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Welcome to The Silver Strand News. We hope to keep all those who live in the Silver Strand in Marina del Rey, California, as well as those who simply appreciate the beauty of this area, up to date on neighborhood news and to encourage communication between those who interested in the area. You can sign up for an email subscription by entering your email address in the box on the upper right. You then will receive an email from  wordpress.com, our web host, asking you to confirm your subscription by clicking on “Confirm Follow.” Without this confirmation your subscription will not be activated.The Silver Strand News is an independent news source and all posts represent the opinion of the author.

Please click on the Heading “Calendar of Upcoming Events” for up-to-date information on items of interest to residents.

Sandra Starr (Author, Publisher and Editor)

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Reminder: Upcoming Silver Strand Emergency Preparedness Session this Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 at 10:30am

One Hour that could Save Lives: Your Own, Your Loved Ones and  Your Pets

Meeting general

Richard Cervantes, Chair of the SSMHOA Emergency Preparedness Committee has announced that the next Emergency Preparedness class will take place  at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 4401 Via Dolce [gray corner house at Via Dolce and Northstar Court].   The class lasts for one hour.  This is the third educational class, led by experts, to be held on the Silver Strand. Learn how to prepare and protect yourself and your loved ones in an earthquake or other emergency. Ask questions and learn the answers.

Bill Boyd and Emergency Pack

According to Dr. David Eisenman, Committee member, UCLA expert on disaster preparedness medicine and  Science Officer, Emergency Preparedness and Response with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

David Eisenman

“We know best what happens during a disaster by looking at what others have experienced in these catastrophic events. It has been proven that neighbors do help neighbors.”

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Upcoming Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Meeting on the draft “Marina del Rey Vision” Statement, October 28, 2014

The Board of Supervisors has just sent out a notice about an upcoming meeting on the Draft Marina del Rey Vision Statement. Many of our readers have attended the local meetings on this subject at Burton Chace Park this past year. Most of the public expressed dissatisfaction with the meetings,  the project as a whole and the manner in which public dissent was/was not reported by those in charge of preparing the “Visioning” statement. The issue under consideration is a statement meant as an advisory to the Board of Supervisors and various affiliated County departments in terms of a long-term “vision” of the development of Marina del Rey. While not legally binding, it will not doubt carry weight in terms of the County’s future development plans for Marina del Rey. Please find the County’s official announcement below.


Board of Supervisors to consider draft Marina del Rey Vision Statement

 The County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning would like to invite you to attend the October 28, 2014 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, when the Board will consider the draft Marina del Rey Vision statement. Individuals will have an opportunity during the meeting to provide comments to the Board on the proposed Vision Statement.

 The meeting time and location are:

Tuesday October 28, 2014, 9:30 a.m.

Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

500 West Temple Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Board Hearing Room 381B

The draft Vision Statement and associated appendices are currently available on Regional Planning’s Marina del Rey website. To view the documents please visit: http://planning.lacounty.gov/marina/visioning.

If you would like to provide comments but are unable to attend the meeting, you may send your comments to commstudieswest@planning.lacounty.gov or call (213)974-6422.

For more information, please contact Gina Natoli or Maya Saraf of the Community Studies West Section at (213) 974-6422 or commstudieswest@planning.lacounty.gov. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Update on Protocol for the meeting on October 22, 2014 about the Venice Dual Force Auxillary Sewer Line at Burton Chace Park.

 Following a phone-call query from The Silver Strand News made last Friday to Tonya Durell, Principal Public Relations Representative for the City of Los Angeles, she clarified the protocol for the meeting  the proposed Via Marina sewer line scheduled for October 22 at the Burton Chace Park community room at 6pm. She said that this will not be a formal hearing. Instead officials from the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County connected with the project will be present to provide an “update” on the project and to answer questions from  residents on a “one-on-one” basis.

Pros: Unlike a standard formal hearing, you will be able to ask questions.

