United Neighborhood Neighborhood Council UNNC June 2011

- At the May 5th meeting, The Western Heights Homeowners Association requested funds for up to $3,400 for landscaping materials for the three permanent traffic barriers they want to install at Arlington and Western. Resident Dianne Lawrence made the point that the group had not yet raised the $45,000 needed to finish the project. The motion passed with the condition that the barriers have begun construction prior to any UNNC payments and that the funds are spent prior to the June 15 funding deadline. At the June 3 meeting Board Member Andrea Dunlop raised the request to $8,000 which was approved by the majority of the Board. “We have the money we may as well spend it before the city takes it back” commented supportive President Stevie Stern.

Resident Dianne Lawrence raised the point that the request did not include a line item describing how the money would be spent. President Stern told the Board the money could not be spent on the installation of the gate but could be used to help pay for the cement curb barriers and landscaping.


- The William Grant Still Community Center held an annual music education program for 18 year olds and under. This year they presented a recital on May 7 based on the music of Nina Simone. Director Ms. Motavelli made a request for $750 for sound equipment and engineering and $500 for food and drink for the reception afterward. $750 approved.

- Myrna Allen made a request to fund promoting and generating an Arlington Heights outreach email list and website.  $640 was approved for flyers and refrigerator magnets.

- Stevie Stern requested $500 to host coffee and pastries for the annual HPOZ conference held on May 7. Approved.

- Jessica Bravo requested $584.33 to fund a new drip-line at the Mid-Wilshire Technology Center. Approved.

- The Board approved the appointment of Chris Carlson as Chair of the Education Action ad hoc Committee.

- Verizon Wireless previous proposal to install a cell phone tower at Bobs Automatic Transmission on Washington east of Crenshaw, was met with disapproval by the Board when Verizon expressed their intention to tear down one of the design features of this historical structure to install the tower. At a subsequent  meeting they presented three alternative designs to hide the antenna with facades that respected the deco design. A motion to approve one of the new designs was passed 9 – 4.



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