Category Archives: Venice Beach Organizations

Teen Radio show

Venice afterschool program teens to interview State Senator Ted Lieu today

California State Senator Ted Lieu will be interviewed by Fabrizio Marquez, 16, and Anahi Jimenez, 15, who are both participants in Radio/Podcast Club at Neighborhood Youth Association’s (NYA) afterschool program in Venice.

The interview will be recorded today, Oct. 20, at Senator Lieu’s campaign office in Venice.

The recorded interview will be featured in the first episode of On The Record With Neighborhood Youth Association a radio show created by NYA teens.

The episode will be available for live streaming at 5:30 pm PST on Thursday, Oct. 23, after which the episode will be archived for download from NYA’s website at

Anahi and Fabrizio, along with their fellow Radio/Podcast Club students, came up with the idea to have a political segment on the show which also includes entertainment, local sports, fashion and music.

With their interest in politics and the encouragement of Radio/Podcast Club instructor, Kendell Shaffer, the students contacted the Senator’s office who responded enthusiastically. The radio show is the first of its kind for NYA and it will air live on BlogTalk Radio and be archived for download following the broadcast.

Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA) provides low income and at-risk youth ages 6-18 with targeted, individualized academic support, social skills and leadership development, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning activities, creative writing and arts enrichment, college readiness along with mentoring and scholarships for college undergraduates.

NYA is based in Venice with additional locations in Mar Vista, Mid-City/Koreatown, downtown Los Angeles, and South Los Angeles. NYA boasts a 100 percent on time high school graduation rate with 100 percent of NYA youth going on to college – nearly all are first generation college bound.


Venice chamber of commerce mixer tonight at ecole claire fontaine

Venice Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly mixer tonight, Tuesday September 23, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Ecole Claire Fontaine.
The event is held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at various locations within the chamber service area.
Attendees can enjoy a “fun and relaxing evening networking with other active and involved business professionals,” according to the chamber.  “Learn how you can become more engaged in our thriving business community!”
Prospective members may attend their first mixer at a discount rate of $10. Admission is $5 for members, $20 for non-members.
For more details:

Ecole Claire Fontaine is located at 1047 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Street parking only. Guests are encouraged to carpool, bike or skate.


Venice Animal Rescue to host 5th Anniversary Dinner Party

Venice-based Dirty Dog Squad will host its 5th anniversary party on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the  Sage Bistro & Beer Garden in Culver City.

The community is invited to join the non-profit organization for happy hour followed by a five-course dinner at 7 pm.

Organizers say attendees can reserve their own table, or “join the pack” at one of its communal dining tables.

Meet fellow Dirty Dog adopters, volunteers, friends, neighbors, supporters, and other folks wanting a fun night out of great food and drinks.

Tickets are just $55 (tax and gratuity included in ticket price) until Sept. 17, and then $65 at the door.

Visit its website for more details – – and to purchase tickets to the event.

All proceeds benefit Dirty Dog Squad, a Venice-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit  organization that directly saves the lives of homeless pets.


Venice Chamber monthly mixer at Pacific Jewish Center tonight

Pacific Jewish Center opens its doors to host a Venice Chamber of Commerce mixer tonight, Aug. 27 from 6-8 pm.

Rabbi Eliyahu Fink along with PJC members, warmly invite Chamber members along with guests to enjoy an evening of stimulating conversation and business networking.

Immersed in an environment filled with tradition, the Chamber encourages attendees to explore and learn more about the PJC community.

The Venice Chamber of Commerce mixers are the fourth Wednesday of every month with great venues, food and drink and a dynamic group of members.

The Pacific Jewish Center is located at 505 Ocean Front Walk, Venice 90291.

The cost is $5 (members), $10 (First time, prospective members), and $20 (non-members).

To RSVP or for more information, call 310.822.5425 or visit

Street Vending

Proposed Street Vending Law Could Meet Opposition

When the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meets Tuesday (Aug. 19), its members could be deciding on whether to support a developing law at Los Angeles City Hall to create and implement “Special Sidewalk Vending Districts” citywide.

A motion at next week’s VNC meeting asks the council’s voting members to oppose the legislative report of the City’s proposed ordinance, claiming it “it fails to study the impact on residential areas and does not acknowledge that existing commercial/restaurants (which pay sales tax) may lose business to street vendors.”

According to City Hall, street vending on Los Angeles rights-of-way and sidewalks are illegal, with hundreds of tickets issued to vendors annually. A high volume of arrests are also made, according to Councilmen Jose Huizar and Curren Price, who co-authored a motion in November 2013 to look into regulating street vendors and establishing vending districts.

“In Los Angeles, a more comprehensive legal framework is required to effectively address sidewalk vending,” their motion states. “An effective regulatory system has the potential to protect health and increase public safety and economic activity. Such a policy should also consider the rights and investments of brick-and-mortar businesses, including opportunities to expand and promote their businesses through street vending and with the overall goal of enhancing economic growth and the viability of neighborhoods.”

Street vending, which is categorized as either the sales of food or non-food merchandise, is already permitted and regulated in several large cities, including Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Portland.

There are arguments on both sides of the street vending debate as to the breadth of City regulation and involvement.

On the one hand, street vendor advocates have reportedly indicated to City Hall that selling food or merchandise on public thoroughfares is the only source of income for immigrants, war veterans, older adults, and single mothers, all of whom sold goods in order to make ends meet.

There are also some cases where street vendors have, according to the City’s Chief Legislative Analyst, been regularly harassed.

On the other hand, business leaders have voiced concern or opposition to street vendors, claiming a legalized program could lead to increased trash pick-ups (hence additional costs), the regular blocking of sidewalks, and the vendors not paying sales, property, or business taxes, among other issues.

The impact of a legalized street vending program on local businesses appears, based on the motion in front of it next week, to be a concern for the VNC.

A date has yet to be set for when the full City Council will vote on setting up a structured street vending program. In the meantime, will update this story next week after the VNC votes on its motion to oppose a Citywide street vending program until more information is made available.