Despite persistent stalling tactics by leadership of the organization, members of the Bel-Air Association (BAA) have called a special meeting for Thursday, March 17 to set a course for a new direction of leadership within the BAA.Read More
This Special Meeting of the members of the Bel-Air Association will be held Thursday, March 17, 2016, commencing at 5:30 p.m., at the Bel-Air Country Club. This Special Meeting of the Members of the Bel-Air Association (the “Association”) is being called pursuant to Article II, Section 2 of the Association’s By-Laws (dated June 10, 2003), which provide that “Special meetings of the members may be called at any time by… any three (3) or more members.”Read More
As you know, there will be a community meeting on Thursday, February 18th at 5:30pm at the Bel Air Country Club. Your attendance and participation are critical to our community! It's a chance for us to review what is happening and also get your input on our strategy going forward to protect our community.Read More
Please see the Blog post from the BAA by reading this full article. Now the truth finally comes out. Are any of you aware of any over-regulation reducing the value and enjoyment of our homes as stated therein. The fact is that the BAA has not been on the side of the residents for years--and there it is in their own words. The response from one of our supporters (see Margie Perenchio's email to the BAA-below their blog) says it well and succinctly.Read More
In the Bel-Air Association’s Jan 13, 2016 blog, it falsely stated that “We are postponing the election for at least 60 days in order to allow all members additional time to have the opportunity to be nominated as Directors…” This assertion lies about 85% of the way between misleading and dishonest. Of course the real, and only, reason that the BAA postponed the election was because Marcia Hobbs brought a court case to compel the BAA to have an election under fair conditions. When the BAA scheduled the January 14 election over the holidays for the express purpose of having as little participation and opposition as possible, Ms. Hobbs went to court on January 12 to postpone the election so that it really would be open to the community. THE BAA FILED PAPERS OPPOSING THIS, BUT THE COURT RULED AGAINST THEM, and this is the only reason there will be a chance at actual democracy – contrary to the wishes of the BAA, which spent the BAA members’ dues sending two lawyers to Court to try to keep the January 14 election date.Read More
From The Beverly Hills Courier
Another day, another round of unsafe, illegal, construction wackiness in Bel-Air. The latest comes this morning, when large dumpsters lined Stone Canyon Rd. As seen in the photo provided in the article, two large trash dumpsters, nearly sticking out halfway into the street, were parked on the side of the narrow road traveled by many residents throughout the day. The dumpsters symbolize a growing concern among residents in some areas of Beverly Hills, and surrounding areas such as Bel-Air, about the lack of oversight for contractors doing work.Read More
This email message was sent to the BAA from Fred Rosen, Presdient-CEO of the 'Bel Air Homeowners Alliance' on October 15th, 2015.
Bruce-- The luxury of distance allows one to put things in the proper perspective---so let us rip the skin off this blister and be brutally candid in a politically correct world. You have no right or authority to send me your email--under the false pretense of being polite and respectful. The Alliance does not recognize your election to the Board of Directors of the BAA--the proxy material by which you were allegedly elected a director in the world of governance could best be classified as a bad joke on the community---no biographies of any of the nominees---of the people named, 3 were not elected for reasons unknown and 9 were elected who weren't even mentioned--you among them. I've been the CEO of public companies, practiced law for 10 years many,many, many years ago and served on more than 20 charity boards---and I have never seen a bigger sham election in my life---which doesn't even meet the minimum standards of effective or any kind of proper governance. In keeping with that narrative, when was the last time a real financial statement was produced by the BAA---not in the last 10 years--and I'm not talking about the Form 990.
As the CEO of the Alliance, anyone can contact me---good or bad--that's the role. If Ron can't handle it, he should resign. That's the way it works in a democracy--as an attorney, you clearly understand the right of freedom of speech. The real issue here is that Ron Hudson is ill-equipped to be the CEO of the BAA--he has neither the experience nor the ability to do the job--a prerequisite for occupying that position. As such, he must be open to all comments--good or bad from the community--I've been in enough meetings with city officials where all he does is sit there--he doesn't engage or make comments---or even interact with City officials. Our community needs an advocate--something, in our opinion, he has no ability to do. The situation with the Bel Air Bar and Grill is a perfect example. The BAA and Ron Hudson supports their requests--yet many in the community are against their requests and there is no reason to allow the sale of alcohol during the week off-site earlier than 10am and 11am on the week-end. It has come to our attention that Mr. Hudson is taking an office there---could that be construed as a conflict of interest? does that impact the BAA's position?--what residents have they talked to? We know that Sharon is a friend of Paulette's---I know that directly because a year ago, when I tried to rent the space for an Alliance Community meeting, Sharon told me that she was a friend of Paulette's and as such would not rent the restaurant for our meeting---interesting in that our supporters are residents in the community and also may utilize her facilities----but that has been one of Paulette's singular accomplishments--finding ways to polarize the community. The BAA must reflect the views of the community--not the views of its executive director. At some point, in the pending litigation, we would all like to see her contract. This situation clearly reflects what's been happening under Paulette's watch ---the Board reports to her--not the the other way around--which is the appropriate way. All you have to do is look at the turnover on the board for the last eight years--which clearly makes my point.
