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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

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, 29 Feb, Vera Davis

Land Use and Planning Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council will meet 7 to 11 pm at the Vera Davis Center, 610 California.

CASES SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD:

35 Wave Crest Ave, North Venice Subarea
3018-3025 Washington Blvd (change of use from office [changed from retail] to restaurant with CUB), Southeast Venice Subarea
796 Main St. (“Ado Restaurant”), North Venice Subarea
3128 Thatcher Ave, Oxford Triangle Subarea
1744 Washington Way, Northeast Venice Subarea
619 6th Ave, Oakwood Subarea

There will also be an update on the new Mello Act Ordinance and a proposed motion for the Short-Term Rental enforcement.

LUPC Chair Robin Rudisill Addresses the Coastal Commission Dismissal of Lester

Note:  Venice is at the heart of Los Angeles’ Coastal system which is controlled by the California Coastal Commission (CCC).   The recent news stories have highlighted the ousting of CCC Executive Director Charles Lester, which occurred this past week.  Venice’s Land Use and Planning Committee Chair Robin Rudisill has made some strong statements regarding this ouster.   These are more of her statements and observations.

By Robin Rudisill, who is chair of the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Land Use and Planning Committee but in this case, is a voice for many citizens of Venice.,

It’s become clear that not everyone understands why it is SO very important that the Coastal Commission maintain the Public Trust.

Peter Douglas, primary author of the Coastal Act and immediately prior Executive Director:

“This is the People’s Law. It was put into effect by a vote of the People…it’s been Public Participation and Public Support, all the way along, that has sustained the integrity and the strength of this program.”

The People know their role, their rights, their civic duty. They are rallying like a team that has been playing together for years. It’s incredible.

I’d like to share some of my insights.

Per Dr. Charles Lester interview on YouTube.

“The three things that give the Coastal Commission its strength:
1. The Staff and their commitment and their expertise.
2. The Coastal Act law–it is broad and big picture but it also elaborates with very specific objectives in order to protect the Coastal Resources.
3. The role of Citizens and Activists and all of the Stakeholders who are also involved in Coastal Protection…..all of the way back to 1972 when Prop 20 was passed, with 55% of the vote….that involvement of the Public in our program has been critical to its success.

It’s those three things, working together, and having this independent Commission at the top of that decision process, which I think combines to make the program successful.”

So the way this delicate ecosystem, or network of interconnecting and interacting parts, was set up is based on the wisdom of the Coastal Act’s authors. These are the same people who knew that if local municipalities could be trusted to protect our coast unsupervised, that we wouldn’t need a Coastal Commission.

Thus, because the Commission itself, the final decision maker, is made up of “the elected” from those same local municipalities, it is critical that the integrity and transparency of this balanced construct, as well as the independence of the parts making up the whole, are maintained, as Dr. Lester describes above.

And that is why the Coastal Act includes a section of the law that covers the absolute necessity of transparency in the Public Process. Of course, this is required by all governments in conducting The People’s business. But this law, the Coastal Act, has a special section for this, which also REQUIRES the critical component of MAINTAINING THE PUBLIC TRUST. How many other laws have these special requirements built into them? This is necessary because the Coastal Act state law requires the strength and integrity of its framework for its own strength and integrity.

Coastal Act Section 30320 REQUIRES CONFIDENCE IN THE COMMISSION and in its practices and procedures. If it did not, the framework on which California’s overall coastal program is built would not avoid the very problems, of corruption and political interference, that it was built to protect against.

It is absolutely essential that the Commission maintain integrity, both real and perceived, and that it preserves and protects the Public Trust in the Commission; and it is a violation of the Coastal Act not to do so.

Dr. Lester said in his Public Statement on Wednesday that Public Participation is the heart of the Coastal Act. That wasn’t just a very nice and meaningful thing to say. He meant it in terms of it’s critical role.

The Coastal Act takes dramatic steps to safeguard the broader public interest of all Californians, with the protection of the right of all citizens to access the coast as one of its most important goals. The Commission has a duty to liberally construe the Coastal Act’s purposes and objectives, and safeguarding of the broader public interests must be given overriding consideration. This is a difficult task, up against such obstacles as corruption, greed, ideological entrenchment, special interest lobbyists and agents, and politically powerful local jurisdictions.

The fact that the Commission was set up to consist mainly of elected local officials doesn’t work for the purpose for which the Coastal Act came into existence, UNLESS it is combined with the absolute duty and requirement for that Commission to conduct ALL business transparently and to uphold the Public Trust. The delicate ecosystem of California’s Coastal Protection Program ONLY works if the elected officials that make up the Commission operate with the deepest commitment possible to their own independence, transparency, and integrity…..conducting the People’s business in an open, objective, and impartial manner.

All of those former Commissioners, all of those Public Officials, all of those organizations from all over California, virtually all of the employees of the Coastal Staff….and The Public, who all weighed in with their letters and their Public Comments at the Public Hearing……believed it would make a difference. And it should have made a difference. Someone said that including the membership of all of the organizations that were represented, the outpouring of support came from over a million Californians. It’s likely that many of them, if not most of them, have never gone so all out before on anything like this in their entire lives.

But the tragedy is that they were dissed….completely disrespected. It’s perhaps the worst example of ignoring and disrespecting constituents that most people are saying they have ever witnessed.

Unlike what the Commissioners who voted to oust Lester would like to have us all believe–that everything’s going to be just fine–sadly, it’s not going to be just fine, and it cannot be just fine, because the Public Trust has been breached.

And so it is now the Public’s civic duty, and even its moral imperative, to pursue and have this breach corrected.

What force was so strong, so powerful, and so overwhelming that the Commissioners saw fit to move ahead with their plan in the wake of this clear and all encompassing support for Dr. Lester? Where were those who were FOR his termination? Why didn’t they show up and speak up? Why was the campaigning for their position done by paid lawyers and/or behind closed doors?

This is a situation where The People outweigh big money and political corruption in the strength of their numbers.

We cannot just say “oh well, what’s done is done,” and go on with our lives and look forward to a new Executive Director who is even better, as some Commissioners would like us to do. What just happened was wrong and it must be righted.

If there is an issue with diversity of the Coastal Staff, let’s get a team working on it, including the assistance of the California State Human Resources division and our State Community College and University systems….if there is an issue of the Coastal Staff not providing information or full explanations that the Commissioners believe that they need, this should be brought up in the Public Eye and worked out, with professional help if necessary. If more controls over the process are needed, that is certainly something that Commissioners can insist on. But these are all things that are common problems and can be fairly easily fixed.

What is priceless and irreplaceable is the persona of Dr. Charles Lester and what he represents to The People. His Rock Star-like popularity to The People of California is a rare thing indeed. We need to question the sensibilities of any Board or Commission that would not recognize this, understand its value, and attempt to capitalize on it. This fact might have been somewhat surmised before this “event,” but upon learning of the great Public support of Lester’s leadership and management of California’s Coastal Protection Program, the obvious reaction would have been to adjust and reconsider how the Commissioners’ concerns could be otherwise addressed while keeping Lester in the job, including whether they were valid reasons for termination to begin with, and important enough to the overall goals of the Coastal Act to cause this level of disruption.

And lastly, if this move by the Commissioners is in fact motivated by our Governor and our Secretary of Natural Resources, as a result of the political forces of lobbyists, big money and greedy developers, SHAME ON THEM. They tried to hide behind the non-transparency of the Commissioners who were doing their bidding, but in the end it was just simply all too obvious. The unprofessionalism and bad intent with which this termination scheme was pursued, and the inability and unwillingness to have the sense to adjust their strategy for solving their issues another way when it became clear that what they were proposing was against the strong will of The People and their representatives, is a lesson in how democracy does NOT work.

It’s also clear that any replacement Executive Director would be extraordinarily heavily scrutinized by the same dignitaries, former Commissioners, Public Officials, organizations, employees and members of the Public who expressed their extreme support of Lester, which would also cause unnecessary and costly interference with the Coastal Program.

There is a saying, “how you do anything is how you do everything.” Our elected officials MUST investigate this breach of the Public Trust and bring us a satisfactory solution, hopefully one that reinstates Dr. Charles Lester and that cleanses the Commission of those who do not agree with the Coastal Act law’s requirements of independence, transparency and integrity.

Just like the way in which the Coastal Act must be implemented and enforced, there can be no exceptions or breaches. As Peter Douglas stated above, this is a law By the People, For the People, and that fact cannot be denied or pushed aside for any reason.

