Members of the Bel-Air Community,
We want to thank you all for coming together earlier this year to help our community be one that we can be proud of and want to live in forever! As you know, the Bel-Air Association works to protect the enjoyment of home ownership and property values in Bel-Air. We work to ensure the safety and security of Bel-Air residents by advocating responsible land use development through proactive advocacy and communications with government officials, developers, homeowners, media and neighboring organizations. In addition to land use issues, the Bel-Air Association is focused on protecting and enhancing our community aesthetics, neighborhood watch and preparedness, and wild life watch programs.
We have accomplished so much since our March 17, 2016 meeting and there is even more that needs to be done. But, thanks to your support, we are off to a tremendous start! The Bel-Air Association (BAA) has worked on several projects to address the issues arising from the increased construction activity in our neighborhood and to maintain the quality of life for our members living in Bel-Air. We wanted to provide a list of recent accomplishments of the BAA:
• 20,000 Square Feet Ordinance: The BAA worked with Councilman Paul Koretz to introduce a motion to Los Angeles City Council (LACC) on June 24th, 2016 requiring community and environmental impact review for homes larger than 20,000 square feet.
• Ridgeline Ordinance: The BAA worked with Councilman Koretz to introduce a motion to LACC on June 24th, 2016 requiring the development of a ridgeline ordinance to prevent development in areas unstable geologic conditions.
• Baseline Mansionization/Baseline Hill Code Amendment (BMO/BHO): The BAA supported and worked alongside Councilman Koretz to introduce an amendment to the Los Angeles Zoning Code establishing new regulations for single-family properties in RA, RE, RS and R1 Zones.
• Increased Communication with the Department of City Planning (DCP) and Council District 5 (CD5): The BAA toured Fasial Alserri, Senior Planning Deputy for CD5, and Christine Saponara from the DCP's Plan Implementation Department around speculative home sites within Bel-Air to show Mr. Alserri and Ms. Saponara the impact the on-going construction on Bel-Air residents. In addition, the BAA has been in regular contact with Mr. Alserri regarding development and safety issues related to these speculative home sites.
• Bel-Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council Elections: On June 5, 2016, Bel-Air Association members Maureen Levinson, Dan Love, Charles "Chuck" Maginnis, and Leslie Weisberg were elected to the Bel-Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council.
• Election of new Board of Directors and Officers for the Bel-Air Association: The BAA held a special meeting on March 17, 2016 at the Bel Air Country Club resulting in the election of a new Board of Directors and Officers.
◦ Marcia Hobbs, Association Chair
◦ Daniel J Love, President and Acting Treasurer
◦ Jamie Meyer, Secretary
◦ Maureen Levinson, Vice President
◦ James Hyman, Steven Myers, Tawny Sanders, Gail Sroloff and Sopavan (Nook) Suphamongkhon, Directors
• Updated Bel-Air Association Bylaws: The Association's bylaws were modernized and updated to increase transparency during the special meeting of the BAA on March 17, 2016.
The Bel-Air Association also works to ensure the safety and upkeep of the community through the following on-going initiatives:
• Neighborhood Maintenance: The BAA actively monitors and reports pothole repairs, missing or damaged street signs, fallen trees and street debris to the appropriate departments at the City of Los Angeles.
• Street Closure Notification: The BAA provides members with updates regarding street closures due to street resurfacing and other infrastructure projects by the City of Los Angeles.
• Wildlife Watch Program: The BAA documents wildlife sightings by residents and sends regular updates to BAA members.
• BAA Committees: Over 65 BAA members (not including BOD members) currently serve on our committees. This is terrific—but we even want more community involvement. To be involved, you may contact any of the names listed below or contact the BAA office. Members of the Board of Directors and BAA members chair the following committees to address specific issues affecting our community.
◦ Bel-Air Beautification & Maintenance - Renvy Pittman (Co-Chair), Tawny Sanders (Co-Chair and BAA BOD)
◦ Neighborhood Watch and Emergency Preparedness - Dr. Mark Goodman (Co-Chair), John Morris (Co-Chair), Gail Sroloff (BAA BOD), Maureen Levinson (BAA BOD)
◦ Planning & Land Use - Dan Love (Co-Chair and BAA BOD), Maureen Levinson (Co-Chair and BAA BOD), Steven Myers (BAA BOD), James Hyman (BAA BOD)
◦ Street Safety - Margie Perenchio (Chair), Marcia Hobbs (BAA BOD), Nook Supahongkhon (BAA BOD)
◦ Wildlife Watch Program (coyotes, stray cats, lost pets) - Jamie Meyer (Chair and BAA BOD)
◦ Membership/Community Outreach - Jamie Meyer (Chair and BAA BOD)
If you have not yet joined, we encourage you to do so immediately. Please become a member, get involved, join a committee, email us with your concerns!
With much appreciation,
Marcia Hobbs, Association Chair
Daniel J Love, President and Acting Treasurer
Maureen Levinson, Vice President
Jamie Meyer, Secretary
Bel Air Association
100 Bel Air Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077