VNC Administrative Committee Meeting Agenda

05/10/2010 - 7:00pm
05/10/2010 - 9:30pm
Extra Space Storage, Presidents Row Room 658 South Venice Blvd, Venice, 90291 Monday, May 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM Note: (i) The Administrative Committee does not address or consider the merits of proposed agenda items. Its function is to determine whether a proposed agenda item will be placed on the next Board meeting agenda, postponed, referred to a specific committee for review and recommendation, treated as an announcement, or considered and resolved as a non-Board administrative matter. (ii) The Administrative Committee has the discretion to reorder consideration of matters on the agenda to accommodate stakeholders or for other reasons. (iii) Unless otherwise noted, the President abstains on all votes. 1. Call to Order and Roll Call 2. Approval of the Administrative Committee Agenda 3. Approval of any outstanding Administrative Committee minutes submitted by the Secretary April 14, 2010 Special Administrative Committee Meeting Minutes (see 4. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the Agenda [15 min, no more than 2 minutes per person – no Administrative Committee member announcements permitted] 5. Old Administrative Committee Business 6. New Administrative Committee Business A Administrative matters: (i) LindaL Neighborhood Committee: Discussion and possible adoption (or forwarding to LUPC) of a recommendation by the Neighborhood Committee to work with Petal Patch to locate a Venice site and identify local charities to work on and receive vegetables grown. [Postpone to 5/2010 AdCom] (ii) Jim Murez re: Farmer’s Market Fridays – Can I suggest that each of the standing sub committees post their REGULAR hours at the table, example LUPC from 7-9 am; Neighborhoods from 9-11. Of course this would not preclude overlapping hours or others from helping. It also might relieve your weekly task of getting bodies by shifting the task to the committees. I think by setting regular hours by committee, people that really have questions will know when you find the right person in the "office". This would also give communications a chance to announce office hours in all mailings and at meetings. NO reply needed, just a thought.—Jim [Postpone to 6/2010 AdCom] B Consideration of DRAFT May 18, 2010 Board Agenda (see below) 7. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the Agenda [15 min, no more than 2 minutes per person – no Administrative Committee member announcements permitted] 8. Adjourn h1=. Draft – Board of Officers Meeting Agenda
Westminster Elementary School (Auditorium)
1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, 90291
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM BOARD MEETINGS: The Venice Neighborhood Council holds its regular meetings on the third Tuesday of the month and may also call any additional required special meetings in accordance with its Bylaws and the Brown Act. All are welcome to attend. TRANSLATION Services: Si requiere servicios de traducción, favor de notificar a la oficina 3 días de trabajo (72 horas) antes del evento. Si necesita asistencia con esta notificación, por favor llame a nuestra oficina 213.473.5391. POSTING: The agenda and non-exempt writings that are distributed to a majority or all of the board members in advance of regular and special meetings may be viewed at Groundworks Coffee (671 Rose Ave Venice, CA 90291), Abbots Habit (1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291), the Venice Library (501 South Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291), Oakwood Recreation Center (767 California St. Venice, CA 90291), the VNC website (, or at the scheduled meeting. For a copy of any record related to an item on the agenda, please contact the VNC secretary at PUBLIC COMMENT: The public is requested to fill out a “Speaker Card” to address the Board on any Old or New Business item on the agenda and the Treasurer’s Report. Comments from the public on these agenda items will be heard only when that item is being considered. Comments from the public on other agenda matters or on matters not appearing on the agenda but within the Board's subject matter jurisdiction will be heard during the Public Comment period. Public comment is limited to two (2) minutes per speaker, unless modified by the presiding officer of the Board. DISABILITY POLICY: The Venice Neighborhood Council complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and does not discriminate on the basis of any disability. Upon request, the Venice Neighborhood Council will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. 1. Call to Order and Roll Call 2. Approval of the Agenda 3. Approval of outstanding minutes submitted by Secretary April 20, 2010 Board Meeting Minutes (see [Committee Reports are provided in written form when available] 4. Consent Calendar A LUPC De Minimis Projects See Exhibit A [Referred to 5/2010 AdCom Mtg] Challis Macpherson ( on behalf of LUPC: Challis Macpherson moves that VNC Board of Officers send the VNC Standing Rule 5A Form Letter, stating No Opinion & No Recommendation Without Prejudice, regarding entitlement applications listed in Exhibit A. 5. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the Agenda [15 min, no more than 2 minutes per person – no board member announcements permitted] 6. Treasurers Report accept report as presented See Exhibit A Hugh Harrison (310-487-2533; on behalf of the Budget Committee: Attached is the April expenditures report. 7. Scheduled Announcements (no more than 1 minute per report unless otherwise stated) A Commendations & Announcements Mike Newhouse ( Reminder that the current board is still in office beyond the April 11th election, and therefore all Board members need to attend the April 20th Board meeting. B Governmental Reports • DONE: • LAPD: Officer Peggy Thusing, Senior Lead Officer (310-622-3968; • State Assemblyperson Ted Lieu: Jennifer Zivkovic, Field Representative (310-615-3515; • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: Jennifer Badger, West Area Representatives (310-479-3823; • City Councilperson Bill Rosendahl: Arturo Piña, Field Deputy (310-568-8772; • PlancheckLA: Challis Macpherson ( • LADWP/MOU: VNC Representatives DeDe Audet 8. Old Business A Appointment of VNC Representative to Address Parking on Abbot Kinney [Postponed to May 10, 2010 AdCom] Marc Saltzberg ( & Stewart Oscars ( Whereas Food Trucks congregating on Abbot Kinney Blvd provide a service to the public, attracting visitors to some Abbot Kinney vendors while inhibiting visitors at other Abbot Kinney vendors, and Whereas Food Trucks parked on Abbot Kinney Blvd take up valuable parking spaces, pose a traffic safety hazard by impeding traffic flow, create a litter problem & are now spilling over into private parking lots and; Whereas the Venice Neighborhood Council has received a stream of complaints regarding valet parking on residential streets bordering the Abbot Kinney commercial zone. Therefore be it resolved: that the Venice Neighborhood Council appoint an individual to act on its behalf as follows: 1. Investigate benefits, detriments and complaints regarding Food Trucks on Abbot Kinney and report back to the Neighborhood Council with recommendations, 2. Investigate Food Truck-related and valet service abuses of parking and zoning laws on Abbot Kinney and make recommendations to the Neighborhood Council, 3. Work directly with CD-11 staff, LA Department of Transportation and Parking Enforcement, LA City Planning and the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Land Use and Planning Committee as the representative of the Venice Neighborhood Council regarding Abbot Kinney parking issues, 4. Report back to the Venice Neighborhood Council Board regarding items one and two above one month after the passage of this resolution. Be it further resolved: that LA-CD11, LA Department of Transportation, vendors in the abbot Kinney Commercial Zone and residents bordering the Abbot Kinney Commercial Zone be notified of the appointment, the appointee’s responsibilities and contact information. B Let There Be Light in Venice Linda Lucks (310-745-3240/310-450-2554; on behalf of Neighborhood Committee: Discussion and possible action on recommendation from the Neighborhood Committee that the Board establishes a public safety campaign, "Let There Be Light in Venice." Whereas Venice residents are rightfully concerned with protecting personal safety; whereas the LAPD does a great job but cannot be everywhere at once, whereas there are steps individuals, families and neighbors can take to immediately to protect themselves and their neighborhoods; Therefore, the VNC supports a campaign encouraging stakeholders to purchase and install motion detector lights for the perimeter of their homes (and find ways to assist low income people to obtain such lighting). C Proposed change to July’s Minutes See Exhibit B Karen Wolfe (310-460-9644; Request that board amend previously approved minutes from July 2009. [Postponed to May 18, 2010 Board Mtg] 9. New Business A Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant Support Jim Murez ( Request for support and letter regarding Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant Request (draft letter follows): We are part of publicly elected body of the City of Los Angeles. We are referred to as a Certified Neighborhood Council, a branch of local government that was created with the Los Angeles City Charter Reform in 2000. We participate at the Venice Farmers' Market by hosting a community outreach information booth. This has been one of our best sources for gaining community involvement in our goals. Mr. Murez who is the manager and founder of the Venice Farmers' Market has served as a board member of our Land Use and Planning subcommittee for many years. We approved the development of a pilot system to track construction related