Via Dolce Park Grand Opening – Saturday, Aug. 4 at 11am

Good news!
The Via Dolce Park along the Grand Canal is nearing completion and the last few elements should be brought to the park soon!

The new, 6000-square-foot park at 3507 Via Dolce is landscaped with native plants and features a playground and walkway. The Department of Recreation and Parks is planning a ribbon cutting event next Saturday, August 4th at 11am to open the park.

We hope you can all make it.

See you Saturday, August 4th at 11am at the new Via Dolce Park!

Important Meeting – Aug. 1st at 4:30pm – Development at Villa Marina Tule Wetlands

Important Meeting – Wednesday August 1st at 4:30pm
Development at Villa Marina Tule Wetlands

I wanted to make you aware of an important upcoming meeting next Wednesday, August 1 at 4:30pm to oppose the development of an auto dealer parking lot that will greatly effect Marina traffic, as well as become a huge billboard entering and exiting the Marina.
It’s the land right at Mindanao and the 90 freeway entrance.

We had a terrific meeting at the Del Rey Neighborhood Council last week who unanimously agreed to turn down the project and rescind their approval. However, lobbyists for Toyota have now really stepped up their fight.

The proposed project will really cause more traffic in this area with cars leaving on Mindanao, because the use for the parking lot, will make the cars exit and need to make an immediate left to get back to the lot. They will extract the trees and nature there, and also put up bright lighting with Toyota banner signage, so the pretty and relaxing view will be gone forever.

Next week Wednesday August 1st at 4:30 pm is the meeting that will decide the ultimate fate of this parcel of land. People that would oppose this must show up, as this will be an important decision affecting the community and area.

Wednesday – August 1st at 4:30 pm (7th agenda item on their list)

Henry Medina West L.A.
Parking Enforcement Facility
2nd Floor, Roll Call Room
11214 West Exposition Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA  90064

Councilman Mike Bonin is and has been supportive, so that is one good thing, but this is being decided next week. It might make sense to let the community know so people can turn out if they would like.

Submitted by Beth Holden-Garland

Reminder: Art Group Getty Villa Tour – Thursday, Aug 9, 10:30am

Art Group visits the Getty Villa – Thursday, August 9, 10:30am

There is still time to join your friends and neighbors on our tour of the Getty Villa, Thursday, August 9, 10:30am. Let us know as soon as possible so we can arrange for free parking.

The Villa galleries have been recently remodeled and the ancient art is stunning and interesting as you journey through art of the Neolithic and Bronze Age, to Classical Greek and Roman Age.

Depart from Silver Strand at 10:30am.

The day will begin with a short guided overview of the Getty architecture and gardens followed by lunch in the outdoor cafe, and ending with time to roam freely in the magnificent new galleries.
On this tour, there is NO COST (except your own lunch),
Parking and entrance are free to our group.
We will drive in carpools which means we need drivers

RSVP to any Silver Strand Art Group Chairpersons
Angela angeladurrant6@gmail.com
Clarissa cissapaz@hotmail.com
Nora noranic@ca.rr.com
Marilee mgkarlsen1@gmail.com

Art Group visits the Getty Villa – Thursday, August 9, 10:30am

A Summer Treat – The Silver Stand Art Group visits the Getty Villa

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Depart from Silver Strand at 10:30am

The Villa galleries have been recently remodeled and the ancient art is stunning and interesting as you journey through art of the Neolithic and Bronze Age, to Classical Greek and Roman Age

The day will begin with a short guided overview of the Getty architecture and gardens (led by Marilee Karlsen who has been a docent at the Villa for 7 years), followed by lunch in the outdoor cafe, and ending with time to roam freely in the magnificent new galleries.

On this tour, there is NO COST (except your own lunch.) Parking and entrance are free to our group.

We will drive in carpools which means we need drivers.
RSVP to any Silver Strand Art Group Chairperson:
Angela: angeladurrant6@gmail.com
Clarissa: cissapaz@hotmail.com
Nora: noranic@ca.rr.com
Marilee: mgkarlsen1@gmail.com

Board Meeting – Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm

The next SSMHOA regular Board Meeting will take place on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm sharp at 125 Privateer Mall.

All registered SSMHOA homeowners are welcome to attend. Homeowners can address questions and concerns to the Board during the Homeowners Forum which precedes reports on the regular agenda items and, if they wish, leave after they have spoken.

