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August 13, 1987
Ed McQueeney has replaced Joan Cory as president of the Venice Town Council. McQueeney had been treasurer of the group for the past two years. Cory resigned to serve as Venice deputy for Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter. Other new officers include Cheri Leslie, chairwoman of the Planning and Development Committee, and Fran Solomon, vice president for membership. The Venice Town Council is one of two major community organizations in Venice.
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NEWS
October 9, 1994
I am pleased that Mark Ryavec is recognizing the voice of the Venice Town Council. As past-president of the Town Council, this is quite refreshing. However, the rest of Mr. Ryavec's letter (Sept. 29) is the usual character assassination and pejorative. I am vehemently opposed to Mr. Ryavec's plan for the Ocean Front Walk. Contrary to Mr. Ryavec's pleadings, most of Venice opposed his plan. His anti-democratic leanings are obvious when he equates the attendance at the workshops with the right to decide.
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NEWS
April 20, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
A Venice community group and one of the nation's largest insurance companies are headed to court over a sprawling, regional shopping mall proposed for Culver City. After nearly six months of negotiations, the Venice Town Council has rejected an offer to settle its lawsuit against the Prudential Insurance Co. and Culver City. The suit--now expected to go to trial within eight weeks--aims at stopping Marina Place, a 1-million-square-foot shopping center planned for land near the busy intersection of Washington and Lincoln boulevards.
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
October 1, 1989
The Venice Town Council wishes to correct the inaccurate reporting about our organization in the Times article "Some of Galanter's Former Allies Plot Her Overthrow" (Times, Sept. 6), which stated "The Venice Town Council has called for a complete moratorium on building . . ." The Venice Town Council has asked Councilwoman Ruth Galanter "that there shall be an immediate one-year moratorium on commercial development in Venice and that the city of Los Angeles shall conduct an environmental impact study to determine the capacity of the Venice area to sustain additional commercial growth."
NEWS
May 9, 1985
The Venice Town Council and the Coalition of Concerned Communities, a South Bay homeowners group, will hold a joint meeting tonight to develop strategy against a proposed city ordinance requiring new developers to pay for traffic improvements in coastal communities . The two organizations dispute city claims that the fees--estimated to be $235 million over the next 25 years--would slow down traffic congestion in coastal communities between Venice and Los Angeles International Airport.
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
January 30, 1986
The Venice Town Council has filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, charging that an environmental impact report on the proposed 803-acre Playa Vista project was "inadequate, inaccurate and incomplete." The Town Council, an unofficial body, contends that the Playa Vista development, which is located near Venice, will cause significant traffic, sewage, environmental and housing problems. The council is asking the courts to review the environmental impact report. It also wants the city to conduct further public hearings on the project.
REAL ESTATE
April 30, 1989 | DAVID M. KINCHEN, From staff reports
A powerful Westside community group, the Venice Town Council, has rejected an offer to settle its lawsuit against the Prudential Insurance Co. and Culver City over development of a regional shopping mall proposed for Culver City. The suit, now expected to go to trial within eight weeks, aims at halting Marina Place, a 1 million-square-foot shopping center planned for an 18-acre site at the western tip of Culver City, near the busy intersection of Washington and Lincoln boulevards, next to Venice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1989
I was a dedicated campaign volunteer for Galanter, and I am a former member of the Board of the Venice Town Council, the key community organization which helped send Galanter to the City Council. The growing revolt against Galanter, which I have joined, stems from her policy promoting indefinite expansion of commercial development in Venice. The current pace of commercial growth spells disaster for our community since Venice is already over-impacted and over-utilized. The crucial issue is: How much more commercial development can we take?
NEWS
September 22, 1994
I am writing to express my opposition to three potential changes to the Venice boardwalk area. First, I oppose straightening the bike path along the sand. As a tourist and visitor to Venice, I enjoy the charm of the winding path around the grassy areas. Also, I predict that the path would be more dangerous if straightened as people would be more inclined to speed. Second, I oppose restricting performers to specific nook areas. Half of the charm is walking down the strand and "bumping" into different acts and performers.
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
January 23, 1992 | SHAWN DOHERTY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Venice community activist Arnold Springer has revived the sporadic Venice cityhood movement, this time with a twist: He is urging that the multibillion-dollar Playa Vista project be included in the new city when it secedes from Los Angeles. In a survey mailed to the beach community's 12,000 households, Springer and his allies contend that the Playa Vista property--nearly 1,000 acres between Marina del Rey and the Westchester Bluffs--would enable Venice to become financially self-sufficient.
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
August 26, 1990
The recent letter (Times, Aug. 12) by the erstwhile president of the Venice Town Council contained a number of factual errors and erroneous assertions, which need to be corrected for your readers. It is stated that I "(made) sure" that the Coastal Commission held its hearing on Channel Gateway in Eureka instead of waiting a month for a meeting in the Marina. Wrong. The Coastal Commission makes its own decisions about scheduling and, as it happens, obeys the state Coastal Act in doing so. That law says that the Coastal Commission is obliged to hear every appeal within 49 days of its being filed.
NEWS
August 12, 1990
Councilwoman Ruth Galanter says the Channel Gateway project is a great mix of community input and developer planning. She says the community supports this mega-project. She also makes sure the Coastal Commission hears the case more than 600 miles from Venice rather than waiting one month and having the hearing in Marina del Rey. She says this is necessary to preserve low income housing in the project. She also says there is no contradiction between her opposition to Marina Place and her support of Channel Gateway.
NEWS
June 29, 1989
Culver City will prepare a supplemental environmental impact report for the proposed Marina Place shopping mall, but will not have to rescind its overall approval of the project, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge decided last week. Both sides claimed victory in the first hearing of what could be a long court battle over construction of the 1-million-square-foot mall on Washington Boulevard, where the western tip of Culver City juts into Los Angeles near Marina del Rey. Culver City Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1990
The Times article on effects from planned development on or near Lincoln Boulevard (Part A, April 4) describes a traffic gridlock catastrophe in the making. Planning experts quoted in the article, and your editorial (April 8), call for the formation of regional planning agencies as a solution to limit uncontrolled development. I believe regional planning will be ineffective without crucially needed accountability at the local level to prohibit irresponsible decision making on development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1990
The Times article on effects from planned development on or near Lincoln Boulevard (Part A, April 4) describes a traffic gridlock catastrophe in the making. Planning experts quoted in the article, and your editorial (April 8), call for the formation of regional planning agencies as a solution to limit uncontrolled development. I believe regional planning will be ineffective without crucially needed accountability at the local level to prohibit irresponsible decision making on development.
NEWS
April 1, 1990 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Venice crowd was out in force Wednesday night doing what they do best: speaking out on their vision--and their fears--for the future of their colorful oceanside community. And how they did go on. Sixty-six speakers stepped up to the microphone at an almost five-hour public hearing to comment on a long-awaited Los Angeles City Planning Department draft of a land-use plan for the Venice coastal area.
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