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Larchmont Chronicle

JUNE 2021

SECTION TWO

La Brea Hancock residents talk trees, speeding cars with Raman

By Suzan Filipek Trimming tree branches in danger of falling, accidents caused by speeding drivers, and real estate development were among topics at the La Brea Hancock Homeowners Association meeting May 19. Councilwoman Nithya Raman told the 20 residents in attendance at the Zoom meeting that City Hall would reopen June 15 and that trash collection and other services would soon be improved. “We have better times ahead, and those are starting now,” Raman said. While the pandemic slowed the new councilwoman’s efforts since taking office in December, she has since hired a 24-mem-

ber staff, including Andrea Conant, deputy chief of staff. “It was a very, very strange time to be taking office,” Raman said. “Andrea was hired weeks before we met her in person. Now we’re getting back to normal.” Also on staff for Council District Four are a homeless coordinator and a tenant policy advocate, and Raman sits on Council committees that deal with issues of digital divide in Los Angeles, procurement reform, immigration affairs, housing and the homeless. A volunteer corps that had been created, before her election campaign, has continued, providing vaccine distribution to seniors, maintaining a list

of shelter beds and helping with homeless encampment clean-ups. Tree trimming La Brea Hancock President Cathy Roberts told the councilwoman that the area’s London plane sycamores on 11 blocks are 60 years old. Coupled with climate change and invasive insects, their branches are a safety hazard. So far, branches have only fallen on cars, but they are a concern, Roberts added. Speeding drivers Speeding on Sixth Street is another problem. One resident mom has had cars land in her front yard. “We don’t allow the kids in the front yard. It’s not safe,”

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said the mom, Mansfield Avenue resident Jenn Rojas. She has a file of paperwork she’s collected of accidents during the four years she has lived here and which she shared

with former Councilman David Ryu. Her family built a wall three years ago when a car almost entered their property. Six (Please turn to page 14)

THE DESIGN by TCA Architects features a contemporary building with a central courtyard.

Eight-story mixed-use project proposed at Wilshire / Highland

An eight-story, mixed-use development is proposed on the site of a strip mall on the northwest Wilshire Boulevard and Highland Avenue, according to plans submitted to the City Planning Dept. The Pacific Springs LLC development includes 242 apartments above 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and a three-level, underground garage with 354 parking spots. Under the city Transit Oriented Community (TOC) guidelines — a TOC being defined as the area within one-half mile of a major transit stop — the proposed new building is larger than allowed by city zoning in exchange for 25 of the proposed apartments being set aside as extremely low-income units. The design by TCA Architects features a contemporary building with a central court-

yard. Amenities include a rooftop deck facing Wilshire and Citrus Avenue. As proposed, the project would vacate a segment of alley which runs behind the strip mall to merge the site with an adjoining parking lot to the north. This space would be converted into an 18,000-square-foot landscaped green space, similar to Mansfield Avenue Park across Citrus Avenue. Ground-level townhome units would line the new green space along the northern side of the building. Thus far, the preliminary plans have been presented to local homeowner groups with more meetings planned in the near future, said Cathy Roberts, president of the La Brea Hancock Homeowners Association. The project is close to the new Metro Purple Line station at Wilshire and La Brea, scheduled to open in 2023.