SECO NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
Monday, October 24, 2005
4580 Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Meeting was called to order by Pat Griffith.
President's report: Pat Griffith
Roll Call: Everyone present except Donette Theyer and Sherrie Nourse.
For consideration and possible Board Action:
Treasures Report: John Acosta reported that there is $5807.57 in our pre-paid account, $19177.38 in our demand warrant account, and $294.34 in petty cash petty cash for a grand total of $25,279.29.
Approval of Minutes: There was an amendment to the treasures report and the minutes were approved as amended.
Presentation from Council Member Ed Reyes on the State of Council District 1: Councilman Reyes is meeting with all neighborhood councils to go through a basic understanding of issues. He presented a power point presentation with what has gone on in CD1 and what is planned for in the future. He then took questions from the audience.
Public comments: Monica Garcia, Planning and Policy Director, introduced new Field Deputies, Anna Gutierrez for El Sereno and Hermon, and Juanita Martinez for Highland Park, and Mt Washington. These are the contacts for the ASNC.
Motions for Landscaping Plan: The ASNC request that the MTA give us an agreed-upon, written landscaping plan for the area on both sides of the Gold Line Tracks, through our ASNC boundaries. We ask that this plan include trees and plantings to cover the fence line. We ask that the MTA provide and official contact person and meet with our representatives regarding three items: This proposed landscaping plan, the plan for the area's maintenance, and the plan for communication with landscaping contractors. We ask that this plan then be communicated to all necessary departments within the MTa.- Sheryl Getman.
There may not be money for the plan according to Ed Reyes . Motion, moved and seconded. Mt Washington has sent a letter in support of this. This is MTA and not the city that has to be dealt with. Motion passed that the MTA send a representative to talk with us.
Rules and Election: Recommendation for Standing Rules and Elections Committee-Ida SIMMs.
Ida Simms presented the policies and procedures for the liaisons and how they report to the ASNC board, how ling their term of office is and they only deal with issues that the ASNC approves. They cannot make any changes to the MOU without ASNC approval. It has been moved and seconded to separate and approve the standing rules. Motion passed.
Paragraph F discussion: The Board will appoint or elect a replacement until the next General Election. Moved to accept the recommendations. Friendly Amendment-In case of board vacancy the person that receives the next number of votes. New text:
It has been moved and seconded to accept the recommendations be adopted. Discussion ensued. The question was called. Motion passed.
Resolutions from Mt. Washington Local Issues Committee – Eliot Sekuler
Lummis Day: Eliot Secular announced the plans for the neighborhoods cultural celebration. Eliot wants all the ASNC to participate in the planning. Perhaps this will become an annual event. He asked for $2500 to help with the event. Money is to be spent on entertainment. Other organizations are contributing money also. Motion passed.
Support for additional Community Beautification Grants for Mt Washington Pedestrian benches along Jack Smith hiking route and Southwest Museum beautification project. No dollar support. Motion passed.
It was suggested to have a mixer for the new and old at the next board meeting. The meeting would be made short and have the mixer at the same time.
Public Safety: Bill Murray reported car breakings going on in the ASNC area. Stolen car recovered with person in it. There is concern about getting into areas that are gated. The problem is being worked on concerning the city having the right city locks so fire and police have total access to all areas for safety purposes.
Samantha Allen is ready to go to fire houses and make an emergency plan, ingress and egress plans, etc.
DWP: Peter Parrish reported three things to highlight: Peter can't go to the net meeting where they will vote on the standard operating procedures. November 5, at nine. Perhaps Jerry will go. Oversight committee does not believe they are bound by the Brown Act. Part of SOP Peter feels we should be involved in saying they should be part of the Brown Act. The MOU wants to discipline its members if they do something wrong. Frustration at meeting between the old and new guard. Meetings on weekends and some things are not found out until after the fact. The group in formation and in turmoil. Needs volunteers.
Next meeting was set for Dec. 12. Meeting was adjourned.