WNC Candidate Forum March 11
WNC will hold elections on Sunday, March 16, 2014 for seven at large board
members. We have 14 candidates running for these 7 seats. Please come to our
March 11 meeting for our Candidate Forum where candidates will present their
qualifications and objectives for Winnetka and you can ask your questions.
Read about the candidates at
empowerla.org. The election will be
held at the Winnetka Convention Center, March 16, 11am to 5pm.
Mary Ellen Moreno is the Election
Check out our new bus benches!
January 9 Mayor Garcetti announced upon leaving the White House that
President Obama has named Los Angeles as one of his five Promise Zones. This is
expected to mean tens of millions of dollars in federal aid for neighborhoods
that need it most. Garcetti is collecting input on what our neighborhoods need.
Tell him what our community needs.
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.
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 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.
Winnetka was part of a recent street repair blitz. The following locations
were addressed on March 6.
- Alley rear of 20830 Sherman Way
- Hart St bet Gazette Av and De Soto Av
- Eastbound Sherman Way at Quartz Av
- 7247 Jumilla Av (not much work to be done at this address, but we will
touch it up with asphalt)
- Winnetka Av from Sherman Way to Valerio St
- Alley north of Sherman Way west of Oso Av
Williams Homes Public Hearing
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The Department of City Planning will be holding a public hearing regarding the
development proposed by Williams Homes for 8544-8654 Winnetka. The hearing will
be on Tuesday, March 4, 10:30am at the Marvin Braude San Fernando Valley
Constituent Services Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Room 1B.
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 considered these issues and came before the full board at the December 10 meeting,
where over 25 stakeholders again raised concerns. The WNC took a position
against the project as currently defined. The developer is continuing to try and
address neighborhood considerations. After being considered by the WNC, the project is
to be considered by City Planning, DOT and other pertinent departments.
Location Map Using Google Maps: click map for larger view
Students Thank WNC
The WNC provided third grade students at Limerick and Sunnybrae Elementary Schools with
dictionaries October 2013. 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