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Mar Vista Community Center another Giving Tuesday Idea

Hi Friends:
If you’ve received this email, you’ve indicated an interest in helping our Historic Fire Station 62 project at Windward and Centinela, Mar Vista, become a reality. 
Our goal is to rehab the existing old fire station building to house the future Bill Rosendahl Community Center. We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than Bill, who was the heartbeat of CD11.
In order to make this happen, we’ve got to raise about 1.6 million [probably more to be prepared for construction, labor, and materials costs increases]. 
HOWEVER…in order to get to the initial 1.6 million, we must show a broad donor base. 
My ask is really simple:Please participate in Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020, by making a small donation to the Friends of Historic Fire Station 62. You can do this through our website, linked below, by clicking the bright yellow button [right hand side of the landing page] marked “Donate”. We would love small gifts: $5; $10; $25. Your gift is tax deductible as we are a duly incorporated 501c3 organization.
If you could also reach out to your friends and family, that would be fantastic. If you spread the word on your various networks and lists, that would also be fantastic.The more small donors, the better.
Please join me! 
Giving Tuesday presents us with an opportunity to connect as a community and use our power of generosity to heal. Together, we can make this happen. Let’s honor a man who was a pioneer as the first openly gay member of the Los Angeles City Council, who served CD 11 with integrity, and who gave voice to the voiceless at City Hall.
For more information, visit our Friends of Historic Fire Station 62 website, or our Facebook page. 
Sharon Commins


Mar Vista Community Center at Historic Fire Station 62 – Mar Vista Community CenterA community-driven project to turn our historic, abandoned fire station into a dynamic community center for the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.historic62.org

Giving Tuesday is Tomorrow December 1, 2020


On December 10, 2020, the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area Station along with The Boys and Girls Club and Reliant Urgent Care will be partnering to organize a toy drive for local community members and their families. This event will be very special because it allows everyone to come together and celebrate the Holiday season while providing for families in the most need.For past events, many local community leaders, businesses, and religious groups have taken the opportunity to express their appreciation to the officers and community members that serve the Pacific Area by offering a monetary donation to support the event. This show of support has always been greatly appreciated.

We would like to invite you to participate this year by donating a monetary donation of any kind. Any monetary donations made by check should be made out to “Pacific Area Boosters Association.” The Pacific Area Boosters PayPal can be found for online donations at http://bit.ly/pacifictoygiveawayThank you in advance for your consideration and/or donationIf you have any questions or would like to arrange a pickup of your donation, please contact via email Officer Brianna Brown, 38393@lapd.online or call Pacific Area Community Relations Office, 310-482-6397.Thank you for your continued support. 
All of us at The Pacific Area Boosters AssociationThe Pacific Area BoostersThe Pacific Aea Boosters Association, as we call oursleves, is an organization comprised of community members, businesses and professionals who support the LAPD Pacific Division. incorporated in 1973 as a 501c (3) non-profit organization, the Boosters elicit community involvement in the continual campaign against crime.This program is an integral part of the overall effort to reduce all forms of crime and drug abuse and to give individuals a means of organizing to maintain a high quality of life in our community.      .
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310- 482-6334

Three LAPD Related Notices for November 2020

Three Los Angeles Police related notices with links below.  Councilman Bonin will have a Zoom Meeting with Police Chief and a City Deputy Mayor on Monday November 16th. Please prepare some questions if they are allowed. LAPD Budget has been reduced. Click anywhere on the graphic or here to RSVP

Please consider donating to the Pacific Area Boosters non-profit to thank officers with a meal for their service who are working on Thanksgiving Eve and Day. I have placed their letter below the graphic. Any donation small $5.00 or large is appreciated and tax deductible.  Click anywhere on the graphic or here

The LAPD Youth Services Officers supported by the Boosters are also following up last years successful fundraiser by selling and delivering to your door fresh Holiday wreaths, trees and other evergreen garnishes. The deadline for ordering is next week Nov. 16th.  I have placed Officer Nadya’s letter below the graphic.  These funds will help with their  annual Toy and food Drive for underprivileged youth and families in our area. Click anywhere on the graphic or here

LAPD Pacific Division 
“Officer Appreciation Thanksgiving Dinner”

thanksgivingIt’s almost time for our annual Pacific Officer’s Thanksgiving Appreciation Dinner and we would love to have your support & participation! 

