Meeting Date: 01/18/12 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Women’s Club Hollywood, 1749 N. La Brea, LA 90046

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HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING AGENDA
January 18, 2012 – 6:30 pm

Woman’s Club of Hollywood
1749 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Directions:  South of Franklin and North of Hollywood Blvd. – Accessibility:  Building is accessible through entrance at rear door.  Parking:  Free Parking is available behind the Woman’s Club on the upper level of the parking lot.

The public is requested to fill out a “Speaker Card” to address the Board on any item of the agenda prior to the Board taking action on an item.  Comments from the public on non-agenda and agenda items will be heard during the Public Comment Period and, within the discretion of the presiding officer of the Board, when the respective item is being considered. Comments from the public on other matters not appearing on the Agenda that is within the Board’s subject matter jurisdiction will be heard during the Public Comment period.  Public comment is limited to 2 minutes per speaker unless waived by the presiding officer of the Board.  Agenda is posted for public review: on bulletin boards at the top and bottom of Runyon Canyon Park, and electronically on the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council website ww.hhwnc.org and on the Department Of Neighborhood Empowerment (www.lacityneighborhoods.com).  As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.  Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request.  To ensure availability of services, please make your request at least 3 business days (72 hours) prior to the meeting you wish to attend by contacting the Neighborhood Council Project Coordinator at 213-485-1360 or e-mail to [email protected]


ALL ITEMS LISTED ON THIS AGENDA ARE SUBJECT TO:
POSSIBLE ACTION, INCLUDING A BOARD MOTION AND
VOTING ON THE MOTION.

PROCESS FOR RECONSIDERATION: The Board may reconsider and amend its action on items listed on the agenda if that reconsideration takes place immediately following the original action or at the next regular meeting. The Board, on either of these two days, shall: (1) Make a Motion for Reconsideration and, if approved, (2) hear the matter and Take an Action. If the motion to reconsider an action is to be scheduled at the next meeting following the original action, then two items shall be placed on the agenda for that meeting: (1) A Motion for Reconsideration on the described matter and (2) a Proposed Action should the motion to reconsider be approved. A motion for reconsideration can only be made by a Board member who has previously voted on the prevailing side of the original action taken. If a motion for reconsideration is not made on the date the action was taken, then a Board member on the prevailing side of the action must submit a memorandum to the Secretary identifying the matter to be reconsidered and a brief description of the reason(s) for requesting reconsideration at the next regular meeting. The aforesaid shall all be in compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act.

AGENDA
 
1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann

2. Roll call by Secretary, Aaron Rogers

3. Minutes – Review and approve minutes from October 19, 2011 (tabled from November 16, 2011 meeting) and Special Meeting minutes and Board minutes from November 16, 2011 meetings (see attachments) (Vote) (5 minutes)

4. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann (20 minutes)

a. Public Official Reports
i.) Mayor’s Office – Fabiola Vilchez, Central Area Director – Budget Survey
ii.) CD4 –Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge
iii.) CD5 – Jeffrey Ebenstein, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz
iv.) CD13 – Angela Motta, Field Deputy, Office of Council President Eric Garcetti
v.) 42nd District-Nicole Carcel, Office of Assemblyman Mike Feuer
vi.) LAPD-Capt. Beatrice Girmala
vii.) LADOT Presentation regarding Yucca Street Bollards
b. Review Executive Committee meeting
c. Vacant Area 7 Chair position. Posted on 12/11/11 on website. Barbara Witkin is a candidate. Vacant Area 9 chair. Posted 1/9/12 on website.
d. Decide next meeting date-February 15, 2012

5. Vice President’s Report by Orrin Feldman (10 minutes)

a. Update on Hollywood Community Plan
b. Review of pending applications:
i. American Tower’s license renewal for Briar Summit
ii. Chinese Theatre’s application to sell more alcoholic beverages
iii. Sundance’s redevelopment of the Laemmle Theatres

6. Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer (10 minutes)

a. Approve Monthly Treasurer’s Report
b. Welcome Signs

BACKGROUND: The HHWNC Board previously endorsed the concept of ordering 50 customized “Welcome” signs with the HHWNC logo on them to be distributed to each Area of HHWNC for posting. The specific design and wording on the signs was never finalized and the funds were not expended last fiscal year. The Outpost HOA Board (Area 5) would like to request that the HHWNC Board approve expenditure of $5,500 for the signs this year.

