Meeting Date: 06/20/12 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

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

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HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING AGENDA

June 20, 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 email 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 Acting Secretary, Scott Campbell

3. Minutes – Review and approve Board minutes from May 16, 2012 meeting (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.) LAPD-Capt. Beatrice Girmala

b. Vacant Area 9 Chair. Posted 1/9/12 on website. 60 Day Posting Period ended on 3/10/12.

c. Vacant Youth Chair. Posted 4/26/12. 60 Day Posting Period ends on 5/25/12. Jeff Zarrinnam is the only candidate. POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.

d. Elections Update by Election Committee Chair Moreno & Christine Jerian (IEA)

i.) Set for September 10-16, 2012
ii.) MOTION AND VOTE Re: “Election Stipulation Worksheet”

e. Community business

f. Decide next meeting date-July 18, 2012

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

a. LA DOT's proposal to expand preferred parking district to include area bound by Highland/Yucca/Cahuenga/Sunset. POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.

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

a. Approve Monthly Treasurer’s Report. MOTION AND VOTE.
b. Presentation & Approval of 2013 Annual Budget. MOTION AND VOTE.
c. MOTION: Approve $104 (plus tax and shipping) purchase of a blue recyclables bin for use at meetings
d. Update on traffic calming sign program

7. Secretary’s Report by Aaron Rogers (5 minutes)-No Report

8. Parliamentarian’s Report by Scott Campbell (5 minutes)
 
9. Committee Reports (40 minutes)

a. ISSUE COMMITTEES
i. Report by Housing Chair (Robinson)
-Presentation on Community Care Facilities Ordinance by Rebecca Lobl of LA Coalition for Neighborhoods. (10 minutes).
-Presentation on Community Care Facilities Ordinance by Jeff Christensen of Sober Living Network. (10 minutes).
 -Public Comments on this issue (2 minute per speaker time limit).
POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.
-Update on Community Health Fair

ii. Report by EMS Chair (Keegan)
-Gardner Street Elementary School named as California Distinguished School.

MOTION: To send a congratulatory letter to Principal Ken Urbina on Gardner Street Elementary School receiving the California Distinguished School Award.

iii. Report by Cultural Chair (Hight Kushner)
-Request for FY 2013 funding of $1000 for Hollywood Arts Council’s
Children’s Festival of the Arts. MOTION AND VOTE.

iv. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)


b. AREA COMMITTEES
i. Report by Area 3 Chair (Moreno)
-Update on CPR class and other community events

BACKGROUND: On July 19th, Area 3 with the assistance of Yucca Rec, will be throwing a Community Fair for the stakeholders. There will be various booths and resources for the community. The purpose of the fair is to get more Area 3 Stakeholders involved with the neighborhood council.

MOTION: To support the purchase of food and water for the area 3 community outreach fair in the amount of $250.00.

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 MINUTES

June 20, 2012

Woman’s Club of Hollywood
1749 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann at 6:40 p.m.

2. Roll call by Acting Secretary, Scott Campbell: Present: Anastasia Mann, Orrin Feldman, Michael Meyer, Scott Campbell, , Maria Rychlicki, Marcello Robinson, Valorie Keegan, Alwyn Hight Kushner, Nicole Carcel, Patricia Weber, Robin Moreno, Joyce Dyrector, Jarone Johnson Jr., ,  Barbara Witkin, and Donovan Ryan. Late: Eric Paquette. Quorum of 15 established. Absent: Aaron Rogers, Terry Migliaccio, , Alison Connell, Daniel Savage, and Dietrich Nelson. Vacant Seats:  Youth Development, Area 9-Brian Summit, WW, Mulholland Dr.

3. Minutes – (Ryan/Witkin) moved to approve the May 16, 2012 board meeting minutes as corrected. Corrections:  Brian Johnson resigned and was not absent last meeting; 4.c. Ms. Weber was “elected” by Board, not “appointed;” 10.a.i. Meyer will send changes to these minutes, basically – all residents should have pressure regulators *and* “HHWNC’s” infrastructure, not “DWP’s;” 10.a.ii. Area 3 did not “vote to renew,” they are “waiting for LAPD input to review and vote;” 10.b.i Whole Foods has “been contacted,” they had not yet committed to participate.The motion carried unanimously.

4. President’s Report: Anastasia Mann introduced Josh Post, a candidate for CD13. Josh is from Echo Park and served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of CA. He discussed his priorities and goals for city government.

a. Public Official Reports: CD13 – Angela Motta, Field Deputy, Office of Council President Eric Garcetti thanked the board for their continuous input and talked about how graffiti incidents have decreased with reports from “Untag Captains.” She asked for more volunteers for this program.

b. Vacant Area 9 Chair:  Board members were asked to suggest candidates.

c. Vacant Youth Chair:  Anastasia introduced Jeff Zarrinnam who lives in Outpost/Bowmont area and is president of the East Hollywood Business Improvement District. Posting period incorrect on agenda, actually ends 6/25/12.

d. Election Committee Chair: Moreno stated the HHWNC election will be held on September 10-16, 2012. Candidates can start applying July 18th.  This item was set aside to wait for the IEA, who did not attend the meeting.

e. Community Business: Michael Meyer noted that the Hollywood Community Plan update had been approved unanimously by the City Council.

f. Next meeting date:  July 18, 2012.

5. Vice President’s Report: Orrin Feldman said LA DOT's proposal to expand preferred parking districts contained a flaw as it relates to Area 3 where it is bound by Highland/Yucca/Cahuenga/Sunset. Orrin suggested that HHWNC’s Transportation Committee Chair (Eric Paquette, who arrived during this report) would need to get more involved in watching this issue. A stakeholder, Jaqui Jahnke of Franklin Street, asked how she can park when there is only two hours allowed on her street.

6. Treasurer’s Report: Michael Meyer reviewed payments from the Treasury for community projects and events for the fiscal year in his review of how the monies were distributed. Most recently, the board approved rolling over up to $4,000 from the previous fiscal year for election outreach. Total expenditures for the fiscal year were $40,126.

a. The board approved the monthly Treasurer’s Report.

b. Michael presented the draft of the 2012-2013 Annual Budget. (Campbell/Feldman) moved to accept the budget for the 2012/2013 fiscal year budget.  Approved unanimously.

c. (Meyer/Rychlicki) moved that HHWNC approve $104 (plus tax and shipping) for the purchase of a blue recyclables bin for use at meetings. The motion carried unanimously.

d. Michael gave an update on the traffic calming sign program. Committee chair will each receive three signs and choose where to post them.

7. Secretary’s Report by Aaron Rogers: No Report

8. Parliamentarian’s Report by Scott Campbell: No Report.

9. Committee Reports

a. ISSUE COMMITTEES
Housing Chair Marcello Robinson reported on HHWNC’s upcoming Health Fair, June 29th, 2012 and passed out a flyer. Anastasia then read the Community Care Facilities Ordinance proposed by Councilmember Mitchell Englander, which takes aim at sober living facilities in the City of L.A. Cameron Jones, pro bono counsel to L.A. Sober Living Coalition, described sober living homes as half-way homes for people with substance abuse and called the ordinance a “shockingly disingenuous ordinance that disingenuously addresses a problem that has already been addressed by California state, county and municipal law.  Mr. Jones stated that this ordinance, if approved, would impact not only sober living facilities but also chronically-ill people, veterans, physically-challenged people, and hospices while challenging the Americans With Disabilities Act.  He requested the board oppose this ordinance as it is a violation of civil rights and the Fair Housing Act.

Mary Prange, a stakeholder, opposed the ordinance on the grounds that it would prevent sick people from getting well. She suggested implementing other controls rather than closing these facilities down. David Sheridan ([email protected]) of National Association of Recovery Residences spoke against the ordinance as did Kerry Morrison, who said a better solution is to have the City set up a Blue Ribbon Commission that comes up with an ironclad nuisance abatement law.  Anastasia spoke on behalf of the ordinance for two residents who did not attend the meeting. Both said they lived near sober living facilities that had numerous problems.
(Robinson/Campbell) moved that “HHWNC oppose the Community Care Facilities ordinance; instead, a nuisance abatement ordinance should be used for problem homes.”

Orrin said nuisance abatement ordinances don’t work and suggested that reference be left off of the motion.  Scott stated that the nuisance abatement ordinance should be strengthened.  Valorie said there are no resources for nuisance abatement.  Barbara talked about problems with mentally-disturbed people in her neighborhood.  Michael agreed with the concept of a Blue Ribbon Commission but thinks there should be language about empathizing with people living near sober homes.  Jarone stated that without having an actual copy of the ordinance it is hard to comment.  Patricia asked whether homes with multiple residents, which are not sober living homes, would be affected by this ordinance.
(Weber/Witkin) moved to postpone consideration of this ordinance to the next meeting. The motion carried with 2 opposed (Campbell/Robinson)and 1 abstention (Mann). The board will take up this issue again at the next meeting.

EMS Chair, Valorie Keegan reported that Gardner Street Elementary School was named as a California Distinguished School.  Anastasia will write and send a congratulatory letter to Principal Ken Urbina.

Cultural Chair, Alwyn Kushner: (Kushner/Robinson) moved that HHWNC provide FY 2013 funding of $1000 for Hollywood Arts Council’s Children’s Festival of the Arts. The motion carried unanimously. (Anastasia recused herself from the vote due to a conflict of interest and left the room, so Michael Meyer chaired the board during this vote). Nyla Aslanian and Rhett Paranay from the Hollywood Arts Council spoke about their program’s objectives.

Maria discussed an Outreach Committee meeting next week regarding water pressure in the hills.

(Orrin took the reigns of board chair).

b. AREA COMMITTEES
Area 3 Chair, Robin Moreno invited the board to a CPR Class on July 9th at 6 p.m. at the Women’s Club which will cost $10.00.  On July 19th, Area 3 with the assistance of Yucca Rec, will hold a Hawaiian-themed Community Fair for stakeholders. There will be various booths and resources for the community. The purpose of the fair is to get more Area 3 Stakeholders involved with the neighborhood council. (Moreno/Witkin) moved that HHWNC support the purchase of food and water for the Area 3 Community Outreach Fair in the amount of $250.00.” The motion carried unanimously (Mann out of the room) .

Public Comment:
• The owners of Xaiveranda Lounge, Tara & Habib Fakih, invited the board to visit their business at 7677 W. Sunset Boulevard.
• Resident Stacy Kenyon talked about traffic issues that affect safety and the quality of life in Hollywood including valet parking and tour buses. She would like to get involved in trying to improve these situations.

4. a. Elections Update: Valorie requested that the board officially choose a timeframe and location for the upcoming election. Robin was asked to submit the completed Election Stipulation Report. (Feldman/Carcel) recommended six hours be allocated for the election and that it be held at the Women’s Club. The motion carried unanimously.

10. Old Business – None.

11. New Business – None.

12. Adjournment at 8:45 p.m.

-Minutes by Pat Kramer, Kelly Services-

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