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WLAPC re-hearing: 259 Hampton Drive Restaurant

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 22:39

The West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission invites you to attend a hearing regarding the property highlighted above.

 

The law requires that property owners near this site be notified of this hearing.

 

If you do not wish to attend the hearing, you may ignore this notice. 

 

The hearing involves reconsideration from the Director of Planning's approval pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 11.5.7 and the Venice Coastal Specific Plan (Ordinance No. 175,693) of a Specific Plan Project Permit Compliance in approving a Specific Plan Project Permit Compliance Review changing the use of a building containing 1,042 square feet of retail store area and 616 square feet of fast food (take out) only restaurant area to a 1,658 square foot full service sit down restaurant.

 

On January 7, 2015, the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission considered an appeal on the Director's Determination and Sustained the appeal and overturned the Director's Determination. 

 

APPLICANT:  Dunes Development, LLC, Richard Gottlieb (A, O)

 

APPELLANT:  Ilana Marosi

 

TESTIMONY:  Written testimony may be submitted prior to the hearing (see instructions on the reverse side); however, oral testimony can only be given at the hearing and may be limited due to time constraints. Sign language interpreters and assistive listening devices may be provided if you contact our office at least three (3) business days before the hearing.

 

DECISION: The Commission's decision will be based on the merits of the case and the applicable law.  The Commission can consider the entire action even if only a portion has been appealed.

 

A report of the Commission's action will be mailed upon request after the hearing. Pursuant to Government Code Section 65009(b)(2), any court challenge of the Commission's action may be limited to those issues considered at the public hearing.

Steam Science Saturdays at Abbot Kinney Library

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:50

STEAM Science Saturdays: Motorized Cars
March 28 at 4:00

 

Learn how to build a motorized car using the library’s supply of Lego kits.

 

For children 6-11 and parental help required for children under 8.

 

Space is limited to 15 children.

 

Sign up at the Information Desk (310) 821-1769 or email the Children's Librarian at: ddyer@lapl.org
Learn about gears and motors by building a motorized car using the library’s supply of Lego® kits. Space is limited. Sign up at the Information Desk. Ages 8-15.


* Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult to assist.

Draft EIR Meeting at Mark Twain MS

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00

Greetings,

 

The LAUSD Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) is holding a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Meeting regarding the proposed Mandarin & English Dual Language Immersion Elementary School Project at the Twain Middle School campus. The purpose of this meeting is to present the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to the community, and receive comments and questions regarding the results.

 

The attached electronic copy of the flier will allow you to easily share it with Venice Neighborhood Council members and additional stakeholders.

 

The meeting is scheduled to take place as follows:

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Mark Twain Middle School – Auditorium

2224 Walgrove Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

 

The Draft EIR will be available for review and comment during the 45-day public review period from Thursday, March 26, 2015 to Monday, May 11, 2015. The Draft EIR can be reviewed at the following locations:

 

·         LAUSD OEHS, 333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 28th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

·         LAUSD Educational Service Center-West, 11380 W. Graham Place, Los Angeles, CA 90064

·         Mark Twain Middle School, 2224 Walgrove Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

·         Broadway Elementary School, 1015 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291

·         Beethoven Elementary School, 3711 Beethoven Street, Los Angeles 90066

·         Venice-Abbott Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291

·         Mar Vista Branch Library, 12006 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90066

·         Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

·         The Draft EIR is also available online at http://achieve.lausd.net/oehs

 

Written comments regarding the Draft EIR should be directed by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11th to the attention of:

Edward Paek, AICP

Los Angeles Unified School District

Office of Environmental Health & Safety

333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 28th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90017-5157

 

Comments can also be sent by FAX to (213) 241-6816, or by e-mail to ceqa-comments@lausd.net. Please include “Mandarin Immersion Project” in the subject line.

 

As always, thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Best regards,


Fortunato

 

 

Fortunato Tapia

Community Relations Department

LAUSD Facilities Services Division

333 S. Beaudry Ave., 23rd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 241-6521 Direct

(213) 241-4119 Fax

fortunato.tapia@lausd.net

URGENT CALL TO ACTION – 259 HAMPTON UPCOMING 2ND HEARING OF APPEAL

Spirit Of Venice - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:51

March 26, 2015

DENY 259 HAMPTON PROJECT – NO MORE ALCOHOL LICENSES IN VENICE – THERE IS ALREADY AN OVER-SATURATION OF ALCOHOL IN VENICE – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

Dear friends and neighbors,

Even though the community WON the 259 Hampton Drive appeal at the WLA Planning Commission Hearing on Jan 7, 2015 – the owner requested a re-hearing, because HE LEFT THE BUILDING BEFORE THE HEARING STARTED!!! Now he’s demanding his RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS! As a result, the project will be reviewed AGAIN by the WLA Planning Commission on April 1, 2015 @ 4:30 pm.

