Meeting Date: 10/13/10 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Women’s Club of Hollywood – Hospitality House

Details:


HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING AGENDA
October 13, 2010
6:30pm
Women’s Club of Hollywood – Hospitality House1749 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
 
  1. Roll call by Secretary, Khaled Kaawar
 
  1. Minutes – Review and approve minutes from August 23, 2010 (see attachment) (Vote) (5 minutes)
 
  1. 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 –Stacy Marble, 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.)                LAPD – Captains Girmala and Whittingham from Hollywood Divisions
vi.)              State Assembly District 42 – Haeyoung Kim for Mike Feuer
 
    1. Community Budget Day – Saturday, October 16th 2010
i.)                  Mayor’s Office request for two volunteers from all NC’s. HHWNC appoints:
1.      Michael Meyer
2.      Marcello Robinson
 
    1. Hollywood Design Review Committee (CD13) Re: Projects in Hollywood      –    
 
  1. Secretary – Khaled Kaawar
    1. Admin Assistant Update
 
6.      Vice President’s Report by Orrin Feldman (10 minutes)
a.      Hollywood Coalition – Hollywood Community Plan Update
 
7.      Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer (10 minutes)
a.      Budget/Financial Report – Vote
                                                              i.      Follow Up on the Friends of Will and Ariel Durant Library
b.      Westside Subway Extension (Transportation Committee issue)
 
8.      Committee Reports (20 minutes)
a.      AREA COMMITTEES
                                                              i.      Area 3 – YUCCA CORRIDOR/WHITLEY HEIGHTS/CAHUENGA EAST – Robin Moreno
 
                                                            ii.      Area 4 – Hollywood Heights/Hollywood Blvd. – Joyce Dyrector
§ Microphone Purchase for BOD
§ Presentation only regarding proposed “Rolling Stones Café & Bar” at Hollywood Highland Complex – Lee Rabun (5 minutes)
                                                          iii.      Area 5 – OUTPOST/CAHUENGA WEST – Jarone Johnson (Multiple Area Committees)
 
 
                                                           iv.      Area 6 – NICHOLS CANYON/WATTLES/RUNYON CANYON – Dietrich Nelson
 
Motion: Purchase Material to Repair posting Kiosk at Runyon Canyon Park
Area 6 Committee requests HHWNC board approval of $750.00 for needed repairs to the kiosks and posting areas in Runyon Canyon Park used by HHWNC.  The motion on the repairs was made at the Area 6 meeting on September 13, 2010, and passed by a vote of 14 for the motion and 6 against.
 
According to minutes of past Board meetings, HHWNC was the original sponsor of the kiosks at Runyon Canyon Park approximately seven years ago.  Since that time, they have been used as a posting location by HHWNC for our meeting, agendas and information as a notification posting location required by DONE.
 
In their present condition, the information posted in the kiosks is difficult to read.  The plexiglass panels have faded by weather and a lack of maintenance; the cork backing is falling off and the paint is in disrepair.  One of the locks of a kiosk at Mulholland has been vandalized and needs replacement to make it functional.
 
The materials needed include plexiglass, paint, cork, prep materials (sand paper, solvent, painter’s tape, brushes, etc.)  A locksmith is needed to remove and replace the lock.  HHWNC will only need to pay for the materials and not the labor.  The all-volunteer group, “Gay for Good,” has 100 volunteers cleaning Runyon Canyon Park on Saturday, October 23 and has offered to do the repair work.  With the assistance of the volunteers and Rec. & Parks, the kiosks and posting locations can be repaired in one day. 
 
                                                             v.      Other Area Committees
§ Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)
 
    1. ISSUE COMMITTEES
                                                              i.      Emergency Services Chair – Valorie Keegan (See Attached)
Hollywood Hills West NC Resolution / Motion: LAFD Staff Assistant
Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council (HHWNC) represents a large area in which fire fighting is a very important community concern. Our stakeholders have increasingly become aware that the threat posed by fires, especially hillside brush fires, is year round, rather than just during the City’s traditional "fire season". Our stakeholders understand that LAFD’s ability to respond quickly when there are fires depends in significant part on the LAFD’s abilities to (i) navigate through our area’s tight, winding streets and often steep terrain of the Hollywood Hills, and (ii) manage each fire incident. 
 
HHWNC believes that, if the City eliminates the LAFD Staff Assistant positions, the Staff Assistant’s elimination would decrease the LAFD’s onsite incident command teams’ effectiveness. Currently, the onsite incident command teams consist of Battalion Commanders and the Staff Assistants, who work and train throughout the year to fight fires.  We’ve seen how well those teams work, and how vital their work is.  We know that the Staff Assistants are not just drivers or chauffeurs, and that the Staff Assistants are integral to the success of the LAFD’s on-site incident command teams. The title "Staff Assistant" doesn’t seem to describe their job or their roles adequately.
 
HHWNC also believes that, if the current proposal to eliminate the Staff Assistant positions is adopted, LAFD’s incident command management resources, public safety and oversight to protect the public, as well as LAFD’s own firefighters, would be diminished. Commanding LAFD’s response to many of our area’s fires does not seem to be "a one person job". For these reasons, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council hereby requests that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council Members, who represent our HHWNC area, City Council President Eric Garcetti, and City Council members Tom LaBonge and Paul Koretz, make every effort to maintain and fund the current LAFD Staff Assistant positions.
 
For additional information on this subject, please visit this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOSqHCTXwIA&feature=youtu.be
 
                                                            ii.      The Outreach and Networking Committee Chair report/ Chris Kaufman
This item was tabled from last meeting
 
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
October 13, 2010Women’s Club of Hollywood Lounge1749 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046


 

 

 
  1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann: 6:35 p.m.
 
  1. Roll call by Secretary, Khaled Kaawar: Present: Anastasia Mann, Orrin Feldman, Khaled Kaawar, Michael Meyer, Aaron Rogers, Wayne Johansson, Terry Migliaccio, Maria Rychlicki , Marcello Robinson, Valorie Keegan, Barbara Witkin, Robin Moreno, Joyce Dyrector, Jarone Johnson Jr., Dietrich Nelson, Rebecca Arce, Jonathan Sweet. Absent: Alison Connell, Christopher Kaufman, Bryce Lowery, Donovan Ryan and Brian Johnson.
 
  1. Minutes:  (Feldman/Kaawar) moved to approve the minutes from August 23, 2010.
 
  1. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann reminded the board about Budget Day on Sept. 16th.  Michael Meyer and Marcello Robinson will represent HHWNC. Regarding requests for HHWNC to appoint a board member to The Hollywood Design Review Committee, she has learned that the committee is now full. She talked about the process for scheduling regular and special/emergency board meetings. (Moreno/Kaawar) moved that starting in January, HHWNC meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. The motion carried.
 
5.    Secretary: Khaled Kaawar
    1. Khaled asked the board for funding to hire someone to assist with assembling HHWNC board meeting agendas. Anastasia suggested he get quotes on rates from Steven, the webmaster, as well as Pat Kramer, who takes the minutes. Anastasia stated that there is funding in the budget to cover this expense.
 
6.    Vice President’s Report: Orrin Feldman
a.    Hollywood Coalition – Orrin outlined issues that have come up for the neighborhood councils regarding the urban design guidelines recommended by the CRA. A public forum will be held in December in Hollywood by City Planning Director Michael Logrande to address these issues.
b.    Hollywood Community Plan – Orrin noted that the EIR for the Hollywood Community Plan is a month off from being announced.  
c.    Specific Plan protections – The Mid City West NC has placed an ad in the L.A. Times stating that the Mayor is looking to take power away from the NCs on communities’ Specific Plans. This issue is getting a lot of attention and to address that, there will be a Town Hall meeting in Hollywood with the City Planning Director.
 
7.    Treasurer’s Report, Michael Meyer
a.    Budget/Financial Report: Michael reported there is $55,983.00 available in the HHWNC budget. The board approved acceptance of the Treasurer’s Report.
 
b.    Follow up on the Friends of Will and Ariel Durant Library – Last May, HHWNC approved $15,000 to support the Children’s Program at the Library. However DONE would not pay for this expense. Instead, they requested that the funding be broken down into three, $5,000 payments and that grant funding paperwork be done for each of the $5,000 amounts, then resubmitted to DONE.  Hannah Kramer of the Library noted that they have filled out the grant paperwork for the first $5,000 segment and outlined how that money would be allocated. She also discussed the need for this money due to the City’s budgetary cuts to the library. (Sweet/Kaawar) moved, “That HHWNC reformat the contribution to the Will and Ariel Durant Library, previously in the amount of $15,000, to include three, separate grants of $5,000 with the first grant to be presented to DONE for the amount of $5,000 along with the submission of the necessary paperwork.” The motion carried.
 
c.    Westside Subway Extension (Transportation Committee issue) Michael stated that Metro is seeking comments on five alternatives for the subway extension. (Meyer/Kaawar) moved, “That HHWNC support the implementation of the Westside Subway Extension Alternative 5; the extension of the Metro Purple Line west to Santa Monica and the addition of a new subway line from Hollywood & Highland through West Hollywood, joining the Purple Line at Wilshire/La Cienega.
 
We understand that the MTA may only have funding at this time for the completion of Alternative 2, but we request that the design of Alternative 2 include a transfer station at Wilshire/La Cienega, similar to the Wilshire/Vermont station, so as not to preclude the future addition of the subway line to Hollywood & Highland.
 
This is not just a 30-year planning decision. The subway will be here for hundreds of years and Metro must plan for future expansions of the subway, including the line from Hollywood to Highland through West Hollywood. Such a system would provide direct subway service from Hollywood to the Valley, Downtown and the Westside.
 
HHWNC’s position shall be communicated to Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and City Councilmembers Tom LaBonge, Eric Garcetti, and Paul Koretz who represent our area.”
 
(Rychlicki) made a friendly amendment that Alignment five be evaluated by CEQA in the final EIR.” The motion carried unanimously.
 
8.    Committee Reports  
a.    AREA COMMITTEES
                                          i.    Area 4 – Hollywood Heights/Hollywood Blvd. – Joyce Dyrector
§ Microphone Purchase for BOD. Joyce requested that the board consider purchasing cordless microphones to amplify the board’s discussions for the audience. She will research costs then return with a motion regarding the purchase of microphones.
 
§ Presentation regarding the proposed “Rolling Stones Café & Bar” at the Hollywood Highland Complex – Lee Rabun, a land use consultant representing American Dream Group, spoke about the proposed 10,270’ complex. Mr. Rabun answered the board’s questions about parking, noise and cover charge issues in relation to this proposal.
 
                                         ii.    Area 6 – NICHOLS CANYON/WATTLES/RUNYON CANYON – (Nelson/Keegan) moved the following motion to purchase materials to repair a posting kiosk at Runyon Canyon Park: “Area 6 Committee requests HHWNC board approval of $750.00 for needed repairs to the kiosks and posting areas in Runyon Canyon Park used by HHWNC.” The motion carried unanimously.
 
                                        iii.    Other Area Committee Reports:
Jonathan Sweet credited Orrin for opposing feral cat trappings.
 
    1. ISSUE COMMITTEES
                                          i.    Emergency Services Chair – Valorie Keegan gave a report on the Emergency Preparedness event at Runyon Canyon Park.  Oct. 21 is the Great California Shakeout at 10:21 a.m.  She reported on Metro and ramp closures as well as other events planned around Halloween. Since there will be no December meeting, she will send out Safety Tips for the holidays. She noted that the latest thefts are occurring from UPS and FedEx trucks.
                                         ii.    Valorie introduced LAFD Chief Butler, Battalion 5 Commander, who spoke about protecting the position of LAFD Staff Assistant.
 
(Keegan/Kaawar) moved, “That Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council (HHWNC) represents a large area in which fire fighting is a very important community concern. Our stakeholders have increasingly become aware that the threat posed by fires, especially hillside brush fires, is year round, rather than just during the City’s traditional "fire season". Our stakeholders understand that LAFD’s ability to respond quickly when there are fires depends in significant part on the LAFD’s abilities to (i) navigate through our area’s tight, winding streets and often steep terrain of the Hollywood Hills, and (ii) manage each fire incident. 
 
“HHWNC believes that, if the City eliminates the LAFD Staff Assistant positions, the Staff Assistant’s elimination would decrease the LAFD’s onsite incident command teams’ effectiveness. Currently, the onsite incident command teams consist of Battalion Commanders and the Staff Assistants, who work and train throughout the year to fight fires. We’ve seen how well those teams work, and how vital their work is. We know that the Staff Assistants are not just drivers or chauffeurs, and that the Staff Assistants are integral to the success of the LAFD’s on-site incident command teams. The title "Staff Assistant" doesn’t seem to describe their job or their roles adequately.
 
“HHWNC also believes that, if the current proposal to eliminate the Staff Assistant positions is adopted, LAFD’s incident command management resources, public safety and oversight to protect the public, as well as LAFD’s own firefighters, would be diminished. Commanding LAFD’s response to many of our area’s fires does not seem to be "a one person job". For these reasons, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council hereby requests that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council Members, who represent our HHWNC area, City Council President Eric Garcetti, and City Council members Tom LaBonge and Paul Koretz, make every effort to maintain and fund the current LAFD Staff Assistant positions.”   For additional info on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOSqHCTXwIA&feature=youtu.be.
 
The motion carried unanimously.
 
    1. Other Issue Committees
                                          i.    Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance – Joyce talked about a Planning Meeting to address proposed additions to the Holiday Inn on Highland.
                                         ii.    The parliamentarian reported on DONE’s procedures for creating uniform bylaws for the NCs.
 
  1. Adjournment: 8:30 p.m.
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