Los Feliz Neighborhood Council

Representation District D

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LOS FELIZ KNOLLS, WAVERLY HEIGHTS, 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.

News & Updates

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

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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 D Voter Info

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

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

THE CANDIDATES

Joanna Lamb Looby Loomby, JoannaFor 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.

My qualifications:
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 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.

Jerry Minor Jerry MinorHello 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 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.

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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.

 

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Elections – District D Candidate Info

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COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES – CANDIDATE REGISTRATION – ENDS MARCH 15TH

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.

KEY ISSUES

Bypass Traffic and Pedestrian Safety – When Los Feliz Boulevard turns into a veritable parking lot, drivers are on the lookout for any shortcut that can cut time off their commute.  Usually moving way faster than they ought to be, they find the Rowena-Avocado bypass (or the ‘Waze’ app finds it for them); the 4-way Griffith Park Boulevard/Rowena Avenue intersection has been described as “treacherous.”

The Rowena Reservoir – It’s been suggested this lovely oasis built on land owned by LADWP could be turned into a community dog park or public garden.  Should it?

Franklin Hills Expansion – Petition signatures have been gathered urging city officials to officially move the boundaries of the adjacent Franklin Hills area to subsume the Holly Knoll – Myra ‘Loop’.  Residents in the affected area are divided over whether this plan makes sense or not?

QUALIFICATIONS TO RUN FOR OFFICE

Candidates interested in representing District D 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!).

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Open District D Seat Candidate Statement

A Boardmember has moved from District D, and we are looking for bright, energetic, self-starter to finish out the term. The council’s bylaws authorize the Governing Board to solicit and appoint a new District Representative to finish out the term which ends: June 2016.


 

Nello DiGiandomenico

I believe my experience in politics is underwhelming when compared to the ambition and love I bestow for our village settled at the toes of the graceful Griffith observatory. Serving this town would be an honor for someone, such as myself, that has a profound appreciation for what it is that solidifies this area one of the last great bastions of culture in this city; Its soul.

I’ve been active in campaigning for several candidates both nationally and locally. I’ve also participated in and coordinated rallies, leafleting, community awareness events — what would be considered the lot of civil participation. That and debating endlessly on the likes of social media. Always winning, of course. As in jest as it is on the surface — many people solely get their news from their feed on Facebook.

After moving back into Los Feliz, and in researching my objective of joining the town council, I came to find section D was not in need of a council member. After two months the section D position vacates. I hope it’s more serendipity than coincidence that this position on the council has vacated. I hope my statements within suffice in expressing at least a fraction of my experience, ambition, and heart-felt views on the town I wish to serve.