Meeting Date: 04/18/12 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

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

Details:

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING AGENDA

April 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 Board minutes from February 15, 2012 & March 21, 2012 (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.) City Planning Dept. – Kevin Keller
-Update on new urban planning tool for Hollywood downtown core area

vii.) LADOT-Tim Fremaux
– Final Presentation to HHWNC Board and stakeholders on status of Yucca Street bike path and traffic diverting medians. Possible motion and vote on any additions, enhancements or funding for enhancements HHWNC would like to implement.  POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.

viii.) LAPD-Capt. Beatrice Girmala
-Funding Request (Emergency Services Chair Keegan)
MOTION:  LAPD Hollywood Division requests HHWNC assistance in purchasing needed tactical equipment – web gear in the amount of $4,233.55. This purchase would provide equipment for 15 officers in two of Hollywood Division’s specialized units – parole compliance unit and bike patrol.

b. Review Hollywood Half Marathon (4/7/12)/Street Closure
– Review event, lead up and impact on community. Speakers to include reps from CD4 & 13 and stakeholders.  POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.
c. NC Elections Update-May 16, 2012 deadline for carryover funds for elections.
d. Vacant Area 9 Chair. Posted 1/9/12 on website. 60 Day Posting Period ended on 3/10/12.
e. Vacant Area 2 Chair. Posted 2/29/12.  60 Day Posting Period ends on 4/29/12. Chris Fusco is a candidate.
f. Vacant Cultural Chair. Posted 2/17/12.  60 Day Posting Period ended on 4/17/12.  Alwyn Hight Kushner is a candidate.
g. Report on Status of Campo de Cahuenga/Metro Line with CD4 & CD2 and Studio City NC 
h. Presentation by Consensus Inc. on California High Speed Rail Project (Samantha Foley)(10 minutes)
i. Presentation by AMPAS on Homewood Site Development (Debbie Peters) (5 Minutes)
j. HHWNC Website Upgrades – Proposal for improvements. POSSIBLE MOTION & VOTE.
k. Community business
l. Decide next meeting date – May 16, 2012

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

a. Jefferson Project update
b. LAFD Tree Trimming
c. Hollywood Farmers Market update-possibly from See-LA or City Council representatives

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

a. Approve Monthly Treasurer’s Report
b. Welcome Signage Committee Update

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

a. No Report

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

9. Committee Reports (40 minutes)

a. AREA COMMITTEES
i. Report by Area 5 Chair (Johnson, Jr.)
-Vegas Seafood Buffet Conditional Use Application for Beer and Wine.  TABLED FROM 2/15/12 MEETING. POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.

-Update on Fresh & Easy Market (7021 Hollywood Blvd.) application for continuing the existing conditional use permit allowing for the sale of a full line of alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption. 

ii. Report by Area 6 Chair (Nelson)
-1735 N. La Brea Avenue presentation
BACKGROUND: 1735 N. La Brea Avenue presentation by Brea Homes to developed 18 condominium units on the vacant lot south of the Woman’s Club. Includes 4 density bonus units of which one unit will be set aside for Very Low Income households over a subterranean parking structure containing 36 spaces. Density bonus request to permit the four additional units (from 14 to 18), a reduction in the amount of required parking (Option 1) and to utilize one incentive to permit an increase in the building height, up to a maximum of 20%. POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.
 
iii. Report by Area 3 Chair (Moreno)
-Yucca Gardens
BACKGROUND: When Neeta, one of the program assistants asked the kids where did vegetables come from, they said Ralph’s. Neeta along with the park director Jacqueline Raycraft decided that there should be a community garden for kids to grow fruits and vegetables as both a learning experience as well as providing healthy resources for the kids that can be cooked on site. The garden will be in the area that was once a dog park, but was closed due to the amount of contamination from the dogs. The city dug up and replaced all the old dirt with new dirt and now the area sits vacant. Area 7 Committee passed motion at 3/12/12 meeting to give $100 in support of the purchase of supplies for the Yucca Community Garden.  Motion passed at meeting. Twelve Stakeholders were in attendance.

MOTION: Area 3 is requesting that the full board supports giving $100 to purchase supplies for the Yucca Community Garden.

