Devastating allegations: Hadid's involvement in illegal construction, bribery, and faking court-ordered community service

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A central figure in the development of Mohamed Hadid’s controversial 901 Strada Vecchia megamansion made devastating allegations in court this week about the extent of Hadid’s alleged involvement in illegal construction, bribery of L.A. city officials, and faking court-ordered community service. 

The next court hearing for a status update of demolition of the top floor and pool deck is scheduled for July 23 at 8:30 AM in department N at the Santa Monica Courthouse.

Several news articles have been published on the matter, here are links to the articles:

BEVERLY HILLS COURIER (SEE PAGE 12) “Former 901 Strada Vecchia Construction Manager Says Hadid Directed Illegal Work, Bribed City Officials — Calls for House to Be Demolished

LA TIMES “New claims about perks for inspector, perils for neighbors in Bel-Air mega-mansion case”

UK DAILY MAIL “EXCLUSIVE: Mohamed Hadid 'made his security guard complete 200 hours of HIS court-ordered community service at a church' as row continues over Bel Air mega mansion as his own architect fears the 'building will slide down the hill and kill someone'“

CURBED LOS ANGELES “Former construction manager at stalled Bel-Air megamansion says ‘entire house must be demolished’”

Come and experience cheer, volunteer and have a great time at local event in our backyard this weekend at UCLA

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Angel City Sports was started by a Bel-Air Association family to help children, veterans and adults with physical disabilities enjoy and compete in sports. Great family events that includes The Family Fun Run and the Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game!

Come join the celebration!

Video of last years event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y10pCy6eVzc&t=61s

Click here for flyer.

TRAFFIC IMPACT SUMMARY

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LADWP Bel-Air Power Upgrade delayed to June 25 by Councilmember Koretz for additional traffic mitigation measures and METRO work on Wilshire Blvd and Ohio commences on June 25

In an effort to add more traffic mitigation measures for the approximately year-long power upgrade project, Councilmember Koretz’s office delayed the commencement of work until extra traffic mitigation measures were in place as well as repairing existing Sunset potholes.

Message from Councilmember Paul Koretz:

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Dear Friends,

Please be advised that LA DWP will begin a year-long power infrastructure upgrade for the northern Westwood/ Holmby Hills/ Beverly Crest/ Bel Air area.  A fact sheet is available at the bottom of this email that you can download for future reference.

The first phase of this project will begin THIS Tuesday, June 25, at 9:00 a.m. in two different locations along Sunset and will continue until Summer 2020:

  • Sunset Boulevard between the 405 Freeway and Bellagio Road Crews will begin near the I-405 and work east towards Bellagio Road. Construction will progress in roughly 500 feet increments until this portion of work is completed.

  • Sunset Boulevard between South Beverly Glen Boulevard and Carolwood Drive Crews will be working on this area at the same time as the 405 to Bellagio Road area.

    Crews will be working primarily in the two middle lanes of Sunset Boulevard. During construction, at least one lane will remain open in each direction to maintain both eastbound and westbound traffic flow. Whenever possible, please use alternate routes to avoid the area during work hours and if you must enter the construction zone, please plan to give yourself enough time to navigate the traffic.

Construction Hours: 
Monday – Friday 9:00am to 3:30pm 
Saturday 8:00am to 6:00pm

The LADWP Bel Air/ Sunset Power Project is a large scale improvement project, which will bring in a stronger and more modern power infrastructure to Bel Air and surrounding areas. This is a very crucial upgrade to the aging 1930's power system that has been prone to power outages due to increased demand for power and, as a result, the circuits that feed those areas are operating at 120% over capacity.  

My office hosted a meeting with representatives from LADWP, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, the Department of Transportation, Emergency Management Department, and the Bureau of Street Services to prepare and plan public safety and traffic mitigations that will be deployed throughout the duration of the project.  At that meeting, my office has requested, with LADWP cooperation, a special project hotline number (213-367-6045), and dedicated website for constituents to make inquiries during the work hours of this project.  In addition, we have arranged for increased LADOT Traffic Control Officers and LADWP Security Officers assisting with traffic and safety measures, as well.   

Thank you for your understanding, as we improve the power systems in the region around Bel Air to prevent black outs in the future.  As information becomes available, we will update the community. 

Metro Purple Line - on June 25 - Advanced Utility Relocation (AUR) work on Wilshire; and Purple Line-related sewer inspections on Ohio

Metro contractors will be investigating the sanitary sewer on Ohio Ave. with the use of a Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) system. Sanitary sewer inspections require opening a manhole and inserting a robotic CCTV crawler camera in the pipe. On Tuesday, June 25, inspection work will begin on Ohio Ave. between Purdue Ave. and Butler Ave. from 9am to 3:30pm.

For more information on the work on Ohio, please click here.

State Legislative News: AB 1788 (rodenticides ban) and SB 330 "Housing Crisis Act of 2019"

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AB 1788 Ban on Rodenticides - has passed the Assembly and is making its way through the Senate

This week, the bill passed through the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. Next is the California Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and we still need your messages of support to become law!

To send your message to the Natural Resources and Water Committee, click HERE.

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SB 330 (twin of SB 50) “Housing Crisis Act of 2019”

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On 6/19/19, SB 330 was forced to drop some of the bill’s radical concepts such as a 7-year protection plan for landlords and a ban on voter referendums to undo the worst parts of SB 330. Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland), who introduced the bill and who is an ally of Scott Weiner, agreed to strip key elements that hurt renters, the poor and undermined democracy.

The elements Senator Skinner agreed to remove would have:

  1. Ended the right of citizens, until 2025, to vote to undo the worst of SB 330.

  2. Let landlords (some say slumlords) ignore code violations for 7 years if they didn’t hurt health or safety.

  3. Let developers count “relocation assistance” they're required to pay to displaced renters, as if that money had gone to construction of an actual housing unit.

SB 330 will next be heard July 3 in the Assembly Local Government Committee.

For more information:

SB 330 “Housing Crisis Act of 2019”

CITYWATCH “California Senate Bill 330 is the Evil Twin of Tabled SB 50. the Difference is It’s Still Under Consideration”