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LAPD Q&A: Noise, Nightclubs, Leaf Blowers, Coyotes

Officer Mike Lewis addresses community concerns raised by Studio City residents.

Senior Lead Officer Mike Lewis, the Los Angeles Police Department's community liaison for Studio City, answered questions about noise, barking dogs, nightclubs, leaf blowers, coyotes and other community issues to a group of residents recently.

The questions were in response to queries made to the Land Use Committee of the Studio City Neighborhood Council.

 

What do the police do about leaf blower noise?

“Gas blowers are illegal, and they cannot be within 500 feet of any residence at any time,” Lewis said. He said most people would rather that police spend time fighting crime than fining gardeners.

“It is not a big issue for us,” Lewis said. 

Studio City Neighborhood Council member and Municipal Court Judge Richard Neiderberg said that many gardeners get off charges by saying their devices use ethanol and not gasoline.

 

Noise from nightclubs:

 “Noise from clubs along Ventura Boulevard is a problem that is longer than I’ve been here," Lewis said, and added: "There is an echo effect with the hillside."

He said he would like to work more closely with the city's Building and Safety department on such issues. He said he would send out officers to check on the situation and issue citations if there are many complaints.

 

Illegally parked cars:

“There is no way now to get a new restricted parking zone until the budget situation in the city settles,” Lewis said.

He said he has warned people many times to keep valuables out of sight to avoid

 

Barking dogs:

“If I get the complaint I will check it out, but it’s best to call the East Valley Animal Control, 888-452-7381," Lewis said. It is helpful to get a video or audio recording of the dogs, he said.

Animal Control hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday though Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

 

Abandoned cars:

You can call 800-ABANDON to report the vehicle, Lewis said. Make sure that you provide the year, make, model, color and license plate number of the vehicle. The vehicle must have been abandoned for more than 72 hours (three days).

 

Coyotes:

“For the most part, there is not much the police can do about coyotes, and neither can Animal Control," Lewis said. "I recommend you watch your pets.”

What about people who say they use a BB gun to keep coyotes away?

“Well, that could be a charge of animal cruelty, so I would advise against that," Lewis said. "And, if there’s a real gun used, that will wind you up in jail for sure.”

To contact Senior Lead Officer Mike Lewis directly with crime complaints and concerns, his info is: 31575@lapd.lacity.org.

Alex Daniels July 24, 2011 at 01:12 AM
so all in all, there isnt anything LA City can do about anything except getting raises and fat pensions..in that you excel LA!
VonRiesling July 26, 2011 at 01:31 PM
The police exist to handle crimes and criminal activity. Anyone who thinks they should be spending their time chasing coyotes around and checking out parked cars lacks perspective and possibly common sense.
Mary McGrath July 26, 2011 at 01:33 PM
Why doesn't Dyson, or Hoover invent a "leaf sucker?" Instead of blowing all the leaves around, they could be ingested into the contraption and emptied into a trash bin? Seems more efficient to me.
Alex Daniels July 26, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Well, i suppose if "crime fighters" have the time to write J-walking tickets they can also do some neighborhood policing such as writing up gas powered leaf blowers. citing and towing street billboards, citing illegal yard sales or citing loitering in front of 7-11s or the local market....Then again, since there's no revenue stream coming into the city by doing so....These infractions are suddenly deemed "unenforceable"
Michael Switzer July 26, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Yeah, Daniels, all those lazy over-paid teachers , firemen and cops. We all know they go into public service because the work is so easy, requires no training, and you can get so wealthy you won't have to pay much in the way of taxes. Maybe if you quit whining you might figure out something you could actually do for your community.
Angus Edyburn July 28, 2011 at 10:11 PM
I left this area over 10 years ago for the same reason Alex Daniels mentions. They do NOTHING. Meanwhile, after buying a 500,000.00 house, I was stuck in a beautiful hillside neighbourhood and could not enjoy my property for all the leafblowers going all day, all week, all the time. I fought this, followed gardeners trucks, wrote days and times down as it is ILLEGAL, yet after a year of going almost entirely mad, I sold my home and moved to...Wisconsin! Best thing I ever did. I miss Studio City and the environs- especially the restaurants, but I have only heard two leafblowers since moving here. I miss the people too, that is why I keep up with the goings on thru this newsletter. It makes me homesick, but......I could never come back. Nothing gets done there to improve or at least arrest the decay of what once was the quality of life. Thanks!
Michael Switzer July 29, 2011 at 12:25 AM
Now would you know, you left for wisconsin. Because of leaf blowers? I've lived in Studio City for almost 30 years and I have to say the quality if life here has never been better. Now's the noise from all those "snow machines", btw?
Alex Daniels July 29, 2011 at 12:38 AM
30 years? Never been "better"? hmmmm....To make such a statement, I'd just guess that your property taxes are, what, about $1800 a year?....With that kind of meager contribution going to my local infrastructure, id suppose I'd be pretty content as well....
Angus Edyburn July 29, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Yes, Michael. I lived in the area for over 40 years and it has gone down hill. The frame of reference for what "the good life" was and for what "quiet" was has passed. I remember a wonderful and beautiful Valley from when I originally moved there in 1968. One could even smell the beach! Those days are of ,course over. I guess things might have gotten better, what with the rape of a woman on Ventura blvd. recently. Why so defensive of entropy, Michael? Leaf blowers, like mad dogs in the streets are a sign of a civilization in decay. Try paying huge property taxes for a home you can't even relax in for 3 years Michael. I'm just sayin'...............
Michael Switzer July 29, 2011 at 03:34 AM
Still whining after all these years? Poor Alex having to pay all those taxes and he still has to listen to leaf blowers. Maybe you should move to Wisconsin?
Alex Daniels July 29, 2011 at 08:28 AM
oh oh.... its liberal entitled Switzer who paid $180k for his studio city home.....from which public tax trough did you extract your income and pension from?
Michael Switzer July 29, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Alex, The only entitlement I have received are the three tax breaks for the top 1% your all time favorite President gave me. I have to say those were pretty good entitlements. And WTF makes you think I paid $180,000 for my house? You must listen to Fox News where they like to make shit up too. How that Wisconsin move coming? I hear you have friends there.
Lightnapper August 01, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Many stolen vehicles are parked in neighborhoods to see if they are equipped with a Lojack device before they are transported to the Chop Shop. Many stolen vehicles are dumped in residential areas after being used in more serious crimes than a GTA. It is in the best interest of people living in the neighborhood, and who know which cars are usually parked around, to be concerned and to continue to report this type of activity. C-CATS will often sit on a stolen vehicle to see if the theives return, esp. when a firearm is involved. So, sometimes it is perfect perspective and a very good use of common sense to be alert to unfamiliar vehicles parked illegally or for extended periods of time without movement. LAPD calls it pro-active policing and it is an intregal part of Neighborhood Watch programs.
Teresa DeCrescenzo August 14, 2011 at 10:57 PM
WOW. It's like being in "Miss Jean's Romper Room" the way you kids carry on sniping at one another. Seriously? Try having some grown-up discussions and maybe we can get some things changed. BTW, you are all correct. The police cannot be expected to chase after leaf blowers, but neither should they be spending their time writing jaywalking tickets, because if they really do have time to write those tickets than they also have time to cite the leaf blowers. The quality of life in Studio City has gone downhill, but it is still a pretty terrific place to live, and sure beats Wisconsin for my money. Do I like paying $6000 a year in property taxes for a nice but hardly GRAND home that I've lived in for thirty years? No, I do not. This is a Prop 13 savings? I'd hate to see my taxes without Prop 13, yet the infrasctructure is crumbling. Every time the wind blows, my electricity is out for six hours, and then I have to reset timers and reprogram everything from the microwave to the sprinklers. Please quit the squabbling and do something! P.S. For real if I get attacked by a coyote and use a gun on it, I'll go to jail? Can that really be true?
Tracy November 08, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Sunday, November 6, 6:00 pm, I saw a large coyote on Vantage Ave then ran down Valley Spring Ln, then south on Bellingham Ave, one block north of Ventura Blvd. It was carrying in its mouth an animal, could have been an outdoor cat or bushy-tailed wild animal. I drove to get closer to see if I could help, but the coyote successfully vanished. Native americans called them 'tricksters' due to their swift nature. Coyotes are only trying to survive, they are not bad creatures. These animals prey on our domestic animals as well, so please always use a leash and cats indoors only and keep your loved animals safe!
April May 31, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Well I guess their budget went through regarding parking, because they put up "No Stopping Anytime" signs up all along a residential street, claiming it was to get rid of the RVs parked up the street from our apartments, yet we no longer can park in front of our homes, while those RVs just moved into other neighborhoods. We now have to park in a different city and our guest have nowhere to park.
Skraeling May 31, 2012 at 06:50 PM
San Diego is voting on a reform of the overbloated pension system put in place by cronies in the unions and banks and the politicians. It will put an end to "spiking" among other things..sometimes, even the right wing has a good idea..I would force the public employees to choose between having Civil Service Protections or joining the union...and have them think carefully. If they chose union, they could be fired for incompetence under civil service, that is nearly impossible.
Skraeling June 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM
the guy doe have a few points. LA simply does not enforce the laws as intended unless they happen to be broken in Brentwood, the Palisades, etc....Still, you are arguing with a right winger who wants strong law but will not pay for it and will attack verbally anyone who can....thus is the power of talk radio and tv....spew, spew, spew..
Skraeling June 11, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Alex, you need to get a life...
Skraeling June 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Studio City is most definitely not as pleasant as it was. I think the slide began when Joel Wachs left the City Council and Gruel and the unions and studios and developers basically united to over build the area and now the unsold condos are reverting to Sec 8 housing. Where we had no homeless, graffitti, abandoned grocery carts, pot holes, speeding traffic, dirty streets and broken sidewalks, we now have that and more. It is a shame, really. Yet, people will actually vote for Wendy Gruel or similar types that participated, even encouraged this blighted condition.
Skraeling June 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Don't worry, you will not be attacked by a coyote...a sec 8 renter or their friends which are now populating much of Studio City might,, but not a coyote...trust me.

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