The OPEN Daily » Mar Vista http://www.theopendaily.com Essential Guide to L.A. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:27:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.11 Beautiful Day at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market January 8, 2017 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/beautiful-day-at-the-mar-vista-farmers-market-january-8-2017 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/beautiful-day-at-the-mar-vista-farmers-market-january-8-2017#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:26:53 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=150577 Such a gorgeous day at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market today! And people came out to enjoy the weather before the rains hit us this week. There was a guest Korean BBQ vendor today and it looked great! Feels like a day for grapefruit, doesn’t it? There’s a new sprouts & microgreens vendor at the market now – down near the south end. The kids got to make these adorable crafts today. The Mandoline truck was serving up Vietnamese food. In the Green Tent Art Lee was talking about Greywater systems. Contact him at encore889@ymail.com for more info. And in the MVCC Tent the Historic Fire Station 62 was there with toy trucks for the kids and info about their plans for making the old station into a community center for Mar Vista.

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Windward is switching to eight-man football http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/windward-is-switching-to-eight-man-football http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/windward-is-switching-to-eight-man-football#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:20:54 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=150663 Because of concerns over numbers in its football program, Windward is switching to eight-man football for the 2017 season while also planning to play several 11-man games, Athletic Director Tyrone Powell said Monday.

Players were informed of the decision on Monday.

Windward was part of the Gold…

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Low-Rise Developments Take Form on Venice Boulevard http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/low-rise-developments-take-form-on-venice-boulevard http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/low-rise-developments-take-form-on-venice-boulevard#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:07:45 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=150326

Low-slung Venice Boulevard is finally raising its height profile, if barely so.

3833 Dunn Drive

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Earlier this year, ground was broken for a five-story, 40-unit apartment building at 3833 S. Dunn Drive.  The approximately .37-acre property, located near the Palms – Culver City border, was prevriously developed with a mixture of surface parking and a lone single-family home.

The project sits directly across the street from a similar seven-story development by California Landmark Group, as well as a mixed-use complex recently completed by NMS Properties.

10300 Venice Boulevard

Three blocks west, a five-story mixed-use building is now rising at 10300 W. Venice Boulevard.

The project, whose developer is listed as Jeff Gray by Planning Department records, will feature 34 residential units above approximately 2,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and an underground parking garage.  Three apartments will be set aside for very low income households in order to obtain density bonus incentives.

Renderings from local architecture firm West Pacifica Design portray a contemporary, stucco-clad structure.

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The Venice West

West of the San Diego Freeway, Laguna Nigel-based Crown Aquisitions, Inc. has begun site preparation for the Venice West, a pair of low-rise apartment buildings between Sawtelle Boulevard and Butler Avenue.

A four-story, six-unit building is rising from a nearly quarter-acre site at 11351-11355 W. Venice Boulevard.

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A short distance south at 11405 W. Venice Boulevard, a separate three-story structure will offer an additional 14 residential units.

The project will feature a mixture of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, in addition to amenities such as rooftop terraces and community lounge areas.

Both buildings were designed by Los Angeles-based MAKE Architecture.

Completion is expected in Fall 2017.

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A new report says Santa Monica has the nation’s highest rental prices http://www.theopendaily.com/community/a-new-report-says-santa-monica-has-the-nations-highest-rental-prices http://www.theopendaily.com/community/a-new-report-says-santa-monica-has-the-nations-highest-rental-prices#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:37:26 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=150312

Venice isn’t far behind

When it comes to pricey rental markets, the greater Los Angeles area is certainly up there, but renters in other metro regions such as New York and San Francisco have reliably paid significantly higher rates compared to LA.

But a new report from rental website Apartment Guide suggests the very highest prices in the nation can be found right here in sunny Southern California.

Specifically, Santa Monica is leading all other rental markets with median monthly prices of $4,799 for a one-bedroom unit. That’s significantly higher than prices in second-place New York, where median rents run $4,562 per month. Venice, which the report treats as a separate market from Los Angeles (even though it’s not its own city—yet), is fifth on the list, with median rents of $3,922.

