November 2013 Minutes

NOVEMBER 7, 2013

PRESENT:  Officers – Joy Gelb, Karmen Brower.  Excused: Steve Holzer, Bob Fine.
Directors:  Rita Gever, Brett Gever, Katie Whitman, Richard Woolard, Liat Samouhi, Jennifer Bercy, Keith Zajic
Honored Guests:  Rena Cooperman, Jeff Renier
City Councilmembers:  Lucy Martin, Mayor Fred Gaines

  1. Call to order at 7:08 PM by Treasurer Gelb.
  2. Self-introductions and approval of minutes with no changes
  3. Officer Reports
    1. President – none absent
    2. Vice-President – none absent
    3. Treasurer – 89 members were reported, and the bank balances were reported.  Treasurer’s report was accepted.
    4. Secretary – no report
  4. Guest Speaker – Deputy DeSantis (Guido) from the Sheriff’s Department was guest speaker.  He’s the community relations officer for Calabasas.  The fire at the condo project on Freedom is being investigated as arson, and no further comment can be made about it as it is an on-going criminal investigation.  There were only 8 Part I crimes this last month.  That’s up 2 from the previous 2 years, but is still a small amount.  Several people have been arrested which will clear a number of crimes in the area.
    Essentially one should not open one’s door to any solicitor.  If one has any concern, call the Sheriff.
    Heroin is the current drug of choice among hard core users.
    Because we have designated school traffic officer, Calabasas has constant supervision, and a very active STTOP program for juvenile traffic control.  Please report any speeding so the offender can be visited by the officer.
  5. City Council Reports
    1. Mayor Gaines said revenues were down 2007 – 2011.  It was a negative budget balance, but this year is projected to be positive. There were no employee or service cuts during the downturn.  The Mulholland Highway improvement project is behind because there’s a new LA City Councilman, Bloomfield.  He has introduced a bill to have LA City waive the fees for engineering and inspection since Calabasas is actually going to improve LA City property.  It’s hoped the project will start next year.
    2. Lucy Martin reported a new urgent care facility opened in the Summit.  She said one can have a complete tour if desired.  She’ll arrange to have a guest speaker from there at next month’s meeting.
  6. Officer Election – Richard Woolard reported that no other persons volunteered to hold office.  Thus, Steve Holzer, Joy Gelb, and Karmen Brower were all automatically re-elected.  Because Bob Fine can no longer serve as vice president, Liat Samouhi stepped forward.   She was nominated by Richard Woolard, seconded by Ed Albrecht, and elected with no opposition.
    Richard stated that there has to be way to introduce “new blood” into the organization.  He hopes that we can expand the organization to include some newer and younger participants.
  7. Membership Report
    1. Richard Albrecht plans to visit a number of businesses.  He and Liat plan to finalize plans for the spring fling.
    2. Newsletter
      1. Spring Fling will be finalized for January issue
      2. Articles will be assigned by Karmen, as well as obtaining volunteers.  The spotlight will be on Parks and Recreation Commission with Jennifer Bercy taking the lead.
  8. Commission Reports
    1. Public Safety – Richard Woolard said the commission lost 3 members because of unhappiness over the limited meetings during the year, and lack of accomplishment.
      There was an ethics workshop that was very well-done, presented by the city attorney.
    2. Parks and Recreation – Jennifer Bercy said the Pumpkin Festival went off very well.  Coming is the Calabasas Classic 5K and 10K.
    3. Traffic and Transportation – There is a blind spot at Las Virgenes on the 101, and there is an increase in accidents.  The CHP is trying to address the problem.
  9. New Business – We need to communicate with the broader community.
  10. Old Business – none
  11. Public Comment – none
  12. Adjournment – 9:20 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Karmen Brower, Secretary

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