Reynier Village Neighborhood Association works to build community by organizing social gatherings, providing an affordable security patrol service, organizing free emergency preparedness events, and working in concert with the City Council office and SORONC to help create positive changes to our area. Be a part of the change you want to see. JOIN RVNA!
Help secure your neighborhood and your home with RVNA and APS. You can join RVNA’s discounted group subscription to APS patrol service for just $50 for an entire year. You’ll get:
A yard sign showing your home is protected by APS,
A phone number to call for rapid response to suspicious activity,
Daily patrols past your home and
Special services when you go out of town.
APS is rated 5-stars on Yelp and has been protecting Reynier Village for many years. We need them now more than ever, so hopefully we’ll get plenty of neighbors to sign up.
What neighbors have shared about APS
“I have used APS several times to deter suspicious people from repeatedly parking outside my home while breaking laws. APS usually arrives within 5 minutes of my call.” ~ Laurie
“I decided to try APS monitoring service since Reynier Village started to use them as a neighborhood patrol service. It is a city requirement that if you have an alarm, you must also contract with a patrol service. Because of Reynier Village I received a big discount over other monitoring services. I found them to be responsive and courteous when I’ve called for various reasons. They are much better at keeping to my instructions if my alarm goes off than I’ve had with the other big companies.” ~ Mary
“I came home to see a stranger standing on my neighbor’s walkway by his garage. He was walking up and down. He did this for about two minutes. He noticed me and pretended to look for cans in the blue bin by the house. I thought of calling the police even though he had not really done anything other than looked suspicious. I decided to first call APS. They had a car nearby and quickly send them out. The person saw the red APS car coming and quickly walked away. I think having the APSservice in this case really gave me peace of mind that if needed they will come over and help.” ~ Angelica
“My wife was concerned about a group of teens that had parked in front of the house. They were “sardine canned” into an old small sedan; about six of them. They piled out, parked and started skateboarding in the street. They had a Pit bull with them which they let out to play around and give chase to them – unleashed. This is a very quiet street, when the elementary school kids are not being let in or out, so they were very obvious and made quite a disturbance…not to mention the smell of pot wafting about. They hung around for about half an hour to 45 minutes, during which time they seemed to be partying both in and out of the car. Although this was more of a nuisance than anything else, I called APS since we are RVNA members and elected to enroll in the APS service as well. They sent a car to drive by and make their presence known. The patrol car arrived in about 10 minutes and slowly drove by the car. Apparently, this was enough to have the teens take the party elsewhere. We have used the APS Service for similar calls through-out our enrollment with them. They have always come out when we call. They aren’t the S.W.A.T. team, but for the small price we pay yearly, it is definitely worth it to us – for peace of mind.” ~ Joseph
“I’ve been using APS for several years for home alarm monitoring and I’ve been very happy with their service. Luckily we’ve never been the victim of a burglary, but the one time when we had a “false alarm” caused by my one of my kids accidentally opening our back door without turning off the alarm we had an APS patrol officer on our property within just a few minutes making sure that everything was ok. Vernon and his team are good people and have a lot of experience with serving our neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. I see the APS patrol cars around our neighborhood more often than they seem to receive credit for. It seems like we need them now more than ever with the latest string of burglaries.” ~Dan
Neighborhood Watch – Community Meeting
Senior Lead Officers (SLOs) for the South Robertson area, Chris Baker and Matt Kirk will speak.
Emergency Preparedness Meeting –Map your Neighborhood Facilitator Training
The Map Your Neighborhood program guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. These steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level and teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive.
In Los Angeles, the American Red Cross provides “Map Your Neighborhood Facilitator Training,” so that you can learn how to organize a “Map Your Neighborhood” gathering of your own with the neighbors on your street. After you have received the Facilitator training, you can order a free “Map Your Neighborhood” kit from the local Red Cross. This kit includes a DVD and handouts for all of your neighbors, which you will then use at a gathering of the neighbors on your street to organize for emergencies together step-by-step.
LAPD Senior Lead Officer, Christopher Baker, Introduction and Contact Information
Hello everyone! I want to introduce myself. I am your Senior Lead Officer, Christopher Baker from LAPD West Los Angeles Division, Basic Car 8A95. I have been assigned to the division for just over 60 days, and while I’ve attempted to go door to door and meet the community, I just haven’t had the success that I envisioned. The residents that I have spoken with have told me about the conversations that take place on this message board. I would like everyone receiving this message to add me as their Facebook friend ( slo Christopher Baker) and to also follow me on Twitter @LAPDSLOBAKER. Also, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my desk line at 310-444-0740.
I would also like to give everyone the opportunity to meet with me, and discuss whatever public safety issues are important to you in your community. Please contact me and we can make meeting arrangements. Also, please give me some suggestions on how I can better connect with your community in 2018. If anyone is interested in starting a block club, neighborhood watch, business watch, or any other community based programs, please reach out to me and lets get it going. I will post things on this message board from time to time, but the best place to contact me is via email, phone, or Facebook.
Below is a blurb regarding what a Senior Lead Officer’s role is. I hope I can make your lives easier, and safer. Please don’t be a stranger and I look forward to meeting you all. A Senior Lead Officer(SLO) is in charge of a basic car area within a geographic division. Senior Lead Officers provide a link that unites the LAPD with the communities that it serves. SLOs are responsible for monitoring crime trends in basic car areas, working with Community-Police Advisory Boards and act as liaisons with detectives to stay informed of crime trends and special problems within their area.
