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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Mar Vista’s Ken Alpern Says Venice Blvd Reconfiguration is “Decided Behind Closed Doors’ … By Those Who Promised Transparency

Dr. Kenneth Alpern says it like he sees it regarding the shrinking road configuration of Venice Blvd in Mar Vista from Inglewood to Beethoven in this City Watch article.

Venice Blvd Truly Hurting Businesses and Slowing Traffic

Venice Blvd “Great Street” in Mar Vista is still hurting businesses, slowing traffic, and causing serious delays for emergency vehicles. Two businesses are out of business.

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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MV Transportation Committee Votes Motion to Restore Venice Blvd Lanes; Three Motions for Tues MVCC Meet


By Kenneth Marek

An overflow crowd of approximately 60 people attended Mar Vista Community Council’s Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Meeting in a conference room at Windward School on Wednesday evening. Three separate policy motions, each asking Councilmember Mike Bonin to restore lanes on Venice Boulevard, were circulated at the Committee meeting and will be considered by the MVCC Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 12.

The “Regional Safe Bike Routes” motion asks Councilmember Bonin to restore the lanes and to “expeditiously study, design and pave a regional network of safe bicycle paths and routes.” This motion documents that since implementation of the lane reduction, “at least 17 accidents have been reported …including 9 involving cyclist. Total accidents increased by 325%, from 4 reported during the same period in 2016.”  During the public comment portion of the meeting, one bike advocate said that she intended to speak in favor of keeping the lane reductions, but was supportive of this alternative upon reading the long list of proposed safe bike routes.

The Bike Routes motion was the final agenda item considered by the Committee, and further discussion and editing couldn’t be completed by the firm 9 pm meeting end time, so stakeholders voted (20 in favor, 6 oppose) to table the motion with an understanding that Committee Co-Chair Ken Alpern would present an edited version at the September 12 Board of Directors meeting.

Earlier in the evening, stakeholders passed the “Reversal of Lane Reductions” motion (28 in favor, 17 oppose, 4 abstain), which concisely asks Councilmember Bonin to “immediately reverse the lane reductions on Venice Blvd. and to implement other strategies to improve the safety, efficiency, and accessibility of our roads for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles.” This motion is also on the September 12 Board agenda.

Copies of a third motion were distributed at the Committee meeting by MVCC Board Member Elliot Hanna, who submitted his motion directly to the September 12 Board agenda, asking: 1) “to immediately reverse the lane reduction”, 2) “study alternate implementations”, and 3) urge Councilmember Bonin “to appoint a community panel”.

The MVCC Board will meet on Tuesday, September 12 at 7 pm in the Mar Vista Recreation Center Auditorium at 11430 Woodbine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90066. The meeting agenda could be found at: www.marvista.org.

Those who live or work in the area are welcome to speak at the meeting and/or to submit comments via e-mail to: board@marvista.org.

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Doug McIntyre of KABC to Interview Councilman Bonin Tomorrow About “Street Shrinkage”

Alix Gucovsky and Alexis Edelstein discuss the “Street Shrinkage” and the Recall Bonin movement with broadcaster Doug McIntyre at the Venice Grind last Tuesday.

Doug McIntyre of 790 KABC-AM will be interviewing Councilman Mike Bonan Friday (28 July) sometime between 5 and 10 am about the “street shrinkage” Bonin has initiated and what further street shrinkage is planned for Los Angeles.

Doug McIntyre did his radio broadcast Tuesday at the Venice Grind on Venice Blvd in area of the “Great Streets.” His broadcast was about Venice Blvd “Great Streets” and the Playa del Rey “Safe Streets” and the LA plan for street shrinkage initiated by Mayor Eric Garcetti for all of Los Angeles.

McIntyre Broadcasts from Venice Grind in Mar Vista — Road Shrinkage was Subject

Doug McIntyre of KABC-AM did his morning broadcast in the Venice Grind Tuesday as activists against Playa del Rey and Venice Blvd “road shrinkage” came together to explain their points of view. In video he is talking with John Russo of KeepLAMoving.com.

McIntyre in this video talks of the big picture of “road shrinkage” that is, not only happening on the westside, but envisioned for all of Los Angeles.

A crowd gathered outside the store and there were people with signs waving at the drivers on Venice Blvd as they honked when passing.

Venice Blvd Business is Down and Out


Business income is down and one shop is out of business on Venice Blvd in Mar Vista where the “Great Streets” project was implemented last month.

Sweet Lucie’s just closed.

Demetrius, owner of the Mar Vista, Venice Grind, and MV Grab and Go on Venice Blvd, said his business was down 25 percent. Owner of Robinson Beautilities said his “store has been there for 75 years” and his business was down 40 percent. He has had to let people go. Tattoo parlor said they had been there for 25 years and business was down 30 percent.

Venice Blvd from Beethoven to Inglewood has been billed as the “Great Streets” that will give the effect of a “small town in a big city.” Great Streets is supposed to create the place, the atmosphere that will encourage people to stop and shop.

But it is, along with the road diet occurring in Playa del Rey, part of the bigger picture of Vision Zero and Mobility 2035 that envisions all on bikes or in mass transit by shrinking major corridors in Los Angeles.

Westsider Alix Gucovsky has started the recall of Councilman Mike Bonin movement. See http://www.recallbonin.com/.

Cannabis, “Great Streets,” Community Officer Selection, Bike Share are on Agenda for Tuesday

Cannabis, Mar Vista “Great Streets,” community officer selection, bike share as well as the Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) projects will all be handled at the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meet Tuesday, 7 pm, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

See here for VNC agenda.

Either architect and Venice volunteer Diana Pollard or Venice Symphony Orchestra board member Dax Kimbrough will be selected as the community interest stakeholder officer, the office vacated by resignation of Lauri Burns.

LADOT to Present “Great Streets” Data 22 July

Nat Gale, principal project coordinator for Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), will present LADOT data for first month of Venice Blvd “diet,” as some call it. The meet will be held at Saturday, 22 July from 1-3 pm at Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd.