Here are some highlights from the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa’s Board of Directors meeting of April 3th, 2012:
At this meeting the NCWP Board approved the following:
- will send a letter to LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to acknowledge his efforts to help address the homeless issues in Westchester/Playa
- voted to support a motion made by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) to "urge City of Los Angeles to review the Draft Environmental Impact R for the Hines/Bergamont project in Santa Monica and support a Master EIR for the Bergamont Area Plan".
- approved expenditure of $350 for booth to do outreach at Kentwood Elementary Schools Family Fun Day on April 28
- approved expenditure of $175 for booth to do outreach at LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce ChamberFest Community & Business Expo on June 7
- approved expenditure of $1,500 for outreach at the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Parade, which includes the NCWP 2012 Star of the Neighborhood parade entry
- approved expenditure not to exceed $115 for engraving the NCWPs Star of the Neighborhood perpetual plaque and cost of certificates for all nominees
Heard from Government Representatives:
Nate Kaplan, area field deputy for Councilman Bill Rosendahl, discussed the status of the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting – in the maps approved by City Council, Westchester is entirely included in the Eleventh Council District. Maps are subject to final approval by Mayor Villaraigosa.
New tennis court lights at Westchester Park special thanks to the Tennis.
The LAPD will begin enforcing the No overnight parking ordinance in Westchester Park. Much effort is underway to help the homeless individuals who have been residing in the park through County mental health professionals, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), the Neighborhood Council’s Homelessness and Vehicular Living Committee etc. Nearly 30 people, primarily in Westchester and Venice, have been assisted and have found housing help of PATH.
Community Design Overlay (CDO) for lower Playa del Rey continues to meet. Watch for announcement of the next meeting. Find more info at: http://ncwpdr.org/library/public/boarddocs/CulverBlvdCDO2012/
The design process for the sidewalk improvements and Streetscape project on the west side of Sepulveda will start in the next few months - then should break ground by spring of next year. Funding for the project is through US Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The East side funding will come from the Howard Hughes Center agreement and Safe Routes to Schools.
The request for a bus Shelter on Lincoln at Jefferson near Playa Vista – the Coastal Commission is refusing placing a shelter or bench there.
Chad Molnar Chad Molnar, LAX - Community Liaison for Councilman Bill Rosendahl - LA City Council committee on Trade, Commerce and Trade discussed options regarding Ontario Airport. Various recommendations are sought to how the airport is managed and how it can be a bigger part of regionalization. Rosendahl and Zine sponsored a motion to direct a study. Request for proposal has been put out for a new lighting system for the Sepulveda tunnel. Rosendahl has asked various parties responsible for the maintenance of the tunnel to develop a plan to clarify responsible parties as it pertains to the Sepulveda Blvd at LAX and the tunnels under the runways. A draft MOU should come out this next month.
Melissa Ramoso, area field deputy for Senator Ted Lieu
SB 956 – This bill would enact the Buy-Here-Pay-Here Automobile Dealers Act and focuses on the lending practices of the dealerships instead of the car sales. By handling financing in house but being licensed as a car dealer, Buy Here Pay Here dealerships were able to get around many state financing laws and consumer protections. Lieu’s legislation would:
- Impose regulations on dealers offering Buy Here, Pay Here installment loans by requiring them to obtain a California Finance Lender’s license, which would provide consumers with an array of protections.
- Limit used-car installment loans to a maximum 17.25 percent interest, which would give California the strongest cap in the nation.
- Change the way Buy Here Pay Here used car dealers are able to repossess vehicles to include grace periods and make it easier for buyers to reinstate a repossessed car.
SB1055 - Existing law regulates the relationship between landlord and tenant and the terms and conditions of tenancies. Existing law requires a tenant to pay rent as it successively becomes due. This bill would prohibit a landlord or a landlords agent from requiring cash as the exclusive payment of rent or deposit of security. The bill would require any landlord or landlords agent that offers the option of payment of rent or deposit of security online to also accept payment of rent or deposit of security by check or money order for any lease or rental agreement that is first effective on or after January 1, 2013. The bill would provide that a waiver of these provisions is contrary to public policy, and is void and unenforceable.
SB1313 – ensure that California will have good data and information to chose healthcare. This will protect those with poor language skills.
SB1373 medical bill transparency bill – require medical providers and hospitals to disclose treatment costs associated with health care services and procedures, in hopes of avoiding sticker shock by patients after the fact.
LAX Sign District - Lisa Trifiletti provided an overview about the proposed LAX Sign District, which would allow advertising signage within the interior boundary at LAX consistent with regulations concerning types, placement, number, dimensions, illustration, motion/animation, and content. Help to promote trade and commerce in LA. The issue has been referred to the Neighborhood Council’s Airport Relations Committee to further explore.
LAX Northside - Lisa Trifiletti provided an update on the release of the Notice of Preparation and Initial Study on the LAX Northside Development Plan. Has targeted outreach to immediate neighbors of the Northside properties. Scoping meetings scheduled for April 18th at 6:00pm – 8:00 pm and April 21st 10:00 – noon at St. Bernards High School at 9100 Falmouth Ave in Playa del Rey. http://www.lawa.org/GDZ/Index.aspx
Metro Green Line to LAX - Cory Zelmer, Project Manager, and Roderick Diaz, Director of Systemwide Planning and Project Director, presented an overview of the 27 alternatives being considered by Metro to extend the Metro Line to LAX. Metro is examining ways to connect the growing Metro Rail system to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The focus of this study is a four square mile area bounded by La Cienega Blvd on the east, Manchester Ave to the north, Imperial Highway to the south and the LAX airport terminals on the west. Initial alternatives under consideration include Light Rail Transit (LRT), Automated People Mover (APM) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Metro is currently analyzing the various options for each transit type in order to narrow down the number of alternatives that will be carried forward to the environmental review phase. http://www.metro.net/projects/lax-extension/
The next NCWP board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in the Community Room of the Municipal Building at 7166 Manchester Avenue. You may access the agenda for this meeting by visiting http://www.ncwpdr.org/index.php?page=boardAgenda within 72 hours of the meeting.
Please Note: The Meeting in a Minute is an unofficial record of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa board meeting. The Official Record of the meeting is the minutes once approved by the NCWP Board.