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VNC Selects New Logo

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By Angela McGregor

Over 20 local artists submitted their designs for the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) new logo, and after the public was given a chance to weigh in, VNC Outreach Chair Hollie Stenson announced the three finalists: Melissa Chin, Michael Theodoran and Dave Williams. At the end of the evening’s meeting, the Board voted, and — with nine votes — the winner was the orange and white, sunset-motif design of Dave Williams.

Three motions by the VNC’s Homeless Committee were on the General Consent Calendar, and were passed by acclimation with no objections. They were 1) A call to the City for a Jones Settlement report, requesting updated numbers on meeting the housing threshold required by the now 13 year-old Jones Settlement; 2) Support for the City motion to Create a Fulltime Office of Reunification (based upon the Homeless Committee’s own reunification program and 3) A letter of support for the West LA Veteran Affairs Master Plan to provide housing on their Brentwood campus for thousands of unhoused vets. Also passed on the General Consent Calendar was a motion from the Neighborhood Committee for the City to ban the use of Polystyrene #6 (a known carcinogen).

The meeting also featured an appearance by Daniel Tam, a representative from the office of Mayor Garcetti. He stated that Los Angeles is undergoing “the greatest humanitarian crisis in its history”, and has therefore “streamlined the building process so that permanent supportive housing projects that would normally take up to five years to build will now be built much more quickly”. Meanwhile, however, “thousands of persons are forced to live on the streets” and so the Mayor has proposed his “A Bridge Home” program, which would allow for bridge housing near existing encampments, where services will be offered. This new Bridge program would now allow emergency housing to be built on City land, even where no housing currently exists.

The final item on the meeting’s agenda was a motion in opposition to renewal of the City’s bus shelter contract with Decaux, which originated at the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils. The City’s now 20- year=old contract with Decaux, which never received a Coastal Development Permit, has resulted in inappropriate advertising on bus shelters and damaged sidewalks. Rather than automatically renewing the contract, WRAC and the VNC are calling for the City to allow a “process of community input” ultimately resulting in an open request for proposal (RFP). This measure passed unanimously.

The next meeting of the VNC Board will be held on Tuesday, June 19th.

runnerups (Courtesy of Yolanda Gonzalez.)
Some of the logo runners up are shown above.

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