We cannot let our Coastal Commission be “captured” by those it is meant to regulate.

We must have a Commission that can live up to the greatness of the great law it is in place to protect. The People will accept nothing less.

Lester Out!!!

Dr. Charles Lester, executive director of the California Coastal Commission, was voted out.

Lester, despite an heroic effort to keep him in office was fired yesterday (10 Feb), by a vote of 7 to 5 of the commissioners in closed doors.

The LA Times morning edition did not mention the vote, only the online version of the LA Times reflected the decision.

City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents many of the coastal shore line in Los Angeles, wrote a letter to the California Coastal Commission in support of keeping Lester. Former City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter spoke out in favor of Lester. Venice environmentalists had a petition going to keep Lester and many Venetians attended the hearing in Moro Bay.

It appeared support was throughout the state. The LA Times stated that “153 out of more than 160 commission staff members, 35 former coastal commissioners, 18 state legislators and 10 members of Congress from California opposed the effort to dismiss Lester. Many felt the coast line was at risk without Lester– develop the coast for a few or do not develop and allow all.

Yet, Lester was ousted.

The ouster elicits many questions. LA Times editorial mentions some. The following is a letter from Chairman of Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) Robin Rudisill to City Councilman Mike Bonin. Rudisill wrote the letter stating that the letter represented “an individual” and was not on behalf of the LUPC of the Venice Neighborhood Council.

City Councilman Mike Bonin:
I’m sure you know by now that Lester was voted out.

But most disturbing is that Commissioners who we all thought were supporters of yours and of our southern California coastal communities were the leaders in ousting him.

We are in process of contacting our State legislators, all of whom also supported Lester, to do a full investigation of this matter and assume you will join us. It was also mentioned during Public Comment that there is an organization called LABizFed involved, mostly driven by developer attorneys.

Please don’t fall for the confidential personnel issues explanation…in any case, the Commissioners were very inconsistent in their application of the privacy excuse. Some said that they could not discuss anything about their concerns on Lester’s performance, and others spoke at length about the concerns. I will show you how that story doesn’t add up and how canning Lester is not even a solution to their concerns. They didn’t just show their true colors, they flew them like a flag. The insinuations levied on the organizations supporting Lester, such as the Surfrider Foundation, that their Board of Directors is all white and thus biased against racial diversity were shocking. At a minimum, they were inappropriate coming from a Coastal Commissioner. The consensus I am hearing is that these Commissioners have another agenda.

What they did is a public outrage, and they have undermined the Public Trust of the California Coastal Commission.

When you hear their public statements I’m sure you will be equally outraged and embarrassed for them too. They completely disregarded the Public in their actions today. There was Public Comment all day long, with only one person, who was upset about a permit issue, speaking against Lester out of almost a thousand. The Commissioners had absolutely NO Public or any other input (that we know of…..) supporting a move to oust Lester. The reason for a Public Hearing on this was to give the Commissioners input on this Lester termination decision in the Public Eye. How can there be a Public Hearing where the commissioners completely disregard all of the Public Comment? Doesn’t the “other side” need to also show up and express their concerns?

One can only surmise that these particular Commissioners are either completely ignoring any outside input or that they received a lot of input against Lester from some other source that was not provided or disclosed in the “public eye.” Either option is very concerning and it seems like the process has been breached in some way. At a minimum, due to the way these Commissioners handled this situation, the Public Trust has been severely breached. That is a very serious problem, as summarized in Section 30320 of the Coastal Act, which I also mentioned today in my public comments prior to their vote, and thus it is on the public record:

CCC

Granted, Lester’s position serves “at the pleasure of the Commission,” however, when the decision is made in a way that breaches the Public Trust and undermines the integrity of the Public Hearing process, that creates a different problem.

I’m very happy to report that Commissioners Shallenberger, Groom, Chair Kinsey, Vice Chair Bochco, and Leuvano all respected the Public and voted against the decision to oust Lester.

I look forward to talking with you more about this and what we can do.

Robin Rudisill
(as an individual and not on behalf of the
Venice Neighborhood Council or its Land
Use & Planning Committee)

LUPC to meet 1 Feb, Vera Davis Center; Corrected Agenda

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet Monday (1 Feb),7 to 11 pm, at the Vera Davis Family Source Center, 610 California.

