On Sunday morning, July 24, more than a dozen neighbors of the Oaks, St. Andrews Place, and adjacent streets gathered to “take back the stairs” by trimming overhanging hedges, cleaning up beer bottles and trash, and painting out graffiti.
The St. Andrews Walk – the public stairway linking Tyron Road with St. Andrews Place – has increasingly become a problem for surrounding neighbors and the community. The stairs have become a favorite hangout for drinking, drugs, and other nefarious activity. Tagging, litter, and loud, late night noise are relentless. Although police have stepped up patrols and made a number of arrests, the problems persist. The Oaks has been coordinating with the City and neighbors on St. Andrews on a long-term solution, including lighting and addressing an abandoned house adjacent to the stairs on Tyron Road.Before and after the cleanup
The stairs now look great! But until there is a long-term solution, neighbors expect the graffiti and trash to return and so will be holding similar cleanup events every month or so. If you would like to be noticed for a future “take back the stairs” day, please email Adam Kear at email@example.com.
Residents are apprehensive not only about the noise issue but especially about safety as apparently, some riders do wheelies a dozen feet from small children, and quite a few bikes produce ear-splitting back-firing sounds. Some riders seem to be unfamiliar with the concept of speed limits, and pass cars that slow down for the speed humps on Canyon Drive. If true, it’s behavior that endangers people's health in more ways than one.
In order to determine if this is actually a problem in The Oaks, we would like to hear from you. If you are concerned or affected by excessive noise or traffic safety issues caused by motorcycles, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us where you live and what pattern of noise you are experiencing. - Thanks for your help!
Notwithstanding that some scofflaw had stolen or destroyed all of the signs announcing our Annual Meeting, the board of the Oaks Homeowners Association and about fifty members gathered in the American Film Institute’s Jack Warner Building on March 21st for our annual get together. Outgoing board president Bob Young introduced our new president, Caroline Schweich who chaired the remainder of the meeting. [continued here]
Nonetheless, the meeting is still on, and we hope to see all of you there, at the Oaks Homeowners Association’s Annual Meeting, Monday night, March 21st at 7:00 at the American Film Institute, the Jack Warner Building, Room 107.
This might be a good time to remind everyone that the Oaks Homeowners Association is a group of fellow Oaks residents, who volunteer their time on behalf of the neighborhood. We conduct our business out in the open (unlike the nefarious sign stealer) and we encourage everyone who has something to say to speak to us directly. For that reason, Oaks residents are always welcome at our monthly board meetings, and they can email or call boardmembers. You can find the list of boardmembers and the minutes of our meetings right here on our website.
We know that we need the neighborhood's backing for everything we do, and that's why it's important to us that you let us know what’s on your minds, that you come to the annual meeting on Monday, and that you become a member of the organization. And by the way, you’re welcome to do the former two, even without doing the latter one.
The City has offered other options, but the situation is complicated by the fact that the Market opened a brick and mortar restaurant, the Farmer's Kitchen, at the corner of Selma and Morningside. The Market needs to stay in that area. One alternative is to add the block of Ivar north of Hollywood Boulevard, but without interrupting traffic on Hollywood Boulevard. This would mean that the thousands of people who visit the Market would have to cross Hollywood Boulevard -- a major safety issue. The other possibility suggested is to use the parking lot on the northwest corner of Selma and Vine. This may be an expensive solution; it is not clear who would shoulder that cost; and it is not clear that the lot is large enough.
The non-profit Market has been operating at this site for twenty years serving the community. In fact, it was already there when the for-profit Los Angeles Film School moved in. It is not clear why the Film School needs access to so much additional parking on Sunday mornings. In any event, in mid-December the City granted the Market a 90-day extension of its closure permit in order to allow the Market and the school an opportunity to work out a solution. While we hope they are able to resolve the matter in a way that preserves the Market, this obviously is a situation that we all need to monitor.
Additional information from the market's oprator is available at the following sites:
farmernet.com and see-la.org.