Meeting Date: 03/21/06 07:15 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: *SPECIAL MEETING
Hollywood Women’s Club
1749 North La Brea Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Free parking in back of building; Disabled entrance at back door closest to parking area next to disabled parking spot.

Details: HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
SPECIAL AGENDA FOR SPECIAL MEETING
Subject: Area 5 items

1.) Call to order

2.) MOTION: The Area 5 Committee of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council requests that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council adopt a motion requesting that the Department of Water and Power expedite the replacement of the main water line under Outpost Drive, which was installed in the 1920’s and is in a bad state of repair and constantly springing leaks necessitating emergency repairs. Outpost Drive is on the City’s priority list for repaving this year and, as such, the replacement of the water line should be a high priority for the DWP to complete this Spring prior to the repaving project so that the newly repaved Outpost Drive will not be torn up for repairs or water line replacement.

3.) MOTION: The Area 5 Committee of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council requests that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council adopt a motion opposing the proposed upzoning of multi-family R4 properties in the Hollywood Community Plan by the removal of the “Q” Qualified Condition which currently limits density to one dwelling unit per 600 square feet of lot area. We are opposed to the 50% density increase that the City Planning Department has proposed, by increasing the density to one unit per 400 square feet of lot area, in the areas adjacent to Franklin Avenue and Highland Avenue (designated Subarea 3:1A of the Draft Hollywood Community Plan, February 2006). We do not feel that additional density can be accommodated in Subarea 3:1A due to the already existing traffic congestion along Franklin and Highland Avenues and the lack of plans to reduce this congestion in the future.

4.) Public Comment

5.) Adjournment

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
MARCH 21, 2006 6:30 PM

Hollywood Women’s Club
1749 North La Brea Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046

1. Called to order at 6:44pm
Present: Anastasia Mann, President; Orrin Feldman, Vice President; Jennifer Fitzgerald, Secretary; Gary Nestra, Treasurer; Issue Committee Chairs: Dennis Lytton, Jarone Johnson, Thor Lee, Frank DeFoe, Rena Dheming, Anne Marie Lardeau, Jim Meinel; Area Committee Chairs: Paul Ramsey, Joan Luchs, Paul Woolsey, Michael Meyer, Cheryl Holland, Ken Jones, John Pogue, Conrad Schoeffer

Absent: Ellen Sondheim, Parliamentarian; Theresa Larkin, Claire Guy, Fred Fichtl

2. Approval of January 17, 2005 minutes
MOTION by Orrin: That HHWNC approve 1/17/06 Board meeting minutes.
SECOND: Michael Meyers
VOTE: Passed unanimously
MOTION PASSES

3. [Skipped to Agenda item 6 f.) i.)] MOTION by Area 5 Committee: HHWNC request that Tom LaBonge propose an ordinance to the Los Angeles City Council that will restrict the number of large events that require any kind of City permit (charity or any other type) at single-family homes located on streets in residential neighborhoods with hillside streets that are subject to the red flag warning day parking restrictions. SECOND: Kenneth Jones
DISCUSSION: Michael Meyers, Area 5 Committee Chair informed the Board of a house that had been used during Oscar week for 4 days/nights straight for huge parties and had caused a major parking issue and noise problem. The stakeholders in Area 5 wanted to put forth a motion requesting the City to take action against these types of parties, which happen frequently.
Rory Fitzpatrick from Councilmember LaBonge’s office introduced Dave Keim, Bureau Chief and Bill Kysella, Deputy City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor Hollywood Area, to explain the challenges the City has with citing these house parties. Dave spoke to the zoning ordinance and the commercial activity. The City faces a problem trying to prove these parties are commercial activity, if there is no commercial activity than they can’t do anything. He agrees that these parties are a safety problem, and the Councilmember’s office is working to develop a solution. There are legal limitations since these are private homes.
VOTE: 13 in favor; 4 opposed; 1 abstain
MOTION PASSES

