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Next Meeting May 22, 2019
(The 4th Wednesday of the month)
7:30 P.M. (SHARP)
[Kaiser in under construction and they have asked that we find another meeting location while the construction continues]
- On the Agenda -
SOBER LIVING FACILITIES
WHHO wants you to know that the Meeting this Wednesday, May 22nd, will have a number of interesting and shocking subjects.
Three are critical issues that could negatively impact Woodland Hills neighborhoods for the next 50+ years will be the focus of the WHHO’s May General Meeting. We will be looking to inform you and to hear your concerns.
You will get substantial updates on the following:
1. LAUSD Coalition - WHHO.COM - Report due to LAUSD soon. (Speakers Kay Henden & Karen DiBiase & Bob Veeck) LAUSD’s feasibility study of non-educational uses of vacant or under-used properties—including housing of homeless students and their families on vacant or underused LAUSD properties--will be completed in a few days. The WHHO and neighborhoods surrounding those properties will discuss the strategy for dealing with this study and launching a movement to get our local elementary schools rebuilt. They weill be meeting with one of the School Board Membes lealier in the day and will have a update on that meeting.
2. SB50 - We took a position - WHHO.COM - (Speaker Dennis DiBiase) The fool-hardy SB-50 Bill that could build 7-story apartments on many streets where 2-story buildings are the Zoning maximum (e.g. Ventura, Victory, Fallbrook, etc.) has made it through several Senate sub-committees in Sacramento and needs a critical response from homeowners like yourself.
3. Sober Living Facilities - (Speaker DAVID LANE , Senior Case Worker for State Senator Henry Stern, & Jeff Salmanson from Walnut Acres & George Coleman) We will start educating ourselves on this interesting development in our community and look at possible strategies for fighting the proliferation of sober living homes that have now become to some a plague on many of our neighborhoods. Jeff Salmanson from Walnut Acres will also attend and give us a reality check about what these facilities mean in our community from his practical real life experience. And George Coleman will speak about the pending Costa Mesa Federal case and the problems it presents.
An informed community is a united community.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Last Meeting: Special thanks to RON GALPERIN - LA City Controller.
His insights into the inner workings of the Los Angeles budget was more than just interestig, it put a bright light on the process. His unique approch to transparancy now brings the process to the fingurtips of each so we can look behind the curtain and see what is spent where with just a few keystrokes on our computer. Thanks Ron and keep up the good work!
The Promenade FINAL Supplemental EIR is out.
Below is a link
(at the bottom of the page of the Final Supplemental EIR and open the drop down menu to see the specific sections)
There is a Hearing by the Planning Department set for this Tuesday 4/30 at 10AM at the Hilton. Your comments are important!
THIS PAST MARCH MEETING
Special thanks to SLO - Officer Sean Dinse for speaking at our March meeting about the homelessness situation and the insights on what can and cannot be done.
Here is the materials he spoke about that provides more information: CLICK HERE
COUNTY Proposes Homeless Facility on Canoga.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl has proposed turning a former mental health facility in Canoga Park, at 7621 Canoga Ave. into a interim homeless housing shelter.
For the entire LA County Motion, CLICK HERE
OUR LAST MEETING - Special thanks to
SUSAN SHELLY for her detailed examination of our local issues at our February meeting involving Homelessness, Taxes, Saving Prop. 13, and handling our question. She made it fund to walk through the weeds on these issues.
THE WARNER CENTER 2035 SPECIFIC PLAN REVIEW
Read the WHHO proposed issues for consideration in reviewing the Specific Plan. Click Here.
LAUSD Meeting Wednesday 12/5/18
For those who attended our Meeting on Wednesday 12/5/18...THANK YOU. You made the meeting beyond great and you even came out in the rain and overflowed the facility into the parking lot so that the fire marshal had to shut us down just before 9PM.
LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson got an earfull...and we got to see what we are up against to get better schools for our area.
For those who attended ... and interested others... WHHO is inviting you to form a coalition with the WHHO to fight for each of the 5 school locations of concern. The 5 are:
OSO - Oso Ave. and Laramie Ave.
Highlander - Highlander Rd, at Darnoch Way-- West Hills,
Collins - Collins St. and Rudnick St.
Platt Ranch - Wilhelmina and Lund St.
Hughes - Burbank Ave. and Capistrano
We are looking for two (2) good motivated individuals from each school area that can be responsive to each community through an existing or t be formed community group and can motivate and unite their neighbors. If interested, please email John Walker at email@example.com.
The WHHO is inviting the community to bring constructive ideas regarding
A copy of our letter sent to LAUSD regarding the November 13th Board meeting [click here]
SB 827 & now SB50 - WHHO IS OPPPOSED
WHHO wants to make it clear that we OPPOSE SB827 (last years version of SB50) & SB50. You will find attached the position letters from the WHHO Board. Local control has always been a strong foundation of out democracy and we will do everything to assure that it continues.
WHHO wants to give a special thanks to Arman Hovanessian Senior Transportation Engineer, LA Dept. of Transportation for giving us an insight at our April Meeting into how the City approaches planning for traffic concerns in light of proposed building projects in the Woodland Hills area. (Note that Arman is now a WHHO Board Member for 2019)
A special thanks to Senator Henry Stern for coming to our March meeting last year (2018) and giving us an update on what he hopes to accomplish in the Senate and also for clarifying his Opposition to Senate Bill SB827.
