Los Feliz Neighborhood Council

Representation District A

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LOS FELIZ HILLS

The Los Feliz Hills, aka ‘District A,” is almost an entirely residential area…  Except that its boundaries also contain most of Griffith Park.  When locals proudly refer to the park as “our backyard,” it’s because, well, it is.MM Arstrong Residence

As far as urban aesthetics go, Los Feliz Hills is one lovely stretch of real estate, especially after it rains!  There’s little doubt the hills are home to many of Los Feliz’s wealthiest residents with magnificent homes and significant mansions (not of the “Mc” variety) with some of the most stunning views in all Los Angeles.  Architecturally, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Ennis House” is either down the street or around the bend from a John Lautner or a Paul Williams.  Ennis HouseAnd yes, lots of luminaries (including a movie star or two) do live in the Los Feliz Hills.  Because.

Those hills (and the homes built on them) serve as a scenic backdrop that frames our neighborhood, yet unlike other hilly areas in the city, the view isn’t marred by big billboards or skyscrapers acting as bigger billboards.

Los Feliz Boulevard is the baseline where the hill’s “start.”Los Feliz Boulevard - Deodars  And the Boulevard is lined with trees, hundreds of cultivated Deodar Cedars that create one of the most recognizable drives in the city.

News & Updates

7 Days a Week DASH Service to the Observatory and Paid Parking

Starting Tuesday, March 21st, the Griffith Observatory DASH bus will be operating 7 days a week, while paid parking is being implemented at the Observatory.

The DASH bus service will go from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Station all the way up to the Observatory, going mostly along Hillhurst Ave. before heading West along Los Feliz Blvd. and then going into the park along Vermont Ave.

The fare is 50 cents (35 cents with a TAP card), running every 20 minutes Monday through Friday from noon to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Parking closest to the Griffith Observatory will now be $4/hr, with the revenue going directly to continual traffic improvements at Griffith Park as part of the Griffith Park Transportation Plan, such as the expanded DASH service.

The Griffith Park Transportation Plan was vetted by park leadership with residents and other stakeholders for the past few years, including at several meetings hosted by the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council and the Los Feliz Improvement Association, among others.

No word yet on when the proposed DASH Los Feliz and DASH Hollywood routes will go into effect or what the final routes will be.

Holiday Traffic Around Griffith Park

Due to expected heavy holiday traffic, the Department of Recreation and Parks will be putting the following traffic mitigation measures in effect from December 23 – January 8, 2017.

  • No Parking signs on Commonwealth from Los Feliz Blvd up to the nursery will be posted on the west side of the street from 11am-11pm to aid egress.

  •  No Parking signs on Fern Dell, west side,  from Los Feliz Blvd to Black Oak from 11am-11pm to assist with egress.

  • A temporary STOP sign will be placed at Fern Dell and Black Oak . 

  • LADOT traffic officers will be posted at Los Feliz Blvd and Fern Dell, Vermont,Hillhurst and Commonwealth on 12/23 , 12/31 and 1/1.

  • In the evening park staff will station at Red Oak to assist with egress.

  • Park Services will utilize parking lots and lawn lots at the Greek Theatre. 

  • LADOT DASH will provide circulator shuttles from these lots up to the Observatory.We also have extra DASH shuttles running fro the Sunset/Vermont station courtesy of LADOT DASH.

  • Electric message boards will be placed at Hillhurst/Vermont and at Fern Dell.

  • One side of Western Canyon Road will be posted on cones ‘No Parking’ . This is to help with traffic flow and congestion.

  • Rangers will be in the area the entire time  323)644-6661

Stakeholders with questions may contact Tracy James at (323)661-9465 or at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Feedback on Greek Theatre Traffic & Parking

The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council Transportation & Mobility Committee is gathering feedback from the neighborhood concerning Greek Theatre traffic, noise, and parking. This past season was the first where the LA Department of Recreation & Parks was running things, with new traffic and parking plans, and we want to hear from you on how things went.

Though you may not receive a response directly, please know that your feedback will be read.

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

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.

Submit Your Los Feliz Pothole Repair Requests

Know of a pothole in Los Feliz that needs fixing? Let us know!

On June 7th, LA City’s Bureau of Street Services will be conducting a one day, targeted street repair campaign to perform small asphalt repairs.

Small asphalt repairs include:

  • Potholes and pop outs
  • Skin patching of eroded or cracked areas
  • Some sidewalk and curb repairs
  • Some repairs on concrete streets

Let us know of any spots that need repair by using the contact form below, or email the chair of our Public Works and Neighborhood Beautification Committee, Matthew Luery (email hidden; JavaScript is required)

*NOTE: Due to the time-limited nature of this program, not all repair requests can be accommodated. Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required with any questions.

Elections – District A Voter Info

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GENERAL ELECTION – MAY 14TH / FIREHOUSE (#35)

(1601 HILLHURST AVENUE, LOS FELIZ, 12 PM-4 PM)

THE CANDIDATES

Annabelle GurwitchI’ve lived in Los Feliz since 1996 and am deeply committed to seeing our neighborhood flourish economically.

At the same time, we must protect the park and our other outdoor space and come up with some solutions to mitigate the traffic and parking problems that are transforming and plaguing our quality of life in the neighborhood. I’d like to be a part of finding solutions.

I have raised a son here and am an actress and writer who works in the neighborhood at a shared office space on Rowena, so I am very familiar with our issues.

