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Larchmont Chronicle Article – December 2008

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

The following is the Windsor Square Association monthly column published in the Larchmont Chronicle, written by WSA Board Member Chris Sieroty.

Update on law suit, new police boundaries

Windsor Square residents heard about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting uses at the Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge and Auditorium and the passage of Measure R at the annual Windsor Square Association annual town hall meeting in November at the Ebell Club.

More than 100 residents heard from Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department and members of the association’s board of directors.

Elected to the 2009 board of directors were: Katie Badami, Michael Barton, June Bilgore, John Carpenter, Bill Cutler, Sean Elliot, Michael Genewick, Scott Goldstein, Larry Guzin, Regina Chung, Fred Rheinstein, Presilla Wright, Debbie Hassan, Wendy Savage and John Welborne.

Windsor Square Association president Mike Genewick updated residents on the ongoing upkeep of the Larchmont Boulevard median, between First and Third streets.

“We are still maintaining the median at a cost of $5,000 to $10,000 a year,” Genewick said.

Councilman Tom LaBonge assured residents the city was moving closer to “curb to curb” repaving of Wilshire Boulevard.

“With 4,000 buses a day traveling Wilshire, their weight has torn up the curb lanes. The money is being set aside to pay for the project.”

He also explained that the rezoning of Larchmont Boulevard was on its way to the City Council. According to the proposal, maximum building height will be 35 feet for new developments, and 50-foot width of storefronts.

John Welborne, WSA vice president for Planning and Land Use of the Windsor Square Association, updated residents on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling limiting the uses at Scottish Rite Center Masonic Lodge and Auditorium. He said the matter of leasing the site for for-profit events has been solved.

“Now the building is for sale for $19.5 million,” Welborne said.

Capt. Eric Davis, commander of the LAPD’s Wilshire Division assured residents that crime was down in the area and that detectives had several leads involving a recent home invasion robbery in Larchmont Village.

Davis t introduced Capt. Matt Blake, the commander of the new Olympic Station that will open Jan. 4.

“There has been a lot of fear about having two police stations,” Blake said. “Windsor Square is the jewel of the Olympic station. If we are doing everything right, you won’t see any changes.”

He explained the new station would cover 6.2-square miles, which is an incredibly small area for the LAPD to patrol. “The smaller the area, the quicker we can get to your calls,” he said. “We will have an extra 80 police officers to work this area.”

Blake said the division between Wilshire and Olympic stations will be Plymouth Boulevard.

“I’ve heard your concerns, but I really believe you will be happy with this,” he told a cautious audience.

Blake invited residents to attend an open house for the new station on Jan. 17.

Larchmont Chronicle Article – October 2008

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

The following is the Windsor Square Association monthly column published in the Larchmont Chronicle, written by WSA Board Member Fred Rheinstein.

It's officially fall in Windsor Square – and here are some of the things falling, or about to:

Free Trees:

If you would like to add some green to your parkway, the city will oblige. Here's what you can have gratis: one 15-gallon tree, installation, staking and the initial watering. (You can have more and bigger, but you must pay for the additional.) Here's how to get your greenery: simply e-mail your request to WSA Board Member Scott Goldstein at canopy@windsorsquare.org. He'll do the rest.

Not quite free Public Transport:

On the November 4th ballot, in addition to some other choices, you will have an opportunity to increase the Los Angeles County sales tax by

Larchmont Chronicle Article – September 2008

Friday, September 19th, 2008

The following is the Windsor Square Association monthly column published in the Larchmont Chronicle, written by WSA Board Member Fred Rheinstein.

VEHICULAR HANKY PANK ON THE PARK MILE

The Park Mile is a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Wilton on the East and Highland on the West. In the late 1970s, long thought out and very detailed zoning of The Park Mile was put into place. The objective was to insure a moderately trafficked strip lined with low height offices and multiple-family residential buildings right next-door to the single-family homes of the adjoining single-family residential neighborhoods.

To minimize potential traffic and parking problems, specifically not permitted under the ordinance are retail stores, light manufacturing and trade schools. The heaviest traffic would be in the morning and early evening commute hours. Also, landlords are required to provide free, on-site parking for tenants and visitors.

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