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

West LA Civic Center Clean Up - West LA Community Coalition

Community clean up day on 7/22 from 9AM - 12PM in partnership with Big Sunday, Councilman Mike Bonin, and Steve Little - State Farm Insurance.

West LA Community Coalition will be cleaning the area around the Civic center, Library, and Senior Center. If we have enough volunteers, we will also have a small group go to the Bundy Triangle for some additional clean up. The volunteer activities will primarily be picking up trash.

Please RSVP here: http://bigsunday.org/get-involved/summer2017/. (Scroll down to West LA Community Coalition).

Rep. Karen Bass Convenes Postal Inspectors, Post Office Manager at Westside Neighborhood Council Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 14, 2017

Contact: Zach Seidl

Zachary.Seidl@mail.house.gov

(202) 225-7084

Rep. Bass Convenes Postal Inspectors, Post Office Manager at Westside Neighborhood Council Meeting

LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, the Office of Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) brought U.S. Postal Inspectors Lee Versoza and Christine Reins-Jarin to July’s Westside Neighborhood Council meeting to discuss mail service and theft issues. Terria Clausell, Manager of the Rancho Park Post Office, also joined the discussion to deliver updates and field questions about mail service in the area.

“My district office has been working hard to provide constituents of the 37th district with the most up to date information possible about their mail delivery process,” Rep. Bass said. “Issues of mail service and theft have greatly affected the Westside for too long, which is why I invited representatives of the postal office to speak. I hope that this meeting helped keep constituents informed about this continuing issue.”

“Congresswoman Bass provided the resources to address Westside Neighborhood Council stakeholders’ issues with the USPS,” Terri Tippit, Chair of Westside Neighborhood Council, said.

The Westside Neighborhood Council meeting is held monthly to discuss pressing local issues. For more information about services provided by the Office of Congressmember Karen Bass, click here.

First elected to Congress in 2010, Rep. Bass is serving her fourth term in Congress where she is Ranking Member on the House Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee.  Rep. Bass’ Congressional District includes Los Angeles and Culver City and was the 67th Speaker of the California Assembly from 2008-2010.

Weekly Crime Briefing July 13, 2017

BURGLARY                                    

2200 S Barrington Ave                       7-7-17-10:00 P.M & 7-9-17 7:35 A.M

Suspect(s) climbed up the railing to the second level and entered through a possible unlocked window.  The suspect removed property and fled the location via the first floor patio door.

1300 Amherst Ave.                             7-10-17 4:00 A.M

The suspect enter the apartment by unknown means and removed property and fled the location with the victim’s property.

 

THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE/BURGLARY FROM MOTOR VEHICLE

Butler Ave. N of Santa Monica           7-5-17 6:45 P.M & 7:30 P.M

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

Sawtelle Bl./Olympic Bl.                     7-5-17 12:30 & 1:30 P.M

Unknown suspect smashed the rear winshield to the victim’s vehicle.  Suspect removed property and fled location.

11300 Nebraska Av.                           7-4-17 10:55 P.M

Suspect entered the unlocked garage and removed property from the victim’s unlocked vehicle.

Butler Ave. N of Santa Monica           7-5-17 6:50 & 7:10 P.M

Suspect smashed the window to the victim’s vehicle, the suspect removed property and fled the location.

Sawtelle Bl / Olympic Bl.                    7-6-17 8:00 & 10:00 P.M

The suspect smashed the window to the victim’s vehicle, once inside the suspect removed property from the vehicle.

2200 Sawtelle Bl.                                7-6-17 1:00 & 1:45 P.M

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

1900 Beloit Ave.                                 7-5-17 4:00 P.M & 7-6-17 10:00 A.M

Unknown suspect(s) smashed the front window of the victim’s vehicle and removed property from the vehicle and the trunk.

1900 Beloit Ave.

1800 Colby Ave.                                 7-5-17 7:30 P.M & 8:30 P.M

The suspects smashed the windows to both vehicles and removed property and fled the location.

 

BICYCLE THEFT

Bundy Dr. & Exposition Bl.               7-2-17 12:50 P.M & 4:30 P.M

Suspects used bolt cutters to cut the bicycle lock and removed the bike from the location.

 

GRAND THEFT

1900 Bundy Dr.                                  7-4-17 3:50 P.M & 7-5-17 5:00 A.M

Victim left his property in the gym locker at his gym.  When he returned the next day he discovered his lock was cut and his property was missing.            

 

Meet Your Board Member - At Large Representative Desa Philadelphia

Desa Philadelphia

What’s your history with West LA? 

