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January Storms Damage Our Area

Murder at Short Term Rental Home

Neighborhood Council Supports Limitations On Film Crew Smoking In High Fire Danger Areas

Council Supports Citizen Advisory Council at Van Nuys Airport

Congressman Brad Sherman Holds Open House
How To Participate In Upcoming BABCNC Elections

Neighborhood Council Participates In Hybrid In-Person/Zoom Meetings
New Law to Keep Organic Waste out of Landfills
SCRAPBOOK: Huntington Hartford vs. Sam Yorty
How Both Men Lost And Los Angeles Won A New Park

Pet Adoption Opportunities

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The relentless barrage of rain beating down in our recent rain storms has greatly impacted our hillside communities, causing mudslides and flooding on Beverly Glen and other streets.
Mulholland Drive was especially impacted, where the soil got saturated and caused some undermining of the roadway. As a result, LADOT has implemented two road closures on Mulholland Drive between Laurel Canyon and Benedict Canyon.
The first undermining of the road occurred near Summit Circle creating a closure on a stretch between Coldwater Canyon and Laurel Canyon.
The second undermining of the road occurred east of Beverly Park, creating a closure on a stretch between Benedict Canyon and Coldwater.
While access to thru traffic continues to be closed, local access on most of Mulholland Drive continues to be permitted. It is still uncertain how long it will take to complete the work but crews are working as quickly as possible to repair the road.
In the meantime, commuters are advised to avoid the area and to heed signage and Traffic Officer instructions if traveling near closure points. 

Mindy Rothstein Mann


In the early morning hours of Saturday, January 28th, the quiet of our hillsides was disrupted by the sound of gunshots. In the end, three people were killed and four people were seriously wounded.

This was the third fatal shooting within the past 2 ½ years in our Council area that took place at a home being used for a short-term rental.

The Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council area is the site of a great deal of short-term rental activity and our residents have experienced many problems with these rentals.

The Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Home Sharing and Party House Ordinances has been highlighting the enforcement issues of this program for years and the Council strongly supports improving home sharing enforcement mechanisms.

On Tuesday, January 31st, the City’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee unanimously passed a motion to review and improve the Home-Sharing Program. Authored by Council members Blumenfield and Harris-Dawson, CF-22-1506 instructs the Los Angeles Housing Department, Department of Building and Safety and Department of City Planning, relative to the report on the results and accuracy of the Short-Term Rental study from McGill University, to provide a status report on the Home-Sharing program in Los Angeles, and a specific action plan to cure any problems that are confirmed or revealed.

Mindy Rothstein Mann

Smoking outdoors in our area is prohibited because it is in a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ). However, residents have observed repeated instances where crew members on film shoots are ignoring the "no outdoor smoking" restrictions. In some instances, this has actually occurred right next to NO SMOKING signs.
Film permits in the City are issued by FilmLA, a non-profit industry sponsored entity under a contract with the City. That contract is administered by the Board of Public Works. The LAFD and the LAPD also have Film Units. The LAFD requires the daily completion of a Fire Safety Checklist that includes a section on smoking. It indicates smoking areas may be established on a set, but not near brush or flammable materials, however the guidelines do not explicitly prohibit outdoor smoking. There also appears to be an issue getting enforcement of the no smoking prohibition in VHFHSZs

Accordingly, the Neighborhood Council passed the following motion at the January 25th meeting:
WHEREAS outdoor smoking is prohibited in Very High Fire Hazard Severity
Zones (VHFHSZ);
WHEREAS, permits for film shoots are regularly issued by FilmLA for locations within a VHFHSZ;
WHEREAS, film permits can and do contain special conditions for numerous locations within the City;
WHEREAS, there are currently no special conditions limiting smoking included in film permits issued by FilmLA for locations within a VHFHSZ; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Public Works has a dedicated Motion Picture and Television Manager, to act as the FilmLA contract administrator;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, BABCNC urges the Motion Picture and Television Manager for the Board of Public Works require FilmLA to include a specific no outdoor smoking prohibition in all film permits issued for locations within a VHFHSZ.

Increased air traffic to and from Van Nuys Airport is negatively impacting our neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Council, at its January 25th meeting, agreed to support Los Angeles City Council File  22-1489 regarding increased scrutiny of commercial development of Van Nuys Airport. The Council asks for reasonable consideration of community impacts from development at Van Nuys Airport, requesting details from Los Angeles World Airports regarding the projects and awards for redevelopment at Van Nuys Airport. 

The Neighborhood Council also demands steps be taken for community engagement to ensure such projects undertake the required outreach, a detailed description of the compliance or non-compliance of these projects with the 2005 Van Nuys Airport Master Plan, an accounting of the environmental review of said projects, and proposals for future community engagement.
Congressional redistricting has changed our Federal Representation to Congressman Brad Sherman. Our new Congressman is holding a Town Hall by Telephone on Thursday February 2 between 7 and 8:15 PM.
You can participate by calling the toll free number (855) 920-0548
To submit a question in advance visit:
Contact information:
Congressman Brad Sherman
5000 Van Nuys Boulevard #420
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 501-9200
2365 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5911

Upcoming Bel Air - Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council Elections
Mail-In Ballots Are Now Available!
Election Day for 11 of the 36 seats on the BABCNC is
Sunday, March 26, 2023
There are two ways to vote, and for either one you will need to bring/submit proof that you live, work, or own property within the BABCNC, or participate in a community organization that has its physical address within the BABCNC.  For a map of the BABCNC see the end of this newsletter.
When: March 26, 2023 ONLY, from 11am to 2pm

Harvard-Westlake School
700 N. Faring Rd 
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Unlike general elections, mail in ballots will NOT be sent to you automatically - you must apply for a mail-in ballot, and do so by March 7, 2023. You can apply for a Vote-By-Mail ballot online or by filling out a paper application:
·       Online Vote-By-Mail Application – Click HERE
·       Vote-By-Mail Paper Application (Multilingual) – Click HERE
o   Instructions for filling out the Vote-By Mail Application – Click HERE
·       Neighborhood Council Elections FAQs – Click HERE
Generally, if you are 16 years of age or older, and you live, work, or own property within the BABCNC boundaries, or participate in a community organization that has its physical address within the BABCNC boundaries, you are eligible to vote for candidates for the following seats (for a map of the BABCNC area click HERE):
  • Commercial or Office Enterprise Districts – 1 seat
  • At-Large Community Interest Stakeholder – 1 seat
  • Public Educational Institutions – 1 seat
  • At-Large Traditional Stakeholder – 2 seats
  • At-Large Youth Representative – 1 seat
In addition, if you live, work and/or own property, within the boundaries of the following neighborhood districts, or participate in a community organization within the boundaries of these neighborhoods, and are 16 years of age or older, you can ALSO vote for the following seats:
  • Residential District Representatives:
    • Bel-Air Glen District (1 seat)
    • Franklin - Coldwater District (1 seat)
    • North of Sunset District (3 seats)
***Learn more about the seats, the Candidates, and details regarding who is eligible to vote for each seat HERE***
During the Covid Pandemic, the Bel Air - Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council has held its monthly meetings and all Committee meetings by Zoom. With the pandemic moderated, the State is mandating the public meetings begin taking place either in person or in a hybrid in-person/videoconference format. New technology is required to carry out this change.
The Neighborhood Council has agreed to collaborate with the Los Angeles City Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to experiment with the combined in-person and Zoom meeting beginning in March.

     Kitchen Pails available from the Los Angeles Department of Sanitation
A statewide mandate aimed at keeping organic waste out of landfills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions directs all Los Angeles residents serviced by Los Angeles Sanitation to place their food scraps and food-soiled paper, in their green bin, along with yard waste,
The City of Los Angeles will pick up the green bin weekly and the collection day will remain the same. The green waste will be processed to create compost to be used by farmers.
To help residents start recycling their food scraps, LASAN is offering a free kitchen waste pail to City of Los Angeles residents. These pails are available for pre-registered pickup at participating distribution sites, one pail per household while supplies last.
What Can go in my Green Bin? Fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggshells, bread, cereal, grains, rice, pasta, beans, meat, bone, fish, shells, coffee grounds and filters, food soiled paper products, yard waste, flowers, clean untreated wood, natural wood chopsticks, natural corks. No plastic bags.
What Can’t go in my Green Bin? Plastics, plastic bags, products labeled biodegradable or compostable, glass, produce stickers, rubber bands, twisty ties, plastic waxes, coatings, pet waste, pet litter.
How To Reduce Odors in your kitchen pail:  Use a paper towel to line your kitchen pail. Sprinkle baking soda in your kitchen pail to reduce odors. Empty your kitchen pail into your green bin regularly and just before collection day. Wash your kitchen pail regularly. It is dishwasher friendly. Wrap smellier items and store in your refrigerator or freezer until pickup day.
How To Reduce Odors In Your Green Bin: Put some yard trimmings in your green bin before and after adding scraps. Place the green bin out for collection every week, even if not full. Rinse your green bin as needed and sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the bin.

The contents of the green bin will be composted and that compost will be used by farmers to grow organic products. That’s why it is so important to keep trash, pet waste, household hazardous waster, and other contaminants out of the green bin. 24 hour customer care center 1 800 773 2489
Robin Greenberg
                 SCRAPBOOK: The history of our 
Bel Air-Beverly Crest  Neighborhood Council
Communities and those communities around us
Huntington Hartford on his estate on Paradise Island, Bahamas
How Both Men Lost And Los Angeles Won A New Park

When Huntington Hartford moved to Los Angeles after the Second World War, it was his intention to conquer Hollywood in a big way. He tried to buy RKO Pictures but Howard Hughes turned him down. He tried to buy Republic Pictures but Herbert Yates turned him down.
Huntington Hartford had the money to buy a studio. It was estimated that he was worth $95 million, being the heir to the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company grocery stores. There were over 16,000 A&P markets from coast to coast. A&P was the second largest corporation in America, after General Motors. Huntington Hartford had a trust fund and was an heir to a great fortune.
Since he couldn’t buy a studio, Huntington Hartford bought a theatre. It was the old Vine Street Theatre at 1615 North Vine Street, which had been owned by the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network, renamed the CBS playhouse. It was a 900-seat gem of a theatre converted to a radio studio where the audience could watch the live broadcasts of the Lux Radio Theatre.

Hartford renamed the theatre the Huntington Hartford Theatre, and installed the first legal wet bar in a theatre in Los Angeles. So, if you sip an adult beverage during a theatre intermission, you can thank Huntington Hartford who established the practice in Los Angeles. Today the theatre is known as the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, named after the famous Mexican actor.

       #2 Columbus Circle, New York: The Huntington Hartford Museum

As successful as the theatre was, it wasn’t enough for Hartford who lived large and lost money large. He bought Hog Island in the Bahamas, renamed it Paradise Island and lost money. He bought #2 Columbus Circle in New York City, built an Art Museum and lost even more money.  Here in Los Angeles, he located a huge property that was for sale, which fueled a new ambition and eventually lost more money.
The property consisted of 160 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains, stretching from Franklin Avenue at Fuller and extending up into the hills to Mulholland Drive. The seller was John McCormack, the world renown Irish tenor who had come to Hollywood in 1929 to make an early talking Picture “Song O’ My Heart.”  McCormack loved the area so much, he took his entire fee for appearing in the movie and purchased the property for cash.  McCormack and his wife built a home, swimming pool, tennis court and lived in the house for 9 years.
McCormack had purchased the property from Carman Runyon, a retired businessman in the coal industry. Once called “No Man’s Canyon” the first legal claim to the property was given to an American soldier to honor his service. Several owners followed until Runyon bought the property and named his new streets after himself. His name would forever be attached to the property. Runyon had a new bride, an expert horsewoman. Together they would ride the trails throughout the extensive property.
Frank Loyd Wright designed the plans for Huntington Hartford

Huntington Hartford had a vision for the property:  he would create a hotel of cottages at the bottom of the property and some studio apartments for the new Huntington Hartford Foundation colony of artists, writers and composers, to provide residences, and studios for creative people. He would develop a country club on the ridge and art galleries throughout the property.

Hartford commissioned the famous architects Frank Lloyd Wright and his son, Lloyd Wright, to design his vision. McCormack had named the property “San Patrizio” after Saint Patrick.  Hartford renamed the property “The Pines” even though the most prominent tree was an old royal palm.

