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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

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Stephen J. Sass, Chairman

Representing Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Third District




Welcome to the Historical Landmarks and Records Commission!

We are proud of the distinctive historical buildings and exceptional architecture that are evident throughout Los Angeles County. As an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors, we strive to promote, preserve and protect Los Angeles County’s architectural resources. From the County’s first Cultural Landmark - The Hollywood Bowl, to the first private home designated as a County Historic Landmark – The Doumakes House, we recognize the importance of preserving the design, workmanship, aesthetics and historical connection which makes each structure unique and irreplaceable. The preservation of Los Angeles County’s distinctive architecture will ensure an extraordinary legacy for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.





Our Commissioners

The Historical Landmarks and Records Commission (HLRC) acts in an advisory capacity and as a screening Commission for the Board of Supervisors.


  • First Supervisorial District
  • Second Supervisorial District
  • Third Supervisorial District
  • Fourth Supervisorial District
  • Fifth Supervisorial District
  • EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Yolanda Duarte–White

Ms. Duarte-White has a clear understanding of the dynamic forces impacting non-profit management her 27 years of non-profit management experience led to the formation of Provision Services, an organizational development consulting firm, which was launched in 2003. Throughout a significant history of resource development, organizational planning and capacity building Ms. Duarte-White has developed major annual/capital campaigns, marketing and accreditation strategies, membership drives and performance management and organizational learning systems for national non-profit organizations; translating goals into results.

Ms. Duarte-White’s program development and evaluation experience includes issues such as advocacy, AIDS, cultural arts, conservation, health, research, workforce, social service, family strengthening, education and economic development. Ms. Duarte developed fundraising and marketing strategies to identify and reach new markets, built critical alliances through program development among worlds of philanthropy, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Ms. Duarte led critical internal staff development processes to build the capacity and infrastructure of major non-profit organizations.

As an executive officer and member of the management team, Ms. Duarte was responsible for program administration meeting and exceeding all contract performance requirements for major non-profit corporations with budgets exceeding $8 million dollars. The corporations consisted of two or more major divisions-contract performance was exceeded in consecutive years. As a member of the Knowledge Team and in her role as lead facilitator of Employee University, (LA City & County WorkSource Centers) and a member of the senior management team, she developed curriculum and provided instruction to build skills and staff competencies creating a forum for learning opportunities on-site and at partner sites to ensure integration and seamless service delivery and state and regional certification.

Ms. Duarte created a human service delivery system, Provision Supplies, located in Whittier, CA in 2003. Provision Supplies is certified by the State Food & Drug Branch, Department of Health Services and an authorized Medicare Services provider offering quality home healthcare products that contribute to an independent lifestyle for underserved individuals; making a difference in the quality of life of those served.

Ms. Duarte serves as founding member and officer of Casa Cultural, and Mexican American Historical Foundation, a Board Member of Alma Family Services and appointed to the following commissions and boards: Los Angeles County Commission of Historical Landmarks & Records, Industry and Huntington Park Redevelopment Dissolution Oversight Boards. She currently chairs the Maravilla Community Advisory Board; and has been an active member of the local business associations, past president of Maravilla Businesspersons’ Association and served as an officer on the Board of the ELA Chamber of Commerce for six consecutive years.

Elysha D. Paluszek

 

Stephen J. Sass, Chairman

As a long-time volunteer in local historic preservation efforts, Stephen J. Sass has a demonstrated commitment to the protection of the rich historic resources of Los Angeles County.

He is Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Historical Landmarks and Records Commission, representing the 3rd Supervisorial District. He is the author of several articles on historic and neighborhood preservation issues and has presented at annual conferences of such groups as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Planning Association and Grantsmakers in the Arts. He has also been a consultant on exhibits at such institutions as the Japanese American National Museum and the Autry Museum.

Sass has also long been active as a lay historian of the Jewish community of Southern California. He’s served as president of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California since 1989, and as founding president of its subsidiary, the Breed Street Shul Project, since 1999.

JHS documents and creates awareness of the history of the local Jewish community, which dates back to 1841. It collects archives, photographs and oral histories; sponsors exhibits, publications and guided tours focusing on the architectural and cultural heritage of Jewish Los Angeles and the West and works to preserve historic landmarks such as the Breed Street Shul, the last remaining synagogue in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. In reinventing Breed Street Shul as an active center for arts, culture, education and service, Steve has worked with elected officials at all levels of government and such groups as Los Angeles Conservancy, California Cultural and Historical Endowment, California Endowment, California Historical Society, California Preservation Foundation, California State Office of Historic Preservation, CRA-LA, FEMA, Getty Trust, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Save America’s Treasures, and Society of Architectural Historians.

