Neighborhood Feedback

Neighborhood Feedback

My office is committed to hearing the issues affecting Council District 4. Please take a moment to send us a message. Every suggestion or concern is taken seriously and will be taken into consideration by the appropriate council staff.  Thank you for your feedback.

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NO to HPOZ - YES to Energy Efficiency and R1 Variation Zone

I oppose the HPOZ in the Miracle Mile. I understand the concern about “Mansionization” in the area and am in favor an R1 Variation Zone to prevent such construction. My apprehension about an HPOZ is that it is too restrictive in that it does not take climate change into consideration. We are living in a time in which global warming is an ever-increasing problem. I would like to do my part to reduce my carbon footprint. I own a four-plex and hope, one day, to be able to rent out units that are completely energy-efficient. If I cannot replace the current windows on the façade of my building with those that are up to California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards, I will not be able to achieve that important goal. In my opinion, an HPOZ is permanent, present-day fix that does not consider the needs of future populations.

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NO to Miracle Mile Hpoz - Yes to R1 Variation Zone

I have lived in the Miracle Mile for 30 years. The R1 Variation zone is the answer to the McMansion problem. The HPOZ is a terrible choice that will limit far too many of my rights as a property owner. I don't want people telling me what color I can paint my house or how many panes I have to have on my windows. This is very un-American. NO TO HPOZ AND YES TO R1 Variation Zone.

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Ban Real Estate Signs

Our neighborhoods are blighted every weekend by unnecessary and unsightly real estate open house signs. In our GPS era, these signs are just trash on sticks designed to advertise realtors not to direct folks to open houses. Please ban this blight.

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No on HPOZ in Miracle Mile

I am a long time resident of the Miracle Mile area (x 11 years) south of Wilshire Blvd. I do NOT support the proposed historic preservation overlay zone(HPOZ) for the Miracle Mile area. My voice has been ignored by our local residents' association for some time now through recent community outreach meetings that usual end in Jim O'Sullivan yelling that anyone in opposition is disrupting "his" process. The Miracle Mile Residents Association (MMRA) is a small narrow minded group of individuals who do NOT represent the true and whole opinion of the residents of Miracle Mile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please listen to those of us the oppose an HPOZ in this area as a solution to Mc-Mansionization. The MMRA is an intolerable organization that has bullied its members for years run by a small and unwavering/ non-collaborative executive board. There are many neighbors who share my opinion and are growing upset that MMRA and your office have ignored us for months now on this matter. www.saynohpoz.com

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Change street parking hours

Hello, my practice is located on Burbank Blvd. near Sepulveda. The grid lock has increased to the point that my clients are considering not using my services due to traffic at my location. Burbank was designed with three (3) lanes, but parked cars are barring traffic from flowing. Please consider limiting street parking to "non peak" hours to reduce the horrific traffic jams. Ideally, limiting parking hours on Burbank between Kester and Sepulveda, to non-peak hours only would improve assessability and be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Deborah Litberg, LCSW

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On Demand Transit for Aging Koreatown Population

Mobility within Korea town is becoming increasingly more difficult as parking becomes limited, more cars enter the streets, and as the population begins to age. I have parents that are about to enter retirement and something that I am constantly worrying about is how they are going to get around. Driving is becoming more frightening and dangerous for many people. Have you tried to go to a Korean market around noon? It is absolutely panic inducing. The town can collaborate with DOT as well as Uber to provide a service somewhere in between traditional the traditional Dash service as Uber. Users could call up a bus using their phone and routes can be optimized using Uber/google routing software. The bus and the app can be made to be aesthetically appealing to the Korean population with friendly interfaces and bus design. These services can be offered on demand which greatly increases accessibility to all demographics. This will reduce congestion on the roads, decrease accidents from elderly drivers, reduce carbon emissions, and also create a sense of identity of Koreatown. I have a degree in civil engineering and a Master’s in sustainable infrastructure. I’ve also been born and raised in Koreatown.

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Feedback

David, I KNEW when we spoke a few times that you were a man with a high level of Integrity. I have been tracking you as I do our Mayor. I see you walking the talk. May you be blessed to hold steady in who you are. Far too many of those seeking office end up falling through the cracks of temptation that are self serving. One of the things I can see in you is that you Love what you are doing. That Love affords you a great strength.You are doing a Terrific job.

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Fix The Streets or Take 'em down

In my view, swept streets are essential to maintaining a minimum of neighborhood charm in LA. Recently I spoke with a sweeper driver and discussed his route in Franklin Hills. I asked him about the difficulties he encounters in the course of sweeping in the hills here. The stand out reason for not being able to do his job is the uneven and broken concrete streets.

Why? Because it turns out the scooper mechanism at the rear of the sweeper can not be lowered into position on uneven pavement.

