Big Changes At LAX

Have you heard? LAX is jumping headlong into its modernization project ahead of the Olympics and big changes start before the end of this month.

LAX-it (pronounced LA Exit) is the catchy new name for the new pick up area for taxis and other “ride app” services starting October 29th. Dropoffs will continue to be on the upper/departures level in the horseshoe.

The stated reason to keep taxis and app services out of the “Central Terminal Area” (“CTA”) horseshoe is to address traffic generally until other modernization updates can take that burden. Additionally, construction in the CTA is expected to further congest the area.

For more information and a countdown timer, go here. This page also has an interactive map for each terminal that shows you where to catch your shuttle and how long it will take.

There will also be restrooms, food trucks and charging stations where the shuttle drops you off for the taxis and ride app services.

Other changes to getting in and out of LAX are summarized in the handy cheat sheet below.

LAX is “flipping” curbs

 

PLUC Meeting On Tuesday, 10/15

Our Neighborhood Council’s Planning & Land Use Committee (“PLUC”) is having its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 15th.

Two important issues are on the agenda.

First is further discussion about LMU’s proposed Master Plan Amendment. PLUC was very hard on them last time they appeared. If you want to see what the hard questions about this project look like, attend the meeting.


NC PLUC Meeting is next Tuesday, October 15th in the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room at 7166 W Manchester Avenue. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm.


Also on the agenda is a presentation by a group seeking to add a preschool at the Methodist Church on Emerson Ave, across from Orville Wright, in the heart of Kentwood. Our understanding is that this project comes up for City approval soon, so if you want to better understand this project and share concerns and/or support with the City, you won’t want to miss the PLUC meeting.

Find the PLUC agenda here. Relevant PDFs are attached at the bottom of the agenda.

Come out and see what’s being built in our community.

Next Neighborhood Council Meeting – Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019

The LA City Charter requires the City of Los Angeles to promote organized neighborhood empowerment in the form of Neighborhood Councils. Our local council is the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa (NCWP).

NCWP’s next meeting is Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Community Room of the Westchester Municipal Building, located at 7166 Manchester Avenue.

For the agenda, head over to NCWP’s website.

One item that caught my attention is recognition for our Westchester Del Rey Little League Girls Softball Team as 2019 State Champions of Southern California Major Little League Softball. Way to go, girls!

photo is from the WDRLL page on facebook




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Westchester-Playa del Rey Community Plan Update

Our Community Plan is in process for a long overdue update, but will it matter?

What Is A City Plan?

The City of Los Angeles is a massive area and to help manage land use policy decisions, the city is divided into 35 community plan areas.

Each Community Plan establishes goals and policies to guide land use and development within each plan area. Plan maps identify where uses such as jobs, housing and open space will be located. Continue reading “Westchester-Playa del Rey Community Plan Update”

Hearts Like Lions – LMU’s Baseball Season Comes To A Close

This week Team Living90045 welcomes a particularly special guest post from Catherine Galanti. Would you like to write for us? More info here.

For the Loyola Marymount baseball program, 2017 was full of highs and lows, but mostly highs. The team finished 38-18 overall, with a 20-7 conference record tying them with Gonzaga and BYU to share the WCC title. This is a title the Lions hadn’t taken home since the 2000 season. LMU was expected to finish seventh in a conference of ten, but battled to the top. The Lions were nationally ranked, then stumbled, then climbed back to claim the #27 spot in the country. They went almost undefeated in series play, going 11-1-1. All this is in addition to the first perfect game in program-and conference- history. Continue reading “Hearts Like Lions – LMU’s Baseball Season Comes To A Close”

Big Weekend In LMU Baseball Ranks The Lions Nationally

Pitcher Cory Abbott Snags His Second National Pitcher of the Week Award Over The Weekend

LMU had an eventful few days this weekend, with their last home series against the University of San Diego Toreros.

USD had proven to be a difficult competitor to its previous opponents, entering the series with a 27-12 overall record.

The Toreros held a first place spot in the conference for several weeks, before falling to fourth when Brigham Young took their series last week.

USD took game one on Friday night with a total of 19 hits, five of which were home runs. The lead traded back and forth almost every inning, with the Lions leading 10-7 going into the ninth inning. However, a solo homer and 1-out single off Codie Paiva opened up the top of the ninth, putting the score at 10-8.

The Lions fought back, working to two outs with 1 on. Down to the last strike, Torero player Chris McCready launched a go ahead homer, which ultimately sunk the Lions.

Having dropped the series opener, LMU found itself in a three way tie for 2nd place with USD and Gonzaga. Going into Saturday’s game, they hoped to even the series and establish their place in the rankings. Junior ace Cory Abbott took the mound, throwing another beautiful game in what seems to be becoming a weekly show. In the first 6 innings, Abbott didn’t allow a hit, let alone a run.

After 8 innings, Abbott allowed only 3 unearned runs on three hits, and struck out a career high 15 batters. He is only one strikeout away from the school all-time record of most in one game, set at 16 in 1996. Abbott’s record is now 9-1, and leads the entire country in wins.