An Apartment Guide spokesperson tells Curbed that to get rental figures, the site compiled active November listing prices from their site and rent.com. Those prices seem a bit high when compared to other rental reports we’ve seen recently. For instance, a survey of LA-area neighborhoods released by Zumper in November listed the median price of a two-bedroom unit in Santa Monica as $4,330.

Since the report compares specific LA neighborhoods to cities like New York and San Francisco, the price figures don’t totally reflect the greater Los Angeles market.

Still, the data accentuates the fact that Westside locations are quickly becoming some of the priciest rental markets in the nation. Playa Vista and Marina del Rey placed 17 and 18 on the list, with median rents of $3,327 and $3,320, respectively.

Overall, more than half of the top 50 rental markets are in California. Other pricey LA-area neighborhoods include West Hollywood ($3,180), Culver City ($3,161), and Hollywood ($3,110).

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No Outbreak of Antibiotic-Resistant Virus in Venice, Health Officials Say http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/no-outbreak-of-antibiotic-resistant-virus-in-venice-health-officials-say http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/no-outbreak-of-antibiotic-resistant-virus-in-venice-health-officials-say#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:55:28 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=150292 "There is no increased risk of MRSA infection in the Venice community," according to a statement from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

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Help Support the Mar Vista Art Walk w/ a Donation Today http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/help-support-the-mar-vista-art-walk-w-a-donation-today http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/help-support-the-mar-vista-art-walk-w-a-donation-today#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 07:22:04 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=149722 Help support the amazing Mar Vista Art Walk and get an end-of-the-year tax deduction while you’re at it!

Mar Vista art walkThe Mar Vista Art Walk launched at the end of 2015 and there have been 5 terrific Art Walks so far. In 2017 there are 4 more Art Walks planned, as well as some first-of-their-kind murals, street art and so much more. Including the first pavement murals approved in the city of Los Angeles!

But they need your help NOW! Please consider donating to this wonderful Mar Vista institution. There are 18 days left to help them in their crowdfunding project. Click through to make a donation today. Thanks!

Mar Vista Art Walk Fundraising Page

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Trump’s deportation plan not welcomed in LA! Millions to be raised for fight http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/trumps-deportation-plan-not-welcomed-in-la-millions-to-be-raised-for-fight http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/trumps-deportation-plan-not-welcomed-in-la-millions-to-be-raised-for-fight#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:18:40 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=149101 Photo via http://www.chirla.org/
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to contribute $1 million, growing to $2 million next year, to a legal aid fund for immigrants facing deportation proceedings.

County officials and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the creation of the $10 million L.A. Justice Fund on Monday, calling it a direct response to Donald Trump’s threat to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants and other “dangerous rhetoric” by the president-elect.

Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn recommended the county’s participation.

“We have a history of providing help to all residents,” Solis said, noting that the county’s social services safety net provides lunches for seniors and children and emergency medical care for uninsured residents, documented or not.

The fund is a partnership between the city and county of Los Angeles, California Community Foundation, Weingart Foundation and the California Endowment.

Garcetti said the city will contribute $2 million from its general fund. The county’s $3 million, to be contributed through June 30, 2018, is subject to matching contributions and private philanthropic organizations are expected to chip in $5 million.

City Attorney Mike Feuer told the board: “The county, the city and the private sector can all work together to bring a semblance of justice and fairness into the immigration process for potentially hundreds or thousands of individuals who are facing deportation.’

Those with legal representation are three to five times more likely to win the right to stay in the country, according to Feuer. Without legal help, happenstance, the luck of the draw, will determine who remains in this country and who doesn’t,” the city attorney said.

Hahn pointed out that legal pathways to staying in the U.S. are available, but “without lawyers assisting them, they may never know or be aware of their options.”

Los Angeles United School District board President Steve Zimmer offered his support.

“Children are coming up to us, parents are coming up to us, with real and sincere fear about what will happen to them — but not just to them, to their dreams, to their hopes, to their aspirations,’ he said.

The majority of speakers urged the board to approve the funding, but a vocal crowd of opponents argued that using taxpayer money to help individuals who came to America illegally amounted to taking money away from legal residents in need.

