LFNC Election 2018: Josh Steichmann, Candidate, District E

1.  How long have you lived in District E?

I have lived in District E for seven years come June.

2.  How many hours a week can you devote to the work of the Neighborhood Council and its subcommittees? 

About five, given my current schedule.

3.  How many Neighborhood Council meetings have you attended in the last six months?

I've gone to three governing board meetings, as well as eight committee meetings. I serve on the Planning, Land Use and Management Committee as well as the Transportation Committee. I believe I have attended every scheduled meeting for the committees I serve on in the last six months.

4.  The Neighborhood Council has a number of areas of interests and concerns.  What areas of interest do you plan to become involved in?

I see Los Feliz overall as a vibrant community that is having to make difficult decisions as it grows, and that means making sure that Los Feliz remains as affordable as possible, as walkable and bikable as possible, and as diverse as possible. For me, that has meant focusing on planning and land use, as well as transportation issues, though obviously these concerns overlap with a number of focus areas for the council.

5.  How familiar are you with the particular issues, projects, and nuances of your particular District?

Through my ongoing engagement with the council, and seven years of living in the district, I believe I am substantially familiar with the issues and concerns of District E, though one of the most rewarding things about serving on the committees has been how much more I have learned about the neighborhood, especially recent history, and if I am elected, I will undoubtedly learn much more.

6.  What issues in your District make you interested in representing it? Why do you think you are qualified to work on these issues?

Affordable housing and transportation have some of the greatest impact on quality of life for residents. I grew up in a multi-family housing cooperative in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was the youngest person to serve on its board — I'm used to the idea of public service in the interests of residents and interacting with municipal offices, and the challenges of balancing growth with affordability. For seven years, I've biked, walked and driven all over the district, and believe that the common frame of pitting drivers against pedestrians and bicyclists is mistaken — good planning and transportation policy benefit all three constituencies. Professionally, I do communications consulting for non-profits, both internal and external, and have helped boards run more effectively and designed community outreach strategies for statewide civil rights organizations.

7.  Once elected, you will be representing a specific District. How do you plan to stay in touch with the residents of your District?

If elected, I would both regularly reach out to district organizations such as the FRHA, as well as regularly write up and recap the meetings that I have, using social media (Facebook, Nextdoor) and a blog to communicate them.

8.  What activities have you been involved in with the community? (Give examples)

Aside from my work on the LFNC committees, I have both taken classes at and volunteered at Barnsdall Park, I have participated in pothole maps and curb-cut walks, I have volunteered at bicycle events and street fairs, and volunteered with the Clinton campaign as well as several other local campaigns.

9.  Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still on Talmadge just south of Prospect.

LFNC Election 2018: Nick Schultz, Candidate, District D

 1.  How long have you lived in District D?

My wife and I moved to Los Feliz in March 2016, and we’ve lived in District D the entire time. 

2.  How many hours a week can you devote to the work of the Neighborhood Council and its subcommittees?

I’m ready to commit at least 20 hours per week to the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council (LFNC) Governing Board and its various committees.  I understand that being elected the District D representative will entail a monthly Governing Board meeting, as well as several committee meetings throughout the neighborhood.  If elected, I also plan to make myself available to my constituents by hosting a coffee and conversation event at a Los Feliz coffee shop every month.

3.  How many Neighborhood Council meetings have you attended in the last six months?

I joined the LFNC Education Committee in March 2017 and I have been to several meetings.  Earlier this month, I also attended the most recent LFNC Governing Board Meeting, as well as the Executive Committee Meeting.

4.  The Neighborhood Council has a number of areas of interests and concerns.  What areas of interest do you plan to become involved in?

There are many issues that I’m passionate about and that I plan to work on if elected as the District D representative.  For example, I will work with city officials to find long-term solutions to our affordable housing and homelessness problems, protect our environment and public spaces, and fight for additional funding for public schools.  In fact, my entire platform is available online at: https://nickforlosfeliz.wordpress.com/

With that said, the neighborhood issue that I would tackle first as a member of the LFNC Governing Board is public safety.  The last few years have shown us that our region is not immune from natural disasters.  For example, the rampant wildfires last year left many of our neighbors in the greater Los Angeles area financially devastated and displaced.  Additionally, we, as residents of Southern California, are certainly aware of the constant risk of earthquakes in our region.  Lastly, our community has been significantly impacted by gun violence and criminal activity resulting in tragic losses of life, such as last year’s shooting at the Chevron gas station on the corner of Los Feliz and Vermont. 

