Agenda For Upcoming Board Meeting – Wednesday, June 19th

Kentwood Home Guardians Agenda
Monthly Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
Firestation #5 Community Room
8900 S. Emerson Avenue

1. Call to Order

2. Officer Reports

a) Secretary’s Report – review and approve minutes for May 15 meeting

b) Treasurer’s Report – review and approve May P&L Continue reading Agenda For Upcoming Board Meeting – Wednesday, June 19th

Board Election Results


We had a great turnout for our Annual Member Meeting yesterday! A special shout out to our Operations Manager, Audrey Melton, for a smooth and well-planned meeting. An extra thank you to her husband, Greg, and son, Scotty, for the audio and visual components of the meeting.

The election results are in and here are the results:

  • 3 Candidates for 3 Open Seats
  • Number of properties in membership – 3373
  • Not eligible to vote * – 4
  • Quorum needed ** – 169
  • Ballots cast – 283
  • Name doesn’t match – 0
  • Missing address/name – 5
  • Unsigned – 9
  • Number of ballots mailed in – 262
  • Number of ballots cast at meeting – 21
  • Returned/undeliverable election materials – 0
  • Aaron Torrence – 233 (elected)
  • Christa Copp – 237 (elected)
  • Deborah Wettstein – 240 (elected)
    * Owners who are delinquent in the payment of their assessments have their voting rights suspended
    **Quorum is the percentage of eligible voters needed to conduct the election; 169 required as per KHG election rules

A big fat thank you to our Election Inspector, Linda Kokelaar and her team – Stuart Blashill and Sandra Butler! We really rely on our volunteers and with so many members, our annual election and tabulation of the results is a big job. ❤

Congratulations to Aaron, Christa and Deborah! They join Tracy Thrower Conyers and Melissa Remer on the Board. It’s going to be a great year!

LAX Modernization Project (“LAMP”)

Earlier this year, Anna Kozma and Stephanie Sampson attended a KHG Board meeting to fill us in on LAMP plans.  It is going to be a very busy few years at LAX leading up to the Olympics.

Below is a follow up article that Tracy Thrower Conyers wrote for our most recent newsletter outlining all the exciting developments rolling out with LAMP.


Did you know that LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world and the second busiest in the US? Representatives from the LAX Modernization Project (“LAMP”) joined us at a recent Board meeting to share details on LAMP’s roll-out.

The Automated People Mover (“APM”) is an electric train system on a 2.25 mile elevated guideway with six stations – three inside the terminal loop and three outside. LAX expects the the APM to be fully operational in 2023. Construction should be starting in Summer/Fall of this year. In addition to reducing traffic, the APM will also leverage cutting-edge sustainability practices to reduce the airport’s overall carbon footprint. Find renderings of this exciting project here.

The APM project is expected to cost $2B and create more than 2,200 construction jobs. Ride duration is 10 minutes end to end and frequency is expected to be every two minutes. The cost to ride is free.

Other components of the project include the Intermodal Transportation Facility – West (“ITF-W”) scheduled to open in 2021, the Airport Metro Connector Station (AMC) scheduled to open in 2023, and the Consolidated Rental Car (ConRAC) facility, scheduled to open in 2023.

ITF-W will be a facility where passengers and employees can be dropped off or picked up outside the terminal area. The facility will include a 2.8M sq ft, 4-5 level parking structure with 7,700 public parking spaces, concessions and other amenities. The parking structure will also provide office space for the LAX Security and Badging Office. The parking structure is expected to open at the end of 2020.

The ConRAC facility will relocate over 20 existing rental car locations scattered around the airport into one location adjacent to the 405. The approximately 5.3M square foot facility will connect to the APM and feature 6,600 ready/return spaces, 10,000 idle vehicle storage spaces, 1,100 rental car employee spaces and “Quick Turn Around” facilities for car washing, fueling and light maintenance.

The Airport Metro Connector (AMC) Transit Station will be located near Aviation/96th and will include three at-grade Light Rail Transit platforms to be served by the Crenshaw/LAX Line and an extension of the Metro Green Line. There will also be a bus plaza, bike hub, pedestrian plaza and passenger vehicle pick-up and drop-off area. Read more about this exciting project here.

Read all the latest LAMP news here. You can subscribe for project updates on that same page.

