July 2008 – Ye Olde Town Council Report

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By Erica Snowlake 

The newly revived Venice Town Council enjoyed its second meeting at the United Methodist Church, June 13, with 39 in attendance, daring the dreaded Friday the 13th. No, a more important taboo was on their minds, the order of the evening being the impending Overnight and Oversize Parking Permits. After thorough go-around on the issue, the Town Council voted to oppose permits and to rally an opposition by organizing petitions against them, collecting as many signatures as possible to bring to the city’s hearing on June 26 (see cover story). 

All present agreed the permits are not only a cash cow for the city, but also a blatant attempt to eradicate people living in RVs. Some present shared their situations and experiences re: living responsibly in mobile homes, how they feel persecuted by these permits and scape goated by some of the general public as well. Without being provided any other viable solutions these folks will be faced with tickets, fines, and possible impoundment of their homes if permit parking is enforced throughout Venice. 

We also discussed the Ocean Front Walk, specifically the new (how many is it now?) ordinance and police practices. 

A motion was passed to send a letter to Whole Foods Market, expressing concerns re: local hiring, the right of workers to representation, and allowing the vehicularly-housed to utilize their parking lot overnight. The council agreed to sponsor the July 9 Town Hall on Homelessness at the church. Finally, an outreach committee was formed. 

The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for July 11, again at the church auditorium, 2210 Lincoln Blvd. Thanks to Pastor Tom Ziegert for this great meeting-place! Also kudos to Food Not Bombs and Demetrius for nourishing us (with an authentic spartan lentil soup!) All are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is your Venice, make a difference by co-creating this ancient forum for a peaceful society.

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