MINUTES of The Wilmington Neighborhood Council
June 26, 2002
6:33 P.M. Meeting called to order by Toni O’Donnell.
Introduced self and gave brief statement: “As provided by the Brown
Act, person in the audience may address the committee in connection
with any agenda item or during the public comments period. Anyone desiring
to speak must complete a speaker card and submit it to the secretary.”
All board members present introduced themselves, and quorum was announced.
(Attendance sheet attached). 14 present.
Agenda presented and accepted. Skip asked to be timekeeper.
Tony thanked Will Hall Park staff for hosting meeting.
1- Public Comments given on Items not on agenda.
Frank O’Brien asked to include TNI on next meeting’s agenda
2 - Presentations of elected officials and representatives of city
A - Captain Smith from Harbor Division and Rick Mathias gave presentation
on fireworks and took questions from audience.
B - Public Works Commission president, Valerie Shaw gave statement
to council and audience and introduced Cora Jackson-Fossett and Richard
Lee who gave information on what Public Works does for the community.
Toni O was given the Needs Assessment Document that their department
prepared on the city of Wilmington. Toni is asking DONE to make copies
of the lengthy report so that each council member will have a chance
to take that information back to the different groups that they represent
so that all community members have a chance to see what the needs are
and to help prioritize how public works should work. The WNC will be
asked to give recommendation to public works on priority list for work
to be done.
Question and answer period followed.
C - Carla from USC Neighborhood Participation Project gave presentation
and passed out survey on neighborhood council boards. She asked each
council member to please complete the survey and return. Strictly confidential
D - Sergio Carrillo from council office gave report.
Councilwoman is making arrangement for WNC to have an office at the
Municipal Building and announced success of Commercial truck traffic
E - request that sound system be provided.
F - Debra Lamana from City Commission on Child, Youth, and Family gave
3 - Approval of Minutes
Minutes from 5-22 meeting were read MSA: Gary K, Tony R , 14 Ayes,
0 Noes, 0 Abs.
4 - Officers Reports
Chair - Toni O reported on recognition given to WNC by Chamber of Commerce,
Resources for Neighborhood Council, including the liability insurance
that has been purchased by city for council members and volunteers during
activities, and Document form Public Works for Wilmington
Vice Chair - Gary asked all council members to please complete survey
that he passed out so that all council members will have an opportunity
to serve on a committee that meets their interest, Please complete
Secretary’s Report - Lucia reported on the training provided by DONE
for council members. Toni O’Donnell, Lucia Moreno, Patrick Wilson, Trish
Salas, Tony Ringor, Connie Calderon, Donna Ethington, and Lenna McCarbery
attended. Folders with materials provided at training will be given
to absent council members. Please read as it has information on Brown
Act, Conflict of Interest, and other resources.
* A training session, probably by special meeting, will need to be
held so that all council members get Brown Act and Conflict of Interest
Training and complete forms required by law and City statutes.
Treasurer’s Report- Patrick Wilson reported “no report” because we
don’t have any funds yet.
Land Use/Planning report: Gary Kern reported on meeting held June
5th to discuss request for recommendation on vacant land
to be added to park space. Committee recommends to recommendation at
PCAC report : Tony O reported on PCAC meeting, agenda attached, 2 reps.
from WNC approved as well as 2 alternates, now need to choose them.
Donna E also gave report on subcommittee she attends.
5 - Unfinished Business: Action Items
A - Discussion on selection process for additional representative and
alternates to the PCAC, should it be a council member or not. Motion
that PCAC rep. and alternates be seated governing board members MSA:Dennis
McCarbery/Tony Ringor, after further discussion, 11 Ayes, 3 Noes, 0
abs, motion passed
B - Discussion on selection of 2nd rep to PCAC. Motion
to have Donna Ethington as 2nd rep. MSA: Connie Calderon/Tony
Ringor, after further discussion, Unanimous vote, motion passed.
C- Discussion on selection of 1st alternate to PCAC, nominations:
Lenna McCarbery, closed after calls, Simie Seaman declined, after further
discussion, 11 Ayes, 2 Noes, 1 Abs. motion passed for Lenna as alternate.
