Meeting Date: 05/09/12 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Yucca Community Center, 6671 Yucca Street, Hollywood, CA 90028


I) Call to Order
II) Committee Announcements
III) The Planning Department’s Office of Zoning Administration sent us a notice that there will be a public hearing on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 9:30 am in LA City Hall’s room 1020 to consider an application to approve a conditional use permit for the sale of a full line of alcoholic beverages at an existing nightclub at 6553-5 Hollywood Blvd. It’s 5,930 square feet, and has live entertainment and patron dancing for up to 299 patrons. Hours of operation would be 11am to 4am daily, and alcohol sales would be from 11am to 2am daily. 
The Planning Dept.’s case no. is ZA 2012-0223(CUB)(CUX). There also is a CEQA no., which is ENV 2012-224-CE. Possible Motion and Vote
IV) Two applications were filed with the Planning Department for different spaces located at 6531 Hollywood Boulevard.
For the ground floor space, under the Planning Dept.’s case no. ZA 2012-0528, CIM Group is asking the Planning Dept. to issue a conditional use permit to sell beer and wine for a 931 square foot ground floor restaurant which would have 146 square feet of indoor patio space, and 250 square feet of sidewalk dining space.  The proposed hours of operation are 24 hours daily with alcohol sales from 11am to 1:45 am on Mondays through Fridays, and 8am to 1:45 am on Saturdays and Sundays. 
For the basement space, under the Planning Dept.’s case no. ZA 2012-0530, CIM Group is asking the Planning Dept. to issue a conditional use permit to sell a full line of alcoholic beverages, allow live entertainment and public dancing in the 7,148 square foot basement. There would be 183 seats.  Hours of operation are being proposed as 11am to 4am daily with alcohol sales from 11am to1:45 am daily. Possible Motion and Vote.
V) A Conditional Use Permit with the City of Los Angeles has been filed by FE Design & Consulting on behalf of "The Wilcox Restaurant," which is taking over the tenant space previously known as Kung Pow Kitty at 6445 Hollywood. The purpose is for the continued sale and consumption of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in conjunction with an existing restaurant expansion which now totals 7,340 square feet and seating 140 patrons indoors and 24 patrons in an outdoor area located in public way along Wilcox Ave and Hollywood Blvd for a total of 164 patrons all with hours of operation from 6:00am to 2:00am daily in the C4 zone. Possible Motion and Vote
VI) Update on the Hollywood Millennium Project
VII) Meeting Adjourned

 In attendance: 13

Meeting started at 6:38 p.m.
I) Welcome and Introduction of who I as the area 3 chair am.
II) Quick announcement about the Community Resource and Health Fair on July 12th as well as the update on the kids community garden at Yucca Rec.
III) Concerning the property of 6553 -6555 Hollywood Blvd also known as King King a venue which includes nightclub activity as well as small theatrical group presentations. Lee Rabun the representative for King King gave an overview of the history of the property. In regards to the CUP renewal application, they want to change condition 22 which would allow them to drop the outside parking and only keep the onsite parking of 80 spaces. In condition 27 of their application they want to modify the security guard component to one security guard per 75 patrons, currently they have 3 security guards regardless of the number of patrons.
Question asked: The industry standard is 1 to 50 why deviate to 1 to 75? What would stop the owner from selling the property to a questionable owner and passing that 1 to 75 ratio to the new owner which could cause problems? According to the owner Mario who was also there, any new owner would have to go through their own process if ever applying to work as a club or restaurant.
Mario also stated that he always has a minimum of 2 security guards on a nightly basis, one for inside and one for the outside.
Motion: To approve the renewal of the liquor license and the modification to the parking from110 spots to 80 spots pending L.A.P.D. approval regarding the security. The motion was seconded. The motion passed by a vote of 10 yeses and 1 abstention and I did not vote.
IV) Hillview Building owned by the CIM Group, located at 6531 Hollywood boulevard came to the area committee to present their desire to get a CUP (Conditional Use Permit) for a restaurant upstairs at street level and a nightclub at the basement.
According to the Planning Department Case Number ZA-2012-0528 and ZA-2012-0530, they were going for a full line of liquor. Questions included: What type of liquor license are you going for a 47 or 48? Who would be the holder of the 48 license? Did they have a tenant for these spaces? If, so who? What did the tenants who live there think about their plans? Did they speak with LAPD? What about the noise? What about the noise of the patrons when leaving the property? What about parking? Where would patrons park? Would there be valet? There are concerns about the noise level in the neighborhood from the existing restaurants fiveofour and tekila, how could they promise this new tenant would not cause a problem?
They initially said they were going for a 48. Several of the stakeholders voiced their opinions that a 48(nightclub) was a very bad idea for a community as the community was already saturated by liquor licenses. As far at the tenant for the spaces , it went from no they don’t have a tenant to we can’t say exactly who the tenant is. They did not ask the tenants who live there what they thought about the idea of bringing in a restaurant and nightclub to their living space. As of the meeting they have not spoken with LAPD, they chose to speak with the Area 3 Committee first. They said that they would sound proof the club so that the music would not be heard. The response to that was it does not matter how much sound proofing is done, you cannot stop base from vibrating through the building.
They plan on attracting a certain clientele to avoid noise problems which goes back to who would be the tenant as far as the nightclub in the basement goes. The patrons would have valet service that would go to their parking lot at 1715 Wilcox. 
They said that they would screen potential tenants to avoid so many problems. There were a lot of missing information such as the tenant, the thoughts of the tenants who live there, input from the fire department as to the safety of the nightclub. I asked that they come back to our area 3 Committee once they had a full plan and had brought all parties to the table(LAPD, LAFD, Residents of the Building). I also reminded them that we did not make a motion or a vote because we just did not have enough information and that if at any time anyone said that it was approved by our committee that I would make it known to the ZA that there was no vote and we had lots of questions. They promised to come back to us with more information.
V) 6445 Hollywood Boulevard also known as The Wilcox Restaurant, had decided not to present as there are some major changes they are making and they want to present once they were prepared.
VI) No one showed for the Hollywood Millennium Project
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.