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Waxman, Bloomfield Invited to Oct. 23 Venice Neighborhood Council Meeting

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By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch

The Venice Neighborhood Council has invited longtime incumbent Rep. Henry Waxman, a Democrat, and Bill Bloomfield, his independent challenger in the upcoming general election, to the Oct. 23 meeting of the council’s board of directors.

Waxman, 73, has represented the Westside in Congress since 1975 and was the top vote-getter with 45.3 percent in the June primary for the newly drawn 33rd Congressional District. Waxman moved from his 30th Congressional District to the 33rd District after once-a-decade redistricting altered district boundaries to reflect population changes. The new 33rd Congressional includes Venice and runs south along the coast into the more conservative South Bay all the way to Palos Verdes.

Bloomfield is a former Republican turned independent and finished second with 24.6 percent of the vote in the primary. The Manhattan Beach business owner and developer is a Los Angeles native and father of three with four grandchildren.

The newly drawn district had nearly 440,000 registered voters as of Sept. 7 with about 44 percent registered as Democrats and 28 percent registered as Republicans.

Both candidates previously have participated in debates in the South Bay and voters will decide Nov. 6 at the polls.

The council’s board meeting will be held Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Westminster Avenue Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. The meeting is open to the public and snacks and coffee will be provided.

The meeting also will feature a presentation by Hollywood producer Joel Silver, who recently purchased the 1939 Venice Post Office building after it was put up for sale by the U.S. Postal Service. Silver, 60, will discuss his plans for the building, which will become the home for his production work. Silver was expected to give an update on the restoration of the Edward Biberman mural “History of Venice,” a New Deal-era artwork that was installed in the post office lobby in 1941.

Silver is the producer of dozens of Hollywood blockbusters, including the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, “Predator” and its sequel and “Die Hard” and its sequel.

In addition, the meeting is scheduled to include a presentation by Joe Cruz, assistant director of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board for Southern California. Cruz will discuss alcohol permit licensing criteria and enforcement issues relevant to Venice.
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