Meeting Date: 09/13/10 06:30 PM
Meeting Type: Regular
Location: Women’s Club of Hollywood
Details: 1. Call to Order
2. Introduction of Neighborhood Council Issue Chairs and Council District 4 representative
3. Neighborhood Crime – lower and upper areas car break-ins and theft
A. Neighborhood Watch – establishing new Neighborhood Watches
4. Runyon Canyon Park
A. Emergency Preparedness for People and Pets event September 25
B. Second annual G4G clean up October 23
C. Discuss potential Park Advisory Boards (PAB) for Runyon and Wattles
D. Neighborhood issues
E. Discussion, motion and vote: Requesting HHWNC funding
for needed repairs to existing kiosks and posting boards including cleaning
supplies, paint and related materials, cork, plexiglass and other items
F. Discussion, possible motion and vote: Parking and safety-related
issues related to Mulholland entrance
5. Wattles Mansion and Park – park drainage project update
6. Public Comments
7. Old Business
8. New Business
Minutes from HHWNC Area 6 Committee’s Meeting
September 13, 2010
Area 6 Chair Dietrich Nelson called the meeting to order at 6:36 pm. There were 43 stakeholders present, including seven HHWNC board members, who were introduced. Several of the Committee Chairs briefly described their responsibilities.
Dietrich also introduced Sharon Shapiro, representing CD4 and Councilman Tom LaBonge and LAPD Hollywood Division Senior Lead Officer, Irv Isabella.
EMS Chair Valorie Keegan discussed crime issues including auto break-ins and criminal theft from packages being left outside. Take precautions. She noted fire season is here and asked people to keep their homes’ gutters clean. She asked that we be vigilant about reporting homeless encampments and dangerous campfires. She also reminded everyone to sign up for reverse 911 for cells and for work phones. The information is on the EMS Committee’s page of www.hhwnc.org
Area 6 and EMS have organized the Emergency Preparedness for People and Pets at Runyon Canyon on September 25 from 8 a.m. to noon. Several city and government agencies are involved.
Dietrich introduced Steve Gratwick of Gay for Good, which is planning a Runyon Canyon Clean Up on Saturday, October 23, when 75 – 100 volunteers are expected to help cleaning up the park. Everyone is welcome to join his organization and the clean up.
Dietrich presented a motion for repairing the kiosks and posting locations in Runyon Canyon to be presented at the next HHWNC meeting in October. Paint, new plexiglass, cork and other materials will need to be purchased. The estimate for materials is in the range of $750. G4G, with direction from Rec. & Parks Maintenance, will provide the labor for the repairs on October 23. The motion was seconded and passed with 14 to 6 in favor of seeking funding from HHWNC.
Dietrich discussed a possible Park Advisory Board for Runyon Canyon to assist with the ongoing problems relating to the park. These problems are being reviewed by CD4 and Rec. & Parks. An update will be provided at the next Area 6 meeting.
The issues include overuse, dog excrement and urine, jaywalkers who will not yield to autos and throw open water bottles and other items at the residents’ cars, park visitors who are verbally abusive Neighbor Leigh French expressed disappointment and frustration from the years of dealing with the issues without resolution. SLO Irv Isabella stated he would bring up Runyon Canyon problems at roll call and will advise West Traffic. Sharon Shapiro, CD4, stated Councilman LaBonge’s office understands the problems and will continue to help.
Officer Irv Isabella stated that overall crime in Area 6 is down, but automobile-related crime is a major concern. Leave nothing in your car and put everything in the trunk. Call 877-ASK-LAPD for reporting any problems to the Hollywood precinct.
In Wattles Park, work will begin soon on a new drainage system in the lower area of the park, which is intended to prevent water and mud from flowing into the mansion and downslope. It’s hoped that this will provide some reclamation and more efficient drainage into the sewers at Hollywood Boulevard.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.