Showing our support of our officers is more meaningful than ever this year!  Our Pacific Division officers are the “best” in caring for our interests, never blinking through all the ongoing chaos. Let’s give them a wonderful showing of support & “thanks” with our appreciation dinner. 

If you are not familiar with this event,  members of CPAB (Community Police Advisory Board), members of the Boosters, and community volunteers put on a huge buffet Thanksgiving meal for our officers the day before Thanksgiving with lots of left-overs for those working on the day of Thanksgiving. 

THIS YEAR due to COVID- 19 there are some snags.  Food must come from commercial sources and very few volunteer are allowed onsite at the station.. What can you do? We welcome your support via financial donations of “any” size!  
It’s easy to do … simply click on this link bit.ly://officerappreciationand again, “any” size, $5+ is welcomed.    Your names  will be included on a card for all officers to see and all donations are also tax deductible.  501(C)3 Nonprofit #95-3971193Please spread the word... our flyer is below as an image and via this link you can download a pdf version:.  

Subject: Christmas Tree Sales
https://fundraiser4us.com/zz/PacificBoosters Hello Pacific Community, Hope that you and your families are doing well and staying healthy.  We are reaching out to you because last year you were so kind as to order a Christmas Tree, Wreath, Swag or Garland for yourself or as a kind donation for a military family.    To help you “Deck the Halls, “we decided to once again sell Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Swags and Garland….One Stop Shop!!  This year to make it convenient, safe and contactless, all orders will be online.  Avoid the crowded Christmas Tree lots and take advantage of having your purchase delivered to your front door, (nominal fee).    If you would like to purchase a tree for your family, wreath, swag, garland or make a contribution toward a tree or wreath for a military family please click on the above link and you will be directed to the sales page.  Order deadline is November 16th. We would like to thank you in advance for your consideration and support to the Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division.   Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or my partner, Brianna Brown 38393@lapd.online.   Respectfully, 

Nadya Bennyworth

Los Angeles Police Department

Pacific Area

Youth Service Officer/Community Relations Office

310-482-6397 office 


Replay of the Downtown Mar Vista Upgrades Zoom Meeting

Thank you for attending the Downtown Mar Vista Beautification- Step One – Needs Assessment Webinar and for taking the Survey. Your preferences will be documented and us to create a second survey to refine the choices that have been prioritized. If you have friends and neighbors who could not attend please share the following links:

Watch the presentation on Youtube – https://youtu.be/K6LLVV8PlE0

Take the survey – the survey will be available until through Friday, November 6th –https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBLDFV9 

Remember to register for our next onsite event at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market on Sunday November 22nd from 9am to 2pm.  Everyone who signs up will also be sent a link to the survey that will be used onsite the day before the event.

Register at Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/126430211165

Once again, thank you for your participation and please feel free to reach out to me or Alek Bartrosouf with any questions.

Anna Apostolos

Senior Program Manager

Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative

800 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 970

Los Angeles, CA 90017

213-627-1822 ext 14

714-928-4922 cell


“Rebuilding Neighborhoods One Block At A Time”

Downtown Mar Vista Zoom Meeting on October 29th 5:30PM

Attention Mar Vista!
MVCC Great Streets wants you to know!
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to tell CD11 and LADOT exactly what you want to happen on Venice Blvd. in downtown Mar Vista.

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) is managing the project in partnership with Studioneleven. Other sponsors include VisionZeroLA Great StreetsLADOT LivableCD11, and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office.

This project will discuss, prioritize and implement pedestrian improvements. They are asking Mar Vista stakeholders: “How would you like to improve the pedestrian experience along Venice Blvd? Prioritize and provide feedback on potential element installations such as street furniture, wayfinding and public art. This is an opportunity to inspire and contribute to ideas for enhancing the downtown Mar Vista experience. “

This project is slated to be completed by Spring 2021.

Please RSVP to attend these important meetings as they will impact Downtown Mar Vista.

