Mar Vista Community Council meets with City Councilperson Traci Parks tonight

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Special Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 25th, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Use this link to join our Board of Directors’ meeting

6:30PM: ID: 846 6660 9891 (Webinar)Dial in: (720) 707-2699 or (346) 248-7799

 4.1. LA City Councilmember Traci Park, District 11 – 6:45 – 7:00 p.m.

9.1 [Administrative] [ExFin] Monthly Expenditure Report – Discussion and possible action regarding the Monthly Expenditure Report [MER] for December 2022.

9.2 [Administrative] [ExFin] Budget Adjustments – Discussion and possible action regarding adjustments to the FY 2022-2023 budget for January 2022. 

11.1. [Policy] [PLUM] 12124 Pacific Avenue –Discussion and possible action regarding the demolitions of existing buildings and construction, use and maintenance of a new 6-story, 67-foot, 74-unit multifamily development which includes 11 VLI (very low income) units (25%), 122 vehicle parking spaces and 64 bicycle parking spaces at 12124 Pacific Avenue

11.2. [Policy] [PLUM] 3871-3877 Grand View Blvd. – Discussion and possible action on proposed demolition of existing buildings and construction of a new 58,180 square-foot, 3-story self-storage facility at 3871-3877 Grand View Blvd

11.3. [Policy] [PHS&S] LAMC 41.18 Enforcement at Venice/Globe/405 – Discussion and possible action on MVCC request to LA City Councilmember Traci Park (CD11) to implement the provisions of LAMC 41.18 regarding the Venice Blvd./Globe/405 Underpass encampment

11.4. [Policy] [Elections & Bylaws] [Director’s – Rubin/Tilson] Amendments to MVCC Standing Rules Section 6 – Discussion and possible action on proposed changes to the MVCC Standing Rules Section 6

11.5. [Policy] [Elections & Bylaws] [Director’s – Rubin/Tilson] Amendments to the MVCC Code of Conduct – Discussion and possible action on proposed changes to the MVCC Code of Conduct removing redundancies and adding MVCC Officials’ Pledge of Civility

11.6. [Policy] [WRAC MTC] [Director’s – Tilson] Venice Blvd. Improvements Project Concerns/Withhold Support – Discussion and possible action regarding a WRAC letter asking for a modeling studies pursuant to the Venice Boulevard Mobility Improvements and making support contingent on performance of these studies

11.7. [Policy] [Director’s – Laferriere-Holloway] – CF 23-0002-S16 Los Angeles Neighborhood Council System / Remote Meetings / Ralph M. Brown Act Amendment – Discussion and possible action regarding MVCC support of CF 23-0002-S16, an LA City Council Resolution asking the California State Legislature to amend the Brown Act to permit the City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council system to choose to operate remote meetings indefinitely

11.8. [Policy] [Director’s – Laferriere-Holloway] –CF 23-0002-S17 Local Legislative Bodies / Virtual Meetings / Ralph M. Brown Act Amendment – Discussion and possible action regarding MVCC support of CF Agenda – Board of Directors Page 2 of 4 23-0002-S17, an LA City Council Resolution asking the California State Legislature to amend the Brown Act to permit local legal legislative bodies, including appointed boards, commissions, advisory bodies, and Neighborhood Councils, to continue to conduct most meetings virtually in the absence of any special circumstances   Emergency Preparedness With your family or household members, discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and how you will work together as a team.Practice as many elements of your plan as possible.Be prepared in the event of an emergency.
Use the links for information to help you get ready for an emergency.       Come and let us know your Point of View. We hope to see all of you at our meetings in the 2023.

MVCC is here for our stakeholders to communicate the needs of our neighborhood to city officials, and to encourage MVCC residents to work together to keep our neighborhood a great place to live.

Attend our meetings, meet your neighbors and see how, by working together, we can ensure that Mar Vista is a neighborhood that we are all proud of. Attend, participate and have a voice in addressing the issues that are important to YOU.
 Please visit 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!   CHECK MARVISTA.ORG/CALENDAR FOR ALL MEETINGSPlanning & Land Use Management (PLUM) – 1st Tuesday, 6:30pm
Chair: Drew Ruesch
Vice-Chair: Stacey Greenwald

Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) – 1st Wednesday, 6pm
Chair: Jordan Paul
Vice-Chair: Faith Myhra

Outreach – 1st Thursday, 6:30pm
Chair: Carolyn Honda
Vice-Chair: Kathy Rodriguez

Elections & Bylaws – 2nd Tuesday, 6pm
Chair: Martin Rubin
Vice-Chair: Holly Tilson
2nd Vice-Chair: Kathryn Wheeler

PHS & Homeless – 2nd Wednesday, 6:30pm
Chair: Andrew Marton
Vice-Chair:Charlene Samiley
2nd Vice-Chair: Jennifer Rafeedie

Education, Arts, & Culture – Meeting Date TBD
Chair: MB Blakey
Vice-Chair : Bitta Sharma
Vice-Chair: David Lee 

MVCC OFFICERS (Executive & FInance Committee – 2nd Thursday, 7pm)
Chair: Tyler Laferriere-Holloway
Vice-Chair: Andrew Marton
2nd Vice-Chair: Carolyn K. Honda
Secretary: Jennifer Rafeedie
Treasurer: Drew Ruesch

Board of Directors  – 3rd Wednesday, 6:30pm  Copyright © 2021 Mar Vista Community Council, All rights reserved.

Mar Vista Building Boom

There are two large projects slated for  downtown Mar Vista. The MVCC door hanger on the proposed three story 58000 sq.ft. storage facility next to Grand View Elementary has all the info. Tomorrow, MVCC PLUM Committee has a zoom meeting about it. See below.

The other project around the corner on Pacific behind the Post Office is proposed to be 7 stories high!  See info below from Drew Ruesch our Zone 5 MVCC representative..

The MVCC will have a zoom debate on Saturday Sept 17th for the two candidates vying to represent us at City Council District 11. Their are e-mail addresses to ask Marty Rubin your questions in advance. See below.

Also in the MVCC Newsletter is the link to comment on the proposed extension of the Mar Vista Road Diet west to Lincoln and all the way east to National at Metro Ivy Station in Culver City. I did not attend the zoom info meeting but did make comments in one section on their web survey directly here:

Have a cool rest of the Labor Day.


TUES., SEPT. 6th – 6:30 PM
Meeting ID: 958 7286 2038
Dial in: (720) 707-2699 or (346) 248-7799

To: Drew Ruesch <>
Subject: 12124 W PACIFIC AVE 90066 (church)
Hope everyone is having a nice 3-day weekend, I wanted to let you know that the church near the farmers market (that is set to be demolished) is an R-3 lot and the owners are looking into developing a 7-story, 74-unit building with 11 very low income units (14%). They have not applied for any density bonuses yet, but I saw that the information was listed on DBS.
 Mark your calendars. You are invited to attend our CD 11 Candidate Forum on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 3-4 PM with candidates Traci Park and Erin Darling. We know you have a lot of questions and concerns for the candidates. Please submit your questions ASAP to:, or

Candidate for City Council CD11 Traci Park in SoMar next week

Our Mar Vista Community Council Zone 5 Director, Drew Ruesch, is having a meet and greet with CD 11 Candidate for City Council, Traci Park,  a week from Friday May 20th at 6:30 PM at his house on McLaughlin in South Mar Vista. Co-sponsoring the event is two MVCC at Large Directors Charlene Samiley and Carolyn Honda. So if you would like to meet Drew et al in person please RSVP by this Friday the 13th at the highlighted RSVP link below. Of note, Charlene is the Vice Chair of the MVCC Homeless Committee.

Join us for a Meet and Greet with CD 11’s favorite candidate Traci Park on Friday, May 20th at 6:30 pm.

She lives in CD11 and has been directly affected by the policies in place. She is our CHOICE FOR CHANGE and is seeking to TRANSFORM and REGAIN control of our neighborhoods. 

The meet and greet will give you an opportunity to listen to her plans, ask questions, and see what she is about. The goal is for a big push before Election Day. 

If you have friends you think will be interested in attending, please let us know. 

The event is FREE and you’re NOT being asked to donate.

Please RSVP by Friday May 13, As we need to get a count for food and drinks.

Hope to see you there!

Carolyn, Drew & Charlene”

Not a South Mar Vista Neighborhood Association endorsement.

Reception for CD 11 Candidate Mike Newhouse

Dear SoMar,

Our local restauranter Demetrios Mavro is having a reception for CD 11 candidate Mike Newhouse, just across the street from the Mar Vista Library at the Art Bar LA 12017 Venice Boulevard this coming Monday the 18th at 5:30 PM   Of course they would like a donation to the campaign. This is not an endorsement by SoMar but for your information only.

