Meeting Date: 05/20/15 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Bonhams, 7601 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Details:

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING AGENDA
May 20, 2015
6:30 pm
Bonhams & Butterfields
7601 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
 

 
Directions:  East of N. Fairfax Ave and West of N. La Brea Ave of Hollywood Blvd.  Building is accessible and free parking is available behind the building. 
 
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 www.hhwnc.org and on the Department Of Neighborhood Empowerment
(www.lacityneighborhoods.com).
 
In compliance with Government Code section 54957.5, non-exempt writings that are distributed to a majority or all of the board in advance of a meeting, may be viewed at our website by clicking on the following link: , www.hhwnc.org, or at the scheduled meeting. In addition, if you would like a copy of any record related to an item on the agenda, please contact the Board Secretary at [email protected]
 
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

 

  1. Roll call by Secretary Kathy Bañuelos

 

  1. Minutes – Review and approve Board minutes from April 15 Meeting (MOTION AND VOTE) (5 minutes)

 

  1. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann  (15 minutes)

    1. Public Official Reports
  • CD13 – Dan Halden, Office of Councilman Mitch O’Farrell
  • CD4 –Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge
  • Mayor’s Office, Poonam Narewatt, Central Area NC Rep.
  • 43rd Assembly District, Eric Menjivar, Rep. from the Office of Assemblyman Mike Gatto
  • 46th Assembly District,  Angie Aramayo, Office of Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
  • 50th Assembly District, Office of Assemblyman Richard Bloom
  • 3rd Supervisorial District, Felicia Park-Rogers, Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
  • LAPD
  • LAFD

 

  1. Candidates for Area 1 Chair

    • Dan Savage

 

  1. Community Business

    • Presentation by Bhuhan Bajaj, LA DOT Hollywood-Wilshire District Traffic Engineer
    • Presentation by Aida Valencia, Bureau of Street Services re the Neighborhood Council Initiative-Small Asphalt Repair Program
    • Discussion re home at 3003 Runyon Canyon Road within Runyon Canyon Park

 

  1. Presentation and funding request by Friends of Runyon Canyon in support of a farm fencing proposal in selected areas of Runyon Canyon (MOTION AND VOTE)

 

  1. Presentation by Lake Hollywood Park

 

  • Discussion points:  Request by Lake Hollywood Homeowners Association for up to $3000 in funding to purchase a 4 foot high, 450 foot length green vinyl, chain link fence to create a secured family picnic area outside of the children's playground area at Lake Hollywood Park. This park has suffered from an off leash dog problem for decades, and LHHA wishes to protect families who wish to enjoy the park with their young children from off leash dogs and the problems associated with dogs in the park. We have the support of HHA, BCNA, HKCC and HUNC.  HUNC request is for $6000 for the same fence. Overall cost of fence has been quoted at $12505.00. RAP is supporting these efforts and will add picnic tables, port a potties (if the HOAs are behind it).     (MOTION AND VOTE)

 
 

  1. Update from DONE

 

  1. Report on Executive Committee Meeting

    • Proposed revisions to NC bylaws
    • Appoint ad hoc on Mini bus issue
    • By law Change recommendations Re board structure, etc.

 

  1. Election and Administrative Procedures Stipulations Worksheet

 

  1. Consideration of 2015 Congress and Budget Advocate Resolution for any unused funds

 

  1. Discussion re Wesson/Krekorian Motion: That the City Attorney, with the assistance of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and in consultation with interested Neighborhood Councils, be requested to report allowing for official representatives of Neighborhood Councils or Neighborhood Council Alliances to address the Council, its Committees, City Commissions, and Boards with sufficient time to present the official view of their Neighborhood Council Boards or Alliances.

 

  1. DONE Code of Conduct requirement/update on boards fulfillment

 

  • Confirm next meeting date:  June 17th

 

  1. Vice-President’s Report (Cyd Zeigler) (5 minutes)

    1. AREA 3 MOTION (Brian Dyer): The Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council supports the application by Hollywood Cherokee Apartment Venture for a mixed-use development 1718 and 1722-1730 North Las Palmas Avenue; 1719-1719 and 1727-1727 Cherokee Avenue. The new construction will be four stories on the southern part of the building and step up to six stories on the north. It includes 224 residential units with a 3.66:1 FAR. Key elements include a further set-back on the first floor, one allotted parking space per bedroom and an additional 53 "commercial" parking spaces. 

 

  1. AREA 7 MOTION (Barbara Witkin):  The Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council supports the application by Sunset Fountain Partners for an eight-unit small-lot subdivision at 1352-1356 N. Fairfax Ave. as presented to the board on May 20, 2015. This project includes a driveway on the southern border of the property, roof-top decks designed to avoid views into yards adjacent to the property on the east, a reduced-water-use plan, a garbage-collection plan that excludes bins placed on Fairfax, and walls and mature trees to increase the impact on adjacent properties.

 
 

  1. Treasurer’s Report (Michael Meyer) (10 minutes)

    1. Motion and Vote to approve monthly expenditures report
    2. Approve Funding request forms

      • Funding for upcoming committee meeting space
    3. Overview of key dates

      • MAY 15th – Last day to submit Contracts and Leases for Renewal or New
      • June 22nd – Last day to submit for Department Prior Approval for:

        1. NPGs
        2. CIPs
        3. Expenses over $2,500.00
        4. Board Member Reimbursements over $2,500.00
        5. Events
        6. Election
      • June 30th – Last day to spend down / issue payments using 2014-2015 funds.  However, you must provide the Department with a listing of outstanding checks and payments processed on June 30th.
      • July 1st – 2015 – 2016 Fiscal Year NC Approved Budget Package.  Must include:

        1. 2015-2016 NC Approved Budget with Board Vote Form, (form attached).
        2. Strategic Plan
        3. Outreach Survey
      • Any Budget packet submitted with all of the above mentioned documents will be incomplete. Incomplete submissions may cause funds to be frozen.
      • Sept 1st – Neighborhood Council 2014 – 2015 Self-Assessment Survey

 

  1. Parliamentarian’s Report (Malena Patel) (5 minutes)

    1. Monthly report on committee meetings

 

  1. Secretary’s Report (Kathy Bañuelos) (5 minutes)

 

  1. Committee Reports

 

  1. Area 9 (Orrin Feldman)

    • Proposed Community Impact Statement: HHWNC recommends that the LA City Council grant the SMMC's pending appeal and direct the Department of Public Works to do further environmental analysis of any proposal for road paving, grading or drainage on the Bulwer hillside because the hillside is such an important link in the east-west wildlife corridor through the Santa Monica Mtns.

 

  1. Infrastructure (Casey Maddren)

    • Review of Density/Scale Position Paper and Request for Feedback

 

  1. Report re special meeting of Business, Area 3, and Area 7 Committees with ABC representatives and LAPD Vice (Oren Katz)

 

  1. Environmental report/update (Carl Ripaldi)

 

  1. Youth report/update (Annie Gagen)

 

  1. 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.

  1. Old Business

 

  1. New Business

 

  1. Adjournment

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
DRAFT BOARD MEETING MINUTES
May 20, 2015
Bonhams & Butterfields

7601 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
 

 

  1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann at 6:30 p.m.

 

  1. Roll call by Michael Meyer: Anastasia Mann, Cyd Zeigler, Michael Meyer, Malena Patel, Jim Geoghan (left early), Annie Gagen, Oren Katz, Casey Maddren, Dietrich Nelson, Carl Ripaldi, Robin Moreno (left early), Patricia Weber, Brian Dyer, Joyce Dyrecktor, Grant Wallensky, Sean BenAroya, Orrin Feldman. Carmen Libaridian & Sunta Izzicupo arrived late. Quorum established with 17 board members.

 

  1. Minutes – Review and approve Board minutes from April 15 Meeting: The minutes were approved unanimously.

 

  1. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann  

    1. Public Official Reports. Anastasia and the board congratulated David Ryu on his victory as new Councilmember for CD13.
  • CD13 – Dan Halden, Office of Councilman Mitch O’Farrell – Dan reported on a new Pilot Project to be rolled out in June to improve tour bus parking. Hawthorn Avenue in Hollywood will be used for parking tour bus coaches while Hollywood Boulevard will remain as the staging area. In an unrelated announced, Dan said the Mayor’s Clean Streets Initiative will provide 80 new trash cans (for each Council District) to be distributed shortly.
  • Mayor’s Office, Poonam Narewatt, Central Area NC Rep. was absent but Anastasia said she had received the minimum wage increase schedule which she will distribute to the board.
  • 46th Assembly District, Angie Aramayo, Office of Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, handed out information on how to contact their office. May 28th they will hold a Therapy Dog Event and on May 29th, an informational Desalination Forum with five expert panelists to explain options on this, as well as on water conservation. She also discussed the Disaster Preparedness event taking place on June 4th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at their office.

 

  • Candidate for Area 1 Chair:  Anastasia announced that Rick Cullen has resigned from this position. Dan Savage has submitted his application. He is a former board member. The board will vote on Dan’s appointment in June.

 

  1. Community Business

    • Presentation by Bhubhan Bajaj, LA DOT Hollywood-Wilshire District Traffic Engineer. Mr. Bajaj explained their new app: myladot.lacity.org which allows board member to input items of concern and also to track the progress of projects. Board members discussed concerns on: restriping Outpost’s streets, cleaning up trash along the 101 freeway, repairs to the intersection of Hollywood/Franklin, and proper supervision (with police) of barricades around the Hollywood Bowl to prevent motorists from parking in residential areas. Anastasia also asked about maintenance of a stop sign (covered by foliage) at Cenalda at Outpost.

 

  • Presentation by Aida Valencia, Bureau of Street Services re the Neighborhood Council Initiative-Small Asphalt Repair Program – Ms. Valencia informed board members that on June 25th they will be doing pothole repairs on local streets.

 

  • Discussion re: home at 3003 Runyon Canyon Road within Runyon Canyon Park – Orin Feldman gave a brief history of issues associated with this property.

 

  1. Presentation and funding request by Friends of Runyon Canyon in support of a farm fencing proposal in selected areas of Runyon Canyon – Don Andre gave an update on the nonprofit’s accomplishments over the past year.

(Zeigler/_____________) moved that HHWNC allocated up to $7,500 for Friends of Runyon Canyon to provide fencing in selected areas of Runyon Canyon. The motion carried unanimously.
 

  1. Presentation by Lake Hollywood Park:

Daisy Hutton of Lake Hollywood Homeowner’s Association explained the need for fencing for a children’s area within the park as many dog owners walk their dogs off leash, frightening children. 
Request by Lake Hollywood Homeowners Association for up to $3000 in funding to purchase a 4 foot high, 450 foot length green vinyl, chain link fence to create a secured family picnic area outside of the children's playground area at Lake Hollywood Park. Overall cost of fence has been quoted at $12505.00. RAP is supporting these efforts and will add picnic tables, port a potties (if the HOAs are behind it). 
 
 (Zeigler/_________) moved that HHWNC allocate up to $2,500 for the purchase/construction of a 4’ high, 450’ green vinyl chain-link fence to create a secured family picnic area outside of the children's playground area at Lake Hollywood Park.” The motion carried unanimously.
 

  1. Updates from DONE: Anastasia gave an update from DONE regarding the $10,000 allocated in this fiscal year’s budget for the website. Due to, as yet, uncompleted negotiations about approved vendors, it is recommended that monies allocated to the website be reallocated before the end of this fiscal year.

 

  1. Report on Executive Committee Meeting

    • Proposed revisions to NC bylaws: See last item & Special Meeting.
    • Appoint ad hoc on Mini bus issue: Anastasia asked for volunteers for a new Ad Hoc committee to examine the Mini Tour Bus Problem. Casey Maddren, Cyd Zeigler and Michael Meyer volunteered.
    • Bylaw Change recommendations Re board structure, etc. See last item.

 

  1. Election and Administrative Procedures Stipulations Worksheet:
  • Anastasia read the options on Administrative procedures recommending the language “simple majority vote by the board members present, not including abstentions.”
  • On Administrative Posting requirements, she recommended, “one posting location with 24-hour visibility” which is Runyon Canyon (Mullholland entrance).
  • Grievance process: Parliamentarian will oversee.
  • Review of Code of Conduct & Ethics Training. Anastasia reviewed.
  • Elections: Online & telephone voting: The board voted not to add these options.
  • Mail-in (paper ballot) election: N/A
  • Board vote structure: Cannot address at this time until definition of “other” is established.
  • Candidate Filing requirement (video training): Not in favor.
  • Elected board seating period: Stay the way it is now.

The board unanimously approved these recommendations.
 

  1. Consideration of 2015 Congress and Budget Advocate Resolution for any unused funds. Anastasia reviewed.

 

  1. (Meyer/Zeigler) moved the Wesson/Krekorian Motion: “That the City Attorney, with the assistance of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and in consultation with interested Neighborhood Councils, be requested to report allowing for official representatives of Neighborhood Councils or Neighborhood Council Alliances to address the Council, its Committees, City Commissions, and Boards with sufficient time to present the official view of their Neighborhood Council Boards or Alliances.” The motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. DONE Code of Conduct requirement/update on boards’ fulfillment. Anastasia reviewed.

 

  1. Confirm next meeting date:  June 17th

 

  1. Vice-President’s Report (Cyd Zeigler):

    1. AREA 3 MOTION (Zeiger/Katz) moved, “The Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council supports the application by Hollywood Cherokee Apartment Venture for a mixed-use development 1718 and 1722-1730 North Las Palmas Avenue; 1719-1719 and 1727-1727 Cherokee Avenue. The new construction will be four stories on the southern part of the building and step up to six stories on the north. It includes 224 residential units with a 3.66:1 FAR. Key elements include a further set-back on the first floor, one allotted parking space per bedroom and an additional 53 "commercial" parking spaces.” The motion carried: 11-4-2. 

 

  1. AREA 7 MOTION (Cyd presented on behalf of Barbara Witkin):  (Zeigler/Katz) moved (with one revision), “The Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council supports the application by Sunset Fountain Partners for an eight-unit small-lot subdivision at 1352-1356 N. Fairfax Ave. as presented to the board on May 20, 2015. This project includes a driveway on the southern border of the property, roof-top decks designed to avoid views into yards adjacent to the property on the east, a reduced-water-use plan, a garbage-collection plan that excludes bins placed on Fairfax, and walls and mature trees to decrease the impact on adjacent properties.” The motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report (Michael Meyer)

    1. Motion and Vote to approve monthly expenditures report: $753.00 cost breakdown. $13,282 remains in the budget as of the end of April. He also reviewed expenses already approved which leaves approximately $9895. (Willensky/Ripaldi) moved the motion to approve monthly expenditures report for April 2015. The motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. Approve Funding request forms: The motion for reimbursements was approved unanimously.

 

  1. Overview of key dates: Michael reviewed the key dates to keep in mind:

    • May 15th – Last day to submit contracts or leases for renewal or New
    • June 22nd – Last day to submit for Department Prior Approvals.
    • June 30 – Last day to spend money from current fiscal year’s budget.
    • July 1st Submit approved budget for fiscal year 2015-2016.

July 1st – 2015 – 2016 Fiscal Year NC Approved Budget Package must include: 2015-2016 NC Approved Budget with Board Vote Form, Strategic Plan and Outreach Survey).

  • Sept 1st – Neighborhood Council 2014 – 2015 Self-Assessment Survey

 

  1. Parliamentarian’s Report (Malena Patel) None.

 

  1. Secretary’s Report (Kathy Bañuelos): None.

 

  1. Committee Reports:

 
Area 9: (Feldman/BenAroya) moved on the proposed Community Impact Statement: “HHWNC recommends that the LA City Council grant the SMMC's pending appeal and direct the Department of Public Works to do further environmental analysis of any proposal for road paving, grading or drainage on the Bulwer hillside because the hillside is such an important link in the east-west wildlife corridor through the Santa Monica Mtns.” The motion carried unanimously (15-0-0).
 

  1. Infrastructure: Casey Maddren reported on their meeting with DWP. He defined the rate structure, correcting previous inaccuracies on how rates are set.

 

  1. Special meeting of Business, Area 3, and Area 7 Committees with ABC representatives and LAPD Vice: Oren Katz reported on their recent meeting with representatives of the Alcohol Beverage Commission which revealed issues of understaffing and use of outdated statistics from LAPD. The board discussed the need to have legislators work on the NC’s behalf.

 

  1. Environmental report/update: Carl Ripaldi noted there is a lack of scheduling on EIRs so it’s hard to see what the impact of construction will be. He has suggested all the PLUM committee review a recommendation to require construction scheduling on all future EIRs. There is a joint meeting on May 26 of the Environmental and Safety Committees at Durant Library.

 

  1. Youth Report: Annie Gagen is working with the Children’s Shakespeare Theater Company on an upcoming event.

 

  1. Public Comments:

Christina Chambers of Neiderlander and The Greek Theater reported that Rec & Parks has decided to self-operate operations there and has excluded Neiderlander from their bid.
 
Bylaws Discussion: The board reviewed the following Bylaws to be amended or approved by June 1st:
Article 3: Boundaries: Already approved by the board on April 15, 2015: Michael said BONC will be making a decision on this in June.
Stakeholder Definition: _________ suggested revised language for the definition of a stakeholder as: “development in stakeholders personal and civic pride.”
Internal Boundaries: Suggestions were made to reduce Area Committees from the current 9 to 7 (combining four into two) and Issue Committees, from 9 to 8. There is also a suggestion to eliminate the position of Parliamentarian.
Anastasia took a straw poll about whether the board wants to reduce the number of board seats. Due to time constraints, a Special Meeting was set for May 26th to vote on these.
 

  1. Old Business: None.

 

  1. New Business: None.

 

  1. Adjournment at 9:14 p.m.

 

-Minutes by Pat Kramer, Apple One-
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