November 19, 2015
I t's Your Venice -- Get Involved!
Your Board of Officers Takes Action
On Tuesday, your Neighborhood Council Board of Officers met to take a number of actions on behalf of the Venice Community.  

With Vice-President Marc Saltzberg presiding, the Board heard that local crime is down, the City Council officially declared a homelessness emergency in Los Angeles, outreach has begun for Neighborhood Council elections and the Great Venice Toy Drive is collecting donations until December 17 (see article below).  

The Board also took action on Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) recommendations, including a remodel of the Israel Levin Jewish Federal Community Center on Ocean Front Walk, a change of use for an Abbot Kinney salon, renewal and expansion of Mercedes Grille liquor license and new construction at 334 Sunset and 693-695 Santa Clara Avenues.

In other news, a SoCalGas Company representative described its Advanced Meter initiative to deploy "smart" meters along with an opt-out program for stakeholders desiring to keep existing gas meters.  
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Sat-Sun! 20th Annual Reading of Moby Dick on Venice Beach
Los Angeles Rec and Parks

Since 1995, the Venice Oceanarium has hosted an annual reading of Moby Dick on the beach in Venice. We welcome volunteer readers and listeners alike; some people just stop by for a chapter or two, others make a weekend of it!  

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Sat., Nov. 21:  First NC Emergency Preparedness Meeting
The time has come for neighborhood councils to coordinate our efforts to prepare for emergencies. On Saturday, we will present a new Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance to help coordinate all aspects of emergency preparedness, including training, communication and coordination with city and county agencies. 

All neighborhood council members and interested stakeholders are welcome to attend this and future meetings.

Date:   Sat., Nov. 21
Time:  10am - 1pm
Place:  Department of Energy Management
           500 E. Temple St.
           Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Heal Healthy at Home - Meals on Wheels West

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El Nino:  Be Prepared!
Coastal Venice has been spared - so far - from flooding due to confluence of the Gulf of Alaska's northwest swell and a southwest swell causing high surf on our beaches.  
Be prepared!  Sand and sandbags are available at the following locations:
Fire Station 63 - Venice: Sandbags and sand
1930 Shell Avenue
Fire Station 5 - Westchester / Playa del Rey: Sandbags and sand
8900 S. Emerson Avenue
Fire Station 67 - Playa Vista / Playa del Rey: Sandbags only; 5451 Playa Vista Drive
Fire Station 62 - Mar Vista: Sandbags only; 11970 Venice Blvd.
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Public Safety Committee Helps Residents Stay Safe
The Public Safety Committee of the VNC has created pressure-sensitive "window clings" for residents to display on the inside of glass doors and windows. The clings are designed to warn away thieves and trespassers looking for homes to burglarize and to serve as a reminder to residents to remember to lock their doors and windows when they leave home. The clings are free to any Venice resident at our VNC Farmer's Market table or any official Neighborhood Watch Block Captains may request them by emailing

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L.A. Department of Building and Safety has an App for That
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety offers LADBS Go. An iPhone® and Android™ application that enables you to easily:
  • Request Inspections
  • Review Permits and Inspections
  • Report Violations
  • Find nearby Service Centers
  • Get the latest Wait Times for all our Service Center counters.      
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Venice Canals Footbridge Repairs Approved and in Progress
This work was originally requested 9 years ago! Everyone involved in working to make it happen thanks City Council Member Bonin and his team for their efforts in expediting the engineering and rounding up the funding.

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Nov. 25:  23rd Annual Pacific Division CPAB Dinner

Wed., Dec. 9:  El Nino Town Hall Meeting
The City's Emergency Management Department (EMD) is pleased to host a series of Town Hall Meetings regarding the predicted El NIno severe weather conditions.  Representatives from LAFD, LAPD, LA City Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will make formal presentations at these meetings.  Representatives from other key City departments will also be on hand to answer questions from the public.  

One Town Hall Meeting will be held in each of the City's four Disaster Management Bureaus. A flyer showing meeting dates and locations is attached.  Disaster Management Bureaus have the same boundaries as LAPD's and LAFD's Bureaus. A map showing council district boundaries and Disaster Management Bureau boundaries is also attached.  

WESTSIDE Meeting:  
Date :   Wed., Dec. 9
Time :  6:30pm - 8:30pm 
PlaceWestchester Recreation Center
              9100 Lincoln Blvd
              Los Angeles, CA 90045 
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Sat., Dec. 19: The Great Venice Toy Drive and Holiday Festival!
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 or 213 808-6608.

First Fridays:  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.

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.  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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