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NEXT WHHO MEETING

Wednesday July 27, 2022

7:30 PM via Zoom

To Be Announced

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Special thanks to our guest at the June Meeting from the City Planning Department.

• Andy Rodriguez, Senior City Planner
• Tal Harari, Senior City Planner
• Jojo Pewsawang, Senior City Planner
• Erika Cui, City Planner
• Lucy Martinez, City Planning Associate

Here are the important emails to let them know what you think about areas that should have an appropriate Designation:

• Tal Harari, Senior City Planner – tal.harari@lacity.org

• Lucy Martinez, City Planning Associate – lucy.martinez@lacity.org

The Recording will be posted in a few days.

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UPDATE OF THE RAMS AND WARNER CENTER:

As you know the owner of he Rams has previously purchased he Promenade Property in Warner Center. Well, they now have purchased the Anthem building property – the whole property. That brings there holding to about 65 acres total. Probably the biggest land holder in the West Valley.

What will they do with it? We are waiting for formal details and will let you know as soon as we do. The WHHO has met with them before they purchase of the Promenade and we are excited and hopeful to work with them to assure a great project that will have only a minimal negative impact on traffic and noise.

Here is an interesting article link to the LA TIMES. https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-06-06/rams-buy-warner-center-office-tower-does-stan-kroenke-plan-sofi-stadium-like-development

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Congratulation to Councilman Bob Blumenfield for his re-election to the City Council.

For those who missed the Candidates; Debate, at this Past May’s Meeting, look no further. The link is below.

WHHO thanks the candidates for Council District 3, Bob Blumenfield and Scott Silverstein, for their participation in the Candidates’ Debate this past May 18th. We all learned a lot about them and some of the hot issues.  

                          

Bob Blumenfield (Incumbent)               Scott Silverstein (Challenger)

The Recording of the Debate is available. CLICK this Link: https://youtu.be/r4wOs_AYtu8wi
(Note that it begins at the end of Bob’s opening statement – I forgot to start the recording on time)

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THE PANTRY ADDITION

Click here for a copy of the Administrative Approval of the Pantry (41 pages)

CLICK  – Food POantry-Determination Lttr-ZA-2021-8374-CU_Signed LOD

The Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization (WHHO) Opposes
Food Pantry Expansion

In an April 14 letter to the City Zoning Administrator the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization formally asked the Administrator to deny the West Valley Food Pantry at Prince of Peach Church’s plan for expansion. The main thrust of the letter was that the Food Pantry, while noble in its goals, after 50 years has outgrown the residential neighborhood where it sits. Several concerns were addressed, including increased traffic in a single-family community, truck deliveries, noise, garbage, drug use and transient confrontations. The letter states that, “Both the West Valley Food Pantry and the Church hierarchy have resisted requests from various neighborhood groups or homeowner organizations to try and solve the ever-growing (problem).”

WHHO would like to see the pantry in a new commercial location, “better suited to serving the growing number of West Valley individuals and families who are suffering from food insecurity.” Failing a total move, the letter gives a number of restrictions it would like the pantry to put into place.

You can view the full letter here: Click this link below

WHHO Recommendation Letter- Case No. ZA-2021-8374 (002)

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818 Hotel and the Extended Stay

View the WHHO Position Letter concerning the 818 Hotel and the Extended Stay facility on Ventura Boulevard across from Taft High school:

Click on this Link:

1 – Letter to Bob Blumenfield re Housing First Sites on Ventura Blvd 3-3-22

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Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s Response Letter:

Click this Link:

My Reply Regarding WHHO Boards Position Regarding Homelessness Intervention 3-22-22

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March’s Speaker

Special thanks to STACEY BRENNER of the Brenner Consulting Group, the spokesperson for the West Valley Food Pantry and to KIRK THOMPSON who responded to the request to expand the Panty’s service.

