We want to hear from ALL residents - we have two questions for EV owners, two for non-owners, and one final question for both.
The Board is engaged in ongoing discussions to advocate for EV drivers and to improve charging options on the property. We need your answers and your voices to ensure that we represent resident needs.
Please click HERE to take our quick survey.
If you live in a PLB Tower, you may have noticed that both front and back doors are now regularly
closed. That’s in preparation for the security improvements that are coming over the next 90
to 120 days.Read on for details - but the TL:DR version of the story is this: We’ve been heard, and in response, PLB management is making changes across the property.
First, cameras are being installed on all external gate, so we cantrack who’s entering and leaving the property.
Second, gate personnel are returning to requiring vehicles entering the property to indicate why they are here. PLB is also updating the parking management system, so we’ll have news on what
to expect regarding processes for admitting visitors in the near future.
Third, major security improvements are being made in the Tower lobbies. That includes the
installation of a security system that will require key fobs for entry. The system will be tied to a
smartphone app that will allow you to “buzz” in guests when they come to visit.
Security cameras are also being installed in the Tower lobbies to help reduce the incidence of
items being dumped in the lobbies, package theft, and other shenanigans. So, if you’re one of
those folks who likes to prop open lobby doors, smoke in front of the doors, or leave your trash in
the lobby - smile! - you’ll be caught on camera.
PLB management requests that residents who have issues with electronic security (disability, lack of smartphone, religious restrictions), or who have questions direct their inquiries towards Aryn Thomez through her assistant, Kay Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a cc: to PLBRA at parklabreaRA@gmail.com.
Looking forward to a more secure neighborhood for us all! #CommunityStrong
LAPD has identified a suspect in the recent homicide on North La Brea Avenue and has asked PLBRA to circulate the attached flyer. We are happy to cooperate with this request.
By Robert Shore, President, PLBRA
Utility Transparency is advancing. As you may recall, this is a proposed ordinance that would require landlords to provide transparency when passing through utility bills, as occurs here at Park La Brea. In my last column, I reported that Councilmember Raman’s office was encouraging about the idea, but wanted to see support from outside the District.
We have now delivered in a major way. Since last I wrote, the proposal has been endorsed by the North Valley Democratic Club, the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, and the Mid-City West Neighborhood Council, where our Zone 6 representative, Ryan Weisert, brought it to the Board’s attention. Even more exciting, when Councilmember Paul Koretz (who became our representative on City Council when the new map became effective on December 10) heard about the proposal, he publicly agreed to work with Councilmember Raman’s office to craft an appropriate motion. Councilmember Raman’s office has informed me that Councilmember Koretz has already followed through on that commitment. I hope to be able to report next month that a Council motion has been introduced to adopt Utility Transparency.
Councilmember Koretz’s quick action brings me to my next topic — the change in our representation brought about by the decennial redistricting. We are now in Council District 5, which means that for the next year, our interests will be represented in City Council by Councilmember Koretz. (Term limits prevent him from seeking another term, so we will have another representative starting in December.) The Councilmember has already taken a clear interest in subjects of importance to our residents, and he is demonstrating his commitment to us with his time. We are delighted to announce that Councilmember Koretz will be our guest at our January 9, 2022, Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place via Zoom. We ask that you arrive by 3:45 to settle in and get situated so that we’re ready when the Councilmember begins speaking. Councilmember Koretz is scheduled to start speaking at 4:00 p.m.
And this brings me to my final subject — the Board elections that are going on now. We mailed the ballot to all of our members (except for a handful for whom we didn’t have good addresses). If you’re a member but you didn’t get a ballot in the mail, you can download one from our Web site at plbra.org/election. There also are ballots and candidate statements on the door of the PLBRA Office in the Lobby of Tower 39. The ballot contains clear and thorough instructions concerning the mechanics of voting and how to make sure your ballot gets counted. IF YOU'RE A MEMBER, PLEASE VOTE.
Second, one of the biggest frustrations your current Board has faced this year has been a lack of sufficient hands to get done all of the work we want to accomplish. We were disappointed that more candidates weren’t elected to the Board last year. Being elected to the Board requires a candidate to receive at least 30% of PLBRA’s total membership as of December 10, 2021 (the “record date” for the meeting, according to our Bylaws). That’ll mean nominees need 52 or 53 votes to get elected.
In practice, that means there’s no way for members to abstain. If you don’t vote for a candidate, in effect you’re voting against that candidate. With this in mind, I have a request for our members as they consider their ballots. We would like as big a Board as possible. So my request to our members is that you vote for all candidates unless you have a specific reason not to vote for someone. The more people we have on the Board, the more hands we have available to advance your interests.
We at the Residents Association would love to hear your thoughts. E-mail us at ParkLaBreaRA@gmail.com. See you next month.
It's that time of year again: Holidays and PLBRA Board elections. We'd love for you to get involved - it's easy. Here are the steps:
We'll make sure the envelopes are clearly marked this year. So be on the lookout for ballots in December. #CommunityStrong
PLB residents: LA is undergoing its 10-year City Council redistricting process. There are plans afoot to remove PLB from CD4 and stick us in a district that puts more emphasis on homeowners than renters. We'd prefer to stay with renter-friendly CD4 and Councilmember Nithya Raman. Help support this POV and SEND AN EMAIL TO THE REDISTRICTING COMMISSION (email@example.com) BEFORE FRIDAY AT NOON. Here's one you can cut and paste:
I live in Park La Brea. I'm writing to request that Park La Brea, a multi-cultural community consisting entirely of tenants, remain unified in the redistricting process with other multi-cultural tenant-rich communities. In particular, I would like us to stay in the same council district as Los Feliz.
Here's why this is important. The statewide and city-wide housing shortage makes clear that some of the most impactful legislation City Council will consider over the next decade and more will weigh the interests of landlords and homeowners against the interests of tenants. It's therefore crucial that multi-cultural tenant-rich communities such as Park La Brea and Los Feliz remain unified so that tenants have clear representation on City Council during those discussions. At present, there is only one such clear voice, recently elected, on the Council. By dividing Park La Brea and Los Feliz across different districts, the maps under consideration might well reduce that to zero.
Please ensure that Park La Brea and Los Feliz remain in the same council district. Thank you for your consideration.
We have received some information from LAPD on the incident, indicating that:
Update with additional details:
The victim parked in his reserved parking space by Tower 46. When he exited his car, two armed and masked men attacked him from behind, holding a gun to his back and shouting at him to get on the ground. They then took his keys, his watch, and a backpack that contained a laptop, among other items. They ran to a waiting car, and sped off east and south, going the wrong way in the one-way section of unassigned parking behind Tower 45 to leave Park La Brea. The victim called the police and filed a police report at the scene.
Please be aware of your surroundings when parking and exiting your cars. And if you have not yet signed the PLBRA Security and Safety Petition, please do so now, and share it with friends and neighbors. Thanks.
Here's your place to vent, y'all. Post pix of the messes you find around PLB - and provide some context. Please avoid posting personal information (we'll have to remove it, if you do.)
Really? I watched a resident walk OUT of a tower and place her bag of garbage on this trash can. We have dumpsters in the basements, y'all.
Trash can literally 10 steps away. Do better, or we're calling your mother.
What better way to celebrate the "Summer of Freedom" than with a picnic? We've put together a menu of our favorites. Download the recipes here.
Charcuterie plate (including options for vegans!)
Classic potato salad
Roasted Chicken BBQ
Strawberry spoon cake