USPS ‘Story of Venice’ Mural Loan Agreement

A helpful Venice resident asked the US Postal Service for “all documents that pertain to the lease of the mural entitled ‘Story of Venice’ by Edward Biberman by the United States Post Office to Joel Silver, or any entity related to Joel Silver” using the Freedom of Information Act. Click here to download the document!

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Producer Joel Silver
Mayor Villaraigosa and Producer Joel Silver check the mural

The documents reveal:

Following completion of the restoration, Borrower agrees to provide public access to the Mural six days per calendar year during the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time by appointment. In the event a security or safety risk exists at the Property, Borrower may temporarily suspend such public access. The access provided by Borrower pursuant to this Section 2 shall serve to satisfy the obligations for access under Section 10 of the Loan Agreement.

While the contract does say access to the mural will only be provided “six days per calendar year by appointment”, Mr. Silver assured the public at a press conference in October regarding Silver Pictures Venice location that public access to the mural will not be a problem.

Abbot Kinney Holiday Stroll and Family Fun Day This Weekend!

The Abbot Kinney Merchant Committee will host a weekend of holiday merriment on December 8th and 9th!

Abbot Kinney Holiday Stroll

Saturday is “adults night” with merchants remaining open until 10 pm. The Venice Historical Society will have their tram giving people rides and a steel drum band will be roaming the street. Attendees will be able to vote for “best window display”.

Sunday the 9th will be the annual “family day” from 11am-5pm, with a snow hill set up in the parking lot of The Brig for kids to sled on! SANTA will be in attendance from 11am-2pm! There will also be holiday crafts, face painting, food and tram rides! Venice’s own Jingle Bell Rockers will be spreading Holiday Cheer along the Boulevard, and stores will serve refreshments!

During the event, toys will be collected for the LAPD Pacific Division Toy Drive. Help out by bringing a new, unwrapped toy!