Motor Ave Improvement Association Newsletter August 2013
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Motor Ave: August 2013 
Hello Motor Community!
We hope you are having an enojoyable summer. It has been a very exciting month so far on Motor Ave. As many of you noticed our street received a lot of coverage last week over the traffic mitigations on Motor Ave and National Blvd.  Scroll down for links to articles and videos that can be found on our website. 

Again membership is always open, if you would like to be a member of the Motor Ave Improvement Association and receive exclusive discounts click here or scroll to the bottom for more information. You can join as a resident or business! 

We hope to see you over at the Motor Ave Farmers Market next month as we celebrate the Jewish High Holidays.

Here is the latest on Motor Ave... 

The Surplus Store: This Month's Featured Member 

The Surplus Store is located on the corner of Motor Ave and Venice Blvd. This business has been a great member of the community. Not only do they carry military and camping supplies, but they also have a great selection of back-to-school back packs and survival kits. 
Click here to see other products they offer. 

Recycle Your E-Waste! 

Don't throw away your electonics in the trash! Head over to Computech for an environmentally friendly disposal. 

In addition CompuTech is offering 10% off their services when you bring in old electronics to recycle.  

3272 Motor Ave Ste F
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Motor Ave Ticket Trap Story in the News! 

Traffic restrictions on Motor Ave and National Blvd have received recent attention from our local major news outlets. From the front page of the LA Times to FoxLA.  Read all the articles and see the videos here.

LA TIMES Front Page: Intersection in Palms produces lots of tickets — and angerLimits on turns during morning rush at a Palms intersection result in lots of traffic tickets — and unhappy drivers and merchants. Read the full article
NBC 4: Small Business Owners Say Palms Neighborhood 'Ticket Trap' is Costing Customers and Causing Traffic Advocates against turning restrictions on National Boulevard and Motor Avenue are calling upon city council members to oust the constraints. See the video. 


Full Closure of Motor Avenue for Bridge Falsework Installation
When: Monday, August 19, 2013 through Friday, August 30, 2013   
(Full street closure will occur approximately one week within the timeframe provided.)
Where: Construction will take place on Motor Avenue, just north of Irene Street
Work Hours:  9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday (Night Work Only)
To view the construction notice – please click here.

Full closure of Centinela Avenue for bridge deck framework removal
When:Thursday, August 22, 2013 and Friday, August 23, 2013
Where: Construction will take place on Centinela Avenue at the Expo ROW Crossing
Work Hours:9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. 
To view the construction notice – please click here.
Full Closure of Sawtelle Boulevard for Bridge Falsework Installation
When: Sunday, August 25, 2013 through Thursday, August 29, 2013   
Work Hours: 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday(Night Work Only)
Where: Construction will take place across Sawtelle Boulevard along the Expo ROW, just south of Pico Boulevard.
To view the construction notice – please click here.

Update: Turning Left on Venice Blvd onto Motor Ave 

The left turn lane on Venice Blvd onto Motor Ave is very tricky and dangerous. This intersection has seen numerous accidents which could have been avoided. For the past 2 years we have been advocating for a left turn signal to be installed by Caltrans. The project was approved and initially set for March of 2013, but due to design and lack of funding it was delayed.

We have been in communication with Caltrans trying to push for the light to be installed a.s.a.p. They confirmed with us that the project will go up to bid in January of 2014, with construction beginning as early as March 2014. 

Although we would have wished for this light to go up sooner to avoid any additional accidents, we understand the project had unexpected delays. We are relieved that there is finally a new timeline for the project.. 

A Loss for Motor Ave 

Our condolences go out to our own Fire Station 43 and the family of Captain Mario Martinez. Captain Martinez passed away last month and will be sorely missed by his friends and the Motor Ave/Palms community.  

Captain Martinez was a supporter of our work and was activley involved in our projects along Motor Ave. 
Come celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year,  and Sukkot, the harvest festival, at our market. We will be featuring many Jewish traditional foods and such as apples, honey, cakes, and fresh seasonal vegetables, and fruit. There will also be cards, lulov’s, etrog’s, shofar’s, and many other things customary to the Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot .This will be a fun day and a great time for families to celebrate at our market. 
The Motor Avenue Farmers' Market will launch a crowdfunding campaign on to help fund its expansion of the market by 44% and expand the Urban Garden Program, which features three school gardens and two community gardens.

These will be the first community gardens for our Motor Ave Community. Be excited with us! We will need your help with sharing the campaign with friends and neighbors once it launches. 

We will keep you posted once the campaign is live on the site. For now head over to the Market's Facebook page for updates. 

Have any events or news that pertain to Motor Ave and would like to see featured in the next newsletter? Email us at 
There are new membership opportunities that businesses, residents, and the overall community can benefit from! One of our newest benefits would be an MAIA Membership Discount Card! Members will receive a MAIA Membership Card for exclusive discounts and deals to dozens of participating restaurants and business along Motor Ave, Venice Blvd, and National Blvd.  Follow this link for a comprehensive list of benefits.

Membership will pay for itself in no time when you use your Membership Discount Card! 

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