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Sidewalk Summit

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 23:17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who will repair tree damaged sidewalks? The City, the property owner, or both? Join the Empowerment Congress Southwest Area Neighborhood Council with guests, Councilman Bernard Parks, Public Works Bureau of Street Services, Urban Forestry Division, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) and the stakeholders of South LA as we have a conversation about sidewalks, tree roots, permits, contractors and developing a sustainable plan to pay for sidewalk repair.  

 

 

Pacific Area CPAB Potluck Dinner

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PACIFIC AREA COMMUNITY POLICE ADVISORY BOARD

Potluck Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, 7pm, November 19, 2014

Playa Vista Center Pointe Club,

6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista, CA 90094

Join us for our last meeting but first potluck dinner of the year as we gather to review the year and plan for 2015!

  We’ll review the presentation given today at the LA City Police Commission about Pacific LAPD, discuss our upcoming holiday appreciation meals, distribute the Santa Sleigh route information, solicit for volunteers for our upcoming Winter Wonderland event and make some plans about how we want to make the Pacific CPAB 2015 the most engaged, impactful and community based organization on the Westside of Los Angeles!   Rob will bring a roast pork dish, plates, napkins, cups and silver ware. The rest of the menu is up to you!    

WLAPC hearing: 259 South Hampton Drive

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:42

WEST LOS ANGELES PLANNING COMMISSION

200 North Spring Street, Room 272

Los Angeles, CA 90012

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

INTERESTED PARTIES

OWNERS AND OCCUPANTS

500-FOOT RADIUS

 

Concerning property at

259 South Hampton Drive

 

Case No.: ZA-2012-1770-CDP-CUB-1A

 

The West Los Angeles Planning Commission invites you to attend a hearing regarding the property highlighted above. The law requires that owners and renters near this site be notified of this hearing. If you do not wish to attend the hearing, you may ignore this notice.

The hearing involves an appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s decision, pursuant to the Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 12.20.2, to Approve a Coastal Development Permit authorizing the conversion, construction, use and maintenance of a take-out restaurant and retail establishment into a sit-down restaurant located within the single jurisdiction of the California Zone, and, pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 12.24-W,1, to Approve a Conditional Use to permit the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in conjunction with a proposed restaurant in the M1-1 Zone, and to adopt the action of the lead agency in issuing the Mitigated Negative Declaration ENV-2013-2592-MND as the environmental clearance for this project.

APPLICANT: Richard J. Gottlieb, Dunes Development LLC

APPELLANT: Ilana Marosi

AGENDAS are posted for public review in the Main Street lobby of City Hall East, 200 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, California, and are accessible through the Internet World Wide Web at http://www.lacity.org/pln/index.htm

Representative: Stephen Vitalich, Stephen Vitalich Architects

TESTIMONY: Written testimony may be submitted prior to the hearing (see instructions below); however, oral testimony can only be given at the hearing and may be limited due to time constraints. Sign language interpreters and assistive listening devices may be provided if you contact our office at least three (3) business days before the hearing.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS ON SUBMITTING TESTIMONY SEE BELOW

DECISION: The Commission’s decision will be based on the merits of the case and the applicable law. The Commission can consider the entire action even if only a portion has been appealed. A report of the Commission’s action will be mailed upon request after the hearing.  Pursuant to Government Code Section 65009(b)(2), any court challenge of the Commission’s action may be limited to those issues considered at the public hearing.

FILE REVIEW: The complete file, including the determination is available for public inspection in the Commission office, Suite 272, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call (213) 978-1300 several days in advance to assure file availability.

CORRESPONDENCE AND EXHIBITS

The Commission members are not City employees. They are citizens who have been appointed by the Mayor. They function in a quasi-judicial capacity and therefore, cannot be contacted before the hearing. Any written testimony which you wish them to see may only be submitted to our office using the following guidelines:

1. If you wish to submit materials to the Commission for their consideration, they should be a in the Commission office ten days prior to the date of the hearing. If Monday is a holiday, they should be received by noon of the preceding Friday.

2. Please provide an original and fourteen (14) copies (15 sets) of all correspondence or received exhibits (for the file, (5) Commission members, Director of Planning, Chief Zoning Administrator, Associate Zoning Administrator, City Planner, Commission Executive Assistant and City Attorney). All fifteen copies/sets may be mailed in the same envelope.

