Maria Gray, our representive Senior Lead Officer with the West Los Angeles Community Police Station, released this Brentwood Fire Advisory at 12:41pm today. Please keep informed regarding this very real fire threat to our community: http://www.crestwoodhills.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Fire-Badge-Note-.pdf
Please remain vigilant regarding the fire risk. Stay attuned to social media such as Nextdoor, news media and fire updates at http://emergency.lacity.org/skirball-fire.
You can also get NotifyLA text messages from 888-777, LA CITY EMD. Go to http://emergency.lacity.org/notifyla to sign up.
On Thursday, November 16th, Cory Buckner will lecture on her latest book, THE LYMAN HOUSE AND THE WORK OF FREDERIC P. LYMAN. Lyman was a modernist architect who not only made his mark on the profession, but also on Buckner's career: "I met Frederic Lyman in 1969—an event that would change my life and move my career in a direction towards architecture."
The Lyman House was the architect's signature project, an exquisitely designed and crafted home he built in Malibu, which has been compared to a Shinto shrine. The book captures the incredible details of the home's design and construction through an array of photographs and the architect's own original sketches. Also included is an extensive portfolio of Lyman's projects and renderings, many of which have never been published before. While Lyman saw very few of his commissions built, each is represented with beautifully rendered colored pencil perspectives—artworks unto themselves. Buckner writes, "In an era of digital rendering and mass production, Lyman's deep sensitivity to line, form, and color reminds us of the beauty of depth possible in the lost arts of hand rendering and fine craftsmanship."
When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:45pm
Where: The Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
You may have noticed DWP trucks on Hanley and Deerbrook working on what the utility asserts are upgrades to the electrical distribution network in Crestwood Hills. The work—planned for the fire and hillside areas in our neighborhood—includes a significant increase to the height and girth of power poles as well as new aluminum power lines, conspicuous white transformers, cross arms and fuses. The new equipment towers over the old and is sure to significantly detract from the beauty of our community when implemented across all streets.
An Unexpected Opportunity
The scale of the new equipment and potential for negative impact, including safety concerns, has alarmed many members of the community and provided an opportunity to reinvigorate the debate over the value of burying the electrical and communications poles throughout Crestwood Hills. Previous attempts to bury the poles in the 1970s and in 2015–16 were abandoned due to cost concerns and a lack of majority interest. A 2016 homeowner survey showed the overwhelming majority of residents felt that the power lines were a public eyesore, but only a very small percentage were willing to invest financially in order to move the power lines underground. At the time the cost was preliminarily estimated at $3,500 per household per year for 10 years, which could be paid against property taxes.
A Push for Funds Redirection
The hope is the DWP will suspend the equipment upgrades currently underway when it receives a signed petition from the majority of homes in Crestwood Hills. By stopping the current expenditure of DWP funds, the community would then lobby to redirect those resources to an underground solution. The potential cost savings would benefit each household by reducing individual investment.
A First Step
The first step in the process is to sign the petition declaring your interest in working with the city and utilities to officially investigate the actual costs and logistics involved. Signing the petition simply indicates an interest in learning more. Residents will have a chance to vote ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ once actual costs are determined as a community vote is required by CHA bylaws to formally adapt the initiative.
As of the end of October, 102 signatures have been gathered. The Power Lines Committee must have a minimum of 175 households to be able to officially begin the process with the DWP.
Much to Gain
The natural beauty, safety, peace, tranquility and values of our historic oasis would be greatly enhanced by taking these systems underground. Download the petition, sign and send the form to Shel Brucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As committee member Shel Brucker writes, “We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.” Please give the future of Crestwood Hills your consideration and sign the underground petition today.
Editor's Note: This article first ran in the Fall 2017 issue of Views that was distributed to resident mailboxes at the beginning of October. It has been updated to reflect the latest number of signatures gathered.