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On February 12, 2015, the City of Los Angeles for the first time publicly issued a proposed interim control ordinance, prohibiting the issuance of building permits for home construction in our area for up to two years if certain restrictions are not followed. These restrictions include removing the 20% bonus density so that homeowners will only be able to build up to 50% of their lot size, as well as counting mandatory covered parking, detached accessory buildings, porches, patios, and breezeways as livable residential floor area. By way of example, construction of a house on a typical lot size of 6,250 square feet in our neighborhood would be limited to a maximum of 2,475 square feet of livable interior floor space given that garages and porches will count as habitable living space. What's equally disturbing is that there is no explanation as to why our neighborhood has tighter building restrictions than neighboring communities. While the buildable area in our neighborhood may be limited to 30% of the lot size, other neighborhoods can build up to 58% of their lot size. This differential treatment appears quite unfair and discriminatory. Moreover, this ordinance does not necessarily protect the aesthetics in our neighborhood. On the contrary, this proposed ordinance may encourage building box-like homes in order to maximize habitable square footage. There is no provision in the proposed ordinance which would limit the building of ultra-modern or other styles which some would find out of character for this neighborhood. In short, this ordinance will deflate our property values compared to our neighboring communities and lower property values mean less financial resources for our public schools and for other City services. Our community has not had a chance to vet, outreach, and consider reasonable alternatives to this ordinance and until such a dialogue occurs, this ordinance should not be passed. Accordingly, I strongly urge you to click on the…Continue
Nordstrom announced yesterday that after 30 years in the area, they are leaving their anchor location at the West Side Pavillion and moving to Westfield's Century City mall, which is nearly doubling its retail space in an $800 million dollar redevelopment effort.
"We are grateful for the nearly 30 years we've been able to serve customers in West Los Angeles in our current location but we believe we can offer customers a better shopping experience in a new store that will include our latest design concepts," said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom in a press release. "We're excited to join Westfield Century City, a truly exciting shopping and entertainment destination."
The move is expected to take place in 2017.
No word yet on what the Westside Pavillion will do but on his blog, Places Worth Caring About, planner and urbanist Patrick Prescott suggests that the Rancho Park corner location, a short walk from the soon-to-open Expo Westwood station, is ideal for a mixed use commercial-residential development. A development - or redevelopment - that he says could provide more housing in the area and open up the corner, eliminating what he calls, "the fortress-like appearance" of the mall.
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Hello to the Rancho Park Online Community
Per the request of your Facebook and website coordinator, I'm posting this outreach in hopes of gathering feedback from your neighborhood.
My name is Elizabeth Bogumil and I am a Master’s student in Sociology at California State University Northridge. As part of the requirements for my M.A. program and Thesis I am conducting research examining the relationships between community walkability, attachment to place, sense of community and quality of life. The CSUN IRB has approved this research project.
I would like to invite you to contribute to this research. Anyone over eighteen years old who is a resident of Los Angeles County is encouraged to participate in the survey. If you are able to share this survey with fellow fellow Rancho Park community members, Los Angeles community members, friends, colleagues or family members who may be interested in participating in the survey, it would be much appreciated.
Your responses are anonymous (unless you provide your email to receive a project update) and your participation and feedback about your community is much appreciated. Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at the email addresses noted below. I would love to share and discuss my research with any and all who are interested.
CSUN | Graduate Student
In what may be a first for a child-focused business, Rancho Park music school Toddle Tunes announced on Tuesday evening that unvaccinated children will no longer be permitted to attend classes, unless they have a medical reason for not being vaccinated. Calling the health and safety of students, infants and pregnant mothers their number one priority, the company posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
“While I respect the right of parents to make their own decisions, it is not appropriate to put others at risk because of those decisions," said Uslan, an associate professor of Infectious Diseases at UCLA Health and a Rancho Park resident. "Just as we may restrict peanut products from class to protect children with peanut allergies, it is similarly appropriate to only accept vaccinated students in class to protect those who cannot be vaccinated. I applaud Toddle Tunes’ decision and hope others follow suit."
On Facebook, parents chimed in as well. The announcement earned over 200 likes and a chorus supportive comments, numbering close to 40 at the time of writing this entry.
"Good for you for taking a bold and necessary stand to protect all children that are part of the Toddle Tunes community. A hearty bravo to you," stated one.
Toddle Tunes' popular music enrichment program offers parent-and-me…Continue
Celebrating 70 years of service, the West LA Chamber of Commerce has released their 2015 Business Directory and Community Guide.
It provides a nice explanation of the difference between the Westside, defined as 25 neighborhoods and independent cities including Culver City and Beverly Hills, and West LA, which is the 12 neighborhoods the Chamber represents. They are: Beverlywood, Brentwood/Brentwood Village, Cheviot Hills, Mar Vista, Westdale, Palms, Rancho Park, Sawtelle, Veterans Administration, Westside Village, West LA (proper), Westwood and Westwood Village.
The Directory has interviews with representatives from each of these 12 neighborhoods. And guess who was spotlighted for Rancho Park? Click here to see the full interview where I discuss the Expo Line and all things Rancho Park. And special thanks to the the great folks at the Pico Playhouse for letting us do the photo shoot there, just before curtain call no less.
Photo by Brandon Wise, brandonwisephotography.com
We are now open at 2234 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in between Pico & Olympic. We offer an array of original, sexy, finely wrought items, including tables, chairs, couches, beds, table and floor lamps, rugs, accessories and art. Most of our furnishings and decorative items are custom-made locally, though we also carry a number of vintage pieces – as well as some distinctive imports (none of which are assembled in sweatshops).
We are open weekdays from 11am-7pm & weekends from 11am-6pm.
For more info,visit our website!
Come get in the holiday spirit and show your support for the arts!
Save the date and spread the word. The Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet (YGSB) Winter Afternoon of Dance performance will be held Saturday, December 20th at the Smothers Theater at the gorgeous Pepperdine campus in Malibu. Performances will be held at 12:00p.m. and 4:00p.m. Get in the holiday spirit and come to see performances by the most talented ballet students in Los Angeles. Tickets are $20 in advance, children (under 12) and seniors (over 65) are $15 and the day of the event tickets are $25 at the door, children (under 12) and seniors (over 65) are $20. For tickets call (424) 500-2630.
Palms Park Rec Center is hosting a parent support workshop with child-rearing expert Karen Dudley tomorrow at 6:30 pm. Space is limited. See below for sign up details.
SEATS STILL OPEN!!
Parenting Workshops at
Palms Recreation Center
Parent Support Group, with Karen Dudley
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Do you need help providing your child with a successful transition experience? Curious to learning how to communicate with teachers in support of your child? Join Karen for another informative evening where the topics are chosen by you. Come with plenty of questions and Karen will happily share her over 30 years of knowledge and wisdom with you.
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