Neigbhorhood Meeting

Come to the meeting in Echo Park and get involved

COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 – 7:00 p.m.

GEPENC Office and Community Center

1572 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026

(entrance off of Echo Park Avenue)

L.A. Citizens Stand Up To Developers

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2010/08/remember_the_muchanticipated_sunset_and.php

LA Curbed has reported that two separate individuals have filed a lawsuit against the proposed 74-foot Target store development on Sunset and Western.

“Given threats of a legal action, no one was surprised when late last month, residents Robert Blue and Doug Haines (the latter is represented by well-known attorney Robert Silverstein) filed separate lawsuits alleging the city violated municipal code by granting nine variances for the project. Additionally, the suits allege approval of the project violates provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).”- LA CURBED

It looks like the people of Los Angeles are fighting back against developers who are trying to build larger and taller projects like this one. Too bad the city is not backing that idea as they continue to grant variances that go against the city plan to increase density.

URGENT – ACTION NEEDED by September 1, 2010

More out of character development in Echo Park.

A real estate developer wants to pack massive work/live lofts onto a small lot located at the corner of Avalon St. and Echo Park Ave. — the project is totally out of scale with the historic nature and character of this part of Echo Park and not in keeping with the intent of the Echo Park Community Plan.

Nearby residents just learned of this project last week! We have a small window of time to block the City from granting the developer’s zoning request, and we will be successful if Echo Park residents voice their opposition to this project.

The developer is asking the City of LA to sub-divide a commercially zoned lot at the corner of Avalon St. and Echo Park Ave. to shoe-horn in 8 single-family “work/live lofts”. Towering over the rest of the neighborhood, the lofts will be built to the maximum allowable height – 4+ STORIES (45 feet) taking up the entire lots of 1910 N. Echo Park Ave. and 1615 W. Avalon St., leaving no open space, building to the property lines.

Plans show that 8 new two-car garages (with stack parking) will line Avalon St., requiring drivers to back out into the street, crossing over the sidewalk, while looking out for traffic coming in three directions, right at the busy corner of Echo Park Ave.

Avalon Street is used as a thoroughfare for residents of surrounding streets, and families with children walking to our many neighboring schools and day care centers. This proposed development is unsafe as currently planned. Residents surrounding the vacant lot are not against development, just the large inappropriate development currently proposed. Please help protect the character and safety of our Echo Park neighborhood. A quick call can make a big difference!

ACT NOW – by SEPTEMBER 1st the City will be making their decision on whether to issue change the zoning of this lot. Contact Councilman Eric Garcetti (323-957-4500) 

OPPOSE THE AVALON SUB-DIVISION  (CASE #VTT-70653-SL)

There are more reasons to oppose this project. Please email avalon.echopark@… to get more information.

Echo Park Lake

Please join the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council for a Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project.

Date: Monday, August 23
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: St. Paul Cathedral Center, Grand Hall
840 Echo Park Avenue

Learn about the proposed improvements to Echo Park Lake to help improve its water quality!

You can also submit your written comments about the Draft EIR at this meeting. (The deadline for submittals is August 30th.)

This project is funded by the Proposition O Clean Water Bond approved by Los Angeles voters in 2004.

GEPENC Meeting 8/24

MEETING AGENDA

TUESDAY, AUGUST 24 2010 – 6:30 p.m.

GEPENC Office and Community Center

1572 Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90026

(entrance off of Echo Park Avenue)

A.  ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS:        (10 minutes)

 (1) Call to Order

 (2) Roll Call – GEPENC Board of Governors

 (3) Flag Salute

 (4) Adoption of Minutes

 (5) Recognitions & Presentations

B. LOCAL REPORTS:         (10 minutes)

(Representatives from government offices, police departments, and community based organizations)

 (1) LA City Council District 1 & 13 Reports

  (2) City of LA Departments

  i. DONE

  ii. LAPD

  iii. City Agencies

 (3) Community and Stakeholder organizations

C.  PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS**:     (10 minutes)

Comments from the public on non-agenda items within the Board’s jurisdiction.  Two minutes per speaker.

D.  MOTIONS & RESOLUTIONS (Discussion/Possible Action Items):   (60 minutes)

REGULAR CALENDAR ITEMS

Items for the August Agenda

(1) [2010-08-01] Discussion and/or Possible Action on committee request for the Board to SUPPORT the renewal of a Conditional Use Permit (CUB) for the on-site sale of Beer and Wine at an existing restaurant (MASA Bakery and Cafe) located at 1800 West Sunset Boulevard.(Planning, Public Works, Parks & Land Use Committee vote: 6-0) (Executive Committee vote: N/A)  

(2) [2010-08-02] 1) Discussion and/or Possible Action on committee request for the Board to approve the allocation of Neighborhood Council funds in the amount of $ 500.00 dollars for the participation of GEPENC in the Echo Park Timebank’s Outreach Brochure with advertisement for the purpose of Community Outreach as stated in a line item 2010-113 of the 2010-2011 Board adopted budget. (Budget & Finance Committee vote: 3-1-1) (Executive Committee vote: N/A)  

(3) [2010-08-03] Discussion and/or Possible Action on committee request for the Board to approve the allocation of Neighborhood Council funds in the amount of $ 1,000.00 dollars for the monthly expense for the GEPENC Phone system for the purpose of Administration of the neighborhood council as stated in line item 2010-305 of the 2010-2011 Board adopted budget. (Budget & Finance Committee vote: 4-0-1) (Executive Committee vote: N/A)   

(4) [2010-08-04] Discussion and/or Possible Action on committee request for the Board to approve the allocation of Neighborhood Council Funds in the amount of $ 1,000.00 dollars for the participation of GEPENC in the 2010 Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake for the purpose of Community Outreach as stated in a line item 2010-112 of the 2010-2011 Board adopted budget.  (Budget & Finance Committee vote: 4-0-1) (Executive Committee vote: N/A)  

(5) [2010-08-05] Discussion and/or Possible Action on request from the Treasurer for the Board to review and accept for the purposes of filing with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) a modified version of the GEPENC 2010-2011 Board adopted budget to reflect the accounting codes as requested by DONE.

