Meeting Date: 07/24/14 06:30 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Las Palmas Sr. Center 1820 N. Las Palmas, Hollywood, CA 90028


 Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Las Palmas Senior Center – 1820 N. Las Palmas
Joint Committee Meeting 
Area 3 / Area 4 / Housing /
Outreach / Cultural

All items on the agenda are subject to committee action, motion and vote


I.      Call to order
         I.                Approval of minutes
III.    Cultural Resources
Presentation by Christine McAvoy, Hollywood Heritage on Historic buildings and cultural preservation in Area 3 / Area 4.

         b. Introduction to the Cultural Resources Committee Chairperson and possibilities for Area 3 / Area 4.

  1.    Outreach
              a. Discussion on outreach.
              b. update.
  1.     Area 3 Development
             a. The committee will follow up on results of housing poll and continuation of polling with new members.
  1.  1751 Las Palmas Ave.; Ariel Gutierrez representative from project will present: Proposed six-story, 44,563 sq. ft. apartment building is seeking variances to allow smaller setbacks for the building: 7.5 ft. v. 9 ft. on the side; 13.5 ft. v. 15 ft. on the front; 16 ft. v. 19 ft. in the back. Click Here to view application
  1.  6603 Hollywood Blvd: Ariel Gutierrez  the applicant’s representative will present. Mounai Cafe has applied for a condition use beverage permit (CUB) for the sale of beer and wine with new hours of operation from 8am to 2am. Current restaurant hours are 8m to 10pm daily.  Ariel Gutierrez will be representing this project.  The case is scheduled to go before the Zoning Administrator (ZA) on July 29th. Click Here to view application
  3. 6523-6529 Hollywood Blvd: Michael Gonzales the applicant’s representative will present:  Hollywood Dreams seeks a conditional use permit for alcohol sales and live music at 6523-6529 Hollywood Blvd. The permit would allow the sale of a full line of alcohol at four restaurants, in addition to the sale of a full line of alcohol and live entertainment in connection with one bar. Proposed hours of operation and alcohol sales are 11am-2am seven days a week. Click Here to view application
V.    Follow-up on agenda items from last meeting:
        a. Dog control – pickup.: Follow up on dog defecation issues in the neighborhood.

         b. Street Vendors: pending City Council Motion (CF 13-1493) to permit the sale of food and merchandise by street vendors on City sidewalks and parkways. As well as other follow-up possible.

  1.   Public Comments: comments from the public on agenda items and non-agenda items within the Committees' subject matter jurisdiction.
  1.  Decision on next meeting date
IX.    Adjournment

Meeting minutes

  1. Meeting called to order: 6: 40
  2. Approval of Minutes
  1. Motion by Jeff
  2. Ammendment to correct spelling on Dan Holden’s name
  3. Second by Carl
  4. Vote 8 approved
  5. Abstained 8  (didn’t attend last meeting)
  1. Cultural Resources:
  1. Presentation by Christine McAvoy, Chair: Hollywood Heritage and John Girodo, co-chair Hollywood Heritage and Area 3 three stakeholders. Ms. McAvoy is a long time resident of the Hollywood Knolls neighborhood.
  2. Purpose of Hollywood Heritage is to Protect Hollywood’s historic resources and to run a little museum called the Barn in the Hollywood Bowl parking lot.
  3. Christine reported that Hollywood Heritage has a watchlist of projects that could potentially destroy historic buildings. About 100 addresses are on the list with a smaller “truly endangered” list. Ms. McAvoy will provide a copy of for our use. Information provided by HH included:
  1. Try to educate the public re: renovation of historic buildings
  2. Economics show that properly renovated buildings will increase property values
  3. If we loose buildings, we run the risk of loosing the national historic registry designation
  4. Hope to collaborate on Land Use issues that come before the NC
  5. There are 3 architects on the HH board, a planner, researchers
  6. They have the ability to research if we need information on a specific project
  1. Types of projects on the Watch list include:
  1. Hotel projects that plan to renovate or new construction
  2. Area 3/Area 4 “Historic Apartment neighborhood.” Petitiong the City to do something to protect them.
  3. Big effort to protect Hollywod Blvd. 106 historic buildings with a National level of significance yet we have no land use protection.
  4. Renovation of several apt buildings
  5. Watching Champion- 1717 Cherokee
  6. Warner Brothers theater building
  7. Lawsuit filed with CRA, settlement agreement
  8. Peterson building 7001 Hollywood- signage issue
  9. Christian science church
  10. Hollywood womens club  getting an organization to preserve the building
  11. The Ford Theater
  12. 1700 Hudson is a contributing resource
  1. Next Hollywood Heritage meeting is July 30th at the Barn
  2. They need more residents on their board if anyone is interested
  3. Website:
  4. Questions:
  1. Stakeholder very concerned about Warner Pacific Theater.  Hope to prevent demo and support from city council
    HH Response: The “Great Streets Program” identified Hollywood Blvd.Survey LA has found contributers in Area 3 & 4. Study to be released by December. People in Sunset Square did outreach and have contracted with Hollywood Heritage and can be replicated in other neighborhoods.
  2. 17 properties to be demolished along Fountain.
    HH Response: Do you know where it is? HH will look into it.
  1. LAPD Report: Officer Maggie: Senior lead officer for this area

