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  • 20 May 2024 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Public Hearing on Pawnshop Sports Bar!

     

    Plan to attend the virtual public hearing on Thursday, June 6th at 9:30 a.m. and provide your comments about the proposed plan for the conditions of operation for the Pawnshop Sports Bar at 5901 Melrose (corner of Melrose and Cahuenga). The owner is asking for extended operating hours of 6 a.m. until 2 a.m., seven days a week, has not provided a parking plan as requested by the neighbors, and has shared no plans for security and noise management. The Pawnshop can host 275 patrons and will be the site of broadcasts of international sporting events.

     

    This part of Melrose Avenue has a number of restaurants, all of which close by 11 p.m. Many of them have full bars, but the number of patrons is much lower than would be hosted at the Pawnshop. Without some reasonable controls and agreements, this quiet part of Melrose immediately adjacent to residential homes, could change dramatically. The Association and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council have asked the owner to limit the hours of alcohol service from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., to provide a parking plan, and to set up a security plan. To date, the owner has refused the communities’ requests and his permit application is unchanged.

     

    Any permissions for extended alcohol service granted for this bar/restaurant will stay with the property. It would also set a new precedent for business owners on other properties along Melrose to receive the same kind of extended alcohol service hours. This is an important transition time for Melrose and Hancock Park. We ask you to think carefully about what’s important to you about living in our diverse neighborhood — home to many houses, apartments, condominiums, schools and churches.

     

    The Hearing is: Thursday, June 6th at 9:30 a.m. This hearing allows for public comment. We have learned over the years that strong community attendance and participation at these hearings is needed to get the attention of the Department of City Planning. We encourage everyone living in Quadrant One (Lillian Way, Cahuenga and Wilcox) as well as other Hancock Park residents to please attend. If you can’t attend, please submit a letter to the Hearing Officer, Yasmin.Diaz@lacity.org.

    The ZOOM link is: https://planning-lacity-org.zoom.us/j/85765192714

    Meeting ID:  857 6519 2714 and Passcode:  563278

    If joining by phone: (669) 900-9128 or (213) 338-8477.

    When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 85765192714#

    The meeting’s agenda will be provided no later than 72 hours before the meeting at planning4la.org/hearings.


    We welcome volunteers! We’re also asking every homeowner to become a dues-paying member. See our website for more specific information about how you can participate


  • 29 Feb 2024 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

                 March 5th Election!   Be An Informed VOTER!

    Voting has started! It’s important we are informed on the issues and who we are voting for! The people we send to LA City , County, Sacramento, and Washington DC will make decisions that will impact our lives for decades to come.  Here’s what is on the March 5th Ballot!

    1). 30th  Congressional  District  Congressperson                                                                               2) State Assemblymember 51st  District                                                                                                                     3) LA County District Attorney                                                                                                                                Two very important initiatives: Measure HLA  and  Proposition 1.

    Measure HLA   would convert Mobility Plan 2035, an aspirational planning document adopted by the City Council in 2015, into a mandate that requires the city to add bike lanes and  traffic-slowing “road diets” to city streets whenever - at least 1/8 of a mile is repaved.  The Mobility Plan 2035 was intended to improve all forms of mobility in LA, but  HLA deals primarily with bike mobility. It allows any City resident to file a lawsuit against the City for noncompliance.  Matt Szabo, the city’s top budget analyst, warns the measure could cost more than $3.1 billion over the next 10 years.  Szabo also states that projects required under Measure HLA would reduce the number of streets that are repaved or improved each year.                                                                            

    The HLA initiative was written by Michael Schneider, bike advocate  founder of Streets For All ; https://www.streetsforall.org/initiatives Schneider says adding bike lanes and road diets make  streets safer and would force city agencies to complete a list of  projects.  It would allow any City resident to file a lawsuit against the City for noncompliance.                                                                                           

    Read the Mobility Plan 2035 here: https://planning.lacity.gov/odocument/523f2a95-9d72-41d7-aba5-1972f84c1d36/Mobility_Plan_2035.pdf

    Please refer to your City of Los Angeles VOTER INFORMATION PAMPHLET https://clkrep.lacity.org/election/2024_Primary_Ballot_Measure_Eng.pdf  for more detailed information on HLA.

    Proposition 1would change California’s 20 year old Mental Health Services Act and includes

    funding to build more than 10,000 new treatment beds.  Many unhoused people on

    our streets have mental health problems, and Proposition 1 proposes an approach of more

    funding and uniformity of services in order to help solve this problem. It would

    mark a major change in the state’s approach to homelessness and mental health and it’s

    critically important that voters inform themselves and vote.

    For more detailed information on Proposition 1 please refer to the voter guide : https://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/1/

    We welcome volunteers!  We’re also asking every homeowner to become a dues paying member.  See our website for more specific information about how you can participate - Hancock Park Homeowners Association Est 1948 - Home


  • 29 Feb 2024 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

                                    Using MyLA311 and Safe Sidewalks LA

    If you see a tree down or a couch left at the curb or you see graffiti or … and you wonder how to get the situation handled; try the MyLA311App or the website https://lacity.gov/myla311 to make a report.  You’ll open a ticket, someone will be dispatched and when the situation is cleared up you’ll get notification.

    Some of the additional things MyLA311 can handle are:

    -       Reporting dumping or trash collection issues

    -       Requesting bulky item pick-up appointments

    -       Reporting graffiti

    -       Asking for parking enforcement

    -       Animal services, such as dead animal pickup

    -       Streetlight outage

    -       Reporting gas leaf blower violations

                                                Safe Sidewalks LA

    As everyone who walks on a sidewalk in Los Angeles  knows, most of our sidewalks are broken and dangerous. Our Hancock Park neighborhood has been requesting help from our Council Office for months and have been told there was no funding available for our sidewalk infrastructure.  However, we discovered a program called – Safe Sidewalks LA https://sidewalks.lacity.org/ .  The goal is to repair sidewalks so they are accessible to all of us.  The Association will be starting an initiative and task force to help Hancock Park residents log problem sidewalks, get involved in the program and keep track of the progress.  Stay tuned for more information.

    We welcome volunteers to help with our work.  We’re also asking every homeowner to become a dues paying member.  See our website for more specific information about how you can participate - Hancock Park Homeowners Association Est 1948 - Home


  • 29 Feb 2024 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

                                      We’re Still Looking for Answers?

     

    Our Councilmember, Katy Yaroslavsky and her team have been in place for almost a year.  The Association and its members have a number of important and pressing issues that we’ve asked our Councilmember and her staff to help us with and, unfortunately, we’re still waiting for answers:


    1)    How will the City address the dangerous flooding on Clinton between Lillian and Rossmore on Clinton that occurs during rain storms; hopefully before someone drowns;

    2)    What progress has the DWP made in fixing the lack of communication to consumers when there is a major power outage.  Four days without power or information is inexcusable;

    3)    When will repairs to our sidewalks and streets be done so pedestrians don’t trip and break bones and cars aren’t damaged;

    4)    When will the street lights on Rossmore be fixed and the utility boxes secured so the vandalism stops;

    5)    Graffiti, tagging and illegal flyer removal/cleanup is never done with  urgency -inviting more vandalism.

    Lastly your constituents would like an accounting of how your office’s Discretionary Funds are spent.  The Association would like to continue our history of productive working relationships with our Council Office and look forward to these and other issues being addressed fully and expeditiously. 

    To our residents and neighbors, please remember these are not the only concerns  we have, but these are the specific issues we have been trying to resolve for months!

