A message from the President:
Councilmember David Ryu addressed Senate Bill 827 at our annual community meeting on March 24th. He told the audience that he authored a Resolution – seconded by Council President Herb Wesson – to oppose the bill because it would eliminate local control of planning in the City of Los Angeles. He also remarked that it would allow developers to construct buildings between four and eight stories tall with no parking minimums and limited design review – even if local zoning codes preclude it, including in single family neighborhoods and HPOZs.
David’s leadership combined with that of Council President Herb Wesson really came through on March 27th when the City Council voted 13-0 to oppose SB 827. Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5) also spoke forcefully in support of the Resolution. Other councilmembers spoke about the problem of losing local control over land use issues. They warned that Sacramento will not give up on this bill and that we have to be eternally vigilant.
To that end the MMRA will be meeting with others to formulate ways to stay active as this bill and others make their way through the Legislature.
– James O’Sullivan, MMRA President
Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2018: L.A. votes to fight state lawmaker’s push for high-density housing
LarchmontBuzz.com, March 28, 2018: City Council Votes Unanimously to Oppose SB 827 Housing Bill
Now Playing on the MMRA YouTube Channel:
With Councilmember David Ryu; Kari Garcia, Chairperson, Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch Committee; and James O’Sullivan, President, Miracle Mile Residential Association. Recorded March 24, 2018 at the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
THE MIRACLE MILE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH IS HERE!
Changing the way we neighbor in the Miracle Mile to reduce crime and build community…
CALLING ALL MIRACLE MILE NEIGHBORS!
If your block is listed below:
- It means you do not have a block captain and will not benefit from our Neighborhood Watch.
- Block captains simply keep a roster of your block – private and exclusive to your block.
- Sign up to be a block captain – email garcia@MiracleMileLA.com
THANK YOU TO OUR BLOCK CAPTAINS!
ALL 29 OF YOU!
- Please check your email for update and Eventbrite invitation to one workshop.
- If you are unable to attend – please find a block rep who will attend the one-hour workshop and host block meeting.
24/7 RESPONSE ARMED PRIVATE PATROL IN THE MIRACLE MILE
ADT & ACS Patrol companies are in our area and they are offering special rates to Miracle Mile neighbors. [The MMRA does not officially endorse any patrol company; this material is provided for informational purposes.]
24/7 response private patrol is a huge part of how we will deter crime in our neighborhood. The many ways you benefit from 24/7 response private patrol and more will be explained at your block Neighborhood Watch meeting. (Date and time TBA – make sure your block captain has your email.)
Here is the contact info for your convenience:
ADT – Miracle Mile Rep: Mario Escobar, 818-402-3536
Alarm and patrol options, new ‘GO app’ which allows you to summon police help from any location.
ACS – Miracle Mile Rep: Eino Hill, 310-903-8649
Offering full service with dedicated 8 hour ACS car patrolling our area (as of last week).
What is private patrol? Isn’t it expensive?
Private Patrol is a service meant to supplement the efforts of the LAPD to deter crime. Once hired, security officers drive through our neighborhood several times a day to keep watch.
You can call private patrol to handle suspicious activity; in an emergency; for an escort to and from your car/home; or to stop by your house while you’re on vacation. Officers are armed and able to detain suspects until LAPD can arrive on scene. LAPD is still to be your first call for an emergency or crime in progress (call 911) but receiving immediate response from private patrol can make a difference.
Many neighbors in the Miracle Mile are already signed up for this service and can provide positive references. The more households signed up, the more daily patrols we get. The goal is to have 24/7 patrol in the Miracle Mile. Costs vary from $50 – $62 per month.
You do not need to have an alarm to have patrol service.
Patrol is recommended for renters and homeowners alike. Apartments, duplex, quadplex and house – all will benefit from 24/7 response private patrol service.
We will begin monthly Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month commencing on May 24, 2018. The meetings will be held at the Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd.
Come and hear from various guest speakers that will be invited each month: LAPD, Officer Jones and Officer Rodriguez, LAPD Dispatch, Burglary Detectives, Los Angeles Fire Department and more.
Have your concerns and questions and questions addressed.
See you there!
