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Councilman Bonin Starts “Reject the Recall”

It’s like a campy horror movie, except it’s very real, and it could cost taxpayers like you nearly $2 million dollars.

Just a few months after our March victory, my campaign opponents have resurfaced — and they have joined a shady political operative in a well-funded campaign trying to engineer a costly special election to remove me from office.

Can I count on your to make a donation to my effort to Reject the Recall?

I represent the smartest and most engaged voters in the world – but the media is giving the liars and hucksters behind this costly recall a megaphone, and voters need to hear from me.

Can you help me fight back by making a contribution to my effort to Reject the Recall? Even a $5 contribution sends a powerful message that Westside neighbors won’t stand for this, and helps us expose the lies behind this effort.

Thank you for your support. Working together, we’ll stop this recall and continue our efforts to move Los Angeles forward, do good, and get things done.

Bonin, O’Farrell Demand Improvements to Waste Collection System– ReCycle LA

LOS ANGELES – Acting to fix significant problems with a new waste hauling system in Los Angeles, City Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Mitch O’Farrell today introduced legislation aimed at improving the customer experience and better protecting consumers from excessive fees charged by waste haulers.

In July 2017, the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (“LASAN”) launched an ambitious new program, recycLA, designed to dramatically increase recycling, move Los Angeles toward its zero waste goals, ensure fair pricing, improve service, and enhance working conditions. Since the initial rollout of recycLA , however, City Council offices have been inundated with calls and correspondence from small businesses, landlords, and homeowner associations. Concerned constituents have expressed a thread of complaints and confusion regarding sudden and sharply increased costs, confusing new fees and surcharges and inaccurate bills. Their concerns also include frequent and repeated lack of service, lack of notice and widespread poor customer service from the waste haulers.

“Residents and small business owners in Los Angeles deserve better than this,” said Councilmember Bonin. “The goals of the recycLA program – reaching zero waste in Los Angeles and protecting the workers we rely on for this essential service – are imperative, but the poor rollout and implementation of this program is simply unacceptable. The City needs to take immediate steps to fix it or we’ll never achieve the worthy goals of the program.”

“After years of committee hearings, revisions to the draft ordinance, and assurances related to outreach and case management during the transition, the waste hauling system I ultimately supported has fallen far short of my expectations,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “We need to be more responsive to small businesses and apartment building owners, as well as exercise much stronger oversight and accountability from the approved waste haulers, while meeting state-mandated environmental requirements and achieving our zero waste goals.”

The legislation instructs the Bureau of Sanitation to immediately provide a report to the City Council with recommendations for possible reductions to extra service charges being levied on small businesses and apartment owners, and to allow apartment owners and small business owners to share collection bins to help reduce the cost of service. The legislation additionally demands a plan for further outreach to customers to inform them about the new waste hauling system and of the options available to reduce costs by increasing recycling, and asks for the City Attorney and Board of Public Works to prepare options that allow the city to assess penalties on waste haulers that fail to provide a reasonable level of service to customers. A full copy of the legislation can be found at http://www.11thdistrict.com/recycla_improvements_legislation_introduced.

The legislation was crafted after hearing from hundreds of residents, small business owners, and property owners. Councilmember Bonin said that some of the problems with missed pickups have been so extreme that despite frequent calls to trash haulers and the Bureau of Sanitation, some property owners in his district have received warnings and citations from the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

The Bonin/O’Farrell legislation will be referred to Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice committee and the councilmembers are asking for their motion to receive a hearing quickly so the city can begin improving the recycLA program as soon as possible.

Bazley Says PSH Ordinance Not to be Used for Venice Median, Thatcher Yard Projects; VNC Votes for Opening Bathrooms

By Angela McGregor

Taylor Bazley, Venice representative for Councilman Mike Bonin, announced last night at the Venice Neighborhood Council board meeting that the “permanent supportive housing (PSH) ordinance (PSHO Ord )would not affect the Venice Median Project nor the Thatcher Yard project that are currently being developed.

Both projects, he wanted to make clear, would be developed “using the old rules.”  He said he had received “hundreds of letters” from Venetians regarding this.  Bazley also announced that the Vera Davis Center, 610 California Ave, would have a half million dollar renovation.

The VNC voted unanimously to approve the Homeless Committee’s motion to open several bathrooms in Venice for the homeless from 9 pm to 6 am with security and maintenance.

These bathrooms could include those at the Vera Davis Center, LA Fire Station #63, Penmar Golf Club and the Venice Public Library, as well as those on Venice Beach.

A representative from the Department of Public Works presented upcoming improvements to the portion of the Braude Bike Path which runs through Venice (from Washington Blvd. to Santa Monica). These included the installation of signs directing pedestrians to OFW and Bikes to the path, re-painting of the center lane and the installation of crosswalks. In response to Board member comments, Taylor Bazley stated that methods of sweeping the path for sand (which resulted in large berms on the eastern side of the path) have been improved and should result in a less-sandy path.

A town hall on Venice Cityhood will be held on January 18, 2018. Location TBA.

Hollie Stenson will replace Matt Kline (who resigned on November 11th) as VNC Outreach Officer. Nominations for her previous Community Officer position are now being accepted — the application is available on the VNC website.

Cindy Chambers was elected to fill a previously vacated Community Officer position. Cindy previously served a full term on the Board, beginning in 2010, and most recently was the Chair of the VNC’s Ad-hoc Commercial Cannabis Committee.

In light of the recent death of a pedestrian crossing Pacific Avenue, the Parking and Transportation Committee put forward a motion to try to mitigate hazardous traffic conditions on the stretch of Pacific north of Windward, which P&T Committee Chair Jim Murez stated was the deadliest stretch of roadway in Venice. The original motion included a line item to allow 24/7 parking in both directions of the street, which would result in just two lanes and thereby slow traffic, however a motion to remove this passed 7-6.

Board President Ira Koslow stood to speak against the lane reductions, after recusing himself from the vote, stating that they would make the already untenable conditions worse. The measure — which called for immediate traffic enforcement, a lowering of the speed limit and the creation of ADA-compliant sidewalks — was also amended to include a demand for flashing, overhead lights at each designated crosswalk along Pacific. This thrice-amended motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned around 10pm. The next VNC Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12th.

Dennison Takes Issue With Wrede Article; Wrede and Venice Update Answer Dennison

Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing, takes issue with the article Christian Wrede wrote for Venice Update recently, and accuses Venice Update of not checking the facts and printing misinformation.   Both Christian Wrede and the Venice Update have answered Becky Dennison.  Perhaps, all will benefit from the questions and the answers.

Note that opinion pieces are printed in the Update frequently, and they are usually by lined and explain that person’s  view.    Perhaps, we need more people expressing their views regarding the projects proposed for the Venice Median and the Thatcher Yard.

By Christian Wrede

Yesterday, the Executive Director of Venice Community Housing
Corporation (“VCHC”) – which is poised to become the largest developer
in Venice since Abbot Kinney – posted an article on Venice Update
asserting that there were “glaring factual errors” in my recent piece
stating that the “law doesn’t allow” for the use of public funds to
build affordable housing that is reserved exclusively for artists.

VCHC correctly points out that Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code
was revised in 2008 (under pressure from real estate developers) to
create a so-called “artist preference,” allowing (to use VCHC’s words)
for “preferential treatment of several groups of people, including
artists” in affordable housing financed by federal tax credits.

Such tax credits, however, have to be combined with other sources of public or private funding. In Los Angeles, the primary source of municipal funding for affordable housing projects is the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (“AHTF”), which is administered by the Housing and Community Investment Department of LosAngeles (“HCIDLA”) (see City of Los Angeles Affordable Housing Trust Fund Pipeline Regulations, Policies and Procedures, August 1, 2016), whose “Fair Housing Policy” (http://hcidla.lacity.org/fair-housing-policy-regard-disability) expressly states that “applicants for any and all units shall be considered for occupancy without prejudice in regard to race, color, religion, sex … [or] source of income,” even while expressly recognizing that protection based on “source of income” is not provided by federal law.

