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Replace Parking Lot with Affordable Housing? Venice Neighborhood Council says more, not less, parking is needed By S am C atanzaro With the county in the midst of a housing and homelessness crisis, Los Angeles City Council is considering replacing a parking lot near Venice Beach with affordable housing but local community officials say more, not less, public parking is needed in the area which as one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations is already strapped for parking. On February 27, 2019, Los Angeles City Council passed a motion authored by councilmembers Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino that looks into the feasibility of making a Venice Beach public parking lot available for the development of affordable housing. “The City is falling short on producing much-needed housing which has resulted in a severe need for the development of additional housing units, at all levels of affordability. To encourage the private sector to build more affordable housing units, the City has made available city-owned property to be developed as ‘affordable housing

opportunity sites’,” reads the motion. The lot, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Lot 731 located at 2108 Pacific Avenue, is heavily utilized by the public for beach access and, in acknowledging this, the motion states that the development of this lot for affordable housing should not permanently displace the public parking. The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC), however, in a Community Impact Statement submitted to the city council contends that as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state, Venice beach is already strapped for parking and any loss of spaces will impact residents, businesses and visitors. The VNC further states that the need to “massively increase public parking opportunities in Venice.” “The community of Venice since its inception in 1905 has been a visitor destination which is often referred to as the number two tourist attraction in the entire state of California behind Disneyland. In this capacity, beach access is a priority and the number one means of transportation to this region is by single occupancy vehicles. There are no plans in the immediate or distant future to provide mass transit with remote park-and-ride lots outside the region,” reads the letter. “The commercially zoned

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A homeless person’s belongings next to LADOT Lot 731 where city officials are considering building affordable housing amid a homelessness crisis.

property in the Venice Coastal Zone is underdeveloped when compared to any other

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Homeless Deaths Doubled LA County Public Health releases report on fatalities among homeless population By Sam Catanzaro Over the past five years, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness countywide who have died has doubled according to a report released this week by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health), an increase that is occurring on the Westside as well. The report, released on Tuesday, October

29 shows that the number of deaths from 2013 and 2018 increased by 536 to 1,047. In addition, the death rate increased by over one-third, accounting for the increase in the homeless population. "This alarming increase in homeless deaths requires immediate action to improve the care for our most vulnerable populations," said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. "As we work hard to secure housing for those experiencing homelessness, we have a civic and moral obligation to prevent unnecessary suffering and death. We need to start this work by speaking directly with those experiencing homelessness to better understand how to align our support." According to Public Health, drug and alcohol overdose was the largest contributor to

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the overall increase in the homeless death rate. From 2016 to 2018, the overdose death rate was 26 times higher among the homeless than among the general population. Other leading causes of homeless deaths included heart disease, traffic injuries, homicide and suicide. The report also found that people experiencing homelessness died on average 22 years earlier than among the general population (average age was 51 among the homeless and 73 among the general population). The report also suggests that County establish a “homeless death review team” to further understand the contributing factors of homeless deaths to prevent them in the future. This increase in death rates among the homeless population is not just regional. The Westside Coalition, a coalition of

nonprofits, public agencies and faith communities working to address homelessness carries out an annual memorial service for individuals experiencing homelessness who have died on the Westside while receiving services from local organizations. The 2019 service, which was held last Sunday at Reed Park in Santa Monica, honored 112 individuals compared to 27 in 2018.

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Cleaning Up Ballona Creek LA County, The Ocean Cleanup announce new innovative tech to clean Ballona Creek By Chad Winthrop Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn and representatives from the Holland-based nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup will announce a pilot project designed to sharply reduce the amount of plastic, litter and other trash escaping from Ballona Creek. The new technology will be the first of its kind in North America, using solar-power engineering to harvest floating waste and debris from a waterway that empties into the Santa Monica Bay and some of LA County’s most popular beaches.

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Duck hunting on the Ballona lowlands, 1890.

