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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

PLUM Meets Tuesday; Discuss Appeal Fees

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Fees that people pay to appeal a land use project can more than double. The PLUM (Planning Land Use Management Committee) of Los Angeles will meet tomorrow to discuss these fee increases at 2:30 pm in City Hall, Room 350.

Activist David Ewing wrote to Vince Bertoni, LA Planning Director, the following letter.  You can email him at VinceBertoni@lacity.org.

Hi Vince,
I think this is a truly misguided response to the level of pushback on planning decisions. The people’s access to the courts provides invaluable feedback to planners and politicians about what’s working and what’s not. When pressures become volatile, access to our courts is a relief valve for legitimate frustrations and an avenue to reform. It is also one of the hallmarks of our civil society that distinguishes us from authoritarian regimes.

It’s shocking to me that a City like ours, that styles itself as an inclusive, progressive, sanctuary city, and has a 14-1 majority of Democrats on the City Council and a mayor who is now making a name for himself as a leader on the national stage, would entertain such a tone-deaf and regressive measure. In the city with the greatest income inequality in the country, deliberately raising a financial barrier to people of limited means is a pernicious solution to a problem that those people did not create and from which they suffer the most harmful impacts.

Please help our political leaders rethink this wrong-headed measure.
David Ewing
Venice, CA

Appeal Fee Increase Determination Slipped for Two Weeks

Marie Hammond reported that the determination for raising the land use appeals fees would be discussed further in two weeks.   The chair mentioned that there were several new suggestions being considered.

 

LA Plans to Charge you Big Bucks to Appeal a Project

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NOTE: The source of this is from Coalition to Preserve LA and pertains to council file 09-0969 provided by Marie Hammond.

Councilmember Mitch Englander essentially said in a council meeting on August 8 that the land use appeal fees should be raised to silence the City’s critics. Translation: Homeowners, tenants, homeowner groups, activist and citizens wanting to appeal any land use will pay big time –in fact, be punished!

This proposal is being carried out by Richard Llewellyn, Eric Garcetti’s Mayoral Office attorney, who is currently serving as “Interim CAO” – tracing this fee increase proposal right back to the Mayor himself.

Thanks to Dan Wright, of the famed Robert Silverstein environmental law firm, we have been dutifully informed of the City’s scheming. He reminds us that this harkens right back to 2009, when the City of Los Angeles tried to do the same thing but failed because of swift and fierce citizen action!

Call the following and tell them you are not for this.
MAYOR GARCETTI: 213-978-0600
Councilman Mike Bonin 213-473-7011 or mike.bonin@lacity.org

Preserve LA Wins Again to Prevent Another Mega-Development

In the second rebuke in less than a week over illegal mega-developments signed off by the L.A. City Council and Mayor Garcetti, a Superior Court Judge ruled that L.A. political leaders illegally failed to require environmental review when they allowed Target Corp. to build far taller than allowed by zoning laws.

The Target store, which has sat unfinished at Sunset and Western, could have been open and operating if elected leaders had followed the rules and listened to the community, said attorney Robert P. Silverstein.

The April 26 ruling by Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin, Jr. — his second formal finding that L.A. leaders took illegal actions regarding the Target store — comes right on the heels of a similar victory against City Hall by the LA Conservancy.

On April 25, Superior Court Judge Amy Hogue indefinitely halted a controversial 178-foot multi-tower at the foot of Laurel Canyon, dubbed “8150 Sunset.” 8150 Sunset would severely jam traffic and destroy the character of the low-rise, heavily historic community situated on the West Hollywood/Hollywood border.

That victory, by attorney Susan Brandt-Hawley representing LA Conservancy, was based, as with the Target case, on City Hall’s failure to assess the environmental damage. In the 8150 Sunset controversy the city supported demolishing the historic 1960s Lytton Savings bank on the site.