A special thanks to Tom Glick from the Los Angles Planning Department for giving us an update at our February 28th 2018 Meeting regarding the Community Plans for the West Valley.
Special thanks to Councilman Bob Blumenfield presenting us at our January 2019 Meeting with his view of the "State of the West Valley" and answering questions.
Cannabis Regulations: Find it all at this link: http://cannabis.lacity.org/
WHHO Thought your should know that previously...
Proposed 8-story hotel on Chalk Hill is quashed by Councilman Blumenfield.
A developer’s proposal to build an 8-story, 200-room high-end boutique hotel and restaurant on Ventura Blvd. at the old Todai restaurant site near the apex of Chalk Hills has been road-blocked by the District-3 Council office. In a November 20th letter to the developer’s representative, Councilman Blumenfield requested that the developer either withdraw their proposal or make significant reductions in height and bulk since the project would require numerous entitlement and variance requests to allow it to be built on the site. He noted that even with the reductions the builder made, the project was still “out of scale with the neighborhood.” Generally, when a project doesn't’t receive support from the area’s Councilman, the City Council rejects the project. Only the pad of the previous building remains on the site which has seen three previous restaurants fail at that location. The developer has not committed to either proposing an alternative project or stated if he would sell the property.
If you have any suggestions for future speakers or
SOME OF OUR PRIOR MEETING:
If you missed the last meeting on April 22nd with Larry Green:
Larry presented the details about the Promenade Project and noted that it will be build in stages with the start probably 2020. He took questions and listed to your comments and took some of the suggestions very seriously.
This is a big project and will have positive and negative effects on our community from traffic congestion to a strain on water, power and policing. The Project (Called Promenade 2035) would include approximately 1,432 multifamily residential units, approximately 244,000 square feet of retail/restaurant uses, approximately 629,000 square feet of office space, approximately 572 hotel rooms and an approximately 320,000-square-foot, 15,000-seat Entertainment and Sports Center. The proposed uses would be provided in several buildings throughout the Project Site that would transition in height from one story and three to four stories at the corner of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Erwin Street, to 28 stories at the opposite corner of Owensmouth Avenue and Oxnard Street, across from the existing high-rise office towers to the south. The Project will be build in stages with completion around 2035.
You can see the Notice of Preparation of Supplemental EIR Report by clicking HERE.
Our Previous Meeting: On January 25th Councilmember Blumenfield swore in the new members of the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization (WHHO) and discussed pressing issues facing the neighborhood.
Councilman Bob Blumenfield
"State of the Community"
We always have guest speakers to address concerns that affect you.
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Future General Meeting Dates for 2017: Meeting at held at Kaiser Hospital and the dates are the 4th Wednesday of the month: No Meeting for July; 8/23/17; 9/27/17; 10/25/17; no meeting in November; 12/6/17.
Future Board Meetings for 2017:(1st Monday of each Month. Call for the location (818)439-8850 - 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): 8/7/17; 9/11/17; 10/2/17; 11/6/17; 12/4/17
The Next Big Projects for Woodland Hills/Werner Center
(there are about 10 major projects, including, but not limited to, the Post Office property, the old daily News Building, Treeland Property, and the old Todi Property on Ventura Boulevard)
1. PROMENADE MALL
Westfield’s huge new project planned for Warner Center, Promenade 2034; A live-work community spanning 34 acres; Westfield filed plans with the city for an enormous new mixed use complex set to replace the aging ; Promenade shopping mall in Woodland Hills.
The project, which will bring 1,400 units of housing and two hotels to Warner Center.
2. LA WARNER CENTER
The property is up for sale and its future is unknown. Any reports of what is going in there are misplaced. There are no formal proposals yet. We will wait and see (Maybe Amazon might be interested).
3. Treeland Development
For those that are watching this project, you may wish to explore the City of Los Angeles Initial Report. It has a lot of information. CLICK HERE for a PDF copy.
You can find more information by CLICKING HERE.
You can view Councilman Blumenfield's Position Letter HERE.
There will be an EIR for this project.
4. Proposed 8-story hotel on Chalk Hill
This project is quashed by Councilman Blumenfield.
A proposal 8-story, 200-room high-end boutique hotel and restaurant on Ventura Blvd. at the old Todai restaurant site forced Councilman Blumenfield early in 2018 to request that the developer either withdraw their proposal or make significant reductions in height and bulk since the project would require numerous entitlement and variance requests to allow it to be built on the site.
Thank all of you for your interest and concern for our community. It makes it better for everyone.
If you have any suggestions for programs you would like to see at our future meetings, please email John M. Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Note: Items in BLUE are hyperlinks. Left click on them to go to that web page.)
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Newsletters (Searchable PDF)
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.
POSITIONS TAKEN BY THE WHHO BOARD
1. WHHO has taken a strong position in requesting that certain aspects of the Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan be revised to give further protections to the homeowners as well as the developers.
2. 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.
3. WHHO has taken a strong position against SB50 in 2019 - the state's attempt to control local development decisions and we continue to watch for and oppose any similar legislation.
4. WHHO is continuing to work with Westfield on the development of the Promenade property and have asserted our position in response to their Draft EIR.
5. WHHO continues to support the protection of the Farm at Pierce College and continues to monitor the development and improvements at the College.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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
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
8. Oppose the unconditional paving of dirt Mulholland.
9. Since 2004 We have opposed 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.
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 Acting President, 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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