MONDAY, March 22, 2010 -- 07:00PM TO 09:30PM

RAMONA HALL, 4580 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA  90031

Supporting documentation for this meeting can be found at:



I.      CALL TO ORDER (Hank Shaeffer, presiding)

Meeting called to order at 07:20 PM.

ROLL CALL (Martha Benedict, substituting for the secretary)
Present: Martha Benedict, Michael Blatt, Scott Folsom, Judy Knapton, Mark Legassie, Tom Marble, Ernie Sanchez, Robert Rakauskas, Joseph Riser, Jerry Schneider, Hank Shaeffer, Paula Sirola, Lacey Wagner, Ann Walnum.

Excused Absences: Anthony Guida, Robert Hawkes, Glenda Lubelsky (resigned)

Unexcused Absences: Pablo Lopez 

A Quorum was established.

II.     SECRETARY'S REPORT - Motion to accept Glenda Lubelsky's resignation made by Scott Folsom and seconded by Paula Sirola. Passed unanimously (10). Martha Benedict was appointed as temporary Secretary.

Consideration of the Minutes of January 25, 2010 and February 22, 2010 included the agreement that abstentions should be recorded in the minutes. They were not included in the minutes under discussion. Minutes were approved as amended unanimously (10).



CD1 Representative Marisol Salguero made community announcements.

V.    TREASURER'S REPORT (Mark S. Legassie)        

            1. Petty cash will be discontinued by DONE on March 31.

            2. The deadline for demand warrants is April 15, but the credit card may still be used.

            3. Mr. Riser notes an omission in the report, that in fact $6500 was approved to be reallocated for an election mailing by Board vote during the February 2010 meeting. Reallocation is acknowledged.

VI.   ACTION ITEMS. Funding Requests and Related Matters.

1.  CITY’S TERMINATION OF ROLL-OVER FUNDING  Review of outstanding ASNC funding commitments in light of the City’s transfer of NC rollover funds to its reserve fund. [Mark Legassie]

2.         a.  PROMOTION OF  ELECTION - Mr. Riser moved to spend $400 on printing/mailing postcards to all registered stakeholders prior to the April 29 election. Motion passed unanimously (13).

b.  CANDIDATE FORUM - Mr. Riser and Mr. Marble move to set aside the first 30 minutes of the April 26 ASNC meeting for a Candidates' Forum.  Motion passed unanimously (13).

3.  REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL; WEBSITE MAINTENANCE. -- It was determined that no motion is required. Proposals will be submitted to the current webmaster Mr. Legassie. Agreed to unanimously (13).

4.  FUNDING FOR HERMON WEBSITE – Motion received from the Hermon Local Issues Committee that the ASNC pay up to $50 from stakeholder communications funds for www.HermonLA.org domain renewal and to upgrade to a faster server. Motion was approved unanimously (13).

5.  FUNDING FOR L. A. INTERNATIONAL CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL (LAICHS) - Motion received from the Hermon Local Issues Committee that the ASNC approve a Neighborhood Purposes Grant (from Community Project -- Education funds) for L .A. International Charter High School (LAICHS) in the amount of $983.24 allowing the school to purchase specific art supplies for 47 students, including 32 drawing boards, a class set of watercolor paints, and desktop stack cutter for art papers. Motion was approved unanimously (13).

6.  FUNDING FOR BUSHNELL WAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Motion received from the Hermon Local Issues Committee that the ASNC approve a Neighborhood Purposes Grant (from Community Project - Education funds) for Bushnell Way Elementary School in the amount of $1,000 allowing the school to purchase an LCD projector and document camera to aid visual learners in math classes and for schoolwide use. Motion was approved (12-0-1).

7.  FUNDING FOR SANGEET SCHOOL OF WORLD MUSIC - Ms. Benedict moved to grant Sangeet School of World Music $750 to pay Ramona Hall staff costs for a ten-week Indian music course for local teenagers. Motion was approved unanimously (13)

8.  RENEWED FUNDING FOR HERMON PUBLIC ART PROJECT - Mr. Riser moved to grant the Friends of Hermon Dog Park's request to reinstate the $500 Community Project fund approved in Sept. 2008 for the dog-centric public art project in Hermon Park. These funds lapsed due to the ASNC standing rules that expenditures must begin during the 2008-09 fiscal year. Motion was approved unanimously (13).

9.  ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR MARMION WAY BEAUTIFICATION - $1400. Mr. Folsom and Mr. Schneider of the Mt. Washington Local Issues Committee moved that the Board approve $1,400 for labor and materials (from Community Improvement - Environment & Beautification funds) to water the trees planted in the Marmion Way Beautification project. After discussion as to whether the funding request was full noted in the Mt. Washington Local Issues agenda, the motion passed. (6-5-0).

10. FUNDING FOR BEAUTIFICATION OF JESSICA TRIANGLE - Motion to approve $500 (from Community Improvement - Environment & Beautification funds) for plants to upgrade the Jessica Triangle. Tabled.

VII. ACTION ITEMS. Non-Finance Related.

1.  BUDGET SURVEY FORMS AT ELECTION.  Procedure for getting budget survey forms completed by voters at the next ASNC election was referred to the Rules & Election Committee.

2.  ASNC PARTICIPATION IN DONE’S EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TASK FORCE. Discussion of ASNC participation in DONE's Emergency Preparedness Task Force, and the delivery to DONE of a standardized toolkit on how to set up a community emergency response plan. Tabled.

3.  LETTER OPPOSING IMPOSITION OF PARKING FEES.  Move that the ASNC write to the Department of Recreation & Parks, Councilmembers Huizar and Reyes and Los Angeles Department of Transportation to oppose a proposal to charge parking fees in regional parks, including Debs Park. Motion approved unanimously (10).

4.  COMMUNITY IMPACT STATEMENT SUPPORTING CERTAIN VEHICLE IMPOUNDS.  Mr. Riser moved that the ASNC issue a formal Community Impact Statement (CIS) to inform City Council of its support for Council File #10-0369, which would allow police to impound certain vehicles used to illegally dump bulky items or hazardous or solid waste on public or private property. Motion approved unanimously (10).

5.  EXPANSION OF PUBLIC PARKING AT GLASSELL PARK POST OFFICE.  Mt. Washington Local Issues moves that the Board send a letter of support for the campaign to expand public parking at the Glassell Park Post Office. Motion approved unanimously (10).



1.     Local Issues. 

(a)     Hermon met March 13, No report.

(b)     Montecito Heights met March 18. No report.

(c)     Monterey Hills met March 16 to form a committee for the Monterey Hills Jazz Festival.

(d)     Mount Washington met March 15. No Report

(e)     Sycamore Grove did not meet.

2.     Communications and Outreach met March 13.

3.     Budget and Finance did not meet.

4.     Environment did not meet.

5.     Community Garden – Ms. Sirola reported that property has been located in Hermon Park in the Arroyo Seco and held a planning meeting on March 21.

6.     Public Safety had no report.

7.     Rules and Elections met March 13.

8.     Recreation, Culture and Arts met March 11. Ms Benedict reported that a meeting is expected with Assemblymember Kevin de Leon on the subject of the Arroyo Seco Parkway upgrade.   


1.     LOS ANGELES NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS COALITION - Alexia Teran of Cypress Park Neighborhood Council made the report.

2.     MW ELEMENTARY MULTIPURPOSE ROOM - Ms. Walnum reported its wide use, but the issue of lights going out on a timer is still a problem. Mr. Folsom will investigate.

3.     FRIENDS OF SOUTHWEST MUSEUM Ms. Walnum reported that City Attorney Carmen Trutanich addressed a gathering of 75 members on March 16 at Highland Hall.

4.     ANIMAL WELFARE - No report.

5.     DWP - - No report.


X.    ADJOURNMENT at 9:40 p.m.