Meeting Date: 03/19/14 06:30 PM
Meeting Type: Regular
Location: Bonhams & Butterfields 7601 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046
BOARD MEETING AGENDA
March 19, 2014
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 ww.hhwnc.org and on the Department Of Neighborhood Empowerment (www.lacityneighborhoods.com). 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].
ALL ITEMS LISTED ON THIS AGENDA ARE SUBJECT TO:
POSSIBLE ACTION, INCLUDING A BOARD MOTION AND
VOTING ON THE MOTION.
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.
- Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann
- Roll call by Secretary Kathy Bañuelos
- Minutes – Review and approve Board minutes from January 15, 2014 meeting (MOTION AND VOTE) (5 minutes)
President’s Report by Anastasia Mann
- 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
- Scoping Comment Letter for the Ford Theaters Project Draft EIR. The Board is asked to review a draft letter, discuss, revise and approve the letter identifying the issues that the Board requests be studied in the Draft EIR related to the Ford Theaters Project and authorize the President to submit the letter to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks And Recreation.
- Confirm next meeting date: April 16, 2014
- Vice President’s Report by Vice President Orrin Feldman (5 minutes)
Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer (10 minutes)
- Vote to approve monthly expenditures report.
- Proposed Motion: HHWNC authorizes the expenditure of $1359.60 for the purchase of materials related to the Laurel Canyon Median Islands Phase 2 Project.
Background: The Board previously approved $3000 for this project and only half of it was completed last fiscal year. A credit of $1359.60 was applied to the HHWNC Purchase Card by West LA Building Materials. This motion will allow the Mt Olympus neighborhood to complete this project.
- Proposed Motion: HHWNC authorizes the expenditure of $500 for new board handbooks and supplies.
- Last date to submit Demand Warrants this FY = April 15, 2014.
- Last date for charges on HHWNC Purchase Card = June 1, 2014
- Parliamentarian’s Report by Robert Mott (5 minutes)
- Secretary’s Report (5 minutes)
- ELECTION UPDATE – Election Committee (Chair Michael Meyer/Vice-Chair Jodi Galvin)
- Plans for Election Day
- Motion and Vote to approve final election budget (this will need a roll call vote and tabulation)
- Committee Reports (40 minutes)
- Youth Committee (Annie Gagen) – The Youth Committee unanimously approved a motion at its March 4th Meeting to recommend that the HHWNC allocate funds in support of the Durant Library’s proposed projects in the amounts of: $2,500 for the writer's group journal website, $5,000 for the arts collection, and $5,000 for the children's award winning series collection. See attached meeting minutes for more details. (MOTION AND VOTE)
- Business Committee (Joshua Kopel) – informational presentation re Friends of Runyon Canyon Foundation.
- Area 7 (Barbara Witkin) – Area 7 requests that the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council to approve an expenditure of up to $1,500.00 for an ice machine for Fire Station 41, located at 1439 North Gardner Street. (MOTION AND VOTE)
- Reports by other Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)
- 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.
- Old Business – Update on Dorothy J and Benjamin B Smith Park. Presentation by Recreation and Parks Department. Discussion of Outreach event. Proposed motion: HHWNC approves contributing an additional amount of budget to this project, amount to be determined following other allocations made in the May 19 meeting and leaving $5,500 in budget available for Purchase Card expenditures prior to June 1, 2014. The contribution amount will allocate the remainder of HHWNC FY14 funds to this project. (MOTION AND VOTE)
- New Business
March 19, 2014
Bonhams & Butterfields
7601 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann at 6:40 p.m. Roll call by Secretary Kathy Bañuelos: Anastasia Mann, Orrin Feldman, Kathy Bañuelos, Michael Meyer, Robert Mott, Jim Geoghan, Annie Gagen, Joshua Kopel, Mary Prange, Jeffrey Papas, Dietrich Nelson, Alwyn Kushner, Jodi Galvan, Patricia Weber, Joyce Dyrector, Carmen Libaridian, Paul Darrigo, Clive Whitcher. Quorum established.
2. Minutes – The board approved a motion to approve the minutes from the February 12, 2014 meeting, as corrected.
3. President’s Report: Anastasia Mann introduced the Public Officials:
- CD13 – The field deputy for Councilman Mitch O’Farrell spoke about the April 5th event, www.HollywoodHalfMarathon.com. He also alerted the board of an upsurge of copper wire theft in the City. Call "911" if you notice anything suspicious. The City Council is expected to approve a motion limiting locations where electric cigarettes can be smoked in public, putting them on par with regular cigarettes. He also discussed concerns by board members on the frequent street closures on Hollywood Boulevard.
