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Important call from Kulak's owner, Paul asking for support from musicians and patrons to keep the city of Los Angeles from closing down Kulak's Woodshed due to a vendetta campaign launched by a neighbor operating a mail-order porn business across from the elementary school (?!?) who was banned from Kulak's for abusive behavior towards patrons, musicians, and staff. Anyone that has EVER had a belligerent, irate, ******* of a neighbor can relate to what is going on here.

anna
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Hi Everyone, it's Paul.

You're not gonna believe this.


After two years of legal struggles, the variance that Kulak's Woodshed was granted in December of 2005 that has allowed us to remain open has been voided by the City of LA Zoning Administration. I have until December 31st to resolve the entire matter or be forced to close. It all centers around non existing parking problems that they believe are occurring due to one persons relentless false complaints. You guessed it, that man is the Woodsheds next door neighbor Charles Peyton, aka "Jeff Stryker" the porn star guy. He has succeeded once again in using the City as his soldiers to wage his personal vendetta war against me.



Many of you recall that Peyton's vindictive crusade against me and the Woodshed is in retaliation for being banned from the Woodshed for his constant loud and disorderly behavior during performances when he used to visit here a few years ago. You can not imagine the hateful, venomous and mean spirited determination that possesses him and what lengths this man continues to go to in his efforts to shut the Woodshed down.


Before I continue, I want to thank everyone for helping me to keep Kulak's Woodshed alive over the years. Once again, I am turning to you for your help. I tried but I can not keep up with city permit demands and the financial responsibilities by myself. I have recently been working with a number of volunteers who have helped me set up several committees to focus on what we need to do. If you'd like to be involved please reply to this email now. This is not going to easy. We are racing against the clock and we need results quickly.


Here are way in which you can help now.


1. Letters, phone calls, emails, faxes and personal visits to our Council Member Wendy Greuel and the Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa.

2. Attorneys: We need one that specializes in Land Use Law, and another that specializes in Civil Litigation.

3. Financial Donations: A "Save Kulak's Woodshed Legal Defense Fund" bank account has been set up to pay for the attorneys.



Before I give you the details (below) please allow me to explain how and why Peyton was successful at sabotaging our variance.


Among the many conditions in our variance was the order for us to lease a minimum 19-space legal paved parking lot from a neighboring business within 500 feet of the Woodshed. Those of you who have been to the Woodshed know that even on our busiest nights, there is always plenty of street parking on Laurel Canyon Blvd. With our shows starting at 8pm over 90% of the neighboring businesses close well before the Woodshed events begin.


The Country School owns the dirt lot directly across the street from us and said the Woodshed could use it at night when they are always closed. However, the City of LA said it is not a legal lot because it is not paved and does not have night-time lights. I was able to secure an affidavit of written permission to use a paved parking lot on the south west corner of Laurel Canyon and Weddington (now leased by the Country School to use during the day) that satisfied the Zoning Administrations requirements.



Unfortunately, Peyton contacted the owner of the parking lot shortly after our variance was finalized and told the owner that the Woodshed was a danger and liability to the community. He made numerous false and damaging claims that Woodshed patrons create terrible parking problems, that our performances are so loud it upsets all the neighbors on Laurel Canyon as well as the residents in the apartments behind us and that we create excessive noise by shouting and talking in our parking lot in back of the Woodshed. He accuses us of drinking alcohol and smoking dope in the alley, vandalizing, as well as urinating on neighboring businesses and that we have even physically attacked Peyton on at least two occasions. I have these statements on videotape from the December, 2004 Zoning Administration hearing and in letters Peyton distributed to the community.


Because of Peyton's accusations the owner of the parking lot decided to withdraw the Woodshed's permission to use it. Repeated efforts by me and some very prominent people in the community have failed to change his mind. So far we have been unable to get permission from any of the other lots in the area that are large enough (19 spaces) to satisfy the Zoning Administrations requirements but I'm still hopeful. Even if I did secure the use of another parking lot the Zoning Administration refuses to allow me to amend the variance or show any flexibility in any way. So because we lost the parking lot the variance was voided. Because the variance was voided we were not allowed to receive our final occupancy permits. But wait it gets worse.