It is time we launched into URGENT ACTION in preparation for this Appeal re-hearing of 259 Hampton Drive — NEXT WED 1st April at 4.30pm at West LA Planning Commission.

Go here to watch video of 1st Appeal Hearing that took place on January 7, 2015 – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4bxvYWxZpRJmJt23sLSX1PCtJizDdj_G

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN BE THERE TO TESTIFY OR SILENTLY SUPPORT – and bring a friend /neighbor (or three!) We need as many bodies in the room as we can get to save our neighborhood!

**WE WON THE CASE LAST TIME AND WE CAN AGAIN IF WE ALL SHOW UP!!!**

ASAP- WE NEED TO URGENTLY SEND TWO LETTERS:
Please take just 10 mins out of your busy day to do so. One letter to Mike Bonin, and one to the Commissioners. Please send to ALL email addresses I have listed and BCC me on them, so we can keep it on our case file.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE DEAR FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS!!! Remember, together many voices can and DO make a change!

LETTER #1 TO COUNCILMAN BONIN:

mike.bonin@lacity.org
councilmember.bonin@lacity.org

cc:
chris.robertson@lacity.org
cecilia.castillo@lacity.org
tricia.keane@lacity.org

SUBJECT LINE:
DENY 259 HAMPTON PROJECT…. UPHOLD APPEAL: ZA-2012-1770-CDP-CUB

***Please personalize it as you see fit. It will be better if not all letters read the same! Does NOT have to be LOTS of detail. This is a sample letter, with listed points you can pull from. If you live across the alley, say so. If you own across the street, say so. Make it personal as to how YOUR LIVES will be affected!

***Don’t forget to sign your name and address (if you are close by) at the bottom.
————————-

Dear Councilman Bonin,

I request that you OPPOSE the proposed bar/restaurant with full alcohol at 259 HAMPTON DRIVE due for rehearing on Aril 1st. The project is a 2 story, open rooftop bar/restaurant WITH ZERO PARKING, 15 FEET from peoples homes. It has been operating illegally as a sit down restaurant for five years already.

We thank you for coming out in opposition against 320 Sunset, which was the right decision in support of the Venice community. We remind you that this project at 259 Hampton is a mere block and a half away, hence imposes a worse cumulative negative impact on the community and surrounding neighbors.

To quote from YOUR letter of opposition against Sunset, dated 31 October 2014:-

“It is absolutely imperative that we do not sacrifice the sanctity and well being of the existing adjacent residential neighborhoods. The success of one cannot be to the detriment of the other.”

“The noise and other disruption that will result from the operation of this restaurant/bar is an due burden to place on the neighbors across the alley” [and across the road]

“I am deeply concerned that the noise and its impacts from the patio, given the proximity to residences cannot and will not be adequately mitigated.”

[Zero parking]…”does not meet the REAL demand that a project of this scale will generate.”

We find that all of your concerns as quoted for the Sunset project should be applicable to the 259 Hampton proposal. The intensification of this site sets a very worrisome precedent, and is detrimental to our neighborhood for the following reasons:-

OVER SATURATION OF ALCOHOL
* Venice is over-saturated with alcohol licenses already. Four times the allowable limit per ABC. ABC Regulation 61.4 states that there should not be alcohol licenses approved within 100 feet of residential homes, yet this project is 15 feet from residents!

SENSITIVE ISSUES – ALCOHOL
* This project is on the same block as 2 CHURCHES and A HERITAGE LISTED SYNAGOGUE – as well as CHILD CARE and PRE-SCHOOL. This is an essential factor in the dis-allowing of alcohol per ABC, and adds concern re the density and intensification of 259 Hampton site.

INCREASED CRIME
*It is well documented that there is a direct correlation between high density of alcohol outlets and the increase in serious crime. In this census tract, there is almost four times the average crime rate for LA. The LAPD has weighed in that they DO NOT WANT ANY new alcohol licenses in Venice, and THEY ARE PARTICULARLY OPPOSING THIS APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOL AT 259 HAMPTON DRIVE. Venice may be a tourist destination to some, but to thousands of us it is our home.

