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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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Reminder: Annual Silver Strand Block Party coming up on Sunday, September 7, 2014, noon to 4pm.

Balloon Flyer

If you would like to enter the Pie and Cheesecake Contest (please d0!), just  leave a comment below and we will forward to Jennifer Manoogian, Block Captain and Chair of the ad hoc Annual Block Party Committee. Ladies, gentlemen and young ones, get out your aprons, rolling pins, pie plates, heat up your ovens and go for it.

All are welcome. Bring your kids, grand kids, friends and dogs. Prepare to have congenial conversations with your neighbors, eat yummy food, be entertained and have some serious fun.

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What Silver Strand, MDR residents need to know about new DWP water conservation regulations


Courtesy Yahoo News

Courtesy Yahoo News

   California is suffering one of the worst droughts on record for the state. It is drastically impacting agriculture, a major player in California’s economy in terms of our own food sources and exports, from north to south. Wells, lakes and rivers are drying up. The water levels of reservoirs are at record lows. Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable as it imports 80% of its potable water.

If the drought continues, we only have enough water reserves to carry us through the next 12-18 months. In light of this, the Los Angeles Water Department has now issued the Phase II of mandatory rules regarding residential water use which includes the Silver Strand. The complete list of regulations and penalties for violating them came be found here: https://www.ladwp.com/. In the meantime, we have summarized some of the most important ones below:

 1) Sidewalks, driveways, etc. No Customer of the Department shall use a water hose to wash any paved surfaces including, but not limited to, sidewalks, walkways, driveways, and parking areas, except to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards. 2) Car washing. No Customer of the Department shall wash a vehicle with a hose if the hose does not have a self-closing water shut-off or device attached to it, or otherwise allow a hose to run continuously while washing a vehicle. 3) Landscape irrigation: These regulations apply to Silver Strand residents who have landscaped their front patios, their four-foot strip facing the Malls and Roma Court gardens fronting the Ballona Lagoon. a) No Customer of the Department shall water or irrigate lawn, landscape, or other vegetated areas between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. b) Non-Watering Days. No landscape irrigation shall be permitted on any day other than Monday, Wednesday, or Friday for odd-numbered street addresses and Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday for even-numbered street addresses. Non-conserving nozzles (spray head sprinklers and bubblers) no more than 8 minutes per watering day per station for a total of 24 minutes per week. c) Hand-held hose watering of vegetation: if the hose is equipped with a self-closing water shut-off device, watering is allowed everyday during Phase II except between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm

d) No Customer of the Department shall water or irrigate any lawn, landscape, or other vegetated area in a manner that causes or allows excess or continuous water flow.

   We  all use this currently scarce resource every time we take a long shower and do so more often than necessary (sponge baths and bidets can accomplish the same purpose), take baths in those enormous spa bathtubs many of us have, brush our teeth and shave without turning off the water, run the dishwasher with less than a full load, wash dishes by hand instead using the dishwasher, do a less than full load of laundry, wash our cars by hand rather than taking them to a commercial car wash, flush the toilet more than necessary (you know what we mean), mindlessly water our landscaping without adjusting timers, refill patio pools and spas and order water or accept it at restaurants that we leave untouched. Needless to say, if you haven’t already installed low-flush toilets and shower heads, you must.

  The average resident in Los Angeles uses 89 gallons per day per person. Multiply that figure 30 days and you will see your approximate usage. Multiply that figure by the number of people in your household and you will see how much water your household uses a month.  Unless we all work together in good conscience to lower our water usage, things will only get worse. Draconian measures involving stricter water rationing, enforced by dramatically higher water bills will be put into place. Food prices will rise dramatically along with prices of business services that use a lot of water, i.e. hotels, restaurants, laundries, spas and beauty parlors, etc. Swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, whether public or private, will have to be emptied. No landscape irrigation of any kind will be permitted including median strips and public parks.

