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LARABA Board Meeting Minutes
DATE: June 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Art Share 801 East 4th Place,
Los Angeles, CA 90013
I. Roll Call
Board members present: Steve Allwright, Christopher Fudurich, Beth Topping, Deborah Meadows, Gabrielle Newmark, Joseph Pitruzzelli, Cindy Schwarzstein, Wendy Sherman, Frank Theobald, Vivian Um, Laura Velkei, Jamie Bennett, Yuval Bar-Zemer, Melissa Richardson Banks, Tom Minkler
II. Approval of prior meeting minutes: Jamie moves to approve with amendments,
Jonathan seconds. Jamie would like a discussion. Yuval moves to amend
minutes to attach budget committee report. Jonathan seconds. Minutes voted
on and approved as amended.
III. Executive report
A. Passed out flyers for the Arts District Farmers Market
B. Discussed affordable housing workshops on May 19-23
Jamie: June 16-18 dates to submit applications at Santa Fe & 3rd (255 Santa Fe Ave.) for One Santa Fe affordable housing
Qualifications are listed on web site: Income must be less than $28,000; rent should be under 30% of monthly income. http://www.affordableartisthousing.org/ Flyer: http://www.affordableartisthousing.org/files/OutreachFlyerREV.pdf
C. Passed out for communications policy.
D. Letter from Councilman Huizar to provde $2000. for Dog Park timer lock presented
E. presented March meeting minutes without additions from board
LAPD: Officer Chris Jarvis announced National Night Out on august 5 from 5-9 pm in the Triangle; will involve all of Downtown LA, Arts District –
Food & Local Businesses, Food Trucks
IV. Treasury report and Budget Committee report
Frank will start using Quick Books for treasury reports
(Announced in closed session)
V. New Business
A. Arts District Initiative (Bryan Eck, Nicolas Maricich)
Discussed new constriction in the Arts District
Presentation before public hearing and follow up on June 17, 7-9pm
Land Use Committee meeting tomorrow night
B. Arts District Farmers’ Market Grand Opening on Thursday, June 19 with Councilman Huizar at Angel City (Susan Hutchinson)
Had food trucks moved from Grand Park that were competing
with Farmers Market
Waiting to hear from Molina’s office on possible $1,400 towards Bloomfest, HCNC might contribute also
Will have some additional security at Farmers Market after the BID starts
Farmers Market report by Susan Hutchinson:
Soft opening – some turn over with vendors
Business has picked up since April soft opening
Grand Opening on June 19th
Angel City will donate beer – possibly serve it outside
Council member will be there for ½ hr. starting at 6:30pm
Carrot cutting, various blessings; Sake cask breaking with Zen priest
Gypsy jazz band; Carrot Cake cutting; Cartwheel Mural Tour at 7:30pm
Deborah wanted to thank Susan and some of the others who helped get the Farmers Market set up and running
District Gallery sponsored tables at no cost to the artist!
10% of art sales go to the Market
How to apply: speak to Valerie & Jason about the schedule
C. DASH stop update (Vivian Um)
Decided to leave the stop where it is – bus continues straight, does not turn. Work with CD 14 to make the corner of Hewett a 15 min. loading zone.
D. Dog Park donations report; reimbursement vote (Laura Velkei and Christopher Fudurich)
1) Yuval made motion, Frank seconded. Resolution passes. End of user-fees for park. Refund money to people who paid the $60 for the keys. Will install the electronic lock. $9,160.00 in Dog Park account.
Laura: Major Donors are LA Loft Living, Arts District Brewing Co., & Grateful Meds; Dog Park Hrs: 7-10pm; Timer Lock cost is approx. $1,500
2) Yuval & Joseph spoke about projects taken on by board members / committees. (Note: See document below). Protocol: Joseph read suggested guidelines. Discussion followed and revisions accepted. Frank moved that we accept Joseph’s plan, Yuval seconded. Voted on and approved.
E. Design competition for entry arch into Arts District at Angel City Brewery (Frank Theobald)
Frank needs to contact Miguel at CD-14 to get requirements for sculpture
Artists are excited, but don’t know the specs
Jamie suggested having a team of SCI-ARC Students take on the project
Could build a fall studio around this project – cultural affairs has money for these projects. Jamie will report back at the next meeting
Tanner chimed in – commented on budget
F. LARABA as 501(c)4 or 501(c)3 (research update)
Chris has nothing to report
Melissa would like to recommend a lawyer to help us figure out what to do
G. Uncommon Ground 4 (Tim Keating)
Tim absent, no report
VI. Committee Reports
Budget – No
Bloomfest – No
Bylaws – No
BID – Yuval reported:
BID started operations on Sunday
Frank – how do we contact the BID?
Yuval – Need to establish local office & number over the next week or so
They will reach out to LARABA
Land Use committee:
Letters to go out to developers, review the planers draft, nothing to report
Joseph & Yuval to put together incident reports on LAPD vice being strict with businesses. Vice takes pro-residential stand; want to let them know that the board represents businesses. Discussion followed.
Laura & Gabrielle: Received funding, want reports on downed trees, trees are stressed, dehydrated. Thinking about an Adopt-A-Tree program to help water & maintain trees. Discussion followed.
Alternative 20 plan going forward for LA River restoration
VII. Public Comments and Announcements
A) Wurstküche is having a Tip-A-Cop party, Wed. night from 5-10pm
B) Yuval – donating to install bike racks in the neighborhood
Email Yuval if you are interested
C) Mikayla Jacobsen – Artists and Fleas
Storefront from NY, curated market, in a truck stop next to Toy Building
Encouraging bike riders, have a bike shop
Next one is on June 22 & 22; Every 3rd weekend
Supports other Flea Markets in the area
VIII. Closed Session Board Meeting
A) Discussed web communications and email blasts
B) Discussed Dog Park
VIII. Adjournment – 8:30pm
The purpose of the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA), a 501(c)4 community betterment association, is to improve the quality of life and enhance opportunities for all Arts District stakeholders by encouraging a lively and healthy social, cultural and economic environment.
LARABA also seeks to preserve and promote the Arts District as a true creative community for the cultural and economic benefit of all Angelenos.
Further, the Association strives to provide a community forum to develop common goals and engage in cooperative strategies to guide the evolution of the Arts District as it meets future challenges.
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LARABA Board Meetings are held the 1st Monday of every month unless otherwise noted on our calendar. Residents, property owners and all stakeholders are encouraged and welcome to join us.
Meetings are held at: Artshare, 801 E. 4th Place. Los Angeles, CA 90013 at 6:30pm
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