There will be reports from the Chairs of the Landscape, Security, Block Captain, Street, Emergency Preparedness, HOA Community Liaison, and Government Action Committees.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Next “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” – Tuesday, August 14th @ 3pm

The fifth Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” met at Nora Nicosia’s house on Tuesday June 19th at 3 pm.  Our selected book was The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.  The book is set in the 70’s and 80’s in San Francisco and 90’s in Los Angeles which provided some interesting backdrops.  The primary storyline starts in 2003 in a fictional women’s prison in the Central Valley.  The author did extensive research and had inside information from a former prisoner so the details and character profiles of the prison were fascinating.  It is based on the California prison in Chowchilla—the largest women’s prison in the world.  It reminded some of us of the TV series “Orange Is the New Black” with a secondary story line in a strip club.  The lead character was a young white woman serving two life sentences.  It dealt with prison themes such as separation from children, revenge, prison families, pecking order, transgender challenges, dirty cops, choices, and hopelessness.  One reviewer said “it puts you in a place you don’t want to be.”

The group already eliminated food and wine. We’re down to water only. No bread. And still they come. We did decide that we should save the next book, Mary Coin: A Novel by Marisa Silver, for another time. We don’t want another depressing book. So our next book will be The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman.

We’re also looking for a well written, entertaining, novel with a happy ending and hopefully a few laughs and a juicy romance. Please help us. Send any recommendations or questions about the group to Nora Nicosia at noranic@ca.rr.com or Clarissa Cervantes at cissapaz@hotmail.com.

Our next meeting will be delayed until Tuesday, August 14th at 3 pm at Nora’s house on Spinnaker. We’re delayed meeting again due to vacation schedules.

Book Name

Author Date Discussed Rating

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng 11/14/17

3.5

Beartown

Fredrik Backman 3/6/18

3.6

The Woman in the Window

AJ Finn 4/10/18

3.5

Before We Were Yours

Lisa Wingate 5/15/18

3.4

The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner

6/19/18

3.0

Next Thursday – Venice Local Coastal Program Drop-in Office Hours

Venice Local Coastal Program Drop-in Office Hours

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2-7pm

City Planners will be hosting Office Hours in Venice on Thursday, June 21!

We welcome you to drop by the Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library any time between 2:00PM-7:00PM on Thursday, June 21st, 2018. We’ll be on-site to help answer any questions and hear any comments you have about the Venice Local Coastal Program. Your participation is important to this process and we look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/y9zpeu4f

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2-7pm
Where: Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library
501 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90291
What: Venice Local Coastal Program Drop-in Office Hours

The Venice Local Coastal Program team looks forward to seeing you!

To learn more about the Local Coastal Program, please visit us at: www.VeniceLCP.org.

-Department of City Planning
City of Los Angeles

Community Open House – Bridge Home Effort: June 13, 6-8pm

Bridge Home Effort Community Open House

When: Wednesday, June 13, 6-8pm
Where: Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice.

The Community Open House will provide opportunities for you to offer your feedback and input.

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Dear Friends,

Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti and I proposed using the former LA Metro bus yard on Main Street in Venice as “bride housing” — temporary shelter for people who are homeless. It is part of the mayor’s “A Bridge Home” initiative, an effort to reduce sidewalks encampments by giving people a place to stay until we find them long-term housing.

If you can’t make it to the open house, or you can’t wait until June 13, we have also posted a “Frequently Asked Questions” page on our website, which is full of useful information about the project and process.

A Bridge Home is our opportunity to provide a humane alternative to encampments in our neighborhoods by moving people from sidewalks to temporary housing and then to long-term housing. We are eager for your input on this proposal, and we know that the talent, heart and vision of our neighborhoods can make this successful. Working together, we can move forward, do good and get this done.

Regards,

Council member Mike Bonin

Next “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” – June 19 at 3 pm

The fourth Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” met at Nora Nicosia’s house on Tuesday May 15th at a new time: 3 pm.  Our selected book was the best seller Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  The book is a historical novel with two timelines: 1939 and current day about an orphanage called the Tennessee Children’s Home Society (real name).  Although 80% of 6,550 Amazon readers rated the book 5 stars, our group found it to be too long and a bit confusing.  The book had a shallow lead character (Avery) and a cookie-cutter romance with the requisite single father and perfect child.  The child abuse scenes in the orphanage were unpleasant to read.  We rated it 3.4 on a scale of 5.

So why did we have such a great discussion for over an hour?  All of us researched the orphanage after finishing the book and coming to the meeting.  We were fascinated to learn about child trafficking at the home from 1924 – 1950.  They handled over 5,000 adoptions and as many as 500 children died at the facility.  A subtitle could have been “the woman who stole children from the poor to sell to the rich.”  The issues weren’t one-sided.  Were the children better off?  Did any of us experience adoption?  Did the organization help promote adoption on a national basis?  How did this continue for 26 years?  Which famous people arranged adoptions from this institution?  The book actually did an excellent job of making history very real.

The group continues to have seven or eight lively attendees.  We’ve dispensed with food and wine—we’re too busy talking.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday June 19th at 3 pm at Nora’s house on Spinnaker.   We delayed reading Mary Coin: A Novel by Marisa Silver since it has the same time period as the one we just finished.  We will be discussing The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner at the June meeting and saving Mary Coin for later.

 

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