MOTION: The HHWNC Board approves expenditure of $5,500.00 to cover the complete cost of manufacturing, product, tax and installation of 50 20” x 30” “Welcome” signs with HHWNC logo for posting throughout the HHWNC area. This cost is based on the proposal received from Designworks Architectural Signage & Graphics (3355 Bennett Drive Los Angeles, CA 90068). The HHWNC President will appoint an Ad Hoc Committee to work on final design of the signs and to participate in a walk-thru, or drive-thru, to designate the locations for the installation of the signs and to arrange for the pulling of permits, if permits are required.

7. Secretary’s Report by Aaron Rogers (5 minutes)

a. Roster Update

8. Parliamentarian’s Reporter by Scott Campbell (5 minutes)

9. Presentation by Michele Hessman regarding her application for the Neighborhood Council Community Garden Project. POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE. (5 minutes)

10. Presentation on Metro ExpressLanes Demonstration program by Metro Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins/Bronwen Trice, Senior Community Relations Officer (10 minutes)

11. Committee Reports (40 minutes)

a. ISSUE COMMITTEES
i. Report by EMS Chair (Keegan) (5 minutes)
-CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). 

BACKGROUND: LAFD Emergency Response Unit provides important CERT Training Course free of charge to the Los Angeles community and residence 18 years and older. In the event of disaster (brush fire, earthquake, emergency incident) it is usually the local community that become the "first responders" providing immediate assistance. In the past, a green CERT safety helmet and green vest identifying CERT have been provided to community members who complete the CERT Course. Due to funding cuts this basic required equipment is no longer available or provided by LAFD CERT Unit.  On January 11, 2012, the EMS Committee passed a supporting motion 10-0-0.

MOTION: EMS Committee requests the HHWNC board of directors to support the community and LAFD CERT Program by approving funding for the purchase of needed community CERT equipment (CERT Helmets, Vests or CERT Basic Kit) in the amount of $3,000.

ii. Report by Environment & Beautification Chair (Connell) (5 minutes)
-Hollywood Gateway Sign Project

MOTION (Tabled from October 19, 2011 meeting):  HHWNC supports the Hollywood Gateway Sign with a contribution of $5,000 toward the repairs of the glass panels, lighting and electrical repairs (Campbell/Robinson).  Anastasia had requested that the joint Area committees recommend an appropriate amount for this project.

iii. Report by Outreach Committee Chair (Carcel) (5 minutes)
-Review of new initiatives including the newsletter
 
iv. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)
b. STANDING RULES AD HOC COMMITTEE-Michael Meyer (10 minutes)
i. Discussion of final revisions to the Draft Standing Rules (posted 10/20/11) followed by MOTION and VOTE.
c. AREA COMMITTEES
i. Report by Area 3 chair (Moreno) (5 minutes)
-Presentation by Tom McCarthy and Thor Lee concerning the property at 1724 N. Highland. The incoming project will be a restaurant by Tin Horn Flats. The presentation will include what will be built, how the space will be utilized and will address any concerns the board may have. The case number for this plan is Case No. 2011-1956 CUB and the planned hearing date is in February.  POSSIBLE

MOTION AND VOTE.  (5 minutes)

ii. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)

12. Public Comments – Comments from the public on agenda items and non-agenda items within the Board’s subject matter jurisdiction.  Public comments are limited to 2 minutes per speaker.

13. Old Business

14. New Business

15. Next Meeting

16. Adjournment

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HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING MINUTES

January 18, 2012

Woman’s Club of Hollywood
1749 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann at 6:40 p.m.

2. Roll call by Secretary, Aaron Rogers: Anastastia Mann, Aaron Rogers: Orrin Feldman, Michael Meyer, Scott Campbell, Eric Paquette, Terry Migliaccio, Maria Rychlicki, Marcello Robinson, Valorie Keegan, Alison Connell, Barbara Witkin, Nicole Carcel, Robin Moreno, Jarone Johnson Jr., Joyce Dyrector, and Dietrich Nelson. Quorum established with 16 members. Absent: Brian Johnson, Daniel Savage, Bryce Lowery, and Donovan Ryan.

3. Approval of Minutes: (Nelson/Witkin) moved to approve the minutes from the HHWNC board meeting of October 19, 2011. The motion carried with two abstentions (Meyer/Dyrector). (Rychlicki/Robinson) moved to approve the Special Board meeting board minutes from November 16, 2011. The motion carried with three abstentions (Mann/Paquette/Dyrector). (Witkin/Robinson) moved to accept the board meeting minutes of November 16, 2011 as corrected. The motion carried with three abstentions (Connell, Dyrector, Carcel).

4. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann

a. Public Official Reports
i.) CD4 – Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge reported on the redistricting process and meetings for that purpose. Feb. 25th is the final day to make comments. She also talked about the city’s tree trimming program.

ii.) CD13 – Angela Motta, Field Deputy, Office of Council President Eric Garcetti gave an overview of current issues on street closures and parking issues surrounding major Awards events in Hollywood and gave a Dept. of Transportation update on Yucca.

iii.) 42nd District – Nicole Carcel, Office of Assemblyman Mike Feuer talked about legislation, an open house in March and the Councilmember’s newsletter.

iv.) LAPD – Capt. Beatrice Girmala: Anastasia announced that Hollywood is #3 among the cities with the biggest drop in crime. She advised board members to always lock their cars and remove visible items of value to help with reducing crime.

v.) LADOT Presentation regarding Yucca Street Bollards: A LADOT representative gave an update on the construction plans taking place on Yucca between Cahuenga and Highland.

b. Review Executive Committee meeting: Anastasia reviewed items from the EC meeting including the 125th Anniversary of Hollywood on Feb. 1st, Travel Industry Pow Wow (for intl. travel planners) which will bring about 30,000 people to Hollywood April 23, 2012 at Hollywood/Highland. Volunteers are needed to help stage this event.

c. Open seats on the HHWNC Board:

Vacant Area 7 Chair position. Barbara Witkin is a candidate.
Vacant Area 9 chair. Stakeholder Joann Leonard said there are 45 households that sit between Area 8 and Area 9 that are disenfranchised. Orrin spoke about the way the boundaries were drawn when HHWNC was founded. Anastasia said the board would investigate this and try to resolve this issue.

Next board meeting will be held Feb. 15th.

5. Vice President’s Report by Orrin Feldman

a. Update on Hollywood Community Plan: Orrin reported on the City Council’s City Planning Commission hearing and concerns that have been raised on the Plan. He asked whether the board should take a stand on it. (Michael Meyer recused himself from this discussion). (Johnson/Robinson) moved that HHWNC take a position on the Hollywood Community Plan. The motion carried with one abstention (Dyrector). Anastasia appointed to the Hollywood Community Plan Ad Hoc Committee: Connell, Paquette, Rychlicki, Keegan and Campbell, the Committee Chair.

b. Review of pending applications:

i. American Tower’s license renewal for Briar Summit telecommunications facility is pending. Orrin and Maria will do a walk-through prior to making a recommendation on their renewal.

ii. Mann’s Chinese Theatre’s application to sell alcoholic beverages. Orrin acknowledged their redevelopment/updates. He suggested holding a board meeting at one of their theatres.

iii. Sundance’s redevelopment of the Laemmle Theatres. Robert Redford’s chain has taken over this location and is requesting a beer/wine license for patrons.

iv. DOT is recommending raising the speed limit on Barham Boulevard to 40mph. Orrin asked for input on this from HHWNC’s Transportation and Area 1 chairs.

6. Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer

a. HHWNC spent $2,000 in December 2011. Michael reviewed current bills including a demand warrant. (Meyer/Rychlicki) moved that HHWNC approve $642.62 payment for HHWNC’s web design work). The motion carried unanimously. There is $30,726.00 left in the fiscal year budget. Last month $6,000 was reallocated to Outreach from Reserve for the newsletter. Funding is needed for Issues Committee projects. (Rychlicki, Robinson) moved that HHWNC reallocate $4,000 from Neighborhood Purpose Grants to the Issues Committee project budget. The motion carried unanimously. (Meyer/Robinson) moved that the board accept the monthly treasurer’s report. The motion carried.

(Terry Migliaccio left the meeting).

b. Welcome Signs: (Meyer/Moreno) moved that, “The HHWNC Board approves expenditure of $5,500.00 to cover the complete cost of manufacturing, product, tax and installation of 50 20” x 30” “Welcome” signs with HHWNC logo for posting throughout the HHWNC area. This cost is based on the proposal received from Designworks Architectural Signage & Graphics, 3355 Bennett Drive Los Angeles, CA 90068. The HHWNC President will appoint an Ad Hoc Committee to work on final design of the signs and to participate in a walk-thru, or drive-thru, to designate the locations for the installation of the signs and to arrange for the pulling of permits, if permits are required.” (Campbell) made a friendly amendment to change the amount to $3,000. The motion carried with one abstention (Feldman) Meyer will serve as chair with Ad Hoc Committee members: Carcel Witkin and, Robinson.

