Hello Neighbors –
As many of you already know, we have been dealing with problematic encampments in and around our neighborhood for the past two months. I am grateful two women from this group have received shelter in Hollywood, and that the other men appear to have moved on. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-10/hollywood-library-homeless-shelter-midcentury-modern Hopefully you noticed two encampments were cleaned up on Monday, 8/23 at Carling Way & La Brea and also at Carling Way & Citrus.
I am sharing the following information in the hopes you will “save it” and/or “print it” for future reference. These steps are the most effective way to respond — and we can help prioritize requests if everyone concerned takes a few minutes to fill out the same requests. LA-HOP and MyLA311 are how the City of Los Angeles tracks, manages & prioritizes dispatch of all homeless services & outreach.
We are fortunate to have lower numbers than most communities, and that some of the blocks have “permit parking” in our neighborhood. I always encourage residents who have serious safety concerns, to subscribe to SSA Private Patrol. They are extremely helpful and can typically respond with 10 minutes. https://ssa-securitygroup.com If you have questions about what the current laws & restrictions are in regards to LAPD enforcement, please take a few minutes to review the City Attorney’s website. https://www.lacityattorney.org/homelessness
HOW TO HELP THE HOMELESS & MANAGE ENCAMPMENTS:
- Call 911 for an emergency, mental or health emergency, crime in progress or danger to life or limb
- Call LAPD 1-877-ASK-LAPD for non-emergencies
- Get resources to a person experiencing homelessness by using the LA-HOP.org website or app to request an outreach team to be dispatched https://www.youtube.com/watchv=g4vQjsSa3uY&feature=youtu.be
- To report an encampment use https://myla311.lacity.org/ app or website
- After multiple service requests are logged with MyLA311 and LA-HOP by many residents, you can also work with our LAPD Senior Lead Officer – Dave Cordova, and if unresolved Council District 4 Field Deputy – Rob Fisher (you can find their contact info here): https://labreahancock.com/links/
WHAT A REQUEST TO MYLA311 CAN DO:
- Complaints to 311 trigger a step-by-step process: City workers visit the location identified by the requester to check whether it is really a homeless encampment or just some abandoned items, according to the Bureau of Sanitation.
- If Sanitation workers find a mattress or a couch, they can pick it up and reclassify the complaint as a “bulky item” request, according to the department.
- But if homeless people are present, the Bureau of Sanitation needs to get additional approval for cleanup, including a sign-off from LAHSA / Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority after it has done outreach. That can take as long as three weeks, according to the city.
- Unlike abandoned couches, homeless camps cannot simply be carted away. L.A. has repeatedly been sued for violating the rights of homeless people, and last year, a federal appeals court ruled that homeless people cannot be punished for sleeping on public property if they have no access to shelter. These laws and ordinances are being reviewed by the Mayor and elected officials at City Hall.
- The surge in cleanups has pulled workers away from their regularly scheduled efforts to proactively reach out to homeless people in assigned neighborhoods, rerouting them to sites slotted for cleanups so they can try to help people before city crews arrive.
- City workers are supposed to post a flier 24 to 72 hours in advance, telling homeless people they will have to remove their belongings.
I have two vacations coming up in October, so please keep this information handy so you can rally folks on your block to work together and be personally engaged in resolving issues as they arise. Residents living closest to the future Range Rover dealership at La Brea & 4th, and the Avalon private pocket parks off Carling Way, have been provided with Security contact numbers for those businesses.
La Brea Hancock HOA – President & Safety Committee Co-Chair
Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council – Board Member
Members of the Planning Department will attend the La Brea Hancock Board meeting on Tuesday, April 17 to brief the neighborhood on the zoning plan underway for the Purple Line. If you live near one of the Q-condition lots in our neighborhood currently being used for surface parking, this meeting should be of direct importance.
A “Q” Condition is an LA City Planning Department requirement applied to a specific property. The empty lots at the end of S Citrus, S Mansfield, S Orange, and S Sycamore at Carling Way -and- the lots on the 400 block of S. Sycamore are C2-1 lots with a Q Condition. The Q is for R-1 (single family homes).
