As we reported on November 19, 2014 [ http://mdrsilverstrandnews.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/breaking-news-on-the-marriott-hotel-project-on-via-marina-marina-del-rey-now-postponed-until-december-9-2014/%5D, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Don Knabe has submitted a request that the hearing on voting to grant a lease option to Samuel Hardage to build two Marriott hotels on Via Marina be postponed until December 9, 2014 when newly elected Supervisors, Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis will have taken office and be present to vote on this issue. It’s likely that Knabe’s surprise decision came about as a result of an editorial in the LA Times, numerous letters, calls, faxes and emails from the public, including readers of the Silver Strand News, Silver Strand residents, and a letter from Mike Bonin, City of Los Angeles, 11th District Council Member letter criticizing the rush to get various matters passed, including Hardage’s hotel project, prior to the seating of the two new Supervisors on December 1, 2014 who will have to live with the consequences.
Despite the fact that the zoning of the site has long been designated as “hotel,” a large majority of members of the public have, over an eight year period expressed their opinion that they would prefer to see this parcel (9u), the last and largest undeveloped, waterfront space in Marina del Rey, developed as a public park with an educational center, rather than a hotel. The Coastal Commission has already approved the small southern end of the parcel as a Wetland park and no doubt they would approve expanding the entire site to a public park. Further, Via Marina is listed in all Coastal Commission and County documents as a “Scenic Drive” to be preserved. The County has already approved the massive AMLI apartment project on Via Marina and demolition has begun. Another large apartment project, just south of it on Via Marina, the Legacy Partners proposal, is in the works. Next door to these, the Marriott/Hardage proposal would be the third property in a row to block off views of the harbor from the public, along with other problems including increased traffic. The Marriott is also proposing to make a cut in the median strip on Via Marina to allow access to and from the the hotels. In addition, the construction of the hotels will likely coincide with the City of Los Angeles’ proposal to route a new sewer line down Via Marina.
How to pay for the park? Marina del Rey is the County’s largest source of income. Much of that income goes not to MDR, but to the County’s general fund. Perhaps it is payback time. The park would enhance public recreation in MDR and also be a tourist attraction, two goals the County says it wants to achieve. However, it has yet to come up with anything other than hotels, shopping centers and apartment complexes. None of the latter conform to what the County says it wants as stated in their “Visioning Process.”
Who is Involved and Who to Contact:
Although the proposed Marriotts are on the County side (east) of Via Marina, the project will also impact City residents on the west side of Via Marina, including the Silver Strand. Mike Bonin spoke up to the County on behalf of those on they City side. Thanks to Marcia Hanscom, here is his letter:
If you would like to contact him thanking him for same and adding any suggestions, here is his contact info:
The City of Los Angeles
Mike Bonin, our 11th District Councilman:
email address: <email@example.com>
200 N. Spring St., Room 475
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Major Players who will Decide on the Hotels are the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors:
You can contact them to express your opinion are as follows. I have included the Board of Supervisors as it will stand after December 1, 2014 including Supervisors Elect. The critical meeting on the Marriotts will take place downtown at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, address below, on December 9th at 9:30am when BOS will vote on granting a lease option to Samuel Hardage. In the meantime, you can send an email, call, write, fax or send a message via pony express, smoke signals or carrier pigeon. If you will be unable to attend the December 9th meeting, this is the way to go. If you are going to attend the meeting, this is still the way to go. Your opinions will become part of the public record which is very important. If you write or fax, which apparently is more effective, please remember to use the honorific, “The Honorable [i.e. Don Knabe]” in the address part of your letter or fax.
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. Their address for mailing purposes, in all cases, is.
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple Street.
Los Angeles, CA 90012.
The main Main Fax Number for the Board of Supervisors is: (213) 217-4979
Email and phone numbers are below:
Don Knabe: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
phone number: 213-626-6941
Mark Ridley-Thomas: <MarkRidley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.gov>
phone number: 213-974-2222
Michael D. Antonovich: <FifthDistrict@lacbos.org>
phone number: 213-974-5050
Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor Elect
phone number: (310) 996-1188
Address 13636 Ventura Blvd. Ste. 416, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.
Hilda Solis, Supervisor Elect
No other contact information has been made available.
The Venice Neighborhood Council:
The VNC, in which we as residents of the City of Los Angeles are stake holders, has supported us on over development in MDR in the past. They are the strongest Neighborhood Council, not on in Venice, but in the County. It’s fine to just email them.
Mike Newhouse, President: email: email@example.com
Mark Saltzberg, Vice-President: email: firstname.lastname@example.org: