Development of the Playa del Rey community began in the late 1920s with the construction of the Del Rey Hills neighborhood. Today, the coastal community Playa del Rey is home to approximately 14,400 residents.  It is a walking community with its shops, restaurants, and beaches all in close proximity.  The most southerly section of the area contains the Hyperion Treatment Plant, which safely treats all the Los Angeles’ wastewater, and Dockweiler Beach, which is a popular attraction for surfers and beachgoers alike. With clean air, a beautiful coastline, and tight-knit community, Playa del Rey offers a small-town-feel in a large city.

Mike’s Work in Playa del Rey

LAX:  Modernization Yes, Expansion No!

  • Mike brokered a hugely important settlement between neighbors and Los Angeles World Airports that allows modernization at LAX to move forward – without moving the north runway closer to homes in Westchester!
  • Mike killed efforts to move the runways north, replacing the unpopular plan with neighborhood-supported initiatives to improve airfield safety.
  • Mike successfully pushed for a comprehensive ground transportation plan for LAX, including the creation of elevated tram around the airport, connecting with Metro rail, bus lines, and a new Consolidated Rental Car Center.
  • Mike pushed LAX to move forward with the relocation of remote airplane gates, which generate noise and pollution in Playa del Rey.

Public Safety

  • Mike successfully led the fight for redeployment of hundreds of LAPD officers to neighborhoods patrols — including dozens to Westside neighborhoods — so they can better protect neighborhoods and build relationships with communities.
  • Mike pushed for hiring more firefighters, and has delivered more than $60 million in additional LAFD resources for the Westside.
  • Mike secured a new Rescue Ambulance for nearby Fire Station 5.
  • Mike secured two new EMTs to decrease call response times in the neighborhood.
  • Mike secured funds to add LAFD nurse practitioners to the LAX area.
  • Mike convinced LAPD to add officers to the area on a beach detail during more crowded summer months.

Protecting the Environment

  • Mike is leading the work on the City Council to combat and prepare for climate change in order to better protect low-lying coastal areas from the rising sea level.
  • Mike held the Bureau of Sanitation accountable for the unacceptable release of debris and trash from Hyperion Treatment plant into Santa Monica Bay, and worked with the Bureau to improve safety measures to prevent a similar accident from happening in the future.
  • Mike has advocated for and helped accomplish major environmental milestones for the Westside, including the announcement that LA ratepayers would not be forced to pay to repower a fossil fuel power plant on the Westside.
  • Mike has advocated for increasing the use of recycled water in LA, and in 2019, Mike and Mayor Garcetti announced a plan to recycle 100% of the water in Los Angeles – meaning that no water will be released into Santa Monica Bay from the Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant in Playa del Rey.

Improving Transportation

  • Mike fought for and won a meaningful connection between LAX and Metro rail, which will take cars off the road of Playa del Rey as more people use the convenient alternative to driving to the airport.
  • Mike proposed the creation of a “transportation management organization” at LAX to explore alternative transit options to alleviate airport traffic congestion for nearby residents.
  • Mike worked with LADOT to install a series of speed humps and lighted crosswalks on Pershing and Culver Boulevard.
  • Mike worked with LADOT to install speed humps on Trolleyway S. to keep neighbors safe.  

Sensible Development

  • Mike stood with neighbors and opposed a high-profile development project at 138 Culver (Legado)
  • Mike demanded the Planning Department use the Del Rey Lagoon Specific Plan as a guide in evaluating the consistency of development projects in Playa Del Rey, helping stop oversized development projects from moving forward
  • Mike worked with neighbors and LAX to downsize the zoning for the 300 acre property just north of the airport, replacing what would have been massive, traffic-generating development with what will be passive park space, new athletic fields, a beautiful walkway to trails near the beach, neighborhood-serving retail, as well as some creative office space.
  • Mike vetoed the massive Paseo Marina development, which would have further choked traffic on Lincoln Boulevard.
  • Mike led the charge to place fees on development to pay for affordable housing, improved park space, and neighborhood transportation projects.
  • Mike secured funding and staffing for the Department of City Planning to launch an update of the community plan, allowing residents to have a greater voice in shaping modern land use, development and housing policies in the neighborhood.

Community Building

  • Mike sponsors community events, like the annual Jungle Cleanup and has led community-building outings like his “Hikes with Mike” in the Ballona Wetlands

Neighborhood Improvements

  • Mike worked with the Bureau of Street Services to quickly fix a destroyed sidewalk on Falmouth Avenue after heavy rains washed it away and created a safety hazard.
  • Mike worked with the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors and Supervisor Janice Hahn to push for berms (large sand hills) to be built on beaches to protect beach properties and sidewalks from flooding.
  • Mike partnered with the Bureau of Street Services to repave Imperial Highway from Aviation Boulevard to Vista Del Mar.
  • Mike is working with neighbors to improve Del Rey Lagoon Park and to restore the dock in Del Rey Lagoon.


For more information or if we can help, please contact:
Abby Austin, Field Deputy
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