STNC Executive Committee Recap
The Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council Executive Committee met on Wednesday, January 5th to discuss administrative items such as the agenda for the general board meeting next Wednesday. The meeting was more straightforward than the budget committee meeting from last week, as there were no disruptors present.
There was one public comment before moving into the discussion/action items on the agenda, and it was from Ryan Ross, a community member inquiring about the ability of the neighborhood council to advocate or assist regarding interference from the recently updated cell phone tower located near the corner of Summitrose and Las Lunitas. STNC president Lydia Grant advised Mr. Ross that although she is not allowed to respond to his comment in accordance with the Brown Act, she will be more than willing to discuss the matter via email. Committee Member Cindy Cleghorn, mentioned that she is very familiar with that specific tower and also provided her email to Mr. Ross for further discussion.
The next item on the agenda was a discussion on committee and board member training. Numerous board members had not yet completed part of their required training as elected officials. Ms. Grant advised that those who had not completed the training reach out to the city training representative for further instruction on how to proceed. She also reminded members present that there is a separate training upcoming on January 16. In speaking about board members and training, Ms. Grant also stated that committees must remember they are an extension of the STNC, and must act accordingly. She said this will be a topic of discussion during the next board meeting.
The following item on the agenda was regarding community impact statements for the upcoming general meeting. After some discussion, it was decided that the STNC’s opposition to California State Bill 9 and 10 (SB9, SB10) would be amended and reworded to specify the actual stance of the council. This revision will be discussed during the board meeting. The agenda for next week's meeting was the final item to be discussed, and, after adding the council’s amended response to SB9 and SB10 there was debate over removing two standing items from the agenda that may not be addressed during the general board meeting. After a brief conversation, it was decided that the items can remain, as they will not interfere with the pace of the meeting if they are not removed. The agenda for the meeting was approved unanimously, 5-0.
During the board comments portion, Leny Freeman brought up the recent wire thefts that have left neighborhoods in the dark. He proposed a potential partnership between the Bureau of Street Lighting and the LADWP, in which the Bureau would use power from LADWP locations to power the street lights. This topic was viewed as a worthy subject to be revisited.
The STNC General Board meeting will be held next Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The Zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/91892785703.