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April 22, 1998
After more than a year of negotiations, an acclaimed literary organization has signed a new lease to remain in the former Venice City Hall, officials said. The 10-year lease for Beyond Baroque, a literary salon and bookstore which took up residence in the historic building in 1980, was approved by the city Department of General Services Monday, said Niki Tennant, a spokeswoman for City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, who pushed for the unusually long lease. The annual rent is $1, Tennant said.
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April 1, 1998 | SUSAN ABRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chaos rules on the Venice Boardwalk. In the absence of regulation, unlicensed vendors swarm the beachfront side of Ocean Front Walk, where nobody is required to pay rent. Across the way, on the east side of the boardwalk, licensed merchants who rent stalls or storefronts glare at the unlicensed competition that they say is strangling their livelihood.
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March 24, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Times on Thursday will introduce a weekly section called Our Times that will provide local news coverage of Santa Monica, Venice and neighboring communities for many Westside readers. Our Times will feature local stories ranging from coverage of the Santa Monica City Council to news about youth soccer teams. The section will be written and produced by the Times Community News, a Times Mirror Co. subsidiary that publishes community newspapers in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1998
At a meeting tonight, city officials will solicit help from artists--ranging from fledgling sculptors to renowned muralists--to assist in renovating the Venice Boardwalk. The city's Recreation and Parks and Cultural Affairs departments, along with Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, are looking for artists to assist in the renovation in a number of ways, said project manager Kathleen Chan of Recreation and Parks.
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February 1, 1998 | JULIA SCHEERES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Residents from a Venice neighborhood synonymous with crack cocaine and violent death quietly banded together Saturday morning to plant life along one of their bloodier streets. Former gangbangers and resident millionaires worked side by side under rain-swollen skies, gingerly placing 40 ornamental pear saplings into the mud along Broadway Avenue, which slices through Venice's notorious Oakwood neighborhood.
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January 20, 1998
The Westside Cityhood Coalition will meet Wednesday night to discuss the formation of an independent school district, the group's chairman said. "This is the first step toward cityhood and our main concern at the moment," said Dave Tuttle. The school district would be called the Westside Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1997
Police advised residents Friday about a series of attempted sexual assaults that they believe were committed by one man. Los Angeles Police Det. Steven Barragan said he believes an attempted rape and three other crimes involving women were committed by the man between Aug. 6 and Oct. 16. Barragan said that although three of the incidents are recorded as burglaries, investigators believe that the prowler intended to sexually assault the women, all of whom succeeded in scaring him off.
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October 4, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While driving away from her Venice church, Heather Davis was wondering what might catch the attention of people passing the familiar Spanish-style Lutheran church on Venice Boulevard. Suddenly she thought of this: "Jesus Roller-Skating with Friends at Venice Beach." That seemingly incongruous image was not her idea. Davis was recalling a ceramic artwork created in the early 1980s by a Belgian monk visiting St. Andrew's Abbey in the Antelope Valley foothills.
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October 3, 1997
Church officials have organized a second community march through the Oakwood neighborhood to call for an end to violence that claimed seven lives between June and August. The march, which begins Sunday at 1:30 p.m., will progress from the New Bethel Baptist Church at 503 Brooks Ave. to the Oakwood Recreation Center about a half-mile away, said New Bethel minister Robert Shipp.
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