Because I could not get my permits, Peyton was successful at convincing the City Attorney to take me and my landlord to court charging us with violating LA Municipal Code number 12.21A1 (A) also known as "Misuse of Land" (a misdemeanor). Now my landlord is being held liable as well. We both plead no contest and are due back in court on January 24th, 2007. Understandably, the landlord has asked his own attorney how he can protect himself from further litigation. On October 31st his attorney sent me a letter ordering me to resolve all my variance and permit issues or vacate the building by by December 31st.


If the Woodshed is forced to close its doors, it is unlikely we could afford to re-open in another location. My landlord is only charging me than 55 cents per square foot for a space that could easily get $2 which is the average price for a space like this in Los Angeles. The bottom line is if it weren't for my tremendous luck in finding this space I never would have been able to afford to open the Woodshed in the first place 7 years ago. I have a wonderful and very supportive landlord and I am very grateful. If anyone out there is able to locate a suitable place at the price I'm now paying then I'm all ears. But until that happens if ever, we have to fight hard to keep what we have. (Peyton has a different landlord that is doggedly supportive of his tenant.)


The City of LA Zoning Administration never attempted to gather the proper information needed to form an educated opinion about the Woodshed and about Peyton. If they did, they would see that Peyton's claims are all false and that they are being used by him as a proxy army to attack me.


In spite of the overwhelming numbers of letters of support for the Woodshed from surrounding businesses, the community, and our City of LA Council Member Wendy Greuel, the Zoning Administration chose to take Peyton at his word without any independent investigation to determine the truth. If they did a proper on site investigation they would see that there is no need for the Woodshed to have an off-street parking lot because there is plenty of parking on Laurel Canyon to support a tiny venue like ours.


The City of LA and the Zoning Administration is also fully aware that I have been awarded two restraining orders against Charles Peyton for his repeated threats, verbal intimidation, and unending harassment yet they don't seem to care.


Here is what we must do now:



1. We need to flood the office of our Council Member Wendy Greuel and the Mayor's Office with letters, phone calls, emails, faxes, and personal visits so they understand that there is very powerful amount of groundswell support for the Woodshed among the community.


In you letters please include these key points:


-Thank Wendy Greuel and for her past support for the Woodshed but make it very clear to her and the Mayor the urgency of of our current situation.


-Describe your experience using the street parking on Laurel Canyon Bl..


-Urge the Mayor and Wendy Greuel to set up and be a part of a meeting between me, 2 or 3 representatives of the Woodshed and the Zoning Administration to try to find a way to save our variance and keep us open.


-Describe why the Woodshed is good for the community and why you love coming here. Speak from your own heart.



-If you have children who have been to the Woodshed or watched it on the webcast please ask them to write letters as well explaining their experience here.


-It does not matter what part of planet Earth you live. Please write your letters and make your calls now. Every single person makes a positive difference. Click here (http://www.lacity.org/council/cd2/cd2_di.htm or copy and paste into the address column of your browser for Ms. Greuels district #2 info.)


-Also please email/ and/or snail mail me a copy of the letters you send so I can have them for my records. Our mailing address is on the home page of our website at www.kulakswoodshed.com My email is paulkulak@earthlink.net


Council Member Wendy Greuel

200 N Spring St. room #475

Los Angeles, Ca 90012

phone: (213) 473-7002

fax: (213)680-7895

wgreuel@council.lacity.org


Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa

200 N Spring St. room 303

Los Angeles, Ca 90012

phone: (213) 978-0600

fax: (213) 978-0750

mayor@lacity.org


2. If you know an Attorney that specializes in Land Use Law, and/or another that specializes in Civil Litigation then please contact them, explain our situation and have them contact me asap.


3. Please send in your generous Financial Donations now so we can pay for the attorneys. Were probably looking at a minimum $5,000 retainer just to start.