-Update on Marbella Restaurant
BACKGROUND: Lee Rabun made a presentation about the Marbella Restaurant which is owned by Mehdi Bolour. It will be a bonafide eating place operating from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week with Valet service and access by patrons will be in the rear alley which is shared with The Jefferson. There are 200 parking spaces available to the patrons of the restaurant, the same spots will be available to the general public during the daytime. There will be no dancing or loud music permitted on the patio/roof area. Area 3 Committee passed motion to support the CUB/CUX application for Marbella Restaurant.  Motion passed at meeting 8 yes, 1 no, 1 abstention. Twelve Stakeholders were in attendance. Final hearing date is 4/18.

MOTION: Area 3 is requesting that the full board supports the CUB/CUX application for Marbella Restaurant located at 6757 – 6765 Hollywood Boulevard.

iv. Report from Area 7 chair (Witkin)
Presentation from Sundance Cinemas located at 8000 Sunset Blvd., formerly the Laemmle 5.  The cinemas are seeking a CUP for beer and wine in the theatre as well as the patio area.  The hours of operation are Sunday thru Thursday 10:00 am to 12:30 am and Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 am. POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.

-Discussion regarding 1400-1414 N. Fuller, currently being occupied by four individual homes. Intracorp is looking to build a small lot subdivision of 19 individual homes. POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.
 
-Report regarding the development of property at 7926-7940 Hollywood Blvd. formerly the Hollywood Regency Apartments and Hotel. POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.

v. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)

9b. ISSUE COMMITTEES
i. Report by Housing Chair (Robinson)(5 minutes)
-Update on Community Health Fair

ii-Report by Outreach Chair (Carcel)

L.A.C.E.R. After School Program
BACKGROUND: The L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program provides middle and high school youth with an arts and literacy based after-school program which includes visual art, music, dance, film, academic support, enrichment activities and a variety of sports in a safe and caring environment.

Why is the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program important to HHWNC?
– Their main office has been in the HHWNC area for the last 17 years since it was founded by Jackie Goldberg and Sharon Stricker. It is located in area 3, on Cherokee.
– Hollywood High School students and their families live in the HHWNC neighborhood.

-By zip codes the number of students:
90068 = 128 (completely in HHWNC)
90046 = 129 (completely in HHWNC)
90027 = 174 (partially in HHWNC)
90028 = 328 (partially in HHWNC)
Total = 759

Hollywood High enrollment averages 1,600 students.

-The funding will provide equipment that will be used for years to
come and will benefit similar number of students each year.

MOTION: Nicole Carcel, Outreach Chair moves that HHWNC support L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program by allocating up to $1000 from the Outreach or Neighborhood Purposes Grant category, section of the budget toward the purchase of 6 drum cases for the Hollywood High School Drumline

a. Report by Emergency Services Chair (Keegan)
-Community Updates

ii. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)

10. 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.

11. Old Business

12. New Business

13. Adjournment

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HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING April 18, 2012
(Final Approved Minutes)
Woman’s Club of Hollywood 
1749 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
 
1. Call to order by President Anastasia Mann at 6:38 p.m.
 
2. Roll call by Secretary, Aaron Rogers. Present: Anastasia Mann, Orrin Feldman, Aaron Rogers, Michael Meyer, Scott Campbell, Robin Moreno, Eric Paquette, Marcello Robinson, Valorie Keegan, Alison Connell, Nicole Carcel, Jarone Johnson Jr., and Barbara Witkin. Quorum of 13 established. Absent: Brian Johnson, Terry Migliaccio, Maria Rychlicki, Donovan Ryan, Daniel Savage, Joyce Dyrector, and Dietrich Nelson.
 
3. Minutes – (Meyer/Campbell) moved that the minutes from the board meeting of February 15, 2012 be accepted as corrected. The motion carried by 11-0-2. (Mann & Keegan). (Moreno/Witkin) moved to approve the minutes for the board meeting of March 21, 2012 as corrected. The motion carried: 8-0-5.
 
4. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann 
a. Public Official Reports
i.) Mayor’s Office – Anastasia spoke about the Mayor’s State of the City address which was well received by the audience. The Mayor is requesting that the ½ cent sales tax to fund transportation projects (Measure R) be extended beyond 30 years.
ii.) CD4 –Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge gave a report. 
iii.) CD13 – Angela Motta, Field Deputy, Office of Council President Eric Garcetti on upcoming events in the district including the International Pow Wow for the tourist industry at Hollywood/Highland.
iv.) 42nd District-Nicole Carcel, Office of Assemblyman Mike Feuer, talked about the Assembly bill authored by Mike Feuer for Measure R as well as other current projects. 
v.) City Planning Dept.-Kevin Keller talked about the Hollywood Community Plan which will require a Specific Plan to define and tailor land use. It will work as a new urban planning tool for the Hollywood downtown core area. 
vi.) LADOT-Nate Baird, Abbass Vajar and Ferdy Chan gave a presentation on the final status for the Yucca Street bike path with traffic diverting medians. They are hoping to finish the design by the end of the fiscal year. 
vii.) LAPD-Capt. Beatrice Girmala: Gang crime is down in Hollywood 44% year to date. She added that other crimes are also down this year. They broke a crime ring that was breaking into cars which includes 50 iPads, iPhones and $25,000 in cash. Hollywood Station is asking people to identify any of their personal items that were stolen. She asked HHWNC to contribute to outfitting the LAPD bike unit $1,851.72 to get it up and running. Their Parole Compliance Unit Impact Team also needs special tactical gear in the amount of $2,198.74. 
 
5. Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer said there is roughly $10,000 left in the budget (unallocated) for the current fiscal year. He reviewed expenses that have been allocated but not yet paid for from the budget. Anastasia cautioned the board about anticipating rollover funding to be returned in the next fiscal year. The board discussed an expense of $4,000 for signage. (Witkin/Campbell) moved that the approved expense of $4,000 for the Gateway sign be paid out of next year’s HHWNC budget. (Johnson) made a friendly amendment to return the funding of $4,000 for the Gateway sign to the current fiscal year’s budget, then take it up for consideration next year and vote on it again. The motion to approve the amendment carried: 7-4-1. The board then voted on the amended motion. The motion as amended carried: 9-3-0.
 
(Meyer/Robinson) moved that HHWNC approve the demand warrant for the Boys and Girls Club for music lessons in the amount of $5,000 (Neighborhood Purposes Grant). The motion carried: 10-0-2.
 
(Meyer/Carcel) moved that HHWNC approve the demand warrant for $3,230 (requesting an advance payment) for the thirty (30) Watch out for Children and Pets signs. The motion carried: 11-0-1.
 
(Meyer/Witkin) requested the board approve the Monthly Treasurer’s Report submitted at the April 18, 2012 meeting. The motion carried: 12-0-0.
 
4. President’s Report, cont.
 a. vii: -LAPD Funding Request (Emergency Services Chair Keegan)
(Keegan/Witkin) moved that HHWNC approve the expenditure of $1851.72 for LAPD Hollywood Division’s Bike Patrol unit for the purchase of tactical equipment – web gear. The motion carried: 11-0-0. The second item was deferred until later in the meeting to see what other expenditures were approved 
 
b. Hollywood Half Marathon (4/7/12) Street Closures for this event: (Aaron Rogers recused himself from the discussion and vote). Anastasia spoke about the issues raised by the street closure for this for-profit event. The community was concerned about the lack of disclosure, primarily the businesses that were impacted by the street closures as well as a fire station. CD4 rep Sharon Shapiro referred people to a website when she spoke about the event, but other than that, there was no advance notice. Anastasia said it was an affront to the Neighborhood Council process and she wanted to go on record as saying that. 
 
Reps from Council Districts 4 & 5 shared information they had in advance and the process that took place with the street closures with Public Works and LADOT. Several stakeholders thanked the board for addressing this issue as they were landlocked and couldn’t get out in their cars to where they needed to go on that day. The board agreed that they need to schedule more time to discuss the process going forward with permits and communication on street closures.
 
c. NC Elections Update:
a. Anastasia announced an open seat for Area 9 Chair. 
b. Anastasia said there was also a candidate present for the Area 2 Chair, Patricia Weber, a former HHWNC board member. As the posting period was still open, the vote was put off until the May meeting.
c. The board voted to appoint as Cultural Chair stakeholder Alwyn Hight Kushner (who represents the Chinese Theater). The motion carried unanimously.
d. Youth Chair: Due to Brian Johnson’s resignation, there is a new vacancy for Youth Chair. The opening will be posted for 60 days.
e. Status report on Campo de Cahuenga/Metro Line with CD4 & CD2 and Studio City NC: Orrin said this site remains in Council District 4.
f. California High Speed Rail Project: Consensus Inc. rep Samantha Foley gave a business plan presentation on this project which will be grade separated so it is not the same level as cars. Phase 1 will be 520 miles from San Francisco to Anaheim via downtown L.A. There are three possible locations for a station stops: San Fernando, Burbank, or L.A. (Branford) between Palmdale and L.A. Construction starts early next year in the Central Valley. She talked about funding sources for the high speed rail. 
g. AMPAS on Homewood Site Development: Heather Cochran from the Academy gave an update on this redevelopment project that will include an outdoor movie venue with picnicking. 
 
