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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Town Hall on OPD, or No Town Hall

As of press time there is no determining word from Marc Saltzberg, vice-president of Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) or Matt Kline, outreach officer for VNC, regarding a proposed town hall for OPD in early April.

Marc Ryavec has provided both VNC board members with a copy of the settlement, compromise.  The OPD negotiated settlement is scheduled to be heard in June at the California Coastal Commission’s June meeting.  Mark Ryavec was asked who were the people, departments involved in obtaining this settlement.  Mark wrote the following:

The players involved in the negotiated settlement were the LA Department of Transportation, City Attorney, and Council Office (for the City), Venice Stakeholders represented by John Henning and Mark Ryavec, and the California Coastal Commission (CCC) staff and the State Attorney General’s Office. At the June hearing the CCC can agree with staff recommendation of the settlement, amend it and adopted it, accept parts and deny others, or deny it entirely.

The Update questions the wisdom of the VNC encouraging a discussion of OPD since there is a settlement in writing to be heard in June.  The background for the Venice OPD is that it has been hashed and rehashed for years, culminating in a vote FOR in February 2009, and a rejection by the CCC in June 2009.  Now the players above mentioned are trying to help Venice get some parking relief.  Whether, it happens or not is up to the CCC.

According to Mark, the CCC can accept it all, reject it all, or accept part thereof.

Arturo Pina of Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office stated in 2 March issue of Update, “The City is concluding settlement discussions with the California Coastal Commission. This settlement will be heard at the June meeting of the Coastal Commission. As some folks may know, the city would like to offer Overnight Permit Parking Districts to our constituents that live west of Lincoln Boulevard. Coastal has challenged the City’s ability to do so. In June, a final determination will be made.

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