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2016 Election Winners

On May 14th, 2016, Los Feliz stakeholders elected ten boardmembers to the Council. Below are the newly elected from each of our five districts (Official Canvass of Votes).

Thank you to all 27 candidates for stepping forward and putting in the time and effort to campaign.  We hope to see them, and all our neighbors, stay involved in the Council through attending meetings, being part of committees, and also taking advantage of our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.  Stay connected, sign up for: email updates.

District A

District A (green)

Sheldon Hirshon

In December 2014 my wife and I relocated from New York City to Los Feliz. We fell in love with the village, the local stores, Griffith Park, the beauty of the district and its distinct history. We found neighbors who welcomed us with warmth and friendship. In February, I was elected by the Governing Board to fill a District A vacancy through June and now sit on the Rules and Elections Committee. In my short tenure I have considered zoning issues, the Griffith Park traffic problem and the proposed new traffic plan, and visited the entire district. I am running for a full term as I want to preserve the life qualities that brought my wife and I here and to actively participate in the neighborhood we now call our home. I was a senior corporate partner at Proskauer Rose until retiring in 2012 after a 40-year legal career. During my career I launched and headed 5 non-profit companies. We have 3 grown children; two live and/or work in Los Angeles and the third in Las Vegas.

Courtney Ballard

I have lived in Los Feliz for the past 5 years, and I have seen many changes — some good and some not-so-good — in our community. I’m attuned to the issues that Los Feliz residents face now, and those that we will likely face in the future. I love Los Feliz. I care deeply about our community — its prosperity, its safety and its preservation. I think everyone in District A is aware of the rerouting of traffic via smartphone applications and the problems — and the dangers — this traffic is creating. As a part-time stay-at-home mother of a 15 month old baby, I want to see our neighborhood support the growing number of families with children moving into the area. I want to make the streets safe for our children. I want to create safe recreational spaces in our district. As a part-time attorney and current District A Representative, I see a way to make these things happen. If I am elected to the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, I will make safety in our community my number one priority.

District B

District B (orange)

Jon Deutsch

 When I first moved to Los Feliz 8 years ago, I realized that this was a community unlike any other in Los Angeles. Every day I am continually awed by what our neighborhood has to offer: outstanding natural beauty, renowned cultural institutions, unique small businesses, and wonderful homes.As a filmmaker and writer, I truly live and work in Los Feliz and would love the opportunity to give back to the vibrant neighborhood that has given me so much.Our home faces tremendous challenges and opportunities in the next few years – from the ongoing improvement of Griffith Park, to the development of new apartment buildings and homes, to the increasing plight of our homeless population.I want to represent you on the LFNC to bring YOUR voice to the table as our civic leaders craft the decisions that will impact all of our lives. I believe that listening, outreach, and consensus-building are our best tools to ensure that Los Feliz remains a special place to live, work, and play.

Amy Foell

 My name is Amy Foell and Los Feliz has been my home for over five years. Serving our community is a win-win; a perfect way for me to utilize and refine my communication skills whilst advocating on our behalf to City Council. Personally I’d like to ensure our neighborhood maintains its beauty and safety. Our businesses and residents have felt the burden of rising homelessness. The Mayor and City Council must take a solution-based and humane approach to ensure this ongoing issue is effectively managed. I’ve been an advocate and activist my entire life and look forward to having an opportunity to jump in locally for our collective voices. I have a Bachelors in Social Science, a Masters in Teaching as well as a Certificate in Television Writing. For employment, I am the Workforce Development Manager at the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Books currently by my bedside are The 8 Laws of Change by Stephan A. Schwartz, A Full Life by Jimmy Carter and Super Genes by Deepak Chopra, M.D. Vote Amy!

