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
The entire Park La Brea community was saddened by the senseless loss of José Tomàs Mejia, a well-loved maintenance worker who was particularly respected by the residents of Tower 33, where he spent most of his time.
Yesterday's fatal knife attack has left us all feeling grief, outrage & shock. While we are thankful that LAPD promptly caught the suspect, we also feel Park La Brea management should do more to support the safety and security of residents. Do you feel the same way? If so, share your views on our Feedback page. We'll use this info to show management how important this is to our residents. We also welcome suggestions for solutions. #Communitystrong
We fielded our first short resident survey in early May. The intent was to find out what are the most important issues for PLB residents and how PLBRA can best advocate to serve your needs.
What stood out the most? Management responsiveness, by a long shot. Up to 81% of survey responses mentioned this as their top issue. This was followed by maintenance issues (up to 61%) and safety and security (43%).
It's also worth noting that nearly 20% of respondents are worried about the end of the eviction moratorium, and 30% of that group applied for rent relief. So please be aware that a number of our neighbors are suffering, even as we approach the end of the pandemic.
The complete results can be downloaded here. The survey is statistically significant, with a confidence interval of 85%. (Read: these answers are representative of the general PLB population. Yeah, we can do math at the PLBRA!)
We welcome your comments, as well as suggestions for questions for our next survey.