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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

We Didn’t Start the Fire, Venice is Burning

 

Special thanks to Billy Joel, Performed by Mark Lennon of the band, Venice,
Produced by Nico Ruderman, Lyrics by Sean Obrien

Mike Bonin, Sheila Kuell, Gavin Newsome, what a fool
Autum Burke, Ted Lieu, Ben Allen have no clue
Garcetti, Eunuch in a trance, Scott Weiner in his pants
Third St., Boardwalk, Oakwood cant get a cop
Needles, feces, drug dealers, ocean breeze
Rubbish fires, Baseball bats chop shops, tons of rats
Encampments, Cherynoble, Carol Sobel thinks she’s noble
Rape, murder, suicide, no bail, it’s genocide
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Venice is burning, since Bonin’s been earning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, as we tried to fight it.
Blue tarps, Got Junk, Venice in a funk
Out of State, imports, no support, Supreme Court
Prostitution, vandalism, saturation, devastation
Sanitation, hesitation, Venice annihilation
Nero on the roof, Government has no proof
Pelosi, ice cream, I just want to scream
Harris, VP, abandoned us to live her dream
People squatting on the Beach, methamphetamine
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Penmar is burning, since Bonin’s been learning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, but we’ve tried to fight it.
RV’s, heaps of trash, they wonder why we clash
Rising crime, too much grime, brother can you spare a dime
Hair cuts, trim suits, bureaucratic lawsuits
Jones Act, Boise, failed leaders, crazy
Tax base shrinking, City Council winking
Zombies peeing, Residents fleeing
Puppet show, quid pro quo, no go, Skid Row
Rezone, methadone, Venice a containment zone
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Third Street is burning, since Bonin’s been churning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, but we’ve tried to fight it.
Dogtown upside down, violent shantytown
Dereliction, mental crisis, drug addiction, hepatitis
Heroin, weed, booze, storm drains full of ooze
Echo Park clean up, Venice remains a dump
Covid, Bonin’s dream, no Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream
Sirens daily, Where’s The Guy who plays the ukulele
We didn’t’ start the Fire
The Boardwalk is burning, since Bonin’s been earning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, As we’ve tried to fight it.
Homeless advocates, vagrants dropping pants
Sunset, Hampton, shelter box with a gun
Developers lobby, residents groggy
Venice a containment zone, I can’t leave my home
Tents around the school, beach and Rose cesspool
Venice strives, Lost Lives, but they all have knives
Too much alcohol, cant containment them all
Back again, bohemian, Monster on the Median
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Venice is burning, since Bonin’s been earning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, A new day will dawn,
Venice goes on and on and on and on and on and on an on and on and on and on

Road Closures Announced for the 4th of July

(28 July 2019) Department of Beaches and Harbors has announced street closures and special traffic regulations in Marina del Rey for the Fourth of July.

Temporary street closures:
Streets under “soft closure” (local access only) at 1 p.m.:
– Southbound Strongs Drive at Washington Boulevard;
– Southbound Pacific Avenue at Washington Boulevard;
– Southbound Via Dolce at Washington Boulevard;
– Westbound Washington Boulevard at Pacific Avenue; and
– Northbound Pacific Avenue at Convoy Street.

Streets closed at 6 p.m.:
– Connector from northbound Lincoln Boulevard to Culver Boulevard;
– Connector from southbound Culver Boulevard to Lincoln Boulevard;
– Southbound Culver Boulevard at Route 90 (Marina Freeway);
– Northbound Culver Boulevard at Jefferson Boulevard.

Street closed at 7:30 p.m.:
-Westbound Jefferson Boulevard at Lincoln Boulevard.

Streets closed when Marina parking lots are filled (approximately 8:30 p.m.):
– Southbound Via Marina at Washington Boulevard;
– Southbound Palawan Way at Washington Boulevard;
– Westbound Bali Way at Lincoln Boulevard;
– Westbound Mindanao Way at Lincoln Boulevard;
– Westbound Fiji Way at Lincoln Boulevard; and
– Southbound Alla Road at Short Avenue, Bonaparte Avenue, Panama Street, and Route 90 (Marina Freeway)

Streets closed at 8:50 p.m.:
– Southbound Mindanao Way at Glencoe Avenue;
– Southbound Lincoln Boulevard at Venice Boulevard;
– Southbound Culver Boulevard at Centinela Avenue; and
– Northbound Lincoln Boulevard at Jefferson Boulevard

Streets closed at 9 p.m.:
– Northbound La Villa Marina at Mindanao Way;
– Southbound Mindanao Way at Route 90 (Marina Freeway);
– Southbound Lincoln Boulevard at Route 90 (Marina Freeway);
– Southbound Lincoln Boulevard at Washington Boulevard;
– Southbound Culver Boulevard at Route 90 (Marina Freeway);
– Northbound Vista del Mar at Imperial Highway; and
– Northbound Pershing Drive at Imperial Highway.

Bike path closure: From 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the bike path from the UCLA boat ramp to the east side of the La Ballona Creek bridge will be closed.

Special Traffic Regulations: The following traffic regulations will be in effect from 9:15 p.m. to 11 p.m.:
– Traffic northbound on Via Marina will not be allowed to turn right (eastbound) onto Admiralty Way. Traffic will be directed to Washington Boulevard.
– Traffic northbound on Palawan Way will not be allowed to turn left (westbound) or right (eastbound) onto Admiralty Way. Traffic will be directed to Washington Boulevard.
– Traffic eastbound on Bali Way will not be allowed to turn left (northbound) or right (southbound) onto Admiralty Way. Traffic will be directed to Lincoln Boulevard and then allowed to turn south or north.
– Traffic eastbound on Mindanao Way will not be allowed to turn left (northbound) or right (southbound) onto Admiralty Way.
Traffic will be directed to Lincoln Boulevard and allowed to turn right (southbound) onto Lincoln or continue east on Mindanao Way to Route 90 (Marina Freeway).
– Traffic eastbound on Fiji Way will not be allowed to turn left and must turn right.

Fiji Way will not be open to through traffic.

Parking restriction: From 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., there will be no parking along Vista del Mar between Culver Boulevard and Imperial Highway.

Abandoned Well Leak Update — Dept of Beaches and Harbors

Note:  This information is from the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors

The Department of Beaches and Harbors continues to work with MDR Hotels LLC to mitigate light and noise pollution at the site while crews work 24/7 to re-abandon the well.

What Happened

January 11 LA County Fire Department responded to a reported 911 call for a gas leak outside 4360 Via Marina.

Upon arrival, the on-scene well operator was in the process of capping the well. After the well operator stopped the methane gas leak, on site readings reported no readings for methane gas leaks. No injuries and/or medial complaints were reported to Los Angeles County Fire Department. Los Angeles County Fire Department made notifications to US Coast Guard and LAPD. On January 18, 2019 California Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) notified Los Angeles County Fire Department that this job site poses a potential hazard. Upon notification from Cal-OES, Los Angeles County Fire Department implemented an Incident Action Plan with assisting agencies and cooperating agencies.

Los Angeles County Fire Department – Division of Health HazMat were on site monitoring using the Multi-RAE (brand name for portable chemical detector) equipment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (January 18, 19, and 20, 2019). Readings were all zero on VOC (methane) and H2S (Hydrogen Sulfide).

Health HazMat did not issue any work stoppage order. RD Olson construction company voluntarily stopped some of their operations until today.

The well currently is emitting no gas and there is no emergency impacting public safety.

To address immediate health and safety concerns, DOGGR issued an emergency order immediately put into place a number of precautions to protect health, safety, and property and required that certain testing protocols and 24-7 monitoring begin immediately. The order also requires that the operator prepare a report detailing what caused the emission.

Officials from DOGGR and Interact are on site monitoring operations. Crews will continue to work overnight at the site for an undetermined amount of time. In the unlikely event gas odors are detected in this vicinity, members of the public should dial 9-1-1. For information regarding health referrals and other resources, please dial 2-1-1.

Gas Leak on Via Marina Under Investigation

Note: This information is verbatim from the Department of Beaches and Harbors

Gas leak appears unrelated to well re-abandonment project

Due to fluctuating lower level methane readings above background at the air monitoring locations, as reported by the Operator, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) requested that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) visit the site. AQMD inspectors went out on January 30th and discovered a gas leak coming from a Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) gas line servicing port at the intersection of Via Marina and Marquesas Way.

SoCalGas is on-site investigating the source and severity of the leak, and is working to make the necessary repairs. At this time, the leak appears to be unrelated to the well re-abandonment project, and appears to be limited to the immediate vicinity of the servicing port.

Public Health, Los Angeles County Fire Department-Health Hazardous Materials, and AQMD continue to monitor the situation.

If you smell gas in this vicinity, please leave the area and dial 9-1-1

“Madam Butterfly” Grand Finale for Summer Concerts in Park

Geisha

“Madam Butterfly,” the opera by Giacomo Puccini, packed Burton Chase Park again as the last of the Summer Concerts in the Park, sponsored by County Department of Beaches and Harbors, came to an end.

This year the park added a screen for viewing for those who could not see the main stage. For “Madam Butterfly” a second screen was added.