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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYgzZJpIKwA&NR=1
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.
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.
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