Westchester Playa Safety Forum

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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.

Big Conversations In 90045 This Week

westchester ca trending, 90045, about westchester ca 90045, 90045 newsAs I mentioned when I started this column, this 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 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 (don’t even get me started on why Kentwood is divided :)). 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.

Coyotes Still Leading The Conversation

A neighbor in Kentwood South was walking her dog at 6 am at Kentwood/83rd, and found herself being tailed by a coyote. She started running. Bad idea. The coyote chased. Then she started screaming and acting erratically and scared the coyote. DON’T RUN. Read this to remind yourself what to do when confronted by a coyote. Nextdoor (search “coyote” and get some popcorn). If you haven’t seen the Coyote Sightings Map, you can find it here. Email coyotewatch911@gmail.com to add sightings and attacks to the map.

Westport Heights Traffic

DOT recently put up new signs, but apparently the Waze crowd didn’t get the memo. Fortunately, one of the very tech savvy moms on the Moms Facebook Group thought to message Waze directly about the signs. She got an email yesterday that they’ve updated the app, so hopefully lighter traffic is around the corner. Other neighbors are not buying it, citing all the new apartments coming on line in our area. Nextdoor (search “traffic on 74th”). School is back in session and sadly, we all commute our kids someplace else. This is probably not helping the overall traffic situation. Moms Facebook Group (search “INCONCEIVABLE SUCK MODE”). LAPD was onhand at one point to greet people who ignored the new signs. NextDoor, search “78th/La Tijera.”

The Ring Is Hanging In With Coyotes & Traffic As A Popular Topic of Discussion

Big discussion this week about a trio of young people door knocking to sell magazine subscriptions and to “meet their neighbors.” Old problem, but the difference is that we’re all talking about them before they hit our door AND we’re posting Ring footage. Nextdoor (search “girl casing 7800 block of bleriot” and “burglar-to-be” and “young female going door to door”).

What Are You Putting In Your Recycling?

I posted myself this week on NextDoor that I came home in the middle of the afternoon and found some of my recycling on the street. Knowing that I had thrown in my office recycling at the last minute that morning, I opened the can and found that the trash picker had taken only the sheaf of papers on top and not dug any further. I’m usually pretty good about shredding sensitive documents and am hoping that I didn’t mess up and toss a piece in I shouldn’t have. This guy was clearly not looking for cans and bottles. NextDoor, search “recycling.”

Cars Speeding Through The Neighborhood

Traffic sucks. Everybody is frustrated … and late. Where they can, people are cruising through stop signs and speeding down side streets. Everybody thinks they want speed bumps. Unfortunately, that program got cut in the last round of budget cuts. NextDoor, search “fed up with speeding cars” and “near fatel incdent” (sic).

Solar Panels – Lease or Buy?

Buy! NextDoor, search “anyone install to solar city.” I got a good giggle this week when I heard a solar commercial on KNX 1070 where the announcer made a joke by sub’g the word “fleecing” for leasing.

Re-doing Your Bathroom?

A neighbor posted that she is looking for design help and 25 comments and recommendations followed. Hope that helped her overwhelm. 😉 NextDoor, search “help with bathroom design.”

Update On Apartment Construction At 74th & La Tijera

This item didn’t meeting my 20 comment criteria, which surprised me. I guess we’ve given up. Anyway, it’s a detailed update which you can find on NextDoor, search “constructions activities.” Upshot? The site has been cleared environmentally and they are getting ready to drill piles. Oh joy. One comment from the original poster also details the traffic impact of the project.

Celebrity In Town

Juan Gabriel, a huge Mexican music celebrity passed away earlier this week and was brought to the mortuary at La Tijera & 74th prior to being flown to Mexico. Legions of fans came to town to pay their respects. NextDoor, search “news everywhere.”

