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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Abbot Kinney Corner Easement Given to Owner

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Area between fence and sidewalk is the “give away”

It appears the “Big Giveaway” at the northwest corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvd has occurred in spite of the efforts of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC), the Abbot Kinney District Association, and Venice constituents.

It needs to be appealed to the City and the California Coastal Commission, according to Robert Aronson of VNC Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC). Jim Murez of the VNC has worked tirelessly on this issue throughout the years. He is the one who planted trees on Venice Blvd easements. Previously, this has been defeated at the Coast Commission.  Appeal to City must be done by 2 October.

There is an easement, consisting of approximately 5000 sq ft, at northwest corner that owners have tried to eliminate and incorporate into their property for years. It is an easement of open space so that if Venice Blvd is enlarged, the property is there. The easement is along Venice Blvd and could be used as a “grand blvd” with trees and other landscaping marking the entrance to Venice Beach.

Question: Why would the owners do that? Answer: Money … really big bucks. Checking with only one real estate broker, a 50 x 100 foot lot on Abbot Kinney depending on the zoning is worth 3 to 7 million. He could use it to leverage a larger foot print.

The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) voted against giving the owner Jerry Bruckheimer the property as did the Abbot Kinney District Association, according to Robert Aronson. No one from the council office was there at the hearing to speak on behalf of keeping this property for City use. So the City voted to give it to the property owner.

By Jim Murez

What money can buy… Bonin (Councilman Mike Bonin) has allowed LADOT (Los Angeles Department of Transportation) and Los Angeles City Planning to write up a solution that gives  movie maker Jerry Bruckheimer,  owner of the northwest corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvd, 5000 SF of public landscape buffer free and clear for the asking.  (Well actually he is paying about $700 for the engineering fee to product the tract map plus whatever his lawyers are costing him…)

Attached are the two reports that were released last week … City,   Coastal. The hearings for these reports were two years ago and these reports came out with less than 30 days to the court date that will determine the final outcome.  This leaves the community no time to intervene in the Superior Court Case that our City Attorney Mike Feuer has been wanting to settle rather than to fight.  

If the timing of these reports coming out so late in the process was not planned, it sure is a lucky coincidence for Bonin and the CA!

And let’s not forget the community fought for keeping this land and won at the Coast Commission several years ago.  But this time Bonin and Bruckheimer found a loop hole they think will pass mustard in court, hence the report that was carefully crafted with the legal help of Bonin chief planning deputy Tricia Keane.

Although Bonin had said he opposed the reversion of this land, he never entered any public comments nor wrote a letter for the file expressing his point of view.  What really happened, occurred behind closed doors in private meetings.

As the City gives away our open space in Venice we can turn to another case of poor leadership by our elected officials who seem to have a better plan for our quality of life.

 

 

LUPC to Meet at Oakwood Thursday, 29 September

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet Thursday, 29 September at 7 pm at Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave, 90291.

Matt Royce, chair of LUPC, said the agenda will be at Venicenc.org by Monday evening.  Royce also said he plans to have the LUPC meets every first and last Thursday of the month.

 

Eight Selected to Serve on LUPC

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Candidates for the Venice Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee stand waiting for their one-minute in front of the microphone to explain why they want to serve on the LUPC.  The board then voted for eight of the 13 who applied.  Those who were selected to serve the two years are:

Brian Silveira
Daffodil Tyminski
Joe Clark
Mehrnoosh Mojallali
Michael Jensen
Ramsey Daham
Robert Aronson
Tim Bonefeld

Arnold Springer to Publish “History of Venice 1850 to 1939”

Longtime Venice activist and Venice office holder Arnold Springer said he would be releasing his “History of Venice 1850 to 1939” in three or four months. Release date will be forthcoming.

Springer was a history teacher at California State University at Long Beach before retiring from “academics and politics … national, regional and local. At CSULB he taught Russian History, European Intellectual History, Methodology and Philosophy of History, and Local History.

KCET did some filming of his Venice history in segments. One can see them at: https://www.kcet.org/shows/departures/dr-arnold-springer-venice-historian They start with Venice was an Estuary.

“In three our four months I should be ready to publish and release my History
of Venice of America 1850-1939. Right now I am proofreading and will let you know when it is available,” he wrote.

“It will be printed in a limited number of copies and distributed in Venice.
Initially. it will be distributed free to family and selected friends.

