Los Feliz Neighborhood Council

Representation District C

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LOS FELIZ VILLAGE

“District C” is where a majority of Los Feliz’s commercial corridors intersect and is almost entirely the area the city designates: “Los Feliz Village.”  It’s a mixture of residences and businesses that give our neighborhood the bustling feel of a big city, without being too big.  In a word: “village.”

It’s also home to a few churches (including a Sikh Temple or Gurdwara), performing stages, movie theatres, schools and our public library.

Whether they’re just looking to stroll around and browse at eclectic shops, or find that place they’ve heard so much about, Angelinos from all over the city and visitors from all over the world, usually have an image of Los Feliz Village in their minds before they arrive.

It’s where one can hear an author speak at Skylight Books, grab a coffee Fred 62 or House of Pies, brunch at The Alcove, lunch at Yuca’s, have a drink at the Dresden with Marty & Elaine, or get Monday night’s “family dinner” at Little Dom’s.

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.

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)

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.

Elections – District C Voter Info

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

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

THE CANDIDATES

Madison Blu FairchildMadisonFairchild My name is Madison Blu Fairchild and I have been living and/or working in Los Feliz since 2002. I worked in Los Feliz as a hairstylist and then became a salon owner. This work gave me both the perspective of a business owner and an employee. Moreover, this profession gave me one on one contact with community members and their thoughts and ideas of our neighborhood.
Because of these interactions I understand the needs of our community members with diverse backgrounds; be they students, business owners, single/married, immigrant, home owners or renters. My own back ground as a Transgender woman who was once undocumented, makes me sensitive to people of disenfranchised groups. I’m now a Licensed California Attorney. My practice serves low and moderate income clients in the area of Family law and Immigration with a focus on assisting the LGBT and Spanish speaking community. I advocate daily for individuals and would now like to serve my neighborhood as your representative. Thank you.
Gina IsaacIsaac, 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.
Debra MatlockMatlock, Debra When I moved to Los Feliz in 1994 (after attending UCLA), I felt like I had finally found a home in Los Angeles. The walk-ability of our neighborhood contributed to that sense of community that is missing in many parts of the city. We decided to stay in the same apartment despite getting older and having children. This amazing neighborhood has so much to offer people of all ages. As a filmmaker and graphic designer, I have had an office in the Sarno building in the village since 1999, so I have experience as both resident and businesswoman in our district. I am interested in protecting the things that make our neighborhood great, while moving forward to address the growing demands placed upon our little corner of LA. Thanks!
Barbara HowellHowell, 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.

Michael TapiaTapia, Michael As candidate, I wish to preserve the community and village of Los Feliz and continue to make our neighborhood a decent place to live.

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ABOUT DISTRICT C / LOS FELIZ VILLAGE

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“District C” is where a majority of Los Feliz’s commercial corridors intersect and is almost entirely the area the city designates: “Los Feliz Village.”  It’s a mixture of residences and businesses that give our neighborhood the bustling feel of a big city, without being too big.  In a word: “village.”

It’s also home to a few churches (including a Sikh Temple or Gurdwara), performing stages, movie theatres, schools and our public library.

Whether they’re just looking to stroll around and browse at eclectic shops, or find that place they’ve heard so much about, Angelinos from all over the city and visitors from all over the world, usually have an image of Los Feliz Village in their minds before they arrive.Hollymont Apartments

It’s where one can hear an author speak at Skylight Books, grab a coffee Fred 62 or House of Pies, brunch at The Alcove, lunch at Yuca’s, have a drink at the Dresden with Marty & Elaine, or get Monday night’s “family dinner” at Little Dom’s.

 

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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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Elections – District C Candidate Info

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LOS FELIZ VILLAGE

COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES – CANDIDATE REGISTRATION – ENDS MARCH 15TH 

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“District C” is where a majority of Los Feliz’s commercial corridors intersect and is almost entirely the area the city designates: “Los Feliz Village.”  It’s a mixture of residences and businesses that give our neighborhood the bustling feel of a big city, without being too big.  In a word: “village.”

It’s also home to a few churches (including a Sikh Temple or Gurdwara), performing stages, movie theatres, schools and our public library.

Whether they’re just looking to stroll around and browse at eclectic shops, or find that place they’ve heard so much about, Angelinos from all over the city and visitors from all over the world, usually have an image of Los Feliz Village in their minds before they arrive.Hollymont Apartments

It’s where one can hear an author speak at Skylight Books, grab a coffee Fred 62 or House of Pies, brunch at The Alcove, lunch at Yuca’s, have a drink at the Dresden with Marty & Elaine, or get Monday night’s “family dinner” at Little Dom’s.

KEY ISSUES

Vehicle Traffic & Parking – Even with the Metro Red Line nearby, most Angelinos rely on their motor vehicles to get around, finding a parking spot in the Village for both locals and visitors is a challenge.  Working to help maintain a harmony between District C residents and merchants is a ongoing effort as our commercial streets become more and more popular destinations.

Business Corridor Development – Hillhurst Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont Avenue are all part of the Vermont-Western Station Neighborhood Plan (or ‘SNAP’).  SNAP relaxes building codes near Metro stations to where structures can be built higher and with more “density” than in other city areas.  How the scale of any new construction development may impact the aesthetic character of Los Feliz is an ongoing concern for many.

Business and Residential Zoning – With the largest combination of both homes and businesses in Los Feliz, District C sees many zoning change and business permitting applications being brought before the Council for review and approval recommendation.  The Department of City Planning specifically instructs business owners, builders, developers and license applicants to have the neighborhood council review their plans as part of the overall City approval process.

QUALIFICATIONS TO RUN FOR OFFICE
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Candidates interested in representing District C 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.Farfalla Restaurant, M.M. Ralston, Architect 1924 1

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!).There Is No Place Like Home 1

IS IT IN YOU?

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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.

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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.


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