The Shooting That Wasn’t

Seems like a distant memory now, but a loud bang roiled up Terminal 7 at LAX on Monday. Nobody knows what happened, but I’m pretty sure that one guy won’t be traveling anymore in his Zorro costume. The emergency systems were woefully inadequate. I got the all clear text at 10:30 pm twice, but no text of a problem in the first place. No problem, I have NextDoor. NextDoor, search “terminal 7” and “possible shots fired” and “lax on lockdown.” And the news helicopters! What a pain. Flying for hours after that all clear text. NextDoor, search “fly home news copters” and “hearing helicopters.”

Public Safety Town Hall

Another important announcement that isn’t getting much chatter. Mike Bonin and LAPD will be on hand Wednesday, Sept 7th to discuss crime in Westchester/PdR. NextDoor, search “crime prevention.”

Moms Helping Moms

One of my favorite threads every month on the Moms Group is the thread on the 1st day of the month where moms are invited to promote their businesses. Check it out to support local moms and small businesses. And please let them know that you got the tip here. I’m working on all those mamas to come write for us here at Living90045. 😉 Moms Facebook Group (search “Moms Helping Moms”

Back To School Lunch Woes

Does anybody have a kid who isn’t a picky lunch eater? Of course kids get about 10 minutes to eat their lunch at school, which makes me crazy, but I digress. Search “lunch support” on the Moms Group for suggestions on lunch boxes and things to put in those lunch boxes.

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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Want The RV’s Off Your Street? Here’s Your 90045 RV Fix

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As I mentioned in my last post, the City is not legally able at this time to outright ban people from living in vehicles, so don’t wait on the City for your 90045 RV fix.

But if you’ve got some RV bad apples parked in your neighborhood, you are not without recourse. Your options differ, depending on whether or not homes front the street where you want the restricted parking.

For example, I worked with a group of neighbors (calling ourselves the “RV Working Group”) to get restricted parking signage on Manchester between Sepulveda and Emerson. That stretch of Manchester does not have homes fronting it, but there are homes backing up to that street that suffered mightily with a batch of bad RV actors. In our case, we went with the no frontage, no overnight parking alternative.

No Homes Fronting The Street – No Overnight Parking

If you don’t have houses or businesses fronting the affected street, your 90045 RV fix is signage for “no overnight parking.” You don’t need signatures from property owners, as you do with the other sign restrictions, but you do need to gather documentation of health, safety and/or criminal violations. Once gathered, you send your documentation, with an explanation of your problem, to your LAPD Senior Lead Officer (“SLO”). After reviewing your documentation and finding that public safety and/or welfare is at risk, LAPD will request the signs from DOT. Make sure that your description references “vehicles” and not “RV’s,” to minimize the controversy around the RV’s.

If you live west of Sepulveda, your SLO is Ruben Garcia. His email address is 33236@lapd.lacity.org and his cell phone is 310.622.3978. If you live east of Sepulveda, your SLO is Sophia Castaneda. Her email address is 35080@lapd.lacity.org and her cell phone is 310.622.3976.

(update February 2017: Sophia Castaneda is now the SLO for west of Sepulveda and she’s taken over Ruben’s phone number of 310.622.3978. Her email remains 35080@lapd.lacity.org. For east of Sepulveda, Karwon Villery is the acting SLO. His phone number is 310.622.3976 and his email address is 38717@lapd.lacity.org.)

When you send your documentation and description to your SLO, cc both Anna Kozma, Mike Bonin’s Westchester Deputy, at anna.kozma@lacity.org, and the RV Working Group at RVworkinggroup@gmail.com. Both Anna and the Working Group will do what they can to support your application with LAPD.

Once the LAPD acknowledges the health, safety and/or criminal violations associated with your request, a letter is sent by LAPD to LADOT asking that department to install the signs. This is where Mike Bonin’s office has been particularly helpful. I’ve heard of neighbors waiting a year for signs. The RV Working Group got the first installment of the Manchester signs pretty quickly with support from Anna.

Homes Front The Street – No Oversize Vehicle Parking

If you have homes (including apartment buildings) or businesses fronting the street where you want your restricted parking, your 90045 RV fix is to petition for the posting of signs that say “No Parking, 2 am to 6 am for Vehicles Over 7 Feet High or Over 22 Feet Long Except By Permit.”

