2004 Meeting Report
Fleenor, Field Deputy from Councilman LaBonges office helped facilitate the
discussion until Councilman LaBonge could be there. He had many meetings to attend in the
Ballesteros from West Traffic came to hear our traffic concerns.
traffic between Ledgewood & Linforth - Doug Bulcao
explained the situation on Beachwood above Ledgewood: He has seen several near accidents
and the problem is getting worse. He wants to slow the traffic down. He acknowledged West Traffic in their efforts to
cite/ticket speeding motorists below the village. But he hasnt seen this attention
above the village.
sidewalk, a winding road and people backing out of their driveways along with the
pedestrian traffic, its only a matter of
time before there is a fatality.
explained that Officer Siel is the West Traffic officer for our area. He can be reached at
the Community Traffic Safety Unit (213) 473-0215. (Sergeant Harper is Siels
live in the general area are primary offenders and they are going back and forth to the
Sunset Ranch and parking facilities for Griffith Park. The problem is not so much tourists
because they are going slowly looking for the Hollywood Sign. Some of our neighbors
contribute to the problem and we can relate to them and ask for their help too.
that Officer Acosta will come out and look at the area for a place to put the trailer.
Nancy Girten asked that there be a cover over the trailer so that people dont alter
their normal driving and hence create a report that is false.
Traffic Safety Unit, 213-473-0215 is created for enforcement. Beachwood Drive is not a
street with a history of high accidents. Doug asked why wait till a child is hit and there
is a lawsuit?
for enforcement up on Beachwood at least once a year. Roy said he will convey our concerns
to Officer Siel. We should get some enforcement in a week or week and a half.
mentioned speed humps.
said we need to send a formal request and then gather petitions. She acknowledged
receiving this request for Gower but not for Beachwood. In our request, we need to ask for
a speed study for possible speed limit reduction as well as speed humps and stop sign
what other options we have beyond or instead of speed humps. He suggested that there be
another stop sign at Belden. This request will be incorporated in the formal request to
for radar guns to monitor the speed of traffic. An engineering survey needs to be done to
come up with an 85% of speeders to justify the use of radar guns.
suggested placing a decoy car strategically in the area. For a brief time this makes
people slow down.
Gower traffic between
Scenic and Carmen Place - Jack Fitzgerald
some history of the situation on Gower with parked cars being hit. Cars coming up are
sometimes the worst offenders. Getting out of the driveway on Gower at any time of the day
is very difficult due to the parked cars blocking the line of sight. The simple act of
placing trash barrels out can be a frightening situation. There is also a generally rude
attitude coming from the speeders on Gower honking and tailgating when Jack tries to get
into and out of his driveway. Also, the stop sign at Scenic and Gower is routinely
suggested that a request for restricted turn signs be sent to the city. A study would be
launched to see how the area in general would be impacted by such a change.
says that there is a process that has to happen: DOT needs to do the study for the stop
sign before the study for the speed bumps. The stop sign study has been ordered many
months ago. Michelle says the staff at DOT is getting caught up slowly but surely.
Jack mentioned the lack of line of sight at Primrose as it
comes down from Vista Del Mar to Gower. Michelle said to include a "Safe Sign
Distance Study" for Primrose at Gower in our request.
Tom LaBonge came late in the meeting. Doug acknowledged
Tom for his quick response to our request for meetings regarding our traffic and safety
situation. Tom expressed that it is easier to get things done in the daytime.
Doug will coordinate a meeting with the DOT rep and a couple interested neighbors at Tom's
field office (6501 Fountain Avenue).
asked for our support in his efforts to preserve the ridgeline near the Hollywood Sign
that is at risk for development.
reminded him that someone is going to get killed on Beachwood between Ledgewood and
Linforth as well as on the speedway at Gower between Carmen and Scenic.
that he is a proponent of stop signs and mentioned that they work well for Larchmont. Doug
asked for a commitment from our councilman to help resolve these issues. Tom says he is
committed to helping us resolve this issue.
tickets issued to cars parked on Hollyridge - Wanda Clark
cars on Hollyridge have been ticketed for parking on the street where they have parked for
years. There were three black and whites giving tickets. Wanda called Captain Biggs
(LAFD) who came out and measured. The street was wide enough after all.
working on this issue. They hadnt provided the city with any areas that were
targeted and so there was no outreach or research done. She has now requested this
information. Michelle will help resolve Wandas ticket since she believes that it was
given to her in error. Wanda will do outreach to her neighborhood and ask anyone ticketed
to get them to call Michelle regarding getting their tickets reversed.
talk to the Batallion chief asking for more communication on the areas that will be
ticketed. He said that the LAFD and the DOT are working together to find areas that are
not safe for emergency vehicles. They are doing the neighborhood surveys now.
Issue - Sevilla Granger
mentioned the over abundance of red curbs in Beachwood Canyon. She asked that there be a
creative multifaceted approach to parking remedies in the canyon.
that we get to know the planning person for our area to keep on top of developments. is a
good place to meet with these folks.
mentioned an area between safety and quality of life. Tom commended her on her passion and
asked for her to coordinate a meeting with Michelle, himself and Bob Camou of the DOT to
happen at the Hollywood Field office during the daytime.
asked about purchase of land for parking garages like they do in West Hollywood. Tom said
that issues like this need to be brought out at the Budget Committee meeting at L.A. City
College (Wednesday Feb. 25, 2004)
Tom is traveling to Washington regarding concerns for our region (League of Cities). Any
meeting that he would want to participate in would have to happen late in March or early
April. Sevilla will coordinate with Michelle to have a preliminary meeting soon.
respectfully prepared by Fran Reichenbach, BCNA Board Member. CanyonVox@aol.com