2011 Annual Meeting
June 18, 2011 - LILA School

FHRA members and guests get together outside the LILA School Library before the FHRA's 23rd Annual Meeting. As usual things got off to a tasty start with donated delectable goodies baked by longtime FHRA member Vivien Shea.

Inside, FHRA President Chris Boutelle, welcomed the crowd and introduced the FHRA board members, including Treasurer Bruce Carroll, who reported that FHRA income was down in 2010, but membership numbers and contributions were improving so far in 2011.
FHRA member Mary Rodriguez, Councilmember Tom LaBonge's Field Deputy for our area, ably pinch hit for her boss who was out of town.
She reported she's been working with Chris Boutelle on the poor condition of many Franklin Hill streets. "There is a lot of frustration with trying to get our concrete streets repaired. There is not enough money to redo concrete streets with concrete." She explained that the city's Street Services used to repave concrete streets with asphalt, but that led to so many complaints that now a majority of people on a block must request asphalt over concrete before they will do it.

She said concrete is more than double the cost of asphalt repairs and handed out an interesting chart (right) that shows how LA's sheer size makes street repair a much bigger problem here than in many other major cities.

Despite that she promised to tackle the list of the 10 most needed repairs submitted by the FHRA.
The problem with asphalt she explained is "that it doesn't hold up as well as concrete and it really doesn't hold up to water." That's a problem that causes bigger problems in hilly areas.

She said some repairs come with a warranty so if residents see problems with recently repaired streets they should report it to the Councilmember's office.
She was asked about sidewalk repairs and reported the city's current solution is the same, "we can only repair them with asphalt."

Next up was Capt. Bill Murphy, who commands  LAPD's Northeast Division. He was happy to report that his division was "number one in the city in violent crime reduction." Property crime is also down 15% and the figures for Franklin Hills, he said are, "much much better" after they  made some arrests early this spring.
He revealed plans are moving forward to replace the inadequate Northeast Police Station, formerly a film  processing lab, with a new $30 million station to be built at the same location in about a year.
Also expanding is his graffiti fighting team with the addition of Officer Molly Beall.
Officer Beall is working with Officer Adam Mezquita to keep track of the taggers so when one is caught they can present to prosecutors evidence of many crimes from the photos of their tags that have been collected over time. You can e-mail them graffiti photos with the links above.
They divide the taggers into three categories: gangs, crews and
"oners," loners without the "L." Most of the activity in our area has been from the "oners" and some crew activity. They also work closely in our area with the school authorities at Marshall High to ID the taggers.
Enthusiastic graffiti fighter Shirley Mims demonstrated the effectiveness of  "Lift Off #4" which can be used  to easily remove spray paint and markers from most surfaces including metal traffic signs, plastic trash bins, also concrete, brick and stucco walls, although such porous surfaces take a bit more scrubbing. The FHRA prepared convenient sized spray bottles and gave them out to those who attended the meeting for use on their property and around the neighborhood.

Among the most successful graffiti
fighters in the neighborhood is contractor Joseph Tannous( right), a Hyperion resident whose security cameras have led to the arrest of half a dozen taggers in the last two years. Tannous has also applied for and received the city's $1,000 reward for info leading to the conviction of taggers six times  He was also lucky at the meeting, winning a raffle prize of books on LA's political history.
Andrea Iaderosa, Public Safety Chair of the GGPNC urged meeting attendees to sign up for the seven week CERT emergency training course that will be offered starting June 29, 2011.
David Farmer, founder of the Marshall Area Neighborhood Watch discussed his organizations activities and invited all to attend MANW's 2nd annual picnic on Sunday, June 26, 2011 on the lawn at Marshall High. It runs from noon to 4pm. Much of the eastern area of FHRA is within the MANW area.
Former FHRA President Adam Weisman, also Chairman of the LILA School Board of Directors talked about the FHRA Norman Harriton Community Garden and his pet peeve of garbage bins left in the street after collection day.

Disney's Debbie Nelson, facilities manager of the Prospect Studios, discussed the ongoing projects on the lot and promised to keep the community informed of future work at the historic studio.

The meeting finished with Chairman Charley Mims announcing the results of the election for 6 seats on the FHRA Board of Directors. While all six incumbents were reelected, first time candidate Aida Rodriguez was not far behind, being selected by more than half of those voting by mail and at the meeting.