The petition requires that 67% of the affected properties/businesses sign the petition. Why a petition? Because you want to restrict your neighbors’ (i.e., other property owners’) parking of oversize vehicles, as well as the outsiders.

Call Mike Bonin’s Westchester Deputy, Anna Kozma, at 310.568.8772 to get the petition and details on what happens once you have the signatures.

Sewage Dumping

If you spot an RV dumping sewage, call Watershed Protection and ask for Environmental Compliance. They take sewage dumping very seriously as an environmental hazard and they will send somebody out immediately. Call 323.342.6006 between 6:30 am and 4 pm, and 213.485.7575 between 3:30 pm and 1 am. Go here for information on the correct RV dumping protocol, in case you’d like to share it with the RV dweller. 😉

Other Possible RV Restrictions

If you think more stop signs or red curbs might be your answer, submit Department of Transportation requests through DOT’s website. Look for the orange “I want to” button on the upper left. You can also submit requests through the 311 system, through either the website or the app (apple or android).

To follow up on your stop sign, red curb or related request, contact our local DOT Western District Office:

1828 Sawtelle Blvd., Room 108
LA, CA 90025
310.575.8138
ladot.westerndistrict@lacity.org

If you don’t get help from DOT by following the guidelines above, call Anna at 310.568.8772. Anna told me that she prefers phone calls over email. If she’s not available, you can also ask for Nancy, Westchester’s Constituent Advocate at that same phone number. Anna absolutely wants to know if you’re having problems getting a response to your City requests. She will share your concerns with Mike and he can use the information at budget time to get more resources allocated to our community.

Abandoned RV’s

If you think an RV has been abandoned, use this link to report online or call 800.ABANDON (800.222.6366).

Commercial Vehicles

Commercial vehicles are not permitted to park on residential streets. If you come across a commercial vehicle that is parked in an unsafe or obnoxious manner, call parking enforcement at 213.485.4184 or 818.374.4823. Vehicles blocking driveways can be impounded if the blocked property owner meets the enforcement officer at the driveway and states that s/he cannot get out of the driveway due to the offending vehicle.

So, there you have it! Everything you need to know to get rid of RV’s that are making a nuisance of themselves. Got questions? Do you think the 90045 RV fix information provided here is helpful? Let’s chat in the comments below.

Houston, We Have A 90045 RV Problem

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The 90045 RV Problem

What is up with all those RV’s? You know the ones. You’ve seen them everywhere. Recently, they were parked all along Manchester until shiny new restricted parking signage recently put a stop to parking between Sepulveda and Emerson.

RV’s parking on our City streets is not unique to Westchester. People are complaining in other communities, too. Recently El Segundo announced a tightening up on restrictions. The complaints in Venice are legendary.

And the problem is not new and it’s not pretty. Some people live in RV’s because they’ve lost their homes. Others make it a lifestyle choice. I once attended a Neighborhood Council meeting where a woman stood up and said that RV’s are the new thing and “Westchester better get used to it.” I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.

Houston, we have a 90045 RV problem.

Leave It Alone?

I think a lot of us would be willing to look the other way if it was just a handful of respectful people who need inexpensive housing. But it’s the self-entitled lifestylers that make me crazy. But I might even be able to ignore a few of those, if they didn’t stand up at NC meetings and flaunt their righteous choice.

But when the RV dwellers start dumping their waste, running criminal enterprises in their rigs and generally prevent kids and others from using the bike lanes and sidewalks, it’s time to take action.

Shouldn’t The City Take Care Of Our 90045 RV Problem?

If I had a nickle for every comment on NextDoor complaining that Mike Bonin is a bum for not getting rid of the RV’s, I’d be penning this post from Maui.

The truth is, the City is prevented from citing people simply because they are living in their vehicles. This comes courtesy of civil rights litigation sparked by Venice residents’ complaints about their RV problem a few years back, which prompted LAPD to dust off an old law from the 80’s to cite people for living in their vehicles. Four homeless people banded together and brought suit, with the result being that the 9th Circuit struck down the law as unconstitutionally vague in 2014.