For those of you who wish to make your donation tax deductable you can make a check out to "The North Hollywood Community Forum" They are a non profit 501c3 organization that was founded in 1998 to help facilitate financial grants to artist organizations and individuals. They have been our tax exempt fiduciary agent as of 2002. If you send them (us) a check please write "Kulak's Woodshed" in the notes so they know who it's for. They take 10% of the total donation and forward the balance to us by check.


Here is their information.

North Hollywood Community Forum

Kenneth C. Banks Jr., Executive Director

11645 Margate St.

North Hollywood, CA 91601


Their Business Tax Registration Number is: 972765

Their Federal Tax Identification Number is: 95-4660524



Some of my final thoughts.


Many of you may be wondering why I work so hard to keep the Woodshed alive. It's because over the past 7 years I've received more love and respect, made more friends, seen and heard more amazing singer songwriters and created more wonderful memories than a freight train could haul. I'll be damned if I'm going to let one neighborhood bully porn star destroy the Woodshed and our community labor of love.


It's amazingly ironic that Peyton of all people has chosen to wage a zoning war against the Woodshed while for the past 10 years he has been conducting his porn mail order business next door, across the street from an elementary school in clear violation of Los Angeles Municipal Code 12.70 which prohibits his type of business from operating within 1,000 feet of a school.


And get this, he's using the Woodshed for his own friggin' self-promotion. I'm the fool for telling you this because I'm only playing into his hands but you really need to check out www.charlespeyton.com This is a website that he started 2 years ago that is dedicated to destroying me, the Woodshed and Wendy Greuel while at the same time promoting his porn products for sale over the internet. One shrewd dude. Have a look if you'd like to get a better understanding of just what kind person Peyton really is.


I am more determined than ever to keep Kulak's Woodshed open. Please stand behind me on this. It is an idea of mine that I dreamt up and built by myself with my own hands. You all have embraced it and helped to turn it into one of the most unique and magical music listening rooms on the planet. Over 5,000 people watch the multi-camera webcast every day on the Internet all around the world and our audience keeps on growing !!! Together as a community that is 7,000 people strong. We have the POWER to keep the Woodshed open and to continue celebrating the great singer songwriters of our time.


I will never surrender !!! I will NEVER quit !!! But I can't do it by myself. I need ALL of you to participate. Please help me save Kulak's Wooshed.


Thank you for your support

Paul Kulak


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North Hollywood's Kulak's Woodshed, a Cultural Music Treasure Doomed by City Red Tape


Press Release 11/27/06
Contact: Deanna Pino 818-985-5436 chimegirl@aol.com



The City of Los Angeles Code Enforcement officers are now in the final stages of closing Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood, a wonderfully unique and intimate singer songwriter performance venue that the Zoning Administration claims is in violation of parking regulations.



In spite of being championed by Council Member Wendy Greuel, and enjoying overwhelming community support, the Zoning Administration refuses to negotiate a reasonable alternative solution that would allow Kulak's Woodshed to remain open.



Since December 1999, Kulak's Woodshed, www.kulakswoodshed.com a non-profit concern, has nurtured the works of local singer-songwriters as well as quietly attracting Grammy winners and international stars. The venue is recognized world-wide as one of the most unusual and magical music listening rooms on the planet. A growing, daily audience approaching 5,000 people watch its revolutionary multi camera webcast from around the globe. This service is offered absolutely free. The Woodshed continues to host fundraisers for important organizations like Animal Rescue, Katrina Relief and GINA for Missing Persons to name just a few. No alcohol, drugs or lewd behavior are permitted on the premises at any time. Celebrities, local artists, parents and their children have all enjoyed the singular magic that is Kulak's Woodshed.



Dedicated Kulak's Woodshed volunteers are determined to help Paul Kulak continue to provide a voice to the arts community as well as develop educational programs for schools. Please help us keep this wonderful place alive.


Huntington Beach, CA
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