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Neighborhood Council Votes to Support City Animal Shelters
Neighborhood Council Votes To Support Benedict Canyon Association Letter Regarding Cancelled Bulgari Hotel Meeting with LA Planning Department
Hillside Federation Wins Lawsuit Protecting Mulholland Drive

LADWP Tightens Security of Stone Canyon

Neighborhood Council People in The News
How To Be Involved With Your Neighborhood Council
SCRAPBOOK: The First Legal Owner of Beverly Hills Land Was A Black Woman
Pet Adoption Opportunities

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                  Sam Yebri                                                Katy Yaroslavsky
This is your opportunity to get to know the candidates for CD5. Both Katy Young Yaroslavky and Sam Yebri will be together on a Zoom meeting you can watch right from your home or smart phone.
Are the issues they are concerned with your issues for CD5?  Are they speaking your language?  Before you vote, find out here they stand on the CD5 issues that are important to you.
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This presentation is sponsored by your
Bel-Air – Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council
and the following CD 5 Neighborhood Councils:
Greater Wilshire
Mid-City West
South Robertson


Your Neighborhood Council voted to support Councilmember Paul Koretz' motion to determine the budgetary needs and possible sources of new funds for the Department of Animal Services' seven animal shelters.
The council also voted to recommend that the City augment budgeted General Funds to enforce the Spay Neuter Ordinance to eliminate barriers for volunteering and to provide quality welfare for animals.
MULHOLLAND SCENIC PARKWAY SPECIFIC PLAN                                           
 On Friday August 12, the Honorable Mitchell L. Beckloff granted the Hillside Federation’s petition and has ordered the City to rescind Director of Planning, Vincent P. Bertoni’s 2021 Memorandum limiting the Mulholland Design Review Board’s jurisdiction.  The Court noted that:
The Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan (MSPSP)—adopted in 1992—specifies the requirement of a design review process by the Board prior to the City issuing a building permit for a project. All projects—whether visible or not—within the MSPSP are subject to the design review process. There can be no reasonable argument there is an ambiguity in the MSPSP concerning the design review process given the MSPSP's definition of project.
The Court found that the Director’s action “eliminating the design review process in the MSPSP for non-visible projects is arbitrary and legally unsupported.” 

In our September Newsletter we reported that the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee would be deciding an important motion regarding the proposed Bulgari Hotel project in Benedict Canyon on September 20th. This motion, which was made by Councilmember Koretz, asked PLUM to rescind the Planning Director's prior approval of the applicant’s application seeking a zone change from strictly residential to commercial.

To the amazement of the Councilmember and the opponents of the proposed development, the PLUM Committee failed to act on the agendized motion.  Without any explanation and without setting a future date, the committee appeared to simply “kick the can down the road”.  

As a result, the Benedict Canyon Association (BCA) wrote a letter to PLUM requesting some answers and the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council passed a motion to write a letter supporting the BCA’s request. Briefly, the BCA made the following inquiries:
  • Why was the hearing postponed?
  • When was the decision made to postpone and did all members of the committee agree to the postponement?
  • Has a new date been set to hear the motion? If so, when? If not, why not?

Mindy Rothstein Mann

The Department of Water and Power has asked the public for help in deterring trespassing on the Stone Canyon Reservoir property. LADWP will be installing "No Trespassing" signs, and the "No Trespassing" law will be strictly enforced.

Lower Stone Canyon is an uncovered body of water that is used for emergency drinking water storage and supplies for wildfire suppression. Trespassers pose a serious risk to access, equipment, and operations of this critical facility. In addition, there are personal hazards such as slips, trips, and falls in rough terrain, possible drowning and wildlife presence such as rattlesnakes.

The Department asks citizens who witness trespassing to contact LADWP Security at (213) 367-9114.
Travis Longcore, Ph.D., esteemed researcher on artificial night lighting on wildlife and human health effects was currently cited in an article called "A Switch's Flip Side" in the Los Angeles Times.
Dr. Longcore is currently the President of the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council and the Board-selected representative for Custodians of Open Space. He is an adjunct associate professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA and long-time appointed member of the Los Angeles County Environmental Review Board.
Robin Greenberg has just been elected President of Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC). Ms. Greenberg was President of Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council for 5 years. She is currently BABCNC Vice-President of Operations. 
Maureen Smith
If you are interested in performing public service by serving on your Neighborhood Council, you will be welcome.
Members of the Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council are seated in three ways: 

The Boards of Residential Stakeholder Groups (homeowners and resident associations) in our area appoint their representative on the Council according to their own appointment or election process. These representatives are responsible for the interests of their constituents and report to the Board that elected them.

There are also Neighborhood Council Board seats “at large” to represent stakeholders who are not represented by Residential Stakeholder Groups.

A third group of representatives are selected by the Board to represent Non-residential Groups.
All Neighborhood Council meetings are open to the public. Meetings are currently held by Zoom so you can attend meetings from your home. To get started, you should attend the meetings and acquaint yourself with the Council.
Here is information produced by the Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment which will provide more information.

The history of our Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council area and of our neighbors
Maria Rita Valdez Villa is depicted as the third person from the right

Her name was Maria Rita Valdez Villa and her story is the story of early Los Angeles.