NOISE NUISANCE
* A bar/restaurant within 15 feet of residential homes can never be truly mitigated from noise unless it is completely sealed on all four sides and rooftop. This is not the case on this project. It is an open air roof and some open sides. There are several homes across a 15 foot alley, and also 35 feet across the street.

ZERO PARKING
* There is NO ACTUAL PARKING. Not even one disabled space. Paying for in lieu spaces does nothing to help the serious parking drought in Venice. Providing parking for patrons is the cost of doing business, and mandated by the Venice Specific Plan. An $18,000 in lieu fee to the city will not take those vehicles off our residential streets and make the streets safe for our families, nor will it serve to green our environment.

TRAFFIC DANGER
* Traffic is already congested in this area, all day every day. Extra car traffic this business will generate, crawling looking for parking on residential streets adds to the danger. Many families and children walk, cycle, and skateboard in this area. To add alcohol and inebriated drivers into this mix is very dangerous.

NIGHT-TIME DANGER
* We should not be deprived of the ability to park close to our own homes and be forced to park 3 to 4 blocks away at night – and worry if we will make it home safely at night. This strips our quality of life and put us in grave danger.

Councilman Bonin, I urge you to act in favor of our, the Venice community’s interests. Please back us up in preserving the sanctity and well being of our neighborhood. We have a right to peace and quiet enjoyment in our homes, and look to you for protecting our rights.

PLEASE DENY 259 HAMPTON.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME…
YOUR ADDRESS…
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LETTER #2 TO PLANNING COMMISSION:-
email:- APCwestLA@lacity.org

SUBJECT LINE:
DENY 259 HAMPTON DRIVE, VENICE … UPHOLD APPEALS: ZA-2012-1770-CDP-CUB-1A, and DIR-2010-2932-SPP-1A-REC

***AGAIN- Please personalize it as you see fit.

***Don’t forget to sign your name and address (if you are close by) at the bottom.
————————

LETTER STARTS HERE:-

Dear Commission Executive Assistant – WLAAPC,

Would you please print 15 copies of my letter to follow (for the file, 5 commission members, Planning Dept, ZA Dept, Commission Executive, and City Attorney) and distribute accordingly, in time for the April 1 re-hearing. Thank you in advance.
———–

Dear Commissioners,

I request that you uphold your decision, of January 7, 2015, to DENY the proposed bar/restaurant with full alcohol at 259 HAMPTON DRIVE, which is due for rehearing on April 1st. As you may recall, the project proposes a 2 story, open rooftop bar/restaurant WITH ZERO PARKING, 15 FEET from people’s homes. It has been operating illegally as a sit down restaurant for the past five years.

These are the reasons why this project should be DENIED AGAIN:

OVER SATURATION OF ALCOHOL
* Venice is over-saturated with alcohol licenses already. Four times the allowable limit per ABC. ABC Regulation 61.4 states that there should not be alcohol licenses approved within 100 feet of residential homes, yet this project is 15 feet from residents!

SENSITIVE ISSUES – ALCOHOL
* This project is on the same block as 2 CHURCHES and A HERITAGE LISTED SYNAGOGUE – as well as CHILD CARE and PRE-SCHOOL. This is an essential factor in the dis-allowing of alcohol per ABC, and adds concern re the density and intensification of 259 Hampton site.

INCREASED CRIME
*It is well documented that there is a direct correlation between high density of alcohol outlets and the increase in serious crime. In this census tract, there is almost four times the average crime rate for LA. The LAPD has weighed in that they DO NOT WANT ANY new alcohol licenses in Venice, and THEY ARE PARTICULARLY OPPOSING THIS APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOL AT 259 HAMPTON DRIVE. Venice may be a tourist destination to some, but to thousands of us it is our home.

NOISE NUISANCE
* A bar/restaurant within 15 feet of residential homes can never be truly mitigated from noise unless it is completely sealed on all four sides and rooftop. This is not the case on this project. It is an open air roof and some open sides. There are several homes across a 15 foot alley, and also 35 feet across the street.

ZERO PARKING
* There is NO ACTUAL PARKING. Not even one disabled space. Paying for in lieu spaces does nothing to help the serious parking drought in Venice. Providing parking for patrons is the cost of doing business, and mandated by the Venice Specific Plan. An $18,000 in lieu fee to the city will not take those vehicles off our residential streets and make the streets safe for our families, nor will it serve to green our environment.

