October 8, 2015
I t's Your Venice -- Get Involved!
President's Message:  Venice Specific Improvement Fund
There are numerous challenges facing Venice, which are clear to us all. Homelessness continues to be a pressing issue that we must all work together to resolve. We are a world famous tourist destination, but we are without adequate parking, trashcans, restrooms, or sanitation.
On an even more basic level, we have far too many buckling sidewalks and potholed alleys and streets. We need to improve our parks, and we need to trim our trees. These are not controversial issues. Unlike most issues is Venice, almost everyone agrees that these issues need tending. So, why don't we fix them?
To be fair, impressive progress is absolutely being made by Councilman Bonin and Mayor Garcetti with respect to many of these issues that they inherited. But, I think we can all agree that we need to move even faster. The conventional wisdom is that the City doesn't have adequate revenue to address these problems, and that to make more progress we need to find other sources of funding. Too often, that translates into the City asking residents and business owners to pay for their own improvements to the City's aging infrastructure.
But, there may be another solution that many folks have been talking about for years; allowing Venice to keep some percentage of the revenue it generates for the City's General Fund in a Venice Specific Improvement Fund. Such a fund could only be used for capital or infrastructure improvements, such as those listed above, in Venice. While this particular approach would be a new one for the City, it is not without similar precedent.
As many readers will recall, in 1978, the City created the Venice Surplus Property Fund, whereby all net revenues from City property sold in Venice (West of Lincoln) were deposited into the Fund. While the fund itself, and its expenditures, provided mixed results, the idea of keeping even a small percentage of revenue from specific neighborhoods, in those neighborhoods, is a sound one.

While I don't know exactly how much revenue Venice generates for the City's General Fund, it is likely that our own critical infrastructure needs are but a fraction of that revenue generation. Being allowed to keep a reasonable percentage of that money seems right.
Of course, such a fund should not only be applicable to Venice. To be fair, any areas generating revenue well in excess of its allocations should be eligible to keep a percentage of that revenue for their own critical needs.
Moreover, the timing for such a proposal is good. By all accounts the economy is improving, and most budget projections have the City coming back into the black by the next budget cycle. In fact just a few weeks ago, while announcing $100 million in City funds to help combat homelessness, the Mayor and several City Council members, or their staff, publicly stated that they have been informed that revenues for this year will exceed projections.
As with any plan, the Devil is in the details, but having said that, it's hard to argue that Venice should be able to keep some percentage of the revenue it generates for the City to ensure that it can meet its sanitation, service and infrastructure needs.

Sat., Oct. 10:  LADWP Customer Service Saturday
T he 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.

Date :   Sat. October 10
Time :  9am - 1pm 
PlaceWest Los Angeles CSC
          1394 S. Sepulveda Boulevard
          Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Mon., Oct. 12:  Administrative Committee

The Administrative Committee sets the agendas for Board and Town Hall meetings. It consists of eight (8) Officers, including the President (chair), Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and four (4) Community Officers. 

The committee meets the 2nd Monday each month.

Date :   Mon., October 12
Time :  7pm - 10pm 
PlaceCanal Club
           2025 Pacific Avenue
           Venice, CA 90291
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Wed., Oct. 15, 10:15am:  The Great Shake-Out

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:15 a.m. on October 15* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.. 

Date :   Thu., October 15
Time :  10:15am
Place:   Your home, car, office, school - wherever you are!                             More. . .      
Mon., Oct. 19:  Board of Neighborhood Commissioners
The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (The Commission) was established by the City Charter in 1999 as a policy-setting and oversight commission for the Neighborhood Councils and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
The Commission holds regular public meetings the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Monday of each month and may also hold special meetings to conduct business. 

Date :   Mon., October 19
Time :  1:00pm
Place: City Hall, 10th Floor Conference Center Room 1060
           200 North Spring Street
           Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Councilmember Bonin's Petition to FAA re:  SMO
If you are concerned about the harmful impact Santa Monica Airport has on your neighborhood, your time to act is now.

Councilmember Bonin has posted a petition to the Federal Aviation Administration:

Be a Hero to Our Homeless Heroes
"Homes for Heroes" is a program to engage our landlord community to rent to our veterans. The resource we are using to house our veterans is called the Veterans Assistance for Supportive Housing or VASH.VASH provide homeless veterans with a long-term rental subsidy and supportive services so that the veteran retains and succeeds in housing. The City has over 1,000 VASH vouchers to house homeless veterans in 2015.

For information on how you can be a Hero for Heroes, please contact Ms. Tina Estedabadi of the United Way's Homes for Heroes campaign at homesforheroes@unitedwayla.org or 213 808-6608.

Receive Bi-Weekly City Planning Early Notification Reports
One way to avoid the surprise of sudden construction next door is to learn about it in advance.
You can make your voice known to the City and to building permit applicants before it's too late to appeal!

Sign up to receive the City Planning Department's bi-weekly email, which lists new applications filed for construction in Venice.  
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Friday:  Electronic Recycling at Farmers Market
Free of charge, and taking place every first Friday, the Electronic Recycling Solutions Truck will be onsite at the Venice Farmers' Market, 7:00am - 11:00am , 500 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291.

Your Venice Neighborhood Council Wants You!
The Neighborhood Council system is growing.  VNC is, too.  Learn more 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 .              
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