Meeting Date: 01/14/16 06:00 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Will & Ariel Durant Public Library – 7140 Sunset Blvd.

Details: 1.  Welcome and general comments.

2.  Consider approving minutes of previous meeting.

3.  Update and discuss LA Department of Water & Power's proposed project to replace the fresh water pipes under Willow Glen between Thames and Woodstock.

4.  Report re: recent proposed new homes in our area.

5.  Discussion of the area's current traffic problems and possible improvements to mitigate the impact of the traffic increase(s).  Council Member David Ryu's Senior Field Deputy Catherine Landers, LAPD's Hollywood Division's Senior Lead Officer Ralph Sanchez and HHWNC's Traffic Committee Chair Jim Geoghan have been invited to join, and help lead us through, this discussion.

6.  El Nino Preparedness

7.  Public comments on non-agendized items.

8.  Adjournment

The City's Department of Neighborhood Empowerment would like you to know that, since the City is 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 accomodation to ensure equal acccess to its prorams, 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 prior to the meeting by contacting Orrin Feldman at [email protected] or calling HHWNC's hot line at (310) 854-6000.

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The meeting started at approximately 6 p.m.

Approximately 35 stakeholders attended the meeting, including Catherine Landers, Council District 4's Senior Field Deputy, LAPD West Traffic Division Officer Pedro "Pete" Cordero, LAPD Hollywood Division's Senior Lead Officer Ralph Sanchez, and HHWNC Traffic Committee chair Jim Geoghan.

The stakehodlers voted to approve the draft minutesof the area 9 committee meeting held on October 3, 2015. 

Orrin Feldman explained that DWP had reconsidered when DWP would start the fresh water repiping under Willow Glen from Thames St. to Woodstock Road.  DWP has rescheduled construction to start in July, 2016 due to several recent water breaks there.

There was a brief rundown of some of the new proposed projects, aka new homes, for the area and, especially, along Willow Glen. 

A lengthy discussion followed with regard to the area's current traffic problems and possible improvements, which included suggestions for:

(i) asking the City to provide more LAPD and LADOT enforcement, and especially at the Laurel/Mulholland and Woodrow Wilson/ Woodstock intersections during peak weekday hours.

(ii) asking LADOT to provide for greater east-west traffic flows along Mulholland Drive, and for easier access from Woodrow Wilson to Mulholland Drive, even if that meant resetting the way north-south traffic flows on Laurel Canyon Blvd.

(iii) asking LADOT to prohibit northbound traffic from turning left/west at the Woodrow Wilson/Woodstock intersection during peak afternoon/evening weekday hours.

(iv) asking LADOT to consider installing stop signs on Mulholland Drive at both Torreyson and Briar Summit.

(v) asking Street Services to repaint the "keep clear" signage along Mulholland Drive, where appropriate, such as at Briar Summit.

(vi)  asking Street Services or some other part of Public Works to trim the bushes in the public right of way at Mulholland/Torreyson intersection so that drivers leaving Torreyson can more easily see oncoming westbound traffic.

Ms. Landers undertook to take these suggestions to LADOT for LADOT to consider.

There also were a significant number of stakehodlers who suggested and wanted the City to reach out to WAZE and other navigation services following any changes in our local traffic rules in order to ask if they could reprogram their services' suggestions to drivers so that drivers would know what the new rules would be, and could comply with them.  

There were no public comments on non-agendized items.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:50 p.m.