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Venice Neighborhood Council Approves Hotel for Abbot Kinney Boulevard...

By Paul Chavez Venice Dispatch A developer’s plans for a three-story hotel across the street from Westminster Avenue Elementary School was narrowly approved Tuesday night by the Venice Neighborhood Council’s board despite vocal public opposition. The council’s board voted 9-7-1 in favor of the boutique hotel project on the western end of trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard in front of a sometimes unruly standing-room-only audience. The 67-room hotel was proposed by property owner Dan Abrams who addressed the crowd of about 300 people inside the Westminster Avenue Elementary School auditorium. “I am not a develolper, I am an entrepreneur and film producer,” said Abrams, who has lived in Venice for more than 10 years. The project’s architect David Hertz...

Venice Neighborhood Council Approves Hotel for Abbot Kinney Boulevard
posted on: Feb 19, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

LAUSD School Board Candidates Anderson and Zimmer Face-off in Venice...

By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch The last question at a packed Los Angeles school board candidate forum Thursday night at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice came from a student at Venice High School who asked challenger Kate Anderson and incumbent Steve Zimmer what they would do to help students at her school. The student’s question was greeted by a few chuckles and prompted moderator Kaci Patterson, of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Families in Schools, to remark: “All politics really is local.” The candidates’ responses before the standing-room-only crowd of about 200 people illustrated their perspectives as they compete in the March 5 primary election for a seat on the LAUSD’s Board of Education District 4 that represents schools...

LAUSD School Board Candidates Anderson and Zimmer Face-off in Venice
posted on: Jan 28, 2013 | author: venicedispatch

Venice Joins Protest Against Threat to Native Lands in Canada...

While President Obama vowed to take on climate change during his second term, Venetians focused on the environment Monday in their own way: gathering at the beach, beating drums, and sharing their stories. “We’re here today… to bring awareness over what’s taking place in Canada,” said Hector Perez-Pacheco, a Quecha Native American involved in Idle No More, a grassroots organization focused on protecting the land rights of Native American tribes in Canada who are worried about  increased risk to the environment in the pursuit of natural resources by the government and corporations. “For many years, the government has abused the rights designated by the treaties [with Native Americans],” Pacheco said. Two recent bills, C-44 and C-45, are at...

Venice Joins Protest Against Threat to Native Lands in Canada
posted on: Jan 22, 2013 | author: Samantha Page

L.A. City Council Candidate Odysseus Bostick Campaigns in Venice...

By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch Odysseus Bostick, a Westchester teacher running for the Los Angeles City Council seat that represents Venice, spoke to about 20 people Tuesday night at the Venice Ale House about his personal background and his stance on a wide range of issues. Bostick, who is married with three daughters, spoke for about 45 minutes and opened his remarks by sharing that he grew up in poverty in the Florida panhandle. While teaching poor kids in Echo Park a few years back, Bostick said he had a political awakening about the city’s shortcomings. “People like us, regular people who have kids or who are going about doing their thing, trying to build their life, we...

L.A. City Council Candidate Odysseus Bostick Campaigns in Venice
posted on: Jan 16, 2013 | author: venicedispatch

Feuer Makes Pitch for City Attorney to Venice Residents...

By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch City Attorney candidate Mike Feuer made his pitch for becoming the top prosecutor in the nation’s second-largest city during an informal meet-and-greet held Saturday afternoon with about 20 people at a Venice walk-street home. Feuer, 54, spoke for about an hour during an address that started with a story about his Jewish father surviving being captured by the Nazis in World War II after his bomber was shot down. Feuer then gave the audience a recap of his prior service as a public official, listed his priorities if elected and also fielded questions. Feuer is running against incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and attorney Greg Smith in the March 5 citywide primary election....

Feuer Makes Pitch for City Attorney to Venice Residents
posted on: Jan 13, 2013 | author: venicedispatch

Bonin and Anderson Score Big Fundraising Leads for March 5 L.A. Primary Election...

By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch Los Angeles City Council candidate Mike Bonin, who is running for the 11th Council District that includes Venice, reported campaign contributions that dwarfed his competitors in the upcoming citywide primary election, according to campaign data released Thursday. Bonin reported receiving $177,966 in campaign contributions in the quarterly filing period from Oct. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2012, and reported cash on hand of $249,264 at the end of the period, according to an electronic filing with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Bonin’s campaign received nearly six times more in contributions than the second-ranking candidate, Westchester teacher Odysseus Bostick, who reported raising $30,211 during the three-month period. Community advocate Frederick Sutton reported raising $29,885,...

Bonin and Anderson Score Big Fundraising Leads for March 5 L.A. Primary Election
posted on: Jan 11, 2013 | author: venicedispatch

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