Saturday, August 27, 2011

Welcome to the Westwood Gardens Civic Association website.

WESTWOOD GARDENS CIVIC ASSOCIATION, INC.
P.O. Box 642001, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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UPS CRIMES ARE INCREASING………
Be aware that the criminals are out this holiday season, and in particular are targeting the packages left on porches by UPS and other delivery services. In the last few days the remnants of packages including names and addresses from Clarkson and Glendon have been found along the sides of the 10 Freeway in the little Selby area. If you are missing a delivery you should contact your retailer and UPS about this. The West LA Police have been notified by one of our residents who found the packaging. If you are expecting packages this holiday season, take extra precautions by arranging to be home for the delivery, or having it made to your place of business.


Here is the latest news from the Big Blue Bus regarding all of the proposed route changes that were presented a few months ago. You can find further information at:
Expo.bigbluebus.com   They have listened to the feedback from all of you and are now keeping the #8 Route along Westwood and continuing it along National west to Santa Monica. However the Route #12 along Westwood, rather than turning west at National, will continue on down Overland Avenue to Motor and Washington. You can see all of these and other proposed changes at their website.


Expo Integration Plan Update
December 11, 2014

Now available - see the new December 2014 Updated BBB-Expo Service Plan.

 

Planning for Expo Light Rail service integration with the Big Blue Bus is well underway: 

As you have probably already heard, between July and October 2014 we received over 12,300 individual written and verbal comments through email, survey, letters, public meetings, and workshops regarding the initial iteration of proposed changes to BBB service. Thank you for your participation and input. 
As a result of the feedback we received on many items, the original proposed plan was revised significantly. For example, Route 2 and Route 8 service to UCLA will remain the same as the current service and service between UCLA and Santa Monica along Montana Ave (current Route 3M) will also remain, as part of a new route proposed to be called "Route 18".    
  
Next Steps: 
BBB staff will conduct a workshop with City Council Members on December 16th, 2014 and then a final plan will be available for public review prior to a City Council Public Hearing in March 2015.   
If the plan is approved in March, BBB's Planning team and all staff will start preparing for service changes anticipated to come in two phases: minor adjustments in August 2015 and major adjustments in Spring 2016 when the Expo Line opens. As part of this major project, additional vehicles and hundreds of new bus stops will be required. This is an unprecedented effort in BBB's history.  






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FREE SMOKE DETECTORS - WITH BATTERIES

Our local Fire Station #92, 10556 West Pico Blvd. 310-840-2192 has free smoke detectors available for you. If you are in need of one, or know of someone who is, please avail yourself of this free service.

Palms Rancho/Park Library News:
The Library will be closing at noon on Dec. 24th Christmas eve.

UNLEASHED DOGS:
If you walk your dog without a leash in Los Angeles you can be given a fine of $100 or more. The Pilot Program ACE (Administrative Citation Enforcement) is in effect now! This new program gives the Police Dept. and Animal Services the tools to issue immediate citations, no more warnings for ‘quality of life’ infractions such as unleashed dogs, drinking in public, noise, using fireworks and smoking using fireworks and smoking in prohibited areas.

WESTWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY NEWS:
WGCA has been in full support of this revitalization of the city-owned land on either side of the tracks between Westwood Blvd. and Overland Ave. for a number of years now.  This Greenway will daylight the Brown Canyon Creek that runs into the storm drain underneath Overland, providing needed open park space, ecological educational opportunities, a beautiful home for an array of California native plants, and a place all can enjoy, including a bike/pedestrian path. WGCA has been fully involved in helping make this a reality, and three of our residents volunteer on the Greenway Steering Committee. There are still important details to be worked out and funding to find.  We have the full support of our Councilman Paul Koretz and his staff who are helping us move this forward.

In the past few months a number of local politicians (including Mayor Garcetti) and their staff, and environmental groups have toured the site and indicated their interest and support for this project. The Westside Neighborhood Council voted unanimously to support it as did the Palms Neighborhood Council.

