EMPOWERMENT CONGRESS WEST AREA NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Meeting  Minutes    

SPEC IAL  BOARD  MEETING   July  9,   2013  
ECWANDC  Office  *  3701  Stocker  Street  #106  *  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   Treasurer     Corresponding  Secretary    -­‐         Ronda  Brown  (At  Large)     X     Vacant           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  ___pm  by  David  Winston,  Chair.    (A  quorum  was  not  present  until   Yvonne  arrived  at  7:00  pm.)    David  explained  the  rules  of  the  meeting.    Everyone  introduced  himself  or  herself.     Public  C o mm ent s:   • The  Park  Mesa  Heights  Unity  Fest  will  be  on  Saturday,  August  31.    David,  as  Neighborhood  Council  Chair,  was  invited  to  help  give   out  the  Urban  League  Academic  Awards  but  he  will  be  unavailable.   • Park  Mesa  Heights  and  Empowerment  Congress  Central  will  be  co-­‐hosting  a  Block  Club  Party  at  the  Urban  League  on  August  3.   BOARD  R ETR EA T:   • A  questionnaire  should  be  sent  out  prior  to  the  Retreat  so  that  everyone  can  come  prepared  with  answers.   -­‐    What  ECWA  did  right  in  2013/14,  the  failures,  the  neighborhood  council’s  purpose   -­‐    The  duties  of  each  Board  member   -­‐    The  POV’s  of  each  member  –  why  each  is  on  the  Board.    Maybe  there  should  be  one  focus  for  2013/14  or  there  may  be  enough   energy  for  four  different  causes.   -­‐    What  are  the  unique  opportunities  within  the  Areas  we  cover   -­‐    Who  are  the  people  in  the  Areas  we  serve   -­‐    What  is  happening  in  our  Areas   • Outreach  needs  to  focus  on  our  Accomplishments:   -­‐    Endeavour   th rd -­‐    The  median  at  11  Avenue  &  43  Street.   -­‐    What  is  happening  with  the  King/Rodeo  median,  which  is  still  incomplete   • The  Neighborhood  Council  needs  to  be  the  expert  on  the  Area   BUDG ET:   -­‐    ECWA  should  consider  funding  Block  Club  events  for  2013/14   -­‐    ECWA  may  have  difficulty  funding  projects  because  past  Boards  were  difficult  to  work  with.    Past  Boards  were  argumentative  or   stingy.   • Denise  announce  Fire,  the  DWP,  LA  Public  Library,  and  Parks  &  Recreation  are  being  focused  on  by  Mayor  Garcetti.     • David  announced  Madeleine  will  take  on  the  role  of  Treasurer.    We  are  now  seeing  a  Corresponding  Secretary,  instead.    He  will   send  a  link  for  the  online  budget  training.     Review   &  A ppr oval   of   Mee ting   Mi nut es   Item :   Discu ssio n  Hig hligh ts:   No  minutes  were  available  for  review.     ECWANDC  Meeting  Minutes  |  Page  1  

  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   DISC US SION   HIG HLIG H TS :   • The  office  lease  and  Crenshaw  United  Methodist  Church  are  paid  for  through  the  end  of  the  2013/14  Fiscal  Year.       -­‐    A  move  to  a  different  location  for  the  Town  Hall  meetings  would  require  new  yard  signs   -­‐    Reasons  for  moving  the  Town  Hall  location  were  WiFi,  better  acoustics  and  air  conditioning.   • The  copy  machine’s  repair  or  replacement  was  added  to  this  year’s  Budget  at  $1,000.00   • Clerical  support  and  Translation  services  were  reduced  to  $1,000.00  and  $500.00  respectively   • Outreach  printing  and  duplication  costs  were  reduced  to  $500,  with  the  $1,000  reduction  due  to  the  repair  or   replacement  of  the  copy  machine   • Outreach  advertising  and  NC  Outreach  events  were  increased  to  $1,200.00  and  $1,000.00  respectively.   -­‐    Denise  will  finish  the  Board’s  business  cards   -­‐    There  will  be  funds  available  to  print  grocery  bags,  which  will  be  useful  because  of  L.A.’s  no  plastic  bag  ordinance     • Last  year’s  budget  may  have  been  correct,  but  the  funds  paid  out  were  drawn  from  the  incorrect  allocations.     ECWA  must  do  a  better  job  of  pulling  the  funds  from  the  right  source  for  2013/14.   • Infrastructure/Beautification  was  reduced  from  $8,640.00  to  $5,000.00.    The  Baldwin  Hills  Estates  HOA  cameras   will  be  drawn  from  this  area.   • One  Time  Community  Events  was  increased  from  $5,000.00  to  $6,500.00,  with  an  eye  towards  funding  Block   Club  events  this  year.   • Neighborhood  Purpose  Grants  (non-­‐profits)  was  increased  from  $10,000  to  $12,340.0    The  LAPD  Bootcamp,   Southwest  Boosters,  and  Tom  Bradley  School  will  be  drawn  from  this  area.   • $2,000.00  was  allotted  for  other  Neighborhood  Council  sponsored  events   • ECWA  budgeted  $600  towards  the  2014  elections,  the  amount  suggested  on  DONE’s  budget  template.   • The  total  of  all  Budget  expenditures  for  2013/14  totals  $37,000.00   -­‐-­‐-­‐   UNFUNDED  ITEMS  FROM  2012/13:   1) $360.00  reimbursement  to  David   2) LAPD  I-­‐Pads  (Southwest  Station  Boosters)   3) LAPD  Bootcamp   4) Tom  Bradley  Elementary  School   5) C-­‐PAB  ($940)   Mary  motioned  to  approve  the  2013/14  Empowerment  Congress  West  Area  Neighborhood  Development  Council   Budget.    Jason  seconded.   VOTE:    9  YAYS  (Unanimous)   Purcha se   Car d  Expe ndi ture s   David  read  the  June  credit  card  expenditures.    The  total  came  to  $2,366.96     Yvonne  motioned  to  accept  the  credit  card  expenditures  as  read.    Jason  seconded.   Discussion:    Wendell  requested  that  a  copy  of  the  Credit  Card  expenditures  be  emailed  prior  to  meetings.    David   agreed.   VOTE:    7  -­‐  YAYS    1  –  NO  (Wendell)  

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  The  next  meeting  will  be  the  Town  Hall  Meeting,  July  13,  2013.     Me eting   Ad jo urned  at  8:38  pm     Minutes  as  Approved  by  Board  at  __8__/_3_/_13__  Meeting       Signature:   _____Yvonne  Ellett_____   ECWANDC  Recording  Secretary  

 

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