Ballona Creek is an 8.8-mile-long channel that provides flood protection to about 1.5 million residents of Beverly Hills, Culver City, Inglewood, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Ladera Heights and View Park. During storms, the creek receives an influx of trash and urban runoff from city streets. Although decades of coordinated efforts to reduce stormwater pollution have led to trash reductions, Los Angeles County is partnering with The Ocean Cleanup to mount a “last line of defense” in preventing plastic and other pollutants from reaching the ocean. Ballona Creek once meandered through the Ranchos of the Los Angeles Basin. During the rainy season, alongside several other small streams, it would be transformed into a torrent as carrying collected water from the basin watershed area to the Santa Monica Bay. It would flood large areas of the Los Angeles basin, and the creek’s course shifted as that flooding carved new paths through the land. The County of Los Angeles began straightening the creek in the 1920s to protect the growing metropolis from flood damage. In the 1930s, the Army Corps of Engineers carved it into a large channel and lined all but the last couple of miles with concrete to speed the water’s flow to the ocean. An extensive system of drains, mostly underground, was built to funnel

Volunteers help clean up Ballona Creek

stormwater into the creek. “While these projects were effective in accomplishing the task at hand, the transformation of the creek from a natural waterway into a massive stormdrain has broken a link in the ecological chain and severed the connection between the community and the land on which it resides,” said the Ballona Creek Renaissance. “During dry weather the creek

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flows with urban runoff; the water level and speed increase dramatically during storms. That runoff contains all sorts of pollutants from our air, yards, businesses, schools, and streets – trash, animal waste, oil and grease, pesticides and fertilizers, industrial chemicals. One often finds large items, such as shopping carts, which have been dumped in the creek. Algae accumulates in some places and graffiti in others.”

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Fatal Hit and Run Occurs in Culver City Suspect still at large in Sunday incident By S am C atanzaro Over the weekend a man was killed in a hit and run on Washington Place. At the time of publishing the suspect remains at large and Culver City police are asking the public for help identifying them. On Sunday, November 3, at approximately 1:45 AM, the Culver City Police Department (CCPD) and the Culver City Fire Department

(CCFD) personnel responded to the area of Washington Place, west of Frances Avenue, on a call of an injury hit and run traffic collision, involving a vehicle striking a pedestrian. According to the CCPD, upon their arrival, the responding police officers located the male victim lying on the street in the eastbound lanes of Washington Place, west of Frances Avenue. CCFD paramedics subsequently declared the victim deceased at the scene. “Our officers learned that the victim had been struck by a vehicle while crossing the street and that the suspect had fled the

location following the collision,” CCPD said in a press release. According tp the Los Angeles Medical Examinar-Coroner, the victim was Reynald Martinez, a 60 year old hispanic male. No witnesses to the collision were located during the on-scene investigation. The suspect

never returned to the scene following the collision and was not identified. The Culver City Police Department is asking anyone with information about this collision, the suspect, or the suspect vehicle to contact Accident Investigator Houck at (310) 253-6254 or Sergeant Loken at (310) 253-6260.

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Bar Pintxo’s Joe Miller Passes Away at 60 Renown chef dies following complications from September cardiac arrest

By Kerry Slater

Joe Miller, one of Los Angeles’ most prominent chefs who opened the acclaimed Joe’s Restaurant on Abbot Boulevard and Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica, died last Wednesday night at the age of 60.

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“It is with great sadness that we share Chef Joe Miller has passed away due to complications of a cardiac arrest in mid-September while doing what he loved, cycling. He has been an important presence in the culinary world for more than 30-years, exemplifying creativity, leadership and mentoring of hundreds of chefs and restaurant/culinary professionals. We mourn his passing and appreciate the outpouring of love and respect to him and the entire family during this very painful and challenging time,” Miller’s family said in a statement. Miller opened Joe’s Restaurant in Venice in 1991 on Abbot Kinney Boulevard blending French cooking techniques with local farm-fresh ingredients and Californian and Asian influences, earning a Michelin star in 2007. Joe’s closed in 2016 after serving Venice and the Westside for nearly 25 years. “I have seen this community through many changes. I’ve had a wonderful experience pouring my heart and soul into my food, my service, and my standards. I’m grateful to have met so many people and have had the pleasure of employing so many fine chefs and service staff and have seen many of them off to open their own restaurants to great acclaim, but now it is time to move on,” Miller said at the time. From 2006-2017 Miller also operated Bar Pintxo near the Third Street Promenade area, one of the first tapas-style restaurants

