DONE WATCH--There's bad luck and there's bad timing, and many times through no fault of anyone in particular, people get walloped by both. It's the wrong-time/wrong-place situation we attribute to freakishly unavoidable car wrecks.
DONE WATCH-First, a little history. Since its inception, the “Department” has been plagued with complaint after complaint ranging from complete lack of response to utter ineptness. Motion after motion that could be misconstrued or abused has followed, creating a greater window for abuse and plenty of excusesto be used by the same bureaucrats trying to hold on to their six figure jobs.
WHO THOUGHT THIS ONE UP?--Nestled in the AroyoSeco lies Hermon (pop. 3,500), a quaint art deco-infused hamlet that as of April 2017 has the unique distinction of being LA's "tiniest" neighborhood, replete with its own certified neighborhood council. The first birthed under the city's new NC Sub-Division ordinance promulgated and shepherded by City Councilmember, Jose Huizar, who happens to represent Hermon in his fourteenth district; most likely a coincidence. Not.
The last few of months have been brutal, painful and beyond disheartening. Knowing this, for Christmas one of my besties sent me a bottle of Traverse City Bourbon. It seemed apropos I should pull that out and sip a few while I write this.
EASTSIDER-It is not a secret that the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) is broken. It is equally evident that something like 90 percent of their woes are self-inflicted wounds by Grayce Liu, the DONE staff and their assigned City Attorney. So, what should we do?
HCNC SUBDIVISION BACKSTORY--Five days before Christmas, the Executive Committee of the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC) was notified a subdivision was being filed and that the application deadline was January 15th. The next scheduled Board meeting was January 9th.
DONE WATCH-My name is Lawrence Bouett. I am a stakeholder in the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC) by virtue of the fact that I am an officer in a Solano Canyon-based non-profit corporation called 1866. My great-great grandfather, Francisco Solano, purchased 87 acres of land in the Stone Quarry Hills from the City of Los Angeles in 1866. This land was located in and around what was known as Solano Ravine, and with his family, Francisco Solano founded what is now the community of Solano Canyon. My grandfather was born in Solano Canyon and was one of the first students in the original Solano Avenue Elementary School. My father grew up in a house on Solano Avenue, and he, too, was a student in the original elementary school, the location of which is now the Solano Canyon Community Garden.