February 2013 Minutes



FEBRUARY 7, 2013

Present: Officers – Steve Holzer, Bob Fine, Joy Gelb, Karmen Brower
Directors – Brett Gever, Rita Gever, Ed Albrecht, Emma Wilby, John Wilby, Betty Bross, Richard Woolard, Liat Samouhi, Jacqueline Souza, Keith Zajic, Katie Whitman
Honored Guests – Alan Ross, Suzy Gallant, Robert Conley, Marvin Lopata, Dennis Washburn

Our refreshments are leftovers from our candidate forum thanks to Joy Gelb and Lucy Martin.

  1. Call to order at 7:10 PM
  2. Self-introductions, quorum present. Approval of agenda and minutes moved by B. Fine, seconded by J. Gelb, and accepted 12 to 0.
  3. City Council Report – Lucy Martin reported entry signs are being located. She suggests we invite Robert Yalda, Public Works Director, to talk about the Mulholland Highway beautification. The Performing Arts Center ran a good opening. J. Souza asked why population signs are different at the different entry areas of the city. Lucy will find out. We need to make a decision about the Neighborhood Watch signs.
  4. Officer Reports
    1. President – Re: EPA’s water quality requirements for Malibu Creek may be unrealistic according to spokesperson from the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. If they’re not changed, ratepayers in the water district may be liable for a substantial increase in rates for the next 30 years.There is also the potential for San Onofre to come back on line. However, many want it shut down. If that’s done, Edison ratepayers will have to pay for the mothballing of it, as well as replacing the plant with other(s) in order to make up the consequent shortfall of electricity.The clean water bond the Board of Supervisors was going to put on the ballot has been put off after a hearing. Rate payers supposedly would be charged modest amounts unless the property in question was large as in a shopping center, office building, mall, etc. Those larger properties potentially could be charged thousands of dollars under this proposal. The Board of Supervisors apparently re-thinking the matter.
    2. Vice-President – no report
    3. Treasurer – The 1099 has gone out to Robbie Diggs, our webmaster. Money was moved from savings to checking in order to pay recent bills including $1,597 for insurance, rental of sound equipment, Chaparral multipurpose room, refreshments, etc.There are 32 paid members as of 2/6, and 2 more have paid today. Account balances were stated, but not to be published in open minutes.Report acceptance moved by B. Fine, seconded by J. Souza, and passed with no opposition.
    4. Secretary – no report.
  5. Las Virgenes Homeowner Federation Report – L. Samouhi reported there was no meeting in December. She expressed her own dismay at the organization’s position on newsletter article authorship.A lively discussion ensued about the lack of author attribution in the federation’s newsletter. Also, some wanted a disclaimer to the effect that the views expressed were not reflective of all members/organizations.

    Liat stated the position of the organization is that since the newsletter comments went out under the LVHF president’s e-mail, there was no need for specific attribution. This comment was not deemed sufficient by a number of directors.

    Former city councilman Washburn announced that he would not allow any of his $20 dues to be used to support LVHF (of which he is a former president and delegate), and until GMHA voted to withdraw from LVHF, he would not pay GMHA dues.Former city councilman Lopata concurred with Mr. Washburn’s position.

    President Holzer forcefully stated his position that the failure to identify authors, especially when a number of the articles he viewed as being personal attacks, was unacceptable. He stated that he would not vote to leave the organization unless the GMHA vote were a tie, but in that event, he would vote to leave LVHF.

    K. Zajic moved to delay voting on withdrawing from LVHF next month’s meeting. J. Souza seconded the motion which passed 12 to 0.

  6. Realtor Report – absent
  7. Public Safety Report – Richard Woolard reported burglar alarm installations don’t require a permit. Consequently, the city needs to find out who has an alarm. If the alarm company has not properly installed the system, it should have to pay the false alarm fee, not the homeowner. That would make the alarm company more responsive to its customers and the city. There were 542 false alarms in 2012.The CHP’s 101 Task Force is having a meeting March 13th in Thousand Oaks. Interested parties are invited to attend the discussion about why there are so many accidents on 101.According to D. Washburn, it takes our fire companies 7 minutes to respond to Mulholland Heights.
  8. Old Business
    1. Candidate Forum was a success with over 60 attendees. All candidates participated.
    2. There’s a suggestion to have automatic credit card renewal of membership, as well as an invitation to re-join. Perhaps we can use the Neighborhood Watch program as a promotional incentive.
    3. The insurance was renewed as reported by the Treasurer above.
  9. New Business
    1. Flood Control proposed parcel tax as reported by President above.
    2. San Onofre Plant potential shutdown as reported by President above.
    3. Website – discussion delayed.
    4. Katie Whitman suggests we invite the Sheriff candidates to speak at our meeting. She’ll contact the candidates to invite them soon.
  10. Adjournment was at 9:21 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Karmen Brower, Secretary

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