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Board of Representatives

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 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/09-Aug/_0910archives.htm


I.      CALL TO ORDER. Roll call. President’s introductory comments [Tom Marble]  

II.     SECRETARY’S REPORT.  [Meredith McKenzie]  

Approval of minutes for August 23, 2010 meeting.

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.)


V.    TREASURER’S REPORT.  [Mark S. Legassie]


1.     BROADVIEW SOLAR.  [Tom Marble]

Jill Sourial from CD1 and Michael Fisher from Broadview Christian Science Nursing Facility discuss the current status of the Broadview Solar Array in Montecito Heights.


1.   2010 Los Angeles Bicycle plan. [Martha Benedict] (Tabled 08/23/10)

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."] [Passed by Recreation Culture & Arts Committee]

2.   autry southwest museum merger agreement. [Martha Benedict] (Tabled 08/23/10)

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 historic museum campus on the Arroyo Seco in Northeast Los Angeles. [Passed by Recreation Culture & Arts Committee]


3.   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. [passed by Recreation Culture & Arts Committee] (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.   HERMON HARVEST FESTIVAL.  [Darlene Martinez]

Motion for ASNC provide to funding of up to $1,600 (from Community Projects: Festivals budget) to help cover expenses again this year for the annual Hermon Community "Harvest Festival," hosted by Hermon Church and other community organizations on October 31.  Funds will primarily cover game booth rental and  children's prizes. The event is open to all, and attracts families from several surrounding neighborhoods, as an alternative to trick-or-treating.  [Passed by Hermon Local Issues Committee on Sept. 9.]

6.   HERMON clean team.  [Joseph Riser]

Moved that the ASNC provide funding of up to $150 (from Community Projects: Environment & Beautification) to allow the "Hermon Clean Team" to purchase two banners to help promote participation in the community's monthly (since 2002) clean-ups.  [Passed by Hermon Local Issues Committee on Sept. 9.]

7.   LATona elementary school benches.  [Anthony Guida]

Latona Avenue Elementary School requests $971.98 for two yard benches to replace broken/dangerous existing benches.  New benches are 12' long, metal and fiberglass, and will be purchased through a school vendor.  Cost includes installation.  The Montecito Heights Improvement Association (MHIA) is organizing fund-raising to purchase two additional benches. (Tom Berg, contact)

8.   commission on disabilites scholarships.  [Alexia Teran]

$1000 Community Project Funding Request (Category: Education) – application for student scholarships from the LA County Commission on Disabilities.  The County Commission on Disabilities' (Tainter/Hamilton) scholarships are awarded to high school students and/or a veteran with disabilities in order to provide them with financial aid to pursuing higher educational opportunities. Five high school students with disabilities (one from each county supervisorial district), and one veteran will be awarded scholarships.  County District #1 includes the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council area.  Potentially two of the scholarships -- one high school; one veteran -- would be available to ASNC community stakeholders who applied, and were judged to be the most deserving applicant(s). [Passed by Budget and Finance Committee, Sept. 23.]




VIII.          COMMITTEE REPORTS. (Standing Committees: #s 1-4).

1.     Local Issues.

(a)      Hermon

(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 (Jack Fong, Liz Herron)


IX.   REPORTS FROM LIAISONS. (as appropriate, following VII, item #5)




X.    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 date: 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.

The public is requested to fill out a “Speaker Card” to address the Board on any item of the agenda prior to the Board taking action on an item. Comments on Agenda items will be heard only when the respective item is being considered. Comments from the public on other matters not appearing on the Agenda that is within the Board’s subject matter jurisdiction will be heard during the Public Comment period. Public comment is limited to 2 minutes per speaker, unless waived or adjusted in the interest of fairness, by the presiding officer of the Board. The agenda is posted for public review at Mount Washington Elementary School Bulletin Board, Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center, supermarket at Avenue 45 and Figueroa Street, art gallery at 4108 N. Figueroa Street, Montecito Heights Senior Center, Montecito Heights Recreation Center; adult day healthcare center at Avenue 60 and Monterey Road, as well as the ASNC’s official Website at www.ASNC.us, and distributed via the ASNCalert Yahoo Group (opt-in E-mail listserv). As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability of services, please make your request at least 3 business days prior to the meeting you wish to attend by contacting the Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment (ASNC Project Coordinator), at (213) 485-1360.

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.

In compliance with Government Code section 54957.5, non-exempt writings that are distributed to a majority or all members the Board of Representatives in advance of a meeting may be viewed at the neighborhood council Website by clicking on/visiting the link at the top of the agenda, or at the scheduled meeting.