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  • 3 Sep 2021 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What’s Happening this Month! Help Protect Our Neighborhood!
 

    Land Use and Zoning  - The CA state assembly recently passed SB9 and SB10. These bills destroy R-1 zoning. They allow lot splitting, construction of multiple buildings on a single lot, require no additional parking, no infrastructure expansion or environmental review. These bills do not require any affordable housing!  Our ASM Richard Bloom, voted against this measures!  Contact senator Ben Allen (310) 318-6994 - let him know he needs to oppose these bills!  Call governor Newsom  (916) 445-2841 tell him to veto these bills and support neighborhoods, not developers that will be allowed to  build unaffordable, community destroying housing.  

    Restoring Safety and Security - We continue to request action plans from CD4 Council Office for 1) LADBS enforcement , clean up or removal of derelict buildings on June, RImpau and McCaddden; and 2)  LADBS enforcement  at an illegal AirBnB currently operating  on Hudson Ave.

    Preserving our Urban Canopy Parkway tree planting and stump removal - If you have a dead tree, stump or need a new parkway tree, LET US KNOW! Please keep watering your parkway trees! Our canopy cleans the air and cools the temperature for the benefit of our entire community!

    Neighborhood Schools - School has started and we’re working with all neighborhood schools to mitigate, the traffic problems.The HOA recently participated in a zoom meeting with JB school leadership, LAUSD, HP residents, CD4 and LAPD school division. We discussed ways to control traffic impacting the neighbrohood and ensure safety for the students. We continue to work with JB school leadership on the seismic retrofit and expansion to manage the impact on residents.

    Infrastructure Repairs in our Neighborhood - Our dialog continues between StreetsLA and CD4 to fix our streets, sidewalks and non compliant ADA curbs. We hope to have an answer soon as to when the DWP utility “cuts” recently made along 4th street which cause the street to deteriorate more rapidly will be repaired properly. 

    Board Elections and Annual Meeting  - Members in good standing (meaning you paid your dues) will be receiving ballots for the Association’s Board of Directors election at the annual meeting on October 16th at 6PM via Zoom. Transportation and Traffic- CM Raman is on  record in support of Hancock Park's plan for 4th Street and stated she will oppose bike signal lights and restricted turns at 4th and Rossmore and Highland. The HOA continues to work with LADOT to make streets and intersections with a history of serious accidents safer - adding stop signs, requesting traffic laws and speed enforcement.  Please see our website at www.HancockPark.org!   Join a committee! Come to a Zoom Meeting! Participate!  We are all volunteers!


  • 2 Sep 2021 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year at our annual meeting in October, the Members in Good Standing of the HPHA (those who have paid their dues in 2021) vote for a slate of one-half of the HPHA Board to a new two-year term. This year, due to COVID and to reduce mail/paper costs, we are conducting the vote on our website. (Anyone who would rather vote by mail can email JenDeVore@gmail.com and request that a paper ballot be dropped off.) Below are the biographies of the nine Board members up for re-election for the 2021 - 2023 term. 

    Nominee Profiles — October 2021 Election  

    Tim Allyn  

    Tim serves as chair of the HPHA Streets Committee and has been instrumental in efforts to repair Hancock Park streets. Tim is an environmental consultant, solar contractor and activist and has lived in Hancock Park with his wife and daughter for over 26 years. 

    Martin Beck  

    Marty has lived in Hancock Park since 1998. He has been a commercial/industrial/residential real estate agent for 11 years in downtown Los Angeles. Prior to real estate, Marty worked for over 30 years in the textile business, mostly as a regional sales manager for a New York textile company. Marty co-chairs the Security committee. 

    Greg Glasser  

    Greg has lived in Hancock Park since 1999. He has been involved with the HPOZ and chaired the HPOZ Committee. He maintains the Association's website, hancockpark.org, and helps retrieve and direct the emails. Greg sits on the Traffic committee and is an expert on preferential parking districts. 

    Nancy Dolan

    Nancy has been a Hancock Park resident for over 20 years. She has been a block captain since 2016. Nancy is a political consultant and has represented city, county and state candidates and elected officials since 1999.

    Susan Grossman  

    Susan and her husband Kim have lived in Hancock Park for almost 30 years. She is currently the vice president of the Association. Susan is the co-chair of the Tree Committee and the Zoning committee, and she sits on the Hancock Park HPOZ Board.

    William Newby  

    Bill grew up on the Westside but has lived in the Hancock Park/Windsor Square area for almost 25 years where he raised three daughters including two who attended school locally at Marlborough. Bill is an investment banker specializing in the Gaming, Lodging and Leisure industries who attended UCLA both for his undergraduate degree in History as well as earning his MBA from the now Anderson School. Bill is an active member of the Board's Streets committee and is currently involved in the ongoing effort to repair and maintain our streets according to the standards of our HPOZ. Bill also leads the Boards work on the Highland Median.

