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We will NEVER forget!

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Shanah tovah (שנה טובה)

HAPPY ROSH HASHANAH

May the New Year celebration be Blessed and restful.

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NEXT WHHO MEETING

September 27, 2023 at 7:30 PM on Zoom

DENNIS ZINE, former City Council Member

We expect he will give us a unique insight into the LAPD and enforcement and safety, the homelessness issues and his insights into city government – especially how to get things done and what a city council member can really do. We are  sure he will want to talk about his “Rants and Raves” column in the Warner Center News.

Come with you questions and an open mind about government. We feel confident you will have a new prospective.

Register for the Meeting by clicking HERE.

Note that the Newsletter will ONLY be emailed to our members before a  meeting – So join as soon as possible. It will eventually be posted on the WHHO web page but to get yours early, please join.

It’s only $25/yr per household. We need your support so join with us to help make out community even better.

We look forward to your membership.

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June Meeting – Thanks to the Ram’s Representatives for their presentation on what the new practice field will look like on the old Anthem property.

If you missed it, the Recorded version of the Meeting can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Rams Practice Field in Warner Center

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May Meeting:  Thanks to Ken Craft for answering question about the “family” homeless housing at the 818 Hotel (now called the Woodlands). Information always helps to ease the anxiety about change.

Ken Craft – CEO for Hope of the Valley (Hope the Mission),

They took over ownership of the 818 Hotel (renamed “The Woodlands”) across from Taft High School.

As you know the 818 Hotel facility will be turned into a “family” home for the unhoused. He will address what will come next and what we can expect from him and the organization that will be helpful to our community and not create a risk for those at Taft and the surrounding area.

The Video of the meeting can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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March Meting: A special thanks to our New Supervisor, Lindsey P. Horvath

Finally!!!! A County Supervisor who would  came to the valley to listen. We deeply appreciate that she would come and speak with us. We learned a lot about what she intends to do and what she cannot do. And we earned more about the 818 Hotel across from Taft and what we can expect. We are looking forward to working with her in the future to make our community even better.

The video of the meeting will be uploaded here soon.

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Our February Meeting – Special thanks to Senior Lead Office Sean Dinse for his insights to that homelessness situation in our area and the suggestions on how to help.

Here is a copy of the items he spoke about. Click on he one you want to see:  Trespass SignsTrespass Arrest Authorization Letter ; LAMC 41-24 – Trespass .

CLICK HERE for the video of Sean Dinse presentation

We also appreciated Greg and Sara for talking about their proposed 8-story Permanent Supportive Housing Development project at 23036-23060 Ventura Blvd, (next to the old Bowlero) and taking our question. There will be more to come in the future.

CLICK HERE for the video of their presentation.

Click HERE to see the letter to Councilman Blumenfield requesting the signage.

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Special thanks to Councilman Blumenfield for joining us at our January Meeting and giving us an update on what has happened in the Valley and what we can expect for the coming year. .

The video can be viewed by clicking HERE

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Thanks to all that participated in our December General Meeting for the “Open Mike”. It was informative to say the least.

You  Elected the following Officers and Board Members for 2023:

WHHO Officers & Directors for 2023:
President: John Walker
Vice-President: Dennis DiBiase
Vice-President: Marty Lipkin
Treasurer: Silvia Anthony Murley
Secretary: Nancy Porter
DIRECTORS AT LARGE
Ari Coin                    
Armen Hovanessian
Shelly Schwartz         Aaron Williams
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BOETHING TREELAND UPDATE – Here is their PowerPoint that was presented to the Neighborhood Council on 10/6/22. CLICK HERE

___________

October’s Last Meeting

Special thanks to Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath and State Senator Robert “Bob” Hertzberg, the Candidates for County Supervisor for attending a rather long meeting and answering questions for our members at the October 12th Meeting.

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JULY’s PAST MEETING

Special thanks to LAPD Senior Lead Officer Sean Dinse for informing us about the safety (and lack of it) in Woodland Hills. His service to the community is deeply appreciated.

The Recording will be posted in the future.

