Meeting Date: 05/15/13 06:30 PM
Meeting Type: Regular
Location: Bonhams & Butterfields 7601 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046
HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
May 15, 2013
Bonhams & Butterfields 7601 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046
Directions: On West Sunset Blvd. between North Sierra Bonita Avenue and North Stanley Avenue on the left side (map)
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.
1. Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann
2. Roll call by Michael Meyer (acting for Secretary Kathy Bañuelos)
3. Minutes – Review and approve Board minutes from April 17, 2013 meeting (MOTION AND VOTE) (5 minutes)
4. President’s Report by Anastasia Mann (20 minutes)
a. Public Official Reports
- i.) 43rd Assembly District, Representative from the Office of Assemblyman Mike Gatto
- ii.) 47th Assembly District, Representative from the Office of Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
- iii.) 50th Assembly District, Representative from the Office of Assemblyman Richard Bloom
- iv.) Mayor’s Office – Fabiola Vilchez, Central Area Director – Budget Survey
- v.) CD4 –Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge
- vi.) CD13 – Angela Motta, Field Deputy, Office of Council President Eric Garcetti
- vii.) LAPD
- viii.) LAFD
xi.) CD13 candidate presentations:
- John Choi
- Mitch O'Farrell
b. Community business
i. Update Verizon Poll – Mullholland Drive/Hollywood Bowl Overlook location.
c. Confirm next meeting date: June 19th.
5. Vice President’s Report by Orrin Feldman (10 minutes)
a. Plum Committee Report
i. 2011 N. Highland Blvd. – The Best Western Hotel's Spice Restaurant: The PLUM committee voted unanimously (6-0-1) with one abstention to recommend that the Board vote to support the hotel owner's pending application for a conditional use permit, Type 47, to sell a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in the restaurant, but only from 10 am to 12 am daily. The Planning Dept.'s case no. is ZA 2012-1806-CUB. (MOTION AND VOTE)
ii. 6925 and 6801 Hollywood Blvd. – The Chinese 6 Marquee Theaters: The PLUM committee voted (5-1-0) to maintain the recommendation approving the theatre operator's proposal for converting the buildings' exterior in connection with the theater's conversion to the IMAX format, including converting two billboards which face Hollywood Blvd. to become digital billboards, but ONLY on the condition that the operator agrees that the digital bill would show advertising solely for (and related to) the movies being presented at the theaters, rather than advertising for "outside" advertisers. The theaters' operator will make another presentation to the committee in June. No HHWNC board action is recommended at this time. The one dissenter wanted more light on Hollywood Blvd, noted that Mdm. Tussaud's already has digital billboards with outside advertising, and thought it was appropriate for Hollywood Blvd. to be a "crazy" place. ThePlanning Dept.'s case no. is APCC 2013-346.
iii. Club Marbella: The PLUM committee declined to recommend taking any position on the Club Marbella appeal to the City's Central Area Planning Commission because it involves a very technical legal issue and issues regarding the validity of certain evidence introduced and relied upon at the zoning administrator's hearing.
iv. 8051 Sunset: The PLUM committee declined to recommend taking any position with regard to 8051 Sunset at this time pending a determination whether (or not) it is covered by Bel Air Beverly Crest NC, and City Council District 4's report back concerning whether the City will enforce the terms and conditions of prior CUP approval letters at that site.
6. Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer (10 minutes)
a. Approve Monthly Treasurer’s Report. MOTION AND VOTE.
b. Discussion of Draft FY14 $37,000 Budget. Adoption scheduled for June meeting.
7. Secretary’s Report (None)
8. Parliamentarian’s Report by Robert Mott (5 minutes)
9. Committee Reports (40 minutes)
a. ISSUE COMMITTEES
i. Emergency Services & Business Committees (Dietrich Nelson & Joshua Kopel)
SB 635 (Leno) Alcoholic beverages: hours of sale – This bill would allow the local governing body of a county or a city and county to apply to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to authorize, with or without conditions on the licensees within those jurisdictions, the selling, giving, delivering, or purchasing of alcoholic beverages at an on-sale licensed premises between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
This matter was tabled from the 4/17 Board meeting to alow the President to investigate possible conflict of interest issues with the City Attorney's Office. (MOTION & VOTE)
ii. Emergency Services (Dietrich Nelson)
Request for an expenditure of $300 for paints and magnets to finish updating the Runyon Canyon kiosks. All other materials have been approved and purchased. The Department of Parks and Recreation had previously committed to providing the paint, but has not done so. (MOTION AND VOTE)
iii. Additional request for 100 HHWNC bags for LAPD anti/terrorism effort saying: "See something; Say something". Approx $500. Request by Capt Girmala to EMS Chair, Dietrich Nelson. (MOTION AND VOTE)
iv. Business & Housing Committees (Joshua Kopel & Jeff Papes)
Update re the Errol Flynn tennis court.
