Underground Powerline Preliminary Alternatives !

Will this powerline be coming through Mar VIsta as it was suggested last year? Go to one of these meetings to find out!

Los Angeles Department of Water Power
YOU’RE INVITED! Proposed Scattergood-Olympic Transmission Line

February 23, 2011
Presentation and Q & A – 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Staff will be available to answer questions until 8:30 p.m.
West Los Angeles Municipal Building
Open House – 2nd Floor, Presentation – Hearing Room #200
1645 W. Corinth Ave., Los Angeles


February 24, 2011
Presentation and Q & A – 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Staff will be available to answer questions until 8:30 p.m.
Courtyard Marriott, Palos Verde Meeting Room
13480 Maxella Avenue, Marina Del Rey

LADWP invites the public to attend an open house and presentation for a new underground 230 kV transmission line called the Scattergood-Olympic Transmission Line Project. LADWP will present the preliminary alternatives developed to connect the Scattergood Generating Station in Playa Del Rey to the Olympic Receiving Station in West L.A.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m. The latest information regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report and project schedule will be displayed and the project team will be available to answer questions and take input regarding the proposed transmission line until 8:30 p.m.

For more information about the project, please visit: http://www.ladwp.com/Scattergood-Olympic. You may also call our toll-free number, (877) 735-8407 or send an email to Scattergood-Olympic@ladwp.com

Grand View Blvd. School Dual Language Open House

The Dual Language Immersion Program at Grand View Blvd. Elementary will be having an information and orientation. Come learn more about the program that can teach your child to read, speak, and write in two languages. This is South Mar Vista’s local school but anyone can apply to attend.

When: March 16th at 8:30 AM
Where: Grand View Blvd. Elementary School Auditorium, 3951 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

For more information on the program:
Call Sonia Calo, Dual Language Lead Teacher 310-390-3618

Your Input Needed on these Three Issues Soon !

All three can be accessed and submitted online:

1. Westside Mobility Plan Parking Survey by City of Los Angeles
Go to www.westsidemobilityplan.com to read the background
and click this link to take the survey.
Mar Vista is not mentioned so I added downtown Mar Vista at H. Others?

2. There’s talk of streamlining the Planning process for Development
in the City of Los Angeles but at what cost to neighborhoods?
Go to or click on www.surveymk.com/s/DevelopmentReform to give the
view from your perspective.

3. There is a non-profit from Pacific Palisades lobbying citywide to support an ordinance on largely unregulated Group Home – Sober Living type facilities in residential neighborhoods. Petition is on their Home page and background on the issue is on their Documents and Resources page. Go to or click thru here: http://www.lacoalition4neighborhoods.org/index.html

21 Infrastructure Goals for South Mar Vista – 15 thru 21

Please feel free to work on making these goals a reality! Spread the word.

These are not SoMar vetted projects yet but a personal list of 21 created by Christopher McKinnon November 2010 revised January 11, 2011

See previous posts for 1-7 and 8-14 Not in order of priority!

15. POWERWASH FARMERS MARKET AREA – Find supplemental funding and/or require the Mar Vista Farmers Market board to hire a professional service company to pick up trash and powerwash the streets and sidewalks on Grand View Boulevard and Pacific Avenue in all the market areas on a bi-monthly basis.

16. BICYCLE LANE WASHINGTON PLACE – Insist that LA Department of City Planning 2010 Master Bicycle Plan upgrade the Mar Vista portion of Washington Place from Bicycle Friendly Street (Class III) to Bicycle Lane (Class II)

17. RECONNECT THE OVAL – Find funding to install traffic calming bumpouts and possible planted median on Washington Place between Marcasel Avenue and East Boulevard which would include vegetated bioswales for stormwater mitigation.

18. SYNCHRONIZE VENICE BLVD. TRAFFIC – Have LADOT synchronize the traffic lights from west to east at Sawtelle and Sepulveda Blvd on Venice Boulevard at peak afternoon hours to increase smooth easterly flow of traffic. Work with Culver City to synchronize flow of traffic on Venice Blvd. from 405 freeway to 10 freeway.

