The GWNC voted to oppose Larchmont Bungalow zoning application at their meeting Wednesday evening.
Last month the council voted to oppose an earlier application filed by the Bungalow that was later withdrawn and revised. This week the council learned the Bungalow had revised their application and obtained a new hearing date for Monday, September 22, 2014, so the council took the matter up again voting to oppose all aspects of the revised application which contained only minor changes from the earlier version.
In the most recent version, the Bungalow dropped their request for a license to sell a full line of alcohol opting for a beer and wine only. The parking request is now for 18 spaces with 450 feet of the restaurant in lieu of the required 25; the earlier application was for 7 in lieu of 25. The zone change to remove the existing “Q” conditions from the parcel to allow a restaurant at the location was not changed.
The hearing is Monday, Sept. 22nd at 10 A.M. at City Hall in Room 1020. The hearing is open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend.
The GWNC awarded its Citizen Recognition Award to Lyn MacEwen Cohen for her numerous contributions to the community over the past twenty years. Cohen is best known for her efforts as president of the Miracle Mile Coalition, Most recently Cohen has created the First in Fire Foundation to honor fallen firefighters on 911. She is also leading the effort to plant a new garden at Fire Station 29. The award was presented by Fred Mariscal, Board member and chair of the GWNC Outreach Committee.
Council members heard from Ron Galeprin, City Controller, who began his career in politics as a member of his neighborhood council.
“I am obsessed with ROI (return on investment) in everything we do at the city,” said Galeprin. “The city needs to think in more businesslike terms.”
Galeprin explain his approach as the “three m’s” — modernization, management and metrics. He gave examples of how he hoped to modernize city operations, develop and implement a thoughtful approach to management and apply appropriate metrics to measure success.
Galeprin closed by saying how much he loves his work in large part because the city’s top management team gets along with each other, genuinely likes each other and that is demonstrated in the level of collaboration on key issues like the DWP funds.
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