    Deborah Trainer  

    Deborah Trainer is co-chair of the HPHA Tree Committee. With her husband, she was part of the effort to establish the HPOZ. She is an artist, formerly in the design profession. She has a degree in city planning, and worked in the Office of Lower Manhattan Development, and the Parks Department, in New York City. She's lived in Hancock Park for over 30 years with her family. 

    Jon Vein  

    Jon Vein is a long-time resident of Hancock Park. He is co-founder and Chairman of BiologyWorks, a Los Angeles-based medical diagnostics company.  Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of MarketShare, a leading data analytics software company that was acquired in 2015.  Before founding MarketShare, Jon worked as COO for Michael Ovitzs AMG and APG. Jon is an Emmy Award winner, producing many film and television productions, including King of the Hill and the Simpsons. He graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley with a dual degree in engineering-computer science and cum laude from Harvard Law School after which he was a founding partner of the entertainment law firm Dem & Vein. Jon is an active volunteer in many civic and charitable organizations, including serving as president of the Los Angeles Conventions and Tourism Development Board and leading acquiring hotels for Project Room Key for the city of Los Angeles.  Jon is married to Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, an entertainment executive, and has two children, Caroline and Jack.

    James Wolf  

     Jim grew up in Hancock Park. After time away in college, he, his wife and children moved back to Hancock Park and have lived here since 1983. Jim attended both the University of Pennsylvania and USC where he earned degrees in Civil Engineering and in Architecture. He is a California licensed architect. Jim has served on the Board of Directors since 1987 and was the president of the Association for over 12 years. Jim co-chairs the Street Lighting Committee and the Zoning Committee. Jim represented the Hancock Park area on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and was GWNC Vice President and Chairman of the Land Use Committee for GWNC from inception through 2018.

  • 5 Aug 2021 5:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What We’ve Done, What We’re Doing and What’s Next for Hancock Park

    Hancock Park HOA

    Land Use and Zoning in Hancock Park

    We participated in community meetings on how to mitigate the impact on the surrounding residents and community of two major proposed TOC developments:  1) Highland and Wilshire; and 2) 410 Rossmore.

    We continued our outreach to the community on Sacramento’s proposed R-1 neighborhood destroying zoning laws that  contain no affordable housing components.

    Restoring Safety and Security

    Continued requesting an action plan from CD4 Council Office for 1) Enforcement and  remove/fence/clean up of derelict buildings on June/Rimpau and McCaddden; and 2) Removal of the encampment on Wilshire Blvd next to John Burroughs Middle School.

    Preserving our Urban Canopy

    Highland Median - Trimmed all the young palm trees and continued monitoring irrigation and trash removal.

    Tree Planting and Stump Removal – Developed and implemented action plan with Urban Forestry to remove tree stumps and prepare to replant parkway trees

    Neighborhood Schools

    Working with leadership at Yavneh on renovations and coordinating with LAUSD and neighborhood on John Burroughs Middle School new construction plan

    Infrastructure Repairs in our Neighborhood

    Met with the new StreetsLA Director to discuss restarting our repair plan for concrete streets, sidewalks and ADA curb installation

    Received updates on the development of engineering plan to continue the sidewalk along Beverly between Rossmore and June.

    Transportation and Traffic-

    Unified neighborhoods -Windsor Square HOA joined Hancock Park in support of Hancock Park's Reasonable,Thoughtful, Inclusive Plan for 4th Street.

    A new pedestrian "island" will be installed on 3rd street btw McCadden and Las Palmas for safer

    Please see our website at www.HancockPark.org!   Join a committee! Come to a Zoom Meeting! Participate!  We are all volunteers!


  • 6 Jul 2021 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have News! 

    Keeping our Hancock Park residents and surrounding neighbors updated and sharing important information on local, city and statewide issues —  especially those that impact our neighborhood and quality of life —  is very important to the Hancock Park Homeowners Association.

    We strongly feel our ability to communicate with you and share timely fact-based information is crucial!  Equally important is being able to respond to our resident’s questions and concerns in a timely manner.

    We re Expanding Our Reach and Want to Hear From You

    We are adding a number of new ways to reach you as well as expanding our existing networks.  Here are some of the ways you can find us, hear from us and communicate with us:

       In the Larchmont Buzz - Home - Larchmont Buzz - Hancock Park News – on a regular basis

       In the Beverly Press - https://beverlypress.com/ - Local news since 1946 News/ Beverly Press

       On our website www.HancockPark.org

    Planning a remodel on your Hancock Park home?

