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    From: Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Date: Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 3:59 PM Subject: March News from the Greater Wilshire
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      From: Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council <info@...>
      Date: Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 3:59 PM
      Subject: March News from the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council
      To: news@...


      [GWNC News]
      In this issue:

      ? * January GWNC Board Meeting Wrap-up
      ? * March GWNC Meeting Previews
      ? * Other News & Announcements
      ? * Upcoming Area Events



      *JANUARY GWNC BOARD MEETING WRAP-UP*

      At its January 14 meeting, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council passed resolutions...

      -- Opposing the proposed construction of a wall around the Getty House (*605 S. Irving*). ?The GWNC will send a letter to the Planning Commission, City Council and Mayor's office noting the Windsor Square neighborhood's historical antecedents for an open, park-like setting, the GWNC's opposition to the construction of a wall (or the granting of a variance to allow construction of a wall), and "imploring" the Mayor to leave the house and grounds open as originally planned and constructed.

      -- To write a letter asking the Department of Transportation and City Council Member Herb Wesson's office to review the parking restrictions in a section of the Wilshire Park neighborhood. ?(The current restrictions leave many residents on Wilton Place with no safe place to park their cars overnight, and many are forced to move their cars in the middle of the night to keep from getting tickets.)

      -- Opposing (by a vote of 13-4) *Measure B*, the solar power initiative that will appear on the March 3 ballot. ?The resolution states, in part:

      ? - that the GWNC "unabashedly supports green power and sustainable energy, but...does not support the insufficiently vetted Proposition B and urges a NO vote on March 3"
      ? - that the GWNC "urges the City Council to adopt a solar energy program program...at the earliest possible time and that such a program can be thoroughly and transparently determined to be in our best interests, and..."
      ? - that the GWNC "shall promptly provide the City with a Community Impact Statement to this effect."


      In other business, the GWNC Board...

      -- Heard about legislation proposed by State Assembly Member Mike Feuer that would place a two-year moratorium (until federal safety studies are completed) on digital billboards. ?The GWNC agreed to put this item on its agenda for discussion and possible action at its March 11 meeting.

      -- Was informed that a representative from the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will provide "treasurer training" to all Board members at our March 11 meeting. ?The presentation will include ?information about the Council's funding, how to fund neighborhood improvement projects and other important financial matters.

      -- Received a reminder that all GWNC Board Members and Alternates are required to take (and renew every two years), the online ethics training course at http://ethics.lacity.org/education/ethics2007/?audience=done <http://ethics.lacity.org/education/ethics2007/?audience=done>

      -- Heard about plans for a new wine bar at *320 S. La Brea*, and concerns about noise and parking from the neighbors who live nearby. ?Both the developer and neighbors agreed to continue their discussions after the GWNC meeting, and will report back to our Ad Hoc Land Use Committee when they've reached an agreement. ?(This issue will be on the agenda at the March 3 meeting of the Ad Hoc Land Use Committee -- see below.)

      -- Discussed the proliferation of billboards and supergraphics in our area, including efforts of several nearby neighborhoods to survey and create a database of all billboards within their boundaries.

      -- Noted that we are moving toward making our Ad Hoc Land Use Committee a standing committee, and that we will target the first Tuesdays of GWNC meeting months (January, March, May, July, September and November) as Land Use meeting dates. ?(The next meeting of the Ad Hoc Land Use Committee will be held on *Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.* at the *Wilshire United Methodist Church*.)

      -- Passed a motion to create an ad hoc committee on Crime Prevention for the GWNC area.

      -- Heard about efforts to designate the original home of See's Candies (*135 N. Western Blvd.*) a historical landmark.



