49 Apartment Building Proposed For 6132 W. Pico Blvd

At the site of the current Jerry’s Garden Inn.

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Scary Man Lets The Racial Epithets Fly

Posts: * Yesterday as my husband and I were getting out of our car, a man walked past us and yelled out to us, “hey long hair, hey white boy, you should know what you marry into is a reflection of you bitch”. We’re pretty friendly with our neighbors and are used to saying hi to everyone we come across but we did not recognize this individual and I did not like his tone. He was mumbling something else out loud as he made his way down Pickford. This is the first time in four years that someone made me feel uncomfortable in this neighborhood. Has anyone else come across this?

Description of person involved – Hair: Black, Bottom: Pinstripe pants, Build: Thin, Race: African-American, Sex: M, Other details: I don’t exaggerate when I say he seemed to be dressed like Sammy Davis Jr. Pinstriped short pants, the white socks, slicked back hair, thin frame. I actually noticed him before we parked the car because he looked so dapper! So that whole incident caught us by surprise. I did not like it.

* It’s really scary what our neighborhood is becoming. I’ve lived here for 32 years and now it’s unrecognizable… I want to be proud there’s a diversity of people here, but honestly I prefer the group we were in 1985, all respecting of the other, maybe not interacting much, but highly RESPECTING each one! So sad now and scary times with thefts and some crazy people around.

* Friday a man who’d parked in front of our house drove off, parked again, then turned his car around and called my husband a non-applicable racial epithet neither of us have ever used.

* That guy did the exact same to us. I am pretty sure he lives on the 1000 block of Point View in South Carthay. I wasn’t sure why he did that but I think he was responding to my pointing to my car and he thought I was pointing at him. Strange!

* I’ve seen him around the neighborhood and 7-11, sometimes with another guy. About a month or two ago, while I was working on our place, he walked by me on Whitworth and said something, let’s just say, “unsettling” and completely out of any context. This was AFTER I said hello.

* This neighborhood has gone so downhill. The other week I saw a huge muscled out guy in broad daylight walking by aiming his hand like a gun at a lady in her car while saying “I’ll kill you bitch”. He ran off down the street, came back with a window squeegee, and started hitting random cars with it and trying to open the car doors.

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Laundry Breeze Re-Opens At 1661 S. Robertson Blvd

Press release: Los Angeles—Laundry Breeze, at 1661 S. Robertson Blvd, recently completed a significant renovation, including the addition of high-efficiency washers and dryers; free WIFI; snack, soap and soda vending machines; and flat-screen TVs. The new Laundry Breeze is an energy-efficient, bright, clean and modern card-operated laundry, according to owner Payman Bassirat. Fully attended, the 2,400-square-foot Laundry Breeze is open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, and provides drop-off wash/dry/fold service.
“We rebranded the former Launderland to Laundry Breeze to let the public know that doing laundry here is now a quick, easy, breezy experience,” said Bassirat. “When the store was purchased, all the equipment was old and in poor working condition. Utilities were high and so were repairs. The decision to put in new equipment was a no-brainer. The laundry is basically brand new, with new equipment, floors, surfaces, dry wall and vending center.”
The new Laundry Breeze touts high-efficiency, water-conserving Continental and LG commercial washers and dryers that allow customers to complete laundry in less time. Machines in 2- to 7-load capacities take on small to large, bulky laundry loads. “The washers offer high G-force extract speeds, which remove more moisture from laundry loads during extract,” he said. “This cuts resulting dry time and allows our customers to complete laundry sooner.”
Elite Business Investments, in Valley Village, Calif., worked with Bassirat to locate and retool the laundry. By selecting water-conserving washers, Bassirat said he’s helping the citizens of California conserve water during the state’s devastating and ongoing drought. He replaced the previous laundry’s top-load washers, which consumed about 30 gallons of water per load, with 14 LG double-load washers, which use less than 14 gallons of water per load. Additionally, the Continental 4-, 5- and 7-load G-Flex Washers are engineered for superior efficiency and wash quality, according to Bassirat.
Catering to self-service and full-service customers alike, Laundry Breeze’s trained attendants are helpful and knowledgeable. While self-service customers enjoy Laundry Breeze’s extensive equipment offering, free WIFI, vending machines and large-screen televisions, full-service customers enjoy the convenience of drop-off service. “Just drop off your laundry in the morning and pick it up later that day,” said Bassirat. Attendants wash and dry items according to customer specifications and then fold and package them for pick-up.
“Our beautifully clean and friendly environment sets us apart,” said Bassirat. “We are so proud to bring Laundry Breeze to the community.”
To find out more about Laundry Breeze, call 323-316-0383.

