The Town Council of the City of Venice met on June 13 with 39 Venetians in attendance. The Council elected Jim Smith, Chair/Facilitator and Peggy Lee Kennedy, Secretary, for the month.
The first item on the agenda took up the most time. It was on the Overnight Parking District Plan by the city of L.A. which would require all Venetians to buy a permit to park on the streets overnight. The Town Council resolved to oppose the Plan and to collect signatures on petitions against it. A hearing is scheduled to begin at 6PM, June 26 at Westminster School Auditorium where testimony pro and con will be taken. Everyone is urged to attend.
A resolution was adopted to ask and demand that Whole Foods Market do the following:
- Hire disadvantaged youth and adults from Venice.
- Respect their right to representation on the job.
- Allow mobile Venetians to park in the lot when the store is not open.
- Instruct security guards not to take down license numbers and other information on RVs and turn it over to city officials.
The Town Council voted to endorse a town hall on homelessness to be held on July 9 at the United Methodist Church
The next meeting of the Town Council was set for 7:30PM, Friday, July 11 at the church auditorium, 2210 Lincoln Blvd.
Next Meeting: June 13
at the United Methodist Church Auditorium, 2210 Lincoln Blvd.
Dinner served at 7PM – Donation $5, if you got it
Meeting starts at 7:30PM
- Overnight Parking Districts
- Ocean Front Walk Ordinance
- Development Issues, including Whole Foods Market (see resolution, below)
(final agenda is up to the body)
——-Resolution on Whole Foods MarketWhereas, Whole Foods Market is moving into our community at Rose Avenue and Lincoln Blvd. and will make a large profit from Venice customers,
And Whereas, Whole Foods will be competing with other supermarkets in Venice and the surrounding community that have unionized workforces.
And Whereas, many stores and shopping centers including WalMarts, KMarts and others allow RV camping,
Therefore, Be It Resolved:
1. That Whole Foods give priority to hiring disadvantaged youths and adults from the Venice community.
2. That Whole Foods respect the rights of its employees to form a union and bargain collectively without interference from the employer.
3. That Whole Foods allow RVs and other mobile Venetians to use its parking lot when the store is not open.
Venice Town Council Draft 23-May-08 Minutes
Special thanks to Peter Demain for the dinnertime entertainment and Venice Food Not Bombs for the dinner.
Meeting Sign-In sheets reflected 39 attending Venice Community Members, but there were approximately 10 more attending that did not sign in.
Note Taker/Secretary: June
Initial Draft Motion to Form the Venice Town Council was presented by Jim Smith and was passed with friendly amendments using consensus. Some main points:
Formed a not for profit organization
20 Venice residents constitutes a quorum for making decisions
Rules can be changed, but will take effect at following meeting
There will be monthly town hall-style meeting
Treating each other with dignity and respect
Chair/facilitator and secretary/note taker chosen at each meeting
Agenda will be adopted/decided at each meeting by vote
Any meeting participant can suggest agenda items
All attending Venice residents can vote.
There was concern on how the word “resident” was defined, because it has been previously used to discriminate against certain people. “Resident” was defined as someone who lives in Venice.
List of suggested items for agenda:
Parking issues, including permits systems and signs
Moratorium on unaffordable development
Opposing manor destruction (Venice Blvd near Abbot Kinney)
Art Walls closing
Thievery in Rose parking lot
Red curbs painted in Venice
Trees that were cut down/murdered on Rose and Lincoln
No on Proposition 98
Peggy gave update on OPDs and Oversize parking laws and issues
9 people signed up for sub-committee opposing permit parking in Venice
Barbara gave an update on the new Boardwalk ordinance and encouraged people to go down to witness enforcement
Stash gave update on Art Walls: permit system closing due to lack of funds, announced benefit art auction June 3 from 6-9pm being held at the G2 Gallery on Abbot Kinney
Stephen Fiske announced The Gathering 7:30 Sunday evenings at the Blankenship Ballet Company of Venice 132 Brooks Ave.
1. Opposing Proposition 98 and in favor of 99
2. Opposing the destruction of the Venice Manor Apartments
3. Sub-Committee Permit Parking in Venice: OPDs and Oversized Vehicles
a. 9 people volunteered to sub-committee opposing permit parking
Majority of the people voted to meet again June 6, but the hall schedule was not available and that date had been taken when it was checked on Tuesday.
Hall is reserved for VTC on June 13, which is the next available Friday in June
Suggested agenda items for June 13, 2008:
Development – specifically issues of unaffordable developments
The Boardwalk and Police Relations
Overnight & Oversize Permit Parking in Venice
As the person signing the VTC up for Hall use, Peggy suggests that the VTC reserve the 2nd Friday of every month unless there is a reason to change that.
- Save The Venice Post Office
- Town Council meeting on Vera Davis Center and Post Office – June 16
- Petition to Save Vera Davis Center Services
- Save the Vera Davis Center services
- Venice Cityhood Meeting
- Venice Cityhood – Powerpoint/Keynote Presentation
- Venice Cityhood Committee Sign-up
- Actions of the July 1, 2010 Venice Town Council
- Venice Town Council meets June 7
- Venice Town Council bravely meets on Friday the 13th
- Coastal Commission votes to hold hearing on Permit Parking
- Nov. 14 Meeting – Permit Parking