ERNC Meets Tuesday, June 3
The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly board meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00pm, at Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock. All Eagle Rockers are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The meeting agenda is available at this link. All the documents the ERNC will be using to make their decisions are linked in the agenda; if you click on the links, you’ll see everything we see. Remember to print your own copy to bring with you to the meeting; to save on paper, we’ll have only one public copy available to share.
What’s on the agenda this month? Read on for highlights, among them the issue of why so many businesses on Colorado Blvd close at 9:00pm (or are supposed to, anyway).
On the Agenda…
Some of the more interesting items on Tuesday’s agenda include:
- Appointment of a new Youth director (see box, below).
- Whether the ERNC wants to sponsor a State Senate debate here in Eagle Rock.
- Appointment of a committee to study and help implement a change to the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, which would alter the operating hours provision, which currently prohibits businesses that operate from 9:00pm – 7:00am.
We’ll dedicate an entire newsletter to the Specific Plan in the future, but for now the big news is that ERNC leadership recently met with our Councilmember Jose Huizar, who pledged to assist the ERNC and other local groups in getting changes made to the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan. After studying the processes via which changes can be made, and the time and expense required for each, it was the consensus that seeking a small but significant change in the plan — the operating hours restrictions — was the best way to go (at least for now).
The operating hours change is something that we can hopefully get done in a matter of months, rather than a matter of years. With the vagaries of L.A. City bureaucracy, nothing is guaranteed. But we’re going to try, and that’s a big deal.
Why is it a big deal? If you’ve been following the ERNC, you know that the “new” ERNC brought up the issue of revising the plan to reflect today’s realities almost two years ago, and we’ve been talking about it ever since. We were told, many times, that it was all but impossible to change the plan, since to open it up meant many thousands of dollars and years of work. We were told, essentially, to give up. However, persistence has finally paid off.
Any process to change the Specific Plan must involve public input and discussion. That’s what the ERNC does best, and on Tuesday night, we will be discussing the format that public meeting(s) about the Specific Plan might take, and other ways to ensure that every voice is heard when comes to an ordinance that, for better or worse, has defined the commercial face and tempo of Colorado Boulevard.
*Also, this Tuesday’s meeting will be the first one for our newly elected board members, and our newly appointed Executive Committee, who are:
President: David Greene
Vice President: John Goldfarb
Treasurer: Ashley Atkinson
Secretary: Sarah Garber
Communications and Govt. Relations: Matt Harrington
1 Board Seat to Be Filled on Tuesday
There is one newly empty seat on the ERNC board: Youth Director. If you would like to apply for this seat, all you have to do is:
1. Check out the description of the Youth Director seat in our bylaws, which are linked on our page at the Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment.
2. Send us a written application for the seat before the meeting on Tuesday. We’ve made it easy for you with an online form you can fill out and send in.
3. Show up at Tuesday’s meeting, and be prepared to answer some questions from the board, (Note that the ERNC is under no obligation to fill a seat if there are no satisfactory applicants.)
If you have any questions at all about applying for an open seat, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The new stickers are here!
Come to an ERNC meeting, or see us at a community event, and you can take home a little bit of Eagle Rock pride for your car, bike, or Trapper Keeper. Featuring the old-timey Eagle Rock logo that you’ll soon see on trash cans and street banners around town, they’re a limited edition that will sell out fast (especially since they’re free).