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  • 25 Mar 2011 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The recent earthquake and Tsunami in Japan are a forceful reminder that we live in an earthquake area and that quake could strike at any time. The Fire and Police Departments remind us that if a disaster strikes they will be busy taking care of major damage and injuries and won’t be available for residential needs for food and water , so we need to be ready. Do you have a Disaster Plan, supplies and training? Visit the HPHOA, est. 1948 website for information. Another good place to start in developing a Disaster Plan is the LA Times website – http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2011/03/preparing-for-earthquakes.html. An excellent resource for training is the LA Fire Department’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training – http://www.cert-la.com/index.shtml . This is a 17 ½ hour (one day a week for seven weeks) of training and teaches how to: 1) Manage utilities and put out small fires; 2) Treat medical emergencies such as opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating shock; 3) Provide basic medical aid; 4) Search for and rescue victims as well as facilitating volunteer organization and collecting disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts. Remember, an earthquake or other emergency could happen any time so DON’T WAIT! We thank our dues payment members for their generous support of the Association’s work, which includes the recent parkway tree stump removals. If you haven’t paid your dues, please take a few minutes and put a check in the mail. Also don’t forget the Sixth Annual Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Party and Tour which will honor our President, Cindy Chvatal-Keane. It will be on Sunday, April 17th from noon to 6PM and will support the JB Beautification Program. For more information go to website: http://www.wshphs.org/gardentour11.html If you’re planning changes to the exterior of your house check the Hancock Park Preservation Plan (http://www.hancockpark.org or http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park ) to make sure your changes are in keeping with the HPOZ. For any questions contact Matthew Glesne (213-978-1216 or matthew.glesne@lacity.org ). Also, if you are the unfortunate victim of a crime or fraud contact the Wilshire Division LAPD station at 213-473-0476 or website: http://www.lapdonline.org/wilshire_community_police_station. You can also contact Hancock Park’s Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650; 31646@lapd.lacity.org). 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 Members, 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).

  • 4 Feb 2011 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the new year a lot of Hancock Park homeowners

    have a resolution to make some changes to their homes. If

    those changes change the street visible façade of a house,

    which includes hardscape, then the changes will need to be

    reviewed through the HPOZ process. The place to begin is

    to read the Preservation Plan for the Hancock Park HPOZ

    with your architect or contractor to make sure your plans

    comply. Then consult with the LA Planning Department

    staff on the approval process. The City planner responsible for

    Hancock Park is Matthew Glesne (213-978-1198 or matthew.

    glesne@lacity.org). If the Planning Department determines

    that your project should be reviewed by the HPOZ Board

    the project will be put on the agenda for the Board. Once

    the Planning Department and the HPOZ Board (if review

    is required) have approved the plans, then permits can be

    issued by the LA Department of Building and Safety and your

    project can proceed.

    The Preservation Plan can be found on the HPHOA’48

    web site: http://www.hancockpark.org, on the Los Angeles

    Planning Department web site: http://preservation.lacity.org/

    hpoz/la/hancock-park or by contacting Matthew Glesne. If

    HPOZ Board review is required your project will be put on the

    agenda. Meetings are held twice a month and the schedules

    can be found at website: http://cityplanning.lacity.org under

    “Meetings & Hearings”; click on “Central Los Angeles” and

    then “Agendas”. It is highly recommended that you attend an

    HPOZ Board meeting with preliminary plans for a consultation

    as well as a chance to see how the process works.

    Remember, if you are the unfortunate victim of a crime

    or fraud contact the Wilshire Division LAPD station at 213-

    473-0476 or website: http://www.lapdonline.org/wilshire_

    community_police_station. You can also contact Hancock

    Park’s Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650;

    31646@lapd.lacity.org). 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 Members, 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).


  • 24 Nov 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Association wishes all Hancock Park residents and their families a safe and happy holiday season and a full and successful new year!

    Winter is the prime planting season in Southern California.  The temperatures are lower and we actually get some rain.  This makes it possible for the new plants to get acclimatized and comfortable in their new home.  At the Annual Meeting landscape architect Mayita Dinos spoke about the planting changes that will be necessary as water becomes more scarce and expensive. She emphasized that by using native plants we can continue to have a lush, beautiful garden while conserving water.  So now’s the time to implement that native garden you’ve been thinking about.  It’s also the time to plant trees, particularly parkway trees to help restore Hancock Park’s arboreal lungs.

    The Tree Committee reports that the parkway trees purchased for Quadrant 4 will be arriving soon.   Thanks to the members of the tree commitee!  The Trees will be paid for with funds from the HPOHA, est. 1948 treasury as one of the Association’s many efforts to keep Hancock Park great, beautiful and green.

