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STNC Beautification Committee Recap

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The Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council Beautification Committee met Wednesday, January 19 in which they provided updates on the Pinewood Elementary Mural project and the Welcome Garden on the corner of Sunland Blvd and Fenwick Street.

Committee co-chair Roger Klemm started the meeting with general public comments and Foothill Telegram Community Ambassador Mr. Owens spoke about the publication and invited the community to visit. Then Mr. Klemm moved to the approval of the December 15 minutes and it was opened by Gerardo Barrientos and seconded by Carol Hutchinson and the minutes were approved. Mr. Barrientos made the first presentation of the night on the mural project at Pinewood Elementary.

One of the issues that has arisen regarding the Pinewood mural is the planters around the parking lot are draining water onto the mural and the primer is peeling off. Mr. Barrientos doesn’t want it to happen the next time it rains again like it has recently. He also asked the principal to see if they could put a drain in the planters in question to help solve the problem and Mr. Barrientos was advised that it would take months for LAUSD to send someone out to do the repairs. The principal’s secretary sent an email to co-chair Nelly Luboff on Jan 19 asking for information on the lift that Mr. Barrientos is requesting. Ms. Luboff next asked if Mr. Klemm could visit the school to see what equipment is needed to remove a tree stump located at the mural site. Mr. Barrientos wants the community to come out and help him paint the mural this Saturday from 9:00 am until 12:30pm.

The Pinewood mural project is slated to be completed in the next few months and the community will be invited to come out and see the final product. STNC president Lydia Grant suggested to the committee that if they are planning on holding a ribbon cutting ceremony, the process of securing the finances for a public event takes a few months. At this time only pre-packaged items such as chips and cookies could be given out.

Mr. Klemm commenced the meeting by sharing a 14-picture presentation from the Welcome Garden with some of the beautiful plants that the community at large can enjoy such as wildflowers, delphinium cardinale, just to list a few. The meeting was adjourned at 6:05pm. The Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council Beautification Committee will meet next on Wednesday, February 16 at 5:30 pm and here is the following Zoom ID: 938 4983 1639.

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