Archive for June, 2012

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Remember to Stay Safe


On May 31st our Councilman, Tom LaBonge, hosted a public safety meeting at John Burroughs Middle School.  He was joined by LAPD Captains Robert Arcos of the Olympic Division and Eric Davis of the Wilshire Division.  Captain Davis confirms that there has been an increase in crime in our area this year.  In particular there is a sophisticated group of criminals operating in areas like Hancock Park.  They often work during the day, knock on doors and if no one is home break in.  The LAPD put together a task force, Operation Knock-Knock, to better focus on breaking up this group and there have been some arrests. 

The LAPD reminds us that the best defense against crime is to take some simple precautions:  1) Keep your car locked and valuables, including CPSs, telephones, chargers, money, documents and mail, out of sight; 2) Set your house alarm, if you have one; 3) When out of town have papers stopped, mail picked up, keep a car in the driveway and put timers on lights; 4) If anyone comes to the door make them identify themselves before opening the door; and if not opening the door, make it clear someone is at home. 

To report a crime in progress or a medical emergency call 911.  If you observe suspicious activity call 1-877-ASK-LAPD and notify your private security service, if you are a subscriber.  If you are making a report try to be as clear as possible, and collect details, such as descriptions of cars, people, locations and activities.  Use your phone’s camera to photograph license plates, cars or anything questionable.  The police are compiling a list of all surveillance cameras so they can check neighboring cameras if a crime occurs.  Please let our LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO), David Cordova; (213) 793-0650; know if you have a surveillance camera, if you have a question, or just want to introduce yourself.  Crime prevention tips are available at website: .  Remember:  Never confront a suspicious person.

If you’re planning changes to your house read the Preservation Plan which can be found at: or ) and contact City Planner Vinita Huang (213-978-1216 or   Be sure and look at our website for news – .  Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System – 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).

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Beautifying our Schools

HPHOA, est. 1948 board member Joan Medeiros has had another success in improving the look of our public schools.  The fence on the 3rd Street side of the 3rd Street School has been covered with ‘permanent’ ivy called ‘Ivy-It’ which is a 100% recycled polyethylene.  It has a natural variegated leaf pattern and is used by cities and utilities to provide an attractive cover for areas that are heavily graffitied.Cheap Uggs For Sale

We welcome our new Board member, Renee Mochkatel.  Renee is an attorney with Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, representing clients in employment-related matters.  She graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona, in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude.  She then attended Pepperdine University receiving her Juris Doctorate in 1982.  Renee sits on the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment section of the L.A. County Bar Association, where she has also served as a guest lecturer.  She has authored several articles for the Daily Journal on topics dealing with employment law and sits on the Board of Temple Israel of Hollywood.   Renee is married to Stefanie Hall and their daughter, Sophie, attends Marlborough School.

Crime continues to be a problem so remember to 1) Keep your car locked and  valuables out of sight; 2) Set your house alarm, if you have one; 3) When out of town have papers stopped, mail picked up, keep a car in the driveway and put timers on lights; 4) If anyone comes to the door have them identify themselves before opening the door.  Report crimes or suspicious activity by calling 911 and your security service, if you are a subscriber; the Wilshire Division LAPD station-213-473-0476 or our Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650;  Try and get a description of the person and any identifying vehicle information such as make and model of a car a license plate numbers.  Never confront a suspicious person yourself.Cheap Uggs Wholesale.