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Homeless Camp On La Cienega/Olympic Blvds

Comments: * Has anyone seen the homeless encampment on La Cienga and Olympic northeast corner? any suggestions on how this can be addressed?

* I’ve seen it. Is there a reason it’s bothering you? Or did you have some type of run-in with the individual(s) living there? I personally found it impressive and strategic. I was thinking of going by with some water and snacks and batteries for a handheld fan — it’s so hot these days, imagine living on the street and getting no relief.

* Some homeless individuals are mentally ill, some are criminals. Residential crime escalates where they reside. Businesses are affected as well. Rats and mice often multiply unchecked.

* We had a year of homeless people coming around our building because one of the residents who had issues befriended them and it just caused chaos. All of them had serious drug issues and things began to disappear. It was a nightmare. (Eric, quality of life diminished greatly) The resident has finally gone and so have our problems. I’m sure you can understand this simple logic.

I also feel for their plight but camping out on public property is not the solution. It just brings more issues to those who have to live in their vicinity who don’t want to see the trash, drugs, human excrement, arguments and bizarre behavior.

If any of you want to witness this on a daily basis, I am serious, feel free to invite these folks to your property and see first-hand how terrible life can become.

* Hey, if they bring the trash, drugs, human excrement, arguments and bizarre behavior, I’ll supply the music and finger food. Party at my place!

* Clearly there is a difference in perspective between those who own vs those who rent. I agree with you protecting the integrity of the neighborhood only secures the value of your investment. Not doing so is like opening a checking account in a check cashing establishment.

* How would you feel if it was time to sell your home while there was a tent city just one block from your house? A friend of mine keeps telling me to leave Southern California and move back up north. When we get in these arguments, he always trumps me by saying, “Michael, your million-dollar-plus neighborhood is the only place I have ever seen a woman squat over a garbage can in broad daylight and take a sh*t!” We have families living in this neighborhood. The situation needs to be dealt with in a sympathetic yet firm manner. We need to continue to pressure the City to deal with this as opposed to letting it spiral out of control – which it has.

* Because I honestly can’t imagine anyone who is willing to shell out $1.8 million to own property in this neighborhood who would readily support tenting, crapping and drugs all in the comfort of your front lawn.

* I agree that long term we need a comprehensive solution. The recent homeless tax that was just passed in Los Angeles is evidence that people are willing to pay to solve this problem. I’m not sure simply building housing is the solution, not without directly addressing the mental health issues. However, short term we have a problem that the city is not dealing with well – these tents that are blocking the sidewalks. BTW, people in wheel chairs and the blind often cannot get around these tents. They have rights too.

I’ve often heard this argument that rising rents are a problem. I have yet to meet a homeless person who pitched a tent on the sidewalk because their landlord simply raised their rent – after all we do have strict rent control. Let me share with you the profiles of the small encampment that nestled on the corner of La Jolla and Pico. There were two tents there. One of the tents was occupied by a man who had a criminal record and at one point had to abandon his tent because of a bench warrant. Yes, he was arrested. He also happened to have a rotating stash of bicycles. This stash seemed to grow and ebb. Why does one homeless person need five bikes? Cars and trucks often pulled up and there seemed to be a trading of personal property. The second individual was a man and his pregnant girlfriend. We were told by the authorities that dealt with them that they both had a history of drug abuse, and this was the reason they were on the street. Neighbors noticed what appeared to be drug activity and behavior that could be related to drug use. After much pressure from neighbors, the city somehow moved the guy with the criminal record and talked the other two into some sort of program that could help them. The result was that they were moved – for the better of the community and in the instance of the pregnant woman – better for her since we were assured she was offered assistance related to her pregnancy. Had the neighbors not pressured the city in this instance, I’m sure they would still be there plus one or two more tents. Her baby may have even been born in that tent.
Do you think that allowing them to simply stay there would have been the best, short-term solution?