Not everyone’s OK with this. People are OK with legal immigration,” said Emily Hemingway of the Los Angeles County Republican Party, telling the board that “people cutting in line” and “leeching off of our system” is unfair and threatens the integrity of the social safety net and public education.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl told opponents that the county spends many millions for public defenders to act on behalf of residents accused of crimes.

“They’re not innocents, but we provide a defense,” Kuehl said. “It’s not unprecedented for us to stand on the side of the accused and give them their day in court.”

Supervisor Kathryn Barger cast the lone dissenting vote. She said she was sympathetic to families faced with a “broken” immigration system, but told her four colleagues, “I believe this is a federal responsibility.”

Barger added that she thought it wasn’t fiscally responsible for the board to step up and contribute when nonprofit groups were willing to help.

Solis made a different economic argument, telling her colleagues that immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are a vital part of the local workforce.

“The contribution that undocumented immigrants make to the county is roughly $57 billion,” Solis said, referring to a local GDP estimate.

Others shared a personal perspective.

“I can’t go home one day and find an empty home,” Pomona College student Maria Jose Vides said, urging the board to “look at us as fellow human beings and look at how much we can contribute to this nation.”

The L.A. Justice Fund is expected to focus on helping immigrants in the county under temporary status such as the Deferred Access for Childhood Arrivals program, military families, refugees and unaccompanied minors, but not immigrants with a serious criminal history.

Solis said it costs roughly $5,000 to fund one deportation case. Experts estimate that about 7,000 Los Angeles County residents face removal proceedings without a lawyer annually, according to Solis’ office.

Some questioned whether the fund would be constitutional. Feuer and at least one other legal expert assured the board it would be consistent with federal immigration law and principles of fairness and due process.

–City News Service 

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Girls’ basketball: Windward wins tournament in Las Vegas http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/girls-basketball-windward-wins-tournament-in-las-vegas http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/girls-basketball-windward-wins-tournament-in-las-vegas#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:08:48 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=149085 Charisma Osborne helped lead Windward to the championship of the girls’ version of the Tarkanian Classic on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

She scored 22 points in Windward’s 52-44 win over Campbell County Wyoming.

She was named tournament MVP.

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Global Green Goes Dumpster Diving, to Analyze Trash in Alleys Throughout the Westside http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/global-green-goes-dumpster-diving-to-analyze-trash-in-alleys-throughout-the-westside http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/global-green-goes-dumpster-diving-to-analyze-trash-in-alleys-throughout-the-westside#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2016 02:08:59 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=148931 When I bring home something I find in the alley, everyone makes fun of me for dumpster diving. But when three highly educated recent college grads do it, apparently it’s research. I ran into three such women in an alley in the heart of Santa Monica’s swank North of Wilshire neighborhood, where pretty much everyone drives a Prius. The three were inspired by Global Green, a local…

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It’s Time to Welcome The Mar Vista to the Neighborhood http://www.theopendaily.com/business/its-time-to-welcome-the-mar-vista-to-the-neighborhood http://www.theopendaily.com/business/its-time-to-welcome-the-mar-vista-to-the-neighborhood#comments Sat, 17 Dec 2016 23:48:16 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147905

Mar Vista might be giving Highland Park some heat for hottest dining neighborhood right now

When Status Kuo transformed into Little Fatty earlier this year, it indicated that the neighborhood was hungry for change. Though places like Louie’s have become mainstays, locals living along Washington and Venice Blvd, and the various neighborhoods of greater Mar Vista wanted a place to call their own without having to venture to Culver City or Venice. And The Mar Vista, a new restaurant from D. Brandon Walker (Bread & Roses Cafe) and Jill Davie (Josie) marks a coming out party of sorts for the area when it opens on January 5, 2017.

Serving what they’re calling progressive Los Angeles cuisine, the large confines feel as much like a community dining hall as it does a suave neighborhood restaurant. The menu ranges everything from Brazilian churrasco and a “Mountain View” salad (made with greens grown a few blocks away) to pulled pork spare rib meatballs with guajillo chile mole. Basically it means that Walker isn’t afraid to serve that he feels like serving, depending on the season and what diners will respond to.


