The Venice Action Committee, Michael Dideon, Harlan Lee, et al., do have a vision for Venice, but it is not the hype that your reporter promoted in his article (Westside Section, Jan. 11).
Shuttle buses to move visitors around, senior housing, trees and shrubs and bicycle paths are all things that Venice community activists have demanded of the city for years. Nothing new here except the new patrons of the public, who are developers. What they are after is massive redesign of the Community Plan to permit increased heights and densities in Venice.
Once the plan is changed it will provide a sufficient incentive for developers to buy up existing housing, tear it down, and build new spiffy stuff for wealthy people, not for the poor or the seniors as Mr. Dideon states. They want profits first and they see the Venice Community Plan as restricting their ability to profit. So they charge that it has no vision or soul. This is such a simple ploy or hype and I don't see why your reporter decided to buy it.
Actually, the existing plan contains a clear and simple vision. It aims to protect the present socioeconomic integrity of the community by discouraging the kind of speculation that fosters lot consolidations, the destruction of existing housing and the intensification of commercial and residential uses in the community.