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O'Bin House Aims to Clear Up ASNC's Inventory Confusion

Treasurer Mark Legassie is welcoming community members to view the contents of the ASNC's "missing" storage bin.

Missing? Misplaced? Unaccounted for?

None of the above, says former Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Treasurer Mark Legassie in response to the ongoing imbroglio surrounding the board's inventory.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, Legassie will hold an O'Bin House from 2-4 p.m. at 5710 Monterey Road. The purpose, he says, is to invite community members to have a look at a storage bin that was purchased for the Hermon Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) by the ASNC.

Click here to read more about the O'Bin House.

The bin, and its contents, were among several items listed as unaccounted for by ASNC Treasurer Judy Knapton in an inventory report released in October listing more than $11,000 in missing items.

Sycamore Grove Representative and Hermon resident Joseph Riser disputed the report, saying it was "a little inflammatory" to suggest that the items were missing, when they were in fact purchased for community organizations.

Legassie responded the Knapton's report as well, releasing a 19-page report complete with references to motions showing that many of the expenditures were made for local community groups.

The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has recommended that the board publicly devise a plan of action to reach out to the parties believed to be in possession of the items.

"This process will ensure that the Board has agreed as a body with respect to its property and how possession of the property should be addressed," a letter from Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Interim General Manager Grayce Liu. "Other items should be removed from the inventory list if they were lost/broken/discarded or specifically issued to another organization."

Luis February 09, 2013 at 03:47 PM
And precisely why are my tax dollars being spent to stock up some massive storage bin for Hermon? Did Lagassie and the other survivalists of Hermon propose similar stocks of "emergency supplies" for Sycamore Grove, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, and Mount Washington? Or is this store of supplies the exclusive "hoard" only distributed to Hermon? It has become increasingly clear: the Risers, Lagassie, and the other enablers of Hermon participate in the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council to take more than their share of funds for personal pet projects and stuff that now appears to have been moved from their garages in to a bin to cover possible misappropriation of funds. What a farce.
David Brunk February 09, 2013 at 05:17 PM
What has become increasingly clear is that people like Luis have been mislead into thinking that this CERT material, a program run by LAFD, has been in the bin all along, and was voted on by the Board for this purpose. Each community chooses it's own projects and the Board votes up or down. The farce is that this all strated over $150 worth of key chains and an electronic signature and has escalated into losing funding for a full year and never ending accusations. It is time for the ASNC to get back to the communities business. David Brunk, Founding Member of the ASNC
David Brunk February 09, 2013 at 05:18 PM
What has become increasingly clear is that people like Luis have been mislead into thinking that this CERT material, a program run by LAFD, has been in the bin all along, and was voted on by the Board for this purpose. Each community chooses it's own projects and the Board votes up or down. The farce is that this all strated over $150 worth of key chains and an electronic signature and has escalated into losing funding for a full year and never ending accusations. It is time for the ASNC to get back to the communities business. David Brunk, Founding Member of the ASNC
Nimby pimp February 09, 2013 at 05:23 PM
By all appearances, this Legassie fellow seems to be tiresome and silly man. Let's move on.
la-agog February 09, 2013 at 07:20 PM
It is very easy to see the struggle on both "sides," however, I think we can all agree that the current board is the elected body, the side with the public platform and the side that ultimately decides what they want to focus on and why. The responsibility to "move on" is on them.
la-agog February 09, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Agreed. As a non-active member of a neighborhood represented by the ASNC, I struggle with why a group of my neighbors would one the one hand generously volunteer their time and, yet, on the other, act in ways that appear so petty and contradictory to what community involvement is all about. Perhaps the situation got a little to heated and now we're all just wandering around the forrest looking for trees.

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