v. Reports by Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)
b. AREA COMMITTEES
i. Area 7 and Outreach Committee (Barbara Witkin): Motion to approve the following an expenditure not exceeding $2,500.00 to purchase the following items: 100 Baseball type caps, 250 pocket work lights, and 1,000 Stylus pens. (MOTION AND VOTE)
ii. Area 8 (Clive Whitcher)
The Area 8 Committee respectfully requests the HHWNC board to approve an expenditure of (up to) $3,000 for the renovation and beautification of the medians at the southern end of Laurel Canyon Blvd. Medians in question are the 3 islands extending north from Hollywood Blvd. to approx. 40 yds. north of Mt. Olympus Dr. plus the divider strip between Laurel Canyon Blvd. and ‘Little Laurel Road’ starting at Mt. Olympus Dr. and extending north for approx. 100 yds. Items to be purchased with this amount will be Materials – plants, rocks, tools – a complete list of materials plus the vendors will be available at the meeting. The Mount Olympus Property Owners Association will donate a matching (up to) $3,000 to pay for contractors labor for the landscaping and beautification of the above-mentioned medians, and will pledge to maintain these areas in the future. (MOTION AND VOTE)
iII. Area 3 (Robin Morena)
iii. Reports by other Committee Chairs in attendance (Optional)
10. 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.
11. Old Business
12. New Business
HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
DRAFT BOARD MEETING MINUTES
May 15, 2013
Bonhams & Butterfields
7601 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
- Call to order by President, Anastasia Mann at 6:35 p.m.
- Roll call by Michael Meyer (acting for Secretary Kathy Bañuelos) Quorum established: Anastasia Mann, Orrin Feldman, Michael Meyer, Robert Mott, Jim Geoghan, Jerry Garcia, Joshua Kopel, Mary Prange, Jeffrey Papes, Dietrich Nelson, Patricia Weber, Robin Moreno, Joyce Dyrector, Barbara Witkin, Clive Whitcher, Maria and Sussman. Carmen arrived at 7:40 p.m.
- Minutes –(Witkin/inaudible) moved that the minutes be accepted as corrected for the April 17, 2013 meeting. The motion carried with one abstention.
- President’s Report by Anastasia Mann: Anastasia thanked Steven from Bonhams & Bufferfields for providing a meeting space.
(a) Public Official Reports – John Choi, candidate for CD13, gave his background experience and discussed how he would address various issues presented by board members. Stakeholders Brian Dyer, Annie Gagan and Jack Humphrieville asked specific questions as to his support regarding various state and local issues.
(b) Community business – Update on the Verizon Pole at the Mullholland Drive/Hollywood Bowl Overlook location. Anastasia said meetings have been held with Councilmember LaBonge and some of the Verizon representatives at the site. A location was chosen where the pole could be moved so it does not obstruct the scenic view. Anastasia shared a letter she received from the City of L.A. saying that the pole was permitted at the original location chosen. The board meeting was being filmed in regard to this issue.
(c) Meeting date: Wed., June 12th was selected for the next HHWNC board meeting.
(d) Speaker Cards: Anastasia advised stakeholders to sign in to confirm their presence.
- Vice President’s Report by Orrin Feldman:
(a) Plum Committee Report
- 2011 N. Highland Ave. – The Best Western Hotel's Spice Restaurant requested a permit to sell alcohol. (Feldman/ Geoghan) moved the PLUM committee’s recommendation to support the hotel owner's pending application for a conditional use permit, Type 47, to sell a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in the restaurant, but only from 10 am to 12 am daily. The Planning Dept.'s case number is ZA 2012-1806-CUB. The motion carried 12-0-1.
- 6925 and 6801 Hollywood Blvd. – Re: Proposed changes to the historic Chinese 6 Marquee Theaters. Orrin stated that while the PLUM Committee had proposed restrictions, the theater owners do not want any restrictions on their digital outdoor advertising. The PLUM Committee felt that advertising on the historic part of the Theater was not appropriate for an historical icon. The PLUM Committee will hear more on this issue at their next meeting.
- Club Marbella: The PLUM committee declined to recommend taking any position on the Club Marbella appeal to the City's Central Area Planning Commission because it involves very technical legal issues regarding the validity of evidence introduced and relied upon at the zoning administrator's hearing.
- 8051 Sunset: Orrin informed the board that the PLUM committee declined taking any position on the MacDonalds shopping center where tenants have voiced complaints about a change from free to expensive parking. PLUM is waiting for a determination on whether the site is covered by Bel Air Beverly Crest NC, as well as the City Council District 4's report on whether the City will enforce the terms and conditions of prior CUP approval letters at that site. Also, a new apartment complex has been proposed across from the Durant Library, south of the Hollywood Women’s Club.
