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What is the plan for 420 South La Brea? Its been a big hulking eyesore for many years. It would be awesome in so many ways if some of it could be turned into public space. I know the real estate market is crazy right now. But it would be great if the needs of the residents were factored in.
Exception architecture needs an exceptional community in order to realize itself. If Barcelona had not welcomed Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia they would not be the world class city they are today. Los Angeles is fortunate to have allowed an incomparable artist to flower among us and as a long-time resident (I remember the Garden of Allah) of a less than incomparable area of Los Angeles, I would like to encourage all who live near the proposed 8150 Sunset Blvd development to reconsider any objections they might have and to allow some extra latitude to the builders of this promising addition to our neighborhood. Traffic problems will exist at this corner no matter what is built there, or even if nothing is improved. Growth and modernization must occur in healthy communities and of course they bring problems while solving others. Some have complained the structures are just too big. So was the Director’s Guild when built, now it looks average. Hollywood is undergoing an extraordinary revitalization unlike any since the 1920s and we need to encourage creative design wherever we can. I think we should allow this to be built as Gehry sees it. It will soon become our Disney Hall. Many other large structures will be built in this area, including the Strip. Let this be an example of the quality we expect. We will all benefit. William Bergmann 1701 North Orange Grove Avenue Hollywood, California 90046 323 874 8017 email@example.com
Mr. Ryu - I am unable to attend tonight's meeting but I voted for you based on your platform to put our neighborhoods first. To quote you - "I’m running for City Council to change the conversation at City Hall to one that takes account of neighborhood concerns first. Right now, City Hall isn’t listening. Neighborhoods are the heart of Los Angeles, but too often our interests are put aside for those with the deepest pockets and the loudest voices. I’m running the same way I will represent the 4th District – by listening to all stakeholders, starting first with my residents and communities". The quality of life in the Valley is suffering with multiple projects - a new hotel at Riverside and Coldwater, mixed-use building at Magnolia and Colfax (tbd?) , The Sportsmen's Lodge project? Furthermore, everytime I see a house being torn down and a larger cookie-cutter New England style house going up my heart breaks. Please support our community and let the developers know that overbuilding in our community is not welcome.
Everyday I hear the growl of engines accelerating down Rowena, a road with, near my house, a 25 MPH speed limit and several curves. People are short-cutting traffic on Los Feliz (I've been behind speeders who then turn back up Griffith Park to go back to Los Feliz Blvd) or are using it to pass through to points south, and they drive like they're already on the I-5 and/or are aggressively happy to be free of Los Feliz Blvd's traffic. A stop sign was put in at Ben Lomond Pl; I feel this helped somewhat with traffic speed on Rowena. We need another stop sign at either Lowry or, better yet, Avocado. This will also help prevent the daily near-accidents of westbound drivers turning onto Avocado without stopping nearly missing people eastbound and accelerating away from Los Feliz.
Our neighborhoods are blighted every weekend by unnecessary and unsightly real estate open house signs. In our GPS era, these signs are just trash on sticks designed to advertise realtors not to direct folks to open houses. Please ban this blight.
I have been using Beachwood Dr. access pedestrian gate to hike to Hollywood sign and other parts of Griffith Park for years. I am highly disappointed that the access is going to be terminated. I've noticed the city has been making it harder and harder for people like myself to hike from that area by installing parking restrictions and closing access. This is totally unacceptable and I wish you would do something for your constituents. .
Hello, my practice is located on Burbank Blvd. near Sepulveda. The grid lock has increased to the point that my clients are considering not using my services due to traffic at my location. Burbank was designed with three (3) lanes, but parked cars are barring traffic from flowing. Please consider limiting street parking to "non peak" hours to reduce the horrific traffic jams. Ideally, limiting parking hours on Burbank between Kester and Sepulveda, to non-peak hours only would improve assessability and be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Deborah Litberg, LCSW
I am very disappointed with the decision to close Beachwood Gate to pedestrians. The public should not be denied public access to the public park. This is a classic example of the sqeaky wheel getting the grease. I hope more neighbors in the community will speak up that this is wrong, and it sets a dangerous precedent.
Hi there, Regardless of the controversy surrounding the long term impact of overdevelopment in Hollywood, I am curious to know who approved for it all to happen at the same time. We live in the Hollywood Hills north of Franklin and it is impossible to drive anywhere there isn't a street closure, reduced lanes, long lines of huge construction trucks, street repair, or DWP repairs. What once took us 7 minutes to drive our children to school now takes 22--45 minutes round trip to travel less than two miles. People are angry and impatient and it only seems to be getting worse the further south you go. I am happy the economy is thriving, but this is poor planning and I would like to know the process involved. These projects need to be staggered based on priority. This is a mess.
I read last week that Councilman Ryu is concidering running already for higher office. My weigh-in is he stay put for several years to build up a solid resume before chasing after the next big thing.
