Thanks to those who sent me get well messages while I was recovering from successful back surgery.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Hollywood Hills Civic Association Street Cleanup

Thomas St. from 46th to 56th.Meet at Sheridan Hills Elementary Street at 9 a.m.

Saturday, November 5, 2017 – Daylight Savings ends (set your clocks back 1 hour).

Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Veterans Day Picnic at TY Park
Open to all veterans and their families, this is a wonderful event. Can you still fit in your uniform? I have two old fatigue shirts that fit.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Capital Financing Options Workshop. City Hall, Room 215. 

This is the most important “visioning” session we will have all year as we identify projects we think will accelerate our progress for the next 25 years. Everything is on the table; we will prioritize and provide direction to staff to identify appropriate financing options. I see this as a referendum item on the 2020 ballot. I have written extensively on this in the latest edition of Horizons, which came out two weeks ago, or you can click here to read the article.

Also on November 15, 2017 – Regular Commission meeting, 1 p.m.

Saturday, December 4, 2017 – Candy Cane Parade

 
COMMISSION ACTIONS
At the November 1, 2017 meeting, in addition to some of the following items, City Manager Dr. Wazir Ishmael and CRA Executive Director Jorge Camejo will receive their annual performance reviews. I will report on that next time,

New City Attorney. We hired Doug Gonzales, who has practiced municipal law for more than 20 years, including a stint in Hollywood years ago. Doug is a Hollywood kid and his parents were Hollywood pioneers. Welcome, Doug!

Approved to raising the budget to $700,000 to hire contractors who help with plan reviews and building inspections. The previous budget was $400,000. We are still behind but this will help clear up some of the backlog.

Approved CRA request to proceed building two “parklets,” which are transportable stages that fit against a curb, providing a platform for neighboring businesses to stage events, serve coffee, etc. One will be on Hollywood Blvd., the other on Harrison St.

Approved purchase of new handguns for HPD. It’s been 15 years since our police officers were given new weapons. We also approved the purchase of more vests.

Applied for an $8 million MPO grant to create bike lanes and sidewalks across the City. Our share of the total cost is 12 percent, or $960,000.
 

MEA CULPA

I have started two books and received three from friends but found it a little too difficult to concentrate during recovery. Will start over again soon.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanksgiving seems early this year. We have lots of family coming in, making this a very warm and friendly holiday. Hope you have something nice planned for your family.