City of Venice

For a city of Venetians

Actions of the July 1, 2010 Venice Town Council

At the VTC meeting of July 1, 2010 at the United Methodist Church Auditorium, the following took place:

1. OPDs – The body celebrated the Coastal Commission decision denying permit parking in Venice. The VTC had been a strong opponent of OPDs.

2. Modification to the Town Council Rules: The body voted to modify the Rules to elect co-chairs/facilators and a secretary annually, as follows: The Town Council shall elect two co-chairs/faciliators and a secretary at it November meeting each year. Those elected will hold office in the following year. If this modification of the Rules goes into effect prior to the November meeting, the Town Council shall elect two co-chairs/faciliators and a secretary to hold office until the following year.

3. Co-sponsor the meeting on Venice Cityhood at the old Town Hall, July 25. Approved.
4. Endorse a memorial at Venice & Lincoln to the Japanese who were sent to concentration camps from there during WW2. Also send a letter. Approved.
5. File an Amicus brief in support of Fabiola Wright’s suit against oversized buildings that block views. Approved. See
Note: The Amicus brief has since been accepted by the court.

July 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Venice Town Council meets June 7

The independent Venice Town Council is meeting at 7pm Monday, June 7 at the Methodist Church Auditorium, 2210 Lincoln Blvd.

The topic will be how to fight against permit parking (Overnight Parking Districts, OPDs) that Los Angeles is attempting to impose on us. The motiviation for the permit parking is to evict those who live in RVs from Venice.

If you can’t come on Monday night, please come to the Coastal Commission meeting on June 10. OPDs are item number 14 on the agenda. It’s at the Marina del Rey hotel, 13534 Bali Way, MdR (same place as last year).

The Town Council is a democratic organization of Venetians that is not affiliated in any way with the city of Los Angeles. Please support it with your presence on Monday.

For more information on the current threat to Venice, see:

See you Monday!

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Meeting | , | Leave a comment

Venice Town Council bravely meets on Friday the 13th

The Venice Town Council meets
7pm, Friday the 13th

at the Methodist Church Auditorium
2210 Lincoln Blvd.

(A delicious vegetarian meal will be available at 6:30pm for a suggested donation of $5)

Suggested Agenda Items:

  1. Election of a Chair/facilitator and Secretary/recorder.
  2. What should be done with the Venice PO annex? The U.S. Post Office has announced that they are going to be asking for bids for the property at the Circle to Rivera. If we can keep it public, it could be used for homeless services, parking, etc.
  3. All things OPD. Now is the time to get involved if you don’t want permit parking on your doorstep.
  4. March 3 city election – consideration of endorsements and non-endorsements. Candidates for all city offices, community college trustees and Board of Education are running. What have they done for Venice, and what should we do for them?
  5. Update on pending lawsuits over the police invasion of Oakwood last Feb. 19. It was one year ago that police went on a rampage in Oakwood, knocking down doors and terrorizing senior citizens. People are standing up against this injustice. What can we do to help?
The Venice Town Council is a community-based organization open to all residents on an equal basis. Everyone can speak, and everyone can vote. A quorum of 20 people is necessary to conduct business, take positions and institute action. Please come and participate in this meeting. 

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Coastal Commission votes to hold hearing on Permit Parking


The Coastal Commission voted, Feb. 4, to hold a hearing on permit parking in June in Marina del Rey

Honor Roll of Venetians and others who have appealed to the Coastal Commission the City of L.A.’s scheme to impose permit parking on Venice:

Karl Abrams
Eden Andes
Jessica Aden
Melinda Ahrens
Brett Barth
Jim Bickhart
Cindy Chambers
Ronald Charbonneau
John Davis
Peter Douglas, Coastal Commission Executive Director
Debra Gavlak
Donald Geagan
Delilah Gill
Carol E. Green
David Gueriera
Ethel M. Gullette

Ayana D. Guy
Hope Hanafin
Neal D. Hasty
Terry L. Hendrickson
Peggy Lee Kennedy
Mark Lipman
Pamela London
Linda Lucks
Susan Millmann
Calvin E. Moss
Janine K. Pierce
Fortunato Procopio

Antoinette Reynolds
Jim Smith
Erica Snowlake
Venice Community Housing Corporation
Sabrina Venskus
Cilia Williams
Eva Jane Williams
Ross Wilson
Emily Winters
Janice Yudell
Rev. Thomas C. Ziegert

February 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nov. 14 Meeting – Permit Parking

Venice Town Council

7pm Friday, Nov. 14

United Methodist Church Hall

2210 Lincoln Blvd. (enter from Victoria Ave)

Delicious Vegetarian Meal served at 6:30 pm.