3. Correspondence must be on letter size or legal size paper (8 2 " x 11" or 8 2 " x 14").

4. All oversized exhibits (photos, plans, artists’ renderings) must be able to fit in a legal size folder. Therefore, they should be mounted on foldable paper or a file size copy must be provided. Photo exhibits must be mounted on light cardboard or foldable paper.

5. Write the ZA case number on all communications and exhibits (for Parcel Map, Private Street and Certificate of Compliance appeals use the original case number, for Coastal Development Permit appeals, write the CDP number).

6. ALL materials submitted to the Commission become City property and cannot be returned.  This includes any correspondence or exhibit used as part of your testimony to the Commission.

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate. The meeting facility and its parking are wheelchair accessible. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or other services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability of services, please make your request not later than three working days (72 hours) prior to the meeting by calling the staff person referenced in this notice.

 

Poster of the Week

Center for the Study of Political Graphics - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:38
33% of The Homeless Are Veterans
San Francisco Print Collective
The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
Silkscreen, 2006
San Francisco, California

November 11th is Veterans' Day, when too many politicians give lip service to Veterans, while the statistics reveal a reality of obscene neglect. In 2009, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimated that between 130,000 and 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.

America's homeless veterans have served in World War II, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom, or the military's anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. 47 per cent of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam Era. More than 67 per cent served our country for at least three years and 33 per cent were stationed in a war zone.

As this poster asks: Why do our taxes support war but not the people who fight it?  When will we ever learn?

For More Information:

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/veterans.html

Poster of the Week

Center for the Study of Political Graphics - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 21:40
N.E.W.S.
Lex Drewinski
Silkscreen, 1990
Berlin, Germany

The Berlin Wall--which had divided East and West Berlin for nearly 30 years--fell on November 9, 1989, 25 years ago this weekend. The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) began construction of the fortified barrier in 1961 to prevent East German citizens from defecting.   

There are many dramatic photos of West Germans pulling parts of the wall down with hammers and machinery, but the wall's actual demolition by the East German military didn't begin until June 13, 1990 and was not completed until 1992. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification which was formally concluded on October 3, 1990.

As the world commemorates the destruction of one wall, other walls continue to be erected: The Separation Wall (also known as the Apartheid Wall) being built by Israel in the Occupied West Bank, and the border wall being erected between the U.S. and Mexico. When will we ever learn. 

CSPG's Poster of the Week by Lex Drewinski plays on both the headline N.E.W.S. made when the Wall fell, and the East-West divide.  It shows how after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, there was no longer an "East" as the majority of people living in East Germany wanted the freedom and lifestyles symbolized  by the West.

Three Years and Counting: Alcohol Ads Ban Reaches L.A. City Council

Ban Billboard Blight - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:58
Beer and liquor ads on bus shelters and other items of street furniture have long been a common feature of the Los Angeles streetscape, but their demise moved closer to reality this week when the City Attorney sent an ordinance banning alcohol advertising on public property to the City Council. But even if the council […]

Job Fair

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:46

Agenda TK

 

 

The “Cleaning Up” of Venice

Venice Beachead - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 20:34

By Deborah Lashever

If we wish to honestly “clean up” Venice we need an expanded storage program, an adequate number of trash cans and 24/7 bathrooms. The current city program of criminalizing unhoused people does not solve anything and wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Cleaning up” cannot and should not equal criminalization. That is discrimination, and is illegal. The act of being without housing is not a crime.

If citizens are bothered by piles of belongings, trash or refuse, the solution is to demand adequate Venice storage facilities, trash cans and 24/7 bathrooms when and where they are needed. That would actually solve these problems. The clean-up “sweeps” on OFW will not fix them. Neither will police. These are basic human concerns and they have obvious, basic solutions. Criminalization of situations people cannot help – like urination in alleys when there are no bathrooms, or having stuff on the sidewalk when there is no storage – can never solve these problems.

The Council office admits that each clean-up “sweep” on Ocean Front Walk costs a minimum of $7500. One a month comes to $90,000 a year. In September the city conducted essentially four. That’s $30,000 for just one month. If this trend continues the city will spend $360,000 per year on something that must be repeated ad infinitum. This program obviously does not work and, in addition, too easily violates people’s civil rights so the city, rightfully, keeps getting sued, wasting more hundreds of thousands of dollars that could obviously be better spent.

