The Blair Hills Community Meeting Minutes - October 18, 2011
Annie Wilson opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. The minutes were read by B. Carson. Correction made: The bougainvillea that overhang on La Cienega behind the apartments and houses need to be cut back in addition to the ones behind the condos. The minutes were approved as corrected.
Jon made a report on the following topics:
· Disaster Drill - He urged everyone to prepare a disaster kit and to practice your disaster plan. If everything is okay after the drill on October 20th, place your OK sign in a location visible from the public right-of-way. Signs will be checked by volunteers after 7:00 p.m. For home preparation, bolt cabinets, no glass or heavy objects over beds, secure pictures to walls, and have ledges to prevent books from sliding out of book cases.
· Solar Power - Jon shared information about the solar panels that are on his roof. His electric bills were about $170.00 per year compared to $280.00 per month before the panels were installed.
· He volunteered to have the BH meetings at his house. He can accommodate 35 people.
· Mailbox on Lenawee- A petition is being circulated to reinstall the box here for safety reasons. There have been reports of mail being taken from the box on Holdrege Street.
Beautification - Floretta stated that we need to be concerned about the upkeep of our individual homes. For concerns in the Business areas call (213) 580-1300. Identify yourself as a BH resident and request that they clean up the building. This is important because Grainger has vacated its location and also the business at Bowcroft and Lenawee has left. Floretta learned from the chairperson of the Lawndale Beautification committee that their project is a community wide effort. With this in mind, Bobbi said that the BH Block Captains list needs to be updated. We need to ask for volunteers for Block Captains and also volunteers to sign up for the Beautification committee. Mary Ann will ask Hazel for the Block Captains list. Ernest Winters volunteered to help with landscaping.
The first guest speaker was David McNeil who represented the Conservancy.
He stated that the goal of the on-going Park to Playa project is to construct a 13 mile continuous trail from the Kenneth Hahn park to the ocean.
It is very likely that the Conservancy will be able to purchase the Ohr Eliyahu site. For safety reasons, the school building there would probably be demolished. At this time, the use of the property has not been determined.
A grant has been submitted to Culver City for funds to make improvements at Jefferson and Hetzler Road which will include a traffic signal, metered parking, crosswalks, a bike lane, and medians to prevent U turns.
Diane Friese, the second speaker, talked to homeowners about landscaping their property. She distributed flyers with information about reducing water usage in your garden, native plants that are easy to grow, and non-toxic insect and plant disease control. She can be contacted at her business e-mail which is firstname.lastname@example.org, or called at (310) 712-1248.
Burglaries / Safety in the Area- Ray Winston reported a recent burglary on Howard View Court. Several burglaries have been reported on Perham Street. Mary Ann stated that there were nine people living next door to her in a so called vacant house. She said that she will bring a copy of the Squatters Law in California to the next meeting. Jon suggested the formation of a task force to come up with solutions for safety in the community. He also suggested the removal of any louvered windows as well as bushes and fences that hide visibility into the house. In addition, flood lights and/or an alarm system could be installed.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:p.m. at the KH Park Community Room.
Submitted by: Barbara Carson