Meeting Date: 04/20/11 06:15 PM
Meeting Type: Regular
Location: HHWNC Monthly Board Meeting
April 20, 2011
1749 North La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046
- Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann
- Roll call by Secretary, Khaled Kaawar
- Minutes – Review and approve minutes from February 24, 2010 (see attachment) (Vote) (5 minutes)
- President’s Report by Anastasia Mann (20 minutes)
- Public Official Reports
- Election of Traffic Chair
- Hollywood Regency Site, 7930-40 Hollywood Boulevard
- Women’s Club Update, Nina Van Tassell
- ISSUE COMMITTEES
- Other Issue Committees
- 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.
- Old Business
- New Business
- Next Meeting:
- Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING MINUTES
April 20, 2011
Women’s Club of Hollywood – Hospitality House
1749 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
1. Meeting Called to Order at 6:25 p.m. by HHWNC President Anastasia Mann.
2. Roll Call by Parliamentarian Aaron Rogers: Anastasia Mann, Orrin Feldman, Michael Meyer, Aaron Rogers, Maria Rychlicki , Marcello Robinson, Valorie Keegan, Barbara Witkin, Robin Moreno, Joyce Dyrector, Jarone Johnson Jr., Dietrich Nelson, Rebecca Arce, Jonathan Sweet and Brian Johnson (late). Absent: Khaled Kaawar, Terry Migliaccio, Alison Connell, Christopher Kaufman, Daniel Savage, Bryce Lowery and Donovan Ryan.
3. Minutes from February 24, 2011 Special Meeting: The board approved a motion to accept the Feb. 24, 2011 board meeting minutes. The motion carried 14-0-1 (Meyer abstained).
4. Public Officials Reports:
Mayor’s Office: Central Area Director Fabiola Vilchez told the board there will be no more rollover funds from the City. Any unallocated funds will be returned to the General Fund.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s Office: Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, reported on current news in the district including the signing of the Baseline Hillside Ordinance, street resurfacing, and upcoming events.
Assemblymember Michael Feuer’s Office: Nicole Carcel announced a Community Job Fair at the Hollywood Women’s Club on May 20, 2011.
Councilmember Eric Garcetti’s Office, Field Deputy Angela Motta spoke about traffic issues, a Tree Planting event, rooftop gardens, pop-up parks, movable art galleries, repairing power lines and neighborhood beautification projects. The office is allocating up to $2,500 to local organizations as matching grants (with a May 5th deadline).
Councilmember Paul Koretz: Jeffrey Ebenstein, Field Deputy, talked about the budget process and implications from that.
LAPD Officer Ralph Sanchez talked about party houses, tour vans, a hit and run incident with a tour van, homeless and transients, and the SLO (Senior Lead Officer) Summit on May 5th.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge saluted Valorie and Dietrich for their efforts in Community Disaster Preparedness. He acknowledged Sharon Shapiro’s promotion and thanked Camilla Blanche from Arts, Culture and Tourism.
5. President’s Report, Anastasia Mann said there is a new vacancy on the board for a Traffic, Transportation and Parking Chair (vacated by Wayne Johansson). Eric Paquette, an executive at Sony Pictures and stakeholder in the community, expressed his interest. He spoke about his involvement in the community. If appointed, he would like to host regular Town Hall Meetings to get input from stakeholders on traffic issues. (Mann) moved for the board to approve the appointment of Eric Paquette as HHWNC Traffic, Transportation and Parking Chair. The motion carried unanimously.
Anastasia asked the board to complete the mandatory Ethics training from DONE. She also informed the board of the resignation of Outreach Chair Christopher Kaufman and asked the board to submit the names of anyone who could be a good candidate for this position.
She then spoke about the need for a Standing Rules Ad Hoc Committee to which Michael, Maria and Marcello volunteered and were then appointed.