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Agenda For Annual Member Meeting – Saturday, June 1st

Kentwood Home Guardians Agenda
Annual Meeting of Members
Saturday, June 1 • 12:30 pm
Firestation #5 Community Room
8900 S. Emerson Avenue

I. Registration Commences and Light Lunch Served (12:30 pm)

II. Announce Quorum & Call Meeting To Order & Pledge of Allegiance (1 pm)

III. A Few Words From Our Board President

IV. Approve Last Year’s Minutes

VI. Call for Nominations From the Floor

VI. Close Nominations

VII. Introduce Candidates

VIII. Close Registration

IX. Count Votes

X. Guest Speakers

  • Ileana Wachtel – New Developments in High Density Building
  • Garrett Smith – What is the Neighborhood Council?
  • Kimberly Fox – What is our NC doing about Density Development? The Role of PLUC
  • Aaron Torrence – ADU’s: Pros & Cons and Related Rules
  • Fred Puza – LMU Construction Update

XI. Expo Re Community Events

XII. Announce Election Results If Results Are Available

XIII. Adjourn Meeting

Agenda For Upcoming Board Meeting – Wednesday, May 15th

Kentwood Home Guardians Agenda
Monthly Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
Firestation #5 Community Room
8900 S. Emerson Avenue

1. Call to Order

2. Officer Reports

a) Secretary’s Report – review and approve minutes for April 17 regular meeting and April 24 special meeting

b) Treasurer’s Report – review and approve April P&L Continue reading Agenda For Upcoming Board Meeting – Wednesday, May 15th

Board Candidate Bios

Three candidates threw their hats in the ring for the three open Board seats. In alphabetical order by last name:

Crista Copp

Crista is a write-in candidate because she declared her candidacy after the cut-off for nominations.

Four years ago, Crista Copp arrived home after a 2-hour commute from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) to her home in Long Beach and announced she was moving to Westchester. It took over 6 months, and a lot of juggling, then her family found themselves owning in Kentwood. Having already been familiar with the neighborhood, Crista has immersed herself in our local community through university events, school events, and connecting with various groups. She loves the “Mayberry” feel of our community, from parades to local eateries; our community is a special haven in the middle of Los Angeles.

Crista has a 2nd grader at WISH Elementary, as well as a senior at Loyola Marymount University. Her husband now does the reverse commute to California State University, Long Beach.

At LMU, Crista serves as the Director of Educational Technology Services and Support, in charge of strategies, procedures, and oversight of day-to-day operations of technology. With a staff of 25 full-time employees, and 60 graduate and undergraduate students, her group is organized into five teams: Instructional Technology, Classroom and Creative Services, Training and Communications, Research Services, and the ITS Service Desk. Crista has also served as an adjunct professor in the LMU’s School of Education, having earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership and administration, from the University of California, Irvine.

Crista has served on numerous boards, including as the Vice-Chair for international non-profit educational technology board, where she oversaw million dollar budgets and programs. Crista is always looking for new ways to make the world a better place and her leadership and budgeting experience will no doubt provide useful assets to the Kentwood Home Guardians. Crista strives for integrity, transparency, and communication, while finding the best logical solutions. She is excited to give back in a new way to the community that has given her so much.

Aaron Torrence

Aaron Torrence and his family moved to Westchester six years ago. Aaron cannot live without sushi and spends his weekends on creating adventures with his family. When he’s not cycling across Malibu Canyon up along the coast of California, he spends quality time with his wife Jane and their two adorable boys Nico and Owen. His sons attend WISH Charter and COOS. The Torrence family is famously known for entertaining intimate social parties for family and friends.

Aaron went to Woodbury University in Burbank and Harvard Graduate School of Design. He started his architectural design firm in 2008 on the belief that great design comes from great relationships. He also operates Torrence Workshop, a general contracting company that builds custom residential, commercial, and hospitality projects throughout Southern California.

Starting his career in 1996, Aaron worked for WWCOT in Santa Monica, where his projects included UCLA, DirecTV, USC, and Kaiser Permanente.

From 2000-2006, Aaron was an Associate and Project Architect at Steven Ehrlich Architects in Culver City where his experience included the award-winning Kendall Square Biotech Laboratory in Cambridge, MA; the award-winning design for LAUSD New Middle School #4; and master plan and design of the Northeast Campus at the historic Van de Kamp Bakery for Los Angeles City College.

From 2006-2008, he joined a young design-build company, Dcon and brought his unique design ability coupled with proven management techniques to a number of high-profile projects throughout Greater Los Angeles. During his tenure at Dcon he worked on over 30 design-build residential, commercial, art galleries, architect offices, and speculative development projects.

Deborah Wettstein

Deborah Wettstein has recently arrived in North Kentwood, with her husband Tom, after spending 20 years in the South Bay community of Old Torrance. Attracted by a now familiar tree lined neighborhood and the welcoming spirit of so many Westchester residents, both are looking forward to an equally long stay in their new home and helping to support their new community.

Also as a home/property owner for 15 years in Tahoe Donner (Truckee, CA) and a member of their HOA, Deborah has come to understand the value of stewardship to preserve community standards.

CFO of Indian Paintbrush, a Santa Monica, CA based film production company, Deborah largely provides financial oversight to the company’s operations/film projects/talent arrangements through all stages of development, budgeting, financing, production, and distribution. Prior to joining Indian Paintbrush, Deborah held senior roles in finance, where she directed day-to-day financial/accounting operations and participated in negotiations of key banking/distribution/international relationships.

Deborah has an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

In consideration as a KHG board candidate, Deborah hopes to contribute from her financial & executive management
background as may be needed to foster the goals & future of KHG.

And would like to pay forward the Kentwood North community kindness she’s already received!