Now Playing on the MMRA Channel on YouTube:
Miracle Mile Neighborhood Safety Meeting
Watch the video to learn what you can do to protect yourself and your neighbors from crime. Moderated by Kari Garcia, MMRA Safety Committee, the video features a question and answer session with Senior Lead Officer Hebel Rodriguez, LAPD Wilshire Division. Eino Hill from ACS Security Services discusses the advantages of private patrols. The meeting was sponsored by the Miracle Mile Residential Association. Recorded Oct. 16, 2017 at the Westside Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles.
For more information contact:
Kari Garcia: kari.garcia@MiracleMileLA.com
For crime, safety, and policing questions in the Miracle Mile contact:
Senior Lead Officer Perry Jones, LAPD Wilshire Division
Phone: 213-793-0782 | Email: 27507@LAPD.online
The ABCs of the Miracle Mile HPOZ
The Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone [HPOZ] went into effect on May 1, 2017. Although the city’s Office of Historic Resources mailed official notices to every property owner within the HPOZ advising them of this zoning change there are some who are unaware of these new guidelines regarding alterations and additions to the exterior of your property. Here are some helpful points to help you navigate living in an HPOZ:
Every property within the boundaries of our HPOZ [see map] – multifamily and single family homes – is guided by a Preservation Plan that will serve to protect and preserve the historic integrity and scale of our neighborhood.
Property owners should visit the Miracle Mile HPOZ page at the Office of Historic Resources website to familiarize themselves with our HPOZ, the Preservation Plan, and the approvals required for exterior changes to your property.
When contemplating or planning changes to the exterior of your property first contact Christina Park, the city planner in charge of administrating our HPOZ. Christina is the point person referred to as “Staff” in the Preservation Plan. She can help you understand what approvals (if any) are required. She is also a great resource for information on how to maintain and restore historic properties.
The best way to contact Christina is by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. She can also be contacted via telephone at 213-473-9987.
The HPOZ guidelines do not apply to any building permits issued before May 1, 2017. This work is grandfathered in and no further approvals are required.
HPOZ does not regulate interior renovations or remodeling as long as these changes have no impact on the exterior appearance of your property (i.e., altering window openings or door placement).
The Miracle Mile Historic Resources Survey Report provides a rich and detailed history of our community. A professional evaluation was made of every property within the HPOZ that determined whether it is a contributor, altered contributor, or non-contributorto our historic district. These categories determine how changes to your property may be made. There are different guidelines for contributors and non-contributors, as well as for new infill properties. The Miracle Mile HPOZ webpage has links that allow you to look up the history of your property by address and see how it was designated.
Remember that the Preservation Plan provides guidelines that are meant to be flexible and still conform with the principles of historic preservation. Paint colors are exempt from HPOZ regulation as is landscaping (as long as 60% of your front yard and parkway consist of some sort of plantings and/or grass). Drought tolerant landscapes are permitted.
Second story additions and Accessory Dwelling Units are allowed to single family homes as long as they are sensitive to the guidelines set out in the Preservation Plan.
Also, many property owners are not aware that – HPOZ or no HPOZ – city ordinances already regulate fence heights, what percentage of your front yard may be paved, what kind of trees can be planted in your parkway, and many other aspects of your property. The city also requires permits for routine work that some property owners consider DIY projects (installing new hot water heaters, replacing plumbing fixtures, window and door change outs, etc.). Unpermitted work can negatively impact your property value, compromise your insurance coverage, and cost you additional expenses to remedy. So, when it doubt, whether it be city building permits or HPOZ guidelines: check first.
For more information on HPOZ permits and approvals visit the Frequently Asked Questions page at the Office of Historic Resources’ website. You can also visit the Information for Property Owners page.
Please share this information with your neighbors. If you are a renter make sure that your landlord or property manager is aware of the HPOZ guidelines, too. There is a learning curve to living in an HPOZ and it is important that everyone knows the ABCs of HPOZ…
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The Miracle Mile Residential Association [MMRA] is a non-profit community organization composed of your neighbors, both homeowners and renters. We are dedicated to maintaining the quality of life in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles through careful monitoring of development, safety, traffic and other important neighborhood concerns.
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- Why Can’t the Miracle Mile be More Like Beverly or 3rd Street…?
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