|Over 100 Franklin Hills residents, City officials
and nearby neighbors gathered at King Middle School for the FHRA Annual
Meeting. After enjoying 6' subway sandwiches, fruit and vegetable trays,
and, of course, cookies...what meal would be balanced without them..the crowd,
which included at least a dozen brand new FHRA members, got down to work.
There was a warm welcome by the King Middle School Principal Byron Maltez and a "state of the hill" report by FHRA president Charley Mims. Then neighbors elected 6 members to the FHRA Board of Directors, newcomer David Shindle plus five returning directors: VP Chris Boutelle; Treasurer Bruce Carroll; Joseph Hahn, the man behind the Shakespeare Bridge Holiday lighting; Norm Harriton, founder of the Franklin Hills Community Garden; and Overview editor Carol Skinner.
After the slate of directors was approved on a unanimous voice vote, the crowd three times again raised their voices in unison. First to approve a slight shift in the FHRA's boundaries...they now include both sides of Talmadge, Franklin, St. George, Tracy, Hyperion and Fountain. Next they voted to raise the FHRA dues starting in 2004 from $10 to $15 per person...$30 per household. Treasurer Bruce Carroll explained that the FHRA is already spending about $15 per member for all the FHRA community projects. The final unanimous vote approved a change the the FHRA Bylaws allowing the annual meeting to be scheduled anytime in the second quarter of the year...not just April or May...see ya next June?
After the required business of the meeting was out of the way there were reports from many FHRA committee chairs about everything from graffiti abatement to Welcome Baskets, from the Median to murals, from the Community Garden to Neighborhood Watch. Next came the real Neighborhood Watch experts LAPD Senior Lead Officers Al Polehonki and Sam Salzar. They brought the very good news that Northeast Division has been honored for the biggest drop in crime in the City. Earlier in the evening a minute of silence was observed to remember their colleague Stacy Miyamura who died of cancer earlier this year.
Next the group heard from Jeanne Kim of the City Attorney's office about their efforts to control neighborhood nuisances including success in closing the notorious "Bates Motel." Public Works Commissioner Adriana Rubalcava and several department reps spoke about service problems and planned improvements. Then it was time for Councilman Tom Labonge to face questions that ranged from street repair, to bulky item pickup, to traffic concerns on Hyperion, and work on cleaning up and landscaping the area under the Shakespeare Bridge. He also spoke about the city's budget dilemma which was before the council.
Even after the formal meeting had ending LaBonge, the LAPD officers and other city representatives stayed around for more one-on-one questions from the community. Thomas W. Thomas from Street Services was asked about potholes on Hoover near Sunset. He apparently took FHRA members' concerns seriously and the street was repaired in a few days. It would be great if all the city's problems could be smoothed out so quickly.
Neighbors gather, gab, and gobble
before the start of the meeting.
FHRA President Mims reports on
The State of the Hill.
LAPD Senior Lead Officers Sam Salazar and Al Polehonki report generally good news
about declining neighborhood crime.
Councilman LaBonge fields
questions from FHRA Members.
It seems almost no one wanted to leave.
Your FHRA Board of Directors feels it's time for some changes. Voters at last year's meeting amended the FHRA By-Laws, for the first time since 1995. This year the Board has proposed an additional By-Laws amendment, to allow greater flexibility in scheduling our annual meeting, plus measures to adjust the FHRA boundaries and dues as authorized by last year's revision to By-Laws Article 2, Boundaries, and Article 10, Dues. The complete By-Laws may be found at www.FranklinHills.org/bylaws.pdf
Unlike the election for the FHRA Board of Directors, where absentee voting is permitted, only those current FHRA members present at the Annual Meeting may vote. The two measures require a simple majority. The By-Laws change requires a 2/3 majority of those voting as specified in By-Laws article 12. FHRA By-Laws can be found at www.FranklinHills.org/fh-bylaws.pdf
Measure 1...The FHRA Board of Directors has voted, subject to meeting approval, that:
"The boundaries of the FHRA shall include both sides of the perimeter streets: Talmadge Ave., Franklin Ave., St.George St., Tracy St., Hyperion Ave., and Fountain Ave."