District C

District C (red)

Gina Issac

Isaac, Gina I have resided in Los Feliz for most of my life. I am a local. I live and work in this community. Both my parents and grandparents are homeowners in Los Feliz, and have resided here for over 60 years. I attended Franklin Elementary School, 32nd Street Performing Arts Magnet, and Fairfax Visual Arts Magnet High School. I went to Los Angeles Valley Community College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in the Music Industry from California State University, Los Angeles. Presently, I am a Realtor with 12 years of professional experience. I worked at the Coldwell Banker Los Feliz brokerage for 6 years, and presently work for the Nourmand & Associates Hollywood brokerage. I possess keen reasoning ability, sharp analytical skills, and practical wisdom in evaluating situations that aren’t “black & white.” I am quick on the uptake and am able to engage in reasoned debate. I am a leader, and I am devoted to improving and preserving our village.

Barbara Howell

Howell, BAfter living in the Los Feliz area for 25 years, I fill it might be time to get involved.

Over the years, I have seen businesses and activities come and go, properties change and the neighborhood evolve.

Others have provided leadership and direction while I worked on my career. Now, it is time for me to become more involved.

District D

District D (purple)

Nello Digiandomenico

56_104_-1405978501I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the bulk of my seven years in Los Angeles in — what is now my only home — Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.Originally from upstate New York, I relocated after graduating SUNY Brockport College.

I’m excited to start my first truly elected term on the Los Feliz NC. I was fortunate enough to reside on the board since October 2015 after the previous representative of District D resigned. Since then, I was able to gain an understanding of what it is to be a board member.

My short time on the board has also lent to me an understanding of the dynamics of the board, its members, and its relationship with its stakeholders. I believe — combined with my passion to preserve and expand the charm that makes Los Feliz the best neighborhood in all of Los Angeles — my experience allows for immediate expansion of my outreach to the neighborhood as I am the new Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee and plan on getting more involved in Education and PZHP.

Dan McNamara

McNamara, D I’ve been a resident of Los Feliz District D for several years, and I would be honored to represent my neighbors on the LFNC. I am an Eagle Scout with a degree in journalism; leadership, problem solving, and communication are my strong suits. My goals on the council will be related to traffic and safety in the area, and coordination with our neighbors in Silver Lake & Atwater Village.

I have already submitted proposals to the city of LA regarding the need for a 4-way stop at the intersection of Monon & St. George, which can be treacherous, especially when non-residents are speeding through to avoid nearby traffic. The proximity to John Marshall High School makes this an especially important safety concern.

I also want to coordinate with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council regarding traffic and business on Hyperion Ave., which is our shared border. I’d like to find a way to reduce gridlock around the Trader Joe’s.

If elected, I will work hard for the good of our community.

District E

District E (blue)

Bryant Edwards

Edwards, Bryant Having lived in Los Angeles my entire life, I have had the unique pleasure of living and working in various neighborhoods. Los Feliz is my favorite. You can see me walking to work (CHLA), to the store, or to any one of our many neighborhood restaurants. I am embedded and invested in our community, and I am committed to working with neighbors and city officials to sustain our neighborhood’s and our city’s vitality. I will do everything that I can to ensure the safety, vibrancy, and sense of community in Los Feliz.For the past 3 years, I have served on the board of my profession’s state association, collaborating with stakeholders throughout California. I am interested in the same type of involvement right here in my neighborhood.

As a firm believer in collaboration, gathering and using evidence to inform decisions, and being proactive in order to sustain our community. I hope that you’ll give me the opportunity to serve our neighborhood.

Danny Cohen

Cohen, DannyI have been a resident of Sunset Drive and District E since March 2010, a member of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council Governing Board since August 2015, and involved with LFNC since October 2014.

Los Feliz, much like the rest of Los Angeles, is changing, but we can all be a part of having that change be inclusive and forward thinking. We’re facing the realities of housing, transportation, and the state of our environment. During my time already on the Governing Board, along with the Transportation Committee, I have focused on creatively evolving our shared resources to provide a better Los Feliz, rather than settling for the status quo. Our neighborhood should reflect the fact that we are all Los Feliz.

