North Westdale Neighborhood Association
Minutes for September 11, 2006
I Meeting called to order by President Tony Sanelli.
Tony would like to continue the work the Association
has been doing. He would also like to add some new ideas as
well. Email thoughts to Tony, he welcomes it
II Treasurer’s Report
Due to an increase in the cost of and the number of
printing the newsletter ($55 to $250), the need to collect dues is
quite important. The block captains need to attach a personal
envelope to the newsletter this next month to be more diligent about
collecting money. About half the people who used to donate are
doing so now.
Ideas for collecting dues and labeling the envelopes
were discussed as well as ideas for reducing the cost. October
and November will be the dues collecting campaign months. A note
will follow in December to remind neighbors with our address.
Block Captains can remind neighbors of the reasons to contribute.
III By-Laws Committee
Copies were again made available of the current
(May) edition of the by-laws as well as the original document.
Discussion followed regarding making changes. A motion was made to accept the draft and was carried. View By-laws.
IV SM Airport
SM City Council Candidate Forum on Airport Issues
will be Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 6:30 to 9:00pm at the Ken Edwards
Center located at 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica 90401. Jim
Donaldson will be there to represent us along with Martin Rubin.
He encouraged neighbors to attend. He also asked the association
to give their support in supporting this forum. A motion was made
and passed to use our association name in the forum.
Some discussion followed regarding donating money to
Martin Rubin. A motion was made to donate $400, however a
question regarding the process of reimbursing an outside organization
or donating put off the vote. Several years ago,
V New Committee Formation
Tony encourages neighbors to take an active
leadership role in issues that might concern you. For instance,
it seems there needs to be a Finance Committee.
We have a School Committee and that’s about all.
VI Farmer’s Market
The Mar Vista Farmer’s Market opened in
August. They need more participation from this area
however. The market is located on Grandview & Venice, every
Sunday, park on Grandview at the Post Office.
VII Mega Garage Sale
On Saturday, October 21 from 8:00 – 2:00 we will
have our 2nd giant sale. This is another example of how our
association benefits our neighborhood.
VIII Trash Dumping/Abandoned Shopping Cart
Information will be in the next newsletter with numbers to call.
IX Mar Vista Community Council
There is a council meeting tomorrow. One of
the issues is a proposal to give local neighborhoods money to reach out
to renters and apartment dwellers with their newsletters. The
council is supporting all associations and us by making copies of our
newsletters available at the Farmer’s Market.
X Richland School Liaison - Tammy
API score has gone up again this year.
Enrollment is down and the threat of closing or turning into a charter
The Halloween Festival is coming soon. The
foam is coming to the Kindergarten yard under the new structure.
The new library is wonderful. Neighbors can make calls to
district office to herd these projects along. The school
governance committee begins next month and may need community
Ideas suggested included using our newsletter, the
Mar Vista Community Council email calendar, as well as the Farmer’s
Market. The district may redraw the boundary lines.
XI Crime Report
There was an arrest in the Venice High student
shooting. Upcoming LAPD activities are posted on the Mar Vista
XII Other Issues
XIII Adjourn 8:20