Historic/Cultural Neighborhood Council

Interim Planning Meeting

Tuesday, May 28, 2002


Meeting was called to order at 6:20 pm by vice chair Joel Bloom. In attendance: Satoru Uyeda, Takao Suzuki, Kimberly Vamos, Dominic Ehrler, Joel Bloom, Tom Minkler, Frances Hashimoto, Brian Kito, Howard Nishimura, Alicia Brown, Tom Nagano, Jose Luis Sedano and Ayako Hagihara. Meeting was held in the meeting room at Maryknoll Catholic Church, 222 S. Hewitt Street, LA.

  1. Call to order and Board of Directors Roll Call
  2. It was noted that there were no representatives present from Chinatown at this meeting. Jose Luis Sedano attended and represented El Pueblo. Self-introductions were made.

  3. Minutes of the May 22nd meeting was reviewed. Dominic moved to approve the minutes. Tom seconded. There was no further discussion. There were 12 ayes, 0 nays and 1 abstention.
  4. Election procedures and policies
  5. In reviewing the draft Stakeholder Registration Form and discussing other election-related issues, it was decided that the by-laws contain some conflicting and confusing information. HCNC members agreed that stakeholders should be able to check off more than one category on the registration form (attached). Dominic proposed that a grid-structure be utilized to identify the stakeholder category and locations. Secretary accepted the proposal and stated that she would revise the form accordingly.

    It was pointed out that HCNC would need to define who qualifies as a senior or youth. After some discussion, Dominic moved that anyone 62 years of age and over be classified as a "senior." Jose Luis seconded. The floor was opened for discussion. Tom made a motion that anyone 65 and over be classified as a "senior." The motion was not seconded. A call for the question was made on Dominic's motion. There were 12 ayes, 1 nay and 0 abstentions.

    The definition of "youth" was also brought up. Brian made a motion that anyone between the ages of 14 and 17 be classified as "youth." Kim seconded. There being no further discussion, a call for the question was made. The motion carried unanimously.

    Further questions posed regarding the elections process (attached) were not discussed due to lack of guidance provided in the by-laws.

  6. Announcements

    1. American Tropical Fundraising Gala

    1. Jose Luis Sedano reported
    2. A fundraiser will be held to raise money to build a viewing platform for the Siqueiros Mural, which will be restored through a grant from the Getty Foundation. While the Getty Foundation grant provides enough funding for a viewing platform, El Pueblo community members felt that the community would not feel ownership or commitment if an outside entity paid for everything. Therefore, it was decided that a large Gala will be held to raise money.
    3. Jose Luis asked for a letter of support from HCNC stating that we share the value of the fundraiser and that HCNC supports it.
    4. While individual HCNC members stated their support for the project, due to the fact that HCNC is still in the formation stage, no motion for support was made at this time.

    1. Little Tokyo Recreation Center

    1. Takao passed out a flyer for the Public Hearing for the Little Tokyo Recreation Center, to be held on Thursday, June 20th at the Japanese American National Museum from 5–8 pm. He asked everyone to attend and express support for the Rec Center.

    1. The next meeting will be on Friday, June 7, 2002.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Ayako Hagihara