    The holiday season is unfortunately not a holiday from crime or fraud.  If you suspect a crime is occurring call 911.  If you are the victim of a crime or fraud contact the Wilshire Division LAPD station at 213-473-0476 or website:  http://www.lapdonline.org/wilshire_community_police_station.  You can also contact Hancock Park’s Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650; 31646@lapd.lacity.org).  Remember to keep your doors and windows locked, activate your security system, if you have one, report suspicious activities and never open your door to someone you don’t know.  If you’re going to be out of town let your block captain know so your neighbors will keep an eye out for suspicious activity.  If you are the victim of a crime or fraud be sure and contact the LAPD so a report will be made and possible evidence collected.  This is extremely important because the number of crime reports are how precious LAPD resources are allocated and evidence collection is how criminals can be successfully prosecuted and sent to jail.

    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)

  • 9 Nov 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Association’s annual meeting was held on Tuesday, October 21stand we thank 3rd Street School for hosting and thank all the LAPD, SSA and Bel Air Security Services, Councilman Tom LaBonge, his deputies Renee Weitzer and Nikki Ezhari, and landscape architect Mayita Dinos for attending and speaking.

    The following neighborhood stars were recognized for Outstanding Service to the Hancock Park Community:

    • Susana Funsten – Parkway tree planting, collecting signatures from 80 residents and coordinating the planting of new trees
    • Myrna Gintel, Fluff McLean, Laura Cohen and June Bilgore of the Windsor Square/Hancock Park Historical Society – Beautification of John Burroughs.
    • Joanne Mederios – JB neighbor who coordinated beautification efforts
    • Steve Martinez and Helena Yoon – New leadership at JB that helped coordinate beautification and student management initiatives.

     

    LAPD Wilshire Division Captain Eric Davis, his assistant Rosa Mareno and our Senior lead officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650; 31646@lapd.lacity.org) provided updates on the arrest of a suspect in some of the recent home robberies.  He said that Wilshire Division is the second most successful division in the City in lowering crimes or all types.  Captain Davis reminded us to keep our doors and windows locked, report suspicious activities, never open door to someone you don’t know and to call 911 or the Wilshire Division front desk, 213-473-0476 or http://www.lapdonline.org/wilshire_community_police_station, if you feel threatened or are the victim of a crime.  Also, be sure and report any crime and if possible be available for evidence collection. 

    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)

  • 20 Sep 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Association’s Annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 19th, at 7PM at 3rd Street School.  The agenda includes:  

    • Recognition of Outstanding Community Members
    • Security Report
      • LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Dave Cordova
      • Discussion of recent increase in crime activity in Hancock Park and how to keep our neighborhood safe
      • SSA Security and Bel Air Security
      • Patrol Activity in Hancock Park
    • Councilman Tom LaBonge – Q and A on Current Hancock Park Issues
    • Mayita Dinos Discussing Climate Appropriate Landscaping

     

    Please plan to attend and find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and how you can get involved.

    If you observe or are the victim of a crime don’t forget to call 911 immediately to notify the LAPD as well as contacting your Security Company (if you use one).  The LAPD contact numbers are: 

      

    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)

  • 13 Sep 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Association’s Schools Committee, John Burroughs neighbors, led by Joanne Mederios, JB administrative staff, led by the new principal Mr. Martinez, and the Hancock Park Windsor Square Historical Society have worked together to transform the landscaping at John Burroughs Middle School!  This is part of a multi pronged effort led by the Schools Committee, and in particular Board member Howard Hart, to address long standing issues with students intruding on neighboring properties.  Besides the beautiful landscaping the school is keeping facilities open after the end of school hours so that students can wait for their rides on school property, (in the beautiful new reading garden) and is contributing along with the Association for a neighborhood trash pickup service.

    Unfortunately reports of break-ins and prowlers continue.  Don’t forget to call 911 immediately to notify the LAPD as well as contacting your Security Company (if you use one), if you suspect a problem.  It is very important that a report for every suspected crime be made to the LAPD.  Even if, a prowler runs away and there is no break-in.  The LAPD allocates valuable patrol resources based on the number of crime reports.  For questions and follow-up contact our Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova or call the LAPD Wilshire Division front Desk. Their numbers are:

    The Annual meeting of the HPHOA, est. 1948, will be held on Tuesday, October 19th, 7PM at 3rd Street School.  There will be committee reports, security updates and presentations about drought tolerant gardening.  This is also the time to bring your questions and concerns and discuss the future of Hancock Park.

    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)

  • 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.

    Sincerely,

    Cindy Chvatal-Keane

    President

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