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August 21, 2013
Los Angeles City Planning Commission
Los Angeles City Planning Department
200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2601
Re: Support of LAX Sign District
Dear Honorable Commissioners:
On behalf of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, which represents nearly 550 businesses in the areas of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Del Rey and areas surrounding LAX, I am writing today to express our support of the LAX Sign district.
LAX is a vital economic hub for our region. As the sixth busiest airport in the world and the third busiest in the United States, it is important that LAX operate as a state-of-the-art, world-class airport. We must be able to compete with other airports across the country and throughout the world to attract visitors and offer the amenities that will encourage domestic and international travel into LAX for business and leisure.
The proposed LAX Sign District identifies the uniqueness of LAX as a regional economic engine, an international gateway to the Pacific Rim, and an important public amenity. The Sign District would encourage creative, well-designed signs that positively contribute to LAX’s visual environment, and help maintain an image of area.
Furthermore, this ordinance is within the boundaries of LAX and will not impact the community with outward signage. For these reasons the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce supports the LAX Sign District.
Christina V. Davis
August 15, 2013
Supervisor Don Knabe
822 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Re: Support For Renovation of Villa Del Mar Apartments in Marina del Rey
Dear Supervisor Knabe:
On behalf of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, which represents nearly 550 businesses and thousands of employees in the areas of Marina del Rey, Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and areas surrounding LAX, we strongly support the remodel of Villa Del Mar Apartments located at 13999 Marquesas Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.
As a Chamber we have adopted several pillars by which we determine what kind of projects the Chamber will support. The Marina del Rey pillar states that, “The Chamber supports reasonable redevelopment of unincorporated Marina del Rey that is articulated by the certified Local Coastal Program, which establishes the appropriate mix of recreational boating facilities, residential units, visitor-serving facilities, office and commercial space, and open space. The Chamber supports redevelopment projects that serve to revitalize Marina del Rey according to the vision and standards of the certified LCP. The Chamber recognizes that Marina del Rey, which requires a mix of new and renovated improvements, is a vital tourist destination as well as recreational resource for the citizens of Los Angeles County.”
This site is due for a facelift. The lessees of this property have been good neighbors to the community and responsible landlords, addressing the needs of their residents. The new fixtures, green facades, landscaping, rehab, upgrade and development of the new waterside promenade will make wonderful additions to the Marina. These projects are necessary in taking our community to the next step and making a better Marina del Rey.
It is time that the crown jewel of the County of Los Angeles receive these much need improvements. For these reasons and more, the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes this project and requests your support of the remodel of Villa del Mar Apartments.
August 9, 2013
Capt. Jon Peters
LAPD Pacific Division
12312 Culver Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Re: Upswing in Property Crime in Playa del Rey
Dear Captain Peters:
On behalf of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, which represents nearly 550 businesses in the areas of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Del Rey and areas surrounding LAX, we strongly urge the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division to increase the patrol presence in the aforementioned areas, preferably through redeployment of officers to areas negatively impacted by crime. In addition, the Chamber would like to obtain data regarding the patrol presence in our service areas annually, for the last ten years.
On May 26, 2013, the Los Angeles Times writer Ben Welsh reported a steep rise in property crime in the neighborhood of Playa del Rey. A recorded seven property crimes during the week of May 26, 2013 took place compared to Playa’s weekly average of 3.5 over the preceding three months. With such a steep increase in property crime, the Chamber believes redeployment of officers to this region would help curb this rise in crime by making this region less appealing to criminals.
In addition to increasing officer presence in the neighborhood of Playa del Rey, the Chamber would like to obtain data regarding officer presence in the following zip codes: 90045, 90066, 90292, 90293, 90094. This information will help us to understand the association of crime rates in relation to officer presence historically and today.
On behalf of all of our business members, I would like to commend you on the hard work you do to keep Angelinos safe. It is largely thanks to hardworking men and women in uniform that Los Angeles will continue growing economically, as well as remain a destination for business creation.
Christina V. Davis
On behalf of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, which represents nearly 550 businesses in the areas of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey and areas surrounding LAX, we strongly support Senate Bill 500. This bill would allow businesses income and corporation tax credits for research and development, which will provide a much needed boost for many industries.