Thus, the City Council Motion at issue in my article, in which Councilman Huizar – and our very own Councilman Bonin – call on HCIDLA (which currently prohibits preferences based on “source of income”) to work with the City Attorney “to report back on the feasibility of an artists’ affordable housing program, and the steps and department needs required to establish such a program.” No such program currently exists.

VCHC has already admitted that the Venice Median Project will be a financial Frankenstein with more sources of funding than you can shake a stick at – Section 8, Prop HHH, private investors and so on – so it may be that they have found a way to skirt the HCIDLA “Fair Housing Policy,” but that leaves valid questions about the changes Bonin and others are making to city law in the fields of housing and development and the effect that those changes will have on small and vulnerable communities like Venice.

By Venice Update

“There are some glaring factual errors in this week’s article in Update about Venice Community Housing (VCH), ” wrote Dennison.     “I understand there is disagreement about our work and planned expansion of affordable housing in Venice, but I would hope that some basic fact-checking would be done before publishing misinformation about us and our plans.

1. ” The article published on Monday claims that the low-income artist housing that VCH is proposing at Venice-Dell-Pacific (Venice Update refers to this as the Venice Median)  “is not allowed under the law.'”  “This is not true.   No City law or program needs to be created or changed for us to move forward with our plans.   The federal tax credit program, located in Section 42 of the federal tax code and the main source of funding for affordable housing, currently allows preferential treatment for several groups of people, including artists.   H.R. 3221 specifically created the artist preference in 2008.   Therefore, there are affordable artist communities similar to the proposal at Venice-Dell-Pacific already operating in Los Angeles and other Southern California cities.   There is no “VCHC scam”.   Beyond being allowed by law, VCH heard from many community residents that they’d like to see low-income artists included and prioritized for housing at Venice-Dell-Pacific and we are looking forward to doing so.   Please see examples of other low-income artist communities here:      http://www.wavartists.com/ and https://www.bisnow.com/los-angeles/news/affordable-housing/housing-for-las-starving-artists-opens-in-san-pedro-45561.”

Answer:  Question from Venice Update.  Then why did Councilmen Jose Huizar and Mike Bonin create a motion coming before the City Council to allow artists to reside in low-cost affordable housing.  If the law is already there, isn’t the effort by Huizar and Bonin redundant?   Why?

2)  “The same article claimed that the City’s proposed Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Ordinance will “exempt Bonin’s housing projects from zoning restrictions, size and density limitations, environmental review and community input,”  wrote Dennison.  “Again, this simply isn’t true.   The implication in the article is that “Bonin’s housing projects” are the communities being proposed on city-owned land, including Venice-Dell-Pacific.   Venice-Dell-Pacific is not covered by the proposed ordinance due to its current zoning.   Therefore, none of the PSH Ordinance’s possible streamlining processes apply to the site or VCH’s project.   The Venice-Dell-Pacific development process includes a full Environmental Impact Report, the highest level of environmental review, and will follow all regular public approval process with the City and Coastal Commission.”

Answer:  Zoning restrictions, size and density have changed as a result of the PSH Ordinance.   There  is no parking  requirement for PSH (It is possible there is a PSH zoning of no car requirement in existence now.) and the ordinance says that one has to provide at least 50 percent PSH for a project.   These are just two differences.   The properties in question are now zoned Open Space for Venice Median and for the Thatcher Yard, Public Facility.  The Venice Median will be rezoned to a zoning similar to R-3 that allows for commercial also.  I believe it is RS-3.  Property will be rezoned to fit the project.

Thatcher Yard.  The PSH ordinance changes completely the rezoning restrictions for any PF property.  Prior to PSH ordinance approval, PF zoned property would be rezoned in accordance with LAMC 12.04.09.B.9 which states:  “Any joint public and private development uses permitted in the most restrictive adjoining zones if approved by the Director utilizing the procedures described in Section 16.05E to H. The phrase “adjoining zones” refers to the zones on properties abutting, across the street or alley from or having a common corner with the subject property. If there are two or more different adjoining zones, then only the uses permitted by the most restrictive zone shall be permitted.”  In this case for the Thatcher Yard, two of the sides are zoned R-1 (most restrictive) and the other side is C4-OX.  