We are now working with the Mayor, Councilman, and various city departments to coordinate the engineering and infrastructure work along with the Expo II construction staff to avoid any unnecessary duplicate work in the area and to be more efficient in making our Greenway vision a reality.

PERMIT PARKING UPDATE FOR SOUTH OF EXPO:
These past few months, as we circulated interest signups, over 80% of the residents south of Expo to Coventry indicated their desire for Permit Parking on their block, and for the entire area from Overland to Midvale. Because of such positive support, we have submitted to the Council Office #5 a map and descriptions for the 5 different Temporary Parking Districts that could be created. Our neighbors to the west of us have submitted an additional 8 different districts. Each of these have been limited to a 5 block maximum, a definite dividing challenge to all of us. All of this has come about because of no parking at the Westwood station, inadequate parking at Sepulveda, and the loss of over 170 open street parking spaces north and south of Expo/tracks due to street widening, drop off driveway, transit plaza and other situations all related to the Expo Light Rail Project. At present these different districts’ preliminary designs have been forwarded on to the Department of Transportation for review. This is a very long process, and many of you are now beginning to feel the effect of these open parking spaces being removed forever and those cars moving onto your streets south of Expo. We are still pressing hard with the City for one large permanent permit parking district, to be implemented ASAP………to have the rules changed to accommodate this most serious impact on our community. Stay tuned, we haven’t given up……
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The Next Westwood Gardens Civic Association Regular Meeting

Wednesday January 21, 2015
7:30 P.M.
Westside Pavilion 10800 W. Pico
Meeting Room B
(Theatre side ... 3rd floor)

Please check your email in case of a last minute cancellation or relocation

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Get the latest update on THE EXPO TRAIN click here

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Current Crime Status updated Dec 16, 2014

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Expo Line Updates

For EXPO Construction Updates:

sign up with Glenda at gsilva@exporail.net to get upcoming construction notices directly

The number for EXPO and construction problems,
anytime day or night
213-243-5534
Torri Hill is the Community Relations Manager for the contractor Skanska and can be reached at: 310-500-1485 or  torri.hill@skanska.com for any problems or questions relating to the construction activities and graffiti removal.

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The Westwood Gardens Civic Association has always been in favor of mass transit in the city of Los Angeles however, we are firmly opposed to trains running along the Exposition Right-Of-Way at grade due to serious Safety, Traffic, Noise and Quality of life concerns that are impossible to mitigate to acceptable livable levels for our residential community. We have done our best to mitigate these impacts and continue to do so by working with the design teams, our council office and city departments.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Crime Status

Important Crime Contact Information
Watch Commander (310) 444-0701 West Los Angeles
(310) 444-0738 Office

City-wide Non-emergency Phone # (877) 275-5273

Call 911 if you see anything suspicious. Don't leave anything in your car. Don't leave your mail out. Lock your doors and windows especially when you are away ... Start a neighborhood watch. ... report everything to the police. You can call the Watch Commander at the WLA Police Department.

If you see illegally parked cars, you can contact Parking Enforcement  818-752-5100, and press 2 to be directly connected, also for abandoned cars. The rule is that a car cannot stay in the same spot more than 72hrs.

"Lock It, Hide It, Keep It..... See something, Say Something"  
                   --- WLAPD Capt. Evangelyn Nathan
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 Our LAPD Senior Lead Officers

Our Westwood Gardens area is covered by two separate LAPD Divisions, and three different Senior Lead Officers.

Those North of the Santa Monica Freeway and West of Overland Avenue including the West side of Overland:

West Los Angeles Division      
1663 Butler Avenue           
Los Angeles, CA 90025           
310-444-0701               


Senior Lead Officer
Rashad Sharif
Email: 27162@lapd.lacity.org
310-444-0738

If you live on the East side of Overland and in Dunleer Place (Ponty Tract):  

West Los Angeles Division      
1663 Butler Avenue           
Los Angeles, CA 90025           
310-444-0701
               
Senior Lead Officer
Mario Gonzalez
Email: 25483@lapd.lacity.org
310-444-0740

Those of you South of the Santa Monica Freeway and North of National Blvd., on Westwood Blvd. and Midvale Avenue:

Pacific Division               
12312 Culver Blvd.           
Los Angeles, CA 90066           
310-482-6334               

Senior Lead Officer
Juan Ceja
Email: 32929@lapd.lacity.org
 310-622-3975
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Houses and autos continue to be broken into in our area.

Burglary is a crime of opportunity. Make their work risky and difficult, and you stand a good chance of stopping them. They hide behind fences and shrubbery. The key is to keep trespassers out while keeping your property visible. Keep hedges clipped down around waist level.  Burglars try the doors and windows first. If burglars have difficulty here, chances are they will move on to another property. If someone is knocking, you don't need to open, but do let them know you're home.
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Scam Alert
These are crimes generally perpetrated via phone. Scammers represent themselves as bill collectors for utilities such as DWP, or as collectors for the IRS, traffic citations, etc.
They
request that the victim purchase a pre-paid re-loadable debit card (eg. Green Dot/Money Pak) but also Visa, MasterCard, Vanilla Card, etc. for the specific amount of the bill charge. They threaten that the utility will be shut off immediately, or that the citation will go to warrant if the victim does not do so. The person is then instructed to call the scammer back with the PIN (account number) of that card. Once the scammer has the PIN, he is able to transfer the funds to any other credit card. This becomes a convenient and untraceable method of transferring money. There is no recourse for the victim.

Tips to Help You Avoid Falling Victim to This Scam
Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

Remember that anyone who has the number on a pre-paid re-loadable debit card has access to the
funds on the card.

Never give out personal or finncial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.

Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot/Money Pak numbers to someone
you do not know.

Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding payment by pre-paid
reloadable debit cards.

Scammers sometimes send false IRS emails to victims before calling them to scam them. If you think
you may owe taxes call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
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(from our friends in the Beverlywood Community)

I have received a large number of e-mails regarding door to door solicitations...

It is not against the law, as long as they have filed with the Police Commission for a " information Card"...
Every city is governed by its own set of ordinances, the Los Angeles City Municipal Code (LACMC) Number 44.00 sets forth the criteria needed to solicit within the City limits.
Regardless of where the organization is based (even out of state charities) an application must be filed with the City of Los Angeles if the charity plans to solicit within the City.
The application must state the intent of the charity and where the funds raised will be dispensed.
A background check is conducted to gather information on the organization.
A permit or " information Card" is then given to the organization to proceed with any solicitation method they chose.
After the solicitation is completed the organization must file a report of results of activity with the City of Los Angeles.

Door to Door

If you don't want to buy a magazine, candy or anything else "Say No thank you, and close the door"...

If you are a person who has a hard time closing the door on a solicitor, do not open it in the first place...

Do not give cash

Take the time to learn about the charitable organization you support or considering supporting.

Tell the solicitor that you would like to do some research on the charity/organization.

Ask every charity solicitor who solicits money from you where and how your contribution will be used.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK, research the organizations, and do follow-ups with the city on these organizations. Don’t expect that every organization has all the proper paperwork they are supposed to have.

Post a sign, stating No Trespassing and No Solicitors.. But be prepared to back up the sign with an arrest if needed...

If they do not have an " information Card" Call 877- ASK LAPD (877 275-5273) and request an unit to respond to the area, please write down an description of the solicitor.

When the solicitor is stopped by a unit and they don't have an information card ....

They will be asked to leave the area and stop soliciting until they obtain one, they can be cited and or arrested if the officer doesn't receive any compliance...

Below is some information on the Give Wisely campaign is intended to assist the public in making informed decisions when donating money or personal time to non-profit organizations. The goal is to regulate charitable activity by encouraging the public to use common sense and research any solicitation before donating.


Introduction

As the world continues to deal with natural disasters and societal concerns, Americans have been incredibly generous. For example, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Americans donated over $2 billion; and when the tsunami crashed ashore in Southeast Asia on December 26, 2004, donors contributed $1.54 billion to charity. Even more amazing was the philanthropic response to Hurricane Katrina that generated $4.2 billion in donations.
Every year, hundreds of millions of dollars are donated to organizations for various causes, but a large percentage of funds are lost to deceptive individuals and organizations posing as legitimate charities. Questions frequently asked are “How do I know a charity is legitimate?” and/or “Where does the money go once donated?”