Given that there is a push to build density near transit hubs, the lots with the Q Condition could be open to re-zoning, and possibly up-zoning from single-family homes to multi-family dwellings, during the Purple Line Transit Plan process. That is why it is important to get informed. Hope you can make the meeting on Tuesday.
The meeting will be held from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Eisele Residence – 359 S. Citrus Ave.
Please pass this message on to any neighbors and contact us with any questions. Thanks!
1:00 pm Welcome – Barbara Savage
1:05 pm Update from CD4 Council Office – Councilmember David Ryu
1:45 pm Safety on 6th Street / Traffic Mitigation– Justin Urcis
1:55 pm Crime and Safety / Neighborhood Watch – Tammy & Frank Rosato / SLO Perry Jones
2:10 pm Disaster Preparedness – Tammy & Frank Rosato
2:25 pm La Brea Hancock Board Election
2:40 pm Summary – Mansionization/ Single Family Zone / BMO Amendments – Cathy Roberts
2:45 pm Q Condition lots in our neighborhood – Bob Eisele
2:55 pm Closing Remarks – Barbara Savage
3:00 pm Adjourn
- The line outside Republique is for people waiting to order food and sit down to eat.
- There is no reason for anyone to wait in line to attend our meeting.
- Walk into the restaurant and head straight back through the main room. There is a staircase to the right, go up to the second floor and we will be in the open area in the back right hand corners of restaurant.
- If you need assistance, please ask the staff for directions.
- Coffee and pastries will be served courtesy of Board member Brad Jewett
Save The Date – Hope to see you there!
The La Brea Hancock Homeowners Association Annual meeting will be held on Sunday, March 4 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Location TBD
We haven’t formalized the agenda yet, but topics will include:
— Safety on 6th Street and traffic mitigation initiatives
— Q condition lots in our tract
— Efforts at the state level to supersede local zoning in order to build more housing near transit
— Rules and regulations regarding legal pot retail locations
— Presentation on Unconscious Bias
— Election of Board members for the next year
You are invited to attend a special La Brea Hancock Homeowners Association Meeting on Wednesday, September 7th, 7:00 PM, at the Eisele house, 359 S. Citrus. This will be a single issue meeting where the board will vote for or against the approval of our Homeowners Association’s letter to the City Planning Commission in support of the new R1R2-RG single family zone proposed for our neighborhood. If approved, the letter will be sent.
All homes in our historic La Brea Hancock neighborhood should have received a notice via US mail (view PDF here) from the Los Angeles Department of City Planning regarding a neighborhood conservation informational session / public hearing this Tuesday, August 30:
La Brea Hancock Neighborhood Conservation Ordinance Hearing
Claude Pepper Senior Citizen Center, 1762 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Tuesday, August 30
5:30pm Open House
6:00pm Brief Presentation
6:30pm Public Hearing
La Brea Hancock is currently protected by a temporary Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) limiting mansionization in our single family zone between Wilshire and 3rd and Sycamore and Citrus. Given that our residents signaled a desire to protect neighborhood character and scale, we are among the first neighborhoods in the city to be granted access to a menu of new single family zones and the opportunity for neighborhood conservation.
Based on community feedback and a survey of prevailing characteristics in our neighborhood, City Planning has proposed for La Brea Hancock a new single family zone called “R1R2-RG,” which would call for any new second stories to be located toward the rear of the house and new garages to be located at the rear of the property, and set maximum floor area ratios depending on lot size. City Planners feel this proposed zone will help protect our neighborhood character, scale and quality of life, while offering flexibility for additions, remodels and new construction.
If you care about protecting the things that we love about La Brea Hancock, it is critically important that you attend this meeting on Tuesday, to learn about the proposed zone and express your views. I hope to see you there, and look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood for years to come.
Click here to read the article by Elizabeth Fuller in the Larchmont Buzz.