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Rose Ave Apartments Passes LUPC 7 to 2


The controversial Rose Ave project passed the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Land Use and Planning Community (LUPC) 7 to 2 Tuesday night. Next step is the Venice Neighborhood Council meet, Monday, 17 September.

The Oakwood Recreation Center was standing room only as an emotionally charged crowd waited for their turn of 45 seconds to speak. Matt Royce, chair of LUPC, made the statement that it was the largest crowd he had ever had.

Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing (VCH), did a presentation with John Lonnel, consultant, assisting with questions.

Height and parking seemed to be the main objections to the project. Height for the project is 43 feet and the Venice Specific Plan calls for 25 to 30, depending on the roof structure. Parking is not in compliance with the Venice Specific Plan either. Parking provides for 15 places on site and seven on whole Foods parking lot based on an agreement with Whole Foods which is located across the street. There will be 2750 square feet of commercial and 35 apartments. Also there was some controversy over having/not having a loading zone. The four story building consists of three stories of residential and a ground floor of commercial.

Most of the comments consisted of “we need housing” and testimonies of how “housing changed my life.”

Both Jim Murez and John Reed members of the VNC board and former members of LUPC talked about the parking and height of the building as precedent setting features. John Reed, an architect, said that first of all the parking covenant states that it has to be signed by the owner of the property and Whole Foods is not the owner, nor was Safeway the owner. That would leave 15 spaces for 2750 square feet of commercial and 35 residential units. The video talks of side yard and front setbacks, no windows in front and more as well as the height and lack of parking.

LUPC to Meet at Oakwood Thursday, 29 September

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet Thursday, 29 September at 7 pm at Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave, 90291.

Matt Royce, chair of LUPC, said the agenda will be at Venicenc.org by Monday evening.  Royce also said he plans to have the LUPC meets every first and last Thursday of the month.


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

LUPC to Meet Monday, 23 May

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet Monday (23 May) at 6:45 pm, Vera Davis Center, 610 California Ave, LA 90291.

Informational presentations/updates
201 Ocean Front Walk (“Israel Levin Center”), update on exterior finish
Venice Place Hotel (fka Abbot Kinney Hotel), update

De Minimis Project Review
2312 Ocean Ave

Unpermitted Development Review
906 Milwood Ave

I. 1704-1708 Lincoln Blvd (“The Lincoln Grocery”–change of use from retail to restaurant, retail and office)
II. 632 Brooks Ave (major remodel of 2-story duplex)
III. 2003 Linden Ave (demo SFD, construct new SFD)
IV. 519-521 Boccaccio Ave (demo duplex, construct industrial building)
V. 2100-2106 Narcissus Court (demo SFD, construct industrial building)
VI. 821 Nowita Place (> 50% demo, remodel & addition to SFD)
VII. 115 Park Place (demo duplex, construct new SFD)
VIII. 1057 Indiana Ave (zoning administrator adjustment for rear yard setback)
IX. 20 Sunset Ave (remodel & 2nd story addition)

LUPC To Meet Monday (2 May)

Land Use and Planning Committee will meet Monday (2 May), 7 pm at Vera Davis Family Center, 610 California Ave.

Agenda Items:
Update on City Council’s April 15, 2016 draft Short-Term Rentals Ordinance
Proposed Sidewalk Requirement for Venice


Grand Canal (new 3-story SFD on 2 lots), continued from prior meeting
1704-1708 Lincoln Blvd (“The Lincoln Grocery”–change of use from retail to restaurant, retail and office)
632 Brooks Ave (Major Remodel of 2-story duplex)
2003 Linden Ave (demo SFD, build new SFD)
519-521 Boccaccio Ave (demo SFD, build industrial building)
2100-2106 Narcissus Court (demo SFD, build industrial building)

De Minimis Projects:

917 Victoria Ave
28 Ozone Ave
1804 Lincoln Blvd

If you have any questions or comments on any of the items or cases scheduled for Monday eve’s meeting, please write to the committee at:

LUPC Meets Monday (25 April)

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) will meet at 7 pm, Monday (25 April) at the Vera Davis Family Center, 610 California Ave, 90291.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance will be discussed and any updates will be presented.

Cases to be discussed will be
1. 619 6th Ave (new two-story duplex)
2. 654 Marco Place (remodel and addition on a Milwood walk street)
3. 2814 Grand Canal (new three-story single-family)
4. 333 Windward Ave (new two-story single-family)
5. 13700 Marina Point Drive (WTF)

Comments and questions on any of above cases can be sent to LUPC@VeniceNC.org for consideration.

LUPC is the One and On a Roll

At the Avalon Room, Cafe Gratitude. Left to right are: Ramsey Daham, Todd Darling, Chair Robin Rudisill, Kathleen Rawson, Maury Ruano, Mehrnoosh Mojallali, and Gabriel Ruspini.

At Beyond Baroque. Left to right are: Todd Darling, Mark Kleiman, Co-Chair Robert Aronson, Chair Robin Rudisill, Maury Ruano, and Gabriel Ruspini. It takes two photos to show them all.

Elections are coming and the most important committees for the Venice Neighborhood Council is the Land Use and Planning Committee or more locally referred to as LUPC (Lou-Peck).

The Chair position, held by Robin Rudisill for the last two years, will be on the ballot again. So far, three people have thrown their hats in the ring for this position. The individual members, who make up the LUP committee, will be selected by the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) members after the election.

Robin Rudisill, when she first took over, changed the Wednesday meet at the Oakwood Recreation Center from Wednesdays to Tuesdays and then later to Mondays — first and last of the month. Where she changed it was the fun part — it was the mystery involved with “where.” Sometimes one did not know until appearing at the appointed place only to find out it was to be somewhere else.

