Category: Mar Vista/Del Rey

Road Reconfiguration Rage in Mar Vista

Commuters threaten to recall council-man over traffic lane reductions By Gary Walker Furious over losing a lane of traffic in each direction with the recent reconfiguration of Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, a group of Westside commuters is organizing to pressure L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin into reversing the changes — threatening to launch a recall campaign if necessary. Part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s pedestrian-friendly Great Streets program, lane reductions between Inglewood Boulevard to Beethoven Street made room for a protected bike lanes between the sidewalk and parked cars, but also triggered public backlash over slower traffic....

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Road Diet Resistance

Drivers push back against losing lanes to bikes on Venice Boulevard By Gary Walker The removal of traffic lanes to accommodate protected bicycle lanes on a mile-long stretch of Venice Boulevard is facing organized resistance from some of Mar Vista’s four-wheel commuters. As part of the city’s pedestrian-focused Great Streets program, the number of eastbound and westbound lanes between Inglewood Boulevard to Beethoven Street recently dropped from three to two. Now, instead of bicycle traffic flowing between parked and moving cars, curbside bike lanes are now separated from traffic by bollards and parked cars. As of Wednesday, a

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Council Veto Could Topple Mar Vista Project

The controversial six-story complex slated for Venice Boulevard may go back to the drawing board if Bonin gets his way By Gary Walker It isn’t often that elected city leaders overturn a decision by one of their own appointed commissions, but Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin is asking his colleagues to do just that in order to halt the progress of a controversial six-story development planned for Mar Vista. On May 12, Bonin filed a motion to set aside the city Planning Commission’s unanimous April 20 approval of a six-story residential and retail complex that would replace a...

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The Sky’s the Limit

Planning Commission OKs developer’s plan to set a new building height record in Mar Vista By Gary Walker Despite the staunch opposition of many in the community and Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, plans to construct what would become the tallest building on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista continue to move forward. On April 20 at L.A. City Hall, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted 5-0 to deny an appeal by neighborhood groups asking commissioners to rescind approvals for a six-story project on the southeast corner of Venice Boulevard at Wasatch Avenue, about two blocks west of...

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Building’s Fate Looms Over Mar Vista

Development would be the tallest on Venice Boulevard from downtown to the beach By Gary Walker As community opposition to a controversial six-story development planned for Venice Boulevard intensifies, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin appears primed to take a resolute stand against the project when it faces an appeal before the Department of City Planning next Thursday. Mar Vista-based developer Crimson Holdings seeks to build an 83-foot high multi-use structure with an additional mezzanine on the southeast corner of Venice Boulevard at Wasatch Avenue, two blocks west of Centinela Avenue. The project is slated to include 77 rental...

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