Meeting Date: 02/12/14 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Bonhams & Butterfields 7601 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046


February 12, 2014
6:30 pm
Bonhams & Butterfields
7601 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Directions:  East of N. Fairfax Ave and West of N. La Brea Ave of Hollywood Blvd.  Building is accessible and free parking is available behind the building. 
The public is requested to fill out a “Speaker Card” to address the Board on any item of the agenda prior to the Board taking action on an item.  Comments from the public on non-agenda and agenda items will be heard during the Public Comment Period and, within the discretion of the presiding officer of the Board, when the respective item is being considered. Comments from the public on other matters not appearing on the Agenda that is within the Board’s subject matter jurisdiction will be heard during the Public Comment period.  Public comment is limited to 2 minutes per speaker unless waived by the presiding officer of the Board.  Agenda is posted for public review: on bulletin boards at the top and bottom of Runyon Canyon Park, and electronically on the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council website and on the Department Of Neighborhood Empowerment (  As 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 accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, 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 (72 hours) prior to the meeting you wish to attend by contacting the Neighborhood Council Project Coordinator at 213-485-1360 or e-mail to [email protected].
PROCESS FOR RECONSIDERATION:  The Board may reconsider and amend its action on items listed on the agenda if that reconsideration takes place immediately following the original action or at the next regular meeting. The Board, on either of these two days, shall: (1) Make a Motion for Reconsideration and, if approved, (2) hear the matter and Take an Action.  If the motion to reconsider an action is to be scheduled at the next meeting following the original action, then two items shall be placed on the agenda for that meeting: (1) A Motion for Reconsideration on the described matter and (2) a Proposed Action should the motion to reconsider be approved.  A motion for reconsideration can only be made by a Board member who has previously voted on the prevailing side of the original action taken. If a motion for reconsideration is not made on the date the action was taken, then a Board member on the prevailing side of the action must submit a memorandum to the Secretary identifying the matter to be reconsidered and a brief description of the reason(s) for requesting reconsideration at the next regular meeting. The aforesaid shall all be in compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act.

  1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann


  1. Roll call by Secretary Kathy Bañuelos


  1. Minutes – Review and approve Board minutes from January 15, 2014 meeting (MOTION AND VOTE) (5 minutes)


  1. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann  

    1. Public Official Reports
  • CD13 – Office of Councilman Mitch O’Farrell
  • CD4 –Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge
  • Mayor’s Office, Yeghig Keshishian, Central Area NC Rep.
  • 43rd Assembly District, Rep. from the Office of Assemblyman Mike Gatto
  • 46th Assembly District, Bill Hacket, Office of Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
  • 50th Assembly District, Office of Assemblyman Richard Bloom
  • LAPD
  • LAFD


  1. Community business


  1. Confirm next meeting date:  March 19, 2014


  1. Parliamentarian’s Report by Robert Mott (5 minutes)


  1. Vice President’s Report by Vice President Orrin Feldman (5 minutes)


  1. Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer (10 minutes)

    1. Vote to approve monthly expenditures report.
    2. Purchase of 23 copies of Roberts Rules of Order for the new Board (MOTION AND VOTE)


  1. Secretary’s Report (5 minutes)


  1. ELECTION UPDATE & REVIEW – Election Committee (Chair Michael Meyer/Vice-Chair Jodi Galvin) – General review of status of March 30th election. Candidate and available seat update. Discussion & review of budget for election materials for campaign and day of event and outreach efforts for candidates and voting. Possible motion and/or motions & vote/a re budget, items, outreach etc.


  1. Committee Reports (40 minutes)



    • Plum Committee Report (Orrin Feldman)

      1. 2211 N. Cahuenga Blvd – Planning Dept. Case no. ZA 2013-3181:

Charles Klasky, the building's owner, has filed an application for a variance in order to legalize the more than 30-year use of three separate "guest rooms". One of the guest rooms was made into a separate apartment, and it rent-controlled. The other two guest rooms were incorporated as rooms in other existing apartments, and those apartments are not rent controlled.  There are 21 legal units in the building, and the application states that the building could have as many as 25 units under the LA Municipal Code.  A Zoning Administrator's hearing will consider the application on March 4, 2013.
Proposed motion:  That the HHWNC board vote to support the application for the variance.  

  • Emergency Services (Dietrich Nelson) – The EMS Committee unanimously approved the following motion at its January 29 meeting:  Create and print on both sides two thousand Hollywood Area Information Card on 8 ½ x 11 heavy card stock which will be distributed to businesses and stakeholders. It will contain key Emergency and City phone numbers with one side in English and the flip side in Spanish. The cost is not to exceed $1,000.  (MOTION AND VOTE)


  • Outreach (Jodi Galvan) – Discussion of promotional outreach gift/giveaway items for 2014-16 and budget. Possible motion and vote.



    • Area 7 (Barbara Witkin) – The Area 7 committee respectfully requests the HHWNC board approve its annual 2014 LA Marathon Cheering Sections supplies and water in the amount of $300.00.  The committee is planning to setup 2 or 3 stakeholder cheering stations along Sunset Blvd. from La Brea to Crescent heights.  Items to be purchased are water for the runners and cheering supplies for the cheering stakeholders.  MOTION and VOTE.


