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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Updated 03-28-15
(scroll down for crime and expo updates)
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 BIG BLUE BUS - Public Hearing Date has been Changed
(from Big Blue Bus)Expo Integration Plan - Now to be presented to City Council on April 28th

NEW! Due to Council instruction, Big Blue Bus will present its updated proposal at a Santa Monica City Council Public Hearing on April 28th, rather than March 24th. Please save the date.

Below is a brief summary of the modifications on the updated proposal:
    •    Route 16 was extended to create a connection to Route 3 and Rapid 3 on Lincoln Boulevard.
    •    Route 18 has been revised to add night service until 9:30pm, seven nights per week, as well as weekend day service, and both this new night service and the weekend service are recommended at a frequency of every 30 minutes. This route also was rerouted slightly due to LADOT feedback regarding operating challenges on various corridors in Venice.
    •    Route 43 was originally recommended a span of service from 6am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm, but now includes service from 6am to 9am and 2pm to 7pm.
    •    Route 44 was programmed at frequency of every 20 minutes at the December Study Session. As a result of feedback offered by Santa Monica College, the recommended frequency is now every 15 minutes all day from September through June, and every 30 minutes all day for the months of July and August.

BBB has worked with hundreds of stakeholders over the past two years and planning staff has taken thousands of your comments into consideration to produce this service proposal.

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ANNUAL FALL 2014 MEETING THANK YOU! 

We would like to thank all who came to our Annual Westwood Gardens Meeting and for making it such a wonderful event. At this time we want to especially thank our guest speakers Councilman Paul Koretz, Field Deputy Jesus (Chuy) Orozco, West LAPAD Captain Evangelyn Nathan and Senior Lead Officer Rashad Sharif. In addition we also thank Glenda Silva from the Expo Authority and Torri Hill from the contractor Skanska. We received many donations to hand out as door prizes and we thank our local realtors Michael Haddad, Barbara Wynn, Barbara Fiedler, Terry Pullen, Sean McMillan, Saul Bubis, Tim Jarnot, David and Terri Elston, and Landmark Theatres, Macerich/Westside Pavilion and Suzanne Allswang from the Travelstore. There was so much important information to be heard that has an impact on our Homeowner’s Association and your neighborhood. These Annual Meetings are an opportunity to meet and be heard by our city representatives. We hope that you will plan to join us next time.


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Nordstrom Leaving the Westside Pavilion -The anchor tenant at one end of the Westside Pavilion mall is leaving after 30 years. Nordstrom announced that its Westside Pavilion store will be relocating to a new space in the renovated Westfield mall in Century City. The new three-level, approximately 149,000-square-foot store is expected to open in 2017 as part of an $800-million redevelopment of Westfield Century City that includes a near doubling of specialty retail square footage. Nordstrom will continue serving customers at its current location at Westside Pavilion until it relocates.
Exposition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan Draft has been released please check out this draft at: www.latnp.org/expo-line/expo-draft-plan/. There is a section for comments with currently no deadline.
This is the plan that changes the zoning along Pico from Bentley to Overland on the north side and from Military to the Westside Pavilion on the south side to permit 4 stories of residential over the commercial first floor, definitely increasing density, traffic and parking problems.
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PERMIT PARKING NEWS

PERMIT PARKING UPDATE FOR SOUTH OF EXPO.........
Thank you all who helped to gather the necessary signatures for the streets south of Exposition and north of Coventry between Overland and Midvale Avenues. We have now submitted all five of these Temporary Preferential Districts to the city’s preferential parking office for their review and verification. Almost all of the individual blocks within each of these five separate districts met or greatly exceeded the required percentage of signatures needed for this effort to move forward. This process still has a great number of steps that need to be taken by the city, council office and full city council before it will become a reality. The best guesstimate is early 2016, so please have patience. We will keep you updated as we hear more from the city. It was a huge task that was accomplished in record time, less than six weeks from the day we started the signature gathering to their submission.