    There is always lot to do on behalf of the community and there are many efforts underway to improve all areas of life in Hancock Park.  We welcome volunteers to help with our work.  Again, see our website for more specific information about all these initiatives and other efforts.  A recording of  the meeting is available on

    our website, Hancock Park Homeowners Association Est 1948 - Home


  • 23 Oct 2023 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A link to our 2023 HPHA Annual Meeting video recording can be found here:

    HPHA Annual Meeting 

    The agenda for the meeting included:

    Welcome from HPHA President, Cindy Chvatal-Keane
    Council District 5 : CM  Katy Yaroslavsky                        
    Board Member Introductions
    Assembly Member : Rick Zbur    
    Neighborhood Security:

    • LAPD Wilshire Division: Captain Sonia Monico
    • Acting Senior Lead Officer: DeantreDantzler
    • Neighborhood Preparedness: Ben Goldfarb
    HPHA Committee Updates  
    Announcement of Board Election Results



  • 7 Mar 2023 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Hancock Park/Windsor Square Town Hall on the recent prolonged power outage in our area was held last night over Zoom. If you missed it, a recording is now available at the link posted below. The Town Hall participants included the WS and HP HOAs, Councilmembers Yaroslavksy and Soto-Martinez and representatives from DWP. 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/IFbxb_OGn0SkiaJFTpeLT-WrhNMxwr0LLiX1J_Rq0wWwptvYExXNh7SdZPwxQovj.X-8XLg0575XWicLh?startTime=1678157792000

    Passcode: ^h.H6$hy

    Below are the 12 questions the HOAs sent to DWP in advance of the meeting.

    Question 1 - Hancock Park and Windsor Square Outages 

    Why was there a delay of multiple days for LADWP to restore power to homes in Windsor Square and Hancock Park? What caused the delay? Was there insufficient staff available to respond to power outages in multiple areas in the city? Was the cause of the outage in Windsor Square/Hancock Park so severe and technically difficult to fix that it caused the delay? Was there a paucity of hardware/parts that had to be sourced to fix the problem, causing the delay? 

    Question 2 - Incorrect Outage Data 

    Why are outage maps and messaging to the community re - repair times - incorrect and inconsistent? How can they both be improved to show outages in real-time and send accurate messages to the community? 

    Question 3 - Infrastructure Upgrades 

    What plans are in place to upgrade critical infrastructure around the city? (Crews tell residents that our infrastructure is old and failing.) 

    Question 4 - DWP Coordination of Upgrades 

    If/when LADWP upgrades infrastructure — water and power— who would be leading that effort? How is that coordinated? Who at LADWP is responsible? Is DWP working in coordination with the Mayor’s office? 

    Question 5 - Availability of Federal Funding 

    Feds have put aside millions for upgrading infrastructure. Has LADWP reached out for Federal funding and what is/would that funding support? 

    Question 6 - Preparation for Future Events 

    If the woeful response DWP had to the current storm is any indication - a storm for which we had ample warning - how will we all be impacted in the event of a major earthquake with no warning? How is LADWP preparing? 

    Question 7 - Impact of Housing Plans on Infrastructure 

    With more and more housing units being built – ADU's, TOC projects, LA Housing Element calls for 460K new units – how is infrastructure going to keep up, especially now that the City Via Executive Directive is streamlining / fast tracking permitting? 

    Question 8 - DWP Staffing 

    What is the staffing situation? Are we down crews— both on the power and water side? Are we at capacity or still trying to recruit? 

    Question 9 - SLTRP Impact on Staffing / Solar 

    The 2023 SLTRP (STRATEGIC LONG TERM RESOURCE PLAN) includes, "Preliminary budgetary estimates include approximately 2,500 to 3,000 additional positions to address existing system needs and also PSRP (Power System Reliability Program) revamp and load growth. How many of those positions will be for upgrading existing infrastructure problems or are they mostly for LA 100's solar? 

    Question 10 - Reimbursement for Losses 

    Is LADWP going to reimburse us for all the food we had to throw away? All perishable and frozen goods were a total loss for us. 

