Meeting Date: 07/15/15 06:00 PM
Meeting Type: Regular
Location: Will & Ariel Durant Library – 7140 W. Sunset Blvd.
July 15, 2015
Will & Ariel Durant Library
7140 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
- Call to order by President Anastasia Mann at 6:01 p.m.
- Roll call by Secretary Kathy Bañuelos: Quorum established with: Anastasia Mann, Kathy Bañuelos, Michael Meyer, Malena Patel, Jim Geoghan, Annie Gagen, Oren Katz, Casey Maddren, Dietrich Nelson, Carl Ripaldi, Sunta Izzicupo, Patricia Weber, Robin Moreno, Grant Willensky, Barbara Witkin, Sean BenAroya and Orrin Feldman. Brian Dyer, Carmen Libaridian, and Daniel Savage arrived late.
- Minutes – (Nelson/Willensky) moved to accept the board meeting minutes from June 17, 2015, as revised. The motion carried.
- President’s Report by Anastasia Mann:
- Public Official Reports
Deputy City Attorney Jacquelyn Lawson responded to issues and complaints including safety issues at the library due to the presence of vagrants. She said that more LAPD are being assigned to patrol the library. She talked about the laws/limitations pertaining to the homeless and the city’s efforts to get these people off the street. Lawson also addressed concerns about properties being rented through Air B&B’s and so-called “party houses.”
CD13 – Dan Halden, Office of Councilman Mitch O’Farrell – Not present. Anastasia gave an update on tour buses/shuttle buses and spoke about the possibility of building a ramp for pedestrians over Hollywood at Highland to alleviate traffic blockages.
Anastasia announced that Councilmember David Ryu has not yet filled the field deputy position.
Anastasia shared an early notification of a new proposal for 250 apartments on Cahuenga East at Lakeridge.
46th Assembly District, Angie Aramayo, Office of Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, reported that $7 million has been secured for Arts funding and the bills on seismic retrofit passed the House and is now in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
- Tour Bus Issue: Anastasia confirmed that there is a 5-member Ad Hoc Committee already set up and ready to discuss the Tour Bus issue.
- Website Ad-Hoc Committee Update: In JoAnn Koplin’s absence, Anastasia said DONE has granted an extension on using the current webmaster who is not one of the approved vendors.
- Meeting Schedule: Dark in August. The board approved the next meeting date as September 16, 2015.
- Vice-President’s Report (Cyd Zeigler) – Not present.
- Treasurer’s Report: Michael Meyer updated the board on DONE’s increase in funding for next year’s budget to $42,000. $2500 will be rolled into next year’s budget to fund the fencing for Lake Hollywood Park. Michael reviewed the proposed 2016 budget categories for the board. (Witkin/Nelson) moved approval of the budget as presented. The motion carried unanimously.
Anastasia reviewed the proposed Strategic Plan. (Izzicupo/Nelson) moved that HHWNC approve the HHWNC Strategic Plan. The motion carried unanimously.
Michael stated that HHWNC spent $34,871 in the last fiscal year.
(Ripaldi/Willensky) moved approval of the Monthly Expenditures report. The motion carried unanimously.
- Parliamentarian’s Report (Malena Patel) – No report.
- Secretary’s Report (Kathy Bañuelos) – No report.
- Committee Reports
Area 3: Cabo Cantina: 6669 Hollywood Boulevard: (Dyer/Katz) moved, “Pursuant to LAMC section 12.24.w.1, the HHWNC support a CUB to allow the continued sales and service of a full-line of alcoholic beverages in conjunction with an (e) two-story, 2,592 sq ft, 75-seat restaurant including an outdoor patio previously approved per ZA-2008-4721- CUB, which lapsed on July 1, 2014. The restaurant was previously approved for 24-hrs/daily per ZA-2008-4721-CUB; applicant would like to continue to utilize same hours of operation.” The motion carried unanimously.
Area 5: Mosaic Church Historic Designation: (Meyer/Willensky) moved that HHWNC support the application of Save Residential Hollywood for the designation of the Fifth Church Christ Scientist building at Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue as a Historic Cultural Monument in the City of Los Angeles and urge the City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission to approve the application at its meeting on July 16.” The motion carried 11-3.
Motion regarding a car wash applying for sale of alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption at 7865 W. Sunset Blvd (ZA 2014-3316) was removed from the agenda.
1400-1416 N. Stanley project: (Witkin/Gagen) moved that The Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council oppose the project at 1400-1416 N. Stanley (ZA-2015-1239-ZAA) due to height concerns. The motion carried: 11-4.
Area 9: Orrin Feldman updated the board on the Bulwer Drive, LLC's pending law suit against the City.
Youth Committee: (Gagen/Ripaldi) moved, “The HHWNC Youth Committee requests that HHWNC Board of Directors approve funding in the amount of $2500.00, the allocation to be in the form of a Neighborhood Purpose Grant, for the Hollywood Arts Council's 30th Annual Children's Festival of the Arts, a nationally recognized family-centered event, the only free Festival of its kind in Los Angeles, to be held at Paramount Pictures, August 9, 2015. The annual event offers a variety of creative and cultural opportunities, a benefit to the communities of Hollywood and beyond, a day for all to enjoy and participate in activities, from live music and dance performances, to art making workshops and demonstrations, from colorful costumed characters, to face painting, and storytelling.” The motion carried unanimously.
Housing, Social and Human Services: (JoAnn Koplin) A motion re Councilman O’Farrell’s small-lot subdivisions motion was tabled.
Infrastructure: Casey Maddren updated the board on QUIMBY funds as shared by Dan Halden at the PLUM Committee meeting.
Business Issues: Urban Ramen. Oren Katz presented this in conjunction with Area 7. (Katz/Witkin) moved, “Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council oppose Urban Ramen's application for a Conditional Use Permit at 7300 West Sunset Blvd as submitted (ZA-2014-3625-CUB). The Neighborhood Council does support a beer-and-wine only license at this location with no outside seating, no live music and with a daily closing time of 11pm.” The motion carried: 14-2.
- Public Comments:
- Nina Sorkin, American Cancer Society Relays for Life, Hollywood is on August 29, 2015 at Helen Bernstein High School.
- Kristi Chamber, Nederlander, updated the board on the RFP for the Greek Theater management.
- Old Business: Area 4 Rep Brian Dyer asked about whether the board took a stand on the 2035 Mobility Plan.
- Carl Ripaldi announced a joint meeting of Safety & Environmental committees.
- Annie asked for letters to support the Colonial N.F. Stokes Residence cultural monument.
- Sunta talked about the new Cultural Committee’s agenda.
- Adjournment at 7:53 p.m.