There needs to be rules, regulations and protective measures for tenants regarding asbestos removal and disposal in Marina del Rey — especially with the impending major redevelopment of Marina del Rey, said Small Craft Harbor commissioner Carole Stevens.

At the commission’s monthly meeting Wednesday, September 8th, county staff was directed to examine the removal and storage of asbestos in the Marina.

The issue will be on next month’s commission agenda.

Lessees have a responsibility to their tenants and a responsibility to those the lessees hire to remove and dispose of asbestos during renovations, Stevens said.

Stevens cited a situation where contractors hired by lessee Doug Ring allegedly tore down buildings and the wind blew asbestos into the garages of nearby neighbors.

“There’s a lot of renovation coming down the pike,” Stevens said.

We need to be sure that procedures are in place and alert lessees about their responsibilities before all of these projects get underway, Stevens emphasized.

WEST NILE VIRUS — Concerns continue about what measures the county should take regarding the West Nile Virus.

Stevens expressed concern that the Los Angeles County blood supply might be in danger by individuals donating blood, unaware that they may have been bitten by infected mosquitoes.

County officials said that Los Angeles County West Vector Control District staff and county staff were inspecting the Oxford Basin area as the commission meeting was taking place.

Particular concern had been raised about the Oxford Flood Control Basin, but Los Angeles County West Vector Control District staff have said the Oxford Basin doesn’t have active mosquito infestation.

Vector control staff also advised that mosquitoes cannot breed in large, open bodies of water, particularly those that are choppy and deep, such as the Oxford basin is.

The only location in the Oxford Basin where mosquitoes might breed is along the edges where there is thick vegetation, but the flood basin has mosquito fish that forage along those edges, said vector control staff.

The Oxford Flood Control Basin does have midges due to its mud bottom and the body structure of midges is quite like mosquitoes, but the midges don’t present a danger because they don’t bite, said vector control staff.

Information, Los Angeles County West Vector Control District, (310) 915-7370, or

www.lawestvector.org

OTHER ITEMS — In other business, the commission supported release by the county of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for development of fuel dock facilities on the main channel at the entrance to Basin A adjacent to Bora Bora Way.

Because the commission’s August meeting lacked a quorum, the RFP item had been postponed to last week’s meeting.

The fuel dock project site consists of one parcel of approximately 1.4 acres of existing land and water area at Bora Bora Way.

MARINA CRIME REPORTS — Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Nelson of the Marina Sheriff’s Department reported an increase in bicycle thefts because a lack of funds kept the department from having a summer enforcement team.

Describing two residential burglaries on Marquesas Way, Nelson said the burglaries, both at night, didn’t show forced entry, meaning that either doors or windows were left unlocked.

LIVEABOARDS — Regarding unseaworthy vessels still remaining in the Marina, the commission was told that sheriff’s officials are working with seven individuals to assist the boat owners in getting their boats to comply with the county ordinances on navigable boats.

Coalition to Save the Marina president Don Klein had alleged last month that boat owners were being evicted from their slips without sufficient notice or cause.

County senior deputy counsel Tom Faughnan responded that county policy of a 30-day eviction notice applies, rather than a 60-day notice as claimed by Klein.

Faughnan said the 60-day notice pertains to “floating homes,” or houseboats, in a “floating homes marina” designated area, and that Marina del Rey doesn’t fit into that category.

Klein claimed that the liveaboards are considered tenants under the county master lease and that as tenants, they have the right to receive a 60-day notice, and that the master lease “requires the area to remain open to the public until the end.”

Klein stated that a bill authored by State Senator Debra Bowen had already become law, making a 60-day notification to a “tenant” mandatory.

Commission chair Harley Searcy responded that “we are poised and ready to comply with the law in relation to any illegal evictions.”

The commissioners asked Klein to provide a list of liveaboards who had been unfairly evicted and Klein said the list is being compiled.

The separate issue of liveaboards having to sell their boats because there is no available space for boats with liveaboards was also discussed.

One boater said it takes one to two years to find a place for a boat and that people have been losing money on the investment in their liveaboard homes by having no alternative but to sell.

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