GREATER VALLEY GLEN COUNCIL

MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Minutes for August 7, 2006

Los Angeles Valley College, Faculty Lounge

5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, California 91401

 

The Greater Valley Glen Council Board of Directors was called to order by President Judy Price.

Special guest present included Deputy City Attorney Thomas J. Griego. The GVGC is now assigned to Griego who is new to the Neighborhood Council section of the City Attorney’s office.

AGENDA ITEM 1: CALL TO ORDER:

Roll Call: Quorum present; those not present were Geldberg, Anton, Freedman, Secretary Lavine, Hall, Panahandeh and Olive. President Price was to confirm whether this was the third absence for either Shawn Panahandeh and/or Valerie Olive.

ITEM 2: LOGO COMPETITION PRESENTATION:

Item 2 of the agenda was tended to prior to the Board being called into session. Since no action was required, this was acceptable procedure. President Price and Chairperson Linda Wehrli recognized and Fatima Bokova as the winner of the GVGC Logo Competition, and along with Evan Roosevelt, Councilmember Wendy Greuel’s Field Deputy, presented Ms. Bokova with a Resolution honoring this achievement. Certificates of Merit were then presented to the runner-ups who are Michael Lertpaisan, Joe Holmes and Scott Boreham.

AGENDA ITEM 3: PRESIDENT’S ANNOUCEMENTS:

TERRY ANDERSON NOMINATED AS GVGC REPRESENTATIVE TO CITY CONTROLLER’S NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL LIASON COMMITTEE:

    Arline Simon nominated Terry Anderson as the GVGC Representative to the City Controllers Neighborhood Council Liason Committee. Seconded by Barry Pezzner. Public Discussion; Board Discussion; Vote: all yes except Mario Sweet voted no and Vic Viereck abstained.

Nomination approved.

ELECTION UPDATE: President Price provided an update for the Rules, Elections and Bylaws Committee and indicated that since the Committee had not yet finished its review, and given the task before it, the election being held in the fall of this year is not realistically feasible. More than likely it will occur in the early part of 2007 – since DONE requires no less that 4 months lead time. The Committee is meeting on Tuesday, August 8 at Valley College to speed things along. Public Comment; Board comment.

AGENDA ITEM 4: PUBLIC COMMENT: Members of the public commented on various issues.

AGENDA ITEM 5: T-MOBILE INSTALLATION AT 13426 WEST VANOWEN:

    Presentation was made by T-Mobile representatives of their proposed Cell Towers installation at 13426 West Vanowen in Valley Glen. Public Comment from a number of stakeholders. Motion to Approve T-Mobile Installation of Cell Tower at 13426 Vanowen made by Popenoe and seconded by Laws; Board Discussion followed. Vote: 9 in favor; 3 opposed and 3 abstained. MOTION APPROVED.

AGENDA ITEM 6: TREASURER’S REPORT AND PROPOSED BUDGET.

    TREASURERS REPORT: Treasurer Chris Ueland presented Treasurers Report which is attached hereto. Public Comment; Motion to accept Treasurers Report made by Jannol and seconded by Laws; UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

    PROPOSED 2006/2007 BUDGET: Mickey Jannol, Chair of the Finance Audit Committee presented proposed 2006/2007 Fiscal Year Budget, copy attached hereto, and answered questions about it. Public Comment followed; Motion to approve proposed fiscal year 2006/2007 Budget made by Jannol and seconded by Ueland. Board discussion followed. PASSED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE.

AGENDA ITEM 7: MOTION TO RESCIND PREVIOUSLY APPROVED STANDING RULE REQUIRING GVGC BOARD MEETINGS TO CONCLUDE AT 9:15 PM, ETC.

    Public comment allowed.  Motion to rescind previously approved Standing Rule requiring GVGC Board meetings to conclude at 9:15 pm unless a 2/3 vote continues meeting. Motion made by Terry Anderson and seconded by Laws. VOTE: 9 IN FAVOR; 5 OPPOSED (LINDA, NELSON, MARIO, VIC AND KIAVESH) AND 1 ABSTENTION. MOTION APPROVED.

AGENDA ITEM 8: COMMITTEE REPORTS.

BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE REPORT:

    VICTORY MEDIAN PROJECT: Chair Simon outlined proposed initial work and preparation to Victory medians and suggested a not to exceed authorization of $7500 for the Committee to initiate work and preparation of the Victory medians for later planting. Public comment followed. Simon moved a motion to allow up to $7500 to be expended by the GVGC for initial work and preparation of the Victory medians and authorize the Committee to proceed with the project. Seconded by Jannol.  MOTION UANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

    WHITSETT MEDIAN PROJECT: Chair Simon outlined proposed landscaping of Whitsett median project at a not to exceed cost of $10,000. Public discussion followed; Motion made by Arline Simon and seconded by Jannol to authorize the Committee to proceed with the landscaping plan for the Whitsett median project at a cost not to exceed cost of $10,000 with the proviso that the City will provide water for a period of 2 years for this project. Board discussion followed. VOTE: All present voted yes except Vic Viereck who abstained. MOTION APPROVED.

    BOX TREES FOR VALLEY GLEN COMMUNITY PARK: Chair Simon outlined Beautification Committee proposal to expend a not to exceed amount of $1200 for 3 or 4 36” boxed trees for Valley Glen Community Park. Public Comment followed. Jannol moved that the Board authorized an amount not to exceed $1200 to purchase and authorize the Committee to plant 3 or 4 36” boxed trees in the Valley Glen Community Park. Funds would come out of existing deposit with Canyon Nursery. Seconded by Vic Viereck. Board discussion followed. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

    WALGREEN’S MURAL ISSUE: Chair Simon presented Committee’s recommendation that GVGC Board approve City painting over the mural on the wall behind Walgreen’s Drug Store. Public Comment followed with Carlos Ferrerya urging the Board to not paint over the mural which he says is classic and then Ferrerya offers that his company, SCA Medical, will clean the mural of graffiti and maintain it free of graffiti. Anderson moved that the Board authorize Carlos Ferrerya and his

company, SCA Medical, to maintain the mural free of graffiti provided that Ferrerya present a signed written contract agreeing to do so prior to the next GVGC Board meeting. Seconded by Simon. Carlos Ferrerya agreed to present a written signed contract. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

TARGETED NEIGHBORHOOD INITIAVE: President Price deferred this item to the next meeting.

PLANNING AND LAND USE COMMITTEE REPORT:

    MANSIONIZATION ICO: Chair Popenoe informed the Board that the Valley Glen Townhall Meeting re Proposed Mansionization ICO is set for 7: 00 pm, Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at

L A Valley College’s Monarch Hall. The Townhall Meeting is co-sponsored by GVGC, Valley Glen Neighborhood Associaton’s Land Use Committee and Councilmember Wendy Greuel.

    PROJECT DATA REPORT:  Chair Popenoe presented proposed Project Data Report to be completed by developers and all others requesting action or approval from the GVGC and/or GVGC Planning and Land Use Committee: Public Comment occurred. Motion to approve use of this form made by Gary Popenoe and seconded by Laws; Board discussion followed; As a result of Board discussion the motion was amended by Popenoe with approval by Laws to include the following changes and then be brought back to the Board at the next meeting: changes urged are as follows:

1.      Revise zone category to read “current zone category”;

2.      Amend Density Bonus category to include Density Bonus Ratio Information;

3.      Add “OPTIONAL” to Estimated Construction Costs;

4.      Add “ESTIMATED” to Residential Rates;

5.      Add “Estimated” to Commercial Lease Rates;

6.      Add new line item for Nature of All Current Applications”;

7.      Add new paragraph at end of form: Recommended Motion for Submittal and Approval”

MATTER TO BE RETURNED BY COMMITTEE TO THE BOARD AT THE NEXT MEETING.

    CELL TOWNER AT WHITSETT AND OXNARD:

Mickey Jannol recused himself because the owner of the property in question is a multi-loan customer of Imperial Capital Bank of which he is its Deputy Managing Director and Chief Underwriter sitting as a member of its Loan Committee having approved loans to this borrower in the past. He determined that there may be financial linkage. Based upon this potential conflict of interest, Jannol recused himself from this subject and removed himself from the room.

Popenoe presented Committee’s recommendation that Board approve the Clock Cell Tower; Public comment invited and occurred. Motion by Popenoe and seconded by Laws to approve the said Clock Cell Tower. Board discussion followed; Friendly amendment was offered and accepted by Popenoe and Laws that the Applicant Cell Company be required to maintain the Clock Tower. PASSED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE.

    BILLION DOLLAR BOND PROPOSAL FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING:

Gary Popenoe and Vic Viereck presented discussion regarding the City of Los Angeles Billion Dollar Bond Issue being presented to voters at the November election. This discussion from the Committee urged the Board to oppose this Bond issue. Public discussion occurred. Motion by Vic Viereck and seconded by Laws for the GVGC Board to go on record as opposing the Billion Dollar Bond Issue. Board discussion followed and particularly irksome was the fact that the City Council

did not seek Neighborhood Council input into this proposed Bond Issue Ballot Measure. MATTER WAS SUBMITTED AND PASSED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE.

   STATE BALLOT MEASURE TO LIMIT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM USING EMINENT     DOMAIN FOR THE SEIZURE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY:

Chair Popenoe presented Committee’s recommendation that the GVGC Board go on record as supporting Assemblyman Tom McClintock’s proposed State ballot measure opposing local governments from using eminent domain for seizure of private property for economic development, tax revenue or other private use. Public comment occurred. Motion was made by Terry Anderson and seconded by Vic Viereck adopt the Committee’s recommendation. All present, except Simon and Poster who abstained, voted for the motion. MOTION PASSES.

    ZONE CHANGE FOR 12156 OXNARD STREET:

    Chair Popenoe presented Committee’s recommendation that Board approve zone change for 12156 Oxnard Street, Valley Glen for demolition of existing single family dwelling and construction of an 8=unit condominium. Public discussion took place. Simon motioned that the GVGC Board adopt and approve the Committee’s recommendation. Seconded by Viereck. Board discussion followed. Jannol abstained and all others present voted for the motion. MOTION PASSES.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE: Chair Anderson deferred presentation of this Committee’s report to allow presentation of the Arts and Education Committee reports.

 

ARTS AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE:

Chair Wehrli presented Committee recommendation that Board sponsor a chair at the L A Valley College Planetarium at an expense of $600. Public discussion invited. Wehrli moved that the GVGC Board authorize and approve the expenditure of $600 to purchase a chair at the L A Valley College Planetarium. Seconded by Vic Viereck.  1 NO vote; 1 Abstention; all others present voted yes. MOTION APPROVED.

AGENDA ITEM 9: REVIEW OF MINUTES OF MAY 18, 2006; matter deferred to next meeting.

AGENDA ITEM 10: REVIEW OF MINUTES OF JUNE 5, 2006; since minutes not yet submitted by Secretary Lavine, matter deferred to next meeting.

AGENDA ITEM 11: REVIEW OF ALL OR PARTIAL MINUTES OF MEETING OF JULY 10, 2006: Secretary Lavine was not present and has not yet submitted Minutes for the first part of the Meeting. Vice President Anderson submitted Remainder Minutes of the July 10, 2006 meeting from the point of Ms. Lavine’s absence from the meeting. Public comment invited and occurred. Motion by Laws, seconded by Jannol to approve the Remainder Minutes of the July 10, 2006 Meeting. President Price invited any amendments or changes and allowed several minutes for the Board members present to review the proposed Remainder Minutes. No amendments or changes were offered and Laws moved approval of the Remainder Minutes for July 10, 2006 with second by Jannol. Board discussion invited. Lloyd Nelson voted no; Gotti and Viereck abstained; all others present voted yes. MOTION TO APPROVE THE REMAINDER MINUTES OF JULY 10, 2006 APPROVED.


Chair Price advised all present that the next GVGC Board meeting will take place on Monday, September 11, 2006 due to the Labor Day Holiday.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 10:35 PM.

 

                                                                        SIGNED: Terry Anderson