Category Archives: Neighboring Communities

These posts are about what’s going on in our neighboring communities.

National Night Out – Meet Dodger Legend Tim Leary



1988 World Series Champion Dodger Pitcher, Tim Leary, will join Councilmember Mike Bonin, and the LAPD Pacific Division Community Police Advisory Board  for music, free hot dogs, and drinks in a celebration of community tomorrow night at Venice High School.

The National Night Out  is an initiative for those wanting to get involved with improving their community. The event will feature civic leaders, city resources, engaged neighbors, and community organizations working to make the Venice neighborhood as safe, supportive, and caring as possible.

Capt. Nicole Alberca, Commanding Officer of LAPD Pacific,  and other local LAPD Senior Lead Officers will be at the school. As well as the new Venice High School Principal, who will share the school’s plans to enrich the lives of, and educate local youth.

The event is an opportunity  for Venice residents to  meet, and provide feedback to, local neighborhood councils and other community associations.

Want to get involved in improving your community? Learn how you  can create a neighborhood watch program on your block or apartment building.

RSVP for National Night Out at Venice High here.

The event runs from 6:00pm – 9:00pm tomorrow night August 4th, 2015 at the Venice High School 13000 Venice Blvd,.

Accident in Marina Causes Road Closure

A person suffered critical injuries while in a
vehicle that overturned this morning in Marina Del Rey.

Paramedics dispatched to the scene at 6:48 a.m. rushed one person to an area hospital with critical injuries, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher.

The crash at Admiralty and Palawan ways was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 6:46 a.m., said CHP Officer Peter Bishop after residents reported hearing what sounded like a small explosion at 6:40 a.m.

A crew from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works was dispatched to the scene to remove a tree that had fallen onto the roadway, he said.

The CHP issued a SigAlert at 7:33 a.m. this morning that closed Palawan Way at Admiralty Way for at least an hour, Bishop said.

“LA Grow” Charity Event Includes Venice Restaurants

This Sunday, Whole Foods will present “LA Grow” at the Wiltern theater. “LA Grow” is an event benefitting RootDown LA, a nonprofit that empowers South Central youth by encouraging  them to cook and grow healthy food in their communities. The event is being promoted locally by Venice’s Community Healing Gardens.

The event lasts from 4:30pm into the night, and will serve food from restaurants across Los Angeles, including Venice’s own Gjelina. There will also be a five-course dinner by chef Jennie Cooks, as well as music and craft beer.

Attendees can use the code “MyLAGrow” for $10 off of their ticket purchase.

Why Garcetti Did Not Veto Potentially Discriminating Laws


The two ordinances that some believe discriminate against Los Angeles homeless population are to become law after remaining unsigned yesterday by Mayor Garcetti. Both ordinances were enrolled as law today and will be effective July 18.

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Members of Occupy Venice, Venice Street Love, LA CAN , and the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition protest outside the Mayor’s Residence yesterday

Mayor Eric Garcetti said  he would have vetoed
changes to the municipal code that make it easier to issue criminal citations,
dismantle homeless encampments and confiscate personal belongs left in public
areas if City Council members had not promised to make amendments to the

Garcetti told City News Service the council will be exploring changes in provisions that create criminal penalties and allow an easier and faster process for taking people’s personal property, including prescriptions and important documents.

The City Council, “who I work very well with,” struck a gentleman’s
agreement with him and “assured me these amendments would be added,” Garcetti said. “If they were saying, `We are not going to add them,’ I would have vetoed it,” he said. “But they are adding them. They say it’s going to be done in August.”

Garcetti said he has instructed city departments, including the Los
Angeles Police Department, to hold off on enforcing the changes, which took effect even though the mayor didn’t sign them. Only after the amendments are adopted, “and people’s personal property, prescriptions, criminal penalties, all that stuff is changed, then we’ll go with the new protocol,” he said.Garcetti was due back from his Oregon vacation yesterday. However, this did not stop Civil rights protesters spending days camped outside the Mayor’s residence, demanding he veto revisions to the city’s municipal codes. The belief being the codes will make it easier for LAPD to seize and destroy homeless people’s belongings.

Writing in a letter to the City Council, Garcetti said supported the plan to “consider amendments that would enable smarter enforcement, ensure more compassionate treatment of homeless Angelenos and strengthen the city’s ability to withstand legal challenge.”

While the word “homeless” does not appear anywhere in the wording of the two laws which state, “No Person shall Store Personal Property” it  does list the many public places homeless people commonly store belongings. This list of public spaces includes parks, beach parks, streets, and alleyways, and in effect, will also make it illegal to attach, even a bicycle to any city-owned bike rack, or even ban parking a car on any street in the City of Los Angeles.
The loophole however, being that for items to be seized police must first issue a warning note.  After this they must wait a day and if the items have not been removed, or if they are still in the general area of where they had been left previously, they can be seized, and the owner fined.
“These changes impact anyone resting their bag on the ground at a bus stop or someone with a small cart of goods to sell, but, primarily,

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Eleu Navarro, master gardener from The Learning Garden at Venice High School, supported the protest camping out overnight

they will cause unhoused individuals to be targeted by law enforcement simply because they do not have a home of their own to store their property,” said Cynthia Ruffin of the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition.

Garcetti had said last week he would not sign the ordinance, which did not need his signature to become law, and he had committed to  blocking enforcement until the City Council eliminates the misdemeanor penalty for violations and removes medicines

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Noah and Jared, two Venice Homeless men who say the new laws will discriminate against them

and documents from the list of items that can be seized.

However, Ruffin said that this is not acceptable “We have no
guarantees they won’t be enforced or that they will ever be amended.”

Venice Chamber Launches Fitness Fridays


The Venice Chamber of Commerce launches Fitness Fridays, this week. The 8-week series is aimed at all fitness levels, encouraging you to work out in the afternoon.

Beginning this Friday, July 10 at Penmar Park, Chamber members will meet at 12:00 noon, at the corner of Rose and Penmar Avenue, for a one-hour exercise session led by personal trainers, yoga instructors and other fitness professionals.

Kate Willson from exhale/Venice will be the guest instructor for the first class on July 10. Water and snacks will be provided thanks to  Brittany Cook from Allstate Insurance Company/BNC Insurance.

There is no charge to participate and members are encouraged to invite friends and colleagues.

Hosted by a different member studio and trainer every Friday, members attending will experience a variety of practices, such as yoga and pilates, that will help add more diversity to their existing workout or for many, introduce them to ways they can have fun while exercising.

“Fitness Fridays was created in response to members wanting to have a variety of get-togethers beyond the monthly mixers and happy hours,” said Carl Lambert, president of The Venice Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to add another activity that engages local business professionals and the community that, like the Venice Art Crawl and the Holiday Sign Lighting, exemplifies the creative and innovative spirit of Venice.”