Meeting Date: 08/23/10 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Women’s Club of Hollywood Lounge

Details:


HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL

BOARD MEETING AGENDA
August 23, 2010
6:30 PM

Women’s Club of Hollywood Lounge
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 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].
 
 
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, Khaled Kaawar
 
  1. Minutes – Review and approve minutes from June 7, 2010 (see attachment) (Vote) (5 minutes) 
  1. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann (20 minutes) 
    1. Executive Committee meeting report
i.)                  (see Attached)Agenda Submission Form
 
    1. Public Official Reports
i.)                  – Fabiola Vilchez, Central Area Director – Budget SurveyMayor’s Office
ii.)                –Stacy Marble, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBongeCD4
iii.)              – Jeffrey Ebenstein, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Paul KoretzCD5
iv.)              – Angela Motta, Field Deputy, Office of Council President Eric GarcettiCD13
v.)                – Captains Girmala and Whittingham from Hollywood DivisionsLAPD
 
    1. Hollywood Community StudioJessica Cowley (See Attached) 
  1. Open Board Positions (See Ballot Attached)
    1. Ballot for Open Positions – Formal Posting official:
                                                              i.      Issue 5: HOUSING & HUMAN SERVICES, REIGIOUS & CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS, PLANNING & SUPPORT:
§ Marcello Robinson
§ Jeffery Papes
                                                            ii.      Area 4: HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS/HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
§ Joyce Dyrector
                                                          iii.      Area 8:MT. OLYMPUS/LAUREL CANYON
§ Donovan Ryan
 
6.      by Orrin Feldman (10 minutes)Vice President’s Report
a.      RESOLVED, (i) that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council urge the City’s Planning Department to extend the comment period on the Hollywood Community Plan update from 45 days to not be less than 180 days, and (ii) that the HHWNC ask City Council Members Garcetti, LaBonge and Koretz to urge and, if necessary, direct, the Planning Department to extend the comment period to not be less than 180 days. 
 
7.      by Michael Meyer (10 minutes)Treasurer’s Report
a.      Updates
b.      Adoption of FY 10-11 HHWNC Budget (in new City format).  Motion and vote.
c.       Possible Motion & Vote– Neighborhood Council Grant Approval
d.      Possible Motion & Vote – Review and approve Treasure’s Report 
 
8.      CRA Report – Presentation by Christopher Rudd/Alison Becker
a.      Hollywood Boulevard District and Franklin Avenue Design District urban design standards and guidelines
 
9.      (20 minutes)Committee Reports
 
a.      AREA COMMITTEES
          
                                                              i.      Area 3 – YUCCA CORRIDOR/WHITLEY HEIGHTS/CAHUENGA EAST – Robin Moreno
§ Area 3 Meeting Report
 
                                                            ii.      Area 5 – OUTPOST/CAHUENGA WEST – Jarone Johnson (Multiple Area Committees)
§ Van Tours Motion (See Attached)
MOTION:
It is herein requested that the HWNC Board of Directors approve this Motion to accept the following resolution to be submitted to the L.A. City Council, Public Safety Committee, L.A. Police Chief, LAPD Hollywood Division and City Attorney Office:
 
Resolved that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council is in receipt of the Motion presented by Council members LaBonge and Garcetti and we unanimously endorse the intent of the motion to have the city draft “reasonable regulations to mitigate noise and traffic impacts caused by bus tours in residential areas”.
 
It is further resolved that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council unanimously endorse the LAPD Hollywood Division efforts to strictly enforce vehicle code, traffic, noise and vice violations against both the tour company and the individual tour bus/van operator/driver.
 
