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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1999
Some members of the Venice Shoreline Crips have renounced their gang membership, and with the help of the Nation of Islam have pledged to build legitimate businesses rather than selling drugs. Despite that pledge, a temporary injunction against 38 members of the gang is expected to be issued today in Santa Monica Superior Court. The injunction would set a curfew of 10 p.m. to sunrise and ban the gang members from publicly gathering in the Oakwood section of Venice.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1998
A groundbreaking ceremony to create the first off-leash dog park in West Los Angeles will be held Saturday, concluding a 10-year effort by canine lovers to create a "free play" area for their pets. The park will consist of a fenced two-acre plot on the east side of Westminster Park that will be split into two areas to separate big and small dogs. It will be open from sunrise to sunset.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 31, 1998
St. Joseph Center in Venice, which provides services and referrals to the homeless, is doubling in size by expanding into a adjacent 1,000-square-foot building, an action that has drawn mixed reactions in the Venice neighborhood. Center director Rhonda Meister stressed that the number of clients served by the Rose Avenue facility would remain the same--about 150 people a day. "This is a physical space expansion, not a numbers expansion," said Meister.
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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.
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