Trying to keep up with local happenings? Like last week, this week is chock-full of both neighborhood meetings and meetings elsewhere of neighborhood interest. We’re keeping an eye on the following, but wanted to give others who might be interested in attending a heads-up:
Today at 1:30 p.m., the City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee will once again review a proposed ordinance governing home sharing/short-term rentals in the city, take up a discussion of rules for short term rentals this afternoon at 1:30 p.m., as well as several other issues (Historic Cultural Monument status for the old Hollywood Reporter building, housing linkage fees and more) that are still the subjects of ongoing conversation. The meeting agenda is available at the link above.
The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s Land Use Committee will meet tonight, at 6:30 p.m., at the Anderson Munger YMCA, 4301 W. 3rd Street. Free parking is available in the garage on Oxford Street directly north of the building. The agenda is available at the link above, and includes projects at 250 N. Wilton Place, 946 S. Norton Avenue, and others, as well as discussions of a proposed permanent supportive housing ordinance and a proposed amendment to the LAMC regarding Measure M.
The Hancock Park Homeowners Association, Est. 1948 will also be busy, with its annual meeting, tonight at Third Street School at 7 pm. CD4 Council Member David Ryu and several of his deputies will be in attendance to discuss a range of issues, including:
- Crime Increase: How is the Council Office working with the City to insure our neighborhoods receive adequate LAPD basic car patrol coverage 24/7 and reasonable response to emails and phone calls? We have been told vacation time and officer retirement impacts response times due to the large areas LAPD officers are required to cover. What is being done to increase personnel both in the field and at the Wilshire stations front desk?
- Streets & Sidewalks: When will street repairs using funds that have already been secured in this years budget actually begin? What has caused the delay?
- Parking: In many areas of HP residents are suffering from the over development and lack of parking being provided, especially above Melrose in CD13. Permit parking districts are a way to help residents. Please update us on the status of requested PPD’s in HP.
- HPOZ: 1) There has been a huge backlog of building projects waiting for HPOZ review. What has the Council Office done to help alleviate the backlog, to allow for timely review of projects?
2) There have been several instances of City departments not following our approved designs for curbs/ada ramps or enforcing our HPOZ preservation plan. Corrections cost time and money. What is being done to make sure all City departments follow our HPOZ?
- Filming: While we all want to see film production stay in LA, our residential neighborhoods were never meant to be used as frequent studio back lots. However, in what appears to be a directive from the City to FILMLA and FILM LAPD to relax permit requirements in residential neighborhoods, we are seeing an enormous increase in the frequency of filming allowed. Some would argue we are now “backlots” for Paramount, Raleigh, Sunset Gower, Sunset Bronson and Red Studios which are all within blocks of HP.
- Traffic: Speeding & Cut Through: At some time during the day most all of HP 72 blocks are effected with speeding traffic, lack of drivers following basic traffic laws, and increased cut through traffic. How can we get more enforcement? What can be done to mitigate these concerns?
- JB Renovation: John Burroughs Middle School ( home to approx. 2000 students) will be going through a massive renovation in the next few years. This will have huge impacts: traffic, safety, pollution, parking etc on the neighborhood. How will the Council Office be involved to ensure improved communication between the Council Office, school and residents to address these issues?
Also, on Wednesday (tomorrow) morning at 8:30 a.m., experts from the public and private sector will discuss measures underway to combat homelessness and what attendees can do to help at an Ending Homelessness in L.A. breakfast panel at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. (at Wilshire Blvd.). The event is organized by the Ebell and open to the public. Opening remarks will be delivered by CD4 Council Member David Ryu with California State Assembly Member Richard Bloom delivering a keynote address. Please RSVP at the link above; $20 suggested donation.