Archive for January, 2013

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Wrapping Up the Year

The Association officers for the upcoming year are: President, Cindy Chvatal-Keane; Vice-President, Susan Grossman; Recording Secretary, Jennifer DeVore; Corresponding Secretary, Gerda McDonough; Treasurer, Victoria Vickers. The Association does much of its work through its committees so please consider joining a committee. The committees are: Parkway Trees; Land Use/ Zoning; Traffic ; HPOZ; LAPD/Security; Block Captains / Neighborhood Watch / Emergency Preparedness; School Liaison; and Parking; .

In December the City will release a draft of the new Mobility Element, which is part of the City’s General Plan. It will include six major policies resulting from their online Town Hall. A draft format of the City’s new “Networked Streets” plan will be released mid-January; including streets that will be “enhanced” for various modes of transportation. Rossmore is no longer being considered as a “Bike Superhighway”. The City is now looking at LaBrea Ave , which includes the option of a buffered bike lane. The Traffic Committee continues to be involved in this process and works with the City on keeping Hancock Park Streets safe

Don’t forget that crime can be a problem during the holidays. Keep safe by following simple precautions such as 1) Lock your car with valuables out of sight; 2) Set your alarm; 3) Stop papers, and mail if out of town; and 4) Put lights on timers; 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. Crime prevention tips are available at website: http://www.lapdonline.org . Remember: Never confront a suspicious person.

If you’re planning changes to your house read the Preservation Plan which can be found at: http://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/ or http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park ) and contact City Planner Vinita Huang (213-978-1216 or Vinita.Huang@lacity.org). Be sure and look at our website for news – http://www.HancockPark.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, Cami Taylor (323-692-1414-Home and 310-659-6220-Office).

November

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Thanks for Being There!

Thanks to everyone who attended and made the Association’s Annual meeting a great success. We also thank those who gave presentations and we especially thank John Burroughs Middle School Principal Steve Martinez for providing the venue and giving great support for the meeting. The following are some of the highlights.

The LAPD reported that while crime is down somewhat in Hancock Park from the highs earlier this year, we’re still at risk. So, remember to follow simple safety precautions like locking your car, keeping valuables out of sight, setting your house alarm, if you have one; stopping papers and mail if you’re out of town; putting lights on timers and always being careful before opening your door. To report a crime in progress or a medical emergency call 911 and remember: Never confront a suspicious person.

School Committee Chair, Joanne Medeiros, who has spearheaded the John Burroughs beautification project, reported that the large sign constructed in the 1970’s has been removed. Designs are now being developed and funds raised for new, more appropriate, signage. The beautification team, which includes neighbors, JB teachers and administrators, is to be congratulated for making JB more beautiful and attractive for students and the neighborhood.

The City is updating the Transportation Element of the General Plan including a new requirement that streets be accessible to all users. To achieve these goals streets all over the city, including many Hancock Park streets, have had changes proposed to add Bike Lanes and Bus-only lanes. This may involve the removal of Parking and/or Traffic Lanes, as well as STOP Signs. The Association has done a survey of residents’ opinions about the plan and is providing feedback to the city. Our residents are encouraged to join the Associations’ email list, so they can be informed and make their views known. To join email our President Cindy Chvatal-Keane at snorekel@aol.com or include your email when you pay your annual Association dues.
If you’re planning changes to your house read the Preservation Plan which can be found at: http://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/ or http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park ) and contact City Planner Vinita Huang (213-978-1216 or Vinita.Huang@lacity.org). Be sure and look at our website for news – http://www.HancockPark.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, Cami Taylor (323-692-1414-Home and 310-659-6220-Office).