Sunday, April 13, 2014

RUMOR MILL: “AU REVOIR” BON VIVANT MARKET & CAFE? *


Atwater’s Bon Vivant Market & Café, located at 3155 Glendale Blvd, is rumored to be closing in the “near future”.

* This post has been edited. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

The unofficial election results are in… 270 ballots were cast and the winners of the 2014 Atwater Village Neighborhood Council are:

North Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats)
Alex Ventura, 131 votes (winner)
Lawrence Lee Hafetz, 44 votes
Teresa Herrera, 72 votes
Michelle O’Grady, 108 votes (winner)

Central Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Monica Waggoner, 57 votes
Karen Knapp, 123 votes (winner)
Karen Barnett, 97 votes (winner)
Andrew J Coffing, 23 votes
Thomas J Moss, 58 votes

South Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Courtney Morris, 166 votes (winner)
Julia Mewbourne, 157 votes (winner)
Anthony Marinaccio, 50 votes


Business Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Rueben A Martinez, 108 votes (winner)
Jayden Brant, 80 votes
Michael Christopher Leiaghat, 77 votes
Bradford Balduff, 97 votes (winner)

Non-Profit Group Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Torin Dunnavant, 142 votes (winner)
Connie Choi, 102 votes (winner)
Janiene M. Langford, 98 votes

Church/Religion Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
John Ciulik, 84 votes 
Mario J. Cardenas, 127 votes (winner)
Tiago Guimaraes 34 votes
Edward Morrissey 87 votes (winner)

School Rep. (1 available seat)
Uncontested category, only one candidate running for this position
Shelli-Anne Couch, 194 votes (winner)

Parks and Recreation Rep. (1 available seat)

No candidate filed for this position, seat vacant

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SMALL LOT SUBDIVISION HOUSING DEVELOPER DOES THE OLD “BAIT-AND-SWITCH”

Santa Monica based housing developer, Rethink Development, is now seeking to increase the overall height and residential density of their 3-story development at 3376 Glendale Blvd. The housing developer is using the City’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance to subdivide the 9716sf lot into 7 smaller parcels, 6 residential and 1 commercial.

Rethink Development once sought to subdivide the lot into 9 smaller parcels, 8 residential and 1 commercial, but that proposal was widely opposed by the community and Atwater’s Neighborhood Council. In November 2013 Rethink Development returned to the community with an improved” proposal but made no mention of the increased height or residential density. They are now seeking to increase the building height to 32.9 feet in lieu of the 30 feet permitted and allow higher residential density then what is permitted in a RD1.5 Zone (5 units with 1500 per unit lot area and 1 unit with an 819 feet of lot area). 

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014. If you are unable to attend to can submit testimony prior to the hearing. Written communications may be mailed to the Los Angeles City Planning Department, Expedited Processing Section, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 721, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (attention: Daryll Mackey) or e-mailed to daryll.mackey@lacity.org. Please include the Case No.: VTT-72218-SL in all communications.

Public Hearing: Deputy Advisory Agency and Office of Zoning Administration
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 – 10:10am
Los Angeles City hall
200 North Spring Street, Room 1020
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Staff Contact: Daryll Mackey , Tel: 213.978.1456 or email: daryll.mackey@lacity.org 

Friday, March 28, 2014

[Editorial] ATWATER VILLAGE VOTES: 2014 NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL ELECTION


On April 12th, 2014 Atwater Village will select 14 representatives to serve on the governing board of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC).

For those who may not know (or care)…the AVNC is quasi-governmental city agency that serves as an advisory board to the City of Los Angeles.  It counsels the City on wide range of local issues. Wither the issue is a human-only park, a small lot subdivision housing development or a “road diet” on the Hyperion Bridge the City more often then not depends on the advice of the AVNC. In addition, the AVNC Board manages taxpayer funds in form of an annual budget of $37,000.

For better or worse the AVNC and those who serve on it matters to Atwater Village. It matters because the Atwater we know and love today didn't just happen. It took many community advocates years of hard-work to preserve the uniqueness of our village and improve those areas that need improvement. It behooves us to vote and elect a board that will continue to do just that. On April 12th go vote!

Election Day & Polling Location
April 12th, 2014 - 10am to 4pm
Christ’s Church at Griffith Park – 3852 Edenhurst Ave

Candidate Endorsements

North Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Alex Ventura
Michelle O’Grady

Central Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Karen Knapp
Karen Barnett

South Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Courtney Morris
Julia Mewbourne

Business Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Rueben A Martinez
Bradford Balduff

Non-Profit Group Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Torin Dunnavant
Connie Choi

Church/Religion Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
John Ciulik
Mario J. Cardenas

School Rep. (1 available seat, vote for 1)
Uncontested category, only one candidate running for this position.
No recommendation.

