Confirmed victory

Save Mother's Beach is the voice of the Marina del Rey Community Boating Council, a coalition of recreational boating groups and individuals, all water sport enthusiasts. We are dedicated to preserving public access to Mother's Beach.

As one of the only sheltered beach environments in Los Angeles, Mother's Beach not only provides beachgoers with a protected ocean environment, but also provides recreational boaters with a safe and accessible beach to launch personal watercraft including among others kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowing shells, outrigger canoes, paddleboards, sailboards etc.

Currently, personal watercraft accessibility and launches are made easy by the loading zone and public parking, which are conveniently adjacent to the beach. This proximity and accessibility allows and encourages public enjoyment of ocean watersports. Accordingly, these characteristics define Mother's Beach as a unique community resource.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN THIS PETITION:

Unfortunately, current land use development proposals threaten future access to Mother's Beach. Current Los Angeles County department of Regional Planning proposals seek to limit public parking in Marina del Rey by converting seemingly-underused public parking lots into private development projects. Mother's Beach's parking lot is one such lots slated for "redevelopment."

Without the adjacent loading and parking areas, continued public access will be severely restricted. Accordingly, Marina del Rey Community Boating Council is committed to ensuring continued public access to this unique resource.

Join us to save Mother's Beach!

Letter to
LA County Board of Supervisors, 1st District Gloria Molina
LA County, Regional Planning, District Michael Tripp
LA County, Regional Planning, District 5, Vice Chair Pat Modugno
and 9 others
LA County, Regional Planning, District 4, Chair Wayne Rew
LA County, Regional Planning, District 3 Harold V. Helsley
LA County, Regional Planning, District 2 Leslie G. Bellamy
LA County, Regional Planning, District 1 Esther L. Valadez
LA County Board of Supervisors, 5th District Michael Antonovich
LA County Board of Supervisors, 4th District Don Knabe
LA County Board of Supervisors, 3rd District Zev Yaraslavsky
LA County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District Mark Ridley-Thomas
Director, LA County Beaches and Harbors Santos H. Kreiman
I am very concerned about the proposed LCP Amendment which includes the rezoning of parcel NR from public parking to commercial space at Mother's (aka Marina Beach) in Marina Del Rey.

As one of the only sheltered beach environments in Los Angeles, Mother's Beach not only provides beachgoers with a protected ocean environment, but also provides recreational boaters with a safe and accessible beach to launch personal watercraft including among others kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowing shells, outrigger canoes, paddleboards, sailboards etc.

Currently, personal watercraft accessibility and launches are made easy and safe by the loading zone and public parking, which are conveniently adjacent to the beach. This proximity and accessibility allows and encourages public enjoyment of ocean watersports. Accordingly, these characteristics define Mother's Beach as a unique community resource.

I believe the loss of parking will result in lack of access, and subsequently lack of use of this asset to Los Angeles residents. This will have repercussions and impact multiple user groups including families, kids programs, individuals, events, organizations and businesses that use Mother's Beach.

In closing, following are some key points to remind you of:

1. Marina Del Rey is predicated upon providing low cost recreational boating for the citizens of Los Angeles.
2. Public parking for recreational boating use is protected in the LCP.
3. Access to recreational boating is a priority use in the Coastal Plan.
4. Parking should account for current usage as well as future growth of recreational use.
5. NR is the primary lot for recreational boating usage in Mother's beach, and substituting parking in other lots 1/4 mile away on the other side of the beach, as proposed, is not an acceptable solution.
6. Analysis of the usage of Mother's beach is insufficient, and precludes a change of zoning of the irreplaceable parking in NR.
7. The County should focus on increasing access by making current parking more affordable, instead of looking to reduce parking.

Thank you for your consideration.