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Coeur d’Alene to Have Middle School Fair

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Coeur d’Alene will hold a Middle School Affair Wednesday, 28 October from 5 to 6:30 pm.

Find the school that is right for your child. Meet school representatives and learn more about public and charter middle school options on the Westside.

Gay Bashing in Venice

Mark Ryavec, president of Venice Neighborhood Council, reported a case of gay bashing on Third in Venice last Saturday.

“Last Saturday evening, a group of transients confronted John Frane and his partner on Third Street near Rose, called them “girls” and then one of the transients punched John in the face and knocked him to the pavement,” wrote Ryavec. His partner was able to diffuse the situation and they escape without further harm.

A police report was filed; the assaulter has not been found.

“That is all so passe,” said Reta Moser. “I thought all in Venice were gay, all were religious zealots or atheists, and all were of some ethnically challenged heritage. We should have a sign on the outskirts of town saying “Yep, We’re all of That.'”

Comments–19 October 2015

Note: Some of the comments regarding “Ivan Says No!” were copied here from website at VeniceUpdate.com, as was one regarding the post office.

Ivan Says No
Nathan Court
Totally agree. Santa Monica is the WORST hypocritical neighbor you could imagine. They tout themselves as a “green” city but then push all their airport pollution onto Venice. They claim to be all about social justice, implemented programs that encouraged “travelers” to flock to the area from all over the country, and then once they realized the consequences, shut their borders and pushed most of them to Venice. I personally avoid spending money in Santa Monica if at all possible and frankly, Los Angeles should just bulldoze roads leading into Santa Monica until they behave.

Dennis Hathaway
Ivan makes some salient points about how policies of the city of Santa Monica have had a negative impact on Venice and other surrounding communities. One he didn’t mention concerns the gridlocked traffic to and from Santa Monica at rush hour on Lincoln Blvd. and other north/south thoroughfares. This is a direct result of policies that have made Santa Monica a major employment center on the Westside, with the development of office parks, tech centers, shopping and entertainment venues, and other businesses that have greatly increased the city’s tax revenue as well as the influx of people from outside the city. While this can be seen as a benefit for Venice and other L.A. areas in terms of employment opportunities, it has made the traffic situation insufferable without any requirement for mitigation. At the same time, that tax revenue that many L.A. residents contribute to in one way or another has allowed Santa Monica to make streetscape and other infrastructure improvements that we in Venice and elsewhere can only dream about. And finally, to add insult to injury, Santa Monica prohibits those big dirt-hauling trucks from staging in that city when they’re going to major construction projects there, so they sit idling on Lincoln Blvd. here in Venice, taking up parking space and spewing diesel pollutants into the air that you and I and our children have to breathe.

Nathan Court
Totally agree on the trucks. They often park in red zones. I aggressively call parking enforcement on them every time I see them in red zones. As a result, they have stopped parking near me on Amoroso. I would encourage you to call parking enforcement every day you see them. They actually pick-up, unlike the police! (probably because the city can make money on tickets). If enough people call and complain every time they show-up, parking enforcement will eventually get on it. I also called Bonin’s office and Nancy there was good about also calling parking enforcement. The truth of LA is the squeaky wheel gets the grease, provide you squeak loudly and relentlessly.

Heather Kahler
Santa Monica – the snob city of the westside
Santa Monica. RIGHT ON! They are the snobbiest community, and I don’t know what high horse of self righteousness they think they are on! After excluding nearby residents from Everything that is otherwise public and recreational, likely anywhere else in the COUNTRY, they exclude, they charge, they take care of themselves. They have become one of the most selfish communities on the westside. And now they are appealing to us to support them when they push us all out, and yes, fly over our homes and crash into our parks and golf courses. …..Their sense of entitlement is so incredibly obnoxious. And I grew up in part in santa monica, having always lived in the Marina, I went to saint monicas, and the public library for FREE….public is PUBLIC. Yet they can go to any surrounding community to any park, any library, any park and recreation sports program or after school program, yet the reverse is not true at all. Your child cant go to afterschool care at Virginia park unless they are a SM resident…..so the “gated community/exclusion” factor even extends to children. What gall to seek support from our Venice! Let them unlock the gates to these other venue then they can EARN our support! what is next? Charging non residents of santa monica for beach access? I bet they would if they could, they must not be allowed to by the costal commision or they’d be all over that!

Laura Silagi
I want to commend Ivan on his description of our Bad Neighbor, Santa Monica.

Ivan listed the many ways in which Santa Monica has exploited its neighboring L.A. communities. From library fees and dog park fees for non-residents, to flight paths out of SMO over Venice, etc. I would like to add another. Santa Monica has not provided staging areas for trucks involved in its building projects. There is a regulation that trucks cannot come into Santa Monica early in the morning. This leaves them to line up on Lincoln Boulevard waiting to be radioed that it is their turn to proceed to the building site. We have had huge dirt truck haulers lined up on Lincoln for blocks and blocks. Their diesel engines are kept running for hours every day whenever a large project is being built in Santa Monica. The fumes are blown into our neighborhoods, and we know the health risks associated with diesel fuel. I don’t see why Santa Monica even wants support from Venice, since they always do what they want. I know that there will be no relief from the added traffic through Venice this sports complex will bring, as there is none from their other projects in Santa Monica.

I say NO to giving support to them for anything until they clean up their act.

Amy Alcon
It is completely shocking that a train system was built in Los Angeles without parking on the Santa Monica end. Thank you for printing Ivan’s letter. I learned quite a bit from it.

And then there’s the Expo Line that all west siders have waited decades for. Santa Monica lobbied hard to get the Expo line to terminate in downtown Santa Monica. This will be a windfall for Santa Monica businesses and residents. You will be able to drive to the train stations, get out of your car, and ride all over the county. Except, now that it’s almost ready to open we find out that there is not going to be any parking in Santa Monica (except for a few spaces by Santa Monica College). The light rail is supposed to be for everyone, not just Santa Monicans. There is no way that this is just an oversight. Your city doesn’t want more traffic downtown so the rest of us are just screwed.

Wouldn’t that be amazing! I had heard Graham was supposed to reinstall the arches as part of his original building permit, not sure if that is true or not,but seems like any new permit should be subject to the same requirement.

Post office
Dennis Hathaway

By the way, I noticed that the fence around the Windward post office area is still pretty trashy. I didn’t have time to follow that issue, but I thought that there had been some contact with the postal service about it. Do you happen to know?

Ref: https://veniceupdate.com/2014/01/30/post-office-a-place-to-complain/
Do you guys have person working for 323 586 1250?????
i call that number several times due to problem i have with my shipping and waited for more than 1 hour everytime.
i got that number from local post office because they said they cant do anything about this.
so i call that number, and all i got is wasting my valuable time because they put me in hold for hours. literally more than hours!!!!!!! everytime i hear the message saying all representative are currently busy. i called them 9 am several times and got hold for 1 hour 20 mins today. and total hours i waited is added up to 10 hours now.
are you guys going to change this problem?
why do you even have that phone number when nobody is answering that line.
So frustrating.

Heather Kahler

311 has never worked for me either, home or cell.

The city pickup for bulky items is FREE. FREE FREEE FREEEEEE. Use that number on your trashcans and call them. it takes 5 mins. did I mention they will haul any of your crapola no matter how large for FREEEEEEEEEEE.
Quit leaving things and lounge cushions, and couches, tables, lumber, in the alleys especially! there is absolutely no excuse.

Triangle Crime and Suspicious Persons
Even if they don’t come, still, call the police station ANY time you see someone suspicious. Your gut instinct is usually right, and the likely-hood of it being right is unfortunately more and more so in our neighborhood anymore. I was informed after I did this myself when they cane, tat pacific division has ONLY ONE person on dispatch…..like we are in an Iowan town of population 150……this absolutely boggles my mind….how in LOS ANGELES, ANY PART OF IT, is there only ONE person the answer for non emergencies? guess what happens, people get tired of waiting on hold with the hearing impaired signal blasting at them and they call 911. thus tying up emergency lines…..Prop 47, the officer also told me, is quote “killing them”…meaning they are overwhelmed with crime due to drug users trying to thieve in order to get a fix, and also deranged behavior that creates disturbances where they are called as well. Though well intentioned, it is having a negative effect on LAPD’s ability and time for response….

Thank goodness LUCY WAS FOUND…..and her owners are amazingly persistent and dedicated to their dog. I am happy fo rLucy and for them that she is home, and extremely disgusted and sick over what happened to her while she was lost…..monsters. how and what, makes people be so disgustingly cruel. I don’t care where someone comes from or how one is brought up, one knows right from wrong, and no animal should ever pay the price for someone else’s misery and sadistic tendencies. People say pitbulls are vicious, truth is people are way more vicious. Lucy was a service dog for God’s sake! I hope they find those who did her wrong and put a stop to whatever they are doing.

Wolf Seeberg

Amy Alcon
There are no shade trees at bus stops.

Roxanne Brown
28th and Speedway intruder.


Peter Griswold
Looks like graffiti reporting is on the web

Reta Moser
This is something we should all stop and that is the 5133 sq ft street vacation at 1656 Abbot Kinney Blvd, northwest corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvd. Vacation of 5133 sq ft is rather a large gift of land. See article this issue.

Jim Murez said at a previous LUPC that there were (facts may not be what they should be but you will get the drift) 43 corners west of Lincoln for a total of over three acres. If one corner falls, it will be a precedent, and they will all fall. It will just be a matter of time. There are reasons for the DOT to keep the easement—visibility for safety is one big reason, street widening, another. Look at the corner at Mildred, Ocean, Venice.

Adding additional land (FREE) to a parcel allows owner to build that much more. If it is commercial, commercial can build to the property line, which would totally block visibility in many cases. Owner claims he can maintain it better. To some extent that is correct but they still want to use it for their individual purpose. Once again, large gift of land.

If for no other reason, Venice needs a little open space. Owner tried to vacate that corner at Mildred/Ocean/Venice. That is a visibility problem. Owner lost and look at what Robin Murez did. How special is that. That is what makes Venice the Venice it is.

Please rally your friends to support this effort. This is important.

On another note … Sometimes I just get overwhelmed with some comments from individuals on some subjects. Their insight, depth of understanding, and caring on a subject makes me proud to just be a part of the discourse and this community that fosters these minds and their ideas.

Halloween at Oakwood


Halloween festivities at Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California 90291, starting at noon Halloween day.

Venice Film Festival Coming

Film Festival

Venice Film Festival coming to Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. Unfortunately, date cannot be seen on the sign.

Planning to Hear Vacation of Abbot Kinney Corner with Impassioned Comments by Robin Murez

Northwest corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvd. Land in question is in front and goes to side borders. It is where the rocks and palm trees are.

Vacation of corner and front piece of land, totaling 5133 sq ft, at 1656 Abbot Kinney Blvd, northwest corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvd., will be heard by planning hearing officer Thursday, 22 October at 9:30 am, Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Room 1050, LA 90012.

Comments may be mailed to Los Angeles City Planning Department, Division of Land Section, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 720, LA 90012; attention Joey Vasquez or comments can be emailed to Joey Vasquez at Joey.Vasquez@lacity.org. Reference ENV-2015-2716-MND and DIR-2015-2813-CDP.

If you have any questions you may contact Kevin Golden at 213-978-1352. or email Kevin.Golden@lacity.org.

By Robin Murez

Note: Robin is out of town but sent this note to Venetians explaining how important this corner is to all those who live here.

This is our most prominent intersection in Venice: the palm tree corners of Venice Blvd at Abbot Kinney. We cannot let them go. They are planted with beautiful, mature palm trees, that provide open space, room to breathe, to enjoy the light and air of Venice Beach. They are used for banners to announce neighborhood events, they indicate where Abbot Kinney and Venice Boulevard intersect. They beautify and create a sense of community, and make Venice safer and more enjoyably liveable.

In City Planning terms, these are the obvious reasons why boulevards need setbacks, and green spaces.

We fought this exact same battle years ago and won. Then, the City bureaucrats held a hearing and ignored strong local sentiment to keep the space. They had voted to give it away. Jim Murez went to bat with construction and engineering documents and tenacity and got the California Coastal Commission to overrule the City. Phew!

It’s an unreasonably common scenario: that the City doesn’t care about Venice and will give it away for most anything, UNLESS WE fight to keep what is our public land.

Our City Councilperson should be fighting this battle, adamantly, on behalf of his constituents!!! MIKE BONIN, WE NEED YOU TO STOP THE CITY FROM IRREVOCABLY DESTROYING THE INTEGRITY OF VENICE, PLEASE. Don’t let the bureaucrats destroy our town.

When Venice Boulevard was redesigned, about 20 years ago, it was done with a vision, (basic for City Planners around the world, but which L.A. seems to forget in Venice). Venice Boulevard was to be “Los Angeles’ Gateway to the Sea.” Both sides of Venice Boulevard were given large set-backs and the center divider was to be beautifully landscaped.

The center divider, which includes Centennial Park and the Venice Library, was planted, and trees were planted along the set-backs, but the balance of the landscaping has yet to be completed. The City mysteriously “lost” the money… but it CAN BE FOUND!!! Venice Boulevard was, and is, to be a beautiful grand boulevard, just as San Vicente is to the north. (And do not confuse homeless encampment issues with needing open spaces – with intelligent design we can have a beautiful, clean, and livable community).

State and City officials and numerous neighbors were involved in the design and engineering of Venice Boulevard. Jim Murez and Andy Lipkis (Treepeople creator) were instrumental in getting all of the trees planted, including the palms along Abbot Kinney Boulevard. I wouldn’t want to imagine Venice without the trees, the landscaping, and the open space which can, and must, still be planted.

If this corner, or any of the corners of that intersection of Abbot Kinney at Venice Blvd, or any of the set-backs along the full length from Lincoln to the beach are “given away.” we can never get them back and NEVER hope to have our beautiful grand boulevard.

If they are retained, WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!! If not today, then with the efforts and funds of the City and/or private donors (there might be some floating around Venice, no? #civicpride), VENICE BOULEVARD CAN BE THE BEAUTIFUL GRAND BOULEVARD, that it was planned to be.

As an example of how this can happen at the drop of a hat, notice how beautifully the Venice Blvd median is now planted in Mar Vista. That recently happened because: (1) the City had not “given away” the land and (2) the City magically came up with an initiative to beautify some streets. That’s all we need!!!!

What people love most about Venice is the ocean, the air, the light, the breezes, it’s walk-ability, bike-ablity, skate-ability, the openness, safety and scale of our neighborhood. Some love the beach; some love AK Blvd – this is precisely the intersection that announces both!

Giving or selling our public land, particularly prominently located public land, cannot be allowed to occur. The City bureaucrats can be shortsighted. At a time when so much private land is being overbuilt – VENICE NEEDS TO RETAIN ITS PUBLIC OPEN SPACES.

WRITE COUNCILPERSON MIKE BONIN, and whomever is hearing this case. DEMAND that our quality of life not be thrown away forever.

First Homeless Court Clinic, 20 October


The first Homeless Court Clinic will be held Tuesday, 20 October from 10 am to 2 pm, Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., 90291

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced earlier this year that many homeless violations would be forgiven in exchange for a homeless person accepting assistance. This is the system he proposed and the first time in operation.

Violations affect homeless obtaining work and housing.

Westside Public Education Community Meet, 26 October

Local neighborhood councils are sponsoring a Westside Public Education community meeting Monday, 26 October from 6:30 to 8 pm with elected public officials, education representatives and the community to hear what the plans and visions are for schools in area. The forum will be at Wright Middle School STEAM Magnet, 6550 W. 80th Street, Westchester 90045.

Westside schools are experiencing an increase in number of students presenting problems as to where to put the students. In these areas are charter and public schools and skill centers that are publicly funded.

Confirmed to attend the meeting are California Senator Ben Allen, California Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell; LAUSD School Board President Steven Zimmer; Cheryl Hildreth, instructional area superintendent of LAUSD Educational Service Center, West; Michelle King, and LAUSD chief deputy, superintendent. Invited but not confirmed are Councilman Mike Bonin, California Assemblymember Autumn Burke, and LAUSD School Board Member Dr George McKenna.

Neighborhood councils sponsoring event are Westchester, Playa del Rey. Playa Vista, Del Rey, Mar Vista, Venice and Westside Village.


Woman Awakes to See Man At Foot of Bed

Woman at 28th and Speedway woke Wednesday morning to have man standing at foot of bed. Man apparently went into kitchen; women fled and called LAPD.

Comments–12 October 2015

Eric Chien
Just an unfortunate reminder for your next update that thieves are in our neighborhood. We had our car burglarized on Stanford last night (Oct 4 night). Unfortunately, we accidentally did not lock it properly. There was nothing to steal, but some sunglasses. Oddly, they also opened the gas cap for some reason, but did not appear to have stolen any gas. Remember to double check you have locked your car doors and never leave anything valuable in your car. The thieves are appear to be just trying every car door to see if they get lucky and they are unlocked.

Comment: People have reported teams going down a street, checking doors. Police said to call. People did but no one came.

Ken Halloway
We had some renters on Carter Avenue who just moved out and put their old sofa out front of their house with a sign that said “Free” on it.

Well – you can guess what happened – it has now become a semi-permanent home for someone, complete with cardboard sides and trash strewn all around it – behind the dry cleaners on Carter.

Could you remind your readers to NOT leave sofa’s or chairs out in front of their homes? Goodwill is right across the street – and if they won’t take it then the City should be contacted for a pickup.

Comment: This is such an important input. Have had several stories regarding this happening and with emphasis on those getting closer to the beach. One article showed a man pushing a lounger in a grocery cart to the beach from a curb site. Many homeowners have asked people not to put items out until the morning of the pickup.

The clue is to call the number on the green, blue, or black garbage cans. Tell operator this is a special pickup. A garbage truck, designed for this type pickup, follows the normal garbage trucks and picks up these items. City has made this very simple … and yet.

Karen Moses
Grey pit bull. See Last item for link to her story.
Lucy the lost dog finally made it home, it’s a sad story that will have a happy ending

Peter Griswold
311 from my phone (Verizon) has never connected to City Hall.
How many others in the triangle cannot call 311?
311 substitute is……… 213-473-3231

Diane Spurlin
The classes I mentioned are for 3rd through 5th grade school children. We host 60 children from a single school on either Tuesday or Thursday mornings from 10am to 12pm. Upon arrival each child receives a pair of binoculars and they are divided into 4 groups of 15.

Each group is assigned a volunteer docent to lead them on the walking tour through the wetlands. Along the way each group stops for 15 minutes at a “station,” manned by one or two more docents.

At the “microscope station” we have two tables set up with 15 ambient light microscopes where the kids study the tiny critters from the intertidal habitat.

At the “ecology station” overlooking the salt marsh we talk about habitat, adaptation and the different plants, birds and animals that we are likely to come across.

At the “restoration station” we ask the kids to help us restore the wetlands by removing introduced grasses and other non-native plants. All the kids love to pull ice plant (the scourge of the wetlands).

The “bird station” is out on Ballona Creek where we have telescopes set up for some superb close-up views of local and migrating birds. At the end of the tour many children tell us it’s “the BEST field trip they’ve ever been on,” especially when the Osprey grabs a fish or the Great Egret attempts to swallow a snake. It’s fun for us too.

We are just finishing up a training session for new docents, so looking forward to beginning the new 2015-2016 session at the end of the month.

Wolf Seeberg
There is no accountability of City departments for water treatment:

No charges for Kardashian fireworks

Internet petitions seem like plastic button pushes that don’t effect reality but it’s a quick way to ask for a humongous idea: inject some sanity into the robots that run our lives.

Our oceans have gotten better over the years but it seems the cleaning facilities have not kept up with peak demand.
It’s just not good enough for taxpayers employees to fake surprise when confronted with their failures.

Make your opinion known by clicking the link and signing the petition to keep the ocean clean.


Roxanne Brown