The PSH ordinance comes along and says completely the opposite by stating:

If the joint public and private development is a Qualified Permanent Supportive Housing Project developed pursuant to Section 14.00 A.11 of this Code, the uses and standards permitted by the least restrictive zone within a 1,320 foot radius shall be permitted utilizing the procedures described therein.  The “least” restrictive would be C4-OX, which is 19 stories.

David Graham-Caso, Bonin’s Chief of Staff,  stated in an email to the Venice Update last week  that the PSH ordinance would have no bearing on the PF zoning or development of the Thatcher Yard, even if approved.  Yet, the developers during site inspection, made the statements regarding the site of upward of 3 stories, 150 units, 50 percent PSH–all qualifiers for the PSH ordinance.  There are two contracts to be considered  — the “get together with the community” and then the development contract.  Will both exclude the PSH ordinance?  Graham-Caso says yes.

Thatcher yard, if rezoned in accordance with existing LA municipal codes, would be rezoned R-1 and based on a 5000-sq foot lot, would have approximately 18 houses.

If rezoned to RD-1.5 as the RFQ/P stated and Councilman Mike Bonin stated in the Town Hall, the property would yield 62 units and two 35 percent bonuses of 21.7 each, which would be 62 to 104 or 106.   That is approximately one third the size of the total R-1 Oxford Triangle population.

If rezoned to C4-OX, it is one of the City’s densest.

Note:  Yes, Becky Dennison is concerned about the accuracy of her project and rightly so.  Venetians see the big picture of three large projects in Venice –the Thatcher Yard, the Venice Median, the MTA lot.  These are community changing plans .  The Venice Specific Plan, if followed, doesn’t allow more than two lots being combined. The Venice Median is combining many lots.  The Thatcher Yard will be rezoned what?  One of three options.

 

Councilman Bonin Asks Constituents to Reject the Recall

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To All,

It feels like just yesterday that our broad coalition of neighborhoods campaigned hard, won a huge reelection victory, and renewed our commitment to move Los Angeles forward, do good, and get things done. But — believe it or not — there is a group of people who refuse to respect the will of the voters, and are now trying to engineer a costly and wasteful special recall election to remove me from office.

We need to gear up and fight this. Can I count on your endorsement of our effort to push back and Reject the Recall?

Earlier this year, hundreds of us spent months knocking on doors, talking with voters, and winning a 71% mandate in March for a positive agenda for our city and for our neighborhoods. But last month, a group of five proponents — led by the very challengers we defeated earlier this year — took the first steps to try to overturn that election and remove me as your representative. It is an insult to the voters, an abuse of the electoral process, and a tremendous waste of taxpayer dollars.

When I ran for office, I promised you that we would accomplish a lot together, that I would be accessible and always listen, and that I would be unafraid to lead. I have taken on some of our toughest issues — such as homelessness and a horrible epidemic of traffic fatalities in our neighborhoods — and I have proposed bold and sometimes controversial solutions. Sometimes I’ll get it right, and sometimes I’ll get it wrong and correct course — but I will never be reluctant to tackle our most serious and intractable problems.

But if I am going to continue to do that, I’ll need your help. Can you join me and our friends in Rejecting the Recall?

The people behind this recall are well-funded and they have their own agendas. They care more about those agendas than about the great things we have accomplished together: building mass transit, creating and preserving open space, adding LAFD resources to Westside neighborhoods, deploying more cops for neighborhood policing, modernizing LAX without expanding into nearby neighborhoods, fighting for more affordable housing, charting a course to renewable energy, or raising the minimum wage. They don’t care as much about all the streets we’ve paved, the trash we’ve picked up, the parks we’ve all the streets we’ve paved, the trash we’ve picked up, the parks we’ve cleand, and the people we’ve helped.

But I know you care about those things.  And I know you care about all the things we still need to do together.  Please stand with me and Reject the Recall.  Thank you so much for your partnership and your support.

Warm Regards,

MIKE

 

 

 

 

Huizar Blocks Housing Project in Boyle Heights & Partners with Bonin to Concentrate Development in Venice

By Christian Wrede

As reported in this article from the New York Times, Councilman Huizar blocked a modest Prop HHH housing project in a commercial district in Boyle Heights last month on the grounds that “the nonprofit group promoting th[e] project was trying to muscle through a plan over well-grounded neighborhood concerns.”

“You cannot force a project onto a community at all costs,” Mr. Huizar complained. “A majority of people who live around the project were opposed to it. The people who are in favor of it live someplace else.”

Now, Huizar (who was one of the leading proponents of Prop HHH) is bringing a City Council Motion  – seconded by none other than Mike Bonin — calling on the Housing and Community Investment Department and the City Attorney “to report back on the feasibility of an artists’ affordable housing program” and the “steps required … to establish such a program.”

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Why?

Why would Huizar take such an interest in affordable housing for artists so soon after spiking a puny affordable housing development — between a supermarket, a Pizza Hut and a cemetery — in his own district?

Because Venice Community Housing Corporation wants to use the promise of “artist housing” (34 units in all) as a selling point for the massive Venice Median Project (2.8 acres, 150 units, 2 parking structures and 10,500 sq. ft. of “social enterprise” space) at the gateway to Venice Beach.

The one problem with the VCHC scam? The law doesn’t allow it.

Playa del Rey “Safe Streets” Program to be Scratched; Streets to be Restored

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All lanes are to be restored.

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Cars were backed up on Culver Blvd, backing up cars on Alla Road, under the 90 freeway on week nights.

PLAYA DEL REY, CA — Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilmember Mike Bonin today announced a plan to restore traffic lanes on several roads in Playa del Rey, and deliver a series of new safety features to help protect the lives of motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Lane restoration work is scheduled to begin with Culver and Jefferson Boulevards on October 27 and  with work on Pershing beginning in November. A remaining stretch of Vista Del Mar, from Waterview to Culver Boulevard, will remain narrowed until after the Bureau of Engineering completes work in the area on the Dual Force Main project — a long-planned, multi-million dollar project to prevent an environmentally devastating sewage leak into the Santa Monica Bay.  Work on Dual Force is scheduled for two years.

This is a great feather in the cap for the “Recall Bonin” campaign.  They celebrated Wednesday night at the Venice Grind.  Alexis Edelstein and Alix Cucovsky, cochair of the RecallBonin.Com campaign have stated several times that the campaign will continue until all streets are restored on the Westside and the street restructuring envisioned for other streets by Vision Zero and Mobility 2035 are stopped. 

 

The move came at the request of Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Bonin, who asked the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to immediately begin restoring lanes that had been removed on Culver Boulevard, Jefferson Boulevard and Pershing Drive — and to install new, strong traffic safety measures to be completed over the next several months.

“This pilot program has shown us that lane reductions are not the right approach in Playa del Rey, but we can and will find a way to ease congestion and improve traffic safety in this neighborhood,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We have the will and know-how to find smart, balanced, effective, and flexible solutions — and I’m confident that the new safety measures we are putting in place will help us accomplish those goals.”

The new safety measures include new crosswalks with flashing beacons to better protect pedestrians; “speed tables” that prompt vehicles to reduce speed at intersections; speed feedback signs that notify drivers when they have exceeded posted limits; “pedestrian head start” signals that allow people on foot to enter crosswalks at intersections before vehicles are allowed to make turns; and traffic signals that will be adjusted to require drivers to slow down as they approach downtown Playa del Rey from Culver Boulevard.

“From the beginning of the Safe Streets for Playa del Rey initiative, community feedback has been a crucial component in creating a safe and inviting community,” said Councilmember Bonin. “Reducing the frequency and severity of traffic collisions is one of the top public safety imperatives for the City of Los Angeles, and the community-supported safety improvements we are announcing today will help keep people in Playa del Rey safe. I am grateful that Mayor Garcetti and I were able to work with LADOT, neighbors and local businesses to find a way to implement safety measures that can keep people safe without disrupting traffic patterns.”

