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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

VNC Launched Election Process

Venice Neighborhood Council launched the election process with a get together for prospective applicants Friday at James’ Beach.  All offices are open.  Appliation period is 4 March to 3 April.  Election day is 18 May.  Last year was the biggest turnout with 1600 plus voting.

There will be a rally May 15 from 1 to 3 pm at Penmar Recreation Center, 1341 Lake Ave.  Be Just in Time will be 22 March 1 to 3 pm at the Venice Library, 501 Venice Blvd.

Applications can be obtaind at  empowerLA.org/elections.

VNC Candidate Mixer

Candidates for Venice Neighborhood Council must file between March 4 and April 3. Elections will be held May 18. An election mixer will be held March 6 from 6 to 8 pm at James Beach, 60 N. Venice Blvd to provide prospective candidates an opportunity to meet VNC members, to learn about the jobs and the election process. Other dates for candidates are:

Candidate recruitment rally: Saturday, March 15, 2014, 1-3 pm, Penmar Community Room, 1341 Lake St.

Candidate recruitment event: Saturday, March 22, 2014, 1-3 pm, Venice Library, 501 S Venice Blvd.

Photo op and talk to current Board members preceding Board meeting: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:30-7 pm, Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

VNC Candidate Mixer

Candidates for Venice Neighborhood Council must file between March 4 and April 3.  Elections will be held May 18.  An election mixer will be held March 6 from 6 to 8 pm at James Beach, 60 N. Venice Blvd to provide prospective candidates an opportunity to meet VNC members, to learn about the jobs and the election process.  Other dates for candidates are:

Candidate recruitment rally:  Saturday, March 15, 2014, 1-3 pm, Penmar Community Room, 1341 Lake St.

Candidate recruitment event:  Saturday, March 22, 2014, 1-3 pm, Venice Library, 501 S Venice Blvd.

Photo op and talk to current Board members preceding Board meeting:  Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:30-7 pm, Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

“Train Like an Astronaut” is Marquee for 22 Feb

(Photo courtesy of NASA.)  Astronaut, Dr. Peggy Whitson will direct "Train Like an Astronaut."

(Photo courtesy of NASA.) Astronaut, Dr. Peggy Whitson will direct “Train Like an Astronaut.”


Will an astronaut drop a straight-edge ruler in your hand to demonstrate hand-eye coordination? Will you start an agility course face down? Or will you go straight to the space walk?

“Train Like an Astronaut” is the marquee event to be held Saturday, February 22 from 2 to 6 pm at the Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Astronaut, Dr. Peggy Whitson and a team of experts from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas will be on hand to teach kids and adults (parents and community members included) how to “Train Like an Astronaut.” Program includes nutrition and exercise information.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson was the first female commander of the International Space Station and has completed two space expeditions. She will lead the various events.

The program is meant to promote accomplishments and opportunities for research aboard the International Space Station and inspire a younger generation of space lovers.

Go to trainlikeanastronaut.org and try some of the Mission X Videos.

Six Months and Then …

a Bonin Speaks
Councilman Mike Bonin addressed a full auditorium Tuesday night at the Venice Neighborhood Council.

“I’m leaving the container there for six months and then we’ll discuss it,” said Councilman Mike Bonin at the monthly Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meet Tuesday. He was referring to the container at the paddle tennis courts at Venice Beach.

Councilman Mike Bonin gave this time line for the storage container to stay at the paddle tennis courts after discussing the two types of storage he was trying to configure.

One is the storage container for homeless going to the shelter (December to March) and the other is the voluntary storage provision for homeless to comply with the Lavin Injunction. Bonin explained that the latter is a loop hole in the Lavin Injunction that, while providing a storage program, allows the City to move items and clean the streets.

He explained the “Warn, Bag, Tag and Store” program the City has initiated. First cleanup on the beach was 6 and 7 January.

The auditorium was packed with people who did not want the container at Westminster and people who didn’t want it at the paddle courts. Mike said that of all the places, the paddle courts were furthest from residences. All the places on the list, he had checked and this was the most appropriate.

A letter had circulated throughout Venice from the Administrative Committee of VNC that President Linda Lucks had written to Mike Bonin regarding the present storage facility, which was full, and the shelter most wanted but had not yet been selected.

We find this situation untenable and respectfully request that you attend the Board meeting on Tuesday, January 21 to explain why the program cannot be moved to Westminster Senior Center, as it is an unused City building and deemed a good location for a voluntary storage program, especially since until 2 years ago served for years as the site for winter shelter pick up and drop off location and also served as home to a Safe Place for Youth.

Alex Rosales, former president of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, later spoke that the Venice Historical Society wanted the Westminster building.

Having made his decision, Bonin went on to talk about the homeless.

“We all must move on beyond managing the problem and get to solving it,” he said. “We must build more affordable housing. We must have more law enforcement here. Homelessness is not just black and white.

“Venice is changing,” he said. “It is more creative, more talented, more concerned, and has a more creative spirit. Let’s put all this together and come up with ideas. I will work with you. It is much better together. I answer all my emails. My email address is mike.bonin@lacity.org.

“But it must be a civil discourse,” he ended.