The Wednesday August 25th joint meeting of SoMar and the North Oval Neighborhood Assn. will take place at the Mar Vista Restaurant at 12249 Venice Blvd. on the north side of Venice from 6PM to approx. 8PM. We don’t know yet the food or drink availability and Covid protocols.
The main reason is to meet our new Mar Vista Community Council Zone 5 Director Drew Reusch. Zone 5 has the same footprint as the South Mar Vista NA boundaries. Drew has also taken the Chair of the PLUM Committee and the position of MVCC Treasurer. Other guest confirmed is Dr. Rob Watkins the Chair of the MVCC Homeless Committee. LAPD and other guests have not confirmed yet.
The topics to consider will be Crime, unhoused encampments, a new non-profit group called HousingMV and what their impact could be, and possible Upzoning of Single family lots. Agenda to be announced.
Please invite any neighbors that may not yet be on the South Mar Vista e-mail list. Please RSVP to SoMar President Steve Wallace at email@example.com
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT for our LAPD Pacific Area Officers and the communities they serve was a fantastic, fun, engaging,”mutual” show of support evening that was enjoyed by all. We hope you were there to share in the spirit and energy that surrounded us from 6PM – 9PM at Penmar Park – a perfect setting for the evening. SEE MORE PHOTOS BELOW .SO MANY PEOPLE TO THANK!
Below are all our prize donors. Be sure to visit them & give them your support!
Thank You To Our Photographers Brian Ulf and Rob Kadota CLICK HERE FOR ALL PHOTOS . A FINAL THANK YOU TO: Our CPAB Event Chair George Francisco and his CPAB committee Ron Mito – Rob Kato – Rob Kadota – Pat Karasick – Ron Mito
Our Announcer Rob Kadota . Our DJ Alex Rosales . Special Thanks To Sargent Brian Cook
Special Thanks Also To: All those in the community who helped make the pieces come together so quickly for this year’s NNO. You know who you are!! .The best way to build a safer community is to knowour neighbors & our surroundings & our police!
Our new Zone 5 Director Drew Reusch has been appointed chair of the important PLUM Committee and his first meeting is tonight as well. See info from Kathryn Wheeler Chair of MVCC below. The Links should be active:
A Letter From The Chair
Dear Mar Vista Stakeholders, Hope you and your family are safe and enjoying the Mar Vista summer.
This summer has been very busy for the MVCC. In June, we launched the new and improved MarVista.org, the City held its first-ever Vote-By-Mail elections for the entire Neighborhood Council System, and the fiscal year ended (which always adds work). July saw the seating of eleven new board members with four incumbents, the election of the MVCC Officers, and the new committee structure.
As mentioned above, we have made some committee changes. These changes are an earnest effort to make the MVCC more in-line as to why the Neighborhood Council System (NC) was created: to provide a voice for the community regarding “matters to be considered by the City Council, City Council Committees, and City boards or commissions…PRIOR to the City Council making a decision on a matter of local concern.” (emphasis mine)
Last fiscal year, the MVCC had 15 committees/subcommittees that required chair appointments for monthly meetings. The number of stakeholders appointed roughly equaled the number of elected board members and the number of subcommittees outnumbered the parent committees.
In my two and a half years of attending MVCC meetings, I have witnessed lion-hearted stakeholders burnt out by too many subcommittee meetings, and/or the burdensome legalities of chairing a committee.
Remember, if a stakeholder is appointed as a chair, they no longer are a stakeholder. Our governing body requires they take the same training (~4.5 hours) and be held accountable to the same governing documents as if they had been elected to the board. One of the best governing documents (i.e., The Brown Act which creates a transparent government), also requires that chairs guard “against discussing matters that are likely to be issues within the subject matter jurisdiction” of the MVCC whether at a “informal gathering”, through “serial meetings or intermediary”, or with “technological devices”. This does put a damper on discussing local matters with friends who might also chair a committee or is a board member.
Since stakeholders are the reason we exist, we needed to scale back so stakeholders could once again fully participate in the process by doing research, reporting, discussing, and making recommendations on how the MVCC should vote. We must always be stakeholder-friendly!
So, welcome stakeholders! We hope you enjoy the new schedule.
We have scaled back from 15 to 7 meetings a month. The meetings will be held Tuesday thru Thursday evenings the first two weeks of the month. To accommodate the Tuesday thru Thursday schedule, and to allow stakeholders to attend both the Venice and Mar Vista Board of Directors’ meetings, the Board of Directors’ meeting has been moved to the third Wednesday of the month.
We hope this new schedule will encourage you to fully participate in the process and make a difference in Mar Vista!
Please visit the new and improved MarVista.org to Find Your Zone , check the Calendar for upcoming meetings, get to know more about your Neighborhood Council, and discover how you would like to participate in helping Mar Vista!
Please feel free to contact us, we are here to serve. Have a great week! Sincerely,
In support of our Pacific Divison LAPD officers, your SoMar has acquired and provided Local Restaurant gift certificates for a free raffle being run by the Community Police Advisory Board and Pacific Boosters. Updated flyer:
Passing on a message I received in case you are not aware.
South Mar Vista (SoMar) Neighborhood Association
I am happy to introduce hope for the future of Council District 11: Traci Park! Our City needs new leadership and the time for change is NOW! She will fight to protect our beaches and parks, work with police to fight crime, and focus on spending resources wisely to address homelessness, mental health and drug addiction. She has vast experience with community advocacy and litigation and is a force for change! From Traci’s website:“It’s time to stand up to career politicians who make excuses, ignore their constituents, and get in the way of the changes we want. Traci is ready to tackle our highest priority concerns and deliver cost-effective solutions with tenacity, passion, and a no-nonsense approach. She will work tirelessly to help businesses and families thrive as we recover from the pandemic and prepare for a bright future.” Please check out her website www.tracipark.com to learn more about her and sign up for her newsletter. See below for her latest newsletter. It is going to take our entire community to come together to fight for the leadership that we all deserve. Let’s unite! https://www.facebook.com/TraciParkforLA/
MIKE BONIN’S “FEASIBILITY STUDY” LIE Lies and Lack of Transparency: Business as Usual with Mike Bonin Earlier this year, Mike Bonin authored a motion seeking a purported “feasibility study” to install homeless shelters at Mar Vista and Westchester Parks, as well as Will Rogers State Beach, Dockweiler Beach, and Fisherman’s Village in Marina Del Rey. Mr. Bonin and his staff then made the rounds to CD-11 Neighborhood Council meetings, selling the false narrative that this was the “beginning of a conversation” and that the motion simply sought authorization to conduct a “feasibility study.” I attended many of the Neighborhood Council meetings where the “feasibility study” motion was discussed. Overwhelmingly, neighbors and stakeholders showed up to express their opposition and outrage at the idea. Why were people so upset about it? Because Mike Bonin has proven, repeatedly, that he cannot be trusted to “safely” manage such projects. And sadly, his broken promises around the Venice Bridge Home were repeatedly offered up as the shining example of why the community does not trust Mike Bonin.
Remember, back in 2018, Mike Bonin held a townhall meeting in Venice and promised the community that, in exchange for hosting his Bridge Home shelter, the neighborhood would be safer, encampments would be cleared, and the area would become a Special Enforcement Zone. None of those promises were kept. Instead, the Venice Bridge Home spillover encampment grew exponentially, and crime and violence exploded. In just the first six months of operation, there were 114 calls for service to LAPD from the Venice Bridge Home. The surrounding neighborhood was completely abandoned by Mr. Bonin.
Over the objections of the CD-11 communities, on May 26, 2021, Mike Bonin took his motion for a “feasibility study” to the City Council, where it passed 14-1.
Thanks to the excellent investigative reporting of Sue Pascoe of Circling the News, which compiled information obtained through Public Records Act requests, we now know that the “feasibility study” was conducted long before Mr. Bonin started this charade. According to Circling the News, the “feasibility study” had actually been underway since August 2020. Mike Bonin and his staff, in conjunction with various City and County Departments, have already surveyed the locations, studied electrical, sewers, plumbing, sanitation amenities, fire hydrant installation, and other necessary infrastructure. The story can be located here: https://www.circlingthenews.com/beach-parking-lots-have-already-been-analyzed-for-housing-the-homeless/
Mike Bonin’s claim that this was the “beginning of a conversation” was a lie. The fact is, his motion was never just for a “feasibility study.” He was going to do this all along, regardless of what his constituents have to say about it. The lies and the lack of transparency need to stop.
Keep doing your best, and I will do the same.- Traci Park
A neighbor let me know last night that the CA State Assembly will vote on Senate Bill 10 today which allows the end of single family neighborhoods statewide with no zoning overide or exceptions allowed by the cities. Our State Assembly member for District 54 is Mr. Isaac Bryan who was just voted in to replace Sydney Kamlager who is now our State Senator District 30. His Sacramento phone number is (916) 319-2054. His website at https://a54.asmdc.org. I am a little confused with the difference between SB 9 and SB 10 so I will let them know as his constituent to advise him to vote NO on either bill and that there are alternatives to destroying Single Families to provide housing for the low income or the unhoused.