    Question 11 - Past Upgrades Insufficient 

    Last year in Hancock Park a number of residents withstood multiple electric shut offs when they were upgrading the area. Why did this upgrade, deemed necessary enough to disrupt traffic, light, water and home access for months, not prepare us for or avoid the recent outage ? 

    Question 12 - DWP Tree Trimming 

    Many residents were told their outage was due to trees hitting/knocking down power lines. LADWP told these residents that residents were responsible for keeping the trees trimmed. However, California regulations require utilities to trim trees or vegetation so they don't grow into or fall into high-voltage power lines, which could not only cause a power outage but could spark a fire or be a danger to the public. Who is responsible for trimming trees near power lines?


  • 2 Jun 2022 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WHY VOTE?

                                       

    Every registered Los Angeles voter automatically received a ballot in the mail. Mail in that ballot, drop it in a Drop Box or make a plan to vote in person.Don’t sit this one out! Return your ballots or vote in person by June 7!                                 

    1. Elections have consequences. You have the power to decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and your  family. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about like  public safety & security, homelessness, protecting neighborhoods and planning smart development, ending institutional corruption in City Hall.  This is your community - your City!

    2. Not voting is giving up your voice.
    Elections are decided by the people who go out and vote. Take some time and learn about the measures and the candidates. If you don’t vote, someone else will make the decision for you. Your power is in your vote.

    3. Voting is an opportunity for change.                                                               Do you want to make a positive impact? Voting gives you that chance! Support the candidates and ballot measures that can help your community and state for the greater good. Make your voice heard in this election.

    4. The community depends on you!
    Our communities are made up of friends, loved ones, neighbors, and children. Some may not know how important voting is, while others don’t have the privilege. Make the decision to vote for yourself and those around you.

                                  Make your voice heard!

                                                  VOTE!

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


  • 4 May 2022 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saving Our Trees

    The lack of rain this winter means that water restrictions will be put in place starting June 1st.  We will be asked to limit outdoor watering to one day a week.  However, it’s very important to protect our parkway trees, and the large trees and bushes in our landscape.  The DWP will be issuing guidelines and regulations in the next couple of weeks, but start planning now.  Mulch around your trees and large bushes.  Check for leaks in your sprinkler systems and, if possible, change your landscaping to be as drought tolerant as possible. 

    The DWP recognizes that our trees and large shrubs are critical in mitigating the impact of climate change and will be issuing guidelines in the next few weeks.  The Association will be communicating with residents and working on plans to help all of us preserve our precious tree canopy and save water.  The following articles from the LA Times are a good place to start informing yourself.

    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-04-26/drought-order-limits-outdoor-watering-souther-california

    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-04-29/which-southern-california-cities-are-affected-by-new-watering-rules

    Security remains an issue so take care and alertt your neighbors and the police if you see something suspicious.  Leave outside lights on overnight.  Lock your car.  Lock your house. Set the alarm if you have one and consider installing one if you don’t.  Stay alert on walks and while getting in and out of your car.  Walk with a friend when possible and if you are the unfortunate victim of a crime make a policy report.

    Please see our website at www.HancockPark.org! Join a committee! Come to a Zoom Meeting!

    Participate! We are all volunteers!


  • 5 Jan 2022 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year and Here’s What’s Next for Hancock Park

    Hancock Park is now part of Council District 5 it’s time to meet our new Councilmember, Paul Koretz.  The HPHOA will host a virtual “Meet and Greet” Town Hall with our new CM on Thursday, January 13th at 6:30 PM.  Town Hall Zoom link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82160706440 - Information and links can also be found on our website www.HancockPark.org   Please plan to join us!

    What’s Next!

    -        We will be electing a new CD5 Council person in 2022.  The Association will host a candidates’ forum so you can meet and hear from the people running.  It’s important!  Our Council Member impacts the daily life in our neighborhood and electing the right person is critical to the quality and safety of life in Hancock Park.

