Posted on March 4th, 2015

​In a regional emergency such as an earthquake, our communications systems—cell phones, land lines, and Internet— likely will fail. If it's a big earthquake, communications and power could be out for 10 days or more.  As we survey our homes and neighborhood for casualties and damage, how can we communicate with members of our neighborhood disaster response team? 
FRS (Family Radio Service) radios, which are small, portable hand-held devices that function similar to walkie-talkies, work well for short range communication.  Although they have limited range, as an addition to dispatching runners, skateboarders, and bicyclists with handwritten notes, hand-held two-way radios may help and are an important part of your family’s disaster preparedness kit. Anyone who uses a mobile phone can, with a little training and practice (and fresh batteries), become a good FRS radio communicator.  
Westside Village Homeowners Association is planning a training session to show you how to use your FRS radio and we’ll practice our skills in a simulated emergency drill.  We’ll walk through the neighborhood with our radios to test their range. We’ll discover where we have transmission problems and where our radios work the best so we can plan accordingly.

Please purchase FRS radios and batteries for your family’s earthquake kit and bring them to our Emergency Communications Training:

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00am to noon
Meet near the flagpole in front of Palms Middle School
10860 Woodbine Street, between Kelton and Glendon
Buying your FRS radio
You can buy handheld radios at most hardware and sporting goods stores, disaster suppliers, and general merchandise stores, as well as online.  Both Motorola and Midland have a selection of moderately-priced models, as do several other brands.
NOTE:  FRS radio operators don’t require a license but users of similar, more powerful, GMRS two-way radios must have an FCC (Federal Communications Commission)-issued license.  Be aware of the distinction when you buy your radios. Some devices are marketed as "FRS/GMRS" or "dual-service devices" but, if you operate such a radio exclusively under FRS rules, you don’t need a license.

Posted on February 11th, 2015

The Exposition Construction Authority invites you to a construction update community meeting for Phase 2 of the Expo Line project. Stakeholders will receive information on upcoming construction activities and timelines. The format will include a short presentation followed by an Open House session to facilitate dialogue and community input.

Los Angeles Construction Update
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Parking available on campus

Santa Monica Construction Update
Wednesday, February 25,  2015

6:30 p.m.
Crossroads School
Community Room
1715 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Entrance off 18th St. - Parking available on campus and surrounding streets.

Planned Agenda for Community Meetings
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.: Formal Presentation
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Open House Session 

ADA Language Accommodation: If you require an interpreter, including sign language services, or other accommodations at these community meetings, please contact Expo at least five business days prior to the meeting date at 213-243-5534.

For more information about the Expo Line project, visit our updated website at
or call 213-922-EXPO (3976).

Posted on February 9th, 2015


Thursday, February 26, 2015
6:00 – 8:30PM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
Southwest corner of National and Military
All Westside Village residents welcome.
Dessert and Coffee will be served.
6:00PM  Registration, dessert and coffee
6:30PM  Business Meeting
Reports by President and Treasurer
Election of Officers and Directors
Comments by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Juan Ceja
Questions and Answers for:
Councilmember Paul Koretz
Assistant District Attorney Claudia Martin
and our Neighborhood Watch Team
8:30PM  Closing remarks

Posted on December 2nd, 2014

​Santa will be coming to the
Palms Neighborhoods on
Tuesday December 2, 2014

Santa Stops:
2:00 PM- 3724 Cardiff Ave (Niko’s Pre-School)
3:00 PM- 3535 Overland Ave
                 (Golden Manor Independent Living Home)
5:00 PM- N/W Corner of Vinton Ave, behind the Fire                  Station #43
(Evening of Community Neighborhood Watch)
5:45 PM- Clover Elementary School
                 (Westside Village Neighborhood Watch)
6:45 PM- 3500 Greenfield Ave

These Stop Times can vary 15 to 30 minutes.
Please listen for sirens, music and flashing police lights. We are loud! Tell your neighbors so no one is alarmed.
What will appear?   Santa on an LAPD Sleigh!
Santa will stop for pictures. Bring your camera.
(The Sleigh will not be out if it is raining!)

Additional information call your Senior Lead Officer or
Pacific Community Relations Office at (310) 202-4524

Posted on October 8th, 2014

For those who attended the 5-step preparedness meeting last night, and those who signed up but couldn’t make it:
More than 35 of Westside Village’s community leaders, including Neighborhood Watch block captains, CERT-trained residents, Westside Village Homeowners Association Board members, and concerned neighbors learned how to implement a simple 5-step plan to organize preparedness teams on their blocks. Keith Harrison, whose career spans over 25 years of disaster planning and response on the national, state, and local levels, showed us a short film about the planning process, and answered our questions about how to implement it in Westside Village.  Larry Bogatz, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Battalion 18 Coordinator, discussed how, once we’ve organized our teams, we can get further free training from the Fire Department through the CERT course or, in smaller doses, through NTP (the Neighborhood Team Program).  By the close of the session, several groups of neighbors already began planning for organizational meetings on their blocks.
Please don’t let this knowledge “sit in the drawer” as Larry Bogatz said last night; put it to work right away.  Below is information you can use to implement disaster organization on your block:  has everything you need to host a planning meeting on your block, including a link to the video we watched last night, an invitation template, a script for you to use at your organizational meeting, a sample disaster plan, and a template for you to create a plan for your block.   to register your cell phone number, Voice over IP phone number, and e-mail address with the Alert LA County Emergency Mass Notification System.  was mentioned as the most comprehensive resource for disaster preparedness information. and for free preparedness training.  The next CERT training will be each Tuesday for 7 weeks starting 1/6/15, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The address of the fire station is 11505 W. Olympic Blvd. If you want to be on the list for that session, contact CERT Battalion 18 Coordinator Larry Bogatz at   This is a great way to connect with your neighbors and your disaster preparedness team, at.  If you haven’t done so already, sign up and invite everyone on your block and all your friends in Westside Village to do so, as well.  The more people participate, the more effective it is as a communication tool. Westside Village Homeowners Association website for news and information about what’s happening in Westside Village.
Please let me and the Westside Village Homeowners Association Board know what we can do to assist you in your neighborhood preparedness efforts.


Westside Village Homeowners Association

We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization was founded in 1961. Our annual membership dues are nominal and help support a dedicated group of volunteers who give members a wide range of benefits including preservation & improvement of property values, participation in government and developer meetings, public improvements, contact with elected officials and government agencies, promotion of health and safety measures, Neighborhood Watch programs, publication and distribution of the WVHA newsletters and planning of the Westside Village Fall Festival.
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