If elected, I will work with the LFNC Public Safety Committee to ensure our emergency preparedness.  This includes supporting the committee’s ongoing projects such as offering free CPR and First Aid classes, and the Los Feliz Emergency Radio Network, which is a family radio service network designed for emergency use in the event that cellular capabilities are overwhelmed or out of service.  Moving forward, I’d like to see the LFNC Governing Board set up community banks of emergency food and supplies to adequately prepare for natural disasters.  Finally, I will work with the LAPD Northeast Community Police Station to ensure that Los Feliz gets adequate law enforcement resources to protect our stakeholders.

5.  How familiar are you with the particular issues, projects, and nuances of your particular District?

I feel very connected with the neighborhood, in particular District D.  My wife and I shop at local businesses such as Gelson’s Market, Mixto, and Standing Egg Coffee.  Every day I see how many families are utilizing the soccer fields and tennis courts along Riverside drive.  I also experience the substantial traffic on Los Feliz Boulevard every week.  I understand the many issues facing District D because I spend most of my time living, shopping, and relaxing in the district.  More importantly, not only have I personally experienced our problems of traffic, homelessness, affordable housing, and public safety as a resident of District D, but I've spoken with fellow residents of District D and have heard their similar concerns.

6.  What issues in your District make you interested in representing it? Why do you think you are qualified to work on these issues?

I am running to represent District D on the LFNC Governing Board because I cherish the beauty and diversity of the neighborhood.  I want to serve as the District D representative on the LFNC Governing Board to represent your voice and to share your concerns about our community.  I want to ensure that Los Feliz, in particular District D, remains the best place to live in the City of Los Angeles by finding long term solutions to our problems of affordable housing, traffic, homelessness, and public safety.

District D is uniquely diverse in that it is comprised of both private homes and multi-unit dwellings. It has a vibrant commercial corridor, natural splendors, and excellent public schools. However, our district is facing a shortage of affordable, long-term housing which has further negatively impacted long-term housing stability and bargaining power for renters.  Furthermore, rising home prices leave many residents and prospective residents priced out of the Los Feliz market.  As a renter living in District D, I will work with potential developers and the City of Los Angeles to promote the construction of additional safe and affordable housing developments, establish more protections for current tenants, and pursue new forms of public-private partnerships to assist working-class and middle-class tenants, as well as homeowners.

Much like many other parts of Los Angeles, District D is also dealing with problems of homelessness, traffic, and public safety. With regards to homelessness, I will work with community-based organizations, such as People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), which prioritizes safe and affordable housing for the homeless while also providing customized supportive services for people in need and their families. With regards to traffic, I will listen to residents and business owners to make sure that any new traffic development plans promulgated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) take into account the interests of our neighborhood.  And with regards to public safety, I will work with my fellow LFNC members to set up community banks of emergency food and supplies to adequately prepare for natural disasters.

I’m running to be the District D representative because I believe that I have the right combination of experience, legal knowledge, critical thinking, problem-solving skill set, and a fresh perspective to be an effective advocate for the neighborhood if I’m elected to the LFNC Governing Board.  I’ve also developed lasting relationships with city and state officials through my involvement in the Democratic Party, which will enable me to find solutions to the many issues facing our district.

7.  Once elected, you will be representing a specific District.  How do you plan to stay in touch with the residents of your District?

As I previously mentioned, I plan to make myself available to my constituents by hosting a coffee and conversation event at a Los Feliz coffee shop every month.  This will be an important way for me to stay connected with the stakeholders that I represent while also supporting local businesses.  In addition, I plan to maintain my current website to provide information about the projects that I and my fellow LFNC Governing Board members are working on.  The website is equipped with a feature that allows stakeholders to contact me directly with their concerns.  My website is currently available at:  https://nickforlosfeliz.wordpress.com/

8.  What activities have you been involved in with the community? (Give examples)

After the results of the 2016 presidential election I was motivated to become much more active and engaged in the community.  As such, I joined several neighborhood organizations and made lasting connections with members of local and state governments.  I currently serve as President of Democrats for Neighborhood Action (DNA), which is a chartered Democratic club representing residents of the Los Feliz, Silverlake, and Echo Park neighborhoods.  Additionally, I serve as Co-Chair of the Political Action Committee for the Executive Board of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DPSFV).  I’ve also been a member of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council (LFNC) Education Committee for the last year.

9.  Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I plan to be still working for the California Department of Justice and hopefully owning a home in the area.

LFNC Election 2018: Chelsea Mottern, Candidate, District E

1.  How long have you lived in District E?

I've lived in District E for two years, but I've lived in Los Feliz for longer!

2.  H ow many hours a week can you devote to the work of the Neighborhood Council and its subcommittees?

I am planning on dedicating between eight to ten hours per week to the Neighborhood Council if I am elected.

3.  How many Neighborhood Council meetings have you attended in the last six months?

I've attended a handful of Neighborhood Council meetings in the past six months.

4.  The Neighborhood Council has a number of areas of interests and concerns.  What areas of interest do you plan to become involved in? 

If elected, I'd like to be involved in improving public safety for residents and stakeholders in Los Feliz, as well as expanding programming for Los Feliz residents so that we can continue to engage with our neighbors and community members and support local businesses.

5.  How familiar are you with the particular issues, projects, and nuances of your particular District?

As a resident of District E, I try to stay on top of issues impacting my immediate surroundings. I care about the neighborhood beautification and cleanup projects happening in Franklin Hills, read the Los Feliz Ledger, and try to stay as up-to-date about new businesses and upcoming events as possible.

6.  What issues in your District make you interested in representing it? Why do you think you are qualified to work on these issues?

I'm interested in improving the public safety and beautification in my district, as well as improving public transit and expanding programming and events that we can take part in. I received my Master's in Public Policy from the University of Southern California, and I've been a resident of Los Feliz for quite some time now. I think that I am responsive and quick-thinking, ready to listen to the ideas of my neighbors, and have new ideas that I'm ready to bring to the LFNC that will help make Los Feliz even better than it already is.

7.  Once elected, you will be representing a specific District. How do you plan to stay in touch with the residents of your District?

I spend a significant amount of time frequenting the local businesses and taking advantage of all that Los Feliz has to offer. If elected, I would plan to hold regular meeting times at local coffee shops or at Griffith Park where constituents could come meet with me to address any concerns, in addition to making myself regularly available via phone or e-mail.

8.  What activities have you been involved in with the community? (Give examples)

I'm a regular library-goer, enjoy attending readings and events at Skylight Books, go to Odd Nights At The Autry and the bi-monthly comedy show at Best Fish Taco, hike and attend events at Griffith regularly, and buy my hummus at the weekly Farmers Market at the post office.

9.  Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself continuing to advance my career in non-profits and social justice. Currently, I serve as the Deputy Director for Grant Administration at Equality California, an LGBTQ civil rights non-profit. Longer term, I would love to work for a foundation that is responsible for providing grants to community organizations working in the social justice and civil rights space. Personally, I see myself staying in Los Feliz with my cat, continuing to stay involved in my community, and enjoying all that Los Angeles has to offer.

LFNC Election 2018: John Miguel ‘Mickey’ McCauley, Candidate, District D

1.  How long have you lived in District D?

My wife and I moved from Cambridge, MA, to our apartment in district D in 2015.

2.  How many hours a week can you devote to the work of the Neighborhood Council and its subcommittees?

I hope to contribute 8-10 hours a week on Council work, including corresponding with constituents, planning projects, and meeting with subcommittees.

3.  How many Neighborhood Council meetings have you attended in the last six months?

I have not attended any meetings in the last six months, but after learning more about the level of involvement that non-members can still attain, I look forward to making my voice heard at future meetings, regardless of the outcome of the election.

4.  The Neighborhood Council has a number of areas of interests and concerns.  What areas of interest do you plan to become involved in?

My primary area of interest is in the development and enhancement of public works in the area, as well as acting as a liaison with the city council to advocate for more road and sidewalk refurbishments in our neighborhood. I hope to get more public water fountains, social areas, restrooms, and benches installed. And as an avid walker, I will work to make Los Feliz as accessible and walkable as possible. Finally, I hope to publicize the Neighborhood Council's activities to give residents a better sense of what their representatives are up to, as well as a better chance for engagement.