    If you’re planning to make any changes to the street-visible portion of your house, hardscaping and windows, check with our HPOZ Planner Suki Gershenhorn (suki.gershenhorn@lacity.org) before starting. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park. There is also an online form available - preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: laocb.org/programs/graffiti-abatement and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. 


  • 26 May 2021 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Help Us to Save Our Neighborhood

    In a poorly thought out strategy to address the affordable housing shortage, members of the state legislature have proposed legislation that will allow for the subdivision of R-1 neighborhoods and the construction of multiple, multi-story buildings on lots now containing one house.  SB9 and SB10 are promoted as solutions to providing affordable housing near public transit.  Unfortunately, this plan will only result in more expensive, empty buildings, over-parking on streets that have no capacity, and increased use of public utilities.  All with no requirement that developers contribute to upgrading public utilities or set aside significant numbers of units that are affordable and will remain so.  SB9 and SB10 just destroy neighborhoods and incentivize the construction of unaffordable housing. 

    The United Neighbors volunteer group has put together a video that explains what our city will look like if SB9 and SB10 are passed.  You can find it on our website:  Hancock Park Homeowners Association est 1948 - SB9 and SB10 Will Destroy California's Neighborhoods .  Take a look and then write your state representatives and our Councilmember and tell them what you think.  

    Our current Council Field Deputy, Su Lee, will be transitioned into a new role in the Council Office.  The Council Office is hiring new field managers and once someone is hired and trained Su will move to another role. 

    It’s getting warm so don’t forget to water your trees, and if you need a tree in your parkway contact the Association at https://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/

    If you’re planning to make any changes to the street-visible portion of your house, hardscaping and windows, check with our HPOZ Planner Suki Gershenhorn (suki.gershenhorn@lacity.org) before starting. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park. There is also an online form available - preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: laocb.org/programs/graffiti-abatement and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180.  


  • 18 May 2021 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We all understand the need for more affordable housing. Sacramento Housing Bills SB9 and SB10 are NOT the answer. Here's a great video from United Neighbors that explains why in 2 minutes flat. Please watch and let your elected representatives know your thoughts.

    https://youtu.be/JHAwmck_QJw

    Contact your elected representatives! Tell them to VOTE NO on SB9 & SB 10.

     Senator Ben Allen : Senator.Allen@senate.ca.gov

     Assemblymember Richard Bloom: Assemblymember.Bloom@assembly.ca.gov

    CD4 CM Nithya Raman: nithya.raman@lacity.org


  • 20 Apr 2021 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome Our New Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Representatives

    The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council election results are in and Hancock Park will be represented by Jennifer DeVore and David Trainer as her alternate.   Association President Cindy Chvatal is the new director for ‘Other Non-Profit Organizations’ with Hancock Park resident Helen Eigenberg as the alternate.  The ‘Other-NonProfit’ seat represents all non-profits in the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council area except educational and religious institutions.  

    Our Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council is an important platform for all the diverse voices in our neighborhood to be heard, to work on common areas of interest and to coordinate these efforts with the City.  Our Neighborhood Council works on development proposals, coordinates with city security services such as the LAFD and LAPD, and works on quality of life issues such as environmental health and transportation.  Neighborhood Councils act only in an advisory role and do not have decision making powers.  To get more involved find out what’s going on at https://greaterwilshire.org/  

    The Association has an initiative to document the most egregious sidewalk issues in Hancock Park and to push the City to make repairs.  Block captains have submitted the ‘worst sidewalk on their blocks’ to the Association this list now with the Council Office and City.  Association has also asked the Council Office and the City to install a sidewalk on the north side of Beverly Blvd between June Street and Rossmore.  The first step will be taken when the City installs signs on the north side of Beverly forbidding foot traffic.  The Council Office and the City will then develop plans for installing the sidewalk. 

    It’s getting warm so don’t forget to water your trees, and if you need a tree in your parkway contact the Association at https://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/

    If you’re planning to make any changes to the street-visible portion of your house, hardscaping and windows, check with our HPOZ Planner Suki Gershenhorn (suki.gershenhorn@lacity.org) before starting. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park. There is also an online form available - preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklistReport graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: laocb.org/programs/graffiti-abatement and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180.  

  • 19 Mar 2021 4:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hancock Park Neighbors Meet with CouncilMember Nithya Raman

    The Association sponsored a Town Hall meeting with our new Council Member, Nithya Raman on March 15th.  The Zoom which was a long time in planning, provided the CM with a list of questions from the community based on the neighbors’ input of priorities, concerns and issues.  This is a difficult time, for the City and while the recently passed American Rescue Act will provide funding for cities and states there will still be a lot of hard choices to make.