4. [Skipped to agenda item 7] Neighborhood Council Review Commission
Dan Bernstein asked that the Board take a position on recommending to the Education and Neighborhoods Committee that the commissioners have served on a neighborhood council before being eligible to serve on the Neighborhood Council Review Commission.
MOTION by Joan: That HHWNC support the recommendation to the Education and Neighborhoods Committee that the commissioners should served on a neighborhood council before serving on the Neighborhood Council Review Commission.
SECOND: Paul Woosley
DISCUSSION: Dan gave background on NC Review Commission and that it is required.
VOTE: 12 in favor; 1 opposed
MOTION PASSES

5. President’s Report
a.) Anastasia spoke about Neighborhood Council Stakeholder/Outreach Event: Hollywood & Highland party on June 1 or June 15. She asked the support of the Board. Michael Cathey from the Mayor’s office was present to show their support of this Outreach event, as well as Rory Fitzpatrick from LaBonge’s office showed their support.
b.) Protocol is for all Area & Issue Committee motions to be approved by the Board and the President needs to sign the request letter. If you do contact city officials, you need to identify that you’re speaking as an individual, not for HHWNC.

6. Treasurer’s Report
a.) AMENDMENT to MOTION by Ken Jones: That the HHWNC Board approves the allocation of up to $25,000 for Neighborhood Council/Hollywood & Highland Stakeholder Registration/Outreach party in the event HHWNC sponsors the event alone, without other Hollywood area NC groups and a proportionate amount if other groups participate.
SECOND: Paul Woolsey
DISCUSSION: Jarone Johnson suggested there be some activities for children.
VOTE: Passed unanimously
MOTION PASSES

b.) MOTION: That the HHWNC Board approves a budget limit of $200 per Committee meeting and $400 for Board meetings.
SECOND: Jennifer
VOTE: Passed unanimously
MOTION PASSES

c.) MOTION: That the HHWNC Board approves giving the Executive Committee authorization to use the $3,500 allocated as discretionary funds as needed.
SECOND: Orrin
VOTE: Passed unanimously
MOTION PASSES

d.) MOTION: That the HHWNC Board approve the proposed budget for 2006/2007.
SECOND: Orrin
VOTE: Passed unanimously
MOTION PASSES

7. Public Comment
a.) Valerie Keegan representing Spaulding Square and Sunset Square Boards ( and speaking on behalf of the members of both boards who were present) would like to work with HHWNC to control and possibly stop all the development in Area 7 especially on La Brea between Fountain and Franklin. Cheryl Holland, Area 7 Chair, is planning to have a meeting soon to consider this issue, including the feasibility of an interim control ordinance.

b.) Christine from DONE expressed her opinion that an Election Committee should be organized immediately and get a new election policy written and submitted to DONE.

c.) Justine Halliday from Area 6 would like to run for Area 6 Chair position at the next Board meeting.

8. Area and Issue Committee Reports
a.) Area 2 Committee

i.) MOTION: That HHWNC support Area 2 request that a public hearing be held within 45 days for nightclubs involved with a violent crime.
“Per Section 12.27.1 of the LAMC, Administrative Nuisance Abatement Proceedings: To Support and approve Councilman LaBonge’s ll/22/05 motion CF# 05-2579 requesting that a public hearing be conducted within 45 days after the City’s Zoning Administrator is made aware of a serious crime having taken place in a nightclub, bar, restaurant, or any other commercial entertainment venues wherein a violent crime (i.e. homicides, shootings, stabbings, assaults and rapes) occurred and the commercial entertainment venue is the cause of a violent crime, inasmuch as the current process for revocation hearing is lengthy and time consuming.”
SECOND: Paul Ramsey
Discussion by various board members.
VOTE: Passed unanimously
MOTION PASSES