Cons: Unlike a formal hearing, it is unclear whether the event will be recorded and minutes taken. In a formal hearing, all statements from the floor and officials on the daïs are included in the minutes of the meeting and entered into the public record. In the protocol for this kind of meeting, i.e. a “briefing,” it is likely that comments will be taken informally by officials and summarized in a general report.

In any event, it’s important that you prepare your questions prior to the meeting on all aspects of the project, currently estimated to be three years long. Good questions would include removal or mature trees and/or possible lethal damage done their root system by micro-tunneling, de-watering, noise from the micro-tunneling, the proposed six-day week and work hours, emergency services access to our community, hazards (we are in an earthquake/tsunami evacuation zone), on-site toxic waste storage, traffic (people who normally travel on Via Marina will likely short-cut through Via Dolce and Via Donte due to lane closures caused by the project), the presence of abandoned oil and gas wells (methane gas), and soil conditions (much of the area around Via Marina is landfill and subject to liquefaction).

Ms. Durrell also promised to send me documents on the “updated” plan for the sewer line which have yet to be put on-line. The reports that I have made on the project in previous posts on the project were based on on-line documents which I was referred to by Danielle Sevilla, a colleague of Ms. Durell, in an email she sent me on October 10, 2014,  asking that I notify readers about the meeting. As soon as I receive the promised documents from Ms Durrell, I will post them.

According to the County, which lost it’s case protesting the Via Marina route for the sewer line, construction is scheduled to start in early 2016 and not November of 2015 as the City says.  The project is still in the permitting phase and will need to be approved not only by the Los Angeles City Council, but by the California Coastal Commission.



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Additions to the Agenda for the upcoming Regular Board Meeting, Monday, October 20

The next regular SSMHOA Board Meeting will take place on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:30pm at 125 Privateer Mall. All registered homeowners are welcome. The meeting  starts with a Homeowners Forum where you can address the Board and ask questions on issues of concern to you as a homeowner.  The Agenda will include reports from the Chairs of the Landscape, Security, Block Captain, Streets and the Kids Activities Committees.

The following issues have been added to the agenda:

1) The impact of the City of Los Angeles’ proposal to route the 54″ auxillary Venice Dual Force Pumping Plant pipeline from Marquesas Way down Via Marina to the channel ( see Silver Strand News posts of October 14, 2014 for details) on the Silver Strand Triangle gateway island at Marquesas Way, a common area of SSMHOA.

2) The City of Los Angeles proposal re the small park on Via Dolce.

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Silver Strand News Endorsements for Candidates in the Upcoming General Election, November 4, 2014

Philobos Dance Group: photo by Robert Whitman

Pilobos Dance Group: photo by Robert Whitman

Editorial Opinion: After much consideration and research, The Silver Strand News is endorsing the following candidates for those voting in Venice,  Marina del Rey and adjacent communities:

Governor: Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown

Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

Controller: Ashley Swearengin

Treasurer: John Chiang

Attorney General: Kamala D Harris

Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones

United States Representative (33rd District): Ted Lieu

State Senator (26th District) : Sandra Fluke

State Assembly(62nd District): Autumn Burke

Los Angeles County Assessor: John Morris

Los Angeles County Sheriff: Jim McDonnell

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (3rd District): Sheila Kuehl.

For more information on the Candidates and their campaign websites see the non-profit, non-partisan site : http://ballotpedia.org

There are seven propositions on the State ballot: Do your own research, but be aware that some of these propositions  use deceptive and confusing language. Check who is supporting them and who is opposing to see if they match your criteria for passage. A good source for detailed information is:http://www.latimes.com/opinion/endorsements/

 Quote of the Day:

Nobody will ever deny the right of the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they can do this is by not voting.