According to Walker: “The Mar Vista has been designed to elevate the neighborhood’s restaurant standard and provide a location that locals can proudly call their own,” a statement that certainly seems to fit the bill with this beautiful newcomer.

Architect John Reed of Reed Architecture Group and designer Gregory Swanson of Black Swan Design Group brought the space to life while industry vet Jorge Rivas (Blue Plate) helms the kitchen as chef de cuisine. In addition to cocktails, hard-to-find wines, and craft beers, they’ll have live music nightly ranging from jazz to bluegrass.

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Mixed-Use Building to Rise on Venice Boulevard http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/mixed-use-building-to-rise-on-venice-boulevard http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/mixed-use-building-to-rise-on-venice-boulevard#comments Sat, 17 Dec 2016 05:55:29 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147835

Next week, the Palms Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee will preview a proposed mixed-use development at 10801 Venice Boulevard.

Located at the intersection of Venice and Glendon Avenue, the project is described as a six-story building featuring 63 apartments and 6,425 square feet of street-fronting commercial space.  A case filing from the Los Angeles Department of City Planning also indicates that the development would set aside six residential units as affordable housing and feature three levels of underground parking.

West Los Angeles-based Plus Architects is designing the podium-style edifice, with which would replace a small commercial structure.  Renderings portray a contemporary building featuring a rooftop deck and boxy red protrusions.

The project is being developed by Mahmood Michael Amin through the limited liability corporation Venice Adventures.

Additional details about the proposed development are unclear.

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JetBlue Announces Controversial Plans to Launch Commercial Jets Out of Santa Monica Airport http://www.theopendaily.com/community/jetblue-to-offer-passenger-flights-from-santa-monica-airport-to-vegas-san-jose-san-diego http://www.theopendaily.com/community/jetblue-to-offer-passenger-flights-from-santa-monica-airport-to-vegas-san-jose-san-diego#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:32:46 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147808 JetSuiteX, a division of JetBlue, began selling seats today for flights to and from the neighborhood airport bordering residential areas in Santa Monica, Venice and Mar Vista, with flights starting on February 6, 2017.

These will apparently be commercial, passenger seats, not unlike a plane flight from LAX or Burbank.

UCLA researchers recently measured 1,000 times normal levels of ultra-fine particles and 250 times normal levels of black carbon within surrounding neighborhood communities. Another study found that pollution from idling jet aircraft engines can penetrate lungs and the brain, particularly when the toxic particles are exposed to sunlight.

According to California SkyWatch, jet emission pollutants are known to cause lung function impairment, increased susceptibility to respiratory infection, increased hospital admissions and emergency room visits, pulmonary inflammation and lung structure damage.

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Wettest Storm of the Season Is Coming http://www.theopendaily.com/community/wettest-storm-of-the-season-is-coming http://www.theopendaily.com/community/wettest-storm-of-the-season-is-coming#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:26:24 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147615 The warm storm is forecast to bring up to three inches of rain to some parts of Greater L.A.

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Santa Ana winds could cause wildfires, hazardous conditions http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-ana-winds-could-cause-wildfires-hazardous-conditions http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-ana-winds-could-cause-wildfires-hazardous-conditions#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:37:52 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147597 A fire danger sign with the iconic Smokey Bear. Image courtesy Centers for Disease Control
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Powerful Santa Ana winds will sweep much of the Southland from tonight through Saturday, threatening to topple power poles and trees as very low humidity combined with the wind create a danger of wildfire starting Friday afternoon.

“A strong Santa Ana wind event is expected for much of the Los Angeles and Ventura county wind-prone areas beginning late this evening,” said a National Weather Service statement. “Winds will strengthen Friday morning, then remain strong to damaging through Saturday afternoon.”

In L.A. County, a wind advisory will be in effect from 10 tonight to 3 a.m. Friday in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley. It will be immediately followed by a more serious high wind warning, which will be in effect from 3 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday. A high wind warning indicates winds or gusts of at least 58 mph; a wind advisory denotes 35- mph winds.

The wind in these areas are expected to blow at 20 to 35 miles per hour with 50-mph gusts tonight, then 25-40 mph with 60-mph gusts Saturday, forecasters said. Some gusts may reach 80 mph.

