A proposed park at Playa Vista may be the community’s best chance to keep a proposed strip club from opening at 6905 Centinela Ave., across the street from the Playa Vista Car Wash and adjacent to The Body Clinic spa.

The West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission will hear the appeal of the property owner, who contends that the park’s location across the street should not prevent the opening of the club.

The hearing is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 16th, at the Henry Medina West L.A. Parking Enforcement Facility in the Second Floor Roll Call Room at 11214 W. Exposition Blvd., west of Sepulveda Boulevard.

A city zoning administrator previously ruled that the park, known as “Court Park,” located within the Playa Vista Specific Plan area, is a “public park” within the spirit and intent of the city’s Municipal Code and therefore is protected from encroachment by adult entertainment businesses, as stipulated by the city’s Adult Entertainment Ordinance.

Ernest J. Franceschi, Jr. of EAD Santa Nella, LLC, which owns the property and plans to develop the strip club, is appealing that decision.

Both the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey and the Del Rey Neighborhood Council have voted unanimously to oppose the project.

“We hope everyone in the community will join us in opposing this project,” said Gwen Vuchsas, president of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey. “This is a use that is simply not compatible with the surrounding community.

“I’m glad that Playa Vista stepped forward to let us know that they were planning a park at that location or we may never have had the ammunition to fight this project.”

The Playa Vista park is part of a group of more than 20 parks proposed for the Playa Vista area.

Each park is open to the public, but is maintained by a master homeowners association. As such, it is not overseen by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

That loophole is what Franceschi and his company are hoping to exploit.

“I don’t think it matters that this park is not maintained by the city,” Vuchsas said. “It is still a park where children will play. A strip club across the street would be the most horrible thing for our neighborhood.”

For its part, Playa Vista has indicated that it would turn control of the park over to the city if it helped keep the strip club from opening.

ROTARY SHOPPING SPREE — The Rotary Club of Westchester, in conjunction with the Westchester Kiwanis Club, made a lot of children happy Saturday, August 5th, through a shopping spree hosted by Mervyn’s of Westchester.

Twenty deserving children from Lennox’s Dolores Huerta Elementary School were chosen, based on their need and the stipulation that they have good grades.

For two hours, the children, with the help of chaperones from Rotary, Kiwanis and the St. Bernard High School Interact Club, each picked out $260 worth of clothes for the coming school year.

The money was raised by the clubs, and Mervyn’s offered a generous discount, allowing the children plenty of money for shirts, pants, skirts, and shorts, plus accessories to head back to school with.

“My favorite part was picking out the clothes,” said one seven-year-old girl. “I can’t wait to go back to school and show all my friends the pretty stuff I got.”

After all of the shopping was done, the children were treated to a snack of muffins and juice. Then they were given the chance to show off their new duds to their schoolmates.

The children excitedly ripped open their bags in a scene reminiscent of Christmas, and implored the others to feel the fabric, admire the color, and laugh at the funny sayings on their clothes.

Heading back to their homes on the bus, the children chatted wildly about how they couldn’t wait to get home and show their parents what they had gotten.

“This is exactly what Rotary is all about,” said Westchester Rotary President Val Velasco. “This is a project we have been doing for many years, and it is always gratifying to see the real difference we are making in these children’s lives. “For many of them, this is the only chance they have all year to buy new clothes.

“Sometimes, we forget how fortunate we all are, but events like this are our opportunity to share our good fortune with others.”

MORE GOOD FORTUNE — Westchester Rotarians also shared their good fortune when they presented a check for $3,100 to the Westchester Playa del Rey Education Foundation to help support the foundtion’s efforts in improving the local public schools.

The check represented proceeds from the Rotary Club’s annual Employee Recognition Fashion Show held in April.

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