LARABA Meeting Minutes November 2012
Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association
Board Meeting Minutes
Monday, November 5th, 2012
ArtShare LA, 801 E. 4th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Present: Jonathan Jerald, Mark Walsh, Natalie Reynoso, Deborah Meadows, Tyler Wilson, Jack Richter, Edgar Varela, Jessica Whaley, Michael Tansey, Scott Ezzell, Wendy Sherman, Jim Scott, Shaun Thyne, Tanner Blackman, Emilio Pesquiera, Paul Mackley, Tim Keating, Steve Allwright, Jamie Bennett, Tom Minkler, Yuval Bar-Zemer, Alan Newman, Vincent Barrios, David Goldberg, Norm Solomon, Joseph Pitruzzelli, Laura Velkei
I. Roll Call and call to Order: 6:31 pm
II. Approval of September Minutes: Paul Mackley omitted from list of those present, this amendment confirms his presence at the September meeting. Tim moves to approve as amended, Jonathan seconds: approved unanimously.
III. Public Announcements:
A. Natalie Reynoso: Exhibition/Event at Lot 613 November 17. All invited
B. Scott Ezzell: Noise from Halloween event at Cornfields: if anyone has a complaint or concern, please contact the BID
C. Wendy Sherman introduces herself — wants to join the board
IV. BID Report: Michael Tansey:
A. BID took no position with regard to Ramirez Brothers project
B. BID would like us to consider proposal to close Rose between Traction and Third to create a park space similar to the one at Sunset Junction. Discussion deferred to consider another plan to swap Rose between Traction and Third for the Traction triangle and create a park there
C. Frances Hashimoto, former LARABA board member, creator of mochi ice cream, long time active member of Arts District communities, passed away. Services Sunday at JACCC
D. Jessica Whaley introduces herself. She is replacing Raquel at the BID. She said a meeting of relevant agencies has been organized to address the sound issues resulting from the Cornfields Halloween event
V. Finance Report: $37,200.00 in account plus current deposit of $2,700.00 for a total balance on hand of $39,700.00
VI. New Business
A. Wurstkuche conditions renewal: Tyler Wilson presents (Joseph recuses himself from discussion and vote). No changes to current operating conditions. Tim moves to approve, Paul seconds; approved with a single abstention (Joseph)
B. Regional Connector Representative board member assignment: Paul volunteers to represent the community to push for enhanced crosswalk improvements to encourage traffic into the community from the First and Alameda station and to lobby for reconfiguration of the intersection of Traction/Second/Alameda to permit two-way cross traffic directly from second to Traction across Alameda. Laura and Jonathan will serve as alternates
C. County Parking Lot: Joseph and Jonathan attended meeting with LA County officials and Tanner Blackman to negotiate opening the county lot along 4th Pl between Third and Hewitt to public parking. Renewable escrow deposit of $60k proposed by County, subject to further discussion. That cost to be borne by principal community businesses, including Angel City, Wurstkuche and Cedd Moses. Jamie Bennett moves to approve LARABA as fiscal receiver for the project. Paul seconds. Passes unanimously.
D. Winterfest Funding: Request from LADADSpace and Art Share for $2,500 to match
$2,500 from LADADSpace to support Winterfest. Paul moves to approve (illegible) seconds. Approved unanimously
E. Art Share Dance program: Kara Alter has created a dance program that offers lessons and will host performances at Art Share, $2000 requested to seed the program that hopes to become self sufficient. Jonathan moves to approve, Paul seconds, passes unanimously.
F. Homeless Meals Program letter: Scott Ezzell request we send a letter to CD14 requesting their assistance in moving the twice-weekly Catholic Workers meals program from Merrick between 4th Pl and Traction to a more appropriate location. Norm moves to approve with the provision that CD14 be asked to evaluate health and safety issues. Tim seconds. Approved with one dissenting vote (Paul)
G. Third and Traction murals RFF: deferred until January
H. LAPD break area rehabilitation: RFF to install benches and make the place livable Discussion. RFF deferred until January to give us an opportunity to find materials, explore donated tables, benches
I. Angel City Brewery CUP: Presentation by Alan Newman: Review of commitment to hours (closing 10 pm weeknights, midnight Friday and Saturday, although Alan reserves the right to extend hours when there are special events). However, he will not permit promoters to host music events and amplified music will not be permitted in the shed, and he will provide all security as required by LAPD. Alan also offered to make the shed available to the community and hopes it can utilized for cultural events (plays, readings, etc. No action.
J. Triangle Swap Meet: Shaun Thyne has proposed a LARABA-sponsored monthly art swap meet on the Traction Triangle at Bloom Square, with permission from property owner. Requests LARABA provide insurance rider (cost about $170) for trial event at the end of the month. Joseph moves to approve, Tim seconds, approved unanimously
K. Annual Meeting Plans: Monday, December 3rd, 6:30 pm at Nola’s: induction of new board members, election of officers and community mixer: Request to approve $1,500 for refreshments. Joseph moves to approve, Laura seconds, passes unanimously
L. 213 Group Micro Brewery at the former Crazy Gideon’s site on Traction: plans to be updated in January
VII. Public Comment/Announcements
A. Jonathan reminds everyone LADADSpace still collecting used cell phones as part of fundraising for Arts District Center for the Arts– drop off point at District gallery
VIII. Adjournment: 8:40 pm. Whew!