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MINUTES of The Wilmington Neighborhood Council
Governing Board
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 departments

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 and voluntary.

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 taskforce.

E - request that sound system be provided.

F - Debra Lamana from City Commission on Child, Youth, and Family gave report.

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 and return!

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.

Committee Reports

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 this time.

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 alternate, passed.

*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 this time.

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 Park.”

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

Public Comments


Meeting closed 10:20 pm

Minutes prepared by Lucia Moreno-Linares, Council Secretary


Approved by Toni O’Donnell, Chair

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