Step 1 – Assess the Need
Online Community Input Workshop
Thursday, October 29 – 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Webinar ID # 972 6515 1796 (Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97265151796)
RSVP:  http://tiny.cc/n4p0tz

Step 2 – Review Findings & Implementation
Mar Vista Farmers Market
Sunday, November 22 – 9am to 2pm

IN PERSON at the Mar Vista Farmers Market (with social distancing)
RSVP: http://tiny.cc/o4p0tz

For more information, visit Great Streets Subcommittee web page for this project.
Above from the Mar Vista Community Council e-mail list

Police Commission seeks input on LAPD reform

In the schedule below is four more opportunities to attend a ZOOM forum with the Police Commission https://lapd.zoom.us/j/99276403824 and/or e-mail specific proposals to policecommissionadvisorycommittee@lapd.online

Please attend tonight’s Community Plan Zoom meeting 8/25/20 7PM

Tonight there is a zoom meeting of the Mar Vista Community Council’s Community Plan Subcommittee of the MVCC Planning and Land Use (PLUM) committtee

They will be discussing all the changes proposed by the DCP Department of City Planning to the zoning in all of Mar Vista not just South Mar Vista but you can learn as well as voice your thoughts when you raise your hand.

I believe the two representatives working on the Community Plan updates for City Planning will be on the call. But written e-mail comments will hold a lot of weight. Deadline is  September 15, 2020 and contacts to send to are indicated on a previous blog post
Community Plan Sub-CommitteeTuesday, Aug 25, 2020, at 7:00pm Zoom Electronic MeetingMeeting ID : 978 7032 9234 https://zoom.us/j/97870329234 for instructions on how to join, see https://bit.ly/2yhhvGS 
Join by phone: 720 707 2699 Meeting ID:
TONIGHT @ 7pm!
DCP visits for Q&A. Representative(s) from the Department of City Planning (DCP) will be attending tonight’s Community Plan Subcommittee meeting to answer your questions regarding the Westside Community Plan Update (view plan here).  Meetings are always free and open to the public.    VIEW AGENDA  

Possible City Planning Upzoning in South Mar Vista 2020

The City Planning Department is in the process of updating the Community Plan for Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey which looks at Land Use and often involves zoning changes. The last plan in our area was adopted 1997 so the update is way overdue.  Once a new plan is adopted by the City Council it becomes the guideline for development allowable in each area and on each parcel.  

The Planning Department is seeking comments from stakeholders on their proposed changes before they submit a final plan to the City Planning Committee and then the full City Council.  We have a few areas of concern to the South Mar Vista property owners and residents.  See the flyer below prepared by the Mar Vista Community Council – Community Plan subcommittee of the MVCC PLUM Committee. Below the flyer and right here is a link to submit e-mail comments by deadline of September 15.  The other link is to view the proposed update of the Community Plan.

I believe all the parcels highlighted on Pacific Avenue, Coolidge, Berryman, Minerva, and Bledsoe are currently zoned R1V2    (R1 was  recently subdivided into variations of R1  into R1V1, R1V2 , R1V3 , R1V4 ) 

If the Community Plan suggested updates up zones are accepted by DCP then I think it would mean the current R1 designation on these blocks would become what they call Low Residential – in the light orange color meaning all those parcels could become duplex – two family and each would be allowed 1 ADU -Accessory Dwelling Unit – so possibly 4 individuals or families on 1 current lot.  Height allowance for such development is vague currently.

On McLaughlin from Venice Blvd. to Washington Place the current zoning is also R1V2  and the suggested up zone is to Medium Residential in the darker orange color which means possibly several  units and a height of 2 – 5 stories or more when transit or affordable density bonuses are added.   A current example would be the large developments on the current R3-1 West side of McLaughlin south of Washington Place  adjacent to our  R-1 neighbors on East Blvd. in the South Oval. 

Please view the one sheet flyer below for graphic info and also the active links below. Please share with your neighbors who may not be subscribed to this WordPress blog.



Please attend MVCC Planning Meeting Zoom Tuesday Aug 4th 6:30PM For Upzoning Single Family – Item 8.3

https://zoom.us/j/95872862038 This link should be active as mentioned Zoom meet below

Illegal Fireworks in Los Angeles