The video of the meeting can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gqniCVtay8

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February’s Speaker

Special Thanks to our February Speakers. You can view the full web meeting here: https://youtu.be/9jIvD6HH5tc

KEN CRAFT

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission

…And Councilman Bob Blumenfield who joined us for an in depth discussion on the 818 Hotel and the Extended Stay Facility on Ventura Boulevard across from Taft High School

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January’s Speaker:

Councilman Bob Blumenfield

A Special thanks to our Councilman Bob Blumenfield for fielding some very tough questions and giving us an update on thinks going on in our community like the County’s attempt to turn the 818 Hotel across from Taft into a family homeless housing facility.

You can view the full web meeting here: https://youtube.com/channel/UCzCqSoQWjYgrHfEaBlaoP6g

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Special thanks to State Senator Henry Stern for attending our December meeting.
 

He gave us great insights into the actions and frustrations being a State Senator.

We look forward to hearing more from him in the near future about our State and what we can do to help him and other make it a better place to live, work and play.

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Special thanks to our speakers for October From Councilman Blumenfield’s Office:

John Popoch, Deputy Chief of Staff and Jeff Jacoberger, Legislative Deputy. They gave us a look “behind the curtain” and some insights on how “the sausage ids made” at City Council.
 
You can view the Meetting on YouTube by clicking on this link:
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A special thanks to our speakers at our September Meeting –

LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO)
Sean Dinse and captain Todd Hankel

They gave us special insights into issues of Homelessness and why LAPD have their hands tied: Defund the police – what effect here and in the country; crime – what are the hot spots & how to protect your property and family. WHHO thanks them for their service to our community.

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August’s   MEETING.

A special thanks to Susan Shelley for her insights and stimulating thought.

A link to her Daily News Article about SB9 and SB 10 can be found here: CLICK

Susan Shelley

Susan Shelley is a columnist and a member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, eleven daily newspapers including the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Daily News. Immediately prior to becoming a columnist, she was a candidate for the California Assembly in the west San Fernando Valley. Her Op-Ed Articles in the Daily News are always thought provoking.

She spoke about her thoughts,  insights and opinion on State Legislation against property owners like SB 9 & SB10; homelessness issues; defund the police; LAUSD and the need for a school here at the OSO School property; redistricting and how important is it really; and just about anything else she wants to talk about that would concern us here in Woodland Hills. WHHO thanks her for her time spent with us an encourage her to continue writing about issues that affect us all.

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Last May’s Meeting with

Jill Stewart

A special thanks to Jill Stewart for her excellent insights to the the “Horror” Legislation proposed in Sacramento at our May Meeting.

The lawmakers in Sacramento are trying to do to your home, your neighborhood and your community. They have created 7 Frankenstein Bills that keep coming back to life even after they have been supposedly killed. And each of those legislative monsters can rip apart your lifestyle and leave your biggest investment near death.

You Doubt it! Watch this 2 min. video: Click Here

We have asked Jill Stewart – the  renowned investigative reporter and editor, and TV commentator – to share her insights at the WHHO May 26 General Meeting and guide Woodland Hills homeowners on this perilous journey through Sacramento’s on-going attempts to remove all local zoning regulations, turn over planning and land use decisions to contractors, and destroy the neighborhoods we all love.

Jill Stewart is one of the most knowledgeable and articulate experts on what both the State Senate and State Assembly are planning on springing on every California city and town. And she=ll tell us how we need to protect ourselves before we run for the pitchforks and firebrands.

Here are some of the onerous pieces of upcoming “Yes in my backyard” legislation that she will address:

  • SB 1385: “A Frankenstein Bill” that was previously killed but has come back to life. It empowers developers to override cities, to buy and destroy stores and businesses to build dense market-rate housing. It perpetuates the falsehood that market-rate density somehow results in “affordable housing.
  • SB 8: A 5-year extension on a bad bill that was scheduled to die. It rewards gentrification, ignores the homeless, creates NO affordable units and silences communities facing big luxury projects. Limits public to 5 hearings.
  • SB 9: Brings back from the dead the despised SB 1120 bill. It would end single-family zoning to allow 6 units where 1 single family home is now situated. Add on the already legally allowed 2 Accessory Dwelling Units and the number of “homes” next to yours could be 8Cwith no way to stop it.
  • SB 10: A copycat of the previously defeated SB 902 Weiner bill that lets a simple majority on city councils to override CEQA safeguards to allow 10-unit pricey, market-rate apartments almost anywhere – over-riding voter-approved land protection measures, including open space!
  • SB 478: Another Weiner monster, it is a radical “tiny lots” bill that overrides your city zoning and lets developers destroy older, modest, multiple-unit housing to instead build ultra-dense market-rate housing C on severely small lots (lot size: 1,700 square feet).
  • AB 1322: Lets city councils override voter-approved housing laws and restrictions.
  • AB 1401: reduces parking in buildings within 1/2 mile of major transit (Bus) stops. Forces residents to find parking in adjacent neighborhoods

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A special thanks to our April Speaker,

Los Angeles Pierce College President Alexis S. Montevirgen, Ed.D.

Alexis S. Montevirgen, Ed.D. Pierce College President.

If you missed him, you can watch the meeting on YouTube. the link will be up soon.

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A special thanks to our March Speaker,

NICK MELVOIN – Board Member, District 4, LAUSD

If you missed him, you can watch the meeting on YouTube at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz75ujefoJU

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Special Thank to Vahid Khorsand. the Mayor’s West Valley Representative for his thoughtful comments at our February Meeting. If you did not get a chance to join us, we will post the conversation on YouTube soon.

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A special thanks to COUNCILMAN BOB BLUMENFIELD for attending our January Meeting. His insights into our local issues is always great.

 

You can view the entire session on You Tube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/W8W-qzLU1qA

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October, 2021 Meeting – with the Candidates for the LAUSD School Board was great. A special thank from the WHHO to Marilyn Koziatek and Scott Schmerelson for their participation.

You can view it on YouTube at the link: https://youtu.be/XDP_SIwjxe4

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HOMELESSNESS ISSUES:

Here is a link to Judge Carter’s Case Management Transcript. It is interesting reading but lengthy.

Judge Carter Status Conference Transcript 8-7-2020

LAUSD HOUSING Issue:

Thanks to all who responded. your help has resulted in the LAUSD is delaying their attempt to BUILD ON YOUR SCHOOL PROPERTY

(OSO, COLLINS & HIGHLANDER)

WHHO Letter to the Board – Click WHHO Letter to LASUD 11-7-20

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STATE LEGISLATURE TAKES AIM AT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

Here are the WHHO position Letters concerning SB1120: Letter to Assemblyman Gabrial
 

So what happened to SB1120?

This update of 9/1/20 is from Aaron Williams, WHHO Legislative Committee Chair:

“Never have I seen this one before… As you know SB 1120 had been on the Assembly agenda all last week and this past Sunday and Speaker Rendon never scheduled it for a vote. He was trying to whip up enough votes apparently. He finally called it for a vote last night, the last day of this year’s session at 11:30pm!! While it initially did not pass it came back minutes later and passed by one vote at 11:58pm. But it had to go back to the Senate for a concurrence vote and did not reach the Senate in time. Had it reached the Senate in time, it would have easily passed.”

It is Dead! BUT it came back in 2021 in the form of SB 9 and SB10 which  wee both passed in 2021 and signed by the Governor the day after his Recall Vote permitted him to remain in office.

Rest assured this is a continuing battle and we can expect more from the legislators up North to do what they can to destroy the single family home.

If you would like to see an example of the WHHO’s approach to these issues, here is a letter sent to our Assembly Member Gabrial regarding the previous SB 1120 that fortunately failed: 

Letter to Assembly  member Gabriel re SB 1120 – 8-21-20 – signed

Also, here is the WHHO Letter to him regarding AB3308

WHHO Letter – Opposition to AB3308

WHHO will continue to keep watch of legislation and remind our representatives that they serve us nit the the development interests that desire to destroy our community.

Westfield Promenade Project

As you know by now the 34-acre Promenade Site has been purchased for an estimated $150 million by the Real Estate Arm of the Kroenke Group who own the LA Rams. Rumors are floating that the Rams will build out a practice facility and corporate office there but no one is willing to confirm that yet.
 
Yes we are still watching this project closely and will keep the community informed of any developments as they come to light.