This is a change from current boundaries which, prior to the 2002 amendment to Article 2 of the By-Laws, were limited to the center line of each of the above streets.
FOR_______ AGAINST _________
Measure 2...The FHRA Board of Directors has voted, subject to meeting approval, that:
"The annual dues of the FHRA shall be set at fifteen (15) dollars per member, thirty (30) dollars per household, beginning January 1, 2004."
Starting in 1991 yearly dues were fixed at ten (10) dollars in the By-Laws. Last year's amendment to By-Laws Article-10 gave the power to set dues to a majority of those attending the annual meeting. The Board cited the cost of expanding activities such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Garden plus ongoing costs for the Franklin Avenue Median, insurance, and other programs in determining the need for a dues increase starting in 2004.
FOR_______ AGAINST _________
Amendment to By-Laws Article 7- Meetings:
To allow greater flexibility in scheduling future annual meetings the FHRA Board of Directors recommends amending article-7 section-1 to require that the annual meeting be held in the second quarter of each calendar year (April, May or June) rather than limiting meetings to just April and May as is currently the case. Section 1 is copied below with the new language in italics and the deleted language in strike-through type.
Section 1. This Association shall have its Annual Meeting in
FOR________ AGAINST ________
If you couldn't make it to the FHRA Annual Meeting held at ABC-TV on Wednesday, June 12, 2002. About 180 FHRA members and neighbors had a chance to hear and discuss many neighborhood issues. The hottest topic was the proposed Hollywood secession and how to fix LA without dismembering it.
The meeting heard from our City Councilman, Tom LaBonge, who agreed with the overwhelming feeling of the community that the Franklin Hills should not be divided between two cities.
In the FHRA
Board of Directors election the five nominated candidates were elected
by acclimation. We welcome to the FHRA Board of Directors three new members:
Mary Frances Smith-Reynolds, Neighborhood Watch Chair
Eric Frase, Graffiti Abatement Chair
David Campbell, Environmental economist
back two re-elected Board members:
Adam Weisman, FHRA Chairman
Charley Mims, FHRA Secretary
In the vote on By-laws amendments, both proposals explained below were approved unanimously on a voice vote of those attending the meeting.
BY-LAWS AMENDMENTS 2002
Article 2 of the By-Laws sets the boundaries for the FHRA. But they reach only to the center of our boundary streets. Thus only half the Franklin Ave. Median and our Shakespeare Bridge are technically within the FHRA territory. Similarly only one side of our other boundary streets (St. George, Tracy, Hyperion, Fountain and Talmadge) are within our official boundaries, although we clearly have common interest with people on both side of these streets.
The amendment DELETED the final line of Article
"The boundary shall be the center of the streets named."
And replaces it with: "The Board of Directors may adjust the Association's boundaries subject to the approval of a majority of voting members present and voting at the Annual Meeting"
Article 10 of the By-Laws set the annual dues at $10 per member. This had not been changed since 1991, a time when the FHRA had far fewer projects and responsibilities. We now maintain the Franklin Ave. Median landscaping and other cleanup and planting projects. Have active Neighborhood Watch and graffiti paint-out programs. Plus our Welcome Basket outreach to new residents and the ever growing Franklin Hills Community Garden. The FHRA has also been pushed by events to buy insurance after neighboring groups in Silver Lake were forced to bankruptcy by lawsuits over a traffic accident wrongfully alleged to have been caused by their median landscaping.
The amendment DELETED the former language in Article
10 section 1:
"Dues of this Association shall be $10/member,
except that the Board may, upon request, waive or adjust an individual's
dues based on ability to pay."
And replaces it with: Dues of this Association shall be set by the Board subject to the approval of a majority of voting members present and voting at the Annual Meeting, except that the Board may, upon request, waive or lower an individual's dues based on ability to pay "
As of this time the FHRA dues
remain the same $10 per person per year.
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