Senate Bill 50

sb50highriseThis is a bill proposed by Senator Scott Weiner from San Francisco to address the house shortage. Unfortunately there are a lot of shortcomings in it that are not in the best interest of cohesive neighborhoods. One of its biggest pitfalls is that it will allow dense multifamily apartment building in R1 zoning. In other words, they could build apartments right next to one’s home! It is for reasons such as this that your TLHOA is opposed to this bill, and has joined together with Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, among other local HOA’s in opposition.

TLHOA Opposition Letter 

SB 50 Coalition to Preserve LA Analysis

LA City Council Opposes SB 50 (https://la.curbed.com/2019/4/16/18410879/sb-50-los-angeles-opposition-california-density)
Open the map lined below to see the detrimental effect that SB50 would have on Toluca Lake and greater Los Angeles.  

Airplane Noise

We have heard from many of our Members about the airplane noise from the steady stream of planes taking off from Burbank Airport. They expressed hearing them not only in their yards, but inside of their homes.  The sheer number of flights and the noise level from the proximity of the flights has substantially worsened in the last several months.  At the recent meeting hosted by the SCRA where City Attorney Mike Feuer spoke, there were many Tolucan’s in attendance.  The Studio City residents were quite vocal at this meeting, and have been vocal for some time.  One of the questions raised at the meeting was, “Why did the flight patterns change, and why not change them back to where they were?”
If you are affected by the noise, then it will be important our representatives hear  us loud and clear. That can only help mitigate the problem! 
We encourage our Members affected by airplane noise from the Burbank Airport to write our representatives.  Following is a group email of our representatives to help make our voices heard.
Please also send a cc: to info@tlhoa.org.

You may want to email Dan Elwell at the FAA dan.elwell@faa.gov with a copy to the below representatives.

Raquel.girvin@faa.govclark.desing@faa.gov, carolyne.hogikyan@asm.ca.gov, rob.wilcox@lacity.org

Also know there is an App to file airplane noise complaints…. www.airnoise.io

It should be stated that most are huge fans of our Burbank Airport, as most of us use it on a regular basis, and love its convenience.  The issue is that of the noise from the recently changed flight patterns that adversely affects Toluca Lake.

 Important links relating to noise:

Letter from your TLHOA to the FAA and Representatives
Letter from Congressman Brad Sherman to the FAA
Letter from Ryu, Krekorian and Feuer to the FAA
https://hollywoodburbankairport.com/noise-issues/  (To file noise complaints, track flights, and more important information relating to noise)
https://www.uproarla.org/news “UproarLA is a unified coalition of Los Angeles residents, parents and environmentalists committed to stopping the FAA’s attempt to establish narrow, low altitude flight paths out of and into Burbank Airport over our schools, homes, neighborhoods and the Santa Monica Mountains.”

10063 Riverside Drive

Mixed use Development plans are in the works!

Current Street View

The Owners Representative will be at the May 21st GTLNC Board Meeting to hear from the Community. It is important we attend to voice any concerns!

There are plans to build roughly 38 residential units with ground floor retail, east of Mariota where the Toluca Lake Post Office, UPS Store and Riverside/Red Door are currently located.

Proposed rendering

To hear more about the projects, ask questions and voice your concerns, it is important you attend the upcoming GTLNC Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 21 from 7-9PM, located at Toluca Lake Elementary School, 4840 Caheunga Blvd (Between Camarillo St. and Huston)

Toluca Lake Homeowners Association – Annual Meeting at Honey Baked Ham

On March 14th the TLHOA held its annual meeting with over 100 in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to update its membership on past and upcoming events, and any new or past issues that affect Toluca Lake. It is also an opportunity to welcome new members, and introduce the Board of Directors.

Most importantly, there were several community leaders who spoke to help enlighten the membership of important topical issues. They included Councilmember David Ryu, Assembymember Adrin Nazarian, Darnell Tyler with NBCUni, Fire Captain Brian Stires, Jason Friedman (Public Safety Chair with the GTLNC) Dana Boyd (President of the TL Garden Club) Ryan Altoon (President of the GTLNC) Kari Negri (Beautification Partners and VP of the TLHOA) Jon Molin (President of the TL Chamber and Realtor with Ramsey Shilling) and Miles Orr who gave the Southwest Valley Community Plan update.

Steve Hampar, TLHOA President, thanked outgoing Board of Director Pam Scharlach for her dedicated service to the Community, as she was recognized by Councilmember Ryu and Assemblymember Nazarian with beautiful certificates.

TLHOA Board (l to r top) Kari Negri (VP) Jay Goldberg, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Pam Scharlach, Councilmember David Ryu, Leah Mangum, Mary Vossler, Ryan Kugler, Dana Boyd, Larry Singer. (l to r kneeling) Beth Eras (Secretary) Steve Hampar (President) Susanne Hayes (Treasurer)
Assemblymember Nazarian and Councilmember Ryu present Certificates of Appreciation to outgoing Director Pam Scharlach
Assemblymember Nazarian and Councilmember Ryu present
Certificates of Appreciation to outgoing Director Pam Scharlach 
arnell Tyler, Director at NBC Universal
Darnell Tyler, Director at NBC Universal

Toluca Lake Homeowners Association presents $7000 check to East Valley PALS!

