Town Hall on Homeless Encampments
On November 3, Brentwood Homeowners Association hosted a Town Hall for communities within CD-11 to learn more about the recent work regarding the San Vicente Encampment as well as other homeless outreach from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
The San Vicente encampment outside of the VA was dismantled November 1st with almost all residents placed in transitional housing options. However, many audience members had questions about the plans to keep the sidewalk clear after the removal of the tents as well as how to prevent future encampments moving to City sidewalks.
Sheriff Villanueva and LAPD Assistant Chief Girmala (Office of Operations), along with representatives from the Sheriff’s HOST team, LAPD’s Homeless Task Force, the City Attorney’s Neighborhood Prosecution office, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the VA and LA Recs and Parks answered these questions and more from members of the audience. It was inspiring to hear directly from those in City and County agencies who are tasked with keeping our streets and communities safe, while also compassionately helping our homeless communities. We thank them for their service.
Mount Saint Mary's Wellness Pavilion Approved by City Planning Commission
The City Planning Commission approved Mt. St. Mary’s Wellness Pavilion Project as presented in the Staff Recommendation Report at the October 21, 2021 hearing. A determination report will be issued in a few weeks by the Commissioners to reflect this approval as well as minor technical changes made at the hearing. BHA submitted comments on the Staff Report prior to the hearing and provided testimony at the hearing (you can read our letter and listen to all of the testimony).
BHA believes the findings cannot be made to support approval of the Project. However, our letter to the Commission stated that if, nevertheless, the commissioners were to approve the project, we requested the following:
- Enrollment Cap of 1,072
- No summer camp program or any other programming in the summer months
- Wellness Pavilion programming for students, faculty and staff ONLY
- No additional programming of Wellness Pavilion for outside guests
- No weekend use of the campus for non-students
- Limits on the size and number of special events
- Reduction in daily vehicle trips from 2018 levels-- NOT the higher 2016 levels
- PM peak hours defined as 3pm to 7pm
- No filming permitted on campus
- Vehicle Trip Caps that apply to all vehicles arriving to campus between 3:00pm and 7:00pm
- Annual monitoring by a third party of compliance with trip caps (through car counts, logs from security regarding pedestrian access) as well as annual reports from an electronic parking reservation system that shows compliance with use and access of allowed vehicles.
- Required Plan Approval one year after the Certificate of Occupancy to verify monitoring, enforcement and compliance with all mitigation measures with a report submitted to the Brentwood Homeowners Association.
- Penalties for noncompliance with restrictions and conditions
BHA will be appealing this decision once the determination letter is issued. The next step, after this appeal, will be for City Council’s Planning Land Use and Management Committee (PLUM) to review the project. Please check back here for next steps and a timeline.
The Fight to Save Single-Family Home Neighborhoods Continues.
Over the last several months, BHA as been active in fighting two bills in Sacramento which would force California cities to allow multi-unit residences in single-family home neighborhoods. Unfortunately, those bills, SB 9 and SB 10, which provide NO affordable housing, have passed and been signed into law.
That means you can expect developers throughout the state to purchase homes in R1 neighborhoods, demolish them, and build multi-unit housing.
A group called Our Neighborhood Voices has formed to collect signatures for a statewide ballot initiative that would overturn SB9 and 10 by restoring local control of important zoning decisions back to local communities.
Our Neighborhood Voices is currently collecting signatures to qualify this initiative for the California ballot. If you‘re interested in signing, or in helping, please visit their website to find out more. https://ourneighborhoodvoices.com/
Fire Safety Tips
Protect yourself and your family from the ever-present danger in our hillside community. Learn more about what you can do with these safety tips compiled by BHA or watch our 2020 Fire Safety Town Hall. For additional resources, please visit https://www.lafd.org/wildfire.
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