Los Feliz Neighborhood Council

Representation District E


FRANKLIN HILLS

The Los Feliz area designated: Franklin Hills, along with a few more of the streets lying directly to the West of it (“Franklin Hills adj.”) makes up our District E.

It’s home to the quirky and magnificent Shakespeare Bridge, and a public staircase system that provides vertical walkways connecting Franklin Hill’s narrow, winding streets.  Built in the 1920’s, these 14 stairways (“to heaven?”) gave pedestrians an express route to the now-defunct street trolleys below.

The Prospect Studios on Talmadge Street has gone by many names since it opened in 1915, but is most famously known as the ABC Television Center, where some of TV’s greatest hits like ‘Barney Miller’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Let’s Make A Deal’, and the long-running soap opera ‘General Hospital’ were produced.

Brothers Walt and Roy Disney opened their first animation studio in District E and lived on Lyric and St. George Streets, “close to the office;” Mickey Mouse was “born” right here in Los Feliz.

Franklin Hills has varying (and eclectic) architectural styles, including some of the finest examples of Mid-Century Modern homes in Los Angeles.  Famed architect, John Lautner, designed the school complex that now houses the Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) school, which is designated a Los Angeles historic-cultural landmark.

Hyperion Avenue (West) is a mixture of residences and small businesses that act as Los Feliz’s eastern border looping around to where Hyperion merges into Fountain Avenue towards Thomas Starr King Middle School.

News & Updates

Submit Your Los Feliz Pothole Repair Requests

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

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, by November 24yh – 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.

Hollywood Community Plan Update Public Meeting

On July 8th from 10AM – 12PM, a public meeting will be held at the Los Feliz Public Library to discuss the new draft proposal of the Hollywood Community Plan:

The Hollywood Community Plan (HCPU2) sets the stage for the future of Hollywood. It directs anticipated development to already urbanized areas of the Community Plan Area, identifying suitable areas for new development while preserving existing low-scale neighborhoods.

More information can be found at the Hollywood Community Plan website. This event is not sponsored or being run by the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council.

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 E Voter Info

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

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

THE CANDIDATES

Joseph Garner Garner, JosephHello. My name is Joseph Garner. I am a proud resident of Los Feliz. I work in the Film and TV Industry and have been an Angeleño since moving here from San Francisco in 2002. The reason I picked Los Feliz to call home is because of the eclectic experience it has to offer– local shops and neighborhood charm mixed with nature and parks. It’s a diverse community of artists, merchants, entrepreneurs, students and open-minded residents.

It is critical to maintain the integrity of our community by continuing to invest in our schools, parks and public areas, while at the same time, making sure our diverse and local businesses continue to thrive. I am always accessible– whether it’s Sundays at the Farmers Market picking up some Brothers hummus, Wednesday nights at Rockwell with the musical and comedic stylings of Mr. Jeff Goldblum, Friday night at the Vista Theatre, or enjoying a home cooked meal with family and friends at La Pergoletta. Los Feliz is my home. Thank you for your support

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.

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.

Josh Steichmann Steichman, Josh Pragmatic progressive.Josh has lived in Los Feliz for five years, and currently works as a communications and strategy consultant for non-profits, and previously worked as an arts journalist. He was formerly the communications manager of Equality California, and has a strong belief in the power of neighborhood and local government to improve the lives of everyone who lives, works or plays inside their boundaries.

Having previously served on the board of a 350-unit housing cooperative in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Josh has experience managing the needs of a diverse community as well as experience with budget and program management.

Los Feliz is changing, along with the rest of LA. Josh would be proud to work to protect the best parts of Los Feliz while making sure that the gains we see are returned to the community.

Dani Walker Walker, Dani Los Feliz is home to some of the most passionate creative and socially aware residents in Los Angeles. The Los Feliz community has redefined culture and created a blueprint for what it means to be an urban oasis. I believe in progressive thinking and solutions that move us forward to keep our area safe and desirable for residents and private business. As a designer, I spend a lot of my time in residents’ homes collaborating on remodeling projects. Through that, I have been given insight into the needs, wants, and concerns of the individuals in this area and neighboring communities. Skyrocketing rents, the growing homeless population, and over development are among some of the top concerns. It is important that we work together to create a space where we all feel a part of this great community and keep Los Feliz special. I hope to be given the opportunity to join the NHC and represent the amazing community I live in and love. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Kevin Randolph Randolph, KevinMy name is Kevin, and I’m running for a District E Representative seat of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council.

Since last year, I have been a member of the Transportation & Mobility Committee to better understand the issues facing Los Feliz residents every day. Through that Committee’s work, I’ve had the opportunity to hear from stakeholders in the community as well as local government officials on a variety of projects currently in the works.

I hope to have the opportunity to serve on the larger Governing Board and contribute to a better Los Feliz for all who live, work, and play in this beautiful neighborhood.

Poll Map - Fire House (blue)

ABOUT DISTRICT E/ FRANKLIN HILLS

The Los Feliz area designated: Franklin Hills, along with a few more of the streets lying directly to the West of it (“Franklin Hills adj.”) makes up our District E.

It’s home to the quirky and magnificent Shakespeare Bridge, and a public staircase system that provides vertical walkways connecting Franklin Hill’s narrow, winding streets.  Built in the 1920’s, these 14 stairways (“to heaven?”) gave pedestrians an express route to the now-defunct street trolleys below.

The Prospect Studios on Talmadge Street has gone by many names since it opened in 1915, but is most famously known as the ABC Television Center, where some of TV’s greatest hits like ‘Barney Miller’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Let’s Make A Deal’, and the long-running soap opera ‘General Hospital’ were produced.

Brothers Walt and Roy Disney opened their first animation studio in District E and lived on Lyric and St. George Streets, “close to the office;” Mickey Mouse was “born” right here in Los Feliz.

Franklin Hills has varying (and eclectic) architectural styles, including some of the finest examples of Mid-Century Modern homes in Los Angeles.  Famed architect, John Lautner, designed the school complex that now houses the Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) school, which is designated a Los Angeles historic-cultural landmark.

Hyperion Avenue (West) is a mixture of residences and small businesses that act as Los Feliz’s eastern border looping around to where Hyperion merges into Fountain Avenue towards Thomas Starr King Middle School.

 

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Elections – District E Candidate Info

FRANKLIN HILLS

COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES – CANDIDATE REGISTRATION – ENDS MARCH 15TH

The Los Feliz area designated: Franklin Hills, along with a few more of the streets lying directly to the West of it (“Franklin Hills adj.”) makes up our District E.

It’s home to the quirky and magnificent Shakespeare Bridge, and a public staircase system that provides vertical walkways connecting Franklin Hill’s narrow, winding streets.  Built in the 1920’s, these 14 stairways (“to heaven?”) gave pedestrians an express route to the now-defunct street trolleys below.

The Prospect Studios on Talmadge Street has gone by many names since it opened in 1915, but is most famously known as the ABC Television Center, where some of TV’s greatest hits like ‘Barney Miller’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Let’s Make A Deal’, and the long-running soap opera ‘General Hospital’ were produced.

Brothers Walt and Roy Disney opened their first animation studio in District E and lived on Lyric and St. George Streets, “close to the office;” Mickey Mouse was “born” right here in Los Feliz.

Franklin Hills has varying (and eclectic) architectural styles, including some of the finest examples of Mid-Century Modern homes in Los Angeles.  Famed architect, John Lautner, designed the school complex that now houses the Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) school, which is designated a Los Angeles historic-cultural landmark.

Hyperion Avenue (West) is a mixture of residences and small businesses that act as Los Feliz’s eastern border looping around to where Hyperion merges into Fountain Avenue towards Thomas Starr King Middle School.

KEY ISSUES

Aging Streets, Municipal Services – Franklin Hills winding concrete streets 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.

Prospect Studios Operations – Sometimes productions shoot long into the night and sometimes those productions get noisy.  Residents and their representatives maintain an ongoing dialog with the studio’s management to ensure the impact of operating an industrial facility within a residential area remains low and the relationship remains amicable.

Street Crime – Whether it’s the pilfering of an unlocked car, the cutting out of a prized catalytic converter, or even pulling the copper wire out of electrical conduits, winding streets create blind areas where cars-both in driveways or parked on streets– can only be seen from a few homes, making them vulnerable.  Residents of District E are vigilant about spotting and reporting suspicious activity.

QUALIFICATIONS TO RUN FOR OFFICE

Candidates interested in representing District E 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 $).Lycee Français

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!).

UH, YEAH.

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