  1. Reports by other Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)


  1. Public Comments – Comments from the public on agenda items and non-agenda items within the Board’s subject matter jurisdiction.  Public comments are limited to 2 minutes per speaker.


  1. Old Business


  1. New Business


  1. Adjournment
Bonhams & Butterfields
February 12, 2014
  1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann at 6:33 p.m.

Roll call by Secretary Kathy Bañuelos: Anastasia Mann, Kathy Bañuelos, Orrin Feldman, Michael Meyer, Robert Mott, Jim Geoghan, Annie Gagen, Mary Prange, Jeffrey Papes, Dietrich Nelson, Vincent Laresca, Jodi Galvan, Rick Cullen, Joyce Dyrector, Barbara Witkin, Joshua Kopel and Clive Whitcher. Quorum established.  Board members arriving after the start of the meeting: Robin Moreno, Carmen Libaridian, Paul Darrigo, Patricia Weber and Alwyn Kushner.

  1. Approval of Minutes – (Meyer/Papes) moved that the board approve the January 15th, 2014 board meeting minutes. The motion carried unanimously.


  1. President's Report:

Community Business: Greg Bartz and Joe Reseng from DWP explained the scope and scale of projects that DWP has set for itself along with the precipitation report and how it may affect water consumption. They talked about a six month project on a water main line in Runyon Canyon Park which will involve partial closure of the Park. They also discussed a restriping project in Hollywood starting on March 15th.
Sharon Shapiro, CD4, gave further details on the project at Runyon Park and the reason an area of the park will be closed. She also talked about potential motions/ordinances affecting the district. Michael volunteered to track a Council File relating to Outpost for the Council office.
Mayor’s Office, Yeghig Keshishian, Central Area NC Rep., gave updates on new appointments and initiatives to increase quality of life issues for the City.
Next HHWNC board meeting set for March 19, 2014. Location to be confirmed.
4. Parliamentarian's Report: No report.
5. Vice President's Report: Michael spoke about the Ford Theatre's upcoming scoping meeting, specifically that there could be a significant increase in the number of events taking place at the Ford.  Anastasia added that the project included a 299 seat theater, a small restaurant and increased parking.
6. Treasurer's Report: Michael Meyer reported on the expenditures for the previous month and $5481.00 to date. (Papes/Geoghan) moved that the Treasurer's Report be accepted and approved. (Witkin/Papes) moved that HHWNC purchase 22 brief copies of Robert's Rules of Order and one full copy for board packets. The motion carried.
7. Secretary’s Report:  No report.
8. Election Update & Review: Election Committee (Chair Michael Meyer/Vice-Chair Jodi Galvin) – Michael reported that seven new candidates have filed applications as candidates for the upcoming HHWNC March 30th election. Area 2 committee chair remains open for a candidate. Signage is needed to promote the election. (Galvin/Witkin) moved to add $1,000 to the Election budget, increasing the total budget to $6000.  The motion carried 15-1-1.
Gina Mazzone, candidate for Issues chair for HHWNC, introduced herself.
Cid Ziegler, candidate for Vice President, introduced himself.
JoAnn Koplin made a candidate statement for Housing Rep.
Carl Ripaldi is running for Environmental Rep.
Sean Benaroya is running for Area 8 chair.
Grant Wallensky is running for Area 6 chair.
9. Committee Reports
Plum Committee Report, Orrin Feldman introduced the variance application for 2211 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (Planning Dept. Case no. ZA 2013-3181). This involves legalizing three guest rooms now rented in this residential building. A Zoning Administrator's hearing will consider the application on March 4, 2013.
(Feldman/Witkin) moved, "That the HHWNC board vote to support the application for the variance."  The motion carried 15-0-1.
Emergency Services: Dietrich Nelson updated the board on plans to print an Emergency contact list as approved at their January 29 meeting. (Nelson/Prange) moved that HHWNC approve up to $1,000 to produce 2,000 Area Information Emergency Contact cards with the HHWNC logo. The motion carried. 
Area 7 (Witkin/Papes) moved, "That HHWNC approve its annual 2014 LA Marathon Cheering Sections supplies and water in the amount of $300.00 for Sunday, March 9, 2014." The motion carried with 1 abstention (Whitcher).
Area 5 Chair, Carmen Libaridian, stated that she held a joint committee meeting with Area 6, but no Area 5 stakeholders attended.
Reports by other Committee Chairs in attendance (continued, next page).
Area 6 Chair: Paul Darrigo met with LAPD about a Speed Trailer on LaBrea for Runyon. LAPD recommended going through Councilman LaBonge's office to get DOT to follow through.
Sign Committee: Michael Meyer offered 30 slowdown signs to board members to put up on poles in each Area.
10.  Public Comments:
Ashley Sanchez notified the board about the 3rd annual Hollywood Half Marathon taking place Saturday, April 5th. 
11. Old Business: None.
12.  New Business: None.
13.  Adjournment at 8:23 p.m.

Minutes by Pat Kramer, Apple One.