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.


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 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!

Street Tree bites the sidewalk

It looks like a truck or accident knocked over this street tree in front of 12306 Venice Boulevard  a week or so ago. It also seems that Bureau of Street Services has cut the stump and removed the tree. There are four missing street trees from Grand View to Centinela on this south side of Venice Blvd.


The question is how do “we” or the property owner get this stump and others in the area removed and a replacement tree? Business owners seem to always be concerned about trees blocking their signage or window displays. Certainly there is a city approved tree that would satisfy both the business and the public needs and add to the Million Trees LA count.


The non profit Venice Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Association has developed a list within a “Greening the Boulevard” master plan to replace and plant new trees and more from Lincoln Blvd. to Sawtelle Blvd. The success of the VBSIA work on the two pilot medians at Grand View and Venice are evidence of what the future may hold.

The first step may be for concerned citizens and property owners to call 311 and ask for the Urban Forestry Division of the Bureau of Street Services and ask what the procedure is. The requirements may include, as they do for homeowners,  a comittment from the property owner to water and maintain the tree for five years! Also urge city officials, business and property owners at each location to consider the benefits of a Greener Boulevard to attract cool customers to stay and shop in Downtown SoMar.

Public Health and Food Carts

Two large trucks and personnel from LA County Department of Public Health aided by one LAPD cruiser and two officers made their presence known on Grand View Boulevard  near the Post Office in SoMar today. From this vantage point it looked like their haul consisted of three fresh fruit push carts loaded with sliced fruit. They did a supervised U-turn and were headed to Venice Boulevard, maybe to try and increase their load before the end of the day. Permit fees are expensive but required for all food vendors mobile or stationary.

To make semi-anonymous public complaints you can use this link to report Illegal Food Vending as well as  Unmaintained Swimming Pool to Mosquito Breeding to Animal Bites and more


Sign of the Times – Vacancy Rate

These signs have been proliferating in SoMar area over the summer on individual houses and larger apartment buildings. This is not an endorsement or critique of the company just an observation.


Does this mean the economy is getting weaker and  tenants are seeking lower rents elsewhere?  Or do landlords like the mostly free-to-them service and they get good results?

Are the prospective tenants getting good value as they  must be paid “members” of which has seven retail offices, one of which is in Venice.  Website says they have been in business since 1996.