Rosendahl Encourages Community Engagement in Valet Parking Permit Report

From Councilman Rosendahl:

Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl is encouraging constituents to become engaged in an issue that could have a tremendous impact on dining and entertainment destinations in the 11th District.

Bill Rosendahl

The Councilmember just learned that the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) has released a report on the proposed Valet Parking Permit Program (October 2, 2012). The report is tentatively scheduled to be heard at a Special Public Safety Committee meeting on Friday, November 16th, 8:45 a.m., at 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012.

The Councilmember is constantly reminding people that Venice is the number one tourist destination in the City, yet it appears that the only community groups that have been consulted in this report were from Hollywood.

“Valet Parking is an issue that continues to present challenges to communities and business operators all over the City,” said Rosendahl. “ I hope that you can take the time to review the report and provide your input to the Public Safety Committee – either in person or in writing.” Continue reading

Support This Venice Fire Department Fundraiser!

Catherine Dudman’s life was saved by L.A.F.D. Station 63 here in Venice. She is fundraising for 63 as a “thank you” for their help. Her story is as follows, please help Catherine and 63 out!

From Catherine Dudman:

I was an avid marathoner, until I started to experience knee pain. A trip to the surgeon in early October 2011, determined that a clean up of my knee was required, and off I went on October 27th for a quick procedure.

LAFD 63 Venice

48 hours later, I suffered some complications post knee surgery, I went into cardiac arrest, had a heart attack and a stroke. If it wasn’t for the quick response time, skill and expertise of the Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics, in particular Station 63, I wouldn’t be here today.

Over the past year, with the help of some very talented people (Stella, Adam, Archie, Chris to name just a few), I have regained my strength, and have since put my running shoes back on. My first race is this Sunday, November 11th: The Malibu 1/2 Marathon. I am dedicating this run to LAFD63 with the goal of raising $5,000.

LAFD 63 Venice

Every penny helps benefit LAFD 63. Did you know that they have to purchase everything out of pocket? LAFD does not even take care of the upkeep of the Fire Station!! Each station is responsible for their own, so if they need new carpet, they have to fundraise for it! Continue reading

‘Farmhouse Kitchen’ Coming to Ocean Front Walk

“Farmhouse Kitchen” will be “soft” opening at 1827 Ocean Front Walk (Chicago Nick’s old location) later this week! As of now they are busy in the kitchen and don’t have a website or fixed menu to release, but we will post it when they do! The new restaurant is a partnership between Charles Turcich, who has a background in organic, sustainable farming and ranching, and Jacob Vaynshtok, well known around Venice for his work as a DJ and also with the Venice Art Crawl.

'Farmhouse Kitchen' Venice Beach

Farmhouse Kitchen will source all of their goods from local farmers markets, all of their produce will be organic and all of their meats will be pasture raised on fresh green grass.

From Charles at the “Farmhouse Kitchen”: Continue reading

Shuttered: Chicago Nick’s on Ocean Front Walk

Sadly, Chicago Nick’s has moved on from Ocean Front Walk. They are presently still open for catering, so hire them for your next party! Great people, great food!

Chicago Nick's

From Chicago Nick’s:

Hi all. It is with a heavy heart that I would like everybody to know that Chicago Nick’s has closed our Muscle Beach location.

I would like to personally express our appreciation to all of our regulars… from Chi-town transplants to the West coast beef lovers we have introduced our signature product to.

As sad as it is for us to be leaving our flagship location on Venice boardwalk, we are looking forward to the future of Chicago Nick’s with expanding our business in bigger and better ways. We will be focusing on growth and seeking out the next place to plant our seed in a spot that is much more easily accessible, as well as having more freedom to expand our menu. Continue reading