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Promenade Repositioning To Entertainment Venue – Will This Help or Exacerbate Recent Problems?

photo courtesy of latourist.com
photo courtesy of latourist.com

The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, a prominent mall next to the 405 Freeway, will replace stores with restaurants, arcades and other venues that favor recreation over commerce, its owners said. The mall already has a luxury theater complex.

The economic downturn took a toll on the center, however, forcing the closure of a Borders bookstore and Calendar Grill. Another major tenant, Nordstrom Rack, is moving to rival mall Westfield Culver City.

The departures “gave us the opportunity to reposition the property,” said Howard Wong, director of leasing for owner Passco Cos. “We want to take advantage of what’s happening in the market.

For more project details, head over to latimes.com.

The gentrification of 90045 is upon us. How do you feel about the new “Lower Westside” moniker?

Share your thoughts below, 90045!

Fire Department Offers Online Survey in Support of Bonin’s Tech Upgrade Motion

An online survey has been created by the Los Angeles Fire Department in support of a public safety motion by City Councilman Mike Bonin to equip firefighters with tablet computers.

Bonin, 46, introduced the FIRST-IN Master Plan motion to the City Council in early July in an attempt to tap into local technological resources to upgrade the fire department’s technology.

The fire department has an upgrade planned for its 911 dispatch system, will be adding a GPS-based vehicle location system and its contract for the laptop computers used to record patient information also is up for renewal, according to Bonin’s motion.

For the full story, head over to venicedispatch.info.

2 Year Project To Increase Electrical Capacity – Expect Construction Delays

ladwpFrom our Neighborhood Council website:

Construction has begun on a new 230-kV underground transmission cable designed to improve power reliability in the communities of Playa del Rey, Westchester, Marina Del Rey, and West Los Angeles. Phase I of the project is expected to progress from Grand Avenue to the intersection of Grand and Vista Del Mar later this week, and then continue north on Vista Del Mar.

Commuters are advised to expect delays during construction on Vista Del Mar. The road will be narrowed to one lane in each direction as construction continues along Vista Del Mar from Grand Avenue to Imperial Highway. Once work is completed at the intersection early next week, construction activity will continue through March, and be in progress 24 hours a day, 6 days a week. No construction will occur between 6 a.m. Sundays and 6 a.m. Mondays.

Traffic controls including barricades and flag personnel will be in place as needed throughout the construction period.

The new Scattergood-Olympic Transmission Cable Project will reinforce and increase the electrical capacity of the existing transmission system, which is nearly 40 years old.

The two-year project, which is scheduled for completion by summer 2015, requires constructing a new 11.8 mile high-voltage line from the Scattergood Generating Station in Playa del Rey to the Olympic substation (RS-K) at Centinela Avenue and Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

Work will involve installing conduit in trenches that are 3 feet wide and up to 12 feet deep, along with underground maintenance vaults every 1,500 to 2,500 feet. Additionally there will be improvements to the existing infrastructure connecting the cable at the generating station and the substation.

LADWP thanks motorists for their patience. We will continue to inform the community of construction progress and issue traffic advisories as needed throughout the project. For further information, please visit www.ladwp.com/Scattergood-Olympic.

Are there any roads left in West LA that aren’t subject to construction delays lately? Do tell!

Mayor Garcetti Wants To Hear About Our Potholes, 90045

potholesFrom our Neighborhood Council website:

 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) recently launched the Bureau’s Neighborhood Council Initiative, also known as “Operation Neighborhood Blitz,” empowering local communities to survey their streets and prioritize the small asphalt repairs (SAR) that make a big difference in the quality of life.

The Bureau is partnering local Neighborhood Councils to act as the Bureau’s eyes and ears, or as the Bureau puts it, BSS Honorary Inspectors.  The effort will dispatch a city pothole repair truck to every neighborhood in the city twice over the next year.

“I’m working to make sure the city responds to pothole repairs in about 48 hours, but I want to do more than react to your calls,” said Mayor Garcetti.  “Government should actively go out to our neighborhoods and work with residents first hand to fix the most pressing problems.  The best way to fix problems in our neighborhoods isn’t from an office in City Hall. It’s on the ground in our neighborhoods.”

The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa has been working to gather information on potholes in our community and we need your help.  Please forward locations needing repair (pictures can be included) no later than Monday, September 9, 2013 to the attention of the NCWP Governmental Affairs Committee members Mark Redick (Chair) at markredick@gmail.com or Craig Eggers at integritysearch@ca.rr.com.

This is the first of two (2) events. The NCWP will maintain a list of all submissions not repaired for the next event.

Click here for the Pothole Repair Request form. Hop on it, though. Requests are due tomorrow, September 9th.

 

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Can you say “bloated?” Westchester-Playa NC has 3x as many members as nearby communities

A conversation that began in May about what some members of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa call “special interest seats” and what to do with them has accelerated in recent weeks due to a new dynamic that has come into play.

Neighborhood council Vice President Mark Redick broached the subject May 16 of eliminating certain board positions that some on the council and some of their constituents believe exist for the sole purpose of catering to a specific entity or organization.

“To some people, (having special interest seats) looks exclusionary, not inclusionary,” he said.

Redick and board member Craig Eggers had anticipated having discussions about what to do with these seats prior to the 2014 neighborhood council elections, which were set to occur next summer. Those elections have now been moved to the spring, shortening the time period to decide whether or not the special interest seats should remain in place before the elections, Redick says.

“This now increases the sense of urgency,” Redick said.

For the full story, head over to argonautnews.com.

What do you think? Do we need a whopping 31 members to adequately represent W/PdR’s interests? Service club and youth organization seats? Seriously? How about restricting seats to taxpayers? What are your thoughts?

Westchester Residents denounce parking survey, ask LMU to close southern entrance

 

no parking 2LMU met with 90045 residents to discuss creation of a preferential parking district to mitigate neighborhood angst resulting from LMU’s new hefty on-campus parking fees.

In support of its support for such a district, LMU presented results of a survey it conducted showing that 63% of respondents support a one year pilot permit parking district. As pointed out in the comments to the article, possibly only a fraction of the affected residents responded to the survey.

This is likely to be a sticky situation for Mike Bonin, the City Councilmember representing 90045, as it is the City that ultimately creates and regulates parking districts.

Parking districts are not without their problems. Residents are not guaranteed parking and permits for residents and their guests cost money and require trips dowtown to obtain.

One solution being floated by affected residents is for LMU to close its South entrance, thereby discouraging students from parking in those residential neighborhoods.

For more details on the meeting, motor on over to argonautnews.com.

Next Neighborhood Council Meeting on Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013

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 Babe Ruth teams and their recent successes at the Championship tournaments over the weekend. Way to go, boys!

Playa Vista: Drainage system continues to draw ire of some wetlands organizations

ballona wetlands
Photo courtesy of ballona.org

Attention surrounding a drainage system at Playa Vista that apparently was installed without permission from the state Coastal Commission has not dissipated since the discovery of the network was reported in June.

The underground system was discovered earlier this summer and was reported to the California Coastal Commission. The installation is now under investigation by the commission, which confirmed that it does not have a coastal permit.

For the full story, including the history of the drainage system, head over to argonautnews.com. Be sure and read the article’s comments for interesting insights on this topic, as well.