The Chamber believes SB 500 will incentivize and promote research by institutes of higher education and privately funded research institutes. As stated in SB 500, this bill would increase the credit for increasing research expenses to 20% of the excess of the qualified research expenses. The Chamber believes this is a much needed incentive that will inevitably draw more research institutions to move into California as well as stay in California. SB 500 will also provide complete conformity to the alternative incremental credit provided under federal income tax laws, which the Chamber believes will help ensure that SB 500 is effective and streamlined.
According to the National Science Foundation, California is number one in the country for the spending on health research, and it is through legislation such as SB 500 that we can hold on to that number one rank. The National Institutes of Health contribute more than $3 billion per year to the state economy through biomedical research facilities. This supports an industry that provides 267,000 California jobs with an average annual wage of more than $71,000 according to the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.*
On behalf of all of our business members, I would like to commend you on your efforts to promote commerce in California. It is thanks to bills such as this that California will continue to grow economically, as well as remain a destination for business creation.
Official remarks of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce to the Board of Airport Commissioners on January 31:
The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce supports Alternate 1 and 9, which we find to be the least intrusive alternative that still satisfies the need for improved airfield operations, safety and FAA compliance.
Essentially, there were 3 choices that could have been made by our organization: 1) Oppose the Airport 2) Support Full Movement or 3) Compromise.
Opposing the project gets our community nothing and is frankly is an unrealistic option for the future of LAX and the political climate of our city. Just saying “no” leaves no room for negotiation and allows the courts to settle the outcome of our area’s future.
Supporting the full movement of the north airfield at 350 feet would not only damage the business district but it would have a devastating impact on the community. We feel that quality of life is vital to a healthy community.
Compromise - We are gaining more through compromise of the airport than rejection of the project. These benefits would include the extension of the Green line into the airport, Consolidated Rental Car Facility and possible mitigation dollars for the entrances into LAX. The compromise reached by the Chamber ensures that the runway will be at least 140 feet further away from Westchester/Playa del Rey homes.
The LAX Coastal Area Chamber is unique in that our leadership has not only works in the area, but 17 of our 28 board members also live in our Chamber’s footprint.
We recognize the challenges encountered in managing a world-class airport and understand LAWA’s need to modernize the airport and improve the passenger experience, accommodate the new breed of aircraft and enhance the airport’s operational needs.
Our involvement with the airport early on helped encourage LAWA to select as its preferred alternative one with fewer impacts than the one the FAAmand many other groups have been advocating.
We see the connection of the Green Line to LAX as very important to our community and we believe it is unrealistic to believe that policy makers are prepared to tell the FAA and other political forces that there should be no move of the runway at all.
Measured against the prospect of 350 or more feet of movement which would meet all FAA Requirements, 260 feet meets FAA Requirements for all but a very limited set of foul weather conditions.
We are thankful LAWA staff for their work with the community despite the push by many strong, reputable advocates and airport commissioners to move the runway the full amount requested by the FAA.
We look forward to continuing to work with Gina Marie Lindsay and the Board of Airport Commissioners to help outline and prioritize the details of the projects mitigation dollars as we move the process forward.
The 11th City Council District of Los Angeles is a unified, quaint district with natural and sensible boundaries. It makes no sense to divide its communities, ripping apart neighborhoods, and destroying the strong partnerships shared by the Westside and coastal communities. Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, and LAX are linked geographically and communally, sharing a neighborhood council, a community plan area, and our Chamber of Commerce. We need to keep the 11th District whole and intact!
Please sign the attached letter and send it to the Redistricting Commission to keep our community whole!
Please see the attached letter or support for an increase in CA Film Commission Tax Credits for Commercials filmed in CA. Save jobs and keep the entertainment industry HERE.
Attached is a letter of support for the permanent extension of the Business Tax Holiday for new businesses locating to the City of Los Angeles.
Please see the attached letter or support for improvements to the Oxford Retention Basin in Marina del Rey. Feel free to copy said letter and send it to our local officials. The voices (or letters) of many are stronger than the voice of one.