Photo by Jim SchneeweisBy Mary Allen

By Mary Allen

The unexpected demolition late last month of a cluster of Sunset Junction storefronts was denounced by members of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Wednesday night, with some suggesting the council needed to pay more attention to such matters.

Officials from the neighborhood council and Council District 13 said they were taken by surprise when developer  Frost/Chaddock ordered the demolition of the one-story building near the corner of Santa Monica and Sunset boulevards. The building –  which once  served as the original site to A Different Light, a gay bookstore that eventually become a nationwide chain – was considered a possible historic landmark.  A condo development has been proposed for the site.

While neighborhood councils serve only as advisory bodies, “maybe we could start identifying people who violated a basic level of trust in the neighborhood,” said board Member Paul M. Neuman.  Added Treasurer Anthony Crump:  “We have to be much more diligent.”

The  general sentiment  expressed by board members was that Frost/Chaddock demolished the buildings in order to circumvent neighborhood opposition and permitting delays. Board member Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov noted that “…the L.A. Conservancy application for historic preservation was underway when it was demolished.”

Other highlights from Wednesday night’s meeting:

Board Actions

The board approved the following items:

  • Expand  on-site beer and wine Permit for Rambutan Restaurant.
  • Support beer and wine permit for Cowboys and Turbans Restuarant.
  • $200 for to support Music Box Steps Day event.
  • Support Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes in October and a staged “Disaster Weedend” on November 5-6.
  • Support Streets for People Pilot Project – re-purposing of existing street space at Sunset and Griffith Park boulevards. The triangle of asphalt at Griffith Park and Sunset Boulevard is one of three Los Angeles public street spaces identified for re-purposing into temporary neighborhood and people friendly mini-parks. The pilot program seeks to re-purpose sections of public street with a minimum of time and effort leaving a community with increased pedestrian space.

Selections, Appointments & Congratulations

The SLNC Board selected three new board members to fill vacancies.

  • Travis Potter, Region 2
  • Anne-Marie Johnson, Member at Large
  • Nadine Trujillo, Member at Large

In a creative attempt to encourage neighborhood council participation, Council member Sarah Dale resigned last month as Member At Large to open up two At-Large seats on the Board of Governors. The council subsequently re-selected her to serve as District Five Representative. Community member Danny Dresser declined to run for a seat on the board and instead stated, “I am electing myself to Ambassador of Goodwill.”

“Homeless to Housed” Campaign

People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) in a first step toward housing 26 of the most at-risk homeless residents of Silver Lake. In partnership with the council, the program will begin the campaign with a survey of the local homeless population. For more information on volunteering for any part of the program, contact Jessica Wishan at PATH.

Volunteer Orientation: Friday October 21, 2011 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Street Outreach Survey: Saturday October 22 – Monday October 24, 5:30am -8am

Website

Webmaster Enci Box detailed improvements made to the SLNC website, which include social media links, a monthly newsletter and improved calendar.

Dates to Note

  • October 11 @ 7 pm:  Sunset Business Neighborhood Watch inaugural meeting at at the Living Room Furniture Store. For more information contact Nadine Truillo.
  • October 15 @ 12 pm -3 pm:  Music Box Steps Day. Call (323) 663-7641 for more information.
  • October 21-24: PATH volunteer training and outreach survey
  • November 5 @ 9 am 12 pm:  Glendale Boulevard Community Cleanup for more information contact Josh Post (323) 842-6485

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