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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Water Usage Restrictions


This was put out by Culver City and lists Los Angeles Department of Water restrictions and it says “mandatory.” Update has not seen any “mandatory” restrictions for LA City.

320 Sunset Gets it All

320 Sunset

The “project” at 320 Sunset gets approval for all that owner sought.

The project at 320 Sunset, that wanted to be a bakery/retail, then changed its mind and wanted to become restaurant with outdoor seating and liquor, got approval this week from Planning for everything.

Gjusta received approval for a full liquor dispensary, outdoor seating 13-1/2 feet from an apartment house or crate seating in part of an noncoveted parking lot, and change of use from bakery/retail to restaurant. The lease for the parking lot is 10 years.

Update could not follow all the appeals so Robin Rudisill was asked if maybe a step had been skipped.

Robin Rudisill, chair of the Land Use and Planning Committee for the Venice Neighborhood Council, said she might have a statement later.

Boxed Community Gardens “Growing” in Oakwood–Have a bite!




Community gardens – boxes and tubs of vegetables and flowers — are springing up on 6th and 7th Avenues from Rose south. Some intersections have boxes on all four corners.

One wonders what is going on. Sign says a “501c.3 founded in Venice is a community garden project based on positive intention whose purpose is to create abundance and unity.” The claim is that every “patch of soil or empty space has the potential to feed a community with nutrition, connection, and hope. The food grown will be shared amongst the neighborhood and donated to children and others in need of organic, nutritious food. Contact communityhealinggardens.org or email at communityhealinggardens@gmail.com.”

One wonders why the planting was in a box rather than in the ground but “wonderful community idea and wonderful show of community spirit,” remarked one passerby.

William Attaway to Have Last Show at Studio


William Attaway, better knows as just “Attaway,” will have his last solo show at his studio at 334 Sunset Sunday, 16 August, from 4 to 7 pm.


The 25-foot mosaic structure at the playground at the Venice Beach park was one of his many creations in Venice as was the mural at the Tabor apartments. He has been a Venice fixture for 35 years.


Attaway doesn’t know where he is going but he hopes to start an Art District on Sunset and 3rd. He has been displaying his art on Sunset in the parkway across the street from his studio. He wants to set art up in the parkways around the area, such as area backed up on 3rd as well as his Sunset place.

Waz Up?–Is it the ball park?

dirt day 1

Mounds of dirt started appearing at the Venice/Ocean/Mildred corner and workers started moving it around.

Years ago Robin Murez was awarded a Los Angeles Beautification Grant to create a corner park at Venice/Ocean/Mildred. But an owner east of property claimed it was his property. City forced the adjacent owner to remove his illegal fence that enclosed the public space. The enclosure of that area also created a blind intersection at Mildred/Ocean.

Looks suspiciously like it is Robin Murez’s design being implemented. If it is, it replicates the ballpark that was in Venice during the Abbot Kinney years. Venice was home to one of the original pro baseball teams in the United States–The Venice Tigers.

bgrant berm design
This is the design Robin Murez had for the corner.

Bikes! Bikes! Bikes Galore!

On Venice Blvd at Abbot Kinney Blvd with bikers going east.

On Venice Blvd at Abbot Kinney and bikers lined up.

It was bikes galore. CivLAvia—-Culver City to Venice Beach Sunday. How many bikes? How many bikes can one put in six miles of two-lane highway, going both ways? That is how many bikes.

Weather was overcast until about noon when the sun came out and it was hot. Lemonade stands, water, and fruit stands were the hot spots.

VNC has 9th Annual Picnic

Mike Newhouse, president of Venice Neighborhood Council, introduces members of the Venice Neighborhood Council at the 9th Annual Venice Neighborhood Council Picnic Saturday at Oakwood Recreational Center.

Time to eat and chat.

Time to play.

Picnic to me is shade and food.

Fortune Sitole Has One-Day Show


Fortune Sitole is doing a one-day show today (Saturday, 8 Aug) on Sunset in the 300 block, next to William Attaway’s studio at 334 Sunset. Sitole was situated across the street for 10 years in the place were the new condos are.

Abbot Kinney Parking Lot Gets Dedicated

(Photo courtesy of Nick Antonicello.)

Daryl Barnett addresses the audience Thursday morning to dedicate the Irving Tabor Court parking lot on Abbot Kinney Blvd. Left to right are three city employees who worked on getting the parking lot completed, Councilman Mike Bonin, Daryl Barnett, Venice Neighborhood Council President Mike Newhouse, President of the Venice Chamber of Commerce Carl Lambert, and former longtime resident of Abbot Kinney Carol Tantau.

The parking lot has permeable pavement, meters for paid parking, lighting, landscaping, and a permeable wall. In addition to meters, the new 66 spaces have striping and bumpers. The lot added 66 spaces for Abbot Kinney.

Java Mural Gets Cleaned, Preserved, Anti-Graffitied

Java mural has been on building since 1975 at Dell and South Venice Blvd.

Emily Winters, Java mural designer and artist

Emily Winters, Java mural designer and artist

By Darryl Dufay
The “Jaya Mural Clean-Up and Re-Coating” was completed on Tuesday. It will preserve and protect our iconic Venice Canals historical mural from the weather and graffiti.

The work was done by the Mural Rescue Program team under the direction of Carlos Rogel from the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). We were also pleased that Emily Winters, the mural’s designer and artist, was there.

The process removed pollutants, dirt, and previous coatings by brushing the mural with soap and water, and power washing. Then, two new coatings of Mural Shield and WB Graffiti Coating were applied.

More photos can be seen at: http://voiceofthecanals.org/