Fast-forward to 2016 and it’s still not illegal to live in your vehicle. Why? Because the City of LA doesn’t have any alternative to offer, although there is movement toward rectifying this.

Although they can’t seem to get their housing/parking alternative act together, the City is not unsympathetic to our plight with RV dwellers who dump waste and run criminal enterprises on our streets with impunity. Even our Councilman, who is the biggest homeless advocate I’ve ever met, is willing to help restrict street parking when there is a demonstrable problem with health, safety and/or criminal violations.

So, while the City is not currently in a position to outright ban RV’s from our community, restricted parking by blocks is still an option. Click here for the instructions.

Sad State Of Affairs

It’s a sad state of affairs that we have to piecemeal a solution this way, and some neighbors call the process “whack a mole,” as the RV’s move from one street to another, but until there is a way for the City to legally address the bigger picture, this is what we’re left with.

What about you? Are you experiencing the 90045 RV problem on your street? What steps have you tried? Let’s talk in the comments below.

 

 

Big Conversations In 90045 This Week

90045 – Here’s What’s Trending In The Hood

westchester ca trending, 90045, about westchester ca 90045, 90045 newsAs I mentioned last week, this column is a weekly roundup of the online chatter about 90045 that catches my eye.

I tend to hang out mostly on NextDoor and the Moms’ Facebook Group, although I do loosely follow other 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 Kentwood South, which is where I live. 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.

The Coyotes Are Rocking The Neighborhood

Another dog was snatched, this time reportedly behind a nine foot fence. Source: Nextdoor (search “another dog taken”). Multiple individual reports of coyotes were posted this week and a big brouhaha erupted over which group is going to paper the neighborhood with flyer alerts. One group was told to quit distributing their flyers because Neighborhood Watch is going to distribute. Petty politics gumming up the process of getting word out. Very sad. Source: Nextdoor (search “coyote” and get some popcorn). If you haven’t seen the Coyote Sightings Map, you can find it here. Email coyotewatch911@gmail.com to add sightings and attacks to the map.

Got Ants?

We did at my house. I can’t tell you how much Windex and paper towels I killed last month. For other ideas, go to NextDoor and search “any suggestions for getting rid of ants.”

Need A Vet?

No shortage of opinions on NextDoor (search “neighborhood vet?”)

Gas Smell In Playa

SoCalGas fessed up to a 150 gallon crude oil and water leak at the PdR facility this week. They were required to depressurize and vent the system, resulting in “harmless” odorant. Source: NextDoor (search “gas leak?”).

Burglary in Westport Heights

Suspicious activity observed, but the burglary happened anyway. Watch for three young, thin black females casing the neighborhood. They are driving a white four-door Saturn. And get this, they are carrying water bottles. Just another day at the office…. Source: NextDoor (search “neighbor house broken into”). Another report in Westport Heights says there may also be a 30 year old black male and 30 year old black female associated with the same car and seen in the 7800 block of Airlane. Possibly a spotter stays in the car and calls the crew if there is trouble.

Call LAX PD For Crimes In Progress?

A neighbor in West Westchester posted that she and her husband were out for a walk when an LAX cop stopped them and asked if they knew about the recent burglaries in the neighborhood. He advised that LAXPD tries to help LAPD with crimes in progress and they will come if they can. Call their dispatch at 424.646.7911 and report the crime in progress. For me, I would make this my second call AFTER 911, but you can bet that I’ve put this number on speed dial. Source: NextDoor (search “spate of burglaries”).

Deals On The Ring Doorbell Camera

The Ring is getting lots of play on NextDoor with all the burglary chatter. To find out where people are getting the best deal, search “ring doorbell camera purchase” on NextDoor.

