SAVE THE DATE: June 26, 2018 - 901 Strada Vecchia Hearing in front of the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners


For those of us who have closely follow the 901 Strada Vecchia and its illegal construction, criminal case and now lawsuit, there is another very important meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 to hear WHY the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) has not enforced the demolition orders of April 22, 2015.  

Residents are encourage to attend the very important hearing.  

Please reply directly to Bibi Horacek ( and indicate if you would like transportation. Note that you are encouraged to attend even if you do not reply so long as you will provide your own transportation.

Below are the details:

Save the Date: BBSC hearing on 901 Strada Vecchia - June 26, 2018

Why is LADBS ignoring the BBSC clear mandate on Hadid's 901 Strada Vecchia?

On April 8, 2015, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) issued two orders to comply to 901 Strada Vecchia which state that if no permits or approvals were obtained by April 22, 2015, for the unauthorized structures, Hadid mustdemolish and remove all unauthorized, unapproved construction and restore the site to its approved state.”  

Hadid appealed both of the Orders to the Los Angeles Board of Building and Safety Commissioners (BBSC), and also sought a two-year extension of time in order to attempt to obtain after-the-fact permits for the development.  

On June 10, 2015, the BBSC rejected Hadid’s appeal “with prejudice.” The ruling was “final.”

Inexplicably, LADBS has failed to enforce their own orders of April 8, 2015 and the final ruling from the BBSC which directed Hadid to demolish and remove all illegal construction from the site. Why?

901 Strada Vecchia is a public nuisance. On June 26 join Bel-Air residents to communicate a clear message to the BBSC in holding LADBS accountable for enforcing their own orders.  

What:        BBSC 901 Strada Vecchia Hearing 

When:        Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m.

Where:      201 N. Figueroa Street, Room 900

                 Los Angeles, CA 90012

Again, please reply directly to Bibi Horacek ( and indicate if you would like transportation. Note that you are encouraged to attend even if you do not reply so long as you will provide your own transportation.

Visit the Tear It Down website at

LOS ANGELES TIMES "LA's Building and Safety agency buffeted by claims of financial misconduct, food hazing"

For more information on the lawsuit and news reports, link here.

Have a voice in our community! A message from our Membership Committee Director

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To the residents of Bel Air who are not members of the BAA:

The $500 annual dues, $41.00 per month, covers office expenses, staffing, counsel, emergency preparedness equipment such as walkie talkies, community events, and supplies for us to advocate for the community.  

The work of the Association is mostly handled by the Board and volunteers, but we need maximum resident participation to be effective, especially in dealings with City agencies, who respond to evidence of community support.

Please add your voice and become a BAA member today!

Thank you,
Gail Sroloff
BAA Membership Director

Contact the BAA by email at or call the BAA office at (310) 474-3527.

Weed wacker used for brush clearance sparks dangerous Portola Fire in Benedict Canyon

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On Tuesday, June 12, 2016, a fire in Benedict Canyon was sparked by a weed wacker while clearing brush.  

Evacuations were ordered impacting 86 homes.  The fire burned approximately 35 to 40 acres.  There were two minor firefighter injuries; one with heat exhaustion and one with a minor burns.  There were over 250 firefighters battling the blaze in the difficult terrain.  

Multiple City and County fire stations responded as well as the City of Beverly Hills Fire Department, Culver City Fire Department and Santa Monica Fire Department.  Water drops were required.  Firefighters spent several days checking for hot spots before the all clear.

Again, we are very grateful to our firefighters.

LA TIMES “Benedict Canyon fire 40% contained; fire fight aided by good weather officials say”

We're in for a brutal fire season officials warn

Authorities warn this fire season will be a bad one and we are to expect daily outbreaks of vegetation fires due to dry conditions and warm weather.  

Are You Ready?

With recent brush fires fresh in our memory, we can all play our part to be ready in the event of a brush fire. The Los Angeles Fire Department’s Ready, Set, Go is an important program designed to help keep you and your family safe.

For more details and to get prepared:

Here are links to connect to emergency alerts:

Link to sign-up for LAFD Alerts.

Link to Notify LA sign-ups.

For notification of LAFD incidents in your area, sign up for alerts at or you can download the Pulsepoint App - and select the LAFD Bureau you wish to follow.  Our Bel-Air area is divided between Valley and West Bureau so you should follow both.  Under settings you can select to be notified of Vegetation Fires, Structure Fires or Major Traffic incidents.

Link to PulsePoint.

For more information regarding upcoming fire season, links are below:

LA WEST MEDIA:  “Southland Fire Officials Warn of Dangerous Brush Fire Season Ahead”

CURBED LA:  “In California, it’s always fire season now”

WASHINGTON POST - January 4, 2018 article, “The grim scope of 2017’s California wildfire season is now clear.  The danger’s not over.”

WASHINGTON POST - October 12, 2017 article, “Satellite images reveal the devastation of the California fires”

PATCH:  “The Southland is in for a brutal fire season, authorities warn"