Friday, April 23, 2010

Odds and Ends 165

This post begins with good news and some unhappy news.
All looks almost ready for the opening of Asaka Grill next to the new Denny's on Western.
The unhappy news is that it appears work has ceased on both Pavich's Brick Oven Pizza and Amalfitano's Bakery. I will continue to hope for this blog to offer news about those two establishments opening sooner rather than later.
The city of Rancho Palos Verdes welcomes the Grand Opening of its fourth large food market tomorrow when the second Trader Joe's opens today.
Along with Western Avenue's own Trader Joe's, I hope you spend lots of money at Smart and Final on Western Avenue and sometime shop at Ralph's Fresh Faire on Hawthorne Blvd. if you are in that neck of the woods.
If you haven't yet attempted to enjoy a great salad at Saladish on Western in The Terraces Shopping Center, you might want to schedule a meal there on the moving fake half log hanging from the ceiling. Chasing salad items that are very tasty and in large portions for not that large of a price just may provide you with some fun during your dining and something to talk about to your friends and neighbors.
The left turn pocket on northbound Western Avenue at the southern end of The Terraces looks to be getting even more congested because of the placement of the driveways for Denny's and Asaka Grill.
During the afternoon drive time, which I feel lasts from a few minutes before the school day ends till at least 7:00 PM, drivers and their vehicles fill up that pocket to overflowing which backs up northbound Western at times at least as far as Park Western Drive.
Please be reminded that there may be starving drivers and/or passengers attempting to turn into the shopping center where there are several eateries or they are attempting to make a U-turn to get to Denny's and probably in the very near future, Asaka Grill.
Western Avenue is a State Highway and CalTrans is the authority which governs the route.
For the Rancho Palos Verdes residents who visit this blog, a little bunny told me that the folks at Marymount just might turn in signatures collected to place the initiative for The Marymount Plan, next week.
Filing of the signatures gathered next week is sooner than required and it sets up a decision the members of the City Council must make regarding the proposed measure.
Once at least 2,700 signatures are certified and the initiative is brought before the City Council, The City Council must vote to approve the exact wording of the proposed initiative becoming a new city ordinance thereby approving The Marymount Plan without a vote of the electorate OR they must call for the election. The Council has 30 days to act once the City Clerk certifies the initiative could qualify for a ballot.
The sooner Marymount receives certification of the signatures on the petitions, the better because the ballot measure would be part of the November 2 General Election and not a separate election within 180 days for the call for the election.
Having a separate election for the only item that would pertain to just the city of Rancho Palos Verdes would cost the city's General Fund, generated from taxpayer's more than just being a part of the General Election.
During the last meeting of the City Council the members were asked to create a series of questions that the city's Staff could use as part of a Staff Report that may or may not eventually come out regarding The Marymount Plan's initiative.
I have heard that Marymount is planning to place at least 5,000 signatures into the process for confirmation.

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