Welcome to the South Carthay Neighborhood Association
CASE NO. ZA 2013-0720(CU)
6132,6134,6136 West Pica Boulevard
Wilshire Planning Area
D. M. 129B173
C. D. 10
CEQA ENV 2013-721 -MND
Legal Description: Lots 25-37, Tract 6006
July 2, 2014
Pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 12.24-W,24, I hereby DENY:
A Conditional Use to allow the construction, use and maintenance of a hotel in the C4-1-0 Zone located within 500 feet of a residential zone in conjunction with the legalization of a hotel, which was converted without a permit.
FINDINGS OF FACT After thorough consideration of the statements contained in the application, the plans submitted therewith, and the statements made at the public hearing on January 28,2014, all of which are by reference made a part hereof, as well as knowledge of the property and surrounding district, I find that the requirements for authorizing a conditional use permit under the provisions of Section 12.24-W have not been established.
KORETZ SUPPORTS SCNA POSITION
May 13, 2014
Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street
Room 667, MS 395
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dear Ms. La:
I wanted to thank you and your team for your efforts in compiling this document and for tackling the need to address the mobility needs of this City for years to come. The concepts and the proposals that are part of this document are a great challenge for our constituents. I will offer comments on only a few points that I believe are crucial.
I would like to first comment on some of the Vehicle Enhanced Network (VEN) features. I have long been troubled by the way our Department of Transportation has gone about implementing and expanding peak hour restrictions on our major corridors. I do agree that in most cases, we increase capacity on our major corridors when we expand peak hour restrictions but, there is often collateral damage as a result. I have been told that prior to my arrival on the Council, many of peak hour restrictions were expanded without any real process for community input, thus denying abutting commercial property owners, businesses and even adjacent residents the full opportunity to express their concerns about impacts. I believe that this process must change if any further expansions of peak hour restrictions are even contemplated.
I also strongly oppose uniform peak period parking restrictions for our VEN or other major commercial corridors. There have been major commercial business interests located in downtown L.A. and other areas of the city who continue to advocate for this with the Mayor, the Department of Transportation and with others. Their interests appear to override the impacts to numerous small businesses, small commercial property owners, religious institutions and others who would be impacted along some of our key commercial corridors. The most recent effort has been to impose evening peak hour restrictions for the south side of Pi co Blvd. along the eastbound lanes from Century City to La Cienega Blvd. Granted, if this were imposed, traffic during evening peak would flow better, but it would cause substantial damage to the mostly small businesses that cater to the mostly Orthodox Jewish community. There are also other constituencies served by this business district which is also constricted by limited off-street commercial district and adjacent residential neighborhood parking. I have rejected such proposals when they have been raised since my arrival in July of2009. The South Carthay Neighborhood Association has been among our constituency groups who have noted and shared such concerns. I am pleased to see though that Pico Blvd. has not been proposed for the VEN.
I do oppose for the Vehicle Enhanced Network the proposals of uniform peak period restrictions and parking lane conversions for added full-time lanes, which would do great harm to many businesses, commercial property owners and other institutions along these corridors. Each neighborhood and major intersection is unique and must be treated as such when discussing how to improve traffic flow. Treating these corridors in an overly uniform way harms our ability to study and understand the individual characteristics and challenges of each segment. Even if the City had funds to add offstreet parking spaces, I have serious doubts that we can compensate for the further loss of hours of on-street parking.
I do concede that Olympic Blvd. does provide opportunities as a YEN, but speaking only for the portions in my district I see some great challenges. I am concerned about any further erosion of nonpeak hour parking for the residents along or adjacent to this corridor. I have the same concerns for the residents of Highland Ave. in both Council District 5 and 4. Also, along Olympic at major intersections such as La Cienega, Robertson, Westwood and Sepulveda we have significant commercial properties, many of them strip malls that depend upon parking on Olympic during currently available off-peak hours. I am not certain I see the uniform benefit, especially if our neighbors in the City of Beverly Hills don't agree to adopt the same or similar restrictions. La Cienega Blvd. south of Olympic Blvd. also has similar challenges with commercial and residential properties and also a number of busy houses of religious worship and day school facilities between Olympic and 18th St.