cases in our area. The system is in it final testing stages but has already shown to be a very useful tool to help interested parties visualize community impacts, organize the complexities of case management and gain community understandings that ultimately helps lead to consensus building. Several other Neighborhood Councils around the City have already expressed interest to use our system once the testing is finalized. Although we are not involved in the day to day operations of the Venice Farmers' Market and don't understand all the complexities of the proposed grant application under the Farmers Market Promotion Program, we can comfortably say, if James Murez is involved with the design and implementation of the proposed project, it stands a very good chance of being a successful project. Sincerely, Mike B LUPC Motion re: 2724 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Challis MacPherson (310-822-1729; on behalf of LUPC: Regarding 2724 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, TT-71124-CC, ENV 2009-3545 (50-CC): Challis Macpherson, LUPC Chair, move that the VNC Board of Officers accept LUPC staff report as submitted; and LUPC’s recommendation that VNC Board of Officers approve project as proposed with the following conditions: 1. Postponement of final map approval until at least 3 years after the tentative tract map approval. 2. In consideration of the original entitlements, LUPC does not support additional street dedications or widening at this time. 3. We understand that the applicant will voluntarily make an annual contribution to Coeur d’Alene Elementary School to be only used by Coeur d’Alene Elementary School for landscape improvements and annual maintenance on the common property line. Motion by Jed Pauker, seconded by Jim Murez; unanimous. C LUPC Motion re: 14 Reef Street. See Exhibit C Challis MacPherson (310-822-1729; on behalf of LUPC (April 28, 2010): Regarding 14 Reef Street, APCW 2010-800; Challis Macpherson, LUPC Chair, moves that the VNC Board of Officers accept the LUPC Staff Report as presented; and recommend according to the following LUPC recommendation: Approve project, 14 Reef Street, APCW 2010-800, as presented including approval of following Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan exceptions: Whereas: this project was built in 1971, and never entitled correctly, LUPC finds that this project should be allowed these two VCZSP exceptions (the lack of one parking guest parking space and the existing density). Whereas: the CC certified LUPC specifies Reef Street in Policy II., C 7 to be maintained as a walk street; and therefore this project should have an additional condition to maintain the landscaping as specified in said Policy II, C 7. Jim Murez, John Reed, unanimous. ARGUMENTS FOR THIS PROJECT: Although this building was built in 1971, and divided into 4 units, it was never recorded correctly through no fault of current “owners”. ARGUMENTS AGAINST THIS PROJECT: There were none stated. SYNOPSIS OF PUBLIC COMMENT: There were no public comments. FINDINGS: See Addendum attached to Master Land Use Application D Recommendations on Funding of Community Improvement Projects Linda Lucks ( on behalf of Neighborhood Committee: The Neighborhood Commitee met on Monday, May 3 to review, discuss and rank the Community Improvement Projects. The recommendations will be presented to the Board at the May meeting. (All projects were previously vetted by the Budget Committee). E First agenda for new Board Ivan Spiegel (310-921-9556; Request for support and letter regarding Please reserve a place for the approval of an agenda for the first Board meeting of the new Board. I have a framework for this that I'll submit a.s.a.p. This has to be done in advance by the outgoing AdCom. 10. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the Agenda [15 min, no more than 2 minutes per person – no board member announcements permitted] 11. Adjourn (approx 10:00PM) h1=. Exhibit A – LUPC De Minimis Projects (this is not likely to be necessary for agenda ? Treasurers Report is assumed to be Exhibit A) h1=. Exhibit A – Treasurers Report h1=. Exhibit B – Proposed change to July’s Minutes (The below extract from the minutes of the July 21, 2009 VNC Board Meeting was delivered to the Secretary Monday April 12, 2010) h1=. Exhibit C – Motions of the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupation 090723 Note Regarding Presentation and Consideration of HVOC Motions The secretary prepared the format for considering the below HVOC motions after the Administrative Committee approved the format then before it and made suggestions on how to change it for presentation at the Board meeting. The changes in the format introduced by the Secretary and presented to the Board did not accurately reflect the intent of the Administrative Committee. As a result, the below HVOC motions were presented in a way that was perceived by many to have been unfair to the extent that some