The NWS  warned that the wind could make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles, especially on Interstate 5, highways 14 and 33, and canyon roads in the Malibu area.

In Orange County, a high wind warning will be in effect from 3 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Because of the wind and humidity levels of between 8 and 15 percent, a fire weather watch will be in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon in the Santa Monica Monica Mountains and the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. It was not extended to the San Gabriel Mountains because the humidity there is not likely to dip enough to warrant it, said NWS meteorologist Mike Wofford.

The NWS forecast a mix of sunny and partly cloudy skies in L.A. County Thursday and highs of 55 in Palmdale; 56 in Lancaster; 57 on Mount Wilson; 62 in Avalon, Saugus and San Gabriel; 64 at LAX; 65 in downtown L.A., Burbank and Pasadena; 66 in Long Beach; and 68 in Woodland Hills.

Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 63 in San Clemente; 64 in Laguna Beach; 65 in Newport Beach and Mission Viejo; 66 in Yorba Linda, Fullerton and Anaheim; and 67 in Irvine.

Temperatures will be similar Saturday in some communities and several degrees lower in other.

—City News Service

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LA Unified school board flip-flops: district’s calendar won’t change next year after all http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/la-unified-school-board-flip-flops-districts-calendar-wont-change-next-year-after-all http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/la-unified-school-board-flip-flops-districts-calendar-wont-change-next-year-after-all#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:51:22 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147549 LAUSD Board - Scott Schmerelson

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Remember how the Los Angeles Unified School District was thinking of starting its school year later in August, closer to Labor Day? Well, never mind!

The L.A. School Board reversed course Tuesday night, voting 4-2 to instruct Superintendent Michelle King to essentially keep the calendar as it is — with the first day of school still falling three weeks before Labor Day and a three-week-long winter break — through 2020.

This is the same board that voted in September, 5-2, to ask King to craft a calendar that would begin two weeks before Labor Day in 2017-18, and one week before Labor Day in 2018-19.

That initial plan emerged as a compromise three months ago after board members Richard Vladovic, George McKenna and Scott Schmerelson proposed L.A. Unified start classes after Labor Day. They were at first concerned the district’s mid-August start date disrupted family vacations and forced kids to attend classes in hot classrooms.

But on Tuesday night, Schmerelson said he had changed his mind, saying he was concerned that a later start might prompt parents to pull children out of district-run schools and enroll them in charter schools that begin classes in early- or mid-August.

"I can picture a co-located charter," he said, referring to a charter school that shares a campus with L.A. Unified. "I can see the charter starting early, I can see we’re starting later, and the parents may say, ‘Oh, heck, I’m going to enroll them in the charter school because the public school’s not open.’"

McKenna and Vladovic remained opposed to the earlier start.

"When we start in early August, we lose a lot of kids anyway," Vladovic said, "because they’re still on vacation."

"I’m not persuaded by arguments which are all hypothetical," McKenna said. "There is no evidence — even though my colleagues are talking about evidence — I don’t know where you got that from, I don’t know how you can prove that we lost" funding for average daily attendance.

Board member Ref Rodriguez also flipped his September vote, joining Mónica Ratliff, Mónica García and Schmerelson in putting a halt to the calendar change.

But Rodriguez also said the board had buried the lead: a start date in late August would inevitably lead to shorter winter and Thanksgiving breaks. He said parents in his board district initially favored a late-August start date, but as soon as it became clear they would get less mid-year vacation time, they cooled to the proposal.

"It’s disingenuous to the public to not make the connection between the two of them. Now … people are very confused, and we’re adding to the confusion," Rodriguez said.

Board president Steve Zimmer abstained from the vote, saying he was deeply conflicted; he personally favored an early start while parents in his westside board district overwhelmingly supported a later start.

But above all, Zimmer had urged the superintendent to craft the compromise measure brought forward in September.

"We worked something out," he said, "that I feel was a reasonable compromise."

But after the board’s vote, King will now bring forward a new, detailed school calendar plan modeled on the 2016-17 calendar in January or February.

Assuming that means classes would start on a Tuesday three weeks before Labor Day, that would mean the 2017-18 school year would begin on August 15.

Plan your vacations accordingly.

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Dec. 14 is the last supermoon of the year http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/dec-14-is-the-last-supermoon-of-the-year http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/dec-14-is-the-last-supermoon-of-the-year#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:49:35 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147521 A supermoon occurs when the moon is on the perigee side of its orbit, a region about 30,000 miles closer to our planet.

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FAA orders a halt to evictions of aviation companies at embattled Santa Monica Municipal Airport http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/faa-orders-a-halt-to-evictions-of-aviation-companies-at-embattled-santa-monica-municipal-airport http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/faa-orders-a-halt-to-evictions-of-aviation-companies-at-embattled-santa-monica-municipal-airport#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:08:56 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147452 The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday ordered Santa Monica to halt the evictions of two aviation companies at its municipal airport until the agency can finish an investigation into the city’s effort to shut down the facility.

FAA officials issued an interim cease-and-desist order to stop…

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LA takes major step in reducing building energy consumption http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/la-takes-major-step-in-reducing-building-energy-consumption http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/la-takes-major-step-in-reducing-building-energy-consumption#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:45:34 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147432 Photo by John Schreiber.
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The City Council Tuesday took action to reduce energy use in large, older buildings, which studies have found are responsible for a great deal of the city’s energy consumption.

The Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance would require buildings 20,000 square feet or larger to report energy and water usage to the Department of Building and Safety each year. Every five years, these buildings, along with ones 15,000 square feet or larger, will be required to take action to reduce their consumption.

The motion, co-written by Councilmen Bob Blumenfield and Jose Huizar, said a preliminary analysis by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA and the nonprofit City Energy project shows that half of the city’s electricity demand comes from just 4 percent of its buildings and that a strategy to help reduce energy consumption for these major users could provide proportionately high returns for the city’s conservation and sustainability goals.

“This program is crucial to our goal to reduce energy use by 15 percent by 2020,” said Huizar, whose Planning and Land Use Committee approved the item last week. “While the city has been a leader in establishing efficiency standards for new buildings, there is a great need to reduce energy use in thousands of older, existing buildings.”

The motion also said a package of policies and programs to address energy and water efficiency in existing buildings could include financing support, incentive programs, regular benchmarking and performance tracking, as well as an expansion of the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge or development of similar programs.

Huizar’s office said the program has received support from the L.A. business and environmental communities, including the Los Angeles Business Council, the National Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the L.A. Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Building Owners and Managers Association.

Councilman Paul Koretz seconded the original motion.

“What I like best isn’t simply the energy, water, and related cost- savings the city and building owners will achieve, it’s how this program will motivate ongoing overall improvement in our building stock, making sure they are constantly well-maintained and updated, which is good for building owners, for building tenants, and for our overall infrastructure,” Koretz said. “Like our new waste franchise system, this is going to be one of the most comprehensive programs in the country, one that other cities can and will emulate.”

–City News Service 

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Middle school close-up: Palms Middle succeeds by investing in teacher training http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/middle-school-close-up-palms-middle-succeeds-by-investing-in-teacher-training http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/middle-school-close-up-palms-middle-succeeds-by-investing-in-teacher-training#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:20:08 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147378 Palms Middle students visit the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Source: http://ift.tt/1vDdkJj)

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Palms Middle School Principal Derek Moriuchi jokes with fellow administrators that one must be “kind of special” to want to teach middle schoolers.

“They do do weird things and their hormones are all over the place,” he said. “But we get that.”

Palms Middle School, on the westside of Los Angeles, is among the highest-performing middle schools in the district and has made significant improvements in its rankings over the two years of state testing data.

The school of about 1,400 students climbed two rungs in the “similar students” category in the CCSA rankings. It was an 8 in 2015, then moved up to a 10 — the top rung — in 2016. It also went up in the overall statewide rank from 7 to 8.

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One of the factors that could account for Palms’ high test scores is that about 60 to 65 percent of its students are enrolled in honors programs.