SHOW UP AND TELL US IN YOUR OWN WORDS WHAT YOU DID TO TRY TO STOP THE CLOSURE OF THE BEACHWOOD GATE. Griffith Park Advisory Board THURSDAY, APRIL 27th, 6:30pm Griffith Park Visitor’s Center Auditorium 4730 Crystal Springs Drive L.A.CA, 90027
Hello, I'm curious if anything can be done to improve the visibility of the crosswalk on Rossmore at Clinton Street. I use the crosswalk a few times a week, in the evening, and getting drivers to slow or stop is very difficult. I've actually witnessed a car accident from a driver who slammed on his brakes to stop for me only to have the car behind him rear end the car. Every time I need to use the crosswalk, I enter slowly and with trepidation. Drivers regularly ignore me and whiz past or stop at the last moment, cause me to cross the street one lane at a time while I wait for the next car to notice me in adjacent lanes. I've also been verbally harassed. Anyway - please let me know if there is a way I can help get the visibility improved. Do I need to petition the neighborhood council? Should I write a letter to a certain department? I will take any advice available. Thank you, Amanda Sigafoos
The crosswalks near Runyon Canyon on Hollywood Blvd are very slow and do not change in a timely manner. The residents of the neighborhood are forced to wait in favor of the commuters passing through the neighborhood. Please instruct BSS to speed up the crosswalks to favor residents who wish to access Runyon Canyon on foot.
David: During your campaign and more recently at a Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA) meeting you told those attending that Alice Roth was your dedicated and respected Deputy authorized to do the “peoples” work within City Hall on your behalf. Therefore, at this time if for example LAUSD has been having about 300,000 students not in school, unexcused in excess of three times, during school hours, possibly out robbing houses in Sherman Oaks, what are you doing to be sure they go to school rather than be in the streets of LA, dubbed Curfew Violators? I am confused why she and most Local Government, State and Federal Government Elected and Staff continue to claim “not my job” to meddle in the affairs of schools, when these students become Curfew Violators potentially headed to the “pipelines to prisons”, currently ignored, unless first a crime is committed. Therefore, if the City wishes to reduce the estimated 23,000 Homeless per year living on the streets within the City of LA, as reported by the media, I now ask you why not start to deal with Curfew Violators and have Alice Roth call me to discuss what she and you can do? Thanks in advance for the call. Thomas D. Carter, CPA – AKA Mr. Flashlight shining his light on the truth
One of your campaign promises was to get the DASH Bus in Beachwood running on Sundays so that we can lessen traffic congestion and parking issues in order to get to and from the farmers market. Extending hours to 11 pm in order to have dinner in Hollywood would also lessen vehicular issues.
Currently, to report a code violation, one must give one's information. Although it is promised that such info will be confidential, we have seen instances where an inspector may say "we got a complaint from a neighbor" when only one person could really be that person. This makes reporting a poor neighbor very awkward.
David, I KNEW when we spoke a few times that you were a man with a high level of Integrity. I have been tracking you as I do our Mayor. I see you walking the talk. May you be blessed to hold steady in who you are. Far too many of those seeking office end up falling through the cracks of temptation that are self serving. One of the things I can see in you is that you Love what you are doing. That Love affords you a great strength.You are doing a Terrific job.
In my view, swept streets are essential to maintaining a minimum of neighborhood charm in LA. Recently I spoke with a sweeper driver and discussed his route in Franklin Hills. I asked him about the difficulties he encounters in the course of sweeping in the hills here. The stand out reason for not being able to do his job is the uneven and broken concrete streets.
Why? Because it turns out the scooper mechanism at the rear of the sweeper can not be lowered into position on uneven pavement.
So, in effect, the City, by not fixing the broken concrete streets is promising a service (street sweeping) it can not provide. If a street sweeper can not sweep, the signs should be taken down until the streets get fixed. Until then the "No Parking on Sweeping Days" signs are a violation of the rights of the people who must move their cars every couple of days with no benefit. The City cannot profit from the revenue of parking violation tickets without providing the service for which the violation is cited.
Rick Halvorsen, the former chairman of the Warren County Republicans, who pleaded guilty to incest was arrested again last week for breaking a no-contact order. According to a police report, Halvorsen followed his daughter while she was at work Sept. 24. The former GOP chairman was arrested in May for reportedly performing sex acts with the same adult daughter between June 1 and Oct. 30, 2016. Halvorsen allegedly drove by his daughter's place of work and made eye contact with her. His daughter and a witness then left work to get another vehicle parked at Simpson College. Halvorsen allegedly followed the two and the witness got a picture of him. The daughter and her coworker took the picture to the police department, and while they were explaining the situation to the police, Halvorsen allegedly drove by the police department twice. According to police officer Brian Stern, Halvorsen was driving much slower than the posted speed limit of 25 mph. Stern followed Halvorsen in a patrol car and pulled him over. Halvorsen said he and his wife had been driving around town for approximately two hours and had not been following his daughter. Stern told Halvorsen he'd seen him drive by the police department more than once, but Halvorsen denied the claim, according to the report. "Halvorsen was very upset and stated that his daughter was a liar and that we were harassing him," Stern stated in the report. Stern asked Halvorsen to step out of the vehicle, but Halvorsen refused. Officer Jay Hackett arrived to assist Stern, and the two officers had to tell Halvorsen multiple times to get out of his vehicle. Halvorsen was placed under arrest and his cellphone and wallet were given to his wife. Halvorsen's wife told the officers he did nothing wrong, according to the report. Halvorsen was then transported to the jail and was "very verbally abusive towards officers throughout the incident, screaming repeatedly and calling me a 'jack ***' and 'piece of **** multiple times,'" according to the report. Halvorsen was bailed out on a $500 bond Sept. 25. A contempt hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11. A sentencing date for the incest charge has been scheduled for Nov. 6. Halvorsen served as chairman of the Warren County Republicans from 2014 to 2017. According to a biography on Halvorsen on the Warren County GOP's website, he served at least three terms as chairman and was co-chair of the local party for several years.