Summary of the Public Hearing meeting on 10/19/17:
The Zoning Administrator hearing the case was David Weintraub. He said they were also waiting for the Calif. Environmental Act-related report for this proposed project. He said he had reviewed the previous case and the present one and was very familiar with the case. He mentioned that they had also received public comments. Someone asked him how many they had received and he said 109 letters.
He asked Verizon to make their presentation first and to go over the new proposal and how it was different from the previous one.
Kevin Sullivan presented for Verizon.
He said the proposed fake tree would be eucalyptus and have a higher branch count than the previous one. He said they planned to place socks over the antennas. There would be landscaping around the base of the tree that would include vines that would grow up the “trunk.” He mentioned the wall enclosing the equipment. The tower size would basically be about the same as the previous one. He said that the fake tree would be comparable to trees in the area, lower than the power poles along Robertson Blvd., which are over 60′, comparable in size to the billboards, etc. He mentioned Verizon’s need for additional coverage to serve travelers, residents, etc. They had examined other sites, but there were none. The other sites were either too close to existing towers, rooftops were too low or had structural support issues, or owners did not want to lease to them.
David Weintraub asked about things like the height difference, the wrought iron fencing, the branch number in the prior design vs. this design, if there was a Neighborhood Council decision on the matter, what about placing the structure on an apartment rooftop, etc.
Kevin said there had not been a Neighborhood Council decision on the matter.
Verizon’s architect/engineer answered some of these questions: the wrought iron is existing and not being replaced; the equipment enclosure will include 4 walls and a cover and will have stucco to match the existing building; there would be a 30-40% increase in branches; structures on apartments were limited in height by L.A. ordinance.
The public was invited to speak. There were close to 20 people in attendance in opposition to the project. People brought documents and pictures and verbally brought up a number of issues. Doug mentioned that the SORONC LUED committee did vote against the proposal and requested that the decision date be moved until 11/1, after their upcoming Board meeting, in order for the N.C. to officially weigh in on the matter. I believe he also mentioned emerging technology that could render the installation of the tower obsolete, but that the local community would be stuck with it for decades. Folks addressed issues like aesthetics; scale of Verizon’s photos being inaccurate; effects on land use; inconsistency with the City of L.A.’s General Plan; the property owner’s lack of care or interest in leasing out the building on the property historically; the placement of the tower eliminating future business and improvement there; effect on local property values; the community’s efforts to improve the area over the years, including the current Great Streets project and how this tower would effect those efforts; safety issues; noise issues; possible health issues, which the Zoning Administrator said he could not include. Liz Carlin spoke on behalf of the City Councilman’s office agreeing with the neighbors and reiterating the request for the decision to be delayed until after the SORONC Board meeting. Others can embellish more on the testimony of the public.
Verizon was than offered time for rebuttal:
They said that the General Plan included integration of telecommunications for facilitating development. They quoted a State law 65964.1c that mentions that timely telecommunication implementation helps the economy. They said that “small cell” technology was only to support “macro facilities,” but they can’t replace a macro site. They said that the photos were accurate and there was no misrepresentation of scale or perspective. They said that their existing towers were already operating at maximum capacity. The three existing towers were located on the rooftop of 3000 Robertson Blvd., Castle Heights; and near the I-10 Palms area. They said that the micro cells would not be enough to service the area and that they needed to add another centrally located macro tower. They addressed a comment about economic and racial discrimination, saying that the CDC reports that most of the Hispanic and Black community exclusively rely on cell phones, so this would provide more services to those communities. They addressed the health issue by saying that the science shows that macro sites do not pose a health risk and the FCC rules are based on the EPA, OSHA, etc. They said they were not aware of safety issues like towers falling or fires and that the towers were considered part of the emergency communications network, so they are held to a higher structural standard than other structures. He siad there were no noise complaints about their hundreds of thousands of cell towers. There was a question about the generator and he said it is tested once a week for about 15 minutes at a time and that sound levels were around 63db and that it would be enclosed. The Zoning Administrator also volunteered that based on other cases, that he knew that the diesel emissions from the generators are minimal. The generator has 24-hour capacity before needing to be refueled.
The Zoning Administrator decided to keep the record open until 11/3/17, allowing for SORONC Board
to submit their decision on the matter and to allow for further public comment to be submitted to Alam Choudhury. He said that he had inherited a lot of cases from a retiring Zoning Administrator and that he was heavily backlogged. He said his determination would take approximately 6-8 weeks after 11/3/17.
In view of this, the public can still write-in to comment until 11/3!
Some of you may recall that Verizon previously applied to the City for this same location and were turned down. They appealed the decision and were turned down again. RVNA and local neighbors banded together to do outreach to neighbors about whom to write to and when and where to attend the hearing. Those efforts were successful.
At the recent SORO meeting, Verizon revealed that they had sued the City of L.A. over this issue in Federal Court. They said that both the City of L.A. and Verizon came to an agreement that Verizon should reapply with modifications to their proposal.
The modifications that Verizon revealed were pretty marginal. They reduced the height of the proposed tower from 54′ to 52′. They plan to put a concrete planter with bushes at its base. They plan to enclose their operating equipment and diesel generator in a walled space. They changed the type of faux tree to a eucalyptus.
Their new plan still does not meet the zoning codes for the area and would be located right near single family homes. Right when we have many neighbors working hard on the Great Streets project to improve Robertson Blvd., they want to install this giant cell tower right in the middle of it.
We have been compiling pertinent info from neighbor’s research on this issue and is the basis for the recent RVNA email on how to take action and the main points to address, if RVNA neighbors are so inclined