March 2013 Minutes

MARCH 7, 2013

PRESENT:  Officers – Steve Holzer, Joy Gelb, Karmen Brower
Directors – Jacqueline Souza, Rita Gever, Brett Gever, John Wilby, Richard Woolard, Keith Zajic, E Albrecht, Betty Bross
Honored Guests – Councilmember Fred Gaines, Councilmember James Bozajian, Gary Burns, Alan Ross, Jennifer Bercy
Excused Absence – Bob Fine, Liat Samouhi, Katie Whitman, Emma Wilby, Lucy Martin

  1. Call to order was at 7:11 PM.
  2. Self-introductions and agenda approval without objection.
  3. Approval of minutes with minor corrections moved by Jacqueline Souza, seconded by Rita Gever, and approved without objection.
  4. City Council Reports:  Councilman Bozajian announced March 23 celebration of Arbor Day, March 27th as council re-organization meeting, and March 30 Egg Extravaganza.  In response to a question, he said that skateboarding is regulated for safety, and that the city no longer sponsored a skate park due to lack of interest.  Precincts were combined in the election because of the small number of Calabasas measures on the ballot, and as a consolidation measure by the county.
  5. Officer Reports:
    1. President – Steve H. recapped the election.
    2. Treasurer – Joy G. reported we have 37 members with an additional 4 in process.  Our bank account totals were reported.  Reported was deemed approved.
    3. Vice – President – no report – excused
    4. Secretary – no report
  6. Las Virgenes Homeowner Federation – Steve Holzer, President, stated that Councilwoman Lucy Martin had told him that the LVHF was unwilling to be a cause of dissention within GMHA, and would not renew GMHA’s 2013 membership. Holzer said LVHF’s position arguably rendered any action by GMHA as moot.Betty Bross requested all votes about the federation be by secret ballot according to Robert’s Rules of Order.

    Ed Albrecht moved, seconded by Joy Gelb, GMHA not join/resign from the Las Virgenes Homeowner Federation.  Discussion ensued.  The vote, by secret ballot, was 4 directors to continue membership, and 6 not.

    The officers were charged with providing a balanced notice to that effect to the LVHF.  There was no agreement or authorization to provide a press release or any other public statement on behalf of GMHA.

  7. Public Safety Report – Richard Woolard said that there is a map of crime statistics enabling the Public Safety Commission to detail law enforcement.  In January the commission took on the assignment to review all county codes from 1991 when the city incorporated and now, and remove those which did not apply to the city and/or had been superseded by our own codes and ordinances.  The city simply adopted all the county codes upon incorporation, and many simply didn’t and don’t apply to Calabasas.  Finally, the 101 Task Force, “Arrive Alive,” is having a meeting on Wednesday, March 13, between 10 and 12, at 625 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.  Anyone can attend, and please do.
  8. Realtor Report – none – absent
  9. Old Business
    1. Membership – Ed Albrecht and Gary Burns explained that they are researching what is required to provide a continuing reminder of when dues are due along with an automatic credit card charge at that time.
    2. Newsletter – A new newsletter will be put together, and upon completion, a postcard will be sent to the residents explaining the newsletter is now on the website rather than by mail.
    3. Sheriff candidates – no report
  10. New Business
    1. Historic Preservation Commission – Alan Ross stated the helpful city employee advisor to the commission is leaving for a job in Temple City closer to his home.
    2. Parks and Recreation Commission – Jennifer Bersey indicated the Art Festival will be the first weekend of May.
    3. Fred Gaines said that the plan for improvement of Mulholland Highway will be coming forward at the end of summer.
  11. Adjournment was at 9:05 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Karmen Brower, Secretary

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