Council Minutes of the forty-ninth meeting of the
Palms Neighborhood Council (PNC) and its Representative Assembly
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
IMAN Center, 3376 Motor Avenue, Palms, California, U.S.A.
1. Call to order and welcome
Facilitator Lori Donahoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.
2. Roll call
Roll call was taken by Ms. Olomajeye.
Todd Robinson, Vice-President, M. Dee Olomajeye, Secretary, Neal James Anderberg, Palms Depot
Business, Lori Donahoo, Palms West Residential, Mate “Matt” Gaspar, Overland Residential, John
Riordan, Pacific Electric Business, Terry Robinson, Non-Profits, Sandy Varga, Charnock Ranch
Jason Buchalter, Treasurer, and Charles Buffa, Studio Residential
Eight of the 10 Board Members were present at the beginning of the Meeting, which is a quorum, and
the business of the Council could be conducted. Also present were 14 Stakeholders and guests.
Dee Olomajeye announced that the Agenda contains the following mistake: Item #5, Board
Appointment, “Appointment of Dee Olomajeye as President . . .” should read “Appointment of Dee
Olomajeye as Vice-President . . .”
3. Public forum
Yvette Neal, Founder/CEO of Pacific Graffiti Solutions (PGS) (310-204-2749; email@example.com),
is working with various NCs, including on a program to divert children from tagging.
Stakeholder George Garrigues announced that the circulation of his palmsvillagesun.info website is
1,228. The NC can advertise there and use it as an information center. He is “protesting an Agenda
change,” in regard to the above announcement by Dee Olomajeye that the Agenda mistakenly noted
her “Appointment . . . as President” rather than “Vice-President . . .”
Stakeholder Bea Stillman encouraged starting the Meeting at the scheduled 7:00 p.m.
4. Announcements: Assembly vacancies: Motor Residential, Exposition Residential
Lori Donahoo explained the above and encouraged Stakeholders to volunteer for the Board and
[The following Agenda Item was addressed after Item # 3.]
5. Board Appointment (Todd Robinson): Appointment of Dee Olomajeye as President of Palms
[It was noted above that Dee Olomajeye announced that the Agenda contains the following mistake:
Item #5, Board Appointment, “Appointment of Dee Olomajeye as President . . .” should read
“Appointment of Dee Olomajeye as Vice-President . . .”
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Todd Robinson expressed that he’s been the Interim President and wants to move back to being a
Vice-President, so the NC is looking for more volunteers.
6. Government Representative Announcements
Liz Carlin, Deputy for L.A. City District 10 Councilman Herb Wesson (323-733-8233;
firstname.lastname@example.org), distributed a flyer about and described the free movie night on July 26th
at Reynier Park. Captain Martinez of Fire Station 43, at 3640 Motor Avenue and Regent Street, is
here; there’ll be a Grand Opening there, with tours, refreshments and government officials, on August
16th at 10:00 a.m.; NC support is needed. A Planning Meeting will be held there on July 22nd at
10:00 a.m. and weekly meetings after that. For information, contact Danielle Sevilla at 310-710-3264
or email@example.com. Regarding Motor Avenue trees, Ms. Carlin met with different
agencies about replacing them.
Deanna Stevenson, Neighborhood Empowerment Analyst, L.A. Dept. of Neighborhood
Empowerment (DONE) (213-485-1360; firstname.lastname@example.org), announced an August 21st,
6:00 p.m. Board Orientation, to be held on the west side, with Treasurer and budgeting training.
Jennifer Badger of L.A. City District Five Councilman Jack Weiss’ office (310-289-0353;
email@example.com), distributed the latest “Weiss Wire” newsletter and announced that the
curb cuts at Woodbine Street and Motor Avenue are working. The City is not working to bring Fire
Station 43 up to code; it would cost $500,000. She also distributed a flyer about and announced that
Community Beautification Grant application workshops will be held all summer; applications need to
be submitted by October.