The full list of new safety features includes:

•Speed Feedback Signs – LADOT will place speed feedback signs on Culver Boulevard and Pershing Drive, notifying drivers when they have exceeded the speed limit.

•Flashing Beacon Crosswalks – LADOT will add flashing beacons to the crosswalk at Culver Boulevard and Pershing Drive to better protect pedestrians as they cross the street.

•New Crosswalks – LADOT will install new flashing beacon crosswalks at Culver Boulevard and Earldom Avenue and at Pershing Drive and Rees.

•Speed Tables – LADOT will install speed tables at crosswalks to slow speeding traffic and protect pedestrians.

•“Rest in Red” Signals – The traffic signal at Culver and Nicholson and Culver and Vista Del Mar will be adjusted to require drivers to slow their speed as they approach downtown Playa del Rey from Culver Boulevard. “Rest in red” settings will also be applied to signals at Pershing and Manitoba, Pershing and Westchester Parkway, Culver and Vista Del Mar and Culver and Nicholson.

•Leading Pedestrian Intervals – Commonly referred to as “pedestrian head start” signals, crossing signals will be adjusted to allow pedestrians to enter crosswalks at intersections before vehicles are allowed to make their turns. This will occur at Pershing and Manchester, Pershing and Manitoba, and Pershing and Westchester Parkway.

The Mayor and Councilmember will work together to identify funding to expedite installation of new pedestrian-activated signals at intersections that include Culver and Earldom, Culver and Pershing, and Pershing and Rees. Mayor Garcetti said he would direct the LAPD to step up speed enforcement in the area, and City officials will work with state officials to explore ways to lower automobile speed through the Ballona Wetlands.

Prior to today’s announcement, LADOT had already restored lanes on Vista Del Mar and Culver Boulevard. Today’s action will restore lanes on Culver, Jefferson and Pershing, and expedite implementation of the new safety features — which were the subject of close talks between City officials and local residents, business owners, and members of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council and the Playa del Rey Safer Streets Task Force.

The announcement won praise and expressions of gratitude from local stakeholders:

“These safety measures will make Playa del Rey a safer community for the people who live here, work, and enjoy our community,” said Cyndi Hench, President of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa. “Our community is eager to move forward and I appreciate the work of Mayor Garcetti, Councilmember Bonin and the neighbors who have been passionately engaged on this topic. I think this is a great resolution to a complicated issue.”

Hench’s appreciation for the announcement was echoed by local businesses, including by Lisa Schwab, the owner of Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant.

“These safety measures strike the right balance between improving safety and keeping traffic moving,” said Schwab. “This has been a contentious topic of debate in our community and it shows a lot of leadership and commitment to the people they represent for Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Bonin to do they work they have done to make this announcement possible. As a business owner in Playa del Rey, I am happy with the lane restoration and safety improvements and I thank the Mayor and Councilmember for being willing to listen and adapt the pilot project based on the input they heard.”

“The LAX Area Chamber of Commerce fully supports the added safety measures and lane restoration,” added David Voss, Board Member with the LAX Area Chamber. “Reducing traffic congestion and keeping people safe are both important goals for the local businesses we represent and we are very fortunate to have responsive and collaborative local elected leaders like Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Bonin.”

The announcement also received praise from some of the neighbors who have been advocating for safer streets in Playa del Rey.

“I got involved with this issue a couple years ago because I wanted to feel safe walking around my neighborhood in Playa del Rey,” said Ryan Wewers, a Playa del Rey resident who has been a vocal supporter of the Safe Streets for Playa del Rey Initiative. “Back then, I couldn’t have even imagined the number of safety improvements Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember announced today. This goes a long way to make our streets safer for everyone.”

“While I’m disappointed that the first phase of this three phase pilot project was unable to move forward, I’m very pleased to see that the second and third phases of these long-overdue safety measures that the community asked for as part of the Safer Streets for Playa del Rey Initiative in 2015 will finally be implemented thanks to this action by Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Bonin,” added Playa del Rey neighborhood leader and safety advocate, Julie Ross.

