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Blumenfield at WNC April Meeting

Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, April 8, 6:30pm at Valley Village,
20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Councilmember Bob Blumenfield will swear in our newly elected members. We will then elect executive board members.

 We will discuss supporting the West Hills Chamber Memorial Day Parade which will now include Winnetka in its route. Also agendized are a recommendation on the Wiliams Homes Project, Spring Clean Project and various funding motions. Agenda.

WNC Elections Results Are In

The WNC held elections on Sunday, March 16, 10am to 4pm

The elections were for seven at large board members. We had 14 candidates running for these 7 seats. The unofficial, uncertified results show the following candidates are elected:

ERIC LEWIS
KATHLEEN RUPP PELAEZ
JJ POPOWICH
MARILYN ROBINSON
DAVID ANTHONY UEBERSAX
TESS REYES DUNN
ERICK LACE

Read about the candidates at empowerla.org.
Elections Newsletter

WNC Outreach


Check out our new bus benches!

Promise Zone

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. Continue article

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

Orange Line

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 Services.

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 letter after 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.

Free Trees

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) 485-3954.

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 Blitz

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


Click on image above for larger view.
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.
Williams Homes Hearing Notice.

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 meeting.

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 Club.



 

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