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Safety Main Issue at VNC Meet

By Angela McGregor

Tuesday night’s Venice Neighborhood Council (_ meeting opened with presentations by both Senior Lead Officer Kristan Delatori and Field Deputy to Mike Bonin, Taylor Bazley, and both had comments on the two recent shootings on Windward Avenue, near the Boardwalk. Officer Delatorre announced that the police have “good info” on the identity of the second shooter, and expect to apprehend him soon.

She also mentioned that Venice Beach will soon receive an influx of temporary officers — 20-30 — to be deployed on and near the Boardwalk. This is a regular, seasonal occurrence, but she encouraged the Board to draft a letter requesting that this increase be made permanent. She also mentioned that overall crime — in particular, thefts from automobiles — is up due to what she termed new “micro encampments” in the neighborhood. Taylor Bazley stated that Councilman Bonin has requested 24/7 staffing for the Venice Beach substation (which is currently open only during daylight hours), and agreed with Officer Delatori’s request for a larger, permanent police presence.

On a happier note, Bazley also announced the groundbreaking for a new, 6500 square foot park in Venice — at 3507 Via Dolce, a currently vacant lot. This will happen on Friday at 8:30am.
In other good news, Will Hawkins announced that, as a result of discussion at the WLA-VA Neighbor’s Community Roundtable, the Brentwood VA will be making 200 safe parking spaces available at their facility. This should happen very soon, once Federal approval is received.

A Town Hall meeting to discuss the feasibility of separate Cityhood for Venice has been scheduled for the evening of April 19th. The location is to be decided.

In response to a recent accident near the Broadway School, in which a child was injured by a vehicle, the Board voted to request a scramble crosswalk be created at the corner of California Avenue & Lincoln Blvd. Scramble crosswalks allow for pedestrian traffic to cross in all directions at an intersection (including diagonally) while traffic is stopped in all directions. The Board’s motion also requested deployment of a crossing guard at that intersection, and was unanimously approved.

Finally, the Board weighed in on reconsidering the a motion from the previous meeting to create weekend parking restrictions on Pacific Avenue. This motion failed by a single vote a the previous meeting, but was put up again because Jim Murez, its sponsor, was unable to attend that meeting and speak on its behalf. A reconsideration requires a 2/3 majority vote of the Board, and by one vote — 9-5-2 — failed to attain enough votes for discussion.

The next meeting of the VNC will be April 17th.

Comment (1)

  1. vicki halliday

    I hope Murez revises and represents ideas for making Pacific safer. We all know it’s a speed zone

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