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Meet the new Studio City Neighborhood Council

Past council of SCNC
Past council of SCNC
Mike Szymanski, Studio City Community Activism Examiner

The newly-elected Studio City Neighborhood Council will be sworn in on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and the public is invited. The event will take place at the CBS Radford Studios backlot and food is served by a local eatery for no charge. Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian is going to swear in the new members.

There are some new members for the 2014- 2016 term of this all-volunteer body. Also, Grayce Liu, the General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is going to be a special guest at the meeting.

After the swearing in, the new Board will be electing it’s officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Corresponding Secretary).

Following that, all Committees with be disbanded and reinstated. Any interested individuals interested in chairing any of our committees are invited to submit your name, contact information, and the committee of
interest to the President of the SCNC.

All Chairs are appointed by the President. The President will share with all interested parties, the general duties and explain how our committees function. That will be done in association with the Vice President, who on our Board oversees all committees. Also, if there is something that we are missing and in your opinion might be better served by the formation of a Committee, please do not hesitate to submit that information and a Mission Statement of what you have in mind for that Committee to accomplish.

Senatorial Candidate Bob Hertzberg will be present to speak in public comment and will be available for private questions outside of the meeting room. Mr. Hertzberg will be allowed two minutes, as will any other candidates who are free to contact this Council and speak in public comments.

Click here for a copy of the agenda. http://studiocitync.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/Agenda_2014-04-16.pdf

Lisa Cahan Davis—at Large
Lisa Cahan Davis—at Large Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Lisa Cahan Davis—at Large

Lisa Cahan Davis—at Large (incumbent)

She ran unopposed in her second election for the At Large overall seat.

I am excited to enter into this Studio City Neighborhood Council Board election as an At-Large candidate. I believe one has to get involved in their community to make positive change. I began as a volunteer committee member in 2009 and have increased my involvement over the years to Outreach Chair and then Board member. Being resourceful and pro-active are some of my character traits that, I hope, have lent value to this organization. As a board member, collaboration is integral to success. Working in partnership with the volunteers of SCNC’s 8 committees as well as many City and State agencies and departments and other neighboring organizations, I know I can continue to bring new ideas, open thought and best-practices that make Studio City a community for all.

Alex Izbicki- Employee/Independent Contractors
Alex Izbicki- Employee/Independent Contractors Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Alex Izbicki- Employee/Independent Contractors

Alex Izbicki- Employee/Independent Contractors (New)

As a Studio City resident and a San Fernando Valley native, if elected to serve as your representative on the Studio City Neighborhood Council, I will work tirelessly to represent the issues and concerns that directly impact the quality of life that drew so many of us here to begin with. It is this desire to do more to protect & defend that life that drives my candidacy. Sensible growth planning done with maximum community input, city budgets & sending priorities to city leaders that address critical issues first, such as streets & sidewalks, sewers, utility costs and all the rest of the infrastructure that makes our city possible, are vital. Effective communication, with a willingness to look for new solutions are necessary to progress in a rapidly changing world. It is that outlook, coupled with a love of tradition, that I will bring to the Board of the SCNC on your behalf.

Lawrence Beer-Employee/Independent Contractor
Lawrence Beer-Employee/Independent Contractor Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Lawrence Beer-Employee/Independent Contractor

Lawrence Beer-Employee/Independent Contractor (New)

My name is Lawrence Beer, and I’m asking for the opportunity to represent you on the SCNC Board. As someone who both lives and works in Studio City, I know how important it is to protect our quality of life and vibrant neighborhood atmosphere. SCNC is at the forefront of ensuring that our neighborhood remains a great place to live, work and play. If I’m elected to the Board, I will be a strong advocate for Studio City’s fair share of city resources; for regular street maintenance; for great parks, playgrounds and recreational spaces; for land use planning that looks to the future, preserves the integrity and character of our neighborhood, and has maximum community input; and for affordable water and power. It would be an honor to represent my neighbors on the SCNC Board.

Denise Welvang—Residential Homeowner
Denise Welvang—Residential Homeowner Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Denise Welvang—Residential Homeowner

Denise Welvang—Residential Homeowner (Incumbent)

She was first appointed to the position by John Walker, and she won her first election. She is a pharmacist.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve you as one of your Homeowner representatives on the Studio City Neighborhood Council (SCNC) the last few years, and I am asking you for your support in helping me be re-elected March 20th. As a member of the Land Use Committee (LUC), I have participated in many discussions where we had to balance the desires and rights of all the involved parties, property owners, developers, neighboring residents and advocacy groups, all of who are stakeholders that the SCNC represents. Building bridges, understanding and mutually beneficial compromises are the key to having an effective, representative Neighborhood Council, and Iâ??ll continue to do my best to ensure that is what Studio City has. Your vote for me will help make that happen.

Jane Drucker-Residential Residents
Jane Drucker-Residential Residents Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Jane Drucker-Residential Residents

Jane Drucker-Residential Residents (Incumbent)

I have been a residential renter in Studio City since 1985. In the ensuing decades, I have witnessed a great deal of change – most of it for the betterment of our wonderful community. I became active with the SCNC shortly after its inception. I am currently a Board member and Corresponding Secretary, long-term member and current Chair of the Bylaws & Procedures Committee, and Chair of the Elections Committee. Over the years I have served as member and Chair of the Land Use Committee and as Chair of two grievance committees, leading both committees to successful resolutions of the grievances presented. I am asking for your vote so I can continue to ensure fair and supportive consideration for the interests of residential renters, my primary constituency, and to keep Studio City vibrant and livable for all of her Stakeholders. I am a Concerned Stakeholder of Studio City. Are you?

Richard Niederberg-Service
Richard Niederberg-Service Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Richard Niederberg-Service

Richard Niederberg- Service (Incumbent)

I have lived in Studio City for over 60 years and am very concerned with the quality-of-life issues of Studio City Residents and Businesses, and community organizations . I have observed many changes, some good, some bad over the years. I feel that I can continue to make a substantial contribution to the maintenance of the ‘village feel’ that so many Residents, Businesses and Community Organizations enjoy. I enthusiastically look forward to the next two years on the Studio City Neighborhood Council, where the appropriate decisions for Studio City will be made by myself and my colleagues.

Scott Ouellette-Business
Scott Ouellette-Business Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Scott Ouellette-Business

Scott Ouellette-Business (Incumbent)

Scott Ouellette is a Studio City Homeowner and Business Owner residing in the Colfax Meadows area.
He is a self-employed real estate consultant and provides consulting services to financial institutions. All of Ouellette’s career positions involved financial accountability and a high degree of integrity having served in financial capacity and/or senior officer positions for publicly held corporations. Ouellette graduated from California State University Fullerton with a BA in Business Administration. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a California Real Estate Broker.
Ouellette’s prior community service includes nine years with the Los Angeles Police Department as a Reserve and Full-time Police Officer. Ouellette was named Reserve Officer of the year in 1996. He also participates in multiple fundraising and volunteer activities for various charities.
Ouellette looks forward to serving Studio City and hopes to foster consensus- based decision making from its diverse group of stakeholders.

Remy Kessler-Service
Remy Kessler-Service Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Remy Kessler-Service

Remy Kessler-Service (Incumbent)

It has been a pleasure and an honor to have served on the Studio City Neighborhood Council and its various committees for the past nine years, including as Treasurer for six years. I seek re-election to further the accomplishments we have all made and to continue protecting our community for the benefit of all stakeholders. Thank you for your support.

Rita Clare Villa - Business
Rita Clare Villa - Business Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Rita Clare Villa - Business

Rita Clare Villa - Business (Incumbent)

I am a CPA with my business and home both located in Studio City. I have been on the board of the SCNC since 2008. I am running for a business seat again in this election. Our local businesses are what keep Studio City’s economy vibrant. It is my desire to serve the business community of Studio City by helping to ensure that businesses have a voice in matters of importance to them. My goal as a Neighborhood Council Board Member has been, and will continue to be, to support projects and ordinances which foster the economic vitality of local business while enhancing the quality of life in our community for the benefit of all of its stakeholders. It is our local businesses who contribute so greatly to the village atmosphere that makes Studio City a great place to live, work and play.

Steve Quat-Business Representative
Steve Quat-Business Representative Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Steve Quat-Business Representative

Steve Quat-Business Representative (New)

We need to take back our country from the career politicians one brick at a time starting with our neighborhood councils, city council, state legislature and then the federal government!

Lana Shackelford - Residential Renters
Lana Shackelford - Residential Renters Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Lana Shackelford - Residential Renters

Lana Shackelford - Residential Renters (Incumbent)

Representing the residential renters in Studio City has been a great experience and honor. Serving on the Neighborhood Council in this capacity is a purposeful commitment to bettering the communities where we live. I enjoy serving my community and would appreciate your vote for me as the Studio City Residential Renter Representative.

Gail Steinberg- Residential Homeowner
Gail Steinberg- Residential Homeowner Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Gail Steinberg- Residential Homeowner

Gail Steinberg- Residential Homeowner (Incumbent)

As a board member of the SCNC for the past 5 ½ years I have been instrumental in harassing the city to install the ‘Smart Walk’ on Tujunga and Woodbridge. I am dedicated to the goals and objectives of keeping Studio City a neighborhood that is safe, family oriented and un-congested. I am passionate about the beauty, aesthetics, traffic and quality of life in Studio City. On the board of a local day school, a supporter of the SCRA and involved in the community for over 26 years, selling real estate for 22+ years with Dilbeck Realtors and Christies Great Estates

Brian Mahoney-Residential Renter
Brian Mahoney-Residential Renter Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Brian Mahoney-Residential Renter

Brian Mahoney-Residential Renter (Incumbent)

He was appointed previously to the position by John Walker, and this is first time for him to be elected.

Hi, I’m Brian Mahoney, film actor and former US Army Cobra pilot. Appointed to the SCNC board in 2013, I have completed ethics and budget training and now sit on 3 committees: Budget, Bylaws and Cultural Affairs. Studio City has been home to my family for 20 years. As a former PTA VP and Parliamentarian at Carpenter Elementary school, I am familiar with Roberts Rules of Order and The Brown Act; two critical guides which help govern SCNC policies and practices. Over the next 2 years, we will have tough decisions to consider, such as the Harvard Westlake expansion project, controlling the type and number of marijuana dispensaries, re-paving priorities and safety, always safety. I’d like to hear from you, the Studio City stakeholders as to how you think we should move forward as a community. Thank you.

Lisa Sarkin- Residential Homeowner
Lisa Sarkin- Residential Homeowner Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Lisa Sarkin- Residential Homeowner

Lisa Sarkin- Residential Homeowner (Incumbent)

She has served as the vice president of the SCNC under John Walker, and also as the Land Use Committee chairperson.

I will continue to protect the quality of life for Studio City stakeholders.

John T. Walker -Residential Homeowner
John T. Walker -Residential Homeowner Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

John T. Walker -Residential Homeowner

John T. Walker -Residential Homeowner (Incumbent)

Most recent president of the SCNC, he served as vice president under Ben Neumann previously.

It has been a pleasure working and serving our community and there are still two major issues I would like to lead to work through to closure on and continue to provide the quality of life we enjoy in Studio City

Jon K. Epstein- Youth Seat
Jon K. Epstein- Youth Seat Our Ventura Blvd. Magazine

Jon K. Epstein- Youth Seat

Jon K. Epstein- Youth Seat (Incumbent)

Appointed by John Walker, this was his first actual race.

I have been on this council since July and have put my heart and soul into making Studio City a better place for youth to live in. I hope that I may continue my work and be elected as your Youth Representative. Thank You for your support.

Studio City Neighborhood Council banners
Studio City Neighborhood Council banners SCNC

Studio City Neighborhood Council banners

The banners that the Studio City Neighborhood Council puts up around the area to promote the meetings and the service of the all-volunteer body that is unique in the form of city governments in the state and the nation.