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EXPO RELATED NEWS : 

Replacement trees for Westwood Blvd. will be the Fernlead Catalina Ironwood in locations as follows: -5 new trees on the west side of Westwood between Esther and North Exposition
-4 new trees on the west side of Westwood between South Exposition and Richland
-4 new trees on the east side of Westwood between South Exposition and Richland

-4 new trees within the Westwood Transit Plaza area
When the street and utility work is completed shortly, the city will then begin testing the new traffic signals on Overland March 23 and Westwood in mid-April. The train testing is also scheduled to begin later this year according to their last community update. The next Expo Community Meeting is scheduled for the Summer of 2015. Westwood Bus stops at Brookhaven for the Culver City Bus and Big Blue Bus are to be removed later this year.

Sign up for EXPO Construction Updates:
Contact Glenda at gsilva@exporail.net to get upcoming construction notices directly.
The hot line for EXPO and construction problems, anytime 24/7, is always manned: 213-922-3976. Torri D. Hill is the Community Relations Manager for Skanska Rados, the Contractor for the Expo line. You can also contact her at: torri.hill@skanska.com or 310-500-1485 for any construction issues.
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WESTWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY NEWS ................
 
The realization of the Greenway moves forward, albeit slowly. At Metro's January Board meeting, Metro voted to look into the Greenway project for action on their part. The steering committee has been working on updating its website and creating a promotional video along with continuing to update and educate elected officials on the concept. Please look for our booth at Pick Pico on June 7, and watch your email for an invitation to our kickstarter campaign for improving outdoor learning along the Greenway. Much more can be found at: www.facebook.com/westwoodneighborhoodgreenway and www.expogreenway.org.
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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.

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.




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The Next Westwood Gardens Civic Association Regular Meeting

Wednesday April 15th, 2015
7:30 P.M.
Westside Pavilion 10800 W. Pico
Meeting Room B
(Theater 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
Updated 3-28-2015

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Current Crime Status updated Mar 28, 2015

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Expo Line Updates

IMPORTANT EXPO STREET/INTERSECTION  CLOSURE
 – MAY AFFECT YOUR GETTING TO THE POST OFFICE 
-      PLAN ACCORDINGLY

Please find enclosed our latest notice regarding the temporary closure of Exposition Boulevard, west of Sepulveda Boulevard for cross-gutter installation.

What:               3-Day Closure for Cross-Gutter Installation 
When:              Continuous Closure – 7:00 a.m., Monday, March 30 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Work Hours:     7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday – Wednesday 
                         

Where:             Exposition Boulevard, west of Sepulveda Boulevard

Work Description:
Work activities necessary for gutter installation will include saw-cutting, asphalt and concrete removal, trench excavation, backfilling and asphalt restoration. Heavy machinery will be used including excavators/backhoes, front-end loaders and trucks.

Traffic Impacts:
  • Exposition Boulevard at Sepulveda Boulevard, extending approximately 200 feet west of the intersection will be closed. Through traffic will be detoured at Sawtelle Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard.
Advisories: 
·         Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.
·         Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced at all times and signage with specific restrictions will be in place in all construction areas.
·         Please obey all posted construction signs and do not enter the construction work zone.


 (Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.)

To view the construction notice – please click here.

Thank you,


Gabriela G. Collins
Government/Community Relations Manager
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 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


CRIME INFORMATION FROM ONE OF OUR NEIGHBORING ASSOCIATIONS

(1) One of our residents has reported problems he has encountered at a gas station he has long patronized in our area.

He inserted the ATM card into the card reader, and put in the pin. A message came up: "Please see cashier".
The cashiers there are generally helpful, but this man was rude, evasive, didn't want to get close to the window, and somewhat hostile. "How much gas do you want? An amount." He wanted to fill up the tank, but the cashier insisted on a dollar amount. The customer left without buying gas.
The next day he got an email from his bank that there had been a withdrawal of $300 from an ATM in Wilmington, CA. He immediately called the bank to inform them about the fraudulent transaction on his account, and as he was talking to them, another email came in saying there was an additional $700 taken out of the same ATM, $1,000 total. The bank closed the account and replaced his card.
The owner/manager has not followed up on the complaints.

