The meeting was called to order by Maureen Neeley, President, at 7:10 p.m.
Maureen introduced the board members and special guest Jack Cunningham, 3rd District Field Office.
Meeting Attendance – 65
Sign-in rosters – 43 members and 16 guests
Maureen introduced Chris Geer, owner of Urban Americana, located on Coronado between Anaheim and 14th St in the Zaferia District. Chris encouraged everyone to visit noting that, in addition to local business, he does a lot of national and international selling. Thank you Chris for sponsoring our meeting!
Jack Cunningham, 3rd District Council Office, reviewed the following:
Maureen announced a Historic District Design Guidelines workshop scheduled for October 1 from 11 am to 1 pm at 1321 Anaheim St.
Updates from Task Force teams tackling problems in the neighborhood:
Noise Team – Ken Konrad
Ken reported that the team is focusing on how to support change to the helicopter noise issue. Long Beach ranks 10th in reporting noise to the FAA:
Ken reviewed what residents can do to help:
Parking - Bill Marshall
Bill reviewed a flyer the team has prepared to distribute to residents once it’s reviewed by the BHCA board.
Doug Forasté reiterated that the best way to stop car break-ins is to not leave any valuables in your car.
Fleet Week Volunteers
Maureen reported that Will Cullen organized volunteers from the Armed Services and the neighborhood to water and service 90 trees that needed attention. Thanks to Bob Kaplan, from Kaplan Construction, for ferrying water to and from the trees.
Linda Pemberton reported that comments on the DEIR are due to the Development Services department by Monday, Sept 19. Linda reviewed major changes included in the plans. Her slides can be reviewed here.
BHA2 Artists’ Gallery Show Opening
Sydney Simon encouraged everyone to attend the 3rd annual BHA2 artists opening at Viento y Agua on October 1 from 7 to 9 pm. The show will run through October 30.
Belmont Heights Book Club
Maureen and Sydney reminded everyone that the book club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month @ 3 pm. Details can be found on our website’s “events” page.
Upcoming BHCA Monthly Meetings
Oct 12th November ballot measures
Nov 9th LB Geological Past
Dec 14 No meeting – Holiday Party
Don’t forget the general election on November 8 – VOTE!!
Diane Paull – Briefly reviewed a position paper on the DEIR for SEASP. Diane asked that anyone interested in more information speak to her after the meeting.
Betty Leiter announced the “Open Studio Tour” on October 8 and 9. Information can be found at: http://lbopenstudiotour.com/
Guest Speaker: Kevin Doherty – aka “Bungalow Kev” – In the Land of Bungalows
For those of you who weren’t able to make the meeting, you missed a very interesting and entertaining discussion of the bungalow, an iconic structure in Belmont Heights.
A brief overview:
Some descriptors – simple, artistic, reliable, practical, modern
Identifiable features – wood, low-pitched roof, substantial, made of clapboard or shingle, front porch that serves as an outdoor living room, fireplace
Origins: highlands and hillsides of India – originally called “Bengala”; usually thatched roof structures; built as early as the 17th century in India; the British built many in India and brought the bungalow to Britain and Europe; ultimately became a type of global housing.
Bungalow architecture came to the US in the late 19th century. William Morris and Gustav Stickley brought arts and crafts to the bungalow; style elements were also drawn from the Franciscan missions – origin of the “Mission” style -- reflecting simplicity and austerity.
Henry L Wilson introduced the bungalow to California in the early 1900’s. The California bungalow was pulled from Japanese and Alpine (Swiss) designs. The first Bungalow Magazine was published in 1909 in Los Angeles. For the most part, these early bungalows were not designed by architects but rather pre-cut and assembled on site. The quintessential bungalow designers and builders, Charles and Henry Greene, built sublime structures of wood and stone heavily influenced by Japanese design.
Many resources are available on the history and style of California Bungalows both on-line and in libraries.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
Respectfully submitted,Dianne Sundstrom, SecretarySeptember 22, 2016