Heroes on Hillhurst

We had so much fun getting to know our fearless fire fighters and couldn’t fit all the great photos into the Overview article so here you go!

Thomas Starr King Middle School — N O T I C E — OF CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES

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PROJECT LOCATION: Thomas Starr King Middle School 4201 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

CONSTRUCTION DATES: October 2018 – June 2019

WORK HOURS: Monday to Friday: 12 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays/Holidays: 8 am to 5 pm (only when absolutely necessary)

Click below link to see full notice will all info about construction at Thomas Starr King Middle School.

Notice of Construction Activities

Shakespeare Bridge Garden Re-Dedication

Thanks everyone and the FHRA board for coming out on a fine Saturday in June to celebrate the re-dedication of the Shakespeare Bridge Garden! The garden is once again ours to enjoy and maintain. We'll continue to have garden work parties to spruce it up (let me know if you can help lead this up). We'll also celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the garden in November.

Special Thanks! to Jane Cantillon for bringing Newman and Fletcher to play delightful 1920s music during the event; to Chef Mick Brown (BBQ Black Panther) for his delicious BBQ; to neighbors, FHRA and Say Cheese for your contributions to the potluck; to Councilmember David Ryu's office for the tables and chairs; and to David Brooks for supplying power for the band. We also appreciate officials who visited, spoke and mingled including Councilmember David Ryu, Board of Public Works Commissioner Heather Repenning, Seamus Garrity from Assemblymember Laura Friedman's office, and Cat Kim from the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council.

Attached are a few photos for your enjoyment courtesy of Cat Kim, Daniel Park and Shirley Mims. 

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: 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.