Our Senior Lead Officer responded:
The gas station incident: it is a common occurrence everywhere in the country. Suspect(s) will put a skimming device in the card reader at the pumps, and once you put your card in, they record your card info. They then make a duplicate card and use it to make purchases. The last
time we had an incident in our area was about 4 years ago at the 76 station on Pico/Overland when a couple
of people had their cards compromised.
My advice is, either get a gas credit card that way it cannot be used for anything other than for purchasing gas, or use cash. Cash is always the best option.
(2) A couple of residents have reported a man and woman going door-to-door in what the police feel are part of knock-knock burglary attempts.
The information reported : Tall, slender African-American woman with long black hair, and a tall, slender African-American man, possibly with closely-shaved head. They may work, separately or together. They ring the doorbell, and knock on the door. If someone comes to the door, they leave quickly. They may be driving a brown truck.
The police said that they fit the description of people who have committed a string of knock-knock burglaries in the area. If you see people going door-to-door, it would be helpful to note descriptions, license plate and car descriptions. You might try to take photos if that does not put you at risk. Your safety is paramount!


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COMMUNITY CRIME UPDATE AS OF MARCH 16, 2015
Burglaries:
10700 Blk. Ashby Ave. RD 0884
MO: On 03/02/15-03/0315 between 1200 and 1030 hrs, unknown suspect(s) used unknown cutting tool to gain access to victim's residence and removed tools, lock box and key.
2000 Blk. Pelham Ave. RD 0836
MO: On 03/03/15 between 0915 and 1310 hrs, unknown suspect(s) used blunt object to break glass of master bedroom door, entered location and removed a laptop.
2000 Blk. Manning Ave. RD 0836
MO: On 03/04/15 between 0930 and 2200 hrs, unknown suspect(s) used unknown pry tool to pry open rear bedroom window of victim's residence and possibly removed unknown property (victim is unsure is property was taken).
1800 Blk. Benecia Ave. RD 0836
MO: On 03/04/15 between 0815 and 2230 hrs, unknown suspect(s) gained access through side window and removed unknown property (victim is not sure what property was taken).
2000 Blk. Thayer Ave. RD 03/09/15 between 1345 and 1600 hrs, unknown suspect(s) attempted to remove screen door activating audible alarm and fled in unknown direction.
BFMV's (car break-ins)
10700 Blk. W. Pico Blvd. RD 0884
MO: On 03/04/15 between 1215 and 1430 hrs, unknown suspect(s) smashed the right front passenger window of victim's vehicle and removed a laptop, mouse and laptop case which were located on the front passenger seat.
1900 Blk. Greenfield Ave. RD 0835
MO: On 03/04/15-03/05/15 between 2330 and 1000 hrs, unknown suspect(s) removed victim's side mirrors from vehicle.
1900 Blk. Camden Ave. RD 0835
MO: On 03/04/15-03/15/15 between 1700 and 1200 hrs, unknown suspect(s) entered unlocked vehicle and removed driver side airbag and side view mirrors.
1800 Blk. Parnell Ave. RD 0836
MO: On 03/05/15-03/06/15 between 1600 and 0815 hrs, unknown suspect(s) smashed the right rear window of victim's vehicle and removed sunglasses and shoes which were located on the back seat.
2000 Blk. S. Beverly Glen Blvd. RD 0836
MO: On 03/10/15-03/11/15 between 2030 and 0800 hrs, unknown suspect(s) opened vehicle with possible key and removed a backpack which was located on the front passenger seat.
10900 Blk. Santa Monica Blvd. RD 0835
MO: On 03/14-15-03/15/15 between 1200 and 1035 hrs, unknown suspect(s) used unknown tool to punch door lock and removed a suitcase, necklace and paperwork which were located on the front passenger seat.
1800 Blk. Pelham Ave. RD 0836
MO: On 03/14/15-03/15/14 between 1930 and 1130 hrs, unknown suspect(s) entered victim's unlocked vehicle, ransacked vehicle but did not remove any property.
2000 Blk. S. Bentley Ave. RD 0835
MO: On 03/14/15-03/15/15 between 2230 and 1200 hrs, unknown suspect(s) entered gated garage by unknown means and removed victim's vehicle wheels.
2600 Blk. S. Sepulveda Blvd. RD 0893
MO: On 03/14/15-03/15/14 between 2100 and 1900 hrs, unknown suspect(s) smashed the vehicle's right rear window and removed sunglasses and CD's which were located on the back seat.

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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. Please remember to always lock and secure your residence when you leave – even if it’s just for a short time. And be a good neighbor and watch out for your neighbors. You know who belongs and who doesn’t. Notify the police if you feel that you are observing something suspicious.
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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.