Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Rose Scharlin Co-op Nursery School: After 28 Years In Violation Of City Conditional Use Permit, Now They Seek Our Support

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 7, 2015.  ROSE SCHARLIN STARTS SCHOOL TODAY - so drive slowly on Lake View Ave.  Traffic will be heavy and erratic around 9 AM since they refuse to stagger start times as per their last Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that expired in 1987.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Rose Scharlin Co-Op Nursery School which, according to the CUPs from 1967 and 1977, was established to serve the neighborhood families, not draw from the entire Northeast Los Angeles as their proposed CUP states.  Years when more neighbors are families in Rose Scharlin, we've had better neighborhood relations.

The number one issue neighbors on Lake View have with the school is driving and parking.  In a couple of meetings with neighbors last spring, neighbors suggested the school prioritize admissions to neighbors, thus encouraging families who would walk their children to school.  This met with inexplicable resistance from the parents who met with us.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 7, 2015. Rose Scharlin's CUP is the permit from City Planning that allows them to operate a school in the middle of a residential zone where it would ordinarily not be permitted.  They do have their license from the State to operate a nursery school.  A public hearing is scheduled for September 17, 2015, 10:30 AM.

Other items neighbors take significant issue with are extended hours, noise from night and weekend activities and fundraisers that attract more than 100 cars to the neighborhood.  Neighbors were unaware the school was operating in clear violation of their permit for the past 28 years.  Neighbors had no idea they should have been calling Building & Safety every time they had a loud party or cars were blocking their driveways. 

In general, neighbors like the idea of a neighborhood nursery school. We want them to be better neighbors and we want neighborhood families to feel welcome there. Thus far, nothing has changed in their proposed CUP since it was filed in March 2015.

Rose Scharlin will return to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Urban Design & Preservation Advisory Committee (SLNC UD&PAC).  Attend the meeting, make your opinions heard.

SLNC UD&PAC Meeting 
Wed, September 9, 2015
6:30 PM
Citibank Community Room
2450 Glendale Blvd (across from Silver Lake Library)
Los Angeles CA 90039