Here is the Link to the Senior Officer Lead Map with their contact information: CLICK HERE

Link to Homeless SLO Contact Page: CLICK HERE

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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 the future.

____________

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)

______________________

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

Appeals have been filed: Now, those who believe the West Valley Food Pantry has outgrown its location in the middle of a residential neighborhood will have another chance to convince the City of Los Angeles that it has made a huge miscalculation and failing to impede the growth. The organizations and individuals who filed appeals against the Zoning Administrator’s determination, will be able to present their challenges and arguments before  the South Valley Area Planning Commission in a special hearing on August 11, 2022 after 4:30 PM at an exact time to be determined as the date nears.

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

_________________
 
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.

______________

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:
__________________________
 

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.

___________

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.

_________________________________

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

_______________

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.

_______________

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

________________________

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.

_____________________________________

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

____________________________________

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

________________________________________________________

 

 

WHHO wants you to know…

Coyotes!

A local Group is putting on a free Zoom presentation on Coyotes

– what led up to the recent attack and how to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future. The Group also has volunteers to help investigate future increased coyote activity when it first starts.

It’s a Free Zoom presentation December 13th 6:30 pm
Local coyote experts who will provide an update on the Woodland Hills incident, what led up to
the attack, and what steps are being taken to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the
future.
You will also learn what to do when you encounter a coyote, how to reduce their presence in
your neighborhood, and how to keep pets safe.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A.
REGISTER NOW:
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/ … /tZcoc …
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the
meeting.

Here’s the Nextdoor link: https://nextdoor.com/p/JDjqnXmDrHY4?utm_source=share&extras=NzMzMDcxMg%3D%3D

Click here for the Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/humanewildlifecontrol/posts/pfbid0izfa5iasZj4VP79DJJtEez1gPdJHTtL7pZ5jxfBNh9m8yTH6Kkk7BMfW6oBxGusPl

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NEXT WHHO MEETING

WEDNESDAY, January 25, 2023 via Zoom

Councilman Bob Blumenfield

He will give us an update on what has happened in the Valley and what we can expect for the coming year.

________

Thanks to all that participated in our December General Meeting for the “Open Mike”. It was informative to say the least.

You  Elected the following Officers and Board Members for 2023:

WHHO Officers & Directors for 2023:
President: John Walker
Vice-President: Dennis DiBiase
Vice-President: Marty Lipkin
Treasurer: Silvia Anthony Murley
Secretary: Nancy Porter
DIRECTORS AT LARGE
        Ari Coin                    
Armen Hovanessian
Shelly Schwartz         Aaron Williams
___________

BOETHING TREELAND UPDATE – Here is their PowerPoint that was presented to the Neighborhood Council on 10/6/22. CLICK HERE

___________

October’s Last Meeting

Special thanks to Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath and State Senator Robert “Bob” Hertzberg, the Candidates for County Supervisor for attending a rather long meeting and answering questions for our members at the October 12th Meeting.

_____________

JULY’s PAST MEETING

Special thanks to LAPD Senior Lead Officer Sean Dinse for informing us about the safety (and lack of it) in Woodland Hills. His service to the community is deeply appreciated.

The Recording will be posted in the future.

Here is the Link to the Senior Officer Lead Map with their contact information: CLICK HERE

Link to Homeless SLO Contact Page: CLICK HERE

____________

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 the future.

____________

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

____________________

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)

______________________

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

Appeals have been filed: Now, those who believe the West Valley Food Pantry has outgrown its location in the middle of a residential neighborhood will have another chance to convince the City of Los Angeles that it has made a huge miscalculation and failing to impede the growth. The organizations and individuals who filed appeals against the Zoning Administrator’s determination, will be able to present their challenges and arguments before  the South Valley Area Planning Commission in a special hearing on August 11, 2022 after 4:30 PM at an exact time to be determined as the date nears.

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)

_____________

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

****

Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s Response Letter:

Click this Link:

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

____________

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

_____________

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

____________

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

_________________
 
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.

______________

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:
__________________________
 

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.

___________

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.

_________________________________

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

_______________

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.

_______________

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

________________________

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.

_____________________________________

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

____________________________________

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

________________________________________________________

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.