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Error in Last Week’s Story—“Ryavec Says City, County have Double Standard for Park Camping”

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Last week’s story “Ryavec Says City, County have Double Standard for Park Camping” was totally wrong. Audrey Foster who provided photo and information said there wasn’t any double standard. She said that tenters were asked to leave one day and next day they were back.

“The police did come on that one day,” she said, “but the campers are still there. There are a minimum of 14 campsites. The officers came on that one day, so I gave a shout out, but the dwellers are still there.

“It’s basically the same as Venice. They say their hands are tied. Don’t think we are getting more service here … that would be inaccurate.

“We are EXTREMELY frustrated as well.”

LUPC Will Hold Meet Tues At Foursquare Church

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet at 6:45 pm at the Venice Foursquare Church, 1400 Riviera Ave. Alan Seltzer will speak regarding the legal principles relating to the determination of mass, scale and character.

a. HEARING FOR CASES UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR “VNC DE MINIMIS PROJECT” CATEGORIZATION: 
333 Windward Ave
b. REVIEW/HEARING OF ACTIVE CASES:

    i. 7:00 pm 648 Milwood Ave, Milwood Subarea, R2-1 zone,
ZA-2014-3103-CDP and ENV-2014-3104-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/648-milwood-ave
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON JULY 23, 2015
Project Description: demo of existing SFD & construction of new 3-story, 25’ tall, 3,546 sq ft SFD with an attached 524 sq ft garage, on 5,.402 sq ft lot
    Applicant: Johannes & Harriet Girardoni LUPC Staff: Todd Darling
    PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    ii. 7:15 pm 549 Westminster Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5, Land Use Plan designation: ZA-2015-607-CDP-ZAA and DIR-2015-2708-MEL and ENV-2015-608-CE http://www.venicenc.org/549-westminster-ave
CITY HEARING NOT YET SCHEDULED 
Project Description: demo of existing SFD & construction of new 3,645 sq ft 1 and 2-story SFD; shared drive-way with 559 Westminster is being modified
Applicant: Nora Gordon
LUPC Staff: Mehrnoosh Mojallali 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    iii. 8:15 pm 437 Rialto Ave Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1-0 zone, Land Use Plan designation:
ZA-2015-607-CDP-ZAA and DIR-2015-2708-MEL and ENV-2015-608-CE http://www.venicenc.org/549-westminster-ave
CITY HEARING AUGUST 13, 2015, 11:00 AM, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: construction of 35’, 1,936 sq ft SFD on 2,409 sq ft lot 
Applicant: Howard Robinson LUPC Staff: Gabriel Ruspini 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    iv. 931 Oxford Ave, Oxford Triangle Subarea, R1-1 zone
ZA-2014-4127-CDP and ENV-2014-4128-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/931-oxford-ave
CITY HEARING THURSDAY JULY 30, 2015, 10:30 AM, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave 
Project Description: demo & new 25’, 3,489 sq ft SFD on 4,997 sq ft lot, R1-1) Applicant: Douglas Dworsky
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair
PUBLIC COMMENT 
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    v. 8:45 pm 550-554 San Juan Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, Land Use Designation
ZA-2014-3538-CDP and ENV-2014-3539-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/550-554-san-juan-ave
CITY HEARING Thursday July 30, 2015, 9:00 AM, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: demo & new 27’4”, 2-story, 6,843 sq ft SFD w/attached 1,197 sq ft 5-car garage; lot tie of 550 & 554 for 10,400 sq ft new lot 
Applicant: Rick Gunderson
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    vi. 9:00 pm 1421 Abbot Kinney Blvd, North Venice Subarea, C2-1-0-CA zone, Land Use Plan Designation: ZA-2014-3427-CDP-SPP and ENV-2014-3428-MND
http://www.venicenc.org/1421-abbot-kinney-blvd/
CITY HEARING Thursday July 30, 2015, 9:30 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: change of use at ground floor from Parking to Retail, & at 2nd floor & mezzanine from Office to Artist- In-Residence for change of use & reduced parking (fr 7 to 5 spaces), in conjunction with a 2,579 sq ft building 
Applicant: Jeff Allsbrook
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    vii. 9:15 pm 910 Abbot Kinney Blvd & 916 Main St, North Venice Subarea,
ZA-2014-3288-CDP-SPP and ENV-2014-3289-MND
http://www.venicenc.org/1421-abbot-kinney-blvd/
CITY HEARING Thursday August 6, 2015, 11:00 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: change of use of (E) 1-story commercial building from office, retail, medical offices and storage to 5 retail spaces (6,503 sq ft), 1 restaurant space (2,061 sq ft) with outdoor patio (550 sq ft) & storage 
Applicant: Robert Thibodeau LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair PUBLIC COMMENT FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    viii. 9:30 pm 911 Milwood Ave, Milwood Subarea, R2-1 zone, Land Use Designation:
ZA-2014-3597-ZAA and ENV-2014-3598-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/1421-abbot-kinney-blvd/
CITY HEARING Thursday August 6, 2015, 9:00 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: ZAA to permit side yards of 3’6” in lieu of 4’6” required by LAMC 12.09-C, in order to allow the remodeling & 1,992 sq ft 2nd story addition with 600 sq ft attached garage to an existing 1-story SFD, with a finished height of 33’6” & floor area of 3,128 sq ft, on a 4,374 sq ft lot, Applicant’s Rep Mike Jolly), ZA-2014-3597-ZAA—Thursday August 6, 2015, 9:00 am 
Applicant: Mike Jolly
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    ix. 9:45 pm 1100 6th Ave & 602 Westminster Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, Land Use Plan Designation: ZA-2015-0056-CDP and ENV-2015-57-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/1100-6th-ave-602-westminster-ave/
CITY HEARING Thursday August 20, 2015, 9:00 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: demo of detached garage & construction of 23’ 10”, 1,780 sq ft 2nd dwelling unit with 600 sq ft attached garage & 250 sq ft roof deck, on 5,200 sq ft lot 
Applicant: Gerhard Pichel
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

