Blair Hills Association
Meeting, April 16, 2019
(minutes prepared by Angela Arnold)
Minutes of the Blair Hills Association, Culver City, California, held at the Stoneview Nature Center at 7:00 PM on the 16th day of April 2019.
I. CALL TO ORDER
Kerri Payne-Lui called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm.
II. ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS
Present: Annie Wilson, Kerri Payne-Lui, Antoinette Lowe, Angela Arnold
III. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING (March 19, 2019)
Motion by Antoinette, seconded by Kerri to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 2019, Motion Carried
IV. Current Financial Condition.
· Six houses are up for sale in Blair Hills. Cherie has welcome packets for new neighbors. Contact her.
· There are new trees on the Stoneview portion of the Park to Playa trail. They were donated to provide shade for the trail.
· You may see gopher snakes or king snakes on the trail now that it is spring. They are harmless. No rattle snakes in this area.
· Culver City State of the City Address – There is a video on the Culver City website showcasing Stoneview – “Culver City Moving Forward”
· Blair Hills playground construction is underway and is due to be completed by May 5th
· Angela Arnold’s family adopted the turtle from Blair Hills Park. It’s in their front yard on Stoneview. Feel free to visit the turtle anytime.
· Culver City App – Go Request. You can make requests for potholes and other city services
· Construction on Lenawee – Sidewalk going in next week. Waiting for Edison to run electricity before paving the street.
· Charter rates for Stoneview Nature Center Associates expire in May. Funds from the Associate membership goes to support the Nature Center and programming.
· Citizen’s Police Academy – An 8–10-week class. Once a week on Wednesdays. Applications available now. Class starts June 12.
VI. New business
· Presentation by Culver City Public Works: Overview of Environmental Programs and Operations (Kim Braun, Environmental Programs and Operations Manager, 310-253-6421, firstname.lastname@example.org
o Plastic bags go in the black trash receptacle. They jam up the recycling machines.
o Items for the blue recycle cart include:
§ Glass bottles and jars
§ Aluminum cans, foil and trays
§ Steel and tin cans
§ Plastics (1-5 & 7)
§ Clean/Dry paper
§ Clean/Dry Cardboard
o Food waste now goes into the green cart: vegetables, dirty paper, wet paper, egg shells, bones, seafood, meat, wet cardboard, paper towels, paper cups, any paper that touches food
o Public works doing a door drop to all single-family residences on food waste in the green bin
o Food Recovery Program (SB 1383) – Culver City must recover a certain percent of unused food from Culver City businesses and distribute to the hungry
o Bulk item / illegal dumping collection – Schedule a pick up for bulk items; up to 4 items are free. Call 310-253-6400 to schedule a pick up
o Bin enclosure ordinance – Commercial and multi-family residences must have permanent enclosures for trash bins
o Construction and Demolition – You have to use Culver City for demo and construction trash
o Transfer Station – All trash goes to the transfer station on Jefferson Blvd. Trash gets sorted and goes to recycling, landfill, compost site, or trash burning facility
o Hazardous Waste - Culver City has a contract with Stericycle. You will be able to schedule a pick up with Stericycle for hazardous waste.
o Recycle Coach App – App available online with information on collection days, what goes in the cans, etc.
o Mr. EcoHero – Public works has a mascot that visits schools to teach kids about recycling
o Public Works Events
§ E-waste & paper shred event
§ Compost giveaway
§ Smart Gardening
§ HHW Round-up
§ Rain Barrel Giveaway
§ Grey Water Workshop
o City buildings are becoming zero-waste facilities starting on Monday
o Party Truck – Culver City now has a recycling truck available for rentals so that both kids and adults can operate the arm feature at their next party (310-253-6403). $100 hr/2 hr. minimum
o Clean Bay Certification Restaurant Program – Public Works inspects businesses to ensure that they are disposing grease properly
o Polystyrene ban – Can’t use polystyrene for food packaging. No plastic straws.
o Stormwater – Mandated reduction in pollution that is going into Ballona Creek and into the bay. Several projects completed and underway to meet this mandate.
§ Transfer station project complete
§ Culver Blvd. Stormwater Project – June/July 2019, changing the median on Culver Blvd. between Sepulveda and Elinda. $15m project. Money from Culver City, Beverly Hills, and other funding sources
§ Washington Blvd. stormwater diversion project in front of Costco, starting later this year
§ Mesmer Pump Station – Centinela creek diversion. Upcoming project
· Guest speaker: Jan Perry, former Los Angeles Council Member, running for Los Angeles County Supervisor District 2
o Jan ran employment services for LA
o County Supervisor Primary is March 3rd, 2020. She is running for a seat that is being vacated due to term limits. She lives in Ladera Heights.
o Jan will be back in a few months to meet with Blair Hills residents again
· Idea presented for future discussion – Could we do a swap of loved/used items at the Blair Hills Block Party this summer?
VII. Old business
Kerri made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:09pm. Seconded by Annie. Motion Carried.