July 26, 2006 Meeting Minutes



The meeting of the Wilmington Neighborhood Council (WNC) was called to order by Co-Chair Cecilia Moreno at 6:11 p.m. at the Wilmington Senior Center, 1371 Eubank Ave., Wilmington. Cecilia 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.”  Translation to Spanish Available


Pledge of Allegiance led by Patrick Wilson.

Roll Call of Governing Board Members conducted by acting secretary Lucia Moreno-Linares.  Members present:  S. Baldwin, M. Caraballo, D. Compton, S. Fimbres, D. Ethington, A. Hernandez, G. Kern, D. McCarbery, B. McNeel, L. Mejia, C. Moreno, H. Osterhoudt, N. Osterhoudt, M. Perez, P. Wilson,

2.               Los Angeles Police Report – Officer Ron Johnson & Srgt. Engeldal gave report. Q&A


3.               Public Comment

a.      Don Compton on Gold line train

b.     Vicente Castillo on street tree roots.

c.      Glenda Sands on street bench funding.

d.     Jacob Haik from Council office 15 gave report. Q&A

e.      Dan Davis from ACTA gave report. Q&A


4.               Approval of minutes of previous meeting:  Secretary Lucia Moreno-Linares provided minutes of the meeting of June 2006, for consideration.  Motion by P.Wilson, second by L. Mejia, passed unanimously.


5.               Presentations

a.      TraPac Terminal EIR – Adrian Martinez from NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) gave presentation, Q&A Recommendation that POLA come to WNC with presentation once full EIR is released.


6.               Action Items

a.      Code of Civility Amendment to bylaws:  The WNC Executive Board recommends t the WNC Governing Board to adopt the amendment to the Code of Civility and in incorporate it into the WNC Bylaws.

M/S D McCarbery, L Moreno-Linares, discussion, Vote, 11Yes,

2 No (D Compton, A Hernandez, 1 Abstain (C Moreno, Passed.

b.     Governing Board Terms:  WNC Executive Board recommends to the WNC Governing Board that the Bylaws Committee evaluate increasing the term length of elected Board members to two years.

M/S D McCarbery, L Moreno-Linares, discussion, Vote, 13 Yes,

1 No (D Compton), 1 Abstain (C Moreno), Passed.


7.               Information Items

a.      Report and Approval of WNC Business Cards: C Moreno gave report and samples of the WNC business cards. Comments were taken from board members. Finalized card will be presented to Executive Board and they will bring recommendation for approval for August meeting.

b.     WNC Election Update:  Maricela Caraballo handed out the final Proposed Amendments to WNC organization Structure and By-Laws.  This is second month for consideration of changes. Vote will be taken in August to accept or deny the changes.  Maricela explained that these changes are being proposed because of DONE requirements to be in compliance with their new guidelines. Written copies were given out to all board members, just like last month.  It was clarified that for those board members who need special assistance, they can call DONE and as NC’s are covered under Title 11 of the ADA, the City of LA will provide assistance to meet needs.  The bylaws committee is not the one that provides the assistance. .

c.      Website Management:  L Moreno-Linares reported that Publicity Committee members met with new host provider and is waiting for cost proposal.  They will have a recommendation for Executive Board for next month.

d.     912 Commission Update: Toni O’Donnell, past WNC president was appointed to be on commission.

e.      DONE General Manger Selection: Information given on upcoming public meetings were input can be given on selection of next manager.

f.      LAUSD Bill: Information given on Mayor’s proposal

g.     Port Properties Maintenance: Donna Ethington offered to work on contacting the POLA on properties that they own in Wilmington that need maintenance.  L Mejia volunteered to so it instead because she is already doing that through PCAC. C Moreno thanked them for taking the lead in trying to improve these properties.

h.     Check Presentations: Item taken out of order in agenda, Beautification Committee presented checks of funds donated by Wilmington Business to WNC Gateways Committee to improve Wilmington.  Recognized for their generosity: SHELL Refinery $150, 000. POLA $50,000. Fast Lane Transportation, $25,000. California Sulphur $25,000.  Donations are being requested as there are 10 gateways proposed. LAHNI is partnering with WNC to manage the project.


8.               Report from DONE: Gabriela Quintana gave report, Q&A




9.               Report of Officers

a.      Chair – C Moreno, in interest of time, no report.

b.     Secretary:  L Moreno-Linares reported on COPS (Committee on Port Safety) meeting of July.  Group is exploring forming a non profit to acquire funds to cover costs.

c.      Treasurer: P Wilson gave report. 


10.            Reports by Standing Committees

a.      Land Use and Planning Committee – Skip reported that Warren E&P passed.

b.     Publicity and Communications Committee – report on mtg. Fri. 7-28.

c.      PCAC Representatives Report – L Mejia and D Ethington gave report.


11.            Unfinished Business – none.

12.            New Business – none.

13.            Reports from Caucus Groups – L Mejia Gave report. Lucia gave Churches report.

14.            Reports from members at Large – Skip gave report.

15.            Announcement from Governing Board Members

16.            Adjournment – Co-chair adjourned the meeting at 8:37 PM.



Minutes taken by Lucia Moreno-Linares, Secretary

Approved, Cecilia Moreno, Co Chair