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2006-2016 WHHO

 

Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization, Inc.

Established 1985

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Next Meeting September 28, 2016

(The 4th Wednesday of the month - no meeting in either June nor July) 

7:30 P.M. (SHARP)

KAISER Hospital - Auditorium “B”, Entrance "B"

5601 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

* Free Parking *

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- On the Agenda -

Andrew Pennington

Andrew Pennington

Senior Planning Deputy for Councilman Blumenfield

  • As Councilmember Blumenfield's Senior Planning Deputy since 2014, Andrew Pennington works in concert with the Planning Director and Field Deputies on all land use and planning issues affecting the district. In addition he works closely with the Planning Director on numerous initiatives to spur economic development in the West Valley. Before joining the Councilmember's team Andrew worked on economic development projects for a consulting firm in Hollywood. He also brings an extensive background working with non-profits and Neighborhood Councils in West Los Angeles. Andrew, a native of Pennsylvania, received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Temple University School; of Environmental Design in Philadelphia.

He will have information on such pending projects such as

  • the future for the Promenade;
  • the apartment complex proposed for Rocketdyne (and the soil remediation);
  • the apartment complex proposed for the Woodland Hills Post Office area; and,
  • the "Off Broadway" apartment complex proposed for the area on the west side of Topanga across from the Village.
  • As well as answer your questions about development in our area. So...

Bring your questions!

&

BALLOT INITIVES:

ALSO, At the meeting, Andrew (with the Councilman's position) & Jack Humpreville (columnist, City Watch) will discuss some tax issues on the November Ballot like Prop “M” Metro Sales Tax; Prop“H” Homeless Bond; & Measure “A” County Tax for Parks. Come with your questions.

We always have guest speakers to address concerns that affect you.

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NEXT MONTH:

Local Candidates Forum for the State Assembly & State Senate

Coming to our Meeting of October 26th - mark your calendar:

Candidates' Forum for the State Senate & State Assembly Race.

The Candidates are: Matt Dababneh (D) and Jerry Kowal (R) for the State
Assembly race, as well as Henry Stern (D) and Steve Fazio (R) for the State Senate race.

That will be about 2 weeks before the general election.

If you don’ t know who they are or what they stand for, this is a great time
to find out. So, mark your calendars and we will look forward to seeing you all there.

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If you have any suggestions for future speakers or
topics for discussion, please feel free to email your
suggestions to johnmwalker@earthlink.net

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Future General Meeting Dates for 2016: Meeting at held at Kaiser Hospital and the dates are the 4th Wednesday of the month:November meeting; 9/28/16;10/26; no meeting in November; 12/7/16

Future Board Meetings for 2016:(1st Monday of each Month. Call for the location (818)439-850 - it will be either at at The Fire Station on Burbank just west of De Soto or the Law Offices of John M. Walker, 5850 Canoga Ave, 4th Floor, Woodland Hills 91367):10/3/16; 11/7/16; 12/5/16.

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SECOND DWELLING UNIT (SDU) aka "granny flats"

HEARING NEXT WED 8/31/16 at CITY COUNCIL

The City Council is considering repeal of the City's Ordnance restricting the size of the Second Dwelling Unit - commonly referred to as "granny flats". The existing state standard allows a second dwelling of 1250 square feet.  The local limit is 640 square feet. The lack of limitations may - among other reasons - lead to an explosion of rental properties being built in neighborhoods with a negative impact.

The Board at our August 1, 2016, Meeting voted unanimously to support NOT repealing the second dwelling ordnance and will be sending a letter to our Council Members in that regard.

Here is a link to our letter to our Councilman:

WHHO Position Letter on SDU

You can obtain more information by following these links:

Cal State Statute; Present City of LA Ordinance; LA Times Editorial Excerpts

If you are opposed to repealing the present City restrictions, and wish to email or write your Councilmen, here is a sample in that regards:

Sample Email in Opposition

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ANGEL FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL ISSUE:

This Issue that was discussed at our May 25th General Meeting was the AngelFest Music Festival planned for the Sepulveda Basin for 2017.