    Some of the issues covered were:

    1.     Safety and Security – CM Raman was asked about the increase in homicides and robberies in the city and how she would work to ensure funding for LAPD so their response times will be adequate for our emergencies.  Her proposal is to align the LAPD in a more proactive, community centered model for our emergencies.  She supports moving some funding to support specially trained responders to problems such as homelessness, mental health and traffic enforcement that may not require a full police response.

    2.     Land Use, R-1 Zoning and HPOZs – CM Raman supported SB 1120 the precursor/twin of Senate Bill 9, but she hadn’t read SB9.  She does support SB 10.  The City Council has not yet been asked to take a position on these two new measures-yet.  She doesn’t support the elimination of R-1 zoning and supports HPOZs, however she is also committed to adding housing to the city.

    3.     Homeless Crisis Response –  CM Raman supports creating Access Centers that can provide complete services, but doesn’t have a detailed plan as to where and how to locate and fund these centers.

    She also said that the Council Office discretionary funding budget will be used to backfill areas where city services are cut, but the Discretionary Task Force as it previously performed in the district will not be continued.   Other outstanding issues that were discussed but where she hasn’t taken a position were the LA City pension crisis, balancing citywide initiatives (such as Streets for All) with the interests of local residents, and the postponement of repairs to our sidewalks and streets.  You can view the entire meeting on our website, www.hancockpark.org – News and Events.

    Councilmember Raman also introduced Su Lee (suin.lee@lacity.org) her district field manager.  Ms. Raman encouraged residents to contact Ms. Lee with questions and issues.

    Don’t forget to pay your dues and, if you don’t have one, plant a parkway tree.  Contact the Association at Hancock Park Homeowners Association est 1948 - Home

    If you’re planning to make any changes to the street-visible portion of your house, hardscaping and windows, check with our HPOZ Planner Suki Gershenhorn (suki.gershenhorn@lacity.org) before starting. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park. There is also an online form available - preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: laocb.org/programs/graffiti-abatement and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180.  


  • 15 Mar 2021 10:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many thanks to LA City Council Member Nithya Raman for joining the Hancock Park neighborhood for a town hall meeting. HP residents submitted questions which we condensed and sent to the CM's office one week in advance of the Town Hall. Many more questions were asked during the town hall; we hope to host another town hall in early summer! A huge thank you to CM Raman, Su Lee and the rest of the CD4 staff for joining us this evening.

    Below is a link to the Town Hall on YouTube. We have also posted the video on our Facebook page.

    https://youtu.be/Xb3vqVpDTsE

  • 11 Feb 2021 5:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fixing Our Sidewalks and Remembering Tom LaBonge

    The City’s plans for repairing our sidewalks has been suspended because of the budget crisis caused by the COVID epidemic.  However, as everyone knows, many of the sidewalks in Hancock Park not only need repair, but are a hazard to pedestrians.  The Association has asked the City’s Street Services Department for help in getting the most dangerous sidewalks fixed.  Block captains will be identifying the problematic sidewalks on their block and, with the Association, will build a list of the sidewalks that are most in need of immediate repair.  This list will be submitted to the City’s Department of Street Services which will prioritize repairs based on estimates of liability and schedule repairs.  Unfortunately, this process will only address the most egregious situations, so we’re also exploring other funding options to pay for repairs, including using Association dues and resident participation.  This is a difficult time not only for Hancock Park but for the entire City and the Association will be continuing to investigate ways to keep making progress on backlogged infrastructure work.

    We send our condolences to the family of our former councilman, Tom LaBonge, who recently passed away.  Tom started out as the Hancock Park field deputy to Councilman John Ferraro and he played an important part in the successful effort to install our beautiful historic streetlights.   Tom was our Councilman when Hancock Park successfully established itself as an HPOZ and Hancock Park’s history and beauty are now preserved for all future generations.  He loved all the neighborhoods in his district, taking photographs of landmarks that became part of the calendars that were his annual gift to his constituents. 

    This is when we ask our members to support the Association’s work by paying their annual dues.  You’ll receive a mailing soon, so please donate; we need your support now more than ever.  One of the things your dues pay for is parkway tree planting, which is now in process.  Let us now, via the website, if you need a tree. 

    Don’t forget to consult our HPOZ Planner Suki Gershenhorn (suki.gershenhorn@lacity.org) before starting projects that change the exterior of your house. The Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ is at preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: laocb.org/programs/graffiti-abatement and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180.  


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