“After the initial free distribution has been completed, it will become
available at Small World of Books only in Venice, and the terms or price
there will be set by Mary Goodfader, owner of Small World.

“It will not be available online.

Apparently, Arnold has plans for more than just the initial book.

Book #2:
Materials for the Popular History of Venice
New Venice: Amusements: Vice: Curiosities.

Book #3:
Materials for the Ethnic History of Venice
Asians: Blacks: Native Americans: Mexicans: Jews: Russians.

Book #4:
Materials for the Monographic History of Venice
Art: Agriculture: Aviation: Canals: Politics.

Book #5:
Materials for the Monographic History of Venice
Radicals: Workers: Women: World War One:
Water: Sewers: Oil: Police: Individuals.

Additional Materials:
Abbot Kinney: To be released at a later date.

Arnolds said the manuscripts for the above and any additional materials that are not
published will, in the future, be housed/located at: Venice Collection,
Special Collections, Research Library, California State University Long
Beach.

LUPC Meets Monday (25 April)

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) will meet at 7 pm, Monday (25 April) at the Vera Davis Family Center, 610 California Ave, 90291.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance will be discussed and any updates will be presented.

Cases to be discussed will be
1. 619 6th Ave (new two-story duplex)
2. 654 Marco Place (remodel and addition on a Milwood walk street)
3. 2814 Grand Canal (new three-story single-family)
4. 333 Windward Ave (new two-story single-family)
5. 13700 Marina Point Drive (WTF)

Comments and questions on any of above cases can be sent to LUPC@VeniceNC.org for consideration.

LUPC Meets Monday, Beyond Baroque

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet Monday (28 March), 7 to 10:30 pm at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, 90291.

Cases under consideration are: 619 6th Ave, 2601 Ocean Front Walk, 854 Marco Place.

LUPC to Meet Monday, 7 March

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet Monday from 8 to 10 pm at the Vera Davis Family Center, 610 California.

Two motions—amending the small lot subdivision to comply with the applicable zone and enforcement of all planning and building codes will be open for public comment will be discussed. There will be a report on two City Council motions–short-term rental and Mello ordinances.

Chair of LUPC Robin Rudisill will also report on Coastal Commission meetings, the Area Planning Commission hearings, and case scheduling and assignments.

The only active case for review will be 619 6th Ave.

VNC Says “NO” to Apartment Change of Use

Venice Neighborhood Council voted 10-6-1 against Carl Lambert’s proposal to change the use of his 32-unit apartment building at 417 Ocean Front Walk, zoned R-3, to “transient occupancy” use. VNC President Mike Newhouse stated that there were 108 speaker cards filled out, 80 of which were for the proposed variance.

LUPC to Meet Tuesday, Foursquare Church

Land Use and Planning Committee will meet Tuesday, 6:30 to 10:30 pm at Foursquare Church, 1400 Riviera Ave, 90291.

LUPC, Monday, Beyond Baroque

Land Use and Planning Committee will meet Monday, 6:45 pm at Beyond Baroque,
681 Venice Blvd.

333 Windward Ave and 219 Howland Canal will be considered for VNC De Minimis categorization or Coastal exemption categorization recommendation.

Seven other cases will be heard:
1656 Abbot Kinney Blvd, North Venice Subarea, C2-1-0-CA zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation:
Commercial Artcraft
DIR-2015-2823-CDP and ENV-2015-2716-EAF
http://www.venicenc.org/1656-abbot-kinney-blvd/
CITY HEARING NOT YET SCHEDULED

Project Description: “reversion to acreage” (TT-72841-REV) to legally delineate, acknowledge and record the property and approve minor site and landscape maintenance/improvements, including installing “living fence” no more than 3’6” tall with bougainvillea, along Venice Blvd, refinishing 703 sq ft of decorative concrete access driveway from Venice Blvd w/740 sq ft of decorative concrete to match, adjoining the existing driveway, installing custom swinging gate adjoining existing driveway from Venice Blvd, planting new landscaping, including 8 living fence planter with one extended planter along Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvd containing approx. 41 5-gallon shrubs, 3 boxed trees & approx. 1,324 sq ft of botanical ground cover to replace existing pavement or gravel

