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Community Briefing: Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant Rehab

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:14

This fall, Los Angeles Sanitation (LASAN) will rehabilitate the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant Effluent Pump Plant five-mile outfall.

  LASAN will host a community briefing on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. so that community members can learn more about the project.  

Because of the high level of security at the plant, RSVPs are required for entrance to the plant and attendance at this briefing.


Information and RSVP by September 9:
bpw.pao@lacity.org 213-978-0333 

Arts Committee Fair

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 17:37

Save the date!  Please encourage all your artist friends to partipate and showcase their work.


To reserve an easel, please contact arts@venicenc.org


Click here to download flyer.

Pacific Community Police Advisory Board

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 23:29

The next Pacific Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) is scheduled for Wednesday Sept 16th @ 7pm Playa Vista Center Pointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista, CA 90094, www.badgeofheart.org will make a short presentation and we will learn about a new domestic violence/male violence prevention program happening at Venice HS with Miguel Perez.

Land Use & Planning Committee Special Public Meeting

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 20:06


(only change to previously posted Regular Meeting Agenda is addition of Item 8.b.xi for 424 Grand Blvd)



Please join me in taking a few minutes to honor and thank the one-and-only special and unique Challis MacPherson for her amazing and significant impact on our one-and-only special and unique community of Venice.



Airport Commission Workshop – SoCal Metroplex Environmental Assessment

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:52

1. Presentation of the City’s proposed response to the draft Environmental Assessment for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed procedures for the Southern California Metroplex project.


2. Airport Commissioner Joe Schmitz will address the Commission with his analysis of the FAA’s SoCal Metroplex Project.


3. The Draft EA is available online:  http://www.metroplexenvironmental.com/socal_metroplex/socal_docs.html


Please plan on attending this important meeting.  http://www.smgov.net/departments/airport/

Short-Term Rental Motion

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 09:47
From Tricia Keane, CD11 Director of Land Use and Planning:   On June 2, Councilmember Bonin and Council President Herb Wesson introduced a motion proposing legislation to regulate the short-term rental industry, which would allow for someone to share their home while prohibiting rogue hotels and halting a frightening loss of rental housing caused by the abuse of short-term rentals.  You can see a copy of that motion here.       The loss of affordable housing is critical, and we recognize that the City must act now to protect neighborhoods from the negative impacts of short-term rentals.  We don't want to take away someone's ability to make ends meet by renting out an extra room or guest house, but we also cannot tolerate how a growing number of speculators are eliminating rental housing and threatening the character of our neighborhoods.       The motion will be considered by the Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee of the City Council on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.  PLUM meets at 2:30 pm on Tuesdays, 3rd Floor of City Hall.  The agenda for the meeting, along with information about the room location, will be available the Friday for the meeting.  When the agenda is available, you will be able to access it by clicking this link and clicking on the entry for PLUM.       We encourage you to stay engaged on the issue.  We value everyone's input and want to make sure all stakeholders have an opportunity to weigh in.  If you cannot make the meeting in person, you can listen to it from wherever you are.  You can find information on audio streaming here.       ===     Full text here:   http://www.venicenc.org/tuesday-short-term-rental-motion-at-city-hall/

Neighborhood Committee Meeting

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 15:14

The next meeting of the VNC Neighborhood Committee will be on August 27, 2015 starting at 7:30am. The Committee will meet this month at the Terrace Cafe, 7 West Washinton Blvd (Washington and Ocen Front Walk), Marina del Rey, CA 90292


The agenda can be found at:www.venicenc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Agenda_Neighborhoods_150827.pdf


The Motion to be considered byu the Neighborhood Committee re: Short-Term Rentals can be found at:



Funny Math? Clear Channel’s $3.9 Million Donation to the LAPD

Ban Billboard Blight - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 16:38
(Update:  The item was pulled from the council agenda at Clear Channel’s request.  A spokesperson for the company said the multi-million dollar figure was the result of a clerical error, and the actual value of the donated billboard space was about $75,000.) The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote this Wednesday on accepting […]

08.09.15 CicLAvia

Venice Papparazzi - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 22:00

08/08/15 VNC BBQ

Venice Papparazzi - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 21:35

VenicePaparazzi updated gallery '08/08/15 VNC BBQ'

Venice HS Back to School Cleanup

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 21:17

Please grab your gloves and join us on Sunday, August 16th from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. to  beautify the school for the start of the school year!      

Venice Books

Venice Beachead - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 17:51

Venice California: “Coney Island of the Pacific”, by Jeffrey Stanton (1993 & 2005)

Death is a Lonely Business, by Ray Bradbury (1985). The famous writer brings his descriptive powers to a novel set in Venice circa late 1940s

Hour of the Moon, by Hillary Kaye (2009). Available at Beyond Baroque.

The Holy Barbarians, by Lawrence Lipton (1959). Chronicle of the Beat Generation in Venice.

Venice West: The Beat Generation in Southern California, by John Arthur Maynard (1993)

Memoirs of a Nun on Fire, by Philomene Long (2001). Available at Raven-Productions.com.