Ezra Gale, senior planning director for Councilman Mike Bonin, will be attending the LUPC meeting tonight to discuss the Mello Ordinance implementation as well as several other “critical CD 11 planning initiatives that will be impactful in Venice,” according to LUPC Chairperson Robin Rudisill. Also to be discussed will be the upcoming Coastal Commission meet in light of the dismissal of the executive director and selection of an interim executive director.

LUPC will hear the following cases tonight:
1. 663 Brooks Ave
2. 512 Rose Ave (“Cafe Gratitude”)
3. 415 Venice Way
4. 549 Westminster Ave
5. 35 Wave Crest Ave
6. 119 Vista Place
7. 845 Victoria Ave
8. 810 Amoroso Place

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 to Meet Vera Davis Center, Monday

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet today (2 November) from 6:30 to 10:30 pm at the Vera Davis Family Source Center, 610 California Ave.

Amendments to the Venice Land Use Plan will be considered. Correct the definition of Remodel (the LUP definition is not the definition for the Coastal Zone as is indicated 
and is also not consistent with the CEQA definition, which is for minor interior or exterior alterations (which 
COULD be measured by assuring retention of 50% of the STRUCTURE.

Projects for “de minimis” consideration are 700 Indiana, 659 Boardway, and 1317 Cabrillo.

Active cases for review will be:
1346 Abbot Kinney, North Venice Subarea, C2-1-O-CA zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation: Commercial Artcraft
DIR-2015-2967-CDP-SPP and ENV-2015-2968-CE VCZSP Compliance: SPP http://www.venicenc.org/1346-abbot-kinney-blvd/
Project Description: Change of use of 2,621 sq ft of (E) 3,590 sq ft Artist-In-Residence to a salon (commercial use), while maintaining 605 sq ft of Artist-in-Residence use within an (E) 2-story building w/attached garage, & minor improvements consisting of the alteration of a rear wall and the application of new plaster
Applicant: Jeff Allsbrock, Standard LLP, for Kadi D. Lee, AW Enterprises LLC
LUPC Staff: Ramsey Daham
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

635-637 San Juan Ave (3 units); Oakwood Subarea—
ZA-2014-2514-CDP and ENV-2014-2515-CE OR DIR-2015-3140-VSO with Coastal Exemption? VCZSP Compliance: NONE
http://www.venicenc.org/635-san-juan-ave/
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON DECEMBER 18, 2014
Project Description: Demo 3 apartment units & replace with 3 condo units, RD1.5-1 zone Applicant: Liz Jun, The Code Solution
LUPC Staff: Maury Ruano
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON October 26, 2015
NOTE: THIS IS THE 1ST CDP HEARING DONE BY THE “DIR” VENICE NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP
HEARING OFFICERS AS OPPOSED TO TRAINED ZONING ADMINISTRATORS
Applicant now changing to Coastal Exemption but Mello affordable unit designation is still applicable;
3 units have been deemed Affordable by HCID;
No longer doing condos?

693-695 Santa Clara Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation: Multiple-Family Residential Low Medium II
ZA-2015-88-CDP-SPP and ENV-2015-89-CE
VCZSP Compliance: SPP SURE?
http://www.venicenc.org/693-695-santa-clara-ave/
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON October 29, 2015
Project Description: Original: demo of existing 491 sq ft dwelling unit & detached garage, construction of detached 497 sq ft 2nd dwelling unit & a 2,296 sq ft addition to an existing SFD, resulting in a 29’ 10”tall, 3,431 sq ft residence, on a 5,198 sq ft lot. Revised: to be announced
Applicant: Jaime Massey
LUPC Staff: Gabriel Ruspini PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

714 Flower Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, General Plan Land Use Plan: Multiple-Family Residential Low Medium II
ZA-2015-0859-CDP and ENV-2015-860-CE and DIR-2014-3891-VSO
VCZSP Compliance: VSO
http://www.venicenc.org/714-flower-ave/
CITY HEARING Thursday November 12, 2015, 10:30 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave
Project Description: demo of detached garage & accessory structures & construction of a 25’ tall 3,089 sq ft single-family SFD w/attached garage & roof deck, in conjunction with continued occupancy of (E) 2nd SFD, both sited on a 5,792 sq ft lot
Applicant: Jelena Erceg for Mark Werb LUPC Staff: Maury Ruano
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

