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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Culver Blvd Restored to Two Lanes Eastbound from Pershing Drive to Jefferson

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Workers worked diligently Friday to remove and repaint the thoroughfare to reconfigure Culver Blvd for two lanes eastbound from Pershing Drive to Jefferson Blvd.  Two lanes were open Saturday afternoon.

There was only one eastbound and one westbound as a result of Councilman Mike Bonin’s proposed “Safe Streets” configuration.  The street was restored to two lanes at the request of the community.

Councilman Bonin will be hosting a town hall meet 29 July, 1 to 3 pm at Roski Hall, Loyola Marymount University, regarding “Safe Streets” for Playa del Rey.

 

 

Workers Prepare for two Eastbound Lanes on Culver — a Change to “Safe Streets”

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Crews work on Culver Blvd to restore two lanes eastbound. Workers will continue thru the weekend. Councilman Mike Bonin said he would restore a lane, making it two eastbound on Culver Blvd.

Playa del Rey has been choking for a couple of weeks with the one-lane “Safe Streets” philosophy of Councilman Mike Bonin as commuters and residents said stop the folly. Put it back the way it was.

Councilman Bonin will also be hosting a town hall meet 29 July, 1 to 3 pm at Roski Hall, Loyola Marymount University, regarding the one-lane position for Playa del Rey.

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This is traffic backed up on Culver Blvd westbound under the 90 Freeway on a Wednesday night at 7 pm with a green light.

Meanwhile, Native Bush Get Bushier

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As Venetians and all west siders await the outcome of the Mar Vista Community Council vote to remove the “Great Streets” from Venice Blvd and bring it back to six lanes, the native grass grows taller and bushier.

MVCC to Reconsider Venice Blvd “Great Streets” Diet

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Mar Vista Community Council will meet Tuesday, 11 June to hear a motion by their “Great Streets” ad-hoc committee to restore the “Great Streets”– Venice Blvd back to six lanes.

The question is will the restoration take place quickly or will it be for the one-year trial period.

At the June Mar Vista Community Council meet the community and those who use Venice Blvd voiced their dislike for the Venice Blvd “Great Streets” diet.

The following night the MVCC “Great Streets” ad-hoc committee met and wrote a motion to restore Venice Blvd to its original six lanes.

PTC to Present Preferred Bike Share Selection to VNC

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A bike station.

The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Parking and Transportation Committee (PTC) is addressing many questions brought up by the implementation of a bike share program for Venice. The PTC will present their recommendation to the Venice Neighborhood Council board at the 18 July meeting.

There are several known factors or questions to be considered:

There are three main systems and apparently variations of each.

Is the system integrated with all the other systems.

Some systems require removing parking spaces; some systems do not.

Cost initially and yearly for maintenance.

The ride share program is going before the Coastal Commission in August.

Jim Murez, chair of the VNC Parking and Transportation Committee (PTC) says “We need to support the VNC PTC recommendation to improve the proposed locations and make it very clear that Venice is not in a rush to adopt a system that removes public parking and does not have the flexibility both the No1 and No3 system offer.” See the systems below

1. Santa Monica Breeze system: these are the green Hulu bikes. They have on each bike a credit card reader and GPS tracking. The GPS allows the system to locate a bike that was not parked at a designated station, pick it up at a $2.00 additional charge and then relocate it to an approved station. The person that rented the bike and left it is responsible for the restocking charge. If someone else takes the bike from the unauthorized location within a pre-specified time period there is no additional restocking charge so long as the second person returns the bike to an approved location.

2. The Metro system that is proposed in the CDP application is “station” based meaning the system only knows where the bikes are when they are parked in the racks at the station. This makes the stations have communications with the central system not the individual bike. The billing is only available at the bike station or at a Metro train station. Some bus routes might also offer TAP cards that will allow the bikes to be rented.

3. The third system is a revision to the SM Breeze system listed above in No1. It is being offered by Metro and has been adopted by our neighbor in Culver City. In comparison the next closest Metro Station based system is in Downtown Los Angeles, not exactly the last mile to Venice. In this system each bike will be equipped with a credit card reader that can charge a standard credit card like the No1 system but it will also allow transfers from Metro via the TAP card. Each bike will also be equipped with a GPS device, again to locate inventory from a central system.

Taylor Bazley, Venice deputy from Councilman Mike Bonin’s office, said we are in the 11th hour of getting bike share in Venice which is an exciting thing.

Matt Kline, VNC outreach officer, says “Venice is set to received 17 new bike share installations totaling hundreds of additional rental bikes aimed at alleviating beach traffic, all at a measly cost of $825 per installation.

Venice – Marina del Rey 4th of July 2017

Crowds on the Ocean Front Walk, the pier, and the beach seemed to be noticeably less than previous years. The fireworks display over the marina was definitely the big attraction for the day and drew the crowds.

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This was the only bathroom that had much of a line.

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Washington Blvd was closed west of Pacific.

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There were several large gatherings of sunbathers but a lot of open space for sunbathers.

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There was a definite police presence and most of the streets leading to the Ocean Front Walk were blocked by police cruisers.

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Neighbors displayed their flags and some decorated their lawns. This lawn in the Oxford Triangle is consistently decorated for the season.

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Some wear the colors.

“Taming of the Shrew,” 26 July at Muscle Beach

Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” presented by the Venice Beach Park Advisory Board and sponsored by Muscle Beach Nutrition, will be presented at Muscle Beach basketball court, 26 July at 7 pm.  

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VNC Parking and Transportation Committee to Discuss Bike Racks Replacing Parking Stalls and “Great Streets”

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The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Parking and Transportation Committee will meet Wednesday (5 July), 7 pm at the Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave to discuss bike share programs set up for your neighborhood. Note that some of these bike racks remove parking stalls; some go on sidewalks. Venice Blvd “Great Streets” will also be discussed.

Check the map and then go to http://venicenc.org/productphotos/CDP%20App%205-17-0500%20(LADOT)%20plans.pdf to see if the racks will go on the sidewalk or remove parking places on the street at the location of concern.

It is not “new” math; it is “bike” math
Rose Ave is scheduled for several bike racks. The one at Rose and Rennie will remove three parking stalls for installation of 21 racks. The math is 3 parking stalls removed; 21 bike racks added equals a gain of 18 spaces. See illustration below.

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VCH Director and Architect Moss Unveil Plans for Venice Median

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A crowd anxiously awaited the unveiling of the plans for the Venice Median last week at the Pacific Resident Theatre on Venice Blvd and then vented their responses.

Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing, introduced Eric Owen Moss, the architect. Moss wanted to explain the process that took place in determining the structure/s that he was going to introduce to the audience but members in the audience kept heckling him to show the building.

He explained that he had met the setback and height limits of the Venice Specific Plan and in some cases had exceeded these requirements. With the proposed RAS3 zoning, which means Residential Accessory 3 that translates into a combination of commercial and R-3 zoning, he could go a maximum of 45 feet. He did show an example but it got confusing to the audience. One architect said this zoning was the closest to the RFQ/P  requirement of R-3 with commercial added.

His design puts the required 188-parking spaces in the front building (on Pacific) and puts the required parking for all the residential and commercial units in the second building (near Dell). Apartments are planned to wrap around the parking, which is to be in the center, and the commercial will be on the first floor. The final design will incorporate the public boat access and access for the City maintenance contractor and the required parking for both.
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He showed views in mockup form of the surrounding buildings which he said he tried to capture the various roof-line variations into his design. The design consists of two buildings separated by the canal.  This is what will go in structures.

  • Housing = 75,000 sq ft
  • Neighborhood serving retail/Social enterprise/Flexible arts spaces = 10,500 sq ft
  • Parking = 420 spaces (including 188 existing public parking spaces); Footprint of parking = 37,400 sq ft (continuous ramp layout)

This is the largest piece of property to be developed in Venice, probably since Abbot Kinney’s day. The MTA lot on Pacific-Main, yet to be developed, is larger. The Thatcher yard lot is smaller.

One thing one can count on about Venetians is that the number of people in the group is equal to the number of opinions.

In general people were concerned that the design was not charming, when Moss explained that charming meant a combination of old and new. It looked to them like a large building even though it displayed a lot of architectural relief. Not enough play area for children. The roof will be grassy area; the beach is a block away. Why commercial, “if we are housing the homeless.” At previous workshops, people wanted commercial space.  One person said he would like to move in.

Below is the timeline for the project from final design to funding and pictures of various sides of the buildings.

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Image shown is between the buildings where the canal is.

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Side view.

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Front view of commercial.

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Looking at east end of building facing Dell Ave.

Authorized or Unauthorized? — New LAPD Vehicle

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This SUV was enjoying the view from the Ocean Front Walk where only authorized vehicles are permitted. There are numbers on left side.

According to a commenter named Kevin, it is a police vehicle and a LAPD shield is on driver’s door.