MOTION-- The property located at 11506 W. Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604, Oil Can Harry's, is a
historic-cultural treasure, inasmuch as since its inception in 1968, it has been an entertainment/nightclub and
gathering place for the San Fernando Valley gay community; and one of few remaining Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Trans gender (LGBT) gathering places in the San Fernando Valley from this period.
In addition, the property is identified in SurveyLA, the City's Historic Resources Survey, as directly
associated in the development of LGBT consciousness, community or culture during the period of significance
evaluated, Ethnic and Gender Equality, 1942-1980.
Section 22.171.10 of the Administrative Code provides that the City Council, the Cultural Heritage
Commission, or the Director of Planning, may initiate consideration of a proposed site, building, or structure as a
Historic-Cultural Monument. The Cultural Heritage Commission, after reviewing and investigating any such
Council-initiated designation, shall approve or disapprove in whole or in part the proposed inclusion and submit a
report upon such action to the Council. In addition, Section 22.171.12 of the Administrative Code provides that
there shall be a temporary stay of demolition, substantial alteration or removal or any such proposed location or
structure pending designation.
It is imperative that the City's historic-cultural treasures be celebrated, and foremost, that its historical
sites be preserved for future generations. As such, the historic-cultural merits of this property need to be assessed.
I THEREFORE MOVE that the Council initiate consideration of the property located at 11506 W.
Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604, Oil Can Harry's, as a City Historic-Cultural Monument under the
procedures of Section 22.171.10 of the Administrative Code, and instruct the Planning Department to prepare the
Historic Cultural Monument application for review and consideration by the Cultural Heritage Commission.
I FURTHER MOVE that after reviewing the application, the Cultural Heritage Commission requested to
submit its report and recommendation to the Council regarding the inclusion of the property located at 11506 W.
Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604, in the list of Historic-Cultural Monuments.