Reminder: Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Potluck is Saturday, May 5

Please join your neighbors for a Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Potluck!!

The Ketch and Lighthouse Malls and all of Roma Court from Mast Court to Via Dolce are having our SIXTH multi block party to meet and get to know our neighbors better!

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 4 pm til whenever . . .
Place: Lighthouse Mall

Please bring something to share and also chairs or a blanket.  We will provide plates, cups, utensils and the tables to set up for the food and drinks.  Also some fun stuff for all children that attend!

Please let us know if you plan to be there, the number coming (kids, pets and friends from all of the other malls are invited too), and what you will be bringing (so we can try to have a balanced and varied choices of dishes).

Please email either Eileen Nugent (etnugent@verizon.net) or Cindy Carlin (cindycarlin@gmail.com).

We hope to see you then!  Eileen, Penny, Cindy and Kris

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Emergency Preparedness Event Canceled

Dear Homeowners,

The Emergency Preparedness Planning Event scheduled for Saturday, April 21st at 10 a.m. has been canceled due to an unexpected circumstance.
The event will be rescheduled.

Thank you for your understanding.

Debbie Schneider
For the Emergency Preparedness Committee

Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Potluck – May 5 at 4pm

Ole! Let’s Party Again!

Please join your neighbors for a Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Potluck!!

The Ketch and Lighthouse Malls and all of Roma Court from Mast Court to Via Dolce are having our SIXTH multi block party to meet and get to know our neighbors better!

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 4 pm til whenever . . .
Place: Lighthouse Mall

Please bring something to share and also chairs or a blanket. We will provide plates, cups, utensils and the tables to set up for the food and drinks. Also some fun stuff for all children that attend!

Please let us know if you plan to be there, the number coming (kids, pets and friends from all of the other malls are invited too), and what you will be bringing (so we can try to have a balanced and varied choices of dishes).

Please email either Eileen Nugent (etnugent@verizon.net) or Cindy Carlin (cindycarlin@gmail.com).

We hope to see you then!  Eileen, Penny, Cindy and Kris

Next “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” – May 15 at 3pm

The third Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” met at Nora Nicosia’s house on Tuesday April 10th.  Our selected book was the best seller The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn.  It was a whodunit with twists and suspense.  It is an easy read—some even found themselves getting up early on a Sunday morning to find out the ending.  Besides dealing with a murder a la Hitchcock “Rear Window,” the book dealt with grief and agoraphobia.  One member thought the book read like a screenplay and in fact the book has been optioned to become a movie.  This is the author’s first book although he is an accomplished book editor.  We voted the book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The group has expanded to a perfect size of seven or eight.  We now plan to meet every five weeks—two months is too long to wait.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday May 15th at 3 pm at Nora’s house on Spinnaker.  The book selected is Before We Were Yourby Lisa Wingate.  This book received a high rating on Amazon by over 6,141 readers.

We have also selected Mary Coin: A Novel by Marisa Silver for June in case you want to read along with us.

If you have any questions about the group, please contact Nora Nicosia at noranic@ca.rr.com or Clarissa Cervantes at cissapaz@hotmail.com.

Emergency Preparedness Event – April 21, 2018 – 10AM

STAYING SAFE IN THE SILVER STRAND
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 – 10AM

JOIN US FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT
(Hosted by the SSHOA EP Committee and Sandy Gooch)

PRESENTER: NICK HIPPISLEY-COXE, AMERICAN RED CROSS VOLUNTEER will discuss:

  • Emergency Preparedness Planning for home, family and travel – “What you will need”
  • The Basics of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – Simple Demonstration

DATE: Saturday April 21, 2018
TIME : 10-11:30AM
LOCATION: 116 Lighthouse Mall

PLEASE RSVP with Richard Cervantes, rccbeth@aol.com or Sandy Gooch, sandy@sandygooch.com

March 23, 2018 – Groundbreaking for the New Via Dolce Park

Groundbreaking for the New Via Dolce Park – March 23, 2018

Under dark skies that quickly turned to sunny blue, Councilman Mike Bonin along with officials from the city and our Board members Eric Beane and Fred Karlsen, shoveled soggy dirt into the air to mark the next moment in the creation of a children’s park adjoining our neighborhood.

The park has been discussed and planned for the last four years and has achieved its success through the determined involvement of Eric Beane, Bill Boyd and Fred Karlsen. Our neighborhood and our government worked together for the enjoyment of our community for years to come.

The park will be planted with native plants and flowers, and a wonderful playground structure to tempt our children and grandchildren.

The next ceremony is expected in late July for the grand opening. Enjoy watching the park grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via Dolce Park Groundbreaking Ceremony – March 23, 2018 at 8:30am

Hi Neighbors,

Please join Councilmember Mike Bonin for a ceremony to break ground on the City of Los Angeles’ newest park!

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Via Dolce Park
3507 Via Dolce, Venice, CA 90291
Friday, March 23, 2018
8:30 am – 9:00 am

*Limited street parking available – alternative transportation encouraged

This 6,300 square foot vacant lot will be given new life as a beautiful neighborhood park. It will include native vegetation landscaping, a children’s play area, exercise equipment, a picnic area, bike rack, and more!

It is not every day that you get to welcome a brand new park to Los Angeles so we hope that you might join us and see for yourself the exciting improvements to come!

Regards,

Taylor Bazley
Field Deputy – Venice, OFW, Silver Strand, Marina Peninsula
Councilmember Mike Bonin
City of Los Angeles
310-575-8461 | www.11thdistrict.com

L.A. City Council to impose new fines in crackdown on ‘party houses’

L.A. City Council to impose new fines in crackdown on ‘party houses’
FEB 21, 2018 | 5:50 PM

The Los Angeles City Council approved a measure Wednesday that seeks to crack down on so-called party houses by imposing new fines on both event hosts and homeowners.

The ordinance targets residences in the Hollywood Hills and other hillside neighborhoods that have become semi-commercial venues with valet parking, red carpets and security guards.

Critics say that homeowners and property managers rent out the residences to hosts who throw lavish bashes with booze and loud music, drawing hundreds of revelers.

The new law, first proposed by Councilman David Ryu in 2016, expands the definition of “loud and unruly conduct” to include loud noises, obstruction of a street or public right-of-way, public intoxication and more.

Violators face fines of up to $8,000 and must post public notices notifying neighbors of their unlawful conduct.

“Let me be clear about what we’re talking about here, these are not barbecues or family gatherings,” Ryu said at Wednesday’s council hearing. “These are large events, flier parties, often with a cover charge that bring hundreds of people.”

Amid the growth in the short-term rental business, the parties have gotten worse, critics say. Neighbors complain about the booming noise from the parties and say buses and cars block the narrow hillside roads, posing a safety risk.

Several neighborhood councils that represent hillside areas supported the new law.

Anastasia Mann, president of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, said in a statement provided by Ryu’s office that the ordinance would provide “great relief” to residents who have endured the unruly parties.

Since September, Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer has filed misdemeanor charges against several homeowners and property managers at residences where loud events are alleged to have been held.

Article available at http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-party-house-law-20180221-story.html

Source: Dakota Smith, LA Times, February, 22, 2018
Submitted by Nora Nicosia

Next “Books in the Afternoon” meeting is Tuesday, April 10 at 2pm

The second Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon” Book Club met at Nora Nicosia’s house on Tuesday, March 6th.

Our book was the best seller Beartown by Fredrik Backman.
We all loved the book and had a great discussion. The book was very well written with cliffhangers and twists and extensive character development.

It handled topics such as community, hopes, courage, secrets, treatment of immigrants and gays, and victims of rape. The central story was handling young athletes as seen in an ice hockey club for teenagers in a small town.

Our discussion was lively and extended to current events. We voted the book at 4.5 out of 5.

We also critiqued the Oscars…

We still plan to meet every other month and keep it causal. We would enjoy a few more members. Our next “Books in the Afternoon” meeting will be Tuesday, April 10th at 2 pm at Nora’s house on Spinnaker. We hope you can make it.

The book selected is The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn.
This is the author’s debut novel and was an immediate New York Times bestseller. We were intrigued by the description as “Hitchcockian thriller.” It’s about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house. 

If you are interested in joining, please contact Nora Nicosia at noranic@ca.rr.com or Clarissa Cervantes at cissapaz@hotmail.com.