This article was written some time ago and waited to be published until a decent photo of all the members could be obtained. A good photo never happened and it is almost time for a new group to replace this group. So it is time to get to it.

LUPC is still on a roll …

Yes, LUPC it on a roll … literally they are mobile … one never knows where they will be next … it is a mystery that is solved sometimes just before the meet.

Frankly, if you aren’t intrigued by the cases that Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) has, you might consider the meeting places. One has to admit the surroundings, the meeting places, are always different and challenging.

Many times the meets were at Foursquare church on Rialto, before that 512 Rose, next to Café Gratitude in the Avalon Room. Before that it was at the Whaler, Washington at Ocean Front Walk, south side. Meet before that was at the Terrace Restaurant, Washington at Ocean Front Walk, north side. It has been in the theater at the old Venice jail, Beyond Baroque

Follow the Breadcrumbs
Sometimes one doesn’t know until hours before but there are always direction notes that breadcrumb one to the site.

All these places still beat the continuous bouncing of the basketballs and the yelling of the kids at Oakwood Recreation Center, not to mention the closing doors.

Theater at Beyond Baroque was okay but cold. Lighting was challenging for the board. The Terrace restaurant has its own sound and that was of the kitchen or yelling sports fans during events. Whaler had the sound of happy customers, and this time, the added treat of samples from the kitchen being munched and discussed. People were stacked in the Whaler main floor but that didn’t stop them from coming and going, commenting, and munching.

LUPC, frankly to say the least, is never a dull moment. One can count on at least two opinions—each opposing the other.

Chair Robin Rudisill conducts the meet with total attention to those addressing a project and to the details of it. Might be likened to a three-ringed circus in the background, when people in audience get talking. And then there is always a sharp, well-deserved “quiet” from Rudisill.

Most Important VNC Committee
But all kidding aside this is where people from the neighborhood look at projects aimed for building in Venice. This is the most important committee that the Venice Neighborhood Council has. It helps shape Venice, what it will look like tomorrow.

The LUPC committee consists of attorneys, architects, business people, builders. They are all volunteers who devote their time to help address and balance the quaintness and, yet sophistication, of Venice. They apply to and are individually selected by vote of Venice Neighborhood Council members to serve a two-year term. The selection occurs after the general election and a chair is elected.

Each Member Gets a Case
Each member is assigned a case and that person gathers all the facts pertaining to the project. This means interfacing with the City Planning department, collecting pertinent documents and sometimes documents that have been archived, talking with the architect/builder, setting up and/or just attending a neighborhood meet about the project. Everything pertaining to the project, the LUPC member should know. He presents the project to LUPC and VNC, and later, presents results to the City, This is a daunting task one has to admit.

LUPC Recommends
LUPC is not a final yes or no to a project. It is a recommendation of approval or disapproval and sometimes with conditions, qualifications that then go to the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC). The VNC hears the case and can accept, not accept, or change the LUPC recommendation or portion thereof. The VNC then recommends approval or disapproval with its own criteria. After that it goes to the City with the recommendation from Venice Neighborhood Council, LUPC. The City agrees or doesn’t agree with the VNC.

Yes, the City does its own thing, but by the time the case gets to the City, the project is tempered by the members of LUPC and later honed by the members of the Venice Neighborhood Council.

These are talented, professionals who have a day job. Each of these members warrants a separate interview.

Robin Rudisill, Chair
Robert Aronson, Vice Chair
Mehrnoosh Mojallali
Kathleen Rawson
Ramsey Daham
Maury Ruano
Todd Darling
Mark Kleiman
Gabriel Ruspini

LUPC Meets Monday, 29 Feb, Vera Davis

Land Use and Planning Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council will meet 7 to 11 pm at the Vera Davis Center, 610 California.


35 Wave Crest Ave, North Venice Subarea
3018-3025 Washington Blvd (change of use from office [changed from retail] to restaurant with CUB), Southeast Venice Subarea
796 Main St. (“Ado Restaurant”), North Venice Subarea
3128 Thatcher Ave, Oxford Triangle Subarea
1744 Washington Way, Northeast Venice Subarea
619 6th Ave, Oakwood Subarea

There will also be an update on the new Mello Act Ordinance and a proposed motion for the Short-Term Rental enforcement.

VNC Says “NO” to Apartment Change of Use

Venice Neighborhood Council voted 10-6-1 against Carl Lambert’s proposal to change the use of his 32-unit apartment building at 417 Ocean Front Walk, zoned R-3, to “transient occupancy” use. VNC President Mike Newhouse stated that there were 108 speaker cards filled out, 80 of which were for the proposed variance.

LUPC to meet 1 Feb, Vera Davis Center; Corrected Agenda

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet Monday (1 Feb),7 to 11 pm, at the Vera Davis Family Source Center, 610 California.

Ezra Gale, senior planning director for Councilman Mike Bonin, will be attending the LUPC meeting tonight to discuss the Mello Ordinance implementation as well as several other “critical CD 11 planning initiatives that will be impactful in Venice,” according to LUPC Chairperson Robin Rudisill. Also to be discussed will be the upcoming Coastal Commission meet in light of the dismissal of the executive director and selection of an interim executive director.

LUPC will hear the following cases tonight:
1. 663 Brooks Ave
2. 512 Rose Ave (“Cafe Gratitude”)
3. 415 Venice Way
4. 549 Westminster Ave
5. 35 Wave Crest Ave
6. 119 Vista Place
7. 845 Victoria Ave
8. 810 Amoroso Place