5.  How familiar are you with the particular issues, projects, and nuances of your particular District?

At present I have a ground-level view of the neighborhood's issues - I've heard concerns from friends about potholes and uneven pavement, streets with no sidewalks where foot travel is hazardous, and residents displeased with having their neighborhood used as a detour for avoiding Los Feliz Boulevard. Speed bumps and bike lanes seem like an easy fix to ease congestion and make the area safer. I was heartened to see the collective support for Victor Aguirre, a fruit vendor apprehended by ICE. I am glad to see the food trucks populating the parking lot of The Palace, and hope that we can find a good use for that abandoned restaurant's space. I hope working on the Council will give me a broader understanding of the neighborhood's issues, and allow me to communicate some of them, as well.

6.  What issues in your District make you interested in representing it? Why do you think you are qualified to work on these issues?

I feel proud to be a part of District D and think that a more walkable, communal space will benefit both the residents and visitors. As my priorities will be public services and spaces, I feel qualified to address them as a member of the public. My experience living, working (from home), and exploring the district gives me first-hand qualifications to both report on our issues to the larger committee and bring their resources to bear on them.

7.  Once elected, you will be representing a specific District.  How do you plan to stay in touch with the residents of your District?

I plan on establishing an email address for Council business and issues and to find time each month to make myself available to residents with questions or concerns.

8.  What activities have you been involved in with the community? (Give examples)

My wife and I love living in Los Feliz - we go for walks in Griffith Park, watch movies at the Los Feliz 3, and eat at many of the fabulous restaurants. Visiting the haunted houses on Halloween and book store events at Starlight, noshing on food truck offerings, browsing the library - every interaction I have makes me feel like part of a special community.

9.  Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to be even more involved in local government and problem-solving - maybe even City Council?

LFNC Election 2018: Nicky Gagliarducci. Candidate, District E

1. How long have you lived in District E?

My wife and I bought our house on Hyperion near Lyric in 2001. I was born in Los Feliz at the once Cedars Sinai- of Lebanon on Sunset.

2. How many hours a week can you devote to the work of the Neighborhood Council and its subcommittees?

I’ll do my best to be available always any time any day. I’m self- employed and create my art from home, I’m flexible with time.

3. How many Neighborhood Council meetings have you attended in the last six months?

I’ve been to a few meetings but now that i’m more deeply involved in the process I plan on attending consistently.

4. The Neighborhood Council has a number of areas of interests and concerns. What areas of interest do you plan to become involved in?

My neighborhood interests will be my interests. That’s the whole purpose of this position I believe.

5. How familiar are you with the particular issues, projects, and nuances of your particular District?

I live in my district, I’ve been a home/business owner for almost 20 years here in the Franklin Hills. I’ve seen and been a part of many changes over that period.

6. What issues in your District make you interested in representing it? Why do you think you are qualified to work on these issues?

Traffic, crime, homelessness and the environment. Also the high volume of development are my concerns. My experience in the community, me being a native to the neighborhood, my past success cutting through red tape and getting things done are my strengths.

7. Once elected, you will be representing a specific District. How do you plan to stay in touch with the residents of your District?

District E is close to my heart, this is a special unique area and we need to keep it that way. I will continue to reach out to my neighbors personally (meetings, public events, charity work) and through social media.

8. What activities have you been involved in with the community? (Give examples)
I’m a muralist, artist, father of three, whose children attended Ivanhoe, King and Marshall. The snack-shack that I built and maned for two years is still in operation at Ivanhoe Elementary. I’ve taught art to our youth and have donated numerous works, (‘Walking Man” mural, Jimi Hendrix installation at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music) to our local businesses and I was a part of a team of artist who went into our cities juvenile hall and instructed our young men and women on the power of art.

9. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I see myself working for the community and doing my part in keeping this unique and special neighborhood a place of safety, progress, and what it has been and will keep on as a visionary all-encompassing neighborhood.

LFNC Election 2018: Giuseppe Asaro, Candidate, District E

1.  How long have you lived in District D/E?

I have lived in district E for almost 3 decades and I did vote in previous elections.

2.  How many hours a week can you devote to the work of the Neighborhood Council and its subcommittees? 

4 to 6 hours a week but as much as necessary to help improve our neighborhood.

3.  How many Neighborhood Council meetings have you attended in the last six months?

Since deciding to candidate myself for this election, I have attended several meetings to meet with the board and the various committees and to get familiar with the various issues.

4.  The Neighborhood Council has a number of areas of interests and concerns.  What areas of interest do you plan to become involved in?

