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Jon Wolff

THE FIGHT FOR THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VENICE RAGES ON -conversations with Venice Activist Laddie Williams, Venice Elder Jataun Valentine, and Dr. Naomi Nightingale

By Jon Wolff The following is from conversations with Venice Activist Laddie Williams, Venice Elder Jataun Valentine, and Dr. Naomi Nightingale about the recent staff report from the Office of Historical Resources regarding the application for historical designation for the First Baptist Church of Venice. Jon Wolff: What can you tell us about the outcome...

YOUR VENICE HISTORY UPDATE

By Jon Wolff,  photos by Margaret Molloy The West Los Angeles Planning Commission met on August 15, 2018 to hear an appeal from Venice activists to oppose a proposal to convert the First Baptist Church of Venice into an 11,760 square foot single-family dwelling with rooftop parking. This historic African-American church on Westminster Avenue and...

YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE HISTORIC BLACK CHURCH IN VENICE

By Jon Wolff The following is from a recent conversation with the Reverend Oscar Rhone, of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, on the upcoming appeal to the L.A. Planning Commission to oppose the proposed change of the historic First Baptist Church in Venice into a mansion for a rich couple. Jon Wolff: You’ve been a part...

CHANGES

by Jon Wolff There was once a movie theatre in Venice. It was called the Fox Venice Theatre and it was right there on Lincoln Boulevard and Vernon Avenue. The Fox Venice showed full length feature movies. They showed classic movies, foreign films, cult films, rock movies, and horror movies. Sometimes, the actors or filmmakers...

FREE BEER

By now, everybody’s heard about the recent election of some new members of the Venice Neighborhood Council. Everyone’s been told that Venice’s election had the biggest turnout of any neighborhood and district in Los Angeles. Each of us is aware that this election was crucial to the future of Venice. And everybody knows about how...

1969 and 2016

by Jon Wolff In April of 1969, a Venice activist by the name of Helene Wolff presented a prepared statement to Los Angeles City Planning Commission. It went something like this: The City’s study of Venice is founded on the idea that it is desirable that property values go up and that everything else is...

IT MATTERS

by Jon Wolff. If you’ve never attended a meeting of the Venice Neighborhood Council, you should come sometime to see how it all works. The Council discusses and votes on a variety of topics specific to Venice. The Boardwalk, homelessness, business, and culture are just some of the subjects covered at a typical meeting of...
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