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ERNC Hears Fired School Coach, Opposes Limited Immunity for Pot Shops

The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council listens to ERHS alumnus and substitute teacher Steven Jovanelly, and supports Huizar's proposed ban on medical marijuana stores.

At its monthly board meeting on Tuesday, June 5, the spent the better part of an hour hearing a former football and basketball coach’s account of the circumstances surrounding his dismissal in February by ERHS Principal Salvador Velasco.

See the accompanying video for some of the highlights of the presentation given by Steven Jovanelly, a substitute teacher at Eagle Rock High who was also a popular football and basketball coach at the school.

And click the links below to read more about Jovanelly’s dismissal and its impact on school affairs:

How a Conflict Between a Coach and a PE Teacher Came to Rock Eagle Rock

Students Protest at Eagle Rock High in Support of Fired Coach

Allegation of Sexual Misconduct at ERHS Dominate LAUSD-Moderated Forum (Video)

Q&A with Eagle Rock High School Principal Salvador Velasco (Video Part II)

Q&A with Eagle Rock High School Principal Salvador Velasco (Video Part III)

Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct Stops Coming to Eagle Rock High

The ERNC board also voted to oppose a “limited immunity” motion in the City Council May 29 by Council Member Paul Koretz, which was aimed at preventing the City from prosecuting some 100 medical marijuana dispensaries that follow strict restrictions on where and how they can operate.

The ERNC vote also reaffirmed its support for Council Member José Huizar's motion to temporarily ban storefront dispensaries until the California Supreme Court clarifies state law and allows a clear regulatory scheme to be implemented by the City of Los Angeles. 

Both Huizar's ban proposal and Koretz's motion will be heard at the City Council's Public Safety Committee meeting on Friday, June 8, before going before the full Council.

Seven ERNC board members voted against Koretz’s motion, while two members abstained. The meeting was held at Eagle Rock City Hall.

The ERNC also announced the departure of its longtime treasurer, Brian Heckmann, who resigned May 31 after reaching his six-year term limit. As the ERNC's longest-standing member, Heckmann had also served as the organization's president, past president and Sub-District 1 Director.

Heckmann's position as treasurer was temporarily taken by Osbaldo Luna, ERNC Director, Sub-District 5.

Besides thanking Heckmann for his services, the ERNC bid farewell to CD 14 Field Deputy Kai Newkirk, who announced to the board that he would be leaving Eagle Rock City Hall and Huizar's office on June 15 to take up another assignment where he would be paid a lot less but to which he felt drawn. Newkirk worked energetically in the CD 14 office for just under a year, overlooking the City’s affairs in Eagle Rock.