My primary areas of interest embrace 3 aspects of our neighborhood, all equally important to further improve the quality of life of our community; Environment, Safety and Beautification.

As a daily hiker in Griffith Park, I feel the importance of protecting the environment. I would like to hear and share ideas on how make the park the ultimate destination for physical activities, while conserving the natural habitat from pollution.

A lot can be do improve the park; for example, creating safe cycling lanes, adding clean filtered water in the fountains and adding solar powered recycled benches.

As a Los Feliz resident for the past 28 years, I would like to improve the safety of our neighborhood by continuing to build an informed community connected via social media as well as through community improvement efforts. I believe that cleaning and improving the neighborhood is a great deterrent to crime.

5.  How familiar are you with the particular issues, projects, and nuances of your particular District?

As I have begun to attend the LFNC meetings, I have been listening to neighbors’ concerns and ideas to improve District E.

The increasing homeless population as well as the recent spike in crime are quite serious concerns. Traffic and pedestrian safety are other concerns that are afflicting many residents. For example, applications that redirect traffic cause more blockage than assistance.

6.  What issues in your District make you interested in representing it? Why do you think you are qualified to work on these issues?

In addition to my interest in preserving the environment, improving public safety and enhancing the beautification of our neighborhood, I would like to promote the protection of Historical Architectural Landmarks such as the Stairways and the Shakespeare Bridge and other less known architectural piece of history that gives the unique character to the neighborhood.

7.  Once elected, you will be representing a specific District.  How do you plan to stay in touch with the residents of your District?

Since I have always tried to be in touch with my neighbors and by patronizing the local businesses, if elected as a representative for district E, I plan to increase my involvement and attendance to the LFNC meetings, committees and groups involved with supporting initiatives that will improve our community.

8.  What activities have you been involved in with the community? (Give examples)

As a filmmaker over the course of the years, I have brought a lot of photography and film work in the community. I have been hiring many residents, renting great locations, and shared my favorite local restaurants with my clients, casts and crews.

I open my home studio to local and international artists, in an effort to build community while sharing inspiration.

9.  Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself part of the community with a stronger sense of commitment having contributed to the improvement and beautification of our neighborhood.

Questions About Airbnb and the Los Angeles Home Sharing Ordinance / Carole Nese

Many FHRA residents have infinite questions and concerns about Air BnB <include examples...>. The city of Los Angeles has very specific rules in their Home Sharing Ordinance Background and Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet updated on June 2017.

The summary states that “short term rentals, which are rooms one may rent for less than 30 days, are currently not permitted in the vast majority of Los Angeles under the zoning code. However, with the growth of Internet companies such as Airbnb and VRBO, there has been a significant rise in this activity. While there are many benefits to sharing one’s home, it presents challenges for the City’s neighborhood, its zoning regulations and to an already tight housing stock.”

The Home Sharing Ordinance outlines the main criteria for Home-Sharing:
-Short-term rental of one’s own primary residence only
-No more than 180 days a year
-You must possess a Transient Occupancy Tax Registration Certificate from the Office of Finance
-Operation of only one short-term rental in the City
-Approval from a landlord (if a tenant)
-Not located in a unit subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance
-Home-Sharing takes place in area approved for residential

There are specific rules for enforcement of the ordinance...”fines or fees will accrue if the non-permitted activity does not ceased within a specified time.”

For more complete information see the Los Angeles City 2017 Home Sharing Ordinance Background & Frequently Asked Questions.

 

HYPERION AVENUE SPRING CLEAN UP 2016

Among the volunteers were a dozen students from John Marshall High School's Environmental Science Academy. They worked hard at removing graffiti, picking up loads of trash and removing weeds from the parkway. More than 30 trash bags were filled.

FHRA Vice President Shirley Mims, one of the March 20th event's coordinators said, "I hope that this event helps to perpetuate care and maintenance for Hyperion Avenue."

 Despite the continuing drought there were plenty of weeds that found enough water to flourish along the Hyperion's parkway areas.

Despite the continuing drought there were plenty of weeds that found enough water to flourish along the Hyperion's parkway areas.

 City Councilmember David Ryu (left) joined with about three dozen neighborhood volunteers to clean up Hyperion between Tracy and DeLongpre on Sunday, March 20th.

City Councilmember David Ryu (left) joined with about three dozen neighborhood volunteers to clean up Hyperion between Tracy and DeLongpre on Sunday, March 20th.