Sheldon HirshonIn 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.
Brian J CorneliusI am returning to Los Feliz after a 2-year absence. District A was home for 7 years and I served on the Neighborhood Council for two years until my wife Cathy’s illness induced a big lifestyle change. As an LFNC member I am hopeful I can re-engage in volunteer work, governance and the community spirit that LFNC represents. Our community has much to offer and so many unique qualities worth protecting as it becomes an ever more popular, diverse and influential place to live and work. We have important challenges as the community looks for reasonable ways to adapt to change. As an LFNC member I will bring commitment and decades of practical experience with the City, specifically in planning and zoning matters, plus a fair-minded approach to matters before the Council that directly affect our quality of life. I will bring energy and dedication to persuading neighbors to support community initiatives, schools, public safety, Griffith Park, smart development and fixing infrastructure.
Courtney BallardI 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.

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ABOUT DISTRICT A / LOS FELIZ HILLS

The Los Feliz Hills, aka ‘District A,” is almost an entirely residential area…  Except that its boundaries also contain most of Griffith Park.  When locals proudly refer to the park as “our backyard,” it’s because, well, it is.  As far as urban aesthetics go, Los Feliz Hills is one lovely stretch of real estate, especially after it rains!Ennis House

There’s little doubt the hills are home to many of Los Feliz’s wealthiest residents with magnificent homes and significant mansions (not of the “Mc” variety) with some of the most stunning views in all Los Angeles.  Architecturally, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Ennis House” is either down the street or around the bend from a John Lautner or a Paul Williams.  And yes, lots of luminaries (including a movie star or two) do live in the Los Feliz Hills.  Because.

Those hills (and the homes built on them) serve as a scenic backdrop that frames our neighborhood, yet unlike other hilly areas in the city, the view isn’t marred by big billboards or skyscrapers acting as bigger billboards.Los Feliz Boulevard - Deodars

Los Feliz Boulevard is the baseline where the hill’s “start.”  And the Boulevard is lined with trees, hundreds of cultivated Deodar Cedars that create one of the most recognizable drives in the city.

 

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Elections – District A Candidate Info

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LOS FELIZ HILLS

COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES – CANDIDATE REGISTRATION – ENDS MARCH 15TH

The Los Feliz Hills, aka ‘District A,” is almost an entirely residential area…  Except that its boundaries also contain most of Griffith Park.  When locals proudly refer to the park as “our backyard,” it’s because, well, it is.  As far as urban aesthetics go, Los Feliz Hills is one lovely stretch of real estate, especially after it rains!Ennis House

There’s little doubt the hills are home to many of Los Feliz’s wealthiest residents with magnificent homes and significant mansions (not of the “Mc” variety) with some of the most stunning views in all Los Angeles.  Architecturally, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Ennis House” is either down the street or around the bend from a John Lautner or a Paul Williams.  And yes, lots of luminaries (including a movie star or two) do live in the Los Feliz Hills.  Because.

Those hills (and the homes built on them) serve as a scenic backdrop that frames our neighborhood, yet unlike other hilly areas in the city, the view isn’t marred by big billboards or skyscrapers acting as bigger billboards.Los Feliz Boulevard - Deodars

Los Feliz Boulevard is the baseline where the hill’s “start.”  And the Boulevard is lined with trees, hundreds of cultivated Deodar Cedars that create one of the most recognizable drives in the city.

KEY ISSUES

Destination: Griffith Park –  With the Observatory, Hiking Trails, and the Greek Theatre…  Plus public golf courses and tennis courts, people love going “up” into the park, and for many that means driving through Los Feliz Hills, where the vehicle traffic can become either way too fast or way too heavy.  Greek Theatre concerts echo throughout the hills and needs continually monitoring to “keep the peace.”  Park denizens–like coyotes and cougars (and racoons and skunks)– have been known to forage on the District A’s side streets

Aging Streets, Municipal Services –  The winding concrete streets in The Hills are not immune to cracks and potholes, and concrete is expensive to replace when done “right.”  There’s an asphalt alternative that many say is “not so right” and shouldn’t be done.  Additionally, the vintage street lights that dot the area are older and much more complicated to repair.   Working with the city to help prioritize which streets need the most attention is an ongoing effort.Moreton Bay Fig Trees

Public Safety, Police & Fire –  Nice houses make nice targets for thieves and burglars, and with the advent of easy to obtain technology, older alarm systems are vulnerable, and winding roads often obscure one home from another.  Abutting Griffith Park makes brush fire a real and present danger; 817 acres burned in the 2007 wildfire, and most of the District’s residents were ordered to evacuate by LAFD.

QUALIFICATIONS TO RUN FOR OFFICE

Candidates interested in representing District A must be at least 18 years of age and live or own real property within the district’s boundaries. District Representatives serve four-year terms but are required to lay down their office should they no longer meet the qualifications (e.g., move away) under which they were initially elected.

Optimal candidates will have a good working knowledge of municipal issues affecting their area, plus Los Feliz in general. Additionally, one should possess keen reasoning ability, sharp analytical skills, and practical wisdom in evaluating situations that aren’t “black & white.”

FULL DISCLOSURE

Council Boardmembers put in a lot of work and are expected to chair a committee or drive a major initiative. They need to be quick on the uptake and able to engage in reasoned debate. Most importantly, they are expected to lead. For the “opportunity” to give up their personal time and efforts, they also have to be elected by the people, for the people (and that’s why they can expend tax $).

There is no pay. However, Council Boardmembers spearhead efforts to continually improve the community and tend to derive satisfaction out of accomplishment. It’s no accident Los Feliz is widely considered one of the best neighborhoods in L.A. (and that’s from people who don’t live here!).

FOR SURE.

If this civic adventure sounds like your kind of thing and you meet the election criteria described above, click on one of the options below…

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