Nomination for 2nd alternate, Tony Ringor nominated, after
3 calls, nomination closed, unanimous vote for Tony as 2nd
*Lucia to forward letter to PCAC with the names of WNC reps.
C- Discussion on recommendation of land use/planning committee on inclusion
of vacant property at Northeast corner of W “C” St. and Neptune Ave.
as part of Wil-Hall park. Committee recommends no recommendation at
6 - New business: Action Items
A - Discussion/recommendation on status of new Adult Community Center
in Banning Park. Reps from Aging Dept. and Rec. and Parks not present,
but Sergio Carrillo from Council office gave brief presentation on status
and history of center, which for several years has been in planning
and was meant to move the current Senior Citizen Center on Avalon Blvd.
to Banning Park location, now Rec. and Parks says that because its on
park land, they will manage it as an Adult Rec. Center. Councilwoman
is supporting the Senior Citizen Center move from Avalon to Banning
Park, as was approved in the past.
Public Comments were heard, with majority supporting the Senior Center
move, and some members of audience also saying a compromise could be
found. After Public Comments, council discussion, motion by Gary Kern
“That Wilmington Neighborhood Council strongly recommend to Mayor James
Hahn, Councilwoman Janice Hahn, and the General Manager of the Department
of Recreation and Parks and the Department of Aging that the Wilmington
Jaycee Foundation, Inc. (current provider of senior service at the Wilmington
Senior citizen Multipurpose Center) enter into a memorandum of understanding
with the Los Angeles city Department of Recreation and Parks to operate
the New Wilmington Senior Citizen Multipurpose Center located at Banning
After some discussion, motion made to table motion by Gary by Skip
Baldwin/Simie Seaman, call for vote, 6 yes, 7 no’s, 1 abs., motion failed,
further discussion on Gary’s motion, MSA/Gary Kern/Lucia Moreno, call
to end debate by Dennis McCarbery, 12 votes to end debate, 1 no, passed,
Gary restates his motion, call for vote: 9 yes, 3 no’s, 2 abs., motion
passes for WNC to Support Senior Citizen Center.
*Lucia to draft letter to Mayor’s office, Council office and Rec and
Parks on recommendation.
B - Discussion/recommendation on zoning hearing on nonconforming use
at 1402 E “L” St. presentation by owner, Mrs. Ferguson on her hardship
case and why she should be allowed to continue with nonconforming property
use. Comment from Public, one neighbor, opposing the granting of continued
use. Discussion by council, Motion by Skip to deny request for WNC
support for continued nonconforming use, second by Simie, vote 3 yes,
9 Noes, 3 abs. motion failed, motion by Tony Ringor, seconded by Simie
to send item to Land Use committee and add quality of life issues when
they consider item, vote 9 Yes, 3 Noes, 2 Abs. motion passes to send
item to Land Use committee, discussion on whether enough time to meet
with committee and neighbors and city officials, and decide and send
recommendation. Motion by Lucia :Authorize Land Use Committee , if they
are able to meet before hearing and make a recommendation, then they
may forward their recommendation to council office and Zoning Administration
on behalf of the WNC, seconded by Connie, vote 10 yes, 1 no, 4 abs (Paul
now present to vote) motion passes.
C- Dance Hall item: Dennis/Gary Second, request item be send to Land
Use Committee, Unanimous decision,
D- 701 E “L” property item, Gary moved to send item to Land Use Committee,
Tony R second, Unanimous decision.
E - Other Business- Presentation by Wilmington coalition for Safe Environ.
Cancelled, no one present.
Agenda items for next meeting:
Catering Trucks - Donna E to get speakers on issue
Homeless Issue - Simie Seaman to get speakers
Trees - Skip to get speaker
Bid - Ken Melendez to present
DONE budget - Sergio Carrillo to get Speaker
Meeting closed 10:20 pm
Minutes prepared by Lucia Moreno-Linares, Council Secretary
Approved by Toni O’Donnell, Chair
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