P.O. Box 642001, Los Angeles, CA 90064
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IMPORTANT UPCOMING EXPO STREET CLOSURES
Please note: If you use the alley between Midvale and Westwood from Exposition to Coventry, you may have to access it from Coventry.
The full closures of South Exposition Boulevard at Military Avenue and Westwood Boulevard for roadway improvements.
What: 3-Day Continuous Full Closure for Final Paving
When: 7:00 a.m. Monday, July 13 through 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Work Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
· South Exposition Boulevard, between Military Avenue and Greenfield Avenue
· South Exposition Boulevard, between Westwood Boulevard and Midvale Avenue
- South Exposition Boulevard will be temporarily closed to all through traffic at Military Avenue and Westwood Boulevard during these work activities.
- Access to the alley located west of Westwood Boulevard will be restricted during work hours.
- The crosswalk on South Exposition Boulevard at Westwood Boulevard will be closed throughout the continuous full closure.
- Parking within the closure area will be restricted.
- Electronic Message boards, directional signage and flaggers will be used to direct vehicles and pedestrians around the construction zone.
· Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced at all times and signage with specific restrictions will be in place in all construction areas.
· Noise levels will be monitored to ensure compliance and the work area will be watered down to minimize dust.
· 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.
Government/Community Relations Representative
Exposition Construction Authority
Westwood Greenway News Update..........
If you go by the Expo Line construction in Rancho Park/West LA you’ll see test trains, new crossing gates, and lots of construction vehicles and workers between Overland Ave. and Westwood Blvd. This wide swath of public land has been a staging area for the Phase 2 construction and is now a dumping ground for extra asphalt, unused catenary poles, and broken-down equipment.
However, a group of dedicated community members has been looking beyond the construction and envisioning the Westwood Greenway: there will be neighborhood-friendly open space with a constructed stream using dry weather flow from the Overland storm drain, low maintenance native plant communities, a walking path and an outdoor learning center on the north side of the tracks, and the Expo bike/ped path on the south side. Throughout it all will be interpretive signs to educate students and the public about watersheds, drought tolerant landscaping, water quality, and reclaimed water use. Students from Overland Elementary and from Expo-adjacent schools like Dorsey High School and Foshay Learning Center will be able to use the Greenway for field trips and research projects in conjunction with groups like LA Audubon. A video showing our vision for the space is on our website.
And the Greenway is not just the vision of a few neighborhood volunteers. The Department of Sanitation and its Watershed Protection Division have developed the Greenway’s conceptual plan for water treatment which will reduce the pollutants entering the Santa Monica Bay. The Greenway is included in their draft Enhanced Watershed Management Plan for the Ballona Creek Watershed, which aims to meet Clean Water Act compliance deadlines coming in 2021. Former Mayor Villaraigosa included the park in his 2012 50 Parks Initiative, and funding for the landscaping of the park is still included in the Recreation and Parks budget. Ground was broken in 2013 when the City spent $100,000 to install culverts under the Expo Line tracks to carry the stream from one side to the other.
Since 2012, Greenway proponents have been encouraging our elected representatives to combine the LA City land and Metro land at the site into one unified park. Using the $750,000 currently set aside for the Greenway in the 50 Parks Initiative, they could have moved ahead to design and landscape the space so that it would be completed at the same time as the Expo Line. This opportunity has been lost, but we are still hopeful that the Greenway will be built in the near future.
Currently, Expo is moving ahead to finish the bike path and landscaping on the Metro land and to remove their construction materials and trailers from the City land by the end of 2015. So, on the 200-foot-wide piece of land between Overland and Westwood there will be 100 feet in the middle with the Expo line, the bike path, and two landscaped beds. North and south of this strip, there will be 50 feet of City land left fallow. Are two long vacant lots what you want to see in the middle of our neighborhood? We have accomplished much in moving the Greenway vision towards reality. We will need broader support to push for its completion. Please join us on our website and like our Facebook page and pass this on to all of your friends and neighbors. Together we can make this great project happen!
www.facebook.com/westwoodneighborhoodgreenway and www.expogreenway.org.
Thank you all who have already sent in their Westwood Gardens annual dues for 2015…..your participation, support and interest is greatly appreciated.
However we are quite surprised that the response to our newsletter a few months ago has not resulted in hearing from a greater number of our residents who were so anxious to obtain permit parking, especially those blocks of Glendon, Malcolm, Selby, Overland and Westwood. We worked very hard to get your signatures to the proper agency in the city and continue to monitor that complicated process as it winds its way through the various stages and become a reality. Many long hours continue to be spent lobbying the City of Los Angeles and the Expo Authority to maintain the quality of life and enjoyment of our homes that all of us deserve.
Please don’t forget about us, your homeowner’s association. Your participation shows how much you care about our neighborhood. Your Board are all volunteers donating their own time and energy on your behalf. Our dues are $15.00 per calendar year, and can be mailed to:
Westwood Gardens Civic Association, P.O. Box 642001, LA 90064
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.
PERMIT PARKING NEWS
DWP Customer Service Saturdays – 2nd Saturday of Each Month – 9am – 1pm
Free giveaways of CFLs and water saving devices, or pay your bill………
1394 S. Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Sign up for EXPO Construction Updates:
Contact Glenda at firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or 310-500-1485 for any construction issues.
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.
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.
The Next Westwood Gardens Civic Association Regular Meeting
Wednesday July 15th, 2015
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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Current Crime Status updated Mar 28, 2015