Agenda – July 21, 2015

Westwood Community Council Meeting


Tuesday, July 21, 2015 ▪ _7:00 p.m.

Belmont Village Westwood ▪ _Town Hall community room (ground floor)

10475 Wilshire Boulevard ▪ _Westwood ▪ _Los Angeles, CA 90024

  1. Call to Order: Steve Sann, Chair
  1. Reading of WCC’s Mission Statement: Sandy Brown, Holmby-Westwood Property Owners Association
  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 Presentation on West Los Angeles VA Master Plan to house homeless veterans, by Vincent Kane, Senior Advisor to VA Secretary Robert McDonald on Homelessness; Dr. Jonathan Sherin, National Expert on Veterans Mental Health; Dr. Sam Tsemberis, known as the Father of the Housing First Model; Michael Huff, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Senior Advisor of Communications; and Cynthia Keeffe, Vice President HOK, Project Director, West Los Angeles VA Master Plan (30 minutes)
  1. Reports from Government and Public Agency Liaisons (5 minutes per report)
    1. LAPD West Los Angeles Community Police Station: Christopher Ragsdale, LAPD Senior Lead Officer
    2. Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz: Jeffrey Ebenstein, Westwood Field Deputy
    3. Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti: Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative/Chief Service Officer
    4. Office of Congressman Ted Lieu: Janet Turner, Field Representative & Constituent Services
    5. UCLA Community & Local Government Relations: Carmen Healey, Assistant Director
    6. Westwood Village Improvement Association (BID): Sheila Kouhkan, Deputy Director
    7. Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer’s Report: Dr. Jerry Brown, Treasurer/CFO

9. Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer’s Report: Dr. Jerry Brown, Treasurer/CFO

10.  Announcements and Concerns from Board Members

A..Upcoming public hearings, meetings, and community events of interest to the Westwood Community (informational only, no action)

i. Special Olympics World Games Torch Run Ceremony at Westwood Village Farmers’ Market: with Councilmember Paul Koretz; Thurs., July 23, 2:30 p.m.; Janss Dome Building (Broxton & Kinross)

ii.Special Olympics World Games: Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, August 2; soccer, volleyball, tennis, softball, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, and judo on UCLA campus, and other events citywide.

iii. West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce “First Wednesday Breakfast” with City Librarian John Szabo: Wednesday, August 5, 7:15-9:00 a.m., Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Boulevard

iv. Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, August 5, 7 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); agenda items include proposed building signage program for CalAmerican (Hameetman) Building; and proposed new driveway entrance and exit on Tiverton Avenue for Ralphs Fresh Fare; Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Boulevar

v. City of Los Angeles Chief Legislative Analyst’s Informational Public Hearing on Sidewalk Vending Ordinance: Monday, August 10, 6:00 p.m., West L.A. Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Avenue

vi.Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) Board: Wednesday, August 19, 8:30 a.m. (third Wednesday every month); Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Boulevard

vii. Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, August 19, 7 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Blvd

viii. Westwood Village Improvement Association (Westwood BID) Annual Meeting, with Neal Payton, FAIA, LEED-AP, and Principal at Torti Gallas & Partners; Joel John Roberts, CEO, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH); and Councilmember Paul Koretz; Topic: the concept of high-performing urban districts and the physical, social, and economic characteristics they share; Thursday, August 20, 8:30-10:00 a.m.; Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Avenue

ix.Westwood Community Design Review Board (DRB): Wednesday, September 2, 7 p.m. (first and third Wednesday every month); Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall; 10475 Wilshire Blvd.

x.Westwood Neighborhood Council (WWNC): Wednesday, September 9, 7 p.m. (second Wednesday every month); Westwood Presbyterian Church, Hoffman Hall; 10822 Wilshire Blvd.

  1. Reports from Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees/Liaisons  A.
    1. Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUC): Mike Metcalfe, Chair
      1. Request by Café Chez Marie (Marie and Steve Saltzman, owners), 10681 Santa Monica Boulevard, for support from WCC for three additional hours of operation, currently 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. seven days a week, and to support waiver of public hearing for new CUP.
      2. Request by Ralphs Fresh Fare (Kroger Co.), 10861 Le Conte Avenue, for support from WCC for construction of second driveway entrance and exit on Tiverton Avenue for Ralphs customers.
  1. Old Business
    1. Report on Outcome of Appeal to West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission on Le Conte-Gayley Mixed Use Project (Medical Office and Retail), 900 Gayley Avenue: Wolfgang Veith and Sandy Brown
  1. New Business
    1. WRAC Resolution on AB57: Resolved that the Westwood Community Council opposes AB57 which limits local regulation of Cell Towers. – Steve Sann
    2. WRAC Resolution on Mobility Plan: Resolved that the Westwood Community Council votes “no confidence” in the City of L.A. Mobility Plan 2035 (Case No.: ENV 2013-0911-EIR and CPC-2013-0910-GPA-SP-CA-MSC; State Clearinghouse No. 2013041012) because of its failure to resolve and mitigate critical issues per the Statement of Overriding Considerations, including, but not limited to, emergency response time, insufficient infrastructure, and broader significant negative impacts on public health, safety, and welfare. – Steve Sann
    3. WRAC Resolution on AB744: Resolved that the Westwood Community Council opposes AB744 which limits local governmental authority over parking for SB1818 (Density Bonus) apartment projects. – Steve Sann
    4. WRAC Resolution on AB1373: Resolved that the Westwood Community Council opposes AB1373 which exempts 40 blocks (two square miles, including The Metropolis) in Downtown Los Angeles from the California Outdoor Advertising Act, which prohibits signs and electronic billboards visible from freeways. – Steve Sann
    5. WRAC Resolution on Revised City Sign Ordinance: Resolved that the Westwood Community Council moves that (1.) Digital signs should be placed only within sign districts (and none outside of sign districts); (2.) Digital billboards shall not be permitted with a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) process; (3.) Mandatory take down requirement to be a minimum of four signs for each new sign erected (if community benefits are to be provided, those benefits should be IN ADDITION to mandatory sign removal provisions); (4.) No grandfathering or “amnesty” of billboards erected without permits or altered in violation of their permits; and (5.) Passage of the sign Ordinance as soon as possible in its current form, without attempts to turn back on the now illegal/turned off digital signs) and with its strong penalty provisions for noncompliance. – 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, September 15, 2015, 7 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 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.