Maria’s grandfather and grandmother Maria Petra Rubio and Luis Manuel Quintero were descendants of enslaved Africans living in what was then New Spain. In 1791, they were offered an opportunity from Spain’s King Charles through his New Spain governor Felipe de Neve.
If they would leave their homes, in what is today Mexico, and join 10 other families to establish a new settlement, they would be given land to own and other opportunities to improve their positions in life. This unique opportunity was given by King Charles who feared losing his New Spain to Russian traders or English sailors, already exploring the territory.
New Spain was a huge territory. It stretched from what is now Mexico, Central America, part of the West Indies, the Southwestern and central United States, Florida and the Philippines. King Charles understood that the territory was too large to defend militarily. Instead he thought to rule by controlling business and the culture. He established as many military presidios, Missions, and business trading cities as he could.
                                    Model of Early Los Angeles
Maria's grandparents were called Pobladores (settlers). The party consisted of 11 families, 44 Spanish subjects, 2 priests and 17 Spanish soldiers with their families. Early histories simply referred to the members as Spanish but recent information reveals that of the original 44 Pobladores only 2 were European. The others had some degree of African ancestry while 16 were Native Indians or Mestizos (people of mixed Spanish and Indian blood). All were given land and settlement opportunities so as to make the area grow and prosper.
After a long, long walk for six months over 1000 miles they reached their destination, on the reliable source of water, the Rio Porciúncula, downstream from the Native American village of Yaangna in Alta California. 

On September 4, 1781 they established the El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles, “The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels”. The Rio Porciuncula river was renamed the Los Angeles River.
Maria's grandfather didn’t like Los Angeles. A tailor by trade, he and his wife left the community for other opportunities in Santa Barbara where there was already a mission, presidio and more opportunities for a tailor. There they raised a family of 8 children. One of those children, Sabastiana, was Maria's mother.
                                    Remnant of original ranch building

In 1808 Maria married a Spanish soldier Vicente Fernando Villa and they had three daughters. After his death in 1830 Maria was given a land grant of 4,539 acres because of her husband's military service. On her grant she developed a cattle ranch and farm.

The north part of the rancho was located near where Sunset Boulevard and Alpine Drive are today, and the southern border was near Pico and Westwood Boulevard.
The Rancho was named Rancho Rodeo de Los Aguas, Ranch of the Gathering Waters, because of the plentiful water that came from springs and streams in Coldwater and Benedict Canyons.
                    Another remnant of Rancho de Los Aquas

After the United States acquired California in 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo specified that all land grants would be honored by the United States Government. But there were many lawyers and challenges.
Maria Rita Quinteros Valdez de Villa fought two lawsuits challenging her ownership of the Rancho and won both times. Unlike many other land grant owners, Maria turned her ranch into a success, farming and raising cattle for twenty years..
Not all Native Americans accepted the confiscation of their lands by foreign governments and in 1852 three Native Americans attacked the Rancho.

Maria survived the shootout and siege of her ranch. But she was 62 years old by now and decided it was time to retire. She sold the Rancho to Henry Hancock (owner of the La Brea Tar Pits-Hancock Park) and Benjamin D Wilson (Mount Wilson) for $4,000.00. Maria died two years later and is buried in Calvary Cemetery.
                                        Map of Rancho de las Aquas

Rancho Rodeo de las Aquas was sold many times over the years to would-be developers. It was at one point “one vast field of lima Beans” until it was purchased by Burton E Green (Burton Way) of Amalgamated Oil who failed to find oil on the property and decided to develop the land as the city of Beverly Hills.

Andre Stojka
             Adopt, Don’t Shop! Visit West Los Angeles Animal Shelter
Consider adopting one of the wonderful animals at our local animal shelter!
Below are just a few stars from among the many who need a loving home.
If you can’t adopt, consider volunteering, fostering an animal for a period of time, or providing items from the shelter’s Wish Lists. Every bit helps!
Visit the shelter
Tuesdays and Thursdays  8am—5pm
Saturdays and Sundays  11am—5pm
West Los Angeles Animal Shelter
11361 W Pico Blvd (just west of the 405)
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone (310) 207-3156
Because of the size of Los Angeles, each Los Angeles City Council member represents around 250,000 people. To keep City officials in closer touch with the neighborhoods of the City, in 1999 Los Angeles adopted a Neighborhood Council system to advise the City Council members of local issues.
There are 99 separate Neighborhood Councils in the City of Los Angeles. Members of the Neighborhood Council are considered City employees without compensation of any kind. They are formally elected by the public or communities and must live, work or own property in the area they represent.
The Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council represents approximately 28,000 people in a beautiful mountain and canyon area of the City of Los Angeles bounded on the West by Sepulveda Boulevard, on the North, Mulholland Drive, on the South by Sunset Boulevard and the East by Laurel Canyon.


View from Roscomare Road
part of our Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council community


The Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council Community News is published by the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council Outreach Committee:
Robin Greenberg, Mindy Mann, Nickie Miner,
Robert Schlesinger, Maureen Smith, Patricia Templeton
Andre Stojka, Outreach Chairperson and Newsletter Editor
BABCNC President: Travis Longcore
Newsletter (c) 2022 Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council
Scrapbook (c) 2022 Andre Stojka
Photo Credits:   CD 5 Candidate websites, Shutterstock, DWP, El Commercio, Prado, Water and Power Associates, Digital Library UCLA, Huntington Library, West Los Angeles Animal Shelter, Refdin, Wikipedia

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