STILL SEEKING BOARD MEMBER For the Organizational Representative Seat

We have an opening! 

We still need one of you! To qualify you must be a representative from houses of worship, educational institutions, non-profit community services or civic organizations (each such representative must be designated by the entity to be represented and authorized to seek election and the entity must have a permanent office within the boundaries of the WLASNC).

Meet WLASNC Board Member: NW District Rep Partho Kalyani

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Partho Kalyani was recently chosen as the Northwest District representative for the WLASNC. 

 

What’s your history with West LA?

I have been visiting, working, or living in West LA since 2009.  My wife and I recently purchased a condominium in the Northwest district of the neighborhood.  

 

Outside of the NC what do you do with your time?

We enjoy food and travel. We love visiting local museums, cultural institutions, and exploring this amazing city that we all share. I also like to stay physically active on my bike or at the gym.

 

What do you like most about West LA?

I love that we are at the crossroads of LA’s finest colleges and universities, beaches, restaurants, and shopping. Everything our city can offer is literally at our fingertips. 

 

What would you like to see improved?

We need embrace our role as regional center of a global metropolis. It is imperative provide viable housing options for all our residents, from the young tech employee to our seniors looking to age in place. We should recognize each other’s viewpoint and find common ground. Adapting to inevitable change will allow all of us to enjoy a higher quality of life without compromising our neighborly feel and keep our existing local businesses flourishing.

 

What made you run for a Board seat in the WLASNC?

I want to provide a voice to a segment of our neighborhood that cannot or do not make it to our board meetings. Our neighborhood consists of 75% multifamily units and 63% renters, however their voice is rarely heard. I hope to represent the future generations of Angelenos who are looking to the forward to the next phase our city; those who are eager to shed the status quo.  Approximately 70% of this neighborhood rejected the disastrous Measure S Spring ballot initiative and an equal number voted for Metro’s Measure M sales tax increase but so few participate at the community-level.  The passion for real change is palpable and expected from our elected officials but so often the majority is drowned out by a vocal minority.

 

Development is huge in West LA. What’s your opinion on it all? Specifics are fine too if you’d like.

Development, traffic, lack of affordability, homelessness, and displacement are all symptoms of the same underlying condition affecting West LA’s residents and the region, our historic housing crisis. As Santa Monica and West LA have added thousands of jobs without building housing, our streets have turned into a noxious mix of idling cars, frustrated motorists, and unsafe pedestrian conditions as drivers rush to the 405 on a typical weekday evening. We need to focus development along transit corridors and take full advantage of Metro’s $1.5B Expo Line extension, the upcoming Purple Line extension, as well as the frequent bus lines on SMB and Wilshire allowing people to live closer to their workplaces.

 

Traffic is also a hot topic in West LA. How do you personally handle it? What are ways to mitigate it?

My wife and I take the Big Blue Bus to the Promenade or Westwood, walk to Brentwood or Sawtelle’s restaurants, and use pooled ride-share services or Metro Rail when traveling long-distances. We try to stay off the freeways during peak periods.

We should examine the root cause of traffic. Housing, offices, businesses, and people do not cause traffic; single-occupant vehicles cause traffic. There are tried-and-true methods that have worked locally and around the world:

1)     Freeway congestion pricing

·       Proven method to reduce single-occupant vehicle travel significantly. This will have an almost immediate impact by limiting non-essential travel while others will choose to carpool or take transit.

2)     Bus Rapid Transit

·       Allowing dedicated median-running bus lanes along wide boulevards like Santa Monica and Wilshire, we could see demonstrably shorter commute times very quickly for relatively cheap. These changes will prove to be initially unpopular with many drivers accustomed to the status quo. It will require some to rethink how they engage with their city, however people will adapt and we will all benefit. This will take political will and public buy-in.

3)     Rethink parking requirements

·       We must also stop subsidizing parking throughout the city especially within 0.5 miles of transit. Cheap and plentiful parking only leads to more cars on the road, even Caltrans has admitted as such.

4)     Embrace LADOT’s Vision Zero initiative.

·       Pushing for lighted, high-visibility crosswalks, mid-block crossings, and traffic calming measures can save a neighbor’s life. Allow alternative modes of commuting, i.e. protected bike lanes and bike sharing. 

Weekly Crime Report - LAPD SLO Lavenson

With some awards!

With some awards!

BURGLARY/THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE

13OO Wellesley Ave.               7-26-17 7:00 P.M

Suspect entered the victim’s vehicle by unknown means and removed property.

11200 Olympic Bl.                  7-29-17 2:30 P.M

Suspect(s) removed fog lights from the victim’s vehicle and fled location with said property.

11600 Iowa Ave.                     7-29-17 1:00 A.M

Suspect gained access to the victim’s vehicle by unknown means and removed property.

