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Help Us Raise $500 for Safe Streets
We’re excited to be co-hosting this event on Sunday, and we hope you can make it! Mar Vista Voice is raising $500 to support Streets for All’s fight for a greener, more sustainable and more equitable Los Angeles. Like SFA, we believe that people should be able to move around our city safely, regardless of their race, income, zip code, or ability. To help us meet our host donation goal, Venmo @mvv-mutualaid and write “SFA” in the comment. If you’d like to attend on Sunday, go to streetsforall.org/rsvp
Our Guide to Venice Blvd
Well, it has come to pass. The real-estate-backed conservative majority on the Culver City Council decided to strip the downtown corridor of the safety and mobility features piloted by the MOVE Culver City program, which include a bus-only lane and a bike lane.
Since its implementation, the MOVE pilot has been a success by all metrics. Downtown Culver City has undergone a type of renaissance, becoming a destination for old and new visitors thanks to increased accessibility. Because folks can now use transit or get around safely by bike or foot, they can also spend more time and money in downtown Culver.
Needless to say, the gutting of MOVE is a disastrous step backward considering the epidemic of traffic violence that plagues our streets and the looming climate apocalypse driven by our car dependent infrastructure and the elected officials unable or unwilling to lead us into a liveable future.
There is a glimmer of hope, however, for a new destination on the Westside accessible by transit bike or foot: the new Venice Blvd. The street’s new configuration is slated to be completed this month and will include long-overdue safety and mobility improvements like a bus-only lane and a parking-protected bike lane. While there are still major concerns about the road, these new safety and mobility improvements have the potential to be life-changing for the thousands of Angelenos that use Venice Blvd.
As one of LA’s busiest thoroughfares, the businesses and spaces on Venice Blvd reflect the rich diversity of the communities it serves, both as a road and as a local landmark for adjacent neighborhoods. From some of the most authentic Indian cuisine to trendy coffee shops and independent florists, beauty services like eyebrow threading or the many food trucks that line the streets -this stretch of road is vital and essential to residents of communities like West Adams, Palms and Mar Vista.
We believe that with proper implementation, maintenance and continuous attention to user feedback, the new safety and mobility improvements can turn this street from one of the deadliest in the city to a more liveable part of our everyday life. We hope that Councilmembers Heather Hutt, Katy Yaroslavsky and Traci Park realize the importance and potential of this new project and will work together with LA Streets, LADOT and municipal and county transit agencies to ensure the success of the new Venice Blvd.
In this map you can find some of our favorite spots on or off Venice Blvd, easily accessible by foot, bike or transit. These entries are suggestions from real Venice Blvd users who already frequent these spots by transit, foot or bike. We hope that this guide will encourage you to try new places or consider visiting old favorites via transit, bike or foot!
Barrington Plaza Tenants Fight Back
The largest mass eviction in LA is underway right here on the Westside, where Douglas Emmet is evicting nearly 600 rent-controlled households at Barrington Plaza. The multi-billion dollar real estate investment trust based in Santa Monica is invoking the Ellis Act to boot these tenants in the middle of a homelessness crisis. And after shoveling $566,000 into the Traci Park campaign for CD11, it’s no wonder our Councilmember is rolling over for this raw deal and hanging her constituents out to dry.
Douglas Emmett says the move is necessary to install sprinklers and other safety equipment–something the company has refused to do for decades, despite multiple deadly fires. Under the Ellis Act, landlords can remove tenants from rent-controlled apartments only if the building is taken off the rental market.
But experts contend that the company is improperly applying the Ellis Act, and that it can make the upgrades without permanently displacing nearly 1,000 people and taking desperately needed affordable housing off the market.
The tenants are fighting back. They have formed a tenants association and can use your support. Check out their website here.
Traci Targets Vehicle Dwellers
CD11 Councilmember Traci Park is ramping up efforts to crack down on people living in their vehicles. Her multi-pronged attack on vehicle dwellers includes prohibiting people from parking on certain streets during sleeping hours (motion 1 and 2), and making it illegal to rent RVs.
For so many who are priced out of traditional rental housing, a vehicle is the next logical, safe choice. This turns into a longer-term solution due to lack of low-income housing in Los Angeles. There is no LA City wide program supporting vehicle repairs or transition from inoperative RVs into housing. And the "Safe Parking" program is outrageously insufficient compared to the existing and projected numbers of vehicle-housed in LA. Meanwhile, public parking lots sit empty every night.
Instead of real solutions, Los Angeles pays DOT or LAPD to enforce parking restrictions like the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance (OVO) LAMC 80.69.4. This ordinance bans oversize vehicles from designated street segments in the middle o
Park’s ban on renting RVs to people in need is also terrible policy. The councilmember wants you to believe she’s concerned about the well-being of unhoused folks who rent RVs because they can’t afford an apartment or an RV of their own. In this motion, she decries so-called “van-lords” who “capitalize on the vulnerability” of the unhoused by renting RVs to poor people (i.e. they help folks the city has completely abandoned). This is disingenuous at best.
If Park cared about people living in rented RVs that are “in grave disrepair, with unsanitary and somewhat dangerous conditions,” she’d propose legislation ensuring that rented RVs meet habitability standards and demand city funding to make it happen. Instead, she’s making it illegal to rent RVs for people to live in.
Click here to take action.
Fatty & Beethoven
Two new markets in Mar Vista!
We know and love David Kuo’s wildly successful Little Fatty in downtown MV, so couldn’t wait to try Kuo’s latest: Fatty Mart. This is a beautiful space that goes beyond the Taiwanese staples offered around the corner. It includes a market, hot food bar, takeaway counter and on-site dining. You can grab drinks, produce, a slice of pizza, full dinner meals for heating at home, and even a coffee and pastry in the morning. Highly recommend.
We’ll also soon see a revived Beethoven Market, thanks to Mar Vista resident and restaurateur Jeremy Adler. Adler is co-partner of Cobi’s in Santa Monica, and bought the the iconic market with plans to convert it into a cafe and market that will include an outdoor seating area.
Mar Vista Voice Joins Neighbors & Community Leaders In Endorsing Mar Vista Progress for MVCC 2023
In this election, we’re excited to endorse MAR VISTA PROGRESS, a group of seven progressive candidates with a vision for making our neighborhood more equitable and engaged. Mar Vista Progress is endorsed by Mar Vista neighbors like you, as well as community leaders like former City Council candidates for CD11 and CD5 Erin Darling, Scott Epstein and Jimmy Biblarz, as well as former Culver City Mayor Daniel Lee. Click here to check out the endorsements MVP has secured thus far.