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Board meets 3rd Tuesday            

March 12, 2015
It's Your Venice -- Get Involved!
VNC Board of Officers Meets Tuesday
The March Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.  

The agenda includes a variety of motions, initiatives and presentations relating to Venice stakeholders, development, environment and concerns voiced to the City.  


There is no charge for this event. It is open to the public. Public Comments are encouraged.


A detailed agenda will be posted on the Internet at and at the Abbot Kinney Library, 501 Venice Way, and Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd.


The VNC normally holds it regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month and may also call any additional meetings in accordance with its By-Laws and the Brown Act. Snacks and coffee will be provided at the meeting.


What:        Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting

Where:      Westminster Elementary School Auditorium

                 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd

                 Venice CA 90291 (enter from Westminster)       

When:       Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Time:        7:00 pm -10:00 pm

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TONIGHT:  Doccupy Film & Speaker Series - Urban Agriculture and Food Security

Next Doccupy -- Join us on Thursday, March 12th from 6:15-9:30pm at the Electric Lodge in Venice as we explore the links, solutions, and methods that Urban Agriculture presents towards establishing Food Security. Our panel is stacked with an assortment of experienced urban farmers and food policy advocates. Join us, be ready to ask questions, and learn about new possibilities for creating a sustainable and healthy community.

We'll also have the usual organic feast at 6:15pm and wine, so show up early! Films and discussion start at 7pm.

Speakers include:

Robert Egger -; Manju (Pearl) Kumar & Rishi Kumar -; Natalie Flores - Guerilla Gardner/; David King - Venice Learning Garden/SLOLA; Finian Makepeace - Co-Founder: Kiss the Ground; Andrew Douglas - Environmental Consultant:; Roman Zenz - Filmmaker: "Urban Fruit"; Todd Darling - Filmmaker: "Occupy the Farm"

The event is free. Hosted by Occupy Venice Beach.

OV Hotline - 424-209-2777.

Co-sponsored by the Venice Neighborhood Council and the Electric Lodge

Saturday:  LADWP Customer Service Saturdays are back

LOS ANGELES- The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold Customer Service Saturday this month at four of its Customer Service Centers on March 14, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Event locations are the Van Nuys, Watts, West Los Angeles and Crenshaw Customer Service Centers.  

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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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Tues., Mar. 24:  Pacific LAPD SLO Summit
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                                                           

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 .