This document also re-labels streets throughout the City, so I would like to use this opportunity to address a concern that I first raised in 2010 and that had been raised by others prior to my arrival. In March of2010, I introduced a motion (CF 08-2225) to process a redesignation of Overland Ave between Santa Monica Blvd. and Pico Blvd. from a Secondary Highway to a Collector Street. Doing so will facilitate the underlying goal of controlling traffic in a meaningful way and make Overland Ave. safer for pedestrians and residents. At that time we were told that this change would be made as part of the West LA Community Plan Update. Since that update plan has been on hold, we have not been able to integrate this direction. We see this document as an opportunity to finally make this change. It appears that the direction of this segment of Overland Ave. as a collector would now be considered a Secondary/Ave III. We would like to ensure that this change would finally help the residents of this segment of Overland Ave. reach their goal of the appropriate redesignation they have long been seeking.
In my district the most controversial and commented upon item in this document is the Bicycle Enhanced Network (BEN) proposed for Westwood Blvd. I had made clear last year that I oppose the use of Westwood Blvd. for bike lanes and I am disappointed that the Westwood Blvd. option reappears in this document and that the northern segment in the Westwood Village area has been raised as an option of year 2 in the implementation of the Citywide Bicycle Plan. I am requesting that this BEN be removed as part of this document and as part of the earlier approved citywide plan. I also have concerns about the BEN for National Blvd. in the proximity of Overland Ave. This is an already congested area for vehicular traffic primarily because of access to the 10 freeway and I would be concerned about any changes that would potentially reduce vehicular traffic capacity. The City has recently completed a project to widen the Overland Ave. bridge to add vehicular capacity and the implementation of bike lanes here would likely be a step in the opposite direction. I do support the bike lanes that were recently added on National Place because they could be implemented without removing parking or traffic lanes in this residential neighborhood and provide a traffic calming influence for this street.
As National Place continues north and becomes Westwood Blvd. we have other limitations in the segment between National Blvd. and Pico Blvd. Along this segment, changes related to the Expo light rail project at-grade crossing are resulting in the loss of several dozen parking spaces on or adjacent to Westwood Blvd. Expo is also required as part of its environmental document to maintain two lanes in both directions. Thus, the addition of bike lanes along this segment would result in the further erosion of parking in this single-family residential neighborhood. This further loss of parking would be unacceptable to me and to this wonderful neighborhood.
Last year, I had seriously considered the possibility of a plan for bicycle lanes on the segment of Westwood Blvd. between Pico Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd. I came to the conclusion that any plan would reduce vehicular capacity on this already stressed major corridor. The most recent proposal would reduce capacity during off-peak hours and morning peak in the southbound direction and northbound during the evening peak. This reduced capacity would come at a time when we would also likely see increased bus transit activity on Westwood Blvd. between the Westwood Blvd. Expo station and the UCLA campus, the medical center and the commercial areas of Westwood Village. I also have serious concerns about the continuation of the bike lanes north of Well worth Ave. because of negative impacts to traffic capacity at the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and for other potential impacts because of the new narrowness of travel lanes through Westwood Village. I am requesting that all portions of Westwood Blvd. not already striped for bike lanes be removed from consideration as part of the BEN and that we instead focus on exploring other alternatives for north/south bicycle travel on less heavily trafficked residential streets between Westwood and the Palms community. I remain open to the option of Sepulveda Blvd. as the alternative to Westwood Blvd. as the BEN, but I do have a concern with heavy bus transit use on this street with the opening of Expo, the impacts of retaining only a single southbound lane may be very significant.
I believe that I have stated some of the most significant concerns that my constituents and I consider of greatest importance. I want to thank you for your attention to these comments and encourage you to seriously consider addressing these concerns.
Here is the correct list of addresses that have paid their 2014 membership dues so far this year as of July 1st. If your address is not listed and you have paid, please contact our Secretary at
There is a membership form located at the top of this page which can be downloaded. Please fill it out and mail it to the association's address along with your check.
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NATURAL GAS SAFETY: STAY SAFE AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE
- DO NOT turn off gas to the meter unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a leak--and ONLY if it is safe to do so. If you turn off gas to the meter, leave it off. Do not turn it back on yourself. Interior gas piping and appliances must be inspected for possible damage before service can be safely restored. Call SoCalGas to turn the gas back on, to relight the pilots and service your appliances. Note that certain repairs may have to be performed by your plumber or heating contractor. However, only SoCalGas field employees are allowed to turn on the gas to the meter.
