The lawn in front of Van Ness School was the location for the semi-annual meeting of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association on Tuesday night. It turned out to be a perfect night to sit outside and partake in a conversation with neighbors.
Here’s a quick snap shot of what was discussed:
LAPD Wilshire Division Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova gave a report on area crime. He commended neighbors on their attention to things that seem out of place and to capturing detail when they do see something. Burglary-theft from motor vehicle’s are still a problem. SLO Cordova advises to remove valuables from your car when parked in the driveway or on the street. Also, lock your car! Many of these incidents involve unlocked card.
LA City Watchdog and Windsor Square resident Jack Humphreville shared his thoughts on the state of the City. Humphreville advocates for City government tied to a balanced budget, a mandate to fix the streets and to fix the City pension plan. A balanced budget amendment would force fiscal responsibility on the City Council.
CD4 Field Deputy Ben Seinfeld from Councilman Tom La Bonge’s office addressed multiple topics related to things the Councilman is getting done in the area:
- IMPORTANT: if your street has pot holes or needs to be repaved, please reach out to Ben Seinfeld via email before the end of the day on Friday, May 17th. The city is only repaving asphalt streets at this time – so please differentiate whether the street you are requesting service on is asphalt or concrete. HPOZ covenants require that concrete streets in HPOZ protected areas be repaired with concrete – a much more expensive process. Email Ben – [email protected]
- There are no plans for installing any new speed humps at this time. The Bureau of Street Services engineers who were involved in these projects were reassigned to other areas of the Bureau over the past few years. Plus, the LAFD is advocating to do away with the speed hump program all together because there is a belief that the humps impact response times.
- CD4 and LAPD Olympic Division have been working to clean up the bulky item problem that has plagued the eastern edge of of CD4. Seinfeld and the Olympic Division SLOs recently picked up and transported approximately 5 tons of bulky items. They believe that by their presence in the area will help act as a deterrent to future bulky item dumps.
- Reminder to download the MyLA311 app on your iphone or android phone. From the app you can report pot holes, street light issues and you can request bulky item pick up.
- Representatives from Councilman LaBonge’s office will be meeting with engineers in about two weeks to discuss the new medians on the northern section of Larchmont Boulevard. There will be two new medians – one between Melrose and Clinton, and one between Clinton and Rosewood. The LVNA has agreed to help maintain these medians.
LVNA Board Member and Block Captain Coordinator Stu Melvin discussed the success of the program as a tool for communication and coordination between neighbors. About two-thirds of the neighborhood blocks have a lead representative in this program. There are still a few blocks that need a volunteer representative. If you are not getting LVNA communication, reach out to Stu to see how you can help out!