Meeting Date: 11/20/13 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600 7755 Sunset Blvd (On the corner of Sunset and Genesee Ave) Los Angeles, CA 90046

Details:

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING AGENDA
November 20, 2013
6:30 pm
International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600
7755 Sunset Blvd 
(On the corner of Sunset and Genesee Ave) 
Los Angeles, CA 90046
 

 
Directions:  East of N. Fairfax Ave and West of N. La Brea Ave.  Building is accessible.
 
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 Michael Meyer (standing in for Kathy Bañuelos)

 

  1. Minutes – Review and approve Board minutes from October 16, 2013 meeting (MOTION AND VOTE) (5 minutes)

 

  1. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann

 

  1. Public Official Reports

    • CD13 – Councilman Mitch O’Farrell
    • CD4 –Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge
    • Mayor’s Office, Yeghig Keshishian, Central Area Rep.
    • 43rd Assembly District, Eric Menjivar, Rep. from the Office of Assemblyman Mike Gatto
    • 46th Assembly District, Bill Hacket, Office of Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
    • 50th Assembly District, Assemblyman Richard Bloom
    • LAPD
    • LAFD
    • DONE – Barry Stone

 
 

  1. Presentation by representatives from the Dept. of Parks and Rec. re proposed parking lot improvements at The Wattles Mansion

 

  1. Discussion re proposed motions by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and DONE for policies that address the NC system. (See meeting packet for motion summaries) (MOTION AND VOTE)

 

  1. Election Issues 2014
  • Selection of an Election Chair  (MOTION AND VOTE)
  • Approval of the Elections Stipulation Worksheet which will include the time and location the election (MOTION AND VOTE)
  • Identify Neighborhood and Homeowner Associations for election outreach support
  • Funding for Election Outreach:  Approval of funding for materials for stakeholder and candidate awareness, outreach materials, events, polling location, etc.  (MOTION AND VOTE)

 

  1. Community business
  • Adopt a Street Tree Program (see flyer in meeting packet)

 

  1. Confirm next meeting date:  January 15, 2014

 

  1. Vice President’s Report by Vice President Orrin Feldman (20 minutes)

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

    1. Vote to approve Treasurer’s report.
    2. Updates on:

      • Parking and Pedestrian Safety issues on Mulholland near Hollywood Bowl Overlook
      • Please Slow Down Signs
      • Verizon cell tower relocation on Mulholland
      • Dorothy J and Benjamin S Smith Park on Franklin

 

  1. Parliamentarian’s Report by Robert Mott (5 minutes)

 

  1. Secretary’s Report (5 minutes)

 

  1. Committee Reports (40 minutes)

 

  1. ISSUE COMMITTEES

    • Plum Committee Report (Orrin Feldman)

 

  1. AREA COMMITTEES

 

  1. Reports by other 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

 
13.   Adjournment

HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
November 20, 2013

International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600
7755 Sunset Blvd 
 

 

  1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann at 7:00 p.m.
 
  1. Roll call by Michael Meyer (standing in for Kathy Bañuelos): Anastasia Mann, Orrin Feldman, Michael Meyer, Jim Geoghan, Annie Gagen, Mary Prange, Jeffrey Papas, Jodi Galvan, Patricia Weber, Robin Moreno, Joyce Dyrector, Carmen Libaridian, Barbara Witkin,
 
  1. Public Comments: None.
 
4.  Minutes – Board minutes from October 16, 2013 meeting were approved.  (11 Ayes, 0 Noes, 2 Abstentions).   Approved 11 yes, 0 no, 2 abstentions
 
5.  President’s Report by Anastasia Mann
 
  1. Public Official Reports (please review and add any report info given if any of the following were present).

    • CD13 – Councilman Mitch O’Farrell
    • CD4 – Carolyn Ramsay, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge, reported on Runyon Canyon parking issues, and mentioned the two big events, Dec. 1st Hollywood Xmas Party and an Open House in Toluca Lake on Dec. 6th.
    • Mayor’s Office, Yeghig Keshishian, Central Area Rep.
    • 43rd Assembly District, Eric Menjivar, Rep. from the Office of Assemblyman Mike Gatto
    • 46th Assembly District, Bill Hacket, Office of Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
    • 50th Assembly District, Assemblyman Richard Bloom
    • LAPD
    • LAFD
    • DONE – Barry Stone
 
6.  Proposed parking lot improvements at The Wattles Mansion. Carolyn Ramsay of CD4 and Aren Galustians of Recreation and Parks Dept explained the proposal for a 23-space metered parking lot at Wattles Park as an attempt to address parking issues related to Runyon Canyon Park.  Anastasia outlined the issues surrounding this proposed parking lot saying there are people supporting both sides of this debate. Orrin stated that these issues are contentious and a new Runyon Canyon Master Plan is needed to address these issues.
  • Cindy Nelson Muller – Stakeholder living next to proposed parking lot stated that she did not believe there is a need for this parking lot. She did not receive notice of a community survey.
  • Robert Erickson – Stakeholder said the 23 proposed parking spots would be a logistical nightmare for neighbors.
  • Don Andres from Franklin/Hollywood West Residents Association and Nadia Connors also addressed this issue.
(Meyer/Witkin) moved that HHWNC not support the concept of a parking lot. The motion carried unanimously.
 
7.  Discussion re proposed motions by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and DONE for policies that address the NC system.  
1.a. "The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is to be permanently placed in charge of administering  neighborhood council elections." The motion carried unanimously.
 
2.a. "NC board members be required to complete Ethics, Financial policy, Sexual Harassment, and ADA compliance training and that the Department offer classes including, but not limited to Leadership, City Government basics, Parliamentary Procedure, Land Use and Candidate Training. 2.b. There be a citywide standard of training, not to exceed 90 days, that a board member will have to pass the required training and that this be enforced by the NC bylaws, which shall prohibit voting on any matter coming before the NC board. Inability of any board member or members to timely complete training will not affect the quorum."
 
(Galvan/Witkin) moved to amend Part A to take out any additional training that is already present (sexual harassment and ADA compliance training). (Witkin/Moreno) to support Part B as presented. The motion carried.
 
3. Early Notification System: "An early notification system be established by each City department, commission and the City Council and its committees to provide NCs a minimum of 60 days notification of any proposed action." The board moved to approve this recommendation.
 
4. Initiation of Council Files: "NCs should have the right to open Council Files. No NC board member shall be required to file a financial disclosure form for a NC to open a Council File. There shall be no limit to the number of Council Files that a NC may open each year."  The board approved this recommendation.
 
5. The BONC, with the aid and advice of citywide NCs will adopt policies establishing the Best Practices for monitoring the delivery of City Services. The board was opposed to this recommendation.
 
6. Community Impact Statements: City agendas should once again include the full text of the brief CIS from each NC submitting one, with links to background materials that were provided as support. Any time a CIS is removed from an agenda, the City Clerk will send a notification. The board approved.
 
7. NCs presenting at City Council meetings: City Council officials presenting to City Council or committees should be presented five minutes of presentation time, separate from the General Public Comment period, to present the official view or the board alliance. The NC should receive priority at City entities and be called for comment before the general public. The recommendation was approved unanimously.
 
8. Funding and Grants: A. Unexpended NC funds should be kept in the NC system, received and administered by DONE. B. NCs should be allowed to provide funds to city departments provided that the equipment benefits stakeholders and in addition to the initial requester, there is documentation from a higher level of the Department, and that the transfer is accompanied by an MOU agreement or a form similar to a Neighborhood Purposes Grant. C. Overriding principles should be that in the absence of conflicts of interest the DONE shall be empowered to seek and receive funds appropriate to their mission and support their operations."
 
The board amended Item A to: "Unexpended NC funds should be kept within that particular NC and rolled over to the following fiscal year."  The board approved the recommendations as amended.
 
Elections:
 
  • Selection of an Election Chair: Michael Meyer was appointed election chair by unanimous consent.
  • Approval of the Elections Stipulation Worksheet: The board agreed that the Central Region election for HHWNC be held at the Will & Ariel Durant Public Library from 2 p.m – 8 p.m. with Tuesday, April 8th as an alternate date, with an alternate location as Bonham & Butterfield.    
  • Identify Neighborhood and Homeowner Associations for election outreach support – To be researched by Outreach chair.
  • Funding for Election Outreach: Approval of funding for materials for stakeholder and candidate awareness, outreach materials, events, polling location, etc.    (Witkin/Feldman) moved to budget $5,000 for election funding and outreach. The motion carried unanimously.
  • Vote by mail: The board unanimously voted against having a 'vote by mail.'
 
 
7.  Community business: Adopt a Street Tree Program. This item was tabled.
 
8.  Confirm next meeting date: The board agreed to remain dark for December 2014 with the next meeting on Jan. 15, 2014.
 
9.  Vice President’s Report by Vice President: Orrin Feldman announced the projects that will be coming before the PLUM Committee at the next meeting.
 
10.  Treasurer’s Report:  Michael Meyer reviewed the monthly expenditure report. $303.00. He also reviewed outstanding commitments. (Prange/Feldman) moved to approve the Treasurer's Report. The motion to approve carried.
 
 
Updates:
  • Parking and Pedestrian Safety issues on Mulholland near Hollywood Bowl Overlook: Michael has received assurances from Brian Gallagher at LADOT that No Parking signs and other signage will be put up and enforced.
  • Please Slow Down Signs: To be delivered in December.
  • Verizon cell tower relocation on Mulholland: Approval was granted to move this tower.
  • Dorothy J and Benjamin S Smith Park on Franklin: $15,000 for exercise equipment has still not been spent due to concerns by CD13 about fencing.  Rec & Parks still working on plan for the park.
 
  1. Parliamentarian’s Report:  No report.
 
  1. Secretary’s Report: No report.
 
  1. Committee Reports
 
  1. AREA COMMITTEES:  Board member Barbara Witkin spoke about a committee meeting with Gardner Junction and existing parking problems in that area. Stakeholders are concerned with the bar and parking.
  2. Anastasia stated that the board has been asked to report any marijuana dispensaries operating within 1,000' of any school to the City Attorney.
 
7.  Public Comments – Jim Geoghan invited everyone to the Christmas Parade. Joan Pelico announced her candidacy for Council District 4 and talked about her platform. She is currently a Field Deputy for Councilmember Koretz.
 
8.  Old Business: None.
 
9.  New Business: None.
 
10.  Adjournment: 9:00 p.m.

 
-Minutes by Pat Kramer, Apple One-

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