No Weed at Organica?


From the LA Times:

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday that bars the popular Venice dispensary Organica from selling or distributing marijuana at its store on Washington Boulevard.

The ruling is the second that Judge James C. Chalfant has issued against a Los Angeles dispensary based on his conclusion that neither the medical marijuana initiative nor the law adopted to clarify the measure allow the drug to be sold.

Chalfant’s decisions are preliminary orders and both cases are slated to go to trial, but his rulings against Hemp Factory V and Organica could force the courts to directly address the contentious issue for the first time. Most, if not all collectives, sell marijuana to their members.

Asha Greenberg, an assistant Los Angeles city attorney, said Chalfant’s decision should make it clear to the city’s dispensaries that selling marijuana is a violation of state law.

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Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Money From Venice

Bill Rosendahl

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There is a great need to address homeless services in Venice as well as adjoining areas of Council District 11.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) conducts various homeless programs. There are good models of services to the homeless in Oregon and in Santa Barbara that could be replicated here in Los Angles.

Sufficient Funds are available in various Council District 11 funds for this purpose. This effort is of special benefits for the residents of the City and for Council District 11 and deserves financial assistance from the City.

I THEREFORE MOVE that $1,200,000 from the Venice Area Surplus Real Property Fund No. 434, and $92,000 from the Council District 11 portion of the Street Furniture Revenue Fund, and $190,841 from the Council District 11 Real Property Trust Fund, and $20,000 from the General City Purposes Fund No 100-56, Account Ng. 0711 t’C:D-11Community Services) TOTAL: $1,431,841, be allocated to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to conduct a comprehensive homeless services prograniin Council District 11 modeled after the program in Santa Barbara that provides safe parking spaces and services for people living in their vehicles.
I FURTHER MOVE that the City Clerk be directed to prepare the necessary document(s) with Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), or any other agency or organization as appropriate, in the above amount, for the above purpose, subject to the approval of the City Attorney, if needed, and that the Councilmember of the District be authorized to execute any such documents on behalf of the City.

I FURTHER MOVE that the City Clerk be authorized to make any technical corrections or clarifications to the above instructions in order to effectuate the intent of this Motion.

Councilman, 11th District
April 7, 2010

Cha Cha Chicken Now Delivers to Venice!

It’s not in Venice but Cha Cha Chicken in Santa Monica now delivers to Venice! If you have never tried their Jamaican Jerk Chicken you really should. It is also a great place to order take out for the Twilight Dance Series Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier.

Cha Cha Chicken Santa Monica

They deliver through the service Almost Anything, which I had never heard about before. Almost Anything will shop at Whole Foods for you too? That has to be some serious baller status to have peeps do your shopping at Whole Paycheck for you.

Cha Cha Chicken
1906 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 581-1684

VNC Special Emergency AdCom Meeting Agenda

Here is the VNC Special Emergency AdCom Meeting Agenda for 4/14/10.


From Yo! Venice! reader B:

The VNC AdCom meeting was suspended last night due to a failure to post the agenda in accordance with the Brown Act. Below is the new agenda and meeting time.

Have a look at the proposed VNC Board Meeting Agenda. Two items were submitted at the last minute that should be of great interest to Venice community.

F) Motion to Oppose Assembly Bill 2228
David Ewing (310-339-0848;

Whereas Assembly Bill 2228 (Lieu) states that “Notwithstanding any other law, the City of Los Angeles, regulating overnight parking pursuant to this section, shall not be required to obtain a permit or approval from the California Coastal Commission to establish an overnight parking restriction on public streets by nonresidents between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. in the Venice coastal zone.” Continue reading VNC Special Emergency AdCom Meeting Agenda