Category: Del Rey

Del Rey Readies for El Niño

The Del Rey Residents Association will discuss the possibility of localized flooding during winter El Niño storms at the group’s general fall meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5, at Westside Neighborhood School. Flood control experts from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as representatives from Caltrans, the Los Angeles County Watershed Management Division and the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services have been invited to speak during the meeting and address residents’ concerns. Past floods have shaped the design of Del Rey’s three waterways — Ballona Creek, Centinela Creek and the Sepulveda Channel. The meeting is set for 7 p.m., and Westside Neighborhood School is located south of Ballona Creek at 5400 Beethoven St. Write to for more information about the meeting.  — Gary...

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A Block Party 30 Years in the Making

It may have taken a while, but Del Rey is back to the business of block parties again. On Saturday, Aug. 15, residents of Greene Avenue between Beethoven Street and McConnell Avenue held the first block party in Del Rey in more than 30 years, complete with a fire truck, taco truck, face painter, basketball hoop and potluck. Jonathan Grossman, who has lived on Greene for nine years, said he got the idea after inviting neighbors to a Halloween party and that the neighborhood took the ball and ran with it. All it takes to close a street for a block party, he learned, is for at least half of the affected residents to sign off on the idea and for the organizer to come up with $500 — a fee that, in this case, the Del Rey Neighborhood Council waived in order to break Del Rey’s block party dry spell. “Talk to any family here and they will say that this brought the community together, that this should be an annual thing,” Grossman said. Added neighbor Kevin Rudy: “I’ve lived here for 18 years and I’m meeting people I never knew.” — Elliot...

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Strife Returns to Stoner Elementary

On the first day of classes, protests greet charter school students sharing the campus  By Gary Walker For the second time in less than two years, a group of Stoner Avenue Elementary School parents and neighbors has picketed outside the school to protest the use of classrooms to accommodate charter school students. More than 30 people convened at the Del Rey school’s side entrance on Monday morning, the first day of classes for kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade students at Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) Vista Academy. The charter school now occupies nine classrooms at Stoner that it leases from...

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Del Rey’s House Band

Community jazz group helps a neighborhood stick together By Gary Walker Many bands aspire to build communities of interest around their music. The Del Rey Community Jazz Band makes music to strengthen neighborhood bonds. With a regular first Fridays gig at the Del Rey Farmers Market in in Glen Alla Park and annual appearances at both the Del Rey Day community picnic and the Culver – Marina Little League’s opening day, the 10 member group offers the soundtrack for an often overlooked Westside enclave to come together and celebrate its identity. It all started five years ago when then...

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Opposition Brings Down Communications Tower

Plans to build at LAPD station in Del Rey cancelled after community pushback By Gary Walker A little-noticed plan to erect a 70-foot public safety broadband communications tower in Del Rey has been scrapped after neighborhood groups pressured local leaders to oppose it. The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS), a public safety communications infrastructure initiative funded by U.S. Dept. of Commerce grants, sought to build the tower at the LAPD Pacific Division Station on Culver Boulevard before L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin intervened to stop the project. Bonin and other officials have complained that LA-RICS has largely operated without properly noticing local jurisdictions of its plans. LA-RICS had its funding suspended on April 3 after county supervisors stopped projects opposed by cities, and on May 1 federal officials reinstated its $154.6-million grant after the authority agreed to scale back projects. In a June 9 letter to LA-RICS officials, Bonin, who represents Del Rey, wrote to “express grave concern and my extreme displeasure with LA-RICS, its arrogant disregard for community concerns and its continued refusal to answer even my simplest questions about proposed projects in my district.” Bonin’s letter called on LA-RICS to “immediately and permanently cancel plans for a public safety broadband LTE tower at LAPD’S Pacific Station” —and that’s what happened. LA-RICS Executive Director Paul Mallon confirmed on June 11...

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