Applicant: Chris Parker
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

910 Abbot Kinney Blvd & 916 Main St, North Venice Subarea, C2-1 zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation: Neighborhood Commercial, continued
ZA-2014-3288-CDP-SPP and ENV-2014-3289-MND and ZA-2015-2104-CEX and ZA-2015-2105-CEX VCZSP Compliance: SPP
http://www.venicenc.org/910-abbot-kinney-blvd/
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON AUGUST 6, 2015

Project Description: change of use of existing 1-story commercial building from office, retail, medical offices and storage to 5 retail spaces (6,503 sq ft), 1 restaurant space (2,061 sq ft) with outdoor patio (550 sq ft) & storage
Applicant: Robert Thibodeau

LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

201 Ocean Front Walk, North Venice Subarea, C1-1, Dual Permit Jurisdiction Coastal Zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation: Artcraft Commercial
ZA-2015-2582-CDP-ZAA-SPP-MEL and ENV-2015-2583-EAF
VCZSP Compliance: SPP
http://www.venicenc.org/201-ocean-front-walk/
CITY HEARING NOT YET SCHEDULED

Project Description: renovation of existing Israel Levin Jewish Federation Community Center, including 2nd story addition of administrative offices, construction of a third story with 1 residential unit, waiver of the loading zone requirement for an institutional building, with 3 on-site parking spaces
Applicant: Dana Sayles, Three6IXTY

LUPC Staff: Ramsey Daham & Gabriel Ruspini PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

820 Indiana Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation: Multiple-Family Residential: Low Medium II
ZA-2014-3801-CDP-ZAA-MEL and ENV-2014-3802-MND
VCZSP Compliance: DIR-2014-3591-VSO
http://www.venicenc.org/820-indiana-ave/
CITY HEARING took place on September 10, 2015

Project Description: Mello Act Determination, construction, use & maintenance of a new 3-story, 2,300 sq ft, second SFD & attached 2-car garage on a lot with an existing 1-story, 1,357 sq ft, SFD (which is to remain); ZAA to allow a 6’ wide passageway in lieu of 8’ as required, 5,281 sq ft lot, with total project size of 3,657 sq ft (69% FAR)

Applicant: Matthew Royce
LUPC Staff: Mehrnoosh Mojallali & Gabriel Ruspini
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

2919 Sanborn Ave, Oakwood Subarea, R1-1-0 zone, Coastal Zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation: Multiple-Family
ZA-2014-4517-CDP-SPP-MEL and ENV-2014-4518-CE
VCZSP Compliance: SPP
http://www.venicenc.org/2919-sanborn-ave/
CITY HEARING took place on September 17, 2015

Project Description: Mello Act Determination, demo of existing SFD & construction of a 30’7”, 2-story, 3,186 sq ft SFD w/ attached 400 sq ft garage & 1 uncovered parking space, with new swimming pool in future, on 4,584 sq ft lot (70% FAR)
Applicant: Daphne Abergel

LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

414-414 1⁄2 Brooks Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, General Plan Land Use designation: Multiple- Family Residential: Low Medium II
ZA-2014-4273-CDP and ENV-2014-4274-CE and ZA-2013-1079-ZAA*
VCZSP Compliance: DIR-2014-4145-VSO
http://www.venicenc.org/414-brooks-ave/

CITY HEARING Thursday September 24, 2015, 9:30 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave
Project Description: proposed demo of existing detached 325 sq ft garage & construction of a 3-story, 29’6” tall 692 sq ft 2nd dwelling unit w/408 sq ft of uncovered deck/balcony areas over a 675 sq ft attached 3-car garage, in conjunction with an existing single-family dwelling & detached 2-car garage, all on a 5,200 sq ft lot.

(* ZAA for reduced passageway of 5’ as existing in lieu of required 10’ for the purpose of constructing a 2nd dwelling unit at the rear of the property approved in advance, on 7/2/13)
Applicant: Hisako Ichiki, Bunch
LUPC Staff: Gabriel Ruspini

PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

644 Sunset Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, General Plan Land Use designation: Multiple-Family Residential: Low Medium II
ZA-2015-913-CDP-MEL and ENV-2015-914-CE
VCZSP Compliance: DIR-2015-762-VSO
http://www.venicenc.org/644-sunset-ave/
CITY HEARING NOT YET SCHEDULED
Project Description: Mello Act Determination and demo of existing 1-story SFD & construction of a new 2- story SFD w/roof deck & attached garage
Applicant: David Crimmins
LUPC Staff: Mark Kleiman & Gabriel Ruspini

PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion