August 2013 Minutes

AUGUST 1, 2013

PRESENT:  Officers:  Steve Holzer, Bob Fine, Karmen Brower, absent – Joy Gelb

Directors:  Jennifer Bercy, Brett Gever, Katie Whitman, John Wilby, Emma Wilby, Richard Woolard, Keith Zajic, Edward Albrecht, Betty Bross
Honored Guests:  Valerie Rose, Sam Kappe, Simon Lin, Rodney Rose
City Council Members:  Lucy Martin, Fred Gaines

  1. Call to order at 7:10 PM.  Quorum was present.
  2. July minute approval was moved by Jennifer Bercy, and seconded by Bob Fine.  Approved 12 to 0.
  3. City Council Reports:  Lucy Martin reported a budget workshop on August 14. Council commission appointments will be voted on the 14th and again on the 28th.  The new ordinance on solicitors will be voted on the 14th as well.  In response to a question about a barking dog, she said the county will respond.
    Fred Gaines reported that after 4 years of deficit spending, the city is not about $80,000 in the black as tax collections have increased.  The proposed new budget being considered is also in positive territory.   As usual the budget will be adopted for a 2 year period.  The house that burned in the Bird streets some weeks ago had been foreclosed.  Future meetings will try to identify where the city wants and needs to go in the next few years, and ways we can get there.  Finally, most of our storm drains are covered with grates, and this will continue until all are secured.
  4. Officer Reports:
    1. President:  Steve Holzer reports that the legislature is considering digital license plates with electronic renewal.  The senate has passed a mandate that larger businesses offer a 3% retirement savings account for workers.
      Homeless Hawaiians will get free air fare to return to the mainland.  Non-citizens are being considered to be used as poll workers. Finally, the U.S. is spending more than $11,000 per elementary student; more than $12,000 for high school; and more than $15,171 for college and technical school students.
    2. Vice President:  Bob Fine reported at least 50 large crows were found on his lawn.
    3. Treasurer’s report none, treasurer excused absent.
    4. Secretary’s report, none
  5. Membership Reports:
    1. Liat and Ed reported they plan to use the newsletter as a tool when visiting local businesses to demonstrate our presence, as well as our web presence.
    2. The newsletter produced a suggestion about Freedom Park.
  6. Commission Reports
    1. Environmental – None
    2. Parks and Recreation:  Jennifer Bercy reports that the Sumer Campout if on August 24th and 25th, and is lots of fun.  The new fall programming brochure will be out in the next month or so.
    3. Public Safety:  Richard Woolard stated the CHP plans greater attention to safety hazards like speeding violations by residents.  The new solicitation ordinance has restricted hours of 10 AM to 9 PM, and requires a permit for everyone.
  7. Public Comment:  Crime in general is on the rise in Woodland Hills and Calabasas, but since we have so little as a rule, we notice the increase more particularly.  According to Steve Holzer, daytime robberies on Mulholland Drive are up.  Be sure to lock your car and house even if the car is in the garage or you’re just working in the yard.
    Brett Gever inquired about the possibility for special street signs indicating special needs children like deaf children live on the street which would alert drivers to be extra careful.
    Betty Bross said the Acorn has an article about the newly adopted EPA regulations that the LVMWD spokesperson spoke about at one of our recent meetings.
  8. New Business – none
  9. Old Business:
    1. Adamsville matter was brought to City Manager Coroalles’ attention.  He indicated that the owner can put up any barrier he wishes on his property, but he may have to deal with a prescriptive easement, but the city is not involved at all.
    2. New Directions for Youth sent Bob Fine a thank you letter for our donation.
    3. The water district doesn’t want letters supporting its position at this time, but will want support when hearings begin.
    4. The website is up, and any problems should be reported so Robbie can fix them as he’s very prompt to do.
    5. Realtor Relationship:  We’d like to have sales numbers and pricing information from a local Realtor as we’ve had in the past.  Perhaps we can contact one of our advertisers to provide it.
  10. Adjournment was at 8:47 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Karmen Brower, Secretary

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