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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Penmar Water Quality Improvement Meet

Penmar water quality improvement project, phase 2 community briefing will be 13 November from 6 to 7 pm at the Penmar Park Community Room.

The project site in question is at the intersection of Rose and Penmar Avenues adjacent to the Penmar Golf Course and under a portion of the Penmar Recreation Center Park play fields.

The project consists of construction of a new treatment building and pump to supply irrigation water for Penmar Park and Penmar Golf Course.

Triathlon Bikers Race Thru Venice

Bike Triathlon

Bikers head up Venice Blvd for the second leg of the Herbalife Triathlon that started with an ocean swim at 6:50 am. Bikers were racing to the running portion to finish off at the Nokia Plaza.

LA City Goes App

Reprinted from 8 April 2013 Update.

Well, it had to happen!  LA goes APP!  It is called “MyLA311.”  Yes, everything you ever wanted to know about the City of LA (well, almost) is all in one MyLA311.  App states “puts power of City Hall in the palm of your hand.”  Good for both Apple and Android.

You can make a Service Request, pay your DWP bill, get City news, find City info.  City info includes dog parks, museums, senior centers, tennis courts, etc., accompanied by a locating map.

Service request is a simple way to report graffiti, mattresses, garbage in alleys.  A form comes up.  Your Council District is 11 and your councilman is Mike Bonin.  The rest is easy.  Am sure the graffiti email is still applicable.  This is just a choice for one looking for service.

A Tree House—One of Many in Venice

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Long-time Venice resident Eileen Erickson was the feature of a recent Steve Lopez’s column or it should be stated her tree house was object of the story. It is the story of what an angry neighbor can do, two Vietnam vets who bonded, and Eileen who is left to sift thru the City bureaucracy.

Free Park, If Meter Broken

If parking meter is broken, it is a free park. The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 July 31 to stop ticketing vehicles parked at broken meters.

The change takes effect immediately, said David Graham Caso, spokesman for Councilman Mike Bonin, who introduced the motion.

Los Angeles’  metered spaces are now electronic and they don’t stay broken for long. Coin meters were replaced last year.

When an electronic meter breaks, it alerts a computer and calls a technician to fix the machine — typically in about four hours, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

City Names Committee Heads

Below is a chart of the chairs for the following city committees.  Note that Councilman Mike Bonin chairs the Transportation committee and is vice chair for Innovation, Technology, and General Services.

City Sets Committee Chairs

LA City Goes App

Well, it had to happen!  LA goes APP!  It is MyLA311.  Yes, everything you ever wanted to know about the City of LA (well, almost)  is all in one MyLA311.  App states “puts power of City Hall in the palm of your hand.”  Good for both Apple and Android phones.

            You can make a Service request, pay your DWP bill, get City news, find city info.  City info includes dog parks, museums, senior centers, tennis courts etc., accompanied by a locating map.  

            Service request is a simple way to report graffiti, mattresses, garbage in alleys.  A form comes up.  Your council district is 11 and your councilman is Rosendahl.  The rest is easy.  Am sure the graffiti@wwwpgs.net is still applicable.  Just a choice for one looking for service.

 

Will Lincoln, Sepulveda Close for Years?

 

Marta Evry, local activist, sent the email below. Councilman Bill Rosendahl was emailed and agreed it was: “Outrageous.”

Update called US Congressman Henry Waxman’s office for a statement. At press time there is no statement from him.

Update emailed Councilman Bill Rosendahl for a comment regarding the email. His statement was “I agree … outrageous!” Councilman Rosendahl then called to say many things but that US Congresswoman Maxine Waters is correct and US Congressman Henry Waxman is not.

See LA Weekly story “Maxine Waters Rips into Henry Waxman over LAX Expansion … ”  Waxman and LAX

Marta Evry’s Comments in email:

If you’re worried about traffic getting a LOT worse in our community, especially around Lincoln Blvd, please read this.

I found out over the weekend that our new Congressman, Henry Waxman, has signed on to a plan to expand Los Angeles International Airport in a way that guarantees region-wide non-stop traffic gridlock for the foreseeable future.

Waxman has been secretly circulating a Chamber letter to his fellow Congress Critters that supports moving one of LAX’s runways several hundred feet right smack dab into the path of Lincoln Blvd.

If that happens, it’s game over for traffic in our community. Experts say parts of Lincoln and Sepulveda Blvds would have to close for at least 2 years – perhaps even permanently – to accommodate the move. With the only viable north/south alternative to the 405 freeway shut down indefinitely, thousands of cars would be forced onto other surface streets and nearby freeways during construction, creating constant gridlock as traffic backed up onto the 405, 105, 90 and 10 freeways. Rush hour on Lincoln Blvd in Venice and the Marina would be a nightmare.

Waxman told the LA Times he didn’t feel “obligatedto tell fellow Congress Critters who opposed moving the runway that he supported tying up our traffic for years to come. Well I guess that arrogance extends to us, his constituents. Because if this hadn’t made the papers, we’d still be in the dark.

To be perfectly clear, this isn’t about opposing modernizing or improving LAX, it’s about specifically opposing the plan to move one of the runways into the path of Lincoln Blvd.

Please pick up the phone and tell Henry Waxman to just say “no” to permanent gridlock. Tell him you support LAX modernization without moving the runway and choking us with endless Carmageddon-level traffic.

Los Angeles Office: (310) 652-3095 or (323) 651-1040 Manhattan Beach Office: (310) 321-7664

 

 

Comments

Diane Laurino of Carter …

That guy ‘Turtle” or Todd has been here on Carter every Monday now for the past month or so. He camps out early at the Vets trash can and then goes house to house into everyone else’s cans. I just called the Vets and asked them to please go out there and ask him leave and to stop. I was trying to leave a message for Lead Officer but he will be out until tomorrow. Who else can we call?

 

Carmelita Ragas of Thatcher

What happened to Erica Walker (on your last post listed) happened to me on March 6th at 2:00. My doorbell rang and I opened the door. A young black man around 20 years of age with a small afro said he was selling something. He spoke so fast I couldn’t understand what he was saying. When I told him I was not interested he became very aggressive and started yelling at me. He said I was a racist and I was not happy seeing a black man at my door. He was so loud, aggressive and agitated that he scarred me and I called the police. He went to the house across the street and then he crossed the street again and kept going north on Thatcher doing the same crossing of street pattern. He was very intimidating.