April 8, 2019
Picfair Village Neighborhood Association General Meeting
Kick-off by PVNA president, Michael Plante
- Chris Burton – Informed and urged us to attend: CAT, Community + Art + Talk, an event presented by Art Active and Pico NC. May 11th, 11am-2pm. A collaborate art project/experience followed by a professionally led discussion on inclusion and belonging during this time of deepening tribalism.
- Chris also shared that he hosts “Mindfulness Mondays” on Mondays from 7-7:30PM at Brainworks – 5364 W Pico Blvd.
- Hydee Feldstein discussed state senate bills 4 and 50:
- SB50 – results in zero zoning rules within ½ mile of a transit stop or ‘jobs rich area”, does not define bus corridors. Jobs-rich area definition is vague.
- Opposition is due by April 17
- Meeting regarding this on April 30 – 7:30 pm at Temple Beth Am Synagogue – 1039 S La Cienega Blvd.
Update from Treasurer – Valerie Woodson
- As of March 31, 2019, PVNA has funds of $969.14.
- Mentioned that some of this money would be used for updating meeting notice signs.
Parking: resident concerns
- Concern voiced over gardening/landscaping business company trucks parking on 1500 block of Curson. Have been up to 6 trucks parked. Legality of this parking? Noticed that the business logo/phone # info on sides of trucks have been covered up while parked.
- Advised that Western Parking Enforcement can mark the business trucks.
- Question on 1800 block of Genesee getting preferential parking – heavy traffic from 18th and Fairfax, DOT survey?
- Concern on camper parking along Venice.
- Liz Carlin – deputy for Herb Wesson’s office answered some questions:
- Regarding campers/vans – it is legal to live in these vehicles based on the homelessness issue in LA. They have to obey posted street signs.
- In order to change parking rules, 75% of the residents of the block(s) affected need to approve. The 75% do not need to be owners, just residents. If owner lives off-site, their tenant would be the signature needed.
- For permit parking to be adopted, need to be in 6 block or more segments.
- Average of 3 year wait for preferential/permit parking applications. This process requires gathering signatures.
- Apartment residents (renters) and single family home owners can buy parking permits for the preferential parking blocks they live on.
- Question on whether an existing preferential parking area could be expanded and if that would speed the application process – example of 1400 block.
- A neighbor who could not attend the meeting had a general comment that permit parking is not good. No elaboration given.
- Concern voiced over RV explosion near the Kaiser Permanente (outside of Picfair Village) and safety of these vehicles.
- There are new signs posted by the DOT on parts of Venice stating no vehicles over 22 feet allowed to park.
- Concern raised about residents walking dogs off-leash. Response that one can call Animal Services or LAPD
- Animal Services does not provide free signs regarding municipal codes regarding leash laws.
- Concern was raised about large construction projects and if these could be better communicated to neighbors in advance. “Respectful Neighborship”
- Call out that there is still a 30% tax credit to install solar.
- Question on if there was any update regarding adding a stop sign at the corner of Ellsmere and Saturn. A neighbor from previous meeting had asked how to go about requesting one from the city. No update.
- Concern raised over a notice of more homeless people in the area.
- Question on measure HHH and how are those funds being directed to help the homelessness issue. Bridge housing projects?
- Recommendation that neighbors reach out to their government representatives demanding they address the homelessness problem.
- Concern raised over Air BnB’s / VRBO’s in the neighborhood.
- ADU’s (accessory dwelling unit) cannot be used for Air BnB’s or VRBO’s.
Events coming up:
- Lookin’ Good – Feelin’ Better, pop-up clinic Saturday April 13th 11am-3pm 3717 S La Brea. (Free STI/HIV testing and outreach)
- Taste of Soul Family Festival – $500 Taste of Soul scholarships – Bakewell Media’s Taste of Soul is awarding $20-$500 scholarships to select high school students. If interested, please apply at tasteofsoul.org/scholarship
- St Elmo Village – 50th anniversary celebration, May 25 & 26th (memorial day weekend), 4830 St Elmo Drive.
Reminder to attend the update from CERT on disaster preparedness. Meeting on April 27th at 9:30am. Location to be announced.
Call to bring neighbors and increase turnout and involvement in future PVNA meetings.