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March 5, 2015
It's Your Venice -- Get Involved!
Green Venice Expo Brings Sustainable Mandate to Venice
Saturday's Green Venice Expo, a VNC Town Hall, brought together speakers, performers, exhibitors and over a thousand visitors for a memorable day of sharing progress and tools to achieve sustainable living in our community.  

Under the leadership of Outreach Committee Chair Sylvia Aroth and event "Greenmaster" Rob Dew, committee members and volunteers worked tirelessly for more than three months to assemble what VNC President Mike Newhouse called  "the  best VNC event I've ever seen!"

Thirty green exhibitors participated, ranging from Tesla, with two brand new Model S P85Ds for test rides, to Occupy Venice, who picked up the event's leftover food to feed the disadvantaged in our community.   Exhibits included DWP's solar trailer powering the entire event, electric bikes to test ride, eco activities for the little ones, terrific garden tips and enhancements, solar panels, solar thermal, tree giveaways, and more.   "So many great interactive activities" observed Matt Kline, former VNC Outreach Officer.

In addition to the outdoor exhibits, speakers and a singer/pianist inspired audiences in the auditorium from 1pm to 6pm.   Rob Dew introduced kickoff speaker David King from the Venice Learning Garden, followed by Tree People's Andy Lipkis, who began re-treeing Los Angeles when he was 15 years old and has  influenced DWP to pursue environmentally sound practices.   Eight additional  acclaimed speakers educated and entertained attendees with wraparound talks about challenges, hope and practical direction for the future.   Celebrity actor and green activist, Ed Begley, Jr., ended the day with a call to action to us all.   All speeches can be viewed on the VNC website,  

Delicious free food was provided by Superba Food + Bread, Venice Ale House, and Hal's Bar and Grill.  Whole Foods Market provided a brilliant speaker, reusable bags and snacks as well.

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Floodplain Survey:  Participants Needed 

Dear Community Member: 


The City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works want to know if you are prepared for a Flood?


Please, would you take a few minutes to complete the attached brief survey about your perception of flood risks and return it via email?  

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Tonight:  Mandarin-English Immersion Program Meeting

Fri., Mar. 6:  Free E-Waste Collection Sponsored by VNC

Free of charge, and taking place every first Friday, the Electronic Recycling Solutions Truck will be onsite at the Venice Farmers' Market, 7:00A.M. - 11:00 A.M., 500 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291. 


The program was initiated by the Venice Neighborhood Council, and its Environmental Committee. 

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Mon., Mar. 9:  Administrative Committee Meeting
Date:  Monday, March 9, 2015
Time:   7pm - 10pm
Place: Canal Club
   2025 Pacific Avenue
   Venice, CA 90291
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Tue., Mar. 10:  Education Committee Meeting
Date:  Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Time:   6:15pm - 8:15pm
Place: Coeur d'Alene School
   Coeur D Alene Avenue
   Venice, CA 90291
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Community Improvement Applications Due April 1
Three weeks remain before the Community Improvement Project Application deadline!  

Do you have an idea for a Community Improvement Project? A project that will improve the quality of life in Venice? Would you like up to $5000 to implement your idea?

Click  HERE to find out about the new round of Community Improvement Projects!

Fill out the form you'll find linked to the page and submit it before April 1 for consideration!

This is a unique opportunity - in past years, we ha ve limited our maximum project funding to less than half that available this year. So take advantage and apply NOW. Click on the  2015-2016 Community Improvement Project Page  today to learn the details and download your application!

Questions? Contact Ivan Spiegel at for more information.                                  
Call for Artists - Power of Art

Attention Artists! We would like you to be a part of the largest art project in the history of Los Angeles, Power of Art. We are physically turning LA into the largest art gallery in the world and we would be honored if you submitted your work for consideration.

For centuries, artists have been pushed to the side, disrespected and taken advantage of for their talent. This is especially true in Los Angeles. But enough is enough. It is time to bring opportunity to artists and bring them out of the shadows.

Power of Art is unveiling LA's soul in the streets. We have successfully fought to secure mural access to over 4,000 signal boxes in Los Angeles.

For more information, click here...
Why a Beach Supervisor?

From Marc Saltzberg, VNC Vice President


At the VNC's last Board Meeting a motion was approved that stated:


The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the Mayor include in the proposed 2015-2016 City Budget he sends to City Council a line item in the Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) Budget for a "Superintendent of Venice Beach Park" as suggested by RAP.


I've been asked about this several times and wanted to answer a few of the questions I've received:


  • Why do we need a Superintendent for Venice Beach Park?
  • How does the concept of a Superintendent for Venice Beach Park forward this vision?
  • How will budgeting for the position of a Superintendent for Venice Beach Park proceed?

To review these issues, please select this link:   Venice Beach Park Superintendent                                                           

SoCal Gas Offers Bill Payment by Text Message
Pay by Text allows you to make a payment to your account in full by sending a text message; partial payment arrangements are not available by text at this time. Payments made Monday - Friday before 4 p.m. Pacific Time will update your balance on the following business day. Payments made after 4 p.m. on Fridays, weekends or holidays will process on the following business day (Monday - Friday, except for banking holidays). 

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Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or 

e-mail messages in case of emergency.  The system, called Alert LA County, will be used by the County's Emergency Operations Center to notify residents and businesses of emergencies or critical situations.                                                                               More. . .                                   

ReCode LA Moving Forward
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Register to Receive City Planning Bi-Weekly Early Notification Reports
Do you want to avoid a surprise when construction starts next door to you?  Do you want a chance to make your voice known to the City and to the applicants for City Planning permits before the deadline for appeal? 

Sign up to receive a bi-weekly email from the Department of City Planning, which lists all of the applications filed in Venice since the prior email. 
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Your Venice Neighborhood Council Wants You!
The Neighborhood Council system is growing.  We are too.  Learn about us here.

In addition to seeking new Board members and Committee Chairs, we are always looking for good people to serve on VNC committees. 

Now is the perfect time to get involved! 

For more information, contact Mike Newhouse or Marc Saltzberg .