Blair Hills Community Meeting - June 21, 2011


The meeting was called to order by Annie Wilson with the introduction of the guest speaker, Charles Herbertson, CC Public Works Director / City Engineer. The discussion centered on problems that residents are having in their homes and in the area.


C. Herbertson stated that problems occur due to a variety of causes - poor compaction of soil, water infiltration into soil, poor drainage with water not draining into the street, leaks in irrigation system, etc. He suggested that the homeowner can get an experienced civil engineer to come out and/ or contact the American Society of Home Inspectors for a certified  home inspector to check the property. The inspector can recommend the next step to take. If there are tires, turpentine or other items on a property, call (310) 253-5940 for a Code Enforcement Inspector to come out.


Mr. Herbertson stated that PXP requires an annual survey to determine any effects from oil drilling. The survey includes the area in BH that is closest to the oil fields. There were 2 0r 3 complaints from BH residents. He has not seen the final report. He asked that e-mails be sent to him for copies and results of the reports regarding (1) Hank and Mim Shapiro's residence, and (2) the inspection of sewer lines under Wrightcrest. He said that if your home is directly above a sewer line (Wrightcrest) it is best to hire your own person for an independent, professional advice.


In response to other questions Mr. Herbertson will check with the So. California Gas Co. to see if it is each family's responsibility  to replace their old gas system with a new automatic gas turnoff in case of an earthquake. He will also check to see the status of Floretta's request that the two BH signs on LaCienega  and Wrightcrest be replaced or upgraded.


C. Herbertson read an excerpt from the Baldwin Hills report which proposed the stabilization of properties by controlling the run off water with drought plants at the top of slopes and retaining walls at the bottom. It is necessary to stabilize several properties; not just one. He recommended  that Patrick Reynolds ( on his staff ) be invited to speak to us concerning drought resistant plants that are appropriate for hillside planting.


After the conclusion of this part of the meeting  Barbara Carson read the minutes of the May 17th meeting that were taken by Bobbi Gold. The minutes were approved as read.


Mary Ann read the letter that will be sent to the City Council et al regarding the possibility of a charter school purchasing the Ohr Elijahu property. The letter contains all the issues that have been raised by the BH Association. The letter was approved with the recommendation that the realtor also be included as a recipient.


It was announced that a meeting will be held on June 27, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall to consider the adoption of a traffic management program to reduce speeding through the BH neighborhood.


The BH picnic will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011 instead of the first Saturday in August. Annie stated that reservations have to be made as early as January to get the desired date.


Mary Ann announced that a meeting will be held Friday, June 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at KH park to discuss funding for safety measures at Jefferson and Hezler streets.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:44 p.m.  The next meeting will be held at the KH community room on July 19, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. A geotechnical engineer, referred by Kerri Payne-Lue, will be the guest speaker.


                                                                                    Submitted by:

                                                                                    Barbara Carson, Recording Secretary


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