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EMPOWERMENT CONGRESS WEST AREA NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Meeting  Minutes    

November  3,  2012  
Crenshaw  United  Methodist  *  3740  Don  Felipe  Drive  *  Los  Angeles,  CA    90008  
Present   Excused   Unexcused   Name   Present   Excused   Unexcused   Name   David  Winston,  Chair   X       Wendell  Conn  (Area  2)   X       Denise  Stansell,  Co-­‐Chair   X       Carl  Morgan  (Area  2)   X       Yvonne  Ellett,  Rec.  Secretary   X       Lark  Galloway-­‐Gilliam  (Area  3)   X       Lanz  Alexander,  Treasurer     ?     Jackie  Ryan  (Area  3)   X       Vacant,  Cor.  Secretary         Ronda  Brown  (At  Large)   X               Karen  Caesar  (At  Large)   X       Mary  Jones-­‐Darks  (Area  1)   X       Jason  Lombard  (At  Large)   X       Wilson  Washensky  (Area  1)   X       Johnnie  Raines  (At  Large)   X         Call  to  Order  &  Roll  Call:    The  meeting  was  called  to  order  at  9:41  am  by  David  Winston,  Chair.    A  quorum  was  present.     Councilperson  for  CD  10,  Herb  Wesson,  swore  in  the  Board  (Lark  was  not  present  yet)  after  making  a  few  remarks:   • It  was  his  honor  to  swear  in  the  officers   • He  recalled  working  in  City  Hall  in  1987,  before  Neighborhood  Councils  existed  and  how  much  they  help.    He  thanked  N/C   members  for  their  service.   • He  said  he’ll  come  back,  with  advance  notice,  to  any  meeting.    He  will  work  for  us   • He  introduced  his  staff:    Albert  Lord  (Deputy,  Southeast),  Kimani  Black  (Deputy,  Southwest),  and  Sylvia  Lacey  (District  Director).   The  Board  took  a  photograph  with  the  Councilman,  took  their  seats  and  introduced  themselves.    Kimani  remained  for  Public   Comments.     Public  Comment:       • Ms.  Malveaux  thanked  Member-­‐At-­‐Large  Karen  Caesar  for  all  of  her  efforts  with  Election  Outreach.   • Trees  within  the  ECWANDC  were  addressed:   th -­‐  Westide  Avenue  (between  King  &  39  Street):    The  trees  are  deteriorating  and  the  residents  feel  Wesson’s  office  has  been   ignoring  the  situation.    The  huge  trees  are  in  danger  of  toppling  and  the  situation  has  gotten  worse.    The  trees  are  on  a  20-­‐year   cycle  for  tree  trimming.   Response:  Johnnie  remarked  the  Shuttle  Task  Force  has  a  $400,000  tree-­‐trimming  allocation  between  4  Neighborhood  Councils   and  is  currently  making  a  list.   -­‐    Don  Ricardo  (Baldwin  Hills  Estates):    the  pine  trees  in  the  Jim  Gilliam  park  are  breaking  apart  and  becoming  a  safety  issue.   Response:    Kimani  expressed  he’d  received  a  couple  emails  regarding  the  trees  that  specifically  complained  about  the  trees   blocking  the  resident’s  views.    Yvonne  said  she’d  seen  a  much  large  packet  regarding  the  issue  that  took  the  tree  breakage  into   consideration  and  had  asked  a  Don  Ricardo  resident  for  the  full  packet  for  the  Neighborhood  Council’s  review.    She  apologized  if   she  was  stepping  out  of  bounds  but  suggested  the  N/C  look  at  the  full  package  to  determine  the  best  direction  for  it.    David  said  he   would  look  at  it  and  come  up  with  a  determination  about  how  best  to  proceed.   -­‐    Roxton  Avenue  (Leimert  Park):    tree  trimming  is  scheduled  for  2014,  but  at  least  one  tree  has  fallen  in  front  of  a  resident’s  home.   Response:    Kimani  would  pass  the  information  to  Albert,  who  is  in  charge  of  Leimert  Park.     • Jason  announced  the  opening  of  the  Metro  Xpress  Lanes  on  the  110  Freeway  slated  for  November  10.    Carpoolers  and  single   drivers  will  need  transponders,  even  though  carpools  will  still  be  free.    Starting  February  2013,  transponders  will  be  used  on  the  10   East  freeway.    Both  projects  will  have  a  fluctuating  pricing  scale.    There  are  discounts  through  AAA  and  a  low  income  program   sponsored  by  the  MTA.   • Crenshaw  Live  is  reapplying  for  an  unconditional  use  permit  for  its  liquor  license,  which  is  common  for  an  establishment  that   has  been  shuttered  for  a  year.    Melanie  Clark  said  the  bar  has  been  completely  remodeled  and  she  has  a  petition  of  support  from   the  neighbors.    Member-­‐At-­‐Large  Karen  and  Stakeholder  Lynette  both  vouched  for  the  mature  atmosphere  and  recommended  it.     The  bar  can  be  entered  from  Crenshaw  Blvd.  even  through  street  parking  is  restricted  during  business  hours.    The  hearing  is  on  

