Planning Commission Agenda: Recycling and Off-Site Alcohol Sales

Planning Commission deals with requests to install a recycling facility and off-site sale of beer and wine.

The Planning Commission holds its biweekly meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber in the West Hollywood Library.

Two items are on the agenda:

903 Westbourne Drive – the retail site is asking for a permit for off-site sales of beer and wine plus on-site tasting events.

7710 Santa Monica Boulevard – installation of a small recycling facility behind a commercial building located between Spaulding and Stanley avenues.

Stephanie September 07, 2012 at 06:33 PM
This meeting last night was a real example of how the citizens can come together and speak out against things we so not want in our community. Planning Commission Meetings are streamed live on Channel 10 but they are also available online the next day. It usually is posted by the early afternoon and you can go to this link and see any of the meetings that have been televised. This is such a small town you really can effect change if you are willing to jump in, show up and and make your voice heard. It is not always easy, but it can be a positive thing in how your City is run. So, please, get involved to whatever extent possible. http://www.weho.org/index.aspx?page=790
scott ferguson September 07, 2012 at 06:57 PM
A constructive, positive way for citizens to get involved and interact with their leaders. So much a better way than election-rigging measures like anti-democratic term limits. This is another example of ours being a responsive, open city government.
Stephanie September 07, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Apples and oranges, Scott. All options are open. Just because you disagree with the content of a petition I am sure you will defend the first amendment right of the citizens to circulate the petition. Or maybe you could circulate a petition against the petition! (jk)
scott ferguson September 07, 2012 at 07:29 PM
It seems to me this is an action that runs counter to the biggest single argument for term limits - that our government is dysfunctional, that the leaders are out of touch. And as you said, citizen involvement on the planning commission level makes a big difference. It is not apples and oranges - it is part of the whole of our city. And it is a result of what has been set up by the current council as a working structure. Instead of trying to install radical change, one would think you'd credit the current incumbents for setting up such a citizen-friendly government. But once again, no good deed goes unpunished. I don't deny you your rights under California law for you to collect signatures, of course. Unfortunately, and to our state's great detriment, we have an incredibly easy referendum process that has done more damage to our government, economy and politics than any other single device. But you have the right.
Stephanie September 07, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Good, we agree!
Stephanie September 07, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Scott, "election-rigging measures" implies something illegal. Which, of course this is not. I think we can also agree that you and others had the right to not sign and when it is on the ballot both sides will have the right to campaign for or against. Abiding by the outcome will be democratic. 98 cities in California have term limits...including Los Angeles, who had two terms, but that has been extended to three. I wonder if the millions of citizens in Los Angeles know they are living in an anti-democratic city?
Stephanie September 07, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Scott, "credit the current incumbents for setting up such a citizen-friendly government." Let's see, during the fight to save Plummer Park, we were actually told at a CC mtg that we were "ungrateful" because we did not want to spend 41.3 million dollars to destroy the historic buildings and 54 old growth trees. At various meetings we were called "liars" even though every speck of information we gave our neighbors had come directly from the City, and just last month a Councilman told the public that he do not really listen to what the same 40 citizens have to say. Not so friendly. The staff recommendation for the proposed recycling center that was to be 22 feet from people's bedroom windows, was to approve the project, even though the City's laws say 50 feet. Oh, and after receiving a petition signed by 150 people in the direct vicinity opposing the project, the staff still recommended approval. Not always so citizen-friendly, sad to say. I am not applying this to all councilmembers. However, suffice it to say that I have been to 80 mtgs in the past 12 mos. and have commented, sent letters, emails and left phone messages, some complimentary and some disagreeing; all polite and civil and yet, there are two members of the council who have not responded in any way, shape or form, not even an auto-response or a form letter. Not one peep. Nada, zip, zilch. Three-term, term limits are not "radical change". Following our laws and rules is not "a good deed."
Stephanie September 07, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Good, we agree!


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