7. Secretary’s Report: Aaron Rogers is updating the roster of board members.

8. Parliamentarian’s Reporter by Scott Campbell: None.

9. Neighborhood Council Community Garden Project: Michele Hessman, a stakeholder, addressed the board on her application for the Neighborhood Council Community Garden Project. She asked for support in attending the City’s Garden Academy classes. (Feldman/Nelson) moved that HHWNC support Michele Hessman in enrolling in the City’s Community Garden Academy classes that that other stakeholders be encouraged to attend classes which are free. The motion carried unanimously.

10. Presentation on Metro ExpressLanes Demonstration program by Metro Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins and Bronwen Trice, Senior Community Relations Officer spoke about a one year pilot program with Caltrans which is aimed at reducing traffic on the 110 and the 10 freeways through downtown. They will be converting carpool lanes to express lanes with a toll. After the pilot program, they will report back to the legislature on their results. The toll will be between .20-cents and $1.40 per mile, billed by transponders. Marketing on this program will take place in the Spring. For those who want to participate in using the express lanes, a $40.00 deposit is required as well as a monthly fee. There’s a discount of 20% with AAA. The monies raised will be reinvested on the freeways where they are collected.

11. Committee Reports

a. ISSUE COMMITTEES
i. Report by EMS Chair Valorie Keegan informed the board of the new CERT class to train volunteers in disaster readiness. (Keegan/Witkin) moved, “EMS Committee requests the HHWNC board of directors support the community and LAFD CERT Program by approving funding for the purchase of needed community CERT equipment (CERT Helmets, Vests or CERT Basic Kit) in the amount of $3,000.” The motion carried unanimously.

ii. LAPD Senior Lead Officer Ralph Sanchez reported on an investigation undergoing in the Hollywood Hills involving body parts. Police are looking for leads. He spoke about a criminal that is stealing mail from mailboxes. He will forward a photo taken from video surveillance cameras to the board. He asked people to contribute to the blood drive and thanked the board for contributions to the LAPD Holiday Party. If burglarized, he asked that the board contact him personally so he can compare it to patterns of other burglaries.

ii. Report by Environment & Beautification Chair: (Connell) made a friendly amendment to the original motion (tabled from Oct. 19th meeting) for the Hollywood Gateway Sign Project changing the amount to $4,000 for repairs to one letter of the original sign.” The motion originally brought forth was: “HHWNC supports the Hollywood Gateway Sign with a contribution of $5,000 toward the repairs of the glass panels, lighting and electrical repairs (Campbell/Robinson).” Anastasia had requested that the joint Area committees recommend an appropriate amount for this project.

Nyla Aslanian, president of the Hollywood Arts Council, spoke in favor of the project. After much discussion, (Campbell/Robinson) moved the question. The motion failed: 4-11-1 (Connell abstained). (Johnson/Robinson) then moved, “That HHWNC allocate $4,000 contingent on funding being raised for the rest of the letters.” The motion carried: 13-2-0 (Rychlicki, Feldman opposed).

(Scott Campbell and Eric Paquette left the meeting – Quorum remained at 14).

ii. Report by Outreach Committee Chair, Nicole Carcel asked for the board’s contributions for the newsletter.

b. AREA COMMITTEES
iii. Area 3 chair. Robin Moreno introduced the speaker, Tom McCarthy (with former board member Thor Lee), concerning the property at 1724 N. Highland (at Yucca). Tom McCarthy spoke about the conditional use permit to sell beer and wine for a restaurant Tin Horn Flats. The case number for this plan is Case No. 2011-1956 CUB and the planned hearing date is in February. (Robinson/Johnson) moved that “HHWNC support the CUP for Tin Horn Flats.” The motion carried 10-0-4 (Feldman, Witkin, Nelson and Keegan abstained).
d. STANDING RULES AD HOC COMMITTEE – Michael Meyer. The board reviewed revisions to the Draft Standing Rules (posted 10/20/11) as revised by Orrin. Suggestions of language were made by the board. Michael will prepare an updated version for the next meeting.

12. Public Comments: Albert Morell requested funding from the board for a landscaping job that was previously approved. He asked for an explanation on the delayed payment process by DONE.

(Joyce Dyrector left)

13. Old Business: None

14. New Business: None

15. Meeting Adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

-Minutes by Pat Kramer, Kelly Services-

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