A special check presentation took place recently at the North Hollywood LAPD, where the proceeds from the TLHOA’s 6th Annual Turkey Trot was donated to the East Valley PALS.


East Valley Pals is a non-profit booster organization for the North Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. They provide financial support for the men and women of the LAPD. It often comes as a surprise to the average Angeleno how difficult it is for the city to pay for some essential equipment, training, and special events. PALS attempts to bridge that gap.

They also encourage, support and sustain LAPD sponsored youth programs within the Division with an emphasis on the Cadet and Jeopardy programs. Just a small sampling of the work PALS has done for the North Hollywood LAPD has been:

  • Paint purchased to repaint some of the rooms at the North Hollywood LAPD.
  • Sponsored the range fees for all officers as part of their annual testing.
  • Sponsored the Narcotic Team to a sponsored seminar on learning how to detect and best practices for dealing with the growing problem of Meth labs in the division.
  • Provided funding for new mattresses for the COT Room.
  • Rewarded deserving six Jeopardy Students who have improved on their school performance with a trip to the Hollywood Hayride at Griffith Park.
  • Provided meals for 50 officers assigned to mandatory training for arrest and control.
  • Z-Ram” bar to help breach fortified doors. Makes quick work of entry for Special Problems Unit.
  • GPS tracker for automobiles. Helps track vehicles under surveillance.
  • GPS tracker for bicycles. Bike thefts are one of the most common property crimes in the East Valley.

And of particular importance to the communities of North Hollywood and Toluca Lake, they participate, support, and strengthen “community policing”, serving as communication conduits between the public and the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Toluca Lake Neighborhood Watch relies heavily on this program! The Toluca Lake Turkey Trot took place on November 18, 2018, and is an annual event. Much of the proceeds and the ultimate success was due in large part to our generous Sponsors who had donated money, coffee and food. They include NBCUniversal, Craig Strong, Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club, Malbec Restaurant, A5 Events and Hampar Properties.

The North Hollywood Police Dept. has always been there to support and protect Toluca Lake, so this was a great opportunity to give back!

For more information about East Valley PALS (Police Activity League Supporter) you may visit: www.NoHoPALS.com

Councilmember Ryu presents Certificate of Recognition to Dana Boyd 300
Councilmember Ryu presents Certificate of Recognition to Dana Boyd
Click here for more about the 2018 Turkey Trot
Councilmember Ryu presents Certificate of Recognition to Ryan Kugler 300
Councilmember Ryu presents Certificate of Recognition to Ryan Kugler

6th Annual Toluca Lake Turkey Trot raises $7000 for PALS!

After a 2 year hiatus, the 6th Annual Turkey Trot returned with a roar, (Or should I say Gobble!) attracting runners and local families to partake in the festivities. Hosted by the Toluca Lake Homeowners Association, it was decided all proceeds would go towards the East Valley PALS program. East Valley Pals is a non-profit booster organization for the North Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. They provide financial support for the men and women of the LAPD. It often comes as a surprise to the average Angeleno how difficult it is for the city to pay for some essential equipment, training, and special events. PALS attempts to bridge that gap. The North Hollywood Police Dept. has always been there to support Toluca Lake, so this was an opportunity to give back.

We were fortunate to have with us David Ono, Multi-Emmy winning News Anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News as our Master of Ceremonies. Festivities kicked off (Literally) with a choreographed demonstration by KMA Martial Art kids. Next, trainers from the Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club led the runners to an arsenal of stretches to prep them for the run.

A special sentiment of gratitude goes out to the Turkey Trot Committee, led by Ryan Kugler, who brought immeasurable experience in organizing race events. Dana Boyd and her team were responsible for the Sponsors, which is the heart of the proceeds raised. Beth Eras, Susanne Hayes, Kari Negri, Steve Hampar, Jon Mukri, Mary Vossler, Pam Scharlach, Robyn Allyn and Dianna Buck rounded out the committee. Of course there was Board Member Bob Wexler, our illustrious Turkey Mascot, who seemed to be everywhere during the event. It was possibly the only Turkey Trot in history where the turkey led part of the race on a Segway!

The event could not have been possible without our generous Sponsors who have donated money, coffee and food. They include NBCUniversal, Craig Strong, Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club, Malbec Restaurant, A5 Events and Hampar Properties. Thank you Councilmember David Ryu and Alice Roth, and Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian for your support and helping to coordinate with the City. Thank you Chase Bank for hosting the event. Thanks to Officer Rob Benavidez, Officer Barbara Galicia, and the cadets for making it a safe run. You are appreciated!

The Toluca Lake Turkey Trot was originally conceived by Toluca Lake resident Piper Welch in 2011, and ran and promoted through the TLHOA. We hope to see you next year as the tradition continues!

