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City Council to Adjourn in Honor of Challis Macpherson

Challis
Challis and her daughter, Diahna Fortuna, listen as TV Skype is set up for Challis to hear Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles being read to her in July at a VNC meet. Challis was known for always wearing a hat.

Challis one of the Venice activists for many years will be honored by having the Los Angeles City Council meeting Tuesday adjourn in her honor. Challis passed away Wednesday, 19 August. Challis Macpherson 9 September 1936 to 19 August 2015.

If there was a logical cause, a need, Challis was willing to go to limit for it.

Challis has been an activist in Venice since this generation and the generation before can remember. She was instrumental in the creation of the Venice Grassroots Town Council. She was active in the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) when it got going.

Challis’ words of advice to all, according to her husband Wallace Macpherson and daughter Diahna, was: “Get out there; get cracking, kick some ass, and don’t stop until you’ve won!”

Ballona Wetlands
“I joined the Friends of Ballona Wetlands and helped Ruth Lansford get all the land West of Lincoln in Playa Vista turned over to wetlands,” she wrote to her daughter. “Make no mistake, the Friends of Ballona Wetlands were the first environmental group to bring Playa Vista to the negotiating table and save all the wetlands West of Lincoln.”

Chair of LUPC
She will most recently be remembered for her chairing of the VNC Land Use and Planning Committee. After she retired from that, she wrote the template for all VNC to have a LUPC. She travelled throughout the City teaching about LUPC. She was instrumental in establishing Plan Check.

Monday’s Land Use and Planning Committee meet will be in her honor, according to Chair Robin Rudisill.

Challis had approximately 26 years local land use experience: Venice Town Council’s (VTC) Land Use Committee, Councilmember Galanter’s Community Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC), and the Venice Neighborhood Council’s LUPC.

Founder of PVJOBS
One of the things she is most proud of was founding PVJOBS which helps place at-risk youth and adults in career-track employment. She insisted and got it in writing that ten percent of the work force for all developments in Playa Vista were to employ these at-risk kids and adults. PVJOBS has a success rate of over 90 percent, according to Challis.

“Once a kid gets a mark on his record, no one hires him,” she once said. “Most of the guys only stole diapers for their babies.” She felt they deserved a second chance. Someone said that amounted to 3000 being employed.

PVJOBS now places at risk individuals with private firms and public entities all over the city and is becoming a national model for at risk hiring.

Loved an Entrance
The other side of Challis was her clothing. “She was an excellent seamstress,” according to her friend Liz Wright. She designed and sewed all her clothes and loved to be the center of attraction when she arrived. She made all her hats and was not to be seen without one on. Her latest delight was painting shoes.

She was very active in the American Sewing Guild. This included sponsoring, donating, and teaching at the sewing club at the Venice Boys and Girls Club. She also was an officer in the Wearable Arts Connection, an educational organization that focused on combining sewing with artistic creativity.

She and Wallace bought their home in the Oxford Triangle in 1970’s. She was married to Wallace for almost 50 years. They were married on Valentine’s Day 1969. She became the Neighborhood Watch and united the community by doing such. She had a BA in Fine Arts from UCLA.

LUPC Passes Extra Storage Space; Passes part of 731- and 733-Oxford Project

Extra Storage
Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC), last Tuesday meet at 512 Rose, approved the expansion for Extra Space Storage at 658 Venice Blvd and approved building of a single family house at 733 Oxford but wanted 731 Oxford to be returned for community input.

Extra Space Storage plans to repair all the fire damage, install more sprinklers, and increase storage space by 7000 square feet. The plan is to build a second story over the parking lot on the west side of current structure. Parking would be underneath the addition, where it is presently, and seven extra parking spaces would be added to accommodate the additional square footage.

LUPC member Kathleen Rawson brought up the suggestion that if Extra Space has empty parking spaces during the week that they might be offered to neighbors since parking in area is in great demand.

Oxford Triangle neighbors objected to a third story on two houses planned for the area. LUPC recommended that the owner return to the neighbors after the Planning hearing to discuss scaling back the 731 Oxford house. According to Robin Rudisill, chair of LUPC, Planning at the hearing Thursday (2 July) said they would hold the case over until the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) had time to weigh in on the project. Next VNC meet is 21 July.

Murphy Attorney Answers Questions

Frank Murphy

Frank Murphy and his attorney answered questions regarding the project on Venice Blvd at the latest Land Use and Planning Committee meet. He is permitted to build but many residents are not happy with the project.

