Community Council to hear VA plan

 

Westwood Community Council Meeting

A G E N D A

Tuesday, November 17, 2015  7:00 p.m.

Belmont Village Westwood  Town Hall community room (ground floor)

10475 Wilshire Boulevard  Westwood  Los Angeles, CA  90024

For more information about the Westwood Community Council please visit: http://www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org

  1. Call to Order: Steve Sann, Chair
  1. Reading of the WCC’s Mission Statement: David Friedman, Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers/Westwood Village Rotary Club
  1. Welcome and Introductions of Board members, guests, and members of the public
  1. Certification of Quorum
  1. Adoption of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting
  1. Consideration of the Agenda (Note: items below may not be heard in the order listed.)
  1. Special Briefing, update, and possible motion on West Los Angeles VA Master Plan to house homeless veterans and modify the use and management of the site in order to provide enhanced healthcare, benefits, employment, and other supportive veterans services, by Vincent Kane, Senior Advisor to VA Secretary Robert McDonald on Homelessness, and members of the West L.A. VA Master Plan team (40 minutes)
  1. Reports from Government and Public Agency Liaisons (3 minutes per report)
  2. LAPD West Los Angeles Community Police Station: Christopher Ragsdale, LAPD Senior Lead Officer
  3. Office ofCouncilmember Paul Koretz:  Jasmine Shamolian, Westwood Field Deputy
  4. Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti: Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative/Chief Service Officer
  5. Office of Congressman Ted Lieu: Janet Turner, Field Representative & Constituent Services
  6. UCLA Community & Local Government Relations:  Carmen Healey, Assistant Director
  7. Update on plans for new Geffen Academy at UCLA, in Kinross Building on UCLA Lot 36
  8. Westwood Village Improvement Association (BID):  Sheila Kouhkan, Deputy Director
  1. Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer’s Report: Jerry Brown, Treasurer/CFO
  1. Announcements and Concerns from Board Members
  2. Upcoming public hearings, meetings, and events of interest to the Westwood Community (information only, no action)
  3. Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) Board: Wednesday, November 18, 8:30 a.m. (third Wednesday every month); Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Boulevard
  4. Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. – CANCELED (due to lack of agenda items)
  • Westwood Village Improvement Association Board of Directors (Westwood Business Improvement District aka “BID”): Thursday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. (third Thursday every month); Skylight Gardens, 1139 Glendon Avenue
  1. Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard. (Note new earlier meeting start time.)
  2. Westwood Neighborhood Council (WWNC) featuring special guest speaker Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson: Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. (second Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevard (note special location)
  3. Quarterly Free “Concert at Westwood Library”: Sunday, December 13, 2:30 p.m.; Featuring Fiato String Quartet with complimentary reception hosted by Shamshiri Grill; Westwood Branch Public Library, 1246 Glendon Avenue (free parking at library; library doors and garage open at 2:00 p.m.)
  • Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) Board: Wednesday, December 16, 8:30 a.m. (third Wednesday every month); Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Boulevard
  • Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, December 16, 6:00 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Blvd.
  1. Westwood Village Improvement Association Board of Directors (Business Improvement District aka “BID”): Thursday, December 17, 8:30 a.m. – CANCELED DUE TO HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
  2. 2016 Homeless Count in Westwood: Wednesday, January 27, 2016, time TBA (8:00 p.m. or later); meet at Westwood Presbyterian Church, Hoffman Hall, 10822 Wilshire Boulevard
  3. Other Announcements or Concerns from Board Members
  1. Reports from Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees/Liaisons
  2. Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUC): Michael Metcalfe, Chair
  3. Update on Ralphs Fresh Fare project to construct second driveway exit onto Tiverton Avenue

Reply

  1. Old Business – None
  1. New Business
  2. 2016 Homeless Count in Westwood: Resolved that the Westwood Community Council shall “Opt-In” to co-sponsor the 2016 Greater Los Angeles Point-in-Time Homeless Count in Westwood, organized by the Los Angeles Homeless Service Agency (LAHSA) on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, in partnership with the Westwood Neighborhood Council and Westwood Presbyterian Church – Steve Sann
  3. Homeless Task Force: Resolved that the Westwood Community Council shall reestablish its Ad-Hoc Homeless Task Force, in partnership with other interested stakeholder, homeowner, business, faith-based, UCLA, student, social welfare, and government organizations in the Westwood community to address the growing issue of homelessness in the Westwood community. – John Heidt
  4. Westwood BID-proposed LADOT “People Street” project to close off north block of Broxton Avenue to vehicular traffic to create a “Broxton Ave. Plaza”: Resolved that the Westwood Community Council opposes the closure of Broxton Avenue to vehicular traffic, between Weyburn Avenue and the alley south of Le Conte Avenue, to create a “Broxton Ave. Plaza” as currently proposed by the Westwood BID due to lack of community outreach to the Westwood Community Council and other stakeholder groups, loss of 10 parking spaces, impaired access for businesses and customers, reduced access to the Broxton Garage, lack of a traffic study, inadequate funding, absence of a budget and programming plan, and the potential for increased loitering by homeless, and asks that any future effort to create a pedestrian plaza in Westwood Village involve extensive public outreach and consultation, including the Westwood Community Council and other stakeholder groups, at the earliest stages of the planning process, and explore possible alternative sites. – Steve Sann
  5. 1140 Gayley Avenue Appeal: Resolved that the Westwood Community Council supports the appeal by the Holmby-Westwood Property Owners Association of the Zoning Administrator’s determination dated October 20, 2015 regarding the Simms Project (“Gayley + Lindbrook”). – Sandy Brown
  6. 1022 Gayley Avenue Appeal: Resolved that the Westwood Community Council supports the appeal by the Holmby-Westwood Property Owners Association of the Building and Safety Department determination pertaining to required off-site parking for the Simms Project (“Gayley + Lindbrook”). – Sandy Brown
  7. WRAC Resolution on Short-Term Rentals: See attachments for language and background information – Steve Sann
  1. General Public Comment (on non-agendized topics of interest to the public, within the subject matter and jurisdiction of the WCC) (10 minutes maximum, 2 minute per speaker)
  1. Next Regular WCC Meeting: Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall community room, 10475 Wilshire Boulevard
  1. Motion to Adjourn

In accordance with its Bylaws, the Westwood Community Council (WCC) shall provide an opportunity in open meetings for the public to address items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter and jurisdiction of the WCC.  Individual testimony within the Public Comment period shall be limited to two (2) minutes per person and up to ten (10) minutes per subject.  However, the WCC Chair has the discretion to modify the time allotted on each subject, to each speaker, and the number of speakers per subject.  Items may be called in any order at the discretion of the WCC Chair.  EVERY PERSON WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD DURING THE MEETING MUST COMPLETE A SPEAKER’S CARD AND SUBMIT IT TO THE CHAIR OF THE COUNCIL.  The agenda is posted for public review at the Westwood Branch Public Library, 1246 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90024, and at http://www.westwoodcommunitycouncil.org online.  Belmont Village Westwood provides free covered self-parking in its underground garage, accessed from the driveway at 10475 Wilshire Boulevard, and also is accessible via public transportation by all bus lines serving Wilshire Boulevard.  Belmont Village Westwood, including its Town Hall Community Room, is an ADA accessible facility.

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