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What is happening in CD11–Read Mike’s Newsletter

Councilman Mike Bonin of CD11 covers a variety of geographical locations, diverse communities, such as Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Santa Monica Canyon, West LA, Westchester, Venice. Thrown into this pot of diversity is Los Angeles Airport.

Mike’s “Neighborhoods First Newsletter,” prepared by David Graham-Caso of Mike’s staff, is a way of finding out what is happening in your neighborhood, a bigger picture of what is happening in the areas surrounding your neighborhood. Update is on the mailing list and has been given permission to print some stories with photos verbatim from the newsletter. Note that the links in most of the stories will not work.  Copy the addresses.

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First story is the ice rink and Venice Update would like to preface article with the fact the Venice Neighborhood Council and the Venice Land Use and Planning Committee both gave a thumbs down to project … yet!

Ice rink
Thanks to the California Coastal Commission, Mike and his team are one step closer to creating an iconic “only-in-LA” experience at Venice Beach. On January 13, the Commission unanimously approved an application to install a seasonal ice skating rink at the heart Venice Beach. This idea, which Recreation & Parks, Mike and his staff have been working on for a long time, will bring positive, family-friendly programming to Venice — something that can be enjoyed by local residents and tourists alike.

After months of research, planning and hearings, in early January, both the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles released separate but complementary reports outlining strategy proposals to combat homelessness. You can read both reports, and share your feedback with Mike, here: http://www.11thdistrict.com/homelessness_strategy_reports.

The City report includes a number of things Mike has been calling for, including ways to move people rapidly from encampments into housing (through rapid re-housing rental subsidies and master leasing programs), ways to mitigate the impacts of streets encampments (free storage, mobile showers, restrooms, safe parking), and a call for revamping the city’s shelter system into more of a form of bridge housing that moves people rapidly off the streets. The reports recognize that there is no one solution to homelessness, and calls for a broad range of strategies.

“I am beyond impatient,” Mike said about the reports. “We have an action plan. Now we need action. I look forward to working with Mayor Eric Garcetti, my council colleagues (especially Marqueece Harris-Dawson and José Huizar, co-chairs of our homelessness committee) and our partners on the County Board of Supervisors to get this done.”

You can listen to Mike discuss the reports in more detail in this segment of KPCC’s Take Two

This is a big step forward toward a cleaner, safer, healthier, more vibrant beach environment. Mike loves public art, and recently announced that he is expanding the “Utility Box Art Project” to Mar Vista as a way of adding more neighborhood character to local utility boxes with fresh, inspiring designs.
Local artists with an idea for an utility box in Mar Vista, should email Mike’s Senior Planner, Ezra Gale, at ezra.gale@lacity.org to find out more about how they can submit designs for art boxes in Mar Vista.

Residents in neighborhoods throughout the city have been clamoring for changes to the City’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, which they say threatens the character of neighborhoods, contributes to an increase in demolitions, and fails to achieve the primary intention of the ordinance – which is to make it easier for first-time homebuyers to find affordable homes.

On Wednesday, January 20, the Planning Department held a hearing at the Felicia Mahood Senior Center in West LA to gather public input on the changes Mike proposed to the ordinance with his colleagues Mitch O’Farrell, Felipe Fuentes, Paul Krekorian and José Huizar.

The proposed changes will update the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance in a way that will help make projects more compatible with surrounding neighborhoods and more affordable for homebuyers. The proposal will also codify critical development standards so it will be more easily enforced by the Planning Department, and can better ensure efforts to preserve neighborhood character.

Last year, the City Council took action to curb the proliferation of “mansionization” in Los Angeles, directing the Planning Department to revise citywide rules, known as the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO), which govern the amount of residential floor area that can be developed on a single-family lot. Those new rules have been drafted, and the Planning Department recently conducted community outreach meetings to gather input on the proposed amendments. You can click here to read the amendments. The Planning Department is working on potential changes to the amendments in response to the comments they received at the public hearings, and we anticipate that the amendments will be considered by the City Planning Commission in May.

Comment (1)

  1. bill firschein

    i see today that there is a fence around the Westminster Sr center. are there plans to alter the site?

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