On Sunday, August 26, Mark Antonio Grant, Special Assistant to Councilman Bill Rosendahl, presented SSMHOA President Fred Karlsen with a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles: “in recognition of outstanding citizenship and activities enhancing community betterment” and “for exemplary efforts and accomplishments which have been of great value to the community and to the City of Los Angeles and which have helped to further the common goal of making our City a better place in which to live.”
The award was signed by 11th District Councilman Bill Rosendahl and presented at the 2012 Silver Strand Block Party. Fred had no idea that he would be receiving this and stated that “the award really belongs to Silver Strand homeowner volunteers and members of the SSMHOA Board of Directors.” As President of the Association Fred, Board members and several homeowners have worked closely with Bill Rosendahl’s office over the years to bring about improvements in the Silver Strand including the new fence on the west side of the Esplanade path, new educational signage and the recent slurry-coating of Roma Court and the Court streets. Credit is also due to Board member, Michael Greenberg and homeowners, Richard Lyle, Brad Cox and Harrison Starr on the fence replacement, and to Michael, again, for his work on the slurry-coating. In addition, last October, Fred initiated SSMHOA’s application to the City of Los Angeles Department of Historic resources to get the 1907 Light House Bridge over the Ballona Lagoon designated as an historic and cultural monument. Mark Grant has been very helpful to Board member John Nagy, former Board member Nate Nahmias and homeowner Sandra Starr (volunteer researcher) in smoothing the way for this long-term project.
Fred is a lawyer who, after raising his family with wife Marilee in the Valley, moved to the Silver Strand 13 years ago. He has been a SSMHOA Board Member since 2008, and President of the Association since 2009.