AGENDA FOR April 4, 2011 MEETING
7:00 – 9:00 PM Joslyn Park
All ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION. ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE MEETING CHAIR 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE MEETING.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSION IS WELCOME. ONLY DIRECTORS MAY VOTE ON ISSUES BEFORE OPA.
TO FACILITATE AN EFFICIENT AND RESPECTFUL DISCUSSION, PLEASE WAIT UNTIL CALLED UPON BY THE MEETING CHAIR BEFORE SPEAKING.
NOTICED BOARD MEMBER ABSENCES: Swanson, Huq
Presentation by Miriam Mulder, City Architect, and Susan Cline, Assistant Director of Public Works – “State of the City” - representing projects planned in the City for the next 5 years (20 min).
Presentation by Randy Little/Walt Warriner – Follow-up discussion of view corridors and planting of native Torrey Pine trees in 2030 lot (15 min.)
7:00 to 9:00 PM REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
1. Introduction to OPA (Ludwinski - 1 minute)
3. Actions taken since last Board meeting
4. Approval of minutes from March Board meetings; see Attachments 1
5. Relocation of John Muir Elementary School Monthly Fundraising Event (Amy Hopper, 10 min.)
6. Neighborhood survey status action item (Taylor, 5 min.)
7. Report from Neighborhood Council (Auch, 15 min.), including follow-up on the water and fluoridation issue
8. Candidate transparency in funding (Marlow, 10 min)
9. Events Committee status (Nafshun 10 min.)
10. SMO Airport updates and action item (Perrone 10 min.)
11. Treasurer’s report and report of banking change (Godon-Tann 10 min.)
12. Membership report (Ludwinski, 5 min.)
13. Proposed policy on membership-wide email blasts; see Attachment 2 (Ludwinski, 10 min.)
14. Future agenda items
Next Meeting, May 2, 2011 Joslyn Park 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Date: March 7, 2011
Time: 7-9 PM
Location: Joslyn Park
Board Members in Attendance
Noticed Board Member Absences
Other Board Member Absences
Introduction to OPA
President Jan Ludwinski introduced the guest speaker at 7:05 PM
Presentation by Walt Warriner
Presentation on view corridors and planting of native Torrey Pine trees in the beach lot at 2030 Barnard Way.
• City received funding from US Forest service to plant 1,000 trees
• Trees help to meet AQMD air quality programs as well as tree cover calculation for City
• Planting on the beach lot at 2030 Barnard Way to be on April, 30, 2011
• New trees will be pruned to not block views from Sea Colony condos and surrounding areas
OPA BOD Call to Order
President Jan Ludwinski called the meeting to order at 7:25 PM
• Bowl-A-Thon was successful; highlighted by Michele’s fund raising total of $600. Well deserved round of applause for Michele!
• 3rd Annual Tree Hugger meeting to be held on Friday, March 18 at the Pier entrance on Ocean Ave. and Colorado Ave.
• SaMoHi will hold Graduation Night on June 21: Donated money and prizes, as well as volunteers, needed
• Big Blue Bus outreach meetings discussing fares, routes and schedule changes continue at various venues on March 8, 9 and 10
• Ocean Park Library Grand Re-opening will be on March 12 from 11 AM to 2 PM
• City Neighborhood Newsletter to be mailed shortly
Actions taken since last Board meeting
Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve January 10, 2011 meeting minutes, as amended, passed unanimously.
Motion to approve February 7, 2011 meeting minutes, as amended, passed unanimously.
Main Street Business Improvement Association
Gary Gordon, Executive Director of MSBIA , requested OPA support regarding sidewalk
signage and outdoor display of merchandise on Main Street. The signage and merchandise displays are controlled by City ordinance and MSBIA is requesting exemptions from this ordinance under a pilot program initiated in 2009. MSBIA to present to City Council on March 22, 2011.
Changes requested will focus on two exemptions to the City signage ordinance:
• Allow the use of sandwich board signs (wood only with chalkboard, not large plastic ones) for placement on public and private property
• Outdoor display of merchandise
Motion: To support the Main Street proposal made by Lori and seconded by Jeff; amended to include the size of sandwich boards and sidewalk placement to comply with ADA requirements. Lively discussion followed, including comments addressing: ADA requirements, minimum sidewalk space, no displays perpendicular to buildings, maximum sandwich board size, maximum planter size, limits on the number of bikes on display (Bike Attack), use of porous pavers in tree wells to expand walking space and use of public sidewalks for outdoor dining/seating.
Motion passed: 7 – yes, 2 – no and 1 – abstain
Bob gave the status report: The survey is not complete and a draft document will be available in a couple of weeks. Comments and discussion:
• Keep it simple
• Use scaled responses
• Process of delivering the survey to include: On-line form and with email blasts
Neighborhood Council Report
Patty made the report on the February meeting that included several topics:
• Report on 2300 Wilshire Project, Fluoridation of city water
• Candidate funding transparency meetings: March 22 City Council and March 30 to discuss State Assembly Bill AB 748 for campaign finance transparency
• Big Blue Bus issues (movement of stops, schedules and routes) and funding
• Bergamot Transit Village, March 8th report on City Traffic to City Council included flawed traffic study
• Dismissal of City Council liaisons to commissions or board meetings
David Auch volunteered to attend the March 19 Neighborhood Council meeting from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at Ken Edwards Center
Events Committee status
Lori announced that a 4th of July Parade meeting will be held the first week of April.
Ocean Park Library Grand Opening Activity
OPA will have a table at the Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, March 12 from 11 AM to 2 PM to solicit membership for OPA, sell t-shirts and give away bottles. Patty, Jeff and Jan volunteered to help.
SMO Airport updates
Michele made the SMO Airport report with the following highlights:
• The Analysis of SMO Flight Traffic, dated January 19, by John Fairweather was not
posted to the OPA website pending a revised report. Jan’s comments precipitated the
revised report, which will be posted when complete.
• City Council approved the Rand study of options for use of SMO in 2015, when the City’s agreement with the FAA expires
• The City Manager proposed that SMO not allow additional flight schools until further notice
• Meeting of Bob Turnbull, Airport Manager, with John Fairweather and other interested parties to be held soon
Patty made the Treasurer’s report, including the following comments:
· Set up Wells Fargo money market/saving and checking (no charge) accounts completed; the One West account will be closed after outstanding checks are processed
· Wells Fargo is considering including their stagecoach in the 4th of July Parade
· Created a Request for Check Form; a blank form will be added to the OPA website
· Submitted paperwork for the City Grant of $4,000 in support of OPA operations; City
· support of 4th of July Parade activity is funded separately
· City will allow commingling of operating Grant funds with the Membership account, but the Special Events funds must continue to be segregated
· Balances as of February 28, 2011:
· One West: $444
· Wells Fargo: Membership – Checking $1,659; Saving $500
· Wells Fargo: Special Events – Checking $2,969; Saving $5,000
· Total Balances: $10,572
Sadat made the Membership report as follows:
• 202 members
• Total of 1,018 contacts
• New Membership form in development, along with a membership outreach letter
Policy on membership-wide email blasts
Proposed policy on membership-wide email blasts was postponed until the April meeting.
Future agenda items
Meeting minute approvals for the 3/7/11 minutes
• SMO Airport
• OP Blvd.
4th of July Parade
Policy on email blasts
Next Meeting, April 4, 2011 Joslyn Park 7:00 – 9:00 PM
What: Report status of neighborhood survey
When: Draft in two weeks
What: Post electronic version of revised SMO Analysis Report
When: When revision is complete
Respecting our members’ busy lives and limited time availability, we endeavor to limit our email to only those considerations that are most important and worthy of their attention. It is therefore our policy to restrict all-membership emailing to the following purposes:
1) Notification of official OPA meetings
2) Notification of important pending business that is coming before a City Commission or the City Council that affects Ocean Park and that is to occur prior to the next OPA Board meeting
3) Provision of factual information aimed at educating the membership regarding upcoming ballot initiatives
4) Relaying of local government announcements, including transportation-related concerns, that are deemed of general interest to our membership
5) Conduct of membership business
6) By specific direction of the OPA Board