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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Just Like City Hall on Fridays!

Here at the Neighborhood Council its been an hour and we've yet to do any business. Right now we're honoring cheerleaders with certificates from Tom LeBong.

In the meantime crime is through the roof in our section of CD4.

Can we get to agenda or is Mickey Mouse coming next?

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15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Coulda been worse, Sam. Be grateful they broke up the Vineland Boyz. Small favors...

April 09, 2008 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh god. I believe we (NC's) should give certs often but cheerleaders and Tom LaBonge? Ludicrous.

Any good public comment there?

New developments? New projects? Hell, it's NoHo for god's sake..

What's on your planning and land use report?

April 09, 2008 7:57 PM  

Anonymous Tim said:

Speaking of crime, have you read this bizarre story out of City Terrace from yesterday?

2 killed after apparent holdup bid leads to taxi crash

April 09, 2008 9:31 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

What's on your planning and land use report?

Whether or not a guy building three houses on a big lot should put vines on their concrete wall or not.

April 09, 2008 9:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What are the suggestions you've brought to them that they've ignored?

April 09, 2008 9:59 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Not wasting money on things like planting trees or video cameras or cheerleader outfits and instead working on outreach to put butts in the seats at the meeting so they can actually catch some attention from th electeds..

April 09, 2008 11:00 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Kevin James plays Matt Dowd vs Richard alarCON dueling Public Comments about Jamiel's Law

click here for audio

April 09, 2008 11:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Excellent job. You are exactly right. We get the money to outreach so we later uprise, fight and hold the electeds responsible. It takes a long time to make small communities work, but when it happens, look out!

You should still be working with all of the developers though. You can get mitigation money. That always pulls out residents who will want a say in that.

April 10, 2008 1:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Although I do think vines on a concrete wall is a good issue if the surrounding neighbors actually show up and voice their complaints or approval of the vines.

April 10, 2008 1:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES.

...I am concerned that ICE enforcement actions are creating an impression that this region is somehow less hospitable to these critical businesses than other regions," Villaraigosa wrote in a March 27 letter to Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
In his letter, Villaraigosa said ICE has targeted "established, responsible employers" in industries that have "significant reliance on workforces that include undocumented immigrants.


SO MAYOR ITS OK FOR EMPLOYERS AND ILLEGALS TO BREAK THE LAW AS LONG AS BUSINESS IS GETTING DONE...MORON!!!!

April 10, 2008 6:45 AM  

Anonymous Anup Dahiya said:

whats are the suggestions............

April 10, 2008 7:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You know as well as everyone that the NCs are near worthless. A NC recommendation is only accepted if it's insignificant or else already on the CM's agenda.

Why don't you do something worthwhile... you know that a NC, under circumstances, can present a "file"...

Did you know, that L.A. will not remove and has no laws to remove graffiti from the sides of commercial trucks, with all the millions of dollars spent on graffiti abatement. You can call 311 to have graffiti removed from buildings but if you state that the graffiti is on a vehicle then they'll say there is nothing that can be done.

Los Angeles needs a law which states that graffiti must be removed from vehicles. Apparently, there is a fear that legally it will be contested in court using "free speech" arguments (absolutely anything can be contested in court, of course).

Councilmember's office indicates that they are working on getting the City Attorney to draft an ordinance. This has been ongoing for about a year. The Lead LAPD Officer of our area says that there is nothing that he can do.

Similarly, there is no L.A. City law to remove graffiti from buildings, except from vacant buildings, although graffiti removal is done citywide (apparently without legal justification). L.A.M.C. Sec. 91.8904 requires removal of graffiti on vacant buildings. So, most graffiti removal in L.A. is actually done only by owner consent.... again, the exception is that owners are legally required to remove graffiti from vacant buildings.

So therefore, there is a big inconsistency here. Laws are provided for graffiti removal on vacant buildings but not on vehicles or not on occupied buildings.

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FYI, the L.A. Municipal Code regarding graffiti removal from vacant buildings.

SEC. 91.8904. SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR VACANT PROPERTY GRAFFITI REMOVAL.

(Title and Section Amended by Ord. No. 171,175, Eff. 7/25/96.)

91.8904.1. Duties of the Owner of Vacant Property. (Amended by Ord. No. 172,782, Eff. 9/30/99.) It shall be unlawful for the owner or person in control to permit the accumulation of trash, debris, vehicle parts, rubbish, excessive vegetation or other similar nuisance conditions on a parcel or in and around any building or structure located on a parcel. The Department may order the fencing of such a parcel in the manner described below.

It shall be unlawful for the owner or person in control of a parcel of land, to allow to exist a vacant building or structure which is open to unauthorized entry on that land. The entire building or structure shall be securely maintained. The owner or person in control of a vacant building, structure, or lot which is open to unauthorized entry shall secure all openings, accessible for entry from the exterior of the building or structure, and where appropriate, the entire lot itself, with one of the following methods:

(it continues, with my emphasis...)

It shall also be unlawful for the owner or person in control to allow to exist any graffiti on a building or fence when that graffiti, as defined in Section 49.84 of this Code, is visible from a public street or alley. It shall also be unlawful if the owner or person in control refuses to consent to the removal of the graffiti by the City after being notified by the Department that the City intends to remove the graffiti.

Owners, whose property displays graffiti, shall completely remove the graffiti by washing, sandblasting or chemical treatment or shall completely and uniformly cover or otherwise obscure the graffiti with paint or other approved materials.
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April 10, 2008 7:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jamiel's Law can be brought before the City Council through the new powers of the NC, by presenting it as a "file".

April 10, 2008 7:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MS:

You've said what you're against at your NC meeting, but what is it that you're for? What are those things that you wish they would work on?

Maybe the anti-grafitti idea is a good one. Why should trucks owned by people who don't care to keep them clean be allowed to become mobile tagging sites?

April 10, 2008 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I personally, just go out and illegally paint over the graffiti on the truck or the building. If I go to jail for painting over graffiti - oh well.

April 10, 2008 1:41 PM  

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