6. Hollywood Regency Site, 7930-40 Hollywood Boulevard: Update: Rebecca Arce talked about this vacant property which is proposed for a development of 40 stand-alone homes. The developer is seeking a temporary variance on the easement. The developer, Ken Kagan of California Landmark, said the project was previously approved for 63 units under another developer as a Small Lot subdivision. During the discussion, Sean from Councilmember Koretz’s office invited stakeholders and board members to meet at their office with the developers to ask more questions. A public hearing is coming up for their subdivision approval this month.
Several stakeholders spoke in opposition of this project: Mitzi Mogul, Celia Wyatt-Twiss, Inez Mogul and Michael Grizzi all went on record to oppose the project stating a loss of open space, the impact it would have on residents’ parking on Fairfax, the lack of green landscaping, and a deterioration of Hollywood Boulevard. Mitzi asked on behalf of the neighbors for the board to oppose the project as proposed. (Meyer/Robinson) moved, “HHWNC is opposed to the project as proposed. We do not support the relief from setback requirements and have concerns about the small lot subdivision, even if permissible in an R3 zone. The site needs more open space and less density to be compatible with the neighborhood..” The motion carried: 5-2-5.”
7. Women’s Club Update: Nina Van Tassell, President of the Women’s Club of Hollywood and Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of the Women’s Club, explained what changes they are proposing for the facility. They want to acquire the lot next door to create a 501C3 to serve as a Hollywood Community Center. They envision the Club becoming a community foundation. They also want to have 41 senior housing units built for people in the entertainment industry who are on a fixed income as well as parking for these units. This would provide an income for the Center serve the greater community. They are being sued by other members of the Women’s Club who don’t share their vision and want to keep things as they are – private and quiet.
8. Vice President’s Report, Orrin Feldman reported that steps are being taken to vacate a 50-60 years old easement at Laurel Canyon and Willow Glen while preserving the bus stop on Laurel Canyon. Regarding new signs, he spoke with Melvin from DONE and learned that if HHWNC pays for signs with City funds then places the signs on private property, title to the object transfers to the private property owner. He talked about the ongoing issue with the $15,000 grant allocated to The Durant Library, which has not been paid by DONE. He stated that the process has morphed from its original intent several times and that has interrupted the completion of the payment.
9. Treasurer’s Report, Michael Meyer stated that April 15th was the deadline for submitting demand warrants to be processed this year. June 15 is the deadline for using the HHWNC credit card for purchases and there is a limit of $5625 per quarter or a maximum of $2500 per individual charge. The new fiscal year budget is due to DONE by July 15th. There is $46,000 remaining in the budget, unallocated. Four items have not been paid although they have been budgeted. The Board confirmed the allocation of $5500 to purchase Welcome signs with the HHWNC logo for posting throughout the HHWNC area, with the details of sign design and posting locations to be determined by future motions. (Nelson/Johnson) moved “That HHWNC accept the current financial report.” The motion carried unanimously. Public comment by a board member of a nearby Hollywood NC suggested that the $5625 quarterly limit can be waived with approval from DONE, so Treasurer Meyer will look into that and report back to the Board.
10. COMMITTEE REPORTS: AREA COMMITTEES
Area 3 – YUCCA CORRIDOR/WHITLEY HEIGHTS/CAHUENGA EAST – Robin Moreno reported on new developments in Area 3:
• A Master Land Use application for the property at 6523 – 6529 Hollywood Boulevard, aka: the Hollywood and Hudson Project, will be a four-story building with businesses, a bar, parking and residences. The owner is looking for a CUB application to extend his outdoor patio over 6542 Hollywood Boulevard with a hearing scheduled for April 25, 2011.
• The property located at Yucca & Las Palmas was bought out of foreclosure and the current owners are working with CD 4 to get the expired permits renewed to start building a 23 unit condo complex.
• Trashcans have been acquired and placement is being considered.
Area 5 – OUTPOST/CAHUENGA WEST – Jarone Johnson, Jr. reported on a request from a homeowner at 1822 Outpost Drive for a height variance on an exterior wall. He recused himself from this motion. The Outpost Homeowners Association has voted to not oppose the variance request. HHWNC supported this but no motion was made.
Slow Down Signage: Jarone presented a request from the Outpost Homeowner’s Assoc to allocate funding of $5,000 – $5,500 for 50 signs for to be allocated to the nine areas of HHWNC welcoming people to the HHWNC community and asking drivers to slow down. The board was receptive to the concept and liked the exposure such signs would give to HHWNC, but felt more research needed to be done on this request, particularly related to the posting of signs on City poles. Robin Moreno volunteered to do outreach on this issue to see if having signage is something residents want.
Code Violations/Tour Buses: Jarone presented a motion regarding support of LAPD’s enforcement of code violations with tour buses and vans in residential neighborhoods. The motion also requests that LAPD cite offending tour drivers and/or their companies and other commercial vehicles for violations that are captured on private security cameras that are time stamped and dated. Jarone and Senior Lead Officer Sanchez talked about a recent hit and run accident by one of the vans which was captured on a private surveillance system. The board discussed looking into this further and tabling a motion until the next board meeting.
Area 7 – SPAULDING SQUARE / HOLLYWOOD SUNSET FLATS, Rebecca Arce asked the board to approve a conditional use permit for the former Econo Lodge Hotel for a for the sale and dispensing of beer and wine only for onsite consumption with hours of alcohol service to be permitted from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, in conjunction with food service [for guests only]. In addition, the existing 17,010 sq. ft. two story hotel is looking to add in-room alcohol access cabinet. The application requests the ancillary hotel uses of a Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control [Type 66] license for in-room alcohol access cabinets with a full line of alcoholic beverages in conjunction with the 40 hotel rooms, within a full service hotel, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They would also be remodeling the facility adding a second floor dining area having a total of 52 seats, and; Pursuant to Charter Section 562 and Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 12.27-B, the applicant requests a variance from Section 12.14-A,l (b)(3) of the Municipal Code to permit a second floor dining area, having 52 seats, in a not completely enclosed building.” (Arce/Johnson) moved that, “HHWNC support the conditional use permit application for 7370 Sunset Blvd on behalf of Area 7 as written in the agenda.” The motion carried unanimously.
Sunset Grill Application: Rebecca explained that the conditional use permit would be to sell a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site sale and consumption at 7439 Sunset Boulevard, which is an existing 1,834 square foot restaurant with seating for 60 patrons and having operating hours from 9am to 2am daily. The board took no action on this. The Sunset Grill was scheduled for a hearing the following day.
Issue 6-Emergency Services – Valorie Keegan reported that HHWNC’s personalized emergency plan was not granted but HHWNC will participate in a Community Emergency Preparedness Disaster Event . She informed the board of the upcoming LAFD’s Pancake Breakfast, LAPD’s Gun Buy-Back Day, a Town Hall Community Meeting on May 16, Nichols Canyon Job Fair and the City’s ACE proposal (administrative code enforcement) which would allow those written up for municipal code violations to be processed administratively as opposed to the criminally.
Issue 5 – Housing & Human Services, Religious & Charitable Organizations, Planning and Support, Marcello Robinson said the Job Fair is tentatively set for September 3rd. As a Budget Advocate, he chaired the City Attorney’s Committee which advocated for the implementation of the ACE proposal. He’s also working on the next Neighborhood Council Congress scheduled for Sept. 24th. Cindy Cleghorn, STNC Recording Sect. and Chair of the NC Congress, spoke about the Congress of Neighborhood Councils and asked if HHWNC could allocate a minimum of $250.00 toward this event. (Johnson/Nelson) moved that HHWNC approve $500.00 for the NC Congress for Sept. 2011 if it would be applied to the current year’s budget). The motion carried unanimously.
Public Comments – Nina Royal, STNC Safety Chair and North Valley Reporter publisher informed the board that there is a proposal to lay off parole officers creating a lack of follow up on parolees, newly released from prison.
New Business: Anastasia reported that the HHWNC website needs a new host and consequently, a new address.
Meeting Adjourned at: 9:20 p.m.
PDF Download of these approved final minutes
-Minutes by Pat Kramer, Kelly Services-