Archive for February, 2012

Keeping Hancock Park Together

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The redistricting process for City Council areas has begun and your Association, along with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC), Uggs Outlet.is asking that Hancock Park and other GWNC neighborhoods be kept together in the same council district.  These districts once established will be in place for 10 years.  Having Hancock Park contained in one City Council district is vitally important for maintaining the integrity of our neighborhood and for getting service and support from the City. The Redistricting Commission is now holding hearings and asking for citizen input so please make your voice heard.  For more information visit website:http://goo.gl/c9kUsc.

While it has been a relatively dry winter, we have had a couple of big rain storms that have flooded our streets, particularly in the northern part of Hancock Park.  The Association asked the City and our Council Office to see if some kind of long term solution could be put in place.   The Department of Sanitation found that there is a split in the storm drain pipes coming out of the Hollywood Hills at Romaine and Vine. Uggs Outlet Online. Up until this winter the 60 inch pipe that went south through Hancock Park was the main valve with the overflow going down a 75 inch pipe that went west.  Sanitation has now changed the switching so that the larger, western pipe will be the primary drain; the pipe flowing through Hancock Park will then receive the overflow.  Sanitation believes this will resolve many of the sudden flooding problems that occur when heavy rain storms hit our area.  One thing we can all do is to keep our storm drains as clear as possible.  This not only helps prevent flooding but it also keeps our oceans clean as storm drain water is not treated.  If you see someone dumping liquids or objects down a storm drain, call 800-974-9794 or report it on the web – http://www.lacitysan.org/solid_resources/refuse/SR_IllegalDumping.htm.

Be sure and look at our website for news – http://www.HancockPark.org .  Also, if you’re planning changes to your house read the Hancock Park Preservation Plan (http://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/ or http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park ) and contact City Planner Matthew Glesne (213-978-1216 or matthew.glesne@lacity.org).   In the event of a crime contact the Wilshire Division LAPD station – 213-473-0476 or website: http://www.lapdonline.org/wilshire_community_police_station as well as our Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650; 31646@lapd.lacity.org). Contact the association (or Tree Committee Chair, Susan Grossman, SEGrossman@sbcglobal.net) if you need a parkway tree.  Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System – http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE1-89DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 Questions regarding filming – contact Filming Committee, Cami Taylor (323-692-1414-Home and 310-659-6220-Office).

Meet Your New Board Members

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Join us in welcoming our two new Board Members:  Gerda McDonough and Joanne Medeiros.  Both Gerda and Joanne have been involved in Hancock Park improvement projects and we’re excited to have them join the Board of Directors.   

Gerda McDonough is an eleven year resident of Los Angeles. She has a long record of service to community organizations, including the newly formed Transportation Committee of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council.  Gerda has held senior positions at media companies in the US, Europe, Asia, and her native South Africa. She lives with her husband and daughter and has been a resident of Hancock Park since 2010.

Joanne Medeiros was raised in West Los Angeles and is a proud graduate of UCLA for her BA, and Occidental College for her MA in Education. She is currently the Southern California Manager for ELLE DECOR and House Beautiful, two of the leading design titles published by Hearst Magazines.  She has a passion for residential design, gardens and architecture developed through  her professional career and international travel.  She moved to Hancock Park seven years ago, remodeling her 1930 Mediterranean villa. Joanne was an important part of the team that planned and implemented the John Burroughs Middle School beautification project.  With the help of HPHOA and WSHPHS, over $150,000 in local funds were raised to upgrade the school and surrounding grounds.   

Be sure and look at our website for news – http://www.HancockPark.org .  Also, if you’re planning changes to your house read the Hancock Park Preservation Plan (http://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/ or http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park ) and contact City Planner Matthew Glesne (213-978-1216 or matthew.glesne@lacity.org).   In the event of a crime contact the Wilshire Division LAPD station – 213-473-0476 or website: http://www.lapdonline.org/wilshire_community_police_station as well as our Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650; 31646@lapd.lacity.org). Contact the association (or Tree Committee Chair, Susan Grossman, SEGrossman@sbcglobal.net) if you need a parkway tree.  Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System – http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE1-89DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 Questions regarding filming – contact Filming Committee, Cami Taylor (323-692-1414-Home and 310-659-6220-Office).

Maintaining our Urban Forest

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The recent wind storms felled many of the beautiful trees that make up the urban forest of Southern California.  Now’s the time to ask:  what can we do to maintain our trees and keep them healthycheap air max 90.

The two major factors in maintaining the health and safety of trees are:  1) Watering and 2) Pruning.   Trees need regular, deep watering, which is unfortunately the exact opposite of what often happens in parkways.  Remember to do a deep watering of established trees at least twice a month, and more in the summer when it’s hot.  Pruning by a licensed arborist is critical to maintaining the health of your trees.  Some of the things to remember are:   1) Prune at the right time of year.  Pines and cedars should be pruned in the winter; 2) Don’t remove center foliage which is necessary to maintain the structure of the tree; 3) Don’t ever ‘top’ a tree.  Instead prune so there are evenly space branches throughout the tree – trees need to move in the wind.  Always ask your arborist to explain what they plan to do and whyNike Air Max 90.

Check your trees regularly to be sure there is no mounding on the side of the tree and no roots being pulled up.  If a tree is leaning check for cracks on the trunk or dark sap which means the tree is stressed.  If you’ve lost a branch or limb use a sharp, sterilized pruning tool and cut it cleanly back to another branch or all the way back to the trunk.