John June 08, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I am just astonished that the ERNC can be so inconsiderate of the patients who depend on the medical marijuana dispensaries for their medicine. Eagle Rock deserves the black market underground and violent crime they are endorsing with this vote. Please apply your same zeal to regulating stores that sell beer and cigarettes, which have no medicinal benefits and kill people.
Tim Ryder June 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
The ERNC is a group of 15 volunteers (mostly lawyers) who are just practicing at playing politics while handing out $40,000 of our tax dollars to various special interest groups like their church and their friends in the government. They no more represent the 35,000 residents in Eagle Rock any more than I do. They may think they are important but in the big scheme of things it appears they are nothing but a rubber stamp for our $180,000 little angel, Jose Huizar.
Stephan Early June 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Tim, Here’s how it works if you show up by yourself and there are seven guys against you, you lose. If you can get 14 people to come and speak out or even better run for a spot on the board then you’ve got a ball game. Calling the winners names because they show up and support their point of view is unrealistic. If the Councilman heard that four or five seats were being contested and that the majority, key word, wanted him to back off he would respond but for a couple of years now all we hear is the anti pot point of view. “You don’t need a weather man to tell you which way the wind blows.” Dylan “All that has to happen for evil to win is for good men to be quiet” Burke Stephan Early IPP/ERNC
Sarah Bucolic June 09, 2012 at 07:09 AM
So very sad. No consideration for the patients whatsoever. Good luck relieving your pain and nausea. Now go try and grow your medication yourself. Very cold.
Stephan Early June 09, 2012 at 03:19 PM
The real and ignored point of the argument. Well said Sarah.
ERHS Moms June 09, 2012 at 07:02 PM
It seems that the real problem is also that a tremendous number of people who have marijuana cards do not really have a legitimate illness, although that's not to say that say that there are not those who do. So many of us know people who have either lied to or paid off a doctor. One individual paid off a doctor to avoid threatened child neglect by DCFS. Also when some of us worked close to a pot shop there was routinely an influx of patrons arriving there stoned to shop which is driving under the influence and a danger to others on the road. This is not to say that marijuana should not be available to those with legitimate illnesses, but it should be better controlled (perhaps sold by a pharmacy). Another personal experience is that many of us are effected by medical marijuana users who share their medication with their friends, some of whom are our family members.
Tim Ryder June 10, 2012 at 04:13 AM
My name is Tim Ryder and I choose to exercise my right to smoke marijuana. Who has the courage to contest this?
Michael Larsen June 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Apparently not LAPD...
AFG June 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
There is no constitutional right to smoke marijuana because marijuana is a controlled substance, unless you have an illness that legitimizes marijuana for you. Like it or not that is the law at this time. If you are ill you can smoke it in your own home. All people have civil rights and some want to exercise their right to not have their children or themselves effected by breathing/smelling the smoke, be in the company of stoned/inebriated people, or share the highways with them because it is not safe. That is what the DUI laws say about all medications that can affect your driving ability. There's nothing wrong with medical marijuana if you legitimately need it, but you still cannot operate a vehicle while under its influence, nor should you arrive at the pot shop stoned.I know more than one person who has to drive to another city for a medication that their home town pharmacy does not carry, so that shouldn't be a big deal. The objection is not medical marijuana it is the unmonitored manner in which it is sold, where it is sold, and by whom.
Stephan Early June 10, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I'm sure the LAPD and all other police departments will be able to increase the wasteful, destructive war on drugs that Mr. Larsen suggests. That should keep the US in the very top of the list of nations that incarcerate their citizens. The fact that these are, for the most part, crimes without victims and that marijuana is less harmful, by far, than alcohol, and not even comparable to cigarettes, which are deadly in any format, doesn’t even occur to Mr. Larsen who is in the demonizing business of recreating and repeating long ago disproved false hoods about Marijuana. There is more “crime” generated and more people hurt by sale of alcohol, which has always found its way into the hands of minors who shouldn’t drink, and alcoholics who can’t stop. Politicians and policemen partake of “drugs” like “pot” and they are still denying it. Mr. Bush and Mr. Clinton come to mind, but we are being urged to gear up enforcement and waste scarce resources to maintain a policy that, after decades of scrutiny, has no up side, no positive effect. “Curioser and curioser.” This debate continues monthly at the ERNC. Come, join, elections are coming up and if elected then you could speak with greater ersatz authority as I did and Michael does. Stephan Early IPP/ERNC
AFG June 10, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Just because there is crime, death, accident and illness tied to alcohol and cigarettes it doesn't mean that marijuana is safe. It also doesn't follow that persons underage are only getting alcohol and cigarettes, too. They are also getting marijuana. They are also driving on it. Anyone who grew up in the '60's or later knows that alcohol and marijuana often go hand in hand. I have friends and relatives and friends of friends who all seem to think that their marijuana RX card is a license to drive stoned. Stoned drivers, no matter what they are stoned on are still driving under the influence and are therefor still causing accidents which many organizations like MADD are against.
Michael Larsen June 10, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I would appreciate it if, instead of literally making up nonsense like " ...Mr. Larsen who is in the demonizing business of recreating and repeating long ago disproved false hoods [sic] about Marijuana.", respected fellow members of the ERNC would provide examples of how and when I have EVER asserted false information about this powerful and unregulated drug.
Monty Washington June 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Why is it that your rational point of view is so easily ignored by so many? Of course you're correct, and one need only look at how these 'dispensaries' name and/or advertise themselves to see that the vast majority of those using aren't in it for 'medical' reasons. A few examples: "The Cough-y Shop" with a sign of a floating head over a torso, "Skyline", "Emerald Bliss", "The Chroncierge"... and it goes on and on. Go to a collective locator website and see the 'specials' or offers of a free 1/8th- yeah, that's how we dispense medical substances. Controlled medicines are dispensed at pharmacies, not 'dispensaries'.

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