By Mary A. Allen
After discovering that sycamore trees near the Silver Lake Reservoir were scheduled to be removed for a municipal water project, residents came out in force during Wednesday night’s Silver Lake Neighborhood Council meeting in support of the trees. The council motion called on the “the DWP explore and be open to other options to place the regulator station besides the two options currently being considered in the area known as the ‘grassy knoll.'” All those in attendance voiced support for any option besides encroachment in green space, including installing a bypass line underneath West Silver Lake Boulevard, which would be more disruptive to traffic.
Discussion and overwhelming support for maintaining green space in Silver Lake prompted a round of tree hugging among the board members:
“Perhaps this issue can give us the opportunity to re-define the role of trees in our community and to consider giving them stakeholder status,” said Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. Responded Paul Neuman: “Charles, you are going out on a limb with that suggestion.”
Sunset Junction Street Fair
With the Sunset Junction Street Fair in arrears to the City of Los Angeles by approximately $260,000, residents question whether the annual street fair, scheduled for August 27-28, will be or should be granted an operating permit this year. According to Aaron Green, Community Relations representative for the organizers of the Sunset Junction Street Fair , ‘the permit has been applied for” and “my client is in negotiations with the City of Los Angeles to determine the amount owed.”
In comments echoed by council members, Sunset Junction business owner, Peter Choi said “the Fair has changed from its original spirit.” He also voiced concerns about accessibility for low-income and senior residents of the neighborhood during the weekend of the street fair.
Council approved motions to request 50% vendor discounts for all Silver Lake businesses as well as keeping the venue unfenced and replacing the admission fee with a suggested donation.
Save a Beverly Hills Neutra
The SLNC also consented to “humbly request that the City of Beverly Hills and all pertinent businesses, individuals and agencies do whatever they can to save Richard Neutra’s Kronish House from demolition.” As reported by L.A. Now, on August 3, Soda Partners, owners of Richard Neutra’s Kronish House in Beverly Hills, agreed to postpone demolition until at least October 10, 2011. Neutra’s architectural practice was based in Silver Lake.
Budget Items Approved
- $100.00 for banner to promote Friends of Silver Lake Animals Committee Pet Adoption
- $300.00 to support 4th Annual Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Pageant
- $822.15 for book/CD stand for children’s area in Silver Lake Library
- $300.00 for power wash cleaning and of the historic bridge where Sunset Boulevard crosses over Silver Lake Boulevard. Total annual cost for quarterly cleaning is $400 ($100 every three months) The Silver Lake Improvement Association will contribute $100.00
The SLNC Governing Board elected Renee Nahum as Co-Chair of the SLNC for the coming fiscal year along with incumbent Clint Lukens. Charles Herman-Wurmfeld accepted the Vice-Chair slot and current Treasurer, Anthony Crump, was re-elected. The secretary position remains unfilled.