Maggie Dillard, Senior Lead Officer
LAPD Hollywood
1358 N. Wilcox Ave, LA CA 90028
Desk: 213 485-4316
Cell: 213 793-0710
[email protected]
Danny Pesqueira, Senior Lead Officer
LAPD Hollywood
1358 N. Wilcox Ave, LA CA 90028
Desk: 213 485-4316
Cell: 213 793-0702
[email protected]

  1. Area: everything east of Highland to _______  LAPD online has map to show areas
  2. What happens on Hollywood Blvd Impacts the whole neighborhood.

    1. Trying to focus foot beat officers more inward from the Blvd.
    2. Email: information is needed to respond. Request for information to be sent to:
  1. Hollywood Narcotics- 213 485-4318
  2. Gang Detectives: Lance Jurado- 213 972-2921
  3. Officer that Deals with 18th St Gang: Matt Delao  email:  34449
  1. Question about noise:

    1. Loud parties at Associaton of Cinematograpers Area 4. Is it illegal to have huge loud parties?
      LAPD Response: When in doubt: call 311 if not police related
  1. Planning and Land Use Management
  1. Housing Chair handed out a revised version of the poll and described the purpose of getting stakeholder input (see previous meeting minutes for a full description). A number of stakeholders at this meeting submitted their information to the committee chair.
  2. Area 3 Chair covered the purpose of the PLUM
  3. Presentations by Alex Guttiererz representing owner:
  1. 1751 Las Palmas: Not able to talk on project as plans are currently under revision..

    1. Question from committee on history of site
      A from stakeholder and Mr. Guttierez: property has not been worked on or improved for over three years.Originally proposing to add 24 units, a variance application never followed through,and cannot present the project.  Currently under revision.
  2. Project: 6603 W. Hollywood Blvd- existing restaurant

    1. Applicant applying for beer and wine since their entitlement was not renewed, so they have to start over.
    2. Owner:  Mettie Mehdahul
    3. No physical improvements done to date
    4. Request for hours: 8:30am to 1:30pm
    5. No Concerns from LAPD
    6. Concerns from committees included:
  1. issues with other restaurants owned by this person will carry over to this location.
  2. Looking at the building- it is a historic building and Hollywood Heritage would look at this.
  3. Stakeholder: They can start serving alchohol at 10am.
  4. Concern that it is across the street from a check cashing place.
  1. Presentation by Mark Levun representing owner:
  1. Project: 6523 Hudson

