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Neighborhood Feedback

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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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DASH Bus - Extended Hours

One of your campaign promises was to get the DASH Bus in Beachwood running on Sundays so that we can lessen traffic congestion and parking issues in order to get to and from the farmers market. Extending hours to 11 pm in order to have dinner in Hollywood would also lessen vehicular issues.

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Runyon Canyon Basketball?

Since I not only live one block away from the Fuller entrance of Runyon Canyon and I also spend 2-3 hours a day exercising my Chocolate Labrador morning and evening in this beautiful canyon, I am quite concerned about the future of Runyon. One major issue about this closure is that originally Runyon was suppose to stay half open. One of the reasons FORC wanted a total shut down was because they managed to find a donor to pay for fixing a retaining wall near the tennis court on condition that they (Pink Dolphin,) could construct a basketball court. Even though this is being done for free how could the Board of Commissionors of Parks & Rec. exempt any environmental studies? The impact of added loud noise is what most concerns me. The sound of basketballs constantly bouncing on a surface that has never best tested in the middle of our bowl shaped canyon which will be amplified upwards and outwards. How can we allow the solitude of this rare sanctuary in Los Angeles be potentially permanently ruined? A noise check is very simple and inexpensive, you just put some of the proposed surface on the ground, play a ten minute game and have volunteers situated around the adjacent areas to listen to the impact. We also have nesting owls and many other birds that have been living in Runyon for several years that would be negatively impacted. Even doing this for free Pink Dolphin should not be exempt from environmental studies. And even though it is free their proposal has their name "Pink Dolphin," posted above and on the court. For years anyone who even posted a business card on the billboard had it ripped off by the Park Rangers for advertising. Speaking of which FORC tore down the billboard and constructed a new billboard that only allows themselves to post any and all material. FORC has muscled into Runyon and somehow became the official voice, (but hopefully not the only voice,) of Runyon. If the construction of the proposed basketball court is halted because we gain our sanity and have some environmental studies can we then keep the eastern half of Runyon open? Thank you.

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Runyon Canyon Basketball Court?

Since I not only live one block away from the Fuller entrance of Runyon Canyon and I also spend 2-3 hours a day exercising my Chocolate Labrador morning and evening in this beautiful canyon, I am quite concerned about the future of Runyon. Once major issue about this closure is that originally Runyon was suppose to stay half open. One of the reasons FORC wanted a total shut down was because they managed to find a donor to pay for fixing a retaining wall near the tennis court on condition that they (Pink Dolphin,) could construct a basketball court. Even though this is being done for free how could the Board of Commissionors of Parks & Rec. exempt any environmental studies? The impact of added loud noise is what most concerns me. The sound of basketballs constantly bouncing on a surface that has never best tested in the middle of our bowl shaped canyon which will be amplified upwards and outwards. How can we allow the solitude of this rare sanctuary in Los Angeles be potentially permanently ruined? A noise check is very simple and inexpensive, you just put some of the proposed surface on the ground, play a ten minute game and have volunteers situated around the adjacent areas to listen to the impact. We also have nesting owls and many other birds that have been living in Runyon for several years that would be negatively impacted. Even doing this for free Pink Dolphin should not be exempt from environmental studies. And even though it is free their proposal has their name "Pink Dolphin," posted above and on the court. For years anyone who even posted a business card on the billboard had it ripped off by the Park Rangers for advertising. Speaking of which FORC tore down the billboard and constructed a new billboard that only allows themselves to post any and all material. FORC has muscled into Runyon and somehow became the official voice, (but hopefully not the only voice,) of Runyon. If the construction of the proposed basketball court is halted because we gain our sanity and have some environmental studies can we then keep the eastern half of Runyon open? Thank you.

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Runyon Canyon Park Closure:

Re: 4 Month Runyon Closure March 10 2016

Let LA Councilman David Ryu know that he should open up adjacent parks like Fryman Canyon, Bronson Canyon and Waddles Park, to be off leash for the four months while Runyon is closed.

1) We need to be able to allow our dogs to get their needed exercise by being off leash and not ticketed for being off leash in these adjacent parks. I asked David Ryu at the press conference on March 3, 2016 whether there had been any plans for allowing adjacent parks to accommodate our dogs temporarily be off leash and he stated that he hadn't. Mr. Ryu then mentioned a few parks that are all on leash with Parks Rangers who give out expensive tickets. I told KFI News and the LA Times that if the city closed down a major street there would always be consideration and plans for alternative routes.

2) Since the DWP workers are going to be finished at 4:00 every day, why can't we open up the eastern half the park for hikers and the people with dogs at 4:30 pm until normal park closing. That’ll give us about 4-5 hours until post sundown closure and should not slow down the four month projected timetable. A top DWP official told me ten minutes before that press conference that they originally were planning on closing only half of the park and that FORC, (“Friends of Runyon Canyon,”) wanted the entire park closed.

3) The proposed basketball court in the middle of Runyon has upset everyone here. We want to be to enjoy the quiet natural rustic setting and a loud bouncing basketball reverberating throughout the canyon will be a loud nuisance. Wayne Walters of Digital Interiors, (the company that is installing the court told me today that no studies were done to check for noise in the canyon.) There are enough basketball courts in LA and very few rustic canyons with solitude & birds singing.

