Los Feliz Neighborhood Council

Category Board Actions

Support of Vision Zero

At the February 21, 2017 Governing Board meeting, the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council unanimously supported the Vision Zero Action Plan.

In addition to a letter sent to LA Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds, Councilmember Ryu, and Councilmember O’Farrell, the following Community Impact Statement was filed with Council File 15-0546-S3:

The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council (LFNC) is in support of the Vision Zero Action Plan, as reported by Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and dated February 1, 2017. The extent to which transportation related fatalities occur in Los Angeles, a premier international city, is an embarrassingly tragic reality. We support the efforts described in the Vision Zero Action Plan surrounding education, enforcement, engineering, evaluation and equity. No one should risk their life simply traversing the city to get to work, school, play, or home. For these reasons, the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council SUPPORTS this motion.

Read the Letter (PDF)

Clean Streets Challenge A Success

Thank you to all of the Los Feliz stakeholders who cleaned up our neighborhood!

We exceeded our goal of 50 trash bags, taking over 65 bags of trash off the streets of Los Feliz.  In addition, we removed dangerous items such as hypodermic needles and filed dozens of bulky item pickup requests (via the MyLA311 app.)

Check out some photos of the cleanup below, or head to our instagram or facebook page to see more.

If you have photos to share, post them online and add the hashtags #cleanstreetslosfeliz & #cleanstreetsla.

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Let’s keep Los Feliz looking great!

 

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Cleaning the off ramp by Griffith Park

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This trash won’t be gracing the streets of Los Feliz anymore!

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Cleaning up the curb.

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Just a few of the many Clean Streets Los Feliz volunteers.

Support of the Griffith Observatory Circulation Plan

The Board has written a letter to Michael A. Shull, General Manager Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, offering support for the Griffith Observatory Circulation and Parking Enhancement Plan. Griffith Park is not only the largest urban park in the country, but it is entirely in Los Feliz, and the neighborhood is feeling the increase in visitors to the park arriving by car. The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council supports the Plan in providing alternatives to driving and parking in our neighborhoods with improved road circulation, paid parking, and improve DASH bus shuttle service.

Griffith Observatory Circulation Plan Support PDF

Mariposa-Alexandria Intersection Improvement

The Board has written a letter to DOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds concerning the intersection of Alexandria and Mariposa Avenues. This originally came up through LFNC Representative Jon Deutsch who listened to residents concerns of dangerous driving and unsafe walking conditions near the intersection. The matter was brought up at the Transportation & Mobility Committee who agreed that more needed to be done. The final letter sent was approved at the July 2016 meeting of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council Governing Board.

Mariposa-Alexandria Intersection PDF

Turn Restrictions at Los Feliz Bl. and Rodney Dr. improved to reduce collisions

LA Department Transportation has approved the board’s request to match the hours of left turn restrictions on Los Feliz Bl. and Rodney Dr. with the hours of the parking restrictions during morning and evening rush hours. This will help to reduce the automobile collisions that neighbors were reporting were happening with a troubling frequency, and “promote the safe and efficient movement of vehicular traffic at this location.”

SR 59280 turn restriction at Los Feliz Bl and Rodney Dr (PDF)

‘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.

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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.

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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.

Resolution on Earthquake Landlord/Tenant Retrofit Costs

The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council (LFNC), representing over 36,000 resident stakeholders, was engaged by our constituents and asked to study Ordinance No. 183893 which amends Divisions 93 and 95 of Article I of Chapter IX of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, establishes mandatory standards for earthquake hazard reduction in existing wood‐frame buildings with soft, weak, or open‐front walls and existing non‐ductile concrete buildings, and amends Sections 152.02, 152.04, 152.05 and 152.08 of Article 2 of Chapter XV of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to grant authority to the Rent Adjustment Commission to modify Tenant Habitability Program requirements for purposes of implementing seismic retrofit mandates. Of most concern is the development of a comprehensive funding plan for the enactment of Ordinance No. 183893 that protects both renters and small/independent property owners.

Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2ovuimwzy44a2QydHpZeDRYcU0/view

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Statement/Resolution on “Serving and Housing LA’s Homeless” Plan

COMMUNITY IMPACT STATEMENT

The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council (LFNC), representing over 36,000 resident stakeholders, was engaged by our constituents and asked to study Motion 15‐1138‐S1 (Wesson ‐ Huizar, et al) relative to the creation of a new account in the Unappropriated Balance entitled Serving and Housing LA’s Homeless and the appropriation of various funding sources toward a spending plan to reduce homelessness. Specifically, our concerns are with the impacts potential legislation may have on the people we officially represent.

Click to View, Download or Print Complete Statement and Resolution Document.