b.) Environment, Beautification, Preservation and Aesthetics Committee

i.) MOTION: That HHWNC support the request that the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services give priority to removal of illegal newsracks ahead of the Newsrack Ordinance Implementation schedule during significant beautification projects in HHWNC areas.
SECOND: Paul Ramsey
DISCUSSION: Anne Marie explained that the ordinance has started in the Valley and will take a while to get to our area. If we send a letter now, we may see some action soon.
VOTE: Passed unanimously
MOTION PASSES

ii.) MOTION: That HHWNC support the creation of a “Coyote Warning” sign program to be implemented on a voluntary basis at the discretion of affected communities and residents.
SECOND: Paul Ramsey
DISCUSSION: Anne Marie explained this would not be mandatory. The neighborhoods would elect to participate in posting the signs. The Committee plans to raise $1,500 for this effort and the signs would be distributed by HBT. DOT would have to post the signs.
VOTE: 11 in favor; 4 opposed; 1 abstain
MOTION PASSES

c.) Area 3 Committee
i.) MOTION: That HHWNC support the proposed expansion with changes to C.U.P of the ROKBAR at 1710 N. Las Palmas.
SECOND: Paul Ramsey
VOTE: 17 in favor; 1 abstain
MOTION PASSES

ii.) MOTION WITHDRAWN by Area 3 Chair

**Special Meeting
HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
SPECIAL AGENDA FOR SPECIAL MEETING
Subject: Area 5 items

1.) Called to order at 8:49pm

2.) MOTION: The Area 5 Committee of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council requests that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council adopt a motion requesting that the Department of Water and Power expedite the replacement of the main water line under Outpost Drive, which was installed in the 1920’s and is in a bad state of repair and constantly springing leaks necessitating emergency repairs. Outpost Drive is on the City’s priority list for repaving this year and, as such, the replacement of the water line should be a high priority for the DWP to complete this Spring prior to the repaving project so that the newly repaved Outpost Drive will not be torn up for repairs or water line replacement.
SECOND: Ken Jones
VOTE: Passed unanimously
MOTION PASSES

3.) MOTION: The Area 5 Committee of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council requests that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council adopt a motion opposing the proposed upzoning of multi-family R4 properties in the Hollywood Community Plan by the removal of the “Q” Qualified Condition which currently limits density to one dwelling unit per 600 square feet of lot area. We are opposed to the 50% density increase that the City Planning Department has proposed, by increasing the density to one unit per 400 square feet of lot area, in the areas adjacent to Franklin Avenue and Highland Avenue (designated Subarea 3:1A of the Draft Hollywood Community Plan, February 2006). We do not feel that additional density can be accommodated in Subarea 3:1A due to the already existing traffic congestion along Franklin and Highland Avenues and the lack of plans to reduce this congestion in the future.
SECOND: Jennifer
VOTE: 12 in favor; 5 abstain
MOTION PASSES

4.) No Public Comment

5.) Adjournment at 9:03pm

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**Board Meeting cont.

d.) Emergency Services, Police and Fire Committee
Meeting will be scheduled soon. Check website for updates.

e.) Traffic, Public Transportation & Parking Committee
i.) Chair asked stakeholders to attend next Traffic, Public Transportation & Parking Meeting tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 20th at 6pm. Place TBD.

9. Big Sunday
MOTION by Orrin: That HHWNC approve the donation of $1,000 for food & beverages to be given to volunteers at Big Sunday on May 7, 2006.
SECOND: Jennifer
VOTE: Passed unanimously
MOTION PASSED

10. Update on LANC
Orrin updated the Board on LANC. HHWNC has not joined the LANC yet. The next meeting is April 1st.

11. Board Member Comments
a.) Conrad requested that a spam filter be bought for the HHWNC squirrel mail.
b.) Anastasia requested that the Board members send their info for business cards.

12. Adjournment at 9:10pm

Respectfully submitted by Jennifer Fitzgerald, HHWNC Secretary

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