- Treasurer’s Report by Michael Meyer reviewed expenses for the previous month and stated that about $11,000 remained in the treasury at the time of this report. June 14, 2013 is the last date to use the NC’s purchase card. (inaudible/inaudible) moved to accept the May Treasurer’s Report. The motion carried. Michael asked the board to think about their proposed budgets for the next fiscal year so it can be moved at the next board meeting. He reviewed a proposed budget that could be used as an outline for the $37,000 budget. There was a brief discussion about the Fire Department’s need for exercise equipment.
- Secretary’s Report: None
- Parliamentarian’s Report, Robert Mott – None.
- Committee Reports
(a) ISSUE COMMITTEES
- Emergency Services & Business Committees – Dietrich Nelson & Joshua Kopel gave an update on SB 635 (Leno) Alcoholic beverages: hours of sale. The bill proposed would have allowed the local governing body of a county/city to apply to the Dept of Alcoholic Beverage Control to authorize, with or without conditions on the licensees within those jurisdictions, the selling, giving, delivering, or purchasing of alcoholic beverages at an on-sale licensed premises between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. The City Attorney’s office was asked about a conflict of interest on this issue with regard to board members who are affiliated with businesses serving alcohol. Anastasia asked the board members to contact the City Attorney, Carmen Hawkins, who is handling the matter. Since this bill died in the Senate committee, no action was taken.
- Emergency Services (Nelson/Witkin) moved that HHWNC approve an expenditure of $300 for paints and magnets to finish updating the Runyon Canyon kiosks.” All other materials have been approved and purchased. The Department of Parks and Recreation had previously committed to providing the paint, but has not done so. The motion carried with one abstention.
- Anti-Terrorism Event: EMS Chair, Dietrich Nelson explained that LAPD is holding an event on June 25, 2013 at Paramount Studios. (Nelson/Witkin) moved that HHWNC approve an expense of up to $500 for 100 bags with the HHWNC logo for the LAPD anti/terrorism effort, which will state, "See something; Say something." (Nelson/Weber) amended the motion to change from 100 bags to ‘as many as possible.’ The motion carried 12-3-0.
- Business & Housing Committees, Business Chair Jeff Papes talked about ways his committee has discussed improving Runyon Canyon. Stakeholders Stacy Sillins, Grant Wallensky and Don Andres of the Hillside Federation gave input on this issue.
(b) AREA COMMITTEES:
- Area 7 and Outreach Committee: (Witkin/Nelson) moved to approve an expenditure not exceeding $2,500.00 to purchase the following items for the L.A. Marathon: 100 Baseball type caps, 250 pocket work lights, and 1,000 Stylus pens. (Witkin/Nelson) amended the motion to state, “to approve $2,500 for publicity and outreach.” The motion failed: 3-11-0.
- Area 8 Chair Clive Whitcher moved, “That HHWNC approve $3,072.16 for plants and other materials for the renovation and beautification of the medians at the southern end of Laurel Canyon Blvd.” The medians in question are: (1) the three islands extending north from Hollywood Blvd to approximately 40 yards north of Mt. Olympus Drive; and (2) the divider strip between Laurel Canyon Blvd. and ‘Little Laurel Road’ starting at Mt. Olympus Dr. and extending north for approximately 100 yards. Items to be purchased with this amount will be Materials – plants, rocks, tools – a complete list of materials plus the vendors will be available at the meeting. The Mount Olympus Property Owners Association will donate a matching (up to) $3,000 to pay for contractors labor for the landscaping and beautification of the medians, and will pledge to maintain these areas in the future. Stakeholder Mel Remba gave information on the irrigation issue. The motion carried: 13-0-1.
- Area 3 Chair Robin Moreno
- Emergency Kits: (Moreno/Papes) moved, “That the board to approve $250.00 to be used towards the purchase of emergency kits for Yucca Community Center.” The motion carried: 13-0-0. The emergency kits will be kept at the Yucca CC to accommodate campers attending summer camp.
- Mutt Mitts: (Moreno/Papes) moved, “That we ask the full board to approve the expenditure of $200 for the purpose of buying bags to fill the “Mutt Mitt Station." The motion carried: 13-0-0. The doggie poop mitts will be purchased at the rate of $89.00 per 2,000 to restock the Mutt Mitt containers in the neighborhood.
- Public Comments: (inaudible) was concerned about Mitch O’Farrell not being present for the Candidate speaker portion of the meeting.
- Meeting Adjourned at 8:53 p.m.
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