    1. Two floor plans presented – prior and current.
    2. Existing is: Two buildings, three separate units (vintage clothing shop, book store,  Second building is an old garage
    3. Entitled 2011 for 2nd story office and 4 story parking lot, but do not plan to move forward with that.  Building will be kept intact.
    4. Facade on Hollywood Blvd will stay intact as well as a mural.
    5. Reason developer is presentingis due to a tehcnicality. New CUP filed for greater than 20% growth. New proposal includes 4 restaurants and a bar:
  1. Bar 48- 148 seats split 50/50 with live entertainment and an outdoor patio
  2. Farmers House- CA cuisine-, 83 indoor seats, 84 outdoor seats,
  3. (Outdoor seats are completely enclosed by walls)
  4. Pizza Rosa: Made to order individual slices-
  5. Siam: Thai restaurant 1903 sf  78 total seats, 16 outdoor
  6. Mexacallia: same vein as El Cholo- 3020f 136 total seats, 28 outdoor
  7. Parking: valet parking with Car Lot 150-200 car capacity

    1. Questions from stakeholders:
  1. Q:Stakeholder –  Concern about Bar and driveway- noise to adjacent houses
    A: Wall will screen the noise and view but is open air
  2. Q. Three bars along Hollywood Blvd with open air at front. 60 people drinking all day on the sidewalk. What is the attraction?
    A: There is a separation per regulations and an overhang.
  3. Q: Hollywood Heritage: Are you retaining the historic façade along the Blvd
    A: Not entirely sure, but there is an awning.
  4. Q: Stakeholder – An awful lot of people along the Blvd, turning into a low class boardwalk. A food court on Hollywood Blvd!
  5. Q: Area 3 chair – Concern with club in the back. The open air has not worked in this neighborhood. You can hear the sound two blocks up. Rental properties next to open air bars and eateies cannot retain people. Hudson being 25 ft in width will be craziness. Residents are only seeing fast food restaurants and bars coming in with the loss of retail. No reason to get down to the Blvd.
  6. Q. Stakeholder – who owns all these restaurants?
    A: Hudson Hospitality and Hollywood Dreams. They  also own the Janes House properties
  7. Q. Stakholder – Nothing new being brought into the community. Used to be a glamorous street.
  8. Q. Area 4 Chair: would have been nice to bring pictures of what it will look like.
    A: Will send them
  1. Outreach
  1. Discussion led by Outreach Chair:
  1. Hollywood Hills does not exist for most residents.  My job will be to reach out to get more people involved.
  1. Suggestion for an outreach table to be placed at the Thursday evening: Yamashiro Farmers market
  1.  Q. Stakeholder: Are you focused more on business or residents?
    A. Both
  2. Outreach chair passed out information on Passing around Next door sign up if you want to get involved.
  3. Newsletter coming soon both email and hardcopy.
  1. VI. Follow-up on Agenda items:
  1. Dog control pick up:

    1. Need to put together a motion to request more dog bins in the area.
    2. Area 3 Chair did call County and they are understaffed, but if you take a photo or a video they will send back a $20 fine.
  2. Street Venders:

    1. The NC voted not to support the motion to support the legalization of the street venders for this area.
    2. We can also on our own write letters to the City coucil.
    3. Two weeks ago there was a sweep: 15 arrests on HB and over 800 lbs of meat was confiscated.
    4. The Bowl is on top of it and does try to get the police to come out.
  1. Public Comments:
  1. Q: Stakeholder – Is there a hearing for 6523 Project?.
    A: Levun – There will be a ZA hearing, but it’s not scheduled yet
  2. Q: Stakeholder –  What’s going on with permit parking?
    A: Area 3 Chair – Trying to get permit parking and apartment building residents are hard to get. Signatures from 2/3 of the occupied units are required. Not people, just units.  City knows number of units.
  3. Demographic change to Area 3: Stakeholder manages a building at 1831 Whitley with only 31 units. Seeing a positive change. With increased rents, residenst are more stable and have jobs. New residents seem to care more about the community.
  1. Next meeting Third Thursday of August 21
  2. Meeting Adjourned at: 8:07 PM