Maintenance Yard on Fire

Fire stated at the City Maintenance Yard on Thatcher Friday morning just after 6 am. Venice fire department had it out before 7 am. This is the area that has been inhabited by homeless recently and is scheduled by the Bureau of Sanitation to be demolished this year.

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Homes not Hotels Action Meet, 3 August

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Comments–21 July 2015

Mark Ryavec
Oddly, my house, built in 1905, also Islamic-Byzantine, is not on that list of historic structures in Venice. Or I missed it.

Rick Feibusch
Hitler

Looking for a Final Solution to the Summer Heat? Then you need a Hitler Ice Cream Cone!
What else can you say about possibly the single most messed up summertime confection ever?

Heather Kahler
Burglar takes selfie.
http://ktla.com/2015/07/16/burglar-accidentally-takes-selfie-with-victims-phone-in-venice/

Amy Alcon
Tents on sidewalks? Clearly, those on our city council who voted for this, have as the furthest thing from their minds, people who are wheelchair-bound. Imagine how hard it is to get around if you cannot walk and must rely on a wheelchair. You come upon a tent. You can’t just hop off the curb and continue on your way. And remember that many people who pitch these tents (per experience on our block, unfortunately) will leave them for a period of time to go, say, take a poop in our bushes. What then for the wheelchair-bound person. Just sit there and hope they come back before too long?

Mark Shockley
Dog

Found dog under dumpster at Thatcher and Berkeley. Found owner. Owner doesn’t want it. Now need to find good home for dog. Sad story.

“As it turns out my wife went to the vet and the dog did have a chip,” he wrote. “We called the number of the chip service and they called the dog owner on our behalf. The dog owner did not call us back after two hours so we finally obtained the owners direct number and called her. She told us that she moved (30 minutes inland) and was unable to come back and get the dog because it was too far. She tried to play it off as though she gave the dog to someone local but coincidentally doesn’t have their name, address or any information.

“Who moves and leaves their dog behind! Anyway, the dog is now safe with us and we are looking for a home. I have 3 kids and one dog already so we aren’t looking to add a 2nd one to the mix but we will not turn her over to a shelter. We are looking for a home. The dog is super cute. She slept under the covers with my son all night. Her name is Bella. I put this on the fb page already. If you could include in the next post that would be amazing.”

Contact Mark at 310.770.3860.

Roxanne Brown
In response to Nick Antonicello’s VU update comment: “Why is there more crime as more rich move into Venice?”

