Category Archives: Neighboring Communities

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

Help Local Charity Feed 500 Families this Thanksgiving


Venice based charity Badge of Heart aims to feed 500 families this Thanksgiving and they’d like some help with the cause.

They currently have a Thanksgiving fundraising sale, “for our last push, we are offering 50% off plus free shipping on select Men’s and Ladies T-Shirts,” says charity founder, Officer Ken Lew of LAPD Pacific Division.

For Badge of Heart merchandise or to simply donate some cash go online to


“All proceeds go towards our Thanksgiving Turkey give away.  Please tell your family and friends,” says Lew.

LA County Plows The Way for Hotel Development on Marina Marshland


The Board of Supervisors today approved the next
step toward development of two hotels in Marina del Rey, despite some residents’ concerns.

The developer, MDR Hotels, LLC, is planning to build “two hotels in a single building” with a total of 288 rooms on Via Marina north of Tahiti Way.

Since the project was first conceived, MDR Hotels shifted the
construction site to preserve a wetland area and redesigned the structure, knocking it down from 19 stories to seven. A plan to include timeshare units was dropped and additional parking was added.

Despite those concessions, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin sent a letter opposing the project and urged the board to leave the entire parcel as marshland.

Many residents agreed, “what better way to honor your legacy?” Elise Hicks asked Supervisor Don Knabe, who represents the district that includes Marina del Rey. Hicks is also a member of the Ballona Institute, which aims to protect the wetlands.

But another resident who has lived in the Marina for about 10 years was among those who said the wetlands area amounted to an eyesore. “What we see when we walk past it is an empty lot covered with ugly weeds,” Rick Rhodes said.

Others said there was no need for another hotel, citing 65 percent hotel occupancy rates in the area.

The Department of Beaches and Harbors reported that the two separately-branded hotels would be the first built since the Ritz-Carlton opened on Admiralty Way in 1990 and said the area didn’t have enough hotel properties.

Any new project would add to traffic and a lack of parking in an area
where residents told the board they were trapped in their homes during rush hour. Some warned that more traffic on the limited routes in and out of Marina del Rey would doom residents in the event of an earthquake or tsunami.

Save Ballona Wetlands
Locals say to County, “Please serve your community instead of serving the developers,”

“Please serve your community instead of serving the developers,” 20-year resident Sharie Green told the board.  “Let’s be honest, these projects are driven by greed, not need.”

The county is expected to collect about $2 million a year in rents and
hotel taxes in the first year that hotel occupancy is stabilized.

Labor interests turned out in support of the project, saying it would
create more than 100 full-time jobs. Other environmentalists argued that the board was obliged to re-address the project’s Environmental Impact Report because of small mammals that live in
the habitat but were overlooked.

The board ultimately indicated its intent to approve the project,
subject to review by county attorneys.

Following that review, county officials are expected to sign an option
for a 60-year lease with MDR Hotels. The developer will pay $100,000 for that option and at least another $47 million on construction costs.


– From CNS

The Last of the Ballona Wetlands Face the Final Countdown


Today those against a proposed 288-room hotel, set to be build on the last undeveloped parcel in the marina, will appear at a hearing before the LA County Board of Supervisors in Downtown Los Angeles.

Ballona Wetlands Bird
Herons, Egrets, and other birds forage in the marsh on Via Marina at Tahiti Way.

On July 22, 2015 the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission approved the development which has been proposed for the vacant lot along the west side of the marina, on Via Marina between Marquesas and Tahiti Way.

Those against the development believe the space would better serve the community as a park arguing the area currently provides “a bit of breathing room and glimpses of wild nature in the city” and that “remnants of the historical Ballona Wetlands marsh” are still obvious.

At today’s hearing those behind the Ballona Institute campaign hopes to “challenge the decision of the Planning Commission and persuade the Board of Supervisors that (their) vision makes more sense.”

The hearing will take place at 9:00am this morning at 500 W Temple St, Los Angeles.

Read more about the marsh-land on the neighborhood Facebook page. 


Kardashian Firework Saga Fizzles Out


Khloe Kardashian has avoided a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace after a firework display blasted Marina del Rey and Venice residents with a rude midnight awaking on August 26 this year.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office decided not to

Neil Guthrie
Photos: Neil Guthrie

prosecute anyone in connection with firework display that took place off a yacht off the coast of Marina del Rey.

The fireworks and party where arranged by Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian to celebrate the birthday of Khloe’s
boyfriend, NBA player, James Harden.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had run an investigation into the fireworks and recommended the misdemeanor charge upon submitting findings to prosecutors.

The D.A.’s office rejected any charges saying the Kardashians had “passive permission” to stage the fireworks show.

According to TMZ, the U.S Coast Guard had made the sheriff’s department aware that Jenner’s production company would be exploding the fireworks that night.  As the boat was outside the marina, a permit was not required.

Locals were not impressed at being shocked awake at midnight on a wednesday. It is believed a number of residents are preparing  a lawsuit against Kardashian and Jenner.

Read about how residents were shocked from their weeknight slumber here.

Body Found in Ballona Creek Playa del Rey


An unidentified body was found  last night in Playa del Rey, in a rocky area of the water along the shore in the 6100 block of Ballona Creek about 7:20 p.m., Deputy Jeff Gordon said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Gordon said.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the discovery.

KCAL9’s Cristy Fajardo reported live from the scene saying investigators did not know how the person died or give an age range, but that the dead body was male.

Fishermen Fajardo spoke to said they had overheard that a lifeguard had found the body floating near rocks at Ballona Creek.

Gordon said the investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.