So, in effect, the City, by not fixing the broken concrete streets is promising a service (street sweeping) it can not provide.  If a street sweeper can not sweep, the signs should be taken down until the streets get fixed.  Until then the "No Parking on Sweeping Days" signs are a violation of the rights of the people who must move their cars every couple of days with no benefit. The City cannot profit from the revenue of parking violation tickets without providing the service for which the violation is cited.

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Rowena Apartment Landlords take advantage of drought

Tenants who have been renting for years have seen their quality of life sink as they view their front lawns and parkway medians on Rowena give way to dead grass and dog poop. I believe landlords have taken advantage of the water restrictions of the past few years, now no longer in effect, to NOT pay for watering or replacing the dead lawns with appropriate landscaping.

Rowena, at Griffith Park Ave, is now one of the ugliest streets in the greater Silverlake/Los Feliz area. It now may be a fact of life that we will get little or no rain on a regular basis and the City needs to look to other cultures and how they deal with an arid climate. The green grass of yesteryear is gone, DG (decomposed granite) is the best replacement, used in most of the south of France and a proven solution.

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Addison Apartment Proposal

Mr. Ryu - I am unable to attend tonight's meeting but I voted for you based on your platform to put our neighborhoods first. To quote you - "I’m running for City Council to change the conversation at City Hall to one that takes account of neighborhood concerns first. Right now, City Hall isn’t listening. Neighborhoods are the heart of Los Angeles, but too often our interests are put aside for those with the deepest pockets and the loudest voices. I’m running the same way I will represent the 4th District – by listening to all stakeholders, starting first with my residents and communities". The quality of life in the Valley is suffering with multiple projects - a new hotel at Riverside and Coldwater, mixed-use building at Magnolia and Colfax (tbd?) , The Sportsmen's Lodge project? Furthermore, everytime I see a house being torn down and a larger cookie-cutter New England style house going up my heart breaks. Please support our community and let the developers know that overbuilding in our community is not welcome.

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Enable anonymous-or properly secure- reporting of DBS code violations

Currently, to report a code violation, one must give one's information. Although it is promised that such info will be confidential, we have seen instances where an inspector may say "we got a complaint from a neighbor" when only one person could really be that person. This makes reporting a poor neighbor very awkward.

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No suggestions. Praise only

David, I am so impressed with you. You have been true to everything we talked about when you were running for this position. Thank you for your integrity. I dare say, you are not just "another politician". Annette Saint John Lawrence

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Add stop sign(s) on Rowena

Everyday I hear the growl of engines accelerating down Rowena, a road with, near my house, a 25 MPH speed limit and several curves. People are short-cutting traffic on Los Feliz (I've been behind speeders who then turn back up Griffith Park to go back to Los Feliz Blvd) or are using it to pass through to points south, and they drive like they're already on the I-5 and/or are aggressively happy to be free of Los Feliz Blvd's traffic. A stop sign was put in at Ben Lomond Pl; I feel this helped somewhat with traffic speed on Rowena. We need another stop sign at either Lowry or, better yet, Avocado. This will also help prevent the daily near-accidents of westbound drivers turning onto Avocado without stopping nearly missing people eastbound and accelerating away from Los Feliz.

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More than just a Neighborhood Sign in Los Feliz

Hello Mr Ryu, first I want to thank you for all the positive changes you've made to our community in your short time as our Councilman. I understand you recently did a ride-along with the President of the Franklin Hills Resident Assosciation, Mr. Tim Cowell. I'm sure it was a nice visit and drive of their neighborhood, he mentioned in their newsletter, discussing with you about the attempt to move their boundaries and installing a sign at corner of Tracy St and Talmadge. I would like to express our concerns as residents of the area that would be affected by this. First, Tom LaBonge supported placement of a sign at Corner of Tracy St and Talmadge, but when the consequences and outcry of the affected residents, he withdrew his support, putting the decision onto you. The Los Feliz Improvement Assoc, also supported the 'sign', only later after discovery of how a sign would legally change the neighborhood boundary and how the necessary signatures required for the 'sign' were acquired questionably. They to also retracted their support. The LFNC, at their hearing was unable to come to a conclusion, passing it on to the Neighborhood/Education Committee, only to revisit the motion again and then, to vote against placement of said 'sign' and boundary change. Juan Longfellow, our LFNC representative of District D, went door to door, talking with neighbors, specifically about this, who live within the neighborhood that would be affected by the change, only to hear of unanimous opposition and of many who knew nothing of the sign or consequences it would have. In a nutshell, the past president of FHRA, is/was making an attempt to expand their boundaries into our neighborhood as a pat on their back for what they have done, mainly on the border of the neighborhood. It has never been mentioned about how their crime rate is higher and home values are lower, this change will encompass us into their statistics, how this will affect our values or insurance rates is unknown. The necessary signatures for the 'sign' application were acquired without exposing the implication of said sign and boundary change. They used Tom LaBonge to gain momentum, only to have him step away from the controversy. We have gathered a multitude of emails from those who live here that are against this. All of this information and documents was sent to LaBonge, will we ever know if it still exist or disappeared when he left office. I speak for myself and my neighbors that oppose this and ask you to follow all of those here in the affected area that are against this change, do not find it necessary or of any advantage or value to us. Please deny the FHRA request to expand their boundaries, and please do not allow the city to install a sign at the corner of Tracy St and Talmadge and change the name of our neighborhood.

