Meeting Date: 11/18/03 07:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Church
7501 Hollywood Boulevard Large Parish Hall
Hollywood Blvd at Gardner Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90046
Parking at church lot off Gardner Ave.

Details: Sign in, Call to order, self introductions of stakeholders

Review and approval of the minutes of the prior meeting

Chairs report – issues currently before the HHWNC Board of Directors

Results of Budget priorities survey and budget recommendations for the HHWNC region

Traffic report and discussion

Filming, Mt. Olympus area

Commercial Developments – Sunset Blvd.

City services- priorities, and how to get response/action

Nichols Canyon pending sewer and street construction

Runyon Canyon

Public Comment

Future meeting – date and place


Minutes Detail
Thursday, November 18, 2004

Joint Meeting of Areas 8 and 9 Committees
Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council

The meeting began at approximately 7:10 pm.

Approximately 30 people were in attendance. Attendees present at the meeting included, Don Duckworth; Joe Leonard; Richard Klug; Ray Beccaria; Anthony Deckoff, the area 7 committee chair; Tim Lannen; Gabrielle and Klaus Brill; Russ Leland; Tom Hulce; Tony Tucci; David Tait; Harriet Matthey; Verna Cornelius and Jim Slack; Hilary DeVries and Michael Walker; Philip Stanley; Ellen Sondheim; Gail Natzler; Bobbi Stoll; Tim Braseth; William Jackson; Jeffrey Eyster; Dr. Mel Remba; Dr. John Harold; Fred Smith; Fred Fudacz and Perla Eston; Ken Jones, the area 8 committee chair; and Orrin Feldman, the area 9 committee chair.

Introductions were made, and the minutes of the prior Area 9 Committee meeting were approved.

A discussion of the improvements at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Mulholland Drive, and Woodrow Wilson occurred. The new left turn signal for southbound traffic on Laurel Canyon Blvd. to go east was considered to be helpful and working well. David Tait suggested that a new signal button should be installed closer to the street to enable bicycle riders to get across the intersection more quickly and without having to leave the roadway.

David also had some other suggestions for improving traffic around the Laurel Canyon market intersection(s) with Kirkwood, Laurel Canyon Road and Laurel Canyon Blvd.

The DASH bus operations were discussed. No consensus developed with regard to how the DASH bus route(s) could be revised to get the buses off of Laurel Canyon and serve a wider swath of the canyon community.

Orrin Feldman reported about an application he had submitted to the City’s neighborhood beautification program for the southeast corner of the Laurel Canyon Blvd.’s intersection with Mulholland Drive and Woodrow Wilson. The application was for a grant of city funds to be used in conjunction with a grant already appropriated from the HHWNC and funds to be privately raised in order to adopt and maintain that corner as part of the City’s “Adopt a Median” program. Jeff Eyster presented his proposed design for the corner, which included boulders, landscaping and a sign. The stakeholders present largely opposed the modern design and materials for the sign, preferring something more rustically “western” in style and without any signage welcoming visitors or identifying our community.

Orrin also reported on a Santa Monica Mountains Recreations and Conservation Agency (MRCA) report on the remaining animal wildlife corridors across Laurel Canyon. The stakeholders were able to see the MRCA’s map of the remaining wildlife corridors.

Dr. Mel Remba, as the chair of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the Open Spaces Benefit Assessment District, reported on the funds available for the acquisition of additional open spaces in our community and on what acquisitions had been made in our areas with the assessment funds.

Brief reports and discussions followed with regard to various real estate projects and developments in our areas, including on Laurel Canyon, Jovenita, Stanley Hills, Nichols Canyon, Vulcan, the Woodstock Road extension, the Bulwer Drive hillside, Woodrow Wilson, Cardwell Place, Willow Glen and Zorada Drive.

Richard Klug reported on a 15-acre tract of open space land near Torreyson which is up for sale.

Anthony Deckoff reported on a proposed sewer pipe air cleaning facility for the site of the old Durant Public Library on Gardner Street.

Ken Jones discussed whether the stakeholders would like to hold additional joint area committee meetings, and the stakeholders present generally were in favor of the idea.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:10 pm. The time and place of the next meetings were to be determined by the committee chairs.