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January 29, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Michael L. Dieden, a smooth-spoken public relations executive who inspired some residents and angered others when he said the Venice community plan needed more vision and soul, has resigned as head of the Venice Action Committee. The surprise move came just two days after Dieden, 37, helped coordinate a ritzy beachside benefit that raised more than $50,000 for the group. Dieden said he quit last week to devote more time to his business.
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NEWS
December 11, 1994 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER
Two Venice groups are promoting a plan to resurface the community's boardwalk in brick, but critics say it would be too costly and anathema to the boardwalk's funky ambience. At stake is about $10 million in funding earmarked for Venice Beach from Proposition A, a $500-million ballot measure for improving parks and recreation facilities. The closed Venice Pier will be restored with $3 million of the allotted funds, leaving $7 million for refurbishment of the boardwalk.
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NEWS
March 25, 1990
I read with puzzlement your recent article (Times, Feb. 25) quoting members of the Venice Action Committee who were extremely critical of council member Ruth Galanter for supporting the Rose Avenue storage facility, which includes low-income housing units. True, the storage facility is not gorgeous, but I'll trade that any day for traffic relief--and a project like a storage facility does not generate traffic. I especially applaud the inclusion of low-cost housing units on the site as most of us in Venice give lip service to the concept of retaining low-cost housing but do nothing about it. I am puzzled because Venice Action Committee spokesmen (Don)
NEWS
September 29, 1994
Your desire to provide "balanced" coverage of the Venice Boardwalk debate has led to a magnification of a tiny but vocal minority, many of whom do not live in our community. Let me give a few examples. Early on we were confronted by an odd character from Santa Monica. This classic news hound copied the Historical Boardwalk refurbishment plan prepared by the leading Venice civic organizations, made a few changes and tried to pass off his version as "the community's plan." This led the public to erroneously think there are two current, legitimate plans in circulation.
NEWS
March 6, 1986 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Michael L. Dieden is no stranger to tough causes. In 1982 he campaigned for a dark horse named Tom Hayden, who went on to the state Assembly. Later, he worked for an unsuccessful Latino candidate for the Los Angeles City Council. Now he finds himself campaigning for another dark horse, the community of Venice.
NEWS
January 25, 1987
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.
NEWS
February 17, 1991
In response to your article "Gadfly's Grant Has Its Critics" by Nancy Hill-Holtzman (Times, Jan. 27), Ulan Bator Foundation is proud to announce a $7,000 pledge to enable COAST (Coastal Area Support Team) to pay for legal fees, legal insurance and the costs of preparing and submitting depositions in the Prudential/Marina Place case. At this time, it is critical that all Venetians and Westsiders who believe the coastal access suit being pursued by COAST is a strategy to follow rise to the occasion and raise funds to support the ongoing efforts to challenge and defeat in the courts the placement of a regional shopping mall on the border of Venice.
NEWS
May 17, 1987
Your article, "Galanter Attempts a Liberal Balancing Act" (Times, May 3), described the Venice Town Council as "a small organization composed mostly of left-wing activists," and continued by saying that there are those "who would place the organization to the left of (Assemblyman Tom) Hayden when it comes to recent political activities." As president of the Venice Town Council, I am somewhat puzzled by this description. It is true that we are a small organization, but what does "left-wing activist" mean?
NEWS
April 14, 1994
The Venice Beach historical refurbishment plan now recommended for funding reflects the desires of thousands of residents grouped into Venice's five main volunteer organizations--the Venice Town Council, Venice Action Committee, Chamber of Commerce, the Venice Canals Association and the Venice Boardwalk Association. The plan is also endorsed by the Venice Beach Entertainment Guild. It was developed over five years under the guidance of the Coastal Conservancy and volunteer Venice architects.
NEWS
December 11, 1994 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER
Two Venice groups are promoting a plan to resurface the community's boardwalk in brick, but critics say it would be too costly and anathema to the boardwalk's funky ambience. At stake is about $10 million in funding earmarked for Venice Beach from Proposition A, a $500-million ballot measure for improving parks and recreation facilities. The closed Venice Pier will be restored with $3 million of the allotted funds, leaving $7 million for refurbishment of the boardwalk.
NEWS
April 14, 1994
The Venice Beach historical refurbishment plan now recommended for funding reflects the desires of thousands of residents grouped into Venice's five main volunteer organizations--the Venice Town Council, Venice Action Committee, Chamber of Commerce, the Venice Canals Association and the Venice Boardwalk Association. The plan is also endorsed by the Venice Beach Entertainment Guild. It was developed over five years under the guidance of the Coastal Conservancy and volunteer Venice architects.
NEWS
February 17, 1991
In response to your article "Gadfly's Grant Has Its Critics" by Nancy Hill-Holtzman (Times, Jan. 27), Ulan Bator Foundation is proud to announce a $7,000 pledge to enable COAST (Coastal Area Support Team) to pay for legal fees, legal insurance and the costs of preparing and submitting depositions in the Prudential/Marina Place case. At this time, it is critical that all Venetians and Westsiders who believe the coastal access suit being pursued by COAST is a strategy to follow rise to the occasion and raise funds to support the ongoing efforts to challenge and defeat in the courts the placement of a regional shopping mall on the border of Venice.
NEWS
March 25, 1990
I read with puzzlement your recent article (Times, Feb. 25) quoting members of the Venice Action Committee who were extremely critical of council member Ruth Galanter for supporting the Rose Avenue storage facility, which includes low-income housing units. True, the storage facility is not gorgeous, but I'll trade that any day for traffic relief--and a project like a storage facility does not generate traffic. I especially applaud the inclusion of low-cost housing units on the site as most of us in Venice give lip service to the concept of retaining low-cost housing but do nothing about it. I am puzzled because Venice Action Committee spokesmen (Don)
NEWS
November 12, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
The shooting of a transient and threats of further violence shocked Venice this week as residents of the fractious beach community continued to square off over the emotional issue of the homeless. Los Angeles police said that Thomas J. Wasserberg, 33, who lives at a beach encampment at the foot of Rose Avenue, was shot in the spleen on Monday afternoon while foraging for food in an alley at Sunset Court near the beach. Wasserberg is in fair condition at UCLA Medical Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter enjoys a lot of good will in Venice. She has lived there for several years and has a reputation for being a tough fighter when it comes to community causes. She is also widely admired for the way she battled back from a brutal knife attack this year.
NEWS
October 25, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter enjoys a lot of good will in Venice. She has lived there for several years and has a reputation for being a tough fighter when it comes to community causes. She is also widely admired for the way she battled back from a brutal knife attack this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter enjoys a lot of good will in Venice. She has lived there for several years and has a reputation for being a tough fighter when it comes to community causes. She is also widely admired for the way she battled back from a brutal knife attack this year.
NEWS
July 12, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Planning for Venice, a controversial issue that long has been relegated to the back burner at City Hall, finally has made it to the front of the stove. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter has announced that she will begin public hearings soon on a local coastal plan that would establish legally binding development guidelines for the small beach community.
NEWS
September 24, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley started strong and finished weak, at least in the eyes of his critics, during a daylong tour of the Westside this week. The strong part came as Bradley kicked off his visit by assuring Venice community leaders that the Venice Pavilion will not be used as a shelter for the homeless. The weak part came when a weary-looking Bradley, nearing the end of a 13-hour day, squared off with hostile slow-growth advocates from Mar Vista.
NEWS
July 12, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Planning for Venice, a controversial issue that long has been relegated to the back burner at City Hall, finally has made it to the front of the stove. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter has announced that she will begin public hearings soon on a local coastal plan that would establish legally binding development guidelines for the small beach community.
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