Here’s one possible theory – More crime as more rich and more homeless and developers all CLASH in Venice.

Venice used to be friendly to homeless.

Homeless getting swept off streets makes them angry.

People getting evicted from their rental units makes them angry.

Developers not getting what they want as easily as they used to makes them angry.

Tires slashed on Vernon – was it a homeless person, a developer or just a delinquent? Car that got most slashed was a homeless van – all 4 tires. Rest of cars – 1 tire. Remember, the homeless person’s van that got torched? Cops killing homeless? Who is doing the most damage?

Venice is getting way overdeveloped with no infrastructure to support it and no water in the state. And, there’s a CLASH of rich, poor, homeless, developers and police. KA-POW – more crime.

Mayor Garcetti and Councilman Bonin need to push the PAUSE button on Venice.

Nick Antonicello
Leona

New restaurant on Washington called Leona, west of RE/MAX east of Pacific.

Wolf Seeberg
Hal’s sells for $44.75 M. Dang.
World has gone Google nuts.
I heard it was Russian money.

Roxanne Brown
Short-term rentals in San Francisco.
http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-84016168/

Nick Antonicello
Proud

Get your sign at the Friday Farmers’ Market.

Anonymous
Ref: Mayor’s Statement in last Update
Please do not use the Statue of Liberty, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution or any other document to justify amnesty for five million illegals. There are people following the law waiting in line. Our government has established a system of immigration, let’s follow that; otherwise, we establish a precedent we may not be able to live with and one that is not just for all. Get your votes another way.

Michael Lipson
Tom Hayden and Brentwood Homeowners Get Bulldozed by City Hall

http://www.citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/9322-tom-hayden-and-brentwood-homeowners-get-bulldozed-by-city-hall

Reta Moser
Many people commented about the STR in the single-family community. Yes, they are illegal.

Found Dog; Owner Doesn’t Want it; Dog Needs Good Home

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Resident found dog under dumpster at Thatcher and Berkeley. Finds owner. Owner doesn’t want it. Now needs to find good home for dog. Sad story.

“As it turns out my wife went to the vet and the dog did have a chip,” he wrote. “We called the number of the chip service and they called the dog owner on our behalf. The dog owner did not call us back after two hours so we finally obtained the owners direct number and called her. She told us that she moved (30 minutes inland) and was unable to come back and get the dog because it was too far. She tried to play it off as though she gave the dog to someone local but coincidentally doesn’t have their name, address or any information.

“Who moves and leaves their dog behind! Anyway, the dog is now safe with us and we are looking for a home. I have 3 kids and one dog already so we aren’t looking to add a 2nd one to the mix but we will not turn her over to a shelter. We are looking for a home. The dog is super cute. She slept under the covers with my son all night. Her name is Bella. I put this on the fb page already. If you could include in the next post that would be amazing.”

Contact Mark at 310.663.9117.

Sierra Club to Picnic 16 Aug

Sierra Club Airport Marina Group will have a picnic on August 16th at Burton Chace Park, Pavilion A from 1 to 4:30 pm.

Alan Shrake will speak for 5 to 10 minutes on the importance of preserving old growth urban forests. We are confirming a surprise guest who will talk about the history of Oxford Triangle.

Remember to RSVP to: ByTheSea1124@gmail.com by August 8th. Please indicate whether you are bringing a salad or desert for 6. Sierra Club will provides main dishes and drinks.

Resident Encounters Fed Ex Difficulties

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By Amy Alcon
This Fedex Dropoff box at the Staples at 1501 Lincoln Blvd (at Palms) is NOT picked up nightly as it is supposed to be. And Fedex apparently has no process to vet whether boxes are actually picked up. Disgusting betrayal, considering they advertise themselves for their supposed reliability.

I put a package in there Wednesday afternoon at 3pm (for the 5pm cutoff) — a package that absolutely had to be delivered in Salt Lake City Thursday morning.

It was still sitting in there — with what looks like a week of packages — when I drove to Staples to check at 8am when they opened on Thursday.

All those people — most of them probably our neighbors — who trustingly left packages in that box for Fedex overnight, had them just left there, maybe for days.

