Board Minutes June 2016

There is an issue that the valets from Leona’s are running across Washington, which is dangerous.  It was suggested that they wear reflective vests for their safety.
Per Debbie Dyner Harris,  Via Dolce Park from Driftwood to the Channel is an empty lot.   Residents say that the bridge will be built there, but the Via Dolce people don’t want it. On June 29th at 2:30PM a Public Hearing will be scheduled in Westchester.
Debbie Dyner Harris had an issue .  The RFP was not sent out but it is almost completed by General Services.
We should send a letter to Mike Bonin explaining the desires and problems.  A petition from the Peninsula will go a long way. We could go door to door.   One person should explain the situation and Ric will talk about it  How many signatures do we need?  Ric has an attorney .
The residents attorney for MPCC is Larry Jones   Clark Mc Cutchen has worked with VNCC.
We could look at a Class Action Lawsuit and we could join with VNC.
The Community Garden is not used by VNC.
Ric was kicked out of the Garden and his attorney stopped it. His check was never cashed.
Mary Disney said it was $1,500.00 for doggie bags.  It was suggested that we try to get a donation from Centinella Dog and Feed.
Steve will look into a Data Base.

Board Minutes March, April & May 2016

Minutes from May 9th, 2016:

Convened at 7:04pm at Creative Chakra…present were Steve Schroeder, President, Sandie West, Vice President, Alaric Valentin, Ric Underwood, Treasurer and Brittney Rae, Concierge for WSBIG

Brittney gave a briefing on the creation and history of WSBIG (Washington Square Business Improvement Group)…she went on to explain WSBIG’s accomplishments, current projects and future plans.  Included in this briefing, she mentioned that WSBIG has elected a board and established four main committees (Parking, Safety, Street Improvements and Community Events).  The purpose of this meeting is for WSBIG & MPCC to work on projects together in the future.

The Parking committee has an upcoming meeting on May 20th.  They have been working closely with the county to try and resolve issues in the Washington square beach parking lot.  They would like to install a ‘counter’ at the entrance of the lot which notifies consumers how many spaces are available…also they would like to eliminate the need for the manned station and only use the paid meters.  The Safety committee has been working closely with the LAPD and Captain Alberca…the local restaurants like the Whaler, Hinano, Cow’s End, C&O and others all offer the police ‘incentive’ discounts or free meals depending on if they are in uniform or not, and patrol the area more for doing so.  They are still trying to work out plans to get them to have a greater presence after 8pm.  Alaric mentioned the idea of starting a substation for the police down here the beach lot.

The Street Improvements committee has begun cleanup projects of local neighboring streets such as Strongs drive from Washington to Driftwood.  Their concentration area is from the beach down to Leona restaurant area.  This committee would concentrate on gentrification and maintenance/cleanups.

The Community Events committee is planning a Chili Cook-off, Summer Movies at the Venice pier, Surf and Skate days, and a possible farmers market in the beach lot.  Brittney also mentioned that Mike Bonin’s office has officially endorsed the WSBIG and the city will be placing WSBIG signs in the geographic area of the organization on Washington Blvd.

Brittney is to forward us the quotes the WSBIG received for the private security detail they initially inquired about.  The MPCC can use these quotes to inquire about possible private security details for the peninsula.  WSBIG board meetings are held monthly, and committee meetings are held quarterly.  The MPCC expressed its interest in working with WSBIG’s committee’s and attending these quarterly meetings.  Brittney is to make a formal request at their next board meeting to approve this request.

Convened at 7:04pm at Creative Chakra…present were Steve Schroeder, President, Sandie West, Vice President, Alaric Valentin, Ric Underwood, Treasurer and Brittney Rae, Concierge for WSBIG


Venice Media District Mixer for Film, TV & Tech Communities @Silicon Beach


Venice Media District Mixer for Film, TV & Tech Communities @Silicon Beach


Join us: This Tuesday March 15th 6:30pm @ The Canal Club for The Venice Media District Mixer.
The Venice Media District @ Silicon Beach is here to serve the Creative Communities of Film, TV & Tech, and we look forward to connecting with you!

The Canal Club is a local staple and a celebration of Venice creativity through food and design, featuring Frank Gehry’s wondrous interior and Chef Nicholas Hale’s inspired interpretations of Southeast Asian and Latin Cuisines with an emphasis on sustainable and local ingredients.

DRINK: 5-12pm
HAPPY HOUR 5-7pm, Daily

Bento Box Specials – Wednesday nights
Chef Hale’s sushi and wood grill selections pair well:
Featuring some of today’s most exciting young winemakers
Hand-picked local craft beers
Large selection of craft spirits makes for exciting flaming volcano bowls and signature margaritas
Connect with The Canal Club’s beach locale and vibe!