believe it affected the outcome of deliberations on the HVOC substantive issues. Changes made by the Secretary which caused confusion include: (i) Presenting several HVOC motions as Motions to Amend which appeared to favor the proposed amendments over the original HVOC motions; and (ii) Failing to include portions of the separate HVOC Final Report and Recommendations which HVOC motions incorporated by reference. Board-Committee Discussion Generator: The VNC Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupation (HVOC) presented its final report and several motions to the VNC Board for discussion at its May 19, 2009 meeting, with further discussion and a vote scheduled for its June 16 meeting. At the June 16 meeting, late arriving proposed amendments were submitted and partially considered when the board decided to postpone the matter for further discussion and possible resolution of differences between interested parties. The HVOC motions, along with Pro and Con statements where partial or no consensus has occurred, are below. This document is intended to assist the board and public to understand and focus on the key remaining unresolved matters. There is a link to this document on the VNC Homepage at The HVOC Final Report with the Minority Report is also available online on the VNC Homepage. NOTE: Please email your comments directly to the VNC Board at or to individual board members (see for board member list with email links). Please type ‘HVOC’ in the subject line of your email. Motions affecting the Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupation Table of Contents (CTRL-Click to activate the below hyperlinks in .doc file) Homelessness - Report & Recommendation to Support St. Joseph’s Center’s Service Registry PASSED I Motion for Creation of Single Room Occupancy Facility MOTION TO RECONSIDER II Motion to Create VNC Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee MOTION TO AMEND III Motion for LAPD to Create Homeless Liaison Team PASSED IV Motion for Limited Zoning Exemption for Permanent Supportive Housing MOTION TO AMEND V Motion for Greater City Subsidies for Affordable Housing PASSED VI Motion to Create Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program MOTION TO AMEND VII Motion to Create CD 11-wide Homeless Task Force PASSED VIII Motion to extend the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness & Vehicular Occupation to 9/18/09 MOTION TO TABLE INDEFINITELY Page 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 16 17 h1=. Exhibit C – LUPC Staff Report – 14 Reef Street April 28, 2010 Case Number: APCW 2010-800; AA 2010-791 PMLA Application for Parcel Map, SP Exceptions, SP Permit Compliance Review, CDP, Mello Roos review Address of Project: 14 Reef Street, Marina Peninsula, Venice, California 90292 SYNOPSIS: This is a very convoluted project. Originally built in 1971 (prior to VCZSP, or LUP) as two (2) dwelling units and four (4) guest rooms. Early on it morphed into four (4) condominium units with four (4) separate owners without benefit of any of the legalities of converting two (2) units into four (4) units. Separate units were sold and resold. Title companies signed off on every sale without checking the original documents! FYI two “owners” are suing two separate title companies, other title company denies any wrongdoing, and LUPC never found out what the fourth owner is doing about title shanigans. LA Housing Department discovered these errors. The four “owners” went to CD11, Arturo sent them to LUPC. They appeared before us last year without a clue about their problems. We said, “Get a facilitator, an expeditor. Someone in the business of getting projects through the planning/building & safety/housing process.” They did. Steve Kaplan of Luna & Glushon is sheparding them. He admitted that never in his 30 years of handling land use issues had he seen anything like this. Mr. Kaplan is carefully taking the “owners” through the system in order to get the units correctly entitled. We are the first step. The addendum to this staff report is a more detailed overview. Size of Project: 4,625 sq ft – for all 4 units Lot dimensions 35’ X 90’ Project Description: According to ZIMAS, subdivision of property for condominium purposes. Continued use and maintenance of 2 dwelling units & 4 guest rooms without a permit in order to process entitlements to permit a total of 4 units plus 8 ground level parking spaces contained within a 2-car garage. Venice Subarea: Marina Peninsula Zone: R3-1 LUPC Staff: Challis Macpherson Bonnie Wilks Wiseman, Larry and Deborah Wolf, Cate Rubenstein, Sabri Sansoy Address: 14 Reef Street, Venice, California 90292 Marina Peninsula Representative: Steve Kaplan, Luna & Glushon, 15760 Ventura Blvd, #520, Encino, California 91436 Contact Information: Steve Kaplan,; Date before by LUPC: April 28, 2010 Zoning Administration Date: TBA WLA Area Planning TBA Commission Dates:


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