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Jocelyn Williams Elected Community Officer; Westminster “People Plaza” Approved

By Angela McGregor

Jocelyn Williams, a 4th generation Venetian and 33-year resident, was elected by the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Board to serve as a Community Officer Tuesday night.

In her application, Ms. Williams stated that she feels the three most pressing issues facing Venice are “over development, inflating rent prices which limit legacy residents’ ability to remain in Venice, and homelessness.” Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount in Communications Studies and a Master’s in Educational Studies and Leadership.

In his opening remarks, Board President Ira Koslow stated that the VNC’s next elections are now tentatively scheduled for early June, 2019. Board Secretary Melissa Diner made a plea for volunteers to serve on the Election Committee, which will be forming in the next month.

Melissa Diner also presented the final presentation of an inter-agency line drawing of Westminster Plaza, which would allow restaurants on Westminster between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk to feature outdoor seating across the sidewalk from commercial buildings by closing off a portion of Westminster to all but emergency vehicles and foot traffic (a concept known as a “People’s Plaza”). The proposal was approved unanimously by the Board.

The meeting adjourned around 9 pm. The next meeting of the VNC Board will be held Tuesday, July 17th.

Comment (1)

  1. Nick Antonicello

    I’ll be happy to serve on the Elections Committee.

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