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Housing

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

Change is Coming – Tenants Unite

by Mark Lipman Over the past several years we have all noticed significant changes to our Venice community. A pro-big business, pro-development agenda has literally demolished its way through Venice, while rents and eviction rates have skyrocketed. Longstanding neighbors and local residents have disappeared almost overnight as a tourist industry, which brings no revenues back...

VNC Short-term Rental Motion 3/14/2016

Tomorrow night VNC Meeting at Westminster Elementary I the auditorium. Subject: Important Short-term Rental Motion to be voted on at upcoming/Tuesday VNC Meeting. This Tuesday night the VNC will vote on a motion to request the City Attorney to enforce the law and prosecute short-term rental zoning violations. Although this motion is on the Consent Calendar...

VENICE COALITION SUES L.A CITY PLANNING

Venice Coalition Tells L.A. City: Enough is Enough Sues L.A. City Planning for violating the California Constitution, the California Coastal Act and local Land Use protections. Venice, CA March 2, 2016 — Developers are destroying Venice’s quaint, historic neighborhoods and affordable housing at an alarming rate, and the City of Los Angeles is complicit. Aided by the...

A State of Emergency for Our Unhoused Citizens Here In Venice

In September, Mayor Garcetti, along with seven City Council members, declared a State of Emergency on Homelessness in Los Angeles, pledging $100 million for aid. Then, one month later, the Mayor reneged this declaration. We, the Collective of the Free Venice Beachhead, find the Mayor’s actionunacceptable, and call out as concerned citizens to uphold the...
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