GENERAL ELECTION – MAY 14TH / FIREHOUSE (#35)
(1601 HILLHURST AVENUE, LOS FELIZ, 12 PM-4 PM)
- Joanna Lamb Looby For fifteen years I lived, worked, and raised a child in District D.
We found a community here that I liked to call our “Urban Mayberry.” My son learned to swim at the Griffith Park pool, went to Los Feliz Co-op Nursery School, and Ivanhoe Elementary.
If I were to serve my beloved District D, I would wish to preserve the unique flavor of our community while considering the impact or benefit of the many changes we are experiencing. Change is inevitable, but we can’t trade it for the essential spirit of neighborliness, economic diversity, and openness that has attracted so many to our neighborhood.
I have 20 years of intensive event planning and fundraising experience. I have organized and coordinated hundreds of volunteers. I have served on many non-profit boards and committees. I am both sensible and creative and believe that open, civil discourse leads to real solutions.
- Nello Digiandomenico I’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.
- Jerry Minor Hello Neighbors! I’m an actor/writer/comedian and I’ve been a Los Feliz resident since 2001 and a Los Angeles resident since 1998.
I know this neighborhood inside out and have loved living here. I feel my experience and length of time in this neighborhood can give a unique perspective to the needs to our diverse community.
It would be my pleasure to give my time and effort to the NC. I will work hard to keep the charm, value and safety of our homes. I have worked, played, eaten and lived in this neighborhood for over 15 years. I have come to really appreciate being a part of this small community and feel a real connection to everyone here. Thank you for you consideration.
Jerry C. Minor
- Dan McNamara 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.
ABOUT DISTRICT D / LOS FELIZ KNOLLS, WAVERLY HEIGHTS and ST. GEORGE SLOPE
District D is home to some rolling foothills, aka ‘The Knolls’ (south of “the boulevard”) with winding side streets bounded by some major roadways like Los Feliz Boulevard, Hyperion Avenue, Riverside Drive and the 5 Freeway. But to the district’s residents, Rowena is backroad that ends up being a part of most people’s ride home.
Franklin Avenue Elementary School, John Marshall High School and St. Casimir Catholic Elementary School, plus a University (of Philosophical Research) all occupy the district.
“D” has three signature water features: The Rowena Resevoir, The Mulholland Fountain and the Municipal “Plunge” swimming pool near the public tennis courts and soccer fields off Riverside Drive. Nestled along the west bank of the L.A. River lies Sunnynook Park, which is only accessible by a footbridge over the freeway. Up on Waverly Drive, there’s a castle-like convent/retreat that has fascinated religious pilgrims and pop stars alike. With a mixture of private homes and multi-unit dwellings, District D is as diverse architecturally as it is geographically.
Along Hyperion Avenue’s west side runs District D’s commercial corridor that includes Gelson’s Market, Mixto Comida Latina, and arguably the best little DIY store on the planet: Baller True Value Hardware; the one with the groovy Shepard Fairy mural across the street.
Silent film star, Norma Talmadge (the one with the street named after her) built her estate on one of the knolls (Cedarhurst Circle) in District D.