1400 S. Bundy Dr.                   7-26-17 6:00 P.M

Suspect(s) pryed the victim’s vehicle door and removed property and fled the location in an unknown direction.

1500 Armacost Ave.                7-26-17 5:00 P.M

The suspect(s) opened the victim’s unsecured vehicle and removed property.

1800 Corinth Ave.                   8-6-17 12:00 A.M

Suspect smashed the front passenger side window of the victim’s vehicle.  Suspect(s) fled location with the victim’s property.

1500 Amherst Ave.                  8-5-17 4:00 P.M

Suspect gained entry into the victim’s vehicle by unknown means.  Suspect(s) removed property and fled location.

1200 Armacost Ave.                11:00 P.M

Suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.

1800 W. Olympic Bl.               6:30 P.M

Suspect(s) smashed the victim’s vehicle window and removed property.

11900 Walnut Ln.                    8-3-17 3:30 P.M & 8-4-17 7:55 A.M

Suspect(s) removed the headlights from the victim’s vehicle and fled the location.

1800 Purdue Ave.                    7:00 P.M & 8-4-17 7:00 A.M

Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.

1270 Granville Ave.                8-4-17 6:00 P.M                     

Suspect(s) gained entry to the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.

1300 Wellesley Ave.                8-4-17 5:00 A.M

Suspect(s) opened the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.

1900 Sawtelle Bl.                     8-4-17 3:00 & 8-7-17 4:00 A.M

Suspect opened the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.

1200 Barry Ave.                      8-4-17 6:00 P.M & 8-6-17 9:00 P.M

Suspect(s) smashed the victim’s vehicle window and removed property from the vehicle.

11900 Walnut Ln.                    8-11-17 6:30 P.M & 8-12-17 8:30 A.M

Suspect(s) smashed the victim’s vehicle window and gained entry.  The suspect removed property and fled the location.

1200 S. Barrington Ave.                      8-11-17 6:00 P.M

Unknown suspect(s) smashed the victim’s vehicle window and removed property.

1600 S. Westgate Ave.             8-12-17 5:30 A.M

Suspect(s0 gained entry to the victim’s unsecured vehicle and removed property.  The suspect gained entry into the parking structure by prying the door to the complex.

Bundy Dr. & Olympic Bl.        8-10-17 8:00 P.M

Suspect broke the victim’s passenger side window and gained entry and removed property.

1200 S. Barrington Ave.                      8-10-17 7:30 P.M

Suspect broke the side window to the victim’s vehicle and removed property.

 

1800 Barry Ave.                      8-7-17 4:00 P.M & 8-9-17 11:00 A.M

Suspect entered the victim’s vehicle by unknown means and removed property.

 

BURGLARY

11300 Nebraska Ave.              7-30-17 12:00 P.M & 8-1-17 8:30 A.M

Unknown suspect gained entry to the apartment complex and went into the laundry room.  The suspect pryed the machines and removed coins and fled the loction.

11400 W.Olympic Bl.              8-5-17 2:00 A.M

Unknown suspect(s) gained entry into the building.  The victim stated that no property was missing.

2200 Colby Ave.                     8-8-17 1:25 A.M

Suspect(s) climbed over a fence and gained entry onto the victim’s property.  The suspect removed electronics and fled the location.

1500 S. Saltair Ave.                 8-14-17 4:00 P.M & 8-5-17 9:00 A.M

Suspect forced entry into the laundry room and removed coins from the machines.  The suspect fled the location with victim’s property.

1200 Federal Ave.                   8-9-17 5:45 A.M

Suspect(s) gained entry into the victim’s residence by unknown means, the property was ransacked.  The suspect(s) fled the location in an unknow direction with the victim’s property.

 

 

ROBBERY

1500 Purdue Ave.                    8-2-17 12:35 A.M

The suspect pushed victim to the ground and pulled a bag from his shoulder and fled the location.  The victim was not injured, however the suspects fled the location with the victim’s property.

Wilshire Bl. & Texas                8-15-17 3:15 P.M

The suspects approached the victim in the alley and pulled a knife and demanded property from the victim’s pockets.  The victim’s were in fear and gave their property to the suspects.

1700 S. Carmelina, Olympi Bl. & Bundy Dr. and the suspect was arrested on Berkeley & Santa Monica Bl.

7-28-17 5:00 P.M

This was a carjacking that involved multipule victim’s, several patrol units and our Air Unit.  The suspect was arrested, no citizens were injured.

 

ARRESTS

We have made numerous arrests during the past two weeks, several for possession of narcotics and narcotics for sale, Burglary, Robbery and several other crimes.

Clear the Shelters August 19th

In our district it's taking place at the WLA Animal Shelter http://www.laanimalservices.com/

Join VCA's healthcare team and your local community for a fun-filled day to support NBC Clear the Shelters!

On Saturday, August 19, more than 700 animal shelters and rescue organizations throughout the country will open their doors to find new homes for homeless pets. Adoption fees are reduced for one day only.

Adopt a Pet!
VCA expert healthcare teams will be on-site, and all pets adopted during the event will receive a VCA limited health guarantee and a gift bag filled with pet essentials.

Show Off Your Furry Friends!
We know you love your pets and are a great advocate for pet rescue and welfare. We encourage you to come out for the day to show your support. In addition, you're invited to post photos of you and your pets on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #CleartheShelters. 

Find a Shelter!
For updates, stories, and a map of participating shelters, visitwww.cleartheshelters.com. Your local NBC station's new social media campaign will engage the broader community throughout the campaign period by inviting them to post photos of their pets on all social media platforms and share why they love them using #LoveMyPet and #CleartheShelters.

You can also follow the effort on social media @VCAPetHealth with #CleartheShelters.
 
We hope to see you, your family, and friends at Clear the Shelters!

Sincerely,

The Health Care Team at
VCA Brentwood Animal Hospital

 Public Hearing 11500 W. Missouri Avenue 

To Read the PDF, please download it here.

August 24, 2017 10:50AM

11500 W. Missouri Avenue

Case No.:  AA-2017-121-PMLA

Council No:  11 - Bonin

CEQA No.:  ENV-2017-122-CE

Deputy Advisory Agency 

PROPOSED PROJECT: 

The subdivision of a 9,474 square-foot lot for the construction, use, and maintenance of two residential condominium units, currently under construction and located in the West Los Angeles Community Plan Area in the R2-1 Zone. 

Free CERT Training in Mar Vista

Event Information

DESCRIPTION

INSTRUCTOR: FIREFIGHTER ALEX BUTLER (213) 202-3121

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Class 1 - Sept 6 (Introduction, Disaster Awareness)

Class 2 - Sept 13 (Disaster Fire Suppression Techniques)

Class 3 - Sept 20 (Disaster Medical Operations 1)

Class 4 - Sept 27 (Disaster Medical Operations 2)

Class 5 - Oct 4 (Light Search & Rescue Operations)

Class 6 - Oct 11 (Team Organization & Disaster Psychology)

Class 7 - Oct 18 (Terrorism & Homeland Defense)

Affordable Housing Bus Tour - Saturday, August 5th from 9AM to 11AM - pickup at Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center

Please find the invitation to join a bus tour of two affordable housing communities developed by Thomas Safran & Associates, the selected developer of the Old West LA Animal Shelter site. Your email was listed on an interest list at the recent special community stakeholder meeting on July 11th. Transportation and light refreshments will be provided.

Please kindly RSVP no later than Wednesday, August 2nd to Anthony Bahamondes (AB@tsahousing.com).

Blake Coddington

Thomas Safran & Associates

11812 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 600

Los Angeles, CA 90049

D:(310)820-2236 | O: (310)820-4888

Blake@tsahousing.com

WLA Crime Briefing 7/27/17

THEFT / BURGLARY FROM MOTOR VEHICLE

11800 Santa Monica Bl.                      7-13-17 7:00 P.M & 7-19-17 10:45 A.M

Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s possibly unlocked vehicle and removed property from the glove box.

1500 S. Westgate Ave.                        7-19-17 10:00 P.M & 7-20-17 7:30 A.M

Unknown suspect removed property from the victim’s vehicle.  The suspect(s) fled the location with the victim’s property.

Olympic Bl. & Sawtelle Bl.                 7-22-17 7:00 P.M & Midnight

Suspect(s) smashed the victim’s side vehicle window and removed property from the vehicle. 

11500 Nebraska Ave.                         7-5-17 4:00 P.M & 7-6-17 9:15 A.M

Suspect(s) smashed the front passenger window to his vehicle.  The suspect removed property and fled the location.

Olympic Bl. & Sawtelle Bl.                 7-24-17 7:00 P.M & 11:00 P.M

Unknown suspect(s) smashed the victim’s vehicle window and removed property.  The suspect(s) fled the location in an unknown direction.

1300 Federal Ave.                               7-23-17 10:00 P.M & 7-24-17 8:55 A.M

Suspect(s) used pry tools to open the front driver’s door, suspect(s) removed property and fled the location.

1200 Barry Ave                                  7-23-17 10:00 P.M & 7-24-17 10:00 A.M

Suspect(s) entered the secured underground parking garage.  The suspect pried open the vehicle door and removed property.

 

BURGLARY

11100 W. Olympic Bl.                        7-21-17 10:00 P.M & 7-22-17 7:30 A.M

Suspect smashed the side window, entered the residence and removed property.  No suspect(s) were reported.