TRAFFIC DANGER
* Traffic is already congested in this area, all day every day. Extra car traffic this business will generate, crawling looking for parking on residential streets adds to the danger. Many families and children walk, cycle, and skateboard in this area. To add alcohol and inebriated drivers into this mix is very dangerous.

NIGHT-TIME DANGER
* We should not be deprived of the ability to park close to our own homes and be forced to park 3 to 4 blocks away at night – and worry if we will make it home safely at night. This strips our quality of life and put us in grave danger.

I urge you to act in favor of our, the Venice community’s interests. Please back us up in preserving the sanctity and well being of our neighborhood. We have a right to peace and quiet enjoyment in our homes, and look to you for protecting our rights.

PLEASE DENY 259 HAMPTON AGAIN!!! Thank you.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME HERE…
YOUR ADDRESS…


Neighborhood Committee Meeting

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 09:37

The next meeting of the VNC Neighborhood Committee will be on March 26, 2015 starting at 7:30pm. The Committee will meet this month at the Oakwood Rec Center, 767 California Ave, Venice, CA 90291

 

The agenda can be found at: Agenda_Neighborhoods_150326

 

 

GLOBAL INVESTORS WITH BILLIONS PROMOTE REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT IN VENICE

Spirit Of Venice - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:49

March 20, 2015

GLOBAL INVESTORS:  FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT IN SOCAL COASTAL REGIONS IS IN HIGHER-END RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES [in case you didn’t already know]

These investors are aiming to turn Venice into an enclave for the rich, gentrifying our community with their billions, with no thought for the community and how their ‘investments’ are creating misery and despair for low to middle income residents overwhelmed by mansionization, small lot subdivisions, and new trendy restaurants serving late-night liquor, creating an over-concentration of alcohol and traffic hazards in our neighborhoods. 

In October 2013, Global RE Investment Firm Colony Capital (with investors in China, England, France, Italy, Lebanon, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, & U.S.) invested $50 million in American Coastal Properties (with Pritzker/Vlock Family):

In March 2014, American Coastal Properties purchased 714 Hampton Ave for $1.2 million. They believe that the FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT in the Southern California Coastal regions over the next few years is in repositioning higher-end residential properties, as opposed to buy-to-rent flips, for which profit margins have been compressed. Finding “up-and-coming” neighborhoods with dated housing stock that can be transformed into architectural design homes or town homes (small lot subdivisions) is their basic strategy, which represents true in-fill development.


Grunion are Running!

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 22:58

On Venice Beach, by the breakwater rocks!

Fun for the whole family!

Kids encouraged!

For more information, visit www.veniceoceanarium.org

 

VIDEO OF “MY VOICE MATTERS!” VENICE WORKSHOP 3/11/15

Spirit Of Venice - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:52

On March 11, 2015 the Institute for Public Strategies gave a 2 hour workshop at Oakwood Receation Center, in Venice.  Tricia Keane, Planning Director for CD11 and Claudia Martin, Westside Neighborhood Prosecuter spoke and answered questions.  The event was well attended by Venetians interested in, and frustrated by, the alcohol licensing process that is currently creating an over-concentration of alcohol outlets in Venice (108 to date), immediately adjacent family neighborhoods, causing a nuisance problem for the community.


LADWP Customer Service Saturdays

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:28

LOS ANGELES— The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold Customer Service Saturday this month at four of its Customer Service Centers on March 14, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Event locations are the Van Nuys, Watts, West Los Angeles and Crenshaw Customer Service Centers.

 

As part of the March 2015 Customer Service Saturday, the Department will host two customer workshops at two of its facilities. The Crenshaw location will hold a workshop on energy efficiency programs and rebates. The Van Nuys facility will hold a workshop on LADWP's Solar Incentive Program. These workshops will feature presentations by subject matter experts and will be interactive, to accommodate questions from attendees. Sign-up materials will also be available on-site. Both workshops will start at 10:00 a.m. and last approximately one hour.

 

Additionally, LADWP's West Los Angeles and Van Nuys Customer Service Centers will hold free tree giveaways by City Plants throughout the day on Saturday.  

 

Customers who attend Customer Service Saturday at any of the four locations can expect assistance from staff who are able to take payments, process service order requests, answer billing questions and resolve billing issues. There will be informational tables and displays with helpful information on LADWP programs and services available to customers, as well as sign-up materials.

