Jon Epstein is going off to college this next week, and so he will be leaving the Youth Seat of the Studio City Neighborhood Council. In his years on the board, Epstein has grown taller than board president John Walker, whom he sat next to on the board dais.
“He is definitely one of the finest board members we have had, he always has ideas, even arguments,” said Walker in the meeting Wednesday night as he said goodbye to Epstein. “He would ask questions until someone gave him answers that would make sense.”
The Studio City Neighborhood Council was down three members, and Epstein (whose parents are involved in restaurants, real estate and other community activism locally), is being replaced by a friend of his, Sam Eisner, as the Youth member.
Neighborhood Councils are advisory volunteer boards that represent segments of the community, and certain councils have seats for Homeless, Service members, employees and other various categories. Studio City is one of the hand-full of the 96 neighborhood councils with a Youth member seat.
Also leaving the board is actor Brian Mahoney who was one of the Renters seats on the board and served on the Bylaws committee (see an upcoming full profile on Mahoney and his exit interview).
“Brian’s committee is about how the board operates and he would sometimes kick me under the table or send airplanes with notes to me to say, ‘Uh, I think that isn’t correct’ but I knew he always had my back and we will miss him,” Walker said.
For the Renter’s position, Walker appointed Rudy Melendez, who was an activist at another neighborhood council before moving to Studio City two years ago and said he is concerned about city services and litter abatement. “I think we deserve to live in a clean and beautiful city,” said Melendez.
Courtney Hamilton from Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Krekorian’s office presented the two outgoing members with certificates from the city and read the thank you on the diploma.
Former Board member Jeffrey Carter was appointed to the position of Bylaws committee chair and Walker said, “Although he and eye don’t always see eye-to-eye I would like to see a lawyer on that committee.” Carter, who had been on the committee since 2009, said they will be looking at bylaws line by line for inconsistencies and help change the language.
He asked for public input and help, asking people to contact him at JCarter@StudioCityNC.org. Anyone can join and help out. Their next meeting will be in September.
Walker has yet to appoint one more vacant seat, which is for a Business representative in the area.