In both the Target and the 8150 Sunset cases, L.A. elected leaders and city planners waged war against concerned Hollywood residents. That battle is unfolding from the Valley to the Eastside to South LA to the Westside, as the City Council and Mayor repeatedly override local zoning in an attempt to usher in massive and often controversial building projects.

In the Target ruling, Judge Fruin found that the Council’s approval of a hotly contested “zone change” to erect the massive Target would negatively impact traffic, noise, air pollution and the GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions the city is struggling to contain.

In the 8150 Sunset battle, city leaders insisted that the community’s desire to preserve the iconic bank wasn’t feasible given City Hall’s preference for a towering luxury structure.
In both cases, the judges found the city blatantly violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Silverstein, who represents the La Mirada Avenue Neighborhood Assn. of Hollywood in the Target case, said City leaders tried to change the zoning long after the fact, to justify their illegal approval of the Target store.

“By trying to retrofit the zoning to save Target’s illegal project, the City Council committed a new string of illegal acts,” Silverstein said.

Judge Fruin agreed.

Ironically, Target Corp. had envisioned a new Target store that would fit in comfortably with community zoning rules. But according to court documents, then-Councilman Eric Garcetti privately persuaded Target to erect a much bigger building that ignored the local zoning.

“No wonder citizens have so little faith in L.A. City Hall,” said Silverstein.

Environmental advocates, livable community proponents and activists seeking intelligent planning point to these humiliating courtroom losses as evidence that City Hall is not listening to its communities, nor is it abiding by the law.

Silverstein said that his client never opposed a legal Target store. “For years we have asked the City Council and Target to follow the law. It’s that basic. But they keep saying, ‘catch us if you can.’ That is not how elected officials should conduct the public’s business,“ Silverstein said.

Activists Protest the Tabor House Compound Renovation

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Protesters, Venice preservationists, and relatives of Irving Tabor family gathered in front of the  former home of Irving Tabor at 605-607 Westminster Ave Saturday to tell press and other members of the community that they were unhappy with the “redevelopment” occurring on the  property without a California coastal permit.

There were 33 individual permits instead of a redevelopment permit encompassing all the work, which would have required a coastal permit.  Many were also concerned about the historical preservation of the site.    The California Coastal Commission started investigating the project last week.  The following was handed out at the protest.

California Costal Act states: According to sections 13250 and 13253 of Title 14, Division 5.5 California Coastal Commission administrative Regulations, improvements to existing single-family residences or other structures that changes the intensity use of the structure requires a coastal development permit because they involve a risk of adverse environmental effect, adversely affect public access, or involve a change in use.

Irvin Tabor was the personal assistant and friend to Abbot Kinney, the founder of Venice. The plaque tells the story of Tabor and his house and was put there by a former owner. The property had six or eight bungalows and all were occupied by members of his family.

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The above picture is the back of the property. It shows one or two of the bungalows on the left and roof of another dwelling on the right.  A roofing contractor, who was on site, was amazed at the group gathering in the front.  He couldn’t understand the protest.  He said buildings were filled with termites. He noted that it was built in the 20’s.

Sue Kaplan in the video gives more of the history of the house and the neighborhood.

Robin Rudisill, who ran as a candidate for the CD11 council seat, explains that there were 33 separate permits instead of a permit to renovate  the whole project that would  have required a California Coastal development permit.

Planning

447 Linnie Canal Court will be rescheduled to 6 February, 1 pm at West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave.

Owner wants to build a new split level, 3,116 square-foot single family residence with an attached garage with three vehicular parking spaces after demolition of an existing 1,197 square-foot single-family dwelling.

Questions and comments can be addressed to Kellen Hoime, Kellen.Hoime@lacity.org, 213-473-9769.

656 and 656 ½ California Ave will be heard 9:30 am, 23 February at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Room 1050, Los Angeles 90012.