4) The FORC billboard at the Fuller main gate only displays their announcements and does not serve as a posting board of the people. This is a public park and the billboard should be part of the commons. We need to have a voice!

  Most of us voted for David Ryu and want to continue to support him. I suggest that Mr. Ryu realize that thousands of us need not be so upset and deeply inconvenienced when our needs can so easily be met. I have heard hundreds of other dog owners sadly wonder why the park could not work out some kind of compromise. please call the councilman's office and find out if he can grant this request.

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traffic accidents imminent !!

Citrus at Wilshire south and Citrus at Olympic north This notice is to acknowledge that councilmen David Ryu's office is informed that the traffic congestion here on this street and at these intersections are dangerous and a major accident is imminent . , If God forbid that a fatality occurs in one of these intersections , then this post will be proof of the City's knowledge ! It will only get worse when the new rules apply during construction i live on Citrus and have witnessed many infractions over the past few weeks. there needs to be a 'NO TURN ' south on Citrus off of Wilshire and traveling north on Citrus from Olympic between the hours of 7 and 9am and 4 to 7 pm its understood the the BMW dealership patrons need access , customers can access from 8th street , Robert Vetica

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Ryu Supports Motion to Make Landlords More Pet-Friendly

I am an apartment owner who does not allow pets in my building because of hideous past experiences. Tenants go out and leave the pet in the apartment which becomes the animal's cage. Dogs bark incessantly, tear the place up, chew on the woodwork and scratch up and urinate on the flooring. Cats create noxious odors through their urine and their dander. If the pet destroys the place it costs much more than the tenant's deposit to make the unit rentable again. Anyway, why should apartment owners be made to suffer because the shelters are full of animals. I for one, do not choose to own a pet. Why should I be forced to accommodate those who do?

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Crosswalks ignores pedestrians, favors cars on Hollywood Blvd near Runyon Canyon

The crosswalks near Runyon Canyon on Hollywood Blvd are very slow and do not change in a timely manner. The residents of the neighborhood are forced to wait in favor of the commuters passing through the neighborhood. Please instruct BSS to speed up the crosswalks to favor residents who wish to access Runyon Canyon on foot.

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Reply to your constituents on social media

You seem to use Twitter as a one way outlet for your press releases instead of communicating with your constituents. Did you know twitter provides the ability to reply to people? Why do you ignore tweets from your constituents?

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Construction EVERYWHERE in Hollywood--at the same time, why?

Hi there, Regardless of the controversy surrounding the long term impact of overdevelopment in Hollywood, I am curious to know who approved for it all to happen at the same time. We live in the Hollywood Hills north of Franklin and it is impossible to drive anywhere there isn't a street closure, reduced lanes, long lines of huge construction trucks, street repair, or DWP repairs. What once took us 7 minutes to drive our children to school now takes 22--45 minutes round trip to travel less than two miles. People are angry and impatient and it only seems to be getting worse the further south you go. I am happy the economy is thriving, but this is poor planning and I would like to know the process involved. These projects need to be staggered based on priority. This is a mess.

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Crosswalk on Rossmore at Clinton Street

Hello, I'm curious if anything can be done to improve the visibility of the crosswalk on Rossmore at Clinton Street. I use the crosswalk a few times a week, in the evening, and getting drivers to slow or stop is very difficult. I've actually witnessed a car accident from a driver who slammed on his brakes to stop for me only to have the car behind him rear end the car. Every time I need to use the crosswalk, I enter slowly and with trepidation. Drivers regularly ignore me and whiz past or stop at the last moment, cause me to cross the street one lane at a time while I wait for the next car to notice me in adjacent lanes. I've also been verbally harassed. Anyway - please let me know if there is a way I can help get the visibility improved. Do I need to petition the neighborhood council? Should I write a letter to a certain department? I will take any advice available. Thank you, Amanda Sigafoos

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Need Your Help

There was nothing in your newsletter regarding what is being done about the weekend/holiday chaos at the Lake Hollywood Vista & upper Beachwood Cyn. Clearly enforcement did not solve the situation last holiday. Thank you for the other things you are doing.

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8150 Sunset Blvd.

Exception architecture needs an exceptional community in order to realize itself. If Barcelona had not welcomed Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia they would not be the world class city they are today. Los Angeles is fortunate to have allowed an incomparable artist to flower among us and as a long-time resident (I remember the Garden of Allah) of a less than incomparable area of Los Angeles, I would like to encourage all who live near the proposed 8150 Sunset Blvd development to reconsider any objections they might have and to allow some extra latitude to the builders of this promising addition to our neighborhood.  Traffic problems will exist at this corner no matter what is built there, or even if nothing is improved. Growth and modernization must occur in healthy communities and of course they bring problems while solving others. Some have complained the structures are just too big. So was the Director’s Guild when built, now it looks average. Hollywood is undergoing an extraordinary revitalization unlike any since the 1920s and we need to encourage creative design wherever we can. I think we should allow this to be built as Gehry sees it. It will soon become our Disney Hall. Many other large structures will be built in this area, including the Strip. Let this be an example of the quality we expect. We will all benefit. William Bergmann 1701 North Orange Grove Avenue Hollywood, California 90046 323 874 8017 williambergmann@earthlink.net

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