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Development/Gentrification

The Fight for the First Baptist Church of Venice Continues (Interview)

The following is from a recent conversation with Dr. Naomi Nightingale about the hearing before the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources to apply for historic monument designation for the First Baptist Church of Venice.

Mike Bonin Walks Out On Black History

Councilman Mike Bonin's tokenism and community evasion shenanigans reach a new low.

What Needs to Be Said

by Mark Lipman Due to the draconian 1 minute time limit for public comment at the Venice Neighborhood Council – which prevents a calm and respectful conversation on the issues that are most important to the community, here is my full statement for the people of Venice and VNC: I moved to Venice in February...

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...

Winning Round One for the Oakwood Church

Summary of June 20th WLAAPC Hearing for teh First Baptist Church of Venice

No More Sam Jam Mom, Please.

Penske sanctioned gentrification party desecrates First Baptist Church of Venice; takes over Oakwood Park for the day.

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...

CORPORATION MOVES IN NEXT DOOR TO SMALL BUSINESS

By Jon Wolff  The following is from a recent conversation with Helmut Elmann, the proprietor of Charly Temmel, the local ice cream shop on 1313 Ocean Front Walk in Venice. Jon Wolff: Tell me your name. Helmut Elmann: My name is Helmut Elmann. I came to America in 1988 and, since then, I’m here. JW:...

RECENT MEETING OF THE VENICE BEACH BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

By John Okulick With well over $3,000,000.00 (three million) dollars in their private account, the property owners association (and I use the term lightly) continued to support Tara “Sara Huckabee” Devine, whose smug posture and rolling eyes continued to stonewall residents of the community. This wannabe political figure, who has lied to residents regarding the...

THE ALARMING PROBLEM WITH BEN & JERRY’S ON OCEAN FRONT WALK

by Mark Rago On Tuesday April 10th, Ben & Jerry’s (owned by Unilever) opened on Ocean Front Walk. Other “National Chains” have popped up over the years like American Apparel and IT’SUGAR, but Ben & Jerry’s is the first with a name that people recognize from all over the world. The owners are Klaus and...
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