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Atwater Village Neighborhood Council Election Day!

Saturday at 10 AM – 4 PM

Atwater Village Branch - Los Angeles Public Library

3379 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90039

Is Fletcher Drive important to you but you don’t know who to vote for?

 AVNews has graded all candidates for the upcoming neighborhood council election on their views about the ongoing Fletcher Drive pedestrian safety improvements; grades range from “A” to “F.” (Click here to read more about the Fletcher Drive Road Diet)

  • “A” grade: the candidate strongly supports both pedestrian safety AND preserving all four vehicular traffic lanes. No road diets!

  • “B” grade: the candidate supports pedestrian safety improvements and is concerned about traffic congestion caused by road diets. Did not unequivocally commit to preserving all four traffic lanes on Fletcher Drive.

  • “C” grade: the candidate is open to partial road diet with some vehicular lane reduction to install left-hand turn lanes and supports pedestrian safety improvements.

  • “D” grade: the candidate is open to a partial or full road diet on Fletcher Drive and bike lanes throughout the neighbor and city.

  • “F” grade: the candidate is a total “road diet lover.” He or she supports reducing four traffic lanes to two, one for each way, and install bike lanes along Fletcher Drive. Traffic congestion be damned!

Atwater Village Neighborhood Council - 2019 Election Guide

At-Large Representative (select one) 

  • David MarcilloA (Vote for David!)

  • Julyanna Mendez – D (meh) 

North Atwater Representative (select four)

  • Mike BatistickA (Vote for Mike!)

  • Spike Friedman – No grade, has not taken a position (meh)

  • Jim Kane – C (meh)

  • Adam Wells – No grade, has not taken a position (meh)

  • Grace Santillano – B (Vote for Grace!)

  • Lonnie Colon – A (Vote for Lonnie!)

 Central Atwater Representative (select four)

  • Karen Knapp – A (Vote for Karen!)

  • Felicia Fasano – B (Vote for Felicia!)

  • Karen Barnett – A (Vote for Karen!)

  • Anthony Forester – A (Vote for Anthony!)

  • Johathan Matz – F (Hell f’ing no)

South Atwater Representative (select four)

  •  Josh Hertz – A (Vote for Josh!)

  • Courtney Morris – A (Vote for Courtney!)

  • Matthew Weil – A (Vote for Matthew!)

  • Timothy Jennings – A (Vote for Timothy!)

 Business Representative (select one)

  •  Nikki Parish – D (meh)

 Community Group/Non-Profit Representative (select one)

  •  Teresa Prindle – D (meh)

 Faith-Based Organization Representative (select one)

  •  Edward Alburo Morrissey – A (Vote for Edward!)

 Education Representative (select one)

  •  Monica Waggoner – A (Vote for Monica!)


State Assemblymember, Laura Friedman (43rd District), has come out in support of her Atwater constituents that are seeking to preserve the Tree Lighting event at the Wells Fargo parking lot.

This past October Wells Fargo decided to "bah-humbug" the Tree Lighting event due to a supposed “safety risk” to their “customers and neighbors.” After 25 years they abruptly declined the use of their parking lot for the yearly Atwater tradition. 

In a letter to the branch manager, Friedman urges Wells Fargo to reconsider their decision to deny the use of their parking lot for the Tree Lighting event. She also asks Wells Fargo to review their same denial for the weekly farmers' market and annual Pancake Breakfast event. Furthemore, Friedman offers to help "identify possible solutions" and work to resolve the current impasse. 

No word yet on Wells Fargo's response. 

In other developments....

  • Local stakeholders have organized a community protest this Thursday, November 9th at 5 pm at the Wells Fargo Atwater branch (3250 Glendale Blvd). Protest organizers also plan to hand-deliver over 600 signatures in an effort to convince Wells Fargo to reconsider their position on the Tree Lighting event. 
  • Atwater's Neighborhood Council (AVNC) may also be voicing their support for the Tree Lighting event. At this month's board meeting they'll be voting on a letter/resolution on Wells Fargo's decision to deny the use of their parking lot. The AVNC Board meeting is this Thursday, November 9th at 7 pm, meetings are held at 3852 Edenhurst Ave. Atwater Village, 90039 (Christ's Church)



It’s official. The local Wells Fargo Bank branch (3250 Glendale Blvd) pulled the welcome mat on Atwater’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. In a letter to event organizers the bank’s district manager, Ms. Luanna Lindsey, declared the yearly Atwater tradition a “safety risk” to their “customers and neighbors” and abruptly declined the use of their parking lot for the event.

Wells Fargo, which has assets in excess of 1.9 trillion dollars, has not limited their “bah-humbug” attitude to just the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Reportedly, they’ve already denied the use of their parking lot for next year’s Pancake Breakfast and are pushing the weekly Farmers’ Market to relocate shortly. Bah-humbug indeed.

Please share your thoughts about Wells Fargo’s recent decisions to kick Atwater’s most cherished tradition to the curb. Send them an email, call them or visit them in person.

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL WELLS FARGO or cut-n-paste the following emails: carely.rojas@wellsfargo.com, lindsell@wellsfargo.com, board@atwatervillage.org, board@atwaterchamber.org, boardcommunications@wellsfargo.com, stephen.w.sanger@wellsfargo.com, elizabeth.a.duke@wellsfargo.com

Call the Wells Fargo branch directly: (323) 663-8023

Visit them and tell them in person: 3250 Glendale Blvd

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