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on the Westside. In 2017, Miller briefly operated Rudy & Hudson diner in Santa Monica in a former IHOP space on the ground floor of a hotel on the corner of 20th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, offering a fresh take on classic diner food, but closed after seven months in late 2017. Miller is survived by his mother Molly Miller, brother Michael Miller, brother Patrick Miller, sister-in-law Patricia, children Spencer and Harper Miller, ex-wife Monica Balsz and fiance Christine Mourad. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1958.

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Gjelina Chef Leave Restaurant Group Differences in priorities and direction behind potential split

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Family-run Venice Beach fixture shutting doors after 28 years By Kerry Slater

By Kerry Slater The Los Angeles Times is reporting that according to an anonymous source, Travis Lett, the chef behind Venice’s Gjelina and Gjusta, is leaving the restaurant group amid differences in priorities and direction. In an article from last week, the Times says that Lett is in the process of ending his partnership with Fran Camaj, who co-owns, Gjelina, Gjusta, MTN, Gjelina Take Away (GTA) and Gjusta Goods, a retail shop. If the source, who is close to the talks, is correct, Camaj would purchase Lett’s stake in the Gjusta Group, the company behind these five restaurants and stores. According to the source, who is not authorized to speak publically about the ongoing negotiations, Lett’s potential departure relates to differences concerning the priorities and future direction of the Gjusta Group. Camaj opened Gjelina in 2008 with Lett as chef, and the restaurant soon became a central figure in the Venice dining scene with farm-fresh Italian and Mediterranean-inspired offerings. Gjusta followed in 2014 a deli-bakery-cafe of-

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fering a wide array of breads, salads, pastries, sandwiches and house-cured seafood. Gjelina and Gjusta were favorites of the late Jonathan Gold, who died last year at the age of 57, both making his annual list of the 101 best restaurants in Los Angeles. At Gjelina Gold highlighted the local squid and the restaurant’s expansive selection of local vegetables and shell beans. At Gjusta Gold wrote emphatically about chef Travis Lett’s ability to offer both hearty seafood dishes like tagliatelle bottarga and grilled octopus alongside rustic pastries and freshly baked bread. Over the past three years, Lett has been nominated by the James Beard Foundation for the Best Chef: West award. According to the Times, there is no word yet on what Lett’s future projects may include if and when his separation from the Gjusta Group becomes official.

For over 28 years Windward Farms Market has been a Venice fixture, offering sandwiches, quesadillas, salads, groceries and more to locals and tourists alike, just blocks from the beach, but now after decades of surviving the area's gentrification, the family-owned market is closing in the face of a 120 percent rent increase. “We are being squeezed out by our landlord,” reads a note to shoppers posted on the market's door. “We are heartbroken that we can no longer be here to feed you. … We have seen your children grow up, and you have seen our children grow up.” Founded by Linda and Young Shin in the 1990s, the storefront located at 105 Windward Avenue, has passed through generations to become Windward Farms Market. According to John Shin, Linda and Young's son, as his parents reached retirement age the family was deciding whether to remodel or sell the market. When their landlord recently presented the Shins with a 120 percent rent increase, the family was forced to

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Windward Farms, located on Winward Avenue near Venice Beach, is closing after 28 years of serving the community.

close up shop. John told Spectrum 1 news that the landlord gave the family 60 days to comply with the rent increase. To offset some of the layoffs that Windward Farms' closure has forced, Ester Chaing, owner of nearby Hama Sushi, has agreed to take on three out of the eight of the market's employees. This includes Miguel Mateo, who has worked at Windward Farms for 28 years, commuting two hours every day by bus. The landlord says that they kept the rent low at Windward Farms for years in order to allow the market to survive and added that even with the 120 percent increase the property would still be below market and the cheapest piece in the landlord's Venice inventory.

