Category Archives: Neighboring Communities

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

Lawsuit lodged following death of man killed by LAPD vehicle in Del Rey

The son of a man struck and killed by a Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad vehicle earlier this year in Del Rey is suing the city.

Derek J. Bucheit, the son of Dean Joseph Bucheit, filed the wrongful death/negligence suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also naming as a defendant the driver of the LAPD vehicle, Officer Christian Christensen.

The Silsbee, Texas, resident seeks unspecified damages. A spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office could not be immediately reached for comment.

Dean Bucheit, 64, died at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 12:10 a.m. Feb. 9 in the 13600 block of Culver Boulevard, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

The suit alleges that Christensen was traveling at a high speed despite there being no emergency at the time.

Sgt. Elizabeth Ellis of the LAPD’s West Traffic Division said previously that fog could have contributed to the accident.

Christensen was assigned to Los Angeles International Airport and was on his way home when the pedestrian was fatally injured, the LAPD said.

“He is very distraught over this accident,”  LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery has said. “On all fronts this is just a tragedy.”


Want To Study Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine? Yo San University Offers Wide Ranging Courses

Yo San University is located at 13315 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine just a stone’s throw away from Venice is a professional graduate university at the forefront of interactive healthcare education. The university offers the master of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine or the doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine.

“We have a commitment to service, both teaching and caregiving,” said Christina Andrick, YSU’s Director of Enrollment Management. “Through our clinic and programs we offer the community more than 21,000 free or subsidized treatments annually. We’re proud to be a trusted provider of health care services and education to L.A.’s Westside.”

Masters level students may choose from three concentrations to focus their studies to their desired career pathways. They are:

1) Acupuncture orthopedics and 
pain management.

2) Women’s and Children’s Health

3) Qi cultivation and taoism.

Doctoral students, upon choosing YSU, pick a specialty either healthy aging and internal medicine or women’s health and reproductive medicine. Furthering the mission of the university is the YSU Community Clinic.

The clinic is a resource for students and all members of L.A.’s Westside who seek affordable wellness and holistic healthcare options. Yo San’s community clinic is a teaching and healing facility ready to serve you daily. It is located on the second floor of the Yo San building.

The clinic provides experience-proven, centuries-old holistic medicine practiced in a professional modern setting. Treatments are provided by licensed acupuncturists or supervised interns in the final phase of a rigorous four-year program.

Treatment options range from acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to modalities such as cupping, Tui Na Bodywork, Qigong practice, and nutritional counseling. Patient care is highly personalized to restore and maintain health and wellness.

Whether you choose the community clinic or a specialty clinic, be assured that the excellent care you receive is safe, effective and affordable.

Yo San University is located at 13315 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles. Visitor parking is available.

For more information or to book an appointment, call 310.577.3006. Mention Yo! Venice to receive $5 off your first treatment.

To enroll or for more information, email or call 310.577.3000 (ext. 124).

The 20-year Mobility Plan which Aims to Reduce Traffic in Los Angeles


Just days after cars made way to bikes, from Culver City to Venice, for the 2015 CicLAvia festival,  City Council has voted to help reduce traffic in Los Angeles by giving people transportation options other than their cars.

Councilmembers Mike Bonin and José Huizar led efforts to adopt a 20-year mobility plan on Tuesday. The plan puts an emphasis on safety, while encouraging and supporting increased pedestrian, public transit and bicycle use in the City of Los Angeles.

As chairmen of the City’s Transportation and Planning & Land Use Management committees, Bonin and Huizar worked with the City’s Transportation and Planning departments to develop and advocate for the 193 page report, which creates a Citywide planning and transportation plan that connects neighborhoods and thoroughfares utilizing a Complete Streets approach to safety improvements.

Councilmembers Bonin and Huizar are widely considered the City’s two biggest proponents of the type of Complete Streets solutions Mobility Plan 2035 proposes.

“When it comes to transportation planning for the City of Los Angeles’ future, Mobility Plan 2035 represents a bold step forward that builds on the work we’ve been doing in recent years where we prioritize multimodal options beyond cars utilizing Complete Streets planning,” said Councilmember Huizar. “While the automobile remains a vital part of our transportation future, so too is our goal to make our roads safer, more efficient and accessible with increased public transportation, pedestrian and bike-focused options. Mobility Plan 2035 does just that.”

“This plan is about giving people safe and convenient transportation options so they aren’t forced to use their cars for every trip they take,” said Bonin. “The more options we give people beyond their cars, the less traffic we are going to have in our neighborhoods. Mobility 2035 is a forward thinking vision for our city that will make Los Angeles a better place to live and work and enjoy.”

The Plan is the first comprehensive update of Los Angeles’ transportation policies since the 1990s and in addition to providing a policy framework for how the city will build streets in the future, the plan will be used to procure grants to help pay for improvements. The Plan went through a thorough public review process, which included interactive workshops, engagement with Neighborhood Councils and online town halls. Each specific project and street enhancement will additionally have its own public participation and approval process.

According to the plan, nearly half (47%) of all trips taken in Los Angeles are less than three miles, but 84% of those trips are taken by car. The Mobility Plan 2035 proposes developing a network of bike lanes, transit lines and pedestrian-friendly streets to help encourage more people to choose to walk, bike or take public transit, taking cars off the road in LA neighborhoods.

“Mobility Plan 2035 aims to give people choices,” said Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. “It delivers a 21st century playbook for street design, establishes safety as our highest priority, and sets in motion a thoughtful community-based process to build the healthiest, most efficient, and beautiful streets we can. At its core, this plan is about strengthening our neighborhoods and local businesses, and keeping us on track to be the most sustainable, resilient city we can be.”
“The City of Los Angeles is leading the way in providing safe and cutting edge transportation options for our citizens,” said Michael LoGrande, General Manager of the City Planning Department. “The adoption of the Mobility Plan today by the City Council is a monumental step forward for LA.”

From Culver City to Venice, cars are kicked off LA roads for a day during the 2015 CicLAvia.

Fitness Fridays with The Venice Chamber of Commerce

The Venice Chamber of Commerce’s Fitness Fridays continues today at Penmar Park, on the corner of Rose and Penmar Avenues from 12noon-1:00pm.

The 8-week work out series is for people of all fitness levels
and is hosted by a different local studio and trainer every Friday.

Fitness Fridays is a great way to mix up your workout with a variety of practices, such as yoga and pilates, introducing fun new ways to exercise.

Water and snacks are sponsored by Brittany Cook from Allstate Insurance Company/BNC Insurance. There is no charge to participate and members are encouraged to invite friends and colleagues.

Get all the details here.