Summer is heating up, so is crime in the area
We have a recent spike in burglaries, all occuring July 8, 2014:
16000 Calahan/Gloria Avenue - Rear window smashed clothing taken
17100 Vincennes Street - Dog door entry jewelry and coins taken
16900 Tupper Street - Rear window smashed jewelry and money taken
17100 Nordoff Street - Rear window smashed possible suspects driving an older model Chevy/Ford cargo van, 3 male hispanics 17-19 years of age with shaved heads - jewelry and money taken
8800 Paso Robles -burglary 7/10
17800 Parthenia - car theft 7/11
8500 Oak Park - Burglary 7/14
Go to crime mapping to see our area.
CERT Training for Homeowners
The Los Angeles Fire Department will be conducting C.E.R.T. Training for the Homeowners of Sherwood Forest, at Northridge Middle School on Tuesday nights for 7 consecutive weeks (17 ½ hour course).
September 9 – 16 – 23 – 30
October 7 – 14 – 21 (Graduation on the 21st upon completing all 7 days)
The class will run from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – 2 ½ hours per class.
The class is limited to the first 25 sign-ups, guarantee a spot and sign up early
Any questions & to sign-up for this free training
Ralph Enderle, LAFD & Sherwood Forest Homeowner
We would like to bring you up-to-date on important things that have been happening in the Parthenia Eldercare Facility matter.
As you know, your HOA Board was successful in its appeal to the North Valley Area Planning Commission (“APC”) to overturn the Zoning Administrator’s decision granting Mr. Selan the right to construct a 112 unit, 65,797 square foot assisted living and memory care facility on his property at 17531 Parthenia Street. Thank you again to the many concerned neighbors who turned out for the hearing. Your support was critical to our success.
After the hearing, Mr. Selan filed a lawsuit against the APC, appealing its decision. He asks, among other things, that the APC’s decision in our favor be overturned and that the Zoning Administrator’s decision be reinstated. This case is pending before the Los Angeles Superior Court. The City Attorney is defending the APC in the lawsuit. Mr. Selan did not name the SFHOA as a party to the lawsuit because his complaint is against the actions of an administrative body (the APC).
Mr. Selan’s Superior Court case was discussed at length at the SFHOA General Membership Meeting held on March 26, 2014, and a vote was taken to decide what, if anything, the SFHOA should do regarding the lawsuit. Those present at the meeting voted unanimously that the SFHOA Board of Directors hire an attorney and seek a court order allowing the SFHOA to intervene (become a formal party) in the case in order to be able to protect the interests of the SFHOA’s members.
Given this mandate, the Board hired attorney Mark Shipow, who represents other community groups in similar cases. Mr. Shipow appeared in Court on our behalf last month. Based upon Mr. Shipow’s requests and the supporting written documents prepared by him and volunteer attorney Connor Boyd, the Court set a hearing date for our motion to intervene for June 18 and a trial date for the whole case of November 19, 2014.
On April 24, attorney Shipow received the summary of a settlement proposal from Mr. Selan’s attorney. Allegedly, Mr. Selan is willing to reduce substantially the size of the proposed facility from a two-story, 65, 797 square foot structure to a one-story 30,000 square feet structure, with the number of units reduced from 112 to 39. He also is willing to change the primary focus of the facility from assisted living to memory care. In order to give the SFHOA time to consider this new proposal, he agreed to the SFHOA being made a party to the Superior Court case thus saving us fees and costs we otherwise would incur in a contested hearing on our intervention motion. The City Attorney also agreed “not to oppose” the SFHOA’s inclusion in the suit, and on May 16, the Court entered its order making the SFHOA a party to the lawsuit and continuing the trial date in the case to January 30, 2015.
Meanwhile, the SFHOA Board of Directors met with its legal team on May 6 and again on May 14 to consider Mr. Selan’s new proposal and all other matters regarding the pending case. It was decided that, because the SFHOA Board of Directors represents all of the SFHOA members, it will not agree to any settlement without approval from a majority of the membership at large.
At this time, Mr. Selan is preparing detailed plans of his new proposal, which he expects to present to the Board within the next three weeks. Once the Board has received and had an opportunity to consider the plans, a Special Meeting of the SFHOA Membership will be held to give all SFHOA members the opportunity to review the new plans, hear the Board’s recommendations, voice their opinions, and vote on how to proceed. The SFHOA Board will then act on behalf of all SFHOA members in accordance with the majority’s decision.
Please note the following very important things:
You will receive another letter from us once the Board of Directors receives the new plans from Mr. Selan and has had them reviewed by experts. Please continue to watch your mail, email and the SFHOA website for further information about this matter and the upcoming Special Meeting. We also are looking for experts in the fields of architecture, land use and planning, landscape design and maintenance, and law willing to volunteer their assistance with this critical matter.
Meanwhile, remember that in order to have a voice in the Board’s decision you must be a member in good standing of the SFHOA. If you have not yet paid your dues for the year, we urge you to do so now.
- The SFHOA legally represents its members and ONLY it’s members. Consequently, only members in good standing of the SFHOA will be admitted to the Special Meeting and permitted to voice opinions and vote on the issues. If you have not paid your dues, you are not a member in good standing of the SFHOA and will not be admitted to the meeting.
- There is only ONE vote per household. Voting will be by written ballot.
- The SFHOA Board represents the majority opinion of its members. This does not preclude individual members or non-members from pursuing their own legal rights. If you wish to pursue your own, individual rights with respect to the pending lawsuit or any other matter, we urge you to retain your own counsel and to do so immediately.
We thank you for your continuing care and concern for our unique community. If you have questions or comments regarding anything in this letter or wish to volunteer your help, please contact the Board at email@example.com or at our legal hotline number 818-349-9034.