* In regards to the homeless couple with the pregnant woman that Michael mentioned was camped at La Jolla & Pico. They were in the alley between S. Crescent Heights & Stearns by Pico for a while. Unfortunately there was definitely mental illness involved with the pregnant woman, but it wasn’t as bad as to necessitate her being committed and put under a 72 hr watch, or so I was told. Officer Green would go by there every day. She was offered help when she was here, and refused it again and again. She was violent towards a neighbor and myself on separate occasions to the point the police had to be called, and the police came out 4 or 5 times in a day at one point because of her erratic and volatile behavior. The boyfriend was stealing electricity from one of the buildings (and was given multiple warnings that it was illegal and he could be arrested for it, and he continued) and apparently also managed to set something on fire as well. Honestly no one would want a woman who is 8 months pregnant on the streets, but there is nothing you can do to force them to accept the help offered. It is their choice. Her boyfriend wanted the help, but they were coming to help her and she didn’t seem to want it. Eventually they moved on after a while, apparently over to La Jolla & Pico (which I just became aware of). But I can’t imagine any renter, nor any owner, would be ok with their building almost going up in smokes. I think it all boils down to mutual respect, and that includes respecting our neighborhoods as well. I think had they not caused such noise disturbances in the middle of the night (lots of yelling and fighting), stolen electricity, almost set a building on fire, brought in hoards of trash, and not attacked various neighbors there would have been a different reception towards them, potentially of wanting to do more to help, rather than just “get rid of them.” I came at it as this is a horrible situation for all involved, how can we help these people find a better solution/situation, but the moment I was verbally attacked and pursued by her I was done. It’s not fair to have to feel unsafe in your own home. I think that just goes to show that every situation is different.

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Dead body in front of abandoned motel at La Cienega/Cashio

I often see homeless people sleeping there.

Comment: * Does anybody know what happened this morning? Dead body covered on street in front of motel on La ciénaga and Cashio. Police there.

* Oh my god…I just stopped and gave the homeless man that has been sleeping around that turquoise motel some food and water last night!!!! Was it him?!? I just spoke with him (briefly) around 5:45 last night!! Omg

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Another Day, Another Car Stolen in Carthay

Comment: This alert just popped up on my computer:

VEHICLE, STOLEN
Incident #: 170713732
6500 BLOCK OLYMPIC PL | 8/5/2017 @ 9:15 PM

Here is a list of stolen cars within a mile of me since June 1st.:

1200 block of South Alfred Street
June 1, 2017, 3 p.m.

1000 block of South Alfred Street
June 7, 2017, 2 p.m.

1100 BLOCK HI POINT ST
6-9-2017 @ 7:30 PM

1100 BLOCK S BEDFORD ST
6-16-2017 @ 8:00 PM

1000 BLOCK S LA CIENEGA BL
6-16-2017 @ 3:00 PM

1400 BLOCK S POINT VIEW ST
6-24-2017 @ 4:00 AM

1000 BLOCK S FAIRFAX AV
6-25-2017 @ 8:00 PM

Wilshire and Crescent Heights
July 1, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

6600 BLOCK MOORE DR
7-3-2017 @ 11:00 PM

800 BLOCK S SHENANDOAH ST
7-3-2017 @ 6:00 PM

1400 BLOCK S CRESCENT HEIGHTS BL
7-7-2017 @ 11:55 PM

PICO & SHERBOURNE
7-8-2017 @ 4:30 AM

SAN VICENTE & ORANGE ST
7-8-2017 @ 9:45 PM

1100 BLOCK S FAIRFAX AV
7-16-2017 @ 8:00 PM

800 BLOCK S WOOSTER ST
7-17-2017 @ 11:00 PM

6400 BLOCK COMMODORE SLOAT DR
7-18-2017 @ 6:00 PM

1000 BLOCK S SHENANDOAH ST
7-23-2017 @ 5:00 PM

1200 BLOCK S SHERBOURNE DR (2 cars)
7-29-2017 @ 7:00 PM

1100 BLOCK S BEDFORD ST
8-1-2017 @ 10:00 PM

The times can be misleading, as I found out when I filed my police report. They mark it as the last time you parked the car, but the theft could have happened anytime between then and when you discover it is missing. In my case, I had parked it in the afternoon (around 3 PM), saw it was still there around 8 PM, and discovered it stolen the next morning around 9 AM. They marked my car stolen as 3 PM, even though I had seen it after that.

* Hey guys my car was broken into in the alley in between Wooster and Robertson south of Olympic and north of whitworth. Please keep your cars locked and nothing valuable inside. this happened last night or this morning so they might still be around or might live right around here.

* Someone broke into our car a few months ago in broad daylight on Sherbourne/Olympic. Back side window smashed.
We’d left a laptop case in the back seat that they apparently thought contained a laptop (it didn’t). They didn’t actually steal anything, but it cost around $400 to fix. So yeah, like you say, leave nothing valuable inside–or that looks potentially valuable.

* My husband’s car was broken into as well last night\early morning. We are on Bedford.

* I moved from sf and this happened constantly there along with homelessness. Affordable housing and way more if it is needed! But anyway, lots of people left their cars unlocked with nothing in them to prevent broken car windows. Extreme but something to consider.

* Someone stole the Nissan logo off of my son’s car which was parked in front of my house on Bedford.
You know folks, if you have to steal Nissan logos and garden hoses and anything else that is not nailed down, you can’t afford to live here and YOU DON’T BELONG HERE!!!

