Meeting Date: 09/21/11 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

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

Details:

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL

BOARD MEETING AGENDA

September 21, 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]

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 Secretary, Aaron Rogers

3. Minutes – Review and approve minutes from June 29, 2011 and July 20, 2011 (see attachments) (Vote) (5 minutes)

4. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann (20 minutes)

  1. 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
  2. Board Vote on open Area 7 chair. Spencer Talbot is only candidate. Tabled from July meeting.
  3. Board vote on open Parliamentarian seat. Scott Campbell is the only candidate.
  4. Annual Congress of Neighborhood Councils on 9/24 at City Hall. Registration at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCCongressRegistration.
  5. City Clerk’s office is reviewing NC election procedures. Open meeting for Central Division NCs on 9/22 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Piper Technical Center, 555 Ramirez Street, Space 300, Los Angeles, 90012 (behind Union Station).
  6. Decide next meeting date-October 19

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

  1. July 27th Electric Daisy Carnival Experience Film incident on Hollywood Blvd.
  2. Helicopter Flyovers over residential neighborhoods
  3. cHillside tree cutting program update

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

  1. Approve Monthly Treasurer’s Report
  2. Status of HHWNC Welcome signs
  3. Update on Gardner Street Elementary music lab project

7. Secretary’ Report, Aaron Rogers (5 minutes)

8. Presentation by John Edwards of the Hollywood & Highland Farmers’ Market (5 minutes)

9. Presentation by Rob Searcy of Prescott Communications regarding Verizon antenna project at 7136 Mulholland Drive. (5 minutes)

10. Committee Reports (20 minutes)

  1. STANDING RULES AD HOC COMMITTEE-Report from Michael Meyer, Chair (5 minutes)
    1. Schedule special meeting
  2. AREA COMMITTEES
    1. Report from Area 2 Committee (Lowery)-
      -MOTION regarding proposed City Sign Ordinance as follows:
WHEREAS the Planning and Land Use Management Committee of the Los Angeles City Council will hear the revised citywide sign ordinance (Council File 08-2020, 08-3386-S1) on October 18, 2011.
WHEREAS the revised citywide sign ordinance differs significantly from the sign ordinance approved by the City Planning Commission on March 26, 2009, which went through a lengthy public review process.
WHEREAS the revised citywide sign ordinance seeks to grandfather two proposed but unapproved sign districts in our community, specifically the MetroUniversal project (CPC-2008-3512-GPA-ZC-HD-BL-SN-CUB-CUW-CU-ZAD-SPR) and the NBC/Universal Evolution Plan(CPC-2007-251-GPA-ZC-SP).
WHEREAS the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council is comprised of stakeholders who volunteer their time to "create a more livable community and city by establishing an open line of communication" between our community and government officials and "assist the City and other neighborhoods in finding solutions to common problems."
WE THEREFORE MOVE that the revised citywide sign ordinance, as currently drafted, should not be approved. We ask that the ordinance be returned to the City Planning Commission to provide members of our community and members of the Commission an opportunity to discuss and comment on the proposal so that our elected representatives more thoroughly understand our support and opposition to specific pieces of the revised sign ordinance.
ii. Report from Area 3 Committee- (Moreno)
-Announcement about the discussion concerning the pylons along Yucca Street and what to do with them.
-Update on the presentation about the restaurant to be built at 1724 Highland Avenue.
iii. Report from Area 7 Committee-(Nelson)
-From July 12, 2011 Committee meeting. Peter Lauener of Intracorp seeks approval by HHWNC supporting proposed small lot subdivision. No motion was passed at the committee meeting regarding the proposed small lot subdivision located at 1400-1414 North Fuller Avenue to allow Developer time to make revisions per the request of stakeholders. Development president was unable to attend a third meeting on the topic on August 31 and unable to reschedule meeting before HHWNC’s September 21 Board meeting.
Presentation by Intracorp of a proposed 19 unit small lot subdivision (each 4 story with 1700-1900 sq. ft. with rooftop decks) on four lots located at 1400-1414 North Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046.
POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.
iv. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)
c. ISSUE COMMITTEES

i. Report from EMS Committee- (Keegan)
-Updates and announcements
ii. Report from Housing Committee (Robinson)
-Update on 1ST Annual Neighborhood Job Fair at Yucca Community Center-Thursday, September 22, 2011, 11 am to 2 pm.
-Update on Neighborhood Council Congress 2011
-Update on Neighborhood Budget Advocates
-Report on Neighborhood Council Peer Mentor/Volunteers
iii. Report from Youth Committee (Johnson)- Update on Valley View Elementary
iv. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)

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. Next Meeting

15. Adjournment


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HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING MINUTES

September 21, 2011

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

Call to order by HHWNC President Anastasia Mann at 6:36 p.m.

1. Roll call: Secretary, Aaron Rogers: Present: Anastasia Mann, Aaron Rogers, Michael Meyer, Terry Migliaccio, Brian Johnson, Orrin Feldman, Maria Rychlicki, Marcello Robinson, Valorie Keegan, Barbara Witkin, Nicole Carcel, Bryce Lowery, Robin Moreno, Joyce Dyrector, Jarone Johnson Jr., and Dietrich Nelson.  Quorum established.  Absent: Eric Paquette, Alison Connell, Donovan Ryan, and Jonathan Sweet. Late: Daniel Savage.

2. Minutes: (Nelson/Witkin) moved to approve the board meeting minutes for June 29, 2011. The motion carried. (Feldman/Carcel) moved to approve the minutes as submitted from the July 20, 2011 board meeting. The motion carried.
 
3. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann:

a. Public Official Reports:

42nd District, Assembly member Michael Feuer shared updates on bills in the State Legislature.

CD4 –Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy for Councilmember Tom LaBonge, gave updates on redistricting, efforts to address issues with tour operators and Nichols Canyon.

CD5 – Jeffrey Ebenstein, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz, talked about the President’s visit to L.A. and the possible impact on traffic. He asked for support on the bill on administrative code enforcement which is moving forward for a vote in City Council.

b. Open Area 7 Chair election. Spencer Talbot was running late. The election was tabled.

c. Board vote on open Parliamentarian seat. The board moved Scott Campbell as the appointee for Parliamentarian. The motion carried unanimously.

d. Anastasia spoke about the Annual Congress of Neighborhood Councils on 9/24 at City Hall.
e. She talked about the City Clerk’s review of NC election procedures. An open meeting will be held for Central Division NCs on September 22, 2011.
f. The board chose the next date for HHWNC as October 19, 2011.

4. Vice President Orrin Feldman reported on Councilman LaBonge’s redistricting meeting, civil disturbance issues, helicopter flyovers over residential neighborhoods, a hillside tree cutting project for Laurel Canyon and the July 27th Electric Daisy Carnival Experience Film incident on Hollywood Blvd.
 
5. Treasurer Michael Meyer reviewed August expenses for keyboard purchases, previously approved for the Gardner Street Elementary Music Lab, and September expenses for the Job Fair.  (Nelson/Rychlicki) moved to approve the Monthly Treasurer’s Report.  The motion carried.  A decision was made to reconsider the purchase, approved for last year but not spent, for 50 Welcome signs for $5,500.00.  Michael will reintroduce this motion next month.  Improvements for the Kiosk at Runyon Canyon were also discussed.

6. Secretary’ Report, Aaron Rogers: No report.

7. Hollywood & Highland Farmers’ Market’s John Edwards spoke about different markets his group is presenting in Hollywood.

8. Board Vote on open Area 7 chair. The board moved Spencer Talbot as the appointee for Area 7 board member. The motion carried unanimously.

9. Presentation by Rob Searcy, Prescott Communications, regarding Verizon antenna project at 7136 Mulholland Drive was tabled.

10. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

a. STANDING RULES AD HOC COMMITTEE, Chair Michael Meyer reviewed input he’s received from board members on bylaws changes. The board set a date for a Special Meeting on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. to discuss changes to the bylaws.

b. AREA COMMITTEES

 
i. Area 2, City Sign Ordinance: Aaron Rogers recused himself and left the room prior to this discussion. (Lowery/Savage) then moved,
 
“WHEREAS the Planning and Land Use Management Committee of the Los Angeles City Council will hear the revised citywide sign ordinance (Council File 08-2020, 08-3386-S1) on October 18, 2011.

WHEREAS the revised citywide sign ordinance differs significantly from the sign ordinance approved by the City Planning Commission on March 26, 2009, which went through a lengthy public review process.WHEREAS the revised citywide sign ordinance seeks to grandfather two proposed but, unapproved sign districts in our community, specifically the MetroUniversal project (CPC-2008-3512-GPA-ZC-HD-BL-SN-CUB-CUW-CU-ZAD-SPR) and the NBC/Universal Evolution Plan (CPC-2007-251-GPA-ZC-SP)

WHEREAS the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council is comprised of stakeholders who volunteer their time to “create a more livable community and city by establishing an open line of communication” between our community and government officials and “assist the City and other neighborhoods in finding solutions to common problems.”

WE THEREFORE MOVE that the revised citywide sign ordinance, as currently drafted, should not be approved. We ask that the ordinance be returned to the City Planning Commission to provide members of our community and members of the Commission an opportunity to discuss and comment on the proposal so that our elected representatives more thoroughly understand our support and opposition to specific pieces of the revised sign ordinance.”

After discussing this motion, (Lowery/Rychlicki) presented an amendment for the motion to read:

WHEREAS the Planning and Land Use Management Committee of the Los Angeles City Council will hear the revised citywide sign ordinance (Council File 08-2020, 08-3386-S1) on October 18, 2011.

WHEREAS the revised citywide sign ordinance differs significantly from the sign ordinance approved by the City Planning Commission on March 26, 2009, which went through a lengthy public review process.

WHEREAS the revised citywide sign ordinance seeks to grandfather sign districts in two proposed but unapproved projects in our community, specifically the MetroUniversal project (CPC-2008-3512-GPA-ZC-HD-BL-SN-CUB-CUW-CU-ZAD-SPR) and the NBC/Universal Evolution Plan (CPC-2007-251-GPA-ZC-SP).

WHEREAS the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council is comprised of stakeholders who volunteer their time to “create a more livable community and city by establishing an open line of communication” between our community and government officials and “assist the City and other neighborhoods in finding solutions to common problems.”

WE THEREFORE MOVE that the Planning and Land Use Management committee follow the recommendations of the City Planning Commission that “only Sign Districts approved by the CPC as of March 26 2009 will be grandfathered.”  Proposed projects that have not yet been approved should be subject to the new ordinance.

The motion carried unanimously.

 
ii. Area 3 Report, Robin Moreno & Valorie Keegan reported about plans to install pylons on Yucca and a restaurant that had been proposed for 1724 Highland Avenue with 270 units and 130 parking spaces. That project has since been suspended.

iii. Area 7 Report, Dietrich Nelson spoke on behalf of Area 7 (he is Area 6 chair) introducing the developer for a small lot subdivision. Intracorp wants to build 19 single family homes on land at 1400-1414 N. Fuller Ave. (south of Sunset). Peter Lauener, real estate developer for Intracorp, then spoke about the proposed development along with architect Estelle Chang.  Each of the 19 homes would be 3-stories and have a 2-car garage.  Originally, the plan was for 35 units but they have scaled it down to add 5 guest parking stalls.

Public comments were heard from stakeholders:
• Zoila Dela Pena, a stakeholder on N. Fuller, was concerned about the noise impact on neighbors.  She was told the walls would be 6’ on the side facing her property. She said the area is already overcrowded.
• Lester Short, a stakeholder on Poinsettia, asked about parking and the impact of construction on surrounding properties.  He asked how construction would affect the project.  The developer said it would be going on for 12 – 18 months.
• Katherine Manolopoulos, a stakeholder on N. Fuller, wanted to know if this project has already been approved.  Her issues are with safety, parking, open access to trash, rooftop deck privacy issues and trees that may be lost.
• Saundra Rideaux-Jackson said the project is out of character with the neighborhood, infrastructure and sewerage.
 
(Meyer/Robinson) moved that HHWNC support the single lot subdivision with the following conditions: That it be limited to 18 units; that they take out the one in the middle to create open space; that they try to get more landscaping somewhere else on the project; and that there be no rooftop decks that face outside, to the back or the two sides but rather that they all face in toward the center of the property.”  The motion failed: 2-8-8.

(Lowery/Campbell) then moved, “That HHWNC support the single lot subdivision with reservations regarding concerns about the lack of open space, landscaping, parking and privacy due to rooftop decks.” The motion did not carry: 9-4-6.  The motion was mistakenly announced as passing.


c. ISSUE COMMITTEES
i. Report from EMS Committee- Valorie Keegan told the board about the work she and Marcello have done to improve the Yucca Community Center and the efforts that have helped made the Yucca Corridor safer.  Valorie reported that the Yucca Community Project was completed under budget.

ii. Report from Housing Committee – Marcello Robinson spoke about the 1ST Annual Neighborhood Job Fair at Yucca Community Center-Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.
The board then appointed Marcello Robinson and Spencer Talbot as HHWNC’s two Budget Reps for the Mayor’s Budget Day on Oct. 29, 2011.  Marcello is also an Alternate Budget Advocate.

iii. Report from Youth Committee – Brian Johnson updated the board on the new principal, Susan Kim, for Valley View Elementary, formerly of Melrose Ave. Magnet School. She will be submitting a request for funding to purchase chairs for their auditorium.

11. Old Business: Michael Meyer updated the board on DONE’s payment of demand warrants.

12. Adjournment at 8:40 p.m.

-Minutes by Pat Kramer, Kelly Services-

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