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Housing

Venice-Dell-Pacific Vision Plan Is Inclusive.

Venice Community Housing has released a “Preliminary Vision  for the Venice-Dell-Pacific Parking Lots” presentation.  This document outlines the general planning resulting from the many conversations they have had with the community and everyone involved. A Meeting was held Thursday night,  3/9/2017,  at Beyond Baroque where the plan was presented to an overflow crowd. Presenters were from  Venice...

Why Property Owners Should Vote NO to the Venice Beach Business Improvement District

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are, by design, controlled by a very small group of commercial property owners, excluding the voice of most paying into the BID and completely excluding residential property owners, tenants, commercial operators who lease their sites, and other stakeholders in Venice. Venice Beach has long been a center for democracy and diversity...

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...

Will Venice Ever Be Shangri-La?

by M. Saffron Devakinanda Das and I spoke on a beautiful Sunny day at the beach. He is happy to be back in Venice after his 8 month annual stint in Vrndavan India. While in Venice Devakinanda stays in his van and can’t understand why the much needed changes regarding the ”houseless” haven’t been made...

Green Fences

The Westside Tenants Union held a meeting at the Venice Community Housing Corp. (720 Rose). 39 people were in attendance and some of the issues discussed were: Causta Hawkins: state law that should be overturned Stopping evictions for seniors and handicapped Taking pictures or calling 311 when you see a green fenced property The importance...

Under Our Collective Shadow The Unhoused Sleep

by Krista Schwimmer Each night, as the southern sunlight dissipates in the City of Angels, a shadow takes its place. This shadow sneaks across every sidewalk, through every street, and into every neighborhood. It is a collective shadow that includes our unacknowledged fears, hatred, shame, and greed. Many of us scurry from this shadow into...

Business as Usual

by Mark Lipman Maybe you’ve noticed this, maybe you haven’t? A lot of very dramatic changes are happening around Venice. It seems like overnight entire neighborhoods have been transformed. Family businesses have been forced to close, while high-end trends and tourist boutiques pop-up in their place. Seniors, disabled, long-term fixed income tenants are being displaced...

We Need An Interim Control Ordinance.

by Lydia Ponce For the love of Venice and for how kooks call themselves locals after paying millions of dollars and living here 4 years… We need an ICO. We need an Internal Control Ordinance on all proposed projects that require a MELLO determination. Mike Bonin can pen one in an hour… He can have...

Save Venice

Save Venice lawsuit w/ attorney, Sabrina Venskus, who will be presenting at the community event scheduled for this Tues April 5 @ 6:30 pm at 2010 Linden Ave. Venice (Codepink HQ). If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation (no amount too small) at http://www.savevenice.me
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