Westside Winter Shelter Program Opens This Weekend

From Councilman Rosendahl:

The Westside Winter Shelter program opens this weekend and for the first time will offer supportive services for those who want to live their life off the streets of Los Angeles.

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The shelter, which opens December 1st, will utilize a pick up and drop off location at the Los Angeles Police Department Substation in Venice Beach (1530 W. Ocean Front Walk). The bus will pick up between 4:30-6:00 p.m. and will return the following morning at 7:30.

The shelter is located at the West LA Armory and will have 160 beds.

First to Serve will manage the shelter program for the City and will offer something new:  two on-site case managers who will assist the clients transition to permanent supportive housing, help with job placement, and offer medical services and healthcare resources. Continue reading

Simmzy’s Pub on Washington? Full Bar Coming to Gjelina?

After the new Venice Neighborhood Council Members are sworn in tomorrow night, they have a full agenda of items to hear!

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VNC Board meeting agenda highlights include:

1. Congratulations to Venice Architect Isabelle Duvivier on being given a green award by the International Green Council for her Leed certified Venice home.

7A: Selection of 4 Community Officers to the Administrative Committee.

7B: Open nominations for selection of Land Use Planning Committee members: are due by the start of the VNC Board meeting on December 18, 2012.

7C: Open nominations for selection of Neighborhood Committee members: Applications for Neighborhood Committees are due by the start of the VNC Board meeting on December 18, 2012. Continue reading

New VNC Board to be Sworn In Tomorrow Night!

The 2012-14 Venice Neighborhood Council Board will be sworn in tomorrow night by Councilman Rosendahl starting at 7:10pm in the Westminster Elementary School Auditorium. Big thanks to all of the outgoing members of the Neighborhood Council for helping the community!

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Congratulations to the new Neighborhood Council Members!

President: Linda Lucks
Vice-president: Marc Saltzberg
Secretary: Kristopher Valentine
Treasurer: Hugh Harrison
Chair Of Land Use And Planning Committee: Jake Kaufman
Communications Officer: Helen Stotler
Outreach Officer: Matt Kline

At-large Community Officers: Continue reading

Wall Street Journal: Policing Venice Boardwalk Art

From today’s Wall Street Journal:

Sgt. Daniel Gonzalez has broken up bar fights, chased armed gangbangers and even apprehended a blood-soaked murderer after a car chase.

But nothing in his 22 years with the Los Angeles Police Department could have prepared him for his latest responsibility: art critic.

Slideshow: The Venice Boardwalk on 12-14-11, before current ordinance enforcement.

Since January, the clean-cut cop has patrolled the beachside neighborhood of Venice’s famous boardwalk, passing judgment on painted porcelain skulls, henna tattoos and scrap-metal Star Wars sculptures offered for sale. On a recent Thursday, he told a dread-locked artist dabbling in a variety of media that he should “get more into the wood stuff, less into the hats.”

“Now this is what people are looking for,” Sgt. Gonzalez told another artist, offering what he called “positive reinforcement” for selling on-the-spot spray paintings. “Do you really take Visa? That is awesome.”

Sgt. Gonzalez’s new duties are part of one of the LAPD’s more unusual mandates: keeping Venice weird.

Continue reading the rest of the article at the Journal by clicking here!

Video: ‘sEnD mE a pEnNy’ Foundation Thanksgiving in Venice

On Thanksgiving Day, Anthony Perez and the “sEnD mE a pEnNy” Foundation hosted their 5th annual “Thanksgiving in Venice” to feed the homeless on Ocean Front Walk. Anthony wore a camera to document the festivities, as seen below!

As Anthony related via Facebook, “just wanted to Thank You All for Spending your Thanksgiving With us in Venice. It was so great to have such a huge blessing from all of you…People ate all the Food that was cooked. God Blessed everyone for staying up late, cooking your favorite dish, sharing this event and for spreading your Love for others… Continue reading