Murphy2

LUPC to Meet Tuesday

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) to meet Tuesday, 6:45 to 10:30 pm at Terrace Restaurant, 7 Washington Blvd. Possible relocation will be Whaler at10 Washington. Change will be posted. LUPC will hear the following cases:

1712, 1712 1/2 & 1712 3/4 Washington Way (2-lot small lot subdivision), Southeast Venice Subarea, RD1.5-1-0 zone, Land Use Plan designation: Multiple Family Residential–Low Medium II
ZA-2014-1728-CDP-ZAA-MEL and AA-2014-1730-PMLA-SL and ENV-2014-1729-EAF http://www.venicenc.org/1712-washington-way/ 
CITY HEARING NOT YET SCHEDULED 
Project Description: Preliminary parcel map to create a 2-lot small lot subdivision, MND, Mello determination, CDP, and Zoning Administrator Adjustment request to permit a 10’ front yard for 1712 and a 6’ front yard at the 2nd floor line for the Mildred setback in lieu of the required 15’ front yard, and request to permit a 4’ side yard in lieu of the required 5’

Applicant: Alon Zakoot

LUPC Staff: Mehrnoosh Mojallali & Robin Rudisill

PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

425 Rose Ave (change of use from existing restaurant and market/deli, “Fiesta Brava”, to a restaurant with new outdoor covered patio dining area), Oakwood Subarea, C4-1 zone, Land Use Plan designation: Community Commercial, Pending receipt of information on alcohol license concentration, “high crime” ratio, and parking reconciliation/resolution 
ZA-2014-1877-CDP-CUB-SPP and ENV-2014-1878-MND 
http://www.venicenc.org/425-rose-ave/ 
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON APRIL 23, 2015, City determination held open by ZA for VNC advisement for June 16, 2015 VNC Board meeting vote on project recommendation
Project Description: CDP & SPP (VCZSP compliance permit) for change of use from existing 2,696 sq ft restaurant & market/deli to a 2,306 sq ft restaurant with a new 410 sq ft outdoor covered patio dining area, with increase in seating from 38 interior seats to 59 interior seats & 34 outdoor patio seats, on a 6,294 sq ft lot, with 18 on-site parking spaces, comprised of 11 spaces existing, 4 spaces grandfathered, & 4 spaces met by adding 16 bicycle stalls; and CUB for sale & dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in conjunction with a new restaurant providing a total of 93 seats, with hours of operation of 8 am to 12 am daily.
Applicant: Bruce Horowitz
LUPC Staff: Maury Ruano 

PUBLIC COMMENT—LUPC Chair note: Public Comment is continued due to new information FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

3018-3025 Washington Blvd (change of use from retail to restaurant with CUB), Southeast Venice Subarea, C2-1 zone Land Use Plan Designation: General Commercial
APCW-2014-3142-SPE-SPP-CUB-ZV-CDP and ENV-2014-3143-MND http://www.venicenc.org/3018-3025-washington-blvd/ CITY HEARING SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY JUNE 1, 2015, 10 AM, 1645 CORINTH AVE, WEST L.A. MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR HEARING ROOM
Project Description: details to follow from Robert Aronson

Applicant: Bruno Bondanelli, Ayhan Sahbal & Representative Sheryl Brady, Permit Place
LUPC Staff: Robert Aronson

PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

VNC Supports Whaler

Whaler, Rudy Alegre
Venice Neighborhood Council supports Whaler restaurant, on Washington at Ocean Front Walk, for serving alcohol in the downstairs patio with a sound-absorbing awning. Maximum patronage will remain at 214. There were 10,000 signatures in favor of the project. It is unknown at this time when project will go to planning.

LUPC Approves 100-seat Restaurant for OFW; VNC to Hear Project Tonight

811-815OFW_edited-2
Proposed mixed-use project of restaurant and apartments will replace blue buildings shown.

Note: Venice Neighborhood Council passed the project. It will now go to Planning.

Land Use and Planning (LUPC) approved 811-815 Ocean Front Walk Mixed Use project. The project will be a 100-seat restaurant with two residential units above restaurant at 811-815 Ocean front Walk at 811-815.

The applicant is seeking a full alcohol license. Proposed hours of operation are 8 am to midnight Sunday thru Thursday and 9 am to 1 am Friday and Saturday.

There is a proposed variance to allow mechanical lifts and tandem parking with a parking attendant.

The Venice Specific Plan and Venice Land Use Plan require only 31 parking spaces for this project. According to John Reed, the architect, the project has 37 total parking spaces as follows:
22 parking spaces for the restaurant based on one space for each 50 sq ft of service floor area
1 non-required additional parking space for the restaurant
4 beach impact zone parking spaces-
5 residential parking spaces – 2 for each unit plus one guest
5 additional non-required parking spaces by providing 20 bicycle

Whaler Heard Again Tuesday

Whaler, Rudy Alegre
(Rendering of Whaler Restaurant courtesy of Rudy Alegre, architect.)

“We will take this neighborhood to a new level,” Mike Dobson, CEO of Whaler wrote in a letter to Robin Rudisill, chair of the Land Use and Planning Committee for the Venice Neighborhood Council. We will make it “great for local residents and proud of the world class destination that it is.”

The Whaler was reviewed by LUPC last Tuesday after being the subject of the previous LUPC meet. The restaurant wants to serve alcohol in their downstairs patio. This would not allow for an increase in the number of patrons.

To mitigate the sound, the Whaler plans to install a sound-deadening awning along with glass that is sound protecting. The Whaler group also verbally committed to installing an awning in the upstairs patio. Downstairs patio awning would be closed by 10 pm Sunday thru Thursday and 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Decibel levels are to be taken at 8 and 11 pm and recorded in a log.