533 Rose Ave (“Superba Snack Bar”), Oakwood Subarea, C4-1 zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation:
ZA-2015-3040-CUB
VCZSP Compliance: n/a as only for a CUB http://www.venicenc.org/533-rose-ave-superba-snack-bar/ CITY HEARING NOT YET SCHEDULED
Project Description: new CUB for a full line of alcohol Applicant: Dafne Gokcen, FE Design & Consulting LUPC Staff: Mehrnoosh Mojallali
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

330-330 1⁄2-332-332 1⁄2 Rennie Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, Land Use Plan designation: Multiple Family Residential: Low Medium II,
ZA-2014-1264-CDP-SPP-MEL and VTT-72727-SL (Vesting Tentative Tract—5+ lots) and ENV-2014-1262- MND
VCZSP Compliance: SPP (DIR for SLS/VCZSP pre-October 2014)
http://www.venicenc.org/330-332-rennie-ave/
CITY HEARING NOT YET SCHEDULED
Project Description: Mello Act Determination, demo of 5 existing residential units in 4 buildings on two separate lots totaling 12,700 sq ft, Small-Lot Subdivision to create 7 new record lots w/7 new individual SFD’s (note: case filed on 4/10/14, accepted for review on 1/22/15)
Applicant: Brian Silveira
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion
Community Commercial Area of Special Interest—Oakwood Community Commercial
Area (Rose Avenue between 4th and 7th Avenues, to be used for residential, neighborhood retail and services, personal services, and small scale businesses oriented to the local community)

14 Hurricane St & 16 Hurricane St
Marina Peninsula Subarea, R3-1 zone, Dual Permit Jurisdiction Coastal Zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation: Multiple-Family Residential Low Medium II
ZA-2015-0624-CDP-SPP and ENV-2015-625-CE and ZA-2015-0626-CDP-SPP and ENV-2015-627-CE
VCZSP Compliance: SPP
http://www.venicenc.org/14-16-hurricane-st/
CITY HEARING Thursday November 5, 2015, 9:00 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave
Project Description: construction of a 35’ tall 3,995 sq ft SFD w/attached garage & roof deck, on a vacant 3,150 sq ft lot
Applicant: Camille Zeitouny for Bryan Domyan LUPC Staff: Robert Aronson & Ramsey Daham
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

14-16 Washington Blvd (“Mercedes’ Grille/Bin 73”), Marina Peninsula Subarea, C4 zone, Dual Permit Jurisdiction Coastal Zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation: Community Commercial ZA-2014-4330-CUB and ENV-2014-4331-CE
VCZSP Compliance: n/a as only for CUB http://www.venicenc.org/14-16-washington-blvd-mercedes-grille-bin-73/
CITY HEARING NOT YET SCHEDULED
Project Description: Renewal & upgrade of CUB Applicant: Mercedes
LUPC Staff: Ramsey Daham
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

15 Yawl St, Marina Peninsula Subarea, R3-1 zone, Dual Permit Jurisdiction Coastal Zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation: Multiple-Family Residential Low Medium II ZA-2015-1018-CDP-SPP and ENV-2015-1019-CE
VCZSP compliance: SPP
http://www.venicenc.org/15-yawl-st/
CITY HEARING Thursday November 12 2015, 9:00 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave
Project Description: construction of a 28’ tall, 3,048 sq ft SFD on a vacant lot
Applicant: Douglas Pierson for Carol & Roy Doumani
LUPC Staff: Robert Aronson & Ramsey Daham PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

811 Washington Blvd (“United Oil”) Southeast Venice Subarea, C2-1 zone, General Plan Land Use Plan designation: General Commercial
CITY HEARING NOT YET SCHEDULED
Project Description: add CUB for beer and wine
Applicant: Sherrie Olson
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

LUPC to Meet Monday, Vera Davis

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet at the Vera Davis Family Source Center, 610 California (at Electric) at 6:30 pm Monday, 26 October.