ROC Playa Vista

The moms on Facebook are excited about ROC opening last Thursday across from Hopdoddy. Turns out it wasn’t even the real opening. Find the post for some yummy pics. Stay tuned for the real opening. Source: Moms Facebook Group (search “ROC in Playa Vista”)

The Moms Are Hopping Mad About Crime In Our Community

A single mom in Playa del Rey was on the wrong end of a particularly nasty break-in and the moms on Facebook are hopping mad. Source: Moms Facebook Group (search “entire house was ransacked”). We have to get more organized around here to get the attention of LAPD. 😦

LMU Is Back In Session

And some of the moms have great advice on what to do if LMU students are persistently partying it in your neighborhood. Source: Moms Facebook Group (search “first official day of move in for LMU”).

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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About Tracy Thrower Conyers
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. As a mom with a school-aged child, Tracy is keenly aware of the importance of the educational choices we make for our kids, and spends a lot of time following local schools. She’s passionate about California’s charter school movement as a source of innovation for public schools, and pays extra attention to special needs education choices and resources. Tracy is also a Broker Associate and founding principal in Silicon Beach Properties. She is a recognized expert on Silicon Beach and its impact on residential and residential income real estate, and has been featured by respected media outlets including the LA Times, KPCC and KCET. Tracy’s primary focus and expertise includes buying and selling homes and residential income properties in Westchester and the Playas, but she is also very tuned in to the wider Silicon Beach area. Find more on Tracy and Silicon Beach Properties on sb.p’s website. Connect other places online with Tracy: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.

Coyotes Are In The Neighborhood

Coyote Sightings AttacksThere have been many reports of coyote sightings and animal attacks in Westchester and Playa del Rey, as can be seen on this map set up by concerned neighbors.

Residents are being warned to keep their animals inside. Even small animals using doggy doors for access to your backyard are at risk. Coyotes can reportedly jump six foot fences from a standing position and eight foot fences with a running start.

Attacks are being reported at all times of the day and night.

If confronted by a coyote, it is advised that you don’t turn your back and run, as they will give chase and attack. Experts advise that you should face the coyote head on, waving your arms, yelling and/or blowing a whistle.

Under no circumstances should you feed coyotes. Feeding them lowers their fear of humans and is illegal. Please don’t leave pet food unattended and available.

To add sightings to the map, email CoyoteWatch911@gmail.com. Animal services can be contacted at 888.452.7381.

For more information about coyotes, this collection of resources has been put together by neighbors.

Be safe friends!!

Big Conversations In 90045 This Week

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90045 – Here’s What’s Trending In The Hood

As I mentioned last week, this column is a weekly roundup of the online chatter about 90045 that catches my eye.

I tend to hang out mostly on NextDoor and the Moms’ Facebook Group, although I do loosely follow other 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 Kentwood South, which is where I live. 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.

Good News, Bad News

Or maybe it’s bad news, good news, but I’m so sad to report that we had a big week in the burglary department. The good news? LAPD showed up fast and in full force. But back to the bad news. Nobody has been apprehended. Source: NextDoor (search “nardian way” and “burglary on holy cross” and “burglary crews” and “regis way police” and “burglary on west 87th”). Notably, in the case of the Holy Cross burglary, the homeowner was notified on his cell phone at work of the breakin via his Ring app. He didn’t see the notification right away, but when he did, the police responded immediately.

The Coyotes Are Still Hungry

A poor Amazon driver witnessed a coyote running down the street with a small dog in its mouth. The guy was so shaken, he had to call the house at his next stop and ask them to come to the truck for their package. I can’t even imagine that experience. Keep your small dogs in, especially at dusk. This incident happened at 8 pm in PdR near a suspected coyote den site at Waterview/Trask. We send our condolences to the Nguyen Family. Their other dog was also attacked and died later from cardiac arrest. Source: NextDoor (search “killed by a coyote”). The Moms were discussing this sad topic, too (search “my hubby witnessed”).

Coyote Sighting Map

Sightings and attacks are being mapped here. Email coyotewatch911@gmail.com to add information to the map.

