Meeting Date: 09/19/12 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Woman’s Club of Hollywood, 1749 N. La Brea, LA 90046

Details:

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING AGENDA

September 19, 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 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

2.Roll call by Acting Secretary, Scott Campbell

3. Minutes – Review and approve Board minutes from July 18, 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
vii. LADWP Liaison-Update on Fiscal Year 2012-14 Rate Proposal process and timeline, Sycamore Trunk Line project, local issues and other items of interest, with Q&A opportunity as time allows
b. Election Results & Report by Election Committee Chair Moreno & Christine Jerian (IEA)
c. Update on NBCUniversal Evolution Plan
d. Update on Half Marathon
e. Community business
f. Decide next meeting date-October 17, 2012

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

a. Update on PLUM Committee

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

a. Approve Monthly Treasurer’s Report.  MOTION AND VOTE.
b. Update on traffic calming sign program

7.    Secretary’s Report by Aaron Rogers (5 minutes)

8. Parliamentarian’s Report by Scott Campbell (5 minutes)

a. Flight path to Santa Monica Airport:  More and more private jets are flying low over the Hollywood Hills, including the Hollywood Bowl, on approach to Santa Monica Airport rather than the historic approach which was much farther to the south.  Why is this happening and what can be done about it?

9. Committee Reports (40 minutes)

a. ISSUE COMMITTEES
i. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)
b. AREA COMMITTEES
i. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)

10. Presentation by Jackie Goldberg regarding “The Beat Goes On,” a senior musical opening in Hollywood on 10/4/12.

11. 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.

12. Old Business

13. New Business

14. Adjournment

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HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
 
September 19, 2012
 
Woman’s Club of Hollywood 
1749 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
 
DRAFT
 
 
1. Call to order at 6:45 p.m. by President, Anastasia Mann. 
 
2. Roll call by Secretary, Aaron Rogers: Board members present: Anastasia Mann, Orrin Feldman, Aaron Rogers, Scott Campbell, Maria Rychlicki, Marcello Robinson, Valorie Keegan, Alison Connell, Alwyn Hight Kushner, Nicole Carcel (left at 7:05 p.m. then returned at 8:40), Patricia Weber, Robin Moreno, Jarone Johnson Jr., Joyce Dyrector, Barbara Witkin, Dietrich Nelson, and Maria Sussman. Absent: Michael Meyer, Eric Paquette, Jeff Zarrinnam, Terry Miglaccio, Donovan Ryan and Daniel Savage, who has resigned. 
 
3. Minutes –The board approved the board meeting minutes from July 18, 2012. The board approved the minutes in a vote of 14-0-2.
 
4. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann thanked the board members for their service.
a. Public Official Reports
i.) CD4 –Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge, talked about the repaving project in Hollywood.
 
ii.) 42nd District-Nicole Carcel, Office of Assemblyman Mike Feuer, said the Congressman is in his last two months of his term. All bills he has presented are before the Governor. She thanked the board and handed out commendations.
 
iii.) LAPD-The Chief from Battalion 5 spoke about Red Flag alerts and gave suggestions (with Valorie) on how to evacuate when necessary. There are still fires raging as the drought has been extensive this year. The fire season lasts through November. He asked residents in the canyons to be cooperative in not parking in restricted areas during Red Flag alerts. The National Weather Service issues Red Flag warnings, but to be sure where those alerts refer to, sign up for alerts from the Fire Department (HHWNC’s EMS website) or call the local Fire Station.
 
iv.) LADWP Liaison-Greg Barts, community liaison to DWP, gave an update on the rate hike proposal for fiscal year 2012 to 2014. There is a major infrastructure project at La Brea and Sunset (Sycamore Trunk Line project) which will begin in Spring 2013. The rate hike has been suspended for this year. Anastasia thanked Greg for helping on many different issues with DWP. Orrin asked about the construction on Coldwater by Mulholland.
 
b. Election Results & Report: Anastasia reported that the election was completed with one outstanding opening – Area 1. Absentee ballots will be counted within a few days. The Area 1 position will be posted as open for 30 days. Rob Cullen has come forward as a candidate for this position. Oct. 24th will tentatively serve as the next meeting date so this position can be advertised properly.
Election Committee Chair Robin Moreno talked about the election and the results. The new board members then introduced themselves. Anastasia informed the new board about the Congress of Neighborhood Councils and the Ethics Training requirement.
 
c. Update on NBC Universal Evolution Plan: Aaron Rogers recused himself for this discussion. Corinne Verdery Chief Real Estate Officer for NBCUniversal, talked about the 5-year process with the Evolution Plan which includes the City and County of L.A. They were looking to add 4 studio production spaces, development at the theme park and City Walk and 3,000 new residential units on the eastern edge by Barham. Due to negative community input, NBCUniversal has agreed to remove the entire residential portion of the project, which is roughly 3 million sq. ft of development. They will be keeping the transportation improvements in the project. City hearings will begin this year. Corinne reviewed all the construction components included in this Plan. Pat Gibson from Gibson Transportation, explained the $100 million Transportation Plan for the project which includes a new pedestrian bridge over Lankershim to the Red Line station, widening of Barham Blvd., three Shuttle buses, plus two ramps with Caltrans to ease traffic onto the 101. The improvements will remove about 1/3 peak hour traffic and create 3,000 construction jobs, while bringing in an estimated $2 billion to Los Angeles in tourism dollars. 
 
Alan Kishbaugh of the Mulholland Scenic Design Review Board spoke about his concerns about the signage being seen from Mulholland. He requested specific language for the motion regarding the 390 acres in the Mulholland Specific Plan area.
 
Laurie Becklund expressed concerns on the project’s affect on traffic.
 
(Feldman/Nelson) moved that “HHWNC vote to support the NBCUniversal Evolution Plan with a no residential alternative and we state that we believe the project provides benefits to our local communities and the region that outweigh any negative that remain. But nonetheless, we do not support the proposal to transfer the two acres at Barham/Buddy Holly from the Mulholland Design Review Specific Plan for the construction of an additional electronic billboard there. In fact, we would hope that the Disney Company would remove the billboard across the street and create a better entryway for this theme park without the detriment of having two electronic billboards at the entrance to NBCUniversal.”
 
Joshua Koptz spoke about Disney’s digital signage which some believe is intrusive. Anastasia said that HHWNC has an agreement with Disney that the sign is dimmed and then shut off at a certain time. Corinne said that NBCUniversal is asking for the same consideration as Disney received for their sign.
 
(Johnson/Robinson) made a friendly amendment: “That “HHWNC vote to support the NBCUniversal Evolution Plan with a no residential alternative and we state that we believe the project provides benefits to our local communities and the region that outweigh any negative that remain. We would support the movement of the sign but not moving the two acres out of the Mulholland Design Review Specific Plan.”
 
The board moved 11-1-2 to approve the amended motion.
 
The board moved 11-0-3 to approve the motion.
 
Anastasia and Valorie left the meeting at 8:45 p.m. leaving a quorum of 12 board members.
 
d. Update on Half Marathon – no update yet.
 
e. Community business – None.
 
5. Vice President’s Report by Orrin Feldman 
a. Update on PLUM Committee: Orrin reviewed the new members of the PLUM Committee for HHWNC who will be sworn in at the Oct. meeting and discussed what the Committee will review. 
 
6. Treasurer’s Report by Aaron Rogers on behalf of Michael Meyer 
a. Aaron read Michael’s recommendations. (Witkin/Connell) moved to approve the monthly Treasurer’s Report for September 2012. The motion carried 11-0-0.
 
b. Update on traffic calming sign program – The City is questioning signage for the approved signs, so the Ad Hoc Committee on signs will need to be reinstated after the board is installed.
 
7. Secretary’s Report by Aaron Rogers thanked the board and for the opportunity to serve with such passionate and dedicated community.
 
8. Parliamentarian’s Report by Scott Campbell (on behalf of Michael Meyer):
a. Flight path to Santa Monica Airport: With more and more private jets flying low over the Hollywood Hills, including the Hollywood Bowl, on approach to Santa Monica Airport (rather than the historic approach which was much farther to the south), he questioned why this is happening and what can be done about it. Orrin said Congressman Berman would have information on the air space plan. No further action is needed by the board. 

b. On the Ethics Training, Scott said board members going forward to the next board, need to complete the training. He also made three recommendations to changes needed for the Bylaws regarding absences, Ethics Training, and the Self Assessment. Scott was thanked by Orrin for his role as Parliamentarian.
 
9. Committee Reports 
 
a. ISSUE COMMITTEES 
i. Alison Connell, Issues Committee 7, reviewed three letters requiring action in regards to fracking, oil drilling and water access for the City. 
 
b. AREA COMMITTEES 
i. None.
 
10. Public Comments – None.
 
11. Old Business – None.
 
12. New Business – Jerome suggested a board retreat be organized for the HHWNC.
 
13. Meeting Adjourned at 9:03 p.m.
 
-Minutes by Pat Kramer, Kelly Services-
 
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