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2019 Aug 17 – Concept Workshop

 

Our second Concept Workshop is this Saturday, August 17! Come join us at the Marvin Braude Building anytime between 9:00AM and 2:00PM where we will be revealing initial land use concepts for the Southeast Valley communities!

These will be open house style events where attendees can view the information on display and provide feedback to planning staff. The initial concepts are based on the outreach we have conducted in the last 10 months and our own technical analysis. 

There is 2-hour metered parking available along Van Nuys Boulevard and Sylvan Street. The event is also accessible via the Van Nuys Orange Line Station at the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Aetna Street (about a 5-minute walk from the venue). Hope to see you there!

 


Together with Studio City for Quiet Skies, we are providing this update to you about some very disturbing developments regarding the new Van Nuys Airport (“VNY”) “fix.”  We have reviewed the FAA materials produced online and watched the FAA presentation of August 6, 2019.  Shockingly, this “fix” appears to create a second superhighway of departures out of VNY running along almost the exact same path as the Burbank Airport (“BUR”) proposed procedures that our communities have vehemently opposed – just in reverse. 

The graphic above is from the FAA 8-6-19 presentation which originally only depicted VNY flight tracks and proposed VNY Waypoint 3. For your reference, we have added street names, BUR proposed procedures waypoints JAYTE and TEAGN, and the BUR path in white.

Under this “fix” many areas of Sherman Oaks and Studio City will receive the majority of VNY departures – running first along Valley Vista and then Ventura Boulevard, as the path travels east from Sherman Oaks through the heart of Studio City, bringing noise and pollution to all under its path.  Neighborhoods along Ventura Blvd and Valley Vista will be severely impacted.
 
And since the revised VNY departure path (and the proposed BUR path) will be up to 0.5 nautical miles wide, per FAA regulations, even neighborhoods and schools deep in the Santa Monica Mountains and along the Mulholland Corridor will continue to get jet traffic (click HERE to see FAA regulations).Our community is already decimated on a daily basis by the BUR flight path and the current VNY path.  Concentrating the VNY path through Sherman Oaks and Studio City would be unimaginable.
 
The FAA claimed in their 8/6/19 presentation that this “fix” can only occur if Los Angeles World Airports and the City of Los Angeles formally request it.*  Therefore, we are asking all of you to write to your LA City Council Member, Mayor Garcetti, LAWA, and the LA City Attorney and let them know this “fix” is completely unacceptable. They must tell the FAA to stop this madness and come up with real, meaningful solutions for both BUR and VNY – simultaneously.
 
And those solutions need to happen NOW!
 
Easy copy/paste email list of officials:
doug.mensman@lacity.org
Nicholas.greif@lacity.org,  
Milene.Minassians@lacity.org
justin.orenstein@lacity.org
joan.pelico@lacity.org
ana.guerrero@lacity.org
David.Reich@lacity.org
Matt.Szabo@lacity.org
Mike.N.Feuer@lacity.org
rob.wilcox@lacity.org,
laxboac@lawa.org
 
*Please note this is contrary to the information provided on the FAA’s IFP Gateway, which provides more details about the procedures including: the CURRENT OPEN comment period through 8/29/19 (public not permitted to comment), and a scheduled publication date of 12/5/19). 

 


Legal Update: Letter to FAA

Matt Adams, our nationally recognized attorney, continues his work on our behalf- aggressively fighting for our community.  He is coordinating with the L.A. City Attorney’s Office, routinely communicating with the FAA, and monitoring any issues that may impact our efforts.
 
Yesterday, Mr. Adams sent a letter to the FAA’s legal counsel pushing forcefully for a resolution to the existing departure routes that are decimating our community.  
 
He also protected a Burbank Airport (“BUR”) solution in light of new flight path changes at Van Nuys Airport (“VNY”).  Mr. Adams noted that UproarLA supports the FAA’s efforts to address noise impact issues at VNY but knows of “no defensible reason why the noise concerns at the two airports would be treated differently.”   
 
He preserved our community’s options for an optimal solution at BUR by reminding the FAA that:
 
A solution at one airport risks creating additional complexity at the other. With that possibility in mind, we note that [federal regulations] explicitly prohibits the FAA from taking any action that would ‘have an adverse environmental impact’ or ‘[l]imit the choice of reasonable alternatives’ until the agency ‘issues a record of decision’ with respect to the proposed New Routes at BUR.  In other words, changes at VNY will not provide a defensible justification for eliminating from consideration-or refusing to adopt-alternatives to the New Routes at BUR.

