Los Feliz Neighborhood Council

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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
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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.