If you see people wasting water, you can send a report to: waterwaste@ladwp.com

Map showing drought conditions in California and S.W. states. Courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor

Map showing current drought conditions in California, including Los Angeles and S.W. states. Courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor

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Fourth Annual Silver Strand Block Party, Sunday, September 7, 2014

  The Fourth Annual Silver Strand Block Party will take place on Sunday, September 7, 2104, from noon to 4pm, on Quarterdeck Mall and adjacent Roma Court. Peter Bergman and son Ty of Bergman Beach Properties are sponsoring the party for the second year running. This, along with Halloween on Roma Court, is the most popular annual event on the Silver Strand. Come one and come all and bring your children, grandchildren, friends and pets. Good food, good music, good kid activities  and big fun guaranteed.

 The event was originally initiated by Nora Nicosia, SSMHOA Board member and Block Captain Committee Chair, in 2010. Jennifer Manoogian, Chair of of the SSMHOA ad hoc Annual Block Party for the last four years is working with the Bergmans on the details. The party has been hugely successful and provided a great way for neighbors to get to know each other and have a good time.

The theme this year is “Country Fair.” It will include a  pie and cheesecake bake-off. So men, women and children of the Silver Strand, put on your aprons, get out your rolling pins,  heat up the oven and bring your entry to win a prize.

Silver Strand Annual 2014 Announcement

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Highlights of the Silver Strand Art Group visit to Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium at the Getty ViIlla

   The Silver Strand Art Group toured the Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium, a critically acclaimed exhibition at the Getty Villa on July 28, 2014. While attendance was small, no doubt due to the fact that many residents go on vacation in July and August, the group had a wonderful time and enjoyed a delicious lunch in the Getty cafe.


Nora Nicosia, a co-chair of the group, reports that: For me what make it different is that Marilee [Karlsen] gave us a tour of the newer gardens, a short history of what they plants meant to the period and what they used many of them for in their diet.  She is an excellent docent

Cassie Hermiston-Boyd said: I loved the private garden tour that Marilee gave us. She carefully explained how certain herbs were used to ease stomach pain and childbirth (yeah right on the childbirth). Some leaves we’re used as bandages in battles. The natural oils believed to suppress the bleeding and heal wounds.
I particularly found the Byzantine jewelry to be the most interesting. In Byzantine culture they held moralistic beliefs that extravagant lifestyles should be shunned. However the practice was very different among the elite who spent and lived lavishly by custom designing jewelry and mosaics for their magnificent villas.

Thanks to Clarissa Cervantes for her photograph.

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Friends of the Little Free Library on Outrigger Mall,Marina del Rey: We need your Help, the shelves are bare!!

   We have a problem. People are definitely using the Little Free Library on Outrigger Mall, but they are not giving back. The shelves need replenishing.

1) When you take a book, you should donate another book in exchange either on the spot or very soon after.

2) If you take a book and can’t replace with another book, please return the one you took to the box.

3) Everyone can help, by looking through your book shelves and donating books you no longer want.

If you don’t follow through on the basic concept, our Little Free Library will fail and that would be a shame since we have the only Little Free Library box in Venice south of Washington, the Silver Strand and Marina del Rey. Many people in the Silver Strand worked hard to make this happen, please help them and our children to sustain the dream. The program has been a nationwide success in cities large and small. There is absolutely no excuse for it not succeeding in our neighborhood. Let’s not disappoint our neighborhood kids.

Any book or CD suitable for kids up to 14 years old is welcome.

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The Little Free Library needs more Books

The Little Free Library at Outrigger Mall has been so successful that its shelves are now bare! Please walk down to the box and add books and DVDs so kids won’t be disappointed when they visit. With thanks for your help.

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Breaking news: 1 man killed and others injured in lighting strike on Venice Beach

An unidentified 20-year-old male died and at least 8 others were injured and taken to the hospital as result of  a lightning strike at Venice Beach at the 3800 hundred block of Ocean Front Boulevard at around 2:21pm today. Five others declined to be treated. All were in or near the water when the strike occurred. As a resident of the Silver Strand who was at home at the time, I can attest to the power of the lightning strike which felt like a WWII  bomb going off right over my head. The major weather services carried warnings about this storm early this morning. As the police captain in the TV series Hill Street Blues said: “Be careful out there.”

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