19. SOLAR ROOF CARPORT AT POST OFFICE – Find funding to do a feasibility study in coordination with the USPS for installation of a Solar rooftop carport for the US Post Office at 3826 Grand View Boulevard. Also investigate funding rooftop solar installations for the Mar Vista Library and new Fire Station #62 with City Departments.

20. PARKING LOT DOWNTOWN MAR VISTA – Find location and funding for a LA City or owned and operated parking structure for downtown Mar Vista – near to Venice Boulevard between Centinela Avenue to Inglewood Boulevard.

21. BILLBOARDS PAY MAR VISTA – Limit new and remove existing digital Billboards in South Mar Vista. Any Billboard income to the City of LA in Mar Vista should be spent in Mar Vista for streetscape or infrastructure improvements.

21 Infrastructure Goals for South Mar Vista – 8 thru 14

These are not SoMar vetted projects but a personal list of 21 created by Christopher McKinnon November 2010 revised January 11, 2011

See previous post for 1-7 and tomorrow for 15-21 Not in order of priority!

8. GREEN ALLEYS REBUILD – Find funding to have Bureau of Street Services replace the roadway surface of the two alleys that run from Inglewood Blvd. to Centinela Avenue parallel and to the south of Venice Blvd including curb repair at the entrances and exits of the alleys. Investigate Green Alley solutions.

9. GREENING VENICE BOULEVARD – Find funding for the Venice Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Association 501 c3 $12.2 million dollar master plan for Venice Boulevard entitled “Greening the Boulevard” which includes median trees, parkway plants and bicycle lane beautification and improvement.

10. MCLAUGHLIN AT VENICE POCKET PARKWAY -Find funding to remove Bottle Brush trees in the parkway at the Northeast corner of Venice Blvd. and McLaughlin Avenue and replace with two suitable street trees and drought tolerant ground cover with a decomposed granite path and possible seating bench. May have to involve County agency for irrigation and the State agencies that still control Venice Blvd. as a State highway along with Bureau of Street Services.

11. REAR TREE AT POST OFFICE – Find funding to have Bureau of Street Services – Street Tree Division to remove the tree stump in the tree well on Pacific Avenue behind the Post Office at 3826 Grand View Boulevard and replace with a matching or similar street tree.

12. MAR VISTA METERS FOR MAR VISTA – investigate how to retain parking meter revenue including parking enforcement ticket revenue that is gathered by City of LA in Mar Vista including Venice Boulevard to be spent on streetscape improvement or related projects within Mar Vista

13. TRASH/RECYCLE BINS VENICE BLVD. – Find, refind or demand funding for decorative locking trash receptacles including recycling bins along the commercial corridor portions of Venice Boulevard and Grand View Boulevard including those adjacent to Metro stops. Find supplemental funding to increase the service stops to empty and maintain the trash and recycling bins. Demand required service stops.

14. FIX OIL PIPE BARRIER POST – Identify the city department or private company that is responsible for maintaining crash barrier pipes to oil pipeline vents along Venice Boulevard and require them to fix the crash pipe and concrete base in the median across from 12216 Venice Blvd. just to the west of Grand View Blvd.

21 Infrastructure Goals for South Mar Vista – 1 thru 7

These are not SoMar vetted projects but a personal list of 21 created by
Christopher McKinnon November 2010 revised January 11, 2011

1-7 below 8-14 and 15-21 will post later – Not in order of priority!

1. MAR VISTA OVAL GUTTERS / STREETS – Find funding for the curb and gutter restoration of North and South Oval in order for Bureau of Street Services to rebuild the roadway surfaces in a more timely manner. Include possible Green Street improvements for the curb and parkways.

2. HISTORIC PALM TREES – Nominate the 100 year old Canary Island Palm trees in the parkway that encircles the Mar Vista Oval as a Historic Cultural Monument in order to be allowed to replace the trees as they reach the end of their lifespan and to protect the remaining that gave the development its original name of “Palm Place”

3. HISTORIC SIGN POSTS – Nominate the original street signs and signposts with decorative caps that remain around the Mar Vista Oval as a Historic Cultural Monument in order to be allowed to preserve existing and replace missing with suitable lookalike replacements.

4. FIRE STATION PLANT REINSTALL – Find funding for the replacement of the removed plants and vines around the perimeter of new Fire Station #62 with suitable California native and equivalent drought tolerant vines and plants which may include repair or replacement of current damaged drip irrigation system

5. MAINTAIN FIRE STATION PLANTS – Find funding to supplement the LAFD continuing maintenance of any new and existing plants around the perimeter of new Fire Station #62 including irrigation control and maintenance including weed removal, appropriate Coral tree trimming and litter pickup. Investigate stormwater collection and mitigation.

6. LIBRARY PLANTS MAINTAIN – Find funding to supplement the Department of Rec and Parks for additional maintenance of existing plants and trees around the perimeter of the Mar Vista Library including irrigation control and maintenance including weed removal and litter pickup. Investigate stormwater collection and mitigation.

7. POST OFFICE TREES/PLANTS – Identify the federal or USPS department for maintenance of the trees and irrigated planted medians within the parking lot of the Mar Vista Post office and demand that they be repaired and have continued maintenance. Investigate stormwater collection and mitigation.

Mar Vista Patch for very Local News

The local local news division of AOL has now launched the Mar Vista version  of Patch.com with local resident Kelly Hartog as Editor. Check it out for News, Events, Business Directory and exciting Columns by local favorite bloggers and more. Register to make comments, list events, make announcements  and keep in touch with the greater Mar Vista area.  Click on the link here: http://marvista.patch.com/

Kelly Hartog Editor Kelly Hartog You’re welcome! —Tweeted 2 hours ago

LAPD Blood Drive today and Police Academy in March

LAPD – Pacific Division  Battle of the Badges Blood Drive today
Date:  Tuesday February 1, 2011 Time:  8am to 8pm
Location: Red Cross Bloodmobile
12312 Culver Blvd – LA, CA 90066

To make your life-saving appointment, please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code badge or email Sophia 35080@lapd.lacity.org or Kristan 32914@lapd.lacity.org

All presenting donors will receive a free American Red Cross Battle  of the Badges t-shirt, a coupon for a free Ice Cream from Cold Stone Creamery, and a voucher for two (2) tickets* to a Los Angeles Clippers game.
* $5 processing fee per ticket – $10 total fee.

The Los Angeles Police Department encourages you to attend our Community Police Academy! March 9th to May 18th 2011

Operations-West Bureau will conduct a Community Police Academy for all community members. Take part in an informative 11-week free course designed to teach community members how to build a rewarding partnership with the Department, help reduce crime, and improve the quality of life in your own neighborhood!

Course Meets Weekly on Wednesday Evenings
Starts Wednesday, March 9th to May 18th, 2011 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(The course will conclude with a Graduation Ceremony on May 18)

Special Guest Speakers Each Week! Course Will Be Conducted At: Pan Pacific Park* 7600 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles 90036

(Enter from Beverly – East of The Grove – Onsite Parking Available)

Each community member must meet the following criteria: Must be 18 years or older; Live or work in Operations-West Bureau; No prior felony convictions; No outstanding warrants; No pending criminal cases; and Must be approved by an Area Commanding Officer.

Interested community members should contact the Pacific Los Angeles Community Relations Office at (310) 202-2890

For any additional information please contact the Operations-West Bureau, Community Police Coordinator, Officer Ray Arnold at (213) 473-0277.
For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4639336/?sub_id=169878

Contact Information:
Officer Kristan Delatori, #32914, Community Relations Office Pacific Division
(310) 202-2890 Direct
(310) 202-4582 Fax