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Joel Silver Announces His Immortality at VNC Meeting

By Anne Alvarez The October Venice Neighborhood Council meeting was held at Westminster Elementary on October 23, and was attended by politicians, Hollywood moguls and neighborhood council hopefuls. Congressional candidates for the newly formed 33rd district Representative Henry Waxman (D) and Manhattan Beach businessman Mike Bloomfield (I) took the opportunity to address the audience and...

Cannabis Access Set to Vaporize September 6

By Anne Alvarez On August 14, the L.A City Attorney’s office sent letters to 1,046 suspected dispensary locations and 728 landlords, stating: “Continuance of a medical marijuana business at this location may subject you to legal action resulting in a court ordered closure and imposition of monetary penalties of $2,500 a day, as well as...

It’s Showtime for Venice Artist

By Anne Alvarez Local artist Jaquelyn Fox will be unveiling her Venice canals paintings at an upcoming show at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The Opening Cocktail Reception of “Beyond The Gar- den” will be September 8, from 3:00 to 7:00pm, and will feature free wine and cheese. Everyone is invited. A native Californian, her...

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries’ Future Up in Smoke

By Anne Alvarez and Greta Cobar On July 24, L.A. City council members voted unanimously to ban medical marijuana dispensaries citywide. The ordinance did not initially receive a unanimous vote, as Councilperson Paul Koretz (who backed an opposing plan, which would have allowed up to 182 dispensaries that existed prior to 2007) voted against it. However,...

Cannabis is in the Weeds

By Anne Alvarez A ban on medical marijuana dispensaries introduced by Councilmember Jose Huizar was approved by the Los Angeles City Council committee on May 29 and final voting was to take place on June 22. However, due to key Council members’ absences, voting was postponed until July 24. Huizar had originally proposed a closure of...

Get To Know Vibul

By Anne Alvarez Tucked away in a tiny studio on the corner of Ocean Ave and Washington Blvd, is where you’ll find world renowned international visual artist Vibul Wonprasat, a gentle unassuming man whose works have been exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious museums, including the Louvre and Grand Palais of France. A...

Zev Comes to Venice

By Anne Alvarez Have you ever wanted to ask a city official: “Can you provide an accurate accounting of the money generated by the City-Owned, County-Operated parking Spaces in Venice – and where is the money being spent?” That is  what  VNC  member  Jake Kaufman asked Zev Yaroslavsky L.A County supervisor and guest speaker at...

Unfortunate Times For La Fortuna Market

By Anne Alvarez The Venice Neighborhood Council voted unanimously, Jan. 17, to recommend that L.A. City Council revoke the liquor license of La Fortuna Market located at 824 Lincoln Blvd., adjacent to Cafe 50s. Proprietor Margarita Romo and her brother, Emilio, have been serving Venice’s Latino community for over 32 years, a community that is diminishing day by day, thanks to the...

Hard Times in Venice for Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry

By Anne Alvarez Jan Perry, 9th District councilperson and mayoral candidate, caused a stir when she attended the November 15 Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meeting. She was greeted by local residents, who had come to voice their grievances and disapproval towards several of her stances. Community activist Lydia Ponce unleashed her discontent towards the city...

Benches and Tables to Remain at Oakwood Park; New Fitness Stations? Maybe

By Anne Alvarez Fitness stations versus park benches was the most important item on the Oakwood Park Advisory Board’s agenda, Nov. 1, and quite clearly what drove Venice locals to come out and make their voices heard. According to Lizka Mendoza Oakwood Park Director, final decision for it’s whereabouts are unknown. At one point, according to various people in attendance,...
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