It is further resolved that the Public Safety committee in its review of the above stated motion, include in its investigation the wider impact that the increased volume of residential neighborhood sightseeing tours are having on the collective residential “Quality of Life” issues to include but not be limited to:
  1. Traffic and Safety Impairment
    1. Stopping on Narrow hillside, winding streets
    2. Blocking Driveways
  2. Willful violation of Vehicle Code
    1. Speed Limit Infractions
    2. Endangerment of others
    3. Driving Unsafe Vehicles
  3. Hours of Operation
  4. Public Nuisance Violations
    1. Noise
    2. Taunting Celebrities
  5. Jeopardizing Residents Personal Privacy Rights
    1. “Peeping Tom” type tactics
    2. Child Safety Issues
  6. Unethical business practices
    1. Bait and Switch practices for higher fees
    2. Fabricated or misleading information for higher tips 
                                                          iii.      Area 6 – NICHOLS CANYON/WATTLES/RUNYON CANYON – Dietrich Nelson
§ See Emergency Services Section of the agenda
 
                                                           iv.      Area 7 – Spaulding Square/Hollywood Sunset Flats – Rebecca Arce     

Discussion: of conditional use application for the on-site sale and consumption of alcohol (beer, wine and pre-mixed margaritas; Mon-Sun, 11am-10pm) at Chipotle, 7660 Sunset Blvd.
(Possible Motion and Vote)

 
                                                             v.      Other Area Committees
§ Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)
 
    1. ISSUE COMMITTEES 
                                                              i.      Emergency Services Chair – Valorie Keegan (See Attached)
Motion:  Emergency Service and Area 6: Emergency Services and Area 6 Committees request HHWNC board approval of $750.00 for event materials and supplies. The focus of this event is emergency preparedness and awareness for individuals and their pets in the event of a disaster, fire or evacuation. 
Event Location: Runyon Canyon Park,
Scheduled: (Tentatively) for Saturday, September 29, or October 2, 2010 
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.
Participants:  HHWNC, LA Animal Services, Park Rangers and possibly others.
 
                                                            ii.      The Outreach and Networking Committee Chair report/ Chris Kaufman
As one part of its 5 part plan the committee would like to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Meetup Social networks to increase the HHWNC’s reach via these Social Networking sites.

Therefore, the Outreach Committee requests the board consider a motion to create secure, one-way content "social bookmarks" on the aforementioned social networking sites. There is no cost to creating any of these groups. And the Outreach chair can secure the content so no individual stakeholder can freely post. These sites reach 100’s of millions of users, and make it easy for our stakeholders to bookmark, track, and stay up to date with the works of all the area and issue chairs of the HHWNC.  (Possible motion and vote)

 
    1. Other Issue Committees
                                                              i.      Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)
 
  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
 
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
August 23, 2010
Women’s Club of Hollywood Lounge
1749 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

 

 
  1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann: 6:40 p.m.
 
  1. Roll call by Secretary, Khaled Kaawar:  Anastasia Mann, Orrin Feldman, Khaled Kaawar, Aaron Rogers, Wayne Johansson, Brian Johnson, Maria Rychlicki , Valorie Keegan, Alison Connell, Bryce Lowery, Jarone Johnson Jr., Dietrich Nelson, Rebecca Arce, Jonathan Sweet, Robin Moreno, Christopher Kaufman.  Absent: Terry Migliaccio, Barbara Witkin and Daniel Savage.
 
  1. Minutes:  (Kaawar/Feldman) moved to approve the minutes as corrected from June 7, 2010.
 
  1. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann alerted the board to a glitch in the website. She reported that DWP’s Power Integrated Resource Plan public outreach workshop takes place on Sept. 13 at the Steven Wise Temple. The Recycled Water Advisory Group is also holding workshops.  Also, DONE’s website’s info for HHWNC is out of date due to staffing problems.
    1. Executive Committee meeting report
                                                              i.      Agenda Submission Form: Anastasia introduced the board to a new format when
submitting agenda items for board meetings. Valorie requested there be an item placed on the agenda for scheduling/calendaring future board meetings. The Executive Board recommended setting up three new Ad Hoc Committees: The NBC/Universal Evolution Plan Ad Hoc Committee, to be chaired by Wayne Johansson; the Hollywood Community Plan Ad Hoc Committee, to be chaired by Maria Rychlicki; and the Ad Hoc Bylaws Revision and Review Committee, to be chaired by Aaron Rogers.
    1. Public Official Reports
i.)                  CD13 – Angela Motta, Field Deputy, Office of Council President Eric Garcetti, spoke about the Rate Payer Advocate Meeting. She will email the board in advance of the next meeting in Sept.
ii.)                Hollywood Community Studio – Jessica Cowley talked about her non profit’s outreach project to create more pedestrian areas. On Sept. 17 -23, they will hold an event on Hollywood Blvd.
iii.)              CD4 –Stacy Marble, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge said the Councilmember supports the Tour Bus and the Party House motions. She also spoke about the Enterprise Zone motion.
 
  1. Open Board Positions:  Anastasia explained how the bylaws work in regards to elections and the qualifications for voting.  Each candidate then made a short statement as to their background and why they were running for the HHWNC seat. The following were the results:
Issue 5: HOUSING & HUMAN SERVICES, RELIGIOUS & CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS, PLANNING & SUPPORT: Marcello Robinson was elected to the board over candidate Jeffery Papes.
Area 4: HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS/HOLLYWOOD BLVD. Joyce Dyrector was elected to the board.
Area 8: MT. OLYMPUS/LAUREL CANYON: Donovan Ryan was elected to the board.
Anastasia encouraged the board and stakeholders to additionally serve on area and issues boards.
 
6.      Vice President’s Report, Orrin Feldman introduced the following motion on the Hollywood Community Plan: (Feldman/Connell) moved, “Resolved (i) that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council urge the City’s Planning Department to extend the comment period on the Hollywood Community Plan update from 45 days to not be less than 180 days, and (ii) that the HHWNC ask City Council Members Garcetti, LaBonge and Koretz to urge and, if necessary, direct, the Planning Department to extend the comment period to not be less than 180 days.”  The motion carried with one abstention.
a.      Orrin also spoke about the proposed Hotel Indigo, located next to the Methodist Church.
 
7.      Treasurer’s Report, Michael Meyer reported that DONE is requiring all NCs to use their new budget template. He has adapted the budget, already approved, to this format, but forgot to include $5,000 allocated for the trust for public land for “Save the Cahuenga Peak.”   (Meyer/Lowery) moved that HHWNC adopt the FY 10-11 HHWNC Budget in its new format.” The motion carried.
 
Neighborhood Council Grant Approval: Michael explained the Demand Warrant process required by the City to receive reimbursement for NC expenses.  The board discussed changes in the payment process regarding checks and credit card payments by board members. He then updated the board on monies spent. The current budget remaining is $56,184.00 for the fiscal year. (Meyer/Rychlicki) moved that HHWNC approve the Treasurer’s Report.  The motion carried unanimously.
 
8.      CRA Report – Presentation by Christopher Rudd/Alison Becker. 
a.      Hollywood Boulevard District and Franklin Avenue Design District urban design standards and guidelines:  Kip Riley of CRA introduced their 2010 Hollywood plan for urban design of Hollywood Boulevard and the Franklin corridor. Their goals include: conserving cultural and historic assets, activating the sidewalks, promoting active uses along the sidewalks, converting new buildings to old and inspiring new buildings in keeping with the overall plan. It also suggests open space and height limits for buildings. They will hold a joint meeting with the Planning Commission in October.
 
Outpost HOA stakeholder Estera Slamer asked that CRA remove two multifamily residences included in this plan, to which the HOA is opposed. She stated that City Planning disagreed with having these residents in the plan.
Laura Fox, an Outpost stakeholder, also opposed the two multifamily residences in the Plan.
Meyer, president of Outpost HOA moved, “HHWNC request that the CRA amend the boundaries of the recommended design guidelines to remove the two single two-family homes at 1800 and 1805 Outpost Drive at the entrance to the neighborhood’s historic homes and that they remain as single family residences.”
 
Orrin suggested a friendly amendment to extend CRA’s review west to LaBrea with regard to two lots on the north side which have the same issues. Michael did not except the amendment.
 
During discussion, Kip stated that CRA would revise the Plan to indicate that the two, single family homes would remain as single family homes at which point, Michael withdrew his motion.
 
b.      Committee Reports: AREA COMMITTEES
Area 3 – YUCCA CORRIDOR/WHITLEY HEIGHTS/CAHUENGA EAST – Robin Moreno reported on issues of interest to Area 3 including nightclubs and tenants rights.
 
Area 5 – OUTPOST/CAHUENGA WEST – Jarone Johnson (Multiple Area Committees) presented a motion to limit bus tours in residential areas:  (Johnson/Feldman) moved, “Resolved that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council is in receipt of the Motion presented by Council members LaBonge and Garcetti and we unanimously endorse the intent of the motion to have the city draft “reasonable regulations to mitigate noise and traffic impacts caused by bus tours in residential areas.”
 
It is herein requested that the HWNC Board of Directors approve this Motion to accept the following resolution to be submitted to the L.A. City Council, Public Safety Committee, L.A. Police Chief, LAPD Hollywood Division and City Attorney Office and that HHWNC endorse the LAPD Hollywood Division efforts to strictly enforce vehicle code, traffic, noise and vice violations against both the tour company and the individual tour bus/van operator/driver.
 
It is further resolved that the Public Safety committee in its review of the above stated motion, include in its investigation the wider impact that the increased volume of residential neighborhood sightseeing tours are having on the collective residential “Quality of Life” issues to include but not be limited to:
 
1.      Traffic and Safety Impairment (throughout HHWNC’s area)
a.      Stopping on narrow hillside, winding streets
b.      Blocking Driveways
2.      Willful violation of Vehicle Code
a.      Speed Limit Infractions
b.      Endangerment of others
c.       Driving Unsafe Vehicles (and driving in an unsafe manner)
3.      Hours of Operation
4.      Public Nuisance Violations
a.      Noise
b.      Taunting Celebrities
5.      Jeopardizing Residents Personal Privacy Rights
a.      “Peeping Tom” type tactics
b.      Child Safety Issues
6.      Unethical business practices
a.      Bait and Switch practices for higher fees
b.      Fabricated or misleading information for higher tips
 
During discussion, Valorie noted that 138 tour buses were counted recently driving through one hillside area. Orrin made a friendly amendments to points 1. and 2 (in the parentheses). The amended motion carried unanimously.
 
Area 6 – NICHOLS CANYON/WATTLES/RUNYON CANYON – Dietrich Nelson reported on issues in his area including a zoning variance issue on a new restaurant on LaBrea, which they presented to the zoning administrator. He’s been attending Hillside Ordinance meetings in regards to the Wattles Canyon Improvement Plan. 
 
Area 7 – Spaulding Square/Hollywood Sunset Flats – Rebecca Arce presented information on a conditional use application for the on-site sale and consumption of alcohol at Chipotle, 7660 Sunset Blvd.  (Arce/Khaled) moved that HHWNC approve the application with the conditions.” The motion carried.
 
    1. ISSUE COMMITTEES
Emergency Services Chair – Valorie Keegan announced the Emergency Services Event is scheduled for Sept. 25, 8 a.m. to noon, at Runyon Canyon Park. Seven city departments are participating in this event. (Keegan/Rychlicki) moved, “That HHWNC approve the Emergency Service and Area 6: Emergency Services event to allocate $750.00 for event materials and supplies. The focus of this event is emergency preparedness and awareness for individuals and their pets in the event of a disaster, fire or evacuation.” The motion carried.
 
Outreach and Networking Committee ChairChris Kaufmanreported on his Committee’s five part plan for Outreach with particular emphasis on using social media. (Kaufman/Johnson) moved, “That HHWNC create secure, one-way content "social bookmarks" on the aforementioned social networking sites.  There is no cost to creating any of these groups. And the Outreach chair can secure the content so no individual stakeholder can freely post. These sites reach 100’s of millions of users, and make it easy for our stakeholders to bookmark, track, and stay up to date with the works of all the area and issue chairs of the HHWNC.”
After discussion, (Aaron/Orin) moved to table the motion. The motion to table carried: 11-3-1.
  1. Public Comments: None.
 
  1. Old Business: None.   
 
  1. New Business: None.
 
  1. Meeting adjourned at 9:02 p.m.
 
 
Minutes by Pat Kramer, Kelly Services.
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