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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Street Closures Around Marina Area for Holiday


Street closures for the Venice – Marina del Rey area are as follows and are subject to change based on traffic and safety conditions.

The following streets will be under soft closure at 1:00 pm:

  1. Southbound Strongs Dr. at Washington Blvd.
  2. Southbound Pacific Ave. at Washington Blvd.
  3. Westbound Pacific Ave. at Washington Blvd.
  4. Southbound Via Dolce at Washington Blvd.
  5. Northbound Pacific Ave. at Convoy St.

The following streets will be closed at 1:00 pm:

  1. Connector from northbound Lincoln Blvd. to Culver Blvd.
  2. Connector from southbound Culver Blvd. to Lincoln Blvd.

The following street will be closed at 1:00 pm:

  • Westbound Thru traffic along Jefferson Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd.

The following streets will be closed when public parking lots are filled or ordered by traffic and safety officials (approx. 4:00 PM):

  1. Southbound Ocean Ave. at Washington Blvd.
  2. Southbound Palawan Way at Washington Blvd.
  3. Westbound Bali Way at Lincoln Blvd.
  4. Westbound Mindanao Way at Lincoln Blvd.
  5. Westbound Fiji Way at Lincoln Blvd.
  6. Southbound Alla Rd. at Short Ave., Bonaparte Ave., Panama St. and Route 90

The following streets will be closed at 4:00 pm:

  1. Northbound Lincoln Blvd. at Jefferson Blvd.
  2. Northbound La Villa Marina at Mindanao Way
  3. Southbound Mindanao Way at Route 90 (Towards Admiralty)
  4. Southbound Lincoln Blvd. at Route 90
  5. Southbound Lincoln Blvd. at Washington Blvd

The following streets will be closed at 4:00 pm:

  1. Southbound Mindanao Way at Glencoe Ave.
  2. Southbound Lincoln Blvd. at Venice Blvd.
  3. Southbound Culver Blvd. at Centinela Ave.
  4. Westbound Glencoe Ave. at Maxella Ave.

The following streets will be closed at 4:00 pm:

  1. Northbound Vista del Mar at Imperial Hwy.
  2. Northbound Pershing Drive at Imperial Hwy.

The following traffic information will take effect from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm:

  1. Traffic NB on Via Marina will turn right (EB) to Admiralty Way. Direct traffic to Bali Way.
  2. Traffic NB on Palawan Way will turn right (EB) to Admiralty Way. Direct traffic to Bali Way.
  3. Traffic EB on Bali Way will not be allowed to turn left (NB) or right (SB) to Admiralty Way. Direct traffic to Lincoln Blvd. and allow NB MOVEMENT ONLY.
  4. Traffic EB on Mindanao Way will be allowed to make a left-turn (NB) Admiralty way, then turn right (EB) Bali Way; and to turn left (NB) Lincoln Blvd.
  5. Traffic EB on Fiji Way will not be allowed to turn left. Allow traffic to turn right (SB) to Lincoln Blvd.
  6. Traffic SB on Via Marina will not be allowed. Allow traffic to make a U-Turn at Northwest Passage (north of Via Dolce).

Parking Restrictions on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 only:

  1. Culver Blvd. between Nicholson St. and Route 90, there will be NO STOPPING 4:00 PM to 11:30 PM posted signs.
  2. Jefferson Blvd. between Lincoln Blvd. and Culver Blvd., there will be NO STOPPING 4:00 PM to 11:30 PM posted signs.
  3. Grand Ave. between Riviera Ave. and Main St., there will be NO STOPPING 11:00 AM TO MIDNIGHT posted signs.

Dockweiler State Beach:

  • Once parking lots at Dockweiler State Beach are full, traffic on WB Imperial Hwy. will be directed to Vista del Mar or NB on Pershing Dr. based on traffic congestion.

Parking Information:

Public parking lots are available throughout the Marina.  Rates range from $7 – $15.

Alternate Transportation:

The Marina del Rey WaterBus will cruise through the Marina from 11:00 am to midnight offering the opportunity to shop, dine, and recreate.  Bikes and strollers are welcome to board.  For on-call pickup at designated stops throughout the Marina, please call 310.628.3219.  Fare is $1.00 per person, one way.

The Free Beach Shuttle service operating from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm will provide transportation to major points of interest such as Fisherman’s Village, Waterside Shopping Center, Marina “Mother’s” Beach, and the Venice Beach Pier.  For more information, please contact the Marina del Rey Visitor’s Center at 424.526.7900

The Free Ride provides free, on-demand transportation around the Marina daily from noon to 9 p.m., and they’ll run a bit longer on July 4th. For more information, please contact the Marina del Rey Visitor’s Center at 424.526.7900

We caution passengers using rideshare services such as Lyft or Uber to expect heavy delays in service time due to heavy traffic and scheduled road closures in Marina del Rey on July 4th.

Lyft and Uber drivers are cautioned not to illegally stop or park to pick-up/drop-off passengers as it poses a safety risk to both parties, as well as other motorists and pedestrians.




NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?

(Photo courtesy of NASA.)

(Photo courtesy of NASA.)

Note: Bob Eklund gets his info from press releases.

Bob Eklund and Looking Up Column

Bob Eklund and Looking Up Column



In the last decade, we have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and have learned that rocky, temperate worlds are numerous in our galaxy. The next step will involve asking even bigger questions. Could some of these planets host life? And if so, will we be able to recognize life elsewhere if we see it?

A group of leading researchers in astronomy, biology and geology has come together under NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, or NExSS, to take stock of our knowledge in the search for life on distant planets and to lay the groundwork for moving the related sciences forward.

“We’re moving from theorizing about life elsewhere in our galaxy to a robust science that will eventually give us the answer we seek to that profound question: Are we alone?” said Martin Still, an exoplanet scientist at NASA Headquarters, Washington.

In a set of five review papers published last week in the scientific journal Astrobiology, NExSS scientists took an inventory of the most promising signs of life, called biosignatures. The paper authors include four scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. They considered how to interpret the presence of biosignatures, should we detect them on distant worlds.

The assessment comes as a new generation of space and ground-based telescopes are in development. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will characterize the atmospheres of some of the first small, rocky planets. There are plans for other observatories—such as the Giant Magellan Telescope and the Extremely Large Telescope, both in Chile—to carry sophisticated instruments capable of detecting the first biosignatures on faraway worlds.

Marina to have fireworks on the Fourth of July


Fireworks will begin at 9 pm on the Fourth of July and will be off the jetty.

Summer Concert Series at Burton Chase Park

The Summer Concert Series starts with Opera at the Shore, July 12 at 7 pm, Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey.


Homeless Encampment at Venice Pier Causes Fire; Pier Fixed and Reopened Saturday

(Photo courtesy of Peter Ruiz.)

(Photo courtesy of Wolf Seeberg.)

Peter Ruiz, the Venice Pier volunteer, arrived at the Venice pier at 5:10 am Tuesday to find firemen putting out the fire and treating a person of interest. Ruiz says pier was fixed and reopened Saturday at 7:30 am.

Darryl DuFay found a short, 10-second video, msn.com, of the event by a CBS correspondent. DuFay says “It was an electrical fire caused by a person under the pier trying to tap into power.”


City, County Phone Numbers

The following is a list of City and County phone numbers prepared by the LAPD and provided here for your reference. The 2-1-1 number for the County should be 211 as the City number is 311.


Senior Lead Officers Listed

This is the latest for the LAPD Five Points of Contact which lists your senior lead officers. Update does not have a map defining the areas.


Venice Post Office Gets Planters and Plants All Around

Jack is shown planting succulents.

Neighbors finished installing planter boxes completely around the Venice Post Office which is a triangle. All planters boxes are filled with succulents put there by neighbors to beautify the area.

The neighbors keep the succulents watered using the post office water and keep the area clean of litter.  There was a pile of top soil left over with a “Free” sign on top.

Todd Hits Marina Freeway Entrance

Todd is in the orange. Hard to take photo with moving cars and horns beeping.

Todd the Volunteer hits again and what a difference.  Todd can be found wherever one sees a pile or row of black bags filled with debris.

Shown are bags at the 91 freeway entrance from Lincoln to Mindanao Way. They will be picked up. He cleaned up around Abbot Kinney recently. He cleans from sidewalk to street.

Todd Olin is homeless and makes his money from contributions at his Todd@gofundme.com.  He was in the Orange County area and decided to come to the Venice … where he is obviously needed.  He just picks an area and cleans it.

Nick, Cityhood Chair, Not Happy with Bonin or Encampments; Pushes for Cityhood



By Nick Antonicello, chairman of the Venice Neighborhood Council ad-hoc committee on Cityhood

The encampment at Staples on Lincoln Boulevard in the heart of Venice has now surged to the mouth of the driveway and the entire sidewalk at the entrance as well as the other side of the building across from Chase Bank.

While Councilman Mike Bonin takes victory laps for scamming Venetians into thinking his meeting this week was some kind of legitimate exchange of opinions, he is already moving forward and really doesn’t care what the average person thinks!

He is proudly constructing a ghetto and slum by the sea and he is daring you to stop him!

This is his typical, Machiavellian and condescending politics in action by busing in a bunch of bureaucrats that make money and profit off the misery of the un-housed and nothing changes!

Bill Rosendahl served eight years as councilman and did nothing. Mike Bonin has served some five years as a councilman and sits under the threat of a recall and still does nothing!

That’s 13 years of broken promises and failed public policies and he wonders why the residents of Venice believe he’s nothing but a liar?

Photos were taken on June 15th.

Cityhood for Venice is the only viable option to address the issue of homelessness and so much more. We need Venetians running and governing Venice, not career politicians earning over $1,000,000 in salary and perks courtesy of taxpayers during their term of office!

Nick Antonicello is the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on Venice Cityhood and can be reached at nantoni@mindspring.com