7. NC Self-Assessment Survey: Review and complete DONE’s Survey.
Sandy Varga asked Board Members to complete the Survey before leaving tonight. Ms. Olomajeye
noted that a Stakeholder version is available on the table.
8. Boundary Dispute Update and Discussion regarding a Board decision to conduct outreach in
disputed areas in Mar Vista and Westside Village.
George Garrigues supports the below Motion and reviewed some history of this issue. Dee Olomajeye
explained that DONE said that they can’t help with this and referred the PNC back to the Mar Vista
NC. She added that we need to balance our boundary negotiation with joint outreach efforts, and that
it’s “time to change the strategy.” The Phi-LA play Tour project is being successful outreach and we
have a “very positive response” from other NCs; we’re “going to split our participation with the
Westside NC” and five other NCs are interested. Terry Robinson reported that BONC (the L.A. Board
of Neighborhood Commissioners) said that they “added [the boundary dispute issue] to their next
Agenda.” Bea Stillman declared that “we should fight very hard” to get those Stakeholders back.
MOTION (by Dee Olomajeye, seconded by Sandy Varga): To delay carrying out the Board's decision
(of September and October 2006) to conduct outreach in the disputed areas in Mar Vista and Westside
Village until favorable mutual agreements with both NCs and Palms for joint outreach activities can be
negotiated. Furthermore, during this negotiation period, Palms will not pursue any course of action
with either BONC or DONE.
DISCUSSION: There was concern that boundary adjustment work already in process could be
negated by this Motion, and that the Motion is about boundary adjustment, not outreach. Matt Gaspar
offered an Amendment to the end of the Motion, to read “by March 2009.” Sandy Varga stated that
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BONC promised to advise us about when they would agendize this issue. Neal Anderberg is
concerned because a mailing would be sent into an area disputed by Westside Village, due to the area
being within the same mail route. Dee Olomajeye added that Westside Village has “mentioned on
numerous occasions” that they don’t want to work with us if we’re pursuing action against them.
Stakeholder Joseph Zimring suggests that the Board pass a resolution, rather than a Motion; it would
be less problematic. Stakeholder Marissa Stewart asked, “Can the [NC] really afford to wait one year
to” resolve this?
Sandy Varga RESCINDED her Motion second and Dee Olomajeye RESCINDED her Motion.
RESOLUTION (by Dee Olomajeye): To delay carrying out the Board's decision (of September and
October 2006) to conduct outreach in the disputed areas in Mar Vista and Westside until favorable
mutual agreements with both NCs for joint outreach activities, can be negotiated. Furthermore, Palms
will not pursue any course of action with either BONC or DONE until March 2009 or until Palms
reaches an agreement on joint outreach with Mar Vista and Westside.
After Item #11 was addressed, Ms. Olomajeye clarified the above Resolution.
RESOLUTION PASSED by voice vote.
9. Reports from Committees, Officers, and Working Groups
MOTION (by Lori Donahoo, seconded by Terry Robinson): to approve the Minutes of the June 4,
2008 General Board Meeting, as written.
MOTION PASSED by a voice vote.
Lori Donahoo said that there’s no report, as Jason Buchalter is not present. [The following was said
after Item #D.] Deanna Stevenson confirmed that there’s no PNC budget, so the PNC “needs to
submit a budget immediately, or all funding will be curtailed.” Dee Olomajeye volunteered to work
with Mr. Buchalter and Todd Robinson to ensure that a budget will get to DONE as soon as possible.
Transportation and Road Works
Matt Gaspar said that he and Ms. Donahoo met with Len Nguyen, Field Rep. for L.A. City District 11
Councilman Bill Rosendahl (310-575-8461; firstname.lastname@example.org), regarding re-routing a Santa
Monica Blue Bus (SMBB) from Charnock Road to Venice Boulevard. SMBB is not in favor because
their “primary users live between Charnock and Venice” “and ridership will be affected.” They’re
working to relocate some bus stops.