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Veteran’s Day Films That Honor Our Heros By Whitney Scott Bain

Veteran’s Day is a time to honor our heroes. A time to reflect, pause and salute our men and women who have who served our country as well as our active duty personnel with a selection of five films. Here’s to America’s colors, the colors that never run. “They Were Expendable”. 1945. Directed by John Ford and Robert Montgomery. Stars John Wayne, Robert Montgomery, Ward Bond, Marshall Thompson Donna Reed and Cameron Mitchell. Lieutenant’s John Brickley (Montgomery) and Rusty Ryan (Wayne) in change of Torpedo Squadron Three; a PT boat unit prepares for a Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1941. The acting, story and action are all first rate. A great character study of heroes fighting against all odds and at all costs. Orson Welles was always impressed with Ford’s direction and British director Lindsay Anderson saw this film as a young man on the big screen and influenced him to want to direct movies. During the filming, Ford had broken his leg falling from a 20 foot scaffolding. Montgomery (father of Elizabeth Montgomery from Bewitched.) who actually served on a PT boat during the war was chosen to take over directing the picture. His character was based upon real-life PT boat hero, Lt. John Bulkeley. PT boats were fast and effective against enemy ships sinking many as they were made of plywood. Sadly, there are only two left in the world. “Action In The North Atlantic”. 1943. Directed by Lloyd Bacon and Byron (War of the Worlds) Haskin. Stars Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale and Ruth Gordon. After their Liberty Ship carrying supplies to Murmansk is torpedoed by a German sub. The crew spends 11 days in a lifeboat before being rescued and the survivors are assigned to a new ship called the Sea Witch ready to make the run again this time with a vengeance. Every aspect of this film is perfect from the acting to the action scenes along with the cinematography and soundtrack. It’s mesmerizing to watch as the film was shot in

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Santa Barbara and on the Warner Brothers back lot. A classic story about the unsung heroes of the merchant marine. 3. “The Story Of G.I. Joe”. 1945. Directed by William A. Wellman. s Stars Burgess Meredith and Robert Mitchum. The true story of war correspondent Ernie Pyle (Meredith) who served with the infantry unit of “C” Company suffering through, dirt, mud, cold and rain alongside his fellow Dogfaces. Pyle gets to know these men personally by name as he writes about them giving a humanistic view. Shot on $1 million dollars at Iverson Ranch and Chatsworth this is one of the most emotional and sentimental films about WWII ever made. “The Ballad Of Andy Crocker”. 1969. Directed by George McCowan. Written by Stuart Margolin. Stars Lee Majors, Jimmy Dean, Marvin Gaye, Joey Heatherton and Agnes Moorhead. Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s there were many outstanding, made-for-TV movies this is one of them. Returning home from his tour in Vietnam, Andy Crocker (Majors in an exceptional role.) the girl he loved is now married to someone else, the business he started before he left is ruined by his partner, guidance from his father is lacking and the friends he once had who have done well for themselves shun him. As he painfully tries to adjust to the world, he realizes that he doesn’t fit in anymore. A bittersweet, poignant film that was just as important then as it is today with our men and women coming home from their tour of duty.

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growing community in Los Angeles City or neighboring communities. This is the result of conflicting conditions; on one hand, the parking demands are very high as described in both the City and State codes while on the other hand, the lot sizes are small and therefore parking consumes most, if not all, of the developable ground floor. This means historic structures that want to and should be preserved as described in the community plan can’t comply to code with onsite parking.” Additionally, the VNC pointed out that most commercial parking lots in Venice are undersized, averaging 2,700 square feet. “Attempting to utilize a lot of this size in a new commercial project requires most of the entire ground floor to be consumed by parking, which makes the usable commercial space too small to be economically feasible,” the VNC wrote. In February 2009, Venice residents voted in an official VNC referendum in favor of overnight restricted parking for residents. Venice is in a Coastal Zone and therefore the California Coastal Commission (CCC) has denied the City’s prior two applications for a Coastal Development Permit to allow permit parking. Although the residents, business operators and the City have voiced support to have a permit parking, the CCC stated in their denials that there cannot be any reduction of public on-street