Special Thanks to local owners James Evans & Daniel Samakow

Co Chairs VMD – Sandie West & Elysa Voshell

Venice Media District is a committee of The Venice Chamber of Commerce

Installation of New Board Members 2016

At the MPCC Election held this January 29th, the incoming Elected Board Members for 2016 are:

Treasurer – Ric Underwood

2nd Vice President – Alaric Valentin

Secretary – Carol Feuer

1st Vice President – Sandie West

President – Steve Schroeder

We look forward to serving our wonderful community.  There was over 80 people who attended and it was a very solution oriented meeting.  Here is a video of the Open Forum at the meeting Jan 29th 2016.  Please check back often.

Special thanks to The Terrace & Cows End for supplying light refreshments

& CA assembly Autumn Burke &
CA Senate Fernando Morales of Ben Allens’ office
This is a great time to come down and meet your representatives in the peninsula.
You are invited:
The list on the evite has been hidden for confidentiality purposes
7pm Elections & Meet the Board Candidates & Speaker sign up & Donations accepted gratefully at the door.
Please note that it is not necessary to pay donation in order to vote
7-7:30pm Voting & mingle with your neighbors/candidates & speakers, enjoy light refreshments
7:40pm Fernanado Morales office of Ben Allen (
7:43pm Debbie Dyner Harris – Mike Bonins’ district director
7:47pm Clabe Hartley of The Cows End with update on WSBIG – Washington Square Improvement District
7:52pm Marc Saltzberg  Venice Neighborhood Council
7:56pm Marcia Hanscom -Wetlands Sat County Meeting open spaces/parks
7:59pm Community Speakers – LAPD/CITY & more
– Saturday County Meeting – Parks in MDR
– Venice Auxiliary Pumping Plant project on Hurricane – 2nd proposed project
– Special Olympics
– Coastal Commission – Hotel & Wetlands – Zach SNR Staffer-permits on wetlands
Whomever signed up to talk about various topics in regards to our neighborhood
(time limit 3 mins approx so we can keep everything running smoothly)
8:108:15pm Open Forum in response to Speakers, the community, our environment, sustainability etc.  We will be soliciting feedback directly from you & constructive advise from you on any and all concerns that helps maintain the quality of life in The Marina Peninsula.  If you have  a desire to lead a committee, please let that be known.
******Absentee ballots can be mailed in to the corporate office address:
Marina Peninsula Community Council 
3401 Pacific Ave, 2B, Marina Del Rey CA 90292
***Please show a form of identification such as a copy of drivers license or utility bill with your name and address.
(sorry our online voting system did not complete in time for these elections)
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Best wishes, always MPCC Board Members

MPCC Board of Directors
Larry Layne, Sandie West, Steve Schroeder, John Weston, Carole Feuer

Board Election Statements 2016

Sandie West

Sandie West MPCC

I have been a resident and business owner on the marina peninsula since 1994. I opened Creative Chakra Spa in 2003, which is the oldest and longest established spa in the community.  Since 2006, I have been serving our community as a board member of the Marina Peninsula Neighborhood Association (2006-2013) and currently as a founding member and board member of the Marina Peninsula Community Council.  I also serve on the board of directors of the Venice Chamber of Commerce and on a variety of other community organizations whose purpose is to enhance the community both culturally and economically.

In addition to serving the Marina Peninsula Community, I am also an accomplished member of Hollywood’s media and entertainment industry; a voting member of both BAFTA and SAG/AFTRA as well as co-producer of the Marina del Rey Film Festival and the owner of Beach Dancer Films.  I also co-chair, The Venice Media District, a committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce which allows our community to align with various media and press organizations with getting Marina Peninsula issues covered in print or other media.

My goal is to preserve our unique neighborhood and environment and create some historic landmarks to create sustainable development. Drawing attention to community, business and media to highlight our unique community to represent us with various government officials.

My existing work with on the Board of the Venice Chamber of Commerce has enhanced the community’s interest in the neighborhood as monthly board meetings are regularly attended by the LAPD as well as visits from representatives of the California State Senate and Assembly, LA City officials as well as attracting some great community leaders. MPCC business is one of my favorite things to do as I collaborate with my friends & business associates in the community in solving issues to enhance our quality of life. Please vote for me so I can continue to work and implement the vision we have created for MPCC and our community. I love serving my community.