The Whaler group has security that would use a clicker to monitor number of patrons. Once at the max of 214, admittance would go to “one in, one out” policy. The security would also patrol the area until 3 am.

The Whaler restaurant at the end of Washington has long been a subject of distain for local residents. Many of the residents attended the previous meet and expressed their concern regarding drunks walking in the neighborhood making noise, defecating, and in some cases destroying private property.

One resident expressed an additional concern regarding alley north of Whaler. Darrell Preston, Whaler operations manager, and resident checked out the situation after the meet. Alley commercial owners had lights but they were not on. Preston said he speak with the owners. One resident said all resident owners should have lights on in the alleys.

LUPC to Hear 811-815 OFW

LUPC will have a special meeting to hear 811 and 815 Ocean Front Walk and conclude 2715 Ocean Front Walk Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Terrace Restaurant, 7 Washington Blvd.

811-815 Ocean Front Walk
Project Description: demo of 9 res units & constr of 8,456 sq ft mixed-use project consisting of 2 residential units over 100-seat ground floor restaurant (2,691 sq ft) with new CUB for full alcohol & hours of Sun-Thurs 8 am to 12 midnight & Fri/Sat 9 am to 1 am; request for parking variance to allow mechanical lifts & tandem parking w/parking attendant
Applicant: John Reed

LUPC Staff: Kathleen Rawson & Gabriel Ruspin

2715 Ocean Front Walk
Project Description: 3rd story (over a basement/4-stories) addition (by expanding 89’-41” sq ft roof access structure to 345’-33” sq ft livable area loft) to previously approved 2-story SFD (over a basement/3 stories), SPPA (Specific Plan Permit Adjustment) for 38’-5” roof height in lieu of 35’ limit, ZA Adjustment to provide 3’ side yards in lieu of 4’ required by LAMC, SPP (Specific Plan Project Compliance Permit) & CDP.

LUPC to Hear 2715 OFW; Review Whaler

Land Use and Planning Committee will hear single-family development at 2715 Ocean Front Walk and review the Whaler restaurant discussions and conclusions of last week. Meet will be held at the Terrace Restaurant, 7 Washington Blvd, from 6:45 to 10:30 pm.

Whaler
Project Description: To permit the use and maintenance of an existing 754 sq ft patio service area operating in conjunction with an existing restaurant, including:

a) An Exception from VCZSP Section 13.D to permit zero (0) on-site parking spaces in lieu of the 19 parking spaces that would otherwise be required;
b) A VCZSP project compliance permit (SPP);
c) A determination of a “Deemed-to-be-Approved” conditional use status (LAMC 12.24-L) for the sale of a full line of alcoholic beverages in conjunction with an existing 3,096 sq ft 2-story restaurant accommodating 214 patrons and having interior hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, currently selling a full line of alcoholic beverages;
d) Approval of Plans (LAMC 12.24-M) to allow the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on- site consumption in an existing 754 sq ft patio having 36 patron seats and hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, in conjunction with a “Deemed-to-be-Approved” 3,096 sq ft 2-story restaurant accommodating 214 patrons and having interior hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, currently selling a full line of alcoholic beverages;
e) A Coastal Development Permit, in the dual permit jurisdiction coastal zone

Applicant: Dafne Gokcen; LUPC Staff: Ramsey Daham & Robin Rudisill
Review of Operating Procedures ONLY

2715 OFW
Project Description: 3rd story (over a basement/4-stories) addition (by expanding 89′-41″ sq ft roof access structure to 345′-33″ sq ft livable area loft) to previously approved 2-story SFD (over a basement/3 stories), SPPA (Specific Plan Permit Adjustment) for 38′-5″ roof height in lieu of 35′ limit, ZA Adjustment to provide 3′ side yards in lieu of 4′ required by LAMC, SPP (Specific Plan Project Compliance Permit) & CDP.

Applicant: Henry Ramirez; LUPC Staff: Gabriel Ruspini

LUPC to Hear Whaler Tuesday

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will hear the Whaler, restaurant/pub at 10 Washington, Tuesday at the Terrace Restaurant, 7 Washington Blvd, from 6:45 to 10 pm.

LUPC will also consider de minimis project 513 28th Ave

The Whaler restaurant/pub wants:

a) An Exception from VCZSP Section 13.D to permit zero (0) on-site parking spaces in lieu of the 19 parking spaces
that would otherwise be required;

b) A VCZSP project compliance permit (SPP);

c) A determination of a “Deemed-to-be-Approved” conditional use status (LAMC 12.24-L) for the sale of a full line
of alcoholic beverages in conjunction with an existing 3,096 sq ft 2-story restaurant accommodating 214 patrons and having interior hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, currently selling a full line of alcoholic beverages;

d) Approval of Plans (LAMC 12.24-M) to allow the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on- site consumption in an existing 754 sq ft patio having 36 patron seats and hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, in conjunction with a “Deemed-to-be-Approved” 3,096 sq ft 2-story restaurant accommodating 214 patrons and having interior hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, currently selling a full line of alcoholic beverages;

e) A Coastal Development Permit, in the dual permit jurisdiction coastal zone

Applicant: Dafne Gokcen
LUPC Staff: Ramsey Daham & Robin Rudisill