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Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council to Tackle Ambitious Agenda Tonight

A discussion and vote on whether or not to approve a 7-Eleven on York Boulevard is likely to dominate the council’s meeting.

The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday night to discuss, update and vote on a range of civic, business and political issues spanning the gamut from neighborhood beautification and the Colorado Specific Plan to massage parlors and co-sponsorship of a Northeast L.A. mayoral forum on Feb. 12.

The ERNC board meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to at least 9 p.m. on the second floor of Eagle Rock City Hall. The event is open to the public and Eagle Rock residents are especially encouraged to attend.

Formed last October following one of the most fiercely contested elections in L.A.’s neighborhood council history, the ERNC board is set to take up its most ambitious agenda yet.

The agenda includes at least a dozen major items. The longest-running and most controversial of them is a proposal to build a 7-Eleven convenience store on York Boulevard and Tonawanda Avenue in a space vacated about a year ago by the Casa Princesa Café, which doubled as a Sign-A-Rama store.

The ERNC board is expected to discuss and vote on whether to approve or object to the proposed 7-Eleven’s request, pending before the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, to sell beer and wine from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. The ERNC’s decision will be conveyed in a letter to Associate Zoning Administrator Fernando Tovar, who deferred a public hearing last week about the 7-Eleven request on the grounds that the convenience store chain had not performed the necessary outreach work regarding the hearing.

Last month, the ERNC Land Use Committee granted conditional approval to the 7-Eleven plan following occasionally touchy public comments opposing the project. Among the conditions imposed by the committee is the requirement that the store sell beer and wine only from noon till 10 p.m. during the first year, after which the 7-Eleven must return to the planning process with the ERNC.

David Degan, a consultant to the landlord who owns the property where the 7-Eleven is planned, told Patch that last Friday two of his colleagues met with community members who live nearby. Degan said that “100 percent of the people  they spoke to supported the project,” which revolves around a $3-million investment in a shopping center, with the 7-Eleven as its key tenant, located on 4515-4527 E. York Blvd. and 1507 N. Tonawanda Ave.

Asked how many people Degan’s colleagues spoke to, the consultant said: “I don’t know, but there were way more than in the opposition.”

Degan alleged that public opposition to the 7-Eleven project largely stems from the owners of Society of the Spectacle, a nearby eyeglasses store, who spoke against the convenience store at last month’s ERNC board meeting.

“One thing people don’t understand is that they can’t make the 7-Eleven go away,” Degan said. The corporate chain store is “zoned for that area, which used to have a convenience store like 7-Eleven,” Degan said, adding: “The fact that we were able to get 7-Eleven as a tenant is the biggest blessing for the blighted area.”

Besides the scheduled discussion and vote on the 7-Eleven, here is a list of the other items on the ERNC board’s agenda for Tuesday:

• A report on the ERNC’s liaison with Eagle Rock’s Take Back the Boulevard initiative.

• A report on the ERNC’s alliance with other neighborhood councils in Northeast Los Angeles.

• An update on massage parlors in Eagle Rock by representatives of the Los Angeles Police Department and Council District 14.

• A discussion and vote on co-sponsoring a debate in Northeast L.A. on the March mayoral elections.

• A report by the ERNC Land Use Committee.

• A discussion and vote on building parklets along Colorado Boulevard and Eagle Rock Boulevard.

• A discussion and vote on installing sculptures on medians along Colorado Boulevard.

• Formation of an ad-hoc committee to explore amending the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, and communicating with local businesses about the planned amendments’ requirements, exceptions and enforcement.

• Formation of a new committee to further refine and streamline ERNC bylaws, including provisions regarding stakeholder voting in elections, and the appointment rather than the direct election of the ERNC president by members of the elected ERNC board.

• A report by a committee on street banners designed to instill civic pride in the community.

• Announcement of construction on Figueroa Street and Scholl Canyon Road in March.

Related: Plant Nursery From Echo Park to Relocate Next to Proposed 7-Eleven in Eagle Rock

Jason February 06, 2013 at 10:18 PM
No follow-up coverage on this?
Ajay Singh (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Coming up, Jason. It was a long, hard night, especially for the Board.
Michael Blanchard February 06, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Thanks for sticking with us till the end, Ajay. There was definitely a LOT to cover!
Ajay Singh (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 11:47 PM
If it weren't for those wonderful cookies, coffee croissants I don't know what I'd do, Michael.
Mo Oxford February 07, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Last night at the ERNC meeting, the developer claimed that the major reason for cancellation of last week's hearing -- failing to post notice of the hearing on the property site -- was the fault of the city. This afternoon, Vanessa Soto of the Planning Department confirmed that it was the owner/applicant who had failed to post, NOT the city, and that the developer had also still failed to pay all fees required. I find it disturbing that the owner and developer are busy blaming the city for things they failed to do, and it makes me question the integrity of anything they have claimed or might claim from here on out. Mo Oxford
Tim Ryder February 07, 2013 at 08:12 AM
Mr. Blanchard, at last night's council meeting, I believe I heard you say that you had '15' letters from people expressing a 'negative' opinion about the new 7-11 development on York blvd. This stakeholder kindly requests to see those public records for verification and analysis. Unfortunately, previous council meetings had (board member not to named) holding up stacks of papers saying they were nuisance complaints about the medical marijuana collectives. Yet when asked to produce them for verification, the documents would conveniently disappear. I'd prefer the same game not be played going forward with the new council as transparency has got to be a top priority in City government proceedings.
Ajay Singh (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 08:22 AM
Tim—the ERNC meeting agenda had seven email letters of opposition stapled at the end of the package. Did you see those?
Anonymous Nimby Crank February 08, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Eagle Rock-2 Tim Ryder-0
Tim Ryder February 08, 2013 at 09:21 PM
No Ajay, I didn't get the package. I guess they had run out of copies. I like to see these e-mails (they are public record for one thing and as you know Michael Larsen refused to show me the ones he supposedly got that were bashing the medical marijuana dispensaries). I like to see (specifically) what the gripes are as I can never nail down exactly what the rude mob in the audience are yelling about. So I will try to track those down somehow. If you can please upload them so the community can all analyze, that would be great. TX
Tim Ryder February 08, 2013 at 09:35 PM
@anonymous Just to let Mr. Anonymous know that whenever Tim Ryder gets up to speak there is a real live body behind the name. It is always a win for Real Live people (like me) over Anonymous Virtual Psuedo-names (like you). Why don't you come to a neighborhood council meeting sometime and say something intelligent in front of 50 people, inlcuding police officers, overpaid councilmen, prohibition crusaders, hysterical mobs and ambitious local politicians. Bet you don't have the courage to do that like a real person does.
Anonymous Nimby Crank February 09, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Anonymous Virtual Pseudo-names causes-2 Real Live Body Tim Ryder causes-0 That seems even worse, but okay have it your way!!

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