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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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Upcoming Silver Strand Marina Annual Homeowners Meeting, Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014.

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     HELLO SILVER STRAND MARINA HOMEOWNERS

            As a registered homeowner, you are cordially invited to attend 

            The Annual Silver Strand Marina Homeowner’s Association Meeting

           Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Del Rey Yacht Club,

                     13900 Palawan Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

VOTE: If you haven’t already mailed your ballot for candidates running for the 2014-15 SSMHOA Board of Directors, you can turn your ballot in at the meeting before 7:00pm. The Board makes decisions on important matters including finances, budgeting, landscaping, security, social events and maintenance which affect all members of the Association. Your vote counts!

SOCIALIZE: Come at 6:30pm and chat with neighbors you already know. Connect with those you don’t know. Come and discover the rewards of living in a closely-knit neighborhood where homeowners work together to benefit our neighborhood and create a real sense of community. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30pm. The meeting will begin at 7pm  sharp.

LEARN: Fred Karlsen, President of SSMHOA, will report on what has been achieved this past year and the challenges ahead. The Chairs of the Board Committees will also report on progress they have made in the Silver Strand this past year and their plans for next year.

SPEAK UP:The Homeowners Forum, which starts off the meeting is a great chance for you to talk to the Board about issues that concern you, make suggestions, and offer up new ideas about improving our neighborhood.

Silver Strand News Homeowner Volunteer Award of the Year. Sandra Starr, publisher of the Silver Strand News, will present the blogs’ third annual award honoring a resident who has made a significant contribution to our community.

            Announcement of Election Results to the SSMHOA Board for the year 2014-15.

Specific details on Agenda and guest speaker to follow.

 

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Upcoming Silver Strand Marina Homeowners Association regular Board Meeting September 22, 2014

The next regular SSMHOA Board Meeting will take place on Monday, September 22,  at 7:30pm at 131 Quarterdeck 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. It’s also an opportunity for homeowners to  get to know Board members and see what they do for the community.  The Agenda will include reports from the Chairs of the Landscape, Security, Emergency Preparedness,  Block Captain, Streets and the Kids Activities Committees.

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Silver Strand Event to discuss proposed Developer’s planned Renovation of Mariner’s Village

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Silver Strand Residents

 Please join us for Wine & Samosas

 Friday, September 19, 2014 7-9 p.m.

5006 Roma Ct.

Marina Del Rey

 Hosted by: Lauri Chryss , Marcia Hanscom (Ballona Institute) & Kirsten Wells

 To Discuss:

Mariner’s Village Construction Impact on our neighborhood/community/environment

 Subjects of Concern:

  • Crime prevention when they open the continuous walk path
  • Fighting proposed 24 hour restrooms and showers at the end of the peninsula
  • Environmental Legal Support
  • Protecting the Great Blue Heron
  • Contributions and fundraising for Legal Support
  • How to proceed as a community after Tuesday’s meeting *
  • Preventing another “Shores” property

 Please R.S.V.P by leaving  a comment below if you would like to attend.

*The Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning will hold a scoping meeting on lease-holder Marina Admiralty Company’s (aka E.S. Ring) proposed renovation of Mariner’s Village, an apartment complex at 4600 Via Marina. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 from 6 to 8:30pm in the Community Room at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey (see Silver Strand News post http://mdrsilverstrandnews.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/development-marina-del-rey-important-meeting-at-burton-chace-park-about-mariners-village/

 

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Silver Strand Kid’s Activities: A Fun Day on the Beach for your Children, next Saturday, September 20, 11:30am

COME JOIN US FOR THE SILVER STRAND FAMILY BEACH DAY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th at 11 am jpeg kids top

 

 Where:  NEXT SATURDAY MORNING ON THE BEACH STRAIGHT ACROSS FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE MALL BRIDGE DIRECTLY AT THE OCEAN FRONT

 Why Attend: KIDS AND FAMILIES OF ALL AGES ARE INVITED.   A GREAT CHANCE FOR OUR KIDS TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER, AND PARENTS TOO!

