P.O. Box 642001, Los Angeles, CA 90064
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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
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.
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
NEW CLASSES AT PALMS-RANCHO PARK LIBRARY
Memory Classes for Older Adults- 4 sessions will be from 1:00 to 3:30 pm -
4 Tuesdays, May 12, May 19, May 26 and June 2. This memory class provides practical strategies and exercises to help you retain and recall dates, phone numbers, addresses and more. And the class will teach strategies and exercises to improve your long-term memory and your ability to recall information. For more info. Call 310-231-9228
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program For adults Age 50 and Over – They meet Mondays and Wednesdays, May 4 through June 15 from 2:30 -3:20 pm at the library. Call Omar at 310-231-9228 for more information.
Palms Rancho Park Library
2920 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles- 310-840-2142
DWP Customer Service Saturdays – 2nd Saturday of Each Month – 9am – 1pm
Free giveaways of CFLs and water saving devices, or pay your bill………
Sat. May 9, 2015
1394 S. Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
EXPO RELATED NEWS :
NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS AT WESTWOOD AND EXPOSITION BLVD. NORTH ROADWAY
This information came in today from the Engineering Dept. regarding these signals and the long wait time etc. that many of you have been suffering through.
“The signal is working properly and as designed. The EB RT and LT are separate moves, and are not always shown at the same time. Usually the RT arrow appears first. Then later, the LT arrow. However, we have noticed a considerable number of motorist pulling up way too far into the crosswalk and not being detected. We have had Expo install a STOP HERE ON RED sign to clarify the proper place to stop (also marked with a white line). Due to the complex phasing, it can take up to a minute for the signal to change during peak periods. Driving forward or backwards while waiting resets this timer, and only extends the wait. Please advise the constituent to stop at the marked limit line and wait for the RT or LT arrow. Also, there is no turn on red for the EB approach due to the proximity of the tracks.”
“I understand your frustration at having to wait to make a right turn. As you noted, there are tracks in close proximity and there is insufficient storage for a car to turn right before coming up on the gates. Once trains begin running, allowing right turns on red towards a railroad crossing is prohibited by traffic engineering standards as it can lead to serious accidents. The reason for the no right turn on red restriction at all times is that there is a new crosswalk just south of the tracks across Westwood Blvd. Motorists making a right turn from Exposition Blvd cannot see pedestrians in this crosswalk, especially if they are looking to their left when attempting to make a right turn on red. Once they make their turn, they accelerate and could easily be unaware of pedestrians walking in the crosswalk and be unable to stop. Even if they could stop, they would be stopped on the tracks, which is not a safe place to wait once trains are running. This crosswalk is controlled by the traffic signal in a manner that does not allow pedestrians to cross when Exposition Blvd has the green light, and conversely, Exposition Blvd has a red arrow prohibiting the right turn when pedestrians are allowed to cross.
The traffic signal is timed to respond to demand, both vehicle and pedestrian, as quickly as practical given the large geometry of this intersection. At times, the wait to make the right turn can be as little as 10 seconds if there are no cars coming along Westwood Blvd, but during heavy peak times there will be periods where a 1-2 minute wait may occur. Motorists need to stop on the detector loops, which are placed behind the white line painted before the crosswalk. This is the normal stopping point for all intersections, and the STOP HERE ON RED sign was installed to clarify the location since this signal is new.”
ATSAC Operations & Metro Programs
Los Angeles Department of Transportation
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 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.
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.
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 May 20th, 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