Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Shots Fired at Ralphs

It's Britney Spears' Ralphs too:

Los Angeles Times
7:03 PM PDT, June 26, 2007
Man wounded in shooting at Studio City grocery
By Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer

A gunman armed with a semiautomatic weapon shot and wounded a man after firing off several rounds this afternoon outside a bustling Ralphs supermarket in Studio City.

Several people ducked when the shots started flying about 3:45 p.m. outside the supermarket in the 12800 block of Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue, said Officer Karen Smith, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles Police Department. The lone victim was shot in the leg, she said.

It appears that the victim and the suspect "have some form of a relationship, but we don't know yet what that could be," Smith said. The suspect was described as a man in his early to mid-20s who was accompanied by another man, she said.

"The suspect shot at the victim from six to 10 times with a semiautomatic weapon," Smith said. "But we don't know if the second man also had a gun or shot at the victim."

The two suspects fled east on Ventura Boulevard in separate vehicles, Smith said. Witnesses described one car as a black Mercedes-Benz and the other as possibly a red BMW, she said.

Smith said the victim, whose name was not released immediately, was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

An investigation of the shooting is continuing.

"It's too early still to determine what happened," Smith said.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Pizza 'til 2 a.m.

I never knew until I was dropping off a package at FedEx Kinkos tonight that Greco's pizza next door is open to 2 a.m. all week long. This is the same pizza company that serves you on inebriated nights at Hollywood and Las Palmas and Hollywood and Highland.

Greco's New York Pizzeria
4572 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
818 789-1652
(in the same strip mall as Solley's and Gelsons)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Armed Robbery @ Coldwater/Moorpark

From an E-Policing Alert

It is not very often that we have a armed street robbery in Studio City but on Thursday June 7th we had one. At approximately 3:55am the vict was walking on Moorpark towards Coldwater Canyon to catch the bus for work.

The suspect approached the victim on foot, pulled out a handgun, pointing it at the victim's neck and stated, "Give me your F***** money." The victim complied and the suspect fled on foot southbound Coldwater Canyon.

The victim stated he possibly observed the suspect enter an awaiting brown 4dr possibly '87-'89 Chevy Celebrity that quickly fled in the location. The suspect is described at a male white Brown hair, unk eyes, 505, 160lbs 27-28yrs. He was wearing a white baseball cap, black t-shirt, and plaid shorts.

If anybody has any information regarding this incident please contact me at 818-634-2593.

Officer Lewis
Senior Lead Officer Studio City

Friday, June 08, 2007

Hot Spot Locations for Graffiti

When we were approaching last Wednesday's graffiti meeting, I requested a map of graffiti hot spots in Sherman Oaks so I could target market segments for flyering areas of the community. And with a little touch of Web 2.0 ingenuity, Council District 2 used the My Maps feature on Google Maps to share those locations.

If you are just curious or want to adopt-a-wall, check out the map.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Anti-Graffiti Meeting is Tonight

Some more information has come out in the form of a press release, so I am just posting it here:


Councilwoman Greuel and city agencies to train local residents to fight graffiti

(LOS ANGELES) - As part of her anti-graffiti campaign, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel will sponsor an "Adopt-A-Wall" training session designed to help local residents take action against graffiti in their neighborhoods by adopting a graffiti hotspot on Wednesday, June 6th, at 6:30 PM at Viva Gallery, 13261 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

In 2007, there has been a nearly 300% increase in graffiti removed in Council District 2, when compared with last year. Through the "adopt-a-wall" program, community groups can take responsibility for keeping a local hotspot graffiti-free by:

· Painting out: Volunteer groups will receive supplies and training from City agencies in order to continually paint over graffiti.

· Vining: The City plant vines to cover a targeted wall and the community group commits to caring for the plants.

· Creating Murals: The interested community group sponsors a mural.

The "Adopt-A-Wall" program was introduced by Councilwoman Greuel, at a public safety town hall meeting she hosted to improve public safety by expanding neighborhood empowerment.


WHO: Councilwoman Wendy Greuel

LAPD Community Tagger Task Force

Office of Community Beautification Director Paul Rachs

New Directions for Youth

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Public Safety Team

Neighborhood Watches

WHAT: Adopt-A-Wall/graffiti removal training session

WHEN: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Viva Gallery

13261 Moorpark St

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Latest 405 Closures

Caltrans will close all lanes of the northbound San Diego Freeway (I-405) from Ventura Boulevard to the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) nightly, for four nights beginning Thursday, June 7. The dates and times are as follows:

Thursday, June 7, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Friday, June 8, 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Saturday, June 9, 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Sunday, June 10, 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Graffiti Workshop to keep Sherman Oaks Clean

In lieu of our usual Public Safety Committee meeting, we are teaming up with Councilwoman Wendy Greue'ls office for the "Adopt-a-Wall/Anti-Graffiti Activist Training Session."

Wednesday, June 6 2007 @ 6:30 p.m.

VIVA Gallery
13261 Moorpark St.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(Intersection of Moorpark & Fulton)
Parking found on Moorpark and side streets

Food will be served.

This training session will provide you with the tips and tools on identifying (tagger vs gang) and eradicating graffiti in your neighborhood. Joining us will be the LAPD Tagger Task Force, New Directions for Youth, Office of Community Beautification and members from Councilwoman Greuel's staff.

Let's make Sherman Oaks Graffiti Clean!