Carole Chivezer


I have been a resident of Marina  Del Rey for over  19  years and my husband has been a resident of this community for 35 years.  I moved to Los Angeles in 1965 after graduating from George Washington University, and was hired by LAUSD to teach  English at Mark Twain Junior School in Venice. I eventually began a new career working in the music industry for a few years and then entered Law School. When  I graduated,  I became a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office from 1983 to 2007. I have been involved with the Marina Peninsula Community Council for the past two years and would like to continue working with MPCC.

 Steve Schroeder


Steve Schroeder was born and raised in Glen Ridge, NJ.  He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Financial Management.   Steve has lived in Los Angeles for 21 years and has been a successful film and tv actor and professional location scout in the commercial industry.  He has lived on Catamaran Street for 16 years and been involved with the MPCC for 5 years as a board member.

Steve headed up the ‘Doggie Bag’ dispenser project which was successfully launched 2 years ago on the peninsula.   He has been instrumental in helping to launch the Washington Square Business Improvement Group (WSBIG) and has maintained a close working relationship with the organization.  His vision for the MPCC is to grow into a autonomous, fully functioning well oiled machine similar to the Venice Neighborhood Council, which is officially recognized and works closely with the city government of LA and Councilman Mike Bonin’s office.  The MPCC will be the governing organization that Marina Peninsula residents and business owners will turn to in their time of need.

His diversity and intelligence makes him a leader in the community of Marina Del Rey, and the Los Angeles area.  He will be a strong asset to the Marina Peninsula Community Council continuing as a board member, and to the future of its’ development and importance to the people he will serve.

Richard Underwood

Rick Underwood

I have lived in the neighborhood for 25 years and, like the rest of us, have seen the Peninsula grow and change each and every year. As a resident, I’m interested in what all of us on the Peninsula are concerned with…quality of life.

While serving as President of Eastwind Gardens, the only community garden and green space on the Peninsula, I was able to take an ineffective organization and bring life back to the garden where there was once infighting, favoritism and the lack of caring, not only for the garden but for its membership. I did this by showing neighbors of the garden and the members that I was a fair and caring President. I could be counted on to treat all individual gardeners as equals and offer a helpful hand when necessary. The needs of the garden came before the needs of any one individual – when the garden as a whole was happy so, too, were its members. For ten (10) years the garden was a tranquil, inviting place.

I’ve worked in hospitality almost all my life. For those of you who have had a similar experience, you can appreciate what it takes to deal with 50+ employees, all with differing requirements. Additionally, I have experience with restaurant start-ups, negotiating with purveyors, lease owners and contractors, as well as working with the City, Health Department and Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), to provide necessary paperwork with the objective of turning an empty space into a full service restaurant.

As a board member of the MPCC, I will work diligently on important issues affecting the entire peninsula while treating all residents equally and respectfully as I interact with LA City officials, the Venice Neighborhood Council and local businesses to accomplish our combined concerns. My intention is not to hold positions with as many different local organizations, but rather to focus on the MPCC and Peninsula residents. I believe the combined energy and efforts of the MPCC’s Board and its members can be, over time, a powerful and influential community force.

Alaric Valentin

As a 30-year resident of the Venice and the Peninsula I feel uniquely qualified to serve on the MPCC Board.  Our community is changing and we need to manage that change. Public Safety and Infastruture concerns must be addressed with a clear and effective voice.

My experience as a small business owner, and volunteer with veterans health groups, has taught me how to identify problems and implement solutions. I love my neighborhood and want to be part of a team that expands the quality of our lives. I ask for you vote.


MPCC joint holiday mixer with Venice Media District @ Venice Art Crawl

 Happy Holidays!
Join us for The Marina Peninsula Community Council & Venice Media District at Venice Art Crawl Holiday Mixer
This Thursday, Dec 17th 6-10pm
This event is a joint mixer with the Venice Art Crawl & Venice Media District , and is a fun way to connect with and meet members of our creative community.
Starting at Creative Chakra Spa in the peninsula on Catamaran & Pacific
 3401 Pacific Av, 2A & 2B, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292.

The Venice Media District _ Silicon Beach is here to serve the Creative Communities of Film_ TV _ Tech

Beverages and holiday treats will be served, while guests have a chance to view owner Sandie West’s art and Stephanie Cate’s art while meeting other members of our community.

