MINUTES of The Wilmington Neighborhood Council
November 20, 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
12 present at call, excused Simi Seaman, Jack Babbitt. (Attendance
Agenda presented and accepted.
Toni thanked Will Hall Park staff for hosting meeting.
2 - Public Comments given on Items not on agenda.
Rudy Torres, Art Hernandez, John Lambert
LA Police Dept. community update by Officer Mathias & Officer Cassey,
3 - Minutes from Oct. 2002 meeting
Read and approved MSA Dennis McCarbery/Cecilia Moreno
Change in Agenda
4 - Presentation by Mitsubishi LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) facility
on Terminal Island
Vvideo presentation and QandA
Presentation by Alameda Transportation Authority (ACTA) and LA Dept
of Transportation (LADOT) Manny Hernandez, ACTA, and Vatche Kwywmjian,
LADOT. Q&A from audience. MSA Dennis M/Tony Ringor that WNC request
copy of traffic plan for Alameda project, discussion, vote, unanimous.
Manny H, ACTA, said WNC would have it by next regularly scheduled meeting.
PCAC report: Public comments were heard first. Juan Hernandez, Daniel
Ruvalcaba, Eddie Greenwood, Raul Orozco, Art Hernandez, in support of
Harbor View Promenade alternative.
- Donna Ethington gave her report, handouts attached. Discussion by
- Toni O’ gave her report and shared concern that due process was
not given to choose promenade alternative, since this was not a choice
that community explored in the series of community meeting held by port.
This concern was shared by several other council members.
5 min. Break
Reminder given to refrain from personal comments and to keep to topic
MSA Gary Kern/Lucia Moreno-Linares that WNC vote to have our PCAC representative
vote negative on option #9, Harbor View Promenade, and request that
Harbor Department institute more public hearings to discuss top 3 proposals
submitted by PCAC subcommittee. Discussion, vote, unanimous
Land Use/Planning report: public comment by Nicolasa Castaneda, owner
of La Michoacana Market on “L” St. She is requesting a variance permit,
item referred to Land Use Committee.
- On Las Flores project Lucia reported that Harbor Area Planning Committee
approved his variance even though the neighbors of the property &
the WNC were there to oppose the variance. No one was present from
Council Office to oppose it, as we had been assured they would be there,
and instead the record showed a letter from Dec. 2001 in support form
Finance Report: Patrick W Budget prioritizing survey tabled for next
meeting. We need responses from all members please. Take input/surveys
to prioritize budget items & submit them to Mayor’s office after
Transportation: Donna E reported that Avalon/Anaheim crossing will
be recommended for lights & bench placing. Donna will send letter
to council office.
Public Works: Cecilia M reported that committee is still waiting for
Public Works person who will come to Dec. mtg. She has sent letter to
director of Public Works regarding their lack of timely response.
By Laws: Dennis M passed out copies of corrected Bylaws and the conflict
of Interest Code. Toni O’ will get a copy to DONE to have it submitted
to city council to approve our Conflict of Interest Code
Report of Officers
Chair - Toni O reported on citywide NC meeting to be held Dec. 7, 2002,
to be held in San Pedro. Gave report on Alliance of Neighborhood /councils
meeting on 11-16-02.
Vice Chair - Gary K reported on Grand Opening of Senior Citizens Center
at Banning Park on 12-6-02 and on the Wilmington Holiday Parade. We
need a representative; Trish will look for WNC reps. to be there.
Secretary’s Report - MSA Lucia M for WNC to send letter to council
office on behalf of Rudy Torres and his concerns. Discussion, vote,
Treasurer’s Report - Patrick reported that we are still waiting for
EIN # from IRS to open bank account.
5 - Presentations of Elected officials and representatives of city
- Neighborhood Empowerment Action Team (NEAT) Donny Brooks gave report
- Targeted Neighborhood Improvement (TNI) Irene Mendoza from Council
Office reported that there have been no meetings because Frank O’Brien
did not yet have a contract from city to work on project. It is being
arranged now. QandA
Dec. WNC mtg. will be on Dec. 11th, 1 year anniversary.
Lucia M, Lenna M, Toni O’, Cecilia M, will work on organizing celebration.
A - need to find 2 new reps. For Education Committee, will ask Susan
Prichard if she will help find them.
Art Hernandez, Raul Orozco, Eddie Greenwood, Lucy Mejia, Jessie Marquez
Meeting closed 9:15 pm
Minutes prepared by Lucia Moreno-Linares, Council Secretary
Approved by Toni O’Donnell, Chair
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