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March 04, 2009

The Annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association took place at Hotel Blue, 717 8th St. NW, Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Robert Bello, Sue Byrch, Jennifer DeGarmo, Ivan Alley, Jacque Wright, Laura Bruzzese, David Keleher, Lindi Anderson, George Kraehe, Gabe Campos, Carol Giannini, Jim Clark, and Bob Yuhas (13). Board members not in attendance: Sandy Gregory (1). Approximately 50 other neighbors were present.

Chair George Kraehe called the meeting to order. A quorum was present, the meeting duly convened, and ready to proceed with business. After introductions, the Board approved the agenda and the February meeting minutes as presented.

Annual report

Various members of the Board presented summary reports for some of the activities of the past year: Zoning, Trees, Robinson Park, Bulb Giveaway, Potluck, Website, Film Industry, and Financial. With respect to the coming year, presenters indicated that the efforts will continue as well. In addition, Ivan Alley appealed to neighbors to use Robinson Park to help bolster the justification for future maintenance and improvement assistance, Gabe Campos mentioned there are only 6 of 25 tree requests on his list, and Jacque Wright invites people to send items to add to the website and to volunteer for hosting potlucks during the 2nd half of 2009.

Treasurer’s Report

Jim Clark submitted a report for the past year and a monthly report for Febuary 2009. He also described some of the fund raising strategies and events and activities the DNA supports financially, such as the Forrester Halloween block party, the Growers Market, the bulb giveaway, and costs related to some of the zoning concerns.

Legistlative Report

Sen. Ortiz y Pino was not able to attend. Rep. Rick Miera spoke about some of his efforts with various allocations of funding, and highlighted one bill he hopes will pass that will allow the licensing of electric vehicles.

Police and Safety Report

Lieutenant Connell gave an overview of some of the changes, efforts, and achievements over the past year, and mentioned that the neighbors serve as the ears for the police force, and that we as citizens can have a big impact on creating safe neighborhoods. Jacque got his phone # and will add names and email addresses for all personnel in the Valley Command. He reminds us that anyone who contacts him will get a report back from him with results.

Election of New Directors

After 8 nominees were given a chance to speak about their experience, interests, and goals with respect to serving on the Board, neighbors were asked to vote against one person as a way to elect 7 Board Members for the open positions. 4 renewed positions include Jennifer DeGarmo, Lindi Anderson, Bob Yuhas, and Laura Bruzzese, and the 3 new electees were Dick Deichsel, David McCain, and Reba Eagles.

Sector Development Planning Process and election of Committee Members

Councilor Debbie O’Malley discussed the proposal to revise the Sector Development Plan. In addition to a consultant that will be hired to head up the process and represent the DNA, she introduced Andrew Garcia, who will act as project manager for the City. The following 14 neighbors volunteered to work on the project: David Gibson, Chris Calott, Joe Sackett, Robert Bello, Jim Clark, Bob Yuhas, Stephen Littlejohn, David Keleher, Anna Muller, Steve Morrow, Sandy Gregory, Sue Brych, Jennifer De Garmo, and George Kraehe.


After mentioning the results of two recent projects in the neighborhood, Robert Bello named three proposed projects needing a vote from the Board: a night club at 420 Central, Lowe’s Grocery at Lomas and 11th, and Café Oaxaca at 10th and Central. The Board voted to deny support for alcohol sales at all three establishments, with the exception of the possibility of supporting a restaurant that needs to include alcohol sales in order to be financially viable.

Other Business

A neighbor mentioned that she hopes to see more recycling and a community garden.

In response to a representative from The Box, Jacque will post information to the website.

George welcomed all neighborhood participation at the monthly meetings.

Next Meeting on April 1st at the Harwood.

Potluck on 3/21/09 at George’s (932 11th).

With no remaining business to discuss, meeting adjourned at 9:05.

Respectfully submitted,

David Keleher