After having a drink and a cookie at Creative Chakra, be sure you check out the many different local artists displaying their work from
Washington Square to Abbot Kinney.The Venice Boardwalk App is the Official Map App of the event, and you can download it for free at this link.  You can see all your favorite local businesses and the art event of the evening:

The Venice Boardwalk App is available for iPhones and Androids, and this Thursday will be 100% Venice Art & Media… So be sure you get
this on your smart phone today!
Serving the communities of Film, TV & Tech
The Los Angeles City Council recognizes the Venice Media District (VMD) as one of the world’s most creative hubs for film, television, and technology.
Now in its’ fifth year and its’ goal is to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically and currently makes Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.

MPCC Elections Jan 29th 7pm @ Magnet School

On Jan 29th at 7pm at the Westside Magnet School in Marina Del Rey, the MPCC will hold an official election for a NEW Board of Directors.  The election will be the only order of business that night.  Within thirty days of the General Council meeting when the elections are held, a Board Meeting will be held at which time the newly elected Board will elect the Officers of the Council.  Officer positions which will be voted on and appointed by the new Board are President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.  This will comprise what will be the new MPCC Board of Directors and those elected will take office in January/February 2016.  All dues paying members are eligible to vote which is only $25 per person.

Anyone interested in running for an officer position should contact members of the election / nominating committee, Cindy Stern at , Steve Schroeder at and/or Sandie West at  Candidates can be nominated by peers or simply declare on his or her own.  Candidates will be vetted by the committee per the current MPCC charter to verify he or she is qualified and eligible to run and hold a position as an officer in the MPCC.  The cutoff date for any nominations or declaring candidacy will be Weds, Dec. 10th, 2015.  A candidate will win a Board position by having the most number of tallied votes combined from the absentee email votes  and the ‘in person’ election day votes on Jan 29th.  The newly elected MPCC Board of Directors will be announced via email and on the MPCC website, once the votes are tallied, verified and substantiated.  The newly elected MPCC Board of Directors will strictly adhere to and follow the established and approved MPCC by-laws (charter) from their assumption of duties in office from that point forward.

Per the MPCC charter, here is who may be eligible to run for an officer position:
All residents (“Residents”) 18 years of age and older living within the Neighborhood and owners of businesses (“Owners”) located within the Neighborhood are eligible to become members upon payment of annual dues.  The Board of Directors shall determine the amount of dues per dwelling and/or business annually.  A Resident or Owner is a member if his/her dues are current.  Active members shall provide an email address which will be utilized to contact them and for them to cast votes for elections and other Council matters.  The principal of Westside Global Awareness Magnet shall be an ex officio member of the Board (exempt from dues and not eligible to vote).

The Nominating Committee will be responsible for obtaining nominees’ permission to be placed on the slate.  Any dues-paying, adult member (over the age of 18) currently residing in the Neighborhood, or owning a business in the Neighborhood may be nominated. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a ballot listing the names and a brief statement by each of the qualified candidates.

A Council meeting will be held where candidates will be given an opportunity to make brief statements to the membership and answer questions.  At this meeting, any member who has paid his/her dues shall be qualified to vote.  Ballots will be made available to members attending the Council meeting.  A simple majority of votes cast by members who are present and those who have cast absentee ballots by email (and which were received by noon on the day before the election) shall determine any election.  The newly elected Board shall assume office at the following Board meeting, in February 2016.

The Board of Directors, hereinafter referred to as the “Board,” shall consist of at least five Directors.  Board Members shall not be compensated for their service.  The term of office for Directors shall be two years.

Positions and Duties:  The Officers of the Council shall be President, Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

President:  The President shall conduct meetings of the Council and the Board and represent the Council and coordinate its affairs.  The President shall coordinate all activities related to recruitment and support of Block Captains.

1st Vice-President:  The Vice-President shall discharge the duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President, or as requested by the President or the Board, and shall become President if the post becomes vacant for any reason.

2nd Vice-President: The 2nd Vice-President shall act as a liaison with the Neighborhood CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

Secretary:  The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all Board and Council meetings, maintain all Council records and assume other duties as delegated by the board.

Treasurer:  The Treasurer shall be responsible for all monies and properties of the Council.  He or she shall be responsible for receipt and disbursement of funds and the keeping of accounts.  All disbursements shall be made by checks signed by the Treasurer, President, or 1st Vice-President and subject to the prior approval of the Board, and all checks in excess of $500 must be signed by two officers, one of whom must be the President or 1st Vice-President.

All dues can be sent:
With checks made payable to Marina Peninsula Community Council
and sent to:
3401 Pacific Av
Marina Del Rey
CA 90292
paid online via paypal on our website
can be collected on the night of January 29th at the Election Meeting.
Good luck!Cindy Stern
MPCC election/nominating committee director

Steve Schroeder
MPCC board member and election/nominating committee member

Sandie West
MPCC board member and election/nominating committee member


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