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Councilman Bonin Answers Venice Blvd Nay Sayers

Councilman Mike Bonin was asked to make a statement regarding all the people in Venice who are upset with the new configuration of Venice Blvd.  He feels it is the construction and their crews that are causing the problem and construction will be over by end of the month.

It appears that a lot of the traffic congestion and we are seeing now is coming from the construction, rather than the new lane configuration. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the month. During the next two weeks of construction, while some parts of the road are painted and some are not, and while new signage is installed, there is likely to be some confusion and frustration. Once the work is completed and motorists adjust to the new configuration, we will be able to evaluate impacts and make changes.

Comments (10)

  1. Bob Levine

    I have stopped shopping and driving on Venice Blvd. Since the new configuration it is dangerous and the bike riders are creating a safety issues. By passenger door was nearly hit by a non aware cyclist.

    Really a bad idea.

    • SEA

      just wait to school starts and all the buses and car pick ups at venice high…..right where the 3 lanes become 2

  2. nikoletta skarlatos

    In response to Jack Herman…. Just go to Venice Boulevard and try to drive to work now between 6:30-11 am, and then again at rush hour 4-7 pm. It is a cluster traffic nightmare. It is unequivocally absurd that this self aggrandizing hack would NOT use desperately needed funds to help his “visitors” who are sleeping in their own feces and perpetuating MRSA ( Yes Jack, MRSA at 3/4 Rose to be put in a Public Housing facility that he can easily have but near his home in Mar Vista, where he can keep careful eye and care upon his ” subjects”. It is so glaringly obvious that he is in bed with developers for his little sacrosanct area of CD 11 in Mar Vista, he should remove this gross abuse and waste of funds immediately and get one of his developer bed partners and build at the end of his block. He is a destructive coward. Who has NEVER shown his face at 3/4 Rose and never had the temerity to meet with us, his constituents who got him elected in the first place , at the behest of a dying Bill Rosendahl. It is only a matter of time for him to meet with justice.

  3. Cam Tagana

    If I have anything positive to say how vocal this community is compared to others. One would think since the 405 freeway gradually becomes more populated every month/year that reducing lanes on Venice Blvd. is a step backwards. Besides poor Bonin and his colleagues don’t know that E-bikes are the new black and these bike lanes are obsolete.

  4. Susan Voss

    What artsy fartsy neanderthal thinks this “new” design is useful? You have totally fuked up Venice Blvd in the Mar Vista area. It’s a ridiculous change that has already backfired. Eventually there will be many accidents and possibly injuries due to this stupid “change”. Fire the idiots that thought this was cute.

    • Anonymous

      Mike Bonin has got to BE KIDDING! This is HIS neighborhood, how convenient that he destroys the commute for everyone WEST of him just so he can have a bike lane and curry favor with his neighbors. He is such a political hack – heaven help us all when he runs for Mayor, which keep this in mind, is the reason he does everything – to run for Mayor. What a hack.

  5. Jack Herman

    Interesting. Was just there the other day and didn’t see any of the things people are complaining about. Seems to me this is just another case of people who didn’t vote for Mike Bonin complaining about something where there really is nothing to complain about. And that is of course because we live in an age where politics has become a hyper-partisan recreation sport where if your guy (or gal) doesn’t win an election, then your job is to oppose anything and everything that the guy (or gal) who did win proposes or actually does.

    • Nick Z

      Jack, the issue is rush hour when people are going to work or coming home. Sounds like you are lucky enough to be on a different schedule.

    • Easton

      The extra congestion is very noticeable in the AM I think in part not just because it is now a 2 lane blvd. instead of 3 due to the bike lane, but also the left lane eastbound sometimes backs up due to left turn lanes filling up. Last week there was a major backup one morning and people started going south to Washington to get to the 405. Unfortunate.

  6. Nick Antonicello

    Drove on Venice Blvd this week and witnessed the circus-like traffic due to the ridiculous notion this major thoroughfare can be transformed into some bike-friendly, walking venue. How about a real light rail system down Venice Blvd that hooks a left on Lincoln and takes you to LAX? That mess being created currently is just that, a mess.

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