When the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council needs a place to meet, they've got plenty of options -- G.H. Baptist, or the Rec Center, to name a couple. But the North Neighborhood Council -- which, like the South, is required to meet within its boundaries -- doesn't have as many choices, since the North Council's territory is in the predominantly residential part of town.
GHNNC board meetings were being held in member's homes for a while, until somebody -- likely with an axe to grind -- squealed. Seems that most people's homes don't have ADA-compliant bathrooms for council members to use, and that's a no-no (never mind that none of the council members are disabled; rules are rules!).
Church meeting rooms were considered, but the suggestion made some concerned about separation of church and state squeamish. So the council went about finding a suitable headquarters, and found one in the Albertson's shopping center at San Fernando Mission and Woodley, which lies just at the edge of the North/South border. When Property owner Rickey Gelb gave the council a break on the rent, that sealed the deal.
The headquarters on Open House night:
Greig Smith was there only in spirit -- and in calligraphy!
Council Chair Leon Marzillier dances a celebratory jig.
Council Chair Leon Marzillier, Property Owner Rickey Gelb, and Greig Smith's Chief of Staff Mitch Englunder.
CORRECTION, 8/20/09: Councilman Smith did attend after all. He arrived after many people, myself included, had already left. Pictures here. Thanks, anonymous commenter!
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