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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Venice Chamber of Commerce

(Photo courtesy of anonymous.)

Venice Chamber of Commerce, who handles the sign, says Happy Cinco de Mayo.

Japanese American Memorial Monument Dedicated

By Darryl DuFay

Community members overflowed the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Blvd Thursday morning to celebrate the ten years of work that resulted in the dedication of the Japanese American Memorial Monument.

There were City Council, County Supervisors, Mayors, National Park Service, and Board of Public Works members or their representatives.   Speeches were given by members of the community and by city officials who helped with the monument as well as people who were in the interment camp who shared some  of their experiences.


Phyllis Hayashibara at the podium.


Recognition of the monument committee members.

Surviving locals who were interned. Then and Now. Yosh Tomita passed away earlier in year.

VNC Townhall Held and Questions Answered and Duties Explained

Venice Neighborhood Council public safety townhall and forum held Thursday at Animo Charter high school brought together several city department representatives to explain their duties and to answer questions from the audience.

Seated are Chief of the West Bureau, Captain of the Pacific Division patrol, representative from 311, and speaking is the representative from Parking Enforcement.

The representative from 311 stated that there were 4.5 million calls made to 311 yearly and only about 30 percent were real emergencies. One should remember she said that there are three reasons to call 911. One is preservation of life, two is prevention of a crime, and three is a crime in progress.

Chief of the West Bureau made the statement that a system was in the making to report crimes on line, the noninvasive ones. Right now all crimes, even stolen packages, have to be reported at the Pacific Division office on Culver Blvd. Few people will stand in line to report anything, other than an encounter or break-in. This should present a truer picture of the crime involved in an area, and perhaps, a solution could be forthcoming.

Seated are Head of Detectives, Representative from Bureau of Sanitation, neighborhood attorney from City Attorney’s office and standing is master of ceremonies Ron Kadota, former civilian chair of community police advisory board.

Not shown was the officer in charge of policing at the Venice Beach. He said he had 32 officers and 20 extra from other areas during the summer.

Sanitation answered oft asked question regarding days off for trash pickup. There are four days: Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Holidays have to fall on trash pickup day. Bulky item removal was explained to a questioner that bulky items are picked up the same day of the trash pickup and should be put out after 6 am to prevent people removing items.

Venice Japanese-American Memorial Marker Dedication Thursday


The dedication of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument will be Thursday, 27 April, 10 to 11:30 at the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Blvds. The marker marks the spot 75 years ago that the Japanese Americans from Venice were picked up for forced removal and incarceration until the end of World War II.

“The marker, a black granite obelisk,” wrote Darryl DuFay in Voice of Canals, “is where Japanese-Americans from Venice and surrounding areas assembled on 25 April 1942. Over the next three days 3000 people boarded buses to be sent to Mansanar War Relocation Authority Camp near Lone Pine, CA, in the high desert on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains.”

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February 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized U.S. Military to designate areas “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” That order began the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans from Washington, Oregon, and California. Although never charged with any crimes, these people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated during World War II.

They were allowed a small suitcase and the clothes on their backs. A complete Manzanar barracks is in the Japanese Museum in downtown Los Angeles along with other memorabilia.

Bulky Item Trash — Get Rid of It

Getting rid of bulky trash is easy. Do not dump bulky items. And get rid of items that were dumped in alleys and other places by others. Call 311 or call 800-773-2489. The latter number is on each of the blue, black, green garbage bins in case one forgets.Bulky items are picked up following the normal trash truck.

… Or as commenter Hossa stated, use the MyLA311 app. It is that easy.


Sewer System–Dual Force–Construction to Start 24 April

The City sewer line construction–Venice Dual Force Main Project–will start 24 April and continue until the end of June. The completion for the complete system that goes under the channel and Ballona creek and connects in Playa del Rey for service to Hyperion Plant in El Segundo will take until the summer of 2020.

The present system, built in the fifties, will remain in use and be parallel to the new system. The old system was 48 inches wide and the new system will be 54 inches. It will be possible to use either or both systems when finished. The project will also replace backup generators at the Venice Plant.

The purpose for the new line is to increase sewage capacity, create pipeline redundancy, and allow for maintenance of the system.

Venice Pumping System at Hurricane Street on the Peninsula.


Construction will start at the pumping station, cross the Grand Canal, travel east to Marquesas Way, and then travel south along Via Marina before crossing the Marina and Ballona Creek channels to meet an existing Coastal Interceptor Sewer on Vista del Mar near Waterview Street.

Below are some answers to questions people might have.sewerinfo.

City Does “Que Card” for LAMC 85.02

LAMC 85,02, which is in effect only until July of next year, has gotten more attention than most new codes involved with the City. It has been confusing for both the recreational vehicle owner and the resident. Can you or can’t one park his RV; what is dwell? A map came out color coding the city and it should have helped but in many cases it did not. This is the City’s latest “que card” of what is and what is not allowed.

For other recent articles go to: https://veniceupdate.com/2017/04/14/motor-homes-are-moving-west-to-venice-since-lamc-85-02/ and https://veniceupdate.com/2017/04/08/85-02-needs-to-be-enforced/

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Make Venice Better, Join a Committee, Get Involved

A commenter made a derogatory remark at the Venice Neighborhood Council Board meeting last Tuesday regarding the “big bucks” the members of the board make.

That statement filled the room with a muted chuckle. The members of the board make nothing. They are members, leaders is a better word, of the community who put their time and ingenuity to practice to make Venice a better place. Most of the members have jobs and resumes that would make a commenter of “Big Bucks” plush.

Venice Neighborhood Council is the most active of the City’s ninety plus councils. Looking at the professions, education, and backgrounds of these board members, one realizes that this is a “unique” pool of talent devoted to Venice.

Below is a list of the committees available for participants who would like to contribute time and talent to help make Venice better. Of course, there is no “big bucks” to any of these jobs.


VNC to Hold Public Safety Townhall & Forum, 27 April

The Venice Neighborhood Committee will hold a Townhall and Formum Thursday, 27 April from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Animo Venice Charter High School, 820 Broadway, Venice. Present for the forum will be representatives from LAPD, City Attorney’s office, Bureau of Sanitation, LAPD investigators, Department of Transportation, Emergency Communications systems, Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement (HOPE) unit.


Groups Listen/Question Architect On-Site of Venice Median Project Regarding the Project

The proposed Venice Median Project between North and South Venice Blvd and between Dell and Pacific.

Venice Community Housing (VCH) had another meeting with community members for “community input” regarding the Venice Median project.  This time it was on site and the architect or his affiliate answered questions posed by members of the groups as they walked the site.

Eric Owen Moss, architect, was asked questions regarding parking.  “Will you be able to adhere to the Venice Specific Plan as stated in the RFQ/P with all the parking requirements this project entails,” one person asked.  His answer was that if the RFQ/P said he had to adhere to the Venice Specific Plan, he would, but maybe he would have to “ask for a favor.”

Group 1.  Several groups were sxtarted and at various times.  Q&A was to go from 10 am to noon.

Group 2.

The canal that divides the property.  One person made a comment on internet regarding Kip Pardue’s story saying that all this had been cleaned up.  This photo shows property worse than Pardue’s photo.