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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.

Spring General Meeting

“A Creek Runs Through It” – Del Rey and the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project

When: Thursday, April 3, 2014 @ 7 p.m.

Where: Westside Neighborhood School, 5400 Beethoven Street, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Our speaker, Margot Griswold, Ph.D., is a restoration ecologist who has worked in Southern California for 24 years. She will give an overview of what is known about the alternatives being considered by the proponents of the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project. Then, she will present an alternative approach for the restoration.

We will also be electing our directors for 2014 – 2016.

March Board Meeting



DRRA March Board Meeting

When:  Monday, March 3, 2014    7PM – 9PM
Where:  The Venice Japanese Community Center, 12448 Braddock Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90066

The agenda includes an LAPD Pacific Division report on efforts to deal with the speeding problem along the “Inglewood Speedway” (Inglewood Blvd. from Jefferson to Allin), an update by C.D. 11 Del Rey Deputy Cecilia Castillo on planning issues and an FYI presentation on the Del Rey Neighborhood Council’s Elections on May 15, 2014. (Candidate registration opens March 4, 2014.)

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