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Marcasel and Washington Place

Can the developers actually complete a building to be occupied a year from now? Remember this is in Culver City and they have permission and encouragement from Culver City Planning Department  to encroach  and build on half of Marcasel making it one way out to Washington Place.


A Lot of Cabbage!

SoMar woman grows an eight pound cabbage in her front yard with assistance of free LA City mulch composted from our Green bins. Some recycled rainwater was utilized along with potable water. Tomatoes, Swiss Chard, Radishes, Squash, Peppers, Sunflowers and 20 volunteer Pumpkins too!


Culver City beautification

Culver City is doing a streetscape median and traffic safety improvement on the way to Costco. This first section under construction is from Rosabell to Meier Street across from the 99 Cents store.


Fish Fryday packed to the gills!

Friday the thirteenth proved lucky for SoMar’s Earl’s Gourmet Grub restaurant with over 100 people enjoying their first large food event this past week.  Southern style catfish and beer battered cod along with french fries, salad and desserts filled the capacity crowd in the newly upgraded patio area behind E.G.G. and the Venice Grind. Local SoMar brewer Michael Bowe of award winning Angel City Brewing provided at least three different eclectic brews to the thirsty adults. Stay tuned for the breweries move from Torrance to Downtown Los Angeles. Children were welcomed with softer refreshments homemade by Earl. Soundtrack was soulful oldies. Open Mar Vista now renamed Open Neighborhoods provided info on their new provider Martifer Solar USA  for their Community Solar Program 2010.

Earl's Yvonne MacDonald and Demetrios of Venice Grind

The Mar Vista Mom and family enjoy fish, fries and ale

Earl's chef fries and proprietor Dean Harada serves Angel City in red shirt

Diners enjoy the patio scene

La Petite Creperie gets Proclamation

One of South Mar Vista’s newest restaurants received a Proclamation from our Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Council District 11 on a recent Sunday morning. La Petite Creperie, at 3809 Grand View Boulevard just south of Venice Boulevard, was praised in the proclamation for locating their new business in Mar Vista and welcomed them to the neighborhood. Yeah SoMar!


From left to right Len Nguyen – CD 11 Mar Vista field deputy, Albert Olson – Chair of the Mar Vista Community Council, Gabriella, Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Benoit

I checked their website which doesn’t seem to be up and running yet www.lpcmarvista.com and I hope I have the co-owners correct names above. Leave a reply for corrections and reviews.

Congresswoman Harman Visits Mar Vista

Our current U.S. Congresswoman 36th District Jane Harman addressed a group of mostly Mar Vistans, including a few from SoMar, recently at the home of resident Kate Anderson. Kate, among other activities, represents Zone 3 on the board of the             Mar Vista Community Council.

You might know Kate also from her recent run in the Democratic primary for State Assembly having addressed both SoMar and North Oval membership meetings early in her run. Click on this link to the same story with a few more details on the Mar Vista Mom blog. Soon after this visit, the husband of the Congresswoman, Sidney Harman, announced his purchase of Newsweek magazine from the Washington Post newspaper. More coverage for Mar Vista?


Clockwise from upper left, Marty Rubin from Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution aka C.R.A.A.P. , Rob Kadota, former chairperson of the Mar Vista Community Council hiding in tree,  the Congresswoman, Bill Scheding long time and founding member of the M.V.C.C. (colorful Crocs!)  and Kate Anderson. Several more people off camera!

Where in SoMar Is? – Tree lined

Where is this tree lined street in SoMar? Hint – Get lost on the way to the woods.

No prize this time,  just the knowledge that you have walked all the blocks and have come across this country like lane in the midst of the city that is South Mar Vista.