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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Vera Davis Center Not Closing

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Vera Davis Center, 610 California Ave, is not closing, as rumored, according to Taylor Bazley, Venice Field Deputy for Councilman Mike Bonin.

“We are coming out with a statement on that within the next day or so; basically, the Vera Davis Center was never going to close, it was a rumor started when the Housing Community Investment Department (HCID) sent some employees a notice that they may be laid off due to “the center” closing and by “the center” they meant the Latino Resource Organization (LRO). LRO is vulnerable to the budget process as it is a city contractor; however,Councilman Mike Bonin is trying to get HCID the funding it needs to keep LRO fully funded.”

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The Venice Branch Library was replaced in 1995 by the new branch known as the Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch on Venice Blvd at Abbot Kinney Blvd.

The Venice Branch Library was dedicated the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Community Center 18 September 1997. As a community center, it has housed non-profit organizations, which offer a variety of educational and/or social services to the Venice community (youth through seniors), free of charge.

According to Wikipedia, “The Venice Branch was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in June 1984. In 1987, the Venice Branch and several other branch libraries in Los Angeles were added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of a thematic group submission. The application noted that the branch libraries had been constructed in a variety of period revival styles to house the initial branch library system of the City of Los Angeles. With respect to the Venice Branch, the application described the building as a building in the Spanish Colonial Revival style made of masonry construction. The front entry has oak double doors with diamond-shaped panes. Small wrought-iron lamps flank the entrance.”

According to this memo dated 3/17/49, but also old and historic, the library moved to 601 California in March 1930. The implication is that this was a new building, built for a library.

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