CD4 – Carolyn Ramsey of Councilmember Tom LaBonge's office reported:
- The Verizon tower that was blocking the Hollywood sign has been relocated.
- A proposal for filming at Runyon was turned down. Had it been approved, it would have had a big impact on that community.
- On Laurel Canyon, mediation is taking place regarding a landslide lawsuit.
- There is a memorial fund for the LAPD officer killed in an accident. She will send the info to Anastasia to distribute.
- The Councilman is leading a hike in Griffith Park and invited the board to join.
4. Community business: Michael spoke about the draft Environmental Impact Report for the modernizing and enlarging of the Ford Theaters. The Board unanimously approved a draft letter identifying issues that the Board requests be studied in the Draft EIR relating to the Ford Theaters Project and authorized the President to submit the letter to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks And Recreation.
5. Next meeting date is April 16th when the new board will be installed following the election on March 30, 2014.
6. Vice President’s Report: Orrin Feldman reported on the need for an agreement for conditions for restaurants and bars. He stated that even if operating hours are 24-hours, the community feels that liquor should not be served before 10 a.m. The City has not put that language into any conditions and this is an open issue of concern for Areas 3 and 7.
There is also an open issue on the review for entitlements for The Smoking Pig restaurant.
In the Cahuenga Pass, there are applications for two, new large houses (7,000 sq. ft. on a hillside) and 11,000 sq. ft. house on a 145,000 sq. ft. lot on Mulholland.
7. Treasurer’s Report: Michael Meyer reviewed the committed monies and expenses from the previous month. Total expenses to date are $8678.00. (Meyer/Papes ) moved to approve the monthly expenditures report. The motion carried unanimously.
(Meyer/Feldman) moved that, "HHWNC authorize the expenditure of up to $1500 for the purchase of materials related to the Laurel Canyon Median Islands Phase 2 Project." Michael explained that this amount was returned to HHWNC relating to unspent monies. The monies are to be reallocated to allow the Mt Olympus neighborhood to complete this project. The motion carried unanimously.
(Meyer/Papes) moved that "HHWNC authorize the expenditure of $500 for new board member handbooks and supplies." The motion carried with one abstention (Prange).
The last date to submit Demand Warrants for the fiscal year is April 15, 2014. The last date for charges on HHWNC Purchase Card is June 1, 2014.
8. Parliamentarian’s Report: Robert Mott said newly – installed board members have 45 days after the election to take the online Ethics Training. Existing board members have to renew every two years.
9. Secretary’s Report: None.
10. ELECTION UPDATE – Election Committee, Chair Michael Meyer and Vice-Chair Jodi Galvin talked about the Candidates Forum. One candidate has withdrawn for Area 3 chair. They discussed the process for the election and the need for volunteers to man shifts. (Meyer/Darrigo) moved to approve the final election budget. The motion carried unanimously.
- Mel Remba restated a question he had at the Candidates Forum. He wanted to know about the Captains at the Fire Houses.
- Grant Wallensky asked about a description of volunteer positions.
11. Committee Reports:
- Youth Committee: (Gagen/Feldman) moved, "That HHWNC allocate funds in support of the Durant Library’s proposed projects in the amounts of $5,000 for the arts collection and $5,000 for the children's award – winning series collection. The motion carried unanimously. John Frank, librarian for the Durant Library, spoke about how the funding would be used.
- Business Committee: Joshua Kopel introduced a presentation by Don Andres of the Friends of Runyon Canyon Foundation on proposed improvements. Since this item did not include a motion previously posted on the agenda, the motion will be brough to a future meeting.
12. Public Comments:
Board member Paul Darrigo asked the board to think about the health risks to non smokers who may ingest second-hand smoke, if marijuana is legalized.
(Unknown) announced that Temple Israel is holding a forum on Supervisor candidates sponsored by County Supervisor Zev YaroSlavsky.
13. Old Business – Michael Meyer introduced a presentation by Tom Gibson from the Recreation and Parks Department about improvements proposed for Dorothy J and Benjamin B Smith Park. An Outreach event will be held on April 5th at the Park. Valorie noted that Hollywood Boulevard will be shut down for the Hollywood Half Marathon on that date.
Proposed motion: HHWNC approves contributing an additional amount of budget to this project, amount to be determined following other allocations made in the May 19 meeting and leaving $5,500 in budget available for Purchase Card expenditures prior to June 1, 2014. The contribution amount will allocate the remainder of HHWNC FY14 funds to this project. Tabled to next meeting.
14. New Business: None.
15. Adjournment: 8:40 p.m.
Minutes by Pat Kramer, Apple One.