 Activities: SANDCASTLE BUILDING CONTEST (PLEASE BRING BUCKETS AND SUPPLIES). WE’LL ALSO HAVE FUN COMPETITIVE GAMES FOR THE KIDS TO PLAY TOO. DON’T FORGET YOUR BOOGIE BOARDS, FOOTBALLS, SAND TOYS, AND FRISBEES FOR EXTRA FUN!

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PRIZES TO BE AWARDED FOR WINNERS:

BRING A PICNIC LUNCH

 WE’RE TRYING TO GET A HEADCOUNT OF PARTICIPATING CHILDREN (AGES) SO PLEASE:

RSVP TO JESSICA SCHWARZ  or leave a comment below and we will forward to Jessica.

Tell your neighbors!

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!!

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Silver Strand Bicycle Group Announces new Event for September 23, 2014

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Photo: Clarissa Cervantes

Cindy Carlin and Clarissa Cervantes, co-chairs of the ad hoc Silver Strand Bicycle Group, are organizing their 3rd bicycling adventure. It is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, 2014. The group will meet and depart from the Lighthouse Bridge at 10:00am, ride along the beach bike path for an hour, and then return to  have lunch at Coast Restaurant around 11:30am.

01_shutters-coast-patio-5136Coast is a casual beachfront cafe and bar at the Shutters on the Beach hotel. If you’re not up to the bike ride, you can meet the group at the restaurant and just enjoy good food and conversation with friends and neighbors.

In  order to make the restaurant reservation, please RSVP to Cindy Carlin or by leaving a comment below.

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Development Marina del Rey: Mariner’s Village-Important DRP Meeting at Burton Chace Park September 16, 6-8:30pm

The Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning will hold a scoping meeting on lease-holder Marina Admiralty Company’s (aka E.S. Ring) proposed renovation of Mariner’s Village, an apartment complex at 4600 Via Marina. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 from 6 to 8:30pm in the Community Room at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

Residents of Mariner’s Village with the support of the Ballona Institute (http://www.ballonainstitute.org) and concerned members of the Marina del Rey community have succeeded in forcing Marina Admiralty Co.  to come up with a revised Environmental Impact Report on the project. Members of the public will have an opportunity to address the DRP with their concerns. If you are unable to attend, you can send a comment to: marinaplanner@planning.lacounty.gov. Your comments will become part of the public record. The deadline for public comment is September 26, 2014.

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Mariner’s Village, Marina del Rey, California. Architect and landscaping  design Peter Kamnitzer, AIA. Completed in 1972. Photo courtesy Ludivine V on Yelp

Courtes Alek Solo

One of the ponds at Mariners Village: Courtesy Alec Solo

Why it matters:

1) Mariner’s Village, a 23 acre apartment complex built in the 1972, has 1000 mature trees, now 40 years old, which have provided ideal nesting habitats for the Great Blue Heron and many other bird species for decades. Marina Admiralty Company (aka E.S.Ring), which leases the property from Los Angeles County, had proposed to demolish the existing landscaping, including trees with active nests, waterfalls, ponds with fish, turtles and ducks and replace it with zero-scape plantings. The company has already been cited for violating the code by removing Heron nests on the property without proper permits. Note: mature trees like the pines in Mariner’s Village are extremely drought tolerant requiring very little water.

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Great Blue Heron with Chicks in Mariner’s Village: Photo Lina Shanklin, Courtesy Save the Great Blue Herons in the Ballona Valley page on Facebook.

   The Great Blue Heron is the largest North American bird of its kind. In Southern California they usually produce 3 to 6 eggs a  year, They build large nests from sticks and favor sites near water, including MDR harbor, the Ballona Lagoon and the Ballona Wetlands.  Although the birds have some natural predators, in urban situations it is human intervention which poses the greatest threat to the population. These herons are already on the decline in Southern California due to destruction of their habitats by developers. The County, in its obsession with building new hotels, huge apartment complexes and retail centers, doesn’t seem to realize it that  birding is a major tourist attraction in the Marina. It is one of the few locations in the city where birders can see shorebirds up close and personal.

