Meeting Date: 05/23/06 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Hollywood Women’s Club- lounge area
1749 North La Brea Avenue
Parking available in rear of building; Handicapped accessible


Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Hollywood Women’s Club- lounge area
1749 North La Brea Avenue
Parking available in rear of building; Handicapped accessible

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1. Call to order – introductions

2. Status of GTO project on Hollywood Boulevard

3. Discussion of drivers smoking in their cars on Laurel Canyon between Mulholland and Mount Olympus Drive

4. June 22nd HHWNC “Block Party” party at Hollywood and Highland for all stakeholders (i.e. time, parking, events, etc.)

5. Introduction of Hollywood Captain of Parking Enforcement, Frank Maldonado and/or Lieutenant Michelle Contreras*

6. * Status report on Laurel Canyon Boulevard traffic between Mulholland Drive and Hollywood Boulevard.

7. Public comment and discussion regarding Laurel Canyon traffic issues

8. Compliance Officer, resource for our community area

6. Adjournment 8:00pm or earlier

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Area 8-Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council-Meeting minutes-May 23, 2006

Area Chair, Ken Jones, called the meeting to order at 6:35pm. After an introduction, Ken explained the boundaries of Area 8.

Discussions were held on the following agenda points:

1. Ken gave the status of the GTO project which included background on the demolition of the Regency apartments 7926-40 Hollywood Blvd. After some details about the problems both former and present, the plan is back to square one which is to remove the existing structure and build condos at the site once the approval process has been completed and if variances are allowed. Tenants have been fully apprised of the proposal at this time.

2. Discussion ensued about the effects of drivers smoking while driving on Laurel Canyon between Mulholland Drive on the north end to Hollywood Blvd. on the south end. Although signs exist, many drivers not only smoke, but toss out their cigarettes into the canyon while driving. There are plenty of signs advising drivers of not smoking but the signage appears to be ineffective. Ken was advised by guest speaker, Melinda Contreras, that he should talk with the LAPD, as it falls into their jurisdiction. Fresh ideas are welcome and encouraged to address the concerns of the canyon residents.

3. Anastasia Mann, President of HHWNC, gave a detailed overview of the “Splash Bash” to be held on Thursday, June 22, at Hollywood and Highland. The purpose of the evening is community outreach to approximately 14,000-15,000 stakeholder guests from the surrounding Hollywood Hills areas. The hope is that this will encourage residents to participate in the issues facing the residents. The fun atmosphere evening will include celebrity guests, appetizers/wine a salsa band and prizes. ALL potential stakeholders are encouraged to register and to attend. Parking is $2 for 4 hours.

4. Invited guest, Melinda Contreras, a lieutenant officer with the Los Angeles City Parking Enforcement, discussed the effectiveness of the recent officers who assisted
with the traffic issues at Mount Olympus Drive and Laurel Canyon areas caused by the mudslides that resulted in the use of K-rails and the ensuing reduction in vehicular

5. K rails. Their presence during and after the rainy season were very helpful in “pacing” the traffic flow at that intersection. If problems continue, she advised
that Public Works is the office to contact by dialing “311”. A discussion was also held about Red Flag days in areas of the Hollywood Hills and how some of the signs create parking issues. These signs advise the residents that when winds are at 25MPH or higher, the residents are to evacuate the immediate areas.

6. Carol Sidlow, VP Hillside Mountain Alliance, presented a status report on the hillside issue at the bottom of Laurel Canyon and Mount Olympus. Meetings have been
held from January 2005, when the slide began, until now. As of now, the property/lot in question, which was sold in the summer of 2005, will not dry out totally, and geological surveys will be taking place in the future to
determine the solution to this problem. The project, after a commissioned study, will take approximately 2 years with a decision rendered in 2007 or 2008. The Building and Safety division cannot enter the property and must work cooperatively with the landowners.

7. Ms. Sidlow also informed the stakeholders of the serious concerns the Lookout Mountain Alliance has regarding “questionable” building on currently vacant lots
…this building required large trucking and oversized vehicles transporting building supplies to remote lots in the Lookout Mountain areas.

8. Chair, Ken Jones advised that Antoine Simms, compliance officer for Area 8 of the City of Los Angeles, was invited to attend the meeting to discuss his position as a
resource involving neighborhood compliance. Mr. Simms did not appear at the meeting.

Participant, Tom Spangler motioned to adjourn the meeting and Carol Sidlow, seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned at 7:40pm.

Members in attendance were:

Ken Jones, Chair
Bob Yothers
Melinda Contreras
Carol Sidlow
Anastasia Mann
Mary M. Jackson
Tom Spangler