At the Board Meeting on 6/6/16, the Board Adopted the following Resolution:

RESOLVED that the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization opposes the AngelFest Music Festival as presently proposed without sufficient environmental protections.

ATTENTION!

Deadline 5/27/16 (Friday)

The Corps of Engineers will take late comments, so send them now!

Public comments must be received by 5 p.m. on May 27th. Direct comments to: AngelFest.2016@usace.army.mil. Contact Deborah Lamb, Deborah.L.Lamb@usace.army.mil or at (213) 452-3798 for information. Documents may be viewed at: http://www.spl.usace.army.mil/Media/PublicNotices/tabid/1320/Article/719201/spl-2016-0002-nlh-angelfest-draft-ea.aspx

Here are a few things WHHO members can do to express their positions to AngelFest:

            The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers owns the festival site in Sepulveda Basin, most of which is leased to the City of L. A. Department of Parks and Recreation.  Because the Corps has jurisdiction over the area, they have had a consultant prepare a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and along with it a Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).  The EA is severely deficient in many ways.  The Corps' Los Angeles District Commander, Colonel Kirk Gibbs, will be the deciding official on the FONSI.

            1.  Members can write a letter addressed to Col. Kirk Gibbs expressing opposition to holding the event(s) in Sepulveda Basin, due to the significant adverse impacts on the environment.  (The word "significant" is important here.)  The letter can be a simple statement of that, or, if folks want more information to put in letters about the impacts, they can check out the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society web page at and http://www.sfvaudubon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Reasons-To-Stop-Angelfest.pdf and http://www.sfvaudubon.com/groups-joining-sfvas-in-opposition-to-angelfest/.    Letters should be done right away, as the deadline date for comments on the EA is Friday, May 27.  This is Memorial Day weekend, so no one will be back to work at the Corps until Tuesday, May 31.  Letters should be sent even if the deadline date will be missed!!!  Sent your letter opposing AngelFest to Col. Gibbs via e-mail to angelfest.2016@usace.army.mil.

            2. Members can sign our on-line petition opposing AngelFest.  The petition can be found at https://works.audubon.org/petition/stop-giant-music-festival-harming-sepulveda-wildlife-reserve.

            3. Contacted your elected officials: For Woodland Hills, this is Councilman Bob Blumenfield, (818) 774-4330, who is our council rep. but also serves as a member of the council's Arts, Parks, and River Committee, which has oversight over the Recreation and Parks Commission and the Department of Parks and Recreation, which has been promoting the Make Good Group's proposal to stage AngelFest in the Basin.

            Other elected officials and their staff to contact:

             Everyone who answers these phones is very receptive. It can be quick or you can take some time if you want talk more.

       Thanks very much for the opportunity to address the group this past Wednesday night.  I hope the message got across.

                        Mark Osokow

[EDITOR's NOTE}: ENCINO NC (as well as W.H.H.O.) VOTED TO OPPOSE ANGELFEST!

On May 25, 2016, the Encino Neighborhood Council (ENC) voted to oppose the controversial AngelFest festival proposed for the Sepulveda Basin in 2017. Several dozen speakers, representing both sides of the issue spoke at the ENC General Meeting.

On 6/6/16 the WHHO Board voted to appose the AngelFest Music Festival.

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The Next Big Project for Woodland Hills/Werner Center

LA WARNER CENTER

LA Warner Center Puix

    This is a huge potential project to take place on the old Rocketdyne property on Victory between Owensmouth and Canoga. It will be a

    $3 BILLION project that will encompass a Master Plan for a new urban neighborhood on 46 acres in the heart of Woodland Hills.