Being on the LFNC Governing Board is important to me because it provides the opportunity to be a part of the positive change, head public discussion, and help to shape the future of this wonderful neighborhood.

Thank you for your consideration and your vote.

Howell and Hain Appointed to the Board

On March 15, Barbara Howell and Michael Hain were appointed to the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council Governing Board, filling the vacant District C and Public Safety seats, respectively. The board votes for these appointments are below.

Barbara Howell for District C

Yes No Abstain Absent
Demmers President x
Mauceri Vice President x
DiGiandomenico District D x
Brandt District B x
Paley District C x
Rodriquez Education x
Khanjian District B x
Cohen District E x
Hirshon District A x
Ballard District A x
Irmas District B x
Lim District D x
Longfellow District D x
Carlson Business x
Jamison District E x
Cassadore District C x
Klipp Treasurer x
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Michael Hain for Public Safety Rep

Yes No Abstain Absent
Demmers President x
Mauceri Vice President x
DiGiandomenico District D x
Brandt District B x
Paley District C x
Rodriquez Education x
Khanjian District B x
Cohen District E x
Hirshon District A x
Ballard District A x
Irmas District B x
Lim District D x
Longfellow District D x
Carlson Business x
Jamison District E x
Cassadore District C x
Klipp Treasurer x
14 0 3

Public Safety Rep Applications

An application has been filed for the Public Safety Rep seat, the term is until June 2016. Below is the candidate’s statement.

 Michael Hain

I was born in Los Angeles and have lived in Los Feliz since 1987. I have two children who started at Ivanhoe and graduated at Marshall.
I’ve been a community volunteer for many years. I have participated in neighborhood clean-up activities, including the Great L.A. River Clean-Up. I was on the Los Feliz Safety committee and have helped organize the National Night Out for the last three years. I’m currently developing Map Your Neighborhood to help in case of earthquake or other disasters.
I am a 15-year volunteer with the American Red Cross, teaching CPR and First Aid. I have been a CERT member for 15 years and have participated in many mock trainings. During our search and rescue training in Griffith Park I encouraged others to express their ideas, listened to all sides and made a thoughtful decision. This resulted in creating new solutions for a positive outcome.
We live in a wonderful community I would like to help make it a safer and better place.

District C Representative Applications

An application has been filed for the vacancy in District C, the term is until June 2016. Below is the candidate’s statement.

Barbara Howell

After living in the Los Feliz area for 25 years, I feel it might be time to get involved. Over the years, I have seen businesses and activities come and go, properties change and the neighborhood evolve. Others have provided leadership and direction while I worked on my career. Now, it is time for me to become more involved.

Board Appointment Results, 2/16/16

On February 16, 2016, three vacancies on the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council Governing Board were filled. Below are the results of the board’s votes and appointments.

District A  – Following a presentation by the three candidates (Sheldon Hirshon, Daniel Covino, and Courtney Ballard), the board voted. Hirshon and Ballard won appointment to the two vacant District A seats.

Ballard

Covino

Hirshon

Irmas

X

X

Brandt

X

X

Maloney

X

X

DiGiandomenico

X

X

Rodriguez

X

X

Khanjian

X

X

Demmers

X

x

Mauceri

X

x

Paley

X

x

Cohen

X

x

8

5

7

Eduction Representative – Marcus Rodriguez and Lee Rosenberg presented to the board. Rodriguez was appointed to the Education Interests Representatives seat.

Rodriguez

Rosenberg

Irmas

X

Brandt

X

Maloney

X

DiGiandomenico

X

Rodriguez

X

Hirshon

X

Ballard

X

Khanjian

X

Demmers

X

Mauceri

x

Paley

X

Cohen

X

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‘Acker Mini-Mansion’ Monument Status Opposed

Mini-ManseAt its January 2016 meeting, the council’s Governing Board voted to oppose designating the bungalows at 4511-4513 Russell Avenue as a Los Angeles Historical Cultural Monument.  The small homes have been formally nominated, and the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) will review the application and decide whether the property qualifies for the unique designation.

