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Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Meets Monday Evening

The 21-item agenda includes a motion to transfer emergency equipment to the Los Angeles Fire Department, ethics discussions and a review of a Hermon Dog Park grant request.

The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council will meet Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Ramona Hall Community Center, located at 4580 North Figueroa St.

Here's a look at some of the key items on this week's agenda:

Transfer of CERT Supplies to LAFD

  • (Martha Benedict, 10 minutes). DONE’s funding manager Armando Ruiz recently provided new guidelines regarding CERT supplies per the City Attorney. To comply, the ASNC Board voted 2/4/13 (16 in favor, 1 abstaining) to transfer ownership of the storage bin and ASNC-purchased contents located at 5710 Monterey Road to the Los Angeles Fire Department. If approved, ASNC will provide LAFD Capt. Christopher Cooper a Memo of Understanding and Memo of Sale per DONE, with a public transfer at a date to be determined

Jay Handal of Councils for Councils, a peer mentorship group that helps struggling neighborhoods in times of crisis, told Patch that the transfer of the CERT materials would put to rest a longstanding area of disagreement for the board.

"A formal transfer is the quickest, cleanest way to get it to LAFD. A formal vote of the neighborhood council is all it's going to take to do it," Handal said. "You have a bunch of stuff that is there for the community, it was just handle in a way that was procedurally wrong."

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"Public Benefit"

  • (Judy Shane, 5 min.) The ASNC uses the phrases “benefits all” and “public benefit” to guide decisions on funding requests. Discussion and possible action to clarify what these mean.

What does public benefit really mean? A question worth asking for any public board that approves or rejects projects based on their perceived benefit to the community.

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Hermon Dog Park Grant to be Reviewed by Budget & Finance

  • (Jay Handel per City Attorney, 5 min.) The Budget & Finance Committee shall be directed to evaluate the NPG application made by the 501(c)3 Hermon Dog Park to fund a Pet Adoption Festival at the North Central Animal Shelter on May 11, 2013.

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The full agenda for Monday's meeting can be downloaded above.

la-agog February 25, 2013 at 06:26 PM
The entire point of this project was to provide the community immediate access to CERT supplies in the event of an emergency, particularly useful if regular city services and personnel are unavailable. That is the "public benefit" here that has been lost.
Nimby pimp February 25, 2013 at 07:37 PM
How was the "community" to access these supplies? Who was to administrate distribution?
la-agog February 25, 2013 at 08:11 PM
My memory is a little fuzzy as I wasn't directly involved, but: I believe that there were several sets of keys and smaller emergency packs that neighbors agreed to house (I think these were first aid kits and flashlights), as well as a general plan as to who does what and when if a citywide disaster were to take place (all on a volunteer basis). It was my understanding that there was a block-by-block map drawn up of the area with volunteer "block captains" that would check in with neighbors / help evacuate homes within their zone and coordinate with all other captains at the agreed upon point (can't remember if this was at the bin, church or a parking lot where triage could be setup). I know that there was an initial push to train as many neighbors as possible in basic emergency survival skills (like CPR) and as a way to get them involved and aware. I'm sure someone directly involved with the project could shed better light on the logistics.
Alice M. February 25, 2013 at 08:17 PM
la-agog...... quite a bit of what you reference seems to be here, including the block captains map: http://www.hermonla.org/Hermon/Emergency_Preparedness.html
Nimby pimp February 25, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Fuzzy sounds about right. When it comes to taxpayer money, best to leave public safety to the professionals. If folks want to play firemen, let them use their own money to buy their toys. Ridiculous.
la-agog February 25, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Absolutely no need to be rude. Obviously you disagree with the allocation of funds, but keep in mind that a group of neighbors outlined a community need and volunteered to make it happen.
la-agog February 25, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Alice, Thanks for pointing me to the link.
Nimby pimp February 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM
@agog. I apologize for what appeared to be rudeness. I do believe that the people involved exercised poor judgement with public funds.
Mark Legassie February 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Regarding this agenda item regarding CERT supplies, this is incorrect information and already a moot point since the LAFD denied our request last week. I asked the LAFD Disaster Preparedness Unit CERT Lead, Capt. Christopher Cooper, if he would take ownership of our CERT supplies in Hermon. See the email response from the LAFD posted to this article above. On Feb 19th, Capt Cooper stated to me (and then verified in writing--again, see email posted to this article) that they do not have the resources to get involved and that they agreed with the Hermon CERT Team's recommendation to do a no-cost, stay-in-place NPG (Neighborhood Purposed Grant) that would change the legal owner on paper only to a safety-related non-profit organization. Everything else, including storage location, custodians , etc would remain the same as today. On another note, Hermon CERT's "O'Bin House" held on 2/9 displayed all of the Emergency Bin contents for anyone interested. Approximately 200 people from neighborhoods across LA attended. Hope you were able to stop by, but if you couldn't and would like a tour, please send a request to marklegassie@gmail.com. p.s Attached in case you haven't seen it -- DONE's letter retracting all allegations against me after two separate re-reviews. The letter states that ASNC's finances were conducted in accordance with both city law & standard accounting practices! All charges fabricated by two revengeful officers were unfounded!
la-agog February 27, 2013 at 01:59 AM
nimby pimp - No hard feelings. I've seen you commenting here and can tell that you're passionate. I also completely agree that poor judgement was exercised.
la-agog February 27, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Mark - It is completely easy to understand how you feel about this whole situation. If I were in your shoes, I would too. It is probably best for everyone involved if we try to put this to rest as best we can. I'd recommend that you do yourself and your community, Hermon, a huge favor and move on. I know that the project itself has had many positives (the involvement of countless neighbors, the larger recognition of its value as a model, etc.). Good luck as you build on those successes.

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