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MINUTES of The Wilmington Neighborhood Council
Governing Board
October 23, 2002

6:10 P.M. Meeting called to order by Toni O’Donnell.

Patrick Wilson led pledge of allegiance.

Toni O. 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 please complete a speaker card and submit it to the secretary.” 

1 - Roll call of members:
15 present, excused Dan Hoffman, Ray Madrigal, quorum confirmed. (Attendance sheet attached).

Agenda presented and accepted.

Toni thanked Will Hall Park staff for hosting meeting. Introduced Rosana for translation to Spanish.

2 - Public Comments given on Items not on agenda.

Chief Louis Roupoli, Los Angeles Fire Department commented on Port Project and Fire boat project

Jennifer Lee and Marcela Saddler commented on voting on Nov. 5th.

3 - Minutes from Sept. 2002 meeting read & approved MSA Gary Kern/Cecilia Moreno

4 - Officers Reports:

Chair-Toni O reported on citywide NC meeting to be held Dec. 7, 2002, invited board members, Harbor College street clean up request, no new info., proposal to have NC Chairs meet 1st of the month, every month, with Major Hahn’s and Councilwoman Hahn, and/or their staff.

Vice-Chair- Gary K reports on meeting with fire dept. on Sept 27th,

Secretary’s Report- Lucia Moreno-Linares reviewed correspondence received.

Treasurer’s report- Patrick W. reported Budget Day, Oct. 5th with City Officials, attended by Patrick, Cecilia, Toni O, some items were submitted on WNC’s behalf, and all council members are reminded that we still have to turn in our budget surveys.  Please turn in your group’s response to Patrick.

MSA Dennis McCarbery/Lucia Moreno to authorize Patrick Wilson, WNC Treasurer, to open a checking account for the Wilmington Neighborhood Council.  Discussion, vote, unanimous,

5 - Presentations of Elected officials and representatives of city departments

-Abigail Zimmerman, Mayor’s Office, Harbor Director and Donny Brooks, reported on TNI (targeted neighborhood initiative) and NEAT (neighborhood empowerment action team), Cash for College program from the City, new Police Chief, and Meet the Mayor program

-Jing S.J. Vida from NEAT reported that Wilmington was chosen to be in the first group to be targeted for a 3 month city services program.  All council members were encouraged to take the form back to their groups to report needs and take advantage of the service in the 3 months.

-Bernard Anderson, LA City Building & Safety Inspector reported on what he does and how he can be of service.

6 - Comments from council and audience

-Frank O’Brien reported that with regard to the Wilmington TNI and the park study that was supposed to be taking place, there is nothing new to report, that it is taking longer that expected, and that he will let us know when next meeting is to be held.

-Sergio Carrillo from Councilwoman Hahn’s office reported that there will be a meeting on Nov. 6th at Peck Park to discuss the location of the new police station.  Wilmington residents are urged to attend in order to be counted. Greenbelt property transferred to Rec & Parks, motion in City to change hours at Harbor Park, no news on catering trucks task force, and finally,

presented $1000 check from Councilwoman to WNC for expenses until we receive city funds.

-Julie Nelson, LA Harbor Area Police Captain, and Captain Smith reported on trucks issues and took questions from council and audience, and made request in future to let police dept. reps give their reports first so that they can go back on patrol

-Craig Palmer, LA City Dept. of Aging, reported on city services for elderly.

-Glenn Hirano, LA City Dept. of Public Works, dept of engineering, district engineer for harbor area reported on how he can be of service.

Communications from DONE (department of neighborhood empowerment) were e-mailed to all and copies given to 2 council members with no e-mail.

7 - Committee Reports

PCAC report: Toni O. reported on mtgs. that she attended; Donna Ethington reported on mtgs. that she attended and that Nov. 7th at 5:30 will be the next Parkway committee. mtg.

Land Use/Planning report: Gary K requested that letter to be sent to council office requesting timely notice of of HAPC & Bldg. &Safety hearings for Wilmington properties, also requested letter be sent to council office requesting city develop a policy with regards to placement of cellular antennas, and requested motion on “Las Flores” property reaffirmation since we have not had a proposal from Mr. Richard Adams as requested of him by council office.

A-MSA Dennis M/Joe Infante to send letter on behalf of WNC to HAPC and Council office, Hearing officer, reaffirming the WNC position that if no compromise is reached with Las Flores Developer for Mcfarland Ave , the WNC requests that all property lots be a minimum of 5000 sq. ft. and that variance or zone change be denied if less size is requested. Discussion, vote, unanimous.

B-Skip Baldwin reports on 1402 E PCH “Molina truck sales”,

MSA Gary K/Skip B that WNC send letter to Council office & HAPC requesting that conditional use permit be denied, discussion, vote, unanimous.

Finance Report: Patrick W take input/surveys to prioritize budget items & submit them to Mayor’s office after committee reviews.

Transportation: Donna Ethington reported still waiting on Light info. , no new news.

Public Works:  Cecilia M reported that committee is still waiting for Public Works person to show up to mtg. 

By Laws: Dennis M Reviewed the drafts of the Bylaws and the conflict of Interest Code passed out at the previous meeting, boundary changes and a logo for consideration of approval.

MSA Gary K/Dennis M to adopt Conflict of Interest Code, discussion, vote, unanimous

MSA Dennis M/Lena McCarbery to adopt logo and adopt boundary change on Westerly boundary, and add to bylaws,  amend to include seal, with WNC replacing “incorp…” accept amendment , discussion, vote, unanimous

MSA Lucia M/Dennis M to change bylaws to make student representative from Education Committee a voting council member, and to add a Union representative to council, discussion, vote, 12 Ayes, 2 No’s, 1 abs, motion passes.

MSA Dennis M/Gary K to adopt bylaws as presented with changes, discussion, vote, 14 Ayes, 1 No, 0 abs.

Business & Industry: Jack Babbitt reported on 10-18 mtg. notes attached.

MSA Gary K/Dennis M that WNC send letter asking that ACTA (Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority) have a representative at WNC meetings to report on PCH flyover and other projects in Wilmington, discussion, vote, unanimous.

MSA Gary K/Toni R that WNC send letter to Council office requesting that LADOT (Los Angeles Department of Transportation) make presentation to WNC regarding the status of the street vacation plan & traffic management plan submitted by ACTA for the impacted areas in Far East Wilmington, discussion, Patrick Wilson excused himself from discussion for possible conflict of interest, discussion continued, vote, 14 ayes, 1 abs, 0 No’s,.

8 - Unfinished business:

Dec. WNC mtg. will be on Dec. 11th, 1 year anniversary

9 - New Business:

A-need to find 2 new reps. For Education Committee, will ask Susan Prichard if she will help find them.

Agenda Items

Frank O’Brien on Harbor Regional Park

Bus Stop street lights

Benches for Town Square

Public comments


Meeting closed 9:45 pm

Minutes prepared by Lucia Moreno-Linares, Council Secretary


Approved by Toni O’Donnell, Chair

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