GREATER ECHO PARK ELYSIAN NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL PRESIDENT KWAZI NKRUMAH VICE PRESIDENT MANICITO “FENDER” SANTOS TREASURER EVA MEJIA CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER PAUL BOWERS BOARD OF GOVERNOR’S MEETING Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:00 P.M. CERTIFIED NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL APRIL 16, 2002 MEETING LOCATION: Filipino American Community Center 1740 W Temple Los Angeles, CA 90026 TELEPHONE: (213)400 9155 WEBSITE: ECHOPARKNC.ORG EMAIL: INFO@GEPENC.ORG MAILING ADDRESS P.O. BOX 261046, LA CA 90026 DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES Veronica Arellano Matt Sharp Katrina Bouza Judith Garcia D1 D1 D1 D2 Richard Courtney D2 Ann-Marie Holman D2 Gordon H. Lake D3 “Rio” Jill Contreras D3 Santiago E. Perez D3 Paula Guadron D4 Tad Yenawine D4 Jessica Cutler D4 Mellie Bautista Carolina Jimenez Vincent Rodriguez Alma Baja Avelyn J Tapia D5 D5 D5 D5 D5 AGENDA 1. Administrative items……………………………………………………………………………………….. 8 minutes a. Roll Call b. Approval of Minutes c. Recognitions d. President’s Report DONE Board Training…………………………………………………………………………………… 25-30 minutes 3. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items ................... ………………………………………. 8 minutes (Public Comment will be limited to 90 seconds per person) 2. 4. Announcements………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4 minutes Reports of State Electeds, Council Districts, and/or Various City Agencies .……… 12 minutes 6. Community and Stakeholder Organizations……………………………………………………… 6 minutes 5. 7. Motions and Resolutions .................................................................................... 60 minutes Discussion/possible action on the following agenda items for October 28th 2014 BOG Meeting: A. PLUC (Planning and Land Use Committee) Recommendations: 1. The GEPENC-PLUC recommends to the Joint Executive Committee and BOG to support stakeholder opposition and/or appeals to item ZA-2014-2088-CUB, SemiTropical Bar at 1412 No. Glendale Blvd. due to failure to fully comply with requests for accurate information on the nature of this venture, concerns over parking, alcohol and general environmental impacts on community residents in an area with a high concentration of children, schools, and child care facilities. B. Public Safety Committee Recommendation: 1. Ask the GEPENC Board to write a letter that requests the LAPD Captains, North East LAPD and Ramparts Divisions, North East and Ramparts Internal Affairs, Police Commissioner and other relevant entities such as the City of Los Angeles, City Attorney’s office to respond to the numerous complaints filed by various stakeholders about police misconduct and how to increase police transparency, communication, and accountability. (Please see attached letter --- Attachment A --- for further details.) -Moved by Rio, Seconded by Maria Unanimously approved C. General Motions and/or Resolutions: 1. Recommendation to amend or submit a new community impact statement indicating the opposition by GEPENC to last minute amendments by the City Attorney’s Office to the proposed ordinance on vending and camping in public parks which could be used to suppress public protest and penalize the sharing of food, particularly with people who are homeless. (See Attachment B) 2. Possible action on proposals by the president toward initiation of a By-laws Committee to review and propose improvements to the current By-Laws and Standing Rules of GEPENC, as agreed at the September 23rd BOG meeting. 3. Possible action on proposals/nominations by the president toward forming a Grievance Committee as was agreed at the September 23rd BOG meeting. This committee shall review a complaint filed by Ms. Ida Talalla prior to the April elections. 4. Recommendation that the Board of Governors appoint the following individuals to the Parks, Public Works and Environment Committee: Jessica Meaney (community representative), Gordon Lake, Kwazi Nkrumah, Paul Bowers and Santiago Perez. (Proposed by the President and the committee chair.) 5. Recommendation that the Board of Governors request in writing to LA City Department of Recreation and Parks to coordinate with Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency and United Way LA to ensure transitional housing opportunities are presented to homeless persons in local parks by trained homeless outreach personnel. (Proposed by Matt Sharpe, Parks, Public Works and Environmental Concerns Committee Chair) 6. Recommendation for reduction in physical meeting agenda posting locations from five to one; and designation of the most appropriate place by the GEPENC BOG. 7. Reports from officers and committee chairs………………………. 