Palms has a Gifted/High Ability Magnet program, which requires that students are assessed to determine if they can complete work at two grade levels above their age level. The school also has a School of Advanced Studies. Moriuchi said that students who do not qualify for the magnet program are usually admitted into the SAS program.

About one-third of the student population comes from five feeder elementary schools, three of which are generally high-performing and in wealthier socioeconomic areas: Overland Avenue, Clover Avenue and Castle Heights in Beverlywood.

The school’s poverty rate is 56 percent, and about 5 percent of students are English-language learners. In the district overall, 25 percent are English learners.

Moriuchi noted that his students’ demographics also differ from LA Unified’s as a whole.

According to 2015-16 California Department of Education data, the school is 42 percent Hispanic, 25 percent African-American, 14 percent white, 14 percent Asian and 5 percent other.

The demographic breakdown of LA Unified, according to CDE data, is 74 percent Hispanic, 10 percent white, 9 percent African-American, 4 percent Asian and 3 percent other.

Moriuchi, who has been principal at Palms for five years, accounts for the success of his students on the Smarter Balanced tests to two years of committed professional development for teachers. He describes the school’s teaching staff as “very dedicated and very committed.”

He said teachers, especially those teaching sixth grade, researched and developed their own curriculum for teaching the Common Core standards. He said they found a curriculum program developed by the New York State Education Department called EngageNY and found it to be a valuable tool in creating lesson plans.

He said the district now provides a program to help teachers called StudySync, but in 2015 the district didn’t provide those resources. 

He said he paid extra to his teachers who worked to develop lesson plans during their conference periods and who met after school.

Moriuchi also attributes the success of his students to a generous Friends of Palms, the school’s parent organization, which donates about $60,000 to $90,000 a year to the school. Most of the money is given to teachers who express a need for materials in their classrooms, like microscopes. The parent group also pays for a greeter to stand at the entrance of the school.

I’m very happy to be here at Palms,” Moriuchi said. “I feel very blessed to be with a staff who’s very hard working, very dedicated to their students.”

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Big winter storm headed our way: Snow, rain, and possible mud flows http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/big-winter-storm-headed-our-way-snow-rain-and-possible-mud-flows http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/big-winter-storm-headed-our-way-snow-rain-and-possible-mud-flows#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:09:47 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147300 Photo via OnSceneTV
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A powerful storm out of the Gulf of Alaska trundled toward the Southland Monday, with rain and snow expected Thursday and Friday, along with the threat of mud flows over slopes that wildfires have stripped of vegetation, National Weather Service forecasters said.

The storm will be the biggest so far of the rainy season, which runs from October to May, said NWS meteorologist Andrew Rorke, adding that the rainfall could cause problems for people living below the so-called burn areas. The storm will be accompanied by strong winds, according to an NWS forecast.

“With wets soils due to rainfall, there will be a risk of downed trees and power lines, power outages, flooding of low-lying areas and roads. In addition, there could be a risk of flash flooding and debris flows in recent burn areas,” warned an NWS statement.

Early estimates are that rainfall totals will range between a half-inch and 1.5 inches in coastal and valley areas and between 1 and 3 inches in the foothills and along south- and southwest-facing mountain slopes.

The NWS said snow levels are forecast to drop rapidly on Friday, falling to near 4,000 feet, but only minimal accumulation is expected over passes such as the Grapevine.

The storm will coincide with lower temperatures — the low 60s and high 50s. In contrast, Monday’s temperatures will be mostly in the mid to high 60s.

—City News Service

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December PLUM Committee Meeting (Planning and Land Use Management) http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/december-plum-committee-meeting-planning-and-land-use-management http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/december-plum-committee-meeting-planning-and-land-use-management#comments Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:45:34 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147113  The December meeting of the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee will take place on Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30pm at the Mar Vista Library. Items on the agenda include a proposed Chipotle restaurant on National Blvd and a Small Lot Subdivision proposed on Barrington. We hope you’ll join us.

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LA cuts up the trash business pie 7 ways with exclusive zones http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/la-cuts-up-the-trash-business-pie-7-ways-with-exclusive-zones http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/la-cuts-up-the-trash-business-pie-7-ways-with-exclusive-zones#comments Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:25:25 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147051 Luis Santana, L.A. city Bureau of Sanitation

This Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation garbage truck picks up trash from homes, but not from apartment buildings or businesses. A new L.A. city contract divides the city into franchise zones and awards the work to private trash haulers.; Credit: Sharon McNary/KPCC

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Seven garbage hauling companies were awarded Los Angeles contracts potentially totaling $3.5 billion Friday, completing one of the final steps as the city converts from a competition for customers to one that grants each company an exclusive business franchise zone.

The changeover eliminates the competition among about four dozen different companies. Some critics fear the change could result in higher prices, because property managers will no longer be able to hire whichever hauler offers the best terms or schedule.

The city will be divided into 11 zones in which one company, an exclusive franchisee selected by the city, gets all the business — with prices and performance standards set by the city.

The franchised zone system was approved in 2014, and the contracts for what could amount to $3.5 billion in collections over the next 10 years were approved Friday.

The system was intended to reduce the problems associated with trash collection — noise, the hazard posed by trash trucks and bins that might have to be rolled out or placed in the street — to a single day per week, and to increase the percentage of L.A. trash that goes to landfills. The franchise companies are required to provide blue recycling bins to some 65,000 customers, including about 18,000 apartments. The system will roll out in July, city spokeswoman Tonya Durrell said.

California state law requires the city to divert 75 percent of its solid waste away from landfills by 2020. The city’s own goal is to be a zero waste city by 2030. The new system is expected to produce $200 million to be spent toward improvements in recycling systems.

The city’s Sanitation Bureau will continue to pick up garbage from single family homes and small apartment buildings with up to four units.

Granting exclusive franchises for trash pickup is already a popular model in California. Ventura County also parcels out franchise zones where private companies have the exclusive right to collect garbage and bill residents for the service. Businesses in unincorporated areas have the choice of several pre-approved waste haulers.

In 17 Orange County cities, exclusive trash franchises generated nearly $300 million in revenue for haulers — and those businesses paid nearly $30 million in franchise fees to the cities that granted the franchises. In some cases, prices dropped, but not uniformly.

In San Jose, commercial garbage collection is run through a franchise system that brings about $11 million per year into the city, spokeswoman Jennie Loft said.

Read more about the plan here, and see a map of the new zones below:

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UCPD searching for man who stole packages from UCLA apartments in Sawtelle http://www.theopendaily.com/community/ucpd-searching-for-man-who-stole-packages-from-ucla-apartments-in-sawtelle http://www.theopendaily.com/community/ucpd-searching-for-man-who-stole-packages-from-ucla-apartments-in-sawtelle#comments Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:34:00 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=147003 University police are searching for a man who stole packages from the UCLA’s University Village Apartments in Sawtelle on Wednesday morning.

The man pulled out a box cutter and threatened to kill a witness who caught him taking packages from the apartments, according to a UCPD alert. The man left with the packages and went down Sawtelle Boulevard, toward Palms Boulevard. The man did not injure the witness.

The man was white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 200 pounds. He had a shaved head and was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt and red backpack. He was also pushing a shopping cart.

No further information was immediately available. The case is still under investigation.

UCPD recommends students lock all doors and windows.

Anyone with information about this case can call UCPD at 310-825-1491.

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Holiday Boutique at Mar Vista Elementary – Shop & Support! http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/holiday-boutique-at-mar-vista-elementary-shop-support http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/holiday-boutique-at-mar-vista-elementary-shop-support#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:01:41 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=146977

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Girls’ basketball: Harvard-Westlake vs. Windward for Redondo tournament championship http://www.theopendaily.com/schools/girls-basketball-harvard-westlake-vs-windward-for-redondo-tournament-championship http://www.theopendaily.com/schools/girls-basketball-harvard-westlake-vs-windward-for-redondo-tournament-championship#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:33:46 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=146345 Two of the top teams in girls’ basketball, Harvard-Westlake and Windward, play Saturday night in the championship game of the Redondo tournament.

In the semifinals, Harvard-Westlake defeated Mater Dei, 53-25. Jayla Ruffus-Milner scored 27 points. Windward defeated Gardena Serra, 75-67.

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