* Have lived here since 1998. Have had 2 platinum converters stolen from our cars. House broken into once.

* I had mentioned a few months back my light weight hose was stolen from inside the fenced in 4 plex! From the spicket. I now bring in my light weight 50 foot hose inside the house after I water! I learned my lesson!!! My parents built a house on the 3200 box of Oakhurst Ave., 1950. The days in the 50’s n 60′ when everyone knew everybody on the entire block n acts of violence were rare. I came back to the neighborhood / overwhelmed with crime and violence. Even the coyotes are running wild and out of control!!!

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6 story hotel at Pico and Robertson?

From LA City Planning:

Project Description:
NEW 6-STORY HOTEL CONTAINING 112 ROOMS AND 73 PARKING SPACES OVER ONE LEVEL OF SUBTERRANEAN PARKING INCLUDING 7 SHORT TERM GUEST REGISTRATION SPACES AT GRADE LEVEL.
Requested Entitlement:
PURSUANT TO SEC. 12.32 A VESTING ZONE CHANGE FROM C2-1-O TO RAS4-1-O

PURSUANT TO SEC. 12.28 A ZONING ADMINISTRATORS ADJUSTMENT FOR REDUCED SIDE YARDS; ALLOWING FOR SIDE YARDS OF 1 FOOT FROM 5 FEET.

PURSUANT TO SEC. 12.14 W.24 A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO ALLOW A HOTEL WITHIN 500 FEET OF AN R ZONE.

PURSUANT TO SEC. SITE PLAN REVIEW FOR A DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN EXCESS OF 50,000 SQUARE FEET OF NON-RESIDENTIAL FLOOR AREA.

COMMENTS:

* But right now my main focus is on our residential streets and these hideous oversized 5 story buildings that crowd their neighbors, are ugly as sin, and rents are skyrocket. I still want to know if our neighborhood is currently zoned for 5 story buildings!

* Status of new 5 story apartment buildings in Pico-Roberston area

I hope someone can answer this for me. As you know there was one 5 story apartment building built in the Pico Robertson area and took a few years to build. It’s an eyesore and so tall it does not fit into our neighborhood.

I have noticed that the same company that built is has at least two other properties ( one on South Corning St.) slated to build another hideous 5 story apartment building. No work has been started on it even though it as sat empty and abandoned for quite a while.

I was told that the city of Los Angeles has rescinded or stop allowing the building of 5 story buildings in our area. Is this true? Does anyone have any info on this. I hope it true and that this builder can not build this and the others he has slated.

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Flies Everywhere

Comment: Is anyone else having issues with swarms of flies in their yards or around the neighborhood? This is our first summer in this house so we’re not sure if this is normal for this area or if there’s something about our house that’s attracting them. We don’t ever have rotting trash or greenery out, and now we even wash out our garbage cans out every couple weeks just in case. We’re not sure what’s going on but it’s horrible. Can’t hang out in our own backyard. Could the cause be in the pipes??? Help!!!

* Sewers don’t typically have flies. Sewer leaks under the building will attract what we call sewer flies. Very small winged flies that typically stay on the wall or ceiling. Not you normal house fly.

But sewers do have beetles. We’re not talking Ringo, George or Paul. But large water beetles that will survive nuclear fallout. Fortunately they have an almost impossible task of getting into the house with a proper
Working waste system. Make sure any unused sinks, showers , toilets are used every week or 2 to keep water in the trap /” U Bend” it’s the water in the trap that prevents sewer gasses, smells or bugs from entering the home.

So if you have a spare bathroom with the kids off to school, make sure you run the fixtures for a few seconds every week or 2.

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Construction Dust

Comment: Is anyone familiar with rules regarding construction dust? I recall reading somewhere a while back that there must be a continuous stream of water sprayed when bulldozing to keep dust down. I can’t seem to find this online now. The construction site at the corner of S Bedford and Whitworth is not spraying water and the whole street from Pico to Olympic is blanketed with dust for weeks now. Every morning about the time they start working our air purifier goes red for extremely polluted air. We had a large and even closer to us building go up on our street earlier this year and had no where near this level of dust. Anyone else concerned or have ideas on who to call?

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Breakin South Of Pico/Saturn

Comment: Break in @ our residence Saturn…the youngster caught on camera. He entered from alley & surely he hangs around on Saturn with friends. Photos will follow, he didn’t take any valuables, maybe looking for cash. Also the high alarm sound must have disoriented him, already reported to police and officer Adams. Any further advice? We’ll put more cameras now.

Person 1
Hair: well trimmed, short
Top: white or grayish sport top
Bottom: white or grayish (with a green or gray side) short baggy pants
Shoes: green(?) tennis shoes with white sole clean cut white socks
Sex: male

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