Archive for June, 2013

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Stay in touch with the Spirit of Venice — spiritofvenice.net

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We scored a tremendous unanimous victory at the Coastal Commission today [June 13, 2013]

Go here to watch video of the hearing:
http://www.cal-span.org/calspan-media/Video_Files/CCC/CCC_13-06-13/CCC_13-06-13.wmv

if you have a problem with that link – go here:
http://www.cal-span.org/cgi-bin/media.pl?folder=CCC

The Commissioners voted 14-0 against OPDs for Venice after hours of hearing testimony from about 100 Venetians, the city of L.A. and the Venice Stakeholder Association.

Commission Chair Mary Shallenberger said: “We are being used by the city of L.A.”
Commissioner Brian Brenman said: “Venice brings something remarkable. I hope L.A. appreciates you.” (Of course, they don’t.)
And Commissioner Martha McClure, lamenting the lack of public parking facilities in our community, said: “Venice is getting short shrift from L.A.”
Commissioner Esther Sanchez started the comments by saying she would vote no, and thanked the audience (90% NOPD) for helping her make her decision.
The Commissioners blasted the city, and their own staff, for bringing the issue to the board without a parking study that would show how OPDs would help the parking problem in Venice. The city could only produce a five-year-old survey that only partially addressed parking in the community.
What was significant was that most of the Commissioners were new and had not been present when the city received similar drubbings from Venetians at hearings in 2009 and 2010.
It should be difficult for the city to bring this proposal back to the Commission after today, but who knows?
Anyone who cares about Venice would have been extremely proud of our NOPD delegation at the Commission meeting. They were focused, to the point and made a powerful impression on the Commissioners.

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Stay in touch with the Spirit of Venice — spiritofvenice.net

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KEEP VENICE STREETS FREE — HEARING @ CA COASTAL COMMISSION – THURS. JUNE 13

JATAUN_NOPDJune 6, 2013 at 5.00 pm, was the last day to submit letters, emails & petitions opposing Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice.

BUT…we can still make our voices heard by attending the CA Coastal Commission (CCC) hearing next Thurs. June 13 which begins @ 8:30 am in Long Beach, CA.

If you are available on that day PLEASE join us in telling the CCC that you want to keep coastal access to Venice beach free and open to all, as stipulated by the 1976 CA Coastal Act; and, if you live in Venice, that you don’t want to have to pay to park on your street!

NOPDs supporters are meeting @ 7:00 am on Thurs. June 13 at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 –

We will be busing and/or carpooling to Long Beach – contact David Busch for info. about bus/carpools.

PLEASE COME IF YOU CAN, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN VENICE.

The hearing will be held at City of Long Beach, City Council CHAMBERS, 333 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90802 (415) 407-3211

Go here to view the CCC agenda, scroll down to Thurs. June 13: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/mtgcurr.html

Go here – CCC_NOPD-6-2013 to view the May 31, 2013 report made by CCC staff, Charles Posner, who states: 

“Staff is recommending that the Commission approve the coastal development permits for the proposed permit parking program with special conditions to ensure that the public will continue to be able to access the shoreline recreation areas in the early morning hours. The recommended special conditions begin on Page Three.”

For more info. on this topic go here: https://spiritofvenice.wordpress.com/nopd/

Hope to see you there — it will be well worth the effort 🙂

Best,
SOV