2200 Corinth Ave.                              7-22-17 10:00 P.M & 7-24-17 9:50 A.M

Suspect(s) gained entry to the business via prying a window.  Suspect(s) removed property and fled the location in an unknown direction.

2000 S. Barrington Ave.                     7-24-17 2:00 P.M

Suspect(s) smashed open the side door and entered the residence.  Suspect ransacked the residence and fled the location with victim’s property.

 

 

 

Weekly Crime Briefing

ROBBERY

Pico Bl. & Sawtelle Ave.                    7-2-17 6:00 P.M

The suspect struck the victim on the head with an unknown object.  The suspect removed property from the victim’s pockets as he was knocked unconscious.  The victim was unable to get a suspect description. 

 

11200 Santa Monica Bl.                      7-19-17 12:05 A.M

The suspect entered the store and was involved in a verbal argument with the store employee.  The suspect grabbed cigarettes from the counter and attempted to leave.  The employee grabbed the suspect and attempted to stop him, the suspect pushed him and left the location with the property. 

 

BURGLARY

11700 Mississippi Ave.                      7-12-17 10:20 P.M

The suspect opened the unlocked backdoor of the victim’s residence and rummaged through the belongings.  The suspect left the location, the victim does not believe anything was taken.

2200 Corinth Ave.                              7-14-17 6:00 P.M & 8:30 A.M

The suspect entered the property via unknown means.  The suspect took numerous items and fled the location.

 

THEFT-BURGLARY FROM MOTOR VEHICLE

1300 Brockton Ave.                            7-10-17 & 7-12-17 12:00 P.M

Unknown suspect pried open the victim’s vehicle door and gained entry.  The suspect removed the victim’s property and fled the location.

11700 Tennessee Ave.                        7-12-17 8:05 A.M & 7-12-17 4:00 P.M

Unknown suspect broke the passenger rear window of the victim’s vehicle.  The suspect removed numerous items from the victim’s vehicle.

 

1500 S. Saltair Ave.                            7-10-17 4:30 P.M & 7-12-17 7:00 A.M

Unknown suspect entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and ransacked it.  The suspect(s) removed numerous items from the vehicle and fled the location in an unknown direction.

1700 Beloit Ave.                                 7-13-17 9:30 P.M &7-14-17 8:00 A.M

Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.  The suspect fled the location with the victim’s property.

1200 Brockton Ave.                            7-12-17 5:00 P.M & 7-13-17 12:00 A.M

Suspect smashed the rear window to the victim’s vehicle and removed property.  The suspect fled the location with property in an unknown direction.

1200 Brockton Ave.                            7-12-17 5:00 P.M & 7-13-17 12:00 A.M

Unknown suspect smashed the victim’s rear window to the vehicle.  The suspect fled the location with the victim’s property.

1500 Butler Ave.                                 7-17-17 3:00 P.M & 7-18-17 9:00 A.M

The victim locked his bicycle to his vehicle, when he returned he discovered his lock was cut and the bike was missing.

 

MAIL THEFT

1200 Brockton Ave.                            7-7-17 2:00 P.M & 7-7-17 10:00 P.M

Unknown suspect took victim’s package from the residence.  The package contained the victim’s driver license, credit cards and wallet.  The credit cards were used several times before the account was closed.  There is no suspect description.

1600 Stoner Ave.                                6-28-17 & 6-29-17 9:00 A.M

An unknown suspect removed a package from the victim’s front door.  The suspect fled the location with the victim’s property in an unknown direction.

 

ARREST

Sawtelle Ave. & Santa Monica Bl.      7-14-17 6:00 P.M

The suspect has generated numerous radio calls for being under the influence of alcohol in public.  She is notorious for unruly behavior and has refused any assistance.  Businesses in the area have been adversely affected by her presence.  On the above date the suspect needed medical treatment due to a consumption of alcohol.  The suspect fought we medical personnel attempting to assist.  I spoke with our neighborhood prosecutor (City Attorney), about seeking a stay away order for this area. 

 

Wanted: An Organizational Rep to Join Our Board!

A great neighborhood is no accident! The system of Neighborhood Councils was created by the City of Los Angeles to give you a voice in issues affecting your neighborhood. The West Los Angeles Sawtelle Neighborhood Council (WLASNC) is your local governmental body serving the area bordered by the 405 freeway to the east, the 10 freeway to the south, the border with Santa Monica to the west, and Wilshire Boulevard to the north. We currently have two (2) openings on our Board of Directors. 

NOTICE of VACANCY for ORGANIZATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE SEAT

Organizational Representative seat must be from houses of worship, educational Institutions, community services or civic organizations within the WLASNC boundaries.  (Term 2020)


For additional information and qualifications for submittal, please refer to the updated WLASNC bylaws, available online HERE. To apply please complete an application found here

Please submit applications via email to WLASNC at info@wlanc.com