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

LUPC to Meet Monday, Beyond Baroque

Land Use and Planning Committee will meet Monday, 6:45 pm at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. The meeting will be called “to order in honor of life and work of highly esteemed former LUPC chair Challis Macpherson.”

Cases for “VNC De Minimis Project” Category or Coastal Exemption are:

333 Windward Ave—Consideration for Coastal Exemption recommendation
4513 Via Dolce—Consideration for “VNC De Minimis Project” recommendation

Review and Hearing of Active Cases

    Note: 424 Grand Blvd was added to the Agenda. It was not originally on the Agenda as the City Public Hearing Notice for the upcoming September 3rd hearing contains material errors–# of lots (and thus mailing radius) is in error, Mello Act, CEQA case is in error (as it must include the projects for all 6 lots of the Unified Development, which includes, at a minimum, 416-418-422-424-426-428 Grand Blvd), and we believe the ZA office will be correcting the errors and will be re-scheduling/re-noticing the hearing; however, that has not yet been confirmed.

    4513 Via Dolce was moved to the “Active Cases for Review” section.

    Thus, due to < 72 hours notice for the 424 Grand Blvd Agenda Item 8.b.xi, the meeting must be designated as a "Special Meeting," requiring a minimum of 24 hours notice. The VNC website home page and LUPC page have been updated with the new REVISED Agenda for the Special Meeting, Beyond Baroque will be re-posted in the next 15 minutes, the Venice librarian is being notified.

1. 931 Oxford Ave, Oxford Triangle Subarea, R1-1 zone, Land Use Plan Description: demo of 978 sq ft existing SFD & new 25’, 2-story, 3,489 sq ft SFD w/attached 2-car garage & one uncovered parking space, on a 4,996 sq ft lot
Applicant: Douglas Dworsky
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

2. 931 Oxford Ave, Oxford Triangle Subarea, R1-1 zone, Land Use Plan Description: demo of 978 sq ft existing SFD & new 25’, 2-story, 3,489 sq ft SFD w/attached 2-car garage & one uncovered parking space, on a 4,996 sq ft lot
Applicant: Douglas Dworsky
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

3. 1421 Abbot Kinney Blvd, North Venice Subarea, C2-1-0-CA zone, Land Use Plan Designation: Commercial Artcraft 
ZA-2014-3427-CDP-SPP and ENV-2014-3428-MND 
http://www.venicenc.org/1421-abbot-kinney-blvd/ 
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON JULY 30, 2015 
Project Description: change of use at ground floor from Parking to Retail, & at 2nd floor & mezzanine from Office to Artist-In-Residence & reduced parking (fr 7 to 5 spaces), in conjunction with an existing 2,579 sq ft building
Applicant: Jeff Allsbrook 
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

4. 911 Milwood Ave, Milwood Subarea, R2-1 zone, Land Use Plan designation: Multiple Family Residential: 
Low Medium I 
ZA-2014-3597-ZAA and ENV-2014-3598-CE and DIR-2014-1419-VSO and ZA-2014-1992-CEX 
http://www.venicenc.org/911_milwood_ave/ 
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON AUGUST 6, 2015 (MELLO DETERMINATION?) 
Project Description: ZAA to permit side yards of 3’6” in lieu of 4’6”, in order to allow the remodeling & 1,992 sq ft 2nd story addition w/ 600 sq ft attached garage to an existing 1-story SFD, w/new roof deck w/RAS, with a finished height of 33’6” & floor area of 3,128 sq ft, on a 4,374 sq ft lot (Coastal clearance by Coastal Exemption/CEX for Major Remodel & 2nd story addition w/roof deck & RAS to existing 1-story SFD; connect detached 2-car garage w/rec room above to main SFD via 2nd floor bridge, convert rec room into master bedroom & bath, “Proj Prov”) 
Applicant: Mike Jolly
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

5. 910 Abbot Kinney Blvd & 916 Main St, North Venice Subarea, C2-1 zone, Land Use Plan Designation: Neighborhood Commercial ZA-2014-3288-CDP-SPP and ENV-2014-3289-MND and ZA-2015-2104-CEX and ZA-2015-2105-CEX 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

6. 1100 6th Ave & 602 Westminster Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, Land Use Plan Designation: Multiple Family Residential: Low Medium II
ZA-2015-0056-CDP and ENV-2015-57-CE and DIR-2014-1416-VSO http://www.venicenc.org/1100-6th-ave-602-westminster-ave/ 
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON AUGUST 20, 2015 
Project Description: demo of detached 2-car garage & construction of new 2-story, 23’ 10”, 1,780 sq ft 2nd dwelling unit with 600 sq ft attached garage & 250 sq ft roof deck, in conjunction w/existing SFD, w/5 parking spaces provided on site, on a 5,200 sq ft lot
Applicant: Gerhard Pichel 
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

7. Removed 330 Rennie Ave

8. 75 Windward Ave, North Venice Subarea, C2-1-CA zone, Land Use Plan Designation: Commercial Artcraft ZA-2014-3979-CUW & ENV-2014-3980-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/1515-pacific-ave
CITY HEARING Thursday August 27, 2015, 10:30 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave 
Project Description: Pursuant to LAMC Section 12.24-W.49, to permit the installation, use & maintenance of an unmanned WTF consisting of 10 panel antenna & 10 remote radio units that will be flush mounted on H-frames to 3 sides of the building wall of an existing 44’6” tall building, supported by 2 GPS antenna, one back-up power generator, proposed roof-mounted equipment platform, equipment cabinets, and other equipment on the rooftop of an existing building 
Applicant: Lena Mik, Verizon Wireless
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair and Kathleen Rawson 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

9. 901 Pacific Ave, North Venice Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, Land Use Plan Designation: Multiple Family Residential: Low Medium II
ZA-2014-4081-CDP-ZAD and ENV-2014-4082-EAF
http://www.venicenc.org/901-pacific-ave 
CITY HEARING Thursday September 3, 2015, 10:00 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: Zoning Administrator Determination (ZAD) pursuant to LAMC Section 12.24-X.27 to allow the continued use & maintenance of an existing, non-conforming, approximately 4,042 sq ft, 1-story commercial building w/6 retail spaces, & changes of use from unpermitted artist studios and medical marijuana dispensary to all commercial retail uses Applicant: Robert Thibodeau LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair Public comment
for possible action: motion

10. 218 Main Street, North Venice Subarea, M1-1 zone, Land Use Plan Designation: Limited Industry ZA-2014-4079-CDP-CUB-SPP and ENV-2014-4080-MND
http://www.venicenc.org/218-main-st/
CITY HEARING Thursday September 3, 2015, 10:30 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave 
Project Description: change of use from retail to café/restaurant; conditional use to permit the sale & dispensing of beer & wine only for on-site consumption in conjunction with a 1,257 sq ft café/restaurant, with a service floor area of 250 sq ft, seating for 20 patrons total, & hours of operation from 6 am to 12 midnight Sunday through Wednesday, & 6 am to 1 am Thursday through Saturday 
Applicant: Jesse Feldman
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

11. 1217-1219 Cabrillo Ave, North Venice Subarea, RD1.5-1-0 zone, Land Use Plan designation: Multiple Family Residential: Low Medium II
ZA-2015-1473-CDP and AA-2013-3873-PMLA and ENV-2013-3872-CE (changed to ENV-2013-3872-ND) and DIR-2013-1784-VSO-MEL 
http://www.venicenc.org/1217-1219-cabrillo-ave/ 
CITY HEARING Thursday September 9, 2015, 9:30 am, CITY HALL–200 N. Spring St., Room 1020, Mello Act Determination issued with VSO (not appealable)
Project Description: construction of 2 residential condominiums on one 4,950 net sq ft lot, foundation & framing already completed based on a Coastal de minimis waiver on 9-20-13 for “demo of duplex & SFD on 2 abutting 2,550 sq ft lots (lot nos. 7&8: tied), & construction of 2 attached 3-story, 35’ high, 2,741 sq ft SFD’s, each w/ attached 2-car garage” 
Applicant: John Staff
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

12. 820 Indiana Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, Land Use Plan Designation: Multiple Family Residential: Low Medium II
ZA-2014-3801-CDP-ZAA-MEL and ENV-2014-3802-MND and DIR-2014-3591-VSO http://www.venicenc.org/820-indiana-ave/ 
CITY HEARING Thursday September 10, 2015, 10:00 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave
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 
Applicant: Matthew Royce
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

