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NOVEMBER 2018 B.I.D. MEETING OBSERVATIONS

By John Okulick I did attend. I had only two minutes to read a list of questions that I would like answers to, as a CPRA request. After several attempts to get answers, Tara Devine, manager of the BID, said she would get back to me, which really means she will do nothing as usual....

THE JULY 2018 VENICE BID MEETING

By John Okulick After two months of partial services, and little to no benefit to property owners, the self-appointed Venice Business Improvement District Property Owners Association’s six members have voted to increase, by 5%, property assessments to those in the BID.This means that six individuals, several who do not even reside in Venice, have been...

The Latest on the BID

By John Okulick For the last 17 months there have been no services from the BID. Tara Devine, the manager of the BID, has spent $470,000.00 in 2017 alone, of taxpayer money, on who knows what, since she will not reveal her expenses. Not even to the city clerk’s office as required by contract has...

SNAPCHAT REPORT

by Jon Wolff The following is from a recent conversation with a concerned Venice resident about the Snapchat problem. The resident requested to be identified only as Concerned Venetian. JW: You live close by the Thornton Lofts area. Is that right? CV: Correct. JW: And you’ve seen a lot of things that go on in...

@beyondbaroque Punk Film Festival

I just can’t resist the opportunity to be useful. After work I stopped by Beyond Baroque on my way home, to help Richard get the AV working. I found them putting together a great show about Punk Music. I hung in and helped hang art, and engineered solutions to some cranky gear. The Event Title:...

Families are the building blocks of a healthy, thriving community.

Well Baby Center helps cement family relationships in Venice and Mar Vista. Story and photo by Barbara A. Mastej In these times of escalating property values, rampant development, and focus on commodity rather than community, it’s rare to find someone who is so committed to helping both the “have” and “have not” families living in...

BID PUBLIC HEARING is Today (NOV 8)

Dear NO Venice Bid friends: Please plan to come to the Public Hearing at LA City Hall on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 at 10 AM.  Come before or after you vote, but VOTE and attend the hearing!    If you are unable to attend, PLEASE send an email to Mike Bonin and other Councilmembers again,...

What are Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Why Should Venice Community Members Be Concerned?

What is a BID? Business Improvement Districts (“BIDs”) are public-private partnerships, established under State and local laws that give Cities the power to form districts in which all businesses in the district pay assessments to supplement municipal expenditures. More recent statutes greatly expanded the power of BIDs, including authorizing expenditures on private security and sanitation...

Oppose the alcohol permit for scofflaw Restaurant Gjusta: The Fakery

Did you know there are currently over one hundred and twenty (120) alcohol licenses in operation in the 3.1 square mile Venice area? Which translates to forty (40) ABC liquor licenses per square mile.  The average number of ABC liquor licenses in LA County is four (4) per square mile. Therefore, Venice has ten (10) times the...

Against The BID – Business Improvement District

Notes from the neighborhood meeting. Dear Venice Friends and Neighbors Opposed to the Venice Private Police Department (BID): THANK YOU for spending Saturday morning together, and raising the important questions and concerns about the proposed Venice Beach BID. Based on the meeting’s discussion, we have summarized the follow up information and actions below. Please let...
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