The Key To Wise Giving

Be an informed giver. Ask questions before you give. Find out how much of your donation will actually go to the charity.
If you don’t know who is asking, don’t give. When a stranger asks for donations, do not assume money is honestly being raised for charitable causes.
Call the charity. To avoid falling victim to a fraudulent solicitor, contact the charity directly before giving a donation and verify the solicitation is authorized and legitimate.
Refuse high-pressure appeals.
Do not allow a caller to intimidate you
to give “right now”. Legitimate charities won’t rush you to donate.
Watch out for similar sounding names. False charities often use names that closely resemble the name of a well-known organization.
DO NOT send cash. Always make contributions by check payable to the organization and insist upon a receipt.
Protect your identity. DO NOT give credit card or personal information over the phone.
Avoid “Instant” charity web sites.
The Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments DO NOT solicit donations over the telephone, by mail or door-to-door. Call the agency directly to ensure actual fundraiser participation.
What To Do About…

Direct Mail Solicitations:

Many individuals complain about the large quantities of direct mail received from charitable organizations and seek advice
on how to have their names removed from
a mailing list.
The easiest method to handle unwanted
mail is to destroy and discard. DO NOT feel obligated to support all groups writing to you; charitable organizations do not expect a donation from every person solicited.
For more information on ways to handle unwanted mail, write to:
Philanthropic Advisory Service of the Council of Better Business Bureau, 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22203

Door-to-Door and Street Solicitations:

DO NOT feel pressured to give a donation.
If interested in donating, do your research. Request to review a copy of the required Information Card and proper identification
from the solicitor.

Telephone Solicitations:

Be assertive on the telephone with callers. If you do not want to receive calls, request that your name be removed from the list. However, if you choose to donate, ask the caller where and how your contribution will be used. Request written information, including financial statements, before making a decision to donate. Be wary of an organization that thanks you for a pledge you do not remember making.
INFORMATION CARDS
In the City of Los Angeles, no person shall solicit a charitable contribution unless an Information Card has been issued per the
Los Angeles Municipal Code, Section 44.02. Any person soliciting contributions is required to display the Information Card or present it upon request. A copy of the card should be included in any direct mail solicitation.
The Los Angeles Police Commission’s Investigation Division, Charitable Services Section, issues the Information Card. The card provides information to the donor in order to assist in making an educated decision about whether to contribute to an organization.

Methods of Solicitation:

Direct mail or telephone requests
Direct in-person requests
Fundraising events
Internet websites and email
Newspaper and magazine advertisement
It is easy to place faith into a “charity” that seems to be providing a great service for an organization in need. However, it is up to you, the individual “contributor”, to research where your money is going.
Please Give Wisely!
The following resources are available to provide searchable databases to learn
about specific charities in the state or to
report fraudulent activity:


General Resources

Los Angeles Police Commission
Charitable Services Section
(213) 978-1144
Email: pccharity@lapd.org

Los Angeles Police Department
Community Liaison/Crime Prevention Unit
(213) 485-3134

California Attorney General
(800) 952-5564 or www.caag.state.ca.us

California Secretary of State
(213) 897-3062 or www.ss.ca.gov

AARP
(888) 687-2277 or www.aarp.org

Better Business Bureau
(909) 825-7280 or www.labbb.org

Guidestar
(757) 229-4631 or www.guidestar.org

National Do Not Call Registry
(888) 382-1222 or www.donotcall.gov

National Fraud Information Center
(800) 876-7060 or www.fraud.org

Wise Giving Alliance
(703) 276-0100 or www.give.org

Los Angeles Police Commission
Charitable Services Section
GIVE WISELY
200 North Spring Street
Room 1513
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1144

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The "I'm Your Neighbor Down The Street" Scam:

Many folks are being hit by a variety of scammers with this one. They may pose as a neighbor or as a Gas Co employee. In some cases they ask for money. In some cases they may be casing the property. Remember that you don't have to open your door.