Winter is the best times to plant trees and other landscaping.  Be sure and contact the association (or Tree Committee Chair, Susan Grossman, SEGrossman@sbcglobal.net) if you need a parkway tree.  Check out our website for information and volunteer opportunities – http://www.HancockPark.org .  Also, if you’re planning changes to your house check the Hancock Park Preservation Plan (http://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/ or http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park ) and contact City Planner Matthew Glesne (213-978-1216 or matthew.glesne@lacity.org ).   In the event of a crime or fraud contact the Wilshire Division LAPD station – 213-473-0476 or website: http://www.lapdonline.org/wilshire_community_police_station as well as Hancock Park’s Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650; 31646@lapd.lacity.org). Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System – http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE1-89DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 Questions regarding filming – contact Filming Committee Members, Ruth Marmelzat (323-934-0138) or Cami Taylor (323-692-1414-Home and 310-659-6220-Office).

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

January 17, 2012–7PM

 MINUTES

 

Call to order and Introductions: Cindy Chvatal-Keane called the meeting to order at 7 PM.

 

Attendance: Jen DeVore, Cindy Chvatal, Gerda McDonough, Peter Gorelick, Pam Newhouse, Victoria Vickers, Rudy Gintel, Cami Taylor, Gary Nelson, Gregg Glasser, Serena Apfel

Excused: Susan Grossman, Chris Bubser, Sheldon Goodkind, Ben Thompson, Joel Kozburg.

Absent: Joanne Medirous, Jim Wolf

Minutes from November were approved as submitted.

 

Correspondence/Communications: Pam Newhouse. Nothing new.

Treasurer’s Report:  Victoria Vickers. Paid insurance.

New Business:

Welcome New Board Members: Gerda McDonough and Joanne Medirous

Committee Assignments.   Victoria would like to have help with the bills. Pam would like to help with the Tree committee and will be off land use and zoning.  Sheldon would  be good for land use. Gerda will join traffic and transportation. Peter will join graffiti.

Redistricting update/Council District 4 /GWNC boundaries:  Hancock Park will stay in CD4 but a portion of the GWNC is in play – SE corner. There is a hearing tomorrow at 4 to advocate for ALL of GWNC to be in one council district.

Open Board Position-Suggestions: Renee Mochkatel (Jen), Mr. Uretsky (Serena)

Old Business:

WSHP Garden Tour annual donation:  Rudy Gintel proposed that we approve a $1000 donation to the Garden Tour.  We have always given $1000 and up, especially given that Hancock Park will reap many of the benefits of this. Motion to approve $1K unamimous.

Yavneh CUP Review Hearing update:  Hearing was today. Approved extending hours on 7 days over the year but the judge is still considering the motion to extend the reapplication period.  We would prefer to stay at 2, council office is saying 3 years and Yavneh wants 5 years.  One week for determination.  We will plant trees on Tu B’sh Vat to help screen. Neighbors continue to complain about noise in the courtyard, which was not supposed to be used for school activities. New headmaster starts in June. Serena suggested that we contact the new head and invite him to the meeting. In the meantime, we can try contacting the gym instructor directly when there are noise issues.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Parkway Trees: Susan Grossman, Cindy Chvatal.  Coordinating to do another planting.  Susan has around 14 permission slips. Call Susan if you know people who need trees.  We have a full list of all stumps needing removal and we will get to that.  Our Council neighbors paid for both sides of Highland.  We have a bid to trim trees for $80 per tree, a total bargain.  The city has no money to trim trees so we got a blanket permit to trim all the trees, but HPHA must approve the trimmers.  We will send a letter to homeowners asking who would be willing to spend $80 to trim the tree in front of their house.

 

Land Use/Zoning: Jim Wolf, Susan Grossman, Pam Newhouse.  No new issues.

 

Traffic & Transportation:  Gerda McDonough, Greg Glasser. We have requests for stop signs at Muirfield and 4th, Hudson and 4th, Rosewood and McCadden, McCadden & 1st.  HPHA has to put in a formal request. And for restriping on Rimpau, McCadden.  Gregg will consolidate all the requests and put in a formal request on behalf of the neighborhood.

 

HPOZ: Victoria Vickers, Cami Taylor, Cindy Chvatal. HPOZ violations now fall under code violations and are cumulative. Rudy suggested that we determine whether houses could be sold with code violations on the record. If not, would be a powerful weapon.

 

LAPD/Security: Peter Gorelick, Ben Thompson.  Peter reported that in December we had a surge of crime in the neighborhood, including 3 burglaries in one day on December 21st. Thanksgiving – Christmas.  But quiet again around New Year’s and then a recent surge again.

 

Filming: Cami Taylor. There have been a lot of complaints recently.  Cami has been fielding calls and speaking to the film companies and Film LA. Film revenue last year was down 30% from the year before.

 

Membership Records / Dues: Jen DeVore. As of today, we have received dues from 239 neighbors for a total of $9990.  Second mailing?  319 S. McCadden needs a new envelope.

 

Block Captains/ Neighborhood Watch/Emergency Preparedness: Jen DeVore/Cindy Chvatal. We are overdue for a block captain meeting, especially about security.

 

School Liaison: Jen DeVore, Sheldon Goodkind. Nothing new to report.

 

Parking:  Susan Grossman, Greg Glasser. No new requests.

 

Graffiti: Pam Newhouse. Nothing new to report.

 

Legal: Joel Kozberg. No report.

 

 

Communication: Web site: Greg Glasser.  No report.  Chronicle: Susan Grossman. No report.    

Additional Issues:  Canadian consulate on Muirfield has been an issue lately with many events and parking issues. Cindy suggested a block meeting.

NEXT MEETING February 21, 2011