Councilman Mike Bonin is the only person every official is looking at to resolve the issues in Venice. He needs input from compassionate Venetians and support for real solutions – not to criminalize people who are down on their luck – but to spend our resources on getting them the help they need to get their issues addressed so they can get off the street.

If we had an expanded storage program and adequate public hygiene, like they do in other communities, like Costa Mesa, Bonin could accomplish his goal of “cleaning up Venice” without being punitive or harassing vulnerable people. He could actually help them. He could help all of us! It would cost the city far less and be a huge win/win for Venice.

Costa Mesa has a low cost program that includes adequate full time storage, bathrooms, trash cans, and once a week mobile showers/washing machines for unhoused people. Workers and volunteers interface with unhoused clients daily, building trust and connecting them with services. They have had wonderful success. Residents, businesses, law enforcement and civic leaders are extremely pleased. The community has been transformed! Unhoused people are clean with clean clothes and only a day pack, just like any other community member. They are free to access services to help procure employment, housing, counseling and health services. And they do.

People regain their dignity. The entire community benefits. And it costs pennies compared to what we are now spending on punitive and barbaric measures that help no one and must be repeated forever.

Why not try? Bonin has been made aware of this inclusive program but has not seen fit to implement one yet. He needs to feel public support because he evidently does not believe that Venice is still a community of Heart – not only money – and that Venetians will overwhelmingly support compassionate solutions. Tell him.

The bottom line is that unhoused people in Venice are not being assisted, but instead are being summarily discriminated against, marginalized, maligned, and penalized for things they cannot help. They have no bathrooms much of the night yet get harassed for ‘going’ in alleys or yards. They aren’t allowed adequate storage but are subject to having their only belongings confiscated and thrown out by the city. They have no dwellings so must sleep outside, where they are constantly harassed by irate citizens and police, and ticketed/arrested, with the city ever seeking to put in more laws against them. The city can insist that people get off the sidewalks all they want. The problem is they have nowhere else to go.

The money is available to help at least with basic needs until we can figure out housing. Bonin has been given $500,000 specifically for homeless issues in Venice. That is over and above the $5,000,000 Los Angeles has been given through the Operation Healthy Streets program. If we are to have actual solutions, Bonin needs to understand that Venetians will politically support him only if he implements positive, win/win solutions for everyone in Venice and stops the criminalization process..

Please watch this short video on the Free Storage Venice program. Besides housing, of course, this program is a healthy chunk of what we need to start really solving the immediate issues in our community:  http://vimeo.com/100468839

 

Above: Fighting Ocean Front Walk Sweeps
Above: One of the many $7,500 useless Ocean Front Walk sweeps


Venice to Newcomers: Spare Me!

