Metro to Evaluate Need for Restrooms
The Daily News reported on November 20 that the LA Metropolitan
Transportation Authority panel approved a study looking into issues caused by a
lack of restrooms on the Orange Line stop in Winnetka.
Residents and businesses located along the city’s bus and rail lines have
voiced concerns that alleyways and walkways along busy routes have become
default bathrooms for riders, creating unsanitary conditions.
The Winnetka Neighborhood Council, representing neighbors who live near the
Orange Line’s Pierce College stop, sent a letter in June to school officials,
Metro and other elected and appointed officials who have a hand in monitoring
the vast system, complaining of human waste and trash that has littered the
surrounding area since the station opened, often from well-heeled riders.
Read complete article at Daily News
Read the LA Times Article December 6, 2013
Listen to Radio Interview of WNC President Eric Lewis on Jon and Ken Show,
KFI-AM640 December 6, 2013
WNC has discussed and investigated a concern regarding public defecation by
Orange Line riders behind homes on Winnetka Ave near the Winnetka / Victory Park
& Ride. We involved members of the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street
We determined that Pierce College is the owner of the Park & Ride and Metro
owns the Orange Line. On June 10, 2013, we sent a
letter to Pierce College recommending installation of at least one
port-a-potty to address this problem.
Join a BobCAT
At our November 12 meeting Councilmember Bob Bluemenfield explained that he was
here on his 136th day in office and he invited all interested parties to
volunteer on a Community Action Team (BobCAT). Teams are being formed now to
advise him on six key subjects: Business & Economic Development, Community
Beautification, Seniors, Veterans, Women's Issues, & Emergency Preparedness.
Team members may advise him on proposed legislation, community projects or
events. Sign up online.
PLUM Weighs In On 20460 Sherman Way
The Planning and Land Use Committee met in August and heard a revised
proposal for the property at 20460 Sherman Way. Twenty stakeholders were present
and expressed concern that the revised proposal does not address previously
raised concerns. The new proposal increases the height of the building and the
number of units. The planned use had been senior housing; the revised planned
use is market based residential rental units. The PLUM committee sent a
letter of concern
to the South Valley Planning Commission. The board sent a
the September 2013 meeting. And as of September 12, 2013 Councilmember
Bluemenfield's Office indicates that he cannot come out in support of the
project hearing such community concern. UPDATE: Councilmember Blumenfield stated
at the November 12, 2013 meeting that he put a stop to the proposal in its
current format. Read a
report on the Planning Commission hearing from September 12, 2013.
The City of Los Angeles has developed the Solid Waste Integrated Resources
Plan (SWIRP) a long-range plan for the City’s solid waste management needs
through 2030. SWIRP identifies the policies, programs and facilities that will
be needed to reach the City’s goal of 90 percent landfill diversion by 2025.
SWIRP, which is a Master Plan with no site specific development proposed at this
time, identifies the potential future development of 10 to 15 facilities that
would address the City’s solid waste infrastructure needs through 2030 (one
large or six small composting facilities, three clean material recovery
facilities, one resource recovery center for self-haul materials, and five
alternative technology facilities for treating residual waste).
The Draft PEIR is available for review at the City of Los Angeles Bureau of
Sanitation at 1149 South Broadway, 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015, at
www.lacity.org/san under “What’s new…”,
and www.zerowaste.lacity.org under
“Info,” and at the following public libraries:
9051 Darby Avenue
Northridge, CA 91325
18231 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
The Draft PEIR is available for public review from October 31, 2013 to December
20, 2013. Please send your written comments no later than December 20, 2013 to:
Reina Pereira, Senior Environmental Engineer, Solid Resources Support Services
Division, Bureau of Sanitation, 1149 South Broadway, 5th Floor, Mail Stop 521,
Los Angeles, CA 90015.
Environmental Engineer Assc II
Department of Public Works
Solid Resources Support Services Division
WNC Meeting December 10
Please join us for our next meeting Tuesday, December 10, 6:30pm at Valley
Village, 20830 Sherman Way. We will discuss the 72 detached single family homes
proposed for 8544-8654 Winnetka along with other Board business.
Students Thank WNC
The WNC provided third grade students at Limerick and Sunnybrae Elementary Schools with
dictionaries in October. Students wrote thank you notes with drawings to say thank you.
The WNC coordinated with other groups to provide dictionaries across Winnetka
elementary schools. Fullbright Elementary received dictionaries from the Elks
WNC will hold elections on Sunday, March 16, 2014 for seven at large board
members. Stakeholders who are 18+ may run for the at large seats. Stakeholders
are defined as those who live, work, or own property in the neighborhood and
also those who declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm the factual
basis for it. Interested candidates may want to review our
bylaws and this website, as well as come to meetings. The candidate filing
period is from about December 31, 2013 to January 30, 2014. The election will be
held at the Winnetka Convention Center, March 16, 11am to 5pm.
Mary Ellen Moreno is the Election
Sunny Brae Crosswalks
Stakeholders have expressed concern that recently paved streets around Sunny
Brae Elementary School have not had the crosswalks repainted causing a safety
hazard for students.
Portillo of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield's office has been in contact in
the month of November with DOT to expedite the painting of three crosswalks and
Future of 8544-8654 Winnetka
Williams Homes is proposing a
zoning change to accommodate 73 detached single homes to be built at 8544-8654
Winnetka, the vacant property near the southwest corner of Winnetka and
Parthenia. They presented their detailed proposal at the November 2013 PLUM
PLUM committee recommendations were presented at the November Board Meeting: two
ingress/egress sites on Winnetka (right hand only), emergency only access on
Penfield, addition of a left hand turn signal at Winnetka & Parthenia, cut out
on east side of Winnetka for traffic flow in and out of unit, adjoining lots
should be able to keep currently allowed animals & livestock, exits should be
angled to prevent exiting cars' lights from shining in houses across Winnetka,
houses on the edge of the development should face Winnetka & Penfield.
PLUM also supported the developer's plans to mitigate headlights shining into
Penfield residences with fencing, a dance structure at the Winnetka Recreation
Center and planting of trees along the Chase side off Winnetka Park.
See exact wording in
item 14 of agenda.
At the November 12 Board Meeting stakeholders showed up en masse to provide
input to the proposal. Concerns were expressed about the proposed density,
parking, construction hours, traffic flow, speeding and local livestock.
The developer plans to consider these issues and come before the PLUM
Committee at its December 3 meeting to allow the committee to forward its
recommendations to the full board at the December 10 meeting. The project is
then to be considered by City Planning, DOT and other pertinent departments.
Location Map Using Google Maps: click map for larger view
Several committee seats are open. Interested
stakeholders are invited to contact our president at
The City of Los Angeles currently has a federally grant funded program in
which free street trees are being planted along the parkway. The only
requirements are that participants must agree to water their tree(s) and they
must live within the City. For more information please go to
www.environmentla.org or call (213)
WNC Funding Reports Online
You may view the
current WNC funding reports here. Find more information about funding on the
Budget & Finance Committee page.