6. Vice President’s Report by Orrin Feldman 
a. Jefferson Project update: Tabled.
b. LAFD Tree Trimming – There are two private contractors doing this work. He said he filed a Public Records Act request to try to get some disclosure on this issue.
c. Hollywood Farmers’ Market:  Alexandra Agajanian, Acting Manager of the Hollywood Farmers’ market spoke about changes in the Market’s leadership. The founder and head of the Market, Pompea Smith, has been let go.  Brenda Zamzow-Frazier will serve as interim CEO. The Ivar Street Market is a big economic enterprise (according to their 2010 tax returns), most of which is generated from the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. Orrin expressed concern that there are 6 other Farmers’ Markets that are subsidized by the Hollywood Farmers’ Market.  Agajanian, spoke about two audits that either had or were being done on the Farmers’ Market. Elliot Johnson asked if the Farmers’ Market was financially viable. 
 
4. c. Elections Update, (cont.): Marcello Robinson announced the proposed election date for HHWHC will be the week of Sept. 10th, 2012. Parliamentarian Scott Campbell said an Election Committee needs to be set up asap. Marcello will put an item on the agenda for May.
 
4. h. HHWNC Website Upgrades: Valorie spoke about issues with updating the website. Anastasia distributed a proposal from the webmaster for two different options to improve the website technology. Option 1: $1,525 or Option 2: $2,370. (Campbell/Carcel) moved that HHWNC allocate the amount of funding $1,515 for Option 2 b for website upgrades. The motion carried: 11-0-1. (Feldman)
 
4. a. vii. LAPD Funding Request, cont. (Campbell/Robinson) moved that HHWNC allocated $2,198.74 to purchase tactical gear for the LAPD’s Parole Compliance Unit Impact Team. The motion carried: 11-0-1 (Meyer).
 
7. Secretary’s Report by Aaron Rogers – No report.
 
Parliamentarian’s Report by Scott Campbell – No report.
 
8. Committee Reports:
a. AREA COMMITTEES 
Report by Area 5 Chair (Johnson, Jr.) –a motion was tabled for the Vegas Seafood Buffet Conditional Use Application for Beer and Wine.
 
Update on Fresh & Easy Market (7021 Hollywood Blvd.) Walter Caffrey, Regional Real Estate Director for F & E told the board that they have to reapply for their beer & wine license to continue the existing conditional use permit allowing for the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption. (Campbell/Witkin) moved to support the application from Fresh & Easy for alcoholic beverages. The motion carried: 11-0-1 (Meyer).
 
An item on Brea Homes from Area 3 Chair (1735 N. La Brea Avenue) was struck from the agenda. 
 
Area 3 Chair report: Yucca Gardens: (Moreno/Rogers) moved that $100.00 be allocated for the purchase of supplies to the Yucca Community Gardens. (Feldman/Robinson) made a friendly amendment to increase the amount to $250.00. The amended motion carried: 10-1-0.
 
Area 7 Chair report: Sundance Cinemas: (Witkin/Paquette) moved to support the Sundance Cinemas project, located at 8000 Sunset Boulevard (formerly the Laemmle 5) for a CUP for a beer and wine license. The motion carried: 11-0-1 (Campbell). Tina Choy, described the Sundance Cinemas project which would create a theatre complex with 682 reserved seats, food dining, beer and wine sales and entertainment streamed live.
 
A report on the proposed development of property at 7926-7940 Hollywood Blvd. (formerly the Hollywood Regency Apartments and hotel) was struck from the agenda.
 
b. ISSUE COMMITTEES 
Housing Chair: Marcello Robinson, updated the board on the Community Health Fair. They are meeting with the County Supervisor’s office to set if they can get shuttles, ten agencies will participate with free health screenings and other services, the event takes place at Hollywood United Methodist Church.
 
Outreach Chair: (Carcel/Robinson) moved that HHWNC support L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program by allocating up to $1000 from the Outreach or Neighborhood Purposes Grant category, section of the budget toward the purchase of 6 drum cases for the Hollywood High School Drumline. The motion carried: 10-1-1 (Feldman) and (Connell).
 
Emergency Services Chair: Valorie Keegan gave updates on issues in the community.
 
9. PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Mitchell O’Farrell, candidate for City Council District 13, former deputy for Councilman Eric Garcetti, introduced himself.
 
10. Old Business – None.
 
11. New Business – None.
 
12. Adjournment: 9:45 p.m.
 
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