The City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works sent out the following announcement on April 28, 2015 which was forwarded to us by Silver Strand resident Richard Lysle.
To All Interested Parties:
NOTICE OF BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS HEARING:
Consideration of an Appeal of City Engineer’s Approval of Coastal Development Permit 10-04 for the Venice Dual Force Main Project (W.O. SZC11631)
This is to notify you that a hearing before the Board of Public Works to consider this item will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. The hearing will be held at City
Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Room 350, Los Angeles, CA 90012. We recommend that you confirm that the item will be heard by checking the board agenda the day before the scheduled hearing. Agendas for the Board of Public Works can be found at this webpage: http://bpw.lacity.org/Agendas.html. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jan Green Rebstock at (213) 485-5761
Gary Lee Moore, P.E., ENV SP City Engineer
By: Maria Martin, Manager Environmental Management Group
While everyone agrees that an auxiliary sewer line is a necessity, there has been consistent public opposition, by residents of Marina del Rey and Venice, to routing it along Via Marina, one of three routes originally proposed by the City. For the background on this please go to the Silver Strand News home page mdrsilverstrandnews.wordpress and type in “Sewer” in the search bar. We have been covering this project since 2011.
The hearing is in response to an appeal to the City of Los Angeles filed by Richard Lysle, Silver Strand resident and lawyer, on the following basis.
1) The City’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) completed in 2006, does not take into account subsequent completed development on Via Marina. It does not take into account other projects, in progress along Via Marina, which will coincide and interfere with the construction and create an extraordinary burden on residents and emergency services in accessing Via Marina.
2) The 2006 EIR did not seriously consider the “Beach Route” between the Hurricane Pumping Station and the Marina Channel. Apart from the Via Marina Route, Pacific Avenue was also considered. However, due to the narrowness of the street, it was deemed impractical. The third route under consideration was along the beach alongside the existing sewer line. This route is the shortest, least expensive and least disruptive solution. However, the City, worried about its liability in the event of the failure of the existing sewer line, apparently assumes that the Coastal Commission will not approve this because it might disturb the small, protected least tern nesting site even though their nesting period is short and the DPW could certainly work around it. There is also the thought that CCC would deny a permit because, the project might interfere with use of the beach. This stretch of beach is not much used by the public and the construction process would take only about 20 months.
What you can do:
1) Attend the meeting, fill out a speaker card and express your opinion. Please note that, as stated above, you should check the schedule to make sure that this item will be included. As usual, the City is holding the hearing downtown in the morning at a location and on a work day making it difficult for those most impacted by the issue to attend.
2) If you can’t attend, you can send an email to the following which will be entered into the public record:
Mike Bonin, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles Council District 11 <firstname.lastname@example.org>