April 21, 2016
I t's Your Venice -- Get Involved!
Saturday!  Grunion on the Beach

The grunion will be running again on Saturday, April 23, by the breakwater rocks off Windward Avenue!  

Fun for the whole family, this spring ritual occurs during the full and new moons. Grunion are the object of a unique recreational fishery. These fish are famous for their remarkable spawning behavior, which evokes an "I don't believe it!" response from people seeing or hearing about it for the first time.
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Mass, Scale & Character Committee Takes Public Comment
Our  Ad Hoc Committee on Mass, Scale and Character   plans to hear public comments regarding its Draft Committee Report on the following dates:

Date :      Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time :     7:30 - 9:30pm
Place :    Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Avenue, 90291

Date :      Thursday,, April 28, 2016
Time :     7:30 - 9:30pm
Place :    Foursquare Church, 1400 Riviera Avenue, 90291

You are invited to review the report, available on the  Committee's webpage:

Please be advised that comments sent to the referenced address are received both by the committee Chair and your VNC Board.  The address is:   msc-comments@venicenc.org .
Tuesday's Board Meeting:  Your Representatives Take Action

Tuesday's Board meeting was marked by a number of refreshing dialogues on issues relating to how our community is governed.

Called to order in the memory of former CD11 Councilperson Bill Rosendahl, the meeting included notice from State Assemblyperson Autumn Burke's Odysseius Bostick of his pending departure after receipt of a PhD grant in Tennessee; presentation of the Ad Hoc Mass, Scale and Character Committee's Drafr Report and public comment dates (see below) and preliminary designs for Rose Avenue bike lanes.  

The Board also heard the Treasurer's monthly report and recommended that the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance be amended to ensure compliance with local zoning and Specific Plans.   Full beach access was recommended for a land use project, a WRAC motion to enforce all zoning and building codes was supported and a motion was passed to request City support for repealing a city's ability to terminate a neighborhood's request to detach and form a new municipality.  In addition, the Board voted to support two new local Business Improvement "Groups as well as a bike corral outside Hinano's on Washington.  
Finally, the Board welcomed David "Zuma Dogg" Saltzburg back to the Venice public forum after a years' long hiatus.

The VNC Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and is open to the public, with food and drink donated by local businesses.
Green Venice Expo 2.0

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From Pacific Division Community Police Advisory Board:
Date:    Wed., April 27, 2016
Time:    10am - 3pm
Place:   Bloodmobile at 12312 Culver Blvd
              Appointments encouraged:  800.879.4484 or http://www.lstream.org

National Night Out:  August 2, 2016 at Venice High School: https://natw.org/

VNC Board Election Campaign Moves Forward  
The candidate registration and withdrawal deadlines have passed.  All candidates currently registered will be listed on the June 5 ballot for you to elect the next Venice Neighborhood Council Board of Officers.  

Date:      Sunday, June 5, 2016
Time:     10am - 6pm
Place:    Oakwood Recreation Center
Action:  VOTE!
Home-Sharing Ordinance:  Public Hearing

A public hearing is scheduled for a proposed zoning code amendment initiated by the Department of City Planning.  All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing at City Planning Commission at which you may listen, speak, or submit written information relating to the proposed project. 

Date:    Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time:   10am
Place:  Deaton Auditorium
   100 W 1st St
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

Venice Forward:  Dedicated to Ending Homelessness in Venice
Venice Forward, a collaboration of community members, service providers and government, introduces itself with a new video!

Check out the Venice Forward websites! Learn about "Call 211" - an easy way for Venice residents to report homeless individuals needing help!
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VNC working with NC Emergency Preparedness Alliance
Heal Healthy at Home - Meals on Wheels West
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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