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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

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From Councilman Mike Bonin’s September Neighborhoods First Newsletter

Note: Venice Update had a story of the service when it first started and there were only two pickup points in Venice. If anyone has tried the service, the Venice Update would love to have your review of the service.

Have you had a chance to try the Westside’s first on-demand shuttle service?

The convenient neighborhoods transportation service operates in Venice, Mar Vista, Del Rey, and Palms and allows you to hail a ride through the LAnow smartphone app, online or by phone. Once reserved, you can meet the shuttle at the scheduled LAnow pick-up/drop-off point. Within the service area, pick-up/drop-off points are never more than a few blocks (1/4 mile) away.

Find out more at https://www.ladottransit.com/lanow/.

Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council to Hold Special Meet Tuesday to Ask Bonin to Reverse Playa “Road Diet”


Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council will meet specifically Tuesday (15 August), 6:30 pm at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 Manchester Ave 90045, to discuss a letter written to Councilman Mike Bonin requesting him to reverse all roads on the “road diet.”

Work to revert Vista del Mar back to four lanes from present two will commence 21 August. Eastbound lane of Culver Blvd was changed back to four lanes in July.  A lawsuit was filed by KeepLAMoving last week to put all lanes back to where they were before the “Safe Streets” touted by Councilman Bonin started.

“Safe Streets” or Mobility 2035 is the brain child of Mayor Eric Garcetti.  This year he hired Seleta Reynolds of San Francisco to be program manager of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to implement the new street culture. Reynolds, 38,  spent the last three years leading teams in the “Livable Streets” division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.  She sees LA as “just a much bigger canvas and has so many wider streets.” 

The recent “road diets” on the west side of Los Angeles have left commuters waiting in lines of traffic to get home.  Needless to say, the commuters are mad and want their roads back.  It has been so unpopular that Recallbonin.com was started by Alexis Edelstein.

The six-page letter concludes with this summary statement:

There was no sudden need to close down lanes on Pershing and Culver. Indeed, as noted above, the City of Los Angeles identified that these streets are not the priority for attention. The irony is that some of the support for the Road Diet has been from those who want a vital thriving downtown Playa del Rey yet the changes made are having the immediate and opposite effect. The reversal of Vista del Mar lane closures addresses the concerns of the South Bay while leaving your own constituents adversely impacted. However, the cut-through traffic on residential streets because of lane reductions remains a significant and dangerous problem. There is an overwhelming groundswell of opposition to the PDR pilot project as expressed to the NCWP. There is simply no question that the majority of the local community does not like it as it stands and wants the lanes restored without delay.

We are confident that you and your staff will respond to our questions and requests and facilitate other City agencies in being timely and responsive. More urgently, we hope that the flexibility you have already shown will be extended to reversing course and improving the planning, evaluation (both pre- and post-intervention), and proactive and transparent communication regarding the PDR Safe Streets initiative. The NCWP and your constituents look forward to collaborating with you in an alternate improved and comprehensive means of addressing safety, efficiency and accessibility other than the current pilot project reduced lanes.


Cancelled — LADOT- Bonin Town Hall at Loyola Marymount University

Venetians,  residents from Playa del Rey , Vista del Mar commuters — The town hall, open house that was to be conducted by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and Councilman Mike Bonin at Loyola Marymount University Saturday has been cancelled.

Below is the LADOT press release.

LADOT supports Councilmember Bonin’s request for changes on Vista del Mar, and will engage in an additional public process around safety improvements in Playa del Rey.

We understand that Councilmember Bonin is working to broker an agreement with Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn to improve access to parking at Dockweiler Beach. This will open up new options for LADOT to add one additional travel lane southbound from Waterview Street to Imperial Highway and one additional travel lane northbound from Imperial Highway to Napoleon Street by removing all parking on Vista Del Mar. This construction is currently anticipated to begin in mid August.

LADOT made some recent modifications to help to improve traffic flow on Culver Blvd from Nicholson to Jefferson. This weekend, the department is also modifying the traffic light at Vista del Mar and Culver Blvd to improve traffic flow through this intersection.

As a result of the above changes to the project, LADOT’s Saturday 7/29 Open House at LMU is postponed until further notice. For additional project information, please visit http://playadelrey.lacity.org/ or e-mail ladot.playadelrey@lacity.org.

LADOT to Present “Great Streets” Data 22 July

Nat Gale, principal project coordinator for Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), will present LADOT data for first month of Venice Blvd “diet,” as some call it. The meet will be held at Saturday, 22 July from 1-3 pm at Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd.

Culver Blvd Loss of Lane Causes Back Up at 90 Freeway in Evenings

Removal of one Culver Blvd westbound lane west of Lincoln Blvd as part of Vision 0 and Playa del Rey’s “Safe Streets” is causing a backup under the 90 Freeway in the evening. (Photos have been given to LADOT.)

There were two westbound lanes from Nicholson (Pershing Dr) to just west of Jefferson. Both eastbound and westbound lanes from Nicholson to Jefferson were changed to a one-lane configuration recently. The eastbound lane from Nicholson to just west of Jefferson was just reinstalled because of traffic.

Alla road which feeds into the freeway underpass at that point was backed up also, creating a time delay. Culver Blvd, east of freeway intersection and not shown, was backed up also. Photos were taken Wednesday at 7 pm.

Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) reinstalled the eastbound on Culver after the Fourth of July. A Town Hall meet will be held 29 July from 1 to 3 pm at Roski Hall, Loyola Marymount University. There apparently is a law suit pending.

The link to the traffic map is http://www.localconditions.com/weather-marina-del-rey-california/90292/traffic.php

Alla Road traffic trying to enter 90 Freeway interchange.

Culver Blvd with green light but traffic backed up. Traffic under the freeway from intersection to intersection was backed up. Culver Blvd was backed up east of the freeway intersection also. Almost impossible to get on 90 Freeway from Alla Road.