15 minutes 8. Future agenda items………………………………………………… 3 minutes. 9. Adjournment ATTACHMENTS Attachment A. (1) We ask the GEPENC Board to write a letter that requests the LAPD Captains, North East LAPD, North East Internal Affairs, Police Commissioner and other relevant entities such as the City of Los Angeles, City Attorney’s office to respond to the numerous complaints filed by various stakeholders about North East police misconduct and how to increase police transparency, communication, and accountability. Please see attached letter for further details. -Moved by Rio, Seconded by Maria Unanimously approved Sample Letter: On behalf of the Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC), we are writing this letter to express our concerns regarding the policing tactics used by the Northeast Division of the LAPD since the enactment of a gang injunction in the area. The Public Safety has heard from numerous stakeholders during public comment, both with the current board and previous board, that North East Police Officers have increased stops, ticketing, harassment, surveillance, and discrimination within the last year; many community members report feeling unsafe and in fear due to police misconduct. Various stakeholders have asked the Public Safety Committee to assist in solving these concerns; therefore, we submit a list of concerns and requests below. The GEPENC General Board met on _______ to discuss this motion and voted ______ to ______ to forward this communication and request for response. Our council would like a response to our letter within two-weeks of receipt of this letter. Specifically, we are raising concerns as well as reporting on each the following: 1. There has been an increase in stop and frisks - particularly of young people of color resulting in numerous encounters that decrease trust and positive relations between residents and law enforcement. 1A. We are making a formal request that the Division send data monthly to the GEPENC on the number of foot and auto stops by race, gender, age, zip code, location of stop, reason for stop and result of stop. 1B. We are requesting a copy of the written policy governing the LAPD on street stops, including the definitions for "reasonable suspicion" and "probable cause" that need to be met (according to LAPD command) in order to make a stop. 1C. We are requesting an immediate end to stop and frisks that don't meet the threshold of reasonable suspicion or probable cause, and re-training of all patrol and gang officers in Northeast Division on these policies. 1D. We urge that the Northeast Division LAPD Command work with the Neighborhood Council and community based organizations to establish an alternative to arrest for area residents to prevent and reduce stops, ticketing and arrests. 1E. We are requesting the number of people served under the gang injunction and the number of stops associated with people who have been served. 2. There has been an increase in surveillance of residents (by car, home visits, helicopter as well as other possible strategies unknown to the community). 2A. We are requesting an inventory on the surveillance strategies and equipment employed by the Northeast Division. 2B. We are requesting a copy of LAPD policy regarding surveillance and the standards that need to be met before families are followed. 2C. We are requesting a report monthly on the number of times helicopters are deployed, the location they are deployed to, the reason for the deployment and the results of the deployment. 2D. We are requesting an immediate end to all surveillance of individuals and families that do not meet legal standards required under LAPD policy, state and Constitutional law. 3. Residents have regularly submitted civilian complaints against Northeast officers - both regarding their actions in court and on the street. Those complaints have not either been investigated or been investigated within a time that is reasonable, and with a thoroughness that is warranted. We make a request of documentation of the responses taken to address complaints. 3A. We are making a formal request that the Division send data monthly to the GEPENC Area Neighborhood Council on the number of civilian complaints by race, gender, age and zip code of complaints, location of interaction, reason for complaint and result of complaint. 