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Board meets 3rd Tuesday            

Aug 13, 2015
It's Your Venice -- Get Involved!
Tues, Aug. 18:  Board of Officers Meeting
Your Neighborhood Council Board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 pm.
President Mike Newhouse will preside.   On the agenda will be a presentation and Q&A with the Los Angeles Affordable Housing Commission. Members will discuss the challenge of affordable housing units here in  Venice and what the commission is doing to solve the problem.

LAPD and government officials will provide updates, and the Board will consider land use issues, motions from the OceanFront Walk Committee and the monthly Treasurer's Report.   Arts Committee Chair Eduardo Manila will discuss the September 19 Arts Fair at Windward Plaza

Date:  Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Time:  7 pm- 10 pm
Place: Westminster Elementary School Auditorium
   1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
   Venice, CA 90291

All Venetians and stakeholders are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.

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Councilmember Bonin's Petition to FAA re:  SMO
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has extended the public comment period for its Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Southern California Metroplex project to September 8, 2015, to allow for a full 90 days of comment.

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:

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Help Prioritize Small Street Repairs!
Two or three times a year, Venice gets a visit from a Bureau of Street Repairs truck and crew to make small repairs to our streets and sidewalks. 

The next visit is scheduled for 9/21/2015.

The small asphalt repair program completes all the repairs it can in a single day with one truck load of asphalt and a crew of 2. If one large job (such as repairing an alley or street with several deep holes) is the highest priority, that is all they will be able to accomplish. The program is not designed for major jobs such as repaving a street of rebuilding a sidewalk. Think patches and repairs!

Please make your recommendations - and be sure to back them up with REAL priorities; use URGENT / High / Medium. Safety concerns should take precedence over wear and tear!

Please provide the following information with your suggestion:
  • Address of the repair
  • The type of repair (pothole / erosion / bump-uneven resurface / sidewalk / other
  • Description / Notes
  • Priority
DEADLINE: Please get your suggestions to no later than 8/24 so the list assembled and returned! BSS will conduct an inspection to make sure the repairs suggested fall within the capabilities of the truck and crew and will advise us if if items on the list cannot be completed.

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Sun., Aug. 16:  Venice High School Clean-Up

Please grab your gloves and join us on Sunday, August 16th from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. to  beautify the school for the start of the school year!  
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Mon., Aug. 17:  Ad Hoc Mass, Scale Character Committee
We meet at the Vera Davis Center on California Blvd at Electric Ave. ev ery Monday. 

Date:  Monday, August 17, 2015
Time:  7:30pm - 9:00pm
Place: Vera Davis Center
   610 California Avenue
   Venice, CA 90291
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Sat., Aug. 29:  Back to School Health and Wellness Fair
FREE mobile health fair in Venice!

We'll have dentists, an optometrist, and nurses to check your teeth, eyes, ears, glucose, hearing, blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, etc...

Simultaneously, we will be giving out backpacks with school supplies to students returning to school and will have a host of fun games for the kids.

Please spread the word, attend the event, and help get as many people access to these free services as possible.

Open to everyone 5 years and older!
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"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 or 213 808-6608.

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Call for Artists - Power of Art

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.

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First Fridays:  Electronic Recyling 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, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 500 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291.

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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. 

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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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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 .