For more info, his website has all his positions on the issues of the day and an introductory on camera video –    See the flyers below:

Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor thru Mar Vista

Online meeting today Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 10 AM

Below is communication to Steve Wallace of SoMar about a Metro zoom type  meeting today Saturday Jan 22 which will discuss the routing of the proposed  train N-S from Van Nuys in the Valley connecting to the E-W Purple line in Westwood and the E-W Aqua-Expo line in West LA and then south  thru Mar Vista to at least the LAX airport. A ten year building project.

If you cannot attend today there is info on how to replay the video and still make comments for a couple of weeks.  Metro says “Sepulveda”  corridor but there has been discussion of moving the route furthur west into the heart of north – south Mar Vista.

Good afternoon, Mr. Wallace:

My name is John Saito, project manager for Murakawa Communications, a public affairs firm assisting with the community outreach program for the Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project. The Metro project will create a high-quality, reliable transit service option connecting the San Fernando Valley and the Westside.

The project is currently in the planning phase. An environmental review process is beginning now with a public scoping period. During this time, the public can provide feedback on the various alternatives.
Due to COVID, all scheduled community outreach events have been postponed. But we would like to invite you and the South Mar Vista Neighborhood Association to attend Metro’s last virtual scoping meeting to be held this Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The scoping meetings have given all stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about the project and to provide public comments through the link until February 11, 2022 The meeting link and other project details are below.

If you aren’t able to attend, you can view a video recording of the last scoping meeting and submit your comments via regular mail, email, online comment form or phone. The last day to submit comments is Friday, Feb. 11.

Metro is leading a robust stakeholder engagement program with the goal of building an inclusive vision that balances the unique needs of diverse corridor stakeholders.

If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you.

   John Saito, Jr. 

   project manager & da one

   116 South Catalina Avenue, Suite 103 

   Redondo Beach, CA 90277  

   323-528-9026   cell 
   310-376-2236   phone 
   310-379-3953   fax 

   Mailing address: 2110 Artesia Boulevard #354, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 

   Don’t forget, you are the hero of your own story. – Fr. Greg Boyle

 Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project  Español Scoping meeting recordings now available!   Thank you to the 185 community members who joined us at our second of three virtual public scoping meetings for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. For those who were not able to attend, video recordings of the presentation are now available using the Dropbox links below.   To view the scoping meeting recordings, please follow the links below: English Scoping Meeting Presentation Spanish Scoping Meeting Presentation 

There is still time to submit your scoping comments! The comment period is open now through Friday, February 11, 2022. During this period, we encourage you to submit your thoughts and comments about the alternatives, as well as identify issues that may need to be addressed in the environmental review.   

The environmental review will take into consideration the questions and comments provided during the scoping period and carefully analyze a broad range of topics that will be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) when it is released. We appreciate your patience.  
Join us for the final scoping meeting on January 22 Don’t miss an opportunity to attend the final virtual scoping meeting for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. The meeting will be held Saturday January 22, 2022, from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  The last scoping meeting will offer Spanish interpretation and will feature the same presentation, followed by oral comments. Metro will accommodate as many comments as possible based on time and capacity constraints

  Saturday, January 22, 2022 10am-12pm ID: 999 3010 8496 Passcode: 270559 Call-in: 669.900.6833 Jan. 22 Registration  Submit Your Comments Comments may be submitted via any of the following methods or at a virtual scoping meeting by Friday, February 11, 2022. Regardless of the submittal method, all comments will be treated, evaluated and documented equally.      Online Comment Form     213.922.7375
     Peter Carter, Project Manager, Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-6, Los Angeles, CA 90012
In Other News Field Work for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor As part of the environmental review process for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project, Metro’s technical contractors and consultants will perform field work to evaluate and gather information on existing geological conditions throughout the project study area. Work will occur in and near the communities of Bel Air, Beverly Crest, Beverly Glen, and Sherman Oaks and is anticipated to start Tuesday, January 18, 2022 and will continue for approximately 3 months. There will be no impact to residents, businesses, or traffic during this activity. To learn more, click here

  Fare Collection Resumed on January 10th After waiving bus fares during the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro resumed collecting fares on January 10, 2022. Eligible riders can sign up for the Low-Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) program which offers discounted weekly and monthly transit passes. For more information on the LIFE program, please visit

     Stay Connected To learn more about the project, visit our project website, email us, call our project information line or find us on social media handles below.     213.922.7375     losangelesmetro     @metrolosangeles     Your privacy is important to us, please review the Privacy Policy

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