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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Pacifica Purchases Motel, Calls it “Kinney”

Irvine-based Pacifica Hotels has named their new motel in Venice at 737 Washington Blvd, “Kinney.” The boutique hotel has 68 rooms, a playground, pool and spa. Room rates range from $219 to $249 a night.

No More Bulky Items at the Park, OFW


Sign says it all. Personal property left in the Park after closing will be subject to impound. Information regarding impounded items will be available at the Park Recreation Center.

Bulky items (anything that will not fit in a 60-gallon bin with the lid closed) are not allowed in the Park without a permit. Unpermitted bulky items are subject to discard without further notice.

“Safe Parking” Passes Committee, City Council Next

School1 On Main next to Westminster Elementary School.

school2Man with his mattress next to bus stop on Main and next to Westminster Elementary School.

Councilman Mike Bonin’s proposed “Safe Parking” program, which will prohibit homeless from parking in residential areas and near schools, was approved by the Homeless and Poverty Committee and will go before the City Council after the City Council summer recess, according to David Graham-Caso, communications director for Councilman Bonin.

John Betz, an activist who lives in Westminster Senior Center area, consistently is reporting the area conditions around Westminster Senior Center and Westminster Elementary School and he has a following who read his weekly reports.  The two photos are examples of what he sees daily.

The  “Safe Parking” program that Bonin proposes would be for one year to get the RV and car livers away from schools and residential areas.  Bonin is hoping to find other areas and designate them for “homeless” parking.  Other areas would be church parking lots, etc.  If that is not possible within one year, then the “Safe Parking” program would dissolve and parking would be back on the streets.




BBB Routes Change But Not All Happy

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(Photo courtesy of Darryl DuFay.)

After much controversy and a town hall meet, the Big Blue Bus, that services Venice and now Marina del Rey, has changed Routes 1 and 18 again, and will reroute starting 21 August. Route 1 will not go on Ocean which was so controversial. But route 18, which was also changed, is still controversial.   For bus service schedules go to BBB.

All are happy to see the Bus Route 1 changed off of Ocean Ave, which was determined to be too narrow to be safe.


Route 1


Route 18 still goes down 4th, which is as narrow as Ocean and adds a steep hill. The other disagreements one group of advocates has with Route 18 are Rose, 7th, and California. These advocates will be meeting with Councilman Mike Bonin next week to discuss further changes to Route 18. Another group of advocates is concerned about Abbot Kinney and their concerns are listed below.


Route 18

Bus stops are projected to be at Abbot Kinney and Coeur d’Alene Ave, Abbot Kinney and Boccaccio/Marr Aves, Abbot Kinney and Venice Bl.

Weekdays: 5:30am to 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:50am to 10:00pm
Sunday: 6:20am to 10:00pm

Buses every half hour, increasing to every 20 minutes during rush times.

There were  three neighborhood meetings with BBB and CD11 and advocates are left with

1) BBB sold this service to us as running from 6am to 9pm. Now they are extending that by 1 to 2 1/2 hours per day into the quietest times of each day. This is a significant change of the service parameters sold by BBB and will likely negatively impact the quality of life for residents.

2) Noise. The stops are 3-4 blocks apart. The buses could be braking and accelerating for the entire trip; their noisiest operations.

3) Parking. We will lose some parking on Abbot Kinney for the stops. But potentially more important, since there is little parking for cars around the Santa Monica Downtown Expo Line Station, people may use our neighborhood streets as their free parking lot taking up scarce parking
and then commute by bus to Santa Monica. Farfetched? LAX travelers have been doing it for years.

4) Schools. Coeur d’alene has two Elementary Schools. Is this intersection a good place for a bus stop considering the volume of vehicle and foot traffic to and from the schools?

5) Safety and Lane Width. Bikes, cars, trucks, RVs already compete for lane space. Vehicles of all sizes park on both sides; delivery trucks park in the center lane; leaving cars, trucks, bikes and now buses to compete for the driving lane. Will the proposed wide and long buses squeeze among these existing users safely?

Residents proposed Alternatives to BBB and CD11 regarding BBB’s impending use of Abbot Kinney:

1) New Route 18 is advertised as a feeder to the Expo Line. From all directions of this area of Venice, it is more efficient to go directly to the Culver City Expo Station at Venice Bl/Washington Bl and National Bl using existing bus lines on Venice Bl or Washington Bl rather than travel to downtown Santa Monica Expo Station to then backtrack towards Downtown Los Angeles. And there is parking at Culver City Station.
BBB, other Bus lines and the City could/should be promoting this idea.

2) Instead of running Route 18 on a mostly residential section of AK, use the existing bus infrastructure on the commercial streets of Washington Bl/Lincoln Bl/ Venice Bl to swing around Abbot Kinney and still provide an efficient service. In tests drives, we found the time difference between the two is 4-5 minutes.

National Night Out, Tuesday, Playa Vista

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“Ghost Town” Comes to Oakwood in August



Cornerstone Theater Company presents “Ghost Town” 4,5 and 6 August starting at 6 pm at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California. Price $10.

Written about Venice, it is the story of a woman’s love for her aging house where she raised her children and grandchildren but now is in a changing neighborhood. “Ghost Town journeys through time to serve up a story of home, community, and change that is both raucous and real,” the poster says.

Oakwood Free Movies Start Saturday, 30 July


Eight Selected to Serve on LUPC


Candidates for the Venice Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee stand waiting for their one-minute in front of the microphone to explain why they want to serve on the LUPC.  The board then voted for eight of the 13 who applied.  Those who were selected to serve the two years are:

Brian Silveira
Daffodil Tyminski
Joe Clark
Mehrnoosh Mojallali
Michael Jensen
Ramsey Daham
Robert Aronson
Tim Bonefeld

VNC’s Venice BBQ, 30 July



The 10th annual Venice Neighborhood Council Venice BBQ will be held Saturday, 30 July, from noon to 4 pm at the Oakwood Park, 767 California Ave.

Fire Station 63 firemen will be the cooks.  Bring a side dish.  There will be music, games for the kids, and maybe a watermelon eating contest again this year.




Stewart Oscars Feels POW-MIA Memorial Wall and 1416 Abbot Kinney Taggers Might Be Same

Stewart Oscars has become the ultimate graffiti sleuth for Venice. Am sure he submits a list of graffiti to the graffiti removal crew daily. Now he is getting into analyzing the graffiti. The Sheriff’s graffiti detective may be consulting Oscars soon.



graffiti3(All Photos by Stewart Oscars.)

“The first photo is the Venice Vietnam Memorial Wall, # 2 and 3 are the 1416 Abbot Kinney Mural which was destroyed 6 and 7 July,” he wrote. ” #2 is the first tagging and #3 covers #2 and was done hours later and is the final covering.

“There is surveillance video of the 1416 tagging some of which was shown on CH 2 in a report by Jeff Nguyen. When I watched that report, the letters that the guy on the left is painting sure looked like the letters on the left of the Memorial Wall; and the next letters just to the right on the Wall looked like the final tagging on the 1416 Mural. The photos illustrate the letters.

“Could the tagging on the two murals have been done by same people?”