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Traffic/Parking

Kim's Market and 320 Sunset Updates

By Roxanne Brown Here’s an update on two very similar Venice projects: proposed restaurants at 320 Sunset and Kim’s Market. Kim’s Market’s new owners Alicia Searle and partner, architect Steve Vitalich, and LUPC Chair Robin Rudisill held an Owner Outreach Meeting at the Oakwood Community Center on July 14, 2014. They requested use of the...

California Coastal Commission's Decision to Demolish 8 Homes Demoralizes Venice

By Krista Schwimmer The superstitious believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. One reason is because King Philip IV ordered Jacques de Molay and theFrench Templars to be simultaneously arrested on a Friday the 13th in1307. Many Templars were then tortured and executed, including their leader, Jacques de Molay. Although the King claimed...

Open Letter About Public Urination, Stuff on Sidewalks … and Parking

By Deborah Lashever If you are concerned with the urination and defecation in your neighborhood, lobby Bonin to install more public restrooms! Do you realize that we have 16 million visitors a year and about 20 public restrooms – that all close in the early evening and open at 8 am? Not one public restroom...

Not Another Gjelina at 320 Sunset!

By Greta Cobar The owner of Gjelina is pushing against the wishes of the Venice community to open a restaurant/bar/take-out food and alcohol establishment at 320 Sunset. The first thing that got the community rallied against this proposed development was Fran Camaj’s (Gjelina’s owner) misrepresentation of the project. At the March 5 Land Use and...

Local Coastal Plan to Become Law of Land for Venice

By Greta Cobar The Venice coastal zone is about to lose the direct oversight of the California Coastal Commission, and be placed under the jurisdiction of the city of Los Angeles under a proposed Local Coastal Plan. It was one of Mike Bonin’s campaign promises when he ran for City Council, and is now one...

Nightmare On 1414 Main Street

By Krista Schwimmer There is a storm brewing in Venice, blown in by the winds of change. Some say these winds originated from a statement made in Gentleman’s Quarterly, calling Abbot Kinney Boulevard the coolest street in the United States. Some say these winds arose when the titan, Google, landed in town. Wherever they come...

Monstrosity Hotel Proposed Across from Westminster School

By Holly Mosher On December 18 I attended my first ever Land and Planning Use Meeting in Venice. I was there because I had heard about the proposed hotel that developers want to put up directly across the street from Westminster Elementary School on Abbot Kinney.  When I realized that the hotel I’d been hearing...

GQ OR NOT GQ

By Eric Ahlberg The Gentleman’s Quarterly “Coolest Block in Los Angeles” event on Abbot Kinney boulevard was met with a sizeable contingent of counter protesters.   Many Venice locals are upset that some of their favorite local businesses are being forced out by the higher rents and an influx of suburban mall-like chain stores. Even some...

Parking, Traffic and Other Evils in Venice

By Jim Smith The recent fight over pay parking in Venice brought to the fore the problem of too many cars in Venice. Not only are there more than 21,000 vehicles in zip 90291, there are many thousands more parked here by beachgoers and Abbot Kinney Blvd. thrill seekers. Clearly, our beautiful coastal zone is...
Beachhead Front and Center in NOPD Battle

Beachhead Front and Center in NOPD Battle

By Greta Cobar Over the past three months the Beachhead proved to be the go-to source of print media when it came to Overnight Parking Districts in Venice. Other publications that cover Venice are the Marina del Rey-based Argonaut and the LA Times. The Argonaut did not inform the public about the June 13 Coastal Commission hearing.  Its only mention of Overnight Parking...
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