Peter Thottam Resigns from Venice Neighborhood Council

Pete Thottam has resigned from the Venice Neighborhood Council.

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Thottam, the VNC Education Chair, resigned after discussions brought about by his forwarding of “Educational Advocate” Rick Selan’s summary notes of the “VNC Education Meeting of July 9, 2011: A Community Concern Regarding Colocation and Murder at Penmar Park”.

Included in Selan’s notes were words that “Community Volunteer” Michael Stenger alleged were accusatory and of a “slanderous nature” regarding another Venice community member.

Stenger pointedly told Thottam “I BELIEVE YOU NEED TO PUT OUT A RETRACTION TO ALL WHO RECEIVED THIS ‘SUMMARY’ , AS WELL AS AN APOLOGY TO” the community member.

Venice Neighborhood Council President Linda Lucks agreed, telling Thottam to “please retract, apologize and write your own summary removing all editorials by Monday at the latest. If you do not, I will remove you as chair of the VNC education Committee immediately.”

Thottam’s response?

“I resign from the council.”

It is not known if Thottam was using the “weight” of his credentials on this one.

Homeless Man Dies After Venice Beating

From the LAPD:

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Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Division homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information about a homeless man who may have died from assault complications.

Homeless Man Dies After Venice Beating

On Thursday, July 7, 2011, at around 8 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics took a 52-year-old man with head injuries to a local hospital after he apparently fell down in the 600 block of Rose Avenue in Venice. The incident was treated as a medical emergency at the time, and LAPD was not notified.

The next day, someone contacted LAPD claiming to have witnessed an assault on the 52-year-old man. The witness said the victim was punched and severely injured when he fell to the ground and hit his head. With the victim in serious condition, homicide detectives initiated an investigation and learned the victim was a transient individual from the Venice area.

The suspect, also a Venice transient, was subsequently identified as 50-year-old Frank Smith. He was arrested later that day and eventually charged with murder when the victim died of his injuries on the afternoon of July 10. For now, the identity of the victim cannot be released until family members have been notified.

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Janice Hahn Goes to Congress

With all 261 precincts reporting, Janice Hahn has won the 36th Congressional District Congressional Seat.

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Hahn had 41,585 votes (54.56 percent).
Huey had 34,636 votes (45.44 percent).

Hahn total contributions: $1,309,362
Huey total contributions: $1,066,772

Hahn cost per vote: $31.48
Huey cost per vote: $30.79

78% of registered voters stayed home.

(Per vote estimate is likely less than actual as the contributions data is a few days old.)

JIMMY’Z Back in Action!

Speaking of the 80′s … JIMMY’z is threading up for a comeback. The iconic 80′s surf/skate-lifestyle brand was started in Malibu but much of it’s early brand imagery was tied into Venice and the JIMMY’Z skateboard team.

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JIMMY’Z went through some odd incarnations in the 90′s and 00′s but promises they are bringing it back to the roots of the company founded by Jim Ganzer. Get ready for round two of EZ in EZ out! Velcro for all!

Check for the latest JIMMY’Z news on their Facebook page or new website.