- For safety, a shut-off valve should be installed at every gas appliance, and may be required by state and/or local codes. If a leak occurs at a specific appliance, the valve will permit you to turn off the gas at the appliance rather than shutting off all gas service at the meter. Some valves require a wrench to turn them.
- Check your water heater and furnace vents. If the venting system becomes separated during an earthquake or other event, it could leak hazardous fumes into your home. Do not operate your appliance unless it is properly vented. Signs of an improperly vented appliance may include moisture on the inside of windows or an unusual odor when the appliance is in operation.
- DO NOT ignite a flame or use any electrical appliances, light switches or other devices that can cause a spark until you're sure there are no gas leaks.
- Keep informed of the situation through local radio and television.
- If evacuation is necessary, prepare an evacuation kit, including personal hygiene items, change of clothes, bedding and medication, if possible. Food, shelter and first aid are available at shelters.
- If it is safe to do so, check on your neighbors, especially elderly and disabled persons.
- Use the telephone only for family emergency needs or to report unsafe or dangerous conditions.
- Do not use 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.
- Avoid unnecessary trips. If you must travel during an emergency, dress in warm, loose layers of clothing and sturdy shoes. Advise others of your destination.
- Use flashlights -- NOT lanterns, matches or candles -- to examine buildings, as flammable gases may be inside.
- Follow instructions of local authorities regarding the safety of drinking water. If in doubt, boil or purify water before drinking or call public health officials.
- Avoid "sightseeing" in disaster areas. You may hamper rescue efforts or place yourself in danger. For more info visit: http://www.socalgas.com/safety/preparation.shtml
In Los Angeles, our communities are ill-prepared for the destructive potential of the major earthquake that is now overdue. When it happens, police, fire and medical services will be unavailable to local communities for days following the earthquake and citizens will have to rely on their own supplies, knowledge and organization
The NEIGHBORHOOD TEAM PROGRAM (NTP) coordinates L.A. Fire Dept. Trained CERT personnel working alongside their untrained neighbors into NETs, Neighborhood Emergency Teams. Each program is adaptable to the needs, resources and interests of each community, thereby improving preparedness and response at the neighborhood level.
Volunteer teams living within a 3-5 block radius, are led by CERT trained personnel from the area and are instructed in personal, family and limited group preparedness techniques. These include search and report, light search and rescue, damage assessment, communications and field level medical treatment.
Participation in your NTP, will help ensure your family's safety, as well as yourself. You will learn the basics of emergency services protocols. You will learn about your neighbor's strengths and weaknesses. You will be be prepared in advance with supplies and contact information. To become a member of the South Carthay Neighborhood contact
Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency. The system, called Alert LA County, will be used by the County’s Emergency Operations Center to notify residents and businesses of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations. The system utilizes the telephone companies’ 911 database and is able to contact land-line telephone numbers, whether listed or unlisted. If the call is picked up by an answering machine, the system will leave a recorded message. If the number called is busy or does not answer, the system will redial the number in an attempt to deliver the message. The system is also TTY/TDD compatible.
Because the Alert LA County system uses the 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system. If you have a cellular or Voice over IP number and would like to be notified on that device, or if you would like an e-mail notification, you must register those telephone numbers and/or e-mail address.
Because the Alert LA County system uses geomaping, each telephone number and/or e-mail address can only be associated with one street address in the system.
Each telephone number and e-mail address registered will be contacted only when the street address it is associated with is impacted by a disaster or emergency.
Here is the link to the Los Angeles County website needed to register.
If your car breaks down on the freeway and there is no Call Box in sight, you can use your cellphone to get non-emergency roadside assistance quickly and easily by calling 3-9-9. You can also use this to report obstacles or hazards in the road.
Calls to 3-9-9 are connected to Call Box operators who can dispatch Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow trucks to your location. If you are covered by AAA, the dispatcher can patch your call straight through to AAA. FSP help is free of charge, and is funded by an additional $1 on every Vehicle Licenses Fee in the State of California.
In emergencies, you should still always call 9-1-1.