13. 1621 Crescent Place, Milwood Subarea, R2-1 zone, Land Use Plan Designation: Multiple Family Residential: Low Medium I 
ZA-2014-4289-ZAA and ENV-2014-4290-CE 
http://www.venicenc.org/1621-crescent-place/ CITY HEARING Thursday September 10, 2015, 10:30 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave
Project Description: ZAA to permit the continued use of an existing 5-foot rear yard in lieu of the 15’ rear yard otherwise required, in conjunction with the conversion of an existing breezeway into a bridge to connect an existing SFD to an existing detached garage/accessory building (recreation room) to create one attached building, on a 4,500 sq ft lot Applicant: Robert Thibodeau LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, ChairPUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

14. 16 Park Ave, North Venice Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, Dual Permit Jurisdiction Coastal Zone, Land Use Plan Designation: Multiple Family Residential: Low Medium II
ZA-2014-4366-CDP-SPP & ENV-2014-4367-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/16-park-ave/ 
CITY HEARING Thursday September 17, 2015, 10:30 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave
Project Description: remodel & addition to existing 2-bedroom SFD with mezzanine level into a 37’ tall, 4,543 sq ft SFD, & demo existing detached garage & construction of new detached 28’ tall 1,771 sq ft accessory living quarters over a basement/basement, all located on a 3,607 sq ft lot 
Applicant: Jeffrey Soler
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

15. 2919 Sanborn Ave, Oakwood Subarea, R1-1-0 zone, Dual Permit Jurisdiction Coastal Zone, Land Use Plan Designation: Multiple Family Residential: Low
ZA-2014-4517-CDP-SPP-MEL and ENV-2014-4518-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/2919-sanborn-ave/ 
CITY HEARING Thursday September 17, 2015, 11:30 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave
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 
Applicant: Daphne Abergel LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

Cases Pending Mellow Determination

1. 635 San Juan Ave (3 units); Oakwood Subarea—still want to make these Condos? 3 units have been 
deemed Affordable by Housing. Mello Determination by City Planning is Pending (LUPC to monitor process for requiring Replacement Affordable Units vs. “Non-Feasible Determination”) ZA-2014-2514-CDP and ENV-2014-2515-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/635-san-juan-ave/ 
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON DECEMBER 18, 2014 
Project Description: Demo 3 apartment units & replace with 3 condo units, RD1.5-1 zone Applicant: Apel Design Inc.
LUPC Staff: Mark Kleiman & Gabriel Ruspini

2. 710 California Ave (SFD), Milwood Subarea—pending MELLO Determination Letter ZA-2014-2135-CDP and ENV-2014-2136-CE and DIR-2013-2261-VSO http://www.venicenc.org/710-california-ave/
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON NOVEMBER 20, 2014, ZA DETERMINATION ISSUED APRIL 29, 2015, APPEAL PERIOD EXPIRED MAY 13, 2015, PENDING STATE CDP APPEAL PERIOD NOTIFICATION Project Description: Demo/new 3-story SFD, with accessory living quarters above garage Applicant: Matthew Royce
LUPC Staff: Todd Darling & Maury Ruano

Cases Pending Resolution/Catgorization

1214 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (SFD to artist-in-residence & retail), North Venice Subareaa. NOT HEARD BY THE VNC; City hearing on October 16, 2014, City CDP issued on November 14, 2014, City appeal period expired December 1, 2014; Appealed to the Coastal Commission; Substantial Issue found by CC at February 12, 2015 Hearing; Pending continuance for de Novo Hearing.ZA-2014-1990-CDP-SPP and ENV-2014-1991-CEhttp://www.venicenc.org/1214-abbot-kinney-blvd/Project Description: CDP in the Single Permit Jurisdiction Coastal Zone and SPP for change of use fr SFD to 1,502 sq ft artist-in-residence on 3rd floor, 2,300 sq ft retail use on ground & 2nd floors, within (E) 3-story 3,802 sq ft building w/att 864 sq ft garage, located on a 2,700 sq ft lot; height = 29’9.5” (RAS/stair tower 38’), C2-1-0-CA zoneApplicant: Shannon Nonn, LionGate Global #1, LLC LUPC Staff: Mark Kleiman & Mehrnoosh Mojallali