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Oppose Los Feliz neighborhood boundary changes

I write in hopes that this reaches Councilmember Ryu or the appropriate staff. One of the highly local issues he inherited is a proposed change in neighborhood boundaries in Los Feliz. The Franklin Hills association has proposed changing signage and borders of Franklin Hills to annex a portion of what is now plain Los Feliz. This is not a simple, easy issue, and, although it has been portrayed a non-controversial, it actually IS. I request that the Councilmember NOT support any requested boundary changes. The changes are opposed by the Los Feliz association and were eventually opposed by former Councilmember LaBonge after he realized just how controversial the move is in our area. They are also opposed by the impacted area as a change in neighborhood has the ability to negatively impact property values. I, as others, moved to Los Feliz on purpose and paid a premium to do so. We feel a strong affinity for the area and had never heard of Franklin Hills before moving here. As in medicine, in government the first rule is "do no harm." After hearing about this proposal, I contacted the Franklin Hills association to as WHY this was proposed and, frankly, they could not tell me anything other than that they want to expand their boundaries to include historic sites like Marshall High and Prospect Studios, and that they want to be recognized for cleanup work they do in the adjacent areas. When pushed, they could come up with no reason why this would help my community or property values. It appears to be driven by highly local ego or control issues. But those are not my concern. I care about my property values, being able to list my home as Los Feliz, and being associated with the neighborhood I deliberately chose to live in. I understand a committee vote is scheduled soon and hope that the issue can be denied or at least that impacted neighbors have a chance to weigh in directly with your office. Thank you.

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Make the Detroit-De Longpre Intersection a Four-Way Stop

This intersection used to have stop signs for traffic on De Longpre, and then mysteriously a couple years ago, they switched, stopping traffic on Detroit instead. If anything, the intersection has become more dangerous, with cars on Detroit forced to inch out into the intersection (visibility is terrible because of all the cars parked on De Longpre) while cars driving on De Longpre, often cutting over from/to La Brea, zip across at high speeds. It's only a matter of time before there's an accident (in fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if there have been some already). It would be a much safer intersection if there were stop signs for both Detroit and De Longpre traffic.

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Fix Sunset Plaza Drive.

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Stop Fluoridation

“There are numerous mechanisms by which uncontrolled dosing of fluorides through water fluoridation can potentially harm thyroid function, the body and the brain. A malfunctioning thyroid often leads to weight gain. And diabetics and patients with kidney disease are often thirsty, causing them to consume increased amounts of fluorides if they have access to only fluoridated water. Communities of color and the underserved are disproportionately harmed by fluorides because most rely on municipal water sources, many of which continue to add fluoride, despite research showing the potential harms and negating the potential benefits. I support federal investigative hearings looking into why our cities and towns are allowed to continue to add fluoride to public water sources and why the whole story about fluorides is only just now coming out.” (Dr. Mark Hyman via email on April 1, 2016)

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420 S La Brea

What is the plan for 420 South La Brea? Its been a big hulking eyesore for many years. It would be awesome in so many ways if some of it could be turned into public space. I know the real estate market is crazy right now. But it would be great if the needs of the residents were factored in.

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Curfew Violaters

David: During your campaign and more recently at a Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA) meeting you told those attending that Alice Roth was your dedicated and respected Deputy authorized to do the “peoples” work within City Hall on your behalf. Therefore, at this time if for example LAUSD has been having about 300,000 students not in school, unexcused in excess of three times, during school hours, possibly out robbing houses in Sherman Oaks, what are you doing to be sure they go to school rather than be in the streets of LA, dubbed Curfew Violators? I am confused why she and most Local Government, State and Federal Government Elected and Staff continue to claim “not my job” to meddle in the affairs of schools, when these students become Curfew Violators potentially headed to the “pipelines to prisons”, currently ignored, unless first a crime is committed. Therefore, if the City wishes to reduce the estimated 23,000 Homeless per year living on the streets within the City of LA, as reported by the media, I now ask you why not start to deal with Curfew Violators and have Alice Roth call me to discuss what she and you can do? Thanks in advance for the call. Thomas D. Carter, CPA – AKA Mr. Flashlight shining his light on the truth

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