AT&T vs. Time Warner vs. Comcast

No shortage of opinions and the details are enough to make a girl’s head spin. Join the conversation on NextDoor (search “time warner”)

Animal Services Is Going Door To Door & Writing Tickets

Seems that if Animal Services comes aknockin’ and you can’t produce proof of licensing, up to date shots and neutering, you’re subject to a pricey fix-it ticket ($100/dog). One commenter pointed out that you shouldn’t license online if you’re trying to fix your ticket. She reports that the online process takes more than 30 days. Source: NextDoor (search “dept of animal services” and “animal control”). There were two crazy active thread with lots of opinions on whether this is a legitimate display of authority. One thread digressed into much hot air and name calling, so I have to say maybe this is a good one to skip. One important thing to know is that not answering the door is not going to avoid a ticket. They will leave one on your door. 🙂

LAX Northward Expansion

Word came this week that an agreement has been reached between LAX and the City of LA that prevents moving the north runway closer to homes in Westchester. I say “yay,” but also noticed that part of the agreement involves lifting caps on passenger counts. What is that going to mean for traffic? Source: NextDoor (search “expansion no” and “update on lax runways”).

Venice Starts The Process To Secede From LA

OK, this one didn’t get so much chatter, but it should! We’re experiencing a lot of the same growing pains here in Westchester and we should be watching their progress closely. Source: NextDoor (search “venice proposing”).

Need Event Tickets?

NextDoor is becoming the place to score tickets. This week, I’ve seen tickets offered for Josh Groban/Sarah McLachlan, the Rams, and another concert that escapes me.

Door To Door Magazine Peddlers

A couple of reckless white vans dumping magazine peddlers set off a spirited conversation about the legitimacy of the sales and the plight of the kids who get dumped to knock and sell. Source: NextDoor (search “these vans”).

School Is Back In Session And Pick-Up & Drop-Off Has Some Neighbors Seeing Red

Loved the title of this thread – “School is back in session please park wherever you want!!! The thread included a picture of a car parked across somebody’s driveway. Parents are harried and getting stupid. Leave a little earlier people and walk a block, for crying outloud! Source: NextDoor (search “wherever you want”). The Moms were discussing the nerve of one neighbor who posted his own “Residents Only” parking sign. It’s tough for both sides.

Zoning Changes In Kentwood

Zoning is a mess in LA and everybody’s new buzzword is “mansionization.” Problem is that size is not always the problem. Taste is. Kentwood specifically was added to the Baseline Masionization Ordinance/Interim Control Ordinance last year. That BMO ICO is expiring and public hearings have begun on what should replace it. There was a mailer this week and a conversation on this topic on NextDoor (search “proposed for kentwood” and “changing the building zone”).

No Verizon Cell Tower For 7910 La Tijera

Score one for the mamas! After 9 months of hard work, their appeal was granted by the Planning Commission, preventing a massive cell tower in their residential neighborhood. Hat tips also to Councilman Bonin, Congresswoman Waters and NC President Cyndi Hench for supporting the fight. Source: Moms Facebook Group (search “dear moms, after nine months).

Support 2 Young Entrepreneurs & Cancer Research!

Two young girls will have a lemonade stand tomorrow (Sunday) at 79th/Yorktown from 1:30 to 3:30. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s for cancer research.

There you go, friends! Now you’re in the 90045 know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coyotes In Westchester – A Community Meeting

Concerned Neighbors have a arranged an information session with LA Animal Services Officer Hoang Dinh on Sunday, July 24th at 5 pm. The meeting will be held near Nielson Park where Earhart Avenue meets Will Rogers Avenue.

Concerns are extra high right now with an apparent uptick recently in sightings and domestic animal attacks.

Some advice from Officer Dinh that came out of a pre-meeting includes:

  • Remembering that coyotes are not  a protected species and residents are allowed to use any means needed to defend property and pets
  • Using a tin can filled with pennies to shake for noise and/or to throw at the animal
  • Throwing a large stick or blasting your garden hose
  • Opening and closing an umbrella at the animal, especially a polka dot umbrella
  • Not leaving pet food outdoors because this attracts rodents which attract coyotes
  • Covering compost sites
  • Keeping small pets indoors
  • Trimming hiding areas

For more suggestions on dealing with coyotes, head over to the LA Animal Services Website.

source: NextDoor