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Wildlife Ordinance Community Input Invited

Water Conservation May Pose Fire Danger On Hillsides

City Council 5th District Candidates Face Runoff in November

Burbank Airport Air Traffic Noise Status Report

Neighborhood Council Urges Improvement to Hillside Construction Regulations

Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife Honored By Assembly Member Bloom

Scrapbook:  Wine and the Wizard of Oz
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The City Planning Department recently released a new draft of the Wildlife Ordinance, which combines the previously-proposed Wildlife and Ridgeline Ordinances, and makes changes to both. This ordinance is designed to promote healthy urban ecology.
The majority of the area to which this new ordinance would be applied would be the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council area, therefore it is critical that our Neighborhood Council provide detailed and thoughtful comments on the proposal. 

In order to provide feedback, and to ensure that our stakeholders are heard in the process, the Planning and Land Use Committee established the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on the Proposed Wildlife District. Through a series of meetings, the committee is reviewing the ordinance to get clarification on items and to take positions on elements of the ordinance.

This ordinance, if passed as currently written, would affect every property in our area. Therefore, members of the public are encouraged to learn about this ordinance and to participate in the work of the committee.
Our committee’s web page is here:
On the page, you can find news about upcoming meetings and how to provide feedback, as well as important resources such as the ordinance itself.
All residents of the area should also take a look at the information available on the City Planning website. The deadline for public comment is July 22.  A public hearing will be held by the Department of City Planning on July 13.

You can find the Wildlife Pilot Study page at the Department of City Planning here:

Many BABCNC board members are concerned about DWP’s latest water restrictions and the dangerous detrimental effects they will have on our hillsides.
Our BABCNC area, as well as other hillside areas within the Santa Monica Mountains, is in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.

Our homes are intertwined with trees that are a critical resource already weakened from years of drought. Taking more water away from them will surely result in the unnecessary death of trees creating an even more significant fire hazard to our homes.
Don Loze, one of our board members, recognized that we needed to take an appropriate step and drafted a letter to the Mayor. He recommended that the current program needed to be re-analyzed since it is based on information that was gathered pre-2016.
Furthermore, he recommended that we ask for a new Blue Ribbon Committee which would include not only the DWP, but also the LAFD, the LAPD, the Planning Department, as well as input from environmental experts and the insurance industry.
The matter was discussed at our last Board Meeting and a motion was made to send the letter to our current Mayor and again to the next Mayor-Elect. The motion passed and a letter is being sent to the Mayor with a request that it be considered and addressed with urgency.
We will advise you of progress made in forthcoming newsletters.
Mindy Rothstein Mann
Since no candidate obtained 50% of the votes during the June election, the two candidates who achieved the highest number of votes will face a runoff on November 7.

Katy Young Yaroslavsky received 28,017 votes, or 48.98.% of the votes;  Sam Yebri received 16,975 votes, or 29.67% of the votes. 

Other candidates were Jimmy Biblarz receiving 6,263 votes or 10.95% and Scott Epstein who received 5,949 votes of 10.40% of the votes.
On May 20th, 2022 the SOSLA vs. FAA case was heard at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena regarding the ongoing significant harms caused by changes in new flight procedures that the FAA implemented at Burbank Airport (BUR) in 2017 and Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in 2018.  The FAA did not deny these impacts.
The FAA’s principal defense in the lawsuit that SOSLA filed is on timeliness grounds - not that the claims are without basis, but rather that they were raised too late. In the oral argument, the lawyer from the FAA made clear the FAA is open to addressing these concerns, just not through the lawsuit.
There are concerns whether the FAA will ever act unless forced to do so by the court.
SOSLA is still pursuing other ideas while waiting for the court’s ruling, which is expected in the next few months. Residents who live in the hills are hopeful the judges will rule against the FAA and instruct them to make the necessary changes with haste.  KABC News Coverage of SOSLA vs. FAA Oral Argument can be viewed here: KABC

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Wendy Morris
Narrow hillside streets clogged with construction trucks, construction workers parking on private streets, confusion regarding hours when construction is allowed – all these are part of our hillside experience. Your Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council is trying to change this.
In a letter to Councilpersons Paul Koretz and Nithya Raman the Neighborhood Council outlined deficiencies in current law with suggestions to improve problems with building envelope height, slope banding, retaining walls, faulty road designations, permitting, and financial responsibility for the completion of a project.
The BABCNC also strongly suggested that all discretionary projects be brought before the BABCNC Planning and Land Use Committee.
Signed by Council President Travis Longcore, the full letter can be viewed on the BABCNC website.
Assembly Member Richard Bloom presents award to CLAW founders
Tony Tucci and Alison Simard


Former BABCNC Board member Tony Tucci and conservation activist Alison Simard’s non-profit Citizens for Los angles Wildlife (CLAW) has been chosen by California State Assembly member Richard Bloom as the Assembly District 50 Non-profit Of The Year.
In making the award, Bloom stated “As climate change becomes more of a reality in our daily lives and open space is threatened due to urban development, the habitats that house our precious wildlife are increasingly at risk. That’s why the selfless work of non-profits like CLAW takes on an increased importance and responsibility. I could not be more grateful for their effort to preserve and protect our fragile ecosystem.”