2) Marina Admiralty is also planning to “modernize” the exterior of the complex. Mariner’s Village and its landscaping were designed by the late Peter Kamnitzer, AIA, one of Los Angeles’ most distinguished architects. There are less than 4 developments of historic importance in Marina del Rey. Mariner’s Village is one of them.  Kamnitzer’s project exemplifies the idea of providing urban residents with a sense of living in a lush, sylvan-like setting complete with ponds and waterfalls,  a rarity in Los Angeles. The exterior of the apartment complex is executed in  a Cape-Cod style of architectural design which compliments its waterside setting. In addition there are picturesque walkways, a charming area with a cafe and other services and a lovely community room reminiscent of the grand lodge hotels in Yosemite and other national parks.

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Community Room at Mariner’s Village, Marina del Rey. Courtesy Mariner’s Village Apartments.

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, with the support of the Department of Regional Planning and the Design Control Board has aggressively pursued a policy of “upgrading”  and “modernizing” Marina del Rey in order to make it a tourist destination, Well and good. However, let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water. One could say that Venice, Italy, Provincetown, Massachusetts or the beautiful small harbor towns on the west coast of Ireland and Cornwall, England could use some upgrading. What a tragedy that would be. These are places that attract many tourists precisely because they have not been “upgraded” or “modernized.”

To visit Mariner’s Village you can park in the lot across the street and just walk in and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the grounds which include beautiful views of the harbor. You can make a donation to the group working to save the Village by visiting:                    http://www.gofundme.com/protectlascoastalforest

 

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Marina del Rey Development: “Visioning Marina del Rey Process” – Two important Meetings

There will be two important meetings this month on the “Marina del Rey Visioning” Process.

Why it Matters:

The “Marina del Rey Visioning” group functions as an adviser to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Department of Regional Planning and the Design Review Board. Over the last year, it has been developing recommendations for the future 20-year development of Marina del Rey and has held many public outreach meetings. The group is led by Gina Natoli.  During the public outreach meetings of the Visioning process, representatives of the community including residents of MDR and adjacent communities, boaters, yacht club representatives businesses and developers have expressed universally negative views of the Visioning group’s plans for Marina del Rey. The general feeling at the meetings was that the plan failed to address critical issues in Marina del Rey including increased traffic on Admiralty and Via Marina, emergency ingress and egress from Washington and Lincoln Blvds, the County’s aggressive plans to add hotels, restaurants, retail structures, large-scale apartment units without paying attention to necessary infrastructure for same, the decrease in boating slips and parking spaces and the removal of parcels designated as open space.

The Visioning Process is now in its final stages. Among other things, the revised plan at least eliminates the controversial relocation of the public launch site, originally suggested by BOS Supervisor, Don Knabe, from a quiet spot in Basin H on Fiji Way to  a very unprotected place at Fisherman’s Village on Fiji Way. At one of the outreach meetings, an experienced boater compared the move to  Fisherman’s Village to “throwing puppies out of car window onto the fast lane of the 405.” So much for the expertise of the Visioning Process’ consultants.  The plan, as presented so far, is vague with few details and represented by a child-like drawing indicating various zones within the Marina.

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Dates and Locations of the Meetings: The following two meetings will be the last opportunity for the public to speak out on the “Marina del Rey Visioning” plan.

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 10am. Small Craft and Harbor Commission meeting at the Community Room in Burton Chace Park, Marina del Rey. The Commission will review the  revised “Marina del Rey Visioning” plan. The public is invited to comment on the plan after filling out a speaker card at the beginning of the meeting.

Wednesday September 17, Regional Planning Commission Meeting at Room 150, Hall of Records, 320 W Temple Street, Los Angeles. Meeting begins at 9am. The Commission will review the draft Marina del Rey Vision Statement and may recommend it to the Board of Supervisors for approval and possibly prepare any amendments to the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Program necessary to implement the Vision Statement. The public is invited to comment after filling out speaker cards at the beginning of the meeting.

 

 

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