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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.

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Sandra Starr (Author, Publisher and Editor)

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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.

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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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Upcoming Regular SSMHOA Board Meeting, Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:30pm (correction: not at 7pm as stated in last post).

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.

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Highlights of the Annual Silver Strand Marina Homeowners Association Meeting, October 1, 2014

 The 2014 Annual SSMHOA meeting took place at the Del Rey Yacht Club on October 1, 2014 at 7pm. An estimated 50 homeowners attended.

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The 2013-14 SSMHOA Board (left to right): Richard Cervantes; Nora Nicosia, Mary-Dorothy Line[behind Nora]; Patrica Schnegg; Fred Karlsen, President of SSMHOA; Eric Beane; Richard Lysle and Sandy Gooch.

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Homeowners Brenda Kronsberg and Eileen Nugent attending the meeting

Homeowner Suzi Greenberg, foreground, Fred Karlsen and Bill Boyd

Homeowner Suzi Greenberg, foreground, Fred Karlsen and Bill Boyd

Guest Speakers:

There were three guest speakers. The first two were Autumn Burke and Ted Grose, the Democratic and Republican candidates running for office in the California State Assembly, 62nd Assembly District.

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Autumn Burke, Democrat and Ted Grose, Republican, Candidates for the California Assembly at the SSMHOA meeting

Democratic Candidate, AutumnBurke, grew up in the world of politics. Her mother is the distinguished retired politician Yvonne Brathwaite Burke who served as member of the of U.S. Congress, a Los Angeles County Supervisor and a member of the California State Assembly. Autumn said that, as a resident of Marina del Rey,  she is very familiar with Los Angeles County and community issues and promised to work with us on our concerns. She intends to promote solutions to making our schools better, creating affordable housing and encouraging small business development. She is currently the owner of a consulting group which focuses on business development, community outreach and energy efficiency.

For more information see:http://burkeforassembly.com

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Fred Karlsen, President SSMHOA and Autumn Burke

Republican Candidate, Ted Grose, lives in Westchester. His career has been in the real estate industry. He spoke about creating new jobs and making it easier for small businesses to operate in the District by working to remove regulations that hamper business success. He will work to divert money from union bosses and administrators that can be used to improve education. For more information see: http://www.ted4ca.com/

The third speaker was Marcia Hanscom, Executive Director of the Ballona Institute.

 

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Marcia Hanscom, Executive Director of the Ballona Institute, at the SSMHOA meeting.

Marcia discussed Marina Admiralty Company’s proposed renovation of Mariner’s Village on Via Marina and its negative impact on the ecology of our neighborhood including the destruction of nesting sites for the Great Blue Heron and other species who have nested on the site for over forty years. The developer has estimated that the renovation, which calls for the removal of all the existing mature landscaping, including a thousand trees and ponds which are home to hundreds of fish and turtles, will take ten years. It will involve not only the destruction of nesting sites, but increased air pollution for residents. In addition, the project would coincide with the replacement of the Venice Dual Force Pumping line on Via Marina resulting in a traffic nightmare on Via Marina.

Committee Chair  Reports:

Nora Nicosia, Chair of the Block Captain Committee introduced members of the Committee, asking them to stand and  thanking them for their efforts over the past year. They were applauded by the Board and members of the audience. She remarked on the success of the Annual Neighborhood party, the mini-Block parties, the Emergency Preparedness Committee educational sessions, the Art Tours and the Block Captains’ participation in the  Kid’s Activity Group including the Day at the Beach and the Little Free Library.

Richard Cervantes, Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, introduced Committee members, Nora Nicosia, Penny Akashi, Bill Boyd and Dr. David Eisenman. He said that the EP Committee has held two educational sessions this year and is planning a third on November 1. See post of October 9, 2014.

Eric Beane, Chair of the Kid’s Activity Committee reported on the tremendous success of the Beach Day Event on October 7, 2014. He said that the Little Free Library, installed this year on Outrigger mini-Mall, has been very active with parents and kids taking books and leaving books [This is the only Little Free Library in the Marina del Rey area]. He also stated that plans are in the works for a Community Garden for Silver Strand children and parents. The garden was approved by the Board at the regular SSMHOA Board meeting on Sept 22, 2014. Sandy Gooch, Chair of the Landscaping Committee is helping to implement this this [see below].

Sandy Gooch, Chair of the Landscaping Committee discussed the upcoming planting and tree trimming schedule. She reported that Alder trees in the Malls have been injected.”Keep off the Grass” dog signs have been installed in various Malls and residents have been urged to take their dogs to the Ballona Lagoon path to “relieve” themselves rather than doing so on the landscaped Malls. She said that due to improvements in the irrigation system, the SSMHOA water bill, a large expense,  will be cut by about 50%.

  In terms of time and research, Sandy has also been doing the heavy lifting on the planned Children’s Community Garden, a Kid’s Activity Committee project.  She reported that the garden, a narrow strip on the Mast mini-Mall, will be installed at little cost to homeowners, thanks to the generosity of  SSMHOA landscape contractor Ray Garcia and the non-profit “Growing Green” organization [ Following the Annual Meeting, Sandy confirmed that the first planning meeting on the garden will be in early 2015].

Patty Schnegg, Chair of the Security Committee reported that the few crimes reported in our neighborhood in the last year, mostly bicycle thefts, were due to homeowner negligence in leaving their garage doors open.

Richard Lysle, Chair of the Street Committee reported that SSMHOA homeowners will be receiving letters about trees and their roots which they have planted and  are damaging sidewalks in the common areas.

The Board thanked Sandra Starr for her work on the Silver Strand News blog and its benefit to the community.

Fred Karlsen, President of SSMHOA, gave a “State of the Community” address on the achievements of the Board to date in the past year, thanking Committee chairs, Block Captains and  homeowner volunteers for their work.

Following Fred’s address, Michael Greenberg, homeowner and former Board member, commented: “This is the best Board we have ever had!,” which was followed by applause from the audience.

Sandra Starr, publisher of the Silver Strand News, presented homeowner William Boyd with the 2014  Silver Strand News Volunteer of the Year Award. Bill has worked for several years as our representative on the Venice Neighbor Council and, as a CERT trained first responder, devoted many hours  to educating Silver Strand residents about the importance of Emergency Preparedness.

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Sandra Starr presents the 2014 Silver Strand News Volunteer of the Year Award to Bill Boyd

Election results for the SSMHOA 2014-2015 Board of Directors.  HOA Elections of California, an independent organization, was hired by SSMHOA to handle the voting procedure. The election results for the new Directors of the  Board, in alphabetical order, are:

Eric Beane; Richard Cervantes; John Conner; Fred Karlsen; Gary Garland; Sandy Gooch; Mary-Dorothy Line; Joseph Nesane and Nora Nicosia.

The Board elected the following officers: Fred Karlsen, President; Richard Cervantes, Secretary and Mary-Dorothy Line, Treasurer.

The next regular SSMHOA Board Meeting will take place on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm at 125 Privateer Mall.

 With thanks to Marilee Karlsen for her photographs of this event.

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