DP: I moved to West LA in 2003 when Time Magazine transferred me from New York to Los Angeles to cover the movie business. I was a very bad driver at the time (I lived in the city in New York and never drove) and I arrived in Los Angeles during rush hour. I drove out of LAX in my rental car, got onto the 405, and almost had a heart attack. By the time I got to my short-term rental in Santa Monica I had sworn I wasn't going to be commuter. The Time Inc. offices are on Wilshire near Barrington (I can see the office tower from my apartment) so I moved into the neighborhood and fell in love. I eventually left the job, but my connection to the neighborhood remained.

We had to leave for a little while because my husband had to bring his dog from Canada and we couldn't find an apartment that would let us have a 76-pound German shorthaired pointer (although he was the most lovable dog ever. He has since died of cancer). A friend was moving out of her place and asked her landlord (a dog lover) to let us move in with the dog and our baby daughter, and so we happily came back to our favorite neighborhood.

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

DP: We have a 7-year old daughter and I spend a lot of time doing kiddie activities on the westside. I work for the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which I believe is the best media school in the world. And I'm a writer.

What do you like most about West LA? 

DP: The diversity. My husband Aaron and I both value diversity. We have friends of all races, cultures, and belief systems. We are both immigrants; he's from Canada and I'm from Guyana, South America. I also like that Sawtelle continues to be proud of its Japanese-American heritage. I enjoy telling people I live in Sawtelle Japantown and I've researched the history of the neighborhood.

What would you like to see improved?

DP: The Public Schools. But I would probably say that regardless of where in Los Angeles I lived. I think LA has a public schools problem.

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

DP: I feel so connected to WLAS and yet I had no idea how to get my questions answered and how to contribute ideas. A friend of mine who has a business in Santa Monica recently had to appear before his neighborhood council and the Santa Monica planning commission and I accompanied him to a couple meetings. It make me realize that there had to be a similar organization in my neighborhood and that's how I found WLASNC.

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

DP: I like what has happened so far. My first apartment was at Federal and Santa Monica and the strip between Federal and Colby has been totally revamped and great new businesses have moved in, like Level Up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

However, I also greatly support older businesses that retain their unique personalities—and old-school storefronts in some cases—and contribute to the neighborhood's diversity, like Cacao, Guido's, Hide, CineFile, Hashimoto's, Star Bakery, Juquila, Santa Monica Glatt Kosher Market and Giant Robot, which were all there when I first moved in (and these are just few examples). I don't want the neighborhood to be just a cookie-cutter example of what's hot right now. I think it's important to respect Sawtelle's history and the businesses that have served as the foundation for the current growth and prosperity.

I guess I'd summarize my view by saying I'm a supporter of development but I don't want to see older businesses pushed out. I also learned at the last WLASNC meeting that our neighborhood is zoned for more residents than we currently have so I think we're on the right track with encouraging new development.

Traffic is also a hot topic in West LA. How do you personally handle it? 

DP: I try to plan so that I'm not contributing to the traffic. So I tend to avoid driving in the neighborhood during rush hour, although I know that's not an option for many people (as the traffic attests ;) We walk if we're going out in the afternoon/evening. Which is also why I appreciate the variety of businesses we have within walking distance.

Do you have any suggestions to help mitigate it?

DP: I think encouraging diversity in the kinds of businesses that come into the neighborhood so that people have more of what they need close by, and therefore more reason to walk. I think our neighborhood could use a couple more day care centers, for example. A young friend who recently moved in thought there could be more lounges to encourage young people to hang out after work and stagger the rush hour flight. I love the NuArt and the Royal, but a movie theatre that plays more of the current Hollywood fare would be great (I'm thinking of something like the Cinemark in Playa Vista which seems to be really successful and greatly utilized in that neighborhood). 

In general I think mixed use development is great because it serves people from across the neighborhood. Increased foot traffic would greatly benefit the businesses on Santa Monica Blvd, for example, as it does the businesses on Sawtelle. We are so bummed that Froplay on the corner of Santa Monica and Colby closed (shoutout to owner Ed). A business like that needs foot traffic to survive. Also I think the neighborhood could use some bicycle parking.

Do you have any personal interests or hobbies that you’d like to share?

DP: I love the arts. I'm a writer so I guess that's not surprising. I love indie movies. My husband likes to tease that I love movies where nothing happens. I say it's all about the inner journey. I go to museums, plays, dance performances, and all manner of other cultural presentations around town. I'm a huge tennis fan and I aspire to be a recreational tennis player; right now I'm more of a student. And although I'm a terrible (terrible!) singer, I love karaoke. It's my stress relief. I even make singalong compilations for the car. Bad traffic is great karaoke time.