This is its expected size: (Updated here as of July, 2015)

  • Residences
  • 3.95 million SF
  • Class A Offices
  • 240,000 SF
  • Cultural/Civic
  • 155,000 SF
  • Assisted Living
  • 3.95 million SF
  • Retail
  • 1.2 million SF
  • Hotels
  • 200,000 SF

    In addition there will be Parking = 310,000 sf; Open Space = 10,030 sf.

    The WHHO will continue to monitor this project and will use all our talents to assure that it will be a project that benefits the community. Your input will be needed and appreciated.

    For more information, here is a link to their web page: LA WARNER CENTER

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If you have any suggestions for programs you would like to see at our future meetings, please email either John M. Walker at johnmwalker@earthlink.net

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(Note: Items in BLUE are hyperlinks. Left click on them to go to that web page.)

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 We Need Your Email Address!!!

It Would be great if each of our members would take a moment and send us your email address so we can keep you up to date on developments in this community. We are part of the 21st Century you know!!

    So, if you would take a moment, please send us your email address. Just put in the "subject" box "WHHO Email" and we will get the idea. Also, we will be happy to send you the Newsletter by email as well. 

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND CONTINUED SUPPORT. 

Email your address to our V.P. John M. Walker, at johnmwalker@earthlink.net

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Local Movie Schedules for Woodland Hills -

We now have a link to look up Movie Show Time's in the West Valley Area. Try it, it is pretty neat. Click on the link above or it is always on the "City Links" tab above.

Movie Show Times other than Woodland Hills - List of local movies for different zip codes other than Woodland Hills. Just click on the link and enter the city or zip code and it will list the theatres and show times. 

We want you to come to the WHHO.COM site every time you want to know something about your community. If you have other suggestions of helpful links you would like to see included, email the webmaster at johnmwalker@earthlink.net

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CRIME! NEW FROM LAPD - get up-to-date City wide crime maps. CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO SEE THE RECENT CRIMES IN YOUR AREA. Crime Maps.

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POSITIONS TAKEN BY THE WHHO BOARD

1. We have worked hard with the community to make the Westfield "Village" the best it could be for the Valley and will continue to do so in the future as well.

2. We have taken the position against the Valley Fair having a permanent home at Pierce College. We have always taken the position that this land is for Education and is to be used only for projects that are part of the education curriculum and run by Pierce, not a controlling outside entity. The 51 st Agricultural District has its own Board and contracts with all the vendors and decides what will be done. Save Pierce for the quality education it is now providing and let the administration concentrate on what the community demands it do in education.

3.    Waiting for the final proposal regarding the development on the north side of Mulholland across from Louisville High. The proposed project originally included 39 condos in a currently R1 zoned area. Initially numerous neighbors and the Design Review Board were against this. We have not taken a final position on a proposed development on the north side of Mulholland, across from Louisville High at Mulholland Highway that wants an exception to the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific. The Draft Environmental Impact Report has been released and we are looking at it closely to see what action should be taken for the best interest of the community.

You can go to Save Oak Savanna web site, for anyone wishing to learn more or get involved and voice your opinion of the development. The web site is http://www.saveoaksavanna.org

4.    Oppose the unconditional paving of dirt Mulholland.

5.    Since 2004 We have oppose any further conversion of light manufacturing, small business office space to very dense apartment complexes without replacement in kind of the facilities demolished in Warner Center.

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WHHO

We are an organization with the purpose of helping to improve the quality of life in the general area known as Woodland Hills. Our actions include:

    1. Interacting with our elected officials to encourage the enactment of laws, ordinances and rules;

    2. Informing our membership of important issues in the community;

    3. Mobilizing our membership to have a positive impact on our community.

This page was last updated on September 21, 2016

   
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Woodland Hills Homeowner Organization, Inc. was established in 1985 as a 501c4 non-profit corporation to serve our community. You can reach WHHO through our President, Gordon Murley at 818-346-5842 or while Gordon is on a hopefully short leave of absence, our V. P. - John M. Walker, Esq. at his law office at 818-719-9181 or WHHO, P.O. Box 6368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365

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