There is something else that I need to mention here--you have done many things for the community---and you have advocated some effective positions vis a vis land use---but you operate on your own agenda---who did you talk to on Tortuoso Way?--did you engage with any residents on Stone Canyon?--I believe the answer is probably not--community organizations must engage with the stakeholders who are involved---you clearly have a voice on your own--but once you join an organization, you are bound to engage with the residents who you claim to be representing.
I have also heard about Mr. Elkin, who is probably the longest sitting member on the BAA Board--and I've heard from people in the community about his irascibility and intransigence in the conflict between our respective organizations----where he is among the few who actually thinks the BAA is doing a good job--I shall refrain from commenting-----something you actually know better. Under the BAA bylaws--its one house one vote--so explain to me why he and his wife have 2 seats on the BAA Board?
One can only wonder if he,and you,and Ron and Cynthia, under a white flag of truce would have the courage or fortitude to meet with Marcia, Dan and I and try to figure out how to solve this among ourselves--without the attorneys so the community can win. As I've said before, the status quo is both unacceptable and unsustainable. The offer has been made.
Fredric D. Rosen--President-CEO
Bel Air Homeowners Alliance
BAA--- This has come to our attention again---and Al has represented to me that Paulette, Cynthia and Ron are attempting to make life difficult for ACS including harassing one of their employees. If this behavior does not stop immediately and efforts continue to make ACS uncomfortable while they honor their lease, than the Alliance and its supporters reserve all their rights and remedies against the BAA--including potential litigation against Ron, Cynthia and Paulette individually. Game playing is over. The community wants the security company at the Gate---not a real estate broker so you can collect more rent.
This is my message to the BAA Board--Paulette works for you not the other way around--one of the reasons why there has been significant turnover on the Board over the last 8 years. In our collective opinion, she and Ron are menaces to the community--and their behavior needs to be radically altered--or in the alternative, they both need to be replaced. I strongly suggest that you heed the content of this email. Furthermore, it is my intention to make these emails available to the whole community.
Fredric D. Rosen--President-CEO
Bel Air Homeowners Alliance
SCENARIO: Three vehicle Traffic Accident involving a Fully Loaded Cement Truck. The Cement Truck, driving E/B on Sunset Blvd. hit a passenger vehicle and rolled onto its right side into the intersection at Veteran Ave. The cement truck slid into another passenger vehicle on Veteran Ave. turning right onto Sunset Blvd.
OPERATIONS: The first arriving companies assessed the area and determined the number of vehicles involved, number of injured patients, and requested appropriate resources.
Total Patients: Four
Two patients transported to UCLA Hospital
One patient transported to St. Johns Hospital
One patient AMA.
RECOVERY: The incident was causing a severe traffic problem and was backing up Sunset Blvd. LAFD resources remained on scene to oversee the upright operation of the Cement Truck. LAFD Heavy Rescue 56 worked with LAPD's Heavy Equipment Operators (Heavy Wreckers) and DOT. LAPD provided two heavy wreckers. It was a collaborated effort between LAPD and LAFD to upright the cement truck. The cement truck was carrying a full load of cement (10 yards) approximately 20,000 pounds. (See pictures) The three wreckers were able to upright the cement truck. Once up-righted, the incident was turned over to LAPD Traffic division.Read More
Monday, September 21st - 5:30pm
Bel Air Country Club
The Alliance is focused on making long term legislative policy and ordinance changes for responsible land use development in our community.
Your support is needed and we invite residents who share our concerns to meet our board members on September 21st where we will answer questions about the Alliance and give progress updates.
Please click here to complete and submit the online form or call Jamie Meyer on 310.405.3094 to attend.Read More