If determined to be a landmark, the structure will be protected from any demolition, rebuilding or exterior remodeling and would remain in its current state.

Forrest J. Ackerman, known to his friends and fans as ‘Uncle Forry’, lived in Los Feliz for most of his life and passed away here in 2008.

A literary agent to renowned writers Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and others, Ackerman is widely credited with coining the term ‘Sci-Fi’.  He published one of the first “fan-zines” called ‘Famous Monsters of Filmland’, and was widely known to have influenced numerous actors, directors and film technicians in the Science Fiction and Horror genres.

monsters

Although Ackerman lived many years in a large 18-room home on Glendower Avenue, where he curated a massive collection of Sci-Fi memorabilia, Ackerman spent his final 6 years in the bungalows on Russell Avenue, where he still displayed a portion of his once expansive collection on Saturday afternoons to the general public.

The Governing Board heard public comment from over 45 area stakeholders regarding whether Los Feliz should support the nomination and recommend the City give the bungalows landmark status.

After a period of debate, the Board considered three courses of action regarding a Cultural-Historic Monument designation:  SUPPORT (it), OBJECT (to it), or DEFER the decision to the CHC.

By a ballot vote of 7-3-2, the Governing board opposes this one time Ackerman residence becoming a Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument.

BOARD VOTE TALLY

OPPOSE (7): Cohen, Irmas, Khanjian, Klipp, Longfellow, Maloney, Mauceri.

SUPPORT (3): Carlson, Cassadore, Demmers.

DEFER (2): DiGiandomenico, Rodriguez.


View, download or print official council document by clicking here.

New OSH Store on Hollywood Boulevard

The council’s Governing Board unanimously recommended the design and construction plan for a new Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) store be given the go-ahead at its December 2015 meeting.

OSH Plate

The project, which had been reviewed earlier by the council’s Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation (PZHP) Committee recommended additional conditions be incorporated into the plan after hearing from nearby neighbors.

These include establishing a “hotline” for residents to report any adverse construction and operational impacts; limiting the store’s operating hours to a regular 9:00 PM closing time and meeting with local law enforcement regarding location security during and after construction.Osh plate 2

Additionally, the Board recommended the sidewalks be left the same widths as others on adjacent blocks.

OSH representatives agreed to incorporate the Board’s recommendations into their plan, which will now go before the city’s Department of Buildings and Safety for final approval and issuance of the necessary construction permits.

The new store will be located on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard between Kenmore and Edgemont Streets, and will have an underground parking area that features more spaces than the building code requires.

Construction is expected to begin sometime in 2016.

Board Resolutions on Renters’ Surcharges and Homelessness in Los Feliz

On October 20th, 2015, the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council Governing Board passed two resolutions, advising on city-wide issues that have a direct impact on Los Feliz stakeholders.

Homeless_ManCommunity Impact Statement and Resolution in support of CF 15-1138-S1, Homeless Assistance

CF 15-1138-S1 is concerned with the appropriation of various funding sources toward a spending plan to reduce homelessness.  Specifically, Los Feliz Neighborhood Council concerns are with the impacts potential legislation may have on the people we officially represent, and for any spending plan be created with transparency and distributed widely.

 

Resolution on Ordinance 183893, 50/50 split on earthquake retrofit costsQuake Damage

Ordinance No. 183893 covers the funding plan that protects renters and small/independent property owners over the need for mandatory retrofitting for earthquake hazard reduction in existing wood‐frame buildings with soft, weak, or open‐front walls and existing non‐ductile concrete buildings.

The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council advocates for renter protections that improve upon the proposed 50/50 retrofit cost share between property owners and tenants, and suggests that research be done for cost-cutting alternatives (such as low-interest and tax credits for “Mom and Pop” property owners) to reduce financial impact.

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