Permit Parking in Venice?

103 appeals were filed against a plan to require all residents to buy permits for their vehicles, or be ticketed or towed from 2-6 a.m.

A hearing on the appeals will be held at 9:30 a.m., Nov. 17 at L.A. City Hall.

Come and learn about the issues, getting to the hearing, and what else you can do.

Phone: 365-0985

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Meeting | Leave a comment

Development, OPDs at Town Council, Oct. 10

Next Meeting: Friday, Oct. 10
at the United Methodist Church Auditorium, 2210 Lincoln Blvd.
Dinner served at 6:30PM – Food donation $5
Meeting starts at 7PM

Topics include:

  • Should we have a moratorium on development in Venice? Will a new lawsuit accomplish that? Lucille Saunders of the La Brea Coaltion, who filed the suit will be with us.
  • What is the status of the 100 appeals filed against overnight parking permits in Venice? Should the Town Council authorize a lawsuit, if necessary to stop this travesty?
  • (final agenda is up to the body)

Flyer for meeting

September 20, 2008 Posted by | Meeting | Leave a comment

Venice Town Council meets Friday, Sept. 12

Venice Town Council
Next Meeting: Friday, Sept. 12
at the United Methodist Church Auditorium, 
2210 Lincoln Blvd.
Dinner served at 6:30PM – Food donation $5
Meeting starts at 7PM
Topics include:
* Update on appeals of permit parking
* Resolution on withdrawal from Iraq & Afghanistan (Mark)
* Other pressing Venice issues  
(final agenda is up to the body)
At least 20 people are needed to conduct business.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Meeting | Leave a comment

Venice Town Council July Minutes

Venice Town Council Report

By Karl Abrams (taking minutes)


On Friday, July 11, at 7:30 pm the Venice Town Council convened its third historic meeting at the United Methodist Church auditorium. Although all Venice residents are invited to participate in a round table format, there were only about 15 people in attendance. Since there were not enough persons needed for the quorum required to pass resolutions, the meeting became more of an open and lively semi-structured discussion to prepare for the next monthly meeting, which is held on the second Friday of each month.


The meeting centered around 9 agenda items:


1. We unanimously agreed that the time allotted for discussing future resolutions needs to be increased so that all persons present can better understand the meaning and purpose of each resolution.


2. One participant announced that he wants to organize a committee to look into the planning of an anti-war 9-11 event.


3. Another participant informed the council about a new French invention: the “Self-cleaning Bathroom”. We all agreed that such bathrooms are needed in various locations throughout Venice, especially on Lincoln Blvd.. They seem to be quite incredible. The self-locking, self-cleaning, self-satisfying devices (about 20 by 7 feet) are already in use throughout Europe. An amazing video demonstration of this pioneering contraption may be found on Google video or You Tube by searching “auto toilet” or at the URL


4. The topic of low income and affordable housing was brought up. We all agreed that property developers in Venice must be watched carefully and continually pressured to include affordable housing as part of all future housing development proposals within Venice.


Many town council participants felt having recycling bins on the boardwalk was too expensive and wondered where the money was coming from.


6. The letter against OPDs has not as yet been written. It will be part of next month’s agenda.


7. On participant expressed her frustration with the police knocking on her motor home at 2am. It was understandable to all how she felt threatened and harassed by this unfair practice.


8. All of us then discussed police tactics and agreed that there must be a way to stop this unfair harassment. Often times one cop will talk to you while the other snoops around your motor home with a flashlight. Such tactics always seem to occur at 2 or 3 in the morning. If the police think that you have an animal inside your RV, they can actually break into your vehicle.


9. The last item on the agenda was the boardwalk. Many participants in the Town Council felt that “factory” jewelry is destroying the artistic spirit of the boardwalk and that cops who don’t really care one way or the other were harassing the true artist-vendors of Venice.  

July 19, 2008 Posted by | Minutes | Leave a comment

June Town Council Meeting

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:

  1. Hire disadvantaged youth and adults from Venice.
  2. Respect their right to representation on the job.
  3. Allow mobile Venetians to park in the lot when the store is not open.
  4. 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.

June 15, 2008 Posted by | Minutes | Leave a comment

Attend the next meeting of the Venice Town Council

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

Topics include:

  • 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 Market
Whereas, 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.

June 9, 2008 Posted by | Meeting | Leave a comment