For anyone whose package was left there, the customer service person is Samantha Hobbs, and you have to ask for her at the Bristol CAT (some sort of customer service acronym). Tell her Amy Alkon gave you her number and your package was in that same box. 1-800-622-1147 is the special number to call. You will get somebody else on the line and will need to be transferred to her. (Explain that she is a special customer service person and she was helping your neighbor, whose package also was not picked up.)

Problem Resolved
It’s been taken care of. But I had to spend a whole bunch more money to get my packets made in Salt Lake City and to hire a courier to take them where they needed to go. Fedex told me they’d reimburse me for the cost of sending the package — which I told them to just drop off back at my house, since they couldn’t get it to Salt Lake City in time. (The packets in it are now useless since I had the whole order remade in Salt Lake City.) I’m trying to get them to reimburse me for at least my costs — though it would be nice if they threw in a little something for the six hours of stress and upset I experienced trying to figure this out in the morning and then trying to make things work.

What I did do, because the people at the Salt Lake City Staples store were so kind, smart, helpful, and speedy, was leave them a nice review on Yelp. As I write in “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck,” if you’re a complainer when things are bad, you should also be a complimenter when things are good.

In Search of the Rose, I found an exquisite Orchid

By Roxanne Brown
Going in search of The Rose Cafe, I found the White Orchid. Yes, we’ve been missing our Rose Cafe – low key, good food, reasonable prices. Due to this lack, Flake is overflowing with Flakesters (including me). The Brick House is now Taco Por Favor. Help! SOS!

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So I wandered down Main Street and ran into the WHITE ORCHID CAFE. It’s mellow, pretty, friendly people like Monica and Fred pictured work there. Delicious reasonably priced food. Indoor-outdoor dining in comfortable chairs. A no hassle, no attitude, no rush kind of place.

The White Orchid is on Main between Rose and Navy at 245 Main Street (west side of street) – phone 424-744-8374.

This Saturday in the rain, I snapped the attached photos while dining on an onion blue cheese quiche – melted in my mouth while bursting with flavor, accompanied by a good size salad with tomatoes, mushrooms, lettuce and a delicious dressing – $10.50.

Try it – you’ll like it.

Like many local Venetians, I used to be in The Rose Cafe three times a week. I think I’ve found my new place. This and yes, I’m still loyal to Nick, Paige, Christina at Flake as well as Zinque.

I hope to see more of my Venetians (former Rose Cafe patrons) at the White Orchid Cafe. I recommend it highly.

The egg sandwich with fresh dill, salmon and sour cream on a wheat baquette is exquisite! See you there. Say, “Hi” to Fred, Monica, and me.

Duvel Invests in Firestone Walker

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Proposed building in 2013.

Firestone Walker Brewery, which plans to open this year in the old World Gym building at Lincoln and Washington, has “collaborated” with Duvel Moortgat Brewery.

Duvel Moortgat is headquartered in Breendonk, Belgium. Duvel owns Ommegang in New York and Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Mo. Duvel also owns Brasserie d’Achouffle and De Koninck Brewery, both of Belgium.

Firestone Walker is the 16th largest craft brewer in the United States according to Brewers Association.

David Walker described the Duvel-Firestone Walker arrangement, in “A Lil’ News” as an “elegant solution that will enable us to grow within the framework that meets our standards—all without losing focus on the traits that got us here.

“We will continue to operate independently in Paso Robles as we have always done. Our people and partnerships will remain, and there will be no change discernible in and around the brewery. In other words, we will not miss a beat.”

When asked if they would be selling Duvel beers, Adam Firestone said: “We are not an importer so it will mostly be our beers. We are hoping to try some of Duvel’s really top shelf stuff, and maybe, figure a way to let our Venetian customers do the same.

“Sitting with an the empty building in Venice for three years has been crushingly expensive,” Adam Firestone wrote. We wanted a brewer and not a banker to help us with capital.”

“Meanwhile, we’re still in the permitting vortex at LA City. (Hearing is 5 August with the West LA Area Planning Commission.) A Couple months ago, the Zoning Administrator approved us in a quick hearing. But when the CUP letter came out, they tossed in that we would have to start with a zoning variance if we wanted to be a brewpub. We’ve been applying to be a brewpub for 3 years so this came totally out of left field. Apparently, different departments at the City read the same rules differently. So we had to appeal our own approval! It’s like being approved to open your shoe shop, but then told you need to re-zone if you want to display any shoes. Really frustrating.“