We have officially gathered results from our Electric Vehicle Charging Survey:
Almost a third of Park La Brea residents who responded to our Electric Vehicle Charging Survey already have EVs, and 60% of those who don't own EVs have said it’s possible or probable that they will within the next 5 years.
Current owners who responded were unanimous in their preference to charge at Park La Brea, and two-thirds of non-owners who responded say they’d probably or possibly get an EV if charging were available here.
A resounding majority – 88% – of all respondents say that charging availability and convenience will affect their next decision about where to live.
Scroll down to view the pie charts below that visualize responses to each of the six questions.
Five questions. That's all it takes. For you to raise your voice for your favorite City Council candidate (Park La Brea is in Council District 5) to help PLBRA choose a candidate to endorse.
Don't know who to choose? Watch the video below from PLBRA's Candidate Forum on May 15th, which was attended by all four candidates. Then take the survey.
Please note that we are requiring names, email addresses and unit numbers, as this as an official advisory vote open to PLB residents only. We will not be keeping or using that data - its for verification purposes only.
And don't forget: The primary election is June 7th. You should have already received a ballot in the mail. You can vote in person, by mail, or by depositing your ballot in the any official drop box - the nearest one is at the Fairfax branch of the LA Library.
The Park LaBrea Residents Association is hosting a forum for the four candidates running for our City Council District (District 5). The forum will be held on May 15th from 2 to 3:30 pm in the theater in the Activities Center. We encourage all interested residents to attend. All four candidates will be present. There will be introductions, a panel discussion, and a chance for residents to ask questions. The primary election is coming up on June 7th, so this is a great opportunity to learn more about the candidates before you vote. The candidates are Katy Young Yaroslavsky, Sam Yebri, Scott Epstein, and Jimmy Biblarz, if you’d like to learn more about them in advance of the forum. Please note that while vaccination status is not required, attendees will be required to sign a COVID waiver upon entering the theater. PLBRA is hoping to make arrangements to record the forum for those residents who cannot attend. Please check back here for updates.
2022 Dues Paid members of the Residents Association may obtain a copy of the 2021 PLBRA Annual Report by request. Requests must be made in written form either by letter to the PLBRA Office at 401 S Burnside Ave, lobby office, Los Angeles, CA 90035 or by email.
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