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11/14/12  @  9:30  a.m.    Comments  can  be  directed  to  Jeff  Pool  at  LA  City  Planning:    (213)  473-­‐9987  or  jeff.pool@lacity.org.    Emails   will  be  read  during  the  hearing.   • A  Stakeholder  directed  a  positive  comment  towards  Jason  regarding  the  Baldwin  Hills  Crenshaw  mall’s  new  signs  for  the   Farmers  Market.   • Lisette  Covarrubias,  East  side  Field  Operations  for  Empower  L.A.,  stood  and  said  hello  to  the  Board.    She  had  previously  served   the  Baldwin/Crenshaw/Leimert  area  and  fondly  remembered  many  of  the  people  she’d  worked  with  in  the  past.    She  related   EmpowerLA  was  searching  for  a  Project  Co-­‐ordinator  and  that  Grayce  Lui  would  continue  as  the  interim  General  Manager  until  June   2013.    She  also  said  that,  because  of  budget  cuts,  there  were  now  only  5  Field  employees,  down  from  the  previous  18.     Item:   Discussion  Highlights:   Committee  Chair  Announcements   Public  Land  Use  and  Beautification:    Carl  needs  a  volunteer  for  Co-­‐Chair.  Stakeholders  are  OK.   Finance:    Lark  is  looking  for  a  replacement  to  take  over  the  Chair  as  she’d  like  to  move  to  Outreach.   Safety:    Carl  nominated  Michael  Jackson  from  the  Baldwin  Hills  Estates  Safety  Committee.    Michael   accepted  the  position.   Outreach:    Denise  was  posted  as  Chair.   Review  &  Approval  of  Meeting  Minutes   September  17,  2012  (revised),  October  6,  2012,  and  October  15,  2012  minutes  were  submitted  for   review  and  approval.   Lark  motioned  for  the  minutes  to  be  tabled  until  the  11/19  Board  meeting.    Mary  seconded.   VOTE:    Unanimous   Mayor’s  Budget  Appointees   • The  Mayor’s  Budget  Day  is  November  17,  2012  and  we  require  2  appointees  for  the  ECWANDC.    Each   Neighborhood  Council  sends  2  representatives,  but  that  doesn’t  guarantee  both  or  either  will  be  chosen   for  the  Mayor’s  final  Advisory  Committee.    The  Advisory  Committee  takes  time  until  the  budget  is  passed   as  the  Budget  Advocates  move  through  the  process.    South  LA  will  get  4  voices  this  year.   • Lisette  of  EmpowerLA  explained  the  appointees  were  now  being  taken  from  Election  Regions  instead   of  Planning  Regions,  which  has  given  South  LA  extra  seats  and  an  opportunity  for  greater  representation   in  the  City  Budget.    We  need  to  know  the  priorities  in  the  Area  to  take  the  best  advantage.   • Lark  listed  some  of  South  L.A.’s  priorities  as  Libraries  and  Parks  &  Recreation.   • Romerol  suggested  using  the  questionnaires  filled  out  at  the  Taste  of  Soul  as  our  guide.   • Lisette  stressed  that  everyone  is  welcome  to  attend  on  11/17.    To  go  early  to  get  a  seat  and  that   mostly  everyone  gets  a  chance  to  comment.   Romerol  Malveaux  and  Lynette  Collins  volunteered  to  be  the  ECWANDC  representatives.     Community  Plan  Update   • The  Comments  Period  ends  on  November  13.    It  had  already  been  extended  2  weeks.   • There  aren’t  any  changes  to  residential  properties  on  the  Plan.   Carl’s  Final  Points  for  the  ECWANDC  Community  Plan  letter  are:   No  Elimination  of  the  Fast  Food  Moratorium  in  South  Los  Angeles   • Councilman  Wesson  wants  to  exclude  all  of  CD10’s  areas  from  the  moratorium.    However,  the  Board   wants  to  keep  the  ½  mile  proximity  restriction  on  free-­‐standing  fast  food  restaurants.    This  is  to  keep   Drive-­‐Thru  windows  to  a  minimum,  not  fast  food  restaurants.    Car  emissions  remain  one  concern.   Increased  density  along  the  Crenshaw  Blvd  corridor  with  less  restrictive  parking   • The  Plan  proposes  to  increase  density  along  Crenshaw  with  more  commercial  space  and  taller   buildings.    Transportation  nodes  are  targeted  for  the  highest  density.   • Jackie  advised  the  MTA’s  proposal  to  add  activity  areas  along  Crenshaw,  like  taking  the  private  space   from  the  apartments  on  Crenshaw  across  from  Albertson’s  and  making  that  public  space.   • Yvonne  questioned  the  Plan’s  suggestion  to  build  all  the  way  to  the  sidewalk  like  Fresh  N  Easy  at   Jefferson/Crenshaw.    Lark  explained  that’s  to  create  more  pedestrian  traffic  but  she  did  caution  we  don’t   want  to  lose  sidewalk  space.   • The  One  United  Bank  on  Crenshaw,  near  Rodeo  is  the  tallest  building  on  Crenshaw.    Do  we  want   buildings  that  are  75  feet  high  (3  stories)  or  do  we  want  to  maintain  the  height  at  45  feet  (2  stories)  only?   ECWANDC  Meeting  Minutes  |  Page  2  

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• A  Stakeholder  pointed  out  that  we  need  more  density  so  investors  will  get  a  return  on  their   investments  instead  of  bypassing  us  for  areas  where  they  can  build  larger  projects.    We  have  to  help  our   communities  attract  the  businesses  they  want  instead  of  having  vacant  lots.   Design  Review  Board  needed  for  the  Community  Plan   • Agreed,  with  a  process  for  administering  enforcement   South  of  Vernon  –  Stakeholder  concerns  regarding  the  ability  to  combine  two  lots  to  develop  duplexes  in   the  R2  zone  consisting  mostly  of  single-­‐family  homes   *    Outside  of  our  boundaries   Marlton  Square  Specific  Plan  needed   • Agreed.   • We  need  height  specifications  regarding  professional  office  buildings  with  retail  on  the  bottom  and   housing  on  top.   Motion:    Carl  motioned  to  draft  a  letter  to  the  Planning  Department  using  the  main  bullet  points.    Lark   seconded.   Vote:    12  YAYS,  1  Abstention   The  Village  Green  HOA  Tree  Removal   • Gordon  Brooks  of  the  Village  Green  explained  how  147  Carob  trees,  mostly  on  the  perimeter  of  the   property,  are  reaching  maturity  and  are  becoming  a  liability.    Many  have  fungal  growth  issues.   • There  has  been  a  back-­‐and-­‐forth  discussion  between  the  City  and  the  HOA  regarding  the  trees  on  the   Rodeo  Road  median.    Because  of  budget  issues,  the  City  has  allowed  The  Village  Green  to  take  ownership   of  a  solution.   • There  are  15  trees  targeted  on  Rodeo.    56  trees  have  been  replaced  within  the  property  site  so  far.     The  HOA’s  arborist  and  the  LA  City  arborist  have  concluded  the  trees  are  diseased  and  need  to  come  out.   • ECWANDC  stakeholders  are  concerned  the  size  of  the  replacement  trees  will  be  too  small  in   comparison  with  the  mature  trees’  size.   • Brooks  explained  the  Carobs  fit  into  The  Village  Greens’s  historic  landscaping  plan.    They  are   experienced  with  using  smaller  trees  to  replace  larger  ones,  with  a  better  and  more  successful  growth   rate.   • The  ECWANDC  Board  has  become  more  sensitive  and  knowledgeable  about  trees  and  that  36”  box   replacement  trees  are  viable.    The  trees  also  need  to  be  replaced  at  a  2:1  ratio,  with  the  secondary  tree   OK’d  for  planting  at  another  site  within  the  ECWANDC.   Carl  motioned  to  submit  our  concerns  to  Commissioner  Shaw  of  the  Board  of  Public  Works.    We  also  want   to  see  the  disease  reports.    And  The  Village  Green  must  replace  the  trees  2:1.    Johnnie  seconded.   Vote:    Unanimous.   Space  Shuttle  Agreement  Plan   • Johnnie  is  the  ECWANDC  signatory,  with  Jason  and  Romerol  as  ECWANDC  formal  representatives   • The  City  is  preparing  a  list  of  trees  that  have  been  trimmed  in  the  past  5  years   None   Funding:    Election  Outreach  Budget   • Need  approval  to  give  $200  out  of  the  election  outreach  budget  for  KJLH  N/C  advertising   • Spots  heard  on  the  radio  have  included  the  ECWANDC   Lark  moved  to  give  $200  out  of  the  ECWANDC  election  outreach  budget  as  long  as  the  money  comes  from   last  year’s  encumbered  funds.    Jason  seconded.   Vote:    Unanimous   Meeting  time  Extension   • David  suggested  extending  the  meeting  to  complete  the  Agenda   Mary  motioned  to  extend  the  meeting  time  past  11:30  am.    Jackie  seconded.   Vote:    Unanimous  

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Funding:    Poinsettia  Planting  in  Leimert  Park  Village   • Is  the  Board  willing  to  step  up  and  drive  the  Holiday  planting  instead  of  letting  Robert  (Rubio)  do  the   financing  and  planting.   • Sylvia  Lacey  (CD10)  is  trying  to  get  the  irrigation  fixed.    If  so,  the  suggestion  is  to  start  with  poinsettias   and  transition  into  permanent  plantings.   • Carl  presented  a  cost  work  up  of  $8.00  (Home  Depot),  $14.00  and  $21.00  (both,  Moskatels)  if  the   Board  wanted  to  take  over  the  cost.   • There  was  a  miscommunication  regarding  the  Board’s  willingness  to  drive  the  planting.    David   cautioned  against  adding  Agenda  items  without  doing  all  the  associated  homework.   The  Board  may  be  able  to  take  over  next  year,  but  there  isn’t  enough  time  this  year  to  take  charge  of  the   Annual  Poinsettia  Planting.    Robert  will  be  advised  he  should  put  in  a  request  for  funding.   Funding:    Last  Year’s  Unfunded  Items   • LAPD  Southwest  Boosters  for  $3,480.00,  Tom  Bradley  Elementary  for  $2,758.00,  LAPD  Graffiti   Removal  for  $1,000.00   • Denise  questioned  about  the  documentation  issues  that  kept  these  items  from  going  through   properly.    David  reminded  everyone  to  make  sure  all  paperwork  is  in  order  before  bringing  funding  items   to  the  Board.   Lark  motioned  to  re-­‐approve  all  funding  through  this  year’s  budget.    Johnnie  seconded.   Vote:    Unanimous  (Ronda  no  longer  present  to  vote)  

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  Meeting  Adjourned  at  11:45  am.       Minutes  as  Approved  by  Board  at  _  11__/_19__/_12__  Meeting     Signature:   _________Yvonne  Ellett______________   ECWANDC  Recording  Secretary  

 

 

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