    -        Increase neighborhood security:

    o   Add a third security patrol to join SSA and ADT.

    o   Research adding security camera license plate readers in the neighborhood.

    -        Keeping you informed.  Continue to expand our excellent neighborhood email communication system.  Please contact us on the website to join our email list.

    -        Working with our new Council Office and Streets LA to continue repair our infrastructure by implementing the priority repair schedule for “fixing our worst streets first”.  Currently Lillian Way is being analyzed for repairs that will allow for proper street drainage.

    -        Working with our new Council Office and LADOT to improve traffic safety and fund and install needed mitigations.  Currently working on installing Speed Tables on 6th Street.

    -        Continuing our care for our beautiful Urban Canopy by planting more trees!  We’ve had some desperately needed rain that’s deep watered our urban forest.  Time to fertilize your parkway trees.  Water your trees if we go two weeks without rain.  Our trees are the lungs of the city; cleaning the air, keeping us cool in the summer and helping us fight climate change.

    Stay Safe:  Subscribe to one of the neighborhood private security services, alert your neighbors and the police if you see something suspicious.  Leave outside lights on overnight.  Lock your car.  Lock your house. Set the alarm if you have one and consider installing one if you don’t.  Stay alert on walks and while getting in and out of your car.  Walk with a friend when possible.

    We’re looking forward to a productive, safe and happy New Year for everyone in Hancock Park and in the beautiful City of Los Angeles, Join us to help make this happen!

    Please see our website at www.HancockPark.org! Join a committee! Come to a Zoom Meeting!

    Participate! We are all volunteers!


  • 2 Dec 2021 4:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Meet Our New Councilman!

    Thanks to all the hard work and dedicated efforts of the Association and you, our members, Hancock Park is now part of Council District 5.  Being in Council District 5 unites many of the communities of interest within Hancock Park with those in neighboring communities; and includes the majority of  neighborhoods that make up  our Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council.  Our new Councilman is Paul Koretz and we are excited to start working with him to help improve our neighborhood security and traffic safety, continue repairing our infrastructure - streets, sidewalks and curbs, and to keep Hancock Park the beautiful and vital part of Los Angeles it has always been. CM Koretz has been a long serving well-respected and effective Councilman and has years of experience helping the city, and his constituents. 

    The Association is sponsoring a virtual “Meet and Greet” Town Hall with Councilmember Koretz on Thursday, January 13th at 6:30 PM. The Zoom link can be found on our website www.HancockPark.org   We hope you will attend!

    We thank the Redistricting Commission and City Council for their hard work on drawing the new district boundaries. The districts were drawn using census data, connecting communities of interest, following the voting rights act, and listening to the community.  Final map adjustments were made by Councilmember motions in order to try and ensure fair and equitable representation.

    Here’s some of what’s been accomplished in Hancock Park this past month:

    -          Streets LA  working with the Association ,has restored the framework and priority list of streets, sidewalks and curbs - Fix the Worst First .  Hudson is being repaved in concrete from Wilshire to 3rd and Lillian Way is being analyzed  as the possible next fix.

    -          Continued care for our  parkway canopy with Urban Forestry-  removing trees as needed and the HPHOA replanting new trees using the Hancock Park Master Tree Plan Guidelines.

    -          Survey completed for Hancock Park and Surrounding Neighborhoods to be shared with the Council Office and LADOT for proposed Traffic Safety Mitigations on 6th Street btw La Brea and Highland and Priority Bus Lanes on La Brea during peak hours  7-10am and 3-7pm.

    Remember to stay safe:  lock your car, your house, set your alarm if you have one, subscribe to one of the private security services and alert your neighbors and the police if you see something suspicious.

    May everyone have a wonderful holiday season and we’re looking forward to a productive New Year.

    Please see our website at www.HancockPark.org! Join a committee! Come to a Zoom Meeting!

    Participate! We are all volunteers!


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