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City Closes More than 500 Medical Marijuana Shops, Including 9 in Venice...

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Thursday that his office has closed more than 500 medical marijuana dispensaries, including nine in Venice. “Today I’m proud to announce that in just the last twenty months, we’ve closed more than five hundred illegal medical marijuana businesses in Los Angeles.  Many were close to schools, child care centers and other sensitive sites.  Others were disrupting the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Feuer said in a statement. “Our office has an extremely effective partnership with law enforcement and neighborhood stakeholders, and we’ve gotten momentum in our effort aggressively to enforce the will of the voters who enacted Proposition D,” he added. City voters in 2013 passed Proposition D that limited...

posted on: Apr 9, 2015 | author: venicedispatch

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Sues Venice Property Owner in Public Nuisance Abatement Lawsuit...

A narcotics and public nuisance abatement lawsuit has been filed against a Venice property owner, officials said Monday. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the lawsuit as part of a continued crackdown on properties that have become crime magnets. The city attorney’s office filed a lawsuit against Alberta Lynch who owns a single-family home at 923 Sunset Avenue, as well as her adult son James Lynch, according to a press release from the city attorney’s office. The property is located within a half-mile radius of Growing Place Childcare and School, Broadway Elementary School, Penmar Park and the Oakwood Recreation Center. Police have received several complaints from neighbors about repeated drugs and nuisance activity at the property, the press...

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Sues Venice Property Owner in Public Nuisance Abatement Lawsuit
posted on: Mar 10, 2015 | author: venicedispatch

LAPD Apologizes for Recent Deployment in Oakwood...

By Paul Chavez Venice Dispatch A high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department officer apologized for a recent deployment to Oakwood Park during a community memorial service. Capt. Brian Johnson, commanding officer of the LAPD’s Pacific Division, addressed the matter Tuesday during the Venice Neighborhood Council meeting at Westminster Avenue Elementary School. Board member Tommy Walker broached the subject and relayed that a repass, or community memorial service, was held recently at the park following the funeral for a community member. Walker, who is from the historically African-American neighborhood, said there was a heavy police presence at the park and he was informed that police were expecting 400 gang members at the repass. Mourners who arrived from the funeral found...

posted on: Nov 20, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

Bonin Seeking Increase in Developers’ Parking Fees in Venice...

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin has put forth a motion addressing the parking squeeze in Venice. Bonin in his November 12 motion asked for an increase in the “in-lieu fees” that developers have the option to pay instead of meeting parking requirements for real estate projects. The in-lieu fees were set in the Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan development guidelines in 1999 at $18,000 per parking space and have not increased over the past 15 years as the area has experienced a real estate boom. “We need to get real about providing meaningful parking solutions in Venice so residents, customers, and tourists are able to park near their homes, businesses, and the boardwalk,” Bonin said Tuesday in...

posted on: Nov 18, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

Temporary Ice Rink Planned for Venice Beach Over Winter Holidays...

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin during a public meeting last week introduced plans for a temporary ice skating rink this winter on Venice Beach. Bonin during a March 18 visit to the Venice Neighborhood Council board meeting said more needed to be done to create a family-friendly environment in Venice Beach. He pointed to city success stories at MacArthur Park and Pershing Square as examples of positive programming that turned formerly rundown areas into family-friendly environments. Bonin said he was looking for an idea that would provide additional revenue to Venice Beach while providing a positive attraction. “I’ve often thought what could be more iconic, and nowhere else but in Los Angeles, could you ice skate down...

Temporary Ice Rink Planned for Venice Beach Over Winter Holidays
posted on: Mar 25, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

Candidates Mixer Thursday for Upcoming Venice Neighborhood Council Election...

A candidate recruitment drive will be held Thursday at James Beach restaurant for the upcoming Venice Neighborhood Council election. The mixer will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 60 N. Venice Blvd. for all prospective candidates and anyone wishing to learn more about the local advisory councils that were created during the Los Angeles charter reform movement of the late 1990s. All of the seats on the Venice Neighborhood Council seat are up in the election, including the president and vice-president positions as well as the chair of the influential Land Use and Planning Committee. There will be 21 open seats up for election, including 13 at-large community officers. The members of the Venice Neighborhood Council...

Candidates Mixer Thursday for Upcoming Venice Neighborhood Council Election
posted on: Mar 5, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

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