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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Dumping Big Time in Oxford Triangle and the Pursuit for Removal



Talk about dumping! Someone dropped off a broken car in the Oxford Triangle. License number is 7WIP721.

Called the Police and the line after ringing past forever said to call back.

Tried to report this car on MYLA311 app. Do not think it worked.

Called 311 and did seven “1’s” for transportation and abandoned vehicles. Abandoned vehicles said they could not handle this because it was just dropped off. They suggested one call 311 again and press “O” for operator. (Abandoned vehicles usually waits three days and then comes out to mark the vehicle and then comes back in a week.)

The “O” says they are having a lot of calls but be patient. A few minutes later they said they would call back when they could to the number that submitted call. Great!

Well, not so great. Twenty minutes later, 311 says they cannot do anything about it. Wait 3 days and abandoned vehicles can talk about it.

This is neighborhood blight! Bigger than a broken window. It’s a broken car.

Police stopped by on another matter and said report to abandoned vehicles. Told them my story.

Not good to have in a neighborhood plus it is illegal.

Who would be so rude to put it in front of someone else’s home and during the holidays.

Abbot Kinney NW Corner Appeal 20 December

Land in question is that area where the palm trees are clustered.

Jim Murez’s appeal of the northwest corner “giveaway” of Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvd will be heard 20 December by West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, 11214 West Exposition Blvd, starting at 4:30 pm.

Appeal info 72841-1A noph Write also Councilman Mike Bonin at Mike.Bonin@lacity.org.

The 5133- sq ft corner easement has long been in contention.   One real estate broker estimated that a lot the size of this on Abbot Kinney is worth 3 to 7 million.  The land prize would be a take-a-way from Venetians who would want to make Venice Blvd a grand blvd some day, make an extra turn lane at corner. It would also affect other land owners along the blvd who have such easements.  Extra land would allow larger structures on the properties, would increase the values.

Taylor Bazley, Venice deputy for Councilman Mike Bonin, after reading the story said the story sounds like the City is giving the property owner the property involved with the easement. Not true. “The property owner is making the case in court that since the easement was dedicated for Venice blvd expansion/realignment a long time ago and since that isn’t happening, that the easement should revert back to the underlining property owner (him) as all easements do when the purpose they were eased for is forfeited,” wrote Bazley. He really only wants a couple of feet added to his property to legalize his parking spots. The rest he will allow to continue to be an easement.

“To recap we are talking about a few feet, not an entire easement, and we are not giving it up, it is being challenged in a court of law and there is consideration to settle,” Bazley summarized.

The Venice Neighborhood Council as well as the Abbot Kinney District Association have both voted against allowing Jerry Bruckheimer to remove the easement.

Councilman Bonin Asks Constituents to Reject the Recall

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To All,

It feels like just yesterday that our broad coalition of neighborhoods campaigned hard, won a huge reelection victory, and renewed our commitment to move Los Angeles forward, do good, and get things done. But — believe it or not — there is a group of people who refuse to respect the will of the voters, and are now trying to engineer a costly and wasteful special recall election to remove me from office.

We need to gear up and fight this. Can I count on your endorsement of our effort to push back and Reject the Recall?

Earlier this year, hundreds of us spent months knocking on doors, talking with voters, and winning a 71% mandate in March for a positive agenda for our city and for our neighborhoods. But last month, a group of five proponents — led by the very challengers we defeated earlier this year — took the first steps to try to overturn that election and remove me as your representative. It is an insult to the voters, an abuse of the electoral process, and a tremendous waste of taxpayer dollars.

When I ran for office, I promised you that we would accomplish a lot together, that I would be accessible and always listen, and that I would be unafraid to lead. I have taken on some of our toughest issues — such as homelessness and a horrible epidemic of traffic fatalities in our neighborhoods — and I have proposed bold and sometimes controversial solutions. Sometimes I’ll get it right, and sometimes I’ll get it wrong and correct course — but I will never be reluctant to tackle our most serious and intractable problems.

But if I am going to continue to do that, I’ll need your help. Can you join me and our friends in Rejecting the Recall?

The people behind this recall are well-funded and they have their own agendas. They care more about those agendas than about the great things we have accomplished together: building mass transit, creating and preserving open space, adding LAFD resources to Westside neighborhoods, deploying more cops for neighborhood policing, modernizing LAX without expanding into nearby neighborhoods, fighting for more affordable housing, charting a course to renewable energy, or raising the minimum wage. They don’t care as much about all the streets we’ve paved, the trash we’ve picked up, the parks we’ve all the streets we’ve paved, the trash we’ve picked up, the parks we’ve cleand, and the people we’ve helped.

But I know you care about those things.  And I know you care about all the things we still need to do together.  Please stand with me and Reject the Recall.  Thank you so much for your partnership and your support.

Warm Regards,






Activist Tries to Stop Steam Cleaning

(Photo by Rick Swinger.)


Where are the homeless?–Flower and Lincoln

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(Both photos by W Huber.)


Huizar Blocks Housing Project in Boyle Heights & Partners with Bonin to Concentrate Development in Venice

By Christian Wrede

As reported in this article from the New York Times, Councilman Huizar blocked a modest Prop HHH housing project in a commercial district in Boyle Heights last month on the grounds that “the nonprofit group promoting th[e] project was trying to muscle through a plan over well-grounded neighborhood concerns.”

“You cannot force a project onto a community at all costs,” Mr. Huizar complained. “A majority of people who live around the project were opposed to it. The people who are in favor of it live someplace else.”

Now, Huizar (who was one of the leading proponents of Prop HHH) is bringing a City Council Motion  – seconded by none other than Mike Bonin — calling on the Housing and Community Investment Department and the City Attorney “to report back on the feasibility of an artists’ affordable housing program” and the “steps required … to establish such a program.”



Why would Huizar take such an interest in affordable housing for artists so soon after spiking a puny affordable housing development — between a supermarket, a Pizza Hut and a cemetery — in his own district?

Because Venice Community Housing Corporation wants to use the promise of “artist housing” (34 units in all) as a selling point for the massive Venice Median Project (2.8 acres, 150 units, 2 parking structures and 10,500 sq. ft. of “social enterprise” space) at the gateway to Venice Beach.

The one problem with the VCHC scam? The law doesn’t allow it.

Everything you wanted to know regarding what is available for homeless

Mar Vista Community Council’s Homeless Solutions Committee put out a Homeless Resource Guide in January  that can answer many of the questions people have regarding whom to call for helping the homeless, what are the services provided, where to go to volunteer, contribute etc.

The committee has even gone to the trouble of printing on the guide “Please feel free to copy and distribute this guide.”  Hopefully, the committee will put out an update in January 2018 if there are changes.







RecallBonin Campaign to File Notice of Intent Monday, 30 Oct


PLAYA DEL REY, CA – A committee of registered voters will take their first official step toward ousting westside Councilmember Mike Bonin on Monday when they file a Notice of Intent to recall. The committee, which also includes Recall Bonin co-chairs Alexis Edelstein and Alix Gucovsky, say they will file the Notice of Intent with the City Clerk’s office at City Hall at 10 am on Monday, October 30.

In addition to filing the Notice of Intent, a letter  will be read from the family of Damon Eric Shear, who was killed Wednesday when a car hit him while crossing Pacific and Sunset avenues.  Shear died crossing a crosswalk in Venice that had long been scheduled for safety improvements, but had been delayed by “red tape.”

Bonin has earned the ire of his 11th District constituents after his implementation of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative which removed one lane of traffic on Venice Boulevard between Beethoven Street and Inglewood Boulevard in favor of bike lanes and parking. Other streets affected by “road diets” were Vista del Mar, Culver Blvd., Jefferson Blvd. and Pershing Blvd.

Residents say that removing a lane has created bottleneck traffic during rush hour, making commutes longer and forcing drivers to make unsafe moves, like cutting across bike lanes to make right turns. Residents and business owners agree that the changes to Venice Boulevard created extra gridlock making it impossible for ambulances to pass through during emergencies and that they felt tricked and unsafe on the city’s evacuation route for a natural disaster like an earthquake.

The changes to the streets occurred without prior knowledge and consent of residents, business owners, neighborhood councils or surrounding city governments and were billed under the auspices of Vision Zero and Mobility Plan 2035–L.A.’s effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and shift drivers to other transportation options by adding hundreds of miles of bicycle and bus-only lanes.

The campaign to recall Mike Bonin has raised close to $100,000 of its $200,000 goal and will commence signature gathering in November.  The campaign needs approximately 27,000 valid signatures of registered voters in L.A.’s 11th District to trigger an election, but plans on collecting 50,000.

WHO:     Alexis Edelstein, Recall Bonin Co-Chair and Alix Gucovsky, Recall Bonin Co-Chair

Demetrios Mavromichalis, owner Venice Grind

Mark Ryavec, Pres. of the Venice Stakeholders Association and former Chief Deputy Assessor for the County of Los Angeles

Robin Rudisill,  former Chair of the Venice Land Use & Planning Committee and Venice Neighborhood Council Board Member

Ana Cruz, displaced from her home after Bonin failed to make good on a promise to help keep her in her home

WHEN:      Monday, October 30, 2017m, 10 am

WHERE: Media Availability City Hall – South Lawn Steps,200 N. Spring Street, DTLA





VNC vs VCC Baseball Game — One Team Won!


George Francisco, president of the Venice Chamber of Commerce (VCC) and vice-president of Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) hands the ball to Regina Weller for the first pitch of the first annual charity baseball game.  Regina Weller was the designated charity. She is the most successful person in Venice for finding placement homes for the homeless.

Someone was keeping score but then that someone started playing too.  Don’t think anyone kept score or counted the innings.

Donations may be made thru the Venice Charity Softball Game website.

Figures Differ for Venice Blvd; Recall Bonin Group to Go After Venice Blvd, Vision Zero, and Mobility 2035 Streets


Recall Bonin campaign says Bonin’s figures for Venice Blvd are not quite correct. Based on fewer cars going between Beethoven and Inglewood — 31,000 as opposed to 37,000 per day (LADOT figures) that “rate of collisions” are up 7 percent.

Alexis Edelstein, co-chair of Recall Bonin, says “Venice Boulevard is more dangerous now than it was before Councilmember Bonin implemented Mar Vista’s Great Streets program–and that’s according to the LADOT’s own numbers.

“The only reason injury collisions are down as a number is because the number of cars going thru Venice Blvd went from 37,000 a day to 31,000 a day according to LADOT’s own numbers. Per 100,000 cars, the rate of injury accidents went from 2.7 per month to 2.9 per month. That’s an increase of 7.4%.”

Note: The time periods for calculation seem to be different.

Now that Playa del Rey “Safe Streets” program is resolved, the Recall Bonin campaign is going after Venice Blvd and the other streets earmarked in CD11 for Vision Zero and Mobility Plan 2035 lane reductions.

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