SCRAPBOOK:  The history of our BABCNC Community
View from Bel Air's Moraga Vineyard, past the Getty Center to the ocean
                          WINE AND THE ‘WIZARD OF OZ”
As the Getty Museum tram rises above the 405 freeway, if a passenger looks east past the freeway to the hills of Bel Air, there is an very unusual sight: a 16 acre vineyard planted in the midst of some of the most costly residential real estate in Los Angeles. It is the Moraga Vineyard.
The story of this property goes back to the 1930’s, when first developed as a ranch home by a motion picture director, Victor Fleming for his wife Lu and their two daughters.

Fleming is an underappreciated genius who began as a cameraman in the silent era and went on to direct the on camera personas of many film stars, from: Douglas Fairbanks, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy to Vivian Leigh,  Clark Gable and Ingrid Bergman.
He was also the director of two of the most famous motion pictures of his time, “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind.”
Victor Flemming directing Munchkins on the Wizard of Oz set at MGM with Judy Garland.
Fleming bought the property on Moraga Drive after completing “Test Pilot” in 1937.

In 1938, he was asked by Producer Mervyn LeRoy to take over directing a film already in production at MGM which was in creative trouble.  The film was “The Wizard of Oz.”
Following the Yellow Brick Road - a production number Fleming added to the production as one of many changes he made to the script.
Fleming changed the style of the film to a slightly tongue-in-cheek fantasy and made many changes to Noel Langley's script, including asking composer Harold Arlen and Lyricist E.Y. Yip Harburg to write a new song, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”
After Fleming had filmed all the Oz material, and before he could direct the Kansas scenes, there came a knock on his Moraga Drive door at 4 am on a weekend  morning. Pounding on the door to wake him were Clark Gable, David Selznick and Eddie Mannix of MGM.
Victor Fleming on the set with Judy Garland as Dorothy
and Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow

They had previously awakened David Selznick’s father-in-law, Louis B. Mayer of MGM, to get permission to take Fleming off “The Wizard Of Oz"  and to put him on another film that had begun shooting and was already in trouble - "Gone With the Wind”.

After Fleming left the Oz production, King Vidor was brought in to direct the Kansas scenes using Victor Fleming's story boards.

Fleming rehearses Gone With The Wind stars Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable.

Fleming's daughters have told how their dad would eat dinner with them and read to them at the Moraga home every night. Then he would return to the studio where he was editing “Wizard of Oz” and preparing “Gone with the Wind”.
Fleming died in 1949 and eventually the estate was purchased by a dynamic engineer and business executive Tom Jones.

                    Tom Jones on the cover of Time Magazine
Jones had graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stanford during the Second World War years. He was hired by Douglas Aircraft, which led to his employment by the RAND Corporation think tank which then led to his eventual joining Northrop Aircraft as Assistant to Chief Engineer. Jones rose to become President of Northup in 1960 and remained President for 30 years until his retirement in 1990.
Jones was called a visionary and pioneer in US aviation, according to Wes Bish, Northrop Grumman CEO.  Daring to invest in new programs and new ideas, he made a secondary aerospace subcontractor into a leading manufacturer of aircraft including the F-5 and F-18 fighter jets.

A year before he assumed the Presidency of Northrup, Tom and his wife Ruth purchased the Fleming property on Moraga where he entertained foreign dignitaries as well as US politicians.

The idea of making wines on his estate came to Jones almost 20 years after he and Ruth bought the Moraga Property. Los Angeles has had a long history with wine cultivation – warm sunny days and ocean-cooled nights are ideal for growing grapes.
Jones especially enjoyed French Bordeaux wines and he wondered how these grapes would do on his estate. He tested the proposition, planted Bordeaux grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. He then offered samples of his wine to experienced experts and was told that his wines were competitive. It was then that he planted six acres and engaged wine experts to cultivate the vineyard and make the wine.
His Moraga Winery (Bel Air AVA) established an excellent reputation and gave Jones a second career as winery owner. Not all the land is devoted to wine – Ruth and Tom Jones kept  part of their estate as a natural wilderness.
Jones died in 2014 at the age of 93 and the estate was put up for sale. The realtor placed an ad for the sale of the estate in the Wall Street Journal.
According to one story, Rupert Murdoch, owner of the Wall Street Journal, was reading through his personal copy of his paper and came across the ad.  He decided to purchase the estate, keeping it as a vineyard.  He is the current owner.
So when you look at the beautiful vineyard, either as a visitor to the winery or from the Getty tram, you can think of the delicious wine being produced or you can think of jet fighters and the dynamic individuals connected to the history of the property.
Personally, I like to think of the “Wizard of Oz”
Andre Stojka
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.


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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 Mann, Nickie Miner,
Patricia Templeton, Robert Schlesinger, Maureen Smith
Andre Stojka, Chairperson and Newsletter Editor
BABCNC President: Travis Longcore
Newsletter (c) 2022 Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council
Scrapbook (c) 2022 Andre Stojka
Photo Credits: Alamy photos, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Shutterstock, Morgan Arboritum, Moraga Winery,  Parks Conservancy,

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