Meeting Date: 07/20/11 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Women’s Club of Hollywood, 1749 N. La Brea Ave, LA, CA 90046

Details:

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING AGENDA

July 20, 2011
6:30 pm

Women’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 Women’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].org.

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, Aaron Rogers

3. Minutes – Review and approve minutes from June 29, 2011 (see attachment) (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. Vote on Area 7 chair. Spencer Talbot is only candidate.
c. Other open board seat-Secretary
d. Decide next meeting date-August or September

5. Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer (10 minutes)
a. Status of HHWNC signs

6. Parliamentarian, Aaron Rogers (5 minutes)
a. Report on Gardner Street Elementary music lab project.
b. Discuss possible donation to Valley View Elementary.

7. Presentation on proposed Forest Lawn Cemetery expansion
a. George Mihlsten representing Forest Lawn (10 minutes)
b. Paul Edelman from Santa Monica Conservancy (10 minutes)

8. Discuss sponsorship of the Hollywood Arts Council Children’s Festival of the Arts (5 minutes)

9. Presentation of Trastevere expansion plan by Lee Rabun, CLR Enterprises (10 minutes)

10. Presentation of Bureau of Sanitation re: DWP Infrastructure Projects-Rate Adjustments by Lisa Mowery – Supervisor, Solid Resources Division Manager (10 minutes)

11. Committee Reports (20 minutes)
a. STANDING RULES AD HOC COMMITTEE-Report from Michael Meyer, Chair (5 minutes)
b. AREA COMMITTEES
i. Joint Report from Areas 6 & 7 and Housing Committee (Nelson, Robinson)

-Nichols Canyon house addition
-1400-1414 North Fuller Building Project

ii. Report from Area 2 (Lowery)

-New Stage at Universal Studios Hollywood

iii. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)

c. ISSUE COMMITTEES
i. Report from EMS Committee- (Keegan)
-Update on 1718 North Cherokee project.
ii. Report from Housing Committee-(Robinson)

-Update on Development plans for 1400 to 1440 Fuller Avenue.
-Update on 1ST Annual Neighborhood Job Fair: Yucca Community Center

Thursday, September 22, 2011. 10am to 4pm.
iii. Report from Infrastructure Committee-(Rychlicki)

-Information on DWP rate increases
iv. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)

12. 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.

13. Old Business

14. New Business

15. Next Meeting

16. Adjournment

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HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING MINUTES

July 20, 2011
Women’s Club of Hollywood
1749 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

1. Call to order by HHWNC President, Anastasia Mann at 6:40 p.m. Roll call: Acting Secretary, Aaron Rogers: Present: Anastasia Mann, Aaron Rogers, Brian Johnson, Michael Meyer, Maria Rychlicki, Marcello Robinson, Valorie Keegan, Barbara Witkin, Bryce Lowery, Robin Moreno, Joyce Dyrector, Jarone Johnson Jr, and Dietrich Nelson, plus Jonathan Sweet (arrived late), Eric Paquette (arrived late), and Nicole Carcel (arrived late). Quorum established. Absent: Orrin Feldman, Alison Connell, Daniel Savage, Donovan Ryan, and Terry Migliaccio.

2. Minutes – Minutes from June 29, 2011 were not available at meeting.  Will be approved at Sept. meeting.  Draft minutes posted online.

3. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann

  1. Area 7 Chair: A vote was tabled for Spencer Talbot, the candidate for Area 7 chair.
  2. Recording Secretary: Other open board seat-Secretary. In order to accept the position of Recording Secretary, Aaron Rogers submitted his resignation as Parliamentarian, which was accepted by the board 12-0-1. He was then elected as Secretary.
  3. Anastasia spoke with City Auditor Wendy Greuel about the DONE’s lengthy process in approving and paying HHWNC’s bills.
  4. Meeting Schedule: (Keegan/Witkin) moved that HHWNC go dark for August 2011 with the next regular board meeting scheduled for Sept. 21, 2011).  The motion carried.

4. Treasurer’s Report (Michael Meyer): Michael sent the HHWNC budget to DONE on time for the new fiscal year. He reviewed the expenses during July.  (Johnson/Witkin) moved to approve the Treasurer’s monthly report.  The motion carried 14-0-0.

5. Secretary’s Report (Aaron Rogers):

  1. Report on Gardner Street Elementary music lab project. This item was covered by Michael in his Treasurer’s report.
  2. Discuss possible donation to Valley View Elementary. Brian said he would follow up with the principal on this.

6. Presentation on proposed Forest Lawn Cemetery expansion
a. George Mihlsten, who represented Forest Lawn, said they are working together with the Santa Monica Conservancy on this project. (A letter was also received by the board from Paul Edelman of the Santa Monica Conservancy).  George said there is a need for expansion because only 12,000 spaces remain for sale at Forest Lawn and there is a dramatic need for meeting the future needs of this market. The project will generate minimal traffic.  Presently, they are working on their final EIR.  Hearings will probably take place in Oct. or Nov. 2011. They will return to HHWNC when their final EIR is worked out.

7. Discuss sponsorship of the Hollywood Arts Council Children’s Festival of the Arts: (Anastasia recused herself due to a conflict of interest, passing the gavel to Michael Meyer). Nyla Arslanian and Shauna McClure presented for the 26th Annual Hollywood Arts Council Children’s Festival of the Arts.  The 4.5 hour event is planned for August 14th and will feature performances from groups from around the world.  They requested funding of $2,500 and volunteers to help with the event. (Robinson/Johnson) moved that HHWNC allocate $500.00 to sponsor the Hollywood Arts Council Children’s Festival of the Arts.  (Sweet/Dyrecktor) made a friendly amendment to change the motion to $1,000.  The motion carried unanimously. (15-0-0)

8. Presentation of Trastevere expansion plan by Lee Rabun, CLR Enterprises: Lee Rabun representing Trastevere Restaurant (at Hollywood/Highland) said they have filed a conditional use permit to expand the restaurant from 4,060 sq. ft. to 10,650 sq. ft. with a total of 544 seats. The hours will remain the same.  They hope to add 15-20 additional staff.  (Johnson/Nelson) moved that HHWNC write a letter to City Planning supporting the expansion of Trastevere Restaurant.”  The motion carried unanimously.

9. Presentation of DWP Infrastructure Projects-Rate Adjustments by Greg Bartz, DWP NC Liaison.  Mr. Bartz gave a lengthy presentation on DWP’s proposed rate hikes.  (An interactive link is available online to give input on this subject).  He gave background on DWP and talked about what it will require for them to transition toward 33% dependence on renewable energy by 2020.  He said this will require a switch from coal to geothermal (natural gas) which will cost more.  He also explained the costs for purchasing water.  DWP will need to expand their budget from $800 million, for 2010 – 2011, to $100 million.  Rate increases are proposed for the next three years for both water and power.  The increases are to both maintain the basic services and implement strategic goals for the future.  He estimated the water rate increases at 5.1% per year and 15.3% over the three years.  Regarding the role of a Ratepayer’s Advocate to meet with the public, he said someone will probably be in place by the end of the year.

10. Committee Reports

  1. STANDING RULES AD HOC COMMITTEE – Michael Meyer, Chair said the committee had drafted standing rules.  Maria suggested waiting on a vote to allow time for input by the board.  Anastasia took a straw vote to see if there was interest in holding a separate meeting to review and discuss Standing Rules.  The board voted unanimously in favor of holding a separate meeting for this purpose.  Michael will suggest potential dates for the meeting.
  2. AREA COMMITTEES
    1. Joint Report from Areas 6 & 7 and Housing Committee (Dietrich Nelson)
      1. Dietrich gave a report about the proposed small development housing project that stakeholders in his area opposed.  The developer will meet with the committee to hear objections of 1400-1414 North Fuller.  He also talked about a Nichols Canyon house addition.  Dietrich’s written report follows:
      2.  Area 6, 7 and Housing had a joint meeting on July 12 with approximately 40 stakeholders in attendance.  The Area 7 agenda item is a proposed small lot subdivision at 1400-1414 North Fuller Avenue.  The plans were presented to the stakeholders who objected to the project and the developer was asked to consider the feedback from the group and present their changes at a later meeting of Area 7.
      3. Area 6 had an agenda item regarding a detached addition to a home at 2144 Nichols Canyon Road.  After much discussion a motion was made to reject the plans as presented.  The vote was 5 to 4 to reject as presented with two abstentions.  The homeowner subsequently has stated that he will be meeting with immediate neighbors to discuss and address their concerns.  He will present further changes or details at a future meeting.
    2. Report from Area 2: Bryce Lowery said there have been complaints about noise and lights in his area.  He is talking to the Council office to try to resolve this.  Also he wants to build a PLUM committee to meet with NBCUniversal on their expansion and introduced Tracy Cohen, NBCUniversal’s liaison to the community. 
  3. ISSUE COMMITTEES
    1. Report from EMS Committee- (Valorie Keegan) announced National Night Out on Aug. 2nd and an August 13th dedication for fallen firefighter, Glen Allen.
    2. Report from Housing Committee-(Marcello Robinson) alerted the board to a problem at 1830 Cherokee.  Update on 1ST Annual Neighborhood Job Fair:  He then presented a proposed budget for the HHWNC Job Fair at the Yucca Community Center on Thursday, September 22, 2011. 10am to 4pm. Costs are estimated at $890.06 for parking, food and a banner (less with a parking discount).  (Meyer/Nelson) moved that HHWNC request that Council members Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge offer a reduced parking charge at public parking garages for this event.  The motion was tabled. (Johnson/Nelson) moved that HHWNC allocated up to $1,000 for a HHWNC Job Fair (Budget Category: Outreach).  The motion carried.  (Meyer/Nelson) moved that HHWNC request that Council members Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge offer a reduced parking charge at public parking garages for this event.  The motion carried.
    3. iii. Reports by Committee Chairs: Outreach (Nicole Carcel) said she would like to create a Facebook page for HHWNC that announces events and follows Brown Act regulations.

11. Public Comments – None.

12. Old Business: None.

13. New Business: None.

14. Adjournment: 7:27 p.m.

  1. Minutes by Pat Kramer, Kelly Services.

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