The Mar Vista Community Council and Santa Monica College (SMC) officials want the main entrance to a proposed SMC satellite campus at Santa Monica Airport to be on Airport Avenue by 2005. The City of Santa Monica opposes the plan because of safety and security concerns.
Santa Monica airport officials say they don’t want Airport Avenue to be used because it is a private airport driveway.
Airport manager Bob Trimborn said that currently, parking at the airport allows tenants to park where they want and that pedestrians and traffic on Airport Avenue going to the campus would disrupt the airport’s operations.
Mar Vista Community Council members have asked Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski to intercede with the city of Santa Monica, and passed a motion to that effect at their meeting Tuesday, June 8th.
The Mar Vista Community Council’s motion states:
“The opening of Santa Monica College’s Bundy campus is highly detrimental to the well-being of a large portion of Mar Vista as currently configured;
“Reopening Airport Avenue access, either directly or indirectly, to Bundy campus-bound traffic is an essential prerequisite to any future operations at the campus;
“The Los Angeles City Council should pass a resolution that unequivocally supports the reopening of Airport Avenue access to the Bundy campus in order to protect Mar Vista residents;
“The Los Angeles City Council will procure a written guarantee and deed restriction from the City of Santa Monica to ensure that ingress and egress to and from the Bundy campus from Stewart Avenue must be permanently limited to city emergency vehicles for emergency purposes only;
“The City Council should take this matter up with the City Council of Santa Monica to ensure cooperation and mutual support between these two cities;
“The Los Angeles City Council should not rely upon and even reject any future traffic study by Kaku Associates on this matter, and conduct its own independent study to ensure accuracy and credibility for the citizens of Mar Vista.”
Several Mar Vista council board members have said that, in conversations with Miscikowski’s deputies, they were told that “it was unrealistic to expect the Los Angeles City Council to deal directly with the City of Santa Monica, but that Miscikowski herself might be able to look into the situation,” and that there “is a feeling of discomfort with the Mar Vista Community Council’s resolution that the City of Los Angeles should deal directly with the City of Santa Monica.”
Miscikowski chief field deputy Sharon Sandow said she suggested that the Mar Vista Community Council limit its request to Miscikowski rather than the entire City Council, since she is the councilwoman for their district.
EXPOSITION LIGHT RAIL MOTION APPROVED — The Mar Vista Community Council board approved a motion for a complete Exposition Light Rail Line connecting Downtown Los Angeles to the Westside and Downtown Santa Monica, using the existing MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) right-of-way along Exposition Boulevard.
The Mar Vista Community Council also urged the MTA to immediately fund a new draft EIR (environmental impact report) for the completion of Playa Vista Phase II.
ARTIST CHOSEN FOR NEW FIRE STATION NO. 62 — Artist Debra Lefkowitz has been chosen to complete a public art project for a new fire station in Mar Vista.
Ten windows on the station stairway facing both Venice Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue will be “illuminated with fiber-optic light, and have both color and rhythm in time,” said Lefkowitz.
To eliminate loud neon colors at night, Lefkowitz said she’d work with greens, blues, and possibly some yellows.
APPROVAL OF TACO BELL PROJECT BARELY PASSES — In a five-to-four vote with three abstentions; the Mar Vista Community Council approved the redevelopment of Taco Bell at Venice and Inglewood Boulevards, with provisions already included in the project concerning window transparency, number of compact parking spaces, and landscaping reduction.
MAILING LIST — In an ongoing battle over stakeholders’ e-mail addresses (and names and home addresses) being public property once a Neighborhood Council has been certified by the City of Los Angeles, the Mar Vista Community Council purged its list of stakeholder e-mail addresses after a request for the addresses from George Garrigues, owner of a Web site, The Westmar Sun.
Mar Vista Community Council chair Tom Ponton said Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo had informed him that once a council is certified, stakeholder information is public property.
Garrigues said he had the right to request the information under a California government code.
At a Mar Vista Community Council board meeting, Garrigues addressed the board during public comment.
“I never asked that the stakeholder e-mail list be deleted, and I’m going to write to the Los Angeles district attorney to report the action,” said Garrigues.
Garrigues further stated that he now wants the names and addresses of all stakeholders that have agreed to sign up for e-mail with the Mar Vista Community Council, with the knowledge that their information is available to the public.
Asked by The Argonaut about his reason for requesting for e-mail addresses, Garrigues responded that he simply wanted to be able to notify stakeholders about his news Web site, and that the council board had denied his request.