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Agenda for Upcoming Board Meeting – Tues, August 8th

Kentwood Home Guardians Agenda
Monthly Board Meeting
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.
Firestation #5 Community Room
8900 S. Emerson Avenue

1. Call to Order

2. Officer Reports

a) Secretary’s Report – approve minutes for May 9, 2017 (changes), June 13, 2017 & July 8, 2017

b) Treasurer’s Report

3. Committee Reports

a) Architectural Committee – plan review update; Grinder property update

b) Outreach Committee

4. Operation Manager’s Report

a) Uptick in member complaints; requests for KHG involvement – dead trees, high hedges, nuisances

b)  Escrow update

c)  New Board Training with Adams Stirling

5. New Business – none

6. Old Business – none

7. Community Comments

8. Adjourn Meeting

A Preview Of The Grinder Project

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I attended the Neighborhood Council Planning & Land Use Committee (“PLUC”) meeting last night. The owner of the property at 8521 S. Sepulveda (the former Grinder restaurant location) presented an introduction to its proposed apartment project. Below are my notes. There was a lot of information presented in a short amount of time. 🙂

Project Summary

  • This is an SB1818 project, which means that it is a high density project developed under State Law in exchange for leasing 10% of the units to low income tenants
  • The owner/developer is a family-owned company from the Valley; this is their first westside project
  • The owner was unable to acquire the JiffyLube/gas station, so the project is being built in an L-shape
  • 87 units are proposed with 8 units designated as low income
  • In exchange for the low income units, the developer is requesting:
    • An increase in FAR (floor area ratio = square footage of building to lot size) of 3:1 rather than 1.5:1 (double the allowable FAR)
    • 20% decrease in required amount of open space (6900′ instead of 8625′)
    • A Community Design Overlay (CDO) variance for 75’/ 5-stories
  • Ingress/egress is on Manchester with no frontage on 85th Place
  • 1000′ of first floor space will be devoted to two commercial spaces (required by law)
  • There is a 10′ slope change on the lot, meaning the height on Sepulveda will be 70′ and 78′ on Manchester
  • Parking is subterranean
  • There is a roof deck on the southeast side
  • Traffic Study is in process
  • State-mandated parking is 1/2 parking spot per bedroom (46 spots)

Continue reading A Preview Of The Grinder Project

Comments Policy For This Website

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As you know, our Association has a very low dues structure and, consequently, a very lean budget.

Although we would love to encourage active conversa-tion by and between visitors to our website, we simply don’t have the bandwidth to lead a moderated conversation.

If you read a blog post on this site and want to state an opinion, please leave a comment on the post. Your comment will not be published, but it will be reviewed by one or more of our Board members and you will be contacted with a response as appropriate.

And yes, you can comment below on this policy. 🙂

Agenda for Upcoming Board Meeting – Tues, July 11th

Kentwood Home Guardians Agenda
Monthly Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.
Firestation #5 Community Room
8900 S. Emerson Avenue

1. Call to Order

2. Officer Reports

a) Secretary’s Report – approve minutes for May 9, 2017 & June 13, 2017

b) Treasurer’s Report – bank account update

3. Committee Reports

a) Architectural Committee – plan review update; Grinder property update

b) Outreach Committee – Facebook page; website comments moderation

4. Operation Manager’s Report

a) Neighborhood canvas report

b) Uptick in member complaints; requests for KHG involvement

c)  Report on transfer fee income

5. New Business – none

6. Old Business – Old Westchester firestation update

7. Community Comments

8. Adjourn Meeting

Proposed Project And Presentation Regarding The Grinder Property

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We received the email below from Councilman Bonin’s Senior Planner, Ezra Gale regarding the proposed multi-family development at the old Grinder property.

Please note that there will be an informational presentation on July 18th at 6:30 at 7166 Manchester Ave.

This is the usual Neighborhood Council PLUC meeting. Check their website closer to meeting time for the meeting agenda. The Grinder presentation may not be the first order of business. The agenda has not yet been posted, so we can’t provide a direct link at this time.

The email:

Hello,

Thank you for reaching out to our office regarding the proposed development at 8521 Sepulveda, the site of the former Grinder restaurant. The Councilman has not taken a position on the project, values your feedback and thoughts, and look forward to a robust community discussion on the proposal.

As with all substantive projects in the Westchester and Playa del Rey communities, the project applicant will present several times before Continue reading Proposed Project And Presentation Regarding The Grinder Property

LAPD Senior Lead Officers

LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Joe Roberts joined us at our Member Meeting last month, filling in for our SLO, Sophia Casteneda. He reminded us that SLO’s are assigned to specific areas to liaise with citizens on quality of life issues.

SLO’s are able to call in reinforcements when needed, as Sophia did recently when her area (Sepulveda west to the Ocean) experienced an uptick in thefts from vehicles. She asked for support and all available
resources from Pacific Division spent an entire night‐time shift in our area.

If you experience a crime, the SLO’s want you to call 911 for emergencies and 877.ASK.LAPD for non‐emergencies, but to please keep them in the loop by sending an email to let them know what happened.

Sophia’s email address is 35080@lapd.lacity.org. You can also find it on our website’s Resource Page, along with other LAPD contact info.

Burglaries Are On The Rise In Westchester & Kentwood

Sadly, burglaries are on the rise in Westchester and specifically, Kentwood. LAPD Burglary Detective Robyn Salazar was invited recently to present an update to the Neighborhood Council and the following is a summary of that presentation published by the NC on its website:

At the Neighborhood Council of Westchester / Playa meeting on April 4, Los Angeles Police Department Burglary Detective Robyn Salazar provided residents with a crime update and encouraged them to stay vigilant against a new wave of burglars who are seeking soft targets.  Burglaries have increased significantly since the passage of Proposition 47, she said, because burglars who used to get as much as seven years in prison for their crimes now find themselves back on the streets in a matter of months.

At the Neighborhood Council of Westchester / Playa meeting on April 4, Los Angeles Police Department Burglary Detective Robyn Salazar provided residents with a crime update and encouraged them to stay vigilant against a new wave of burglars who are seeking soft targets.  Burglaries have increased significantly since the passage of Proposition 47, she said, because burglars who used to get as much as seven years in prison for their crimes now find themselves back on the streets in Continue reading Burglaries Are On The Rise In Westchester & Kentwood