Special Meeting Tuesday July 11th 7pm Discussion on "Missouri and Bundy Project"

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Special Meeting Tuesday July 11th 7pm Discussion on "Missouri and Bundy Project." The public is more than welcomed to speak - just fill out a speaker card! This is the well talked about development at the previous Animal Shelter location. 

Agenda will be posted upon approval by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Location The Felicia Mahood Center 11338 Santa Monica Boulevard – Community Room – Los Angeles, CA 90025 Please Use the Entrance on Corinth Avenue.

Agenda is Downloadable HERE

Were You Ready for the Power Outage Last Night?

Here are some tips that'll help you. Yes, we can guess that some of you might think some of these suggestions are going too far, but keep them in mind.

Here's the start:

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.For more information visit: Get Tech Ready
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.

But there are plenty more: 

 https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

California Journal LA Times - West LA Gateway Project Editorial

California Journal 

When it comes to L.A. development projects, does anyone really care what the neighbors think? Click to read the Article 

..."29 residents of Butler Avenue and Colby Avenue, which is also affected by the project, filed an appeal."

This is two articles published in the LA Times about the Gateway Avenue project. Of course these editorials are being shared here for informational purposes and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the WLASNC Board.

Office of Zoning Administration Public Hearings July 27 - 2116-2118 and 2120-2122 South Federal Avenue - PDF Added

Photo taken from Google Maps

Photo taken from Google Maps

Hearing July 27th

West LA Municipal Building 1645 Corinth Avenue, Second Floor Los Angeles, CA 90025

2116-2118 and 2120-2122 South Federal Avenue

Case No.: DIR-2017-1837-BSA 

Council No.: 11 

Plan Area: West Los Angeles 

Appellant: Mitchell Kasdin (adjoining property owner) 

Representative: N/A 

2116-2118 and 2120-2122 South Federal Avenue

 Project Planner: Connie Chauv  (213) 978-0016

Download the PDF

Updated PDF

Crime Blotter and Weekly Update - LAPD SLO James Lavenson

I hope everyone had a good fourth, we had numerous calls of fireworks and possible gunshots.  Good news no gun shots, no fires, and injuries but we did have a lot of upset dogs.  This is going to be a busy few weeks, our carnival will be next week and August 1st is National Night Out at Stoner Recreation Center.  If anyone wants to assist with the Carnival or National Night Out, please let me know.  I have attached a program of movies in the park.  These are going to be a regular event at Stoner Park on Friday nights. 

I know my plate is full with the numerous issues in our neighborhoods.  Good news, our Part I crimes are down.  However our homeless component and the crimes of opportunity are steady.  Thank all of you for the tips and information.  I hope to see y'all at the carnival, if you want presale tickets, please let me know.

BURGLARY

11900 Tennessee Ave.                        6-29-17 9:00 A.M & 6-29-17 5:20 P.M

Suspect smashed the victim’s rear window of the residence, suspect ransacked the property.  The suspect fled via the rear bedroom window without any property.

BURGLARY FROM MOTOR VEHICLE

Bundy Dr. & Missouri Ave.               7-1-17 5:00 P.M & 6:00 P.M

Suspect smashed the victim’s rear vehicle window and removed cash and other property from the vehicle.

2200 Sawtelle Bl.                                6-29-17 10:15 P.M & 9:00 P.M

Suspect(s) smashed the victim’s vehicle window and removed laptop computers.  Suspect fled the location in an unknow direction with victim’s property.

MAIL THEFT

1500 Armacost Ave.                           6-24-17 1:20 P.M & 6-27-17 3:00 P.M         

Unknown suspect removed package from the front door of the apartment complex mail depot.  No suspect seen, no video or other evidence present.

BICYCLE THEFT

2400 Corinth Ave.                              6-28-17 10:00 A.M

Suspect entered the shared parking garage and removed the victim’s bicycle.  The suspect fled the location with the victim’s bicycle.

Sepulveda Bl. & Exposition Bl.          6-29-17 6:00 P.M & 6-30-17 9:00 A.M

Victim parked and locked her bicycle at the MTA station bike rack, when she returned her bicycle was missing.  Unknown suspect cut the bike lock and removed the bike.

BATTERY

Centinela Ave. & Pico Bl.                   7-1-17 9:00 A.M

Suspect and Victime are both homeless, the suspect kicked the victim several times for an unknown reason.

ARRESTS

We have made numerous arrests this past week in the area of Sawtelle & Pico, 11300 Olympic, Exposition & Stoner.  These arrests involved drugs and posessions of narcotics.