May 2014 Minutes

May 8, 2014

PRESENT: Officers – Steve Holzer, Joy Gelb, Karmen Brower. Excused – Liat Samouhi
Directors – Brett Gever, Rita Gever, Katie Whitman, Richard Woolard, Ed Albrecht, Keith Zajic, Bob Fine.
EXCUSED: Emma Wilby, Jennifer Bercy
City Council – Lucy Martin

  1. Call to order at 7:15 PM
  2. Self-introductions and approval of minutes and agenda. Richard Woolard moved, Keith Zajic seconded the motion to approve. It passed with no opposition.
  3. Officer Reports
    1. President Holzer stated the city council has voted to annex the properties along the border with Agoura Hills including 2 office buildings in spite of some concern on the part of the Agoura Hills city council. The matter has been forwarded to LAFCO for consideration.
      We need to consider what we have to do to survive a major earthquake or other significant event. Residents need to have appropriate information.
    2. Vice President – no report – absent
    3. Treasurer Joy Gelb reported we have 21 paid members at the moment. She also indicated our account balances. Ed Albrecht moved, and Katie Whitman seconded acceptance of treasurer’s report. It passed without opposition.
    4. Secretary Karmen Brower – no report
  4. City Council Report
    1. Lucy Martin stated that Agoura Hills’ residents have expressed concern about the annexation and the return of Spirent as a building tenant on the property. They’re fearful that trucks will create noise at all hours, and generally be disruptive to their peace. Agoura Hills’ council has voted to oppose the Calabasas annexation application.
      The Park and Ride property in Old Town is on track which will, it’s hoped, provide additional parking 24/7 for users of both public transportation and the businesses in Old Town.
      Ms. Martin also said that the time to oppose proposed projects is when they first appear in design rather than wait until they’re at the Planning Commission and/or City Council. The current consideration of changing the city’s rule on not having 4 story buildings is an example of that sort of timing as it will affect the entire city.
      A resolution has been signed to have some 2015 Special Olympics events in Calabasas. More information will be forthcoming.
  1. Bob Fine, GMHA’s long-time former Vice-President and 27-year resident of Mulwood, and his wife, Joy, are moving to Thousand Oaks. Hence, he’s resigning. We wish them well, and will dearly miss Bob’s presence at GMHA meetings.
  2. Newsletter Report
    1. The printing is going forward. Most of the articles are done, and the layout is underway.
    2. There have been at least 2 payments for ads through PayPal with more to come.
  3. Realtor Report – Aaron Scott is absent, but he provided his report on sales and listings.
  4. Commission Reports
    1. Parks and Recreation – no report – absent
    2. Public Safety
      1. Richard Woolard reported that the city had a Cal Tech spokesperson who presented an excellent earthquake informational session for the city. There are over 4,000 monitors in the region. The event was well attended, and can be seen on the Calabasas channel, as well as on line through the city website. It’s well worth looking at.
      2. Richard will investigate the complaints by Brett Gever that speed on Mulholland Highway between Dardenne and Gelsons is a real problem for students from A.C. Stelle.
  1. Old Business
    1. Freedom dog poop problem – Katie Whitman indicated that Gelsons is cleaning up, but she’s following up on the long-term prospects of that.
    2. Wild Walnut Park – Steve Holzer reports that we still need a survey of note.
    3. City annexation – see above.
    4. Membership plans – Ed Albrecht reports no idea has as yet borne fruit.
  2. Public Comment – Katie Whitman suggests articles on earthquake preparation, pet care, and business spotlights.
  3. Adjournment at 9:03 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Karmen Brower, Secretary

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