3B. We are requesting a copy of the written policy governing the LAPD on the process for investigating complaints as well as the discipline process. We are further requesting that the NE Division command meet monthly with the Neighborhood Council's Public Safety Committee to discuss progress on each of these action steps, as well as planning efforts to reduce aggressive and confrontational suppression strategies including the gang injunction. Thank you for your attention, (Signed by PS Committee and NC Chairs) cc: LA City Attorney Mike Feuer Attachment B. City Attorney’s last minute amendments to the vending ordinance for public parks which should be opposed. -----Original Message----From: Teresa Sitz <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Kwazi Nkrumah <email@example.com> Sent: Thu, Oct 9, 2014 7:42 am Subject: Your Vending Ordinance CIS Hi Kwazi, I was researching the City Attorney's ordinance against vending and found that GEPENC has approved it. I've attached the text of the ordinance. It prohibits SLEEPING for anyone deemed camping (residing) in parks and beaches. This is an end run around the Jones Settlement and is little more than an anti-vagrancy law. It also prohibits tents which seems to be an effort to prohibit OCCUPY-style protests. I'm pretty sure it will also be used to prevent people from giving food to homeless people. The fines are EXORBITANT and include a JAIL sentence - $100, $250 and $1000 for first, second and third offences. You might want to reconsider your council's statement. I think you could just write a new one. The EYF/PS committees will be submitting a motion against this ordinance. Teresa Teresa Sitz Silver Lake Neighborhood Council At-Large Representative Secretary, SLNC Co-chair, Education, Youth and Families Committee http://www.silverlakenc.org Please see notice on the following page. Por favor, vea el aviso en la proxima página. GREATER ECHO PARK ELYSIAN NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL SPECIAL JOINT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOG MEETING 10/23/2014 AGENDA Se les pide al public de llenar una tarjeta con sus datos de dirigir palabra a la mesa directive del concilio en referencia a cualquir asunto de la agenda, y antes de que el concilio tome acción sobre el asunto. Comentario de public sobre asuntos de agenda serán atendidos solamente cundo el respective asunto está bajo consideración. El comentario del public sobre otros asuntos que no aparecen en la agenda y están en la jurisdicción de concilio serán escuchados durante el period del comentario del public en general. Por favor note que bajo la ley de “Brown Act”, el concilio no puede hacer nada de recomendaciones al respect durante el de un committee. El comentario del public está limitado a dos minutos por participante, amenos de que el limite de uno minute sea suspendido por el official del Concilio que preside la junta. Las agendas de las juntas del Concilio de la Vecindad del Echo Park Elysian son puestas a la vista del public en general para conocimiento en las siguientes sitios: 1) La Biblioteca de Edendale – 2011 W. Sunset Blvd,. LA 90026; 2) La Biblioteca del Echo Park – 1410 W. Temple Street, LA 90026; 3) Masa Café – 1800 W. Sunset Blvd., LA 90026; 4) Chango Café – 1559 Echo Park Ave., LA 90026; and 5) Tienda de almacén (A-Grocery Warehouse) – 1487 W. Sunset Blvd., LA 90026. Las agendas también se pueden haller en el sitio official de GEPENC en la red-electronica www.gepenc.org. El public, y miembros de la vecindad de Echo Park Elysian también pueden suscribir al Sistema de notificación de la ciudad de Los Angeles “Early Notification System” (ENS), a través del le red-electronica de la ciudad www.lacity.org, para recibir noticias de las juntas del concilio de la vecindad del Echo Park Elysian. 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Please note that under the Brown Act, the Committee is prevented from acting on a matter that you bring to its attention during the General Public Comment period; however, the issue raised by a member of the public may become the subject of a future Committee meeting. Public comment is limited to 1 minute per speaker, unless waived by the presiding officer of the Committee. The agendas for the GEPENC meetings are posted for public review at the following locations: 1) Edendale Library – 2011 W. Sunset Blvd., LA 90026; 2) Echo Park Branch Library -1410 W. Temple Street, LA 90026; 3) Masa Café – 1800 W. Sunset Blvd., LA 90026; 4) Chango Café – 1559 Echo Park Ave., LA 90026; and 5) A-Grocery Warehouse – 1487 W. Sunset Blvd., LA 90026, as well as at the GEPENC’s official website at www.gepenc.org. Stakeholders may also subscribe to the City of Los Angeles Early Notification System (ENS), through the City’s website at www.lacity.org, to receive notices for GEPENC meetings. 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