News in Brief

Posted November 11, 2015 by The Argonaut in News
Compiled by Joe Piasecki and Gary Walker

Westchester – Playa Takes a Pass on Airbnb Regs

Community leaders in Westchester and Playa del Rey aren’t happy about the proliferation of short-term vacation rentals in their communities, but they don’t trust the city to regulate them either.

Citing the city’s inability to enforce existing municipal laws that prohibit short-term rentals in residential areas, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester – Playa voted unanimously last week to oppose a push to regulate the practice.

L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin is working with Council President Herb Wesson to craft regulations that would allow people to host tourists in their primary residences but require them to pay a hotel tax. Bonin has said the new rules would also prohibit landlords from taking traditional long-term lease properties off the market to convert them into de facto hotels.

A final draft of the proposal has yet to be released.

Playa del Rey resident Alexander Duggan complained that nearly 30% of the housing near his home on Trolleyway has become short-term rentals.

“I didn’t plan on moving into a hotel environment, but that’s what it’s become,” he said.

Neighborhood council member Denny Schneider said he finds it difficult to support regulations that haven’t even been written yet.

“I don’t mind if we have an Airbnb-type of residential leases that rent to people for a short time, but I would also like to see the city get their fair share of revenue from them. We all want the same thing,” Schneider said. “What we’ve seen up to this point is that the terms [of the proposal] have not been defined. We’re being asked to approve something when we don’t know what’s in it.”

Santa Monica Launches Bike-Share Program

Santa Monica’s city-sponsored Breeze bike-share program — a network of 500 rental bicycles at 75 locations throughout the city and four in Venice — officially launches at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Santa Monica City Hall.

Breeze differs from traditional bike-rental operations because the transportation network’s stop-and-go fee structure and myriad drop-off points encourage short-term use for quick, one-way trips.

Hundreds are expected to join in a community “Breeze Send-Off” bike ride immediately following the ceremony. For more information, visit

Memorial Planned for Debbie Talbot

Marina del Rey community leaders will hold a public memorial for former L.A. County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors Boating Section supervisor Debbie Talbot on Nov. 21, following her burial at sea.

Talbot died six weeks ago aboard the sailboat she lived on in Marina del Rey harbor. She was 55.

The memorial gathering will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at FantaSea Yachts, 4215 Admiralty Way.

Those planning to attend the memorial and boaters who wish to participate in the earlier burial procession must RSVP by calling (310) 822-9814 or emailing

Paul Macklin, 1955 – 2015

Paul Macklin, a Mar Vista native who was general manager of Tony P’s Dockside Grill (and Teasers before it) in Marina del Rey since 1986, died suddenly on Oct. 5. He was 60.

Macklin is remembered as a big-hearted can-do guy who freely gave his time to others — most of all to his 5-year-old daughter Samantha, whom he and wife Heike Macklin adopted from Russia in 2005. The couple met while working together at Tony P’s.

Services were held at Venice Lutheran Church on Oct. 24, and a trust has been set up for Heike and Samantha. Call Tony P’s at (310) 823-4534 for giving instructions.

One Comment

    Yolanda Dragoti

    I was a very good friend of Paul. I just found out that he died last October! I just can’t believe it! All of my prayers and condolences go out to his family.

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