The owner wants to demolish two existing, one-story, single-family dwellings with an attached garage, and construct a new 3-story, 2-unit residential condominium
with attached garage that would provide 5 automobile parking spaces (including 1 guest space). This is a one-log subdivision.

Questions and comments may be directed to Iris Wan (213) 978-1397, Iris.Wan@lacity.org. Reference AA-2014-3038-PMLA-CN.

2334 Cloy Ave will be heard 6 March at 1 pm, West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave., LA 90045.

Owner want to demolish a one-story, single-family dwelling and construct
a new three-story 3,172 square-foot single-family dwelling with
an attached two-car garage.

Questions and comments may be addressed to Jeff Khau, (213) 978-1346, Jeff.Khau@lacity.org. Reference DIR-2016-4357-CDP-MEL.

2325 Wilson Ave will be head 6 February, 3 pm, at West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth, LA 90025.

Owner wants to demolish a one-story single-family dwelling and construct a new two-story 3,400 square-foot single-family dwelling with an attached garage and roof deck.

Questions and comments may be addressed to Jeff Khau (213) 978-1346, Jeff.Khau@lacity.org. Reference DIR-2016-2381-CDP-ME.

Planning

918 Milwood Ave will be heard 19 December at 11 am at the West LA Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave.

Owner wants to demolish a one-story duplex with a detached garage and construct a new two story, 2,682 square-foot, single-family dwelling with a rooftop deck, attached two-car garage, and a swimming pool.

Comments and questions may be addressed to Juliet Oh, 213-978-1186, Juliet.oh@lacity.org.

676 and 678 Marr Street will be heard at 12:30 pm December 19 at the West LA Municipal Building.

Owner wants t0 demolish a one-story, single-family dwelling on two lots (Lots 23 & 24) and the construct a three-story, 2,383 square-foot single-family dwelling with a rooftop deck at 678 Marr Street (Lot 23) and the construction of a three-story 2, 686 square-foot single-family dwelling with a rooftop deck at 676 Marr Street (Lot 24); each project will provide two parking spaces.

Comments and questions may be addressed to Juliet Oh, 213-978-1186, Juliet.oh@lacity.org.

515 Washington Blvd #109 will be heard at 1130 am,9 January at West LA Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave.

Owner wants a Conditional Use Permit to allow the sale and dispensing of beer and wine for on-site consumption, in conjunction with an existing 993 square-foot restaurant with 26 interior seats, with hours of operation from 11 am to 11 pm Sunday-Thursday and 11 am to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Owner also wants a Conditional Use Permit to allow deviations from Mini Shopping Center Commercial Corner Development provisions that would allow for the hours previously stated.

Comments and questions can be addressed to Zuriel Espinoza, 213-201-5474, zuriel.espinosa@lacity.org.

Planning

746 Marco Place will be heard 5 December at 11 am at West LA Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave.

Owner wants to remodel and add 1,331 square-feet to a one-story, single-family dwelling consisting of: minor exterior alterations and interior improvements to the existing structure, removal of 599 square feet of the rear portion of the existing single-family dwelling, the construction of a 2,210 square-foot, two-story addition with a rooftop deck and attached two-car garage attached to the rear of the existing structure, and the demolition of a detached two-car garage and accessory structure; the project provides a total of three parking spaces onsite.

Address all questions and comments to Juliet Oh, (213) 978-1186 juliet.oh@lacity.org. Refcerence DIR-2015-4156-CDP-SPP.

459 28th Avenue will be heard 5 December, 1 pm, West LA Municipal Bullding, 1645 Corinth Ave, LA 90025.

Owner wants to demolish an existing single-family dwelling/accessory structure, and construct a 2-story single-family dwelling, 29 feet 6 inches in height, with 3,857 square-foot living area, total 998 square feet balconies/deck and an attached 422 square-foot garage, on a 4,300 square-foot lot in the R1-1-O Zone.

Address all comments and questions to Alam Choudhury. (213) 978-1467, alam.choudhury@lacity.org.

