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September Is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and the City’s Emergency Management Department is hosting free neighborhood preparedness workshops around the city.

Visit 5steps.la to register for a workshop, download a helpful toolkit, and to find out more about how you and your neighbors can be prepared for an emergency.

Centinela Avenue Streetscape Plan

Help make Centinela Avenue more inviting!

The Department of City Planning, City of Los Angeles, in partnership with community representatives from the Del Rey Neighborhood Council and Del Rey Residents Association, will be hosting an open forum on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 12 pm to 3 pm at the MOA Wellness Center (4533 S. Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066) to obtain community input regarding the Centinela Avenue Streetscape Plan. Those interested are welcome to drop by anytime between 12 pm and 3 pm.

Participants will take part in an interactive format where City staff will present a number of options to select key elements of the Centinela Avenue Streetscape Plan.  Input obtained from the meeting will be used to further refine the details of the streetscape plan.

The Centinela Avenue Streetscape Plan is being developed to establish a tool for the community and the City that can be referenced as a guide for future improvements along Centinela Avenue, one that is geared toward enhancing the pedestrian experience and bolstering local businesses. The segment of Centinela Avenue included in the streetscape plan will extend roughly from Jefferson Boulevard north to Washington Boulevard.

Design considerations include adding visibly identifiable crosswalk markings, sidewalk extensions (bulb-outs), along with additional crosswalks at key locations for improved pedestrian safety and overall walkability along the corridor. Other improvements to be considered include new pedestrian street lights to promote safety, providing continuous parkways or larger tree wells with groundcover to reduce storm water runoff, new District Gateway markers and public art installations to designate neighborhood entrances and create a cohesive neighborhood identity, and new sidewalk amenities like benches, trash receptacles, and bike racks to allow for improved walking and bicycling experiences.

May Board Meeting



DRRA’s monthly board meeting is on Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the Venice Japanese Community Center (12448 Braddock Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90066.)  

Among other topics, we will discuss the Centinela Streetscape Improvements that are being proposed by the City’s Planning Department – medians, trees, crosswalks.  The current plan focuses on the section between Washington Blvd. and Culver Blvd., but we would like to see it call for more changes in the section between Jefferson Blvd. and the 90 freeway.  Community input on this issue is more than welcomed.

“The Garden” Spring Fundraiser

Over a decade ago, Del Rey residents Charlotte DeMeo and Glenn & Lyndell Martin took an eyesore of an empty lot at the corner of Beatrice and Mesmer and transformed it into a lovely, serene pocket park.  They supply the sweat equity and green-thumb enthusiasm that keeps the garden verdant, but there are expenses involved and (as we all know) money does not grow on trees.  So…


At Mesmer and Beatrice
Saturday May 10, 2014
9:00 AM – 12 Noon

Baked goods and plants will be on sale, along with pleasant conversation and the garden in its spring glory.  If you would like to contribute either baked goods or plants to the event, you may drop them off at Charlotte DeMeo’s house at 11816 Juniette St.  (310-383-8287) the day before or the morning of the sale.  Checks can be made out to Charlotte DeMeo or Glenn Martin.

The Garden is a standout example of residents solving a problem by their own dedication, imagination and initiative.  It’s a project that deserves our support.

Plans for an Early Childhood Center on Beethoven

Westside Neighborhood School is seeking a conditional use permit for the addition of an Early Childhood Center to serve a maximum of 68 preschool aged children at 12901 Coral Tree Place.

To learn more about the plans, attend the meeting on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. with Brad Zacuto, head of Westside Neighborhood School, at 5401 Beethoven.

Then, you can walk across the street to our Spring General Meeting at 7 p.m. at 5400 Beethoven. The preschool is planned for the third corner of that intersection.

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