Toluca Lake Neighborhood Watch

NWsignAs you may have heard, recently there has been a rash of burglaries throughout the Valley, 13 of which occurred in Toluca Lake over a short period of time. The LAPD has made arrests of several suspects associated with a burglary ring, and since then, things have settled down.

Message from Senior Lead Officer Barbara Galicia…

“Dear Neighbors, As you may have been aware, there was an increase of burglaries in the past few weeks. Immediately, LAPD placed resources, such as patrol, plain clothes officers and other police resources. During the investigation, there were a few arrests in which property was recovered from Toluca Lake and the North Hollywood area. These arrests were linked to a South Central gang in which firearms were found in their possession. This investigation is ongoing as more arrests are expected. Detectives have contacted the victims whose property they recovered. One of the keys to solving the crimes was video evidence of the suspects. This evidence came from citizens who had camera systems in their homes. I encourage anyone who has the means, to install camera systems or upgrade their current system. It is through hard evidence, like camera footage that we can solve many of the crimes. This proactive measure and citizens working with the police will help us with future crime prevention and enforcement in your neighborhood.”

Toluca Lake has a strong Neighborhood Watch Program. It operates under the direction of the GTLNC Public Safety Committee, however the TLHOA works closely with the program. If you are not currently receiving emails from a Neighborhood Watch Captain for your street, and want to be informed and part of the program, please reply to president@tlhoa.org and we will put you in touch with the Watch Captain for your street. The Neighborhood Watch program is stronger when we are all involved!

Important Community Plan Update Meetings!

Toluca Lake Community and Stakeholders:

The Department of City Planning has officially launched a three-year effort to update the Community Plans for the Southeast San Fernando Valley. Toluca Lake sits in two Plan areas:

  • North Hollywood-Valley Village
  • Sherman Oaks-Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass

Community plans are the blueprints that guide development in our neighborhoods by establishing the community’s vision for the future, outlining policies to implement that vision, and designating land uses and zoning.

YOUR OPINION MATTERS – Help Shape the Future of Your Community!
You can help develop better plans for Toluca Lake by sharing your opinions with the Department of City Planning at any of the public events listed below (or see flyer for other dates/locations).

The Open House events will be an opportunity for you to tell the Planning Department Staff about the issues and opportunities in the Southeast Valley. What the Department of City Planning learns will help them set a new vision for the Community Plans.
The meetings will be focused on the Community Plan Area where they are located, but please attend any meeting that works for you.

Open House: 
North Hollywood-Valley Village Community Plan
   Monday, October 15, 2018
   5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
   North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library
   5211 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Sherman Oaks-Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass Community Plan
   Wednesday, November 7, 2018
   5:30 pm-7:30 pm
   Harmony Toluca Lake
   4301 Cahuenga Blvd. Toluca Lake, CA 91602
   5:30-7: 30 PM – Open House
   6:00 PM – Presentation: Community Planning 101
   6:30 PM – Listening Session

What to Expect from Attending Open House
The open houses will feature a brief introduction to community plans and how they work, as well as the public’s role in shaping them. Then you can participate in interactive activities with the Department of City Planning staff and other community members to discuss opportunities, issues and your vision for the future.



Your newly elected Board of Directors and Officers

We are excited to present your new Toluca Lake Homeowners Board, bringing a wide array of expertise, all longtime residents of Toluca Lake, and all with an enthusiasm to serve!


Pictured above from the 2018 Annual Meeting at Honey Baked Ham, left to right:

Richard Bogy- Past President
Dana Wells Boyd- Director
Bob Wexler- Director
Jon Mukri- Director
Sol Ajalat- Director
Councilmember David Ryu
Pam Scharlach- Director and Membership Chair
Larry Singer-Director and Social Media Chair
Jay Goldberg- Director
Karen Winchell- Director
Mary Vossler- Director
Susanne Hayes- Treasurer
Beth Eras- Secretary
Steve Hampar- President
Kari Negri- Vice President and Events Chair

Not Pictured:
Ryan Kugler- Director and Turkey Trot Chair
Dianna Buck- Director

Warm greetings of the 4th of July and HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

2018 July 4 parade 1200

In case you don’t already know about it, the residents of Toluca Lake (and beyond) celebrate the 4th with an annual neighborhood parade, including drums, bugles, riders of bikes and trikes, etc., and marchers processing up Whipple Street at 11 a.m.

I encourage you to walk the short distance to Whipple St. (anywhere between Arcola and Strohm) to watch the parade, or, even better, if you are so inclined, to gather at Whipple and Arcola at about 10:45 a.m. to join your neighbors in this annual celebration of our Independence.

An important reminder, the North Hollywood LAPD will be cracking down on illegal fireworks this year.

HAPPY (And safe) 4TH!

From the Desk of Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian


For decades, the rising cost of housing and lack of funding for supportive services have left the most vulnerable citizens and families of LA County without shelter, jobs, or mental health services. With the Great Recession of 2008 and the housing crisis of today crippling those already in poverty, last year we saw more people living on the streets than ever before.   Continue reading “From the Desk of Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian”