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est. 1948

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  • 18 Jun 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Due to the City of LA’s severe budget problems many services such as tree trimming, stump removal, median/parkway maintenance and sidewalk repair services have been all but eliminated.  The City now considers these types of repairs and services to be the responsibility of the homeowner.  The responsibility for sidewalk repairs has not yet been settled and many LA citizens are challenging whether this change is legal.  The Association is considering plans to help support efforts to trim trees and grass by putting together a fund (using annual dues). 

     Because of recent, severe droughts, and other state wide water requirements, the times of ample, cheap water for landscaping are over.  The Water Efficiency Landscape Ordinance (WELO) and the Low Impact Design Ordinance (LID) were passed in February of this year to further enforce landscape water use reductions.  Because of these increasing restrictions on water use for landscaping, the Association has been exploring options for drought tolerant landscaping.  At the recent Block Captains’ meeting, landscaper Mayita Dinos gave a talk on water wise plantings for our climate.  Los Angeles is considered a Mediterranean climate which means hot, dry summers with little rain, and cool, wet winters.  As beautiful as the lawns that surround most Hancock Park homes are these lawns are problematic in our climate.  They need a lot of water and their static use compacts the soil.  The fertilizer and pesticides that are applied often run off into the storm drain system polluting the Santa Monica Bay.  So, consider drought tolerant, waterwise landscaping when planting your garden.  The Association is working on more formal recommendations for relandscaping in a waterwise fashion and the information will be posted on our website. 

     Thanks to the Block Captain Committee for holding a great Block Captains’ meeting in May which highlighted the changes in City Services, landscaping, security and many other important issues for Hancock Park.  The Block Captain network is one of the most effective protections against crime.  If you want to be a block captain or don’t know who your block captain is contact the Association via the website.  And, don’t forget, if you haven’t already, mail in your dues!  Your dues support efforts like the tree trimming and grass cutting projects and they let you vote in the election for Board of Directors. 

     If you’re planning changes to your house visit the HPHOA’ 48 web site, www.hancockpark.org, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park and read the Preservation Plan.  Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System – http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE1-89DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180   For questions regarding filming contact Filming Committee CoChairs,  Ruth Marmelzat or Cami Taylor.  Ruth can be reached at 323-934-0138 and Cami at 323-692-1414 (Home) and 310-659-6220 (office)

  • 7 May 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cindy Chvatal –Keane  welcomed the block captains and thanked them for their valuable contribution to the community. She also encouraged everyone to visit the new HPHOA’48 web site at www.hancockpark.org .  Cindy noted that due to the severe City wide budget cut backs,  tree trimming, stump removal, median/parkway maintaince  and sidewalk repair services have been all but eliminated.  The Hancock Park Homeowners Association’48  is discussing plans to take over trimming trees and grass in absence of the city and is putting together a fund , (using annual dues) to that end.  (City will only be coming out to deal with emergencies.) The city will grant permits to take over trimming the trees.  Sidewalks are now the residents’ responsibility. The city will no longer deal with repairing them. (Citizens are looking in to whether this is legal.)  The HPHOA’48 will be providing information to the homeowners about what city will not be doing and what the HPHOA’48 will be doing.

    SSA Security – Jerry Shaw

    1-4 minute response time max. all are former police officers and know how to respond. It’s critical that we report any crimes that we experience or see.  If anyone would like to contact SSA, they are glad to answer questions whether you are clients or not.  SSA can’t respond to a residence that is not subscribed to their services.  tsegraves@ssa-pi.com or jshaw@ssa-pi.com.  In HP, incidents of crime are starting to be reduced, often because of SSA presence, because they stop numerous people and approach parked cars and ask what they’re doing in the neighborhood. It’s obvious who is here legitimately and those who are not.  (Crime is going up in neighborhood around us.) Two burglaries recently on Highland, in both cases used pepper spray.  SSA security works with all monitoring companies.  $187.50 per month.  Goal is to reduce the cost with more subscribers.  Need 180 homes, have 160.  As soon as get 260 homes, will add a second car.

    HPOZ – Jen DeVore

    Board has been in existence for almost a year now. The Board is comprised of five members. Operated by the city – all meetings are noticed and homeowners need to go through the city to be on the agenda for the HPOZ meetings. Meetings are held every other Tuesday night.  We have a very detailed HPOZ Preservation Plan and the Board follows  the principles of that Plan….the goal of the HPOZ was to preserve the historic character of Hancock Park. 

    ADT – Kevin Scroggins

    Mr. Scroggins was a senior lead officer for the Wilshire division, LAPD.   Even as a manager, he does patrol the streets.  ADT has 5 cars that respond in Hancock Park/Windsor Square.  He listens to most of calls that are being monitored.  ADT does escorts and they do house searches.  4 cars in Hancock Park/Windsor Square all the time.  Local number: 818 428 6675. 818 428 6673 – Kevin’s cell.

    LAFD – Station 29 Captain Richard McLaren

    In the event of an earthquake or other natural disasters, anything over a 3.3 earthquake, all fire equipment is taken to a safe area.  They have a route that they will then start to patrol and assess the damage.  In the event of a full-scale earthquake, they will need to prioritize the emergencies.  Upshot is that we may be on our own as a neighborhood. Block captain participation is critical to organize each block it the case of an emergency.   Residents should have at least a week’s worth of food and water for more than a week. The web site:  www.lafd.org has all this information.  There are copies there of the LAFD Emergency Preparedness Guide and also info from the Red Cross.  Know how to shut off your water and your gas, if you need to.  Get an earthquake valve to automatically set off your gas if needed. Make sure you have smoke detectors – 2/3 of lives lost to fire each year come from no smoke alarms or faulty fire alarms.  CERT program is a great resource. Check out the new Hancock APrk Web site for more information on Emergency Preparedness.

    Climate Appropriate Landscaping – Mayita Dinos 

    We live in a Mediterranean climate. There are five.  What does that mean?  We have hot, dry summers with not much rain at all, if any and then we have cool, wet winters.  Plants need to be adapted to that – they tend to have tough leaves or small fuzzy leaves to hold on to the water (eg sage). Leaves can resemble needles so that it’s not exposing too much surface area to the sun. Up til now, could grow non-appropriate plants because we were stealing water. But we’re running out of that stolen water.  New law: Feb 2010 – Water efficiency landscape ordinance – WELO – that is meant to conserve water.  Low impact design ordinance (LID) – meant to reduce run off, keep water where it falls. Also – no longer allowed to water all the time. 60 – 70% of your total water use is used for your landscape.    Don’t know if they are actually enforcing right now. Need to present plans for landscaping to the city if over a certain size.  So – characteristics of an appropriate landscape are….1 – have a rain barrel to catch water. 2 – reduce run off by keeping water on site  – many ways to do this – redirect , put gutter into rain barrel or direct gutter onto line.  Or think of your property as a mini-watershed…notice geographical elements and figure out mountains (house) and valleys (where water collects.)  make a rain garden!  There are plants that like being flooded.  You are bringing water back to the aquifer – and the soil filters out the pollution.  Key goal is the first flush – first time it rains after a long period – to get that water back into the ground where the pollution can be filtered.  3 – restore the health of the soil.   Soil needs OWL – oxygen, water, life. Lawns are not good.  If you did nothing else but change out your parkways, you would be doing an amazing amount in saving water and reducing run-off.  Lawns compact soil, when you have compacted soil, water can’t be absorbed. 20% of California’s energy budget goes to TRANSPORTING water.  Yikes.  Pesticides that are put on lawns—and those pesticides cause cancer in kids and in our dogs.  4 – restore habitat.   Mayita Dinos can be reached via email at www.mayitadinos.com or call 310-838-5959.

  • 7 Apr 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society’s fifth annual Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, April 25th, 2010 from 12:00-5:00PM.  Every year the tour opens historic private gardens to the public just at the height of the spring blooming season.  Featured will be six private estate gardens, including a historic walled castle on a stream in Brookside; a spectacular courtyard garden and a garden featuring drought-tolerant plantings.  The Garden Party closes with a reception including a silent auction, light supper and opportunity drawing.    This year the Society is honoring the community work for Margy Hudson who was one of the leaders of the Windsor Square HPOZ initiative, a member of our Neighborhood Council and has served on the Board of the Windsor Square Homeowners Association. 

     The money raised by the tour will be used to fund the beautification project planned for John Burroughs Middle School.  Neighbors to JB, including Schools Committee co-chair Howard Hart, have worked with the school to come up with a beautiful and ambitious beautification plan that will provide tree plantings, landscaping, fencing and other features making the campus more inviting to the staff and students and putting a better face to the community.  For more information visit the Society’s web site:  http://www.wshphs.org/; email:  info@wshphs.org or 213-243-8182.

     Don’t forget, if you haven’t already, mail in your dues!  Your dues support efforts like the JB Beautification and let you vote in the election for Board of Directors.  For information on where to send in dues click on CONTACT US.


    Cindy Chvatal-Keane


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