Steve was executive producer and co-writer of “Meet Me at Brooklyn & Soto,” JHS’ award-winning documentary on East L.A.’s Jewish heritage, which aired on KCET. He chaired the Fairfax Community Mural Project, which resulted in a photo mural in the heart of the Beverly-Fairfax neighborhood highlighting L.A.’s Jewish history painted by seniors and teens.

Steve was editor of Jewish Los Angeles - A Guide, recognized by the Council of Jewish Federations as “Best Publication” and for which he personally received the Jeremiah Award, the top volunteer honor conferred by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. In 2011, he was one of the first two recipients of KCET’s “Local Heroes” Award recognizing contributions to the Jewish community and to Los Angeles as a whole. He has served on the boards of the Jewish Federation, the Jewish Federation-Valley Alliance, the Jewish Community Relations Committee, Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim and was on the founding board of The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.

A native Angeleno, Steve is a graduate of USC, where he majored in journalism and religion (Judaic studies), and of Loyola Law School. While at USC, he was editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan. While in law school, he worked for KFWB and City News Service.

Professionally, Steve is Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, for Home Box Office, Inc. He has worked in similar executive positions for Universal Studios, NBC and Comedy Central.

Mark F. Lucas

Mark F. Lucas is honored to represent the 4th Supervisorial District on the Los Angeles County Historical Landmarks and Records Commission. He has been a proud resident of the 4th District for the entire non-military portion of his life.

Mr. Lucas is currently on staff at Loyola Marymount University's College of Business Administration, where he is a Director in the MBA Program and adjunct faculty in Finance. In addition, he leads a boutique consulting practice focused on strategic planning, consumer insight, and marketing research, in areas including high tech, automotive, telematics, and others. Clients for these engagements include: prominent consulting firms such as McKinsey & Co., Boston Consulting Group, Strategy&, and A.T. Kearny; Fortune 100 companies in the USA, Japan, and South Korea; investment firms; start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures; and other small- to medium-size businesses. He is also a freelance writer, specializing in classical music and the performing arts.

Previously, he spent over 15 years in the Corporate Planning Division of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. During that time, he oversaw strategic planning & research for Lexus vehicles and the luxury/affluent market in general, and retailing and technology strategy for Toyota, Lexus, and Scion brands, among other responsibilities. He also worked for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) conducting mergers & acquisitions and major project valuation, and was a project manager and engineer with a consulting firm in Redondo Beach.

Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a member of the 30th Base Civil Engineering Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, CA. While there, he managed and evaluated renovation projects for facilities critical to space launches, including planning and overseeing critical upgrades and modernizations to WWII-era facilities.

In the non-profit arena, Mr. Lucas was a fundraising board member at St. Lawrence Martyr School in Redondo Beach, CA for five years, including one year each as chair and co-chair. He and his family are proud participants in UCLA Medical Center's Operation Mend "Buddy Family" program aiding severely wounded war veterans, and are active supporters and volunteers at Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

Mr. Lucas holds a Master of Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business where he was a Dean's Fellow. He did his undergraduate work at the United States Air Force Academy and California State University, Long Beach, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma national engineering honor societies.

Ivy Sun

Ivy Sun is a lifetime educator, who has been dedicated to education for over thirty years. She has also demonstrated interest and commitment in preservation of historical sites in Los Angeles County by serving as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Historical Landmark and Records Commission since November 1991.

Throughout her career as a school administrator, Mrs. Sun was very active in community service. She served as the chairperson of Chinese Club of San Marino, San Gabriel-Changhua Sister City Committee and National Taiwan University Alumni Association of Southern California. She also served as a member of the Centennial Book Committee of the San Marino Historical Society.

Currently, Mrs. Sun is a supervisor of the Chinese American Education Association, and the honorary chairperson of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Leadership Foundation, where she has served as the chairperson for four years.

Mrs. Sun was awarded with the President's Volunteer Service Award in 2012 for her long term services to children and families in the community. In 2014, Mrs. Sun was selected and honored as a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Ordinance:  Section 3.30.010

 

The purpose of the Commission shall be to act in an advisory capacity and as a screening commission for the Board of Supervisors

Historical Landmarks and Records Commission Duties

  • The Commission reviews and screens applications submitted to the Board of Supervisors to nominate certain buildings, structures, natural features and sites to be registered with the California Office of Historical Preservation.
  • The applications are for buildings and or structures to be registered as:
    • California Historical Landmark
    • California Point of Historical Interest
    The Commission considers and comments for the Board, on applications relating to the National Register of Historic Places.
    The criteria for considering and commenting on applications are as specified in the Federal law and regulations relating to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Commission is also designated as a memorial plaque review committee to:
    • Screen applications to donate historical memorial plaques
    • Determine if the plaque(s) is worthy of installation on County property
    • Make recommendation to the Board