The new regulations, which have been in the works for over 3 years now, are designed to reign in out-of-scale development in The Oaks. The history of this effort can be traced right here, on the Oaks' website, in our News Archive. The Planning Department's staff report to the City Planning Commission can be found here. The full text of the new regulations is included in the report.
The source, according to Anthony Logston, an inspector of the Department of Public Works, who came out to investigate the problem, was a broken water supply line on Hollyridge Drive. A work crew of a private contractor, who has been hired by the LADWP to upgrade the street lighting on Hollyridge, had accidentally cut a main water supply pipe.
As to be expected, the drainage system on the hillside was totally overwhelmed by the huge amounts of water, and it certainly did not help that one of the drainage pipes there is clogged. As a result, most of the water found other ways to rush downhill. Everybody now hopes that it did not compromise the stability of the hillside.
The Department of Sanitation has promised to send out a crew next week to have the clogged pipes cleaned out. [See more photos here]
Having the street closed made it almost like a block party and the whole neighborhood turned out. A lot of us ran into people we hadn't seen in months. And an amazing amount of candy was handed out, too.
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At first glance the language might be somewhat overwhelming. So here is a laymen’s attempt at a translation into plain English. This is intended to help you wrap your mind around the text, and there is no guarantee that it is flawless. It is merely meant to be a starting point for the discussion at the workshop.
To start out, it might be worthwhile to remember that the proposed regulations do not require any changes to existing homes whatsoever. They will apply to new construction, including additions to existing homes, only.
The draft language starts with a couple of introductory sections stating the purpose and intention of the ordinance, namely to control out-of-scale development, as well as to reduce the impact of excessive grading. [... Continued here]
The reps from the Planning Department took the feedback provided by those who attended the public meeting back to their offices and now they tell us that they will make the resulting guidelines available to everyone very soon. (In the meantime the proposed guidelines have become available on the city website and here.) Also to be published soon is an environmental review.
Two public meetings, both to be held at the American Film Institute, are now scheduled. The first is a Workshop on Wednesday, October 7 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This gathering is meant to familiarize residents with the proposed regulations and allow for residents' questions.
The next meeting, on Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, will begin with a shorter question period, to be followed by a hearing for official comments at which speakers may orally recite their comments (or leave them in writing) for the record and to considered by a Planning Department Hearing Officer.The Planning Department will mail out official meeting notices. After those meetings the new regulations will go before the City Planning Commission, as well as the City Council.
The area on Western Avenue has recently became the focus of concern because of a vacant motel that has attracted homeless people and drug dealers. The property belongs to the CIM Real Estate Group which took a long time before finally demolishing the building just last week. A September 2 story in L.A. Weekly casts a harsh spotlight on the maneuverings. [... Continued here]
This rather large document (13.8 MB) is also available right here on the Oaks website. In announcing the draft, the Planning Department’s Mary Richardson stated that in the next few months Planning will post other documents related to the Community Plan Update. These documents include:
- Draft Land Use and Zone Change Map
- Draft Matrix of Existing, Planned and Proposed Land Use
- Draft "Q" Qualified Condition and "D" Development Limitation Appendix
- Draft Environmental Impact Report
- Transportation Improvement Mitigation Program
Once all of these documents are complete and online, the Department will begin scheduling briefings with neighborhood councils and other major stakeholder groups in Hollywood. The purpose of these briefings will be to present the major points of the Plan Update and answer questions community members may have. These briefings will be followed by an Open House/Public Hearing sometime this fall.
If you have questions about the Hollywood Community Plan please contact Mary Richardson at (213) 978-1205 or Jon Tanury at (213) 978-1214.
I was on a trail high above the Oaks near Brush (Bronson) Canyon, directly East of the Hollywood sign when I found my horned lizard. It being high on my list of non-native species to locate in the Park, I was intentionally looking in all the right places that Saturday morning in April, especially sun-exposed ridge line trails with loose soils. But when the sighting happened, I was still shocked to the point of almost not believing my eyes. I saw him from a pretty good distance. After quietly switching my camera lens to telephoto (with hands shaking), I snapped a few shots thinking that he would run into the brush if I got any closer. [... Continued here]
Ponet Drive sent out a challenge to all Oaks residents to see who could book the largest table. Ponet won hands down with a huge table of 17! (And I’m not exaggerating—I should know, I was their waitress.) Thank you, Ponet Drive, for your generosity and Oaks team spirit.
A big thanks as well to all who attended and tipped so generously, and of course, to Manuel, Eric and the whole team at Vermont. See you next year!
- Production companies are required to obtain a permit from FilmLA, the City agency responsible for issuing film permits. Such permits are required even if the filming takes place on private property.
- Film companies are required to inform residents within a radius of 400 feet of the film location about any scheduled filming at that location.
- Permits issued by the City usually restrict any production activities to the hours of 7am to 10pm on weekdays, and 9am to 10pm on weekends. Production vehicles need to arrive at the location and leave the site within those time frames.
Questions or complaints about film shoots in our neighborhood should be directed to the Community Relations Office of FilmLa. That office can be contacted by phone (213 - 977-8600) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Many residents don't know that Section 112.04 (c) of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (L.A.M.C.) prohibits the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers "within 500 feet of a residence". The only exemptions from the regulations are "leaf vacuum devices which operate at a sound level not to exceed 45dB," and electric blowers.
Both the operator of a gas-powered leaf blower as well as the property owner who allows his gardener to use them can be cited and fined up to $100 for a violation. Penalty assessments added to the fine can bring the total to $270.
Offenders will only be notified about a possible violation of the ordinance if the City receives a complaint from another resident. For more information you can call the Street Use Investigation and Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Street Services at (213) 847-6000.
After receipt of a complaint, the City will issue a written warning to the property owner and inform him about the violation. If his gardener continues to use the illegal gas blower and is caught in the act, a citation will be issued to the owner and the gardener.But before you make such a call, you should consider talking to your neighbor first, and let him know what bothers you. A friendly and well-meant word may not only put an immediate end to the nuisance; it will also help maintain and nourish harmonious relationships between neighbors - another quality of life in The Oaks that we all value.
The March 2nd meeting was a first step on the road to creating permanent regulations, and thus the Planning Department was very much in listening mode, looking for input from homeowners and residents. [... Continued here]
Car break-ins and home break-ins are the most frequent crime here and the recent shooting near the park was in fact an isolated incident. In this case, alleged gang members kidnapped another person (believed to also be a gang member) and drove to the entrance of the park. When they found the park closed they ordered the man to get of the car, shot him several times and left him there. The victim survived but would not press charges, as often happens in gang-related incidents. There was no police chase involved as was rumored. [... Continued here]
Celebrating, among many others, are Council Member Tom LaBonge and Van Griffith. Behind them is the Oaks' own Gerry Hans. Click here to see the full photo.
On Tuesday January 27th, Los Angeles City Council approved the Historic Cultural Monument status for the entirety of Griffith Park. The designation is being hailed as a major victory in protecting the natural as well as historic and cultural features of the Park. This designation, along with a (hopeful) Master Plan for the Park, will make Oaks residents feel more comfortable knowing that we can expect few surprises in the Park well into the future.
After the Council vote, Van Griffith, great grandson of Colonel Griffith J Griffith, celebrated the event receiving a commendation from Councilmember Tom LaBonge. Park advocates, Recreation and Parks staff, consultants and others involved in successfully moving the motion forward joined in.