Parks and Recreation Rep. (1 available seat, vote for 1)
No candidate filed for this position.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

RIP MR. SARKISSIAN




Atwater Village small business owner, Garbis Sarkissian of Los Feliz Liquor, passed away this March 16th, 2014. He was 71.

He will be missed.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

ATWATER SCHOOL BOOSTER CLUB PRESIDENT RUNS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL BOARD

Shelli-Anne Couch at Atwater Village Chamber Mixer - 2013

Atwater Village resident and mom, Shelli-Anne Couch, has thrown her hat into the upcoming Neighborhood Council board election. Couch has filed to run for School Representative and is currently running unopposed.

Couch now serves as president of Friends of Atwater Ave Elementary (FOA), a booster club for the school. In her candidate bio she credits herself as leading the “turnaround at Atwater Elementary School over the past three years”. She also boasts as being an “award-winning journalist with People magazine” and “entrepreneur”. Click here for her complete candidate statement.

In addition to her volunteer work with FOA Couch briefly served on the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce board. She abruptly resigned in late 2013.  

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Interested in joining the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council board? For more information go to:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

AVNC TO VOTE ON ANOTHER HANDOUT TO THEATER GROUP

The Independent Shakespeare Company (ISC) is seeking another funding handout from Atwater’s Neighborhood Council (AVNC). This year the ISC is asking $2,500 to help offset the production and personnel costs for their summer production of the “Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival".

The AVNC has already funded past ISC requests for the past 3 years to a total of $15,000; almost 1/3rd of the AVNC’s yearly budget.

Thursday, February, 13th, 2014 - 7:00pm
Christ's Church at Griffith Park
3852 Edenhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039


Sunday, February 9, 2014

ATWATER VILLAGE FACES ANOTHER “PACKED-LIKE-SARDINES” SMALL LOT SUBDIVISION HOUSING DEVELOPMENT



Another small lot subdivision housing development is proposed for 3116 – 3124 Larga Ave in South Atwater Village. The housing developer, Marc Homes LCC, is seeking to subdivide a 5,652 square foot lot into two 2-story and one 3-story single-family homes.

In order to squeeze in 3 residential “homes” on the small 5,652 square foot lot the developer is seeking to build on almost 100% of the parcel, contrary to what is allowed by City ordinance.

Specifically, Marc Homes LCC is seeking a conditional use permit to allow yard adjustments to:

  • Permit a zero (0) foot side yard setback between new residential units lieu of the five (5) foot setback required.
  • Permit  five (5) foot front yard setback in lieu of the required fifteen (15) foot setback.
  • Permit a five (5) foot rear yard in lieu of the fifteen (15) foot yard required.
  • Allow four (4) inch separation between buildings on the lot in lieu of the ten (10) feet required.


A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 5th 2014 for the above mentioned yard adjustments.


If you are unable to attend you to can submit testimony prior to the hearing. Written communications may be mailed to the Los Angeles City Planning Department, Expedited Processing Section, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 721, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (attention: Vanessa Soto) or e-mailed to vanessa.soto@lacity.org. Please include the Case No.: AA-2013-3327-PMLA-SL in all communications.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RUMOR MILL: RESTAURANT AT ATWATER CROSSING TO CHANGE MANAGEMENT…. AGAIN



The grapevine is abuzz with rumors that the restaurant at Atwater Crossing (3245 Casitas Ave) will soon change management…. yet again. The restaurant, currently operated as The Crossing, has already change management and DBA at least 3 times since 2011 … Atwater Crossing Wood Fire Kitchen, ATX Kitchen and more recently ATX by Kitchen12000.

The restaurant and alcohol license is owned by West Casitas / ATX Eatery – LLCs, Glendale based companies which are reportedly owned by Avedis and Aar Tavitian.  

Any new management team and reboot would need to comply with a restrictive conditional use permit and zone variance granted back in 2011 (click here for CUP Approval Report, PDF file). To add to the uncertainty of a reboot success the initial conditional grant to sell alcohol on site has already expired and a temporary extension will fully expire on July 15th, 2014 (click here for time extension letter, PDFfile).


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Atwater Village Town Hall Meeting, Jan 23rd


Atwater Village Town Hall Meeting
Sponsored by the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council
Thursday, January 23rd 2014 – 7pm
3852 Edenhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Atwater’s Neighborhood Council would like your help to determine if Glendale Blvd would be a good site for a streets cape change through a new LA City program called “People St.” Mayor Garcetti has already stated that Atwater Village’s Glendale Boulevard is one of LA’s “great streets”. Would adding pedestrian amenities make it even better, or worse?
Should this happen? What should it look like? Make your voice be heard at the Town Hall Meeting
For more information contact torin@atwatervillage.org