BAA's 2nd Annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles begins!

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The BAA second annual toy drive to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles begins on Monday, November 27.  Many children will be in the hospital over the holidays and their families may be too stressed to shop or financially not able to buy toys for their children.

Please look at the below wish list from CHLA and click on the link to purchase the item.  Please drop the UNWRAPPED item to the BAA office by December 13.  The children and their families will appreciate anything you can do to brighten their holiday.

Your Community Outreach Co-chairpersons,

Paula Rudnick and Gail Sroloff

To make it easy, the wish list is below with links to Amazon.com:

THE WISH LIST:

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Interesting and dynamic community meeting hosted by the Bel-Air Association and the Bel Air Homeowners Alliance

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The Bel-Air Association and Bel Air Homeowners Alliance hosted an interesting and dynamic community meeting last Monday that drew two hundred residents.  Topics for discussion and presentation were emergency access and evacuation, party decks that replace rooftops and other planning and land use impacts that included how dangerous it is to build in the hillsides, concern for road safety due to the recent construction vehicle accident on Somera Road at Chantilly, responses to calls by LAPD and LAFD, contentious discussion regarding parking on roads,  to bring up the issues that concerned them and to focus on the recent fire on Bel-Air Road, other issues included the the tractor and trailer and hauling truck accident that blocked Somera at Chantilly for many hours.

Margie Perenchio spoke about the new trend in speculative houses where floors are built to replace roofs, questioned their legality and garnered support from the community to work on an Ordinance to limit the entertainment use of such structures.

BAA’s Emergency Preparedness and Neighborhood Watch Chairperson, Mark Goodman MD’s presentation comparing photos of the 1961 Bel-Air Fire, the fires in Sonoma County last month, and the recent fire on Bel-Air Road.  His guest speakers included LAFD Assistant Chief Armando Hogan and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Chris Ragsdale, who discussed emergency evacuation for our community — that raised many serious questions by residents with regard to location of fire roads and alternative evacuation routes for those roads that have only one way ingress and egress.

Other speakers and special guests at the meeting were Council District 5’s Chief Deputy of Public Safety, Greg Martayan, Bel-Air resident Margie Perenchio, Chief Inspector for LADBS Luke Zamperini, and LAFD Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS) Battalion 10’s Michael Schlenker.

Bel-Air Association speakers were BAA President Dan Love, BAA Executive Director Shawn Bayliss and BAA Chairperson Marcia Hobbs.  Fred Rosen, President and CEO of the Bel Air Homeowners Alliance, also spoke on behalf of that organization.

Brochures were handed out and LINKS to those brochures are below:

The Disaster Preparedness Quiz

Considerations for Sheltering in Place

The Bel-Air Overlay - Hillside Construction Regulation “HCR” Supplemental Use District Ordinance

Click here to link to the LADBS Notice handed to Bel-Air construction sites regarding the Bel-Air Overlay and map

Link to the relevant October 13th LA TIMES article entitled "550,000 homes in Southern CA have the highest risk of fire damage, but they are not alone”

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Plenty of opportunity be become involved in the BAA: Consider joining one of the committees

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Want to become involved in the Bel-Air Association?  Call, email or stop in to the BAA  office to sign-up for the following committees:

•  Bel-Air Beautification and Maintenance

•  Emergency Preparedness and Neighborhood Watch

•  Planning and Land Use

•  Street Safety

•  Wildlife Watch Program (coyotes, stray cats, lost pets)

•  Environmental

•  Membership Outreach

(310) 474-3527 or info@belairassociation.org