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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Morning Briefs on Tonight's LA-32 Neighborhood Council Meeting

Some quick notes on agenda items for tonight's LA-32 Neighborhood Council Meeting, presided by terminated LAPD Civilian Employee Marleen Fonseca (formerly Caudillo).
Its Millers ....., whoops, time for the monthly meeting of the LA-32 Neighborhood Council!!
** Blogger's Note: Please pardon the bloggin interruption but Summers are the busiest work time due to youth partaking in park programs. That said, tonight's meeting of the CD 14 Councilman Jose Huizar-controlled, LA-32 Neighborhood Council, merits some brief commentary due to questionable agenda items regarding expenditures and a potential, community-altering issue regarding the 710 Freeway.
1. Regarding Agenda Item # 30:
Discussion and Possible Action – Motion "That LA32NC contract a professional photographer to take photographs of General Board members of LA32NC for advertising and promotional purpose. Total amount not to exceed $400" (Membership and Outreach Committee 7/30/15 3-0-0)
Forgive me (naught!) for asking, but when in the age of Photoshop Software (which current LA-32 NC Treasurer Michelle Corzantes and husband Joshua, are proficient with, allegedly) , do a NC need to spend public dollars on a Professional Photographer? Surely, the likes of current NC President Marleen Fonseca (formerly Caudillo) and others, have numerous informal (and legally, formal frontal and sideways) photos that could suffice.
2. Regarding Agenda Item # 26:
Discussion and Possible Action – Motion "That LA32NC purchases from Our Town El Sereno up to $375.00 for 500 magazine/brochures, 8 pages both sided full color, size 11X17 fold to 8.5x11 stapled for advertising LA32 NC June 2015 and July 2015 events and board members and committees. (Membership and Outreach Committee 7/20/15 2-0-0)
Forgive me again (naught), but is this the same "Our Town El Sereno Monthly Magazine" created and owned by CD 14 Councilman Jose Huizar Staffer Julio Torres, who "recruited" most of the board members of the current NC incarnation? This smells "conflicting" to say the least.
3. Regarding Agenda Items 21 and 25:
21. Discussion and Possible Action – Motion "That LA32NC funds $500 for a mural on the El Sereno Stallions bin located at El Sereno Park. The LA32NC logo will be incorporated in the mural." (Beautification Committee 7/21/15 2-0-0).
25. Discussion and Possible Action – Motion "That LA32NC Co-sponsors with El Sereno Stallions Football and Cheer for the 6th Annual "Trunk a Treat" on October 29, 2015, and to fund up to and not to exceed $2,900.00 (line item will be provided for details) (Membership and Outreach Committee 7/20/15 2-0-0).
El Sereno Stallions Treasurer (and former NC Board Member) Roxy Melgar encouraging "voter turnout".
Just a thought, but how much public money has the Stallions Football and Cheer Program been granted in the last couple of years, compare to other community organizations (some documentation below)?
In 2014, CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar gave the Stallions $11,000 (not including NC money). 
In 2015, CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar gave the Stallions $20,000 (not including NC money).
Regarding Agenda Item # 22:
Discussion and Possible Action – Motion "That the LA32NC support the findings of the 710 Community Meetings regarding the 710 Draft Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Study and submit the letter compiled by the Organization in collaboration with the Stakeholders present at the Community meetings held on June 18, 2015 and July 29, 2015." (Land Use Committee 7/23/15 3-0-0).
Memo to LA-32 NC President Fonseca (formerly Caudillo), as a Stakeholder (and former NC Board Member), was a copy of the "letter compiled by the Organization", made public for review as specified by the Brown Act? This is extremely important, considering that community members may not know about a certain "Connector Road" being stealthily, forced upon them.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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