January 28, 2020 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Westside Favorite Rip City Skate Pegged For Demolishment

Santa Monica skate shop looking for new location

By Sam Catanzaro

Rip City Skates opened its doors in 1978 in Santa Monica at the dawn of the modern skateboarding era. Now Los Angeles’ oldest continuously operated skate shop plans on relocating as the building’s owner is looking to demolish the Santa Monica Boulevard property.

Bill Poncher, who has co-owned Rip City since day one with his cousin Jim McDowell, says that their landlord plans on demolishing the building and that the store has between six and eight months to find a new location. According to Poncher, Rip City hopes to find a new storefront in the Santa Monica-Westside area.

Chage.org petition with over 5,000 signatures looks to save the shop by getting the City of Santa Monica to designate the property as a historical landmark.

“This store is more than just a skate shop, Jim [McDowell] and Bill [Poncher] have created an environment that has fostered the skate community of Santa Monica for over 40 years,”reads the petition. “It’s upsetting to our community that the city of Santa Monica would overlook it’s cultural relevance to the city itself. Its significance in skateboard history is well known and respected worldwide.”

Poncher, while touched by the community support, says that he is wary about getting too worked-up by the situation out of concern of antagonizing their landlord and forcing a rent increase.

“The community outpouring, I am so touched by it, but on the same hand I can’t get too emotional about it,” Poncher said. “That’s just how it is, so you just embrace it, I guess, and you move on.”

Disclosure: the author of this article has purchased two skateboards and various gear over the years from Rip City Skates.

Related Posts

Three More Retailers Announced for Culver Steps Development

January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

Beauty, coffee, ice cream retailers coming By Sam Catanzaro Three additional commercial tenants have been announced for The Culver Steps,...

Sweetgreens is opening a new location: Westside Local Show – January, 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Sweetgreens is opening a new location. * Roma...

Edify TV: Ferris Wheel Lights up for Kobe Bryant

January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

The Pacific Park Ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier turned purple and gold to honor Kobe Bryant, who passed away Sunday in a helicopter crash...

An Inside Look at New Culver City Restaurant, Piccalilli LA!

January 25, 2020

January 25, 2020

This restaurant opened up in the former Piology space, right across from the newly opened Amazon Studios and just a...

Local landmark transforming into hotel? Westside Local Show – January, 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

Westside Local Show – January, 23, 2020 – All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Local...

DUI Checkpoint on Westside This Weekend

January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

DUI and license checkpoint Thursday, Friday and Saturday night By Chad Winthrop A Los Angeles Police Department DUI checkpoint is...

Chinese Social Media Giant Opens Expanded Culver City Headquarters

January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

120,000 square-foot Bristol Parkway space has a new tenant By Sam Catanzaro One of the fastest-growing apps in the world...

Missing Culver City Middle School Teacher Located

January 22, 2020

January 22, 2020

By Staff Writer Culver City education officials have announced that a middle school teacher has been found safe after she...

Culver City 2020 Homeless Count This Week

January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020

The Culver City 2020 Homelessness Count is coming up this week, with nearly 100 volunteers signed up for this annual event. While the...

Missing middle school teacher in Culver City: Westside Local Show – January, 20, 2020

January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Missing middle school teacher in Culver City.* Free museum...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Westside

January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed Monday with numerous events planned throughout Los Angeles honoring Martin Luther King...

Man Fatally Shot by Police in Culver City Wieleded ‘Bicycle Part’, Not Gun LAPD Says

January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020

Police release more information on fatal shooting following calls for more transparency By Sam Catanzaro Law enforcement officials have announced...

SB 50 Revival Sought, With Big Changes

January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

By Tom Elias, Westside Today Columnist Every time Scott Wiener amends his SB 50 plan to force much higher housing...

Culver City developments with no parking? Westside Local Show – January, 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Culver City developments with no parking?* Blind Barber disco...

Micro-Apartments for Culver City?

January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020

Culver City City Council takes steps to allow micro-units to fulfill housing needs By Sam Catanzaro High demand for housing...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *