Meeting Date: 04/19/05 06:00 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Will and Ariel Durant Branch Los Angeles Public Library 7140 W. Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90046

Details: Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council
Traffic, Public Transportation and Parking Committee
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 6-8pm
Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library
7140 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
323 876 2741


1. Street closure by private enterprise-plan will be offered by chair to consider suit against City of Los Angeles and those agencies controlling street closure, based on resident’s undue hardship, environmental damage, and health & safety issues caused by excessive restriction of their fair use of public property. Benefits to single industries are outweighed by harm caused to larger numbers of individuals whose mobility and rights are unreasonably compromised.
2. Chair will continue brief presentation on the oil and auto monopolies, referencing the EV1, Pacific Electric Railway, USC’s program of disinformation, Michael Antonovich and the MTA, the role of the City of Burbank preventing rail application to Chandler Blvd.- the link to the North Hollywood Red Line. Additional historical transit documents and photos will be displayed.
3. Committee will address aggressive driving, law enforcement, illegal parking, nightclub/residential parking mitigation, cut-through routes, speed bumps, Grant Parking and nightclub activity on Las Palmas; DASH bus feeder lines for Red Line stations will be addressed.
4. Development and traffic congestion-denial and delusion.
5. The Emperor’s New Busline- a look at VICA and Richard Riordon’s junket to Carituba to keep the Red Line from going to Warner Center.
6. Updates, open comment
7. Adjournment.

The Durant Branch Library is fully handicapped accessible, and is served by both rail and bus lines.

Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council
Traffic, Public Transportation and Parking Committee

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 6-8pm

Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library
7140 Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA
323 876 2741

Present at the meeting was committee chair Jon Hartmann, HHWNC area residents Robert Sherick, Michael Meyer, Rena Stahr, Drew McCoy, Amy Aquino and HHWNC President, Dan Bernstein. Quorum having been reached, the meeting began shortly after 6:00pm in an informal, roundtable discussion.
The impact of street closures on the area was discussed, and participants expressed frustration with the progress of action on recommendations. Chair suggests possibility of lawsuit against City of Los Angeles for maintaining a hazardous situation based on the effect of artificial gridlock on fire, ambulance and police service response. President comments that HHWNC is the City of Los Angeles, and cannot sue itself. Chair responds that when service to HHWNC is
completed, such action may be brought as individual or member of a class. Participants remind chair that other less drastic measures remain available. President states that the Kodak Theatre, at the center of the closure issue, is owned by the City of Los Angeles. Comments are made that street closure motions have been tabled due to a logjam of motions, and President Bernstein agrees that the issue should receive prompt attention.
Chair cites article in Los Angeles Times on April 17, 2005, stating that Los Angeles County has nearly reached zero population growth due to market forces relating to the cost of housing and traffic congestion. Amy Aquino proposes that the survey may be in error, and Drew McCoy argues that even if the county experiences population stabilization, the immediate area of HHWNC is seeing greater density.
Michael Meyer described Laurel Canyon/Outpost construction and maintenance work that has contributed to gridlock. Participants agreed that 101 corridor needs mitigation; chair suggests expansion of rail service is basic to relieving such congestion.
Rena Stahr stated that developers make fraudulent presentations to the HHWNC regarding use of building during an application for approval. Participants recommended that the issue was not the domain of the traffic committee, but rather the Office of the City Attorney, and the Zoning Commission. Stahr made a presentation concerning SB466, the neighborhood radar program.
The anti-speeding device was described, and a vote was taken 7-0 in favor of a motion in support of the implementation of the program. Aquino suggested that letters of support be sent to the Mayor, Dept. of Transportation and Police. Participants agreed that speeding in residential streets must be reduced, and this automated ticket-issuing device received unanimous approval by the committee members present.
Chair made continued a presentation on the campaign against rail, and distributed exhibits from his collection of vintage transit documents. Chair described how the influence of auto/oil money on politics could make elected officials vote against logical, balanced transit funding. Supervisor Pete Schabarum, a foe of rail development, prepared one of the publications displayed by chair. Chair describes him as …”the Mike Antonovich of the 1970’s…”
Participants agreed that a representative of the “Hollywood Trolley” be invited to the next meeting of the committee, to make a presentation and answer questions.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20pm