ARROYO SECO NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (ASNC)
Board of Representatives
A G E N D A
MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 Š 7:00PM TO 9:30PM
RAMONA HALL COMMUNITY CENTER, 4580 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065
Supporting documentation for this meeting can be found at: http://www.asnc.us/2010-archives/08-Aug/_0810archives.htm
I. CALL TO ORDER. Roll call. President’s introductory comments (Tom Marble)
II. SECRETARY’S REPORT. (Meredith McKenzie)
Approval of minutes for July 26, 2010 meetings.
III. PUBLIC COMMENT. Comments from stakeholders, the public and the Board on non-agenda items within the Board’s jurisdiction (limited to two minutes per speaker; please sign speaker card before meeting.)
IV. COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC OFFICIALS OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES.
V. TREASURER’S REPORT. (Mark S. Legassie)
VI. ACTION ITEMS.
1. MONTEREY HILLS JAZZ FESTIVAL. [Judy Knapton]
Motion to allocate $2500 in community projects funds to support Monterey Hills Jazz Festival on 09/11/10. Co-sponsors include Monterey Hills Federation, CRA, local merchants. This 15th annual all-day event features live music, dancing, activities for children, food & artisan vendors, and outreach from community organizations. Free and open to public. This item was reviewed and approved by Monterey Hills Local Issues Committee August 17th 2010.
2. POCKET PARK IRRIGATION. [Paula Sirola]
Mount Washington Local Issues committee requests ASNC approval to spend up to $1,000 on irrigation systems and native plants for Jessica Triangle and Oneonta-Olancha Stairs pocket parks. Both parks were created and are maintained by neighbors donating labor and water.
3. proposed ordinance for owts/septic tanks. [Wastewater ESD, Bureau of Sanitation] (Tabled 07/26/10)
Brief presentation from the Bureau of Sanitation’s Wastewater Engineering Services Division regarding a proposed ordinance to enroll all properties that use septic tank systems -- typically hillside homes, within ASNC -- into an operating permit program to be renewed every 3-4 years. (Note: Some Mt. Washington stakeholders have expressed concern that, beyond permit fees, the required certification process would include other excessive new costs). Timeline for the ordinance calls for implementation by December 2010, after receiving community feedback.
4. ANNUAL RENEWAL/EVALUATION OF AFFILIATION WITH OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS. (Tabled 07/26/10)
As per our Standing Rules, ASNC’s affiliation with outside organizations “remain in effect until the next June 30th, at which time they automatically expire” and may then be approved again annually, at the Board’s discretion. Current affiliations (to which an ASNC liaison is assigned), are:
1. L.A. Neighborhood Councils Coalition (LANCC) - http://lanccoalition.org/
2. Director of Animal Welfare (DAW) - www.laanimalservices.com/volunteer_daws.htm
5. Arroyo seco parkway issues. [Martha Benedict, Recreation, Culture and Arts Committee]
The Recreation, Culture and Arts Committee developed a draft letter to Assemblymember Kevin de Leon outlining lingering problems that Caltrans had agreed to correct per the Assemblymember's staff report last May. [to be posted for review]
6. 2010 Los Angeles Bicycle plan. [Martha Benedict, Recreation, Culture and Arts Committee]
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council reiterates its support for the current policy that prohibits mountain bikes from using dirt trails in the City's parks, i.e., Debs Park, in a comment on the 2010 Los Angeles Bike Plan, which is currently under review. [Background: October 2010, ASNC opposed the 2009 Bike Plan "insofar as it permits mountain biking in Debs Park."]
7. autry southwest museum merger agreement. [Martha Benedict, Recreation, Culture and Arts Comm]
As a long-time member of the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition, the ASNC supports the group's petition that the Attorney General review these issues:
1. The numerous breeches of donor restrictions accompanying the multitude of donations to the extensive Southwest Museum collections.
2. The merger promised to continue operating Southwest Museum as a separate institution. In 2006 the museum closed and has been serving as a warehouse, not as a public destination.
3. Autry misrepresented its financial strength in merger documents showing an asset of the one hundred million dollars which was only a promise from Jackie Autry’s will to be realized in the future. This is a serious breech of generally accepted accounting principles.
Autry’s recent announcement of acquisition of a larger building in Burbank sufficient to house two libraries, research and all museum storage is further proof of Autry’s plans to abandon the use of the spectacular museum campus in historic Arroyo Seco section of Northeast Los Angeles.
8. support for councilmember huizar to reopen southwest museum. [Martha Benedict]
As a long-time member of the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition, the ASNC supports Councilmember Huizar's effort to locate a partner for the Autry Museum who will be able to re-open the Southwest Museum. The current candidate for this role is Occidental College.
VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS. (Standing Committees: #s 1-4).
1. Local Issues.
(b) Montecito Heights
(c) Monterey Hills
(d) Mount Washington
(e) Sycamore Grove
2. Rules & Elections (Martha Benedict)
3. Budget & Finance (Mark Legassie)
4. Communications & Outreach (Darius Adle)
5. Recreation, Culture & Arts (Martha Benedict)
6. Environment (Jerry Schneider)
7. Public Safety (Mark Legassie)
8. Community Garden (Paula Sirola)
9. Animal Welfare (Mark Legassie for Lezle Stein)
10. Land Use (Tom Marble)
VIII. REPORTS FROM LIAISONS. (as appropriate, following VII, item #3)
1. LOS ANGELES NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS COALITION (Ann Walnum)
2. MW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MULTIPURPOSE ROOM (Ann Walnum)
3. FRIENDS OF SOUTHWEST MUSEUM (Ann Walnum)
IX. NEW BUSINESS (Committee referrals and/or future Board agenda items).
1. Comments from Board’s members on subject matters within its jurisdiction, and suggestions for future agenda items.
2. Future meeting dates and locations (elected President):
Upcoming meeting dates: September 27, and October 25, 2010, at 7:00PM, Ramona Hall Community Center.
Funding requests: Unless otherwise stated in the approved motion, any funds appropriated for community projects as a result of this meeting’s actions: (1) will be drawn from the 2010-11 ASNC budget; and, (2) under ASNC standing rules, expenditure of any such funds must begin by June 30, 2011, or the appropriation will automatically lapse.
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Process for Reconsideration: The Board may reconsider and amend its actions on items listed on the agenda in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
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