 

Physical locations of the Customer Service Centers (CSCs) are:

Crenshaw CSC
4030 Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Van Nuys CSC
6550 Van Nuys Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91401

Watts CSC
1686 E. 103rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90002

West Los Angeles CSC
1394 S. Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

For more information on "Customer Service Saturdays," please visit www.ladwp.com/saturdays, the Department's dedicated webpage for all things related to these Saturday events. All pertinent information on this page is presented clearly and updated regularly; customers are encouraged to bookmark this page and check back regularly for the latest news on the next upcoming "Saturday."

 

LADWP will hold Customer Service Saturdays each month in 2015 on the second Saturday of the month. The Department previously held Customer Service Saturday events in Spring and Fall 2014. 

 

View, download and print the March 14 Customer Service Saturday flyer

CALLING FOR A MORATORIUM ON ALCOHOL LICENSES IN VENICE, CA

Spirit Of Venice - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 12:58

The next biggest secret is out – Venice Beach CA has 108 alcohol licenses in a 3 square mile area.  This means we have 34 per square mile, whereas in Los Angeles the average is 4 per square mile!  This is outrageous, and an abuse of our neighborhood. Still they just keep coming…!

Many of you already know about the 320 Sunset project which is applying for a full-line on-site alcohol and off-site beer and wine license, right next to a residential area with families and children. The same is also happening at 259 Hampton Drive, 15 feet from residents. Another at 600 Mildred Ave (ex Kim’s Market) is trying to force a sit down restaurant with alcohol, a mere 3 FEET from a family home, and in a very dense residential area. There are further examples of this up and down Rose Ave, Washington Boulevard and soon, if things keep escalating as they have, we will see a bar on every corner.

Is this the kind of Venice we want to live in? Where peace and quiet enjoyment in our homes is sacrificed, and our neighbors are not neighborly but noisy, inebriated, party-goers until 1 or 2 AM? Not to mention the problems which present along with these licenses. No parking (or very little) is being provided by the operators, forcing their patrons to crawl our residential streets in search of parking, then noisily return to their cars and drive through our family neighborhoods inebriated. Venice may be considered a tourist destination by the City of LA, but it is also our home, and needs to be protected as such!

Where will it end?

In tract #2733, where the ABC license application is in process for 320 Sunset Ave, there are 3,695 residents and 16 alcohol licenses, maybe more.

That means 1 license per 230 people. The ABC regulation is one per either 2000 or 2500, depending if it’s an on/off sale license.

BUT there are way too many ABC licenses already here!

                  Please help us bring a MORATORIUM on alcohol licenses in Venice to safeguard the future of our community, our families and our children!

SIGN OUR PETITION TO SEND EMAILS TO DECISION MAKERS. THANKS!

https://www.change.org/p/ca-state-attorney-a-moratorium-on-alcohol-licenses-in-venice-ca


Small Craft Harbor Commission

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 23:38

Greetings,

The Small Craft Harbor Commission agenda and meeting materials will be available for viewing and printing tonight at 10:00 p.m. Thursday March 05, 2015.  Please click on the link below to view the materials.

http://file.lacounty.gov/dbh/docs/cms1_223036.pdf



Best regards,

SCHC Secretary
310-305-9505
 http://beaches.lacounty.gov

Pacific LAPD SLO Summit – ID theft, social media & domestic violence awareness

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 23:36

Are you interested in learning more about identity theft, social media awareness for you and your family and domestic violence prevention awareness?

 

Doccupy – Urban Agriculture and Food Security

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 23:15

Next Doccupy — Join us on Thursday, March 12th from 6:15-9:30pm at the Electric Lodge in Venice as we explore the links, solutions, and methods that Urban Agriculture presents towards establishing Food Security.

 

Our panel is stacked with an assortment of experienced urban farmers and food policy advocates. Join us, be ready to ask questions, and learn about new possibilities for creating a sustainable and healthy community. We'll also have the usual organic feast at 6:15pm and wine, so show up early! Films and discussion start at 7pm.

 

Speakers include: Robert Egger – LAKitchen.org; Manju (Pearl) Kumar & Rishi Kumar – thegrowinghome.net; Natalie Flores – Guerilla Gardner/ Sunshinepartnerships.org; David King – Venice Learning Garden/SLOLA; Finian Makepeace – Co-Founder: Kiss the Ground; Andrew Douglas – Environmental Consultant: OurFoods.org; Roman Zenz – Filmmaker: "Urban Fruit"; Todd Darling – Filmmaker: "Occupy the Farm"

 

The event is free.

 

Hosted by Occupy Venice Beach.

 

www.ovb.so

 

OV Hotline – 424-209-2777.

 

Co-sponsored by the Venice Neighborhood Council and the Electric Lodge

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