                                              Huntington Hartford

Unfortunately for him, Hartford had neglected to consider the impact of his plan on the neighbors. He also underestimated the number of Los Angeles City political relationships that would be required to make the plan work.  Huntington Hartford had not developed the kind of interpersonal relationships necessary to develop a project in a city like Los Angeles, which is filled with business and political forces hidden to outsiders.  The City turned down the project.
Disappointed, Hartford became more involved in his New York Museum project and decided to get rid of the “Pines”. In 1964, he offered the property as a gift to the City of Los Angeles. Shockingly, mayor Sam Yorty refused to accept the gift. It is interesting to speculate why the Mayor would turn down such a wonderful gift.

                                        Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorti

Three years earlier, in 1961, Sam Yorty, a long shot candidate, had been elected mayor, defeating the incumbant mayor Norris Poulson, who, it is said, represented the “establishment” interests.
Real estate redevelopment was of priority to defeated mayor Poulson and under his guidance the poorer people of Los Angeles did not fare well. Under Poulson, thousands of poor people lost their homes on Bunker Hill to allow development of the Music Center, expensive apartments, hotels and office towers.
Five thousand poor Latino families were evicted from their homes to develop the Dodger baseball stadium in Chavez Ravine. City-owned streetcar lines were torn up and supplanted by a fledgling new bus system, making it more difficult for poor people to get to work on public transportation.
The poor had been traditionally considered powerless – until 1961 when they were credited with electing Sam Yorty Mayor of Los Angeles, even though not one newspaper had endorsed him. 

  Huntington Hartford planned  to build a golf country club on the property

Lloyd Wright remembered the Hartford’s situation, “Here was this very wealthy man and he wanted to give something stunning to Hollywood.”
It is likely that mayor Sam Yorty would not want to pose for pictures with wealthy Hartford, accepting an elite property in an upscale neighborhood that would not benefit his constituency of the poor. Emotions in Los Angeles were growing tense. The Watts riots took place only a year after Yorty turned down the property.
Rejected by the City, Huntington Hartford was so angry that he sold the property at a low price to Jules Berman who, according to Lloyd Wright, "destroyed the mansion and let the property run down.
             Berman planned to build 74 large homes in the canyon

Berman’s wealth was derived from importing the Mexican Coffee Flavor Liquor, Kahlua. He intended to crowd the canyon with homes, naming the development the “Huntington Hartford Estates” but faced very strong public resistance. At the end he sold the property to the City and a combination of public agencies for Eight Million Dollars. 
Thus, the public spent eight million dollars for something they could have received from Huntington Hartford for free.
The land is now Runyon Canyon Park, a popular hiking and dog walking area with spectacular views of the City of Los Angeles.  You can still see the ruins of McCormack’s estate at the bottom of the hill.

Ruins of the McCormack Estate

Sam Yorty was reelected Mayor for a second term after the Watts riots, but, in those pre term-limit days, was defeated for a third term by Tom Bradley, Los Angeles’ first African-American mayor.
Huntington Hartford did not have success with his New York Museum, having run through 85 million dollars of his 95 million dollar fortune.  He finally retired to his Paradise Island estate in the Bahamas with his daughter. He once wrote in his magazine SHOW, “I have tried to use my millions creatively.  But the golden bird, coming to life has sometimes wriggled out of my hand and flown away.”
Andre Stojka

Adopt, Don’t Shop! Visit West Los Angeles Animal Shelter
Consider adopting one of the wonderful animals at our local animal shelter!

The City's shelters are suffering from extreme overcrowding and hundreds of beautiful animals desperately need new homes -- dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, turtles, chickens, and more.

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  8 a.m.—5 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays  11 a.m.—5 p.m.
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. All Board and Committee meetings are open to the public.


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The Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council Community News is published by the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council Outreach Committee:
Robin Greenberg, Mindy Rothstein Mann, Nickie Miner,
Robert Schlesinger, Maureen Smith, Patricia Templeton
Andre Stojka, Newsletter Editor and Outreach Chairperson
BABCNC President: Travis Longcore
Newsletter (c) 2023 Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council
Scrapbook (c) 2023 Andre Stojka
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