Meeting Date: 05/27/08 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Women’s Club of Hollywood
1749 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Directions: South of Franklin and North of Hollywood Blvd. – West side of the street. Accessibility: Building is accessible to the handicapped. Entrance at rear door. Parking: Parking is available in a free off- street parking lot behind the building.

Details: HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING AGENDA
May 27, 2008
6:30pm
Women’s Club of Hollywood
1749 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Directions: South of Franklin and North of Hollywood Blvd. – West side of the street. Accessibility: Building is accessible to the handicapped. Entrance at rear door. Parking: Free Parking is available in the adjacent 5th Christian Science Church parking lot located on 7107 Hollywood Blvd.- Los Angeles, CA 90046. Entrance to parking lot is on La Brea Avenue.

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.

AGENDA

1. Call to order by President (Anastasia Mann)

2. Roll call by Secretary (Bruce Gorelick)

3. Minutes – Review and approve prior March 18, 2008 minutes (Please see attached) (Vote) (5 minutes)

4. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann (20 minutes)
a.) Public Official Reports
i.) CD4
ii.) CD5
iii). Other

b.) Executive Committee Meeting Update

c.) Summer Block Party at H&H. Cirque du Soleil event Hollywood & Highland, June 25, 2008 -DONE & HHWNC – Splash Bash cancellation.

d.) DWP Representative presentation on the New Rate Schedules (Claire Guy)

e.) HHWNC Open Area Chair (see attachments)
i.) Area 6 Chair Position is Open
aa.) James Mitchell
bb.) Maria Rychlicki (presented by Dietrich Nelson)
cc.) PJ Pesce
dd.) Richard L. Barrow

f.) Voting Procedure Review

g.) Runyon Canyon Update Regarding Park Rangers/Budget Cut (see attachment)

h.) For your information: Update on Renter’s Town Hall, May 31, 2008 (see attachment

5. Vice President’s Report by Orrin Feldman (5 minutes)
a.) Update of By Law Ad Hoc Committee

6. Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer (5 minutes)

7. NBC Universal Vision Ad Hoc Committee (Wayne A. Johansson)
a.) Committee Update (see attachment)

8. Committee Reports (20 minutes)

a.) ISSUE COMMITTEES
i.) Environment, Beautification & Aesthetics (Wendy Kneedler-Senior)
aa.) MOTION: HHWNC Board is requested to grant monies in the amount of $15,000 to the Women’s Club of Hollywood to aid in the safety, preservation, beautification and restoration of the Club. These monies would be applied to the $50,000 needed to restore the bathrooms that are used by the public and members and auditorium floor restorations. Proper invoices will be submitted to HHWNC by the Women’s Club of Hollywood’s contractors for payment. (Possible Motion and Vote.)

ii.) Youth Development, Education and Recreational (Deana Ruggieri)
aa.) Update on P.U.P. Project.
MOTION: HHWNC supports and funds 50 additional P.U.P. project t-shirts, with a total cost of $352.69

bb.) “It’s Not Cool” Litter Reduction Campaign

iii.) Emergency Services, Police & Fire (Valorie Keegan)
aa.) Committee Update Report on Disaster Awareness Course held on May 17th
bb.) Chair will present Motion to set aside funds up to $10,000 to purchase promotional items with the HHWNC logo representing HHWNC to be giveaways (i.e. hats, bags, T-shirts, etc.) during HHWNC activities or events in which HHWNC is a participant as well as banners and/or any items to be used at such events to identify HHWNC.

iv.) Traffic, Public Transportation and Parking (Wayne A. Johansson)
aa.) Committee Update Report

v.) Other Issue Committees
aa.) Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)

b.) AREA COMMITTEES
i.) Area 3 (Paul Woolsey)
aa.) The Board is requested to ask the Film LA and D.O.N.E to organize and administer an e-mail notification system to Neighborhood councils regarding location filming permits in their respective territories specifically focusing on street parking closures, hours of operation of shoot, and details of filming such as Noise-generating activities. (Possible Motion and Vote)

bb.) The Board is requested to support a motion recommending that our Council offices of Districts 4 and 13 undertake efforts to increase the parking supply in the Hollywood Entertainment District including potentially the construction of more parking structures like the one on Cherokee Avenue and encouraging developers to build the amount of parking required by code at minimum and not discouraging those who wish to provide more than what is required in their projects. (Possible Motion and Vote.)

ii.) Area 5 (Jarone Johnson) (see attachment)
aa.) The Board is requested to approve $3,500 for the Hollywood Police Activities League, “PAL” to purchase mats for its Karate Studio. (Possible Motion and Vote.)

bb.) The Board is requested to approve an allocation of $5,000 for the Durant Library to purchase books to enhance its Children’s Literacy program. (Possible Motion and Vote.)

cc.) The Board is requested to approve an allocation of: A) $1,500 for the Yucca Park Community Center to support its Halloween Haunt, Spring Fling festival, Winter Holiday Show and Open House; and B) $6,000 to support its tots to teenage basketball and soccer programs. (Possible Motion and Vote.)

dd.) The Board is requested to approve an allocation of $5,000 to support Junior Achievement of Southern California’s Finance Park. (Possible Motion and Vote)

iii.) Other Area Committees
aa.) Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)

9. 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.

10. Old Business

11. New Business

12. Adjournment

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.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD
APPROVED MEETING MINUTES
May 27, 2008
Women’s Club of Hollywood
1749 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

1. Call to order by President Anastasia Mann at 6:45

2. Roll call by parliamentarian Jennifer Fitzgerald.
Present: Anastasia Mann, Orrin Feldman, Michael Meyer, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Wayne Johansson, Deana Ruggieri, Claire Guy, Valorie Keegan, Wendy Kneedler – Senior, Barbara Witkin, Terry Migliaccio, Daniel Savage, Patricia Weber, Andy Ulloa, Jerone Johnson Jr.- Donovan Ryan and Paul Ramsey. Quorum established.

3. March 18, 2008 board meeting minutes approval: Treasurer Michael Meyer asked
that the words, “Treasurer’s Update provided,” be added to the minutes. (Meyer/Fitzgerald) moved to approve the March meeting minutes as presented. The motion carried.

4. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann
a.) Public Official Reports
i.) CD4 – Sharon from Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s office gave a Council update
regarding funding cuts for park rangers in Recreation and Parks for Runyon Canyon. Anastasia asked that the Councilman be made aware that HHWNC firmly stands behind the need for park ranger coverage at this residential park.
ii.) CD 13 – Helen from Councilmember Eric Garcetti’s office talked about upcoming
workshops on the Hollywood Central Park Project and on the subject of funding a consultant to estimate the feasibility of this project. She also provided an update on the Hollywood Transportation Strategic Plan.

b.) Exec. Comm. Update – Neighborhood Council survey was distributed to stakeholders. And to the full board – to be returned to president ASAP. Must be in to DONE by the end of June.

c.) Splash Bash Cancellation: Anastasia spoke about the vote at the prior meeting to repeat
Splash Bash and controversy over that vote. Since then, a decision was made to not repeat the event and instead participate in the Hollywood & Highland organization’s community event with Cirque du Soleil on June 25, 2008. DONE has been officially invited to attend and has invited HHWNC to have an outreach table at the event. There will be no cost to HHWNC to participate in this event (other than giveaways) and will serve as an outreach event on June 25, 2008, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (NOTE – NEW DATE is JULY 9th)

d.) DWP Representative Greg Bartz presented the new rate schedule, which aims to promote water conservation and provide additional fairness to customers by addressing the micro-climates that exist through the City. The new rates put customers into one of two zones: Where the average temperature is 80 degrees or higher or the average falls below 80 degrees. The hotter zone will have a higher consumption cut-off before additional surcharges kick in. Greg also spoke about the Budget review to take place focusing on the power system for the new fiscal year. That information will be available on the DWP website after their May 28th meeting.
Claire Guy spoke about setting up a meeting with other area Neighborhood Councils to address DWP issues. On June 7th, the L.A. Congress of Neighborhood Councils meets and will be discussing this issue.

e.) HHWNC Open Area Chair: Anastasia announced the will be a vote for this position in July 2008.

f.) Area 6 Chair Position: Four candidates have put their names in to serve in the position vacated by Rick Solomon. The candidates (or their representatives) attended the meeting to introduce themselves:
aa.) James Mitchell: A 19-year resident of Hollywood living in Nichol’s Canyon spoke about his interest in being involved in HHWNC after being active in his neighborhood association.
bb.) Maria Rychlicki – Dietrich Nelson spoke on behalf of Maria. He said she has been active in serving the City of Beverly Hills in many important capacities and can provide experience in serving the HHWNC in the areas of government and outreach for Area 6.
cc.) PJ Pesce: Has professional experience as a film director. He’s a homeowner and a father and excels in dealing with difficult personalities.
dd.) Richard L. Barrow – absent. Anastasia said he will be moving back to his Nichols Canyon home shortly.

g.) Voting Procedure Review: Anastasia reviewed confusion over the voting procedure involving conflicts over interpretation of what constitutes a ‘majority.’ Presently, there are 23 board positions for HHWNC under the HHWNC bylaws and 12 board members are required for a quorum to vote. However, there is a question about whether an abstention counts as a ‘yes’ vote, a ‘no’ vote or a ‘non vote.’ Under the HHWNC bylaws, an abstention is a non-vote but Robert’s Rules of Order counts an abstention as a ‘no’ vote, while the City Attorney for L.A. says an abstention is a ‘yes’ vote. Anastasia asked that the board be aware of this discrepancy.

h.) A Renter’s Town Hall will take place on May 31, 2008 at LeConte Junior High School on Bronson. HHWNC is not actively participating in this.

5. Vice President’s Report by Orrin Feldman
a.) Update of Bylaw Ad Hoc Committee – Orrin stated that the Bylaws Committee will be holding an open public meeting to get input on and discuss the bylaws. The big issue is redefining what Issue Committees will continue. The Bylaws Committee will come back with a draft on this.

6. Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer
a). Michael stated that there is currently $122,000 in our available funds of which about $14,000 is already committed. About $8,500 of that needs to be spent or committed to spend by the end of June or that money will be returned to the City’s General Fund. Assuming that money is spent, he estimates there will be $99,000 available for the new fiscal year as well as $50,000 in new funding as of July 1, 2008. He presented a draft budget for FY 09. On another note, he also spoke about the need to change the headings of the following categories in the draft budget: “Postage” would become “Postage or Printing,” “Brochures, Outreach and Elections” would become “Brochure and Outreach Support materials,” “Special Projects and Events” would become “Outreach, Special Projects and Events,” and “Beautification” would become “Beautification and Community Improvements.” (Meyer/ Johansson) moved to submit the draft budget to DONE with the changes to the categories and any necessary adjustments to the figures based on this meeting’s motions with regard to expenditures prior to submitting the budget. The motion carried.

7. NBC Universal Vision Ad Hoc Committee by Wayne A. Johansson
a.) Ad Hoc Committee Update on the Metro Station and NBC/Universal projects. Wayne said that Draft EIRs for both projects are expected to come out this summer. His committee has met with developers and is hoping to meet with LA DOT and Caltrans in the coming months to get their input.

8. Committee Reports

a.) ISSUE COMMITTEES
i.) Environment, Beautification & Aesthetics by Wendy Kneedler-Senior
aa.) “Motion moved by Wendy Kneedler-Senior and seconded that HHWNC Board be requested to grant monies in the amount of $15,000 to the Women’s Club of Hollywood to aid in the safety, preservation, beautification and restoration of the Club. These monies would be applied to the $50,000 needed to restore the bathrooms that are used by the public and members and auditorium floor restorations. Proper invoices will be submitted to HHWNC by the Women’s Club of Hollywood’s contractors for payment.” Michael suggested the motion be changed to indicate that the Board would pay for remodeling expenses at the Club in the amount of $15,000.

Anastasia Mann and Deana Ruggieri requested to be excused from voting as both are members of the Women’s Club. Executive Director Dottie Zold, the Business Manager, spoke about the many community meetings that are held at the Club and why this would be a good investment. She also spoke about future fundraisers they will be holding to do restoration work on the building of this private, non profit organization.

Susan Quick, past president of the Women’s Club, addressed questions posed about Metro damaging their building. She said that the Metro had allocated $2,000 to the Women’s Club initially. However there was damage done from the work performed underground on the line. Further monies were paid to them to address the damage. Susan also commented on the fact that monies that they receive through fundraising need to be donated to charity to keep their non profit status.

Maryam Dalan, a business owner with a theater company, spoke on behalf of the Women’s Club. It was noted that many others who submitted speaker cards but were not able to speak due to time restrictions were in favor of the motion.

“(Savage/Johansson) moved to amend that amount to $7,500 and the Women’s Club be invited back to the Board in six months to give a progress report on their capital funds campaign.” The motion failed.

The original motion was brought back to reimburse the Women’s Club $15,000. The motion carried.

ii.) Youth Development, Education and Recreational by Deana Ruggieri
aa.) Update on P.U.P. (Picking Up Poop) Project at Runyon Canyon Park.
“(Ruggieri/Witkin) moved that HHWNC supports and funds 50 additional P.U.P. project T-shirts at a total cost of $352.69.” The motion carried.

Gerri Pitman and Theresa Dartez spoke in favor of the motion.

bb.) “It’s Not Cool” Litter Reduction Campaign – Tabled.

iii.) Emergency Services, Police & Fire (Valorie Keegan)
aa.) Committee Update: Valorie reported on their 3-hour Disaster Awareness Course held on May 17th which 65 stakeholders attended. At the meeting it was suggested that all stakeholders have an emergency disaster plan and not expect to be rescued by others if they need help.

bb.) (Keegan/Witkin) moved that HHWNC set aside funds up
to $10,000 to purchase promotional items with the HHWNC logo for giveaways (i.e. hats, bags, T-shirts, etc.) during HHWNC activities or events in which HHWNC is a participant as well as banners and/or any items to be used at such events to identify HHWNC.” (Terry Migliaccio, Outreach Chair, stated that there is an immediate need for these items). The motion carried.

iv.) Traffic, Public Transportation and Parking by Wayne A. Johansson
aa.) Committee Update Report: Wayne said concerns about a change in service/ownership of a bus line from Metro to DOT turned out to be unfounded according to CD4. He talked about plans for upcoming street closures for Hollywood Blvd. saying the committee that advises Councilman Garcetti is reviewing several standardized plans for street closures over the next month.

b.) AREA COMMITTEES
i.) Area 3 by Paul Woolsey – Tabled.
aa.) The Board is requested to ask the Film LA and D.O.N.E to organize and
administer an e-mail notification system to Neighborhood councils regarding location filming permits in their respective territories specifically focusing on street parking closures, hours of operation of shoot, and details of filming such as Noise-generating activities.

bb.) The Board is requested to support a motion recommending that our
Council offices of Districts 4 and 13 undertake efforts to increase the parking supply in the Hollywood Entertainment District including potentially the construction of more parking structures like the one on Cherokee Avenue and encouraging developers to build the amount of parking required by code at minimum and not discouraging those who wish to provide more than what is required in their projects.

ii.) Area 5 by Jarone Johnson
aa.) (Johnson/Fitzgerald) moved that HHWNC approve $3,500 for
the Hollywood Police Activities League, ‘PAL’ to purchase mats for its Karate Studio.” Board members suggested that there be a banner or decal to indicate the HHWNC’s contribution. The motion carried.

bb.) (Johnson/ Feldman) moved that HHWNC approve an allocation of
$5,000 for the Durant Library to purchase books to enhance its Children’s Literacy program. Johnson amended the wording to say “up to $5,000.” The motion carried with one abstention.

cc.) (Johnson/Keegan) moved that HHWNC approve an allocation of
(A) 1,500 for the Yucca Park Community Center to support its Halloween Haunt, Spring Fling festival, Winter Holiday Show and Open House; and
(B) B) $6,000 to support its tots to teenage basketball and soccer programs. The motion was withdrawn until more information can be provided.

dd.) (Johnson/Ramsey) moved that HHWNC approve an allocation of
$5,000 to support Junior Achievement of Southern California’s Finance Park. (Savage) proposed to table this item as the organization is outside of this area. The motion was withdraw.

iii.) Other Committees:
Terry Migliaccio, Outreach chair, distributed three, new logo designs. The Board discussed the designs and asked that a new design be created merging the best elements of the top two designs.

9. Public Comments :
______ reported on the recent meeting of the Metro extension.

12. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

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Minutes provided by Pat Kramer, Apple One, via CD audio from the meeting.

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