Ground will be broken this week for the third tower in the Marina Pointe complex in the City of Los Angeles, north of the Marina.

Marina Pointe II, LLC — part of the Intracorp Los Angeles, LLC group of companies — will call its 18-story, luxury 138-condominium highrise project Cove.

Cove’s floor plans — priced from the mid-$600,000s to more than $3 million — will offer two- or three-bedroom and penthouse suites.

Cove is designed by Don Gettman, principal of GMP architects of Santa Monica, to integrate with the adjacent Regatta and Water Terrace highrises.

Construction is scheduled for completion in spring 2006.

The third tower will be between the Regatta and Water Terrace highrises, north of the Marina and west of Lincoln Boulevard.

“Cove is in a highly desirable and visible location,” said Peter Lauener, president of Intracorp — Los Angeles.

“It is a real flagship property for us n presenting the most architecturally elegant building in the Marina (area) with spectacular ocean, city and mountain views, offering a variety of floor plans, and providing a high level of service to residents.”

Webcor Builders has been selected as the general contractor for Cove. Webcor has extensive experience in highrise construction, Cove officials said.

Intracorp Los Angeles officials say their current projects include nearly 1,000 for-sale and rental units “from affordably priced to luxury home” and more than $350 million in project developments, with an additional $200 million “on its radar scope for the next 12 months,” including the 116-condominium Waterstone project in Playa Vista, West Ocean in Long Beach and Delacy at Green in Old Pasadena.

“The future of the city is, in many cases, vertical, architecturally inventive, and intimately connected with the fabric of existing neighborhoods,” said Lauener.

“These developments are an affirmation that Los Angeles and Orange Counties are on the verge of embracing cosmopolitan lifestyles that, until now, have not been associated with the area,” he added.

Those who want to see the officials staffing the groundbreaking shovels should be on the site at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 19th.

GOOD SECURITY — Spotted at the Villa Marina Marketplace parking lot, a well-aged Volvo station wagon, full of three large dogs. The owner was apparently off shopping.

On both sides of the station wagon, large signs read:


ETHNIC MIX — That was an interesting report on sales tax revenues in Santa Monica from the city finance director.

What we found interesting was the comment that revenues at restaurants and hotels increased in large part, according to the city finance director, because of new businesses.

Certainly there has been a real flip of restaurants in the local area and a number of new restaurants opening.

Has anybody else noticed that it seems all the Japanese restaurants are being taken over by Koreans who continue to operate the restaurants with Japanese menus?

And, some of the Korean-owned Japanese restaurants are now serving some of the best Japanese food in town.

FREE CONCERTS — Best reason to stay home this summer rather than traveling abroad has been the abundance of free, outdoor concerts in the park.

Not only has the County Department of Beaches and Harbors brought huge crowds to Burton Chace Park this summer with their Thursday and Saturday evening concerts, Playa Vista has won raves with their Sunday evening concert series this summer.

A couple of weeks ago, Judy Collins brought the largest crowd in recent memory to a Burton Chace Park concert.

While the concert brought raves from most of those in attendance, we did get complaints from two who attended — a lady who called us and a letter writer who never signed his letter.

Both complained about the personal political comments Collins made during her performance.

The letter writer told us he and his friends got up and walked out, they were so upset with the politics of Ms. Collins.

We weren’t there but we suspect the huge crowds trying to get closer to Collins were delighted the fellow and his friends left, thus allowing more room for the fans who stayed.

We were also told that there were so many in attendance that a type of road rage burst forward and several adults who should know better actually got in a scuffle over space deficiencies at the concert.

Maybe the next time Judy Collins comes, concert organizers can have some water ready to throw over the overly rambunctious fans.

We’re not talking about teen-agers here, but full, life-sized adults who got out of hand at the event.

MAR VISTA NEIGHBORS — Since we are a Mar Vista resident and since we have given the Mar Vista Community Council members much more ink than they deserve, we feel we have the right to offer a few comments of our own about the sad turn the Mar Vista Council has taken.

First of all, we were amused when one of our letter writers lumped the Mar Vista Community Council members in with the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council folks and suggested they are all getting a bit “flaky.”

The silliest nonsense from the Mar Vista group, of course, is the comments that the planned Playa Vista second phase will block the views of the LMU signs for a handful of elitist “top of the hill” residents in Mar Vista.

As one fellow told us this week, these are the same folks who — if there were no LMU sign — would be first in line to complain that putting an LMU sign on the bluff would scar the bluff.

City transportation officials have pretty much deflated a traffic study the Mar Vista group tried to trot out to suggest that Playa Vista officials had designed a plan to run Playa Vista traffic through the residential streets of Mar Vista.

All this huffing and puffing at Mar Vista Community Council board meetings may be good venting for the newly inflated egos of the board members but the rest of us in the Mar Vista community are properly greeting all this with a community yawn.

Please don’t tell us we need to get involved in the Neighborhood Council process.

We haven’t seen anything yet that suggests that Neighborhood Councils have come anywhere near the high status of contribution made by the former Community Planning Advisory Boards established in every community in her district by former Los Angeles Councilwoman Ruth Galanter.

Perhaps we should bring back Galanter to do a workshop for all these “flaky” folks so they can learn what a community advisory panel is really supposed to do.

Fighting among themselves and embarrassing their neighbors are not among the goals we saw established by Galanter’s C-PAC groups.

ROD & CUSTOM CARS — Venice resident and busy man about town Rick Feibusch e-mails that the “fledgling” Venice Beach Road & Custom Car Show sponsored by The Venice of America Foundation Saturday, August 14th, “was a great success, with 100 cars on display, six automotive vendors and well over 300 people strolling a closed-off Abbot Kinney Boulevard to enjoy this diverse collection of automotive creativity.”

Feibusch notes that local car enthusiast Mike Chevalier brought ten cars from his collection, a restored early Ford Bronco that Chevalier drives daily, a 1957 T-bird and a pretty red VW convertible.

Feibusch gives “kudos” to a pair of mid-1950s custom Chevies trailered in from Central California by Kirk McCosh and Jerry and Lorie Jacobs.

Cars ranged in size from Carolyn Ward’s little Morris Minor convertible to a massive 1941 Lincoln Zephyr sedan “that sported modern Ford running gear and a ‘for sale’ sign,” Feibusch wrote us.

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