Non-profits (Creation of Non-Profit Committee and appointment of Terry Robinson as Chair)
Terry Robinson said that there are three members on the Committee: Jason Buchalter, Mark Manasee
and Elham Mahoozi (IMAN Center). They “have a number of groups that’re extremely interested” in
working with the NC. She explained the Committee’s purpose and work, for example, to create a non-
profit Fair. She was appointed as the Non-Profit Committee Chairperson.
Planning and Land Use
Todd Robinson is researching Quimby (the 1975 State of California Quimby Act and subsequent
Amendments) fee projects; there are “some large ones” in the Palms area. The State is looking into
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being able to levy Quimby fees on rental units. Sandy Varga attended a very informative Council
District 11 Land Use Meeting that included representatives of five NCs; major developments are
planned at the Howard Hughes Center and near UCLA.
Neal Anderberg explained that the NC needs to re-authorize the work to develop the website.
MOTION (by Neal Anderberg, seconded by Sandy Varga): to reauthorize $3,000 already allocated to
DISCUSSION: Mr. Anderberg estimates that the website will be at least 50% more complete than
now by August 1st.
MOTION PASSED by voice vote.
Lori Donahoo distributed a three-page list of the situation with the Palms banners; there is now a full
accounting of damaged banners. She reviewed cost quotes to repair and/or replace. Some banners
need to be repaired, some replaced. AAA Flag & Banner Co. says they must look at each banner
individually to determine a cost estimate. C R & A Custom Inc. would install the banners in three
weeks and maintain them at their cost. Gold Graphics is more expensive. She recommends using C R
& A to repair and/or replace the Palms banners. She will get more information from CR&A to be
discussed in the Outreach Committee meeting.
MOTION (by Neal Anderberg, seconded by Dee Olomajeye): for an additional allocation of $6,000
to be added to the already budgeted amount of $4,000 for the 2008 Bike Rodeo.
DISCUSSION: Deanna Stevenson and Joseph Zimring encouraged the NC to participate in the event
as good outreach. Mr. Anderberg said that they’re buying more bikes and equipment for this year’s
Rodeo, which is costing more to hold than last year’s Rodeo. The Police will attend. Children will
register at the event and parents will sign permission slips.
MOTION PASSED by unanimous voice vote.
MOTION (by Neal Anderberg, seconded by Lori Donahoo): to allocate up to $2,000 to create a
Palms Neighborhood Council Banner Project.
DISCUSSION: Len Nguyen said that the City could print banners cheaply.
MOTION PASSED by unanimous voice vote.
Dee Olomajeye updated about the Phi/LA Tour. They’re researching locations and working with the
West L.A. NC about using the Civic Center Band Shell. Local organizations, including NCs, are
participating. Also, she noted that Liz Carlin already spoke about the Motor Avenue Tree Project.
Ms. Olomajeye requested and it was agreed to TABLE a proposed Motion to allocate $5,000 for
construction of a new $25,000 computer lab for Palms Elementary School, because the people who
were going to speak about this are not present.
10. Board Retreat
Dee Olomajeye explained that DONE would help plan the Retreat, which will be held in August or
September, and volunteers are needed.
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11. Action on excessive absences of Board Member Charles Buffa
Todd Robinson explained that Mr. Buffa, Studio Residential Representative, has not responded to a
letter and phone messages regarding his excessive absences from Board Meetings. Therefore, the
Board can remove Mr. Buffa from the Board.
MOTION (by Todd Robinson, seconded by Terry Robinson) to remove Charles Buffa from the
Board position of Studio Residential Representative, per Article 9: Section B2 of the Bylaws.
DISCUSSION: George Garrigues is making a Public Records Request to receive a copy within 10
days of the letter sent to Mr. Buffa.
MOTION PASSED by voice vote.
12. Assembly business
Sandy Varga mentioned that a Community Beautification Grant workshop will be held August 26th,
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Palms-Rancho Park Library.
Lori Donahoo declared and it was agreed to ADJOURN the Meeting at 9:09 p.m.
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