The Argonaut has learned that Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) will resign her seat in Congress to take over the leadership of the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C. Her final day in office has not been confirmed, according to a congressional source.

Breaking News Friday, Feb. 3: The county Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Plan (LCP) Feb.1, following three years of community and stakeholder input.

The amendment is in response to the state Coastal Commission’s request for a comprehensive look at individual projects requiring LCP amendments. It simplifies the current 14 existing development zones into three and lays out a plan to improve recreation, boating, traffic congestion, infrastructure and parks.

“Marina del Rey is the crown jewel of the County and I think we can all admit that it needs some polishing,” said Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe, who represents Marina del Rey. “Today’s action allows for a balanced approach to redevelopment of the Marina and will move us forward in creating a special place to be enjoyed by boaters, visitors and all residents of Los Angeles County.”

This coastal amendment allows for limited development with a net addition of 759 residential units, 116,000 sq. ft. of visitor-serving commercial, 30,000 sq. ft. of office space and 3,000 sq. ft. of retail, less than half of the development allowed under the 1996 LCP.

The board also required that 15% of all new residential units be dedicated to affordable housing. Individual projects must still be reviewed and approved on an individual basis, based on their own merit and community input.

For more indepth coverage of both stories, read the February 10th edition of The Argonaut.