(6) [2010-08-06] Discussion and/or Possible Action on request from the Treasurer for the Board to designate a GEPENC Board Member to be the authorized user of the GEPENC ATM/Purchasing card to expend board approved funds and to submit the name to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

(7) [2010-08-07] Discussion and/or Possible Action on committee request for the Board to OPPOSE Council File # 10-0982 (Rosendahl-Koretz) relative to the amending of the City of Los Angeles Municipal Code to raise the number of dogs/cats that a city resident may own from three to five.  (Public Safety Committee vote: 4-0) (Executive Committee vote: N/A)

Items from the June Agenda

(8) [2010-06-05] Discussion and/or Possible Action on recommendation from the Ad Hoc Committee on Bylaws, Rules and Elections for the Board of Governors to ADOPT the GEPENC Standing Rules as amended. (Ad Hoc Committee vote: 3-0)  

E. REPORTS:           (20 minutes)

(1) Treasurer’s Report

(2) Committee Reports

(3) District Reports  

(4) Officer Reports

(5) President

F. ANNOUNCEMENTS         (10 minutes)

G. ADJOURNMENT


 

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 from the public 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.

GREATER ECHO PARK ELYSIAN

NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL

P.O. Box 26391

Los Angeles, California 90026

(213) 250-3400

www.gepenc.org

 

Public comment is limited to 2 minutes per speaker, unless waived by the presiding officer of the Board. As a covered entity under Title II of the American with Disabilities Act, Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council does not discriminate on the basis of disability, and upon request, we will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities.  

To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least 72 hours prior to a meeting you wish to attend.  SI REQUIRE SERVICIOS DE TRADUCCION, FAVOR DE NOTIFICAR A LA OFICINA 3 DIAS DE TRABAJO (72 HORAS) ANTES DEL EVENTO.  SI NECESITA ASISTENCIA CON ESTA NOTIFICACION, POR FAVOR LLAME A D.O.N.E. AL (213) 485-1360.

In compliance with Government Code Section 54957.5, non-exempt writings that are distributed to a majority or all of the Board in advance of a meeting, may be viewed at the Edendale Library (2011 W. Sunset Boulevard, LA 90026) or at the scheduled meeting.  In addition, if you would like a copy of any record related to an item on the agenda, please contact Lisa Baca, Chief Information Officer, at 323-660-7234.

Los Angeles Citywide Design Guidelines

Have you been wondering how it could be possible that the city is allowing developers to come into a community and build anything they want without taking into consideration the design of the neighboring buildings?  Questions answered at this next meeting.

The Department of City Planning invites you to attend one of three upcoming informational meetings about the proposed Citywide Design Guidelines and Community Design Overlay Code Amendment. For more information about both of these efforts including drafts of the proposals, please see the “What’s New” section of the Planning Department’s homepage: www.planning.lacity.org

Meetings will be held on August 30th and 31st at the following times and locations.

VALLEY
August 30, 6-8 pm
Marvin Braude Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91401
(1st floor meeting room)

DOWNTOWN
August 31, 9:30-11:30 am
City Hall 200 N. Spring St. Los Angeles 90012
(Room 1010)

WESTSIDE*
August 31, 5-8 pm
Henry Medina Parking Enforcement Facility
11214 W. Exposition Bl.
Los Angeles 90064
(2nd Floor)

*The comment period for the Citywide Design Guidelines Negative Declaration has been extended to September 7, 2010.

Contact Shana Bonstin or Michelle Sorkin if you have any questions.

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Michelle Sorkin
City Planning Associate
Department of City Planning
michelle.sorkin@lacity.org | 213.978.1199
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Shana Bonstin, City Planner
Palms – Mar Vista – Del Rey | West LA | Westwood
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
shana.bonstin@lacity.org |  213.978.1207

Direct Plea For Help & Community Support

Our names are Kevin Gray and Lynnae Hitchcock.  Our address is 1619 West Avalon Street, directly next to the planned development  at 1615 West Avalon Street and 1901 North Echo Park Avenue.

This development will contain eight single family residences.  I attended the public hearing this morning.  If the city approves this project, we have more congestion, less parking, and a relatively large three story building to look forward to.  From what I understand, because this lot is zoned as commercial, he can build right up to the sidewalk and my property line.  Cramming eight single family residences on Avalon Street will almost double the already existing number of single family residences on our block.  We already have an eyesore that doesn’t seem to be going away further down Echo Park Avenue close to the coffee shop.
The developer, Jeremy Paige, made an attempt to come across as someone who cares about the community. This certainly is not the case because neighbors and myself, on several occasions, have assumed responsibility for the upkeep in front of his property.  The intent behind feeling like you can build a 45 feet high or three story building next to an 800 square foot single level house speaks for itself.
In two weeks, the city will more than likely approve the project as is because Mr. Paige is working within the commercial zoning guidelines. My wife and I are asking the community to get together and please appeal the development.  If you have any questions regarding the meeting or development beyond what I have included, please contact Sarah Molina-Pearson at The Department of City Planning.  213-473-9983  sarah.molina-pearson@lacity.org

If you want to be added to an appeal list that I’m organizing, please email me at gray.ks@gmail.com with your name, address, phone number and email information.

Thank you for reading this.
Lynnae and Kevin
gray.ks@gmail.com