News from the Sept. 10 GWNC Board Meeting
At its September 10 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council heard two guest presentations.
The first was by California State Assembly Member Mike Feuer, who spoke about Measure R, a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a wide variety of transportation projects (including a Westside subway extension), which will appear on the ballot in November's general election.
The second featured presentation was by Andrew Adelman, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. Mr. Adelman - along with colleagues Hector Buitrago, Frank Bush and Luke Zamperini - gave an overview of the Department and its functions, and noted ways in which service has improved and the number of cases handled has increased in the last 10 years (DBS is now handling three times as much business without increasing its staff size). Mr. Adelman also provided pointers to contacts and online customer service tools for the Department...and answered stakeholder questions about more specific problems and issues.
In other business, the Council:
- Approved its 2008-2009 budget.
- Seated new representatives for the Citrus Square (Charles Bergson), Other Non-Profit (Rudy Gintel), and Ridgewood-Wilton Alternate (Mary Rajswing) positions, to replace Board Members and Alternates who have resigned.
- Appointed two representatives (Charles Bergson and Shar Penfold) to attend the Mayor's Budget Day and Congress of Neighborhoods on Saturday, October 11.
- Updated Board Member committee assignments for the coming year.
- Heard a report about a property at 821 S. Wilton seeking to legalize two unpermitted dwelling units.
- Received word that a Draft Environmental Impact Report has been released for the development project planned for the SE corner of Wilshire and La Brea. A public comment period will be open until October 13. Copies of the EIR are available online at http://www.greaterwilshire.org/site/files/combwillabdrafteirdocs2.pdf , in hard copy at local libraries in the GWNC area, or on CD by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- Heard an update on the La Brea-Hancock neighborhood's efforts to designate the Lou Ehlers Cadillac building a Historic-Cultural Monument. (The application was denied after the city determined too much demolition work had already been done.) Property owner Sonic Automotive, which has declined neighborhood and City Council requests to modify the designs of the new buildings planned for the site, has now agreed to discuss potential "decorative" changes.
- Formed an ad hoc committee to work with SurveyLA to help document the GWNC area's architectural resources.
- Received a report from the Ad Hoc Outreach Committee, which presented the new GWNC logo developed by our contracted designer, announced our January speaker (City Council Member Wendy Greuel), and discussed other potential speakers for upcoming meetings.
- Heard about new "signature project" opportunities for tree planting, in which groups of 100 trees or more can be planted without needing "Permission to Plant" forms or commitments to water the new trees (watering service will be provided).
- Passed a resolution requested by DWP Oversight Committee representative Jack Humphreville, supporting the formation of a new "DWP Committee" to perform advocacy functions not allowed by the existing Oversight Committee, and selected Mr. Humphreville as our representative to the new committee.
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UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST:
LOS ANGELES FULL PUBLIC FUNDING EDUCATION & FEEDBACK PROJECT WORKSHOP
Should the City adopt a system of full public funding of campaigns? How would a full public finding system work in Los Angeles? Come learn more about publicly financed city elections, and provide feedback about public election funding. Tuesday, September 16, 7-9 p.m., 407 S. Mansfield Ave. RSVP to Judy Branfman, (310) 481-0814 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsored by the California Clean Campaign, Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and Mid-City West Community Council. More information at http://www.caclean.org
CITY OF LOS ANGELES 17TH ANNUAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR
Learn how to prepare your home, family and business for emergencies. The event will include free samples of emergency products, entertainment and emergency preparedness demonstrations. Also a memorial tree planting honoring victims of 9-11. Saturday, September 13, on the Hancock Park Great Lawn of the Page Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WINDSOR SQUARE-HANCOCK PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY 31ST ANNUAL HOME TOUR
Sunday, October 5th, 2008, 12-5pm. This year celebrating the Centennial of Wilton Place. Five homes built between 1908 and 1920. Tickets $30 per person, $20 for full time students 23 years or younger. Registration and more information at http://www.wshphs.org/
COMMUNITY BUDGET DAY AND CONGRESS OF NEIGHBORHOODS
Saturday, October 11, 2008. City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., 3rd Fl., 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Give direct input on city budget priorities. Exchange ideas and best practices. Network with community members and City leaders. Free parking, food, chilcare and translation. Registration and more information at http://www.lacityneighborhoods.com or (213) 485-1360
LARCHMONT FAMILY FAIR
Sunday, October 26. Larchmont Blvd., between 1st and Beverly.
GREATER WILSHIRE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, November 12, Wilshire Ebell, 7:00 p.m.