follows local politics, political players and social chatter relevant to Westchester. You’ll frequently find her at Neighborhood Council meetings, as well as on all the social platforms where 90045 peeps hang out. Tracy loves a good conversation about our community, so don't be shy about leaving comments. 😊
Do you know about LAPD’s Senior Lead Officer program?
SLO’s are our community interface with LAPD. They have the ability to call in reinforcements when needed, as our SLO did a few years ago when her area (Sepulveda west to the Ocean) experienced an uptick in thefts from vehicles. She asked for support and all available resources from Pacific Division spent an entire night‐time shift in our area.
If you experience a crime, the SLO’s want you to call 911 for emergencies and 877.ASK.LAPD for non‐emergencies, but to please keep them in the loop by sending an email to let them know what happened. Sophie’s email address is email@example.com.
Below is the most recent map of SLO’s for Pacific Division. Sophie Castenada is our long-time SLO and she is very familiar with our community. Please loop her in on any police activity you become aware of. Click the image for a larger view.
Have you heard? LAX is jumping headlong into its modernization project ahead of the Olympics and big changes start before the end of this month.
LAX-it (pronounced LA Exit) is the catchy new name for the new pick up area for taxis and other “ride app” services starting October 29th. Dropoffs will continue to be on the upper/departures level in the horseshoe.
The stated reason to keep taxis and app services out of the “Central Terminal Area” (“CTA”) horseshoe is to address traffic generally until other modernization updates can take that burden. Additionally, construction in the CTA is expected to further congest the area.
For more information and a countdown timer, go here. This page also has an interactive map for each terminal that shows you where to catch your shuttle and how long it will take.
There will also be restrooms, food trucks and charging stations where the shuttle drops you off for the taxis and ride app services.
Other changes to getting in and out of LAX are summarized in the handy cheat sheet below.
Our Neighborhood Council’s Planning & Land Use Committee (“PLUC”) is having its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 15th.
Two important issues are on the agenda.
First is further discussion about LMU’s proposed Master Plan Amendment. PLUC was very hard on them last time they appeared. If you want to see what the hard questions about this project look like, attend the meeting.
NC PLUC Meeting is next Tuesday, October 15th in the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room at 7166 W Manchester Avenue. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm.
Also on the agenda is a presentation by a group seeking to add a preschool at the Methodist Church on Emerson Ave, across from Orville Wright, in the heart of Kentwood. Our understanding is that this project comes up for City approval soon, so if you want to better understand this project and share concerns and/or support with the City, you won’t want to miss the PLUC meeting.
Find the PLUC agenda here. Relevant PDFs are attached at the bottom of the agenda.
Come out and see what’s being built in our community.
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.
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 andparking 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.
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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!
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: