Meeting Date: 11/19/14 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600 7755 Sunset Blvd (On the corner of Sunset and Genesee Ave)

Details:

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING AGENDA
November 19, 2014
6:30 pm
International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600
7755 Sunset Blvd 
(On the corner of Sunset and Genesee Ave) 
Los Angeles, CA 90046
 

 
Directions:  On the corner of Sunset Blvd and Genesee – Please enter the meeting room from the Genesee parking lot.  Building is accessible and free parking is available.
 
 
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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 Kathy Bañuelos

 

  1. Minutes – Review and approve Board minutes from October 15th meeting (MOTION AND VOTE) (5 minutes)

 

  1. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann  (15 minutes)

    1. Public Official Reports
  • CD13 – Dan Halden, Office of Councilman Mitch O’Farrell
  • CD4 –Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge
  • Mayor’s Office, Poonam Narewatt, Central Area NC Rep.
  • 43rd Assembly District, Rep. from the Office of Assemblyman Mike Gatto
  • 46th Assembly District, Bill Hacket, Office of Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
  • 50th Assembly District, Office of Assemblyman Richard Bloom
  • LAPD
  • LAFD
  • Jay Beeber, Candidate for CD 4

 

  1. Executive Committee Report:

    • Co-Hosting CD 4 Candidate Debate in January with HUNC
    • Creation of an Ad Hoc Committee for Website management

 

  1. Community Business

    • Project updates:

      1. Update and Q&A by NBCUniversal re closure of 101 southbound Barham off-ramp and transportation improvement projects (Corinne Verdery and Pat Gibson) (See http://www.hhwnc.org/node/3629)
      2. Status update on 7107 Hollywood Blvd Project  (See http://www.hhwnc.org/node/3513)
      3. Status update on 8150 Sunset Blvd Project (See http://www.hhwnc.org/node/3008)

 

  1. Review of proposals for Greek Theatre management post 2015.  Presentations by Greek Theatre GM Rena Wasserman on behalf of Nederlander & AEG – and the Robert Group on behalf of Live Nation. (MOTION AND VOTE)

 
 

  1. Announcement re Hollywood Fault Line Town Hall (Dietrich Nelson)

 

  1. Letter to DONE re staffing – FYI

 

  1. Confirm next meeting date:  Dark in December.  Next meeting on January 21, 2015.

 

  1. Vice-President’s Report (Cyd Zeigler) (5 minutes)

    1. UPDATE on 7500 Sunset Blvd  (See http://www.hhwnc.org/node/3471)
    2. UPDATE:  Review of the Nov. 5 PLUM Committee meeting, including the development of position papers on key area development issues and the creation of two ad hoc committees.
    3. MOTION:  The HHWNC adopts the PLUM committee's recommended plan of action that explains and streamlines the review process for applicants. See attached.
    4. MOTION:  The HHWNC adopts a policy that allows the neighborhood council to file community impact statements electronically. See attached.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report (10 minutes)

    1. Motion and Vote to approve monthly expenditures reports (Oct. & Nov.)
    2. Approve Funding request forms
    3. Update on Funding process and required forms
    4. Grand Opening of Dorothy J & Benjamin B Smith Park

      • Motion: Approval of $250 for refreshments at the park’s grand opening.

 

  1. Parliamentarian’s Report (Malena Patel) (5 minutes)

    1. Monthly report on committee meetings

 

  1. Secretary’s Report (Kathy Bañuelos) (5 minutes)

    1. Approval of amendment to July 16,  2014 meeting minutes

 

  1. Committee Reports

 

  1. Area 2 (Patricia Weber)

    • Carls Jr. (3770 Cahuenga) application for remodel (Motion and Vote for approval)
    • Salsa bar (3791 Cahuenga) application for beer and wine with (Motion and Vote for Approval)
  2. Area 3 (Brian Dyer/Robin Moreno)

    • Installation of Dog Poop Bag dispensers

      1. Motion: That the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council approve the funding in the amount of $300.00 for replenishing the supply of DogPoopBags for use in Area 3.  (Motion and Vote)
    • Holiday Party at Yucca Community Center

      1. Motion: That the Board of HHWNC Approve Area 3’s request of $350.00 to for refreshments for 250+ children and parents attending the Yucca Community Center’s Holiday Party, “Picnic with Santa” to be held December 20, 2014.  (Motion and Vote)
  3. Outreach Committee (Robin Moreno) – Discussion re US Postal mailings re Jan Debate & related NC ISSUES. (Possible motion and vote and budget item)                                                                                     
  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
HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
DRAFT BOARD MEETING MINUTES
November 19, 2014
International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600
7755 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
 

 

  1. Call to order at 6:33 p.m. by President, Anastasia Mann

 

  1. Roll call by Secretary Kathy Bañuelos: Anastasia Mann, Cyd Zeigler, Kathy Bañuelos, Michael Meyer, Jim Geoghan, Annie Gagen, Casey Maddren, Deitrich Nelson, Rick Cullen, Patricia Weber, Sunta Izzicupo, Joyce Dyrector, Orrin Feldman. Quorum reached. Malena Patel, Barbara Witkin, Oren Katz, JoAnn Koplin and Grant Wallensky arrive late. The board members introduced themselves to the public.

 

  1. October 15, 2014 Board Meeting Minutes: (Nelson/Izzicupo) moved to approve the minutes as corrected. The motion carried 13-0-2 (Bañuelos, Meyer abstained).

 

  1. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann   

    1. Public Official Reports
  • CD4 – Renee Weitzer, representing Councilmember Tom LaBonge, was present.
  • CD13 – Dan Halden, Field Deputy for Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, said that Smith Park is almost done and expected to open at Franklin/Sycamore. Other updates included protection for historic buildings, a pilot safety program called “Safe Passages Volunteer Crossing Guard” for a local school, the Hollywood XMAS parade and other local events.
  • 43rd Assembly District: Eric Menjivar was present for the Office of Assemblyman Mike Gatto.
  • Greg Bartz, Department of Water & Power community liaison gave some updates.
  • Jay Beeber, Candidate for CD 4, unveiled his campaign platform which includes parking reform. He’s on the board of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council and a community advocate with emphasis on transportation issues.
  • Eric Weyenberg, Candidate for CD 4, also talked about his candidacy. He’s in the entertainment business (post production and animation). He’s interested in working with non-profits to fix sidewalks around the city.
  • David Ryu, Candidate for CD 4, said he’s running to change the conversation at City Hall. He circulated a survey.
  • Senior Lead Officer Ralph Sanchez gave a report on the theft and surgical stripping of parts off of vehicles. He suggested not leaving any valuables of any kind in cars. Lock cars as all times.  Crews posing as magazine salespeople are looking for opportunities to break in.
  • Mayors Rep, Poonam Narewatt, new Central Area Rep – introduced herself.

 

  1. Executive Committee Report:

    • Anastasia announced that the Executive Committee wants to hold a CD4 Candidates debate on Tuesday, January 27th after the regular board meeting at the Globe Theater at Universal in conjunction with the Hollywood United NC. The board approved this request.
    • An Ad Hoc Committee for Website management was created. (Anastasia is volunteering David Horowitz, an employee, at no cost to the HHWNC). Barbara and Grant, plus David and Valorie Keegan, were appointed to serve with Anastasia.

 

  1. Community Business

    • NBC Universal project updates: NBCUniversal continues to meet with various homeowner associations and community representatives, including Anastasia Mann, Krista Michaels, Michael Meyers, and Daniel Savage.  NBCUniversal has agreed to fund a study by a third party engineering firm to review the more than 20 alternatives studied to keep the 101 southbound Barham/Bennett off-ramp open and analyze any additional southbound off-ramp alternatives that can safely co-exist with the new Barham southbound on-ramp currently under construction. (Michael Meyer and Kathy Banuelos recused themselves from this item)

 
Corinne Verdery, chief real estate officer for NBCUniversal, provided an historic view of the plans for the 400 acre site with a focus on tourism and production. Two hotels with a total of 1,000 rooms will be part of this as well as improvements to CityWalk. It’s a 25-year development plan.  A bike path will be constructed along the river bed and a one acre Trailhead park will be created. Added attractions to Universal include: Super Silly FunLand, Springfield: Home of the Simpsons, the Fast and the Furious, plus Harry Potter in 2016. Corrine said they have a Working Group to provide input on potential additional traffic mitigations. 
 
Pat Gibson, the Traffic Engineer for this project, spoke about the transportation improvements necessary for this project.  $100 million dollars in transportation improvements will cover improving 120 intersections, widening the Barham corridor by one lane, a Forest Lawn interchange, new buses added to Ventura, shuttle buses from Metro at Lankershim, Cahuenga, the Burbank media district (at Metrolink) and the airport. (See www.hhwnc.org/node/3629).
 
Richard Jolupow, a resident of Fredonia, asked about an onramp from the bridge at Campo de Cahauenga. Why isn’t there an entrance/exit at Forest Lawn (north end of property)? What about an on-ramp over the off-ramp on Barham?
CV: A 3rd entrance at Forest Lawn would require a road at the back lot and was not approved. PG added that Campo de Cahuenga was rejected due to site restrictions but the third party hired will look at it again.
 
Fred Mariscal, a candidate for CD 4, stated that the project was good for the economy and the transportation improvements will help traffic on local streets, but that he felt Council District 4 did not communicate properly with the residents regarding the ramp closure. He stated that the traffic improvements would be good for the community, but would like to find a way to keep the ramp at Barham open.
 
Sheila Irani, a candidate for CD 4 and former president for Lake Hollywood Homeowners Association stated that although the closure is an inconvenience, getting Universal's traffic directly onto the freeway is a good thing for local streets.  Further, she stated that safety is paramount, and that the ramp closure was ramp closure was best for safety considering the dangerous weaving that would result otherwise, which is why they did not oppose the Barham closure.
 
Jodi Ehrlich, a resident of Hollywood, wanted to know how long the construction will be going on.
 
PG: Construction will begin after the holidays and will last 9-12 months. Construction on the Barham dead ramps (Cahuenga east and west) will take place after the other ramp improvements are done and may require closing one lane on Cahuenga.
Michael George, Hollywood resident, believes that Universal has been true to their word and that doing nothing is not the answer.
 
Dave Grabowski, Hollywood Hills Cahuenga Pass resident, is in agreement with the CalTrans decision.
 
Joel Samuels, asked that everything be done to save the existing on-ramp.
 
John Strozdas stated that he represents 1260 petitioners opposed to closing the ramp. They are okay with the ramp being relocated but don’t want a 2.5 mile gap.
 
Nancy deNicola made some general comments about the off ramp closure.
 
Charles Malki, Hollywood Knolls realtor, said it would hurt property values to have the off ramp closed. He also talked about the safety issue of ambulances, fire engines and police cruisers having to take an alternate and longer route.
 
CD4 – Rene Weitzer, representing Councilmember Tom LaBonge, spoke about the length of time the NBCUniversal project has been pending and in the works. She said the Council Office works to help the greater Hollywood community and has worked very hard to look at the bigger picture and come up with a balanced plan. 
 
Patricia Weber thanked the representatives of NBCUniversal for their presentation and for continuing to work with the community.
 
Orrin Feldman stated that the issue of the Barham ramp has been discussed for years and that no one should accuse the Council office or Caltrans of hiding anything.
 
Casey Maddren asked a question about the projected volume of traffic with the new attractions at the theme park. 
 
Orrin Feldman and Casey Maddren added additional comments.
Anastasia said future meetings can be called to discuss this project as it progresses.
 

  • Mosaic Church: Anastasia talked about the redevelopment plans for the Mosaic Church at 7107 Hollywood Blvd. at LaBrea. The height of the main tower is creating concern about views being blocked. A scoping meeting was to take place on Dec. 4th at Temple Israel on Hollywood Blvd. (See: www.hhwnc.org/node/3513).  

 

  • Sunset Heights: 8150 Sunset Blvd./Crescent Heights. Dave Kramer, representing the developer for Sunset Heights, is proposing a mixed use development that would include 249 apartments for low income in two structures, 6 and 9 stories high. The tallest tower would be 191 feet. Valorie Keegan requested that the comment period be extended to January 15, 2015, instead of Jan. 5th. Barbara Witkin spoke to Jonathan Brand who is taking it under consideration. (www.hhwnc.org/node/3008).

 

  1. Review of proposals for Greek Theatre management post 2015. 

Presentations by Greek Theatre GM Rena Wasserman on behalf of Nederlander & AEG – and The Robert Group on behalf of Live Nation.
Adam Burke from Nederlander said the Parks Department voted not to review its recommendation to not allow them to continue managing the Greek Theater. Nederlander partners with AEG Live, represented at this meeting by Melissa Kolossodus.
Chris Robert of The Robert Group, representing Live Nation, talked about the improvements that they will be making and the process that was taken for reviewing and choosing their application.
 
(Nelson/Witkin) moved, “That concerning the limited time for a community review of the proposals for the Greek Theater and the concerns raised by the Los Feliz Association, the Budget Advocates and other neighborhood councils, the HHWNC joins those concerned parties and requests an apples-to-apples review of the competing proposals.” The motion carried: 8-1-5 (Oren, Grant, Orrin, Patricia, Cyd and Kathy).
 

  1. Dietrich Nelson announced a Town Hall meeting on the Hollywood Earthquake Fault Line map and Hollywood developments.

 

  1. Letter to DONE re staffing – Anastasia mentioned this letter.

 

  1. Next meeting date: Anastasia announced that HHWNC will be dark in December.  The next meeting takes place on January 21, 2015.

 

  1. Vice-President’s Report: Cyd Zeigler noted there was a scoping meeting that evening on the project proposed for 7500 Sunset Blvd. It will be further discussed at the Plum Committee meeting on Dec. 1, 2015. (See http://www.hhwnc.org/node/3471).

 

  1. At the Nov. 5 PLUM Committee meeting, two Ad Hoc committees were created to tackle position papers on key area development issues.

 

  1. (Koplin/Meyer) support the PLUM committee's recommended plan of action to explain and streamline the review process for applicants. The motion carried: 10-4-2 (Barbara & Kathy). (See attached plan)

 

  1. (Zeigler/Wallensky): The HHWNC adopts a policy that allows the neighborhood council to file community impact statements electronically. See attached. The motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report:

    1. (Witkin / Nelson) moved to approve HHWNC’s monthly expenditures report for October. The motion carried unanimously.
    2. (Izzicupo/ Nelson) moved to approve HHWNC’s monthly expenditures for November 2014. The motion carried unanimously.
    3. (Meyer/Witkin) moved to approve the funding request forms. The motion carried unanimously.
    4. (Meyer/Gagen) moved to approve $250 for refreshments at the grand opening of Dorothy J & Benjamin B Smith Park. The motion carried unanimously.
    5. (Witkin/Nelson) moved to approve the Treasurer’s report.

 

  1. Parliamentarian’s Report (Malena Patel) – No report.

 

  1. Secretary’s Report (Kathy Bañuelos)

    1. (Bañuelos/Mann) moved to amend the July 16, 2014 meeting minutes. The motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. Committee Reports, Area 2:
  • (Weber/Nelson) moved to approve Carls Jr’s application to remodel at 3770 Cahuenga. The motion carried unanimously.
  • (Weber/Nelson) moved to approve the Salsa bar (3791 Cahuenga) application for beer and wine. The motion carried unanimously.

 
Committee Report, Area 3 (Brian Dyer/Robin Moreno were not present)
(Mann/Nelson) moved that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council approve the funding in the amount of $300.00 for replenishing the supply of DogPoopBags for use in Area 3. The motion carried unanimously.
 
(Mann/Nelson) moved that the Board of HHWNC Approve Area 3’s request of $350.00 to for refreshments for 250+ children and parents attending the Yucca Community Center’s Holiday Party, “Picnic with Santa” to be held December 20, 2014. The motion carried unanimously.
                                                                            

  1. Public Comments: None.

 

  1.  Old Business: (Nelson/Witkin) moved to increase the expenditure from $200 to $210 for refreshments on the Hollywood Fault Line Town Hall meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

  1.  New Business: (Witkin/Nelson) moved that up to $500 be allocated for the debate in January 2015 for the CD4 candidates. The motion carried unanimously.

 

  1.  Adjournment: 9:50 pm.

 

Minutes by Pat Kramer, Apple One-
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