Category Archives: Neighboring Communities

These posts are about what’s going on in our neighboring communities.

Trader Joe’s in the Marina


The Board of Supervisors unanimously denied an
appeal seeking to halt redevelopment of Pier 44 in Marina del Rey. Boat brokers, a boat repair shop, kayak rental shop, yacht club, and part of the marina’s bike path sit on the eight-acre, U-shaped site on Admiralty Way between Mindanao and Bali ways.

Under a plan submitted by Pacific Marina Ventures LLC and approved by the Regional Planning Commission, the 83,253-square-foot redevelopment will include a Trader Joe’s grocery store, a West Marine boating supply store, an updated yacht club, and a mix of other retailers and restaurants along a waterfront promenade.The plan includes parking spaces for at least 462 cars and 100 bikes.

The plan drew objections from local residents worried that more
development across the street from a busy retail center anchored by a Ralphs supermarket would result in traffic and parking lot gridlock and block access to Burton Chase Park.

The Department of Regional Planning acknowledged that traffic at seven intersections, including along Lincoln Boulevard as far away as Venice Boulevard, could be significantly impacted during the evening rush hour, adding that “no feasible mitigation measures exist to reduce these impacts. ”

However, planners said the advantages of the project, including improved pedestrian access, better boater amenities, and upgrades to the bike path and infrastructure, outweigh the downside.

Some residents and business owners agreed, saying they welcomed the Trader Joe’s and modernization of the underused area. “The docks are coming apart. The buildings are falling down. And it’s
about time we do something and have it completely redone,” Bob Koepple, the owner of a yacht sales business, told the board.

Resident Jon Nahhas, who submitted the appeal, suggested that there were some solutions to the area’s traffic snarls, including lengthening the Marina (90) Freeway.

Nahhas told the board, “Trader Joe’s is a great retail market. Make no mistake about it, but it is completely inappropriate to be deployed on our coastal waters and at the mouth of our entryway to our public lands. The only solution, should you decide to approve this project today, is to extend the 90 Freeway to Washington Boulevard.”

The board’s action clears the way for demolition on the site.

-from CNS

Worldwide Alert Expected to Add Stress to Holiday Travel


As thousands of Southland residents get ready to hit the
roads and airways for the Thanksgiving holiday, The U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert “due to increased terrorist threats.”

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Taking off out of LAX with a view of Venice and the Marina

The alert does not suggest people cancel travel plans,  but warns that ISIS and other terrorist groups”continue to plan terrorist
attacks in multiple regions,” and advises travelers be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution while in public places or using public transportation. The alert remains in effect until Feb. 24.

The new U.S. security alert is directed at traveling Americans in general and says terrorist groups may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.

“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using
transportation,” according to the alert. “Be aware of immediate
surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Persons with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country,” the alert says.

The alert also advises travelers to be prepared for additional security screening and possible disruptions and to keep in touch with relatives to ensure they can make contact in the event of an emergency.

While there has been no indication that LAX may be uniquely targeted. Officials predict 2.1 million passengers will pass through the airport during the 11-day holiday period. A number, that if reached would set a Thanksgiving record jumping 6.9 percent over last year’s record of 1.96 million passengers.

“As more people choose to work, visit, study and play in Los Angeles, LAX keeps on breaking records,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said last week.

In anticipation, increased security at Los Angeles International Airport was visible at the start of the Thanksgiving week.

Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Deborah Flint urgesTravel 2
travelers to “reduce the stress of holiday travel by planning ahead and allowing extra time for getting to LAX.”

Airport officials also encouraged people headed to the airport to use
public transportation, including the FlyAway bus service and Metro Green Line, to avoid congested traffic. They also urged people who are picking up visitors at the airport to use the Cellphone Waiting Lot at 96th Street and Vicksburg to avoid circling the airport and adding to the congestion.



Fatal Hit and Run – Police Still Searching for Driver


Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying
a motorist who left the scene after fatally striking a 15-year-old boy in Palms while driving a stolen sedan.

The teen was crossing mid-block when he was struck about 8:40 p.m. Sunday in the 9900 block of Venice Boulevard at Hughes Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The car was a maroon 2001 Buick LeSabre, California license plate number 7KWC773.  The sedan, which had an attached bicycle rack, was reported stolen earlier this month, LAPD Lt. Joseph Sanchez said. It was last seen heading west on Venice Boulevard.

The coroner’s office has not yet released the name of the victim,
however news reports have identified him as a previously missingFullSizeRender-23 teen, Jack Phoenix. Phoenix had been last seen in Culver City and previously spotted in Venice Beach.

Anyone with information about the driver is urged to call LAPD
Detective Mustafa Hassanzai at (213) 486-0690.

After-hours and weekend calls
can be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be supplied by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Mayhem When Car Careens into Marina


The driver who lost control at the wheel of a white Audi last night, flying through 2 barricades and into the Marina at the end of Pacific Avenue on the Marina Peninsula, is still missing.

Venice local, Mr Electric said, “I heard the car down-shift at about Yawl and accelerate. Pretty soon after I heard a loud crash. It didn’t sound good.”

Witnesses said the car looked to be traveling at around 65 miles per hour and didn’t stand a chance on the tight turn at the end of Pacific Ave., careening through barricades, over the rocks, and into the water.

LAFD winch the white Audi out of the Marina

As the car began to sink the driver managed to climb out and swim to shore. Witnesses on the scene believed he may have been drunk, as he clambered up the rocks, blood and water dripping from his body. The man FullSizeRender-20rested a moment on a nearby bench. People asked him if anyone else was in the car. The man said, “No” before he ran off.

Sirens screamed through the streets of Venice and Marina del Rey
as several emergency crews responded to the crash. LA County Fire Department Lifeguard Division divers braved dark waters and lowFullSizeRender-21 visibility to locate the sunken vehicle, which was eventually winched out of the water.

So far police have not located the man.


Marina del Rey local Jasmine Walton arrived at the scene shortly after the car broke through the 2 barricades and plunged into the water.  In the video below she tells Yo! Venice what she saw.



Police Search for Hit-and-Run Suspect


Los Angeles police are searching for a suspect who hit and killed a  pedestrian with a stolen car. The tragic hit and run happened at around 8:45pm last night in the 99-hundred block of Venice Boulevard, at Dunn Drive, said Officer Ed Griffin of the Los Angeles Police Department West Traffic Division.

The male pedestrian was killed in the Palms/Mar Vista area when he was struck by a stolen car in a hit-and-run accident, police said.

The car was stolen from the area served by the LAPD Pacific Station. Investigators were working to determine what led to the hit-and-run accident and to locate the suspect. Police say they were not pursuing the stolen vehicle at the time of the crash.

The car is described as a maroon Buick four-door with a bicycle rack on it, Griffin said. It could have severe front-end damage from hitting the pedestrian.

The LAPD set up a command post at the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Hughes Avenue, Griffin said.