      *MARCH GWNC MEETING PREVIEWS*

      -- The next meeting of the *GWNC Ad Hoc Land Use Committee* will be held on *Tuesday, March 3* at* 7:00 p.m.*, in the Assembly Room at the *Wilshire United Methodist Church (4350 Wilshire Blvd.)*. ?Topics to be discussed will include (but are not limited to) nomination of a member of the Hancock Park HPOZ board, discussion of the City Council's proposed sign ordinance, and the Cuvee Wine Lounge (320 S. La Brea). ?A full agenda will be posted on the GWNC website - http://www.greaterwilshire.org - at least 72 hours before the meeting.

      -- The next meeting of the *Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council* will be held on *Wednesday, March 11* at *7:00 p.m.* at the *Wilshire Ebell (corner of Wilshire & Lucerne)*. ?In addition to items mentioned in the January wrap-up, above, topics to be discussed at the meeting will include (but are not limited to) an update by development firm BRE on the project proposed for the SE corner of Wilshire and La Brea, discussion of the City Council's proposed sign ordinance, and a presentation on the city's resources for dispute resolution. ?A full agenda will be distributed and posted on the GWNC website - http://www.greaterwilshire.org - at least 72 hours before the meeting.


      *OTHER NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS*

      - Please be aware: ?polling places for the *March 3 elections *may be different from the places our stakeholders usually vote. ?Even if you've voted at the same place for years, please take the time to check http://www.lavote.net/locator/ to confirm your polling place for this election. ?And please remember to vote on March 3.

      - Despite our recent winter rains, we are still in a *drought*. ?Please turn off your sprinklers when it rains! ?(A summary of Los Angeles's current Water Conservation Ordinance is available at http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp009868.pdf <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp009868.pdf>)

      - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has begun a city-wide distribution of energy-saving *compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)*. LADWP representatives will be out distributing two energy saving bulbs, along with other energy saving materials to all residential customers over the next few months. A CFL lasts for approximately 10,000 hours compared to 1,000 hours for an incandescent bulb, and CFLs operate at a lower temperature and are less of a fire danger. For questions or more information on the CFL distribution, please call (213) 367-4614. (CFLs may be disposed of at LADWP Customer Service Center collection bins or at City S.A.F.E. recycling centers. ?Call the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 1-800-988-6942 (press option 2) or log on to www.lacity.org/SAN/index.htm <http://www.lacity.org/SAN/index.htm>, and select "Universal Waste" for more disposal information.)

      - The Los Angeles Police Department has developed a new program for *reporting anonymous crime tips*. ?Details - including how to submit tips via text messages - are available at https://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&attid=0.2&thid=11e09b6a4ccda850&mt=application%2Fpdf&pli=1 <https://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&attid=0.2&thid=11e09b6a4ccda850&mt=application%2Fpdf&pli=1>

      - The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office offers a community-based *Dispute Resolution Program* that provides FREE mediation, conciliation, arbitration and facilitation services to stakeholders in English and Spanish. ?See http://www.lacity.org/atty/Community%20Resources/Mediation/attydisputeresolution.htm <http://www.lacity.org/atty/Community%20Resources/Mediation/attydisputeresolution.htm> for more information, or contact mediate@... <mailto:mediate@...>


      *UPCOMING AREA EVENTS*

      *February 28 - *E-Waste Collection at Larchmont Charter School, 815 N. El Centro Ave. (Gregory St. entrance), 9 a.m-3 p.m. Accepting electronics, batteries, cell phones and printer cartridges. *
      March 3* - *GWNC Ad Hoc Land Use Committee*, 7 p.m., Wilshire United Methodist Church (4350 Wilshire Blvd.)
      *March 11* -- *GWNC Board Meeting*, 7 p.m., Wilshire Ebell (Corner of Wilshire & Lucerne)
      *April 19* - 4th Annual Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Party & Tour (see http://www.wshphs.org/ for details)



      /Please forward this newsletter to any interested parties. ?If you have any questions, or would like to be added to our GWNC mailing list, please contact info@... <mailto:info@...>/

      Please encourage others to subscribe to this list! ?To sign up, send a message to news-request@... with the word "subscribe" (without the quotes and with NO other text) in the message body...OR just send a note to info@... and ask to be subscribed.