This win gave Abbott his third WCC Pitcher of the Week title, and second national Pitcher of the Week award. Offensively, the Lions were just as hot, logging 10 runs on 14 hits. 7 of those runs came in one inning alone. Six Lions had multi-hit games, including Billy Wilson’s third homer of the season.

With the upset of the Toreros on Saturday, the three-way tie for 2nd place was broken. Gonzaga lost as well, and BYU hasn’t played quite as many games on the season, putting LMU in sole possession of the #2 spot. Sending Blake Redman to the hill, and hoping the momentum would carry over to Sunday, the Lions aimed to break the series tie. Though USD struck first, LMU rallied, scoring 6 runs with a walk, a balk, a passed ball, a hit-by-pitch, and two singles from Spencer Erdman to seal the series.

With the series win, LMU is nationally ranked for the first time this season. The Lions hope to hold onto or move up from #23 in the country. Sunday’s victory marked win #30 for the Lions. They are currently the only team in the WCC to amass 30 wins so far. The Lions are expected not only to reach the WCC Championships later this month, but hope to advance past them.

Whether the team can make it all the way to Omaha for the College World Series has yet to be revealed, but the team and their fans are optimistic for their success. LMU is still undefeated in weekend series, improving to 10-0-1.

For many of the Lions, this was their last home game at LMU in their collegiate careers. With a graduating class of 11, the seniors were celebrated before Sunday’s game with a small ceremony, photos and, of course, the 6-3 series win.

LMU does not have any games this week, due to finals and graduation. Their next game comes on May 9th, when they play UC Riverside. They play CSU Bakersfield the next day, May 10th. The biggest road series of the season comes when they face the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Spokane, WA starting on May 12. All away games can be streamed for free online through lmulions.com.

Please Tell The County We Need A Safe Parking Program

Photo courtesy of The LA Times. Click the photo for the source article.

Comments to the County are due by Monday. I’ve made it super simple to comment by sharing the link and a proposed comment for you below.

As you might know, the City was sued a few years ago by a group of homeless people who had been prosecuted under the City’s “no vehicle dwelling law.” The 9th Circuit (one step below the Supreme Court) said that our law was vague and unconstitutional and the City paid out $1.1 million to the attorneys as a result of losing that lawsuit.

The Court basically told the City how to fix the law, but the City was gun-shy and did nothing for several years. The ultimate response by the City was LAMC 85.02 with the map that we’ve all heard about. 85.02 became effective in January 2017 and enforcement was supposed to start in February.

Fast forward a few months and 85.02 is still not being enforced! The RV problem is getting worse everyday in 90045/PdR. If you look at the map, Manchester from Sepulveda to the beach is either red or yellow. Red is no parking ever, and yellow is no overnight parking. People are counting RVs parked on Manchester in the double digits and those rigs aren’t moving (violations of both 85.02 and parking laws against parking longer than 72 hours in one place).

One of the issues raised in the civil rights lawsuit was that the City shouldn’t be prosecuting people for being homeless. This is still a conundrum under the new law and possibly why the new law isn’t being enforced (along with, apparently, the problem of having to enforce in person with RV dwellers simply not answering the door).

One of the suggestions that I learned about when I attended a homelessness forum last year was to offer Safe Parking to the RVs in exchange for a promise to get on a City-sponsored path to housing. If a vehicle dweller (lots of people are living in cars, as well as RVs) doesn’t agree to the offer, they can be legally removed from our streets. That is, they are not being prosecuted for being homeless because homeless people will agree to the City’s offer of housing help (not 100% true, but we’ll leave that part of the discussion for another day).

Thus, having a safe parking alternative for the homeless RVers gives law enforcement the ability to run everybody else out. Presumably, this solves the issue of the rolling crime scenes posed by other RVs, as well as the lifestylers who want to live in our beach community without paying taxes or for services.

It’s a fair and legally enforceable solution.

So today I saw on NextDoor that Los Angeles County officials are seeking public comment on the preliminary spending proposal for the estimated $355 million to come annually from the Measure H sales tax increase approved by voters in March to reduce homelessness. Possibly it isn’t on their radar because the Safe Parking proposal is a City idea, but I’m bothered that the County isn’t allocating any of the money that I’m paying and that I voted to support to a solution that gets rid of the RV’s.

The Safe Parking Program is the solution we need.

I’m asking everybody to take one minute to register a comment with the County right now. Here is the link to submit comments.

Feel free to cut and paste the comment that I left at the bottom in the General Comments section:

Where is the money for a Safe Parking Program? We need to immediately start separating the RV’ers on our streets who need housing assistance from the rolling criminal enterprises. This is critical and glaringly absent from what I see above. Please, please allocate some of the Measure H money to this important initiative.

The “above” reference is my comment refers to all the categories of $ allocations that you’ll see on the form before you get to the General Comments section. Here is the link again to submit comments.

Please take two seconds right now to click that link and leave that or another comment asking for an allocation for Safe Parking so that we can start cleaning up the criminals and lifestylers. And then, take another minute and share this post with 10 friends. Even easier, post a link to this article on your Facebook page. Comments are due Monday by 5 pm.