1698 Electric will be heard 19 December at 10 am at West LA Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave., LA 90045.

Owner wants to demolish an existing 576 square-foot one-story accessory
building and construct a first- and second-floor addition totaling 1,520
square feet, including a 460 square-foot attached two-car garage, to an existing
1,248 square-foot single-family dwelling, on a 3,869 square-foot lot.

Questions and comments may be addressed to Kenton Trinh, (213) 978-1290, kenton.trinh@lacity.org Reference DIR-2016-1704-CDP.

2412 Bryan Ave will be heard 19 December at 10:30 am at the West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave., LA 90045.

Owner wants to remodel and add to a one-story, 1,168 square-foot single-family dwelling consisting of: removal of the roof for the existing one-story single-family
dwelling, 49 square-foot addition to the ground floor and construction of a new
1,115 square-foot second story, resulting in a total floor area of 2,332 square feet; the
project will maintain a total of two parking spaces onsite.

Comments and questions may be addressed to Iris Wan, (213) 978-1397, iris.wan@lacity.org. Reference DIR-2016-2332-CDP.

Neighborhood Integrity Initiative Town Hall Addresses Some Venice Problems

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Marsha Hanscom, environmentalist, speaks to people gathered to hear about the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative at the Town Hall on Stoner. The initiative is on the March ballot. A few spoke of Venice and mentioned “re-gentrification” and the lack of integrity in the planning system. None spoke of the massive changes that will occur in Venice if the proposed Venice Median is rezoned from open space to R-3 and if the Thatcher Yard is rezoned from what it is to R1.5. For information on initiative go to https://veniceupdate.com/2016/11/19/13986/.

Planning

938 Amoroso Place will be heard by the zoning administrator 1 December at 10:30 am at West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth.

Owner wants to remodel and add to an existing one-story 948 square foot single-family dwelling and 198 square foot detached garage, to create a two-story 28-foot tall 2,482 square foot single-family dwelling with attached 356 square foot garage. Owner wants a 0-foot rear yard in lieu of the 15-foot rear yard required.

Comments address to Jason Chan at Jason.chan@lacity.org, 213-978-1310. Reference ZA-2014-4641-CDP-ZAA-SPP-MEL

459 28th Ave will be heard by the zoning administrator 5 December at 1 pm at West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave, 90045.

Owner wants to demolish demolition an existing single-family dwelling/accessory structure, and construct a new, 2-story, 29 feet 6 inches in height, single-family dwelling with 3,857 square-foot living area, with a total 998-square-foot balconies/deck and an attached 422 square-foot garage, on a 4,300 square-foot lot in the R1-1-O Zone.

All questions and comments can be addressed to Alam Choudhury. (213) 978-1467 ,alam.choudhury@lacity.org. Reference DIR-2016-2104(CDP)(SPP)(MEL).

2412 Bryan Ave will be heard by zoning administrator 19 December at 10:30 am, West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave.

Owner wants to add to a one-story, 1,168 square-foot single-family dwelling consisting of: removal of the roof for the existing one-story single family dwelling, 49 square-foot addition to the ground floor and construction of a new1115 square-foot second story, resulting in a total floor area of 2,332 square feet; the
project will maintain a total of two parking spaces onsite.

Comments and questions may be addressed to Iris Wan, iris.wan@lacity.org, (213)-978-1297.
Reference DIR-2016-2332-CDP.

1698 Electric Ave will be heard by zoning administrator 19 December, 10 am, at West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave.

Owner wants to demolish an existing 576 square-foot one-story accessory building and construct first- and second-floor additions totaling 1,520 square feet, including a 460 square-foot attached two-car garage, to an existing 1,248 square-foot single-family dwelling on a 3869 square-foot lot.

Address all comments to Kenton Trinh, (213) 978-1290. kenton.trinh@lacity.org.
Reference: DIR-2016-1704-CDP