Candidate for City Council CD11 Traci Park in SoMar next week

Our Mar Vista Community Council Zone 5 Director, Drew Ruesch, is having a meet and greet with CD 11 Candidate for City Council, Traci Park,  a week from Friday May 20th at 6:30 PM at his house on McLaughlin in South Mar Vista. Co-sponsoring the event is two MVCC at Large Directors Charlene Samiley and Carolyn Honda. So if you would like to meet Drew et al in person please RSVP by this Friday the 13th at the highlighted RSVP link below. Of note, Charlene is the Vice Chair of the MVCC Homeless Committee.

Join us for a Meet and Greet with CD 11’s favorite candidate Traci Park on Friday, May 20th at 6:30 pm.

She lives in CD11 and has been directly affected by the policies in place. She is our CHOICE FOR CHANGE and is seeking to TRANSFORM and REGAIN control of our neighborhoods. 

The meet and greet will give you an opportunity to listen to her plans, ask questions, and see what she is about. The goal is for a big push before Election Day. 

If you have friends you think will be interested in attending, please let us know. 

The event is FREE and you’re NOT being asked to donate.

Please RSVP by Friday May 13, As we need to get a count for food and drinks.

Hope to see you there!

Carolyn, Drew & Charlene”

Not a South Mar Vista Neighborhood Association endorsement.

Reception for CD 11 Candidate Mike Newhouse

Dear SoMar,

Our local restauranter Demetrios Mavro is having a reception for CD 11 candidate Mike Newhouse, just across the street from the Mar Vista Library at the Art Bar LA 12017 Venice Boulevard this coming Monday the 18th at 5:30 PM   Of course they would like a donation to the campaign. This is not an endorsement by SoMar but for your information only.

For more info, his website has all his positions on the issues of the day and an introductory on camera video –    See the flyers below:

Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor thru Mar Vista

Online meeting today Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 10 AM

Below is communication to Steve Wallace of SoMar about a Metro zoom type  meeting today Saturday Jan 22 which will discuss the routing of the proposed  train N-S from Van Nuys in the Valley connecting to the E-W Purple line in Westwood and the E-W Aqua-Expo line in West LA and then south  thru Mar Vista to at least the LAX airport. A ten year building project.

If you cannot attend today there is info on how to replay the video and still make comments for a couple of weeks.  Metro says “Sepulveda”  corridor but there has been discussion of moving the route furthur west into the heart of north – south Mar Vista.

Good afternoon, Mr. Wallace:

My name is John Saito, project manager for Murakawa Communications, a public affairs firm assisting with the community outreach program for the Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project. The Metro project will create a high-quality, reliable transit service option connecting the San Fernando Valley and the Westside.

The project is currently in the planning phase. An environmental review process is beginning now with a public scoping period. During this time, the public can provide feedback on the various alternatives.
Due to COVID, all scheduled community outreach events have been postponed. But we would like to invite you and the South Mar Vista Neighborhood Association to attend Metro’s last virtual scoping meeting to be held this Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The scoping meetings have given all stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about the project and to provide public comments through the link until February 11, 2022 The meeting link and other project details are below.

If you aren’t able to attend, you can view a video recording of the last scoping meeting and submit your comments via regular mail, email, online comment form or phone. The last day to submit comments is Friday, Feb. 11.

Metro is leading a robust stakeholder engagement program with the goal of building an inclusive vision that balances the unique needs of diverse corridor stakeholders.

If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you.

   John Saito, Jr. 

   project manager & da one

   116 South Catalina Avenue, Suite 103 

   Redondo Beach, CA 90277  

   323-528-9026   cell 
   310-376-2236   phone 
   310-379-3953   fax 

   Mailing address: 2110 Artesia Boulevard #354, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 

   Don’t forget, you are the hero of your own story. – Fr. Greg Boyle

 Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project  Español Scoping meeting recordings now available!   Thank you to the 185 community members who joined us at our second of three virtual public scoping meetings for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. For those who were not able to attend, video recordings of the presentation are now available using the Dropbox links below.   To view the scoping meeting recordings, please follow the links below: English Scoping Meeting Presentation Spanish Scoping Meeting Presentation 

There is still time to submit your scoping comments! The comment period is open now through Friday, February 11, 2022. During this period, we encourage you to submit your thoughts and comments about the alternatives, as well as identify issues that may need to be addressed in the environmental review.   

The environmental review will take into consideration the questions and comments provided during the scoping period and carefully analyze a broad range of topics that will be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) when it is released. We appreciate your patience.  
Join us for the final scoping meeting on January 22 Don’t miss an opportunity to attend the final virtual scoping meeting for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. The meeting will be held Saturday January 22, 2022, from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  The last scoping meeting will offer Spanish interpretation and will feature the same presentation, followed by oral comments. Metro will accommodate as many comments as possible based on time and capacity constraints

  Saturday, January 22, 2022 10am-12pm ID: 999 3010 8496 Passcode: 270559 Call-in: 669.900.6833 Jan. 22 Registration  Submit Your Comments Comments may be submitted via any of the following methods or at a virtual scoping meeting by Friday, February 11, 2022. Regardless of the submittal method, all comments will be treated, evaluated and documented equally.      Online Comment Form     213.922.7375
     Peter Carter, Project Manager, Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-6, Los Angeles, CA 90012
In Other News Field Work for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor As part of the environmental review process for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project, Metro’s technical contractors and consultants will perform field work to evaluate and gather information on existing geological conditions throughout the project study area. Work will occur in and near the communities of Bel Air, Beverly Crest, Beverly Glen, and Sherman Oaks and is anticipated to start Tuesday, January 18, 2022 and will continue for approximately 3 months. There will be no impact to residents, businesses, or traffic during this activity. To learn more, click here

  Fare Collection Resumed on January 10th After waiving bus fares during the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro resumed collecting fares on January 10, 2022. Eligible riders can sign up for the Low-Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) program which offers discounted weekly and monthly transit passes. For more information on the LIFE program, please visit

     Stay Connected To learn more about the project, visit our project website, email us, call our project information line or find us on social media handles below.     213.922.7375     losangelesmetro     @metrolosangeles     Your privacy is important to us, please review the Privacy Policy

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Quilts From The Heart Christmas Boutique Sunday December 12th – 10 AM to 2 PM

On Sunday at 4114 East Boulevard, south of Washington Place, will be the Quilts From the Heart – open air  Christmas Boutique from 10 AM to 2 PM. Quilts from the Heart is a not for profit that pre-covid met every Friday at the Mar Vista Library. All handmade items available at what will sure to be reasonable prices -see the flyer below. The volunteer group annually donates 200 or more items to local charities.