Read Letter Here

The work Matt Adams does, and will continue to do, is what will get us out from under this horrendous BUR flight path.  But we need your help to fund his work, so please consider making a tax-deductible donation (per I.R.S. guidelines) to our Legal Fund.

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 Thanks for being part of our group and your continued support! Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, we’ll be happy to answer when we can.


Happy Fiscal New Year: The 2019-’20 City Budget Begins

Happy Fiscal New Year: The 2019-’20 City Budget Begins

The new fiscal year began on July 1, and with it came a number of new budget items that our Councilmember, David Ryu, has been fighting for. The new budget includes an additional $25 million for tree maintenance and increased staff at the Urban Forestry Department, $47 million of sworn overtime of LAPD officer overtime to increase neighborhood patrols, $25 million for repairing broken streets, concrete streets, and alleyways, and greater allocations into addressing homelessness and the City’s reserve fund. A more in-depth analysis of the City Budget can be found here.


ACS Security

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and as we celebrate America’s independence with family and friends, it’s natural to relax and let down your guard. Rest assured that we won’t!

ACS has been in the business of providing your community full-service home security and patrol for more than 20 years. We remain one of the only local companies that monitors, dispatches, and responds to alarms ourselves.

Here are some tips and reminders to help you enjoy a safe and happy Independence Day:

Make sure your security system is armed when you head out for the celebration!
If you host or attend a barbecue, beware of possible fire hazards and outdoor food spoilage.
If you’re having a pool party, identify a responsible adult to be an honorary lifeguard or search for lifeguard companies in our area like The Swimming Swan at theswimmingswan.com.
Leave your pets at home. Loud noises from fireworks can cause a pet to run away from you. Keeping your pets indoors and secure will keep them safe from dangerous roadways.
Pets should wear I.D. tags with current information at all times. It is the best way to ensure a happy reunion if they go missing.
Lock up valuables in a safe or, if you do not have a safe, hide them in an inconspicuous container in an unexpected location. (i.e. not your bedroom closet!)

 
If you hear or see any illegal fireworks, please report it! Fireworks are a fire hazard in our community. There are plenty of community events to get your fill of fireworks, throughout Los Angeles or in Malibu.

As the one source for all of your security needs, we proudly deliver expedited service to you and your community. Thank you for choosing ACS and allowing us to serve you, your family, and your community.
Sincerely,
ACS Security
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2019 Nov 10 -Toluca Lake Turkey Trot

7th Annual Turkey Trot attracts 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.


Airplane Noise Update

THANK YOU! AND NEXT STEPS

Dear UproarLA Supporters:

What an amazing turnout this morning at the BUR Authority meeting yesterday! About 200 people showed up and packed the room, hallway and stairwell to be heard and share their personal, moving stories. Thank you to all of you who attended and sent letters of support- you represented so energetically and wonderfully the thousands who could not make it.

You can view the meeting in its entirety below:

This meeting resulted in numerous critical first-time admissions by the BUR Authority:

  • The flight path has shifted over areas that never before received aircraft previously and the aircraft are too low.
  • They would return to the historical flight path if they could.
  • It is an emergency and requires immediate action by BUR staff and the Authority.
  • This is the number one issue now for BUR and will be on the agenda every meeting moving forward.
  • They will reach out to the FAA and airlines to start looking for solutions, now.

UproarLA will follow up on the many issues/suggestions raised at this meeting. We will continue to attend every BUR Authority meeting and seek answers and specifics as to what BUR staff and Commissioners have done in the intervening period. We will continue to assure your voices are heard and pressure is applied as aggressively as possible. We will also continue our dialogue with City and Federal officials to pursue specific next steps.

We cannot do this without you, and appreciate your time, efforts and passion. Please keep the pressure on BUR, City of LA and Federal officials- it is paying off!

UproarLA will be sending more specifics on actions you can take shortly.

Thank you for everything you do!



SB 50 Defeated!

Good News for Toluca Lake Zoning Laws – SB 50 has been defeated!
 
It may come back at a later date in a modified form.  We will continue to keep you informed.
 
We appreciate all the letters of opposition from some of our Members, and the efforts of our  sister HOA’s,
including Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Tarzana and Valley Village…. all of our efforts made a difference!
 
Steve
 
Stephen Hampar
President
www.tlhoa.org
president@tlhoa.org
818.687.4915

STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL 50

 Los Angeles – Today, Senate Bill 50 (SB 50) was shelved  by the Senate Appropriations Committee, bringing debate on the bill to an end for the year. The bill, which would have given greater zoning authority to the State government and wiped out a number of local zoning protections, was unanimously opposed by the Los Angeles City Council in April.

 “The right thing happened in the State Senate today,” Councilmember Ryu said. “There’s no doubt that our State faces a major housing shortage, but draconian steps like SB 50 are the wrong way to go. You don’t solve this crisis by stomping out community input and excluding people from planning their own neighborhood, and you certainly don’t solve it without much more affordable housing.”

 “Solving this housing crisis will take hard choices, but they are choices we should be making together. Last year, Los Angeles built more units of housing than any other City in California. If Sacramento lawmakers want to find real solutions to this crisis, they should be looking to Los Angeles, not trying to ignore or overrule us.”

 




Community Police Academy – May 6th

LAPD is expanding their resources by deploying volunteers wherever possible to free up officers to do what they do best. You can now get trained to volunteer in a variety of capacities. You must be 18 or older, have no felony convictions, outstanding warrants, or pending criminal cases and live or work in the Operations Valley Bureau area. Classes are Mondays for 8 weeks.

For more information contact Officer Rothman 818-664-8140. OVBComm@lapd.online


Welcome Officer Kurtis Delbar as the new Senior Lead Officer for Toluca Lake!

Hello all. I will be the new Senior Lead Officer responsible for 15SLO67. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. I have been employed with the Los Angeles Police Department for approximately 12 years.  Approximately eight of those years I have been working in North Hollywood Division.  I am very excited to promote a great relationship with the residents in the local area.  In addition, I look forward to working in tandem to create a safe area and improvethe quality of life for all.                                                                      
                                                                             Kurtis
 
We are thankful for the 14 years of dedication and service Officer Rob Benavidez has given Toluca Lake, and wish him the best in all future endeavors!

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Officer Delbar pictured with the Board at the April Meeting.

Earth Day

Your TLHOA participated in the 2019 Earth Day hosted by the GTLNC. It was a huge success, with big crowds and lots of participants, including local restaurants for the Taste of Toluca. Chase Bank- Riverside and Lankershim.

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Speeding in Toluca Lake

Speeding in Toluca Lake 2It has been brought to our attention from several concerned Members about speeding cars and running of stop signs throughout Toluca Lake. We have brought this concern to the City who will address the issue. Of upmost importance is the safety of the residents!


Cookie Cutter Homes

Cookie cutter homesWe have heard concerns over the past few years from some of our members about the new homes being built in Toluca Lake. Toluca Lake historically has been a community of unique and beautiful custom homes It the last few years smaller homes have been razed, with a preponderance of the new homes being built are in the Cape Cod style. Even though the Cape Cod style in itself is a beautiful style, there is concern that at some point there will be a “tract home look” unless there is more variety introduced. Your TLHOA has brought this to the attention of the City, and is working to address it, however there are no rules against it at this time. We will keep you posted!


Toluca Lake Membership App

We have launched the new Membership App for your Smart Phones! You will be receiving an email with details on how to install the app. Note you may include up to four family members to load the App on their phones also, which will allow you to receive exciting discounts from local Toluca Lake Merchants! Thus far we have the following Merchants participating:

AppA la Mutt
Sweetsalt
Generales and Generales
Les Zazous Music
LookinLA
Pacific Coast Heating and Air Conditioning
Pergolina
Ramsey-Shilling
Rose and Sage
Strong Body Pilates
Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness
Randy Wasoff, D.C.

No doubt there will be more Merchants who will be participating….. stay tuned!


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.  
https://stop-sb50.github.io/it-wipes-out-neighborhoods/#9/34.0076/-118.3793


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.

nicholas.greif@lacity.orgjustin.orenstein@lacity.orgdoug.mensman@lacity.orgDavid.Reich@lacity.orgjohn.brodke@mail.house.gov
michael.aguilera@mail.house.govpeter_muller@feinstein.senate.govheather_hutt@harris.senate.govFMiller@bur.orgJHATANAKA@bur.org
PLammerding@bur.orgMHARDYMENT@bur.orgTWilliams@bur.orgzsinanyan@glendaleca.govttornek@cityofpasadena.netDaniel.elwell@faa.gov
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.”


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.

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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.

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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