The Collected Poems of Philomene Long (2010). Available at Raven-Productions.com

The Selected Poems and Prose of John Thomas (2011). Available at Raven-Productions.com

Voices of the Lady: Collected Poems of Stuart Z. Perkoff (1998). Available at Beyond Baroque.

The Kid in America, by Tony Scibella (available at Beyond Baroque)

Frank T. Rios:

• Love From The Darkside (1994)

• The Long Way Home

• She And Everything Else That Holds It Together (2004)

Clair Horner:

• Please Don’t Tread On The Bread (1969)

• Please Don’t Sit On The Left-Overs (1965)

• Please Don’t Stumble Over The Brunch (on your way to lunch)

• Please Don’t Step on the Bacon

• Please Don’t Step on the Eggs Either (1964)

Bruno in Venice West & Other Poems, by Lawrence Lipton – Venice West Publishers (1976)

Venice of America: The American Dream Come True, by Sweet William (1976)

Call Someplace Paradise (2000) and Ghost Town (2004), by Pat Hartman. Venice in the late 70s, early 80s. Also available online at Xlibris (includes more information about the book).

Venice California, by Carolyn Elayne Alexander (2004). Pictorial history of Venice.

Homeless in Paradise, by William G. O’Connell (2010)

Arthur L. Reese, “The Wizard of Venice”, by Sonya Reese Davis with Jewell Lupoma.

Venice, California: An Urban Fantasy, by Horst Schmidt-Brummer (1973)

Number Our Days, by Barbara Myerhoff – Simon and Schuster (1978)

windowlight, by ann nietzke (1981)

The Circle Bar And Grill, by Joseph P. Farnan (2003)

North Beach 90291, by Rich Mann(1983)

A Sea Shore Memoir, by maryjane (2005)

Fantasy by the Sea, by Tom Moran & Tom Sewell (1979)

The Colorful History of Venice, California Coloring Book, by Emily Winters and S.E. Mendelson (1978)

Venice Thru the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, by Bob Farrington

A History of the Venice Area – Dept. of City Planning, Los Angeles (1969)

100+ Year History of the Japanese American Community of Venice, by Perry Miyake Jr., with Tiffany Yoshikawa Sato & Alexa Giffen – Published by the Venice japanese Community Center (2010)

The Lure of a Land by the Sea – Venice Vignettes, by Delores Hanney (2012)

Venice, California – A Centennial Commemorative in Postcards, by Delores Hanney (2005)

Venice – A Contested Bohemia, by Andrew Deener (2012)

Venice Beach Heart and Soul, by Rich Wysockey (2008)

Cottages in the Sun: Bungalows of Venice, California, by Margaret Bach and Melba Levick (2010)

Venice Beach, by Claudio Edinger (1985)

Venice, CA: Art and Architecture in a Maveric Community, by Michael Webb and Juergen Nogai (2007)

Venice Beach: California Carnivale, by Helen Kolikow Garber (2005)

Venice, CA – A City State of Mind, by John O’Kane (2013)

Art Tiles at Venice Beach – A Graphic History: 1904 – 2001, by Noel Osheroff, Tamie Smith, and the Venice Arts Council


*Can be purchased at Beyond Baroque, Small World Books, or www.amazon.com

Back to School Health and Wellness Fair

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:05

Assemblywoman Burke's office has organized a Mobile Health Fair to be held at Oakwood Park in Venice this August 29 from 10 AM – 3 PM.  


We scheduled dentists, an optometrist, and nurses to check glucose, hearing, blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, etc… Simultaneously, we will be giving out backpacks with school supplies to students returning to school and will have a host of fun games for the kids.


Would you be able to share the flyer (see below) with your networks/email your lists and help us get the word out? If you are active on social media, please feel free to use #VeniceHealthFair to spread the word.


Finally, we are looking for about 13-15 volunteers from 9 AM – 12 PM to help us in the first half of the event to check people in and get the event off and running. Those interested in volunteering would need to reach out to me via email (odysseus.bostick@asm.ca.gov), Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/769286056522631/, twitter @odysseusbostick, or the good old fashioned telephone: (310) 412-6400


We hope to provide services for as many people as possible and your help in broadcasting this will be critical.


WHAT: Mobile Health Fair

WHERE: Oakwood Park 767 California St. Venice, CA 90291

WHEN: August 29, 2015 from 10 AM – 3 PM

WHO:  Students and adults (5 and up) 

When: Saturday, August 29, 2015 


We will discuss current legislation, district happenings and provide free school supplies (while supplies last).  


Speakers, Health Screenings for the entire family, Children’s Activities, Refreshments and more! 


For more information, please call (310) 412-6400


Back to School Health & Wellness Fair Flyer

Who’ll Speak For the Trees? Improving Billboard Visibility.

Ban Billboard Blight - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 16:32
Can we stipulate that trees are more important than billboards?  Trees add natural character to urban areas, billboards create visual clutter.  Trees help clean the air, billboards–especially of the digital variety–use energy that contributes to global warming.  Trees provide places of rest and relaxation, billboards hawking goods and services are a kind of visual noise adding to […]

CycLAvia Sunday!

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:46
CicLAvia Culver City Meets Venice

View the route map and start planning your car-free day between beautiful Culver City and the beach from 9am to 4pm Sunday, August 9.




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