Blair Hills Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Stoneview Nature Center 5950 Stoneview Dr. Culver City, CA
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Meeting convened: Kerri Lui, co-president of the Blair Hills Neighborhood Association called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Ms. Annie Wilson, co-president of the Blair Hills Neighborhood Association was in attendance.
23 Blair Hills residents were in attendance.
The streets in Blair Hills are in “average” condition and won’t be repaired. Kerri reported there is $1.0 million allocated for street repair in Culver City with a $16.0 million shortfall. There other street funds in the Culver City that need of repair.
Kerri reminded attendees to come to full stops at the stop signs in the neighborhood.
Upcoming Events at the Stoneview Nature Center
Beginning June 3, 2017 there will be kids cooking classes. The classes will be limited to 10 youth per class. The cooking classes will be taught by Creative Plate.
On June 4, 2017, Fallen Fruit will be at the Nature Center from 1:00 -4:00 p.m. The event is free. Fallen Fruit will present their Fermentation Station Sweet & Sour. Attendees will learn how to make fruit soda and pickles.
The Center needs more neighborhood volunteers so there can be more programming at the Center.
If neighbors have an abundance of fruits and vegetables from their gardens, they can bring the excess to the Center to share with fellow residents.
Increasing Visiting hours at the Center
At the April 2017 meeting, attendees voted to increase the Center. Currently the park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kerri spoke with Karly Katona, Deputy for Sustainability for Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas about increasing the hours. They are willing to fund additional hours for the Stoneview Nature Center; however, the MOU between Culver City and the County doesn’t speak directly to the Center’s hours. The existing language is somewhat “vague “. City and County representatives must meet and formally agree to extend the Center’s hours. It may be two months before the Center is open longer.
Culver City Police Department Report
Report from Culver City Police Department- Officer Mitch Weisman
Officer Weisman reported that Culver City Police Department-Traffic Division reported the division is down 10 officers. Today, there are 3 traffic officers for the entire City. (Traffic Officers are Culver City Police Officers assigned to the Traffic Division.) Culver City Police Department consists of a total of 109 sworn personnel. The Department is working to fill vacancies.
Crime was down in Culver City in April 2017. An individual was caught breaking into a car during the early morning hours at Lucerne and Higuera on April 16, 2017.
Blair Hills residents expressed concern with the lack of traffic enforcement in the area. Lt Kellan is aware of the situation and the Police Department is doing their best to address the situation. If officers aren’t responding to calls in other CC districts, officers can respond and conduct traffic enforcement in Blair Hills. Residents should let Culver City PD know about issues in Blair Hills.
Culver City PD doesn’t work with the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
Street Parking Signs
The City recently replaced parking signs in the neighborhood. The original signs were posted approximately 20 years ago and residents haven’t purchased parking permits in 15 years. But the City isn’t enforcing the signs. If residents notice a car that’s been parked in the neighborhood for a while, the City will tow the car after 72 hrs.
West Basin Municipal Water District Presentation
Guest Speaker: Scott Houston, Division IV Director, West Basin Municipal Water District gave a presentation to the group.
Golden West Water buys water from the West Basin Water District, which is a wholesale Water Agency.
West Basin Water District operates the Edward C. Little Recycling Center in El Segundo. The Recycling Center which was built in 1995, is open for tours.
During the drought, Culver City reduced its water usage over 23%.
Construction on Lenawee
The grading permit was issued. Construction should begin in the next 6 weeks.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.