Author: Joe Piasecki

City Will Restore Traffic Lanes on Vista Del Mar

In a video released Wednesday night, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin announced that the L.A. Department of Transportation will soon restore traffic lanes on Vista Del Mar and apologized for gridlock caused by reducing traffic to one lane in each direction. Bonin credited L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn for allowing the city to relocate street parking to a beach lot, making the traffic lane restorations possible while still addressing safety concerns that prompted the lane reductions. Bonin will also convene a Playa del Rey Road Safety task force to address the recent reconfiguration of Pershing Drive and portions of...

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Body Found in Burning Car at LMU

The death of man found inside a burning car near Loyola Marymount University is being investigated as a suicide, according to Los Angeles police. Los Angeles city firefighters noticed flames from a burning car on or near the south end of the LMU campus at 2:15 a.m. Thursday and drove over to the car to extinguish the blaze, LAPD officer Aareon Jefferson said. After they extinguished the fire, the firefighters noticed a body inside the car. “The coroner’s office is investigating whether or not it was a suicide,” Jefferson said. The victim has not been identified pending notification of next of kin. Due to the damage done by the burns, “there won’t be identification for some time,” said Lt. David Smith of the county coroner’s office. — Gary...

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Bonin to Restore Traffic Lane on Culver Boulevard

Return of eastbound lane follows widespread commuter criticism of roadway reconfiguration in Playa del Rey By Gary Walker Following weeks of relentless public outcry about traffic lane reductions in Playa del Rey, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin announced Thursday that he will order city workers to restore a second lane of eastbound traffic on Culver Boulevard. Restriping work to restore the second eastbound lane on Culver is slated to begin Friday and continue into the weekend. Bike lanes on Culver will remain in place, and recent lane closures to Vista Del Mar, Pershing Drive and Jefferson Boulevard will not be impacted. Bonin will also be hosting a public town hall meeting about Playa del Rey traffic concerns from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Roski Hall on the campus of Loyola Marymount University. In May, city workers restriped Vista Del Mar, Pershing, Culver and Jefferson to reduce traffic flow to one lane in each direction. Bonin has cited 18 months of review and several traffic-related deaths as reason for the reconfiguration; South Bay commuters have launched an organized effort to undo the changes. From the start, Bonin described the reconfiguration as a “pilot program” subject to further review at 30- and 60-day intervals. In a note to constituents on Thursday, Bonin writes that public feedback— specifically “smart, forward-thinking suggestions we’ve received from you and neighbors like you”...

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Missing Cat: $20,000 Reward

Bentley, an 8-month-old male savannah cat, went missing from Marquesas Way in Marina del Rey By Joe Piasecki A Marina del Rey woman whose exotic hybrid cat escaped from her apartment on Marquesas Way is still looking for him — and still offering a $20,000 reward for his safe return. Bentley, an 8-month-old savannah (a cross between a domesticated cat and a wild African serval cat), went missing on Feb. 26. He has long legs, big ears, deep brown eyes and small black spots. He was still missing as of Friday evening. The size of the reward for Bentley’s...

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Just the Three of Us

Indie Chicks Int’l Film Fest features the story of a woman with many possible lives By Brian Welk In the new short film “Me3,” actress Amber Higgins plays one woman named Megan, but she’s portraying three separate roles reflecting different possible outcomes for her life: Megan the Mom, Megan the Working Woman, and the Megan who chose love. Higgins is just right for the part, because in addition to playing three roles in front of the camera, she’s wearing numerous hats behind it. “Me3” plays on Friday at the Laemmle Monica Film Center as part of the Indie Chicks International...

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