      -----Original Message-----
      From: Karen Gilman <gilperson2@...>
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      From: Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council <info@...>
      Date: Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 3:59 PM
      Subject: March News from the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council
      To: news@...


      [GWNC News]
      In this issue:

      ? * January GWNC Board Meeting Wrap-up
      ? * March GWNC Meeting Previews
      ? * Other News & Announcements
      ? * Upcoming Area Events



      *JANUARY GWNC BOARD MEETING WRAP-UP*

      At its January 14 meeting, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council passed resolutions...

      -- Opposing the proposed construction of a wall around the Getty House (*605 S. Irving*). ?The GWNC will send a letter to the Planning Commission, City Council and Mayor's office noting the Windsor Square neighborhood's historical antecedents for an open, park-like setting, the GWNC's opposition to the construction of a wall (or the granting of a variance to allow construction of a wall), and "imploring" the Mayor to leave the house and grounds open as originally planned and constructed.

      -- To write a letter asking the Department of Transportation and City Council Member Herb Wesson's office to review the parking restrictions in a section of the Wilshire Park neighborhood. ?(The current restrictions leave many residents on Wilton Place with no safe place to park their cars overnight, and many are forced to move their cars in the middle of the night to keep from getting tickets.)

      -- Opposing (by a vote of 13-4) *Measure B*, the solar power initiative that will appear on the March 3 ballot. ?The resolution states, in part:

      ? - that the GWNC "unabashedly supports green power and sustainable energy, but...does not support the insufficiently vetted Proposition B and urges a NO vote on March 3"
      ? - that the GWNC "urges the City Council to adopt a solar energy program program...at the earliest possible time and that such a program can be thoroughly and transparently determined to be in our best interests, and..."
      ? - that the GWNC "shall promptly provide the City with a Community Impact Statement to this effect."


      In other business, the GWNC Board...

      -- Heard about legislation proposed by State Assembly Member Mike Feuer that would place a two-year moratorium (until federal safety studies are completed) on digital billboards. ?The GWNC agreed to put this item on its agenda for discussion and possible action at its March 11 meeting.

      -- Was informed that a representative from the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will provide "treasurer training" to all Board members at our March 11 meeting. ?The presentation will include ?information about the Council's funding, how to fund neighborhood improvement projects and other important financial matters.

      -- Received a reminder that all GWNC Board Members and Alternates are required to take (and renew every two years), the online ethics training course at http://ethics.lacity.org/education/ethics2007/?audience=done <http://ethics.lacity.org/education/ethics2007/?audience=done>

      -- Heard about plans for a new wine bar at *320 S. La Brea*, and concerns about noise and parking from the neighbors who live nearby. ?Both the developer and neighbors agreed to continue their discussions after the GWNC meeting, and will report back to our Ad Hoc Land Use Committee when they've reached an agreement. ?(This issue will be on the agenda at the March 3 meeting of the Ad Hoc Land Use Committee -- see below.)

      -- Discussed the proliferation of billboards and supergraphics in our area, including efforts of several nearby neighborhoods to survey and create a database of all billboards within their boundaries.

      -- Noted that we are moving toward making our Ad Hoc Land Use Committee a standing committee, and that we will target the first Tuesdays of GWNC meeting months (January, March, May, July, September and November) as Land Use meeting dates. ?(The next meeting of the Ad Hoc Land Use Committee will be held on *Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.* at the *Wilshire United Methodist Church*.)

      -- Passed a motion to create an ad hoc committee on Crime Prevention for the GWNC area.

      -- Heard about efforts to designate the original home of See's Candies (*135 N. Western Blvd.*) a historical landmark.



      *MARCH GWNC MEETING PREVIEWS*

      -- The next meeting of the *GWNC Ad Hoc Land Use Committee* will be held on *Tuesday, March 4* at* 7:00 p.m.*, in the Assembly Room at the *Wilshire United Methodist Church (4350 Wilshire Blvd.)*. ?Topics to be discussed will include (but are not limited to) nomination of a member of the Hancock Park HPOZ board, discussion of the City Council's proposed sign ordinance, and the Cuvee Wine Lounge (320 S. La Brea). ?A full agenda will be posted on the GWNC website - http://www.greaterwilshire.org - at least 72 hours before the meeting.