Venice Beachead - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 20:29

By Greta Cobar

There are many white, clean beaches up and down the Coast. Yet people choose Venice for its bohemian vibe, artistic spirit and creative element. Ironically, though, the latest wave of arrivals have had the effect of killing the very things they moved here for.
The art heart of Venice is about to be ripped out, tossed, and replaced with condos. Artists Ned Sloane, Bill Attaway, Alberto Bevacqua and Ara Bevacqua received eviction notices to leave their 334 Sunset Studios.
Ned Sloane has been making pottery there since 1967. He’s currently trying to sell and give away most of the stuff in his studio, and he does not think he’ll ever be able to work with clay again. “The most important thing is that I find a place to live. I’m praying for a miracle. I would really love to stay in Venice, but I have no hope of that at this point. It’s time for me to let it go,” Sloane told the Beachhead.
Bill Attaway, who’s been doing ceramics since the early ‘80s in the studio neighboring Sloane, credits Sloane with helping him grow as an artist. Attaway is taking a more optimistic approach in dealing with his eviction, saying “Whatever they build over me will be a beautiful blanket for my studio.”
Attaway’s awesome studio and gallery has been the center of all Art Walk and ARTBLOCK events, and without it these happenings are in danger of not happening anymore.
The property is and has been owned by the Webster Group, and although they have been good landlords to the artists, are now changing the zone from manufacturing to residential in order to build condos.
The newcomers, Google-type hipsters who will be able to afford to move into those expensive and sterile condos without personality were in the first place attracted to Venice because of its strong personality. So was Google.
The first building on that block to change the manufacturing zoning code and to evict the artists was Gjusta, the new eatery opened at 320 Sunset by the owner of Gjelina. It didn’t take long for that greedy virus to spread next door.
Before Gjusta moved in the entire block was nothing but art studios. The remaining ones are now at huge risk of being invaded by the greed virus as well, and transformed into condos also.
Interestingly, the new sterile condos that were built across the street are not at full capacity, and have rented out their garages as exhibit spaces to artists during past Art Walk and ARTBLOCK events.
Are these new condos going to find occupants? And how long will those occupants stay once all the artists are gone and there’s a trendier area to move to? Will anybody stay for 47 years, like Sloane did, and create the studio and the artwork that he has? And when it’s all done, everything these artists have dedicated their lives to destroyed, who will be responsible for the enormous loss to the community and the art world at large?
“I would like the people moving here to realize that by default they’re causing people to move out – they are eliminating what they move here for,” Alberto Bevacqua told the Beachhead. “How do you get people to see that this is valuable and it needs to be preserved?”, Bevacqua continued. He’s been in his 334 Sunset studio for eight years, doing photography, steel sculpture, lighting and furniture.
“The new generation is not getting a chance. My twenty-two year old son Ara, who’s been living in Venice for 17 years, has been working on silver sculpture in my studio. Now he’s being run out of his hometown. It affects me emotionally more about him than myself,” Bevacqua told the Beachhead.
“I keep thinking: ‘Oh My God, what am I gonna do with all this stuff?’”, Sloane told the Beachhead. And what he’s talking about is a life-time of prized acquisitions as well as knowledge and talent. All of it about to disappear and make room for the bulldozers to come in and make space for cubicle-looking condos that won’t be worth a dime once the artistic foundation that they are built on is gone.
Sloane would like to find good homes for his vast collection of glazes and clay, two kilns, pottery and trimming wheels, and press molds. “Somebody will get a kick out these molds, I tell you,” Sloane told the Beachhead. If you are interested, call him at 310-396-2694.
“Venice is muerto, bought and sold,” Attaway told the Beachhead. “I will keep making art, no matter what. Venice is in my heart, and anywhere I go, Venice will be in my heart. But I’ve seen the whole place change,” Attaway continued.
“It doesn’t matter – everyone who came here to get that energy, the freedom, back to the ‘60s, the poets and further back, they already had it inside of them. Venice is just a flower garden – it shows you how beautiful you can be and the different things you can be. You could be a rose bush,” Attaway told the Beachhead.
Because the space they’re getting evicted out of is commercial space (as opposed to residential), none of the artists will get any relocation money.
“After the initial shock wore off, I just figured I gotta take it day by day,” Sloane told the Beachhead. It must not be easy to be uprooted at 77 years old from a space that you’ve been in for 47 years.
What can we do? We need to stop praying for help from City Hall, because it’s not happening. The anti-mansionization proposal that was unanimously approved by City Hall November 4 does not even include Venice, even though Venice is one percent of the city of Los Angeles and yet home to twenty percent of the development currently taking place in L.A. The only hope for Venice and its vibe is cityhood.
Every time a new development, yuppie establishment or another take-over comes to town, don’t turn around thinking: “Thank God it’s not me” or “It won’t affect me, I got rent control.” Sooner or later it will affect you, and your rent control will be torn down in the blink of an eye. Mike Bonin is our representative in City Hall, but he didn’t even bother to include Venice in the anti-mansionization proposal. It would be nice if calls to his office produced results.
Venice cityhood is our only option, organizing towards it our only hope.

Above: Where Art Meets Eviction - artwork by Bill Attaway

Above: Bill Attaway in his studio, beside his artwork; Photo: Greta Cobar

Above: Ned Sloane in his studio; Photo: Greta Cobar

Above: Pottery by Ned Sloane

Above: photography, steel sculpture and lightning by Alberto Bevacqua

Above: Cookie-cutter condos across the street from 334 Sunset; Photo: Greta Cobar


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