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Lot 731 is located at 2108 Pacific Avenue and is bordered by North Venice Boulevard and South Venice Boulevard.

parking without a one-to-one replacement off-street, adding to the complexities of parking regulations in Venice. The LA City Council motion directs LADOT to study the need for additional public parking at Lot 731, including seasonal demand and potential additional revenue. In addition, LADOT has been directed to look into automation as a way to potentially decrease the number of parking spaces and to study alternatives for relocating the parking.

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3 It’s played on the road 4 Rep 5 A myrmeke of Greek myth is a giant one 6 City near where Chopin was born 7 Actor Hamm of “Mad Men” 8 *cough* 9 Bit from Sunshine Biscuits 10 Yap 11 Catches 12 Big Ten powerhouse, for short 13 Mouths off to 14 Slipped up 15 Social gatherings where fruit drinks are served? 16 Bluejacket 17 Samantha of 96-Down 19 Drawn 20 California ball club 24 Some bars in the Caribbean 29 Over-and-above 31 “Park it!” 32 Diminutive suffixes 33 Paleolith 35 Fixes, as a bath area 36 Caustic soda 39 Haymaker? 40 Some feet 43 Presumptive assertion 46 Something a shooter shoots 48 With 111-Across, cinnamon candy 50 “Same here” 51 Speak to, with “with” 54 “Hurry up!” 56 Q.E.D. part 57 Places to hibernate 58 Unconsidered 59 Kofi Annan’s middle name 60 Take attendance in a magical forest? 62 Routine problem, for short 63 Horns in on?

A W N A T R S E A T W T E R S E D S T U R S E R A D M A S K A N G O O W

73 Ones sharing quarters at the most macho fraternity? 77 Aviary parts 78 Places to cool one’s jets? 80 Adventurer in Grouchland 81 Big tablet 83 Nozzles into blast furnaces 85 One of 17 on a Monopoly board: Abbr. 87 Policy at a wedding’s open bar, maybe 90 Switch on the radio 92 Nabokov novel 93 Excel 95 It led to a 1773 protest 97 Amazon peril 98 Stylish underwear? 101 Mess maker 102 Ill feeling 104 It doesn’t mean “lots of love” 105 Euphoric 106 Smears, as a reputation 107 Svelte 108 Excite 110 Camping-gear retailer 111 See 48-Down 112 Homie 114 Things swapped at a convention of supermarket owners? 118 “Just about done” 119 Citrus hybrid 120 Starter supply for making bourbon 121 “Slow down, tiger!” 122 Fifth-most abundant element in the universe 123 Court org. 124 Director Ang

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1 M.I.T. Sloan grad, often 4 Raven’s cry 7 Steal, slangily 11 Bridge work? 18 Office restoration 21 “Didn’t expect to see you here!” 22 Generally 23 Interns at a cemetery? 25 Start of a class field trip, maybe 26 Had a bead on 27 New Left org. 28 Features of Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park 30 Instants 31 Endorse 32 ____ Court (London district) 34 Series ender in London 35 Start over in cards 37 Lead-in to much 38 Take to social media following a good round of golf? 41 Work at, as a trade 42 Chickadee, e.g. 44 Brown ermine 45 Ready-to-____ 46 Crown 47 Have-not 49 Emmy-winning show of 1976 and 2017, in brief 50 One sending flowers, say 52 One holding flowers 53 Brain readings, for short 55 Sounded sheepish? 58 Speed demon 61 Pacts between packs? 65 Rage 66 Does penance 68 Corp. manager 69 “More than I wanted to hear!” 70 “Not nice!” 72 Original Beatle Sutcliffe

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