      -- The next meeting of the *Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council* will be held on *Wednesday, March 11* at *7:00 p.m.* at the *Wilshire Ebell (corner of Wilshire & Lucerne)*. ?In addition to items mentioned in the January wrap-up, above, topics to be discussed at the meeting will include (but are not limited to) an update by development firm BRE on the project proposed for the SE corner of Wilshire and La Brea, discussion of the City Council's proposed sign ordinance, and a presentation on the city's resources for dispute resolution. ?A full agenda will be distributed and posted on the GWNC website - http://www.greaterwilshire.org - at least 72 hours before the meeting.


      *OTHER NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS*

      - Please be aware: ?polling places for the *March 3 elections *may be different from the places our stakeholders usually vote. ?Even if you've voted at the same place for years, please take the time to check http://www.lavote.net/locator/ to confirm your polling place for this election. ?And please remember to vote on March 3.

      - Despite our recent winter rains, we are still in a *drought*. ?Please turn off your sprinklers when it rains! ?(A summary of Los Angeles's current Water Conservation Ordinance is available at http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp009868.pdf <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp009868.pdf>)

      - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has begun a city-wide distribution of energy-saving *compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)*. LADWP representatives will be out distributing two energy saving bulbs, along with other energy saving materials to all residential customers over the next few months. A CFL lasts for approximately 10,000 hours compared to 1,000 hours for an incandescent bulb, and CFLs operate at a lower temperature and are less of a fire danger. For questions or more information on the CFL distribution, please call (213) 367-4614. (CFLs may be disposed of at LADWP Customer Service Center collection bins or at City S.A.F.E. recycling centers. ?Call the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 1-800-988-6942 (press option 2) or log on to www.lacity.org/SAN/index.htm <http://www.lacity.org/SAN/index.htm>, and select "Universal Waste" for more disposal information.)

      - The Los Angeles Police Department has developed a new program for *reporting anonymous crime tips*. ?Details - including how to submit tips via text messages - are available at https://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&attid=0.2&thid=11e09b6a4ccda850&mt=application%2Fpdf&pli=1 <https://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&attid=0.2&thid=11e09b6a4ccda850&mt=application%2Fpdf&pli=1>

      - The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office offers a community-based *Dispute Resolution Program* that provides FREE mediation, conciliation, arbitration and facilitation services to stakeholders in English and Spanish. ?See http://www.lacity.org/atty/Community%20Resources/Mediation/attydisputeresolution.htm <http://www.lacity.org/atty/Community%20Resources/Mediation/attydisputeresolution.htm> for more information, or contact mediate@... <mailto:mediate@...>


      *UPCOMING AREA EVENTS*

      *February 28 - *E-Waste Collection at Larchmont Charter School, 815 N. El Centro Ave. (Gregory St. entrance), 9 a.m-3 p.m. Accepting electronics, batteries, cell phones and printer cartridges. *
      March 3* - *GWNC Ad Hoc Land Use Committee*, 7 p.m., Wilshire United Methodist Church (4350 Wilshire Blvd.)
      *March 11* -- *GWNC Board Meeting*, 7 p.m., Wilshire Ebell (Corner of Wilshire & Lucerne)
      *April 19* - 4th Annual Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Party & Tour (see http://www.wshphs.org/ for details)



      /Please forward this newsletter to any interested parties. ?If you have any questions, or would like to be added to our GWNC mailing list, please contact info@... <mailto:info@...>/

      Please encourage others to subscribe to this list! ?To sign up, send a message to news-request@... with the word "subscribe" (without the quotes and with NO other text) in the message body...OR just send a note to info@... and ask to be subscribed.





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