Additionally, Bonin and Garcetti said they planned to work with the Playa del Rey small business community to create programs and projects to enhance the downtown area. Those measures include additional parking, wider sidewalks, art work, lighting and more.

 

 

Councilman Gives “Great Street” Three-Month Figures

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Note:  Councilman Mike Bonin made this report on “Great Streets” project in his “Neighborhood’s First Newsletter.

The 90-day results are in for Mar Vista’s Great Streets program, and Venice Boulevard is safer, with fewer speeding cars, and minimal disruption to travel times for commuters.

According to updated LAPD data, as well as new LADOT speed data just released this week, average monthly collisions on Venice Boulevard are down 22%, injuries from such collisions are down 10%, speeding is down 15%, and the average commute time has increased less than one minute. The three-month data builds off of the early success shown in the one-month data, and is strong indication that the pilot program is working as intended.

The data is incredibly encouraging, but we’re not done making improvements to this project. LADOT and I continue to seek out input from Mar Vista neighbors and collect suggestions on how we can make this project safer and even less impactful to traffic. Over the last two months, we’ve called, texted, or knocked on the doors of more than 9,000 Mar Vista residents, and we’ve already started to implement some of your suggestions:

•We heard that you wanted safer, more visible right turns, and we are moving forward with putting those improvements in place. The new right turns are scheduled to be installed by the end of the month.

•We heard that you wanted clearer, less confusing, striping for the bike lines, and LADOT recently successfully tested newly developed, state-of-the-art paint that can be applied with minimal disruption to Venice Boulevard. The City has begun the process of procuring the paint, and we will schedule installation once the purchase contract is completed.

•We heard that you were concerned about first responders getting to emergencies on time. Working with LAFD, we’ve begun installing transponders in fire trucks to allow for quick access through signals on Venice Boulevard.

Mar Vista deserves a neighborhood downtown that is safe, vibrant, and family friendly. Over the last year alone, in the wake of the improvements we’re making, we’ve seen neighborhood-serving businesses spring up on the Venice Boulevard corridor, including Alana’s Coffee Roasters, The Mar Vista, The MV Grab & Go, and the kid-favorite Small Batch Ice Cream. At the same time, the Mar Vista Art Walk continues to grow into a lively, fun and popular gathering. These amazing new offerings, coupled with new bike.

…and pedestrian amenities along the corridor, safe crosswalks, and less speeding on Venice Boulevard, are transforming the neighborhood in the way that so many of you envisioned throughout two years of surveys, community workshops and events.

We still have some work to do, but this is a good start.

If you have any suggestions on how we can make this project even better, please let me know by emailing me at councilmember.bonin@lacity.org. I continue to take every single comment to heart, and explore every idea for making Venice Boulevard the best of Los Angeles’ Great Streets.

Speed Hump Program Restored

 

The City’s Speed Hump program is open.  The City eliminated the speed hump program because of lack of money in 2009.

“One of my priorities as chair of the Transportation Committee has been to restore the speed hump program that the city eliminated in 2009,” according to Councilman Mike Bonin.  “We did that this year, and while the program needs to be made much more robust, I am pleased to report that the City’s 2018 Speed Hump application cycle is open! 

“The link below will remain open until the maximum number of requests that can be processed this year are received. After nearly a decade of no speed hump program, there is enormous pent-up demand. Please get your application in ASAP since this will be the only opportunity for construction in 2018.”

http://ladot.lacity.org/how-do-i/request-speed-humps

 

Do you want the bars open until 4 am?

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Do you want the bars to be open until 4 am. Do you want to buy or drink liquor until 4 am?  California Senate Bill 384 would extend the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act hours from 2 am to 4 am.

Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Nury Martinez are opposing SB 384 for the City of Los Angeles. They will be holding a press conference Wednesday, 30 August, LA City Hall, steps facing 1st Street.   They ask that concerned citizens attend.

Call or email your CD11 Councilman Mike Bonin at 213-473-7011, mike.bonin@lacity.org, and let him know how you feel about this.