Franklin D. Roosevelt


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Documents You Should Review in Connection with the proposed Venice Plant Dual Force Sewer line on Via Marina, Marina Del Rey

The documents listed below are from the Los Angeles Department of Engineering.  They spell out the impact of the proposed sewer line route on Via Marina and the Silver Strand very specifically (and in several cases contradictorily). They will download in Adobe Reader PDF. While you may find the number of pages is intimidating remember that Adobe Reader allows to you search within the document for specific words by pressing “Command” and then “Find.”  Search word suggestions:

aesthetics; seismic hazards; Silver Strand;  trees; geology; methane; gas wells; scenic view; noise; microtunnelling, etc.

You should review them before attending the meeting at Burton Chace Park on October 22 (see previous post)  and make notes re questions you want to ask officials at the meeting.

DEIR Venice Pumping Plant

Notice of Preparation and Initial Study

Venice Dual Force Main Project Map

Final Environmental Impact Report

Mitigation Monitoring Program

If you have trouble opening from our site, go to:eng.lacity.org/techdocs/emg/venice_pumping_plant.htm

Next Up: Who to write to contact information

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Urgent: Important Meeting at Burton Chace Park concerning the Venice Dual Force Main Pumping Pipeline on Via Marina, Marina del Rey

The City of Los Angeles only noticed Silver Strand News about this a couple of days ago, so this is written in haste in order to get the word out. More in depth information will follow.

DPW Announcement Meeting

Above is the official DPW noticing of the meeting at Burton Chace Park

The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works proposed construction project to build a sewer relief line, see above, will drastically impact residences on either side of Via Marina in terms of traffic, as well as Playa del Rey. Further, it will coincide with the County’s projected plans to allow developers to construct massive apartment complexes, possibly a hotel and the “renovation” of Mariner’s Village. The AMLI apartment complex on Via Marina across from the Shores is already underway. While construction of the pipeline is estimated to end in three years, other more lasting impacts must be considered.

The pipeline will effect the landscaping of the Silver Strand Triangle and the median strip along Via Marina, both of which have mature trees. The Silver Strand Triangle contains a majestic tree which marks the gateway to the residences on either side of Via Dolce. The Triangle landscaping is maintained by the Silver Strand Marina Homeowners Association.  In the case of Via Marina, the tree-lined median is a signature of a street which has officially been declared a scenic drive. Via Marina below Marquesas Way is the jurisdictional dividing line between the City of Los Angeles on the west and the County of Los Angeles on the east.  The project’s route is now planned on to begin at  Hurricane Street on the Venice Peninsula, proceeding across the northernmost end of the Ballona Lagoon, where the pumping station is located, then across the grand canal to Marquesas Way, and then south to the end of Via Marina at the channel.  Construction  would begin in November of 2015. It is expected to take 3 years to complete at an estimated cost of 60 million dollars.

The engineering plan is to combine “microtunnelling” at the northern end of Via Marina with open trench tunneling at the southern end. Microtunnelling involves the application of considerable boring force and an increase in ground friction as it proceeds.

Make your voice heard by attending the meeting.

Background: The Venice Dual Force Main Pumping Plant Pipeline, maintained by the City of Los Angeles, serves as a link in the western portion of the Los Angeles sewer system including Venice (City) and Marina del Rey (County). The pipeline was built in 1958 under the beach and cannot be shut down for inspection or maintenance. As of now, it can only handle 60% of the pumping plant’s peak capacity. The Department of Engineering has stated the need for a relief pipe line to allow for maintenance and inspection and to prevent possible overflow in the Ballona Lagoon and onto the streets near our homes in the Silver Strand. This came within minutes of happening in 2004-5. After considering two other alternatives 1) placing it along side the existing pipe under the beach, or 2) placing  it under Pacific Ave on the Venice Peninsula, the City Council approved the proposal to place the pipeline under Via Marina from the pumping plant at the northern end of Ballona Lagoon, down Via Marina, across the Channel and terminating at the Hyperion Treatment Plant. The County and the City agreed that the relief pipeline must be built. They disagreed on where.  The L.A. County Board of Supervisors filed suit against the City to prevent the relief pipe being built under Via Marina. The County lost in court and the line is now scheduled to go down Via Marina.

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