BAA tests radio propagation with LAFD ACS (Auxiliary Communications Service)

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If you noticed people driving around Bel-Air last Saturday with hand-held radios, they were assisting Bel-Air Association’s Emergency Preparedness Committee with testing radio propagation in an effort to better facilitate communications throughout Bel-Air in times of crisis.  The Bel-Air Association’s Emergency Preparedness Committee, headed by Mark Goodman, MD, worked with the LAFD Auxiliary Communications Service to run tests on various Bel-Air locations.  Bel-Air residents who assisted were Marcia Hobbs, Jamie Meyer, Gail Sroloff, Dr. Linda Whitford and Maureen Levinson.  They were teamed up with LAFD ACS (not to be confused with ACS Security).

Los Angeles Fire Department Auxiliary Communications Service provides the City and the Citizens of Los Angeles with professional communications services using volunteers and volunteer provided equipment under the direction and authority of the City Radio Officer and the Los Angeles Fire Department.

If anyone is interested in participating with radio communications, please contact BAA Emergency Preparedness Chairperson, Mark Goodman MD, through the BAA office at or call (310) 474-3527.

Do you want to listen in to LAFD's live radio and read LAFD Twitter notifications?  Link here to the LAFD ACS website.

The BAA would like to thank Michael Schlenker, LAFD ACS Operations West Bureau Command Unit Leader, and his group of volunteer instructors, who come from surrounding communities:

Michael Schlenker, KD6BAC - Bel Air Crest/Battalion 10; Jonathan Zimmerman, K6JGZ - North Hollywood/Battalion 14; Martin Rumpf, KM6JWV - Woodland Hills/Battalion 17; Ron Cornell, KD6VSM - Bel Air Ridge/Battalion 10; Donna Russell-Larson, KK6YTI - Bel Air Park/Battalion 10; Dennis Koci, KK6YTJ - Mountaingate/Battalion 10; Frank Rosato, KM6KUI - Hancock Park/Battalion 18; John Gilbert, KM6NEA - Sherman Oaks/Battalion 10; Sally Thompson, KM6LYD - Northridge/Battalion 15.

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Planning and Land Use: Upcoming Hearings on February 1, 2018

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There are two Hearings regarding two Bel-Air properties on February 1, 2018.  For those interested in attending, here is the address:  West Los Angeles Municipal Building, Second Floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90025

10:00 AM is for 865 Stradella Road (part of 911 Tione Road compound).  Requested entitlement is pursuant to LAMC 12.28 a new tennis court constructed on existing deck with court surface over 6 feet above natural grade located approximately 11 feet from the side property lines in lieu of LAMC 12.21C4.  Click here to link to Department of City Planning file.

10:30 AM is for 10830 West Chalon Road.  This is an appeal to the Director of Planning from the issuance of permits by the Department of Building and Safety.  An Appeal to the Director of Planning of the entire determination made by the Department of Building and Safety in the issuance of demolition, building, grading, shoring, retaining wall, and pool/spa permits associated with property located at 10830 W. Chalon Road.  Click here to link to Department of City Planning file.

A public forum to discuss Berggruen Institute development and its impacts on January 21 at Skirball Center

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The Bel-Air residents are invited to attend a community forum regarding the proposed Berggruen Institute on Sunday January 21st from 10:00 am to noon at the Skirball -- Ahmanson Auditorium. We have come to learn that international billionaire Nicholas Berggruen has purchased 450 acres in the hills above Mandeville. The area spans eastward to Sepulveda and is contiguous with Bundy Canyon, Kenter Canyon and the Mountaingate communities. The proposed Institute claims as its mission to promote the ideals of good governance. The concern however is that it is being built on protected open space and former landfill. 

Mr. Berggruen calls this his "Mini-Davos." He hopes to attract visiting dignitaries and hold conferences. Neighbors are concerned about increased fire danger, loss of wildlife, increased traffic on Sepulveda, helicopter noise and more. 

Both sides will be represented. This promises to be an informative and lively discussion. 

Date: Sunday January 21st 10 a.m. to Noon

Location: Skirball – Ahmanson Auditorium

Link to public forum announcement flyer.

The event is free of charge but kindly RSVP by clicking here.

Other important links:

Protect our Wildlands:  Stakeholders include the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Access for All, and the Mountaingate Open Space Maintenance Association.

Curbed LA “LA Berggruen Institute campus revealed in new renderings”

LA TIMES (April 20, 2016)  "On his Santa Monica mountaintop, a billionaire envisions lofty thoughts on politics and culture”

Berggruen Institute website.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Golden Globe street closures in Beverly Hills begin on Saturday, January 6th

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The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton this Sunday, January 7, 2018.  

Road closures will begin on Saturday, January 6th, and will be set up on Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards with access provided only to local resident and to the Los Angeles Country Club members.  Alternate east-west routes include South Santa Monica, Olympic, Pico and Sunset Boulevards.

To link to City of Beverly Hills street closure website, click here.

For City of Beverly Hills street closure press release, click here.

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