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EMPOWERMENT CONGRESS WEST AREA NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
June 17, 2013
DWP Crenshaw Community Room * 4030 Crenshaw Blvd * Los Angeles, CA 90008
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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 Madeleine Renee-‐Walters, X Jackie Ryan (Area 3) X Corresponding Secretary Treasurer -‐ Vacant X 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 Ord er & R oll C all : The meeting was called to order at 6:39 pm by Yvonne Ellett, Recording Secretary. A quorum was present. Yvonne explained the rules of the meeting. Everyone introduced himself or herself. David arrived during Public Comments. Addi tio nal It em f or t he Ag end a – Bal dwin Hill s Est ate s HO A F undi ng Item : Discu ssio n Highligh t s: Acti on / Foll ow-‐u p: • The Finance Committee met prior to the Board meeting towards a recommendation for the HOA’s $1,300 Neighborhood Purpose Grant Mary motioned to add the Baldwin Hills Estates funding. Johnnie seconded. VOTE: 9 YAYS – 2 ABSTENTIONS (Yvonne & Carl) (David not in attendance at the time of the vote)
Public C o mm ent s: • Luis South of South of L.A. announced his group’s participation with Assemblymember Holly Mitchell’s Annual “Christmas in July” event at Kenneth Hahn State Park, July 13 at 11 am – 3 pm. He will have a demonstration on using edible plants in home landscaping for use as part of emergency planning. David passed a copy of the South of L.A. Neighborhood Purpose Grant request to Yvonne. • Jai Bentley Gaines announced his computer giveaway campaign has been extended. He hopes to give away the computer at the June 30 Leimert Park Artwalk. His website is www.endevorapps.com. He has free public classes, which includes Microsoft software he can give away. • Carl / Mary announced the Ralph’s Supermarket Grand Re-‐Opening, scheduled for Friday June 21 at 7:45 am. A walk-‐thru of the market will take place on Wednesday June 19 for a select group from the surrounding neighborhood. Some complaints regarding the store so far have been that the new staff isn’t great and the remodeling is sloppy. Everyone agreed the stock people are good. • A stakeholder announced the Town Hall meeting with Mike Freuer, sponsored by Community Coalition will take place on Friday June 21 at 6:30. The location is Community Coalition’s headquarters at 8101 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles 90044. • Romerol announced the City Planning streetscape design meetings for the LAX/Crenshaw Line stations will take place on June 25 at Good Samaritan Baptist in Leimert Park Village and on June 26 at West Angeles Church. The stations include King/Crenshaw, Leimert Park Village, and Crenshaw/Slauson. • David asked everyone to return any City Hall parking passes, as they are expiring at the end of the month. • David also described the new funding program: -‐ Everyone voting on funding will be required to take a 20 minute workshop. -‐ Treasurers will need to take the full workshop -‐ The account will have to be reconciled every month -‐ David will send the link for the training sessions • David related the difficulties towards getting the Jackie Tatum Tennis Tournament funded. The P-‐card was available to fund the tennis balls on Friday but the vendor didn’t respond until Saturday. David will work with Council President Herb Wesson (CD10) to help get the funding reopened. ECWANDC Meeting Minutes | Page 1
• Jackie announced the June 27 MTA meeting will include the Crenshaw/LAX Line contract award. She encouraged everyone to attend the 9 am meeting. • Mr. South suggested to the Board to have the DWP supply Wi-‐Fi during the meetings. He said other locations had supplied Wi-‐Fi during other Neighborhood Council meetings he’d attended. • Yvonne announced the Wilshire Boulevard CicLAvia taking place on June 23. She said there would be another Leimert Park Village feeder ride to the event and to check the Neighborhood Council Facebook page for more details. th • Jason announced the June 30 Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Alexander O’Neal/Cherelle concert with Fireworks, beginning at 7 pm. The July 11 concert will be Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick. He added that Chipotle is still in the process of obtaining its alcohol license. th • Mary announced the 10 Annual National Night Out celebration, taking place on August 6 from 5-‐9 pm. Ours is one of the best events in the entire city. There is a planning meeting on Tuesday, June 18 at the Senior Center cafeteria, located at 3939 Marlton Avenue. Vendors are being offered FREE space. th • The July 4 “Jazz on the Hill” event was announced, also. Sponsored by CD8 (Bernard Parks), it will take place at Norman O. Houston Park. FREE shuttle service will be provided. • David advised that Member-‐At-‐Large positions are now open and he encouraged everyone to apply. We are also still seeking a Treasurer. He emphasized ECWA WILL NOT BE FUNDED WITHOUT A TREASURER. New funding rules for 2013/2014 include discontinuance of Demand Warrants and the ability self-‐fund with a checking account. Public La nd U se & Be auti fica tion Co m mit tee -‐ Carl Item : Discu ssio n Highligh t s: • The Chipotle Full Conditional Use Permit hearing will take place on July 3. nd • A coin-‐operated 24 hour car wash has applied to open at 4044 King Boulevard. This is the 2 request for the location. Our Specific Plan limits auto use to 1 business per block and there is already one auto-‐related business in operation. The Public Hearing has not been scheduled yet. • The Village Café will be one of the topics at the June 24 PLUB meeting, 6:30 pm at CHC’s conference room. 3731 Stocker. Residents are against the project. Fina nce Co m mit tee – Mary / Jo hn nie BALDWI N HILL S ES TA TES HO A: Note : Robert Cole, HOA President attended the Finance Committee meeting but was not in attendance for the Board Meeting discussion. • The main question regarding the Baldwin Hills Estates HOA funding is ‘how’ to fund the project. The HOA is not a 501(c) 3, which makes it difficult. • The Finance Committee met before the Board Meeting and recommends granting the $2,000 additional funding the HOA requested. • The Board is OK with funding the original $1,300, but requested the HOA to submit a new application for the additional $2,000. FIS CAL YEAR-‐ END FUNDI N G: • The Crenshaw Subway Coalition paperwork was perfect and the request was funded quickly. • KAOS Day of Ancestry was funded. • Sidewalk repair was funded. LAPD I-‐PAD S ( So uth we st Sta tio n Bo oster s), TO M B RADL EY S CHOOL, LAP D BOO TC A MP • -‐These 3 items were not funded again for 2012/13! • David advised that DONE stops the funding process if the organization is not in proper standing or if the paperwork is incorrect. • All paperwork is finally complete and will be given to Madeleine. Madeleine motioned that the four outstanding items from 2012/13 be paid first from the neighborhood council’s 2013/14 funding. Wendell seconded. Southwest Station Boosters $3,300.00 LAPD Bootcamp 1,000.00 Tom Bradley School 2,500.00 Baldwin Hills Estates HOA 1,300.00 $8,100.00 * Paperwork needs to be in order and Board Members must follow-‐thru. VOTE: 10 YAYS – 2 ABSTENTIONS (Yvonne & Carl) Review & A ppr oval of Mee ting Mi nut es The May 13, 2013 minutes were emailed to everyone for review. ECWANDC Meeting Minutes | Page 2
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Highligh t s: Acti on / Foll ow-‐u p: Item : Discu ssio n Highligh t s: Acti on / Foll ow-‐u p: Item : Discu ssio n Highligh t s: Discu ssio n an d p ossi ble Ac tio n on 20 1 3/ 20 1 4 Bud get • David advised the 2013/14 Budget needs to be turned in by July 11. • Wendell suggested we propose the budget in a general way without specific line-‐item authorizations to spend the money. • Wendell asked if it was possible to be reimbursed by a Demand Warrant. Carl discouraged it because the City requires a lot of information once a person becomes ‘a Vendor’. David said if the request is in the minutes there shouldn’t be a problem getting paid, however there will need to be a motion. • Yvonne suggested having a separate Budget Meeting instead of trying to rush through the process. The date will be July 9 at 6:30, using the neighborhood council’s new office. rd • David suggested using the 3 Monday Board Meeting as a Board Retreat instead for the 2013/14 fiscal year. Madeleine motioned to have the separate Budget Meeting on Tuesday, July 9 and the Board Retreat on Monday, July 15. Jackie seconded. VOTE: 10 YAYS (Ronda left prior to the vote) Purcha se Car d Expe ndi ture s David read the May credit card expenditures. The total came to $3,196.88 Yvonne motioned to accept the credit card expenditures as read. Madeleine seconded. Discussion: Wendell requested that a copy of the Credit Card expenditures be emailed prior to meetings. VOTE: 11 YAYS (Unanimous) Madeleine motioned to accept the minutes. Carl seconded. VOTE: 11 YAYS, 1 ABSTENTION (Ronda)
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Public C o mm ent s: nd th • The July Town Hall meeting has been moved to July 13, the 2 Saturday of the month because of the July 4 weekend. Valerie Shaw, the South L.A. Commissioner of Public Works will be in attendance. • Yvonne asked for the Ad Hoc Committee to make a presentation on the Endeavour Agreement, one year later, the requests and the accomplishments. David asked Johnnie to handle the recap. • Robert Cole, Baldwin Hills Estates HOA President, returned prior to adjournment. -‐ His original request was for $10,000. From his first Finance Committee meeting, his understanding was $10,000 was divided between rd ECWA’s three Areas and could not be given to just one Area, but the HOA could be granted 1/3 of the amount, or $3,300. -‐ He said he hadn’t been invited to follow-‐up meetings and did not receive the emailed meeting agendas. -‐ David invited Robert to re-‐apply for $2,000. He restated the difficulty of funding the HOA. Robert suggested paying the Vendor directly, which David said was the best method of distributing the funds. -‐ Robert suggested holding off on receiving the $1,300 and, instead, waiting for the full $3,300. Jason urged Robert to take the $1,300 now and to reapply for the additional $2,000 in time for the August Finance Meeting. -‐ David reminded everyone the neighborhood council rarely spends money in Area 2. • The discussion turned to ECWA’s missed opportunities for Outreach. We fund items, but don’t attend the events. Yvonne rd specified the missed opportunities at the upcoming Leimert Park Book Fair and the 3 Anniversary of the Leimert Park Artwalk. We should be at the events wearing our new ECWA shirts. Madeleine volunteered to pick up the tees. Me eting Ad jo urned at 8:42 pm Minutes as Approved by Board at __8_/__3__/__13__ Meeting Signature: _____Yvonne Ellett_____ ECWANDC Recording Secretary
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