Archive for December, 2014

Friday, December 19th, 2014

It’s a Wonderful Neighborhood

Remember in the classic film It’s A Wonderful Life when George Bailey sees how different the world would have been if he hadn’t been there to change things? Well, we’d like to take this opportunity to share a few scenarios you’ve likely never imagined, but would absolutely be true if it hadn’t been for your Homeowner’s Association:

• There would be a freeway running through the northern part of Hancock Park – In 1968 the HPHA fought the City and won, stopping the “Beverly Hills Freeway”.
• The surrounding neighborhood may have become a sea of enormous commercial buildings – The HPHA helped develop the 1969 Master Plan for Wilshire Blvd. creating the land use protections that are still in place.
• There would be no Highland Ave median – there would now be six lanes of traffic running down Highland from Melrose to Wilshire – In 1972 the HPHA was successful in saving the median by having it declared an Historic Monument.
• There would be no HPOZ to protect our beautiful historic homes – From 1998 to 2007 the neighborhood and HPHA worked with the City to have our neighborhood designated an HPOZ (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone). This stopped teardowns and preserved the beautiful street visible facades of our historic homes.
• There would be no neighborhood communication system, including email and Block Captain communications – Our email system is 800+ strong sending out important information, including helping hundreds of neighborhood pets find their way home.
• Cut-through traffic would render parts of the neighborhood unlivable – The traffic mitigation on Melrose and Beverly would not be in place, and cut through speeding traffic would be even worse than it is! There would be no Crossing Guard for Third Streets School and Yavneh Academy.
• Our neighborhood beautification projects would not be in place – Parkway trees would not be trimmed; stumps would not be removed and replacement trees would not be planted or maintained; Local School beautification of JB and 3rd Street would not have occurred and without our aggressive graffiti removal system, graffiti would be rampant.

Please do your part to support this important work to ensure Hancock Park remains a wonderful oasis in a crowded city! The HPHA board is comprised of volunteers, but we need our residents to pay their dues to support our efforts on your behalf.

You can now pay dues on line. Go to www.HancockPark.org and click on the DONATE button. Or use the dues envelope which will be included in our mailing! Don’t forget to include your email address!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Happy and Safe Holidays!

As those who read our Senior Lead Officer David Cordova’s weekly crime report will know, crime is still occurring in Hancock Park. In particular there have been a number of robberies of pedestrians and motorists near Melrose and continuing home break-ins, particularly in north Hancock Park. With the holiday season there is also an unfortunate increase in crime, so please take precautions. Never open your door to someone you don’t know, keep your home alarm on (if you have one), even if you’re home and always call 911 if you see any suspicious activity. Security chair, Peter Gorelick, is happy to organize security/neighborhood watch meetings for any block in Hancock Park. Just email the Security Committee if your block wants to have a meeting. If you have any questions or concerns about ongoing problems contact our Senior Lead Office, Dave Cordova. His cell phone number is (213) 793-0650 and his e-mail is 31646@lapd.lacity.org Finally, be sure and sign up for the e-Policing newsletter – http://www.lapdepolicing.org/.

The residents living in Quadrant One (Lillian Way/Cahuenga/Wilcox), have been considering a number of options presented by the city to improve safety and reduce commuter traffic. There will be a neighborhood meeting in early January to come up with a recommendation to the City. If you have questions please contact Susan Grossman – SEGrossman@sbcglobal.net or Indy Flore – iflore@gmail.com . Finally, the Association wishes everyone in Hancock Park a wonderful holiday season and is looking forward to moving forward in many areas next year, including a plan for concrete street repair.

Don’t forget, if you’re considering any changes to the street visible portion of your house, contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry (kimberly.henry@lacity.org) and fill out the online form – http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist to start the process. The Preservation Plan for Hancock Park can be found at: http://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/ or http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park ).

Report street light outages to the city at: http://bsl.lacity.org/. Report potholes by submitting an online request at http://bss.lacity.org/request.htmBe 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).

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The Hancock Park
Homeowners’ Association, est. 1948, thanks all the speakers who made our annual
meeting a great success.  LAPD Captain
Howard Leslie and our Senior Lead Officer, David Cordova, spoke about the LAPDs
efforts to address the crime that has been occurring in Hancock Park.  They answered questions and encouraged
residents to follow precautions such as not leaving anything visible in parked
cars, locking their doors, turning on their security systems and to be sure and
report all crimes.   Call 911 if you see a suspicious person or a
crime in process, do not intervene yourself!

 

LA Department of
Transportation representative Bhuvan Bajaj answered questions about traffic mitigation
options.  Hancock Park, has seen an startlingly
recent increase in cut through traffic on our streets and residents have been
expressing concerns about safety. 

 

The Hancock Park
Streets Committee Chair Tim Allyn presented an update of the Committee’s work
in determining costs for repaving Hancock Park concrete streets with
concrete.  Details will be discussed in
our next column.  DWP representative Greg
Bartz reminded all of us to conserve water and to plan drought tolerant
landscaping.  There were updates from SSA
Security and ADT Security to augment the recommendations given by the LAPD.  Finally, the election of the candidates
nominated for the HPHOA Board of Directors was announced. 

 

We particularly
give a big thank you to Clinton Oie and Marlborough School for generously
providing the facilities for the meeting. 
Institutions such as Marlborough are important parts of the fabric of
the Hancock Park community and we are grateful for their generosity.  And last, but certainly not least, we thank
our members who attended.  Without you
there is no ‘Hancock Park’.  The hard
work of our residents keeps our community beautiful and a great place to live.

 

If you’re considering any changes to the street
visible portion of your house, contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry (
kimberly.henry@lacity.org) and
fill out the online form –
http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist  to start the
process.  The Preservation Plan for
Hancock Park can be found at
 http://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/ or http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park ). 

 

Report
street light outages to the city at: 
 http://bsl.lacity.org/ Report potholes by
submitting an online request at
 http://bss.lacity.org/request.htmBe
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).